Today, arguably the most important question that any prospective luxury African safari traveler can ask is, “Just how comfortable do I want to be?” Specifically, “Do I want air-conditioning, or do I prefer to lie in bed listening to the lions, the hyenas and the grunt of hippo in a nearby lagoon?” Although opulent lodges can now be found throughout East and Southern Africa, the most lavish are still in South Africa. Generally, these are surrounded by intensively managed reserves, which are either wholly or partly fenced. In contrast, the game areas of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia tend to be vast areas of wilderness that have changed relatively little since Europeans first saw them 150 years ago.
Follow in Andrew Harper’s footsteps with this unforgettable safari in Southern Africa, including unspoiled savanna, desert and wetland ecosystems.read more »
Tanzania offers an archetypal safari experience, including the legendary Serengeti and the scenic Ngorongoro Crater. It makes for an ideal first safari, especially when capped with a relaxing stay on the white-sand beaches of exotic Zanzibar.read more »
Kenya has the majestic landscapes made famous by “Out of Africa.” Meet some endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda before delving into three remarkable and often overlooked Kenyan game reserves. Finish in the magnificent Masai Mara, adjacent to the Serengeti.read more »
Southern Africa — April – mid-October
Tanzania — January – June
Kenya and Gorilla Trekking — June – October
Obviously, the levels of comfort and convenience (and expense) will greatly increase if you opt for private charters when transferring between lodges. Most flights in Botswana are aboard roomy Cessna Caravans (typically configured for 12 people), but sometimes couples and small groups will find themselves squeezed into a cramped five-passenger Cessna 206 or a Beechcraft Baron, unless a larger plane has been specifically requested in advance.
Although you will wish to consult your physician prior to departure, the areas of Southern Africa on this itinerary are generally healthy places in which to travel, and providing that you take all sensible precautions — such as drinking only the water specifically provided — you will be extremely unfortunate to fall sick. Malaria is present in the Okavango Delta, chiefly on its periphery near human settlements, but it is not a chronic problem as in some other African wildlife areas.
Based on a party of two passengers traveling together, the above itinerary would cost an estimated $19,975 per person, excluding international flights. Price includes all accommodations on a shared basis, most meals as specified, two game activities per day at the safari camps, relevant park and entrance fees, drinks as specified at the various camps/lodges, internal air, applicable taxes and tourism levies.
Should you wish to find out more about this “Footsteps Itinerary,” consultants in our Travel Office would be more than delighted to assist you. Tel. (800) 375-4685 or email Reservations@AndrewHarper.com.