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Creating Exceptional Journeys

South Africa • Namibia • Botswana • Zambia Kenya • Uganda • Rwanda • Malawi • Zimbabwe Tanzania • Zanzibar • Ethiopia • Madagascar Mauritius • Seychelles • Mozambique

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Wherever you travel and whatever you experience few things in life are certain, one is that you will never forget...

...Amazing Africa

Š Jim Longworth & Norman Carr Safaris 2

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C O N T E N T S Introduction

4-5

South Africa

6-61

Fly-drive & car hire

9-11

Cape Town

12-19

Winelands, West Coast & Overberg

20-25

The Garden Route

26-33

Eastern Cape, Game & Beaches

34-37

Durban

39

The Midlands & Drakensburg Mountains

40-41

The Battlefields & Surrounding Area

42-43

Game Reserves & Lodges

44-45

Kruger, Mpumalanga & Limpopo

46-51

Johannesburg, Pretoria, Sun City & Game Reserves

52-56

Escorted Small Group Touring

58-59

Rail Journeys

60-61

Namibia

62-71

Botswana

72-81

Zimbabwe

82-87

Zambia

88-95

Malawi

96-97

Tanzania & Zanzibar

98-109

Kenya

110-117

Rwanda & Uganda

118-121

Ethiopia

122-123

Mozambique

124-127

Madagascar

128-129

Indian Ocean

130-139

Mauritius

132-135

The Seychelles

136-139

Dubai

140-141

Airlines

142-143

Useful information

144-145

Booking form

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Booking conditions

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Creating exceptional journeys requires an exceptional travel company Welcome and thank you for selecting our 2013 brochure. At African Pride, our passion and expertise is in designing the perfect holiday for you. Our knowledge of southern & East Africa is unmatched and many discerning travellers and travel agents have put their trust in our judgement and advice. Permit us to design your holiday experience beyond compare. We introduce each destination with a Classic Journey, which has proven to be our most popular itinerary to that country. We would love to share our passion for travel with you, just contact us, or ask your travel agent to do so, and we will create your perfect holiday.

Completely independent

Prices

We value our independence, which allows us to provide you with the

The prices shown in this brochure were correct at the time of going

perfect travel and holiday arrangements without being commercially

to press. However, air fares and currency rates constantly change

influenced by any particular hotels or lodges. You can be sure that

therefore we will use the best value prices available at the time to

your individual holiday will be tailor-made to suit you completely. You

provide you with the most competitive and up to date price.

can trust in our impartial advice.

There when you need us

Accommodation & tours Accommodation and tour costs are shown in UK Sterling and are per

Your final documentation will have a comprehensive itinerary with full

person, per night based on sharing a standard twin or double

contact details for all your accommodation, car hire and excursions.

bedded room, whilst tours are shown per person based on a

You will also be given details of our local agents and our 24-hour UK

minimum of two people. Suggested itineraries from the UK include

emergency help-line. African Pride representatives are available at

economy class air travel, prepayable airport taxes and charges and

both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to assist at check-in and on

transfers where applicable.

arrival in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, for arrivals from the UK only.

Visit our web site www.african-pride.co.uk for a wealth of information and offers.

Your security and protection The holidays with flights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under ATOL number 2949. For holidays which

Included in your holiday

• • •

Meet & Greet Service at Heathrow and Gatwick to assist you with check-in Meet & Greet service at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban & Port Elizabeth airports for arrivals from the UK only Use of Premium Lounge at Johannesburg & Cape Town for UK departures only

do not include flights, your financial protection is administered by ABTA The Travel Association - under membership number W156X. All bookings including any air travel will be issued with an ATOL Certificate

Airport Premier Lounges We include access to Premier Lounges in Johannesburg and Cape

confirming the protection in place. Please ensure you receive this from Town for flights returning to the UK. Whilst in South Africa should you us and retain it until you return. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, wish to have access to the Lounges, for other flights during your trip, the CAA will ensure the you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to these are available (charges apply). Please enquire for details. refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. ABTA members help holiday makers get the most from their travel arrangements and assist them in the unlikely event that things do not go according to plan. Under the ABTA Code of Conduct, we maintain the highest standard of service to our travel agents and clients.

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Allow us to share our passion for Africa to create your own personal journey

It's your holiday You may know exactly what you want or you may need some advice. Whichever way, our experienced travel planners will work with you to create your perfect itinerary including stop-overs, add-ons and excursions depending on your interests and requirements. Space precludes us from including all the properties and tours that we would like to recommend and we may therefore suggest alternatives that are more suitable to your specific preferences. Below are some popular combinations.

CAPE TOWN GAME RESERVE MAURITIUS

KENYA SAFARI THE SEYCHELLES

VICTORIA FALLS BLUE TRAIN CAPE TOWN

BOTSWANA VICTORIA FALLS MOZAMBIQUE

Visit the stunning city before going

Game viewing in one of the

See the mighty Zambezi and the

Game viewing in the Okavango

on an exciting safari to view the ‘Big

world’s top reserves – Masai Mara

stunning Falls. Travel on the

Delta and Moremi plus a visit to

5’. Enjoy a superb resort hotel on

in Kenya and then relax on the

world famous Blue Train to the

view the Falls. Relax on a

the tropical island of Mauritius.

tropical Indian Ocean islands.

‘Mother’ city of Cape Town.

secluded offshore island

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South Africa From the majestic scenery to the beautiful coastline, the magnificent gameviewing to the lush winelands and the haunting battlefields, South Africa and its people can truly claim to be ‘A World in One Country!’

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Some of South Africa’s most spectacular flowers are the Proteas. There are 114 species in Africa of which 69 occur in the Cape. The King Protea (protea cynaroides) is the national flower of South Africa and is stunning when in full bloom with a head up to 30cm across. Specially prepared gift boxes containing a selection of flowers can be purchased at the airport before your flight home.

South Africa

Essential Information Capitals: Cape Town (legislative) Pretoria (administrative) Bloemfontein (judicial) Time: GMT +2 hrs

South Africa is a country of breathtaking diversity – the traveller is able to see Fly to: Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban

a tremendous variety of animals and birdlife in numerous game reserves. It is possible to travel down the Indian Ocean coastline for 1,000 miles from

Visas: Not required

northern KwaZulu Natal to the Cape and then over a further 800 miles up

Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malarial precautions to be taken in central and northern parts of the country. If travelling from an endemic Yellow Fever area then a valid immunization Certificate is required.

the western coast line to the border with Namibia. Inland there are the

Best time to visit: Year-round but refer to separate Province information.

friendly and hospitable people.

South African Tourism Tel: 0208 971 9350 Currency: South African Rand.

dramatic Drakensberg Mountains that rise to over 11,000ft where visitors can view the historic battlefields and hear the stories of the battles that took place in the late 1800’s between the Zulus, British & Boers. South Africa is blessed with many delightful towns and cities to explore, or drive through the open countryside where the skies and fields appear limitless. Don’t forget to sample the fine locally produced food and wine, but most of all, to meet its

The country has an excellent transport infrastructure with South African Airways and other local carriers operating an extensive domestic and regional network of air routes linking all major centres. There are many touring options by road and rail in the following pages. The road system covers the

Climate: Refer to separate Province information.

entire country and highway conditions between the main centres and around tourist centres are very well maintained. A self drive holiday is a perfect way of seeing the country but do remember that distances can be great and your itinerary needs careful planning. South Africa has been described as ‘The Rainbow Nation’ and you will experience the palpable pride of a united nation that continues to build for the future.

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This journey is especially popular with first time visitors to South Africa as it leisurely combines some the country’s top attractions – Cape Town, Garden Route & safari. Choose from either guest house or luxury accommodation, or a combination of both. Information relating to each property is shown on the appropriate page. An added bonus is that the tour is through a nonmalarial area. The itinerary below can be tailor made to suit your preferences.

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport.

Day 2

On arrival in Cape Town transfer to your chosen accommodation for a stay of 4 nights. (BB)

Day 3-5

At leisure for local sightseeing. Numerous optional half day and full day sightseeing tours are available. (BB)

Day 6

Eurpocar to deliver to the hotel your group ‘C’ self drive car. Drive to the Winelands (approx 60 mins) and stay overnight at your hotel. (BB)

Day 10-11

At leisure to explore the surrounding Garden Route. Perhaps, drive through Nature’s Valley to Storms River Gorge or walk through the Tsitsikamma Forest. (BB)

Day 12

Return the car to Port Elizabeth airport (approx 2.5hrs) and transfer late morning to your game reserve for a 2 night safari. Afternoon game viewing drive by open safari vehicle accompanied by a ranger. (FP+)

Day 13

Early morning and afternoon game viewing drives. (FP+)

Day 14

Early morning game viewing drive before breakfast. During the day transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for the afternoon flight to Johannesburg. Connect with the evening flight to London. (B) Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning

Day 7

Drive across to Mossel Bay and then inland to Oudtshoorn (approx. 4hrs) and stay for 2 nights at your accommodation (BB)

Day 8

Visit an ostrich farm and the Cango Caves or spend the day at leisure. (BB)

Day 15

Day 9

Cross the Outeniqua Pass and join the Garden Route at George. Drive along the coast passing through Wilderness and Knysna to Plettenberg Bay (about 2.5 hrs) for your 3 night stay. (BB)

Cape Town

Four Rosmead (BB)

Mount Nelson (BB)

Winelands

Rusthuiz Guest House (BB)

Babylonstoren (BB)

Oudtshoorn

Thorntree Country House (BB)

Rosenhof Country House (BB)

Plettenberg Bay

Periwinkle Guest Lodge (BB)

The Plettenberg (BB)

Game Reserve

Amakhala Woodbury (FP+)

Pumba (FP+)

Guest House

Luxury

Details of all these properties may be found in the following pages

Cost: Guest House: Luxury: Departures: Deposit: Note:

Depending on date of travel Between £2,175 and £2,605 Between £2,980 and £3,905 Daily with British Airways £550 per person Includes group 'C' car shared by 2 persons

As with all our arrangements, a detailed itinerary together with location maps for the hotels will be provided. This holiday can be extended to include Durban, Battlefields, Drakensberg Mountains, Kruger National Park & Victoria Falls.

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Classic South Africa Journey


South Africa

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Fly-drive, a great way to experience South Africa D r i vi n g i n S o u t h A f r i c a i s a real pleasure and a great way to experience t he st u n n i n g s c e n e r y, b e a utiful places to st ay and superb cuisin e. Let us plan your itinerary On the following pages are suggested itineraries visiting some of the top tourist destinations in the country together with our hand-picked selection of quality hotels, guest houses and lodges. Let us know the places you would like to visit, the time available and we will be pleased to guide and advise you. If you would like to combine your flydrive holiday with an escorted tour please refer to pages 57 & 61 for tour details.

10-day fly-drive package from

£989 per person Our basic package includes: Economy class flight from London to Cape Town and return 8 days car hire of a group ‘C’ car (based on 2 persons sharing), unlimited mileage, CDW/TLW/PAI/tax.

Driving is on the same side of the road as the UK and the majority of road signs are similar to here - the main differences being that traffic lights are referred to as robots and roundabouts as circles. Most driving is on tarred roads but some are gravel and care should be taken. Speed limits and drinking/driving laws are strictly enforced and driving licences (with photo of driver) must be carried at all times. Credit cards are not always accepted at petrol stations.

Hire rates A wide selection of models are available and we show below some of the most popular groups.

Group

Vehicle model or similar

1-6 days

7-13 days

B C

14-30 days

31+ days

Hyundai i20 Hatch (manual)

£28

£27

£25

£24

VW Polo Classic (manual)

£32

£31

£29

£28

D

Chevrolet Aveo (automatic)

£35

£34

£32

£31

F

Chevrolet Cruz (automatic)

£42

£41

£39

£37

P

Daihatsu Terios (manual)

£54

£52

£50

£48

H

BMW 320 (automatic)

£107

£103

£98

£93

V

Toyota Avanza MPV (automatic)

£51

£50

£47

£45

E

Hyundai H1 – 8 seater (manual)

£118

£115

£108

£104

Europcar and Avis have an extensive network of offices and a modern reliable fleet of vehicles. Rentals include unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver (CDW), theft loss waiver (TLW), tax, tourism levy, applicable airport surcharge, personal accident insurance (PAI) and 24-hour help line. Locally chargeable services include one way drop off, delivery / collection, additional driver, satellite navigation and child seats. The minimum rental age is 23 (supplement applicable if under 23 provided that a licence has been held for at least 2 years). Full hire details and general information will be supplied at the time of reservation.

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Here are four outline itineraries which have been enjoyed by many travellers. Do remember that the country is vast and distance can be great – therefore careful planning is essential to ensure a relaxing holiday. The below itineraries are examples and can be adjusted to create your ideal holiday. In addition, many other itineraries are able to be produced so permit our experts to create one to suit you.

C A N Y O N S | PA N O R A M A | K R U G E R

CAPE TOWN | WINE | WILDERNESS Day 1

Take the evening flight from Heathrow to Cape Town

Day 1

Fly overnight from Heathrow to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport via Johannesburg

Day 2-5

Collect your group C hire car and drive to Winchester Mansions, Cape Town for 4 nights (BB)

Day 2-4

Arrive and collect your Group C hire car. Drive to Rissington Inn, Hazyview for 3 nights (BB)

Day 6-7

Drive to River Manor, Stellenbosch for 2 nights (BB). Enjoy the beauty of the Winelands

Day 5-6

Drive to Nottens Bush Camp in the Sabi Sand Reserve for 2 nights (FP+)

Day 8-9

Drive north to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg for 2 nights (FP)

Day 7-8

Drive into the Kruger National Park and stay 2 nights at Lower Sabie Rest Camp (RO – restaurants are located at the rest camp)

Day 10-12

Return south to Paternoster and the Abalone House for 3 nights (BB) to explore this undiscovered western Cape coast

Day 9-10

Drive further into the Park to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp for 2 nights (RO – restaurants are located at the rest camp)

Day 13

Drive to Cape Town airport to return your car and return on the overnight flight to Heathrow

Day 11

Take a leisurely drive back to Johannesburg airport, return your car and take the overnight flight to Heathrow

Day 14

Arrive Heathrow Airport in the early morning

Day 12

Arrive Heathrow Airport in the early morning

Cost: Departure: Deposit: Note:

Between £2,107 and £2,718 depending on date of travel Daily with South African Airways £450 per person Group ‘C’ car shared by 2 persons

CAPE TOWN | GOLF | KRUGER

Cost: Departure: Deposit: Note:

Between £1,968 and £2,164 depending on date of travel Daily with South African Airways £450 per person Group ‘C’ car shared by 2 persons

D R A K E N S B E R G | B AT T L E F I E L D S | W I L D L I F E

Day 1

Fly overnight from Heathrow to Cape Town

Day 1

Fly overnight from Heathrow to Durban via Johannesburg

Day 2-6

Arrive Cape Town and collect your group F hire car. Drive to Steenberg Hotel, Cape Town for 5 nights (BB). Includes 1 round of golf at Steenberg.

Day 2

Arrive Durban and collect you group C hire car and stay at Sandals Guesthouse for 1 night (BB)

Day 3-5 Day 7

Return your car to Cape Town Airport and fly to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport and transfer to Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the southern Kruger for 3 nights. (FP)

Drive into the mighty Drakensberg Mountains and stay at Cathedral Peak Hotel for 3 nights (DBB). There is a wide choice of activities or you can relax in the beautiful surroundings

Day 6-7

Day 8-9

Play 1 round at the renowned. Leopard Creek course and enjoy game drives in the Kruger.

Journey across to the Battlefields region and stay 2 nights at Isandlwana Lodge. Includes two interpretive tours. (FB)

Day 8-9

Head north to Amakhosi Game Reserve for 2 nights (FP+) and search for the ‘Big Five’

Day 10-11

Drive across to the World Heritage St Lucia Wetlands and stay 2 nights at the Makakatana Bay Lodge (FP)

Day 12

Depart for Durban Airport, return your car and fly back to the UK via Johannesburg

Day 13

Arrive Heathrow Airport in the early morning

Day 10

Transfer and fly from Kruger Mpumalnga Airport to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home

Day 11

Arrive Heathrow Airport in the early morning

Cost: Departure: Deposit: Note:

Between £3,250 and £3,550 depending on date of travel Daily with South African Airways £300 per person Caddy fees not included. Group ‘F’ car shared by 2 persons

Cost: Departure: Deposit: Note:

Between £2,624 and £3,023 depending on date of travel Daily with South African Airways £550 per person Group ‘C’ car shared by 2 persons

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The Cape Peninsula is a narrow promontory some 75km long. Popular belief is that it is the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian oceans but the separation occurs further east at Cape Agulhas, Africa’s most southerly point. The Cape of Good Hope was described by Sir Francis Drake as ‘the fairest Cape in all the circumference of the earth’. Cape Town was founded by Jan van Riebeeck and the first Dutch settlers in 1652. Close to Simon’s Town is Boulders Beach where a colony of Jackass penguins can be seen nesting in the bushes behind the beach and swimming in the sea. The wooden walkways provide viewing of the penguins at very close range. Driving times shown from Cape Town city centre to hotels in the suburbs are outside of the morning and late afternoon ‘rush hour’ periods. At peak travel times, journey’s can be 2 to 3 times longer.

Cape Town Cape Town is a gem of a city – so many visitors return time and time again to relish its beauty. Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of nature,

Climate: The Cape has a Mediterranean style climate with rainfall mainly from late May to September.

dominates the sky line and the cable car will whisk you to the top for stunning views. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex has become South Africa’s top tourist attraction with its wide range of shops, restaurants and entertainments. From here you can take the boat to Robben Island to see

Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep

the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years. On the slopes of Table Mountain are the world renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

Jan

Apr

Jul

Oct

Feb

May

Aug

Nov

26

22

18

21

HIGHLIGHTS

Av. Sunshine (hours) 11

8

6

9

Table Mountain

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Av. Rainfall (mm)

42

81

31

Robben Island

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Boulders Beach

Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point

Chapman’s Peak Drive

City centre Company Gardens

Cape Town Castle

Fine Dining

Av. Daily temp (C)

15

Sightseeing tours operate throughout the year. Most popular are the full day 90 mile scenic tour of the Cape Peninsula visiting the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach and the full day tour of the Cape winelands. Within the greater Cape Town area are numerous quality hotels and pages could be filled with their details. However, we show our selection which consistently offer high standards of comfort, service and hospitality.

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South Africa

V&A WAT E R F R O N T AND CITY BOWL Cape Town’s heartbeat and South Africa’s number one tourist attraction, the V & A buzzes with life and vitality from late morning until after midnight. It is noted for its extensive range of shops, restaurants and bars which are open 7 days a week.

L AW H I L L A PA RT M E N T S The Lawhill Apartments are situated alongside the One&Only hotel and the short walk to the Waterfront is accessed via their grounds. The 1, 2 or 3 bedroomed apartments sleep up to 6 people and provide modern, spacious and peaceful facilities in the heart of this bustling area. The well-appointed apartments provide all the expected services including air-con and wi-fi with full self-catering facilities. A sumptuous breakfast can be taken at the One&Only (charges apply). There is a pool and gym for guests use. A concierge service is on hand to assist with advice and arrangements whilst in Cape Town, with a secure underground parking facility completing the picture. BASIS RO per apartment per night depending on date of travel

01JAN-31DEC13

1 BEDROOM £146 - £205

2 BEDROOM £198 - £306

3 BEDROOM £253 - £438

The city centre is known as 'The Bowl'. Stroll through the beautiful gardens (once the vegetable garden of the Dutch East India Company), visit Greenmarket Square and take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Our range of hotels in Cape Town is extensive. In addition to those shown on the following pages we would recommend the Dock House & Queen Victoria, the Victoria & Alfred and The Table Bay. We also have a quality range of apartments, villas and private homes throughout Cape Town.

The Portswood

CAPE GRACE

THE PORTSWOOD & THE COMMODORE

Set on a quay in the V & A Waterfront complex this 5-star hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, has received many awards for its high standards of comfort and service. The 120 guest rooms and suites look over the harbour or over the yacht marina towards the mountain. Each room is beautifully furnished and includes international plug points, complimentary wifi and high speed internet access. There is an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by trellised gardens, extensive health spa facilities themed around exotic spices and African tradition. The public rooms are beautifully appointed and include an excellent restaurant and the Bascule Bar which is set on the water’s edge and offers a collection of single malt whiskies and Cape wines.

If you wish to stay just a few walking minutes outside of the main V & A Waterfront complex, then these 4-star sister hotels, which are next door to each other, are well located. Each has modern comfortable well appointed air conditioned bedrooms and suites - The Commodore has 236 bedrooms and The Portswood has 103 bedrooms. Facilities include tea/coffee making, direct dial telephone and internet access. Each hotel also has an a la carte restaurant, bar, terrace and small swimming pool. Additional facilities include same day laundry service, baby-sitting and 24-hour room service. Guests have access to undercover parking (daily charge applicable). Both hotels are consistently popular.

BASIS BB 01-03JAN13 04JAN-31JAN13 01FEB-03FEB13 04FEB-08FEB13 09FEB-31MAR13 01APR-30APR13 01MAY-31MAY13 01JUN-22DEC13 23DEC-27DEC13 28-31DEC13 £205

£198

£215

£233

£215

£198

£180

£198

£215

£233

BASIS BB COMMODORE: PORTSWOOD:

01JAN-31MAR13 £104 £94

01APR-30SEP13 £63 £58

01OCT-31DEC13 £104 £94

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O N E & O N LY CA P E

R A D I S S O N B L U H O T E L WAT E R F R O N T

TOWN

This 5 star hotel is located in the V & A Waterfront complex. From the sevenstorey building, each of the 131 bedrooms and suites has a balcony view of Table Mountain or Signal Hill. On two lushly landscaped private islands set in the waterway feature are 40 Island Suites and the One&Only Spa. All bedrooms and suites are furnished to a very high standard of comfort together with 24hour room service. There is a choice of restaurants and bars together with a fitness centre, free-form infinity edged swimming pool and boutique. There is a KidsOnly programme for children aged 4 to 11 years and also dedicated staff to organise suitable activities for teenagers between 12 and 17 years of age.

Occupying a superb position facing the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel is just a short distance from the V & A Waterfront complex. Each of the spacious 182 bedrooms and suites is equipped with satellite TV, coffee-making facilities and mini-bar. The sea facing Business Class rooms offer stunning views over the ocean and the hotel’s private marina. There are also 12 suites which are ideal for families as they have 2 bedroom areas. Tobago’s Bar, restaurant and terrace, literally just a stone’s throw from the ocean, is arguably the most spectacular spot in Cape Town at which to enjoy a cocktail or à la carte dinner while admiring another magnificent African sunset. There is an ocean facing swimming pool and sunbathing terrace.

BASIS BB

BASIS BB

01JAN-04JAN13

05JAN-05APR13

06APR-27SEP13

£348

£250

£209

28SEP-19DEC13 20DEC-31DEC13 £250

£372

01JAN-02JAN13

03JAN-31MAR13

01APR-31AUG13

01SEP-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£184

£142

£98

£142

On request

C A P E R O YA L E L U X U R Y H O T E L & S PA

MOUNT NELSON HOTEL

Located in the artistic area of Green Point, in close proximity to the beaches, shops and restaurants of Clifton and Camps Bay. It is close to the Waterfront and stadium. The Cape Royale offers guests a discerning and quality experience with designer-furnished suites in an intimate surrounding. There are ample living and entertainment areas in all suites including a fully equipped kitchen. There is a restaurant and the Equinox Spa, gym and roof deck pool and bar. The spacious 1 or 2 bedroomed deluxe suites sleep a maximum of 4 people with the penthouse suites sleeping 6. All are well appointed with satellite TV, CD & DVD players, in room safe, separate bath and shower, an iron and ironing board.

This is an outstanding Orient-Express Hotel and justly one of the most famous hotels in Africa. The 5-star “Nellie”, as it is affectionately known, is situated in 9 acres of gardens in the centre of the city. Each of the individually styled 144 bedrooms and 57 suites has all the facilities as expected of such a hotel. The spacious public rooms are delightfully decorated and in the afternoon, tea is served on a table laden with the most delicious cakes, scones and cream! Excellent cuisine is served in the Planet Restaurant and the seasonal Oasis Restaurant. In the extensive gardens are two heated swimming pools, Librisa Spa, gym and all weather floodlit tennis courts. A complimentary transfer service is operated to the V & A and downtown.

BASIS BB 1 bedroom 2 bedroom

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01OCT-31DEC13 £288 £315

*per apartment per night

BASIS BB

01JAN-02JAN13 03JAN-14MAR13 £280

£194

15MAR-30APR13 01MAY-31AUG13 £159

£144

01SEP-31OCT13

01NOV-22DEC13

23DEC-31DEC13

£159

£194

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South Africa

ABBEY MANOR

FOUR

This 5-star guest house is set on the slopes of Table Mountain in the area of Oranjezicht, only minutes by car from the city centre and V & A Waterfront complex. Originally built in 1905 in the Arts and Crafts style, the house has undergone major renovation to ensure the highest levels of comfort. There are wonderful views from each of the 9 individually decorated air conditioned bedrooms. Room facilities include tea & coffee tray, telephone, satellite TV, wireless internet and bar fridge. In the mature landscaped gardens is a secluded heated swimming pool with stunning mountain views as well as a spa bath on the upper balcony. Numerous restaurants for evening dining are to be found in the near vicinity.

This is a charming boutique guest house located on the slopes of Table Mountain in the suburb of Oranjezicht, only minutes from the city centre. The house was built in 1903 and has been sensitively and stylishly re-modelled to take advantage of the stunning 360o views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Bay and the city. There are 8 beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites and delightful public rooms. In the landscaped gardens are sun loungers, a swimming pool and herb garden. Stress relieving and invigorating therapies are offered by trained professionals in the pamper spa. Close by are numerous restaurants for evening dining.

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CAPE CADOGAN

WELGELEGEN

This boutique hotel is in an elegant Georgian and Victorian building located just off Kloof Street in the Gardens area of Cape Town. The public rooms comprise of a comfortable lounge with access to the garden and pool area and a dining room for breakfast service. Dinner can be arranged on request. It has 12 well appointed bedrooms, some with private courtyard, balcony or terrace, which are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture together with dramatic fabrics used to maximum effect. Each bedroom has a personal bar/fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, satellite TV, DVD/surround sound system, electronic safe and hairdryer.

Welgelegen means ‘well located’ in Dutch and the guest house has a perfect location in the lovely old leafy established area of Gardens on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Two turn of the century houses have been linked together and lovingly renovated with decorations providing a warm and hospitable ambience with eclectic touches of classical as well as African chic. There is a choice of 13 bedrooms ranging from superior to mini deluxe. All have airconditioning, TV , telephone and a mini bar. In the courtyard garden is a small plunge pool and spa services are also available. The restaurants and bars in Long Street are just a 5 minutes walk whilst Green Market Square, V & A Waterfront and the beaches of Camps Bay are just a short drive away.

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AT L A N T I C O C E A N COASTLINE Cape Town boasts a variety of beaches but be warned, the water can be cold due to the Atlantic Ocean current coming from the Antarctic. Chapman’s Peak Drive has been re-opened and is a spectacular coastal Toll Road heading south towards Cape Point. The road hugs the coastline with stunning views.

VILLAS

Around popular Camps Bay are a number of golden sandy beaches and coves. If wanting self catering accommodation then we recommend Blue Views and The Glen Apartments in Camps Bay or consider our selection of Villas and Private Homes.

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Cape Town is blessed with numerous scenic beaches and bays and we are delighted to be able to offer a large selection of villas and private homes in lovely locations. The choice and range is vast but all have been hand-picked to offer clients a high quality base to explore Cape Town and its surroundings, or just to relax using all the facilities you would expect in a quality villa. These private homes are as diverse as their owners and locations, with occupancies and facilities varying with each property but all have a certain special something. From simple coastal cottages to luxury villas with a butler. Please discuss your preferences with our experts who will be able to match you with the ideal choice for your perfect stay. We have an excellent choice of properties to sleep from 1 to 14 people. BASIS RO

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WINCHESTER MANSIONS

THE CLARENDON BANTRY BAY

The hotel faces onto Sea Point’s promenade just a few minutes by car from the city centre and V & A Waterfront. In front of the hotel is a large promenade with the Atlantic Ocean beyond, and a main road directly in front. The original Cape Dutch architecture combined with personalized hospitality and professional service form the hotel’s unique signature of classic elegance. The public rooms are situated around an open inner courtyard and the restaurants are noted for their fine cuisine. The hotel has 51 classic or contemporary style rooms and 25 suites. All rooms feature either sea or mountain views and all have airconditioning. There is a small heated pool, business centre and a Health & Wellness centre. Children’s facilities include special menus and baby-sitting.

Nestled peacefully along the peninsula of one the world's most spectacular settings overlooking the indigo waters of the Atlantic, The Clarendon in Bantry Bay is a 5 Star fusion of pure sophistication and beachside charm. It is located near Clifton and Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront is 15 minutes away. All rooms and suites have 1 or 2 bedrooms, are elegant and stylish with tastefully appointed features. Each has tea & coffee making facilities, wi-fi, flat screen satellite TV’s, air-con, mini-bar, safe and bathrobes. There is a laundry service and secure off-street parking. A small pool in garden surroundings completes the picture of contemporary elegance to suit the most discerning guest.

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THE BAY

T W E LV E A P O S T L E S H O T E L & S PA

The hotel is located at Camps Bay, some 15 minutes by car from the city centre. All 78 bedrooms and suites are beautifully furnished and many have balconies with views of the Atlantic Ocean. The contemporary style public rooms are spacious and well designed and from Tides Restaurant, which was recently voted one of the top 100 restaurants in South Africa, there are wonderful sea views. For relaxation there is a pool deck, 4 swimming pools or indulge yourself with an aromatherapy massage. Finish off the day at Trader’s, a sophisticated cigar lounge with a walk-in wine cellar. The beach of Camps Bay is directly in front of the hotel with a road in between.

Facing the Atlantic Ocean with the magnificent Twelve Apostle mountains as a backdrop, this 5-star hotel offers exceptional facilities. There is a choice of dining including the Azure Restaurant with fine cuisine and superb sea views, live entertainment in the Leopard Bar & Lounge and a 16-seater cinema. The accommodation comprises of 70 rooms and suites, each individually styled. The award-winning Spa provides a range of treatments such as hydro, aroma or colour therapy and Cape Town’s only Rasul Chamber. A series of waymarked trails lead into the mountains from behind the hotel and a complimentary transfer service operates into nearby Camps Bay and also to the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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3 0 F I S KAA L R O A D G U E S T H O U S E

THE LAST WORD LONG BEACH

Located in the renowned Camps Bay area, 30 Fiskaal is ideally placed to provide the visitor with the perfect base to explore Cape Town and its surrounding areas. A relaxed and informal atmosphere pervades the guest house. Comfort and style is evident in the accommodation with all rooms being en suite and having aircon, free wifi, minibar, safe, complimentary tea & coffee, flat screen TV’s and hairdryers. There is off street parking and a laundry service. Rooms have either a mountain or sea view and most have access to a patio area. The swimming pool is an ideal area to take in the views and to enjoy the beautiful setting.

Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Kommetjie, some 30 minutes drive south from the centre of Cape Town, this small boutique hotel has 5 beautifully appointed air conditioned bedrooms, all with stunning uninterrupted views across Hout Bay and Table Mountain. Facing the beach of fine white powdered sand, stretching for 8 kms, so pristine, it will take your breath away. A very relaxed atmosphere prevails and facilities include a swimming pool and patio, an in-house chauffeur service for sightseeing and dinner transfers, free local beverages. The property is ideally located for touring the surrounding Cape peninsula. Available on an individual ‘room & breakfast’ basis or as an entire villa to share with family or friends.

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SUBURBS AND THE C O N S TA N T I A VA L L E Y Only 15 to 30 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, the idyllic rural landscape will make you forget you are actually in the middle of a big city. Park-like gardens and vineyards surround the houses and mansions. There are many excellent restaurants in the area and we particularly like La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig and the highly acclaimed Buitenverwachting restaurant in the same vicinity.

T H E L A S T W O R D C O N S TA N T I A

MUST SEE... . . . the world famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. To be seen in the gardens are some 9000 of the country’s 18000 indigenous flowering plant species. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk and there is an excellent restaurant within the grounds.

Set in the picturesque heartlands of the Constantia Valley winelands, yet only 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, this superb boutique hotel offers quality accommodation. There is a choice of 8 spacious bedrooms and suites including some with private plunge pools. All rooms are air conditioned, have under floor heating for the cooler months, private safes and satellite TV. In the secluded gardens is a swimming pool and sun bathing deck. Additional services include free locally branded drinks and an in-house chauffeur for transfers to the airport, restaurants and shopping malls (charges applicable). Nearby is a choice of gourmet restaurants and easy access to the freeway road system.

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C O N S TA N T I A U I T S I G

G L E N AV O N L O D G E

From the 16 garden bedrooms, furnished with elegant simplicity, there are sweeping views of the Constantia Valley. This much acclaimed hotel is set amidst a private working wine estate and there is easy access to beautiful vineyard walking and mountain hikes. The estate’s three restaurants - Constantia Uitsig, set in the original Manor House offering an Italian/Asian Cuisine - La Colombe, with its southern French inspired menu - the more informal River Café are very highly regarded and serve some of the finest food in South Africa. Within the beautiful mountain facing gardens is a swimming pool. The drive to the city centre is about 20 minutes.

This tastefully furnished owner-managed Cape Dutch Manor hotel nestles in the scenic Constantia Valley some 20 minutes by car from the city centre. The 14 individually decorated garden-facing, air conditioned, bedrooms are beautifully furnished and each has a private patio. Facilities include an 11 metre solar heated swimming pool set in a secluded section of the gardens, a thatched lapa and recreational area. The restaurant serves gourmet dinners - the menu, with its blend of international & local flavours, is further enhanced by the freshly picked herbs and greens from the lodge’s own vegetable patch. In fine weather breakfasts are served on the sunny verandah facing the rose bed and rolling lawns.

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HIGHLANDS COUNTRY HOUSE

T H E V I N E YA R D H O T E L & S PA

The house, situated in Kenilworth about 20 minutes from the city, was built in 1900 and is now a restored National Monument run as a privately owned hotel. From the moment of arrival you are enveloped by your hosts hospitality and nothing is too much trouble for them. Public rooms include an elegant lounge, library, dining room, breakfast conservatory, cosy bar, wine cellar and beauty spa. The spacious suites are located on 2 floors (no lift) and 9 have access to a balcony whilst 4 suites open onto the attractive gardens with swimming pool. The chef will discuss with you your preferences for dinner and daily specials.

Set in the suburb of Newlands, about 15 minutes from the city, this popular privately owned hotel has 207 bedrooms of various categories ranging from Courtyard facing rooms to Mountain facing rooms, Suites and 2-bedroom Garden Cottages. The hotel has a choice of 3 restaurants including Au Jardin serving superb French cuisine, comfortable lounges and bar. In the 6 acres of landscaped gardens is a large swimming pool surrounded by parasols and loungers. The hotel boasts a large fully equipped fitness centre with a heated indoor pool and Angsana Spa. A transfer bus service operates to the V & A Waterfront at set times during the day.

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THE STEENBERG HOTEL

THE CELLARS-HOHENORT

Some 20 minutes from the city centre, the buildings date back to 1682 and have been painstakingly restored to offer 5 star comfort and facilities. Each of the 24 bedrooms and suites, set in five buildings, is individually styled and air conditioned. The small and intimate public rooms are beautifully furnished including the cocktail bar. The award winning Catharina’s restaurant, housed in the original winery, serves South African cuisine. In the gardens are two swimming pools for warm sunny days. Not only does the hotel have its own renowned vineyard but also a challenging 18-hole championship golf course which makes full use of the natural features and hazards, such as the vineyards, pine forest and waterways.

A long standing favourite with British guests, the 5-star hotel is set in the Constantia Valley and is a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux. The hotel has, in two separate buildings, 53 beautifully furnished air-conditioned rooms and suites with views over the surrounding 9 acres of world renowned gardens and vineyards. The charming public rooms include two restaurants, bars and lounges. In the extensive gardens are two swimming pools, one heated, and a Gary Player designed chipping & putting green and a tennis court. Other facilities include a gym, Carchele Spa offering a host of treatments and a hair salon. Complimentary shuttle transfers are provided within a 5 km radius of the hotel.

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Throughout the winelands are signposted wine routes so that you can visit the various estates and wineries and an informative map is produced giving opening times and tours available. There is also a ‘Brandy’ route from Stellenbosch to Worcester. Do remember that when it comes to tasting, South Africa has stringent drinking and driving laws and an organised tour may be worth considering. There are numerous locations where fine ancient rock art is to be seen and many sites date back some 10,000 years. An excellent place for viewing is Bushmans Kloof which has over 130 rock art sites.

MuST See...WIlD FlOWeRS The Western Cape is blessed with the greatest and most diverse range of plant species in the world. To see the wild flowers at their best visit during August and September when the Spring comes to the Cape, but this does

Winelands, West Coast & Overberg This is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty and the heart of the winelands lie between the historic towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. However, the wine growing region extends south to Hermanus and north to Tulbagh. There are many small hotels offering high standards of comfort and food together with the opportunity of sampling the fine local wines, brandies and liqueurs on near-by estates. The region is full of history for example, French Calvanist protestants fled France to escape persecution for their beliefs and founded Franschhoek, meaning ‘French Quarter’, in 1688.

depend on the weather and rainfall. A 3-day

HIGHLIGHTS

flower tour to the area

Wine tasting

Whale watching

Historic towns

Tulbagh

Springbok can be

Vineyards

Franschhoek Pass

taken.

Cape Agulhas

Rock Art

Spring Flowers

Fine Dining

around Clanwilliam, Biedouw Valley and

On the less visited Atlantic coast north of Cape Town, there are lagoons, pristine beaches, rich agricultural land and mountains. A stay here will show why the area is so popular with Capetonians, it is almost their little secret. In spring the countryside and nature reserves put on the region’s greatest show when the first spring rains fall and millions and millions of indigenous flowers open. The area is also a birdwatchers paradise with various species to be seen. The Overberg covers a vast area from the coastal waters of Cape Agulhas to the rolling hills and mountains which are home to some of the region’s oldest settlements. It is an area of immense beauty popular with both locals and visitors alike.

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BABYLONSTOREN

L’ A U B E R G E C H A N T E C L A I R

Set in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl, this is one of the best preserved complexes of Cape Dutch farm buildings dating back to the 1690’s. The buildings have been lovingly restored to create a truly beautiful exclusive hotel. An old disused kraal has been turned into a highly regarded restaurant, sourcing many of the ingredients from its fruit and vegetable gardens. Guests are invited to join the chefs in the open kitchen or on a herb gathering expedition in the garden. The 14 air conditioned guest cottages with their white washed walls and ornate gables are furnished to meet the most discerning tastes and are strung out through the surrounding 80 acres of gardens and vineyards. Facilities also include a spa and gym.

Privacy, peace and pampering are the hallmarks of this charmingly restored Victorian farmhouse with its lofty ceilings and light, airy rooms. It is set in 30 acres of gardens and orchards on the edge of Franschhoek with panoramic views over the vineyards, mountains and valley. There are 6 well appointed bedrooms which have a room safe, bar/fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, some with fireplaces and others with their own private patio. A lovely swimming pool is set in the gardens and breakfast can be served on the patio or by the pool. A wealth of fine restaurants are close by for evening dining. The very special ambiance of Chanteclair draws guests back year after year to enjoy the hospitality.

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MONT ROCHELLE HOTEL & MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

RUSTHOF COUNTRY HOUSE

Originally known as La Couronne, the hotel has changed its name to bring it in line with surrounding vineyards. The hotel sits high above Franschhoek and affords wonderful views of the mountains and valley below. It has 16 bedrooms and 6 suites which are individually decorated. There is a choice of two restaurants with one offering Mediterranean inspired al fresco fare. The public rooms are a delight and include a Cape Colonial cigar bar. Facilities include a wellness centre, sauna, swimming pool, pool bar and gymnasium. Daily excursions include private wine tasting and cellar tours with the wine maker, walking and mountain bike trails and horse riding at the Mont Rochelle Equestrian Centre.

This exclusive and elegant guest house faces on to the main street in the centre of Franschhoek and has charmingly furnished bedrooms for 16 guests. All the bedrooms are accessed from the garden courtyard and each has its own individual character. All are air-conditioned, have under floor heating and bathrooms with separate bath and shower and coffee making facilities. An extensive country style breakfast is served in the French Provencale dining room kitchen. Nearby are numerous places to dine in the evening. There is a swimming pool in the oak shaded gardens. Minimum stay of 2 nights between October and April.

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LA RESIDENCE

THE LAST WORD FRANSCHHOEK

This outstanding hotel, part of the Royal Portfolio, is located close to the village centre of Franschhoek. It is decorated throughout in French chateau style and exquisitely furnished with valuable antiques, complemented by a collection of fine artwork. The charming communal areas lead out onto the courtyard terrace where roses and fountains make for a peaceful setting whilst for relaxation there is an infiniti swimming pool in the garden. Haute cuisine is served in the baronial dining room or on the tranquil patio. The 11 bedrooms are beautifully appointed and open onto generous balconies and verandahs. In the gardens are 3 villas with 2 or 3 bedrooms.

An exclusive 5-star historic residence located in the heart of the gourmet capital of South Africa. It’s private and peaceful and just minutes away from the boutique style, shops, cafes and restaurants in the main street. Beautifully restored in the Cape Hugenot tradition, there are 6 luxurious double rooms, each opening onto a private patio and small shaded garden. All are air-conditioned and have marbled bathrooms, safe, and satellite TV. There are beautifully appointed public rooms and from the wooden decked balcony stunning views across the mountains. The rates include drinks (local branded beers, wines & spirits) and an ‘in-house’ local chauffeur service.

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RIVER MANOR

RUSTHUIZ GUEST HOUSE

Just across the road from the Eerste River and set in an oak-lined avenue a couple of minutes stroll from the centre of Stellenbosch, this gracious manor house has National Monument status. The 18 bedrooms are beautifully furnished and each has a ceiling fan, room safe and mini bar. In the gardens are 2 swimming pools and in fine weather breakfast is served at the poolside whilst in the evenings sundowners can be sipped on the open terrace. The Ginkgo Health and Wellness Spa offers an extensive range of therapies and treatments. For evening dining a wide choice of restaurants and cafes are located in the town and environs.

Relax in the style and comfort of the Rusthuiz Guest House in the centre of Stellenbosch. The five individually styled, air-conditioned bedrooms are well equipped with a room safe, television, mini bar, coffee/tea making facilities and telephone. Delicious breakfasts are served in the breakfast room or by the swimming pool in the formal Victorian style garden. Relax in the spacious comfortable lounge with a glass of South African wine — a real fire in the fireplace keeps the cold away during the winter months. Nearby are all the shops, museums, galleries, pavement cafes and restaurants of Stellenbosch for you to enjoy.

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WEST COAST AND CEDERBERG A pleasant 90 minute drive north from Cape Town will take you to the relatively undiscovered area around Paternoster on the west coast. This old fishing village has become home to many discerning Capetonians and as such is well worth a visit. The beaches and coastal scenery are complimented by beautiful properties and restaurants. Whales and dolphins can often be seen from the shore.

ABALONE HOUSE North of Cape Town lies the beautiful old fishing village of Paternoster. We have selected this boutique guesthouse as it offers an eclectic mix of tastes, colours and textures. Memorabilia from around the globe mix with antiques to provide guests with a feast for the artistic eye. This theme follows from the public areas into en-suite accommodation where each room is individually styled. All contain flat-screen TV, DVD/CD, cappuccino/espresso machine, mini-bar and aircon. In the afternoons “Tea by the Sea” is available and the Saffron restaurant offers west coast seafood and local dishes for dinner. A swimming pool completes the picture at this stylish hotel.

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MUST SEE... . . . Another scenic 90 minute drive north of Paternoster will see you in the heart of the Cederberg. Dramatic scenery abounds as you gain height into the mountains before nature and wilderness takes over. This is the home of the Clanwilliam Cedar Tree and the rare Cape Leopard. There are hiking and mountain bike trails and sites of bushman art going back thousands of years and in spring wild flowers abound.

B U S H M A N S K L O O F W I L D E R N E S S R E S E RV E

BARTHOLOMEUS KLIP FARMHOUSE

Approximately 270 km north of Cape Town, taking about 3.5 hrs by road, the reserve is on the edge of the dramatic yet beautiful Cedarberg Wilderness Area. The homestead has 7 twin rooms and 9 deluxe rooms and suites. A luxurious open-air dining facility and lounge area offer spectacular views over the Boontjies River. The lounge, dining room, bar and covered verandah are located in the Manor House’s main building. In the gardens is a swimming pool and The Spa offers an extensive range of therapies and treatments. Activities include guided rock art walks, botanical tours, bird watching, star gazing, canoeing and game viewing drives in open 4WD vehicles. Kadoro, the old shepards house, offers an extraordinary dining experience in a secluded location (charges apply).

Located about 90mins drive north from Cape Town, between Wellington and Tulbagh, this delightful 4-star guest house is surrounded by mountains and farmlands. There are 4 charming air conditioned bedrooms and one suite which are decorated in a period theme. The food is special with lavish brunches, high teas and gourmet 3-course dinners. In the extensive gardens is a swimming pool and lake whilst adjoining the property is a nature reserve alive with herds of antelope and other wildlife. The rate includes meals, game drives, guided walks, bird watching and use of all facilities. There is also a self catering house which is popular with families as it has its own pool and outdoor living space.

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HERMANUS This thriving year-round coastal town is about 2 hours drive from Cape Town. The town can lay claim to being the whale watching capital of the world when up to 100 whale cows and their calves come into Walker Bay. The arrival is announced by the ‘Whale Crier’ using a horn.

ABALONE GUEST LODGE

M U S T S E E . . . W H A L E W AT C H I N G Whales come in-shore to calve from August to November. The low cliffs and deep water means that whales can be seen from as close as 10m. The 3 main species seen are Bryd’s Whale, the Humpback and the Southern Right Whale which can weigh as much as 80 tons.

This charming guest house is located on Sievers Point, a landmark beach front position midway between the town centre and the beautiful white beaches of Hermanus. Its position gives access to the cliff path which, in season, offers outstanding opportunities for whale watching. All 8 en suite bedrooms are individually furnished with original South African art and décor. Each has under floor heating, an overhead fan, electronic safe and a private balcony or patio with stunning views of Walker Bay or the mountains. In fine weather breakfast is served on the sea facing patio and dinner is available if pre booked. For relaxation there is a swimming pool in the gardens.

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BIRKENHEAD HOUSE

MOSSELBERG

Perched high on the cliffs near Hermanus, there are stunning sea views over Walker Bay from most of the opulently appointed studio suites. The public rooms are a delight and for relaxation there is a spa where specialist treatments include massage aromatherapy and reflexology. Other facilities include a steam room, gym and dual level swimming pool located in a sheltered courtyard with a charming patio offering the ideal spot for sundowners after a day of sightseeing or whale watching. First class cuisine is a matter of course with lavish meals and seafood delicacies being served daily in the dining area overlooking the sea.

This 5-star guest house is located on the eastern outskirts of Hermanus and has gained an excellent reputation for comfort, hospitality and service. There are 5 well appointed individually decorated bedrooms with mountain or partial sea views and each with a ceiling fan, under floor heating and coffee/tea making facilities. There is also a lounge with a courtesy bar, games room and swimming pool. The tariff includes breakfast and evening meals can be requested in advance. The town centre with its selection of restaurants is just a short drive away.

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OCEAN ELEVEN GUESTHOUSE

THE MARINE

With access to the cliff path on the outskirts of Hermanus, this Cape Cod style guesthouse has all encompassing views of Walker Bay. The main house has high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors that made colonial architecture so elegant. The 10 well appointed sea facing bedrooms and suites have a minibar, tea & coffee tray. The standard rooms open onto the garden or swimming pool whilst the de luxe rooms are in the house or adjacent to the pool. Both suites are loft-style and have air-conditioning. There is a swimming pool in the gardens. A wide choice of restaurants for evening dining are to be found in the nearby town centre.

Occupying a superb position on the rugged cliffs close to the centre of the resort of Hermanus, this 5-star hotel is a Relais & Chateaux member and is sister hotel to The Cellars-Hohenhort in Cape Town and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay. The spacious and inviting public rooms, including sea facing lounges and cocktail bar, are beautifully furnished as are the 42 air-conditioned bedrooms which vary from internal courtyard facing standard rooms to suites commanding magnificent views over Walker Bay. There is a choice of 2 restaurants – ‘The Pavilion’ serving modern South African cuisine and a more relaxed venue, ‘Seafood at The Marine’, specialising in local sea food. For relaxation there is a pool in the gardens and a Carchele Spa.

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D E H O O P N AT U R E R E S E RV E

G R O O T B O S N AT U R E R E S E RV E

Situated three hours drive from Cape Town near Bredasdorp, this 36,000 hectare conservation area forms part of a World Heritage Site and is characterized by a rich biodiversity with rare species of fynbos that lead down to an unspoiled coastline. Activities include fynbos and rock pool walks, birding excursions, hiking and mountain bike trails as well as seasonal beach based whale watching with a guide are available. Accommodation is provided in the Opstal Manor House with four beautifully renovated bedrooms and the individual Shearing Studio and Stable Suite which can each sleep 2 persons. Meals are taken in the nearby restaurant. A range of self catering cottages are also available.

The classic Garden Lodge and the Forest Lodge, with its contemporary style, are self contained and each has its own restaurant specialising in local seafood, open plan lounge and bar. From the lodges, pathways guide you past the largest milkwood forests in the world to the bedroom suites which are well furnished and have a balcony with stunning views over Walker Bay. Guides will take you through the reserve, which has 17 square kilometres of pristine fynbos with over 650 indigenous species of plants, on walking trails, horse riding, mountain biking or in 4x4 vehicles. From August to November there is whale watching from the shore or by boat (charge applicable). Here you will have a good chance of seeing the enormous Southern Right Whale.

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Oudtshoorn is regarded as the ‘ostrich capital’ of the world and there are a number of show-farms offering guided visits. Ostriches live for up to 40 years and produce around a kilogram of feathers every nine months. Amazingly one ostrich egg is equivalent to 18 standard chicken eggs! The meat is very nutritious and the skin is much prized for leather goods.

The Garden Route

This scenic area offers stunning scenery with numerous passes and routes into the mountain. It is the perfect area to explore by car or on foot and is a lovely alternative to the coastal scenery of the Garden Route.

The road between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is known as the Garden

The Cango Caves are located about 38kms north of Oudtshoorn and are a magnificent network of calcite caves, recognised as among the world’s finest caverns. Tours run hourly from 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs and there are 3 tour options lasting 30, 60 or 90 minutes depending on how far you venture into the system.

On the coastal road between Wilderness and Storms River Gorge there are

Route and is a must for the first time visitor. It is not Kew Gardens for 622km but a journey through ever changing scenery with open farmland, mountains, lakes, towns and ocean views. If travelling between August and November there is a good chance that you will see the whale migration.

fresh water lakes, forests and beautiful beaches. A worthwhile diversion is to take the Nature’s Valley road between Plettenberg Bay and Storms River as this is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty. In the Tsitsikamma National Park there are various waymarked trails and this is also the start of the famous long distance ‘Otter Trail’.

HIGHLIGHTS Cango Caves

Ostrich Farm

Cango Wildlife Ranch

Monkeyland

Elephant back safaris

Mountain passes

Knysna lagoon

Natures Valley

Storms River Gorge

Tsitsikamma Forest

There are many resorts along the coast and good bases from which to explore the surrounding Garden Route are George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

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ALONG ROUTE

GARDEN

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Ideally, a minimum of 4 or 5 days should be allowed for the drive between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth with, perhaps, stop-overs in the Swellendam/Oudtshoorn area followed by a sightseeing base on the coast between George and Storms River.

M U S T T R Y. . . O Y S T E R S To many South Africans, Knysna means Oysters, cultivated and harvested in the lagoon. A plateful of these succulent fruits of the sea can be washed down with a fine, dry, sparkling South African wine.

SCHOONE OORDT COUNTRY HOTEL Full of history and dating back to 1853, this much photographed Victorian landmark situated in a quiet tree-lined street in Swellendam, is now a highly acclaimed guest house. It has 8 beautifully furnished air conditioned guest cottages each with their own entrance and a secluded honeymoon cottage. All have been carefully designed to blend in with the character of the main house. The grounds contain manicured lawns, secret woodland glades and a sparkling swimming pool. A hearty breakfast is served in the conservatory which is then transformed into a restaurant for evening dining. There is a cosy lounge with a bar for unwinding in the evening. Being in the centre of the town there are numerous eateries nearby for dinner.

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ROTHMAN MANOR

This award winning guest house is located in the heart of the historic town of Swellendam. You are assured of a warm welcome from the owners and invited to join them for a drink before taking dinner in one of the nearby recommended restaurants, all of which are within easy walking distance. A lovely breakfast is served featuring locally sourced produce. They have 4 spacious and elegant bedrooms. Each is air-conditioned and furnished with handcrafted furniture, antiques and original paintings. The indoor plunge pool, ‘The Wallow’, is heated by solar panels and the large sliding glass doors open onto the garden.

This charming owner managed retreat is situated in the heart of Swellendam and comprises of 2 guest houses and a manor house containing the public rooms. The guest houses have a selection of accommodation ranging from standard double rooms to extra large suites. All rooms are air conditioned and have a room safe, satellite TV, bathrobes and mini bar. Within the spacious gardens is a swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, lily pond and terrace under a 19th century oak tree. There are numerous restaurants nearby for evening dining. Swellendam makes a good base from which to explore the surrounding countryside including the De Hoop Nature Reserve which is noted for its zebra and variety of antelope including the Bontebok.

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Tilney Manor

SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE

THE THORNTREE COUNTRY HOUSE

Between Montagu and Barrydale, this 54,000 hectare reserve continues to be stocked with animals indigenous to the area. It is home to the only pride of white lions - a truly stunning sight. Activities include nature and game drives by open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, visiting ancient rock art and viewing the amazing sky at night. Superb accommodation is provided at Tilney Manor, 6 suites opening onto private patios, the manor house with dining room, lounge and bar, swimming pool and spa centre. Dwyka Lodge has 9 spacious walk-in tents with en suite facilities and private plunge pools and Gondwana Lodge is specially designed for families. The transfer/driving time from the entrance gate is about 1 hour.

Located in the Schoemanskloof Valley just outside Oudtshoorn on the road to the Cango Caves, the lodge dates back to the 1800’s and has been beautifully restored, combining modern comforts with great charm and character. The spacious modern air-conditioned bedrooms have satellite TV, personal safe and honesty bar. The dining room, which serves fine Klein Karoo dishes, including the speciality of a trio of fillets – ostrich / beef / game. From the gardens and salt water swimming pool there are stunning views over the surrounding valley. The Thorntree is ideally located for touring the sights and attractions of the area.

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A F R I CA N R E L I S H C O O K E RY S C H O O L

ROSENHOF COUNTRY HOUSE

African Relish is a cookery school set in the Karoo town of Prince Albert which is reached from Oudtshoorn via the spectacular Swartberg Pass or from the main National Route N1. The culinary hall is a purpose built facility where guests will discover the culinary pulse of South Africa. A wide choice of cookery courses are held and most are of 3 days / 2 nights duration (charges apply). Accommodation is provided in four cottages located in Prince Albert and each has one or two bedrooms, air conditioning, heating and spacious garden privacy. Contact us for course details. Arrangements can be made for accommodation only subject to courses not being held.

This hotel is located just outside Oudtshoorn on the road to the world famous Cango Caves. It is a beautifully restored Victorian house, circa 1852, and takes it’s name from the beautiful rose garden. It is furnished with antiques, rich fabrics and paintings by well known South African artists. There are lounges, a fine dining room, a garden with Gazebo for afternoon tea and a swimming pool. The 12 air-conditioned bedrooms are built around the courtyard and have satellite TV, tea & coffee making facilities and mini-bar. There are also 2 executive suites, each with a private pool, lounge and patio. For relaxation, the wellness centre offers a range of treatments and therapies.

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T H E M A N O R AT FA N C O U RT

VIEWS BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Fancourt’s original homestead, built in 1859, now finds itself rejuvenated as a new luxury boutique hotel. Set amongst 613 hectares of lush countryside, with the Outeniqua Mountains as its majestic backdrop, the Manor House offers guests supreme luxury in its eighteen suites with personalised, butler-style service The restaurant is home to fine cuisine and the Montagu Bar and Library enjoy a quiet historical feel. The Garden and Tea Lounge is situated in the centre of the house and serves an elegant and sophisticated high tea daily. Guests have access to the superb facilities offered on the estate which include championship golf courses, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa complex and choice of restaurants and bars.

Occupying an unrivalled position on the cliffs at Wilderness, this 5-star hotel has 18 spacious light filled suites with either an ocean or mountain view. The list of facilities is extensive and includes a spa offering a range of treatments, gym, private pool deck, seaview lounge, library, games room and superb cocktail deck overlooking the beach. There is a choice of dining venues with the Flagship restaurant offering fine dining at breakfast and dinner and Sails restaurant for a la carte dinners. The hotel makes a superb base for touring the surrounding Garden Route as it is located between George and Knysna, giving easy access to many places of interest whilst directly below the hotel are miles and miles of beach.

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CINNAMON BOUTIQUE GUEST HOUSE

The Turbine is a 5 star boutique hotel located on the prestigious Thesen Island in Knysna. An ambitious project saw what was once a power station lovingly converted into a beautiful hotel whilst still retaining some of the restored machinery, giving the hotel a striking look. There are two restaurants, three bars and a stylish pool, decking area and spa. The 24 individually themed suites provide guests with aircon, flat screen TV’s, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, internet facilities and mini-bar. The bathrooms house a separate shower and bath. There are spacious areas in which to relax along with a library and wine cellar for you to enjoy. The Turbine Water Club offers a range of water based activities for guests or to just watch the world go by.

Wilderness lies in the heart of the Garden Route between George and Knysna. Designed around the patio and pool, all public areas including bar and lounge face this area from where there are spectacular views. On the first floor are 10 large classically styled bedrooms (6 with bath and 4 with shower) and each has a balcony. In the gardens is a swimming pool and bar. The golden sandy beach, stretching for miles, is about 5 minutes walk away but swimming can be dangerous due to strong undertows. Near by are a variety of shops and restaurants. This is an ideal base from which to explore the Garden Route.

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T H E S T. J A M E S

The setting could not be more stunning with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains. The complex is set on a headland just outside of Knysna and comprises of a 78 suite hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course and offers numerous leisure activities. The suites are in two-tiered villas accessed from the main complex by foot or golf cart. Features include a private balcony or patio, real log fireplace and under floor heating in the en suite bathroom. There is a fully equipped gym, full spa facilities, tennis courts, swimming pool, library, boutique, business centre and games room. The resort is scheduled to become the Conrad Pezula Resort and Spa in late 2012.

On the edge of the lagoon, this 5-star owner-managed hotel is set in 3 acres of gardens with 3 swimming pools, floodlit tennis courts and angling from its private jetty. There is a superb dining room offering à la carte dining, a well stocked wine cellar, bar with lagoon facing patio and charming lounges. There are various categories of exceptionally well appointed bedrooms in the Courtyard and the Manor House and most of the 15 rooms have uninterrupted views of the lagoon and beautiful gardens. Each has direct dial telephone, satellite TV, room safe and mini bar. Within the vicinity are numerous golf courses including the challenging world class Pezula Golf Course.

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LEISURE ISLE BOUTIQUE LODGE

Situated on the shores of Knysna Lagoon about 10 minutes drive from the town, the estate dates back to 1849. In the gracious Georgian manor house is the dining room serving excellent à la carte dinners, the drawing-room which once served as the Post Office for the area and the Bell Tavern, Knysna’s smallest pub. Light meals are served here throughout the day and the tavern also features a wine cellar viewed through a glass panel in the floor. Guests are accommodated in their own single or double storey white washed cottage located in the colourful gardens and all have a view of the lagoon or garden. Each has a living room, fully equipped kitchen, well appointed bedroom and private balcony or verandah.

The appeal of the Leisure Isle Lodge lies in the warm hospitality from the owners and its location, only minutes from the centre of Knysna, yet right on the lagoon’s beach. The 11 spacious bedrooms and suites are individually decorated and have ceiling fans, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite TV. The suites have lagoon views whilst standard bedrooms look over the pool and gardens. There is a hospitality bar, lounge with an open fireplace for chilly winter evenings and a highly acclaimed restaurant plus a solarium by the swimming pool. The Spa offers a range of beauty treatments. There are also two excellent championship golf courses nearby.

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PLETTENBERG BAY ‘Plett’ – as South Africans call this exclusive seaside resort lies along a bay so lovely that is was called Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by the first Portugese explorers. Being such a popular resort, the town is filled with exclusive galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes. In the vicinity are 3 superb sandy beaches stretching more than 8km.

KURLAND HOTEL

M U S T S E E . . . T SITSIKAMMA N ATIONAL PARK The park covers a 50 mile strip of outstanding coastline which is richly endowed with plantlife, birds and sealife including otters and dolphins. The forest is home to the giant yellowwood tree which can grow over 160 ft in height. A popular short trail is from Storms River Mouth Camp to the suspension bridge at the mouth of the river.

This 5 star luxury boutique hotel has acquired a reputation as an exclusive hideaway. Located on the edge of Plettenberg Bay, it offers a host of activities including tennis, mountain and quad biking and horse riding (charges may apply to some activities). The suites are spacious and beautifully furnished and can accommodate between 2 – 5 people and are ideal for families with some rooms having a separate children’s bedroom and bathroom. There is also a private villa. Facilities include a spa, gym, plunge pool, separate children’s playroom and a baby-sitting service. The restaurant offers guests a quality menu with a separate menu for children. The hotel is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux. *Includes selected beverages BASIS BB* 01JAN-14JAN1315JAN-22MAR13 23MAR-08APR13 09APR-30APR13 01MAY-30SEP13 01OCT-14DEC13 15DEC-31DEC13 £179

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L A I R D S L O D G E C O U N T RY E S TAT E

PERIWINKLE GUEST LODGE

This gracious Cape Dutch style homestead is set on a 24-acre estate between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. In the main house are 16 air conditioned AfricanColonial style bedrooms of elegance and charm whilst in the courtyard are some additional rooms. The dining room is noted for its fine cuisine and specializes in seafood and game, flavoured by fresh herbs from the garden. Generally, guests are seated around one long table but separate tables can be made available. For relaxation there is a swimming pool or take a stroll through the gardens. Near-by is the Beach House which is a self contained house amongst the sand dunes of Keurbooms Lagoon and can sleep up to 10 persons.

Located in Plettenberg Bay the lodge offers guests lovely views to the ocean in front and the hills and mountains behind. Dependent on the time of year it is quite likely that you will see whales and dolphins in the ocean whilst you sit on the terrace eating your breakfast. Rooms are bright with natural light and are stylishly decorated and include full en-suite bathrooms, TV’s, direct dial phones, tea & coffee making facilities and a fridge bar. The immediate area offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars and coffee shops and is an ideal base to explore the eastern end of the Garden Route including the Tsitsikamma National Park. There are many activities in the area or you can just relax and take in the sea air.

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THE PLETTENBERG

Located above the wetland valley of the Bitou River about 10 minutes drive from Plettenberg Bay, the lodge nestles amongst milkwood trees, fynbos and indigenous plants. The 8 separate and spacious lodges are luxuriously furnished and each has a living area, fireplace, ceiling fan, under-floor heating, fully appointed bathroom, wooden viewing deck and an outdoor shower. One of the lodges has been designed to accommodate two adults and two children. The call of the Fish Eagle can be heard from the Sundowner deck, the perfect spot for a drink before dining in the lovely candle lit Emily’s Restaurant. There is an alfresco dining area by the swimming pool.

Occupying a unique position on a headland overlooking two beaches, this deservedly popular 5-star Relais & Chateaux hotel provides guests with a high level of comfort and service. There are beautiful flower filled lounges, two swimming pools and sun terraces. Bedrooms, some with sea views, are all of a high standard and are located in two separate buildings. Adjacent to the hotel is the Beach House and the Beach House Villa. The Beach House is a self-contained house with two en suite bedrooms and its own swimming pool in the gardens; and the Beach House Villa has three bedrooms – both are ideal for families. The town centre is only a few minutes away.

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L I LY P O N D C O U N T RY H O U S E

Situated in lush vegetation some 18km east of Plettenberg Bay, the lodge is well known for its friendly service, good food and comfort. In the gardens are 16 individually styled bedrooms decorated in earthy tones and fabrics with locally crafted artefacts. Each has a fireplace, an outdoor wooden deck from which there are uninterrupted views of the forests and mountains. The main house has a bar and two lounge areas. One leads out to the pool area whilst the other has a garden vista. Dinner is served in the conviviality of the candlelit dining room and usually around one table. Breakfast is served outside on the deck each morning, weather permitting.

Set in the heart of the Garden Route between Plettenberg Bay and Storms River, the lodge lies in a private nature reserve of 12 hectares with unique breathtaking views of 3 lily ponds and is secluded by magnificent indigenous forest. Experience the abundant bird and butterfly life or try the walking trails in the forest. The attractive beach at Nature’s Valley is just a 7 minute drive away. There are just 10 well appointed bedrooms each with a roof fan, heating and with a private patio overlooking the ponds. Facilities include a library, cosy outdoor patio where breakfast is served in fine weather, a new open-plan lounge/dining area for evening meals, swimming pool and sun deck.

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Port Elizabeth was originally called Algoa Bay until 1820 when it was renamed by Sir Rufane Donkin, acting Governor General of the Cape, in memory of his wife who had died 2 years earlier in India. There is a pyramid shaped memorial to her in Donkin Reserve, a public park overlooking the city.

Eastern Cape, Game & Beaches The Valley of Desolation, located near Graaff-Reinet, is one of South Africa’s most remarkable phenomena and has been proclaimed a national monument. The soaring dolomite columns rise to a height of 455m in dramatic confusion.

The Knysna Loerie is an elusive bird to spot but if lucky you will be stunned by its colourful plumage especially when in flight. The call is a loud, far-carrying ‘kow kow kow’. Other colourful birds to be seen are members of the kingfisher family, especially the Malachite Kingfisher.

This is an area of very varied scenery and attractions. To the west of Port Elizabeth is the resort of St. Francis Bay and this part of the coastline is renowned for its beautiful beaches, the variety of sea shells to be found and superb surfing. The city of Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s fifth largest and its busy port ranks as third in the country after Cape Town and Durban. The area from Port Elizabeth to the east is known as ‘Settler Country’ as in 1820 about 4000 British settlers arrived and started farming, particularly sheep and angora goats. With the establishment of farms, the indigenous animals soon disappeared and it is only in the past generation that vast tracts of land have been restored to their natural state. Game reserves have been created and the land restocked with animals such as elephant, rhino, lion, giraffe and buck.

HIGHLIGHTS Game reserves

Graff Reinet

Valley of Desolation

Wild Coast

Grahamstown

St. Francis Bay

The countryside is full of Victorian history and places to visit include Grahamstown and Bisho (formerly King William’s Town). Modern history has also evolved in this area as Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Qunu near Umtata. Within an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth are a number of excellent game reserves offering a wide range of safari experiences. The area is malaria free and is a perfect way to finish your journey along the Garden Route. The Wild Coast takes you north up to KwaZulu Natal and has some of the finest coastal scenery in South Africa. The climate is temperate resulting in pleasant temperatures all year round, peaking in the summer months. The Sardine Run occurs most years in June/July providing a stunning spectacle often viewed from the shore as the water boil with sharks, dolphins, gannets and seals.

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S A M A R A P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

S H A M WA R I G A M E R E S E RV E

Located 55 km from Graaff-Reinet and about 3 hours drive from Port Elizabeth (it is also possible to fly by charter aircraft to their own airstrip), there is a wonderful sense of space here as the reserve encompasses the southern flank of the Sneeuberg mountain range. Not only will you see a wide range of plains game, cheetah, rhino, aardvark and varied birdlife but also have the opportunity to view ancient rock art and the stunning scenery including the view from Eagle's Rock. Karoo Lodge has 6 air-conditioned suites plus a lounge, library, bar, swimming pool and tennis court. Of similar standard is the Manor which accommodates 8 guests. Game viewing drives are by open safari vehicle and guided walks and tracking are also available.

One of the best known game reserves in the area covering 20,000 hectares and around 60 minutes from Port Elizabeth, Shamwari has a number of ecosystems offering a wide variety of landscapes and excellent opportunities for game-viewing with a diverse range of other flora and fauna. All accommodation provides a high standard of comfort and service. Eagles Crag and Bayethe Lodge offer a luxury experience, Long Lee Manor recalls the tradition of a colonial style farmhouse with Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge being more suitable for families offering activity programmes for children. The reserve is home to the Born Free Foundation, which provides a sanctuary for previously captive big cats and is well worth a visit.

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ELEPHANT HOUSE

Located on a private concession in the Addo Elephant National Park, the gracious main house has been restored and furnished with period pieces. Evening dining is by candlelight in the dining room or on the verandah overlooking the waterhole. Accommodation is in 11 spacious en suite tented suites with thatched canopies and private decks, positioned to give panoramic views over the savannah plains. There is a lovely rock swimming pool with surrounding decking for sun bathing and relaxation. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle with experienced guides and walking trails can also be undertaken. The area is noted for its bird life with 320 species being recorded. It should be noted that there is no electricity in the tents.

Situated in the Sundays River Valley on the edge of the Addo Elephant National Park, the beautifully decorated thatched lodge has 8 airconditioned en suite bedrooms each opening onto a courtyard or verandah. The décor is reminiscent of an era long gone. Here, antique Persian carpets, collectable pieces of furniture and valuable heirlooms add to the sense of history. Dinner is served in the candlelit dining room or under the stars and for relaxation there is a swimming pool. Game viewing drives are available to the Addo Elephant Park in an open safari vehicle, while other options like horseback safaris and helicopter trips can be arranged (charges applicable).

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KARIEGA GAME RESERVE

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE

This 9,000 hectare reserve is set in pristine wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans rivers, about 90mins drive from Port Elizabeth. It offers a combination of good game viewing with an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that spans across 5 different eco systems. River Lodge is a 5-star quality lodge with 10 superbly appointed thatched suites which meander along the banks of the Bushman’s River. Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa with 10 luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck. Game drives in open vehicles - other game activities include hiking trails, river cruises, canoeing and fishing. No children under the age of 10.

Amakhala means “aloes” in the Xhosa language and this indigenous plant is widely found in the area which is just over an hour from Port Elizabeth. The reserve covers over 7000 hectares and offers game viewing by open safari vehicle, walking trails and boating on the Bushman's River. Woodbury Lodge has 6 ensuite air conditioned stone and thatched lodges. The secluded designed private decks enable guests to enjoy unique views. Meals are served in the central dining lodge whilst drinks are served around the open fire. Safari Lodge has 11 African tribal designed thatched lodges with plunge pools and separate lounge area. From the central lounge there are views over the small waterhole which attracts animals throughout the day and night. Children under the age of 9 are not accepted at this lodge.

BASIS FP+ RIVER LODGE:

01JAN-14APR13 15APR-30SEP13 £287

£212

01OCT-30NOV13

01DEC-18DEC13

19DEC-31DEC13

BASIS FP+

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£287

£212

£287

WOODBURY:

£221

£190

£236

SAFARI LODGE:

£249

£207

£276

S I B U YA GA M E R E S E RV E

P U M B A P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

Between Port Elizabeth and East London, this stunningly beautiful 2000 hectare reserve is set on the banks of the Kariega River. Your experience starts with a half hour boat transfer from the small resort of Kenton-on-Sea to either Forest or River Camp. Both offer quality tented accommodation with adjoining en suite bathrooms. Forest Camp is the larger of the two and the tents are built on slightly raised wooden decks with views of the river and forest. Activities include game viewing drives with a developing diversity of wildlife from elephants to otters, bush walks, canoeing and horse riding on the beach or just relaxing in a hammock. Lodge transfer departs from Kenton at 1200 hrs each day.

Within the reserve, located about 1 hour from Port Elizabeth, are two excellent lodges. Water Lodge overlooks Lake Kariega and has 12 air-conditioned, stone walled, thatched chalets, each having a plunge pool, outdoor shower and wonderful views of the lake from the private deck. Public rooms include a lounge, dining room, bar and swimming pool. Msenge Bush Lodge is very contemporary in style with 11 spacious glass walled suites with plunge pools, many with stunning views over the waterhole and plain. The lodge has a dining deck, bar and a spa offering a range of treatments. Game viewing for adults is by open safari vehicle whilst children have their own safari programme. The area is also noted for its fine birding with over 300 species having been recorded.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-30APR13 £207

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01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£156

£207

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01JAN-10JAN13 £467

11JAN-30APR13 01MAY-30SEP13 01OCT-20DEC13 £334

£229

£346

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THE SANDS

OCEANA BEACH & WILDLIFE RESERVE

Situated in the the village of St. Francis Bay, this hotel has five superbly appointed bedrooms, each with air-conditioning, jacuzzi and a private timber deck overlooking the beach below. The glass fronted restaurant, with its impressive thatched roof, central fireplace and surrounding timber deck has the most breath taking panoramic view. Excellent cuisine is prepared with an emphasis on seafood. The Director’s Cellar stocks an impressive selection of the finest South African vintage wines to compliment your evening meal. Facilities include a secluded pool deck and steam room and also massage and beauty therapy on request.

This stunning lodge complex is close to the small resort of Port Alfred which is about half way between Port Elizabeth and East London. It has 10 beautifully appointed suites with 180 degree panoramic ocean and bush views. There is an excellent restaurant, stylish pub, lounge world-class wine cellar and adjoining cigar room. There is also a swimming pool and spa with professional therapists. The tariff includes local beverages and on-site activities such as guided tours to view animals, birds and plants that have made their home here. A charge is payable for scuba diving, snorkelling and golf at the Gary Player designed course. Definitely a place for a stay for 2 or 3 nights after an exciting safari at one of the nearby game reserves.

BASIS BB

01JAN-10JAN13

11JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-20DEC13

21DEC-31DEC13

£168

£128

£93

£133

£173

BASIS FB+

01JAN-31DEC13 £307

PRANA LODGE

U M N G A Z I R I V E R B U N G A L O W S & S PA

An easy 40-minute drive north from East London brings you to the lodge which is located on a 17 acre private beach estate within an indigenous dune forest and with direct access to Chintsa Bay. You are also within minutes of rolling savannah countryside and close to a private game reserve. Accommodation is provided in 7 individually styled executive suites featuring selected pieces from a private art collection. All suites are completely private with a garden patio and plunge pool. For relaxation there is a Thai wellness centre and activities such as surfing, hiking, horse riding, tennis, fishing and birding are available. The restaurant opens out on to the pool deck and lawn and is much acclaimed for its fine cuisine and excellent wine cellar.

Perched on the panoramic hillside of the Umngazi River mouth, overlooking the scenic splendour near Port St. Johns, the resort is a place of relaxation and has won many awards for its high standards of hospitality. The comfortable 5 categories of thatched bungalows are situated amongst the gardens and the main building houses the bar, restaurant and lounge. Al fresco dining can be enjoyed under the shade of a large tree with views over the river. Spend idyllic days lounging on secluded beaches, take a guided walk or strike out on your own, canoe up the river, go bird watching or fishing. Facilities include a spa, gym and swimming pool. Umngazi is ideal for families of all ages.

BASIS BB

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£104

£89

On request

BASIS FB

01JAN-31DEC13

* Peak season supplements may apply

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Durban began life as a remote trading post and has grown to become a yearround resort with a balmy climate, superb surfing and sandy beaches. Attractions include uShaka, the southern hemisphere’s biggest Marine Park, the famous Indian market and a host of world class golf courses. On the Durban seafront are the colourful Ricksha pullers who will take you on a short ride for a fee. Sir Malcolm Campbell, a sugar merchant, imported the first ricksha to Durban in 1893 and by the 1930’s there were over 1000 in the city.

KwaZulu Natal

Climate: KwaZulu Natal has a sub tropical climate with good temperatures throughout the year but it can be very humid in December & January. The Drakensberg Mountains are less humid and have lower temperatures.

Durban with its sub-tropical climate, golden beaches, entertainments, vibrant nightlife and varied sporting facilities is a year-round holiday playground. If you would like a quieter resort we would suggest the resorts of Umhlanga Rocks or Ballito to the north or Selborne to the south. All the way along this part of the coast care should be taken when swimming due to the strong undertow.

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Mar

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Travel inland from Durban and through the Natal Midlands to the foothills of

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Apr

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the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains and from your resort hotel enjoy the

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many waymarked trails, fishing, golf, horse riding, bowls, tennis and bird

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watching. Nearby are the famous battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Spionkop and historic towns of Ladysmith, Colenso and Dundee.

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HIGHLIGHTS Battlefields

Drakensberg Mountains

Valley of a Thousand Hills

Shark Research Institute

Durban’s Indian Market

Midlands Meander

Sani Pass into Lesotho

St. Lucia Wetlands & Game Reserves

South Coast

Turtles

The region has an abundance of fine game reserves, the most noted being Hluhluwe & Imfolozi (now combined into one reserve). Established in 1897 this is Africa's oldest game reserve. Close by is the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park (now called iSimangaliso Wetland Park), a pristine World Heritage Site, renowned for its prolific birdlife. Another great area for birders is Mkuze which is further north around the Swaziland border.

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AUDACIA MANOR

OYSTER BOX

This beautifully restored colonial mansion is located on the slopes of Durban’s quiet residential area of Berea, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Spacious individually decorated rooms offer luxury and style with fully appointed bathrooms and separate showers. All rooms have airconditioning, heating, mini-bars and a TV & DVD player. The Manor House rooms have balconies with 180˚ views of the cityscape and the ocean, whilst the Coach House offers private courtyards with outside spa baths and indoor and outdoor showers. There is an a la carte restaurant with an award-winning wine list, free wi-fi and free on-site parking. A 22m swimming pool provides space for relaxation. Pride is taken in offering a personalised service to all guests.

Overlooking the historical landmark of the Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse, the hotel has, since opening in 1954, been one of South Africa's best loved hotels. It has recently gone through a major refurbishment to bring it into the 21st century whilst retaining many of its charms. It now has 78 individually decorated garden and sea view rooms, 8 superior garden villas each with their own private plunge pool and a Presidential suite. Facilities include an array of dining options, bars, 2 swimming pools (one with an ocean facing infinity pool), childrens’ holiday club, 24-seater cinema and an extensive spa and fitness centre. The village centre is close by and there is easy access to the many nearby golf courses

BASIS BB

BASIS BB

01JAN-31MAR13

01APR-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£78

£80

£87

01JAN-05JAN13

06JAN-30APR13

01MAY-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£161

£169

£157

£169

LALARIA LODGE

SANDALS GUESTHOUSE

This elegant guest house is located high on a hill overlooking the beach in Umhlali, on the Dolphin Coast some 50 kms north of Durban. There are 5 air-conditioned bedrooms with sea or pool views and 2 de luxe rooms, each with their own private sea view patio. All rooms have satellite TV and mini-bar. Light meals are served at the pool-side bar and a sundowner on the spacious deck with panoramic views over the sea is the perfect end to a busy day. Numerous activities can be arranged (charges applicable) such as golf, boat trips to see dolphins, microlight flights, deep sea fishing and surfing. Local advice should be sought with regard to swimming in the sea due to possible undertow.

Set in a quiet residential area of Umhlanga Rocks (about 20 minutes north of Durban), this award winning guest house is about 200 metres from the sea and one block away from the village centre with its abundance of shops and top class restaurants. It has just 4 individually decorated, air conditioned, bedrooms all named after sea shells and each has many thoughtful extras such as plenty of cupboards, a safe and hair dryer. Soak up the sun around the beautiful mineral spa water swimming pool while taking in the view of the sea from the expansive patio or enjoy a sundowner at the open bar area. Nearby is the ocean front promenade which runs for 4 kms and for the golfing enthusiast there are 5 superb courses within easy reach.

BASIS BB

BASIS BB

01JAN-31DEC13 £74

01JAN-15JAN13

16JAN-15DEC13

16DEC-31DEC13

£87

£74

£87

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KWA Z U L U N ATA L MIDLANDS The Midlands covers an area between Pietersmaritzburg and Estcourt, Greytown and Richmond. It has a wealth of history ranging from the Zulu kingdom to the arrival of the British in the 1850’s.

C L E O PAT R A M O U N TA I N FA R M H O U S E

The Midlands Meander extends over a distance of 80 km between Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River and was started in 1983 by a group of craftspeople. It has rapidly expanded and now has weavers, potters, woodcrafters, leather workers, artists and many more plying their trade. A detailed map of the route is available locally.

Richard and Mouse Poynton and their team have created a haven for food lovers. It is deservedly renowned throughout the world for its outstanding country style cuisine making use of local produce such as freshly caught trout and farm house cheeses, together with home grown herbs, vegetables and home made breads. To complement the fine gourmet food, wines can be selected from the underground cellar. All 11 bedrooms - made up of 5 bedrooms, 4 suites and 2 cottages have magnificent views across the lake to the mountains of the Giants Castle Nature Reserve, an area perfect for walking, birding and cycling due to the varied fauna and flora. Cookery courses are also offered.

BASIS DBB

01JAN-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£135

On request

G R A N N Y M O U S E C O U N T R Y H O U S E & S PA

FORDOUN

Set in 21 hectares on an outcrop overlooking Lions River in the Balgowan Valley near Howick, this wonderful country retreat offers very high standard of comfort and hospitality. All the well appointed bedrooms are under thatch and most have fireplaces and private balconies with river views. The main building houses a highly regarded restaurant featuring local produce, a cosy lounge, an underground wine cellar and a popular bar with a log fire for colder nights. Full spa facilities offer a full range of massage and skin treatments, as well as a state of the art steam room, jacuzzi and hydrotherapies. Outdoor activities include walking trails, fishing , birding and golfing.

This superb hotel and spa complex comprises 22 luxurious, individually appointed suites with private verandahs, underfloor heating, dream bathrooms and a dressing area. The award winning restaurant serves cuisine using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The Spa boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians. The spa features treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), saline Floatation pool, heated swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath.

BASIS BB

BASIS BB*

* Peak season supplements may apply

40

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£64

£48

£66

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THE DRAKENSBERG M O U N TA I N S Originally called uKhalamba or the ‘Barrier of Spears’ the range and the surrounding area is woven into the very fabric of South African history. The famous ‘Amphitheatre’ in the Royal Natal National Park was the setting for the film ‘Zulu’ and exudes an unmistakable presence and power.

CAT H E D R A L P E A K Surrounded by stunning scenery in the uKahlamba Drakensberg Park this family owned resort hotel has good accommodation varying from family-sized bungalows to deluxe rooms. Homely meals are served in the dining room and there is also an a la carte restaurant. Many leisure activities are available including guided walks (visits to the bushman paintings), bird watching, tennis, mountain biking, jogging routes, 10m climbing tower, squash, swimming, horse riding, bowls and trout fishing (charges applicable). For the golfing enthusiast, there is a 9-hole golf course set against the backdrop of the mountains and the hotel also has a well equipped gym, steam bath and beauty therapist. Subject to local conditions, a walk up the Peak is worth doing.

BASIS DBB*

01JAN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£94

On request

* Peak season supplements may apply

Walking and climbing are well catered for but do take local advice on the conditions and terrain as during the summer there can be sudden heavy thunderstorms. The drive up the Sani Pass into the beautiful mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is highly recommended. The track is very rough, rocky and steep and a 4x4 vehicle is required.

M O N T U S I M O U N TA I N L O D G E

DIDIMA CAMP

From the 14 spacious, individual thatched garden suites you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the magnificent ‘Amphitheatre’. There is a restaurant providing fine cuisine and delicious home-made bread, lounge, bar, terrace and swimming pool with views over the escarpment. The resort offers a host of activities including hiking, horse riding, fly-fishing and birding. Beauty treatments and reflexology are offered nearby and the Amphitheatre Golf Course is also easily accessible. The lodge also offers at certain times of the year horse riding safaris with overnight fly-camping. The lodge is situated near Harrismith and Bergville.

This camp, run by KwaZulu Natal Wildlife, is in the Cathedral Peak area and is themed around the rock art of the San people – there is a San Rock Art Interpretation centre on the site which provides a fascinating insight into the San people’s art and culture. Accommodation is in 66 comfortably furnished 2, 4 and 6 bedded chalets, each with a fireplace and satellite TV. The restaurant has on offer a selection of local specialities, such as trout from nearby streams. A choice of activities is available including visits to see the San rock paintings which can be found in the area (charges applicable), birding and self-guided walking trails.

BASIS DBB

BASIS BB

01JAN-3OAPR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£103

£99

£111

01JAN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£38

On Request

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B AT T L E F I E L D S

AND SURROUNDING AREA

The main battlefield sites are at Blood River where the battle between the Zulu & Boer took place in 1838; Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift – where the British did battle with the Zulu in 1879; Spionkop where in 1900 British & Boer troops clashed and at Talana where in 1899 the British again fought the Boer.

I S A N D LWA N A L O D G E There are also interesting towns associated with these battles such as Ladysmith where the British forces were besieged for 118 days; Colenso, the site of a famous battle of the same name in December 1899; Mooi River where you can visit the site of the General Hospital and the area where Winston Churchill was captured in 1899 when the armoured train on which he was travelling was derailed. The long and often tiring drive between the Battlefields or Drakensberg Mountains to the game reserves in the Kruger National Park area can now be broken at Ghost Mountain Inn – leaving a day’s drive through Swaziland into Mpumalanga.

This excellent lodge is situated on one of the most remarkable historic sites and visually stunning locations in Southern Africa – overlooking the Isandlwana battlefield. Each of the 12 bedrooms has a private balcony with views over spectacular scenery. The décor of the lodge is a mixture of ethnic and modern styles, and the furniture is crafted from indigenous African woods. In the ambience of the lounge, thatched dining room or bar there is ample opportunity to mix with fellow guests. The resident historian, Rob Gerrard, and his colleagues undertake fascinating guided half day and full day battlefield & cultural tours (charges apply). For relaxation after a day of sightseeing there is a swimming pool.

BASIS FB

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£148

£132

£148

SPIONKOP LODGE

THREE TREES

The lodge overlooks the Spionkop battlefield and is located on a 700 hectare game farm, the land once being the Headquarters of General Sir Redvers Buller. The original homestead has 8 beautifully appointed suiteseach with a verandah looking onto the gardens. The main building houses a small library containing many historic books, a lounge and sun lounge. There is a dining room with stunning views, cosy pub and a rock swimming pool in the gardens. Tours of the surrounding battlefields with a knowledgeable guide can be arranged as can activities such as game viewing in the nearby Spionkop Game Reserve and canoeing on the Tugela River.

The lodge, named after the hill on which General Sir Charles Warren had his Headquarters, faces the atmospheric peak of Spionkop. The 6 cottages have been built using mostly wood and iron to resemble the housing kits brought out in 19th century. Each has a verandah with magnificent views – even from the bath! In the main house, guest areas include a sundeck and wide verandah, which are ideal for sundowners overlooking the hills, library with many historical books, lounge and dining room. There is a swimming pool in the gardens. Tours of Spionkop, the bloodiest battle of the war for both Briton and Boer, are conducted daily (charges apply).

BASIS FB

BASIS FB

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01JAN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£127

On request

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SPIONKOP

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-31AUG13

01SEP-31DEC13

£145

£109

£145


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OAKLANDS COUNTRY MANOR

FUGITIVES’ DRIFT

Situated at an altitude of almost 2,000 metres on the Drakensberg escarpment close to Van Reenan’s Pass and the mid way point between Johannesburg and Durban, this beautiful colonial house was built at the turn of the 20th century. Adjacent to the manor house are 13 cosy guest bedrooms set in the gardens. Within the main house is the popular ‘Last Post’ pub, dining room and lounge. In the gardens is a swimming pool and activities include horse riding, fishing and hiking. It is owner-managed by three sisters and you can be assured of a warm welcome. The location is ideal for exploring the northern ‘berg’ and battlefield tours accompanied by an experienced guide can be arranged (charges apply).

Close to the historic battlefield and ‘sphinx’ of Isandlwana, this has always been regarded as ‘the place to stay‘ and the legacy left by David Rattray continues to be upheld as a visit here is sure to leave a lasting impression. Accommodation at the Lodge on the site of the original homestead has 6 attractive cottage bedrooms each with a private verandah giving views of the plains flanking the Buffalo River gorge. Nearby is the Guest House which is an old farmhouse that has been converted with a charming sitting room and dining room. The 6 cottages are individually decorated and from the verandahs are sweeping views of the surrounding battlefields. Daily tours are operated to the surrounding sites by expert guides (charges apply)

BASIS BB

01JAN-31JAN13

01FEB-31DEC13

£36

£48

BASIS FB LODGE: GUEST HOUSE:

01JAN-14APR13 £232

15APR-31AUG13 £119

01SEP-30NOV13 £232

01DEC-31DEC13 £119

£164

£76

£164

£76

PA K A M I S A P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

G H O S T M O U N TA I N I N N

The lodge is set in the spectacular mountain scenery of Zululand near the town of Pongola and close to the border with Swaziland. It is of Italo-Spanish architecture and has 8 spacious suites, each with a lounge and private verandah. In the main house is an extensive library with rare literature from around the world, cosy bar and restaurant. Drinks and light snacks are served by the attractive rock pool and also on the verandah overlooking the majestic rolling hills. Activities include game viewing in the surrounding 2,500 hectare reserve which is stocked with plains game and home to a wide variety of birdlife. Horse lovers will be impressed by the Arabian Stud and a horse back safari is a unique and unforgettable experience.

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, this intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers. Back at the hotel, the spa offers a range of treatments. Relax in one of the 50 tasteful, en suite bedrooms with satellite television, telephone and air conditioning or take in the African sunset from your own garden patio. Dinner will be served in the dining room, on the terrace or under the stairs in the Boma.

* From 01 May 2013 price includes selected drinks

BASIS FP*

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-31DEC13

£153

£165

BASIS BB

01JAN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£50

On request

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KWA Z U L U N ATA L RESERVES & LODGES The area is reached via the N2 from Durban or south from Swaziland/Johannesburg. Scheduled flights operate into Richards Bay or by charter flight to lodge airstrips. Experience the traditional Zulu culture by visiting one of the villages or overnight in a traditional beehive hut. Visit the KwaZulu Cultural Museum in Ulundi for an insight into the history of the great Zulu kings.

M A KA KATA N A B AY L O D G E

The biggest conservation success story for Hluhluwe is the white rhino. In the early 1900’s the entire world population was around 20, all of them living in this area. Today, the population in South Africa is about 6,000 and the challenge now is to increase the numbers of the black rhino which have dwindled from 14,000 to about 1,500.

Set on the banks of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, the lodge is completely surrounded by the Conservation Reserve. Six stunning air conditioned suites - two with views of the lake, three situated in the forest and a honeymoon suite with vlei views – have 3 sides lined with glass doors. Each has a dressing room, bar fridge and an outdoor shower. The suites are linked to the main lodge by wooden walkways and here you will find the bar, lounge and dining room. There is also an outdoor boma for evening dining and an excellent wine cellar in the ‘Old Crab House’. You can simply relax or enjoy one of the activities that can be booked – turtle watching at night (November to March), walking trails, a visit to a Zulu Sangoma, fishing and various boat trips.

BASIS FP

01JAN-30APR13 £226

01MAY-31JUL13 01AUG-31OCT13 £181 £226

01NOV-31DEC13 On request

T H A N D A P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

H I L LT O P L O D G E

‘Thanda’ is ‘love’ in Zulu and you will fall in love with this stunning lodge and reserve. Main Lodge has 9 bush villas each with a private splash pool, viewing deck, lounge, fireplace and bathroom. The main house has a library, dining room and terrace, wine cellar and bar. Activities include game drives, bush walks, birding with over 460 recorded species and diving at Sodwana Bay. There is a Wellness Centre offering a host of treatments and a Zulu village giving a unique insight into all aspects of the Zulu culture. Tented Camp has 15 luxury tents each with a viewing deck and bathroom with shower. The Honeymoon Tent has its own plunge pool. The exclusive Royal Private Villa has 5 double suites.

This is the flagship of KwaZulu Natal Conservation and is located on the summit of a forested hill in Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park with sweeping views over much of the park. Within the main lodge is the restaurant, bar and lounge filled with memorabilia of the history of Hluhluwe. There is also a convenience store, gift shop and swimming pool. Accommodation is in simply furnished and well appointed chalets which are within close proximity of the main reception area. One game viewing drive per day is included. There are self guided trails through the park and guided walks organised by the ranger (charges apply). Hlaza Hide has recently been developed and incorporates a waterhole with lighting for night time viewing.

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01JAN-30APR13 £465 £170

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01MAY-31AUG13 £419 £153

01SEP-31OCT13 £465 £170

01NOV-31DEC13 On request On request

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01JAN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£97

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AMAKHOSI LODGE

HLUHLUWE RIVER LODGE

Nestling on the banks of the Mkuze River in northern KwaZulu Natal, the lodge was conceived as a place of privacy and each secluded air-conditioned chalet has a bedroom, lounge, bathroom and private viewing deck overlooking the river. The main building has a spacious lounge, library, bar and dining area and there is a covered terrace by the swimming pool. Game viewing drives are undertaken twice daily and the diversity of savannah, mountains and wetlands makes an ideal home to the ‘Big 5’ together with herds of antelope, giraffe, hippo and crocodile. With the diversity of flora and fauna, it is a bird watchers paradise with over 400 species having been recorded. Bushwalks accompanied by a ranger are also possible.

The lodge is situated on the western shores of Lake St. Lucia overlooking the Hluhluwe flood plain and False Bay Game Reserve. It offers a variety of professionally guided excursions by boat, on foot and vehicle of the surrounding attractions. Game viewing drives are also available by open safari vehicle in Hluhluwe Game Reserve which is about 30 minutes away. Dotted throughout the indigenous gardens are 12 well appointed airconditioned chalets, each with its own viewing deck and connected to the central lodge by well lit pathways. The lodge houses the library, bar, lounge and dining room. In the garden is a swimming pool and an outdoor boma for evening dining under the stars. Rate includes one game drive.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£229

£153

£229

BASIS FB+

01JAN-31MAR13

01APR-31JUL13

01AUG-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£167

£115

£167

On request

Vlei Lodge

P H I N D A P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

THONGA BEACH LODGE

Set near Hluhluwe and iSimangaliso Wetland Park between the Ubombo Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Phinda offers a choice of 4 diverse camps, each with unique features; Forest Lodge is hidden deep in the Sand Forest, Vlei Lodge is built high on stilts overlooking a natural vlei, Mountain Lodge has panoramic views of the coastal plain and Rock Lodge has glass and stone chalets built into the rock face. There are also two other small lodges available for small groups and families. A daily overnight walking safari is operated – ask us for further details. By using the ‘intercamp’ air transfers operated by & Beyond it is possible to combine Phinda with Ngala (see page 51).

Thonga Beach Lodge, Mabibi is set on the pristine coastal shores of KwaZulu Natal on the edge of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer some of South Africa’s best snorkeling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. Set above a secluded bay the lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the stunning beach below. The thatched bush suites provide guest privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation and mouth-watering meals. Suites are air-conditioned providing a relaxing environment for guests to enjoy.

BASIS FP+

BASIS FP*

01JAN-30APR13 £447

01AUG-31DEC13 £410

01MAY-31JUL13 £447

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01MAY-31AUG13

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£193

£222

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Life on safari can be tiring due to the length of the day and at times the high temperatures. In the summer months you are normally awoken around 0500 hrs so that the game viewing drive can commence at dawn. On return to the lodge about 0930 hrs a most welcome breakfast is ready. In the afternoon, tea is available before going out on a drive, arriving back in the early evening. Dinner is often served under the stars in the ‘boma’ which is a reed enclosure. Climate: In the southern Kruger National Park summer temperatures can be very high with thunder storms breaking out in the afternoon. In the winter months the days are normally dry with good sunshine and low temperatures at night time.

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enclosed vehicle; stay on the roads and tracks; you are only allowed to travel

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during daylight hours; and can only leave your vehicle at designated sites. On the western border of the park are a number of private game reserves.

MUST TRY...HOT AIR BALLOONING Float high above the African countryside in a hot air balloon with only the noise of the burner breaking the tranquillity as you drift with early morning breeze. Trips are available from the Hazyview area and also the Magaliesberg to the north west of Johannesburg.

Game viewing drives are usually undertaken by open safari vehicle with an experienced ranger/tracker and as you are traversing private land vehicles are not restricted to marked trails. We highly recommend private lodges so that you can maximize the time available and enjoy a true safari experience.

HIGHLIGHTS Blyde River Canyon

Bourke Luck’s Potholes

God’s Window

Pilgrims Rest

Magoebaskloof Pass

Game Reserves

Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) has spectacular scenery, including the awe inspiring Blyde River Canyon (3rd largest in the world) and the scenic Panorama Route. Limpopo (formerly Northern Province) stretches right up to the Zimbabwean border, offering a wealth of beautiful scenery with winding passes, lush vegetation and abundant flora.

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RISSINGTON INN

TA N A M E R A

Close to the bustling village of Hazyview, this small privately owned thatched homestead oozes friendliness and hospitality and maintains its position as one of our favourite places. It combines personal service and comfort with superb food at remarkably low prices. In the dining room and on the open terrace, the menus offer a wide variety of dishes from local to international flavours. As befits such cuisine there is an excellent wine list. There is an open plan lounge and bar overlooking the swimming pool and patio. There are 16 bedrooms and suites ranging from compact standard rooms in the house to the recently built spacious garden suites with views over the surrounding countryside.

Hidden deep in the bushveld between Hazyview and Sabie, the lodge commands a fantastic position with stunning views down into the forested valley and the Sabie River. The spacious thatched chalets are attractively furnished and each has a fireplace, waterfall shower, stone bath and private deck with awe-inspiring views. In the main lodge you can relax by the rim-flow pool, enjoy fine food in the dining room, enjoy a drink in the bar and just relax in the lounge. From the lounge, doors open onto the main deck with more stunning views over the cascading river and valley below. The lodge makes a good base from which to explore the ‘Panorama Route’.

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01JAN-01MAY13 02MAY-22JUN13 £58

£49

23JUN-31DEC13 £58

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01MAY-31JUL13

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MOUNT ANDERSON

C Y B E L E F O R E S T L O D G E & H E A LT H S PA

This 8,000 hectare property is set high upon the highveld above Lydenburg, Mount Anderson has scenic splendour and offers guests a range of activities from fishing and horse riding to mountain biking and game drives. It is not a ‘Big 5’ reserve but does provide many species of antelope and perhaps a glimpse of the elusive leopard, as well as a myriad of other indigenous flora and fauna. The relics of the 1920’s and 30’s mining industry are located on the property and guests are able to explore these and perhaps pan for gold. There are just 5 luxury rooms and are inclusive of all meals, snacks and South African drinks along with all activities.

Surrounding the lodge, just off the main road between Hazyview and White River, are 121 hectares of magnificent gardens and timberland. All bedrooms and suites have private walled gardens, many with wonderful views over the mountains, and 6 have their own generously proportioned heated pools for exclusive use. Dinner is served in the candlelit dining room and features the finest and freshest local ingredients. Meals are complemented by an award-winning wine list. Activities include waymarked trails through the forest, trout fishing and horse riding. ‘The Spa in the Forest’ offers a wide range of treatments and therapies designed to rejuvenate the body and restore the soul.

BASIS FP

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01JAN-31DEC13 £357

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£140

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P R I VAT E G A M E LODGES - KRUGER N AT I O N A L PA R K There are many private reserves such as Sabi Sand and Timbavati adjoining the Kruger Park. Our selection is based on the quality of camps, the professionalism of the rangers and trackers and the profusion of wildlife. Fly to one of the private airstrips or transfer from a nearby airport. Access can also be by road. We recommend a minimum stay of 3 days/2 nights.

Ivory Lodge

L I O N S A N D S P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

The highlight of staying in a private reserve is game viewing by open safari vehicle accompanied by an experienced ranger and often a tracker. Temperatures can be very high December to February with thunder storms breaking out in the afternoon.

The reserve is situated in the southern part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. There are 2 camps within the reserve: Ivory Lodge – an intimate camp with 6 luxurious suites each with a plunge pool and views over the Sabie River. There is a wine cellar, gym & health spa, curio shop and indoor & outdoor dining areas. River Lodge – built on the banks of the Sabie River has 18 well appointed rooms, each with a wooden viewing deck, connected by raised walkways. There are 2 swimming pools, health spa and indoor & outdoor dining areas. Apart from game drives there are hides on the banks of the river and by waterholes from which to view the abundant wildlife. BASIS FP+ RIVER LODGE: IVORY LODGE:

01JAN-03JAN13 £396 £653

04JAN-19DEC13 £361 £665

20DEC-31DEC13 £396 £732

L E O PA R D H I L L S

NOTTEN’S BUSH CAMP

Built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole and close to the perennial Sand River, the lodge has 8 glass fronted air-conditioned suites each having a verandah, private plunge pool and a view over the bush. In the beautifully appointed main lodge is a library with a large selection of literature and African journals, a lounge, dining area serving fine cuisine and a sun deck with pool. Evening dining can also be in the traditional Shangaan boma under the African stars. Being such a small lodge you are assured of a personal safari experience. Game viewing drives are undertaken by specially adapted 4WD vehicles with individual bucket seats and fold down arm rests which ensure maximum comfort and safety.

The lodge is personally run by the Notten family and can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests. It has a romantic feel substantiated by an authentic touch – no electricity! Candles give an ambient light to the elegantly styled chalets which are cooled by overhead fans. The open plan lounge leads onto a deck with spectacular views over a vast plain and waterhole with frequent sightings of game coming to drink. There is a pool and dinner is served around a blazing fire in the boma under a canopy of stars. Apart from game viewing drives in early morning and late afternoon, daily walks are usually available in mid/late morning accompanied by an experienced ranger. For relaxation after your game viewing there is a spa.

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01JAN-31DEC13 £656

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KIRKMANS KAMP

MALAMALA GAME RESERVE

Named after W. Harry Kirkman, one of South Africa’s foremost conservationists, the house built in 1920’s style architecture, is filled with furniture and artifacts of the period. Today this area is known to have the greatest diversification of animal species on the African continent. There is a delightful colonial lounge, cosy bar and dining room. On 2 sides of the house there is a terrace and dining deck with far reaching views over the surrounding bush. In the extensive grounds is a swimming pool and ‘boma’ for evening dining. There are 18 very well appointed, air-conditioned, terraced cottages each having a balcony or patio with wonderful views over the Sand River.

The Main Camp offers a high level of accommodation with 25 spacious air-conditioned rondavels with ‘his and hers’ bathrooms. There is a swimming pool, lounge, bar, wide open terrace overlooking the bush and river and a ‘boma’ for evening dining. You will see some of the finest game viewing as the reserve is one of the largest tracks of privately owned ‘Big 5’ land in South Africa. The open 4x4 safari vehicles take up to a maximum of 6 guests accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers. Rattray’s is an exclusive lodge built on the banks of the Sand River and has 8 luxury suites each with its own plunge pool. Access to both lodges is by the daily flight from Johannesburg to their own airstrip.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-31DEC13 £447

BASIS FP MAIN CAMP: RATTRAY’S:

01JAN-31DEC13 £461 £656

S I N G I TA P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

L O N D O L O Z I P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

The reserve has 2 luxury lodges, Ebony and Boulders. Both have beautifully appointed suites, each air-conditioned and with a lounge area plus fireplace, verandah, spacious bathroom and private plunge pool. Ebony Lodge is very much in the colonial style whilst Boulders’ atmosphere reflects a more modern African contemporary style. Facilities at each lodge include lounge and dining areas overlooking the Sand River, bar, wine cellar, gymnasium, health spa, and swimming pool. Singita Lebombo & Singita Sweni are situated in a remote area on the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park. The lodges are surrounded by stunning scenery and an excellent variety of game is to be seen from the open safari vehicles.

Londolozi is a Zulu word meaning ‘protector of all living things’ – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. At this unashamedly exclusive property, there are four different camps on the banks of the Sand River: Tree Camp has 6 luxurious suites each with a plunge pool and covered deck set high amongst the tree tops. Pioneer and Founders Camps are two camps, with 3 and 7 chalets respectively linked together by walkways. Varty Camp has 10 chalets and suites each with their own plunge pool and verandah. Access to all of these camps is by daily private scheduled flight from Johannesburg.

BASIS FP+

BASIS FP+ VARTY: FOUNDERS:

01JAN-31DEC13 £781

01JAN-15DEC13 £483 £552

16DEC-31DEC13 On request On request

TREE: PIONEER:

01JAN-15DEC13 £729 £757

16DEC-31DEC13 On request On request

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ULUSABA

S AVA N N A

It was in the Sabi Sand Reserve bordering the Kruger, that Sir Richard Branson chose to build his own safari lodge on a kopje and amongst the bush. He chose well. The wildlife here is superb and your experience will live up to your expectations. 21 rooms combine to form Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge, both are superbly appointed and provide the highest level of accommodation and service. In addition Cliff Lodge can accommodate private or family groups. Guests are able to combine any of the lodges to have double the experience. A swimming pool with a spa and gym and tennis courts are available between game drives. There is also a bush observatory for late night star gazing.

An exclusive 5 star lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve located in an area where 'Big 5' sightings are frequently seen. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors. Nine magnificent suites offer spacious and luxurious accommodation. Seven of the suites have tented roofs, blending the elegance of a by-gone colonial era with all the convenience of modern facilities. A viewing loft above the lounge gives a bird's eye view of the waterhole, while an adjoining library provides wireless broadband internet access. Candle-lit dinners are served on the deck of the main lodge or around a blazing camp fire in the boma.

BASIS FP+

BASIS FP+

01JAN-21DEC13

22DEC-31DEC13

£397

On request

01JAN-31DEC13 £401

UMLANI BUSH CAMP

R OYA L M A L E WA N E

Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of candlelight and oil lamps and open-air bush showers fuelled by wood. Eight reed and thatched huts with en suite facilities provide an authentic bush experience. There are four double huts, three huts that sleep four people, and one hut that sleeps three people. Experience the thrill of game drives in open 4WD vehicles, guided bush walks and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. This is ‘Big 5’ territory and to be seen are lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. The camp is also home to more than 40 mammal species and 350 bird species.

Each of the 10 free standing suites is set amongst indigenous vegetation and linked by an elevated walkway with the main lodge. They are beautifully furnished and have a spectacular outdoor terrace, private pool and gazebo, air-conditioned bedroom with a canopied bed, sitting area with fireplace and an extravagant bathroom. Two of the suites have 2 bedrooms each together with private dining facilities and a personal butler. The lodge houses the dining, lounge, library and reception areas. The Spa facilities are outstanding and an extensive range of treatments are provided by qualified therapists. There is also a well equipped gym overlooking the bush.

BASIS FP+

BASIS FP+

01JAN-07JAN13 08JAN-28FEB13 01MAR-30APR13 01MAY-30JUN13 £238

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KINGS CAMP

PA F U R I C A M P

Situated in the Timbavati Game Reserve, the camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past in a pristine corner of Africa. It is situated facing an open savannah plain with a waterhole which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife by day and night. 11 generously spacious suites are equipped with air-conditioning, Victorian style baths, indoor and outdoor showers and private verandah. There are spacious, beautifully appointed public rooms and fine cuisine is served in the dining room, on the patio or in the bush. There is a swimming pool surrounded by loungers, library, gym and bush spa treatments. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle. Access is by direct flight from Johannesburg to their own airstrip or by scheduled flight to Hoedspruit.

Pafuri, located in the northern part of the Kruger, is recognised as one of the Park’s most diverse and scenically attractive areas. It hosts large numbers of buffalo and elephant along with lion and leopard and incredibly prolific birdlife as well as being a Ramsar wetland site of international importance. Accommodation is in light tented rooms with en-suite facilities and a private deck overlooking the Luvuvha River. The activities offered include 4WD game drives, night safaris, walks and hide visits. There is evidence of ancient man’s activity on the reserve with bush painting and stone-age artefacts. To fully experience the diversity of the Kruger, Pafuri is well able to be combined with a stay at one of the southern lodges to provide a complete experience.

BASIS FP+

BASIS FP

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£409

£372

£409

01JAN-10JAN13 11JAN-31DEC13 £179

£188

M O T S WA R I P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

N G A L A P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E R V E

Located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, there are 15 beautifully appointed air-conditioned bungalows with views over the bush and river. In the main lodge is the dining room, bar and lounge together with a curio shop. Within the grounds is a boma and a swimming pool. Children are welcome and a family can be accommodated in a semidetached unit. There is an abundance of game and professional guides lead guests on dawn and dusk safaris in open 4WD vehicles. Daily safari walks complete the authentic African adventure. There is easy access to the lodge by using the daily air services into Hoedspruit Airport and then by a road transfer.

The reserve is noted for its varied game and activities are centred around gamedrives in open vehicles to view the prolific animal and bird life. Safari Lodge has 20 air-conditioned bush cottages and a safari suite with its own pool. Guest areas include dining, bar and sitting areas, boma, a pool and sundeck overlooking the waterhole. Children are welcome. Tented Camp is set on the banks of the Timbavati River and has 6 spacious, elevated walk-in tents with en suite facilities and outdoor shower. Guest areas include lounge, dining room and bar area, study and swimming pool. For those wanting to get closer to nature a walking safari with overnight tented accommodation operates daily with a minimum of 2 nights.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30JUN13

01JUL-30SEP13

£248

£181

£203

01OCT-30NOV13 01DEC-31DEC13 £248

On request

BASIS FP+ SAFARI LODGE: TENTED CAMP:

01JAN-31DEC13 £358 £484

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The magnificent Union Buildings sit on top of Meintjeskop overlooking Pretoria. The complex was designed by the noted architect Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. It was from here that Nelson Mandela addressed the nation after his inauguration in May 1994. Climate: Being at almost 6,000ft above sea level and with a savannah style climate, the summer days can be hot with occasional thunderstorms whilst in winter the days are bright and clear with low temperatures at night.

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Johannesburg Pretoria, Sun City & Game Reserves Johannesburg was founded on the discovery of gold in the late 1890’s and

M U S T S E E . . . S OWETO To the south of Johannesburg lies the sprawling township of Soweto. It is best visited on a locally guided half day tour. Visit the famous street where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived. In Millionaire’s Mile pass the home of Winnie Mandela and, in contrast, travel through the squatter camps. Visit a ‘shabeen’, the traditional drinking taverns that were once illegal.

since then has grown into Africa’s major commercial centre with a vitality all of its own. As it is the international gateway to the country you may wish to stay in the city where we use hotels in the northern suburbs. If you are arriving late in the evening or departing early in the morning then an airport hotel is the ideal stop-over. 50km to the north, is the city of Pretoria (to be known as Tshwane), the country’s administrative capital. There are many historic buildings to be visited such as the Voortrekker Monument, the Union Buildings and Paul Kruger’s house. The drive time from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Pretoria takes approximately 45 minutes.

HIGHLIGHTS Pretoria

Sun City

Game Reserves

Premier Diamond Mine

Apartheid Museum

Cradle of Mankind

Soweto

Magaliesburg Hills

The region is not without its game reserves. Alongside Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park whilst towards the Botswana border lies the 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. The Waterberg Mountains, about 2.5 hours drive north from Johannesburg (1.5 hours from Sun City) is one of South Africa’s prime wilderness areas. In the heart of these mountains lies the Lapalala Wilderness and the Welgevonden Game Reserve.

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THE WESTCLIFF

THE RESIDENCE

The 5-star hotel, part of Orient-Express Hotels group, is situated in one of Johannesburg’s most affluent northern suburbs. The 115 beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites are in a series of villas cascading down a slope and surrounded by 3 acres of landscaped gardens. Most have a sunny private balcony or terrace with views over the zoological gardens. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea in the Conservatory, drinks in the Polo Lounge and a choice of dining in The Loggia or the more formal La Belle Terrace restaurant. Private dining rooms are also available for small parties. There are 2 swimming pools, a floodlit tennis court, fully equipped gym and health and beauty centre.

A haven of tranquillity in the area of Houghton, The Residence is a luxury boutique hotel in an estate of green lawns and gardens operating a distinct policy of attention to detail to the little things that can and do make a difference. Standard and luxury suites are generously proportioned and include CD & DVD players, aircon, tea/coffee tray, mini bar, wi-fi and safe. The well-appointed bathrooms have under floor heating and bath robes allowing guests to relax and listen to music from the iPod docking station. There is a restaurant and a spa with a swimming pool and tennis courts for the more active. The area has many attractions to be enjoyed.

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01JAN-31DEC13

01JAN-31DEC13 £90

£137

CASTELLO DI MONTE

SUN CITY

This 5-star guest house is situated in Waterkloof Ridge, an exclusive suburb of Pretoria. The Tuscan style estate portrays pure elegance and luxury and offers spectacular views of the hills in and around the city – especially beautiful when the Jacaranda trees are in flower. The landscaped gardens with mature olive trees and lavender bushes gives an Italian flavour to the African landscape. The bedrooms are furnished to the highest standards and include all the facilities expected of such a property. For relaxation there is a swimming pool, sauna and steam shower and a massage service is available. In-house dining can be arranged in one of the 7 intimate dining areas.

Just a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Sun City offers 4 hotels of different style and atmosphere and a wealth of facilities including golf, water sports, an entertainment complex and casino. The Palace of the Lost City is a richly decorated fairytale 5 star hotel whereas The Cascades Hotel is integrated into the entertainment complex having its own monorail station. The two remaining hotels, The Cabanas and The Sun City Hotel offer more relaxed accommodation ideal for families. All hotels have restaurants, bars, gardens and swimming pools. The complex is adjacent to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and is well worth a visit with a chance of seeing the ‘Big Five’.

BASIS BB

01JAN-07JAN13

08JAN-31DEC13

Closed

£101

BASIS BB THE PALACE: SUN CITY HOTEL:

01JAN13 £333 £166

02JAN-05JAN13 £288 £166

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MADIKWE GAME RESERVE This reserve on the north-western border of South Africa with Botswana is the fourth largest reserve in South Africa and is Malaria free. The reserve was created with the re-introduction of over 10,000 wild animals in the world’s largest game relocation programme. Madikwe is once again home to both white and black rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and wild dog plus a myriad of birdlife.

JACI’S

There are daily scheduled flights from and to Johannesburg or transfer by road for which you must allow about 4.5 hours. For a stop-over en route, Sun City makes the perfect combination.

Set on the banks of the Groot Marico River, Safari Lodge camp is curved around a termite mound and has 8 bedrooms with a private viewing deck and two exclusive 2 bedroom suites. All are built using a combination of thatched roofs and stone and canvas walls, creating a African ‘tented’ feel. Tree Lodge has 8 ‘tree houses’ built on stilts up to 6 metres above the ground. Raised wooden walkways, suspended in the forest canopy, connect with the main lodge. Children are made very welcome. A daily scheduled air service operates from and to Johannesburg O. R. Tambo Airport.

BASIS FP

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30JUN13

01JUL-31DEC13

£355

£236

£355

IMPODIMO GAME LODGE

R OYA L M A D I KW E

Carved from the hillside, 10 glass fronted suites line a natural spring, each enjoying striking views of the surrounding area. The suites have tea/coffee facilities, safe, mini-bar, aircon, fire place and a patio. The main lodge houses the lounge, library, wine cellar, boma and shop and for relaxation there is an elevated sun deck and pool. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle and by walking trails. Children over the age of 6 years are allowed to join the normal safaris at the ranger's discretion. For younger children there is a "kiddies bumble" safari which is of shorter duration and is tailored to maximise the childrens safari experience.

A 5 star luxury and award winning lodge provides guests with a high quality safari experience. Each day is designed around the guests’ preferences with expert staff able to assist in planning a perfect day’s activities. In addition to the game drives and walks, prior notice for other activities include celestial and photographic safaris, ranger skills training, traditional African dancing lessons and outdoor pamper sessions. The accommodation is of a very high standard and is designed to provide a relaxing and authentic African experience to all guests. Children are well catered for with a range of activities to allow parents to relax and enjoy this superb lodge.

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01MAY-30SEP13

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£236

£316

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01JAN-04JAN13 05JAN-14OCT13 On request

£278

15OCT-31OCT13

01NOV-16DEC13

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E TA L I

M AT E YA S A FA R I L O D G E

Accommodation is in 8 well-appointed suites with private decks, plunge pools and inside/outside showers with each set apart for total privacy in its own bushveld domain. Cuisine is a contemporary fusion of traditional African with an Asian twist. Meals are light and healthy with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the ‘chef extraordinaire’ selects only the best local produce daily to work his magic. Expertly conducted game drives and walks are offered, along with an extraordinary spa and wellness facility. There is also ‘state of the art’ star-gazing equipment, a gym and steam room.

This lodge offers exceptional standards for the sophisticated traveller in the sense that nothing has been overlooked – from the safari travel bag to the impressive South African and French wine collection of 8,000 bottles. Another ‘plus’ is that on game viewing drives each safari vehicle is restricted to a maximum of 4 guests and this allows for the guest’s choice of time, length and destination of adventures. There are 5 individually designed thatched suites each with a private pool and views over the frequented watering hole and vast plains. Facilities include a library filled with African literature, spacious lounge leading onto an outdoor terrace, gym, health therapist and Jacuzzi.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-30ARP13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£441

£342

£465

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01JUN-30SEP13

01OCT-31DEC13

£632

£521

£632

M A KA N YA N E

MADIKWE HILLS LODGE

Situated on private land within the Madikwe Game Reserve, Makanyane Safari Lodge offers exquisite accommodation in 8 luxury suites, glass-walled on 3 sides and hidden into the lush riverside forest. The beautiful main lodge offers a secluded pool, library and gym. There is also a secluded bush spa offering massage and aromatherapy. Outdoor breakfasts and exquisite dinners around a small fire out in the bush can be arranged. As well as daily game drives and optional walks, there are 2 hides, one beside a waterhole and another overlooking the game-rich plains; the upper deck of which can even be transformed for a luxury sleep-over to observe even closer the sounds and experiences of the African bush at night.

At the edge of the Marico River, this lodge is set under a grove of Tamboti and Marula trees. The 10 glass-fronted, air-conditioned suites are ingeniously located amongst age-old boulders. Each has its own private deck with plunge pool and views out over the reserve. There is also a family suite as the lodge welcomes children and they have their own activity programme. Game viewing drives are undertaken in the early morning and late afternoon. For the energetic mid-morning guided game walks are offered. Breakfast is served on the open deck and dinner in the boma. For relaxation there is a swimming pool, gym and health spa.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-30APR13

01MAY-31AUG13

01SEP-31DEC13

£444

£365

£444

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01MAY-31AUG13

01SEP-31DEC13

£506

£396

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T H E WAT E R B E R G With a driving time of around 3 hours, this malaria free area enjoys easy road access from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The lodges all offer a wide range of activities ranging from horse riding across the open bushveld to exhilarating helicopter rides. There is excellent wildlife viewing as this is home to many mammals and over 280 bird species.

M A R ATA B A Set in the foothills of the majestic Waterberg Mountains with a landscape of 23,000 hectares encompassing plains, bushveld, rivers and gorges, Marataba is an exclusive private concession in the Marakele National Park. To be seen are the ‘Big 5’, various other animals and exceptional birding. The main lodge has a bar, library housed in a stone tower and affording a birds-eye view of the surrounding scenery, lounges, dining room and outdoor dining boma. The fifteen beautifully appointed suites are an intriguing mix of canvas and stone and each has its own private deck and outside shower. A safari can easily be combined with a stay at the resort of Sun City and the fertile Limpopo province or further game viewing at Mashatu in the south-east corner of Botswana.

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MAKWETI SAFARI LODGE

ANT'S NEST & ANT'S HILL

Set in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, the main lodge is built of natural rock and from the teak deck there are superb views over the Makweti Gorge. Accommodation is provided for just 12 guests in secluded thatch and stone chalets, each decorated with beautiful antiques and rich timbers. All have indoor and outdoor showers, Victorian bath, fireplace and a private deck overlooking the African bushveld. Candlelit dinners are served in the formal dining room or under a starry sky in the outdoor boma. Other guest facilities include a swimming pool, library, bar, lounge and a large sundeck. The reserve covers 33,000 hectares and a wide variety of game can be seen by open safari vehicle or on foot, always with an experienced ranger.

Ant's Hill and Ant’s Nest are set in the Waterberg and offer luxury horse riding safaris, bush walks from a gentle stroll to strenuous hikes over rugged hills and game viewing from open 4x4 safari vehicles. This will enable you to gain a detailed knowledge of the flora and fauna. Ant’s Hill caters for a maximum of ten guests and the emphasis is on offering guests a truly personal and flexible safari. There are no specific wake up times, guests can do what they want when they want, they can be as active or inactive as they like and more than one activity can be offered at any one time. Ant’s Nest is a unique exclusive Bush Home, taking only one booking at a time, giving guests a real personal African experience.

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£283

£208

£283

01SEP-14DEC13 15DEC-31DEC13 £242

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Escorted small group touring A range of escorted tours using combis (minibuses), private cars or (less often) motor coaches from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port elizabeth. They vary in duration from a couple of days to over three weeks. They are an ideal way of seeing the country if you do not wish to drive or travel alone. Here we show just a small selection of tours. Many can be linked together or can be combined with a fly-drive itinerary.

Blyde River Canyon

S outh A fricA PAnorAmA tour For those wishing to take an escorted tour through South Africa then this 17 day tour combines the country’s finest sights accompanied on tour by an experienced THeTA registered tour guide. Quality accommodation is used throughout and overland transport is by air-conditioned luxury vehicles. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport to Johannesburg.

Day 2

On arrival be met and transfer to The Residence for overnight. Rest of day at leisure or for optional local sightseeing.

Day 10

Drive through the ever changing Highveld scenery to the magnificent Panorama Route and visit Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Mac Mac Falls and God’s Window. Stay at Perry’s Bridge Hollow near Hazyview for 2 nights. (BD)

Leave on your Garden Route tour to Cape Town – drive through the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest to Storms River Gorge and onwards to Plettenberg Bay for 2 nights at Hog Hollow. (BD)

Day 11

Day spent touring the surrounding area with visits to Knysna Elephant Park, Birds of Eden and other places of interest. (BD)

Days 3

arrival be met and transfer to the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Hotel. (B)

Day 4

Depart early in the morning by open safari vehicle for a game viewing safari in the Kruger National Park. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Optional evening safari drive (charges apply). (BD)

Day 12

Along the coast to Knysna for further local sightseeing before crossing the Outeniqua Pass to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm before arriving at De Opstal Country Lodge. (BD)

Day 5

Travel into the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland and drive through the beautiful scenery with visits to various arts and craft outlets before arriving at the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel in the Ezulwini Valley. (BL)

Day 13

Enjoy a tour of the Cango Caves before driving along the charming R62 route to Cape Town, arriving in the afternoon. Accommodation for 3 nights at the Commodore Hotel. (B)

Day 6

Re-enter South Africa at Big Bend and drive through the KwaZulu Natal countryside to Ghost Mountain Inn for a stay of 2 nights. Afternoon visit to a Zulu homestead and a cruise on Lake Jozini. (BD)

Day 14-15 Full day 90-mile tour of the stunning Cape peninsula and a full day tour of the near-by Cape winelands. (B)

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A short drive to the famous Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve for a full day of game viewing. Return to Ghost Mountain Inn in late afternoon. (BD) Make a stop at St. Lucia, located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – for a boat trip. Continue to the Indian Ocean resort of Durban and overnight at the ocean front Protea Hotel Edward. (B) Morning tour to view the historical and cultural aspects of the city. Afternoon flight to Port Elizabeth and on

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Morning tour of the city. Afternoon transfer to the airport for the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 17

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Cost from:

Between £3,293 and £3,694 depending on date of travel

Departure:

Saturday with South African Airways, British Airways or Virgin Also operates in reverse direction departing on a Sunday.

Deposit:

£400 per person

Note:

Alternative hotels & lodges may be used during peak periods


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P R I VAT E GARDEN ROUTE TOUR

A 5-day tour through the winelands and along the Garden Route at a pace that allows one to absorb the scenery. Superior hotels throughout.

A leisurely 4-day tour along the coast linking the two cities and focusing on the main highlights of the Garden Route.

Having your own driver/guide on this private custom made 7-day tour allows you the flexibility of deciding what to see in the Winelands and Garden Route.

Day 1 Leave Cape Town through the winelands to the coastal resort of Hermanus. Continue to the historic and beautiful town of Swellendam. 1 night Schoone Oordt Hotel. (D)

Day 1

From Port Elizabeth drive to Storms River Gorge, tour the Tsitsikamma Forest and continue to Plettenberg for 2 nights at Hog Hollow. (D)

Day 1

Day 2 Travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for 2 nights at Hog Hollow. (BLD)

Day 2

Visit the Elephant Sanctuary & the Birds of Eden aviary. Optional (weather dependent) whale and dolphin boat trip (charges apply) (BD)

Day 3 Visit local places of interest – Knysna Elephant Park and Tsitsikamma National Park. Time available to walk to Storms River Gorge. (BD)

Day 3

Tour to Knysna, taking a cruise to the Heads (weather dependent) and then on to the Cango Caves before a night at De Opstal Country Lodge (BD)

Day 4 Cross the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Tour an ostrich farm plus lunch. Afternoon tour of the Cango Caves. Overnight Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn. (BLD)

Day 4

Day 5

Visit a working ostrich farm in Oudsthoorn before travelling onto Cape Town late afternoon (B)

Depart from Cape Town for the Winelands and 1 night at Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek.

Day 2-3 Move onto Oudtshoorn via the Klein Karoo and 2 nights at the Rosenhof Country House for your own touring options (BB) Day 4

Take the scenic drive down to the Garden Route coast and head for the Plettenberg Bay hotel for 3 nights (BB)

Day 5-6 Enjoy 2 more days of private touring or at leisure - you decide (BB) Day 7

Head east to Port Elizabeth and the end of your tour.

Note: This private tour may be taken from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.

Along the scenic Route 62 to Cape Town with its ever changing scenery. Arrive in Cape Town about 1800 hrs. (B)

Cost from:

£709 per person

Cost from:

£490 per person

Departures:

Tuesday from Cape Town

Departure:

Monday from Port Elizabeth

Deposit:

£100 per person

Deposit:

£100 per person

Cost from:

£1,850 pp (based on 2 people travelling) £1,325 pp (based on 4 people travelling)

Departure:

Daily from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth

Deposit:

£200 per person

DURBAN DRAKENSBERG B AT T L E F I E L D S DURBAN

K R U G E R N AT I O N A L PA R K PA F U R I WA L K I N G T R A I L

JOHANNESBURG K R U G E R N AT I O N A L PA R K S WA Z I L A N D D U R B A N

An 8-day tour showcasing the incredible scenery and the fascinating and moving history of the Anglo/Zulu & Boer wars.

This 4-day walking tour provides an unforgettably close natural experience amongst the wonders of the Kruger. Learn tracking skills and tips on good game-watching.

This varied 7-day tour combines spectacular scenery, local culture and three world famous wildlife reserves.

Day 1

From Duban travel east to the magnificent southern Drakensberg Mountains and stay at Moorcroft Manor for 2 nights. (BD)

Day 1

Arrive at Pafuri Camp in the Kruger and take a walk into the bush with an experienced armed guide. (FP)

Day 1

Depart Johannesburg and drive along the Panorama Route visiting Blyde River Canyon & God’s Window. 2 nights at Perry’s Bridge Hollow. (D)

Day 2

Enjoy a tour up the striking Sani Pass and visit South Africa’s highest pub. (BD)

Day 2

From the base camp, explore other areas surrounding the camp and experience different scenery and wildlife. (FP)

Day 2

Early morning game drive through the Kruger National Park. Afternoon at leisure. Optional additional game viewing drive. (BD)

Day 3

Again, from the base camp your guide will escort you on two different walks into the bush. (FP)

Day 3

Drive into Swaziland taking in some local culture and crafts. 1 night Royal Swazi Sun. (BL)

Day 4

Day 4

Take one last walk before departing for your chosen destination. (B)

Re-enter South Africa and visit an authentic Zulu homestead before a 2 night stay at Ghost Mountain Inn. (BD)

Note:

Accommodation is in light tented rooms with ensuite facilities and a private deck overlooking the river. Operates from 01 April - 31 October. Age restrictions apply.

Day 5

An afternoon game drive in HluhluweUmfolozi Reserve. (BD)

Day 6

Visit the World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland and St Lucia for water based animals and birdlife. Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban (B)

Day 7

A brief city tour of Durban before a drop off at the airport or your chosen hotel. (B)

Day 3-4 Today, travel to the central Drakensberg taking in the superb scenery spending 2 nights at the renowned Cathedral Peak Hotel. (BD) Day 5

Head east for the Battlefields and 3 nights at Fugitives Drift Guest House, including interpretive tours of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. (FB)

Day 6-7 Visit various battle sites and be moved by the incredible stories brought to life by the expert guides. (FB) Day 8

Return transfer to Durban.

Cost from:

£1,529 pp (based on 2 people travelling) £1,110 pp (based on 4 people travelling)

Departure:

Daily from Durban

Deposit:

£150 per person

Cost from:

£422 per person

Cost from:

£1099 per person

Departure:

Tuesday

Departure:

Monday from Johannesburg

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£100 per person

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Blue Train

Rovos Rail

The world famous Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it allowing

Rovos Rail fully deserves its reputation as one of the best trains in the world.

travellers the opportunity to experience elegance and luxury on its regular

Lovingly restored carriages offer the traveller a range of suites each being double

service between Pretoria and Cape Town. The superb en-suite

or twin bedded with en-suite facilities. Each has a fridge bar, safe and writing

compartments are air-conditioned with a writing desk and telephone. During

desk, along with the provision of 24 hour room service. Dining is in the

the day your compartment is a lounge which is then converted at night into

Restaurant Car where wonderful meals are complemented by fine South African

your bedroom with double or twin beds. There is a limited laundry and valet

wines. A jacket and tie is required for gentlemen whereas daytime dining is less

service and 24 hour room service provided by your butler. The elegant

formal. The Lounge Car, with its bar and comfortable seating, is a relaxing place

Lounge Car has large windows for taking in the changing vistas whereas the

to watch the world go by. At the rear of the train the Observation Car has a bar

Club Car has a bar, a small library with reading chairs and card tables, ideal

and an open verandah. All meals and drinks (excluding champagne) are

for relaxing during the day. On most journeys, an Observation Car is also

included.

available. The Dining Car offers fine dining complemented by South African

TOURING OPTIONS

wines with a jacket and tie being required for gentlemen. Breakfast and lunch is a more relaxed dining experience. All meals and drinks (excluding

Pretoria to Cape Town and v.v.

champagne) are included.

Up to 6 times per month, each way Sightseeing stops are made at Kimberley and Matjiesfontein – journey time 49 hours

TOURING OPTION

Pretoria to Victoria Falls and v.v.

Pretoria to Cape Town and v.v.

Up to 3 times per month, each way

Up to 6 timer per month each way

The journey is via Plumtree, Bulawayo and Hwange National Park –

Sightseeing calls are made at Kimberley on the southbound journey and

journey time 50 hours

Matjiesfontein when travelling on the northbound leg – journey time 28 Pretoria to Durban via the Battlefields and v.v.

hours

Up to 2 times per month, each way Includes a safari in a private game reserve, guided tour of Spionkop and a visit to Ardmore Ceramic Art – journey time 55 hours

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Cost from:

£974 per person in a deluxe suite

Departure:

Various dates throughout the year

Deposit:

£320 per person

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Cost from:

Based on a Pullman Suite Pretoria to Cape Town: Pretoria to Victoria Falls: Pretoria to Durban:

£1,079 per person £1,238 per person £1,079 per person

Departure:

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Deposit:

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Touring Africa by rail conjours up distant memories of the golden age of travel and we have brought together two rail operators that provide travellers with a range of tours to varied destinations offering different experiences. The journeys are leisurely taking time to explore some of the most spectacular scenery and sights on the continent.

SHONGOLOLO ExPRESS

R OVO S RA I L

Please refer to page 60 for information on Rovos Rail.

These unique tours allow you to use the train as your transport and hotel during the night whilst the daytime touring is carried out by its own air-conditioned

TOURING OPTIONS

vehicles, which are transported on the train. Gold, Emerald and Commodore

Cape Town to Victoria Falls and v.v. - Usually up to 2 times per month this

compartments are en-suite and air-conditioned. Ivory compartments have a fan,

6-day tour traverses South Africa into southern Zimbabwe before culminating at

hot & cold hand basin and shared facilities. All compartments have a safe and plug

Victoria Falls. Includes 1 night hotel accommodation in Pretoria.

point. Breakfast and dinner are included and taken in the dining car whereas lunch is at the guest’s own expense. Dress code is casual.

Cape Town to Dar es Salaam and v.v. - 6 times a year this 14-day journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania including game-viewing, Victoria Falls and the Great Rift Valley.

TOURING OPTIONS The Good Hope – Cape Town to Johannesburg and v.v. - With 6 journeys per year this 13-day tour of South Africa from the Cape to the high

African Golf Collage and Golf Safari - In spring and autumn 2 special 9-day

veldt taking in the Winelands, Garden Route, Drakensberg Mountains, St.

tours offer golfers a round at 5 different courses. Non-golfers are well catered

Lucia & Hluhluwe, Swaziland, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route and

for with a series of excursions including game-viewing and, depending on the

Johannesburg

tour selected, either the Battlefields or the Garden Route. The Southern Cross – South Africa to Zimbabwe and v.v. - Operating Namibia Safari and v.v. - Late April sees this evocative 9-day journey travels from Pretoria via Kimberley into Namibia taking in the Fish River Canyon, the Kalahari Desert, the incredible sand dunes of Soussesvlei and Etosha National

4 times per year this 16-day tour visits, in order, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and taking in some of the most spectacular sights in southern Africa

Park. A return journey operates in May. including the Kruger and Victoria Falls. Cape to Cairo and v.v. - This truly spectacular 28-day journey by train and air operates in January and includes some of the most spectacular and iconic attractions this vast continent has to offer. A remarkable experience awaits. The

The Dune Express – South Africa to Namibia and v.v. - A 12-day tour across the arid hinterland of South Africa into Namibia operates twice a year. Showcasing the best of Namibia including Fish River Canyon, Windhoek,

southbound journey operates in February.

Etosha, Swakopmund. The Dr Livingstone – Zambia to Tanzania and v.v. - Twice a year the train follows in the footsteps of one of Africa’s greatest explorers travelling for 12 days from Zambia to Tanzania taking in Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Lusaka and the Selous Game Reserve. Cost from:

Based on a Pullman Suite Cape Town to Victoria Falls: Cape Town to Dar es Salaam: African Golf Collage: Golf Safari Namibia Safari: Cape to Cairo:

Cost from: £2,468 per person £7,162 per person £3,570 per person £3,015 per person £3,570 per person £32,770 per person

Departure:

Various dates throughout the year

Deposit:

Between £1,000 to £8,265 per person

Based on an Ivory Compartment The The The The

Good Hope: Southern Cross: Dune Express: Dr Livingstone:

£2,584 per person £3,415 per person £1,968 per person £3,420 per person

Departure:

Various dates throughout the year

Deposit:

Between £525 to £950 per person

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Namibia This is a vast land of contrast and beauty and your lasting impression will be of wide open spaces, spectacular scenery, year round sunshine and high temperatures.

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Sandwiched between the Kalahari and the chilly South Atlantic, Namibia is a country of vast potential and promise. It has a solid modern infrastructure and a diversity of cultures. Strong German influences can be found in the capital Windhoek which is also the main entry point to this country of unquestionably spectacular beauty.

Essential Information

Namibia

Capital: Windhoek Time: GMT +2 hrs from 1st Sunday in September to 1st Sunday in April. GMT +1hr from 1st Sunday in April to 1st Sunday in September. Fly to: Windhoek via Johannesburg.

All areas are easily accessible by fly-in safari or by road. Distances can be Visas: Not required.

great and many roads are gravel which makes journey times rather lengthy. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malarial precautions to be taken in central and northern parts of the country. If travelling from an endemic Yellow Fever area then a valid immunization Certificate is required.

The capital Windhoek is the gateway to the country and there is still a strong German influence in architecture, cuisine and language. Similarly, the coastal resort of Swakopmund has a wealth of German colonial buildings.

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South of Windhoek lies the Namib Naukluft Park and at over 80 million years is the oldest desert in the world. Another ‘first’ is that it also has the highest

Best time to visit: March to November.

sand dunes in the world, rising to over 1,000 feet above the desert floor at

Namibia Tourism Board Tel: 0207 367 0962

Sossusvlei. Towards the border with South Africa is Fish River Canyon which

Currency: Namibia Dollar (on parity with SA Rand).

spectacular section is 65km long and reaches a depth of 549m. Other places

stretches 161km and is second in size to the Grand Canyon. The most

of interest include the historic coastal town of Luderitz; the eerie ghost town Climate:

of Kolmanskop and the Quiver Tree forests near Keetmanshoop. Dec

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landscape and stark beauty. This is the home of the desert elephant and rare rhino. Along the Atlantic coast lies the fabled Skeleton Coast. Many shipwrecks can be seen and due to the fragile eco system the northern part has strictly controlled access. In the far north-west, Kaokoland is a striking area of mountain and desert and home to the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Caprivi Strip complements Namibia’s drier areas as it is traversed by four rivers and is home to excellent game-viewing and allows easy access to Victoria Falls.

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Namibia

Classic Namibia Journey

Namibia is a wonderful country to explore by self drive car and our suggested itinerary has been carefully designed to show you some of the country’s top attractions whilst taking into account the distances to be covered. The itinerary can easily be adapted to meet your requirements as there is a comprehensive network of tarred, gravel and earth roads providing easy access to the majority of towns, parks and places of interest. Please do remember that when driving on non tarred roads to keep your speed down as road conditions can be unpredictable. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport.

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg in the morning and connect with the flight to Windhoek, arriving late morning. Collect your self drive car and travel into the suburbs of Windhoek (about 45 mins). Overnight at the Olive Grove. (BB)

Day 11

Head back south through Kaokoland and arrive at Dolomite Camp bordering Etosha National Park, (about 3.5hrs). (BD)

Day 12-14 Enter the Etosha National Park (about 4 hrs). Full day spent game viewing in this massive wilderness reserve. Accommodation for 3 nights in one or two of the three Rest Camps within or just outside the park. Lunch and dinner or picnics can be taken in the Rest Camps restaurants. Etosha is noted for the fine game sightings especially around the various waterholes. Animals to be seen include elephant, lion, cheetah, zebra, giraffe and a wide range of buck. (BD).

Day 3

Head south towards to the edge of the Namib Naukluft Park (about 4.5 hrs) where 2 nights are spent at the Desert Homestead. (BD)

Day 4

Full day set aside for touring the area – the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Pan. (BD)

Day 5

Travel west through desert gravel plains, via the stunning Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund (about 4.5hrs) where 2 nights are spent at the Europahof Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 15

Drive to Hobatere (about 4 hrs) and after checking-in at the Waterberg Guest Farm enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive. (BD)

Day 6

Time is available for a morning visit to Walvis Bay (about 30mins), home to a wide variety of bird species. Optional activities include a scenic flight over the dunes, 4x4 quad biking and a dolphin cruise. (B)

Day 16

South to Windhoek Airport (about 4.5 hrs) and return your car. Depart on the afternoon flight to Johannesburg and connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 17

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Day 7

Drive north along the Skeleton coast to Cape Cross to view the breeding seal colony of Cape Fur seals (about 80,000 to 100,000). From here, drive inland on gravel roads to Uis in the centre of Damaraland. Then through an area of eroded granite hills and dolerite dykes to Twyfelfontein Lodge (about 4.5 hrs) for overnight. (BD)

Note:

All accommodation throughout the tour is typical of Namibia and ranges from homesteads and farms to thatched rooms and hotels. All are of a good standard with private facilities and, where not already included, have a restaurant for the taking of meals. Each property is different and brings something unique to the experience.

Day 8

Morning visit to rock engravings and bushman paintings before heading north-west to Grootberg Lodge in the remote Palmwag area (about 2 hrs). Stay for 2 nights. (BD)

Day 9

Day at leisure. A wide choice of optional activities are available locally including elephant & rhino tracking, guided walks and horse riding. (BD)

Day 10

Continue north to the frontier town of Opuwo (about 3.5 hrs), an Herero word meaning ‘all finished’. Overnight at Opuwo Country Hotel. (BD)

Cost:

Between £2,910 and £3,245 depending on date of travel

Departures:

Daily with British Airways, South African Airways or Virgin Atlantic via Johannesburg

Deposit:

£650 per person

Note:

Includes a group “S” car shared by 2 persons. (Hyundai ix35) Other car hire groups are available on request.

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Namibia All-In-One

Waterberg

This small group tour takes you by air conditioned vehicle with guide from the spectacular Fish River Canyon in the south to the vast region of etosha and Damaraland in the far north. A break is made in the middle of the tour with 3 nights at the coastal resort of Swakopmund. Accommodation is in a range of hotels and lodges. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow.

Day 2

Morning arrival at Johannesburg for connecting flight to Windhoek. Transfer to the Windhoek Hotel & Country Club.

Day 3

Depart from your hotel and travel south via Rehoboth into the Kalahari desert. Overnight at a desert lodge. Sunset scenic drive by open vehicle. (BD)

Day 4

Day 5

Through the Kalahari and visit the Quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop. Continue via Naute Dam to viewing points on the northern fringes of the mighty Fish River Canyon. Overnight at a lodge near the canyon. (BD) View the mighty canyon and then across the Namib Desert, enjoying the Aus mountains scenery to a lodge near Aus. Optional sundowner drive. (BD)

Day 6

Optional visit to the deserted diamond town of Kolmanskop. Stop at Duwisib Castle before arriving in the Maltahohe area for overnight. (BD)

Day 7

An early start to Sossusvlei where 4x4 vehicles are used into the heart of the desert. Climb into the gorge of Sesriem Canyon before travelling past the impressive Naukluft Mountains to the overnight lodge near Namib Naukluft Park. (BD)

Day 8

Drive through the Kuiseb Canyon and continue to the coast town of Walvis Bay. In the afternoon visit the lagoon to view seabirds. On to Swakopmund where 3 nights are spent at a city centre hotel. (BD)

Day 9-10 At leisure for local sightseeing numerous optional tours available or just relaxing. (B & one dinner) Day 11

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Optional morning guided walk where you are shown the rich flora & fauna of the area. After lunch enjoy a scenic drive to view the stunning scenery. (FB)

Day 13

Visit a Himba village near Kamanjab. In the afternoon undertake your first game viewing drive in Etosha. Overnight near Etosha National Park. (BD)

Day 14

Day of game viewing in the Park. Explore the various waterholes along the enormous saltpans. Overnight near the Park. (BD)

Day 15

Another day of game viewing in the Park. (BD)

Day 16

Depart for Windhoek via Otjiwarongo and Okahandja to explore a local handicraft market. Arrive in the late afternoon and overnight at the Windhoek Hotel & Country Club. (B)

Day 17

Morning at leisure for shopping and sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Johannesburg and connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 18

Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Cost:

Between £4,070 and £4,308 depending on date of travel

Departures:

Thursdays with South African Airways, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic via Johannesburg

Deposit:

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Treasures of Namibia

An overland and air safari which visits some of the country’s top ‘off the beaten track’ places of interest. Accommodation in quality hotels, lodges and fully serviced tented camps with the party size restricted to just 8 persons accompanied by a fully qualified guide.

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow.

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg for the connecting flight to Windhoek and overnight at the Olive Grove.

Day 3

Be collected by your guide and drive south west to Sossusvlei for 2 nights at the Kulala Desert Lodge. (FP+)

Day 4

Visit the massive sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the striking Sesriem Canyon. (FP+)

Day 5

Fly to the old town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast for 2 nights at the Hansa Hotel. (FB)

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Tour the reserve in search of the rare desert rhino as well as the large numbers of zebra, giraffe and various buck. (FP+)

Day 11

Driving north, the tour heads for the evocative and world famous Etosha National Park. Stay on the borders of the Park for 3 nights at the Ongava Tented Camp. (FP+)

Day 12-13 Spend the next 2 days viewing game in Etosha and on Ongava’s private concession land. The viewing of game in this unique area is an unforgettable experience. (FP+) Day 14

Time to explore the local sights, and perhaps take a boat trip from Walvis Bay. (BL)

After breakfast, depart the camp and fly to Windhoek for an overnight stay at the Olive Grove. (B)

Day 15

Drive north to the striking Damaraland region for 2 nights at the tented Damaraland Camp. (FP+)

Take an afternoon flight to Johannesburg to connect with the evening flight to London (B)

Day 16

Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Explore the area and search for the elusive desert elephant in the ancient landscape and perhaps see some rock art. (FP+) Travelling further into the heartland of Damaraland you will stay at the remote Desert Rhino Camp for the next 2 nights. (FP+)

Cost: Departures:

Deposit: Luggage:

Between £5,443 and £6,065 depending on date of travel Various, with South African Airways, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic via Johannesburg £1,600 per person 20kgs per person in soft bags

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Apart from hotel and lodge accommodation in Windhoek, Swakopmund and etosha National Park you will be staying in spacious walk-in Meru tents with en suite bathrooms with a safari team setting up the camp in advance of your arrival. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow.

Day 2

Morning arrival in Johannesburg for connecting flight to Windhoek. Transfer to the Belvedere Boutique Hotel in the city. Evening briefing.

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Head north to the Cheetah Conservation Fund centre and spend the day learning about the project and join the staff for the feeding of the cheetahs. Overnight at Frans Indongo Lodge. (BLD) Enter the Etosha National Park and spend 2 nights under canvas in an exclusive camp set up on a private concession. Game viewing drive in the late afternoon. (BLD)

Day 11 Drive via the Kuiseb River, viewing the ever changing scenery and plant life, to the camp site on the edge of the Namib Desert. (BLD) Day 12 Early morning drive to Sossusvlei to view the highest sand dunes in the world. On the way back to the camp, walk through the spectacular Sesriem Canyon. (BLD) Day 13 Drive back to Windhoek, arriving late morning. Overnight at the Villa Verdi Hotel. (B) Day 14 Morning at leisure for shopping and local sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg. Connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Another day of game viewing in Etosha – visiting the numerous waterholes to view the variety of game and birdlife. (BLD)

Day 15 Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Day 6

Continue game viewing in Etosha. Accommodation this evening is in one of the Rest Camps. (BLD)

Note:

Day 7

Early morning drive into Damaraland and visit a Himba village. Meet the people and learn about their way of life. Enjoy a sunset walk from the mobile camp before dinner is served. (BLD)

Day 8

Drive to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and view the rock paintings and the fascinating Organ Pipes – a peculiar formation of dolomite columns. Afternoon drive in search of the desert elephants before returning to the mobile camp. (BLD)

Day 9

Continue through Damaraland to the Atlantic Ocean coast and southwards to Swakopmund. Time at leisure to enjoy this quaint town. Accommodation for 2 nights in an hotel. (B)

Day 10 A morning boat cruise is included to view the various sea birds. Afternoon at leisure with various optional sightseeing tours available. (B)

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Departures are limited to a maximum of 8 guests and a minimum of 2. A support crew travel in separate vehicles and erect the comfortable camp which comprises of spacious tents with built in ground sheet, carpet, thick foam mattress beds, pillows and blankets or duvets and private en suite facilities with shower and flush toilet. All meals are included while camping as is wine with dinner. The vehicles used are 4WD with sliding windows and a pop-up roof. Each vehicle has a fridge and battery charging facilities.

Cost: Departures: Deposit:

Between £3,534 and £3,774 depending on date of travel Various with South African Airways, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic via Johannesburg £900 per person


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Namibia On The Wing

Viewing Namibia from the air allows you the opportunity to see this vast country in a whole different way. This tour by light aircraft combined with land excursions visits the incredible sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, the etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve. A rare experience awaits the traveller. Day 1

Mid morning departure from Windhoek to Sossusvlei where 2 nights are spent at Little Kulala Wilderness Camp (about I hr) Afternoon local sightseeing. (FP+)

Day 2

Activities from the lodge include visits to the sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the stunning Sesriem Canyon and nature drives in the area. Optional hot air balloonlng can be arranged (charges apply). (FP+)

Day 3

Fly over the Namib Desert, along the Skeleton Coast and inland up the Huab River to Damaraland Camp (3hrs) for 2 nights. (FP+)

Day 4

In the morning travel by open safari vehicle through the rugged bush and along dry river beds in search of the desert elephant and the rare rhino. Afternoon at leisure for relaxation by the swimming pool or, perhaps, enjoy a walking trail. (FP+)

Day 5

Short (1hr) flight north east to Ongava Game Reserve for a stay of 2 nights at Ongava Tented Camp. The reserve borders the Etosha National Park and in the afternoon there will be a game viewing drive by open safari vehicle. (FP+)

Day 6

The day is spent game viewing in Etosha and within Ongava Game Reserve. (FP+)

Day 7

Early morning game viewing before the return flight to Windhoek Airport (about 1.5hrs) where the safari will end. (B)

Note:

Subject to local conditions, it may be necessary to substitute accomodation to a similar or superior standard.

LITTLE KULALA The camp is in a magnificent, isolated position overlooking the Namib Desert. Each of the spacious and beautifully appointed chalets has a plunge pool. Walkways connect the chalets with the main lodge which houses the bar, dining room and lounge. There is also a star gazing platform. Visits are made to Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon.

DAMARALAND CAMP This camp has 10 large comfortable walk-in style tents each with rustic, but functional, shower and toilet. In the main lodge is the lounge, dining and bar area and from the terrace are wonderful views towards the Brandberg Mountains. Hidden away in the rocks is a small swimming pool. Activities include nature drives and walks, with game viewing drives in search of the desert elephant and black rhino by open safari vehicle.

Cost:

Between £3,459 and £4,356 depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily from Windhoek Deposit:

£900 per person

Luggage:

Allowance of 20kg per person in soft bags

O N G AVA T E N T E D C A M P Bordeting the Etosha National Park is Ongava Game Reserve, a private game concession area. This comfortable camp has 8 walk-in safari tents with ensuite facilities. The dining and bar area is tucked under thatch next to the swimming pool. Adjacent is Ongava Lodge with 14 rock and thatch chalets and the intimate Little Ongava with just 3 chalets.

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Tok Tokkie Skeleton Coast Desert Walking Trail Safaris

A 3-day walking & camping tour in the NamibRand Reserve through dunes and magnificent scenery offering the chance to experience the real desert at its best.

A 4-day air and land safari taking in the haunting Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert with its shipwrecks, desert, dunes and the nomadic Himba people. Accommodation is in en-suite tented desert camps

Day 1

Arrive at Tok Tokkie farmhouse for a briefing followed by a short scenic drive to your start point in the rolling dunes. Then a short walk to your overnight camp where you can really begin to ‘feel’ the desert. Walking 1-2hrs (D+).

Day 1

Depart from Windhoek and fly west to the coast taking in the Cape Cross seal colony and a view of the famous shipwreck in Conception Bay. Camp in the Huab River Valley. (LD+)

Day 2 Day 2

After a pre-sunrise breakfast set off in the relative cool of the early morning and see the desert coming alive with breathtaking views of the dunes and the plains. Your expert guide will point out any wildlife found en-route. Relax after lunch in a shady spot before walking again as the heat recedes to your overnight camp. Walking morning 4-4.5hrs, afternoon 22.5hrs. (FB+)

After breakfast, leave by 4WD vehicle for a tour of the rock formations. The afternoon sees a further flight up the coast with a number of shipwrecks and a second 4WD through dunes and onto beaches before overnight in the Hoarusib Valley. (FB+)

Day 3

Today take a scenic 4WD along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people followed in the afternoon by a flight along the coast and then inland for overnight at Kunene River Camp. (FB+)

Day 4

An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through the desert with a chance to see crocodiles and birdlife. Fly back to Windhoek arriving late afternoon. (BL+)

Note:

A range of tours of varying durations are also available. Please ask for further details

Day 3 - 4

Note:

Another early rise and breakfast before setting off through the dunes with camel thorn trees providing some welcome shade. Arrive back at the farmhouse mid-morning for welcome refreshments. If time allows, a visit to the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust will be taken. Walking 3-3.5hrs (B) Information on the arrival and departure options is available. Please ask for further details.

Cost from:

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£4,578 per person Daily (subject to a minimum of two passengers) £1,520 per person Included Allowance of 10kg per person in soft bags


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Namibia

The Caprivi Strip

SUSUWE ISLAND LODGE

I M PA L I L A I S L A N D L O D G E

Situated on the Kwando River under a canopy of indigenous trees the lodge is set amongst the savannah, forest and water in an exclusive and private setting. There are 6 luxury suites, each being en-suite with a safe, ceiling fan, viewing platform and plunge pool. All meals and drinks (except premium brands) are included as is a laundry service, guided activities, park fees and road transfers to the Immelman airstrip. An evening around the fire-pit contrasts with a spacious and tranquil lounge showcasing eclectic African art. Viewing decks and a small reference library complete the picture. There is plentiful game and sightings include elephant, lion leopard, buffalo and lechwe with excellent bird-watching. Activities include game drives, river cruises, fishing and guided walks.

Close to the junction of four countries – Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe – with the sound of the Mambova Rapids casting a soft blanket of sound over Impalila, the setting here is one of pure relaxation. The thatched lodge nestles beneath the branches of a 700 year old baobab tree under which, it is said, David Livingstone camped. Eight en-suite chalets each with a river view deck have a ceiling fan, safe and electricity. The lodge has an infinity pool, fire pit, relaxing lounge and dining area. It is quite possible to partake of a visit to Victoria Falls or take advantage of one of the many guest activities – game cruises, guided walks, sundowner boat cruises, fishing and birdwatching.

BASIS FP+

01JAN-31MAY13 £270

01JUN-31OCT13 £380

01NOV-31DEC13 £270

BASIS FP+ 01JAN-31MAY13 £238

01JUN-31OCT13 £309

01NOV-31DEC13 £238

I C H I N G O L O D G E & I C H O B E Z I S A F A R I B O AT S

ZAMBEZI QUEEN

The Chobe River and National Park provide the backdrop to this owner managed operation. Ichingo Lodge has 8 safari tents all with en-suite facilities and private balconies. There is a lounge bar, open air dining area and swimming pool. Activities include game viewing by boat, bird-watching, guided walks and fishing. Ichobezi is a floating lodge allowing you to cruise on an African adventure. The 4 luxury cabins are en-suite with large picture windows. You may relax in the lounge bar, the sun deck or the plunge pool and dining is in the open air. Guests can choose to stay either in the lodge or on the boat or even combine the two (subject to availability). Each includes all meals, drinks (not premium brands), and most activities.

Launched in 2009, experience the thrill of an African safari from your own suite aboard this beautifully appointed 45m riverboat. The area boasts one of the densest populations of wildlife in the whole of southern Africa. There are 10 suites and 4 master suites all of which are en-suite with private balconies. Public areas include an open plan lounge, bar, dining area with panoramic windows and a plunge pool. Children over the age of 7 are accepted. The 2 or 3 night cruises include various water and land based activities including game-viewing from smaller boats and 4WD vehicles and fishing. Guests will be collected from Kasane Airport or the border post in Botswana for the short boat transfer to the jetty in Namibia.

BASIS FP+ 01JAN-07JAN13 ICHINGO: £226 ICHOBEZI: £226

BASIS FB+ 2 NIGHT CRUISE: 3 NIGHT CRUISE:

08JAN-08FEB13 Closed Closed

09FEB-31MAY13 £226 £226

01JUN-30NOV13 £317 £317

01DEC-31DEC13 On request On request

01JAN-30APR13 01MAY-31DEC13 £595 £733 £893 £1,099

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Botswana This is one of the last unspoilt areas of Africa. It boasts some of the finest game viewing to be had in Africa and the jewel in the crown is the seasonally flooded Okavango Delta – a wetland within a desert.

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Essential Information Capital: Gaborone Time: GMT +2 hrs Fly to: Maun via Johannesburg or Livingstone. Visas: Not required Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malarial precautions to be taken in central and northern parts of the country. If travelling from an endemic Yellow Fever area then a valid immunization Certificate is required. Best time to visit: April to November. Botswana Tourist Office Tel: 0207 499 0031

Botswana is renowned for its game, both in terms of diversity and density, along with the quality of its lodges and camps. Access is usually by air into Maun or Kasane with the latter also easily accessed from the Victoria Falls area. Travel to and between the lodges and camps is by light aircraft. For a contrast of experiences, combine the northern game reserves with the vast salt pans in the south, Victoria Falls to the east or Mauritius for a relaxing end to your trip. Whichever you choose you will not be disappointed.

O K AVA N G O D E LTA Rising in the Angolan Highlands, the Okavango River drains into the land-locked Delta and creates a mass of channels, lagoons and islands, which then slowly recede as the water drains and is evaporated by the sun. The animal and birdlife here is varied and prolific, which combines with a peace and tranquillity giving the impression that you might be the only person there. A must on any Botswana safari.

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Lying in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Moremi is considered to be one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in southern Africa. Having a range of eco-systems within its boundaries, pride of place goes to Chief’s Island, providing a mainly land-based safari and is an ideal contrast to the Delta landscapes. All lodges and camps take great pride in offering guests the best safari experience.

KWA N D O, L I N YA N T I & S E L I N D A Covering a large tract of land to the north-east of the Delta and west of Chobe National Park, these areas offer yet another contrasting wildlife experience throughout the year. Dry plains, woodlands and rivers ensure that the visitor is likely to encounter a wide range of animals. Its varied vegetation ensures that it is a great place for birding.

C H O B E N AT I O N A L PA R K & S AV U T E Located about 60 miles to the west of Victoria Falls, this huge National Park traverses an area from the Delta in the south to the Chobe River in the north. Encompassing marshland, rivers, woodland and dry areas providing a rich habitat and has one of the largest concentrations of game in the whole of Africa with large numbers of grazing animals and their associated predators.

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Classic Botswana Journey

There are many safari options in Botswana and the best experience is to be had by combining visits at different lodges in different parts of the country, thus making the most of the varied eco-systems, scenery and the associated game. 2 nights in the Okavango Delta followed by 2 more in the Moremi Game Reserve and a final 2 in the Chobe National Park is an ideal combination. Combining lodges in different areas from the same safari company, as shown on the following pages, provides the best value experience Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport to Johannesburg.

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg in the morning and connect with the flight to Maun. Commence your 7 day/6 night safari with a flight by light aircraft to your camp in the Okavango Delta for a stay of 2 nights. Afternoon game viewing by makoro or open safari vehicle. (FP+)

Day 3

Day 4

aircraft to your camp in the Moremi Game Reserve for 2 nights. Afternoon game viewing by open safari vehicle. (FP+) Day 5

Day's game viewing in Moremi.

Day 6

During the morning transfer by light aircraft to your camp in the Chobe National Park / Savute region for 2 nights. Afternoon game viewing by open safari vehicle. (FP+)

Day 8

Transfer back to Maun for connection with the afternoon flight to

Day spent game viewing in the Okavango Delta. (FP+)

Johannesburg. Connect with the evening flight to London. Day 9

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Note:

On Day 8, any further arrangements may be added e.g. Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Mauritius etc

The following 3 pages show the cost of the

During the morning transfer by light

above itinerary with several safari companies.

T H E PA N S & T H E KA L A H A R I Further to the south of the country is the more remote area known as The Pans where rolling grasslands, desert palms and vast salt-pans produce a stunning landscape. These areas include the Makgadikgadi National Park, the massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Nxai Pan National Park offering a landscape scattered with islands of acacia trees in the rainy season.

T H E T U L I B L O C K A N D M A S H AT U On the banks of the fabled Limpopo River is Mashatu Game Reserve in an area known as the Tuli Block. In addition to good general game and a myriad of birds, the area is noted for the large number of elephants, which populate the savannah, riverine forests, marshland and geological outcrops. Solomon’s Wall, a sheer basalt cliff and ancient rock dwellings along with other archaeological sites can be seen.

BEST TIME TO VISIT? Each month of the year has something to offer, whether that be the vegetation, the birdlife or the movement of the animals, but generally, April to November are the more popular months. The diverse areas allow excellent safari experiences but advice should be sought to find the best one for you.

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Wilderness Safaris The private concessions, lodges and camps that Wilderness Safaris manage offer some of Africa's most impressive and untouched bush experiences. They have the largest choice of properties throughout the region - ranging from small remote intimate camps such as Duba Plains to top of the range luxury lodges like Mombo Camp which is rated as having some of the best big game viewing in Botswana. Throughout the highest standards are maintained. We have shown below two levels of accommodation – Premier is their luxury level and Classic offers a very high quality standard, and prices ranges are shown in the grey box. Then ones featured are just a selection of those available.

PREMIER CAMPS

VUMBURA PLAINS

D E LTA

Set in a private concession in the extreme north of the Delta, the two luxury camps, North & South camp, are interlinked but each has its own staff, dining, lounge and bar area. The rooms are enormous and each has a private plunge pool, sala, outdoor shower and views over the floodplain. * Game viewing drives, mekoro and guided walks.

MOMBO CAMP & L I T T L E M O M B O MOREMI Hidden on Chief’s Island, deep within the Moremi, these two intimate camps have 9 and 3 tented rooms respectively. Raised walkways link the rooms with the dining and living area. Large concentrations of wildlife may be viewed without leaving your verandah.

KINGS POOL

L I N YA N T I

Overlooking the lagoon and Linyanti River the camp has 9 tented rooms on raised decks with private plunge pools. The main public areas are under thatch and there is a ‘kgotla’ for dining under the stars. One of the highlights of the camp is the high wildlife noise levels.

* Game viewing drives, hides and walking trail.

* Game viewing drives, hides, and a boat for river cruises subject to water levels.

JACANA CAMP

C H I TA B E CA M P

CLASSIC CAMPS

XIGERA

D E LTA

D E LTA

MOREMI

Pronounced Keejera, the camp is in one of the most beautiful parts of the Delta and within Moremi. The 10 rooms overlook a year-round waterhole and are connected by a raised walkway with the dining area and swimming pool. It is a great place for birding (featuring Pel’s Fishing Owl) and general game viewing.

A true water camp being based on an island with amazing wildlife and teeming with birds. 5 Meru style en-suite tents with roofless showers are built on raised wooden decks and are linked to a cosy lounge, dining room and plunge pool. All year round mekoros and game drives are provided from September to May when the floodwaters have receded.

Pronounced Chitaabee, the camp is surrounded by waterways, marshlands, mopane woodland and open grasslands. The 8 walk-in tents are on elevated decks with the lodge containing the dining area, bar and lounge being reached by raised walkways. There are superb views over the open floodplains from the raised deck areas.

* Game viewing drives, boating and mekoro.

* Game viewing drives, hides and walking trails.

* Mekoros game viewing drives (seasonal)

S AV U T I C A M P

S AV U T E

D U M A TAU

L I N YA N T I

The camp has 7 large walk-in tents with the lodge housing the dining room and bar. The waterhole directly in front of the camp draws a variety of wildlife. The camp’s woodpile hide is famous for the best elephant viewing where one literally feels what it is like to be with a herd.

Set on raised decks overlooking an enormous lagoon, the camp has 10 spacious tented rooms. There is a dining room, lounge, bar and plunge pool. The camp is surrounded by floodplains, the Savute Channel and forest giving the opportunity of exploring various habitats.

* Game viewing drives and boating.

* Game viewing drives, mekoro and boating.

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Cost:

Depending on date of travel

Premier Camps:

Between £6,370 and £9,550 per person

Classic Camps:

Between £4,500 and £6,590 per person

Departures:

Daily with British Airways, South African Airways & Virgin Atlantic

Deposit:

Between £1,700 and £2,400 per person

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each of the three safari camps - eagle Island Camp, Khwai River lodge, and Savute elephant Camp - offer a uniquely different safari encounter based on the three distinct ecosystems in which they are located, from the green wetlands of the Delta, the forests and grassy plains of Moremi to the parched sands of Savute. Accommodation, service, cuisine, facilities and rangers are of exceptional quality.

EAGLE ISLAND CAMP

All the camps - Chief's in the delta, Stanley's and Baines' in the Moremi and Chobe Chilwero on the banks of the Chobe River - are ideally located so that you will encounter some of the best game viewing in Botswana. each has been developed with exceptional sensitivity to the surrounding environment and care is taken to ensure that the presence of the camps is not intrusive.

SANCTUARY BAINES' CAMP

D E LTA

D E LTA

Situated at Xaxaba (pronounced Kakaabaa), the 12 air-conditioned tents are built of timber, reed and canvas walls. Facilities include raised deck with bar looking out over the lagoon, shop, dining/lounge area and a pool. Game viewing is plentiful, as is the bird life. Game viewing flights by helicopter are also available.

Set in a huge private concession, this intimate camp has 5 well appointed suites set on elevated platforms in the tree line. Wooden decks offer expansive views over the Boro River and a lagoon teeming with life. The main area features an outdoor dining deck, swimming pool, dining, bar and lounge area. The camp is named after the famed 19th century explorer and artist.

* Game viewing drives, walking trails, boating and mekoro (subject to water levels).

* Game viewing drives, mekoro, boating and guided walks

K H WA I R I V E R L O D G E

SANCTUARY CHIEF ’S CAMP

MOREMI

MOREMI

This is one of Africa’s most famous safari lodges and is located close to Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It is set under a canopy of trees overlooking the lawns and pool and has 15 air conditioned thatch and canvas tents. In the lodge is the lounge, bar, dining room, library and camp shop and raised viewing platform.

Set in an area known as the 'predator capital of Africa', it is also home to large herds of elephant and buffalo. The 12 guest pavilions are hidden away in woodland and have their own private decks and indoor and outdoor showers. There is a communal decked living room with stunning views over the floodplains, while the dining area surrounds a fire pit on the very edge of the plains.

* Game viewing drives and guided walks.

* Game viewing drives and mekoro

S AV U T E E L E P H A N T C A M P

S AV U T E

S A N C T UA RY C H O B E C H I LW E R O

CHOBE

Overlooking the Savute Channel, the habitat for large herds of elephant, predators and birdlife. The camp has 12 air-conditioned tents with private viewing decks. There is a lounge/dining area, camp shop and specially constructed elephant proof swimming pool. An observation deck just 10m from the adjacent water-hole affords excellent game viewing.

Set on a hillside on the edge of the National Park with views over the Chobe River into Namibia, this luxurious retreat has 15 thatched en-suite cottages each with its own garden or balcony. There is a full service spa and the public areas are spacious and light. Children are welcome here with suitable activities arranged. Wildlife is seen in and around the camp and game drives into the Park and on the river trips are included.

* Game viewing drives.

* Game viewing drives and river cruises

Cost:

Between £4,320 and £6,635 per person depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic Deposit:

£1,600 per person

Luggage:

20kgs per person in soft bags

Cost:

Between £4,085 and £6,590 per person depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic Deposit:

£1,600 per person

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Desert & Delta Safaris Kwando Safaris A varied selection of 6 properties ranging from leroo la Tau in the remote southern area of Boteti-Makgadikgadi Pans to the large and highly acclaimed Chobe Game lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. The smaller camps are the delta camps of Xugana Island and Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi in the Moremi and Savute Safari lodge in Chobe National Park. All provide a wonderful safari experience.

Kwando Safaris is owned by the local citizens and prides itself on the attention given to guests throughout their stay. The Kwando Circuit combines a number of their different camps to provide the perfect Botswana combination. Day and night game drives, nature walks, fishing, mekoros are just some of the activities on offer with each camp offering their own activities to suit their location.

C A M P O K AVA N G O

KWA R A C A M P

D E LTA

D E LTA

The camp is on Nxaragha Island in the heart of the Delta. The main lodge has a bar, sitting area with wildlife library, dining room leading onto an expansive open-air patio where evenings around the fire can be enjoyed. There is also a bird-viewing hide and sundeck with plunge pool. Accommodating just 24 guests in custom African-style safari tents on raised teak platforms with en suite facilities and private viewing decks. All game viewing activities are conducted by experienced guides

Overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern part of the delta, the camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in 8 en suite tents on raised decks, each offering an outside shower and superb views of the lagoon. Facilities include a plunge pool, dining room, bar, lounge and gift shop. Towering African ebony and mangosteen trees ensure that the camp is always cool while the hundreds of birds add to the feeling of serenity in one of the Okavango's best kept secrets.

* Game viewing by boat, mekoro and walks.

* Game viewing drives, boating, mekoro and walks

CAMP MOREMI

LEBALA CAMP

MOREMI

KWA N D O

Situated on the beautiful Xakanaxa Lagoon on the eastern edge of the delta and within the Moremi, the lodge accommodates 22 guests in walkin safari tents with private adjacent facilities. Each tent is on a raised teak platform affording views out over the bush. Shaded by a giant ebony tree is the Tree Lodge with main lounge, library, dining room and bar. There is also a swimming pool and outdoor boma.

In the south of the Kwando concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia, the camp has 8 en suite tents with views over the plains from their teak decks. There is a plunge pool, lounge, bar dinning room, gift shop, game viewing hide and fire place area to enjoy sundowners and the sky at night.

* Game viewing drives and boating

* Game viewing drives, walks, mekoro and boating.

S AV U T E S A FA R I L O D G E

S AV U T E

LAGOON CAMP

KWA N D O

Ideally positioned on the banks of the Stolen River the area boasts a large concentration of wildlife which can be viewed from open 4WD vehicles into the Chobe National Park and the Savute Channel. Trips to the ancient San rock paintings are made and open a window on the past. 12 thatched chalets provide guests with comfortable en-suite accommodation with private viewing decks. The public areas include a lounge and bar along with a pool. Meals are usually taken in the open air.

Perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River the camp nestles beneath towering trees and accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 traditionally styled tents, one of which is a family unit and all are en-suite with inside & outside showers. Activities include game drives, guided walks (seasonal), fishing and evening boat cruises. Lagoon enjoys an excellent reputation for large herds of elephant and buffalo and their associated predators.

* Game drives, rock paintings

* Game drives, guided walks, fishing, boat cruises.

Cost:

Between £3,263 and £4,640 per person depending on date of travel

Cost:

Between £3,135 and £5,654 per person depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic

Departures: Daily with British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic

Deposit:

£1,200 per person

Deposit:

£1,400 per person

Luggage:

20kgs per person in soft bags

Luggage:

20kgs per person in soft bags

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There is an excellent choice of lodges and camps in other areas of Botswana operated by a number of high quality safari companies. each has its own unique attractions and we will assist you in selecting the best ones to match your own preferences.

MUCHENJE SAFARI LODGE

&BEYOND

KER & DOWNEY

This owner-run lodge can accommodate a maximum of 22 guests in well appointed chalets, each with a balcony affording stunning views over the Chobe River. The main lodge has a dining area, bar and viewing platform. The swimming pool overlooks the river, perfect in the heat of midday.

&Beyond are a well-established and experienced operator of safari camps and lodges in Botswana and are renowned for their high quality service. They have a wide range to suit all tastes and we will be happy to recommend properties to suit your individual preferences. The choice of camps includes Sandibe, Xaranna Nxabega and Xudum.

With over 40 years’ experience in operating safaris, Ker & Downey are perfectly positioned to provide some of the most attractive camps and lodges in Botswana complimented by some of the best guides and rangers. A holiday here will remain with you always. Camps include Shinde, Okuti and Kanana.

The Pans In the south of the country is Makgadikgadi National Park, a stunning remote wilderness reserve with endless vistas of rolling grasslands, desert palms and salt pans. The game viewing can be extraordinary with huge herds of zebra, wildebeest and amazing birdlife. The remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve is noted for its scenery and large migratory herds.

JACKS CAMP

TA U PA N

N XA I PA N

Ten stylish en suite canvas tents with outdoor showers are set into a palm grove in the Makgadikgadi Pans creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments. Activities include limited usage of quad bikes and vehicles on the pans, seasonal viewing of the zebra and wildebeest migration, birding, walking trails, visits to the historic baobab trees and, weather permitting, fly-camping out on the pans.

This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is a model of environmental sensitivity. It accommodates up to 18 guests in specially designed thatched units on raised decks. The camp offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune and overlooks the famous Tau Pan recognised for its stark beauty and remoteness. Game drives, trips to Deception Valley, star gazing, and bush brunches and nature walks are some of the activities.

Pronounced ‘Ny’, located on the edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces open grasslands and accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in thatched units designed to provide a comfortable temperature when seasonal temperatures can fluctuate. Activities offered are game drives, visit to Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan, star gazing, as well as nature walks with Bushman trackers.

Mashatu Game Reserve The remote south-east is a diverse and beautiful area noted for its fine game and places of historical interest.

MAIN CAMP

TENTED CAMP

ACTIVITIES

14 luxury suites provide en-suite accommodation with aircon and are ideal for families. Superb meals are taken in the dining area and guests can relax in the swimming pool. A Discovery Room educates and fascinates guests with animal specimens and relics. There is an excellent waterhole next to the camp.

45 mins from the Main Camp is a different refuge, providing a one-on-one bush experience for those who prefer a more intimate environment. Children under 12 are not permitted. There are 8 spacious en-suite tents each mounted on a platform, and plunge pool for all guests.

Both camps offer a range of activities in addition to the usual game drives, these include horse safaris, cycle & mountain bike rides, predator drives, walking safaris & cultural tours (charges apply)

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Overland Camping Safari

An exciting overland safari taking in some of the finest game viewing areas in northern Botswana. The twin bedded walk-in tents have en-suite long drop toilets and bucket showers with leD rechargeable lights in the tent and bathroom areas and an oil/paraffin lamp on the verandah. Throughout your safari you will see an amazing variety of game and birdlife. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Day 2

Fly to Maun and then by light aircraft to Xakanaxa in the Moremi Game Reserve. Commence your safari and travel to your camp for the following 3 nights. (FP+)

Day 3-4

Days spent on game drives and boating. Habitats here range from wide open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, woodland and savannah. Some of the best game viewing in Africa is to be seen here including large herds of buffalo, prides of lion and the endangered wild dogs.

Day 5

A slow drive northwards through Moremi to Khwai River. The day’s journey follows this water course with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into mopane veld and woodland. Pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools before arriving at the camp site where the next 3 nights are spent. (FP+)

Day 6-7

Days are spent driving between the dry-land habitats of the woodlands, savannah and riverside backwaters of the Khwai. The area boasts large populations of elephant, lion, leopard and amazing array of birdlife.

Cost: Departures:

Deposit: Luggage:

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Between £3,917 and £4,317 depending on date of travel. Various throughout the year with South African Airways subject to a minimum of 2 persons. £1,100 per person 20kg per person in soft bags

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Head further north and enter the Chobe National Park where 3 nights are spent in an exclusive wilderness campsite in the Savuti region. (FP+)

Day 9-10 This is a very varied landscape ranging from desert-like country to marsh land and savannah. Prides of lion are frequently seen as well as large herds of elephant. The marsh area is also prime cheetah country. Also the chance of going on a bushman painting walk.

Day 11

Drive along the Chobe River to Chobe Safari Lodge and in the afternoon enjoy a boat cruise. The safari then terminates. Transfer to The David Livingstone Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia. (B)

Day 12

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Johannesburg to connect with the evening flight to London.

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Okavango Horse Safaris

This canoeing and walking adventure safari navigates some 45km along the Selinda Spillway in the heart of the Selinda Reserve. Days are spent paddling eastwards, in stable Canadian-style canoes with cushioned seats, viewing wildlife and bird species that may be seen along the banks. Nights are spent in fly camps (comprising dome tents with hot bucket showers and short-drop toilets). The area is well known for elephant, buffalo, antelope, and wild dog, as well as some 300 bird species. Cheetah, lion and leopard are occasionally seen. The area evokes remoteness and solitude.

Okavango Horse Safaris are regarded as one of the leading horse riding safari operators in southern Africa. Groups of a maximum of eight riders partake in a 5, 7 or 10 day itinerary, with accommodation using a choice of their camps which include Kujwana Camp, Mokolwane Camp or Qwaapa Fly Camp. Itineraries can vary with each departure as the aim is to focus on the best opportunity available to experience the landscape of the Okavango Delta and for an undestanding of the eco-system, flora and fauna of this truly unique area. An example itinerary for a five day safari is shown below.

Day 1

Day 1

Arrive Maun and transfer by light aircraft to Kujwana Camp. Lunch with introductory talk with advice on game viewing by horseback. 1-2hr orientation ride. (FB+)

Day 2

Morning ride in the Xudum area, which will entail wading through the

Day 2

The trail begins at Selinda airfield in the mid-afternoon, with a transfer to the starting point of the canoe trail. After a briefing, paddle to the evening's first camp on the banks of the Spillway The dome-tented camp is erected and a well-deserved sundowner is enjoyed around the campfire before dinner. (FB+)

floodplains from island to island. Return to the camp for lunch.

After an early breakfast head out in the canoes for a full day of paddling, with lunch en route and the possibility of stretching ones

Afternoon siesta before an afternoon game drive with sundowners. (FB+) Day 3

An early breakfast and then continue along the water course by canoe for another full-day excursion and set up camp for the last night of this trail. (FB+)

Ride east to Beacon and Lion Island, two large islands that offer a contrast to the Xudum area due to the Mopane forests. Head to Qwaapa Fly Camp where you will overnight. Afternoon walk in the area with the opportunity to learn more about the plant life of the area. (FB+)

Day 4

Head out after breakfast, aiming to finish at around mid morning. At this point transfer by road to the Selinda airstrip, where you continue by light aircraft to the next part of your safari.

A full days ride south through the open plains, which are ideal for plains game. Picnic lunch is served en route, before the afternoon ride along the Qwaapa River back to camp. (FB+)

Day 5

Morning ride back to Kujwana Camp. Light aircraft transfer back to Maun.

Note:

Recommended for proficient riders able to spend between 4-6 hours in the saddle each day. Maximum weight of 90kg, although options are available for those over 90kg. It is strongly advised that a riding hat is worn. Molokwane Camp and Qwaapa Fly Camp do close in low season (Jan-Feb/Mar). Activities are available for non-riders.

legs if something is worth investigating on foot. Tonight’s camp is in another suitable location as progress is gradually made down the Spillway. (FB+) Day 3

Day 4

Note:

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Selinda Canoe Trail

A night spent at Selinda or Zarafa camps before or after the Trail is highly recommended.

Cost from: Departures: Deposit: Luggage:

£1,191 per person Various departures in May to October £300 per person 20kg per person in soft bags

Cost from: Departures: Deposit: Luggage:

£2,788 per person (5 day safari) Various throughout the year £1,700 per person 15kg per person in soft bags

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Heartlands of Africa Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi

A region with an amazing diversity of animal and birdlife plus the awesome Victoria Falls which must be rated as one of the modern ‘Seven Wonders of the World’

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Until 1960 the remote Zambezi valley was home to the Batonka people and then everything changed with the building of Kariba Dam and the creation of the 180 mile-long Lake Kariba. In Kariba town you can visit the dam wall, the observation point and the unique church to St. Barbara which was built to commemorate the 86 Italian workers who lost their lives building the dam.

Essential Information

Zimbabwe

Capital: Harare Time: GMT +2 hrs

Zimbabwe has always been one of our favourite destinations and we are pleased to include it in our programme. Not only does it have a wealth of spectacular scenery but also excellent game viewing, fine accommodation and warm, friendly people. With our first hand knowledge of the country we will be pleased to give advice and create the most suitable itinerary for you.

Fly to: Harare or via Johannesburg Visas: Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malaria Precautions should be taken.

V I C TO R I A FA l l S

Best time to visit: March to November. Zimbabwe National Tourist Board Tel: 0207 845 6689 Currency: US Dollar

Climate: Dec

Mar

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The Victoria Falls has to be one of the great scenic wonders of the world, a curtain of water one and a quarter miles wide plunges 300 feet into the gorge. The area surrounding the Falls has been left untouched and you can wander along cobbled pathways, through the rain forest, to the edge of the great chasm. The greatest flow of water is usually in April and May whilst the least amount is normally around October and November

H WA N G e N A T I O N A l PA R K & M A N A P O O l S The country’s largest national park, both in size and variety of birds and animals is Hwange National Park. It is accessible by road from Victoria Falls or by light aircraft. Apart from elephant, game to be seen includes buffalo, lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe, wild dog and birdlife with over 430 species recorded. Another great area for game viewing is the World Heritage site of Mana Pools National Park which stretches for 44 miles along the banks of the Zambezi River downstream from Lake Kariba. This is a wildlife paradise with a great variety of game and birdlife.

lAKe KARIBA Man-made Lake Kariba covers an area of 1,390 square miles and is a sea of blue, island studded water. Along the southern shore are a number of private lodges which are reached by boat or light aircraft from Kariba. Activities include game viewing, fishing, boating and relaxing in wonderful surroundings.

OTHeR AReAS Other areas for consideration are the fascinating ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the lovely resort hotels in the majestic Eastern Highlands and the Matobo National Park to south of Bulawayo with its huge fascinating granite rock formations and ancient rock paintings.

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Zimbabwe

Classic Zimbabwe Journey

The country has so much to offer the visitor and we have combined in this tour some of the top attractions such as the Victoria Falls, game viewing and the beautiful Matobo region. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow.

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg in the morning and connect with the flight to Bulawayo. Transfer by road into the Matobo Hills and stay at Camp Amalinda for 3 nights. (FP).

Day 3-4

Viewing the amazing rock formations, ancient rock paintings and local animals and birdlife.

Day 5-7

Transfer by road to Hwange National Park and The Hide safari lodge for 3 nights. Enjoy game viewing drives by open safari vehicle. (FP+)

Day 8

Transfer by road to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for 2 nights. (BB)

Day 9

At leisure for local sightseeing. Numerous optional tours available such as ‘Flight of Angels’, sundowner cruise and elephant back ride. (BB)

Day 10

Afternoon flight to Johannesburg. Depart on the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 11

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Note:

This journey may be extended to include the Mana Pools, Eastern Highlands and/or Lake Kariba.

Cost:

Between £3,430 and £3,942 per person depending on date of travel

Departures:

Daily with British Airways, South African Airways or Virgin Atlantic

Deposit:

£500 per person

Park Fees:

Approx US$180 payable locally

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE

THE HIDE

About 5 minutes by road from the town centre and set in 200 acres of unspoilt African bush, the hotel fronts onto a waterhole which can be viewed from the 66 bedrooms, 6 splitlevel suites and public rooms. There is a restaurant, open bar area, library, swimming pool and shop. A courtesy bus operates throughout the day to and from the town centre

The camp, often voted as ‘The Best Safari Camp in Zimbabwe’, lies in a remote part of the park and has East African style en suite tents for a maximum of 20 guests. Each tent has a large front porch from which you can view the game coming to the waterhole. Also overlooking the waterhole is a large ‘A’ frame lodge housing the dining area, lounge, bar and library.

CAMP AMALINDA The granite domes and kopjes of the Matobo Hills, to the south of Bulawayo, are among the most majestic rock formations in the world. The lodge has 9 beautifully appointed individual rooms set into the boulders and from the main house there are panoramic views towards the hills. The lodge boats a fine wine cellar set in a natural cave, library, swimming pool and spa.

N AT U R E WAY S Below the Kariba Gorge the Zambezi River becomes a tranquil river and it is here that you can experience a canoe safari. By going with the current the safari can be enjoyed by all with a reasonable level of fitness. All camps are fully backed up with staff, walk-in tents and food being prepared freshly in camp by bush chefs. You leave your camp with the sunrise and find a cool drink and a warm fire awaiting you at your newly assembled camp come sunset. The day is spent meandering downstream exploring its many channels and taking the occasional walk along the beautiful shoreline. Trips can be of various duration, from 3 to 10 days, and operate from Kariba, Chirundu and Mana Pools. Please contact us for full details.

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Victoria Falls

VICTORIA FALLS The Falls has to be one of the great scenic wonders of the world – a curtain of water one and a quarter miles wide plunges 300 feet into the gorge. One of the great joys of the Falls is that the area has been left untouched and you can wander long cobbled pathways, through the rain forest to the edge of the great chasm. The village of Victoria Falls has over the past few years grown into a town and offers the visitor a selection of shops, restaurants and choice of hotels. Various tours are available including the famous ‘Flight of Angels’ which takes you over the Falls by light aircraft or helicopter, white water rafting and a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi.

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

ILALA LODGE

ELEPHANT CAMP

Set in acres of private gardens with views towards the Falls and railway bridge, the colonial style hotel exudes great charm and elegance and its position is unbeatable. The bedrooms are well furnished and it should be noted that very few (mainly suites) have a Falls view. There is a choice of dining venues, swimming pool and tennis court.

This thatched hotel right in the centre of the village offers comfortable accommodation in 32 air conditioned en suite rooms and 2 suites, each opening on to the gardens or balcony. There is a popular a la carte restaurant, choice of bars and a terrace overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. The Zambezi National Park borders the property and animals often graze on the hotel lawns.

Located some 10 kilometres from the town of Victoria Falls, the camp has breathtaking view of the stunning gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The 12 comfortably appointed tents are gorge facing and have private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath, inside and outside shower. It is possible to take an elephant back ride (charges apply).

Hwange National Park Between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, this is the country’s largest National Park, both in size and variety of animals and birds. All our recommended lodges are on private concession land alongside or within the reserve and game viewing drives are by open safari vehicle accompanied by an experienced ranger. Game to be seen includes elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, antelope, giraffe and wild dog. It is a great area for birding and over 430 different species have been recorded. Temperatures in winter can fluctuate tremendously between day and night therefore, a warm jacket should be taken, especially between June and August.

LITTLE MAKALOLO

MAKALOLO PLAINS CAMP

SOMALISA CAMP

The camp's 6 rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for electricity ensuring a lighter environmental footprint. The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire. There is a log pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours

The camp is built on raised teak decks and boardwalks, providing panoramic views over the Somavundla Pan with its excellent concentrations of wildlife. There are 10 large, comfortable tented rooms with en-suite facilities as well as an outdoor shower. The main area has a lounge, pub, plunge pool and dining area. A well-situated bunker hide provides game viewing during the heat of the day.

Its stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain gives breath taking views of the savannah plains over the famous Kennedy Vlei. There are 6 elegantly furnished canvas en suite tents and bush shower. The main area and pool overlook the pan where the herds of game congregate offering rare moments of outstanding nature.

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Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba

LAKE KARIBA Downstream from the mighty Victoria Falls the Zambezi River flows into the massive inland sea of lake Kariba which stretches for some 180 miles and was created in 1960 by the building of the massive Kariba Dam. The lake covers an area of 1,390 square miles and is a sea of blue, island studded water. On the southern lakeshore, accessible from Kariba town by speedboat, light aircraft or float plane, are a number of lodges, camps and house boats. Stretching from the Sanyati River Gorge to the ume River is the Matusadona National Park and this wilderness is home to a great diversity of game including elephant, buffalo and lion. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle, boat, canoe and on foot.

RHINO ISLAND SAFARI CAMP

MUSANGO SAFARI CAMP

RUCKOMECHI CAMP

At the entrance to the camp is the main boma, the central area with its spacious platform completely open at the sides allowing the breeze from the lake to cool the interior. Below is the bar, dining and lounge area. Each of the six en suite twin bedded rooms are on elevated wooden platforms with thatched roofs. Reed half walls at the sides and back allow for natural ventilation.

Set on the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park, the 6 large safari tents, each with en suite bathroom, are set in thick forest and face east over the lake, towards the rising sun. There is also a Honeymoon suite with its own verandah and plunge pool. Game viewing is mainly on foot but drives are available on request and the camp also has canoes for enjoying the tranquility of the lake.

Accommodating guests in ten spacious en-suite tents , all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favourite amongst guests: its outdoor 'bathwith-a-view' in a secluded, scenic spot. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment. There is an infinity pool and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck.

Other Destinations To the east of the country are the impressive eastern Highlands with rolling hills, gorges, lakes and waterfalls. There are a number of resort hotels and the driving time from Harare is about 4.5 hours. South of Bulawayo is a jumble of granite rocks that make up the Matopos National Park (Matobo Hills) which have some of Africa’s finest ancient rock paintings. The ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, a World Heritage Site, is fascinating. The towering ‘stone houses’ are the remains of a city of some 20,000 people who prospered between the 12th and 15th centuries. The cities of Harare and Bulawayo offer not only shopping opportunities but also various places of interest.

L E O PA R D R O C K

MEIKLES

S I N G I TA P A M U S H A N A L O D G E

This is one of Zimbabwe’s finest resort hotels and is set high in the hills above Mutare. It has outstanding accommodation ranging from standard rooms to superb suites. There are charming lounges, a fine restaurant and bar. In the extensive grounds are a swimming pool, bowling green, stables and its famous challenging 18-hole championship golf course.

In the heart of Harare, opposite, Unity Square, the hotel is acknowledged as being the best in the city. There is a choice of restaurants, a popular bar – ‘Out of Africa’ - which is the meeting place for local businessmen, guests and travellers, lounges, shop, beauty salon and a roof top swimming pool. The 317 rooms are well appointed and located in 2 wings.

The lodge is in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south-eastern Zimbabwe. The lodge comprises six luxury suites and one villa, each offering incredible views of the Malilangwe dam. The reserve is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare and endangered species – such as Roan and sable antelope, and black rhino.

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The extraordinary and rare Shoebill Stork can be found in the smaller reserves such as the Bangweulu Swamps. It is long in leg and when fully mature stands well over 3 feet high and its massive beak is about 4 inches broad and 9 inches in length. Its habitat is normally amongst papyrus and tall grasses and when breeding it usually lays 1 to 3 eggs in a large flat nest.

Zambia

Essential Information Capital: Lusaka Time: GMT +2 hrs Fly to: Lusaka or Livingstone via Johannesburg. Visas: Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malarial precautions should be taken. If travelling onwards to South Africa or neighbouring countries then a valid Yellow Fever immunization certificate is required. Best time to visit: March to November.

S O u T H l uA N G WA N A T I O N A l PA R K In the east of the country is the famous South Luangwa National Park which is renowned for it diversity of wildlife and outstanding birdlife. The reserve covers 9,000 square km and lies between the Luangwa River and Mchinga Escarpment. A highlight are the walking trails that can be undertaken including those linking a number of lodges. Access is by daily air service from Lusaka to Mfuwe or by charter flight from Lilongwe in Malawi.

Zambia National Tourist Board Tel: 0207 589 6655 Currency: Kwacha Climate: Dec

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Zambia is at the heart of Africa, a beautiful and friendly country offering an almost unparalleled variety of first rate safari options, together with the wonder of the Victoria Falls. There are many safari lodges and bush camps from which to choose. Some open in the dry season only (Apr - Nov) while others include the ‘green season’ too (Nov – Mar). There are many activities available. Walking tours were pioneered in Zambia and the chance to walk from one camp to another through the bush with an expert tracker guide is to touch the spirit of Africa. Your Zambian safari can easily be combined with a luxury beach resort in Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa or Mauritius.

l OW e R Z A M B e Z I N AT I O N A l PA R K The Lower Zambezi National Park is another outstanding reserve and is located on the banks of the Zambezi River. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle, walking trail, boat or canoe. Access is normally by light aircraft from Lusaka and then by boat to your lodge.

K A F u e N AT I O N A l PA R K The closest reserve to the Victoria Falls is Kafue National Park which extends to a staggering 22,400 square km. This enormous and underdeveloped pristine wilderness is home to an impressive variety of big game. The spectacular Busanga Plains in the north of the park forms one of the country’s most significant wetland resources .

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Zambia

Classic Zambia Journey

This journey, as it names suggests, combines Zambia’s top attractions – the South luangwa Valley which is acknowledged as having some of the finest game in Africa, the lower Zambezi with its water and land game activities and the spectacular Victoria Falls. The itinerary is flexible and alternative reserves such as Kafue can be incorporated. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport.

Day 2-6

Arrive Lusaka in the morning and fly to Mfuwe in the South Luangwa. Spend 5 nights at your chosen lodges. On safari with game viewing by open safari vehicle and walking trail. (FP)

Day 7-9

Transfer by light aircraft via Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi National Park for a

ROBIN POPE SAFARIS

SANCTUARY LODGES

In the South Luangwa you can stay in one lodge for the duration, or choose 2 of Robin Pope Safaris 4 outstanding lodges. In the Lower Zambezi you will stay at the Chongwe River Lodge which is set at the confluence of 2 rivers. Your trip will end at the highly acclaimed Tongabezi Lodge just up stream from Victoria Falls.

Stay at two of the following Sanctuary Lodges, Chichele Presidential Lodge, Puku Ridge Lodge or Zebra Plains Walking Camp (open Jun-Oct). In the Lower Zambezi Chiawa Camp is situated on the Zambezi. Your final lodge is Sussi & Chuma which has 12 tree houses connected by walkways.

Norman Carr: Between £6,031 and £6,877

NORMAN CARR SAFARIS

B U S H C A M P C O M PA N Y

Sanctuary:

Between £4,940 and £6,544

Bushcamp:

Between £5,018 and £6,247

Your South Luangwa safari will comprise of a selection of 2 of the Norman Carr Safari bush camps. Flying onto Old Mondoro Camp in the Lower Zambezi for a three night stay, before ending your trip on Sindabezi Island which is situated in the middle of the Zambezi, just upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls.

With 6 camps in the South Luangwa you can choose 2 camps, with the option of walking from camp to camp with an experienced guide. Alternatively choose just one camp for your stay. Your Lower Zambezi base is the Royal Zambezi Lodge, staying in tents. The Islands of Siankaba situated 38kms upstream from the Falls is a magical place for the final part of your trip.

stay of 3 nights. Game activities by vehicle, boat, canoe and walking. (FP) Day 10-11 Transfer by light aircraft to Livingstone and stay at your chosen lodge for 2 nights. At leisure for local sightseeing and choice of activities. (FP) Day 12

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Johannesburg and connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 13

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Cost:

Depending on date of travel based on min of 2 persons travelling.

Robin Pope: Between £5,078 and £6,252

Departures: Wed, Fri & Sun with British Airways - Apr to Nov only Deposit:

£1,700 per person

Luggage:

12kg per person in soft bags

Park Fees:

Included

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South Luangwa National Park

This is rated as one of the best national parks in Africa with a wide variety of landscapes - from dense forests to wide open grassy plains and rivers with ox bow lakes. This creates a profusion of varied animal and birdlife and one is assured of a wonderful safari experience. The area is noted for its walking trails led by armed professional rangers and trackers

N KWA L I

CHAMILANDU

MCHENJA CAMP

This camp is open all year round and is set just outside of the National Park with access to the reserve by either boat (2 minutes) or the nearby pontoon (10 minutes). The chalets are large, cool and spacious, with a great view of the river. The bar area, right on the edge of the river, is built around a huge ebony tree with fantastic views of the river. Meals are usually under the trees by a lagoon or river, on the deck or in the bush.

Early morning views don’t get much better than the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky. From your unique vantage point you can watch as animals roam across the landscape, or swing through the trees above your head. There are just three stilted chalets at this exclusive camp, set on the riverbank beneath a soaring ebony grove. Enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area.

Meaning "ebony", the camp occupies a stunning setting beneath a magnificent grove of these trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. The camp comprises 4 stylishly designed tents each under its own thatched roof and with a deck in front overlooking the river. The tents have inside baths with an outside shower room. There is a small pool alongside the bar within the thatched main lounge. Guests can choose whether they want to view the wildlife on foot or from an open safari vehicle.

NSEFU

BILIMUNGWE

KA PA N I C A M P

The camp is set on a sweeping bend of the river in the heart of the reserve. Each of the en suite rondavels has a clear view of the river, through both the large windows and from the wooden verandahs. The dining room has a superb view of the river and throughout the heat of the day, elephants come to drink and then cross the river. The bar and sitting room, tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night.

Here, the traditions of the African bushcamp meet elegance and style to create a stunning camp. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of the lodge is the cool, shady lounge area that looks out over one of the camp’s three waterholes. Settle down in a cosy armchair with a sundowner and relax as you watch a display of spectacular birds and animals that clearly feel as comfortable here as you do. With the open waters of the Luangwa River on your doorstep and a nearby plain where leopard prowl, it’s a nature-lover’s paradise.

Situated on the banks of one of the many ox-bow lagoons, the camp accommodates just 18 guests and is open throughout the year. Each of the 8 suites has its own lounge with bar fridge and the beds have overhead fans inside their walk-in mosquito nets. The Lagoon House is even more spacious with private views and is ideal for honeymooners or a family group. A thatched building in the centre of the lodge houses the lounge and library. It is pleasantly cool in the hot weather and warm and cozy in the cooler months with an open fire.

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Lower Zambezi National Park

Scenically bordered by an impressive escarpment, the river meanders through the park attracting much wildlife to the river and islands and can be viewed from either the land or water. Canoeing is also a favourite pastime and quietly drifting by the wildlife is a great experience. Birdlife is prolific with over 300 species being recorded.

C H I AWA C A M P

CHONGWE RIVER CAMP

SAUSAGE TREE

The family owned camp offers a wide range of land and water based activities led by some of Africa’s top guides. There are 8 en suite tents, each set on its own elevated wooden platform, overlooking the river. The lounge and bar area has an observation platform built into the roof and the dining area overlooks the river. Game drives, walks, boating and fishing. The camp is open from May to mid November.

Positioned under a canopy of huge Winterthorn Acacias, it has stunning views over the confluence of two rivers and to the mountains of the escarpment in the north. It occupies an unrivalled position and there are large well appointed chalets consisting of Mulati tents under thatch, with large open air en suite bathrooms. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle, walking and by boat.

The camp, set high on the riverbank, overlooks the scenic channels dotted with water lilies and pods of hippo. The large en suite tents sleep 16 guests and all have river views. The area is noted for impala, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard. Game viewing is by boat, canoe and open safari vehicle. Fishing and boat cruises are also available. Open May to mid November.

OLD MONDORO

KASAKA RIVER LODGE

R OYA L Z A M B E Z I

The camp is set on a beautiful site overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels. The bush chalets, with views over the river, have en suite facilities with flush toilets and canvas bucket showers. The main tent serves as a lounge and dining area and the bush kitchen provides fine meals including fresh baked bread daily. The camp is open from June to October.

Located on the banks of the Zambezi 4 kms from the National Park, the lodge has beautifully appointed tents which connected to the main lodge by walkways which allow animals to wander freely within the camp. The main living area nestles amongst tamarind trees creating the perfect location for viewing various species of wildlife. Game viewing by vehicle, boat, canoe and walking trail.

This luxury lodge, open March to November, overlooks the river and has 10 classic suites and 4 de luxe suites - all superbly appointed tented rooms. It is noted for its gourmet cuisine and also boasts a spa with treatments on the banks of the river surrounded by the African bush. Activities include boating, drives, walks, canoeing and fishing.

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Kafue National Park

located in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue is the oldest and largest of the country’s National Parks having first been established in the 1950’s. Despite being only 2 hours drive from livingstone it remains little known and largely unexplored. The scale and beauty of Kafue is quite bewildering - from the seasonal spectacular game viewing in the north to the perennial game to be found year round in the south. From June to November the Busanga Plains in the north are alive with vast herds of antelope and buffalo and, consequently, some of the best predator viewing in Africa.

F LY- I N S A F A R I From Livingstone and Lusaka flights operate into the Kafue National Park. From the airstrips, safari vehicles will take you to your chosen camp. Your safari can be of 3 nights duration or longer and it is possible to combine two or more camps in this massive reserve. This will give you the opportunity of

BUSANGA BUSH CAMP

NANZHILA PLAINS SAFARI CAMP

Amongst the grassy floodplains, this camp is perfectly situated for some of the best lion viewing in Africa. It caters for 8 guests in 4 well appointed rooms built of reed and canvas with wall-to-wall views of the spectacular wildlife that frequents the plain in front of the camp. Activities include game drives day and night. The camp is open from June to November.

The camp is located in the seldom visited southern sector of Kafue. The plains play host to numerous antelope species along with strong populations of wild dog and cheetah. The birdlife is phenomenal all year. The lodge has 4 cottages and 3 tents. Under the shade of a huge tree is the dining, lounge and bar area. Activities include day and night game drives and guided walks. The camp is open from June until November.

experiencing the different wildlife habitats and varied landscape.

Day 1

Fly by light aircraft from Livingstone or Lusaka to Kafue. Transfer to your lodge for a stay of 3 nights. (FP)

Day 2-3

Days spent game viewing.

Day 4

Light aircraft transfer to Livingstone or Lusaka.

Cost from:

Depending on date of travel

Departures:

(seasonal) Saturday and Tuesdays from Livingstone Busanga Bush Camp £2,519 per person Nanzhila Plains £781 per person (by road)

SHUMBA CAMP

KAINGU SAFARI LODGE

Situated close to permanent water and shaded under fig trees, Shumba Camp is named after the lion with prides of sometimes up to 20 strong. There are 6 luxury en-suite safari tents, all on raised platforms with spectacular views, and the raised dining area takes in the morning sunrise. A pool provides a cool oasis during the day. There are day and night game-drives, guided walks and seasonal boating activities.

Beside the Kafue River, offering a magnificent safari experience, the lodge has been built to harmonise with the natural surroundings. The en-suite safari tents, under thatch, are based on platforms overlooking the river. The focal point of the lodge is the open-air central boma with lounge, dining room and bar. Activities include game drives, walking safaris, river activities including fishing. The camp is open all year.

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Shumba Camp £2,820 per person Departures:

Daily from Lusaka (by road) Kaingu Safari Lodge From £854 per person

Luggage:

Between 12kg - 20kg depending on airline.

Park Fees:

Included

Deposit:

£500 per person

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LIVINGSTONE & VICTORIA FALLS Viewed from any angle Victoria Falls is truly an amazing sight. The Zambezi River drops into a chasm which is over 1km wide and plunges to a depth of over 100m. Its traditional name is Mosi oa Tunya – ‘the smoke that thunders’ – very apt as the rising spray from this great natural wonder can be see from up to 25km away.

Livingstone, 5km from the Falls, has become a major tourist resort with an international airport served daily from Johannesburg. Several resort hotels are close to the Victoria Falls whilst upstream a number of small quality lodges offer a very high standard of comfort with a range of activities and sightseeing included within the tariff. There are many adventure activities available including white water rafting, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, elephant back safaris and trips over the Victoria Falls by microlight, helicopter or light aircraft. A 220 metre cable car travels to the foot of the Batoka Gorge, where thrilling jet boat rides can be taken on the river below the Falls. Safaris into neighbouring Botswana are a popular combination.

Z A M B E Z I S U N & R OYA L L I V I N G S T O N E These two large hotels are adjacent and occupy a prime position being so close to the Falls. The Zambezi Sun is classified as a 3 star hotel and has 212 air conditioned bedrooms, each with private patio or balcony. The central reception area has a buffet restaurant, entertainment area and bar. Outside entertainments centre around the swimming pool. The 5 star Royal Livingstone has 173 air conditioned rooms in 2 storey clusters and each has 10 rooms with balconies or terraces and views towards the river. Facilities include evening a la carte restaurant, hairstylist, massage in the privacy of your room or at a special facility by the pool. From the shaded verandah and sun deck there are stunning views of the river. Both hotels offer an extensive range of sporting, leisure activities and tours. BASIS BB ROYAL LIVINGSTONE: ZAMBEZI SUN:

01JAN-30NOV13 £242 £116

01DEC-31DEC13 On request On request

T H E D AV I D L I V I N G S T O N E

THORNTREE RIVER LODGE

This colonial style 4 star hotel sits right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River just 5 kms up stream from the Victoria Falls. Accommodation comprises of 72 well appointed bedrooms and 5 loft suites and from each room there are magnificent views of the river. Open shutters in the bathrooms give guests a view over the river from the bath. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge and tropical swimming pool. The spa offers an extensive range of treatments and beauty therapies. Numerous optional excursions and tours such as a helicopter flight over the Falls, elephant back riding, jet boating and canoeing can be arranged and the hotel operates its own launch, the ‘MV Lady Livingstone’ for daily river cruises.

Situated just a few kilometres upstream from the Falls inside the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, the lodge has 9 spacious bedrooms, each with a spectacular view over the river from the covered verandah. In the main lodge is a bar, lounge and a communal dining table for meals. Weather permitting, dinner is also served outdoors under the African night sky. A highlight of a stay here is an elephant back safari (charges applicable) and these take place in the morning and late afternoon. The possibility of spotting game is enhanced from your elevated position and afterwards you are encouraged to interact with these magnificent animals. Includes one activity per day.

BASIS BB

BASIS FB*

01JAN-31DEC13 £174

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S TA N L E Y S A FA R I L O D G E

RIVER CLUB

Located 3 kms east of the Falls and set high on a hill overlooking the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, the lodge is decorated in a blend of Colonial and African ethnic tones. The cottage accommodation varies from enclosed Colonial style rooms to spacious open thatch rooms in a rustic style. All 10 rooms have en suite facilities with a lounge area and a private garden. The suites also have a small plunge pool. From the thatched dining room and lounge there are extensive views over the surrounding bush. Just below, on a terrace, is the infinity pool and this provides a lovely setting with the spray from the Victoria Falls as a backdrop. Includes local drinks, house wines and laundry.

Located 18km up stream from the Falls, this stunning Edwardian colonial-style lodge is set in lush riverine vegetation. Each of the 10 beautifully appointed chalets is under thatch and are split-level, open fronted, so that you can enjoy the vista of the river from both bed and bath! The main building houses the dining room, comfortable lounge, drawing room, well stocked library and a wide verandah on which breakfast and teas are served. The impressive swimming pool has been built to seem part of the river. Many activities are included in the tariff including canoeing, boating, sundowner cruises and visits to the Falls, game reserve and local villages.

*Includes selected activities BASIS FB+ 01JAN-09JAN13 10JAN-31MAR13 01APR-30JUN13 £260

£234

£272

01JUL-31OCT13

01NOV-30NOV13

01DEC-19DEC13

20DEC-31DEC13

£310

£272

£247

£272

*Includes selected activities BASIS FB+

01JAN-10JAN13

11JAN-31DEC13

£368

£383

TONGABEZI

THE ISLANDS

The camp is set 20km upstream from the Falls on a sweeping bend of the river and has always been looked upon as the perfect romantic hideaway. It has 5 spacious river view cottages and 5 luxury houses, each with a personal valet who ensures you are totally pampered. Dining is often outdoors beside the river, or on your private verandah. Many activities are included in the tariff – canoeing, cruises, visits to the Falls, village visits – and there is a swimming pool, tennis court and an attractive croquet lawn in the grounds. If staying a few nights then you may wish to consider spending a night or two on the stunning small island of Sindabezi.

The lodge is on two densely forested islands, connected by a suspension bridge, in the Zambezi River 38km upstream from the Victoria Falls. On the small island are 7 beautifully appointed teak and canvas chalets nestling in the tree canopy, each with en suite facilities, ceiling fan and private wooden deck extending out over the river; whilst on the other larger island is the bar, lounge, dining area and small swimming pool. Various activities are included in the tariff including boating, sunset river cruises, visits to local villages and the Falls. Chobe National Park in Botswana is also easily accessible being just 48km away via the ferry at Kazungula.

OF

SIANKABA

*Includes selected activities BASIS FB+

01JAN-31MAY13

01JUN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£323

£387

£323

*Includes selected activities BASIS FB+

01JAN-31MAY13

01JUN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£263

£272

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Climbing from the northern town of Mzuzu you reach at 6,000 feet the Nyika Plateau which is famed not only for its stunning scenery but also its flora. Among the swathes of helichrysum and alpines that carpet the grassland are found seemingly countless species of terrestrial orchids. The wilderness is also home to herds of zebra, eland and other buck.

Malawi

Essential Information Capital: Lilongwe Time: GMT + 2 hrs Fly to: Lilongwe or Blantyre via Johannesburg or Nairobi

Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ due to the friendliness of its people. By using Nairobi, Lusaka or Johannesburg as a gateway there is easy access to the capital city of Lilongwe and, in the south of the country, Blantyre. It is also possible to fly from the game lodges of South Luangwa in Zambia.

Visas: Not Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malaria Precautions should be taken. Local advice should be taken when swimming in Lake Malawi as to the possibility of Bilhartzia.

L A K E M A L AW I

Best time to visit: May to October Malawi Tourist Office Tel: 0115 972 7250 Currency: Kwacha

Climate:

The country’s main attraction is Lake Malawi with its clear warm waters stretching for 365 miles and around its shores are a number of excellent resort lodges. For the adventuresome, the famous “llala II” vessel chugs around the lake on her weekly voyage from Monkey Bay calling at lakeshore ports and settlements, dropping off and picking up passengers together with all their belongings and produce. On Likoma Island, towards the Mozambique shoreline, is the real paradise getaway of Kaya Maya. It has been voted as one of the world’s top lakeshore locations and is reached by light aircraft. Standards are of the very highest and for honeymooners there is a small islet with a truly secluded chalet.

Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep

Jan

Apr

Jul

Oct

L I W O N D E N AT I O N A L PA R K

Lilongwe

Feb

May

Aug

Nov

Av. Daily temp (C)

23

Other attractions include the 580 sq km Liwonde National Park. This is Malawi’s prime wildlife area and activities include boat trips and games drives both during the day and at night. Wildlife includes large herds of elephant, plenty of hippo and crocodile, sable antelope, impala, reedbuck, oribi, leopard, serval and lion. Birdlife is prolific with the park regarded as one of the finest birding spots in Africa.

21

16

23

Av. Sunshine (hours) 7

9

9

7

Av. Rainfall (mm)

69

2

23

205

Z O M B A P L AT E AU Towards Blantyre is the towering Zomba plateau, a great slab of a mountain rising to 6000ft . It has dense vegetation but with driveable tracks right round the top from which are views of such splendour that they were described in colonial times as "the best in the British Empire". Touring arrangements are tailor-made utilising a vehicle and driver and internal air services.

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Malawi

Classic Malawi Journey

This tour covers the southern part of the country and encompasses the fascinating and beautiful Zomba Plateau, tea plantations, the superb game reserve of Majete and, finally, a relaxing break on the shores of lake Malawi. Various extension can be added to give greater coverage of the country or an itinerary can be created to meet your individual requirements. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport to Johannesburg.

Day 2

Arrive in the morning and connect with the flight to Lilongwe. Transfer to Burley House. (D)

Day 3

Meet your driver and head south to the old city of Zomba and ascend on to the plateau. Overnight at Ku Chawe Inn. (BD)

Day 4-5

Enjoy the scenery as you drive south to the Mulanje Massif. Stay for 2 nights at Huntingdon House on the Satemwa Tea Estate. Enjoy the various activities on offer. (FB)

Day 6-7

Drive into the Majete Game Reserve for game viewing by safari vehicle or on foot. Spend 2 nights at Mkulumadzi. (FP)

Day 8

Following the morning game drive travel via Monkey Bay and 4 nights at Norman Carr Cottage. (FB)

Day 9-11

Enjoy all that the area has to offer inclusive of snorkelling, a sun-downer cruise and other non-motorised activities. (FB)

Day 12

Early morning drive to Lilongwe for the flight to Johannesburg. Connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 13

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning

Note:

This itinerary can be combined with a range of attractions in Malawi or other destinations in Zambia, South Africa and beyond.

Cost:

Between £3,255 and £3,540 depending on date of travel

Departures:

Daily with South African Airways

Deposit:

£900

Luggage:

20kg

K U C H AW E I N N

HUNTINGDON HOUSE

Set high on a plateau 900 metres above the former colonial capital of Zomba, there are the most stunning views over Africa from the public areas and most of the 37 en-suite bedrooms. There is a dining, lounge and bar area and a patio for enjoying outdoor meals. The plateau is a tranquil forest reserve with walking trails to view the abundant flowers – orchids from December to March – and distant vistas.

The Shire Highlands, famed for its tea estates, is one of the most beautiful parts of Malawi. This grand colonial style house, built in the 1920’s, is surrounded by magnificent gardens and beautiful old trees. It has 5 suites and charming public rooms. There are a number of activities for guests to enjoy – picnics, mountain biking, walking trails, birding and tours of the surrounding tea and coffee plantations.

MKULUMADZI

N O R M A N CA R R C O T TAG E

Set in 7,000 hectares, Mkulumadzi is located is an undiscovered area of Malawi and is a place of picturesque river valleys and dense forests. There are 8 riverside en-suite chalets shaded by a grove of leadwood trees and wild mangos. Meals are of excellent quality and a range of activities are available to guests both on land and water, including possible views of the Big 5.

Norman Carr pioneered walking safaris in Zambia’s Luangwa region and his cottage is a haven of tranquillity in a protected bay on the shores of Lake Malawi. There are 6 suites and a 2-bedroom family cottage. The en-suite rooms are fresh and airy with meals taken on the open decking. There are boat trips out onto the lake and excellent bird life.

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Tanzania & Kenya The Serengeti and the Masai Mara link together to form one of the greatest natural wildlife areas of the world. Combine this with the beach resorts on the shores of the Indian Ocean and you have the perfect mixture for a wonderful holiday.

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The Migration follows the annual rains in search of grazing pastures. As the movement is constant exact times and locations are variable. Nov / May

herds congregate on the Serengeti plains

May / June

movement towards the Western corridor

June / Aug

herds start flowing into the Mara in Kenya

Sep / Nov

grazing in the Serengeti

Tanzania

Essential Information The country’s game viewing experiences are widely regarded as some of the best in Africa. The country has three World Heritage Sites – the awe inspiring Ngorongoro Crater, the endless Serengeti plain and in the south, the massive untamed Selous National Park.

Capital: Dodoma Time: GMT +3 hrs Fly to: Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam Visas: Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid recommended. A Yellow Fever certificate is required.

THE SERENGETI The Serengeti simply means ‘open space’ which is a very good description of the landscape. Subject to weather conditions and location of your camp, there is usually an optional hot air balloon ride. You are transferred before dawn to the launch site and as the sun rises you float over the savannah watching the animals below.

Best time to visit: June to March. Tanzania Tourist Office Tel: 0207 569 1483 Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (US Dollars recommended). Climate: Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep

Jan

Apr

Jul

Oct

Arusha

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May

Aug

Nov

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32

26

24

27

Av. Sunshine (hours) 9

7

7

8

Av. Rainfall (mm)

250

25

50

50

N G O R O N G O R O C R AT E R Ngorongoro Crater, some 20km across and 600m deep, has the greatest permanent concentration of wildlife in Africa including elephant, lion, wildebeest and buffalo. Temperatures can be cool at this altitude (2,375m) but you must take care due to the intensity of the sun.

L A K E M A N YA R A A N D TA R A N G I R E When travelling from Arusha to Ngorongoro two other game reserves are often included in safari itineraries; Lake Manyara National Park which lies at the foot of the impressive Great Rift Valley escarpment and Tarangire National Park with its grasslands and floodplains. MOUNT KILIMANJARO Dominating the border between Tanzania and Kenya is Africa’s highest mountain, the majestic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,985m. Climbing the mountain does not require any special skills, although participants must be reasonably fit and not suffer from any health problems that might be affected by altitude. SELOUS AND RUAHA The remote Selous Game Reserve is the largest in the world. A safari to the Selous is usually combined with a visit to Ruaha National Park and access is via Dar es Salaam or Arusha. ZANZIBAR AND PEMBA Zanzibar is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringed coral reefs and the magic of historic Stone Town. The island of Pemba is about 15 miles north of Zanzibar and the Pemba Channel offers some of the finest game fishing and diving in the world.

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Tanzania

Classic Tanzania Journey

This safari is one of our most popular journeys and combines some of the finest game viewing in northern Tanzania. A must-see on anyone’s African travels, this wildlife rich area encompasses the two World Heritage sites of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport to Nairobi

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi and connect with the flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to Arusha and your hotel for the night.

Day 3

Travel during the afternoon by road to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater. Your accommodation for 2 nights will be at or near the crater (FB)

Day 4

Enjoy a half day game viewing drive in the crater, including a picnic lunch, before returning to your lodge in the late afternoon followed by dinner (FB)

Day 5

Leave the Ngorongoro area for the world-famous Serengeti National Park (approx. 4 hrs). Enjoy an afternoon game drive with 2 nights accommodation in the Park (FB)

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Morning and afternoon game drives are taken today to view the extraordinary wildlife (FB) Leave the Serengeti for Lake Manyara National Park in the Great Rift Valley. A game drive is included. Overnight in the area (FB) Drive onwards to Tarangire National Park. En route, you are likely to encounter Maasai herdsmen in their traditional dress. An afternoon game drive will see you arriving at your overnight stay in the Park (FB) Depart during the morning for Arusha for your onward flight to Nairobi to connect with your evening flight to Heathrow (BL)

Day 10

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning

Note:

On Day 9 you can continue your holiday by flying to Zanzibar

SMALL GROUP SAFARI

P R I VAT E S A F A R I

This small group tour uses a range of hotels

This private tour makes best use of hand-picked

providing guests with quality accommodation

lodges in the featured areas of the tour with

each having excellent situations showcasing all

excellent locations to enhance your experience of

the main highlights of the Parks. All have an

the stunning scenery and wildlife. These include the

atmosphere which reflects their location with

Explorean Ngorongoro Lodge, Soroi Serengeti Lodge,

each being different and offering a good quality

Lake Manyara Escarpment Lodge and the Kirumuru

of en-suite accommodation and facilities

Tarangire

providing a perfect base for your safari and game

accommodation complemented by high quality

drives. The tour utilises a mix of Serena Hotels

facilities full of local character with a high standard of

and Sopa Lodges and operates with a maximum

meals to complete the picture. Some of the lodge

of seven guests in a vehicle with guaranteed

have additional services e.g. spa, walking tours, biking.

window seats and a pop-up roof to maximise

There is some flexibility in the choice of lodges in the

the game-viewing opporunties.

Lodge.

The

lodges

offer

Serengeti to experience the annual migration. Note:

Includes some local drinks. Prices decrease for parties larger than 2 people.

Between £2,100 and £3,370 per person depending on date of travel

Cost:

Departures:

Saturdays with Kenya Airways

Departures:

Daily with Kenya Airways

Deposit:

£800 per person

Deposit:

£1,000 per person

Park Fees:

Included

Park Fees:

Included

Cost:

en-suite

Between £2,907 and £4,199 per person depending on date of travel

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Treasures of Tanzania

The &Beyond Group has its roots in Africa and firmly believe that wildlife conservation and ecotourism go hand in hand. This ensures that guests are provided with a memorable wilderness experience. The camps can easily be combined by using light aircraft and road transfers to give you a truly superb safari. The choice of camp in the Serengeti may change subject to the movement of the migration. Day 1

Overnight flight from Heathrow Airport to Nairobi.

Day 2

Connecting flight to Kilimanjaro. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge.

Day 3-4

Transfer by light aircraft to Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and stay 2 nights. Activities include nature walks, game drives and birding. (FP+)

Day 5-6

Road transfer to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for 2 nights. Activities include game drives in the crater. (FP+)

Day 7-8

Fly to the Serengeti for a stay of 2 nights including game drives. Possibility of an optional trip to Lake Victoria. (FP+)

Day 9

N G O R O N G O R O C R AT E R LODGE

L A K E M A N YA R A T R E E LODGE

Set right on the edge of the crater, this stunning

The transfer from Manyara Airstrip is a scenic

lodge comprises of three separate camps.

game-drive of about 2.5 hours. The lodge has 10

North and South Camp with 12 suites each

stilted tree-houses built of timber and palm

and Tree Camp with 6 suites. All are beautifully

fronds. Each is furnished to a very high standard

furnished and have a private deck and lounge

and has a lounge area on the deck. There is an

plus stunning views. An outdoor dining and

open plan dining area, craft shop, swimming

viewing deck is suspended above the crater rim.

pool and a lakeshore sala for sundowners.

GRUMETI SERENGETI TENTED CAMP

KLEIN’S CAMP The camp, remotely situated in the Kukua Hills

Between £3,657 and £6,553

The annual migration allows for some spectacular

on the north-eastern edge of the Serengeti, has

depending on date of travel

game viewing from the lodge although game

10 cottages made of rock and thatch and each

viewing throughout the year is excellent. There

has a private terrace looking out over the valley.

are 10 safari tents each with a viewing deck and

There is a dining room, lounge, bar, swimming

en suite facilities. There is an open fronted dining

pool and leisure deck. Day and night game

and lounge area, boma for evening dining under

viewing drives and walking trails are available.

Fly to Arusha and transfer for flight to Nairobi to connect with evening flight to London. (B)

Day 10

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning

Note:

On return to Arusha you can continue to Zanzibar and stay at Mnemba Island Lodge which has previously been selected by Conde Nast as one of the 3 most romantic ocean destinations in the world. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and Grumeti River Camp are closed in April

Cost:

Departures: Daily with Kenya Airways Deposit: £1,600 per person Park fees: Luggage:

Approx US$320 pp payable locally 15kg per person in soft bags

the stars and also a plunge pool.

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A truly action packed safari covering some of the finest game viewing in east Africa by combining the Masai Mara and Serengeti reserves. This is an exclusive safari, with your own driver guide and vehicle, utilising camps that offer quality accommodation and yet are semi mobile, operating seasonally in locations that maximise opportunity to view the migration. Day 1

Overnight flight from Heathrow Airport to Nairobi.

Day 2

On arrival transfer to the House of

Note:

Waine. Afternoon at leisure. Day 3

On day 10 you can continue your holiday and fly to Zanzibar or the

Transfer to Wilson Airport for the flight

Kenyan coast for a stay in a beach

to Olkiombo situated in the Masai Mara.

hotel.

Be met and transfer to Rekero Camp where 2 nights are spent. Afternoon game viewing. (FB+) Day 4

REKERO CAMP

NAIBOSHO CAMP

flight transfer, via Migori to Tanzania. 

This small and exclusive camp is set up seasonally (June - October, December - March) and caters for up to fourteen guests. Each of the 7 well furnished tents, with views over the Talek River, have en suite facilities and lighting by solar panels and kerosene lamps. Dining is generally alfresco with guests eating around one table exchanging experiences and stories over wholesome meals prepared by the camp chefs. The camp is unfenced meaning that during the night elephants, hippos and even leopards are known to wander amongst the tents.

The camp has 8 eight spacious traditional style tents each with en suite facilities and a private verandah on which to relax and enjoy the views of the bush. The ensuite facilities have a flush toilet and traditional bucket shower. The main area consists of a large and comfortable lounge with books and games with the adjoining dining area for evening meals and bar. The surrounding 20,000 hectares conservation area is characterised by open plains and wooded, seasonal streams – an ideal habitat for plains game and their predators.

Be met and transfer to Olakira Camp

Note:

Day spent game viewing in the Mara. (FB+)

Day 5

Game viewing en route to Naibosho Camp. 2 nights are spent at this camp. (FB+)

Day 6

Day spent game viewing in the Mara. (FB+)

Day 7

Transfer to Olkiombo airstrip for your

where 3 nights are spent. Afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. (FB+) Day 8-9

Days spent game viewing in the Serengeti. (FB+)

Day 10

Transfer to Ndutu airstrip for the late

As an added bonus at the end of this tour, taking a trip over to Zanzibar or the south Kenyan Coast will make an ideal contrast to the camping experience and provide a few days relaxation in one of the beautiful Indian Ocean resort hotels.

morning flight to Arusha. Fly to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon. Evening flight from Nairobi to London. Optional

Cost:

Between £4,837 and £6,040 Depending on date of travel

transfer to a restaurant for dinner

Please note this safari does not

before returning to the airport. (BL)

operate from Apr-May Day 11

Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Note:

To follow the annual migration

Departures: Daily with Kenya Airways and British Airways

alternative camps may be used in

Deposit:

£1,500 per person

Tanzania.

Park fees:

Included

Luggage:

15kg per person in soft bags

OLAKIRA CAMP This is a semi-permanent camp that moves twice a year – from June to November it is located in the far north of the Serengeti. Game viewing is always good but is at its best from August to October at the time of the migration. From mid December to March it is located in the Ndutu area, which is the perfect spot for witnessing the migration when it spreads out on the southern plains. The large spacious walk-in tents have en suite toilet and bucket shower. The mess tent is open-sided with a dining and lounge area and a fire place which is lit in the evenings.

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Private Mobile Camping Safaris

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The tour is on a private basis solely for your party and can be tailor-made to your requirements. A private camping safari provides the opportunity to be at one with the bush and its wildlife, taking you back to the very heart of the African experience just like the safari-goers of old. There are two levels: the Luxury camp has spacious tents with en-suite bathrooms. It includes drinks, a complimentary laundry service and a range of activities. Following your choosen itinerary, the camp is pitched and set up at a private location where you are the only guests. The Standard camp also follows your own itinerary using domed tents with a shared camp facilities. Drinks are not included. This can be a more adventurous experience with assistance in setting up the camp welcome. Each level includes meals and game drives.

Kilimanjaro is one of the great challenges for walkers. At 5,895m (19,341ft) it is the highest mountain in Africa and overlooks the great wildlife plains of Tanzania and Kenya. There is a choice of guided treks up the mountain of varying degrees of length and difficulty and below is an example of one of the more popular options with others available on request. In addition, private flexible tours can be arranged allowing for more acclimatisation. Walkers should be physically fit with no underlying medical problems. Walks are year round but the most popular months are mid-December to mid-March and May to October.

MACHAME ROUTE

Day 1

Day 1

Overnight at pre-booked hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

Day 2

After a briefing, drive to the lower slopes of the mountain. Porters will

Day 2

Lunch in Arusha is the starting point for your drive to Tarangire National Park in the Great Rift Valley followed by your first game drive. Spend 2 nights in your campsite bordering the Park. (LD)

carry the main kit with a day-pack being your only requirement. On

Tarangire has a range of ecosystems and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Park before leaving for your camp in the

through the rain forest to Machame at 3,100m. (approx 7hrs walk) (FB) Day 3

After breakfast, the forest is left and the route follows a little valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route turns west onto a river gorge to Shira at 3,658m. (approx 7hrs walk) (FB)

Day 4

From the plateau continue east to the Kibo Peak and the Arrow Glacier at (4876 m). Move down to Barranco at 3,860m (approx 8hrs walk) (FB)

Day 5

A steep ridge climb after breakfast passing the Karanga Valley to join the Mweka Trail. Halt at Barafu at 4,600m. (approx 8hrs walk) (FB)

Day 6

Early morning continue up to Stella Point and onto the summit at 5895m - Africa’s highest point (approx 6hrs walk). After a short while, descend to Mweka camp before dusk at 3,100m (approx 5hrs walk). Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a wellearned sleep. (FB)

Day 7

After breakfast, continue the descent to the Mweka Park Gate to drive back to Moshi, overnight pre-booked hotel in Moshi or Arusha. (B) (approx 5hrs walking)

Day 8

After breakfast at the hotel depart for your next destination. (B)

Note:

There are two levels of comfort, Standard is in tents with basic facilities in the main campsites, whereas Premium offers a higher level of facilities, service and privacy.

late afternoon. (FB) Day 3

A morning departure for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Have lunch en route and arrive at your camp for 2 nights. (FB)

Day 4

Descend into the crater to explore this world famous site where you will undoubtedly encounter a high volume of game. (FB)

Day 5

The last area on your tour is the Serengeti. Renowned for its wildlife, open plains and huge skies. The Park is famous for its game, birdlife and the annual migration. (FB)

Day 6

You may see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, followed by their predators, as you explore the plains. (FB)

Day 7

After breakfast drive to a local airstrip for your flight back to Arusha and your onward travel arrangements. (B)

Note:

This above itinerary is a suggestion only and it can be tailored to suit your personal preferences in the number of nights and the locations.

Cost from: Departures: Deposit: Extras: Luggage: Park Fees:

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4 people 6 people Luxury £5,559 pp £4,705 pp Standard £2,642 pp £2,341 pp Daily From £700 per person Luxury: Premium drinks; gratuities; additional activities. Standard: Drinks; gratuities; laundry; towels 15kgs per person in soft bags Included

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Premium Trek £2,445 per person Standard Trek £1,425 per person A number of departures throughout the year All drinks (except tea/coffee); gratuities; laundry; selected equipment £500 per person


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Selous & Ruaha

Remote from the more popular National Parks and Reserves in the northern part of the country, the Selous and Ruaha retain the feeling of the true African bush. Visitors can still enjoy comfort and excellent cuisine in the small lodges. Day 1

Fly into the Selous Game Reserve from

SELOUS

RUAHA

Dar es Salaam and stay at your chosen lodge for 3 nights. Game viewing by open safari vehicle, boat and on foot. (FP) Day 2-3

Days spent game viewing.

Day 4

Transfer by light aircraft to Ruaha National Park for 3 nights at your

Selous Safari Camp

Jongomero Camp

chosen lodge. Game viewing by open safari vehicle and on foot. (FP) Day 5-6

Days spent game viewing.

Day 7

Transfer by air to Dar es Salaam and then to Ras Kutani or Lazy Lagoon Island where 5 nights are spent. (FB)

Days 8-11 At leisure to relax and enjoy the various facilities. Day 12

One of the most established camps in Selous is one of the oldest, Selous Safari Camp. It is set in the densely game populated north eastern sector and has 13 tents with en suite facilities which are on raised platforms fronting on to Lake Nzerekera. The camp is split into two sections and each has an elevated mess tent housing the dining room and lounge/bar. There is a small plunge pool. Game viewing is by open safari vehicle, boat and on foot.

Set in the central highlands of the country, this is a remote and rugged landscape with a wide diversity of game and birds. Set on the banks of the Jongomero Sand River in the south west corner of the reserve is Jongomero Camp. It has 8 spacious canvas rooms, built on decks and shaded by thatch, with en suite bathrooms and verandahs overlooking the river. Activities include full day game expeditions throughout the park with picnic lunches included.

Set in the heart of the reserve is Rufiji River Camp which has 20 en suite tents and a constant flow of animals passing the camp to drink in the river. A structure in the central part of the camp houses the restaurant, bar and library - all with a view of the river and sunsets. For relaxation there is a small swimming pool.

With a spectacular location along the rocky banks of the Great Ruaha River, Ruaha River Lodge has 20 cottage style en suite rooms. Sundowners can be enjoyed around the campfire on the river bank or from a higher vantage point. Game viewing drives and walks are led by experienced armed guides and escorts.

Morning return transfer to Dar es Salaam.

Cost:

Depending on date of travel Selous Safari Camp, Jongomero Camp & Ras Kutani Between £3,805 and £4,754 Rufiji River Camp, Ruaha River Lodge & Lazy Lagoon Island Between £2,590 and £2,785

Departures: Daily from Dar es Salaam. Some camps are closed from March to May Deposit:

From £700 per person

Park fees:

Included

Luggage:

15kg per person in soft bags The coastal resorts of Ras Kutani and Lazy Lagoon on the Indian Ocean provide a perfect end to your safari.

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Mahale & Katavi National Park

In the remote western part of the country lies an area of outstanding wildlife and beauty. It is only accessible by light aircraft and a visit here must be looked upon as being one of the ultimate safari experiences.

MAHALE MOUNTAINS

KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

The mountains soar to 8,000 feet above Lake Tanganyika, which at 420 miles long and 30 miles wide, is a veritable inland sea. The forested slopes are home to the world's largest known population of chimpanzees with about 1000 individuals inhabiting the National Park.

Katavi National Park remains one of the greatest wildlife experiences of Africa. Miles from anywhere, it has an almost mythical status and, it's thought, a greater density of mammals than any other Tanzanian reserve. Massed on the plains are the last great herds of buffalo in East Africa, up to 1000 head whilst the rivers are filled with crocodiles and hippo.

Greystoke Mahale has 6 double-bandas, each with its own en suite bathroom set just behind the bedroom. All look out over a wide beach across the waters of the lake. Activities include fishing, kayaking and sundowners on the dhow. You can venture out into the forest on chimpanzee trails to observe our closest relatives as they groom, wrestle and forage across the leafy floor - they could be right in the forest behind the camp or further up the mountain entailing a possible trek of 5 hours.

Chada Katavi sits on the edge of the wide Chada Plain, under a canopy of acacia and tamarind trees. The 6 safari tents are spacious and each has a private bathroom tent set just behind with a bucket shower and long drop toilet. This is the place for the wildlife connoisseur, and the traveller who thinks the African bush can offer up no more surprises. Daily game drives in 4x4 vehicles, walking trails led by an experienced ranger and an exciting option is fly camping under the stars.

Note:

Greystoke closed 21 Mar to 29 May Chada Katavi closed 14 Jan to 29 May

Flights to the camps operate on Monday and Thursday from Arusha to Katavi then Mahale. A Monday departure will give you 3 nights in either camp, and a Thursday departure will give you 4 nights in either camp. Flight pick ups and drop offs in the northern parks can also be arranged.

Cost: Departures: Deposit: Park fees: Luggage:

Based on 3 nights Katavi and 4 nights Mahale Between £4,427 and £5,508 depending on date of travel Monday from Arusha £1,300 per person Included but excludes Chimpanzee permit at US$150 per person per day 15kg per person in soft bags

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Zanzibar

ZANZIBAR Zanzibar, lying some 25 miles off the Tanzanian coast, is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringed coral reefs and makes it the perfect place to relax after your safari.

STONE

TOWN

If you wish to stay in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, then our recommended hotels are the Serena which is well positioned and has wonderful harbour and sea views. Two historic buildings have been restored to create a unique property with 52 ocean facing bedrooms. The Jafferji House & Spa is a lovingly restored private home and reflects the taste of its owners with stylish suites, public areas, restaurant & spa. Tembo House is another restored hotel in the heart of the city and has 37 air conditioned bedrooms – most with balconies overlooking the sea or into the courtyard swimming pool. The Bihari Restaurant offers fine local and international cuisine.

Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar where little has changed over the centuries. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses. Amongst its attractions are the ‘House of Wonders’ with its pillars, balconies and carved doors, Livingstone House, Hammammi Baths built at the command of Sultan Barghash and the old Arab fort.

BASIS BB

01JAN-28FEB13

01MAR-31MAR13

01APR-31MAY13

01JUN-31OCT13

01NOV-21DEC13

22DEC-31DEC13

£140

£117

£99

£140

£117

On request

ZANZIBAR SERENA:

M AT E M W E L O D G E

RAS NUNGWI

Situated on the north-eastern side of the island and built up on rocks surrounded by some of the best sandy beaches on the island, the lodge commands views across the lagoon towards Mnemba Island. There are 14 well appointed thatched lodges each with a private verandah and a hammock. The flower-covered walkways lead to an open air restaurant which is noted for its fine seafood. Around the multi level swimming pool are lounge chairs plus a poolside bar. Various activities are provided and deep sea fishing, scuba diving and kayaking can be arranged (payable locally). The atmosphere throughout is cool, stylish, intimate and relaxed. Closed from April to early June.

This luxurious, yet rustic, resort on the northern tip is noted for its accommodation, facilities and fine diving. The lush gardens drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island. All 32 rooms are air-conditioned and have balconies. The Lodge rooms have garden views whilst both types of chalets – superior and superior de luxe - have sea views with the higher category rooms being closest to the beach. There is excellent dining with the emphasis on seafood and a fine wine cellar. In the gardens is a large fresh water swimming pool. Although renowned for its diving, many other activities are available including dhow cruises, deep sea fishing, wind surfing and water skiing.

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BASIS BB 01JAN-10JAN13 11JAN-08MAR13

£230

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Closed

01JUN-30JUN13

01JUL-31OCT13

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20DEC-31DEC13

£194

£230

£194

£230

£144

£100

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£124

£100

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BREEZES BEACH CLUB

THE RESIDENCE ZANZIBAR

Situated on the eastern side of the island this 5-star hotel fronts onto a white sandy beach. The 70 bedrooms and suites have a terrace or balcony with standard rooms overlooking the gardens, Executive rooms are closer to the sea and the spacious suites are on the first floor with large balconies. The main building has 4 restaurants, 3 bars and a shopping arcade. There is a swimming pool with a pool bar and facilities include a marine and PADI dive centre. Close by is the sister Baraza Resort & Spa which has just 30 stunning suites each with a plunge pool and an exceptional range of facilities and services. Arrangements here are on a fully inclusive basis.

It lies in isolated splendour on a mile-long powdery white sandy beach, flanked by coconut palms and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Every one of the 66 stand-alone villas has its very own private swimming pool in which to bask in the sun away from other guests - real luxury for those seeking serenity and seclusion. As to be expected of such a fine hotel, there is a choice of dining venues and bars plus in room service. The superb spa has 6 treatment pavilions set in the beautiful gardens and also a hair spa and hairdresser pavilion. For children aged 4 – 12 there is an activity programme. The transfer time from Stone Town or the airport is about 55 minutes.

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01JAN-07JAN13 £158

08JAN-15MAR13 16MAR-15JUN13 £102

16JUN-31OCT13

£61

01NOV-19DEC13 20DEC-31DEC13

£110

On request

£98

£426

£317

£211

£317

£363

£317

£211

£452

PONGWE BEACH HOTEL

FUNDU LAGOON, PEMBA ISLAND

The 16 traditional cottages front onto the beautiful white sands on the east coast of the island. Each has an intimate atmosphere with a private terrace which is perfect from which to watch the sunrise and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The bay’s clear blue waters are protected by a reef 1km off shore and so is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The hotel has its own longboat for excursions and deep sea fishing (charges applicable) and various other water sports can be arranged. In the heat of the day you can retreat into the shade of the palm trees that line the white sandy beach. Fine dining has an emphasis on seafood. It is the ideal retreat for those looking for that extra special honeymoon or a holiday with an air of exclusivity.

Only accessible by a 20 minute road transfer from Pemba Airport to Weche Port and then a 25 minute boat trip, the resort is a tranquil haven of outstanding natural beauty. The 14 thatched roof, en suite, bungalow tents are spaced along the beach and on the hillside overlooking the sea. Each has a ceiling fan, indoor and outdoor seating areas and linked to the main building by a labyrinth of wooden walkways. Meals are served in the main dining area or the jetty bar. As one of the world’s top diving locations, there is a fully equipped PADI diving centre and extensive watersports. A 48ft Catamaran is available for hire, as well as daily sunset cruises on their dhow boat. Includes selected drinks.

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£76

£66

£58

Closed

£66

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On request

£372

£289

£246

Closed

£246

£289

£246

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Being right on the equator there is no summer or winter and the days vary little in length. Sunrise is between 0530 hrs and 0630 hrs and sunset between 1830 hrs and 1900 hrs. It is fascinating to stop on the equator and watch water being poured through a hole in a container – straight through on the equator and clockwise/anti clockwise on either side.

Kenya

Essential Information Capital: Nairobi Time: GMT +3 hrs Fly to: Nairobi.

Named after Mount Kenya (17,058ft), or ‘Kirinyaga’ the mountain of whiteness, the country straddles the equator and is bisected by the Great Rift Valley. The choice of safaris, their duration and location is vast and the correct advice is needed to ensure that the most is obtained from the experience. Those shown over the next few pages are a sample of the choice available – and if nothing meets your preferences one can be tailor-made just for you.

Visas: Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid recommended. Anti-Malaria precautions should be taken. Best time to visit: Mid June to March.

MASAI MARA There are over 30 National Parks and National Reserves – the most famous being the Masai Mara. Game viewing is exceptionally good throughout the year and between July and September, depending on the earlier rains, some 2.5 million plains game, notably wildebeest and zebra, migrate into the reserve.

Kenya Tourist Board Tel: 0207 367 0931 Currency: Kenyan Shilling (US Dollars recommended).

A M B O S E L I N AT I O N A L PA R K

Climate: Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep Oct

Jan

Apr

Jul

Nairobi

Feb

May

Aug

Nov

Av. Daily temp (C)

25

24

21

24

Av. Sunshine (hours) 9

7

5

6

Av. Rainfall (mm)

127

76

50

51

To the south, towards the border with Tanzania, is Amboseli National Park. The landscape is dominated by Mount Kilimanjaro, though its snow-capped summit is often shrouded by cloud. The area is good for viewing large herds of elephant.

RESERVES

TO THE NORTH To the north of Nairobi are a number of game reserves offering excellent game viewing – Aberdare National Park with its two famous lodges, Treetops and The Ark; Samburu set in a rugged landscape; and the Laikipia plateau area with its sweeping plains and gorges.

THE LAKES The country has many other attractions including the soda lakes of Elementaita, Nakuru and Bogoria with its swathes of flamingos. The fresh water Lake Naivasha is a popular tourist destination with various sporting and leisure activities.

BEACH RESORTS From south of Mombasa to north of Malindi, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap the 300 mile coastline of glorious palm fringed white sandy beaches. Most are protected by coral reefs which lie about half a mile offshore and this allows for excellent water sports including diving and deep sea fishing. During the time of the ‘rains’ between April and June and in November, seaweed can be evident on the beaches. 110

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Kenya

Classic Kenya Journey

A safari giving a wonderful mixture of game reserves, sightseeing and a relaxing beach holiday. It combines Samburu Game Reserve in the north with the country’s highest mountain - Mount Kenya, lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley, the famous Masai Mara and the Indian Ocean coast where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, warm seas and water activities. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow to Nairobi.

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi in the morning and transfer to the Serena Hotel in the city. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3

Drive north into the forests on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya and overnight at Mountain Lodge. (FB)

Day 4

Continue to the Samburu National Reserve. Spend 2 nights at Samburu Sopa Lodge or Saburu Simba Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the reserve. (FB)

Day 5

Day spent game viewing the reserve is noted for its varied animals and birdlife. (FB)

Day 6

Descend into the Great Rift Valley and spend the afternoon viewing the flamingoes around Lake Nakuru. Overnight at Flamingo Hill Camp. (FB)

Day 7

Drive into the Masai Mara and game view en route to Mara Serena Lodge for 2 nights. (FB)

Day 8

Day spent game viewing. (FB)

Day 9

A scenic drive back to Nairobi, arriving late morning. Afternoon flight to Mombasa. Transfer to the Leopard Beach Hotel (see page 117) for a stay of 5 nights. (DBB)

Day 10-13 At leisure. Day 14

Afternoon transfer to Mombasa for the flight to Nairobi. Connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 15

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Cost:

Between £2,460 and £3,475

Departures:

Friday with Kenya Airways

Deposit:

£900

Park fees:

Included

depending on date of travel

SAMBURU LODGES

M O U N TA I N L O D G E

Simba Lodge overlooks Buffalo Springs and the Ewaso Nyiro River. From each of the 70 en suite bedrooms there are stunning views of the plains and game from the private balconies. There is a restaurant and bar. Nature and bird walks are available. The Sopa Lodge has been designed in keeping with the local Samburu people and each of the 30 well appointed en suite cottages has a private verandah. There is a restaurant, lounge and bar and for relaxation in the heat of the day a swimming pool.

Located at 2,134 metres above sea level, on the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya, the viewing-deck looks down on to a water hole and salt-lick, attracting herds of elephant and buffalo. There is also a tunnel leading to a photo-hide, which offers spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities. Raised above the forest canopy, a timbered drawbridge leads up on to the wooden ‘decks' of the lodge. Inside, a combination of timbered game-viewing decks and winding stairs lead to the dining room, bar and 41 comfortable, cabin-styled rooms.

FLAMINGO HILL CAMP

MARA SERENA

Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park. It is small and exclusive, comprising 25 tents with 4-poster beds, mosquito nets and en suite facilities. From each private verandah there are stunning views overlooking the plains. Decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons each tent has been meticulously planned to maximise comfort. Meals are served in the dining room and the bar is well stocked with local as well as imported beverages.

Located at the very centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle' and styled to echo the circular motif of a traditional Maasai manyatta, the lodge blends international sophistication with raw African beauty, while featuring twin rows of individual rooms, each with its own view of the famous Mara River. The central bar and dining areas enjoy spectacular views, as does the rock-surround swimming pool. Each of the 74 bedrooms is in its own stand-alone modular unit, with uninterrupted views, private balcony and spacious seating area.

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Kenyan Variety

Over the years, the highly regarded Governors' Camps have received many awards and recently one of their camps in the Mara was used by the BBC Natural History unit for the filming of 'Big Cat Diary' and ‘Planet earth live’. On lake Victoria they also have Mfangano Island Resort, a small lodge set in an oasis of tranquility. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow to Nairobi.

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi in the morning and fly over the Great Rift Valley to Loldia House for a stay of 3 nights. (FP)

Day 3

Full day at Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its flamingos, water birds, rhino and leopard. (FP)

Day 4

Day at leisure. (FP)

Day 5

Afternoon flight to Masai Mara Game

LOLDIA HOUSE

LITTLE GOVERNORS’ CAMP

Set in 8,500 acres on one of Kenya's oldest farms,

To get to this intimate camp you first have to cross

the house nestles under acacia trees on the shores

the Mara River by boat and then walk through the

of Lake Naivasha and has 9 bedrooms en suite.

forest. The 17 roomy tents, which are set in a

Early morning and mid afternoon game

During your stay you will have the opportunity to

tranquil and secluded spot, have en suite facilities

viewing drives. (FP)

take a boat trip on the lake, experience a guided

and private verandah. They are set around a

Full day of game viewing. Optional

bird and game walk around the estate, explore the

waterhole that teems with animals and birdlife. It is

excursions to Mfangano Island or hot air

farm on horseback and visit the flamingos on Lake

also possible (at an extra cost) to take an exciting

balloon flight over Masai Mara (charges

Nakuru.

hot air balloon safari over the Mara plains.

Reserve. 3 nights at Little Governors’ Camp. (FP) Day 6

Day 7

apply). (FP) Day 8

Game viewing at dawn and late morning. Afternoon flight to Nairobi. Transfer into city centre for dinner (meal at own expense). Evening flight to London. (BL)

Day 9

Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Note:

On Day 8 you can continue your holiday to a Kenyan beach resort or Mfangano Island Resort

Cost:

Between £2,496 and £3,714 depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with Kenya Airways Deposit:

£900 per person

Park fees:

Approx US$300 pp payable locally

Luggage:

15kg per person in soft bags

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OTHER CAMPS Governors’ also operate a number of other lodges in the region including Il Moran which is a small and intimate lodge in the Mara. It is hidden under ancient trees deep in the forest and has just 10 tents which line the winding banks of the Mara River. Governors’ Camp, once exclusively for Kenya’s colonial Governors, nestles in the forest along the banks of the Mara River. Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank whilst others have views

across the sweeping plains. Various optional excursions can be undertaken, one of the most popular being a hot air balloon trip over the wide open plains of the Mara – a never to be forgotten experience. From the Mara you can fly to Mfangano Island Resort which has 6 rondavels set in beautiful gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria. The island has an ancient history and its fishing villages preserve a colourful lifestyle


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Treasures of Kenya

A stunning air safari which combines some of the finest accommodation with two of the country's most prestigious game viewing reserves and a relaxing beach holiday at the secluded resort of Kinondo Kwetu located to the south of Mombasa.

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow to Nairobi.

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi in the morning and transfer to the House of Waine in the suburb of Waine. Rest of day at leisure for relaxation.

Day 3

Early departure for the scheduled flight to Chaffa. From the airstrip you will be taken to Joy’s Camp in the Shaba National Reserve for a stay of 3 nights. Afternoon game viewing. (FP+)

Day 4-5

Days spent game viewing. (FP+)

Day 6

Transfer back to the airstrip for the flight into the Masai Mara. Accommodation at Cottars 1920’s Camp for 3 nights. (FP+)

Day 7-8

Days spent game viewing. (FP+)

Day 9

Early morning game viewing before breakfast. Depart on the scheduled afternoon flight to Ukunda on the south coast and transfer to Kinondo Kwetu for a stay of 3 nights. (FB+)

HOUSE

OF

WA I N E

C OTTARS 1920’ S S AFARI C AMP

This is an 11 bedroom boutique hotel renowned for its fine décor and quiet location. Each bedroom has a marble bathroom, mini bar and coffee & tea making facilities. Within the garden there is a heated swimming pool and bar. It is closely located to the Giraffe Centre, Daphne Sheldricks’s Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park.

The Cottar safari tradition began in 1919 and over 90 years on, the unparalleled safari experience is still maintained. The camp is situated in the Masai Mara in an untouched exclusive concession. There are 5 tents all with en suite dressing rooms/bathrooms with baths, bucket showers and verandah. Activities include game drives, walks and bush meals.

JOY’S CAMP

KINONDO KWETU

The camp is in the Shaba Game Reserve approximately 200 miles to the north of Nairobi. It is situated on Joy Adamson’s original campsite and consists of 10 large Bedouin canvas style tents all with en suite facilities and its own decking giving spectacular views over the surrounding hills and the camp’s waterhole. There is a swimming pool and activities include game drives (day and night), escorted bush walks, bush breakfasts, sundowners and cultural visits to near by villages.

This peaceful hideaway is located about 15 minutes south of the resort of Diani and has a private beach surrounded by woodland. Accommodation, with a Swahili feel, is in 5 cottages and 2 villas - the villas having 6 and 3 rooms respectively. Dining is usually outdoors with the emphasis on seafood, fruit and vegetables. A wide choice of water and land based activities are available. Lodge closed 01 May - 30 June.

Days 10-11 At leisure. Numerous activities available. (FB+) Day 12

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Nairobi for the evening flight to London. (BL)

Day 13

Arrive Heathrow early morning.

Cost:

Between £4,976 and £6,872 depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with Kenya Airways and British Airways Deposit:

£1,700

Park fees:

Included

Luggage:

15kg per person

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Bush Safari

Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara are combined to offer a safari with simple tented accommodation and superb game viewing at a most attractive cost. Both camps are very child friendly.

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport.

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi early morning. Be met and drive south to Porini Camp which is adjacent to Amboseli National Park. Stay for 2 nights in spacious tents with en suite facilities. Afternoon game viewing. (FP+)

Day 3

Day spent game viewing. (FP+)

Day 4

Early morning game viewing. Fly to

Day 5-6

PORINI MARA CAMP

PORINI AMBOSELI CAMP

Nairobi for the afternoon flight to the

The camp has 6 guest tents sited in the shade of

The camp is located in a private conservancy

Masai Mara. Transfer across the plains

trees along the banks of the river. The tents are

bordering Amboseli National Park and, when

to Porini Mara Camp for a stay of 3

spacious and each has an en-suite bathroom. The

clear, has superb views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The

nights in tents with en suite facilities.

camp gives the experience of real camping in the

camp is very simple in traditional bush camp style

Afternoon game viewing. (FP+)

bush but with all the simple comforts required by

and meals are taken under the shade of an acacia

discerning travellers. Food is excellent with home

tree. Guests can relax in chairs around the camp

Days spent game viewing by safari

baked bread, fresh salads and high quality meals

fire. Accommodation consists of 9 spacious tents

vehicle and on foot. (FP+)

prepared by the Chef. Day 7

the Musiara Marsh. Afternoon flight to Nairobi and transfer from Wilson Airport to Nairobi International Airport, for the evening flight to London. (BL) Day 8

Early morning arrival at Heathrow.

Note:

On Day 7 you can continue your holiday to a Kenyan beach resort.

Cost:

Between £2,844 and £3,415 depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with Kenya Airways (except 16 Apr & 31 May when camps are closed) Deposit:

£900 per person

Park fees:

Included

Luggage:

15kg per person in soft bags

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Activities include game

Morning drive to Leopard Gorge and

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drive, walks, night drives and sundowners with transport in traditional open 4 wheel drive safari vehicles. Hot air ballooning is an optional extra.

with en suite facilities. Activities include day and night game drives, guided walks with Masai trackers, sundowners and game drives into Amboseli.


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Maasai Walking Trails

The feeling of freedom provided by riding through the Kenyan wilderness has to be experienced to be believed. Travelling in a small group for between 4-7 hrs covering 15-30 miles per day, dependent on terrain and sightings, the horse safaris allow close up viewing of game combined with the comfort of a traditional and well equipped camp each evening with en-suite tents. All meals and local drinks (not premium brands) are included. This really is a truly authentic African adventure.

A walking safari provides a unique experience. Senses become more attuned to the surrounding sights, sounds and smells of Africa as you follow paths and explore areas where few vehicles go. The walking covers gentle slopes and some steeper terrain and suits people who are used to doing some walking A deep and intimate relationship with the wild develops with each passing day and is a unique experience for the traveller wishing to explore on foot. Individual private itineraries can also be arranged.

CHYULU HILLS SAFARI

G R E A T R I F T VA L L E Y T R A I L

Day 1

Day 1

Depart Nairobi and travel to Jan’s Camp for a briefing and overnight stay. (LD)

Day 2

After breakfast head off and view the trail ahead of you whilst catching

On arrival at Ol Donyo airstrip, take a game drive to the camp for lunch followed by a drive to the stable area for an introduction to the horses. In the afternoon enjoy a short ride with the horses to get a feel for the safari. (LD+)

Kenya

Kenya Horse Safaris

your first glimpse of the Great Rift Valley. Overnight by the Osasinai River. Day 2-6 Contrasting vistas await each day as you ride through ever-changing scenery and wildlife experiences using a number of different camps. Encounter Maasai herders and farming villages interspersed with open areas offering a wide range of wildlife and game. In addition to the riding, a game drive in the Amboseli National Park is included and evening walking is offered. (FB+) Day 7

Day 3

From Osasinai head south over two ridges move from the forest into open glades and waterholes. Overnight at Olmelil Ridge views of the Great Rift. 6hr walk. (FB)

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over the Rift Valley before descending into a forested valley with an overnight stay at Masua Camp. 6hr walk. (FB)

Day 5

Walk further south along the Rift Valley to a spring used by the Maasai cattle herdsmen and overnight at Ol Choro Naibor Camp. 6hr walk. (FB)

Day 6

An early start as you descend into the Rift Valley towards Lake Natron. The temperature rises as you descend the 1000m and the end of your trail. 4hr walk. Return to Nairobi or possibly extend your stay at a choice of lodges in the area. (BL)

Note:

Other walking trails include the Mount Ol Lasur and Oltyiani Trail, both of 5-day duration offering different vistas and experiences. These tours will suit most people who are able to walk unaided and have a basic level of fitness. The pace is gentle, being guided by the game viewings and weather. Pack animals carry the luggage so you will only need a small day pack.

Depart after an early breakfast for your next destination (B)

An 8-day Amboseli Safari is available along the same basis as the above. In addition, we are able to tailor-make a safari to suit your individual preferences. For those who do not wish to ride every day, being based at Ol Donyo Lodge will provide a safari lodge experience but affords you the chance to ride out from the lodge throughout your stay. Non-riders are also able to enjoy the facilities the lodge has to offer.

Note:

4-5hr walk. (FB)

Riders should be experienced and be able to ride comfortably at all paces. There is a maximum rider weight restriction of 95kg. It is strongly advised that a riding hat is worn. Itineraries are subject to change owing to weather conditions and the movement of game.

Cost from: Departures: Extras: Deposit: Luggage:

£2,965 per person Specific dates in Mar, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Dec Flights to/from Ol Donya airstrip £800 per person 15kg per person in soft bags

Cost from: Departures: Includes: Deposit: Luggage:

£1,320 per person Various departures throughout the year Water £350 per person 15kg per person in soft bags

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K E N YA N B E AC H RESORTS The beach resorts are situated to the north and south of Mombasa, to the south of Malindi and in the far north near Lamu. All three areas are accessible by scheduled flights from Nairobi. Life on safari can be tiring due to the high temperatures, long days and travelling overland on bumpy roads. A relaxing break at a beach resort is the perfect way of ending a safari holiday.

H E M I N G WAY S R E S O RT

The majority of hotels around Mombasa are fairly large resort complexes but if you prefer an intimate retreat then we suggest Kiwayu, Kipugani or Manda Bay in the north. Between May and July watersports and activities may be restricted at some of the resort hotels.

Located near Watamu, which is 20 minutes drive south from Malindi, and set amid a stretch of beautiful white sand, the hotel has 76 garden and sea facing bedrooms, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace, popular bar and a shop. The air-conditioned bedrooms vary from superior rooms (shower only) in the south wing to spacious junior suites. Close to the beach is the freeform swimming pool and upper pool. The beach is fringed by palm trees and offshore is a coral reef which creates a lagoon of clear, calm water.. The hotel is noted for its year-round deep sea fishing activities and World Fishing Championships. Next door to the hotel is a water sports centre offering a range of activities.

BASIS DBB

01JAN-15MAR13

16MAR-31AUG13

01SEP-20DEC13

21DEC-26DEC13

27DEC-31DEC13

£155

£64

£110

£155

£163

S E R E N A B E A C H H O T E L & S PA

MSAMBWENI HOUSE

Set in beautiful tropical gardens to the north of Mombasa, the hotel is acknowledged as being one of Kenya’s finest. The 166 air-conditioned bedrooms range from ‘Village’ rooms set in the gardens, to ‘Garden’ rooms which are more spacious and face the beautiful beach and ocean, as well as 2 bedroom family suites. There is a choice of bars and three restaurants including one serving fine ‘à la carte’ dinners. In the grounds is an attractive swimming pool with a ‘swim up’ bar. Complimentary activities include squash, gym, tennis, windsurfing, sailboats and evening entertainment. Scuba diving, snorkelling and glass bottom boat cruises are also available (charges apply). A shuttle bus service operates to Mombasa.

This is a stunning property, to the south of Diani, set in a quiet location of 28 acres of natural land with a unique setting of 700 feet of private beach along a 4 mile stretch of tropical white sandy coastline. A maximum of just 12 guests can be accommodated in 3 en suite rooms in the main house, a luxury en suite tent with a private terrace and 2 small luxury villas with sea views. The house has an infinity swimming pool perched over a 40 foot cliff and the winding jetty ends in a perfect sundowner spot overlooking the Indian Ocean where guests can enjoy pre-dinner drink under the African sky and the sound of the lapping waves. House drinks are included together with various sporting activities, fishing and snorkelling.

BASIS DBB

116

01JAN-02JAN13

03JAN-31MAR13

01APR-30JUN13

01JUL-31OCT13

01NOV-22DEC13

23DEC-31DEC13

£144

£95

£78

£95

£82

£144

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BASIS FB+ 01JAN-04JAN13 05JAN-28MAR13 29MAR-01APR13 02APR-30APR13 01MAY-31MAY13 01JUN-15JUL13 16JUL-15OCT13 £345

£216

£266

£216

Closed

£216

£266

16OCT-20DEC13 21DEC-31DEC13 £216

£345


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L E O PA R D B E A C H H O T E L

AFRO CHIC

Located to the south of Mombasa on the white sandy shores of Diani Beach and surrounded by tropical vegetation, Leopard Beach Hotel has 160 air-conditioned rooms in double storey units and cottages situated in the extensive gardens. The standard rooms have a balcony or terrace whilst the superior rooms are larger and have either garden or sea views. Facilities include a choice of restaurants and a bar overlooking the swimming pool and ocean. There is an excellent range of water and land sports, many of which are complimentary. For the scuba diving enthusiast there is a PADI/SSI diving centre. The hotel is closed from early May to mid June.

This superb villa-style hotel is located right on the white sandy shore of Diani Beach to the south of Mombasa. It has 10 air conditioned suites decorated in elegant styles and each room, with the exception of the ‘Queen of Sheba’ suite, has a stunning view of the ocean from ones private balcony. Arrangements are on a full board basis (drinks excluded) and guests select from the a la carte menu with the accent on local fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables. Dining options range from indoors alfresco in the gardens or looking out to sea from under the beach gazebo. Facilities include a swimming pool and a range of water sports. Near-by is an 18-hole golf course.

BASIS DBB

BASIS FB

01JAN-03JAN13 04JAN-28FEB13 01MAR-31MAR13

£137

£78

£66

01APR-23APR13 24APR-27JUN13

£55

Closed

28JUN-15JUL13

16JUL-31AUG13

01SEP-20DEC13

21DEC-31DEC13

£55

£78

£66

On request

01JAN-05JAN13 06JAN-31MAR13 01APR-30JUN13 01JUL-30SEP13 £237

£189

£133

£189

01OCT-19DEC13

20DEC-31DEC13

£167

On request

S WA H I L I B E A C H

THE FUNZI KEYS

Located on Diani Beach, this 5 star resort hotel combines African, Arabian and Indian influences in its design and its sophistication. All rooms and suites offer guests flat screen TV’s, mini-bar, tea/coffee facilities, wi-fi, aircon & in-room safe. Superior rooms have views of the ocean and an extended sitting room area, whereas Executive Suites have a connecting lounge, dining verandah and private kitchen. With 5 restaurants and a coffee shop along with a vibrant mix of bars, eating and drinking here is a pleasure. There is also 24hr room service. A spa, gym and hair & beauty salon add to the 5-star elegance. Children are well catered for with a range of activities and a complimentary baby-sitting service is provided. The water sports centre has a wide range of activities including a PADI dive centre.

Tucked away on an island 15 minutes by air from Mombasa, this exclusive resort is the perfect hideaway. In front of the six stone and thatch cottages, each furnished with a king sized four-poster bed and a Jacuzzi, is a private sitting area with a camp fire. In the evenings dinner is served on the deck of an authentic dhow anchored off the beach. The chef offers a varied menu but with the emphasis on locally caught sea food and wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables. Activities such as snorkelling, sailing, canoeing, wind-surfing, dhow boat trips, scuba diving and deep sea fishing are available with charges paid locally. House drinks included.

BASIS DBB 01JAN-03JAN13

BASIS FB+ 01JAN-02JAN13 03JAN-06JAN13 07JAN-28FEB13 01MAR-15APR13 16APR-30JUN13

£116

04JAN-31MAR13 01APR-30JUN13 01JUL-31OCT13 01NOV-20DEC13 £113

£67

£113

£89

21DEC-31DEC13 On request

£359

£293

£203

£153

Closed

01JUL-31JUL13

£153

01AUG-31OCT13 01NOV-15DEC13 16DEC-31DEC13

£203

£153

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Rwanda’s recent history has hidden the main attraction of this beautiful country – its people. Their friendliness and pride in their land is palpable and they welcome overseas visitors with open arms. Visitors come to view the gorillas but leave with just as happy memories of the people.

Essential Information

Rwanda

Capital: Kigali Time: GMT +3 hrs Fly to: Kigali Visas: Not required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A& B, Typhoid recommended. Anti-malaria precautions should be taken. Yellow Fever with a valid vaccination certificate required. Best time to visit: June – Sep; Dec - Feb Rwanda Tourist Board Tel: 0207 224 9832 Currency: Rwandan Franc (US Dollars or Euros also recommended) Climate: Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep

Jan

Apr

Jul

Oct

Kigali

Feb

May

Aug

Nov

Av. Daily temp (C)

20

21

20

20

Av. Sunshine (hours) 5

5

8

6

Av. Rainfall (mm)

110

25

95

85

Rwanda, the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ is one of the last refuges of the mountain gorilla and a trek to view these magnificent apes has to be the highlight of any trip to Africa. The trek departs from the Rwandan capital of Kigali and includes most meals as shown. Bamboo and rainforest covers the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park with its 7 volcanoes towering through the mist. The frequency of interaction between man and gorilla is strictly controlled and pre-purchased permits are a pre-requisite. These currently cost US$750 per person per trek and must be applied for as far in advance as possible with full, non-refundable payment being required. Once obtained, your itinerary will then be created around the allocated permit. A reasonable level of fitness is required as treks can take a number of hours and reach up to 2,500m with a number of ascents and descents, but the reward is well worth the effort. The guides will not permit anyone to join a trek showing any sign of a cold or illness on the day of the trek. The lodges used in the itinerary are as a guide only and others are available.

GORILLA TREK Day 1

Arrive Kigali and transfer to Virunga Conservation Area. Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. (D)

Day 2

Morning briefing then commence your trek, return to the lodge before transfer back Kigali overnight at Kigali Serena. (BL)

Day 3

Return transfer to airport for onward travel arrangements.

Note:

Other lodges are available, please enquire for further details.

Cost from: Departure: Park fees: Deposit:

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Trekking the mountain slopes in search of the elusive mountain gorillas that live in the remote valleys and rainforests is a very special privilege that few people have an opportunity to experience. Combining this with a tour of this fascinating country is well worth contemplating.

Essential Information

Uganda

Capital: Kampala Time: GMT +3 hrs Fly to: Entebbe Visas: Required (passport to be valid for 1 year from date of entry into Uganda) Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A& B, Typhoid recommended. Anti-malaria precautions should be taken. Yellow Fever with a valid vaccination certificate required.

WESTERN REGION

Best time to visit: Aug - Feb Uganda High Commission: Tel: 0207 224 9832 Currency: Ugandan Shilling (US Dollars recommended) Climate: Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep

Jan

Apr

Jul

Oct

Kampala

Feb

May

Aug

Nov

Av. Daily temp (C)

22

22

21

22

Av. Sunshine (hours) 7

6

6

7

Av. Rainfall (mm)

230

85

95

120

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Uganda has become renowned as the gateway to the mountain gorillas and is now beginning to establish itself on the map as a place to see and feel the beating heart of Africa. A diverse land of mountains, forests and grassland with rivers, including the source of the Nile, and Lake Victoria as its south-eastern boundary. This ‘Pearl of Africa’ has a number of cultural and historical sites as well as game parks - it is an incredibly scenic and friendly destination and well worthy of attention and exploration

The Western part of Uganda is a land of golden grasslands, green tea plantations, hills with terraced gardens, thick tropical rainforests and the snow-peaked Rwenzori Mountains otherwise known as ‘Mountains of the Moon’. There are game parks and forest reserves in this region, including the Bwindi & Mgahingi Reserves which are home to the gorilla populations, and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Some of these reserves are only a few hours drive from Kampala.

CENTRAL REGION In the heart of Uganda's central region, there are many preserved cultural sites and destinations suitable for the more adventurous traveller. Historical royal tombs, old kingdom heritage sites and ruins. The region encompasses the main cities of Kampala and Entebbe and drifts down to the shores of the mighty Lake Victoria.


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Classic Uganda Journey

Waterberg

A safari unlike any other, this tour will take you into the scenic volcanic region to search for gorillas & chimpanzees in their natural habitat, along with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and hippo and a myriad of birdlife. You will also meet some of the local tribal people including the Batwa Pygmies. This tour provides an unforgettable African experience. Day 1

Fly from Heathrow via Amsterdam to Entebbe. Overnight in Entebbe.

Day 2

After breakfast be met by your expert guide and drive through the historic town of Fort Portal before your 2 night stay at the Ndali Lodge with a 360 degree panorama of the ancient volcanic landscape. (FB)

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Spend the morning tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, their loud calls always making you sure of their presence. After lunch, visit the Bogodi Wetland. Sanctuary to view the abundant wildlife, particularly birds (FB) Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive where lion may be seen. En-route, a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains is an option. After leaving the Park, there may be time for a visit to the Women’s Coffee Co-Operative to see this worthwhile project first hand. 2 nights at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (FB) The morning is spent chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge before an afternoon cruising on the Kazinga Channel which is home to one of the highest concentrations of hippos in Africa.

Herds of buffalo and elephant are often seen at the water’s edge along with great numbers of birds (FB) Day 6

Continuing on to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Subject to local conditions you may see the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The rapidly changing landscape takes you to Bwindi Lodge for 2 nights (FB)

Day 7

After an early breakfast, set off to locate the mountain gorillas through steep and densely forested hills, a highlight of the trip. Alternatively, there are a number of other activities available including a guided forest walk, visit to a local village, learn the ways and traditions of the original pygmy inhabitants of Bwindi.(FB)

Day 8

After an early start return to Kampala by late afternoon via rolling hills and farmland before utilising a day room at your hotel then transfer for your overnight flight via Amsterman (BL)

Day 9

Arrive Heathrow airport in the morning.

Note:

This tour may be taken on a private basis – supplements apply.

Cost:

Between £3,485 and £4,154 depending on date of travel

Departures:

Various with KLM

Deposit:

£1,000 per person

Park fees and permits: Included

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The Ethiopian Wolf is one of the rarest mammals on earth with an estimated population of just 500. Found in the highlands over 3000m, sight of it is a rare and beautiful treat for the nature lover and a never to be forgotten experience for the lucky few.

Essential Information Capital: Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

Time: GMT +3 hrs Fly to: Addis Ababa Visas: Required Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A& B, Typhoid recommended. Anti-malaria precautions should be taken. Yellow Fever with a valid vaccination certificate required. Best time to visit: Oct - Apr Ethiopian High Commission: Tel: 0207 838 3897 Currency: Ethiopian Birr (US Dollars recommended) Climate: Dec

Mar

Jun

Sep

Jan

Apr

Jul

Oct

Addis Ababa

Feb

May

Aug

Nov

Av. Daily temp (C)

16

15

18

16

Av. Sunshine (hours) 9

8

5

8

Av. Rainfall (mm)

70

210

70

30

The ancient landscape provides a fascinating historical backdrop to this stunning country. Being able to walk in the footsteps of the people who were here alongside the ancient Egyptians, the Queen of Sheba and Haile Selassie, the last African Emperor, is an amazing experience. Over 80 ethnic groups speaking some 200 dialects make up the population of this diverse and stunning country. Christianity was embraced in the 4th century and it is from this that many of the cultural, archaeological and historical sites were born. There are 7 World Heritage Sites situated in various locations. It is a land infused with history and striking natural beauty. A visit to Ethiopia will touch the traveller with the warm and friendly welcome of her people.

NORTHERN HIGHLANDS The Simien Highlands, known as the ‘Playground of the Gods’ is an area of breathtaking scenery and offers some superb opportunities for hiking, probably the best in Africa. The Blue Nile commences its journey to the sea and the Blue Nile Waterfalls are spectacular. Past civilisations have all made their mark on this land and as one of the early cradles of Christianity, there are many religious heritage sites to be visited, including the incredible rockhewn churches of Lalibela. Five 17th century castles are to be found in Gondar built by the kings of old. Axum, the ancient royal capital of the 1st Ethiopian kingdom, is renowned for its carved granite obelisks, some of which still stand today and is the reputed resting place of the Ark of the Covenent. The area is home to a range of indigenous wildlife and the rocky plateaux are home to the Gelada baboon and other rare plants, animals and birds.

SOUTHERN COUNTRY The iconic Great Rift Valley bisects the country in a south-westerly direction as it continues its journey onto the heart of Africa, and as result the landscape differs on each side of the Rift. Here the land still retains a great visual attraction as it is interspersed with national parks and mountains. One such is Bale Mountains National Park which is home to a huge variety of indigenous birdlife. There are also areas where the endangered Ethiopian Wolf still roams. The tribal people of the south follow many of their old ways with traditional dress and unique hair-styles. 122

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Ethiopia

Classic Ethiopia Journey

Waterberg

This exciting tour encompasses some of the best historical attractions in this proud and ancient country. From Royal Palaces and monasteries to churches and cathedrals, with amazing people and stunning scenery adding to the experience. An english speaking guide escorts the tour and the hotels are the best of their type and can be described as adequate but comfortable. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow

Day 2

Arrive Addis Ababa and transfer to the Hilton Hotel. During the afternoon a sightseeing tour of the city sets the scene for the remainder of your visit. Attractions include Holy Trinity Cathedral, the National and Ethnological Museums and a visit to one this fascinating city’s coffee houses

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Fly to Bahir Dar for 2 nights at Kuriftu Resort and Spa on Lake Tana. The town of Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shores of the lake and its wide palm fringed streets and relaxed atmosphere proves popular (FB) Enjoy a boat trip to the Zege Peninsula to see the monasteries of Ure Kidane Meret and Azwa Maryam and the source of the Blue Nile. The monasteries, dating back to the 14th century, are famed for their vibrant murals depicting religious stories (FB) Drive to Gondar for a tour of the Royal Enclosure, a selection of magnificently preserved medieval castles set in peaceful grounds of this vibrant town. Spend 2 nights at Taye Hotel (FB) Enjoy a visit to the remarkable King Fasilides Bath, a site famous for the annual Timkat Festival, then to Debre Birhan Selassie Church. Lunch will be taken at a renowned restaurant with the opportunity to try some of Ethiopia’s unique cuisine (FB) Travel through this constantly surprising land, each turn revealing a further insight into rural Ethiopian life before arriving at the inspiring Simien Mountains National Park for 2 nights Simien Lodge (FB)

Day 8

Spend the day travelling through the Park. Highlights will include endless breathtaking panoramas of this UNESCO World Heritage site and the chance to see the captivating Gelada baboons. Short treks can be arranged with prior notice (FB)

Day 9

Return to Gondar for the onward flight to Axum. Take a tour of the towering stelae fields and surrounding cathedrals, reputed home of the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight at the Yeha Hotel. (FB)

Day 10

Fly to Lalibela. During the afternoon a tour of the town will give you a first glimpse of the spectacular collection of 12th century rock hewn churches. 2 nights at the Mountain View Hotel. (FB)

Day 11

Spend the day visiting the churches to further reveal not only what a truly unbelievable feat of engineering they are, but mostly the sense of amazement and wonderment at these fabulous buildings, still being used today as they were 900 years ago (FB)

Day 12

Mid morning flight back to Addis Ababa for use of a dayroom before a visit to an evening cultural restaurant and show. Transfer back to the airport for your flight home (FB)

Day 13

Arrive Heathrow early morning

Cost: Departures: Deposit:

Between £3,320 and £3,684 depending on date of travel Daily with Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and KLM £700 per person

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The groups of islands of Bazaruto and Quirimbas are just off the Mozambique coast and are a haven of peace and tranquillity as there are no shops, roads or traffic, just crystal clear water and wonderful white sandy beaches.

Essential Information Capital: Maputo Time: GMT +2 hrs Fly to: Vilanculos, Maputo or Nampula via Johannesburg. Pemba via Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam or Johannesburg.

Mozambique

Visas: Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid. AntiMalaria precautions should be taken. Best time to visit: March to November.

After a number of turbulent years, the country is now recognized as a great place for a beach holiday and a number of quality lodges have opened, mainly on the offshore islands. Accommodation is still limited and in high season demand certainly exceeds the capacity - so early booking is essential.

Currency: Metical. (SA Rand and US Dollar recommended).

Access to the Bazaruto islands is by direct daily air service from Johannesburg

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possible to transfer by road from the Nelspruit area to Maputo and then to

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For the island resorts in the north of the country, air services operate to Pemba and Nampula giving access to the resorts in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Ilha de Mozambique and mainland lodges. Above all, the islands are a place to relax. There is tranquility combined with good accommodation, fine food with an emphasis on locally caught sea food and water sports including some excellent diving. Finish off the day with sundowners on a dhow as it sails through the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. The capital of Maputo, formerly known as Lourenco Marques, evokes some of the atmosphere of its Portuguese colonial past with its wide streets lined with acacia and jacaranda trees. Places to visit include the imposing Cathedral, City Council Chambers, Fortress and Museum of Natural History.

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Mozambique

Classic Mozambique Journey

Whilst the majority of travellers just visit one of the superb beach lodges, the country does have much to offer and will give a most rewarding holiday. Our itinerary combines the capital city of Maputo, the developing Gorongosa National Park in the middle of the country and, to finish off, a mainland beach resort on a superb stretch of coastline towards the South African border. Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport.

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg in the morning and connect with the flight to Maputo. Transfer to the Serena Polana Hotel for a stay of 2 nights in a sea facing room.

Day 3

Day at leisure for local sightseeing. There are many historic places to visit. (B)

Day 4

Transfer to the airport for the flight north to the country’s second city – Beira. Road transfer to Gorongosa National Park. Stay at the Explore Gorongosa camp for 4 nights. (FP)

Day 5-7

Enjoy the various walking, canoeing and game viewing activities that are available. (FP)

Day 8

Return to Beira for the flight to Maputo. Then by helicopter to White Pearl Resort for 5 nights. (BD)

Day 9-12 At leisure to relax at this stunning beach complex. (BD) Days 13

Return to Maputo by helicopter for the afternoon flight to Johannesburg. Connect with the evening flight to London. (B)

Day 14

Arrive Heathrow Airport early morning.

Note:

The opening date for the Gorongosa National Park varies depending on the rains but is usually between 01 April and 01 May until November. The tour does not operate when the Park is closed.

Cost:

Between £4,845 and £5,257 depending on date of travel

Departures: Daily with South African Airways subject to a minimum of 2 persons Deposit:

£1,200

Luggage:

20kg per person

SERENA POLANA HOTEL

WHITE PEARL RESORT

Located on a leafy boulevard in one of Maputo’s most exclusive residential districts, the hotel was built in 1922 along sweepingly splendid lines. Offering 142 rooms, many of which are spacious suites, the ‘Grande Dame’ of Maputo has a choice of three restaurants: the all-day dining Varanda Restaurant, the Delagoa fine-dining experience in the French style; the Aquarius Sushi Bar, and the Polana Bar. The hotel also offers the ‘Maisha’ Mind Body and Spirit Health Club and Spa, a stunning swimming pool, extensive gardens, an exclusive residents’ lounge, a business centre, a beauty salon and three gift shops.

The resort is situated between Maputo and the South African border with an ocean frontage of pristine beach stretching more than 2km. The 22 stilted timber suites convey a feeling of floating above the dunes. Each suite is air conditioned and has a private plunge pool and outdoor shower. After the morning’s sporting and leisure activities, relax with a light lunch and refreshing drink. In the evening, enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner and savour the finest seafood Mozambique has to offer. Activities include deep sea fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, turtle and dolphin viewing (seasonal), horse riding and a range of massage treatments.

G O R O N G O S A N AT I O N A L PA R K

‘E X P L O R E G O R O N G O S A’

This is certainly unique as ‘Explore Gorongosa’ is the only operator offering private safaris in the untamed Gorongosa National Park and offer guests the opportunity to rediscover this pristine wilderness. Get up close with the sights and sounds of the bush on a walking safari with your expert ranger or drift down the waterways in a canoe. You can enjoy game drives on an open Land Cruiser, with significant populations of plains game, predators (especially lion), elephant herds and buffalo not to mention hippos, crocodiles and a vast array of birdlife! This is Africa at its most untouched and this is your chance to experience it.

Accommodation is in 4 canvas tents catering for a maximum of 8 guests. Each tent has twin beds or a double, mosquito nets, clothes rack, veranda and an ensuite bathroom with open-air hot bucket shower and toilet. For relaxation there is an open air library, lounge and hammocks to swing in. The mess tent serves tasty meals under cover or around the camp fire. From morning strolls to night drives, no two days are the same. Game viewing drives reveal areas of the reserve that cannot be covered on foot. During and just after the wet season , boating and canoeing provide a hippo’seye view of this waterlogged wonderland covered in a carpet of purple and pink water lilies.

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MARLIN LODGE

I N D I G O B AY I S L A N D R E S O RT & S PA

The resort is situated on Benguerra Island and has 14 Luxury Beach Chalets and 3 Executive Suites stretching along the white beach of Flamingo Bay. Each chalet has en suite facilities and private patio. A walkway snakes to the main area in which is the lounge and dining room. Dinners range from semi formal in the dining room to tables laid out on the beach with an avenue of palm fronds and flaming torches. Cuisine has an emphasis on seafood. In the gardens is a fresh water swimming pool. Activities include fishing (saltwater fly-fishing and big game fishing), scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, sailing, island hopping, dune boarding, guided island drives, dhow cruises and bird watching. There is a fully equipped dive and snorkel centre at the lodge.

Set in the southern part of Bazaruto Island, it is famous for it's diving and snorkelling, as well as fishing. The 30 Beach Chalets, 12 Beach Villas with 2 bedrooms, and 2 superb suites have views of the ocean and lead out onto private decking. The Golfinho Restaurant serves superb a la carte cuisine and the Crocodile Lake Boma serves African bush-style dinners under the stars. You can also dine on the decking raised on the beach edge ordering from the pool bar. The activity centre will to keep young and old busy with a variety of activities, both land and water-based, as well as the Golf Course, and tennis courts. There is also a Sanctuary Spa offering a range of treatments.

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BENGUERRA ISLAND LODGE

AZURA

This idyllic island getaway is encircled by silver beaches and coral reefs. The main lodge is flanked by Cabanas built right on the edge of the beach, each with private decking, jacuzzi and plunge pool and Casitas with a timber deck, plunge pool and outdoor gazebo. Also 2 & 4-bedroom villas with private pool set in the milkwood forest. Meals are a relaxed affair with the emphasis on locally caught seafood. This is a snorkeling and diving paradise with a fully equipped diving facility which will take you to the unspoilt reefs. Other activities include fly-fishing, sailing on a dhow, trips around the island to picnic sites and bird watching. Mainland trips to the local market can also be arranged.h

This top-of-the range lodge is located on Benguerra Island and the retreat comprises of 14 villas, 11 infinity villas looking towards the sea and 3 luxury villas only steps from the beach, plus a two-bedroom Presidential villa. They all feature butler service, an outdoor ‘sala’, private sundeck and a small pool. Fine cuisine focuses on locally caught seafood such as prawns, crab and crayfish. Activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, saltwater fly and deep sea fishing, swimming with dolphins and sailing on their traditionally built 40ft dhow. Other activities include picnics on deserted beaches and touring the island. The African-themed spa treatment list includes a rub down with ground coconut shells or diamond dust and a head to toe tamarind and aloe massage. Local drinks included.h

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IBO ISLAND LODGE

LUGENDA WILDERNESS CAMP

Ibo Island is steeped in history, rich in culture and nominated as a World Heritage Site. Access from Pemba is by light aircraft and the lodge is located close to the town with prime views over the waterfront. Three original historic mansions with high loft ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate 14 en suite air conditioned bedrooms. Wide verandahs are furnished with soft cushions and teak furniture and the open air lounge on the terrace is a perfect place for relaxation. Dining features the freshest of seafood as well as traditional specialities served on the roof terrace and affording stunning views. Swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and other activities are available at a nearby beach which is reached by motor boat or traditional dhow.

Towards the Tanzanian border in northen Mozambique lies Niassa National Park which is about twice the size of the Kruger National Park. Within the 42,000 square kms is just one camp – Lugenda. The camp has 8 beautifully appointed walk-in en suite tents. The main lodge houses the bar, lounge and dining areas and in the grounds is a boma and swimming pool. Game to be seen includes lion, elephant, wild dog and hippo but as it is not prolific the reserve is not recommended for the first time visitor to Africa but more for those who appreciate somewhere undiscovered. However, birdlife is outstanding and over 370 species have been recorded including Pel's fishing owl and Angola pitta. Access is by light aircraft from Pemba or the island resorts of Medjumbe and Matemo.

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VA M I Z I I S L A N D L O D G E

NUARRO LUXURY ECO LODGE

The small island of Vamizi, accessible via Pemba, has 13 beautiful spacious villas – each with direct access to the beach. They are decorated in a colonial style and have their own private decks. Sunchairs and Swahili Day Beds are also provided in each chalet. Of the 13 villas, 5 are designed to accommodate families. There is a thatched open dining room in the main lodge and a new castaway restaurant open during the winter season for a buffet meal and total relaxation. In the evenings barbecues are also held on the beach. Diving can be enjoyed off the shore into unspoilt reefs. Fishing and snorkeling are also very popular. Walking trails are available, and seasonally, turtles can be seen nesting along the shoreline.

On some of the most untouched shoreline in Mozambique, this owner run eco-lodge is situated in Nanatha, about 4 hours from the airport at Nampula. All 12 chalets are beachfront and have en suite facilities with outdoor showers and sundeck. Some of the chalets can sleep up to 4 guests making them perfect for families. There is a panoramic bar and restaurant serving fresh sea foods, salads, traditional and international cuisine whilst in the afternoon tea and cakes are served in the lounge. There are fully-equipped dive boats and professional instructors offer the full range of PADI dive courses. One bonus is that you can dive and snorkel from the shore, and there is always access to the sea, even at low tide.

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The island is very much associated with the lemur and over 50 different species are known, ranging from the very shy and nocturnal aye-aye to the large indri indri which is to be found in the rain forest tree canopy.

Essential Information Capital: Antananarivo (referred to as Tana)

Madagascar

Time: GMT + 3 hrs Fly to: Antananarivo from Paris, Johannesburg or Nairobi. Visas: Required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Typhoid. Anti-Malaria precautions should be taken.

From the tranquillity of the deep rain forests to the bustle of the cities, from pristine white sandy beaches to an underwater world of reef fish and dazzling corals, Madagascar offers the adventurous traveller a wealth of fascinating and

Best time to visit: May to November.

beautiful places to visit and explore.

Currency: Ariary.

As the island is so large, the 4th largest in the world, there are many places of Climate:

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a few days of relaxation. Please note that mainland accommodation outside of Antananarivo (referred to as Tana) is generally simple but comfortable; that itineraries are subject to alteration at short notice due to rescheduling of air services; and due to ever changing air fares and hotel tariffs within Madagascar, tours costs are subject to alteration. For that special holiday, providing the very highest standards of comfort, hospitality and service, the island resorts of Tsarabanjina and Nosy Iranja off the north-west coast and the hidden mainland resort of Anjajavy are the perfect hideaways. Madagascar is very much a special exotic destination. Nowhere else will you experience the many stunning animal and bird sightings, the mixture of cultures, or be overwhelmed by the extraordinary ever changing scenery. On the facing page are two itineraries which cover some of the islands top attractions. They can be combined to create a longer holiday or amended to meet your preferred requirements. Access to Madagascar is by various scheduled services via Paris, Nairobi or Johannesburg. Although there are various climatic zones,` the best time to visit the island is between May and November. August can be exceptionally busy with French visitors.

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Forests and Beaches of the South

This tour takes in some of the most popular attractions from forests to towns and mountains to beaches. Some amazing scenery and experiences await you, including oppotunities for lemur sightings. An english speaking guide accompanies the tour and meals are included as shown.

A tour to the southern part of the island will showcase many varied and striking places and sights. excellent flora and fauna, including lemurs, forests, ancient tombs, guided walks, tribal displays, beaches and whale-viewing (June-Dec) are all included and will leave you with amazing memories of this incredible country.

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport to Nairobi

Day 1

Evening flight from Heathrow Airport to Nairobi

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi and connect with your flight to Antananarivo arriving late morning and transfer to the Lokanga Hotel. Have an afternoon city tour.

Day 2

Arrive Nairobi and connect with your flight to Antananarivo arriving late morning and transfer to the Pavillion de l’Emyrne (or similar)

Day 3

Drive to Andasibe National Park, also known as Perinet, where you will have excellent chances of viewing the Indri, the world’s largest lemur. Spend 2 nights at Vakona Forest Lodge (B)

Day 3

Fly to Fort Dauphin on the south east coast and visit the Antandroy Spiny Forest. Spend 3 nights in private luxury en suite tents at Mandrare River Camp (FP+)

Day 4

Take a trip into the sacred Antandroy Forest to observe lemurs and the many birds. After lunch, relax or select an optional activity (FP+)

Day 4

Take a full day tour to the Park following up on your previous day’s trip (B)

Madagascar

Classic Madagascar Journey

Day 5

Return to Antananarivo with some free time to explore. Overnight at Lokanga Hotel (B)

Day 6

Fly on to the old French port town of Diego Suarez in the north of the island. Enjoy a sightseeing tour and overnight at the Grand Hotel (B)

Day 5

Today is spent enjoying the various activities in and around the camp, usually in the early morning and later afternoon to avoid the heat of the day (FP+)

Day 7

Drive across the tip of the island to Montagne d’ Ambre National Park home to seven species of lemur. Stay 2 nights at the Lichi Tree (BL)

Day 6

Day 8

Enjoy a full day excursion to Montage d’ Ambre National Park taking in the rainforest and the ‘Big Waterfall’ (BL)

After breakfast, fly to Manafiafy on the south-eastern coast. Situated on a beautiful white sandy bay fringed by forest and mountains, stay 5 nights at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge (FP+)

Day 9

A drive on to Ankarana Special Reserve – a World Heritage Site of tsingy (amazing limestone formations), forest & lemurs. Continue on to Ambanoro for the boat transfer to the relaxing beach area of Nosy Be and 3 nights at the Amarina Hotel (BL).

Day 10

Spend the day visiting the beautiful nearby islands including Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely (BL).

Day 11

A full day visit to the Lokobe Reserve for your last chance to encounter lemur (BL)

Day 12 Fly back to Antananarivo with some free time and your final night at the Lokango Hotel (B) Day 13 After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Nairobi connecting with the evening flight back to the UK (B) Day 14

Day 7-10 There is a wide choice of activities to enjoy including canoeing, boat trips, day & night forest walks, whale watching (June-Dec), local villages. Other activities are available which attract an additional payment e.g. massage, deep sea fishing (FP+) Day 11 After breakfast drive back to Fort Dauphin for your flight to Antananarivo and back to the Pavillion de l’Emyrne for your final night (B) Day 12 After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Nairobi connecting with the evening flight back to the UK (B) Day 13 Note:

Arrive Heathrow early morning This tour does not operate from January to March

Arrive Heathrow in the early morning

Cost:

Between £3,200 and £3,744 depending on date of travel

Cost:

Between £2,828 and £3,706 depending on date of travel

Departures: Saturdays, Tuesday & Thursday with Kenya Airways

Departures: Saturday & Tuesday with Kenya Airways

Deposit:

Deposit:

£1,200 per person

£1,200 per person

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Indian Ocean For many, the dream of ending a holiday to Africa is to spend some days relaxing at an Indian Ocean beach resort. Sunshine, clear blue seas and soft white beaches make for the perfect ‘paradise’. Alternatively, for those wishing to spend their entire holiday on an Indian Ocean island, we can make all the arrangements for you.

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The Pamplemousses Gardens near Port Louis are known to naturalists throughout the world for the large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and many species of palm trees.

Essential Information Capital: Port Louis

Mauritius

Time: GMT +4 hrs Fly to: Mauritius. Visas: Not required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid recommended.

Lying about 1,200 miles off the African coast, the island is one of the most

Best time to visit: March to November.

popular resorts in the Indian Ocean and has many excellent hotels, superb white sandy beaches and plenty of activities. The scenery is varied with the

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority Tel: 0207 584 3666

interior of the island covered in lush vegetation and exotic flowers. The island is known for its hospitality and friendliness.

Currency: Rupee.

Direct flights operate from London, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Climate:

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Mauritius

THE OBEROI

20 DEGREES SUD

Just north of the capital, Port Louis, the resort is set in 20 acres of tropical gardens along a 600 metre ocean front. There are two swimming pools and tennis courts. Water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and deep sea fishing are available. There is a fitness centre, holistic spa and a beauty salon. The open-air restaurant offers contemporary gourmet, French, Creole and Indian cuisine, whilst pre dinner cocktails can be enjoyed at the Main Bar in front of spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. Accommodation is in luxury pavilions with marble bathrooms, exotic gardens, four poster beds and terraces. The larger villas have private pools and the exclusive Royal villas offer separate living room and majestic sea views.

Situated in exceptional surroundings not far from the Pointe aux Canonniers at the mouth of the beautiful bay of Grand Baie and concealed within an old coconut grove bordering the water’s edge. This small, intimate hotel comprises 34 bedrooms individually decorated with antiques as well as elegant furnishings. Each room and suite is air-conditioned and has its own private terrace, plasma TV with multimedia, safe & free wi-fi. The bathrooms have a separate bath & shower and 2 wash basins. Suites have either an outside hot tub or plunge pool. There are 3 restaurants – one in the grounds, one just off-shore on a private island and one on a boat. The Spa has four treatment rooms. Activities on site or near by include water-sports; sailing & golf.

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£145

£101

£145

£188

£188

LE TOUESSROK

The hotel stands on one of the island’s most famous beaches, Flic-en-Flac. A genuine 5-star resort hotel, it has 193 air-conditioned rooms and suites all facing out to sea and the sunset. A choice of restaurants offer varied cuisine such as Thai, Mediterranean, local and international fare. Another restaurant also provides beach service. Apart from a variety of free water sports such as water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling guests can also take part in deep sea fishing, diving and horse riding (charges apply). The hotel has a 9hole golf course. The spa offers treatments for the body, face, hair and even your mind. There is a daily entertainment programme for adults and a ‘Kids Club’ for children aged 4 to 12 run by a team of qualified professionals.

A stunning resort complex on the east coast combines superb sandy beaches with a lagoon islet reached by a bridge. The bedrooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary style and all 200 have a terrace or balcony and butler service. Facilities include a choice of restaurants, bars, swimming pools and evening entertainment. A Givenchy Spa provides a range of treatments and there is a state-of-the-art fitness centre. A variety of complimentary water sports are available on Ile aux Cerfs which is reached by boat. Here there is a fabulous beach, bars and restaurants. For complete peace and tranquility there is also a boat service to Ilot Mangenie. There is also an 18 hole championship golf course and guests do not pay green fees.

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£234

£148

£129

01AUG-30SEP13 £135

01OCT-30NOV13 01DEC-23DEC13 24DEC-31DEC13 £148

£135

On request

01JAN-04JAN13

05JAN-07APR13

08APR-30SEP13

£467

£203

£148

01OCT-21DEC13 22DEC-31DEC13 £203

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LUX* BELLE MARE

THE RESIDENCE MAURITIUS

The 5 star deluxe hotel stands on a spectacular white sandy beach at Belle Mare on the east coast of the island and is protected by a coral reef. Accommodation comprises of 143 junior suites in 3 different categories. Each has a sitting area, balcony or terrace with sea view. In addition, there are 11 larger suites and 12 superbly appointed villas. There is a choice of restaurants and bars and to round off the day evening entertainment is provided with local musicians plus regular cabarets and sega shows. Activities are included free of charge - gym, sauna, tennis, windsurfing, pedaloes, canoes, mini sails, snorkelling and water skiing. A charge is payable for scuba diving and game fishing. The PLAY and Studio 17 entertain both children and teenagers.

On the east coast between 10 hectares of tropical gardens and a long white sand beach, the hotel has 163 luxurious rooms and suites. Rooms have full or side ocean views with balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, a living area and butler service. For dining, The Plantation has an ocean front setting; the Dining Room is the main restaurant and the Verandah serves light snacks. There is entertainment most evenings. The Sanctuary, offers a range of treatments using ‘La Praire’ products. Free leisure activities include water skiing, windsurfing, hobie cats, canoes, snorkelling, paddle boats, fishing and flood-lit tennis courts. Charges are applicable for deep sea fishing, catamaran cruising, boat rental and scuba diving. The ‘Kids Club’ is for children aged 3 to 12 and baby sitting is available.

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£308

£241

£204

£151

£241

£253

£215

£253

£472

01JAN-03JAN13 04JAN-14APR13 £353

£193

15APR-30SEP13 01OCT-30NOV13 £155

£193

01DEC-21DEC13 22DEC-31DEC13 £155

On request

O N E & O N L Y S T. G E R A N

LAKAZ CHAMAREL

Affectionately known as the ‘Grande Dame of Mauritius’, the resort has earned a superb reputation for high standards of comfort and service. It is situated on the east coast of the island with the ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other. There are 162 beautifully appointed suites plus The Villa with 2 bedrooms and a private pool. All suites have an ocean or lagoon view and guests have a personal butler. There is a choice of 3 restaurants, bars and evening entertainment. The facilities are outstanding with a wide choice of water sports, tennis, volleyball and a 9-hole Gary Player designed golf course with complimentary green fees for residents. In addition, there is the One&Only Spa with various health and beauty treatments and a fitness centre offering personal tuition.

Away from the beaches of Mauritius, this lovely property provides an alternative view of the island being located in the picturesque interior and is a haven of tranquillity. The boutique style offers more of a homely guest house feel than a hotel with high standards in the 9 differently themed rooms, being spacious and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and lovely views over the gardens and surrounding forests. There are two swimming pools and a spa with stylish public areas. The restaurant opens onto a veranda and serves breakfast and dinner. Lunch can be taken in one of the village restaurants (10mins walk away) or a packed lunch can be arranged. Walking is the perfect activity from the hotel or mountain bikes can be hired for the more energetic. Should a beach visit be on the agenda then this can be easily arranged.

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01JAN-05JAN13 £729

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30MAR-13APR13

14APR-27SEP13

28SEP-20DEC13

21DEC-31DEC13

£363

£424

£218

£363

£729

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01JAN-02JAN13 £92

03JAN-30APR13

01MAY-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£79

£72

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PA R A D I S E C O V E H O T E L & S PA

LUX* LE MORNE

This superb hotel is at the north of the island. The 67 guest rooms are in 1 and 2 storey bungalow-style buildings set around the secluded cove. The junior suites have a sitting area with cable TV/video, safe and a patio or balcony overlooking the cove. There are three restaurants and a bikini bar with the emphasis on seafood, local and exotic cuisine, complimented with live evening entertainment. Free activities include glass bottom boat, paddle boat, catamaran cruise (lunch/drinks not included), canoes, snorkelling, sailing (Laser), windsurfing and water skiing. Charges are applicable for deep sea fishing, submarine safari, parasailing and scuba diving. The Cinq Mondes International Spa offers a choice of treatments and massages.

The hotel is located against the striking backdrop of the majestic Morne Brabrant in the south-west of the island. Rooms vary from sea facing Superior rooms to various categories of Junior Suites with garden or ocean views. The hotel has a wide choice of dining venues serving local, international and Thai cuisine. The LUX*Me Spa & Fitness provides an extensive range of treatments and exercise options. Free of charge facilities include - windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaks, pedaloes, snorkeling, glass bottom boat trips, flood-lit tennis courts and a gym. Charges apply for deep sea fishing, speedboat trips and cycle hire. For youngsters there is a Kids Club (3-12 years of age) and a Teens Club.

BASIS DBB 01JAN-03JAN13

BASIS DBB

£188

04JAN-23APR13

24APR-30SEP13

£119

£111

01OCT-30NOV13 01DEC-22DEC13 £148

23DEC-31DEC13

£111

01JAN-06JAN13 07JAN-19JAN13 20JAN-15MAY13 16MAY-30SEP13 01OCT-31OCT13 01NOV-30NOV13 01DEC-14DEC13 15DEC-21DEC13 22DEC-31DEC13

£263

£185

£241

£215

£169

£241

£253

£226

£253

£458

H E R I TA G E A WA L I G O L F & S PA R E S O R T

C O N S TA N C E L E P R I N C E M AU R I C E

On the beautiful Bel Ombre Estate, covering 10,400 hectare edged by blue lagoons, the hotel offers comfort and modern facilities has 160 bedrooms, suites and villa. There is a choice of 6 restaurants, including the acclaimed gastronomic La Compagnie des Comptoirs (access from 13 years of age) , 3 bars and 4 swimming pools of which one is in the kids club and one in the Spa. For the golfing enthusiast the 18- hole championship course covers over 100 acres and was designed by South African Peter Matkovitch. A wide choice of water and land activities are provided free of charge. There is also a childrens club and teen-activitiy club. Charges are applicable for deep sea fishing, dive centre and mountain bikes. Whilst arrangements are on an 'all inclusive basis' certain restrictions apply to the dining options and activities.

Located 45 km from the airport and 35 km from the capital, Port Louis, this fivestar hotel is set within 60 hectares of luxuriant vegetation. Protected from the winds, the peninsula is a peaceful location offering a real sensation of exclusivity and a unique emotion, an experience where spicy aromas blend with the perfume of the warm ocean. The 8 thatched units house 68 Junior Suites on ground and first floor with sea or garden views whilst 8 suites are on stilts overlooking the natural sea-life reserve. There are also 12 Villas, 9 of which have direct beach access with some designed to cater specifically for families. As to be expected of such a fine hotel, there is a choice of fine dining, bars, a swimming pool, spa, library, shop and a choice of water and land based activities.

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01JAN-04JAN13

05JAN-30APR13

01MAY-30SEP13

01OCT-30NOV13

01DEC-21DEC13

22DEC-31DEC13

£196

£169

£133

£169

£133

£218

01JAN-06JAN13

07JAN-07APR13

08APR-15SEP13

£394

£280

£209

16SEP-19OCT13 20OCT-22DEC13 23DEC-31DEC13 £246

£357

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On the island of Praslin is the Vallee de Mai which is home to the unique Coco-de-Mer. This strange object was believed to be the fruit of the tree of knowledge. It gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac, perhaps because of the singular shapes of the male stalk and the female fruit.

Essential Information

Seychelles

Capital: Victoria Time: GMT +4 hrs Fly to: Mahe. Visas: Not required. Health: Protection against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, & Typhoid.

The archipelago spreads over 115 islands and on the main island of Mahe is the international airport and the capital town of Victoria. Visitors come for the

Best time to visit: Year-round.

tranquillity and relaxation, to laze on the pearl white beaches and swim in the Seychelles Tourist Office Tel: 01293 596648

emerald waters of the Indian Ocean. A holiday to The Seychelles can be combined with a safari in Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa.

Currency: Rupee.

We do recommend that, if time permits, you visit at least two or three islands

Climate:

as each is so different and has its own charm and character. Mahe is the largest Dec

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28

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8

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85

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island and is considered to have the most spectacular scenery with towering peaks, lush vegetation, cinnamon and tea plantations and around the coastline bays, beaches and coves. The capital of Victoria has numerous Creole restaurants, craft shops and a colourful market. The other islands can be reached from Mahe by boat or light aircraft: Praslin (15 minutes by air or 2 hours by boat) is the second largest island and is famed for its Coco de Mer plants which grow in the Valle de Mai. There are a number of secluded beaches and fine hotels. La Digue (3 hours by boat from Mahe or 30 minutes by boat from Praslin) offers a very simple life style and the white sandy shoreline contrasts with the boulder strewn landscape. Bird Island (30 minutes by air) is, as the name implies, a bird lovers paradise and home to a million migratory sooty terns which breed here between May and November. It is also noted for its big game fishing due to the ocean dropping offshore to over 1,000 fathoms. North Island (one hour by boat or 20 minutes by helicopter) has until recently been uninhabited but now has an outstanding 11 villa resort retreat. Some of the hotels offer Honeymoon Specials and Air Seychelles has a ‘Bride’ discount. Please call us for further information.

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B A N YA N T R E E R E S O RT & S PA , M A H E

H I LT O N N O R T H O L M E R E S O R T & S PA , M A H E

Overlooking the beautiful Intendance Bay, the hotel has 60 air conditioned villas set amid exotic flora and with magnificent views of the ocean. The Hillside Pool Villas are in an elevated position and have a small plunge pool and sundeck whilst the Beachfront Spa Pool Villas are close to the beach and have a small plunge pool and garden. There is a choice of restaurants and bars and a lovely swimming pool set in granite boulders. The impressive spa offers a wide range of treatments. A water sports centre provides various activities. However, it should be noted that there may be restrictions between May and September due to sea conditions.

Nestling on a hillside along a small beach coves on Beau Vallon Bay, the 40 air conditioned villas all have ocean views with the Hillside Villas set in lush tropical forest whilst the De Luxe Ocean Front Villas are located on stilts over the water. Facilities include a spa at the edge of the ocean, an infinity pool, a main restaurant and a fine dining restaurant with beautiful views. Watersports are available nearby and include scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing and catamarans. A free shuttle bus operates to the Beau Vallon beach. This is a very relaxing hotel and at the end of the day there are wonderful views and sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

BASIS BB 01JAN-11JAN13 12JAN-22MAR13 23MAR-06APR13 07APR-31JUL13 01AUG-31AUG13 01SEP-30SEP13 01OCT-31OCT13 01NOV-27DEC13 28DEC-31DEC13

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£713

£404

£497

£404

£497

£404

£497

£404

£758

01JAN-10JAN13 £407

11JAN-23MAR13

24MAR-04APR13

05APR-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£270

£345

£270

On request

LE MERIDIEN FISHERMAN’S COVE, MAHE

S A I N T E A N N E R E S O RT & S PA , M A H E

Over the years Fisherman’s Cove has become a firm favourite with guests and with its clusters of thatched low-rise buildings has a relaxing air. It is set on the north-east coast at the tip of Mahe’s most popular beach, Beau Vallon and the 70 air conditioned bedrooms and suites vary in style and size. All rooms have a terrace or balcony with stunning sea views. The Frangipani rooms are especially popular as they are spacious and close to the beach. There are 2 restaurants and bars, infinity swimming pool, Zen fitness and spa centre and regular evening entertainment. Non-motorised watersports are provided free of charge.

Enjoying a beautiful island setting, surrounded by pristine white-sand beaches and tropical foliage, the hotel has 87 air conditioned villas of various sizes including villas with private plunge pools. Situated in a national marine park there is an excellent choice of watersports with scuba diving and snorkelling being a great way to view the colourful marine life. A range of other activities are also available including windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and pedal boats. Facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, extensive spa and beauty services, fitness centre, evening entertainment and a childrens’ club. Transfer from the airport by road and boat is approximately 40 minutes.

BASIS BB

BASIS AI

01JAN-09JAN13 10JAN-23MAR13

£315

£201

24MAR-30APR13

£258

01MAY-10JUL13 11JUL-31AUG13

£201

£258

01SEP-30SEP13

01OCT-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£201

£258

On request

01JAN-08JAN13

09JAN-30JUN13

01JUL-30SEP13

01OCT-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£725

£497

£527

£497

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PA R A D I S E S U N , P R A S L I N

LA RESERVE, PRASLIN

This popular and stylish resort is set in sub tropical gardens and fringed by the soft white sand by Anse Volbert, one of the best beaches on the island. The 80 air conditioned bedrooms are located in one and two storey chalets and each has a terrace or balcony. Deluxe Family rooms can sleep up to 3 adults and 2 children and also have a living area. There are 2 restaurants, bar, TV lounge and 2 swimming pools. Complimentary non-motorised watersports include canoes, snorkelling, pedaloes and wind surfing. There is also a PADI centre (charges applicable). Entertainment is provided each evening and once a week there is a sunset boat cruise.

This charming small hotel is located on a secluded private beach at Anse Petite Cour on the north-west coast in the midst of a large tropical garden. The 40 air conditioned bedrooms are individually decorated with local artist paintings on the walls giving it a Creole feel. There are two categories of rooms - Superior with shower and terrace and De Luxe with bath & shower and terrace. There is an impressive swimming pool with a swim up-bar and grill. Apart from the main restaurant, in the evenings there is a candle-lit jetty restaurant overlooking the sea. The calm and shallow bay with its turquoise waters and coral reef is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

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01JAN-05JAN13

06JAN-31JUL13

01AUG-23AUG13

24AUG-26DEC13

27DEC-31DEC13

£200

£184

£191

£184

£210

BASIS BB

01JAN-03JAN13 £180

04JAN-22MAR13 23MAR-04APR13 05APR-26JUL13 £152

£180

£152

27JUL-23AUG13 24AUG-31OCT13 01NOV-31DEC13 £180

£152

On request

C O N S TA N C E L E M U R I A , P R A S L I N

B L A C K PA R R O T S U I T E S , P R A S L I N

In a stunning position on the beach of Anse Kerlan, the hotel has 105 air conditioned suites. The Junior Suites are located close to the beach and have a balcony or terrace. The Senior Suites are more spacious and have a balcony or terrace whilst the Pool Villas have their own pool. The hotel has much to offer, such as 3 restaurants, 4 bars, a 3-tier swimming pool, lounge, library, fitness centre, sauna, spa, tennis courts, hairdresser and boutiques. Complimentary watersports include windsurfing, snorkelling and sailing. There is also a PADI diving school and deep sea fishing. It also boasts an 18hole championship golf course . A true resort with outstanding facilities.

This is part of the Coco De Mer Hotel complex and is exclusively reserved for adults. The 12 suites, all with stunning views, are very spacious and decorated to a high standard with crisp clean fabrics in natural colours. For privacy and relaxation it has its own bar and swimming pool. The main hotel is an easy 5 minute walk away and has a choice of restaurants, bars, library, boutique shop, evening entertainment and a swimming pool. Non-motorised watersports are complimentary. Other facilities include guided nature trail, tennis, squash and courtesy shuttle service to Ans Lazio beach.

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BASIS BB

£424

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07JAN-14APR13

15APR-15JUL13

16JUL-30SEP13

01OCT-26DEC13

27DEC-31DEC13

£315

£241

£293

£349

£456

01JAN-04JAN13

05JAN-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£231

£156

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Seychelles

DENIS ISLAND LODGE

DESROCHES ISLAND

One of earth’s most enchanting and romantic retreats – a 375 acre private coral island with only 23 cottages plus a family 2 bedroom villa and beach villa ideal for honeymooners. Each of these air conditioned beachside cottages has a sea facing verandah and an outdoor shower. The restaurant in the Pavilion is noted for its fine cuisine and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Other facilities include a bar, lounge area, wine cellar, library, TV/video room and entertainment is provided twice weekly. There is a swimming pool and water activities such as windsurfing, sailing, game fishing, canoeing and snorkelling are available together with a PADI dive centre.

This beautiful private island with miles of unspoilt beaches is a refuge for romance and pampered relaxation. A choice of suites, retreats and villas, the accommodation is of superb quality with a unique style designed to blend in with the environment yet providing the luxury that would be expected in such a destination. The dining experience has been created using the freshest ingredients and offers exemplary Indian Ocean cuisine complimented by fine wines in a delightful setting. The Escape Spa will rejuvenate and replenish your body and soul. A range of activities are centred on and around the water. Away from the main resort on the southern tip of the island is the beachfront Hideaway where guests can idle away the hours in the magic of the island.

BASIS AI

01JAN-31OCT13 1 JAN-8 JUN 9 JUN-14 JUL

01NOV-31DEC13 15 JUL-30 NOV 1-31 DEC

£158 £463 CLOSED

On£158 request

BASIS AI

On request

1 JAN-3101JAN-31OCT13 OCT 1 NOV-31 DEC £381

£466 On request

01NOV-31DEC13 On request

H I LT O N S E Y C H E L L E S L A B R I Z R E S O R T & S PA

NORTH ISLAND

Situated on Silhouette, access from Mahe is by helicopter (15 minutes) or road and boat (45 minutes). The hotel has a backdrop of lush forest and looks onto a beach of white soft sand. The azure Indian Ocean water are in a National Marine Park giving wonderful opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a wide choice of superb accommodation in the 110 air conditioned villas and suites. Facilities include a choice of 7 restaurants & bars offering different cuisines, boutiques, live entertainment twice weekly, gym, tennis, spa, PADI dive centre childrens entertainment and complimentary non-motorised water sports.

This unique private island sanctuary with its 4 fabulous private beaches has just 11 luxuriously appointed air conditioned villas constructed from local materials such as wood, stone and glass. Each private villa, with butler service, is self contained with a kitchen, large sun deck, lounge area and its own plunge pool. There is a central dining room, lounge, bar, library, gym and health spa. Highly recommended is the snorkelling, reef and wall scuba diving, deep sea and fly fishing, sailing and birding with the islands resident ecologist and naturalist. This is ‘barefoot luxury’ at its very best. Access is by helicopter from Mahe (about 20 minutes). Includes drinks and a host of activities but charges for deep sea fishing, yacht charter and beauty therapies are payable locally.

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BASIS FB+ 01JAN-22DEC13 1 JAN-22 DEC 23-3123DEC-31DEC13 DEC

01JAN-10JAN13

11JAN-23MAR13

24MAR-04APR13

05APR-31OCT13

01NOV-31DEC13

£264

£171

£202

£171

On request

£2,098 £1,891

On request On request

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As one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and home to a large expatriate population, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a distinctive cultural blend of old meets new and East meets West. With its blue skies, year round sunshine and oustanding shopping, Dubai is the perfect stop-over on your way to and from Africa or Indian Ocean islands.

Essential Information

Dubai

Capital: Dubai Time: GMT + 4 hrs

Once a small fishing village, Dubai was taken over in the 1830s by the Maktoum family, which still rules the emirate today. So began a trading empire based on gold, silver, pearls and spices. A fusion of Arab, Persian and Indian flair established Dubai's business acumen and today is the second largest city of the UAE.

Fly to: Dubai Visas: Obtainable on arrival. Health: Protection against Tetanus,Polio, Hepatitis A & Typhoid recommended. Best time to visit: November to May. Ramadan: 09 July to 07 August 2013 Department of Tourism Tel: 0207 839 0580

The city is divided by Dubai Creek with the most interesting and direct way to travel from Bur Dubai to Deira on the north bank by abra water taxi, a traditional form of transport used by locals to go about their business and tourists going to the spice and gold souks.

Currency: UAE Dirham Climate: Dec

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25

32

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35

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10

10

10

9

0

0

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20

It is a destination of surprises from the ice skating rink in the Galleria shopping mall at the Hyatt Regency to the Irish Village at the Dubai Tennis Centre, the richest horse race in the world, a wealth of water sports to the attraction of the desert itself, with the opportunity to be part of an Arabian adventure.

Our selection of quality beach hotels are set on miles of white sands which gently slope down to the warm, inviting waters of the Gulf. If you would prefer a desert retreat for a few days then this can be arranged at a resort hotel set close to the Hajar Mountains. Dubai has developed a reputation for its bold and innovative approach in creating architectural wonders. It is recognised that any unavoidable building construction and disruption is to be kept to a minimum and hotels make every effort to ensure that guests have an enjoyable stay. We have a wide range of additional hotels and resorts in Dubai, please ask for details if your preference is not shown here. Ramadan is scheduled to commence on 09 July and finishes on 07 August 2013. Restrictions apply on alcoholic drinks, live entertainments and outdoor food service during this period.

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Dubai

H ILTON D UBAI C REEK

S TOP -O VER PACKAGE

Located central to Dubai’s best shopping and business district, the hotel is sculptured in steel and glass with the interior accentuated in beach wood, soft leather upholstery and woolen carpets. The 154 rooms and suites have breathtaking panoramic views over the bustling creek and the city. The hotel is noted for fine dining including the Verre by Gordon Ramsey restaurant and the Glasshouse Mediterranean Brasserie. Leisure activities include a roof top swimming pool with bar, extensive health club facilities and a complimentary transfer to its sister hotel, some 20 minutes away, on Jumeriah beach with free access to the beach. The transfer time to Dubai Airport is just minutes.

Day 1

of 3 nights (BB). Please note that many flights, especially from the UK, arrive in the early hours of the morning and therefore your room will be reserved from the previous day. Day 2

Day at leisure for relaxing or shopping.

Day 3

Half day ‘City Tour’ taking you to the main places of interest and to a souk for a shopping experience.

Day 4 BASIS BB FROM:

£58

Arrive Dubai Airport and transfer to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel for a stay

At leisure until the transfer from the hotel for your onward flight.

Cost from:

£261 per person

Deposit:

£50 per person

H A B T O O R G R A N D R E S O RT & S PA

JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL

‘The Touch of Arabia’ is ever present in this luxurious 5 star Jumeirah beach front hotel adjoining the marina . All 446 rooms and suites are beautifully furnished and have a lounge area creating a sense of tasteful luxury and warm Arabian style. The rooms look out towards the ocean or over the extensive landscaped gardens. As to be expected, the facilities are outstanding with a wide choice of 14 fine dining and wining venues including The 25th which is located on the top floor of the hotel and affords stunning views. The Elixir Spa is richly designed and is a sanctuary for the extensive range of treatments. There is a large private garden, 3 swimming pools, multi choice of sun deck areas and a large private beach area.

This large resort hotel is located in expansive gardens fronting the ocean and has 617 air-conditioned bedrooms, suites and villas. There are various room categories - for example, ocean view rooms which can accommodate a family of 4, ocean balcony rooms, ocean club executive rooms and ocean premium leisure club rooms. The range of facilities and amenities is truly extensive with 22 restaurants, bars and cafes including a 24-hour restaurant, swimming pool with waterfalls and swim up bar, family pool, children’s pool, shopping colonnade, hairdressing & beauty salon, floodlit tennis courts squash courts, Pavilion Marina with PADI & National Geographic accredited dive centre and children’s club for 5-12 year olds.

BASIS BB FROM:

BASIS BB £64

FROM:

£177

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Fly by scheduled airlines International air travel is by scheduled airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, South African Airlines, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Etihad, KLM, Air Mauritius and Air France.

On the intercontinental routes from London to Nairobi, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Mauritius most services offer four classes of travel and on other services there are three classes excluding First.

For over 28 years, Virgin Atlantic has been one of the world’s leading long haul airlines, annually flying over six million passengers to more than 30 of the world’s most amazing destinations.

WORLD TRAVELLER (Economy class) with • 31” seat pitch with adjustable headrest, footrest and lumbar support • personal video screen with over 200 entertainment options on demand • three course meals and complimentary bar (excluding champagne) • amenity kit, cushions and blankets.

Virgin Atlantic is famous for creating memorable journeys, by providing award-winning, excellent value products and friendly service in every class. From the big picture, to the tiniest detail, Virgin Atlantic has the vision and service commitment that sets them apart from other airlines.

WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS with • All the benefits of World Traveller, plus larger seats with 7" more leg room, a quieter cabin ‘away from the crowd' with a maximum of 6 rows of seats and a priority meal service . check in two pieces of luggage. CLUB WORLD with • access to Arrival and Departure lounges with complimentary treatments at Elemis Travel Spa at Heathrow Airport • menu inspired by top chefs accompanied by expertly sourced wines Club Kitchen open between meals with a selection of snacks • touchbutton privacy screens • comfortable seat converts into a 6’ fully flat bed at the touch of a button, with soft mattress and memory foam headrest • over 200 entertainment options available on demand. FIRST with dedicated First check-in desks at Heathrow Airport • access to exclusive lounges with pre flight dining, complimentary wines and champagnes • onboard the First suite offers personal space, a unique double window with electric blinds and a personal wardrobe • comfortable seat is 60% wider at the shoulder and converts into a 6’6” fully flat bed • a la carte menu including fresh ‘Catch of the Day’ • complimentary concierge service available 24hours a day, 365 days a year, with offices in almost every major destination personal 15” screen with over 200 entertainment options on demand complete with RCA jack for MP3 and DVD players. Audio Visual on Demand Currently being rolled out across the long haul routes* AVOD gives you over 200 film, television, music and games (games not available on World Traveller) options all available on-demand so that you can watch what you want, when you want. *Not available on aircraft fitted with a 12 channel in-flight entertainment system.

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Departing from Heathrow Terminal 3, a daily overnight service is operated to Johannesburg and a seasonal service to Cape Town. All aircraft offer three levels of comfort to choose from. Virgin Atlantic Economy - an easy journey from start to finish Check in online and choose your seat in advance. Your comfy seat has a 31 inch pitch, with adjustable headrest and armrest. If you’d like more space, it’s easy to upgrade to an extra legroom or exit row seat. The new Economy meal experience offers a tasty choice of three meals, including a vegetarian option, and, on most flights, there’s a separate dessert service and a speciality cocktail. The journey will fly by with over 300 hours of on demand entertainment available on your seatback screen. Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy - all those little extras that make flying more enjoyable Enjoy dedicated check in, priority boarding and disembarkation. Your wide seat is covered in purple leather, with 38 inches of legroom, a winged headrest and footrest. Once settled in you’ll receive a pre-flight glass of bubbly and complimentary newspaper. Choose from three delicious meals all served on china, followed by an after dinner liqueur or ice cream while you watch a movie. On landing, you’re one of the first off the plane, and because your bags have priority tags, they’re first off the plane too. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class - the ultimate way to travel Enjoy a complimentary chauffeur driven car to and from the airport* with Drive Thru Check-In and a Private Security Channel*, taking you just 10 minutes from car to Clubhouse. Onboard you’ll discover your Upper Class Suite with one of the longest fully flat beds in business class. Enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner with cocktails and fine wine or make new friends at our onboard bar. With exceptional comfort and attentive service, you’ll arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for whatever the day has in store. *conditions apply


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The services from Terminal One, Heathrow to Johannesburg and are operated by Airbus A340 aircraft and offer two classes of travel. An extensive network of domestic and regional flights operate throughout Southern and East Africa. ECONOMY CLASS* with • a seat pitch of 31”/33.5” configuration of 2-4-2 with no-one being more than 1 seat away from the aisle and more privacy for couples • in-flight entertainment system with 7.5 inch screen offers movies, TV, video games and full individual control • audio system allows the ability to compile and store an individual play list from the variety of musical genres on offer • choice of main course meals supplemented by fine South African wines. *individual aircraft may vary. BUSINESS CLASS with • 180 degree flat beds with a 73" pitch • configuration of 2-2-2 with articulated armrests which flatten to widen the bed to 24" along its entire length • full size cotton duvets and pillows with amenity kits • à la carte dining allowing the freedom to eat when you want from the onboard menu • privacy screens between individual seats and rows • in-flight entertainment system with 10.5 inch screen offers movies, TV, video games and full individual control • audio system allows the ability to compile and store an individual play list from the variety of musical genres on offer • power supply for laptops dedicated check-in and arrival and departure lounges.

Emirates operate daily flights to Dubai from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow with quick and convenient onward connections to Nairobi, The Seychelles, Mauritius, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Lusaka. For no extra charge, you can stop over in Dubai for a few days of relaxation, shopping and sightseeing on either the outbound or inbound leg of your journey. ECONOMY CLASS with • multi-course gourmet cuisine • personal seat back TV screen • ’ice’ in-flight entertainment system giving a choice of over 140 movies, 70 TV channels, 350 audio channels and 40 Interactive video games (selected aircraft) • SMS and e-mail facilities • all complimented by a world-class, award-winning service. BUSINESS CLASS with • complimentary Chauffeur-drive service (mileage restrictions apply) • dedicated check-in and fast track immigration service • airport lounges at selected destinations around the network • sleeperette seats with a pitch of 55” to 62” • multi-course gourmet cuisine. FIRST CLASS for the ultimate in a luxury flight experience with • complimentary Chauffeur-drive service • flat beds on selected routes • a la carte dining • 40 kgs baggage allowance • dedicated airport lounges and fast-track check in.

Their non-stop overnight service from Heathrow to Nairobi using B777 & B767 equipment operates daily with additional daylight service at the weekends. Economy class provides a seat pitch of 32” whilst Premier World has flat sleeper seats. From Nairobi there are good connections to Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar and The Seychelles.

With a joint network of flights to a number of flights to African & Indian Ocean destinations via Paris or Amsterdam from a range of UK airports, Air France with three classes, and KLM with two, provide a convenient connecting service for passengers with various daylight and overnight flights.

Now with the most non stop flights from Heathrow to Mauritius using the latest Airbus equipment. Economy class has 2-4-2 seating and feature individual seat-back video screen with choice of entertainment. Business Class is laid out in a 60” pitch with the cocoon style seats converting into lie-flat seating. Some hotels on Mauritius now offer check-in facilities for your homeward journey.

With services from Heathrow and Manchester via Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and the Seychelles, Etihad provides a three class service on most flights and has gained a reputation for high quality service amongst its ever-growing number of regular passengers.

Throughout the brochure costs are based on economy class air travel. We have specially negotiated air fares available from many UK regional airports to Heathrow, Gatwick or via Europe or Dubai. If you would like extra leg room, comfort and service then a number of airlines offer enhanced service and supplements will be advised at the time of booking. Other airlines may be used to suit the itinerary prepared for you. Within southern and eastern Africa a range of airlines will be used to create the best route options to match your preferences.

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Useful information Travel insurance It is essential that you have full and comprehensive travel insurance cover in place from the time the booking is made. You should arrange this through an authorised and reputable travel insurance provider and ensure that all the cover and conditions match your travel and activities through the destinations you will be visiting. We will require details of your insurance provider and policy number.

Special requests We will endeavour to assist with any special request you may have, such as ground floor bedrooms or special assistance at airports. If you require such requests to be a condition of your acceptance of your holiday, this will only be agreed as a variance to our standard booking conditions if you receive written confirmation from us that such requests have been confirmed by the carrier/hotel/lodge or principal involved.

requested. These seats will NOT be guaranteed, as airlines do from time to time change the aircraft type and, therefore the seat configuration, at short notice. Some airlines make a charge for seat reservations and we will advise you if this is the case. We will arrange your itinerary based on the airline schedules at that time but these are subject to change at short notice. As soon as we are made aware of these we will make every effort to advise you or your travel agent and follow the instructions as advised by the airline. Should this necessitate a change of your travel arrangements then we will assist to the best of our abilities and the terms of our bookings conditions will apply. Finally, the utilisation of light aircraft on many of our itineraries may have weight restrictions and it may be necessary to ascertain the weight of individual passengers to comply with local flying regulations.

Flexibility It is usually possible to fly into one airport and return from another e.g. London | Johannesburg – Cape Town | London

Children

London | Cape Town – Mauritius | London

A number of hotels, lodges and game reserves, especially in South Africa, have age restrictions. For example, it is quite common that children under the age of 14 are not accepted in private game reserves or not allowed to participate in game viewing activities. However, there are a number of hotels and lodges that openly welcome children and in many cases have a special children’s programme and facilities. We will be pleased to give guidance on the most suitable match for your requirements.

London | Nairobi – Dar es Salaam | London

Passport and visa requirements

Current UK and international airport taxes are included in your air ticket. These taxes cover Air Passenger Duty, UK Passenger Service Charge, insurance & security charges, fuel surcharges and airport taxes. Taxes & charges can unexpectedly be imposed at short notice by overseas airports and we will endeavour to advise you before departure. Some taxes & charges need to be paid locally and are your responsibility. We will make every effort to advise you of these as known at the time of your booking but they can change at short notice and we cannot be liable for such eventuality.

Information in this brochure is based on the current requirements for holders of a full 10 year British Citizens Passport. Most countries require a minimum validity of 6 months beyond your intended return date of travel and some may require other specific conditions e.g. South Africa require at least 2 blank consecutive pages. The information shown on each individual country page advises whether or not a visa is required. Many can be issued on entry but others may require or be recommended to be obtained prior to departure. Your own specific passport, visa and immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies or Consulates. We cannot accept responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with such requirements. The UK Passport Service can be contacted on 0300 222 0000 or www.passport.gov.uk

Health requirements Anti-malaria protection is strongly recommended for all areas except the coastal area of Cape Province and Johannesburg/Madikwe/Waterberg/Sun City areas in South Africa, Mauritius, The Seychelles and Dubai. Yellow Fever certificates are required for Zanzibar and Tanzania and for other countries if arriving from an infected country. A Yellow Fever certificate is required if travelling from East or Central Africa and Zambia to South Africa and neighbouring countries. We advise that you should consult your GP or appropriate medical authority, as the Department of Health (www.dh.gov.uk) recommend that protection against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A, diphtheria and typhoid be taken, and compulsory requirements may change at short notice. The arrangement of suitable health protection is your responsibility and should thoroughly checked and actioned well in advance of travel. We cannot be held responsible for any omission in this regard.

Airline reservations and tickets As you will normally be travelling on ‘inclusive tour’ air tickets, certain restrictions will apply regarding changes and cancellation. Every endeavour will be made to assist should you need to alter your return date, but this can only be done with our agreement and the local airline office. Any additional charges will be payable locally. Most airlines will allow specific seats to be

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In addition, it is common practice to combine different airlines on an itinerary to ensure that the best available routing and price is found to suit your individual preferences e.g. London | Johannesburg with one airline then Johannesburg | Mauritius | London with another.

Airport taxes & additional charges

UK flights We have specially negotiated air fares available from many UK regional airports to Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. Please advise us of your preferred airport when making your booking in order to take advantage of these special fares.

Deposits The minimum amount required is usually £300 per person. Please note that some accommodation and other products require a non-refundable deposit to secure the reservation. Similarly, for some other products a substantial deposit may be required. You will be advised of any such payments and of a higher required deposit at the time of booking. Deposits for touring arrangements are shown in the price panels.

Alterations Once a booking has been confirmed any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £30 per altered item, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. Certain travel arrangements (e.g. air tickets) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangement.


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Electricity

Baggage allowances are strictly adhered to and are dependent on the airline and class of travel. Details of checked hold baggage and hand baggage will be supplied with your travel documents. If your itinerary includes flights operated by light aircraft your baggage may be strictly limited to soft-sided luggage usually of between 10 and 15kg. Details will be advised with your confirmation.

Electricity facilities can vary from country to country and there may be some places e.g. remote lodges or mobile camps, where it is not available. In addition, the supply can also be unreliable in some areas but this is accepted a part of life in Africa and local arrangements are generally made to combat this should it occur. We will advise you further in your booking confirmation. It is recommended that you purchase a suitable adaptor for travel in Africa.

Airport delays In the unlikely event that a delay does happen, arrangements for meals, overnight accommodation, etc should be met by your airline. Conditions of carriage are available on request.

Accommodation and check-in Unless otherwise stated, accommodation is based on standard twin or double rooms with private facilities. Higher grade rooms are available at many hotels, and the appropriate supplement will be advised if required. Check-in is normally from 1500 hrs, and check-out is normally between 1000 hrs- 1200 hrs. It may be possible to pre-arrange early check-in or late check-out, but a charge may be applicable.

Meal arrangements If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us at the time of booking. This is especially important when visiting game reserves in remote areas. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary requests but no guarantees can be given.

Safety Africa continues to develop a positive approach to tourism. Crime does unfortunately exist, as in all parts of the world, and it is sensible to take the same precautions as you would travelling anywhere away from home. Do not leave luggage unattended in hotel corridors or lobby. Deposit valuables in the hotel or room safe and avoid walking around after dark. When driving, keep windows closed and doors locked, and if travelling ‘off the beaten track’ seek local advice. It must be accepted that there may be some risk of danger in areas where wild animals roam free. Every precaution is taken by game lodges to ensure their guests’ safety, but you will be asked to sign a disclaimer of liability on check-in. The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your destination. Details can be found on their web site – www.fco.gov.uk or telephone 0845 850 2829

Local time The time difference between the UK and Africa can vary depending on the country and the time if year. As a general indication we show the time difference to GMT e.g. +3hrs in the introduction to each country.

Local laws and customs The independent countries of southern and eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean have their own laws and customs that often differ, sometimes significantly, from those in the UK. We will provide more information relevant to the destinations you are travelling to with your booking confirmation.

Driving Driving in a large part of Africa is an excellent way to explore and see parts of a number of countries as the locals do. Driving is on the left (same as the UK) in most countries but the distances can be vast and the road surfaces somewhat different to those in the UK, especially in the remoter areas. In addition to a valid UK photo driving licence, an International Driving Permit may be required. Information on this can be obtained from The Automobile Association www.theaa.com

Credit cards and currency Most major credit cards are widely accepted. Credit cards are sometimes not accepted for the purchase of petrol. It is prudent to notify your card issuer if you are planning to use your card overseas.

Gratuities Individual countries in Africa do have differing expectations with regard to tipping. In hotels and restaurants the provision of gratuities is often required but it should only by offered if the service is deserving of such. Safaris do not include them and you would be expected to show your appreciation at the end of the trip. We are happy to advise you what is expected in this regard and further information will be sent out with your confirmation.

Safari info and park fees The general rule whilst on safari is to do as you are advised by the Rangers and staff. Your safety is their utmost priority and remains so whilst you are in their care. However, it should be accepted that whilst on safari there may be some risk of danger in areas where wild animals roam free. Safaris are to be enjoyed in safety and it is normal practice for camps and lodges to ask guests to sign a disclaimer upon. check-in. General advice on clothing and other items needed on safari will be provided. Entry fees into National Parks are included for the majority of our tours and holidays. Where this does not apply, information will be provided at the time of quotation.

Overseas assistance Should you need assistance whilst you are travelling then your travel documentation will include details of our local partners’ and our UK contact details, whereupon efforts will be made to assist you as necessary.

Brochure accuracy Every effort is taken to ensure that all the information is accurate and correct at the time of going to press. However, governments, aviation authorities, airlines, suppliers, owners and managers can and do make changes to their product at any time. Providing we are notified of this we will make every effort to advise you or your travel agent. However, there are occasions when this is not possible and African Pride cannot be held liable. We accept no liability for information and advice provided via websites or telephone numbers shown in this brochure.

Abbreviations used: RO BB DBB BLD FB FP + AI

Room only Bed & breakfast Dinner, bed & breakfast Breakfast, lunch & dinner Bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner Inclusive of accommodation, meals & selected activities This symbol denotes that selected drinks are included. All Inclusive - some restrictions may apply

Photo credits Front cover: Dana Allen, Wilderness Safaris Inside cover: Jim Longworth & Norman Carr Safaris South Africa: South Africa Tourism Classic South Africa: Cape Town Tourism Wildlife pictures – Botswana, Namibia & Malawi: Dana Allen Fish Eagle: Mike Myers Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe & Namibia: Wilderness Safaris Malawi: Malawi Tourism Tanzania & Kenya: Kirurumu Under Canvas, Tanzania Chimpanzees & Nomad Safaris: Michael Poliza Kenya: Cheli & Peacock Back cover: Kwando Safaris

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Telephone number: Booking ref:

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Departure date: Outline itinerary:

Domestic Departure Lounge Vouchers (see page 4) (within South Africa only) @£15.00 per voucher: £...............

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STATEMENT: On behalf of the above named passengers, I accept the terms and booking conditions detailed on page 147. I have read the general information on pages 144 & 145 and fully understand the importance of adequate insurance. I enclose deposit of £............... being £300 or 10% of the holiday cost - whichever is the greater per person (or other, as advised at time of booking)

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Your contract is with African Pride a division of The Curzon Corporation Ltd, a member of ABTA. 1 Your Booking Contract When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so. 2. Your Financial Protection We provide full financial protection for our package holidays. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice and an ATOL Certificate from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 2949. 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. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection is provided by way of a bond held by ABTA, the Travel Association (ABTA W156X) . If you book arrangements other than a package from this brochure, your monies are protected by way of a bond held by ABTA. 3. ABTA We are a Member of ABTA, membership number W156X. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you in respect of costs. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking form. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your request for arbitration must be received by ABTA within eighteen months of the date of return from holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if we agree, but the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA Mediation Procedure and we have the option to agree to mediation Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. 4. Your Booking Price We reserve the right to alter the prices shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the arrangements that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. When you make your booking you must pay a deposit of £300 per person or 10 percent of the holiday cost (whichever is the greater). For certain arrangements, especially overland safaris, higher deposits may be required and you will be notified at the time of booking. The balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time we shall retain your deposit. All monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on our behalf at all times. Prices in this brochure were calculated using exchange rates quoted in the “Financial Times Guide to World Currencies” on 30 August 2012 in relation to the following currencies: £1 to South African Rand 13.41, US Dollar 1.58, Euro 1.26. Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Should the price of your arrangements go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of the total cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that 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. 5. If You Change Your Booking If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £30 per altered item, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements (e.g. (but not limited to) air tickets, accommodation, rail or touring products) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements 6. If You Cancel Your Booking You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent on your behalf must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown in clause 7. Note: if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. 7. If We Change Or Cancel Your Booking It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it. However, we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 8 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). If it is necessary to cancel your travel arrangements, we will pay to you compensation as set out in this clause.

arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your booking and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In all cases, except where the major change arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed below: Period before departure within which notice of Cancellation or major change is received by us or notified to you

IF WE MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE TO YOUR BOOKING

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50% of total cost

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The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so. * - In some circumstances higher cancellation fees may be applied by certain product suppliers e.g. (but not limited to) airlines, accommodation, rail or touring products. Should this be the case you will be notified of such fees before confirming your booking and these will apply in the event of a cancellation. These fees may be any amount up to 100% of the value of the product or booking value. Force Majeure: This means that we will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemics and pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport. In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier operating your flights. We do this listing carriers to be used or likely to be used on page 142/3. 8. If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem or any cause for complaint with your travel arrangements, please report it immediately directly to the supplier (e.g. the hotel manager), and as soon as possible bring it to the attention of our local representative/agent. They will try to rectify the problem at the time. If no representative/agent is available, or if they are unable to resolve the matter to your satisfaction, please refer to your travel documents for our contact details. If your complaint cannot be resolved locally having reported it, you must inform our representative/agent in writing whilst overseas and follow this up in writing to us within 28 days of your return home. If you fail to follow this procedure, we cannot accept responsibility for any problem or complaint that could have been rectified there and then had you notified us, the supplier or our representative/agent at the time. For all problems or complaints, failure to comply with this procedure may mean that your right to claim any compensation you may otherwise have been entitled to may be affected or lost as a result. 9. Our Liability To You If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. African Pride does not accept any liability for any services or facilities which your hotel 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. Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of two times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner with any relevant international convention. You can ask for copies of the transport companies' contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices in York. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted from this amount. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport Users' Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk 10. Prompt Assistance Overseas If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances This brochure is our responsibility, as your tour operator. It is not issued on behalf of, and does not commit the airlines mentioned herein or any airline whose services are used in the course of your travel arrangements. Please note that in accordance with Air Navigation Orders in order to qualify for infant status, a child must be under 2 years of age on the date of its return flight. Published September 2012. Prices valid from January 2013, Booking conditions valid from 01 October 2012 Registered Office: Milton House, 33A Milton Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2LL All photographs and text in this brochure may not be reproduced without the permission from the copyright holder. Printed in England by The Max Design & Print co., York (01904) 487777

Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. Other examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same standard. If we make a major change to your booking, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of

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