Take part in thrilling game drives in search of the elusive “Big Five” and witness the largest concentrations of wildlife and birds in Africa as you journey to South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, and Zambia.

Starting at: $7,454 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Evening view from guest balcony, Stanley & Livingstone Hotel  The beauty of an African Crowned Crane  African Buffalo  Victoria Falls  On safari  Lilac-breasted roller  Elephants on the savanna  Giraffes running on the plains. Credit: Troy Feener  Flight of an African Fish Eagle in Zambia. Credit: Richard Sooy  The majestic lion   Elephants at a watering hole  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  Rhinos

African Safari

Featuring South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls

14 days from $7,454 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Take part in thrilling game drives in search of the elusive “Big Five” and witness the largest concentrations of wildlife and birds in Africa as you journey to South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, and Zambia.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This trip far exceeded our lofty expectations. Words alone cannot describe the magic of this experience. 

- Mark S.

Boat cruises on the river with animals on either side were exciting, quiet, peaceful and truly spiritual, all at once! My favorite thing about this tour as a whole was the absence of other tourists. It was private and personal. A totally fabulous experience! 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

Africa and its wonders must be experienced in person! Nature at its best! A photographer's dream come true. 

- Allen S.

Like everyone told me, I returned convinced this was the "Best trip I ever took!" 

- Gwendolyn S.

If Africa is not on your bucket list, you need a new bucket! This trip should not be missed.

- Stewart G.

This journey was a lifetime experience we will always treasure. It was fun, relaxing, elegant, and educational. Our expert, guides, and hotel staff were so wonderful! They made it special.

- Carmen & Tony C.


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Nov 20 - Dec 3, 2016 Departure; Oct 29 - Nov 11, 2017 Departure
David Clapp

David Clapp

David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journeys adventures for about thirty years. His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus, David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than thirty years and has led tours throughout the world. Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials, and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular expert and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm.

See USA Today for story about Smithonian Journeys African Safari with Smithsonian Journeys Expert, David Clapp.

Mar 26 - Apr 8, 2017 Departure
Don Wilson

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January 2000. Don was director of the Smithsonian'’s Biodiversity Programs for ten years. A distinguished mammalogist and an internationally recognized authority on bats, he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of over 240 scientific publications and 25 books, including the highly acclaimed Series Handbook of Mammals of the World. For the last 40 years, his work has taken him around the world conducting field work and research. He has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys to most of the world’'s greatest natural history destinations, from Antarctica to Africa. Don loves to share his passion for the natural world, and his easygoing nature, sense of humor, and excellent presentations have earned him much praise and a loyal following from Smithsonian travelers.

Apr 16 - 29, 2017 Departure; Jul 23 - Aug 5, 2017 Departure; Aug 13 - 26, 2017 Departure
Grant Nel

Grant Nel

Grant Nel holds a BSc (Hon) degree in Zoology, has worked in the African wild for 2 decades and has also travelled widely internationally. For the past 12 years Grant has lived a few hundred meters from the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers (both of which feature prominently in your itinerary). The Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park are virtually his back yard. He is a highly respected professional guide and conservationist in the region. He is a former CEO of The Selinda Reserve, and sits on the boards of two local environmental organizations.

Sep 24 - Oct 7, 2017 Departure
Ricardo Stanoss

Ricardo Stanoss

Ricardo Stanoss’ career started as a rural veterinarian in Argentina. Soon after graduation, he migrated to the US in pursuit of opportunities in the field of conservation.  He became an educator at Zoo Miami, where he leaned to engage a widely diverse audience with conservation science. His next position with the National Audubon Society’s International Programs expanded his horizons working in grassroots conservation in Latin America. In his last position before arriving at the Smithsonian, Stanoss ran an innovative conservation capacity development program in in the Chicago area, nationally, and globally.

Currently, Dr. Ricardo Stanoss is the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation’s Academic Program Manager. In this position, he is responsible for leading a team of scientists and educators in creating a new breed of conservation leaders combining the powerful resources of the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University.

During his career path as a passionate conservationist and educator, Dr. Stanoss amassed significant experience in effective management of novel conservation capacity initiatives, developing successful collaborations with academia, NGOs, government agencies, and communities across vastly different cultures around the world. He gradually expanded his interests from the animals he loved to the individuals who could make a difference in conservation.