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Africa Grand Safari

Southern Africa includes one extraordinary habitat after another, and a diversity of landscapes so exceptional that it's hard to believe they share the same region. From the Okavango Delta's labyrinth of lagoons to the amber sands of the Sossusvlei, Southern Africa is a world of contrasts. Drawing on more than three decades of safari travel experience, International Expeditions has crafted our custom Grand Safari, combining South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia over the course of 18 days for a grand tour of private reserves, where big game abounds.

Walk with Rhinos

Join experienced members of the Save the Rhino Trust to track rhinos by foot and vehicle in an area with Africa's largest free-roaming black rhino population. On a typical day, we set out in the morning with Save the Rhino trackers, who keep records on where and when previous rhinos were seen.

Award-Winning Accommodations

Your accommodations are destinations in themselves, and they add greatly to the safari experience. The world-renowned game lodges and reserves we use throughout Southern Africa set the standard for comfort, quality, service and wildlife viewing.

The sample itinerary below can be customized to take full-advantage of your travel time and interests.

Daily Itinerary

Africa Grand Safari Itinerary

  • Day
    1-2

    En Route / Johannesburg, South Africa

    Fly independently to Johannesburg and transfer to the Protea Hotel. (Meals Aloft)

  • Day
    3-5

    Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Kruger National Park

    This morning, fly to Hoedspruit and continue to Imbali Safari Lodge, situated within a 10,000 hectare private concession in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. While here, enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles. Kruger has more species of wildlife than any other sanctuary in Africa, including 130 species of mammals and more than 450 bird species. Our daily guided game drives are the perfect opportunity to spot elephant, buffalo, Burchell’s zebra, greater kudu, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, impala and both white and black rhino. When not searching for wildlife, you may choose to spoil yourself with a visit to Imbali’s spa or enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool. (B,L,D Daily)

    Leopard near Duma Tau
  • Day
    6

    Hoedspruit / Johannesburg / Windhoek, Namibia

    Board a flight connecting through Johannesburg to the Namibian capital city of Windhoek. Spend tonight at the Hilton. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7-8

    Kulala Wilderness Reserve

    Fly to Kulala Desert Lodge in the Namib Desert, just minutes from the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei.  Each day we access Sossusvlei through a private gate and observe desert-adapted wildlife on game drives and nature walks in Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Our talented guides point out ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf may also be seen. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to this area. Spend two nights at Kulala Desert Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    9-10

    Desert Rhino Camp

    Our charter flight takes us to Desert Rhino Camp in the rolling hills of the Palmwag Concession. This region is known for its wealth of arid-adapted wildlife, including Africa’s largest free-roaming black rhino population. Each day, knowledgeable guides lead guided nature walks as well as rhino tracking excursions by vehicle and on foot with members of the Save the Rhino Trust. During our wildlife viewing safaris, also watch for elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard. Most of Namibia’s endemic birdlife can also be found here. Spend two nights at Desert Rhino Camp. (B,L,D Daily)

    Rhinos
  • Day
    11

    Desert Rhino Camp / Windhoek

    Board a charter flight to Windhoek and overnight at the Hilton. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    12-13

    Windhoek / Maun / Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Board flights connecting through Maun to Xigera Camp, where we spend two days exploring the Delta on game drives, foot safaris, mokoros and boating trips. Spot lion, elephant, buffalo, lechwe and even leopard. This is the best place in the Delta to see the elusive sitatunga antelope. Boating takes us into excellent fishing waters, while our guided nature walks offer the opportunity to get close to wild Africa. In addition to big game, In addition to all the big game, birding enthusiasts may observe Pel's fishing owl, wattled crane, slaty egret, rufous bellied heron, swamp boubou and a host of eagles, egrets, vultures and raptors. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    14-15

    Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

    Fly to Duma Tau Camp in the Linyanti Reserve, on the border of Chobe National Park. Because of the wide variety of terrain in the area, activities are diverse, allowing you to explore on land, by foot and by boat. Day and night game drives are conducted in open 4X4 vehicles along the Savuti and Linyanti. The area is famous for its elephants — huge herds congregate in the winter along the waterways and lagoons — as well as at waterholes down the Savuti Channel. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    16

    Victoria Falls, Zambia

    Fly to Kasane, where we spend the afternoon at stunning Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is one of the world’s greatest cataracts, a mile wide and 360 feet high where the Zambezi River plunges into a deep chasm. The area hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. Cap-off our day watching the sun go down as you sip your evening cocktail during an evening cruise on the Zambezi. Spend tonight at Toka Leya Lodge. (B,L,D) 
    africa grand safari photos family at victoria falls
  • Day
    17

    Livingstone / Johannesburg

    After breakfast, fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg, where you connect with your independent flight home. (B)

  • Day
    18

    Arrive Home

    Arrive Home

Accommodations

imbali safari lodge

Imbali Safari Lodge

Each of the 12 suites of Imbali Safari Lodge has a private verandah, private Jacuzzi, silver service, timber walkways and personalized cuisine. A personal butler, with the menu itself is extensive as the African wilderness. In addition, hurricane lamps, mosquito netting and exceptional service will ensure that you never forget your first taste of the South African Safari experience. The Lodge also offers a swimming pool overlooking the Nwatswitswonto River and an open lounge with a huge fire place. 
kulala desert lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. There are also three tents which can accommodate a family of four each. The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities.
Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp

Set in a wide valley, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp consists of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas to take in the sweeping views in front dotted with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants, and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The comfortable tented dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides offering those panoramic views while a swimming pool provides a refreshing respite during the midday heat. Evening meals are often taken around the fire pit under the starry skies, known for their clarity.
Xigera Camp

Xigera Camp

Xigera Camp lies on Paradise Island, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. This magnificent area epitomizes the permanently flooded section of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, a multitude of clear water channels and expansive floodplains. There are ten raised luxury tents with en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower – and superb views of the classic Okavango Delta floodplains that surround the camp. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, bar and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma.
Duma Tau

Duma Tau Camp

DumaTau, meaning “roar of the lion,” is a ten-roomed luxury tented camp located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve that borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park. It is situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system. DumaTau Camp is raised off the ground to take advantage of the fantastic river views. Each en-suite tent is spacious, spreading out under a canvas roof, with sliding doors and windows that allow for wide-angled views of the riverfront. There is an airy, expansive dining and lounge area and a pool, all overlooking the lagoon and its denizens. DumaTau has a very light carbon footprint and runs on solar energy.
Toka Leya

Toka Leya Lodge

Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks soak up the dramatic views and active wildlife. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area. The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. 

Wildlife

Southwest African Lion

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Call 800.234.9620
Duration
18 Days, 17 Nights
Trip Type
Land