Travel Startups in Africa

Step into the thriving world of Travel startups in Africa, where innovators are rewriting the rules and redefining what's possible. Our carefully curated list is your passport to explore the trailblazers who are shaping this dynamic sector. Discover their bold solutions, game-changing products, and out-of-the-box thinking as they forge new paths in Travel.

Cummulative Funding

$462.5M+

Total # of Companies

33

Total Deal Count

52

Total M&A Count

2

Total # of Investors

91

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StartupOverviewLast roundTotal raisedFounded
1.

Swvl is revolutionising the transportation scene in emerging markets, through providing a technology based alternative to public transportation

Post-IPO Equity

$ 254,500,000

2017

2.

One Africa Media owns, operates and invests in a portfolio of online marketplaces in the employment, auto, property and travel sectors

Venture

$ 52,000,000

2012

3.

Travelstart is Africa's leading online travel agency.

Private Equity

$ 40,000,000

1999

4.

Wilderness Safaris offers luxury safari experiences in seven African countries, promoting ecotourism and conservation at the same time

Debt Financing

$ 35,000,000

1983

5.

Azalaï Hotels Group is a hotel chain platform.

Venture

$ 31,852,782

1994

6.

Africa's first pan-continental airline.

Venture

$ 28,000,000

2012

7.

Gidanka is on a mission to change the face and experience of hospitality across African cityscapes.

Pre-seed

$ 5,000,000

2019

8.

Elves is an in-chat service where users can book a trip, reserve a table at a restaurant, do shopping and more

Seed

$ 4,013,600

2016

9.

BuuPass is Kenya's market leader for online bus booking.

Pre-seed

$ 2,300,000

2016

10.

Hepstar is a global leader in personalised travel ancillary and insurance product merchandising.

Seed

$ 2,000,000

2013

11.

Nigeria's premium online travel agency providing flights to over 900 destinations and 300,000 hotels on their website

Seed

$ 2,000,000

2015

12.

Hotels.ng is an online travel agency specialising in hotel bookings within Nigeria.

Seed

$ 1,450,000

2012

13.

TraveYalla is a leading online & offline travel agency provide accommodation and airlines and full packages all over the world

Series A

$ 1,200,000

2011

14.

TravelFox is a travel search engine where travelers can search and compare hundreds of travel sites.

Seed

$ 1,000,000

2010

15.

Online travel agency with over 30,000 listings across Africa. Holiday homes, guest house, villa and B&B rentals.

Series A

$ 624,517

2006

16.

HotelOnline is the #1 revenue partner for the hospitality sector in Africa

Corporate

$ 520,000

2014

17.

Tripdizer is a hassle-free online travel planner, that will help you plan and book a trip for you, your family or your company.

Seed

$ 405,000

2017

18.

Lagare.ma is a Morocco-based mobile app and platform that help passengers to find, compare and book bus tickets online.

Seed

$ 200,000

2014

19.

SleepOut.com connects travellers looking for a cool place to stay with hosts and their empty beds.

Seed

$ 200,000

2012

20.

Tripindigo is an East African focused and specialised On-line Travel Agent (OTA).

Seed

$ 180,000

2014

Swvl

Founded

2017

Overview

Swvl is revolutionising the transportation scene in emerging markets, through providing a technology based alternative to public transportation

Last round

Post-IPO Equity

Total raised

$ 254,500,000

Employee

251-500

Founded

2012

Overview

One Africa Media owns, operates and invests in a portfolio of online marketplaces in the employment, auto, property and travel sectors

Last round

Venture

Total raised

$ 52,000,000

Employee

51-100

Founded

1999

Overview

Travelstart is Africa's leading online travel agency.

Last round

Private Equity

Total raised

$ 40,000,000

Employee

201-500

Founded

1983

Overview

Wilderness Safaris offers luxury safari experiences in seven African countries, promoting ecotourism and conservation at the same time

Last round

Debt Financing

Total raised

$ 35,000,000

Employee

1001-5000

Founded

1994

Overview

Azalaï Hotels Group is a hotel chain platform.

Last round

Venture

Total raised

$ 31,852,782

Employee

501-1000

Fastjet

Founded

2012

Overview

Africa's first pan-continental airline.

Last round

Venture

Total raised

$ 28,000,000

Employee

51-200

Gidanka

Founded

2019

Overview

Gidanka is on a mission to change the face and experience of hospitality across African cityscapes.

Last round

Pre-seed

Total raised

$ 5,000,000

Employee

2-10

Elves

Founded

2016

Overview

Elves is an in-chat service where users can book a trip, reserve a table at a restaurant, do shopping and more

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 4,013,600

Employee

11-50

BuuPass

Founded

2016

Overview

BuuPass is Kenya's market leader for online bus booking.

Last round

Pre-seed

Total raised

$ 2,300,000

Employee

1-10

Hepstar

Founded

2013

Overview

Hepstar is a global leader in personalised travel ancillary and insurance product merchandising.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 2,000,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2015

Overview

Nigeria's premium online travel agency providing flights to over 900 destinations and 300,000 hotels on their website

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 2,000,000

Employee

11-50

Hotels.ng

Founded

2012

Overview

Hotels.ng is an online travel agency specialising in hotel bookings within Nigeria.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 1,450,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2011

Overview

TraveYalla is a leading online & offline travel agency provide accommodation and airlines and full packages all over the world

Last round

Series A

Total raised

$ 1,200,000

Employee

51-100

travelfox

Founded

2010

Overview

TravelFox is a travel search engine where travelers can search and compare hundreds of travel sites.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 1,000,000

Employee

11-50

Afristay

Founded

2006

Overview

Online travel agency with over 30,000 listings across Africa. Holiday homes, guest house, villa and B&B rentals.

Last round

Series A

Total raised

$ 624,517

Employee

51-100

Founded

2014

Overview

HotelOnline is the #1 revenue partner for the hospitality sector in Africa

Last round

Corporate

Total raised

$ 520,000

Employee

11-50

Tripdizer

Founded

2017

Overview

Tripdizer is a hassle-free online travel planner, that will help you plan and book a trip for you, your family or your company.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 405,000

Employee

11-50

Lagare.ma

Founded

2014

Overview

Lagare.ma is a Morocco-based mobile app and platform that help passengers to find, compare and book bus tickets online.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 200,000

Employee

2-10

Founded

2012

Overview

SleepOut.com connects travellers looking for a cool place to stay with hosts and their empty beds.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 200,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2014

Overview

Tripindigo is an East African focused and specialised On-line Travel Agent (OTA).

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 180,000

Employee

11-50

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