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Ask about extension options to Victoria Falls,Lower Zambezi National Park, Lake Malawi, Cape Town, or other areas of Southern Africa.

Lake Malawi Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

In Malawi, the “warm heart of Africa,” enjoy a few days of rest after a safari on Lake Malawi. Snorkel in the crystalline waters amongst chromatic Cichlid fish and kayak along the granite islands, encountering friendly residents who live a subsistence lifestyle in remote villages. 


2015 Pricing: $2475 per person. Includes flight from Mfuwe to Lilongwe

Day 1: Arrive Malawi

Head out this morning on a flight from Lusaka to Lilongwe, Malawi where you connect onto a short 45 min. light aircraft flight to Likoma Island. Enjoy three nights at the remarkable Kaya Mawa lodge, a place of truly unique character on the southern tip of Likoma Island, Lake Malawi. It is a wonderful way to experience the lake, its people and of course relax! Lake Malawi, which stretches nearly 365 miles from north to south and up to 52 miles in width, is Malawi’s most prominent feature. It is Africa’s third largest lake and arguably, the most beautiful. Likoma Island, situated in the far north of Lake Malawi, is the larger of two small islands very close to the Mozambique coastline. To visit the island is to step back in time; just 10 sq mi with one small dirt road and six vehicles, the local population survives largely by fishing, rice and cassava farming. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves, perfect for relaxing or photography.


Days 2 - 3: Lake Malawi

Spend these days at leisure enjoying as many or as few activities as you wish. Snorkeling in Lake Malawi is always a highlight, and masks, snorkels, and fins are provided in each room. Lake Malawi is home to over 1000 species of freshwater fish, many of them colorful cichlids endemic to the lake. Several Laser one and Laser two sailboats are available, and if you've never sailed there are qualified instructors available to teach you. Likoma Island is known for its friendly locals and a walk or mountain bike ride on the island may take you to the market or to St. Peter’s Cathedral in Mbamba town. This cathedral, built over 100 years ago, contains a crucifix made from a branch of the tree under which David Livingstone’s heart is buried and the choir stalls are carved out of soapstone with elaborate decoration. Overnights Kaya Mawa. 


Day 4: Departure

Say good bye to the engaging Malawians you have come to know at Kaya Mawa before boarding the airplane for your flight back to Lilongwe. 


Kaya Mawa Lodge

Located on a beautiful crescent-shaped bay in Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa is a wonderful place for a few days of relaxation. Read more about Kaya Mawa. 

Cape Town Extension: 4 nights / 5 days

Cape Town has so much to offer with beautiful beaches, dramatic coastline along the Indian and Atlantic oceans, a cosmopolitan center and world class wine country only an hour away. This five day itinerary is a suggestion only and we would be happy to customize your days in the Cape to meet your exact interests and travel style. Please review the trip itinerary page for more information about our guide Doug Thomson and custom tours in Cape Town. 


2015 Pricing: From $1995, depending on group size

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town where you will be met and transferred into the city to your accommodations for the next few days.  Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters.


Day 2: Two Oceans Coastline and Kirstenbosch Gardens 

This full day of exploration showcases the Cape Peninsula and the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Begin with a drive down the Atlantic coastline with its stunning mountain and sea views, pausing for photo opportunities along the coastal road. Stop and walk along Noordhoek beach before continuing through the valley to Kommetjie and Scarborough, little hamlets on the Atlantic Coast. At certain times of year, there is a chance to see Southern Right Whales, which come into this bay to mate and calve. A walk to the old lighthouse in the Cape of Good Hope Nature yields spectacular views of False Bay. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants along the coast before visiting Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins. The last stop of the day is at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where a brief time is spent walking through the magnificent display of flora the Cape has to offer. Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [BL]


Day 3: Robben Island and Township Tour

Your morning tour into the Guguletu Township is an eye opening experience that allows you to interact with the African community that lives here. Learn about their lively music and native theologies on this very personalized tour run by the local community. An afternoon ferry ride takes you across the bay to Robben Island. Here you have the opportunity to learn about the history of the island, its native animals and the political prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive. Your guide on Robben Island was one of the political prisoners held captive under the old Nationalist government and shares his memories of the daily life and conditions in the prison. A half hour ferry ride takes you back to Cape Town where you set off on a leisurely hike up Lion’s Head in time to watch the sun go down over this beautiful city. Overnight Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]


Day 4: Table Mountain and Stellenbosch Winelands 

Another exciting day of discovery starts with a journey on the new Rotair cable car that takes under 5 minutes to reach the summit of Table Mountain, 1036 meters above sea level. The views of the city and surrounds are spectacular and there is a chance to walk around the top of the table to view various parts of the city. Heading away from the city, you have the rest of the day to explore South Africa’s oldest wine route and visit a few of the award wining estates that the region is famed for. Enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and a picnic lunch on the immaculate lawns of one of our favorite estates. In the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region is Spier Wine Estate where we have reserved a table for you to enjoy dinner at the Moyo Restaurant, a unique Cape African dining experience. Overnight at the Wild Mushroom Hotel in Stellenbosch. [BLD]


Day 5: Departure

Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flights.

Cape Cadogan

A charming 12 room hotel in a converted farmhouse just of Kloof Street which is full of cafes, and restaurants.


More Quarters

A sister hotel to the Cape Cadogan, More Quarters offers small one bedroom apartments 


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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

Walk in the footsteps of legendary biologist Dian Fossey in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.  Escorted by our team of expert guides and native trackers, you bushwhack through the thick vegetation and up steep slopes in search of a family of wild mountain gorillas. Choose either two full days of gorilla tracking or one day with the gorillas and another day trekking to see Golden Monkeys.  


2015 Pricing: From $1350-$3800 per person, depending on group size and accommodation level. Additional permit costs of  $750 per person per day for gorilla trekking and $100 per person per day golden monkey trekking.

Day 1: Kigali / Virunga Mountains


Touch down at the Kigali Airport where our local representative greets you. Transfer to overnight at the Hotel des Mille Collines (Classic) or Kigali Serena (Luxury). [D]


Day 2: Kigali and the Virunga Mountains

This morning we have the opportunity to see local life in Kigali. With your local guide, experience the real life of Rwandans as you’re introduced into this bustling multi-cultural commercial suburb with a typical African flair. Visit a local hair salon, a West Africa Tailor, the Muslim quarter, and the local market where you’ll procure supplies to cook and eat a traditional Rwandan meal in a local home.

After your tasty self made lunch depart Kigali for a scenic drive approximately two hours on a paved road to town of Kinigi at the base of the Virunga Mountains.  Stunning vistas greet you as the road winds its way over hills and through valleys. Rwanda is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ for a reason!  Spend the next few nights at the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury), just 15 minutes away from the entrance to the park. [BLD]


Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

The Virunga Mountains in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo are home to the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Some of the gorilla families have been habituated to human presence, and it is possible to visit them in their natural habitat within the forest. 

Take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who present an orientation about gorilla tracking ethics. It is very important that under no circumstances are the gorillas to be touched by humans or visited by anyone with a cold or illness. This is to protect the animals from communicable diseases to which they are very susceptible. Spend two days in the Volcanoes National Park on full day treks to view two different families of mountain gorillas. The search, with experienced trackers leading the way, can take up to eight hours although the gorillas are usually found after two to four hours. Some hiking areas lie at altitudes above 7,500 feet over rough and muddy terrain. The hike can be physically demanding, but the forest and surrounding scenery are beautiful. 

Once the gorillas are spotted the encounter is a most profound natural history experience. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras set for low light conditions are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence water proof clothing is necessary, also zip lock bags for cameras and memory cards. Return to the lodge to share stories and enjoy dinner. Overnight at

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury). [BLD]


Day 4: Gorilla or Golden Monkey Trekking / Return to Kigali and departure

Today you will once again visit the Virunga Mountains either in search of Mountain Gorillas or in search of Golden Monkeys*. There is a fully habituated group of the beautiful primates in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where this activity is offered. This afternoon return by land approximately 2 hours to the Kigali International Airport for departure. [BL]

Note: Permits for Gorillas or Golden Monkeys will need to be secured prior to arrival. Please discuss these options with the program director. 
 


Classic Accommodations:

Hotel des Mille Collines

Centrally located, with views out onto the rolling hills of Kigali this historical hotel is managed by the Kempinski hotel group and offers a clean and comfortable jumping off point for adventures in Rwanda. 

Featured on our classic Rwanda extension, the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has 30 cottages with spectacular views of Volcanoes National Park.


Gorilla Mountain View Lodge 

Featured on our classic Rwanda extension, the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has 30 cottages with spectacular views of Volcanoes National Park.



Luxury Accommodations:

Kigali Serena 

Located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards in Rwanda, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel offers luxury and elegant Rwandese décor.

Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

The luxury accommodation on our Rwanda Extension, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge is just minutes from Volcanoes National Park and boasts seven large cottages with huge bathtubs for soaking away a day of trekking in the bush.

Okavango Delta Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

Botswana safaris are renowned for their abundant wildlife and isolated adventure camps. Travelers can expect the full spectrum of safari outings from tracking game on foot, mokoro or vehicle. One of the largest inland deltas in the world, the Okavango Delta is fed annually by floodwaters from the far away central highlands of Angola. The slowly seeping water gives life to plants and quiet streams where hippos wallow and crocodiles lie in wait for zebra and antelope to drink along the banks. These plains game keep a watchful eye for hunting lions, hyena, and leopard in this enormous ecosystem spread over 6800 square miles.


Starting in Victoria Falls, fly over the varied land and water landscapes of the Okavango Delta based from private concessions where the number of other travelers is few. Our short Botswana extension itinerary get’s you to the heart of the delta, utilizing small safari camps hosting no more than 14 guests in 7 rooms and expert naturalist guides exceptionally familiar with the rhythms and movements of this unique wilderness environment. 


2015 Pricing: $2375 - 2730 per person based on double occupancy depending on season at Khwai Tented Camp and $3785 - $5185 per person based on double occupancy depending on season at Little Vumbura Camp


Days 1-3: Fly into the Okavango Delta

Depart Victoria Falls by vehicle this morning, crossing the border into Botswana and board a light aircraft flight in Kasane. Fly over the stretching fingers of the Okavango flood as you make your way to an intimate camps setting within the Delta. Enjoy 2 full days of game drives and boating activities within private game concessions in the Okavango Delta. Overnight for three nights at Khwai Tented Camp (Option A) or Little Vumbura (Option B).


 OPTION A: KHWAI CONCESSION
Khwai is a private community run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve along the river Khwai. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. The river is the sole source of water for miles around attracting wildlife from afar.  As this is community run all proceeds from tourism go directly to help local people and local projects through the Khwai Community Trust. This being a community concession, guests are privy to night drives which are usually not permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserve. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. There is the added opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and enjoy an up close personal encounter with the varied flora and fauna in the area.  The vegetation here is quite different from the Western section of Moremi where great stands of leadwood and mopane woodlands occur in close proximity to open grasslands and the Khwai River. The camp has the romance of a mobile camp, where there are no permanent structures and everything can be removed to leave the wilderness exactly as we found it, having little or no impact on the environment. You will enjoy spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, with beds and private en-suite bathrooms in this remote wilderness area. This camp is furnished with bucket showers under the stars. Your toilet is also ensuite and is a flush toilet for your convenience.  Wildlife encountered include lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, as well as a multitude of other animals, including elephant, buffalo, zebra, hippo and giraffe to name a few. Overnight for three nights  at Khwai Tented Camp.


OPTION B: VUMBURA CONCESSION
 Little Vumbura Camp is located in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta on the private and highly productive Vumbura Concession. Here the vegetation ranges from open floodplains to dense mopane bushveld - offering spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round.The permanent swamp and island habitat abounds with beautiful treed islands of every size, surrounded by permanent waterways created both by the summer rains and the annual winter floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. Game drives in this region are incredibly productive, arriving guests often sighting their first game on the trip from airstrip to camp. The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Little Vumbura Camp are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the wild dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the african wildcat.The birding around Little Vumbura Camp is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw. Game drives in open Land Rovers allow you to get close to animals in the savannah areas. Walks (on request) around the islands are an opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective. Game viewing is consistently good all year round at Little Vumbura Camp with lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo along with extensive plains game providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Okavango Delta. Overnight for three nights in the six roomed Little Vumbura Camp


Day 4: Fly to Maun, Botswana 

Depart the Okavango Delta today for your flight to Maun, arriving in time to connect to your onward international flight.


Option A Pricing: Khwai Tented Camp
High Season (July – Oct):  $2730
Shoulder Season (April – June):  $2375


Option B Pricing: Little Vumbura
High Season (June – Oct):  $5185
Shoulder Season (April – May):  $3785
Option A: Khwai Tented Camp
Option B:  Little Vumbura

Victoria Falls Extension: 2 nights / 3 days

Discover Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Called Mosi-oa-Tunya in the indigenous language, "The Smoke That Thunders" marks the place when the mighty Zambezi River crashes over an cliff of rock both higher and wider than Niagara Falls. On this two night exploration in Zambia, you embark on a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, sunset river cruises. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include helicopter flights, micro-light flights, canoeing, fishing, walking safaris to see Rhino in Mosi-oa-Tunia National park and white water rafting on the Zambezi River.There are daily flights to Livingstone, Zambia from Johannesburg, the air hub for travel in Southern Africa.


2015 Pricing: From $750 per person based on double occupancy at the Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or $1350-1575 per person based on double occupancy at Tongabezi (deluxe) depending on season. Includes all meals, accommodation, airport transfers and 1/2 day tour of Victoria Falls and sunset boat cruise. 

Day 1: Upper Zambezi River, Zambia

Your African adventure begins as you are met and warmly greeted at the Livingstone airport in Zambia. Transfer to Chundukwa River Lodge, where rooms look out to the Zambezi River. This afternoon take a boat cruise on the upper Zambezi where you can watch the sunset with a drink in hand.  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe) [Dinner included]


Day 2: Victoria Falls

Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Watch as the mighty Zambezi River, forced through a fissure, cascades down 300 hundred vertical feet. The spray from the falls can be powerful from May – July so be prepared for getting wet. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or partake in any additional active adventure tours in the area such as a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, white water rafting trip featuring Class V rapids, canoeing above the Falls, parasailing or horseback riding (not included, at additional cost, and at your own risk).  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe). [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included]  


Please note: In addition to the above Tongabezi includes the following options: canoeing on the Zambezi, an Island lunch, a sanpan floating candlelit dinner, sunrise boating, guided bush walks, a museum tour, fishing, game drives to see the rhinos in Mosi oa Tunya National Park, and a Maramba Market visit. Of course not all of these activities can be done in one day, so consider extending a day at Tongabezi if you’d like to experience more of the area. 


Day 3: Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps see some swimming elephants from the deck before your transfer by road to Livingstone airport for your departure. [Breakfast included]

Accommodation provided at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) orTongabezi (deluxe)

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"I just had to write and tell you how much we enjoyed the Wild Walking Safari in Zambia. As you promised, it was wonderful and exactly the type of experience we were hoping for. Highlights were the morning walks and night time drives. The camps were all so different, but each had its own charm and the people made all the difference. They were wonderful hosts. They added a few surprises just for us, such as our private, candlelit dinner on the deck of our room overlooking the river on our anniversary! The food was terrific and an adventure in itself! There were so many animals, each day was different and had opportunities we hadn't seen before. Each drive or walk had something new for us to observe. Wow- we have some amazing pictures! We enjoyed meeting the other visitors from all over the world! Thank you for the help with our preparation and answering our many questions. It was a wonderful introduction to Africa and Zambia. We are already looking forward to other trips in the future! We love Wildland Adventures!" - Patti and Frank Scofield, Austin TX