Africa is teeming with a fabulous array of wildlife, incredible scenery, wide open plains, stunning beaches and the friendliest of people.
In Southern Africa you can go on a walking safari in Zambia and sleep under the stars, take a flying safari along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia
viewing the rolling sand dunes and shipwrecks, glide by mokoro past pods of hippo in the Okavango Delta, visit World Heritage sites in Zimbabwe,
including the renowned Victoria Falls, go diving in Lake Malawi and the shimmering waters of Mozambique, explore the exciting city of Cape Town or sample delicious wines in the stunning Winelands in South Africa.
In East Africa in Kenya and Tanzania, you can explore the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara and The Serengeti seeing the annual wildebeest migration or go to Uganda and Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the lush forested slopes. For history and rich culture, experience Ethiopia for their churches and Sudan to view the pyramids.
South Africa offers the most beautiful vineyards and The Rocksure Club can offer you an insight into the world of winemaking with expert guides.
Stroll through the vines, learning about farming methods and techniques. Take an intimate wine-tasting and cellar tour and possibly meet the driving force behind the estate. If lucky, our behind-the-scenes experience could include grape picking or barrel tastings.
Drive through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads, starting off in Stellenbosch, followed by Franschhoek, which is widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. You can see magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you can do wine tasting, coupled with a chocolate and pudding tasting at a variety of renowned wine estates.
A few years ago, we read a report that more than 75% of blindness in sub-Saharan Africa is avoidable. A shocking statistic, so The Rocksure Club resolved to take action. Together with Orbis, the long-established sight-saving charity, The Rocksure Club sponsored the Zambezi Project in the North-West Province of Zambia, which includes the specialist Eye Annex at Kitwe Hospital. Since then, The Rocksure Club has raised over £30,000 for the Project towards our target of £50,000. If you would like to contribute £100 or more, please contact us for more information.
Pictured is Bridget with her seven year old triplets, Stephanie, Meredith & Shekina who went to the Kitwe Eye Annexe in Zambia, to be treated for squints and to be checked for glaucoma. Each of the girls were operated on, one after the other. Following their surgery all of their vision was corrected and they are doing well.
Any enthusiastic traveler knows that food is a huge part of any culture and one of the best things about discovering new destinations is to indulge in the local cuisine. The Rocksure Club can recommend
tried-and-tested restaurants which include several old favourites,
as well as some of the hottest new restaurants which are taking the food scene by storm!
Also available are food tours, such as the one in Stellenbosch, where you can join a local expert for a guided tour of the old town centre enjoying delightful stories, tasting traditional snacks and local wine before ending off with a heritage lunch of South African dishes.
Alternatively try your hand at a cookery course, where you can learn about the local culture and cuisine and learn to cook delicious dishes.
Africa offers a variety of fabulous riding safaris, which are an exciting way of viewing incredible wildlife and scenery. What can be more exciting than galloping through the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara or cantering alongside herds of giraffe in the Okavango Delta.
Countries in Africa that offer riding safaris are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, which can cater from a one day safari to a 10 day safari, either staying in a camp or fly-camping where you will sleep under the stars.
Riding safaris can be arranged for a solo rider, families and also private trips. Being on horseback means that you can get much closer to the wildlife.
A safari on foot is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the wildlife. You can either walk from camp to camp or fly-camp under the stars, accompanied by an experienced safari guide and an armed game scout.
A walking safari is a truly exhilarating experience as all your senses come alive. The duration of your safari could be anything from a half day's walk to ten days camping in mobile tents.
You will spot the smaller wildlife which cannot be spotted so easily from a vehicle, such as insects, birdlife, animal tracks, the trees and bushes and learn all about their medicinal properties.
Philanthropic travel offers a meaningful life experience through exploring a deeper understanding of the communities, wildlife and wilderness encountered during your safari.
Spend time helping notch a rhino in South Africa, collaring a giraffe in Namibia, or going out with researchers and learning all about the vital work that they are doing. You can also learn about rapidly
vanishing tribal rituals.
Not only will you be putting something back, but you will
also have the feelgood factor that you are supporting vulnerable wildlife and communities.
Take a flying safari and soar above Africa’s best wilderness areas onboard your very own private plane. Fly along Namibia's Skeleton Coast gazing at visions of mist-enshrouded beaches strewn with rusted shipwrecks and bleached whalebones.
Alternatively, for a truly adventurous flying experience take to the skies in Kenya in a biplane, flying over Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
A flying safari is truly one of the best ways to access Africa's
wildest places, it’s an unbeatable experience to be able to explore the skies viewing this incredible landscape by air and spotting
herds of game.
Travel to the forested mountain of Uganda or Rwanda, which is home to the world's last remaining mountain gorilla. Coming face to face with a mountain gorilla is truly an unforgettable experience.
These gentle giants are highly endangered, but luckily, they are protected within national parks and some of the families have been habituated to humans, making it possible to encounter these magnificent mammals on a guided trek.
Central East Africa is also home to other fascinating primates, such as chimpanzees and a large variety of monkeys. You can see chimps whilst trekking in Rwanda’s beautiful Nyungwe Forest or while on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, plus visit the gelada baboons in Ethiopia.
Introducing your children to the wonders of Africa is not only an extremely educational one, but a truly unforgettable experience.
In-between game drives, children can learn to make a traditional bow and arrow, cast a wild animal print, roast marshmallows over the bush fire, go fishing or make pizzas with the chef.
Often there are cub’s clubs or junior ranger training and the children will certainly be entertained in their outdoor classroom.
Watching children's faces as they see their first elephant or lion
in the wild is a truly rewarding experience and the perfect end to a safari is to relax at the beach.
Our photo safaris are aimed towards photographers of all levels and tend to focus on wildlife, birding, and both water and land based photographic environments. We have several phenominal photographic experts who can take you on tailor-made photography holidays throughout Africa.
There are also several camps and lodges that are set up especially for photographers, with resident photographic guides in situ. The vehicles and in some places boats, are completely set up to give you the best photographic opportunities.
We highly recommend doing a photographic safari at the beginning of your trip, to make the most out of capturing light and movement as you frame kingfishers catching a fish or dazzling herds of zebras.
Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198
Magnificent landscapes, spectacular sunrises, boundless nature parks and wildlife in abundance -...
Stay in Cape Town, in Constantia, South Africa’s first and oldest wine region for 3 nights, followed by 2 nights in the fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley - food and wine heartland of South Africa - ending up in Hermanus to explore the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley for 2 nights.
Please note: that pre- and post-extensions are available within Africa for this Event, please contact us to find out more.
Experience a tour of the scenic Cape through the lens and learn about the art of photography as you go. This day tour is suitable for all levels of photographer from novice to professional, you will be accompanied by a skilled photo guide who will assist you with capturing some superb images and teach you a few new skills along the way.
Each tour is customized for the individual and your guide will know ‘where and when’ to capture the best pictures. Some sample itineraries include a classic Peninsula Tour including the fabulous technicolour bathing boxes at Muizenberg beach, the working fishing harbour and antique shops at Kalk Bay as well as the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak coastal drive.
A unique township and Winelands option visits the Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay where you’ll enjoy a guided walk through the community introducing you to some of its characters while visiting the community centre, library and local craft market filled with amazing items made from recycling.
Kirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world and is located against the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain. As well as fabulous trees, flowers and plants, there are also wonderful sculptures dotted around the gardens. There are always interesting flowers and plants year round at Kirstensbosch and every season has its' charm, however the best time to visit is in spring and early summer which is August to November time. You can either visit by yourselves if you are self-driving, or an organised tour with a guide can be arranged.
For lunch visit the Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (one of Liam Tomlinson's four restaurants). Chef Ivor Jones (former head chef at The Test Kitchen) is in charge with his able team, concocts imaginative dishes, whose flavours will stick in your mind long after you’ve taken your last bite. Booking in advance is necessary for this popular restauarant.
Stroll around the AFEW Giraffe Centre, where you can feed the Rothschild giraffes from an observation platform and go on a nature walk through the sanctuary.
Follow this with a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can watch the baby orphan elephants being fed.
A unique private or scheduled tour, visiting two world-renowned conservation centres which are successfully helping to preserve injured and endangered birds and animals.
Depart from your hotel and drive to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre near Hoedspruit, which has appeared on Animal Planet on several occasions. Let their experts take you around the centre where some of the animals and birds might be handled - depending on their condition. Learn about the rehabilitation techniques and treatment of injured, poisoned and abandoned animals & birds of prey.
Depart Moholoholo and transfer to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. On arrival, a lunch stop will be made before the educational tour of the breeding and research station during which you can view, from close up, rare, endangered species such as the African Wild Dog and Cheetahs.
Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum, to see the magnificent collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and auto memorabilia on display which are all in mint condition, housing more than 100 years of motoring history. The specific automobiles selected for display are alternated to keep things interesting, making return visits a must.
Our top tip is to go for a chauffeured vintage car ride on the L’Ormarins Estate and if you book 2-3 days in advance, you will be emailed a selection of motors from which to choose your ride!
Either beforehand or afterwards, have lunch or dinner at La Petite Colombe (not included). Everything about this 54-seater restaurant oozes timeless elegance - from the background music to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors. In summer months, the foldout doors reveal a sunny patio for lingering lunches, while a toasty central fireplace warms the room in winter.
Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
Spend your morning at La Maison Arabe where you can do a cooking workshop, which is taken by a dada (which is a traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from La Maison Arabe Moroccan restaurant and are held at the hotel which is centrally located. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator, using modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of the morning you will dine on the delicious meal you have prepared, which will include an appetizer and a main dish (a tagine), or a main dish and pudding.
After eating all that delicious Moroccan cuisine, if you fancy burning off some of those calories and seeing the sights, you can hop on a bicycle and explore the city of Marrakech or perhaps the Palmeraie. With fun, experienced guides and the latest bikes for all abilities it is a great way to explore the area.
The Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is in an eye-catching building. This public, not-for-profit contemporary art museum which is a partnership between the V&A and Jochen Zeitz, collects, researches, preserves and exhibits twenty-first century African art. This exquisite space houses a diverse range of contemporary African art spread out over nine floors. (Please note it is closed on Tuesdays).
Have lunch at Harbour House, where the specialty is seafood. Think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons. Have sushi with friends upstairs or share a lavish seafood platter with a glass of local wine.
After lunch, spend some time shopping at the nearby Watershed, which is the home of South African design and is located in the heart of the V & A Waterfront. It offers a beautiful indoor market with over 150 stands with handmade crafts made by local artisans, ranging from textiles, to ceramics, furniture to jewellery, toys to fashion etc.
Terry McCann, or the “Otter Man” as he’s been dubbed locally, grew up along the wild and wonderful Cape Point shores and has been tracking and protecting Wild Cape Clawless Otters for almost 35 years.
He does this to ensure his ‘little otter friends’ are safe from pollution, trapping, urban development or harassment by uncaring humans. His walks are all about sharing the delicate balance of nature in Cape Point with you, learning about the fascinating and elusive otters, and also the other wild creatures in the reserve.
Duration: 1-2 hours. Price includes a full day Cape Peninsula tour.
Helicopter flights can make some of the most remote villages in the Okavango Delta accessible to those looking for a cultural side to complement its amazing wildlife, providing an unforgettable insight into a way of life that has changed very little for many generations.
The excursion, which lasts approximately 2 hours, begins with guests being picked up from their camp for a scenic ﬂight to the village to which we have been invited. This journey and the return ﬂight provide amazing photographic opportunities of the landscape and wildlife en-route. The tour is led by a local guide who explains aspects of village life such as architecture, religious beliefs, hunting and ﬁshing, and there is also the opportunity to meet local craftspeople.
From USD 375 to USD 710 per person depending on pick up location. Please contact your Destination Specialist to find out more on +44 1993 824198.
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