The youth travel provider launches new trips in Southern and Eastern Africa with a move to luxury safari tents and lodges for the 18-35 year old traveller.
For the past five years, the number one destination missing from Contiki’s product offering – as identified by passenger surveys, social media and third party research – has been Africa. Despite covering Morocco and Egypt in Northern Africa, the call of wild East and South has been strong and today the global youth travel brand has announced a suite of new trips to the region. While the brand has continually grown trips across Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and North America, the announcement marks the first new region since launching Latin America in 2010 and represents the growing footprint of the millennial traveller seeking unfiltered adventure.
Four new trips will see travellers exploring South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya, plus 5 extension trips to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, relax on the beaches of Zanzibar or get up close to Gorillas in Uganda.
Accommodation is a strong point of differentiation. While other youth operators in the region have opted for traditional camping, Contiki has hand selected renowned properties that offer the creature comforts of home, including Sentrim Hotels and Lodges. Whether hotel, safari lodge or permanent luxury safari tents, travellers can expect proper beds, en-suites, patios and lounges and swimming pools to look forward to after a day of adventures.
Experiences make the trips. With Contiki, travellers have the opportunity to see the big 5 game (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant & Cape buffalo) in Kruger National Park, witness the great migration of the wildebeest in the Serengeti or Masai Mara, tick off one of the 7 natural wonders of the world at the thunderous Victoria Falls, visit a Baby Elephant Sanctuary, and feed Giraffes, all included in the cost of the trips. In their free time, those who aren’t relaxing poolside can choose to spot tree-climbing lions from a sunrise hot air balloon over the Serengeti, bungee jump over the Victoria falls, white water raft down the Zambezi river, go hippo spotting on the Chobe river or wine tasting in the Cape Winelands.
All entry fees are included. With wildlife and scenery front and centre of the experience, all entry fees for game reserves are included in the cost of the trip. Also included are the majority of meals, with hot breakfasts, buffet lunches, picnics and starlit African BBQs just some of what’s on the Munch menu.
Small group sizes (approx 20 passengers per trip) means swapping large coach travel instead for 7 seater pop-top safari vehicles across Eastern Africa and luxury mini buses in Southern Africa. Flights are included from Capetown to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Victoria Falls allowing travellers to spend more time on the ground making the most of what the destination has to offer.
No hidden costs, small group sizes and vehicles, stylish accommodation and more included meals are delivered by a dedicated and expert Contiki team on the ground to provide an experience with No Regrets, tailored to 18-35 year old travellers.