Africa in the Saddle
Here you'll find sample itineraries for some of our featured Bespoke Safaris.
These Bespoke Safaris are designed for the Safari Connoisseur or the more Adventurous Spirit at heart.
Our Bespoke Safaris is a unique collection of various safari adventures operating in different parts of Southern, Western and Eastern Africa.
Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a ride straight out into the middle of the ancient lakebed! Eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every direction. Watch the sun set and the stars rise. This is one of the only places in the world where the silence is so complete you can hear the blood circulating through your ears. There is not one visual landmark to be seen and one swiftly loses one’s sense of perspective - 16,000 square kilometres of baking soda void, are inhabited only by you and a few gazillion invisible brine shrimp! And it is here that we’ll make camp. Sleeping on bedrolls under the silence of a star studded sky!
Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a ride straight out into the middle of the ancient lakebed! Eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every direction. Watch the sun set and the stars rise. This is one of the only places in the world where the silence is so complete you can hear the blood circulating through your ears. There is not one visual landmark to be seen and one swiftly loses one’s sense of perspective - 16,000 square kilometres of baking soda void, are inhabited only by you and a few gazillion invisible brine shrimp! And it is here that we’ll make camp.
This big five horseback adventure begins in Zimbabwe's flagship national park and home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations before heading off to explore one of the seven natural wonders of the world!Our six night water and wilderness ride will take you on an adventure of a lifetime where you can expect to ride with all of the big five in their natural environment. From the open savanna grasslands and mystical teak and acacia forests of Hwange National Park onto the pristine and largely unexplored riverine of the mighty Zambezi River. This ride is for experienced riders only.
There is no better way to savour the Okavango Delta and experience its unparalleled wildlife population than on horseback. The annual flooding of the area leaves vast swathes of the Delta inaccessible to vehicles, making horses the most natural and exciting means to explore. Our experienced guides are full of fascinating stories about the ever-changing landscape, its trees and plants, and have an incredible ability to spot even the best-camouflaged wildlife. Our horses also have finely-tuned senses - keep an eye on their ears to see where animals are hiding. Once comfortable, our horses calmly drop their heads to graze, sending a signal to other animals in the area to relax and go about their normal daily routines.
Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life changing experiences. If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse.
We ride across the Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Laikipia, choosing the best routes. With a traditional mobile tented safari camp that moves with us, supported by a lorry and Land Rovers, this is the epitome of what a true 'safari' is all about.
Wildlife is plentiful in all the areas that we ride and your guide is highly knowledgeable and conversant with the habits and likely reactions of the wildlife
THE GORILLAS OF AFRICA
There are two species of gorilla found in Africa: the western gorilla Gorilla gorilla and the eastern gorilla Gorilla beringei.
The eastern gorilla consists of two subspecies, the well-known mountain gorilla G. b. beringei of Uganda and Rwanda, and the eastern lowland gorilla G. b. graueri of the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both of these subspecies are considered Critically Endangered by the IUCN.
The western gorilla also consists of two subspecies, the western lowland gorilla G. g. gorilla principally of Congo (Brazzaville) and Gabon, and the little known Cross River gorilla G. g. diehli of the border region between Cameroon and Nigeria.
The mountain gorilla is the best known of all the subspecies as a result of the work of Dian Fossey and others, but just 880 animals remain, isolated in the remaining natural islands of the Virunga Massif and Uganda’s Bwindi Forest. Here they exist in family groups overseen by massive silverbacks, roaming their home ranges in search of favoured vegetation.
Walk in the footsteps of famous female primatologists as you explore the various regions in search of the great apes.
Canoeing Safaris is perfect for the adventurous traveller, allowing close encounters with wildlife on some of the greatest rivers and tributaries in Africa. These thrilling experiences traverses some of the most pristine wilderness areas, canoeing in comfortable, stable Canadian canoes, passing spectacular wildlife on the way! Each night is spent camping on the banks of the river or floodplains. Encounters with animals and birds, whether on canoe or on foot, are up close and awe-inspiring. The Canoeing Safaris, for reasonably fit guests, is led by experienced guides and assisted by support vehicles and staff.
Explore the beauty of Mana Pools – by land and water – on this 6-night Mana Adventure. With an abundance of wildlife species, high predator activity and superlative safari experiences, Mana Pools will leave you longing for your next return. Famous for walking safaris, guests can experience Mana Pools rich vegetation and predator sightings which includes lion and the rare and endangered wild dog. The mighty Zambezi boasts some of Africa’s most amazing adventure canoeing safaris, creating the perfect combination of beauty, adventure and fun.
To explore and discover Africa on foot is an experience that cannot be describe in any good measure but one to be lived ... to roam the bushveld or plains of Africa on foot is to be a part of your experience rather than just observing it from the comfort of a vehicle ... to see, hear, smell and touch is what makes walking safaris a life experience and adventure not to be missed!
An extraordinary safari in some of Botswana's most prolific wildlife destinations. Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences with reliable sightings of lion, buffalo, red lechwe, blue wildebeest, greater kudu and tsessebe. Selinda Explorer Camp sits in prime predator habitat, in a location, which we handpicked based on exploring this area for years. Lion, leopard and cheetah and the recently discovered Explorers Pack of African wild dog hunt these parts regularly. Giraffe, buffalo, roan and sable are possible sightings. There is phenomenal bird life along the Spillway’s banks.
This walking safari offer exclusive traversing in 12 000 hectares of pristine bushveld in the only official wilderness concession awarded in the Kruger National Park. Approximately 10km North East (as the hornbill flies) of Skukuza Rest Camp, the concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with game moving freely between the two reserves. The concession comprises of environmentally sensitive areas previously unexplored, with huge diversity of both fauna and flora – an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned big five area.
Looking for an authentic safari, away from the crowds and civilisation, then an under canvas tented safari is just what you're searching for. Discover the wonders of nature, follow the great herds roaming the vast plains of Africa whilst being pampered and attended to your every need.
Action. Adventure. Luxury. This trip is all about balance. It has the perfect amount of authentic safari experience with all the trimmings. Explore the Linyanti wetlands on foot and experience all that the African bush has to offer, sit by the elephant pool at Somalisa Expeditions in Hwange National Park and watch the elephants come to you or canoe down the Zambezi River with our experienced river guides, watching as elephants cross your path – this journey has it all.
Without a doubt this is the most authentic “roughing-it in great style” experience the Serengeti has to offer.
A private use camp on the plains of the Serengeti, it is a return to the simplicity and authenticity of safari life but with a thoroughly modern sensibility and freshness about it. It’s camping but without having to forfeit the creature comforts or attentive service that are intrinsic to a Singita experience.
Discover the magic of Chobe National Park whilst enjoying the rustic charm of "Chobe Under Canvas" ... luxury camping combined with the comfort of full service, a flush toilet and steaming hot bucket shower. The Chobe River area is known for thrilling, action-packed interactions between species, the only place in Botswana to see the puku and Chobe bushbuck and is famed for its high concentration of elephants. The Savute Region, known for the enigmatic Savute Channel, which flows and dries up intermittently, independently of rainfall, vastly changing the nature of the region. This is a "camping" experience that will capture your heart and soul ...
Famed for its vast open grasslands and exceptional wildlife sightings, Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti National Park boasts 35 species of plains-dwelling game, as well as prolific birdlife. Perhaps most significantly, it is also site of part of the famed Great Migration, an annual movement of wildebeest and other herbivores across the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystems, considered one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. The &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas camps attempt to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration, bringing guests as close as possible to the wildebeest action, as well as exploring magnificent resident game.
Action. Adventure. Luxury. This trip is all about balance. It has the perfect amount of authentic safari experience with all the trimmings. The Superior Explorer Safari offers six nights of mobile camping in the spectacular regions of Botswana’s Chobe National Park and the Savute and rounds off your journey with a delightfully indulgent two night stay at one of our andBeyond lodges in the Okavango Delta.
Your entire journey will be hosted by our most senior and experienced private guides who offer a wealth of knowledge about your chosen destinations and an engaging experience throughout your adventure.
The RPS MOBILE WALKING SAFARIS have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. For the adventurous spirit that wants to get even further out into the wilderness, to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the bush, we offer dedicated walking safaris. Walking through the bush is a completely different experience to driving. Every sound, every movement - the flap of a bird's wing, a tail swishing through the tall grass - acquires significance. As one of our guests said after walking for five days along the Mupamdazi River, it is like reading an engrossing book, compared to watching a film.
Ibo Island Lodge is the ONLY operator to offer fully guided tailor made mobile island hopping dhow safaris. The dhow safaris are led by a pro guide experienced in these waters, and are backed up by a 12 meter beautiful support dhow with a skipper, crew and chef on board. You don’t sleep on board - instead mobile camps are set up on various tropical islands and special spots. The camps are eco friendly and rustic with all the necessary equipment. You are able to walk around and explore the island, kayak, swim, snorkel or just relax.
All safaris include the magic and comfort of Ibo Island Lodge at the end of the safari: Outstanding guided historical and cultural interactions, sandbank beach experience, guided bird walks, kayaking through mangrove forests and much more.
Vast tracts of pristine wilderness teem with animals, showcasing more species than can be seen in most of Africa. Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo, and rare sitatunga are popular animals to watch here.
Explore the seemingly endless channels of the Okavango Delta, and spend a day out on the open lagoons. Island Fly Camp – sleep in a mosquito net tent, beneath a blanket of stars, and luxuriate in the freedom of a night at one with nature (weather and water level dependent). Having indulged in a large spread of tea and cakes, park at the edge of a lagoon, drink in hand, and watch herds of elephant and myriad birds as they quench their thirst. The colours of the setting sun will ripple through the water, punctuated only by hippos, as the guide explains the geological history of the area.