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Africa & the Middle East Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Africa & The Middle East in a way like no other. Take a journey to the cradle of civilisation, where ecosystems have remained unchanged for millions of years, and our stories were first written on stones. Africa & The Middle East is an unparalleled world of ancient history and living traditions, spread over some of the most remarkable landscapes on earth. Marvel at the Great Pyramids in Egypt, a triumph of humankind, then stand in awe at the power of nature, from the red dunes of Sossusvlei to the mighty Victoria Falls. When you visit Africa & The Middle East with Trafalgar, you’ll explore Jordan’s Petra, one of the world’s first cities, and see Africa’s iconic Big Five, from Kruger to the Serengeti. Every trip is crafted with a connection to the local heritage and shares our love of the region - our iKhaya or ‘home’. From meeting the jumping Maasai warriors, to visiting a Swazi Chief’s village, we’ll show you the real stories of Africa & The Middle East. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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Petra Jordan
Take a journey to Africa & The Middle East, where ecosystems have remained unchanged for millions of years, and our stories were first written on stones. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and marvel at the Great Pyramids in Egypt, surf the red dunes of Sossuvlei, and see Big Five wildlife.
Elephants in Africa
Africa & The Middle East at a glance

"Whether you come for the culture, the wildlife, the natural wonders, or the world's oldest history, you'll have the adventure of a lifetime in Africa"

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What to pack for Africa

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From traversing surreal landscapes, to witnessing ancient rituals, you’re bound to have some inspiring experiences you’ll want to record in a journal.

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Africa & The Middle East is filled with some of the top wonders of the world, and you’ll want to capture every marvellous moment with a reliable camera.

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A scarf is one of the most useful items to pack. It protects you from the sun and sand, and can be used to cover your hair or shoulders when entering mosques.

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Sunscreen & mosquito repellent

A reef-safe sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and a strong DEET insect repellent are essential items for your Africa and Middle East vacation.

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From the salty waters of the Dead Sea in Jordan, to the tropical islands of Zanzibar, you’ll need a swimsuit for your underwater adventures.

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Versatile clothing

The climate in this region ranges from scorching desert to chilly mountains. Pack a variety of layers so you can easily go from cold morning game drives to blazing afternoon sunshine.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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Our Africa & Middle East destinations