Zambia. Wild Zambia Safari

Extend Your Stay

Ask about extension options to Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana 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. 

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.

Pricing: From $790 per person based on double occupancy at the Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or $1,350-$1,790 per person based on double occupancy at Tongabezi (deluxe) depending on the season and room type. 

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)

Cape Town Extension: 6 nights

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 six-night 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 custom tours in Cape Town. 

 Pricing: From $2,990, 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: Cape Peninsula Tour and Penguin Colony 

Our tour begins at Kalk Bay, best known for its working fishing harbor and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectibles along the main strip. Before heading into the Cape Peninsula itself we search for our own rogue penguins – a splinter colony away from the crowded boardwalks over the main breeding site - on a beach known only to locals. Our tour ends with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve, exploring secluded beaches, shipwrecks and this region’s unique wildlife. The return journey weaves back to Cape Town via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula and stopping for a little wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards, producer of some of South Africa’s finest Sauvignon Blanc. Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]

Day 3: Cape Town Eats Walking Foodie Tour

Today you'll nibble your way through Cape Town, exploring the city with a local who weaves together history with the city's burgeoning food scene. From Bree Street to local food stalls, your personal guide will take you to the out of the way places only a local knows. Pro tip: do NOT eat breakfast this morning!

Day 4: Robben Island and/or Table Mountain

A 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 take 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 in time to watch the sun go down over this beautiful city. Overnight Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]

Day 5-6: Franschhoek Winelands 

Another exciting day of discovery starts with heading away from the city, to explore South Africa’s oldest wine route and visit a few of the award-winning estates that the region is famous for. Enjoy wine tasting and cellar tours of our favorite estates. Dining and shopping options abound in the this quaint Cape Dutch village. Overnight two nights at tranquil and idyllic Angala Hotel and Guesthouse. [B]

Day 7: 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

Angala Boutique Hotel

A traquil and idyllic retreat in the Franschhoek Valley outside of Cape Town.

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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. 

Pricing: From $1,690-$4,690 

Prices are per person, depending on group size, season and accommodation level. Additional permit costs of  $1,500 per person per day for gorilla trekking and $100 per person per day golden monkey trekking. Must be 15 years or older to participate in trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas. 

Day 1: Kigali / Virunga Mountains

Touch down at the Kigali Airport where our local representative greets you. Transfer to overnight at the Kigali Serena . [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 Five Volcanoes 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

Five Volcanoes 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:

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Well located in Kinigi for gorilla trekking with excellent service, volcano views and a relaxing atmosphere. 

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.

Phinda South Africa Extension

Located in the South-Eastern Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, Phinda Private Game Reserve is 22,000 hectares of wilderness, made up of seven distinct habitats from woodlands to grassland to the unique dry sand forest. The reserve is just 10 miles from the Indian Ocean and is host to animals such as rhino, elephant, lion and cheetah. Enjoy game drives in open vehicles as well as walking safaris, birding, and cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River. Top notch naturalist guides lead the way by vehicle and on foot in this amazing reserve. Overnight for 3 nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge with round-trip flights from JNB included!

Pricing: From $2,995 per person based on double occupancy. Call Program Director for inclusions/exclusions and optional add-on experiences like rhino notching and elephant collaring!

Each day is a new experience at Phinda! Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino, as well as the Big Five. There is also a number of resident lion prides and rangers will do their best to provide you with an exceptional sighting of all of these animals. 

Get out of the vehicle and enjoy a guided bush walk where you learn more about the intricacies of the African bush, from discovering fascinating flora and reading animal tracks with your guide to meeting smaller wildlife up-close. Experience the thrill of tracking animals on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. Engage all your sense as you discover a world where each sound, scent and bent blade of grass has a meaning. 

Additional experiences can be added at additional cost: 

Night Eye - This experience includes a dedicated vehicle, guide, tracker and specialist cameraman. The vehicle will be set up with three screen monitors so that everyone has a clear view of the action: one will be mounted on the dashboard for those in the first row of seats, with the others for guests in the second and third rows. High definition infra-red cameras are used, providing not only excellent visuals on your drive, but also high quality video footage of your night-eye experience for you to take home, as a memento of your safari. 

Pangolin tracking - Join our specialist conservation team on this fully interpretive and interactive experience. You’ll be with them as they locate the pangolin and set about the replacement of the tag. During this procedure, the team will also conduct a general health check, take body measurements and gather other research data: a precious opportunity for you to observe the unique features and adaptations of the pangolin at touching distance. The pangolin will then be released, and, provided it is relaxed with our presence, you’ll be able to follow it on foot and observe its behavior and feeding.

Rhino Conservation - Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a rhino at Phinda while assisting in the conservation of this rare species. This adventure allows guests to witness the capture and darting of a rhino and assist the veterinary team in notching the sleeping animals ear for research and security monitoring. Ear notches, as well as microchips placed in the horn, enable researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to eight guests each (sharing the same vehicle) can participate in the entire process, from locating and darting the rhino by helicopter to the never to be repeated opportunity to touch the anesthetized giant during the notching procedure. Black Rhino Tracking on foot - Spend the morning with an expert ranger and tracker to find the rare and endangered black rhino on foot. Follow rhino tracks, recognize rhino middens and scratching posts, and read the signs of the bush in search of your quarry.  

Elephant Conservation - Be among four groups, of up to eight guests each, who will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in an elephant darting, and assist in the changing of the sleeping pachyderm’s radio collar. Four of the elephant collars utilized in Phinda’s research program are in need of replacing and guests are being invited to participate in this extraordinary experience. Guests will be required to spend a minimum of three nights at Phinda and the exact dates during your stay will be dependent on the availability of the veterinarian and helicopter pilot.

Turtle Nesting Adventure 
- For four months during the southern hemisphere summer, the enormous leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean at Sodwana Bay to lay their precious eggs in the sand. As the moon rises over the ocean, excitement grows as you drive along the deserted coastline in search of fresh turtle tracks that emerge from the ocean and travel along the beach in search of a suitable nesting site. Watch as the female turtle digs her nest and lays her clutch of up to a hundred eggs. Available November to February only.

Other Activities - Ocean safari, horseback riding, specialist photographic vehicle, beach adventure, Zulu village tour, sleepouts and more are also possible. 

Inquire with the Africa Program Director.

With wraparound views of the spectacular Ubombo mountain range and the surrounding Zululand bushveld, Mountain Lodge at Phinda is a dramatic safari destination. 

Phinda Mountain Lodge

Pemba Island Extension 5 days / 4 nights

This quiet and remote island getaway is the perfect place to relax after safari time in the bush. Situated north of Zanzibar, this Indian Ocean atoll is a quiet and subdued idyllic retreat. This 5 day extension includes one night in the exclusive Underwater Room, where you can fall asleep watching 360 degrees of marine life swim around you. Swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving are all options.

Pricing: $2,185 Low Season (Mar-Jun), $2,695 High Season (Jan-Feb, July-Dec). Price is per adult based on double occupancy. Holiday supplements may apply for peak winter holiday dates. Please ask the Africa Program Director for a complete itinerary, confirmed pricing and single supplement information.  Single supplement is $350 / $400 for Low / High season respectively.

Day 1: Fly to Pemba

Fly from Dar to Pemba Island where you are met and transferred to the Manta Resort (local flight not included). Enjoy the rest of the day settling in and enjoying the ocean.


Days 2 - 3: Manta Resort

These days are on your own. Relax on the beach or book an optional excursion (additional cost) such as snorkeling, fishing or SCUBA diving.


Day 4: Overnight in the Underwater Room

This afternoon, you are shuttled to your private floating room offshore form the resort. Enjoy sundowners on the upper deck before retreating below the surface for a one of a kind experience. Your bedroom is 15 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean and surround by windows into the marine world. Watch as Spanish dancers and other exotic fish peer back at you as you drift to sleep.

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to the Pemba Airstrip for your flight to Dar es Salaam and on to your international flights (local flight not included).

Manta Resort and the Underwater Room - Pemba Island is home to the one and only Manta Resort  andUnderwater Room, the coolest place to spend a night in all of Africa. This room is actually a private floating island with your bedroom twelve feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

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 Maun, 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 gets you to the heart of the Delta, utilizing small safari camps hosting no more than 10 guests in 5 rooms and expert naturalist guides exceptionally familiar with the rhythms and movements of this unique wilderness environment. 

Pricing: From $2,695 per person from Mar-May and November; from $3,895 per person June - October. Please call for single supplement  pricing

Days 1: Fly into the Okavango Delta

From Maun, you will board a light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta. Pelo Camp lies in a true wetland area of the Okavango Delta, an ideal habitat for the elusive sitatunga antelope and common red lechwe. Hippo and crocodile are also regularly sighted. In the dry season lechwe, impala, elephant are prevalent, with lion, leopard and buffalo sighted occasionally. Birdlife is exceptional with the largest concentrations of endangered wattled crane found here as well as slaty egrets, rosy-throated longclaws, African skimmer and Pel's fishing-owl. Overnight at Pelo Camp. [D]

Day 2-3: Okavango Delta

Spend the day exploring the watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta. Glide through the waterways on a mokoro poled by an experienced guide, looking for birds as well as both large animals and smaller ones such as tiny reed frogs that clutch the grass stalks growing out of the water. Take a boat trip in a 12 seater boat into the larger channels looking for elephant, and red lechwe, and take a nature walk to learn about the River Bushman way of life. Fishing is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. Overnight for two nights at Pelo Camp. [BLD]

Day 4: Departure

Fly from  Pelo Camp to Kasane where you'll road transfer to Victoria Falls. [B]

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