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Mozambique wildlife safari in Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park is a truly stunning wilderness area with a fascinating and turbulent history. For much of the 20th century, it was one of the most famed national parks in all of Southern Africa, with visitors flocking across the world to marvel at its beauty, and its celebrated wildlife. Sadly, much of this wildlife disappeared when Gorongosa found itself at the center of the Mozambican Civil War from 1977 to 1992. Animals were poached en masse, tourist revenue disappeared, and this beautiful national park was reduced to a shadow of its former self. In recent years, though, a conservation has unfolded. The astute work of a US NGO has transformed Gorongosa and restored it to its ...Read more >
From 2,500 excluding flights

Sao Tome & Principe birding tour

It is no secret amongst the international birding community that seeking out endemics is as exciting as it gets. Most countries and regions have a handful of such range-restricted species, but a few remote islands across the globes can claim to be hives of endemism. One such group of islands are little-known Sao Tome and Principe, nestled in the Gulf Of Guinea just off the west coast of Africa. Just a short flight from the mainland, these islands boast dozens of endemic species, including some of the most highly-prized anywhere on the continent. This is, without doubt, one of the premier birding itineraries in the world today.Read more >
From 4,995 including domestic flights only

Chad wildlife vacation in Zakouma NP

Zakouma is, quite simply, one of the most remarkable wilderness areas Africa has to offer. After years of mismanagement, poaching and unrest, this ecosystem has recovered remarkably well, and can now offer visitors an excellent game-viewing experience. With a private vehicle for game-viewing, this tour allows clients to take full advantage of this for five full days. Primary quarries include lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and even wild dog, but Zakouma can also offer the only rhinos in Central Africa, as well as the largest single herd of bush elephant on the continent. Zakouma gets even better after dark, and we will head out on night drives each night, with the chance of spotting rare ...Read more >
From 2,995 excluding flights

Northern Cameroon safari expedition

Northern Cameroon must surely hold one of the most under-appreciated and little-known wildernesses anywhere in Africa. From the forests of Mbam et Djerem, to the superb savannas of Faro National Park, there are few other regions of the continent that offer such diversity. Ecotourism is in its infancy here, so this tour is one for the intrepid and the committed wildlife-watcher - but the rewards can be huge. Arguably offering the best chance anywhere to see the largest antelope in the world, the giant eland, this area also protects leopard, lion, bush elephant, forest elephant, bongo, sitatunga and much, much more.Read more >
From 4,295 excluding flights

Zimbabwe small group safari vacation

Southern Zimbabwe is, quite simply, stunningly beautiful. In few other places can game drives feel like they pale in comparison simply to marvelling at the rugged koppies of Matobo, or the sheer cliffs of Gonarezhou. This itinerary takes clients to both of these destinations, in addition to the lush Chimanimani and the game-rich Save Valley Conservancy. All of the 'Big Five' can be seen, although game densities are not as high as elsewhere, and a whole host of more generic game species, including giraffe and zebra can be spotted. Rarities such as pangolin, cheetah and wild dog also frequent Gonarezhou and Save Valley, making this a real connoisseur's safari.Read more >
From 3,850 excluding flights

Zambia wildlife vacation in depth

Zambia has an incredible amount to offer visitors, whether this is your first safari or you have visited the continent countless times. Whilst many visitors only scratch the surface of this incredible country, this deeply detailed safari takes visitors to the very heart of many of Zambia's most spectacular safari destinations. Starting in the west, this tour begins with several days deep within the Kafue National Park, arguably Zambia's greatest wilderness. With opportunities to explore the exclusive Busanga Plains, as well as the productive game-viewing areas around Mayukuyuku, this is a wonderful start to any safari. Clients will have the chance to seek out leopard, lion, wild dog, ...Read more >
From 4,395 excluding flights

Tanzania Southern circuit safari vacation

For those in the know, there are few areas better for a safari than Southern Tanzania. Far from the crowds of the Serengeti, areas including the Selous (also known as Nyerere), Ruaha, Mikumi and Udzungwa boast some of the best game-viewing in Africa. Usually these areas are priced well beyond the means of most safari-goers, but this budget safari takes you to these amazing parks on a shoestring. Nyerere National Park offers a great chance to view a range of species, including large prides of lion, marauding packs of wild dog, spotted hyena, elephant, buffalo and even black rhino. There is also a rich diversity of more generic game species, including giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, and the ...Read more >
From 3,195 excluding flights

Northern Kenya safari, off the beaten track

For many, Kenya conjures up images of vast open plains dominated by the Great Migration. There is no question that Southern Kenya has a huge amount to offer nature lovers, and it is little surprise that so many flock to the Masai Mara, Amboseli and other iconic wilderness areas. However, much of the north of Kenya brims with similar potential, but remains relatively untouched. Only those in the know head to areas including Samburu, Ol Pejeta, the Aberdares and Laikipia Wilderness, and these intrepid visitors are richly rewarded. Samburu's stunning natural beauty is matched only by its excellent game-viewing. It is perhaps the finest destination in Kenya for spotting leopards, with visitors ...Read more >
From 3,395 excluding flights

Namibia wildlife safari, off the beaten track

Namibia is well-known as one of the premier safari destinations in all of Africa. With large populations of many exciting species, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and rhino, this is no surprise. However, it is often the case that visitors barely scratch the surface of this incredible destination, with many only spending time on the traditional tourist areas of Etosha, Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Swakopmund. We think this is a great shame, and this itinerary offers a far richer and deeper safari experience for any visitor. Damaraland and Etosha and unmissable highlights, and this tour puts both destinations in pride of place. These areas remain some of the finest spots for big cat ...Read more >
From 4,995 excluding flights

Zimbabwe luxury safari in Hwange NP

Hwange is arguably the premier wildlife-watching destination in Zimbabwe. With all of the 'Big Five' present, and being contiguous with the expansive and world-famous wilderness of northern Botswana, game drives here rarely disappoint. Large prides of lion and breeding herds of elephant are easily seen, and leopard and even cheetah are seen regularly. Packs of wild dog stalk the savanna, often in pursuit of the rare and beautiful roan, sable or gemsbok. Taking guests to a luxurious remote camp deep inside the park, this itinerary offers supreme comfort and an authentic wilderness feel. A private game vehicle and tour leader ensure the best possible game-viewing experience, and flights into ...Read more >
From 4,495 including domestic flights only

Wild dog safari in Zimbabwe

Along with the Okavango Delta and Nyerere National Park, there are two destinations most commonly recognised as the finest locations in which to spot African wild dogs - both in Zimbabwe. Mana Pools and Hwange National Park are wonderful safari destinations, between them offering the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, black rhino, white rhino and much more. But, without a doubt, their most famous residents are the packs of African wild dogs that roam, hunt and play in these wildernesses. Hugely charismatic and entertaining, wild dogs are one of the most sought-after species in Africa, and this tour takes you to the heart of their strongholds. Starting ...Read more >
From 3,795 excluding flights

Malawi wildlife safari, off the beaten track

Malawi, despite its natural beauty, is very rarely visited by nature-lovers. In recent years, though, this has begun to change as extensive efforts by NGOs has restored Malawi's two flagship protected areas, Majete and Liwonde, to much of their former glory. The northern reaches of the country, though, remain well off of the beaten track, with only the most intrepid and committed nature lovers visiting these wilderness areas. The future looks exceedingly bright for these areas, including the stunning Nyika Plateau as well as Kasungu National Park, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. The fact that the contiguous Luangwa Valley, in Zambia, continues to boast ...Read more >
From 1,695 excluding flights

Ethiopia wildlife vacation

Ethiopia is a land of huge variety, from the arid deserts of the north, to the vast wetlands in the west and the savanna and mountains of the south. Few other countries can claim to boast such as rich diversity of cultures, landscapes and wildlife, and it is the latter that this tour seeks out. Ethiopia is a hotspot for endemism, with several species found nowhere else on earth. Examples include the gorgeous Ethiopian wolves of the Bale Mountains, the Bale monkey and the mountain nyala. But, unbeknownst to many, Ethiopia can also offer fragmented and elusive populations of some of Africa's most highly prized and charismatic mammals, including lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. This ...Read more >
From 4,395 excluding flights

Mozambique 7 day private safari

There are few conservation stories more stirring and remarkable than that of Gorongosa National Park. In the throes of the Mozambican Civil War, Gorongosa was decimated, and years of poaching and absent management only compounded the damage. It seemed as though the park, once famed for its wildlife populations, would never recover. However, a sensational turnaround led by the work of a US-based NGO, in partnership with the Mozambican government, has restored this beautiful park to much of its former glory. This wonderfully varied park, boasting savanna, floodplains, riverine forest and open woodland, is now home to large prides of lion, breeding herds of elephant, marauding packs of wild ...Read more >
From 2,350 excluding flights

Zambia lodge safari, Luangwa and the Zambezi

Zambia has a huge amount to go at for any wildlife-lover, from the open plains of northern Kafue to the dense forests of Kasanka. Two national parks often spoken of in hallowed terms are Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park. The former is amongst the most scenic in Africa, boasting superb views of the mighty Zambezi, as well as excellent game-viewing. South Luangwa is world-famous for incredible viewing of big cats, as well as a number of near-endemic subspecies including Thornicroft's giraffe and Crawshay's zebra.Read more >
From 2,995 excluding flights

Tanzania migration safari, beyond the Serengeti

What is there to say about the Serengeti that hasn't already been said? This stunning expansive wilderness is home to some of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, with visitors routinely spending time with all of the 'Big Five'. The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater are truly the Africa many visitors dream of, with booming populations of lion, elephant, giraffe, black rhino, leopard, cheetah and, more recently, African wild dog. Our visit is also timed to coincide with the height of the 'Great Migration', when huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazers amass in their thousands. On occasion, these herds stream across the Mara River in the far north of the Serengeti, ...Read more >
From 4,795 excluding flights

Mozambique small group safari vacation

Niassa is a truly vast, iconic wilderness. Contiguous with the massive Selous ecosystem in Tanzania, and dominating much of northern Mozambique, this vastness has historically been the reserve's downfall. Difficult to police and navigate in good time, poaching and human-wildlife conflict have taken their toll and, several years ago, the last ecotourism operation closed its doors. But now, ecotourism is back. An admirable conservation effort has joined forces with a superb high-end ecotourism outfit to deliver accommodation and game-viewing options that truly do Niassa justice. A well-appointed camp, complete with many creature comforts, allows clients to explore a huge section of the park ...Read more >
From 7,695 including domestic flights only

Malawi wildlife vacation

Malawi packs a huge punch for a relatively small country. Sometimes referred to as the 'Scotland of Africa', on account of its beautiful scenery, Malawi has historically been overlooked due to its limited safari potential. This has all changed in recent years, with the hard work of the dedicated NGO African Parks restoring Malawi's premier wilderness areas to their former glory. This itinerary takes in two of these area, Majete and Liwonde. Both were decimated by poaching in the latter half of the twentieth century, but a combination of rigorous management and ambitious translocations of wildlife have led to Malawi becoming one of the few conservation success stories on the continent. ...Read more >
From 3,695 excluding flights

Kenya wildlife vacation, migration and more

There is no doubt that Kenya boasts some of the finest game-viewing in all of Africa, but also many hidden gems that are hardly ever explored. This itinerary takes guests to some of Kenya's best wildlife destinations, but also well off the beaten path. In Kenya's little-visited east, guests can find themselves in environments as diverse as dense riverine forest, arid savanna or dazzling beaches. Our stay in Arabuko-Sokoke offers a glimpse into the forests that once hugged the entirety of this coastline. This forest can't offer the big game of larger savanna reserves, but does offer a fascinating glimpse of endemic species such as Sokoke dog mongoose. Most importantly, it is a window into ...Read more >
From 4,895 excluding flights

Ethiopia safari vacation, the other great migration

Most visitors to Africa will be at least somewhat familiar with the 'Great Migration' that sees vast herds of grazers including wildebeest stream across rivers in Kenya and Tanzania. This is, of course, a spectacle at which any visitor to the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem should marvel. But, far less well-known is the fact that a similarly exciting migration also takes place every year in East Africa - and you could be amongst the first to witness it. Thousands of white-eared kob, as well as Nile lechwe, tiang and even Mongalla gazelle, have for centuries followed the rains and good grazing across the border between South Sudan and Ethiopia. Spending much of the year in the largely inaccessible ...Read more >
From 3,995 including domestic flights only
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