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Archaeology Holidays: Africa, Latin America, India + Archaeological Tours to see Mayan Ruins & more

Africa - Latin America - India
 
Our tailor made archaeology holidays to Africa, Latin America & India will allow you to explore the remarkable achievements of advanced civilisations that have gone before us, whilst also enjoying general sightseeing in the regions you are visiting. Privately guided archaeological tours can be arranged to see Aztec & Mayan Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala & Belize, Inca ruins in Peru, the gigantic Moai statues of Easter Island & so much more. Alternatively you may prefer to explore these sites independently.
 
Southern & East Africa
 
In South Africa, archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours to Africa explore the origins of man at the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves. You can also visit the Mapungubwe archaeological site in Limpopo, where a golden rhino was found, and walk to see ancient Bushman paintings in the Drakensberg Mountains. In Namibia, the Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein is truly astonishing and in Zimbabwe you can visit the mysterious Great Zimbabwe ruins.
 
In Tanzania you can combine a safari in the famous Serengeti with a visit to Laetoli or Olduvai Gorge, the site of the ground breaking work done by the Leakeys. On archaeology holidays to Kenya & guided archaeological tours, you can combine a safari and beach holiday with the Gedi ruins on the central east coast, whilst in Ethiopia the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are an essential must-see.
 
Latin America
 
For truly outstanding archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours, Mexico has the finest and largest collection of ancient sites in all the Americas. Numerous magnificent Mayan Ruins can be found throughout the Yucatan region such as those at Palenque, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Coba and Tulum, all of which can be combined easily with the magnificent Caribbean beaches of the Mayan Riviera. Another essential site is the astonishing Teotihuacan pyramids situated outside Mexico City, which also has a world class Archaeological Museum. You can take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the pyramids for a truly memorable experience. Guatemala and Belize also have many wonderful Mayan ruins to explore, including Tikal.
 
South America is also a treasure trove for archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours - from the mysterious Nazca Lines, pre-Colombian Chan Chan and the incredible Inca ruins found in Peru, including the famous citadel at Machu Picchu, to San Agustin archaeological park in Colombia and the gigantic Moai statutes found on Chile's Easter Island. Tiahuanaco near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia is one of the oldest ruins on the continent, whilst Cueva de las Manos, the marble 'cave of a thousand hands', is found in Argentina in a remote region of Patagonia.
 
India & Sri Lanka
 
India has a truly ancient history and offers outstanding archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours. The Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra is home to numerous forts and palaces that will take your breath away, as well as the amazing Taj Mahal - India's most famous archaeological site. In Khajuraho you will find astonishing Hindu and Jain temples with intricate erotic carvings, and near Karnataka you will find the enormous ruins of Hampi. Other treasures include the mysterious Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, the magnificent forts of Rajasthan, rock-cut temples of Belur, various ancient step wells & stupas, as well as the many incredible temples of Tamil Nadu in southern India.
 
Sri Lanka is also a veritable feast on archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours, with some of the best preserved ancient Buddhist temples & statues in the world, some of which are simply enormous.
 
For more information on archaeology holidays to Africa, Latin America & India, and guided archaeological tours to see Aztec & Mayan ruins in Mexico, Guatemala & Belize; Inca ruins in Peru; the Moai statues of Easter Island; Great Zimbabwe & rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Africa; Kumbhalgarh Fort & Khajuraho temples in India & so much more, contact us on 01582 766122 today. We can tailor make archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours to your exact requirements.
 
We have been arranging archaeology holidays to Africa, Latin America & India, as well as guided archaeological tours to see Mayan ruins & more for over 20 years.
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SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICA
 
Our archaeology holidays & archaeological tours to South Africa explore the origins of man at the Cradle of Humankind. This includes the stunning Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Centre, a brilliant museum showing Earth’s progress over the last 4.5 billion years and the fascinating story of human development.
 
Further north on the Botswana/Zimbabwe border, you can visit Mapungubwe National Park and the World Heritage site where the famous Golden Rhino was found in an ancient royal grave on the iconic Mapungubwe Hill. The rhino, a tiny but beautiful ancient artefact, is on show in the superb Interpretation Centre.  
 
On archaeology holidays & archaeological tours in South Africa, your next stop should be the famous Bushman Paintings in the dramatic Drakensburg Mountains. There are also over 300 archaeological sites in the Kruger National Park, ranging from the Stone Age to more recent and including more Bushman rock art. A small number are open to the public.
 
Zimbabwe also offers amazing archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours, as this country is home to the Great Zimbabwe ruins, a late iron-age city dating from the 4th century and a World Heritage Site. The country abounds in such remains, but this is the largest, with drystone walls up to 5 metres high.
 
Namibia has over 2,500 outstanding Bushman rock carvings and some paintings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site that has been inhabited for over 6,000 years. This is one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in Africa and a must-see on archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours in Africa.
 
In Tanzania you can combine a safari in the famous Serengeti with a visit to Olduvai Gorge to explore the ground-breaking archaeological work of the Leakeys at this world-famous site. It was here that the first acknowledged human fossils in East Africa were found.
 
Ethiopia offers an abundance of wonderful sites for archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours, including the Simien Mountains and Axum, which is said to be the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Explore the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the monasteries of Lake Tana and the palaces and castles of Gongar. The capital, Addis Ababa is the fourth largest city in Africa, with multiple churches, mosques and museums. The city’s National Museum houses the fossilised remains of Lucy, the famous skeleton of one of our first human ancestors.
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
 
The whole of Central America is brimming with innumerable, stunning examples of colonial architecture and culture – religious, domestic, military, political and commercial, as well as many Mayan ruins hidden in dense jungle. Many of these extraordinary sites are close to beautiful beach resorts, so you can mix culture and customs with sea and sand.
 
Mexico tops the list for archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours, as it has the finest and largest collection of archaeological sites in all the Americas. There are hundreds, spanning a succession of sophisticated civilisations, from the Olmec in 1,000 BC, through Teotihuacan, Toltec and Mayan empires to the Aztecs in 1200 AD.  The huge area which they populated, from southern Mexico to Nicaragua, is known as Mesoamerica.
 
One of the best-known site is Chitchen Itza, a Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula. Its Temple Pyramid is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, with a magnificent Ball Court. Another famous site is Palenque, a World Heritage Site still largely buried by the jungle and one of the best examples of Mayan architecture. Tulum is a Mayan fortress in a stunning Caribbean setting not far from the Riviera Maya, as is Coba, whose Mayan ruins contain the tallest pyramid, at 40 metres, in the entire Yucatan Peninsula.
 
Only 30 miles from Mexico City you will find the huge city of the Teotihuacan, founded in 100 BC. Called the 'Birthplace of the Gods', it includes the massive, climbable Pyramid of the Sun, the third largest in the world. It is connected to its sister Pyramid of the Moon by the mile-long Avenue of the Dead. In the heart of Mexico City, you will find the Aztec remains of Temple Mayor.
 
On archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours, don't overlook the lively university town of Cholula, not far south of Mexico City. It is said to be the oldest city in America with a 390 acre archaeological area. The outstanding feature here is the Great Pyramid, built by the Aztecs 2,000 years ago and the largest pyramid by volume in the world. It is rather overgrown but still accessible, as are the five miles of tunnels that thread through the interior. The Nuesta Sencra de los Remedios sanctuary sits on the top, commanding fantastic views of the surrounding country.
 
Monte Alban near the beach towns of Huatulco and Puerto Escondido, is one of the earliest Mesoamerican cites, boasting a pyramid complex and ball court. Well known Tula, the former capital of the Toltec empire situated near Mexico City, houses the famous Allantes. These are 4-metre basalt columns carved in the shape of Toltec warriors.
 
Rare circular pyramids dating from 300 BC can be found at Guachimontones, near Guadalajara, and Uxmal in the Yucatan is home to the Pyramid of the Magician. La Venta, built by the Olmecs, has another Great Pyramid and several huge carved heads over nine feet tall. Archaeologically speaking, Mexico is extraordinary and must be on everyone’s bucket list for one of the very best archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours.
 
Together with southern Mexico, the western half of Central America was home to the great Mayan civilisation, and the area is brimming with their fabulous remains. In Guatamala pride of place goes to Tikal, near Flores. The ruins here are enormous, beautiful and painstakingly excavated. There are numerous temples rising above the lush rainforest canopy and from the tallest you can enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the jungle. At Aquateca the ruins are located on a 90-metre cliff. They are accessible only by boat, which makes for an exciting trip. Yaxha is another popular site, situated on the Yaxha Lagoon with its famous Morelett crocodiles, and the Quiringua site includes outstanding stelae, or upright stone slab monuments and sculpted Mayan calendars.
 
The largest Mayan site in Belize is at Caracol, where the 4-metre tall main pyramid is the tallest Mayan building in the country. The excavation here is less complete but that only adds to the site’s interest for archaeology holidays. In Honduras you will find Copan, which is a little off the beaten track and less busy. It is well worth seeking out however, with its mysterious underground tunnels - and massive local parrot colony. Neighbouring El Salvador offers one of the most complete ruins at Joya de Ceren. A complete pre-Hispanic community was buried and preserved here by a volcano in 590 CE, leaving an amazing record of 6th century life.
 
Costa Rica adds to its outstanding wildlife with Chiriqui ruins at Guayabo de Turrialba, where huge rock foundations are overgrown with rai forest, creating a wonderful natural location to wander and explore. At Palmar Sur you will find the chiefdom settlement of the country’s Dequis culture, with their characteristic perfectly shaped stone spheres, or Las Bolas.
 
SOUTH AMERICA
 
Archaeology holidays & archaeological tours in South America are dominated by the Inca remains of Peru, with their massive, precision built dry stone structures. Chief among these is the magnificent Machu Picchu, the so called Lost City of the Incas. It was never discovered by the Spanish and as a result this vast site is now in superb condition, with unbelievable views of the surrounding mountains. The lovely former Inca capital of Cusco is also full of Inca remains and close by you will find the astonishing monumental stonework of Sacsayhuaman, a huge fortress built partly into the natural rock of the site. The revered Sacred Valley of the Incas includes the historic centres of Calca, Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
 
More ancient cultures can be explored at Caral, the oldest architectural site in Peru, with 19 pyramid structures and the oldest urban site in the Americas. Also Chavin de Huanter, the heart of the Chavin society from 1200 to 400 BCE, where you can see a gigantic granite monolith and symbolic wall sculptures and carvings.
 
Chan Chan, in northern Peru, is less famous but it comprises the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. It was the centre of the Chimor kingdom for centuries before the Incas and it is the largest adobe city in the world, displaying a remarkable record of the Chimu culture.
 
Not to be outdone by its illustrious neighbour, Equador also boasts a series of magnificent ruins and museums for archaeology holidays & archaeological tours. Chief among these is the Pumapungo complex, located in the historic centre of the beautiful World Heritage city of Cuenca. Dating from the late 15th century, many believe that this was the most impressive of all Inca cities. It houses the Temples of the Sun and the Sun Virgins, plus a fascinating 30 metre tunnel which was used a mausoleum. 50 miles from Cuenca is the majestic Ingapirca archaeological complex, which beautifully showcases the culture of the Canar people from 500 BC. The site, which shows the later development by the Incas, has superb views of the surrounding highlands and mountains.
 
An hour from the capital of Quito you will find the Tulipe archaeological site and museum. This large, comprehensive site tells the story of the pre-Inca Yumbo civilisation, dating from 800 to 1660 BC. There are aqueducts, swimming pools, ceremonial mounds, trails and rivers and many complex petroglyphs – altogether a fantastic cultural legacy not to be missed on archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of South America.
 
Even closer to the capital is the amazing Cochasque archaeological and research site, incorporating the remains left by the pre-Inca Quitu-Cara people. You can explore 15 pyramids, walls, terraces, artificial lakes, canals, roads and some 20 burial mounds. This exceptional 200-acre complex also offers great views of the surrounding volcanoes, plus access to a rich assortment of Ecuadorian animal and plant life.
 
To the north of Quito look out for Rumiccucho, a hilltop structure built on an east-west axis at the exact location that the sun crosses during its equinox. With its five pyramid-shaped stone terraces and excellent strategic location, it was used as a military base during struggles against the Incas and then as a fort by the Incas themselves.
 
Columbia is now very much a tourist destination and one reason is the variety of amazing sites suitable for archaeology holidays & archaeological tours. In central Columbia, the World Heritage Site of San Augustin has 500 religious monuments and sculptures depicting gods and spirits, the largest in South America. Up to 2,000 years old, they were made to decorate the elaborate local tombs of the wealthy.
 
Another World Heritage Site, the Tierradentio National Archaeological Park in the southwest, has pre-Columbian tombs up to 8 metres deep, accessed by spiral staircases. They are covered with stunning red, black and white indigenous art dating from the 6th to 9th century.  The site is also famous for its collection of pre-Hispanic statues.
 
Cerrijon is now one of the world’s largest open pit coal mines, but 58 million years ago it was a vast swampy rainforest. The jungle gathered and preserved the remains of giant turtles, huge crocodiles and a titanboa, a 40-foot long snake weighing over a ton, and thousands more creatures and plants. A permanent team of archaeologists is excavating this unique site.
 
Villa de Leyva, north east of Bogata, is a 400-year old pristine colonial town frozen in time, where an almost complete skeleton of a kronosaurus, a giant lizard, was found in 1977. As a result, this charming town has been declared a national monument. The huge fossil is displayed, together with a smaller version discovered later, in the local museum which was built especially for this purpose. Not far from the town you will find El Infiernito, the site of standing stones reminiscent of Stonehenge.  They were built by the Muiscas people as a calendar and for funeral and religious ceremonies.
 
For something different try Villavieja in the south west. The town is the jumping off point for the Tatacoa Desert, a 116 square miles World Heritage Site which is more of a dry tropical rainforest. The area is one of the most prolific sources of vertebrate fossils in the world and the unusual geology, museum and observatory are worth a detour, if you don’t mind roughing it a little on your archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of South America.
 
Brazil
 
Archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours of Brazil can start with the megaliths of the Rego Grande archaeological site on the Atlantic, near Calcoene in the far northeast. This astonishing construction of immense standing granite stones is known as the Amazon Stonehenge. The 27 blocks, some 4 metres tall and up to 2,000 years old, line up with the sun’s winter solstice. Construction of such an astronomical observatory was thought to be far beyond Amazonian cultures and it is an amazing achievement.
 
Also in the north, near the Venezuala border, look out for the Painted Stone, a 35-metre tall rounded stone and a cave with paintings, pottery and tools. On archaeology holidays & archaeological tours you will be guided around the site by the local indigenous people.
 
Further down the east coast near Campina Grande you will find the Inga Stone, huge rock cliffs covered with refined relief carvings. There is a museum of natural history on site with a comprehensive collection of 10,000-year old fossils. Not far away near Perrambuco is the outstanding Catimbau National Park, the second largest archaeological park in Brazil. The park boasts 30 sites with paintings, prehistoric artefacts and over 2,000 caves, 23 of which are cemetery caves.
 
The Serra National Park in Piaui in the east, another World Heritage Site, has over 1,000 sites dating back over 6,000 years. This is one of the greatest collections of archaeological sites in the Americas, with multiple rock paintings and artefacts. A bonus is the amazing local landscape of canyons, caves and underground lakes.
 
Archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of a different kind are on show at the extraordinary Sao Miguel Arcano, on the border with Uruquay. Another World Heritage Site, these are the beautifully preserved and presented Jesuit missions and the seven villages which housed them.
 
Bolivia
 
Near Lake Titicaca and only 40 miles from the capital La Paz, you will find Tiwanaka, revered by the Incas as the birthplace of mankind. Founded by the Tiwanaku people, it enjoyed its heyday from 500 to 900 AD and the site abounds with stunning sculptures, monoliths and religious artefacts, including the imposing Akapana Pyramid. On archaeology holidays & archaeological tours you can explore the amazing Inca precision cut stones and engineering. The Tiwanaku Site Museum displays a wide range of remains excavated from here. To the north, nearby Kasasasaya has an open temple and the enormous Gate of the Sun arch.
 
Fuerte de Samaipata near Santa Cruz is another World Heritage Site with a magnificent carved rock sculpture and a tall hill. The site offers a rare combination of Chane, Inca and Spanish cultures and the hill provides exceptional views of the surrounding country.
 
Sun Island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca is extraordinary, as the Incas considered it to be the birthplace of their Sun God. It their most revered site and is peaceful and spiritual, full of amazing ruins and still home to over 5,000 indigenous people living in several traditional communities. The island is accessed by boat from Copacabana on the shores of the lake.
 
Another sacred place to the local people is Calacala, near Oruro, in the west of the country. The rock art here is fantastic and dates back more than 1,000 years. To the southeast at Sucre, the huge site of Cal Orcko is famous for its 68 million year old tracks of dinosaurs and 300 other species. This amazing site is the largest of its type in the world, with so much evidence of these iconic creatures. If the Cretaceous Period is your thing, then this is a must-see on archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of Bolivia.
 
Chile
 
Easter Island, the iconic mid-pacific island in Polynesia is a territory of Chile, and is accessed by air from the capital of Santiago. It is a long flight but for lovers of mysterious ancient cultures, this wonderful trip should be included on archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of Chile. Known as Rapa Nui after the indigenous people, the island is home to around 900 oversized sculptured human heads, varying from 10 to 40 feet in height. You can also visit the Raro Raraku volcano, where most of the heads were carved between the 13th and 16th centuries, the temple ruins at Vinapu and numerous ceremonial sites.
 
On the mainland, visit San Pedro de Atacama to discover Purara de Quitor and the Chu Chug petroglyphs of the Tiauanaco culture. This popular tourist town is also home to the superb Gustava Le Paige Museum, with its vast array of over 300,000 archaeological pieces from the Atacama culture. Also in the north of the country, look out for the Bahia Ingleasa Formation, a site rich with the fossils of over 70 species, including a 10-million year old whale skull in the Caldera Paleontological Museum. In Arica, close to the Peru border, you will find the mummies of the Chinchorro people. Over 5,000 years old, they are said to be the oldest mummies in the world.
 
On the way south to Santiago, you must explore the Archaeological Museum of La Serena. There are over 12,000 fascinating examples of tools and handicrafts from all over Chile, including ancient seafaring canoes, marine fossils and a genuine Moai statue from Easter Island. In Santiago the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is cleverly arranged to represent different geographical and cultural regions throughout Central and South America. This small but prestigious museum offers an impressive collection of pottery, intricate silver and copper handicrafts, stone carvings and wooden statues – as well as a 5,000-year old Atacamena mummy, making it an essential stop on archaeology holidays & archaeological tours.
 
While in Santiago do not miss the National Museum of Natural History, one of many in the beautiful Quinta Normal Park. Look for the Carnotaurus Sastrei dinosaur, a replica of the Plomo mummy, a mummified Inca child, Mesozic fossils, boats and hunting weapons from Tierra del Fuego, and a wealth of other artefacts from around the country.
 
Further south, the Monte Verde archaeological site near Puerto Montt is possibly the oldest human settlement in South America at over 33,000 years old. The Mapuche Museum of Pucan, near Osorno, celebrates the local Mapuche people. They are the largest of Chile’s indigenous groups and the museum houses a wonderful range of stone sculptures, dozens of ritual masks and pipes, musical instruments and intricate silver jewellery. In Patagonia, from Puerto Natales you can explore the caves of the pre-historic Milodon.
 
INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
 
India
 
The Golden Triangle is the starting point for most archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours in India. The three cities of Delhi, Jaipur & Agra are home to numerous incredible forts and palaces that will take your breath away, as well as the unforgettable Taj Mahal. In southern India, the temples of Tamil Nadu are also astonishing.
 
You can begin in Rajasthan, in India’s northwest, with the magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort, one of the largest hilltop forts in the world and standing 1,100 metres above sea level. A World Heritage Site, it was built in the 15th century, with massively thick stone perimeter walls which extend 36 kilometres around the hilltop. After the Great Wall of China, it is the longest ancient wall in the world, enclosing 360 Jain and Hindu temples.  Also in Rajasthan, near the Pakistan border, visit Jaisalmer Fort in the Thar Desert. Constructed earlier, in the 12th century, the yellow sandstone buildings of this huge site look stunning in the desert sunshine and include royal quarters, temples and carved merchants’ houses.
 
In the north, south of Delhi and Jaipur, you will find the extraordinary Khajuraho Temples at Madhua Pradesh, another World Heritage Site. They date from the 10th and 11th centuries, and were built by the Chandela Rajput dynasty for the Hindu and Jain sects. They are famous for their elaborately carved figures, some of which comprise explicit erotic art associated with the Hindu tradition of Kama Sutra. These temples are a must see on all archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of India.
 
If you pass through Delhi, do not miss the Qutub Minar, the 73-metre-high tower erected in 1193 to mark the defeat of what was then the last Hindu kingdom by the Mughal emperor. It remains a striking feature of the Delhi landscape.
 
You are not far here from the magnificent Taj Mahal, at Agra. This stunning mausoleum was completed in 1648 and though not strictly speaking an archaeological site, it is a comprehensive and beautiful blend of Muslim, Hindu and Persian architecture and decoration. This famous World Heritage Site beauty spot is a marvellous tribute to love.
 
On the other side of India, in Odisha southwest of Calcutta, do not miss the Konark Sun Temple, yet another World Heritage Site and famous for its Black Pagoda. It is designed in the form of an Indian chariot, complete with 12 sets of stone carved wheels which also serve as sundials. The site originated with the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in the 13th century and sits on an even older site from 500 years earlier. Try not to miss this site on archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of India.
 
Not far from the Nepalese border, the Nalanda University of Bihar dating from the 5th century, is one of the oldest centres of higher learning in India. It was built during the Gupta and Pala empires and it was also a Buddhist monastery. In its heyday the university housed 10,000 students, including many from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and Persia.
 
Maharashtra province in central India, is home to the massive Ajanta and Ellora Caves at Marathwada. These huge, beautifully preserved rock cut-outs and murals were made by Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monks when they established themselves on this ancient trade route. On archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of India, you can find more Buddhist architecture and sculpture at the Buddhist Monuments of Madhya Pradesh, including the Sanchi Stupa. The monuments date from the 3rd century BC to 1,200 AD and tell of the Buddha’s many past lives.
 
In Karnataka state, do not miss one of the largest archaeological sites in India - the famous World Heritage Site of Hampi Village. This is the location of the ruins of the city of Vijaynagar, which include the immense Virupaksha Temple. Dating from 1 AD, there are several Hindu temples inside, plus many fascinating civil buildings and structures.
 
Equally famous is the astonishing Meenakshi Temple of Tamil Nadu at Madurai in the south of the country. This is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Parveti. It is renowned for its gopurams, which are stunning multi-storey gateway towers up to 60 metres high, covered with thousands of brightly painted carvings of animals, gods and demons. There are 33,000 sculptures and the Hall of a Thousand Pillars. A truly extraordinary achievement and a must see on all archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of India.
 
Sri Lanka
 
As well as outstanding natural beauty, the small tropical island of Sri Lanka has over 3,000 years of recorded history, six World Heritage Sites and a wide range of stunning historical sites, especially from the country’s Buddhist heritage. This makes it another fascinating destination for archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours.
 
One of the most popular sites is the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, where the remains of King Kasyapa’s palace from the 5th century sits on top of an enormous, 200 metre high granite outcrop. Sigiriya was a capital city and the impressive remains include the defensive moat and fortifications, a monastery, stunning frescoes and beautiful landscaped gardens, which are thought to be the oldest in the world.
 
In contrast, the world famous Dambulla Cave Temple is 2,000 years old and the largest and best preserved in Sri Lanka. The magnificent statues and paintings of the Buddha and past kings make it one of the finest examples of religious art in South East Asia. There is an amazing mural and 157 religious statues in various poses, the longest of which is 15 metres long.
 
Kandy is a now a bustling city, but it was once the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka and is famous as the home of the Temple of the Tooth, which contains a tooth relic of the Buddha. On archaeology holidays & guided archaeological tours of Sri Lanka, you can also visit the National Museum of ancient Kandy, which also covers the British Colonial period.
 
Anuradhapura was founded in 4th century around the 'tree of enlightenment', said to have grown from a cutting from the actual tree under which the Buddha experienced his final enlightenment. While you are here do not miss the Ruwanwelisaya, the largest and oldest stupa, or shrine, still in use as a place of Buddhist worship.
 
Polonnaruwa is a fabulous garden city from 12th century, with Brahmanic monuments and temples to Shiva, the Hindu god. This beautiful World Heritage Site is also home to its own population of Toque Macaque monkeys, who have been there since it was built.
 
On archaeology holidays & archaeological tours of Sri Lanka, try not to miss the astonishing Avakana Buddhist statue near Kekirawa. Standing 12 metres high, this 5th century masterpiece is finely carved from a solid granite outcrop. It is one of Sri Lanka’s finest standing statues.
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Royal Natal National Park
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Amphitheatre
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Nambiti Game Reserve
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Big Five Safari
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South Africa, Hiking Drakensberg
Cape + Mpumalanga (Kruger) Safari + Ilhe Mozambique
ORK12C
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Holiday Cape Town South Africa Safari Kruger Vacation Ilhe Mozambique

This fascinating holiday to Cape Town in South Africa includes a Big Five safari at a private game reserve in the Kruger region, followed by a beach vacation near historic Ilhe de Mozambique, a UNESCO World Heritage site that still reflects its Portguese heritage. Enjoy relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkelling, fishing & diving along unspoilt coral reefs. All transfers & game drives included.

Holiday Cape Town South Africa Safari Kruger Vacation Ilhe Mozambique
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Holiday to Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain
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Boulders Beach Penguins
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Cape Point
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Safari in Kruger region
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Private Game Reserve
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Kruger Vacation
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Ilhe de Mozambique
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Swimming & Snorkelling
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Diving & Fishing
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Holiday to Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain
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Boulders Beach Penguins
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Cape Point
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Safari in Kruger region
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Private Game Reserve
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Kruger Vacation
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Ilhe de Mozambique
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Swimming & Snorkelling
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Diving & Fishing
Namibia: Sossusvlei + Swakop + Etosha (self drive)
NCA14W
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Self Drive Holiday Namibia Sossusvlei Namib Etosha Car Hire Windhoek

This wonderful self drive holiday in Namibia covers all the highlights, including the gigantic sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the coastal town of Swakopmund & the Bushman Paintings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site. Also experience the wildlife of Etosha in the north & track leopard at the Africat Foundation. Car hire commences in Windhoek. Africat activities included.

Self Drive Holiday Namibia Sossusvlei Namib Etosha Car Hire Windhoek
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Self Drive Holiday, Namibia
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Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
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Namib Desert
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Art
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Etosha National Park
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Africat Foundation
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Leopard Tracking
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Car Hire Windhoek
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Self Drive Holiday, Namibia
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Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
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Namib Desert
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Art
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Etosha National Park
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Africat Foundation
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Leopard Tracking
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Car Hire Windhoek
South Africa: Johannesburg + Waterberg Safari + Cape
SPR12J
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
History Culture South Africa Safari Holiday Soweto Johannesburg Cape Town

Explore the history & culture of South Africa - both ancient & modern - on this privately guided safari holiday that will allow you to experience the art, music & fashions of Soweto, Johannesburg & Cape Town. Visit the Sterkfontein Caves, Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela's home in Soweto, District Six & Robben Island. Also enjoy a Big Five safari. All transfers, game drives & sightseeing included.

History Culture South Africa Safari Holiday Soweto Johannesburg Cape Town
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History & Culture of South Africa
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Soweto & Johannesburg
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Apartheid Museum & Soweto
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Cradle of Humankind & Lesedi
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Art, Music, Fashion & Design
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Safari Holiday, Entabeni
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Robben Island & District Six
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Cape Point
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History & Culture of South Africa
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Soweto & Johannesburg
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Apartheid Museum & Soweto
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Cradle of Humankind & Lesedi
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Art, Music, Fashion & Design
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Safari Holiday, Entabeni
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Robben Island & District Six
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Cape Point
Great Zimbabwe + Matopos + Hwange + Victoria Falls
ZPA10B
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Zimbabwe Private Tour Guide Ruins Bulawayo Matopos Hwange Victoria Falls

Explore beautiful Zimbabwe on this private tour, travelling with your own driver guide. Visit the astonishing Great Zimbabwe ruins, the city of Bulawayo and beautiful Matopos National Park, where Cecil John Rhodes is buried at World's View, before continuing to Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls. English speaking guide, all transfers, sightseeing & game viewing included.

Zimbabwe Private Tour Guide Ruins Bulawayo Matopos Hwange Victoria Falls
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Zimbabwe Private Tour
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Bulawayo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Matopos National Park
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Cecil John Rhodes Grave
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Hwange Game Reserve
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Victoria Falls Safari
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Zambezi Cruise
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Helicopter Flight
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Private Guide
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Zimbabwe Private Tour
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Bulawayo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Matopos National Park
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Cecil John Rhodes Grave
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Hwange Game Reserve
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Victoria Falls Safari
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Zambezi Cruise
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Helicopter Flight
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Private Guide
Ethiopia Tour : Lake Tana + Simien + Axum + Lalibela
YYA8A
8 NIGHTS
FROM £3,195
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Escorted Small Group Tours Ethiopia Guided Simien Lalibela Addis Ababa

Our escorted small group tours in Ethiopia are fully guided and will introduce you to the historic treasues of this ancient country. Visit the Lake Tana monasteries, the Simien Mountains which are home to the Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf & other endemic wildlife, Axum, sacred Lalibela with its astonishing rock-hewn churches & Addis Ababa. Departs once a month (min 2 / max 7).

Escorted Small Group Tours Ethiopia Guided Simien Lalibela Addis Ababa
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Group Tours: Ethiopia (Guided)
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Addis Ababa
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Lake Tana Monasteries
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Gondar
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Simien Mountains
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Small Group Tours, Ethiopia
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Axum
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Lalibela
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Rock Hewn Churches
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Escorted Small Group Tours Ethiopia
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Group Tours: Ethiopia (Guided)
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Addis Ababa
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Lake Tana Monasteries
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Gondar
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Simien Mountains
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Small Group Tours, Ethiopia
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Axum
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Lalibela
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Rock Hewn Churches
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Escorted Small Group Tours Ethiopia
Ethiopia: Tana + Simien + Axum + Lalibela - Private Guide
YPA11A
11 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Ethiopia Tour Lake Tana Simien Mountains Gondar Axum Lalibela Churches

Explores the historic sites of this ancient country on this privately guided Ethiopia tour. Starting in Bahir Dar, visit the Lake Tana  monasteries & Blue Nile Falls, then drive to the Simien Mountains to see gelada baboons. Visit Gondar with its palaces & castles, fly to Axum & Lalibela with its astonishing rock-hewn churches. All transfers, sightseeing & private English speaking guides included.

Ethiopia Tour Lake Tana Simien Mountains Gondar Axum Lalibela Churches
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Ethiopia Tour (private)
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Bahir Dar
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Lake Tana Monasteries
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Blue Nile Falls
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Simien Mountains
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Gelada Baboons
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Gondar - Palaces & Castles
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Axum - Ark of Covenant
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Lalibela Churches
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Addis Ababa
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Ethiopia Tour (private)
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Bahir Dar
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Lake Tana Monasteries
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Blue Nile Falls
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Simien Mountains
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Gelada Baboons
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Gondar - Palaces & Castles
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Axum - Ark of Covenant
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Lalibela Churches
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Addis Ababa
Grand Zimbabwe - Private Guide
ZPB12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Zimbabwe Tour Harare Masvingo Bulawayo Matopos Hwange Victoria Falls

This privately guided Grand Zimbabwe tour travels from the capital city of Harare to the beautiful Eastern Highlands, Masvingo & the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the city of Bulawayo & spectacular Matopos National Park. Then enjoy the wildlife on safari in Hwange Game Reserve & visit the thundering Victoria Falls. English speaking guide, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.

Zimbabwe Tour Harare Masvingo Bulawayo Matopos Hwange Victoria Falls
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Grand Zimbabwe Tour
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Harare
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Eastern Highlands
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Masvingo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Bulawayo
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Matopos National Park
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Hwange Game Reserve
• 
Victoria Falls
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Zambezi Cruise
• 
Grand Zimbabwe Tour
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Harare
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Eastern Highlands
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Masvingo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Bulawayo
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Matopos National Park
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Hwange Game Reserve
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Victoria Falls
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Zambezi Cruise
Namibia Flying Safari Tour: Etosha, Swakop + Namib
NYF8W
7 NIGHTS
FROM £3,895
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Namibia Flying Safari Holidays Tours Windhoek Etosha Namib Desert

Our Namibia flying safari holidays & tours allow you to explore this vast country by light aircraft, so avoiding having to travel long distances overland. From Windhoek, fly to Etosha National Park & the Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein. Continue to Swakopmund for a marine cruise & Sandwich Harbour tour, before flying to the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. All transfers, sightseeing & light aircraft flights included.

Namibia Flying Safari Holidays Tours Windhoek Etosha Namib Desert
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Namibia Flying Safari Holidays
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Windhoek
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Etosha National Park
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Open Top Game Drives
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Twyfelfontein
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Desert Elephants
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Bushman Paintings
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Swakopmund
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Marine Cruise & Sandwich Harbour
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Namib Desert & Sossusvlei
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Namibia Flying Safari Holidays
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Windhoek
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Etosha National Park
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Open Top Game Drives
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Twyfelfontein
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Desert Elephants
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Bushman Paintings
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Swakopmund
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Marine Cruise & Sandwich Harbour
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Namib Desert & Sossusvlei
Great Zimbabwe + Matopos + Hwange + Victoria Falls
ZVZ10B
10 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Luxury Holiday Great Zimbabwe Ruins Matopos Safari Hwange Victoria Falls

This luxury holiday to Zimbabwe starts with a simple visit to the ancient Great Zimbabwe Ruins, then explore the rest of the country in more luxury. Stay at Camp Amalinda in the granitic Matopos Hills, where you can track rhino & view Rhodes' grave; enjoy a Big Five safari in Hwange at Khulu Ivory Lodge; & relax at Victoria Falls Safari Club on the Zambezi. All transfers, game drives & sightseeing included.

Luxury Holiday Great Zimbabwe Ruins Matopos Safari Hwange Victoria Falls
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Bulawayo
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Masvingo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Matopos National Park
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Cecil John Rhodes Grave
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Rhino Tracking
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Safari, Hwange Game Reserve
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Big-5 Safari
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Victoria Falls
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Luxury Holiday Zimbabwe
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Bulawayo
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Masvingo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Matopos National Park
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Cecil John Rhodes Grave
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Rhino Tracking
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Safari, Hwange Game Reserve
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Big-5 Safari
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Victoria Falls
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Luxury Holiday Zimbabwe
Tanzania Safari + Zanzibar - Private Guide
TPA12A
12 NIGHTS
FROM £4,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Tanzania Safari Holidays Tours Private Guide Serengeti Zanzibar Pemba

Our Tanzania safari holidays & tours allow you to travel at your own pace with your own private guide, as you explore the wildlife of Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater & the vast Serengeti plains - ideal for birding, photography & family groups. Also visit Olduvai Gorge before flying to beautiful Zanzibar (or quieter Pemba Island). English speaking guide, light aircraft flights, park fees, game drives & all transfers included.

Tanzania Safari Holidays Tours Private Guide Serengeti Zanzibar Pemba
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Serengeti & Zanzibar (or Pemba)
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Private Guide
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Arusha & Mt Kilimanjaro
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Tarangire, Elephants
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Lake Manyara
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Olduvai Gorge
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Wildebeest Migration (seasonal)
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Zanzibar or Pemba Island
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Tanzania Safari Holidays & Tours
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Serengeti & Zanzibar (or Pemba)
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Private Guide
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Arusha & Mt Kilimanjaro
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Tarangire, Elephants
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Lake Manyara
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Olduvai Gorge
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Wildebeest Migration (seasonal)
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Zanzibar or Pemba Island
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Tanzania Safari Holidays & Tours