Immersive Community and Cultural Adventures
Safaris are not just about the animals, it’s the people you meet that will often have the biggest impact on you. During your travels, we encourage you to seek a better understanding of the local culture, because it will enrich your entire experience of Africa.
In the words of celebrated poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou … “For Africa to me is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.”
This selection of itinerary suggestions allow for meaningful cultural and community interaction without skimping on the amazing wildlife viewing.
Gorillas in the Mist (Mahogany Springs)5 Days 4 Nights$4295 - $4575
This 5 day Uganda Gorilla Safari starts with an overnight in Entebbe. The following day you will fly to Kihihi the closest airstrip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. Mahogany Springs is situated in one of the most intimate, secluded, beautiful and most importantly natural settings in the world and it's just a few minutes away from the gorilla tracking starting point. This will be your base for 3 nights and where you can experience a unique encounter with the mountain gorillas. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It's amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.
Kenya Classic Sky Safari8 Days 7 Nights$6625 - $7575
This small group Kenya safari allows clients to experience three diverse ecosystems, whilst traveling together by private charter. Along the way enjoy daily safari activities, bush dinners and sundowners in some of Kenya's most beautiful wildlife regions. The itinerary begins on arrival in Nairobi, at Hemingways Nairobi, where clients meet their travel companions and will enjoy the evening views over the Ngong Hills, made famous by Karen Blixen in "Out of Africa". The safari starts in earnest with two nights at Tortilis Camp, located on the edge of Amboseli National Park, with Mt Kilimanjaro as your backdrop and home to Kenya's largest elephant herds. The journey continues north to Meru, for two nights at Elsa's Kopje, once home to the famous lioness herself, where you will enjoy some game unique to this stunning region. The itinerary concludes in the world famous Maasai Mara, at Sand River Mara camp, for two final days of game drives and the opportunity to witness the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra (seasonal, July - October), before traveling back to Nairobi and homeward bound.
Ultimate Namibia10 Days 9 Nights$9325 - $10495
This 9 night/ 10 day Safari is a combination of a fly in and overland safari combining some of Namibia's highlights. Namibia is a vast country, covering an area approximately twice the size of California but with a population of a mere 2 million. It is also an 'ageless land’; visible through the heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. When added to the space and silence, these factors all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness. This Ultimate Namibia safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery.
Scenic Namibia and The Delta15 Days 14 Nights$15100 - $21775
Namibia is the King of wild and rugged safaris, bursting with contrasting landscapes and mind-boggling scenery. This itinerary is a beguiling mix of culture and excitement, wildlife watching and bewilderingly beautiful landscapes. Begin your journey in the middle of northern Namibia’s arid, captivating savannah, bordering the world-famous Etosha National Park at Safarihoek Lodge. Come face-to-trunk with desert-dwelling elephant, track black rhino across the sandy riverbeds, and spot the iconic giraffe of the Hoanib Valley. Meet the nomadic Himba tribe, follow them and their livestock across the desert, and learn about their customs and traditional way of life. Spend time on Namibia’s enthralling Atlantic coast and explore historic shipwrecks and watch the seals at the Mowe Colony. Explore the dunes of the Skeleton Coast and clamber to the top for a beautiful evening sundowner before slipping and sliding all the way back down! After an overnight in Johannesburg to catch your breath, you fly to Maun, Botswana and onto your safari lodge by charter flight. If you’ve been forever dreaming of an iconic Okavango Delta experience, then 4 nights at Tuludi is the perfect conclusion to your safari adventure. Floodplains stretch as far as the eye can see and the glistening waterways and emerald forests attract all the stars of the safari show.
Tanzania Luxury Tented Safari12 Days 11 Nights$8850 - $17135
This luxury Tanzania Safari itinerary offers some of our favourite lodges and camps in northernTanzania's best wildlife areas . You will spend your first 2 safari nights enjoying the spectacular area around Tarangire at Oliver's Camp, a luxury bush style tent with a stellar location in Tarangire, home to the giants - elephants, buffalo and baobabs. Enjoy game drives, bush walks and a night drive. Next stop is Ngorongoro at The Highlands and its unique location close to the Olmoti crater, away from the crowds, and the opportunity to hike into the crater. You'll also enjoy a full day in the Ngorongoro Crater - the caldera formed by this extinct volcano is home to rich landscapes and the largest population of permanent wildlife anywhere in Africa. Your journey continues by air to the world famous Serengeti, home to nature's greatest wildlife phenomena - the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra. Enjoy five nights in the Serengeti, first at Namiri Plains Camp in the Eastern Serengeti for 3 nights. Its location overlooking a river means a steady flow of game, including a healthy cat population. Your safari ends with a final 2 nights in the Northern Serengeti at Sayari Camp (Dunia Camp from January - May). It offers excellent year round game viewing and, during the height of the migration, the opportunity to view dramatic river crossings.
Authentic Tanzania11 Days 10 Nights$7725 - $11775
Your journey in Tanzania begins with one night at Lemala Villas, where you will be able to relax and adjust to Africa time, with Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro offering a a dramatic backdrop. From Arusha your wildlife adventure gets underway as you travel with your private vehicle and guide to Tarangire National Park, and its famed giants - the large herds of elephant and the iconic baobabs - as well an excellent concentration of wildlife. You will enjoy 2 nights at Mpinga Ridge and the beautiful valley views. The journey continues with a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, its dramatic landscapes, excellent birding and tree climbing lions, before you continue to the Ngorongoro Crater for 2 nights. Your time at the Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp includes a full day excursion into the crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its own access point into the crater allows you to get a head start before the crowds arrive! You will travel on, by air, to the world famous Serengeti with time at two camps, Nanyukie and Kuria Hills. This will maximize your chances of seeing one of nature’s greatest phenomena, the migration, as millions of wildebeest and zebra follow the sweet grasses, and the resulting predator interactions. With its excellent year round wildlife, you will also enjoying excellent daily game viewing. The itinerary concludes as you return to Arusha, for lunch and last minute shopping, before continuing to Kilimanjaro airport for your homeward travels.
Classic Tented Safari12 Days 11 Nights$6250 - $11810
A land of staggering beauty, Botswana has developed a tradition of top-level safari tourism, offering some of the best wildlife safaris you will find. Natural parks and vast private game reserves make up 40% of a fenceless territory, enabling huge herds of game to roam freely in contrasting landscapes of magnificent extremes, from the Kalahari’s desert plains to the Okavango’s lush waterways… Combine this with the natural wonder of the breath-taking Victoria Falls and with such a diversity of habitats and ecosystems there is a safari for every season. Your safari concludes in Zimbabwe, a country of untamed beauty, thriving wildlife and welcoming people. Enjoy three nights of superb game viewing and unsurpassed hospitality at Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park.
Southern Africa Adventure11 Days 10 Nights$6175 - $9700
This adventure begins in Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an area of natural beauty. Enjoy Africa's self-proclaimed adventure capital while staying at Ilala Lodge for two nights - a great location for exploring Victoria Falls town, its craft markets and local flavours. Enjoy a sunset cruise as you toast your first night in Africa! A myriad of additional activities can be added during your stay including a tour of the Falls, ziplining, white water rafting, a helicopter excursion or a trip to the Devil's Pool (water levels permitting). Pre-booking is recommended. Your journey continues as you travel to Botswana, beginning with 2 nights in the Linyanti area, at Linyanti Tented Camp, where there will be ample opportunity for walking/hiking as twice daily game drives, in a area rich with wildlife and considered one of the prime elephant wildlife corridors in Southern Africa. From there continue to Gomoti Plains Camp for 3 nights. Located on world's largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta, with its excellent guides and location. Days are spent enjoying game drives, night drives, mokoro (canoe) excursions (water level dependent) and bush walks - a lovely combination of land and water activities, with fantastic game viewing including lion, leopard, elephant, hippo as well as birdlife and antelope. Then it is onto Cape Town for a final 3 nights in Africa's southernmost city. Days will be spent exploring the city, including Table Mountain, Cape Point and the Cape Winelands. The Cape Cadogan, a charming boutique hotel in a lively neighbourhood, will prove a welcome oasis to relax, while close enough to enjoy all the fine dining the city has to offer. It is foodie heaven!
Gorillas in the Mist (Gorilla Forest Camp)5 Days 4 Nights$5250 - $6575
This 5 day Uganda Gorilla Safari starts with an overnight in Entebbe. The following day you will fly to Kihihi the closest airstrip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Sanctuary's Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This will be your base for 3 nights and where you can experience a unique encounters with the mountain gorillas. You will also have the opportunity for a Forest Walk and you can visit the philanthropy project at Bwindi Community Hospital as well. Your soul will be well nourished with all these incredibly rich experiences!
Tanganyika Wilderness Safari9 Days 10 Nights$5800 - $7050
This 10 day private safari is a long time client favorite, perfect for families or a group of friends. Accommodations are comfortable and in the best safari locations across northern Tanzania. The safari starts with 2 nights in Tarangire, a day in Lake Manyara and 2 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater before moving on to spend a final fantastic 4 nights in the Serengeti. You will be accompanied by a highly trained guide/naturalist/driver for the duration of your safari so you have the full benefit of an on-going relationship and education with your guide. Your private vehicle is a comfortable 4x4 vehicle, with pop-up roof with plenty of room for 6 adults, seated in 3 rows of 2 (so everyone has a window seat). We have designed the itinerary to follow the migration, so will substitute the Serengeti camps to maximize your opportunity to witness this great event. There are no set departure dates and the itinerary is flexible if you wish to add nights on safari, a hot-air balloon ride, or spend a few extra days at the beach to rest and relax before returning home.
Great Rift Valley11 Days 12 Nights$8970 - $11140
Your itinerary begins on arrival in Arusha, where you will enjoy an evening at Arusha Coffee Lodge - located on a coffee plantation, it's an excellent spot for relaxing and adjusting to African time. From there you will travel with your private guide and vehicle, first to Tarangire Treetops for two nights, where you will enjoy a night drive and guided walk in addition to classic game viewing, before continuing on to the beautiful Manor at Ngorongoro for two nights, an excellent location from which to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site. The caldera formed by this extinct volcano is home to rich landscapes and the largest population of permanent wildlife anywhere in Africa - you'll enjoy a picnic lunch during your visit. Your journey continues as you travel to the world famous Serengeti at two camps, Pioneer Camp and Migration Camp, for six nights. This will maximize your chances of seeing one of nature’s greatest phenomena, the migration, while also enjoying excellent daily game viewing. As you travel with your private vehicle and guide, you will enjoy exploring the local markets and sights en route.
Primates, Wildlife & Culture12 Days 11 Nights$9475 - $9995
This 12 day, 11 night Primates, Wildlife and Culture safari, traveling through Uganda to Rwanda, combines a variety of primate encounters-from gorillas to chimpanzees to golden monkeys-with game viewing and a Batwa Cultural experience. The first 2 nights are spent in Entebbe where you will explore Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Here you will see Chimpanzees up close in their natural environment. Your journey continues as you travel to Kibale in southern Uganda where you will visit Kibale Forest National Park home to chimpanzees as well as 12 other primate species. Activities include Chimpanzee trekking and a guided walk through the Bidgodi swamp. Next up is game viewing as you travel to Queen Elizabeth National park where you will have a chance to see the rare Ugandan cob along with elephants and buffalo.Then it’s on to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. Here you’ll stay at Mahogany Springs which is situated in one of the most intimate, secluded, and beautiful natural settings in the world and it's just a few minutes away from the gorilla tracking starting point. This will be your base for two nights where you begin your stay spending a day in the forest with Batwa elder guides as part of the Batwa Cultural experience. The second day you can participate in a unique encounter with the mountain gorillas as you trek through the dense forest. Your primate adventure continues with a drive through the forest to Mount Mgahinga National Park where you’ll stay at the Volcanoes Mount Gahinga lodge. Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes you will have a chance to enter the forest in search of the endangered Golden Monkey. Your final day starts with a drive across the border into Rwanda, where you’ll spend your last night at the top rated Retreat by Heaven to relax and enjoy Rwanda’s bustling capital city of Kigali.
Botswana and Zimbabwe Explorer14 Days 13 Nights$7950 - $11595
Your safari begins with a breath-taking 5 nights of wildlife viewing in Botswana combining 2 nights at Khwai Tented Camp with 3 nights at Linyanti Ebony Camp, allowing you to experience both concession areas and their diverse wildlife and ecologies. From there, you will have a gentle break from the bush with 2 nights at Victoria Falls. Ilala Lodge, is a wonderful property from which to explore the area and the world famous Victoria Falls! Your safari adventures will continue in Hwange National Park, with its stellar wildlife. During your 3 night stay at Khulu Bush Camp, you have the opportunity to spend time at the Painted Dog Research Centre. The painted dog (or African wild dog), once truly endangered, are seeing their numbers grow thanks to conservation efforts – watching their playful interactions and hunting strategies is a unique experience. Your itinerary will end with 3 nights at Amalinda Lodge in the stunning and spiritual Matobo Hills, where you can enjoy some wonderful activities including mountain biking, rhino tracking and a visit to the final resting place of Cecil Rhodes.
Desert Dune Safari14 Days 13 Nights$11065 - $13425
Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. This Exploration explores some of the most remote areas of this fascinating land; areas that have been rarely explored by others, making this a true journey of discovery. Like any trip to Namibia, the dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed so your journey begins here. Continue to Swakopmund to take in the amazing marine life just offshore, then on to the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove. The activities provide a wide range of differing experiences, from a dolphin cruise with a private beach lunch, to tracking rhino and climbing the Namib’s great dunes. Most of the journey is by road, but well-timed stops at local highlights, refreshments, snacks and lunches (where appropriate) all help to ensure optimal comfort. A highlight is meeting the local people of Namibia, many of whom work in the camps, while others you will have a chance to meet along the road, such as local fishermen and vendors. This small group tour is led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions in which they work and a vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture of Namibia. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
The Greater Cape & Madikwe Safari12 Days 11 Nights$7775 - $9325
Your itinerary begins with 4 nights in Cape Town, Africa's southernmost city, with Table Mountain as its backdrop. Enjoy days exploring the city, Table Mountain and the Cape Point and Peninsula, as well as the city's lively social scene and culinary highlights. From there, the itinerary journeys up the whale coast for two nights at Grootbos, a luxury eco-lodge with its dramatic ocean views. Activities include nature walks, cave explorations and seasonal land based whale watching. A full day vehicle and driver will then whisk you to the winelands (with optional wine tastings en route ) for two nights at Leeu House in South Africa's culinary capital, Franschhoek. The itinerary concludes with three nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge, located in a malaria and zika free Big Five reserve, where you will enjoy twice daily game drives.
Botswana Cultural Safari9 Days 8 Nights$6550 - $7875
Explore three different and distinct regions of Botswana on this fly-in safari offering excellent value for money. You start your tour with an opportunity to view the majestic Victoria Falls. You continue by road to Chobe National Park, renowned for its impressive, shifting migratory population of more than 50 000 elephants. Chobe is situated in the far northeast of Botswana, bordered to the north by the mighty Chobe River. Explore this area on game drives, morning walks and night drives. Your next safari experience is in the massive Khwai Private Reserve comprised of some of the most fantastically diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, floodplains, open savannah, mopane woodland, rivers and lagoons. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks and elephant viewing from an underground bunker. You conclude your safari in a private concession adjacent to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans and fascinating bush walks to historic sites guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.
Rafiki Safari11 Days 10 Nights$7365 - $9325
Luxury is defined by that which is hardest to attain. In our busy world, this is often quite simply time with your family, an opportunity to relax and unwind and - most of all - the thrill of a real adventure. This 11 day, 10 night Kenya safari provides a wonderful, family friendly safari adventure. Each of the camps and lodges in this itinerary has its own individual style and charm, offering experiences that make it completely unique. You'll begin your safari in Amboseli, known for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1000 elephants reside in the parks eco-system that features some of the largest in Africa. Walking safaris with local Maasai guides are encouraged at Tortilis providing the opportunity to find out, first hand, about the intricacies of Maasai culture. Your next flight takes you to Lewa Conservancy, where you are privy to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing that Kenya has to offer: lion, leopard and jackal thrive on the rich diversity of prey that inhabits the area. Your last three nights on safari are at Elephant Pepper Camp, located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem and the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara.
Kenya’s Supreme Safari8 Days 7 Nights$4825 - $6450
This 7 night/8 day itinerary combines Kenya’s most exciting, wildlife-rich wildernesses - The Samburu and the Masai Mara. Delight in unending views of pristine wilderness, from the teeming plains of the Masai Mara to the rugged Samburu landscape. Discover two of Africa’s most authentic and fascinating tribes – the Maasai and Samburu – learn first-hand about their ancient customs and local knowledge. Encounter Africa’s classic and diverse wildlife up close in their natural habitat, from the most wildlife-abundant ecosystem in the world – the Masai Mara, to the rare species only found in Samburu.
Out of Africa14 Days 13 Nights$10075 - $14025
Your itinerary starts in Nairobi, with 2 nights at Hemingway's providing a chance to adjust to Africa time, as you look out upon the Ngong Hills, made famous by Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa. Enjoy a guide and vehicle for touring Nairobi with suggested highlights including the Giraffe Center and the Karen Blixen Museum and a visit to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, as well as time for shopping. You will then head north to Laikipia, home to some of Kenya's most unique wildlife including the reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra, for 4 nights at the Sanctuary at Ol Lentille at one of their four private villas. This region is also home to the Samburu people and a wonderful opportunity to learn about their culture. Your safari will continue in the world famous Maasai Mara, at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp for a further 4 nights at the tented camp offering excellent wildlife viewing year round. In addition to game drives and bush walks, enjoy a visit to the local community or a chance to explore on a e-bike! Lastly, you travel to Kenya's beautiful coast for 4 days/ 3 nights of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation at Ocean Spa Lodge. You can choose to swim, sun bathe and enjoy the spa or venture out to some local excursions, on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Heart of Botswana9 Days 8 Nights$4950 - $9850
This custom itinerary combines a visit to Victoria Falls, staying at the lovely Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel with two sister camps in Botswana to offer a concentrated, wildlife rich safari in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Enjoy two days to explore the lively town of Victoria Falls and all the adventure activities on offer before a shared charter flight will whisk you deep into the heart of the Okavango, to Machaba Camp. Machaba is a classic luxury safari camp, a favorite among seasoned safari goers. It is located in the game rich Khwai area, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is built in the classic 1950’s style, with luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms and living areas, without all the frills but with a more authentic style of old. We promise you won't be ready to leave after your stay here! However, you will be equally enthralled by Gomoti Plains Camp, situated on the edge of the Gomoti River system, which is your next fantastic safari experience. The area is known for its large concentrations of wildlife which thrive on the Gomoti plains and waterways. This itinerary offers fantastic value for a luxury tented experience. The focus is on excellent wildlife viewing, highly trained staff, trackers and guides, and a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere at camp.