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AFRICA NATURE IN EXTRAVAGANCE


The collection of itineraries in this brochure is just a sample. Country Holidays takes pride in tailor-making programs that best suit your interest and requirements. Whether you are looking to indulge in luxury and romance, an adventure of a lifetime or to bring the classrooms outdoors for your family, let Country Holidays show you the best of Africa.

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rom watching the great migration across the African plain to coming face to face with the giant mountain gorillas; from experiencing the silence of the African pristine wilderness at Okavango to watching sunset on the dramatic dunes of the Namib desert; from the continent’s highest peak at Mt. Kilimanjaro to where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet at Cape Point- safari is the best way to experience the African wilderness. Africa is for those who want to experience the best gifts from Mother Nature. It is a huge continent and planning a trip there may not be as easy as one envisage. Our brochure is categorised into three sections.

SOUTH AFRICA (PAGE 6) This is ideal for first time visitors to Africa. Infrastructure is good and features some of the most luxurious and imaginative safari camps and lodges. Just outside Cape Town is the beautiful winelands offering wine tasting experiences amidst picturesque landscape. SOUTHERN AFRICA (PAGE 20) This is Africa for the connoisseurs! Here, wildlife is in abundance amidst unique and beautiful landscape such as the Namib Desert and Okavango Delta. Experience Africa’s pristine wilderness like the first explorer of the continent.

Photo Credits: &Beyond, Asilia Africa, Elewana Collection, Nomad-Tanzania, Sanctuary Retreats, Singita, The Far Horizons, Wilderness Safaris

EAST AFRICA (PAGE 36) For some of the most stunning wildlife experience, Kenya and Tanzania are the places to go. The annual migration is a trip of a lifetime for many safari enthusiasts.


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A TYPICAL DAY ON A SAFARI: A gentle knock at your door; (at times accompanied by hot tea or coffee) starts your day. After some light snacks, venture into the wilderness with your ranger and tracker on a 4WD (at times on foot) as the day breaks. This is the time when animals are most active and wildlife sighting is the most rewarding.

starts to get active and so should you. Take an afternoon tea and your safari activities begins soon after. Sundowner is one of the loveliest moments of the day as you watch the golden sun set into the horizon at a carefully selected spot sipping in the view and some cocktails and refreshments- a real safari tradition! In some private concession, this extends into exciting night drive as you go in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Late morning, return to your camp to enjoy a full breakfast. Catch up on sleep and enjoy a tasty lunch. Relax the afternoon away with a book or a siesta or simply chill out and spend quiet time amidst the stunning grounds of the camp. (A great time to rest as the animals do under the midday heat). If you are energetic, join one of the nature walk where the guide lends insight about the bush and its inhabitants.

Dinner is a highpoint on a safari. Not only is the food delicious, you are enjoying some of the finest dining in a handsome courtyard or under the starry skies sharing the day’s adventure and encounters. Some of the best moments in life are captured when you are on a safari!

As the African sun begins to ease away and shadows starts to form across the bushveld, the animals

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WHY US KNOWLEDGE AND RECOMMENDATION Choosing the right safari camp or lodge makes or breaks your trip. Getting into the ideal safari camp is much more than choosing the right hotel in a city. The location determines the wildlife and terrain you will experience, the style and quality of service and the standard of guiding of the naturalists and rangers. With our years of in-depth knowledge through the personal experience of our travel specialists, our recommendation depends on the season, the type of landscape and the style and quality of the accommodation. We love small intimate camps, often less than 20 guests that is rich in African flavour, unobtrusive to the environment and lets you enjoy the beauty of the area to its best. High quality guiding, personalised service and excellent cuisine are trademarks of our selected properties.

Every best laid plan may meet with contingency. With our carefully selected partners on the ground and our 24-hours emergency contact, we are available at the very first minute when any unlikely events occur. SAFETY ASSURANCE Africa is the wildest of all continents and you are frequently deep in the wilderness far away from civilisation. Safety is our primary concern. We select camps with qualified and experienced guides that understands the power of nature and shares our emphasis on safety. Access to remote locations is frequently by small charted plane and we only engage those with the highest quality aircraft and experienced pilot. NON SAFARI ARRANGEMENT Apart from safari, the beautiful waterfront city of Cape Town with its gourmet cuisine, the great natural spectacle of Victoria Falls and the exotic island of Zanzibar awaits! Arrangements in these places bear the high quality of tour that is trademark of Country Holidays- excellent personal guide, carefully selected hotels, restaurants and highest quality vehicles.

SEAMLESS COORDINATION AND ON THE GROUND CARE Through meticulous planning and years of experience, we craft every journey to make the best of your holiday time whether it is the flow of the itinerary, using the best connection and scheduled flights or flying you deep into the wilderness via chartered planes.

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Map of

Africa TANZANIA

NAMIBIA

BOTSWANA MADAGASCAR

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Kruger NP

Madikwe Reserve

Johannesburg

Phinda Reserve

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve Kimberley

Durban

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town Hermanus

Knysna

Plettenberg Bay

Port Elizabeth

“With a hotbed of 1,200 species of flowering plants blooming in August or September at the Cape West Coast, this kaleidoscope of colours is worth a day trip!� Africa Specialist, Stella

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South Africa With the best infrastructure in Africa and catering to varied interests apart from Safari, South Africa is ideal for first timers. Kruger National Park has the largest variety of animals and arguably some of the best lodges for indulgence whilst indulging in nature’s best. After your safari, the beautiful cape with its gorgeous coastline and lovely vineyards await. And one of nature’s greatest spectacle, Victoria Falls is just a short flight away.

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OUR RECOMMENDED LODGES / HOTELS

KRUGER Singita Boulders: Set along the banks of the Sand River within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Featuring twelve luxurious suites overlooking the wilderness with indoor and outdoor showers. www.singita.com

CAPE TOWN Ellerman House: An elegant mansion perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay. www.ellerman.co.za One & Only: Overlooks the V&A Waterfront with panoramic views of Table Mountain. www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Singita Ebony: The original Singita Lodge, Ebony went through an overhaul recently to reveal a fresh and contemporary tented camp and bush lodge style with local tribe inspired interiors. www.singita.com

Cape Grace: A stylish property positioned on a private quay on the V&A Waterfront. www.capegrace.com

Royal Malewane: Featuring the classics of luxury bush safaris with palatial rooms overlooking untamed bush. www. royalmalewane.com

Table Bay Hotel: A 5-star hotel with maritime décor by the Leading Hotels of the World located at the waterfront and connected to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. www.suninternational.com

Sabi Sabi Earth: A luxury lodge inspired by the surrounding African bushveld environment. www.sabisabi.com

Queen Victoria Hotel: A luxury boutique hotel centrally located with modern design. www.newmarkhotels.com

Londolozi: A family of five lodges each with unique style and décor, experience exceptional cuisine and the very best game viewing with some of Africa’s finest rangers and trackers. www.londolozi.com

Victoria & Alfred Hotel: Converted from an old warehouse offering views of the plaza or harbour. www.newmarkhotels.com V & A Waterfront Apartment: Set on the waterfront featuring luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom serviced apartments. www.africaneliteproperties.com

Lion Sands: Featuring 20 deluxe Suites, enjoy bush or Sabie River views from the comfort of your private deck. www.lionsands.com

Southern Sun Cullinan: A 4-star hotel within close proximity to the waterfront. www.tsogosun.com

Chitwa Chitwa: Featuring six individually decorated suites that open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool. www.chitwa.co.za

WINELANDS Delaire Graff Estate: A luxurious property nestled between the mountains and overlooking the vineyard with some rooms having a private plunge pool. www.delaire.co.za

Kapama Camp: Set in 13,000 hectares of pristine African bushveld and home to four camps each offering distinctive style. www.kapama.com

La Residence: A boutique hotel with luxurious accommodation. www.laresidence.co.za

Arathusa: Prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park, offering a value for money safari experience. www.arathusa.co.za

Leeu House: A contemporary, stylish luxury hotel with just 12 rooms, all individually styled. www.leeucollection.com

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Babylonsteron: An authentic farm stay experience in farm buildings transformed into sophisticated accommodation. www.babylonstoren.com

Leisure Isle Lodge: Positioned on Bollard Bay near the majestic Knysna Heads, the Lodge is an exceptional beach retreat offering truly luxurious accommodation and uncompromising levels of personalized service. www.leisureislelodge.co.za

Grande Roche Hotel: A 5-star hotel overlooking vineyards and mountains and the award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant. www.granderoche.com

HERMANUS Birkenhead House: A contemporary hotel perched on the cliff overlooking Walker Bay. www.theroyalportfolio.com

Spier: A 4-star village-style building with lush lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River in Stellenbosch. www.spier.co.za

The Marine: Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Walker Bay, it boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. www.collectionmcgrath.com

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa: A four-star luxury property with unparalleled views of the Franschhoek Mountains. www.lefranschhoek.co.za

Whale Coast Hotel: Luxury apartments centrally located in the heart of Hermanus. www.whalecoasthotel.co.za

MADIKWE Morukuru: Located on the banks of the Marico River, the Morukuru is a decadent home away from home homestead offering the perfect private setting for families and larger groups. www.morukuru.com

Grootbos Nature Reserve: Located near to Hermanus offering sweeping view of the ocean, the lodge is fashioned from stone, thatch and timber, reflecting African warmth with an intercontinental twist. www.grootbos.com OUDTSHOORN La Plume: A homestead set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains, it is a place of rejuvenation. www.laplume.co.za

Royal Madikwe: With 4 unique suites that can cater to honeymooners or families with two to three children. All suites and the villa offer private viewing decks and a private pool and fireplace. www.royalmadikwe.com

TSWALU KALAHARI The Motse: Tswalu Kalahai is South Africa’s largest private game reserve at 110,000 hectares of spectacular grasslands and mountains with 2 properties. The Moste comprise of six individual suites and three family suites with spectacular views. www.tswalu.com

Madikwe Safari Lelepa Lodge: A family-orientated safari with specialised rangers and facilities for young naturalists featuring 12 spacious suites located within 15 metres of each other. www.madikwesafarilodge.co.za Jaci’s Lodges: A luxurious lodge with two unique safari experiences with the Tree Lodge perched high up in the forest canopy and another Safari Lodge offering tranquil space. www.madikwe.com

JOHANNESBURG Monarch Hotel: A luxurious hotel exuding an old world elegance located in Rosebank, a prestigious suburb of Johannesburg. www.monarchhotel.co.za

Impodimo Game Lodge: A 4-star lodge set along a rocky ridge with stunning vistas of the reserve. www.impodimo.com

Sandton Sun: Located in the business district in Sandton and near to the shopping centres, it is a 5-star hotel in Johannesburg. www.tsogosun.com

EASTERN CAPE Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge: An elegant family homestead with beautiful surroundings. www.shamwari.com

54 on Bath: A 4-star hotel centrally located in the suburb of Rosebank. www.tsogosun.com

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge: A vibrant, colourful and chic safari lodge with 6 individually decorated suites. www.kwandwe.com

Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport: Just a short drive from the airport, this is a 4-star modern hotel providing good service. www.proteahotels.com

Amakhala Safari Lodge: An intimate thatched lodge with air conditioned safari huts and signature stone capped roof tops. www.amakhala.co.za

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel: Providing convenience, style and upscale facilities located across the road from the airport. www.ihg.com

PLETTENBERG Tsala Treetops Lodge: Featuring private suites and villas with breath-taking views. www.tsala.hunterhotels.com The Plettenberg: Featuring 37 individually decorated rooms and suites with views of the ocean, mountains and beach. www.collectionmcgrath.com Hunter’s Country House: Featuring 19 luxurious suites all individually designed and decorated with its own distinctive atmosphere. www.countryhouse.hunterhotels.com Lairds Lodge: An exclusive Country House with distant mountain views, located in the heart of the Garden Route. www.lairdslodge.co.za KNYSNA Conrad Pezula: Featuring sweeping views of the famous Knysna Lagoon and majestic Outeniqua Mountains. www.conradhotels3.hilton.com

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CLASSIC SOUTH AFRICA Safari with Wonders of the Cape

DAY 06 CAPE TOWN – CAPE PENINSULA Enjoy a day out to Cape Peninsula. Drive along the Atlantic seaboard and take a cruise to Duiker Island to see the seal colony (weather permitting). Drive to the famous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and Boulders Beach to see the famous jackass penguins and be awed by the spectacular views of False Bay from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. End the day with a stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A coastal drive on a vintage WWII sidecar can be arranged to experience an open-air 360 view! (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / KRUGER Arrive and transfer to your domestic flight. Relax at the lodge before departing for your evening game drive that extends into the night. Meals: Dinner DAY 02 KRUGER Track Africa’s Big Five - elephants, lions, leopard, rhinos and buffaloes and many other smaller but no less interesting species. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 03 KRUGER / CAPE TOWN / WINELANDS Enjoy another game drive at dawn (if time permits). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town with onward road transfer to the winelands. Overnight in the quaint setting of the winelands. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 07 CAPE TOWN Today, explore a hidden side of Cape Town. Option 1: Horse riding with picnic lunch Gallop along the beach or through the countryside and experience a number of delightful places before enjoying your gourmet picnic lunch.

DAY 04 WINELANDS Begin your day with a vineyard safari on a Land Rover and get a chance to taste award winning wines and also learn to pair wine with chocolates! Get a glimpse of a working winery during the annual grape harvest in March. In the afternoon, hike (3 hours) through the picturesque Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and learn about the diverse plant life.

Option 2: Food Foraging Tour with Charles Standing Discover the bountiful fresh ingredients available at your doorstep. Pick and enjoy them at The Chefs Table. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

For the wine enthusiast, a customised full day program concentrating on the renowned estates can be designed. Meals: Breakfast

Optional: Whale Watching at Hermanus (Jul – Nov)

Get up close to the Southern Right Whales migrating from Antarctica to the South African coastline to mate,

DAY 05 WINELANDS / CAPE TOWN Take a different scenic route back to Cape Town offering you a first glimpse of Table Mountain and enroute, visit a wine estate for a tour of their cellar and lunch at their open restaurant.

calve and rear their young.

Meals: Breakfast DAY 08 DEPART CAPE TOWN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively extend your stay to enjoy the numerous activities. Meal: Breakfast

Take a walking tour with your specialist guide through the Green Market Square to District 6 in the apartheid regime to the traditional Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap and end at City Hall. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride up to Table Mountain. (Weather permitting) For the adventurous, how about abseiling down Table Mountain or paragliding up to the mountain top? Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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WONDERS OF SOUTH AFRICA Fly-In Safari, Victoria Falls and Cape Splendour

DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / KRUGER Arrive and connect to your domestic flight to Kruger National Park. Relax at the lodge before departing for your evening game drive that extends into the night. Meals: Dinner

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DAY 06 WINELANDS Begin your day with a vineyard safari on a Land Rover and get a chance to taste award winning wines and also learn to pair wine with chocolates! Get a glimpse of a working winery during the annual grape harvest in March. In the afternoon, hike (3 hours) through the picturesque Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and learn about the diverse plant life.

DAY 02 KRUGER Wild and untamed, enjoy a full day of safari activities tracking down Africa’s Big Five. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

For the wine enthusiast, a customised full day program concentrating on the renowned estates can be designed. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 03 KRUGER / VICTORIA FALLS Enjoy another game drive at dawn (if time permits). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. Bordering between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Enjoy a sun-downer cruise at the Zambezi River. Meals: Breakfast (Dinner for clients staying at Sussi & Chuma or Elephant Camp)

DAY 07 WINELANDS / CAPE TOWN Take a different scenic route back to Cape Town and catch your first glimpse of Table Mountain and enroute, visit a wine farm. Go on a walking tour with your specialist guide to the historic Old City in Cape Town then take a cable car ride up to Table Mountain. (Weather permitting) For the adventurous, how about abseiling down Table Mountain or paragliding up to the mountain top? Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 04 VICTORIA FALLS Enjoy a walking tour of Victoria Falls. A mighty force whose spray and mist can be seen and heard from a distance, it is no wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya, “The smoke that thunders”. During high water level seasons (Apr-Jun), visitors can get wet at the falls, raincoats are advisable and cameras should be sealed in plastic bags.

DAY 08 CAPE TOWN Enjoy a full day out to the Cape Peninsula. Take a cruise to Duiker Island to see the seal colony (weather permitting). Drive to the famous beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach to see the famous jackass penguins. End the day with a stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A coastal drive on a vintage WWII sidecar can be arranged to experience an open-air 360 view! (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch

This afternoon, enjoy activities on either side. ZAMBIA Optional: Micro-flight Over the Falls (12 mins)

Fly over Victoria Falls, the islands and neighbouring rainforests for a top down view!

DAY 09 CAPE TOWN Today, explore a hidden side of Cape Town.

Optional: The Royal Livingstone Express

Enjoy a 5 course dinner in a classic and romantic steam train through the

Option 1: Horse riding with picnic lunch Gallop along the beach or through the countryside and experience a number of delightful places before enjoying your gourmet picnic.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. (Runs Wed & Sat) Livingstone Island Picnic

Enjoy a picnic on the edge of the Victoria Falls and you can even take a heart-stopping peek over the edge to the infamous Devil’s Pool. (Available

Option 2: Food Foraging Tour with Charles Standing Discover the bountiful fresh ingredients available at your doorstep. Pick and enjoy them at The Chefs Table.

in mid Jul to Jan, low water season) ZIMBABWE Optional: Helicopter Flight Over the Falls (15 mins)

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Take in the full breadth and height of Victoria Falls atop a helicopter and enjoy great photographic opportunities.

Optional: Whale Watching at Hermanus (Jul – Nov) Victoria Bridge Walk

Get up close to the Southern Right Whales migrating from Antarctica to

Take a tour on the walkways underneath the bridge and enjoy magnificent

the South African coastline to mate, calve and rear their young.

views of the rapids, rainbows and majesty of the Falls.

Meal: Breakfast DAY 05 VICTORIA FALLS / CAPE TOWN / WINELANDS Enjoy another morning at the falls before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. Arrive and drive 1 hour to the wine country. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 DEPART CAPE TOWN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively extend your stay to enjoy the numerous activities. Meal: Breakfast

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SS | 9623

PRIDE OF THE EASTERN CAPE

The largest privately owned Big 5 game reserve in the Eastern Cape • Malaria free • Only 45 minutes from PE airport • A unique

destination with family friendly packages, including trips to the Born Free Foundation and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre • Shamwari Explorer Camp – 2 day walking safari in Big 5

territory, sleeping in mobile tents

www.shamwari.com | T: +27 (0)42 203 1111 reservations@shamwari.com

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GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE FAMILY FUN

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DAY 05 PLETTENBERG BAY / HERMANUS Take a scenic drive (6 hours) via Mossel Bay to Hermanus and check into Grootbos Private Reserve, a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible flora and marine life of the southern tip of Africa. Meals: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 01 ARRIVE PORT ELIZABETH / EASTERN CAPE Arrive and drive (1 – 2 hours) to the private reserves of Eastern Cape, a completely malaria-free environment and enjoy your first game drive in the afternoon. Meals: Dinner

DAY 06 HERMANUS Hermanus is home to the “Marine Big 5”- whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins and with unparalleled floral diversity. Join in the numerous onsite activities on offer by the lodge. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 EASTERN CAPE Enjoy a full day of safari and the opportunity to encounter the Big 5 in easy-to-see habitats. A variety of safari activities is on offer ranging from game drives and river cruises to horseback and walking safaris. Children can also have fun through guided nature walks and treasure hunts. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 07 HERMANUS / CAPE TOWN Enjoy another morning of activities in the reserve. In the afternoon, drive 2.5 hours to Cape Town. Take a cable car ride up to the most striking landmark, Table Mountain (weather permitting) and enjoy a sensational view of the city bowls. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 03 EASTERN CAPE / PLETTENBERG BAY Enjoy another game drive at dawn (if time permits). Today, drive along the famous Garden Route to the Plettenberg Bay region. Make a short visit to Monkeyland, a multi-specie primate sanctuary and Eden of Birds, world’s largest freeflight aviary. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 08 CAPE TOWN – CAPE PENINSULA Enjoy a day out to Cape Peninsula. Drive along the Atlantic seaboard and take a cruise to Duiker Island to see the seal colony (weather permitting). Drive to the famous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and Boulders Beach to see the famous jackass penguins and be awed by the spectacular views of False Bay from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. End the day with a stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A coastal drive on a vintage WWII sidecar can be arranged to experience an open-air 360 view! (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 04 PLETTENBERG BAY - KNYSNA Knysna is famed for its sandstone cliffs that dramatically separate its tranquil lagoon from the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a ferry ride, jeep ride and short hike at the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Discover unsurpassed views of the lagoon, mountains and learn about the coastal forest and ancient sea caves. In the afternoon, visit an oyster farm on Thesen Island and get to taste both wild and farmed oysters. (On join-in basis) Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 09 DEPART CAPE TOWN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively extend your stay to enjoy the numerous activities. Meal: Breakfast

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FAMILY FUN WITH VICTORIA FALLS

Fly-In Safari, Victoria Falls and Cape Splendour

DAY 07 CAPE TOWN Take a cable car ride up to the most striking landmark, Table Mountain. (Weather permitting) Enjoy a walk through BoKaap, the traditional Malay Quarter before stopping at Green Market Square, the city’s oldest cobblestone market.

DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / MADIKWE Arrive and connect to your domestic flight to Madikwe. A malaria free park, Madikwe is home to 66 mammal species including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. Child friendly activities are offered at the lodge. Relax at the lodge before departing for your evening game drive that extends into the night. Meals: Dinner

This afternoon, drive to the wineland region. Lunch at Clos Malverne’s, one of the region’s top restaurants, with sweeping views of the region. Thereafter, enjoy a leisurely cycling tour in an exclusive trail that meanders through the heart of Stellenbosch. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 02-03 MADIKWE Enjoy a full day of morning and afternoon game activities. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 CAPE TOWN – CAPE PENINSULA Enjoy a day out to Cape Peninsula. Take a cruise to Duiker Island to see the seal colony (weather permitting). Drive to the famous beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach to see the famous jackass penguins. Stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A coastal drive on a vintage WWII sidecar can be arranged to experience an open-air 360 view! (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 04 MADIKWE / VICTORIA FALLS Enjoy another game drive at dawn (if time permits). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg. Bordering between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Take a sun-downer cruise along the Zambezi River. Meals: Breakfast DAY 05 VICTORIA FALLS Enjoy a walking tour of Victoria Falls and continue under the bridge to learn about its architectural wonder. A mighty force whose spray and mist can be seen and heard from a distance, it is no wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya, “The smoke that thunders”. During high water level seasons (Apr-Jun), visitors can get wet at the falls, raincoats are advisable and cameras should be sealed in plastic bags.

DAY 09 CAPE TOWN / DEPART JOHANNESBURG Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively extend your stay to enjoy the numerous activities. Meal: Breakfast Recommended Add-on for an Extra Day in Cape Town

Whale Watching at Hermanus (Jul – Nov) Optional: Helicopter Flight Over the falls! (15 min)

Get up close to the Southern Right Whales migrating from Antarctica to the South

Take in the full breadth and height of Victoria Falls atop a helicopter and

African coastline to mate, calve and rear their young.

enjoy great photographic opportunities. Sandboarding and Quad Bike Adventure

This afternoon, go on an elephant-back safari in the bush at Victoria Falls and interact with these mighty beasts of the jungle.

Discover the Atlantis sand dunes and enjoy the adrenaline rush of speeding along the face of the dunes!

DAY 06 VICTORIA FALLS / CAPE TOWN Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. Meals: Breakfast

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SOUTH AFRCA ULTIMATE LUXURY Connoisseurs’ Delight Over the Wilderness

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DAY 07 WINELAND Begin your day with a private tour at the Franschhoek Motor Museum of the Rupert Family’s collection of cars. You will be driven through the family’s magnificent wine estate in vintage cars, before arriving at the exclusive Antonij Rupert Wines cellar for your first wine tasting. DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / KRUGER Arrive and connect to your domestic flight to the Sabi Sands Private Reserve in Kruger. Relax at the lodge before departing for your evening game drive that extends into the night. Meals: Dinner DAY 02-03 KRUGER Wild and untamed, enjoy two full days of safari activities. Go for morning and evening jeep drive tracking down Africa’s Big Five. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 04 KRUGER / TSWALA KALAHARI Enjoy another game drive at dawn (if time permits). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tswala Kalahari Reserve. South Africa’s largest private game reserve, it is an exclusive destination accommodating just 30 guests at a time. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Continue to the renowned Boschendal Estate, one of the oldest wine producers in the New World. Lunch at Overture, one of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants. Thereafter, enjoy a unique wine experience at Waterford Estate, learning to pair wines with chocolates. Meals: Breakfast, lunch DAY 08 WINELAND / CAPE TOWN Enjoy your morning at leisure. Optional: Wings Over the Whales at Hermanus (Jul – Nov)

Get up close to the Southern Right Whales migrating from Antarctica to the South African coastline to mate, calve and rear their young from the air! Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the whales and you may also witness seals, great white sharks and pods of dolphins.

Drive back to Cape Town and take a cable car ride up to the most striking landmark, Table Mountain. (Weather permitting) Meals: Breakfast

DAY 05 TSWALA KALAHARI You have a full day to enjoy game drives and guided bush walks tracking black rhino and meerkat colonies. Visit the ancient archaeological sites displaying rock carvings created by Bushmen up to 380,000 years ago, some of the oldest art on earth. Take a horse-back safari and explore the land like the early explorers. (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 09 CAPE TOWN Take a walking tour with your specialist guide of the Old City and in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over Cape Peninsula for great views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope and the V&A Waterfront. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 06 TSWALA KALAHARI / CAPE TOWN / WINELANDS Enjoy another game drive in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. Drive (1 hour) to the wine country. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 10 DEPART CAPE TOWN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meal: Breakfast

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DYNAMIC SOUTH AFRICA Safari, Garden Route and the Cape

DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / KRUGER Arrive and connect to your domestic flight to Kruger National Park. Relax at the lodge before departing for your evening game drive that extends into the night. Meals: Dinner DAY 02 KRUGER Wild and untamed, enjoy a full day of safari activities tracking down Africa’s Big Five. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 06 KNYSNA OR PLETTENBERG BAY Knysna is famed for its sandstone cliffs that dramatically separate its tranquil lagoon from the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a ferry ride, jeep ride and short hike at the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Get unsurpassed views of the lagoon, mountains and learn about the coastal forest and ancient sea caves. In the afternoon, visit an oyster farm on Thesen Island and get to taste both wild and farmed oysters. (On join-in basis) Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 03 KRUGER / GEORGE / OUDTSHOORN Enjoy another game drive at dawn (if time permits). Transfer to the airport for your flight to George then drive 1 hour to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast DAY 04 OUDTSHOORN / KNYSNA OR PLETTERNBERG BAY At sunrise, meet the meerkats and watch them in their natural habitat. Visit an ostrich ranch and learn about these flightless birds. Sculpted by nature through the ages, explore the Cango caves. Drive 2 to 2.5 hours to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 07 KNYSNA OR PLETTENBERG BAY / HERMANUS Take a scenic drive (6 hours) via Mossel Bay to Grootbos Private Reserve. Arrive at the coastal town of Hermanus in the late afternoon.

DAY 05 KNYSNA OR PLETTERNBERG BAY Begin your Garden Route. First up is Tsitsikamma National Park where you can do a zipline through this indigenous forest. Continue by boat on Storms River and take a walk through the forest on a suspension bridge. For the adventurous, try the world’s highest commercial bungy jump at Bloukrans Bridge.

DAY 08 HERMANUS Head off for a whale and dolphin watching cruise and track the Southern Right Whales migrating from Antarctica to the South African coastline. Outside the whale season, you are likely to encounter different marine mammals, including Bottlenose Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and Africa Penguins.

This afternoon, explore nature in two different ways!

For the adventurous, go sea kayaking (2 hour join in basis) for a close encounter with the marine animals. (Minimum age 10)

Option 1: Hog Hollow Horse Riding (2 hours)

Explore Tsitsikamma on horseback and follow a 150-year-old woodcutter’s path and wagon trail with views of the magnificent surrounds.

Optional: Flights Over Walker Bay (30 min) Option 2: Black Water Tubing (half day)

Get a top down view of the whales undisturbed while flying over

Take to the tea coloured waters of the upper Storms River and spend 1-2

Hermanus lagoon.

fun filled hours paddling and rock jumping along the safest and widest

Go on a quad bike adventure at Hamilton Russell Vineyards and South Right wineries. Meals: Breakfast

section of the river.

Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 09 HERMANUS / WINELANDS Drive 1.5 hours to the wine country of the Cape and begin your vineyard safari tasting award winning wines. Get a glimpse of a working winery during the annual grape harvest. (Mar) For the wine enthusiast, a customized full day program concentrating on the renowned estates for wine-tasting can be designed. Meals: Breakfast DAY 10 WINELANDS / CAPE TOWN Hike (3 hours) through the picturesque Mont Rochelle Nature. Take a different scenic route back to Cape Town and en route, visit a wine farm. Tour the old city of Cape Town on a walking tour with your specialist guide and take a scenic cable car ride up to Table Mountain. (Weather permitting) For the adventurous, how about abseiling down Table Mountain or paragliding up to the mountain top? Meals: Breakfast, lunch DAY 11 CAPE TOWN – CAPE PENINSULA Enjoy a day out to the Cape Peninsula. Drive along the Atlantic seaboard and take a cruise to Duiker Island to see the seal colony (weather permitting). Drive to the famous beaches of

Clifton and Camps Bay and Boulders Beach to see the famous jackass penguins and be awed by the spectacular views of False Bay from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. End the day with a stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A coastal drive on a vintage WWII sidecar can be arranged to experience an open-air 360 view! (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch DAY 12 CAPE TOWN Today, explore a hidden side of Cape Town. Option 1: Horse riding with picnic lunch Gallop along the beach or through the countryside and experience a number of delightful places Option 2: Food Foraging Tour with Charles Standing Be surprised at the bountiful fresh ingredients available at your doorstep. Pick and enjoy them at The Chefs Table. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Meals: Breakfast DAY 13 DEPART CAPE TOWN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meal: Breakfast

The soul of the classic safari lives unchanged Tinyeleti Treehouse at Lion Sands

Lion Sands Kruger National Park promises a highly personalised safari and leisure experience. Tinga Lodge and Narina Lodge offer guests the pinnacle of African contemporary luxury, whether family, honeymooner, wildlife enthusiast or singleton. The Tinyeleti Treehouse is regarded as ‘The Ultimate Bush Bedroom’. Appreciate the hours of dusk above the active plains, before sleeping in the open under the picture-perfect nocturnal sky. Lion Sands Kruger National Park | more.co.za

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LUXURY TRAIN JOURNEYS ACROSS AFRICA

ROVOS RAIL Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel through Africa on Rovos Rail, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Relax in the privacy and comfort of spacious suites, each with a perfect blend of period ambience and modern features.

BLUE TRAIN The Five-Star Blue Train is an excellent overnight way of traversing this huge country in comfort and style. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.

3 DAYS CAPE TOWN JOURNEY Meander through spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape and end your journey at Table Mountain.

2 DAYS PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN (OR VICE VERSA) A journey of 1600km chugging through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.

3 DAYS DURBAN SAFARI Depart in the summer months and explore Pretoria and Durban where you will partake in game drives to catch the Big Five and a variety of birdlife.

2 DAYS PRETORIA TO HOEDSPRUIT (OR VICE VERSA) The route between Pretoria and Hoedspruit is a 19-hour journey that travels to the Limpopo province of South Africa.

3 DAY VICTORIA FALLS JOURNEY Go up north across the borders to Botswana’s capital, Gaborone and pass through Hwange National Park where animals can be spotted from the train. The sojourn ends at the mighty Victoria Falls.

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South Luangwa NP Kafue NP Lusaka

ZAMBIA

Lower Zambezi NP Mana Pools NP Matusadona NP

Kasane Victoria Falls

Linyanti Reserve

Etosha NP

Harare

Hwange NP Chobe NP

Damaraland

ZIMBABWE

Okavango Delta

Skeleton Coast NP

Maun

NAMIBIA Windhoek

Malilangwe Reserve

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

BOTSWANA

Walvis Bay

Sossusvlei

Nosy Be

Anjajavy

MADAGASCAR Tsingy de Bemaraha NP

“June to October is supposedly the busiest and most expensive time to visit the Okavango Delta. But if you go during May when the first wave of floodwater reaches the delta, it will be lush with good wildlife sightings without the high price tag!” Africa Specialist, Tico

Andasibe NP

Antananarivo Avenue of Baobabs Kirindy Reserve Ranomafana NP Isalo NP

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Southern Africa Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar

For those seeking the untouched pristine beauty of Africa’s wilderness, this is Africa for the connoisseurs. National Geographic has rated Okavango Delta as “one of the best preserved corners of wilderness left on earth”. Featuring incredibly beautiful landscape of meandering water channels and rich plains teeming with an amazing variety of wildlife. Best described as unworldly, Namibia features some of the highest dunes in the Namib Desert, a giant salt pan in Etosha and stark wilderness at Skeleton Coast with wildlife appearing at this surreal terrain. Come close to playful lemurs and leaping sifakas in Madagascar and picnic on the edge of Victoria Falls where you can even take a heart-stopping peak over the edge. Glide down one of Africa’s great rivers in Zambia and Zimbabwe and get up close opportunities to spot wildlife.

“Everyone knows about the famous wildebeest migration from Serengeti to Masai Mara. But few are aware about the vast herds of zebras and wildebeest that migrate from northern Botswana to the briefly lush Makgadikgadi Pans during January to March.” Africa Specialist, Jess 21


OUR RECOMMENDED LODGES / HOTELS

OKAVANGO DELTA Water-Based Camps Jao Camp: Shaded by a canopy of trees with nine spacious and beautifully-designed tents offering ensuite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Khwai River Lodge: Set on raised wooden platforms with traditional African thatch roof, it consists of 14 luxury tented rooms and a private suite. www.belmondsafaris.com Machaba Camp: Built in the classic 1950’s style with 8 luxury safari tents and 2 family tents and not forgetting the romantic outdoor shower, it is located in the game rich Khwai area. www.machabasafaris.com

Xaranna Camp With only nine tents, this intimate camp offers a luxurious solitude on its own Delta Island. www.andbeyond.com

Combo Camps Abu Camp: Home of the original elephant-back safari, this luxurious camp is set in the heart of the delta. With unique high-ceiling and airy canvas style, the six ensuite rooms each have a generous deck and outdoor copper bathtub. www.abucamp.com

Jacana Camp: Located on an island in the Jao Concession and surrounded by floodplains, it has five ensuite Meru-style tents including a family tent. www.wilderness-safaris.com Camp Okavango: Situated on the remote Nxaragha Island, there are 11 suites and one family suite complete with private viewing deck and ensuite bathrooms. www.desertdelta.com

Vumbura Plains: Located on a private concession in the north of the delta, it comprises of two separate satellite camps with a total of 14 modern and luxurious rooms, out of which two accommodate families. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Land-Based Camps Sandibe Lodge: Situated in a private concession adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve, the lodge features organic designs with hand-woven interiors in 12 elegant suites. www.andbeyond.com

Chief’s Camp: Located on the game rich Moremi Game Reserve, the lodge is set for a major refurbishment and to reopen May 2016 and will feature 12 luxurious bush pavilions. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

Little Mombo: Located on Chief’s Island within the Moremi Game Reserve and arguably the best game viewing area in Africa, Little Mombo is a small and intimate camp built under a shady canopy with three luxurious ensuite rooms under canvas. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Shinde Camp: Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, it was refurbished in 2015 featuring eight classic safari tents. www.kerdowneybotswana.com

Chitabe Lediba Camp: Featuring five spacious Meru-style tents built on raised decks, ensuite with panoramic views of the Delta. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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“Two little-known features of the Victoria Falls are rainbows and moonbows. Rainbows form throughout the year, with the exception of low water level. Moonbows are best seen from the Zambia side between March and July on clear full moon days. Access to the Falls is possible on these evenings.” Africa Specialist, Cindy

CHOBE / LINYANTI Zarafa Camp: A member of Relais & Chateaux, Zarafa is one of Botswana’s smallest camps offering one of the country’s most exclusive game viewing experiences with only four rooms all featuring a private pool. www.greatplainsconservation.com Selinda Camp: Situated on the northern side of the Zibadiaja lagoon accessible by a boat ride from the airstrip, the camp is truly remote featuring 9 tented camps. www.greatplainsconservation.com DumaTau Camp: A ten-roomed luxury tented camp located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. www.wilderness-safaris.com Savuti Camp: This intimate and rustic camp’s ensuite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents, including a family unit that are raised off the ground and facing the Savuti Channel. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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Chobe Safari Lodge: Set on the banks of the Chobe River with a selection of accommodation ranging from luxury safari rooms to luxury river rooms and family rooms. www.underonebotswanasky.com CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE Kalahari Plains: 8 ensuite canvas units with a sleep-out above to enjoy the star-studded nights. www.wilderness-safaris.com Tau Pan: With 9 environmentally adapted ensuite rooms overlooking a waterhole. ww.kwando.co.za MAKGADIKGADI PANS Jack’s Camp: With 10 stylish canvas ensuite tents that exudes an old-world Africa charm, complete with indoor and outdoor showers. www.unchartedafrica.com San Camp: Featuring six large walk-in white canvas tents, each with awe inspiring views onto the salt pans. www.unchartedafrica.com

WINDHOEK Olive Exclusive: An indulgent all-suites boutique hotel situated close to the city centre. www.theolive-namibia.com

ETOSHA Little Ongava: Designed for privacy and luxury, it has only three spacious units each with a large sitting room with a fireplace, a private deck, infinity pool and sala. www.ongava.com

Galton House: A lovely 8 room’s guesthouse located on a hillside, 10 minutes from the city centre. www.galtonhouse.com VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE The Elephant Camp: Situated on a private concession and bounded by the Masuwe River and Zambezi gorges, featuring 12 luxury tents with a private plunge pool. All guests will get the opportunity to meet the Wild Horizon elephants. www.theelephantcamp.com

Ongava Lodge: Offering 13 chalets and one family room built out of brick, rock and thatch, air-conditioned and with ensuite facilities. www.ongava.com Andersson’s Camp: Eco-sensitive with 20 tented ensuite units raised on decks for an enhanced view of the waterhole and surrounding plains. www.anderssonscamp.com

Victoria Falls Safari Club: Located just 4km from the Falls and overlooking a private waterhole, this premium hotel offers exclusivity and a modern design. www.africaalbidatourism.com

Onguma Camp: Offering five lodges and two campsites it is sleek and modern with each ensuite tent overlooking a waterhole. www.onguma.com

Ilala Lodge: A 4-star boutique-style hotel exuding a colonial atmosphere and is the closest hotel to the Falls. www.ilalalodge.com

Mushara Bush Camp: Offering a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience with 16 ensuite tents built from canvas, wood and local limestone. www.mushara-lodge.com

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK Little Makalolo: With six traditional-style ensuite tents including a family unit, you can spend a night star gazing on the romantic Star Bed. www.wilderness-safaris.com

SOSSUSVLEI Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: With just 10 villas constructed of stone and glass, the lodge is designed to make the most of its breath-taking surroundings. www.andbeyond.com

Davison’s Camp: A classic African tented camp with eight tents and one family unit, all overlooking an open plain and waterhole. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Kulala Desert Lodge: Comprising of 19 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with ensuite bathrooms and verandas, sleep under the stars on the deck above the flat rooftop. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Somalisa Camp: Consisting of seven elegantly furnished sail ensuite tents with gauze sliding door and fireplace for winter and overhead fan for summer. www.africanbushcamps.com

SKELETON COAST Hoanib Skeleton Coast: Located in the broad valley, it consists of seven large tents and one family unit with ensuite bathrooms and shaded outdoor decks. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Cape Hwange: Featuring 8 chalets and 16 bedded camps simply designed, overlooking a waterhole. www.camp-hwange.com

DAMARALAND Mowani Mountain Camp: Set in a luxurious East African style with 15 ensuite safari tents built on raised wooden platforms with a private veranda. www.mowani.com

MANA POOLS Ruckomechi Camp: Situated on a large private concession consisting of 10 spacious ensuite tents, all which overlook the river. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Camp Kipwe: The setting is one of intimacy and space with nine rooms offering ensuite facilities and one thatched roof luxury suite. www.kipwe.com

Kanga Camp: A 12 bedded ensuite tented camp not too far from Chitake Springs. www.africanbushcamps.com

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“Get back to nature and experience a night (okay, at least a few hours) of sleeping under the stars in Sossusvlei!” Africa Specialist, Ming

Amanzi Camp: The sister camp of Anabezi, it features a more rustic feel with four ensuite tents with balcony overlooking the Zambezi. www.anabezi.com Chiawa Camp: Rustic and unpretentious with safari tents on the banks of the Zambezi River. www.chiawa.com Chongwe River Camp: Set on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers with 9 ensuite safari tents. www.chongwe.com SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK Chinzombo: Set on a private land with views of the Luangwa River, it brings levels of comfort, style and elegance through its six villas, one of which is a family suite. www.normancarrsafaris.com MALILANGWE RESERVE Singita Pamushana: The six intimate villas is set amongst towering trees, atop a mountain overlooking a lake in the remote reaches of the pristine Malilangwe Reserve. www.singita.com

Lion Camp: A stylish, unique and independent lodge situated in a remote part of South Luangwa National Park. www.lioncamp.com Mchenja Bush Camp: A luxurious, elegant and stylish tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa with five specially designed octagonal tents. www.normancarrsafaris.com

LIVINGSTONE (ZAMBIA) Sussi & Chuma: A short drive away from the Falls, it consists of 12 air-conditioned tree houses and two Chuma houses connected by wooden walkways. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

ANTANANARIVO Hotel Carlton: Well located in the old town and generally regarded as the best hotel in the city. www.carlton-madagascar.com

Tongabezi Lodge: A romantic luxury hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls. www.tongabezi.com

Palissandre Cote Ouest: A basic hotel located between the upper town and lower Andohalo. www.hotel-restaurant-palissandre.com

Royal Livingstone: A 5-star hotel with the charm and opulence of the British era and rooms with bush or river view. Choose to arrive in style via a water taxi transfer and catch your first glimpse of the magnificent Falls. www.suninternational.com

ANDASIBE Vakona Forest Lodge: Designed in line with local Malagasy architecture consisting of 10 bungalows and 14 double rooms. www.hotelvakona.com

Avani Victoria Falls Resort: A 4-star hotel with stylish and comfortable rooms with the iconic Victoria Falls at its doorstep. www.avanihotels.com

Andasibe Hotel: A 3-star hotel with 20 comfortable and spacious bungalows. www.andasibehotel-resto.com ISALO Isalo Rock Lodge: Positioned high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park with 60 modern rooms. www.isalorocklodge.com

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK Busanga Bush Camp: Hidden on a tree-island of sycamore fig trees, the camp has four well-appointed ensuite tents each with a veranda to take in the sweeping views. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Jardin Du Roy: Situated in private grounds, it offers 25 comfortable and spacious rooms. www.lejardinduroy.com

Shumba Camp: Located on a tree-island, its six luxury tented units are spacious, ensuite with both indoor and outdoor showers. www.wilderness-safaris.com

TSINGY DE BEMARAHA Soleil Des Tsingy: A comfortable and stylish hotel with 17 bungalows and dramatic views of the surrounding landscapes. www.soleildestsingy.com

Mukambi Safari Lodge: Centrally located with choice of comfortable ensuite chalet, family villa or luxury tents overlooking the river. www.mukambisafaris.com

ANJAJAVY Anjajavy l’Hotel: Located in a nature reserve with an ensemble of rosewood villas scattered over a long sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel. www.relaischateaux.com

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK Sausage Tree Camp: A luxurious camp overlooking the floodplains featuring 5 signature tents, 2 honeymoon suites and 1 family suite. www.sausagetreecamp.com

MORONDAVA Palissandre Cote Quest: Located at Nosy Kely on the beach of Morondava with 30 bungalows each with a private terrace overlooking the sea. www.hotel-restaurant-palissandrecoteouest.com

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp: Found at the lower end of the Zambezi National Park featuring 10 luxury tents set on raised timber platforms. www.anabezi.com

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CLASSIC BOTSWANA WITH VICTORIA FALLS Chobe and Okavango Delta

DAY 01 ARRIVE VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Victoria Falls and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a sun-downer cruise along the Zambezi River and spot resident wildlife in their own sanctuary. Meals: - (Dinner for clients staying at the Elephant Camp)

DAY 04 CHOBE OR LINYANTI Today, experience an excellent mix of land and water-based game viewing. In Linyanti, go off the road on night drives and get ready for some night action. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 VICTORIA FALLS Go up close to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. Meals: - (Dinner for clients staying at the Elephant Camp)

DAY 05 CHOBE OR LINYANTI / OKAVANGO DELTA A light aircraft brings you to your camp in Okavango Delta. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area home to hundreds of species of large herds, predators and birds. Divide your stay between two unique and contrasting experiences with the water or land based camps. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Optional: Helicopter Flight Over the Falls (15 mins) Take in the full breadth and height of Victoria Falls atop a helicopter and enjoy great photographic opportunities.

This afternoon, go on an elephant-back safari where you ride through riverine bush and the Zambezi River with these magnificent creatures. Note: For clients staying in Elephant Camp, meet the famous Sylvester the Cheetah and elephants on site. (Subject to availability)

DAY 06 OKAVANGO DELTA Continue your exploration of the delta on mokoro or powerboat excursions for an unobtrusive insight into this incredible wetland paradise. Try your hand at fishing the fierce Tiger Fish, or Tilapia on a catchand-release basis. (Mar to Dec) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

There are optional activities aplenty and you may even wish to extend your stay. • For those wanting an adrenaline rush, choose from extreme activities such as abseiling, gorges swing, bungy jump, white water rafting and more. • Tour the Falls bathed in the magical light of a rising full moon and lunar rainbows cast into the gorges below. Available only three days a month!

DAY 07 OKAVANGO DELTA Today, fly to your dry camp focusing on landbased activities with game drives along the river systems and flood plains. You will also be out and about on night drives to catch the nocturnal mammals in action. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Meals: Breakfast (lunch & dinner for clients staying at the Elephant Camp) DAY 03 VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE OR LINYANTI Drive 1.5 hour to Kasane in Botswana. Depending on your lodge location, you may drive to Chobe or take a light aircraft to Linyanti.

DAY 08 OKAVANGO DELTA Set out for a walking safari with your skilled guide. Be enveloped by nature and have the exciting opportunity of coming across big game on foot as well as observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Chobe National Park features one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa with the Chobe River as a major watering spot where you can discover more than 75 species of mammals. Linyanti Wildlife Reserve covers an enormous area of floodplains, swamps and dense forest making it a prime location to encounter elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, impala and roan antelopes. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 09 OKAVANGO DELTA / DEPART MAUN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 03 LINYANTI Today, experience an excellent mix of land and water-based game viewing. From the open floodplains to the reed beds on a motorboat, keep your eyes peeled as there is plenty of action to catch. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 04 LINYANTI / OKAVANGO DELTA A light aircraft brings you to your camp in Okavango Delta. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area fed by floodwaters from faraway Angola, this seasonally-driven environment is home to hundreds of species of large herds, predators and birds. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 05 OKAVANGO DELTA Go on game drives along the river systems and flood plains. The wildlife in the area is prolific and chances are good to see some of the larger predators, herds of elephant and buffalo. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 01 ARRIVE VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Victoria Falls and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a sun-downer cruise along the Zambezi River and spot resident wildlife in their own sanctuary. DAY 02 VICTORIA FALLS / LINYANTI Go up close to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. Today, choose from a variety of optional activities and you may even wish to extend an additional day!

Optional Activities: • Take a bird’s-eye view on a micro-flight over Victoria Falls and neighbouring rainforests. • Go on an elephant-back safari where you ride through riverine bush and the Zambezi River atop these magnificent creatures. • Enjoy a Livingston Island Picnic set in the middle of the Zambezi River, on the edge of Victoria Falls. • Reminisce the classic way of travel aboard the Royal Livingstone Express, a steam train that runs through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. (Available only on Wed/ Sun) • For those wanting an adrenaline rush, there are extreme activities aplenty such as abseiling, gorges swing, bungy jump, white water rafting and more.

Drive 1.5 hours to Kasane in Botswana for your light aircraft to Linyanti. A private reserve, it covers an enormous area of floodplains, swamps and dense forest along Linyanti River and Savute Channel, ideal for encounters with elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala and roan antelope. Meals: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 06 OKAVANGO DELTA Continue your exploration of the delta on mokoro or powerboat excursions for an unobtrusive insight into this incredible wetland paradise. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 07 OKAVANGO DELTA / CENTRAL KALAHARI OR MAKGADIKGADI SALT PAN Set off for your flight to the Kalahari Desert and be surprised that the landscape is dominated not by sand but oceans of rippling grassland punctuated by wooded valleys and lunar-like saltpans. Depending on the season, visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve or Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Nov to Mar) The reserve is an ultimate in ‘remote’ safari destinations, offering some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa, include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion. Makgadikgadi Salt Pan (Apr to Oct) The largest salt pan on Earth, the water, natural salts and plankton combine to create a natural haven for aquatic birds ideal for birdwatching enthusiasts. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 08 CENTRAL KALAHARI OR MAKGADIKGADI SALT PAN Central Kalahari Game Reserve Enjoy game drive and take a nature walk with the Bushman trackers hailing from the San Bushman Clans providing insights into their traditional lifestyles. Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Set off on your quad bike in search of the fascinating meerkats. Go on a game drive across different landscapes to find animal species unique to the desert. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 09 CENTRAL KALAHARI OR MAKGADIKGADI SALT PAN / DEPART MAUN Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

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NAMIBIA DRIVE AND FLY SAFARI

DAY 06 DAMARALAND Take a 4x4 scenic excursion in search for wildlife, including the elusive desert adapted elephants. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of a large Ana tree and take in the unique ambience of the area. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / WINDHOEK Arrive in Windhoek for a short city tour and transfer to your hotel. Meals: Dinner DAY 02 WINDHOEK / EASTERN ETOSHA Drive about 6 hours to the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park. A wildlife photographer’s paradise, this premier game park attracts an amazing variety of wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 07 DAMARALAND / SOSSUSVLEI Board a scheduled light aircraft to Sossusvlei (about 3.5 hours with stops). Discover the expansive sand plains and stretches of savannah alternate with majestic mountain ranges and vegetated dune belts of deep red sand signature of Sossusvlei. At night, get a clear view of the stars above without any light pollution. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 03 EASTERN ETOSHA Game viewing is never dull as it is common to have more than six to eight species of animals at one time at a small waterhole. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 SOSSUSVLEI Rise early to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. Thereafter, view the Sesriem Canyon.

DAY 04 EASTERN ETOSHA / SOUTHERN ETOSHA Spend the day game viewing. Drive to the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and explore a selection of waterholes before arriving at Ongava Game Reserve. The reserve is home to a wide variety of game against a backdrop of large open plains. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes) or can be spent on another guided activity on offer at the lodge. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 05 SOUTHERN ETOSHA / DAMARALAND Depart Etosha and drive to Damaraland. Featuring displays of rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation, the landscape gives meaning to the word “wilderness”. Search for the semi-nomadic Himba people, one of the last traditional people of Namibia and learn of their beliefs and customs. If time permits, stop to visit UNESCO listed Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 09 SOSSUSVLEI / WINDHOEK Transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Windhoek (about 5 hours with stops). Transfer to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Meals: Breakfast DAY 10 WINDHOEK / DEPART JOHANNESBURG Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

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WINGS OVER NAMIBIA Unworldly Landscape Across Remote Africa

DAY 01 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / WINDHOEK Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure where you can explore the city. Meals: Dinner

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DAY 05- 06 SKELETON COAST Enjoy two full days of exploring the coast with your local lodge guide. Weather permitting, enjoy a scenic flight on one of the days to the coast before returning to the camp with enough time to relax and enjoy a sundowner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 WINDHOEK / SOSSUSVLEI Board a charter flight to Sossusvlei (about 1.15 hours). Discover the expansive sand plains and stretches of savannah alternate with majestic mountain ranges and vegetated dune belts of deep red sand signature of Sossusvlei. At night, get a clear view of the stars above without any light pollution. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 07 SKELETON COAST / ETOSHA Transfer by charter light aircraft to Etosha National Park (about 1.45 hours). Game viewing is never dull at Etosha as it is common to have more than six to eight species of animals at one time at a small waterhole. Take afternoon drives on the Onguma Game Reserve, home to a wide variety of game against a backdrop of large open plains. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 03 SOSSUSVLEI Rise early to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. Thereafter, view the Sesriem Canyon. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or go on another guided activity on offer at the lodge. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 ETOSHA Enjoy a full day of safari activities at Etosha. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 04 SOSSUSVLEI / SKELETON COAST After the morning safari activities, transfer by a charter light aircraft (about 4.5 hours with stops for refuel) to Skeleton Coast. Skeleton Coast beckons those seeking for the remotest wilderness experience. Despite the arid environs, discover a surprising diversity of both fauna and flora within this extraordinary area. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 09 ETOSHA / WINDHOEK After the morning safari activities, transfer by charter light aircraft back to Windhoek (about 2.5 hours with stop for refuel). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast DAY 10 WINDHOEK / DEPART JOHANNESBURG Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

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BOTSWANA AND NAMIBIA FOR THE CONNOISSEUR In Search of Africa’s Best Wilderness

DAY 01 ARRIVE VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Victoria Falls and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a sun-downer cruise along the Zambezi River and spot resident wildlife in their own sanctuary. Meals: Dinner DAY 02 VICTORIA FALLS / LINYANTI Go up close to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. Today, choose from a variety of optional activities and you may even wish to extend an additional day! Optional Activities: • Take a bird’s-eye view on a micro-flight over Victoria Falls and neighbouring rainforests. • Go on an elephant-back safari where you ride through riverine bush and the Zambezi River atop these magnificent creatures. • Enjoy a Livingston Island Picnic set in the middle of the Zambezi River, on the edge of Victoria Falls. • Reminisce the classic way of travel aboard the Royal Livingstone Express, a steam train that runs through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. (Available only on Wed/ Sun) • For those wanting an adrenaline rush, there are extreme activities aplenty such as abseiling, gorges swing, bungy jump, white water rafting and more.

Drive 1.5 hours to Kasane in Botswana for your light aircraft to Linyanti. A private reserve, it covers an enormous area of floodplains, swamps and dense forest along Linyanti River and Savute Channel, ideal for encounters with elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, impalas and roan antelopes. Meals: Breakfast, dinner DAY 03 LINYANTI Today, experience an excellent mix of land and water-based game viewing. Go off the road on night drives and get ready for some night action. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 04 LINYANTI / OKAVANGO DELTA Fly to Okavango Delta on a light aircraft. Listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage, Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area, home to hundreds of species of large herds, predators and birds. Spend three nights in a combo camp, offering two unique and contrasting experiences with water and land based activities. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 05-06 OKAVANGO DELTA Enjoy two full days of game activities. Go on game drives with your skilled guides and discover big game as well as observe the smaller creatures. Continue your exploration of the delta on mokoro or powerboat excursions for an unobtrusive insight into this incredible wetland paradise. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 07 OKAVANGO DELTA / MAUN / WINDHOEK Take a light aircraft to Maun and connect to your flight to Windhoek. Transfer to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast DAY 08 WINDHOEK / SKELETON COAST Transfer to the airport for your scenic charter flight. Skeleton Coast beckons those seeking for the remotest wilderness experience. Despite the arid environs, discover a surprising diversity of both fauna and flora within this extraordinary area. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 09-10 SKELETON COAST Enjoy two full days of exploring the coast with your local lodge guide. Weather permitting, enjoy a scenic flight on one of the day to the coast before returning to the camp with enough time to relax and enjoy a sundowner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 11 SKELETON COAST / SOSSUSVLEI Take a charter flight to Sossusvlei via Swakopmund for refuel. Discover the expansive sand plains and stretches of savannah alternate with majestic mountain ranges and vegetated dune belts of deep red sand, signature of Sossusvlei. In the afternoon, begin your safari activities including guided walk, nature drive or quad-biking in the dunes. After dinner, take advantage of the unpolluted sky and do some star gazing! Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 12 SOSSUSVLEI Rise early to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. Thereafter, view the Sesriem Canyon. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or go on another guided activity on offer at the lodge. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 13 SOSSUSVLEI / WINDHOEK After your morning activity, transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Windhoek. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast DAY 14 WINDHOEK / DEPART JOHANNESBURG Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

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REMOTE ZAMBIA

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DAY 04-05 KAFUE Optional: Take a hot-air balloon safari where you graze over the

land, trailing the animals below and taking in the scenic splendour.

Enjoy two full days of game drives. The vast Busanga Plains is perhaps the prime wildlife viewing destination in the country and regarded as one of the best places in Africa to find leopards and tree-climbing lions. In the evening, explore the unique nocturnal world on night drives with your knowledgeable guide. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 01 ARRIVE VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Victoria Falls and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River and spot resident wildlife in their own sanctuary. Meals: - (Dinner for clients staying at the Tongabezi or Sussi & Chuma) DAY 02 VICTORIA FALLS Go up close to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls.

Optional: Micro-flight Over the Falls (12 mins)

Fly over Victoria Falls, the islands and neighbouring

DAY 06 KAFUE / LOWER ZAMBEZI Transfer to Lusaka and take an onward short flight to Lower Zambezi where enormous herds of elephants are often seen at the river’s edge. Buffaloes and waterbucks are usually seen, as are lions and leopards. Join a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River and view the game in a very relaxing way. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 07 LOWER ZAMBEZI On your game drives, you may spot majestic Zambezi elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and predators. With a birding checklist of nearly 400 species, there’s no shortage of photographic opportunities. In neighbouring Zimbabwe lies the famous Mana Pools Reserve where canoeing is the way to go to appreciate nature in a totally different perspective- looking up rather than looking down! Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

rainforests for a top down view!

Enjoy a picnic on the edge of the Victoria Falls and you can even take a heart-stopping peek over the edge to the infamous Devil’s Pool. (Available in mid Jul to Jan, low water season)

Meals: Breakfast (lunch & dinner for clients staying at the Tongabezi or Sussi & Chuma) DAY 03 VICTORIA FALLS / KAFUE This morning, depending on your lodges’ location, drive or take a scheduled air charter to Kafue National Park. (Direct flight only on Wed & Sun, for other days you will need to fly via Lusaka). Zambia’s best-kept secret, Kafue National Park remains largely unexplored with vast areas of its bush still untouched. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 LOWER ZAMBEZI / SOUTH LUANGWA Today, fly to South Luangwa National Park via Lusaka. Enjoy spectacular views from the air as you fly into the South Luangwa Valley. The concentration of game along the Luangwa River and its associated ox-bow lagoons is amongst the most intense anywhere in Africa. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 09-10 SOUTH LUANGWA Renowned for the abundance of its large mammals, there is an estimated fifty hippos per kilometre of the Luangwa River! The famous ‘walking safari’, originated in this Park, a perfect way to search for the smaller creatures, learn about the trees and examine the different tracks and signs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 11 SOUTH LUANGWA / DEPART LUSAKA After your breakfast, your plane takes you to Lusaka for your connection flight back home. Meal: Breakfast

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10

DAYS

THE HIDDEN GEM OF ZIMBABWE Extension to Singita Pamushana Malilangwe Reserve

DAY 01 ARRIVE VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Victoria Falls and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a sun-downer cruise along the Zambezi River and spot resident wildlife in their own sanctuary. Meals: - (Dinner for clients staying at the Elephant Camp)

DAY 04-05 HWANGE Enjoy 2 full days of game drives across the plain. Track some of the most feared animals of Africa on foot with your guide and take in the sights of the animals congregated at the waterhole while you indulge in your sundowner. On your night drive, spot the nocturnal species that inhibit the area. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 VICTORIA FALLS Go up close to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls.

DAY 06 HWANGE / MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK Take a scheduled air charter to Mana Pools National Park. A listed UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1984, the area is home to a remarkable concentration of wild animals, including elephants, buffaloes, leopards and cheetahs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 07-08 MANA POOLS Along the southern bank of the Zambezi River is a combination of permanent water and rich food source to large herds of game in this area. One of the best ways to see them is by canoeing as you glide by silently with minimal disturbance to the animals. This slow paced adventure improves your chances of seeing a greater variety of wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Optional: Helicopter Flight Over the Falls (15 mins)

Take in the full breadth and height of Victoria Falls atop a helicopter and enjoy great photographic opportunities.

This afternoon, go on an elephant-back safari where you ride through riverine bush and the Zambezi River. Note: For clients staying in Elephant Camp, meet the famous Sylvester the Cheetah and elephants on site. (Subject to availability) There are optional activities aplenty and you may even wish to extend your stay. • For those wanting an adrenaline rush, choose from extreme activities such as abseiling, gorges swing, bungy jump, white water rafting and more. • Tour the Falls bathed in the magical light of a rising full moon and lunar rainbows cast into the gorges below. Available only three days a month!

DAY 09 MANA POOLS / HARARE / JOHANNESBURG Take a 1.5 hour flight to Harare and connect to another flight to Johannesburg. Enjoy your day free at leisure and explore the happening dining scene. Meals: Breakfast

Meals: Breakfast (lunch & dinner for clients staying at the Elephant Camp) DAY 03 VICTORIA FALLS / HWANGE NATIONAL PARK This morning, take a 1 hour flight to Hwange National Park and drive to your lodge. Adjoining Botswana’s Makgadikgadi and Chobe ecosystems, this is Zimbabwe’s biggest and oldest game reserve boasting a variety of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. It is also one of the world’s last great elephant sanctuaries. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10 DEPART JOHANNESBURG Tour Pretoria, capital of South Africa before transferring for your flight home. Meal: Breakfast

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MADAGASCAR – KINGDOM OF LEMURS

In Search of Africa’s Best Wilderness

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DAYS

DAY 01 ARRIVE ANTANANARVIO Take a tour of the capital Antananarivo. A hill-side city, it is packed with interesting archaeological, cultural and historical sites. DAY 02 ANTANARIVO / AMBOHIMANGA / ANDASIBE After an early breakfast, drive 1.5 hours to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, cradle of the Merina dynasty. Continue your journey to Andasibe National Park. (3.5 hours) This evening, go for a night walk at Voimma Reserve and observe the nocturnal lemurs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch DAY 09 ANTANANARIVO/ ANJAJAVY Take the early flight to Anjajavy. Indulge at Anjajavy l’Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux property built on a peninsula and surrounded by a reserve of dry deciduous woodland. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 03 ANDASIBE Start your adventure early morning to search for Madagascar’s largest lemur, the Indri. The peculiar call of the indri can be heard early in the morning till noon and again in the late afternoon. This afternoon, visit Vakona Lemur Island which protects a number of habituated lemurs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 10-11 ANJAJAVY Enjoy your day at leisure. Join the guided forest walks, meet the resident brown lemurs and sifakas or go on a catamaran to observe the endangered Madagascar Fish-eagle and more. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 04 ANDASIBE / ANTANANARIVO / ISALO After breakfast, drive back to Antananarivo for your flight to Toliara. Continue with a 4 hour drive to Ranohira, where the Isalo National Park is located. Check in to your lodge for a rest after a long day.

DAY 12 ANJAJAVY / ANTANANARIVO / JOHANNESBURG After your breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meal: Breakfast

Optional: Save 4 hours by flying charter instead of driving (2.5 hours)! Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 13 DEPART JOHANNESBURG This morning, take a tour of Pretoria, capital of South Africa. Thereafter, connect to your flight home. Meal: Breakfast

DAY 05 ISALO Isalo National Park is often referred as Jurassic Park, with remarkable landscape of eroded sandstone outcrops and canyons dotted with rare plants. Take a hike on the popular Canyon of Monkeys trail through dense forest to discover ring-tailed lemurs and active Sifakas leaping from rock to rock. Meals: Breakfast, lunch DAY 06 ISALO / MORONDAVA – AVENUE OF BAOBABS Take a light hike around the lodge before your short charter flight (1.5 hour) to Morondava, gateway to the famous Alley of Baobabs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

EXTENSION – 2 DAYS TSINGY OF BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK (MID APR – MID NOV)

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site of unique geography filled with tsingy, sharp limestone pinnacles that may reach 150 feet in height and cutting through are canyons and gorges rich in fauna and flora. DAY 08 MORONDAVA / AMBORODIA

Take a short charter flight (50 min) to Amborodia. Drive to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Enter the limestone forest

DAY 07 MORONDAVA – KIRINDY RESERVE Explore the Kirindy Private Reserve, home to seven species of lemur, a number of endemic reptiles, flora and other unique species. On your way back to Morondava, enjoy the sunset at the Avenue of Baobabs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

passing through several hanging bridges with impressive karstic formations below. Visit the grotto with stalagmites and labyrinths chiselled by the wind and rain and learn of the many endemic plants and animals. Meal: Breakfast, lunch DAY 09

DAY 08 MORONDAVA / ANTANANARIVO Enjoy your morning at leisure. Fly back to Antananarivo. Transfer to your hotel and later explore the old Central Station, colourful markets and old quarters along the Avenue of Independence with your guide. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

AMBORODIA / ANJAJAVY

Enjoy your morning walk at the Grand Tsingy of Bemaraha Park. This afternoon, take your charter flight to Anjajavy (2.5 hours with refuelling).

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“Most travellers rush to catch the wildebeest migration from June to September, not knowing that the migration is a year round phenomenon with each months offering something different!” Africa Specialist, Yong Kang

KENYA

Murchison Falls NP

Lake Kyaninga

UGANDA

Samburu NP Laikipia

Kibale NP

Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Entebbe

Meru NP

Lake Nakuru NP Masai Mara NP

Volcanoes NP

Nairobi

Kigali

RWANDA

Amboseli NP

Serengeti NP

Mount Kilimanjaro

Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

Lake Manyara Tarangire NP

TANZANIA

Zanzibar

Ruaha NP

Selous Game Reserve

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“Busdaeri beatur? Quiditate niendaeres sandae pero quae dolupiciis errorio te consed quam earum qui doluptaspedi dolum idisquiae vitibus sint et fugit excerore venihil iquias maximet, sime eatus.”


East Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda

East Africa is where your vision of Africa from the Discovery Channel come true! Masai Mara and Serengeti are the two premier game parks with sweeping plains covered with literally hundreds of thousands of antelopes, zebras, wildebeest and buffaloes constantly hunted by the super predators. It is also here where the greatest wildlife show on earth is playedthe annual migration of the wildebeest! The landscape of the Great Rift Valley and collapsed Ngorongoro Crater are also not to be missed. Fly into the best kept secrets in Tanzania and discover a wild experience off-the-beaten-track in Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Trek Mount Kilimanjaro to the roof of Africa and come face to face with the Mountain Gorilla on a track in Uganda or Rwanda.


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OUR RECOMMENDED LODGES / HOTELS

SERENGETI Grumeti (Late May – Mid Jul) Sasakwa Lodge: A mixture of luxury and old-world elegance featuring private cottages and views of the majestic Serengeti plains below. www.singita.com Faru Faru Lodge: A mix of contemporary style featuring 9 suites to suit couples or families with children positioned on the renowned migratory route. www.singita.com Sabora Tented Camp: An intimate 1920s-style explorer’s camp features an opulence that is delightfully out-of-place with the rugged terrain. www.singita.com Serengeti Tented Camp: Located in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, lying in the path of the great migration featuring 10 spacious ensuite tents. www.andbeyond.com Grumeti Migration Camp: Luxury tented accommodation featuring 20 individually appointed units in either twin or king. Fine dining is standard fare. www.grumetimigrationcamp.com North-West (Mid Jul – Aug) Mara River Tented Camp: Set in the style of bohemian chic featuring 4 ensuite tents and 2 family tents. www.singita.com Sayari Camp: Set close to the famous Lamai Wedge featuring 15 tented suites with king-sized bed (twin beds available) and ensuite bathrooms with private verandas. www.asiliaafrica.com Lamai Serengeti: From a vantage view of Mara River with just 12 rooms ensuite with private verendas and natural rock swimming pool. www.nomad-tanzania.com Lemala Kuria Hills: Featuring 15 glass fronted suite tents carefully positioned for spectacular views over the vistas. Children under 6 not recommended. www.lemalacamp.com

Serengeti Bushtops: Designed to blend into its surroundings, each luxury tent features panoramic views and wooden deck with hot tub. www.bushtopscamps.com Serengeti Migration Camp: Comprising of 20 luxurious elevated tents each spacious and richly furnished bedrooms with its own 360-degree veranda. www.elewanacollection.com South (Late Jan – Mid Mar) Serian’s Serengeti Mobile: A mobile camp set to make the most of the spectacular wildebeest migration featuring 6 comfortable ensuite tents. www.serian.com Serengeti Under Canvas: A mobile camp carefully positioned for close proximity to the wildlife herds of the Great Migration featuring only nine tents nestled at each private campsite. www.andbeyond.com Kusini Safari Camp: The only permanent tented camp in South Serengeti featuring 12 spacious ensuite tents and private wooden veranda. www.sanctuaryretreats.com NGORONGORO CRATER Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: A luxurious lodge designed in the Masai’s mud-and-stick manyatta homestead style. www.andbeyond.com The Highlands: A seven-boma camp perched on the towering slopes of the Olmoti Volcano and offers a very private experience in great wilderness area. www.asiliaafrica.com Neptune Ngorongoro: An all-suite wood log cabin style retreat located a few steps from the Game Reserve Gate. www.neptunehotels.com

Kimondo Camp: Set in an exotic blend of traditional East African safari style with a subtle Moroccan influence, it has just eight elegant and airy tents. www.asiliaafrica.com

TARANGIRE Oliver’s Camp: Set in the remote southern reaches of Tarangire National Park featuring 10 beautifully appointed ensuite safari tents epitomising bush elegance. www.asiliaafrica.com

North-east (Sep - Oct) Klein’s Camp: Featuring 10 thatched cottages with uninterrupted views of an exclusive wilderness concession that borders Serengeti. www.andbeyond.com

Kuro Tarangire: Set on the banks of the Tarangire River featuring 6 large light safari tents with verandas and ensuite bucket showers and flush eco-toilets. www.nomad-tanzania.com


Sanctuary Swala: On a remote corner of the Tarangire featuring 12 luxurious canvas pavilions shaded by tall acacia trees all within sight of the well frequented waterhole. www.sanctuaryretreats.com SELOUS Beho Beho: With 8 individual bandas or stone built thatched cottages and optional stay at The Treehouse for those that want to truly experience the wilderness in splendid isolation. www.behobeho.com Sands River Camp: A stylish, luxurious safari accommodation with 8 open-fronted rooms each with panoramic views of the river. www.nomad-tanzania.com Siwandu: Divided into two intimately sized camps, North and South, consisting of spacious octagonal tents of canvas topped in thatch. www.selous.com RUAHA NATIONAL PARK Jongormero: Blending in with its surroundings, it comprises of 8 large well-appointed tented suites built on raised wooden platforms overlooking the riverbed. www.selous.com Kichaka’s Bush Camp: Always situated in a grove of trees to provide shade, it has three mobile tents which can hold two people comfortably in each. www.kichakaexpeditions.com Kwihala Camp: Featuring 6 tents each furnished in simple yet elegant safari style with ensuite bathrooms with flushing toilet and safari bucket shower. www.asiliaafrica.com ARUSHA Arusha Coffee Lodge: A boutique lodge designed around original homes in the coffee plantation. www.elewanacollection.com MOSHI Kaliwa Lodge: Nestled at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, just a few minutes away from Machame Gate entrance. www.kaliwalodge.com ZANZIBAR Mnemba Island Lodge: Be among just 20 guests at this romantic, private hideaway, where ten beachside bandas overlook the Mnemba atoll, a diver’s delight. www.andbeyond.com Matemwe Retreat: The four elegant villas that make up the Retreat are set high in the palm trees with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. www.asiliaafrica.com The Residence: Fringed by a pristine mile-long beach, it comprises of luxuriously appointed villas fused in contemporary style. www.cenizaro.com MASAI MARA Angama: Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, featuring two camps of 15 tents each. www.angama.com Mara Plains: Featuring canvas tents tucked away amongst the lush vegetation on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River. www.greatplainsconservation.com Rekero Camp: The nine elegant ensuite tents form a tranquil oasis perched strategically above the mighty Talek River. www.asiliaafrica.com Sands River Camp: Situated on a secluded and picturesque site comprising of 16 tented accommodation, it exudes the classic era of African adventure. www.elewanacollection.com Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp: With sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara, it has a total of 40 tents with simpley yet cotemporary and stylish interiors. www.andbeyond.com


Olonana: Set at the foot of the Siria Escarpment, the camp features 14 tastefully appointed tents with ensuite bathrooms and river view verandas. www.sanctuaryretreats.com MERU NATIONAL PARK Elsa’ Kopje: A charming eco-lodge with 6 ensuite open-fronted cottages each unique in designed in elegant safari style. www.elsaskopje.com LAIKIPIA The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille: A wonderful community project comprising of four houses, each secluded and intimate. www.ol-lentille.com Ol Malo Lodge: A privately-owned family ranch and game sanctuary, experience an intimate and highly personal experience of luxury ranch living. www.olmalo.com Lewa House: A private home featuring thatched ensuite cottages built using traditional Lewa architecture. www.lewahouse.com PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS Volcanoes Virunga Lodge: Set on a stunning hillside with eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. www.volcanoessafaris.com Sabinyo Silverback: A 10-min drive to the park entrance. The main lodge and eight cottages have stunning views of the string of volcanoes and are well spaced out for privacy. www.governorscamp.com Jack Hannas Cottage: overlooks the golf course with full view of the volcanoes, it features an unpretentious cottage with two ensuite bedrooms. www.gorillanestlodge.com ENTEBBE Protea Hotel: A 73-roomed hotel ideally located on the shores of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from the airport. www.proteahotels.com Boma Guesthouse: A rustic 16-room guesthouse in the colonial style, located about 5 minutes’ drive away from the airport. www.boma.co.ug MASINDI Masindi Hotel: Built by The East Africa Railways and Harbours Company, it was renovated in 2000 to its original character. www.masindihotel.com MURCHISON FALLS Baker’s Lodge: Opened in early 2015, it consists of 8 individual riverside thatched cottages with uninterrupted river views. www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com Paraa Lodge: Unassuming with ensuite rooms and balcony. www.paraalodge.com KIBALE Kyaninga Lodge: Featuring 8 ensuite cottages built on platforms overlooking the lake and the Mountains of the Moon. www.kyaningalodge.com BWINDI Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp: An exclusive camp with only eight tents, this camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. www.sanctuaryretreats.com Mahogany Springs: one of Uganda’s newest lodges, this is a great 4-star option with eight spacious suites on the banks of the Munyanga River. www.mahoganysprings.com


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DAYS

KENYA- THE HIDDEN SECRET An Out of Africa Experience

DAY 01 ARRIVE NAIROBI / MERU NATIONAL PARK Arrive and transfer to your connecting flight to Meru National Park. Transfer to your lodge in the Central Highlands – Elsa’s Kop. As the only lodge in Meru, you’ll virtually have the entire park to yourself. Enjoy afternoon and evening game drives.

DAY 05 LAIKIPIA / MASAI MARA Take a schedule flight to Masai Mara game reserve and transfer to your camp. Wildlife sighting here is one of the most rewarding in Africa. To maximize sightings, you will be positioned at the Mara confluence area, to witness the river crossings and crocodile action. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

For families travelling with children – consider staying an extra night at Giraffe Manor at Nairobi!

DAY 06-07 MASAI MARA

Meet the resident herd of Rothschild giraffes who often visit in the mornings and evenings, poking their necks into the windows in hope for a treat before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

Optional: Hot-Air Balloon Safari at Dawn Get a top down view of the Mara Plains on a hot-air balloon flight and end with a champagne breakfast.

Meals: Dinner DAY 02 MERU NATIONAL PARK Rugged and remote, Meru National Park is famed from the movie “Born Free”. Its diverse habitats give rise to rich and rare species unique to this region. Climb to the top of Mughwango for a 360 degree view from the snowcapped Mt Kenya in the west to the vast Meru plains in the east. (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy a full day at the migration safari. This is where your vision of Africa comes true - vast stretches of uninterrupted plains dotted with thousands of hoofed animals with super predators in attendance. Optional: A Visit to Masai Manyatta An off-the-beaten-track experience, the Masai still live as they did for centuries. Interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life.

DAY 03 MERU NATIONAL PARK / LAIKIPIA Take a private charter flight to Loisaba/Lewa Downs and drive to your lodge. Enjoy the afternoon and evening game drives along this vast plateau running from the foothills of Mount Kenya to the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 MASAI MARA / DEPART NAIROBI Transfer for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 04 LAIKIPIA Take a camel safari or horseback safari (with horse-riding experience) for a close experience with docile wildlife. From the late afternoon, enjoy safari activities and a sundowner which continues with an exciting night drive. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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KENYA AND TANZANIA MIGRATION FLY SAFARI

Greatest Migration Spectacle on the Mara River

10

DAYS

DAY 05-06 NORTHERN SERENGETI Enjoy a full day of migration safari. Your safari experience varies in different seasons. DAY 01 ARRIVE KILIMANJARO / ARUSHA Arrive in Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge.

North-West (Jul – Aug): This is the famous time of multiple river crossings at the Mara River and northern-Serengeti.

Optional: Journey of the Coffee Bean ( 2 hour Coffee Estate Tour)

Weave through coffee bushes and learn how the bean is nurtured, harvest-

North-East (Sep – Oct): The herds split into groups and re-enter from Mara to the Serengeti Plain.

ed, dried and finally roasted to produce a myriad of blends to sate the taste of coffee connoisseurs.

Meals: Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 ARUSHA / NGORONGORO CRATER Take a 30 min flight to Manyara and continue driving 45 min to Ngorongoro Crater and check into your safari lodge. This spectacular collapsed volcanic crater is a truly remarkable area with the densest game population in Africa from big games to abundant birdlife.

DAY 07 NORTHERN SERENGETI / MASAI MARA Take a schedule flight to Masai Mara game reserve and transfer to your camp. To maximize sightings, you will be positioned at the Mara confluence area, to witness the river crossings and crocodile action.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 03 NGORONGORO CRATER Enjoy a full day of game drive. Descend into the crater through a lush highland forest and discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey.

DAY 08-09 MASAI MARA

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy a full day at the migration safari. This is where your vision of Africa comes true - vast stretches of uninterrupted plains dotted with thousands of hoofed animals with super predators in attendance.

Optional: Hot-Air Balloon Safari at Dawn

Get a top down view of the Mara Plains on a hot-air balloon flight and end with a champagne breakfast.

DAY 04 NGORONGORO / NORTHERN SERENGETI Fly to a remote camp in Northern Serengeti. Serengeti is easily the most stunning park in Africa. Game viewing here is very rewarding year round and during the migration season, it is one of the greatest wildlife experiences you will have! You will be positioned closest to the Mara River that straddles the border of Kenya and Tanzania, where the action is. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Optional: A Visit to Masai Manyatta

An off-the-beaten-track experience, the Masai still live as they did for centuries. Interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10 MASAI MARA / DEPART NAIROBI Transfer for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

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DAYS

TANZANIA MIGRATION SAFARI The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth

DAY 01 ARRIVE KILIMANJARO / ARUSHA

DAY 05-06 SERENGETI MIGRATION SAFARI

Optional: Journey of the Coffee Bean

Optional: Hot-Air Balloon Safari at Dawn

(2 hours Coffee Estate Tour)

A quintessential safari experience, take in the

Weave through coffee bushes and learn how they

magnificence of the land from above.

are nurtured to sate the taste of coffee connoisseurs.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Meals: Dinner DAY 02 ARUSHA / NGORONGORO CRATER Take a 30 min flight to Manyara and continue driving 45 min to Ngorongoro Crater and check into your safari lodge. This spectacular collapsed volcanic crater is a truly remarkable area with the densest game population in Africa from big games to abundant birdlife. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 03 NGORONGORO CRATER Enjoy a full day of game drive. Descend into the crater through a lush highland forest and discover a wide variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 04 NGORONGORO CRATER / SERENGETI MIGRATION SAFARI Drive back to Manyara and fly to a remote camp in Serengeti. With millions of hoofed animals and predators in abundance, game viewing is very rewarding year round and during the migration season, it is one of the greatest wildlife experience you will have! Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Carefully selected camps according to the migration patterns allow you to best catch the spectacle while enjoying African wilderness in exclusive luxury. Your safari experience varies in different seasons. You have the full day to enjoy the migration safari. Grumeti (Jun – Jul): The migration comes off the southern plains and heads through the western corridor on its way north to the Grumeti River. North-West (Jul – Aug): This is the famous time of multiple river crossings at the Mara River and northern-Serengeti. North-East (Sep – Oct): The herds split into groups and re-enter from Masai Mara to the Serengeti Plain. South (Late Jan – Mid Mar): Approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every single day during the peak of the calving season, which also attract the big cats preying on the young and vulnerable calves. Meals: Breakfast, lunch,dinner DAY 07 SERENGETI MIGRATION SAFARI / DEPART KILIMANJARO Fly back to Kilimanjaro for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast


3 DAYS EXTENSION TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (BEST FROM JUN-SEP)

Tarangire is an expanse of gently rolling countryside dotted with majestic Baobab trees. During the dry season, herds of elephants congregate at 4 DAYS EXTENSION TO ZANZIBAR BEACH RETREAT

the river and a myriad of migratory wildlife return making sightings

Indulge in the sun, sea and sand after your safari adventure where

truly spectacular.

stretches of lovely beaches are ringed with beautiful coral reefs. DAY 02 KILIMANJARO / TARANGIRE DAY 07 SERENGETI / ZANZIBAR

Take a 30 min flight to Kuro airstrip and drive to Tarangire. Check in to

Fly to Zanzibar and transfer to your hotel.

your safari lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08-09 ZANZIBAR

DAY 03 TARANGIRE

You have two days for relaxation on the beach. Explore the crystal clear

Enjoy a day of safari activities. Depending on your camp, experience

Indian Ocean by snorkeling, scuba diving or fishing. (Additional cost)

walking safaris and night drives for an up close experience with the

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

smaller creatures as well as nocturnal animals. (supplement charges) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10 DEPART ZANZIBAR

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 04 TARANGIRE / LAKE MANYARA / NGORONGORO

After another round of safari activity in Tarangire, drive 4 hours to Ngorongoro. Make a stop at Lake Manyara to catch the spectacular sight of large flocks of flamingos (seasonal) as well as the unique tree climbing lion. Meals: Breakfast


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DAYS

THE UNTOUCHED TANZANIA Wings Over the Southern Circuit

DAY 01 ARRIVE DAR ES SALAAM / SELOUS Arrive and transfer to your domestic flight to Selous Game Reserve. The Rufiji River flows through the park and the multitude of terrain supports a variety of wildlife. Enjoy an afternoon and evening game drive. Meals: Dinner

DAY 05-06 RUAHA NATIONAL PARK Enjoy two full days of game drives. In the morning, maximise your game-viewing time by taking a delicious breakfast picnic with you to enjoy under the shade of a tree. Consider a walking safari where your senses are heightened by the sights, sounds and smells of the bush. (Additional cost) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02-03 SELOUS Start the day earlier on a game walk with your guide or choose a boat safari, weaving amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the bank. After a day of safari games, relax under a hot bucket shower and meet by the fire for a sundowner and dinner under the African sky ablaze with stars. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 07 RUAHA NATIONAL PARK / DEPART DAR ES SALAAM Take a scheduled air charter to Dar Es Salaam then transfer to your flight home. Meal: Breakfast

DAY 04 SELOUS / RUAHA NATIONAL PARK Fly 1.5 hours to Ruaha National Park and drive to your lodge. Ruaha has reliably exciting predator concentrations, huge elephant and buffalo herds and a crossover of game from Southern and Eastern Africa. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREK

The Summit Adventure

DAY 01 ARRIVE KILIMANJARO / MOSHI Arrive and transfer to Kaliwa Lodge where you can overlook the Weru Weru Rift and Mount Kilimanjaro. Meals: Dinner

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DAY 06 KILIMANJARO HIKING –KARANGA CAMP / BARAFU CAMP (4,645M) Elevation: Ascent 605m Trekking time: 4 - 5 hours The trail turns steadily uphill and temperatures are noticeably colder. The camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for your push to the summit. Retire early. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 KILIMANJARO HIKING – MOSHI / MACHAME CAMP (3,026 M) Elevation: Ascent 1283m Trekking time: 6 hours Drive 2 hours to the park entrance and begin your ascent through tropical forest. Admire the magnificent bird life and unique flower and plant species. The scenery changes as the tropical forest gives way to tall grass and giant heather. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 07 KILIMANJARO HIKING–SUMMIT (5,895M) / MWEKE CAMP (3,950M) Elevation: Ascent 1,250m, descent 1,945m Trekking time: 10-12 hours Rise at midnight for a warm and hearty breakfast in preparation for the long day ahead. Enjoy the trek to Uhuru, the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres). Congratulations, you have touched the Roof of Africa! Begin your descent. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 03 KILIMANJARO HIKING – MACHEMBE / SHIRA CAMP (3,766M) Elevation: Ascent 740m Trekking time: 5 - 6 hours The trail turns steep as you head towards the peak. Hike through ghostly landscape of volcanic lava and foamy streams. After 4 hours, the trail flattens out to a gorge and a gentle ascent. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 MWEKE CAMP / MWEKA GATE / ARUSHA Elevation: Descent 1,457m Trekking time: 3 hours Descend approximately 5 hours back to the gate. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge for a well-deserved rest.

DAY 04 KILIMANJARO HIKING – SHIRA CAMP / BARRANCO CAMP (3,983M) Elevation: Ascent 863m, descent 646m Trekking time: 5 - 6 hours The entire Shira Plateau greets you this morning with sweeping vistas across to Meru and the Shira Needles. Descend into an immense canyon called Grand Barranco with numerous waterfalls. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Optional: Journey of the Coffee Bean ( 2 hour Coffee Estate Tour)

Weave through coffee bushes and learn how the bean is nurtured, harvested, dried and finally roasted to produce a myriad of blends to sate the taste of coffee connoisseurs.

DAY 09 ARUSHA / DEPART KILIMANJARO Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 05 KILIMANJARO HIKING –BARRANCO CAMP / KARANGA CAMP (4,040M) Elevation: Ascent 57m Trekking time: 2 hours This morning’s trek takes you up and down to Karanga. You have the day for acclimatisation. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAYS

PRIMATES OF UGANDA – PEARL OF AFRICA

DAY 01 ARRIVE ENTEBBE Fly to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel. Meals: Dinner

DAY 06 LAKE KYANINGA / KIBALE FOREST / LAKE KYANINGA Go on your chimp tracking journey at the Kibale Forest National Park (2 - 4 hour hike, on join in basis). This tropical rain forest is the natural habitat for an amazing 13 primate species and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. Afternoon, take a nature walk in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 02 ENTEBBE/ ZIWA/ MASINDI Drive 5 hours to northern Uganda and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Arrive at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you can go rhino tracking for a closer look at these majestic creatures. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 07 LAKE KYANINGA Take a crater lake walk with stunning views of Lake Kyaninga, the Rwenzori Mountains and the beautiful rolling hills of Fort Portal. Interact with the local communities for an insight in life in the farms. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 03 MASINDI / BUDUNGO FOREST / MURCHISON FALLS NP Begin your chimp-tracking experience (2- 4 hour hike, on join in basis). Kaniyo Pabidi is home to a population of up to 800 chimpanzees and attracts researchers like the world-famous Jane Goodall Institute. Transfer 2 hours to your hotel in Murchison Falls, one of the most scenic spots along the Nile. This afternoon, drive to Southbank of the Nile for a private sundowner cruise to the falls. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 08 LAKE KYANINGA / KASESE / KIHIHI / BWINDI Drive (about 2 hour) to Kasese airstrip for your scheduled flight to Kihihi. You will be met by the lodge vehicle and transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (1.5 hour). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 04 MURCHISON FALLS NP Today, go on a private delta trip (Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun only) on the Nile, where the waters of the Victoria Nile and Albert Nile meet at the head of Lake Albert, home to rare wetland birds and other wildlife. In the afternoon go on a game drive in search of herds of Uganda Kob, dainty oribi, Jackson’s hartebeest, rare Rothschild’s giraffe, leopard and more. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 09 BWINDI Go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Relish the moment where you get up close and personal with the most peaceful and endangered of all apes. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 10 BWINDI Today, choose between a second gorilla track (additional permit required) or a Batwa community cultural tour. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 05 MURCHISON FALLS NP / KASESE / LAKE KYANINGA After breakfast, drive to Pakuba airstrip (45m) for your scheduled flight to Kasese. On arrival, drive 2 hours to Lake Kyaninga. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 11 BWINDI / KIHIHI / DEPART ENTEBBE Drive to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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RWANDA - GORILLAS & GOLDEN MONKEYS

DAYS

DAY 01 ARRIVE NAIROBI / KIGALI / VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Fly to Kigali. Drive 3 hours through beautiful hillside terraces to the base of the awe-inspiring Virunga Volcanoes. Meals: Lunch, dinner DAY 02 VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Go gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park where the open terrain on the slopes of the Virungas expands to a magical experience. Relish the moment when you get up close and personal with the most peaceful and endangered of all apes. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 03 VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK You have the option of reliving the gorilla track (additional permit required) or going on a Dian Fossey Hike where you trek through the Karisoke Gorilla Research Centre. The hike offers a good opportunity to see birds and other creatures typical of the Virungas. (Rated difficult) Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner DAY 04 VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK / KIGALI / DEPART NAIROBI Set off to track the Golden Monkeys where you can observe them feeding and moving nimbly through the bamboo forest. Drive about 3 hours to Kigali for your flight to Nairobi. Meals: Breakfast

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