Encounter the legendary wildlife of southern Africa on safari in the national parks and game reserves of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana on a popular journey that also includes Johannesburg’s historic sites and magnificent Victoria Falls.

Starting at: $8,984 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Lion on watch  Elephants on the savanna  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  Seeing giraffes on safari  Lion pride. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Lone cheetah on the watch  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: A Wildlife Adventure

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls

14 days from $8,984 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Encounter the legendary wildlife of southern Africa on safari in the national parks and game reserves of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana on a popular journey that also includes Johannesburg’s historic sites and magnificent Victoria Falls.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


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.

"The African Safari with Smithsonian Journeys was the trip of a lifetime. Every detail was attended to, before and during the trip - an exceptional experience!"

- Beatrice, C.


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May 22 - Jun 4, 2022 Departure; Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2022 Departure; Apr 2 - 15, 2023 Departure; Jun 4 - 17, 2023 Departure; Sep 25 - Oct 8, 2023 Departure
Grant Nel

Grant Nel

Grant Nel is an enthusiastic disciple for biodiversity conservation, continually travelling the globe to experience and study our planet’s myriad wildlife. After qualifying as a Zoologist Grant opted for a career as a field naturalist. He received his ranger training at the world-renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve and has been working in the African wild for the past thirty years. Living a few hundred meters from the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, makes the Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park virtually his back yard. A highly respected conservation advocate, he sits on the board of two local environmental organizations and frequently consults on national ecotourism and conservation policies.

Jul 17 - 30, 2022 Departure
Mark Geraghty

Mark Geraghty

Mark was born in Ndola, Northern Zambia, being the product of a Jesuit education, Mark has a wide and varied interest in the world around him and has many fascinating insights into Africa, the continent of his birth, and has travelled widely throughout Southern Africa.

Mark has lived in Victoria Falls since 1995 and in that time has worked in every facet of the tourism industry. In recent years he has focused on guiding private groups in southern Africa. In 2003 he married his wife whose family had settled Zimbabwe in 1902, this sparked an interest in Africa’s early history:

The Cradle of Mankind, the Bantu Migrations, the Missionaries early travels on the continent and the subsequent “Scramble for Africa”.

Mark is a passionate storyteller with a piercing insight and great sense of humor

Aug 17 - 30, 2022 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 270 scientific publications and 30 books, including the highly acclaimed 9-volume series Handbook of Mammals of the World. For the last 50 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 Zimbabwe. 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.

Oct 30 - Nov 12, 2022 Departure
Robyn Keene-Young

Robyn Keene-Young

Zimbabwean-born Robyn Keene-Young is an Emmy-nominated film producer and a widely-published travel and nature writer. For more than 25 years, she’s explored southern and east Africa, producing magazine features, books, and television documentaries. Her films appear regularly on PBS, National Geographic and BBC. Her work allows her to spend her waking hours in the close company of some of the earth’s wildest and most fascinating creatures.

Robyn attended the University of the Witwatersrand during South Africa’s turbulent transition to democracy, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees. She worked as a human rights attorney among farmworkers in the Cape winelands, before leaving the profession to live in a tent and document the African wild with her photographer husband. When she’s not filming in remote wilderness, Robyn lives on a farm near South Africa’s Kruger National Park. To read a story written by Robyn for Smithsonian magazine click here.