Top 2015 African Destinations For Adventure Holidays – You Must Scratch These Off Your Bucket List This Year!

Zanzibar Discovery – $849 only!

5 days,Stone Town to Stone Town

The spice island of Zanzibar ( semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa) is a fascinating and beautiful world of its own and its beautiful beaches are world-renowned, so enjoy the idyllic white sand, turquoise water and unforgettable sunsets. At night, retire to comfortable accommodations. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town by wandering its labyrinth of narrow streets, losing yourself in the buzz of the markets, and exploring the many mosques and grand Arab residences. You’ll never want to leave.

Zanzibar-Holidays

What’s Included

  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Guided tour of Stone Town and a spice plantation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD85-100 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • Private air-conditioned minivan.
  • Local representative in Stone Town, driver.
  • Comfort hotels (2 nts), beach resort (2 nts).
Day 1 Stone Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Stone Town (1B)

The day is yours to explore Stone Town at your leisure. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Stone Town is a captivating labyrinth of narrow streets and winding alleyways. Lose yourself in the buzz of the bustling bazaars, and check out the many mosques and grand Arab residences. Options include a guided tour of the town, visiting the local museums, or just relaxing.

Day 3-4 Mangwapani Beach (2B,2D)

Visit a local spice plantation for a guided tour. The archipelago still produces cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla and lemongrass. Continue to the beach and relax on the white sand, soaking up the sunshine, or snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal clear waters.

Day 5 Stone Town (1B)

Transfer back to the airport for departure. Please book ongoing travel for the late afternoon.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TO ZANZIBAR TODAY!

 

Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari – $2,999 Only!

11 days,Nairobi to Arusha

Long on yearning for the savannahs of East Africa but short on time? This should do the trick. This adventure spreads the wonders of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, magnificent Lake Manyara and campouts under the broad midnight skies of the Masai Mara over 11 adventure-filled days. Our all-terrain vehicles cut down the travel time, making sure your every minute in Africa is spent interacting with the locals and tracking the Big Five. Africa in a flash? It can be done.

Maasai Tanzania Camping Safari

What’s Included

  • Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance and game drives
  • Mto wa Mbu guided village tour with a traditional lunch
  • Lake Manyara game drive
  • Masai village visit and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project
  • Serengeti game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater game drive
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners. (Allow USD70-95 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • 7-seat 4×4 safari van, 7-seat 4×4 safari land cruiser.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10
  • Simple hotels (4 nts), full-service camping (6 nts).

 

Day 1 Nairobi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-3 Masai Mara Game Reserve (2B,2L,2D)

View wildlife and stop for photographs on daily game drives. Opt to visit a local Masai village and learn to dance like a local.

Day 4 Nairobi (1B,1L)

Morning game drive at the Masai Mara Game Reserve before departing for Nairobi.

Day 5 Arusha (1B)

Cross into Tanzania and prepare for the safari.

Day 6 Lake Manyara National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Learn about the Mto wa Mbu village on a guided cultural walk. View wildlife on a game drive.

Days 7-8 Serengeti National Park (2B,2L,2D)

Travel through the Rift Valley and visit a Masai village to learn about the Masai people and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project. Meet the local women engineers who have installed clean cookstoves throughout these communities. Pull out the camera for great shots of wildlife on game drives.

Day 9 Ngorongoro Conservation Area (1B,1L,1D)

Morning game drive in the Serengeti. Take in the spectacular view of the Ngorongoro Crater from its rim.

Day 10 Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Arusha (1B,1L)

Morning game drive in the crater.

Day 11 Arusha (1B)

Depart at any time.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TO TANZANIA TODAY!

 

Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure – $2159.20 only!

14 days,Nairobi to Nairobi

Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this 2-week overland adventure. Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colourful cultures and wild landscapes of Kenya and Uganda.

Uganda and Kenya Gorilla

Uganda and Kenya Gorilla

What’s Included

  • Hippo-spotting boat ride (Lake Naivasha)
  • Entrance and chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits
  • Game drive (Lake Nakuru NP)
  • Boat safari (Lake Naivasha)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners. (Allow USD50-70 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • Overland truck, minibuses, walking.
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified mountain gorilla trackers.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 20.
  • Participation camping (11 nts), bush camping (1 nt), basic hotel (1 nt).

 

Day 1 Nairobi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Lake Naivasha (1B,1L,1D)

Stop off at the beautiful Lake Naivasha for an included hippo-spotting boat ride before lunch. Opt to go on a walking safari, visit Green Crater Lake or view birds and wildlife around the camp.

Day 3 Eldoret (1B,1L,1D)

View varied landscapes from the overland truck.

Day 4 Kampala (1B,1L,1D)

Another driving day to cross the border into Uganda, then camp outside of the country’s largest city.

Day 5 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Chimp Tracking (1B,1L,1D)

Experience the Ugandan countryside and finish up at a bush camp in western Uganda.

Day 6-8 Gorilla Tracking/Lake Bunyonyi (3B,3L,3D)

Set off on an included chimpanzee tracking excursion and tea plantation visit in the morning before travelling to Lake Bunyonyi. Enjoy a 1-day guided mountain gorilla trek. Option to go canoeing, fishing, hiking or boating around the lake.

Day 9 Kampala (1B,1L,1D)

Return to the capital after a long drive. Almost to Jinja!

Day 10-11 Jinja (2B,2L,2D)

Enjoy this town known for its outdoor and adventure activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or volunteer with a local project.

Day 12 Eldoret (1B,1L,1D)

Cross over into Kenya for a night in Eldoret.

Day 13 Lake Nakuru (1B,1L,1D)

Enjoy a game drive in Lake Nakuru NP, keep an eye out for black and white rhinos.

Day 14 Nairobi (1B,1L)

Transfer to Nairobi, where the tour ends upon arrival in the late afternoon.

BOOK YOUR UGANDA AND KENYA GORILLA ADVENTURE TODAY!

 

South Africa Camping Adventure – $1799.20 Only!

Southern Africa is one of the continent’s most fascinating destinations, and on this two-week trip, you’ll get the best of what this dynamic region has to offer. Going from Cape Town to Johannesburg, you’ll experience the mountains of Lesotho, coastal Zululand and the hiking terrain of Tugela Gorge, while camping and shared dorms help keep costs down. Cap it off with game drives in Addo NP & Kruger NP before visiting rural Shalati, also home to our Planeterra New Hope project. Wildlife and warm feelings guaranteed.

South Africa Camping Adventures

South Africa Camping Adventures

What’s Included

  • Visit to Knysna Heads
  • Game drives and park entrances in Addo Elephant NP & Kruger NP
  • Entrances to Tsitsikamma NP, Royal Natal NP, and Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tugela Gorge hike
  • Traditional Shangaan dinner and dance
  • Visit to Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners. (Allow USD85-110 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • 19-seat touring vehicle, maximum 14 passengers.
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 12.
  • Participation camping (12 nts), dorms (2 nts, multi-share), simple hotel (1 nt).

 

Day 1 Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you’d like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 2 Oudtshoorn (1B,1L,1D)

Travel into the Klein Karoo area and enjoy a first night of camping. Opt to explore the Cango Caves or visit an ostrich farm.

Day 3-4 Tsitsikamma (2B,2L,2D)

Cross over the Outeniqua Mountains and stop by the Knysna Heads for a scenic view of the beautiful scenery. Enjoy free time to go hiking, bungee jumping or whale watching. National park entrance fees are included.

Day 5 Addo National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Enjoy a game drive in the touring vehicle. Be on the watch for big elephants.

Day 6 Karoo National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Travel into the vast semi-desert of Karoo NP.

Day 7-8 Lesotho (2B,2L,2D)

Cross the border into the highest independent state in the world. Enjoy free time for hiking or horseback riding along trails through this beautiful mountainous country.

Day 9-10 Drakensberg (2B,2L,2D)

Return to South Africa, and set up camp at the foot of the mountains. Set off on an included hike along Tugela Gorge in Royal Natal NP.

Day 11-12 Zululand (2B,1L)

Travel to St Lucia near the coast of Zululand. Opt to take a game drive in Umfolozi Game Reserve or go horseback riding on the beach.

Day 13 Swaziland (1B,1L,1D)

Cross another border into Swaziland and camp in Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 14-15 Kruger National Park/Greater Kruger Area (2B,2L,2D)

Continue on to Kruger NP for an afternoon game drive in the touring vehicle. Enjoy a full-day game drive the following day before travelling to the village of Shalati. Experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance in the evening.

Day 16 Johannesburg (1B,1L)

In the morning, visit Planeterra-supported Hope Africa Children’s Day School. Afterwards, transfer to South Africa’s capital, where the tour ends upon arrival. Book ongoing travel from 8pm onwards.

BOOK YOUR SOUTH AFRICA CAMPING ADVENTURES TODAY!

 

Morocco on a Shoestring – $1,299 Only!

15 days,Casablanca to Marrakech

In our humble opinion, there’s no better way to spend two weeks than travelling around majestic, marvelous, magical Morocco. In a country with no shortage of highlights, we make sure to hit all the main ones, including Fez, Chefchaouen, the coastal hippie mecca of Essaouira and plenty of souks to shop in and beaches to relax on. After an overnight stay in a Berber camp and a few market barters under your belt, you’ll feel like a local in no time.

Morocco Holidays

Morocco Holidays

What’s Included

  • Overnight camel excursion to a Berber tented camp in the desert
  • Local village farmland walk (Todra)
  • Entrance to Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Orientation walk in Essaouira
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner. (Allow USD380-500 for meals not included.)
  • Private air-con van, public bus, camel.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share).

 

Day 1 Casablanca

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Tangier (1B)

Travel up the coast to Tangier. Get lost in the winding streets and alleyways of the medina, and take a beachfront stroll. Be sure to sample some Moroccan mint tea.

Day 3-4 Chefchaouen

Explore this beautiful mountain town with white-washed buildings and blue accents. Opt to hike the Rif Mountains, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers’ cooperative.

Day 5-6 Fes (2B)

Free time to shop in the world’s largest medina, visit a Berber pharmacy and take in the many colours of an ancient tannery.

Day 7-8 Marrakech (1B)

Travel across Morocco to the bustling city of Marrakech. Check out Djemaa el Fna Square for a good taste of the country—from tagines to magicians and snake charmers, it’s sure to entertain.

Day 9-10 Nkob/Merzouga (1B,1D)

Travel west into the desert and head off on a camel ride into the dunes. Spend the night in a Berber camp.

Day 11 Todra Gorge (1B)

Walk though a local village farmland near Todra to learn about the local way of life.

Day 12 Aït Ben Haddou (1B)

Get lost exploring the kasbah in the Atlas Mountains. Optional Moroccan cooking class.

Day 13-14 Essaouira (1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk through the city. Take in the laidback vibes of this coastal town.

Day 15 Marrakech (1B)

Continue onto Marrakech where the tour ends upon arrival at 12pm; please book onward travel after 2pm.

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