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Ultimate Africa Adventure: Southern & East Africa Deluxe Safari - 2022

Johannesburg • Kruger National Park • Victoria Falls National Park • Hwange National Park • Chobe National Park • Nairobi • Amboseli National Park • Lake Manyara • Ngorongoro Crater • Serengeti National Park • Masai Mara National Park
  • Panorama, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
    WALK TO VICTORIA FALLS VIEWPOINTS TO MARVEL AT THE POWER OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST CURTAIN OF FALLING WATER
  • Chobe River Photo Safari
    LEARN HOW TO TAKE PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY PHOTOS ON A CHOBE RIVER GUIDED PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI
  • Painted Dog
    LEARN ABOUT ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS FROM CONSERVATION EXPERTS WHILE VISITING THE PAINTED DOG CONSERVATION CENTER IN HWANGE
  • SEARCH FOR "THE BIG FIVE" AT KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, AFRICA'S LARGEST GAME RESERVE
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
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Ultimate Africa Adventure: Southern & East Africa Deluxe Safari

This ultimate African adventure is a month of intrepid travel around 6 countries, after which you’ll join the ranks of the world’s best-traveled safari adventurers. This epic small group journey with just 24 travelers or fewer is designed to give you the best of southern and east Africa!

Victoria Falls: The Smoke that Thunders

David Livingstone named them for his queen, but the local Batswana and Mokololo tribes were more poetic. They called them Mosi oa Tunya — ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. More than a century and a half later, the Victoria Falls continue to awe visitors. Stretching for more than a mile and plunging into a 360-foot gorge, the falls are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

Vantage Highlight: Chobe Photo Safari

Join Vantage for a unique wildlife experience in Chobe National Park, Botswana. Photographers of all levels can embark on this special safari in custom-built "Photo Boats" through one of the most game-filled parks on the continent. You'll be supplied with a state-of-the-art digital camera and telephoto lens as a guide shows you how to photograph the wildlife you'll encounter during this morning cruise.

Chobe Safari Activities

Spot wildlife in the bush and by water with river cruises and game drives in Chobe National Park.


Hwange National Park - Safari Activities

Full-day game drives, spectacular bird viewing, guided walking safaris, and local storytelling await in Hwange National Park.

Soweto

Tour Soweto township and see the former home of Nelson Mandela

Kruger: South Africa's Largest Game Reserve

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s richest wildlife reserve and one of the most celebrated safari destinations on the continent. Much of its popularity is due to the ease of spotting the Big Five here: lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, and rhino.

Vantage Adventures Highlight: Home-Hosted Lunch

Delight in the company of locals when you’re invited into a Victoria Falls home for lunch and conversation.

Storytelling and Dance

Hear local legends and traditional tribal tales in Hwange National Park and enjoy an African dance performance in the bush.

Chinotimba Primary School, a Vantage Cares site

Visit Chinotimba Primary School, where we’ll be greeted with smiles and songs from the children, and get a chance to interact with them and learn about their lives.

Adventure Highlight: Painted Dogs

Learn about efforts to protect these beautiful animals during a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Center.

Vantage-exclusive Chobe River cruise aboard the Chobe Explorer

Relax, slow down, and soak up the beauty of this incredible wetland while enjoying lunch and cocktails on a luxury houseboat.

Cape Town: South Africa’s “Mother City”

Cape Town, South Africa, has remarkable natural beauty, plus many vibrant cultures and great restaurants. Add a Cape Town extension to the end of your southern Africa safari to experience all the colors of the Rainbow Nation.

Seeking Africa’s Big Five

The African safari hunters of a century ago dubbed them the "Big Five" — the most elusive and dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa. Today's wildlife safari goers hunt with a camera, but the lion, African elephant, black rhino, leopard, and Cape buffalo are still the prize, and the game-rich preserves of Africa are where it all happens.

Gibb's Farm, Tanzania

Tour the fertile and scenic coffee plantations at the renowned Gibb’s Farm, a model for sustainable, environmentally-respectful practices

Shanga Riverhouse

Shanga is a for-profit organization, which embraces a fusion of African and Western design elements. Shanga aims to provide safe and supportive employment opportunities to disabled Tanzanians while producing unique and quality products handmade from recycled materials.

Olduvai Gorge

Witness the “Cradle of Humankind,” where Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered hominid fossils over 2.5 million years old.

Lake Victoria Village

Explore a traditional fishing village on Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake and source of the White Nile

Ngorongoro Crater: Africa's Garden of Eden

See an incredible diversity of wildlife, Maasai pastoralists, and stunning vistas during your visit to Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater.

Afrogem

Afrogem invites you to visit their workshop, which is the oldest producer of hand-cut tiger-eye gemstones in South Africa. Take a guided tour around the factory, where you will see gemstones cut, polished, and set.

Optional extension to Cape Town, South Africa

Home comers have been known to clap or even cry as they see Cape Town’s beloved Table Mountain from the airplane window, such is the emotion roused by this city’s mother icon. It’s also been likened to a sleeping goddess, the stairway to heaven, and watcher of the south. You will experience its quarzitic energy on a trip to the top by cable car, where this long thin peninsula — with Cape Town at its head and Cape Point at its tip — spreads out before you.

Hoti Fortunatus, Adventure Leader, Kenya & Tanzania

Hoti grew up on his family’s farm in Tanzania’s lake district, not far from the wildlife reserves at Lake Manyara, and holds a diploma from the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, Tanzania. “My Vantage travelers benefit greatly from my love and knowledge of African wildlife,” he says.

David Kalama, Adventure Leader, Kenya & Tanzania

David is the consummate safari guide: he lives just outside Tsavo National Park, has more than 13 years of experience as a ranger, tour director, and bush transport manager, and is an avid birder and photographer.

"Flight of Angels" over Victoria Falls Optional Tour

When David Livingstone wrote about his first sight of the Victoria Falls, he said that “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The “Flight of Angels” actually gives you the chance to see the falls as an angel — or an eagle — would. The most popular of the helicopter flights, it lifts off less than two miles from Victoria Falls town center and takes you over the Zambezi River to fly a complete circuit above the Falls in both directions.

Masai Mara Balloon Safari Optional Tour

Enhance your African safari tour by floating above it all as you embark on the balloon ride of a lifetime. This one-hour flight will give you a bird’s-eye view of the best east Africa has to offer, in the magnificent setting of the Great Rift Valley. A champagne breakfast in the bush after you land adds to the buzz you will get from the early morning air, and the sights and sounds that only an eagle ever sees. The morning drive back to your camp/lodge offers more opportunities for game viewing. Early morning is the ideal time to see wild animals on the plains.

Serengeti Balloon Safari Optional Tour

One of the most magically memorable of the Serengeti experiences, a balloon safari allows you to drift in silence above the splendor of the plains. Awakened by an early morning cup of tea, you’ll be driven to the balloon take-off point. There, you’ll meet your fully qualified balloon pilot and watch as the team inflates the enormous rainbow-colored balloon. After a 45-minute flight, your balloon will descend to the plains, where the ground crew will greet you with a glass of chilled champagne.

Vantage-exclusive Iganyana Tented Camp

This new, Vantage-exclusive safari lodge is as authentic as it gets, but makes no compromise on comfort. In our private concession, a few minutes from Hwange National Park, the rest of the world feels far away. Iganyana is unfenced and unobtrusive, allowing you to connect to the enchantment of the African bush. The spacious, custom-made safari tents are tucked into the shade of teak trees and have 24-hour electricity, air-conditioning, and en suite bathrooms.

The Cullinan Hotel

Elegant and stylish, the Superior First Class Cullinan Hotel is located in the most sought-after part of Cape Town, and is packed with restaurants, bars, shopping, and museums. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the celebrated V&A Waterfront, just a few minutes away. Rooms are tastefully furnished and designed for maximum comfort, incorporating world-class amenities with contemporary emphasis. The classical architecture is reflected throughout the hotel, with high ceilings, a balconied mezzanine level, and soaring columns around the large, outdoor heated pool. 

Nairobi Serena Hotel

As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Superior First Class Nairobi Serena Hotel is known in luxury travel for its quality, service, and hospitality. One of the finest hotels in Nairobi, the Serena stands amidst lush tropical gardens with panoramic views of the city’s Central Park and the sparkling downtown skyline.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Framed against the glorious backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the magnificently beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro, are miles of rolling grasslands, patrolled by vast herds of elephants. Shaded by the lush, feathered-green of an acacia grove and hugging the banks of a gently flowing river, this traditional yet supremely luxurious lodge is the safari destination of a lifetime.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terra-cotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, the lodge commands panoramic views across the Great Rift Valley.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge blends the almost indescribable beauty and magnitude of the Ngorongoro Crater with unparalleled standards for comfort and service.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches of the Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style.

Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp Western Serengeti

Escape to the Africa of legend and myth at this luxury tented safari camp in the Serengeti’s famous Western Corridor. Kirawira Serena Camp has been styled to replicate the elegant hunting camps of legendary hunters such as Denys Finch Hatton and Baron Bror Blixen.

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge invites you to a world where dramatic sights and experiences are enhanced by gracious service and five-star amenities. As the only safari lodge in the famed Mara Triangle, it offers a setting matched by few other hotels in the world.
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