wildlife tours in South Africa



All our tours are private and tailored to reflect client requirements based on an exchange of communication. To help you plan your safari, see below for a sample selection of itinerary options.

For more information on any of these or whatever else you have in mind for your safari, contact Avian Leisure.

TOUR: BEST OF ZIMBABWE : Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and Mana Pools (8 days / 7 nights)

The gateway to this diverse and unique combination of river and bush experiences is Victoria Falls where the mighty Zambezi plunges headlong into the foaming white waters of cataracts and rugged gorges on its relentless journey  to the Indian Ocean. It is an awesome and unforgettable experience within an unspoilt setting of captivating beauty as the spray rises in a rainbow array of vibrant colours. Truly the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world and a ‘must see’ for most eco-tourists.

Beyond and to the south lies Hwange National Park situated on the eastern edge of the Kalahari Desert. It is a vast reserve of broad-leafed woodland, acacia scrub and a scattering of salt pans supporting an enormous abundance of wildlife. Elephant, buffalo, lion , leopard, wild dog, roan, sable, giraffe, impala, cheetah, honey badger and many more in the way of some of Africa’s smallest mammals and most colourful birds are found within the diverse mix of habitats available for exploration.

Downstream of Victoria Falls in the heart of the Zambezi Valley not far from the Mozambique border a combination of ‘four pools’ within an ancient river channel combine to give this especially unique Park its Shona name – Mana Pools. Here large concentrations of elephant and buffalo are to be found along the river’s edge. Add to this the rich diversity of other mammals, including leopard, lion, wild dog and the hippo, along with a woodland and riverine selection of sought after bird species and you have an idea of what to expect in the way of nature’s delights.

Highlights:A night in the beautifully restored and well maintained Victoria Falls Hotel directly above the most spectacular gorges below the falls. Day and night game drives and guided walks within the spectrum of different habitats within Hwange or simply relaxing and enjoying ‘siesta’ time back at camp. Mana Pools, overlooking the Zambezi River, offers a combination of wildlife experiences from the comfort of a 4X4 or motorised pontoon boat or even canoes for the more adventurous along with guided bush walks on request.

Best Time of year:Best visited during the cool, dry months from April to September for game viewing, while December to March is excellent for bird watching as all the intra-Africa migrants will have arrived with the onset of the summer rains.

Budget: for all three destinations and for Vic Falls and Hwange as a combo.

Our suggested Add-ons:Duration within the combination of three destinations can be adjusted to accommodate varying holiday needs and stated comfort levels to make up a tailored safari. As such the itinerary is totally flexible and will be quoted on accordingly. Note the link to Hwange from Victoria Falls is a choice of overland or fly-in, while Mana Pools can only be accessed by air charter.


Your available budget is a key element in designing the best safari for you. Without this we cannot give you the best itinerary tailored to your needs. The budget indications next to the safaris and tours in this section give a rough guide to what this tour will cost, excluding flights, at current exchange rates (as of January 2013).

How to use this guide:

Budget :   means tour price roughly averages between USD160 - 215 per person per day given a mix of low and high priced accommodations. So, if the tour is 10 days and 9 nights long, the approximate price per person will be between USD 1600 and 2150.

Partially inclusive (PI) means the tour cost includes accommodation, usually on a B&B basis, and transport costs.

Fully inclusive (FI) means the tour cost includes accommodation, all meals, transport, guides and activities.

Local and regional airfares may be included in some cases.

2013 Budget Indications (per person / day)

USD 160 - 215

USD 270 - 380

USD 430 - 540

USD 650 - 865

>USD 1080

wild life tours South Africa

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