AUGUST 30, 2021 to SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
♦ Visit 8 countries over 22 extraordinary days!
♦ Fly business-class in complete comfort and security on a modern, luxurious VIP aircraft featuring a roomy stand-up cabin and intimate cabin service.
♦ See 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens, the subterranean churches in Ethiopia, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis in Egypt
♦ Witness great wildlife spectacles; the wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara, endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, elephants and lions in Botswana, penguins in Cape Town and much more.....
♦ The tour is led by African-born Bushtracks founder David Tett
David Tett is a sixth-generation Southern African, born and raised in Zimbabwe, with a Bachelor of Science degree in DNA technology from the University of Cape Town. He started Bushtracks in 1989 and has been traveling extensively throughout Africa for more than 40 years. Weaving his interests in aviation, wildlife, ecology, and the people of Africa, David develops innovative, educational safaris and unusual travel experiences. While operating his own flying safari company, David also developed a keen interest in the interaction of wildlife areas with rural African communities, and the role tourism plays in Africa’s conservation.
Our 2021 Incredible Africa signature expedition by private jet connects the best African wildlife destinations with 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, through 8 countries over 22 remarkable days! This travel story is personalized and authentic, with local experts to interpret the cultural treasures and wildlife encounters. We invite you to join us on this extraordinary journey for just 18 guests traveling the length of Africa in style and comfort.
Athens offers a convenient stopping point to rest after the international flights and for meeting fellow travelers and your expedition host. We will personalize your stay here with a choice of experiences; the Acropolis UNESCO site, Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon, exploring the picturesque island of Hydra, or simply unwinding at the resort.
From Athens fly to Addis Ababa, for a private special access tour to see the original fossil of ‘Lucy’ (Australopithecus afarensis), discovered in 1974. The following day, fly to Lalibela and walk down hand-chiseled stone stairs and through passageways into 13th century cave churches hewn out of rock.
The star attractions here are game drives to see thousands of wildebeests and zebras on their seasonal migration, and Masai Mara’s famed big cats. Another highlight is a cultural talk by a red-robed Maasai warrior, explaining his traditional way of life. Optional activities include walking with a Maasai guide, and a hot air balloon safari.
Today you’ll experience the mighty power of Victoria Falls - the widest curtain of falling water in the world - at this UNESCO site. Conclude the day with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi. The following day brings a fascinating cultural encounter in the village homestead of a distinguished herbal doctor, who shares his traditional cures.
In one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we customize your stay with a private car and driver, or intimate small-group guided tours, seeing Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders penguins, and the Cape Winelands. Our group is honored by a private tour of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, followed by an exclusive rooftop dinner.
We fly in small bush planes into the Okavango Delta, one of the most magnificent wildlife reserves in Africa. Seasonal floodwaters fill channels and lagoons, creating islands and a dazzling landscape abundant with big game. We stay in two small, authentic safari camps, with the best naturalist guides taking us on game drives, walks and in mokoro canoes.
In Rwanda, you are treated to one of the most enriching and rare wildlife encounters on earth; close encounters with endangered mountain gorillas. The jungle trek can take from 2 to 6 hours, but it’s a richly-rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime effort!
Upon leaving Rwanda, we venture deep into the past, as we arrive in Egypt for guided visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ancient Thebes; Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings (Tutankhamun’s tomb) and the ruins of Karnak. A felucca Nile cruise helps to cool things off, while we enjoy our last day in Africa. In the evening, we celebrate our journey together with a festive Farewell Dinner.
Depart Africa and fly to Athens, with a hotel perfectly situated in the shadow of the Acropolis, and just a short walk to the Plaka - a colorful “village” within the city. Enjoy your last evening at leisure, before catching your international flight home the next day.
In Athens and Cape Town you will have the flexibility to design your day to suit your interests and pace.
Outdoor Museums and Galleries
What could be better than a world-class museum? Viewing some of the world's treasures outdoors in diverse settings, your feet placed where so many have stood before you, your eyes trained on the landscapes they saw. Expert guides breathe life into ancient ruins and traditions, making these places come alive for you with deftly narrated interpretations. To avoid museum fatigue and information overload, these experiences are deliberately interspersed with wildlife viewing throughout the 22-day program.
"I believe [our host] Jared Diamond got it completely right when he called the expedition 'The Trip of a Lifetime.' On several occasions in my lifetime I have been extremely fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time when everything comes together near perfectly and which I call 'A Happening.' This expedition was A Happening.”Dr. Byron Riegel, 2016
"I've been on safari many times, but never on one so unique. We felt like we were seeing Africa, without tourists, as it was 100 years ago.”Cecilia De Mille Presley, 2015
"The group was amazing - very supportive, interesting, all wanting and loving adventure! In other words Bushtracks attracts like-minded people who enjoy spending time with each other! We signed on as practically everything was on our bucket list and we had only been to the Masai Mara. We are not disappointed at all.”Jo Brandt, 2016