On Day 3, guests transfer by light aircraft directly into Madikwe Private Game Reserve (recognized as one the top place for wildlife conservation), home of Mateya Lodge and one of the world’s finest collections of African art. After a leisurely stay here, on Day 7 guests depart by air for Cape Town’s Ellerman House and its striking modern art collection. Guests explore Cape Peninsula, an African Penguin colony, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (said to be Africa’s loveliest), winelands and Cape Town’s thriving arts community. See: http://www.africansafarico.com/safari/art-wildlife-safari/.
Nesbitt points out that now is a good time to travel to South Africa because the rand is weak against the dollar, which means Americans may enjoy more luxury for less.
Tanzania Wildlife, Culture & Beach Safari embraces families, with a myriad of activities that both young and old will enjoy. This program is available year-round from $8,680 per person, double (ages 7 to 11 from $4,880 per person double). This trip seamlessly combines local cultures, wildlife reserves and the beaches of the Spice Island as guests walk with a Maasai warrior, hunt with the Hadzabe Bushmen, learn about farming from a Datoga farmer, visit Olduvai Gorge where the origins of mankind were found and visit with local fishermen and schoolchildren on the beaches of Zanzibar.
Adventurers begin this 14-day/13-night safari after transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha to Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary. On Days 2 and 3 guests enjoy the huge baobab trees and elephant families in Tarangire National Park. One morning, travelers walk with a Maasai guide who reveals his culture and tribal history. Accommodations for two nights are at Maramboi Camp with views of Manyara National Park, Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro highlands. Day 4 brings guests to Lake Manyara National Park described as one of the most beautiful places in Africa, home to unique tree-climbing lions.
Then participants walk, hunt (with bow and arrow) and gather (roots and wild fruits) with Hadzabe Bushmen on Day 5, followed by a visit with Datoga farmers. Overnight is at Ngorongoro Farmhouse near Ngorongoro Crater, followed by a full day exploring the Crater, a World Heritage site. En route to Serengeti National Park is a stop to view Olduvai Gorge where an early form of man was found in 1959. Home this night is Camp Zebra, a portable camp that follows the huge herds of wildebeest and zebra on their annual migration through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. After the Serengeti comes a flight to Zanzibar for a four-night stay at family-owned and run Unguja Lodge that is surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Guests transfer the final day from Zanzibar Airport to Dar es Salaam for departing international flights. See:
Rivers & Communities Safari - Botswana and Zambia encourages guests to engage with the charitable organization Pack for a Purpose before leaving home as all the camps and lodges on this safari support schools and clinics with ongoing lists of basic needs that guests can help fulfill.