Active, immersive expedition travel
Embark on a voyage that is extraordinary in its diversity and scope, visiting five countries and a remarkable number of different habitats. Beginning in Cape Town, South Africa, and ending in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, you’ll see Cape Town; the wildlife of South Africa’s bush country; Mozambique’s capital and extraordinary coast and marine life; the lemurs and other wildlife of Madagascar, along with its renowned baobab trees; and the cultures and wildlife of Mayotte in the French Comores. Our expert team will join you as you:
- Explore South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, one of Africa’s finest game parks, and look for the “big five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros), for which the region is famous.
- Learn about the unusual cultures of the places we visit, including that of the Zulu people near Durban.
- In Mozambique, look for enormous whale sharks, and even have the chance to snorkel with them.
- See lemurs, baobab trees, and many other of Madagascar’s unusual species.
Spend a day exploring a premier game park in search of the “big five” everyone on safari seeks: rhinoceros, elephant, lion, leopard, and buffalo. There are no guarantees, but it is likely we’ll see giraffes, antelopes, and cheetahs. Birdlife will be outstanding, and there’s a chance to see white and the extremely rare black rhino. In Madagascar, we’ll see some of the animals and plants unique to this island nation.
Epic undersea experiences
Snorkel or dive with whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, a peaceful leviathan that feeds on plankton. If you choose, don your scuba gear to dive at additional cost in “Shark Alley” off Gansbaai for the thrilling experience of seeing great white sharks in the water—from the safety of a steel cage (additional cost; conditions permitting).
Take advantage of all the superb photo ops
You’ll have a National Geographic photographer as your traveling companion, to inspire you and provide tips in the field. And the services of a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, as well—to help you turn your point-and-shoot camera into an “aim and create.” You’ll find no end of subjects and the help you need to return home with your best photos ever.
Every day is active and engaging
You’ll get out on adventures every day, sometimes twice a day—to walk or hike, kayak or Zodiac cruise, scuba dive or snorkel. Because National Geographic Orion has a fleet of both Zodiacs and kayaks, the entire expedition community can embark at once on forays, no waiting around for returning parties. You’ll have a choice of activities each day, and the option to join the naturalist whose interests mirror yours. Choice also includes opting to enjoy the view from the bridge, lounge, or the many expansive deck spaces.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, veteran naturalists, historians, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, divemasters, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for the fascinating dimensions of this odyssey is the key to your extraordinary experience. Meet the team.
Scuba diving requirements: Scuba divers must be certified by an internationally recognized dive association prior to the voyage, and certification cards and logbooks must be shown on board. Divers must have logged 25 dives in total and made a dive within the 12 months preceding the voyage.