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AFRICAN ULTIMATE SAFARI

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Get ready to go wild! Pack your camera and join us for a safari adventure. Spot leopard and elephant in South Africa or prowling lions in Kenya Masaimara, Tanzania’s famed Serengeti, Namibia and Morroco. Local guides accompany us throughout the trip to provide a spectacular wildlife-viewing experience from start to finish.

Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 22-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy wildlife safari drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat. Travel aboard our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime. This trip will truly leave an impression on you for the rest of your life!

  • Arrival City : Johannesburg
  • Departure City : Johannesburg
  • Airport : Johannesburg
  • Exceptional African safaris with reviews from real travellers.

  • The soft African breeze picks up dirt on the savannah and the hazy late afternoon sun filters through.

  • It’s moments like these that make an African safari absolutely unforgettable.

  • Hop between the best four national parks Africa has to offer on this small group tour.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 4, avg 18.

Age requirement: 7-75 years old

  • Tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”.
  • Travel Chobe which has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent.
  • Cruise on the Chobe River spot game by the river banks.
  • In Makgadikgadi Pans you can find the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
  • Travel to the Moremi Reverse, ranked as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa.
  • Experience both night and day game safaris in the Moremi Reserve.
  • Game drives at Kurger National Park in the most famous game park in Africa

AREAS VISITED

  • Arusha National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro highlands

Arrival

Welcome to the trip of a lifetime! Board your flight and begin your African safari adventure.

Victoria Falls

After your arrival in Johannesburg you will board a connecting flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure, enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you'll join your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge for a pre-departure meeting to learn more about the incredible itinerary for the next two weeks.

Victoria Falls to Chobe

After breakfast follow your guide for a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi-oa-Tunya – 'the smoke that thunders'. We then travel to Kasane in northeastern Botswana, which is the gateway to the Chobe National Park. The second largest national park in Botswana, Chobe covers a whopping 10,566 square kilometres, and boasts one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent.

This afternoon is at your leisure: partake in optional activities offered by your lodge or relax by the pool.

Chobe

Start your morning with a spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. Botswana's first national park – and also its most biologically diverse – Chobe has one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa, and is particularly well-known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo. After an unforgettable start to the day, return to the lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation time until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts, at around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up-close photo opportunities.

Chobe National Park

This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe, and to our lodge near Hwange National Park. Over the next two days, we'll have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest, with some of the best game viewing you can experience anywhere on the continent, yet fewer tourists. It's also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. On arrival, we'll visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is being done to protect this endangered species, otherwise known as the African wild dog. If time allows, you can partake in an optional game drive on the concession in the afternoon.

Hwange National Park

Revel in a whole day spent exploring the magnificent Hwange National Park on a full-day game drive. The largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe, Hwange's grasslands and woods are home to 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. The Big Five can all be found here, as well as many other predators.

Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba

Today we head off to Binga, located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we'll board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Lake Kariba is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1,300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife spotting and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner onboard.

Lake Kariba

In the morning, make use of a wide range of activities available, based on your preference, whether fishing, walking or game viewing. When we return to the boat, brunch will be served while cruising to Elephant Bay, where we'll moor at one of the islands and enjoy the sandy beaches. This afternoon, watch the sun set over the sprawling lake as we relax around a campfire and enjoy a beach barbecue under the starry sky.

Lake Kariba to Matobo Hills

Today we finish our houseboat experience with a morning game viewing on Lake Kariba before cruising back to Binga. After disembarking we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an extensive area of rolling hills that features massive granite outcrops and boulders, not to mention one of the most outstanding rock art collections in southern Africa. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is also prolific, and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world.

Matobo Hills

We spend the day in the national park, starting our morning by tracking rhino spoor – a non-invasive technique developed for identifying individual black rhino from their footprints, which hopefully leads us to some rhino sightings. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to the grave of Cecil Rhodes, a British businessman, mining magnate and politician in southern Africa, and a polarising figure locally.

Matabo Hills to Greater Makgadikgadi Pans

We leave the Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of Matabeleland South en route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the community-managed Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we'll have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa salt pan, one of three within the greater Makgadikgadi region. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Greater Makgadikgadi Pans to The Ntwetwe Pan Gweta

We leave bright and early this morning to depart for the small village of Gweta. On arrival we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures. The wider Makgadikgadi Pan comprises three separate salt pans – Sowa (or Sua), Nxai and Ntwetwe. Together, these three pans cover some 30,000 square kilometres of north-eastern Botswana, making it the largest collection of salt pans in the world.

Ntwetwe Pan was fed by the Boteti River until it was left permanently dry following the construction of the Mopipi Dam, which provides water for the diamond mines in Orapa. The outlying fringes of the pan are lush with green grass, enticing further wildlife to the area, including large herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope in their thousands. Needless to say, there is also a healthy number of predators such as lion, cheetah and hyena around!

We explore the area, in search of uniquely adapted desert species such as bat-eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. By spending quality time with these incredibly social, superbly adapted animals, we're able to see how they interact with each other and their environment. Due to an ongoing habituation programme it’s possible to get up-close and personal with these captivating creatures.

After lunch we'll have the opportunity to explore a nearby village to experience modern African village culture. Learn about the history and traditions of the Batswana people from a local guide whose knowledge has been inherited from their forefathers. Visit the local primary school, or sekolo in the local Tswana language, with its outdoor classes and meet the children; visit the kgotla – a traditional court that governs the village; and get a glimpse of rural Botswana life.

In the late afternoon we'll take a stroll with our guide through an impressive baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.

Gweta to Maun

Travel to Maun, a bustling safari town that is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word maung, which translates to 'the place of short reeds'. The village became the capital of the Batawana people in 1915.

The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, perhaps relaxing next to the lodge's pool, or, if you are keen for some excitement, taking an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

Maun Moremi Reserve (Okavango Delta)

After breakfast we take a drive to the mokoro station, where we will board dug-out canoes (or mokoro) and float through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a wealth of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, the Okavango flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast.

After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in a private concession within the Moremi Game Reserve. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

Moremi Reserve (Okavango Delta)

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve, known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa, with a dense concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of this reserve, which covers one-third of the Okavango Delta.

Moremi Reserve to Kruger National Park

Today you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kruger National Park. On arrival, you'll enjoy a VIP meet and greet and be transferred to your premium lodge. Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Hundreds of mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Kruger is one of the best places in Africa to spot the Big Five in one fell swoop.

Kruger National Park

Get ready for one of the most exciting days of your life. Today we'll head into Kruger National Park for a full day's game drive, spending up to seven hours out in the open spotting wildlife, and hopefully ticking off each of the Big Five. The Kruger National Park offers a wealth of different safaris, activities and tours to make your wildlife experience nothing short of incredible. Get up-close to more than 100 mammals, not mention a variety of birdlife, in your specialised safari vehicle led by an expert guide.

Tonight, enjoy a decadent three-course dinner while you share stories and photos of your experience with your fellow explorers.

Kruger National Park

Experience a second game drive of up to seven hours in the Kruger National Park, doubling your chances of spotting any animals you missed yesterday. Keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready!

Kruger National Park

Our safari ends after breakfast. Today you'll be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight. We hope you have enjoyed your journey through Africa.

Departure

Depart to Home town

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

DAY - 1 - 2A'Zambezi River Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena lodge

DAY - 3 - 4 - 5Chobe Safari Lodge

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

DAY - 6Sable Sands

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

DAY - 7 - 8Umbozha Houseboats

Lake Duluti Lodge

DAY - 9 - 10Camp Amalinda

Lake Duluti Lodge

DAY - 11Nata Lodge

Lake Duluti Lodge

DAY - 12Planet Baobab

Lake Duluti Lodge

DAY - 13Thamalakane River Lodge

Lake Duluti Lodge

DAY - 14 - 15Bedouin Bush Camp

Lake Duluti Lodge

DAY - 16 - 17 - 18Maqueda Lodge

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  • Airport and hotel pick up
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Park and reserve entry fees
  • Services of a guide
  • Drinking water
  • Game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Allowances for a driver/guide
  • Transportation by a 4wd vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)
  • Drinks and any other item not specified above.

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