Explore Africa, a vast continent full of magnificent natural wonders and abundant wildlife. From the mighty Victoria Fallsthat borders Zimbabweand Zambiato some of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique. A holiday in Africa is full of unspoiled landscapes, fascinating cultures and traditions, bucket list experiences and culinary delights. Escape on a romantic getaway to a world-class resort in Mozambique or make it a bush and beach safari holiday in Kenya. Whether you are looking for adventure, yearning for a romantic getaway or want to watch animals in their natural habitat, Africa has it all.
Africa is home to world-renowned destinations where you can enjoy a safari holiday and view wild animals in their natural habitat.
Among the best holiday destinations in Africa, Botswana’s fascinating Okavango Delta is waiting to be explored.
There’s nothing like the barren beauty of the Namib Desert and the iconic Skeleton Coast in Namibia.
The mighty Victoria Falls, one of the top ten tourist attractions in Africa, is a marvel of nature.
The annual Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti is a bucket list experience.
The Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is a natural marvel to experience.
This extraordinary continent is ideal for all types of travellers, from keen photographers to wildlife enthusiasts and those looking to immerse themselves in nature. There are African holidays and travel packages to suit every budget, whether you are self-catering as a family or honeymooning in luxury. Get in touch with us to make your Africa travel dreams a reality!
Things to do in Africa
Africa’s untouched, rugged beauty beckons holidaymakers to experience its magic. Go on a classic safari in a world-class game reserve, float in a hot air balloon over a lush landscape, climb the oldest dunes in the world to watch the sunrise, or laze on a palm-fringed beach. Whether you're on a Big 5 game drive in the Serengeti, toasting the sunset on a dhow cruise in Mozambique or swimming in the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls, Africa is full of incredible destinations and activities, so you can return time and again and never have the same experience twice.
Things to do in Africa
Discover why Cape Town is one of the world's most popular destinations.
Go on a Big 5 safari in the Kruger National Park.
Wind your way through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro, a traditional canoe.
Soak up the sun on a white-sand beach on a tiny island in Mozambique.
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, or for those in search of adventure, go white-water rafting.
Explore Lake Malawi’s underwater world, either by snorkelling or diving.
Enjoy numerous water sports at a world-class resort in Mombasa, Kenya.
Experience the excitement of the Great Migration in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Race down the world’s highest sand dunes in the Namib Desert.
Enjoy a luxury safari holiday in a classic Botswana lodge.
Experience the thrill of a walking safari in Zambia.
From classic African safari holidays and beach getaways to romantic honeymoons, Africa will surprise, excite and entice you. Tell us what you would like to do in Africa and we will arrange it for you.
Know before you go...
What must I pack?
Africa's climate and geography vary from country to country, with vastly different conditions, and you will need to pack appropriately.
A rule of thumb when travelling in Africa: do not leave home without your hat, a pair of sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Depending on when and where you visit, pack lightweight clothing for summer with some warm layers for cooler weather.
You will definitely need a warm fleece jacket and long trousers for early-morning game drives to combat the frosty chill in the air.
On safari, it's best to wear neutral-coloured clothing and accessories so that you blend in with the surroundings.
Keep a mini first aid kit handy, and don't forget your regular prescription medication, plus extras.
Don't forget a pair of binoculars and your camera (or just use your phone).
Some countries may require travel adaptors.
Getting there & getting around
There are regular flights from South Africa to most major African destinations. You may need to catch a connecting flight from another city or country to reach your final destination.
Major African cities have relatively reliable transport systems, including taxis and buses, however, it is best to arrange your airport transfers before arrival.
Outlying areas may have less sophisticated transport infrastructure – it depends on where you are going.
Language & phrases
There are more than 2,000 languages spoken in Africa! Swahili is the most commonly spoken language. Zulu features only seventh on the list, followed by Portuguese and French.
English is spoken in most African cities, but don't let this put you off from learning a few phrases in the local language!
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
Water is extremely scarce in many African countries. Be mindful of your water usage; take short showers rather than baths, re-use towels, and turn off taps when brushing your teeth.
Think before you take photos. Don't use flash photography with wildlife and ask locals for permission before taking their picture.
Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
Avoid single-use plastic; rather take fabric shopping bags with you and use refillable water bottles (when local drinking water is available).
Respect each other's cultures and customs and avoid imposing your beliefs.
Only support animal encounters and wildlife activities that are ethical and sustainable.
If you are staying in a game reserve or national park, abide by the park rules at all times.
Know where you’re going before you leave. Always have a map (or app) on hand, especially when travelling at night.
Don't wander off alone – whether in the bush or the city!
Only use the services of a reputable company and guide when visiting informal settlement areas.
Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
Keep your belongings safe – use the hotel safe for passports and valuables and watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers when out and about.
Pay special attention while seated at restaurants or using ATMs.
Be aware of your surroundings at tourist attractions – these are popular spots for pickpocketing.
Drive with doors locked and windows closed.
What do I do in an emergency?
If passports or valuables are stolen, report the theft to the hotel/police immediately.
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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