9 NIGHTS / 10 days
|ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK||2 NIGHTS|
First stop Windhoek, with just one night in this vibrant multi-cultural city, there is plenty to squeeze in! Visit the UN Plaza built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Tukondjeni Market or take a trip to the Penduka Project Centre.
Next up, 2 nights in the Etosha National Park, a huge saltpan surrounded by flat bushland. There are waterholes scattered throughout the area which is a source of life for some 300 lions, 300 rhinos, 2000 giraffe and 1500 elephants that call Etosha home.
Located south of Etosha you will find Damaraland, made up of vast open plains surrounded by towering granite mountains, keep your eyes peeled for a roaming desert elephant or rhino that travel hundreds of miles each day in search of water. A visit to the petrified forest as well as to see the Bushman engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are an absolute must!
From Damaraland, you will move to the coast and the country's second largest town, Swakopmund. The region offers manyactivities, ranging from dolphin cruises, a ‘living desert’ tour and hot-air ballooning to quad-biking and sandboarding on the dunes, something for everyone in the traditional summer capital.
With the Namib desert being the oldest and most arid region in the world, the large clay pans of Sossusvlei, surrounded by the world's highest red sand dunes provide an unforgettable highlight to end your journey.
We highly recommend adding an extension to this itinerary with a visit to one of the planets most beautiful areas, the rugged Skeleton Coast of Namibia. We can offer an unforgettable fly-in safari, enjoying a stay at a 12-bedded luxury tented camp with a choice of four or five day stay.
Highlights of this itinerary include nature drives and walks to attractions in the region, visits to areas of interest such as Rocky Point, Hoarusib River, seal colonies, Himba villages, shipwreck sites and areas that attract wildlife like springbok, giraffe, ostrich, brown hyena and jackal.
AFRICAN CRUISE & SAFARI
8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS
|LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA||3 NIGHTS|
|VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA||2 NIGHTS|
|CHOBE RIVER, BOTSWANA||3 NIGHTS|
First stop on this luxurious itinerary is three nights in the Lower Zambezi National Park. As Zambia's newest park it's still relatively undeveloped and tourist numbers are kept down due to the park being largely inaccessible by road. Home to a myriad of wildlife the park offers some of the best game viewing in the world, most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor and the best time to visit is during the dry months from June to November. Access is gained by boat on the Zambezi or light aircraft flying from either Livingstone or Lusaka.
Next up, two nights at one of the world's natural wonders, Victoria Falls. With the Falls being a magnificent sight in themselves there is a vast array of activities on offer in the region. Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, take an elephant-back safari, and for the more adventurous, go white-water rafting, canoeing or bungee jumping. You can also experience the Falls from above by taking a helicopter flight of a microlight flight!
Finish up this African safari with a three night Chobe River cruise onboard the luxurious Zambezi Queen. Located in the second largest national park in Botswana and renowned for its dense elephant population – large herds are often seen along the banks of the impressive Chobe River. The Zambezi Queen will cruise along the shores of the river whilst you view game to a point a few kilometers short of where four African countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
EAST AFRICAN EXPLORATION
14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS
|NAIROBI , KENYA||1 NIGHT|
|MASAI MARA , KENYA||3 NIGHTS|
|SERENGETI , NGORO NGORO CRATER , TANZANIA||3 NIGHTS|
|SERENGETI , GRUMETI , TANZANIA||3 NIGHTS|
|ZANZIBAR , TANZANIA||4 NIGHTS|
Spend your first night on this exciting itinerary in the vibrant city of Nairobi in Kenya. As the country's economic, administrative and cultural center, Nairobi is one of the largest growing cities in Africa. The city has two airports and acts as the gateway to safari destinations in both Kenya and Tanzania.
Next up is three nights in perhaps one of the most famous game reserves in the world, the Masai Mara! The Mara is a land of vast savannahs and home to Africa's Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and not forgetting the Maasai people. The reserve offers premium game viewing throughout the year, not only during the world renowned migration.
Moving on to the Ngorongoro Crater for three nights, this deep volcanic crater covers only 260 km2 and is home to more than 30 000 animals. This conservation area is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime and is one of the only places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the Big 5 in the course of one game drive!
Moving on to the Serengeti and Grumeti where the conservancy lies in the path of the famous great migration of wildebeest and zebra on their annual journey to Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. The annual migration takes place in the region during the months of May to July. Throughout the year lion, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, baboon, cheetah and Masai giraffe roam the area, with the region boasting one of the highest densities of cheetah in Africa.
Lastly your final destination, Zanzibar, situated in the Indian Ocean off the Tanzanian coastline. Irresistibly romantic and characterised by beautiful sandy beaches, fascinating history and a vibrant culture, this is the perfect destination to relax and unwind after your action packed African safari!
For further information about any of the exciting journeys above, or to begin making your own tailor made itinerary to Africa, contact the Southern Africa Travel team today!