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

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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


April Safari Deal – TRACKERS SAFARI LODGE, Bwindi, Uganda

April Safari Deal
Trackers Safari Lodge, Bwindi, Uganda

For your amazing gorilla-trekking experience, stay here, on the edge of the stunning
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in a beautiful detached cottage, its own terrace overlooking
the lush vegetation inhabited by wild gorilla families…

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Mubare Silverback

This recently completed lodge has all the luxury you could wish for, and being fully inclusive means that once you arrive,
you don’t have to worry about a thing…  Warm & friendly service;  fine dining & drinks;  pool & spa relaxation;
intimate accommodations with WiFi, comfortable beds & private ensuites… all this, less than 2km from the gate to your gorilla experience.

Safari Deal – Trackers Safari Lodge, Bwindi
April Safari Deal
Swagman Tours is pleased to offer not just one free massage, but one free massage per day, per person,
for every stay at Trackers Safari Lodge that is booked & paid for during the month of April.

Low season – Mar/Apr/May/Oct/Nov: $450 per person per night twin/double
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  + $250 single supplement

High Season –  Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Dec: $740 per person per night twin/double
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  + $370 single supplement

Safari Deal – Trackers Safari Lodge – Double room

Triple and family rates available on request.
Prices include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner;  house wines, beers & gin, water & soft drinks;  WiFi & full use of spa facilities.

Low season holiday airfares & gorilla permits are available in April, May & November.
Call us on 1800 808 491 for bookings & expert advice.

March Safari Deal – Gorillas & Masai Mara Tours

Coming face-to-face with a mighty silverback & his gorilla family in the middle of a mountainous jungle is an experience like no other – challenging, wondrous, exhilarating…. Take advantage of our great holiday airfares, low-season gorilla permit prices, and/or the latest tour discounts to lock in this dream holiday for 2017!




Discounted package prices for departures from Australia  on 30 Mar, 10 Apr, 20 Apr, 01 May, 11 May, 06 Nov, 16 Nov

Tours start and finish in Nairobi and highlights include the world-famous Masai Mara National Park, Lake Nakuru, Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Central Forest to see the chimpanzees, Nyombi pygmy village, Bwindi Forest gorilla trek, Jinja

Flights, taxes, transfers,1 pre- and 1 post-tour night’s hotel accom, 13-night camping tour, most meals, activity package and gorilla permit
from only $5850pp twin share*

*Must be aged 16 years or over.  Price based on CURRENT & AVAILABLE fares to match tour departures – we will check the best fare that suits your needs which may reduce or increase the package price.  Excludes Kenya/Uganda combo visa AUD140, tips, drinks, extra meals & personal expenses. Yellow fever injection is required.

Extensions and variations can be arranged, just ask.