Family of African elephants in the savanna

Southern Africa Safari and Culture Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Botswana, South Africa

Places Visited

Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, Sacred Lakes Region in Limpopo, Mashatu Game Reserve...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Africa is an untouched paradise, home to ancient civilizations that existed at the dawn of time. Here is an opportunity to discover Africa’s magic on a 14-day adventure into the wilds. Find out what going on safari is really like as you drive into the bush in special 4x4 vehicles to watch animals going about their daily activities in their natural habitat. Experience what it’s like to dine under the stars in a traditional African boma before heading off for a good night’s sleep in some of Africa’s...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit some of Africa’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries, including Botswana’s wilderness wonderland
  • See a variety of wildlife while on safari including the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo)
  • Watch local craftsmen at work, creating woodcarvings, pottery and intricate beadwork
  • Dine under the stars in a traditional boma (open-air venue)
  • View San Rock paintings, mystical images in shades of red and yellow ochre that were created in ancient times
  • Enjoy stargazing in the wilderness where the sky is crystal clear and the stars seem close enough to touch with your fingertips
  • Stay at the Coach House heritage hotel in Magoebaskloof, ‘land of the silver mist’
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mapungubwe where artifacts from the Stone Age have been discovered
  • Take a bush walk adventure in the wild
  • View nocturnal animals in their natural habitat

Detailed Description

Spend two glorious weeks on your South Africa safari, visiting some of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. You will enjoy exciting game viewing with experienced guides to see a variety of wild animals, including the Big Five, namely lion, African elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard. Viewing these animals is the highlight of any safari and a common sight in the exciting locations you’ll be exploring. See nocturnal animals on adventurous night safaris, brave the wilds on walking and cycling trips with a guide or take a dawn or dusk ride in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Perhaps you’ll even see a kill in progress. This is nature at its best, and it’s all on your doorstep, just waiting to be discovered.

Experience the true soul of Africa as you learn about the local Venda and Shangaan tribes, their culture and traditions, and watch them create beautiful arts and crafts from intricate wood carvings to exquisite beadwork. See relics of ancient times at the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mapungubwe, remnants that date all the way back to the Stone Age. Learn about the Bushmen hunters through the magnificent ochre San Rock Art in the famous Soutpansberg, the Mountain of Salt that is so called because of the numerous saltpans in the vicinity.

A highlight of your visit is a few days exploring the magnificent Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Reserve, with its open spaces, assortment of birds and wildlife and unexpected adventures. The 75,000-acre reserve is home to what is called Africa’s Giants, which includes the Big Five as well as the ostrich, Kori Bustard and the legendary Baobab tree.

Starting Price

$9,095 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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