15 Day Tour: October 30-November 13, 2023
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $2500 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
- Kruger National Park Night Drives
- Perinet Nature Reserve
- Mantudia National Park
- 9 Species of Lemur
- Hundreds of Bird Species
- Big Twelve: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Zebra, White Rhino,
- Black Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo, Wild Dog, Elephant, Hyena & Hippo
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- All internal flights
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts & 9 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We fly from Chicago or your home airport to Johannesburg, the commercial capital of South Africa. There is no place on earth with more varied big game than here.
Day Two We land in Joburg, as the locals call it and tour the sister cities of Joburg and Pretoria. Pretoria is the capital and the British built government buildings will amaze you. We will even start to spot our first species of what will be a very, very long species count list.
Day Three We head to Kruger National Park—one of only three or four in the world with all 12 members of the Big 12—lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyema, elephant, buffalo, white rhino, black rhino, zebra, giraffe and hippo. We will be on the look out for these safari trophies. We will do our first night drive to catch the nocturnal animals that often go unseen—small cats, snakes, civets, polecats, jackals and bat-ear fox to name a few.
Day Four We continue up the park to the center of big cat territory. Here the hoof stock of zebra, antelope and buffalo are found in large numbers, so too are the big predators—lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. For the birder, there are 500 species to count in this park, the size of which equals Massachusetts. A second night drive to watch the big cats on the prowl is scheduled.
Day Five A Sunrise drive this morning get us out in the park before anyone else is out so we can see hyenas, leopards and a miriade of birds waking up or going to bed. Another day in the park to find some of the more unusual animals like Honey Badgers, mongoose, hyrax and small dog size antelope called duikers.
Day Six We have one last drive through the park this morning before we leave to return to the Joburg area. Keep your eyes peeled every second in the park, because you never know when that rarity may pop up. Last Kruger tour we saw 11 of the Big 12. Can we get all 12 this time?
Day Seven We fly Madagascar today. Upon arrival we will tour the capital city of Antannoriro or Tana for short. Complete with a UNESCO palace and fabulous market, this will be a highlight day.
Day Eight We have one of the great safari destinations and adventures lined up for you for the next 3 days. We are going to take a short private flight to the west coast of Madagascar and stay in a private reserve with 9 unique lemur species, over 100 endemic birds and some of the largest and smallest chameleon in the world along with creatures that most never even heard of like tenrec and aye aye. We will be staying in luxury “tree house” lodge overlooking the rainforest.
Day Nine We will explore the park by boat and by short walk to see the lemurs play in the trees and on the ground. These are primates so they are our cousins and will see that in their fun antics. The bird life is equally wonderous with some of the largest and most colorful songbirds in the world. Thank goodness for digital cameras because you will want to take hundreds of photos.
Day Ten More wildlife viewing in the morning followed by whale and dolphin safari in the afternoon. For those that want to snorkel, the coral reefs here are divine. Otherwise, the water is clear enough you see fish from the boat—a true paradise.
Day Eleven Some more lemur spotting before we have to head back to Tana. We will be getting ready for one more special park visit.
Day Twelve We travel to Perinet Nature Reserve today to see some of the rarest and most unusual primates in the world-lemurs. This reserve is home to over 9 species of lemur including the Indri (the largest) and the Pygmy Mouse Lemur (the smallest). Most of the wildlife in Madagascar is found only on this island. The Indri are not only of the largest lemurs, they also sing. We will get a chance to hear their mournful tune.
Day Thirteen We travel a shore distance to Mantudia National Park known for its varied species of lemurs, many found nowhere else. We will also do a nocturnal wildlife search tonight for the creatures of the night including Woolly Lemurs, Madagascar Tree Boas and night birds. Madagascar is a birders paradise. Virtually every bird you see is unique to this island. Lemurs will seemingly pose for you as they watch you as much as you watch them.
Day Fourteen After some more time in morning and a surprise on the way to Tana, we have a late afternoon flight home. This has been a trip of a lifetime—lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe and herds of antelope compete with lemurs, tiny and giant chameleons and some of the rarest birds in the world. What an amazing list of African animals you have compiled and photographed. Memories to last a lifetime.
Day Fifteen We arrive home today where you can astonish your family and friends with tales of the unique wildlife of Africa.