What to see and do on an African safari Luxury African Safari Experiences, Curated For You

Africa is a fantastically diverse destination, offering a myriad of exciting things to see and do during a luxury safari. From hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara to swimming with dolphin in Zanzibar or sipping your way across the Cape winelands, Art of Safari has curated the finest luxury African safari experiences that this beautiful continent offers.

Safari Under The Stars In Southern Tanzania

Head to the Selous or Ruaha reserves in southern Tanzania for a never-to-be-forgotten safari under the stars. Walk from your lodge to a private fly camp in the heart of…

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Tracking desert black rhino in Namibia

Fly into Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, a remote corner of northwest Namibia, for the safari of a lifetime. Wake up early and set off to track the highly endangered…

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Meeting the elephant at Addo

A luxury South African safari is not complete without a drive up the Garden Route. The climax of this drive is a visit to Addo Elephant National Park; here, in…

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Island hopping in the Quirimbas

Explore the Quirimbas Archipelago on a traditional wooden dhow, sailing from island to island to discover pristine coral reefs, unique birdlife and otherworldly mangrove forests. After snorkelling, you’ll dine on…

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Experiencing elephant encounters in Samburu

Get close and personal with Kenya’s elephant on a Samburu elephant safari. The Douglas-Hamiltons are a family synonymous with elephant conservation in Kenya. They’ve created a unique safari experience. Guests…

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Floating above the Okavango Delta in a balloon

A hot-air balloon safari over the Okavango Delta in Botswana is a thrilling adventure. You’re suspended in a wicker basket above this marshy waterland with the sun peeping over the…

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Exploring the Chobe Floodplains on safari

Enjoy a luxury Chobe safari in one of Africa’s great national parks. Its northern border is bounded by the Chobe River and adjacent floodplains, an area rich in game, especially…

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Shipwreck and seal spotting on a Skeleton Coast safari

A day-long, 4x4 adventure from Hoanib Skeleton Coast takes you on a safari to the Skeleton Coast, Namibia, through a wildly beautiful landscape. With the chance of seeing desert elephant…

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Getting to know the majestic Maasai

A highlight of any East African safari is a Maasai cultural experience, when you interact with these proud pastoralists in their own environment. They’ve made the Masai Mara their home…

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Whizzing across northern Kenya on a helicopter safari

Skimming low over the treetops or soaring up and over an escarpment like an eagle on a rising thermal, the best way to absorb the grandeur of Africa’s landscapes is…

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Playing castaway on an idyllic sandbar

The climax of your Mozambique holiday might well be spending time on a sandbar, far from shore. These sandy slivers only reveal themselves at low tide: peaceful, picturesque and altogether…

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Camel trekking the striking Samburu

For a very different take on a luxury safari in Kenya, try a camel ride through the country’s northern wilderness. Traverse the stark, arid landscape at a gentle pace to the…

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Exploring the ochre dunes of Sossusvlei

The highlight of any luxury Namibian safari is visiting the magnificent areas of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei in the heart of the Namib Desert. Rise at dawn and drive into this…

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Exploring the enchanting Chyulu Hills on safari

If you’re looking for a more active, varied safari, choose Chyulu Hills in southern Kenya. Apart from the usual game-drive activities, this area offers excellent hiking, mountain biking and horse…

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Tracking Kruger wildlife on foot

Tracking is an ancient but endangered art form. It’s not just about following animal footprints, but interpreting the signs, sounds and even smells of the bush. The very best trackers…

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Seeing black-maned lion in the Central Kalahari

The Central Kalahari is one of the most remote wilderness areas in Botswana. Going on a luxury safari in this region is all about big skies and arid beauty. Instead…

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A Safari Into The Ngorongoro Crater

An essential, bucket-list experience on any luxury Tanzanian safari is a visit to Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into this 20km-wide and 600m-deep volcanic caldera for a safari experience like no other, packed…

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Observing Etosha's wildlife from a secret hide

In the dry and thirsty lands of Etosha National Park, the waterholes are where the action happens. From a secret hide with comfy seating and creative vantage points overlooking a…

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Slowing down between Tarangire and Manyara

This area of northern Tanzania is the birthplace of the slow safari – when you take a breather from frantically trying to spot game and simply be present in Africa.…

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Footprints across the Serengeti

A stay in a private concession in the greater Serengeti allows you the opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot. As well as seeing some of the details often missed…

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Exploring the lovely Tarangire

If you’d like to see a rare white giraffe, go on a Tarangire safari in northern Tanzania – Omo lives nearby. If you go in the dry season, you’ll see…

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Watching wildebeest cross the Grumeti

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. Each year, more than a million wildebeest do a loop of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara…

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Hopping between Etosha’s waterholes

The ‘immense hollow’ of Etosha Pan is dry for much of the year, but a series of waterholes around its fringes provide a vital lifeline for its many mammal species.…

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Driving along the shores of the mighty Zambezi

The Zambezi is one of Africa's most powerful and life-sustaining rivers. With many areas along its banks enjoying protected status in Zimbabwe, there are superb game-viewing opportunities to be had.…

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Circumnavigating the Cape Peninsula

Spend a day on your own, private Cape Peninsula tour that follows the Atlantic Seaboard, via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, to Cape Point for a delicious picnic lunch. Return…

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Swim with dolphin in Zanzibar

Board a dhow and set sail into the tropical seas around Zanzibar. Don mask and fins, slip over the side and experience the elation of an exclusive swim with dolphin…

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Cruising the Zambezi at Sunset

Board a small river boat and set off on a fabulous Zambezi sunset cruise. Sip on sundowner drinks and nibble on snacks as you slowly thread your way between two…

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Floating above the Serengeti in a balloon

A hot-air balloon safari over the Serengeti in northern Tanzania is a thrilling adventure. You’re suspended in a wicker basket above the plains of East Africa with the sun peeping…

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Cruising back in time along the Victoria Nile River

Finding the source of the Nile obsessed Victorian explorers, and on your Uganda safari in Murchison Falls National Park you’ll notice their names still litter the maps. Throughout all this…

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Going on a big cat safari

The private game reserves adjacent to South Africa’s Kruger National Park provide superb game-drive country. The woodland savannah teems with a diverse array of wildlife, especially big cats, many of…

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Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

For the safari of a lifetime, go Uganda gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a national park in the southwest of the country. It’s home to more than half of…

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Getting starstruck in a Kenyan star bed

There’s no better way to experience the African night sky than sleeping in a star bed. A luxury Kenyan safari offers this unique engagement with the wilderness. Crawl under your…

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Soaring above the Namib Desert in a hot-air balloon

A luxury Namibian safari is incomplete without going up in a hot-air balloon, over the Namib Desert. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure see you suspended in a wicker basket above this waterless…

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Watching wildlife while hiding out in secret

Sitting quietly in the ol Donyo log-pile hide in the heart of Kenya’s wilderness is a soulful experience. Slowly, the game start coming to drink, just metres away from your…

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Exploring marvellous Meru on safari

Meru National Park is set in the dry wilderness of northern Kenya, far off the beaten track of the regular safari. This arid country is punctuated by iconic baobab and…

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Watching the sunset from a dhow

Board a traditional dhow and set sail from the tropical shores of Zanzibar on a private dhow cruise. Enjoy sundowners under the tugging triangle of a lateen sail as the…

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Soaring over Kenya in a biplane

Don goggles, scarf and fur-lined jacket and take to the skies of northern Kenya in the exact 1930s biplane used in the movie Out of Africa. This little yellow aircraft…

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Discovering human origins at Olduvai Gorge

Tanzania’s archaeological sites at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli make the Ngorongoro Conservation Area one of the world’s most significant places for the study of human evolution. Visit this cradle of…

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Watching elephant in the shadow of Kilimanjaro

Amboseli National Park in Kenya is one of the finest places in Africa for an elephant safari. The prize is to watch a herd of elephant browsing in the foreground…

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Going on safari in the striking Samburu

A Samburu safari in puts you in touch with the arid, wild north of Kenya. Take a game drive in this elemental wilderness and come face to face with the…

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On Safari at Lake Manyara

Before our luxury safari in Tanzania, we thought that leopard were the only cats that climbed trees. On our Lake Manyara safari, we soon learned that lion also do. Perhaps…

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Sleeping in a Selous treehouse

A luxury, private treehouse in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania, offers guests the chance to enjoy a safari under the stars in the middle of the African bush. You’ll experience the…

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Discovering the Okavango Delta

An Okavango Delta safari puts you in touch with the watery world of northern Botswana where the Kalahari Desert meets the floodwaters of the Okavango River. Take a game drive…

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Roaming The Remote Selous On Safari

The immense Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania is one of the largest and least visited of all of Africa’s game parks, making it the perfect place to get far…

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Going on safari in the magical Masai Mara

The Masai Mara provides perfect safari country. The wide-open grasslands teem with creatures of every shape and size, often in vast herds. Climb aboard an open-top 4x4 and venture into this…

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Going on a private walking safari in the Masai Mara

This is a walk like no other, a chance to explore a wild corner of Kenya on foot. With a Maasai spotter keeping an eagle eye for predators and a…

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Seeing big herds in Zimbabwe

For a spectacular Zimbabwe safari experience in pristine wilderness, visit Hwange National Park and its neighbouring reserves in the northwest of the country. If you go in the dry, winter…

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Snorkeling the reefs of Mozambique

Sailing to a reef on board an inflatable boat during your Mozambique holiday lets you see the Indian Ocean’s sparkling surface before you plunge beneath it into its warm, turquoise…

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Kayaking the Quirimbas

Mozambique holidays on the Quirimbas Archipelago offer the perfect blend of indulgent relaxation and more active pursuits, and kayak excursions are the perfect example. They’re just strenuous enough to give…

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Snorkeling with seals in Cape Town

Snorkeling with seals off the coast of Cape Town makes for a wonderful addition to your luxury South African safari. Wriggle into your wet suit and take the plunge to witness…

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Seeing wild dog hunting in Madikwe

As one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, Madikwe provides more than enough space for wild dog to flourish. These nomadic predators roam over vast distances when not…

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Watching the Great Wildebeest Migration cross the Mara River

The Great Wildebeest Migration is astonishing. Each year, more than 1.5 million wildebeest trek from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh grazing. Their…

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Making friends with Makgadikgadi meerkats

Years of scientific study have resulted in several meerkat colonies in Botswana being semi-habituated. Some luxury Botswana safari lodges offer a great meerkat experience, taking guests out to meet these…

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Horseback safari in the Kenyan wilderness

Exploring the wilderness of East Africa on the back of a horse is an adventurous alternative to the traditional luxury Kenyan safari. Ride among grazing antelope and become part of…

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Scuba Safari in the Quirimbas

Why not add an aquatic dimension to your Mozambique holiday? A Scuba safari in Mozambique offers some of the world’s best underwater viewing. There are a number of beautiful, pristine reefs,…

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Rhino tracking on foot

Phinda Private Game Reserve’s commitment to conservation comes alive when you spend a morning rhino tracking with its experienced guides and trackers. Alone among the Big Five, rhino can be…

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Going on safari in lovely Laikipia

Laikipia is a stark, arid wilderness in northern Kenya that’s home to the Big Five and healthy populations of African wild dog, reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra and sitatunga antelope. A…

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Having breakfast with giraffe in Nairobi

Giraffe Manor provides guests with the unique and thrilling opportunity to have breakfast with giraffe in a gracious, colonial home in the outskirts of Nairobi. During your stay, you’ll also…

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Turtle tracking in Maputaland

For a magical encounter with turtles, visit the Maputaland coast during your luxury South African and Mozambican safari. It’s here, when driving the beach at night, that you’ll be able…

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Witnessing wildebeest calving in the Serengeti

The awe of witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration can be topped by only one thing: seeing the migrating wildebeest giving birth to their young. If you visit the Serengeti during…

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Sleeping above a waterhole at Mana Pools

Ruckomechi Camp, a Zimbabwe safari lodge on the edge of Mana Pools National Park, offers the experience of sleeping under the stars on a deck overlooking Parachute Pan, a magnet…

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Drifting over the Masai Mara in a balloon

A Masai Mara balloon safari in Kenya is one of those dream-like experiences you’ll tell the grandchildren about one day. It offers the ultimate ‘romantic Africa’ moment: being suspended in…

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Cruising the Kalahari

The Kalahari is not perhaps what you’d imagine a desert to be. It’s a ‘green desert’ – arid, certainly, due to receiving relatively little rainfall, but bursting with life of…

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Walking safari in the Waterberg

Just 3.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, the landscapes of the Waterberg massif in Limpopo are the perfect setting for a walk on the wild side. Experienced rangers lead small groups…

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Slowing down at Bushmans Kloof

Take a break from a busy safari with a relaxing spell in the Cederberg mountain wilderness at Bushmans Kloof. This unique addition to your luxury South African safari will introduce…

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Cruising the Rufiji River Delta

Instead of a traditional game drive, how about boarding a boat for an unforgettable aquatic safari on the Rufiji River? The Selous Game Reserve is a prime wildlife destination and…

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Lagoon hopping in Linyanti

A Linyanti safari explores the legendary swamplands of northern Botswana. Vast herds of elephant and buffalo gather here, especially in the dry winter months. The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve throngs with…

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Being dazzled by the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration

The Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration is one of Southern Africa's most surprising phenomena. Each year, Botswana zebras trek between the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans in search of fresh grazing. Why…

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Stopping to smell the Cape flowers

Discover the majesty of the Cape floral kingdom at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near the southern tip of Africa. This unique addition to your luxury South African safari will introduce…

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Getting remote in the Kidepo Valley

Lying in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of the Karamoja region in the country’s far northeast – in Uganda’s wildest and most isolated national park – is the Kidepo Valley. Half…

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Sleeping under the stars at Kingston Treehouse

Spend a night away from your lodge in a treehouse in the heart of the African bush. Lion Sands Game Reserve, in the Greater Kruger National Park, offers romantic treehouse…

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Finding South Africa’s Marine Big Five

Top off your luxury South African safari with a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the Marine Big Five: whale, shark, dolphin, seal and penguin. Near the southern tip of Africa, spend a…

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Microlight with the angels over Victoria Falls

After seeing Victoria Falls on foot, take to the air and view the falls from above. A microlight safari offers an intimate and adventurous encounter with ‘The Smoke that Thunders’,…

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Paddling the Zambezi on a canoe safari

Follow Livingstone's epic journey on a canoe safari along the Zambezi in a tranquil bird- and game-watching opportunity like no other. Skirting half-submerged hippo and lurking crocodile, majestic elephant and…

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Spending the night in a Masai Mara treehouse

A luxury treehouse in the Masai Mara offers you the chance to sleep under the stars in the middle of the African bush and experience the wild savannah in its…

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Dancing with Flamingo in Tanzania

Tanzania’s Rift Valley Lakes provide the incredible spectacle of immense flocks of flamingo gathering to feed and breed on these otherwise inhospitable stretches of sodic water. The juxtaposition of their…

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Wetting your whistle in the Cape Winelands

Spend a day on your own, private Cape Town wine tour that takes in some of the finest estates in and around the Franschhoek Valley. You’ll be treated to world-class…

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Gliding Across The Okavango Delta In A Mokoro

A mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, allows you to experience the life of this watery wonderland in a traditional craft. View mammals and birds from the waterline as…

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Sleeping under the stars at Tswalu The Malori

Spend a night away from your lodge on a sleeping deck in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Tswalu The Malori lies within Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve and offers…

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Meandering along the Savute Channel

Our Chobe safari took us to the legendary Savute Channel in northern Botswana. This area has a history of flooding and drying up inexplicably, probably as a result of tectonic…

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Taking your safari underwater

Why not add an aquatic dimension to your luxury safari in South Africa or Mozambique? The scuba diving off the coast of Maputaland offers some of the world’s best underwater…

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Going on safari in the amazing Amboseli

One of the finest places to view elephant on the African continent is Amboseli National Park, with the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro as a tall, brooding backdrop. Going on…

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On the move with the wildebeest migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. Each year, nearly two million wildebeest and accompanying zebra trek from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara…

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Scuba Safari On The Magical Reefs Of Zanzibar

Board a traditional dhow and sail to a pristine coral-reef atoll off the island of Zanzibar. Don scuba-diving equipment and descend into a wondrous realm that teems with every tropical…

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Meeting chimpanzees at Greystoke Mahale

During your visit to the beautiful Greystoke Mahale camp, on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, you’ll have the chance to meet Tanzania’s chimpanzees in the wild. To spend a…

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