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Mozambique wildlife safari in Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park is a truly stunning wilderness area with a fascinating and turbulent history. For much of the 20th century, it was one of the most famed national parks in all of Southern Africa, with visitors flocking across the world to marvel at its beauty, and its celebrated wildlife. Sadly, much of this wildlife disappeared when Gorongosa found itself at the centre of the Mozambican Civil War from 1977 to 1992. Animals were poached en masse, tourist revenue disappeared, and this beautiful national park was reduced to a shadow of its former self. In recent years, though, a conservation has unfolded. The astute work of a US NGO has transformed Gorongosa and restored it to its ...Read more >
From 2,500 excluding flights

Chad wildlife holiday in Zakouma NP

Zakouma is, quite simply, one of the most remarkable wilderness areas Africa has to offer. After years of mismanagement, poaching and unrest, this ecosystem has recovered remarkably well, and can now offer visitors an excellent game-viewing experience. With a private vehicle for game-viewing, this tour allows clients to take full advantage of this for five full days. Primary quarries include lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and even wild dog, but Zakouma can also offer the only rhinos in Central Africa, as well as the largest single herd of bush elephant on the continent. Zakouma gets even better after dark, and we will head out on night drives each night, with the chance of spotting rare ...Read more >
From 2,995 excluding flights

Zambia wildlife holiday in depth

Zambia has an incredible amount to offer visitors, whether this is your first safari or you have visited the continent countless times. Whilst many visitors only scratch the surface of this incredible country, this deeply detailed safari takes visitors to the very heart of many of Zambia's most spectacular safari destinations. Starting in the west, this tour begins with several days deep within the Kafue National Park, arguably Zambia's greatest wilderness. With opportunities to explore the exclusive Busanga Plains, as well as the productive game-viewing areas around Mayukuyuku, this is a wonderful start to any safari. Clients will have the chance to seek out leopard, lion, wild dog, ...Read more >
From 4,395 excluding flights

Wild dog safari in Zimbabwe

Along with the Okavango Delta and Nyerere National Park, there are two destinations most commonly recognised as the finest locations in which to spot African wild dogs - both in Zimbabwe. Mana Pools and Hwange National Park are wonderful safari destinations, between them offering the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, black rhino, white rhino and much more. But, without a doubt, their most famous residents are the packs of African wild dogs that roam, hunt and play in these wildernesses. Hugely charismatic and entertaining, wild dogs are one of the most sought-after species in Africa, and this tour takes you to the heart of their strongholds. Starting ...Read more >
From 3,795 excluding flights

Namibia wildlife safari, off the beaten track

Namibia is well-known as one of the premier safari destinations in all of Africa. With large populations of many exciting species, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and rhino, this is no surprise. However, it is often the case that visitors barely scratch the surface of this incredible destination, with many only spending time on the traditional tourist areas of Etosha, Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Swakopmund. We think this is a great shame, and this itinerary offers a far richer and deeper safari experience for any visitor. Damaraland and Etosha and unmissable highlights, and this tour puts both destinations in pride of place. These areas remain some of the finest spots for big cat ...Read more >
From 4,995 excluding flights

Ethiopia wildlife holiday

Ethiopia is a land of huge variety, from the arid deserts of the north, to the vast wetlands in the west and the savanna and mountains of the south. Few other countries can claim to boast such as rich diversity of cultures, landscapes and wildlife, and it is the latter that this tour seeks out. Ethiopia is a hotspot for endemism, with several species found nowhere else on earth. Examples include the gorgeous Ethiopian wolves of the Bale Mountains, the Bale monkey and the mountain nyala. But, unbeknownst to many, Ethiopia can also offer fragmented and elusive populations of some of Africa's most highly prized and charismatic mammals, including lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. This ...Read more >
From 4,395 excluding flights

Ghana wildlife holiday and pangolin safari

Whilst Ghana is not the most obvious safari destination, it has plenty to offer the committed and diligent wildlife-watcher. In particular, Ghana's forests are home to a significant population of black-bellied and white-bellied pangolin, extremely rare mammals that are subject to extensive trafficking. This illicit activity has decimated their wild populations, fuelled largely be the demand for their scales in Vietnamese medicine, a real tragedy. Though Ghana's human population is booming, their remain a number of protected areas that preserve a wide array of exciting species. The dense rainforests of Bobiri, Ankasa and Kakum not only protect pangolin, but also many diverse primate ...Read more >
From 2,395 excluding flights

Senegal wildlife holiday

It is hard to believe that just a stone's throw from the busy tourist beaches of the Canary Islands lies one of Africa's most valuable and threatened safari destinations. Senegal offers an impressive diversity of habitat and, whilst wildlife densities are not as high as elsewhere on the continent, what visitors might see is truly astounding. This safari takes guests directly to Senegal's best wildlife-watching destinations. The coastline offers the chance of sightings of African manatee and Atlantic humpback dolphin, species hardly ever seen elsewhere in Africa. The real jewel in Senegal's crown, though, is the Niokolo-Koba National Park, where some of Africa's most charismatic wildlife ...Read more >
From 2,795 excluding flights

Benin wildlife holiday

Benin is the last stronghold in West Africa for many of the iconic species with which Africa is associated. Lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and cheetah all still roam the beautiful Pendjari National Park in the country's far north, and visitors can expect to spot rarities including western hartebeest and korrigum. Pendjari is undoubtedly one of the most exciting destinations in the region and this tour couples Pendjari with several wonderful protected areas further south, including the Kikele and Gnanhouizounme Sacred Forests, where elusive primates including mona monkey and white-thighed colobus. Lucky visitors may even glimpse red river hog or sitatunga in this fragmented forest habitat. ...Read more >
From 2,795 excluding flights

Angola safari holiday

Angola is arguably the most exciting emerging safari destination in Southern Africa. Rendered inaccessible by civil war for many years, this wonderful country is now safe, stable and ready to welcome visitors. With a rich variety of landscapes, undiscovered wilderness areas and many friendly people hailing from a rich variety of ethnic groups, Angola really does have something for everyone. This itinerary is the first specialist mammal-watching tour to visit Angola. Whilst wildlife densities are not high, the variety of species that may be seen is great, and the national parks visited are truly stunning and hardly ever seen by tourists. This tour takes in the extraordinary remote coast of ...Read more >
From 6,595 excluding flights

Zambia leopard safari in Luangwa

Of all the wildlife on the African continent, one of the most highly prized by all safari-goers is unquestionably the leopard. Graceful, powerful and majestic, these big cats are a highlight of any safari. Sadly, though, sightings can be hard to come by in many safari destinations, as these animals are uniquely shy and elusive. South Luangwa, though, is famous for its ability to produce sightings of these retiring cats on a regular basis - in fact, it is not uncommon to see multiple leopards on a single drive! This record, as well as the chance of spotting lion, elephant, buffalo, wild dog, makes South Luangwa a must-visit destination. When one considers the high level of endemism in the ...Read more >
From 3,995 excluding flights

Congo safari holiday

The Congo evokes images of dense, remote rainforest visited only by the most adventurous, intrepid explorers - and this itinerary is no exception. Taking clients deep into the Congolese interior, this tour delivers an incredible adventure and some sensational wildlife viewing. Our destination is the Lomako Faunal Reserve, one of the very best areas in which to see central Africa's wildlife. Potential sightings include rarities such as white-bellied pangolin, red river hog, black mangabey, wolf's monkey and Ansorge's cusimanse, with the chance of encountering bongo, golden cat and leopard. The true highlight, though, is undoubtedly the very high chance of prolonged sightings of bonobo. ...Read more >
From 5,995 excluding flights

Western Sahara wildlife holiday

Most visitors to Africa are drawn to the "big five" reserves of Southern and Eastern Africa but, for those in the know, an equally exciting adventure can be found closer to home. The desert of north-west Africa hides some of the continent's most elusive mammals, including the highly-prized sand cat, the charismatic fennec fox and the elusive Saharan striped polecat. This tour showcases the very best that the Western Sahara has to offer, with lengthy nocturnal drives deep into the desert to seek out rare wildlife. Basing ourselves deep in the Sahara gives us the best chance of locating many of the unusual species that are routinely seen here, including sand cat, rueppell's fox and North ...Read more >
From 1,795 excluding flights

Botswana wildlife tracking safari, Tuli Game Reserve

This specialist tracking and trailing itinerary takes you to the heart of some of the finest safari destinations on the continent. The Northern Tuli Game Reserve, nestled in the remote south-east of Botswana, is a tracker's paradise. Coated in a thin film of dust, every animal that resides here leaves a beautiful set of tracks, many of which we will locate, identify and follow during this itinerary. Much of this tour will be based in the wonderful concession of Tuli Wilderness, on the banks of the Limpopo River. Operated by one of the finest trackers in Southern Africa, this great property is home to impressive populations of leopard, elephant and cheetah. Our days will be spent locating ...Read more >
From 2,495 excluding flights

Ivory Coast wildlife holiday, pygmy hippo expedition

For many years it was widely believed that some African mammals simply couldn't be seen by tourists. Their numbers were too low, their nature too secretive or their habitat too impenetrable. Pygmy hippo, along with okapi, were very much put into this camp. In recent years, though, sightings of the elusive pygmy hippo in a remote corner of Cote d'Ivoire have attracted significant attention. Tai National Park is the largest remaining tract of primary rainforest in West Africa, a true wilderness, and it is home to extraordinary wildlife including bongo, zebra duiker and the enigmatic pygmy hippo. Whilst sightings of these species remain rare, occasional encounters with hippo in broad ...Read more >
From 4,195 excluding flights

Sudan wildlife and history tour

Sudan might not be an obvious safari destination but, unbeknownst to many, a remote corner of this fascinating country still holds on to a fragile savanna ecosystem. Nestled on the border with Ethiopia, Dinder National Park is home to an isolated population of lion, the only prides left in the country. Visitors also have the chance to view Heuglin's gazelle, savanna buffalo, warthog, bushbuck, Blue Nile Patas monkey and oribi. Very lucky clients may encounter elusive predators including leopard, striped hyena and spotted hyena, with the remote chance of African wild dog or bush elephant. Dinder is only a small portion of what Sudan has to offer. Steeped in fascinating history, the ancient ...Read more >
From 2,595 excluding flights

Pygmy hippo safari in Sierra Leone

Pygmy hippo are extremely rare - even in areas where they occur in relatively high densities, they are seldom ever seen. Their shy nature, nocturnal feeding habits and impenetrable habitat mean that they are amongst the least-observed wild animals in Africa. There are a few spots, however, where intrepid visitors might just become one of a select few to see these charismatic animals. One such location is deep in the rainforest of Sierra Leone, where patches of suitable habitat still remain. This unique itinerary takes clients deep into prime pygmy hippo habitat in the Gola Rainforest National Park, spending nights staking out the riverside and salt-licks for signs of hippo activity. ...Read more >
From 2,695 excluding flights

Eritrea wildlife safari

An extraordinary and adventurous safari to the little-visited country of Eritrea, in search of one of the rarest mammals in Africa - the African wild ass. This tour takes you deep into the remote Buri Peninsula, the last stronghold of the critically endangered African wild ass. Camping in this beautiful corner of Eritrea gives this tour a good chance of spotting this rare animal, as well as other special wildlife including caracal, striped hyena, pale fox and rueppell's fox. Each day in Buri will give clients the chance to explore the peninsula on foot or on camels, searching for tracks or other signs of wildlife. With the help of a local expert naturalist, we aim to locate tracks of our ...Read more >
From 6,995 excluding flights

Chad wildlife safari and desert camping tour

There is nowhere on Earth quite like Chad. The vast interior of this country, dominated by the Sahara Desert, is strikingly beautiful. Stunning geological formations abound, gueltas and oases spring up from the sand and, in recent years, a stirring conservation effort has taken hold of the excellent Ouadi-Rime reserve. This tour is an authentic expedition, taking in the world-famous Ennedi Massif in all its glory. Navigating this remote region by 4x4, spending nights under canvas under the starry skies, this tour is a must for any serious adventurer. A recent conservation drive in Ouadi-Rime has also brought yet another reason to visit this beautiful country, as some of the rarest mammals ...Read more >
From 2,995 excluding flights

Chinko safari in the Central African Republic

For years the Chinko ecosystem was widely considered to be too inaccessible and too wild for a safari. Now, though, this sensational destination, situated deep in the Central African Republic is finally beginning to open up to those most intrepid of explorers. This area, at the confluence of savanna and dense jungle, is home to an extraordinary array of species, including giant eland, bongo, red river hog and all four African species of pangolin. Lion, leopard, wild dog, golden cat, caracal and serval could all also be encountered here by lucky visitors. Chinko remains wild and impenetrable, so game viewing will largely be conducted on foot, by boat and by helicopter. This is no safari for ...Read more >
From 16,995 excluding flights