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Rediscover the natural world on a remarkable safari holiday

Big Five game safaris, evenings in relaxing lodges, open-air cruising and nature at its most primal.

Journey - fundamentally, that’s what the word ‘safari’ means in Swahili. You can’t complete your journey without taking the once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness one of the Big Five in the wild. The five what? Well, just as the world has its Seven Wonders, Africa has its five glorious beasts: lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards, and buffalo. Consider this your safari holiday check-list. African wilderness holidays truly offer the quintessential safari experience.

You might like to begin with a South Africa safariKruger National Park, the continent's oldest wildlife conservation area, is striking with its untouched grasslands and opportunities to spot one of the glorious five up close. As such, this South African destination is fantastic for those travelling on their first safari trip. Spot prowling leopards against a picturesque backdrop of the lofty Lebombo Mountains, then spend a relaxing evening in a safari lodge with a traditional Boma dinner.

If you have acquired a taste for the lodge life, a Kenya safari holiday might be for you. Book an unforgettable escorted tour to Kenya’s renowned accommodation, Treetops. Constructed around an ancient tree, the lodge offers boundless opportunities to explore East Africa’s vast natural beauty. Kenya is also an ideal spot for safari and beach holidays, where you can get your adrenaline fix seeing a lion dart across your path and then simmer it right down in a sleepy, sun-drenched bay. Don't forget to pack that bathing suit with your safari slacks!

To the south lies Namibia, the very first African country to include the protection of the environment in its constitution. On a full-day safari, cruise through Etosha National Park, Namibia’s largest wildlife sanctuary. Allow your experienced tour manager to point out animals including lions, giraffes, and elephants. You can even see your surrounds in a different light, by taking a stunning sunset drive in an open-air vehicle through the dazzling mopane forests.

Our safari holidays combine exquisite scenery, up-close encounters and a glimpse of nature at its most wild. Consider it the ultimate antidote to the artificialities of modern life - just the reset you're looking for!

Featured safari holidays

Discover the world's most magnificent wildlife on a safari holiday with us.

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New Exclusively solos No single supplement
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New Year On Safari

South Africa
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  • 10 Excursions Included, 25 Meals Included
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Safari holidays for solo travellers

Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our safari holidays. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a safari holiday as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.

Things to see on a safari holiday

From cultural enrichment to stunning wildlife, you will never run out of things to do on a safari holiday.

Where to go on safari

There’s plenty of variety and scope when it comes to selecting your dream escorted safari holiday. Whether you fancy immersing yourself in Africa’s startling culture and landscapes while seeking the Big Five in South Africa’s Kruger National Park or staying at a relaxing bush lodge in Kenya, you will be spoilt for choice.

Safari FAQs

First Safari holiday? Here are a few questions you might have.

  • A safari is an overland journey, usually made by jeep, the purpose of which is to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, often a protected national park. Newmarket offer tours to popular safari destinations, with included safari drives.

  • Newmarket offer safari tours to several destinations, so the best time to go depends on the specific destination you choose.

  • Newmarket currently offer safari tours to Kenya, South Africa and India.

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Why book with us

Our award-winning collection of holidays covers all seven continents, with carefully planned itineraries ranging from rail journeys and river cruises.

Flexible booking

Our booking policy means we offer the best flexibility options for those who travel with us. We were even awarded Green in the Which? Holiday Checker.

Unique itineraries

From ancient wineries in the Caucasus Mountains to the cities of the Far East, we offer holidays bursting with curated itineraries to timeless and on-trend destinations.


We are delighted by the 56 British Travel Awards we have won over the past decade. These awards have been a much-appreciated recognition of what we love doing.

Sustainability promise

We believe the travel industry has a responsibility to care for the planet and its people. On our tours, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment and local communities.

Over 1m travellers

Over 40 years, we have delivered wish-list holidays to over one million customers. We hope you will be part of our growing community of travellers.

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Our knowledgeable customer service team are ready to help you with any enquiries you may have about your holiday, whether it’s a new booking or you’re already abroad.

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