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.


Check out these amazing Africa tours


Southern Explorer Cape Town to Victoria Falls

from £1685

35 days

South Africa, Zimbabwe

Experience stunning scenery, vibrant cities and abundant wildlife on this overland journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls.

South Africa and Lesotho Cape Town to Johannesburg

from £795

17 days

South Africa

Witness first-hand all that is fantastic about South Africa - stunning beaches, dense forests and abundant marine and bush wildlife.

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

From the opportunity to trek to the majestic Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and...

Deserts and Game Parks Victoria Falls to Cape Town

from £745

22 days

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Experience the incredible diversity of Southern Africa, try your hand at white water rafting & bungy jumping at Victoria Falls...

Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

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

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...

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...

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...

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Land

from £533

15 days

Egypt, Jordan

Journey through Egypt and Jordan, visit some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Discover two of the...

Fantastic Morocco, Spain & Portugal

from £650

14 days

Morocco, Portugal, Spain

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

Inspirational articles about travelling in Africa


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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