Group Size: Maximum of 8 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
Experience adventure, exhilaration and fascination on board our Scenic Air Safari’s luxurious Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft as you fly over Africa’s most unique, beautiful and in places untouched landscapes. Our exclusive journey through the heart of Africa opens up a world of discovery. Explore the alluring magnificence of Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania on an amazing authentic African safari in style. Visit extraordinary locations in some of the very best wildlife reserves Africa has to offer. Embrace local cultures and insights whilst staying in elegant lodges, hotels and safari camps. Whether exploring on game drives, appreciating the unique landscapes, enjoying activities at the stylish lodges, camps or houseboat, or just relax in comfort as Africa unfolds its secrets before you. This unique journey will create unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.
Day 1 - Serengeti National Park
Flight time: Kilimanjaro to Serengeti – Approx 1 hour 10 minutes
This morning you will fly from Kilimanjaro Airport to the Serengeti National Park where you will arrive at your camp for lunch and an afternoon game drive.
Tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, the camp is located just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River during migration season which normally occurs between mid June to late October. Each of the 12 rooms has been designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location, with the views, natural space and light. (LD)
Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you’ll find the migration.
Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location, its views and its natural space and light. At Lamai Serengeti there are just 12 rooms, these are split between two entirely separate lodges, the Main Lodge of 8 rooms and the smaller Private Lodge of 4 rooms.
Each site has been carefully thought out. Firstly and most importantly, with the elements in mind, to take maximum advantage of the view, the sun, the wind and even the rain, welcome when it comes.
Day 2 - Serengeti National Park
Day 3 - Mahale Mountains
Flight time: Serengeti to Tabora – Approx 1 Hour 38 Mins
Flight time: Tabora to Mahale – Approx 1 Hour 18 Mins
Fly south along Lake Tanganyika into the Mahale Mountains. Kungwe Beach Lodge sits on a stretch of secluded golden beach, deep in the heart of the African interior. With a dramatic mountain range rising up from behind and crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika in front of the lodge, this romantic getaway is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury. (BLD)
Ten light spacious safari rooms, furnished in imitation of the surrounding lakeside Villages, have been strategically placed at the edge of the cooling forest canopy of the Mahale Mountains National park. All rooms are under thatch on raised platforms and have a private deck providing views of Lake Tanganyika and the beach. The main deck is shaped like a dhow boat and contains the central dining and lounge facilities. All guest rooms are within easy walking distance along the beach to the main lounge and dining areas.
Your days can start there, enjoying breakfast whilst waiting to hear news of the chimps and deciding what to do with your day. Evenings end with sundowners on the rocks of the headland, where drinks are served around the lamp-lit bar whilst the mountains, rising behind camp, disappear into the darkness.
Day 4 - Mahale Mountains
Today’s the day to enjoy an exhilarating Chimpanzee Trek in the Mahale Mountains.
After tracking them, for perhaps an hour or two, maybe more, only aware of the sounds they are making ahead, suddenly they are everywhere. Sit quietly on the forest floor and take a deep breath, this is what it’s all about. For the next hour it’s as if you scarcely breathe, so engrossed and privileged are you to be watching them go about their daily life. You become aware of the subtleties of different relationships, through gesture, sound and expression. (BLD)
Day 5 - Lake Malawi
Flight time: Mahale to Mbeya – Approx 1 Hour 48 Mins
Flight time: Mbeya to Mzuzu – Approx 1 Hour 5 Mins
Flight time: Mzuzu to Likoma Island – Approx 23 Mins
Today you fly south to Likoma Island, set in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi. Likoma Island is found towards the north eastern part of the lake, within the territorial waters of Mozambique but part of Malawi and linked to the rest of the country by a steamer service. The island is quite hilly in places, mostly dry and sandy, and baobabs are a common feature of the landscape although big trees are generally scarce. The population is over 5,000 people, scattered in little villages throughout the island. (BLD)
Kaya Mawa is set on a rocky promontory on the southern tip of Likoma Island. The name means “maybe tomorrow” and is the perfect phrase for this wonderful retreat. The contemporary lounge and dining area is the perfect location for beach dinners or a relaxing lunch where you can listen to the water lap the shore whilst enjoying a G&T. There are 11 rooms in total, each individually designed and built in sympathy with the rocks on the island and often built around the boulders themselves.
Kaya Mawa means ‘maybe tomorrow’ and to visit Likoma Island is to step back in time. Measuring just 17 square kilometres, the local people survive largely by fishing and rice or cassava farming. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. In the main town of Mbamba, is the beautiful and vast St Peter’s Cathedral – supposedly the same size as Winchester Cathedral.
This small lodge is built on and around a rocky outcrop jutting into the lake with two beaches and the stunning views over the expanse of blue fresh water. Just 26 guests can be accommodated at any one time and each of the cottages has its individual style – many of the rooms have part of the rocks, trees and headlands forming features of the rooms, it is a very organic and natural style. Five of the rooms have two bedrooms making them ideal for families. The lodge is very welcoming of children and is an ideal destination for all ages. Ndomo House is set on a private beach 2 coves away from the hotel. This is a four bedroom private house equipped with its own chef, butler, nanny and speedboat. The house has a gorgeous private pool. This is the perfect set up for a family or group travelling together wanting total privacy and plenty of space.
Day 6 - Lower Zambezi National Park
Flight time: Likoma Island to Mzuzu – Approx 23 Mins
Flight time: Mzuzu to Mfuwe – Approx 1 Hour 10 Mins
Flight time: Mfuwe to Jeki Airstrip – Approx 1 Hour 27 Mins
This morning you will fly to the Southern part of the Lower Zambezi National Park where you will be accommodated at Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp. On offer is an unmatched variety of activities with day and night drives, boats cruises, walking safaris or canoeing, which offer you the opportunity to view wildlife from a more natural perspective. The Lower Zambezi is also widely known as one of the best places to catch (and release) a Tiger Fish or two. (BLD)
Where the Zambezi River and Mushika Flood Plain meet, is also the meeting spot for hundreds of animal species. Come morning or night, you’ll be greeted with an array of game from the comfort of your tent.
Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp offers some of the finest game viewing in natural habitats anywhere in Africa. It’s location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River means that game viewing activities take place both on the water by boat, and on the land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles. The camp has been well equipped, boasting new vehicles which have been fitted specifically to guarantee our guests absolute safety without compromising on authenticity and excitement of their game viewing experience. Lodge vehicles, whether on land or river ensures that you can enjoy an unforgettable day (or night) with the animals whatever your preference in transport. In addition, enjoy an intimate experience with the Zambezi and the surrounding fauna and flora with a daytime walking safari. Experienced guides will take you through the park, enabling you to feel the exhilaration of viewing some of the world’s most magnificent animals on foot.
Day 7 - Lower Zambezi National Park
Enjoy the activities as offered by the camp. (BLD)
A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has helped to make the Lower Zambezi valley one of southern Africa’s premier game viewing destinations. Add to this the amazing fauna and flora found in and on the banks of Africa’s fourth largest river, and you begin to understand why this amazing wilderness is so special.
Game viewing can be done from a vehicle in the Lower Zambezi National Park or, if you prefer, from a boat on the Zambezi. Canoeing, walking and, of course, fishing, are also offered. And for those interested in the rich cultural heritage of the area, community visits can be arranged.
Day 8 - Chobe River
Flight time: Jeki Airstrip to Livingstone – Approx 1 Hour 35 Mins
Flight time: Livingstone to Kasane – Approx 15 Mins
This morning you will fly to Livingstone and then on to Kasane in Botswana from where you transfer to your houseboat on the Chobe River. At the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers lies Impalila Island, which is also the meeting place of four African countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This phenomenon is the only one of its kind in the world and it is within this unique geographic area that the Chobe Princess operates. (BLD)
The Chobe Princess provides the ultimate luxury cruising safari on the Chobe River. Small and intimate, this houseboat provides guests with the opportunity to stay overnight within the Chobe National Park at prime docking sites along the river. There is something incredibly relaxing about cursing on the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park, watching the outstanding wildlife and birdlife from the houseboat. The accommodation deck is comprised of 5 spacious bedrooms with en-suite facilities and sliding windows opening onto the water, spanned by transparent mosquito screens.
In perfect harmony to the lodge, the Chobe Princess Safariboats provide you with the perfect opportunity to take pleasure in the wildlife and birdlife of the Chobe National Park. There is something incredibly relaxing about cruising on the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park, watching the outstanding wildlife and birdlife from the luxury Safariboats. Aboard one of our Safariboats you can cruise over 50kms of the river and stay overnight in some of the most scenic areas on the Chobe, parking at prime docking sites along the river.
Each houseboat offers guests a personalised experience. The Chobe Princess Safariboats do not have any set departure dates and no minimum number of nights so we are able to fit in with your itinerary and to ensure that your stay with us is as relaxed as possible. Each houseboat has a minimum of three attendant tender boats. Each Safariboat has four large double/twin cabins, beautifully decorated with the focal feature being the large sliding window that gives you your own personal view of the changing landscapes before you. The cabins also have an en-suite bathroom, each tastefully fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin.
Day 9 - Chobe River
Game viewing by boat into the Chobe National Park is a remarkable experience – where huge herds of elephants come down to drink together with an extensive array of other game such as buffalo, giraffe, leopard, lion, kudu, waterbuck, puku, lechwe, impala, baboons and the endemic Chobe bush buck. The evening boat trip provides guests with the unforgettable experience of witnessing a true African sunset, while being surrounded by herds of elephant and sipping on a cold sundowner. Other activities include fly-fishing, bird watching, mokoro excursions, and bush walks on Impalila Island. (BLD)
Day 10 - End of your Ultimate Africa Air Safari
This morning after breakfast you will transfer to either Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airport for your departure. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.