THE SOUTHERN AFRICA 2019 WAITLIST IS NOW OPEN
Dates: April 08-19, 2019.
The Southern Africa Expedition is our most popular trip so we will be prioritizing trip placement requests in the order they are received based on a first come, first serve basis. Currently we are at 50% capacity for 2019. For details on how to remit your waitlist deposit for this trip click the button below:
Trip Itinerary: See below
Deposit: $500 before May 1, 2018 or $995 after this date
(This is refundable if we are not able to place you on this trip within 5 business days)
Payment Installment Schedule: CLICK HERE for details
Installment 1 - $1,895 (Due within 30 days after waitlist deposit is paid)
Installment 2 - $2,635 (Due no later than 1 month after Instalment 1 is paid)
Installment 3 - $2,635 (Due no later than 1 month after Instalment 2 is paid)
LEAP TO SAVE A LION IN AFRICA
Your participation on this Southern Africa Expedition will help us significantly to raise global awareness about the devastating impact illegal trophy hunting and poaching is having on our lion populations in Africa. If you wish to paraglide from Lions Head in Cape Town as part of the "Leap To Save A Lion" initiative to help raise awareness and funds to protect lions in Africa from illegal throphy hunting and poaching let us know. The professional footage from this jump will be used for a sponsored global PR and social media campaign to help drive donations for the protection of the African Lion.
Dates: April 08-18, 2019
Countries: South Africa & Namibia (Optional Extension: Rhino Rehabilitation Project )
Highlights: • Kayak amongst a wild African Penguin Colony up the Cape coastline
• Great White Shark Cage Dive • Wine Tour • Cape Town V&A Waterfront Shopping • Overnight Safari • Cape Point Exploration • Local Food Tour
• Guided Table Mountain Hike • Guided Lions Head Hike • Namibia Red Dune Safari • Quad Bike Dune Safari • Hot Air Balloon over the sea of red dunes in the Namib desert (extra cost) • Luxury Boutique Desert Lodge Experience • Dinners served in the dunes of Namibia • Sunset Nature Drives • Delicious breakfasts prepared in villa by Man Expeditions
Meet Your Hosts: www.manexpeditions.com/meet-the-team
Group Size: Min 6, Max 24
Price: Various packages available. Contact us for more info.
Accommodations: 5-Star Beach Villas overlooking Camps Bay (6 Nights), Luxury Desert Lodges in Namibia (3 Nights), 4-star Hotels between trips (2 Nights). CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Starts In: Cape Town
Ends In: Windhoek
Physical Rating: 3/5
Experience Lions Head at Sunset boasting breathtaking beautiful 360° views of the 12 Apostles mountain range and Table Mountain. This hike will be part of a social awareness initiative called "Hike For Lions" to help protect lions in Africa from illegal trophy hunting and poaching. Photo campaign sponsored by M21 Photo.
Physical Rating: 3/5
An exclusive Man Expeditions guided kayak tour up the Cape coastline to an African Penguin Colony. This trip allows us to get up close and personal with the African Penguin in their natural habitat. We also often encounter dolphins, whales and seals during our paddle.
Physical Rating: 2/5 ( This is a slow easy paddle. No prior kayaking experience required)
A walking tour of Bo-Kaap (cuisine, culture and culinary history of Cape Malay) followed by 3 course traditional Cape Malay meal served at a South African locals home.
Duration: 3 hours
Hike up the most iconic landmark of South Africa in style accompanied by our Man Expeditions guides. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you walk up one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, boasting spectacular and breathtaking views all along the way of the Mother City surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Hike at your own pace, taking in the sights and smells of the indigenous fynbos, including the King Protea when in bloom, South Africa’s prestigious national flower. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and small wildlife such as the sunbird, the sugarbird and the Dassie, the Elephant’s closest relative. Arriving at the Top of the Mountain, pause for a moment and let yourself be submerged by the incredible and picturesque views of Cape Town and the Atlantic.
If you choose not to do the hike, you can take the cable car up and down the mountain for some great photo ops.
Physical Rating: 4/5 ( you must have good cardio fitness to do this. This is a strenuous hike with some slightly technical segments which require some rock scaling).
Experience the mighty Great White Shark up close and personal with this exclusive Man Expeditions Great White Shark Cage Dive lead by our partners from National Geographic's Mike Rutzens crew. The cage is on the surface of the water. No scuba diving required. Note: this is a full day excursion with a 3 hour drive each way.
Duration: Full day ( 6am-5pm)
Physical Rating: Suitable for all fitness levels
Today we take you on a spectacular Wine Tour through some of South Africa's finest wineries finishing off with a scrumptious lunch at the wine estate.
-Premium tastings at 2 – 3 chosen farms of the day.
-Sit down 1 course A la Carte lunch.
-Site tour of the most historic wine farm in South Africa.
-Photographs taken for you throughout the day.
-Local & knowledgeable guide ready to answer your questions.
-5 star reviewed tour experience
- Depart Cape Town at 10am to our private safari reserve concession in the Karoo.
- Arrival at Safari lodge at 12H00
- Buffet Lunch outside under the boma starting between 13H00 - 13H30
- Safari in open 4X4 with a professional guide at 16H30
- Private dinner served in a secluded area of the reserve under the stars at 20H00
- Next morning we rise early for a safari drive with the sunrise at 06H00
- Breakfast at 09H00
- Depart back for Cape Town International Airport at 2pm
- Flight to Namibia departs at 6.40pm (additional cost).
- 10pm check-in to our host hotel in Windhoek. Most restaurants will be closed at this time so be sure to eat prior to boarding your flight in Cape Town.
7am: Road transfer to Sossusvlei (or Charter flight can be booked separately $370 each way)
12pm: Lunch at our luxury desert lodge and some time to relax.
4pm: Afternoon Tea with snacks
4.30pm: Sunset Quad Bike Dune Safari
8pm: Private Dinner in the Red Dunes
6am: Communal coffee/ tea continental breakfast spread
6.30am: Sossusvlei Excursion - This incredible half-day adventure will take us to the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Sossusvlei, one of the Namib Desert’s most scenic attractions. The dunes form part of the Namib Sand Sea, an endlessly undulating mass of orange, amber and ochre that makes up the biggest dune field south of the Sahara. The tour includes a stop at Sesriem to watch the morning sunrise dance across the sand fields and a journey through an imposing funnel shaped gap created by the rare phenomenon of the flooding of the Tsauchab River. The experience culminates at Sossusvlei, stopping in the midst of an untouched desert playground, where you can lose yourself amongst waves and waves of silky smooth sand. A breathless climb to the top of the massive ‘Big Daddy’ rewards with a spectacular view over the peaks and troughs of the sand sea. Next is a walk to Deadvlei or visit the Sesriem Canyon. This adventure is a must for nature and photographic enthusiasts.
11am: Private brunch set up on the reserve
1pm: Lunch and time to relax
4pm: Afternoon Tea with snacks
4.30pm: Nature Drive - Set off on a scenic drive through the Sesriem Canyon and stop to admire the thousand hues of a desert sunset over a sundowner in a remote and dramatic area of the Namib Desert. After our sundowner we will return for dinner which will be served to us outside under the stars.
8pm: Private Dinner
6am: Communal coffee/ tea continental breakfast spread
6.15am: Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over Sossusvlei with champagne breakfast ( Extra fees apply for this). As the sun’s first rays peek over scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloon drifts slowly upward revealing the undulating landscapes of Sossusvlei. This soul-satisfying journey offers excellent photographic opportunities and lifelong memories!
4pm: Afternoon Tea with snacks
4.30pm: Nature Drive - We set off on a scenic drive to explore a different area of the Sesriem Canyon. After our sundowner we will return for dinner which will be served to us outside under the stars.
6am: Communal coffee/ tea continental breakfast spread
6.30am: Sunrise Quad Bike Dune Safari
10am: Departure back for Windhoek. Charter flights offered at an extra cost for those not wanting to be cooped up in the shuttle for the 8 hour drive back.
If you need accommodations in Windhoek let us know as we have a hotel booked for some of the guys in the group already.
For those who want to extend their trip, we will be running an exclusive opportunity to get "hands on" with Rhinos in the wild as part of the Rhino Project Rehabilitation initiative. You will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the darting process and loading up your Rhino to be flown across the South African boarder into Botswana. Your participation in this expedition will help greatly to fund the infrastructure required to support our rhino rehabilitation efforts and to restore the ever dwindling rhino population numbers.
*Please note availability is limited and we can only accommodate a small group. Bookings are on a first-come-first-serve-basis.
• 5 star Beach Villa accommodations overlooking Camps Bay.
• Breakfast served everyday in villa by private chef ( 7 breakfasts)
• Overnight Safari ( all meals and transfers included)
• Gourmet picnic on the top of Table Mountain
• Activity transfers to/from accommodations
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• Luxury Desert Lodge accommodations in the Namib Desert
• All meals, house wines, beer and spirits included.
• Namib Desert Quad Bike Safaris
• 4x4 Safari drives
• Guided nature walks
• Excursions to Sossusvlei
• Stargazing at a state-of-the-art observatory, accompanied by a resident astronomer
• Petrified dunes
• San rock paintings
• Hot-Air Balloon Safari ( additional charge)
• International and local Airfares
• Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers day 1 and day 12
• Meals not mentioned in the inclusions above
• Gratuities for Tour Leaders ($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.
Amazing trip! Full of great energy, enthusiasm and fun. I highly recommend Man Expeditions!! See you all soon
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!
Where do I start...I saw a post on Facebook about a trip that would be fun, safe, adventure, healthy and a rare opportunity to experience the outdoors in a different way with other guys from around the world. I messaged Tony to inquire and he was amazing and immediately I trusted my safety with him and knew that it would be a great experience. Once I arrived to Cape Town the trip exceeded my expectations and I was impressed by how organized and how wonderful the group was. Paragliding, hiking mountains, swimming with great white sharks, seeing african penguins in the wild via canoe, and much more with the best ending ever, experiencing a safari. Man Expeditions are not only knowledgeable, organized and dependable, but also really a wonderful team of people.
Man Expeditions is an amazing way to connect men trough an organic and energetic adventure. The community trips to Africa are fantastic! Love this travel community for gay men.
With many distinct personalities attending, the team at Man Expeditions were able to design and implement an adventure for which we will have lifetime memories