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 vacations, 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 vacation 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 vacation in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Destinations

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Botswana

This is where c+l began their safaris. Careful wildlife and habitat management has meant that a strict limit has been put on the number and type of lodges permitted. This makes a safari in Botswana more expensive but it has meant that the wildlife and wilderness experience is second to none, Mokoros in the Okavango Delta, quad bikes in the desert and traditional 4×4 game-viewing. For a honeymoon or anniversary there is real luxury and very special private dinners will be set up in romantic spots. For a family there is the ability to do a traditional and interactive safari.

Extraordinary travel to Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has recently emerged as the place to go – a land of contrasts and home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world.
The country has something for everyone whether it is hiking through the Simien Mountains delving into its history and its emperors’ penchant for castles in Gondar, visiting the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela (sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world) or gaining an insight into the lives of the beautiful Omo people. Ethiopia is more suited to the adventurous traveler.

Kenya

The migratory herds and ‘big sky’ of the Masai Mara, the tropical rainforest, the North Frontier’s rugged mountain terrain, and the sugar-white beaches reaching into the depths of the Indian Ocean. Almost a microcosm of Africa with its incredible array of landscapes and abundant wildlife, Kenya’s richness and diversity will satisfy even the hungriest traveler – regardless of whether you’re an Africa ‘first-timer’ or already know the continent. Our carefully sought out guides and owner-run camps set in spectacular areas of the country offer an authentic, ecologically and socially responsible, highly comfortable and, above all a deeply 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 endangered Indri, the largest member of the Lemur family, or spot humpback whales from IIe Sainte Marie Island. In the South you can learn about the Malagasy culture and view some of the most stunning landscapes from the sandstone rock formations to the Gallery and Spiny forests which are home to a vast number of ring-tailed lemurs and Sifikas. And in the North West sit back and relax on some of the most unspoiled beaches we have come across and stay in one of Madagascar’s more luxurious lodges.

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Malawi

A fantastic country populated by exceptionally kind and welcoming people and dominated by its beautiful eponymous lake. Malawi is a treat for travelers in search of the less-discovered. With the Great Rift Valley running through the country, there is a fantastic diversity of terrain from Central Africa’s highest peak, Sapitwe, to the highland plateau and stunning Lake Malawi. The third largest lake in Africa, its translucent, pale green waters are thought to host the largest variety of fish of any freshwater lake in the world while its shores of amber-colored sand offer all you’d expect of a beach vacation. Malawi is often overlooked but it really shouldn’t be.

Luxury travel Mauritius

Mauritius

If you are looking for a lush, tropical island with incredible resort style hotels, Mauritius is for you. The pale-blonde sand, protected by coral reefs and set against a Bali Hai style backdrop of lush volcanic peaks makes it a classic beach destination in its own right. But it also serves as the perfect post-safari-pamper 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. It is vital to match your tastes – or your reason for travelling to the right resort and with our expert knowledge we can do just that.

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Morocco

Clients return to us again and again to organize that very special vacation to a destination which they know that we understand. They also recognize that our knowledge on the ground means we can do much more. Every year we are asked to put together parties to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. There are few destinations better suited to this sort of celebration than Morocco. There is a huge variety of accommodation and we know the owners of the different riads, hotels and kasbahs which definitely ensures superior service

Exclusive Mozambique holidays

Mozambique

Mozambique is an ethnically diverse country which lies on the South-Eastern coastline of Africa. Primeval mangrove swamps alternate with unspoiled powder-white beaches where low-impact development is being carefully and successfully integrated with a unique marine habitat. Mozambique offers excellent diving around the Bazaruto Archipelago and the fishing in the waters of the surrounding islands is superb. The hotels and lodges have considerably improved in recent years and there are now a handful of fabulous rustic-chic hideaways.

Luxury Trip to Namibia

Namibia

There are times in Namibia when the landscape literally takes your breath away: along the mystical and haunting Skeleton Coast; overlooking the vast and wild Fish River Canyon; amongst the roaring sand dunes of Sossusveli. In our opinion one of the best ways to see this spectacular country is from the air – whether on a private flying safari, or simply a scenic flight from one desert camp to another. But Namibia is more than just scenery: the Himba tribes provide an insight into some of the world’s last nomadic peoples and the Damaraland gives a glimpse of some of the strangest wildlife adaptions on Earth.

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, sorghum and tea plantations, and its gorgeous lakes and rivers: it overflows with tropical lushness. 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. Now well into the healing process of the genocide of 1994, Rwanda’s people have created a remarkable museum as a “never-again” reminder; to visit is a deeply moving experience.

Luxury travel The Seychelles

Seychelles

To be honest, the Seychelles a decade ago did not offer value for money. Now, the best properties really are world class. Flights to South Africa and to Kenya mean that, for those with the budget, the Seychelles offers the best beach add-on to a safari. The rich marine life means that for divers and snorkelers the safari continues. For those who want to explore more the ability to combine two or three different islands is easy. The Seychelles is unique with its small island culture and pace of life making it very appealing.

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South Africa

Fabulous coastline, coastal forest, majestic mountains, game-rich bushveld and harsh semi-desert. Alongside this amazing natural splendor, South Africa’s great cultural richness, cosmopolitan cities, world-class food and wine – as well as some of the most sophisticated and stylish lodges anywhere – add up to a startling array of choice and experiences for discerning travelers. The number of malaria-free parks is growing enabling families with younger children to sample a safari. We have cherry-picked our favorite hotels for their unique locations, individual character and value.

Tanzania luxury travel

Tanzania

Tanzania, a unique destination with a wonderful diversity of unspoilt fauna and flora, is probably best known for its staging of the annual wildebeest migration. Geographically, the country boasts the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, bordered by three of the largest freshwater lakes on the continent including Lake Victoria. 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 paradise with superb opportunities for water sports and soaking up the sun.

Tailor-made travel Uganda

Uganda

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 and many of the guides and owners who sought work elsewhere in the world have returned. 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.

Luxury travel Zambia

Zambia

Nothing 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 and diverse spectrum of wildlife and habitats make this relatively under-developed country one of our favorite parts of Africa. Here, you still feel as if you are exploring something almost undiscovered. As well as the incredible, thundering cascades of Victoria Falls, there are little known corners that we can show you.

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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, Zimbabwe offers much to inspire its visitors. This magnificent country, once our most visited African destination is opening up again and many of the guides and owners who sought work elsewhere in the world have returned. It is wonderful that so many of them are now back in their rightful place 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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