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Viva Expeditions - Experience is Everything

Viva trips are intimate, environmentally friendly, community focussed, and designed to offer a real connection with the cultures and landscapes in which you are travelling.

Personalised itineraries, Group Tours and Small Ship Cruises in some of the world's most pristine destinations.

Drifters Africa Safaris

Best Safari Tours for Adventurous Explorers

As much as we love the spectacular private lodges and five-star luxury that Africa does so well, there is something special about hitting the road with a small group of likeminded travellers, working together to set up camp and experiencing the REAL Africa (not to mention being easier on the wallet as well!).

Drifters tours are the best for this type of travel, for a few very important reasons:

✅ They're a trusted brand that's been around for over 30 years

✅ Their custom-built safari trucks are state-of-the-art

✅ No more than 16 guests in a tour group

✅ Every itinerary gives you an authentic Africa experience

✅ Drifters guides are fantastic, professional and immensely knowledgeable

And to top it off, they are very competitively priced and offer excellent value for money!

Is a Drifters Tour Right for You?

Solo travellers  There's no single supplement charge for Drifters tours - woohoo!

Too cool to camp?  Drifters has a range of accommodated tours, although itineraries do tend to get off the beaten track to explore remote areas where little infrastructure exists, and in those locations guests usually camp.

Dietary requirements?  Drifters go above and beyond for travellers with dietary requirements, so don't let this hold your client back!

Just for the young’uns?  No way! Drifters welcomes both young and young at heart, from the minimum age of 12, to their 84yr old client who travels with them every year and has done 40+ trips!

Enquire today to learn more about drifters tours:  hello@shoretravel.co.nz

10% these Drifters Tours (while deal lasts, T&Cs apply):

Uganda Wildlife Explorer - 13 days small group camping tour - The best of Uganda's national parks & wildlife, from gorilla trekking to tree-climbing lions. Upgrade options available.

Wild Namibia - 11 days small group camping tour - Experience Namibia in its purest form and visit lesser-known destinations.

South Africa Eco Explorer - 18 days small group accommodated tour - The best of South Africa, with cultural diversity, wildlife, and hidden gems around every corner.

Wild Botswana Safari - 9 days small group accommodated tour - Explore Botswana's captivating Okavango Delta and other reserves teeming with diverse wildlife.

Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari - 12 days small group camping tour - Includes Masai Mara, Great Rift Valley, Hells Gate, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater.  Upgrade options available.

Kruger Park Safari - 5 days small group accommodated tour - From open-vehicle game drives in a private game reserve to the stunning Panorama Route & famous Kruger National Park

Viva Tour Styles

Signature Tours - Premium itineraries carefully crafted by destination experts. Take in the very best of South America and Central America, with highly-rated hotels and exclusive authentic experiences.

Luxury - Viva design unique luxury holidays and experiences that allow you to experience the most spectacular and remote parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Choose from the best hotels and lodges, luxury small ship cruises, enjoy one of their exclusive Heli-tours.

Southern Lights - Witness the world most spectacular lightshow on Earth, the Aurora Australis! Check out their Southern Lights tours including best seller the Southern Lights by Flight departing Christchurch, New Zealand.

Small Group Tours - Embark on a fully escorted small group tour to discover the stunning continents of South America, Antarctica and New Zealand. A group tour gives you the opportunity to explore in a fun and exciting environment surrounded by like-minded travellers.

Heli Tours - Take to the skies and soar over New Zealand’s & Antarctica's spectacular landscapes. On one of Viva's New Zealand Heli-tours you can access some of the most remote and un-spoilt parts of the country. Or fly over vast expanses of snow and ice in Antarctica!

Walking and Active - Viva walking and active tours are perfect for people who love the outdoors and enjoy being close to nature. Hike some of the world most beautiful trails, kayak with whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife, Heli-skiing or Heli-fishing.

Wildlife and Nature - Viva wildlife and nature holidays will take you to some of the most remote and unspoilt regions in the Southern Hemisphere. Discover rich exotic wildlife in Latin America, magnificent marine wildlife in Antarctica and spot spectacular birds in New Zealand.

Food and Wine - Both Latin America & New Zealand offer some of the worlds freshest and finest cuisine and they are two of the best wine-producing regions on earth where you’ll find cellar doors open for tasting and lovely vineyard restaurants in abundance.

Off the Beaten Track - Get away from the crowds and explore some of the most unspoilt regions on earth. Experience the landscapes and cultures as are and as they have been for centuries.

Cultural Experiences - Experiencing life within a foreign culture, rather than from the outside as a traveller, is the true meaning of cultural travel. Viva wants to give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the destinations you visit, to understand its people and its history.

Family and Friends - Take a trip with your friends or bring the whole family to explore on a child-friendly adventure.

Explore Africa with Viva

Encompassing 13 countries from South Africa to Jordan, Viva's new handcrafted portfolio of Africa tours and packages includes luxury tented safaris, private conservation lodges and unique experiences offering you an intimate connection with the people, the wildlife and the landscapes of Africa.  Small Group Tour Highlights:

5 days Kruger Park Safari, South Africa: Enjoy open vehicle game drives in our private game reserve, the stunning Panorama Route, and the world-renowned Kruger National Park. From $1,495 per person.

11 days Wild Namibia 2024:  Our journey will take us to lesser-known destinations, allowing you to experience Namibia in its purest form on this small group camping adventure.  From $3,078 per person.

9 days Signature Jordan:  Explore the highlights of Jordan on a captivating journey. From the ancient city of Petra and the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and beyond!  From $3,247 per person.

13 days Uganda Wildlife Explorer:  Embark on an unforgettable Gorilla Trekking Tour in Uganda! See wild gorillas, walk with chimpanzees, encounter lions, and explore diverse landscapes.  From $4,212 per person.

12 days Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Safari:  This small group camping adventure combines the thrill of wildlife encounters, the beauty of nature, and the richness of cultural heritage.  From $4,882 per person.

18 days South Africa Eco Explorer:  Embark on an extraordinary journey taking in the highlights of South Africa. Discover cultural diversity, wildlife and hidden gems around every corner.  From $4,755 per person.

5 days Primate Express - Gorillas and Golden Monkeys:  Embark on a mesmerizing adventure in Rwanda, where you will have the unique opportunity to witness the majestic gorillas and enchanting golden monkeys.  From $6,805 per person.

14 days Jewels of Egypt with Nile Cruise:  Uncover Egypt's ancient wonders on our immersive Jewels of Egypt tour. Journey through time and experience the grandeur of this mesmerizing land.  From $6,800 per person.

24 days Cape Town to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls:  This epic small group accommodated tour visits a host of highlights in no fewer than four southern African countries!  From $7,962 per person.

VIP Antarctica Cruise with Sir John Key

Experience the magic of the wildest, most isolated continent on the planet, travelling alongside special guest, former NZ Prime Minister Rt Hon Sir John Key.

13 days from $17,995 per person (based on sharing triple cabin), departing 23 November 2023.

From world leaders such as Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and David Cameron, to iconic All Black legends Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, Sir John has spent time with many of the world’s most influential figures. Having played golf with Obama, chatted with Xi Jinping, stayed with the Queen at Balmoral, camped on Antarctica’s Mt Erebus, and attended the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Sir John’s experiences have given him a unique perspective on the world. 

Joining this VIP Antarctica cruise for his third trip to the great white continent, Sir John says

“Antarctica is the most remarkable place in the world, it is a desert of ice and it is a once in a lifetime experience. There are very few places I could say I'd take any opportunity to go back to but Antarctica is absolutely one of them.”

Join Sir John for this exclusive experience, venturing together to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands aboard brand-new luxury vessel, the Ocean Albatros to explore an other-worldly landscape of towering icebergs, curious penguins, and unmatched serenity that simply cannot be exaggerated.

Departing from Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands, making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an active volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

Continuing southward, deep into the inlets of Antarctica, we pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. Zodiac cruising and shore landings enable all expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many surrounding sub-Antarctic islands.

A range of optional activities are available to explore Antarctica in new and different ways, such as kayaking, a photography program, camping, snowshoeing and the unforgettable ‘polar plunge’ for the thrill seekers!

For the full itinerary, pricing, ship and cabin details and more, enquire to request an online brochure.

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30 November 2024

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