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Africa , Indian Ocean & United Arab Emirates T R AV E L B R O C H U R E 2 0 11 / 2 0 12


Ostrich, Kalahari Desert, South Africa


Contents

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Welcome 02 04 05 06 07 08 10 11 12 13 14 15

Destination Map Safari Styles Using Our Brochure Touring & Activities Africa Weather Partner Airlines Suggested Safari – Southern Africa Unveiled : Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Suggested Safari – Discover East Africa : Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania & Zanzibar Suggested Safari – Classic Botswana & Encounter Namibia Suggested Safari – Classic Kenya & Ultimate Tanzania Suggested Safari – 1000 Views of Madagascar & Great Southern Africa Suggested Safari – Rwanda’s Rainforests, Volcanoes & Great Apes

In our modern world time and space are precious commodities. Our aim is to do the utmost to ensure that your time in the world’s untamed spaces is just that, a precious experience. We design safaris that provide encounters with the wilderness and local communities that will be positively life changing. Each journey is tailor made combining the authentic, the exotic and the luxurious in a harmonious blend with nature and wildlife. We like to ensure that all the places you visit adhere to strong conservation principles and knowing many of the owners, hosts and guides means we can assure you of the best experience to be had. We have all travelled extensively in Africa and it is this first-hand knowledge, coupled with our passion and commitment that means each of us has an intimate understanding of this aweinspiring continent, its peoples, cultures and wildlife. We pride ourselves on our ability to recommend the best times and destinations to visit, ensuring all your interests are incorporated, your requirements considered and your expectations exceeded! Whether planning to travel as an individual, a couple, a small group or a family, our love of the wilderness and wildlife inspires our passion to create bespoke travel experiences that will amaze and delight. Travel with The Classic Safari Company and experience real adventure with unreal style! Sarah Hoyland & Julie McIntosh

The Classic Safari Company also tailor makes journeys to India and South America. Visit our website www.classicsafaricompany.com.au for further inspiration and let our team of Safari Specialists create an individual safari for you.

16/South Africa 17

Touring

18/Cape Town 19 20 24 26

Day Tours & Short Breaks Central Accommodation V&A Waterfront Accommodation V&A & Beyond Accommodation

27/Hermanus & Winelands 28

Accommodation

76 77

Kalahari Game Reserve Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

79/Namibia 80 81 82 83 84

Touring Caprivi Strip Windhoek & Beyond Swakopmund & Beyond Accommodation

85/Mozambique 86

Accommodation

31/Garden Route & Route 62

88/Kenya

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89 90 91 92 94 97

Accommodation

35/Eastern Cape 36

Hotels, Parks & Reserves

38/Durban & KwaZulu-Natal 39 40 39

Touring & Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation & Reserves

42/Johannesburg 43 44 46 47 48

Day Tours & Short Breaks Accommodation Airport Accommodation Sun City & Beyond Accommodation Game Reserves

Touring Nairobi Accommodation Amboseli & Beyond Masai Mara National Reserve National Parks & Lodges Mombasa & Beyond

98/Tanzania 99 100 101 102 104

Touring Arusha & Dar Es Salaam Accommodation Singita Grumeti Reserve Serengeti National Park Tarangire, Ngorongoro Conservation & Mt Kilimanjaro 105 Selous Game Reserve 106 Accommodation, Zanzibar

49/Kruger National Park & Greater Kruger National Park

107/Uganda

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109/Rwanda

Kruger Park Game Reserves & Lodges

108 Accommodation

56/Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimba bwe

110 Accommodation

57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65

112 Touring 113 Nile Cruising 114 Accommodation

Touring & Accommodation - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Accommodation - Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Accommodation - Livingstone, Zambia Victoria Falls Accommodation - Livingstone, Zambia Victoria Falls Accommodation - Zimbabwe Safari Lodges - Zambia Robin Pope Camps - Zambia Bush Camp Company - Zambia Safari Accommodation - Zimbabwe

111/Egypt

115/United Arab Emirates & Oman

66/Malawi & Reserve

116 117 119 120 121

67/Botswana

122/Indian Ocean

68 70 73 74 75

Touring Chobe National Park & Beyond Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta & Selinda Reserve Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve

City Accommodation, Dubai Accommodation, Dubai Beach Accommodation, Dubai Accommodation, Abu Dhabi Accommodation, Oman

123 Island Resorts, Maldives 127 Resorts, Mauritius 128 Resorts, Seychelles

129/Terms & Conditions


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Destination Map

Lake Turkana

UGANDA

KENYA South Turkana NR Shaba NR Samburu NP

KAMPALA Kibale Forest NP

Meru NP MT KENYA Mt Kenya NP

Queen Elizabeth NP Lake Bwindi NP Mburo Lake Victoria NP

RWANDA

Siliboi NP

Masai Mara NR NAIROBI Amboseli NP Mt Kilimanjaro Serengeti NP NP Tsavo NP NGORONGORO CRATER Arusha MT Lake KILIMANJARO Manyara NP Tarangire NP

L Tanganyika Lake Mahale Mountain NP

Lamu Malindi Mombasa

TANZANIA Zanzibar DAR-ES-SALAAM

Katavi NP Ruaha NP Morogoro Selous GR

Lake Bangweulu North Luangwa NP Lake Malawi

Kasanka NP

Ndola

South Mfuwe Luangwa NP

ZAMBIA

Livingstone

Mana Pools NP Kariba Matusadona NP Lake Kariba

Linyanti VICTORIA Chobe NP FALLS Moremi Wildlife Hwange NP Reserve Maun Makgadikgadi Pans NP

Etosha National Park Okavango Delta

Skeleton Coast Park

Luderitz

Beira

Bulawayo

Vilanculos

BOTSWANA GABORONE

Kgalagadi Transfrontier NP

Marakele NP Madikwe GR

Kruger National Park Timbavati GR Sabi Sands GR

Pilanesberg NP PRETORIA Sun City Hlane Game MAPUTO Johannesburg Milwane NR Sanctuary Mkhaga NR Ndumo GR SWAZILAND TembeParkElephant Mkhuze GR Phinda PGR HluhluweKimberly Imfolozi GR

Upington Augrabies Falls NP

Bloemfontein

LESOTHO Durban

SOUTH AFRICA Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Montagu NR CAPE TOWN

Gorongosa NP

ZIMBABWE Gonarezhou NP

Fish River Canyon Park

ATLANTIC OCEAN

MOZAMBIQUE

Central Kalahari GR

WINDHOEK

Namib Desert Sossusvlei Namib Naukluft NP

Nampula

HARARE

NAMIBIA Swakopmund Walvis Bay

INDIAN OCEAN George Knysna

Kwandwe GR Addo Elephat Park Kariega GR Shamwari GR Port Elizabeth

Pemba

MALAWI

LUSAKA

Etosha Pans

QUIRAMBAS ARCHIPELAGO

Lower Zambezi NP

Kafue NP

Kasane

Niassa NR

Mozambique Island


03 Haa Alifu Atoll

Baa Atoll Ari Atoll

Male

MALDIVES Thaa Atoll Laamu Atoll Huvadhoo Atoll

Denis Private Island Praslin La Digue Victoria

SEYCHELLES

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Alexandria Port Said El Giza

Cairo MT SINAI

Western Desert

Asyut

Luxor

EGYPT

Eastern Desert

MAD

AGA

SCAR

Aswan

MAURITIUS Port Louis St.-Denis

REUNION

Dubai Abu Dhabi

UAE

Muscat Sur

OMAN

Salalah

ARABIAN SEA


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Safari Styles ACCOMMODATION

Styles

Hotel Chosen for their location and amenities the hotels have a full range of dining options either on the property or close by. Rooms are normally offered on a bed & breakfast basis and no kitchen facilities are available. Hotels are more often located in cities and small towns.

Boutique Hotel Chosen for their location and amenities Boutique hotels are smaller more intimate contemporary hotels usually with a strong focus on interiors and cuisine. Chosen for their style and location Boutique Hotels are located in cities and small towns.

Hotel Apartment Serviced Apartments comprise separate bedroom(s), kitchen & often a lounge. Chosen for their location and perfect for longer stays. Apartments are located in cities and small towns.

Lodge Permanent accommodation with the lodge as the base for your days activities - be that game viewing, boating, walking, fishing or swimming. You are normally hosted during meals, service is personal and the cuisine & guiding excellent. We prefer to use lodges with a maximum of 20 beds.

Resort Resorts located on idyllic islands. Guided Tour, Botswana

ACCOMMODATION

Tented Camps Tented camps tend to be small and offer a more personal level of service. The rooms are indeed tents but do not sacrifice any creature comforts. All bathrooms are ensuite, however some camps, due to their location, may not offer mains power. The camp is the base for your days activities and you are normally hosted during meals. The service is personal and the cuisine & guiding excellent. We prefer to use camps with a maximum of 20 beds.

Standards

Platinum

Gold

No expense spared, the highest level of quality, flawless service, outstanding facilities & exceptional location.

Tailored, top-of-the-line ‘bush luxury’. Excellent facilities, superior service & great location.

Mobile Camping Safaris A ‘mobile camping safari’ involves the entire camp - tents, showers etc - moving either with you, or going ahead in separate vehicles. Safaris usually take 7-15 days camping in 3 or 4 different locations. Usually you will travel by 4x4, although some safaris include charter flights. Mobile safaris fall into three broad categories - non-participation Classic Camping (5paw), Authentic Camping Safaris (4paw), and limited-participation Expeditionary Safaris (3paw).

Silver

Bronze

Cruise

Offering good value for money, comfortable, less exclusive location & with limited facilties & services.

Adventure or expeditionary in style with creature comforts but limited facilities & services

Explore great rivers & waterways with the boat as the base for onshore or water excursions.

Cheetah on hilltop

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Using Our Brochure

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Ngorongoro Crater, Nature Reserve in Tanzania

Using Our Brochure After years working with travellers to design their ultimate African safari, we know that no two journeys are alike. So we have created this brochure as an introduction to the treasures that make each destination within Africa unique. We have included a taste of the accommodation available in each region and some suggested itineraries, however, these really are just ideas to get you started and a small sample of what is possible. There is so much to see and do in Africa that no visit should be contemplated without meticulous planning and research. Our brochure offers both inspiration and information, and once it have whet your appetite our team of dedicated professionals become an invaluable asset in the planning of your journey. And no safari specialist can create bespoke travel experiences that excite and amaze like we can! The following pages will help you design your perfect, individual African adventure. As you look through this brochure there are five things you will ultimately need to determine: 1. What style of safari suits you? (see safari styles on page 4) 2. When do you have time to go? (see best time to travel on page 7) 3. How long can you go for? 4. What is your budget? 5. What are the must dos and sees on your list? Remember we can provide more detail on any of these safaris, we can design similar safaris in different regions and we can mix and match styles to suit your price tag. The challenge is creating a safari that will change your life forever!

STEP 1

Plan your day-by-day itinerary

Consult our planning maps on pages 2-3 to pin-point the areas you wish to visit, and then visit our destination pages to discover more about each region. Or, if you prefer to talk your ideas over with one of our knowledgeable travel experts, they’re happy to recount first hand experiences, provide suggestions and answers to your questions and help create the perfect day by day itinerary.

STEP 2

Make an air reservation

Our travel experts can provide airfares at competitive prices. In addition to booking international travel on Emirates, South African Airways (see pages 8-9), Kenyan Airways & Qantas. We also offer competitive airfares within Africa.

STEP 3

Choose accommodation and touring

Depending on your budget, we have a range of accommodation and touring that will maximize your enjoyment of all of our destinations. Whether you’re choosing a Nile river cruise or a Kenyan safari camp, we’ll have suitable recommendations. In this brochure, each accommodation option is coded to provide easily recognizable styles and standards.

STEP 4

Book

Due to the boutique nature of many of our properties, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

STEP 5

Activities

Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and UAE are home to a wealth of experiences that can be enjoyed in a day, or over a number of days. On page 6 is a guide to assist with identifying the range of touring options.


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Touring & Activities Activities

TOUR

Walking With an emphasis on an educational experience walking in the wilderness allows you to immerse yourself in the surrounding eco-system. Game is not seen as close up as when travelling in vehicles but the rewards are often greater.

Culture / People

Horse Riding

Diving

Horseback safaris allow you to experience African wildlife & scenery at close quarters. Become one with the African wilderness as you ride amongst Africa’s big game.

From the idyllic Indian Ocean islands or extraordinary dives in the Red Sea, Africa offers a myriad of exceptional dive experiences whether you are a certified diver, are travelling to get certified or happy to snorkel.

A strong emphasis is placed on the culture of the local people with an opportunity to immerse yourself in their traditions.

Wildlife / Game Viewing Experience the wildlife. Certain areas are home to endemic species and we can recommend where to go if you are particularly keen on seeing wildlife such as primates, Painted Hunting Dog, Rhino etc. Game viewing is predominantly undertaken in 4WDs.

Fishing Fishing is a way of life for many Africans and a spot of fishing is a most enjoyable part of a safari. The Lower Zambezi River offers some of the best Tiger fishing opportunities in Africa.

Food

Trekking

Africa’s diversity is reflected in the many local culinary traditions in terms of ingredients, style of preparation and cooking techniques. Many hotels, camps and lodges are renowned for their exceptional cuisine.

Africa offers some stunning trekking from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to tracking Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.

Boating Boating provides a wonderful opportunity to get close to nature. Big game, a myriad of bird species, crocodiles and hippos are all commonly seen.

Birding Africa is home to over 1481 bird species and 932 in Southern Africa alone. Considering there are roughly 9000 world-wide it is no wonder Africa is a birders paradise.

Canoeing Family Friendly Safaris

Zimbabwe & Zambia offer the best canoeing opportunities with the pick of the bunch being the lower Zambezi River. Botswana offers ‘Mokoro-ing’ in the Okavango Delta, a variation on a canoe safari. Clients are ‘poled’ by a poler/guide in low, wooden, dug-out canoes - the gondoliers of Africa.

Africa is the world’s best classroom. Once your children have experienced the African bush they’ll talk about the adventure all their lives. Many safari lodges now specialise in catering for families, with child friendly guides & activities designed to educate and excite your children. We can also recommend properties that are Malaria Free.

Golf Africa boasts some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, designed by top players and set against spectacular natural backdrops.

Elephant Several camps and lodges in Southern Africa offer a unique platform for guest education and interaction with elephants. These close encounters are truly one of a kind.

Spa Find balance and restore well being – African style. Innovative spa treatments integrate locally harvested products, as well as ancient techniques from Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean, to bring you a wholly unique experience.

Honeymoon Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands offer an imaginative and impeccable selection of honeymoon destinations.

The Migration One of Africa’s truly great spectacles is the migration of the wildebeest, as they move between pastures in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Don’t forget however, the migration is greatly influenced by the rains! You’ll also find these shaggy beasts on the move in Tarangire National Park from late June to early September.

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WHEN TO GO Country

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Shaba / Samburu game Reserves

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Laikipia Plateau

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Rift Valley Lakes

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Masai Mara Game Reserve

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Amboseli National Park

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TANZANIA

J

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Lake Manyara National Park

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Ngorongoro Crater

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Serengeti National Park - north

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Serengeti National Park - south

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Serengeti National Park - west

r

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Mahale Mountains / Ruaha

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Katavi National Park

r

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KENYA

Bwindi impenetrable Forest

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Nungwe Forest

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160

356

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125

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66

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290

188

33

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T 24/31 24/32 23/32 23/31 21/30 19/29 19/29 18/29 19/30 20/30 23/31 24/31

Serengeti

R

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T 14/25 14/26 15/26 16/24 15/23 13/22 12/21 12/23 12/24 14/26 15/23 15/23 R

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29

18

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T 13/25 15/25 14/25 15/24 14/24 12/23 12/23 12/23 12/25 13/27 14/28 15/26

Ruaha r

J

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Ngorongoro Crater

r

J

T 10/29 11/29 12/27 14/25 11/22 9/21 9/21 9/22 8/24 11/27 11/27 11/27

Dar es Salaam

r

M

T 11/27 11/28 9/26 10/25 11/23 11/23 10/24 10/25 9/26 9/26 9/26 8/26

Arusha

r

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T 8/26 8/27 9/26 11/26 11/23 8/22 8/22 8/23 7/24 9/26 9/26 8/26

TANZANIA

r r

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Samburu

r

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T 19/30 19/32 19/32 19/30 18/29 17/28 16/26 17/27 17/28 18/30 18/27 18/26

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Masai Mara

r

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T 12/25 13/26 14/25 14/24 13/22 12/21 11/21 11/21 11/24 13/24 13/23 13/23

Amboseli

r

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Nairobi

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Temperature (T) in C° and Rainfall (R) in mm

D

r

Zanzibar

Parc National de Volcanos

r

N

Tarangire National Park

Queen Elizabeth NP RWANDA

J

Kilimanjaro - climbing

Selous Game Reserve

UGANDA

J

R

168

131

163

81

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42

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T 24/32 24/33 25/33 25/30 24/29 23/28 22/28 22/28 22/29 23/30 24/32 24/32

Zanzibar

R

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61

150

352

251

54

J

F

M

A

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43

38

48

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200

144

Southern Africa

WHEN TO GO Country

Reserve

J

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N

D

BOTSWANA

Chobe National Park

r

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BOTSWANA

Moremi Game Reserve

r

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Linyanti & Selinda Game Reserves

r

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T 19/31 19/31 18/31 15/31 10/27 6/25 6/25 9/29 14/33 19/35 19/34 19/32 Makgadikgadi R 32 26 20 12 4 0 0 0 4 10 24 24

Okavango Delta

r

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

r

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve

r

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ZAMBIA

ZIMBABWE

MALAWI

NAMIBIA

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T 18/32 17/32 16/30 12/29 7/26 6/23 6/24 9/27 14/33 23/35 19/33 19/33 R

ZAMBIA

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T 17/32 17/30 18/31 14/29 10/29 7/25 6/25 8/28 14/33 18/34 18/31 17/31 R 215 185 100 45 5 3 1 3 4 20 100 90

Livingstone

r

r

r

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Lower Zambezi National Park

r

r

r

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South Luangwa T 20/32 20/31 19/32 18/32 19/31 12/30 11/29 12/30 15/35 20/40 22/37 22/33

South Luangwa National Park

r

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South Luangwa National Park - Nth

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Kafue National Park

r

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Victoria Falls

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Hwange NP - south/south west

r

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Mana Pools

r

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Liwonde National Park

r

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Lake Malawi

r

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ZIMBABWE

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Madikwe/Pilanesberg

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Kruger Park - private concessions

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Shamwari/Kwandwe

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MALAWI

Lilongwe

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NAMIBIA

Jo’burg Cape Town

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T 15/26 14/25 13/24 11/22 08/19 05/16 05/16 07/19 09/22 12/24 13/25 14/25 R 112 96 74 61 23 8 8 5 3 69 117 109 T 16/26 15/26 14/25 12/23 10/20 8/18 7/17 7/18 8/19 10/21 13/24 15/25 R

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North Africa & The Middle East

WHEN TO GO Country

Reserve

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EGYPT

Cairo

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Mediterranean - Alexandria

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Nile Cruise - Aswan / Luxor

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Red Sea - Hurghada

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Sharm el Sheikh

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Dubai

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Abu Dhabi

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Excellent

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Hwange NP

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r

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T 17/32 17/30 18/31 14/29 10/29 7/25 6/25 8/28 14/33 18/34 18/31 17/31 R 215 185 100 45 5 3 1 3 4 20 100 190

Swakopmund

SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town

J

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Etosha National Park Namib Naukluft National Park

LEGEND:

Okavango Delta

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Livingstone

Skeleton Coast

UAE

Temperature (T) in C° and Rainfall (R) in mm

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Temperature (T) in C° and Rainfall (R) in mm

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Cairo NORTH AFRICA

Dubai Abu Dhabi

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0 ITINERARY

Suggested Safari

Southern Africa

Southern Africa Unveiled

Nights: 16 nights - Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Day One: Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Zambia Touch down at Livingstone Airport where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in the town of Livingstone by the world famous Victoria Falls – one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Day Two: Enjoy a morning walking tour to see the Victoria Falls. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the lively town of Livingstone or undertake one of the many activities on offer – from elephant back safaris to white water rafting or a sunset cruise. Day Three: Chobe National Park or Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana Cross in to the neighbouring country of Botswana. Chobe National Park and the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve offer an authentic safari experience. Chobe National Park is popular and offers a variety of accommodation options, whilst the accent is on exclusivity in the Linyanti Reserve where there are only a handful of camps. The abundant wildlife and spectacular birdlife in either location will enthral. Day Four and Day Five: Daily activities include morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in 4WD vehicles that offer great visibility. You may encounter lion, sable, leopard, wild dog and, closer to the Linyanti Swamps, the rare sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile. Short walks with qualified guides are also on offer. Day Six: Okavango Delta Journey to the Okavango Delta today; an enormous wetland in the middle of the Kalahari Desert supporting a staggering diversity and abundance of life, making it a paradise for game-viewing from the water, walks on the islands and magnificent bird watching. The best way to see the Delta is by boat or on foot.

Day Twelve: Table Mountain, Cape Town City & Robben Island Enjoy a full day touring Cape Town. Ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for views of the Cape, walk through the city exploring the local markets and viewing the historic buildings before sailing to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for much of his life. An informative and rewarding day. Day Thirteen: Cape Point Travel to the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard on your full day tour today. Stop at the charming fishing village of Hout Bay, view the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach, wander the Cape Point Nature Reserve where the two oceans meet and stop in at the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town. Day Fourteen: Cape Winelands Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting Paarl and Stellenbosch, before stopping for wine tasting at two well-known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective of the land. Day Fifteen: Rovos Rail Journey This morning transfer to Cape Town Railway Station and board Rovos Rail. Your train journey aboard the ‘Pride of the Africa’ is bound for Pretoria. Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for a truly world-class travel experience with wood-panelled coaches and fine cuisine all in five-star luxury. Capture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era in a relaxed and elegant fashion. Day Sixteen: Aboard Rovos Rail Alight from the train this morning for a tour of the “Big Hole” and the Mine Museum in Kimberley. Pass through several quaint historical towns before retiring for the night in elegant luxury.

Day Seven: Spend the day exploring the Delta. This pristine area is home to lion, leopard, lechwe, elephant and huge herds of buffalo, as well as a large variety of bird life, including wattled cranes and slaty egrets. This evening go on a night game drive to see the fascinating nocturnal animals like bat eared fox, aardwolf and leopard.

Day Seventeen: Southern Africa Safari ends Enjoy a leisurely breakfast aboard Rovos Rail before arriving in Pretoria. Your arrival heralds the end of your Southern Africa safari.

Day Eight: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans The famous Makgadikgadi pans are a relic of Africa’s greatest superlake, and a haven of desert luxury within the harsh, but mesmerising environment of the Kalahari Desert. Travel to this amazing destination today.

The River Club + Kings Pool Camp + Jack’s Camp + Cape Grace + Rovos Rail

Our pick:

Tongabezi Lodge + Duma Tau + Camp Kalahari + The Table Bay + Rovos Rail Royal Livingstone Hotel + Savuti Camp + Camp Kalahari + Cape Royale + Rovos Rail

Day Nine & Ten: Spend quality time with some of the Kalahari’s most captivating, social animals - meerkats. Definitely one of the most special and memorable games experiences you will encounter in Botswana. Visit a remote cattle post to learn about the traditional culture of the Botswana people. Visit the famous Chapman’s Baobab, the third largest tree in Africa. Walk with Bushmen trackers who provide a unique connection between their culture and the natural environment and for an experience never to be forgotten, explore the vast landscape by quad bike. Day Eleven: Cape Town, South Africa Farewell Botswana today bound for South Africa and cosmopolitan Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure acquainting yourself with the local area and the best seafood around!

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The Zambezi Sun Hotel + Elephant Valley Lodge (Chobe NP) + Planet Baobab + The Commodore + Rovos Rail


East Africa ITINERARY

Suggested Safari

Discover East Africa

Nights: 18 nights – Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania & Zanzibar

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Day One: Nairobi, Kenya Touch down at Nairobi International Airport where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Day Two: A Taste of Nairobi Tour Enjoy a guided tour of Nairobi today. Visit the Karen Blixen Museum, of “Out of Africa” fame; spend time with baby elephants & rhino in the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage; feed the giraffes at Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary and browse the traditional arts in the Utamaduni Craft Centre. An exciting day that also provides you with the opportunity to acclimatise and get into the rhythm of Africa. Day Three: Parc National de Volcans, Rwanda Fly west to Kigali, Rwanda where you will be collected and transferred through the beautifully terraced hilly countryside that characterizes much of Rwanda’s landscape. Gradually climb to the base of the awesome Virunga Volcanoes where you will be delivered to your lodge. Day Four: Tracking mighty Mountain Gorillas Your morning commences with a short safety briefing and education on the gorillas before starting your climb. The hike is physically demanding, but is outweighed by the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery. Your climb through the forest may take you to altitudes in excess of 2200 metres. Tracking can take between 4 – 8 hours, but once the gorillas are located it is one of the most profound natural history experience you will have in the world. Day Five: Laikipia Plateau Farewell the beauty of Rwanda and return to Kenya to view its abundance of wildlife from your lodge on the Laikipia Plateau. Spectacular scenery and superb game viewing await. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Day Seven and Day Eight: Laikipia Plateau Enjoy day and night game drives, bush walks, sundowners, camel safaris, cultural interaction with the Masai and Samburu people. Day Nine: Arusha, Tanzania A final game drive before travelling south to Tanzania and the city of Arusha, the safari capital of the country, nestled beneath the peaks of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Day Ten: Serengeti National Park Fly to the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest National Park and of the finest wildlife areas in Africa. Arrive at camp in time for lunch and then head off in the late afternoon for a game drive across the vast open plains, world famous for the annual migration of huge wildebeest herds. Day Eleven: Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari Revel in the peace and tranquillity of a balloon flight over the game enriched plains of the Serengeti. On landing enjoy a champagne bush breakfast with further game viewing by 4WD later today. Day Twelve: As the sun is rising depart your camp in the hope of seeing a pride of lion lingering over last night’s kill or a leopard relaxing on a branch where it has wedged its prey. Explore further afield today, watching the wildlife before returning to camp for another night beneath Africa’s star studded sky.

Day Thirteen: Travel to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater - often called the 8th natural wonder of the world. Just outside the crater’s ridge, you are likely to see tall Masai herding their cattle and goats. Overnight on (or near) the Crater rim. Day Fourteen: Descend on to the Ngorongoro Crater floor today. There are 25,000 animals within the caldera walls and game viewing is excellent all year round. This is one of the best places in Africa to see black rhino in the wild. Day Fifteen: Zanzibar Fly to the unique and beautiful coral island of Zanzibar today. Once a major port on the ArabOmani trade route this magical ‘Spice Island’ lies off the Tanzanian coast in the Indian Ocean. Day Sixteen: Zanzibar Stone Town & Spice Tour Undertake a walking tour of ‘Stone Town’ along the narrow cobblestone streets, through the city market and visit the church built on the site of the old slave market. After lunch drive through the countryside stopping to taste tropical seasonal fruits and spices before visiting Jozani Forest home to the rare and endangered Red Colobus Monkey. Day Seventeen and Day Eighteen: Zanzibar East Coast Transfer to the east coast of the island to relax and enjoy the many activities on offer at the beach, including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing and sailing. Spend a few hours being pampered at the spa or join a yoga or meditation class. Day Nineteen: East Africa Safari ends This morning your East African adventure ends with your departure from Zanzibar. Our pick: House of Waine + Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge + Lemarti’s Camp + Arusha Coffee Lodge + Singita Grumeti* + Ngorongoro Crater Lodge + Zanzibar Serena Inn House of Waine + Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge + Sirikoi + Arusha Coffee Lodge + Sayari Camp* + The Manor at Ngorongoro + Zanzibar Serena Inn Fairmont the Norfolk + Volcanos Virunga Safari Lodge (Uganda) + Loisaba Lodge + Arusha Coffee Lodge + Serengeti Migration Camp* + Plantation Lodge + Tembo House Hotel Fairmont the Norfolk + Gorillas Nest Lodge + Loisaba Lodge + Arusha Coffee Lodge + Kirawira Tented Camp* + Plantation Lodge + Tembo House Hotel * Camp recommendations may change due to seasons and migration movements


Suggested Safari ITINERARY

Botswana & Namibia

Classic Botswana

Nights: 10 nights – Botswana

Day One, Two & Three: Traverse the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans by quad bike, hang out with the meerkats and discover ancient traditions with the indigenous Bushmen. Day Four & Five: Explore the crystal clear waterways of the Okavango Delta. Day Six, Seven & Eight: Game drives in the prolific wildife reserves of the Moremi or Linyanti.

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Day Nine & Ten: Enjoy a luxury African river safari on the Chobe River Day Eleven: Your Botswana Safari ends this morning. We recommend an extension to Zambia or Zimbabwe to view the world famous Victoria Falls.

Encounter Namibia

Nights: 10 nights – Namibia

Day One: Arrive in Sossusvlei, home to the highest sand dunes in the world. Climb up and slide down! Day Two: Spectacular hot air balloon safari over the dunes & guided walk amongst the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna. Day Three: Drive to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund with afternoon at leisure to explore. Day Four: Cruise Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast, home to incredible marine animals – from the unique pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife & cape fur seals to the rare Heaviside’s dolphins.

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Day Five & Six: Day & night drives in Damaraland, home to the highest concentrations of desert adapted elephants and black rhino as well as a staggering diversity of wildlife. Visit Twyfelfontein - a World Heritage site - to view rock engravings. Day Seven, Eight, Nine & Ten: Walks, game drives & bird watching in Namibia’s most prolific national park – Etosha. One of the few places in Africa where you can encounter both black and white rhino. Day Eleven : Your Namibia Safari ends this morning.


Kenya & Tanzania ITINERARY

Suggested Safari

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Classic Kenya

Nights: 10 nights – Kenya

Day One, Two: Hand feed giraffes and baby elephants and visit the home of Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame whilst you adjust to ‘Africa time’ in Nairobi.

endemic species of reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra

Day Four, Five & Six: Game viewing beneath Mt Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park.

Day Eleven, Twelve, Thriteen & Fourteen: Traverse the plains of the world famous Masai Mara. The Mara ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and hosts the spectacular annual wildebeest and zebra migration.

Day Seven, Eight & Nine: Spend time with Samburu warriors as you explore Samburu or Shaba National Parks viewing the

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Day Ten & Eleven: Sleep under the stars, ride camels and undertake game drives on the Laikipia Plateau

Day Fifteen: Your safari through Kenya ends this morning.

Ultimate Tanzania

Nights: 10 nights – Tanzania

Day One: Arrive in Dar es Salaam, one of Africa’s busiest Indian Ocean ports and gateway to northern Tanzania’s game parks.

Day Seven, Eight, Nine & Ten: Descend on to the plains of the Serengeti, studded with flat topped Acacia trees, teeming with wildlife and home to the annual wildebeest and zebra migration.

Day Two, Three & Four: Game viewing in Tarangire National Park - renowned for exceptional leopard sightings and thrilling wildlife walks.

Day Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen: Fly to Zanzibar, explore the narrow cobble stone streets of Stone Town and relax on the beach of this magical spice island.

Day Five & Six: Drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and enjoy game viewing on the world famous Ngorongoro Crater floor.

Day Fourteen: Your Tanzania Safari ends with your departure from Zanzibar.


Suggested Safari

Africa

1000 Views of Madagascar 11 days from Tana to Tana: this is an island waiting to be explored

Discover the best of Madagascar in this fascinating eleven day tour with lemurs, colorful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery. Begin your adventure in Tana and travel through unspoilt nature, the dense forests of Andasibe, the eroded hills of Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty and Tulear.

Day Five: Walks in the rain forested hills of Ranomafana National Park with abundant wildlife.

ITINERARY Day One: Drive from Antananarivo to Andasibe.

Day Eight: Drive to Ifaty among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south.

Day Two: See the largest lemurs (Indri Indri) at the Natural Reserve of Andasibe. Day Three: Andasibe to Antsirabe with stop in Ambatolampy, known as a source for aluminium.

Day Ten: Drive back to Tulear to board your flight to Antananarivo. The afternoon is spent at your leisure.

Day Four: Drive from Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park with stop at a wood carving shop.

Day Elevn: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Day Six: Fianarantsoa to Isalo National Park with stop at a wine making facility. Day Seven: Walk in the eroded sandstone mountains of the Isalo National Park to the natural swimming pool. Day Nine: Day at leisure at Ifaty beach. Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving and beach walks.

From $1,615

Great Trans Africa Lodge Safari 21 days from Victoria Falls to Victoria Falls.

This is the ultimate African safari. Over 3 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, experiencing wildlife, culture and scenery only Africa can deliver. From your first day marveling at Victoria Falls to the breathtaking magnitude of Namibia’s dunes and big game interaction. This tour combines the home comforts of lodge accommodation with an unforgettable safari experience.

Day Eleven: Marvel at the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. After breakfast travel to the capital city of Windhoek.

ITINERARY Day One: Arrival at Victoria Falls Airport and airport transfer. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day Thirteen: Departing from the Waterberg drive deep into Bushmanland.

Day Two: Travel to Camp Kwando after crossing the Zambezi River and entering Namibia. An afternoon game drive in the Mudumo National Park is included. Day Three & Four: Drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. The next day is a cultural experience. Day Five & Six: Spend two nights in Etosha National Park, where the days are spent on game drives looking for the big five. Day Seven: Visit a Himba village, before heading to see the bushman paintings and etchings in the area. Day Eight & Nine: Heading south west out of the dry interior of Namibia make your way to the German town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. Day Ten: Today is spent exploring the barren, arid and sometimes rocky landscape of the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Day Twelve: Drive North East to the Waterberg Plateau and enjoy a short hike in the reserve to view the wildlife on the plateau.

Day Fourteen: Bushmanland – walking with the bushmen. Day Fifteen: Travel in the 4x4 vehicles to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Days Sixteen & Seventeen: Enjoy a Mokoro excursion in the morning after heading to the Khwai River for game drives. Day Eighteen: Travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans. Day Nineteen: Arrive at Chobe National Park. In the afternoon go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience. Day Twenty: Continuing the trip depart Botswana and drive back to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The guide will take you on a walk to The Victoria Falls. Day Twenty-One: After breakfast this morning this safari ends. From $4,755

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Primates ITINERARY

Suggested Safari

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Rwanda’s Rainforests, Volcanoes & Great Apes

Nights: 16 nights - Rwanda

Day One: Kigali, Rwanda Touch down at Kigali Airport where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Day Two & Three: Nyungwe Forest A true nature lovers’ paradise, Nyungwe Forest National is 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo and grassland, swamps and the largest remaining ‘island’ of montane forest in East and Central Africa. It is also home to a rich variety of flora and fauna; 200 types of trees, hundreds of flowering plants, over 100 species of orchids and sensational lobelias and 13 recorded species of primates. Twenty five percent of the African primate checklist reside here, including the acrobatic Angola Colobus that move in troops of several hundred and an estimated 500 chimpanzee as well as L’Hoest’s monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey and red-tailed monkey. The birds too are spectacular with over 300 species. Giant hornbills, the spectacular Ruwenzori turaco, red-breasted sparrowhawks and several iridescent birds are amongst the specials, 24 of them endemic to this section of the Rift Valley. Also enjoy a tour of a nearby tea plantation, an excellent opportunity to interact with the local farmer, hear their stories and challenges. Day Four & Five: Virunga Volcanoes Travel to the Virungas, a chain of mostly dormant volcanoes that are home to the rare and

critically endangered Mountain Gorilla. Here you can undertake an exhilarating trek, in the footsteps of this largest living primate on earth. Your trek, to one of the eight gorilla families, starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national park you will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls and butterflies. Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, your experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in this forest, soon bring you within sight of a gorilla family. Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback is truly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth! Day Six: Kigali and departure The history of Rwanda dates back centuries and Kigali has been the capital since Rwanda’s independence in 1962. You will return to Kigali to discover this vibrant African city of 1 million with wide boulevards, world-class hotels and restaurants, crafts & curio shops as well as a lively, cosmopolitan population. Visit the Kandt Museum, tour old Kigali and the craft centres. Learn about Rwanda’s pre-colonial history and visit the Memorial site of the 1994 genocide. The recovery since those dark days has been has been incredible and is a testament to humankind’s resilience. End your Rwanda Safari with departure from Kigali today.


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Introduction

South Africa

A sophisticated destination and perfect for first-time visitors to Africa offering a superb wildlife experience but with all the creature-comforts. ‘A World In One Country’, its international tourism slogan, aptly describes this southern tip of the continent. Excellent National Parks, luxury Private Game Reserves, great beaches and deserts just waiting to be explored. Add to this the cultural diversity of this rainbow nation with it’s famous hospitality, and you have South Africa.

Cape Town and Winelands A city with great restaurants, beaches, funky shops and markets. Take the cable car up Table Mountain, the boat to Robben Island, browse around the busy Waterfront or just amble through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In the winelands there are beautiful Cape-Dutch style homesteads, verdant valleys and luscious vineyards to tempt you.

Garden Route Rent a car and meander along the coastline of the Garden Route - running south from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth to the quaintly artistic village of Knysna. Visit fishing villages, coastal resorts, an ostrich farm and remnant tropical rainforests. Fabulous deluxe safari lodges dot the hinterland, where there is plenty of big game.

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South Africa

GETTING AROUND: Good roads and infrastructure, especially after the 2010 World Cup Soccer. Hop on the new Gautrain from Johannesburg QANTAS Airport toA380 Sandton, grab a rental car and drive the Garden Route, spoil yourself on oneofofthe theaward luxury train journeys fromrepresents Pretoria to Cape or The introduction winning Qantas A380 a new eraTown of flying for A superior ground around experience, fly Qantas. any of the many airlines the in-flight country.product and service offering, along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer WILDLIFE: Marc Simply said, the wildlife here and is stunning, with elephant, experience. Newson-designed interiors state-of-the-art technology buffalo,inlion, leopardAirbus and A380’s. cheetahConfigured sightingswith and goodthevariety of abounds all of Qantas’ 450aseats, A380 sets and bird life.airline The Cape is industry. home to the Floral Kingdom with its aantelopes new benchmark for the and the

glorious displays of seasonal wildflowers.

The Qantas A380 is available on selected services from London to Sydney - please CURRENCY: ask for details. The Rand is the local currency. ATMs are everywhere and

credit cards are accepted throughout the country. CLIMATE: Summer is from October through to March with rains from November to March. Cold on the ‘highveld’ June to August. The Cape is wet and windy in August. LANGUAGE: There are 11 official languages including Afrikaans, Ndebele, Xhosa, Sotho and Zulu but the most widely spoken is English.

Limpopo

Kruger NP Timbavati GR Sabi Sands GR

Greater Kruger

PRETORIA Gauteng SWAZILAND North West KwaZulu-Natal

Sun City Johannesburg

Amazing wildlife viewing with an even more amazing range of safari-style accommodation from standard tented camps to deluxe air-conditioned, private plunge-pool villas. Game drives introduce you to giraffe, zebra, warthogs (Pumba to the kids), elephants, kudu and the carnivores of leopard, lion, cheetah, painted dogs and the spotted hyenas.

Free State Northern Cape

SOUTH AFRICA

KwaZulu Natal Well-known for its conservation of both white and black rhinos, KwaZulu Natal’s National Parks and Private Reserves offer great wildlife plus there’s the World Heritage St. Lucia Wetlands. Scuba dive, organise beach picnics, canoe, watch turtles lay their eggs, laze on the beach or take a trip to the battlefields.

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CAPE TOWN Hermanus

Mpumalanga Durban LESOTHO

Eastern Cape Western Cape Addo Elephant Park Shamwari GR Oudtshoorn George

Knysna

Phinda PGR

Port Elizabeth Plettenberg Bay


South Africa

Touring

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Fifteen Day South African Suprise

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It’s an adventure unlike any other - South Africa, vast land of unimaginable beauty and diversity Day Six: Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning open safari game drive before heading of experiences, is set to take your breath away. off later in the morning towards Durban. Visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city centre Come on this journey of exploration, where you’ll marvel at breathtaking vistas such as the Blyde orientation tour before arriving at your hotel late afternoon. Optional afternoon sundowner St River Canyon and God’s Window, spend wild time in the company of lions and elephants in Kruger Lucia Boat Cruise available. National Park, and walk – or even crawl – through the legendary Cango Caves with their iconic Day Seven: dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Today the tour heads into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Proceed on a visit to the This itinerary offers you the finest taste of the country, where each day presents another contrast, 300 feet Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at the another opportunity, another facet of life here - from the cosmopolitan beauty of Cape Town, to hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking an unforgettable ostrich ride in the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’; from a hike or stroll in the awe- and even horse riding in clean mountain air. inspiring Drakensberg Mountains, to St Lucia’s memorable lakes and their inhabitants... both destinations are World Heritage sites. You’ll buy African curios at a traditional craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland, tour the cultural melting pot of Durban city, and journey through the Eastern Cape where the British settled in 1820. You’ll travel by luxury bus, you’ll walk, you’ll ride, you’ll stroll through the ancient trees in the Tsitsikamma National Park... and yes, you’ll relax in the beauty of it all. South Africa’s an extraordinary country, and in 15 glorious days, you’ll be under its skin. INCLUDED Transportation t 5PVSJOBOBJSDPOEJUJPOFETFEBO NJOJ NJEJPSTUBOEBSEMVYVSZDPBDIFT Professionally Escorted t %JTDPWFSUIFXPOEFSTPG4PVUI"GSJDBXJUIFOUIVTJBTUJD WJCSBOUBOEQSPGFTTJPOBM Tour Guides Accommodation t "DDPNNPEBUJPOJTPOBUXJOTIBSFCBTJT BOEBMMSPPNTIBWFQSJWBUFGBDJMJUJFT t "MMBDDPNNPEBUJPOJTPGBUISFFTUBSTUBOEBSE Meals t CSFBLGBTUTBOEEJOOFST

Day Eight: Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Optional 4x4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho available. Day Nine: This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we first stop at Umtata to visit the area where our most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. After visiting the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of this incredible man, we continue and arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your overnight accommodation. Day Ten: After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue through ‘Settler Country’ via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Port Elizabeth’s beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous. Day Eleven: Today your journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at the hotel, your base for the next two nights.

Day One: Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You are under own arrangements until 19h00 when the group meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Day Twelve: After breakfast, travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight.

Day Two: This morning you leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Day Thirteen: Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way the tour stops off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. Drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Day Three: A bright and early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle. Enter the park and keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly two million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel. Optional full day open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park available.

Day Fifteen: This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11am after which the remainder of the day will be under your own arrangements.

Day Fourteen: Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available.

Departure Dates 2011 4-18 Sep / 2-16 Oct / 06 –20 Nov Day Four: This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. Proceed south Departure Dates 2012 through to Malelane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory before 08 –22 Jan / 05 – 19 Feb / 04 –18 Mar / 01 –15 Apr / 13 May / 10 Jun / 15 July / 12 Aug / 02 –16 arriving at the hotel for overnight stay. Sep / 07 –21 Oct Day Five: This morning you’ll journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. The journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life. Optional morning open safari vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park available. From $2,350

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Cape Town

South Africa

Cape Town is a place where old and new blend together and is so eloquently expressed in its history, architecture, culture and diversity of people. Warmed by the African sun the city is dominated by flat-topped Table Mountain and is set on a peninsula of sandy beaches, rocky precipices and lush valleys, where two oceans converge, the Indian and Atlantic with one warm, one cold. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers the bright city lights of theatres, restaurants and a bustling working waterfront or a step back in time to photograph the colourful, historic houses in the Malay Quarter. Take a walk amongst the Cape Floral Kingdom displayed in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or catch a boat to Robben Island for a tour of the prison where you will truly appreciate the statesmanship of Mandela. If you’re lucky you’ll be in the city when there is a carnival, where the local Cape-Malay people show their love of dance, music, comedy and theatrics.

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Cape Town City Package 4 Nights / 5 Days

Robben Island Visit the glorious Mother City, Cape Town with its exquisite coastal scenery, city sophistication, whale and dolphin spotting on the coastline, and a full day tasting and testing out whites and reds on a sensational wine farm or two. Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town: On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and trans-ferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure. We suggest a visit to the V&A Waterfront, or a Cable Car ride up Table Mountain.

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Cape of Good Hope

Hermanus and Winelands

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Day 2 - Cape Peninsula: Depart this morning on a full day tour to the Cape Peninsula. Drive along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point. Stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins, and then travel through the naval port of Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town is situated on False Bay and is rich in history, character and atmosphere. Day 3 - Cape Winelands: You don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to take pleasure in spending a day meandering around the Cape Winelands, sampling wines that are among the finest in the world. Your full day excursion takes in the tranquillity and beauty of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. Experience the rich historical and cultural heritage while sampling wines of merit at local well known wine estates. Day 4 - Cape Town: Day of leisure. We suggest sunbathing and swimming at Camps Bay. Day 5 - Depart Cape Town: Transfer back to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight.

From $599


Cape Town Full Day Winelands Tour

Day Tours & Short Breaks

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Three Day Hermanus Short Break

A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery. During the day you will experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek before enjoying lunch at one of the many gourmet restaurants. Following lunch, you’ll wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. Completing the tour with a wine tasting at two different wineries.

From $100

Full Day Walk To Freedom Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the local communities seeing where and how both past and present generations lived during the dark days of apartheid, and experience how people of these townships live today. Explore the riveting District Six Museum then tour Langa, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape. Experience life in a township, with an informal visit to a spaza shop, a shebeen (pub), and a hostel. In the afternoon visit Robben Island, the prison home of Nelson Mandela for so many years.

From $100

Enjoy three relaxing days in the small seaside town of Hermanus. This quaint town offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world, mainly during August to November. From the cliff paths you’ll have the unique experience of watching whales spyhopping, breaching and lobtailing. During your time in Hermanus, you’ll transfer to Gansbaai for a boat based eco marine trip (Jan-Jun), searching for African Penguins, Seals, Dolphins, Great White Sharks, various bird species, Humpback and Brydes Whales. From (Jul-Dec) the focus will be on searching for Southern Right Whales. Enjoy a day at leisure before returning to Cape Town. Rate includes return transfers from Cape Town city or airport, 2 nights accommodation at Auberge Burgundy and 1 boat based whale watching trip. From $240

Four Day Garden Route Wonderland

Three Day Cape Winelands Short Break

The Garden Route is an exquisite coastal green belt, one which invites little forays inland to visit quaint towns like Oudtshoorn, dubbed the ‘feather capital of the world’.

Enjoy three days at leisure in the scenic Cape Winelands, exploring this historic and tranquil area.

Visit a prestigious ostrich farm before venturing into the nearby fascinating Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Knysna is well known for many things, apart from its natural beauty, arts and crafts community, cosmopolitan waterfront... and its own oysters! Spend some time here with your shopping bags before going on to The Featherbed Nature Reserve with its forests, marshes and pristine beaches, accessed by ferry. From there, the views across to the imposing sandstone Kynsna Heads and beyond are alone worth the ride. On return to the Mother City you’ll slow down considerably at Hermanus and Swellendam, renowned for their land-based whale watching, feathers, oysters, whales and art. Departures every Wednesday from Cape Town. Rate includes fully guided roundtrip, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast, dinner on the second day and lunch on the third day of the tour.

The Cape Winelands Short Break package includes two nights accommodation on a B&B basis at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa. The hotel captures the essence of luxury combined with spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains and a contemporary Cape Dutch feel.

From $850

During your time in Franschhoek, explore the picturesque village and spectacular vineyards covering the mountain slopes. Your taste buds will also be in for a treat with many different wine tasting options and award winning restaurants to choose from in what is known as the ”gourmet capital of South Africa”. Rate includes return transfers from Cape Town city or airport, 2 nights accommodation at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa and 1 wine tasting. From $335


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Central Accommodation

Cape Town

The Cape Milner

Cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, Cape Mountains, including that of the renowned Table Mountain. Features include en-suite lies The Cape Milner. This exquisite hotel offers a sophisticated and contemporary ambience bathrooms, air conditioning, wireless internet connectivity and LCD flat screens. with the highest standards in style and luxury and is renowned for excellent service. The Cape Milner Hotel is an oasis in Cape Town where the discerning visitor can mix The sweeping panorama of Table Mountain from the restaurant terrace, the hotel’s alluring business with pleasure whilst sipping a leisurely cocktail watching the sun set over the interior and its close proximity to the city centre, trendy Kloof Street and the pristine white fairest, finest Cape. beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton makes it one of Cape Town’s hottest spots. Facilities include undercover and off street parking, 24 hour reception services, baby sitting This boutique style hotel comprises 57 rooms designed to offer complete comfort and facilities, business centre, conference facilities, in-house gym, swimming pool, wireless relaxation is a modern minimalist style. Each room enjoys spectacular views of the beautiful internet connectivity and a complimentary shuttle service to the city centre, Waterfront.

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence

Strategically located in the cultural hub of Cape Town, African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel offers an experience of sensual sophistication and style, combining distinctive architecture and exquisite luxury.

Set against the iconic outline of Table Mountain, with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence provides an enclave of luxury and refinement right in the heart of South Africa’s most beautiful metropolis.

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel is all about personal space. With 129 accentuated bedrooms and suites ranging between 40 square metres and 100 square metres, the world just got bigger. Throughout each of the exquisitely appointed rooms, a breathtaking fusion of cosmopolitan comfort and natural splendour is offered at every turn.

From the grand façade and entrance to the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the designer-furnished suites, the Cape Royale is the first choice for discerning travellers seeking the best in comfort and convenience. With ample living and entertainment areas in all suites there is also a choice of two restaurants, state-of-the-art conference facilities, spa and gym as well as a rooftop pool and bar.

Coffee lovers can soak up the aromas of the finest coffees in the Cinnamon Coffee Shop or dine in style at the sophisticated Savour Restaurant and experience chef Michael Meyepa’s inspired global menu. Locals and international visitors meet at the opulent Murano Bar or relax with an end-of-the-day drink at the refined Judges Lounge.

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Your arrival is celebrated through personalised service of staff trained to indulge your every whim with the utmost professionalism and the warmth of African hospitality. The concierge will delight in assisting you with information pertaining to the pleasures of Cape Town and its surroundings while the capable team of butlers are available 24 hours a day.


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Kensington Place

This contemporary private hotel combines cutting-edge design with a tranquil but prime location on the slopes of Table Mountain. Kensington Place has just eight bespoke guest rooms and a team of friendly staff. The immaculate styling of the hotel is enhanced by modern accessories of fine linens, flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and personal laptops with wi-fi. All day breakfast and 24 hour food menu make it hard to actually leave the premises, however with Kloof Street just around the corner, a great variety of shops and restaurants are an easy walk away. For the active the hotel has a beautiful plunge pool and deck plus gym facilities, which are nearby.

Boschendal wine estate, near Franschhoek

Four Rosmead

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Built in 1903, Four Rosmead is a classified monument that has been sensitively and stylishly remodeled. The result is a Cape contemporary classic with a rich history. Interiors are chic with a subtle, yet distinctive African spirit enhanced by original South African artwork.

The Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel offers a combination of historic exteriors with classic modern and bohemian interiors. This stately Georgian home which dates back to the early 19th century, was declared a National Monument in 1984. It is this charm and character, matched with its desirable location amongst the popular restaurants and street cafĂŠs on Kloof Street, which makes this hotel a flagship in Cape Town.

Accommodation consists of eight bespoke en-suite bedrooms with air-con, LCD HD ready satellite TV, DVD player, IPOD base station and wi-fi internet connectivity. Landscaped gardens, a pamper spa offering a variety of massage treatments and a patio overlooking a pool deck all contribute to an urban sanctuary which allow guests to relax and unwind - an ideal venue for self indulgence and to use as a base to explore Cape Town and the surrounding area. Lunches and dinners are available on request.

For those seeking comfort and luxury, The Cape Cadogan Hotel is the perfect choice. The reception areas are individually decorated and designed for comfort and tranquillity. Bohemian chic is the hallmark and all twelve en-suite bedrooms are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture. The hotel is family owned and managed; ensuring personalised service from staff who share their local knowledge, enabling guests to enjoy an extraordinary vacation experience.


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Central Accommodation

Cape Town

Southern Sun The Cullinan

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

This stylish hotel is located within walking distance of the exciting Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and with easy access to Cape Town’s popular beaches. The hotel has views of Table Mountain, the sea and the bustling harbour. It is within close proximity to Table Mountain, the winelands and historial tourist attractions and a short drive to the Cape Town International Airport.

Perfectly located within the cultural quarter of the city, Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa offers premium accommodation in a lifestyle centre where you can Meet, Shop, Taste, Explore and Stay. Modern, yet rooted in heritage, it is from here that you truly get a sense of Cape Town at its best.

This hotel, with its striking architecture compliments the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town, and the opulent décor creates a gracious environment. The 400 guestrooms, executive rooms and suites are elegant and spacious and offer every creature comfort. There is a breakfast room, an a la carte restaurant for lunch and dinner as well as an attractive cocktail bar. Other facilities include outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, concierge desk, speciality shops, conference rooms and business services.

The luxury apartments offer modern travellers the option to ‘in or out-source’ services, due to the well appointed apartment kitchen and laundry facilities. The Hotel also offers outstanding room service meals and laundry services. Facilities include a swimming pool, high tech gym, Imbizo Conference Rooms, various Restaurants and a Business Centre. Mandela Rhodes Place is a unique concept of modern living, with a subtle blend of old and new.

More Quarters Hotel

The More Quarters Hotel offers a rare combination of historic exteriors with classic modern bohemian interiors. The experience is genuine to Cape Town living, with stylish and secure apartments plus the added benefit of being supported by a family of professional and passionate staff who ensure that each guest’s stay is individually tailored within this fully serviced environment. As the sister property of Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, More Quarters Hotel offers guests a stay in Cape Town which combines the benefits of a Hotel with the independence of a luxury apartment. Its charm and character is matched with its desirable location amongst popular restaurants, street cafés and stylish boutique shops of Kloof Street making this Hotel a unique leader in Cape Town. The 17 luxury apartments as with all the other properties within the More Hotels portfolio is operated and managed by the More Family. Cable car to Table mountain, Cape Town

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Cape Town Townhouse Hotel & Conference Centre

Central Accommodation

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Southern Sun Waterfront

An intimate, individualised first class hotel experience, the Townhouse Hotel offers 106 selected en-suite accommodation options - from spacious singles to deluxe and junior suites. The beautifully designed and newly refurbished rooms boast the best in contemporary comforts, including full climate control, free high-speed Internet and DSTV, complemented by ‘homey’ touches like freshly-baked cookies from the Michelin-trained executive chef, who also conceived the hotel’s delicious gourmet menu, showcasing unique South African flavours and vintages.

Southern Sun Waterfront is perfectly positioned between the majestic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and across the road from the exciting Victoria & Alfred Waterfront shopping and entertainment complex. It has easy access to the city centre, the Cape’s popular beaches, Table Mountain and many historical attractions. It’s a short drive to the Cape Town International airport. Comfort and quality are paramount for every guest and the 546 guest rooms, including suites and executive rooms, offer all the modern amenities to make your stay really comfortable. Additional facilities and services include a delightful breakfast room and a stylish, cosmopolitan-style restaurant as well as a Continental Coffee & Cocktail Bar. There is a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, curio shop, meeting rooms, business centre, and a shuttle service to the Waterfront. A dedicated concierge desk assist with all travel, tours and car hire requirements. Table Mountain, Cape Town

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! offers you a place to chill, a base from which to explore the Western Cape and a friendly haven to make your home away from home. The hotel is ideally located near popular beaches and just a stone’s throw from the vibrant nightlife, cafés, restaurants and entertainment the city has to offer.

Nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain, overlooking the Company Gardens, Cape Town Hollow is set in the warm heart of Cape Town’s historical city centre. Cape Town Hollow offers stylish, serene accommodation in en-suite, air-conditioned rooms with the finest in modern amenities, as well as charming open-air balconies. The Wellness Centre is superbly equipped with an energizing sauna, gymnasium and two treatment rooms where massages and beauty treatments are offered.

All 201 hip and happening luxury rooms boast a full complement of features including an extra-length king-size bed or two single beds, Bose alarm clock radio, a large executive desk with international electrical points, complimentary wireless internet, LCD flat screen television, Tea/Coffee making facilities, air conditioning, telephone, laptop-friendly safe with charger and 24-hour room service. Attention to detail and personal service make Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! stand out from the crowd. We take service levels very, very seriously, but never take life too seriously.

The congenial restaurant offers authentic African dining with a lively continental vibe; handpicked Cape wines complement your meal. The Patio prides itself on a Cape streetcafé dining experience. By day and night, the bar serves up unsurpassed views of Table Mountain. The ideal locality of Cape Town Hollow entices guests to explore the myriad sights in the city and surrounds.


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V&A Waterfront Accommodation

Cape Town

Cape Grace

Cape Grace has one of the most enviable locations on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, with Table Mountain guarding the rear and the bustling harbour to the front. The hotel sits on its own private quay affording privacy along with a taste of Cape Town life and easy access to Waterfront activities. Cape Grace is a welcoming and gracious sanctuary of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort.

a romantic meal in your suite, or à la carte in Signal Restaurant. A favourite al-fresco spot is beside Bascule Bar, flanking the private marina. The hotel’s 56-foot yacht ‘Spirit of the Cape’ is moored alongside and is available for charters, sunset cruises and even a whisky tasting, sampling from the Bascule Bar’s largest collection of whiskies south of the equator.

The Spa at Cape Grace has its own menu of temptations, with innovative treatments Each of the 120 luxurious rooms and suites with views of Table Mountain or the harbour are individual, but common features include fresh flowers, robes and slippers in the dressing incorporating African products and ancient methods. room, separate bath & shower, private mini bar, flatscreen TV, iPod docking station, room With a genuine passion to champion distinctive standards in service, Cape Grace is dedicated safe and wireless connectivity. to surpassing expectations and making your stay, whether work or pleasure, the most Dine wherever the mood takes you at Cape Grace; oysters & champagne on the pool terrace, memorable ever.

The Table Bay Hotel

Occupying a prime position on Quay Six at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you’ll discover the famed Table Bay Hotel. During the day the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze eases the heat of Africa’s mother city: Cape Town. Cosmopolitan, gracious and relaxed The Table Bay is the sum of all that is good about its home town. And at dusk the hum of V&A Waterfront’s restaurants, bars and clubs beckon you from your luxurious room.

Each room is crafted to be spacious and luxurious. Crisp linen sheets, beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms and the latest telephonic and broadband technology allow you to escape into serenity and simultaneously stay in touch with the outside world. And any whim, any fancy is only a phone call away. Discreet room service will attempt the impossible in order to attend to your needs.

The Table Bay Hotel has a total of 329 rooms which include single, double, luxury rooms and suites. The exclusively designed rooms are welcoming and inviting, representing the epitome of luxury and supreme comfort. From the stylishly appointed writing desks, to the large expansive windows, take in either a scene of the busy working harbour or the vast Atlantic Ocean.

The Table Bay is a sanctuary for people who enjoy their food and wine. Whether it’s elegant dining on authentic South African cuisine by acclaimed chefs, informal ‘al fresco’ meals, or high tea with freshly baked scones, cream and preserves, The Table Bay will add delight to any occasion.

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Cape Town

V&A Waterfront Accommodation

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The Commodore Hotel

Cape Town waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Escapism is not only a state of mind; it’s a place at the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. That place is The Commodore Hotel, a Legacy hotel where stylish living, excellent service and a tranquil setting comes standard. Enjoy breathtaking views of the charming ‘Mother City’ from the upper floors of the hotel’s superior rooms or treat yourself to cocktails on the terrace. Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service.

The Commodore offers 236 elegantly furnished standard rooms and suites. All rooms have individual air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom with toilet and separate bath and shower, direct dialling phones, electric razor plugs, hair dryers, DSTV and 24-hour room service.

With 94 spacious well-appointed bedrooms on three floors - it’s the detail that gives the Victoria & Alfred Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance and reputation. All the rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a safe, interactive and satellite television, high speed and wireless internet connection. Rooms are either Mountain or Piazza facing.

The Commodore Hotel’s service ethic is one of utmost efficiency, allowing you to leave everything to us so that you can find time to enjoy the beautiful ‘Mother City’.

Waterfront Village

The Waterfront Village is situated on the water’s edge in the picturesque marina, offering guests the most unique and breathtaking location in the world renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Cape Town. The serviced apartments offer guests the luxuries of a hotel in terms of services and facilities, combined with the spaciousness and freedom of their own apartment while exploring the beautiful Fairest Cape. There are one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, in two different classifications, luxury and superior. Guests have access to the on-site reception and concierge, four outdoor swimming pools, the Quarterdeck Gym and lap pool as well as world class restaurants. Situated adjacent to South Africa’s top tourist attraction – the V & A Waterfront - and a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Convention Centre and the Cape Town Stadium, the Waterfront Village is uniquely situated to guarantee a return visit.

Canal at the V&A waterfront, Cape Town


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V&A & Beyond Accommodation

Cape Town

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

The Bay Hotel

Welcome to The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront at the very forefront of the world’s most idyllic Cape.

Overlooking a palm-fringed beach, and nestled under the Twelve Apostles mountain range, the Bay Hotel offers deluxe luxury in a paradisiacal setting. Superbly designed with 78 rooms and suites, the hotel boasts four restaurants and no less than four hotel pools with expansive sun decks and superlative views of Atlantic ocean sunsets and majestic Lion’s Head.

Uniquely located on the glittering azure waterfront of Cape Town, the hotel has the majesty of the legendary Table Mountain soaring behind it and every shopping and eatery delight beside it. It’s also a heartbeat away from Cape Town’s pulsing business centre, an easy stroll (or complimentary shuttle) to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its myriad of world-class shops, restaurants, cinemas and colourful working harbour, or a short hop to Africa’s most beautiful beaches and the call of lush and ancient winelands beyond. The state-of-the-art Cape Town International Convention Centre is a mere five minutes away.

Favoured by romantics and business people alike, the hotel’s unique services encompass a spa offering rejuvenating treatments, as well as fully-equipped business, conference and function facilities, including the historic Rotunda.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront provides the finest service, setting and comfort making your stay always one to remember and certainly one to repeat.

Breathe deep… exhale slowly and rediscover fun. Feel the freedom of sun, sea and fresh air as you float into total relaxation while enjoying the exceptional brand of friendly, personal hospitality. Only seven minutes from the city centre and V&A Waterfront.

Protea Hotel President

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Bantry Bay introduces the Protea Hotel President, an affordable business and holiday accommodation in Cape Town’s Bantry Bay suburb. Accommodation at the Protea Hotel President comprises of 349 well-appointed rooms and suites. All contain tea & coffee making facilities, satellite television, hairdryer, telephone, sleeper couch, individual air conditioning, electronic room safe, ADSL plug-point and wireless internet, safety latches and electronic locking devices on all doors. Kitchenettes are stocked with appliances, crockery and cutlery, but do not contain hot plates or an oven.

Vineyard Hotel & Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a natural sanctuary that rolls into the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Nestled in the midst of this World Heritage Site is a haven of Cape luxury, part of the family run collection of boutique Red Carnation Hotels. Within easy reach of Cape Town’s heartbeat – whether for Camps Bay cocktails and idyllic beaches, Waterfront retail therapy or Long Street’s vibrant pulse. This deluxe 207 roomed hotel is situated in 2.5 hectares of attractive landscaped parkland in the lush leafy suburb of Newlands on the banks of the Liesbeek River. It boasts two outstanding restaurants; the glass-roofed “The Square” restaurant caters for breakfast and dinner, while “Myoga” restaurant, under the ownership of Mike Bassett, offers lunch and dinner with excellent views of the garden and Table Mountain. Relax at the heated outdoor and indoor swimming pool or in the state-of-the-art Health & Fitness Centre.

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When choosing one of the 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites, the hardest part is deciding whether to overlook the mountains or the sea. Whichever direction you face, the views are stunning. Interior decor is just as appealing. The light, airy, and peaceful rooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary African style, classic European comfort and effortless, up-to-the-minute technology. Cool colours and rich fabrics bring elegance and wilderness serenity. At The Twelve Apostles, every room includes 24-hour room service, individual air conditioning, entertainment centres with DVD, and plush bathrobes and slippers.


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Hermanus & Winelands

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Hermanus is a small coastal town set between mountains and the ocean and just an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Famous for its beach, mild climate and rich flora, it has the added bonus of the best shore-based whale watching in the world. From May to November the Southern Right whales use the shallow waters of the bay for breeding and mating, all in easy view from the cliff paths above. The Winelands are only a 60 minute drive from Cape Town and there is a fabulous range of accommodation offering superb fresh, regional cuisine. Areas to visit include Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. With a selection of over 200 cellars to choose from, you can taste some of the finest wines in the world plus appreciate the Cape Dutch architecture at many of the vineyards. Indulge yourself for a day or two and experience the rich historical and cultural heritage while visiting quaint villages, antique shops, art galleries and craft workshops.

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9 Day Hermanus & Winelands Self-Drive

Visit the beautiful and diverse Winelands at Franschhoek and Klein Karoo before continuing onto the coastal areas of Knysna and Hermanus where you can experience whale watching, shark cage diving and horse riding. Complete your journey in Cape Town, most famous for it’s harbour.

Tulbagh CAPE TOWN Constantia Wellington Paarl Durbanville Franschhoek Stellenbosch

Day 1: Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your rental car. Drive to the Winelands. Day 2: Have the morning to enjoy the surrounding area of Franschhoek, well known for its award winning restaurants and wineries. Commence your journey to Klein Karoo. Day 3: Leave Oudtshoorn to head for Knysna. Stop at the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch or experience an Ostrich Farm on the way to Knysna. Day 4: Continue your sightseeing with a whole day at visiting some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches, mountains and rivers. Day 5:Commence your journey onto Hermanus, the town is considered by some to offer the best land-based whale watching in South Africa and the world. Day 6: Full day exploring Hermanus and the local area.

Hermanus

De Hoop Nature Reserve Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Day 7: Drive onto Cape Town which is best known for its diverse range of attractions, sights and activities. Day 8: Full day exploring Cape Town and the local area. Day 9: Have the whole morning exploring Cape Town’s amazing sights before departing for your onward journey.

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Accommodation

Hermanus & Winelands

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve

Grootbos, with its two deluxe lodges and luxury accommodation, is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Whether ones interests are birding, wild flowers, whale watching, diving with great white sharks or relaxing on unspoilt beaches, Grootbos has it all. The gourmet cuisine is crafted from the finest and freshest local ingredients including excellent South African wines. Accommodation is in spacious luxury suites, all with sweeping views across the dunes and ocean, private wooden decks, bathrooms and separate living rooms with cosy fireplaces. Central to the ethos of Grootbos is that guests discover the region’s natural wonders and directly contribute to its conservation and upliftment of the local communities.

LOCATION: Grootbos is located along the Whale Coast just outside Hermanus. GETTING THERE: Take the N2 from Cape Town and then turn onto the R43 and drive through Hermanus. Grootbos is situated 13 kilometres past Stanford. HIGHLIGHTS: Best whale watching, nature at its best, guided activities, culinary delights, warm hospitality, excellent service.

Situated just three hours drive from Cape Town, the 36,000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area forms part of a World Heritage Site characterized by rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that lead down to an unspoiled coastline.

FOREST LODGE Forest Lodge consists of a main lodge with restaurant, bar, lounge area, gallery and infinity pool as well as 16 luxurious, freestanding suites built on the edge of the forest. Volumes of space under slate roofs are framed by glass, steel and natural brick to maximise the sweeping views across the ocean.

A 19 kilometre vlei stretches across the reserve and is home to rich birdlife, including pelicans that breed on its waters each year. The three nautical miles of De Hoop Marine Reserve beyond the shoreline offer some of the best whale viewing in the world, with some 40% of the global Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay each year to breed.

GARDEN LODGE

From camping and caravaning sites and affordable self-catering rondavels to more luxurious self-catering cottages and deluxe fully catered lodges, the De Hoop Collection has something to offer everyone in one of the most beautiful places the South African coastline has to offer.

Garden Lodge is surrounded by three hectares of indigenous fynbos and forest garden. Accommodation is in 11 luxurious, freestanding suites in a spectacular natural setting. In a manner that reflects stylish and contemporary inspirations, the charming main lodge consists of restaurant, bar, lounge area and swimming pool.

Hermanus, Walker Bay

Auberge Burgundy

The Auberge Burgundy, which is set above the picturesque Old Harbour, in the historic heart of Hermanus (the hub of the famous Whale Route), is a charming Provençal style guesthouse with fragrant courtyards and stone terraces. The Auberge Burgundy offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service and is surrounded by restaurants, the craft market, boutiques, art galleries and quaint shopping malls. It has the salt sea air of one of the world’s most magnificent eco-destinations with the cool blue sea of Walker Bay within 50 metres of the front door. Rows of vineyards near Stellenbosch

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River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa

Spier Hotel

River Manor, a boutique hotel in Stellenbosch, is centrally located and close to Cape Town, the International Airport, Table Mountain, The Waterfront and Cape Point, all of which are a mere 40 minute drive. Franschhoek, the food and wine capital of the Winelands, is just 45 kilometres away.

The luxury Spier Hotel is situated on the award-winning Spier wine farm on the banks of the Eerste River, near the historic town of Stellenbosch and just 20 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport.

Stylish rooms decorated in a colonial manner, offer the warmth of Africa together with understated luxury. Focusing on the importance of comfort, River Manor has two swimming pools, wrap around verandahs and beautiful gardens providing the perfect back-drop for alfresco wine tasting and dining after a day of exploring the Winelands. An intimate Studio Spa offers guests a range of relaxing massage and beauty treatments.

The hotel offers sublime wineland getaways, and a variety of activities on the estate enable guests to explore contemporary South Africa through food, wine and art in beautiful surroundings. It was one of the first luxury hotels in South Africa to be Fair Trade in Tourism certified. It is the combination of old-world elegance and contemporary culture that makes Spier an interesting place to visit. The wine farm has an impressive collection of Cape Dutch gables with a recorded history dating back to 1692.

River Manor is a three minute walk to bars, bistros and superb dining in Stellenbosch, alongside curio shops and art galleries.

The hotel’s rooms are situated in village-style buildings grouped around six private courtyards – each with its own swimming pool – in a design reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages.

d’Ouwe Werf Hotel

Protea Hotel Franschhoek

Established in 1802, d’Ouwe Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel, and has been defining hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Located on tranquil Church Street, Stellenbosch, d’Ouwe Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your explorations of Stellenbosch and surrounds.

Protea Hotel Franschhoek, which overlooks the majestic mountains and vineyards of the historic village of Franschhoek, some 80 kilometres east of Cape Town, prides itself on its charming ambience, gracious style and attentive service.

The hotel consists of 32 rooms and six apartments – each en-suite, with high-speed wireless internet, and individually styled with antiques collected over the years. The “1802 Restaurant” is renowned for its traditional and international cuisine and boasts a wine list that will satisfy even the most sophisticated connoisseur. The staff pride themselves on their friendly, personal and professional service and strive to ensure each visit is memorable.

The hotel offers 30 spacious en-suite rooms, comprising 27 Standard Rooms, two Junior Suites and one Deluxe Room (Honeymoon Room). All rooms are equipped with a television, dual voltage sockets, bar fridge, telephone and air conditioning. The Protea Hotel Franschhoek’s central location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the town’s many world famous restaurants, art galleries, cheese factories and more than 20 wine estates that forms part of the Winelands. Various outdoor activities, such as horse-riding, golf, backpacking and trout-fishing, can also be arranged from the hotel.


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Accommodation

Winelands Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Le Quartier Français

Le Quartier Français is a 21-roomed exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, just 45 minutes out of Cape Town. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful mountain views. Here a complete culinary journey awaits you. Think sticky buns for breakfast, casual all-day meals on the terrace or a lazy lunch at the renowned Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on the family farm, Môreson; followed by a dinner of award-winning inspired cuisine - by Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef Margot Janse and her team. A stay at Le Quartier is a remarkable experience! STAY 4

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African Pride Rijks Country House

Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. It is set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines with fynbos draping the nearby mountains.

African Pride Rijk’s Country House is situated on the eminent Rijk’s Wine farm, five minutes from the centre of Tulbagh. 12 Luxury rooms and three two bedroomed family villas have their own private terrace overlooking a lake, river, swimming pool and barbecue area.

The original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant where lunch can be enjoyed outside on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree and dinner in the elegant yet relaxed dining room. For the discerning traveller the 12 exclusive Villa Suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence.

Picnic on the banks of the river or enjoy a romantic walk through the vineyards and rose gardens. Explore the town with its quaint shops and restaurants or travel the surrounding wine routes.

There is a range of activities to enjoy including the swimming pools, a relaxing massage, wine tasting tours and horseback rides, a stroll in the charming village or simply being pampered by the attentive and personal service - all a traveller needs to live la vie extraordinaire.

Grande Roche Hotel

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

Luxurious Grand Roche Hotel, is situated in the heart of the Paarl winelands, surrounded by historic vineyards and set against the backdrop of the towering Drakenstein Mountains.

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa was awarded the best hotel in Africa award in the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2010, acknowledged as the eighth best hotel in the world for food by TravelHub’s Hot Hotels and proudly featured on the Conde Nast Gold List 2011.

The immaculately restored 18th century hotel offers in total 29 luxury suites and five executive rooms with features representing the original Cape Dutch style of thatched roofs, bamboo and yellow wood ceilings. The magnificent Manor house forms the heart of the Hotel and houses the coveted Bosman’s Restaurant; a world-class award-winning restaurant. Surrounded by an elegant atmosphere, you will find the mood gracious and understated. An award-winning wine list will tempt every palate and an expert sommelier’s advice is part of the highly professional service.

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Located in the world famous Cape Winelands, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is one of the most exclusive getaways in its class with its magical setting amongst the Franschhoek Mountains. With 63 stylish rooms and suites, select Vineyard Suites nestled on a vineyard, River Suites, or chic Garden suites. Le Franschhoek is a desirable base for exploring the Cape Wine Region whilst it offers plenty of on-site pastimes from an award-winning Camelot Spa to tennis, unwinding in the pool while the outdoor restaurant, Le Verger, is enchantingly set amidst lemon, apple, and pear trees.


South Africa

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Route 62 winds through mountain passes, wine estates, oak-lined villages and orchards to take you on the inland section of the Garden Route. From Cape Town head north to Tulbagh with its wealth of Cape Dutch architecture, through alpine scenery to Ceres and its luscious orchards. Don’t miss the KWV Brandy Cellar and Karoo Botanical Gardens in Worcester. Whilst at Robertson enjoy the vineyards. Drive to McGregor for pottery and crafts, over the winding pass at Cogman’s Kloof to Montagu to try the Muscadel wines. Continue into Calitzdorp for a drop of Port and to Oudtshoorn for a ride on an ostrich. On the coastal section play on a Gary Player golf course at George or travel on the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train. Whilst in Wilderness discover beautiful beaches and local craft markets and at Knysna take a walk in the indigenous forest or sail on the lagoon. Plettenberg Bay offers golden beaches and great resorts and at Tsitsikamma Forest the canopy tour through ancient treetops is a must.

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Garden Route & Winelands Self-Drive

Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town / Winelands: Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport a representative will assist you to collect your hired car (own account). Travel to the Cape Winelands, the largest wine producing region in the Western Cape. There is a selection of over 200 cellars to choose from.

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Day 2 - Winelands: Spend today exploring the Cape Winelands at your leisure. A haven of gracious, white-gabled farmsteads evoking a rich, elegant heritage, the Cape Winelands are the heart of the grape and wine production in the country, steeped in history and scenic beauty. Experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek. Visit some of the many wine farms, or stroll down a beautifully restored street in one of the historical town centres and visit the museums and historical monuments.

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Day 3 - Winelands / Oudtshoorn: Depart the Cape Winelands today and head for ‘Route 62’, one of the most beautiful travel routes in South Africa, as well as one of the least known and least travelled ones. Make your way via Robertson, to Montagu and onto towns like Barrydale and Calitzdorp, a Port Wine producing area. Arrive in Oudtshoorn, affectionately known as the ‘feather capital’, because of its large ostrich farming industry. Visit an ostrich show farm, or explore the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders. Day 4 - Oudtshoorn / Knysna: Travel over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, nestled below the Outeniqua Mountains, and onto the lagoon town of Knysna. Spend today exploring Knysna, one of the Southern Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon. Day 5 - Knysna: Knysna offers its visitors many activities and attractions. The most well known attraction being the ‘Heads’, two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea. Take a ferry boat cruise across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for a stroll through the forests and a view of the ‘Heads’. Day 6 - Knysna / Depart Port Elizabeth: Travel to Port Elizabeth today where you drop off your hired car.

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Garden Route & Route 62

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Follow in the footsteps of the San people who roamed this area of the Little Karoo for thousands of years. Relax and absorb the grandeur here, just two and a half hours drive from Cape Town. Experience contrasting landscapes of towering mountains and open plains supporting a variety of wildlife including the Big Five, 650 plant species, an impressive collection of succulents, 160 bird species, inspiring rock formations and Bushman paintings. Sanbona offers deluxe accommodation at four luxurious lodges. The beautifully restored Tilney Manor emulates the elegance of the colonial era. Situated in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by rock formations, the luxurious & secluded Dwyka Tented Lodge exudes an atmosphere of pioneering adventure. Gondwana Lodge offers endless views and is the ideal lodge for families with children of all ages. LOCATION: In the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Cape Town. GETTING THERE: An easy two and a half hours drive from Cape Town, approximately 270 kilometres. HIGHLIGHTS: The first authentic free roaming “Big Five” wildlife reserve in the Western Cape, Rock Art sites, Stargazing is rated amongst the best in Southern Africa.

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro is nestled on a hill in a lush, landscaped garden above Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route, renowned for its unique scenery and moderate climate. From its vantage point, the Hotel offers breathtaking views of the Keurbooms coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Each of the spacious, comfortable 24 bedrooms, set new standards for the discerning traveller and reflect the serene blues and whites of the ocean. To make the most of the truly spectacular scenery, each room features its own private wooden viewing deck. Whalesong Hotel & Hydro is a top first class hotel and offers very good value in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Activities include various golf courses on the Garden Route, marine encounters with dolphins and whales, water sports, deep sea fishing & eco-adventures on horseback.

DWYKA TENTED LODGE Situated in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations. These luxurious and secluded tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape.

GONDWANA LODGE Gondwana Lodge offers endless views over the plains of Bellair Dam and onto Anysberg-mountains. Children of all ages are entertained with its exciting “Kids on Safari” programme.

La Plume Guest House

Mimosa Lodge

La Plume is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm. Set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley it commands spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. It is a place of rejuvenation. It is an unexpected oasis. It is a place of opulent indulgence.

Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountain range in the heart of Montagu on the popular Route 62 is Mimosa Lodge. Only a two hour drive from Cape Town, Montagu is the perfect stop between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

Rich fabrics blend with the aromas of polished wood and tanned leather. Selected pictures bridge the chivalric charm of carefully selected antique furniture lovingly collected over many years and modern amenities so effortlessly blended by Karin’s elegant hand. The attention to detail that marks every room defines the La Plume experience – sumptuousness. The rooms are not numbered; the rooms bear names – different types of ostrich feathers grace the doors to rooms, each with an individual unique signature of colour and aroma and furnishing.

Known for its fine hospitality and superb cuisine, Mimosa’s multiple award-winning restaurant is a culinary experience par excellence. Beautifully appointed en-suite rooms open onto a rambling garden where guests can enjoy a sparkling swimming pool and deck, croquet lawn and boules pitch. Come and explore the Robertson Valley for a more intimate wine route experience and visit neighbouring towns and villages. Enjoy sites such as the local hot springs or meander along the numerous nature trails, or go rock climbing. With sweeping views of the majestic mountains, blue skies, excellent conference facilities, idyllic Wedding venue and innumerable culinary delights, Mimosa Lodge is an ideal spot to refresh, revive and rejuvenate. STAY 4

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Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

Turbine Boutique Hotel

The exquisite Views Boutique Hotel & Spa invites the warm Indian Ocean right into its sumptuous deluxe suites. An idyllic paradise from which to explore the secrets of South Africa’s famed Garden Route with its unequalled seascapes and pristine beaches. Views is designed to echo the hues and beauty of the beachfront it crowns. Large glass windows frame spectacular views. Light is an integral feature of this contemporary classic – tall atriums bejeweled with hanging glass sculptures bathe the reception and lounge areas in natural light.

50 years ago, Knysna’s power was derived from a wood fired turbine, and ironically this power station remains a part of arguably the finest location along the garden route. Several years ago an ambitious project to transform the power station into a luxury boutique hotel began. Given the heritage status of the power station, most of the primary components were left in position and now form an integral part of the theme of the hotel.

Views has 18 deluxe Suites; all spacious, light filled and splendid. This alone makes a stay special; when adding the Views Spa and Gym, private Pool Deck, Seaview Lounge, Library Lounge and a Cocktail Deck overhanging the beach, it becomes exceptional. At Views nothing has been left to chance, every need anticipated and catered for, personalised service, unabashed luxury and indulgence, this Boutique Hotel offers everything possible to make a stay the highlight it deserves to be.

Belvidere Manor

The facilities of this luxurious hotel include three bar areas, two restaurants, lounge, library, wine cellar, curio shop, rim flow swimming pool, concierge facilities and the common areas double up to showcase local South Africa art. The hotel boasts 17 standard, six luxury and one honeymoon suites. These individually decorated, en-suite rooms, are complete with flat screen TV with DVD player, internet facilities, air conditioning, mini bar fridge and tea and coffee stations.

The Graywood Hotel

In keeping with the character and spirit of the surrounding indigenous Knysna forest the hotel has incorporated beautiful woodwork throughout. The wood is complemented by lush landscaped gardens which also feature a sparkling swimming pool suspended in a wooden sundeck. Breakfast at the hotel may be enjoyed inside the “Blue Goose Restaurant” or on the sundeck. The hotel also depicts a fascinating steam train theme with many original railroad memorabilia and historic photographs.

Basking in the tranquillity of Knysna’s lagoon lies Belvidere Manor, South Africa’s most romantic and most relaxed getaway. This historic estate offers accommodation in 28 colonial-style cottages, situated in colourful gardens, each fully serviced and offering a wide verandah, an airy living room with comfortable sofas, fireplace, TV and DVD player and wireless internet, a fully equipped kitchen and one, two or three en-suite double bedrooms. Mealtimes are deliciously drawn-out affairs, lazy breakfasts on the terrace and light lunches by the pool. Dinner is served at Caroline’s bistro where country-style dishes are served with South African flair, whilst The Bell, Knysna’s favourite pub restaurant, occupies the oldest building at Belvidere. It offers snacks, seafood or burgers in the garden or, in winter, by the warmth of a traditional wood-burning stove. Belvidere Manor is the perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route, enjoy preferred golf rates, or just relax. De Hoop Nature Reserve, Garden Route


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Garden Route & Route 62

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Exclusive, opulent and romantic, Tsala Treetop Lodge merges lavish luxury with a sense of adventure high up in the forest canopy. Inspired by ancient ruins, the magnificent lodge overlooking vast indigenous forests, celebrates the rich ornate heritage of Africa. Within the treetops the luxurious hide-away suites each have their own private deck and infinity pool. Superb gourmet cuisine and discreet personalised service complete the enthralling Tsala experience in the heart of the Garden Route.

Hunter’s Country House

Defined by its exquisite location on the Eastern Head of Knysna, Pezula offers the ultimate combination of luxury in nature. Each of the 83 spacious suites, housed in detached villas, boasts a patio or balcony, sumptuous bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, pantry kitchen, comfortable seating area and fireplace. Take a guided hike or horseback trail through the indigenous forests; canoe along the pristine Noetzie River to the beach where you can picnic in seclusion; play tennis, archery or pétanque; indulge in a spa treatment; laze at the heated indoor and outdoor pools; or play a round of golf on the Championship Course. The outstanding amenities include award winning Pezula Spa & Gym, a boutique, library and games room, an elegant cigar lounge, champagne and whiskey bar and Zachary’s gourmet restaurant. The cosmopolitan town of Knysna offers waterfront shopping, quaint coffee bars, excellent restaurants, lagoon cruises and numerous excursions to explore the area.

Located in the heart of the Garden Route, Hunter’s Country House is an exclusive retreat, imbued with old-world charm and tranquillity. Gourmet cuisine and impeccable service enhance gracious elegance and warm hospitality. Complementing the original thatched manor house with its antique-furnished lounges are the candle-lit dining room, sun drenched conservatory and secluded luxurious guest suites, set amidst lush gardens. Winner of numerous hospitality awards, Hunter’s is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Knysna Hollow Country Estate

The Plettenberg

The gracious old Manor House forms the focal point of the lodge. The 15 Garden Chalets and 64 Rooms are set in the lush green gardens and have been tastefully decorated with a Knysna forest feel. Savour pre-dinner drinks in the pub or on the deck of the old Manor House. The Knysna Hollow Restaurant with its warm and relaxed atmosphere offers delicious seasonal fare and an extensive selection of South African wines. Alternatively, the Pecan Tree Grill Room offers more contemporary Cape cuisine with Malay inspired dishes.

The Plettenberg is located in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’, set on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea and mountains. Situated in one of the most spectacular resorts in South Africa at Plettenberg Bay, there are 37 individually decorated luxury rooms and suites, and two family friendly villas. Dine at the Sand restaurant in a relaxed contemporary environment and enjoy views over Formosa Bay or enjoy a cocktail at the Sandbar. Other facilities include an award winning wine cellar, Carchele Spa, two swimming pools, The Collection Boutique and travel desk.

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Situated on the bustling Knysna Quays Waterfront, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays introduces the discerning visitor to a world of comfort and luxury on the shores of the Knysna lagoon. Accommodation consists of 123 spacious rooms decorated in warm earthy tones with spectacular views of the Knysna lagoon, the historical train station or the Knysna Waterfront. All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower, air-conditioning, in room fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryers, electronic safes, telephone and satellite television.

A private nature reserve on the Garden Route, with breathtaking views of valleys and mountains. Outstanding cuisine and stylish, comfortable accommodation. The 16 Africanstyled suites in the gardens provide private wooden decks, hammocks, king sized beds & most have cosy fireplaces. The Villa at Hog Hollow is a private house 400 metres from the Lodge and ideal for families or two couples. Whale and dolphins, elephants, monkeys, birds, treetops canopy walk, boating, golf, gliding, nature walks are just some of the wildlife and great activities to be enjoyed. STAY 3

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Eastern Cape

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An area of South Africa really coming to the fore of tourism is the Eastern Cape. Traditional home of the Xhosa people and birthplace of Nelson Mandela, this is a great place to start or end your trip along the Garden Route. The area is Malaria-free which is an added bonus for families. Visit Addo Elephant National Park: a park running from inland to the coast and where it’s possible to see the Big 7. Inland are some spectacular private wildlife Reserves offering a range of accommodation and many involved in conservation projects protecting rhino, lion and cheetah. Grahamstown and surrounding areas were the site of many battles, where the Xhosa fought the British and the Trek Boers, mostly over land and particularly the nearby Great Fish River and numerous wars were fought over the hundred years from 1779-1881. Today there are historic forts and many wonderful old buildings and memorials to be explored.

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Full Day Addo Elephant Park

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Spend a day with elephants, and you’ll learn something of yourself. Addo Elephant National Park is now the third largest national park in South Africa expanding to conserve the wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semiarid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180,000 hectares and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. And their Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the Park into a 264,000 hectare mega-park. In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120,000 hectare marine protected area that includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and largest breeding population of endangered African penguins. Addo is arguably, the best elephant viewing in South Africa, and with a full day at your disposal, you’ll have the leisure time for close encounters with these gentle giants. From $190


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Hotels, Parks & Reserves

Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape Pumba Private Game Reserve Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, this hidden gem offers the ultimate in African Safari luxury - combined with awe inspiring bush, grasslands, and of course, the formidable Big Five. The Reserve offers visitors the chance to experience the wonders of Africa - from the graceful giraffe to the seldom seen leopard, and the very rare White Lions - 45 species of mammals and other small game. For bird lovers the over 300 species occurring in the geographical region will never fail to delight you. African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve is the third largest privately owned Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, covering five of the seven South African Vegetation Biomes, resulting in amazing diversity of Flora and Fauna waiting to be discovered by you. LOCATION: 105 kilometres from Port Elizabeth and 20 kilometres from Grahamstown. GETTING THERE: Drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve by private car. HIGHLIGHTS: Big Five game drives, star gazing, archery, birding safaris, spa treatments, guided bush walks, bass fishing and golf nearby.

Ten minutes from both airport and city centre, and a stroll away from gorgeous, sandy, Blue Flag beaches, Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth could not be better situated for business or pleasure. With breathtaking ocean views from every one of the 173 beautifully appointed guest rooms, full-length windows open up to gorgeous sea views, making it tempting to stay in bed! There are eight multifunctional event rooms, spanning 633 square metres with excellent banqueting and conference facilities and spaces that are inspiring and flexible enough to host intimate, deal-clinching meetings or expansive product launches. The dedicated, expert events team is empowered to guarantee that business is a pleasure at Radisson Blu. Free high-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel. World-class lifestyle zones include an acclaimed Italian-style restaurant - Filini, chic urban cocktail lounge - TabĂş, indulgent pampering at Camelot Spa and the cutting edge Space Gymnasium.

Protea Hotel Marine

MSENGE BUSH LODGE The Msenge Bush Lodge at Pumba offers 11 luxurious, glass enclosed thatched chalets, each in its own private bush setting, offering a private game viewing deck with plunge pool and outdoor shower and en-suite bathroom. Bedrooms offer twin or king-size beds, with percale cotton linen, seating area and roman blinds for additional privacy. PUMBA WATER LODGE Pumba Water Lodge comprises 12 stone-walled, thatched, waterfront cottages. Leading off meandering timber footpaths, the cottages open up onto private timber gameviewing decks with outside showers and plunge pools. The bedrooms and bathrooms offer underfloor heating, freestanding bathtubs, double basins and terry-towel bathrobes.

Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve is an ideal, malaria free, choice for your Big 5 Safari destination. It has the best location for the traveler that visits Cape Town, wine lands and the famous Garden Route. This 7500 ha private reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography and wildlife. Proudly offering you the superb Amakhala service and famous hospitality of the Lion Roars Collection which also has select hotels along the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth. Amakhala Game Reserve has been voted the Best Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

Hacklewood Hill Country House

Among the superior beachfront hotels in Port Elizabeth, the Protea Hotel Marine is unparalleled. Overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Pollock Beach, with sweeping views of Algoa Bay, this hotel, in the heart of the Friendly City, is renowned for its quality facilities, personal service and luxurious atmosphere. The Protea Hotel Marine offers a wide variety of rooms to choose from and consists of 78 standard bedrooms and 36 superior rooms. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, telephones, hairdryers, electronic door locks, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safes and boast 28 satellite TV and music channels. The Protea Hotel Marine is situated within walking distance of safe, sandy beaches, various swimming pools, a casino and entertainment complex, not to mention the famous Oceanarium, Museum and Snake Park, and various sporting facilities, including golf.

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Eight individually decorated en-suite bedrooms furnished with fascinating period pieces and sumptuous fabrics evoke a feeling of a bygone era. Perfectly situated in close proximity to the airport and city centre, this Victorian Manor House is the perfect home away from home for the weary business man or leisure traveller alike. Guests are invited to enjoy cordon bleu cuisine in true turn of the century tradition in the charming restaurant. This deluxe boutique hotel exudes unsurpassed comfort and style.


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Shamwari Game Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve, is a 25,000 hectare, malaria-free private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Situated along the Bushmans River it is halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, forming a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. Shamwari has received numerous international awards, including the World Leading Safari and Game Reserve, and Conservation Company for many consecutive years. Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realization of one man’s dream and the success of many people’s passion. Steeped in Settler history, it is home to the Big Five and boasts five eco-systems thus enabling the support of many species of plant, animal and bird life. Seven luxury lodges each offer a distinctive ambience and an exclusive experience against the backdrop of untamed Africa. Shamwari includes a dedicated wildlife team, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and Born Free Rescue Centres ensuring the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.

LOCATION: Malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa. GETTING THERE: Shamwari is situated a pleasant one hour drive from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. HIGHLIGHTS: Game drives, Guided walks and stargazing, Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Animal Hospital, Born Free Foundation, Animal Rescue and Education Centres, SafariCam. LONG LEE MANOR Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticing cuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor accommodates 30 guests in 15 elegant en-suite rooms.

EAGLES CRAG LODGE Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travellers. Each of the nine superior rooms has been built to maximise the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings. All suites boast a private deck with pool, as well as, indoor and outdoor showers.

BAYETHE TENTED LODGE Bayethe is a splendid stone-walled and thatch lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. Tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck. RIVERDENE LODGE The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine interleading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility ensures entertainment for the whole family. All en-suite rooms are fully air-conditioned with private balconies leading onto the landscaped gardens and rim flow swimming pool.

Kariega Game Reserve This internationally renowned malaria-free “Big Five” private game reserve is set in 9,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers, just ten minutes from Kenton-on-sea and 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth. Situated in the heart of 1820 Settler Country, the reserve is a natural extension to a trip along South Africa’s famous Garden Route. Kariega offers a combination of “Big Five” game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that spans across five different eco systems offering the most dramatic views and vistas. The result is very powerful and truly unique to Kariega. In addition to unforgettable game viewing from open vehicles with qualified game rangers, the Kariega experience is unique in its offering of safe walking close to abundant game and birdlife and a diversity of activities which include river cruises on the popular “Kariega Queen”, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, a spa and gym and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.

LOCATION: Situated in the Eastern Cape, 141 kilometres from Port Elizabeth. GETTING THERE: Travel along the N2 from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown or choose the coastal route on the R72 towards Port Alfred. HIGHLIGHTS: Luxury lodges, an unforgettable game viewing experience including the “Big Five” and a diversity of activities including hiking trails and river cruises. UKHOZI LODGE Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush are ten superbly appointed air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log panels, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley. The Lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma.

KARIEGA MAIN LODGE Main Lodge comprises spacious and comfortable airconditioned log chalets, all en-suite, with private viewing decks. The lodge has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a quiet swim in the pool.

THE HOMESTEAD The Homestead is a private lodge which offers guests secluded comfort, convenience and luxury. With five spacious bedrooms, all en-suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, playroom for children and spectacular views, it is perfect for the sole use of a group or family of up to ten persons.

RIVER LODGE River Lodge is a deluxe quality lodge built on the banks of the Bushmans River and comprises ten superbly appointed spacious air-conditioned thatched suites and outdoor pool. The lodge overhangs the river and enjoys spectacular views. Special activities include daily boat trips to the Kenton beaches, excellent river fishing and crabbing.


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Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa

An area on South Africa’s East Coast with the main city being Durban and home to the new King Shaka International Airport. Travel north from Durban for about 280 kilometres, along the many beachside suburbs, and you will come to the UNESCO World Heritage site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, previously known as St. Lucia. Its biodiversity stems from the huge variety of fauna and flora found in its diverse ecosystems; coral reefs, sandy beaches, subtropical dune forests, savannas and wetlands. There are elephants, buffalo and leopard in the land parks, a superb variety of birds everywhere, and whales, turtles and colourful coral in the marine parks. Head inland to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve for either a guided walk or game viewing on the dam, where your chances of spotting one of the white rhinos is excellent. KwaZulu-Natal is also home to the Drakensberg Mountains a place of icy cold streams, fly-fishing, hiking trails and hidden caves covered in San Bushman paintings.

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5 Day KwaZulu-Natal Self-Drive

A five day self-catering and self-drive safari exploring the three largest wildlife parks in KwaZulu-Natal - Ithala, Mkuze and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserves.

Mkuze GR Isimangaliso Wetland Park Phinda PGR

Day 1: Head to Ntshondwe Camp. After arriving, follow the Ngulubeni Loop where you can leave your vehicle and do a short walk to look out over Mhulumbela. Day 2: Wake early and pack for a bush breakfast, follow the Dakaneni loop road towards the Ngotshe escarpment. Reach the Pongola picnic site and enjoy breakfast under the fig trees. Have lunch at the camp before an afternoon game drive. Day 3: Depart for Mkuze Game Reserve via Louwsburg and Magudu Reserves. Head to Mantuma Camp and enjoy lunch before you drive to Nsumo Pan. Day 4: Take an early morning drive towards the east of the reserve between the Lebombo Mountains and the Mkuzi River flood plain. Return for breakfast before making your way down the N2. Stop for lunch at Hilltop Camp or Centenary Capture Centre. Continue on by crossing the Mfolozi River and up to Mpila Camp. Day 5: Enjoy an early morning drive along the Sontuli Loop which follows the Black Mfolozi River. Depart your chalet by 10am and enjoy the whole day to explore the park. There are three gates out of the park to Ulundi, Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe.

Drakensberg World Heritage Site Umhlanga Rocks

DURBAN

From $565

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Durban & KwaZulu-Natal Full Day Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift Tour

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Two Day Battle Encounters between Boer, Brit & Zulu

KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heart-wrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British Armies took place. Visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out there. The tour includes lunch before winding your way home thereafter through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

From $295

Full Day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park Tour

Whether you’re an historian, a lover of history, or simply a person who thrills to great story telling, a visit to the Battlefields is an extraordinary experience. This tour is particularly interactive, so when your specialist Battlefield Guides recount the gripping tales of these battles, you’ll be right there where they happened.

This magnificent Big Five game park is not only home to 84 species of game, but it’s the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, world-renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.

This is theatre of the mind, and you’ll live through the drama of the Anglo-Boer and AngloZulu wars as they unfold. This Battlefields tour to the sites of Isandlwana, Fugitive’s Drift, Rorkes Drift and Spionkop, is not a dry history lesson. You’ll hear fascinating tales about Ghandi, even about Churchhill, but mostly you’ll hear about young men without legendary names who performed legendary deeds. This fully escorted Battlefields Tour is an unforgettable experience.

A day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park doesn’t stop at the thrill of searching for the Big Five, but the hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the Reserve and your camera is going to love it. Lunch is at the lofty Hilltop. From $245

From $860

Beverly Hills Hotel

This world-renowned luxury hotel is located at Umhlanga Rocks, one of South Africa’s premier coastal locations, a mere twenty minute drive from Durban. With kilometres of glorious golden beaches, this idyllic playground attracts sophisticated visitors from around the globe, seeking sun, sea and glamour.

With its outstanding position, overlooking the Indian Ocean and kilometres of golden beaches, guests can soak up the sun from the comfort of private loungers set up on the pool deck and enjoy pampering service accompanied by the sounds of the ocean. For the more energetic, the fully equipped gymnasium is perfect for more strenuous exercise.

Accommodation is spacious and luxurious, with uninterrupted sea views. Room options vary and include spectacular suites that are serviced by a private butler 24 hours a day. The Signature Restaurant, which enjoys membership of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, offers world class cuisine and guests can enjoy fine dining in an elegant setting with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean. The café bar is a chic, relaxed café offering a gourmet café menu, evening cocktails, fresh ocean air and the possibility of seeing dolphins as they swim by.

Beverly Hills is in a class of its own, and the Executive boardrooms are staffed by professional staff. The concierge desk can arrange sightseeing tours, as well as beauty and massage treatments at the nearby Suncoast spa. With such a perfect setting, every thoughtful touch is provided and guests are pampered throughout their stay.


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Accommodation

Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Southern Sun Elangeni

Twice awarded South Africa’s Leading Spa in 2009, Fordoun boasts an oasis of relaxation and sensory bliss. This deluxe boutique hotel offers a conveniently located destination, luxuriously appointed rooms, friendly service, with a superior fine dining restaurant. For those interested in a cultural tour, Director at Fordoun, Dr Elliot Ndlovu – herbalist, ethnobotanist and the country’s leading expert on Zulu traditional healing and indigenous plants – takes Tours from Fordoun to his Village in the Kamberg where guests will enjoy a genuine African experience.

Southern Sun Elangeni is more than a beachfront hotel, it is a landmark on Durban’s Golden Mile. With its magnificent location, stylish interiors and above all its commitment to providing guests with service that is efficient and friendly, it is uniquely placed to meet the exacting standards of both the business and the leisure traveller. The hotel has 449 well appointed, sea-facing rooms, which include a range of choices from family rooms, executive rooms to a magnificent Presidential Suite. This hotel offers an excellent choice of restaurants, from the superb Daruma Japanese restaurant, to the Jewel of India specializing in traditional Indian dishes and the popular Lingela restaurant which offers an extensive carvery buffet featuring Indian curries and local specialities. Two attractive bars provide a welcoming atmosphere.

Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal

Protea Hotel Edward Durban

Cathedral Peak Hotel

Situated on Durban’s famous Golden Mile, within five minutes of the city centre, the Protea Hotel Edward Durban heralds a time of Victorian elegance. This world–famous Hotel has played host to Princes and Presidents, Field Marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911. The Protea Hotel Edward Durban offers 101 comfortable and stylish rooms, over half of which have sea views. All rooms have air-conditioning, electronic safes, en-suite bathrooms, satellite television with Pay Movie Channels and internet access for laptops via wi-fi.

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Cathedral Peak Hotel offers unrivalled access to the Drakensberg Mountains within a World Heritage Site. The resort hotel offers an exceptional leisure experience where the mountain scenery is complemented by sumptuous buffet meals and warm hospitality. The extensive range of facilities and activities includes the Vitality Centre, heated outdoor pools, a round of golf, mini-adventure golf, tennis, squash, trout-fishing, archery, mountain bike trails, guided quad bike rides, and free daily guided walks (including to Bushman paintings). Exhilarating helicopter flights are available. Overlooking the picturesque Chris Saunders Park, the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers 205 bedrooms, with 50 semi self-catering family rooms and 24 semi self-catering loft rooms. Other facilities include a roof-level swimming pool, conference facilities for 300 people, secure on-site parking and an upmarket 130-seater restaurant and bar, spilling out onto an outdoor deck and luscious garden. Only 20 minutes from Durban’s city centre and only 15 minutes from the new King Shaka International Airport, it’s a stunning accommodation option along this popular coastline.

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The Hotel is a mere 250 kilometres from Durban and 400 kilometres from Johannesburg. Accommodation is provided in family rooms, deluxe rooms, seven honeymoon suites and the luxurious Presidential suite. Families are adequately catered for with a custom children’s dining room, playground with trampoline, and babysitters. Cathedral Peak Hotel offers a fully equipped modern conference centre for up to 200 delegates and the charming stone-and-thatch chapel is ideal for memorable country weddings.


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Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

The Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is host to an impressive variety of wildlife. The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity and large quantity of bird and animal species. The reserve is home to the African ‘Big Five’ as well as Cheetah, Hippo, Crocodile, spotted Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest and Zebra. Numerous species of antelope are also resident in the reserve and the elusive Nyala occurs in greater numbers here, than anywhere else in the world.

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences &Beyond Phinda features Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species. Phinda is described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, with its seven distinct habitats – a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The Reserve sits in close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean. Guests at Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by expert &Beyond trained rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as exciting optional adventures on the water, in the air and on the beach.

For ornithologists and bird-lovers, Mkuze Falls and its wetlands are a haven for sightings of some of the most beautiful and spectacular birds in Africa. There are more than 400 species of birds in the area. More specifically, the reserve is home to the Fish Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Narina Trogon and the spectacular Purple-crested Lourie to mention a few. LOCATION: Northern Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

LOCATION: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. GETTING THERE: You can travel to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve by road or air.

GETTING THERE: By road, 5.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, 4.5 hours from Durban, 2.5 hours from Richards Bay. Direct flights available from Johannesburg.

HIGHLIGHTS: Big Five, Black Rhino, Game Drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, adventures on the water, in the air and on the beach.

HIGHLIGHTS: Experience sunset cruises, fishing trips, Big Five game drives or walks and excellent birdlife.

MKUZE FALLS LODGE This deluxe lodge features nine luxuriously Thatched Chalets and one Safari Suite, all with breathtaking views of the river, bush and mountains. Plunge-pools and outside showers provide a wild touch alongside the luxury of air-conditioned bedrooms. Features include telephones, secure safe, overhead fan, air conditioning, mosquito nets and mini-bar. MKUZE FALLS TENTED LODGE

ROCK LODGE Six suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breathtaking views. Each suite, boasts solid wooden shutters and doors, opening onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Complete with ensuite bathrooms, three of these suites feature outdoor showers, providing some of the most al fresco bathing on the African continent. VLEI LODGE

The Tented Lodge offers an adventurous experience in five “Hemingway” style East African Tents. Each tent is completely private and raised on wooden decks with commanding views and tucked into the bush providing an eco-friendly retreat. Each tent is air-conditioned with a private deck and freestanding Victorian bath.

This charming lodge comprises six thatched suites. Each complete with ensuite bathroom, dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck. Relax in private plunge pools and watch the drama of the African wilderness unfold, or unwind in the comfortable sitting area in front of a warm and inviting open fireplace.

Rocktail Beach Camp

Protea Hotel Shakaland

Rocktail Beach Camp, set back in the lush dune forest, has 17 en-suite rooms, seven of which are family suites each with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms. A honeymoon suite has wonderful views over the ocean and forest. There is a central dining and lounge area with large wrap-around verandah and a raised deck with wide views extending out to the ocean. A large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom complete the main area.Worldclass diving is conducted along coral reefs accessible only to Rocktail guests. Other adventures include birding, swimming and walking in the forest.

Protea Hotel Shakaland is a countryside KwaZulu-Natal hotel, situated in the heart of Zululand between Eshowe and Melmoth. It nestles on the top of the Entombeni Hills and overlooks the Phobane Lake. Protea Hotel Shakaland offers 55 traditional beehive huts, each with its own private bathroom and shower, and offering every convenience for a comfortable and luxurious stay. Huts offer superb views of the lake and surrounding hills of Shakaland, and feature TVs with satellite channels, coffee-and-tea-making facilities, hairdryers, sitting areas and writing desks.

Ghost Mountain Inn

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the intimate and beautiful Ghost Mountain Inn. 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, unwind with a soothing Spa treatment or enjoy the warmth of the African sun within the glorious indigenous gardens. Ideally located for those travelling between Kruger Park, Swaziland, Durban and Mozambique. German spoken. Umlanga Pier near Durban


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Johannesburg

Introduction

Johannesburg, or ‘Jo’burg’ as it is more commonly known has really grown into its big city skin. Here are the headquarters of most of the country’s international companies and banking institutions, its gold and diamond corporations and the stock-exchange, it is the heart of big business. Surrounding these are the wealthy suburbs of Rosebank and Sandton that offer superb hotels and guesthouses, and spectacular shopping malls. Out further still are the more affordable residential areas and further still the SOuth WEst TOwnship of SOWETO, home to over 3 million people and the city that played such a pivotal role in the resistance against apartheid. Since the Soccer World Cup the Gautrain runs from the International Airport directly into Sandton with the line almost completed through to Pretoria. The Airport itself has a wonderful selection of hotels and is perfect for an overnight stopover. It’s big and brash but Jo’burg has really come of age and is a worldclass destination for visitors.

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Johannesburg City Package 2 Nights / 3 Days

South Africa’s largest city remains its financial and commercial heart. It’s in this fastpaced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the ‘Rainbow Nation’ at work. It’s a heady experience, with contrasts of every kind round every single corner.

Welgevonden PGR

Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg: On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a representative and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of today will be at leisure, exploring the wonderful shopping experiences that this city has to offer.

Pilanesberg NP Sun City

Day 2 - Soweto: Tour After breakfast depart on a tour of Soweto. Soweto is the largest informal settlement in South Africa and is synonymous with South Africa’s political history and the fight against apartheid.

PRETORIA

Day 3 - Departure Johannesburg: After breakfast you will be transferred to OR Tambo International Airport for your onward flight. We recommend to combine Johannesburg with a safari in one of the exciting safari destinations available in Southern Africa.

Sandton Rosebank JOHANNESBURG From $480

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Day Tours & Short Breaks

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Full Day Rise To Freedom Tour

Four Day Impala Tour

Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. This full day tour shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented.

Starting and ending in Johannesburg, this four day classic tour showcases the highlights of Mpumalanga, including the unique bush experience of a private game lodge as well as the stunning scenery of the Panoramic Route. These tours are operated in smaller luxury vehicles and smaller groups. Travel via historic Dullstroom, Lydenburg and over the Abel Erasmus Pass. Continue via mountainous scenery to the private Game Lodge near Kruger National Park.

The day begins at the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House. Your next stop is the fascinating Regina Mondi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Lunch is enjoyed in a local restaurant before visiting the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release.

From $130

On day two you will enjoy an early morning bush walk. After breakfast continue to Kruger National Park for game viewing. Day three includes an early morning game drive in Kruger National Park. After breakfast travel the Panorama Route and explore Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck potholes, God’s Window, and various waterfalls. Continue to historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest, Mac Mac waterfalls, and town of Sabie. On day four the tour returns to Johannesburg after a hearty breakfast travelling via Lydenburg, Dullstroom and Witbank. From $1,490

Full Day History of Humankind & Wildlife Tour

Seven Day Kruger & The Kingdoms

This tour takes you right back to your beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Then, you’ll begin the tour above ground at the nearby Sterkfontein Caves where the famous Mrs Ples and Little Foot skull and skeleton were discovered…then go deep and deeper into the caves, so you feel the history and strong sense of identity. It’s a fascinating Centre with superb exhibits.

DAY 1 (Sun) Johannesburg: Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Optional Soweto tour (own account). DAY 2 Pretoria & Mpumalanga: Depart for a short orientation tour in Pretoria, before continuing to Mpumalanga. We travel via many historic towns. Explore the old mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest. DAY 3 Pilgrim’s Rest & the Kruger National Park: Visit God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Explore the quaint village of Graskop. DAY 4 A Full Day ‘Big Five’ Game Viewing in Kruger: Set off before breakfast in open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plants. DAY 5 The Kingdom of Swaziland: Drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory. Experience Swazi cultural experience, visit Swaziland National Museum and the capital Mbabane. DAY 6 The Kingdom of the Zulu’s: Visit the Swazi Candle Factory. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid afternoon in the Umfolozi area. DAY 7 Durban: Morning cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields. Arrival to Durban by lunch (airport/city center).

And then there were lions. You’ll Visit a nearby lion park, home to lions and exquisite cheetah, take the opportunity not only to watch them, but to interact with lion cubs. You’ll love them. From the beginning of civilization, to the rawness of the wild – you’ll have experienced both ends of the spectrum.

From $205

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Johannesburg

The Grace In Rosebank

The Palazzo Montecasino

The Grace is an ideal choice for guests seeking a sophisticated city hotel with high levels of service and luxury as well as that personal charm found only in small establishments. Located in the heart of stylish Rosebank, a secure suburb, rich in eclectic restaurants, shopping malls and a vibrant cosmopolitan culture, the hotel has 73 rooms: 60 double rooms, ten suites and three Luxury Penthouse Suites with private balcony. It also has a private walkway leading directly to the Mall of Rosebank for guests’ convenience. It is only 45 minutes drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Opens 2012.

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

Inspired by Tuscany’s finest architects of old, this deluxe establishment offers a new standard in luxury for the discerning traveller. Set in picturesque Tuscan Gardens in the award-winning Montecasino Gaming and Entertainment complex, the hotel is a short drive to Sandton to board the Gautrain for the 12 minute journey to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. The luxurious African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa is situated within the exclusive urban Melrose Arch lifestyle development, a “city within a city”. Every one of the 118 rooms at the hotel offers flat screen TV with DVD and surround sound, mood enhancing lighting, air-conditioning and a mini-bar. Dine at the world class March Restaurant or enjoy the Pool Bar where tables can be found nestled comfortably in the shallow water, alongside oversized metal buckets planted with trees.

The Palazzo has a variety of accommodation, from the simply luxurious to the supremely indulgent. There are 246 luxury rooms, which includes a Penthouse situated on the entire sixth floor, with two guestrooms, dining room, private bar, study and terrace with panoramic views. The restaurant is renowned for fine dining, outdoor terrace for al fresco meals, and the Bar and Lounge, outdoor pool and Executive Conference rooms ensure that this luxurious hotel offers an indulgent stay.

The Michelangelo Hotel

The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Michelangelo Hotel guarantees visitors a deluxe stay whether spending the day to attend a conference, staying overnight or merely visiting for a breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting.

The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites is located adjacent to the prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness centre and health spa but we would suggest you come and see for yourself. Guests can enjoy the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Sandton City just a lift trip away. The DaVinci offers 166 en-suite rooms and 55 luxury suites. All rooms and suites are equipped with direct dial telephones, hairdryers, tea/coffee facilities, DSTV and internet facilities.

The splendour of the hotel’s Renaissance architecture in the heart of Sandton’s business and leisure district, as well as the service excellence and world-class facilities on offer, sets The Michelangelo apart from its competitors. Built around a central atrium, guests enjoy the decadent use of space which gives the feeling of grandeur in an area where space is at a premium. Stay in the lap of luxury in any one of the exquisitely furnished rooms which range from one bedroom, en-suite Superior rooms to two bedroom Presidential suites. No matter which room you favour, service excellence and satisfaction are guaranteed at The Michelangelo.

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Legacy Hotels recently launched its brand new eatery - Maximillien. Maximillien dishes up an exquisite epicurean experience in the comfort of a stylish yet welcoming ambience. A convivial atmosphere, warm lighting and contemporary-meets-classic aesthetic welcomes diners at the door and is beautifully complemented by an ethic of providing a high-quality dining service to accompany fine quality food.


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Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton

Sandton Sun

Situated in Africa’s richest square mile, is the très chic Radisson Blu deluxe hotel. This stylish property is ideally located in Sandton. The hotel has 290 rooms and 11 penthouses which boast picturesque views of Sandton. They are a cut above the rest when it comes to ultimate comfort, innovative design and lifestyle experience.

This legendary hotel, in the heart of Sandton, overlooks the contemporary skyline of Johannesburg’s upmarket northern suburbs, and is an icon of sophistication and style. Linked to two of South Africa’s premier shopping complexes, Sandton City and Sandton Square. Only 12 minutes by Gautrain to OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg.

Vivace, the contemporary Italian restaurant with scenic views of Sandton. For an invigorating work out, guests are extended a complimentary invite to experience the 5,500 square metre Platinum Planet Fitness Centre. This state of the art centre has an extraordinary indoor jogging circuit.

The 206 guestrooms, suites and three magnificent Presidential suites offer every luxury. This hotel combines an emporium of contemporary restaurants and bars, with a magnificent outdoor dining area & outdoor pool, business services, fashionable shopping, and host of world-class services.

Amani African Spa has now opened the state-of-the-art spa facility at the Hotel. The spa boasts a heated vitality pool. For the first time, in a sophisticated, luxurious yet tranquil environment, in a unique room covered with ionized Salt. Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is just what Jo’burg needs!

At the heart of the hotel’s success is the passion of its staff to deliver top-class service, and it is this driving philosophy which has made the Sandton Sun one of the finest hotels in the southern hemisphere.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch has 197 stylish bedrooms that appeal to both the domestic and international business and leisure traveller. Each classily designed room offers flat screen LCD televisions, open plan bathrooms and an urban style that will take you back to a bygone era of old Hollywood glamour. At the trendy in-house restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, enjoy sumptuous cuisine in an intimate and relaxed dining environment. San Restaurant, Sandton Sun

Garden Court Sandton City

Protea Hotel Wanderers

Garden Court Sandton City is well located in the heart of Sandton and an excellent base for tourists and business travellers. Adjacent to Sandton City, Sandton Convention Centre, and only 12 minutes by Gautrain to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. There are 444 spacious rooms comprising of smoking and non-smoking, each offering every modern comfort, plus a 12-hour in-room dining service. Additional facilities include breakfast room, outdoor pool, contemporary terrace restaurant, wireless internet throughout hotel, self-service work station in lobby plus a host of business facilities.

Situated on the green belt of Johannesburg, in the prestigious northern suburb of Illovo, Sandton and within the secure grounds of the historic Wanderers Club makes Protea Hotel Wanderers the ideal destination. The Protea Hotel Wanderers offers 229 rooms in a variety of room types designed to suit your individual needs. They are equipped with satellite television, electronic safes, full blackout curtains, air–conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, European adapters, a hairdryer and a fresh red apple is placed in your room daily!


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Airport Accommodation

Johannesburg

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport

Soccer City, Johannesburg

Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport

South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, has the perfect location, and is just a short walk to the International Arrivals at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport and a 12 minute journey by Gautrain to Sandton’s CBD. This deluxe hotel has drawn its inspiration from the African continent and the décor and style capture the spirit of Africa. Designed to meet the needs of the modern traveller, there are 138 soundproofed guestrooms which offer the ultimate in comfort and quality, with luxurious bathrooms, and host of amenities which include a separate work area and in room safe. The hotel offers free wi-fi, and a range of world-class services. The signature restaurant, Quills, takes it’s name from the 180 metre porcupine suspended from the ceiling and is open 24-hours a day and specialises in local foods such as springbok, warthog, crocodile etc, paired with outstanding South African wines. There is a 24-hour complimentary self-help business centre, modern Techno-Gym, steam rooms and an indoor heated swimming pool. Here guests will enjoy first-class service in a tranquil African environment.

This superior hotel has an excellent position just 500 metres from the Johannesburg’ Airport, South Africa’s busiest hub for international travellers. The modern and contemporary design and décor reflects the stylish atmosphere of this hotel which offers a range of services and facilities which includes spacious bedrooms, an excellent restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre as well as International Business Centre. Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport has been designed for travellers who seek a superior hotel.

Safari Club SA

The lodge offers free transfers to and from the airport. The hotel is the brainchild of Emile Muller, a well known hotelier, with 22 years in the industry including many years managing lodges and camps in Botswana. Every room is carefully decorated to showcase a specific area of southern Africa including the Kalahari room, Etosha room and Okavango room. There are lounges, a bar, business centre and separate breakfast room and a new swimming pool has been installed for those hot summer afternoons. The bar theme is dedicated to the famous African Nguni cattle and is decorated with beautiful memorabilia. The advantage of staying at Safari Club SA, apart from the superb accommodation and superior service, is that it is only four minutes from the gateway to Southern Africa, OR Tambo Airport. The friendly reception will assist with booking excursions to Soweto, Union Buildings in Pretoria, golf, shopping trips and much more. Safari Club SA consists of 17 en-suite rooms, all with TV, air-conditioning and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Nelson Mandela Bridge

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Sun City & Beyond Accommodation

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The Sun City Resort The Sun City Resort has something for everyone – a wide range of hotels to suit every taste and an exceptional range of sporting and leisure facilities. Two visually breathtaking championship golf courses, designed by Gary Player, offer a challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Valley of Waves offers even more, from surfing twometre-high waves to relaxing on the Lazy River ride. You can even spot the Big Five at the adjoining Pilanesberg National Park or be pampered with a range of health, skin and beauty treatments at the world-class spa. Enjoy magnificent gaming at the casinos, dance along to the themed shows or bask in the limelight as international stars perform, explore every possible pursuit from nightclubs for adults and teenagers, to cinemas, coffee shops, restaurants and curio stores, the possibilities are simply endless. Feel free to enjoy all the resort has to offer, safe in the knowledge that your children are having a great time in the supervised children’s entertainment programme.

LOCATION: Only 187 kilometres from Johannesburg. GETTING THERE: A scheduled bus service operates daily from Johannesburg and Pretoria, private flights available, self-drive or train services. HIGHLIGHTS: Golf Courses, Casinos, The Valley of the Waves water park, Entertainment Centre, Pilanesberg National Park and many more fun outdoor activities. THE CABANAS The most relaxed and casual of all the hotels, the Cabanas offers informal yet comfortable accommodation. All 380 rooms now offer modern up market décor and a retro design with a European feel. Cabanas offer three dining choices – Palm Terrace, Pool Bar and Treasure Island Snack Bar.

THE SUN CITY HOTEL The Sun City Hotel is the hedonistic heart of the Resort. The hotel’s view comprises a magnificent landscape of subtropical gardens and a sparkling swimming pool. It has a total of 340 rooms, which either face the Gary Player Golf Course or pool area, with gardens stretching down to Sun City’s exciting Waterworld. THE CASCADES Beautifully coloured birds and fish are at home in the Cascades gardens and lakes which cover the gently sloping hillside. All 243 elegant air-conditioned suites enjoy spectacular views over the gardens to the golf course and bushveld hills beyond. Alfresco dining takes place along the promenade so guests can relax and enjoy a meal. THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY The Palace lavishes its guests with deluxe service, and is luxurious in every detail. The hotel has 338 rooms inclusive of four deluxe suites. Each room and suite offers royal hospitality with wonderful views over water or jungle. This, after all, is The Palace and you can expect nothing less than being treated like royalty.

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

A mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breathtaking beauty and serenity. A place called Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers guests everything they need to get in touch with the bush.

The deluxe Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated in the north eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park, the closest point of entry is through Bakgatla Gate.

Bakubung offers 76 beautifully appointed air-conditioned, thatched roof studio rooms and 66 time-share chalets that curve in a horse-shoe around the Hippo pool. All rooms are decorated in an African theme with all the modern conveniences to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. The restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering different themes ranging from African, Indian and Asian. On Wednesday and Saturday nights an option is to book the bush braai at the boma in the park, or enjoy the Chef’s carvery in the main restaurant.

Nestled in the basin of an ancient amphitheatre divided by riverine woodlands and elephant trails lies an exclusive private game lodge. The images above depict several aspects of the lodge. The central facility includes, stunning feature pool, bar, conference room, dining room, boma, reception, award winning Amani Spa and curio shop. Decorated in a range of earthy tones ranging from terra cottas to deep blues, the rooms have been carefully co-ordinated to ensure comfortable seating both indoors and out. The standard configuration includes two twin beds and in a limited number of rooms it is possible for to offer a king size bed. Ivory Tree Game Lodge boasts 56 suites and four executive suites. Ivory Tree uses custom built ten seater open game viewers which permit maximum all around visibility.


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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge

The deluxe Tuningi Safari Lodge is situated in the world renowned 75,000 hectare malariafree Madikwe Game Reserve and offers both local and international guests a superior product enhanced by an impressive Big Five safari experience. Tuningi Safari Lodge can accommodate 16 guests in their exclusive bush villas which have been architecturally designed in such a way that the lodge can be divided for families, intimate groups or VIP’s in search of utter privacy.

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, situated in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, is ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, and offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality. The reserve was formed in 1991 in a unique alliance between local communities and private enterprises and involved the relocation of some 8200 animals. Here the plains now teem with game, and a world of intrigue and majestic beauty wait to enchant you. Madikwe Hills consists of a Main Lodge with ten suites and a private camp, Little Madikwe, accommodating 24 guests in total. At the Main Lodge, ten ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own deck and private plunge pools offer absolute privacy and majestic views. The unusual, yet subtle ‘Afrochic’ décor integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa’s ambience. Your suite has been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, with fireplaces, under-floor heating, air-conditioning, outside showers, romantic bathrooms and concertina glass doors that allow you to truly feel at one with the environment.

Situated in the Malaria free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway towers over the landscape, combining modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavour with a unique wildlife experience. Eight luxury suites overlooking the Sterkstroom River each enjoy their own private deck and plunge pool, allowing guests the opportunity to view game from the privacy of their suites. Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is a special place where service is understood and luxury is elegantly understated.

Impodimo Game Lodge

Entabeni Safari Conservancy Entabeni Safari Conservancy “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the renowned, malaria-free World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” in Limpopo. Approximately a threehour drive north of Johannesburg, boasting five eco-systems, spectacular scenery with terrain which varies from bushveld to unspoilt ravines. Guided game drives bring guests in close contact with a vast variety of game species, including the “Big Five”, while scenic helicopter flights provide a bird’s eye view beyond comparison. Entabeni comprises six uniquely different lodges from the luxurious tented chalets at Wildside Safari Camp to the tranquillity of Lakeside, Eagle’s Nest and Ravineside and the exclusive five star Hanglip Mountain Lodge & Kingfisher Lodge. Each Lodge has its own individual style with specially designed furniture, inviting lounge, restaurant/bar, outside “boma”, curio shop, and a swimming pool. LOCATION: Waterberg Region, Limpopo Province. GETTING THERE: Three hour drive from Johannesburg. Entabeni has a private landing strip for charter flights. HIGHLIGHTS: Activities include game drives and walks, golf, Extreme 19th Hole, sunset cruises, bush dinners, marimba band, Wildlife & Cultural Centre.

This deluxe game lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve and located at the source of a natural spring, provides the lodge with elevated views as well as riverine serenity. Dawn & Dusk safaris are carefully timed to ensure optimal seasonal comfort with the best possible wildlife viewing with top quality Shangaan trackers. With a total of ten suites, each have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious in design, each includes a closed system fireplace, climate control air conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Your private deck allows uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The Deluxe safari option includes a private vehicle, ranger and tracker & unlimited safari activities. A service team including a private chef, waitron and butler are always on hand to make your stay truly unforgettable.

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HANGLIP MOUNTAIN LODGE The exclusive Hanglip Mountain Lodge is located on the lower escarpment of the malaria-free Entabeni Safari Conservancy, surrounded by wetlands and plains. This secluded lodge offers a unique blend of luxury and African wilderness with views stretching over the lake and plains to the Hanglip Mountain and the Waterberg Mountains. WILDSIDE SAFARI CAMP Nestled against the majestic cliffs of the Waterberg Mountains experience Africa at Wildside Safari Camp. Stay close to nature in tented chalets and enjoy traditional South African hospitality in the informal dining and bar area. Here, around the campfire in the Boma, you will experience an African night at its best.


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Many years ago all the fences that ran along the western side of Kruger National Park were taken down and the wildlife was allowed to move freely into these border areas, which has created some exciting opportunities for game viewing. These border Reserves, which include the Sabi Sand and Timbavati, are privately owned and are part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Each Reserve has its own variety of accommodation ranging from family style to utterly luxurious. Most Reserves are home to an amazing array of wildlife including: giraffe, zebra, many species of antelope, buffalo, elephant, lion, cheetah and leopard. Game viewing is with professional guides, and often an accompanying Tracker, in open 4WD vehicles with the opportunity to walk and learn about the smaller animals, birds, flora and different ecosystems of the area.

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3 Day Kruger Wildlife

Ever heard the guttural sound of a lion’s roar as you lie safely in bed at night? It touches your very soul. It’s one reason you need to visit the magnificent Kruger National Park where you will also have the opportunity to climb into an open safari vehicle with registered, experienced field guides, and follow the spoor of the Big Five.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Limpopo NP Johannesburg

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg at 7am and head north towards the vast wilderness of the Kruger National Park. Arriving at Hazyview you’ll climb aboard open safari vehicles. Game sightings begin virtually as soon as you enter the reserve, which is home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as 147 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Enjoy spotting them during an afternoon open safari vehicle drive, before returning to the rest camp for dinner and your first nights sleep in this famous patch of bushveld. Day 2: A full day seeking out Kruger’s creatures, big and small. The best game spotting opportunities are in the early morning and late afternoon. You’ll follow the animals example by taking a midday siesta! Dinner and overnight at a rest camp.

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Day 3: Enjoy an early morning game drive then tuck into a hearty breakfast before returning to camp around mid morning. Leave the park and travel back to Johannesburg, arriving at around 7pm.

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Greater Kruger National Park

Kapama Game Reserve Kapama Private Game Reserve is in Limpopo Province, an area renowned for superb safari vacations. Stretching over 13,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, towards the renowned Kruger National Park, lies an abundant sanctuary of beauty and wildlife magnificence. Kapama Private Game Reserve, one of the most prestigious wildlife destinations in South Africa, is home to the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) and numerous other animal and bird species. Experienced guides and trackers guarantee up close and personal encounters with Africa’s best, imparting in depth knowledge of the bush. Game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands, riverine forests and sweetveld ecosystem that make up this appealing African reserve, offering guests the opportunity to have close encounters with all the African animals that traditionally roam this area. Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. It is the largest single-owner game reserve in the region, affording a true African experience Kapama offers a range of stylish accommodation in four sophisticated bush camps: Kapama Karula, Kapama Lodge, River Lodge and Buffalo Camp. Each camp is strategically positioned within the wildlife sanctuary to assure aesthetic living within a secluded and private space. These camps and lodges can accommodate a total of 208 people between them, offers the finest cuisine freshly prepared daily and each meal is a celebration of the senses, enjoyed in a restaurant or open air boma

(private dinners or bush dinners can also be arranged for special occasions). The Reserve is perfectly situated to receive guests flying into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit airport). This airport is just minutes from the reserve and Kapama include free road transfers in open safari vehicle direct to any of the four camps. Exquisitely nestled in the African bush is a piece of paradise designed to uplift your mind, body and soul: Kapama Wellness Centre. Reconnect with your inner beauty and strength, through indulgent and invigorating spa treatments as you loose yourself in an African panoramic vista, complete with state of the art gym, equipped with cardio and weight training facilities, the centre energises and uplifts in the healing presence of nature. Now, Kapama’s portfolio of exclusive safari lodges offering the best range of safari accommodation in South Africa is complete. LOCATION: Kapama spreads on the R40 outside Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province. GETTING THERE: Johannesburg, N4, Witbank, Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, R36 to Ohrigstad, Strijdom Tunnel, Hoedspruit, R40 to Klaserie, Kapama. HIGHLIGHTS: Luxurious Wellness centre: Exquisitely designed to uplift mind, body and soul. Complete with state of the art gym.

KAPAMA KARULA Set on the banks of Klaserie river which flows throughout the year, the seven luxury air-conditioned tents & five exclusive suites are the epitome of luxury & make up Kapama Karula. Each suite features his/hers basin, bath, outside shower & tea/ coffee facilities.

KAPAMA RIVER LODGE Generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms: 42 standard suites, 16 Spa suites, Four Family Rooms situated with the Spa suites & Two Royal Suites. Each spacious room features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace. Rooms include all luxuries such as minibar, coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer and minisafe.

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KAPAMA BUFFALO CAMP Eight luxury canvas tents: set on wooden decks built on stilts over a steep-sided riverbank. Wooden walkways interconnect the rooms, which are all in the upper reaches of riverine trees. Each tent has all the usual comforts of electricity, en-suite with shower, safe, wardrobe & tea/coffee facilities.


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Lion Sands Private Game Reserve Family owned and managed since Saturday the 25th of November 1933, this International Award Winning private game reserve is located in the finest territory of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It stretches for kilometres along the perennial Sabie River which forms its natural boundary with the Kruger National Park. The land, which has been owned and managed by the More Family for four generations, is a place of rarity and carries with it a passion which can only be instilled by a great family history which stems back to 1933. Lion Sands has three different Lodges, Lion Sands River Lodge; Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and Lion Sands 1933. In addition to this, Lion Sands manages and operates two lodges within the Kruger National Park namely, Tinga Legends and Tinga Narina. This in itself is very unique as it offers guests the opportunity to experience both aspects of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve as well as the Kruger National Park during their stay. Each of the lodges has their own unique style and experience. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve employs a full time ecologist based on the property to manage the land and to ensure that sound ecological principles are adhered to. All Lion Sands Ranger and Tracker teams have a minimum of five years experience in Big Five territory, coupled with their FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa)

qualifications, the Ranger and tracker teams ensure that a holistic approach is given to the guest on Safari by combining both the big game experience as well as the smaller aspects of the bush which make up this incredibly bio-diverse property. Another unique experience at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is “Chalkley’s Tree House” The Tree House offers guests an opportunity to spend a night out under the African stars in the most romantic bedroom in Africa, this is a must for any couple on honeymoon or simply for the guest looking for a unique experience. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve as well as Tinga Private Game Lodge is Owned and Managed by the More Hotels Private Collection.

LOCATION: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. GETTING THERE: Our Preferred access is via Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National park or Via Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Whiteriver. HIGHLIGHTS: All the Lodges are situated on the perennial Sabie River which is one of the most Bio-Diverse River systems in Southern Africa.

RIVER LODGE River Lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature and relaxation. The experience is sincere with a genuine commitment by each member of staff to ensure that your time on safari will be the highlight of your visit to Southern Africa. Relax and enjoy some of Africa’s finest hospitality in Big Five country.

IVORY LODGE Ivory Lodge is a leader in Southern Africa for its location, simple yet elegant interiors. The suites operate as private villa’s catering for guests who wish to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a River setting. Ivory Lodge is the jewel in the More Family collection of private lodges.

1933 LODGE Nicholas and Robert More, brothers & fourth generation owners of Lion Sands, completed and opened their 3rd private lodge, 1933 at Lion Sands. The Lodge is about offering guests the ultimate hideaway or private family home. Enjoy complete privacy, combined with the finest location and some of Africa’s best safari territory.

TINGA LEGENDS Tinga Legends exudes elegance and luxurious comfort of a classic safari lodge. The elegant thatched entrance leads through to the luxurious comfort of the lounge on the open terrace, which flows to the wooden deck below, embracing an ancient Jackalberry tree. The deck affords magnificent views of the Sabie River. TINGA NARINA Narina has a distinctly more African feel. Built on stilts and nestled between the Leadwood trees on the banks of the Sabie River, the nine private wood and thatch suites make Narina unobtrusive, yet undeniably beautiful, blending perfectly with the riverine vegetation that always ensures exciting Big Five viewing.


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Greater Kruger National Park

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Over a span of 30 years, Sabi Sabi has evolved, protected and respected the wilderness in its care, and emerged to become the award winning icon it is today – a wildlife oasis in the heart of the African bushveld offering unparalled luxury at each of its four, deluxe lodges. Situated in Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Sabi Sabi is blessed with a variety of habitat and wildlife including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as cheetah, wild dog. Exciting morning and evening open Land Rover safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers. A tribute to the pioneers of the late 1800’s, the historically themed Selati Camp is the Sabi Sabi of Yesterday. Selati’s eight beautiful suites, including the Ivory Presidential Suite, are filled with authentic antiques and vintage décor - offering romance with a dash of nostalgic opulence. The Today experience is found at Bush Lodge with its traditional safari style made new and exciting with a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings and décor. Accommodating only 25 couples, the lodge has earned a reputation of warmth and service excellence. Little Bush Camp continues the Today experience of consummate African hospitality. The lodge is intimate – just six suites, making it an ideal retreat for an idyllic hideaway. Earth Lodge, the Sabi Sabi of Tomorrow, is a celebration of ecological responsibility, and stands as one of the

SELATI CAMP Visitors to Selati Camp will be captivated by the old world charm and intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era. Built alongside the original route of the long-abandoned Selati railway line, this jewel of the bushveld has eight romantic suites and exudes vintage opulence.

LITTLE BUSH CAMP Nestling in the shade of indigenous riverine trees lies Little Bush Camp, with six thatched suites, each with a private deck and private spa bath overlooking the African bush. Little Bush Camp is intimate and warm, imparting an African spirit that is evident throughout.

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world’s top ten destinations. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, the lodge merges so well into the surrounding bushveld that it is virtually invisible. Each of the 13 suites, including the famous Amber Suite, is individually decorated and gloriously luxurious. Earth Lodge continuously meets and exceeds the highest international standards of architectural design, innovative décor and superb facilities. Each lodge offers the comforts of air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with indoor & outdoor shower, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities and safes. The award winning Amani Spa offer a range of holistic treatments at Bush Lodge and Earth Lodge. While maintaining a deep respect and bond with the wilderness, Sabi Sabi continues to be voted one of the world’s premier safari destinations. LOCATION: Situated in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, part of the greater Kruger National Park. GETTING THERE: Daily flights from OR Tambo Johannesburg to the Sabi Sabi private airstrip with complimentary transfers to/from the airstrip. HIGHLIGHTS: Exciting morning and evening open vehicle safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers.

EARTH LODGE Earth Lodge, a place of renewal and rebirth, has 13 private suites each with own plunge pool. Offering guests the ultimate in luxury accommodation, excellent cuisine and life-changing wildlife experiences, this very special lodge is sculpted into the earth itself and includes a wine cellar, non-smoking lounge/ library and the Earth Nature Spa. BUSH LODGE Bush Lodge has 25 luxurious suites, and holds a special appeal for visitors and groups seeking the excitement of the Big Five. It is more traditional, featuring African textiles and salvaged woodcarvings. There are also panoramic views of the bushveld and a nearby waterhole where animals come regularly to drink.


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MalaMala Game Reserve MalaMala Game Reserve pioneered the Southern African private and exclusive safari experience. It is set apart from its’ peers by the quality of the game viewing as a result of its strategic positioning adjacent to the Kruger National Park and the vast river frontage which flows north to south through the reserve. A maximum of 66 guests (across three camps) on over 12,000 hectares of private land makes the safari experience unique whilst the game drives are exclusive and dramatic. No more than six guests per vehicle at MalaMala and Sable Camp, and only four guests per vehicle at Rattray’s on MalaMala, affords the traveller with an intimate view of pristine African bushveld and its’ inhabitants - including the Big Five, endangered and rare animal species, and a host of smaller birds and animals. LOCATION: Between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. GETTING THERE: Daily one hour scheduled shuttle flights with Federal Air directly into the MalaMala airstrip from Johannesburg or an easy six hour drive. HIGHLIGHTS: An exclusive game viewing experience with a minimum of six guests per safari vehicle over the entire MalaMala Game Reserve.

Notten’s is an exclusive family-run lodge situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s most prized natural sanctuaries. It offers a truly authentic African safari experience and its extremely high return clientele is due to its impeccable standard of service and warm hospitality. Daily Safaris are led by experienced rangers in open top Land Rovers offering adventurous, close-up encounters with the region’s prolific wildlife, including the Big Five. Daily bush walks are also offered followed by restful hours at the sparkling pool and the option of a massage on a wooden deck overlooking the beautiful natural surroundings. The sounds of the African night set the perfect mood for dining in the enchanting candlelit boma. Each purposefully lantern-lit private suite, with en-suite bathroom, is elegantly styled and romantic, with breathtaking views.

MALAMALA MAIN CAMP MalaMala Main Camp is the original safari camp, reflecting the ambience of a time long past. Guests enter a world of warmth and hospitality, understated elegance and a genuine translation of the environment of which we are custodians. 18 thatched rooms include suites, family rooms and a disabled suite. Children of all ages are welcomed. RATTRAY’S ON MALAMALA Rattray’s on MalaMala is the exclusive luxury safari camp built in the grand “Out of Africa” style. Eight luxury Khayas (meaning “home” in Zulu) are equipped with every comfort, including king sized beds, twin en-suite bathrooms, optional satellite television and internet connectivity with laptop computers and private heated plunge pools.

Leopard Hills Private Nature Reserve

Leopard Hills, built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole and close to the perennial Sand River, truly lives up to its name. This exclusive lodge traverses over 10,000 hectares in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and offers some of the best Big Five game viewing in Southern Africa.

while air-conditioning and overhead fans provide added comfort against the African bush. The private deck and rock plunge pools are perfect venues for relaxing with a drink from the fully stocked mini-bar. The suites are complete with all the comforts you could desire, including romantic bathrooms with Victorian ball-and-claw bath and double indoor and outdoor shower.

With only eight beautifully appointed suites, Leopard Hills offers as much privacy as you could Here you will find the highest standards of service, delicious cuisine and a warm friendly wish for. Each of the luxurious glass-fronted suites has superb views of the bushveld beyond, atmosphere, which is the special feature of Leopard Hills.


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Kruger National Park

Singita Kruger National Park Amid the dramatic landscape of Singita’s private concession within the far eastern reaches of the Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni offer solitude and unsurpassed luxury in the heart of a remote and pristine wilderness. With a spectacular setting overlooking the N’wanetsi River, Singita’s exclusive 15,000 hectare reserve is home to abundant flora and fauna, and boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in the Park, including a remarkable number of lions. The largest private concession in the Park, it is recognised as a workable model for eco-tourism. Bold and dramatic, Singita Lebombo offers 15 luxurious loft-style suites elevated on a sheer cliff top. Singita Sweni comprises six luxurious suites that embrace the romantic spirit of the Sweni River beneath. Conveniently located between the two Relais & Châteaux lodges, the Singita Shop, Spa, Gallery and Gymnasium provide modern convenience to complete an experience of uncompromising quality within a breathtaking wilderness setting.

LOCATION: The exclusive 15,000 hectare N’wanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. GETTING THERE: Daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Satara and then a 45 minute road transfer. Guests can also self-drive through the park. HIGHLIGHTS: Exclusive concession, large prides of lion, Singita School of Cooking. LEBOMBO LODGE Breathtakingly elevated on a clifftop overlooking the N’wanetsi River, Singita Lebombo comprises 15 luxurious loft-style suites, with wooden decks affording exceptional game viewing. A spectacular cliff-side lap pool, Gymnasium, Spa and the Singita Shop augment other modern conveniences, with superb game viewing and riverside breakfasts as highlights. SWENI LODGE Built on dark timber decks, earthy and tranquil Singita Sweni is reminiscent of a lair in the African wilderness. Secluded within the game-rich Kruger National Park, it comprises an intimate lodge and six romantic suites, each with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, magical outdoor shower and private viewing deck overlooking the river.

Jock Safari Lodge

Hamiltons Tented Camp

Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton’s Tented Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early twentieth century. Six magnificent canvas tents complete with teak floorboards, dreamy mosquito nets, slipper baths, outdoor showers and a superb view of the seasonal river are linked to the main lodge area by raised timber walkways amongst ancient Jackalberry trees. Uncompromising elegance and breathtaking beauty identifies Hamiltons Tented Camp.

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge

Situated in a private concession within the world-famous Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge reflects the elegance and grace of a bygone era. With the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers as a backdrop, it offers a bushveld setting famed for its Big Five sightings. Old world charm and unsurpassed services merge at the 12 individual thatched suites, hidden amongst the African trees. Nearby stand-alone lodge ‘Little Jock’ offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere. The lodge is named after local legend, Jock of the Bushveld - a canine hero of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s famous story of courage and loyalty – it’s a tale that has stirred adventurous souls for a hundred years. Daily guided game drives and walks led by professional rangers offer close encounters with Africa’s wildlife.

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An earthy, traditional Tsonga styled lodge, Hoyo Hoyo boasts six exquisite air conditioned ‘bee-hive’ suites, cylindrical in structure, with king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private game viewing decks. Located on an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati River in a 10,000 hectare concession in the Kruger National Park, the lodge is steeped in modern day opulence and luxury. The opportunity to witness the lifestyle and rich culture of the Shangaan heritage and traditions, ensure an unforgettable safari experience.


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Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa

Kings Camp Private Game Reserve

A visit to Cybele feels like coming home. The six refurbished air-conditioned cottages and six suites (each with private heated pools), offer extreme luxury. Every night guests enjoy a new and inspired menu, created by the Executive Chef, with fresh ingredients from the organic herb garden. The sommelier will help you select your wine from the awarded winelist. Allow the Spa in the Forest to wow you with world class Clarins treatments or work away the stress in the well stocked “Gymnasium at Cybele”.

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a Colonial past in a pristine corner of the old unspoilt Africa. Abundant comfort and impeccably gracious hospitality are the hallmarks of this 22-bedded lodge. Generously spacious suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah. Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colours of the bushveld.

Relax at the pool, or experience the 120 hectare, forested garden along the well signposted forest walk, which is recommended you complete with a private picnic at the waterfall. If you still need some exercise there is a selection of mountain bikes at your disposal. Additional tours of the area can be booked at reception. True, inspiration for mind body and soul…

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Camp facilities include an inviting bar and lounge, deck overlooking the spotlit waterhole, a gym and sparkling pool. A library with satellite television and Internet facilities ensures that guests keep up to date with the latest news while relaxing in tranquillity. Kings Camp offers a wealth of bio-diversity. With access to 100 square kilometres of traversing, Big Five game viewing is excellent in this region. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Kruger National Park.

Thornybush Game Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is an affordable luxury getaway with resort facilities catering for the whole family. Accommodation consists of 96 luxury en-suite bedrooms and seven six-sleeper fully equipped self-catering units. All hotel rooms feature extras such as air conditioning, television, mini-bar fridge, personal tea and coffee making facilities and a spacious working area for the conference delegate or business traveller. This upmarket lodge style hotel offers guests the best in affordable luxury bush experiences.

Royal Malewane

Nestled in the heart of Big Five country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, lies 11,500 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, this is the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The elegant and exclusive Thornybush Game Lodge awaits discovery by the discerning traveller.

Royal Malewane is one of Africa’s most luxurious wildlife lodges, renowned for providing the pinnacle of luxury Big Five game viewing. Set amongst a canopy of indigenous acacia and lantern bush trees, the central library, shop and dining area are linked to walkways that thread to the six luxury suites, each with its own rich wooden deck, rim-flow pool and thatched gazebo. The Royal Malewane Suites, which comfortably accommodate up to four guests each, with the complimentary services of a butler, private chef and up to four complimentary massages per suite per day.

Thornybush Game Lodge boasts 18 stylish air-conditioned luxury suites and two family suites, all with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana Dry River-bed. From within the luxurious suites, each with full en-suite facilities and private decks, sweeping vistas can be enjoyed over the savannah and an ever-active water hole. Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and on walking safaris, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply enjoy a treatment in the Beauty Spa or relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine. An African safari can be a life-changing experience.


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Introduction

Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Less well known than its southern neighbours. From Victoria Falls fly downstream to the Lower Zambezi National Park for a stay in one of the excellent safari lodges where great wildlife is found between the region’s hills and Zambezi River. A short flight brings you to the Luangwa Valley where the accent is on walking safaris with truly knowledgeable guides. Slowly emerging are the game areas of Kafue, Liuwa Plains and Bengweulu. HELPFUL INFORMATION

Zambia

Head to Hwange National Park for good wildlife and visit the Painted Dog Conservation and Research Centre. Further south is Matobo National Park, famous for rocky outcrops and the opportunity to see rhino. Lake Kariba offers good accommodation and plenty of game viewing on its floodplains. For superb wildlife down in the Zambezi valley head to Mana Pools in the north east of the country. HELPFUL INFORMATION

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GETTING AROUND: There is a good road from Kasane (Botswana) through to Livingstone but for the rest of the country the only way to travel, for the visitor, is to fly on scheduled charter flights.

GETTING AROUND: The road from Victoria Falls to Hwange, the Matobo, Bulawayo and Great Zimbabwe is excellent but to get to Lake Kariba and into Mana Pools you’ll need to fly and the best way is to charter.

WILDLIFE: During peak months the rainforest at the Falls is literally dripping from the spray. Riverine vegetation follows the Zambezi but most of the country is woodland with some open savanna areas. There is amazing birdlife, great elephants, plenty of carnivores and along the rivers, pods of hippos and good fishing.

WILDLIFE: In the west of the country the Kalahari sands are the base for mostly woodlands, in the north is the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba. Wildlife abounds in these areas, with Hwange well known for its elephant herds and the carnivores lions and endangered painted dogs, whilst Kariba, Mana and Matobo offer a variety of species including both black and white rhino.

CURRENCY: The Zambian Kwacha is the local currency and is used out of all tourist areas but at safari lodges, and at Livingstone markets you can use US Dollars, Pounds or Euros. CLIMATE: Cold on winter mornings during June to August, very hot in October and November but often cooled by heavy showers from November through to March. Some safari lodges close for this rainy season. LANGUAGE: The main language is English but you might hear Lozi or Nyanja, two of the many local languages.

CURRENCY: The U.S. Dollar is the currency of use. CLIMATE: Chilly winter mornings and evenings during June to August but dry and good for wildlife viewing. Very hot in October, and rainy from November through to March, but still good for wildlife, migratory birds and wildflowers. LANGUAGE: English is used throughout the country as well as the local language of Ndebele in most of the west and Shona in the centre and east of Zimbabwe.

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Amazing Zimbabwe

Take in the majestic Victoria Falls ‘the smoke that thunders’ - the largest curtain of water in the world. Wonder at the great herds of elephant, buffalo and sable in Hwange National Park, and take in the superb wildlife located within the floodplains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley at Mana Pools. Your adventure begins in Victoria Falls where you spend the first two nights. Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River on your first night. Enjoy a morning tour to Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Experience a fantastic dining experience at the Boma – an African feast to savor – not only the food, but also the cultural aspect.

Fly to Hwange National Park where you spend the next three nights on safari. Enjoy game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, guided walks and game viewing right from your own patio. Hwange has great ecological diversity, ensuring great numbers of animals year round. Continue to Mana Pools – on the middle reaches of the Zambezi River, where you spend your last night three nights. Enjoy game viewing from canoes, pontoon boats and open safari vehicles. This area is renowned for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in the winter when they concentrate along the river. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area. Birdlife is superb, with the river and seasonal pans attracting large numbers of water birds and excellent mix of species in the riverine vegetation and mopane woodlands.

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Tour of the Falls

Chobe Tour with Game Drive

No surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You’ll understand it instantly while touring the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the Falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away.

An amazing land and water based tour starting on from The Chobe River, teaming with animals, you sitting securely on board, just off the riverbank, game viewing from the relaxing vantage point of a boat. You’re on the mighty Chobe River which flows through the renowned Chobe National Park providing a haven for herds of grazing animals and bird life.

Walk through the permanent, beautifully misty rain-forest which flanks the Falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below: the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. You’ll stand and watch, feel and listen to the spray and thunderous noise, as millions of litres of water tumble over the Falls into a series of narrow gorges below.

Watch this glorious scene unfolding itself – large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest frolicking calves, kicking up dust as they wait their turn at the water’s edge to drink. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the banks of the river. Glorious birdlife, wonderful game, and the gentle rocking of the riverboat.

The seventh Natural Wonder of the World puts on the most dramatic show for you, and you’ll be privileged to have watched it.

From $75

When you disembark, join the open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe Game Reserve with the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife, and a gorgeous lunch at a lodge awaits you....overlooking the Chobe River.

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Victoria Falls Accommodation

Zambia

Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge

Royal Chundu is a new deluxe lodge situated 50 kilometres upstream from the famed Victoria Falls on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, overlooking the majestic river and expansive bushveld beyond. Royal Chundu is positioned on a piece of untamed Africa with rapids protecting it up and downstream thus granting guests 15 kilometres of unspoilt and private river usage. Spacious suites and public areas masterfully blend colonial elegance and African charm, offering luxurious accommodation in 14 beautiful air conditioned suites. Ten are perched on the banks of the Zambezi, while four private suites with their own lounge, dining and pool areas are located on the Katombora Island four kilometres upstream from the main lodge. Suites are exquisitely decorated, reflecting a bygone era of colonial comfort in the wild. Start your day on Katombora Island where a walk brings you closer to nature, or enjoy the tranquillity and awe of a river canoe followed by a pampering at the unique floating river spa. One can view and experience Africa’s magnificent wildlife including hundreds of elephant and buffalo during a day trip to Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana. The option

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of experiencing one of the natural wonders of the world, during a picnic outing to Victoria Falls is an absolute must! Other external activities can be arranged including all the areas-adrenalin sports, steam train dinners or high teas at many of the charming Victoria Falls hotels. Royal Chundu also offers exceptional fishing along its private waterways as well as tranquil and picturesque sunset river cruises. Choose to dine indoors in true ethnic elegance, or experience open air dining in the Chief’s boma, where you will be treated to an authentic African barbeque and traditional song and dance or simply enjoy a private picnic on the Island or a meal on your deck. Transfers to Victoria Falls to experience the mystifying monthly full moon lunar rainbow is another unique experience not to be missed when visiting Royal Chundu.


Zambia Stanley Safari Lodge

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Sindabezi Island

Set on a hill overlooking unspoilt bush, only three kilometres birdsview from the river and the Victoria Falls, you can see the distant views of the spray of the Falls from every room at Stanley Safari Lodge. The Main House and rooms have a stunning romantic design and feel. At Stanley Safari Lodge most rooms are half open, which enables you to absorb the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Toka Leya Camp

Sindabezi Island is an idyllic bush camp hidden away on a very private isle in the Zambezi River. Sleeping only ten guests, five romantic chalets are draped in swathes of floaty material and raised over the water on wooden platforms.

Overlooking the Zambezi River and 12 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls is Toka Leya Camp, comprising 12 raised, spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Tent interiors boast wooden flooring, tasteful African décor, climate-control, and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views. Family units are positioned to offer quiet seclusion. The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. There is a novel pizza oven and a curio shop.

The unforgettable island is built from sustainable forests and utilizes only renewable energy resources – neither cost nor imagination was spared in decoration either and the African fusion treatment will surprise guests around every corner. Views include a National Wildlife Park across the waters, the rolling mists of vapour on the Zambezi early in the morning and simply unbelievable sunsets. The entire island can be booked privately - an option that has proven to be perfect for families, small groups travelling together or exclusive wedding parties. Sindabezi has been selected by the UK Sunday Times as one of the best remote places to stay in the world.

Tongabezi Lodge

Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma

Tongabezi Lodge is the ultimate retreat. The original Zambezi River property, the lodge offers laid back luxury integrated into a design that favours vast living spaces. It simply provides the perfect frame for the beauty of Zambia, with the mighty Zambezi River featuring as part of almost every viewpoint.

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi. The main lodge includes twelve tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure.

Guests choose from a selection of river cottages, unique, open-fronted houses, an enclosed house or double bed-roomed garden cottage – both with a private plunge pool. Whether you slow down only for meals or plan to take some serious down time during your break Tongabezi has a series of unusual locations to choose from. The Sanpan drifts on the Zambezi (every course of your meal delivered by canoe) and the Lookout has several levels that can be enjoyed privately. This property is privately owned and run, with the emphasis on imagination, sustainable energy use, exclusivity and romance.

In terms of accommodation there are twelve air-conditioned tree houses, connected by wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river and is an open plan room with shower, bathtub, vanity area and private toilet. In addition, there are two private houses available, each with two bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chefs and house staff. Guests at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River.


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Victoria Falls Accommodation

The Falls Resort

Zambia The River Club

Only moments from the Zambezi River with the dramatic torrent of the Victoria Falls as its natural backdrop, is the magnificent Falls Resort, situated in the 46 hectare Mosi-OaTunya National Wildlife Park. The Resort incorporates the standard Zambezi Sun, and the sophisticated deluxe hotel, The Royal Livingstone. The Resort incorporates an Activity Centre where travel professionals will advise and recommend a variety of excursions and safaris. Guests can enjoy nail-biting experiences ranging from water-rafting to bungee jumping. It is a paradise for wildlife lovers with daily land and water safaris, and exceptional angling and fly-fishing. The Victoria Falls is recognised as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. LOCATION: Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, stone throw from the mighty Victoria Falls. GETTING THERE: Shuttle or private transfer (20 minutes) from Livingstone Airport. HIGHLIGHTS: Victoria Falls, water-rafting, bungee jumping, daily land & water safaris, exceptional angling & fly-fishing, abseiling, helicopter flights, quad bikes.

THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL The Royal Livingstone Hotel comprises 173 spacious en-suite guestrooms, each with its own private verandah, stretched along the river bank. All guestrooms are luxuriously furnished, with crisp white linen and large comfortable beds. Light lunch is served “alfresco” on the verandah overlooking the rolling lawns and the Zambezi River. ZAMBEZI SUN All 212 en-suite guestrooms appealing to families and conference delegates are open and airy and acknowledge their African roots. To appease hungry appetites, an “alfresco” grill is located alongside the entertainment area at the pool, which is an ideal location for light lunches.

The River Club overlooks the Zambezi River, 18 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls. Its main area is a well-appointed Edwardian house with lounge, dining room, library, shop and verandah on which breakfasts and teas are taken. Midday meals are often served on manicured lawns complete with croquet court. The gazebo and the Summer House (with snooker room) are both alternatives for private dining. The pool seems part of the river itself, a secluded deck provides respite and beauty treatments are available in the Wellness Centre. For the energetic the gymnasium, running track and all-weather tennis court are perfect. Ten luxury en-suite chalets are screened, air-conditioned and have uninterrupted views of the Zambezi. Activities (on an inclusive rate) include a Victoria Falls Tour, sundowner cruises, tiger fishing, and visiting Simonga Village. Others (extra cost) include white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, canoeing, and flights over Victoria Falls.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

The colonial styled first class David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a place of grandeur and royalty, is situated five kilometres from Livingstone and seven kilometres from Victoria Falls known as Mosi-oa-Tunya - the Smoke that Thunders - one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world and Africa’s adventure capital. The lodge has a state of the art conference centre and 72 well appointed en-suite rooms, five luxury loft suites with private jacuzzi, satellite TV, telephones, internet and air conditioning, all overlooking the mighty Zambezi from private balconies. The Spa offers a wide variety of treatments while guests relax and listen to the falls tumbling down from a short distance. Meals are served at Kalai restaurant - a culturally inspired setting situated in the main lodge with contemporary afro-Arabian meals, freshly flavoured, aromatic and healthy - and at Gwembe Terrace around the pool by the river while watching the magnificent African sunset. Victoria Falls

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Touring Zambia

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Best of Zambia 7 nights / 8 days

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

Zambia is fast becoming Africa’s must-visit country for the safari connoisseur and this itinerary boasts the most scenic and diverse areas of this country. This carefully-created safari offers a heady mix of game-rich destinations while travelling through a mosaic of complementary habitats. From wildlife sagas in the South Luangwa National Park, to the thundering Victoria Falls, and the remote expanses of the Kafue’s grassy Busanga Plains, Zambia boasts a variety of hidden wilderness gems. Camps: Kalamu Lagoon in South Luangwa, Busanga Bush in Kafue and Toka Leya in Livingstone.

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is a modern tribute to Africa’s ancient allure with its distinctive architectural design based on the Great Zimbabwe Monument. The closest hotel to the mighty Victoria Falls, The Kingdom is a fun-filled resort, ideal for families, couples, groups or even individual travellers. It is ideally located at the centre of the small resort town of Victoria Falls and offers other entertainment options such as the Makasa Sun Casino and Wild Thing Action bar all within the hotel’s Great Enclosure.

The Victoria Falls Hotel

The Elephant Hills Resort

The Victoria Falls Hotel, the address of choice for more than a century for royal families, statesmen, celebrities and the discerning traveller, occupies a fine location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa. From the thundering Victoria Falls at its threshold, to the Big Five that roam freely less than five kilometres away, this is one hotel that provides an experience like no other. Just a ten minute walk from the actual Falls, this is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique.

This world class resort provides a truly spectacular panorama combining the wilderness of the Zambezi River and its surroundings with the plush fairways of the famous 18 hole championship golf course. The hotel has extensive conferencing and sporting facilities along with boating, game viewing and other adrenalin activities on the Zambezi. A total of 276 rooms comprising: 263 Luxury rooms including two disabled rooms, 11 Executive suites, One Deluxe suite and One Presidential suite. Ramps and elevators provide easy access to public areas for guests in wheelchairs.

Ilala Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

The warmest of welcomes and a gracefully distinguished ambience await you at Ilala Lodge. Come to Ilala Lodge and reawaken your senses. Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms. Relax in luxurious style whilst you listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep.

The superb Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is the destination of choice at the Natural World Wonder of the Victoria Falls. Just for kilometres from the thundering splendour of Victoria Falls and the spectacular Zambezi River, the lodge sits high on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park. The lodge is created to give the impression of an open-plan treehouse, built on seven levels rising above the pristine gusu bushveld and offering guests views of brilliant sunsets. The resort’s focal feature is a central waterhole which attracts an endless parade of wildlife all year round.

All rooms have en-suite facilities bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, over head fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities and a safe. 34 rooms in total including two deluxe rooms (has a king size bed and ¾ bed in), two standard double rooms with a king-size bed in each and 30 other standard rooms that have two ¾ beds in each. Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at The Palm Restaurant in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls.

Voted Zimbabwe’s Best Safari Lodge of the Year for 16 consecutive years by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), and boasting two of the country’s top restaurants, The Boma – Place of Eating and the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a proud Zimbabwean icon and is the flagship property of the regional hospitality group, Africa Albida Tourism.


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Safari Lodges

Zambia

Lufupa River Camp

Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp

Lufupa River Camp lies at the confluence of the Kafue River and the Lufupa Channel, a tranquil setting overlooking these rivers. Exploring these sparkling, smooth-flowing waterways provides lively wildlife and birding encounters, from hippo to African Finfoot.

Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp is an authentic safari camp, gathered around an acacia tree -shaded Bedouin-style central tent. The Lower Zambezi, the park in which the camp is located, is dominated by the Zambezi River which channels game into a narrow floodplain, resulting in unparalleled viewing opportunities. Arriving at the camp by boat from the local airstrip is a thrill as there is usually plenty of game to see on the way, and travelling to camp becomes part of the safari adventure.

The camp features seven comfortable en-suite tents (two of which are family rooms) on the banks of the Kafue River offered on a bed-and-breakfast basis. There is also a campsite nearby. The vibrant social hub is the whimsically named Kafue River Café with a bar and restaurant; à la carte meals and drinks are served during the day and early evening. Habitats around Lufupa are home to a diverse wealth of game including a full suite of large predators and frequent leopard and lion sightings. At twilight hippo emerge from their deep-water channels to graze. The open water and secluded riverine fringe provides birding habitats for an array of water-loving species like White-backed Night-Heron.

The seven spacious tents are set on teak platforms made from commercially grown forests and all have spectacular views over the river. Each tent has its own lounge area and viewing deck. Carved wooden tables and woven chairs complement the four-poster beds and canvas walls - this is camping taken to its most luxurious heights. Opens 2012.

Busanga Bush Camp

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains. The camp can accommodate eight guests in four well-appointed tents. The lounge area is under canvas looking out over the plains; breakfast is often served here. The dining area lies under the shady canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner; most meals are served in the open air. Activities include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified guides in one of the most diverse areas in Zambia.

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp, situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains, comprises six spacious luxury safari tents, all on raised platforms with spectacular views. The dining area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise; dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture. Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and water-based activities when the Plains are still inundated, while night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area. Elephant on the river, Zambezi

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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was originally built for Kenneth Kaunda, the former Zambian president, in the 1970s and the original colonial style has been retained in the furnishings. A long verandah stretches outside the dining room, from which guests are afforded views down the valley to the Luangwa itself. On cooler nights, roaring fires take the chill out of the air. The grunt of lions or the saw of leopards can often be heard from the wooded valleys that surround the lodge.

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers guests an authentic tented safari experience in South Luangwa, one of Zambia’s best areas for game viewing and bird spotting. The region is home to 60 mammals - including elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and, of course, antelope - and over 400 bird species.

Each of the ten luxurious suites at Sanctuary Chichele comes complete with a four-poster bed, air conditioning, full bathroom and every other amenity guests could wish for - all in the middle of the African bush. In keeping with the rest of Chichele, the suites are also decorated in an understated colonial style. French windows open onto private terraces, getting up early to watch the sun rise over the Luangwa Valley is a once in a lifetime experience.

Guests can spend an afternoon relaxing in the camp’s large living area in between thrilling game drives or walking safaris. The central dining area produces gourmet meals, despite being so far away from a city, let alone a road. The camp is designed to leave no trace on the environment and has embraced a very natural kind of African chic in its decor. The seven tents are spacious and comfortable; each with a soothing hot tub and an outdoor shower shaded by trees and stocked with luscious and environmentally friendly Africology products. Watch the sun rise from your double bed, or spot animals making their way across the plains to a waterhole from your private viewing deck.

South Luangwa National Park The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt 9,000 square kilometres. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe and hippo. The birdlife is also excellent with around 450 species to be seen. South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier park. The abundance of leopards in the Luangwa is famous and although not guaranteed it is usual for everyone coming through on a three or more

night safari to see at least one leopard. The Luangwa has two endemic species - the Thorneycroft giraffe which is found mostly in the central area of the park and the Cookson’s wildebeest which is more scattered and only in the north. Usually it is great number of game that impresses people. The South Luangwa is known as the home of the walking safari and all the camps offer walks. There are also smaller bush camps or mobile tented camps for those who would like to experience a dedicated walking safari. LOCATION: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. GETTING THERE: Scheduled 1.5 hour flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe Airport then a one hour road transfer to camps along a scenic road. HIGHLIGHTS: Remote South Luangwa experience with exceptional game viewing and birdlife. NKWALI CAMP Nkwali Camp is located on RPS private land, overlooking the National Park. Elephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar. The chalets are cool and spacious, with river view. Six chalets, including a honeymoon suite/family suite. Throughout the year you have direct access to the park by boat.

NSEFU CAMP Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river. The bar overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night.

TENA TENA CAMP “Tena Tena Camp... is altogether beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa”, The Times, London. This remote and small camp lies inside the National Park. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope.


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Bush Camp Company

Zambia

South Luangwa National Park For wildlife, and wildlife-lovers, it doesn’t get any better than the South Luangwa National Park. With its verdant floodplains rustling with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands and indigenous hardwood forests filled with over 470 species of birds, and a mighty river that attracts thirsty animals like a magnet, it’s a natural utopia and one of Africa’s truly great wildlife sanctuaries. Bordered on one side by the Muchinga Escarpment and the Luangwa River on the other, the park consists of 9,050 square kilometres of untouched wilderness supporting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. It was none other than explorer David Livingstone who first recognised the extraordinary allure and unique nature of the South Luangwa Valley. Crossing the Luangwa River in 1866, he declared, “I will make this land better known to men that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.” It wasn’t until 1938 that the area was proclaimed a game reserve, and then given National Park status in 1971. In 1961 the legendary Norman Carr put the Luangwa on the map as a safari destination leading the first walking safari in the reserve. Over 100 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing

CHINDENI BUSHCAMP Chindeni lies in an enviable location on the edge of a serene lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow. With its four vaulted, canvas ‘rooms’, private verandahs and views of the Chindeni Hills, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa.

KAPAMBA BUSHCAMP In a remote corner of the South Luangwa lies Kapamba, a camp that combines the isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities of a true bushcamp with a touch of luxury. Enjoy a sundowner on the riverside deck or sink into your own private plunge pool as the wildlife ambles past.

KUYENDA BUSHCAMP Accommodating just eight guests and set beneath shady trees by the Manzi River, Kuyenda may be the simplest of the camps, but it embodies the authentic charm of old Africa with its cluster of traditional, thatched grass huts and back-to-nature feel. This is where the wildlife comes to you!

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through the trees. Down on the river, huge densities of elephant, hippo and crocodile enjoy the cool waters. There are two distinct seasons, during which the park completely changes its appearance. In the dry season (May to October) the bush is less dense, providing optimum conditions for viewing game, especially as animals congregate at the waterholes and rivers. During the wet summer (November to April), the park is lush and green. Wildlife is harder to spot but the park is arguably at its most beautiful in this ‘emerald’ season. Unlike some other African national parks, in the South Luangwa the focus is always on the wildlife. Sprawling visitor centres and restaurant complexes are nowhere to be found here – just traditional safari lodges and intimate, rustic bushcamps that merge discreetly into the landscape, from where you can enjoy the true pleasure of being surrounded by an unspoilt African wilderness. LOCATION: In the remote southern area of the national park. GETTING THERE: Scheduled flights from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe, then road transfer or private charter flight to Kapamba Airstrip. HIGHLIGHTS: Exclusive, intimate bushcamps with expert guiding. Walking safaris and both day and night drives in an unspoilt wilderness area.

CHAMILANDU BUSHCAMP Accommodating only six guests, there’s nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu. The rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky – especially when you’re lying in a four poster bed in a stilted tree-house.

BILIMUNGWE BUSHCAMP Newly rebuilt for the 2011 season, with private waterholes and viewing decks, this is the perfect place to sit back and watch as a wealth of wildlife visits you. Constructed on raised platforms from natural materials, Bilmungwe blends an authentic bush experience with comfort and sophistication.

ZUNGULILA BUSHCAMP Peace reigns supreme at Zungulila, a charming camp that embodies the essence of old Africa and a bygone era. Set on the side of a raised knoll, the beautiful thatched tents look out over the sparkling Kapamba River and an expansive plain where natural springs attract huge herds of game.


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Ruckomechi Camp

Situated on the Eastern Boundary of the famous Hwange National Park and renowned for its excellent game activities, outstanding guiding and hospitality, The Hide Safari Camp is dedicated to delivering among the finest safari experiences in Africa. Its ten tastefully furnished East African-style tented suites all overlook the busy waterhole, rewarding guests with the pleasure of game-viewing without leaving their rooms. The Hide Safari Camp, consistently voted Zimbabwe’s Best Tented Safari Camp, is a stylish celebration of one of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves.

Davison’s Camp

Ruckomechi Camp, situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the broad Zambezi River. The camp is set amongst broad-canopied ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favourite amongst guests: its outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’ in a secluded, scenic spot. Davison’s Camp is situated on the remote southern boundary of Hwange National Park. This 18-bedded camp, with its nine twin units and separate main area, comprising a lounge and dining room, offers a wonderful bush experience. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, or guided walks in the early mornings and evenings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view game coming down to the waterhole to drink from their tent verandahs.

The central dining, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways. There is a separate deck with an infinity pool and hammocks for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats or on canoes and on foot. Catch-and-release fishing is available by arrangement.

Makalolo Plains

Makalolo Plains is situated in an exlusive concession - one of the few camps built within Hwange National Park. The camp is built on raised teak decks and boardwalks. Accommodation consists of ten large, comfortable tented rooms with en-suite facilities as well as an outdoor shower for those who enjoy showering under the stars. The raised spacious main area has a lounge, plunge pool and dining area where delicious meals are served. Enjoy the game drives, night drives and guided walks. Birdlife in the area is prolific and varied.

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

From its hill-top position commanding magnificent views of Lake Kariba, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is the ultimate ‘rest and relaxation’ retreat. Accommodation is in 20 lakefacing rooms, of which ten are premium rooms, inviting guests into a haven of splendour and comfort with a balcony overlooking the enormity of the lake and the elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck and impala lingering on the shoreline below. The Lodge houses a stunning massage sanctuary where guests can give themselves over to pampering massages. Giraffe, Zimbabwe


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Introduction & Reserve

Known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, this little land-locked country, is famous for its beautiful freshwater lake and the huge, welcoming smiles of its people. Although the Lake has great sandy beaches, the clearest water around, colourful fish and wonderful resorts, there is much more to the country. Get out and explore the cooler highlands of the Nyika Plateau or travel to the wildlife-rich area around the Shire River.

Majete Wildlife Reserve South West of Blantyre, in Southern Malawi. It is one of Malawi’s largest protected areas and covers an area of over 70,000 hectares. Majete is within the Miombo woodland eco-region and much of the higher lying areas in the west are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the East of Majete. In 1955 the reserve was proclaimed and has been under the management of the African Parks Network since 2003. African Parks is a not-for-profit organization that takes on total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and other protected areas, in public and private partnerships with African Governments. A variety of game is found in Majete, both big and small. Birding is typical of the Miombo woodland region with 250 species.

Malawi

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Malawi

GETTING AROUND: Compared to it’s neighbours, the main roads of Malawi are in surprisingly good shape and travel times between major QANTAS A380 destinations are reasonable. Travelling by boat is the most enjoyable mode of transport plus Air winning Malawi Qantas offers flights between aallnew major The introduction of the award A380 represents era towns. of flying for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, WILDLIFE: Best ‘wildlife’ are the thousands of colourful, freshwater along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer cichlids in the Lake but there are herds of Roan at Nyika and huge pods experience. Marc Newson-designed interiors andupstate-of-the-art technology of hippos in the Shire River. abounds in all of Qantas’ Airbus A380’s. Configured with 450 seats, the A380 sets aCURRENCY: new benchmark for the airline the industry. Malawi’s unit ofand currency is the Kwacha. Travellers ckecks

andQantas all foreign cash suchonasselected US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are -widely The A380 is available services from London to Sydney please accepted. ask for details. CLIMATE: The dry months from April to October are best with daytime temperatures mid 20’s Celsius; cooler on the plateaux and warmer around the south Shire Valley. LANGUAGE: While English is an official language, and is widely understood, a number of indigenous languages are also spoken. The most common is Chichewa – the language of the Chewa.

LOCATION: Majete Wildlife Reserve. GETTING THERE: Small aircraft Lilongwe/ Blantyre to Nchalo airstrip then short drive to Mkulumadzi or enjoy a scenic drive from Lilongwe or Blantyre. HIGHLIGHTS: Majete is a true wilderness, where every trip into the bush with our experienced guides will feel like an adventure.

Karonga Chilumba Mzuzu

Lake Malawi

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MKULUMADZI LODGE Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers. Perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities! The eight luxury chalets are tucked beneath the surrounding riverine forest. Each is with beautiful sunk-in bath and private viewing deck onto the river. PUMULANI LODGE Situated on Lake Malawi - “The Lake of Stars”. Main area is high above the lake with the most spectacular views and leads onto an expansive deck. The ten villas are built up the hillside with interesting style and elegance. Privacy, space and a sense of well-being are key elements.

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Kasungu

MALAWI

Lilongwe

Zomba Blantyre Luchenza


Botswana

From the sands of the Kalahari Desert to the waters of the Okavango Delta and all the wildlife in between, this is a top African country to visit. Wild enough for the adventurer in you, but with a good range of accommodation, great cuisine, ice for your drinks in most safari camps and superb wildlife viewing, this is definitely a country to be explored by the first-time visitor to Africa.

Kalahari Get out to Makgadikgadi or Nxai salt pans and the northern part of the Kalahari Desert for stunning scenery and walk with Bushmen. November to January expect odd storms and showers but migratory birds are excellent and wild flowers superb. June and July is great for game but take the thermal underwear for cold mornings.

Okavango Delta Get in a makoro (wooden dugout canoe) and be poled through reeded channels with clear sandy bottoms, frothy papyrus, tiny jewel-coloured frogs, fish-eagles calling and hippos splashing. This is not about wildlife, although often seen, but is about a water experience including magnificent birding, mokoro trips, fishing and sunset cruises.

Introduction

Botswana

HELPFUL INFORMATION

GETTING AROUND: Take a light aircraft flight wherever you want to go, they run as frequently as buses and are really the only way to get around QANTAS A380 if you’re on a short safari. Maun (sounds like ‘town’) is the safari hub for all safaris. Many are winning deep sand, or covered in watera when theofflood The introduction of roads the award Qantas A380 represents new era flying is in, but there are great overland safaris if timeproduct is not and of the essence. for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight service offering, along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer WILDLIFE: Marc Flat treeless salt-pans,interiors scrubbyand low-growing vegetation and experience. Newson-designed state-of-the-art technology sandy ridges foundAirbus in theA380’s. southern and central the the country abounds in all ofare Qantas’ Configured with part 450 of seats, A380and sets areas,for depending aare newgreat benchmark the airlineon andthe theseason, industry.for brown hyena, large herds

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The Qantas A380 available to Sydney - please experiences andis the soundonofselected silence.services In the from northLondon the Delta, waterholes ask for details. and rivers entice magnificent birds and plentiful wildlife; from egrets to

elephants and lions. CURRENCY: The ‘Pula’, meaning ‘rain’, is the local currency. Use Pula for fuel and food but Pounds/Dollars/Euros are well accepted for most travel services and as tips in safari camps. CLIMATE: The ‘Wet’ is from November to March and the ‘Dry’ from April to October. Cold winter mornings in June and July, and October is the hottest month of the year. LANGUAGE: The local language is Tswana however, English is spoken in all tourist areas.

Linyanti Great mix of water and wildlife, unspoilt, with excellent small safari camps. Good opportunity to see the endangered painted hunting dogs. Visit at any time of the year, all months have some special bird, insect, flower, tree or animal that is at its best or most prevalent then.

Kasane

Chobe NP Moremi Wildlife Reserve Okavango Maun Makgadikgadi Delta Pans NP Makadikadi Basin Ghanzi

Central Kalahari GR

Savute and Chobe Home of the elephants – herds and herds of them. Savute great for lions. Chobe river cruises good for watching animals come down the banks to drink at the River – ignore the many other boats that will also be enjoying the spectacle, or take one of the 2 night cruises to get the best experience.

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BOTSWANA Kgalagadi Transfrontier NP

ONE GABORONE Kanye


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Touring

Botswana

Best of Botswana Fly-In Safari

Khwai Bedouin Camp Package

Five Days from Maun to Kasane. See Botswana at its best! A Fly-in Safari is no doubt a superb way of experiencing exceptional wildlife and relaxing in exclusive lodges, whilst keeping your travelling time to an absolute minimum. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are two of Botswana’s safari highlights, promising you pure wildlife and a truly remote African wilderness.

Experience Botswana’s finest game viewing area in Jenman Safaris’ Bedouin-style bush camp. This one-of its kind camp is situated in the Khwai River area just outside the northern gate of the Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi is commonly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines mopane woodland and acacia forests with floodplains and lagoons.

From Maun, you will enjoy a short light-aircraft charter flight over the Okavango Delta to your accommodation located in a private concession. Day two allows you to explore the area by taking part in activities that are offered by the camp. Choose between game drives, mokoro rides, fishing excursions, and bush walks. Day three-four you’ll fly to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park where you will experience two game drives and a river cruise through some of the best game viewing areas in Africa. Day five you will return to Kasane to continue your onward journey.

With seven comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms positioned privately under big Acacia trees where travellers can relax in the privacy and the authenticity of the area while enjoying the astounding Botswana bush.

From $2,225

Your five day itinerary includes a range of exciting activities including a mokoro excursion to the famous Okavango Delta. Night game drive in the Khwai area, a Game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve and all meals whilst on Safari.

From $1,675

Botswana Lodge Explorer

Eight day lodge safari from Maun to Victoria Falls: Explore Botswana and enjoy its famous lodges on this eight day Lodge Safari. You will visit the Moremi Game Reserve and discover the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta. Enjoy a night game drive in the Khwai area and relax on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Your safari of a lifetime will end at the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Day Four: The journey continues into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa. In the afternoon head back to Maun.

Day One: On arrival at Maun Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation. The afternoon is spent at your leisure.

Day Six: Today make your way to the Chobe River to enjoy the afternoon on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River.

Day Two: Enjoy your mokoro excursion and float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta. Then make your way to the camp, in close proximity to the Khwai River.

Day Seven: Late morning, cross the border into Zimbabwe. Explore the mighty Victoria Falls in the afternoon on a guided tour.

Day Three: Enjoy an early morning game drive and in the afternoon go on a sunset game drive in the Khwai area.

Day Eight: Your journey ends today and you will be transferred to Victoria Falls airport in time for your departing flight.

From $2,625

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Day Five: After breakfast head to Nata Lodge, lying close to the Makgadikgadi Pans. En route stop at Nata Bird Sanctuary.


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Botswana Mobile Safaris

For some visitors to Botswana, the need to experience the destination by road is an attractive option compared to the standard fly-in safari. Quite often the small detail of the destination, especially within the National Parks can be missed out on when flying from one camp to another. Added to that, the enjoyment of staying in luxury accommodation as opposed to camping in the wild, lends a very special touch to this unique safari. Experience a ten night itinerary through Botswana, where a professional guide will provide an insight into this wilderness. With a maximum of six participants, guests are assured of attentive service, the flexibility of your own guide and activities throughout the safari. You will travel from lodge to lodge in a fully-equipped luxury safari vehicle. The itinerary begins at Livingstone or Victoria Falls airport. On arrival you will be transferred to the riverfront Chobe Game Lodge where you’ll spend two nights enjoying Chobe National Park’s magnificent herds of buffalo and elephant. On day three guests will experience a leisurely game

viewing transfer to Savute Safari Lodge, an area with a reputation for superb predator interactions. The travel days between the camps allows for a bit of exploration in areas not covered by the scheduled activities of each lodge. Day five takes guests on an extended game drive to Camp Moremi in Moremi Game Reserve, world famous for its abundant wildlife. Leaving the safari vehicle behind at Camp Moremi, on day seven guests depart by boat to Camp Okavango where they will spend two days exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro and the islands on guided walking safaris. On day nine guests will take a scenic flight to the riverside location of Leroo La Tau. The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is populated by up to 20,000 zebra which attract numerous predators, offering excellent game interactions. On day eleven guests will be transferred to Maun Airport for onward arrangements.

Rhino Reintroduction Fund Fly In Safari

With less than 40 rhinos left in Botswana’s national parks, this is an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most imposing wildlife. The rhino is critically endangered in Botswana, and this exclusive package has been designed to raise awareness – and funds – for the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project. The four or six night packages includes two nights at Leroo La Tau, a luxury photographic safari lodge located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi National Park, which is home to almost ten per cent of the country’s white rhino. Guests can then enjoy two or four further nights at their choice of Desert & Delta Safaris’ other lodges: Camp Moremi, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge.

The Botswana Rhino Packages are flexible in the context that two or three additional camps can be combined with Leroo La Tau. This makes for the perfect combinations of adding both the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and or Chobe National Park and in doing so, ensuring that the traveller assists in contribution to an environmental need for the destination. These packages are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, local brand drinks, activities, national park fees, laundry service, airport taxes, inter camp scheduled charter flights, medical evacuation insurance and provide for a contribution towards the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project. Experience a fully inclusive fly-in safari whilst contributing to the area.


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Chobe National Park & Beyond

Botswana

Zambezi Queen - Luxury African River Safari

Elephant Valley Lodge

Experience the thrill of an African safari from your own private suite aboard a luxurious 45 metre boat on Botswana and Namibia’s great Chobe River. Of the vessel’s three levels, the first boasts an air-conditioned lounge, the first and second levels contain the ten suites and four master suites. On the third level is an entertainment deck with dining facilities, an open-plan lounge and bar. All areas are protected by mosquito screens, which allow for a comfortable environment for relaxing and dining. Two outside areas on the top deck include a shaded area with seating and a pool and sun bathing area. The top deck is also air-conditioned.

The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Elephant Valley Lodge is in Kasane Forest, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park.

Enjoy meals prepared by skilled chefs; water-based game viewing on smaller boats enabling close-up viewing; land-based 4x4 game viewing, tiger fishing in season; bird watching and land-based cultural tours of local villages. A dedicated team of experienced staff will ensure a memorable experience for all.

20 ‘meru styled’ tents are situated around well manicured lawns or along the edge of the valley. Elephants move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River. Each of the tents feature twin beds, en-suite shower and toilet, mini safe and fan. Open guest areas, a secluded hide, refreshing swimming pool and the tents complete the lodge which lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorns. Within these tree tops, the largest colony of white back vultures occur. The lodge is unique for several reasons namely being situated within a game rich reserve affording the guests wonderful sightings between the open landrover safaris into the Chobe and boat cruises along the Chobe River.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. Each cottage has its own private garden where guests can sip cocktails after a day of game viewing, and also features a freestanding bath and indoor and outdoor shower. While at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a visit to the spa is an absolute must. The full-service spa offers a range of treatments and rituals of the highest quality to relax, restore and revitalize guests. Authentic African design has been integrated with, and inspired by, the abundance of nature that surrounds the lodge. Lion cubs in Chobe GR, Botswana

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Chobe National Park & Beyond

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Chobe Game Lodge

Enjoy an authentic African safari at Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana’s iconic Chobe National River cruises provide different wildlife perspective. Birdlife is unparalleled and include Pel’s Park. Located on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent Fishing Owl, African Skimmers, Fish Eagles, Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, Maribou Storks, Carmine Bee Eaters, Lilac Breasted Rollers and more. Thousands of elephants line the river game lodge within the boundaries of the park. banks, huge crocodiles bask in the sunshine and hundreds of hippos lie submerged in the Guests enjoy a wealth of activities, game drives and river cruises. Chobe National Park is cool waters. home to the world’s largest concentration of elephants – said to number up to 90,000 – and The lodge has landscaped gardens, a swimming pool and terrace, gym and spa, as well as breeding herds line the river front, drinking, bathing and playing. two bars and a pool table room, a star gazing deck and a riverbank boma where a Marimba Further inland are riverine woodlands and grassy plains, the only place in Botswana where band entertain guests under a mahogany canopy. the puku antelope can be seen. The plains also feature the rare roan, sable, red lechwe and bushbuck antelopes and are frequented by giraffes, buffalos, zebras, lions, leopards, and a Guests can also marvel at Chobe’s truly spectacular sunsets from the raised river-side viewing deck which overlooks the Chobe River across to Namibia. healthy population of the endangered African wild dog.

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Mowana Safari Lodge

Cresta Mowana - Safari Lodge is the ultimate luxury resort offering a parallel world of ultimate adventure combined with complete luxury. It is the ideal place to completely unwind and free yourself from the stress of the real world. This magnificent resort boasts tranquillity with personalised African hospitality to suit your every need. Whatever it is that you are planning, Cresta Mowana - Safari Lodge will accommodate your every need. Exotic Reed Frog


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Chobe National Park & Beyond

Botswana

Savute Safari Lodge

Travellers looking for an exceptional Botswana safari experience will be delighted with Savute Safari Lodge. Situated in the south west of the world-famous Chobe National Park, Savute Safari Lodge overlooks the Savute Channel, a fascinating river which began flowing again in late 2009 after a curious 28 year absence.

African wild dog, plus leopards, cheetah and large herds of zebra, tsessebe and wildebeest. Savute is also well known for its incredible concentration of lions and its elephant herds, and the lodge is unique in featuring an established waterhole next to its viewing deck which attracts elephants – sometimes in their hundreds – day and night.

Activities introduce guests to the varied ecosystems that Chobe National Park’s 5,000 square kilometres Savute area encompasses. Experienced guides point out different environments, from the Savute Marsh – which has also recently welcomed the waters of the Savute Channel – to the waterlogged Maribou Pans and the rocky outcrops of the Gubatsa Hills with its ancient San rock paintings.

Guests can relax by the swimming pool, watching the animals as they make their way down to the Savute Channel. Other facilities include a lounge and cocktail bar, dining room, wildlife reference library and a stunning al fresco viewing deck which affords a superb panorama over the Savute Channel and the waterhole.

Accommodating a maximum of 24 guests, the spacious thatch and timber rooms feature open Wildlife at Savute is phenomenal: the area is home to the rare roan antelope, the endangered plan bedroom and lounge areas, and private wooden viewing decks.

Savuti Camp

DumaTau Camp

Accommodation comprises of seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel. From the thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks towards the new waters that flow past the camp.

DumaTau is built under a grove of mangosteen trees overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon. Accommodation is in ten tented rooms under thatch, with en-suite facilities including outdoor showers. The main areas include a dining room, bar (known as “The Dung Beetle”), lounge, open dining deck and plunge pool with a swing-bed sala.

Activities on offer are day and night game drives and nature walks with a guide (on request). Several elevated hides can also be visited in the area.

Activities allow guests to view game during day and night game drives, on short nature walks, and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti Marsh (levels permitting).

Kings Pool Camp

Nine well-appointed rooms of canvas and thatch each have a large en-suite bedroom and lounge. Folding doors lead to a verandah with private plunge pool, separate thatched sala to soak up the views and an outdoor shower. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks, and there is a pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ (boma) for evening dining under the stars. An opensided thatched gym is available. Activities include day and night game drives, walks, and boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing).

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Botswana

Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve

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Camp Okavango

Enjoy a unique safari experience at Camp Okavango. Situated on the fringes of Moremi Game Other activities include seasonal fishing, sundowners, and for the more adventurous, a bushwalk. Highly-experienced guides lead the bushwalk, ensuring the guests’ safety at all Reserve, Camp Okavango is completely surrounded by the waters of the Okavango Delta. times. This is an opportunity to see big game; lions, elephants, buffalos and hippos are just Due to Camp Okavango’s remote island location, the majority of activities are water based. some of the sights that can be seen while on foot. Mokoro trips are popular; guides pole traditional dug-out canoes through the shallow channels of the Okavango Delta, a tranquil activity which allows guests to experience a Guests can unwind in the surroundings of Camp Okavango; enjoy the unobtrusive bird virtually untouched Africa. Guests may see elephants, giraffe, the rare sitatunga or other viewing hide, relax beside the water feature on the open patio, or take a refreshing dip in the game at the waters’ edge, but much of the beauty of a Mokoro activity is in the detail: secluded swimming pool. Accommodating just 24 guests in complete privacy, East Africanbrightly-coloured frogs no bigger than a thumbnail, clinging to the swaying reeds; kingfishers style safari tents are individually positioned on a teak platform, while the idyllic Okavango which hover, transfixed, before plunging into the water to grab a tiny silver fish; water lilies Suite is a thatched wooden cottage, perfect for honeymooners. opening and closing in the sun.

Camp Moremi

For the classic African safari experience, look no further than Camp Moremi in Botswana’s world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. In the heart of the Okavango Delta, Camp Moremi is situated on the edge of Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area well-known for its spectacular game viewing opportunities. Guest activities include game drives throughout Moremi Game Reserve’s many different ecosystems. Allow your guide to introduce you to a new world of wildlife; leopards curled up in the branches of mopane trees, elephants grazing under a canopy of green, or lions camouflaged in the long grass. Moremi Game Reserve’s incredible wetlands support a myriad of antelopes including impala, kudu and waterbuck, and provide shelter for hippos and crocodiles. Guests may even see white and black rhino; recently reintroduced to Moremi Game Reserve, these magnificent animals are thriving once more.

Further explore Moremi Game Reserve by boat: Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels provide a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta with its kaleidoscope of birdlife. The majestic Fish Eagle and vivid Malachite Kingfisher are frequently seen, and even the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl makes an occasional appearance to the delight of guides and guests alike. Guests can enjoy the luxurious seclusion of African-style safari tents on individual, elevated teak decks. Accommodating just 22 guests, Camp Moremi ensures exclusivity and privacy in a tranquil environment. Relax at the swimming pool, marvel at spectacular sunsets from the lagoon-side viewing deck, or enjoy the wildlife reference library, dining room, lounge and cocktail bar.


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Okavango Delta & Selinda Reserve

Botswana

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Duba Plains Camp

This intimate camp is gathered around a large sitting and dining area which affords magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000.

Duba Plains Camp lies in the most remote reaches of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, in an area renowned for the endless conflict between prides of lions and the herds of buffalo which sustain them.

Each canvas tent at Sanctuary Stanley’s boasts a traditional ceiling fan and is individually designed, but all have a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Large wooden decks provide private areas for guests to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner in the spectacular dining mess.

The camp is built on a large island and has access to islands, floodplains and marshes offering a unique diversity of experiences. Duba’s real treat is its exclusivity and it is particularly suited to those who want to be in a truly remote reserve. Accommodation is made up of six roomy tents with an en-suite bathroom, an outside shower, and a verandah overlooking the floodplain. The thatch-roofed lounge, dining room and bar areas are raised on platforms along with a swimming pool, all providing beautiful views.

Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant’s perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature’s great masterpiece.

A variety of activities include day and night game safaris in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by highly skilled rangers.

Sanctuary Chiefs Camp

Selinda Camp

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango. There are vast numbers of animals that congregate here, offering a great game viewing experience.

Selinda Camp is located along the banks of the Selinda Spillway, a wildlife haven in Botswana’s vast 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve. There are nine large, luxury tents, each offering sensational views of the wildlife on the floodplains. Each of the tented rooms has its own en-suite bathroom with a bath, shower and toilet.

The guest pavilions are hidden away in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. All have their own private decks and indoor and outdoor showers. Generously draped mosquito nets and traditional ceiling fans also feature. 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 Piajio plains so that guests can continue their game viewing while enjoying fine cuisine and wines. Sanctuary Chief’s has been designed with consideration for the environment - all rubbish is taken outside the park for responsible disposal and the whole camp can be removed without anyone knowing it was ever there.

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Large concentrations of Botswana’s wildlife and predators roam free and wild through the Selinda Reserve woodlands and savannas. The sanctuary is famous for its predators and large herds of elephant. Sightings of the elusive wild dog as well as lion, leopard and cheetah are common. Early morning, late afternoon and evening game drives, guided wildlife walks, boating and sometimes canoeing and bush dinners all add to the enjoyment of a stay. All vehicles run on bio-fuel and drinking water is purified on-site.


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Sanctuary Baines Camp

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Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains is a luxury camp situated in the northern Okavango Delta, comprising two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees and with a vista across the floodplains. Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, sala, en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, private deck and plunge pool. A family suite is also on offer with a private deck linking the two separate rooms.

Jao Camp

The five tented suites at Sanctuary Baines’ are opulent and luxurious, with adjoining bathrooms, and four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippos can often be spotted. There is a communal swimming pool, and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. See prowling lions looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or watch one of the many elephants who live in the area. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant’s perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature’s great masterpiece.

Jao Camp is located on a large, remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has nine luxurious tents, and all include a lounge, dressing area and main bedroom, en-suite facilities with old-style fittings and an outdoor shower. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. Mokoro, boating, fishing, and day and night game drives are usually on offer all year round in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Delta.

Xigera Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera has ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms, a clever mix of wood and canvas, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. All are built on wooden decks, offering views of a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area overlooking the permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. The camp is finished off with a plunge pool and curio shop.

Kwetsani, one of the most remote camps in the Okavango, is situated on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. Five beautifully furnished ‘treehouse’ chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower provide guests with open, airy accommodation of thatch, wood, glass and canvas. All are elevated and connected with wooden walkways. The main area includes a dining room and lounge area situated under a cool thatched roof. Guests can view wildlife by traditional mokoro or experience outstanding game drives by day and night.

Chitabe Camp

Mombo Camp

Chitabe is situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime location in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tents are built on elevated wooden decks, each with indoor as well as an outdoor shower. The central part of camp is made up of a thatched dining area, bar and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides a cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and spectacular birding.

Mombo Camp, on Mombo Island just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, is built under large shady trees and overlooks a wonderful floodplain teeming with wildlife. Accommodation comprises nine spacious tents raised off the ground, all built to maximise the vistas over the plains. The tent interiors are elegantly furnished with polished parquet floors, complete with an outdoor thatched sala. Bathrooms are en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers. Informative game drives explore the savannah and floodplain mosaics of Chief’s Island with prolific wildlife viewing opportunities.


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Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana

Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge is a pristine oasis deep in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and not far the warm African sun whilst by nightfall the boma offers a social fireplace to warm oneself over from the famous Okavango Delta. Experience the vastness of the Kalahari whilst enjoying a drink. Overall this lodge is a non-stop experience upon arrival. It is both informative, educative and relaxing. abundant bird life, game viewing or star gazing by night. Boasting pure comfort and vibrant, rustic interiors, Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to 16 people on a sharing basis. Set amidst the arid and remote Kalahari bush, the lodge and each of its units are raised upon stilts and connected by wooden walkways. Every attention has been given to detail to ensure not only a completely novel guest experience but also an environmentally pleasing haven consistent with its natural surroundings. The main complex incorporates a dining room, lounge and bar area. Views from the deck include the nearby watering hole – perfect for lazy game viewing. A small library lies in wait for the booklover whilst the curio shop makes for some retail therapy – if so desired. By daylight, the swimming pool provides a cool refuge from

The San Bushmen, the magnificent game viewing and the complete seclusion from the busyness of everyday life – give it a refreshing and unique flavour. For the more private we also offer the exclusive Kalahari Manor House, complete with its own private guide, private chef and accommodating up to a maximum of four people. Another option is to spend a night in the wild, at a traditional San village, where you will have supper the way the San prepare their food. Accommodation for the night will be in a San hut. Light snacks in the morning before walking back to the main lodge where you will have a full brunch.

Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a place famed for its outstanding wildlife with vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions. This region also offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa. The camp, situated on an immense pan, comprises ten en-suite canvas units each with a sleep-out area from which to enjoy the night skies. The lounge and dining area has a separate swimming pool and deck. The camp is raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and the innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside comfortable. Guided game drives unlock the wildlife treasures found here and San Bushman experiences provide insights into their unique culture. Male ground Agama, Kalahari desert

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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Jacks Camp

Camp Kalahari

Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. An authentic, 1940’s style tented safari camp, which houses a private museum, shop, drinks tent and pool pavilion.

This family-friendly camp accepts children of all ages. It’s the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way, ideal for those wanting fun and adventure as well as comfort and style.

Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other. Activities vary, combining wildlife with culture, history, archaeology and geology.

You’ll find Camp Kalahari’s ten tents amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. It’s simple, yet comfortable, with a traditionally built thatch library, living/dining area and swimming pool for those hot Kalahari days.

Activities on offer all year round: interacting with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman’s Baobab - one of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, birding and night drives. Dry season activities: (16th April - 31st October) Quad bike on the Saltpans Wet season activities: (1st November - 15th April) The zebra and wildebeest migration

Activities on offer year round: Interact with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman’s Baobab - of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, birding & night drives. Dry season activities: (16th April - 31st October) Quad bike on the Saltpans Wet season activities: (1st November - 15th April) The zebra and wildebeest migration

San Camp

Planet Baobab

San Camp, deep in the Kalahari, is one of the most romantic and intimate camps in Africa. Completely rebuilt in 2010, the camp’s classic six white tents stand majestically on the edge of the endless Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – each sheltered by a cluster of desert palms. The central dining tent houses a small library and natural history museum filled with fascinating artefacts from the area. There is also a yoga and meditation tent for Guests wanting to enjoy the space and serenity of the area.

Situated close to the village of Gweta, 290 kilometres from Francistown, and 200 kilometres from Maun, Planet Baobab combines style with comfort while remaining true to its African inspiration. Accommodation provides different options at all price levels.

Activities on offer at San Camp include: interacting with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman’s Baobab - one of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, bird watching, night drives and quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans. San Camp operates during the dry season, from 16th April to 31st October.

Beautifully painted, traditionally styled, Kalanga Huts with en-suite bathrooms or the shady campsite. All ages are welcome! The Africantastic ‘shebeen’ style central mess features a tasty bar menu, and when it heats up, cool off in the biggest coolest pool in the Kalahari. Activities on offer all year round: Guided bush walks, traditional cattle post and village visits, incredibly friendly habituated meerkats and historical baobabs. Dry season: (25th April - 31st October) Quad biking on the Saltpans and a sleep out under the magnificent Makgadikgadi night sky Wet season: (1st November - 24th April) The zebra and wildebeest migration


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Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana

Leroo La Tau

Guests looking for a superb Botswana safari experience will be enthralled by the charms of The newly flowing river has brought relief to the resident pod of hippos, and is expected to Leroo La Tau. Situated on the border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Leroo La Tau attract breeding herds of elephants to add to the park’s sizable bull population. sits on cliffs overlooking the Boteti River, a once-dry river which began flowing again in late After game drives, guests can enjoy the beautiful swimming pool, or make their way down 2009 after two decades of unexplained drought. to the covered viewing hide to watch the animals as they drink from the banks of the Guest activities include game drives through the stunning environment of the Makgadikgadi Boteti River. Pans National Park, home to the second largest zebra migration in the world. This Other facilities include a dining room, lounge and cocktail bar, wildlife reference library and concentration of zebras attracts numerous predators including leopards and lions. boma. Leroo La Tau accommodates 24 guests in spacious thatched rooms which dot the The park is also home to three white rhinos – two females which trekked over 250 kilometres cliffs along the Boteti River. Each room features a private wooden viewing deck with a 270 south from the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve – and a bull rhino which was degree panorama of the Boteti River and the park. relocated in 2008 in the hope that the rhinos would breed.

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Namibia

Nothing like the Africa of TV documentaries, this is a country of arid landscapes, stark coastlines and massive sand dunes, and within these are pockets of exceptional beauty. The ancient lake-bed of Etosha National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, the coast line has shipwrecks, diamond mines and thousands of seals. Visit the south where sand dunes harbour an amazing ecosystem of creatures, or travel north to the home of the traditional Himba tribes.

Etosha In its centre lies a vast white saltpan surrounded by grass and bush savannah, and with good graded roads and waterholes wildlife viewing is excellent. This is a huge National Park and is home to an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, more than 2,000 elephants and over 20,000 of the iconic springbok.

Skeleton Coast An enormous colony of 100,000 seals has established itself at Cape Cross. Further north the Ugab River marks the start of the Skeleton Coast which runs up to the Angolan border. You need a permit to travel in this area and is best explored with a fly-in safari.

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Introduction

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Namibia

GETTING AROUND: Roads are mostly excellent but distances from north to south of the country are great. Very good place to hire a car, QANTAS normal orA380 4WD, depending on where you wish to travel. There are also top introduction charter flight companies and it’s highly recommended to join The of the award winning Qantas A380 represents a new eraaofsmall flying for Qantas. A superior group flying safari. ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer WILDLIFE: Marc Etosha is excellent forinteriors viewing and elephants, lions andtechnology rhinos. experience. Newson-designed state-of-the-art Visit theinseal onAirbus the Skeleton Coast and with look450 for jackals and brown abounds all ofcolony Qantas’ A380’s. Configured seats, the A380 sets Search for for the theairline desert-adapted elephants in the Namib Desert or ahyenas. new benchmark and the industry.

flocks of flamingos near Walvis Bay.

The Qantas A380 is available on selected services from London to Sydney - please CURRENCY: ask for details. The Namibian Dollar is the local currency however, South

African Rand is also used. Credit cards are widely accepted at most tourist facilities. CLIMATE: April to June have warm days and cool nights. July to September offer beautiful days but cold nights in the deserts. November to February are very hot but with refreshing rain. LANGUAGE: Although English is the official language you will frequently hear German, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Herero and the Khoisan (San) languages.

Etosha Pans

Kaokoland Located in the far north-west, Kaokoland is a relatively untouched region and the home of the nomadic Himba pastoralists, who have kept their culture and traditions virtually unchanged through generations. Travelling through this region should only be done with an experienced guide and in off-road vehicles.

Sossusvlei The Sossusvlei, a highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular sand dues are more than 300 metres high and are the tallest in the world. Best visited by air to one of the superb lodges in the area.

Caprivi Strip

Skeleton Coast Camp Kaokoland Etosha National Park

Skeleton Coast Park

NAMIBIA Swakopmund Walvis Bay

WINDHOEK

Namib Desert Sossusvlei

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Touring

Namibia

Namibia Lodge Safari

An exploratory ten day lodge safari starting and ending in Windhoek, Namibia. This comfortable lodge safari takes you on wildlife game drives in the Etosha National Park, lets you explore the seldom visited western part of Etosha, takes you to Bushman paintings and inspires you to climb up the red dunes in Sossusvlei. After exploring the warm desert areas and the diverse game parks, you will relax in the comforts of your lodgings in the evenings. Day One: Arrive in Namibia’s capital Windhoek and transfer to your accommodation. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day Four: Your day is spent on game drives through the Etosha National Park, hopefully spotting some of the Big Five. Day Five: An exciting drive takes you to Khorixas. Stop at Petrified Forest and a chance to view ancient rock paintings. Day Six: Heading through the dry part of Namibia drive from Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund. Day Seven: On the way to Sossusvlei stop at Solitaire for the famous Apple Crumble.

Day Two: Drive from Windhoek to Outjo, set between low hills on the brink of the Ugab valley. There is an option to visit a Cheetah Farm in the area.

Day Eight: Today’s highlights are the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei.

Day Three: Arrival at the world famous Etosha National Park.

Day Ten: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Day Nine: You head back to where your adventure started – Windhoek.

Distinctive Namibia

Best of Namibia

Distinctive Namibia is a seven day flying safari that encompasses the best attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating topography of Damaraland and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north.

The Best of Namibia Circuit is a seven day flying safari through the best areas of Namibia: the Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes, the rugged topography of Damaraland and the wildlife-filled Etosha National Park.

The focus of this itinerary are the amazing contrasts to be found in this wonderful country – the red dunes and pale pans of the Namib Desert, the rocky outcrops and elephants of Damaraland and the oasis of the Kunene River surrounded by mountains and plains. Add to this the solitude, the desert-adapted wildlife that could be encountered, visiting the Himba people – one of the last true nomads in Africa - and the wide open spaces, and you will experience a journey that is truly distinctive.

Featuring small luxury camps within private concessions and Sefofane flying at unbeatable prices, this package is the perfect base safari within Namibia and a natural choice to experience the dramatic desert landscapes of this expansive country. This itinerary showcases the best that this dramatic country has to offer: experiencing the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the dramatic scenery of Damaraland with its desert-adapted wildlife, clear, starfilled night skies for breathtaking stargazing and up-close wildlife encounters in Etosha. This safari has another wondrous facet – observing Namibia from the air.

This safari has another wondrous facet – observing Namibia from the air. The route takes you over the Namib, the oldest desert in the world; along the cool Atlantic coast and across some of the remotest wilderness areas in Africa. From $6,015

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It is also home to diverse and unique biomes like the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, the shimmering saltpans of Etosha and equally fascinating local cultures. From $4,899


Namibia Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Caprivi Strip

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Impalila Island Lodge

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred metres from Popa Falls, fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru (Little Paradise). Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge offers comfortable chalets, a bush bar, restaurant, swimming pool and a viewing deck overlooking the Okavango River. Activities include boat cruises to view hippo and crocodiles and game viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve.

Nestled close to the junction of four countries - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe - and near the meeting place of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, Impalila Island Lodge is a water-bound wonderland. With over 100 kilometres of waterways to traverse, Impalila lies a mere 80 kilometres upriver from the Victoria Falls. The lodge lies protectively beneath the branches of a 700 year-old Baobab tree. Eight luxury en-suite chalets all with river views echo the colours of Africa. An attentive team produces culinary art, and mealtimes become a ritual of their own. Seductive rivers invite you to explore further. Encounter Africa’s big game and birdlife by boat or challenge the legendary tigerfish on fly. Follow the island’s footpaths for an intriguing village visit and learn of the medicinal uses of the indigenous plant life.

Baobab tree, northern Namibia

Chobe Savanna Lodge

Experience Namibia at its finest on an African safari at Chobe Savanna Lodge, situated on To experience the Namibian culture, guests can pay a visit to a nearby homestead and the Namibian banks of the Chobe River. Adjacent to the Chobe National Park, Chobe Savanna witness traditional Namibian village activities. Guided riverside walking safaris are also on Lodge is set on a peninsula of Namibia’s eastern Caprivi Strip and is only accessible by boat offer and provide an excellent way to experience the wildlife while on foot. from Kasane in Botswana. Guests can enjoy the refreshing swimming pool, deck and al fresco gazebo, while an open Chobe Savanna Lodge’s riverside location ensures guests have a host of water-based boma area on the river bank is a beautiful outdoor dining location. The huge main thatch and activities to enjoy. Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants on timber building houses the lounge, library, dining room, and a game viewing bar which enjoys earth and guests can see these amazing animals bathing and frolicking in the river right panoramic views over the Chobe River to Botswana. before their eyes. Large numbers of hippos and crocodiles line the river banks, and the area is home to vast numbers of Cape buffalo. Other water activities include catch-and-release The 12 thatch and brick chalets are fully air-conditioned and feature en-suite bathrooms and a private deck with beautiful views of the wildlife which frequents the river. fishing for bream or tiger fish.


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Windhoek & Beyond

Namibia

Windhoek Country Club Resort

The Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino

Whether you are looking for a relaxing family getaway or to host a business conference, the Windhoek Country Club Resort combines the best of all worlds.

At the Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino, luxury comes as standard as the sand in the desert. The Wellness Spa will pamper you with a wide range of treatments and massages, and the rooftop swimming pool will bring you even closer to the Sun Gods.

The resort boasts a unique combination of exceptional service, luxury accommodation and tranquil setting, which has ensured that it remains the final word in comfort and entertainment in Namibia.

The Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino has a total of 173 rooms which are decorated to blend into their earthy surroundings. The colour scheme is taken from the golden hues of the dunes and combined with the reddish tones of bushman paintings.

Windhoek Country Club Resort offers 151 rooms including a wheelchair-accessible room. For stylish comfort, try one of the Hollywood Twin rooms, for a more pampered experience, one of the Executive Suites is a lovely treat. The Luxury Suites, for the more discerning traveller, will more than satisfy any expectations of lavish luxury. For those wishing to experience the final word in comfort, convenience and indulgence, the Presidential Suites offer the ultimate experience in sumptuous living.

The Casino is at the core of the Hotel and offers players unlimited casino pleasure in a relaxed yet stimulating environment. The sophisticated casino has 152 slot machines with a smart card system and all the benefits of the MVG rewards customer loyalty programme. It also features four American Roulette tables, four Blackjack tables and two Poker tables.

Villa Verdi Guesthouse

Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve The Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve is a 10,000 hectare wildlife sanctuary located in the south-western region of the Kalahari, along the upper reaches of the Auob river system of Namibia. The expanse of the reserve is characterized by lofty ancient parallel red dunes sparsely covered by unique vegetation. Grassy plains peppered with centuries old camelthorn trees commonly known as “dune streets” or valleys separate the dunes providing refuge for diverse animal and bird life indigenous to the Kalahari.

Villa Verdi Guesthouse sets the standards for boutique accommodation in Windhoek. Unique décor and personal service are the hallmarks of this city oasis that welcomes visitors with warm Namibian smiles. Surround yourself with the inspiring Auas Mountains, martini views and the incredible natural treasures that characterize this region. Contained within lush, tropical gardens, Villa Verdi is a tranquil haven just ten minutes walking distance from the centre of Windhoek. The cool central lounge, styled with comfortable African décor, is a central meeting point for guests.

Learn about the predator re-introduction programme or take a walk in the Kalahari with a bushman tracker and learn his desert survival secrets and hear the history of the ancient San people. The stark splendour of this Kalahari Thirstland will find a special place in your heart. LOCATION: Kalahari Desert. GETTING THERE: District Road – D1268. HIGHLIGHTS: Intu Afrika Game Drive, Guided Quad Bike Tours & Bushman Walk.

Christ Church in Windhoek, Namibia

SURICATE TENTED KALAHARI LODGE Suricate Tented Kalahari Lodge is situated on a red sand dune overlooking a pan system that forms part of the upper Auob wetlands. It is here that one can experience all the romance, all the adventure of the early safari expeditions but with style.

ZEBRA KALAHARI LODGE & SPA Zebra Lodge is set in a panorama of open grassy plain, acacia woodlands and red sand dunes. A luxurious establishment, the cool interior reflects casual comfort. This unique lodge can accommodate 26 guests in twin bedded rooms connected to the main lodge building.

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Namibia The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre

Swakopmund & Beyond

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Kulala Wilderness Camp

Kulala Wilderness Camp lies on the lower slopes of a mountain and consists of ten simple yet stylish chalets or kulalas with private verandahs, en-suite solar-heated bathrooms and sundecks, on elevated platforms so that each room commands a panoramic view of the valley and mountains beyond. The main area is built of canvas with thatched roofing on raised platforms and offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere, complete with a pool in which to cool off. On the edge of the oldest desert in the world the wildlife and Namib scenery found here is fascinating.

Little Kulala

From the rugged, desolate beauty of the Namib Desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience. The Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre is no exception. Built in and around the old German Station Building, this charming hotel strikes the perfect balance between architectural beauty and first-world class. All 89 rooms are bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style, and most have a pleasant view of the pool terrace. All rooms have mini-bars, individual air-conditioning, TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities, bathrooms with bath, shower and toilet, direct-dialling telephones, electric razor plugs (100/200V), and hairdryers. Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre features the Mermaid Casino, which boasts a variety of games including American Roulette, Stud Poker, Blackjack, slot machines and the latest interactive video slot machines. The Mermaid Casino also has a tempting snack menu as well as a full bar service.

This acclaimed desert retreat is situated amongst camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The 11 climate-controlled, thatched villas merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures and innovative bleached decks each with a private plunge pool. Each villa has a rooftop ‘skybed’ for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers. An elegant entertainment area includes al fresco fine dining as a highlight. Varied activities take in the splendour and beauty of the Namib desert.

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa is a harmonious blend of luxury and nature with each room offering a spectacular view of the Namib Desert. A highlight at the lodge is the wellness centre which is specialised in massages, pedicures, manicures, aroma massages and de-stress treatments. In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool sheltered from the desert in an oasis of palm trees. Quad bike tours, nature drives on the private domain and nature drives to Sossusvlei, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are available. Cheetah, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia


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Namibia

Palmwag Lodge

Skeleton Coast Camp

The lodge, situated along the banks of the ephemeral Uniab River, boasts a wide variety of accommodation options, from comfortable family units and Meru-style tents to thatched bungalows and a lively campsite. A swimming pool, restaurant and cosy bar complete the facilities. This stark and remote destination is easily accessible and an array of guided or independent excursions are available, including morning and afternoon game drives, fullday excursions into Palmwag Concession (with prior booking), nature walks, sleep-outs and Himba cultural excursions.

Skeleton Coast Camp is situated in the heart of a 16,400 square kilometre private wilderness area in the Skeleton Coast Park. The camp has six Meru-style tents with spacious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms; meals are served in the open-air ‘dining room’ under an ancient leadwood tree (weather permitting). Secret water seeps attract wildlife, so guests can see desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok, giraffe, ostrich, brown hyena, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and occasionally lion and cheetah.

Serra Cafema

Doro Nawas Camp

Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. The camp has eight unique canvas and thatched chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The dining room and pool look out over the Kunene River. Activities here are varied, including boating (seasonal), walking, viewing breathtaking landscapes, as well as carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes.

Doro Nawas rests on the slopes of a small hill on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area. Guests are housed in 16 natural walled units. Each unit consists of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and verandah for stargazing or sleep-outs. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, a residential pool area and a small curio shop. Explore the local area in game drive vehicles and on foot. Guests can also view prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfelfontien. This is a prime area to view unique desert-adapted elephant.

Ongava Game Reserve

Epacha Private Game Reserve

Ongava is one of the largest private reserves in Namibia, covering over 125 square miles, yet taking great pride in keeping the experience ‘small and personal’. Visitor numbers are restricted, providing a level of service and a safari experience, which is unmatched.

Epacha Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the 21,000 hectare Epacha Game Reserve. Each of the individually decorated en-suite chalets has its own private balcony, complete with a breathtaking view across the bush. All chalets are equipped with air-conditioning, mini bar, safe, ceiling fan and coffee and tea facilities. In keeping with the Victorian era in Africa, all chalets are furnished with antiques & decorated in subtle, relaxing colours.

Ongava’s topography is beautiful - mopane woodland interspersed with dolomite outcrops - and commands magnificent views of the African plains. At Ongava you quickly become part of a small yet closely-knit family thanks to the dedicated staff. Informative guides ensure a wonderful interpretative experience on the Reserve itself. Ongava’s proximity to Etosha National Park makes it ideal for exploring Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. Accommation offerings on the reserve vary from Little Ongava, arguably Namibia’s most exclusive and luxurious lodge to Andersson’s Camp, a more affordable option.

Guests can spend time relaxing in the lounge overlooking a waterhole or in the library, smoking room, billiard room or at the pool bar, be rejuvenated by stress relieving therapies in the Mystique Spa, which offers the following facilities: sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, splash pool, thelaso therapy room, treatment rooms or outside treatment areas.

LOCATION: Ongava Game Reserve, bordering Etosha National Park.

LOCATION: Outjo area (located near Etosha). GETTING THERE: District Road – D2695.

GETTING THERE: Access is either by air to our own private airstrip, or by sedan for selfdrive tourists.

HIGHLIGHTS: Epacha Game Drive, Etosha Game Drive, Walking Trails, Clay Pigeon Shooting & Conference Facilities.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ongava Research Centre, tracking white rhino on foot, good chance of seeing both black and white rhino, lion, black-faced impala and endemic birdilife. ONGAVA LODGE Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock and thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day.

ONGAVA TENTED CAMP Eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandahs; the family unit sleeps four. The main area, built of stone, canvas and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole. Relax in the swimming pool and watch the wildlife that comes to drink at the water below.

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EPACHA GAME LODGE & SPA Each of the individually decorated en-suite chalets has its own private balcony, complete with a breathtaking view across the bush. All chalets are equipped with airconditioning, mini bar, safe, ceiling fan and coffee and tea facilities. Guests can spend time being rejuvenated by stress relieving therapies in the Spa. EAGLE TENTED LODGE & SPA Eagle Tented Lodge and Spa provides breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains & valleys. This luxury lodge, built from natural rock with thatch rooves boasts eight standard and eight luxury canvas tents all with spacious en-suite facilities.


Mozambique

Making its return onto the international scene Mozambique has a tropical coastline and an archipelago of islands to explore. There are gorgeous white sandy beaches, azure warm waters, coral reefs with prolific marine life including whales, dolphins, the rare dugong and turtles, and friendly people. Excellent lodges provide accommodation, fresh seafood and facilities for diving and fishing. Inland Niassa National Reserve offers remote wildlife viewing.

Bazaruto Archipelago Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque and Santa Carolina are reached by flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos then short island flights. White sandy beaches with palm trees and sunset dhow cruises are ideal for honeymooners. Activities include fishing, snorkelling and diving. Go cruising to look for dolphins, dugongs, humpback whales and turtles.

Niassa National Reserve

Introduction

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Mozambique

GETTING AROUND: International flights arrive into Maputo and Beira from South Africa, whilst domestic airlines service Pemba and Vilanculos, and QANTAS A380 charters are available. It is not recommended to hire a car. The introduction of the award winning Qantas A380 represents a new era of flying WILDLIFE: There is limited wildlife but along the coast it’s the coral reefs for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, with its colourful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugong that are the along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer stars here. experience. Marc Newson-designed interiors and state-of-the-art technology abounds in all ofThe Qantas’ A380’s. Configured 450 seats, the and A380U.S. sets CURRENCY: localAirbus currency is the Meticalwith however, Rand aDollars new benchmark for the airline and the industry. are accepted in some of the tourist areas as are credit cards and

travellers The Qantas cheques. A380 is available on selected services from London to Sydney - please ask for details. CLIMATE: The climate is influenced by monsoons from the Indian Ocean and the hot current from the Mozambique Channel, and is generally tropical and humid. The rainy season is from October to April. LANGUAGE: The official language is Portuguese and in tourist areas people speak some English. In rural areas you will hear any of the other 42 languages spoken here!

A remote and undiscovered 42,000 square kilometre expanse of wilderness in the north of the country and accessible during the dry season from June to mid December. It is a birders’ paradise and wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and zebra abound. Best suited to adventurous visitors.

Niassa NR Lichinga

Pemba

Maputo

MOZAMBIQUE

Formerly known as Lourenco Marques, Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and is a working port city. There is a great choice of hotels and excellent restaurants serving freshly caught seafood cuisine or the famous spicy Portuguese piri piri chicken. Take a day trip to Inhaca Island for diving and snorkelling.

Beira

Bazaruto Archipelago

Quirimba Acrhipelago Fly into the port city of Pemba then it’s a short hop to the islands. The Archipelago is a necklace of 32 coral islands with a range of beachside accommodation and activities. This unspoilt marine sanctuary includes some of the richest coral reefs in the world with an array of colourful sealife.

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Vilanculos

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Mozambique

Marlin Lodge

Azura

Nestled in the heart of Mozambique, amidst island shorelines, and sublime sunsets, lies Marlin Lodge.

Azura on Benguerra Island in Mozambique is the country’s first luxury eco boutique retreat and operated in partnership with the local community. Guests can feel totally at ease with the deserted beaches of pure white sand, sparkling turquoise seas and swaying palm trees.

Marlin Lodge’s 17 seascape Suites offer a secluded terrace and wooden walkway to the beach. The tropical waters and reefs of Benguerra Island offers nature’s finest marine-life, just waiting to be explored. A fully equipped dive centre is available. Activities include picnics on surrounding shell-speckled islands as well as various complimentary nonmotorised water-sports. The Archipelago is heralded as one of the greatest game fishing sites in the Indian Ocean. Marlin Lodge maintains fully equipped angling boats as well as a tackle centre.

The 15 villas are just footsteps from the beach and each has its own plunge pool and relaxation area. Guests can lounge around on their private day beds, dine on their very own deck and sip champagne in their beachside Sala.

For restoration and reawakening, the Beauty & Wellness Centre will rekindle and soothe your soul.

The sea around Azura offers magnificent scuba diving or snorkelling and a chance to see the rare and protected dugong as well as dolphin, whales and turtles. Azura also provides some of the world’s best fishing for marlin, sailfish and tuna and provides fully equipped fishing boats with local guides. On land, deserted island picnics, village visits and land rover island tours can be organized.

Benguerra Lodge

Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa

Benguerra is a unique African island paradise – washed by the turquoise waters of the warm Mozambique channel. This is barefoot luxury at its very best.

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite sub-tropical destination, offering visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday, as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding area. With its understated luxury, Indigo Bay’s elegant design makes the most of a superb location on the shores of Bazaruto.

A small, intimate lodge offering personalised service, simple luxury and a rich East African/ Arabic atmosphere: two elegant Cabanas, ten luxurious Casita’s each with private plunge pool and outdoor showers, and one exclusive Villa (two double rooms, private pool and personal chef to prepare all meals). All rooms merge naturally into the surrounding indigenous forest and are only metres from the beach with unsurpassed sea views. Enjoy hours of relaxation under coconut palms, romantic picnics, Dhow sunset cruises, landrover safaris around the island and birdwatching. Experience world class diving, snorkelling and saltwater fly fishing, or simply comb deserted beaches in solitude and serenity searching the horizon for dolphins, dugongs and whales. Benguerra Lodge works closely with the local community to conserve and protect the unspoiled marine environment.

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Surrounded by palm trees and a turquoise sea, the accommodation consists of 30 Beach Chalets and 14 Luxury Villas. All the chalets, villas and guest areas are made of natural materials that blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Restaurants specializing in seafood, and characterful bars with original walls dating back to the early Portuguese traders, provide the focus of Indigo Bay’s living areas. A host of fun activities are available and, for those simply wanting to relax; one can laze around the beautiful swimming pools, drink cocktails at the ‘wet bar’ or experience a range of pampering treatments at the luxurious Sanctuary Spa, to revitalize the weariest of souls.


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Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa

Medjumbe Private Island

Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is a modern oasis in a largely undeveloped land. The Indian Ocean glitters beyond manicured lawns, dominating the vista from first floor rooms, whilst in the new Courtyard wing you are cosseted in a haven of rich furnishings and marble clad bathrooms – a truly sumptuous rendition of African east coast living.

True hedonistic pleasure awaits you at the romantic and exclusive island getaway of Medjumbe. Set like a jewel within the glittering Quirimbas Archipelago, Medjumbe is a small private island only 5 kilometres long and 500 metres wide. The ultimate tropical island idyll, Medjumbe’s 13 beach chalets blend into the natural environment and front onto dazzlingly white sands and a translucent sea. Each thatched chalet offers airconditioned luxury and a private plunge pool, whilst a hammock ensures essential respite.

At night, enjoy the tropical heat as you drift from the Niassa Bar to the Quirimbas Restaurant, where leading chefs blended international and local cuisine, with local seafood in abundance. By day, laze around the infinity pool which seems to tumble into the ocean, or take a short walk to the buzzing Clube Naval and adjacent yacht marina. Here, you will be tempted with all the sporting action your heart desires – fishing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or water-skiing. The superb Sanctuary Spa offers an array of treatments from Swedish massages to milk baths and will help you succumb to pure bliss.

Guest facilities are exclusive and subtle, designed to provide the privacy that guests are seeking, whether lounging around the pool, sipping cocktails in the tropical bar area, or relaxing in the loft with mesmerizing views. Medjumbe’s pristine marine environment offers some of the finest diving in the world with untouched coral reefs and an astounding diversity of marine species found in the crystal clear, warm waters. Guests can also delight in fishing, snorkelling, skiing, kayaking or simply exploring unspoilt beaches.

Matemo Island

Lugenda Wilderness Camp

A magical destination, with pristine beaches enveloped by an azure sea, offset by the distinctive silhouette of thousands of palm trees, Matemo Island offers an unhurried and carefree escape. Each of the thatched chalets is situated within metres of the beach; offering en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and a verandah complete with hammock for watching the world go by.

Nestled along the eastern bank of the Lugenda River, lies an African bush haven – Lugenda Wilderness Camp. Located in the Niassa Reserve, bordering Tanzania in northern Mozambique, the Reserve is an untouched and undiscovered 42,000 square kilometre expanse of wilderness. Intimate and understated, Lugenda offers eight luxury tents, situated 40 metres from the banks of the Lugenda River beneath towering fig trees - each with its own patio deck and panoramic views. The tents blend beautifully into the natural surrounds and offer every modern comfort.

Fresh, seafood-oriented meals are served in the dining area, at the poolside or on the sand with the sea lapping gently nearby. Guests will find themselves unwinding at the swimming pool or bar with their sweeping views over the ocean. A range of spa treatments is also on offer for the ultimate in relaxation. A world of activity is open to those who wish to explore Matemo’s natural treasures with spectacular diving, snorkelling and fishing, as well as a visit to neighbouring Ibo Island, which provides a cultural feast with its rich and, sometimes, dark Portuguese and Arab slave trading history.

While our qualified and fascinating guides reveal the wonders of an undiscovered region and a birder’s paradise; the stylish tents, scenic swimming pool, shady guest areas and views over the river, will keep you comfortably ensconced in camp for hours. A safari to this area is a journey of discovery to an emerging photographic safari destination. For those with a passion for exclusivity and the African bush, Lugenda offers a unique and remarkable wilderness experience.


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Introduction

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Kenya is vibrant, colourful and bustling. Explore the regions of Samburu, Meru and Laikipia home of the Samburu tribes and wildlife like the gerenuk. Fly to the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha, Nakuru or Bogoria for flamingos, pods of hippos and amazing birdlife. Amboseli offers elephant herds with snow-topped Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. End with famous Masai Mara, home to the Maasai people, and a migration of over two million wildebeest and other animals.

Samburu, Laikipia The drier central area of the country known for the Samburu people and their culture, especially their colourful dances and clothing. This area has excellent safari lodges with wildlife, especially the species unique to the region such as Grevy’s zebra, the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and the Beissa oryx.

Rift Valley Lakes & The Coast Visit Lake Nakuru or Bogoria for the shimmer of pink around the edges that are thousands of flamingos. Lake Naivasha is wonderful for birds and wildlife. Visit the island of Lamu on the coast for sandy beaches, barefoot luxury accommodation, fresh seafood, diving and the Arabic influence on the history and architecture.

GETTING AROUND: As the country is so diverse the best way to get around is by scheduled light aircraft flights. Don’t rent a car here and QANTAS A380 by road as distances can be great and the roads are not avoid travelling good, so for time-poor visitors the Qantas only way is by air. The introduction of the award winning A380 represents a new era of flying for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, WILDLIFE: See real ‘Out of Africa’ scenes of soda-encrusted Rift Lakes along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer rimmed with flamingos, scrubby terrain with technology Samburu experience. Marcpink Newson-designed interiorsdesert and state-of-the-art tribesmen and camels, for the epitome with of those documentaries, abounds in all of their Qantas’ Airbusand A380’s. Configured 450 TV seats, the A380 sets the flat savanna grasslands adont new miss benchmark for open the airline and the industry. of the Masai Mara with its

huge variety of wildlife.

The Qantas A380 is available on selected services from London to Sydney - please CURRENCY: ask for details. The Kenyan Shilling is the local currency and is good for

buying handicrafts but the US Dollar is accepted in all tourist venues as are credit cards. CLIMATE: True Equatorial climate but it can be cool at higher altitudes. The rainy season is April, May and November. LANGUAGE: Swahili is the main language but English is spoken, to varying degrees, in most places, unless you really get off the beaten track.

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As the snows of Kilimanjaro melt they run down into a huge swamp which is the life-blood of Amboseli National Park. Here the elephants are well known by researchers and offer visitors the chance for spectacular photos with the mountain as a backdrop.

Masai Mara Famous for its rolling savanna and the annual migration of millions and the predators that follow it. Outside this phenomenon there are many resident wildlife species that make the Mara their home all year-round. There is a wide range of accommodation here and often the chance to experience a visit into a Masai village.

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Samburu NR Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Rift Valley Lake Nakuru NP Laikipia

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Wings Over Amboseli & Masai Mara – Fly-in Safari

Day One: You are picked up early from your hotel and transfer to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Amboseli National Park which lies at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. You are met on arrival and transferred to your new home for the next two nights. Enjoy a brief game drive en-route to your camp. One of Kenya’s most visited parks, Amboseli offers big game viewing and a bird watchers paradise (over 400 recorded species). Check in and take a walk round the camp grounds before lunch. Enjoy afternoon game drive by the swamps and marshes well fed by the melting waters of Kilimanjaro. Return to the lodge for dinner.

studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. The famed “Big Five” - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo - roam the reserve, together with hundreds of other species, from the fastest animal on earth, the cheetah to crocodiles and magnificent birds of prey. After lunch go for an afternoon game drive, and retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge/camp.

Day Four: Enjoy an early morning game drive and return to the lodge/camp for breakfast. Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Day Two: Great annual Migration. Millions of Wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural Enjoy an early morning game drive returning to the camp for breakfast. Relax by the pool wonders of the world. In the afternoon you may visit traditional Masai Manyatta (extra cost) and overlooking the majestic mountain. Lunch is followed by an afternoon game drive returning for experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai community still lives as they dinner and overnight. did for centuries – interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. Day Three: Breakfast and check out. Transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara Game Reserve via Nairobi’s Wilson airport to connect with your flight to the world’s famous Masai Mara Continue for the afternoon game viewing as you return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight. Game Reserve. On arrival you are met by lodge/camp vehicle and transferred to the lodge/camp Day Five: for check in. Enjoy early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Check out and transfer to the Airstrip for The most magnificent natural theatre in the world for game viewing - Kenya’s Masai Mara Game your flight back to Nairobi. On arrival you are met and dropped off at your city hotel or airport for Reserve is where the lodges/camps are born. The views across the rolling golden grasslands your flight back home. From $2,220


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Nairobi, Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital, epitomises urban Africa and is one of the fastest growing cities on the continent. Occupying a unique place in the history of both Kenya and Nairobi is Fairmont The Norfolk. A renowned landmark since opening its doors in 1904, this celebrated hotel has welcomed royalty, statesmen and stars alike. Today, the hotel continues to provide a sophisticated respite from the bustle of the downtown business district and is Nairobi’s finest and most famous hotel. Whether passing through on business, or at the start or end of a Kenyan safari adventure, Fairmont The Norfolk is a peaceful haven for all guests. From the spacious rooms and suites set around tranquil courtyards, to relaxed terrace dining and the famed lobby bar—a permanent fixture on the Nairobi social scene—the hotel offers an elegant range of comforts and facilities. Fairmont The Norfolk is a secluded gem in the heart of Nairobi.

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As Kenya’s first Luxury Hotel, Sarova Stanley has always occupied a special place in Nairobi’s heart. From the day it opened its doors in 1902, it has been making history by hosting royal Safaris, groundbreaking business events and a long line of legendary personalities. From the grandeur of the presidential suite, the charm of the Lamu and Karen Blixen suites, to the chic and sophistication of the club rooms or the contemporary functionality of the deluxe rooms, Sarova Stanley has a fine range of accommodation to choose from. An eclectic mix of dining and entertainment options is on offer. One can enjoy the legendary Thorn Tree Café or the casual atmosphere at the Pool deck restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant is reputed to be the finest in Thai cuisine within the region. The Exchange Bar is an elegantly decadent, plush lounge bar. Sarova Stanley also offers superlative conferencing & banqueting facilities. A heated swimming pool and state-of-the-art health club and gymnasium take pride of place in the hotel’s inventory.

House of Waine

House of Waine is an 11 bedroom property on over one hectare that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa in an exclusive and serene setting. House of Waines’ aim is to provide guests with an experience that exceeds all their expectations of city hotels and is punctuated by personalised, friendly and excellent service and cuisine in beautiful surroundings.

to another place, one with a gentler, quieter pace, a private retreat where the only noise you will usually hear will be the sound of the local bird life.

That is not to say though that the House is lacking in the amenities present in any city hotel. Guests can still find a complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar in each room as well as direct dial telephones, TVs with satellite and local channels, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh Located in the peace and quiet of Karen, House of Waine still retains much of the charm of a flowers and cookies that are delivered daily to the room. family home. Guests are assured of a relaxed and informal atmosphere where they can be free to do as much or as little as they like. Upon entering the gates you will be transported As a family home where no two rooms are alike, House of Waine rooms are individually styled and are named to reflect their central design theme or feature.

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Tortillis Camp

ol Donyo Lodge

Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Mount Kilimanjaro and its large elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the park’s ecosystem, featuring some of the largest in Africa. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli’s precious areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland.

ol Donyo Lodge [previously Ol Donyo Wuas] is located on 111,000 hectares of private wilderness in the Chyulu Hills and bordering the Amboseli region of southern Kenya. With views across the wildlife dotted savannas toward snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, its location is unrivalled. Eight of the ten suites have private swimming pools in addition to the lodge’s main pool. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. Guests may choose to sleep under the African star speckled night sky on a private rooftop terrace and “skybed”.

The Camp boasts the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the World’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the National Park, as well as within Tortilis Camp’s private 12,000 hectare game concession. Tortilis Camp tents are beautifully furnished, with spacious en-suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, and of course - magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.

An abundance of activities are offered, including morning, late afternoon and evening game safaris in 4x4 Land-cruisers, guided wildlife walks, guided mountain bike safaris, morning and afternoon horse safaris, wildlife tracking with bloodhounds, bush breakfasts, sitting at the “log-pile” hide at the lodge’s waterhole, authentic Maasai village cultural visits, in-room massages and The Big Five without the crowds and mini-buses!

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. The luxury ensuite rooms are accommodated in two single-storey dedicated buildings, which lie to the right and left of the main reception and dining areas. Each room features a king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom with walk-in shower, writing/vanity unit, and private verandah. The central dining area is reached by an internal timbered bridge over a melt-water stream, and is flanked by water gardens. The walls feature hand-painted wildlife murals while the décor reflects the traditional artefacts of the Maasai people. The spacious lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed. Flamingos at Nakuru Lake, Kenya


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Masai Mara The Masai Mara eco-system is divided into various regions that reflect different conservation areas and viewing fee jurisdictions. Much conservation work has been done in the whole area, with the creation of management plans to restrict development, and to standardize income distribution and eco-system management. Guests at Cottars have exclusive access to a 9,000 hectare concession area - Olderikesi - bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo Reserves. Elephant Pepper Camp is a small and exclusive camp located away from any other lodges, in the middle of the protected Mara North Conservancy.

Guests at Elephant Pepper Camp enjoy the double benefit of having the sweeping Masai Mara National Reserve on their doorstep, but also the freedom of being in the MNC wilderness area (with fewer tourists, and more freedom to do alternative activities such as guided bush walks and evening game drives). Built on the edge of the last remaining forest in the Masai Mara, Saruni is an exceedingly intimate and sophisticated lodge. Its position, high up in the hills above the Mara plains affords guests an eagle-eye view of the Masai Mara and a taste of two distinct environments every day. LOCATION: The Mara is one of Kenya’s most well-known areas, bordering the Serengeti. GETTING THERE: There are numerous daily scheduled flights to various parts of the Masai Mara. Private charters are also a popular option. HIGHLIGHTS: One of the Masai Mara’s most notorious highlights is the great migration, which takes place between July and November each year. ELEPHANT PEPPER CAMP Small and exclusive, Elephant Pepper Camp is located in the heart of the African bush. The eight spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring en-suite bathrooms with ecofriendly flush toilets and traditional safari showers. This camp brings people back to nature - no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of true Africa. COTTARS 1920 SAFARI CAMP Extending an era of luxury and quality, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era - an era of romance, adventure and elegance. The camp accommodates up to 22 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished with original safari antiques from the 1920s. SARUNI Saruni offers an African adventure experienced in harmony with the Masai, coupled with style and comfort. Each of the six cottages features a large verandah, where one can enjoy a unique view of the Mara plains and watch wildlife drinking at the nearby waterhole. Saruni also features a spa.

Governors’ Camps - Masai Mara Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,679 sq kilometres of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and birdviewing not only in Kenya but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling and the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a Kaleidoscope of colour and life. A highlight for some is the annual wildebeest migration, considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying at Governors’ Camps puts you right in the heart of the action, closer than anyone else to its incredible sights and sounds. Guests benefit from the strong bonds shared with the community neighbours over the last 40 years.

LOCATION: In the heart of the Best Wildlife viewing areas of Kenya. GETTING THERE: Governors’ Camp Kenya properties are accessible by scheduled services or private charters into their private airstrips, within a ten minute drive. HIGHLIGHTS: Clients benefit from the incredible location, style of properties and commitment to service excellence. GOVERNORS’ CAMP Africa’s first luxury tented safari camp, created in 1972, nestling along the banks of the Mara River, a site that was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial Governors. A traditional atmosphere in which today’s traveller can share the same elemental landscape that inspired Hemingway and magnetised adventurers the world over. LITTLE GOVERNORS’ CAMP Intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest and then Little Governors’ Camp casts its spell over all who visit from honeymooners to Presidents. GOVERNORS’ ILMORAN CAMP For those who want that extra bit of luxury, with just ten tents hidden in the shadow of ancient trees along the banks of the Mara River. Tented suites with hand carved beds from specially selected wood from fallen, ancient olive trees, private verandahs and Victorian baths.

GOVERNORS’ BALLOON SAFARIS The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the balloon rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbowcoloured canopy, you’re on a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective - silence as you float above the plains and toasting your return to earth with a champagne breakfast.

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Richard’s Camp

Mara Plains Camp

Positioned on the edge of a forest overlooking the open plains of the Masai Mara, Richard’s Camp is a secluded and intimate tented camp. There are eight spacious tents furnished in a comfortable safari style with 24-hour solar lighting and en-suite bathrooms with flushing loos. After a day of unrivalled game viewing with the camp’s exceptional guides, enjoy hot showers and cocktails around the open camp fire, followed by a delicious three course dinner under a canopy of stars.

Mara Plains Camp, in the Masai Mara’s Olare Orok Conservancy is situated immediately north of and adjacent to the Masai Mara.

The Masai Mara offers wonderful scenery and an amazing abundance of wildlife in a wilderness area of about 1,510 square kilometres that forms the northern tip of the 27,000 square kilometre Serengeti/Mara ecosystem, where wild animals still roam freely and can be seen in vast numbers. Every year it hosts what is recognised as the greatest wildlife show on earth, ‘the migration’, which takes place between July and October. Over a million wildebeest and two hundred thousand zebra pass through on their endless journey, following the rains in search of grass.

The Olare Orok Conservancy has become a magnet for big cats offering a premium wildlife experience, with a strict minimum density of at least 283 hectares per tent with a total absence of mini-buses. Nature walks and night game drives, activities which are not possible in the Masai Mara Reserve are additional activities offered at Mara Plains. Easy access to the Mara River to observe the great wildebeest and zebra migration allows guests to experience the best of both worlds; the magnificence of the Mara combined with the exclusivity of a private conservancy.

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

This six-room luxury camp under canvas offers amazing views stretching over the savanna and is surrounded by the territories of a number of prides of lion. Leopard and cheetah have also established territories in the area.

Located at the very centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle’ of the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Luxury ensuite rooms are accommodated in twin ‘wings’ which radiate out from the central building. Each tastefully-appointed modular room is set slightly in front of its neighbour, thus allowing uninterrupted views of the famous Mara River.

In south-western Kenya lies the Masai Mara National Reserve, one of the Seven “New” Wonders of the World. It is one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, home to an astounding array of animals. Tucked peacefully in the north-western corner of the Masai Mara and surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the perfect base for your safari adventure in this incredible part of Africa. A “camp” of uncommon quality, the resort provides every en-suite tent with a view of the hippo and crocodile filled river. A spacious outdoor deck overlooks the river and leads to a heated pool, complete with poolside bar, restaurant and private massage tents. An array of memorable activities awaits, from game drives to walking safaris and even hot-air balloon safaris—all delivered with the warm and gracious service that makes the Fairmont name famous—ensuring an amazing experience that you will never forget.

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Samburu and Shaba Samburu consists of Buffalo Springs, Samburu National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve. There are many remarkable hills and mountains in the long stretches north of Mount Kenya – the Samburu Hills are a feature of Shaba’s landscape, and sacred Ol Lolokwe is close to Saruni Samburu. These hills and mountains provide different vegetation so there is a rich mix of animals to see on their flanks and migrating between them – from caracal in the drylands to melanistic genet cats on the hillsides. Joy’s Camp is set in Shaba, one of Kenya’s most exclusive game reserves. Just to the east of the more famous Samburu this arid and exciting park is bisected by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which attracts game from all over the North to the area. Saruni Samburu is a groundbreaking lodge in the Northern Frontier District, bordering Samburu National Park. Set on a vast conservancy, the lodge works closely with the local people who own the land to conserve the area and its denizens. Saruni Samburu overlooks rolling forested hills towards Mount Kenya 100 kilometres away – it’s a view you will find hard to forget. LOCATION: Kenya’s wild North, Samburu features arid landscapes and rare wildlife. GETTING THERE: There are numerous daily scheduled flights to various parts of Samburu. Private charters and road transfers are also a popular option. HIGHLIGHTS: Dramatic landscapes, stylish properties, and unusual northern wildlife species combine to create this truly breathtaking part of Kenya. JOYS CAMP An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu; Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s Shaba home. Uniquely decorated with handmade glass and vibrant tribal fabrics, Joy’s Camp is chic and stylish - perfect for those interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, an authentic wildlife experience, and the comfort of a luxury-tented camp. SARUNI SAMBURU Saruni Samburu is a ‘design’ lodge located north of Samburu National Reserve, amidst 95,000 hectares of private wildlife conservancy. Led by Samburu guides, Saruni guests enjoy a new dimension of this rightfully popular region: a feeling of exclusivity, of having an incredibly large area to themselves, and a high level of comfort and tailor-made service.

Borana Lodge

Laragai House

Borana is a fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodge located within the vast area of Laikipia. Snow-tipped peaks and the glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south; a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience.

Located on the edge of a plateau on Borana Ranch, this eight-bedroom extravagant country house offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Organically constructed from local building materials and dead wood collected from the ranch, the result is a supremely comfortable and luxurious lodge, entirely in harmony with its surroundings. Eight secluded cottages with verandahs and spacious en-suite bathrooms have their own private views down to the Samangua Valley. Open log fireplaces are lit in the rooms every night, filling them with warmth and ambient light. All areas of the Lodge overlook a lake that is a popular watering hole for the local animals. From the infinity pool guests can watch the elephants wandering their well-trodden path to drink from the lake, or simply relax, read and soak up the sun.

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The house has opulent interiors created from fabrics imported from London, mirrors from Ireland, handmade furniture from Kenya and rugs from Rajasthan. Sitting in the midst of a rich and colourful garden, Laragai has a heated swimming pool with a deck overlooking a small dam that attracts herds of elephants, buffalo and often prides of lion. Laragai’s host, Amory Macleod, is on hand to cater to guests’ every need and ensure their stay is perfectly managed. Laragai is well suited to groups of friends or families seeking an exclusive and highly personalised stay.


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Laikipia Laikipia is a vast plateau that enjoys an interdependent relationship with the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Aberdare Mountain Range, and Mount Kenya. Made up of community-owned ranches, large private farms and game conservancies it offers a very diverse landscape, and some of the finest lodges and camps in East Africa. Loisaba is a thriving 24,000 hectare ranch which boasts river and forest, canyon and plain. It is a haven for the animals of the region. Elephant come to the rivers that cross the property, as do leopard, lion and rare African wild dog. A happy marriage between a working cattle ranch and a variety of tourism ventures, Loisaba is fascinating on many levels.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is Kenya’s most successful game sanctuary. 40% of the entire world’s population of Grevy’s zebra and 10% of Kenya’s rhinos live at Lewa. There are rare species like sitatunga and Beisa oryx as well as huge herds of elephant that migrate through the conservancy on route to Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 40,500 hectare game conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. East Africa’s biggest and most important rhino sanctuary, it has a thriving wildlife research department that is at the forefront of rhino conservation. LOCATION: A vast plateau near Mount Kenya, with diverse and breathtaking landscapes. GETTING THERE: There are numerous daily scheduled flights to various parts of Laikipia. Private charters, helicopter, and road transfers are also popular options. HIGHLIGHTS: Laikipia features many highlights, both in relation to wildlife and choice of accommodation, and it is steadily becoming one of Kenya’s most popular destinations. OL PEJETA BUSH CAMP Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is a traditional tented safari camp, set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The camp is owner-managed, and gives a unique safari experience, described by guests as ‘real Africa’. Offering a variety of interactive conservation activities, guests are able to experience modern wildlife conservation first-hand. LOISABA Loisaba Wilderness offers incredible game viewing, a variety of different accommodation, and endless activities… including horse riding, game drives, camel trekking and quad biking. Loisaba Lodge, Loisaba’s private House and Cottage, and Loisaba’s two unique sets of ‘Star-beds’ provide luxurious accommodation and views that will take your breath away. LEWA SAFARI CAMP Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with outstanding game viewing from camp and views of Mt. Kenya to the south. Each tent has a thatched roof, verandah and full en-suite bathroom. The central areas have exquisite gardens with a sunny verandah and swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cosy log fires for chilly evenings.

Sirikoi

Lemarti’s Camp

Sirikoi is a spectacular game lodge situated on private land surrounded by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Set in a shady acacia grove overlooking a natural waterhole, Sirikoi offers some of the best game viewing in East Africa.

Lemarti’s Camp offers the most exceptional and interesting cultural experience in Africa. Created by Lemarti Loyapan and his fashion designer wife Anna Trzebinski, Lemarti’s Camp is an unusual blend of luxurious comfort and complete immersion in the traditional and unchanged lives of the Laikipia Masai.

Sirikoi has four luxury tented rooms, all with views of the waterhole from the verandah, a living area with a fireplace and an elegant bathroom. For private groups or families, there is a two bedroom cottage or a three bedroom house, each with its own dining and sitting room, and a large deck area. The camp has an elegant thatched dining area with open log fires and an 18 metre pool is the perfect spot to watch wildlife coming to the waterhole in front of the camp. All of the bathrooms are en-suite with a free-standing Victorian bath and a separate shower, gravity fed by crystal clear water from the spring on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

The camp is run by Lemarti, his best friend Boni, and their age-set. This group of gentle warriors will take guests to their homes, walk with them in their lands pointing out an aged Ndorobo honey gatherer smoking bees up a tree and ending on the top of a hill where sumptuous sundowners await. Lemarti’s Camp has just five tents, each of which has an enormous bathroom attached. There is no running water and no electricity at Lemarti’s Camp, and also no phone signal. This is a true escape from life as you know it.


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Elsa’s Kopje

Kitich Camp

The Mathews Mountains rise up out of the desert; a chain of peaks covered in dense dewy forest. In a remote valley, Kitich Camp overlooks a river glade within the lush indigenous forest. With only six guest tents, one can expect complete privacy. Walk along forest paths guided by the Samburu and Ndorobo guides, or swim in natural rock pools of the crystal mountain streams, Kitich Camp is an authentic ‘bush camp’ and offers a truly unique and private forest wildlife experience.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. It remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, with one of the most spectacular settings. Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Also offering a large spacious bedroom, with en-suite elegant bathrooms. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge. It features two ensuite bedrooms, a large living area, and its own private garden with swimming pool. Elsa’s also features a Honeymoon Suite, spread over three levels.

Just two hour’s drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill is situated within Lake Nakuru national Park. Each of the 67 recently refurbished chalets are equipped with modern conveniences and have an astounding view of the pink rimmed lake and the silhouetted hills beyond. Guests can enjoy country-style dining at the Flamingo Restaurant or under one of the beautiful acacia trees where one can enjoy lunch with an unobstructed view of the lake. The Rift Valley bar is just the right spot for that magical sundowner. An inviting swimming pool & sauna facilities are available.

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

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Straddling the equator at the heart of the country, Mount Kenya-the sacred peak of a long extinct volcano-gave Kenya its name. A humbling sight, its snow-crowned peaks give way to verdant forests full of wildlife. Nestled in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya, and with a history as rich and evocative as the surrounding landscape, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a snapshot of Africa from a bygone era. Spread over 40 hectares of manicured lawns, tranquil streams and landscaped gardens, and with spectacular views of Mount Kenya in the distance, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club provides peaceful respite after a day of adventure. The perfect place to host a meeting or event, expert conference and catering team will ensure a unique and memorable experience. With nature’s bounty at your doorstep, no visit to Kenya is complete without a stay here, the country’s most famous retreat.

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Situated in the Great Rift Valley, within Lake Nakuru National Park, (Bird Watcher’s Paradise) and Rhino sanctuary, two hours leisurely drive from Nairobi, through exciting scenery. The 156 kilometre drive gives the visitor an unrivalled view of the majestic Great Rift Valley, winding through a series of lakes and forested uplands to the bustling market town of Nakuru. The views are equally impressive for the visitor who uses a charter aircraft for the 25-minute flight to Lake Nakuru National Park airstrip- Naishi. There are accommodations for 180 people, either in family rooms, deluxe or suites. The service is very friendly. There is excellent cuisine, which includes outside catering, Bush Barbecue, African night and Sundowners. After a days watching, relax at the spacious logged Mama Nikki bar, overlooking the lake and the enticing blue swimming pool. Evening entertainment is interesting and varied, just relax and enjoy your stay.


Kenya Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

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Fringed by white beaches, and shaded by coconut palms, the silver ribbon of the Swahili coastline offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Bright white against the blue sky, set in extensive tropical gardens, the architecture of the Serena Beach Hotel and Spa replicates the winding lanes and colourful market places of a traditional 13th century Swahili town. At its heart lies the coral-built ‘Fortress of Tranquillity’ of the exquisite ‘Maisha’ Mind, Body and Spirit Spa. The luxury ensuite rooms are accommodated in two single-storey dedicated buildings, which lie to the right and left of the main reception and dining areas. Each tastefullyappointed room features a Masai-inspired, hand-painted, wall fresco, king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom (with walk-in shower), writing/vanity unit, and private verandah. Triple rooms can be made available.

Locals buying fish on the beach, Mombasa

Mombasa & Beyond AfroChic - Diani

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Located on one of East Africa’s finest beaches, AfroChic is an intimate boutique hotel of just ten rooms and suites that has the ambience of staying in a private beach side villa rather than in a resort hotel. Each room has a balcony and is individually styled creating its own ‘personality’ and is well appointed and luxuriously furnished. The main areas of the villa are open and airy and spill out on to the pool and gardens which adjoin the white coral Diani beach of the Indian Ocean coast. Dining can be in the air conditioned coolness of the inside space on the garden terraces or beachside. Perfectly suited for a peaceful equatorial holiday of relaxing, sunbathing and swimming, the hotel is also well located near to the facilities of Diani which include an 18 hole championship golf course, gyms, casinos and a variety of high class shops.


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Introduction

Tanzania

A wonderful destination offering great variety of animals, birds, scenery, islands and cultural experiences. Famous for the migration and its resident wildlife on the plains of the Serengeti; visit the nearby extinct caldera of Ngorongoro Crater - both surrounded by the Masai with their colourful red clothing, herds of cattle and interesting villages. Include historic Zanzibar or undiscovered Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika and Selous Game Reserve.

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater The Serengeti is home year-round to a myriad of wildlife and game viewing here is magnificent, not just over the migration periods. Visits to the Crater are limited to enhance the experience; see rhinos, lions, elephants and everything except giraffe that can’t negotiate the steep paths to the Crater floor.

Mahale Mountains Located in unspoilt western Tanzania, the green mountains dip their toes in deep Lake Tanganyika and are home to chimpanzees, forest walks, and birds. Snorkel in the lake to watch shoals of colourful cichlid fish or go barefoot on the sandy beach.

Selous Game Reserve An enormous, little-known game reserve with World Heritage listing. The Rufiji River flows through the northern part of the reserve and it is here that the wildlife accumulates. There are great herds of elephants and pods of hippos plus, if you’re lucky, the beautiful sable antelope and endangered painted hunting dog.

Zanzibar A great place to relax after a busy safari. Book a couple of days at a villa on one of the beaches to swim, laze and watch dolphins. Then move to Stonetown for the Arabic architecture, spice markets, narrow alleyways, slave trading history, good food and last minute shopping.

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HELPFUL INFORMATION

GETTING AROUND: This is a huge country, from mountains and lakes in the west, through the central savanna areas, to the coastline and QANTAS island of A380 Zanzibar, and the only way to get around as a visitor on holiday is tointroduction fly. There ofare scheduled flights anderait’sof easy The theplenty award of winning Qantaslight A380aircraft represents a new flying for to Qantas. charter.A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer WILDLIFE:Marc Impressive wildlife on the Serengeti grasslandstechnology and in experience. Newson-designed interiors and state-of-the-art Ngorongoro Crater at Airbus all times of the year. Consider ‘Wild West’sets of abounds in all of Qantas’ A380’s. Configured with 450 the seats, the A380 Mountains to airline see chimpanzees, aMahale new benchmark for the and the industry.and colourful cichlid fish in

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Dollars cash are accepted at most tourist facilities. CLIMATE: The ‘Long Rains’ are from March – May with high humidity and temperatures in the low 30’s. The dry months are June – October, then the ‘Short Rains’ follow during November – into December, where light showers are the norm. LANGUAGE: Swahili is the main local language but English is used in most places, particularly in the tourist industry. Lake Victoria

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Touring

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Selous Game Reserve By Air 4 Days

The vast majority of Tanzania’s elephant herds live in one remote stretch of safari wilderness – the Selous Game Reserve. A feature of this safari is the opportunity to participate in classic style game drives as well as boat and walking safaris. Transportation from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve and back is by air. DAY 1: Transfer from Dar es Salaam city center to the airport for departure on a scheduled flight to Selous Game Reserve. On arrival, you will be met by Rufiji River Camp’s representative and transferred to the Rufiji River Camp for lunch. This evening, you will have the opportunity to participate in a game drive in the Selous. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp DAY 2: Enjoy a full day game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic style game drives exploring the bush in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Waterbuck, southern reed buck and bushbuck are

common in the Selous. Rare sable antelope, lion and greater kudu also frequent this area. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp DAY 3: After breakfast accompany an armed ranger on a waking safari in the reserve. The sights and sounds (and smells) of a walking safari are a special treat that will live long in your memory. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari where you will explore the different channels and lakes of the Rufiji River System, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles. A large variety of herons, storks, ducks, stilts, and other water birds may be seen. And you also see land mammals, such as giraffe and elephants. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp DAY 4: Enjoy a morning game drive in the Selous Game Reserve. Early lunch at the camp. Transfer to the airstrip for departure on a flight to Dar es Salaam. Escorted transfer to Dar Es Salaam city center.

Mobile Safari incl. Walking safari option

Sky Safari

The mobile safaris take in some of the most spectacular scenery, game viewing and cultures in Africa - with nights spent under canvas in private sites, right in the middle of the bush.

A northern Tanzania safari visiting the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks ranks amongst one of the best experiences it is possible to have on Safari in Africa - nature at its natural and splendid best. And now to complement such a safari there is Sky Safari – simply the best way to do it.

Your accommodation includes spacious tents (3.5 x 6 metre tents) with ensuite bathroom, comfortable camp-beds with linen provided. The safari crew go ahead of guests and set up the camp - and take care of every little detail. Guided walking safaris may be undertaken as well - with multi-day options inside the Serengeti Park, or Ngorongoro Conservation areas. These are fully backed up and we walk in pristine wilderness areas - places where no cars are allowed. These safaris are available as small group departures (six guests) or privately on request.

Staying in the luxurious Elewana properties – each one a completely separate and distinct experience, a coffee plantation house, a tree house overlooking the bush, a luxury tented camp and a stylish estate Manor house – combines together and fuses with the wildlife spectacle to make the most memorable holiday experience. Travelling in style in the luxury of a private executive aircraft, the vast distances and dusty all-weather roads pass gently underneath and each landing is met by friendly faces and comfortable safari-cruisers – this is the Elewana Sky Safari.


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Arusha & Dar Es Salaam Accommodation

Arusha Coffee Lodge

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Tanzania

Arusha Mountain Village

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Situated in the foothills of Mount Meru in Arusha, the ‘safari capital’ of northern Tanzania, The Arusha Coffee Lodge is nestled amongst the verdant acres of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. Within easy reach – five minutes drive - of the domestic airport and located on the main route to the northern game parks of Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Mountain Village offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.

With the character of a comfortable plantation style home Arusha Coffee Lodge has tasteful sitting and dining areas with open log fires and a cosy bar, as well as an “alfresco” dining area in the garden, a swimming pool and a well-stocked curio shop.

Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit’, the hotel offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the nearby Arusha and Mount Meru national parks.

The eighteen plantation houses and twelve luxurious plantation suites are a haven of calm and composure and are the perfect place to stay at the beginning or at the end of a safari.

The rooms and suites are presented in the style of stone-built cottages, which are grouped in clusters around a flower-filled central ‘village square’. They feature marble bathrooms, double French doors leading out into the gardens, leaded windows, a stylish work or vanity area, and large and comfortable beds.

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Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel

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The Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Dar es Salaam’s business district and places its guests at the centre of Dars exciting shopping, nightlife, culture and dining experiences. The hotel features 230 rooms and suites with views of either the gardens or the city as well as five different outlets sure to meet all tastes. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna and a nearby 18-hole golf course, squash and tennis courts and a Casino.

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Singita Grumeti Reserves Spanning some 142,000 hectares across vast, open plains along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti, Singita’s exclusive Grumeti Reserves is one of four awardwinning Singita safari destinations in East and Southern Africa. Set within quintessential savannah landscape, Singita Grumeti Reserves comprises a trio of spectacular lodges: the flagship Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru Lodge - each with its own unique charm. The elegant Singita Sasakwa Lodge enjoys a spectacular, elevated setting overlooking the expansive Serengeti plains. This Relais and Chateaux lodge conveys a quintessential ‘Out of Africa’ charm. Its turn-of-the-century charm emanates throughout a four bedroomed villa, and nine exquisitely styled, spacious cottages, all en-suite with private lounge and cliff-side infinity-edge pools. Equipped with every mod-con, with views across land which ‘stretches to forever’ it is the perfect exclusive-use retreat. Reminiscent of a romance-infused Africa of a bygone era, Singita Sabora Tented Camp rests amid the wild, expansive plains. An opulent oasis amid the scene of the legendary wildebeest migration, it serves up lavish doses of romance, intrigue and exploration. Nine luxurious 1920’s-styled tented suites, bedecked with European finery and ethnic artefacts offer luxury together with all mod-cons. Meticulously designed, each offers en-suite bath, with open-air shower and viewing decks evoking a sense of closeness to nature. Singita Faru Faru Lodge offers a matchless eco-safari on the epic migratory route in the Grumeti Reserve in

Tanzania. Unconventional and quirky, Faru Faru epitomises relaxed elegance in a laid-back setting, with eight open-style stone and canvas suites bedecked with comfortable, stylish furnishings, and a sumptuous two bedroomed Villa Suite. Each suite features spectacular indoor and outdoor bathrooms, with riveting game viewing afforded by Swarovski spotting scopes through floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Exhilarating activities on offer range from game drives and walks, to tennis and horseback game viewing. The mild and temperate climate lends itself to a workout at the fully equipped gym or jogging track, or pampering at the Spa. Singita Grumeti embodies the Singita ethos of Responsible Wildlife Conservation, combining low impact tourism with extensive community and conservation programmes that are both diverse and far-reaching. Funded by guest revenue, these projects underscore its status as an exemplary model for the new African eco-philanthropy. LOCATION: A 138,000 hectare exclusive concession in the Serengeti, Tanzania. GETTING THERE: Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi or Kilimanjaro. Airstrip on site. Private charters can be arranged. HIGHLIGHTS: Year round game viewing, wildebeest migration, horse riding across the Serengeti plains, exclusive concession, community projects.

SINGITA SASAKWA LODGE With panoramic views, Sasakwa Lodge, the only member of Relais and Chateaux in East Africa, emulates the style of a turnof-the-century, East African Ranch House. Ten opulent cottages offer spacious living and every convenience. This exclusive property exudes a dignified air and is a unique oasis for the discerning traveller. SINGITA FARU FARU LODGE Perched low on the Grumeti river, Singita Faru Faru Lodge offers an unconventional, quirky and contemporary safari experience. There are nine unconventional open-style stone and canvas suites with huge picture windows. With two rim-flow swimming pools providing relaxation in between action-packed game drives and adventures.

SINGITA SABORA TENTED CAMP Romantic 1920’s-styled Singita Sabora Tented Camp offers an ‘Out-of-Africa’ experience on the plains of the Serengeti. Nine elegant tented suites offer modern luxuries with en-suite bathrooms, open-air showers and viewing decks. Here guests enjoy a closeness to nature and a natural sense of drama and excitement.


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Serengeti National Park

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Migration Flight

Mbalageti Tented Camp

Tanzania’s phenomenal annual wildebeest migration passes through Singita Grumeti Reserves during June/July, moving on to the Northern Serengeti area in pursuit of the rain.

Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, with a breathtaking panorama view of the Serengeti plain lands and the Mbalageti river, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.

Singita offers flights from Sasakwa airstrip throughout the year for guests who would like to combine a stay at Singita with a day spent with the herds – wherever they are in the Serengeti. A short flight in the morning takes guests to a landing strip where they are met by a Singita guide and vehicle.

Mbalageti Serengeti offers 24 Luxury Tented Chalets with canvas fitted bedrooms, full en-suite bathrooms and a private verandah functions as an extension to the bedroom. There are Two Luxury Tented Suites, encompassing a beautifully decorated dining room, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, an outdoor bath and a fully furnished terrace.

The day is spent enjoying the migration and a sumptuous picnic lunch before flying back to Singita Grumeti Reserve’s airstrip later that same afternoon. This flight is offered on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday only.

The Chalets and suites have been built to make the visitor’s stay as comfortable and memorable as can be. Made from local rock and wood, and offering all the amenities and attention to detail of an upmarket camp, these canvas fitted chalets offer luxury in harmony with nature. The Lodge also offers standard Lodge Rooms as an option for budget travellers.

Serengeti Migration Camp

Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp

Perched on a rocky outcrop (or kopjie) in the northern Serengeti, Migration Camp has arguably one of the best sites inside the national park enjoying awe-inspiring views to far flung horizons over the endless plains from which the Serengeti takes its name.

Styled to replicate the elegant hunting camps of such legendary ‘white hunters’ as Denys Finch Hatton and Baron Bror Blixen, Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp is located adjacent to the famous western corridor of the Serengeti National Park - arena of the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.

The tented luxury ‘suites’ are far removed from ‘camping’ having luxurious furnishings and en-suite facilities, but are still ‘under canvas’ with guests sleeping with only very thin fabric between them and the great outdoors. Hippo, lion and hyena lullabies can be clearly heard during the night. With just twenty well-spaced and private tents the camp enjoys a fine reputation for hospitality and cuisine.

The camp has just 25 widely-spaced luxury tents, raised on timber platforms, each with a glorious view of the plains. Each tent has a spacious furnished deck leading to a bedroom furnished in antique Edwardian style with steamer-trunks, writing desk, brass lamps, rugs, sepia photographs and four-poster bed with patchwork quilt.

The main sitting and dining areas are also under canvas and enjoy great views. The sundowner decks and nightly camp fire are the perfect place to celebrate yet another marvellous day on safari.

The luxurious ensuite bathroom is fitted with carved mahogany furniture and features a classic black-and-white tiled floor (separate flush toilet, shower, twin marble basins, hot and cold running water). Each tent has its own personal valet.

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Serengeti National Park

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Serengeti Bushtops

Serengeti Bushtops - A wonderful location, a great venue and a fantastic experience. The combination of superb food and drink, luxurious accommodation, and staff who are determined to match and exceed every expectation makes this a truly special venue. Under Serengeti Bushtops canvas lies the finest in seductive luxury and twelve of the largest, most impressive tents imaginable. Each faces the sunset and is open on two sides, giving you an extraordinary panoramic view of nature’s living masterpiece. A massive 120 square metre open-sided living area creates an overwhelming sense of space. With Serengeti Bushtops welcoming anyone aged seven or over, two children’s beds can be added to any tent on request, complementing a substantial Comfort bed. One extra single bed can be added for a third adult sharing a double tent.

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Wildebeest, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Sayari Camp

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Located in the remote and exclusive northern Serengeti, the award winning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned to witness what may be the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet: the Great Migration crossing the Mara River.

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer.

The camp overlooks vast plains, home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant and plains game and an increasing population of rhino. During the rich Migration season, millions of zebra and wildebeest arrive to share the fertile land with the permanent inhabitants that include rhino and a number of resident predators. Guests are able to explore this stunning region both on foot with an armed guide or by especially adapted open vehicles. The combination of a superb location, luxurious facilities and an incredible wildlife experience ensures that Sayari Camp will etch itself into your memory as the standard against which you will forever judge any other safari camp.

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Each charmingly presented room is accommodated in a two-storey (one up, one down) stone-built, traditionally-thatched ‘Rondavel’. Looking out over the plains, each has its own private balcony, private entrance, spacious bedroom, natural stone bathroom and intricately carved furniture. Linked by shaded walkways and clustered around the roaring furnace of the central circular barbecue arena, the high-domed halls of the two-tier dining room are supported by massive papyrus-topped pillars and embellished with sumptuous traditional ‘Makonde’ carvings. Outside is a circular terrace, which looks out over the grounds towards the swimming pool.


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Tarangire, Ngorongoro Conservation & Mt Kilimanjaro

Tanzania

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Tarangire Treetops

Up-country living in style and comfort is unsurpassed in this highlands estate on the slopes of what was once the mighty mountain of Ngorongoro. Influenced by the Cape-Dutch settlers the architecture of The Manor’s white painted gables contrasts with the surrounding coffee plantation, rolling green lawns and mature indigenous trees to provide a property perfectly at home in its situation. With stunning views to far flung African horizons each of the twenty luxury cottages epitomises the style and comfort of days gone by.

Nowhere does the connection of nature and fantasy come alive as it does at Tarangire Treetops. Located within a huge 34,000 hectare game conservation area, bordering Tarangire National Park, Treetops is not only positioned on game migration routes but is also surrounded and influenced by the traditions and culture of ‘Masailand’.

The main Manor House with its comfortable lounges, dining room, bar, billiards room and home cinema has extensive verandahs, terraces and a conservatory. There is a swimming pool and massage therapy suite and activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding and estate walking – in fact everything to make the perfect stay – and only 30 minutes drive from Ngorongoro crater – the eighth wonder of the Natural world.

The 20 tree-houses, set up to five metres above the ground and cradled in, or located alongside mature indigenous trees are luxurious platforms looking out above the surrounding bush providing a secure haven in the heart of the bush. The main areas of the camp are surrounded and shaded by two ancient baobab trees, where sitting and dining areas overlook a frequently visited waterhole. There is also a swimming pool and a ‘manyatta’ enclosure for ‘under the stars dining’ and it is possible to do night game drives and game walks from the camp.

Oliver’s Camp

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Oliver’s Camp is ideal for those who really want to experience nature in its purest form. Located in the remote south of Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp enjoys a privacy and exclusivity rarely found anywhere inside a national park. Remodelled in early 2011 the camp now boasts additional comforts that make this a tented camp with a difference. Hand crafted thatched roofs keep the luxury tents cool and large private open air bathrooms keep you close to this remarkable wilderness.

Kilimanjaro, at 15,985 metres asl, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world... and not to be taken lightly! With its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira - ’Kili’ stands proudly above the African plains, on the edge of the Rift.

The rugged Tarangire terrain boasts ancient baobab trees, large herds of elephants and buffalo, plus a good population of big cats and arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa. All this can be experienced during the open vehicle game drives and private fly camping as well as the rare chance to stalk elephant and other wildlife on foot.

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Adventurers can chose from a variety of routes to the summit Uhuru (which means Freedom), and the average length of hike is six to seven days. Although thousands of people make it to the top, the altitude and unpredictable weather gives Kili a level of respect amongst adventurers. Wild Frontiers has been sending guests to the summit for 18 years (on average 500-600 per year), and most of their staff have also been up to the top of Kili - at least once each! Proper preparation and training is required, and Wild Frontiers will assist guests in every aspect to ensure a safe, successful climb.


Tanzania Selous Game Reserve

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The Mivumo River Lodge

Fed by the mighty Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa which drains most of South Western Tanzania’s water, this reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and is home to over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Selous is unique among reserves in Tanzania as it encompasses an area exclusively devoted to tourism in its Northern part, making up for about 10% of the reserve’s total size. This sector North of the Rufiji River is mostly open wooded grassland and is dominated by Terminalia spinosa trees - ‘flat topped’ trees, in classic African fashion. However this section of the reserve is unusually diverse, comprising dense hardwood forests in the East, open plains in the centre, and rocky arid hills and volcanic springs in the West.

LOCATION: Only 200 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam. GETTING THERE: 45 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, with Siwandu airstrip just ten minutes from camp. Transfers included from Siwandu airstrip to camp. HIGHLIGHTS: Game drives, boat safaris, game walks with experienced armed rangers. Fishing and one or two night bush walking safaris.

Standing high on the banks of the slow, brown Rufiji River, with glorious views down to the plunging torrents of Stiegler’s Gorge, the Mivumo River Lodge offers just twelve luxurious rooms, each of which is housed in a timbered chalet with private viewing deck and plunge pool. Traditionally thatched, with high vaulted ceilings and picture windows, each room features an engaging mix of classic safari antiques and ultra-modern leather and rattan styled furniture. Softly lit and breeze-cooled, the lodge offers the ultimate escape to one of the world’s last undiscovered wilderness frontiers. SELOUS SAFARI CAMP The spacious tents are luxuriously appointed, with en-suite bathrooms and open air hot water showers. Ceiling fans are present in all the rooms situated above the king sizes beds where guests can rest away the exertions of the morning activity and cool down during the heat of the day before heading out again later.

Slightly raised on timber decks above the famous Rufiji River, the open-sided dining room offers a selection of exclusive seating areas, an elegant library, a charming lounge and a safari bar. All overlook the river with uninterrupted views of hippos, elephants and crocodiles that congregate on its banks.

Beho Beho Selous Game Reserve

Located in the highlands of the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania giving it both unrivalled views over the Selous and a sense of privacy in which to unwind and relax. Safaris are either on foot, by open sided vehicle or by boat, and are led by two of Africas finest bush guides. The accommodation at Beho Beho is focused on luxury, privacy and authenticity. The eight bandas are built out of local stone and palm leaf thatch, and each has open vistas out across the valley. The interior provides a separate dressing room with ample space to unpack and store clothes, and leads into a fully equipped bathroom with twin hand basins, a high flush toliet and a spacious open-air shower. The open sided lounge and dining area, together with the cocktail bar and billiards room, provide a sophisticated setting for post safari relaxation, with the swimming pool and decking, an idea place to cool off in the midday sun. Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Selous National Park, Tanzania


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Stunningly romantic, stunningly different and totally adorable. Fifteen white domed pavilions scattered on a remote hillside on the north west coast of the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Each pavilion is an architect designed inspiration of tropical beachside living set in its own private gardens, with two plunge pools, waterfalls, sundecks and shady day pavilions for relaxing. The ultimate in privacy, Kilindi is a total escape. For those who can break away from the privacy of their personal ‘Eden’ there is a 25 metre infinity pool, a massage therapy suite, a water-wall cocktail bar and naturally a white coral sand beach and the Indian Ocean for diving, sailing and snorkelling. Dining under the stars on locally caught sea fish and shellfish of which this island is rightly proud, the real world seems a long way away.

Zanzibar Serena Inn

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Matemwe Beach Village

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Matemwe Beach is a small and privately owned lodge situated along a palm-lined, white sand beach on the North East coast of Zanzibar Island. Just off-shore from the beach lodge is the world-famous Mnemba Atoll, whose circling reef has some of the best diving in East Africa. Neighbouring villages, where friendly locals live a traditional life dominated by fishing. Matemwe really is close to the classical notion of paradise while providing the perfect place to rest after a safari in the Serengeti, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or visiting Stone Town. From the Kijiji rooms to the Asali, thoughtful touches have been incorporated to make you feel at ease by providing basics like beach baskets, sunhats, sarongs and bottled water in all rooms. The aim is a simple one: to provide authentic, stylish and comfortable accommodation, in an atmosphere of relaxed hospitality and friendliness, while services are provided effectively and efficiently.

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Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven amongst the bustle of one of Africa’s most ancient and enchanting towns. Offering Standard Rooms, Prime Rooms or Suites which all feature 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WIFI, direct-dial phone, in-room satellite TV, mini bar, private safe, hair driers, mosquito nets, bathrobe and slippers, umbrellas, porter/ concierge, airport shuttle and limousine service.

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The hotel is situated on the North Eastern coast of Zanzibar, and approximately 45 minutes from the airport in Stonetown. Azanzi is a luxury boutique beach hotel which boasts 35 rooms comprising of eight suites, twelve luxury suites, nine villas, and six deluxe villas.

The Tembo House Hotel has on array of antique furniture and ornaments from all over the world. Sleeping on unique Swahili beds and enjoying the wood carved furniture which is rarely seen in many countries. Most of the rooms have balconies over looking the beach or the swimming pool courtyard. Each bedroom is self contained, air conditioned, equipped with fridge, telephone and satellite/Cable television.

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The central guest entertainment areas offer guests multi level viewing decks, well stocked curio shop, dive centre, azure swimming pool, bar and dining area - maximizing the sublime view of the majestic and tranquil Indian Ocean, and powder-white beaches scattered with palm trees. The Zanzibar Dive Centre, One Ocean Ltd, is Zanzibar’s first Five Star Dive Centre. Offering the most professional and organized operation on the island. Guests will receive the best and safest service available. Good, well-maintained equipment, comfortable and reliable boats, adherence to all safety procedures and friendly and professional staff ensure comfort and safety at all times.


Uganda

The land of smiling faces, Uganda is a hugely welcoming country. The countryside is undulating and verdant, growing every type of fruit and vegetable you can and can’t imagine. The scenery is superb with hills and mountains, lakes and rivers, plains and forests and the added bonus of interesting wildlife and birds including Mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the odd-looking Shoebill stork.

Bwindi Forest National Park Spend a privileged hour with the mountain gorillas – you must book your permit before you arrive due to heavy demand and only 8 persons are allowed to view each group (no children under 15). There is true rainforest with many other species of primates, plenty of birds and great walks to waterfalls.

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GETTING AROUND: You can get around the country by 4WD vehicle and although the roads aren’t always good, there are very few flights. It is a QANTAS A380from Entebbe to Bwindi. 12 hour drive The introduction of the award winning Qantas A380 represents a new era of flying WILDLIFE: Visit the gorillas plus other primates and spectacular rainforest for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, birds at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, hike in Kibale Forest for wild chimps, along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer cruise the Kazinga Channel to see birds andand hippos in equal numbers and experience. Marc Newson-designed interiors state-of-the-art technology raft the inNile at Qantas’ Jinja. Airbus A380’s. Configured with 450 seats, the A380 sets abounds all of aCURRENCY: new benchmark for the airline and the Uganda industry. Shilling. Although the tourist Local currency is the

industry U.S. Dollars youservices will need shillings for bartering The Qantasworks A380 isinavailable on selected from London to Sydney - please at markets. ask for details. CLIMATE: Two wet seasons: heavy falls (up to 2,500mm) are experienced from March to May, with lighter falls during November and December. LANGUAGE: Both English and Swahili are the official languages with more than 30 different local languages.

The Park has some good wildlife but the highlight here is the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes Edward and George. There are huge pods of hippo, amazing birdlife on the shores, buffalo resting in the reeds and local fishermen throwing their nets out from wooden canoes.

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Kibale Forest National Park Just south of Fort Portal, Kibale is a tropical rainforest where excellent local guides, many from the University of Kampala, guide you along narrow paths through the dripping forest to look for the 11 different species of primates including chimpanzee, white, and red colobus, blue monkey and white cheeked mangabey.

Murchison Falls Famous for the waterfalls where the mighty Nile River divides the park and drops 40 metres through a narrow, rocky crevice. The River provides white water rafting for visitors and much needed water for the wildlife of the area. Take a boat trip to try fishing and to see some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Uganda Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds, an award-winning community conservation lodge, features eight stone cottages clinging to the mountainside, each with stunning views to the valley below and the volcanoes beyond. Every cottage has its own sitting room replete with overstuffed chairs and a fireplace to ward off the evening chill. With private butlers at your beck and call, in-house masseuses and wonderfully fresh food, this is far from roughing it. Tracking the rare Mountain Gorilla is one of those must-do experiences in Africa, and Clouds is the idyllic base from which to start this amazing trip.

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This eight tent camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi. Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire. On cooler evenings, the central cottage provides a warm shelter. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only accommodation located within the National Park, offering guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only camp to receive regular visits from the gorillas themselves, up to four to six visits per month. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp!

Buhoma Lodge

Set in one hectare of leafy landscaped gardens, Emin Pasha Hotel is Uganda’s first luxury boutique hotel nestled in one hectare of beautifully landscaped gardens, it is amazingly tranquil and peaceful. The Hotel is in a lovingly restored old colonial building and features 20 air-conditioned bedrooms, swimming pool, restaurant featuring Fusion Cuisine and a wine bar offering a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, a private meeting/conference room, library and two private lounges. Children of all ages are welcome.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Uganda

The Camp is situated inside the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive tented camp offers quality accommodation in this unspoilt, remote area famous for its tree climbing lions! Each of the ten spacious tents, set under trees alongside the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en-suite bathroom. A central lounge / dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day.

Best of Uganda - Gorillas & Chimpanzees Express 6-day Safari

Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. This top quality, intimate lodge is situated within the National Park, less than five minutes walk from the start of the gorilla tracking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, shower and some of the rooms have bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. The lodge has been designed using sustainable local materials where possible. Supplies are obtained mainly from local sources, and staff are generally recruited locally and trained on site. Solar power is used for lighting with power points in a central area for recharging cameras.

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Visit the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On this itinerary, time permits for either one or two treks - if trekking once the other day will be available for a forest walk or cultural/village visit. Lake Mburo National Park offers a great variety of game, including zebra, leopard, various antelope and hippo. Rate includes bed and breakfast in Entebbe, all meals on safari, one gorilla view permit, game drive in Lake Mburo, 1 night accommodation in Entebbe, 3 nights in Bwindi (Buhoma Lodge) and 1 night in Lake Mburo (Mburo Tented Camp), guide services.


Rwanda

It might be small but Rwanda has a big heart. Gone are the days of civil strife, with rebuilding of cultural ties and of the cities well underway. The countryside is mountainous and green with the main attraction being both the Mountain gorillas in the Virungas, and chimpanzees in the newly opened Nyungwe National Park. Kigali offers good accommodation and a visit to the Genocide Memorial is a must.

Volcano National Park Great place to see the Mountain gorillas and just three hours drive from the capital Kigali. It’s a steep climb but worth every step to spend an hour with these gentle giants. We recommend a trek to also see the endangered Golden Monkeys and a permit is needed for both visits.

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GETTING AROUND: Travel in private 4WD vehicles is the most reliable as it’s just three hours from Kigali to the gorillas and five hours to Nyungwe. QANTAS A380 taking a bus or a local flight is not recommended. Hiring a vehicle, The introduction of the award winning Qantas A380 represents a new era of flying WILDLIFE: Trekking to see the gorillas in Rwanda is top of the list for for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, visitors. Becoming more popular is Nyungwe National Park home to 13 along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer species of primates including chimpanzees, plusstate-of-the-art a great varietytechnology of birds, experience. Marc Newson-designed interiors and trees and orchids. abounds in all of Qantas’ Airbus A380’s. Configured with 450 seats, the A380 sets aCURRENCY: new benchmark for currency the airline is andthe theRwanda industry.Franc with U.S. Dollars being Local

accepted most tourist facilities. The Qantas in A380 is available on selected services from London to Sydney - please ask for details. CLIMATE: The major rains fall from February to May with a second shorter wet period from November to December. It can be misty and cool at high altitude but warm and humid on the plains.

LANGUAGE: Kinyarwanda is the local language and widely spoken along with English and French.

Nyungwe is a high altitude rainforest with astonishing biodiversity. A newly-opened safari lodge offers visitors the chance to see 9 species of monkeys, including large troops of colobus monkeys that often travel in groups of 300, plus chimpanzees, 280 species of birds and a great variety of butterflies and trees.

Akagera National Park

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Gisenyi A Park on the way up, Akagera is savanna, mountains and a complex system of lakes and papyrus swamps and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The marshes house dense concentrations of water-birds, the iconic Shoebill stork amongst them. The next five years should see reintroduction of lion and black rhino.

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Kigali Capital city of Rwanda where everyone should visit the Kigali Memorial Centre and Museum, documenting the Rwandan genocide. The centre was opened in 2004, the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, as a permanent memorial to the more than one million who died and a constant reminder of the cost of ignorance.

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rwanda 4 Day – Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

This 4 day safari adventure starts and finishes in Kigali and includes two opportunities to see the mountain gorillas. Volcanoes Safaris’ guests stay 3 nights at Volcanoes Safaris Virunga Lodge, considered by some to be the best lodge in Rwanda! Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. Volcanoes’ guests also have the opportunity to track the golden monkeys, drive to Gisenyi to see Lake Kivu, trek to see Dian Fossey’s grave, climb the Visoke or Muhavura volcanoes and visit some local community projects. All meals and drinks included.

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The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and it is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa. The lodge, built and operated by Governors’ Camp but owned by a Community Trust, which uses rentals and community fees to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives adjacent to the National Park. The lodge is only minutes away from the Parc National des Volcans, where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla – perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of Mountain Gorillas are resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas.

Within several hours drive of both the Rwandan capital, and the glorious Volcanoes National Park (home of the world famous mountain gorillas), Lake Kivu Serena Hotel overlooks its own private beach and offers 66 luxury rooms, executive suites and family accommodation, a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside bars, a luxury swimming pool, and the ‘Maisha’ Health Centre (offering an extensive range of health and beauty regimes, boating, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking). The hotel also boasts a world-class fully-integrated Conference Centre.

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Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the deluxe Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Offering 148 newly-renovated rooms with either twin or queen-sized beds. Facilities include 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WIFI and in-room modem hookup, direct-dial phone, voice mail, in-room flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bar, private safe, tea/coffee making facilities, hair driers, porter/concierge, 24-hour on-call doctor, “Maisha’ Health Spa and airport shuttle.

Volcanoes Virunga Safari Lodge

In Rwanda’s South Western district of Gisakura a modern African experience awaits you at the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, situated in a working tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, the largest tract of Montane Forest in Central Africa. The lodge offers 24 luxurious suites with dramatic views of natural forest, home to 13 primate species, including Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus monkeys and Grey Cheeked Mangabeys. The magnificent Virunga Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge have a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside from gorilla tracking, guests can climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Diane Fossey’s grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages nearby. Three hours’ drive from Kigali or a long day’s drive from Kampala.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers unique nature experiences such as Chimpanzee & primate trekking, forest and marsh walks, long forest hikes or gently exploring the nearby tea plantations. Guests can enjoy pampering visits to the Relaxation Retreat, indulge in delicious cuisine, warm Rwandan hospitality or simply, take in the forest sounds from their suites private deck. Over 275 bird species with 24 endemic to the Central African Highlands (Albertine Rift) can be found in the surrounding Nyungwe Forest with over 140 Orchid species and 240 tree species. STAY 3

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Egypt

For decades, Egypt has been the destination of choice for a growing number of visitors, many of whom return to this exceptionally unique country, year after year, in their desire to seek an unspoiled, charming, and incredibly diverse travel experience. From iconic pyramids and medieval bazaars, to natural beauty and a vibrant contemporary culture, Egypt is a land packed with captivating treasures.

Cairo Cairo, Egypt’s capital is a city rich in history and religion. The city is decorated with the remnants of ancient Egyptian civilizations, most prominently seen in the Pharaonic pyramids of Giza. The city’s skyline is studded with dazzling Mamluk and Ottoman mosques, Christian monasteries and churches, modern skyscrapers and hotels.

Sharm El Sheikh Some 480 kilometres south of Cairo is the worldfamous summer and winter resort destination, Sharm El Sheikh. The main town in the Sinai peninsula, Sharm, as it is known locally, is a cosmopolitan resort offering visitors luxurious hotels, restaurants, entertainment options, water sports, and shopping.

Luxor Breathtaking and impressive monuments of ancient Egyptian civilization continue to draw visitors to Luxor, located 720 kilometres south of Cairo. The antique city of Thebes, capital of the New Kingdom, was the centre of power for almost 1500 years. Modern Luxor has become one of Egypt’s most enticing tourist destinations.

Aswan The sunny city of Aswan, located 890 kilometres south of Cairo, is the starting and ending point of Nile cruises today. In ancient times, Aswan was known as Syene, the southern border of Pharaonic Egypt. Syene was the centre of trade between Egypt, adjoining Nubia and the rest of southern Africa.

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GETTING AROUND: Travelling around Egypt is easy and comfortable. Domestic flights, trains and bus services are considered to be the major QANTAS means ofA380 conveyance in Egypt, and of course the Feluccas (woodensailing boats) ply theaward waterways. The introduction of the winning Qantas A380 represents a new era of flying for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, SIGHTSEEING: trip to Egypt is incomplete camel ride,customer a visit along with new A technology, allows Qantas to without; offer an aexceptional to the Sphinx, the Pyramids, a Nile Cruise and the fabulous Egyptian experience. Marc Newson-designed interiors and state-of-the-art technology Museumin inallCairo. abounds of Qantas’ Airbus A380’s. Configured with 450 seats, the A380 sets a new benchmark for the airline and the industry.

CURRENCY: Egyptian Pound (LE) = 100 piastres. Travellers Cheques are

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CLIMATE: Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. LANGUAGE: The official language is Arabic, however, English and French are widely spoken.

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Explore Egypt: Cairo & Nile Cruise Luxor-Aswan

DAY 1: Arrival to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel for a two night stay (Ramses Hilton or Mena House Oberoi). DAY 2: Full day guided Cairo Tour: Visit the famous Pyramids of Giza built for Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus. Just east of the second pyramid lies the legendary Sphinx, whose human face is thought to represent that of Chephren, acting as the guardian of the Pharaoh’s enormous funerary monument. Continue to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which exhibits over 120,000 objects in its 107 halls and comprises the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Marvel at the many rooms filled with golden treasures extracted from the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamen. Your day concludes with a walk through Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs, perfumes, spices or have a drink in one of its famous cafés. Founded in the 14th century as a watering stop for caravanserai, nowadays Khan El Khalili is reputedly the largest bazaar in the Middle East. DAY 3: Breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor

(flight not included in the rate). Transfer straight to the Nile cruise ship (Ti Yi or Tu Ya). DAYS 3 – 7: On board the Nile Cruise 4 nights on full board basis from Luxor to Aswan. Guided tours will be conducted to visit the major sites: in Luxor The Valley of the Kings, Hatsebshut temple, the Clossis of Memnon on the west bank as well as Karnak and Luxor temples on the east bank; while sailing visit Edfu and Kom Ombo temples; in Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished obelisk, High dam & felucca sailing around the islands to view the Agha Khan Mausoleum & the botanical island. Itineraries allow some free time in Aswan to go on an optional tour to visit the famous temples of Abu Simbel. DAY 7: Disembarkation after breakfast, and transfer to Aswan airport for your onward flight. The rate includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Cairo, full day city tour in Cairo, 4 nights Nile Cruise with full board, all sightseeing onboard the Nile Cruise, all ground transfers. The rate does not include flights, entrance fees to Pyramids and Mummy´s Room in National Museum.

Full Day Pyramids & Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara

Full Day Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosques & Khan Khalili Bazaar

The Pyramids & Sphinx were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the seven wonders of the world. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tons. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren(2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 20 metre high & 57 metre long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body.

The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt’s king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.

Memphis served as the capital of Upper & Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the 1st Dynasty. Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great white-walled palace & the Temple of Ptah here. One of the most exciting historical & archaeological area’s in all of Egypt is Sakkara, situated about 12 miles south west of Cairo. The site is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. It was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries & is the work of the famous pharaonic architect, Imhotep.

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The Citadel situated on the Mokattam Hills of Old Cairo, was the nerve centre of Egypt for almost 700 years. Construction of the grand structure began in 1176 and was completed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the late 19th century. Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt. The Mosque of Al-Rifai was constructed in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912, when it was finally completed. The tour also includes a visit to Khan El Khalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, until this day, the bazaar is a centre of trade and communion in the city.


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Swiss Inn Nile Cruiser Radamis II

Welcome to Ti-Yi the luxury Nile cruiser ready to take you on board. Ti-Yi the Queen was the great wife of the late 18th dynasty Egyptian ruler Amenhotep III. Ti-Yi was also the mother of Akhenaten who was the first Egyptian king who called for belief in one God. This luxury ship has 59 cabins of 65 square metres each. Fully equipped with personal safes, soundproof windows, individually controlled air-conditioning, telephone with voice mail system, full mini bar, interactive TV, hair dryer, 24-hour room service and in suite bathroom with walk-in shower.

TuYa Nile Cruise

Cruising on the world’s longest river, the Nile flows through a wealth of heritage in Upper Egypt. Mövenpick Nile Cruiser Radamis II sails between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa.

Step through the Royal Gate and you are at the presence of the Great TU-YA, Mother of Queen TI-YI and the Grand Mother of King Akhenaton who owned vast holdings in the delta, her husband YU-YA was a powerful military Leader. The floating hotel features 59 luxury, fully furnished deluxe rooms plus four Royal Suites. Three dining areas and bars, reading library, swimming pool with jacuzzi, kids club & pool, In-house spa, medical centre, business centre, boutique, gift shop and a hair salon are just some of the other great facilities aboard this elegant ship.

The hotel ship offers 69 deluxe cabins on a choice of decks and six deluxe suites on different levels. All the cabins offer air-conditioning with individual temperature controls and a panoramic wall-to-wall window. The spacious bathroom is complete with a bathtub, hairdryer and shaving sockets for 220V power supply. Also featured, is a TV, Marine satellite, an in-house video channel and music channel, and a mini-bar that is stocked on request. After a day absorbing the wonder of Upper Egypt, Nile Cruiser Radamis II is the perfect place to relax. The stylishly furnished, spacious Sun Deck features a refreshing plunge pool with lounges for basking in the sun and areas shaded with canopies, comfortable seating and tables. 3 night cruises from Aswan on Saturdays and 4 night cruises from Luxor on Tuesdays. Rate includes full board and sightseeing.

Dahabiyas

The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruiser

Emeco Dahabiyas offer a completely new concept of deluxe luxury. The four Dahabiyas names are Om Kolthoum (Egyptian Singer), Agatha Christie (British Author), Princess Grace (of Monaco) and Evita (Peron). Each boat offers eight spacious 16 square metre cabins, as well as a lounge, bar and library, creating a relaxing atmosphere. There is a barbecue area and Jacuzzi as well as comfortable lounge chairs on the sun deck, where guests can rest and watch the shores of the Nile pass by.

The Oberoi Philae – Nile Cruiser, offers guests a cruise on the Nile along the landmarks of an ancient civilization. The journey begins in Luxor or Aswan and courses through Pharaonic dynasties that span thousands of years. Elegant interiors with teak paneling, parquet floors, European antiques and Oriental carpets create an ambience of luxury. Impeccable service and a beautiful setting come together to make this a voyage of discovery.

The tastefully furnished and decorated cabins with huge panoramic windows and luxurious bathrooms are equipped like first class hotel rooms. Twelve crew members offer the maximum sixteen guests a flexible travel and sightseeing programme as well as a-la-carte meals and beverages of their choice. To ensure absolute tranquillity, each Dahabiya has its own tow boat ensuring that neither vibrations nor engine noise disturb the guests.

All the cabins and suites are fully equipped with an electronic safe, personal bar, private bathrooms, temperature controls, remote control TV and radios, computerized telephone system and spacious wardrobes, keeping in mind the comfort and security of guests. Elegantly upholstered furniture, decorative ironwork on the balconies and rich fabrics and carpets lend an air of The British country house to the interiors. Each cabin has its own private balcony and sun loungers allowing peaceful contemplation of the ever changing views. Cabins come with a private bathroom with its own private shower cubicle. The renovated cruise ship will start operating from April 2012.


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Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy coffee and pastries at the Garden Court Café. The Ramses Hilton hotel boasts a British-style pub, an Indian restaurant, a shopping Galleria and Executive Lounge.

Occupying a prime location atop a tranquil plateau overlooking the ocean, the Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort is an exceptional luxury resort appreciated by discerning holidaymakers and golfing enthusiasts alike. The idyllic sandy coves of Marikha Bay can be easily reached by walking down the steps. Naama Bay - the pulsating heart of nearby Sharm El Sheikh - is a mere 4 miles away. The sought after holiday destination is serviced by the hotel’s regular shuttle service that is complimentary for guests. The hotel has 418 rooms including 28 suites and six luxury villas.

Cairo Marriott Hotel

Pavillon Winter Luxor

Located on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is a stunning destination in the heart of Cairo. Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from this Egypt hotel’s 36th-floor Windows on the World restaurant.

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The Cairo Marriott Hotel is 45 minutes from Cairo International Airport and has a worldclass casino, stunning gardens & views of the Nile River. 70 luxury hotel suites with kitchenettes are available for long-term stays and family vacations. The spacious, airconditioned rooms boast mini-bars, tea/coffee service and more than 60 TV channels. high-speed internet, spacious desks and feature-rich phones allow you to work productively. The 17 on-site dining options include regional specialties and cuisine from around the globe.

Located on the banks of the River Nile in the midst of a tropical garden in the city centre, near the Luxor Temple and other attractions such as the Karnak Temple, the Luxor museum, the International Convention Centre and the Mummification Museum. The Pavillon Winter Luxor features 116 rooms, three restaurants, two bars and a swimming pool. The spacious bedrooms, marvellous view overlooking the garden and the swimming pool. All rooms and suits are equipped with LCD TV, safe box, hair-dryer, mini-bar and high-speed internet access.

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Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

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Escape to the serenity of the lush banks of the Nile and receive Egypt’s most attentive, friendly service at this idyllic Hilton Worldwide Resort. With glorious, uninterrupted views from the unique, water’s edge location, the newly renovated Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore the region’s rich and ancient culture. Choose from seven stylish bars and restaurants, indulge in a luxury holistic treatment at the tranquil Nayara Spa, bathe in the resort’s two stunning infinity pools or simply relax in a shaded cabana hammock beside the Nile.

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The Mena House Oberoi is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colourful history. Surrounded by 16 hectares of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The royal history of the hotel is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques that are rarely found in luxury hotels. Mena House Oberoi has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. Mena House Oberoi has rooms and suites in the Palace and Garden wings. All guest accommodation at Mena House Oberoi is airconditioned with private bathroom. Rooms and Suites are lavishly appointed with traditionally inspired furnishings and rich carpets. All Suites in the old Palace section feature beautiful traditional detailing, murals, screens, panelling, gilding, fine upholstery, original wooden balustrades and arched windows. Guests in the Suites enjoy the privilege of private butler service and 24 hour in-room dining.

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A perfect place to relax in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in Egypt. The Resort is set on an island in the middle of the River Nile in one of the most enchanting natural locations. The Resort offers three restaurants, as well as the Lounge Bar and Panorama Bar. It also offers massages and a therapeutic sandpit, table tennis and a pool billard table. Movenpick Resort Aswan has 226 rooms comprising of 141 Standard Rooms, 39 Superior Rooms, 38 luxurious Duplex Suites and eight two-bedroom Family Villas.


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GETTING AROUND: Easily accessed by air and road.

The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment. With its man-made islands, opulent hotels and iconic buildings, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always been a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destination.

SIGHTSEEING: Dubai: spend a night in the desert & visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Kalifa. Abu Dhabi: Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque & have tea at Emirates Palace. Oman: Visit a souk in Barka and take a tour through the Eastern Hajar Mountains. CURRENCY: United Arab Emirates: Dirham Oman: Omani Rial CLIMATE: Daytime temperatures in the Summer (May – September) range from 30C to 43C and in Winter from 25C to 28C. LANGUAGE: Arabic is the official language, although English is widely spoken throughout.

Dubai Dubai is located on the shore of the Arabian Gulf and backed by the desert, offers visitors yearround sunshine and luxurious accommodation. Dubai is a blend of modern city and timeless desert, with something for everyone, from the holiday-maker seeking a relaxing break to the active tourist looking for an exciting experience.

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi is best known for its oil reserves, majestic mosques, spectacular sand dunes, pristine beaches along the famous Corniche and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Legendary Arabic hospitality and world-class tourism facilities, an inspiring destination for visitors looking for both a cultural and adventure-filled experience.

Oman The Sultanate of Oman has a varied coastline of rugged mountains, towering cliffs, blue waters and sandy beaches. Just as varied are the cities and the capital Muscat; offering a blend of old and new architecture, attitude and customs. Luxury coastal and desert resorts sit next to traditional buildings, old souks next to modern malls.

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The Address Downtown Dubai

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Welcome to The Address Downtown Dubai, a new destination where cool meets warmth and style Standing an impressive 63 storey high and featuring 196 lavish rooms and 626 serviced meets sophistication. This vibrant deluxe flagship hotel is the first of several properties that will residences, The Address offers an extensive range of gourmet experiences, modern meeting and event venues, a signature Spa, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, chilled pools and indulgent redefine luxury, hospitality and business travel. amenities and services. Located in the happening heart of Downtown Dubai, the hotel has the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa and the stunning Dubai Fountain on its doorstep and is flanked by The Dubai Mall, the The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport and easily accessible to several of Dubai’s landmarks and key destinations. world’s largest shopping and entertainment centre. The Address Downtown Dubai reveals a new art in offering service and comfort, where every guest’s stay is treated as an individual experience. A combination of outstanding facilities and superlative attention to detail makes it the premier lifestyle destination for international travellers.

The Palace - The Old Town

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Built on the edge of a lake, The Palace - The Old Town is a harmonious blend of Middle Eastern hospitality industry around the world. In addition, 24-hour room service and concierge assistance heritage and contemporary Dubai with 161 guest rooms and 81 magnificent suites. Located on are also available. the Old Town Island, The Palace is a resort within the city, at the heart of a traditional Arabian The Palace - The Old Town has three outstanding restaurants that offer a world tour of village, faced with a striking symbol of modernity. gastronomy and are great venues for a successful business lunch or dinner. Thiptara offers the finest Thai cuisine and its prime location on the Burj Lake, offers spectacular views of Burj Khalifa. Guest services at the hotel are inimitable and meet every need with Palace Rooms and Suites. Guests opting to stay in the Suites can also enjoy the convenient privilege of a total 24-hour stay. Asado follows the Argentine Grill concept, offering premium meat cuts cooked ‘Asador Criollo’ This path-breaking service has revolutionized the hospitality industry as guests arriving in the style, on an open grill in the centre of the restaurant. Ewaan is an all-day Oriental restaurant, afternoon, evening, or even midnight have the option of keeping their room for up to 24 hours offering a large selection of Mezzeh, Arabic Chef’s specialities and show cooking. without having to follow the traditional check-out time - usually 12 noon - established in the

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Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel

In the 14th century, Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta roamed the world, from Africa and Europe to the Far East. Ideally located in New Dubai, the deluxe Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel reflects his travels through its eclectic architecture, décor and cuisine. The Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel is perfectly located, being just 30 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport and 40 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. It is within walking distance of Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall and is ten minutes drive from the beaches of the Palm Jumeirah. Each of the spacious 396 hotel rooms are beautifully furnished, while all of the suites are themed on the Africa, Asian, Middle Eastern and southern European countries visited by Ibn Battuta. At Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, the restaurants reflect the journey of this great Arab explorer. The majority are centreed around Grand Hall, tempting and tantalizing guests with their delicious sights and smells. Watch the chefs at work behind the windows of the kitchen at Shanghai Chic.

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Let your eyes be caught by the glow of the pizza oven at Sicilia, marvel at the temptations of Pastane or be enticed by the three great tandoor ovens in Chor Bazaar. If you simply cannot decide, then take the easy route and visit Mistral, the all-day dining restaurant with a combination of delicious flavours from around the world. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the superbly equipped fitness centre which boasts the latest equipment for cardiovascular workouts, aerobics facilities and free weights. Nestled underneath imposing Moroccan arches, the 30 metre rooftop swimming pool also provides an outlet for rest and relaxation. Stay in the city, nip off to the beach. Until October 2011, guests staying at Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel in ‘New Dubai’ will enjoy complementary access to the Oceana Beach Club’s private beach, infinity pool and shore-side gardens. Oceana Beach Club is located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf on Palm Jumeirah and a complimentary daily shuttle service is provided for hotel guests.


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Nestled in the heart of the Old Town district in Downtown Dubai, Qamardeen Hotel combines traditional Arabic hospitality with the luxurious comforts of contemporary living, making it the ideal home for guests travelling for business or pleasure.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, on Dubai’s prominent Sheikh Zayed Road, Towers Rotana Dubai boasts stunning views of the Arabian Sea as well as easy access to all major destinations in this thriving metropolis.

This 186-room deluxe property adorned with traditional Arabesque accents enjoys a prime location right next to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, with the sprawling Dubai Mall and spectacular Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest dancing fountain, just a short stroll away.

Offering 360 suites you will experience the height of luxurious comfort. Each room features a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, daily housekeeping, high speed internet, in-room safe, IDD facilities and a multi-channel satellite television.

The hotel provides a choice of 13 Executive Suites, 123 Queen Rooms and 48 Twin Rooms, each inspired by the rich heritage of Arabia while providing every modern convenience. With four meeting rooms, two fully equipped boardrooms, a dedicated events team, complimentary high-speed internet access and 24-hour business centre facilities, the hotel caters to every need of busy executives on the go.

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Ideally located within the upscale Downtown Dubai district, with the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the world’s largest dancing fountain right at your doorstep, Southern Sun Al Manzil Hotel is the perfect place for doing business and enjoying the best of Dubai’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Each of the hotel’s 197 rooms is an individual expression of the ethos of the hip and happening Old Town district – combining a distinctive Arabian feel with a contemporary ambience. The deluxe hotel offers globetrotting executives all the facilities needed for a productive stay – including three fully-equipped meeting rooms, a boardroom, complimentary high-speed internet access and a business centre that is open 24-hours a day. In addition, a fitness centre and temperature-controlled pool and a host of superb dining destinations – including Conservatory, the all-day dining restaurant, The Courtyard, a place to experience authentic Arabian hospitality, Mokaroma, a trendy international coffee shop, Nezesaussi sports and entertainment grill, and the Parisian-inspired Boulevard Café – continuously entice guests to mix business with pleasure.

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Located on the 6th floor of the annex building you will find the recreational facilities which include a temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Bodylines health and fitness centre with the latest equipment, sauna, steam and aerobic classes. Towers Rotana Dubai features two elegant restaurants, one bar, one coffee shop and a pool bar each offering a distinctive and themed dining experience.

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

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Setting a new benchmark for comfort and style in Dubai, soaring 333 metres and 72 storeys, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana located on Sheikh Zayed Road, is the flagship property of the alcohol-free brand, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts, offering panoramic views of Dubai.Rose Rayhaan by Rotana offers 462 spacious connecting rooms and suites each with daily housekeeping services, fully stocked mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, high speed broadband internet, hairdryer, bathrobes, in-room safe and a multi channel satellite television. Bodylines Leisure and Fitness Club offers a fully equipped gymnasium, outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool for both adults and children along with cardiovascular and free weight training area. Separate male and female sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and massage rooms are available. Offsite activities including sightseeing trips, desert trips, fishing trips and golf can be arranged via the Guest Services department.


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Rising from the sea, the billowing sail shape of the spectacular 1,053 foot. tower of Burj Al Arab stands as the world’s tallest all-suite hotel, resting on its own man-made island 280 metres offshore. Each of the luxury suites have been lavishly decorated with materials drawn from the finest suppliers throughout the world and incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. At Burj Al Arab you will have access to discreet in suite check-in, private reception on each guest floor, complimentary 24-hour butler service and a full range of luxurious Hermes amenities for her and him. From the Al Muntaha restaurant suspended 200 metres above the sea, serving regional and contemporary Mediterranean fare, to the underground Al Mahara that offers fresh ocean delights complemented by the floor-to-ceiling aquarium of exotic fish, restaurants at Burj Al Arab are some of the finest and most unique in the world.

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Beach Accommodation The Royal Amwaj Resort & Spa

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The Royal Amwaj (“amwaj” means “wave” in Arabic) is nestled into the beautiful Crescent that surrounds The Palm Jumeirah. Set off from the major passageway of The Palm Jumeirah, the breakwater is the perfect secluded setting for resort living. The Swiss managed Movenpick luxury resort and spa Royal Amwaj will feature 293 hotel rooms and over 450 condominium apartments. The Royal Amwaj Resort and Spa features a variety of culinary delights including Thai, seafood and Asian cuisine and additional beach front restaurant and bar. The resort also features three lagoons, a large swimming pool, tennis courts, Asian spa, water sports activities as well as business and banquet facilities. The Royal Amwaj is 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 15 minutes from the main areas of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach, and 20 minutes from Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City. Opens 2012.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

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Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach sits in the heart of one of Dubai’s newest dynamic & most lively urban locations, Jumeirah Beach Residence and is only 30 minutes drive away from Dubai International Airport. The hotel is ideally situated to the city’s thriving business hubs, major attractions and entertainment facilities as well as being a short stroll to the beaches of the Arabian Gulf. It is a modern, chic & contemporary understated upscale hotel with 294 well equipped modern and superbly comfortable rooms and suites with balconies.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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Dubai is best at creating luxury on a grand scale and Atlantis Dubai is no exception. Covering a massive 45 hectares, this unique resort hotel is located at the end of Palm Jumeirah, a manmade island created to look like a dazzling palm tree. Reachable by tunnel or via the Palm Monorail, there’s virtually nothing that this resort does not have. With a private beach and a non-stop lineup of water-themed recreational activities – an extensive marine habitat, water park and spa – Atlantis Dubai is an aqua-lover’s paradise. The resort’s sea-facing rooms, suites and villas are comfortably furnished with classic design complemented by exotic accoutrements. With a broad assortment of activities to choose from, the resort is a perfect fit for families on the go. Jumeirah Beach Resort offers five sizeable swimming pools, including a special kids pool with rock wall and slide situated next to Sinbad’s Kids Club, a choice of sporting facilities, as well as unlimited access to Wild Wadi Park (Water Park).

Accommodations are split into 1,373 rooms and 166 suites, situated across the building’s Royal Towers. Every room is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, and all offer spectacular balcony or terrace views of either the Arabian Gulf or the expanse of Palm Jumeirah. For a completely new resort experience, book one of the Neptune/Poseidon Suites, which welcome guests into sumptuous bed and bathroom areas with amazing underwater views.


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InterContinental Abu Dhabi

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InterContinental Abu Dhabi offers 390 spacious, modern and stylish guest rooms and suites with breathtaking panoramic views over the city corniche and coastline. Dedicated Club InterContinental floors with first class personalised service, as well as access to the exclusive Club Lounge and the finest selection of meeting and conference facilities. Vibrant selection of restaurants, the award winning Chamas a lively Brazilian Churrascaria with live Latin music, The Fishmarket restaurant offers fresh fish cooked Thai style. The Yacht Club is a trendy restaurant and bar that affords stunning marina view. Boccaccio offers traditional Italian cuisine. The latest addition is the cosmopolitan turn of the century style Belgian Beer Café. An exceptional location with 285 metres of private white sandy beaches and a private marina. The Health Club offers various choices of massage treatments, jacuzzi and sauna. A well equipped gymnasium also allows guests to work out whenever they wish as it is open 24-hours for hotel guests.

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The moment guests step into the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, they are embraced by the unique blend of traditional Arabian hospitality and the breathtaking opulence of modern luxury. This Rotana City Conference Resort offers luxury in a superb location right in the main business district of Abu Dhabi facing the sea. Over 450 rooms and suites are complemented by Abu Dhabi’s finest dining outlets and extensive meeting and event facilities. The Beach Rotana also benefits by adjoining the popular Abu Dhabi Mall which features a variety of shopping outlets. At Beach Rotana your comfort comes first. The hotel facilities include babysitting upon request, car and limousine rental, covered car park, currency exchange, multilingual staff, same day laundry and fast dry-cleaning services, valet parking, hair and beauty salon, Eight Club Rotana Executive floors, ten world-class food & beverage venues and wireless internet in all rooms, suites and public areas.

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Hala Arjaan

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Hala Arjaan by Rotana offers first-class hotel apartments with charm and comfort and is located in the heart of the business district, close to the coast, shopping and all the city’s attractions. Being large, beautifully furnished and well-equipped, the apartments are designed with both long-term guests and families in mind. All makes a difference to your stay. Whatever comforts make you feel at home, a place for you to adapt to, just the way you like it. First-class hotel apartments with a personal touch, Arjaan properties have been developed with both long-term guests and families in mind. Some of the hotels facilities include a gift shop and news stand, a doctor on call, non-smoking rooms, valet parking and ample parking space, multilingual staff and laundry and dry-cleaning facilities.

Emirates Palace

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Emirates Palace is the most expensive hotel ever built—an extravagance in gold, silver and mother of pearl where you can live like a Sheikh. Traditional palatial architecture— adorned with exquisite silk and Persian carpets and handpicked crystal chandeliers—is meshed with modern day technology; this includes the fastest wi-fi connectivity in the UAE, which envelops the entire 100 hectares including the mile long private beach. The Palace offers a wide range of both chic and intimate dining options of 16 different outlets and restaurants ready to suit all tastes including the first deluxe Emirati restaurant in the UAE, Mezlai, offering traditional and authentic Emirati cuisine with a modern twist, an amazing Anantara spa, an on-site bank, premium shopping boutiques, two beautiful main pool areas – one for lounging in secluded relaxation and one for family fun and adventure – as well as the sublime private beach.


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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Guests have a choice of arrival experiences: A scenic ten minute speed boat trip into the resort’s private marina, a dramatic drive down from the peak overlooking the bay, or even as a companion passenger with the resort’s professional paraglider! The innovative accommodations of Six Senses Zighy Bay are a blend of the surrounding Omani traditional style with modern amenities to provide luxury amidst local cultural themes. Each of the 82 spacious villas has a private infinity pool with cosy terrace, as well as 24-hour butler service to accommodate any need.

Desert Nights Camp

Known as “The Jewel of the Sultanate”, Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat is set against a dramatic mountain backdrop on 80 hectares of private beach and lush green gardens. The business and commercial districts are close by, as are must-see sights including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bait Al Zubair Museum and Al Alam Palace. To explore the essence of Muscat, a visit to the Muttrah Souk (market) is a must.

Al Maha Piano Bar is the destination where guests and locals gather to relax and unwind. An array of international cocktails and liqueurs are served, expertly accompanied by live jazz and blues.

“Ahlan Wa Sahlan”, Awaken to Adventure. Welcome to the Desert Nights Camp at Al Wasil, Sultanate of Oman. Standing clearly above the rest, The Desert Nights Camp is a place that sells itself. Situated on the Wahiba Sands which is a two hour drive away from Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. 26 luxurious Bedouin styled tents are ready for those seeking the ultimate desert adventure vacation. The Camp is the epitome of what one could wish for and offers unparalleled comfort and pampering to the most discerning traveller.

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Falaj Daris Hotel, Nizwa

Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat offers 50 luxurious suites, each with an exclusive Butler Services so you can enjoy the luxury and personal attention you deserve.

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Falaj Daris Hotel is ideally located just four kilometres away from Nizwa town, the perfect base to explore the interior and after a tiring day to relax! The hotel is situated 150 kilometres from Seeb International airport. Falaj Daris Hotel has recently undergone a complete renovation and refurbishment. The hotel now has 55 beautifully appointed international standard rooms including two suites.

Salalah Marriott Resort

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat offers 153 guest rooms and suites ideally suited for business and leisure travellers. Designed to offer ultimate relaxation, each room and suite features stylish design and convenient amenities like mini bar and laptop-sized safe. Business Class rooms and Suites feature complimentary super buffet breakfast, access to the business class lounge, Nespresso® coffee machine, as well as upgraded bath amenities. Guests receive a unique login and password to stay connected with Free highspeed, wireless Internet access. Non-smoking rooms and handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request. Located near the city centre, perfect for business or leisure travellers. Recharge at the exclusive Fontana health club, fitted with a gym, sauna, steam rooms and swimming pool. All Hotel guests have access to the business centre and free wi-fi internet access.

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The Salalah Marriott Resort is set on the idyllic shores of the Arabian Sea on the white sandy beaches of Mirbat Cove and at the foot of Jebel Samhan, 80 kilometres from Salalah International Airport. The Dhofar region in Southern Oman is known as the land of gardens and historical treasures. Being the first Marriott Resort in the Sultanate, the Resort offers a unique holiday experience by blending Marriott’s authentic hospitality with exceptional facilities in an unmatched natural landscape.


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GETTING AROUND: Easily accessible by air and speedboat.

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the most exotic destinations on earth! From the beautiful white beaches and breathtaking underwater scenery of the Maldives and Seychelles, to the dazzling turquoise waters, luxury beach resorts, fabulous shopping and fascinating culture of Mauritius, you’re sure to find the perfect island holiday or honeymoon in this romantic corner of the globe. Mauritius and Reunion lie off the coast of Africa, and have a distinct French flavour.

Maldives The Maldives is a group of 1,190 islands south east of Sri Lanka. Only 200 are inhabited and 97 are exclusive island resorts with lush vegetation, ringed with coral reefs, turquoise lagoons full of marine life, and white sandy beaches. The overriding theme here is days of water activities and romantic, balmy nights.

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SIGHTSEEING: QANTAS A380 Seychelles: Seek out the coco de mer - endemic to the island of Praslin. The introduction of the award winning Qantas A380 represents a new era of flying Maldives: Go diving at banana reef or surf the amazing reef breaks. for Qantas. A superior ground experience, in-flight product and service offering, Mauritius: Explore the colonial-era buildings, markets and colourful along with new technology, allows Qantas to offer an exceptional customer Chinatown of Port Louis. experience. Marc Newson-designed interiors and state-of-the-art technology abounds in all ofMaldives: Qantas’ Airbus A380’s. Configured with 450 seats, the A380 sets CURRENCY: Rufiyaa a new benchmark for the airline and the industry. Mauritius: Mauritian Rupee

Seychelles: The Qantas A380 is availableRupees on selected services from London to Sydney - please ask for details. CLIMATE: The climate varies between 20C-32C. Winter is during MayOctober and Summer is between November-April. LANGUAGE: Maldives: Dhivehi (local) & English Mauritius: English (official) & Creole (main) Seychelles: Creole, English & French

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A tropical island getaway with accommodation ranging from ultra chic resorts to affordable selfcatering. Great destination for families and honeymooners with a huge variety of both land and water-based activities to keep you as active or as relaxed as you wish to be. Great beaches, warm waters and good shopping.

Seychelles Seychelles is made up of 115 island jewels with white sandy beaches, colourful marine life, luxurious private islands and resorts, and romantic hide-aways. The Inner Islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, form the cultural and economic hub and are home to the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches.

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Reethi Beach Resort

Reethi Beach Resort is located in the north-east of Baa Atoll on tiny Fonimagoodhoo Island, a scenic 35-minute seaplane flight from Male’. The elegant and spacious detached and semidetached villas are built from natural materials in typical Maldivian-style, providing first class comfort in a unique setting. Rooms are air-conditioned and set amid tropical foliage fringing a long expanse of powder soft beach or on stilts over the clear blue lagoon. There are five restaurants and five bars, poolside and beachfront. Facilities include a PADI 5-star dive centre, a Spa and wellness retreat, water sports centre, sports complex and a wide variety of group and private excursions have been carefully selected to enable you to explore the untouched beauty of Baa Atoll and the rich culture of its inhabitants. The resort has a total of 110 rooms which consists of 30 Reethi Villas, 50 Deluxe Villas and 30 Water Villas. All rooms have one king size or twin beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, IDD telephone, mini bar, safe, satellite TV, hair dryer, hot and cold water. They are serviced twice daily and bath towels, hand towels, beach towels, shampoo, shower gel, soap and body lotion are provided.

The five restaurants include The Rehendhi, Moodhu Bar & Restaurant, Reethi Grill, Alifaan Restaurant and Saima Garden. They consist of buffet, gourmet and speciality restaurants to cater for the most discerning guests. Bars include Rasgefaanu Bar, Veyo Bar and the Beach Bars. The Rasgefaanu Bar is the main resort bar which offers a wide-range of cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is also an adjoining games room, offering table tennis, pool, darts, carom, many board games plus a wide selection of books. This is also the venue for most of the evening entertainment. Private dining is also available for guests wanting to celebrate a special occasion; enjoy a romantic evening, or a true ‘get-away’ dinner experience can, by arrangement and extra charge, be arranged on the beach, or on a nearby uninhabited island.


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Naladhu Maldives

On a tranquil palm-covered atoll surrounded by a coral lagoon, Naladhu offers a feeling of seclusion and serenity. A sense of luxury pervades the 19 stunning houses set within lush landscaped surroundings, each just foot steps away from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There are 13 private ocean pool pavilions with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, and six beach pool pavilions located under palm canopies on the powder white beach front. The spacious rooms have a decadently appointed al-fresco bathing pavilion with a unique bathtub, private swimming pool, waterfall shower and steam room all shaded by bougainvillea and frangipani. All rooms offer the services of a House Master, LCD TV, CD/DVD player, wifi, ipod, indoor and outdoor day beds and a dining sala. Beach Houses face the lagoon side of the island and are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation to provide a cocoon of privacy. Ocean Houses provide totally unobstructed views of the jewel-blue waters, and are the ultimate choice for privacy and tranquillity. Each Ocean House has the additional pleasure of

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a private Cabana located on the beach, which can be used for lounging and massage during the day or for dining in the evening. A range of luxurious spa therapies drawing on the rich natural traditions of the islands and surrounding ocean. Relax the mind and spirit by being pampered in the sensuous pavilion or on the sun-bleached deck as twilight falls. Culinary experiences on Naladhu include the intimacy of in-house-dining, gourmet adventures on deserted sand banks, on remote islands or mingling with other guests in The Living Room, Naladhu’s relaxed all-day dining venue. Residents may choose to take advantage of the facilities on sister Anantara islands or enjoy the pampering and privacy of Naladhu alone. Every Naladhu moment is an experience to treasure. We offer expansive private spaces, unsurpassed luxury, a graceful elegance that never goes out of style for the perfect vacation experience in the Maldives. Come visit us, and create your own timeless moment.


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Anantara Dhigu

Land in a resort paradise, surrounded by sparkling blue waters. Anantara Dhigu is an idyllic island paradise that feels like your home away from home, and a dazzling, natural playground for you to indulge in, only a 35 minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport allowing 24 hour a day access.

Discover the ultimate tropical island getaway with brilliant coral reefs and water sport adventures including a professionally run and fully equipped Padi dive centre which operates year round or try your skills at the seasonal surf school (Apr – Oct) where you can ride one of the best waves in the Maldives.

Ideal for families or couples, the resort offers 70 stylish beachfront villas and 40 superb over-water suites all on the fringe of a tranquil lagoon; some beach front villas and overwater suites feature private pools.

If you prefer experience a healing massage at Anantara Spa, with a variety of extraordinary and exquisite holistic treatments offered, you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed.

Bask under the dazzling Indian Ocean sun from your beachfront villa or over water suite sundeck. Step onto a pure white beach and let soft sand sift between your toes. In all rooms, enjoy the comforts of home with your own espresso machine, iPod connection, flat screen TV, resident’s mini bar and 24-hour room service.

Guests are offered an array of culinary options with a range to tempt even the most discerning of palates from Fushi Café, Fuddan Fusion Grill, Terrazzo Italian Restaurant, Aqua Bar and then on sister island Anantara Veli, Dhigu guests may also enjoy Baan Huraa Thai, Geckos and 73 Degrees with amazing seafood nights.

The beachfront villas feature a bathroom garden with both an outdoor rain shower and signature Anantara terrazzo bathtub while the Over Water Suites offer stunning views from your own sundeck where you can gently slip into the turquoise blue waters below.

Resort facilities also include Dhoni Kid’s Club, Library, Boutique, Luxury yacht hire, activities desk and Watersports centre.


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Anantara Veli

Anantara Veli sets the stage for an idyllic honeymoon or getaway with secluded overwater bungalows. Romance and enchantment are a way of life in a land of water, endless blue sky and powder white sands. Over-Water Bungalows. Enjoy all the comforts of home and then some, with your own espresso machine, resident’s minibar, surround-sound stereo with flat-screen TV, CD/ DVD/MP3 player and 24-hour room service, contemporary décor of your 62 square metre over water bungalow, with hardwood floors and a coconut thatch roof. Maldivian fabrics stretch across your bed, inviting you to do the same. Tropical flowers and jasmine scents float through your spacious bathroom. Take to the sun terrace or step into the gentle waters of the lagoon Deluxe Over-Water Bungalows. 92 square metres of relaxation under the charming coconut thatch roof. Your bungalow is a sanctuary overlooking the seascapes. Settle into a terrazzo bathtub, unwind on a daybed on the sundeck. There is no place more idyllic than this spot of paradise to enjoy leisurely quality time. Whether you choose to work on your tan at the ocean front infinity pool, spend your days on the water with sailing excursions, waterskiing on the lagoon, seaplane flights, deep-

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sea fishing or sunset dhoni cruises alongside dolphins, the choice is yours. Anantara also features its own onsite PADI Dive Centre to guide you through one of the world’s premier diving destinations. Freshen up for an evening of fine dining at one of the bars and restaurants where the world’s flavours are brought to you. A highlight: the best of Thai cuisine, set on the edge of a reef. Just moments away, is Anantara Veli’s sister resort, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa where you will also find a boutique and a range of other diversions. As guests of Anantara Veli, you enjoy full access to the facilities and amenities of both islands. The jungle spa at Anantara Veli is nestled in the island’s abundant greenery. Treatments draw from the wisdom of the earth to enrich, detoxify, polish and rejuvenate. Escape the cares of everyday life with indigenously-inspired luxury treatments for body and soul at Anantara Spa.


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Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Located on the island’s northeastern coast, Constance Le Prince Maurice is situated on 24 hectares of unblemished private land blessed with rare and luxuriant vegetation that ensures maximum privacy for its guests. The turquoise lagoon blends perfectly with the fresh, green surroundings and secluded beaches of brilliant white sand. The reserve accommodates the only over-water suites in Mauritius, sitting high on stilts, while the resort’s other generous suites are located along the beach or in a sub-tropical garden facing the sea.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, set on the most beautiful beach of the eastern coast of Mauritius, offers a wide range of leisure facilities and 92 prestige rooms besides being an ideal location for golf addicts – from beginners to professionals - with two 18-hole championship golf courses. The resort gently lies on a two kilometre long white sandy beach and is set in a 15 hectare tropical garden. Protected by a coral reef, the lagoon is ideal for all watersports from swimming to snorkelling.

Boutique Hotel 20°Sud

Anahita The Resort

Boutique Hotel 20°Sud has 28 rooms and six suites, some of which are less than 10 metres from the beach! They are divided into four categories: the “Charm” rooms, the “Beachfront” rooms, the “Suites” and the “Austral Suites”. All the rooms are airconditioned and have a beautiful terrace which looks onto the attractive coconut grove bordering the sea. The rooms are tastefully furnished and equipped with queen-size bed, safe, plasma television with satellite channels, PayTV movies, telephone and free, unlimited access to high speed wi-fi internet.

Anahita The Resort is set in a spectacular landscape of 213 hectares surrounded by an Ernie Els designed 18 hole championship golf course, a lively market village with shops, deli, cafe, gourmet restaurant, bar, wellness lounge & beauty centre, swimming pool, beach, fitness centre, tennis courts, golf clubhouse, and OurSpace children’s club. 28 Villas and 70 luxury suites in total, the one, two and three bedroom suites with private plunge pools, have either breathtaking views of the turquoise lagoon or views of the lush golf course with a stunning mountain backdrop.

Verandah Paul & Virginie

Shanti Maurice, a Nira Resort

Named after the legendary young couple immortalised by the French author Bernardin de St Pierre in his novel Paul & Virginie, the hotel is an invitation to a relaxing and romantic stay. The decor of colonial inspiration, a subtle combination of wood, stone and thatch roofs, reveals a peaceful haven for couples seeking an unforgettable getaway to paradise island. Accommodation consists of 81 rooms all of which feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, electronic room safe, mini bar, tea/coffee facilities, direct dial telephone, satellite television and a hairdryer.

Shanti Maurice is a boutique, lifestyle resort located on the largely untouched south coast of Mauritius. The resort comprises 61 spacious suites and villas, spread across a 15 hectare landscape of tropical gardens, located on the beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort welcomes couples and families, and offers a Kids Club and Activities Programme. Nira Spa is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, 25 treatments rooms. Shanti Maurice offers extensive dining options, with an emphasis on locally-sourced fresh fare.

The Grand Mauritian

Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort

Embraced by the gently swaying sugar cane fields and the warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, The Grand Mauritian, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, invites you to experience the magic of Mauritian hospitality in a truly luxurious setting. The resort boasts 193 guest rooms and suites, separated in 15 exquisite villas spread along the spectacular beach. Water sports and diving complement the two stunning swimming pools and a natural sandy beach.

Heritage Awali stands out for its exceptional range of services tailored for the enjoyment of young and old. Rooms are spacious and perfectly fitted out. An array of land and waterbased sports are on offer including a simply spectacular 18-hole golf course! And an exclusive children’s club, where three to eleven year olds can have fun in a learning environment. Each of the rooms are spacious and comfortable and opens onto its own private and comfortable terrace, a stone’s throw away from the two swimming pools or on the edge of the beach.


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Resorts

Seychelles

Desroches Island Resort

Denis Private Island

Situated 230 kilometres south-west of Mahé, Desroches Island is amongst the most pristine, untouched islands in the world blessed with the healthiest climate. The array of facilities include a superb yet relaxed restaurant, a specialist Creole restaurant, pizzeria and a delicatessen. The boutique shop, extensive watersport centre, swimming pool, gym, spa, library and business centre all complement the full range of deluxe facilities. The 20 luxurious Beach Suites and 26 Beach Villas are surrounded by immaculate white soft sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

Perched at the edge of the Seychelles bank, Denis is a coral island that lies 59 miles north of Mahé. Guarded in large part by coral reefs, the island has a natural lagoon and a steep drop-off where underwater inhabitants are both a draw and delight for visitors.

Constance Ephelia Resort

Paradise Sun

Constance Ephelia Resort is located over two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé and overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay – offers private seclusion with breathtaking views. Whether you choose one of the suites or a hillside, spa or beach villa, each of the residences is impeccably furnished with modern conveniences to make your stay as stress-free as possible. Some feature additional rooms and private pools, but all provide fantastic views of heavenly surrounds.

Paradise Sun is discretely tucked away on the North Eastern side of Praslin Island, which is the second largest island of the unspoiled Seychelles archipelago. The hotel nestles in the far corner of a three kilometre long vast white sandy beach of the Cote d’Or, under the protective presence of an outcrop of enormous granite boulders – Nearby you will find some of the finest beaches not only in the Seychelles, but in the world, such as Anse Lazio– and you will also discover the Vallée de Mai which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Le Meridien Barbarons

Village du Pecheur

In the bay, overlooking the ocean, you are invited to relax in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Le Méridien Barbarons situated on Mahé, at the tip of the beautiful beach of Barbarons 30 minutes away from the airport. Le Meridien Barbarons boasts 124 completely refurbished guest rooms and suites open onto their own sea or garden facing terraces or balconies. Two restaurants offer refined and superior service. You will also find two bars and a conference centre. The Penguin Club welcomes children, whilst adults may indulge themselves in the Cinq Mondes Health Spa.

Stay at The Village du Pecheur Situated on the east coast of Praslin on one of the most beautiful beach The “Cote D’or”. This charming boutique hotel with white washed walls, thatched roof, blended with tropical wood and marble reflects a warm and relaxed atmosphere. “A Home away from Home”. Accommodation consists of ten luxuriously furnished rooms, four junior suites, five standard rooms all equipped with safe, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hair dryer, A/C, IDD telephone and terrace/balcony.

Sunset Beach Hotel Mahe

Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin

The Sunset Beach Hotel is situated on a granitic presque d’ile with a pristine golden beach on the North West cost of Mahe.

Constance Lemuria Resort enjoys an idyllic location on the northwest coast of Praslin Island overlooking the beaches of Anse Kerlan and Petite Anse Kerlan. Anse Georgette, a third beach, is a hidden gem of the resort and considered one of the most beautiful in the Seychelles. The 96 thatched suites, eight villas and presidential villa are situated along the beaches and use natural materials of marble, limestone, wood and granite – a true celebration of the island’s gifts.

The accommodation consists of 28 tastefully furnished rooms in total which feature a patio or terrace, satellite TV, air-conditionig, in-room safe, tea/coffee facilities, stocked minibar, hair dryer, IDD telephone, radio/alarm clock, nightly turn down service and room/ laundry service.

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Denis Island’s elegant cottages nestle near the ocean shore amid lush tropical gardens where comfort and a natural Creole flair go hand in hand. Each natural cottage has its own private sea-facing verandah and courtyard.


Terms & Conditions HOW TO BOOK YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS To accept the offer of TCSC set out in the Invoice, the clients must complete the booking form and return it to TCSC with the deposit set out in the Invoice. TCSC is under no obligation to the clients to book the travel arrangements unless and until the booking form and the deposit are provided to TCSC. PAYMENT OF THE DEPOSIT The deposit paid and provided with the booking form is not refundable for any reason whatsoever. YOUR TRAVEL PACK – CHECK ON TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS Upon the clients providing to TCSC the booking form and deposit, TCSC will provide to the clients a travel pack. The clients acknowledge that the clients will make certain that all aspects of the clients’ travel arrangements are as required within that travel pack. The clients undertake to advise TCSC within 7 days of the date of the provision of the travel pack of any error that is contained in the travel arrangements as upon expiry of the 7 days, the clients are deemed to have accepted that the clients’ travel arrangements are as set out in that travel pack. PAYMENT FOR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS The clients agree to make payment for the travel arrangements strictly in accordance with the schedule set out in the Invoice. If the clients fail to make payments in accordance with the schedule, then upon that failure, the clients are in default under the terms and conditions of this agreement and the travel arrangements are deemed cancelled as at the date of default. PAYMENT FOR LAND CONTENT OF TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS Where by virtue of the value of the Australian dollar, the costs for the land content of the travel arrangements exceed those stated in the Invoice, the clients agree to pay that excess and TCSC will provide to the clients a tax invoice for the excess. Should the clients fail to pay that tax invoice within 7 days of the date of receipt of same, the clients are deemed to be in default under this agreement and the travel arrangements are deemed cancelled as at the date of that default. CHANGES TO TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS - BY CLIENT (“CLIENTS’ CHANGES”) The clients may alter travel arrangements, but only by giving a written instruction to TCSC as to the changes required. Each change will attract an administration fee of $100 and any increase cost occasioned by the change will be the subject of a tax invoice provided by TCSC to the client. Should the client fail to meet payment of the amount on the tax invoice within 7 days of the issue of same, the clients are deemed to be in default under this agreement and the travel arrangements are deemed cancelled as at the date of that default. CHANGES TO TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BY TCSC (“CLASSIC SAFARI CHANGES”) The clients acknowledge and agree that for a whole series of reasons, TCSC may have to alter the travel arrangements up to and including and throughout the travel period. The clients agree that no claim for compensation can or will be made against TCSC if such a change has to be made, as long as the change is made on the basis of reasonable justification and that alternative arrangements are put in place by TCSC that are of the same quality as those set out in the travel arrangements. CANCELLATION CHARGES The travel arrangements can be cancelled by the client but only by providing TCSC with a written notice of the client’s intention to do so. Where a tour operator or airline company has a cancellation policy different to that set out below, then whatever that policy is or might be, that policy shall apply to any cancellation of travel arrangements with that tour operator or airline company. If such a cancellation policy does not exist, and if the client wishes to cancel travel arrangements, and the cancellation notice is received: - 60 days or more prior to departure – the client will forfeit the deposit paid; - between 60 and 30 days prior to departure – the client will forfeit of 50% of the cost of the travel arrangements; - 30 days or less prior to departure – the client will forfeit the whole of the cost of the travel arrangements; as shown on the Invoice, or applied because of client changes. REFUNDS FOR UNUSED PORTION OF TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS The clients acknowledge and agree that the travel arrangements are a package and that the client cannot choose to select portion of the travel arrangement and be refunded in whole or in part for those portions unused. TRAVEL INSURANCE The clients acknowledge and agree that where the clients request TCSC to book travel insurance, that the clients have undertaken

a due diligence of the company providing such insurance and has satisfied himself, herself, themselves or itself that the travel insurance is adequate to insure the risks of the client. The clients acknowledge and agree that the clients do not in any way rely upon, nor do the clients expect TCSC to be an expert in the selection of the insurer, the insurance package, the policy or the premium rate to be paid by the clients to the insurer in respect of the provision of the policy or the terms and conditions of the policy and as to whether, in the circumstances of the clients and the travel arrangements, the insurance is adequate to protect the needs of the clients. TCSC is not an expert in travel insurance, the selection of the supplier of travel insurance or in the terms and conditions that form part of a travel insurance policy, nor is TCSC an expert in appreciating the cost that should be occasioned to the client for payment of the premium in relation to such insurance. The clients agree and acknowledge that in arranging such travel insurance for the clients, the clients and TCSC are not entering into any contract for TCSC to so provide advice as to, or to supply such insurance policy. The clients acknowledge and agree that DFAT travel warnings may void travel insurance, and that it is the responsibility of the clients to monitor warnings. PASSPORTS & VISAS The clients agree and acknowledge that it is the clients’ obligation, at all times, prior to, at the time of and throughout the travel arrangements for the clients to hold the appropriate passport and visas in order to be able to undertake and complete the travel arrangements. The clients acknowledge and agree that whilst TCSC may assist in the obtaining of the necessary visas to assist the client in being able to undertake the travel arrangements, that the rules and regulations in relation to the issue of the visas, particularly in the countries to be visited by the client during the travel arrangements, change and do so without notice. The clients agree and acknowledge that although TCSC may have assisted the client in obtaining such visas, the client does not rely upon TCSC to have provided correct visas that comply with the then current law of any country which the clients enter, or intend to enter, during the travel arrangements. FORCE MAJEURE The clients agree and acknowledge that TCSC cannot and will not be held responsible or liable by the clients for changes: - to itineraries and accommodation and in relation to travel arrangements as a result of any matter, manner or thing outside of the care and control of TCSC, including inclement weather, civil unrest, Acts of God and the like; - in local conditions and events, unpredictable, or predictable. THE CLIENT ASSUMES THE RISK OF ENTERING UPON THE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS The clients acknowledge that the clients have undertaken and will continue to undertake up to, including and throughout the period of travel in the travel arrangements, his, her, their or its extensive due diligence and ongoing due diligence in relation to the travel arrangements. The clients here acknowledge and agree that the travel arrangements are to take place in countries and regions and under circumstances where (not necessarily in the travel arrangements): - standards of health care; - the provision of trauma and health services; - standards of hygiene generally; - standards in food preparation; - occupational health and safety rules, regulations and training; - the provision and wearing of safety equipment; and - safety checks on transport, equipment, vehicle, aeroplanes and equipment; used and/or provided in the travel arrangements, are or may be of a lesser standard (and substantially so) than in Australia.

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The clients also agree and acknowledge that any such due diligence has been undertaken up to and including the time of travel and during the period of travel. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN AND WHAT IS EXCLUDED FROM THE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS? The clients acknowledge and agree that the only services to be provided are those specifically set out on the Invoice and in the travel pack, and no more and as a consequence all other experiences that may be had whilst the travel arrangements are in place, are at the cost of the client. The following are not a part of the travel arrangements: - personal travel insurance; - travel insurance; - visa, passport and vaccination charges; - airport departure and airline taxes; - any meals, transport costs, accommodation costs or other expenses that are not included in the travel arrangements; - laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses and the items of a personal nature; - emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges; - additional expenses caused by delay, accidents or disruption to planned itineraries; - tipping and excess baggage charges; - beverages (unless as otherwise in specified in the Invoice); and - any item not specifically detailed as included in the travel arrangements. JURISDICTION The laws of New South Wales, Australia shall apply to this agreement and anything that emanates there from. In respect of any dispute, claim or demand in relation to this agreement and anything related either directly or indirectly to it, including the provision of and the enjoyment of the travel arrangements by the client shall be commenced and continue in a court with a registry in the central business district of Sydney and no other. Where a party to any such proceedings is a party to this agreement, and as a result of the rules of the court in which the proceedings are commenced, may transfer the proceedings to another registry, the parties agree that such parties shall not so transfer. HEALTH AND FITNESS OF THE CLIENTS The clients acknowledge and agree that TCSC has made no enquiry whatsoever as to the fitness, health or otherwise of the clients to be able to undertake the travel arrangements and to complete them in accordance with those set out in the Invoice, or at all. In this regard, the clients acknowledge that the clients have undertaken whatever steps are necessary in order to check the health and physical condition of the clients and the ability of the clients, having regard to the clients’ health and physical condition, to undertake what is set out in the travel arrangements. NO AGENCY TCSC identifies a person, persons and/or company whom or which can supply to the clients the appropriate goods and services to allow the clients to be able to undertake the travel arrangements and at the instruction of the clients, contracts for and on behalf of the clients with that contractor in order for the contractor to supply to the clients those goods and/or services. At no time is TCSC an agent for the contractors nor are those contractors an agent for TCSC.

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The clients acknowledge and agree that the provision and wearing of safety equipment whilst the client is undertaking activities that would normally require the client to wear such equipment, provision of emergency equipment and trained manpower; training of staff in emergency procedures and generally may not be up to the standard of first world countries and may be substantially below that standard or non-existent. The clients agree and acknowledge that the clients accept that as a result of the travel arrangements, those travel arrangements may involve potential and actual exposure to injury and possibly death of the client, or a person or persons accompanying the clients during the period of travel.

PUBLISHER This publication has been compiled by Koolivoo. We exclusively specialize in creating and implementing strategic alliances to target new evolving markets in tourism today. Koolivoo recognize the enormous contribution from all suppliers and distribution partners in the development of this program.

The clients acknowledge that the extensive due diligence and continuing due diligence in relation to the travel arrangements include the clients’ attention being drawn to the DFAT travel warnings in relation to that or those places in the travel arrangements to which the clients are to travel. The clients agree and acknowledge that the clients has satisfied himself, herself, themselves or itself as to whether or not it is safe to travel to the destinations so stated on the travel arrangements.

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Est. 1992 Top Floor, 109 Queen Street Woollahra NSW 2025 Australia T: +61-2-9327-0666 F:+61-2-9327-0667 info@classicsafaricompany.com.au www.classicsafaricompany.com.au

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