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Ben has been exploring Africa for well over twenty years and is yet to curb his voracious appetite for the continent. Safari is Swahili for journey and with Ben’s passion and encyclopaedic knowledge of each country, he curates extraordinary journeys across Africa, thoughtfully designed for his clients. From helicopters down the Rift Valley in East Africa, diving with whale sharks in Mozambique, to tracking wild dog in Zimbabwe, to living amongst the Maasai, Ben lives and breathes Africa. He knows the inside track on where to go when, the best guides and the hottest lodges.
Begin your journey in Cape Town, where you can rub shoulders with penguins on Boulders Beach or take in the views from Table Mountain.
From here, you’ll travel up the West Coast, an area still wild, beautiful and unexplored by tourists where friendly locals like to keep things authentic. Soak in seascapes, unspoilt beaches, rural fishing villages and expanses of wildflowers. Finally, end with a few nights in the Winelands visiting arty towns, sampling South Africa’s finest wines, breathing in fresh mountain air and strolling around pretty vineyards.
Historically, Botswana’s gorgeous Okavango Delta has been famous in safari circles for two things: incredible game‑viewing – arguably Africa’s best – and incredibly high costs compared to rival countries.
The Delta makes an excellent combination with the desert, so add in the Kalahari. Also, you can also easily start or end off with a visit to Victoria Falls.
Rich in history, culture and incredible landscapes, Ethiopia hides a surprise around every fascinating corner.
Northern Ethiopia is also home to fantastic trekking, ranging from gentle hikes to multi-day expeditions scaling Ras Dashen, the highest peak. Other endemic animals here include the endangered walia ibex and elusive Ethiopian wolf, though you’ll need to venture deep into the mountains to stand a chance. Situated between ancient Axum (said to be home to the Ark of the Covenant) and the medieval castles of Gondar, the Simien Mountains are an easy and essential inclusion on any exploration of Ethiopia’s historical north.
"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to" - Richard Mullin