Take an African safari freed from the hassles of commercial air travel and long drives. You'll be whisked away by private plane to explore the ecosystems of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

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 Lion in Namibia's Etosha National Park  The dunes of Sossusvlei at dusk  Cape Town's Table Mountain, South Africa  The dunes of Sossusvlei  The red ochre sands and blue sky of Namibia's Sossusvlei  Cape Fur Seals along the Skeleton Coast in Namibia  Flamingoes at Walwis Bay, Namibia  A hoopoe bird in Namibia  Elephants along the Chobe River  Hippos along the Chobe River  Zebras at a watering hole  Group of cheetahs  Elephants at a watering hole  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls  Viewing lions during a game drive  A leopard in the wild  Rhino at Sabi Sand Game Reserve  Buffalo at Sabi Sand Game Reserve  Elephants on the savanna

Africa's Grand Safari by Private Plane

Featuring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

15 days from $29,950

Take an African safari freed from the hassles of commercial air travel and long drives. You'll be whisked away by private plane to explore the ecosystems of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Experience Africa in the tradition of the Grand Safari. Freed from the hassles of commercial air travel and long drives, our private air safari whisks you to four countries to explore five uniquely different ecosystems with ample time to savor each day’s new discoveries.

Highlights Include

  • South Africa: Take in the view from atop Cape Town’s Table Mountain and marvel at the many scenic wonders of the Cape Peninsula. You’ll also spend two days at Sabi Sand Reserve, an unspoiled landscape that is home to one of Africa’s highest big game populations.
  • Namibia: Experience the stark beauty of Namibia’s gigantic, brick-red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the largest in the world. Then fly north to Etosha National Park, where watering holes draw a vast array of wildlife, including lion, zebra, wildebeest, and springbok.
  • Botswana: At Okavango Delta, enjoy ample time to view the “Big Five”—elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard—plus Africa’s superb birdlife.
  • Zimbabwe: During two magical days at breathtaking Victoria Falls, follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone amid the mist and thundering cacophony of the 300-foot-high cascade.
  • Aircraft: Our eight-passenger Pilatus PC-12 turbo turboprops offer comfort, safety, and flexibility, with landings on small private airstrips in some of the continent’s most extraordinary places. 

If you want a worry-free, top-of-the-line tour, this Smithsonian tour would be the one!

- Carl M.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 — Depart for Cape Town, South Africa

Depart on international overnight flights to Cape Town, South Africa. Meet fellow travelers at a casual welcome reception and dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Cape Town

With its sweeping bay, mountains cascading to the sea, and dramatic location below the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers an unforgettable travel experience. Gather for breakfast and an introductory lecture before setting out to explore Cape Town. Take in the spectacular view from Table Mountain, then call at Bo Kaap, a historical center of Cape Malay culture. Spend time at District Six Museum and visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, established as a center for the study and preservation of the indigenous flora of Southern Africa. (B,L)

Days 4-5 — Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Board your privately chartered aircraft and journey to the Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the world’s largest and most dramatic national parks. Our destination is Sossusvlei, an enormous clay pan glanced by red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. The dunes have developed over millions of years, and the wind continuously transforms their contours. Venture into this spectacular terrain on guided nature drives and desert walks. The region’s wildlife has made fascinating adaptations to the harsh conditions. It is especially thrilling to glimpse a springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, or the rarely seen aardwolf. (B,L,D)

Days 6-7 — Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Savor a unique and unforgettable flight over Namibia’s celebrated Skeleton Coast. A country that straddles two great deserts, Namibia boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, vast deserts, and profuse wildlife. Its crown jewel is Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s largest game parks. The strikingly beautiful park of Etosha takes its name — meaning “Great White Place” — from the vast, flat depression that was a deep inland lake 12 million years ago. Today, while a few rivers and occasional heavy summer rains can fill the pan, it is usually parched and dry. Animals congregate in large numbers here around the numerous waterholes wary of lions on the prowl. The endless plains offer breathtaking vistas and an opportunity to spot cheetah and large herds of zebra, wildebeest, and springbok. Birdwatchers delight in the hundreds of species found here. (B,L,D)

Days 8-9 — Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Botswana's treasures are nothing short of miraculous. Some of the last great wilderness areas in the world are here, all astonishing in their magnificence. After clearing formalities in Maun, continue to Moremi Game Reserve. A profusion of wildlife is found in the ancient mopane forests, seasonal floodplains, and open grasslands well known for large elephant herds as well as concentrations of lion, cheetah, and hippo. This area is also ideal for birdwatchers and black-backed jackals, bat- eared foxes, kudus, impalas, and ostriches abound in the sweeping expanse of the savannah. (B,L,D)

Days 10-11 — Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Awestruck when he stumbled upon the largest, most spectacular curtain of falling water in the world, the renowned British explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, promptly named the falls Victoria, for his queen. The Zambezi River plunges over a 300-foot-high vertical drop at the astounding rate of 2.5 million gallons of water a minute at its highest water volume. Here, where the crashing thunder of Victoria Falls echoes, enjoy a respite at the splendid Victoria Falls Hotel. Hike to the falls and enjoy a cruise on the Zambezi River. (B,L on Day 10; B on Day 11)

Days 12-13 — Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Sabi Sand epitomizes the magic of Africa. With no fences between the reserve and the vast Kruger National Park, big game abounds, moving freely throughout this unspoiled landscape. Take a short flight directly to the airstrip in private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which has one of the highest game populations in all of Africa. Blessed with both a biologically diverse habitat and wildlife, the reserve provides excellent opportunities for close encounters with the 'Big Five' - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard - as well as wild dog and cheetah. With over 500 bird species, the reserve is also a birdwatcher's paradise. Expert and congenial safari rangers lead explorations into the bush, and for those who wish, a mid-morning bush walk offers an intimate look at the smaller mammals and prolific birdlife. Your base is the spectacular Londolozi, one of the world's leaders in conservation and luxury. On the last evening, celebrate your journey with a gala farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)

Days 14-15 — Depart for the U.S.

Transfer to the Johannesburg airport for return flights, arriving in the U.S. the following day. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)