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.


The safari begins with a 2 day luxury train journey starting from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Pretoria and ending at the Victoria Falls. Then 2 nights at a beautiful lodge on the Zambezi River to do a sunset cruise and visit the Falls before transferring to Duma Tau, the first of 2 camps in Northern Botswana. This is in the Linyanti Wildlife reserve where huge herds of elephant congregate in the dry  winter months along with Sable, Roan and other plains animals. Following close by are the predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and packs of wild dog. Game viewing on land and water (if the water levels  are high) is excellent. The second camp, Xigera, is in the Okavango Delta where you can enjoy a true Delta  experience while you sit back in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) and silently glide through the tranquil Okavango waterways or watch the sunset and birds flying in to roost whilst enjoying a sundowner drink next to the game vehicle. The wooden footbridge, a unique feature to Xigera, connects Xigera Island to the next and is often used by Lion and Leopard moving between the islands allowing guests great viewing opportunities. The rare Sitatunga antelope can be seen here. Birding is also superb with specials such as Pel’s Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret and many more.

Duma Tau and Xigera are 2 of the Wilderness Safaris Tented Camps in Botswana, and depending on time of year, guest preferences, and availability, they may be replaced by other camps in the area.

Transfers between camps are in light aircraft which is in itself part of the quintessential Botswana safari experience.

Highlights:Excellent game viewing  in wild and remote areas combined with the luxury of the train journey and splendour of the Victoria Falls. An African ‘safari of a lifetime’.

Best Time of year:All year round but the classic best time is in the Winter months when the Okavango and Linyanti areas are transformed into a floodplain attracting vast herds of animals and their predators

Budget: in High Season and in Low Season / FI

Our suggested Add-ons: A stay in Cape Town to visit Table Mountain, Cape Point (where the two oceans meet!) and the winelands  is a great way to start or end this safari


Fly into Victoria Falls for 2 nights at a romantic lodge which enable you to enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, a tour of the Falls and a game drive in the adjacent game reserve. Then transfer by road and boat to a delightful, family-run lodge on the Chobe River for a 2 night stay at the lodge followed by a 3 night stay on the luxury houseboat which offers a very different experience as each you are taken to some wild and remote spots on the Chobe River. Game viewing is by small motorboat or from the houseboat itself. Then transfer to a camp in the Okavango Delta for a 3 night classic Botswana safari experience.

Highlights:3 very different experiences allowing you to enjoy the ‘iconic’ best that each country has to offer whether you are after romance, photography or simply relaxation!

Best Time of year: All year round

Budget: to / FI

Our suggested Add-ons:A stay in Cape Town to visit Table Mountain, Cape Point (where the two oceans meet!) and the winelands  is a great way to start or end this safari

TOUR: SUMMER SEASON FIVE RIVERS SAFARI (flexible number of days)

A flexible package combining an affordable range of excellent safari camps covering all major wildlife locations in the Zambezi basin region and Botswana  i.e. the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Caprivi Strip and Chobe River in Namibia, and in Botswana: the Kwando Linyanti wetlands, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Kalahari Desert and Nxai Pans, all at one common rated nightly price in the ‘green season’. 

Highlights:Lush, emerald green bush, fat and healthy animals with their young; excellent photographic opportunities; outstanding value safari

Best Time of year:December through to March

Budget: F/I

Our suggested Add-ons:This wildlife safari could be combined with a stay in Cape Town where the beaches and vineyards are a superb summer attraction. 


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

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