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Africa is a dream destination in every sense – home to unforgettable wild animals and extraordinary scenic beauty. We travel the length and breadth of every destination we recommend to make sure that our advice is based on firsthand experience and that every supplier in your itinerary is tried-and-tested.

Africa is much more than our passion, it’s our home…

We won’t show you the world; we'll show you Africa, better than anyone else.

Why Travel with Go2Africa?

  • Independent experts since 1998.

    We are Safari Experts, not lodge owners. Clients love our unbiased advice.

  • Our best price promise.

    You will always get the best value with us, in one complete tailor-made itinerary.

  • Full service, flights included.

    From A to Z, we take care of every detail: your flights, activities, accommodation, transfers – everything.

  • Complete financial protection.

    Your money is safe with us. Our clients are fully covered by our supplier default insurance.

  • 24/7 on-safari support.

    Always there for you, from before you travel to after you return home.

World Travel Awards Nominee 2018 - Africa's Leading Luxury Tour Operator
Africa's Leading
Luxury Tour Operator
World Travel Awards Nominee 2018 - Africa's Leading Safari Company
Africa's Leading
Safari Company
World Travel Awards Nominee 2018 - South Africa's Leading Luxury Tour Operator
South Africa's Leading
Luxury Tour Operator

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Top African Destinations

Want to see Africa’s most popular and iconic destinations? Or perhaps you are more interested in the remote retreats and hidden gems. Whatever your travel needs and wishes are, our Africa Safari Experts will tailor-make your dream vacation. Browse our recommended countries and let us guide you on where to go in Africa.

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Top African Itineraries

Get inspired by our recommended African safari tours, romantic honeymoon packages and family-friendly vacations – all completely flexible around your travel wishes.

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Where to travel when

Timing is everything. Planning to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, experience a Big 5 safari in the Kruger National Park or spend your honeymoon in the Seychelles? Explore our guidelines – based on our expert, on-the-ground knowledge of Africa’s travel seasons.

Our Top Picks for January (1 of 6)

Kalahari Desert - Botswana

SeasonHigh Summer Average Temperature for January 28 Celsius 82 Fahrenheit

What

Excellent birding, game viewing and the zebra migration in the now-green Kalahari Desert.

Why

January falls within Botswana’s intense rainy season, making animals hard to find in the northern parts of the country like Chobe National Park. The Kalahari is in the south, however, and being a desert, doesn’t receive the same level of rain. But what rain it does receive transforms it from red sand to green grazing, attracting predators, prey and plenty of migrant and resident birds.

Zebra migration through Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans.

When to book

The Kalahari is not nearly as visited as Botswana’s superstar wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta and Chobe. You should be able to get good accommodation and rates without booking too far in advance.

Good to know

Read our seasonal guide to planning your Botswana safari and our expert advice for amateur photographers on how to photograph birds on your safari.

Our Top Picks for January (2 of 6)

Quirimbas Archipelago - Mozambique

SeasonHigh Summer Average Temperature for January 27 Celsius 81 Fahrenheit

What

Diving in the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Why

Near-perfect conditions with excellent visibility. The very brief rain showers cool down the heat of the long, sunny days.

When to book

Mozambique is one of Africa’s undiscovered gems but January is popular because it coincides with regional school holidays.

Good to know

How to combine Mozambique with the Kruger National Park.

Our Top Picks for January (3 of 6)

Zanzibar - Tanzania

SeasonHigh Summer Average Temperature for January 27 Celsius 80 Fahrenheit

What

Diving off Zanzibar.

Why

Zanzibar is an island off the Indian Coast of Tanzania and averages only five rainy days for the month of January. The south of the main island offers the best diving conditions while the north has the best sunset views. For exceptional reef diving and snorkeling, head to the exclusive outlying islands of Pemba, Mafia and Mnemba. Zanzibar is also home to Stone Town, a World Heritage Site with plenty to see and do. A beach holiday on Zanzibar is the perfect way to relax after the early morning wake-up calls of a Southern Serengeti safari.

When to book

Because the island has almost perfect weather, it is very popular so secure the best accommodation as soon as you can. Sought-after places like Pemba and Mafia have a very amount of accommodation available – there are no large resorts here.

Good to know

Our best dive lodges.

Our Top Picks for January (4 of 6)

Southern Serengeti - Tanzania

SeasonHigh Summer Average Temperature for January 17 Celsius 63 Fahrenheit

What

Calving season during the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Why

The herds mass in the Southern Serengeti at this time of year to take advantage of the excellent grazing – depending on whether good rains fell in time – that will sustain their calves. About 8 000 calves are born every day and there is plenty of predator action from lions, hyenas, leopards, wild dogs and jackals. Game drives will take you to the heart of the action.

When to book

This is considered the low or Green Season in Serengeti National Park and is much less-visited than the mid-year high season. You generally don’t need to book too far in advance to get accommodation. Bear in mind that the time around New Year will be busier as local Tanzanian families go on holiday.

Good to know

Read our expert blogs on how the Great Migration works and find out about the Top 5 things you may not realise about the Migration.

Watch our animated video of how the Migration works.

Our Top Picks for January (5 of 6)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda

SeasonHigh Summer Average Temperature for January 11 Celsius 64 Fahrenheit

What

Trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Why

January generally coincides with a short dry spell, making it easier and more comfortable to trek because there is less rain and mud.

When to book

All gorilla-trekking destinations issue a limited number of permits per day and there is limited accommodation available in remote parks like Bwindi. Book as soon as you decide to go trekking to avoid disappointment – peak dry season is very popular.

Good to know

Read our expert blog on the basics of gorilla trekking.

Watch our video series on gorilla trekking, from shopping for the trip and vaccinations to the moment you spot the gorillas for the first time.

Our Top Picks for January (6 of 6)

Cape Town & Garden Route

SeasonHigh Summer Average Temperature for January 20 Celsius 68 Fahrenheit

What

Self-drive road trip or private guided tour of Cape Town, the surrounding Cape Winelands and the Garden Route that runs from Cape Town and takes you to Addo Elephant National Park.

Why

Unlike the safari areas in the northern parts of South Africa – the Kruger National Park, Madikwe Private Game Reserve and Phinda Private Game Reserve - that are rainy in January, Cape Town and the Garden Route are dry.

When to book

For the first half of January and especially over New Year, as far in advance as possible. This time coincides with the South African school holidays so many local families take their annual vacation now. The local schools reopen in mid-January meaning the second-half of the month is slightly less busy.

Good to know

Read our expert blogs on Cape Town’s best beaches, best sundowner spots, best beach hotels and villas, and on the Constantia Winelands.

Watch our video on adventure activities in Cape Town like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, kite surfing and touring on a Harley Davidson.

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Top Experiences

Whether you are dreaming of a first-hand meeting with the Big 5, catching a glimpse of humanity's closest living relative, witnessing one of the planet's most spectacular natural events, or simply relaxing on a pristine beach, we can give you expert advice on Africa's unbeatable experiences.

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Big 5 Safari

Big 5 Safari

Lion, rhino and elephants. These are some of Africa's signature animals & renowned members of the Big 5.

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Migration Safari

Migration Safari

Witness the incredible journey of a million wildebeest across the plains of East Africa.  Few can compete with the annual wildebeest migration.

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Safari & Beach Holiday

Safari & Beach Holiday

Combine safari action with R&R on tropical beaches, enjoying the wildlife and the soothing waters. Unique wildlife and incomparable beaches.

 

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See What Our Partners Say About Us

Everything is about relationships. Fortunately we've build great ones over 20 years working with the top safari lodges, camps and hotels in Africa. Here's what our partners have to say about us.

Singita
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African Bush Camps
Ilios
Natural Selection
Wild Horizons
Asilia
Desert & Delta
The Royal Portfolio
andBeyond

Here’s to another 20 years of providing life-changing experiences, in the extraordinary way that you do.

Luke Bailes

Luke Bailes, Founder and Executive Chairman, Singita

What a pleasure it has been to travel this path with you over the past 20 years. We’ve watched and admired the boldness with which you leapt into the online travel space ahead of the pack, and your continued innovation over the years. Together, we’ve brought many travellers to our continent, where we’ve delighted them with the magic of Africa - changing their perspectives and deeply enriching their lives.

Our warmest congratulations on this milestone anniversary. Here’s to another 20 years of providing life-changing experiences, in the extraordinary way that you do.

From your friends at Singita,

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Your innovative, bold and extremely personable approach...have made it an absolute pleasure for us to share this journey with you...

Robert More

Robert More, CEO, MORE

Dear Go2Africa Family,

You have brought Africa to the world in a world-class, ever-changing tech space yet stayed all human in your dealings with us, your lodge and hotel partners and of, course, your special Go2Africa guests. We have always admired how you have worked so hard in making sure you know our guest experience even better than we do ...and this I am sure is greatly appreciated by your guests.

Your innovative, bold and extremely personable approach to doing business have made it an absolute pleasure for us to share this journey with you over the past 17 years since our inception. Congratulations & Happy 20th Birthday.

With much gratitude and respect,

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We are so appreciative of your hard work and dedication, but most of all, your enthusiasm for our travel industry.

Beks Ndlovu

Beks Ndlovu, CEO, African Bush Camps

Happy Birthday Go2Africa! It has been a wild adventure over the last few years, and...we are so appreciative of your hard work and dedication, but most of all, your enthusiasm for our travel Industry. We value you not only as tourism partners, but as friends. It is amazing to work with a team who are so excited about the travel community and the work we do. Since the day you began doing business with us, you’ve brought us nothing but good tidings and we cannot thank you enough for playing an instrumental role in our success. We are honoured to work with you and your team to provide unique wildlife encounters, adventures and safaris that are rich with African wildlife and culture to guests from all over the world. In commemoration of your 20th birthday, may your dreams come to pass by leaps and bounds.

With love from Beks and the African Bush Camps Team,

Beks Ndlovu

One can only be inspired by the passion and dedication that radiates from this incredible organisation...

Mohamed Baba

Mohamed Baba, CEO, ILIOS

Wow, what an incredible achievement! A very happy 20th birthday to the Go2Africa team, whom I have known and worked with closely for almost 20 years. This incredible partnership began when we were both relatively young organisations ...who - unknowingly at the time - had a great deal to learn from each other. Through many triumphs and failures, we have grown in tremendous strides both as individual organisations as well as partners in the industry and it is safe to say that ILIOS Travel can attribute an enormous amount of our success to the invaluable partnership we have built over the years.

We are extremely grateful and appreciative of the support we have had and continue to receive from your remarkable team. One can only be inspired by the passion and dedication that radiates from this incredible organisation and we are undoubtably blessed for being able to walk this journey alongside Go2Africa.

Here is to many more fruitful, insightful and exciting years together. We wish Go2Africa the greatest success in the years to come.

Great Love, Mohamed and the ILIOS Team

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Without [your support] we couldn't have grown as fast as we have, so we sincerely wish you the happiest of birthdays!

Peter Allison

Peter Allison, Natural Selection

While Natural Selection is a new company we are founded and run by old hands, many of whom have long-standing friendships with the people at Go2Africa. Without the support of these friends we couldn’t have grown as fast as we have, so we sincerely wish you the happiest of birthdays! We look forward to many more years of working together and bringing people to the places we love.

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Working with you...over the past two decades has been an honour. You are unequivocally ethical, environmentally conscious and loyal!

Gary Archer

Gary Archer, CEO, Wild Horizons

Sending our warmest birthday wishes to Go2Africa! Working with you and growing our businesses together over the past two decades has been an honour. You are unequivocally ethical, environmentally conscious and loyal! Your team is always happy, motivated and infectiously ingenious - such a pleasure to work with! We wish that you meet new opportunities and challenges with the same energy as always!

Gary Archer

It has been an absolute pleasure working with you over the years...and watching you grow from strength to strength.

John Baumann

John Baumann, Asilia

To all the members of the exciting and innovative team at Go2Africa, a heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all your friends at Asilia. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you over the years, developing our relationship and watching you grow from strength to strength. We are proud to call ourselves your partner and are eager to see what greatness your future holds.

Best wishes from our family to yours,

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Your knowledge, understanding and passion for Africa travel is at the heart of your success.

James Wilson

James Wilson, Desert & Delta

Wishing Go2Africa a very happy birthday! As one of your Botswana safari partners, we have enjoyed a fruitful relationship in crafting memorable safaris for your travellers from across the globe. As independent travel specialists, your knowledge, understanding and passion for Africa travel is at the heart of your success. We are looking forward to the next 20 years with Go2Africa as we welcome your guests to our piece of African paradise!

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It’s been a remarkable and rewarding journey working together...

Liz Biden

Liz Biden, Founder & Owner, The Royal Portfolio

It’s incredible to think how almost 20 years has passed since we opened Royal Malewane and Go2Africa welcomed its first guests to Africa. It’s been a remarkable and rewarding journey working together as an industry, showcasing the magnificent wildlife and landscapes of South Africa and bringing visitors from around the world to experience the rich diversity this continent has to offer.

Happy Birthday Go2Africa – we look forward to working together for many years to come.

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We wish you many happy returns to an exceptional company, with amazingly passionate and knowledgeable African experts.

Ryan Powell

Ryan Powell, andBeyond

Happy birthday Go2Africa! 20 years goes so fast. From the team here at andBeyond, the birth place of Go2Africa, we wish you many happy returns to an exceptional company, with amazing, passionate and knowledgeable African experts. We love working with you! The team here are very proud with our continued association and we are very thankful you have stood by and supported us with initiatives like Rhinos Without Borders. Your support of our business means the world to us.

May the next 20 be just as exciting.

Ryan Powell