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: $7,754 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Elephants on the savanna  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  Lion king. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Lion pride. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Cheetah on the savannah. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Cheetah on the run. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  African Buffalo  African rhino on the savannah. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Grant Nel  Elephant viewing from the canoe. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Don Wilson  Elephant calf with mother. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Grant Nel  Giraffes on the savanna  Lilac-breasted roller  Flight of an African Fish Eagle in Zambia. Credit: Richard Sooy  Victoria Falls  On safari

African Safari

Featuring South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls

14 days from $7,754 | 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

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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Experts

Aug 19 - Sep 1, 2018 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.

Sep 12 - 25, 2018 Departure; Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2018 Departure; Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2019 Departure
Tiiu Lukk

Tiiu Lukk

Tiiu Lukk first fell in love with Africa when she was on assignment there as a foreign correspondent for ABC News.  During her years there, Tiiu became intimately acquainted with the culture, people, politics, geography and wildlife of South Africa.  Tiiu’s assignments took her from filming wildlife in Kruger National Park, to covering the pursuit of rhino poachers in the Aberdares National Park of Kenya. She poled makoros through the Okavango Delta, and followed elephant trails, on foot, across the savannah. Since then, Tiiu has served as a naturalist and enrichment lecturer on board cruise ships, as well as on land, most recently covering territory from Namibia to East Africa.  Her experience has taken Tiiu to 115 countries around the world, to habitats ranging from the mountains of the Drakensberg range, to the grasslands of Masai Mara, from the coral seas of Zanzibar, to the fjords of Alaska.  Her interests range from the behavior of animals in the wild, to the dynamics of the interactions between humans, creatures, and the environment they have to share, to the art, architecture and culture of the destinations she visits. Tiiu received her B.A. degree in Art from St. Olaf College, and her M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  Her work on the PBS anthropological film, “Trobriand Cricket,” earned her an Emmy Award. Tiiu brings the sensibility of a naturalist, the eye of a documentary filmmaker and art historian, the insatiable curiosity of a journalist, and the appreciation of a world traveler to all of her encounters, which she happily shares with her Smithsonian Journeys fellow travelers.

Oct 28 - Nov 10, 2018 Departure; Mar 24 - Apr 6, 2019 Departure; May 5 - 18, 2019 Departure; Sep 11 - 24, 2019 Departure
Grant Nel

Grant Nel

Grant Nel travels the globe, continuously studying the Earth's most diverse wildlife. He received his ranger training at the world-renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve and has worked in the African wild for more than two decades. Grant has lived a few hundred meters from the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, making Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park virtually his back yard. A highly respected conservationist, he is a former CEO of the acclaimed Selinda Reserve, sits on the boards of two local environmental organizations, and holds a postgraduate honors degree in zoology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. 

Nov 18 - Dec 1, 2018 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.  

Jul 10 - 23, 2019 Departure
Robyn Keene-Young

Robyn Keene-Young

Nearly two decades ago, Zimbabwean-born Robyn Keene-Young left her job as an attorney to live in a tent and document the African wild with her photographer husband. Since then, operating out of remote wilderness, she has shared her intimate moments with some of the continent's wildest animals. Her travel and nature writing has taken her from the deserts of Namibia to the forests of Uganda, the plains of the Serengeti, and the shores of the mighty Zambezi. Robyn’'s work has been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide and she is the author of five books on Africa, including Backseat Safari and Africa Unplugged. In 2008 she spent eight months on foot with a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta, making her Emmy-nominated documentary Swamp of the Baboons. Her latest show, Great Zebra Exodus, about southern Africa'’s largest mammal migration, is currently being aired on PBS’ Nature. To read a story written by Robyn for Smithsonian magazine click here.

Aug 18 - 31, 2019 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.