During this eight-day exploration of Ethiopia, you'll discover ancient history, endless landscapes, artistic riches, and delicious cuisine. Starting in Addis Ababa, you'll meet 'Lucy', one of the oldest human skeletons found on earth. Traveling further afield, explore the incredible churches at Lalibela and the remains of millennia-old kingdoms at Axum and Gondar. Visit Simien Mountains National Park, with some of the highest peaks in Africa. You'll soon understand why Ethiopia is nicknamed the 'Land of Origins'.
Elgin Africa is a small, owner-managed company that promises to deliver the best experiences that your budget will allow!
We take our time to personally craft each itinerary to your particular travel needs and go out of our way to accommodate special requests. We are very hands-on, continuously visiting new destinations and properties, tasting the food, experiencing each activity, and meeting the people involved to ensure you have the finest quality experience possible.
Elgin Africa was founded by Deborah Smook after 8 years of destination marketing for South Africa. This position gave her many opportunities to explore Southern Africa and connected her to a vast network that now enables her to craft your dream holiday.
Featured trips & expertise
"Chasing the light", a photographer's true calling, has never been this invigorating as you explore mesmerizing dunes, rivers, coastlines, and rocky plateaus across the sandy lands of Namibia. Flexible for all budgets and skill levels, start with an urban exploration of Namibia's capital, Windhoek, before capturing sunrises and sunsets in front of quiver trees and deep in canyons. Explore eerie ghost towns, enjoy several safaris, photograph rhinos, and discover your inner child as you roll down the tallest dunes in Sossusvlei.
"Chasing the light"—a photographer's true calling—has never been this invigorating as you explore the most mesmerizing mountains, rivers, coastlines, and plateaus across the Western and Eastern Capes in South Africa. Flexible for all budgets and skill levels, photographers will explore the shadows of Cape Town's colorful neighborhoods, capture stunning sunrises atop Table Mountain, and cruise the Stanford River in search of glistening sunbeams. End your trip by heading east along the coastal Garden Route for even more photographic scenes of nature and wildlife, including rare rhinos and meerkats in their natural habitats.
This 10-day itinerary is the ultimate introduction to South Africa for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Start your adventure with two nights in Kruger National Park followed by a self-drive tour from the Eastern Cape through the Garden Route and all the way to Cape Town while seeing members of the 'Big 5', as well as ostriches, penguins, meerkats, and a range of marine life off the South Atlantic Coast.
Experience one of the most beautiful parts of the world as you make your way along South Africa's Garden Route for a unique mix of scenery, multiculturalism, and outdoor activities. This 8-day adventure starts and ends in Cape Town—capped by the magnificent Table Mountain—where you'll have several days to explore this fascinating city (and nearby vineyards) with the help of local guides.
Take a ten-day road trip to Namibia and Botswana's top parks on this itinerary. You'll drive through landscapes of all varieties as you scope out the wildlife and natural attractions along the way, including the sand dunes of Sossuvlei, rock formations of Damaraland, and expanse of the Okavango Delta.
Recent Trip Reviews for Elgin Africa
Our local specialist Deborah was fantastic · South Africa - Feb 28 - Mar 8, 2020
Our local specialist Deborah was fantastic in helping us organise the trip from start to finish. We encountered a few teething problems along the way to do with booking of flights but all issues were resolved to our total satisfaction without any fuss. Deborah also arranged excellent choice of on the ground personal guides and car transfers which all went very smoothly, they were all very professional and knowledgeable. All in all we would highly recommend Deborah and her team and would like to thank her for making our honeymoon so memorable in South Africa.
My trip to Zimbabwe!The trip over all was g... · Zimbabwe - Nov 29 - Dec 5, 2019
My trip to Zimbabwe!
The trip over all was great! I was able to complete every activity mentioned in my itinerary and my favorite moments during this trip was the Devils Pool Swim and the 2 day camping Safari in Chobe National Park. We spotted well over 150 elephants and a whole pride of lions in their natural habitats! Truly an experience I will never forget.
There were however, some hiccups in that every activity I attended (helicopter flip, devils pool swim, boma dinner) asked me for a... read more
Eon was excellent! · South Africa - Nov 8 - Nov 14, 2019
Eon was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and gave us time to spend together as a family.
Thanks to Debra for all the helpful tips for the road trip as well!
Incredible experience to Southern Africa! · Zambia - Oct 28 - Nov 7, 2019
The trip planned for us by Deborah and Tara at Elgin Africa was amazing. We came up with a base plan and they took it from there. From the boutique hotel in Cape Town to the Victoria Falls Hotel with its incredible history to the tented safari camp in Zimbabwe, everything was well organized and came through without any glitches whatsoever. All in country land transfers were pre-arranged and were always on time (or early). We did 3 private day tours in Cape Town; Stellenbosch, the Cape... read more
South Africa · South Africa - Aug 13 - Aug 25, 2019
We had a great trip to southern Africa! Deb booked everything we asked for and more. Our favorite experiences included shark cage diving in South Africa, the Chobe photographic safari with Pangolin lodge in Botswana, a great Kruger safari, and the eye opening Soweto tour in Johannesburg. Beautiful parts of the world with comfortable lodging and memorable moments. Deb took away all of the logistical issues I was stressed about when I initially started planning, and incorporated experiences I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Loved it!
Dale's Birthday Trip to Southern Africa · South Africa - Jul 6 - Jul 21, 2019
First, I need to thank Deborah and Tara from Eglin Africa Travel in Cape Town for their recommendations and for planning & arranging an amazing two week holiday in Africa. This was important as my family celebrated my wife's 60th while away.
I cannot recommend their services highly enough - real five star support right throughout the process and they even created a WhatsApp group so we could communicate while away.
Deborah recommended amazing hotels in Cape Town and Stellenbosch and three... read more
South Africa in 15 days · South Africa - May 15 - May 29, 2019
This is the third time I’ve used kimkim to help with my travel planning. Clearly they work with the best travel specialists in the world. For my South African adventure kimkim connected me with Elgin Africa, I couldn’t have asked for a better match!
Deborah contacted me first, she got back to me right away with answers for my questions about budget and best time to visit South Africa. After couple of emails I knew I was in good hands.
Tara contacted me second, she was wonderful from the... read more
Wine tour · South Africa - Apr 30 - May 1, 2019
We had two tours- one with Eon and one with Lisa- and both were wonderful! Eon took us to the wine country- 3 wineries and lunch- and Lisa took us on a scenic tour of the peninsula- Cape Point, Boulders Beach- and lunch at Two Oceans. We cannot say enough about them- both guides were so knowledgeable, fun, interesting, attentive, sweet- we were so very impressed! Would definitely recommend both to our family and friends.
South Africa Jaunt · South Africa - Apr 10 - Apr 22, 2019
We had a truly great trip. We spoke with Deborah and Tara beforehand and they planned everything out perfectly. All great choices for accommodations, tours and guides. Also, they stayed in touch with us the whole time to make sure we had no problems or to make additional suggestions on the go. So glad we found them and KimKim!! Seth Jacobson
Northern Namibia Tour · Namibia - Nov 4 - Nov 14, 2018
A big thank you to the KimKim team for the planning, organisation and great communication that went into making our 5 weeks in Namibia a truly memorable trip. From the first contact, throughout our requests for changes and alternate itineraries, nothing seemed like it was too much trouble for Tara and Deborah.
Everything around our self drive Safari/Tour was exceedingly well planned and co-ordinated with a perfectly suited vehicle, that was ideal for the conditions and well equipped. Their... read more
Finally made it! · South Africa - Jan 3 - Jan 20, 2019
We were quite apprehensive embarking on this trip due to the fear of the unknown. However, right from the onset our fears were allayed by the excellent planning by Tara and her team and the constant follow up throughout the trip. We felt assured that if we ran Into any problems, they would be taken care of by Tara.
Overall the iterarany planned between Tara and us was excellent!!! The only suggestion we would have is for the day trip to the Drakensberg should be done in two days if time... read more
A week in (and around) Cape Town · South Africa - Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2019
Please note that this review pertains to the Elgin Africa travel agency, and is not a reflection of the small group tour we joined, which was delightful.
My boyfriend and I chose to use KimKim because of the wonderful reviews and business model – offering customized, local attention for a 5% service fee. We are economical travelers and have spent nights in modest quarters (including a tent in the desert without heating, cooling or a personal toilet). Which is why we specifically described... read more
Cape town - garden route - kruger · South Africa - Dec 8 - Dec 22, 2018
Deborah was a fantastic tour guide and helped us to find 2 amazing once in a lifetime tours.
Kruger national park was amazing and hosted by an awesome local guide who showed us the big 5 and more. Everything went really smoothly with meeting the guide and Deborah and Tara were super helpful ensuring we were collected and happy throughout the trip.
The second part of our holiday was doing the garden route which again was a fantastic experience and showed us many of the best sights!
I'd really... read more
Garden Route highlights · South Africa - Dec 10 - Dec 16, 2018
Excellent service from Deborah. She managed to find a group tour of the Garden route which suited our needs. She was always quick to respond to my messages.
Would highly recommend Kimkim!
South Africa Self-Drive · South Africa - Jul 15 - Aug 6, 2018
This is an incredible service, and I can’t express how much I appreciate being able to visit a new place — new cultures, new languages, contested histories — and feel like I left it with something more than a superficial layer of tourist-appropriate experience.
Deborah (with help from Tara - of Elgin Africa) provided us with an incredibly thoughtful and perfectly paced itinerary for our 22-day holiday. Deborah’s understanding of us — she really listened to us — and of the options before... read more
Family vacation · South Africa - May 25 - Jun 1, 2018
OH MY GOD, Deborah is Awesome, so nice ,patient and always answer when i call on her , sometimes 12 am . She is GREAT and the best i have ever known my whole Life . Indeed she is a Specialist. I recommend anyone going to South Africa and booking with KimKim should Chose Deborah . God this lady is Amazing , her timing , planning and service is amazing , she will make you feel like a Royal away from Home . I have decided to come go to cape town every year because of her. She is the best i have... read more