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

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 Zebra sighting on safari Credit: Alex Shaw Credit: Alex Shaw  Elephants on the savanna  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  The majestic lion   Flight of an African Fish Eagle in Zambia. Credit: Richard Sooy  On safari  The beauty of an African Crowned Crane  Lilac-breasted roller  Elephants at a watering hole  Rhinos  African Buffalo  Giraffes running on the plains. Credit: Troy Feener  Elephants on the Serengeti  Evening view from guest balcony, Stanley & Livingstone Hotel  Victoria Falls

African Safari

Featuring South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls

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

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

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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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SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Consistently rated among Smithsonian Journeys top ten tours, our exceptional African Safari is truly the trip of a lifetime! Enjoy thrilling game drives in search of the elusive “Big Five,” marvel at magnificent Victoria Falls, and discover Lower Zambezi National Park by guided canoe trips and sunset river cruises. Plus, stays in deluxe lodges add to your safari experience.

Highlights Include

  • Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve: During three days at this World Heritage site, experience the thundering falls with its 300-foot-deep gorge. Look for hippo, elephant, crocodile, and
  • the elusive rhino in the surrounding jungle and from the deck of a “sundowner” dinner cruise boat on the Zambezi River. And, on an exhilarating tour of the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, learn about its construction from atop the catwalks.
  • Botswana’s Chobe National Park: Known for its diverse terrain, Chobe National Park embraces 7,000 square miles of protected land and features an exceptional array of wildlife, including the world’s largest elephant population (120,000), zebra, lion, giraffe, and wildebeest. During your three-day stay, take early morning game drives and boat safaris that provide abundant opportunities to view wildlife and more than 450 species of birds.
  • Zambia: From your 14-room luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, enjoy two days of game viewing activities in Lower Zambezi National Park. The park is known for its elephant herds and large lion prides, plus buffalo, waterbuck, antelope, impala, zebra, and leopard.
  • South Africa: Learn about the history of South Africa during a special tour of Johannesburg’s Soweto. You’ll see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, visit Nelson Mandela’s home and the Hector Pieterson Museum (a monument to the Soweto Uprising), and meet a local Sowetan who shares stories of contemporary life in this township. 
  • See USA Today for story about Smithsonian Journeys African Safari.

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.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 2 — Arrive in Johannesburg

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in the suburb of Rosebank.

Day 3 — Johannesburg and Soweto

Meet your fellow travelers today and embark on a full-day tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg. See the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit Nelson Mandela’s home, which is now a museum; and tour moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, and learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising of 1976. After lunch, hear stories from a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, then transfer to Victoria Falls and the deluxe hotel located in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. View the thundering falls, first “discovered” by David Livingstone and claimed for Queen Victoria in 1855. With its 300-foot-deep gorge and soaking spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world. (B,D)

Day 5 — Victoria Falls

Enjoy a small group highlight: a game drive to spot the elusive black rhino. This experience serves to educate visitors about the increasing threats to Africa’s wildlife. Late afternoon embark on a “Sundowner” dinner cruise on the Zambezi. (B,D)

Day 6 — Victoria Falls

Take a guided tour of the Victoria Falls bridge and learn about its construction from atop the catwalks. This afternoon is at leisure at the deluxe lodge with its own watering hole and outdoor pool. Tonight hear a fascinating guest speaker on "The Story of David Livingstone." (B,D)

Day 7 — Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning travel two hours by motorcoach to Botswana and Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest concentrations of game in all of Africa. After settling in and enjoying lunch at your lodge, embark this afternoon on a game-viewing boat safari on the Chobe River, where you may see hippo, crocs, some of the park’s 450 species of birds, and perhaps a beautiful Chobe sunset. Dine tonight at your lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Chobe National Park

Known for its diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife – including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, and buffalo – Chobe covers 7,270 square miles of protected parkland. See a portion of this natural wonder on this morning’s game drive and this afternoon’s boat safari. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Chobe National Park

Settle into a comfortable routine, with early morning and late afternoon game drives. In between game viewing activities, enjoy the amenities of the lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, adjacent to the park itself. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Chobe National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

This morning board a privately chartered plane for the 1½-hour flight to Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia’s newest reserve (since 1983) and, as the former private sanctuary of Zambia’s president, the least developed. Here in one of Africa’s last stretches of pristine wilderness you have the chance to get closer to the animals than anywhere else. This afternoon and evening engage in some of the lodge’s game viewing activities that include open vehicle game drives, night game drives, fly fishing, guided canoe trips, bushwalks, boat safaris, and sunset river cruises. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Lower Zambezi National Park

A day of game viewing activities await in this 1,600 square mile park on the southern end of Zambia known for its 100-strong elephant herds, unusually large prides of lion, plus buffalo, water buck, antelope, zebra, crocodile, and hippos. Together with Zimbabwe’s renowned Mana Pools Reserve situated across the river, the Lower Zambezi National Park forms a massive sanctuary and World Heritage site where you’ll enjoy unparalleled game and bird viewing – and rarely see another person. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Lower Zambezi National Park

From the 14-room luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, take part in game viewing activities in this lush riverine environment of 50 mammal species and 400 bird species. With the Zambezi River, abundant game on the valley floor, and the Zambezi Escarpment as a backdrop, the Lower Zambezi National Park offers a dramatic setting for game viewing ... as does the lodge, where animals roam freely on the grounds. Tonight celebrate your wildlife adventure at a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Lower Zambezi National Park, Lusaka, Depart for U.S.

Travel by private charter flight today to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, you'll have a day room to rest before this evening's flight to the United States. (B)

Day 14 — Arrive in the U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with your flights home.