South Africa’s 300km (186mi) Garden Route is one of the world’s best road trips. Where else can you find wild, windswept coastal views, sample world-class wines among the vines that produced them and spot Africa’s A-list wildlife all in one place? You’ll get to experience it all on this 10-day tour, starting in Cape Town with a hike up Table Mountain to get a lay of the land. From here, you’ll be hitting the road to Port Elizabeth, stopping en route to sip award-winning wines in Stellenbosch, spot whales and sharks on a marine safari and the Big Five in Amakhala Game Reserve.
Kenya’s rich savannah and epic Mount Kilimanjaro backdrop make it the quintessential African safari destination. This seven-day small-group tour combines two of its most wildlife-rich regions to ensure you won’t miss a single spot or stripe. You’ll start in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, from where you’ll be whisked off to Aberdare National Park – one of the smallest, but most wildlife-dense areas in Kenya – to spot black rhino (it’s also one of the few remaining sanctuaries for the species), elephants and leopards. On day five, it’s on to Maasai Mara National Reserve to learn about the Maasai way of life and to complete your Big Five tick list by spotting lions and Cape buffalo.
Egypt’s history, mystery and time-travelling sites render it unlike anywhere else on earth. This 10-day voyage encapsulates the country’s most iconic experiences, starting with the pyramids and a face-to-face meeting with the Sphinx. From here, it’s up the Nile by sleeper train to the sprawling temple ruins at Luxor, before travelling on to the Valley of the Kings – the burial site of Tutankhamun. You’ll spend the next few nights cruising back down the Nile by luxury riverboat – and ending off with an exploration of Aswan’s otherworldly island temples.
Morocco is arguably the most romantic country in Africa – with its ancient trading cities, Saharan desert landscape and fusion of cultural influences. This epic 13-day small-group adventure gives you a taste of all of this and more, starting in the iconic city of Casablanca with a tour of its architecture and cultural hothouses. From here, it’s on to Tangier for a ramble around its kasbah, before taking in the striking blue streets on Chefchaouen and the ancient medina of Fez, followed by a night sleeping beneath the stars in a Berber tent in the Sahara desert. Your adventure concludes in Marrakech, with a feast of authentic Moroccan food.
The remarkable thing about Morocco is that there are so many different ways to experience it – from its culture-rich cities to its dramatic and varied landscapes, or its Atlantic-bashed coastline. This six-day small-group tour combines all three elements, starting with a rooftop meal overlooking Marrakech’s iconic medina – before whisking you high up into the Atlas Mountains to experience life in a traditional Berber village. From here, it’s time to lay low on the Atlantic coast, for surfing lessons in the beachy town of Taghazout. You’ll finish with a light hike through Paradise Valley, with its turquoise pools and waterfalls.