An African Wildlife Odyssey
The ultimate itinerary of Africa's best wildlife, physical wonders, sights and experiences
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- All internal and regional flights
- All private ground transfers
- Fully inclusive safaris throughout, including all meals, activities and selected drinks
- Two gorilla trekking permits
- Private tour of Victoria falls
- Private tour of Cape Town and the Peninsula
At a glance
This epic tour spans the length and breadth of Africa, taking you to some of its best locations for some of its most awesome wildlife and physical experiences.
You’ll get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, track game in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Park, experience the majesty of Victoria Falls and witness the raw power of Africa’s biggest predators in the Okavango Delta. Once you’ve had enough thrills and adventure for a lifetime, you’ll end your trip in what is arguably Africa’s greatest city, Cape Town, for some urban relaxation and cultural highlights before you head home with a more comprehensive and privileged understanding of this vast continent.
We’ve handpicked each part of this trip to ensure that each moment goes as smoothly as possible, from the chartered flights to the private transfers into the heart of the bush and jungle.
Example Trip Itinerary
Volcanoes National Park
Meet and greet at Kigali Airport
Private transfer to your lodge in Volcanoes National Park
Lodges and Camps in Bwindi Forest
- 8 guest cottages
- Main lodge with restaurant, bar & lounge
- In-room massage
- WiFi (in main lodge only)
- Gift Shop, Library
Seated in the foothills of the Virunga mountains there are three things to look forward to when staying at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: breath-taking views from every angle, warm and helpful staff, and seeing the captivating mountain gorillas in their wild natural habitat on your daily treks. The eight spacious standalone cottages are decorated in a homely style and their seclusion really adds to the ample and individual privacy here. On the other hand the big fireplaces, appealing lounges, library, dining area and curio shop of the main lodge give the whole property a warm and convivial personality, and where guests can relax and talk excitedly over the exploits of their day. Again, the staff do their utmost to assist you in whatever way they can and the food served at Sabyinyo is delicious and surprisingly elegant for its far-flung setting. On the whole Sabyinyo is a fantastically sophisticated and friendly base to explore this very poignant part of Africa.
- Six forest villas
- Dining area and bar
- Tree nursery
The spectacular Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with panoramic views across rural hills and Afro-alpine forests to great conic peaks of Volcanoes National Park. Utterly unique in its design, six sumptuous forest villas are luxurious while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of the surrounding country. Each has a generous yet intimate combination of bedroom, reception space and bathroom, heated by a central fireplace a private deck looking out to Mount Bisoke The spherical stone and thatch architecture, said to be inspired by the Royal Palace of traditional monarchs, continues through to the communal areas such as the dining room, bar and spa, detailed with a variety of woven materials, local crafts and more modern touches. Bisate is a short drive to the national park’s headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily, and you can also embark upon forest hikes to see rare Golden Monkeys and other wildlife. Visit the site of Dian Fossey’s research camp and grave, meet the community on guided village walks, plant a tree as part of the Bisate’s reforestation project or perhaps tag along with the chef to the local market to buy ingredients.
- 8 stone cottages
- Bar & Lounge
- Massage Room
- WiFi (in the main building)
Sitting atop a 2,300-metre hilltop with panoramas of the ‘twin lakes’ of Ruhondo and Bulera and the string of Virunga volcanoes laid out in front of you, this eco-lodge and its scenes truly sum up the magic of central Africa. Eight ‘naturally’ stylish banda cottages (4 double, 4 twin) are set out in this property’s beautiful terraced gardens, affording each a share of the superb views and a good helping of privacy too. En suite bathrooms and running solar hot water allow you to enjoy luxurious comfort with always a minimal environmental impact too. Paved pathways converge on the property’s main lodge for dining, massages, the curio shop, bar and lounge, and all with stunning views. Apart from the truly personable level of luxury and staff hospitality here at Virunga the lodge also excels in a wonderfully diverse and extensive menu of daily activities and local cultural excursions.
- Eight suites
- Four-bedroom villa
- Main lodge
The much anticipated Kwitonda Lodge opened in August 2019, and is Singita’s first foray into Rwanda, bringing with it their celebrated philosophy of sustainable luxury. Located in a prized 178-acre parcel of lush meadows and wetlands right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park with magnificent views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes, there are eight suites and a four-bedroom villa, Kataza House. Architects and interior designers are selecting locally sourced and produced materials while the local community has been engaged in building using traditional techniques. A light footprint is central to the project, embodying the gentleness and humility of the great silverback from which the lodge takes its name. As well as treks into the park to spend time with the gorillas, for which the Kwitonda Lodge is ideally located, you will be able explore the montane forests of Nyungwe National Park, see the rare Golden Monkey and visit the local community. Guests will also have the chance to expand the gorillas’ habitat by helping out with the lodge’s tree planting and habitat restoration project. And, with Tanzania’s Serengeti just a short hop across Lake Victoria to the east, Kwitonda Lodge brings the opportunity for a ‘Singita only’ safari experience combining gorillas and the astounding Grumeti Reserve.
Spend your days here in the magnificent Volcanoes National Park tracking the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas with expert guides and trackers. In Rwanda there are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, with a maximum of 8 tracking permits per group per day. Other activities to enjoy whilst in this magical terrain are; trekking to volcano craters, tracking golden monkeys, cultural tours and the Dian Fossey Hike. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.
Rwanda is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy close personal encounters with Mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The forested slopes of the Virunga massif – a chain of ancient volcanoes – are home to over half the world’s 880 remaining gorillas. There are, in total, 10 habituated groups available for tracking by tourists in Volcanoes National Park, and each morning eight permit holders are allocated one group.
You will hike to the spot where your gorilla family was last seen the previous day. All tracker guides are experienced in looking for signs of the gorillas’ location, for example, footprints, dung, chewed bamboo and celery stalks, as well as nightly abandoned nests.
Once the gorillas are located, probably smelling them before seeing them, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the family. You are likely to reach their location during their long midday rest and play period. At this time of day, the dominant male (usually a silverback) generally lounges on the ground or against a tree while youngsters roll in the vegetation and climb on trees, vines, and each other. Females nurse and play with their infants. It is entirely possible that you will find the gorillas quite quickly and be back at your hotel for lunch; or you could face a three or four hour hike (sometimes even longer) each way.
Private transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali Airport
Flight from Kigali to Nairobi
Private transfer from Nairobi airport to Wilson airport
Light aircraft flight from Wilson to the Mara
Transfer to your lodge in the Masai Mara
Lodges and Camps in Masai Mara
- 7 Luxury Tents
If you want to see a river crossing, Naibor Camp is strategically placed to give you one. Perched on the banks of the Talek River, this camp offers you real luxury in the heart of the Mara and is a prime location for the migration which passes through the reserve each July through to October. With only 7 large and open canvas tents, you will be perfectly placed so that you can enjoy the surrounding woodland in privacy and comfort. Day beds are neatly positioned on your own veranda, ideal for an afternoon siesta. The main ‘mess’ tent has sofas where you can simply relax in the afternoons before you embark on your game viewing activity and is great in the evenings for a post-safari chat around the fire. Game in this area is overwhelming in numbers, even when the migration is nowhere in sight. Game thrives in this lush ecosystem and draws in some really fierce predators who stay healthy on the herds of plains game that call this their home. With the Talek River on your doorstep, you will hear the sounds of the wildlife that are drawn to the waters and even be able to witness it without any effort whatsoever. Bliss.
- Nine tents
Rekero is a peaceful nine-tent camp that lies in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, on the banks of the Talek River. The camp is spread down the river from a large bend in the river to an ancient wildebeest crossing point which sits in front of a large mess tent. The interiors are spacious with comfortable beds and each tent enjoys river views from the veranda. The rear of the tent leads to a tented bathroom with a flush toilet, a sink and a safari shower. A team of safari chefs prepare fresh and tasty home-style meals for guests during their stay. Meals are enjoyed out on game drives, by the water’s edge under the shade of an African Pepper tree or by candlelight in the open mess tent higher up the bank. The area plays host not only to an extraordinary concentration and diversity of wildlife but also to one of mother nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti/Mara eco system. Even when the migration is not here, there is plenty of resident game to ensure that even in low season it is still one of the finest wildlife locations in Africa. Rekero’s bush guides are widely recognised to be among the best in East Africa. They undergo a long period of professional training beyond the learning of guiding skills to fully understand the complexity and demands of delivering quality service at the very highest level. Game drives in the park are all done in the company of these experts who can also share their culture in this extraordinary setting.
- 8 Luxury safari tents
Private. Absolutely yours. Right on the river. This superb camp offers you the chance to be completely and entirely alone on the bend of the river that attracts some phenomenal game. For a minimum of four guests up to 16, you will be looked after by the best guides and trackers to make the most of your experience here in this famous Kenyan reserve. Listen to the sounds of the bush from your canvas tents and wait for the game to come to you. Your hosts will give you their undivided attention and the dining experiences are superb. With access to the big five on your doorstep, you can enjoy three game drives a day to maximise your viewing opportunities. Even if you stay here when the migration are down in Tanzania, you will still have a huge host of excellent game to see including the big five. If you feel like the vehicles and drives are a bit much, you could always opt to do a guided bush walk instead and see the smaller details of the African bush than can often get overlooked while sitting perched up high on a cruise. See the tracks of the beasts who roam this wilderness and feel humbled by the experience.
Spend your time exploring the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve with morning and afternoon games drives. During the Migration season you'll also be on the look out for the famous river crossings. The exact activities available will depend on your lodge and our travel designers will help pick the one that suits you best.
Transfer from your lodge to the airstrip in the Mara
Light aircraft flight from the Mara to Wilson Airport
Private transfer from Wilson Airport to Nairobi International
Flight from Nairobi to Livingstone
Transfer from Livingstone airport to hotel
Discover the majestic Victoria Falls during your time in Livingstone - just make sure you've charged the camera.
From your Livingstone hotel you will be driven to the boat launch site that will take you across the border. Your driver will meet you and drive you to the immigration office very close to the boat launch site. It is usually a very busy area with lots of locals trying to sell you souvenirs. Take your time; if you want to buy something then you can but if you don't, simply pass them by and say 'no thank you'. They tend to leave you alone once you dismiss them. After you have got your passport stamped (and your visa if you needed to buy one on arrival). The boat journey across the river takes approximately 5 minutes. On the other side of the river you will be met by another driver, who will take you to the immigration office (approximately 40 minutes from the airport) and wait for you to get your 'exit' stamp. This border is very busy but please don't worry! Clients do this all the time. Welcome to Botswana!
Light aircraft flight from Kasane airport to lodge in Okavango
Lodges and Camps in Okavango
- Eight suites with private plunge pools
- Dining room
- Candle-lit boma
- Spacious deck
- Massage sala
Organic and hand-woven, private and intimate, Sandibe is an architecturally unique hideaway deep in the mighty Delta. Dressed in shades of copper and wood, the lodge’s grand and high interiors open out to even grander views, with spacious decks offering a spectacular spot to drink in the resident wildlife. Emerging among riverside trees in a private concession come the eight elegant suites, each exuding a sense of laid-back luxury. Filled with giant king-sized beds, outdoor showers and sparkling private plunge pools, they provide the perfect comfort after a day of spotting the Big Five on exhilarating game drives. An alfresco banquet of Pan-African cuisine is then cooked up by expert chefs, while the relaxed but attentive butlers ensure you enjoy an entirely seamless stay.
- Five tented rooms with plunge pools
- Two bedroom Duba Suite
- Personal butler and chef
- Private game drive vehicles
- Wine cellar and library
One of the most unforgettable safari experiences in Botswana, this is the area where Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent years filming and photographing the amazing lions and buffalo that inhabit this part of the Delta. The camp itself is an intimate affair with just five traditionally styled tents and the separate two-bedroomed Duba Suite. All sit raised on recycled railway sleeper decking with incredible views over the game-rich flood plain, and each has a lounge area, private plunge pool and fabulous bathrooms. A large dining room, communal lounge area, curated wine cellar, library, open kitchen and fire pit sit at the camp’s heart. Guests can choose to dine here or in a number of more private settings, catered for by your personal butler and chef. Head out on unforgettable game drives in private game drive vehicles with your own expert guide, and on boat-based activities when water levels permit. As well as a good chance of observing extraordinary lion and buffalo interactions, the reserve has a rich diversity of species, with thousands of animals crossing the floodplain including leopard, elephant and interesting Kalahari species such as Aardwolf and Pangolins. Duba Plains is on land leased from local communities who receive all lease revenue and 80% of staff coming from these communities. The whole operation also strives to have as light an environment footprint as possible.
- 14 enormous rooms (including 2 family rooms) split into 2 seperate camps of 7 each.
- Private plunge pools
- Lounge and Dining Area
Vumbura is one of the most comfortable and stylish lodges in the Okavango Delta. It’s set inside a large private concession of 60,000 hectares in the far north of the Delta. What’s special about this area is the diversity of habitats and species that it encompasses, two of particular note are the Red Lechwe and the Sable antelope, which are particularly rare and beautiful animals. Rooms at the lodge are amongst the biggest in the delta, all open plan, with a sunken seating area, private shaded deck and swimming pool outside as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There is an amazing sense of space here, in keeping with the wide-open plains that the rooms face onto. The rooms are open on three sides (with netting) giving a feeling of being closer to the nature and wildlife whilst still remaining is absolute comfort. Activities here are a mixture of game drives and water activities which will vary according to the level of the water and the time of the year. The lodge is actually set into two almost identical camps of seven rooms each. Both camps (and all rooms) are connected by a wooden walkway that runs north to south. Each of the two camps is served by its own communal lounge and dining area.
- 9 Spacious Tents
- Plunge pool
This atmospheric safari camp offers a remarkable game viewing experience. The camp is made up of nine very spacious and elegantly appointed tents, each built on a raised platform giving fantastic views across the plains. Set deep in the Okavango Delta, the design of the camp perfectly captures the spirit of its wild surroundings while also providing unparalleled luxury. Each tent comes with a private thatched ‘sala’ for observing passing wildlife or enjoying the panoramic sunsets. The suites also have an indoor and outdoor shower, a cosy and beautifully designed lounge and plush king-size bed. The main communal area sits under thatch with a small library and a plunge pool to relax during the afternoons. Enjoy delicious, traditional meals in the dining area that overlooks the plains. The camp is committed to conservation, with much of the power provided by a solar farm and part of your rates go towards preservation projects. There is also no wi-fi, with the promise of helping guests have a deeper connection and immersion in the wilderness.
You will spend your days going on day and evening game drives to experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta and the magnificent wildlife that lives here. Your expert guide will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the environment and wildlife as you are privately driven across the Delta. Depending on which lodge you choose to stay at there will be a number of different activities that you can choose from to immerse yourself in this incredibly diverse, natural environment.
Light aircraft flight from the Okavango to Maun
Flight from Maun to Johannesburg
Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town Airport
Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel
Accommodation in Cape Town
- Eleven rooms, two suites and two villas
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Public kitchen
- Large spa
- Private contemporary art gallery and cinema
- South Africa Masters adorning the walls of the communal areas
Ellerman House is a class act throughout. Not to mention a wonderful piece of history that feels very much like your own home but with top class service befitting a five-star hotel. Perched in one of the most spectacular and privileged settings in Cape Town overlooking Bantry Bay, it is the epitome of comfort and class with a relaxed, elegant style. Decoration is colonial, with a nod to the contemporary and recently refurbished to provide thoroughly modern comforts. Where Ellerman House excels above others is the excellent house staff, who in these grand surrounds create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Taking a (complimentary) evening cocktail from the lounge and strolling out onto the peaceful gardens overlooking the sea for sunset is the perfect end to a day in Cape Town as one feels both special and relaxing. There are just eleven rooms, two suites and two private contemporary villas. Communal areas include a spacious lounge, large garden area (with outdoor pool) and a huge spa. There is an open kitchen you are invited to visit, a pantry that you can raid as well as the complimentary evening cocktails. A particular feature of the property is its private art collection. This is simply outstanding, one of the best in South Africa with works from African masters inside the main building and then, underneath is a contemporary gallery. For anyone interested in art this will add an extra element to their stay.
- 14 one-bedroom apartments
- Two two-bedroom apartments
- Wi-fi access
Whether you live in an apartment in a city or a four-bedroom house, More Quarters can give you that ‘home from home’ feel while still being immersed in the cultural centre of Cape Town. Nestled in a residential suburb away from the main tourist bustle, the Kloof Street area is often referred to as the heart of Cape Town by the locals. Enjoy the privacy and homely feel of your own apartment styled in a rare combination of historic exteriors with classic modern bohemian interiors, with all the conveniences and amenities of a hotel experience staffed by a family of professional, passionate people. With the ability to safely walk to local restaurants and boutique shops, you really feel as if you are a Cape local and experience the local cosmopolitan lifestyle. All the other amazing opportunities that the Mother City offers are an easy traffic free drive away.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here. If you would like us to organise your time here with a privately-guided tour, according your interests, we can do so.
Today you have a half day tour of the city and Table Mountain. Your tour is with a private guide and at your own pace picking out the attractions which interest you. Typically highlights include, the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Green Market Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (depending on the weather). On the descent, you can stop at the Bo Kaap, traditionally home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. Note that this tour can be done in the morning or the afternoon - the choice is yours.
Take one of the most scenic journeys in the world in this wonderful, full-day privately guided tour. Enjoy the scenic drive up Chapman's Peak with incredible views of the ocean to your right as the road winds around narrow corners. The typical highlights of this tour include quaint villages such as Noordhoek, the bustling fishing suburb of Kalk Bay, the penguins in Simonstown and of course Cape Point, the 'tip' of Africa.
Private transfer to Cape Town airport
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