African heartland is the home of ancient humans. Great civilisations have risen and fallen here and stocked the landscapes with fascinating ruins and intriguing remnants in the process. The world's longest river, The Nile, wanders more than 6,500 kilometres from Egypt to Burundi. Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free-standing mountain. You'll find vast savannah plains and great Saharan dunes. From bustling medinas and living medieval cities in the north, to the cosmopolitan variety at the southern tip in Cape Town, Africa spans 8,000 kilometres and reaches a similar distance east to west. Read more...
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City Lodge Bryanston, JohannesburgJohannesburg
Situated in Sandton and a just a 2-minute drive to the shops and restaurants of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. Also close to the city's main motorways. Johannesburg International Airport is just 30 km away.
Travel Dates:27 October - 26 November 2015.
Sarova Panafric, Nairobi 4-StarNairobi
The hotel is located in Upperhill an upmarket business and residential suburb of Nairobi, half a kilometre from the city centre and 18km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Travel Dates:13 October - 29 November 2015.
Double Tree Cape Town Upper East Side, South Africa 4-StarCape Town
Situated in Woodstock, just a 5 minute drive from Cape Town city centre, the popular V&A Waterfront and the International Conference Centre. It is also just a 15 minute drive to the international airport.
Travel Dates:14 October - 30 November 2015.
Ritz, Cape TownCape Town
Situated in Sea Point, just a short ride from Capetown centre and the famous V&A Waterfront. The hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Cape Town's best beaches, a 10-minute drive to Table Mountain cable car, and 20 kms from the airport.
Travel Dates:14 October - 30 November 2015.
Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg 5-StarJohannesburg
Situated in a residential area, very close to the centre of sandton. There is a complimentary shuttle bus service to sandton shopping arcade which is a very short drive away.
Travel Dates:27 October - 26 November 2015.
Cairo Stopover - 4 DaysEgypt
Day 1, CairoWelcome to Egypt and the start of your citystay! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to your hotel and overnight.No meals included.Day 2, Pyramids & the Egyptian MuseumHello Cairo! Today, enjoy a guided visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Whilst here, you can opt to enter inside one of the pyramids, subject to opening. Not built for the purpose of accommodating curious travellers, a visit inside one of the pyramids is hot, humid and not recommended for the claustrophobic! For a real Arabian experience, perhaps opt to hire a camel for a trot across the sands of Giza. We later enjoy a guided visit at the Egyptian Museum. Prize exhibit has to be the priceless funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen, including his legendary solid gold death mask. Also during the visit you can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed. 1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 3, Explore or relaxFree day to enjoy Cairo your way. Perhaps enjoy an optional Cairo city tour or a visit to the first pyramid ever built - Zhoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara. There are also plenty of cabs available from you hotel to take you into central Cairo. Perhaps check out the bargains at Khan el-Khalili bazaar.1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 4, CairoHotel check out and included onward transfer to airport. 1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Marrakech Experience - IndependentMorocco
Day 1: MarrakechArrive in Marrakech and settle into your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 2: MarrakechEnjoy a half-day guided tour of the city. Witness the Bahia Palace and explore its serene courtyards and myriad salons. Visit the Marrakech Museum, housed in a former palace and home to an impressive collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Head through the streets of the old medina back to Djemaa el-Fna, then spend free time further exploring the city or relaxing over a fresh orange juice and watching the passing parade.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: MarrakechYour independent experience ends after breakfast today.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner
DepartingFrom 29-Apr-2015 to 25-Dec-2016
Day 1 Stone TownArrive at any time. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town is a captivating labyrinth of narrow streets and winding alleyways. Lose yourself in the buzz of the markets, delight your senses in the bustling bazaars, and check out the many mosques and grand Arab residences. You can spend hours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors, or buying local snacks, such as sesame bread, from scores of tiny cafés. Optional activities include tours of the ruins of the Sultan's Palace, a tour of the Jozani Forest, or a city tour. Zanzibar, 'the spice island,' has an extremely interesting history and culture as it was the centre of the slave and spice trades in the 1800s. Zanzibar remains one of the most fascinating places in East Africa, despite a heavy increase in tourism since the early 1990s. Thanks to an ambitious and far-reaching preservation programme funded by UNESCO and the Aga Khan Foundation, many famous old buildings have been restored, or are in the process of being renovated.Days 2-3 Nungwi Beach (2B)Orientation walk around historic Stone Town, then transfer to the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of beautiful Nungwi Beach. Free time to lounge on the beach, go snorkelling, scuba diving, and tour the island. Opt to hit the beach bars in the evening with the group. Nungwi is the centre of Zanzibar’s traditional dhow-building industry, and its boat yard is a busy hub of boat repairs and building. Approximate travel time: 2 hrsDay 4 Stone Town (1B)Morning, group transfer scheduled for Stone Town departs Beach 10am, arrival to Stone Town 11:30am. Depart at any time after this. Private (later) transfers can be arranged at extra cost through your CEO.
DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 25/02/2016
Day 1 CairoYour G Adventures CEO will pick you up at your Cairo hotel (overnight not included) at 9am and transfer you 220km across the desert to the city of Alexandria, a journey of approximately three hours by private vehicle. Egypt's only Mediterranean city has a European feel and refreshing sea breezes. Upon arrival, your CEO will take you to visit the Roman theatre at Kom El Dikka, which is thought to have been a place more for public meetings than for performances. The theatre was recently discovered in 1967 when work was underway to construct modern building on its site. It is the only Roman theatre in Egypt and one of its kind. Later in the afternoon you'll visit the Montazah Summer Palace to spend a quiet afternoon in the gardens near the Mediterranean Sea. Khedive Abbas Hilmy (1892-1914) built Montazah as his summer palace, a place to retreat to when Cairo became too hot. Sited on a rocky bluff overlooking the sea, it's designed in a interesting mix of Moorish/Florentine style. It is now used by Egypt's president and off limits to the public, but the surrounding gardens are a great place to wander. By the sea, there is an unusual Victorian-style bridge running out to a small island. Later in the day you will check-in to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Opt to head to the bar at the famous Cecil Hotel for a sunset drink. Your Alexandria hotel is a comfortable seaside property with all expected amenities. Guestrooms feature satellite television, minibars and air conditioning as well as an en-suite bathroom. There are two restaurants and two bars on site. Distance travelled: Cairo to Alexandria, approximately 3 hours by private vehicleDay 2 Cairo (B)After an early breakfast, you will set out with your CEO to the Fort and Citadel of Qait Bay. The Qait Bay Citadel is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formed an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD. The citadel is situated at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of Pharos Island. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the 14th century there was a very destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed, after which the fortification you see today was built. Next visit Pompey's Pillar. The name "Pompey's Pillar" is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus. Next visit the Catacomb of Komel-Shokafa. These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd Century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion. Our final stop is the new Alexandria Library. The Ancient Library of Alexandria, was probably the largest, and certainly the most famous, of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and functioned as a major center of scholarship, at least until the time of Rome's conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. The magnificent new library opened in 2002 very near the site of the old library. In the late afternoon you transfer back to Cairo where your tour will finish on arrival with a transfer to your hotel (overnight not included) or the airport for your onward travel. Please ask at time of booking if you would like to organize post-tour accommodation. Please do not book any international flights until after 9pm this evening.
DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015
Essaouira Experience - IndependentMorocco
Day 1-2: EssaouiraArrive in Marrakech and drive to Essaouria – one of North Africa’s most picturesque settlements. Enjoy a guided tour of the town’s narrow streets, taking in its laid-back coastal atmosphere. Stroll through its 18th century medina and witness the entertaining daily catch and auction of fish. Explore the city’s markets, galleries and restaurants – perhaps browsing the woodwork and lacquerwork of local artisans. Be sure to feast on some Moroccan seafood.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Essaouira - MarrakechEnjoy free time relaxing or exploring the town, then head back to Marrakech. Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling Djemaa el-Fna and spend some time browsing in the colourful bazaars of the medina.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: MarrakechYour trip concludes in Marrakech after breakfast today.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner
DepartingFrom 29-Apr-2015 to 26-Dec-2015
Self-drive Garden Route, 5 DaysAfrica
HIGHLIGHTS: Oudtshoorn - Knysna - Port Elizabeth One highlight of your journey will undoubtedly be the genuine South African hospitality afforded to you at our carefully selected guestfarm and quayside hotel. Day 1: Oudtshoorn This morning you depart Cape Town for the arid lands of the Klein Karoo. The Klein Karoo specialises in the farming of a rather unique bird, the ostrich. As you drive through mountain passes to the colonial heartland of the Cape the scenery is quite spectacular. Your two night stop is at De Zeekoe Guest Farm, which is located on the perimeter of Oudtshoorn itself offering a host of regional activities. De Zeekoe Guest Farm. Day 2: Oudtshoorn There are plenty of activities in and around Oudtshoorn to keep you busy today. Popular excursions include a unique experience; spending time with wild meerkats on a 2000 hectare farm. De Zeekoe is one of the few places in South Africa where you can do this. Nearby attractions include ostrich farms and the ice formations at Cango Caves. You can visit an ostrich farm and learn about how the ostrich assisted the economy during colonial times. You also have the chance to ride an ostrich. De Zeekoe Guest Farm. Day 3: Knysna Making your way to the coastal resort of Knysna, you can choose to travel via the coastal town of Mossel Bay or the coastal strip of Wilderness. Knysna is located on a picturesque lagoon. Here you can join a sunset cruise to view the habitat of the famous Knysna oyster, touted as the best oysters in Africa. Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Day 4: Knysna Knysna is a great base to visit attractions which abound in this area. If you prefer long sandy beaches you can spend the day at nearby 'Plett'. This seaside town is a popular holiday spot for the rich and famous. Here you can board an ocean safari in search of whale, dolphin and seal. You can also meet the children of Qolweni Township during a visit to the school and creche. We would suggest that this evening you dine at the Knysna waterfront, famous for its fresh seafood restaurants, which is adjacent to your hotel. Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Day 5: Port Elizabeth Following the coast your journey brings you to the Storms River. You can view the dramatically positioned suspension bridge at the Storms River Mouth and take a walk amongst the indigenous flora in the stunning Tsitsikamma Forest. In the late afternoon you arrive at the city of Port Elizabeth, overlooking Mandela Bay. Here you drop your car at the airport to join your flight. * Accommodation can be arranged for you in Port Elizabeth if you prefer to stay here. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid for select departures until 31 October 2015.
Cairo Experience - IndependentEgypt
Day 1: CairoArrive in Cairo and be transferred to your hotel.Day 2: CairoWitness some of Ancient Egypt’s iconic pyramids. Visit Saqqara and see this enormous necropolis which was ancient Memphis’ active burial ground for centuries.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 3: CairoVisit the Egyptian Museum, home to some 120,000 pieces including treasures of King Tut’s tomb. Explore Khan al Khalili, the vast and colourful bazaar in the Islamic district of Cairo. Enjoy free time exploring the city further. Perhaps venture south of downtown to Old Cairo and Rhoda Island.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 4: CairoYour trip comes to an end today after breakfast.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner
DepartingFrom 16-Apr-2015 to 03-Jan-2016
Pyramid City - 4 DaysEgypt
Day 1, CairoWelcome to Egypt and the start of your city stay! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to the 5 star Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and overnight.No meals included.Day 2, The Pyramids of Giza & the Egyptian MuseumHello Cairo! Today, enjoy a guided visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Whilst here, you can opt to enter inside one of the pyramids, subject to opening. Not built for the purpose of accommodating curious travellers, a visit inside one of the pyramids is hot, humid and not recommended for the claustrophobic! For a real Arabian experience, perhaps opt to hire a camel for a trot across the sands of Giza. After time for lunch and a little respite we embark upon a guided tour of the famous Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities. In addition to witnessing the priceless funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen, including his legendary solid gold death mask, the museum boasts an amazing and certainly extensive collection of some 120 000 ancient Egyptian artifacts. Also during the visit you can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed.1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 3, Discover Cairo - your own wayA free day to enjoy Cairo your own way. Consider relaxing by the hotel swimming pool, snapping up a few bargains at the Khan el Khalili bazaar or further sightseeing Cairo with our optional Cairo City tour or a visit to the tomb-strewn Saqqara, home to Zhoser’s step pyramid. The step pyramid was constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, and was the template for all future pyramid construction, including the Great Pyramids of Giza. 1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 4, CairoToday marks the conclusion of our arrangement. Enjoy breakfast at leisure before hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to the airport.1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Kruger Camping SafariJohannesburg
Day 1 JohannesburgArrive in Johannesburg any time and make your way to the joining point hotel. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in evening on Day 1 of your tour. Upon arrival look for information from your CEO on the hotel bulletin board regarding the meeting time (approx. 6pm). Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the Visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Our starting hotel is located outside of the city of Johannesburg. After the welcome meeting your CEO will organize a group dinner just outside the lodge in one of the local restaurants.Day 2-3 Greater Kruger Area/Kruger National Park (2B,2L,2D)Approximate Distance: 550 km Estimated Time: 10 hrs (Including stops) Depart early in the morning (approx. 7:30am) and drive through scenic mountains, experience traditional Shangaan dinner and dance. The name Manyeleti, means 'Place of the Stars' in the local Shangaan language and guests have the opportunity to view the magnificent Southern Constellation. Manyeleti is situated away from the mainstream tourist areas and guests can experience the tranquility of the African Bush in absolute seclusion. In the late afternoon/early evening relax around the pool, sit around the campfire and enjoy your sundowner drink, followed by a traditional meal and traditional dancing by the villagers. Sleep tight and listen to the haunting sounds of the African night. The 23,000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve is situated between the Timbavati Private Reserve, the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. With no fences separating Manyeleti from Kruger and the neighbouring reserves, a huge variety of wildlife roams freely over more than 2 million hectares of African bush. Game drives in open vehicles (optional) could bring you into close contact with the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) for an unforgettable safari experience. The Manyeleti Game Reserve is managed by the Mnisi tribe who have been in the area for many generations. The Mnisi are committed to retaining the integrity of the game reserve and ensuring that the benefits of tourism in the reserve are delivered to the surrounding communities. Depart around 8:00am to visit Planeterra-supported, Hope Africa Children's Day School, close to the lodge in Shalati Village. G Adventures, Planeterra and the Shalati Lodge work closely with the school to provide not only funds for improvements and supplies, but also hands-on support with lesson plans and resource assistance. Many of the parents of the children that attend this school are staff at the lodge and rangers at the park -- the education centre allows for their children to have full-time access to early childhood education, while also being cared for so their parents can preform their livelihoods. You will have a quick stop at this school first thing in the morning to see the morning announcements/ songs of the students. The school has a principal and two full-time teachers who will discuss the work that is done at the school. While the students commence with their classes, you will have a chance to walk around the grounds with you CEO who will show you the school facilities. Planeterra and G Adventures recently built a new kitchen, toilets, and water tank for the school. Future plans include expanding a community garden and craft stall that will be run by the mother's of the children to each extra income for their families. After the visit to the school you will continue to Kruger NP for a full-day game drive in our own vehicle. Please note: children will not be in attendance periodically during periods of school holidays including the long vacation from: 11 Dec 2014 to 13 Jan 2015 26 Mar 2015 to 12Apr 2015 27 Jun 2015 to 19 Jul 2015 3 Oct 2015 to 11 Oct 2015 10 Dec 2015 to 14 Jan 2016Day 4 Johannesburg (1B)Approximate Distance: 416 km Estimated Time: 6 hrs We will head out early in the morning (approx. 6-7am) for a short morning game drive. Transfer back to Johannesburg via a shared shuttle and arrive in the early evening, where your tour ends upon arrival at 6pm or earlier. Note that this transfer is unaccompanied by a CEO. Please note: Drop off is at Oliver Thambo Airport or Airport Game Lodge
DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 23/01/2017
Classic Coastal Garden Route, 6 DaysAfrica
HIGHLIGHTS: Mossel Bay - Knysna - Plettenberg Bay - Port Elizabeth Day 1: Mossel Bay This morning you depart Cape Town for the traditional start to the garden route, Mossel Bay. You follow the mountains inland from the coast before arriving at this pretty seaside town for your first overnight stop. Your hotel is next to the Diaz Museum which hosts an exact replica of the vessel that Diaz sailed to find the route around the cape in the 15th century. There are restaurants and shops nearby and a sandy beach and sailing club complete the picture. Protea Hotel Mossel Bay. Day 2: Knysna Making your way to the coastal resort of Knysna, you follow the coastal strip through a region known simply as Wilderness. The region is bordered on one side by the ocean and the other by picturesque lakes making it a popular holiday resort for Capetonians. Knysna is located on a picturesque lagoon. Here you can join a sunset cruise to view the habitat of the famous Knysna oyster, touted as the best oysters in Africa or relax on the waterfront. Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Day 3: Knysna Knysna is a great base to visit attractions which abound in this area. Nearby attractions include animal sanctuaries, look outs across to the town, ocean and lagoon and a popular cruise across the lagoon to the national parks on the headland. We would suggest that this evening you dine at the Knysna waterfront, famous for its fresh seafood restaurants, which is adjacent to your hotel. Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Day 4: Plettenberg Bay If you prefer long sandy beaches you will enjoy your time at nearby 'Plett'. This seaside town is a popular holiday spot for the rich and famous. Here you can board an ocean safari in search of whale, dolphin and seal. You can also meet the children of Qolweni Township during a visit to the school and creche. Whalesong Hotel and Hydro. Day 5: Plettenberg Bay Your base at Plettenberg Bay allows you to spend time at the nearby Tsitsikamma National Park. Following the coast your journey brings you to the Storms River. You can view the dramatically positioned suspension bridge at the Storms River Mouth and take a walk amongst the indigenous flora in the stunning Tsitsikamma Forest. Whalesong Hotel and Hydro Day 6: Port Elizabeth Today your drive takes you to the city of Port Elizabeth, overlooking Mandela Bay. Here you drop your car at the airport to join your flight. * Accommodation can be arranged for you in Port Elizabeth if you prefer to stay here. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid for select departures until 31 October 2015.
A landscape of unforgettable sweeping grandeur and delight
The continent's patchwork of peoples carve out homes in Equatorial jungles, traditional villages, modern cities or continue their ageless nomadic customs. Often Africa is presented as a cultural conglomerate but it's strikingly varied. There are 54 nations here.
The big game really is big – it matches the grandeur of the landscape it traverses, blends with and hunts in. Kenya is the hotspot for tracking the Big Five. If you're not a fan of rugged interior adventure, Africa is king of 'glamping'. Honeymooners like to flock offshore to the paradise-like Mauritius but wherever you find yourself on an African holiday, chances are you'll be back for more.