Africa Grand Safari
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.
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.
Dinner at Desert Rhino Camp
Hippos near Duma Tau
Leopard near Duma Tau
Toka Leya on the Zambezi River
Africa Grand Safari Itinerary
En Route / Johannesburg, South AfricaFly independently to Johannesburg and transfer to the Protea Hotel. (Meals Aloft)
Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Kruger National ParkThis 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)
Hoedspruit / Johannesburg / Windhoek, NamibiaBoard a flight connecting through Johannesburg to the Namibian capital city of Windhoek. Spend tonight at the Hilton. (B,L,D)
Kulala Wilderness ReserveFly 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)
Desert Rhino CampOur 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)
Desert Rhino Camp / WindhoekBoard a charter flight to Windhoek and overnight at the Hilton. (B,L,D)
Windhoek / Maun / Okavango Delta, BotswanaBoard 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)
Linyanti Wildlife ReserveFly 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)
Victoria Falls, ZambiaFly 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)
Livingstone / JohannesburgAfter breakfast, fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg, where you connect with your independent flight home. (B)
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