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AFRICA & THE INDIAN OCEAN

G R O U P T O U R S & T A I L O R - M A D E trav el

2012

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Lioness in kalahari game reserve, Botswana

OVER 250 YEARS OF DISCOVERY Cox & Kings, the longest established travel company in the world, marked its 250th anniversary in 2008. The company’s history stretches back to 25 May 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by his mentor, Lord Ligonier, the commander-in-chief of His Majesty’s Armed Forces. The role of agent included the arrangement of payment of officers and men, the provision of clothing, acting as a go-between for the buying and selling of officers’ commissions, and acting upon any special requests from the regimental adjutant. Regimental agents did not have a very good reputation before Cox, but such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that he made it a respectable business and Cox & Co soon became the agent for the majority of British regiments. By the end of the 18th century the company served 14 cavalry, 64 infantry and 17 militia regiments.The company’s business grew hand in hand with the British empire, becoming involved in banking and shipping in addition to its other agency activities. Henry S King & Co, a rival bank and shipping agency, was started by Henry Samuel King in 1868 and subsequently run for more than 45 years by his son, Henry Seymour King, an MP and renowned mountaineer. The company had particularly strong links with India. After the first world war, the two companies merged as Cox’s & King’s and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall (now the site of the Sofitel St James Hotel). In 1923, the business was sold to Lloyds Bank and, while the banking arm stayed with Lloyds (becoming the Cox & Kings branch, as it is still known), the shipping agency became a separate company, running tours and organising the passage of people and their belongings around the world, notably to Egypt, India and south Asia. In 1970, Cox & Kings Agency was bought by Grindlays Bank as part of a deal with the then Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi, to develop tourism into the country; and so the modern history of the company began. Cox & Kings has built on the tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox more than 250 years ago and it now provides travel arrangements of the highest calibre in many of the most culturally and naturally fascinating parts of the world.The company has extended its expertise to cover Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Far East, the Indian Ocean, the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East and New Zealand.


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contents Africa

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 6

The Cox & Kings Benefits

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Cox & Kings Holidays Explained

50 Botswana: From Desert to Delta / Botswana & Zambia: Remote Wilderness

10 Flying in Style

SOUTHERN AFRICA

EAST AFRICA

Botswana – Private Journeys & Tailor-Made Travel Great Botswana Safari

Kenya – Escorted Group Tours, Private Journeys & Tailor-Made Travel 74

Kenyan Explorer

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Botswana Tailor-Made

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Wings Over Kenya / Exclusive Kenya Kenya & Seychelles / Kenya & Rwanda

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Okavango Delta Tailor-Made

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South Africa – Escorted Group Tours, Private Journeys, Tailor-Made Travel & Luxury Rail Journeys

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Chobe River Cruise Tailor-Made

78 Masai Mara & Funzi Island

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Botswana Lodges

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A Taste of South Africa

Zambia – Private Journeys & Tailor-Made Travel

Kenya & Tanzania – Escorted Group Tour

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Splendours of South Africa A Taste of South Africa Extensions

56 Zambia: The South Luangwa Valley / Zambia’s Classic Safari

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Splendours of South Africa Extensions

57 South Luangwa & Lake Malawi

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Self-Drive in South Africa

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Spirit of Tanzania / Serengeti Safari

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Zambia Tailor-Made

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Highlights of the Cape

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Southern Tanzania / Wonders of the Wild

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Victoria Falls Excursions

83 Serengeti & Zanzibar

22 South Africa in Luxury / A Drive Through KwaZulu-Natal 23 The Three Kingdoms / South African Safari 24

Rovos Rail Luxury Rail Journeys

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The Blue Train Luxury Rail Journeys

Kenya & Tanzania: Across the Plains

Tanzania – Private Journey & Tailor-Made Travel

Malawi – Private Journey

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Kenya & Tanzania – Tailor-Made Travel

Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa

Tanzania Safari Lodges

Zambia & Malawi – Tailor-Made Travel

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Ethiopia – Escorted Group Tour, Private Journeys & Tailor-Made Travel

26 Cape Town & Kruger 28 Cape Town & Kwandwe

Kenya Safari Lodges

Zambia & Malawi Hotels

INDIAN OCEAN

Kenya & Tanzania Beach Hotels

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Ethiopian Odyssey

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Ethiopian Odyssey Extensions

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South Africa Tailor-Made

Madagascar – Escorted Group Tour, Private Journeys & Tailor-Made Travel

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Cape Winelands Tailor-Made

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Madagascar Adventure

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Tswalu Kalahari Tailor-Made

89 Ethiopia’s Tribal Kingdom / The Road To Lalibela

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Madagascar Adventure Extensions

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South Africa Excursions

Uganda – Tailor-Made Travel

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South Africa Hotels

65 Madagascar Nature Trail / Lemurs, Forests & Islands

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Namibia – Escorted Group Tours, Private Journeys & Tailor-Made Travel

66 Marvels of Madagascar / Madagascar: Island Hopping

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Namibia: Untouched Wilderness

Rwanda – Tailor-Made Travel

Madagascar Hotels

40 Namibia: Untouched Wilderness Extensions

Mozambique – Tailor-Made Travel

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Self-Drive in Namibia

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Namibia’s Natural Wonders

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Namibia in Style / Namibia’s Deep South

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Namibia Tailor-Made

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Sossusvlei Tailor-Made

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Namibia Lodges

Uganda Tailor-Made Rwanda Tailor-Made

INFORMATION 92

Booking Conditions

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Regional Weather

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Travel in Africa

Mauritius – Tailor-Made Travel

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Travel Insurance

70 South Africa & Mauritius

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Reservation Form

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Documents & Health

68 South Africa & Mozambique Mozambique Lodges

Mauritius Hotels

Seychelles – Tailor-Made Travel 72

Seychelles Archipelago

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Seychelles Hotels

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AFRICa the cox & kings benefits

THE COX & KINGS BENEFITS Cox & Kings is an independent tour operator, organising holidays to some of the most fascinating parts of the world. To do justice to these regions we publish separate specialist brochures and retain separate specialist teams of experts. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing to travel to Africa with Cox & Kings:

EXPERTISE More than 250 years of discovery: Our history, stretching back more than 250 years, gives us unrivalled experience at organising seamless travel arrangements. Dedicated team of Africa experts: Cox & Kings Africa tour consultants have all travelled extensively in the region and offer you a vast collective bank of expert knowledge. Whether you are planning to join a brochure tour or design a private tailor-made journey, you can travel with the reassurance that your itinerary will have been fully considered by a regional specialist. The best representatives throughout Africa: Over the years, Cox & Kings has sought out and developed working relationships with the very finest specialist local agents and safari companies in Africa. These are all companies

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that have a detailed knowledge of their own country, a comprehensive network of local representatives, an understanding of Cox & Kings’ standards and, not least, an appreciation of the expectations of those who travel with us.

options it is important to compare like with like and we are confident that our tours represent excellent value for money when the standard of accommodation, airline, and the number and quality of services included are taken into account.

EXCELLENT VALUE

HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

Low price policy: Cox & Kings does not believe that you should pay a premium for excellent service and outstanding holidays. It is our policy to keep our prices as low as possible and, thereby, to make our holidays available to as many people as possible.

Services of the London office: In addition to the expertise of your personal tour consultant, Cox & Kings aims to provide the highest levels of customer care, from your initial enquiry, through to the detailed itineraries and tour notes sent to you prior to departure and, finally, in answering any queries you may have when you return from your travels.

Buying power: The Cox & Kings low price policy is made possible through the development of long-standing relationships in the travel industry established over many years and buying power generated by the combined influence of the network of associated Cox & Kings companies worldwide. As a result, Cox & Kings is able to contract flights, hotels and ground services at highly competitive rates. Comparing like with like: By its nature, high quality long-haul travel is not cheap and when looking at the various holidays on the market it can seem as if there is a big difference in price between what, on the surface, are similar holidays. Therefore, when weighing up holiday

Personal service in Africa: Whether you are part of an Escorted Group Tour or travelling on a Private Journey, you will be met at each airport, train station or quay along the way, transferred to and from your hotel and have the details of your itinerary explained to you. Many Cox & Kings groups also benefit from the services of a local English-speaking tour manager who accompanies the group throughout their stay in Africa. All Cox & Kings travellers are in the capable hands of someone who can inform and, if necessary, smooth any wrinkles along the way.

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Cheetahs, Kenya

Expert local guides: Cox & Kings uses the services of specially chosen local guides who really know their subject and can bring places to life. In addition to providing relevant background information, as detailed or general as you like, they can also explain the local way of life, customs and issues in a way that guidebooks never can.

RESPONSIBILITY Atol protection: Cox & Kings is a fully bonded and licensed tour operator and the air holidays in this brochure are Atol protected by the bonding scheme administered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our Atol number is 2815. For more information about the protection offered by the CAA, please visit www.caa.co.uk. Abta: Cox & Kings is a member of Abta, the Association of British Travel Agents. For more information about Abta and its members, please visit www.abta.com. Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice: Cox & Kings receives a great deal of information about conditions on the ground from its local representatives. However, when deciding whether particular countries or regions are safe for travel, the final decision is dependent on the guidance of

the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If you would like to know the current travel advice for any country, you can visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290. Sustainable Tourism: Cox & Kings has been awarded a 5-star rating by Aito, its highest Sustainable Tourism (ST) score. This means that Cox & Kings has successfully implemented and continually improved an ST policy and supports a specific project that contributes to the economy, culture or environment of a destination. For details of Cox & Kings’ full ST policy, please visit coxandkings.co.uk. Cool Earth: Cox & Kings is supporting the charity Cool Earth, which partners indigenous communities to keep Amazon endangered rainforest standing. You too can help and every time you travel with Cox & Kings you will be given the option of protecting a plot of rainforest and saving it from destruction. Just £60 safeguards a whole acre (4,000 sq metres) of Amazon rainforest in the Ashaninka region of Peru. For more information or to donate, please visit www.coolearth.org/coxandkings. Aito: Cox & Kings is also a member of Aito, the Association

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of Independent Tour Operators, assuring you of Cox & Kings’ commitment to high quality service and ethical business practices. For more information about Aito and its aims, please visit www.aito.co.uk. The Aito Quality Charter Aito is an association of independently minded companies specialising in particular areas or types of holiday and sharing a common dedication to high standards of quality and personal service. Aito defines ‘quality’ as “providing a level of satisfaction which, based upon the holiday information provided by the tour operator, aims to meet or exceed a customer’s reasonable satisfaction, regardless of the type of holiday sold or the price paid”. Accurate brochures: Aito members ensure that their brochures clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered. Product improvements: Aito members listen to their customers and welcome suggestions for improving standards. All customers receive a postholiday questionnaire. Professional service: Aito members are committed to high standards of personal service, maintained by

the thorough training of employees. Financial security: Aito takes care to ensure that all members comply with current UK government regulations regarding the protection of clients’ money. Exclusive membership: Aito has strict membership criteria that must be satisfied before new companies are allowed to join. All members must adhere to a rigorous code of business practice that governs their operational conduct. Environmental issues: Aito is committed to raising the level of environmental awareness within the industry. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an Aito member and customer cannot be resolved amicably, either side may call upon Aito’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion.

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AFRICA holidays explained

COX & KINGS HOLIDAYS EXPLAINED There are four different types of Cox & Kings holidays: Escorted Group Tours, Private Journeys, Tailor-Made and Relax & Explore. Below, we differentiate between the four; however, please bear in mind that almost all Escorted Group Tour itineraries may also be taken as Private Journeys and the prices for this option are shown in the bottom sections of the price tables. If you are unsure about which category a particular holiday fits into, please refer to the special features section just below the title – if it states ‘Escorted Group Tour or Private Journey’ then the tour may be taken as either; however, if it simply states ‘Private Journey’ there are no set group departures for this tour. In a few cases, an Escorted Group Tour may not be exclusive to Cox & Kings’ clients and in such cases the term ‘Non-Exclusive Escorted Group’ will be indicated.

Group Tours except that there is no airport representation in the UK. Depending on the destination, travellers may be accompanied throughout by a guide or locally escorted in each city / destination. In addition to the services they have in common with Escorted Group Tours, Private Journeys offer the following benefits: Support on the ground: On arrival in Africa, and at each new destination on your journey, you will be met by a Cox & Kings representative. This representative will accompany you to your hotel, help you check in and confirm the itinerary for your stay. You will be given the contact numbers of all the relevant Cox & Kings local representatives, so assistance is only ever a phone call away.

ESCORTED GROUP TOURS Tour manager: Cox & Kings tour managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your tour manager will meet your group on arrival in Africa and will escort you throughout your journey (unless otherwise specified). Expert local guides: On some tours, in addition to the services of the tour manager, Cox & Kings Escorted Group Tours also benefit from the knowledge of local guides who accompany each excursion. In some cases, where appropriate, the tour manager will also act as the local guide. Where possible, your entrance fees are included in the holiday price. In some cases, the guide may also act as the driver. Airport representatives: For group departures from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, a Cox & Kings representative is available during the peak check-in period to assist with check-in and any seat requests that you may have. This service is only available when six or more passengers are departing from the same airport. Scheduled flights: Cox & Kings only uses the services of scheduled airlines for international and most internal flights. All prices are based on Economy Class flights; however, Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates on international sectors and regional connections, if required, and details of these are shown on the tour pages. Flight schedules to, from and

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Coquerel’s sifakas, Madagascar

within Africa mean that some early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable. Comfortable land travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of a size appropriate to the size of the group (subject to availability). First class accommodation: The standard and style of accommodation varies from place to place and tour to tour, however, Cox & Kings generally uses first class 4- or 5-star hotels, lodges and camps, or the best available, on all its tours. Small group sizes: To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, we like to keep our groups small and manageable. Therefore, numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 25 people.

PRIVATE JOURNEYS All Escorted Group Tours may be taken as Private Journeys and some of the tours in this brochure are only available as Private Journeys. Private Journeys are taken by one or more passengers on the date of their choosing, subject to schedules and availability*. These tours operate exactly as per Escorted

Transfers by car: In most cases, for all road journeys you will have your own car / minivan and driver. This allows you to travel in comfort and stop off along the way if you see something of interest, want to take a photograph or have a break. Most cars used on Cox & Kings Private Journeys are air conditioned, but you will be told in advance if air-conditioned cars are not available for any section of your journey. Private guides: All sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private Englishspeaking local guide. This means that you can ask as many or as few questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace, with the emphasis on your own particular interests. Accommodation flexibility: If you would like to stay in any hotels other than those featured in the tour itinerary or if you would like to upgrade the standard of your room, this can easily be arranged and you will be informed of the difference in price. Travel at your own pace: Private Journeys are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason. * Availability: Cox & Kings cannot hold allocations for all Private Journey services all year round and, as a result, all the services are subject to availability. If any element of a Private Journey is not available at the time of booking, Cox & Kings will suggest the most comparable available alternative.

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TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL For those who prefer to travel at their own pace or to explore places not included in the brochure itineraries, Cox & Kings has years’ of experience at organising tailor-made holidays to Africa. Our expert tour consultants will be pleased to suggest ideas to complement your own and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget. Tailor-made journeys operate on exactly the same basis as Private Journeys.

RELAX & EXPLORE Relax & Explore is a collection of tailor-made travel ideas for those seeking to combine the thrill of discovery with the simple pleasure of relaxing in stylish surroundings. Based in just one or sometimes two places, each of the featured escapes offers a selection of experience options, whether cultural or natural, active or sedate. The separate Cox & Kings Relax & Explore brochure provides a selection of inspiring holiday ideas for both Africa and the world at large. Request your copy on 0844 576 5518 or at coxandkings.co.uk.

‘LUXURY’ & ‘DISCOVERY’ TOURS Most Cox & Kings tours are based on 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available. Where a holiday differs from that standard significantly, either because it is particularly luxurious or more adventurous in emphasis, we have highlighted this fact by applying the terms Luxury Tour and Discovery Tour immediately above the tour title. A Luxury Tour will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout, while a Discovery Tour would be better suited to the more adventurous traveller as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more adventurous activities, such as trekking. On some tours we have designated particular departure dates as Luxury Departures. This means that on those departures we have upgraded the accommodation to the standard you would expect of a Luxury Tour. These tours include the phrase ‘Luxury Departures Available’ immediately above the tour title. Please refer to coxandkings.co.uk for more information about the standards and facilities offered by the hotels featured in this brochure.

consultants would also be delighted to design a tailor-made extension, either pre- or post-tour, to fit in with your particular interests. Please note that tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extensions, in which case the relevant services may be shared.

WHEN TO TRAVEL Although Africa is a year-round destination, the changing climate throughout the year can have a major impact on the timing of trips to specific regions. Pages 94-95 has detailed charts showing the average temperature and rainfall. These pages also mention other factors that should help to determine when to travel, such as when wildlife viewing is most rewarding.

COMBINING MULTIPLE REGIONS Should you wish to combine multiple regions of the world in a single journey, Cox & Kings has a great deal of experience at tailoring such travel plans, including arranging round-theworld flights. Please contact us for details of the various options and a price quotation.

ACCOMMODATION There is not room to describe all the hotels in this brochure; however, many of the best properties are described and depicted in the hotel brochure pages and the facilities of almost all the hotels are listed in the hotel guide on our website, coxandkings.co.uk.

MEAL BASIS & INCLUSIONS On all tour pages, the meals included are shown on each day of the itinerary. For some hotels, camps and lodges, the package prices quoted are described as ‘fully inclusive’. This indicates that all meals and, where applicable, standard wildlife-viewing activities are included in the price – however, imported drinks are not normally included.

REGIONAL AIR CONNECTIONS & FLIGHT UPGRADES Most Cox & Kings holidays are based on flights from London Heathrow or Gatwick airports. In most cases, it is possible to connect with those flights from regional British airports for a small supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings offers very favourable prices for upgrading to Premium Economy, Business and First Class cabins. For many holidays, this supplement information is included on the tour page. Where space does not allow for this, you can refer to another tour that features the same international airline to find the applicable supplement prices.

SINGLE & SOLE SUPPLEMENTS Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single-occupancy room than for a shared twin room. Most of the price tables in this brochure indicate supplementary charges for single or sole passengers. The difference in definition between the two supplements is that a ‘Single’ traveller is someone occupying a single room when travelling with one or more other people, while a ‘Sole’ traveller, is someone travelling entirely on their own. If you are planning to travel on a group tour as a single traveller you should look at the ‘Single Supplement’ price. However, if you are planning to add an extension to that tour, you should read down the ‘Sole Supplement’ column. These prices take into account the fact that you are ‘sole’ only on the extension section.

ENSURING YOUR ENJOYMENT When making a booking, if you feel that there is anything Cox & Kings should know about that is essential to your enjoyment of the holiday, please ensure that we have been made aware of this in writing at the time of booking, preferably using the reservation form itself (see page 98).

NORTH AFRICA If you are interested in visiting the north African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, please see our Middle East brochure or look online at coxandkings.co.uk.

HOLIDAY EXTENSIONS Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in Africa. We have suggested possible extension options for most of the tours in this brochure. However, our specialist

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Masked weaver, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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FLYING IN STYLE Your choice of scheduled airlines: It is Cox & Kings’ policy to use scheduled flights on airlines with strong reputations for service, reliability and punctuality only. Our holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean feature a number of world-class airlines and on these pages we have highlighted eight of the best and the different services they offer.

british AIRWAYS British Airways flies from Heathrow non-stop to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam and Lusaka. With most British Airways tickets, you can either check in at the check-in kiosk or online, printing your boarding pass and taking your luggage direct to the Fast Bag Drop desk.

Stretch out: On long-haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort, so Cox & Kings offers a range of upgrade options at great prices.

Regional connections: Cox & Kings offers excellent add-on prices for those wishing to connect to long-haul flights from regional UK airports.

In addition, the faster check-in and comfortable lounges usually available allow upgrading passengers to pass through the airport with ease.

For further information, please either refer to the table below the price grid applicable to your tour or contact Cox & Kings.

Club World benefits: Club World customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges and treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Club World features 183cm (6ft) fully flat beds and Club World seats are 25% wider, with large tables; personal televisions; excellent local and international cuisine is served, along with a dedicated wine cellar; hot and cold snacks and beverages are also available. Upgrade from £1,835 per person return.

World Traveller benefits: A 79cm (31in) seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest; personal television screens with audio video on demand, offering access to 200 film, television and music channels; threecourse meals with complimentary bar service.

World Traveller Plus benefits: A quiet cabin with a maximum of six rows of seats; a 97cm (38in) seat pitch, wider seat with adjustable headrest, leg rest, footrest and lumbar support, offering more personal space than World Traveller; personal televisions; choice of meals and complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £485 per person return.

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VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS Virgin Atlantic Airways operates daily nonstop services from Heathrow to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Nairobi. Virgin operates from a dedicated check-in area at Terminal 3. With Virgin Atlantic, you can check in at the check-in kiosk or online, printing your boarding pass and taking your luggage directly to the Bag Drop. Economy Class benefits: Up to 81cm (32in) seat pitch with lumbar support and adjustable headrests; personal television screens with hours of entertainment; choice of three meals with complimentary drinks; free amenity kit.

Club World

First benefits: First customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges and treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Your exclusive ‘suite’ creates a private environment; seats convert into a 198cm (6ft 6in) flat bed; duvet, pillows and sleeper suit on overnight services; fold-down companion seat; pre-flight dining is available at London Heathrow. On board, choose from a formal gourmet menu or an informal dining option, accompanied by the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £4,425 per person return. * Elemis Travel Spa: Available at London Heathrow departure and arrival lounges.

Premium Economy benefits: Separate check-in and a dedicated cabin with a maximum of 63 passengers; Premium Economy leather seat, the widest in its class with a width of 53cm (21in) and 97cm (38in) seat pitch, adjustable headrest and footrest; personal television screens; choice of three meals and complimentary drinks. Upgrade from £525 per person return. Upper Class benefits: Separate check-in at Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing; quick transfer through Virgin Atlantic’s Private Security Channel to the Clubhouse Lounge, which offers complimentary meals, drinks and treatments. The Upper Class Suite is one of the longest fully flat beds in Business Class, at 56cm (22in) wide and more than 198cm (6ft 6in) long. All seats have direct aisle access. The Freedom Menu allows you to dine when you wish. In addition, features include an onboard bar and a personal 26cm (10in) wide screen television. Upgrade from £1,695 per person return.

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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

KENYA AIRWAYS

South African Airways (SAA) offers a choice of daily overnight non-stop flights from Heathrow to Cape Town and twice daily flights to Johannesburg. Onward connections are offered to an extensive domestic and regional network across southern Africa.

Kenya Airways operates daily non-stop flights from Heathrow to Nairobi with onward connections to 55 destinations worldwide, including Antananarivo in Madagascar.

Economy Class benefits: Up to 86cm (34in) seat pitch; personal 25cm (10in) television screen with audio video on demand; choice between two meals and complimentary drinks, including a range of South African wines.

Departures are available from 14 UK regional airports to Nairobi, via Amsterdam, in conjunction with Skyteam partners. Online check-in available.

KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES KLM offers departures from Heathrow and 13 other regional airports, including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, to Amsterdam. There are onward connections to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Kigali, Nairobi, Entebbe and Addis Ababa.

Economy Class benefits: 81cm (32in) seat pitch; choice of meals and complimentary bar service; personal television screens with audio video on demand.

Economy Class benefits: Up to 81cm (32in) seat pitch, ergonomically designed seats with adjustable headrests; personal television screens with audio video on demand; choice of meals with complimentary wines.

Premier World benefits: Separate check-in and complimentary lounge access; sleeper seat with 193cm (6ft 4in) pitch, which reclines into a state-of-the-art fully flat bed; personal television screens with audio video on demand; restaurant-style meal and complimentary bar service, serving fine wines and beverages. Upgrade from £995 per person return

World Business Class benefits: Separate checkin and access to lounges; seats that convert into a 190cm (6ft 3in) fully flat bed with an in-seat massage function; duvets and pillows provided on night flights; personal 39cm (15in) television screens; choice of three-course gourmet meals with complimentary fine wines and beverages. Upgrade from £1,835 per person return.

AIR SEYCHELLES

AIR NAMIBIA

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Air Seychelles operates a direct service from Terminal 4 at London Heathrow to Mahé two times a week.

Air Namibia flies daily from Frankfurt to Windhoek. Air Namibia offers codeshare flights from Heathrow to Frankfurt with British Airways.

Ethiopian Airlines operate six times a week from Heathrow to Addis Ababa, with onward connections to countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi and South Africa, as well as Zanzibar.

Premium Class benefits: Separate check-in; access to departure and arrival lounges in both the UK and South Africa; a spacious aircraft cabin featuring 2-2-2 seating with separating seat shells for absolute comfort and privacy; seats that convert into lie flat beds with a 188cm (6ft 2in) length; personal 25cm (10in) wide screen video offering audio video on demand; a la carte menu with top South African wines. Upgrade from £2,095 per person.

Economy Class benefits: 81cm (32in) seat pitch; choice of international and Seychelles Creole dishes, accompanied by complimentary bar service, including champagne. Pearl Class benefits: Separate check-in and access to dedicated lounges; seats that convert into a flat bed with a 172cm (5ft 8in) length; spacious aircraft cabin featuring 2-2-2 seating; built-in massage functions; handheld personal television screens with audio video on demand; choice of fine cuisine accompanied by fine wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £1,850 per person

Economy Class benefits: Up to 81cm (32in) seat pitch; selection of personal music available; personal televisions with audio video on demand are being introduced in autumn 2012; meals are accompanied by a free bar service.

Economy Class benefits: From 81cm (32in) seat pitch with adjustable footrests; personal televisions, depending on flight; choice of meals and complimentary bar service.

Business Class Benefits: Separate check in; access to lounges; Business Class seat with adjustable headrest, footrest and reading light; seat width of 68cm (27in) which reclines by 80%; personal television screens; a la carte menu served with a selection of wines. Upgrade from £1,195 per person return

Business Class benefits: Dedicated check-in and access to lounges. Seats with recline of 130 to 150 degrees, with 124-139cm (49-55in) seat pitch; personal televisions, depending on flight; upgraded meal service with choice of meal and complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £1,195 per person return.

Call 020 7873 5000 • Visit coxandkings.co.uk • Or speak to your travel agent

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Relax & Explore BY COX & KINGS

Sometimes you want to do everything. See beyond every hill. Investigate every bend in the road. Other times, you simply want to slow down, relax and be pampered. Enjoy a massage in the spa, dine in the gourmet restaurant or stretch out on the beach. And, if you’re travelling with a companion, maybe they enjoy doing all the same things as you and maybe they like to unwind at a different pace. We believe that freedom is the greatest luxury of all and that everyone should choose to do what they want, when they want.

The hotels featured in Relax & Explore are generally independently owned, often boutique properties, which offer superb service, supreme attention to detail and an exceptional location. Relax & Explore destinations include • The Caribbean – NEW • Mediterranean Europe • The Indian Subcontinent • The Indian Ocean • The Far East • Africa • Latin America • The Middle East & North Africa

Relax & Explore is a collection of luxury tailor-made travel ideas from Cox & Kings. These are not touring holidays. Instead they are based in one or two carefully selected hotels with stunning surroundings in which to unwind and a range of activity options on the doorstep. Created using our long-established expertise, these holidays are designed for those who seek to combine authentic travel experiences in fascinating corners of the world, with the simple pleasure of relaxation in stylish settings. Relax & Explore is perfect for honeymoons, special occasions and well-earned luxury escapes.

We publish a dedicated Relax & Explore brochure, however, to see the complete range of options, including any current special offers, we recommend visiting the website: relaxandexplore.co.uk

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HONEYMOON SERVICE Cox & Kings has pooled together the best of its luxury Relax & Explore collection with an array of other romantic escape options to create a complete honeymoon range. Featuring destinations from around the world, the collection includes ideas to suit most tastes, all seasons, and a range of budgets. In each destination Cox & Kings has cherry-picked the finest hotel options from first class resorts, to boutique properties and ultra luxurious hideaways. As an added benefit, Cox & Kings is the exclusive honeymoon provider to the John Lewis Gift List service, allowing you to add your honeymoon to your wedding gift list and ask your friends and family to contribute towards it as a wedding present. For more information, please visit your local John Lewis store or go to www.johnlewisgiftlist.com.

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Details of Cox & Kings’ honeymoon ideas can be found at: coxandkings.co.uk/honeymoons.

ART TOURS WORLDWIDE  ox & Kings is delighted to have been appointed C as the travel partner for the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). This programme has been specially created on behalf of the Friends of the Royal Academy, however it is open to anyone with a passion for the world’s greatest artistic, architectural and archaeological wonders. It is the expert lecturers who make this collection of tours so rewarding for art enthusiasts and experts alike. All of great academic repute and lecturing experience, they are integral to the planning of the itineraries and, in many cases, they are able to open doors that would be closed to members of the general public. Cox & Kings pays a fee to the RA for every booking on this programme in support of the work of the RA’s education department. For full details, please call a Cox & Kings tour consultant on 020 7873 5013 or visit coxandkings.co.uk/ra.

Statue of Virtue, Celsus Library, Turkey

To request a brochure, call 0844 576 5518 or visit coxandkings.co.uk/brochure.

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LUXURY DEPARTURES AVAILABLE AFRIC A

A TASTE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Escorted Group, Private Journey or Self-Drive • 10 Days / 7 Nights from

SPECIAL FEATURES • Superior or luxury accommodation • Cape Winelands & Garden Route • October whale-watching departure Experience a taste of South Africa’s Cape region on this outstanding tour of some of the country’s most famous sights. From the beautiful city of Cape Town, travel to Cape Peninsula and the Winelands region, home to historic towns and scenic vineyards. The journey ends in the delightful coastal town of Stormsriver on South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Cape Town: Fly overnight from London to Cape Town with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – Cape Town: Arrive and take a short orientation tour, including a cable car ascent of Table mountain (weather permitting). Transfer to Winchester Mansions (see page 34) / Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront*† (see page 34) for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (N) Day 3 – Cape Peninsula: Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Travel along spectacular coastal roads to the Cape of Good Hope and return via the penguin colony at Simon’s Town and Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. (B) Day 4 – To Cape Winelands: Morning at leisure to explore the Victoria & Albert Waterfront or take an optional excursion to Robben Island (£35 per person). Drive to Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, and stay 2 nights at the Protea Hotel Franschhoek / Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa*. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 5 – Cape Winelands: Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, travelling through the vineyardfilled valleys of Stellenbosch and Paarl. There will be two wine tastings and a cellar tour. (B)

Oudts Oudtshoorn £1,895 ✈ Stellenbosch Cape Town Knysna Hermanus

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Shamwari Game Reserve Garden Route

Port Elizabeth

INDIAN OCEAN

of Oudtshoorn and ostrich lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Knysna and stay 2 nights at Knysna Log Inn / Turbine Hotel*. (B, L) Day 8 – Garden Route: Take the ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve to have a guided nature walk and outdoor buffet lunch. In the afternoon, tour along the Garden Route, visiting Plettenberg Bay, the Tzitzikamma forest and Stormsriver. (B, L)

† Recommended upgrades: In Cape Town, for Luxury departures we recommend you upgrade from a Standard room to a Business Class room at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Alternatively, you may consider upgrading to the Cape Grace. Please speak to an Africa consultant for prices. ‡ Whale-watching departure: This 11-day / 8-night departure leaves on Thursday 11 October. An extra night will be spent at Quarters Hermanus in Hermanus. You will have the opportunity to look for the southern right whale by boat.

Day 9 – To London: Drive to Cape Town via Swellendam, where you will stop for lunch (payable locally). Take an optional visit to the Drostdy Museum. Fly to London this evening with British Airways. (B) Day 10 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Extensions: Please see the recommended extension options on page 18.

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Luxury departure dates: The asterisk denotes the Luxury Tour hotel option used on three selected dates indicated in the price table. Please see page 9 for more details about Luxury Tours.

Private Journeys & self-drive tours: In addition to the Escorted Group Tour departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey or on a self-drive basis, subject to availability. The prices for these options are shown in the price table. Please see pages 8-9 and 20 for more information about Private Journeys and self-drive tours.

A Taste of South Africa tour and extension prices for departures on or between the following dates Code

Escorted Group Tour

TSA

Tour (Superior)

7

1,975

TSX

Tour (Luxury)

7

2,245

TSACPT

Ext: Cape Town

3

320

TSXRAD

Ext: Radisson Blu

3

585

585

615

480

510

TSASHA

Ext: Shamwari

2

1,245

1,245

1,245

1,195

1,195

1,250

1,145

1,275

395

675

TSARIV

Ext: River Lodge

2

1,160

1,160

1,160

920

1,095

1,160

1,130

1,250

261

545

TSAVFC

Ext: Victoria Falls & Chobe 5

1,655

1,735

1,735

1,990

1,930

1,710

1,640

1,830

210

240

Code

Private Journey

TSD

Self-drive (Superior)

Code

Private Journey

TDX

Self-drive (Luxury)

Code

Private Journey

TSN

Private tour (Superior)

Code

Private Journey

TSK

Private tour (Luxury)

No of 13 Jan to 16 Mar nights 10 Feb 12 12

30 Mar 12

14 Sep 12

11 Oct 12

09 Nov 12

21 Dec 01 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp 12 31 Mar 13 from from

1,945

1,945

1,895

2,395

1,995

2,795

1,995

230

2,245

2,295

495

320

320

320

320

320

320

320

110

140

No of 01 Jan to 01 Apr to 16 Sep to 11 Oct to 29 Oct to 08 Dec to 25 Dec to 01 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 30 Apr 12 15 Sep 12 10 Oct 12 28 Oct 12 07 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 31 Dec 12 31 Mar 13 from from

7

1,995

1,975

2,295

2,065

2,295

2,895

2,295

2,075

230

675

No of 01 Jan to 01 Apr to 16 Sep to 11 Oct to 29 Oct to 08 Dec to 25 Dec to 01 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 31 Mar 12 15 Sep 12 10 Oct 12 28 Oct 12 07 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 31 Dec 12 31 Mar 13 from from

7

2,245

2,075

2,245

2,495

2,275

3,095

2,495

2,295

365

690

No of 01 Jan to 11 Oct to 29 Oct to 08 Dec to 14 Dec to 22 Dec to 25 Dec to 01 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 10 Oct 12 28 Oct 12 07 Dec 12 13 Dec 12 21 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 31 Dec 12 31 Mar 13 from from

7

2,895

3,165

2,895

3,045

3,675

3,845

3,245

2,995

230

1,395

No of 01 Jan to 01 Apr to 11 Oct to 29 Oct to 08 Dec to 14 Dec to 25 Dec to 01 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 31 Mar 12 10 Oct 12 28 Oct 12 07 Dec 12 13 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 31 Dec 12 31 Mar 13 from from

7

3,145

3,245

3,445

3,245

3,445

4,075

3,495

3,245

525

1,810

Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details

Day 6 – To Oudtshoorn: Travel to Hermanus‡, where whales may be seen between July and November. Continue to Oudtshoorn, centre of the late Victorian fashion-led ostrich feather industry. Stay overnight at the Queens Hotel / Hlangana Lodge*. (B) Day 7 – To Knysna: Morning visit to an ostrich farm, including an orientation tour

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2012 / 2013 departure dates † Whale watchingl * Both Superior and Luxury departures leave on these dates Out (Fri)

13 Jan 12 10 Feb 12 16 Mar 12

Rtn (Sun)

22 Jan 12 19 Feb 12* 25 Mar 12

Out (Fri)

30 Mar 12 14 Sep 12 11 Oct 12

Rtn (Sun)

08 Apr 12 23 Sep 12 21 Oct 12†

Out (Fri)

09 Nov 12 21 Dec 12 11 Jan 13

Rtn (Sun)

18 Nov 12* 30 Dec 12 20 Jan 13

Out (Fri)

08 Feb 13 22 Mar 13

Rtn (Sun)

17 Feb 13* 31 Mar 13

British Airways flight upgrades

Regional air connections

( World Traveller Plus: from £625 per person return* ( Club World: from £2,345 per person return* ( First: from £4,695 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

( F rom £110 return* British Airways. London Heathrow to / from: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle or Jersey * Prices subject to availability

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SOUTH AFRICA & SWAZILAND tour

LUXURY DEPARTURES AVAILABLE

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Johannesburg: Fly from London to Johannesburg with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Mpumalanga / Sabi Sands*: Arrive in Johannesburg and drive to White river in Mpumalanga. Stay at Jatinga Country Lodge for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (N). The Luxury Tour will fly to Kruger Mpumalanga airport and transfer to River Lodge at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, in Sabi Sands (see page 27) and stay for 2 nights. Evening wildlife drive. (L, D)

ND

A land of cultural and scenic diversity, South Africa offers a wealth of spectacular sights. This journey combines the thrill of a safari in Kruger National Park or Sabi Sands with the rugged scenery of Mpumalanga and historic battlefields of Zululand. The tour continues along the Garden Route and concludes with stays in the Cape Winelands and cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Z IL A

• Superior or luxury accommodation • Superb wildlife viewing • Specialist historian in Battlefields

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

ANA

Johannesburg Jo

NAM

Zulu Battlefields

Escorted Group Tour or Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £3,395

SPECIAL FEATURES

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SSW A

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AFRIC

✈ Stellenbosch Cape Town Knysna drive followed by a hearty breakfast, then a bush walk followed by lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or have a spa treatment (optional). After high tea there is an evening wildlife drive. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Nkomazi Game Reserve / Mpumalanga*: Take a wildlife drive into the Kruger National Park in an open 4x4 vehicle. Drive to Nkomazi Game Reserve, situated right on the banks of the Komati river, and stay overnight in one of the 12 luxury tents. This is a wildlife-rich reserve with big herds of plains wildlife as well as lions, elephants, hippos, cheetahs and crocodiles. Evening wildlife drive and boma dinner (weather permitting). (B, L, D) The Luxury Tour will have a morning wildlife drive and then leave to explore the Panorama Route (as per the standard departure on day 3). Overnight at Jatinga Country Lodge. (B). Day 5 – To Swaziland: Morning safari drive (Superior Tour). Drive south into Swaziland, a rugged country characterised by mistshrouded peaks. Visit one of the craft markets and the glass factory, and stop for lunch en route (payable locally). Stay overnight at the Foresters Arms / Royal Villas*. (B)

Day 3 – Mpumalanga / Sabi Sands*: Depart by road for a full day exploring the Panorama Route, a spectacular region of mountains and waterfalls. Visits include God’s Window (weather permitting), the Blyde river canyon, Bourkes Luck potholes and the Mac Mac Falls. (B)

Day 6 – To the Battlefields: Travel to Isandlwana, where the Zulus defeated the British army. Stay 2 nights at Babanango Valley Lodge / Isandlwana Lodge*, overlooking the battlefields. Afternoon at leisure or, for those on the Luxury Tour, an optional tour of a modern Zulu village. (B, D)

The Luxury Tour will have a morning wildlife

Day 7 – The Battlefields: Morning tour of

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Port Elizabeth

INDIAN OCEAN

Isandlwana with a historian, who will explain the story of Britain’s military defeat. Afternoon departure for Rorke’s Drift, where more Victoria Cross medals were awarded than at any other battle in history. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Umhlanga: Drive south through Zululand, stopping at Shakaland for lunch and a cultural show. Continue along the coast to Umhlanga and stay overnight at the PH Umhlanga Ridge. (B, L) Day 9 – To Knysna: Morning flight to Port Elizabeth. Drive along the Garden Route to Knysna, via the Tzitzikamma forest and Stormsriver. Stay 2 nights at Knysna Log Inn / Belvidere Manor*. (B) Day 10 – Knysna: Morning departure by ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Heads. Take a guided nature walk through forests and along the scenic coast, ending with an outdoor buffet lunch. Return by ferry to the Knysna waterfront. (B, L) Day 11 – To Franschhoek: Drive to Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, via Swellendam. Stay 1 night at Protea Hotel Franschhoek / Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa*. (B) Day 12 – To Cape Town: Full-day tour of the Winelands. There will be two wine tastings, a cellar tour and lunch at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate. Continue to Cape Town and stay 2 nights at the Winchester Mansions / Cape Grace* (see page 34). (B, L) Day 13 – Cape Peninsula: Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, including a cable car ascent of Table mountain (weather permitting). Visit the pretty seaside suburbs of Camps Bay and Hout Bay, with an optional cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the southern tip of the peninsula and visit Cape Point, returning via the penguin colony in Simon’s Town and Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. (B)

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Day 14 – To London: Those extending their holiday will depart this morning. Those returning home may spend the day at leisure or take an optional excursion to Robben Island

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Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga

(£35). Evening transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B) Day 15 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Splendours of South Africa tour and extension prices for departures on or between the following dates Code

Escorted Group Tour

WOC

Tour (Superior)

12

3,445

WOX

Tour (Luxury)

12

4,175 315

No of 13 Jan to 16 Mar nights 10 Feb 12 12

WOCCPT Ext: Cape Town

(Superior) 3

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

WOXCPG Ext: Cape Town

(Luxury)

NOTES

Code

* Luxury departure dates: The asterisk denotes the Luxury Tour hotel option used on three selected dates indicated in the price table. Please see page 9 for more details about Luxury Tours.

WPJ

Private tour (Superior)

Code

Private Journey

WPX

Private tour (Luxury)

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group Tour departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey (subject to availability) and the prices for this option are shown in the price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

WOCLVI

Ext: Victoria Falls

WOCMRU Ext: Mauritius

Private Journey

10 Aug 12

12 Oct 12

09 Nov 12

11 Jan 13

08 Feb 13

15 Mar Single Supp Sole Supp 13 from from

3,395

3,425

3,595

3,395

3,495

3,495

3,495

345

4,545

4,345

735

315

315

315

315

315

315

315

105

140

3

595

710

695

395

425

2

1,235

1,235

1,235

1,235

1,235

1,290

1,290

1,290

390

395

4

1,180

1,180

1,085

1,170

1,160

1,290

1,290

1,290

270

360

No of 01 Jan to 01 May to 01 Sep to 11 Oct to 29 Oct to 08 Dec to 14 Dec to 25 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 30 Apr 12 31 Aug 12 10 Oct 12 28 Oct 12 07 Dec 12 13 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 29 Mar 13 from from

12

5,775

5,595

5,845

5,945

5,775

5,975

6,545

5,945

325

3,280

No of 01 Jan to 16 Aug to 29 Oct to 08 Dec to 14 Dec to 16 Dec to 25 Dec to 01 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 15 Aug 12 28 Oct 12 07 Dec 12 13 Dec 12 15 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 31 Dec 12 31 Mar 13 from from

12

6,345

6,595

6,475

6,675

7,245

7,395

6,795

6,595

755

3,675

Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2012 / 2013 departure dates * Both Superior and Luxury departures leave on these dates Out (Fri)

13 Jan 12 10 Feb 12 16 Mar 12

Rtn (Fri)

27 Jan 12* 24 Feb 12 30 Mar 12

Out (Fri)

10 Aug 12 12 Oct 12 09 Nov 12

Rtn (Fri)

24 Aug 12 26 Oct 12* 23 Nov 12

Out (Fri)

11 Jan 13 08 Feb 13 15 Mar 13

Rtn (Fri)

25 Jan 13* 22 Feb 13 29 Mar 13

British Airways flight upgrades

Regional air connections

( World Traveller Plus: from £625 per person return* ( Club World: from £2,295 per person return* ( First: from £4,795 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

( F rom £110 return* British Airways. London Heathrow to / from: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle or Jersey * Prices subject to availability

Call 020 7873 5000 • Visit coxandkings.co.uk • Or speak to your travel agent

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south africa tour extensions

TASTE OF SOUTH AFRICA EXTENSIONS Tour + Shamwari 12 Days / 9 Nights from £1,145

After lunch, transfer to Port Elizabeth and fly to London, via Jo’burg, with British Airways. (B, L) Day 12 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Shamwari offers an excellent luxury safari experience. Set in 160 sq km of countryside, morning and evening wildlife walks and drives are offered to look for the Big Five. Day 9 – To Shamwari: Transfer to Shamwari Private Game Reserve and stay 2 nights* at the luxury Long Lee Manor† (see page 36). Afternoon safari drive. (B, L, D) Day 10 – Shamwari: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To London: Morning safari drive.

* Free Extra night: Between 1 May and 30 September 2012, stay a third night at Long Lee Manor free of charge. † Upgrades: It is possible to upgrade to Bayethe and the de luxe Lobengula or Eagles Cragg Lodges. Please ask for details.

Wildlife viewing, Shamwari

Accommodation: The same extension is also available using River Lodge in Kariega Game Reserve. Please see the price table on page 14.

Tour + Cape Town 13 Days / 10 Nights from £320 Cape Town has one of the most spectacular city locations in the world, between Table mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Day 9 – To Cape Town: Return to Cape Town. Stay at the Winchester Mansions / Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront for 3 nights. (B) Days 10-11 – Cape Town: Days at leisure or optional excursions. (B) Day 12 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B) Day 13 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Table mountain, Cape Town

Tour + Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park 15 Days / 12 Nights from £1,640 Combine Victoria Falls with the spectacular wildlife of Chobe in Botswana, home to southern Africa’s largest elephant herds. Day 9 – To Cape Town: Stay 1 night at Winchester Mansions. (B) Day 10 – To Victoria Falls: Transfer to the airport and fly to Livingstone, via Johannesburg. Transfer to the Zambezi Sun for 2 nights. Sunset cruise on the Lady Livingstone. (B) Day 11 – Victoria Falls: At leisure. (B) Day 12 – To Chobe: Drive to Muchenje Safari Lodge in Botswana for a 2-night stay. Afternoon safari drive. (B, L, D) Day 13 – Chobe: Wildlife viewing. (B, L, D) Day 14 – To London: Transfer to Livingstone. Fly to London, via Jo’burg with British Airways. (B) Day 15 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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Hippos, Chobe National Park, Botswana

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tour extensions south africa

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Kirstenbosch gardens

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Table Mountain

Mauritius

Tour + Victoria Falls 17 Days / 14 Nights from £1,235

Tour + Cape Town 18 Days / 15 Nights from £315

Tour + Mauritius 18 Days / 16 Nights from £1,160

At the Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi river thunders over a 100-metre drop into a narrow ravine, dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia. While it is not the highest or widest waterfall in the world, it can lay claim to being the largest sheet of falling water and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Extend your stay in Cape Town and explore the city at leisure. Located in Table Bay, with the famous Table mountain providing a stunning backdrop, this is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and the most popular tourist destination in South Africa due to its superb climate and easy access to stunning nature, from beaches to mountain trails.

This extension provides a relaxing end to your tour, with an opportunity to enjoy the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mauritius. With only 34 rooms, 20 Degrees South prides itself on offering a personal service to all its guests.

Day 14 – To the Victoria Falls: Transfer to the airport and fly to Livingstone, via Johannesburg. Transfer to the Royal Livingstone Hotel (see page 61) for 2 nights. (B) Day 15 – Victoria Falls: At leisure or take optional excursions. (B) Day 16 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg. (B) Day 17 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Day 14 – To Cape Town: Return to Cape Town this evening and stay at the Winchester Mansions / Cape Grace for 3 nights (see page 34). (B) Days 15-16 – Cape Town: Days at leisure or optional excursions. (B) Day 17 – To London: Afternoon flight to London with British Airways. (B) Day 18 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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Day 14 – To Mauritius: Late morning transfer to the airport and fly to Mauritius. Stay at 20 Degrees South (see page 70) for 4 nights. (B). Days 15-17 – Mauritius: At leisure. (B) Day 18 – To London: Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B) Extensions: You may prefer to design your own tailor-made extension. Please speak to a Cox & Kings Africa specialist for recommendations.

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south africa PRIVATE JOURNEYS & TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL

AFRIC A

SELF-DRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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SOUT

Oudts Oudtshoorn ✈ Stellenbosch Cape Town Knysna Hermanus

Self-drive itineraries are a flexible and cost effective way to discover South Africa at your own pace. One popular itinerary starts in Cape Town and travels along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Alternatively, KwaZulu-Natal lends itself to circular routes, starting and finishing in Durban. Whatever appeals to you, our team of specialists will plan your holiday so that you can see the highlights of this remarkable country without spending too much time in the car.

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Shamwari Game Reserve Garden Route

Port Elizabeth

INDIAN OCEAN

Chapman’s Peak, Cape Town

Self-Drive Details

Vehicle Types For Hire

Cox & Kings can arrange for you to collect your car from the airport upon arrival or have it delivered to your hotel. It is also easy for us to arrange one-way car hire within South Africa.

Group B – Hyundai I20 (hatch) or similar Features include: Manual gearbox with air conditioning, radio / CD player, airbags, ABS and power steering. Capacity: 4 passengers maximum. Price per day: £37.

To ensure that you benefit from the highest standards of reliability, service and support, we work with Europcar in South Africa, which offers a 24-hour helpline, SOS emergency service and medical / legal assistance. All Cox & Kings self-drive holidays include Classic Plus car hire insurance and a local mobile phone with reliable coverage. On arrival in South Africa, you will be met by a guide and given a comprehensive self-drive pack. This will allow you to talk through and consider any aspects of the itinerary and the routing that you may be unsure of. South Africans drive on the left side of the road and conditions are generally good.

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Group O – Mercedes C180 or similar Features include: Automatic gearbox, air conditioning, radio / CD player, airbags, ABS and power steering. Capacity: 4 passengers maximum. Price per day: £130. Group S – Renault Koleos or similar Features include: Manual gearbox, air conditioning, radio / CD player, airbags, ABS and power steering. Capacity: 5 passengers maximum. Price per day: £97.

SAMPLE JOURNEY Explore the Cape 12 Days / 9 Nights From £2,425 to £3,500 (self-drive) or From £3,685 to £4,825 (fully guided). Day 1: Fly to Cape Town. Days 2-4: Arrive in Cape Town. Meet your driver / guide or pick up your hire car. Stay 3 nights at Bishop’s Court. Days 5-6: Drive to Franschhoek and stay 2 nights at Mont Rochelle & Mountain Vineyard (see page p33). Days 7-8: Travel south to Hermanus and stay 2 nights at the Marine (see page 35). Days 9-10: Drive to Sanbona Wilderness Reserve, home to the Big Five and rare white lion. Stay 2 nights. Day 11: Return to Cape Town and fly to London. Day 12: Early morning arrival. Further details: Please visit our website, coxandkings.co.uk, or contact one of our Africa specialists for a more detailed itinerary.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAPE Self-Drive Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £2,695 to

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SPECIAL FEATURES • Superior or Luxury accommodation • Outstanding Garden Route scenery • Exclusive private game reserve This popular self-drive explores one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, staying in hotels selected for their character and personal service. Explore Cape Town and the picturesque Winelands, then see Oudtshoorn and walk some of the Swartberg mountain trails. Discover the beauty of the Garden Route before ending your holiday on safari, staying in one of the exclusive Eastern Cape game reserves.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Cape Town: Fly overnight from London to Cape Town with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – Cape Town: Arrive and transfer to the Four Rosmead / Mount Nelson* (see page 34) for a 3-night stay†. The rest of the day is at leisure. (N) Days 3-4 – Cape Town: Your hire car will be delivered on the morning of day 3. Days at leisure. (B)

Days 5-6 – To the Winelands: Drive to the Winelands and stay 2 nights at the charming River Manor Country House & Spa in Stellenbosch (see page 34) / Babylonstoren* between Franschhoek and Paarl (see page 35). (B)

Day 11 – To the Eastern Cape: Drive to Port Elizabeth and drop off your hire car. Transfer to Woodbury Lodge in Amakhala Private Game Reserve / Kichaka Private Game Lodge* (see page 36). (B, L, D) Day 12 – Eastern Cape: Wildlife drives. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – To Oudtshoorn: Drive to Oudtshoorn and stay overnight at Hlangana Lodge / Rosenhof Country House. Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital’, has a picturesque setting in the semi-desert region of the Little Karoo. Popular visits from Oudtshoorn include the dramatic Cango caves and a local ostrich farm. (B, D) Days 8-10 – To the Garden Route: Drive to Hog Hollow Country Lodge / Kurland* (see page 35) near Plettenberg Bay and stay 3 nights. Days at leisure to explore the Garden Route, a picturesque stretch of wide beaches, lakes and rivers, indigenous forests and impressive mountain passes. Both properties offer picnic baskets on request and can advise on the most picturesque beaches to visit. Guidance can also be given on nearby walks in the Robberg peninsula and the surrounding indigenous forests. Other activities include boat-based whale and dolphin trips around the bay. (B)

Day 13 – To London: Fly to London, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B, L) Day 14 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrade: The asterisk denotes the Luxury Tour hotel option. Luxury Tour prices from £3,575 to £5,275. † Free extra night: Stay an extra night at Four Rosmead free of charge between 1 May and 31 Aug 2012. Car hire: Price based on a Group B car rental (Hyundai 120 hatchback or similar) for 10 days, including Classic Plus insurance. Fuel is at your own expense.

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SOUTH AFRICA IN LUXURY Self-Drive Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £3,425 to £3,945

This itinerary combines first class hotels with spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing.Your own car gives you the freedom to take each day as slowly or as quickly as you choose.

The Journey Day 1 – To Cape Town: Fly overnight from London to Cape Town with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – Cape Town: Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the Cape Grace for a 3-night stay (see page 34). (N) Days 3-4 – Cape Town: Your hire car will be delivered on the morning of day 3 (based on Group B car rental). Days at leisure. (B) Day 5 – To the Winelands: Drive through vineyards to Franschhoek and stay overnight at Mont Rochelle (see page 33). (B, D) Days 6-7 – To the Garden Route: Drive to Knysna via Sir Lowry’s Pass, Hermanus and Swellendam. Stay 2 nights at St James of Knysna. (B)

Days 8-9 – To Plettenberg Bay: Drive to Plettenberg Bay and stay 2 nights at Kurland (see page 36). (B) Day 10 – To Port Elizabeth: Drive to Port Elizabeth and stay overnight at the Windermere Hotel. (B) Day 11 – To Sabi Sands: Drop off your hire car. Fly to Kruger Mpumalanga airport, via Johannesburg, and transfer to Sabi Sabi Little Bush Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve for a 2-night stay. Afternoon safari drive. (B, L, D) Day 12 – Sabi Sands: Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing. (B, L, D) Day 13 – To London: Early morning safari drive. Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg. (B) Day 14 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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A DRIVE THROUGH KWAZULU-NATAL Self-Drive Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £3,565 to £4,595

The Zulu kingdom has first class hotels, excellent cuisine and the natural splendour of the Drakensberg mountains. This Private Journey also takes in the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift as well as the rich wildlife of Phinda, before ending on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

The Journey Day 1 – To Durban: Fly overnight from London to Durban, via Johannesburg, with South African Airways. (N) Day 2 – To the Drakensberg: Arrive in Durban and collect your hire car (based on Group B car rental). Drive to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse for 2 nights (see page 36). This is an ideal base for trout fishing, horse riding and hiking. (B, D) Day 3 – The Drakensberg: At leisure. (N)

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Day 4 – To the Battlefields*: Drive to Fugitives’ Drift Lodge (see page 36), which has views over the Anglo-Zulu battlefield. Stay 2 nights. (B, L, D) Day 5 – The Battlefields: Full-day tour. (B, L, D) Days 6-8 – To Phinda: Drive to Phinda Private Game Reserve for a 3-night stay at either Forest or Mountain Lodge (see page 36). Activities include safari drives, bush walks, canoeing, sunset cruises and white rhino tracking. (B, L, D) Days 9-11 – To Umhlanga Rocks: Drive to Teremok Lodge, a boutique property in Umhlanga Rocks. Stay 3 nights. Alternatively, upgrade to the Oyster Box (see page 37) or stay at the remote Rocktail Beach Camp further north. Located in the thick Maputaland coastal forest, there is good snorkelling off unspoilt beaches where turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs (Oct to Mar). (B) Day 12 – To London: Drive to Durban and drop off your hire car. Fly back to London this

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evening, via Johannesburg. (B) Day 13 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Spioenkop visit: If you would also like to visit Spioenkop, one of the better known Anglo-Boer battlefields, this can be easily added between the Drakensberg and Fugitives’ Drift. Please speak to your Cox & Kings tour consultant.

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SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £3,575 to £4,635

Experience the great diversity of South Africa’s wildlife on this outstanding safari to three of the country’s best wildlife parks. All the camps are run and managed by their owners and have been handpicked for the range of activities on offer and their ability to tailor each guest’s safari experience.

The Journey Day 1 – To Johannesburg: Fly from London to Johannesburg on South African Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Madikwe Game Reserve: Arrive and transfer to Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve and stay for 3 nights. The main lodge has been built around an ancient termite mound and is a wonderful place to relax. (D) Days 3-4 – Madikwe Game Reserve: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To the Waterberg: Transfer to Ant’s Nest (see page 37), a bush home located in its

own private game reserve in the Waterberg region. Stay 3 nights. View wildlife on foot, in an open 4x4 or on horseback. (B, L, D) Days 6-7 – The Waterberg: Wildlife activities: Additional activities on offer include clay pigeon shooting, having a massage and taking a tour of Bushman rock art. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Makalali Private Game Reserve: Transfer to Johannesburg and fly to Hoedspruit. Transfer to Garonga Safari Camp (see page 37) for a 3-night stay. Activities include safari drives, wilderness walks, sleep-outs, outdoor bushbaths and reflexology sessions. (B, L, D) Days 9-10 – Makalali Private Game Reserve: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To London: Fly to London, via Johannesburg, on South African Airways. (B, L) Day 12 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Red-billed hornbill, Makalali Game Reserve

THE THREE KINGDOMS Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £5,995 to £6,295

This journey combines the highlights of the mountain kingdoms of Lesotho, Zululand and Swaziland, with their beautiful mountain scenery and fascinating history.

The Journey Day 1 – To Durban: Fly from London to Durban, via Jo’burg, with South African Airways. (N) Day 2 – To the Drakensberg: Meet your driver / guide. After a short orientation tour of the city, drive through the scenic Midlands region to the Sani Pass Hotel and stay overnight. (D) Day 3 – Lesotho: Full-day tour of Lesotho via the Sani Pass. Visit a local village before lunch at Africa’s highest pub (2,850 metres). Return to South Africa and stay at Fordoun. (B, L) Day 4 – To the Battlefields: Full-day tour of the Spieonkop battlefields and visit Colenso where Winston Churchill was captured in the Boer war. Stay 2 nights at Isandlwana Lodge. (B, D)

Day 5 – The Battlefields: Morning tour of Isandlwana battlefield. In the afternoon, tour Rorke’s Drift, where a small detachment of the British army defeated the Zulus in 1879. (B, D) Day 6 – To Swaziland: Early morning drive to Swaziland. Stay 2 nights at Foresters Arms. (B, D) Day 7 – Swaziland: Full-day cultural tour of the Ezulwini valley, including Mantenga cultural village, Swazi Candles, Manzini market and the Mlilwane Nature Reserve. (B, D) Day 8 – Swaziland: Drive via Ngwenya glass factory and Piggs Peak, to the Phophonyane Falls and stay at Phophonyane Lodge. (B, D) Day 9 – To the Lebombo mountains: Morning at leisure. Return to South Africa and stay for 2 nights at Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, D) Day 10 – Lebombo mountains: Day at leisure or take optional excursions, such as a boat cruise on Lake Jozini or a visit to a local Zulu homestead. (B, D) Day 11 – To St Lucia wetlands: Drive south to

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Makakatana Bay Lodge on Lake St Lucia and stay 2 nights. Activities include wildlife drives and boat rides into the St Lucia National Park and Hluhluweu-Mfolozi Game Reserve. (B, L, D) Day 12 – St Lucia wetlands: Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing activities. (B, L, D) Days 13-14 – To London: Drive to Durban and fly to London, via Jo’burg, on South African Airways. (B, L) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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rovos rail luxury rail journeys Recreate the romance of the golden age of luxury train travel aboard Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa as it travels through some of Africa’s most beautiful scenery. The trains feature beautiful woodpanelled heritage coaches, which have been carefully rebuilt, and are drawn by steam, diesel and electric locomotives.

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Rovos Rail’s trains consist of four Royal, 22 De luxe and 10 Pullman suites, combining the opulence of a bygone era with subtle modern innovations. The use of traditional furnishings and period decor in the 1920s dining car and observation car, which has an open balcony, creates an elegant atmosphere in which to relax and watch the passing scenery.

Rovos Rail Journeys Pretoria to Cape Town 3 Days / 2 Nights full board from £1,875 pp

Dinner, served with the formality of fine china, crisp linen and silver, is an event to truly savour and worth getting dressed up for.

Pretoria to Durban 3 Days / 2 Nights from £1,875

This classic journey includes tours of the diamond-rush city of Kimberley and Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape.

Includes two safari drives and a battlefields tour.

Pretoria to Swakopmund 7 Days / 6 Nights from £5,100 Includes excursions to the Fish river canyon, Sossusvlei dunes and Namib desert.

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Price information: Prices for Rovos Rail include all excursions, meals and drinks on board and are based on accommodation in a De Luxe suite. Please note that all journeys also operate in reverse.

SAMPLE JOURNEY Historic South Africa 11 Days / 8 Nights from £4,315 to £4,845 (fully guided) Day 1: Fly to Cape Town. Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town. Meet your driver / guide. Orientation tour of Cape Town and ascend Table mountain. Stay 4 nights at the Mount Nelson (see page 34). Day 3: Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Day 4: Full-day tour of the wine-growing region. Day 5: At leisure or optional excursions. Days 6-7: Board Pride of Africa for the 2-night journey from Cape Town to Pretoria (see above). Day 8: Arrive in Pretoria. Half-day city tour. Transfer to Johannesburg and stay 2 nights at the Westcliffe. Day 9: Full-day city tour, including the Apartheid Museum and Soweto. Day 10: Day at leisure or optional excursions. Transfer to the airport for an evening flight to London. Day 11: Early morning arrival. Extensions: This itinerary could be extended to include a 2-night safari at Londolozi (see page 37) in Sabi Sand or a 2-night stay at the Royal Livingstone or Stanley Safari Lodge (see page 61) at Victoria Falls. Full itinerary: Please visit our website, coxandkings.co.uk, or contact one of our Africa specialists for a more detailed itinerary and prices.

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THE BLUE TRAIN luxury rail journeys Since 1946, the distinctive blue carriages of The Blue Train have transported travellers across southern Africa in style. Setting superb standards in luxury travel, this world-renowned train offers an outstanding travel experience.

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The Blue Train features contemporary interiors that have been elegantly designed and fitted with rich fabrics, birch panelling and Italian marble.

SAMPLE JOURNEY The Blue Train Experience 10 Days / 7 Nights from £4,395 to £5,475 (fully guided)

In the classic 1920s style dining car, fine South African wines accompany gourmet cuisine. While you dine, your personal butler will transform your suite into a luxury bedroom.

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town. Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town and meet your driver / guide. Orientation tour of Cape Town and visit Table mountain. Stay 3 nights at Steenberg Hotel (see page 34). Day 3: Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Day 4: Full-day tour of the winegrowing region. Day 5: Board The Blue Train for the overnight journey from Cape Town to Pretoria. Day 6: Arrive in Pretoria. Half-day tour of the city. Stay 1 night at Whistletree Lodge. Day 7: Fly to the Kruger National Park and stay 2 nights at Ngala Tented Camp (see page 37). Afternoon safari drive. Day 8: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. Day 9: Morning safari drive. Fly to London, via Johannesburg. Day 10: Early morning arrival in London.

Blue Train Routes Pretoria to Cape Town Prices from £995 per person (1 night full board) The classic 1,600km overnight journey from Pretoria to Cape Town travels across the Karoo desert. Price information: Prices for The Blue Train include all excursions, meals and drinks while on board. The journey also operates in reverse.

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With its spectacular natural surroundings, modern centre, cultural mix and the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town is a breathtaking city.View it all from Table mountain, visit local beaches, go on a scenic drive and experience a variety of restaurants that reflect the area’s multicultural history. Combine this with a stay in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa’s preeminent wildlife area. With unfenced edges bordering the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sands offers some of the country’s best wildlife viewing. It is an outstanding place to see Africa’s Big Five and lion and leopard sightings are especially prolific.

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SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at More Cape Cadogan and Lion Sands River Lodge of any duration. An 11-day / 8-night package, including international and domestic flights with British Airways, private transfers, 4 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at More Cape Cadogan and 4 nights on a fully inclusive basis at Lion Sands River Lodge, costs from £2,625 per person in the low season and £3,145 per person in the high season*. Flights from the UK are into Cape Town and out from Johannesburg, and the flying time is approximately 10 hours. Upgrade: Upgrades are available to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and / or More Quarters, the sister property of More Cape Cadogan and a collection of apartments. * Cox & Kings added value: This package includes 1 free night at More Cape Cadogan and 1 free night at Lion Sands River Lodge. Zebra, Sabi Sands

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Vintage Sidecar Winelands Experience

This vibrant working harbour is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions. The V&A Waterfront has more than 400 stores and 45 different restaurants and bars on offer, an arts and crafts centre and an internationally renowned aquarium. The Victorian architecture, maritime tradition and African culture make for a cosmopolitan environment.

Kirstenbosch is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of indigenous South African plants and its magnificent setting against the slopes of Table mountain. Wander the gardens independently or with a specialist botanical guide. On Sundays during the summer months (December to March), sunset concerts are held on the lawns.

Travel though the Cape Winelands region safely strapped into the sidecar of a vintage 750cc motorbike sidecar. You will experience the freedom of the open road and the fresh smell of the countryside, while driving through some of the Cape’s most beautiful scenery. The day will include a visit to Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, three wine tastings and lunch.

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More Cape Cadogan, Cape Town Offering a rare combination of historic exteriors with classic modern bohemian interiors, More Cape Cadogan dates back to the early 19th century. It is themed on the Irish literary figure, Oscar Wilde.

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Declared a national monument in 1984, its charm and character is matched with its desirable location among the popular restaurants, street cafes and stylish boutique shops of Kloof Street, in the heart of Cape Town. The delightful boutique hotel has 12 luxuriously decorated en suite bedrooms. The public areas comprise a comfortable lounge with an open fireplace, a garden and pool area, and a library.

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River Lodge, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve River Lodge is about warm hospitality, nature and relaxation. From its position on the Sabie River, it is superbly placed for safari drives in the Sabi Sands Reserve, immediately adjacent to the Kruger National Park. There are 18 luxurious thatched bedrooms, two swimming pools and a magnificent River Island Deck for wildlife viewing. The public areas at River Lodge include a private lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, two swimming pools and the Lalamuha Health Spa. Meals are served in a variety of locations around the lodge, including the traditional boma.

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Wildlife Viewing

Treehouse Sleepout

Village Visit

The wildlife at Lion Sands is viewed in open 4x4 Land Rovers and on foot. The safari drives are made early in the morning and evening, while bush walks are taken after breakfast in winter or as part of the morning safari drive in summer. The ranger will talk on a wide variety of subjects, including the basic skills of tracking animals.

The Treehouse is a secure bush bedroom under the African stars, set up to accommodate single or twin sharing guests for one night. It is built around an ancient Leadwood tree with beautiful views extending over the plains. Drinks and a delicious picnic dinner await guests at sunset. Mosquito nets, a mattress, linen, bedside table and lavatory are among the comforts.

Drive with a specialist guide to the local village where you will learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Shangaan people. En route, visit the Huntington home-based care organisation, where you will watch and learn the meaning of some traditional dances. Stop at a local school, sample some of the local cuisine and visit the craft market.

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Cape Town is widely described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.View it from Table mountain, visit the scenic beaches of Camp’s Bay and Clifton, take a scenic drive up Chapman’s Peak and experience the area’s multicultural restaurants. Combine this with a stay at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, home to thousands of animals including lions, black and white rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and cheetahs. Meaning ‘place of the blue crane’ in Xhosa, Kwandwe is a haven for these rare, vulnerable birds, which are South Africa’s national bird. The Great Fish river meanders for 30km through this pristine, private wilderness.

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SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Mount Nelson Hotel (see page 34) and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve of any duration. A 10day / 7-night package, including international and domestic flights with British Airways, private transfers, 4 nights accommodation with bed and breakfast at the Mount Nelson and either 4 nights on a fully inclusive basis at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge (see page 36) or 4 nights at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, costs from £3,125 per person in the low season and £4,155 per person in the high season. Flights from the UK are into Cape Town and out from Port Elizabeth, via Johannesburg, and the flying time is approximately 10 hours. For additional information about this package or other options, please call our Africa specialists. Cox & Kings added value: This package includes a complimentary afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson and the fourth night at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is included free of charge. Black rhino, Kwandwe

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Ascend Table Mountain

Twice-Daily Safari Drives

Interpretive Bush Walks

At 1,086 metres above sea level and 3km from side to side, Table mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its harbour. Take the cableway up the mountain or, for the more active, there is the option of hiring a specialist guide to accompany you to the summit on foot. The trails are scenic and of varying difficulty.

Explore the natural diversity of Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon / evening safari drives. An armed ranger and tracker team will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you and will track the Big Five, as well as a variety of other wildlife. Night drives produce some unusual sightings such as aardvarks, aardwolves and bat-eared foxes.

In between safari drives, take a closer look at the intricate details of the bush on a leisurely walk. Various birds of prey and other species nest in the taller trees and the spiny canopy. An armed ranger guides guests for up close and personal sightings of the local wildlife, which may include buffalo herds, elephant bulls, black and white rhinos, bushbucks and bushpigs.

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Cape West Coast 4 Days / 3 Nights (with private guide) from £1,115 pp Visiting the Cape west coast is a wonderful opportunity to escape the crowds and really get under the skin of South Africa. This tour travels north from Cape Town exploring coastal towns, interior mountains and valleys where access is restricted. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet local wine makers, fishermen and farmers. Highlights include sampling wines in the picturesque mountain town of Tulbagh, taking a short hike (optional) in the spectacular Cederberg mountains, visiting San rock art sites and experiencing local life in the fishing towns of Lambert’s Bay and Paternoster. As with all our tailor-made suggestions, itineraries are completely flexible. Ask one of our Africa specialists for more details.

Hiking in the Drakensberg The spectacular Drakensberg mountains were designated a world heritage site in 2000. The Berg, as the area is known, is not only a place of spectacular natural beauty, but also home to a rich collection of San Bushmen rock art sites, collectively featuring about 35,000 images. Indeed, the rock art in the park is better preserved than any other region south of the Sahara. We recommend Cathedral Peak Hotel, a three-hour drive from Durban, as an excellent base from which to explore the area. Free daily-guided hikes (including walks to Bushman paintings and beautiful waterfalls) are available to hotel guests. Other activities include bird spotting, horse riding, cycling mountain bike trails, tennis, fishing, helicopter sightseeing flights and two swimming pools. Cathedral Peak Hotel prices from £105 pppn on a half-board basis.

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Walking Safari, Kruger National Park

Walking Safari in Kruger National Park 2 nights Plains Camp / 1 night sleepout from £705 pp Discover nature’s hidden wonders on these tailored walking trails available from Plains Camp, situated in the heart of a 120 sq km concession. With a maximum of only eight people, guests are ensured a quality, pristine wilderness experience. Two highly qualified guides share their wealth of bush knowledge – not only about the wildlife, but also the birds and local ecology – as the small group tracks wild animals such as lions, buffaloes and rhinos through the savanna and low-lying veld. For a really special experience, take a walk to the sleep-out, an elevated wooden platform where the night can be spent sleeping under the stars and a great spot from which to enjoy a dramatic African sunset.

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Mont Rochelle Hotel, Franschhoek Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards is a small and exclusive luxury hotel located on the vine-clad slopes of Franschhoek’s beautiful mountain range. The property has 16 luxurious bedrooms and six plush suites that span across three wings of the hotel. In the Manor House, the beautifully appointed fine dining restaurant, Mange Tout, has spectacular valley views. The Country Kitchen serves relaxed Mediterranean food and is the perfect place for an alfresco lunch or cosy dinner. Meanwhile, the bar is a great place to sample a local wine or cocktail at sunset. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, mountain bikes and a wellness centre. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the fine selection of wines and champagnes, enjoyed in the the comfort of the cosy, colonial style cigar bar. Prices from £100 pppn, including breakfast.

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Picnic Basket

Wine & Gourmet Tastings

Wine Tasting by Horseback

Pick up a picnic basket in the country kitchen and take a stroll, with blanket in hand, through the vineyards down to the dam, into the rose garden or to the shade of an oak tree.

Mont Rochelle is a farm that features 16 hectares of vines that grow grapes for sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Wine tastings are available daily and cellar tours can be taken during the week. The gourmet tastings, in which the chef carefully pairs four wines with the daily changing dishes, are highly recommended.

See Franschhoek’s beautiful hills and valleys up close as you ride through narrow trails winding through the vineyards. With stops at three wine estates, you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a wine farm in all its glory. The tours are fully guided and provide a relaxing way to spend a morning. Mont Rochelle also offers champagne breakfasts and sundowner rides.

Unpack your picnic basket, open a bottle of chilled wine and sit back and relax. Baskets are available every day and can be pre-ordered.

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Tswalu Kalahari Tswalu Kalahari is an exclusive malaria-free wilderness and, at 1,000 sq km, is South Africa’s largest private wildlife reserve. Wildlife is prolific and includes black-maned Kalahari lions, desert black rhinos, cheetahs and a huge variety of antelopes. Unusual sightings also include aardvarks, aardwolves, pangolins, porcupines and meerkats. There are two properties on the reserve; the Motse is an eight-suite lodge with an infinity pool overlooking a waterhole and Tarkuni is an exclusive private home that is perfect for small groups of up to 10 guests. There is remarkable diversity in the activities available, including safari drives, bush walks (including tracking black rhino on foot), viewing Bushman rock art, dune dinners, archery and horseback safaris, all can be tailored to suit you. Prices from £615 pppn, including breakfast. Giraffes, Kalahari

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The Malori Sleep-Out Deck

Tswalu Kalahari Spa

Meerkat Viewing

Sleep in a luxury king-size bed on a raised deck surrounded by the calls of nocturnal animals, with nothing between you and the bright stars of the Kalahari night sky.

Tswalu Kalahari Spa offers a range of soothing and vitalising treatments and has three inspirational spaces designed to take advantage of the superb Kalahari climate. The outdoor treatment area is within an indigenous spa garden, the indoor spa area is inspired by nature and the outdoor tsala has a backdrop of the Korannaberg mountain range.

Tswalu’s small carnivores make for special sightings. Meerkat viewing is a fantastic experience and there are two colonies that have grown to trust people and allow close approach and observation. See them either in the early morning when they are more active or at sunset when they winding down for the night and more sedate.

At sunset, the chef prepares dinner, then wake at sunrise to birdsong when your guide will set up a continental breakfast on deck.

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SOUTH AFRICA EXCURSIONS

Cape Point & Peninsula Tour Full-day tour

Robben Island, Cape Town Half-day tour

Walk to Freedom, Cape Town Full-day tour

From £50 pp (shared basis) and From £240 pp (private basis)

From £35 pp (shared basis)

From £50 pp (shared basis) and from £240 pp (private basis)

Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, along one of Africa’s most breathtaking coastal routes. Take the funicular railway to the top of the peninsula to see the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

This tour delves deep into South Africa’s political past and opens up doors to the colourful Bo-Kaap Malay community and other townships created specifically for black residents under apartheid.

In the afternoon, visit the African penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach and stop at the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays.

Since 1997, the island has been a world heritage site, nature conservation area and museum, a focal point of South African heritage. The tour guides are people who spent time in prison during the apartheid years. The accounts that they give of their experience are personal and often very moving.

Home-Hosted Dinners 3-4 hours from £80 pp

Arts & Culture Tour Full-day tour

Winelands Tour & Specialist Guide Full-day tour

From £155 pp (private basis)

From £50 pp (shared basis) and from £230 pp (private basis)

There is an extraordinary range of cuisine in South Africa. Home-hosted dinners are a great way to enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal, including many dishes typical to South Africa, in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The host families are located throughout the Cape Peninsula, from Bothasig in the north-east, right across the Cape Flats to the southern suburbs. These dinners are proving increasingly popular as they provide the rare opportunity to engage in conversation with local people who have lived through the country’s turbulent history.

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From the 17th century until the 20th century, Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent nearly 27 years of his life, served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment.

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Walk to the Cape Gallery, in the heart of the old city, and the South African National Gallery, situated in the Company Gardens park. Travel to the village of Muizenberg and visit Casa Labia, now South Africa’s most exquisite cultural centre and home to a contemporary art gallery. Finish in the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay and tour the Kalk Bay Gallery, which houses more than 3,000 artworks from international and South African artists.

Continue by ferry to Robben Island. The former prison is now a world heritage site and museum, which provides a poignant insight into the hardships endured by Nelson Mandela and many others.

Drive through stunning mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads in the Cape Winelands. Visit Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, Franschhoek, widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa, and the town of Paarl, which has wonderful examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and art deco architecture. Wine tasting in each town will be accompanied by a specialist guide.

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Whale Watching, Hermanus Half-day tour

Sunset Paddle Cruise, Knysna Half-day tour

Tsitsikamma Tour Full-day tour

From £115 pp (shared basis)

From £50 pp (shared basis)

From £155 pp (private basis)

Hermanus offers some of the best southern right whale sightings in the world. Leave the harbour by boat and spend a few hours searching for these graceful and majestic mammals.

For a special cruise and dining experience in Knysna, board the Paddle Cruiser, the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa.

Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Explore its rocky coastline, traverse its secluded valleys and see temperate high forests, home to many species of fynbos (shrubland vegetation), beautiful flowers and sea birds.

Other marine creatures often spotted include bryde and humpback whales, Heaviside, bottlenose and common dolphins, seals, penguins and marine birds. This seasonal tour departs from July to November and is subject to weather conditions.

Departing at sunset, enjoy a three-course Mediterranean buffet as you cruise along this peaceful lagoon towards Knysna Heads, some of the most striking geological features along the southern African coastline. Relax with a drink under the stars as you return to the town.

At Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, an experienced game ranger will show you many species of primates as well as a large variety of forest dwelling birds.

Knysna & Plettenberg Full-day tour

Oudtshoorn Tour Full-day tour

Panorama Route Full-day tour

From £155 pp (private basis)

From £155 pp (private basis)

From £130 pp (private basis)

A tour of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay is a great way to see some of the Garden Route’s most dramatic coastal scenery, secluded nature reserves and mountain ranges.

Oudtshoorn, surrounded by the Outeniqua mountain pass and the red semi-desert of the Little Karoo, is the ostrich capital of the world. It is home to a large number of these peculiar birds on farms throughout the region.

Spend a full day exploring the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, best known for its cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes.

This tour combines a ferry ride across Knysna’s magnificent estuary with a nature drive and visit to an elephant sanctuary. As you walk with the elephants, learn all about the amazing animals, from their habits and habitats to their anatomy.

In the picturesque Cango valley, explore the Cango caves, a fascinating labyrinth of limestone formations sculptured by nature over time, and visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, a breeding facility for a variety of endangered species.

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The tour includes the two towns of Pilgrims Rest, home to the early gold prospectors and Graskop. From these centres, the scenic wonders of God’s Window, Bourke’s potholes and the Three Rondavels are best explored. Time is allowed for a visit to the local craft market.

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Cape Grace, Cape Town The elegant Cape Grace is set on its own private quay on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The hotel’s charm lies in its stylish decor and warm hospitality. Relax by the outdoor heated swimming pool or dine at the Signal restaurant, which has superb views over the yacht marina. Prices from £180 pppn including breakfast.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has a spectacular location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Dine alfresco at Tobago’s restaurant, relax in the infinity pool or indulge yourself in the ONE wellness spa. Prices from £115 pppn including breakfast.

Built in the mid 1920s, the Winchester Mansions Hotel has earned a well-deserved reputation for outstanding personal service. Dine alfresco in the colonnaded courtyard where Sunday lunch is served accompanied by live jazz, or relax on the terrace of Harvey’s Bar, overlooking the ocean. Prices from £70 pppn including breakfast.

Four Rosmead, Cape Town

Ellerman House, Cape Town

African Elite Properties, Cape Town

Built in 1903 and stylishly remodelled, Four Rosmead is an exclusive guesthouse on the slopes of Table mountain, five mintues from the V&A waterfront. Accommodation consists of eight bespoke en suite bedrooms. There are good views, beautifully landscaped gardens, a swimming pool and therapy room. Prices from £65 pppn including breakfast.

Ellerman House is a historical landmark of great repute offering fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the ultimate home from home, with just nine rooms and two suites, wide verandas, immaculate lawns, a superb spa with infinity pool and a captivating collection of artwork. Prices from £490 pppn including breakfast.

African Elite Properties has a portfolio of elegant, fully serviced luxury apartments and villas. Located in the world-renowned Waterfront Marina or in the heart of De Waterkant’s cafés, bars and boutiques, the apartments provide the flexibility of selfcatering or dining out at local restaurants. Prices from £85 pppn room including breakfast.

The Mount Nelson, Cape Town

Steenberg Hotel, Constantia

More than 100 years old and one of South Africa’s most famous hotels, the ‘Nellie’ is set in beautiful gardens at the foot of Table mountain. Managed by Orient-Express, the hotel is well regarded for its sumptuous afternoon teas, the chic Planet Champagne Bar and the Librisa Spa. Prices from £145 pppn including breakfast.

Situated on the slopes of Steenberg mountain, the Steenberg Hotel is positioned on the Cape’s oldest wine farm. The rooms are located in the original historic buildings, dating back to 1682, and overlook the vineyard or gardens. There is an 18-hole golf course. Prices from £95 pppn including breakfast.

River Manor Country House & Spa, Cape Winelands

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This privately owned boutique property, built in the early 1900s, is just a two-minute stroll from the many restaurants, museums and art galleries of historic Stellenbosch. The property is decorated with antiques and has two pools. Prices from £55 pppn including breakfast.

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Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, Delaire Graff Estate

Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands

The Last Word Franschhoek, Franschhoek

Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa sit on top of a magnificent mountain pass linking Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Each of the 10 lodges are completely private, with curved hedges providing natural seclusion. There is a luxury spa, cinema, state-of-the-art gym and pool. Prices from £305 pppn including breakfast.

The historic Cape Dutch wine and fruit farm of Babylonstoren dates back 300 years. Accommodation is in 12 immaculately restored labourer’s cottages, whose interiors are an elegant mix of antique and designer pieces. At the top of the garden is a reservoir style pool with canoes for guests’ use, a spa and gym. Prices from £145 pppn including breakfast.

The Marine, Hermanus

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Pezula, Knysna

The Marine is set on rocky cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, where southern right whales calve between July and November. It is now a Relais & Chateaux accredited hotel featuring an indulgent spa with extensive treatments and two excellent gourmet restaurants – the Pavilion, and Seafood at the Marine. Prices from £120 pppn including breakfast.

Grootbos is home to two luxury lodges, Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge. Set among ancient milkwood trees, this eco-friendly accommodation consists of large, private one- and two-bedroom suites set in tranquil surroundings. Horse riding, whale watching, and beach and cave walks are just a few of the activities available. Prices from £130 pppn all inclusive.

Pezula is an exclusive cliff-top retreat overlooking the Knysna lagoon. There are 78 secluded suites all with beautiful views of the sweeping fynbos (shrubland) landscape. A gourmet restaurant, world class spa, championship golf course, tennis courts and a secluded beach complete the experience. Prices from £235 pppn including breakfast.

Hog Hollow Country Lodge, near Plettenberg Bay

The Plettenberg, Garden Route

Kurland, near Plettenberg Bay

Set on a rocky headland and built around an infinity pool, this Relais & Chateaux property benefits from outstanding sea and mountain views. Guests can eat dinner in the wine cellar, relax in the Carchele Spa and go whale watching (Jul to Nov). Prices from £120 pppn including breakfast.

Kurland is an intimate country hideaway with 16 beautifully appointed rooms set in tranquil rose gardens. Relax on the spacious veranda or by the pool, visit the health spa, watch a game of polo and enjoy simple country food in the dining room or courtyard. Prices from £105 pppn including breakfast.

This private nature reserve, situated 18km from Plettenberg Bay, features 15 rooms with private decks, and a pool, overlooking indigenous forests and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Dinner is served at a candlelit table. Prices from £80 pppn including breakfast.

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The Last Word Franschhoek Hotel is a historic residence in the centre of Franschhoek. A small, intimate property, it has just six luxurious double rooms, which open on to small, shaded gardens or patios. There are many award-winning restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Prices from £120 pppn including breakfast.

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Kichaka Private Game Lodge, Eastern Cape

Shamwari Long Lee Manor / Lobengula, Eastern Cape

Kichaka Private Game Lodge has 10 individually decorated suites, each with a private deck, plunge pool and excellent views of the surrounding bush. In addition to two daily safari drives, a ‘cosmic safari’, via a telescope, provides a wonderful introduction to the night sky. Prices from £295 pppn all inclusive.

Shamwari provides malaria-free safari experiences. Situated north of Port Elizabeth, Long Lee Manor is an Edwardian Manor House that overlooks sweeping plains. Premier Lobengula is built in traditional safari style. Prices from £335 pppn (Long Lee) and £460 pppn (Lobengula) all inclusive.

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, Eastern Cape

Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa, Mpumalanga

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, Drakensberg Mountains

This lodge is set in 160 sq km hectares of private land on the banks of Fish river, a habitat for big animals, including black and white rhinos, and more than 200 bird species, including blue cranes. The luxurious suites feature Africaninspired decor and have private thatched decks. Prices from £340 pppn all inclusive.

An old hunting lodge set in 120 hectares of forest and gardens, Cybele offers luxurious suites with plunge pools, first class cuisine and a range of spa treatments. A variety of optional excursions include day trips into Kruger National Park and elephant safaris. Prices from £170 pppn including breakfast.

KwaZulu-Natal’s leading gourmet getaway is tucked away in the spectacular Drakensberg mountains and features 11 luxury guestrooms. Swimming, walking and hiking are popular pursuits and a visit to the nearby Midlands Meander, a craft route, is recommended Prices from £155 pppn including breakfast.

Fugitives Drift Lodge, The Battlefields

Phinda Private Game Reserve

The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

This award-winning property enjoys commanding views of the reserve’s 20km river frontage, which includes the site of the British retreat from Isandlwana. The lodge comprises eight spacious en suite rooms and is acclaimed for its battlefield tours. Prices from £180 pppn full board.

With seven distinct habitats, this pristine wilderness is renowned for its exceptional sightings of elusive cheetahs, rare black rhinos and resident lion prides. There are four lodges, Mountain, Rock, Vlei and Forest and we recommend combining two lodges over 4 nights. Prices from £325 pppn including breakfast.

Opened in 1947, the Oyster Box has long been one of Africa’s best-loved hotels, with an abundance of colonial charm and a breathtaking seaside setting. The hotel decor features paintings by local artists and each of the 86 rooms is individually decorated. Prices from £180 pppn including breakfast.

The Sands @ St Francis, St Francis Bay The Sands @ St Francis is an impressive fivebedroom homestead with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean coastline. Soak up the sun in one of the two secluded pools, relax in the steam room or dine in the glass-fronted restaurant and bar, which has a surrounding timber deck. Prices from £100 pppn including breakfast.

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Rocktail Beach Camp, Maputaland The secluded Rocktail Beach Camp is located in a rich marine reserve. The luxury treehouse chalets are set on the dunes near the beach. Activities include snorkelling, fishing and a nocturnal beach walk in search of egg-laying turtles (mid Oct – Mar). Facilities include a large swimming pool and wine cellar. Prices from £155 pppn half board.

Garonga Safari Camp, Makalai Private Game Reserve With just six tented rooms overlooking a dry riverbed, Garonga provides in-depth and unhurried wildlife encounters. Each room has a wooden deck, complete with a hammock, which commands spectacular views, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. Prices from £220 pppn all inclusive.

Simbambili Game Lodge, bordering Kruger National Park

Leopard Hills, bordering Kruger National Park

Simbambili Game Lodge is situated in northern Sabi Sand, along the meandering Manyeleti river. All eight suites have private plunge pools and are set inconspicuously amid dense forest. Outdoor dining is by candlelight in the boma or on the dry riverbed below the lodge. Prices from £315 pppn all inclusive.

With eight spacious glass-fronted suites, each with a private plunge pool, sun deck and views of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Leopard Hills offers privacy in a spectacular setting. Try a massage in the bush sala and experience some of the best wildlife viewing in South Africa. Prices from £715 pppn all inclusive.

Ngala Tented Safari Camp, bordering Kruger National Park

Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Set on the banks of the seasonal Timbavati river, Ngala Tented Safari Camp is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The camp offers just six sophisticated tented suites, a viewing deck and pool. Prices from £380 pppn all inclusive.

Makanyane is a remote lodge comprising eight suites, all with log fires, glass walls and views across the bush. Elephants have been known to wander past the rooms and bush babies play in the surrounding trees. Prices from £430 pppn all inclusive.

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Londolozi, by Kruger National Park A member of Relais & Chateaux, Londolozi comprises five elegant camps situated in Sabi Sand. The personalised service of the rangers, superb wildlife viewing opportunities and luxurious accommodation all ensure an outstanding safari experience. Some suites have private plunge pools. Prices from £540 pppn all inclusive.

Tanda Tula, by Kruger National Park Tanda Tula is a tented camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, north of Sabi Sand. Excellent trackers seated at the front of 4x4 vehicles ensure an exciting search for wildlife. Strict rules mean that there are no more than two vehicles allowed at any animal sighting, to ensure their wild disposition remains. Prices from £325 pppn all inclusive.

The Ant Collection, Waterberg Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are both private bush homes owned by Ant and Tessa Baber. They are located on their own private wildlife reserve and offer a flexible, tailor-made safari experience of pure relaxation and actionpacked excitement. Prices from £295 pppn all inclusive.

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SPECIAL FEATURES • Dramatic desert landscapes • Unique flora & fauna • Maximum group size of 15 Namibia is one of the world’s last great wilderness countries. This tour visits the magnificent sand dunes of the Namib desert, the German colonial town of Swakopmund and the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton coast. Travelling inland, you will see the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha National Park, before ending your journey at the Africat Foundation’s sanctuary at Okonjima.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Windhoek: Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Windhoek, via Frankfurt, with Air Namibia. (N) Day 2 – Windhoek: Arrive and transfer to the Safari Court Hotel for 1 night. The Germanstyle architecture and pleasant cafés give Windhoek a surprising European feel. (N)

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Afternoon at leisure. (B, D) Day 5 – To Swakopmund: Early morning optional balloon safari (£395 per person). Morning drive to Swakopmund on the west coast, a seaside resort with German architectural and cultural influences. Stay 2 nights at the Swakopmund Boutique Hotel or similar. (B) Day 6 – Swakopmund: Day at leisure or optional cruise excursion from (£60 per person). (B) Day 7 – To Damaraland: Drive north to Cape Cross, known for its colony of around 100,000 cape fur seals. Travel inland, to the heart of Damaraland, passing Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. Afternoon visit to the pre-historic rock art at Twyfelfontein and see the geological features of the Organ Pipes, Burnt mountain and the petrified forest. Transfer to Doro Nawas / Damaraland tented camp* for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 3 – To the Namib desert: Morning drive to the Namib desert. Stay 2 nights at Sossusvlei Lodge, or similar, in a stunning desert location. (B, D)

Day 8 – Damaraland: Full-day wildlife drive in 4x4 vehicles to explore northern Damaraland in search of the rare desert elephant. You may also see Hartman’s mountain zebras, giraffes, oryxes, springboks and kudus. Predators sometimes seen include lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Namib desert: Early morning drive to Sossusvlei to explore the giant sand dunes with a stop at the 30-metre deep Sesriem canyon.

Day 9 – To Etosha National Park: Morning drive to the southern side of Etosha National Park. Stay 2 nights at Anderssons Camp or

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Day 11 – To Epako Game Lodge: Morning drive to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and visit the Education Centre. Continue to Epako Game Lodge. Afternoon safari drive. (B, D) Day 12 – To London: Travel to Windhoek and fly to London Heathrow, via Frankfurt, with Air Namibia. (B) Day 13 – London: Morning arrival. (N)

EXTENSIONS Tour + Cape Town 16 Days / 13 Nights from £480 Occupying a dramatic location at the foot of Table mountain and on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Day 12 – To Cape Town: Transfer to Windhoek and fly to Cape Town. Stay at Four Rosmead† (see page 34) for 3 nights. (B) Days 13- 14 – Cape Town: At leisure or optional excursions. (B) Day 15 – To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Frankfurt, with Air Namibia. (B) Day 16 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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3,595

3,795

3,795

3,895

3,795

3,745

3,745

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480

480

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575

575

585

580

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510

505

545

545

545

565

565

565

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945

945

945

945

945

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1,035

95

495

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1,590

1,975

1,975

1,975

1,590

1,585

1,585

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Private tour

all other departures, the accommodation is at Doro Nawas.

Private Journeys & self-drive tours: In addition to the Escorted Group Tour departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey or on a self-drive basis, subject to availability. The prices for these options are shown in the price table. Please see pages 8-9 for more information about Private Journeys and self-drive tours.

No of 07 Jan to 02 Jun nights 24 Mar 12 12

28 Jul 18 Aug to 06 Oct 08 Sep 12 12 12

10 Nov 05 Jan 09 Feb to Single Supp Sole Supp 13 23 Mar 13 from from

No of 01 Jan to 01 May to 02 Jun to 11 Oct to 29 Oct to 14 Dec to 25 Dec to 29 Mar to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 30 Apr 12 01 Jun 12 10 Oct 12 28 Oct 12 13 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 28 Mar 13 31 Mar 13 from from

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3,390

3,640

3,710

3,580

3,765

3,595

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635

710

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5,795

5,795

5,795

5,995

6,295

6,295

4,945

4,995

530

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Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2012 / 2013 departure dates Out (Sat)

07 Jan 12 11 Feb 12 24 Mar 12

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19 Jan 12 23 Feb 12 05 Apr 12

Out (Sat)

02 Jun 12 28 Jul 12 18 Aug 12

Rtn (Thu)

14 Jun 12 09 Aug 12 30 Aug 12

Out (Sat)

08 Sep 12 06 Oct 12 10 Nov 12

Rtn (Thu)

20 Sep 12 18 Oct 12 22 Nov 12

Out (Sat)

05 Jan 13 09 Feb 13 23 Mar 13

Rtn (Thu)

17 Jan 13 21 Feb 13 04 Apr 13

Air Namibia flight upgrades ( Business Class: £1,195 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

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Tour + Okavango Delta 16 Days / 13 Nights from £1,465

Tour + Okonjima 15 Days / 12 Nights from £945

The Okavango delta in northern Botswana is the perfect contrast to the dry desert of Namibia. The myriad waterways and vast floodplains are home to an array of wildlife.

Okonjima is home to a variety of animals rescued by the AfriCat Foundation, including lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Day 12 – To Johannesburg: Afternoon transfer to Windhoek and stay overnight at the Safari Court Hotel. (B) Day 13 – To the Okavango delta: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Maun and take a light plane transfer to Xugana Island Lodge (see page 54) or similar. Stay for 2 nights. (B, D) Day 14 – Okavango delta: Wildlife viewing on foot, by vehicle and mokoro (dugout canoe). (B, L, D) Day 15 – To London: Morning wildlife activities before a light plane transfer to Maun. Fly to London Heathrow, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B) Day 16 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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Okonjima actively works to rehabilitate these animals ready for relocation to parks and wildlife reserves. Days 12-13 – To Okonjima: Transfer to Okonjima. Stay 2 nights at Okonjima Main Camp (see page 46). Activities include leopard and cheetah tracking in 4x4 vehicles, walking Bushman trails and the chance to learn more about the Africat Foundation’s crucial work. (B, L, D) Day 14 – To London: Afternoon transfer to Windhoek and fly to London Heathrow, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B) Day 15 – London: Early morning arrival in London. (N)

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Tour + Gocheganas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village 15 Days / 12 Nights from £505 Gocheganas is a luxury lodge just 29km south-east of Windhoek, offering a combined wildlife, nature and wellness experience. There are 16 private chalets with uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside, 11 spa treatment rooms and a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Days 12-13 – To Gocheganas: Drive south to Gocheganas and stay for 2 nights. Optional wildlife viewing, looking for white rhinos, kudus, zebras, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeest, bush babies and aardvarks, can be booked. Treatments can also be arranged at the lodge’s wellness village. (B, D) Day 14 – To London: Afternoon transfer to Windhoek and fly to London Heathrow, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B) Day 15 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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Self-drive itineraries are a flexible and cost effective way to discover Namibia at your own pace, and a number of different routes lend themselves well to self-drive holidays. Accommodation varies from 4-star guesthouses to 5-star luxury lodges, camps and hotels, and can be booked on a bed & breakfast, full board or fully inclusive basis, to include all excursions and safari activities.

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Namibians drive on the left side and although 80% of the roads are gravel, regular grading keeps them in excellent condition. To ensure that you benefit from the highest standards of reliability, service and support, we work with Budget car rental and Namibia car rental in Namibia. All our holidays include Super Cover car hire insurance.

Group K – Nissan X-Trail, 5-door Toyota Yaris (sedan) or similar Features include: Automatic gearbox, air conditioning, radio / CD player, airbags and power steering. Capacity: 5 passengers maximum. Price per day: £110

On arrival in Namibia, you will be met by a guide and given a comprehensive self-drive pack. This will allow you to talk through any aspects of the itinerary and routing that you may be unsure of. We recommend the Nissan X-Trail, which is spacious and has good ground clearance. We recommend that you book and pay in advance for a second spare tyre, as distances are long and punctures occur more often on gravel.

SAMPLE JOURNEY Highlights of Namibia 13 Days / 10 Nights from £2,795 to £2,995 Day 1: Fly London to Windhoek, via Frankfurt. Day 2: Arrive in Windhoek. Pick up hire car. Stay overnight at Elegant Guest House. Day 3: Travel south to Sossusvlei and stay 2 nights at the Desert Homestead. Day 4: Optional excursions. Day 5: Drive to

Swakopmund for 2 nights at the Cornerstone Guest House. Day 6: Optional excursions. Day 7: Drive to Damaraland and stay 2 nights at Camp Kipwe. Day 8: Optional excursions. Day 9: Drive to Etosha National Park and stay 2 nights at Etosha Safari Lodge. Afternoon safari drive in the park. Day 10: Full-day safari drive in Etosha National Park. Day 11: Drive to Okahandja and stay overnight at Elegant Farmstead. Day 12: Drive to Windhoek and fly to London, via Frankfurt. Day 13: Early morning arrival. Further details: Please visit coxandkings.co.uk for more details of this itinerary and other suggested programmes, or contact one of our specialists. Tour as self-drive: Untouched Wilderness on pages 38-39 can also be taken on a self-drive basis. See the price table for details.

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Camp†. Afternoon wildlife drive in Ongava Private Game Reserve, where desert-adapted black and white rhinos can be tracked on foot or in a 4x4 vehicle. (B,L,D)

Springbok, Etosha National Park

SPECIAL FEATURES • Fully escorted by a private driver / guide • Superior and Luxury accommodation choices • Comprehensive itinerary encompassing the north and south • Spectacular desert scenery and wildlife Namibia is not only a nature lover’s paradise but a photographer’s dream. Covering the magnificent dune fields of the Namib, the lunar landscape of Damaraland, the endless salt pans of Etosha and Okonjima’s big cats, this journey reveals the full drama and scenic variety of Namibia. Travel overland at your own pace accompanied by an expert driver / guide to smooth your way.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Windhoek: Fly overnight from London to Windhoek, via Frankfurt, with Air Namibia. (N) Day 2 – Windhoek: Arrive and meet your driver / guide. Transfer to Elegant Guest House / Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel† for a 1-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure and your car and driver at your disposal. (N) Day 3 – To the Namib desert: Drive south to the Namib desert, stopping en route for photographs. Stay 2 nights at Kulala Desert Lodge (see page 45) / Little Kulala† (see page 47). Set in the 370 sq km Kulala Wilderness Reserve, there is an abundance of space – and silence. (B, D)

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Day 4 – Namib desert: Early morning drive to Sossusvlei to explore the giant sand dunes. In the afternoon, take a nature drive with your guide. (B, D) Day 5 – To Swakopmund: Early morning optional balloon safari above the desert and dunes, with a champagne breakfast served at your landing site (from £395 per person). Morning drive to Swakopmund on the west coast. Stay 2 nights at Cornerstone Guest House / Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre†. Afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, take a scenic drive in search of ancient Welwitschia plants. Your car and driver are at your disposal. (B) Day 6 – Swakopmund: Transfer to the Walvis Bay Yacht Club for a morning dolphin and seal cruise. Afternoon at leisure or take optional excursions. (B) Day 7 – To Damaraland: Drive to Damaraland and stay 2 nights at Etendeka Mountain Camp / Damaraland Camp† (see page 46). Afternoon safari activity. Safari drives are on offer at both lodges. Etendeka offers guided walks and, from Damaraland Camp, you can visit the famous Twyfelfontein rock etchings. The main focus on safari drives is to search for desert-adapted elephants. (B, L, D) Day 8 – Damaraland: Morning and afternoon safari activities. (B, L, D) Day 9 –To Etosha National Park: Drive to Etosha National Park. Stay 1 night at Ongava Game Lodge (see page 46) / Ongava Tented

Day 10 – Etosha National Park: Full-day safari drive across Ethosha National Park. Stop en route for lunch. Exit the park at the east gate and stay 2 nights at Mushara Lodge / Mushara Outpost† (see page 46). (B, L, D) Day 11 – Etosha National Park: Full-day safari drive into the eastern side of Etosha National Park and have a picnic lunch. (B, L, D) Day 12 – To Okonjima: Drive south to Okonjima, home to a variety of animals rescued by the AfriCat Foundation, including lions, leopards and cheetahs. Stay 2 nights at Okonjima Main Camp (see page 46) / Okonjima Bush Camp†. Afternoon safari activity. Activities at Okonjima include leopard and cheetah tracking in 4x4 vehicles, walking Bushman trails and the chance to learn more about the AfriCat Foundation’s work. (B, L, D) Day 13 – Okonjima: Morning and afternoon activities in Okonjima. (B, L, D) Day 14 – To London: Morning activity in Okonjima. Transfer to Windhoek airport and fly to London, via Frankfurt, on Air Namibia. Day 15 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Small group travel: Travelling in a small group of four people substantially reduces your costs as follows: 14 Days / 11 Nights from £5,795 to £6,195 (Superior) and from £7,425 to £8,295 (Luxury). † Upgrade: The † denotes the Luxury Tour hotel options. Prices from £9,195 to £10,395. Car type: 7-seater 4x4 vehicle with pop-up roof.

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LUXURY FLYING SAFARI

NAMIBIA IN STYLE Private Journey • 12 Days / 9 Nights from £5,995 to £6,595

This luxury flying safari travels over Namibia’s remote deserts and rugged landscapes. Accommodation has been selected for its superb service and spectacular locations.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Windhoek: Fly overnight from London to Windhoek, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – Windhoek: Arrive in Windhoek and transfer to the Olive Grove (see page 46) for 1 night. (N) Day 3 – To Namib-Naukluft desert: Fly to Kulala Desert Lodge for 2 nights (see page 45). Afternoon nature drive or walk. (B, L, D) Day 4 – Namib-Naukluft desert: Morning visit to Sossusvlei to explore the giant sand dunes. Afternoon nature drive or walk. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Swakopmund: Optional early morning hot air balloon safari, with

champagne breakfast at the landing site. Fly to Swakopmund over two shipwreck sites. Stay 2 nights at the Swakopmund Hotel. (B) Day 6 – Swakopmund: Morning cruise. Seafood lunch and short city tour. (B, L) Day 7 – To Damaraland: Morning flight to Mowani Mountain Camp for 2 nights (see page 46). Nature walk or drive in search of desert elephants. (B, L, D) Day 8 – Damaraland: Morning visit to Twyfelfontein to see Bushman engravings. Afternoon nature walk or drive. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To Etosha: Morning flight to Ongava Lodge for 2 nights (see page 46). Activities include wildlife viewing in Etosha and Ongava. Guided walks and white rhino tracking are also available in Ongava. (B, L, D) Day 10 – Etosha: Wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To London: Fly to Windhoek, then on to London, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B)

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Day 12 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

notes Upgrades: It is possible to further upgrade your accommodation to Little Kulala, Mowani Mountain Camp (suite) and Little Ongava. Please speak to an Africa specialist for upgrade prices.

NAMIBIA’S DEEP SOUTH Self-Drive Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £3,395 to £3,645

Explore the peace and tranquillity of this largely uninhabited corner of Namibia in your own vehicle. The ever-changing vistas of the Kalahari, Fish river canyon and the NamibRand display a magnificent variety of colour and textures.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Windhoek: Fly to Windhoek, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – Windhoek: Arrive in Windhoek and collect your hire car (price based on Group K car rental). Drive to the Olive Grove (see page 46) for 1 night. (N) Day 3 – To the Kalahari: Drive south and stay overnight at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch. (B, D) Day 4 – To Fish river canyon: Continue south and stay 2 nights at Canon Lodge. At leisure or

optional excursions. (B, D) Day 5 – Fish river canyon: Day at leisure or optional excursions. (B) Day – 6 To Aus: Travel north and stay 2 nights at Luderitz Nest Hotel in Luderitz. (B, D) Day 7 – Aus: Day at leisure or optional excursions. (B, D) Day 8 – To Namib-Naukluft desert: Drive north to the Namib-Naukluft desert and stay 2 nights at Kulala Desert Lodge* (see page 45). Afternoon at leisure. (B, D) Day 9 – Namib-Naukluft desert: Morning excursion to Sossusvlei. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Swakopmund: Stay 2 nights at Cornerstone Guest House. (B) Day 11 – Swakopmund: At leisure or optional excursions. (B) Day 12 – To London: Return to Windhoek and fly to London. (B) Day 13 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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notes * Accommodation: Second time visitors to this area may prefer to stay at Wolvedans (see page 47), in the exclusive NamibRand Reserve. Please ask an Africa specialist for prices.

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NAMIBIA TAILOR MADE Mobile Camping 4 Days / 3 Nights From £1,240 pp all inclusive. A guided camping safari is an adventurous and comfortable way to experience Namibia’s wilderness. Short trips can be included as part of a longer self-drive or fly safari. Travel in the latest custom built 4x4 Land Rovers, accompanied by a dedicated conservationist. Highly recommended is the 4-day / 3-night trip In Search of Desert Elephants. Combine the pristine wilderness of the Palmwag Concession with the possibility of spotting rare desert elephants and black rhinos. Meanwhile, interaction with the Himba people provides an insight into their way of life. Campfire, Palmwag Concession

Discover Luderitz & Kolmonskop 3 Days / 2 Nights From £150 including breakfast. Historic Luderitz is a sleepy German town with beautiful buildings and can be included in a southern tour of Namibia. Take a trip to Kolmonskop, the fascinating ghost town, visit the peninsula where Portuguese explorer Bartolemeu Diaz stood to become the first European in southern Africa and take a boat trip to the penguin colony on Halifax Island.

Luderitz,

We recommend a 2-night stay at Nest Hotel, which has views overlooking Luderitz Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Explore Fish River Canyon 3 Days / 2 Nights From £240 pp half board The Fish river canyon in the far south of Namibia is the world’s second largest canyon and the views from the rim are simply stunning. We recommend a 2-night stay at Canon Lodge in Gondwana National Park. This 1908 converted farmhouse features 25 individual chalets. Optional activities include a three-hour canyon drive, visiting three lookout points along Fish river canyon, sundowner drives and expertguided walks. Fish river canyon 44

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SOSSUSVLEI TAILOR-MADE

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge, Kulala Wilderness Reserve Kulala Desert Lodge is situated on the private 370 sq km Kulala Wilderness Reserve. There are 15 thatched huts and canvas tents that overlook the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei. Each has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls can be placed for guests who want to sleep out under the stars. The main area has a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool and outdoor deck overlooking the waterhole, which attracts a variety of local wildlife, such as gemsboks, springboks, ostriches and jackals. It is a perfect location from which to view and photograph the desert scenery. Prices from £290 pppn all inclusive.

Kulala Wilderness Reserve

activities & experiences in sossusvlei

Sossusvlei Sand Dune Excursion

Sundowners in the Dunes

Early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei are through a private gate on the Tsauchab river. World renowned Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by vast red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the brilliant blue sky. Climbing one of the highest dunes, nicknamed ‘Big Daddy’, is highly recommended.

Nature drives and walks are also offered through the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve to take in the incredible views and appreciate the desert-adapted wildlife, such as ostriches, springboks and gemsboks. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared foxes, black-backed jackals, Cape foxes and aardwolves can be seen at night, as they venture out in the cool desert air.

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Ballooning over the Namib-Naukluft Desert A balloon safari provides a truly unique experience, soaring silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, where you experience the tranquillity and seemingly endless views. Ballooning begins at first light and lasts about an hour before descending to the landing site where a champagne breakfast is served.

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Olive Grove, Windhoek

Heinitzburg Hotel

Okonjima Otjiwarongo

Olive Grove is a small, upmarket guesthouse in a quiet area of Windhoek. Each room has a large veranda with tables and chairs for alfresco dining. The open-air lounge, spa bath, plunge pool and tranquil garden are the ideal resting place for relaxing under Namibia’s open skies. Prices from £95 pppn including breakfast.

Originally built as a castle in 1914, the Heinitzburg Hotel overlooks Windhoek’s skyline. There are 16 air-conditioned en suite rooms, a heated swimming pool and a garden terrace where you can sip cocktails at sunset. There is also a gourmet restaurant and private wine cellar. Prices from £100 pppn including breakfast.

Okonjima Lodge is situated between Windhoek and Etosha National Park and is home to The AfriCat Foundation. Okonjima has accommodation available in Main Camp, the original family farmhouse with 16 rooms, Bush Camp with its own pool, plus two private suites and a grand African villa. Prices from £105 pppn all inclusive.

The Mushara Outpost, Etosha National Park

Mushara Bushcamp, Etosha National Park

Ongava Game Lodge, Etosha National Park

The Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests in luxury tents custom-made from wood and canvas. The lodge house is decorated in the style of an old farmhouse. Each air-conditioned tent is set on a wooden deck a metre above the ground. Prices from £160 pppn half board.

Mushara Bushcamp offers an affordable down-to-earth bush experience on Etosha’s doorstep. There are 16 spacious tents constructed of canvas, wood and local limestone. The central area has a large veranda and swimming pool. Prices from £95 pppn half board.

Ongava Lodge is situated in its own private wildlife reserve. Guests can take night drives, nature walks and view wildlife at a floodlit waterhole. Accommodation is in 12 chalets or guests can upgrade to Ongava Tented Camp or to Little Ongava, which has three luxury suites. Prices from £175 pppn half board.

Damaraland Camp

Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland

Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland

Located on the north bank of the Huab river valley, Damaraland Camp offers endless vistas across stark plains and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg mountains. The camp features 10 tents and a pool, and is a good base from which to search for the rare desert elephant. Prices from £175 pppn half board.

Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust. Situated in the Palmwag Concession, an area of more than 450 sq km, this luxury tented camp caters for a maximum of 12 guests. The tents all have en suite facilities, including bucket showers. Prices from £360 pppn all inclusive.

Mowani’s luxury thatched tents are set close to the rock art at Twyfelfontein. Built on raised wooden platforms, with private verandas, they have great views. We recommend upgrading to the luxury suite, which features an open-air bathroom and private deck dining. Prices from £190 pppn half board.

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NAMIBIA LODGES

Doro Nawas Camp, Damaraland

Little Kulala, Namib Desert

Doro Nawas is situated on the side of a small hill overlooking a dramatic escarpment. There are 16 comfortable chalets, each with verandas for stargazing. Activities include nature drives through spectacular desert scenery and visits to the San rock art at Twyfelfontein and petrified forest. Prices from £150 pppn half-board.

Little Kulala has 11 climate-controlled thatched villas, or kulalas, each with their own private plunge pool. Kulala in Oshiwambo, a Namibian language, means ‘to sleep’. The main lodge has a wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole, perfect for watching the desert sunset. Prices from £595 pppn all inclusive.

The Wolwedans Collection, Namibrand Nature Reserve

Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Erongo Mountains

The Wolwedans Collection of lodges is situated within desert scenery two hours south of Sossusvlei. The collection comprises four lodges: the rustic Dune Camp, the secluded Private Camp, the chic Dunes Lodge and the recently built Boulders Camp. Prices from £410 pppn all inclusive.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge is an excellent base from which to explore the volcanic beauty of the Erongo mountains and has outstanding birding and walking opportunities, Bushman rock art and a relaxed pace of life. There are 10 en suite tented chalets. Prices from £140 pppn half board.

Ntwala is an exclusive island retreat with just four beautiful chalets, each with a private plunge pool and sala, surrounded by lush vegetation. The service is highly personalised and activities are predominantly water based. Each suite has a boat and guide to ensure flexibility. Prices from £260 pppn all inclusive.

Skeleton Coast Camp

Serra Cafema Camp

Best of Namibia Wing Safari

The Skeleton Coast Camp has six en suite tents set in a dramatic landscape. Fly from Windhoek (Wednesday departure) and spend 3 nights in camp. Explore the surroundings in 4x4 vehicles and on foot. Visit the roaring dunes, the Cape fur seals and Himba villages. 4 Days / 3 Nights from £3,275 pp all inclusive.

Experience the surreal scene of a river flowing swiftly through the desert at Serra Cafema, at one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests fall asleep to the sound of rushing water, while, by day, they explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Prices from £595 pppn all inclusive.

This safari explores four distinct regions: the sands and red dunes of Sossusvlei; the icy, life-filled coasts at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay; the stark plains of Damaraland, with their desert-adapted elephants; and the amazing wildlife abundance in the Etosha savanna. 7 Days / 6 Nights from £3,300 pp all inclusive.

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei Desert Reserve This remote lodge is surrounded by the golden landscape of the Namib desert. An array of desert-adapted flora and fauna can be seen from open 4x4 safari vehicles. At night, the sky can be viewed through a window above the bed or through a telescope from the observatory. Prices from £310 pppn all inclusive.

Ntwala Island Lodge, Caprivi Strip

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STANDARD, SUPERIOR OR LUXURY TOUR

GREAT BOTSWANA SAFARI

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This Private Journey offers the chance to explore some of the most remote and pristine wilderness areas in Africa. The journey takes in Chobe National Park, home to large concentrations of elephants, Moremi Game Reserve and the exceptionally beautiful Okavango delta, a habitat for lions, leopards, buffaloes and 400 bird species.

Day 1 – To Victoria Falls: Fly to Livingstone, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – Victoria Falls: Transfer to the Royal Livingstone Hotel / Stanley Safari Lodge for 2 nights (see page 61). Afternoon at leisure or take optional excursions. (N) Day 3 – Victoria Falls: At leisure or optional excursions. (B) Day 4 – To Chobe National Park: Transfer to Kasane airport and join day 2 of Great Botswana Safari. (B, L, D)

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Maun: Fly from London to Kasane, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals. Boat trip from Eagle Island Camp

NOTES * † Accommodation: The asterisk denotes Superior accommodation and † denotes Luxury accommodation options. Owned by Orient Express Safaris, the luxury properties offer a 5-star safari experience, with luxury tented accommodation, air conditioning and superb service.

by light aircraft to Maun. Fly to London, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B, L) Day 9 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Day 3 – Chobe: Morning and afternoon safari drives in open 4x4s. (B, L, D)

EXTENSION Victoria Falls + Tour 11 Days / 8 Nights from £560

Day 4 – To Moremi Game Reserve: Fly by light aircraft to Camp Okuti / Sandibe Safari Lodge* (see page 55) / Khwai River Lodge† for 2 nights. Activities include safari drives, bush walks, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips and motor boat activities. (B, L, D)

At over 1,700 metres wide,Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. This pre-tour provides an opportunity to see this spectacular natural wonder.

Upgrade: Both Khwai River Lodge and Eagle Island Camp have private suites for the ultimate in safari luxury. Private wildlife viewing in your own open 4x4 vehicle or boat, with a knowledgeable safari guide, can also be organised. Speak to an Africa consultant for the additional cost (maximum six people).

Great Botswana Safari journey and extension prices for departures on or between the following dates Code

Private Journey

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Private tour

6

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3,995

4,445

5,145

4,875

4,745

3,995

3,575

270

270

Day 6 – To the Okavango delta: Fly by light aircraft to Kakana Camp (see page 54) / Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp* / Eagle Island Camp† (see page 54) for 2 nights. Look for big wildlife on foot, by mokoro (dugout canoe) or by motorised boat. At Eagle Island Camp, all guests receive a 45-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango delta. (B, L, D)

GBNLVI

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2

575

575

575

575

575

575

575

630

415

415

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Ext: Stanley Safari Lodge

2

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625

630

715

715

715

625

570

170

170

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Day 7 – Okavango delta: Wildlife viewing. (B, L, D)

British Airways flight upgrades

Regional air connections

( World Traveller Plus: from £625 per person return* ( Club World: from £2,295 per person return* ( First: from £4,895 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

( F rom £110 return* British Airways. London Heathrow to / from: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle or Jersey * Prices subject to availability

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• Choice of Standard, Superior or Luxury accommodation • Okavango delta, Moremi Game Reserve & Chobe National Park

Day 5 – Moremi Game Reserve: Full day spent exploring the delta. (B, L, D)

BWE

Maun

Private Journey • 9 Days / 6 Nights from £3,160

Day 2 – To Chobe National Park: Arrive this morning and transfer to Muchenji Safari Lodge (see page 54) for a 2-night stay. Alternatively, fly via Maun, by light aircraft to Savute Safari Lodge* or Savute Under Canvas* / Savute Elephant Camp† (see page 54) for a 2-night stay. These camps are situated in the desert-like landscape of Chobe’s Savute area, known for its elephants and lions. Afternoon safari drive. (L, D)

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6

4,845

3,580

3,160

3,665

4,395

4,795

4,195

3,695

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6

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4,575

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4,595

4,695

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Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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BOTSWANA: DESERT TO DELTA Private Journey • 9 Days / 6 Nights from £3,475 to £3,995

This tour combines the vast plains of the Kalahari, with prolific wildlife viewing on the channels of the lush Okavango delta. Finish the tour with a stay on a houseboat moored on the Chobe riverfront, known for its huge herds of elephant.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Maun: Fly from London to Maun, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. Day 2 – To Central Kalahari Game Reserve: Arrive in Maun. Take a scenic flight to the Central Kalahari. Stay 2 nights at Tau Pan Camp, which commands stunning views of the Tau Pan waterhole. Activities at the camp include safari drives in 4x4 vehicles and a fascinating bush walk, accompanied by the San Bushmen. Alternatively, stay at Deception Valley Lodge (see page 51) at an additional cost. (L, D) Day 3 – Central Kalahari Game Reserve:

Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To the Okavango delta: Morning flight, via Maun, to the Okavango delta. Stay 2 nights at Gunn’s Camp, which has just eight en suite tents and overlooks the legendary Chief ’s Island. Activities include mokoro (dugout canoe) trips, motorboat excursions and guided walks on the islands. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Okavango delta: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Chobe riverfront: Morning flight to Kasane and transfer to the Ichobezi Houseboat for a 2-night stay. Moored at Impalila Island where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet, the boats have four spacious en suite cabins. Each boat has a plunge pool and chilled refreshments are always on hand. Activities include wildlife viewing from two tender boats, birding, fishing, cultural tours and relaxing on board. (B, L, D) Day 7 – Chobe riverfront: Morning and

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afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg. (B) Day 9 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA: REMOTE WILDERNESS Private Journey • 12 Days / 9 Nights from £4,595 to £5,845

Travel from Victoria Falls through Botswana staying in some of the most remote wildlife areas in Africa. Authentic, small and welcoming safari camps keep you in comfortable luxury and close to nature.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Johannesburg: Fly overnight from London to Livingstone, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Livingstone: Transfer to Waterberry Lodge for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure and evening sunset cruise, with sundowners. (B, L, D) Day 3 – Livingstone: Morning visit to Victoria Falls. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To the Linyanti marshes: Drive across the border into Botswana. Fly from Kasane to Linyanti Bush Camp, located on a private concession area in the Linyanti marshes. This 12-bed camp offers safari drives and bush

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walks. The area is best known for its large populations of elephants and buffaloes. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Linyanti marshes: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To the Okavango delta: Fly south to Pom Pom Camp for a 3-night stay. The camp is located in a private concession in the heart of the Okavango delta. Nine luxury tents overlook the Pom Pom lagoon. Activities include day and night safari drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips and bush walks. (B, L, D) Days 7-8 – To Okavango delta: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To Makgadikgadi: Fly to Maun and drive to Nxai Pan (see page 55) for 2 nights. Activities include safari drives (with guides and trackers), star gazing, day trips to the Baines’ baobabs and nature walks with Bushman trackers. It is possible to upgrade to San Camp (see page 55) or Jack’s Camp, both located on their own concession on the edge of Makgadikadi. Please

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speak to an Africa specialist for prices. (B, L, D) Day 10 – Makagadikgadi: Morning and afternoon activities. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To London: Drive to Maun and connect with the British Airways flight to London, via Johannesburg. (B) Day 12 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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Botswana Under Canvas Prices from £230 pppn all inclusive. &Beyond’s Under Canvas concept features three secluded campsites in the Chobe and Moremi National Parks allowing guests to get close to nature. Each camp has six spacious semi-permanent tents with private butler service and an alfresco hot water bucket shower. Enjoy delicious pan-African meals in the comfortable dining tent or traditional bush dinners served under the stars. Activities include two safari drives each day and wildlife viewing by boat.

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Footsteps Across The Delta 4 Days / 3 Nights From £1,150 pp fully inclusive (flying to Maun) Discover the wilds of the Okavango delta, predominantly on foot or by mokoro (dugout canoe), as the first explorers of Africa did. Footsteps Camp is situated in an area that supports a wealth of animals. Led by a professional guide in a small group (two to six people) the daily walks are at a relaxed pace allowing plenty of time to observe their environment, learn about tracking skills and, perhaps, view large mammals on foot. This delta walking experience also combines well with the luxuries offered by Shinde or Kanana Camps.

Walk With The San Bushmen 3 Days / 2 Nights Deception Valley Lodge from £1,180 pp all inclusive Situated in the arid Kalahari bush land, Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to 16 people. There is a dining room, lounge area, swimming pool, boma and viewing deck. What makes Deception Valley Lodge special is the rare opportunity to explore this remarkable environment with San Bushmen guides, members of one of the oldest cultures in Africa. Explore the bush on foot to learn about the hunting and survival skills, culture and craft of the San people.

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Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp From under a canopy of African ebony trees, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp faces out towards expansive lagoons and channels. With stunning Okavango views, nine exclusive tented suites are strung out on either side of the thatched guest areas of the camp. Guest areas include indoor and outdoor dining, a safari shop and swimming pool with a large deck overlooking the floodplain. Private bush dinners, breakfasts in bed, lamp-lit cocktails on a river island and a walking safari with an alfresco picnic can be arranged by Nxabega’s friendly staff.

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Prices from £265 pppn all inclusive

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Safari Drives

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Guided Bush Walks

Discover the rich wildlife surrounding Nxabega on two safari drives in an open vehicle each day, accompanied by an armed guide and tracker. Safari drives pass through diverse landscapes, including floodplains, seasonal grassland, woodland, shrubland and open savanna, and you can track the Big Five as well as a variety of other animals.

Explore the waterways of the Okavango by mokoro (dugout canoe) in the company of experienced guides. Look for nests of weavers and warblers in the papyrus beds and watch out for malachite kingfishers among the taller stems. Float serenly along beautifully coloured frog species, flowering water lilies and surfacing hippos.

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Okavango delta on a leisurely walk in the area surrounding the camp, accompanied by an armed guide. Set off from Nxabega, situated in riverine forest, surrounded by tall trees and abundant shrubs. Learn how elephants are vital to the survival of the fan palm and try to spot elusive Pel’s fishing owls.

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chobe river cruise TAILOR-MADE

Zambezi Queen, Chobe Riverfront Experience the thrill of an African safari from the deck of your own private suite aboard a luxury 45-metre floating lodge on the magnificent Chobe river, which splits Botswana’s Chobe National Park from Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. In the process, it has created one of the densest wildlife populations on the African continent. Onboard facilities include an air-conditioned lounge, library, dining room, swimming pool and plenty of shaded deck space, where a massage or cocktail may be taken. Itineraries of 2 and 3 night are available from £695 pp (2 nights), all inclusive.

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The Zambezi Queen has its own professionally trained guides. Water-based wildlife viewing is done from small boats that are able to get close to the animals without threatening them. The Chobe riverfront is known for its large elephant and buffalo herds, but it is also a good place to spot predators. Approximately 450 species of bird can also be found here.

Guests aboard the Zambezi Queen will have the opportunity to take a cultural tour into one of the local African villages. The people of the Caprivi lead a life quite different from the typical Namibian and enjoy the opportunity to tell their story. A traditional African dinner is then served by candlelight under the stars in a custom built boma.

Fishing around the floodplains of the Caprivi Strip is excellent. The waters recede between May and July from the floodplains into the main stream of the Zambezi river. This is often the best time to catch trophy-size tigerfish and a variety of bream species (the latter available all year round). No wading is possible due to the abundance of crocodiles, hippos and elephants.

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Muchenji Lodge, Chobe

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Situated on the isolated western edge of the Chobe National Park, Muchenji Lodge has stunning panoramic views of the Caprivi flood plains and overlooks its own waterhole. Each of the 11 en suite rooms is sited on the escarpment edge and has its own balcony. Safari drives and boat trips are available. Prices from £235 pppn all inclusive.

Chilwero means ‘place of high view’ in Setswana, which accurately describes this elegant lodge overlooking the Chobe river and the islands and floodplains of Namibia. High tea, served on the lawn, is the perfect precursor to a cruise on the Chobe river or a safari drive in the park. Prices from £390 pppn all inclusive.

Kwetsani Camp, Okavango Delta

Eagle Island Camp, Okavango Delta

Kwara Lodge, Okavango Delta

One of the most remote camps in the delta, this camp’s five tree-house chalets are set on stilts overlooking an enormous floodplain where wildlife can be seen. Explore by mokoro (dugout canoe), water levels permitting, on foot or by vehicle. Tsessebe and red lechwe antelopes are regularly spotted. Prices from £410 pppn all inclusive.

Eagle Island Camp, managed by Orient-Express, offers wildlife viewing on foot, by 4x4 vehicle, in a mokoro (dugout canoe) or motorised boat. All guests also take a helicopter ride over the Okavango delta. The luxury accommodation overlooks the waters and has its own swimming pool. Prices from £575 pppn all inclusive.

This well known camp overlooks a secluded lagoon on the northern edge of the Okavango delta. Its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the delta all year round, as well as the expansive dry land areas. Kwara accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in eight traditionally styled tents on decks. Prices from £315 pppn all inclusive.

Pom Pom Camp, Okavango Delta

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Xugana Island Lodge, Okavango Delta

Pom Pom Camp lies in the heart of the Okavango delta, near the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp takes its name from the island it is situated on and the adjoining lagoon. The camp accommodates only 18 guests in nine luxury traditional safari tents. Prices from £265 pppn all inclusive.

Kakana Camp consists of eight spacious safari tents. The area encompasses a string of islands dotted with palm trees and is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species. Activities include safari drives, walks, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips, fishing and motorboat access to one of the delta’s largest heronries. Prices from £305 pppn all inclusive.

Xugana Island Lodge is ideally placed on a beautiful island overlooking a spectacular lagoon. An open boma and alfresco dining area faces out over an expanse of pristine water. 16 guests can be accommodated in large raised reed and thatch chalets. Prices from £280 pppn all inclusive.

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Savute Elephant Camp is located in a semiarid wilderness region, on the banks of the dry Savute channel, known for its elephant population. Managed by Orient-Express, this luxurious camp has large air-conditioned tents under thatch, each with a private viewing deck. Prices from £575 pppn all inclusive.

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Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta

Baines’ Camp, Okavango Delta

Designed to blend into its surroundings, Little Vumburu is an attractive tented camp with six tents shaded by the canopy of ancient Okavango forest. Each large tent is en suite, with an open-air shower and views of the surroundings. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains. Prices from £520 pppn all inclusive.

Baines’ Camp is an intimate luxury camp set among shady trees by the Boro river. The five elevated suites all have four-poster beds that are fully mobile, giving guests the choice of sleeping under the stars. Explore by land or water and interact with the semi-habituated elephants. Prices from £425 pppn all inclusive.

Kings Pool Camp, Linyanti Marshes

Linyanti Bush Camp, Linyanti Marshes

Named for Scandinavian royalty, this stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool lagoon. Nine well-appointed rooms each have folding doors leading to a veranda and a private plunge pool. Activities include day and night safari drives, walks and boat cruises along the Linyanti river, water levels allowing. Prices from £690 pppn all inclusive.

Linyanti Bush Camp features six tents of simple design and modern comfort. The main lodge area is a large open-sided canvas tent, raised on wooden decking and with a full view of the Linyanti floodplains, where large herds of elephants and buffaloes move freely. A splash pool and boma overlook a small waterhole. Prices from £305 pppn all inclusive.

Zarafa Camp, Northern Botswana

Nxai Pan, Nxai Pan National Park

Zarafa Camp is a luxury tented camp on the 1,220 sq km Selinda Reserve, with just four guest tents. Every part of the camp overlooks the beautiful flood plains of the Zibadianja lagoon. Wildlife can regularly be seen in front of and within the camp, particularly elephants. Prices from £710 pppn all inclusive.

Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan, known for Baines’ baobabs. With a maximum 18 guests, the camp faces east over the open grasslands. Excellent wildlife viewing by the waterhole is possible from the comfort of your rooms. Prices from £270 pppn all inclusive.

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge consists of eight luxurious guest cottages with raised private decks offering spectacular views of the delta. Sandibe has exclusive traversing rights for 270 sq km of wilderness and offers wildlife drives, guided walking and more. Prices from £305 pppn all inclusive.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Moremi Game Reserve The 12 luxury bush pavilions at Sanctuary Chief ’s Camp are tucked away in the Mombo Concession, part of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. This area is known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’ and is also home to large herds of elephants and buffaloes. Prices from £630 pppn all inclusive

San Camp, Makadikadi Salt Pans National Park San Camp sits on its own concession on the edge of Makadikadi, which it shares with its sister property, Jack’s Camp. One of the most romantic camps in Africa’, San Camp has four poster beds, paraffin lights and a 360-degree view. Prices from £615 pppn all inclusive.

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ZAMBIA: THE SOUTH LUANGWA VALLEY Private Journey * 10 Days / 7 Nights from £3,545 to £3,865

Robin Pope Safaris run four camps that offer a combination of safari drives and walks.

Day 3 – Nkwali: Wildlife viewing. (B, L, D) Days 4-6 – To Tena Tena: Drive to Tena Tena* and stay for 3 nights. Wildlife viewing. Alternatively, at no extra cost, join a 2-day walking safari and stay overnight in nearby bush camps. (B, L, D). Day 7 – To Nsefu: Transfer to Nsefu* for 1 night (see page 61). Wildlife viewing. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Lusaka: Morning wildlife viewing. Fly to Lusaka and stay overnight at Eight Reedbuck Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B) Day 10 – London: Arrive in London. (N)

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Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Day 1 – To Lusaka: Fly from London to Lusaka with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Nkwali: Arrive and connect with an onward flight to Mfuwe. Transfer to Nkwali* for 2 nights. Afternoon safari. (L, D)

* Accommodation: Alternatively, stay at Kapani, Mchenja and Kakuli camps, operated by Norman Carr Safaris. Please ask for more details.

Zambia’s south Luangwa valley is a habitat for a huge concentration of wildlife, with 60 different animal species and more than 400 different bird species. Hippos are easily spotted here, lounging in the river and lagoons, while Thornicroft’s giraffes are unique to the Luangwa valley. The park is also home to 14 types of antelope, including the majestic kudu, ensuring a photographic opportunity is never far away.

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ZAMBIA’S CLASSIC SAFARI Private Journey * 13 Days / 10 Nights from £4,995 to £6,195

The Luangwa and Zambezi rivers are a great attraction for elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, lions, leopards and antelopes. This selection of small, intimate lodges has been specially chosen for the welcoming atmosphere, excellent cuisine and superb wildlife viewing opportunities they offer.

Days 10-11 – To Livingstone: Fly to Livingstone and transfer to Stanley Safari Lodge* for 2 nights (see page 61). At leisure or optional excursions. (B, L, D) Day 12 – To London: Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg, with British Airways. (B) Day 13 – London: Arrive in London. (N)

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Day 1 – To Lusaka: Fly from London to Lusaka with British Airways. (N) Days 2-6 – To South Luangwa: Arrive and connect with an onward flight to Mfuwe. Transfer to Nkwali for a 2-night stay. On day 4, transfer to either Nsefu (see page 61) or Tena Tena for a 3-night stay. Wildlife viewing by vehicle or on foot. (B, L, D) Days 7-9 – To the Lower Zambezi: Fly to the Lower Zambezi and stay 3 nights at Chongwe River Camp*. Wildlife viewing. (B, L, D)

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Notes * Accommodation: Upgrade to Chiawa Camp (see page 61) in the Lower Zambezi and Tongabezi (see page 61) in Livingstone. For a classic bush camping experience in an outstanding wildlife viewing area, try Old Mondoro in the Lower Zambezi. Please contact a Cox & Kings Africa specialist for prices.

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South Luangwa National Park is teeming with wildlife. The Luangwa river and associated oxbow lakes attract a high concentration of wildlife; particularly hippos, elephants, buffaloes, pukus (marshland antelopes) and crocodiles, but there are also regular predator sightings including lions, leopards and wild dogs. Robin Pope Safaris operates three luxury safari camps that all offer a wilderness experience with stylish accommodation. Combine this with a stay at Pumulani, on Lake Malawi, which offers an excellent contrast to your days on safari. From your lodge you can see the lake’s beautiful shimmering waters, clear blue skies and panoramic vistas. Numerous activities can be arranged, including kayaking, boating on the Luanga and snorkelling.

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SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Robin Pope Safaris Camps and Pumulani (see page 61) of any duration. A 14-day / 11-night package, including international and domestic flights with British Airways, accommodation on a fully inclusive basis at Nkwali and Tena Tena or Nsefu (6 nights) and Pumulani (5 nights), costs from £4,575 per person in the low season (April) and £4,995 per person in the high season (October).

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This holiday includes 1 free night at Pumulani and a special breakfast on a dhow (African sailing boat). Flights from the UK are into Lusaka and out from Johannesburg, and the flying time is approximately nine hours. For additional information about this package or options to enhance your itinerary, please call our Africa specialists.

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Safari On Foot / Bush Walks

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There is the option to walk every day at the safari camps. The walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who can give a surprising insight into the bush. If you are a keen walker, we recommend the two- to three-day Luangwa Bush Camping experience, usually combined with a stay at Tena Tena and Nsefu.

Kawaza village can be visited from Nkwali, Tena Tena and Nsefu as a morning or afternoon activity. You can also pre-book an overnight stay at the village. The residents are delighted to show guests their way of life and exchange ideas and thoughts. The village is the genuine home of families that have opened their doors to visitors, rather than a tourist set up.

At the end of a day, guests can enjoy Africa’s most spectacular sunsets from the pool on the upper terrace, from the beach or on board Pumulani’s resident dhow. This 12-metre wooden boat has been handcrafted by the local inhabitants of Likoma Island and provides an excellent way to enjoy your sundowner drink and snacks.

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Kafue National Park is known for its remote wild and diverse landscape. The vast Busanga plains provide excellent wildlife viewing and include high concentrations of pukus, lechwes, buffaloes and wildebeest. There is also a high density of lions, with species like cheetahs and wild dogs roaming those areas where lions are not present. Busanga Bush Camp, a classic tented camp, is a perfect base for exploring the park.

Discover the South Luangwa National Park on Foot 3 Days / 2 Nights From £1,685 pp on the Luangwa bush camping walking safari Mobile walking safaris were pioneered in Zambia and there is now a wide range of top class walking experiences in South Luangwa National Park. Robin Pope Safaris run the original and definitive mobile walking safari.

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A 10-night itinerary includes a five-day walk staying in a remote and simple mobile camp, which moves with the group. The trip starts and finishes at two excellent permanent camps and proves a great option for those looking to be totally immersed in the bush. A shorter alternative is the simple and comfortable 2- or 3-night Luangwa Bush Camping experience, operating in the wildlife-rich Nsefu sector of the park. With no more than four people on each trip, this safari is guided by Deb Tittle, one of the best safari guides in Zambia. Finally, Sanctuary Zebra Plains is a new walking safari in the remote northern region of South Luangwa. Led by highly experienced guide Garth Hovell, these twice-weekly set departures take a maximum of six guests. The very high standard of food and excellent luxury tents distinguish this walking safari.

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VICTORIA FALLS EXCURSIONS Excursions available from Livingstone in Zambia

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Elephant Back Safari Half-day tour

Livingstone Island Lunch Half-day tour

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From £95 pp (shared basis)

An elephant-back safari is an unforgettable opportunity to interact with these magnificent creatures, the largest animals in Africa, and enjoy a ride through the wilderness.

Discovered by Dr David Livingstone in 1855, Livingstone Island is located on the lip of Victoria Falls, where the waters of the Zambezi river plunge more than 100 metres into the gorge below.

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Sundowner Cruise on the African Queen Half-day tour From £40 pp (shared basis)

Highly trained expert guides provide an insight into their relationship with man and day-to-day life. Set off at an easy pace along trails through the savanna in search of wildlife, including wild elephants, giraffes, antelopes and buffaloes.

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Tour of the Falls Half-day tour From £30 pp (shared basis) and From £65 pp (private basis) Named by the Kololo tribe, living in the area in the 1800s, as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight on the Zambezi river. See these magnificent falls for yourself on a two-hour tour accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide and discover how they were formed. You can also learn about the local customs and traditions of the nearby communities.

Gaze upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world, from this spectacular vantage point, while enjoying a buffet lunch. Due to water levels, this tour is only available from July to January.

End the day in Livingstone on an African Queen sunset cruise. In the fading twilight hours, listen to the sounds of birds and animals as you gently drift along the beautiful Zambezi river, sipping traditional cocktails and enjoying light snacks. During the cruise, you may see hippos and crocodiles as well as herds of elephants that come to the banks of the river to drink, wash and play.

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Helicopter Flight over the Falls 15-minute flight from £95 pp 30-minute flight from £295 pp

Zimbabwe Falls Tour Full-day tour

Helicopter flights offer a bird’s eye view of the falls and spectacular photographic opportunities.

This excursion provides the chance to cross the border into Zimbabwe to see the mighty Victoria Falls from the other side.

You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the helipad for a safety briefing before commencing your flight.

Walk along well-marked paths to many different viewing points for some wonderful vistas and photo opportunities.

On a 30-minute flight, you will see the spectacular Victoria Falls, the Zambezi river and the gorges below the falls. Flights depart throughout the day.

After lunch on board a Zambezi river cruise, there will be an opportunity to visit the Victoria Falls nature sanctuary, which provides a home to crocodiles of all sizes.

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From £135 pp (shared basis)

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MALAWI: THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA

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Private Journey • 11 Days / 8 Nights* from £2,995 to £3,245

is also possible to visit the surrounding rural communities. (B, L, D) Day 7 – Liwonde National Park: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Lake Malawi National Park: Drive to the southern shores of Lake Malawi, the world’s first freshwater conservation area, and stay 2 nights at Club Makokola†. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D) Day 9 – Lake Malawi National Park: Day at leisure to relax by the lake or enjoy the hotel’s facilities, which include a swimming pool, tennis courts and nine-hole golf course. (B, D) Day 10 – To London: Transfer to Lilongwe airport and fly to London with South African Airways via Johannesburg. (B) Day 11 – London: Early morning arrival. Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals. Elephants, Liwonde National Park

SPECIAL FEATURES • Tea estates • Zomba plateau • Liwonde National Park • Lake Malawi The diverse landscape of this small nation has been sculpted by the Great Rift Valley, with high mountains and lush fertile plains providing habitats for Malawi’s wide range of flora and fauna. Nowhere else in Africa can you enjoy a safari, walk in the mountains and relax on a lake-side beach within such a small area.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Johannesburg: Fly from London to Johannesburg on South African Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Thyolo mountain: Early morning arrival and connect with an onward flight to Blantyre. Transfer to the slopes of Thyolo mountain and stay 2 nights in Huntingdon House on the Satemwa Tea Estate. Satemwa is a step back in time to the lifestyle of the early planters. Optional afternoon tour of the tea

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factory (payable locally). (L, D) Day 3 – Mount Mulanje: Morning visit to the Mount Mulanje Massif, which rises to 2,380 metres above sea level. Take a short hike (approximately two hours) to Dziwe-Lankhalamb rock pool and falls. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Zomba plateau: Morning drive to the top of Zomba plateau. Stay 2 nights at Ku Chawe Inn, which has spectacular views on the edge of the plateau. Afternoon tour of the old colonial capital of Zomba, including the markets, botanical gardens and the old parliament. (B, D). Day 5 – Zomba plateau: Today is at leisure to explore Zomba plateau by foot or by car. There are several walking trails available from the hotel. (B, D) Day 6 – To Liwonde National Park: Drive to Mvuu Lodge (see page 62) in Liwonde National Park and stay 2 nights. It is a renowned birding location and has a healthy population of elephants. Afternoon wildlife activities by boat, on foot or in 4x4 vehicles. It

NOTES * Itinerary options: For those interested in wildlife viewing, we recommend adding 2 nights to this itinerary and visiting the Majete Widlife Reserve, a 70 sq km private concession. Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris, there will be a chance to view many animals, including black rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, elands, kudus, sables, klipspringers, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and zebras. Stay at Mkulumadzi Lodge, a perfect combination of luxury and isolation, with just eight chalets, set on the Shire river. † Upgrades: If you would like to upgrade your property on Lake Malawi, please discuss the options with one of our specialists. Two of our favourites are Pumulani (see page 61) and Kaya Maya (see page 61). Extensions: An extension or a pre-tour to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, known for its outstanding predator wildlife viewing, is highly recommended. Please speak to an Africa specialist for more details. Further information: For more travel ideas to Malawi (including northern and central itineraries), please visit coxandkings.co.uk or contact one of our Africa specialists.

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ZAMBIA & MALAWI HOTELS

Royal Livingstone, Livingstone

Tongabezi, Livingstone

Stanley Safari Lodge, Livingstone

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Royal Livingstone’s guestrooms all feature private balconies with spectacular views of the Zambezi river and beyond. A boat departs from the bottom of the gardens to Livingstone Island on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Facilities include a swimming pool. Prices from £190 pppn including breakfast.

Located 30 minutes upstream from the Victoria Falls, Tongabezi is a peaceful retreat set in a grove of ebony trees. Each of the beautifully designed cottages and houses has its own personal valet. We also recommend Sindabezi, an intimate bush camp, with just five opensided thatched cottages, on a private island. Prices from £300 pppn all inclusive.

Stanley Safari Lodge is set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, only 3km from Victoria Falls. There are 10 private cottages and suites, each with their own private plunge pool. A sundowner looking out to the superb view and a private table under the stars are just some of the intimate experiences on offer. Prices from £330 full board.

Nsefu, South Luangwa

Mchenja Bush Camp, South Luangwa

Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi

Part of the Robin Pope Safaris, Nsefu was the first safari camp in Zambia, opening in 1952. Facing the southern Luangwa river, the six brick rondavels have clear river views and the bar overlooks a very active waterhole. Fly-camping is possible between Nsefu and Tena Tena along with other activities. Prices from £275 pppn all inclusive.

Mchenja, meaning ‘ebony’, occupies a stunning setting on the banks of the Luangwa river. The camp has five stylishly designed tents and there is a small pool in which to cool off after a morning on safari. The area is teeming with wildlife, and safari drives, boat trips and walks are available. Prices from £355 pppn all inclusive.

Chiawa Camp offers nine elegant tents with stunning views of the Zambezi and has a reputation for personal service and excellent wildlife viewing. The outstanding family-owned and run operation offers an exciting variety of land- and water-based activities, led by some of Africa’s top guides. Prices from £415 pp all inclusive.

Pumulani, Malawi

Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi

Mvuu Lodge, Malawi

Pumulani, the place of rest, is situated in a national park and world heritage site on the edge of Lake Malawi. The hillside lodge has 10 villas, each with an elevated viewing deck. There is a private beach and an infinity swimming pool. Meals are served around the grounds. Prices from £265 pppn all inclusive.

Kaya Mawa is an eco-friendly lodge with 10 guest cottages overlooking Lake Malawi. Rated by Condé Nast as one of the world’s 10 most romantic destinations, it is located on Likoma Island. Activities include walking, swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Prices from £255 pppn full board.

Mvuu Lodge is situated on a beautiful lagoon in Liwonde National Park. The five luxury tents are all on raised platforms and there is a lounge, dining area, rock swimming pool and library. Activities include day and night boat trips, safari drives, bush walks and village visits. Prices from £205 pppn all inclusive.

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DISCOVERY TOUR

MADAGASCAR ADVENTURE

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Nosy Be Island Anjajavy

Escorted Group Tour or Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £2,645

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spot three species of bamboo lemur; the grey, the golden and the greater. Endemic birding here is also excellent with a chance to see brown mesites, Crossley’s babblers and pigmy kingfishers. Afternoon visit to the village of Ranomafana before returning to the park to see nocturnal wildlife. (B, L, D)

Isalo National Park

SPECIAL FEATURES • Lemurs, birds & baobabs • Spectacular scenery in Isalo NP • Natural history & tribal culture • Maximum group size of 15 Much of Madagascar’s flora and fauna is found nowhere else on Earth. This tour offers an opportunity to discover the island’s extraordinary natural history along with its stunning scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating culture, which is based on a mix of Christianity and ancient spiritual beliefs.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Antananarivo: Fly overnight from London to Antananarivo, via Nairobi, on Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – Antananarivo: Morning arrival and transfer to the Le Royal Palissandre or similar for 1 night. Afternoon tour of Antananarivo, the lively capital of this island nation, home to a mix of cultures, street markets and crumbling red brick houses. (L, D) Day 3 – To Andasibe: Morning drive to Andasibe via Peyreras, a farm that houses reptiles and insects. On arrival in Andasibe, transfer to Vakona Forest Lodge, or similar, and stay for 2 nights. Visit the Vakona Private Reserve, including its small island sanctuary for lemurs. Take an evening walk in the Mitsinjo Forest where you may spot nocturnal lemur species, such as mouse, greater dwarf and

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eastern woolly lemurs. (B, L, D) Day 4 – Andasibe: Morning visit to the Analamazaotra Reserve, home to the largest living lemur, the indri indri. Other lemur species to be found here include common brown lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs, grey bamboo lemurs and red bellied lemurs. This park is also one of the best sites in the country for spotting endemic birds, such as red breasted couas, Madagascar buzzards and blue vangas. Afternoon walk through the primary forest of the Mantadia National Park. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Antisirabe: Morning drive back to Antananarivo and continue south to Antsirabe. Stop at Antsahabe, a village typical of the Merina tribe. After lunch, continue to the spa town of Antsirabe and stay 1 night at Vatolahy or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 8 – To Ranohira: Morning drive via Fianarantsoa, the capital of the Betsileo tribe, to the vineyard of Lazan’ny Betsileo. After a short visit here, continue on to Ambalavao. Visit the Antemoro paper factory and the Anja Reserve, where ring-tailed lemurs are easily seen. Continue to Ranohira, with photo stops en route, and stay 2 nights at Satrana Lodge or similar. (B, L, D) Day 9 – Ranohira: Isalo National Park’s breathtaking landscape of eroded sandstone has given rise to a variety of local superstitions. In the morning, visit the Namza sites, including the black and blue pool and the cascade des nymphes. In the afternoon, visit the museum and see sunset at the natural rock window of La Fenetre de l’Isalo (time allowing). (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Ifaty via Tulear: Continue towards the west coast, stopping at villages and seeing the landscape change from rugged mountains to grassy plains. This region is known for its large baobabs and traditional family tombs, central to the Malagasy beliefs and culture. Stay 2 nights at Les Dunes d’Ifaty or similar. (B, D) Day 11 – Tulear: Day at leisure. (B, D)

Day 6 – To Ranomafana: Take a tour of Antisirabe, centre of the gem trade and home to hundreds of pousse-pousse (rickshaws), a legacy of the Chinese labour imported to work on the railways. Continue south to Ambositra, known as the handicraft capital of Madagascar and for wood carving. Following a short stop here, travel to Ambositra where you will break for a typical Malagasy lunch accompanied by folklore entertainment. Late afternoon arrival into Ranomafana and stay 2 nights at Setam Lodge or similar. (B, L, D) Day 7 – Ranomafana: Morning walk in the Ranomafana National Park where you may

Day 12 – To Antananarivo: Morning flight from Tulear to Antananarivo. Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre or similar and stay overnight. Stop off at La Digue handicraft market en route to the hotel. After lunch, there will be a tour of Ambohimanga, one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. Farewell dinner at Villa Vanille. (B, L, D) Day 13 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways (B) Day 14 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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Ring-tailed lemurs, Madagascar

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES Discovery Tour: Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest nations and tourism is in its infancy. Distances can be long and roads can be rough. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable. For more information about Discovery Tours, please see page 9. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group Tour departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability. The prices for this option are shown in the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Madagascar Adventure tour and extension prices for departures on or between the following dates Code

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10 Sep 12

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2,745

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2,695

2,745

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440

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470

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470

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165

195

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1,670

1,670

1,670

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5

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Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2012 / 2013 departure dates † Whale watchingl * Both superior and luxury departures leave on these dates Out (Mon)

02 Apr 12 07 May 12

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15 Apr 12 20 May 12

Out (Mon)

04 Jun 12 02 Jul 12

Rtn (Sun)

17 Jun 12 15 Jul 12

Out (Mon)

06 Aug 12 10 Sep 12

Rtn (Sun)

19 Aug 12 23 Sep 12

Out (Mon)

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Kenya Airways flight upgrades

Regional air connections

( Premier World From £1,295 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

( F rom £295 return* bmi. London Heathrow to / from: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast or Dublin * Prices subject to availability

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MADAGASCAR ADVENTURE EXTENSIONS

Chameleon,

Baobab, Ifaty

Tour + Ifaty 19 Days / 16 Nights from £410

Tour + Nosy Be 19 Days / 16 Nights from £870

Tour + Nosy Komba 19 Days / 16 Nights from £1,670

Ifaty is a quiet coastal fishing village just north of Tulear. Les Dunes is a charming hotel built in traditional Malagasy style. Relax on the long, sandy beach or take optional excursions from the hotel, such as snorkelling to view the coral reef, whale watching (July to mid-September) and excursions into the baobab forest.

A small picturesque island located off Madagascar’s north-west coast, Nosy Be has beautiful sandy beaches.

Nosy Komba is a smaller island located to the south-east of Nosy Be. Komba, meaning ‘lemur’ in Swahili, is an excellent place to see black lemurs at close quarters.

Days 12-15 – Ifaty: Stay 4 nights at Les Dunes d’Ifaty (Superior room)*. Days at leisure. (B, D) Day 16 – To Antananarivo: Day at leisure. Evening flight from Tulear to Antananarivo. Stay at Le Royal Palissandre for 2 nights. (B) Day 17 – Antananarivo: Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Ambohimanga, one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. En route back to the hotel, visit La Digue handicraft market. Farewell dinner at Villa Vanille. (B,L,D) Day 18 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways (B) Day 19 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) * Upgrade: It is possible to upgrade to one of the larger Villa rooms for £168 per person for 4 nights twin sharing.

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This extension provides the chance to relax on the beaches, wander through the perfumescented plantations of ylang-ylang trees and spices, explore the lemur reserves, search for chameleons, visit quaint villages – where local stalls sell everything from seafood to lace tablecloths – and take boat rides to other nearby islands. Day 13 – To Nosy Be: Morning visit to the lemur park. Transfer to the airport and fly to Nosy Be. Stay 4 nights at the Vanilla Hotel (see page 67). (B, L, D) Days 14-16 – Nosy Be: At leisure. (B,D) Day 17 – To Antananarivo: Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Antananarivo. Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre for an overnight stay. (B) Day 18 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways (B) Day 19 – London: Early morning arrival in London. (N)

Relax in your hotel or take an excursion to the nearby marine reserve, Nosy Tanikely. Day 13 – To Nosy Komba: Transfer to the airport and fly to Nosy Be. Travel by boat across to Nosy Komba and stay 4 nights at Tsara Komba (see page 67). (B, L, D) Days 14-16 – Nosy Komba: At leisure or optional excursions. (B, L, D) Day 17 – To Antananarivo: Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Antananarivo. Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre for an overnight stay. (B) Day 18 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways (B) Day 19 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Accommodation: Anjajavy, Princess Bora Lodge, Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge and Tsarabanjina are other recommended beach properties. Please see page 67 for more details.

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MADAGASCAR NATURE TRAIL Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £3,145 to £3,695

Madagascar is a naturalist’s paradise and this journey discovers its unique flora and fauna. See a variety of lemur species in two beautiful nature reserves and end your journey on Sainte Marie Island, where, from mid-July to September, humpback whales may be seen.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Antananarivo: Fly from London to Antananarivo, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – Antananarivo: Morning arrival. Afternoon flight to Fort Dauphin and transfer to Le Croix Du Sud for 1 night. (L, D) Day 3 – To Berenty: Transfer to Berenty, home to ring-tailed, brown and sifaka lemurs. Stay 1 night at Berenty Lodge. Evening dusk walk. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Fort Dauphin: Morning guided walk and visit to the museum. Afternoon transfer to Fort Dauphin. Stay at Le Croix du Sud. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – To Antananarivo: Morning visit to the botanical and zoological gardens of Saidi. Fly to Antananarivo. Stay overnight at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Andasibe: Drive to Andasibe via Lake Mantasoa. Stay at Vakona Forest Lodge for 2 nights (see page 67). (B, L, D) Day 7 – Andasibe-Mantadia: Morning visit to Andasibe National Park, home to nine lemur species, including the largest, the indri indri. Afternoon visit to Vakona Private Reserve. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Akanin’ny Nofy: Drive to Manambato and transfer by boat to Akanin’ny Nofy. Stay 2 nights at Le Palmarium. (B, L, D) Day 9 – Akanin’ny Nofy: At leisure or optional excursion to Palmarium Reserve. (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Tamatave: Transfer by boat to Tamatave. Stay 1 night at Le Neptune Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To Sainte Marie: Morning visit to the zoological garden at Ivoloina. Fly to Sainte

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Marie. Stay 2 nights at Princess Bora Lodge (see page 67). (B, D) Day 12 – Sainte Marie: At leisure. Princess Bora Lodge offers seasonal boat cruises to look for humpback whales. (B, D) Day 13 – To Antananarivo: Afternoon flight to Antananarivo. Stay overnight at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne. (B, L) Day 14 – To London: Fly to London, via Nairobi (B) Day 15 – London: Arrive in London (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Lemurs, Forests & Islands Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £2,695 to £3,245

This itinerary combines a visit to AndasibeMantadia National Park, a mountain forest with lemurs, birds and reptiles, with northern Madagascar’s Amber Mountain National Park, which offers spectacular volcanic scenery, lakes and waterfalls. The journey ends in Nosy Komba, a quiet and unspoilt island.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Antananarivo: Fly from London to Antananarivo, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – Antananarivo: Morning arrival and transfer to Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne for 1 night. Afternoon tour of Antananarivo. (B, L) Day 3 – To Andasibe-Mantadia National Park: Drive to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park via Mantasoa. Stay at Vakona Forest Lodge (see page 67) for 2 nights. (L, D) Day 4 – Andasibe-Mantadia: Full-day tour. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – To Antananarivo: Morning visit to Mantadia National Park. Afternoon drive to Antananarivo and stay overnight at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Joffre Ville: Fly from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez. Transfer to the Nature Lodge in Joffre Ville for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to Le Fontenay Nature Park. (B, L, D) Day 7 – Amber Mountain National Park: Fullday guided walk in the park with picnic lunch. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Ankarana: Drive to Ankarana. Stay 2 nights at Relais de l’Ankarana. Afternoon visit to the Ankarana Reserve East to see the Tsingy (limestone needles). (B, L, D) Day 9 – Ankarana: Full-day visit to Ankarana Reserve East where lemurs, geckos, chameleons and a variety of birds may be found. (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Nosy Komba: Drive to Ankify and travel by boat to Nosy Komba. Stay 3 nights at

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Black and white ruffed lemur

Tsara Komba. (B, D) Days 11-12 – Nosy Komba: At leisure. (B, D) Day 13 – To Antananarivo: Return by speedboat to Nosy Be and fly to Antananarivo. Stay overnight at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne or similar. (B) Day 14 – To London: Fly to London, via Nairobi (B) Day 15 – London: Arrive in London (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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MARVELS OF MADAGASCAR Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £3,995 to £4,995

This journey combines Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, home to indri indri lemurs, with Mandrare River Camp in the southeast, which offers superb lemur sightings and cultural interaction far away from the crowds. End the trip at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge where whales may be seen between July and December.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Antananarivo: Fly from London to Antananarivo, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – Antananarivo: Morning arrival. Transfer to Pavillion de l’Emyrne. Afternoon tour of Antananarivo. (L, D) Day 3 – To Andasibe-Mantadia National Park: Morning drive to Andasibe via Peyreras, a farm that houses reptiles and insects. Stay at Vakona Lodge for 2 nights. Visit the Vakona Private

Reserve and take an evening walk in the Mitsinjo Forest where you may spot nocturnal lemur species. (B, L, D) Day 4 – Andasibe-Mantadia National Park: Full-day tour. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Antananarivo: Morning visit to the Analamazaotra and seek out indri indri lemurs. Afternoon drive to Antananarivo and stay overnight at Pavillion de l’Emyrne. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Ifotaka Community Forest: Fly to Fort Dauphin and drive to Mandrare River Camp (see page 67). Stay 3 nights. (B, L, D) Days 7-8 – Ifotaka Community Forest: Morning and afternoon activities. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To Manafiafy: Drive to Manafiafy with a stop in Fort Dauphin for lunch. Alternatively, travel by air for an extra cost of £325 per person. Stay 3 nights at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge (see page 67). Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D) Days 10-11– Manafiafy: At leisure or activities.

Indri indri lemur

Day 12 – To Fort Dauphin: Drive to Fort Dauphin and stay 1 night at Le Croix du Sud. Afternoon visit to the botanical and zoological gardens. (B,L,D) Day 13 – To Antananarivo: Fly to Antananarivo and transfer to Pavillion de l’Emyrne for 1 night. Stop off at La Digue handicraft market en route to the hotel. After lunch there will be a tour of Ambohimanga, one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. Day 14 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi. (B) Day 15 – London: Arrive in London (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

MADAGASCAR: ISLAND HOPPING Private Journey • 15 Days / 12 Nights from £3,895 to £4,475

Using Antananarivo as the hub, this itinerary explores some of Madagascar’s tropical islands. Sainte Marie Island, once the domain of pirates, is now a natural paradise of tropical vegetation; Nosy Komba is an excellent place to observe black lemurs at close quarters and Tsarabanjina is a tranquil private island, fringed by white sandy beaches and coral reefs.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Antananarivo: Fly from London to Antananarivo, via Nairobi, with Kenyan Airways. (N) Day 2 – Antananarivo: Morning arrival and transfer to Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne for 1 night. Afternoon visit to the lemur park. (L, D) Day 3 – To Sainte Marie Island: This morning, fly to Sainte Marie Island and stay 3 nights at Princess Bora Lodge (see page 67), an eco-

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hotel situated at the edge of a peaceful lagoon. (B, L, D) Days 4-5 – Sainte Marie Island: Spend your days relaxing at the hotel or exploring Sainte Marie Island. This tropical island has a rich history and many places to discover. From July to September, the 20-metre long humpbacked whale may be seen. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Antananarivo: Fly back to Antananarivo for an overnight stay at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 7 – To Nosy Komba: Early morning flight to Nosy Be, followed by a speedboat transfer to Nosy Komba. Stay 3 nights at Tsara Komba (see page 67). (B, L, D) Days 8-9 – Nosy Komba: Days at leisure or optional excursions. (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Tsarabanjina: This morning, travel by speedboat to Tsarabanjina (see page 67), where you will stay for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Constance Lodge, Tsarabanjina

Days 11-12 – Nosy Tsarabanjina: Spend your days relaxing on this tranquil private island, fringed by white sandy beaches and coral reefs. (B, L, D) Day 13 – To Antananarivo: After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Antananarivo. Upon arrival at Ivato airport, meet and transfer to Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne or similar for 1 night. (B, L, D) Day 14 – To London: Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your flight to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (B) Day 15 – London: Morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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Anjajavy

Vakona Forest Lodge

Santrana Lodge, Isalo National Park

Anjajavy lies on a remote north-western peninsula accessed only by air. It has 24 twostorey villas that open on to a large sea-facing veranda, from where you can watch lemurs in the trees. Activities include guided forest walks, kayaking through the mangroves, boat excursions and pristine beaches for private picnics. Prices from £225 pppn half board.

Located between the Andasibe and Mantadia reserves, Vakona Forest Lodge features 28 simple rooms, some of which are suitable for families. French cuisine is served on the outdoor terrace, surrounded by a small lake. For lemur viewings, the lodge also has its own ‘Lemur Island’. Prices from £40 pppn including breakfast.

Located at the entrance to Isalo National Park, Santrana Lodge’s tented suites complement with the landscape. The private decks and hilltop bar and restaurant have wonderful views across the Horombe plain. The swimming pool is the perfect place to relax after a day’s hiking in the park. Prices from £45 pppn including breakfast.

Nature Lodge, Amber Mountain National Park

Princess Bora Lodge & Spa, Sainte-Marie Island

Tsara Komba, Nosy Komba

Located on a hill close to Joffreville and Amber Mountain National Park, Nature Lodge has 12 simple bungalows centred on the restaurant, bar and library. All private terraces at the lodge offer panoramic views of the Bay of Diego Suarez and Indian Ocean. Prices from £40 pppn including breakfast.

Princess Bora Lodge & Spa is located in a vast palm grove next to a white sandy beach. Activities include snorkelling, 4x4 driving excursions and whale watching by boat (July to September), while the jungle spa offers a variety of therapies. Prices from £85 pppn half board.

Tsara Komba’s six bungalows are surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Each one has a kingsize four-poster bed and a veranda overlooking the beautiful private beach. The restaurant is superb, combining the best of Malagasy spices with French cuisine. Activities include guided hikes and village visits. Prices from £225 pppn full board.

Tsarabanjina, north-west Madagascar

Mandrare River Camp, south-east Madagascar

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, south-east Madagascar

Set in the grounds of an old colonial plantation house, on the banks of the Mandrare river, this superb camp has six large tents. Each tent has a four-poster bed and en suite facilities. Spot ringtailed lemurs in the nearby gallery forests. Prices from £335 pppn all inclusive.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge has just six private bungalows and is an intriguing combination of rainforest lodge and barefoot luxury beach property. Activities at Manafiafy include day and night guided rainforest walks. Prices from £225 pppn all inclusive.

Tsarabanjina is a tranquil island fringed by white sandy beaches. This mountainous island supports a wide variety of birdlife as well as the smallest chameleon species in the world. Accommodation is in 21 thatched bungalows, each with a private terrace looking out to sea. Prices from £235 pppn half board.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve (see page 36) is a premier safari destination located in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. A pioneer in conservation, this pristine wilderness is renowned for its exceptional sightings of cheetahs, black rhinos and resident lion prides. Owned and managed by &Beyond, all four camps in the reserve have highly trained rangers, superb food and personalised service. Transfer north by road over the Mozambique border to White Pearl Resorts (see page 69) set in a sheltered bay on Mozambique’s lagoon coast and poised among the dunes on timber stilts. Although a wide range of optional activities are on offer here, including safari drives, bush walks, kayaking, fishing, turtle nesting walks (Nov-Feb) and spa treatments, this property is a perfect place to rest after your days on safari.

White Pearl Resorts (Ponta Mamoli)

Phinda Private Game Reserve Zulu Battlefields

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SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Phinda Private Game Reserve and White Pearl Resorts of any duration or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. We recommend a 13-day / 10-night package, including international flights with South African Airways, private transfers, accommodation on a full board basis at Phinda (Forest & Mountain Lodges) for 5 nights and on a half board basis at White Pearl Resorts (5 nights), which costs from £3,995 per person in the low season (May) and £4,995 per person in the high season (October). Flights from the UK are into Durban, via Johannesburg, and back from Maputo to London, via Johannesburg. The flying time is approximately 13 hours. For additional information about the accommodation or options to enhance your itinerary, please call our Africa specialists.

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Accommodation: This package includes a stay of 4 nights with a fifth night free at Phinda Private Game Reserve. From 7 Jan to 31 Jan, 1-20 Apr, 1 May to 10 Oct and 15 Nov to

20 Dec, a complimentary upgrade is available to Phinda Rock Lodge & Phinda Vlei Lodge, subject to availability. During the stay at Phinda a private dining experience will also be arranged.

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Black Rhino Tracking

Mzinene River Boat Cruises

Snorkelling & Dolphin Trips

For a more unusual wildlife experience, dispense with the early morning safari drive and spend a morning tracking one of Phinda’s rarer and larger mammals on foot. Learn how to follow rhino tracks, via the signals on trees and grasses, in the company of a specialist ranger and tracker team. Brought back from the brink of extinction, both black and white rhino are thriving at Phinda.

Glide down the river at sunrise or sunset, watching the smaller denizens of the bush perform their morning or evening rituals. Take in the riverine vegatation and listen to birdsong chiming from the surrounding trees and watch the lazy splashes of hippos and crocodiles as they wake from their slumber or settle down at the end of the day.

The sea life is so rich at Ponta Mamoli that it feels like you have been transported into a giant natural aquarium, full of colourful corals and vibrant fish. Snorkelling trips can be taken to the nearby reefs and (a maximum of eight) guests can encounter bottlenose dolphins up close. Interaction is strictly monitored in line with conservation guidelines.

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mozambique lodges

White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli

Marlin Lodge, Bazaruto Archipelago

Nyati Beach Lodge, Bazaruto

White Pearl Resorts has 22 chic beach suites, each with its own plunge pool and uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean. Snorkelling in this area is superb, with colourful corals, lively fish and glistening bottlenose dolphins. Fishing, kayaking, horse riding and turtle nest walks (November to February) are available. Prices from £220 pppn half board.

Marlin Lodge has 17 sea-facing suites, only a few steps from the white sands of Flamingo Bay beach. Inside, soft, inviting furnishings and colours reflect the lush island greenery and sparkling blue ocean. The cuisine includes fresh seafood infused with Asian and Portuguese influences from the past. Prices from £350 pppn all inclusive.

Nyati Beach Lodge is located on a white sandy beach surrounded by the natural gardens of the Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary. The luxurious villas, perched on top of high sand dunes with stunning views of the lagoon, accommodate 10 people. Activities include island tours, whale and dolphin watching, snorkelling and picnicking. Prices from £195 pppn half board.

Benguerra Lodge, Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura, Bazaruto Archipelago

Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa, Bazaruto Archipelago

This intimate lodge has eight suites, all with their own private plunge pool, and is renowned for its personal service. The restaurant serves excellent fresh fish and seafood. Dolphins are often seen in the bay and whales migrate along the coast between July and September. Prices from £ 290 pppn half board.

Azura is Mozambique’s first luxury ecoboutique retreat. Built and operated in partnership with the local community, it has just 15 luxurious beachfront villas, each with its own infinity pool. There are long stretches of white sand beaches and magnificent coral reefs, superb for snorkelling. Prices from £385 pppn half board.

Vamizi Island Lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago

Medjumbe Private Island, Quirimbas Archipelago

Ibo Island Lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago

This remote island has just 10 beach villas set 70 metres apart and is designed to ensure complete privacy. Day beds outside your villa, sun cream, a straw hat, sarong, selection of novels and fully stocked fridge are all provided. Prices from £370 pppn half board.

Medjumbe Private Island has only 13 chalets, all just a few steps from the ocean and with their own private plunge pool. Medjumbe is surrounded by a coral reef, best explored snorkelling or during a sunset dhow cruise. Prices from £325 pppn half board.

With a prime waterfront location, Ibo Island Lodge consists of three magnificent mansions. Many of the rooms open on to a private veranda. The lodge includes a pool and daily boat trip to a pristine sandbank for swimming. Prices from £220 pppn full board.

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Indigo Bay comprises 30 chalets and 14 suites. There is an amazing diversity of marine life and excellent opportunities for snorkelling and fishing. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis courts, saltwater swimming pool and wellness spa. Prices from £315 pppn all inclusive.

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south africa & mauritius tailor-made travel

SOUTH AFRICA & mauritius

Grand Bay

Flexible Two-Centre Holiday Ideas

Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa

Pamplemousses Gardens

Tanda Tula (see page 37) in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park, is one of South Africa’s most luxurious tented bushcamps. Each of the 12 tents is completely private and has its own deck overlooking the riverbed, while the infinity pool is right next to a large watering hole, often frequented by elephants and buffaloes. The Timbavati is also well known for its low human impact and has only eight lodges in more than 600 sq km. Fly to Mauritius and complement your time on safari with a beach stay at Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa (see page 71), situated in the north of the island on a sheltered rocky peninsula by a white sandy beach. Activities on offer include spa treatments, bush walks, tours and shopping in Port Louis, and a visit to Grand Bay and the Pamplemousses Gardens.

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SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Tanda Tula and Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa of any duration or include them as part of a multi-centre itinerary. We recommend a 13-day / 10-night package, including international flights with British Airways, private transfers, 4 nights full board accommodation at Tanda Tula and 6 nights on a half-board basis at Paradise Hotel & Spa, which costs from £3,995 per person in the low season (May) and £4,245 per person in the high season (Oct). Flights from the UK are into Hoedspruit via Johannesburg and back from Mauritius to London. The flying time is approximately 12 hours. For additional information, please call our Africa specialists. Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at Tanda Tula and receive the fourth night free of charge. A 30-minute massage on your private deck is also included.

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Walking Safaris

The Central Plateau

Tanda Tula is a sanctuary to Africa’s Big Five and guarantees an incredible wildlife experience.

An overnight walking safari provides the opportunity to experience the local nature and nocturnal wildlife on foot and to sleep under the stars. The above 4-night safari package can include 2 nights on a walking safari at the remote Machaton Hide, overlooking a popular watering hole. The group size is required to be between two and six people.

Drive to Curepipe, the centre of Mauritius’ tea industry. Ascend to the top of an extinct volcano for a wonderful view. Look at the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, and explore the Black River Gorges National Park, renowned for its waterfalls, vistas and nature trails. After lunch, visit Chamarel to see its coloured dunes and beautiful waterfall.

Highly skilled ranger and tracker teams guide guests across the savanna in the early mornings and evenings in open-top Land Rovers. The Timbavati is world renowned for its white lions and other wildlife.

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MAURITIUS HOTELS 20 Degrees South With just 34 rooms and suites, 20 Degrees South has an intimate charm. The hotel offers three dining experiences; at the hotel, on a beautiful boat or within an old ruin on Flat Island. Other facilities include two freshwater swimming pools and a spa. For those who would like to explore the island, a complimentary water taxi service is provided taking passengers back and forth from Grand Bay. This allows guests the opportunity to eat out in the evenings at local restaurants and enjoy some shopping during the day. Prices from £100 pppn half board.

Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa

The Residence

Le Touessrok

Paradise Cove is an intimate boutique hotel of 67 rooms, surrounded by a brightly coloured, lush tropical garden. The Indian feel is inspired by Puducherry (Pondicherry), best known for its silky fabrics in warm shades, fragrant oils and latticed precious wood furniture. There are four restaurants and two floodlit tennis courts. Prices from £130 pppn including breakfast.

Located on the east coast, the Residence recreates the colonial style and elegance of 1920s Mauritius. The superb hospitality is enhanced by private butler service, offered to all rooms and suites. There is a choice of restaurants and a Sanctuary spa, offering a range of relaxing treatments. Prices from £225 pppn half board.

Le Touessrok is renowned for its warm Mauritian charm and hospitality. Beautifully set on a series of small islands, the whitewashed Mediterranean-style buildings spread along a spectacular beach and on to Frangipani Island, which also houses the Givenchy spa and fitness centre. Prices from £220 pppn half board.

One&Only Le Saint Geran

Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort

The Oberoi Mauritius

Considered to be the distinguished grande dame of Mauritius, Le Saint Geran sits in its own 24-hectare paradise on a private peninsula with tropical gardens, pools and beaches. This all-suite property has a reputation for impeccable service and excellent cuisine. Prices from £205 pppn including breakfast.

Located on the south-west coast, Le Telfair is Mauritian in style with a colonial feel. Situated just 10 minutes from the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, Le Telfair’s white sandy beach is set against a backdrop of mountains. The resort has an 18-hole golf course and a spa. Prices from £115 pppn half board.

The Oberoi Mauritius is located in eight hectares of beautiful sub-tropical gardens and has a 600-metre oceanfront. Villas with private swimming pools and luxury pavilions benefit from panoramic views of the sea. The spa has a sauna, steam bath, and private jacuzzis. Prices from £215 pppn including breakfast.

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seychelles tailor-made travel

SEYCHELLES archipelago

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The Seychelles is a pristine archipelago of 115 idyllic islands of outstanding natural beauty in the Indian Ocean. Azure waters, pristine white beaches and interesting flora and fauna make this an excellent destination in which to both unwind and explore. There are more than 65 beaches on Mahé alone and Constance Ephelia Resort (see page 73) is situated on the island’s isolated west coast. Desroches (see page 73) is a remote coral atoll accessed by small plane from Mahé. It is surrounded by a beautiful reef and has 14km of immaculate beaches.

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SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Constance Ephelia Resort and Desroches of any duration or include them as part of a multi-centre itinerary. Cox & Kings recommends a 9-day / 8-night package, including international flights with Air Seychelles and private transfers. Stay 4 nights at Constance Ephelia Resort on Mahe (half-board), and 4 nights on Desroches (all inclusive). This costs from £4,425 per person in the low season (June) and £4,895 per person in the high season (April). Constance Ephelia Resort is beautifully located within 120 hectares of land, covered in lush and rare vegetation. Flights from the UK are direct to the Seychelles and flying time is approximately 10 hours. The experiences listed below are optional extras. For additional information, please call our Africa specialists.

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Two Islands Tour

Explore Victoria

Fishing on Desroches

This tour features some of Seychelles’ most famous landmarks. Visit the legendary Vallee de Mai on Praslin, a Unesco world heritage site home to the fabulous coco de mer nut. Board a traditional schooner to the island of La Digue, visit l’Union Estate to see giant tortoises and visit Anse Source d’Argent for its extraordinary beaches.

Originally settled in 1778 by the French, but named after Queen Victoria, Victoria is the smallest capital city in the world. Walk the narrow streets of the old town, discover the colonial buildings, explore the tropical gardens and go to the lively morning market where the stalls are stacked with tropical fruits, spices and freshly caught fish.

Desroches is renowned for offering some of the best fishing in the Seychelles. A variety of large fish, such as wahoo, kingfish, sailfish and marlin, frequent these deep waters. A charter boat is available for hire so you can explore the sea with an experienced skipper, rods, tackle and bait. Desroches practise a catchand-release fishing policy.

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seychelles HOTELS Constance Ephelia Resort, Mahé Constance Ephelia Resort is situated by two of the most beautiful beaches on the island, overlooking a marine national park. It includes a north and south island, linked together by a road and spa village, set in beautiful tropical gardens. The south island houses the main resort facilities plus four clusters of Junior suites. The north island contains Senior suites and villas. There are five boutiques in the property, four swimming pools, a fully equipped gym, four tennis courts and a Spa Village set in beautiful tropical gardens. The hotel has five restaurants and five bars, each with a subtle African influence. Prices from £165 pppn half board.

Banyan Tree, Mahé

Lemuria, Praslin

Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie

Banyan Tree Seychelles is situated among the swaying palm trees and tropical forests of Intendance Bay. Accommodation is in 60 luxurious and spacious villas, each with its own private plunge pool and veranda. The sumptuous Banyan Tree spa, which offers numerous treatments, is tucked away on a hillside. Prices from £370 pppn including breakfast.

Lemuria is one of the largest resorts on the Seychelles, with extensive facilities and high standards of service. Overlooking the white sandy beaches of three secluded coves, the hotel’s grounds include an 18-hole championship golf course, spa and floodlit tennis courts. Prices from £195 pppn including breakfast.

Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie has 45 zen-style villas built into the hillside and among gardens. The spa has its own range of wellness products and overlooks the lagoon below. There are two restaurants, a lounge bar, pool bar and infinity swimming pool. Activities include cycling and snorkelling. Prices from £130 pppn including breakfast.

Denis Island

Labriz, Silhouette

Desroches Island Resort

Denis is a coral island 95km north of Mahé. Each of the elegant cottages has its own private sea facing veranda and courtyard. Giant tortoises, turtles and an abundance of nesting bird species still inhabit this quiet, undisturbed sanctuary. Prices from £370 pppn full board.

A 45-minute boat ride from the capital, Silhouette island is rich in natural beauty and teeming with wildlife. Labriz comprises 110 luxury villas set along the base of Mount Dauban, next to an enchanting lagoon. The resort has its own tortoise sanctuary. Prices from £155 including breakfast.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Desroches Island Resort has 20 Junior suites and 28 four-bedroomed villas. Facilities include a swimming pool, open-air restaurant, boutique bar and spa. There is also a plantation house serving Creole cuisine. Prices from £540 pppn all inclusive.

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kenya tour

KENYAN EXPLORER

Lake Turkana UGAN

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Escorted Group Tour or Private Journey • 9 Days / 7 Nights from £2,595

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Ol Pejeta ejeta j servancy Lake Conservancy Naivasha Mount ount Kenya

Masai Mara

✈ Nairobii Lamu

SPECIAL FEATURES

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• Maximum of six guests • Superb wildlife viewing • Masai Mara National Reserve • Ol Pejeta Conservancy • Two Great Rift Valley lakes • Two authentic bush camps

Day 1 – To Nairobi: Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Nairobi with Virgin Atlantic. (N) Day 2 – To Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Early morning arrival. Meet your guide and drive north to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Mount Kenya. Stay 2 nights at Ol Petjeta Bush Camp, with just six safari tents. Activities in camp may include safari drives in the camp’s 4x4 vehicles, a sundowner drive or a picnic breakfast and a guided walk (activities weather permitting). If time permits, guests may also visit the chimpanzee sanctuary, the Morani centre and hippo hide as well as encounter behind-the-scenes daily life on this working wildlife conservancy and cattle ranch. (B, L, D) Day 3 – Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Morning and afternoon safari activities. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Lake Naivasha: Drive west via the Nyahururu Falls to Lake Nakuru. Take a safari drive in Lake Nakuru National Park for an opportunity to spot flamingoes. In the afternoon, continue to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort and stay 2 nights. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Lake Naivasha: Morning boat ride on Lake Naivasha, known for its hippo population and large number of bird species. Visit Crescent Island for a guided walk, where you may see giraffes, zebras, hippos, birds and various antelopes. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

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INDIAN OCEAN Funzi Island

black rhinos, wild dogs and excellent lion sightings. In addition to day and night safari drives, you can walk with Masai guides, visit the guiding school and spend time at the Olesere community project.

Experience a taste of the real Kenya on this outstanding tour of the country’s most beautiful and varied wildlife areas. Begin in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, where a stay in an owner-run bush camp will bring the flavour of Africa right to your doorstep. Continue through the spectacular scenery of the Great Rift Valley to the lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha where you may spot flamingoes and hippos. End your journey at the Masai Mara National Reserve, which offers excellent wildlife viewing all year round.

THE JOURNEY

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Purple Grenadier, Lake Naivasha

Day 8 – To The Naboisho Conservancy: Transfer to the Naboisho Conservancy. Stay 3 nights at Basecamp Wilderness (see page 79). Afternoon widlife activity. (B, L, D) Days 9-10 – Naboisho Conservancy: Safari activities. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To Nairobi: Morning safari activity. Afternoon flight to Nairobi. Transfer to the Panafric Hotel and stay overnight. (B, L) Day 13 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)

Day 6 – To the Masai Mara: After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara National Reserve, arriving in camp in time for lunch. Stay 2 nights at Basecamp Masai Mara where 12 spacious tents are hidden away under thatched roofs along the Talek river. Afternoon safari drive. (B, L, D)

BEACH EXTENSIONS

Day 7 – The Masai Mara: An optional early morning hot air balloon safari and champagne bush breakfast can be arranged (£395 per person). Morning and afternoon safari drives in the Masai Mara. Walking safaris, night drives to see wildlife and cultural visits can be arranged at extra cost. (B, L, D)

Tour + Mombasa 13 Days / 11 Nights from £895

Contrast your time on safari with a stay on one of east Africa’s white sandy beaches. Properties have been chosen for their character and style.

Day 8 – To Nairobi: After breakfast, return to Nairobi. Optional visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage (from £105). Stay 1 night at the Panafric Hotel. (B)

Day 8 – To Mombasa: Drive to Nairobi and fly to Ukunda airstrip. Transfer to Water Lovers for 4 nights. (B) Days 9-11 – Mombasa Coast: At leisure. (B) Day 12 – To Nairobi: Day at leisure. Afternoon flight to Nairobi. Transfer to the Panafric Hotel and stay overnight. (B) Day 13 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (N)

Day 9 – To London: Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)

Tour + Lamu 13 Days / 11 Nights from £1,095

SAFARI EXTENSION Tour + Naboisho Conservancy 12 Days / 10 Nights from £1,395

Day 8 – To Lamu: Drive to Nairobi and fly to Lamu. Transfer to Kizingo (see page 85) for 4 nights. (B, D) Days 9-11 – Lamu: At leisure. (B, L, D) Day 12 – To Nairobi: Day at leisure. Afternoon flight to Nairobi. Transfer to the Panafric Hotel and stay overnight. (B) Day 13 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (N)

Extend you time on safari in the recently set up Naboisho Conservancy, situated on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The wildlife reports in this area have been fantastic, including huge herds of elephants,

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Masai Mara

Tour + Zanzibar 13 Days / 11 Nights from £1,045 Day 8 – To Zanzibar: Drive to Nairobi and fly to Zanzibar. Transfer to Kasha Hotel (Seaview villa) for 4 nights. (B) Days 9-11 – Zanzibar: At leisure. (B) Day 12 – To Nairobi: Day at leisure. Afternoon flight to Nairobi. Transfer to the Panafric Hotel and stay overnight. (B) Day 13 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (N)

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Kenyan Explorer tour and extension prices for departures on or between the following dates Code

Escorted Group Tour

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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Tour

7

2,795

KEXLAM

Ext: Lamu

5

1,095

NOTES Private Journeys: This itinerary may also be taken at any time as a Private Journey. Please see page 8 for more information. Alternative group tour options: Cox & Kings also offers the Kenyan Experience Non-Exclusive Group Tour, which features accommodation at Serena lodges and weekly departures. Please visit our website, coxandkings.co.uk, or contact one of our Africa specialists for further information.

Migration season: The wildebeest and zebra migration passes through the Masai Mara between July and October, adding an extra dimension to selected departure dates. Thousands of animals move en masse in search of green pastures, followed by many predators such as lions, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards and crocodiles. However, there is a wealth of resident wildlife in the Mara all year round.

No of 20 Jan to 16 Mar nights 24 Feb 12 12

08 Jun 12

06 Jul 12

07 Sep 12

21 Sep 12

05 Oct 12

19 Oct Single Supp Sole Supp 12 from from

2,795

2,595

2,875

2,895

2,895

2,875

2,795

325

1,095

1,095

1,095

1,095

1,095

1,095

215

325

KEXMOM Ext: Mombasa

5

895

895

895

895

895

895

895

895

185

250

KEXNAB

Ext: Naboisho

4

1,395

1,395

1,395

1,725

1,725

1,725

1,725

1,725

215

265

KEXZNZ

Ext: Zanzibar

5

1,120

1,125

1,045

1,125

1,125

1,125

1,125

1,125

185

365

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Private Journey

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Private tour

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7

3,375

3,175

3,445

3,895

3,895

3,495

3,495

3,395

325

1,125

Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2012 / 2013 departure dates * Migration departures Out (Fri) Rtn (Sat)

20 Jan 12 10 Feb 12 24 Feb 12

28 Jan 12 18 Feb 12 3 Mar 12

Out (Fri) Rtn (Sat)

16 Mar 12 8 Jun 12 6 Jul 12

24 Mar 12 16 Jun 12 14 Jul 12*

Out (Fri) Rtn (Sat)

7 Sep 12 21 Sep 12 5 Oct 12

15 Sep 12* 29 Sep 12* 13 Oct 12*

Out (Fri) Rtn (Sat)

19 Oct 12

Virgin Atlantic flight upgrades

Regional air connections

( Premier World From £1,295 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

( F rom £295 return* bmi London Heathrow to / from: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dublin, Manchester or Belfast * Prices subject to availability

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STANDARD, SUPERIOR AND LUXURY TOUR

WINGS OVER KENYA Private Journey • 10 Days / 8 Nights from £3,575 to £4,495*

This private fly-safari spends 7 nights in luxury bush tents, and views wildlife at close quarters.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Nairobi: Fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi with British Airways. Transfer to the Fairview Hote / Norfolk Hotel† / Hogmead‡ for 1 night. (N) Day 2 – To Amboseli / Chyulu Hills: Morning flight to Amboseli National Park, which has views towards Mount Kilimanjaro. Stay 2 nights at Satao Elerai / Tortilis Camp† (see page 79) / Ol Donyo Lodge‡ (Chyulu Hills). Activities include walks with a Masai guide. (B, L, D) Day 3 – Amboseli / Chyulu Hills: Wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Samburu: Morning flight, via Nairobi, to Samburu National Reserve. Stay 2 nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp / Larsens Camp† / Sasaab‡ (see page 79). Afternoon wildlife drive

or walk with Samburu guides. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Samburu: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. Enjoy wildlife viewing close to the riverbanks where herds of elephants, buffaloes and zebras come to drink. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To the Masai Mara: Morning flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Cross the Mara river by boat and walk a short distance to Karen Blixen Camp / Little Governors Camp† (see page 79) / Mara Plains Camp‡ for a 3-night stay. Afternoon wildlife drive. (B, L, D) Days 7-8 – The Masai Mara: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. An optional early morning hot air balloon safari and champagne bush breakfast can be arranged (from £395 per person). (B, L, D) Day 9 – To London: Morning wildlife drive. After lunch, fly to Nairobi and transfer to the Fairview Hotel / Norfolk Hotel† / Hogmead‡ (day room available on request). Evening flight to London with British Airways. (B, L)

Lioness, Masai Mara

Day 10 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrade: Superior Tour from £3,665 to £4,945, Luxury Tour from £4,835 to £6,095. † ‡ Accommodation: The † indicates Superior accommodation and the ‡ Luxury accommodation.

SUPERIOR AND LUXURY TOUR

EXCLUSIVE KENYA Private Journey • 9 Days / 6 Nights from £3,685 to £4,425*

Fly off the beaten track into two of Kenya’s finest national parks.Visit Meru National Park, with its diverse northern species, and the Masai Mara National Reserve, renowned for its huge concentrations of wildlife.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Nairobi: Fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi with British Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Meru National Park: Morning flight to Meru National Park. Transfer to OffBeat Meru / Elsa’s Kopje* (see page 79) for 3 nights. Elsa’s Kopje was the site of George and Joy Adamson’s first camp, and was made famous in the film Born Free. Afternoon safari drive in open 4x4 vehicles. (B, L, D) Days 3-4 – Meru National Park: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities, either on foot or in 4x4 vehicles, looking for elephants and northern species such as Grevy’s zebras,

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oryxes and reticulated giraffes. The riverine forests are a birder’s paradise, providing refuge for many rare local species. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To the Masai Mara: Morning flight to the Masai Mara and stay 3 nights at Offbeat Mara / Cottars 1920s Safari Camp*. Cottars is within a 90 sq km exclusive private concession, next to the Masai Mara, and provides the ultimate in personalised service and top quality guiding. The camp is reminiscent of a golden bygone era of romance, adventure and elegance. Afternoon wildlife activity. (B, L, D) Days 6-7 – The Masai Mara: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities, including day and night safari drives, guided bush walks, swimming, fishing and massages. Prolific wildlife viewing is guaranteed, whether on foot or in a 4x4 vehicle. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To London: Morning wildlife viewing activity. After lunch, fly to Nairobi and transfer to the Talisman restaurant (dinner at own expense).

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Fly to London with Kenya Airways. (B, L) Day 9 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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KENYA & SEYCHELLES Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £4,125 to £5,325*

Combine a stay in two of Kenya’s prime wildlife areas with the tropical paradise island of Mahé in the Seychelles. This tour offers a superb safari experience away from the main tourist concentrations.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Nairobi: Fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi with Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – To Laikipia: Arrive and transfer to Wilson airport. Fly to Nanyuki and transfer to Kicheche Laikipia Camp or fly directly to the Loisaba airstrip. Stay 3 nights at Kicheche Laikipia Camp / Loisaba* (see page 79). At Loisaba, a 250 sq km private ranch, 1 night is included in star beds. Hosted by the Samburu people, on this night beds can either be wheeled into the open deck for a night under the stars or left under the shelter of the roof. Afternoon wildlife viewing activities. (B, L, D)

Days 3-4 – Laikipia: Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To the Masai Mara: Fly to the Masai Mara and stay 3 nights in Kicheche Mara Camp or Kicheche Naboisho Camp (see page 79) / Naibor Camp*. Naibor Camp overlooks the Talek river, where animals regularly come to drink. (B, L, D) Days 6-7 – The Masai Mara: Morning and afternoon activities. An optional early morning hot air balloon safari and champagne bush breakfast can be arranged from £395 per person. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Nairobi: After breakfast, fly to Nairobi. Transfer to House of Waine / Ngong House*. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D). Day 9 – To the Seychelles: Transfer to the airport and fly to the Seychelles with Kenya Airways. Transfer to the Constance Ephelia Resort (see page 73) / Banyan Tree* (see page 72) for a 4-night stay. (B, D)

Masai warrior, Masai Mara

Days 10-12 – Seychelles: At leisure. (B, D) Day 13 – To London: Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (B) Day 14 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrade: Luxury Tour prices from £5,795 to £7,495. The asterisk indicates Luxury accommodation options.

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KENYA & RWANDA Private Journey • 10 Days / 7 Nights from £3,875 to £4,795*

Combine a stay in Kenya’s Masai Mara, with the spectacular scenery of Volcanoes National Park. This tour offers the chance to see huge herds of animals in Kenya as well as Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Nairobi: Fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi with Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – To the Masai Mara: Arrive and transfer to Wilson airport. Fly to the Masai Mara and stay 3 nights at Main Governors’ Camp (see page 80) / Rekero Camp* or Naboisho Camp* Activities include safari drives and bush walks. (B, L, D) Days 3-4 – The Masai Mara: Morning and afternoon activities. An optional early morning hot air balloon safari and champagne bush breakfast can be arranged from £395 per person. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – To Nairobi: Morning safari drive. After lunch, fly to Nairobi and transfer to the Fairview Hotel / Palacina Hotel* for an overnight stay. (B, L) Day 6 – To Volcanoes National Park: Transfer to the airport and fly to Kigali, capital of Rwanda. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and stay 3 nights at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge / Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge*, built and managed by Governors’ Camps in Kenya. (B, L, D) Day 7 – Volcanoes National Park: Early morning gorilla tracking for one to five hours depending on the gorillas’ location. Spend one hour in their company. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B, L, D) Day 8 – Volcanoes National Park: Morning trek to see beautiful golden monkeys, found in the bamboo forests. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To London: Drive to Kigali and transfer to the airport. Fly to London via Nairobi. (B)

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Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park

Day 10 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrade: Luxury Tour prices from £4,995 to £6,275. The asterisk indicates Luxury accommodation options.

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Set in the heart of Africa’s great plains, the Masai Mara contains 1,672 sq km of pristine wilderness and offers some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere in Africa. The sheer number of animals and the sense of space are overwhelming. Stay in one of the Governors Camps (see page 75), home to the BBC Big Cat Diary series. To complement your time on safari, fly to Funzi Keys (see page 85), an unspoilt island in the Indian Ocean surrounded by beautiful natural scenery.

SAMPLE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Main Governors’ Camp and Funzi Keys (Sea View cottage) of any duration. A 10-day / 8-night package, including international and domestic flights with Kenya Airways, private transfers, accommodation on a fully inclusive basis with 3 nights on safari and 5 nights on the coast, costs from £2,995 per person in the low season (April) and £4,145 per person in the high season (July). Alternatively, upgrade to Il Moran and a Deluxe beach front cottage on Funzi Keys from £3,575 per person in the low season (April) and £4,895 per person in the high season (July). Flights from the UK are into Nairobi and the flying time is approximately eight hours. For additional information, please call our Africa specialists. Free Extras: This package includes a 30minute massage at Main or Little Governors’ Camp and a sandbank breakfast at Funzi Keys. Honeymoons: Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 at Funzi Keys, valid all year.

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Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, especially so during the annual wildebeest migration between mid July and early October. Two safari drives can be taken each day in custom-built 4x4 vehicles with exceptional guides. Private vehicles are available at extra cost. The afternoon safari drives stop for sundowners in a scenic spot.

The adventure begins just before dawn when the hot air balloon takes off behind Little Governors. Floating above the plains, forest and rivers of the Masai Mara allows wildlife viewing from an entirely different perspective. The flight lasts an hour, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and finishes with a champagne bush breakfast.

Opposite the Funzi Keys’ stylish main building is a beautiful secluded sandbank. Breakfast may be taken here on request. Cross the water by motorboat, sit under a Robinson Crusoe-style shelter and relax as your chosen breakfast is served. Meals can also be taken in the main restaurant, by the pool, on the beach or in your cottage.

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Kicheche Bush Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Masai Mara

Governors’ Camps, Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve Basecamp Wilderness, home to 12 luxury tents, is set on a spectacular escarpment in a remote and undeveloped part of the Mara, overlooking the Koiyaki river. Basecamp offers walking safaris with the local Masai, safari drives and night drives. Prices from £305 pppn full board.

Kicheche Bush Camp is an intimate classic luxury tented camp, completely unfenced, which accommodates a maximum of 12 guests. Wildlife viewing begins at the camp itself and the location is also ideal to experience the wildebeest migration. Prices from £275 pppn full board.

At Main Governors, 37 tents line the riverbank. Reached by boat, Little Governors is built around a small watering hole and has 17 luxury tents. Il Moran also on the river, is the premier camp in the collection with just 10 tents hidden under ancient trees. Prices from £215 pppn full board.

Sasaab, Samburu National Reserve

Loldia House, Lake Naivasha

Tortilis, Amboseli National Park

Sasaab is perched above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river and has nine rooms, each with their own plunge pool. Activities run by knowledgeable Samburu guides include camel walks, safari drives, cultural visits and bush walks. At the lodge, guests can relax by the swimming pool or have a beauty treatment. Prices from £420 pppn full board.

Loldia was established after the Boer war and is still owned by the same family. On the farm’s 26 sq km, there are cattle herds, impalas, waterbucks and other plains animals. Guests staying in one of its six rooms can visit Lake Naivasha and the flamingo lakes of Nakuru, Elementaita and Bogoria. Prices from £185 pppn full board.

Tortilis is a tented lodge overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro. Walk with a trained Masai guide or spend time following the elephant herds for which Amboseli is well known. The large tents are set on raised wooden platforms, each with a private veranda and day bed. Facilities include a swimming pool. Prices from £265 pppn full board.

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Shompole

Loisaba, Laikipia Plateau

Elsa’s Kopje is built close to the site of George Adamson’s original camp and was made famous by the film Born Free. Meru is a habitat for a more diverse range of species than any other east African park or reserve. The open-fronted rooms have baths offering views of the bush. Prices from £285 pppn full board.

Overlooking the Great Rift Valley, Shompole is the product of a partnership with the local Masai people. Water flows through each of the eight rooms, collecting in private cool-pools. Options include wildlife drives, village visits and seeing flamingoes on Lake Natron. Prices from £410 pppn full board.

This dramatically located lodge is set on the edge of a deep escarpment and has outstanding views. Each room opens out on to a private deck. Loisaba has a pool, tennis court and spa. star beds offer the chance to sleep out in the bush, on the safety of a raised wooden platform. Prices from £285 pppn full board.

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KENYA & TANZANIA: ACROSS THE PLAINS Private Journey • 11 Days / 8 Nights from £4,095 to £4,985

SPECIAL FEATURES • Four exceptional wildlife areas • Private 4x4 safari vehicle & driver / guide Combine the best of Kenya and Tanzania and travel by road through the open grasslands of the Great Rift Valley. Begin at the Amboseli National Park, where the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro forms an impressive backdrop. Continue south into Tanzania to Lake Manyara National Park, home to elusive treeclimbing lions. Descend into the Ngorogoro Crater, where 30,000 animals are estimated to live, and end your journey in the huge plains of the Serengeti.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Nairobi: Overnight flight from London to Nairobi with Kenya Airways. (N) Day 2 – Nairobi: Morning arrival and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel for 1 night. A driver / guide is at your disposal in the afternoon. Optional excursions (payable locally) include the elephant orphanage, the giraffe centre and the Karen Blixen museum. (N) Day 3 – To Amboseli National Park: After breakfast, commence your safari in a private 4x4 vehicle. Drive south to Amboseli National Park and arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Stay 2 nights at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)

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Day 4 – Amboseli National Park: Morning and afternoon wildlife drives. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Karatu: Morning drive to Arusha, crossing the Tanzanian border at Namanga. After lunch in Arusha, continue to drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to Karatu. Stay 3 nights at Plantation Lodge, a beautiful farmhouse set in a stunning rural landscape of coffee plantations and local farms. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Lake Manyara: After breakfast, drive with a picnic lunch to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day wildlife viewing. Return to Plantation Lodge in the evening. (B, L, D) Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater: After breakfast, take a six-hour drive in the Ngorongoro Crater for wildlife viewing and a picnic lunch. Return to Plantation Lodge in the afternoon. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Serengeti National Park: After breakfast, depart with a picnic lunch to the Serengeti National Park. Stop en route at the Olduvai Gorge. Afternoon safari drive en route to Mbuze Mawe. The presence of permanent water ensures that wildlife is here all year round. Stay 2 nights. (B, L, D) Day 9 – Serengeti National Park: Morning and afternoon wildlife drives in the Serengeti, known for its cheetahs and lions. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – To London: Morning wildlife drive en route to the Seronera airstrip and fly to Arusha. Transfer to Arusha town for lunch and a short city tour. In the afternoon, transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport for your Kenyan Airways flight to London, via Nairobi. An optional day room is available at the Arusha Hotel from £50 per person. (B) Day 11 – London: Early morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES Itinerary: If you would like to combine the Masai Mara (in Kenya) and the Serengeti National Park (in Tanzania), this is now possible without having to return to Nairobi. Please ask an Africa consultant for more details Accommodation: This itinerary is completely flexible. You may like to upgrade to Tortillis Camp (see page 79) in Amboseli National Park and / or Dunia Camp in the Serengeti. If you would like to stay on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, then Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge or the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (see page 84) are both recommended.

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SPIRIT OF TANZANIA Private Journey • 10 Days / 8 Nights from £4,575 to £5,295*

Travelling by road and air, this Private Journey covers four of the most dramatic wildlife areas on Tanzania’s northern circuit. From the elephants of Tarangire to the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, and from the dense predator population of the Ngorongoro Crater to the large herds of the Serengeti, this journey showcases the best of Tanzania’s wildlife.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Arusha: Morning flight from London to Arusha, via Amsterdam, with KLM. Transfer to Onsea House / Arusha Coffee Lodge* for 1 night. (N) Day 2 – To Tarangire: Travel by 4x4 vehicle to Tarangire National Park. Full-day wildlife viewing with a picnic lunch. Continue to Olivers Camp (see page 84) / Tarangire Treetops* for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Tarangire: Full-day wildlife viewing. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Ngorongoro Crater: Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a wildlife drive. After lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, continue to Plantation Lodge / The Manor* (see page 84), close to the Ngorongoro Crater, for 2 nights. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Ngorongoro Crater: Descend into the crater for an extended wildlife drive, Masai village tour and picnic lunch. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Serengeti: Transfer to Lake Manyara airstrip and fly to Lobo airstrip. Transfer to Dunia Camp / Migration Camp* (see page 84) for 3 nights. Activities include safari drives in the Serengeti National Park. (B, L, D) Days 7-8 – Serengeti: Wildlife drives. (B) Day 9 – To London: Morning transfer to Lobo and fly to Arusha. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge (optional day room available on request)

Grey-headed kingfisher, Lake Manyara

and take a short city tour. Evening flight to London, via Amsterdam, with KLM. (B, L) Day 10 – London: Early morning arrival and connect with a flight to London. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrade: Luxury Tour prices from £4,325 to £5,775. The asterisk indicates Luxury accommodation options. Extensions: You may like to extend your holiday to Zanzibar. See page 85 for accommodation suggestions.

SERENGETI SAFARI Private Journey • 8 Days / 6 Nights from £3,995 to £4,945

A 6-night stay in the Serengeti offers a superb range of activities in one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Stay in two small authentic camps and have complete flexibility each day with a private 4x4 vehicle and your own Tanzanian driver / guide. The camps are set up before your arrival in the most likely proximity to the wildebeest migration’s predicted path. This affords you the best opportunity for dramatic wildlife sightings.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Arusha: Morning flight from London to Arusha, via Amsterdam, with KLM. Transfer to Onsea House for 1 night. (N) Day 2 – To Serengeti: Morning transfer to the airport and fly to the Serengeti. Stay 3 nights at Serengeti Safari Camp. This is a small traditional safari camp with just four double tents. Meals are served under the stars or in a separate

dining tent. (B, L, D) Days 3-4 – Serengeti: Full-day safari activities with your own private driver / guide and 4x4 vehicle. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Loliondo Concession: Drive from the Serengeti National Park to the Loliondo Concession. Stay 3 nights at Loliondo Safari Camp, an exclusive six-tented camp where the emphasis is on Masai cultural interaction, walking, picnics and sundowners. Afternoon safari activities. Private safari drives (day and night) are also available. (B, L, D) Day 6 – Loliondo Concession: Full-day safari activities. (B, L, D) Day 7 – To London: Morning safari activities. Afternoon flight* to the airport and connect with the KLM flight to London, via Amsterdam. (B, L) Day 8 – London: Morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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Giraffe, Serengeti National Park

NOTES * Flights: Between 1 June and 30 Nov, take an earlier flight from the Loliondo Concession to Arusha, where a day room is available at Kia Lodge. Later in the day, transfer to the airport for the KLM flight to London via Amsterdam. Extensions: You may like to extend your holiday to Zanzibar. Please see page 85 for accommodation suggestions. Alternatives: Also available is a Non-Exclusive Group Tour to Tanzania, based on Serena Lodges and departing weekly. Please visit our website, coxandkings.co.uk, or contact one of our Africa specialists for further information.

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SUPERIOR OR LUXURY TOUR

SOUTHERN TANZANIA Private Journey • 11 Days / 9 Nights from £4,125 to £4,895*

This journey explores two of Africa’s most remote and unspoiled wilderness areas. Along the Rufiji river in the Selous Game Reserve there is a healthy wild dog population, meanwhile Ruaha Nature Reserve has a large predator population and more than 500 bird species. The tour finishes on the tropical beaches of Ras Kutani.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Dar es Salaam: Overnight flight to Dar es Salaam with British Airways. Day 2 – To Selous: Connect with a morning flight to Siwandu airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve. Stay 3 nights at Impala Camp† / Selous Safari Camp‡ (see page 84). (L, D) Days 3-4 – Selous: Wildlife activities, including drives, bush walks, river cruises, fishing and village visits. It is possible to

transfer to a fly-camp for 2 nights, staying in spacious tents, at no extra cost. The main activity in this remote area is walking with a guide and Askari. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Ruaha: Fly to Ruaha National Park. Transfer to Kwihala Camp† / Jongomero Camp‡ for 3 nights. (B, L, D) Days 6-7– Ruaha: Wildlife activities, including drives, guided walks and fishing trips. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To Ras Kutani: Morning wildlife activity. Transfer to the airstrip and fly to Dar es Salaam. Transfer by road to Ras Kutani†‡ (see page 85). Relax on the coast for 3 nights. (B, L, D) Day 9-10 – Ras Kutani: Days at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To London: Morning flight from Ras Kutani to London, via Dar es Salaam. Evening arrival into London. Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Wild dog, Selous Game Reserve

NOTES * Upgrade: The † indicates Superior accommodation options and the ‡ Luxury accommodation. Luxury Tour prices from £4,525 to £5,595. Accommodation: All camps are closed between 16 Mar – 31 May.

WONDERS OF THE WILD Private Journey • 10 Days / 7 Nights from £4,795 to £5,895

This comprehensive wildlife safari combines the best of northern and southern Tanzania. Begin at Lake Manyara, home to treeclimbing lions and the strikingly beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, home to an estimated 30,000 animals. Continue to the huge plains of the Serengeti before flying south to the Selous Game Reserve. Three times the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Selous Game Reserve supports a large population of elephants and buffaloes, large lion prides and more than 440 bird species.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Arusha: Morning flight to Arusha with KLM, via Amsterdam. Transfer to Rivertrees and stay overnight. (N) Day 2 – To Ngorongoro Crater: Morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park for wildlife viewing and a picnic lunch. Continue to Gibbs Farm for a 2-night stay. (B, L, D)

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Day 3 – Ngorongoro Crater: Drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater for a six-hour safari drive on the crater floor with a picnic lunch. Return to Gibbs Farm for dinner. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Serengeti: Drive to Manyara airstrip and fly to the Serengeti National Park. Transfer to Dunia Camp and stay 2 nights. Afternoon safari drive. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Serengeti: Morning and afternoon safari drives. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Selous: Fly to the Selous Game Reserve and transfer to Impala Camp* for a 3-night stay. Activities on offer at Beho Beho include safari drives, guided walks, boat trips, bush breakfasts and sundowners. Fly camping is also available for an extra cost. (B, L, D) Days 7-8 – Selous: Days on safari. Boat safaris are especially good for spotting the large number of hippos and crocodiles in the area. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To London: Morning safari activity. After lunch, fly to Dar es Salaam. Transfer to

Buffalo, Selous Game Reserve

Msasani Slipway for dinner (at own expense). A day room at the Oyster Bay is available on request. Return to the airport for an overnight flight to London, via Amsterdam. (B, L) Day 10 – London: Morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrade: We recommend that you upgrade to Beho Beho, Sand Rivers or Selous Safari Camp on the Great Rufiji river. Please contact an Africa specialist for advice and prices.

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The Serengeti National Park is home to the world’s greatest concentration of plains wildlife. Lion prides are commonly seen and leopards can sometimes be found resting in trees along the Seronera river. Combine a stay at the private and remote Klein’s Camp (see page 84) in the northern Serengeti, with time on Zanzibar, once an important trading post for spices and cloves, and home to some idyllic beaches. At Klein’s Camp the valley is filled with a jostling throng of zebras and wildebeest twice a year. Resident giraffes and elephants are often spotted moving along the nearby slopes. Activities include cooking classes, snorkelling trips and cultural tours of Stone Town.

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Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Kleins Camp and Baraza (oceanfront one-bedroom villa) of any duration. A 9-day / 7-night package, including international and domestic flights with British Airways, private transfers, accommodation on a fully inclusive basis with 3 nights on safari and 4 nights on Zanzibar, costs from £3,575 per person in the low season (May) and £4,395 per person in the high season (July). Flights from the UK go to and from Dar es Salaam and the flying time is approximately 10 hours. For additional information, please call our Africa specialists.

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Accommodation: For a more standard 4-star level of accommodation, you may like to consider combining Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp with Breezes Beach Club, the larger sister property of Baraza. Using the same itinerary as above, prices range from £2,575 per person in the low season (April) and £3,525 per person in the high season (July).

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Island Spice Tour

Frangipani Spa

Safari drives at Klein’s Camp are taken in an open 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by a guide and tracker. In addition to daytime drives, Klein’s Camp offers bush walks and night drives. During night drives a powerful spotlight is used to search out nocturnal animals, such as bateared foxes and porcupines.

Visit a spice farm where you can touch, smell and taste a number of different spices and tropical fruits. Accompanied by a guide, learn about the origins of each spice and how they are used as medicines and in food and drink. Try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and sample spiced tea.

Baraza’s beautiful Frangipani Spa features its own lap pool, indoor and outdoor relaxation rooms, a yoga centre, fitness centre and tennis court. In this superb setting, you can try a variety of indulgent therapies, enhanced with candlelight and spice-scented aromas, for a truly Zanzibari sense of well-being.

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Olakira Camp, Serengeti National Park

Klein’s Camp is set in a 100 sq km private concession in the Serengeti, on the edge of the Kuka Hills and within the path of the annual migration. The 10 cottages each have a private terrace overlooking the valley below. The dining room and lounge feature open fireplaces and there is a swimming pool. Prices from £585 pppn full board.

This luxury camp is on the migration route between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, in the quieter northern corridor of the park. There are good opportunites to see wildlife, especially lions, leopards and elephants, throughout the year. The tents and dining area have sweeping views of the plains. Prices from £365 pppn full board.

Olakira Camp is an intimate and comfortable mobile camp that follows the migration to ensure the best chance of seeing wildlife. The camp itself has six guest tents, each with its own private veranda with a view overlooking the Serengeti. There is a lounge and dinner tent to complete the setting. Prices from £385 pppn full board.

Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, western Serengeti

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Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park

Kirawira is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. The camp has 25 widely-spaced luxury en suite tents raised on timber platforms. Each tent has a spacious furnished deck with glorious views of the plains. Prices from £215 pppn full board.

Singita Grumeti Reserves is located next to the western corridor of the Serengeti and encompasses 1,600 sq km of wilderness. The three luxurious lodges here, Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp and Faru Faru Lodge, each offer a distinctive and exceptional safari experience. Prices from £595 pppn full board.

This 20-bed camp overlooks the wildlife migration routes. Oliver’s Camp is traditional in style, yet very comfortable. Safaris are led by trained guides in open 4x4 vehicles. The emphasis is on slowing down and having a relaxed in-depth natural history experience with well-informed wildlife experts. Prices from £350 pppn full board.

The Manor, Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The Manor was one of the first GermanDutch settler farm homes in the area and has recently undergone a restoration. Set within a 600-hectare estate close to the crater, the Manor has 20 guest cottages, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a sauna and steam room. Prices from £365 pppn full board.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this lavish lodge has exceptional views of the Ngorongoro Crater. Each suite features Zanzibari carvings and hand-made chandeliers and is attended by a personal butler who will bring you tea in bed and even draw your bath. Prices from £585 pppn full board.

Selous Safari Camp, Selous Game Reserve

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This camp is located in one of the richest wildlife areas of the Selous, on the banks of the Rufiji river. It has been refurbished in a classic safari style with large new tents. Wildlife viewing is by 4x4 vehicle, on foot or by boat. Prices from £405 pppn full board.

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KENYA & TANZANIA BEACH HOTELS

Breezes Beach Club, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Serena Inn, Zanzibar

Matemwe, Zanzibar

Breezes Beach Club is set in beautiful tropical gardens. All 70 en suite rooms and suites are stylishly furnished in a relaxed Zanzibari style. Food is an essential part of the Breezes experience, with four restaurants available. Tides restaurant offers private romantic beachfront dining. Prices from £90 pppn half board (Breezes).

Located in the heart of Stone Town, this lavish property is set in two historic seafront buildings. The hotel has 51 bedrooms and a private swimming pool overlooking the sea. Guests can travel by boat to the Serenaowned Mangapwani to visit the secluded beaches and spice gardens. Prices from £100 pppn including breakfast.

Matemwe is located opposite Mnemba atoll, which has spectacular snorkelling. The lodge consists of 12 bungalows built from local materials and an open-air restaurant that overlooks the ocean. Just north of the main lodge, the new Matemwe Retreat has three individual villas. Prices from £190 pppn full board.

Ras Kutani, Swahili Coast

Fundu Lagoon, Pemba

Mnemba Island Lodge, Mnemba Atoll

A 10-minute flight south of Dar es Salaam, Ras Kutani is set on a white sandy beach flanked by a freshwater lagoon. There are nine cottages, each with a large veranda with Swahili daybeds and hammocks, and four Upepo suites set high up on the hill. Each suite features a signature sultan’s bed. Prices from £165 pppn full board.

Fundu Lagoon is a remote and peaceful resort only accessible by boat. Wooden walkways and sandy paths lead to 16 Makuti-thatched tented rooms and suites with breathtaking ocean views. There is a beautiful infinity swimming pool, an indulgent spa with a range of therapies and an excellent restaurant. Prices from £215 pppn full board.

Mnemba Island Lodge is situated on an exclusive island off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar, surrounded by coral reefs and pristine white beaches. A marine conservation area, Mnemba island is home to three species of dolphin and is a nesting place for the threatened green turtle. Prices from £775 pppn full board.

The Funzi Keys, Funzi Island

Kizingo, Lamu

Msambweni Beach House & Villas

Set on an undeveloped island off Kenya’s south coast, the Funzi Keys comprises 17 stone and thatch cottages close to the seafront, each with a four-poster bed. Its west-facing beach location makes for spectacular African sunset views. Relax by the pool and watch the fishing dhows sail by. Prices from £155 pppn full board.

Kizingo is the ultimate ‘no news, no shoes’ secluded beach resort. The lodge has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages) and is situated at one end of a spectacular 12km beach that stretches from Kizingo to the fashionable village of Shela. Prices from £135 pppn full board.

Msambweni occupies a quiet setting on a 6km stretch of coastline. This exclusive family-run house features four luxurious suites, an infinity pool and two Lamu villas with their own pool and jacuzzi facing the sea. There is a perfect setting for drinks on the cliff top. Prices from £215 pppn full board.

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Escorted Group Tour or Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £2,845 Addis Ababa

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SPECIAL FEATURES • Comprehensive historical tour • Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela • Simien mountains

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Day 12 – Bahar Dar: Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Tissisat. Afternoon visit to the Bezawit Palace and the market in Bahir Dar. Optional spa treatments available. (B, L, D)

Walia Ibex, Simien Mountains

Day 3 – To Hawzien: Morning flight to Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region. Short tour of Mekelle, including Bete Yohannes. Drive to Hawzien. Stay overnight at the Gheralta Lodge. En route, visit the rock-hewn churches of Wukro Cherkos and Abraha Atsbeha. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Axum: Morning drive to Axum, the centre of early civilisation in Ethiopia and reputed home to the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant. Stay 2 nights at the Yeha Hotel or similar. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Axum: Morning excursion to the tombs of King Kelab and Gebra Meskel, the Queen of Sheba’s swimming pool and palace, King Ezana’s Stone and the magnificent stelae (obelisks). In the afternoon, visit the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion, the Ark of the Covenant and Axum Museum. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To Lalibela: Fly to the world heritage site of Lalibela, via Gondar. Created as the ‘new Jerusalem’ by King Lalibela in the 12th century, Lalibela is still home to 11 rock-hewn churches, most of which are still used for worship today. Afternoon visit to the north-west cluster of churches, including the Church of St George. Stay 2 nights at the Mountain View Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)

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Day 2 – Addis Ababa: Arrive in the third highest capital in the world. Afternoon city tour, including the Ethnographic Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mercato. Stay 1 night at the Hilton Hotel or similar. (L, D)

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The only African country that has never been colonised, Ethiopia is also unusual for its rich Orthodox Christian heritage, which was maintained even when all its neighbours embraced Islam in the seventh century. This journey travels through this enthralling and beautiful country, little explored by tourists, and discovers the layers of history that have shaped the land.

Day 1 – To Addis Ababa: Fly from London to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. (N)

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Day 7 – Lalibela: Morning walk up to Asheton Maryam (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit Nakutelab Cave Church which is accessible by car. Afternoon visit to the south-east cluster of churches. (B, L, D) Day 8 – To the Simien mountains: Fly to Gondar, Ethiopia’s first capital, located at the foot of the Simien mountains. Afternoon visit to the church of Debre Berhan Selassie and see its murals. Drive to the Simien Mountain Lodge, the highest hotel in Africa at 3,260 metres above sea level and stay for 2 nights. Evening introductory talk on gelada monkeys, endemic to this area. (B, L, D) Day 9 – Simien mountains: Morning scenic drive to Chennek, 3,620 metres above sea level and home to the endemic Walia ibex as well as klipspringers and bushbucks. En route, pass some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Ethiopia; stop to view gelada monkeys and take a short walk to a waterfall. A picnic will be arranged in a scenic spot. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Gondar: Drive to Gondar and stay 1 night at the Goha Hotel or similar. Afternoon tour of the castles of Emperor Fasiladas and the Palace of the Queen Mentuab. (B, L, D) Day 11 – To Bahar Dar: Drive to Gorgora and visit the monastery of Debre Sina Mariam. Cross Lake Tana by boat and stop off at various island monasteries, including Daga Istafanos. Continue to the Zeghe peninsula and visit Ura Kidhane Mihret and Azuwa Mariam. Stay 2 nights at the Kuriftu Resort & Spa. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – To Addis Ababa: Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Day room at the Hilton hotel. Dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport. Fly to London. (B, L,D) Day 14 – To London: Early morning arrival. (N)

EXTENSION Tour + Rift Valley 20 Days / 17 Nights from £1,550 Day 13 – To Addis Ababa: Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Hilton Hotel or similar for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D) Day 14 – To Arba Minch: Drive to Arba Minch and stay 2 nights at Paradise Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 15 – Arba Minch: Morning visit to Konso. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to see hippos and crocodiles. (B, L, D) Day 16 – To Yirgalem: Morning visit to Chencha, home of the Dorze people, cotton weavers who live in tall beehive-shaped dwellings. Afternoon drive to Yirgalem, home to the coffee bean before it spread to other areas of the world. Stay 2 nights at Aragash Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 17 – Yirgalem: Day at leisure. Take a walk through the forests of avocados, mangoes, cotton and coffee. Take part take in the daily sunset coffee ceremony. (B, L, D) Day 18 – To Lake Langano: Drive to Lake Langano and stay 2 nights at Sabana Lodge. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the 200-metre sandy beach. (B, L, D). Day 19 – To London: Morning at leisure. Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Hilton Hotel where a day room is available. Take dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport for your flight to London. (B, L, D). Day 20 – London: Morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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Fasilades Castle, Gondar

NOTES Festival departures: Some of the departures have been adapted to coincide with the most celebrated of these and are marked with an asterisk on the price table below. Timkat (Epiphany): The 7 Jan 2012 departure leaves and returns on a Saturday. Timkat is celebrated in Bahar Dar on 19 Jan. The 6 Jan 2013 departure leaves and returns on a Sunday. Timkat is celebrated in Bahar Dar on 18 Jan. Both Timkat departures are 15 days / 12 nights. Meskal (The Finding of the True Cross): The 14 Sep 2012 departure leaves on a Friday and returns on a Thursday. Meskal is celebrated in Addis Ababa on 26 Sep. Tsion Mariam: The 26 Nov 2012 departure leaves on a Monday and returns on a Sunday. Tsion Mariam is celebrated in Axum on 30 Nov.

extension ideas. Discovery Tour: Ethiopia is a poor country. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable and the cultural wonders more than make up for occasional deficiencies. Please see page 8 for more information about Discovery Tours.

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group Tour departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey (subject to availability). The price for this option is shown in the price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

Ethiopian Odyssey tour and extension prices for departures on or between the following dates Code

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14 Sep 12

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06 Jan 09 Feb to Single Supp Sole Supp 13 23 Mar 13 from from

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2,895

2,995

2,975

2,845

2,975

2,995

2,875

490

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1,550

1,550

1,550

1,550

1,550

1,550

1,550

260

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1,485

1,485

1,485

1,485

1,485

1,485

1,485

260

ETHHAR

Ext: Harar

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1,045

1,045

1,045

1,045

1,045

1,045

1,045

175

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1,450

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1,655

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Private tour

No of 01 Jan to 21 Jun to 16 Jul to 16 Aug to 28 Sep to 27 Oct to 10 Dec to 25 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 20 Jan 12 15 Jul 12 15 Aug 12 27 Sep 12 26 Oct 12 09 Dec 12 24 Dec 12 31 Dec 12 from from

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3,945

3,995

4,095

3,895

3,995

3,995

4,095

3,995

490

1,895

Additional information Please go to coxandkings.co.uk for further information and supplement details Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Extension prices are based on two or more people taking the same extension. The prices were valid at the time of publication, but may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of such changes prior to booking. See coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2012 / 2013 departure dates * All festival departures leave and return on different days

Accessibility: Ethiopia is mountainous and altitude may be a problem for some visitors. Some churches are not open to female travellers. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.

Out (Sat) Rtn (Fri)

07 Jan 12* 21 Jan 12 11 Feb 12

21 Jan 12* 03 Feb 12 24 Feb 12

Out (Sat) Rtn (Fri)

14 Apr 12 11 Aug 12 14 Sep 12*

27 Apr 12 24 Aug 12 27 Sep 12*

Out (Sat) Rtn (Fri)

13 Oct 12 26 Nov 12* 06 Jan 13*

26 Oct 12 09 Dec 12* 20 Jan 13*

Out (Sat) Rtn (Fri)

09 Feb 13 23 Mar 13

22 Feb 13 05 Apr 13

Ethiopian Airlines flight upgrades

Regional air connections

( Business Class From £1,195 per person return* * Prices subject to availability

( F rom £135 return* British Airways. London Heathrow to / from: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Belfast, Jersey or Birmingham * Prices subject to availability

Extensions: Please see page 88 for other

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ETHIOPIAN ODYSSEY EXTENSIONS Tour + Harar 17 Days / 15 Nights from £1,045 Explore the ancient city of Harar, considered to be the fourth most holy city of Islam. Day 13 – To Addis Ababa: Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Hilton Hotel or similar for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D). Day 14 – To Harar: Fly to Dire Dawa and transfer to Harar. Afternoon walking tour,

Harar, Ethiopia

Tour + Bale Mountains 20 Days / 17 Nights from £1,485 Discover Ethiopia’s natural wonders with an extension to the Bale mountains.Visit the Sanetti plateau and take forest walks in Dinshu to discover the local scenery and endemic flora and fauna. Day 13 – To Addis Ababa: Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Hilton Hotel or similar for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D) Day 14 – To Lake Awasa: Descend the Great Rift Valley. Take lunch at Lake Zwai and visit Lake Abijata. Stay overnight at the Wabe Shabelle Hotel on Lake Awasa. (B, L, D) Day 15 – To the Bale mountains: Drive to Goba in the Bale mountains and stay for 3

Ethiopian wolf and pups, Bale mountains

including the main mosque, Rimbaud’s House and the market. Visit the hyena man in the evening. Stay 2 nights at the Heritage Plaza Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 15 – Harar: Full-day excursion to Babile to see the elephant sanctuary and the Valley of Marvels. (B, L, D) Day 16 – To Addis Ababa: Drive to Dire Dawa. Fly to Addis Ababa. Stay overnight at the Hilton. (B, D) Day 17 – To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

nights at the Goba Wabe Shabelle Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 16 – Bale mountains: Full-day tour of the Sanetti plateau. (B, L, D) Day 17 – Bale mountains: Full-day tour of Dinsho. (B, L, D) Day 18 – To Lake Langano: Drive to Lake Langano via Wondo Genet, an area of natural springs. Stay overnight at Sabana Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 19 – To London: Morning at leisure. Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Hilton Hotel where a day room is available. Take dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport for your return flight to London. (B, L, D) Day 20 – London: Morning arrival in London. (N)

Tour + Zanzibar 20 Days / 17 Nights from £1,310 Zanzibar was once the centre of the slave trade and an important trading post for spices and cloves. This extension combines Zanzibar’s idyllic beaches with an opportunity to discover the island’s history. Stone Town is a wonderful place to explore, with its winding alleys, ornate mansions and intricately carved doors. Day 13 – To Addis Ababa: Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Hilton Hotel or similar for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D). Day 14 – To Zanzibar: Fly to Zanzibar. Transfer to Anna of Zanzibar and stay for 3 nights. (B, D) Days 15-16 – Zanzibar: Days at leisure. (B, D) Day 17 – To Stone Town: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Stone Town and stay 2 nights at the Zanzibar Serena Inn (see page 85). (B)

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Day 18 – Zanzibar: Morning walking tour of Stone Town. Afternoon Spice Tour. (B) Day 19 – To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London, via Addis Ababa. (B) Day 20 – London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Alternative extensions: It is also possible to extend your holiday with a visit to the Omo valley or to combine it with a stay in Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania. Please speak to an Africa specialist for recommendations.

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ETHIOPIA’S TRIBAL KINGDOM Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £4,095 to £4,475

Travel down past the Rift Valley lakes and coffee plantations, to the Omo valley, one of Ethiopia’s most isolated regions. Meet some of Africa’s most fascinating and colourful ethnic groups.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Addis Ababa: Fly from Heathrow to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airways. (N) Day 2 – Addis Ababa: Morning arrival. Afternoon city tour. Stay 1 night at the Hilton Hotel*. (L, D) Day 3 – To Arba Minch: Drive south, through spectacular Rift Valley scenery, to Arba Minch. En route, visit the engraved stelae of Tiya. Stay 2 nights at Paradise Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 4 – Arba Minch: Morning visit to Chencha, home of the Dorze people, cotton weavers who live in tall beehive-shaped dwellings.

Afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to see hippos and crocodiles. (B, L, D) Day 5 – To Jinka: Drive to Jinka via Konso, Weito and Key Afer. Short stop in Konso, whose people are known for their intricate totems. Stay 2 nights at Jinka Resort. (B, L, D) Day 6 – Jinka: Visit the Ari and Bena tribes and then continue to Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe. The women are famed for inserting clay plates behind the lower lips. (B, L, D) Day 7 – To Turmi: Drive to Turmi via a Hamer village. Stay 2 nights at Buska Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 8 – Turmi: Morning drive to Murulle. Visit the Dus and Korcho villages of the Karo people, considered masters of body painting. Afternoon drive to Omo Rate to visit the Dassanech people. Return to Turmi. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To Yabello: Drive to Yabello via Konso villages. Stay overnight at Borena Lodge. (B, L, D)

Karo women, Omo River Valley

Day 10 – To Yirgalem: Drive to Yirgalem via Dublock. Stay 2 nights at Aragash Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 11 – Yirgalem: Day at leisure. Take a walk through the forests of avocados, mangoes, cotton and coffee. (B, L, D) Day 12 – To London: Drive to Addis Ababa via Wondo Genet and Lake Langano. Transfer to the Hilton Hotel where a day room is available. Take dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport. (B, L, D) Day 13 – London: Morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrades: We recommend upgrading to the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa.

ETHIOPIA: THE ROAD TO LALIBELA Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £3,975 to £4,325

Travel through some of Ethiopia’s most spectacular scenery. Accompanied by an expert driver / guide, journey from the source of the Blue Nile near Bahar Dar to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

THE JOURNEY Day 1 – To Addis Ababa: Fly from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airways. (N) Day 2 – Addis Ababa: Morning arrival. Afternoon visit to the Ethnological Museum and Mount Entoto. Stay 1 night at the Hilton Hotel*. (L, D) Day 3– To Bahar Dar: Fly to Bahar Dar. Visit the Blue Nile Falls and the market. Stay overnight at Abay Minch Lodge*. (B, L, D) Day 4 – To Gondar: Morning boat ride on Lake Tana to the Zeghie peninsula and visit the monastic complex of Ura-Kidane Mihret. Afternoon drive to Gondar. Stay 2 nights at the

Goha Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 5 – Gondar: Morning tour of the castle compound of King Fasilides and Trinity Church. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D) Day 6 – To the Simien mountains: Morning drive to the Simien mountains and stay overnight at the Simien Mountain Lodge. Guided walk in the mountains for a chance to spot endemic gelada monkeys. (B, L, D) Day 7 – To Axum: Full-day drive to Axum. Stay 2 nights at the Yeha Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 8 – Axum: Full-day tour of Axum, including the magnificent stelae (obelisks) and the Ark of the Covenant. (B, L, D) Day 9 – To Hawaiian: Full-day drive to Hawaiian via the Temple of the Moon at Yeha, the rock-hewn churches of Tigray and Mekelle. Stay overnight at Gheralta Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 10 – To Lalibela: Drive to Lalibela. Stay 3 nights at the Mountain View Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 11 – Lalibela: Afternoon visit to the north-west cluster of churches. (B, L, D)

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Rock-hewn church, Lalibela

Day 12 – Lalibela: Morning walk up to Asheton Maryam (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit Nakutelab Cave Church which is accessible by car. Afternoon visit to the south-east churches. Day 13 – To London: Fly to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Hilton Hotel* where a day room is available. A car is at your disposal. Take dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport. (B, L, D) Day 14 – London: Morning arrival. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

NOTES * Upgrades: We recommend upgrading to the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa and Kuriftu Lodge & Spa in Bahar Dar.

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Home to more than half the world’s mountain gorilla population, and a wealth of other primates, including chimpanzees Uganda also has a fascinating culture, magnificent scenery, and the finest birding on the continent, with 1,000 recorded species. Cox & Kings can tailor your holiday to Uganda, travelling at your own pace and taking in the sites that most appeal to you. See coxandkings.co.uk for more information.

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SAMPLE JOURNEY Uganda: Mountain Gorilla Safari 9 Days / 7 Nights

Travelling in Uganda The roads in Uganda are good and the easiest way to see the country is by 4x4 safari vehicle, travelling with your own private driver / guide. High quality lodges are now found in most of the national parks and wildlife reserves. Flying by light aircraft between reserves, although expensive, has become increasingly popular as a means of seeing the country’s highlights in a single trip.

From £5,395 to £5,525 Day 1: Fly to Entebbe. Day 2: Arrive in Entebbe and meet your driver / guide. Drive to Lake Mburo National Park and stay overnight at Mihingo Lodge. Afternoon safari drive. Day 3: Morning bush walk. Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and stay 3 nights at Buhoma Homestead*. Day 4: Morning gorilla tracking. Afternoon guided walk. Day 5: Full-day cultural walk visiting a local school, villages and the pygmy community. Day 6: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and stay 2 nights at Mweya Lodge. Day 7: Morning wildlife drive. Afternoon boat ride. Day 8: Morning wildlife drive. Return to Kampala in the afternoon and stay overnight at the Emin Pasha Hotel. Day 9: Fly to London.

With 20 national parks and reserves, Uganda has some of the greatest diversity of wildlife and landscapes of any African country, and the scenery varies from the dry savanna lands of Kidepo National Park in the north to the forests of Semliki, Kibale and Bwindi in the south. Uganda is also home to rare shoe-billed storks, which can occasionally be spotted around Murchison Falls National Park, where the Nile rushes through a narrow cleft in the rock. Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to elusive tree-climbing lions, while chimpanzees inhabit Kibale forest.

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* Upgrades: We recommend upgrading to the upmarket Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge for a supplement of £690 per person for 3 nights, sharing a twin room.

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Known as the ‘land of a thousand hills,’ Rwanda has dramatic volcanoes, large lakes and beautiful green terraced hillsides. Although a key reason to visit is to track mountain gorillas, it is a scenically striking country with much more to offer. Please contact us to discuss ideas with one of our experts or visit our website, coxandkings.co.uk, for more detailed itineraries and further travel ideas

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Primates in Rwanda Sitting with a small family group of mountain gorillas is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences. Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is home to about 150 gorillas, as well as wild chimpanzees and a host of other primates, including golden monkeys in the tropical rainforest of Nyungwe. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda also makes an ideal extension to a Kenyan safari, as Kigali is just a 30-minute flight from Nairobi (see page 77).

Travel in Rwanda Rwanda is easy to get around by road and all the national parks and wildlife reserves are within a manageable driving distance from Kigali. Rwanda’s hotels are clean, but quite basic.

Tea-picker, Rwanda

SAMPLE JOURNEY Rwanda: In Search Of Primates 10 Days / 7 Nights From £3,995 to £4,575

The standards of food and service can be low, as many staff are new to tourism. However, Cox & Kings believes that Rwanda’s wildlife and scenery more than compensate for the lack of facilities.

Day 1: Fly to Kigali, via Nairobi. Day 2: Arrive in Kigali and meet your driver / guide. Stay overnight at the Manor Hotel. Day 3: Drive south to Nyanza. Visit the Royal Palace and

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Rwesero Art Museum. Continue to Butare and go to the National Museum. Continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Stay 2 nights at Nyungwe Forest Lodge. Day 4: Morning forest trek in search of colobus monkeys. Optional afternoon chimpanzee tracking (for an extra charge). Day 5: Morning Nyungwe canopy walk. Afternoon drive to Kibuye. Stay 2 nights at Cormoran Lodge. Day 6: Day at leisure with optional activities, including a day hike to the source of the Nile. Day 7: Drive, via Gisenyi, through spectacular mountain scenery, to Virunga National Park. Stay 2 nights at Mountain View Gorilla Lodge*. Day 8: Morning gorilla trekking. Afternoon visit to an ex-poacher’s village. Day 9: Return to Kigali. Visit the Genocide Museum. Fly to London, via Nairobi. Day 10: Early morning arrival. * Upgrades: We recommend upgrading to either the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, built and managed by Governors’ Camps in Kenya or the scenic Virunga Safari Lodge. Supplements are from £360 per person for 2 nights (Sabyinyo) or £675 per person for 2 nights (Virunga), sharing a twin room.

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booking conditions Once you have decided on the holiday you require, please carefully read the following conditions, as these form the basis of your relationship with Cox & Kings Travel Limited (‘Cox & Kings’, ‘we’, ‘our’ or ‘us’) and with any supplier with whom you have a direct contract. Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you or, where we act as agent as set out below, arrange for you. All references in these booking conditions to ‘holiday’, ‘booking’, ‘contract’, ‘package’, ‘tour’ or ‘arrangements’ mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these booking conditions, ‘you’ and ‘your’ means all persons named on the booking or any of them as applicable (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date). 1) YOUR CONTRACT (a) If you book only one type of arrangement with Cox & Kings (for example hotel(s)only or cruise-only,), Cox & Kings acts only as a booking agent for the supplier of that arrangement (for example the hotel or cruise provider). Your contract for that arrangement will be with that supplier (in these conditions referred to as the ‘Third Party Supplier’) and not Cox & Kings. The Third Party Supplier’s own terms and conditions (copies available on request) will apply to that contract in addition to the applicable parts of these conditions. (b) In all other cases your contract will be with Cox & Kings. (c) When you make a booking the person who makes the booking guarantees that they have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. 2) BOOKING, PAYMENT AND CONFIRMATION (a) You may book by post, telephone, via our website or through one of our authorised agents. All bookings are subject to our booking conditions. Except for online bookings, the person who makes the booking must confirm acceptance of our booking conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking by signing and returning our booking form or in writing by some other means (such as email) to us or your travel agent. We will communicate with you by email in relation to your booking (including sending you documents such as your confirmation invoice) if you book online or otherwise provide us with an email address. You must accordingly check your emails on a regular basis and should print and retain hard copies of all confirmation documents, e-tickets and other important communications. We will contact you by telephone and / or post if you do not provide us with an email address or we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by email. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these booking conditions to ‘send’ and ‘in writing’ include communication by email and via our online booking facility where applicable. You may contact us by email for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). All emails should be sent to sales@coxandkings.co.uk. (b) A minimum deposit of £150 per person or 15% of your total holiday cost (whichever is greater) together with any applicable insurance premium (or evidence of alternative cover) (see clause 5) and any applicable visa fees (see clause 12(a)) must be paid at the time of booking. In some cases, the deposit payable will be higher, as full or part payment for certain services, such as flights, may also be required to make a booking – details at the time of booking. On occasion, suppliers may unexpectedly require non-refundable full or part payment for their services (in addition to any deposit paid at the time of booking) in advance of balance due date in order to secure those services even though these have been previously confirmed. In this situation, we may have no choice but to ask you to pay an additional deposit to cover this payment. If you book less than eight weeks before departure, full payment must be made at the time of booking. Where we act only as agent (see clause 1(a)), you will be advised of the applicable deposit and payment timetable at the time of booking. (c) On receipt of your completed booking form / written acceptance of our booking conditions and the applicable payment, and providing your requested holiday is available, Cox & Kings will issue a confirmation invoice. It is at this stage that a binding contract comes into existence between you and Cox & Kings or between you and the Third Party Supplier, as applicable. Please note, though, that if you book a tailor-made itinerary or an extension to a brochure tour, your accommodation, flights etc will only be requested by Cox & Kings once your booking form together with a deposit has been received.Your confirmation invoice, in this instance, will indicate your requested package cost and you will be advised of any accommodation, flights etc that are still on request and not confirmed at the time the confirmation invoice is issued. (d) Once payment has been made, any subsequent request to have that payment refunded and to pay by an alternative means may require you to pay an administration fee. (e) It is your responsibility to check the confirmation invoice and any other documents we send you carefully and to let Cox & Kings or your travel agent know immediately in the event of any error or inaccuracy, as it may not be possible to make changes later. Where we act only as agent for a Third Party Supplier we will have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where those errors were made by ourselves. (f) The balance of the cost of your arrangements is payable not less than eight weeks prior to departure, unless you are informed otherwise. If all payments (including any surcharge where applicable) are not received on time, we (or we acting as agent for the Third Party Supplier where applicable) are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking and will retain the deposit paid. If we do not cancel straightaway because you promise to make payment but you still fail to do so, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in clause 10 depending on the date we (or we acting as agent for the Third Party Supplier where applicable) reasonably treat your booking as cancelled by you. (g) (i) Providing full payment has been received, travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks before departure (Third Party Suppliers’ policies may vary) unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible, made available for collection or sent by courier upon the payment of a fee. Non-UK residents may incur an additional delivery charge. (ii) For some countries you will be handed your internal flight / train / hotel vouchers by your tour manager / Cox & Kings representative on arrival at your destination. (h) Cox & Kings has included in the relevant prices all government taxes in the amount applicable at the time of booking that do not have to be paid locally. Those that have to be paid locally by you are extra and are your responsibility (such as international airport departure tax). 3) SPECIAL REQUESTS / MEDICAL PROBLEMS / DISABILITIES Where special requests for flight seats, room / cabin allocation, diet considerations etc are required, Cox & Kings must be made aware of these in writing at the time of booking. While every effort will be made to pass these requests on to the suppliers concerned (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable), we cannot guarantee they will be met. Where special requests for flight seats are passed on by Cox & Kings to an airline, the confirmation of seat numbers is at the discretion of the airline. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier / Third Party Supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. If you have any disability or medical condition which may affect your arrangements or the booking process, please provide us with full details before booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen arrangements and / or assist you with making your booking. In any event, we must be given full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any material change in the disability or condition occurs. You must also advise us in writing if any such disability or condition develops after your booking has been confirmed. 4) YOUR TRAVEL AGENT (a) Any travel agent through whom you make a booking will relay information from you to us and vice versa. Cox & Kings is neither responsible for any failure by your travel agent to do this properly or in good time, nor for any advice given to you by your travel agent that did not originate from Cox & Kings. (b) Any money you pay to one of our authorised travel agents for your booking will be held by the travel agent on behalf of Cox & Kings / the Third Party Supplier (as applicable) until it is paid to us. 5) INSURANCE It is a condition of booking with us that you take out insurance at the time of, or prior to, making your booking. If you do not purchase the policy we offer, you must purchase an appropriate alternative and let us have the details of this at the time of booking. If you purchase insurance through Cox & Kings you must notify us of relevant factors that may affect your particular requirements for cover such as pre-existing medical conditions / disabilities. If you do not purchase insurance through us, it is your responsibility to ensure that you purchase a policy that provides cover at least equivalent to that which we offer. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible if you purchase an inadequate insurance policy or if you fail to notify Cox & Kings of factors affecting your particular requirements for cover. Insurance premiums should be paid at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Non-European Union residents should obtain equivalent insurance cover in their country of residence. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday.

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It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. We do not check alternative insurance policies. 6) ALTERATION BY YOU (a) If you wish to make any amendments to your holiday after the confirmation invoice has been issued, you must inform us in writing and we will do our best to help. Please note however that if you (i) change to a different departure date, cruise or destination or (ii) change your booking less than eight weeks before departure, this will be treated as a cancellation and a new booking and you will be liable for the cancellation charges set out in clause 10 (except as set out in 6(c) below). In the event a change can be made, you must pay all costs and charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable) together with an amendment fee of £35 per alteration per booking before the change can be made. (b) If you wish to change any aspect of your holiday after it has commenced, Cox & Kings and / or their agents will do their best to assist, subject to you being responsible for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the arrangements originally booked, for the cost of your new arrangements and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and / or their agents in attempting to secure or securing any revised arrangements. All such charges and costs are payable locally. (c) If you wish to transfer your place on your booking to another person (introduced by you), you may do so provided the reason for the transfer is personal illness, the death or serious illness of a close family member, jury service, redundancy or unavoidable work commitments. Requests for a transfer must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to departure and must be accompanied by documentary proof of the reason for the transfer (eg a doctor’s certificate), full details of the person who will replace you, any outstanding balance due for the tour, a payment of £35 per person to cover our administration costs, plus such amount as our suppliers (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable) will require to effect the change (if the transfer can be made). Please note, in some cases suppliers such as airlines treat name changes as a cancellation, levying cancellation charges and requiring payment for a new ticket. These charges must be paid by you before any change can be made. 7) PRE-DEPARTURE CHANGES TO, OR CANCELLATION OF,YOUR ARRANGEMENTS BY US OR YOUR THIRD PARTY SUPPLIER (a) This clause 7(a) applies only if your contract is with us. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in brochure and other details both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings, which we reserve the right to do. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change. A ‘significant change’ is a change made before departure that, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking and that we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a major affect on your holiday. Significant changes include the following changes when made before departure; a change of accommodation to that of a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of outward departure time or overall length of time you are away of 12 or more hours, a change of UK departure point to one that is more inconvenient for you (except between airports serving the same city) and, in the case of cruises, a radical change of itinerary. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options: (i) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements, or (ii) purchasing an alternative holiday from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any price difference), or (iii) cancelling or accepting the cancellation, in which case you will receive a full and quick refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please note, the above options are not available where any change made is a minor one. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will, where compensation is appropriate, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or where we have to cancel because the minimum number of persons required to operate your holiday has not been reached prior to the balance due date. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or if the change made is a minor one. A ‘minor change’ is any change that does not come within the definition of a significant change set out above. Although Cox & Kings will try to notify you of minor changes, it is not obliged to do so. Minor changes include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) Changes to one or more confirmed destination(s) for your holiday, providing there are no significant changes affecting any confirmed major destination; (2) Changes in the scheduled date and time of arrival or departure provided that, where necessary, hotel accommodation and reasonable sustenance for the period in question is provided to you at no additional charge; (3) Substitution of a named Lecturer and or Leader for another knowledgeable expert in the same field. All group holidays with Cox & Kings require a minimum number of bookings before they will operate. If an insufficient number of people have booked to make your holiday arrangements financially viable so that we have to cancel, we will inform you no later than eight weeks before your departure date. In this case, you will be offered the options set out above but no compensation will be payable. Period before departure a significant change Compensation or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent per person More than 56 days £10.00 43-56 days £15.00 42-29 days £20.00 28-15 days £30.00 14-0 days £40.00 (b) This clause 7(b) applies if your contract is with a Third Party Supplier. If the Third Party Supplier changes or cancels your booking, we will pass on the new details to you together with any compensation that the Third Party Supplier may offer. As agent only for the Third Party Supplier we cannot accept any liability for any changes or cancellations made to these bookings. 8) POST DEPARTURE CHANGES AND CURTAILMENT Please note, clauses 8(a) and (b) only apply where your contract is with us. (a) Changes and curtailment after departure (not caused by force majeure) If, after departure, it becomes apparent that a significant proportion of the services you have booked with us cannot be provided, we will make suitable alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you. We will also, where appropriate, compensate you for any difference in value between the arrangements you should have received and the alternative arrangements made and for any disappointment or inconvenience you have reasonably suffered as a result. For example, as we neither own, manage nor control the accommodation / transportation we use, it is possible we may be advised that your reserved accommodation is not available when you arrive at your destination. In this event, Cox & Kings will endeavour to secure accommodation of at least the same standard in that destination. If only accommodation of a lower standard is available, we will refund the difference between the prices of the accommodation booked and that received, and will pay £30 per person for any inconvenience or disappointment caused. Any compensation or other sums due will be paid on your return from holiday. If we are unable to make suitable alternative arrangements or you reject those offered for good reasons, we will, where your holiday includes international flights we have arranged and where appropriate, return you by equivalent transport (type and class of travel) to the departure point of your holiday or such other place as we agree as soon as we are reasonably able to do so. If your holiday does not include international flights arranged by us, we will, where appropriate in this situation, meet your reasonable costs of your return travel to your outward point of departure providing we have agreed these costs in advance of your incurring them. Where you reasonably return home early in the above circumstances, we will provide you with a refund in respect of that part of your holiday that you did not receive. Please note, we can only accept responsibility for the sums specifically referred to in this clause 8(a). We will have no liability for making any other payments including, without limitation, the cost of any service (such as flights, other transport or accommodation) which you book with someone other than Cox & Kings or which you arrange during your holiday in place of contracted services (unless we have agreed in writing to meet the cost) or for any losses or expenses of any nature (and whether or not we could have foreseen you would incur them) which you suffer or incur as a result of, or in connection with, your original holiday booking or any changed or curtailed arrangements including, without limitation, loss of earnings, paid holiday leave, profit, business or business opportunities. In all cases, our maximum liability is limited to a sum equivalent to the cost of the

holiday (excluding amendment charges and insurance premiums), a refund of any directly attributable, reasonably incurred expenses (providing where appropriate, any such expenses that have been agreed by us) and the daily sum of £72 per person. (b) Changes and curtailment after departure (caused by force majeure) If, after departure, it becomes apparent that a significant proportion of the services you have booked with us cannot be provided, we will make suitable alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you. If we are unable to do so, or you reject the alternative arrangements offered for good reasons, we will, where appropriate, return you by equivalent transport (type and class of travel) to the departure point of your holiday or such other place as we agree as soon as we are reasonably able to do so. We are not, however, obliged to provide you with return travel to the UK if your holiday does not include international flights. Where the contracted service that we are unable to provide is your return flight, we will arrange for you to travel on an alternative flight in the same class of travel as soon as we reasonably can. However, we will have no liability to provide, or meet any costs of, any accommodation, meals or other services (other than those that form part of your contracted arrangements) while you are awaiting the alternative flight. The airline concerned may be obliged to do so – see clause 14(c). Please note, we can only accept responsibility for the sums specifically referred to in this clause 8(b). We will have no liability for making any other payments, including, without limitation, any compensation, refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), the cost of any service (such as flights, other transport or accommodation) that you book with someone other than Cox & Kings or that you arrange during your holiday in place of contracted services (unless we have agreed in writing to meet the cost) or for any losses or expenses of any nature (and whether or not we could have foreseen you would incur them) that you suffer or incur as a result of, or in connection with, your original holiday booking or any changed or curtailed arrangements, including, without limitation, loss of earnings, paid holiday leave, profit, business or business opportunities. Very rarely, we may be forced to curtail your holiday and return you to the UK (where your holiday includes return travel) before the scheduled end of your holiday. This is extremely unlikely, but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. (c) Changes and curtailment after departure – contract with a Third Party Supplier As agent only for the Third Party Supplier, we cannot accept any liability for any changes to or curtailment of your arrangements made after departure. 9) FORCE MAJEURE Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, neither we nor any Third Party Supplier can accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our or the Third Party Supplier’s contractual obligations is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss (as more fully described in clause 13(a)(ii) below) as a result of force majeure. In these booking conditions, ‘force majeure’ means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) in question / the Third Party Supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned. 10) CANCELLATION BY YOU Should you wish to cancel your booking, the person who made the booking must notify Cox & Kings or your travel agent (as applicable) in writing. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt by us of your letter, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for your cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. Claims must, however, be made direct to your insurance company. The following cancellation charges will apply. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling, excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges. Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable. Days before departure notification received. More than 56 days 56- 29 days 28-15 days 14-8 days 7-4 days 3 to day of departure or later

Amount of cancellation charges as a % of total tour cost Deposit(s) (inc any additional deposit 40% or deposit(s) if higher 60% or deposit(s) if higher 75% or deposit(s) if higher 90% 100%

No allowance or refund can be made for meals, rooms, excursions etc included in the price of your tour but not taken, nor can any refund be made for services that cannot be used due to lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. Part cancellation of a booking may result in increased costs for the remaining party members. 11) PRICES Prices are based upon the known costs and exchange rates of £1 to 1.62 US dollars, 1.14 euro, 11.8 South African rand and 11.8 Namibian dollars (as quoted in the Financial Times world value of the pound table on 11 August 2011). For all exchange rates not mentioned, the rate of exchange for the US dollars applies. Where your contract is with Cox & Kings, once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking, we will only change it in the following circumstances. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, in the event of any change in our transportation costs (eg fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline surcharges which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator) or in the dues, taxes or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports or in the exchange rates that have been used to calculate the cost of your holiday. Even in the above cases, only if the amount of the increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment charges) or alternatively purchase another holiday from us as referred to in clause 7(a). In either case there will be an administration charge of £1 per person together with an amount to cover any travel agent’s commission. Although insurance (where purchased through us) does not form part of your contract with us or of any ‘package’, we will consider an appropriate refund of any insurance premiums you have paid us if you can show you are unable to use / reuse or transfer your policy in the event of cancellation or purchase of an alternative holiday. Please note, travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the full amount of the decrease in our costs. Where applicable, you have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to cancel or purchase another holiday. If you do not tell us that you wish to do so within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of the start of your holiday. No refunds will be payable within this period either. Where your contract is with a Third Party Supplier, as we act only as agent, we must pass on to you in full all additional costs and charges of whatever nature imposed by the Third Party Supplier in accordance with its own terms and conditions. Please note, changes and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen holiday at the time of booking. We reserve the right to make changes to, and correct errors in, advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed. Occasionally our holiday prices are discounted for a limited period for promotional purposes. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively to reduce the price of a confirmed booking. 12) YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES (a) Visas: General information concerning visa requirements applicable to British citizens is set out in our Documents & Health section. We will notify you of any changes to visa requirements applicable to British citizens who hold a full British passport that occur before your confirmation invoice is issued, but please note that further changes could take place before you travel. You must check the up-to-date requirements in good time before departure. Cox & Kings will be happy to make any necessary visa applications (on payment of the applicable charge) on behalf of British passport holders, provided applications are lodged at our offices at least six weeks prior to departure. We cannot however guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside our control. If a visa is not granted then we cannot accept any liability for the consequences and reserve the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges. Non-British citizens / holders of non-British passports should check with their nearest consulate or embassy for visa requirements.

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(b) Passports: British citizens require a full British passport (valid for at least six months beyond the end of your holiday) for the holidays we offer. Please see our Documents & Health section for full details or seek the advice of our travel consultants. Please note, requirements may change and you must check the up-to-date requirements in good time before departure. A full British passport presently takes approximately two to six weeks to obtain. If any member of your party is aged 16 or over and has not yet got a passport, you should apply for one at least six weeks before your holiday. The UK Passport Service has to confirm your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to do this. Please also see clause (d) below. (c) Health: It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended and required vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org Recommended and mandatory inoculations for travel are set out in our Documents & Health section. We will notify you of any changes in any health requirements (such as mandatory inoculations) that must be satisfied in order to gain entry into your holiday destination of which we become aware before your confirmation invoice is issued. However, further changes may occur at any time and you should check the up-to-date position in good time before you depart. Health requirements for your holiday destination are also outlined in the Department of Health leaflet entitled The Travellers Guide to Health (T7.1), available from Abta travel agents, most post offices, by telephone on 0870 1555 455 or via the Department of Health website, www.dh.gov.uk. If you have any medical condition / disability that may affect your ability to enjoy and participate fully in your arrangements you must notify us in accordance with clause 3. Cox & Kings reserves the right, where appropriate, to ask you to provide written certification of your medical fitness prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain all necessary inoculations, take all necessary medication and follow all medical advice in relation to your holiday. (d) Documents: It is the responsibility of the person who makes the booking to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents and have all necessary vaccination certificates before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation or vaccinations / certificates must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation or have the correct vaccinations / certificates. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges, expenses or other financial penalty being imposed on, or incurred by, us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. If you are refused a visa we cannot accept any liability. If you are unable to travel as a result, you will be liable to pay our normal cancellation charges. The person who makes the booking is also responsible for ensuring that every member of your party has adequate travel insurance (see clause 5 above). (e) Damage: When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not known at the time) must be paid direct at the time to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. (f) Behaviour: We expect all clients to have consideration for others and to behave appropriately. If, in the reasonable opinion of our tour manager, agent or other employee or of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, distress, upset or significant annoyance to anyone (for example, other clients or our employees, agents or suppliers) or damage to property, we are entitled, without prior notice where appropriate, to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned. We will have the same right to terminate your holiday if you are subject to arrest, or are prevented from travelling at the reasonable discretion of an airline or other transport or cruise provider, or if you are evicted from a hotel at the reasonable discretion of the hotel management or had your use of any other services terminated at the reasonable discretion of another supplier. In this situation, the person(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service. We will have no further responsibility toward such person(s), including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination. If we incur any expense as a result of your behaviour, you will be obliged to reimburse us for that expense. (g) Travel advice: For up to date travel advice from the UK government, visit www.fco. gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo. 13) OUR LIABILITY This clause 13(a) does not apply where your contract is with a Third Party Supplier (a) (i) We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (ii) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of possessions or enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: (1) the act(s) and / or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or (2) the act(s) and / or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or (3) force majeure as defined in clause 9. (iii) We cannot accept responsibility for any services that do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities that your hotel, cruise provider or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised in our brochure and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract, and any excursion / activities you purchase while away. Please also see clause 17 “Excursions / Activities / Suppliers Terms and Conditions”. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any of our brochures or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. (iv) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services that gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK that would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature that might lead a reasonable holidaymaker to refuse to take the arrangements in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 13(a)(i). We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care. (v) As set out in these booking conditions we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for certain claims you may make against us. Where we are found liable for loss of and / or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £1,500 per person affected, unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 13(a)(vi) below. For all other claims that do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is a refund of the cost of the holiday (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total, a refund of any directly attributable expenses reasonably incurred by that person (providing where appropriate, any such expenses have been agreed by us) and a daily sum of £72 per person unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 13(a)(vi) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your holiday. (vi) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and / or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, rail, sea or road carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. This maximum amount will be the

most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation that applies to the travel arrangements (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and / or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea and the Convention concerning International Travel by Rail (COTIF) as amended for travel by rail). Where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. You are not entitled to make any claim against us which concerns or is based on any travel arrangements provided by any air, rail, sea or road carrier if such a claim is not expressly permitted to be brought against the carrier by the international convention or regulation that applies to the travel arrangements in question. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money that you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. Please note, for international travel by sea, the Athens Convention limits the maximum amount the carrier has to pay if found liable in the event of death or personal injury. The Athens Convention also limits the maximum amount the carrier has to pay if found liable in the event of loss or damage to luggage and also makes provision for valuables. The maximum the carrier would have to pay you if found liable for any damage, delay or loss in respect of cabin luggage under the Athens Convention is currently approximately £800.00 per guest. Once on board ship, all valuable and important items should be deposited with the purser or in the mini-safe in your cabin if available. Please remember that no cabin mini-safe is totally secure and consider whether you need to bring such items on holiday with you. Placing items in a mini-safe is not depositing them with the carrier for safekeeping for the purposes of the Athens Convention. We and the carrier cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any valuable or important items which are not deposited with the purser for safekeeping. For items which are deposited with the purser for safekeeping, the maximum the carrier would have to pay you if found liable for any item(s) lost or damaged (for any reason) while deposited is the maximum which is payable under the Athens Convention in this situation (currently approximately £1,150 per guest). (vii) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not reasonably have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses that relate to any business (including self-employed loss of earnings). (b) Clauses 13(b) (i) and (ii) below apply only if your contract is with a Third Party Supplier. (i) As we act only as an agent for the Third Party Supplier concerned we accept no liability in relation to the arrangements provided by that Third Party Supplier or for the acts or omissions of the Third Party Supplier concerned. The terms and conditions of the Third Party Supplier will apply to your contract (copies available on request from us). (ii) However, in the event that we are found liable in respect of any Third Party Supplier arrangements on any basis whatsoever, we are entitled to rely on the limitations and exclusions of liability and defences set out in clause 13(a). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of our employees while acting in the course of their employment. 14) TRANSPORTATION (INCLUDING DELAY) (a) Air, rail, road and other departure times are supplied by the carriers.They are subject to, inter alia, air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, the need for constant maintenance and the ability of passengers to check in on time. Cox & Kings does not have any liability to you for any delays that may arise (including any at your international departure airport). We regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so. Where applicable, the airline is responsible for providing any assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations (see below). Otherwise, any arrangements in the event of a delay will be at the sole discretion of the airline or other carrier involved. (b) In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community list’ that contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU Community. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm We are also required to advise you of the carrier(s) (or, if the carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm flight timings. The flight timings shown in this brochure, on our website and detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. The latest timings will be shown on your tickets that will be despatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched – we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and / or aircraft type (if given) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges except where specified in these conditions. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we / the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of clause 7 will apply. (c) If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and / or provide you with accommodation and / or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Where applicable, you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payment due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If, for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations or otherwise, you must, when requested, make a complete assignment to us of the rights you have against the airline in relation to the claim that gives rise to that compensation payment. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the CAA on 020 7240 6061 or www.auc.org.uk. 15) COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS If you have a complaint about any of the holiday arrangements booked with or through Cox & Kings, you must tell the relevant supplier / Third Party Supplier straight away. You must also tell Cox & Kings’ local representative or agent on site immediately (if available) or use the Cox & Kings emergency contact telephone number with which you will be supplied before your departure. That number will put you in contact with one of our employees who will take all reasonable steps to help you. It is only if you do this that Cox & Kings has the opportunity to put matters right on the spot. If you fail to do this, any right to compensation, which you may have, will be extinguished or reduced. Baggage is deemed to have been delivered undamaged to you unless Cox & Kings receives written notice in the case of apparent damage immediately upon arrival or re-delivery or within 15 days of the end of using the service in question for any loss or damage that is not apparent. If your contract is with a Third Party Supplier, as we act only as agent, we cannot accept any liability for the arrangements provided by that Third Party Supplier. Any assistance provided in resolving a complaint in relation to any booking of this type is provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as agent. 16) ARBITRATION If you have a complaint or claim that you wish to pursue, please write to us within 28 days of your return to the United Kingdom. Your complaint or claim will be investigated and a full reply sent to you as soon as possible. As our investigations often involve obtaining information from overseas, it may take a few weeks. In the unlikely event that we do not reach an amicable settlement, the dispute, if you so wish and subject to the

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Note below, may be referred to arbitration under a special scheme devised by Abta, but administered quite independently. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on the basis of documents alone, with restricted liabilities on the customer in respect of costs. For injury and illness claims, you can request the Abta mediation procedure and we have the option to agree. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the Abta website, www.abta.com. Alternatively, Aito’s Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and amicable solution. Whichever option you choose, neither scheme applies to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking, or to claims that are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness, or the consequences of such injury or illness. Note: If your contract is with a Third Party Supplier and not us it may not be possible for any dispute arising out of, or in connection with, the contract to be referred to arbitration under the schemes mentioned above. 17) EXCURSIONS / ACTIVITIES / SUPPLIERS TERMS AND CONDITIONS (a) The information contained in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of the brochure going to print. We may provide you with information (in our brochure, on our website and / or when you are on holiday) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area you are visiting generally or that any particular excursion or activity which does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us.They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. We have no knowledge as to whether such activities or excursions and their operators comply with local legal requirements or have any insurance. Some activities / excursions involve the risk of personal injury. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / other third parties and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. You will have a contract with the local operator or other third party whose terms and conditions will apply. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 13(a)(i) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not however exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees (while acting in the course of their employment) resulting in your death or personal injury. (b) Many of the services that make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions (see clause 13(a)(vi)). Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned. 18) FINANCIAL SECURITY We are a member of Abta (Abta number V2999). We also hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (Atol number 2815.) The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this brochure and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide this security by way of an Atol (number 2815) administered by the Civil Aviation Authority for flight-inclusive holidays. When you buy an Atol-protected air holiday package or flight* from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked), confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Atol. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. * The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are Atol protected providing either the person who pays for the booking is present in the UK when the booking is made or the first leg of any flight or flights we arrange for you commences in the UK. For further information, visit the Atol website at www.atol.org.uk .The price of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £2.50 per person which is the Atol Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. For further information, visit the Atol website at www.atol.org.uk. If you have a contract with us for arrangements that do not include a flight(s), Abta will financially protect your holiday in the same way except where your contracted arrangements with us do not include transport to and from the UK. In this case, if already abroad, you will be returned to the point where your contracted arrangements with us commenced. Please go to www.abta.com for information on Abta’s travel protection. Please note, our Atol and Abta membership does not protect bookings where we act only as agent. 19) LAW AND JURISDICTION Your relationship (and any contract you may have) with Cox & Kings or with any Third Party Supplier and any dispute, claim or other matters of any nature arising from it (‘claim’) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. We both agree that any claim (and whether or not involving any personal injury) that arises between us must be dealt with under the Abta or Aito arbitration schemes (if the scheme is available for the claim in question and you wish to use it – see clause 16) or by the Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any dispute, claim or other matter of any description that arises between us governed by the law of Scotland / Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). DATE OF ISSUE AUGUST 2011 DATA PROTECTION PRIVACY POLICY For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we are a data controller. The following is a summary of our full privacy policy, which sets out how we collect and use the personal information (‘personal data’) you provide us with directly or through use of our website. Our full, current privacy policy appears on our website, which you should read before providing us with any personal data. Depending on what’s required, the personal data we collect may include names and contact details, credit / debit card or other payment information and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition that may affect holiday arrangements and any dietary restrictions that may disclose your religious beliefs (‘sensitive personal data’). All references in this privacy policy to personal data include sensitive personal data unless otherwise stated. Appropriate personal data will be passed on to relevant suppliers / any Third Party Supplier / any other third party (including banks and / or credit card issuers) who need to know it so that your holiday can be provided, to government / public authorities (UK and overseas) such as the police, customs or immigration if required by them, to security or credit checking companies, to other companies who provide services on our behalf (such as mailing brochures and marketing material) or as required by law. We take steps to protect the personal data that is provided to any such party. In making your booking, you consent to personal data being passed on to the relevant parties. Your personal data may be stored, used and otherwise processed within the UK and / or any other country / countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and / or outside the EEA. Data protection laws may not be as strong outside the EEA as they are in the EEA. Personal data will not be transferred to a country outside the EEA unless the conditions referred to in our full privacy statement are satisfied. We would also like to store and use your personal data for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or other marketing material). All personal data you give us (including sensitive personal data) will be kept, but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have told us that you do not wish us to do so). If you would prefer not to receive any promotional mailings from Cox & Kings you may inform us at any time and we will remove your details from future mailing lists. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures that are intended to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. Our full privacy policy contains the procedure for reviewing and amending any personal data of yours we are processing. See www.coxandkings.co.uk for details. Abta Abta and Abta members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by Abta’s Code of Conduct. For further information about Abta, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration service available to you if you have a complaint, contact Abta, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ or call 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com The above applies only to services supplied by Cox & Kings Travel Limited and does not apply to services featured in this brochure that are provided by any Third Party Supplier where you enter into a contract with the Third party Supplier.

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regional weather Due to its sheer size, Africa has a wide range of climatic conditions, making it is possible to travel at most times of year and find certain areas that are at their best. The guide below offers a general indication of the best times of year to travel to different parts of Africa and the Indian Ocean, plus some information about how wildlife viewing is affected by seasonal changes. Please take into account that this data is based on historic averages and, in a world of increasingly erratic climatic conditions, the weather at any given time may vary significantly from the norm.

SOUTHERN AFRICA BOTSWANA The safari season in Botswana runs from April through to October. May, June and July are the winter months, marked by cloudless days and mild temperatures. In the delta, the floodwaters from Angola start to fill the countless lagoons and streams. The weather in August and September is comparable to spring in the northern hemisphere. Occasional rain showers come towards the end of October as the heat builds. At this time, wildlife viewing is excellent due to the lack of thick vegetation. November, early December and March are considered summer months, when you may encounter brief, but heavy, rain and thunderstorms. November and December continue to afford excellent wildlife viewing. MAUN Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 33 20 108

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 32 32 31 29 26 26 29 33 35 34 33 20 19 16 12 8 8 11 16 20 21 20 68 42 23 1 1 0 0 2 11 49 83

LESOTHO Lesotho, the mountain kingdom, contains the highest mountains in southern Africa. There are two distinct seasons: the cold and fairly dry winter between May and September, when temperatures drop quite low and snow may fall, and the warm and wet summer from October to April. The hottest and wettest months are January and February. MASERU Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 27 13 77

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 26 25 23 19 16 16 20 22 25 26 26 13 12 7 2 -2 -3 0 5 9 11 13 70 83 40 19 6 7 17 12 46 58 87

MALAWI Malawi has a varied geography and climate – the lowlands can be hot and humid, and the mountains cool and misty in any month of the year. The most popular months for travel are when temperatures are coolest and the lake is at its calmest, between April and November. There is little rainfall throughout the year near the lakeshore – the majority falls in the more mountainous regions between December and March. LILONGWE Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 25 17 221

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 25 25 24 24 22 22 23 26 27 28 26 17 16 15 11 9 8 10 13 15 17 17 196 150 48 10 3 3 0 3 13 81 203

MOZAMBIQUE Along the coast, temperatures are warm and pleasant for most of the year due to the sea breezes. During the rainy season between November and March, it can be very hot and humid. VILANCULOS Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

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JAN 31 24 152

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FEB MAR APR MAY 31 31 29 27 23 22 20 17 160 84 41 36

JUN 26 15 24

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 25 26 27 28 29 30 14 16 18 20 22 23 18 23 39 40 59 138

NAMIBIA The most pleasant weather is between April and October, when temperatures are cooler and there is very little rainfall. The coastal region near Swakopmund is noticeably cooler than the desert interior throughout the year. Wildlife viewing is good year round, but is at its best during the drier winter months, when wildlife congregates at the waterholes. WINDHOEK Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 31 18 66

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 30 29 27 24 21 21 24 28 30 31 32 17 16 14 11 7 7 9 13 15 16 17 73 40 27 3 0 1 0 2 8 19 25

SWAKOPMUND Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 21 16 0

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 21 21 20 20 20 19 17 17 18 19 20 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 11 12 13 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

SOUTH AFRICA The Cape: The weather is at its warmest between November and March. The hottest days are cooled by winds from the south-east, which keep Cape Town pollution-free. The cooler months of June to August offer the best value stays, with excellent hotel and airline rates available. Whale watching is possible from July through to November. CAPE TOWN Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 25 17 3

FEB MAR APR MAY 26 24 22 20 17 16 14 14 2 2 19 23

JUN 19 12 35

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 18 18 19 21 23 24 12 12 13 14 15 17 22 18 10 4 10 6

The Kruger: Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, although it is more popular during the dry winter season, between May and September, when animals are forced to gather near the waterholes. Wildlife tends to be more dispersed during the wetter summer months. Temperatures can fall quite low at night during the winter. KRUGER Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 30 23 85

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV 33 31 32 28 26 24 28 30 32 28 21 20 14 12 10 7 10 13 17 18 88 64 18 0 4 5 7 18 40 154

DEC 31 20 176

Natal: Located on the coast between the Cape and Kruger, this area includes subtropical beaches and high mountains, which receive a dusting of snow in winter. The coast is popular in summer, when temperatures can be quite hot, although rainfall and humidity are at their highest. The weather is cooler inland as you approach the Drakensberg mountains and temperatures can drop significantly at night. durban Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 28 21 100

FEB MAR APR MAY 28 28 26 25 22 21 18 14 100 88 61 24

JUN 23 11 19

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 23 23 23 24 25 27 11 13 16 17 19 20 42 31 55 74 89 90

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The most popular time to visit Zambia is during the short dry period, between April and September, when wildlife congregates near waterholes. The ‘green’ season runs from December to April. It is not only a quiet time of year for the lodges, but travel is relatively inexpensive. During this time, the rivers in the Luangwa valley swell, dry plains become lakes, vegetation grows lush and green, animals give birth and food for wildlife is plentiful. Many of the resident birds form spectacular breeding colonies and migrant birds arrive from the north. During the wet season, wildlife viewing is restricted to the less remote camps.

The rainy seasons in the south are from April to May and October to November, with April typically being the wettest month. In the north, the wet season is from April to October and the dry season is from November to March. Most of the country has the same tropical climate, with temperatures averaging 26C during the day and 6C at night. The hottest months are from December to February. Humidity is generally low outside the wet season.

LUSAKA Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 26 17 213

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV 26 29 26 24 23 23 26 29 30 29 17 17 16 12 11 9 11 14 17 18 236 132 48 5 0 0 0 2 15 101

DEC 26 17 200

ZIMBABWE The winter months between April and October are the best for safaris, although evening temperatures can sometimes drop close to freezing. Summers can be extremely hot between November and March, while rainfall usually occurs at night. The Victoria Falls are at their most dramatic between March and May. VICTORIA FALLS Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 30 18 168

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 29 30 29 27 25 25 28 32 33 32 30 18 17 14 10 6 6 8 13 17 18 18 126 70 24 3 1 0 0 2 27 64 174

KAMPALA Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 30 17 85

FEB MAR APR 31 31 29 18 18 18 48 127 154

MAY 28 18 123

JUN 28 17 66

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 28 29 30 30 30 30 16 17 17 18 18 17 44 54 75 79 89 8

TANZANIA There are two distinct rainy seasons: from the end of March to early June, and from the end of October to mid December. Rain usually comes in short, sharp downpours with clear skies in between. From January to March it is hot and dry. June to October is warm and dry, with colder evenings. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, although the migration leaves the Serengeti for the Masai Mara at the end of March / beginning of April, arriving in Kenya in late June / early July. The return migration leaves Kenya in October and arrives in the Serengeti in December, depending on the year’s rainfall. Please note that due to baggage restrictions on the light aircraft, clothing is limited to a total of 12kg per person. DAR ES SALAAM Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

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JAN 32 24 54

FEB MAR APR 32 32 31 24 23 23 54 116 179

MAY 30 22 132

JUN 29 20 35

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 29 29 30 31 31 32 18 18 19 20 22 23 30 24 15 52 76 8

ETHIOPIA The best time to visit the highlands is between October and June. From July to September, temperatures are higher and rainfall greater. Night time temperatures can fall to near or below freezing in the mountains, particularly during the dry season. Because of the elevation of the country, it is advisable to bring a sweater year round. ADDIS ABABA Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 23 7 20

FEB MAR APR MAY 24 25 24 25 8 10 11 11 32 80 96 56

JUN 23 10 112

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 20 20 21 22 23 23 10 10 10 8 7 7 245 267 117 40 9 13

INDIAN OCEAN MADAGASCAR Madagascar has a tropical climate, with large variations in rainfall across the island dictated by the central mountain and trade winds. The most popular time to visit is during the dry months between April and October. There is a rainy season from December to March, including the cyclone season in February and March. ANTANANARIVO JAN Max av temp (C) 27 Min av temp (C) 17 Av rain (mm) 289

KENYA The long rains occur from late March to late May, while the short rains occur from late October to the end of November. The winter months from December to February, plus July and August, are the busiest. The annual wildebeest migration normally takes place in Kenya’s Masai Mara between mid-July and early October. Bookings for this time of year should be made well in advance, preferably before January. The coast has a tropical climate, with showers possible at any time. From May to September, the trade winds can bring seaweed and debris to the beach and can cause the seas to be rough between May and July. NAIROBI Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 27 13 44

FEB MAR APR MAY 28 28 26 25 13 14 15 14 29 53 93 75

JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 24 23 24 26 27 25 25 12 11 12 12 14 14 14 18 8 15 15 27 91 53

RWANDA The dry season runs from June to September and is the best time of year for tracking gorillas, as it is dry underfoot. There are two annual rainy seasons: the long rains between mid February and early June, and the short rains between mid September and mid December. The wettest months are March to May and are ideally avoided. November to March holds the greatest appeal for birders and the wet season is the best time to track chimps in Nyungwe. KIGALI Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Av rain (mm)

JAN 26 15 69

FEB MAR APR 26 26 25 15 15 15 100 106 183

MAY 25 15 92

JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV 25 26 27 27 27 26 15 14 16 15 15 15 20 9 34 86 102 127

FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 26 26 26 23 21 20 21 24 26 27 27 17 17 15 13 11 10 10 11 13 15 16 209 135 46 19 2 8 7 9 34 93 198

MAURITIUS Mauritius is a year-round destination. Rainfall is at its most plentiful from January to May, when temperatures are at their peak. The cyclone season runs from November through to March, although a direct strike is a rarity. July to September offers comfortable temperatures and the lowest rainfall. It is essential to book well ahead for visits at Christmas and New Year. PORT LOUIS Max av temp (C) Min av temp (C) Ave. Rain (mm)

JAN 32 24 131

FEB MAR APR MAY 31 32 31 29 24 24 23 22 140 83 87 48

JUN 28 20 24

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 27 27 28 29 30 31 19 19 19 30 22 23 18 19 17 15 24 85

SEYCHELLES Located in the tropics, the islands have a fairly constant temperature year round, with the highest rainfall occurring between November and February. June to October has the coolest temperatures and the least rainfall. Some beaches are affected by seaweed at certain times of the year. Early bookings for Christmas are recommended.

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FEB MAR APR 30 31 31 25 25 25 198 136 132

MAY 30 26 140

JUN 29 25 112

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TRAVEL IN AFRICA FLIGHTS

International flights: Cox & Kings uses a number of reputable airlines to Africa and the Indian Ocean, including British Airways, KLM, Kenya Airways, Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Air Namibia, Air Seychelles and Air Mauritius. Direct services are used where possible and are classified as direct when there is no plane change involved. All our itineraries are based on Economy Class; however, should you wish to upgrade to a premium class this is normally possible, subject to availability. Baggage allowances vary according to the destination, flight and class booked, although, in the majority of cases, the allowance for Economy is 20kg, Business is 30kg and First is 40kg. However, if you are going to take internal flights on a light aircraft, it may be necessary to travel light – some charter flights into areas such as the Masai Mara and the Serengeti are limited to one soft bag weighing 12kg or less, and it may not be possible to leave behind any excess baggage. Therefore, passengers are recommended not to bring any excess baggage on tours that feature lightaircraft flights. Please ask your tour consultant for further details regarding specific routes. Internal flights: Some internal flights are on smaller aircraft. Air Botswana flights feature 70-seater ATR turbo-prop aircraft. Internal private flights in Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia and Tanzania are usually with five-passenger single prop Cessna aircraft (or similar). Occasionally, when travelling on internal flights with local carriers or on light aircraft, it may be necessary for operators to change schedules at short notice. If this should happen, everything possible will be done to minimise the inconvenience. Such a change may cause a delay to your onward travel arrangements and require an extra night’s accommodation at your board point, alternative travel by another airline or another method of transport. Although these arrangements are at the discretion of the airline, Cox & Kings will endeavour to help in any way it can and ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. Flight delays & insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and / or hotel and holiday arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved for you after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings (see facing page) is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances. Flight amendments: Most flights booked by Cox & Kings have special airline fares. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such changes made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense. Should you require flexibility with regard to your airline tickets, please advise us prior to booking your holiday and we will discuss the options with you. Special requests: Cox & Kings will endeavour to request any specific meals or services, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be made if travelling in Business or First Class. With all special requests, please remember that

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At Cox & Kings, we believe that a good holiday is not luck, but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Africa and to help you prepare for your holiday. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to travelling in Africa.

they are ‘requests’ and as such are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed. Airport departure taxes: International UK departure tax is included in your airline ticket unless otherwise stated. Many cities in Africa levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights and, where this is not included in the ticket price, it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.

ROAD TRAVEL

Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty gravel roads necessitate travel in a 4x4 vehicle. When travelling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and potholed, and have stretches that are not sealed or are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda and Uganda particularly, conditions are very dusty and off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously. If we are tailoring an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavour to include as much or as little road travel as you require. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the numbers on a group tour: in Namibia and South Africa, transport will usually be in the form of a 15- or 20-seater Sprinter or larger European-style coach. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4x4 Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.

TRAIN TRAVEL

Travelling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there is now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travellers to use local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Blue Train and Rovos Rail offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel. Please see pages 30 and 31 for the available routes and facilities aboard these trains.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings holidays can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings endeavours to use the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to hotels in the west. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience; however, the size, shape and design of the rooms vary enormously (although rooms may well all carry the same price), because they were not purposebuilt. In most destinations, service and food will be high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Hotels across the continent are continually trying to upgrade their services and many have building works going on throughout the

year. Cox & Kings will endeavour to obtain rooms as far away from any construction work as possible, but please bear in mind that many hotels run on full capacity during peak season and specific rooms can rarely be pre-booked. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (eg to a lake or falls view, de luxe or suite etc), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and applicable supplements. Early starts: Many flights within and to / from Africa depart and arrive in the late evening or early in the morning. Although Cox & Kings will endeavour to book you on a flight that travels at a reasonable time, there is often little or no choice and, as a result, some very early check-in times may be necessary. When on safari, you may find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximise the opportunities for wildlife viewing. Check-in & check-out times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in / check-out time is normally 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible. Safari parks & remote areas: Within Africa we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilisation and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in safari lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on a par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas. Single supplements: Generally in Africa, single and double occupancy rooms have the same price, which means that single supplements for certain itineraries can seem high. In addition, single rooms cannot always be guaranteed at all hotels and lodges, especially in peak season. Occasionally, the location and standard of single rooms may not be as good as that of doubles, although often there is absolutely no difference. If you are in doubt, we suggest you ask us beforehand to book a double room at an additional supplement. If you are unhappy with your room while on holiday, please ensure that you query this with a Cox & Kings representative at the time.

FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) produces a wide range of material about overseas countries that may be visited by British citizens to ensure that travellers are properly informed about any overseas destination, particularly in relation to political unrest, crime and health issues. Where the FCO considers that British citizens would face unjustifiable risks to health, it actually advises either against travelling to the country in question or against non-essential travel to that country. Full details of all FCO advice can be obtained on the FCO website – www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-andliving-overseas. Alternatively, you can contact the FCO at: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH, or on 0845 850 2829 (24 hours a day, seven days a week). Calls are charged at 4p per minute with BT. Other networks vary.

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travel insurance AFRICA

travel insurance At Cox & Kings, we regard your safety, protection and holiday enjoyment as being of paramount importance. Therefore, travel insurance is essential whenever you travel abroad. Indeed it is a condition of booking with us that you must have adequate travel insurance. We have arranged competitive travel insurance from specialist insurance brokers Campbell Irvine Ltd and underwritten by the International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited part of Hannover Re, one of Europe’s largest reinsurers. The 24-hour Worldwide Emergency Medical Service is provided by Specialty Assistance Limited, experts in providing friendly and professional emergency help around the clock. Should you decide not to purchase our insurance, you must provide us with details of your alternative insurance with your final payment.

COX & KINGS TRAVEL INSURANCE BENEFITS BENEFIT

LIMIT

A. Medical expenses £5,000,000 In patient benefit £10 per day up to £200 Criminal injuries £100 per day up to £5,000 Personal liability £2,000,000 B. Personal accident £25,000 Permanent loss of sight £25,000 Loss of limb(s) £25,000 Permanent total disablement £25,000 Death £10,000 C. Cancellation or curtailment £5,000* D. Delayed departure or arrival Either compensation up to £100 OR cancellation after 12 hours up to £1,000 Hijack of aircraft £100 per day up to £3,000 Interruption of transport £300 E. Personal effects £2,000 (Valuables limited to £350) (Single article limit £250) (Disc collections £200) Money £500 Tickets £1,000 Passport and visas £250 F. Legal expenses £15,000 G. Winter sports Optional

Trips over 45 days: Please contact Cox & Kings Travel direct for a quotation. Optional extensions: Optional Winter Sports cover is available on payment of additional premium. * Top up: An additional premium is payable to increase the standard £5,000 per person cancellation sum insured. For trips costing between £5,001 and £6,000 per insured person: For trips costing between £6,001 and £7,000 per insured person: For trips costing between £7,001 and £8,000 per insured person:

£45 £90 £160

All premiums shown are inclusive of insurance premium tax currently at 20% and valid for policies issued up to the 31st December 2012 irrespective of the booked departure date. Family rate: For families travelling together, a special premium applies based on two times the adult rate. This provides for two adults under 66 years and up to four children aged 18 years or less. Child reduction: Premiums are reduced by half for children aged 18 years or less at date of payment of insurance premium, if travelling with an adult insured under this scheme. Free cover – infants under two years old: Infants aged under two years at departure can be included free of charge if travelling from the departure point with a parent insured under this scheme – provided that the insured person request that the child’s name is included on the booking invoice. Age 66 to 70 years: For persons aged 66 to 70 years at the date of payment of the insurance premium, double the standard rates apply. Age 71 years & over: For persons aged 71 years or more, please contact Vital Health for a quotation on 0844 826 2716

Excesses: Under most sections of your policy, claims will be subject to an excess Annual multi-trip policy: Available upon request at £120 for passengers up to of £75. This means you will be responsible for paying the first part of each claim. and including 65 years old for worldwide trips including North America.

Premiums per person Single Trip UK Europe Worldwide Worldwide Australasia Age 18-65 excluding including North North America America Up to 4 days £12 £18 £47 £58 £42 5 to 9 days £15 £23 £55 £63 £51 10 to 17 days £19 £30 £63 £78 £59 18 to 24 days £23 £37 £69 £87 £65 25 to 32 days £30 £45 £78 £94 £72 33 to 45 days £39 £70 £110 £125 £93 Please note: Europe includes all countries west of the Ural mountains and countries bordering the Mediterranean, plus Iceland, Jordan, and Madeira, and the Canary, Azores and Mediterranean islands.

Please note: This is only a summary of cover. Full details of the cover provided are shown on your policy document which will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment of the premium. Please read it carefully to ensure you understand the cover provided which includes certain terms, conditions, exclusions and excesses as this insurance is being sold to you on a non-advised basis from a single insurer. In particular, cover is excluded for any pre-existing medical condition for which you or any person upon whom travel depends are suffering, such as a relative. If in doubt, please contact the insurers medical helpline on 0844 826 2686. Should you wish, a specimen copy will be made available prior to purchase upon request. If the insurance does not meet your requirements you may return the documentation within 14 days of the purchase or prior to travel if this is sooner and, providing no claim has been made, obtain a refund. Cox & Kings is an Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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✂ AFRICA RESERVATION FORM 2012

Important: If you have internet access you can complete the reservation form online. Please ask your tour consultant to email you a personalised form.

Full first name

Surname

Passport number

Nationality

PASSENGER DETAILS – AS THEY APPEAR IN YOUR PASSPORT

Date of issue DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY

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Please read the booking conditions and other information carefully before completing this form in BLOCK LETTERS and return to Cox & Kings with your remittance. It is essential that you complete the tinted sections as these include mandatory information.

Title

Date of birth DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY

* TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is required that every passenger holds adequate travel insurance cover at the time of booking.The details of the Cox & Kings travel insurance policy can be found on the reverse side of this form. If you have existing travel insurance, please insert the details below. Insurance company: Policy number: Emergency assistance company: Telephone no:

Home tel:

Postcode:

Tour name / Tailor-made journey

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Postcode:

Home tel:

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C&K visa† / No / No / No / No

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Date of departure

Abta number:

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Your booking reference number:

Your Cox & Kings tour consultant:

Designated emergency contact details (not travelling)

Name:

Relationship: Address:

Daytime tel: Tour extension

To pay by credit / debit card, please call 020 7808 5690

‡The following processing fees will be applied to final balances paid by credit card:Visa – 1.33% MasterCard – 1.33% Amex – 2.10%.We reserve the right to change the processing fee at any time.Cheques should be made payable to‘Cox & KingsTravel Ltd’.

I wish to pay by: (tick box) Visa‡ MasterCard‡ Amex‡ Delta‡ Switch‡ Cheque

First Class Regional airport (specify):

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Flight upgrades options (subject to availability) Premium Economy Class Business Class

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† VISAS:Visas are required for some destinations. Regulations change, so please check the latest requirements before booking. Cox & Kings can only process visas for British passport holders resident in the UK. If you would like Cox & Kings to obtain your visas, there is a £35 per person fee in addition to the visa cost. Contact details of lead passenger Name: Address: Daytime tel: Email address:

Tour type GROUP TOUR INDIVIDUAL TOUR Single Triple / Family

Type of accommodation (subject to availability) Twin Double

Special requests (subject to availability) – eg airline dietary requirements (please specify):

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PAYMENT DETAILS

DEPOSIT 15% of your total holiday cost (or £150 per person whichever is greater) If a larger deposit is required you will be informed at the time of booking

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INSURANCE (payable at time of booking) maximum indemnity £4,999 per person

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INSURANCE TOP UP for holidays costing more than £5,000 per person

VISA CHARGE (cost of VISA) (payable at the time of booking) †COX & KINGS VISA HANDLING FEE (payable at time of booking)

COOL EARTH VOLUNTARY CHARITY DONATION

(For charity details or to donate including gift aid, please visit www.coolearth.org/coxandkings)

TOTAL REMITTANCE ENCLOSED Cheque or credit / debit card‡

Total enclosed: £

Signature:

I hereby accept that I, on behalf of both myself and all the other persons on this booking form have read, understood and accepted the booking conditions, general information, insurance conditions (where applicable) and all other information in this brochure, and, further, that I have the authority of all the persons named on this booking form to make the booking subject to these conditions.All members of the party personally accept responsibility to be aware of, and comply with, health, passport and visa requirements. I am over 18 years of age.

Date:

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DOCUMENTS & HEALTH AFRICA

DOCUMENTS & HEALTH HEALTH & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All the destinations featured in our brochure have specific entry regulations and requirements, and many have recommended health precautions. The requirements and recommendations in force at the time of publication are detailed below. If there are any changes, you will be informed when you book. However, it is your responsibility to double-check relevant requirements and recommendations before departure to ensure that you comply with them, and take with you the correct documentation for the country or countries that you are visiting. Please note that the entry requirements listed are only valid for British citizens. All other nationalities should check with Cox & Kings for advice. Requirements and recommendations are as follows: Botswana: AC†DEFGIKL. Ethiopia: ABC†D*EFGIKL. Kenya: ABC†DEFGIKL. Lesotho: AC*EGIKL. Madagascar: ABC*EFGIKL. Malawi: AC*DEFGIKL. Mauritius: AC†EGKL. Mozambique: ABC†DEFGIL. Namibia: AC†EFGKL. Rwanda: ABC†DEFGKL. Seychelles: AB*C†EGKL. South Africa: AC†DEFGIKL. Swaziland: AC*DEFGKL. Tanzania: ABC†DEFGKL. Uganda: ABC†DEFGIKL. Zambia: ABC*DEFGIKL. Zimbabwe: AC†DEFGIL. Key to the codes: A: Full valid British passport (minimum six months validity from the intended date of return). B: Visa required (see footnote). B*: Tourist card required (see footnote). C: Yellow fever precautions advised. C*: A yellow fever certificate is required if travelling from an infected country. C†: A yellow fever certificate is required for all travellers over the age of 1 year if travelling from an infected country. D: Cholera precautions. E: Typhoid, polio and hepatitis A precautions may be advised. F: Malaria precautions advised. G: Tetanus precautions advised. H: Areas of high altitude – check with GP for confirmation that it is safe to visit. I: Food and drink precautions advised. J: Entry prohibited if you have an Israeli stamp, or stamps from other countries’ bordering crossing points with Israel, in your passport. K: Diphtheria precautions advised. L: Hepatitis B precautions advised. Changes to requirements and recommendations: The above information is accurate at the time of publication (August 2011). Please note that Cox & Kings will advise you before accepting your booking should there be any subsequent changes to the above recommendations and requirements. Malaria: Malaria is a risk throughout sub-Saharan Africa and no drug will guarantee total protection. It is essential that medical advice is sought before travelling

to this region as there are many factors that need to be considered, including, but not limited to, the area to be visited, risk of exposure and possible side-effects. You should contact your doctor or Masta (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad), which operates a travellers’ advice line, costing £1 per minute, on telephone number 0906 822 4100. They will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. You can also obtain a leaflet from the Department of Health, Health Advice for Travellers (T7.1), by telephoning 0300 123 1002 and find further useful health advice for travellers at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

• Tanzania High Commission, 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS. Tel: 020 7569 1470. • Uganda High Commission, Uganda House, 58 / 59 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DX. Tel: 020 7839 5783. • Zambia High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG. Tel: 020 7589 6655. • Zimbabwe High Commission, Zimbabwe House, 429 The Strand, London WC2R 0JR. Tel: 020 7836 7755.

VISAS & charges

GENERAL HEALTH ADVICE

Cox & Kings will be pleased to obtain visas on your behalf (for British passport holders only) provided a minimum period of six weeks prior to departure is given. The charge to process each visa required is £35 in addition to the cost of the visa.

In addition to the inoculation advice listed above, we recommend that you observe the following: • Drink only bottled water and check the seal is secure when you receive it. • Do not eat raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit and raw or uncooked seafood. • Avoid food and drink from street vendors and restaurants that might have suspect refrigeration and sanitary practices.

Granting visas: Cox & Kings will be happy to make any necessary visa applications on your behalf. We cannot, however, guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside our control. If, through no fault of Cox & Kings, a visa is not granted, then we cannot accept any liability for the consequences and reserve the right to pass on to you any costs we incur as a result, including cancellation charges.

PASSPORTS & EMBASSIES This advice is only valid for British citizens. Any clients who hold non-British passports must contact the relevant embassy / consulate (telephone numbers listed below). It is important that you hold a valid 10-year British passport, and we recommend that your passport is valid for six months from your date of travel. Passports can be obtained from the Post Office or www.direct. gov.uk/en/travelandtransport/passports. A filled-out application form, a birth certificate and two passport photographs (one to be signed by a referee who has known you for two years) are required. The cost for postal application is £77.50 and it can take up to three weeks to obtain from the date of application. Please note that one-year passports are no longer issued. Information on visas may be obtained from the respective embassies / high commissions at the following addresses: • Botswana High Commission, 6 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AY. Tel: 020 7499 0031. • Ethiopian Embassy, 17 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PZ. Tel: 020 7538 3897 / 95. • Kenyan High Commission, 45 Portland Place, London W1B 1AS. Tel: 020 7636 2371. • Lesotho High Commission, 7 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HN. Tel: 020 7235 5686. • Embassy of Madagascar, 4 Avenue Raphael, 75016 Paris, France. Tel: +33 (1) 45 04 62 11. • Malawi High Commission, 30 John St, London WC1N 2AT. Tel: 020 7421 6010. • Mauritius High Commission, 32 / 33 Elvaston Place, London SW7 5NW. Tel: 020 7581 0294. • Mozambique High Commission, 21 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6EL. Tel: 020 7383 3800. • Namibian High Commission, 6 Chandos Street, London W1G 9LU. Tel: 020 7636 6244. • Rwanda High Commission, 120-122 Seymour Place, London, W1H 1NR.Tel: 020 7224 9832. • Seychelles High Commission, 51 Ave Mozart, 75016 Paris, France. Tel: +33 (1) 42 30 57 47. • South African High Commission, South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP. Tel: 020 7451 7299. • Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB. Tel: 020 7630 6611.

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At the time of publication, visas are not required for British passport holders travelling to Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa or Swaziland. In the Seychelles, Rwanda and Madagascar, a visa is issued free of charge upon arrival, however this is subject to change. Visa costs & requirements: Ethiopia:

One-month visa £14. Three-month visa £22.

Kenya:

Single entry £20. Multiple entry £60. Single entry on arrival US$50.

Madagascar:

Free entry (subject to change).

Mozambique:

Single entry £40. Multiple entry £70.

Rwanda:

Free entry (subject to change).

Seychelles:

Free entry (subject to change).

Tanzania:

Single entry £38.

Uganda:

Single entry £25. Visa on arrival US$50.

Zambia:

Single entry £35. Double / multiple £60. Visa on arrival $50.

Zimbabwe:

Single entry £40. Visa on arrival £35.

Visitors to Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe may obtain visas on arrival at the major border crossings and airports. However, we recommend that you obtain a visa in advance, where available, as this will speed up the immigration process. The following details will be required: a visa application form, full name, date of birth, passport number, date of issue, date of expiry, permanent address, occupation and nationality. One passport photo is required for Ethiopia and Uganda, and two for Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. Visitors to Rwanda may obtain the visa on arrival at the major border crossings, free of charge. Two passport photos will be required.

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