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.
Take close-ups of wildlife from a hide with a professional photographer, or go mountain
biking along elephant trails.
Examine ancient rock art with an archaeologist and see pottery shards and trading beads that date back thousands of years.
Set out on a safari 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.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Johannesburg, South Africa/MalaMala Game Reserve
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,
leopards, and white rhinos. Settle into our luxury
safari lodge, situated on the leafy banks of the
Sand River, and take your first game drive before
our welcome dinner tonight. MalaMala Main Camp (D)
Day 3 — MalaMala Game Reserve
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 afternoon game drive, stop for
sundowners in the bush. Continue exploring as
night falls, searching for nocturnal predators on the
prowl. Gather for dinner around a large campfire in a reed-enclosed boma. MalaMala Main Camp (B,L,D)
Days 4, 5, & 6 — Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
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, open plains, and
sandstone outcrops. Take morning and evening
game drives accompanied by expert guides, and choose two of the following exciting activities: go
on a bush walk, join a photographer in a hide to
capture close-ups of wildlife, take a game drive
with an on-site researcher, or mountain bike along
elephant trails. Meet with on-site wildlife researchers and visit the Motloutse Ruins, a significant archaeological site, in the company of South African archaeologist Grant Hall.
Mashatu Main Camp (B,L,D daily)
Days 7 & 8 — Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta
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 safari vehicle or
by traditional mokoro canoes, and take a trip to
Gadikwe Island by flat-bottom boat to see hippos
and breeding colonies of herons, egrets, pelicans,
storks, and cormorants.
Xakanaxa Camp (B,L,D daily)
Days 9 & 10 — Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia
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 the water’s edge and using their trunks
like snorkels as they swim. Then fly along the
Chobe and Zambezi Rivers to Livingstone; and
check into the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel,
just steps from Victoria Falls. Design your morning
according to your interests: visit a local village
or the Livingstone Museum, or venture into the
the ultimate safari experience
On board our private DC-3, enjoy first-class
service as we’re whisked from one game
reserve to the next. We fly at a low altitude,
allowing for rare aerial views of spectacular
landscapes and wildlife. On several days,
you can tailor the trip to your interests and
choose from a variety of activities—from
walking safaris to excursions by boat or
mountain bike to a wildlife photo shoot with
a professional photographer.
Maramba market. Take a canoe safari, or experience
the falls from a thrilling perspective on an
optional flight-seeing excursion. Explore the falls
with a local guide this afternoon, venturing into
the mists along suspended walkways. Board the
historic Royal Livingstone Express steam train for a
festive farewell dinner as we travel through Mosio-
Tunya National Park.
Royal Livingstone Hotel (B, L; B, D)
Days 11 & 12 — Johannesburg, South Africa/U.S.
Fly to Johannesburg and connect with your return flight home, arriving the next day. (B)
Bill Branch has been a wildlife biologist at the Port Elizabeth Museum in South Africa since 1979 and has undertaken fieldwork from Ethiopia to South Africa and Senegal to Madagascar. Bill is also a general naturalist and keen birder. He has described numerous new species and amphibians, received a grant from National Geographic to help fund his research on African reptiles, and published six books as well as many photographs and scientific articles.
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,050 in 2014.
All flights within Africa are included in the
expedition cost. Transportation within Africa is by DC-3 (minimum of 16 guests required) or by small private aircraft (if there are fewer than 16 guests). Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Johannesburg is not included and is from $1,250 (subject to change).
What To Expect
MalaMala Main Camp and Mashatu Main Camp are luxury safari lodges; Xakanaxa Camp is a luxury tented camp; the Royal Livingstone Hotel is a five-star hotel.