Africa

The word safari means "journey" in Swahili, and we take our etymological connection to Africa seriously by offering only the best travel experiences. Look to us for active trips and safaris featuring local, expertly trained guides and the best in food and equipment. We can help you link West Africa, East Africa, and Southern Africa with explorations throughout the continent as well as trips to Madagascar. Choose from regularly departing group safaris or private safari-style travel arrangements tailored to your exact interests and budget. JOURNEYS offers safaris and cultural travel to Africa year-round.

We are a leader in family African safaris. Our Kenya Million Animal Safari, now in its third decade, is a culturally sensitive, wildlife intensive trip that supports community education. This tour, along with our wildlife and photography safaris in Tanzania, Madagascar, Botswana, and other countries in southern Africa, serve as models for safari trips in West Africa. In southern Africa we partner with local tour operators who offer regular departures ranging from classic safaris under canvas with full comfort and gourmet dining to "participation safaris" where you help create the adventure.

We have connections for explorations of Gabon, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda. Not every traveler will be enticed by every African destination, but we think we can find the right trip for any traveler interested in Africa. We know African travel, and we want to share our knowledge with you.

Tours to Africa

Kenya: A Million Animals, A Multitude of Friends
Cost: $4,235-$5,475  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Join long-time friend and favorite JOURNEYS guide Makau Nzioka on safari in Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. If you go in August, you can join in the festivities at Makau's spirited family reunion in Mbitini village.

Ancient Egypt, Jordan & Israel
Cost: $5,295  •  Duration: 20 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore iconic sites of ancient and biblical times on a historic and cultural adventure through three countries. From remote desert wonders to cities that mix ancient and modern character, you will realize, in awe, the richness and significance of these destinations.

Best of Namibia Camping Safari 2014
Cost: $3,350-$3,550  •  Duration: 12 days  •   10 upcoming departures

Meditate on Africa's most colorful landscapes and track spectacular wildlife where you wouldn't expect it.

Botswana Mammals and Meerkats
Cost: $6,750  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Sep. 14-27, 2014

Ride elephants, walk with lions! After exploring the country's most famous reserves, sleep under the stars at Makgadikgadi Pans and visit the meerkats. A group of six will be joined by JOURNEYS Africa Specialist Kirsten Williams for her dream Botswana camping safari.

Botswana's Best Camping Safari
Cost: $3,550-$4,100  •  Duration: 9 days  •   14 upcoming departures

Enjoy photography, birding, and exceptional wildlife viewing as part of a guided small group camping trip exploring the very best reserves and sanctuaries of Botswana.

Classic Namibia Under Canvas
Cost: $4,795  •  Duration: 12 days  •   8 upcoming departures

Savor the wonders of Nambia from luxury camps in the wild bush.

Classic Uganda and Rwanda
Cost: $7,164-$7,960  •  Duration: 12 days  •   24 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Join a small group to visit the mountain gorillas in Bwindi, Mgahina, and Volcanoes National Park, see the chimps of Kyambura Gorge, and go on a safari in fabled Queen Elizabeth Park.

Egypt: Desert Oases and the Nile Valley
Cost: $5,295-$5,895  •  Duration: 14 days  •   Privately on Request

Visit the great monuments and also penetrate the Sahara visiting the great oases of the Western Desert. Experience Egypt from many perspectives on a personalized tour.

Ethiopia Timkat Festival & Cultural Odyssey
Cost: $6,495  •  Duration: 20 days  •   5 upcoming departures •  This departure does not visit Timkat Festival but ends in Addis on the day of Meskel Celebrations.

Join in the swirling color and passion of Timkat Festival. Visit the castles of Gondar, the sacred city of Axum, the Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains and the tribes of the Omo Valley. Late December departure varies slightly and includes the Genna Festival.

Rwanda: Four-day Gorilla Adventure
Cost: $3,417-$3,797  •  Duration: 4 days  •   58 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

For those fortunate enough to do this, spending time up close with mountain gorillas is a lifetime highlight. This four-day trip allows enough time in stunning Parc National des Volcans for one or two gorilla treks and other natural and cultural encounters as well.

Egypt: From the Pharaohs to the Future
Cost: $4,975  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore Egypt with our most experienced guides. If your schedule permits, consider an extension to Petra, Jordan.

Tanzania: Full Moon Kili Summit, Safari & Zanzibar
Cost: $5,725  •  Duration: 15 days  •  Sep. 4-18, 2014 •  Join Another Adventurer on the September 4 Full Moon Climb!

Fulfill your life-long goal of climbing Kili. Afterward, search for the "big five" game animals on safari in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Then, congratulate and indulge yourself on Zanzibar's powder white sand beaches.

Uganda & Rwanda: Gorillas in the Virungas and Bwindi
Cost: $5,144-$5,715  •  Duration: 8 days  •   20 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Meet your ancestors on this chimp- and gorilla-focused trip featuring reserved permits, high standard accommodation, and the best guides and vehicles.

Africa: Great Trek Adventure
Cost: $4,050  •  Duration: 22 days  •   7 upcoming departures

If you don't need fancy lodges, luxury camp, and hotels, this is the perfect value safari for experiencing all the best of southern African nature and culture.

High and Wild In Ethiopia
Cost: $4,600  •  Duration: 13 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This is a great first or next African wildlife or cultural adventure, visiting some of the best that Ethiopia has to offer.

Karibu, Tanzania! Family Safari
Cost: $2,750-$4,900  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

If you and the kids like wild animals, this family safari is the ultimate travel experience. Meet Maasai warriors. Closely approach lions, elephants, and giraffes.

Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife & Culture
Cost: $5,695  •  Duration: 12 days

The absolute best of East Africa! Tanzania's Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongo Crater. Kenya's Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. Find the Big Five -- elephants, lions, leopards, rhino and buffalo -- as well as zebras, gazelles, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, baboons and much more.

Kenya Great Game Safari
Cost: $4,450  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Traverse several parks in search of large game with renowned guide Makau Nzioka, among Kenya's best birders and naturalists.

Madagascar Lemur Adventure
Cost: $4,595  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

This is a focused ten-day exploration of Madagascar's most famous lemur reserves. Enjoy fantastic wildlife, and conclude with the beaches and island reserves near Nosy Be.

Madagascar: Lemurs! Lemurs!
Cost: $5,965  •  Duration: 16 days  •   3 upcoming departures •  One of three 2014 dates, each with two travelers!

Madagascar, an island that evolved in isolation from mainland Africa, presents entirely unique flora and fauna. This fantastic overview introduces travelers to varied environments and myriad species found nowhere else, including many different lemurs.

Madagascar: Tails of the Wild
Cost: $4,695  •  Duration: 12 days

Immerse yourself in the magic of nature, cultures, wild scenery, and unique markets of Madagascar. Great guides make this a very personal experience.

Moroccan Dreams
Cost: $3,995  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Enjoy three distinctly different experiences of Morocco. In Chefchaouen life unfolds at a leisurely pace among the charming blue-tinted buildings. The ancient walled city of Fez pulses with human activity while appearing as it did centuries ago. Marrakech is stunning, contemporary and dynamic.

Morocco Markets and Mountains
Cost: $3,850-$4,495  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Privately on Request

Meander Morocco's markets and mountains in Meknes, Marrakech, and Merzouga. Roam from coastal ruins to Sahara dunes and much more.

Morocco Souks and Sahara
Cost: $3,550-$4,775  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Oct. 11-22, 2014 or Privately on Request

An exciting exploration of Rabat, Fez, and the Atlas Mountains with their atmospheric Berber villages. Journey by 4x4 and camel to a tented oasis camp deep in the Sahara. Roam deep mountain gorges, wander Marrakech's dense, delightful markets, and more.

Mt. Kenya Trekking via Chogoria Route
Cost: $2,695  •  Duration: 6 days  •   Privately on Request

Africa's second-highest mountain attracts trekkers from all over the world who have long envisioned themselves on this majestic earth. The ascent, while not technical, is challenging, yet rewarding.

Tanzania: Northern Circuit Gems & The Chimps of Mahale
Cost: $8,150  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

This safari combines the gems of Tanzania's Northern Safari circuit - the sublime Serengeti, World Heritage Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire National Park - with the opportunity to track some of the last wild chimpanzees in Africa in the Mahale Mountains National Park.

Primates and Parrots in Uganda and Rwanda
Cost: $7,295  •  Duration: 14 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Join expert naturalist guide Paul Tamwenya on the most complete Rwanda and Uganda nature trip available. This is a very special opportunity for birding, photography, and gorilla viewing.

South Africa Adventure
Cost: $4,195  •  Duration: 18 days  •   4 upcoming departures

This is the grand tour that local South Africans might choose for themselves, combining a great variety of culture, wildlife, scenery, and activity on a fast-paced adventure.

South Africa Self-Drive
Cost: $3,450  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

This very flexible auto safari adapts to your preference of sites, duration, route, accommodations, cuisine, and vehicle type. We'll help find the right mix for you on your dates.

Tanzania: Summer Serengeti
Cost: $4,975  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Follow the famous Serengeti wildebeest migration through some of the best parks in Tanzania.

Tanzania: Super Serengeti in September & February
Cost: $6,600-$7,200  •  Duration: 12 days  •   Privately on Request

Travel in September or February for two very exciting opportunities to visit the vast wildlife population of the Serengeti plain, including grazing herds, young animals (babies in February, adolescents in September) , and vast migratory herds.

Tanzania Culture and Wildlife
Cost: $5,895-$6,445  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

Understand the great game herds of the Serengeti in the context of local tribes and communities that live in harmony with wildlife and the natural environments.

Tanzania Wildlife Week Safari
Cost: $4,100-$4,480  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

This safari seeks the greatest variety, numbers and concentrations of animals and birds on a dawn-to-dusk, fast-paced, intensive visit to the best parks and reserves in East Africa.

Timely and Timeless Tunisia
Cost: $5,595  •  Duration: 16 days  •  Sep. 6-21, 2014 •  Join others already signed up on this trip!

Explore the diversity of Tunisia's environments from Tunis and Carthage through the Sahara to the coast and Djerba Island with expert guide Mohamed Halouani. Meet Tunisians from all walks of life as you retrace North Africa's history and witness an historic ongoing transformation.

Tanzania: Top of Africa-Kili Climb: Rongai Route
Cost: $3,535  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Sep. 4-11, 2014 •  Join Another Traveler on the September 4 Full Moon Climb

This is the most scenic, least-utilized, and best-paced route to the summit of Kili. Choose private arrangements or weekly group departures.

Tanzania: Top of Africa-Kili Climb: Shira Route
Cost: $3,795  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

Choose this route up Kilimanjaro for extra time acclimatizing, fewer other hikers, and wide-ranging views of the sister peaks and Kibo summit.

Morocco: Toubkal Trekking
Cost: $2,550  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Visit one of the world's most amazing and beautifully austere mountain ranges, including the summit of Mount Toubkal -- at 13,300' the highest in north Africa -- on this trekking trip. Start and end in mysterious, magical Marrakech, one the most fascinating cities on earth.

Africa: Trans Kalahari Adventure
Cost: $5,195  •  Duration: 22 days  •   7 upcoming departures

This 22-day safari offers indigenous cultures, the greatest wildlife reserves, and spectacular scenery of Namibia, the Okavango, and Victoria Falls.

Treasures of Tunisia
Cost: $4,825  •  Duration: 14 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore and understand the remarkable culture, ruins, history, and landscape. Travel beyond the beaches that confine most tourists. Expect excellent food.

Uganda Custom Gorilla Trekking
Cost: $6,450  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

With JOURNEYS' amazing Paul Tamwenya as your naturalist guide, seek out shy, highly-endangered Mountain Gorillas on treks, boat trips and a vehicle safari to observe the many mammals and birds of Uganda.

Uganda Wildlife Odyssey
Cost: $6,995  •  Duration: 15 days  •  Sep. 6-20, 2014 or Privately on Request

Join expert naturalist guide Paul Tamwenya on an exploration of Uganda's parks and reserves in search of primates, birds, and large mammals, including mountain gorillas and chimps.

Zambia: Wild Zambezi Camping Safari
Cost: $4,150  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

Savor the wonders of Zambia from comfortable mobile camps in the wild bush. This is a great choice if you don't need fancy lodges or luxury camps, and want to experience natural Zambia up close. Lodge accommodated option also available.

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