Trip Itinerary: See below
Deposit: $500 plus credit card fee (This is refundable if we are not able to place you on this trip within 5 business days)
Payment Installment Schedule: CLICK HERE
Note: If you register for this expedition after 15 November 2017 then payment must be made in full.
Dates: March 24 - April 2, 2018 ( finishing on April 7 if Gorilla Project included)
Countries/Regions: Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mozambique, Zimbabwe (Optional Extension: Gorilla Project )
• Rhino Project: A hands on experience with our Rhino conservation teams in the wild
• Zulu Culture Tour ( optional add-on tour) • "Big Five" twice-daily game drives
• Bush walks with an armed safari guide • Turtle hatching season • Fat Tire Bike Beach Rides • Helicopter scenic flight over Maputo Reserve • Ocean Safari
• Stand Up Paddle Boarding• Whale Shark Migration • Victoria Falls • Walk with lions in the wild ( Lion Project ) and meet your adopted lion if you sponsored one • Gorilla trekking through Rwanda (Gorilla Project) • Indulge yourself at Africa's most luxurious Safari Lodges.
Group Size: Min 12, Max 20
Waitlist Deposit Due: $500 (waitlist requests are prioritized in the order they are received on a first come first serve basis)
Price: Various packages available. Contact us for more info.
Accommodations: 5-Star luxury Safari lodges: CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Starts In: Durban
Ends In: Johannesburg
Physical Rating: 2/5
Itinerary: Detailed Below
1pm - We depart from Durban King Shaka International Airport and venture out into the land of the Zulu people as we make our way to our host safari lodge for the RHINO PROJECT . Driving time is approx. 3 hours.
4pm - Arrival at our Luxury Host Safari lodge with a scrumptious lunch awaiting, followed by an afternoon & evening Big 5 Safari game drive
Accommodations are poised majestically on the crest of a mountain delivering some of the best views in the world. Balanced between soaring views of the scenery below and the endless blue of the African sky above, each suite opens onto a breathtaking panorama.
With glamorous guest areas and spellbinding views, this bold and stylish Man Expeditions host lodge will truly make you feel on top of the world. Magnificent guest viewing decks and private verandas attached to each suite ensure that there’s no shortage of spectacular locations to drink in the natural luxury of the sensational setting. Each suite has a private plunge pool; outdoor & indoor showers; wi-fi and complimentary laundry service. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL ACCOMMODATIONS
Get "hands on" with our Rhino rehabilitation and research teams in the wild and assist in the conservation of this endangered species. Your participation directly funds and supports our partner research teams in South Africa so they continue to do the great work they do in preserving Rhino populations in the fight against illegal poaching and trophy hunting. This unique adventure allows guests to witness the darting of either a black or a white rhino. A wildlife vet will locate and dart the rhino from the vantage point of a helicopter, while the guests and ground crew will follow in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Once darted, the veterinary team will notch the sleeping animal’s ear for research and security monitoring, as well as insert a microchip into the horn, enabling researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to 12 guests can participate in this conservation initiative and have the never-to-be-repeated opportunity of touching the anesthetised giant during the notching procedure.
Highlights for today include an early morning sunrise safari drive, a bush walk safari with an armed safari guide and game drive at Sunset with sundowners in a remote part of the reserve.
Day 4: 11am: We depart in 4x4's and cross the rugged border into Mozambique where our private barefoot wilderness get-away awaits us. Here we will enjoy 3 days of Mozambique in its most authentic untouched state and enjoy it all in 5 star comfort. This piece of paradise is off-the-beaten track (literally) and is only accessible with 4x4's or via helicopter.
We arrive at our beach lodge in the afternoon and will enjoy an evening dune walk with a sundowner at the lake.
The accommodations, what we call "Casinhas" (a little home in Mozambique) are nestled in the canopy of the coastal forest just a few steps away from the secluded white sand beach. They blend a small footprint, natural materials and local craftsmanship with simple functional furnishings and fine linen.
Designed to be your home away from home, you will find a well stocked minibar and beverage station, luxury indoor and outdoor showers and a private dining deck en-suite. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL ACCOMMODATIONS
The thatch and canvas design of the Casinhas takes advantage of the cooling ocean breezes and the canvas sides can be rolled up to truly get in touch with the natural surrounds. Outdoor lighting has been kept to a minimum in order to better see the majestic African night sky and so as not to disturb the turtles in nesting season.
Day 5: Ocean Safaris with snorkelling ( 5 pax per Safari for safety reasons). Dolphins are frequent visitors to our shores, as are turtles and the occasional Whale shark & Manta Ray. Subject to sea conditions – the itinerary will be altered to suit favourable sea conditions. Just off shore are numerous shallow reefs which offer amazing snorkelling possibilities and a further chance to explore this underwater wonderland.
As the sun starts to set, we will take you on a guided turtle walk along the beach and look for the hatchlings emerging from their nests as part of a walk & talk with Miguel - a local co-ordinator of our Turtle research (might be done on the first night - or whichever fits in with his schedule)
Day 6: This morning we relax and unwind. There are options to take out our SUP's, Kayaks, Fat Beach Bikes, and do some snorkelling around the rock pools. 12pm we transfer to Maputo Airport in time to make our 5.30pm flight to Johannesburg where we will overnight and connect to our flight to Victoria Falls the next morning.
Day 7: 11.25am - We board our flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe landing at 1.05pm.
2.30pm - Arrival at our Luxury Host Safari lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Man Expeditions Host lodge boasts 9 miles of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls
Take in the exceptional views of the Zambezi River from the comfort of your suite. We have nine river-facing luxury suites with 9 miles of private Zambezi River frontage for your viewing pleasure. Clad in an intricate woven pattern that calls to mind the country’s rich heritage, the cool and spacious suites boast contemporary interiors embellished with natural finishes, and decorated with abstract pieces of art created by a renowned local artist. Set in the deep shade of riverside trees, each camp has a dedicated guest area with sweeping views of the Zambezi. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL ACCOMMODATIONS
Day 8: Enjoy a variety of safari activities. You will be spoiled for choice at the wonderful selection of land and water-based safaris.
- Discover the wonders of the Zambezi River on sundowner boat cruises or canoeing adventures.
- Twice a day, you will enjoy the opportunity to set off in search of wildlife in an open-air safari vehicle, accompanied by a ranger and tracker. Traverse the magnificent, varied landscapes and marvel at vast herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as the elegant and majestic sable antelope and a variety of big cat predators.
Early morning game drives begin as the sun peeps over the horizon and the dark of the night fades slowly into grey. Inhale the fragrance of the morning dew as you set off into the cool dawn, alert for signs as the inhabitants of the bush begin to stir. Watch as a herd of buffalo begins to stir, hundreds of animals heading to the nearest waterhole amidst a chorus of grunts, and hooves scuffing the dust. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the sheen of a glossy mahogany hide betrays the presence of the rare sable antelope, with its elegant, sweeping horns.
Sunset/night game drives: Starting in the late afternoon, the second game drive of the day may head down to the banks of the Zambezi, catching a herd of elephant as they head down to the waters to bathe the dust of the day off their flanks. Thrill to the excitement of the chase as you follow hot on the trail of a pack of wild dogs in pursuit of their prey or sit quietly and watch a lion pride stir and stretch as they prepare for the night’s hunt. Stop for sundowners as the last rays of the sun colour the sky in shades of orange and purple. Keep an ear open for the distant yipping of hyenas, trying to gauge direction and distance as you prepare to follow by the glow of the tracker’s spotlight.
You are in for a treat with spectacular dining experiences alongside the tranquil Zambezi River. Mouth-watering flavours are created in an interactive kitchen and served next to the quiet murmur of the running Zambezi river waters, punctuated by a choir of frogs and the throaty chuckling of hippos.
Day 9: Lion Project: For those who adopted a Lion through our Lion Rehabilitation Project we will take you out to visit your adopted lion after breakfast. You will also have the opportunity to engage with our lions from the pre-release rehabilitation stage of the program out in the wild (not in a cage). This is definitely one of the highlights of the Zimbabwe trip.
Through your support we have been able to fund your chosen lion to be part of the release phase of our rehabilitation program to help grow the ever dwindling African Lion population due to illegal trophy hunting and poaching. Your support has allowed us to rehabilitate these adopted Lions as part of a pride so that their cubs can be released into the wild naturally without human interference. **If you opted to not participate in the Lion Project you will have a morning Safari to enjoy after breakfast today while the others are out with the Lions. At 4.30pm there will be a Sunset/Evening Safari for all guests.
Day 10: Early morning game drive or relax at the lodge.
11am: Departure for the airport where we will bid those in the group farewell who are not continuing on with us for the Gorilla Project Expedition.
For those continuing onto the Gorilla Project extension our flight departs at 1:30 PM via JHB and lands in Kigali at 8:45 PM where we will overnight.
Day 11: Today at 10am we begin our journey to engage with the endangered mountain gorillas and the local community. Your participation in this leg of the itinerary directly supports the research teams in Rwanda focused on protecting these magnificent animals.
- Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
- Golden monkey tracking in Parc National des Volcans (PNV)
- Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and visit the Karisoke Research Centre
- Intore dance group performance
- Local Community visit
You will be welcomed by our expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Set off for the Man Expeditions Host Luxury Mountain Lodge in the Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with stunning views of the Volcanoes or warm yourself inside by the roaring fire. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL ACCOMMODATIONS
Approximate Travel Time: Driving 3 hours
It is an early start for gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, through the enchanting bamboo forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes. After a gentle climb of between one and three hours, you will spend one hour in the company of these gentle apes before returning to base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families can be more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially if it is wet and muddy.
Today choose from one of the optional activities:
- Go for a second gorilla trek (additional permits required)
- Trek to the grave of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and visit the gorilla cemetery, the final resting place of her favorite gorilla, Digit, and many other gorillas.
- Visit Lake Kivu, location of the finest inland beaches in Africa.
- Take a guided walk to Lake Bulera, to experience village life.
- Tour the former Imbabazi Orphanage and beautiful English cottage gardens.
Drive to Kigali, and time permitting, enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial before your international flight. For those who prefer to overnight in Kigali due to limited flight options we will arrange this for you.
• Luxury Lodge accommodations.
• All meals, house wines, beer and spirits included.
• Activity transfers to/from accommodations
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 4x4 Safari drives
• Guided Safari Bush walks
• Sunset Safari River Cruises
• National Park Permit fees
• Wildlife Conservation Permits ( Rwanda Gorilla Permit, Golden Monkey Permit)
• International and local Airfare
• Airport Arrival Transfer on day 1 and day 15
• Gratuities for the Tour Leaders at each Lodge ($50-$100 USD per person)
• Travel Insurance
My trip to Cape Town South Africa with Man Expedition in 2016 totally exceeded my expectations. This was my first experience with group adventure travel and it won't be my last. The Man Expeditions team delivered as promised....scalable adventure, luxury accommodations, a full but flexible itinerary with built-in down-time, and awesome healthy food.
I have to commend the Man Expeditions Team on the role they played in cultivating such a positive group dynamic rooted in a culture of mutual respect and inclusivity. From our first emails back and forth leading up to the trip, I realize now that they set the tone well before any of us landed in South Africa.
Can't say enough about Man Expeditions. Have been on the Southern Africa trips to Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa 2 years in a row. The adventures are always well planned and the group of men are the kinda guys you get to know and want to know for life. Can't wait for the Alaska adventure in a few weeks, it's gonna be completely different but just as exciting I'm sure. For those of you who are looking for well planned adventure trips with a great group of guys, Man Expeditions is the perfect choice. Come join the fun and feel the love.
BEST TRIP We have ever taken. The team at Man Expeditions were excellent hosts. In fact so good we are joining the next expedition with them. We met so many interesting and fun guys and I am sure we will all be friends forever.
As I near MY SECOND trip with Man Expeditions, to Alaska, I couldn't help but go back and look at some of the pictures of my first trip.... Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for changing my life, through the trip of a lifetime. To all the team, you're one in a million. I truly feel like the luckiest guy in the world, for having been introduced to Man Expeditions, for it has given me so so much.
"Man Expeditions trips are an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded guys from all over the world. In our group many of the people we met forged strong friendships that continue to this day. As an active, health-conscious person it is nice to have an alternative to party weekends where you can meet gay men in a social and healthy setting. I highly recommend Man Expeditions for your next travel adventure!”
Last February I joined the first Capetown, South African Man Expedition. I was especially attracted to the physically demanding itinerary items and to be going with like-minded men meant that I could meet some solid people with the possibility for ongoing friendship.
The itinerary was a super mix of fun-packed adventure with lots of free time built in to take in the culture and other amazing things that this awesome country has to offer (e.g. the southern sky and constellations I had never seen before at the Capetown Observatory).
With the expertise that our leaders brought to bear from initial concept right through to the optional safari add-on excursion, including well-organized structure throughout, you'll be in good hands and come back with new lifelong friends, and amazing photos and stories you'll have for life. The experience is well worth the investment!
The Man Expeditions Moose safari at Algonquin Park was an experience I really cherish and one that I highly recommend. In this fast paced world, even though we have almost immediate access to meeting gay men on social media, it can be a challenge to make meaningful connections with like minded guys. What sets this gay men's adventure group apart are the hosts from Man Expeditions and the reason for that is because they care about creating an atmosphere where gay men with love of adventure can come together to connect, rejuvenate, and to share in common experiences, in a safe and comfortable environment. I look forward to my trip with this group!
I have nothing but great things to say about the Man Expeditions Team and their entire experience. If you have the opportunity to take a trip with Man Expeditions, take it, I certainly recommend it. It could be a life changing experience as it was for me. Anyone that is contemplating taking a trip with Man Expeditions and may have some questions regarding my experience, please feel free to contact me.
Soul Lifting, Life Changing, Heart Raising, Fear Crushing, Love Affirming. We had an amazing expedition through Africa with a solid group of guys. Thanks Man Expeditions for such a memorable experience! We are booked to do the Alaska Glacier Expedition with the Man Expeditions crew again this Summer. CAN NOT WAIT!
So I went with Tony and Man Expeditions to South Africa in 2015 with Paul. It remains the best vacation of my life. I’m really itching to go on another trip with the group when I can get off work.
The reason why Man Expeditions is so great is Tony is organized to a T. When I go to a place, it’s difficult for me to figure out the great sights to see, places to eat, excursions to take, etc.
Tony does all that research for us. He finds all the best activities to do, manages the transportation, manages the food, everything. The amount of logistics he handles is staggering, and I’m so thankful.
All you have to do is show up!
So with that said, if you’re on the fence, I highly recommend going on a trip with Man Expeditions. You’ll meet some great people and have a stress free, exciting vacation that is truly once in a lifetime.
So much fun! Highly recommend Manexpeditions! I've been on two trips with the team, Cape Town and Namibia/Botswana. It's something I couldn't have done without their expertise. By vacation standards, it's a very active trip. Climbing to the top of Big Daddy dune in Namibia was very challenging but I had a huge rush when we got to the top and it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Botswana was crazy with animals and the accommodations were amazing. Again, highly recommend!
My March 2017 trip to southern Africa was my second Man Expeditions adventure, following the Canada Moose Safari trip the prior summer.
Based on that first trip I knew I could expect an unforgettable experience and form lasting connections with a group of like-minded guys.
A visit to Africa is at the top of the bucket list for an avid amateur photographer like me who has a keen interest in shooting landscapes and wildlife in their natural habitats. This trip did not disappoint and the itinerary included visits to places I might not have otherwise visited, thanks to Tony and Craig’s experience living and traveling in this part of the world.
The desert landscapes of Namibia were absolutely breathtaking. There’s something about the stark beauty and eerie silence of the surroundings that impress upon you just how far away from it all you’ve traveled which I’d imagine visiting another planet would be like. I was planning my return before I’d even left!
In all three destinations the accommodations, food and service exceeded my expectations and then some. As for the excursions, I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of beingjust feet away from a pride of lionesses and their cubs basking in the glow of the late afternoon sun, or the first time encountering elephants in the wild. If you’re serious about taking photos be prepared to sort through thousands of incredible images!
Absolutely the trip of a lifetime and one that I cannot recommend more highly.
A great experience with a great bunch of guys. To date I have done the Canadian Canoe Moose Safari and the Southern Africa Safari Expedition with the Man Expeditions crew and thoroughly enjoyed both. Tony was the Expedition Leader for both and was a fantastic leader. I also enjoyed the peace of mind having Tony lead the trip as he is a local born in South Africa and knows Africa well so I always felt safe under his leadership. I have already booked the next group trip in Africa. Cant wait!