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Special interest safaris

You’ll find extra rewards by ignoring mainstream options. Give some thought to our team’s preference for special interest safaris….

While most visitors come to Africa for a traditional wildlife safari, the continent is as diverse as it is vast. This means there are plenty of opportunities to explore other, more specific aspects of its cultural and natural heritage.

If you’re passionate about the ocean and marine life, there’s the opportunity to try a holiday that allows you to get involved in research projects on sea turtles in Sao Tome and Principe. Alternatives include diving with dolphins in Kenya or tagging whale sharks in Mozambique.

For keen birders, the Livingstone Birding Trail will take you to the absolutely exceptional regions of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Though if bats are more your thing, head for the spectacular bat migration at Kasanka NP, the biggest of its kind in the world.

Visitors interested in Africa’s ancient cultures will surely be in thrall to Ethiopia’s Omo Valley tribes, as they offer rare glimpses into a way of life that is rapidly changing.

Photographers can choose from specialist trips to the Namibian deserts for spectacular landscapes or a whole gamut of specialised safari trips focusing on wildlife.

For more intrepid travellers, Congo provides endless adventures tracking the endangered Western Lowland gorillas, or for those who have more sedate interests, ‘oenophiles’ can indulge in a wine-tasting trip in South Africa’s renowned Cape Winelands.

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Omo valley safari courtesy Trish Berry

The Omo Valley Safari

An 11 day trip into the Omo Valley to visit the tribes and explore cultures of Southern Ethiopia in 3 World Heritage Sites and 2 National Parks

From $3904 10 days / 9 nightsMore info
Dzanga-Ndoki Pangolin courtesy Tim Henshall of Kamili

Dzanga-Ndoki Expedition

Expeditionary and off-beat in Dzanga-Ndoki National Park. Suitable for adventurers, photographers, birders, specialists and seasoned travellers only.

From $8000 9 days / 8 nightsMore info
Mountain gorilla trek with Billy Dodson

Gorilla Trek in Bwindi

Here's the quickest and simplest way to trek for mountain gorillas in Uganda - it's our 4 day mountain gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

From $2148 4 days / 3 nightsMore info
Bom Bom Sea Turtle courtesy Paulo Andrade

Sea Turtle Conservation

Join marine biologists on Sao Tome and Principe for research and conservation of Leather, Loggerhead and Green turtles on the island's beaches

From $4700 11 days / 10 nightsMore info
Hoanib Valley game drive by Olwen Evans courtesy Wilderness Safaris

Namib Desert Encounters

A mobile safari with top notch Professional Guide. Escape for 12 days of red desert dunes, harsh and fragile habitats, rare species and extreme contrasts.

From $5500 12 days / 11 nightsMore info
Lake Chada in the dry season, Katavi National Park courtesy John Corse of Nomad Safaris

Katavi & Mahale safari

The Katavi and Mahale safari is an 8 night trip offering outstanding resident game in the wild Katavi plus chimpanzees in the remote forests of Mahale

From $7745 9 days / 8 nightsMore info
Ring tailed lemur by Trish Berry

Lemurs and Wild Things

Madagascar's rainforests shelter lemurs, chameleons and an array of endemic and endangered species - this budget trip focuses on extraordinary wildlife

From $2540 11 days / 10 nightsMore info
Mwaleshi sitenje

Remote Mwaleshi

A typical 8 day safari which combines remote spots in both North and South Luangwa - suitable for families and small groups.

From $5598 8 days / 7 nightsMore info

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