Skip to Content
Safaris & Customized Travel
Safaris by Experience
View All Safaris
North Africa
Central Africa
View All Destinations

12 Day | Big Five Safari to Southern Africa

Countries Botswana South Africa Zambia
Theme Active - Moderate
Time of Year January-December High Season: Jun-Oct Savings Season (Jan-Mar)
Budget From $8,250
Duration 12 Days

This safari offers exciting and fantastic game viewing opportunities in eastern Botswana, a Sabi Sands private game reserve in South Africa, and end with two nights in Livingstone, Zambia. Activities include day and night game drives plus optional adventures such as walking safaris, mountain biking, horseback riding and village visits. In Livingstone, enjoy a variety of activities from your luxury lodge located directly on the Zambezi River.

35 Years

Need Help?

Our experienced team can provide more details about booking this trip or customizing a safari.

Contact Us

Day by Day (subject to availability)

Day 01+02

USA/Johannesburg

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your airport hotel. Overnight Southern Sun O. R. Tambo International Airport Hotel.

Day 03-05

Johannesburg/Polokwane-Mashatu

Board the scheduled inter-Africa flight to Polokwane. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your camp located on the Mashatu Game Reserve. Enjoy days of morning and night game drives and optional activities. 3 nights Mashatu Tented Camp or Mashatu Lodge or Mashatu Euphorbia.

Day 06-08

Mashatu Game Reserve/MalaMala Game Reserve

Enjoy a morning game drive and brunch in camp. This afternoon transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled charter flight to MalaMala Game Reserve and enjoy an afternoon game drive. Experience two full days of game viewing. 3 nights MalaMala Camp.

Day 09+10

Game Reserve/Mpumalanga/Livingstone

This morning you will transfer to the Skukuza Airport for your scheduled inter-Africa flight to Mpumalanga Airport and onward flight to Livingstone, Zambia. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Enjoy two days of activities. There are so many exciting activities included in your stay, such as a visit to Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. 2 nights Tongabezi or Thorntree River Lodge.

Day 11+12

Livingstone/Johannesburg/USA

Following breakfast, transfer to the Livingstone Airport for your scheduled inter-Africa flight to Johannesburg. Onward connecting international flight. WELCOME HOME!

Safari Pricing Details

2021 Land Arrangements: Based on Mashatu Tented Camp & Tongabezi (Cottage)

Apr / Oct

per person sharing

From $8,250

May-Sep

per person sharing

From $8,495

Hear from Our Travelers

It’s all about our clients, always has been!

It was an amazing trip!

It was an amazing trip! We lucked out with the weather – no rain. The other British couple (only 3 others in the group, the last a young German woman, all nice which made the trip enjoyable) had been on a similar tour with Letaka last...

Regina Santella

Read More

Everything worked just beautifully!

Hi Alison, we had a wonderful time on our African adventure——thank you and your team for all your help! Everything worked just beautifully!...

Carol and Stan Pugmire

Read More

The trip was truly wonderful and though I did not think anything would be as good as my Tanzania trip I was wrong.

The trip was truly wonderful and though I did not think anything would be as good as my Tanzania trip I was wrong. Victoria Falls was lovely though the ever-present helicopters hovering were a drawback. The tour of the Chobe River was...

Lee Ann Palmer

Read More

I still daydream about it every day.

I thought the “trip of a lifetime” comment that everyone uses was such a cliché – but now I understand it. I still daydream about it every day....

Kathy Hocking

Read More

Highest Honors

#1 Africa-Only Travel Company

Industry Leaders in Customizable Safaris

The Africa Adventure Company was one of the first boutique travel agencies to offer customizable Africa travel itineraries. Together we can create a trip that includes the experiences and destinations most important to you, your family, or your group.

Value-Added
Adventures

Many travelers expect private and independent safaris to be unaffordable, but our clients are delighted to discover they do not have to join a group of strangers in order to experience a customized safari adventure.

Security &
Safety-Focused

We work with people who will take care of you. Our guides, travel consultants, and tour operators understand the complicated and complex nature of travel in Africa and have decades of experience to ensure your safety at every leg of your trip.

What's Next?

1

Complete the form below or call us to speak to a safari expert: 1-800-882-9453

2

Our team will be in touch within 24 hours to help plan your dream trip.

3

Get ready for a trip of a lifetime, one that you’ll never get over.

Request a Detailed Itinerary

  • * Required Fields

Let Us Plan a 
Custom Trip for You

As seen in...