Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • A National Geographic expert provides insight on ecosystems like the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.
  • Enjoy exclusive safaris far from the crowds as we soar between private game reserves in our our own charter aircraft.
  • Settle into a spacious suite at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set within the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.
  • Visit the Motloutse Ruins with an archaeologist and examine pottery shards and trading beads that date back thousands of years.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Soar over southern Africa’s splendid landscapes on an unforgettable journey by private air. Experience some of the world’s best wildlife viewing on safari in private reserves away from the crowds. Choose from a variety of activities, from optional flightseeing at Victoria Falls to canoe safaris and bush walks, and stay at some of southern Africa’s top safari camps.

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa/Sabi Sabi GAME RESERVE

Arrive in Johannesburg and board our aircraft for a scenic flight to Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, a private reserve in greater Kruger National Park. The distinctive habitat of the Lowveld region is full of big game, including lions, leopards, and white rhinos. Settle into our luxury safari lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and take your first game drive before our welcome dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:This night includes a stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge.
Within a private game reserve in one of South Africa’s most prolific wildlife areas, the four distinctive lodges of Sabi Sabi offer a phenomenal safari experience away from the crowds.
Day 2: Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

Set off on an early-morning safari in open vehicles, and observe wildlife at one of its most active times with naturalist guides. Enjoy time to relax and take advantage of the camp’s amenities before lunch. During our late-afternoon game drive, stop for sundowners in the bush. Continue exploring as night falls, searching for nocturnal predators on the prowl. Gather for dinner around a large campfire in a reed-enclosed boma.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Days 3-5: Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Our private aircraft flies us directly to Mashatu Game Reserve, an enormous private reserve located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana that comprises a diverse wilderness of savanna, riverine forests, marshlands, open plains, and sandstone outcrops. Take morning and evening game drives accompanied by expert guides, and choose two of the following activities: go on a bush walk, join a photographer in a hide to capture close-ups of wildlife (select departures), take a game drive, or mountain bike along elephant trails. Visit the Motloutse Ruins, a significant archaeological site, in the company of South African archaeologist Grant Hall.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Mashatu Lodge
Days 6-7: Kwara Game Reserve, Okavango Delta

Our next flight takes us soaring over the magnificent wetlands of the Okavango Delta to a tented camp in Kwara Game Reserve. Spend two days discovering this untamed habitat by land and water. Explore by open safari vehicle, and take a trip to Gadikwe Island by flat-bottom boat to see hippos and breeding colonies of herons, egrets, pelicans, storks, and cormorants.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Splash Camp
Days 8-9: Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia

Board our aircraft for a flight to Chobe National Park, known for its many elephant families. On a wildlife river cruise, watch for elephants frolicking at the water’s edge and using their trunks like snorkels as they swim. Then fly along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers to Livingstone, and check in to the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, just steps from Victoria Falls. Design your morning according to your interests: take a canoe safari, visit a local village or the Livingstone Museum, or head into the Maramba market. Explore the falls with a local guide this afternoon, venturing into the mists along suspended walkways. On our final evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, followed by an al fresco farewell dinner at our hotel.

Meals Included:Day 1 (Breakfast, Lunch) / Day 2 (Breakfast, Dinner)
Accommodations:Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 10: Johannesburg, South Africa

Fly to Johannesburg and connect with your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast

Extensions

Extensions

  • Southern Africa: Cape Town Extension
    4 days from $2,995
Southern Africa: Cape Town Extension

Post-Trip, 4 Days
Settle into the elegant Cape Grace Hotel located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and spend time exploring the gardens and districts of Cape Town, Robben Island, and the beautiful Cape Peninsula.

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Upon arrival in Cape Town, check into the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore the city on your own.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Cape Grace Hotel
Day 2: Cape Peninsula

Begin the day with a drive through the oceanfront towns of Clifton and Camps Bay. Continue over Chapman's Peak to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. After lunch, visit the naval village of Simonstown and walk amid a colony of penguins on Boulders Beach. Head to the Cape Winelands to explore the historic Groot Constantia estate and sip on their award-winning wines.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Cape Grace Hotel
Day 3: Cape Town

Set out on a city tour that includes a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, where you'll take in stunning panoramic views of the city and harbor. This afternoon, travel by ferry to Robben Island—the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years—and learn about his historic "walk to freedom."

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Cape Grace Hotel
Day 4: Cape Town

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast