Africa Tours & Adventures

Guided backpacker experiences in Africa

The backpacker tours you can do on your gap year in Africa are almost as diverse as the continent itself. Africa in general is often simplified to one place in the world’s press (and certain Christmas charity singles), making it easy to forget that the UK can fit inside mainland Africa over 120 times.

The unfortunate result of this is that the whole continent has something of an unfortunate, unearned reputation in the western consciousness. Anyone who has actually travelled to Africa, whether it was a single country or across the continent, will tell you of its staggering diversity of places, peoples, and cultures – a place that really needs to be experienced before you can begin to understand it.

 

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Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea

from £274

12 days

Take a journey through Cairo and Dahab which encompasses some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Marvel...

Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

Get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti National park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of...

Cairo to Cape Town Overland

from £3695

119 days

A trip for those who are happy to rough it and willing to muck in with a group of like-minded...

Kenya to Cape Town Grand Adventurer

from £2175

75 days

An awesome trip for those who want a hands-on adventure with like-minded travellers and who have plenty of time to...

Felucca Odyssey

from £192

9 days

A tour full of history, tradition and the best of the Nile on Felucca! Uncover the jewels of the Nile...

Exotic Morocco

from £351

10 days

Begin your Exotic Tour in the amazing city of Marrakesh. Enjoy a remarkable day in the Desert including an entire...

Gorillas & Gameparks

from £695

19 days

See awesome wildlife including Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment or if you want an adrenaline rush, try quad biking...

Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1695

56 days

Travelling overland from Kenya to the Cape, this trip is for adventurous travelers who are willing to be part of...

Jewels Of The Nile

from £219

9 days

Discover the gems that lie along the Nile in luxury and style. Embark on a comfortable journey along the Nile...

Fantastic Morocco, Spain & Portugal

from £650

14 days

From Marrakesh to Madrid this fantastic tour visits three countries over 14 days. From couscous to tapas and from desert...

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Best of Australia

from £1999

Australia

In case you hadn’t noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you’d need to come...

Jamaican Reggae Sumfest Experience

from £575

Jamaica

Beaches? Check. Food? Check. The largest music festival in Jamaica? Check! This four-day tour includes tickets to three nights of...

Andes to the Atlantic Experience

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil

From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to...

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia – Phuket to Penang

from £2120

Thailand

Enjoy the stunning west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise. Between the more popular holiday...

Classic Thailand East Coast (May – Oct)

from £1351

Thailand

Combining the best of the north and south, this is the definitive Thailand tour. Travel from the clamour of the...

Winter Scandi Express

from £679

Join us on this Scandinavia travel adventure as we take in some of the best highlights this stunning region has...

London to Berlin on a Shoestring

from £2079

Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary,...

Travelling on a budget doesn’t mean you have to see less; it just means you have to plan more. Lucky...

Quest to Rome

from £1445

15 - 15 days

France, Spain and Italy - a trio like no other. 16-days in perhaps the most alluring region of Europe will...

The Great South American Journey–Quito to Rio Adventure

from £4787

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, ...

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers...

Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak

from £1117

Sri Lanka

Ride through tea plantations, canoe down rivers, and hike to ancient fortresses on this fitness focused adventure from Negombo to...

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Touring Africa

Many African backpacker tours focus on the continent’s extraordinary diversity of wildlife, offering opportunities to see the classic ‘Big Five’ animals – the elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo. You might also see giraffe, zebra, or gorillas, depending where you go and on your luck. The most popular wildlife destinations in Africa are Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Kenya.

Kenya is also a brilliant destination for more culturally focused backpacker tours, which take you into the heart of traditional tribes and communities – in Kenya’s case, the famous Masai Mara.

North Africa is also a popular region for backpackers, with huge numbers heading to Egypt and Morocco every year. Egypt is famous for its incredible ancient history, including the iconic Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings. Morocco might not boast anything quite as legendary, but nevertheless captivates visitors year after year with its souks, incredible landscapes of desert and mountains, and beautiful mosques.

While some African countries, like Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia are currently off limits to tourists, most countries are perfectly safe and have been for years. It’s impossible to summarise the entirety of Africa in a single intro – we haven’t even mentioned Madagascar! – and near-impossible to see all of it in a single trip. Think carefully about what aspect of this multi-faceted continent you want to experience, and then look at the great tours we have available here to make it a reality.

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