Suggested Itineraries

The huge continent of Africa offers a bewildering array of choices: so much to see and do, yet where to begin, what to combine and how long do I need, in order to create that ultimate safari? Our suggested itineraries are a starting point, showcasing just some of the best of each country, combining a selection of its excellent features into one seamless journey.

These itineraries take in the most biodiverse areas, intentionally combining different landscapes and vegetation types to ensure you can cram as much as possible into the most logistically feasible trips and experience different wildlife species, cultures, scenery and activities.

  • Best of Botswana

     

    This nine-day itinerary includes three completely diverse areas in Botswana – the Central Kalahari, the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti region. The combination of these three areas offers a wide variety and abundance of animal and birdlife in each area’s own unique landscape.

    Best of Botswana itinerary
    Days 1, 2 – Fly from Maun Airport for two nights at Kalahari Plains Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
    Days 3, 4, 5 – Fly to the Okavango Delta for three nights; stay at a Premier or Classic camp
    Days 6, 7, 8 – Fly to the Linyanti region for three nights; stay at Kings Pool, DumaTau or Savuti Camp
    Day 9 – Return to Maun Airport

  • Odzala & Segera Retreat

     

    Odzala & Segera Retreat itinerary:
    Days 1–3 Fly into Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, then to Lango Camp, Odzala-Kokoua National Park
    Days 4–6 Game drive to Ngaga Camp, Ndzehi Forest for gorilla tracking
    Day 7 Overnight in Brazzaville
    Day 8 Thursday morning scheduled flight to Nairobi; arrive late afternoon and overnight at Giraffe Manor Day 9 Morning private charter to Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau
    Days 9–12 Spend 4 nights at Segera Retreat
    Day 13 Private charter return to Nairobi

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  • Odzala & Segera Retreat

     

    Odzala & Segera Retreat itinerary:
    Days 1–3 Fly into Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, then to Lango Camp, Odzala-Kokoua National Park
    Days 4–6 Game drive to Ngaga Camp, Ndzehi Forest for gorilla tracking
    Day 7 Overnight in Brazzaville
    Day 8 Thursday morning scheduled flight to Nairobi; arrive late afternoon and overnight at Giraffe Manor Day 9 Morning private charter to Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau
    Days 9–12 Spend 4 nights at Segera Retreat
    Day 13 Private charter return to Nairobi

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    Segera Retreat & North Island

     

    Segera Retreat & North Island itinerary:
    Days 1–5 Private charter from Nairobi to Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, for 5 nights
    Day 6 Private charter from Segera Retreat to Nairobi; then scheduled flight from Nairobi to Mahé, Seychelles. Helicopter transfer from Mahé to North Island, Seychelles
    Day 6-10 North Island for 5 nights
    Day 11 Helicopter transfer from North Island to Mahé

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  • The Livingstonia Trail

     

    The Livingstonia Trail is by far the most popular hiking trail on Malawi’s unique Nyika Plateau, its route running from Chelinda in the heart of the plateau to the famous Livingstonia Mission on the Khondowe Plateau on the eastern edge of the plateau overlooking Lake Malawi. This can now be enjoyed as a fully-serviced trail with Wilderness Safaris.

    The Livingstonia Trail itinerary:
    The Livingstonia Trail is a two-night/three-day hike comprising approximately six hours walking per day. The first day traverses the high plateau grasslands as far as the Phata Stream where camp is made.

    The second day is a steep descent through the Mwenembwe Forest to the boundary of the Nyika National Park at Chakaka Village.

    The third day is along the steep sided North Rumphi Valley through Malawian villages where the people eke out an existence from the steep slopes. There is a final ascent to Livingstonia and accommodation either at the Stone House (built in 1903 by Robert Laws, the founder of the mission) or at Lukwe Camp overlooking the Manchewe Falls, the highest waterfalls in Malawi.

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    Chelinda and Likoma Fly-In Package

     

    Combine the majesty of Nyika National Park at Chelinda Lodge with Lake Malawi’s Kaya Mawa Lodge on Likoma Island

    Chelinda and Likoma Fly-In Package itinerary:

    Days 1, 2, 3: Fly to Lilongwe International Airport and transfer to Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park
    Days 4, 5, 6: Fly to Kaya Mawa Lodge on Likoma Island
    Day 7: Return air transfer to Lilongwe International Airport for onward flight out of Malawi.


    Nyika and Lake Malawi Fly-In Package

     

    Take in the splendour of Nyika National Park at Chelinda Lodge and combine that with idyllic Nkwichi Lodge – set in the remote Manda Wilderness Area on the Mozambican shores of Lake Malawi.

    Nyika and Lake Malawi Fly-in Package itinerary:
    Days 1, 2, 3: Fly to Lilongwe International Airport and transfer to Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park
    Days 4, 5, 6: Fly to Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique
    Day 7: Return air transfer to Lilongwe International Airport for onward flight out of Malawi.


    Nyika, Lake Malawi and South Luangwa Fly-In Package

     

    This safari blends the prime, action-packed wildlife area of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park with the montane landscapes of Nyika and blissful relaxation of Lake Malawi’s Likoma Island.

    Nyika, Lake Malawi and South Luangwa Fly-In Package itinerary:
    Days 1,2,3: Fly to Lilongwe International Airport and transfer to Kapani Lodge in Mfuwe, Zambia
    Days 4,5,6: Fly to Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park
    Days 7,8,9: Fly to Kaya Mawa Lodge on Likoma Island
    Day 10: Air transfer to Lilongwe International Airport for flight out of Malawi.

  • Best of Namibia

     

    The Best of Namibia is a flying safari through the finest areas of Namibia: Sossusvlei’s legendary red dunes, the rugged topography of Damaraland and the wildlife-filled Etosha National Park. Accommodation is in small luxury camps set within Wilderness Safaris private concessions, while Wilderness Air transfers guests seamlessly between destinations.

    Best of Namibia itinerary:

    Days 1 & 2: From Windhoek, fly to Little Kulala for 2 nights in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei
    Days 3 & 4: Fly north to the Torra Conservancy for 2 nights at Damaraland Camp OR 2 nights at Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag Concession, Damaraland
    Days 5 & 6: Fly to Ongava Tented Camp OR Ongava Lodge, for 2 nights in the Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha
    Day 7: Air transfer back to Windhoek

    Consider rounding off your itinerary with a stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp or Serra Cafema in the far north.

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    Distinctive Namibia

     

    Distinctive Namibia is a flying safari that encompasses the best attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating topography of Damaraland and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north.

    Distinctive Namibia itinerary:

    Days 1 & 2: From Windhoek, fly to Little Kulala for 2 nights in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei
    Days 3 & 4: Fly north to the Torra Conservancy for 2 nights at Damaraland Camp OR 2 nights at Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag Concession, Damaraland
    Days 5 & 6: Fly to Serra Cafema Camp for 2 nights in the Hartmann Valley, Kunene Region
    Day 7: Air transfer back to Windhoek

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  • Segera Retreat & North Island

     

    Segera Retreat & North Island itinerary:
    Days 1–5 Private charter from Nairobi to Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, for 5 nights
    Day 6 Private charter from Segera Retreat to Nairobi; then scheduled flight from Nairobi to Mahé, Seychelles. Helicopter transfer from Mahé to North Island, Seychelles
    Day 6-10 North Island for 5 nights
    Day 11 Helicopter transfer from North Island to Mahé

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    North Island 2014

     

    The superlative, ultra-luxury and conservation success story that is North Island is offering a few days of experiencing barefoot luxury and tropical island paradise, with one night – or even two – free!

    Stay 10 / Pay 9 valid for:
    • 26 March to 15 May 2014
    • 01 to 31 August 2014
    • 01 October to 30 November 2014
    • 20 to 22 December 2014

    Stay 8 / Pay 6 valid for:
    • 16 January to 25 March 2014
    • 16 May to 31 July 2014
    • 01 to 30 September 2014
    • 01 to 19 December 2014

  • Pafuri Walking Trail

     

    This Trails Exploration is the ideal way to experience the spectacular, private Makuleke Concession of the northern Kruger National Park. It is perhaps the best area for walking in the entire Park and is blessed not only with exceptional biodiversity but also spectacular scenery, seasonally high densities of many large mammal species, a feeling of wilderness and remoteness, and a sense of history.

    Pafuri Walking Trail itinerary:
    Day 1: Arrive at Luvuvhu Bridge at 14h00; meet your guide who will escort you to the Maleteni parking area before driving to the Trails Camp. Enjoy a short walk before sundowners and campfire dinner at the Trails Camp.
    Days 2 & 3: Walk approximately three to four hours in the morning; relax during the heat of the day, then walk about one-and-a-alf hours in the afternoon. Overnight at the Trails Camp.
    Day 4: Following an early morning walk and final brunch, return to Maleteni.

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    Rocktail Beach Camp Dive Package

     

    The exciting Rocktail Beach Camp is set in the iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park. Offshore lies the Maputaland Marine Reserve, a sanctuary providing extraordinary underwater encounters with dolphins, turtles, whales and a diverse array of tropical fish species along a series of pristine reefs.

    Package includes:
    3 nights / 4 days at Rocktail Beach Camp PLUS 4 dives

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  • Distinctive Zambezi and Kafue

     

    This bespoke itinerary takes in and focuses on the essence of both Zambia and Zimbabwe – neighbouring countries that boast some of the greatest nature areas in Africa. Mana Pools National Park, a recognised World Heritage Site, protects one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent. The expansive Busanga Plains of Zambia’s Kafue National Park retains the charm of Africa undiscovered – a timeless sense of remoteness. The trip’s grand finale is the impressive and mesmerising Victoria Falls. Undertaking this safari will leave one with a yearning for more and ensure some phenomenal safari memories!

    Brief itinerary
    Days 1, 2, 3: Fly from Victoria Falls Airport to Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
    Days 4, 5, 6: Transfer by boat, road and air to Busanga Bush Camp, Kafue National Park, Zambia.
    Day 7: Fly to Toka Leya Camp, Livingstone, Zambia.
    Day 8: Road transfer to Livingstone International Airport.

  • Zimbabwe Summer Special Package

     

    This safari is a seamless combination of two of the most outstanding and spectacular areas in Zimbabwe. Beginning in eastern Hwange National Park, the largest park in Zimbabwe and renowned for its incredible concentrations of wildlife, we then move on to Changa Safari Camp. Built on the shores of Lake Kariba with stunning views of the mysterious Matusadona Mountains, activities on offer include game drives as well as walking and fishing safaris.

    Zimbabwe Summer Special Package itinerary:
    Days 1, 2 & 3: Fly from Victoria Falls Airport to Little Makalolo Camp or Davison’s Camp,Hwange National Park
    Days 4, 5 & 6: Fly to Changa Camp, Lake Kariba
    Day 7: Return to Victoria Falls Airport by light aircraft for onward arrangements

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    Zimbabwe Highlights

     

    (Operating 1 April through to 15 November 2014. Daily departures from and returning to Victoria Falls, with the option of flying to Harare from Ruckomechi).

    This exciting safari combines three of the most diverse and spectacular areas in Zimbabwe. Hwange National Park, the largest park in Zimbabwe, is renowned for its incredible concentrations of wildlife; the majestic shore of Lake Kariba is scattered with mammals and birds and is a walker’s paradise; while the location of Ruckomechi Camp on the mighty Zambezi River, adjacent to Mana Pools National Park, allows for magnificent scenic and wildlife viewing.

    Your journey begins and ends at Victoria Falls, the “smoke that thunders” where you may decide to stay before or after your safari (own arrangements) to enjoy this spectacle of nature’s raw power, and a natural wonder of the world.

    Brief Itinerary
    Days 1, 2: Fly from Victoria Falls Airport to Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park
    Days 3, 4: Fly to Changa Camp, Lake Kariba
    Days 5, 6, 7: Fly to Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park
    Day 8: Return to Victoria Falls Airport or Harare Airport by light aircraft for your onward arrangements

    Please note: This itinerary operates in both directions.

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