We know many of you have an affinity for Africa that runs deep. It’s an epic land of huge contrasts peppered with some of the wildest beasts on the planet – it’s hard not to feel moved by it. And with traditional safaris lasting a week, maybe two weeks if you’re lucky, it feels like you’re just scratching the surface of this diverse continent.
But what if you could take up to four weeks to journey from Cape Town up to Dar-es-Salaam mostly by private plane, leaving plenty of time for stargazing, river dips and gin and tonic drinking in between?
Fly into Cape Town and with no jet lag, you can hit the ground running. Head up Table Mountain to get your bearings and admire views over the cosmopolitan city, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles peaks. Then enjoy the Winelands close by, where in tranquil surroundings you’ll become acquainted with some of South Africa’s fantastic wines, such as chenin blanc and pinotage with tastings in glorious Cape Dutch wineries. Fly directly from Cape Town to the Kruger where you’ll get your fill of the Big Five before bedding down at a luxury lodge in a private concession.
Botswana & Zambia
The next part of your trip sees you travel by Cessna with your very own private captain and guide. First though, come face-to-face with one of the largest cascades of water in the world: Victoria Falls. Stay away from the crowds at a tranquil lodge, located on the banks of the Zambezi with forays to the falls, to experience them any which way you like: by mist-drenched walk, helicopter tour or rafting its rapids.
Next up, take to the skies with a scenic flight to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, with a bird’s eye view of meandering rivers and lush lagoons. After a few days of prolific game viewing, slow down on a luxurious houseboat on the Chobe River, a lovely change of pace as you glide along spotting bathing elephants and snoozing crocodiles on the riverbank. Continue your air safari to South Luangwa in Zambia where iconic boabab trees puncture the African plains and leopard are spotted by night.
Malawi & Tanzania
Coming in to land in Malawi, you’ll spot Africa’s third largest lake, shimmering Lake Malawi. Here you’ll have some downtime at a beautiful rustic-chic lodge on an island in the middle of the lake. With sandy beaches, coves and crystal-clear water you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on the coast, and a long list of watersports adds to a sense of beachside bliss.
Up into the air again, you’ll cross over into Tanzania, the last country in your African adventure. You’ll spend time at two classic safari games reserves: Ruaha – the biggest in Tanzania and known for its large prides of lion, and Selous, with its speciality for fly camping. Of course, hopping between each in your own plane at a pace you set will allow for further game viewing from above. Rising up for one final time over the plains of Africa, you’ll feel a stronger connection than ever with this astonishing land.
Speak to Ben our Africa expert and personal travel designer, for creating your African experience.