Africa + Indian Ocean

If you’re an Africa first-timer, nothing can prepare you for the emotional impact of standing in this ancient landscape, face-to-face with its extraordinary wildlife.

And even if you have already visited parts of this amazing continent, every return journey delivers a new sense of wonder.

We have one client who has been to Africa over 20 times with us on luxury holidays, but still we can deliver something exciting and new. We just need to understand you and what you are looking for.

The region has developed out of all recognition over the three decades that we have worked there, and the proliferation of lodges, camps and hotels means that there’s more need than ever for help and guidance in designing a luxury holiday in Africa that’s exactly right for you.

Only someone who has personal experience of all the options can deliver a properly balanced tailor-made itinerary…and, even more importantly, the best private guides – because the choice of guide can make or break a luxury holiday in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Destinations

tailor-made travel botswana

Botswana

This is where c+l started and it still does not disappoint. Careful wildlife and habitat management has meant that a strict limit has been put on the number of lodges permitted. Yes, this does make a safari expensive but the wildlife experience is second to none. Mokoros in the Okavango Delta, quad bikes in the desert and ‘traditional’ 4×4 game-viewing – the options are endless.

Extraordinary travel to Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has emerged as the place to go in Africa. Hike through the Simien Mountains in search of its endemic mammals, delving deep into its more recent history and its Emperor’s penchant for castles in Gondar, visiting the rock hewn churches of Lalibela or gaining an insight into the lives of the beautiful Omo people. Ethiopia is more suited to the adventurous traveller.

Bespoke safaris Kenya

Kenya

From the migratory herds and the ‘big sky’ of the Masai Mara to the sugar-white beaches reaching to the Indian Ocean, Kenya will satisfy regardless of whether you’re an Africa ‘first-timer’ or already know the continent. Our carefully sought out guides and owner-run camps offer an authentic, highly comfortable and, above all a memorable safari experience.

Tailor made travel to Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar encapsulates a range of different experiences all in one destination. In the East you can hope to see the endangererd Indri, or spot Humpback whales from Ile Sainte Marie Island. In the South learn about the Malagasy culture and view stunning landscapes from the sandstone rock formations to the Spiny forests. In the North West, relax on some of the most unspoiled beaches we have come across.

Luxury travel to Malawi

Malawi

A country with exceptionally kind and welcoming people; Malawi is a treat for travellers in search of the less-discovered. There is a fantastic diversity of terrain, from the Great Rift Valley running through the country to Sapitwe, Central Africa’s highest peak, to the highland plateau and stunning Lake Malawi where its shores of amber-coloured sand offer all that you’d expect of an luxury beach holiday.

Luxury travel Mauritius

Mauritius

If you are looking for a lush, tropical island with incredible hotels, Mauritius is for you. The pristine sand, protected by coral reefs and set against a Bali-Hai-style backdrop of lush volcanic peaks, makes it a great beach destination and also serves as the perfect post-safari add on. The Mauritian hotels have mastered the art of first class service but there is a caveat: this is a place where your choice of hotel can make or break the trip.

Exclusive travel Morocco

Morocco

Exotic, hot and yet only a short flight from Europe. Explore the souks with a personal shopper in the medieval medinas of Marrakech and Fez, hike in the dramatic snow-capped Atlas Mountains, enjoy tea with a welcoming Berber family, camp out in the rolling sands of the Sahara, or relax in one of the luxurious retreats.

Exclusive Mozambique holidays

Mozambique

Mozambique lies on the South-Eastern coastline of Africa. Primeval mangrove swamps alternate with unspoilt powder-white beaches. Mozambique offers excellent diving around the Bazaruto Archipelago and the fishing in the waters of the offshore islands is superb along with a handful of fabulous, Crusoe-chic hideaways.

tailor-made-trip-namibia

Namibia

One of the best ways to see this spectacular country is from the air on a bespoke flying safari along the mystical and haunting Skeleton Coast overlooking the vast and wild Fish River Canyon; amongst the sand dunes of Sossusvlei. In the Damaraland the Himba tribes give an insight into some of the world’s last nomadic peoples.

luxury travel to rwanda

Rwanda

Rwanda is truly beautiful, with its jungle-smothered volcanoes, its hills and valleys covered in a dense patchwork of banana, maize and tea plantations. As well as being home to the largest and most easily accessible mountain gorilla population in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda is teeming with bird-life in the magnificent rainforests of Nyungwe.

Luxury travel The Seychelles

Seychelles

The best hotels in the Seychelles really are world class. The rich marine life means that for divers and snorkellers it is some of the best in the world. For those who want more from their beach holiday, the ability to combine two or three very different islands is very easy. The Seychelles is very unique with its small island culture and pace of life very appealing.

Luxury travel South Africa

South Africa

Fabulous coastline, majestic mountains, game-rich bushveld and harsh semi-desert. Alongside this amazing natural splendour, South Africa is packed full of great cultural richness, cosmopolitan cities, world-class food and wine – as well as some of the most stylish lodges in the world. The number of malaria-free parks is growing rapidly, making it perfect for a family safari.

Tanzania luxury travel

Tanzania

Tanzania is probably best known for its staging of the annual wildebeest migration. Northern Tanzania offers vast tracts of spectacular wildlife sanctuaries as well as numerous wilderness areas. By contrast Southern Tanzania offers access to Africa’s largest game reserve. Off the coast lies the spice island of Zanzibar – a tropical, sun-drenched paradise.

Tailor-made travel Uganda

Uganda

Uganda’s incredible, lush and unspoilt habitat has not changed one iota and it is still to many the most beautiful landscape in East Africa. The quality of the lodges and guiding is unrecognisable – still not on a par with the luxury of South Africa or Botswana but very comfortable and well-managed. The big draw to Uganda are the primates to see the Mountain Gorillas.

Luxury travel Zambia

Zambia

Little can compare to the intense thrill of seeing leopard at close quarters on a walking safari in the game-rich South Luangwa Valley with one of the greatest guides on the planet. And there’s still more: three great rivers and an amazingly rich spectrum of wildlife make this relatively under-developed country one of our favourite parts of Africa.

luxury trip Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

A beautiful and fascinating country, with the magnificent Victoria Falls, large wildlife reserves, great tracts of untamed wilderness and the evocative ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Having had little demand for Zimbabwe over the last ten years, we are noticing a renewed interest. This magnificent country, once our most visited African destination is opening up again. It is wonderful that so many of them are now back whether it be walking in Mana Pools or sitting with guests in a hide in Hwange National Park.

Escorted Journeys

Where to Go
Africa + Indian Ocean

Botswana
Ethiopia
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Seychelles
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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Africa + Indian Ocean

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