Photography safari game drive in MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa.  Photo courtesy MalaMala Camp

Intimate Exploration of South Africa: Safari and Starry Skies

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Phinda Private Game Reserve, MalaMala Game Reserve

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Capture postcard-perfect images galore as you search South Africa from the forested woodlands of Phinda Private Game Reserve to the savannahs of MalaMala Game Reserve on this breathtaking 9-day wilderness adventure. Your discoveries will lead you to watering holes where predators lurk beyond the shrubbery and gentle giants graze vast pastures, all scenes to swoon over stationed right outside your spectacular accommodations.

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Trip Highlights

  • Soak up the scenic splendors of Phinda Private Game Reserve upon arrival as you galavant through the luxuriant green forest unrolling from the foot of your spectacular accommodation alongside an experienced ranger
  • Search shrub-speckled plains and forested hills for South Africa’s famous Big Five; lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos, while admiring the untamed habitats of Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Scour Phinda’s staggering untouched terrain for rare creatures hiding in the thicket, tracking cheetahs and their cubs as well as the rare Suni antelope
  • Spend an evening under the twinkling stars soundtracked by the symphonies of the wilderness as you tuck into a traditional Shisa Nyama, South African barbeque, around the campfire and sleep on beds stationed in the bush clearing
  • Acclimate to South Africa’s bewitching northeastern wildlands as you peruse the varied habitats composing the picture-perfect reaches of MalaMala Game Reserve
  • Capture the Big Five like never before as you relish a unique photographic game drive within a fully-equipped vehicle and accompanied by expert rangers and photographers
  • Witness MalaMala’s colorful creatures and blossoming flowers from a new vantage point as you stroll along trails weaving through the alluring game reserve
  • Look upon the cosmos during a riveting star-gazing experience beneath one of the clearest night skies in South Africa

Starting Price

$5,845 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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