Maybe you’re still in the day-dreaming phase. You’re starting to toy with the idea of a safari. Maybe friends have just returned from a trip they can’t stop talking about, or you’ve watched a documentary or read an article you weren’t able to put down.
You might even be in the serious research and planning phase, narrowing down your African bucket list. Tossing up between gorilla trekking in Rwanda or hot air ballooning over the Serengeti?
And even if you’ve already dusted off your suitcase and gathered your clothes, (lightweight neutrals!) we’ve got itineraries to inspire, encourage and energise you.
Here's to a year of life-changing travel in 2024.
Botswana safari bliss: our itinerary from the Linyanti to the Okavango Delta
This nine-night safari across three Wilderness camps is a celebration of some of our most iconic properties in Botswana.
There’s no better introduction to the wilds of Botswana than the pristine Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Home to the mysterious Savuti Channel, the Linyanti hosts the continent’s largest herds of elephants that traverse the expansive grasslands, floodplains and mopane woodlands of this exceptionally diverse area. Tucked away in a shady grove of jackalberry trees, Wilderness King’s Pool invites regal luxury in untouched wilds. King’s Pool’s thatch and canvas suites overlook a tranquil lagoon, attracting an impressive array of wildlife and birds. During your three-night stay, expect exceptional hospitality, up-close encounters and countless unforgettable memories.
From the Linyanti, fly over the channels of the iconic Okavango Delta. Look down at pools of pristine water, stretching palms, herds of elephant and buffalo moving across the water-filled plains. Next, explore the Delta channels by boat on your short transfer to your home for three nights, Wilderness Little Vumbura. Set on a compact island with endless views of the floodplains, delight in the privacy of this intimate safari camp, where wildlife roams freely through.
From Little Vumbura, head to the mother of all camps: Wilderness Mombo. Here, ultimate luxury meets unrivalled safari in one of the continent’s finest wildlife destinations. On thrilling game drives during your three-night stay, find out why Mombo is known as the ‘place of plenty.’ In the evenings, gather in Mombo’s boma and reflect on the day’s moments: the exceptional sightings, the friendly encounters, the authentic meals, the sounds and smells of the African bush.
Revel in regal delight at Botswana’s King’s Pool Camp in the wild, remote Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
Delight in a luxury safari at King’s Pool, in the wild Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in northern Botswana. This is Africa up-close.
An East African exploration: Rwanda and Tanzania safari itinerary
Eleven nights, two countries, three of Wilderness’ newest camps and countless iconic African safari experiences – welcome to East Africa.
Your introduction to Rwanda begins In the vibrant capital, Kigali. Here, take the night to rest before travelling to Wilderness Magashi in Rwanda’s miraculous Akagera National Park. Overlooking vast savannah and the shimmering waters of Lake Rwanyakazinga, Wilderness Magashi offers the ideal stage for extraordinary safari adventures. Near camp, watch elephants submerge playfully into the lake’s silver-blue waters, spot rhino, giraffe and lions in miles of open savannah; listen for the chorus of birdsong.
After three nights at serene Magashi, travel to Rwanda’s iconic Volcanoes National Park, home to endangered mountain gorillas. Here, sink into tranquility at Wilderness Sabyinyo. The first community-owned lodge in Rwanda, Wilderness Sabyinyo is all about community, conservation and comfort. On separate days during your three night stay, trek to spend an hour with Rwanda’s precious primates: mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
From the rainforest of the Virunga Mountains, head back to Kigali for a night before embarking on a classic three-night Tanzanian safari on the plains of the Serengeti. Launched in 2023, discover Wilderness Usawa, a mobile safari adventure in the heart of Africa’s most impressive spectacle: the Great Migration. Marvel at the sight of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle, as far as the eye can see, moving and grazing as one. Spot the predators that feast on these great herds; cheetah stalk the plains, crocodiles lurk in the rivers, prides of lions lie in wait. Just like the herds, Wilderness Usawa adapts. Flexible, luxurious and mobile, the camp is set up as close to the herds and as far from the crowds as possible. Whenever you choose to visit, you’ll be in the right place, at the right time.
Rare wildlife awaits at Wilderness Magashi, overlooking vast savannah, and Lake Rwanyakazinga.
Witness the abundance of Akagera National Park from Wilderness Magashi. Home once more to an abundance of apex predators and their prey.
An itinerary for a Namibian desert discovery: Sossusvlei to Kunene
This eight-night Namibian safari invites curious exploration of three Wilderness camps across Namibia’s most intriguing desert destinations.
Vast. Ancient. Otherworldly. Discover Namibia’s Sossusvlei, where ochre red sun-drenched dunes meet pale blue sky. At Wilderness Little Kulala, an exclusive-use gate provides direct access to the dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Challenge yourself to climb the enormous dunes, from where expansive views of the Namib Sand Sea World Heritage Site stretch to the horizon. In camp, turn your attention to the heavens as a sea of stars emerges, as impressive and vast as the desert below.
After two nights in Sossusvlei, travel to Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, in Namibia’s ancient Kaokoveld. Here, rust-coloured crags and arid plains provide a home to remarkable desert-adapted wildlife. During your three-night stay, hike the terrain’s rocky outcrops, explore the windswept Skeleton Coast, tumble down enormous sand dunes and dine under starry skies, all the while taking in the magnificent desert landscape.
From the Kaokoveld, fly over the vast desert landscape to Wilderness Serra Cafema, a land of extreme beauty, extreme contrast, and your home for the final three nights. One of Earth’s most secluded safari destinations, gaze over the life-giving Kunene River, and look out for astonishing desert-adapted wildlife. From Serra Cafema, meet the Himba, Namibia’s last remaining semi-nomads who call this remarkable desert landscape their home.
You can’t get much closer to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.
Peace and privacy can be found in all spaces at Wilderness Little Kulala. Sossusvlei entices with its adventures, its landscapes, its tranquility.
An adventurous Zambezi safari itinerary in Zambia and Zimbabwe
From the banks of the Zambezi to Zimbabwe’s famed national parks, this eight-night safari to three Wilderness camps promises wild adventure in style.
Your introduction to the mighty Zambezi River, and the region, begins with two nights at Wilderness Toka Leya on the Zambian side of the river. Here, take front row seats on a boat to watch the wildlife of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: hippos cavorting in the river, sly crocodiles on the banks, herds of elephants ambling by. Just a short drive from one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World – the majestic Victoria Falls – this sublime camp is the ideal base from which to launch yourself into a Zambezi adventure.
After a short flight from Zambia’s adrenaline capital, Livingstone, your journey continues to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where an authentic three-night Southern African safari at Wilderness Little Makalolo beckons. Up-close encounters and thrilling sightings are the order of the day in this wild, exclusive region of Zimbabwe. You may arrive at Little Makalolo as strangers, but you’ll leave as friends.
From one iconic Zimbabwean destination to another, discover the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi on a three night stay at Wilderness Ruckomechi in wild, pristine Mana Pools. Here, nutritious albida trees lure elephants in to camp. Make yourself at home, as they do, between the spacious en-suite rooms, the main area and the swimming pool. After thrilling mornings and afternoons spent on drives through this exceptionally game-rich region, days at Ruckomechi end around the fire, under the stars, just as warm days in Africa have ended for centuries.
Offers front row seats to a daily wilderness spectacle on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Enjoy a chilled drink at the Toka Leya bar while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Zambezi River.
Whether you find yourself dreaming of the thundering waters of Victoria Falls, traversing the pristine wilderness of Botswana, trekking with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, or marvelling at Namibia's surreal desert landscapes, let 2024 be the year you answer Africa’s call.
If our ultimate safari itineraries have inspired you
When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.