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16 Days Over Africa – The Ultimate Air Safari Tour

Countries included: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Experience adventure, exhilaration and fascination on board a luxurious Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft as you fly over Africa’s most unique, beautiful and in places untouched landscapes.

Our exclusive journey through the heart of Africa opens up a world of discovery on an amazing authentic African safari in style. Visit extraordinary locations in some of the very best wildlife reserves Africa has to offer. Embrace local cultures and insights whilst staying in elegant lodges, hotels and safari camps.

Whether exploring on game drives, appreciating the unique landscapes, enjoying activities at the stylish lodges and camps, or just relax in comfort as Africa unfolds its secrets before you.This unique journey will create unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.

Example schedule below:

Day 1 - Arusha, Tanzania
Days 2/3/4 - Serengeti, Tanzania – witnessing the wildebeest migration.
Days 5/6 - Mahale Mountains. South Western Tanzania. Chimp trekking.
Days 7 /8 - Lake Malawi – snorkelling and diving and relaxing
Days 9/10 - Lower Zambezi, Zambia - game viewing by boat and by vehicle 
Days 11/12/13 - Okavango Delta, Botswana – game viewing by boat and vehicle 
Days 14/15 - Linyanti region, Botswana – game viewing by boat, vehicle and on foot
Day 16 - Livingstone – Victoria Falls. See the Falls and relax!

Please note that changes to the itinerary or sequence of excursions may be made subject to weather conditions.

Price on application, based on four people travelling, for 16 days staying in the regions as indicated in the example schedule below and are subject to availability at time of booking, with a private wildlife photographic guide accompanying you, and the use of a private vehicle throughout and all private activities. The costs are based on staying at the tented camps. The villas will incur a supplement.

(Prices subject to currency exchange rates and exclude international flights.)

Please note, we can incorporate any amount of our philanthropic projects into your safari. We will discuss this with you and establish your interests. Please also note, that a portion of each trip automatically goes to a charity within the country you are visiting.

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This amazing flying safari in a Cessna Caravan, which is considered the finest aircraft for a safari, is for a period of 16 days, starting in Kilimanjaro and returning from Victoria Falls, visiting the most iconic places en route in Africa, complete with private guide and vehicle throughout.

Assuming one arrives into either Nairobi, Kenya or Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The trip begins in Tanzania, with a night in Arusha. The following day you will be flown to the Serengeti to witness the migration. The wildebeest migration is Africa’s greatest wildlife phenomenon, where 2 million animals move in unison in search of new grazing and water. 1.5 million wildebeest, 500 000 zebra and a plethora of predators following in their wake. The migration begins in June through to September and from end December through to March.

A private Cessna Caravan will transport you to the Serengeti. Spend three nights here, witnessing the migration. We have a choice of accommodation for you, from tented camps and luxury lodges to private villas. The days will be spent game viewing by open vehicle in this, the greatest wildlife ecosystem in Africa where one observes the circle of life in motion.

You will then be flown to south-western Tanzania, to an incredible area called the Mahale Mountains, situated on Lake Tanganyika. The deepest and longest lake in Africa, resembling the Mediterranean. Here, your Bohemian styled Robinson Crusoe esque camp, called Greystoke. The real reason for visiting here, is to see the greatest concentration of habituated wild chimpanzees in their natural territory. Spend time observing them, watching them feed and groom and interact on the forest floor. Wild chimpanzees are our closest relative with the closest DNA to a homo sapien. They are incredibly intelligent and it is a privilege to be amongst them, learning about their behaviour as a group and as a species. The camp itself is impossibly romantic and reminiscent of a rather luxurious retreat that Robinson Crusoe would have built himself. Spend time out on the lake itself, too.

From the Mahale Mountains, you will be flown to Lake Malawi and Likoma Island. Explore the cultural element here, as the people are incredibly warm and vibrant. Meet Martin, who entertains his local village through his musical band. See some fabulous art work from reclaimed art by the resident artists. Snorkel or swim in the lake and enjoy time at the beautiful Kaya Mawa, either at the lodge or at their private villa, Ndomo. The properties overlook the lake, which resemble the ocean. Two nights are spent here.

Fly south to Botswana where you will spend three nights in the Okavango Delta. Known as the jewel in the crown, this is also one of the finest wildlife areas in southern Africa. Here there are several camps you can stay at, or you can take exclusive use at the fabulous Little Mombo, known for its big 5 including rhino. This is the finest wildlife area in Botswana, being Chief’s Island in the Moremi wildlife reserve.

Fly to Linyanti, which offers you a completely different experience where you will spend the last three nights. Also based on water, this area gives you a completely different perspective. In particular, it is well known for its lion and elephant populations. Here you can stay at a camp or in the magnificent Zarafa Dhow Villa.

Fly to Livingstone, the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. The last two nights will be spent relaxing and visiting local markets and a school project. Spend the last two nights at either a private villa Tangala House or for those wanting something a little larger and more westernised, The Royal Livingstone Hotel which overlooks the Victoria Falls. There is also a beautiful tree house where you could stay.
Enjoy a last evening together, recounting your memories with your private photographic guide, who not only would have assisted you with your photographic skills, but also captured your own memories to treasure.


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- Established over 30 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

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- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities

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As a guide, the cost of our extraordinary and utterly bespoke journeys tends to start from $1200 per person per day excluding international flights.

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