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Discover Africa

Few places in the world evoke such a sense of awe, magic, history and romance than that of Africa. A land of unending contrasts, peppered with incredible natural wonders, deep rooted cultures and some of the most impressive wildlife experiences on the planet, whether you visit for a safari or a cultural tour you’ll discover that there really is nowhere in the world quite like Africa.

Here at Imagine Cruising we offer a range of holiday experiences so you can discover the magnificence of Africa, from luxury train journeys that trundle through grasslands teeming with wildlife, to tours of the mesmerising Victoria Falls, city breaks in cosmopolitan Cape Town and safari adventures you’ll treasure forever.

Watch Africa come to life

Fully Escorted Africa Tours

Many of our Africa holidays include exciting land tours that offer you a bespoke holiday experience and let you explore some of the most famous natural and man-made wonders on our planet.

A tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a country’s culture, history and wildlife. All our tours offer an authentic insight into the true character of a destination, by taking you right to its very heart and creating experiences you’ll never forget. However, tours with Imagine offer so much more than the opportunity to see the iconic sights of a destination. They empower you with the confidence to explore new places that you might have believed were once out of reach and to share amazing travel experiences with new-found, like-minded friends.

We work with established tour partners so you can explore the area with confidence - there’s no need to decipher complicated transport timetables, navigate language barriers or worry about transfers and entrance fees as this is all arranged for you. You’ll travel in air-conditioned, premium vehicles, enjoy included meals during your excursions and will stay in well located, four and five star hotels that make exploring the area easy. 

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Walking Tour of Victoria Falls

Experience the ‘greatest curtain of falling water’ on the planet on a walking tour of Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Let an expert guide you around the famous falls as you explore lush rainforest and watch the water crash down 108 metres below from different mesmerising angles. Savour every moment as the water’s mist creates a magical ambiance and unforgettable memories.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

Board the three-deck Lady Livingstone riverboat to enjoy a tranquil cruise on the calm waters of the Zambezi River. Soak up the views as you enjoy sundowners and snacks as Lady Livingstone meanders upstream. Look out for some of the river’s awe-inspiring wildlife, including hippos, crocodile and birdlife. As the cruise reaches Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, don’t forget to capture photos of the stunning African sunset.
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Royal Livingstone Express Train Journey

Next up embark on a refined train journey on the Royal Livingstone Express steam train. The Royal Livingstone Express feels like travelling back in time, with elegant Pullman-style carriages and exquisite details. Enjoying a three-course dinner as you’re whisked through the Zambezi River Valley. Look out for incredible wildlife, such as zebras and giraffes, and don’t miss the stunning Victoria Falls Bridge, which crosses the Zambezi River just below Victoria Falls.

Winelands

Explore Paarl, cradled in a lush valley, where birds flit through the indigenous fynbos and smooth lakes sparkle. Here you’ll indulge in wine tasting and a cellar tour at a local estate, before heading to the village of Franschhoek, founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Europe.

A striking memorial in the town commemorates these early settlers who helped develop wines enjoyed by Napoleon, Jane Austen and Baudelaire. After lunch and another wine tasting at a vineyard, you will uncover the second-oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country’s wine region: Stellenbosch.

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Kruger National Park

The heart and soul of South Africa safari, the wildlife-filled and world-renowned Kruger Park boasts nearly 2 million hectares of secluded woodlands that rustle with Africa’s greatest beasts. Watch herds of elephants take a refreshing drink at the waterhole, lion clubs play fighting in the shade of a Baobab tree and graceful giraffe grazing peacefully.

Zambezi River

The fourth largest river in Africa, the Zambezi River arises in Zambia and flows through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique before emptying into the Indian Ocean. The most well-known waterfall along the river is without doubt the Victoria Falls, but there are others including the Chavuma Falls and Ngonye Falls. The river is home to a huge range of wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, birdlife including herons, lesser flamingos and African fish eagles, while the surrounding woodlands house elephants, buffalo, zebra and giraffe.

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Our Most Popular Africa Holidays

Discover Captivating Cape Town

As one of the capitals of South Africa and one of the most-loved cities in the world, it’s no surprise that almost all Imagine Cruising Africa holidays include stays in Cape Town.

From the minute you arrive in this cosmopolitan city, you’ll be amazed by its stunning natural scenery. Overlooked by the majestic Table Mountain, it’s home to an intoxicating blend of culture, cuisine and landscapes. During a Cape Town stay, you’ll have time to not only enjoy iconic Cape Town experiences such as riding the cable-car to the top of Table Mountain and strolling along the atmospheric Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, but also explore further afield. Head to Boulders Beach, home to gorgeous waddling penguins or hire a car and drive along Chapman’s Peak, the world’s most stunning coastal drive. All hotels are typically four and five star and are handpicked by Imagine Cruising to ensure they are in the best location to explore all the sights this exciting city has to offer.

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Table Mountain

As the iconic backdrop of Cape Town, Table Mountain is the flat-topped landmark that forms the focus of Table Mountain National Park. Views from the top are out of this world. It’s possible (though not for the faint-hearted) to hike to the summit; alternatively, take the scenic and more relaxing Aerial Cableway for the most breathtaking views over Cape Town and beyond.

Cape Point

Known as the Tip of Africa, Cape Point is the most southerly point of the African continent in the Cape of Good Hope. Visitors are met by dramatic 200-metre-high cliffs with the wild Atlantic Ocean lapping below. Take in the spectacular views and scale the steps to the pretty 200-year-old beacon of Cape Point, New Cape Point Lighthouse.

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Boulders Beach

The sheltered Boulders Beach in False Bay is famous for its black and white-feathered residents: a colony of roughly 3,000 African penguins. Flanked by ancient granite boulders, which is how the beach got its name, the area offers a family-friendly space with Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected status. Visitors can admire the cute residents of Boulders Beach and cool off in the beautiful clear waters.

The Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is packed with galleries, boutiques and a vast array or restaurants, cafes and bars. The fun centre of Cape Town’s waterfront area is also home to the towering Cape Wheel ride, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the ClockTower playground. The V&A Waterfront is also the departure point for ferries to the Apartheid-era political prison Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated

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Whale Watching

Take to the waters to experience the remarkable marine life off South Africa’s coast, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go whale watching. Southern right whales are the most common sighting in Cape waters, but you may also see humpback and Bryde’s whales, spouting and frolicking in the ocean. From land, False Bay and Cape Point are two of the best spots to best these magnificent creatures.

Discover Africa by Rail

Great rail journeys offer a unique and intimate way to take you to the heart of a region in opulent style and glamour.

Luxurious by their very nature, you’ll experience a level of service reserved only for passengers of the world’s most prestigious locomotives. Travelling by rail is so much more than a way of getting from one place to another. As you cover epically long distances, the windows of your carriage reveal amazing panoramas and offer remarkable insights into the beauty, culture and character of many different countries.

Discover Africa from a whole new perspective and recapture the romance of a bygone era with one of our luxury Africa train journeys.

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The Blue Train

Linking the coastal beauty of Cape Town with the jacaranda trees of Pretoria, The Blue Train is the most lavish way to cross South Africa. En route the 27-hour service takes in the barren majesty of the Great Karoo wilderness, historic mining towns and endless savannahs, with an almost film-like reel of landscapes passing by the panoramic windows.

Rovos Rail

The trains are known as the ‘Pride of Africa’, taking you from the sophistication of Cape Town to the wide burnished deserts of Namibia, the breath-taking power of Victoria Falls to the storied battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. With expert guides to illuminate the destinations en route, a journey on Rovos Rail is more than just a way of getting from A to B, it’s a holiday in itself.

Africa Resorts

Each and every one of the hotels we select is tried, tested and rated by our Imagine team to ensure that it meets our stringent standards, but more importantly, to ensure that it delivers the kind of experience that makes you feel that incredible and awe-inspiring excitement that only travel can.

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Table Bay Hotel

Standing magnificently on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this luxury hotel enjoys a picturesque backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also conveniently close to Cape Town’s centre and stunning array of tourist attractions; take a stroll and feed your appetite at a couple of the world-renowned restaurants.

Ivory Tree

Nestled within the crater of a long extinct volcano and surrounded by green trees freckling the ochre-coloured landscape, Ivory Tree Safari Lodge emerges from the Bushveld. Tastefully adorned in traditional African décor, the Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers a safari experience all with modern amenities for a home away from home. After you’ve settled into your luxurious setting, you could unwind in the award-winning spa with its natural botanic ingredients to harmonise your body and soul. Its restaurant also offers five-star dining to complement your stay where you can sample traditional South African cuisine under the stars.

Royal Livingstone Hotel

Situated on the cusp of the falls, the hotel offers an unrivalled position on the banks of the Zambezi River and the unique opportunity to watch wildlife including zebras, giraffes and monkeys as they roam freely around the grounds of the hotel. Unwind with a glass of bubbles on your veranda, indulge in a luxury spa therapy or take your book to some shade under the monkey trees.

David Livingstone

Blending seamlessly within the beautiful surroundings of the Zambezi river bank and overlooking the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers luxury five-star accommodation near the Victoria Falls, one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world. Spend days exploring the local area before evenings enjoying delicious Afro-Arabian cuisine in the Kalai restaurant, followed by a Sundowner whilst overlooking the glorious Zambezi.