Africa Travel Guide

Our comprehensive travel guide to Africa is packed with information to help you plan your trip and enjoy your tour whilst away with us. You will find information on securing the relevant tourist visas, what you can expect when travelling on lodge accommodated and camping safaris and tips about the best places and the best times to spot Africa's famed wildlife. We also have guides to each country we visit in Africa, from Kenya to Namibia and South Africa to Botswana. Find out more about the world-beating Great Wildebeest Migration, discover all you need to know about trekking to see the gorillas of Uganda, and check out reviews from our recently returning travellers to Africa.

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Best Time to Visit

Time your safari adventure to Africa with our guide on the best time to visit with information on the seasons and what this means for the local wildlife

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Multi-country tours

Pick your perfect African adventure with our available multi-country touring combinations that offer plenty of wildlife, scenery and welcomed beach time


Tourist Visas

Everything you need to know on visas for all the countries we visit in Africa - what visa you'll need for where and how to obtain one before you go

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Safari Wildlife Guide

Our handy guide on where to see Africa's popular wildlife, including the Big 5, in which national parks as well as when best to see them plus a few extra tips

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Spotting Africa's Big 5

No trip to Africa is complete without heading out on safari in search of the Big Five and here's our guide on what they are and where best to find them

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The Great Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of nature's most dramatic spectacles and to help you make the most of the event here's our guide on where to be and when

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Gorilla Trekking

Trekking to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and here you'll find more information on what to expect


About Overland Safaris

Everything you need to know about our overland camping safaris from the type of vehicles we use to the level of participation and what to expect of the tents


About Lodge Safaris

Everything you need to know about our lodge-accommodated safaris from the type of properties we use to the local guides and what you should pack

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Beach and Safari Holidays

Combine adventure and relaxation with our pick of the best destinations in Africa for a beach and safari holiday

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Africa Video Lounge

Inspire your wanderlust with our selection of favourite videos on Africa from stunning landscapes to wildlife spectacles and more


Traveller Reviews

Don't just take our word for it - see what our international travellers have to say about our Africa safaris

Africa Country Guides

Start planning your trip to Africa with our detailed guides about visiting each country in the region on our tours.

Get to know Africa

Recommended Reading

  • The Poisonwood Bible
    by Barbara Kingsolver
  • History of Africa
    by Kevin Shillington
  • The Wretched of the Earth
    by Franz Fanon
Did you know...?

Facts about Africa

  • Africa is home to the world's largest desert, the incredible Sahara, with a surface area of 9 million square kilometres.
  • Evidence suggests that Africa is the cradle of human civilization with early humans migrating to Asia some 2 million years ago.
  • The hippopotamus kills more people in Africa than lions and crocodiles, usually whilst protecting their territory and offspring.

Africa Travel Advice for New Zealand Travellers

Safety of our travellers is paramount and we keep abreast of the latest travel advice to Africa. We recommend that you check the latest travel updates on the countries in Africa you are travelling to with Safe Travel New Zealand when planning your trip. For more country specific information, please visit the relevant destination page on our website.