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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

These are British based travel companies specialising in touring, beach and safari holidays in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Zimbabwe and/or Zambia.
Aardvark Safaris 01980 849160 Special interest safaris, family safaris, honeymoons, etc to Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Acacia Africa 020 7706 4700 Good range of tours, safaris, and adventure holidays throughout Southern Africa.
Access Africa 020 8851 3065 Wheelchair accessible holidays and safaris in South Africa.
Africa Archipelago 020 7471 8780 Tailormade tours and safaris to Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe. Sister company to Tanzania Odyssey and Indian Ocean Odyssey.
Africa Exclusive 01604 628979 John Burdett & Warwick Hoffman offer upmarket, individually tailored, safari programmes for each client in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana & South Africa.
Africa Odyssey 020 7471 8780 Africa Odyssey specialise in tailormade safaris & holidays in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia.
African Pride 01904 541000 Strong range of safari itineraries for independent travellers in most of southern and eastern Africa. They make the point that they don't take payment from hotels or lodges for inclusion in their brochure in order to ensure their independence.
African Safari Roots 01736 367 635 starSpecialist operator set up in 2004 by Rob McDowell to meet the needs of real wildlife enthusiasts and amateur photographers. The emphasis is on private guiding and creating unusual tailormade safaris in Botswana, Namibia and Malawi (where Rob was born).
Africa Select 01670 787646 Tailor-made itineraries throughout Southern Africa.
Africa Travel Centre 0845 450 1541 Tailormade safaris and tours to most countries in Southern and East Africa, and to the Indian Ocean islands & Dubai. Also golf holidays and other sports activities in Africa.
Alpha Holidays 020 7793 1667 West Africa specialist offering tours and safaris in other parts of Africa including Zambia.
Bailey Robinson 01488 689700 Specialises in luxury and tailor-made holidays worldwide, but particularly luxury safaris in Africa.
Bon Voyage 0800 980 7090 BV's 'Worldwide' programme includes fly-drive and tailor-made travel itineraries in South Africa covering Cape Town, the Garden Route, Sun City, and safaris in the Kruger. There are extensions to Victoria Falls and Kwazulu-Natal. There's also a small programme of escorted tours.
Bukima Travel 08707 572230 Small group adventure tours in expedition trucks across Africa taking from 7-days to several weeks. Bukina have a number of multi-country tours in Southern and Eastern Africa.
Captain's Choice, The 020 8879 7705 Launched in 1993, The Captain's Choice specialise in small group, ultra-luxury, multi-country/destination tours and tailor-made tours, usually by private aircraft, train or ship. Guests are accompanied by a team of helpers including the tour manager and a doctor. A number of their regional tour programmes cover southern Africa.
Carrier Africa 01625 547010 Luxury resort and safari lodge holidays throughout Southern Africa.
Cazenove & Loyd 020 7384 2332 Upmarket safari operator to most countries in Southern Africa.
Cedarberg Travel Africa 020 8898 8533 Tailormade tours and safaris in South Africa (also self-drive itineraries), Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, & Malawi.
CTS Horizons 020 7836 9911 Selection of fully-escorted tours in South Africa, or tailormade holidays with excursions by private vehicle.
Definitive Africa 0161 929 5151 starTailor-made luxury tours and safaris (mostly flying and mobile camping) to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Nambia and South Africa.
Elegant Resorts 0870 33 33 380 Specialise in up-market resorts and holidays. In South Africa they feature a number of the best resort hotels, lodges and game parks. They have fly-drive and multi-transport itineraries, including rail tours on Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. They also have 2/3-centre itineraries featuring other southern Africa countries.
Experience Holidays 01323 416699 Tailor-made tours, self-drive itineraries making use of B&Bs, lodges & inns. Also rail tours on the Blue Train and Rovos Rail.
Expert Africa 020 8232 9777 Expert Africa (renamed from 'Sunvil Africa' in Dec 05) specialise in tailor-made trips and small group tours to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa's Cape, Southern Tanzania & Zanzibar.
Explorations Company, The 01367 850 566 Bespoke upmarket itineraries, different for each client. Their speciality is once-in-a-lifetime safaris to Africa. They are proactive on humanitarian and conservation issues with projects that clients can visit or get involved with.
Explore! 0845 291 4541 Explore operate small group adventure holidays to most parts of the world including Africa.
Exsus 020 7337 9010 Exsus specialises in creating luxury holidays and has 12 years (2013) of experience in arranging tailor-made tours and itineraries, including adventure tours, safaris and honeymoons in South Africa, nambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Farside Africa 0131 315 2464 Small specialist operator offering tailor made safari holidays based on personal experience.
Footprint Adventures 01522 804929 Long-duration overland safaris. Conservation and community-friendly, their mission statement is to leave places cleaner & better than they found them.
Freedom Africa 0844 567 4020 Africa specialist offering safaris, touring holidays, self-drive touring plus beach holidays and honeymoons.
Gane & Marshall 020 8441 9592 Tailor made safaris & tours in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia & South Africa.
Hartley's Safaris 01673 861600 Hartley's specialise in tailor-made holidays to Southern Africa and Tanzania.
Hemmingways 08707 422 673 Hemmingways are motorhome specialists. They'll package up flights, vehicle, and itineraries for freewheeling travellers to South Africa.
Jacada Travel 020 3131 7406 Bespoke travel agency offering luxury tailor-made tours & safaris in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.
Journeys by Design 01273 623 790 Specialise in stylish tailor-made itineraries to off-the-beaten-track safari camps and resorts in much of East & Southern Africa
Journeys of Distinction 0161 491 7616 JOD specialise in fully escorted coach tours worldwide. They use scheduled flights & upmarket hotels and pledge to 'take away the worry not the adventure'. They have a 21-day 'Very Best of South Africa' tour. They sell direct, not through travel agents.
Kudu Travel 01722 716167 Guided 'cultural' & 'eco' walking tours to South Africa.
Migration Safaris 0870 240 6305 Tailor-made safaris to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Malawi. Migration is a brand of Safari Drive (see below).
Mahlatini 028 9073 6050 Africa specialists with a large range of safaris and tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.
Melhart Travel 020 8953 4222 Melhart have been an independent specialist operator to Southern Africa since 1981.
Natives Escapes 020 8977 7034 New (Feb 08) tour operator specialising in trips to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. They offer small group trips, tailor made safari tours and self drive touring.
Okavango Tours & Safaris 020 8343 3283 Tailor-made tours to most southern African destinations, incorporating walking safaris, horseback safaris, elephant back safaris, canoe expeditions, special interest tours, and a range of other options. OT&S won the the 2006 AITO Travel Company of the Year award (small company category) which is based on quantified feedback from customers of over 150 Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) member companies.
Preston Reid 01347 822282 Tailor-made travel to most countries in Southern Africa. Used to be called 'Travel Africa'.
Pulse Africa 020 8995 5909 Personalised safaris for couple, groups, families, honeymooners in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Rainbow Tours 020 7226 1004 Environmentally sensitive tailor-made tours & safaris using locally-owned hotels lodges & resorts for small-groups, families and individuals, in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Madagascar.
Real Africa 0870 7364757 Tailor-made tours and safaris to Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa using accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to small tents.
Safari Consultants 01787 228494 Tailor made tours & safaris in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa
Safari Drive 0870 2406305 Tailor-made self-drive safaris in landrovers through Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Also white-water rafting specialists.
Somak 020 8423 3000 Tailor-made safaris and tours to South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana. Somak is a long-established (1969), family-run operator specialising in Africa & India (and was the editor's choice when it came to organising his own multi-destination honeymoon in Africa!).
Steppes Travel 01285 880890 Steppes Africa (aka 'Art of Travel') offer tailormade safaris and multi-destination tours to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa, and Zanzibar. They also offer bolt-ons to Mauritius and the Seychelles, and wildlife conservation tours under their Steppes Discovery programme.
Tailor Made Travel 0845 456 8006 Tailor-made itineraries in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Temple World 020 8940 4114 Safari & eco-tours to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.
Thomas Cook Tours 0844 879 8018 Tour operator division of Thomas Cook specialising in 'fully escorted' tours (door-to-door chauffeur service, scheduled flights, quality hotels, tour managers, and virtually all other travel requirements taken care of). They have a number of safaris and tours in South Africa (mostly), Bostwana & Zambia. TCT won 'Best Escorted Tours Operator' at the British Travel Awards 2011.
Time for Africa 01489 878593 Huge range of destinations and options throughout Southern Africa including off-beat activities such as biking safaris, river adventures, shark & whale watching (off South Africa) and camel safaris.
Travel Butlers 01932 428380 Travel Butlers are a small specialist operator offering tailor made holidays to Southern and East Africa.
Tribes Travel 01473 890499 Tribes specialise in 'Fair Trade' travel to exotic destination worldwide. In the case of southern Africa, that means tailor-made and small group tours to South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zambia & Bostwana. They were the Global Winner of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow award for responsible tourism in 2002.
Ultimate Safaris & Islands 020 7589 8800 Small niche operator specialising exclusively in luxury tailor-made journeys to Africa (Bostwana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya & Tanzania) and the Indian Ocean islands (Mauritius, Seychelles, the South African Coast, and the islands of Mozambique, Kenya & Zanzibar).
Visions of Africa 0845 345 0065 Specialist AITO operator offering a range of holidays, safaris and tours for the independent traveller in South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia.
Voyages Jules Verne 0845 166 7035 VJV (a Kuoni brand) has launched (Jul 2005) its first ever 'Aspects of Africa' brochure, featuring escorted itineraries around the continent including South Africa, Namibia & Botswana, focusing on the grand tradition of travel, with voyages, great train journeys and classic tours.
Wild and Exotic 01439 748401 Riding safaris in Bostwana, Malawi and South Africa. Walking safaris in Zambia and Botswana. Beach holidays in Madagascar.
Wildlife & Wilderness 01625 530035 Tailor-made upmarket itineraries to South Africa for individuals and private groups. Some pre-planned specialist tours, eg Photographic, wine, etc. Wildlife & Wilderness were formerly known as Oksana Travel
World Big Cat Safaris 01273 691 642 Specialist operator creating tailor-made safaris to see big cats. A donation from each safari sold goes towards the conservation of endangered big cats.
World Odyssey 01905 731373 Small operator specialising in tailor-made safaris and treks for individuals or small groups.
Zambezi Safari & Travel Company 01548 830059 Focused originally on Zambia & Zimbabwe, ZSTC now offer tailor-made safaris (walking, fly-in, mobile, self-drive, etc) in Botswana as well, and bolt-on holidays in Cape Town.

 

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