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Classic Safaris

Classic safaris are the most traditional type of safari offering an authentic wildlife experience in Africa’s famous game parks and reserves. From comfortable safari camps in the heart of the wilderness, you will explore by 4WD vehicle with your guide, looking out for lion, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe or leopard.

Our experienced consultants are experts at designing classic safaris to suit your style, with hand-picked, well-positioned safari accommodation, plenty of game viewing activities and knowledgeable guides.

Accommodation on a Classic Safari can vary from a permanent lodge to a semi-permanent camp which moves with the seasons or with game migrations. Guests usually stay in a large, tented or thatched suite elevated on a timber plinth, with private ensuite bathroom containing modern western-style facilities or a bucket (hot water) shower and bush toilet. Suites are typically furnished with comfortable chairs, tables and a proper bed, and commonly have a viewing deck overlooking the wild surroundings. Classic Safari camps generally comprise of 10-20 guest tents, with a central dining, bar and lounge area for convivial, often buffet-style meals where guests can swap stories about their safari adventures.

Expect morning and afternoon game drives led by expert guides, whilst some camps on private concessions may also offer guided walks or night drives. Many classic safaris also feature properties with a library, swimming pool and possibly even a gym to keep guests occupied on warm afternoons.

Transportation between the different camps or lodges is by road, scheduled flight, charter flight or a combination of all three – this often depends on the region. Flights are generally more comfortable, provide a birds’ eye view of the landscape and minimise travel times. By contrast, driving is cheaper as well as a good way to see the country up close and meet the locals.

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Suggested Classic Safaris

The following sample itineraries are an example of the kinds of personalised classic safaris that our travel specialists can tailor design. Our team of seasoned African travellers have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the African safari that best suits your style of travel and budget.

Kenya and Tanzania Classic Safari

Kenya & Tanzania
13 days/12 nights
Classic Wildlife of East Africa

Experience amazing wildlife and incomparable natural diversity while exploring Kenya and Tanzania’s stunning wilderness areas. From vibrant Nairobi, travel to the arid Samburu, iconic Lake Nakuru and the renowned Masai Mara. Stay at Governor’s Main Camp, which occupies prime location by the Mara River. In Tanzania, enjoy more outstanding game-viewing at Lemala Ewanjan in the central Serengeti. Visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater and stunning Tarangire National Park before ending your journey at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Day 1: Kenya, Nairobi (Sarova Stanley)

Days 2/3: Kenya, Samburu (Elephant Bedroom)

Day 4: Kenya, Lake Nakuru (Mbweha Camp)

Days 5/6: Kenya, Masai Mara (Governor’s Main Camp)

Days 8/9: Tanzania, Serengeti (Lemala Ewanjan)

Days 10/11: Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge)

Days 12: Tanzania, Tarangire (Tarangire Safari Lodge)

Day 13: Safari ends Kilimanjaro

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Rwanda and Tanzania Classic Safari

Rwanda & Tanzania
14 days/13 nights
Gorillas, Serengeti Safari & Zanzibar

Encounter gentle Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and enjoy the most intense wildlife experience of your life, before embarking on a classic safari through Tanzania. The adventure begins with an exciting game drive through flamingo-strewn Lake Manyara National Park en route to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Stay at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on the crater rim, before camping in the central Serengeti. Continue on to Zanzibar to explore Stone Town and relax at an idyllic beachside resort.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Day 1: Rwanda, Kigali (Lemingo Hotel)

Day 2: Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park (Gorilla Mountain View)

Day 3: Rwanda, Kigali (Grand Legacy Hotel)

Day 4: Tanzania, Tarangire (Tarangire Safari Lodge)

Days 5/6: Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Serena)

Days 7-9: Tanzania, Serengeti (Mbuzi Mawi Tented Camp)

Day 10: Tanzania, Zanzibar (Zanzibar Serena Stone Town)

Days 11-13: Tanzania, Zanzibar North Coast (Beach Resort)

Day 14: Tours ends

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Zimbabwe and Botswana Classic Safari

Zimbabwe & Botswana
15 days/14 nights
Hwange, Mana Pools, Victoria Falls & the Linyanti

See southern Africa’s finest wildernesses on this classic circuit beginning in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, renowned for its incredible elephant herds. Next is World Heritage-listed Mana Pools National Park, a maze of forests, channels and islands. Stylish Ruckomechi Camp is your starting point for canoe, boat and 4WD expeditions whilst rustic Kanga Bush Camp in the park’s dry interior encourages exploration on foot. Continue on to experience Victoria Falls, the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ with 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge overlooking a central wildlife-rich waterhole. Your final stop is Botswana’s Linyanti marshes offering both spectacular big gameviewing and stunning birdlife.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Days 1-3: Zimbabwe, Hwange (Somalisa Camp)

Days 4/5: Zimbabwe, Mana Pools (Ruckomechi Camp)

Days 6-8: Zimbabwe, Mana Pools (Kanga Bush Camp)

Days 9/10: Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls (Victoria Falls Safari Lodge)

Days 11-14: Botswana, Linyanti (Linyanti Bush Camp)

Day 15: Tour ends

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South Africa and Zimbabwe Classic Safari

South Africa & Victoria Falls
12 days/11 nights
Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls

Delve into the history and natural beauty of Cape Town with a city tour, encompassing Robben Island and Cape Point. Then it’s on to Mala Mala Main Camp, situated in South Africa’s largest privately owned game reserve adjoining the world-famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy the exceptional game-viewing the area is known for, before flying to Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls. Known as Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls town offers tours of the falls, helicopter scenic flights, sunset cruises, safari excursions and traditional dinners by bonfire.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Days 1-5: South Africa, Cape Town (Victoria & Alfred)

Days 6-9: South Africa, Mala Mala Reserve (Mala Mala Main Camp)

Days 10/11: Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls (Victoria Falls Safari Lodge)

Day 12: Tour ends

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Botswana and Zimbabwe Classic Safari

Botswana & Victoria Falls
9 days/8 nights
Desert, Delta & Victoria Falls

Escape to the isolated Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, where you can look for desert-adapted animals such as oryx and black-maned lion. The Okavango Delta provides dramatic watery contrast; from Xigera Camp in Moremi Game Reserve, explore lagoons brimming with birdlife, sitatunga and hippo by boat or traditional mokoro. Chitabe Camp provides a different perspective of the delta, with night drives and nature walks through predator-rich territory. Cap off the expedition with 2 days spent on the exploring the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Days 1/2: Botswana, Central Kalahari (Kalahari Plains Camp)

Days 3/4: Botswana, Okavango Delta (Xigera Camp)

Days 5-7: Botswana, Okavango Delta (Chitabe Camp)

Day 8: Zambia, Victoria Falls (Toka Leya)

Day 9: Tour ends

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Namibia Classic Safari

9 days/8 nights
Timeless Deserts & Namib Wildlife

Discover the silent beauty of Namibia’s Sossusvlei, home to the highest sand dunes in the world. Damaraland’s minimalist Desert Rhino Camp is the starting point for wildlife-tracking on foot and by vehicle. The campsite’s enviable location in the Palmwag Concession puts it in proximity to the largest free-ranging population of black rhino left in Africa. Last but not least is Ongava Tented Camp. This exclusive lodge provides insight into the lives of desert-adapted wildlife which flourish in Etosha National Park.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Day 1: Windhoek (Olive Grove Guesthouse)

Days 2/3: Sossusveli (Kulala Desert Lodge)

Days 4/5: Palmwag Concession (Desert Rhino Camp)

Days 6-8: Etosha National Park (Ongava Tented Camp)

Day 9: Tour ends

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