November Safari Deal: The Blue Train

*** Book an unforgettable journey on South Africa’s luxurious Blue Train ***


This rail trip takes you north- or southbound between Pretoria and Cape Town, rolling past the dramatic scenery unique to South Africa.  Enjoy sumptuous meals and beverages in the comfort of the observation car or in your private suite.  Read a book, sample the high tea, and make new friends in the lounge car.  Take an excursion off the train to learn more about the beautiful South Africa you are travelling across. Dress up for dinner and celebrate life!

Book & pay through Swagman this month for a Blue Train journey anytime from now until October 2018 and receive
* a free night’s accommodation in either Pretoria or Cape Town, before or after your journey, with a transfer
* a free upgrade from Deluxe to Luxury, subject to availability, &
* a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in your suite.
Travel like a rock star and enjoy the privileges of the November Safari Deal, exclusive to clients of Swagman!
Deluxe suite from $1490pp* twin share 

Click here for more info on the Blue Train itinerary

Enquire now!
Swagman Africa – November Safari Deal – Blue Train
*Seasonal fare – conditions apply


NEW Senior Citizens packages to Africa!

Senior citizens get the advantage with Africa packages featuring SAA business-class flights on special now.  Work with us to create your own travel itinerary, for example:

*Fly business class from Melbourne to Perth on Virgin & connect to South African Airways to Johannesburg
*Private transfer on arrival from Johannesburg airport to Pretoria
*1 night luxury accommodation in Pretoria incl breakfast
*Transfer to the Blue Train for overnight deluxe journey to Cape Town all-inclusive of meals, drinks & off-board excursions at Kimberley & Matjiesfontein
*Transfer from Cape Town Station to Queen Victoria Hotel for 4 nights including breakfast,
half-day Cape Town city tour & Table Mountain stop (excl cable-car ticket), & full-day Winelands tour
*Transfer to Cape Town airport for return flights to Australia.

Total cost from $6990pp*.   Extensions available.

Tailor-make your holiday package today!

*Price per person twin share, incl flights & taxes departing on a Wednesday May-Aug 2018. Both travellers must be aged 65 years or older.
*Conditions apply, contact our travel planners for more details and options on 1800 808 491 or



September Safari Deal – Dubai Desert Safari!

This month we feature a safari with a difference – four-wheel-driving in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates!   Packages from Australia into Dubai, flying Emirates Airlines, with suggestions on how best to explore this stunning region with optional extensions to stay longer…

Click through to our website to see a range of Middle East offers.  We’ll recommend appropriate accommodation and package your choice of activities with Emirates’ international airfares to create a complete holiday!

Call your friendly travel agent or call us direct, toll free in Australia 1800 808 491 for assistance and bookings





Set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa’s finest private game reserves.  Less than two hours north of Johannesburg, Mabula is where you can find an abundance of wildlife, including the ‘Big 5’.

for clients booking through Swagman Tours during August 2017

Receive your accommodation at a discounted rate^
includes 3 meals & 2 games drives daily, 
Adults receive one free African Massage Treatment per stay^
(30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage)
Pay for 3 nights and stay for 4^

The perfect malaria-free safari experience: drive yourself or we can offer road or flight transfers. Mabula Game Lodge features:
* Curio Shop          * Mabula Spa         * Stargazing
* Mvubu & Bojelong Restaurants, Ndlovu Boma, The Fig Tree, cocktail bar, The Whiskey Bar
* Safaris in open 4 x 4 vehicles           * Horse-back safaris
* Eco adventure safaris (Quad bikes)
* Swimming pools and tennis court
* Guided bush walks & bird walks           * Ground Hornbill Project
* Hot air balloon safaris
* Children’s programmes during school holidays
*Children’s games room & baby-sitting facilities

Your room is air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom, tv, telephone, hair dryer, safe, and tea/coffee making facility, with WiFi available at an additional charge.

^ Conditions:   Book & pay during August 2017 for travel now til 31Jan (excl 20/12-5/1).
Only $260 per night per adult sharing;  single supplement $130 per night.
Children 0 –5 years stay complimentary when sharing with parents;
Children 6 –11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate;
Children 12 years & older pay full adult rate & occupy their own rooms.

Book through your local travel agent or call us direct: 1800 808 491


July Safari Deal – Entumoto Safari Camp


July Safari Deal

Tented Safari Camp – Masai Mara – Kenya


The July Safari Deal features Entumoto Safari Camp, a secret gem on the outskirts of the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya.  Elevated in the hills of the Megwarra escarpment, commanding breathtaking views and sunsets over the Mara plains, it is an under-canvas experience providing exceptional value for money without compromising the quality of accommodation, food, service,  guiding and game viewing opportunities.   From the moment you arrive you can relax…  You will be welcomed as part of the Entumoto family.  The wildlife encounters around the camp on most days are truly amazing and each game drive is a highlight, guided by rangers with incredible knowledge and expertise.  Entumoto is great for families too (children >7yrs), and surprisingly affordable.  Don’t tell too many people about our secret retreat!

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Take advantage of the

All new Swagman Africa bookings made and paid for during the month of July will be entitled to a STAY 4, PAY 3 all-inclusive accommodation rate – that’s a saving of 25%! Read more…

1 Jul  – 30 Sep:  $2290pp* twin share
1 Oct -31 Oct:  $2090pp* twin share
1 Nov-15 Dec:   $1350pp* twin share

Rate includes 4 nights’ safari accommodation, all drinks excluding premium wines & spirits,  daily activities (day & night game drives, bush meals, bush walks, cultural visits), airstrip transfers, laundry, taxes.

*Not included:  Conservation levy, park fees, premium wines & spirits, emergency repatriation, gratuities, personal items.
Other dates may be available on request basis.

Book now with our friendly reservations team:
Call toll free within Australia 1800 808 491 or

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Meet the meerkats on a Sunway Safari

If you travel on a small-group Sunway Safari to the Delta, along the way you, too, might meet the meerkats!

Take a few moments to read this excerpt from ranger Carina’s diary on a recent expedition:

On the National Geographic Channel, there used to be an entertaining documentary about the lives and stories of Meerkats, called Meerkat Manor. On this tour, Carina felt like they had walked straight into Meerkat Manor when they went to meet the Meerkat families at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

“We awoke frighteningly early on that cold Kalahari morning and nearly froze to our seats on the way to the den sites. We wanted to reach their homes before they woke up, so that we could see them warming up (like us) and getting ready for another day’s foraging and entertaining tourists.   We arrived about 5 minutes before the first one emerged from his hole, shivering. He was the alpha male who had come out first to look around for predators, and decide if the sun was warm enough to warrant leaving the den. He quickly scurried back into the den and we could only wonder what he was telling the rest of the group, probably, ‘There are some very blue-looking Australians outside.’

“Not long after he had scurried back into the den the whole gang emerged. There were 11 of them, and they stood around in that famous Meerkat way, sizing us up. They quickly decided that we were not a threat, and allowed us to go sit next to them. But it became apparent that they only let us do this so that they could rifle through our pockets. Alas, they were disappointed to find that we had nothing worth taking. The 2nd gang of Meerkats allowed us to lay down next to them so that they could stand on our heads and have a higher vantage point to search for danger.

“After our enjoyable time at the Meerkat Manor and much laughter, we went for a necessary warm bush breakfast and visited the vast, white Makgadikgadi salt pans. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is the best place to play around with perspective and reflections in order to take some funny and creative photographs. We were sad to leave the lovely place behind, but excited to see what was waiting for us in the rest of Africa….”


June Safari Deal with Sunway Safaris

June Safari Deal

Book a 2017 Sunway Safari tour and
up to $200 per booking*

Swagman Tours and Sunway Safaris will take you to see the very best of Southern Africa, in a small group of like-minded adventurers, travelling in custom-designed 4WD vehicles.  Camping or accommodated, choose from tours in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and/or Malawi.  

Diversity of scenery, of cultures, of wildlife – experience the joy and delight of watching iconic animals such as giraffe, lion, elephants and many more animals and birds in their natural habitats while discovering the stories behind the warm and hospitable local peoples.

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Focus on one country or explore further afield, there is sure to be a tour to suit you, with frequent departures all year.

Click here to choose your Sunway Safari Experience

*Based on 4 people travelling together.
One free arrival transfer per person for every new booking made and paid in full during June 2017 to travel on a Sunway Safari tour departing anytime in 2017.

Your Sunway Safaris reservation consultant can help you decide…

Book through your favourite travel agent or call us direct, toll free within Australia 1800 808 491 or email

Rwanda Gorilla Permit increases 100% to USD1500

Now more than the cost of an air ticket* to get there, the Rwanda Development Board announced over the weekend their Gorilla Permit cost has doubled in price from USD750pp to USD1500pp, which translates to approx A$2100pp, per trek to see these magnificent creatures in the wild.  Part of the increase goes straight back into the conservation fund to monitor and protect the gorilla families in the Volcanoes National Park, and the balance of the permit price goes towards sustaining the local communities.  The hefty increase will undoubtedly make tourists think twice about Rwanda – they may choose to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda instead, where the permits range seasonally from USD450 to USD630.  Unless, of course, Uganda follows Rwanda’s lead – but in the meantime, we think Uganda will be rubbing their hands with glee.

Rwanda can expect an initial drop in tourist numbers on their gorilla treks but the bucket-list experience will never lose its attraction, and the trekker numbers are sure to return back to their current levels over the next 12 months, after the initial shock has subsided.

*flying Qatar or Kenya Airways, incl taxes

Sitting with the silverback of the Mubare Gorilla family in Uganda, 2014


Luxury Cape Town & Rovos Rail Experience… 

Safari Deal: Rovos Rail - observation carriage

Delight in this 6-night special package deal for your next trip to South Africa, featuring:-

* Private arrival transfer from Cape Town Airport
* 4 nts deluxe room at the beautiful Queen Victoria Hotel on the V&A Waterfront including breakfasts
* Half-day City and Table Mountain sightseeing tour
* Cape Malay Cultural Tour with home-hosted dinner
* Full-day Winelands tour to Paarl, Stellenbosch & Franschhoek 
* Private transfer to Cape Town Central Railway Station
* 2 nts on board The Most Luxurious Train in the World, Rovos Rail, from Cape Town to Pretoria, including Pullman Class
accommodation, 5-star meals, beverages, excursions, entrance fees, 24-hour butler & limited laundry

Exclusive to clients booking through Swagman Tours
for bookings & full payment during May for stays until 31st August

Safari Deal from only 


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^Priced on twin share basis for stays 02May-31 Aug and subject to availability.  Ask us for rates for other dates, singles & children.
Upgrade to Rovos Deluxe suite for $990pp and Royal Suite on request, subject to availability.  Reverse-order arrangements and other hotels may be requested, if preferred.
Swagman Tours can also help with airfares & stopovers, insurance & other Africa arrangements.

Contact us by phone 1800 808 491 or email