Experience the extraordinary wildlife and amazing natural habitats of three of Africa’s most beautiful countries! In South Africa, a fantastic bush flight whisks us to Timbavati, a private game reserve that’s part of famed Greater Kruger National Park. On open-vehicle game drives with expert spotters, we get close encounters with lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and more. Mid-trip brings us to magnificent Victoria Falls to witness the wonder of its mile-wide curtain of thundering water, then head to Botswana for a safari across the game-filled Okavango Delta and savannas of Chobe National Park. Thrilling gameviewing by day, romantic candlelit dinners amid the sounds of the African night, and stylish safari camps and lodges—it all adds up to spectacular adventure.
This is the best vacation I have ever taken. It was the perfect way to see totally different areas of Africa, and the way the itinerary and travel days are set up was great. We were busy all the time and it was fun, informative, and exciting!
— Jon L., Los Gatos, CA
Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa
On sun-drenched savannas surrounding our atmospheric lodge, we experience superlative game viewing. Because we are on private land, not in a national park, we can drive off-road in open-sided vehicles for better views of the Big Five—lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard. After sundown, a new world opens up as we look for nocturnal wildlife including elusive genets and perhaps leopards on the hunt. We also enjoy optional bush walks accompanied by an expert ranger and tracker.
Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zambia
After an overnight in Johannesburg, we head to stunning Victoria Falls to experience the astonishing splendor of the world’s largest waterfalls, whose towering columns of spray can be seen 50 miles away. We'll also search for wildlife, including crocodile, along the banks of the Zambezi during a sunset cruise (and with a sundowner in hand, of course!).
Chobe National Park, Botswana
The Savuti region of Chobe is legendary, with resident lions, leopards, and hyenas, and on thrilling game drives we track them as well as their prey, including large herds of giraffe, kudu, and roan and sable antelope. Chobe also offers unparalleled elephant viewing, with numbers in the tens of thousands.
Flying right to Xugana Island, set on a private island in the Okavango Delta, we game view by quiet mokoros (canoes) poled through water lily–filled lagoons by our game spotters. The birdlife here is phenomenal, and we may see lechwe and sitatunga splashing through the shallows. Evenings feature al fresco dining and crimson sunsets over the lagoon. Depart on Day 11.