Wild South Africa

August 26, 2016
17 Days
Overland Adventure
16 Guests
From $17,980
Wild South Africa

Expedition Highlights

  • Join veteran expedition leader, Lex Hes, on this brand-new itinerary that showcases South Africa's natural wonders (and his home country!).
  • Travel through a variety of diverse biomes and enjoy an array of activities, from game-viewing excursions and nature hikes to wine tasting and whale watching. 
  • Search for abundant wildlife at Timbavati Game Reserve, home to the “Big Five” as well as wild dogs, hippos, giraffes, and over 350 species of birds.
  • Photograph the stunning beauty of the Kalahari’s semi-arid grasslands as you search for Hartmann’s mountain zebras, desert black rhinos, cheetahs, and gregarious meerkats.
  • Discover over 750 species of indigenous fynbos at Bushmans Kloof, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South Africa is my home country and I am truly looking forward to sharing its diversity of cultures, wildlife, landscapes, and history. We’ll be getting just a small taste of South Africa on this trip, as we start in the south western Cape, travel through the Kalahari Desert, and end up in one of the greatest game reserves in Africa, Kruger National Park.

Lex Hes

Expedition Team

Trip Preparation: Gear Up!

  • Sunblocker Featherweight Khakis
Sunblocker Featherweight Khakis

Casual, yet dressy when necessary, airy and comfortable, wrinkle-free, and easily packable, these pants are made for traveling. With sunblocking capability and deep front pockets for all of your essentials, they’re a safari-goer’s dream, perfect for searching for the Big Five in Timbavati Game Reserve and the vast Kalahari. 

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    Wild South Africa

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    June 1, 2015 | Blog Post

    While it’s true that most set their sights on the wilds of South Africa for a chance to sleep under the stars of the Kalahari or search for the Big Five in Timbavati Game Reserve—and who doesn’t want to have a close encounter with a giraffe or hippo?—there are sights and scenery equally as beautiful awaiting in the renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.

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    April 25, 2015 | Blog Post

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  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    South Africa & Namibia by Sea 2012 Field Report

    May 18, 2012 | Field Report

    Monday, March 19, 2012 - Durban, South Africa: The long flights behind us, we arrived in Durban and weretransported to our lovely hotel, the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Although tired, many of us explored the hotel and environs before we gathered at the outside bar for pre-dinner cocktails.

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    David Conrad's History of South Africa

    September 28, 2011 | Blog Post

    If you are anything like me, exploring a country means not only appreciating its aesthetics, but also getting to the core of how its people and culture have shaped its history. And, the amazing part of Zegrahm’s upcoming expedition to South Africa is that we’ll see its rich history come to life.

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    Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

    The Hidden Secrets of South Africa

    October 20, 2003 | Blog Post

    Always, when touting the merits of traveling in South Africa, I focus on its almost boundless variety—of landscapes, wildlife, and culture—often employing the term, "A world in one country."

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