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The best of Africa

Our verdict:

There’s nowhere quite like Africa, from its wildlife to natural wonders. But it can be daunting for solo travellers, so a specialist company running small groups tours is ideal, timing trips for the best possible experience and hand-picking luxurious lodges – plus no solo supplement if you’re happy to share.

Recommended tour operator: Take Me To Africa

Take Me To Africa says

In a nutshell, Africa is our passion – the beauty, wildlife, people and vast open spaces.

  • luxury accommodation
  • small groups
  • wildlife and more

We’re a privately-owned tour operator specialising in small group tours to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Each trip is timed to coincide with the best season for weather and wildlife sightings whether it’s the great migrations in the Masai Mara or the best weather in Cape Town.

All our tours are crafted with well-thought-out itineraries and a luxury twist on accommodation. We build in plenty of free time around the activities and careful planning means that travel times are kept to a minimum.

We’ve picked out a couple of examples here to inspire you. Our two-week South Africa tour operates between September and November each year and takes in Cape Town, the Garden Route (with the chance to spot migrating whales, penguins and dolphins) and three nights in a luxury private camp in the Greater Kruger. You’ll have a chance to encounter the Big Five, accompanied by the best guides and rangers.

Our road trip in Namibia is a ten-night circular route with activities such as climbing the world’s highest sand dunes, kayaking with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast, tracking desert elephants and searching for Black Rhino in the Etosha National Park. There’s even a night in the tree tops overlooking a waterhole.

If you want to travel more, our two-week Ultimate Africa Group Tour is for you. We’ll take you to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa with experiences from the Victoria Falls to wine-tasting in the Stellenbosch region.

Our groups are generally between six and a maximum of 12 people with ages between 30 and 60 years. We pair up solo travellers to share rooms and can generally offer single occupancy for a supplement if you prefer your own room.

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