On Safari in Southern Africa by Private Air

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Soar over southern Africa’s splendid landscapes on an unforgettable journey by private air. Experience some of the world’s best wildlife viewing on safari in private reserves away from the crowds. Choose from a variety of activities, from optional flight-seeing at Victoria Falls to canoe safaris and bush walks, and stay at some of southern Africa’s top safari...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Enjoy exclusive wildlife viewing away from the crowds on safari in private game reserves.
    • Examine ancient rock art with an archaeologist and see pottery shards and trading beads that date back thousands of years.
    • Set out on a wildlife cruise in Botswana’s Chobe National Park and watch elephants “snorkeling” in the river.
    • Sip sundowners on the classic steam train Royal Livingstone Express as it travels through Mosi-o-Tunya National Park.

What's this trip about?

    Soar over southern Africa’s splendid landscapes on an unforgettable journey by private air. Experience some of the world’s best wildlife viewing on safari in private reserves away from the crowds. Choose from a variety of activities, from optional flight-seeing at Victoria Falls to canoe safaris and bush walks, and stay at some of southern Africa’s top safari camps.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityJohannesburg
End CityJohannesburg

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Safari

Destinations

  • Africa
  • South Africa
  • Botswana

Attractions

  • Chobe National Park
  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Livingstone
  • Moremi Wildlife Reserve
  • Okavango Delta
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River

Activities

  • Canoeing
  • Game drive
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Safari
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Accommodations and meals
    • Educational materials
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • All gratuities except those for train or ship's crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Transfers to and from group flights where applicable
    • Services of National Geographic experts and/or local guides, lecturers, expedition leaders, and any other staff
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Days 1 & 2: U.S./Johannesburg, South Africa/MalaMala Game Reserve

Meals: Dinner

Depart on an overnight flight to Johannesburg. Board our aircraft for a scenic flight to MalaMala Game Reserve, a private reserve in Greater Kruger National Park. The distinctive habitat of the Lowveld region is full of big game, including lions, ...

Day 3: MalaMala Game Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set off on an early morning safari in open vehicles and observe wildlife at one of its most active times with naturalist guides. Enjoy time to relax and take advantage of the camp’s amenities before lunch. During our late afterno...

Days 4, 5, & 6: Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Daily)

Our private aircraft flies us directly to Mashatu Game Reserve, an enormous private reserve located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana that comprises a diverse wilderness of savanna, riverine forests, marshlands, op...

Days 7 & 8: Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Daily)

Our next flight takes us soaring over the magnificent wetlands of the Okavango Delta to a tented camp in Moremi Game Reserve. Spend two days discovering this untamed habitat by land and water. Choose to explore by open sa...

Days 9 & 10: Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 9); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 10)

Accommodation: Royal Livingstone Hotel

Board our aircraft for a flight to Chobe National Park, known for its many elephant families. On a wildlife river cruise, watch for elephants frolicking at...

Days 11 & 12: Johannesburg, South Africa/U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to Johannesburg and connect with your return flight home, arriving the next day.

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Price per day$1,288
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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Meals Included

10 Breakfast, 7 lunches, and 8 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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