Discover Africa

From the charms of Morocco in the north to extraordinary South Africa, with fascinating countries in between, this is a spellbinding continent, and the most in need of your help.

If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.

- Hemmingway -

About Africa

Africa offers you so much, from iconic safari to tropical beaches, from mountains to medinas.

African Highlights

The people, the wildlife, Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Rift Valley. And more. Much more.

Make a Difference

From installing solar panels in Morocco to elephant conservation in Namibia and house building in Zambia, there are many ways to help in Africa.

Exploring Africa

For first-timers, Africa may feel overwhelming. Your expert advisor will help you navigate your options in this beguiling continent. Some destinations pair well together, such as Kenya and Rwanda, Zambia and Botswana, or South Africa and Namibia.

From the charms of Morocco in the north to extraordinary South Africa, with fascinating countries in between, this is a spellbinding continent, and the most in need of your help.

Some of our scenic African favorites are the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Sossusvlei sand dunes in Namibia, the Sahara desert of Morocco, the beaches of Mozambique, South Africa’s Cape Town and Garden Route, and Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, visible also from Kenya.

Of course Africa is home to the finest wildlife encounters, with “Big 5” safari in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and Namibia, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, as well as decent game viewing in Mozambique and Malawi.

Browse by Country

Each journey is unique. We will work with you on selecting the perfect destination and the best activities for all involved. Browse by country.

Egypt

Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

Kenya

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Malawi

Malawi is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.

Morocco

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.

Mozambique

Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.

Namibia

Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.

Rwanda

Rwanda, formerly Ruanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a country in Central Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland, and its capital city is Kigali. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

South Africa

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.

Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.

Zambia

Zambia, in southern Africa, is a country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint.

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African Highlights

Some of our scenic African favorites are the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Sossusvlei sand dunes in Namibia, the Sahara desert and souks of Morocco, the beaches of Mozambique, Kenya and Zanzibar, South Africa’s Cape Town and Garden Route, and Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, visible from Kenya.

Africa is home to the finest wildlife encounters, with “Big 5” safari in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and Namibia, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, as well as rapidly improving game viewing in Malawi.

Popular African Experiences

Here are some of our most popular trips, which combine customized sightseeing, eco-luxury accomodation, and of course our life-changing volunteering experiences.

Life-Changing Adventures

Hands Up Holidays enables you and your family to see amazing sights on your luxury holiday, have meaningful interaction with local people and give back in a hands-on way. Now is the time to start planning your life-changing adventure.