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Escorted Safari Holidays

Translated into English, the ancient Arabic word safari means 'journey', but for the modern traveller a safari holiday represents so much more; it is an exciting excursion into a natural world - whether rainforest, savannah, mountains or ocean - which offers the chance to observe some of the world's most spectacular, exotic and rare wildlife.

Great Rail Journeys offers a selection of unforgettable safari holidays, featuring something to please and excite every avid wildlife buff. Whether your safari dream is to spot the legendary 'big five' (the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) on a classic safari in South Africa's beautiful Kruger National Park or to seek out the elusive tiger amid the woodlands and open plains of Ranthambore National Park in India, you're guaranteed the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.

A safari holiday with Great Rail Journeys means, of course, that not only will you have the opportunity to see an astounding diversity of birds and animals in their natural habitat but also that you'll travel on some of the most iconic and scenic railways in the world. And, of course, you'll be in the safe hands of one of Great Rail's friendly and knowledgeable Tour Managers who will help to ensure that you enjoy the best possible safari holiday with us.

Safari holidays with Great Rail Journeys offer varied itineraries which provide plenty of free time to explore destinations at your own pace, choose your own preferred activities or simply to relax and enjoy your holiday.

When not tracking down big game on our Cape Town, The Blue Train & Kruger trip, you might optionally choose to take an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride over the Kruger National Park to gain an entirely different and stunning perspective of South Africa's most famous safari holiday destination. A safari holiday with Great Rail Journeys offers so many wonderful sights, activities, experiences and options that you're sure to find the perfect itinerary for your ultimate once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure.

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Worldwide Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
2021OctNov
2022JanFebOctNov
12 days from
£4,095 pp
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£4,095
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Tour of India & Nepal
4.4 stars(18 reviews)
2021OctNov
2022JanFebMarAprOctNov
19 days from
£3,495 pp
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  • DestinationIndia, Nepal
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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South African Adventure
4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2021Nov
2022MayOctNov
18 days from
£6,995 pp
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
2021Nov
2022JanFebMarSepOct...
11 days from
£1,695 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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India's Tigers & Palaces
4.9 stars(23 reviews)
2021Nov
10 days from
£1,795 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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22 days from
£14,995
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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India's Palace on Wheels
4.3 stars(19 reviews)
2021Nov
2022FebMarAprOctNov
15 days from
£4,895 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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The Splendours of Southern Africa
2022FebAugSepOct
16 days from
£5,495 pp
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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  • DestinationKenya
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationSouth Africa, Zambia
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationNamibia, South Africa
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationIndia, Sri Lanka
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  • TransportCoach
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Our customers love our Safari Holidays tours
Ultimate Rajasthan and the Palace on Wheels
21 Dec 2018
Mrs A Liggett
5 stars
“The tour was absolutely excellent. The accommodation, the restaurants chosen, the itinerary, were all superb as were the guides everywhere.
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India's Golden Triangle and Tiger Safari
29 Dec 2019
Mr T Beddows
4 stars
“Over all the holiday was excellent but felt it was a bit full on with no rest period especially at the beginning of the tour,and was not keen on having to be at the restaurant for evening meals so early after a day of touring,sometimes only an hour left from getting back to the hotel and then rushing down to the restaurant
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Grand Tour of South Africa
08 Dec 2019
Mrs R Buckland
4 stars
“Great experience especially the train.spoiled only by BA.
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Grand Tour of India, Nepal and the Himalayas
24 Apr 2019
Mr D Wakeling
4 stars
“It was a superb trip - India is a fabulous country could never disappoint, Nepal is also a great place to visit. However, a crammed itinerary with long coach journeys, long train journeys and many internal flights - not much time to catch your breath! I think the Itinerary needs to cut down on coach time in Nepal - an internal flight would help. Also, the long dirty train journey into Varanasi was unnecessary when there's a high speed alternative! Travellers to Kathmandu need to be aware how dusty the city is and the need for nose and mouth masks. Loved the extension to Kerala for a much needed rest! All in all a brilliant trip.
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