Expeditions - Africa
For more information on our expeditions, including dates, number of days, itinerary, activities and what to bring, please click on the expedition names below.
NEW IN 2016 - FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
Professional wildlife, wilderness and landscape photographer Antony Watson will join our expedition to assist you in capturing the beauty of Africa! No matter what your level is, Antony will help you further your photography skills through a series of talks and one-on-one sessions. The photography program is open to all interested passengers.
Join us on our African Cruise Safari
Rich in natural treasures, Southern Africa has long attracted adventurers, explorers, travellers and trailblazers alike. Its landscapes have inspired artists and writers for centuries, and its tribal culture is colourful and intriguing in equal measure.
However, Africa's main allure is its immense wildlife - and a safari is the only way to see it!
From Cape Town’s quintessential melting pot of creativity, colour, sounds and tastes, to Victoria Falls and the giant national parks and game reserves, our expedition will encompass a great variety of Africa’s history, geology and wildlife.
Zimbabwe offers over 1.4 million hectares home to a rich variety of vegetation, habitats and wildlife, whilst Botswana’s Chobe River and National Park is renown for its huge population of elephants, and its wide banks and sweet grass attract plains game and extraordinary birdlife.
START IN 'THE MOTHER CITY'
Be awed by Africa's beauty and multicultural vibe in iconic Cape Town. Explore the Malay quarter, enjoy the amazing views from Table Mountain and visit the renowned Cape Town Diamond Works. Be moved as you visit history-charged Robben Island before heading to the famous Cape Winelands for some fabulous wine tasting.
MEET AFRICA'S 'BIG FIVE'
Explore some of Southern Africa's largest game reserves including South Africa's Kapama Private Game Reserve, home to over 40 different mammal species and 350 bird species, and Botswana's Chobe National Park with its amazing concentration of lions, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, elephants and more.
ON BOARD THE ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Built in the early 1990’s, the Zambezi Queen features 14 luxury ensuite cabins with a private balcony for stunning open views of the Chobe River and the teeming wildlife that gathers up along its banks every day. An open air bar and lounge also offer passengers opportunities for great wildlife spotting whilst enjoying a glass of wine or some of the upper deck restaurant’s various delights.
INSIDE AFRICA'S CULTURE
Our team of naturalists and local guides will make you experience the best of local culture with a variety of activities along the way: enjoy a traditional 'Boma' dinner featuring kudu, crocodile and local delicacies like Mopani worms, explore South Africa's Kapama Game Reserve and choose from optional activities including a visit to a wild dog rehabilitation centre, a traditional village tour or a private walk with a park ranger.
WATER-BASED GAME DRIVES
Adding a sense of adventure to the experience, water-based game drives by tender boats allow you to explore nature at its best! The Zambezi Queen is equipped with smaller crafts for passengers to venture out in small groups and cruise the riverbanks to get up close with the wildlife as they come to drink and feed.
MEET THE TEAM
Many of our previous passengers will know Liz from her time as assistant expedition leader in Antarctica or the Arctic, however it is little known that Liz actually started her tour guiding career in Africa, leading overland camping safaris in a 12-tonne truck throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. Check out Liz's Top Ten Safari Tips
Your African adventure
With Aurora Expeditions, you won't just be witnessing popular African tourist attractions, you'll be diving deep into a world that has existed for millions of years, investigating the many diverse wonders to be found here. Our small tour groups offer unparalleled immersion into the landscape, enabling you to spend more time enjoying what the continent has to offer, and less time fighting crowds to get to the front.
You will travel not just by boat or jeep, but both! And more. Our African trips utilise buses, jeeps, boats and planes to ensure you get the right mix of encounters, not to mention access to some of South Africa's most amazing wildlife sanctuaries.
Adding to the experience are our expert guides, whose passion for African wildlife is positively contagious, and who will always be on-hand to share their insights with you. We also employ a range of local guides to add that extra level of expertise on each of our daily excursions, whether that's wine tasting near Cape Town or discovering Africa's Kapama Private Game Reserve and its hundreds of animal species.
What will your African tour be like?
As we mentioned, our expeditions to Africa blend a mixture of travel methods to ensure our guests see as much as possible in the 15 days you'll be with us. Where on one day you may be escorted around the Cape Town Winelands to sample the exceptional produce, the next you will be soaring high on an aerial outing, only to land and continue aboard our luxurious floating basecamp, the Zambezi Queen.
Visiting in May as we do, you can expect the weather to be quintessentially African. Though it is the start of the Southern Hemisphere's winter season, temperatures during the day will still likely fluctuate between 22-29 degrees Celsius, making for a glorious escape from colder climates back home.
Curious about what our adventures look like? Take a look at our Voyage Log page to see the most recent notes, photos and stories from our African tours. During each of these journeys, our guests are encouraged to log their tours, so we can compile them into gorgeous travel books afterward, allowing our guests to share their trip with others long after it is complete.