This tour takes in the very best that South Africa has to offer, starting off in Johannesburg. You’ll head out of the city on your third day, to safari-ready Phalaborwa. You’ll have your first game drive here, where you can spot the likes of buffalo, antelope and giraffes. In the middle of the day, you’ll stop for a break, before heading out into the wild – see what we did there? – again. Then, end your day in style around a campfire, tucking into a traditional braai barbecue. You’ll have the next morning to spend as you like, then in the afternoon, a river cruise is on the agenda. Olifants River is home to hippos, crocodiles and – on its banks – elephants, so keep an eye on the water and a hand on your camera.
On your fifth day, you’ll start bright and early to watch the sunrise over Kruger National Park. Then, it’s time to search out some more wildlife for the rest of the morning. You’ll have the afternoon to yourself. Day six brings with it a trip to Waterberg, where you’ll get to visit a sweet factory and head out on a safari over wetlands and open plains. You’ll see some more of Waterberg’s wildlife on your seventh day, plus you’ll visit the Entabeni Rehabilitation Centre to learn about the work they do to look after endangered species. On your final day, you’ll venture out on a full-day safari to tick off any animals you might’ve missed. Then, after a sleep, your next destination is the airport.
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You’ll kick off this tour with a trip to Morocco’s most famous city – Marrakech. Tick off a selection of sights including the Menara Gardens, Bahia Palace and Jemaa el-Fna. After a well-earned sleep in your hotel, you’ll hop in a 4x4 for a journey through the Atlas Mountains. Stop off at the Telouet Kasbah and the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou – the latter’s been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you might recognise it from some of your favourite TV shows. On your fourth day, it’s time to make your way to the town of Merzouga. Keep your eyes firmly on the scenery and you’ll spot golden sand dunes and dramatic gorges. You’ll make a stop at the rust-red Dades Gorge, before spending the night camping in a traditional desert tent, like a real Bedouin nomad.
You’re in for an early start on your fifth day, to see the sun come up over the desert. Then, you’ll visit Rissani Village and Alnif town – both Berber hotspots. After that, it’s on to Tamegroute to take a look at its ancient library, before stopping at your last destination of the day, Zagora. On your next day, it’s time for a road trip along Morocco’s longest river – the scenery’s worth getting your camera out for. Then it’s back to Marrakech where you’ll spend the night. Your final day will give you the chance to revisit your favourite spots in Marrakech, or see anything you missed last time – you’re free to do as you please for the whole day. Then, after one more night in your hotel, you’ll be taken back to the airport to start your journey home.
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This tour delivers on the promise that its name makes – you’ll see the very best of Tanzania’s jaw-dropping scenery on your seven-night trip. There’ll be a hefty dose of once-in-a-lifetime safaris, too, so make sure you pack your camera. After your first night in Arusha, you’ll head off to Lake Mayara National Park, where you can admire the always-stellar sunset views. In the morning, you’ll head out on your very first game drive. Then, it’s on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which merges into the Serengeti National Park. Here, you’ll be staying in a lodge, and you’ll be able to spot the likes of zebras and gazelles from your window. Your next day is full of safaris. You could spot Africa’s famous Big Five today – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos – so keep your eyes peeled.
In the morning, you’ll head out onto the Serengeti again for a picnic – and some more wildlife spotting, of course. Plus, you’ll get to meet some of the Maasai people and visit one of their villages. Once you’ve had a chance to have a taste of their culture, you’ll head on to spend the night in a new hotel near the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll get to discover this spectacular sight in the morning – it’s one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas, and in the grasslands at its base, you’ll find the highest density of lions in Africa, as well as rhinos, elephants and zebra. You’ll have some time to chill out in the afternoon. On your seventh day, you’ll visit the town of Karatu which boasts a bustling market. Then, you’ll visit the coffee-growing Gibb’s Farm. After a sleep in a nearby hotel, you’ll travel back to Arusha to visit the Arusha Coffee Lodge and the Shanga Shop – this place employs locals with disabilities to make jewellery. After that, it’s time to start the trip back to the airport for your flight home, or to a beach break in Zanzibar.
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