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Featured private group holidays
Fancy one of our fantastic adventures but only want to travel with people you know? Do it your way as a private group. We make private group trips for everyone, from big families to scouts and cadets.
- Activity Holidays – all action adventure
- Cultural Tours – lost cities & local life
- Wildlife Holidays – global wildlife encounters
- Trekking Holidays – peaks & summits
- Hands On Trips – conservation & your help
- Collection Trips – added comfort & style
- Astronomy Tours – eclipses & stargazing
- Expedition Cruises – polar experiences
- Photographic Holidays - photos for families
- Charity Holidays - do something amazing
- School Trips - exciting school trips abroad
- Northern Lights Tours - aurora borealis
- Private Groups - Create your own group
Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
South East Africa Explorer
Transport - Safari truck, canoe, on foot, open-topped 4WD, dhow.
Accommodation - Camping (14nts), Simple lodge (2nts), permanent tented camp (2nts) reed huts (2nts).
Meals - 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 14 dinners.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Livingstone
Livingstone; free time for activities
You are met on arrival at the airport and transfer to the campsite. In the afternoon at 14.00 in the campsite reception you will meet your Group Leader for the trip briefing. The rest of the afternoon and the next day are free for you to try out some of the many optional activities on offer in Livingstone. A visit to the famous Victoria Falls is a must (guided tour included). They are without doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettably scenic spectacles in Africa. It’s hot and humid here and walking through the rainforest that thrives in the spray from the falls, you can feel the immense power generated by the Zambezi River. It plummets over a width of nearly 2km into a deep gorge over 100m below, causing the ground to vibrate under your feet. The wide basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent, cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
If you feel adventurous, you can take on the river on a white water rafting trip, or take a bungee jump off the bridge spanning it. Many people choose to fly over the falls for the best aerial view - you can either try a flight by light aircraft, microlight or helicopter over the falls. The ‘Flight of the Angels’, as it is known, takes its name from a passage in Livingstone’s journal. The overwhelming force and beauty of what he had just seen inspired him to write: “on sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed" (Bx1) Camping – 2 nights
You start your big travelling adventure in earnest as you hit the road to the Kafue River. When you reach your destination you set up your camp in a picturesque spot right on the bank of the river, where you will be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the passing water. (approx. 507 km/ 8 hours). (BLD) Camping – 1 night
Lower Zambezi; canoeing
This morning you transfer by boat (1.5hrs) down into the Lower Zambezi Valley and spend two nights on the banks of the Zambezi River in a rustic lodge. The following day, after a thorough briefing on how to handle the canoes and safety while on the river, you head off downstream for a safari with a difference. Your canoes are stable and easy to handle; you slip noiselessly along with the gentle current past herds of elephant and buffalo wallowing in the river, see crocodile slink from sunny sandbanks stealthily into the river and glide past pods of hippo. At the end of the afternoon after a full day on the river you return to the lodge by motorised river launch or 4WD. This evening you can enjoy dinner overlooking the river and keep your eyes peeled for elephant and buffalo. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2) Tented Lodge - 2 nights
Leaving the Zambezi Valley behind you head inland to the capital Lusaka (approx. 5 hours drive). Stopping at Zambia’s capital gives us the chance to resupply before heading out on the Great East Road. After a short drive your destination is the Luangwa River where you stay overnight. (BLD) Camping - 1 night
South Luangwa; game viewing
Today you journey towards South Luangwa National Park. (approx. 470 km / 6 hours) Road conditions can be somewhat unpredictable in Zambia, and although South Luangwa is justly famous, it is also one of Africa’s less easily accessible parks – you are definitely heading off the beaten track here, and the going gets a bit tougher. There is a possibility that you might not reach the park within one day, in which case your Group Leader will choose a suitable location for “camping wild” for the night, and you will reach South Luangwa early the next day.
For your first full day at South Luangwa, the programme is very flexible. Due to the uncertain arrival time, there are no activities pre planned. If there is time, your Group Leader will help arrange game drives or game walks within the park, but these are optional and at your own expense.
On your second day you will go on a game walk in the game management area bordering the park. There are no fences keeping the wildlife in or out in this area, so you can encounter a wide range of animals, including lions and elephants. A safari on foot is an exciting way to search for wild animals, as you feel much closer to your environment than in a vehicle. The latter does have the advantage of covering more ground though and increases the opportunities for seeing a large number of animals. This afternoon you therefore head into the national park on a game drive. Due to its remoteness the park has a wild and untouched feel to it. It is widely thought to be one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, due to an abundance of game rarely seen in other parks. South Luangwa is home to large numbers of hippos, crocodiles, lions and leopards, but is particularly famous for its extraordinarily large number of elephant herds and the Crawshay’s zebra, which is endemic to the park and has a unique stripe pattern.
The wildlife camp at which you stay is dedicated to conservation work and donates 60% of their proceeds to the environmental education of children in Zambia. (Bx3, Lx3, Dx3) Camping – 3 nights
Senga Bay; travel to Malawi
Today you bid Zambia farewell and travel to Lilongwe in Malawi, the “warm heart of Africa” and onward to Senga Bay (approx. 445 km / 7 hours, excluding border crossing). You restock with fresh supplies in the markets of Lilongwe before heading to our camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. You'll take a boat out to the islands to explore the fantastic bays and coves in the area which includes a chance to snorkel in the lakes clear water. Beaches in the area are good and there are also many varied handicraft stalls in town to explore. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2) Camping – 2 nights
Having had a rest stop in Malawi, you hit the road again for a long overland stretch (450km), as you leave Malawi to travel into Mozambique. The first leg of the journey takes you through Blantyre in the South of Malawi. The city was named after the Scottish birthplace of the famous explorer David Livingstone. From here you carry on to the border between Malawi and Mozambique and journey to Tete, located on the banks of the Zambezi River. You will camp here tonight before continuing your journey through the Tete corridor.
The next day you travel through the lush central region of Mozambique (480km), watching life in numerous small towns and villages along the way. Depending on road conditions and how quickly you manage to cross the border, you spend the second night near Chicamba, or travel a bit further on.
(Bx2, Lx2, Dx2) Camping – 2 nights
Vilankulos; dhow cruise to Magaruque Island
Another day travelling (530km) takes you to Vilankulos at the Indian Ocean. Here you can relax on the beautiful white beaches. On a full day dhow trip you glide over the clear waters to Magaruque Island, which is one of the Bazaruto Islands and known as one of the top ten diving spots in the world. Don your snorkel and explore this amazing underwater world with its fabulous marine life. This is the perfect place to soak up the sun and indulge in excellent fresh seafood. Simple lodge (shared facilities) – 2 nights (Bx2, Lx2, Dx1)
Tofu Beach; beach stay
Following the coastline you head further South to Inhambane. (approx. 330 km / 6 hours). There are many historic relics dating back to the town’s heyday as an important trading centre for ivory, slaves, spices and gold. There are strong influences from both the Arab and Christian world, evident in the architecture of many of the buildings. The Arab history of the town dates back 1000 years, while the Christian missionaries and conquerors made their entrance somewhat later – Vasco da Gama visited the area in the 15th century, and the cathedral of Inhambane is 200 years old.
You are staying at Tofu Beach in ‘casitas’ – reed and thatch beach huts - for the next two nights. The next day is free to relax and swim, or enjoy the activities available, such as boat trips, surfing or diving (all optional). Although we can't guarantee sightings, it's not unusual for people to see turtles, manta rays and whale sharks while on marine safaris or diving. Even if you're not lucky enough to see these creatures, there is plenty of other stunning marine life to dazzle and delight you, so it's well worth taking to the water during your time here. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx1) Casitas (basic reed and thatch huts with shared facilities) – 2 nights
Bilenes; Uembje Lagoon
Today you travel along the coast to the town of Bilenes, on the shores of the the massive Uembje Lagoon (approx. 375 km / 5 hours). The afternoon is spent exploring the impressively beautiful and peaceful lagoon and at the mouth you can enjoy the contrast between the power of the Indian Ocean colliding with the peace of the lagoon. Kayaking is available if you fancy going for a paddle, as is snorkelling if you want to visit the many colourful fish that call the lagoon home (both at additional cost) - swimming here is good in the shallow, calm waters. (BL) Camping – 1 night
Kruger NP; game drives
Time for a final safari as you cross over into South Africa and enter Kruger National Park. (approx. 283 km / 5 hours). Kruger is justly famous as a superb national park. You will enjoy a full day of game drives, during which you will hopefully see much of the ‘big game’ of the park: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard, and many more of the 147 species of mammal the park boasts. Bird lovers will delight in over 500 species including the beautiful lilac-breasted roller and African fish eagle, whose evocative cry is probably the best known of any African bird. Optional night game drives are available. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2) Camping – 2 nights
There is time for a final early morning game drive before leaving the park and heading to Johannesburg. (approx. 520 km / 6-7 hours) The trip ends here for Land Only travellers, while those on our group flight transfer to the airport for an overnight flight back home. (B)