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AFRICA

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A blend of luxury and adventure safaris

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AFRICA

Above & Beyond bring you the best of Africa

Uganda Rwanda

Kenya

Masai Mara NP Serengeti NP

Nairobi Arusha Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzania Volcanoes national park Trek in search of the magnificent and rare mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

Malawi

Zambia

Okavango delta The most famous safari area is Okavango, a huge wetland area which thumps with game year round. Explore the water ways in a traditional mokoro.

Lilongwe

Lusaka Livingstone Victoria Falls

chobe national park Sustains incredible densities of wildlife, especially elephant.

Namibia Sossusvlei

Chobe NP Okavango Delta Maun

Zimbabwe

Botswana Gaborone

Kruger National Park

Johannesburg Lesotho

South Africa Cape Town

Zanzibar

Mozambique

Maputo Swaziland

Durban


Contents South Africa

Masai Mara Home to ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest.

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Amboseli National Park Famous for its spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro and its elephant population.

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23 Day Grand African Safari South Africa Tours 2 Day Blue Train Johannesburg Hotels & Day Tours Private Game Lodges of Kruger & Surrounds Cape Town Hotels, Day Tours & Lodges Private Game Lodges & Hotels of Eastern & Western Cape Botswana

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Chobe National Park Lodges Value Safaris African Bush Camps Sanctuary Retreats Wilderness Safaris 3 or 4 Day Zambezi Queen & 4 Day Selinda Canoe Trails 3 Day Kalahari fly in Tented Camps Wilderness Explorations 5 Day Khwai Bedouin Camp & 8 Day Safari for All Seasons 14 Day Wild Botswana & 15 Day Botswana Kalahari & Delta 15 Day Namibia and Botswana 11 Day Botswana Lodge Explorer

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Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi

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Zambia Safari Tours Lower Zambezi National Park Hwange National Park Safaris – Zimbabwe Mana Pools National Park Safaris– Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Safari Tours Malawi Safari Tours Victoria Falls

Serengeti National Park Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a World Heritage Site and recently proclaimed a 7th WorldWide Wonder teaming with wildlife.

Namibia

Kenya Safari Tours Nairobi Hotels & Day Tours Tanzania Safari Tours

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RwanDa & Uganda

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Gorilla Trekking and Chimp Safaris REPUBLIC OF CONGO - 7 Day Odzala Experience

Kruger National Park World famous, this park has more recorded species of wildlife than any other African game reserve.

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East Africa: Kenya & Tanzania

Madagascar

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Namibia Safari Tours

Zanzibar

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Victoria Falls Activities & Hotels

Zanzibar Day Tours 4 Day Resort Packages

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Madagascar Touring

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Egypt & Jordan

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Egypt Nile Cruising Egypt Touring Egypt Hotels Jordan Touring Airlines Booking Conditions

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Africa... Above and Beyond Your Wildest Dreams! Like all of us, you have probably always dreamt of doing a safari in Africa. From personal experience I can tell you that you can watch all the documentaries in the world on this staggeringly beautiful continent but nothing, absolutely nothing, compares with actually being there. Africa is a continent of such beauty and diversity that to try and capture it all in one brochure is impossible. At Above and Beyond Holidays you will be talking to an Africa specialist. We work with you by providing our knowledge, insights and recommendations to ensure you receive the right advice, and the Africa adventure you are looking for. Our range of lodges, safaris and tours have been handpicked to ensure a high quality of service and the best value for your money. We have many years experience in safaris and travel to Africa. Our team share a love and passion for the African wilderness, the animals and the diverse peoples of Africa. We work with the most experienced ground operators and the very best lodges and camps. We hope you enjoy looking through our brochure – we look forward to sharing our knowledge of this vast and exciting travel destination with you. To discuss anything with a reservations consultant, call 1300 362 166 Australia wide or email sales@aboveandbeyondholidays.com.au Katina Generalis General Manager

Krugar National Park Johannesburg

South Africa

SOUTH AFRicA

Durban

Cape Town Knysna Port Elizabeth

South Africa is known for its abundant wildlife as well as its fantastic birding and eco-tourism possibilities. However, the real heart of this vibrant country is the diversity of people and cultures. South Africa’s family tree goes way back to the start of time.

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Highlights

Discover the Rainbow Nation, a delightful mix of African, Asian and European cultures, combined with an unequalled variety of spectacular mountain rangers, dynamic and vibrant cities, forests, deserts, rugged coastlines and sun drenched beaches, it is a safe and welcoming year round holiday destination.

The Cape province: Renowned for the world-famous landmark Table Mountain, its vast Cape Winelands and the most exquisite coastline.

Southern Africa is one of the most exciting destinations on the planet. There is so much to see and do here, and South Africa is often referred to by tourists as a “World in One Country”. A ‘Big Five’ safari in Kruger National Park is a must-do! There are many game reserves featured in this brochure as well as tours to the Garden Route, Cape Winelands and the dramatic Drakensburg Mountains.

KwaZulu Natal: To the North of Durban you will find the best of African game reserves and pristine beaches, to the West lie the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, while to the South there await superb golf courses, fishing spots and miles of subtropical coastline.

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Garden Route: A coastal corridor where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, beachs and mountains all merge to form a landscape of restorative beauty.

Mpumalanga: One of South Africa’s top tourist destinations covering nearly 80,000 km sq from rolling highlands to the lush wetlands.


South Africa highlights and lodges Lodges of the North West/Limpopo Area (Page 15-16) KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Truly the flagship of the South African parks – home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds & 147 mammals.

Entabeni Conservancy Welgevonden Game Reserve Legend Golf & Safari Resort Hanglip Marakele Nungubane Mountain Lodge National Game Lodge Park Madikwe Safari Lodge Thakadu River Camp

Madikwe Game Reserve

LIMPOPO

Pilansberg National Park Ivory Tree Lodge

Hoedspruit

Polokwane Entabeni Welgevonden Madikwe Pilansberg

Sun City

Sun City Johannesburg

NORTH WEST SUN CITY Internationally renowned as Africa’s premier holiday resort, offering casinos, golfing, safaris and many other activities.

Kruger National Park

Pretoria

GAUTENG

Nelspruit

MPUMALANGA SWAZILAND KWAZULU NATAL Hluhluwe

FREE STATE Bloemfontein

LESOTHO

Ukhahlamba/ Drakensberg Park

Durban

NORTHERN CAPE

Lodges of the Kruger Area (Page 8-13) Pafuri Camp

UMBAMBAT

MAKALALI

EASTERN CAPE East London

WESTERN CAPE Oudtshoorn Cape Town

Knysna Port Elizabeth

Mossel Bay

KLASERIE

Makalali

Eastgate Airport

Hoedspruit LIMPOPO KAPAMA

Africa on Foot Kings Camp

TIMBAVATI

Thornybush Game Lodge

Shumbalala Game Lodge Kapama Main Lodge Jackalberry Lodge

Kapama River Lodge Buffalo Camp Kapama Karula

THORNYBUSH Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Garden route One of Africa’s most beautiful coastal drives along beaches, mountains, and rivers. Enjoy whale-watching, hiking, ostrich riding, golfing, swimming, bungee jumping and more.

MANYELETI

Cheetah Plains Lodge Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

SABI SANDS

MPUMALANGA

Savanna Private Game Reserve Umkumbe Safari Lodge

The Winelands Encompassing several regions each with their own wine tasting tours. The most popular towns include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington, and Paarl

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Elephant Whispers

Hazyview

AIR STRIP

MALAMALA GAME RESERVE

Tinga Game Lodge Skukuza

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

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Livingstone Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Okavango Delta

Kruger National Park

Botswana

Kenya

Samburu NP Masai Mara NP Nairobi

Sabi Sands

eXPLORe 23 Day Grand African Safari

Johannesburg

Tailor-made private safari – alternative accommodation available

South Africa

Day 1-3: Cape Town

Cape Town Port Elizabeth

Livingstone Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Okavango Delta

Botswana

Kruger National Park

Private transfer to your hotel. Tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain, and a full day Cape Highlights tour, visiting the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman’s Peak, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and wine tasting in Stellenbosch. Three nights: Adderely Hotel – 4 star (B)

Sabi Sands Johannesburg

Victoria Falls

Day 12-14: Vic Falls to Okavango Delta

South Africa Cape Town Port Elizabeth

Cape Town

Day 4: Magical Garden Route, Cape Town to Oudtshoorn HIGHLIGHTS All the highlights of South and East Africa in one incredible journey, this tailor made holiday showcases the best of Africa, glide through the pristine waters of the Okavango Delta, visit the “Smoke that Thunders”, majestic Victoria Falls and stay in the Sabi Sands Reserve, renown the world over for its leopard sightings. Experience East Africa with a flying safari in 5 star tented camps and game drives on the vast plains of the Masai Mara and Samburu National Park.

Transfer to Kasane in Botswana for your scheduled flight to the Okavango Delta, just outside of the Moremi Game Reserve. Enjoy drives in open vehicles, canoe, mokoro and walking safaris. Three nights: Mapula Lodge – 4 star (BLD+house drinks)

Travel along Route 62, through the spectacular Klein Karoo, visit the Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm. Overnight: Protea Hotel Riempie Estate – 4 star (B)

Day 5: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

The Outeniqua mountain pass takes us to Wilderness, continue to the pretty town of Knysna. Overnight: Protea Hotel Knysna Quays – 4 star (B)

Day 6: Knysna to Port Elizabeth

Travel through Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma Forest. Continue through the scenic Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Overnight: The Beach Hotel – 4 star (B)

Day 7-9: Port Elizabeth to Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kruger and then transfer to your game lodge located in the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Enjoying morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles. Three nights: Idube Game Lodge – 4 star (BLD)

Aerial view of Elephants on Okavango Delta

Day 15: Okavango Delta to Johannesburg

Depart by light aircraft for your connecting flight to Johannesburg. Overnight: D’Oreale Grande – 5 star (B)

Day 16: Johannesburg to Nairobi

Fly to Nairobi. Overnight: Eka Hotel – 4 star (B)

Day 17-18: Nairobi to Samburu NP

Transfer to Wilson airport for your scheduled flight to Samburu National Park and your luxury game lodge. See large herds of elephants, big cats, reticulated giraffes and gerenuks. Two nights: Larsens Camp – 5 star (BLD+house drinks+laundry)

Day 19-21: Samburu to Masai Mara

Sabi Sands famous for Leopard

Fly back to Nairobi and connect with your flight to the Masai Mara. Game drive transfer to your luxury camp in the private Mara North Conservancy, where only a small number of camps have access to this reserve, ensuring that sightings are not crowded. Three nights: Karen Blixen Tented Camp – 5 star (BLD+house drinks)

Day 10-11: Sabi Sands to Victoria Falls

From

Twin share

Single

$10,600pp

request

Includes: Meals as indicated, Internal flights – Port Elizabeth – Johannesburg – Kruger – Livingstone – Maun – Johannesburg – Nairobi on South African Airways based on (g.l,q & h class, scheduled light aircraft flights, Kasane/Mapula/Maun and Nairobi Wilson/ Samburu/Mara/Nairobi Wilson, all transfers, all pre paid airport taxes, tours and game activities, park entrance fees as listed. Garden Route tour – min 2 max 9 passengers with English speaking guide. Based on travel in low season, seasonal supplements and single supplements apply. Departs Cape Town Fridays and Mondays.

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Transfer to airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, on arrival transfer to your hotel. During your stay enjoy a sunset cruise and guided tour of Victoria Falls. Two nights: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – 4 star (B)

5 star Karen Blixen Tented Camp

Day 22: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Time permitting, one last game drive then fly to Nairobi. Overnight: Eka Hotel – 5 star (B)

Day 23: Depart Nairobi Game Drives in open safari vehicles

Transfer to the airport where your private safari ends.


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13 Day South African Explorer Kruger National Park Johannesburg

South Africa Cape Town

Swaziland

Durban

Port Elizabeth

Small group escorted touring (Southbound, also available Northbound) Departs Johannesburg Sundays.

Day 1: Johannesburg

On arrival in Johannesburg, you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a half day city tour. Highlights include Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown and Constitution Hill. Overnight: The Rosebank Hotel or similar (B)

Day 2: Makalali Private Game Reserve

HIGHLIGHTS Travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg, experiencing the best that each area has to offer. Cape winelands and peninsula sites, ostrich interaction, Swazi culture, open vehicle safaris, Johannesburg city sites are just some of the highlights of this tour.

Depart Johannesburg and travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom, Lydenburg and over the Abel Erasmus Pass. Continue to your private game lodge, in Limpopo Province near the Kruger National Park. Enjoy afternoon tea at the lodge before starting your evening game drive in an open safari vehicle seeking out the Big Five and other distinctive species like giraffe, zebra and the endangered cheetah. Overnight: Makalali Private Game Reserve or similar (BD)

Day 7: Durban to Port Elizabeth

Morning at leisure then transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth (not included). On arrival, transfer to your beachfront hotel. Overnight: Protea Hotel Marine or similar (B)

Day 8: Port Elizabeth to Knysna

Departing Port Elizabeth, enter the Garden Route via the high forests of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Bloukrans and Groot River Passes. Attractions to be visited through the Tsitsikamma Forest area include the Big Tree, continue via Plettenberg Bay to South Africa’s “oyster capital”, Knysna. Two nights: Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar (B)

Day 9: Knysna, Plettenberg Bay day trip

After breakfast travel to Plettenberg Bay where you will be taken on an Ocean Safari, dedicated to observation and conservation allowing extensive whale, dolphin and seal watching. Later, a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche.

Day 10: Knysna to Outdshoorn

Game drive in an open safari vehicle

Day 3: Makalali – Panorama Route to Sabi

ADDED VALUE l Upper 3 star hotels and lodges l Services of registered driver/ guide throughout tour l Game viewing activities at Makalali Private Game and Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Durban arriving late afternoon. Overnight: Protea Hotel Edward (B)

Start the day with a scenic drive through Wilderness via Dolphin Point to George. Continue over the Outinequa pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit the Safari Ostrich Ranch for a guided tour and traditional ostrich lunch (not included). Overnight: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge or similar (B)

An early morning bush walk or game drive in open vehicle is included. After breakfast explore the breathtaking Panorama Route featuring: the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and various waterfalls. Arrive late this afternoon at your hotel. Overnight: Lone Creek River Lodge or similar (B)

Day 4: Hazyview to Kruger National Park to Swaziland

An early start to your day, entering Kruger National Park you will have an opportunity to spot more game. Exit the park and travel to the Kingdom of Swaziland en route, stop at the Ngwenya glass factory. Later this afternoon reach your hotel. Overnight: Bongani Mountain Lodge or similar. (B)

Cango Caves

Day 11: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

Experience an interaction with the Elephants of Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, leaving the lodge we make our way to Cango Caves, where a guided tour allows us to explore the ancient Stalagmites and stalactites. Optional visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch for endangered animals. Overnight: Protea Hotel Fire and Ice or similar (B)

Day 12: Cape Town

Kruger National Park

Day 5: Swaziland to Hluhluwe

Rise early this morning for an included game drive in open safari vehicle, leaving Bongani travel through the Kingdom of Swaziland, drive through the Hlane Royal Park, home to elephant, lion and white rhino, leaving Swaziland behind you enter the Zulu Kingdom and continue to your lodge. Overnight: Ezulwini Game Lodge (B) From

Twin share

Single

$3,200pp

request

Includes: Meals as listed, driver/guide, entrance fees, boat cruise. NOT INCLUDED: Flight between Durban - Port Elizabeth, visas, optional day tours and lunches. Small group tour departs Johannesburg Sundays.

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Enjoy a full day tour of this beautiful city, highlights include, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, the Cape of Good Hope Reserve, Simonstown, Muizenberg, wine tasting at a local wine estate in the University town of Stellenbosch. Overnight: Protea Hotel Fire and Ice or similar (B)

Day 13: Depart Cape Town Transfer to the airport. (B)

Day 6: Hluhluwe to Durban

Early morning breakfast followed by a game drive in a closed vehicle in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site (previously known as The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park). Enjoy a river cruise on the estuary, look out for fish, eagles, hippo and crocodiles. Continue to

Capetown Vineyards


The Outpost Kruger National Park

Welgevonden Lodges

Khaya Ndlovu Johannesburg

South Africa

HIGHLIGHTS This safari starts in Johannesburg and showcases not only the great game in the private reserves and the Kruger National park but you will also be able to travel extensively and experience the beauty of the land and the people in South Africa’s most northerly province, Limpopo.

Welgevonden Safari Lodges

8 Day Limpopo Wildlife Safari Private touring departs daily

Day 1: Johannesburg to Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Depart from your hotel or Johannesburg airport for a 3 hour drive to your luxury lodge located in the Welegevonden Reserve. Once at the Main Gate you will be met by your guide and transferred to the lodge of your choice where your experience will begin. After high tea depart for your included game activity, returning to your lodge after dark for dinner. Two nights: Welgevonden Safari Lodges: Tshwene or Ekultheni lodge – 4 star (BLD+game activities)

Day 2: Welgevonden Private Game Reserve Today you will enjoy an early morning and late afternoon game drive in the reserve. (BLD)

This is a private tour and is ideal for couples or small groups and families. You will have your own experienced driver guide throughout, stay in luxury lodges and enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles.

Day 4-5: The Outpost

Kruger National Park

Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives in open safaris vehicles. Between game drives you can unwind in your luxury suite with its indoor /outdoor bathroom and 180 views or relax by the pool with a book and a cool drink. Walking safaris and visits to the local village can also be arranged. (BLD)

Day 6: Northern Kruger to Hoedspruit

Welgevonden Safari Lodges

Day 3: Welegevonden Reserve to Northern Kruger National Park

After the morning game drive and breakfast drive through the Northern Kruger to your luxury lodge in Hoedspruit – Khaya Ndlovu where you will spend the next 2 nights. During your stay you can choose the activities you wish to do, included are bush walks and half day game drives in the Thornybush Game Reserve. Two nights: Khaya Ndlovu Manor House (BLD+game activities)

Enjoy your early morning game drive and breakfast and then depart for The Outpost, a scenic days drive brings you to your luxury lodge where you will spend the next 3 nights. The Outpost lies in the vast wilderness of the Makuleke Region. There are only 12 stand alone luxury suites set against a hill with sweeping views of the Luvuvhu River, all are connected by a walkway which leads you to the main lounge, dining area and swimming pool of the Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Three nights: The Outpost – 5 star (BLD+game activities)

Khaya Ndlovu Manor House

Day 7: Hoedspruit.

Enjoy the game activities on offer at the lodge, we recommend and option visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre a short drive from the lodge. (BLD)

Twin share: Min 4 guests Min 2 guests From

$3,500pp

supplement

Includes: All meals, twice daily game drives in open safari vehicles, tea & coffee daily. Note gate fees at Welgevonden (R65pp per day) & Kruger Park entry fees (R45) , Regional conservation fee at the Outpost (Z100) are not included and must be paid direct. Private tour departs daily.

Day 8: Tour ends

Tour ends after breakfast at Khaya Ndlovu with a transfer to Hoedspruit airport included. (B)

The Outpost Game Drive

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5 Day Cape Highlights Tour Cape Town to Knysna – Stay in luxury resorts along the Cape Whale Coast

Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

South Africa Oudtshoorn Knysna

Cape Town

Garden

Arniston

Mossel Bay Route NP

Depart Cape Town travelling along South Africa’s longest wine route, Route 62. En route, pass through Worcester, Montagu and Robertson. Afternoon tour of the Cango Caves. Dinner at your Oudtshoorn lodge. Overnight: Hlangana Country Lodge/similar (BD)

Day 3: Knysna to Private Game Lodge of the Garden Route

Depart on a scenic drive through Wilderness via Dolphin Point to historic Mossel Bay. Afternoon game drive in a private game reserve. Dinner in an African Boma (weather permitting). Enjoy the two game viewing activities included. Overnight: Garden Route Game Lodge (BD)

HIGHLIGHTS Discover the Cango Caves, an Ostrich Farm, the Outeniqua Pass, Hermanus, Mossel Bay and a cheetah breeding centre. Mossel Bay

Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

This morning visit a local ostrich farm and the Wildlife Cheetah Farm. Travel via the Outeniqua Pass to George, Wilderness to Knysna in time for dinner. Overnight: Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar (BD)

Cheetah Breeding Centre

Day 4: Garden Route to Arniston

An early morning game drive followed by a tour of the lodge’s Reptile Centre and Cheetah Breeding Centre. Continue via Swellendam to your hotel in time for dinner. Overnight: The Arniston Hotel or similar (BD) Code:TSD42 Twin share From

$1,200pp

Day 5: Arniston to Cape Town

Single request

Includes: Meals as listed, two game activities, entrance fees. Departs Mondays. Min 2/Max 9 guests. Hermanus

Visit Cape Agulhas (southernmost tip of Africa). Continue to Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa. Enjoy the spectacular coastal drive along False Bay. Tour ends with drop off at your Cape Town Hotel or Cape Town airport late afternoon.

3 Day Magical Garden Route Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (Also available in reverse Port Elizabeth to Cape Town)

Day 1: Cape Town to Knysna

South Africa Cape Town

Knysna

Port Elizabeth

HIGHLIGHTS Travel from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth driving along the Route 62, visiting the Cango Caves, an Ostrich Farm, Knysna, Storms River Bridge and Tsitsikamma Forest.

Depart Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass. After travelling the plateau of expansive apple orchards in and around Grabouw, arrive at the charming town of Swellendam and continue through the folded sandstone mountains of the Huis River and Tradouw Passes. Route 62 highlights the true diversity of landscapes and ever changing semi-desert areas of the Klein Karoo. Pass through the towns of Barrydale and Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn. Overnight: Protea Hotel Riempies or similar

Day 2: Ostrich Farm and Cango Caves

After breakfast, start the day with a visit to the world famous Cango Caves for a fully guided tour. Time permitting an optional tour of the Crocodile and Cheetah Park is also available. Visit the Safari Ostrich Farm for a glimpse at how a working Ostrich farm works. After lunch (not included) continue to George over the Outinqua Pass. Scenic drive via Dolphin Point

Oudtshoorn Safari Ostrich Ranch

to Wilderness and on to South Africa’s “oyster capital” Knysna. Enjoy dinner (not included) at one of the wonderful local Waterfront restaurants. Overnight: Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar (B)

Day 3: Garden Route to Port Elizabeth

From

Twin share

Single

$780pp

request

Departing Knysna we continue via the ‘millionaires playground’ of Plettenberg Bay to the Tsitsikamma Forest area. Remember to keep an eye out for the rare Knysna Loerie when visiting the Big Tree. After lunch (not included) at the scenic Storms River Mouth, gaze in awe at the scenery whilst crossing the bridge over the Storms River where photographic opportunities abound. Leaving the Garden Route via the high forests of the Tsitsikamma we arrive in Port Elizabeth for drop off at your hotel or at Port Elizabeth Airport. (B)

Includes: Meals as listed, entrance fees for Tsitsikamma, Big Tree, Cango Caves, Safari Ostrich Farm. English speaking driver guide. Departs Cape Town every Monday & Thursday, Ex Port Elizabeth every Tuesday & Thursday.

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Knysna


Pretoria Klerksdorp

South Africa

Kimberley De Aar

Beaufort West

Wellington

Matjiesfontein Cape Town Worcester

By day, the elegant furnished Blue Train suites offer generous lounge chairs which afford unequalled views of Africa. As night falls the suites become sumptuous and subtly-lit bedrooms clothed in fine cotton linen and duvets. Should you require the bed to be made during the journey, just ring for your butler. DELUXE SUITES Four suites per coach, one suite with a bath and the other three with showers. The Deluxe Suites measure 4m by 2m wide and feature twin beds with shower or a double bed, with bathtub and hand held shower. LUXURY SUITES The Luxury Suite extends your personal domain by more than a metre and the twin or doublebedded suite offers a deep, long bath for slow, luxuriant soaking. The Luxury Suite offers radio and movie channels with a private digital entertainment centre and a selection of CD’s and DVD’s. Special offer:

2 Day Blue Train The ultimate luxury rail experience from Cape Town to Pretoria with reverse option. The Blue Train is unique – it is not merely a train but combines the luxury of the world’s leading hotels with the charm of train travel. Think of it as an all inclusive luxury rail cruise with an opportunity to view South Africa’s spectacular landscapes and visit interesting tourist attractions along the way.

The Route The Blue Train departs Pretoria Station at 08h50 and arrives the next day in Cape Town at 12h30. The duration of the trip is about 28 hours and is also repeated in reverse.

The Luxury Take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where spectacular scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes your body and soul. By day, your private suite is an elegant and relaxing haven. Generous lounge chairs and a writing desk at the window afford unparalleled views of Africa’s panoramic and enigmatic sights.

Book a Blue Train journey and receive a complimentary night’s accommodation (bed, breakfast and transfer between the hotel and the station) at either 131 on Herbert Baker in Pretoria or the Taj Hotel in Cape Town, both 5 star establishments.

The distinctive shape of Table Mountain appears in the distance as The Blue Train approaches Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the cultural centers of South Africa with fine art, architecture and music.

Unbeatable value

The Journey

From

Twin share

Single

$1,380pp

request

Maximum 2 guests per suite. Rates are per person, inclusive of all meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar and external telephone calls. Rates quoted are for a one-way journey and are subject to change without prior notification. Departs Cape Town and Pretoria on selected Mondays & Wednesdays.

Crossing the Hex River mountain range the 16.3-kilometre (10.13-mile) Hex River Tunnel system, the fourth longest in the world, is a monument to advanced engineering skills. Head to the town of Paarl, set in a wide, fertile valley surrounded by majestic, purple-hued mountains.

On the regular journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, the Blue Train glides past South Africa’s gold fields of the Witwatersrand, the grain, fruit and sunflower farms of the northern Cape, on to Kimberley, seat of South Africa’s original diamond rush. The journey, heading smoothly and silently towards the heart of South Africa’s finest winelands and one of the fairest cities on earth: Cape Town, covers 1,600 kilometers (994 miles). Scan the desolately beautiful Karoo thirstlands where ostriches run wild, where the skies erupt into dramatic sunsets. Imbibe the emerald green Eden of the Hex River Valley, where most of South Africa’s export grapes are grown. Late autumn produces one of the world’s most extravagant natural sights when the barlinka vines transform into blazing crimson.

As the journey effectively uses only one night of an itinerary, it makes a lot of sense to indulge in a night on the train instead of an unnecessary extra night in a hotel in Cape Town or Johannesburg or Pretoria. Consider the cost of a night in a 5 star hotel, plus the cost of a business class flight between the cities as well the cost of an upmarket dinner with good wine – you are saving money with this extra value: l Unsurpassed, world-renowned, luxury travel. l Five-star accommodation – luxury suites. l Personalised Butler service – including unlimited

room service, laundry service and portage. l Unlimited – snacks, gourmet meals, all drinks

(non-alcoholic and alcoholic – including fine wines sourced from top SA winemakers and premium alcoholic brands) and hand-made Cuban cigars. l Breath-taking views of the countryside allowing

you to view parts of South Africa you would not experience when they fly.

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Johannesburg Stopover hotels and day tours Airport Grand Hotel

Peermont Metcourt Suites @Emperors Palace

Crowne Plaza Rosebank

Ten minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, it is the perfect place to take time to relax and unwind before or after a long journey. This premier full service hotel provides the corporate and leisure markets with excellent service in a safe and convenient location. The hotel offers 151 ensuite rooms with DSTV and tea and coffee making facilities, a restaurant, swimming pool and 24 hour room service.

Situated adjacent to OR Tambo International Airport. The 3-star select services Metcourt Suites features 80 spacious rooms furnished in classic style and are equipped with TV, air-con and hairdryers. Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast is served in the stylish Primavera restaurant. Guests also have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, pool, gym and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort.

Located in the leafy and cosmopolitan suburb of Rosebank. The hotel is modern and stylish yet hip and trendy. The Rosebank Mall and the famous Rosebank African Rooftop Craft Market are within walking distance. The hotels central location makes it the ideal base to access Johannesburg’s famous tourist attractions. This hotel offers 318 tastefully designed bedrooms, award winning restaurants and Seven Colours Spa.

Includes: Twin share room, breakfast & airport shuttle. Per night twin share from $60pp

Includes: Twin share room, breakfast & airport shuttle. Per night twin share from $98pp

Includes: Twin share room with breakfast. Per night twin share from $65pp

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Day tours Soweto Tour Highlights of the half day tour include a fascinating glimpse of bustling neighbourhood life; two Nobel Prize winners’ previous residences; the Hector Peterson memorial; Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and various community development projects. Half day: $60pp (min 2 people)

Sun City and Pilanesberg Nature Reserve A game drive in a closed vehicle seeking out the ‘Big Five’ in the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, which is abundant in various plains game and birds life, followed by a guided tour of the famous Sun City complex. Full day: $145pp twin share

AMANDLA TOUR Travel through the streets of Jozi and Soweto, from Liliesleaf to Constitutional Hill to a time of uprisings and injustice but determination prevailed so that democracy could be born. Relive the journey to freedom through the eyes of Walter Sisulu, father of the ANC, or anti-apartheid activist, Ruth First. Half day: $85pp (min 2 people)

Peermont D’Oreale Grande @Emperors Palace

Protea Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch

Conveniently located next to OR Tambo International Airport, the hotel offers luxury and regal comfort. With great dinning choices and state-of-the-art facilities, guests can also relax in Octavia’s Sensorium health and beauty spa, cool off in the outdoor pool or have a flutter in the casino. The 196 rooms and suites all feature, TV, air conditioning, mini bar, in room safe, 24 hour room service and free airport shuttle.

The urban, experiential and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch is the latest hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct, a unique city within a city. The hotel has 197 stylish bedrooms that appeal to both the domestic and international business and leisure traveller. Each room offers LCD televisions, open plan bathrooms and an urban style that will take you back to a bygone era of old Hollywood glamour.

Includes: Twin share room, breakfast & airport shuttle. Per night twin share from $136pp

Includes: Twin share room with breakfast. Per night twin share from $95pp

Michelangelo Hotel +

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Michelangelo Hotel guarantees visitors a five-star stay offering world class facilities, two restaurants, one bar, fitness centre with indoor heated swimming pool and business centre. The 242 rooms and suites feature beautiful Renaissance-inspired décor and feature air conditioning, mini bar, in room safe and 24 hour room service. Includes: Twin share room with breakfast. Per night twin share from $175pp

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Private game Lodges 3 day packages – Explore the Big Five in Kruger National Park & Surrounds Featuring the areas of Hoedspruit, Mthethomusha Sabi Sand, Thornybush, Timbavati, Welgevonden and Madikwe. Lodges/camps, game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, walking safaries, boma dinners and all inclusive meal & drink packages.

Kapama Private Game Reserve

Location: Hoedspruit

Kapama Private Game Reserve is located in the Limpopo Province and part of the Greater Kruger National Park region. The majestic Drakensberg Mountains offer a perfect backdrop to the reserve. The reserve is home to the Big Five and offers a variety of accommodation from tented camps to luxury lodges. A new addition to the reserve is the luxurious Wellness Centre, nestled in the African bush, it is a piece of paradise designed to uplift your mind, body and soul. Highly skilled game rangers and expert trackers will take guests out twice a day in open 4WD safari vehicles, during the day relax by the pool, indulge in the spa, workout in the state of the art gym or take one of the many optional activities such as elephant back safaris and hot air ballooning. Dine under the stars in the African Boma or arrange for a special bush dinner.

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama Southern Camp

There are 64 suites in River Lodge catering for families – the family suites can accommodate two adults and two children and for a touch of romance couples can upgrade to one of the Spa suites or the Royal Suite. Relax in the outdoor pool, dine in one of the two outdoor dining.

A proud new addition situated on the southern most section. It offers luxury safari accommodation with 10 air-conditioned rooms and 15 suites. After a days safari, relax by the pool and deck area with a cocktail or wine from their exclusive cellar while spotting animals pass by.

3 day/2 nights: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport, two game drives per day in open vehicle. • Standard suite from $550pp twin share • Spa suite from $620pp twin • Royal suite from $1,180pp twin share • Family spa suite available

3 day/2 nights: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport, two game drives per day in open vehicle. • Standard room from $420pp twin share • Suite from $620pp twin share • Family units available

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Kapama Karula

Buffalo Camp preserves the safari experience of a bygone era with only eight well appointed meru-style safari tents, each connected with the other by suspended wooden walkways and positioned along the banks of the river. Enjoy an intimate escape into the Africa bush, relax by the camp swimming pool and in the evening enjoy a boma dinner.

Set on the banks of the Klaserie River which flows throughout the year. There are seven luxury tents and five luxury chalets. The luxury tents all feature air conditioning, outdoor showers and private decks. Relax by the camp pool by day or enjoy one of the many optional activities.

3 day/2 nights: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport, two game drives per day in open vehicle. • Standard tent from $650pp twin share

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3 day/2 nights: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport, two game drives per day in open vehicle. • luxury Tent from $670pp twin share • Suite from $900pp twin share • Superior Suite from $1,220pp twin share


Makalali Private Game Lodge RESORT FEATURES Makalali Private Game Lodge Nestled on 24,000 ha of conservancy, Makalali Private Game Lodge prevails as one of the most unique game lodges in South Africa and is the ideal safari destination. Makalali is a Big Five game reserve, activities include game drives in open Land Rovers or bush walks with experienced rangers and trackers. Makalali consists of four camps situated amongst the Jackalberry trees. Each camp has six luxury suites set along the banks of the Makhutswi River. Each camp offers an infinity pool overlooking the river, a boma for evenings around the fire, an enclosed dining and lounge area and a viewing deck. Suites have an ensuite bathroom plus an outdoor shower, fireplace and a raised, private, timber viewing deck (sala) set amongst the Jackalberry trees. The sala is an ideal spot for a private luncheons or dinners. 3 day/2 nights from $440per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport. Two game activities per day in open land rover. Excludes Conservation levy of ZAR95.00 per person payable direct. Seasonal Specials: One free night available during low season.

Location: Hoedspruit

Getting there: Located one hour by road from Hoedspruit airport, there are daily flights from Johannesburg (additional cost) or self drive. Charter flights available on request.

Bongani Mountain Lodge RESORT FEATURES This game reserve in Mpumalanga puts guests in the pulse of nature and luxury. Bongani Mountain Lodge borders the southern side of The Kruger National Park and offers luxurious bush accommodation situated near the magnificent Malelane Mountains. Humbly located in the 8,000 hectare Mthetomusha Game Reserve, it is home to the “Big Five”, and an entertaining variety of birdlife. During Adventurous game drives and bush walks through the game reserve in Mpumalanga, guests may witness first hand more mammal species than in any other African Game Reserve. Guided adventure safari tours, game drives and bush walks give guests the opportunity to enjoy and see more. The guides have ample knowledge of the wildlife species in the area. This gives you the chance to enjoy game drives or guided walks whilst learning a thing or two along the way. If you tick the Big Five off your list of “things to see”, there is still a plethora to see and do in the area such as cultural village tours, San Rock art tours and bird watching. Bongani offers lodge accommodation designed from a subtle blend of timber and thatch. All 39 luxurious rooms have a private deck featuring magnificent wraparound views. Suitable for families, groups and even individuals. Bongani offers spectacular weddings. 3 day/2 nights from $410 per person twin share Includes: Return transfers from Kruger International airport, breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, two game drives per day in open safari vehicle, conservation levy payable direct.

Location: Mthethomusha Game Reserve

Getting there: 20 minutes by road from Kruger International Airport, transfer from Hoedspruit available at a supplement.

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Tinga Private Game Lodge RESORT FEATURES Tinga Private Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the Sabie River, in the prime game-viewing area of the Kruger National Park. Guests can choose to stay at the intimate Narina Lodge or in the equally luxurious Legends Lodge. Tinga has an exclusive 5,000 ha concession within this area, where guests can view the wildlife on safaris in open land rovers or bush walks with qualified rangers and guides. Relax in one of the two luxury lodges of Tinga which can accommodate up to 18 guests. Narina Lodge: has only nine luxury suites all elevated and connected by walkway overlooking the Sabie River. Each suite has its own private viewing deck and heated plunge pool. Legends Lodge: The suites all overlook the Sabie river with a heated plunge pool with air conditioning. Unwind and enjoy the silence of the bush from your private deck, enjoy a relaxing massage on the privacy of your deck by a qualified therapist. 3 day/2 nights from $1,690 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, teas and coffee, local brands of beer and house wines, spirits and soft drinks, game drive refreshments and snacks, two game drives per day in open vehicle, return transfers from Kruger International airport. Seasonal Specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights during low season. Book three nights at Tinga and receive two free nights at either the Cape Cadogan or More Quarters Hotels in Cape Town. Specials are not combinable.

Location: Kruger National Park

Getting there: Fly from Johannesburg or Cape Town directly to Kruger International Airport (extra cost) and then by road to the lodge.

Ngala Private Camp RESORT FEATURES Ngala’s vast, untouched wilderness is home to just two luxuriously romantic lodges. Overlooking a busy waterhole, Ngala Safari Lodge exudes safari charm. The romance and mystery of Africa comes alive in 20 thatched cottages. Exuding classical safari charm, the spacious veranda, with its wonderfully comfortable armchairs, looks out onto a popular waterhole. The two-bedroom Family Suite is ideal for those travelling with children with private pool and exclusive ranger. Ngala Tented Camp is a sophisticated, intimate camp on the banks of the seasonal Timbavati riverbed. A true safari experience where guests go to bed to the sounds of lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites. Nine tents are mounted on raised platforms, with breezy netted window, overhead fans, outside shower and an oversized bathtub awaits on a wooden platform. There are extensive decks giving front row views of game wandering down to drink. A rim flow pool mimics the contours of the river bed and a tranquil massage studio awaits. Enjoy Big Five wildlife encounters, with night drives and walking safaris. 3 Days/2 nights from Chalets $1,170pp, Luxury Tents $1,550pp twin share. Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, tea & coffee, local brands for beer, house wines, spirits & soft drinks, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle, house wines, nature walks, game drive snacks & drinks. Return transfers from Hoedspruit. Seasonal Specials: Stay 3 or more nights and receive a long stay discount. No single supplement for the first 2 singles travelling.

Location: Timbavati Private Reserve

Getting there: From Johannesburg by road (6 hours). Or fly to Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, followed by an incluced 45 min road transfer to Ngala.

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The Outpost RESORT FEATURES Resting high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River Valley. The Outpost lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast and remote wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. The Big Five Makuleke Contractual Park measures some 26,500 ha and is well known for its abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park. Apart from large herds of elephant and buffalo, guests will be able to see Nyala, an antelope which is not easily found in the more southern regions of the park, and over 350 recorded bird species. The diverse terrain of the region includes Mopane Woodlands, Fever Tree forests, Acacia thickets as well as some of the largest and oldest Baobab specimens. The Outpost has been designed using simple, clean lines, combining elements of steel, concrete and open space. Accommodation consists of 12 contemporary and unique stand-alone open plan ensuite Luxury Suites offering spectacular panoramic views of the river and bush below. Game drives and outstanding walking safaris are undertaken in what is arguably one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse wilderness areas in the Kruger National Park. 3 day/2 nights from $750 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, game drive snacks, local beverages on afternoon game drives, teas & coffees, transfer from local airstrip, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle.

Location: Northern Kruger

Getting there: By charter flight from Johannesburg, or transfer from Phalaborwa or Hoedspruit prices on request.

Kings Camp RESORT FEATURES With access to 100 sq kms of traversing, Big Five game viewing is excellent in this region. Kings Camp is situated facing an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife day and night. The eleven generously spaced thatched colonial suites luxuriously equipped with romantic soft cascading mosquito nets, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private veranda with hammock. During the day thatched viewing deck overlooking a very active waterhole and an open plan lounge, and bar are the ideal place to see out the heat of the day, or a dip in the swimming pool. The spacious dining room offers stunning views of the bushveld, or dine under the stars with roaring fire of the traditional Boma. 3 Days/2 nights from $1,350 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, teas and coffee, all drinks except premium brands, two game drives per day in open land rover, return transfers from Hoedspruit Airport Seasonal Specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights. Camp Combo Special: Combine your stay at Kings Camp with a stay at Leopard Hills (pg 16) spend five nights and receive one night free (Two nights minimum at each camp). First two singles to book pay no single supplement.

Location: Timbavati Game Reserve

Getting there: Flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and then a short transfer to the lodge. Or fly to Nelspruit and transfer by road 3 hours. By road 5 hours from Johannesburg.

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Idube Game Lodge RESORT FEATURES Idube Lodge is your classic South African safari lodge destination, perfect for small groups, families or couples. Idube Lodge consists of a cosy thatched bar area surrounded by rolling lawns, which are often host to herds of Nyala, and Warthogs. There are 10 ensuite chalets, each with their own secluded deck, air-conditioning and elegantly draped mosquito netting. Go on thrilling morning and evening game drives – a great way to see the Big Five. After breakfast you can explore the bush while on guided bush walks, or let the rangers give you a glimpse of bush life during interesting slideshow presentations. You can bird watch while relaxing in the pool during the heat of the day or maybe workout in the gym. Game drives and walks are led by skilled rangers and Shangaan trackers and promise close encounters of the Big Five, birds and reptiles. Bush walks the fascinating uses of the lowveld plant life. For the adventurous guest, Game meats are often on the menu. You can indulge in delicious feasts in the bush boma (outdoor enclosure) beneath a twinkling sky and soak up the amazing atmosphere. 3 day/2 nights from $980 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, 2 game drives per day, return transfers from Kruger Airport. Seasonal Special: Combine your stay at Idube with sister property Lukimbi located in a private concession of the Kruger National Park and receive a discounted rate. Please call for details.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve Getting there: Transfers from Kruger airport or by road from Johannesburg

Leopard Hills Game Reserve RESORT FEATURES Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve traverses over 10,000 ha of the world renowned Big Five Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This exclusive lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole offering spectacular game viewing from the private deck of your suite. Only eight private luxury glassfronted suites, each with their own deck and heated rock plunge pool, offer superb views of the African bushveld. The suites are air-conditioned with a fully-stocked minibar and a romantic bathroom with double indoor showers and an outdoor shower. Experience an array of bush spa treatments in the privacy of your suite, or in the glass walled massage sala overlooking the tranquil ambience of the surrounding bush. Here Africa’s big game abounds and each day is different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open landrover. Leopard on the hunt. Lions roar at twilight. Hippo wallow in the river. Crocodile bask on a sandy bank. Overhead majestic eagles keep watch. These are just a few of the amazing encounters awaiting you! 3 days/2 nights from $2,300 per person twin share Includes: All meals and drinks, two game activities per day in open vehicle, laundry, return transfers from Kruger International Airport. Seasonal specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights. Camp Combo Special: Combine your stay at Leopard Hills with a stay at Kings Camp (pg 15) spend five nights and receive one night free (Two nights minimum at each camp). First two singles to book pay no single supplement.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve Getting there:Transfers from Kruger airport or by road from Johannesburg

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Savanna Private Game Reserve RESORT FEATURES An exclusive five star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. Savanna lies in an area where Big Five sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive. Specially designed game viewing vehicles and highly trained guides with vast knowledge of the African bushveld, take guests on close and intimate encounters with a large variety of wildlife. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors. A close-knit team of friendly staff provides personalised service with each guest regarded as a valued friend. From the moment they arrive guests feel part of the Savanna ‘family’. Nine magnificent suites offer spacious and luxurious accommodation. Seven of the suites have tented roofs, blending the elegance of a by-gone colonial era with all the convenience of modern facilities. 3 days/2 nights from $1,140 per person twin share Executive suites from $1,480 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, all drinks (excludes premium brands), two game drives per day in open vehicle. Seasonal Special: Stay 4 pay 3 nights – call for details.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Getting there: By road from Kruger International airport or Hoedspruit Airport.

Lion Sands River Lodge RESORT FEATURES River Lodge offers you one of the warmest welcomes you could hope to encounter on your travels; hosted by our family of extraordinary handpicked staff, who will make you feel completely relaxed and at home. In River Lodge we feel like we have captured the spirit of the Sabie River, where the quiet luxury of our rooms provides a place of repose, after a day of overwhelming and enriching adventure. Here in the untamed African landscape, excitement rides high in discovering an intensely wild yet awe-inspiring adventure every day. The anticipation of rising before dawn to set off through the early morning mists in your safari vehicles in search of the day’s game is unforgettable. A view of the Sabie River cannot be wasted, which is why each of the 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms at River Lodge has its own private wooden viewing deck. With the quietly rambling river outside your room, you won’t have to go far to see wildlife or to drink in the surrounding Sabi Sand Reserve whilst overlooking the world- famous Kruger National Park, all at one glance. Your room is also air-conditioned with sunken bathtubs. 3 day/2 nights from luxury room from $1,440 per person twin share Superior luxury room from $1,690pp twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, local beers, wines & spirits, tea & coffee, game drive drinks & snacks, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle. Return transfers from Kruger International Airport. Seasonal Specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights or Stay 3 nights & receive up to 2 free nights at sister hotels in Cape Town.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Getting there: Transfers from Kruger airport or by road from Johannesburg

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Umkumbe Safari Lodge RESORT FEATURES Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River and few places can match this location for an unforgettable game-viewing experience. With no fences between the reserve and the Kruger Park, big game is plentiful, moving freely through this unspoiled part of the African bush. Close encounters with the Big Five and more, including Wild Dog are common. Umkumbe is a comfortable lodge offering a private game experience in the exclusive Sabi Sands reserve at a very affordable price. There are only seven air conditioned chalets all with ensuites, verandas overlooking the Sand River, lounge, restaurant and Boma and a swimming pool also overlooking the River. 3 days/2 nights from $630 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and coffee daily, two game activities per day including open vehicle game drives and walking safari, return transfers from Kruger International airport. Sabi Sand Conservancy Fee not included and must be paid direct.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Getting there: By road from Kruger International or Hoedspruit Airport.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge RESORT FEATURES The most thrilling and eagerlyanticipated part of any stay with us is undoubtedly the Chitwa Chitwa safari experience. For over a decade, our guests have been treated to spell-binding sightings of our abundant wildlife and have left with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake – a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife. All the Chitwa Chitwa Suites include a bath-tub, indoor and outdoor shower, fireplace, minibar, fan, hairdryer, tea coffee making facility and an iPod docking station. A typical day in the African bush is often concluded by a sumptuous feast in the ‘boma’, Dine under the stars by the enchanting glimmer of fire and candle light. Before hand you can enjoy a treatment at the spa or work up an appetite at the gym. 3 day/2 nights from $1,780 per person, charsly Suite from $1,825 per person, Tented Suite from $1,870 per peson twin share. Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, all local beer, wines & spirits, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle, nature walks, laundry, teas & coffees, community levy, transfers from Kruger International Airport. Seasonal Specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve Getting there: Transfer from Kruger International Airport or from Hoedspruit.

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&Beyond Kirkmans Kamp RESORT FEATURES The moment you walk into the main building at Kirkman’s Kamp you’ll think you’ve been transported back in time. The fact that the main lawn has warthog grazing on it instead of a neatly dressed party playing croquet does nothing to dispel this illusion; in fact, it all adds to the ambiance of this 1920’s South African homestead. Impeccable and gracious service completes the old world atmosphere, as the spirit of safari comes alive at this evocative camp, set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world. Each of the 18 guest suites boasts spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness surrounding the Sand River. Private verandas attached to each suite offer a secluded spot to drink in the breathtaking views. Old-fashioned bedsteads combine seamlessly with modern comfort and souvenirs of bygone years to create a nostalgic safari atmosphere. Generous claw-foot bathtubs complete the picture, while stand-alone showers in each room provide an up-to-date touch. Enjoy twice daily game drives and Interpretive bush walks. 3 day/2 nights from $1,590 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, all local beers, wines & spirits, soft drinks, teas & coffee, laundry, house wines, nature walks, game drive drinks & snacks, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle, transfers from Kruger International airport. Seasonal Specials: Stay 3 nights or more and receive a discount. The first two singles to book pay no single supplement.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Getting there: By road from Kruger International airport or from Hoedspruit.

Dulini Private Game Reserve RESORT FEATURES Set in a peaceful riverine grove Dulini’s six exquisite suites all offer private views of the Mabrak River. Dulini speaks of a deeply personal wildlife adventure: the quintessential safari experience for the sophisticated traveller. You will instantly feel at home in this quiet retreat where classic interiors enfold guests in romance and elegance. The six spacious suites boast plunge pools, outdoor showers and shady decks. Interiors epitomise romance with canopies of billowing mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. From the privacy of the suites, guests can enjoy views of the riverbed. Enjoy a brisk work out in the well-equipped gym, or simply relax in the guest lounge on a welcoming sofa. Enjoy bird watching from the lounge patio or the magnificent deck overlooking the Mabrak river. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree or steal away for a romantic private dinner at your suite. Browse the African handicrafts in the safari shop. Our experienced and creative executive chef is committed to culinary excellence. Personal butlers attend to guests every delight. Surprise bush experiences in the form of bush dinners and breakfasts. 3 day/2 nights from $1,440 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, local beers, wines, spirits, tea & coffee, game drive drinks & snacks, laundry, nature walks, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle. Seasonal Specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights. Honeymoon: 25% discount. 10% discount for stays longer than 3 nights. Specials not combinable.

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Getting there: By road from Kruger International or Hoedspruit airport.

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Shumbalala Game Lodge RESORT FEATURES Nestled in the heart of the 14,000 ha Thornybush Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. Situated on the banks of the seasonal Monwana river the camp is an unexpected oasis of luxury and comfort in the unforgiving heat of the African bushveld. An intimate five-star lodge with only six luxury suites and one Presidential Suite. The spacious private suites each comprise of a bedroom and lounge, ensuite bathroom, large glass sliding doors and open fireplaces. With lazy afternoons swimming in the pool, followed by the rush of the evening game drive, a sumptuous dinner follows and is enjoyed either fire-side from the lodge deck positioned above the river bed, in the underground cellar or in the cozy candle-lit dining room in winter. 3 days/2 nights from $1,370 per person twin share Includes: Three meals daily, teas and coffee, two game drives per day in open land rover, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport. Sesonal Special: Stay for 3 nights or more and receive a long stay discount. Call for details.

Location: Thornybush Nature Reserve

Getting there: Flights to Hoedspruit then 20 minute transfer to the lodge. Or fly to Nelspruit from Johannesburg or Cape Town and transfer by road – 2 hours. By road from Johannesburg – 5 hours.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge RESORT FEATURES Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a stunning luxury safari lodge situated in the southern portion of the Kruger National Park. Game drives with informative rangers, are done on private roads in open safari vehicles on 15,000 hectares of private reserve, guided walks are also available. 16 spacious suites combine luxury and modern African decor with private decks and river views. The Giant Eagle Owl and King Cheetah suites each include a private pool and second bathroom. Relax by the pool or indulge in a Spa treatment, one of the highlights of Lukimbi is its fine dining and its award winning wine cellar. 3 days/2 nights from $885 per person twin share Luxury suite from $1,100 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, 2 game drives per day, return transfers from Kruger International Airport. Seasonal Special: Combine your stay at Lukimbi with sister property Idube located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and receive a discounted rate. Please call for details.

Location: Northern Sabi Sands

Getting there: By road from Kruger International or Hoedspruit Airport.

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Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi Camps

Pioneer Camp – Adventure in a bygone era The most secluded of the luxury camps. The three private suites have superb river views and are perfect private getaways. The spacious entrancehalls are Ralph Lauren decorated with clean lines, modern and sophisticated with photographs, old suitcases, silver, crystal glass and gramophones.

Founders Camp – Honouring the past Seven idyllic chalets line the banks of the Sand River. Classic style, replete with black and cream ticking fabric and original mahogany beds. Deep leather couches, military chests, compass safari lamps and a riverside lounge sala – a luxurious welcome for discerning families and travellers.

Varty Camp – The heart and soul A history of over 85 years, the décor echoes the same tones of the owner’s private homes. All rooms have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. Varty Camp features the main boutique, gym, massage treatment room and library that guests from all camps can use.

Tree Camp – The most stylish family run camp Champagne in hand as you survey the ancient landscape, and elephants feeding below in the river from your deck. Elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks with every detail and feature, from the private swimming pools and contemplation decks (salas) to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and chocolate plaited leather beds. No kids under 16.

Game drives at Londolozi are taken by professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, who amongst them have a wealth of 350 years of experience. With over 16,000 ha of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same. Londolozi boasts two of South Africa’s only 17 master trackers, which only adds to the excellence of the team and the experience they are able to deliver. The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement. Londolozi offer spectacular Big Five game drives in the extensive wildlife area with unsurpassed leopard viewing but this is just the beginning of what really constitutes “the Londolozi experience”. They also offer yoga, massage, bush running, the African fitness room, day walking expeditions, animal tracking adventures, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, Shangaan Cultural Village & Learning Centre and 4 Pillars of Hope communities visit. Guest can also enjoy ‘sleepouts’ – the lookout is a secure, raised timber deck which is transformed into a luxurious and romantic ‘bed in the bush’ for exclusive sleep-outs.

Pioneer Camp: 3 days/2 nights from $2,800pp twin share Founders Camp: 3 days/2 nights from $2,100pp twin share Varty Camp: 3 days/2 nights from $1,860pp twin share Tree Camp: 3 days/2 nights from $2,700pp twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, all local drinks (excludes premium wines & spirits), laundry, 2 game drives per day, return transfers from Kruger International airport. Seasonal Special: Stay 4 nights receive a 5% discount, stay 6 nights receive a 10% discount

Location: Northern Sabi Sands

Getting there: Transfers from Kruger International airport or by road from Johannesburg.

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Africa on Foot Camp

+ RESORT FEATURES Africa on Foot is unique in the Kruger for offering proper walking safaris. It focuses on proper two to four hour morning walking safaris (depending on the level of fitness). The chance to walk amongst wildlife allows you to fully immerse yourself in African smells and sounds. On a walking safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. In addition, game drives and night drives are offered allowing guests to participate in a full spectrum of safari activities. Africa on Foot Camp has five chalets ensuring an intimate and personal safari experience, for the more adventurous guests can choose to sleep in a tree house under the stars. The chalets have private facilities and the camp also offers a pool, lounge, dining area and the traditional boma where guests can enjoy evening camp fires and traditional South African barbecues called “braais”. To truly immerse yourself in the rustic bush experience, all chalets are equipped with lanterns while plug points in the main area can be used to charge your camera batteries. 3 day/2 nights from $360 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, game walks and drives, teas and coffees, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport. Klaserie Conservation & Gate levy of ZAR100pp paid direct. Seasonal Special: No single supplement.

Location: Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Getting there: By road from Hoedspruit or Kruger Airport.

nThambo Tree Camp RESORT FEATURES Experience a Kruger Safari at nThambo Tree Camp. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. It is here that guests can take part in Big Five game drive safaris. On game drive safaris guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. In addition to game drives, bushwalks and night drives are offered allowing guests to participate in a full spectrum of safari activities. nThambo Tree Camp has five chalets that sleep two people each which creates an intimate and personal safari experience. There is an outdoor lounge and dining area, under thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plain and small waterhole in front of camp, as well as the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. Enjoy dinner by the traditional boma. nThanbo is an eco-friendly camp that is light on the environment – a camp that is more concerned with the traditional safari experience as opposed to spas and heated towel rails. 3 day/2 nights from $510 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, 2 game drives daily in open 4x4 vehicle, game walks, local drinks, tea & Coffee, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport. Klaserie conservation & gate levy to be paid direct. Seasonal Specials: No single supplement.

Location: Klaserie Private Game Reserve

Getting there: By road from Hoedspruit or Kruger Airport.

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve RESORT FEATURES The lodge is situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, traversing over 75 000 hectares of true untamed Africa, where the plains still team with game and the Wild Dog roam freely amongst the ‘Big Five’. The 10 ultra-luxurious glass-fronted spacious suites complete with their own expansive decks and private plunge pools are air-conditioned and feature a fire place for winter nights. Top cuisine, a spa, gym, boma for dinner under stars and twice daily game drives fulfill your every wish, making your safari to Africa the ultimate in privacy and luxury. 3 day/2 nights from $1,130 per person twin share Includes: All meals, local drinks, 2 game drives daily, laundry, tea & coffee. Seasonal Specials: specials: Stay 4 pay 3 nights, no single supplement.

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve

Getting there: Access by air from Johannesburg or by transfer from Gabarone at additional cost.

Thakadu River Camp RESORT FEATURES A community based luxury lodge set along the banks of the Marico River and consists of 12 tented suites with their own viewing deck each spacious and well appointed. Four of these tents cater for families. Morning and afternoon game drives are done in open safari vehicle with qualified guides giving you every opportunity to see the diverse fauna and flora, including cheetah, wild dog and both black and white rhino. 3 days/2 nights from $640 per person twin share Includes: Two game drives per day in open vehicle, three meals, teas and coffee per day, transfer from Madiwke air strip.

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve

Getting there: Access by air from Johannesburg or by transfer from Gabarone at additional cost.

Tuningi Safari Lodge RESORT FEATURES Welcome to the 5-star Tuningi Safari Lodge situated in the world renowned 165,000 acre malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The private and exclusive, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers an impressive Big Five safari experience that also extends to children of all ages, showing them the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system. The exclusive villas create space by blending interiors with the bush through utilising retractable doors and windows wherever possible. All rooms at Tuningi and Little Tuningi have air conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, ensuite bathrooms, beautifully appointed baths, outdoor rock showers and private wrap around wooden decks. 3 day/2 nights from $840 per person twin share Includes: All meals, 2 game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle, tea & coffee.

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve

Getting there: Fly from Johannesburg or by transfer from Gabarone .

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Ekuthuleni Lodge RESORT FEATURES Situated in the heart of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, Ekuthuleni Lodge invites you to savour true African luxury with sweeping views of the Savannah plains, home to the Big Five and many other species of game. Each of the five suites offer intimacy and privacy, with magnificent views of the grasslands. The romantic bathrooms open onto a private courtyard and have both indoor and outdoor showers. Two daily game drives are conducted by experienced rangers who will provide intimate details of the abundant flora and fauna. 3 day/2 nights from $760 per person twin share Includes: All meals, 2 game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle.

Location: Welgevonden Game Reserve

Getting there: 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg.

Tshwene Lodge RESORT FEATURES Surrounded by magnificent rock outcrops, Tshwene Lodge is a secluded oasis in the rugged valley of the Taaibos River. The Chacma baboon, after which the lodge is named, calls late at night to alert of pending danger. Rich in bird life, Tshwene offers peace and tranquillity for those seeking to get away from it all. The five strategically located suites all offer exhilarating views of the valleys below and the hills beyond. Unwind in the comfort of a double room with bathroom ensuite, an indoor and private outdoor shower and breathtaking African views. From your private wooden deck listen to the calls of a passing herd of elephant, or watch the African sun set. 3 day/2 nights from $760 per person twin share Includes: All meals, 2 game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle.

Location: Welgevonden Game Reserve

Getting there: 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg.

Nungubane Game Lodge RESORT FEATURES Located in the Welgevonden private game reserve and only three hours drive from Johannesburg, experience the thrill of open vehicle game drives while you look out for the Big Five in 35,000 ha of superb malaria free Africa Bush. This intimate lodge has only five luxury suites with private viewing deck and outside shower. During the winter months enjoy your private fire place. 3 days/2 nights from $780 per person twin share Includes: Two game drives per day in open vehicle, three meals per day with teas and snacks, transfers from the Welgevonden West Gate. Does not include any other transfers. Suitable for self drive from Johannesburg.

Location: Welgevonden Game Reserve

Getting there: 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg.

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Sun City

The Sun City Hotel

The Cascades Hotel

Palace of the Lost City

The ambiance of the hotel is one of glamour and sophistication. Embraced by mountains and views of the Gary Player Golf Course and direct access to the casino, restaurants and bars. The Sun City Theatre comes alive in the evenings with shows that aim to entertain the whole family. 2 nights from $390pp twin share with breakfast

Falling waters and a lush tropical forest make the Cascades one of the most sophisticated, elegant and sought after hotels at Sun City. All 243 rooms enjoy spectacular views over the gardens to the golf course and bushveld hills beyond. Enjoy the pool with a secluded bathing area and sand bar. 2 nights from $420pp twin share with breakfast

Taking its theme from a lavish lost African tribe fantasy, it is one of the most beautifully situated in the world. Each of the luxurious 338 rooms offer wonderful views over the water or in the jungle. Dine at Villa del Palazzo and sample signature dishes from Michelin star chef Conrad Gallagher. 2 nights from $660pp twin share with breakfast

Ivory Tree Lodge RESORT FEATURES Ivory Tree Game Lodge located in the malaria free Big Five Pilansberg National Park a short 2.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Nestled in the basin of an ancient amphitheatre, surrounded by volcanic spires and rolling savannah grasslands, lies the beautifully crafted central guest areas including lounges, bar, a dining room, a stunning feature rock pool and boma. The 56 suites are decorated in earthy tones with indoor and outdoor showers, the four executive suites feature private plunge pools. There is an award winning Amani Spa with treatment rooms offering uninterrupted views of the reserve. 3 days/2 nights from $570 per person twin share Includes: Two game drives per day in open vehicle, three meals per day with teas and snacks. Does not include: Transfers or conservancy fee.

Location: Pilansberg National Park

Getting there: 2 hours self drive from Johannesburg or private transfers available.

Shepherds Tree Lodge RESORT FEATURES Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Guests will enjoy both private traversing and access to all the Reserve’s public roads. The lodge offers commanding views of the distant bushveld amphitheatre and is superbly positioned adjacent to the Wilderness Area, thus offering the opportunity of walking trails and game drives. The placement and design of each of the 13 suites ensure privacy and uninterrupted views. Indulge in a treatment at the spa on site. 3 day/2 nights from $570 per person twin share Includes: Two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle, three meals per day. Does not include transfers or conservancy fee.

Location: Pilansberg National Park

Getting there: 2.5 hours from Johannesburg suitable for self drive or private transfer.

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cape Town Stopover hotels and day tours

Protea Fire & Ice Hotel

Winchester Mansions

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice lies in the heart of the entertainment hub, surrounded by exclusive restaurants and night clubs, minutes away from Camps Bay, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the CBD. Hotel features Featuring 201 rooms and one & two bedroom apartments with air con, TV, Wifi access, safe, tea & coffee facilities.

The Winchester Mansions is an iconic building on the Atlantic seafront in Cape Town. Perfectly located within close proximity to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the central business district. Enjoy signature dishes in Harvey’s Restaurant, unwind in the Ginkgo Spa or relax by the pool. Per night twin share from $90pp Includes: Breakfast Long stay specials available

Per night twin share from $75pp Includes: Breakfast

Adderley Hotel

Cape Town Hollow The Adderley Hotel offers, modern, self- catering apartments in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre. The building blends gracious urban historic facades with chic 21st century luxury interiors. The rooftop plunge pool and landscaped sun deck has magnificent views over Lion’s Head and the scattered rooftops of the City’s buildings

Featuring rooms with balconies overlooking the Company Gardens, Lion’s Head, or Table Moutain, this 4-star boutique hotel offers air-conditioned rooms in Cape Town’s historical city centre. Massage treatments can be scheduled at the spa, which also includes a hot tub and sauna. There is also an outdoor swimming pool.

Per night twin share from $75pp Includes: Breakfast

Per night twin share from $85pp Includes: Breakfast

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The Commodore

Inn on The Square One of Cape Towns oldest buildings overlooking the Greenmarket Square is a contemporary style hotel with sauna, fitness centre and heated swimming pool with sundeck on the 8th floor overlooking Table Mountain. 165 comfortable ensuite rooms with air con, safes, and TV. V&A Waterfront within walking distance. Per night twin share from $55pp Includes: Breakfast

Mount Nelson Hotel

In the heart of the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, next door is its sister hotel The Portswood enjoy fine dining in the many restaurants or bars of both hotels, enjoy excellent service and a tranquil setting. The hotel also offers guests secure parking, swimming pool, spa and gym. Per night twin share from $95pp Includes: Breakfast

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence

Enjoying a superb location at the foot of Table Mountain, and just a short stroll from downtown. This luxurious hotel is an icon of Cape Town and committed to excellent 5-star quality and service Enjoy the hotel’s famous afternoon tea on the terrace or have a swim in one of the pools. Extensive wellness facilities, including a tennis court.

Set against the iconic outline of Table Mountain, with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean. From the grand and elegant facade 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 very best in comfort and convenience.

Per night twin share from $200pp Includes: Breakfast

Per night twin share from $145pp Includes: Breakfast

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Day Tours – Cape Town & Surrounds Cape Town Jazz Safari

Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat Evening From $110 pp (2 people min)

Night out with the locals Seasonal show operates Jan - June. Cost from city hotels $280pp

To truly get to know the rhythm of a culture you need to get to know the rhythms of its music. Cape Jazz is a distinctive mix of Western and African influences, with riffs borrowed from all the kindred ports of the world and infused with the indomitable spirit of the Cape People. The Jazz Safari puts them in the talented hands of those who make a living from conjuring the city’s soul. Light dinner and transfers.

Accompanied by a local host, start the evening with sundowners at Tuscany Beach in Camps Bay. With a vibey local crowd and the most spectacular sunset glittering over the hypnotic ocean, there’s no better place in the world to be. Afterwards, a typically Capetonian alternative dining experience at Madame Zingaras follows. One thing’s for sure, all senses are in for a true feast. Includes dinner and transfers.

Cape highlights tour

Do it in a Sidecar

Full Day Tour: Departs daily Cost from city hotels $100pp

Full Day Private Tour: Departs daily Cost from $358pp (min 2 people)

This full day tour includes: Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak (if open). Cape Point Nature Reserve via Scarborough, Cape Point, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, Continue to the historic town of Stellenbosch for a wine tasting at one of the local wine estates.

Experience Cape Town in all its glory with a qualified chauffeur rider by your side. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the thrilling ride and spectacular coastal scenery. What could be more enjoyable than taking in Cape Town with the wind in your hair and sun on your face?

Great White Shark Cage Dive

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Full Day Tour: Departs Daily Cost from city hotels $210pp

Departs Mon – Sat (Min 2 persons) Cost from city hotels $115pp

Drive to Gansbaai, after breakfast meet with dive master for a full briefing. Includes one cage dive and picnic lunch. Please note that sightings can not be guaranteed.

Discover the flavours of Cape Town on this half day tour. A guided walk through the heart of Bo-Kaap, shop in the local spice shop and the Halaal butcher. The highlight is a visit to a local home where you have a fun filled cooking session before sitting down to lunch.

Cape Care Route

Table Mountain & City

Half Day Tour: Departs Daily Cost from city hotels $55pp

Half Day Tour: Departs Daily Cost from city hotels $40pp

This half day tour will give you an insight into the past and post 1994 progress. You will visit local communities and gain an understanding of their daily lives.

Go up Table Mountain on the cableway, visit Malay Quarter, tour city centre and Company Gardens, time permitting the Castle of Good Hope, photographic opportunities of Table Mountain from Table Bay and Cape Town Diamond Works. (Cableway ticket not included)

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3 day packages – Cape Winelands Franschoek Country House & Villas RESORT FEATURES Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, only 1km from the main town it is an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine. Guests can choose between the original and charming Franschhoek Country House or the Villas @ Franschhoek Country House. Be pampered by at our treatment room, relax at the poolside, enjoy our award winning restaurant, stroll the charming village with boutiques and art shops, visit the museums or take a wine tour! Arguably the best suites on offer in the winelands with private patio or balcony to enjoy the views of the fountains and gardens of lavender. 3 day/2 nights from $255 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily. Seasonal Specials: Upgrades to Suites available – Stay 3 pay 2 special applicable to Villa Suites – call for details.

Location: Franschhoek

Getting there: Recommended self-drive from Cape Town 45min.

La Fontaine Guest House RESORT FEATURES The beautifully restored 1860 Victorian homestead offers summer relaxation by the pool, or cozy cuddling up by the fireplace in winter. With beautiful mountain views, the guesthouse is set in the heart of the village within easy walking distance to its famous restaurants, wine farms, nature and shopping. The guesthouse has seven ensuite bedrooms each with a private entrance; a luxury loft room and interleading family rooms. The rooms are furnished with pieces reminding of days gone by. La Fontaine offers 14 spacious ensuite double rooms. The rooms are impeccable with gorgeous white linen, tasteful furnishings and a big fireplace. Buffet & English breakfast served under the vines and in the dining room. 3 day/2 nights from $145 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Franschhoek

Getting there: Recommended self-drive from Cape Town 45min.

L’Ermitage Franschhoek Chateau & Villas RESORT FEATURES The hotel offers superb modern amenities, tasteful and sophisticated decor, and breathtaking views of the fynbos rich mountains. The property has a wine farm where they produce their own wine which is only sold on the estate. The cobbled streets that path the French inspired Franschhoek hotel, lead towards the 36 self catered villas which are surrounded by exquisite gardens and fountains. The hotel features a swimming pool, wellness centre spa and a chapel which makes the hotel a perfect wedding venue 3 day/2 nights from $200 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily. Seasonal Specials: Stay 3 pay 2 nights.

Location: Franschhoek

Getting there: Recommended self-drive from Cape Town 45min.

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Private game Lodges 3 day packages – Game Lodges of the Eastern & Western Cape

Lodges/camps, game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, walking safaries, boma dinners and all inclusive meal & drink packages

Kariega Private Game Reserve

RESORT FEATURES Located only 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth, this internationally renowned malaria-free, Big Five private game reserve is set in 9,000 ha of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans Rivers. Kariega offers a combination of Big Five game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that spans across 5 different eco-systems offering the most dramatic views and vistas. In addition to unforgettable game viewing from open vehicles with qualified game rangers, guests can enjoy a variety of other activities which include safe hiking, river cruises, canoeing, a spa and gym and visits to the nearby beaches of Kenton-on-Sea. 3 days/2 nights Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, two game activities per day. Guests can choose to stay in one of the three lodges in the reserve. The Homestead is also available for small groups or a family up to 10 people. Ukhozi & River Lodge includes all local drinks (except premium brands) Seasonal specials: Stay 3 pay 2 nights – all lodges.

Location: Eastern Cape

Getting there: 1.5 hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Suitable for self drive or transfer from Port Elizabeth airport.

Kariega Main Lodge

Ukhozi Lodge

River Lodge

Main Lodge comprises of spacious and comfortable air-conditioned log chalets, all ensuite, with private viewing decks. The lodge and pool are expertly integrated with the surrounding bush.

Ukhozi Lodge offers ten spacious, air-conditioned luxurious suites with private plunge pools and spectacular African-style Lodge and outdoor pool.

Four-star 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.

3 days/2 nights from $550 per person twin share

3 days/2 nights from $635 per person twin share

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3 days/2 nights from $635 per person twin share

The Homestead The Homestead is a private lodge with five spacious, ensuite bedrooms and is perfect for the sole use of a group or family of up to ten people. Prices on request.


Shamwari Game Reserve RESORT FEATURES A 25,000 hectare malaria free game reserve in the Eastern Cape. With five eco-systems this Big Five reserve supports many forms of plant, bird and animal life. This privately owned natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Luxury accommodation is offered in 6 different lodges at Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. With a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp, choose a lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. There is great game viewing, in modern open game viewing vehicles that have been especially converted to maximise comfort and viewing potential. Your personal game ranger will provide insightful and valuable information about the fauna and flora. In between game drives if your time is not filled with relaxing, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious cuisine or a game walk, you can visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuarys, the Ian Player Player Rhino Awareness Centre or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 3 day/2 nights from $830 per person twin share Includes: All meals, 2 game drives per day in open 4x4 safari vehicle, tea & coffee. Seasonal Specials: Discounts for stays of 3 nights or more.

Location: Eastern Cape

Getting there: 1 hour by road from Port Elizabeth, transfers or self drive

Gondwana Private Game Reserve RESORT FEATURES Gondwana Private Game Reserve is only fynbos reserve in the world that’s home to free roaming Big Five game as well as endangered species like the Cape mountain zebra, black rhinoceros and black harrier among many others. Set on 11,000-hectares, its breathtaking beauty will soothe and delight you with its endless mountain views and green rolling hills blanketed in colourful fynbos. Guests can look forward to attentive service, superb cuisine, luxury accommodation with inspiring interiors, expert game rangers and an array of activities including horseback safaris, Africology spa treatments, and the popular Junior Ranger Program. The Kwena Lodge facilities include a large infinity pool, chic open-plan lounge and bar, with food and beverage services offered in an elegant dining room set around two open fireplaces or in the outdoor boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots. Well appointed, deluxe, stand-alone bedrooms overlook two waterholes across the valley onto the breathtaking mountains, which once formed part of the famous landmass known as Gondwanaland. 3 day/2 nights from $810 per person twin share Includes: All meals, two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicle.

Location: Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Getting there: 25 minutes drive from Mossel Bay or 4 hours drive from Cape Town. George Domestic Airport is a 45-minute drive.

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South Africa Cape Oudtshoorn Knysa Port Town Elizabeth Hermanus George

Plettenberg Bay

garden Route 3 day packages – Hotel and Lodges

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape. Famous for it’s numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast, white beaches, whale and dolphin watching, ostrich farms, game lodges, tranquil forests, Cango Caves, golf courses, vineyards and so much more!

Abalone Guest Lodge RESORT FEATURES Situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus, Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation. A combination of South African art on the inside & unsurpassed views to the outside position this accommodation as unique in Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Spacious ensuite rooms with balconies offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. Individually and tastefully decorated featuring South African art and décor. Enjoy a swim in the pool, work out in the gym or a massage in the treatment room. 3 day/2 nights from $270 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Hermanus

Getting there: 1.5 hour drive from Cape Town.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm RESORT FEATURES Only 7km outside Oudtshoorn, in the Garden Route, surrounded by the famous Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, is one of the world’s 17 “hot spots” with 3 overlapping flower zones. Guests can choose between various types of accommodation, ranging from stylish rooms to rustic waterfront chalets, either for a self catering stay, a stylish bed and breakfast or a farm holiday. This hidden gem has spectacular views with 162 bird species and not the “Big Five” but the “shy 5 “ which includes the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, porcupine, aardwolf and most popular the unique opportunity to walk with Wild Meerkats (Meerkat adventures). 3 day/2 nights from $230 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Oudtshoorn

Getting there: 4.5 hours drive from Cape Town or 5.5 from Port Elizabeth.

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Hlangana Lodge RESORT FEATURES Situated on the edge of the Garden Route and surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges, this area is known for its wines, ostrich farms and stunning scenery. Welcome to one of the finest small luxury establishments in South Africa, and the best choice for your stay in Oudtshoorn. Hlangana Lodge is an award winning four-star guesthouse set on more than a hectare of exotic gardens on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, en route to the Cango Caves, visit one of the many ostrich farms, enjoy the many bike trails, a hot air balloon trip or one of the many scenic drives. 3 days/2 nights from $270 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily. Single supplement applies.

Location: Oudtshoorn

Getting there: 4.5 hours drive from Cape Town or 5.5 from Port Elizabeth.

Fancourt Golf Resort & Boutique Hotel RESORT FEATURES Situated in the beautiful Western Cape Province and located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and centre of the Garden Route – ideal to explore the areas many variant and diverse scenic wonders. Situated on a 10 km plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountain to the north and the Indian ocean to the South. The Fancourt Hotel is a fine blend of modern luxury and classic elegance. 115 luxurious bedrooms and suites are all fully equipped with everything you need to make your stay unforgettable. Fantastic resort facilities include, three Gary Player designed golf courses, a Spa, a Kids Club and a variety of restaurants, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fishing dams, walking trails and more. 3 days/2 nights from $300 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily. Seasonal Specials: 3, 5 & 7 night long stay packages include discounts and extras – choose from golf, dinner or spa per person per night.

Location: George

Getting there: Fly 50min from Cape Town or 5 hours drive.

Protea Knysa Quays Hotel RESORT FEATURES Located in the heart of the Garden Route the hotel offers premium accommodation accentuated with scenic beauty and natural surrounds. The hotel boasts superb facilities which includes an outdoor heated swimming pool, wellness therapist for massage treatments, free Internet service and a unique dining experience with a selection of six restaurants on the Knysna Waterfront. Accommodation comprise of 123 bedrooms decorated in warm earth tones with spectacular views of the Knysna Lagoon, historical train station or the waterfront complex. All rooms are equipped with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, coffee-tea making facilities, fridge, digital safes, telephone, wireless Internet connection, hair dryers and satellite television. 3 days/2 nights from $150 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Knysna

Getting there: 6 hours drive from Cape Town or 1 hour from George Airport.

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St James of Knysna RESORT FEATURES The St. James of Knysna is an exclusive, owner run, Country House Hotel uniquely situated directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon. The luxuriously appointed Suites & Rooms offer spectacular views across this peaceful lagoon to the dramatic Knysna Heads or over the magnificent 3 acre gardens. Whether you stay in the Manor or the Courtyard, all the rooms and suites feature ensuite bathrooms, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite (DSTV), television, safes, direct-dial telephones, bath robes and hairdryers. Should you require adaptor units, all international adaptors can be requested from reception. The magnificent gardens offer peaceful walks, large Koi pond, 2 swimming pools, croquet, and angling off the private jetty. 3 day/2 nights from $135 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Knysna

Getting there: 6 hours drive from Cape Town or 1 hour from George Airport.

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro RESORT FEATURES Plettenberg Bay lies almost on the border of the Western and Eastern Cape. Built on the hillside, most of the town is on a steep slope leading down to the sea, which means that most hotels have sweeping views of the ocean. Enjoy the many water based activities or visit the popular Monkey Land Sanctuary or tour the Tsitsikamma National Park. Nestled on a hill above Plettenberg Bay, Whalesong Hotel & Hydro offers breathtaking views of the Keurbooms Coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Everything, from dĂŠcor to facilities, has been chosen with comfort and pleasure in mind. 3 days/2 nights from $130 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily. Seasonal Special: Stay 3 pay 2 nights.

Location: Plettenberg Bay

Getting there: 6 hours drive from Cape Town or 2.5 hours from Port Elizabeth.

Periwinkle Lodge RESORT FEATURES Periwinkle Lodge is a beachfront Guest House offering panoramic views of Robberg Beach and Tsitsikamma range of Mountains where you can watch the whales and dolphins frolicking in the waves whilst enjoying a scrumptious breakfast. Periwinkle Lodge Guest House provides individually and beautifully decorated rooms that reflect the bright surrounding area. 6 of the 7 rooms have private balconies that open to views of Robberg Peninsula to the right and the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the left. All rooms have bathrooms, heated towel rails, tea coffee facilities and bar fridges. Enjoy a meal on the wide balcony on a summer night or snuggle up by the fireplace with warm drinks on a winters evening. 3 day/2 nights from $170 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Plettenberg Bay Getting there: 6 hours drive from Cape Town or 2.5 hours from Port Elizabeth.

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Sandals Guest House RESORT FEATURES St Francis with its meandering waterways, picturesque thatched houses, abundant birdlife and miles of golden beaches has the longest sunshine hours of the South African Coast. Sandals is one of the top guest houses in picturesque St Francis Bay. The ambience of this boutique guesthouse is a blend of superb hospitality, cuisine and service. The palm-fringed thatched house is decorated in a tropical-African flavour. Situated 150 metres from the main beach, Sandals offers you unsurpassed luxury with its pool bar, holiday setting and spacious wooden decks. Our swimming pool is set in a lush semi-tropical garden. The vibrant and earthy African - Caribbean decor creates an elegantly charming and cheerful ambience for your dining enjoyment. 3 day/2 nights from $150 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: St Francis Getting there: 1 hour drive from Port Elizabeth.

The Beach Hotel RESORT FEATURES It is believed that the original Beach Hotel and surrounding area belonged to Piet Retief and his family. His stately family house, a tennis court and servants quarters were all originally home to this ground. The hotel features modern amenities, a stunning pool deck and 3 superb restaurants. The Beach Hotel offers 58 spacious, individually decorated ensuite bedrooms fitted with all the modern amenities one would expect from a four-star graded hotel. All rooms are fitted with heating and airconditioning, a colour television with selected satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room mini safes and wireless internet connection. 3 day/2 nights from $190 per person twin share Includes: Breakfast daily.

Location: Port Elizabeth Getting there: Fly from Cape Town or Johannesburg.

RiverBend Lodge RESORT FEATURES Watch herds of Elephants feeding a short distance away, listen to the songs of some 300 bird species, enjoy a personalized game drive into the mountains and discover varying vegetation from thick forested valleys to open savannah plains to hillsides rich in Fynbos. Enjoy plentiful game activities lead by professional guides who will not only enlighten you on Africa’s splendid creatures, but also reveal the fascinating history of this revitalized wilderness as you relax in the lap of luxury at RiverBend Lodge, premium accommodation within the Addo Elephant National Park. Sip a cocktail on your private veranda as the sun sets below the endless horizon. Rest a sleepy head on feather soft comfort in one of the 8 suites. 3 day/2 nights from $715 per person twin share Includes: All meals, game drives and walks in private reserve, entrance and park fees.

Location: Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape Getting there: 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth.

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Zambia Kasane Chobe NP Zimbabwe Okavango Delta Maun Nxai Pan & Makgadikgadi Pans NP

Namibia

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

bOTSwANA

Botswana

Kgalagadi TP

An African dream... In Northern Botswana, the Okavango River flows in from Namibia, and soaks into the sands to form the Okavango Delta, easily accessed via Maun. Because the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River provide a yearround water supply, nearly all southern African mammal species are present in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Chobe National Park.

Up close...

Moremi Game Reserve lies in the heart of the Okavango Delta and considered the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Africa. Home to plains game, predators and the endangered wild dog taking refuge in the Mopane Forests.

Botswana is known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. Four-fifths of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert and then into the heart of the desert flows the Okavango River, transforming 15,000 sq kms into a maze of lagoons and waterways. The peak season runs during the winter months of May – September where days are warm dry, sunny and dusty. Mornings and nights can be very cold. During summer you can experience very hot days with some rain.

Okavango River, transforming 15,000 sq kms into a maze of lagoons and waterways – the amazing Okavango Delta. Glide through on a Mokoro Safari (dugout canoe)

Chobe NP

Okavango Delta

Nxai Pan & MaunMakgadikgadi Pans NP Ntwetwe Pan Sowa Pan

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Kgalagadi TP

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Zimbabwe

Lynanti Savuti

Botswana Kalahari Dessert: The ‘Thirsty Land’ is a large semiarid sandy savannah taking up most of Botswana. The game reserves have excellent grazing after rain - hosting giraffes, springbok and wildebeest which attracts the predators hyenas, lions and cheetahs.

of elephant, hippo and predators while cruising the river or on a game drive deep into the park.

Kasane

Moremi Game Reserve

Namibia Into the heart of the desert flows the

Zambia Chobe National Park: View the prolific herds

The Savuti and Lynanti has developed a reputation over the years as a prime area to view predators in Botswana, especially lion and spotted hyena. The Savuti lies within the Chobe National Park and boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent.

South Africa

The Makgadikgadi and Naxi salt pans where herds of wildebeest, zebra and other mammals migrate annually in search of permanent water and food.


chobe National Park 3 day packages – Chobe Lodges

Located only 100kms from Victoria Falls and within easy access from Kasane you can view the prolific herds of elephant, hippo and predators while cruising the river or on a game drive deep into the park. A region renowned for its famous Chobe Elephants, and home to more than 75 mammal and 450 bird species. Our lodges have been carefully selected to ensure a more intimate experience staying in smaller properties located in the park or private concession and away from the busy stretch of river in the main town of Kasane.

Elephant Valley Lodge 2 nights from $875pp twin share

At the edge of the Kasane Forest with main areas, restaurant and bar overlooking an active waterhole in the Lesoma Valley. The lodge boasts 20 meru style safari tents. All are well appointed with balconies, ensuites, and fans. Cruises on the river are done in the quiet of the morning when the animals come to drink and in the afternoon enjoy your game drive with sundowner.

Chobe Savanna Lodge 2 nights from $725pp twin share

Includes: All meals, game activities, transfers from Kasane.

Includes: All meals and local drinks, free mini bar, scheduled game activities (two per day), laundry, transfers from Kasane Airport, national park fees. Seasonal specials available.

Transfers available from Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airports at supplement. Park fees of BWP70pp per day payable direct at the lodge.

Ngoma Safari Lodge 2 nights from $820pp twin share

Ngoma Safari Lodge borders the western edge of Chobe National Park. The lodge’s central area includes a well-appointed sitting room, dining room, bar area and a plunge pool with a striking water feature. Each of the lodge’s 8 river-facing suites offers quiet refuge in a luxurious setting with an emphasis on space and comfort, and comes complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers. Enjoy both walking and night game drives. Includes: All meals, local drinks, game activities, laundry, transfers from Kasane Airport. Transfer from Victoria Falls available at a supplement.

Set in a classic African savanna environment with sweeping vistas, the main lodge commands a 270º view over the Chobe River and national park. Access to the lodge is by boat only from Kasane. Only 24 guests stay at one time – all chalets are air conditioned with ensuites and private decks. There is a swimming pool and an open boma on the banks of the Chobe River.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero 2 nights from $1,300pp twin share

Nestled on the banks of the Chobe River just outside the park, this luxury safari lodge has only 15 cottages all with sweeping views of the Chobe River. The cottages are all air conditioned with luxury bathroom and outdoor shower, private garden and hammock. Gourmet cuisine on offer as well as a swimming pool and luxury spa. Small group river cruises and game drives with expert guides. Includes: All meals, all drinks, free mini bar, park fees, laundry, two game activities per day, transfers from Kasane Airport. Transfers from Victoria Falls at supplement. Sanctuary combo deals.

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Value Safaris

Camp Linyanti Camp Savuti Chobe NP Mapula Lodge Zimbabwe Okavango Delta Maun

Namibia

7 Day Zebra Safari

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana HIGHLIGHTS This safari combines the, Linyanti, Savuti and Okavango Delta, into single safari. Personalised service and attention to detail add to the overall experience. The Linyanti region of the Chobe National Park is a seldom-explored area of this vast wilderness. Enjoy: l Small intimate camps lT  he myriad of tree island lagoons and grassland of the Mapula concession lM  okoro, walking, boating and game drives

From

Twin share

Single

$3,650pp

request

Value Safari including Linyanti, Savuti and Okavango Delta

Day 1: Maun to Linyanti

Light aircraft flight from Maun to the airstrip. Enjoy a 2 hour game drive en route to Camp Linyanti. Two nights: Camp Linyanti, all game activities, meals and local drinks are included (BLD)

Day 4: Savuti

Enjoy morning and afternoon game activities centered around the Savuti Marsh. (BLD)

Day 2: Linyanti

Enjoy morning and afternoon game activities. (BLD)

Day 3: Linyanti to Savuti

Early morning game activity followed by breakfast before you depart from Camp Linyanti to Camp Savuti. The Savuti has developed a reputation over the years as a prime area to view predators in Botswana, especially lion and spotted hyena. The Savuti lies within the Chobe National Park and boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. Two nights: Camp Savuti, all game activities, meals and local drinks are included (BLD)

Mapula Lodge mokoro safari

Day 5: Savuti to Okavango Delta/Moremi

After your morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to the Savuti airstrip for your flight to Mapula Lodge. The lodge is in a private concession enabling night drives and walking safaris with guides and trackers. Two nights: Mapula Lodge, all game activities, meals and local drinks are included (BLD)

Day 6: Okavango Delta

Enjoy morning and afternoon game activities which include game drives, mokoro, boating and walking safaris. (BLD)

Includes: Scheduled charter flights: Maun - Linyanti Savuti - Mapula - Maun. All meals, local drinks, laundry, twice daily game activities, teas & coffees daily, park fees, transfers from airstrip to camps. Departs daily.

Day 7: Okavango Delta to Maurn Camp Savuti region

One last game drive followed by breakfast before your flight back to Maun where your safari ends.

Your camp descriptions: Camp Savuti Savuti

The Savuti has developed a reputation over the years as a prime area to view predators in Botswana, especially lion and spotted hyena. The Savuti lies within the Chobe National Park and boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. Camp Savuti is a small, intimate camp of 5 confortable Meru tents. All feature ensuites with flush toilet and safari shower. The tents have been positioned to ensure privacy and a modest level of exclusivity throughout the camp and each tent sits on a platform, with stunning views over the Savuti Channel.

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Camp Linyanti Linyanti

Accommodating up to 10 guests, our facilities include ensuite bathrooms, and open sky showers. Enjoy sundowners on your exclusive deck overlooking the Linyanti Lagoon and the horizon of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Camp Linyanti has opened private game drive routes in this remote part of the Chobe National Park, allowing guests access to this region of Chobe National Park for the very first time!

Mapula Lodge Okavango Delta

Mapula lodge is a land camp and water camp with day and night drives, bush walks, boating and mokoro excursions. Each of the 8 luxury chalets boast a small lounge and a large bathroom with bathtub, twin sinks an outside shower and large outside veranda with fantastic views over the lagoon. The guest area, with its sweeping decks, overlooks the permanent lagoon where a resident pod of hippos resides. Here sits the lounge, dining area and a bar with one of the best views in the Okavango Delta. In addition, there is also a small library and swimming pool.


Kasane Ngoma Lodge Chobe NP Camp Savuti Mapula Lodge Zimbabwe Okavango Delta Maun

Namibia

Deception Valley Lodge Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana HIGHLIGHTS lS  mall intimate camps lT  he vastness of the Kalahari l Herero Cultural experience lT  he myriad of tree island lagoons and grassland of the Mapula concession lC  hobe National Park Savuti and Chobe regions lM  okoro, walking, boating and game drives

9 Day Contrasts of Botswana Value Safari including Central Kalahari, Savuti, Chobe and Okavango Delta

Day 1: Maun to Central Kalahari

Depart Maun by light aircraft for Deception Valley Lodge, you will be met on arrival and transfer to the lodge. What makes Deception Valley Lodge unique is the rare opportunity to meet and explore this remarkable environment with Bushman Guides of the San peoples, one of the oldest cultures in Africa. Experience a tour with real Bushmen. Exploring the bush on foot, while your guide will teach you of the hunting and survival skills, the culture and crafts of the San people, who over the centuries have adapted their lives to survive in the most inhospitable environment of them all. Two nights: Deception Valley Lodge (BLD)

Day 2: Kalahari

Activities include, morning and evening game drives, walks, guided walks with the San Bushmen. (BLD)

Day 4: Savuti

The game drives at Camp Savuti center around the world famous Savuti Marsh home to thousands of elephant and buffalo, typically your days will consist of early morning game activities, meals, some down time to relax, followed by afternoon tea, game activity and dinner. (BLD)

Day 5: Savuti to Okavango Delta/ Mapula Early morning game activity followed by breakfast before you depart from Savuti Airstrip to Mapula Airstrip. Here you will be met by your guide and transferred to Mapula Lodge. Two nights: Mapula Lodge, includes all meals, local drinks and game activities (BLD)

Day 6: Mapula

Mapula Lodge is a huge private concession, enabling night drives and walking with guide and tracker. Typically your days will consist of early morning game activities, meals, down time to relax, followed by afternoon tea, game activity and dinner. (BLD)

Day 7: Mapula to Chobe

Early morning game activity followed by breakfast before you depart from Mapula Airstrip to Kasane, Here you will be met and transferred by vehicle to Ngoma Lodge on the banks of the world famous Chobe River. Two nights: Ngoma Lodge, includes all meals, local drinks and game activities (BLD) From

Twin share

Single

$4,700pp

request

Includes: Charter flight from Maun to Kalahari Desert Camp Airstrip - Mapula Airstrip - Savuti Airstrip - Maun/Kasane. Road Transfer from Kasane to Ngoma. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Local brand drinks at Kalahari Desert Camp, Ngoma, Mapula Lodge & Camp Savuti. Twice daily game activities with sundowners and snacks - daily. Tea & coffee. Departs daily.

Day 8: Chobe Kalahari

Day 3: Kalahari to Savuti

Early morning game activity followed by breakfast and your flight to the Savuti airstrip. On arrival transfer camp. Two nights: Camp Savuti includes all meals, local drinks and game activities (BLD)

Typically your days will consist of early morning and afternoon game activities, meals and some down time to relax by the pool. (BLD)

Day 9: Chobe to Kasane

Early morning game activity followed by breakfast before you depart for Kasane Airport where your safari will end. (B)

Kalahari

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge

Chobe

Central Kalahari

Ngoma Safari Lodge borders the western edge of Chobe National Park, a region renowned for its outstanding wildlife, in particular the famous Chobe Elephants, and home to more than 75 mammal and 450 bird species. The lodge’s central area includes a dining room, bar area and a plunge pool. Each of the lodge’s 8 river-facing suites offers quiet refuge in a luxurious setting with an emphasis on space and comfort, and comes complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers plus a private outdoor living area. As Ngoma Safari Lodge is situated in the Chobe Forest Reserve, both walking and night drives are permitted.

Deception Valley is situated on the Northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on an exclusive private area. Interact with San Bushmen, who have learnt to extract all they need from this harsh environment. 16 guests in 8 de luxe suites, each consisting of a twin bedroom, a lounge and a Victorian style bathroom with an outside shower and viewing deck. Swimming pool in main area. Day and night drives with guide and tracker in search of Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, kudu, and if lucky, the elusive brown hyena. Bushman walks and bird watching.

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African bush camps

Fly-in Safaris

African Bush Camps is an owner run Safari Company that speaks of the art of service and offers you an authentic safari experience in the untamed African wilderness. See below itinerary for camp details.

Linyanti

5 Day Khwai & Linyanti

Chobe NP

Khwai

Okavango Delta

Maun

Botswana

Experience the magical Okavango Delta with its clean clear waters, glide silently through the channels while viewing a myriad of wildlife. Then onto the Linyanti for unsurpassed game viewing.

Day 1-2: Maun to Khwai

Transfer by light aircraft from Maun Airport to Khwai airstrip. The Moremi Game Reserve offers outstanding game viewing opportunities which includes elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah and wild dog. Two nights: Khwai Tented Camp (BLD)

Day 3-4: Khwai to Linyanti

Transfer by light aircraft to Saile airstrip where you are met and transferred overland to your camp. Two nights: Linyanti Bush Camp (BLD) Transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport. (B)

Khwai

Xakanaxa Okavango Delta

Chobe NP

Throughout this incredible safari you will experience the contrasting landscapes Botswana between the desert and the rivers whilst combining some of Botswana’s most authentic Maun and exclusive wildlife areas including the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, the Khwai Community Area, and the Linyanti Marshlands within the Chobe Enclave.

Day 1-4: Maun to Khwai Tented Camp

Transfer by light aircraft to Khwai airstrip for your stay at Khwai Tented Camp in the Khwai Community Area, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. Three nights: Khwai Tented Camp (BLD)See below for camp details.

Day 4-7: Khwai Tented Camp to Xakanaxa Camp

Day 7-9: Xakanaxa Camp to Saile Tented Camp, Chobe

5 Day Khwai & Linyanti

10 Day Incredible Journey

$2,920pp

$5,550pp

From

Moremi Game Reserve

10 Day Incredible Journey

After the morning game activity enjoy a short scenic flight to Xakanaxa Camp in the heart of the Moremi Reserve. Three nights: Xakanaxa Camp (BLD)

Day 5: Linyanti to Maun

Twin Share

Kasane Saile

Includes: All light aircraft transfers from Maun, return for 5 day tour and back to Kasane for 10 day tour. All meals and drinks, two game activities per day, park fees and laundry. Combine with an African Bush Camp in Hwange or Mana Pools. Departs daily.

After the morning game activity transfer to the airstrip for your flight to the Chobe Enclave. Three nights: Saile Tented Camp (BLD)

Day 10: Saile Tented Camp to Kasane

After the morning game activity transfer by scheduled light aircraft to Kasane where your safari comes to an end. (B) Departs daily from 1st May – 31st October

Your camp descriptions: Kwhai Tented Camp Okavango Delta

An authentic eight bedded camp situated in the Khwai community area, adjacent to the northern Moremi Game Reserve. It offers outstanding game viewing opportunities which includes elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah and wild dog. The tents are comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and outdoor bucket showers. Open year round. Access from Maun by scheduled light aircraft.

Saile Tented Camp Chobe Enclave

Saile Tented Camp is a remote camp located in a private reserve, which borders the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave. Situated on the sands above the ancient river bed of the Linyanti, the four spacious Meru-style tents, feature ensuite bathroom facilities and bucket showers. Open from 1 Apr– 31 Oct. Other lodges available outside dates. Access from Maun or Kasane.

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Linyanti Bush Camp Chobe Enclave

A small, intimate 12 bedded tented camp on the banks of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve, which borders the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave. Spacious and comfortable tents with fixed hot shower ensuite. The main camp areas all overlook the Linyanti River. Enjoy the small splash pool and the boma/hide overlooking a small waterhole. Open year round. Air access from Maun or Kasane

Xakanaxa Camp Okavango Delta

Located on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve ensures that you enjoy an authentic, year round Okavango Delta land and water safari. Ambience and style of an authentic bush camp feature ensuite with shower. For warmer days cool off in the plunge or main pool. Open year round. Access from Maun or Kasane.


Sanctuary Retreats 7 Day Luxury Fly-in Safari

Visit the Okavango Delta and Chobe Enclave with 5 star Sanctuary Retreats

Day 1: Maun to Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Depart by scheduled light aircraft charter to Stanley’s Camp airstrip (15 min). Transfer to the camp where you will spend the next two nights. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities. (LD)

as the ‘predator capital of Africa’ and the Big Five can all be seen close to camp. Game activities include open 4WD game drives and mokoro canoe excursions (subject to water levels). The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the activities. (BLD)

Day 2: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp HIGHLIGHTS Spectacularly located in some of the most stunning locations, the Sanctuary Retreats’ collection of safari camps provides luxury holidays with the added promise of authenticity.

Enjoy some of the best game viewing in the Okavango, depending on water levels you will experience serene mokoro canoe excursions, open vehicle game drives, and as the camp is in a private concession guests can also enjoy guided walking safaris. Enjoy the optional Elephant interaction during your stay. (BLD)

Open 4WD game drives

Day 5-6: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

From

Twin share

Single

$5,160pp

request

no single supplement charged except for travel 15 Jun – 31 Oct. Includes: All meals and drinks (excluding premium brands & spirits), park fees, laundry, morning and afternoon game activities which can include open vehicle game drives & mokoro (subject to water levels) night drives at Stanley’s Camp, private bush dinner. Sanctuary Retreats camp access by charter flights which can be pre-booked to fit with individual itineraries. Departs daily.

Mokoro canoe excursion

Day 3-4: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

After the morning game viewing and breakfast, transfer by light aircraft (15min) to Chief’s Camp airstrip then a short drive to the camp, where you will spend the next two nights. This region is known

Sanctuary Chiefs Camp Moremi Game Reserve

Located on Chief’s Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession, this is the ‘predator capital of Africa’, where wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard abound. The 12 luxury bush feature their own private viewing deck, indoor and outdoor showers. The communal areas offer views over the floodplains, while the dining area sits on the edge of the Piajio plains so you can continue your game viewing while enjoying the fine dining and wines on offer.

Sanctuary Baines Camp Okavango Delta

The smallest and most intimate camp has won many awards including “Most Romantic”. Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, there is a communal swimming pool. From the wide wooden deck you may see lion looking for prey, or one of the many elephants. The five suites are opulent with fourposter beds swathed in mosquito netting and can be wheeled out onto your private wooden deck for a night under the stars.

After the morning game viewing and breakfast, transfer by light aircraft (90mins) to Kasane Airport. On arrival a short transfer to your lodge located deep in the Botswana wilderness. This afternoon enjoy the game viewing activities on offer which can include sunset cruises or game drive. During your stay enjoy the included game activities such as the open vehicle game drives into Chobe National Park or enjoy cruises on the Chobe River. (BLD)

Day 7: End at Kasane

After the morning game activities and breakfast transfer to Kasane Airport where tour ends. (B)

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Okavango Delta

A luxury classic tented camp sitting on a 260,000 acre private concession, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The eight classically styled safari tents exude old world charm. Large wooden decks provide private areas for guests to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner. The main building is raised on decking and offers extensive views over the surrounding floodplains and a swimming pool.

Elephant Interaction Optional tour

Our three orphaned elephants have been brought up in the area and have been interacting with humans from an early age. Every morning the elephants go for a walk foraging for food & fresh fruit. You will spend the morning walking with them at a leisurely pace before enjoying a picnic lunch in their company.

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Zambia Linyanti Camp Moremi Game Reserve Zimbabwe Okavango Delta Okavango Camp Maun

Botswana Champagne by the Delta

THE WILDERNESS WAY With 22 camps located in prime concessions within Botswana, Wilderness Safaris are the leaders in this area. There is no one style set in Wilderness camps; rather they celebrate the difference and uniqueness of each area and its wildlife so that each group of camps has its own identity, feel and character. Okavango “Land Camps” Predominantly game drives and occasionally walks exploring the floodplains, and woodlands. Okavango “Water Camps” Poling by mokoro or motorboating along idyllic waterways.

wilderness Safaris

5 Day Glimpses of Botswana

Wilderness Safaris: The Linyanti plus the Okavango Delta, dependant on the annual flood levels, water activities are available in the Delta at these camps

Day 1-2: Maun to Okavango “Land Camp”

Your first glimpse of the ‘Delta” as you depart on Wilderness Air for your camp. Spend the next 2 nights in your chosen camp. Classic Camp: Kwetsani or Premier Camp: Jao Camp (All meals & local drinks)

Day3-4: Okavango to Linyanti

After your morning game activity, fly with Wilderness Air to the fabulous Linyanti where you will spend the

Jao Camp activity - Mokoro

The Linyanti Region Best combined with the Delta, boasting very different habitats, healthy predator numbers and seasonal wildlife concentrations.

Your camp descriptions:

next 2 nights in your chosen Camp. Classic Camp: Duma Tau or Premier Camp: Kings Pool (All meals & local drinks)

Day 5: Linyanti to Maun Elephants in the Linyanti region

After your morning game activity, fly with Wilderness Air back to Maun and your onward connection. Flights to Kasane and Victoria Falls also available with supplement.

PREMIER CAMPS

Architect-designed camps which are elegant and luxurious. The camps are all different, with some featuring private plunge pools, others a spa, still others a gym. All are superbly positioned and each maintains its own individual character.

Jao Camp Okavango “Water & Land Camp”

Jao Camp lies in the southern side of the plains, an area with beautiful islands fringed with riverine forests. Nine spacious, beautiful tents, each individually handcrafted, situated beneath a canopy of shady trees and have ensuite facilities, as well as an outdoor shower. Built on raised decks, each has a private sala with views of the floodplains. In addition to the lounge and dining area, there are two plunge pools and an outdoor boma. Jao Camp also has a spa where a wide range of massage therapies are offered.

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Kings Pool Linyanti “Land Camp”

The accommodation here is luxurious, the wildlife spectacular. Nine well-appointed tents of canvas and thatch. Each has a large bedroom area, lounge, private plunge pool, ‘sala’ and ensuite bathrooms, as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower close to nature! The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on expansive raised decks. There is also a communal pool and an openair ‘kgotla’ for dining under the stars. Kings Pool Camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon.

Vumbura Plains Okavango “Water & Land Camp”

Vumbura Plains Camp is a luxury camp that comprises of two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of trees. Each large, luxurious room is raised off the ground on wooden decks and each comprises a bedroom, lounge, shower and full ensuite bathroom. Outdoor showers are standard. Each room also has a plunge pool and ‘sala’ - a comfortable area to lie and relax, watching the waving grasses of the floodplain.


Zambia

Linyanti Camp Moremi Game Reserve Zimbabw Okavango Water Camp Okavango Land Camp

Maun

Botswana Vumbura Plains

9 Day Essential Botswana Wilderness Safaris: A combination of land, water and the fabulous Linyanti Region

Day 6-8: Linyanti

After your morning game activity, fly with Wilderness Air to the fabulous Linyanti where you will spend the next 3 nights in your chosen Camp. All game activities, meals and drinks are included. Classic Camp: Duma Tau or Premier Camp: Kings Pool(All meals & local drinks)

Day 9: Linyanti to Maun Private Plunge Pool, Vumbura Plains

Day 1-3: Maun to Okavango “Land Camp”

After your morning game activity, fly with Wilderness Air back to Maun and your onward connection. Flights to Kasane and Victoria Falls also available with supplement.

Your first glimpse of the ‘Delta” as you depart on Wilderness Air for your camp. All game activities, meals and drinks are included. Spend the next 3 nights in your chosen camp. Classic Camp: Kwetsani or Premier Camp: Jao Camp (All meals & local drinks)

Guests get more than the “Big Five” they will experience the multiplicity and wealth of difference that each of these areas has to offer. We showcase a small selection of camps and our itineraries can be tailor made to suit individuals. Twin share

5 day tour

9 day tour

Classic Camp

$3,960pp

$7,025pp

Premier Camp $5,790pp

$10,580pp

Includes: Morning and afternoon game activities dependant on your camp location, such as game drives, mokoro, and boating, all flights on Wilderness Air from Maun/inter camp and back to Maun, all meals, local drinks, laundry, all airstrip transfers and concession fees . Departs daily.

Day 4-5: Okavango “Water Camp”

After your morning game activity, fly with Wilderness Air to your water camp deep in the heart of the delta. Spend the next 2 nights in your chosen camp. Classic Camp: Xigera or Premier Camp: Vumbura Plains (All meals & local drinks)

THE WILDERNESS WAY Our packaged safaris take in a variety of the astounding biodiversity in Botswana combining land and water based camps.

Fly in camp - arrival at Vumbura Plains

CLASSIC CAMPS

Classic camps are generally tented camps based on the traditional Meru design. Many of the Classic camps are raised above the ground with interconnecting walkways and all tents are ensuite. Our Classic camps offer a luxurious, but understated, experience and epitomise ‘home-from-home’.

Kwetsani Okavango “Land Camp”

Kwetsani Camp Located in the central region of the Jao Concession, Kwetsani Camp has access to the vast open floodplains and some of the most stunning vistas of the Okavango Delta. Kwetsani Camp consists of five furnished ‘tree-house’ chalets, each with its own ensuite bathroom. The dining room, lounge and drinks area are constructed under a large, cool thatched roof and offer incredible vistas of the surrounding floodplains dotted with lechwe, wildebeest and other plains game. Views also from a communal pool.

Duma Tau Linyanti “Land Camp”

Situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system, and between two elephant ‘corridors’. DumaTau Camp consists of 10 tents raised off the ground. Each ensuite tent is spacious, spreading out under a canvas roof, with a wraparound clear-storey window that allows for dramatic views of the riverfront, all from the comfort of the room. There is an airy and expansive dining and lounge area all overlooking the lagoon and its denizens.

Xigera Camp Okavango “Water Camp

This part of the Moremi Game Reserve is a true wetland paradise. Xigera Camp consists of ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms – each with ensuite facilities and an outdoor shower. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. There is a small plunge pool in which to cool off. Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lion or leopard using the footbridge connecting Xigera Camp’s island to the next!

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3 or 4 Day Zambezi Queen Luxury River Houseboat Safari – 5 star river cruising on the Chobe River combined with on land game viewing The Zambezi Queen cruises along the banks of the Chobe River and is uniquely situated only a few kilometres from the point where 4 African countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Along these exotic banks you will find one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Game view along the river in a small boat or on land by 4WD or view it all from your private suite aboard this luxury 45 metre boat.

HIGHLIGHTS Why join the crowds on landbased game drives when you can experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45 metre boat. The Zambezi Queen is all about pampering and indulgence.

4 Day Itinerary

Onboard plunge pool

Consists of the 3 day itinerary with the addition of: • 4x4 game driving in Chobe National Park. • Traditional African boma dinner on the shore of the Chobe River including African singing and dancing, followed by star gazing. • Tour in traditional African village including a short Mokoro ride. Zambezi Queen

3 Day Itinerary Day 1: Kasane to Zambezi River Queen

Transfer by small boat to the Zambezi Queen game viewing. Sunset cruise followed by official welcome orientation and dinner. (D) Twin share

3 day/ 2 night

4 day/ 3 night

1 Jan–30 Apr

$890pp

$1,650pp

1 May–31 Dec $1,100pp

$1,850pp

Includes: Transfers from Kasane Airport, all meals and standard game viewing activities by 4WD or boat, drinks including local beers & house wines, fishing in season.

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Depart for activities: river safari, bird watching or fishing. Zambezi Queen sails the Chobe River. After lunch, depart on small boat for water based game viewing. Dinner followed by star gazing. (BLD)

Water based game viewing

Day 3: Kasane

Enjoy breakfast whilst you cruise back to Kasane and transfer to the airport. (B)

Departs from Kasane: Every Friday – 4 day cruises. Every Mon & Wed – 3 day/2 night cruises.

4 Day Selinda Canoe Trails

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Day 2: Chobe River

With Great Plains Conservation – A wonderful canoe safari along the waterways of the Selinda Spillway The ultimate safari adventure in Botswana – four days traversing remote and pristine waterways, encountering areas rarely visited. By day enjoy the leisurely paddle, and stop along the way for guided bush walks. On arrival in camp you will find your tent is waiting for you with hot bucket showers. Dinner is served around the campfire each night.

Okavango Delta

CANOE TRAIL Full day canoeing and bushwalks. Small group size led by the most qualified guides provides a safe and memorable trip.

From

Twin share

Single

$1,900pp

$2,500pp

Includes: Fully inclusive of accommodation, all related activities, meals, and park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Charter flights are additional. Maximum 8 travellers. Departs April 20 , 26, May 1, 6, 11, Jun 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, July 1, 6, 11, 16, Aug 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, Sep 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, Oct 1, 6, 11. 2014 dates on request.

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to enjoy walks, looking for tracks and signs. After brunch and a bit of a siesta at midday, continue onward through afternoon and arrive at your campsite before dark.

The safari consists of a combined two full days and two half-days of relatively easy paddling and three nights in impromptu fly camps along the way. Stops are not pre-arranged. Begin each day with the break of dawn. Whilst paddling, encounter wildlife along the Spillway’s banks, and disembark your canoes

This area is well known for elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, wild dog and it is possible to encounter predators and a variety of other species en route. The Spillway is also a birding paradise but has very few hippos or crocodiles, making for a relaxing journey. The Camp ends on the fourth day at Selinda Camp. Extend your stay, combine the Selinda Canoe Trails with a stay at either Selinda or Zarafa Camp.


Zimbabwe Nxai Pan & MaunMakgadikgadi Pans NP Ntwetwe Pan Sowa Pan

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Zebra migration on the Pans

Botswana 3 Day Kalahari fly in Tented Camps

Fly in and explore the Magkadgaki Pans and Central Kalahari. South Africa

Kgalagadi TP

HIGHLIGHTS lT  he Kalahari – the desert with the greatest species diversity in the world. lT  he Makgadikgadi – host to Southern Africa’s last great zebra and wildebeest migration. lT  he Bushmen – an ancient culture that is in harmony with the natural environment.

Choose from

Twin

Single

Jack’s Camp

$3,150pp

request

San Camp

$3,100pp

request

Camp Kalahari $1,850pp

request

Kalahari Plains $1,660pp

request

Day 1-2: Maun to Kalahari Game Reserve The Central Kalahari Game Reserve extending over 50,000 sq km, was set aside in 1961 as a haven for the Bushmen in which they might continue their traditional lifestyle of hunting and gathering from the desert. The reserve and empty lands around it support tens of thousands of desert antelope, gemsbuck, springbuck, Lions, leopard and cheetah.

The north-eastern region of the Kalahari Basin contains the Makgadikgadi Pans. Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and empty! During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular

Includes: Return light aircraft from Maun, all meals, two game activities per day, local drinks, laundry, park fees, quad bikes (except Kalahari Plains Camp) San Camp closed 01 Jan – 15 Apr - & 01 Nov – 31 Dec. Departs daily.

The Bushman of the Kalahari

sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators who follow in their wake, this is southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration. Hundreds of thousands of flamingo appear from nowhere to feed as long as the water lasts. Also a permanent haven for desert species such as the captivating and engaging meerkat and the elusive brown hyena, the third rarest carnivore in the world!

Day 3: Kalahari Game Reserve to Maun

Choose your camp below for the duration of your stay all meals are included. Meerkats

Jack’s Camp

San Camp Furnished in a traditional East

African 1940’s safari style. Ten Choose your Kalahari camp

roomy and stylish canvas tents with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. Persian rugs underfoot, cool cotton sheets and views from verandah. There is a mess tent, lounge area, library, drinks tent and pool. Activities include guided walks, morning and evening game drives by 4WD, quad biking, walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but, wild meerkats!

Camp Kalahari

6 Classic white tents stand majestically on the shore of an enormous sparkling salt pan, each sheltered by a cluster of stately desert palms . Facilities include a magnificent mess tent contains a small natural history museum and library, a tea tent spread with cushions provides a sheltering sanctuary and a tented yoga pavilion. Activities include guided walks, twice daily game drives, quad biking, walk through the Kalahari with meerkats!

Kalahari Plains Camp Return to the traditional safari style with the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way. It is the ideal camp for those who want fun, comfort, style and adventure. Fantastic for families and kids of all ages accepted. There are ten Meru tents, all with ensuite outdoor bathrooms. Activities include guided walks, morning and evening game drives by 4WD, quad biking, walk through the Kalahari with meerkats!

Offering one of the most remote experiences in Africa today, beautifully placed within the Kalahari Desert biome, a place famed for its outstanding wildlife including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions. Ten spacious ensuite tents with a sky bed, there is a central dinning, bar and lounge area and plunge pool. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in 4x4, a “Bushman Walk” and optional game drives to Deception Valley.

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Zambia Toka Leya Chobe NP Livingstone Moremi Victoria Falls Game Reserve Linyanti Okavango Delta Maun

Khwai

Botswana

wilderness explorations Safaris with a difference

HIGHLIGHTS This Classic Camp and deluxe camping safari takes the time to experience and explore Botswana’s scenic northern areas: from the lushly vegetated wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the game-rich floodplains of Linyanti and Chobe, finally ending with the world-famous Victoria Falls.

There is a wide range of activities: walks, day and night wildlife viewing – both water and land-based - and the “Flight of Angels” air transfer between Kasane and Livingstone. Experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide travels with the guests throughout.

An innovative range of fully serviced small group cross-country safaris that create a secluded sense of wild camping in Africa, using mostly private concession and wildlife areas exclusive to Wilderness guests. Guests experience a high level of comfort – all tents feature stretcher beds, linen, bedding and ensuite bush shower and toilet, A variety of travel modes such as game drives, walking, mokoro, canoeing, boating and air transfers allow you to experience Africa at its best.

11 Day Great Wilderness Journey Wilderness Explorations – Safaris with a difference

Days 1-3: Maun to Okavango Delta

Depart on Wilderness Air by light aircraft over the shimmering water-world of the Okavango Delta. Lush Jacana Camp is situated in a permanently flooded region of the private Jao Concession of the Okavango Delta. A true water camp, it represents the essence of the Delta, with year-round mokoro safaris as well as island bush walks and, water levels permitting, motorboat cruises. In fact, when the flood levels are at their peak we are able to motorboat from the airstrip to the camp, a truly surreal arrival! On one of our full days, we will also enjoy game drives around the productive ‘Jao Flats’ region to the north of camp. Three nights: Jacana Camp (BLD)

Spotted Hyaena

Days 7-9: Khwai Discoverer Camp to Linyanti Discoverer Camp

After breakfast, fly north-east to the private Linyanti Concession. After a short game drive arrive at our private Discoverer camp, which is elegantly set up under African ebony and knobthorn trees overlooking vistas of the Linyanti Swamps. During your stay it is possible to enjoy a full day excursion to the Savute Channel with lunch at a scenic setting. Three nights: Linyanti Discoverer Camp (BLD)

Day 10: Linyanti Discoverer Camp to Chobe River Cruise, Victoria Falls Hippo

Days 4-6: Jacana Camp to Khwai Discover Camp, Okavango Delta Depart by light aircraft to Khwai Discoverer Camp, located in a private concession just north of the Khwai River above the Moremi Game Reserve.

After the morning game drive and breakfast we depart by light aircraft to the northern Chobe region of Chobe National Park. This area is famous for its vast elephant herds. Enjoy a cruise on the river and lunch on board the catamaran. This afternoon fly to Livingstone and transfer to the Toka Leya Camp a luxury tented camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Overnight: Toka Leya Camp (B)

The Khwai Concession is one of the most diverse areas in northern Botswana which seldom disappoints when it comes to producing extraordinary wildlife experiences.

From

Twin share

Single

$8,365pp

$9,120pp

Includes: Meals (breakfast only in Livingstone), all drinks in Botswana, laundry (luggage 20kg limit in soft bags), all transportation and flights as listed in itinerary, game activities by 4wd, mokoro or guided walks. Min 2, Max 8 guests. Departs Maun 2013: MAR 25, 31: APR 12: MAY 3, 21, 27: JUN 5, 11, 20, 26: JUL 2, 11, 17, 20, 26: AUG 1, 7, 19, 25: SEP 3, 12, 18, 21: OCT 3, 6, 18, 27: NOV, 2, 5, 14. 2014 dates on request.

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The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large mammals such as hippo and crocodile with buffalo and red lechwe. The beautiful gallery riverine woodland found along the river provides further sanctuary to birds, primates and leopard. Elusive roan antelope often come to the river to drink. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena, while birdlife found here is just as varied thanks to the colourful palette of habitats. Activities focus around day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal mokoro excursions. Three nights: Khwai Discoverer Camp (BLD)

River exploring

Day 11: Victoria Falls transfer to Livingstone Airport

The grand finale is a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Transferred to the airport where tour ends.


Zambia Linyanti

Chobe NP Okavango Delta Khwai

10 Day Migration Routes

Xigera

Wilderness Explorations – Safaris with a difference

Day 1: Livingstone

On arrival at Livingstone airport enjoy a tour of the majestic Victoria Falls. Continue to your lodge for the night. Overnight: Toka Leya (D)

Maun

Botswana

night drives and guided walks. Three nights: Khwai Discoverer Camp (BLD)

Day 6-7: Khwai Discoverer Camp

Enjoy the facilities and game drives at camp. (BLD)

Day 8: Khwai Camp to Xigera Concession Moremi Reserve Okavango Delta

HIGHLIGHTS This nature and wildlife focused safari explores the thundering waters of Victoria Falls, the animals of northern Botswana and ends with exploring the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta. Areas covered include – Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Savute Channel, the diverse Linyanti & Khwai areas and the inner Delta.

Light aircraft transfer to the exclusive Xigera concession located within the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp is surrounded by tall Ilala palms, tiny island and pristine lagoons. Discover the Okavango Delta by mokoro and walking safaris. Two nights: Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp (BLD)

Khwai Concession

Day 2: Livingstone to Chobe to Linyanti

This morning transfer to Kasane and enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River before continuing by road to your camp for the next three nights – Linyanti Adventures Camp. Activities include game drives as well as possible canoe excursions. Three nights: Linyanti Adventures Camp (BLD)

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Day 3-4: Linyanti Adventurer Camp

Enjoy the facilities and game drives at camp. (BLD)

Day 5: Linyanti to Khwai Concession North Eastern Okavango

Light aircraft transfer to this remote part of the Okavango at the junction of the Selinda spillway to your pre-erected camp rich in a diverse range of wildlife. Game activities include morning and

Livingstone & Victoria Falls

Xigera aerial view

Day 9: Xigera Concession

Enjoy the facilities and game drives at camp. (BLD)

Day 10: Xigera Concession to Maun.

Transfer by light aircraft to Maun, tour ends on arrival.

Twin share

Single

$5,325pp

$5,325pp

Includes: All meals and all drinks in Botswana, (breakfast only in Livingstone), laundry (luggage 20kg limit in soft bags), all transportation and flights as listed in itinerary, game activities by 4WD, mokoro or guided walks. Singles will be matched.* Minimum clients 2, maximum 8. Departs Livingstone: 2013 MAR 28, APR 3, 9, 21, 30: MAY 3, 12,15, 27, 30, JUN 8, 11,14, 26 JUL 5, 8, 23, 26, 29 AUG 10, 13, 16, 19, 25, 28, 31, SEP 3,9, 12, 21,27, 30 OCT 12, 18, 30 NOV 8, 11, 17, 20, 23. 2014 dates on request.

Your camp descriptions: While on an Exploration, you may experience a number of different accommodation styles, including our own unique Discoverer, Adventurer and Trails camps

Discoverer Camps

Discoverer Camps are private camps that are set in secluded locations with outstanding wildlife viewing. Each camp enjoys creature comforts in permanent wood and canvas tents (6m x 4m/20ft x 13ft) with ensuite bathrooms. The main area is comfortable with lounge, dining room and outdoor boma as well as charging facilities.

Adventurer Camps

Adventurer Camps are set up for the season and comprise either dome tents (3m x 3m) or mini-Meru tents (4m x 4m/13ft x 13ft), with ensuite hot bucket showers and toilet facilities. Hammocks and safari camper chairs are ideal for midday siestas. Dining under the stars and around the fire creates an authentic safari experience.

Trails Camps

Trails Camps are mobile camps that allow access to very remote locations. They are dome tents (3m x 3m/10ft x 10ft) complete with ensuite bathrooms and bucket showers. Trails Camps immerse you in a true safari experience.

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5 Day Khwai Bedouin Camp Jennman Safari by road and mokoro from maun – game drives, guided hikes and eco walks and bird watching

Okavango Delta

Moremi GR

Day 1: Maun to Khwai River Area

Khwai

Maun

Botswana

Transfer from Maun airport to the mokoro station, from here you will float out in a local dug out canoe through the Okavango Delta. After this spectacular excursion, you will continue onto your Bedouin camp which is situated close to the Khwai River. After dinner enjoy an evening game drive. Three nights: Khwai Bedouin Camp (D)

Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve,

The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve which is home to a great diversity of plant and animal life – making it a ‘must see’ for a Botswana Safari. It contains – within its boundaries – approximately 20% of the Delta, and a vast range of habitats, acacia forests, floodplains, reed beds, lagoons, enduring wetland through mopane forest and dry savanna woodland. (BLD)

Day 4: Maun HIGHLIGHTS The Khwai Bedouin Camp is a one-of-a-kind tented camp near the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi. A combination of mopane woodland and acacia forests with floodplains and lagoons – the favourite home grounds to many of Africa’s wildlife species. From

Twin share

Single

$2,010pp

$2,320pp

Includes: 4 nights in fixed tents, all transport in 4x4 safari vehicle, game drives, meals and activities as mentioned, park entrance fees, experienced local guide. Departs daily.

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Maun for the last nights stay. The afternoon is a leisure or you may want to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge chalets with ensuite bathroom, swimming pool and bar or similar (B)

Day 5: Depart Maun

Transfer to the airport for your flight. (B) Khwai Bedouin Camp

Day 2: Khwai River Area

The day will be spent in the Khwai area. Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive. Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. (BLD) Birdlife

8 Day Safari for All Seasons Botswana Highlights Fly in Safari. Wilderness Explorations – Safaris with a difference Okavango Delta Banoka Bush Camp Seba Camp Maun Kalahari Plains Camp Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana HIGHLIGHTS Enjoy the seasonal diversity of Botswana featuring a combination of Kalahari Plains Camp with desert game in the remote expanse of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Banoka Bush Camp on the banks of the wildlife-rich Khwai River in a private concession adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve and Seba Camp which offers a true Delta experience.

From

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Single

$5,250pp

request

Includes: All meals, local drinks, laundry, two game activities per day and scheduled light aircraft transfers. Luggage 20kg limit in soft bags. Departs daily.

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Day 1-2: Maun to Central Kalahari

Transfer by scheduled light aircraft to Kalahari Plains Camp. Situated in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the expansive landscape around the camp holds significant populations of lion, brown hyena, bat-eared fox, meerkats and ground squirrels. Wildlife congregates at waterholes providing good viewing opportunities. During the summer the grasses of the plains bring a concentration of springbok, oryx and wildebeest. Lion and cheetah viewing can be good and it is a great time for birding. Two nights: Kalahari Plains Camp (BLD)

herds of grazers onto the floodplain. Antelope births abound bringing the large predators including lion, spotted hyena and wild dog into the area. Three nights: Banoka Bush Camp (BLD)

African Wild Dogs

Day 6-7: Moremi Reserve to Okavango Delta

Depart by scheduled light aircraft to your camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. You will spend the next two nights at Seba Camp. Central Kalahari

Day 3-5: Central Kalahari to Moremi Reserve Depart by scheduled light aircraft to your camp nestled on the banks of the Khwai River. You will spend the next three nights at Banoka Bush Camp.

The wide range of habitats in this area bordering the Moremi Wildlife Reserve allow for varied game viewing. The annual flood in the Okavango Delta transforms the area into a water wonderland allowing wider exploration by mokoro, while the permanent presence of water can attract large numbers of elephant to the area. In the summer months the receding waters expose nutritious grasses that draw

This part of the Delta varies from seasonally inundated floodplains, channels and palm islands in the east to dryer Sandveld in the west. Mokoro and boating excursions are an ideal way to experience this wetland paradise. In the summer as water levels drop the focus shifts to game drives and walks. Big game sightings are possible including elephant, hippo, lion, spotted hyena and wild dog. Three nights: Seba Camp (BLD)

Day 8: Okavango Delta to Maun

This morning depart by scheduled light aircraft to Maun where the safari ends of arrival. See below for details on your camps.


Zambia Chobe NP Okavango Moremi Delta Maun

Livingstone Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Nata

Sunway Safaris – Small group accommodated safari with a comfortable mix of lodges and tented camps

Day 1: Johannesburg to Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Nxai Pan & Makgadikgadi Pans NP

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana

14 Day Wild Botswana

Khama

Depart for Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Situated on the Kalahari sandveld, it has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for the white rhino. Overnight: Chalets (LD)

Day 2: Maun

We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Overnight: Lodge (BL)

Johannesburg

Day 3-4: Okavango Delta SUNWAYS Small group safari of maximum 12 guests. With an experienced guide, your meals are prepared for you, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure!

We drive into the Okavango Delta to our remote tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along the reed lined channels in a Mokoro canoe, enjoy game walks, dine under the stars. The camp is a pre-erected tented camp with a simple bucket shower. Overnight: Camping (BLD)

Day 5-8: Moremi

We spend the next four days game viewing in open 4WD in the wildlife rich Moremi Game reserve and surrounding private reserves. Three nights: permanent tents with ensuite, one night lodge stay in Maun (4xB, 4xL, 3xD)

From

Twin share

Single

$2,590pp

request

Plus local payment of USD$300. Includes: entrance fees, camping equipment, transport, meals as per itinerary, professional guide, Okavango Delta excursion & Moremi 4WD excursion. Departs: 2013 MAR 3,10,24,31, APR 14,21, MAY 5,12. JUN 2,9,16,23,30. JUL 7,14,21,28. AUG 4,11,18. SEP 1,8,15,29. OCT 6,20,27. NOV 3,10,17,24. DEC 1,8,15,22,29. 2014 dates on request.

Lion in Nata National Park

Day 9: Makgadikgadi Pans

Head for Nata and the shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi. After the rains thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to graze on the sweet grasslands. During the dry season the saltpans appear as a glaring white, endless plain. Overnight: Chalet or tented lodge (BL)

Day 10-11: Chobe National Park

During our stay you will enjoy early morning 4WD game drives in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing sundowner cruise. Overnight: Lodge (BL)

Day 12-13: Victoria Falls – Livingstone

We visit Mosi oa Tunya – Victoria Falls. The adventure capital of Africa, choose from bunji jump, white water rafting, Flight of the Angels and more (own expense). Overnight: Chalets (B)

Day 14: Livingstone

Tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Poled along the reed lined channels in a Mokoro canoe

Zambia Livingstone Victoria Falls

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Nxai Pan

Zimbabwe

Maun

Sunway Safaris – Small group safari with comfortable tented camps

Day 1: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Makgadikgadi Pans

Depart for Botswana and The Khama Rhino Sanctuary, set up camp and enjoy a game drive in search of rhino, zebra and wildebeest. Camping (LD)

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana

15 Day Botswana Kalahari & Delta

Khama

Johannesburg

SUNWAYS Visit the awe inspiring Central Kalahari, the famous Okavango Delta, the game rich Nxai Pan, the vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the elephant herds of Chobe, and finish off with a natural wonder of the world – Victoria Falls! Code: BK15

Twin share

Single

From

$2,135pp

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Day 2-4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Okavango Delta. Relax as your poler expertly guides your mokoro (dugout) through the winding channels. Camp is set up on the islands under a canopy of trees. We set out on foot for morning and evening game walks with local guides. Camping (BLD)

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. During the summer months, the Kalahari grasslands turn green and lush attracting large herds of zebra, wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok bringing the Kalahari Lions and other predators. We use 4WD vehicles to visit the northern portion of the reserve for 3 nights. Wild Camping (BLD)

Day 8-9: Nxai Pan

Day 5: Maun

Day 10: Makgadikgadi Pans

Our next stop is Maun the gateway to the Okavango Delta, relax by the pool or take an optional light aircraft flight over the Okavango Delta. Camping (BL)

Day 6-7: Okavango Delta

Venture by 4WD into the vast wilderness of the

Continue by 4WD to the vast fossil lake beds which form the unique and beautiful Nxai Pan National Park. These pans surrounded by baobab and umbrella thorn trees, are covered with short nutritious grass that attracts the wildlife. One of a few parks that is best in rainy season, spot large herds of springbok, gemsbok and zebra. Wild Camping (Bx2 Lx1 Dx2) Camping wild on the flat Makgadikgadi pans is an experience you’ll never forget. After watching the sunset over the pans, the evening brings a canopy of stars. Wild Camping (BLD)

Day 11-12: Chobe

Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephants. We set up camp in Chobe and enjoy afternoon and morning game drives. Camping (BLD)

Day 13-14: Zambia / Victoria Falls

Plus local payment of US$300. Includes: entrance fees, transport, meals as per itinerary, professional guide, Central Kalahari & Okavango Delta mokoro excursion. Maximum 12 travellers. 2013 JAN 19. FEB 9. MAR 2, 23. APR 13. MAY 4, 25. JUN 15. JUL 6, 27. AUG 17. SEP 07. 2014 dates on request.

Embark on a cruise on the Chobe River, then cross the border into Zambia and visit Mosi Au Tunya National Park. Enjoy optional activities – river rafting, bungee jumping and a flight over the falls. Camping (Bx2)

Day 15: Depart Victoria Falls (B) Naxi Pan

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Kavango Bwabwata NP Chobe NP Okavango Estosha NP Delta Damaraland Moremi GR Twyfelfontein Maun Motswiri Lodge Makgadikgadi Pans Swakopmund

Windhoek

Botswana Etosha National Park

Namibia

17 Day Namibia and Botswana Combine two small group tours, 10 Day Nambia & The Caprivi with a 7 Day Botswana Highlights tour or take the option to split the tours

HIGHLIGHTS Namibia: Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Hoba Meteorite, Bwabwata National Park

Day 1-2: Windhoek to Swakopmund

Depart from Windhoedk for Swakopmund. Enjoy many of the optional activities – harbour cruise, township tour, quad biking, sand boarding. Two nights: Swakopmund Hotel (B)

secluded on the banks of the Kavango River. Enjoy an optional sundowner cruise or visit Popa Falls. Two nights: Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa (B)

Day 3: Swakopmund to Damaraland

Travel via the Brandberg, into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare Desert Elephant and the Black Rhino. Overnight: Damara Mopane Lodge (B) Mokoro on Okavango Delta, Botswana Engravings at Twyfelfontein heritage site

Day 9: Bwabwata National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive into the Mahango Game Park, home to rare animal species such as puku, lechwe, roan and sable, which in turn attract a large variety of predators. (B)

Botswana: Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Bushman experience and the Kalahari Desert

Day 10: Bwabwata National Park to Chobe Desert Elephant, Damaraland, Namibia

Day 4: Twyfeltontein/Etosha Area

Visit Twyfelfontein, a heritage site where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures some 6,000 years ago! Explore the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest – all geological phenomena. Visit a traditional Damara village. Two nights: Etosha Safari Camp (B) Bushman, Kalahari

Day 5: Etosha National Park

Wildlife viewing in the Etosha National Park, home to elephant, lion, leopard and rhino – its waterholes supporting a rich diversity of birds and mammals, including rare species such as black-faced Impala, roan, cheetah, and the Damara dik-dik. (B)

Day 6: Etosha National Park

Game drive in the Etosha National Park close to the lodge. Overnight: Kempinski Mokuti Lodge (B)

Day 7: Etosha to Kavango Region

Tour

Twin share

Single

1. Namibia

$2,750pp

request

2. Botswana

$3,560pp

request

Discount for combining both tours – SAVE $750 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE Both tours include: Accommodation as listed (alternate hotels may be used), meals as indicated, all park entry fees, game drives and touring as listed in the itinerary, transfers as listed in the itinerary, services of an English speaking guide throughout. Single supplement applies. Tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers. Maximum of 16 guests. Private departures available at supplement. 10 Day Windhoek – Chobe departs: Apr 12,26. May 10,24. Jun 14,28. Jul 12,26. Aug 9,16,23,30. Sep 6,13,20,27. Oct 4,11,18,25. 7 Day Chobe – Windhoek departs: May 5,19. Jun 2,23. Jul 7,21. Aug 4,18. Sep 1,8,15,22,29. Oct 6,13,20,27. 2014 dates on request.

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Travel north towards Namibia’s lush Kavango region. Stop at Hoba Meteorite, the world’s largest known meteorite. Continue to the Kavango River to your lodge. Overnight: Hakusembe River Lodge (B)

Travel via Kiaat forests and towering Baobab trees into Botswana. Having traversed the Chobe National Park, our tour ends in Kasane where we are dropped off at our accommodation of choice. (B)

Join the Botswana Highlights tour here and save $750 per person (see below)

Day 1: Kasane to Chobe National Park

Arrive at your lodge located on the banks of the Chobe River and enjoy the optional tours on offer. Two nights: Chobe Safari Lodge (D)

Day 2: Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park game drive viewing abundant wildlife. Later enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River viewing game as they come to the river. (BD)

Day 3: Chobe to Makgadikgadi Pans

Travel south to the Makgadikgadi pans, the largest clay pans on earth and take a nature drive to experience this geological phenomenon of surrealistic beauty. The remoteness and inaccessibility all add to the mystique of this major Botswana highlight. Overnight: Nata Lodge (BD)

Day 4-5: Makgadikgadi Pans to Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta

Travel to Maun from where you will drive in a 4x4 safari vehicle to your camp which lie in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. Enjoy twice daily game drives viewing planes game and predators. Two nights camping: Moremi Game Reserve (BLD)

Day 6: Moremi to Kalahari Desert

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 8: Kavango Region to Bwabwata NP

Visit a traditional village of the Kavango people, who have upheld a subsistence farming way of life for hundreds of years. Continue to the western border of the Bwabwatwa Game Park where your lodge lies

Early morning game drive out of the park to Maun and to continue to the Kalahari Desert – home to the legendary Bushmen. This afternoon join the Bushmen for a walk learning about their way of life, survival skills and hunting techniques still practiced. The night is spent in your lodge located in a private nature reserve. Overnight: Motswiri Lodge (BD)

Day 7: Kalahari to Windhoek

Travel back to Windhoek via Gobabis, tour end. (B)


Namibia

Zambia

Moremi Chobe NP Game Reserve Okavango Delta Maun

Livingstone Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Nata

Nxai Pan

Botswana 11 Day Botswana Lodge Explorer Jenman Tours small group lodge safari including Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe

HIGHLIGHTS Victoria Falls, Sunset cruise on the Chobe River, Game Drive in the Moremi National Park, Game drive in Chobe National Park, Planet Baobab, Nxai Pan, Maun, Game drive in Moremi National park, Game drive in Khwai Region.

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to Ilala Lodge. Visit Victoria Falls on a guided tour. The balance of the day at leisure. Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar

Naxi Pan

Day 6: Planet Baobab to Khwai, Botswana

Flood plains

Explore Botswana and enjoy its hospitality on this 8-day Lodge Safari. You will visit the Moremi Game Reserve and discover the wide open spaces of the Makgadikgadi Pans! 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.

Days 2-3: Victoria Falls to Camp Chobe, Namibia

This morning depart for Khwai and your camp located in a private concession. Khwai is renowned for its large concentration of mammals. Predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. Two nights: Khwai Bedouin Camp (BLD)

Depart for Camp Chobe on the Namibian side of the Chobe River, overlooking the Chobe National Park. Enjoy and afternoon boat cruise sighting wildlife. The next day explore the flood plains on a guided walk. Two nights: Camp Chobe – Chalets with ensuite (BLD)

Mokoro on Okavango Delta, Botswana

Day 7: Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana A full day is spent in Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. (BLD) Baobab on the pans

Day 4: Camp Chobe to Planet Baobab, Botswana

Leaving Namibia you will enter Botswana. This afternoon a guided walk through the surrounding baobab forest. Two nights: Planet Baobab Bakalanga hut with ensuite (BLD)

Day 8: Khwai River to Maun, Botswana

This morning we travel to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge (B)

Day 5: Visit the Nxai Pan

Khwai

From

Twin share

Single

$3,310pp

$3,595pp

After breakfast we depart for Nxai Pan, a fossil lake that is part of the greater Makgadikgadi system. Covered in nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees, Nxai Pan attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores. It also offers a diverse habitat to carnivores including lion, leopard, and both brown and spotted hyena at night, and cheetah and wild dog during the day. (BLD)

Chobe

Day 9: Chobe, Botswana

This morning fly to Kasane and transfer to your lodge. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park. Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge (BD)

Includes: 10 nights in fixed accommodation, all transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle, game drives as mentioned, scheduled flight from Maun to Kasane meals and activities as mentioned in itinerary, park entrance fees, experienced local guide. Departs 2013: May 7. Jun 10. Aug 2. Sep 5. Oct 26. Nov 9. Dec 9. 2014 :Jan 11, feb 10. Mar 9, 22. Apr 6. May 7. Jun 10,29. Aug 2, 19. Sep 5, 22. Oct 9, 26. Nov 9. Dec 9.

Day 10: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Drive back to Victoria Falls. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy many of the optional activities available. Overnight: Ilala Lodge (B)

Day 11: Depart Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Quad bike activities on the pan

Transfer to the airport where your tour ends. (B)

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North Luangwa NP South Luangwa NP

Zambia

Lusaka Lower Zambezi NP

ZAMbiA, ZiMbAbwe & MALAwi

Lake Malawi

Malawi Lilongwe

Mana Pools NP Livingstone Victoria Falls

Harare

Zimbabwe

Hwange NP

Perfect blend... These countries feature some of Africa’s greatest highlights. From the thunderous sounds of Victoria Falls, the abundant wildlife in Hwange National Park, the lush vegetation of Mana Pools National Park and the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, there lies the perfect African dream!

Zambia

Victoria Falls

Discover a friendly land and people, and some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. With over 20 national parks, the diversity of landscape and wildlife is huge. There are over 740 species of birds and the rivers are well known for huge concentration of hippo, elephant, crocs and buffaloes. The bush is alive with zebra, giraffe, puku, impala, waterbucks and smaller antelope. Given the abundance of these grazers, here you will find the predators – lion, leopard, wild dogs, hyenas and the elusive cheetah. Zambia is home of the legendary African Walking Safari. Walking with experienced guides enables you to really experience the sights and smells of the animals and the bush. Being this close to nature is an honour and the memories will never fade.

Zimbabwe One of southern Africa’s most beautiful countries, it is rich in colour and culture. Explore the wilderness of the Mana Pools National Park, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, or Hwange National Park on the border of Botswana, it has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Tourism is coming back to Zimbabwe and the local people are waiting with a warm welcome.

Malawi This is a country which is known as the “warm heart of Africa”, a small magical gem in the heart of central southern Africa. Wild and beautiful enjoy the warm waters of Lake Malawi – pristine beaches teaming with tropical fish – Lake Malawi National Park has over 600 species. Go on safari in one of the many national parks or combine Malawi with a safari in Zambia, discover one of Africa’s best kept secrets.

A Natural Wonder of the World, the Falls divide the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia and a must do on any African safari. See more on page 64.

Hwange National Park – ZIMBABWE The largest park in Zimbabwe and the third largest in Africa. Only a two hour drive from Victoria Falls, enjoy a traditional safari by vehicle or we can arrange a walking or horseback adventure. Premium game viewing during the dry months of July to Oct.

South Luangwa National Park – ZAMBIA Zambia’s premier wildlife sanctuary, covering more than 9,000 sq km, it is dominated by flood plain and savannah and one of the best locations in Africa for walking safaris.

Lake Malawi – MALAWI Wild and beautiful, enjoy the warm waters of Lake Malawi – pristine beaches teaming with tropical fish.

Mana Pools National Park – ZIMBABWE A collection of ox-bow lakes surrounded by vegetation, Mana Pools National Park attracts large amounts of wildlife with its abundance of water and luxuriant greenery.

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8 Day Zambia Two Rivers Safari

North Luangwa NP

Enjoy two of the main rivers in Zambia, Luangwa and Zambezi, offering superb boating and game viewing

South Luangwa Nkwali Camp NP Mfuwe wa g r an ve Lu Ri

Zambia

Lusaka

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Lower Zambezi NP Chongwe River Camp

Mozambique

Day 1: Lusaka to Mfuwe

Arrive Mfuwe airport and transfer to Nkwali Camp. Located just outside the park Nkwali is both rustic and comfortable. Located on private land, all six chalets have sweeping views of the river, all with private open air bathrooms. Four nights: Nkwali Camp (BLD)

Zimbabwe Robin Pope Safari The Luangwa River flows into the Zambezi River – just below the Lower Zambezi National Park. Quietly drifting past a huge elephant feeding on the river bank is a great experience.

River boat at Nkwali Camp

Day 6-7: Chongwe River Camp

Room at Nkwali Camp

Day 2-4: Nkwali Camp South Luangwa NP A typical day in camp starts early morning with a dawn breakfast served around the campfire. Crossing the river by boat, commence your game drive or guided walk through the National Park, This afternoon enjoy your game drive with sundowners before returning to camp early evening for dinner.

From

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Single

$4,420pp

request

Includes: All flights to/from Lusaka and charters, all transfers, all meals, drinks (excludes premium items), game viewing activities, national park fees and, laundry. Departs daily.

Activities are extremely flexible and two game activities per day are included. Choose from drives, walks, boat cruises, canoeing and fishing. Game viewing is superb, see big game such as elephant, hippo, buffalo and the big cats.

Day 8: Chongwe River Camp to Lusaka

After breakfast, a drive through the park to the airstrip to meet the plane taking you to Lusaka for your onward flight. Tour ends on arrival in Lusaka.

Day 5: Mfuwe to Lower Zambezi NP

Fly to the Lower Zambezi for your stay at Chongwe River Camp, situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, directly opposite Mana Pools. The eight thatched safari tents are well appointed, with luxury ensuite open air bathrooms. Three nights: Chongwe River Camp (BLD) See big game including the big cats

North Luangwa NP

Zambia Kafu NP

Busanga Camp Lufupa Camp

South Luangwa NP

Nkwali Camp Lusaka

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Lower Zambezi NP

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Nsefu Camp Mfuwe

Chongwe River Camp

Zimbabwe

11 Day Gems of Zambia Zambia’s Three Premier Parks – South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and North Kafue

Day 1: South Luangwa – Nkwali Camp

Meet your guide at Mfuwe airport for a scenic drive through the local villages. Entering the park you will game drive to your camp which overlooks the Luangwa River. Included during your stay enjoy morning and afternoon game activities which include open vehicle game drives and walking in the national park. Two nights: Nkwali Camp (BLD)

have luxury ensuite open air bathrooms. Included game drives, bush walks or from the water by canoe, pontoon boats or try fishing for the infamous tiger fish. Two nights: Chonge River Camp (BLD)

Day 3-4: South Luangwa NP – Nsefu Camp HIGHLIGHTS Zambia’s Three Premier Parks are all different but all host exceptional game. The camps are small and personal with dedicated guides ensuring you experience the ultimate safari.

Game drive through the park and across the river takes you into the Nsefu Sector, which is recognised as a phenomenal game viewing area. Nsefu Camp has only six rondavels with ensuites and clear views of the Luangwa River from your veranda. Included game drives, guided walking, or depending on the time of the year a full day drive to the Salt Pans.

Infamous tiger fish

Day 7-8: Lower Zambezi NP to Kafue NP

Fly directly to the Busanga airstrip and then by helicopter (15mins) to your camp. The 4 tents overlook the plains. These wetlands are a wildlife paradise with a wealth of plains game, predators and birds. Two nights: Busanga Bush Camp (BLD)

Day 9-10: Busanga Bush Camp to Lufupa

From

Twin Share

Single

$7,850pp

request

Includes: Meals as listed, game viewing, meals, local drinks, park fees, laundry, transfers to/from airstrip. Minimum 2 people. Children over 13 years welcome at full rate. Departs daily.

Guided walking safari from Nsefu Camp

Day 5-6: Lower Zambezi NP

Fly to the Lower Zambezi National Park and see an aerial view of buffalo, elephant and pods of hippos along the banks for the river. Game drive to camp located on the Chongwe River. The eight safari tents

Game drive to the camp located near the confluence of the Lufupa and Kafue Rivers, hosting many animals rarely seen in the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys including hartebeest, sable antelope and cheetah. Included activities are day and night drives, guided walks and boat trips. Two nights: Lufupa Camp (BLD)

Day 11: Lufupa Camp to Lusaka

One last game activity. Fly to Lusaka end of tour. (B)

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North Luangwa NP Puku Ridge Camp

Zambia

Lusaka

Chobe NP

Botswana

Livingstone Victoria Falls

Riverside dinner

Zimbabwe

8 Day Highlights of Three Rivers Sanctuary Retreats Luxury Camps including Zambia and Botswana

Luxury, Naturally Sanctuary Retreats allow the discerning traveller to experience all that Africa offers in a natural type of luxury. Located in stunning locations each is individual in design and will draw you back time and time again. You can plan your own Sanctuary Experience or take one of the great safari packages offered by Sanctuary.

Day 1-3: Lusaka to South Luangwa NP

A short flight to Mfuwe, meet your guide at the airport who will transfer your to Puku Ridge Camp, located deep in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy the game drive en route to camp. On arrival time to settle in before this afternoon’s game drive. During your three night stay you will enjoy morning and afternoon game activities, including walks and drives in open safari vehicles. Three nights: Puku Ridge Camp (LD) South Luangwa National Park

sweeping views of the Chobe River. The lodge also boasts a split level swimming pool and day spa. Guests will experience the river in a private boat and game drives are in open vehicles. (BLD)

Day 8: Depart Kasane

After breakfast transfer to Kasane airport where tour ends on arrival. Transfers to either Livingstone or Victoria Falls airport can be arranged at cost. (B) Sundown on the river

Day 4-5: South Luangwa National Park to Livingstone (Victoria Falls) From

Twin Share

Single

$4,130pp

request

Includes: All meals and drinks (except premium brands), two game activities per day, flights with Pro flight: Lusaka - MfuweLivingstone incl taxes (s class). Departs daily.

On arrival transfer to your luxury lodge – Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Daily activities include sunset cruise, visit to Victoria Falls and to the local village. Two nights: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma (BLD)

Day 6-7: Livingstone to Chobe Botswana Transfer by road to Chobe Chilwero Camp, the gateway to the Chobe River. All 15 luxury cottages have ensuite bathrooms with outdoor showers and

Game drive with Chobe Chilwero Camp

Your Sanctuary Retreat: Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp South Luangwa National Park

A small and intimate camp with only seven luxury tents, each with a soothing hot tub and an outdoor shower shaded by trees. Watch the sun rise from your bed or spot animals making their way across the plains to a waterhole from your private viewing deck. Includes all meals, all drinks (premium brands excluded), laundry, two game activities per day which can include a guided walk or vehicle safari.

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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge South Luangwa National Park

This historic hilltop lodge with just tensuites was originally built for the former Zambian President in the 1970’s and the original colonial style has been retained. All suites are air conditioned with four-poster beds and private veranda. Cool off during the heat of the day in the Lodge’s pool and in winter there is a roaring fire. Includes all meals, all drinks (premium brands excluded), laundry, two game activities per day which can include a guided walk or vehicle safari.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Victoria Falls

A haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and perched on the side of the Zambezi, a magical experience awaits you. Each tree house suite is air conditioned with superb views over the river. Be serenaded by the hippos, relax in the spa or sip cocktails in the pool on the edge of the river. For families, two private houses available each with two bedrooms, dining areas and private pools. All meals, all drinks (premium brands excluded), two activities per day – river cruise, fishing, walking safaris, game drives and laundry.


Lusaka Lower Zambezi NP

Zambia

Zambezi River Mana Pools NP

Sausage Tree Chiawa Kasaka Chongwe

Zimbabwe

HIGHLIGHTS Enjoy river activities and game drives in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Lion cubs on Chiawa game drive

Lower Zambezi NP 4 Day Tented Camps Stay at the camp of your choice to explore the Lower Zambezi National Park

Day 1-3: Lusaka to Lower Zambezi NP

Choose from

Twin

Single

Sausage Tree

$2,450pp

request

Chiawa

$2,450pp

request

Chongwe

$2,160pp

request

Kasaka

$1,570pp

request

The Lower Zambezi national park is only a 30 minute flight from Lusaka, the park lies between the rugged and dramatic Zambezi escarpment and the wide and spectacular Zambezi River. The Zambezi runs for 120 km through the park and with the protection of the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe on the opposite side this is a haven for wildlife. Interspersed along the river banks are hippos, crocodiles, lions, elephants crossing and more than 400 species of birds. Zambezi

Game viewing is not only from the river but of course by vehicle or foot through the many plains and wooded areas of the park. Three nights: Choose your camp from the below for the duration of your stay (BLD+drinks)

Day 4: Camp to Lusaka

Includes: Return flights from Lusaka, all game activities, all meals, local drinks, park entry fees, transfers from airstrip to camps. Departs daily.

Early morning transfer to airstrip for your flight back to Lusaka. hippos along the river banks

Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp is set in the most stunning location on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Parks best game viewing area. Accommodation consists of unique Bedouin-style white canvas tents. The open air bathrooms and expansive with river views. Sausage Tree Camp offers the widest range of safari activities including day and night game drives, walks, canoe trips, boat cruises and fishing. With personalised guiding. Guests decide what to do and when.

Chiawa Camp

Choose your Kalahari camp

Chongwe River Lodge

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Each of Chongwe River Camp’s nine standard tents are located under thatch, and are light and airy with a large outdoor bathroom, all have veranda’s overlooking the river. Game viewing can be done from a vehicle in either the Lower Zambezi National Park or the Chiawa Partnership Park or, if you prefer, from a boat on the Zambezi. Offering an unmatched variety of activities including day and night drives, boat cruise, walkings safaris and the flagship experience of canoeing.

Kasaka River Lodge

Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees. The luxury tents all have timber floors and verandas with views, kings size beds, indoor & outdoor showers and baths with luxury amenities. The lounge area has an upstairs viewing deck. Activities led by Africa-born guides with an unmatched fleet of vehicles, boats and canoes at your disposal. Available are game drives, canoeing, river safaris and walking all determined by you the guest at your convenience.

This is the only stretch on Zambezi River where one finds National Parks on both banks of the river – the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and the famed Mana Pools World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe. The river extends the length of the property and there are breathtaking views over the water with sightings of buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile. All the tented chalets are on raised wooden platforms with private ensuite bathroom. Game drives, canoe safaris, river safaris and walking safari are offered.

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Victoria Falls

Harare

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe HIGHLIGHTS Hwange has Africa’s Big Five and plenty of them! There are thousands of elephants and buffalo. Lions are commonly seen, but the elusive leopard and rhino are always a bonus to see. This park has such variety that one hundred different species have been recorded.

Hwange National Park 4 Day Hwange National Park Safaris – Zimbabwe Famous Hwange National Park is home to one the largest concentrations of elephant – more than 30,000, plus many other species of mammal and over 400 species of birds. Our three camps are situated inside the parks best game areas. All camps offer 4WD safaris, guided walks and concealed hides for that up close experience.

The Hide All tours depart Victoria Falls daily

All tours depart Victoria Falls daily

Situated on the eastern boundary of Hwange National Park, the Hide is dedicated to ensuring guests have the best African experience possible. Ten East African style tented suites overlook the waterhole, allowing round the clock game viewing. Each luxury tent offers ensuite bathrooms, some with outdoor showers or huge baths, mosquito proofed and fans.

Located in the heart of Hwange, Somalisa is an authentic bush camp with six elegantly furnished canvas tents. All tents feature ensuite facilities with alfresco bush showers. There is a pool for warmer days and the dining room has sweeping views of the floodplain.

4 day/3 nights from: $1,075pp twin share Includes: Up to four activities per day, all meals, local drinks, South African wine at dinner, laundry and return road transfer from Victoria Falls.

Davison’s Camp The natural salt-licks provide elephants with favourite mud holes for wallowing and sixty man-made waterholes give much needed water during the hot parched winter months. Several waterholes have raised wooden hides in which you can spend many hours observing animals and the interactions between them.

4 day/3 nights from: $1,330pp twin share Includes: Two game activities per day, all meals, all drinks (excluding premium brands and champagne), laundry and return road transfers from Victoria Falls.

Little Makololo Camp

All tours depart Victoria Falls daily

All tours depart Victoria Falls daily

Davison’s Camp is beautifully situated in the private Linkwasha Concession in the south-eastern section of the Hwange National Park. It offers a compelling mix of diverse wildlife ensuring one of the best nature experiences in Africa. The 18 comfortable tented suites are all ensuite with sweeping views over the bush and a waterhole.

Situated in a private concession, there are a number of shallow pans in the vicinity, around which wildlife congregates including wildebeest, zebra and giraffe, buffalo, elephant and lions.

4 day/3 nights from: $1,420pp twin share Includes: Two game activities per day, all meals, all drinks (excluding premium brands), laundry. Fly in/out includes - Wilderness air flights from Victoria Falls return.

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Somalisa Camp

There are six comfortable tents all with ensuite bathrooms. The living areas include a tented dining room, lounge, plunge pool and log hide overlooking the waterhole. 4 day/3 nights from: $1,980pp twin share Includes: Two game activities per day, all meals, all local drinks, laundry and Wilderness air transfer from Victoria Falls.


Lower Zambezi NP

Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls Hwange Main Camp Somalisa Camp Hwange NP

Life Style Kanga Camp Mana Pools NP

Zimbabwe

10 Day Wild Zimbabwe Highlights Luxury tented camps exploring Hwange National Park & Mana Pools

Day 1: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP

Transfer from Victoria Falls airport or your hotel to Hwange Main Camp passing through traditional Ndebele villages. At Hwange Main Camp you will be met by a camp vehicle and enjoy and en route game drive to your camp located in the national park. Three nights: Somalisa Camp (BLD)

Canoeing at Zambezi Life Style Camp

by game drive and guided walks with an armed professional guides. Three nights: Zambezi Life Styles (BLD)

HiGHLIGHTS This safari takes you to several prime spots of this World Heritage site allowing you to explore new territory every day. Wildlife to be seen includes hippos, crocodiles, lions, wild dogs, leopard, hyenas, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck and many other antelope. Enjoy a combo of land and water based game activities including canoeing in the Mana Pools wilderness.

Ndebele family

Day 2-3: Somalisa Camp

Daily activities with qualified and passionate guides include, morning and afternoon game drives, guided walks and game viewing from hides allowing you the opportunity to observe elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species. (BLD)

Hwange Wildlife

Zambezi Life Styles Camp

Day 7-8: Zambezi Life Styles Camp to Kanga Pan Mana Pools National Park

After the morning game activity transfer by road to Kanga Camp. Deep in the national park Kanga Pan is the only known permanent water source in the area and is a magnet for wildlife, the area has never been developed and offers a pure and unspoilt African experience. It is ideal for walking safaris in the untamed areas inaccessible by vehicle. Kanga Bush Camp is set beside Kanga Pan with a wonderful viewing deck above the waterhole. During your stay enjoy morning and afternoon game activities. Two nights: Kanga Bush Camp (BLD)

Explore all three main assets of Zimbabwean wildlife and enjoy game tracking and encounters both on game drives, walking and canoeing safari. The safari takes you first to Somalisa Camp, a luxury tented camp at the heart of Hwange National Park – with its outstanding number of elephants, and then to Mana Pools National Park, both to the enchanting Zambezi Life Styles and the remote Kanga Pan. You then return to Victoria Falls Ilala Lodge for your final night on safari.

Day 4-6: Somalisa Camp to The Zambezi River & Mana Pools National Park

After the morning game activity transfer by light air charter to Mana Pools. Here you will stay for the next five nights of your safari in two separate camps located in the national park. Explore inland river beds, pans and open plains of the National Park

Kanga Camp

Day 9: Mana Pools to Victoria Falls

After your last morning at Kanga Camp transfer by light air craft to Victoria Falls Airport where you will be transferred to your hotel for the nights. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight: Ilala Lodge (B)

Day 10: Depart Victoria Falls Mana Pools

Transfer to the airport where your safari ends. (B)

From

Twin Share

Single

$4,490pp

request

Includes: meals as indicated, all local drinks (except Victoria Falls), national park entry fees, game activities in the camps, laundry, road transfers and charter flight transfers: Somalisa Camp – Mana Pools – Victoria Falls. Min 2pax Departs daily from June - October.

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Mana Pools National Park Victoria Falls

Harare

Zimbabwe

HIGHLIGHTS During the rains, from January to March, the lodges here are closed, the game moves away and will start returning in abundance from April as the pools in the bush dry up. As the year progresses, increasingly large herds of elephant buffalo, lions and cheetahs are seen, as well as kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra, impala and many other antelope.

Mana Pools

Mana Pools

4 Day Mana Pools National Park Safaris, Zimbabwe A collection of ox-bow lakes surrounded by vegetation, Mana Pools National Park attracts large amounts of wildlife. Take a canoe trip along the Zambezi River to view the big game, or by open safari vehicle or go on a walking safari. This abundance of water and luxuriant greenery accounts for the valley’s wealth of big game.

Kanga Bush Camp All tours depart Victoria Falls daily The private concession is set away from the crowds in a remote part of the legendary Mana Pools where a private safari experience is the focus, and tracking wildlife on foot is a specialty. A 12 bedded seasonal camp built around a water hole, which acts as the main attraction for wildlife in the area as it is the only source of permanent water in the location. Experience walking and game-drive activities in the Zambezi flood plain. 4 day/3 nights from: $1,140pp twin share Includes: Mana Pools airstrip transfers, all meals, local drinks, game drives, walks, canoes and laundry.

Ruckomechi Camp All tours depart Victoria Falls daily Situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp has only ten spacious ensuite tented units which all overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent features an indoor and outdoor shower and the camp boasts its outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded scenic spot. The main areas all face the escarpment and connected by low level walkways. During the day relax by the infinity pool. 4 day/3 nights from: $1,720pp twin share Includes: All meals, local drinks, walking safaris, game drives, laundry, motorised pontoon boats and canoes.

You can access Mana Pools by charter or scheduled light aircraft flights from Victoria Falls, Harare, Lusaka or Kariba, prices on request.

Zambezi Lifestyle Camp All tours depart Victoria Falls daily Zambezi Life Style is a luxury mobile camp set on the shore of the Lower Zambezi River in Mana Pools. Enjoy canoeing excursions on the river, game drives along the flood plain in open 4WD vehicles and fishing from the shore or from the river are available. There are only four luxury tents all with ensuite and alfresco hot bucket showers. 4 day/3 nights from: $1,480pp twin share Includes: Return transfers from Mana Pools airstrip, breakfast, lunch and dinner, game activities, local drinks and laundry

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Kanga Camp

7 Day Mana Pools Explorer

Life Style Kanga Camp Mana Pools NP

Air safari with accommodation in luxury tented camps

Day 1-3: Victoria Falls to Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Transfer from Victoria Falls by light air charter to Mana Pools. Explore the inland river beds, pans and open plains of the National Park by game drives and guided walks with an armed professional guide.

Day 4-6: Kanga Camp to Zambezi LifeStyle After your morning activity at Kanga Camp, transfer to Zambezi Lifestyles Camp on the Zambezi River. There are plenty of opportunities to walk the famous floodplain of the Zambezi valley, exploring the Mana Pools wilderness areas well off the beaten track. Wildlife to be seen includes hippos, crocodiles, lions, wild dogs, leopard, hyenas, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck and many other antelope. Canoeing is an optional activity with a guide where you’ll enjoy viewing of wildlife from a totally different perspective. Three nights: Zambezi Lifestyles (BLD)

Day 7: Mana Pools to Victoria Falls Airport

After your last morning in Mana Pools you will be transferred by light air craft to Victoria Falls Airport and your onward travel arrangements. (End of Safari)

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

HiGHLIGHTS Explore one of the best hidden jewels of Africa – Mana Pools. From

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$3,320pp

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Includes: Accommodation, all meals, local drinks (except premium brands), park entry fees, game activities during the safari, laundry, road transfers, return charter flight from Victoria Falls Airport, road transfers from airstrip to camp. Departs daily; Min 2 guests.

Wildlife of Kanga

The area: Game abounds on the flood plains and in the Mopane woodlands of Mana Pools. Kanga Pan particularly attracts great game in big concentrations as it is the only water found in the floodplain above the river. The predators, including lion, wild dog and leopard are often sighted and large concentrations of buffalo can be found in the Mopane woodland and open plains studded with Ilala Palms. Elephant take advantage of the plentiful “albida” trees in the area. Three nights: Kanga Bush Camp (BLD)

Canoeing Safari

4 Day Mana Canoe Trail – Zimbabwe Paddle and walk through the heart of Mana Pools and along the Zambezi’s shoreline.

Day 1: Start the trail on the Zambezi River

Arrive at Ruckomechi before noon. Meet with your experienced guide and fellow travellers. There will be a safety briefing before commencing a leisurely 11km paddle to your overnight mobile camp which will be ready and waiting for your arrival. (LD)

canoes to the next camp which has already been set up for the night. Enjoy a hot shower under the stars, a cold drink and dinner by the fire. Distance travelled over these two days is around 20 – 25kms and will vary according to wildlife movements. Each night is spent camping on the banks of the Zambezi River, led by an experienced guide with support vehicles and staff on hand to assist guests, and set up camp each day. It is the perfect mix of adventure and comfort. (BLD)

Day 4: Transfer to Chikwenya Airstrip

Canoes-eye-view of an elephant

After breakfast, transfer to the nearby Chikwenya airstrip for your outbound flight. We recommend a few additional nights at Ruckomechi Camp (additional cost) to discover the Zambezi Valley in depth. (B)

CANOE TRAIL This is the perfect safari for those looking for an up close and personal experience with the amazing wildlife that can be found in the Mana Pools National Park. Lunch on the Zambezi River

Days 2-3: Zambezi River wild camping

You will spend the next two days canoeing on the mighty Zambezi River and camping in the wild. A typical day will begin with tea/coffee and biscuits before dawn. Our aim is to be on the water just before sunrise when the river is surrounded by peace and tranquillity. Spend the morning paddling along the river before beaching the canoes and setting out on foot with your guide into the bush to explore and view game. Lunch and a rest before continuing in the

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Includes: Tented camps, all meals, all local drinks, fees/activities as specified. Must have comprehensive travel insurance. Min 2 guests. Charter flights to Ruckomechi additional. Departs Mon & Thurs from 1st May - 15th Nov

Camp on the river bank

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Zambia

Mana Pools NP Harare

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Nyanga NP

Hwange NP Hwange National Park

Matopos NP

15 Day Intimate Zimbabwe Small group safari ex Victoria Falls

HIGHLIGHTS This intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari is a 15 day journey through the best areas and attractions that Zimbabwe has to offer! Travel around Zimbabwe while staying in the luxury of lodges in the evenings. Lodge Safaris offer a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas. The remaining two nights of this safari will be in a basic tented camp with communal ablution facilities.z

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Transfer from airport to Ilala Lodge. This afternoon we explore the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour. Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar

Day 2-3: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP

After breakfast we depart for Hwange National Park. The afternoon is spent on a game drive with a visit to the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre. Hwange National Park is a haven for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. Two nights: Ivory Lodge or similar (BLD)

Day 6: Great Zimbabwe to Nyanga NP

Today we head off to Nyanga National Park, situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the 47 000 hectare park, which is also home to the country’s highest mountain – Mount Nyangani as well as Africa’s second highest waterfall, Mtarazi Falls. Overnight: Pine Tree Inn or similar (BLD)

Day 7: Nyanga NP to Bushman Rock

We travel towards Harare to the Bushman Rock Estate, operational since the mid 1900’s it is one of the few estate wineries in the country. Enjoy high tea, wine tasting and sundowner cruise during your stay. Overnight: Bushman Rock or similar (BLD)

Day 8-9: Bushman Rock to Mana Pools

An early wake up call, leads us on a walk to the Bushman Rock, where we explore the ancient art adorned caves and granite kopjies. After breakfast at the lodge we continue our journey to one of Zimbabwe’s greatest national parks – Mana Pools. Explore wildlife in the park on game drives and on canoe excursions. En route we stop at Chinhoyi Caves. Two nights: Nyamepi Camp or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water) (BLD)

Day 10-11: Mana Pools to Lake Kariba Camp Amalinda Bushman Rock

Day 4: Hwange NP to Matopos

Victoria Falls, Painted Dogs Conservation Centre, Hwange National Park, Rhodes Grave and Matobo National Park, Great Zimbabwe, Nyanga National Park, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Antelope Park

Travel to Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Visit the National Park and Rhodes grave. Overnight: Camp Amalinda or similar (BLD)

Our journey today brings us to the shores of Lake Kariba, one of the world’s largest man made lakes at over 220km long and 30km at its widest point. After lunch a one and a half hour speedboat trip across the lake we arrive at Rhino Camp, which lies on Elephant Point in the Matusadona National Park and home to the Big Five. Two nights: Rhino Camp or similar (BLD)

Day 5: Matopos to Great Zimbabwe

Travel to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins via Gweru. According to legend the ruins were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, and are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between 11th-15th centuries. They cover an area of 1,800 acres and are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. Overnight: Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort (BLD)

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$3,950pp

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Plus local payment of USD$250 Includes: All transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle, game drives and meals as mentioned, park entrance fees, experienced local guide. Departs: 2013 May 6,23. Jun 14. Jul 1,18. Aug 4,21. Sep 7,24. Oct 11, 28. Departs 2014: May 6,23. Jun 14. Jul 1,18. Aug 4,21. Sep 7,24. Oct 1,28.

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Rhino Camp, Lake Kariba

Day 12-13: Lake Kariba to Antelope Park

Return to Kariba by speedboat where we join our vehicle and continue to Antelope Park, home to the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). Partake in the optional activities on offer, such as lion walks, night encounters with lions and elephant swimming (own expense). Overnight: Antelope Park or similar (river tent with ensuite bathrooms) (BLD)

Day 14: Antelope Park to Victoria Falls

After breakfast drive back to Victoria Falls. Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar (BL)

Day 15: End of tour

After breakfast transfer to Victoria Falls, tour ends. (B) Matopos


Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Victoria Falls Hwange NP

Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe

Matobos

Botswana

Kruger National Park

Khama Johannesburg

South Africa

Kruger National Park

16 Day Zimbabwe with Botswana & Kruger Sunway Safari: Small group participation accommodated safari

HIGHLIGHTS A safari through Zimbabwe & Botswana exploring the amazing culture and natural beauty of both of these countries. Marvel at the Zimbabwe Ruins, and the wonderful view of Victoria Falls. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park by boat. This safari covers it all – wildlife history & culture!

Day 1-2: Johannesburg to Kruger NP

Departi Johannesburg at 6:30am for the world famous Kruger National Park. Visit the northern part of the park from Letaba to Punda Maria. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives hoping to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other wildlife. Two nights: Kruger National Park Huts, shared facilities (BLD)

Day 7- 8: Victoria Falls

Enjoy a spectacular guided walk through the Victoria Falls. Optional white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense). Two nights: Rainbow Hotel (B) Note: This tour available as a 9 day option and ends the next day after breakfast. Please call for pricing.

Day 9: Victoria Falls to Chobe NP

Enter Botswana to the town of Kasane and stay on the banks of the Chobe River. The river flows along the northern boundary of the Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa which you can see on an afternoon game viewing cruise and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day. Overnight: Thebe River Safaris (BLD)

Day 10: Chobe National Park to Nata Lions, Kruger National Park

Day 3: Kruger NP to Great Zimbabwe Nata Region

Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe Ruins guided tour, Matobos game drive, Hwange game drives, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise, Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion

Enter Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post and visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. The well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th Centuries. Explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide. Overnight: Hotel with ensuite (BLD)

Day 4: Matobo National Park

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Kalahari Desert

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Plus local payment of USD$300 Includes: chalets, guesthouses, hotels and permanent tents, 2 nights tented camp, entrance fees, use of camping equipment in the Delta (including sleeping bags & pillow), transport in 4WD / safari truck and minibus, meals as per itinerary, professional guides, Okavango Delta excursion. Departs 2013: Jan 19, feb 9. Mar 2, 23. May 11. Jun 1, 22. Jul 6. Aug 3, 10,24, 31. Sep 14, 21. Oct 5, 12. Nov 2, 16, 23. Dec 7, 21.

Day 11: Nata to Maun

Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, originated as a cattle outpost, and is now the capital of Botswana’s tourist industry. It is your base as you prepare for an excursion into the Okavango Delta. Your lodge is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Overnight: Croc Camp (BL)

Day 12-14: Maun to Okavango Delta

Zimbabwe Ruins

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This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop. Overnight: Nata Tented Lodge (BLD)

Transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Local guides will take you deep into the heart on Mokoro (dugout canoes) to a pre-erected tented camp. The delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. Camp is on a remote island where you can enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Two nights: Camping in dome tents, basic facilities, with bucket showers. Plus Overnight: Maun in Chalet style (Bx3, Lx3 Dx2)

Travel via the city of Bulawayo to the Matobo National Park to your chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. The following morning visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which you can hope to see on your game drive. Overnight: The Farmhouse Lodge or similar (BLD)

Day 5-6: Hwange National Park

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 sq kms. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. Your chalets are in the game management area that borders the park. Explore this park in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Two nights: Miombo Safari Lodge or similar (BLD)

Okavango Delta, Mokoro trip

Day 15: Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary Head south across the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Chalet (BLD)

Day 16: Johannesburg – tour ends

Cross back into South Africa where tour ends. (B)

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7 Day Victoria Falls, Hwange & Lake Kariba Explorer

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Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba

Day 1-2: Victoria Falls

The Hide Hwange NP

Zimbabwe

Arrival transfer to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Includes dinner at the Boma place of eating, a guided tour of the Falls and an afternoon sunset cruise. Two nights: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (Bx2,Dx1)

Hwange National Park

HIGHLIGHTS Enjoy the highlights of Zimbabwe at your own pace. Visit the majestic Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park with its great concentration of elephant and beautiful Lake Kariba.

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Day 5-6: Hwange NP to Lake Kariba

Afternoon sunset cruise

Day 3-4: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP

Transfer by road (approx 2 hours) to your luxury tented suites in Hwange National Park. Includes up to four scheduled game activities per day, all meals and local drinks. Two nights: The Hide (BLD)

Transfer by road back to Victoria Falls and board our scheduled flight to Lake Kariba. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge overlooking Lake Kariba, allows you the unique experience of doing your game viewing by boat, open safari vehicle, or guided walks. Game activities include safaris into the Matusadona National Park and three activities per day. Two nights: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge (BLD)

Lake Kariba

Includes: Meals as listed, game activities, tours as listed, transfers from Victoria Falls Airport, return flight Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba. Departs daily.

Day 7: Lake Kariba to Victoria Falls The Hide

After breakfast fly back to Victoria Falls airport where tour ends on arrival.

4 Day Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Zambia

Located in Zimbabwe only 10 minutes from the Botswana Border for Chobe Sightseeing

Imbabala Zambezi Lodge

Day 1: Victoria Falls/Kasane to Imbabala

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Hwange NP

Botswana

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Located 70 kilometers west of Victoria Falls, access is by transfer from Victoria Falls or option of Livingstone or Kasane.

fences to prevent animal movement, so expect to see game and wonderful birdlife along the river bank as well as in and around the Lodge. The Lodge offers exclusive accommodation for only 18 guests in eight individual stone and thatch lodges with ensuite facilities. Each lodge is beautifully positioned with spacious verandas opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River.

Day 2-4: Activities at Imbabala HIGHLIGHTS 14 kilometres of private Zambezi river frontage offers prolific birdlife, walking and fishing safaris as well as 4WD game drives in search of wildlife. Imbabala Lodge

Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000 Acre (2,023 Ha) concession has 14 kilometres of private Zambezi river frontage and borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population. From

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$800pp

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Includes: All meals, local drinks, game drive and river cruise daily, transfers from Victoria Falls or Kasane. Departs daily.

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The Imbabala main lodge is a charming thatched structure, consisting of a lounge, dining room and bar area. This offers fantastic views of both the river and a nearby waterhole, which attracts game throughout the year. A swimming pool and al fresco eating area nestle under ancient trees. There are no

Experienced guides are on hand for all activities which centre around tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Bird-watching is exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. Walking Safaris and fishing excursions for the renowned Tiger Fish, are available by prior arrangement. For guests spending a longer time at Imbabala, day trips to Victoria Falls and the Chobe National Park are available; additional charges are applicable for all non-scheduled activities.

Chobe day trip


8 Day Majete & Lake Malawi Explorer

Malawi

A unique blend of bush and beach lodge accommodation.

Lake Malawi Lilongwe

Pumulani Lodge

Blantyre Majete Wildlife Reserve Mkulumadzi Logde

Day 1: Blantyre to Mkulumadzi Lodge Majete Wilderness Reserve

Transfer from Blantyre to Mkulumadzi, only a two hour drive. Depending on your time of arrival you will enjoy lunch then afternoon tea before setting off the afternoon and evening game drive. All meals, drinks and game activities are included. Three night: Mkulumadzi Lodge (BLD) Pumulani Lodge view from the deck

HIGHLIGHTS Explore the Majete Wildlife Reserve in search of rhino and elephant and then travel to the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, the third largest water body in Africa.

Day 5-7: Pumulani Lodge Lake Malawi

Nearby Elephant Marsh, Majete

Day 2-3: Mkulumadzi Logde Majete

The luxurious lodge is in a stunning location and activities include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and to nearby Elephant Marsh and game-viewing from a hide. (BLD)

Warthog in Majete Wilderness Reserve

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$2,650pp

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Tour departs daily and can be tailor made. Includes: All transfers as listed, all meals, all local drinks, laundry, all activities (except motorised water sports).

Day 4: Pumulani Lodge Lake Malawi

After breakfast depart for Lake Malawi enjoying the beautiful Malawi landscapes. Pumulani Lodge is located on the Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi, recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park. Four nights: Pumulani Lodge (BLD)

Sunset dinner out on a dhow on Lake Malawi

Day 8: Pumulani to Lilongwe

After breakfast transfer to Lilongwe for your flight. (B)

8 Day Liwonde & Lake Malawi Explorer

Malawi

A unique blend of bush and beach lodge accommodation.

Lake Malawi Pumulani Lodge Liwonde Lilongwe National Park Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Day 1: Lilongwe to Mvuu Wilderness Lodge Liwonde National Park

Transfer from Lilongwe International airport or your hotel to Mvuu Wilderness Lodge. This scenic drive through the countryside and into the national park will end with a boat transfer to the lodge giving you that first glimpse of elephant, hippo and varied bird life which can be found here. All meals and game activities are included. Three nights: Mvuu Wilderness Lodge (LD) Relaxing at Pumulani Lodge

HIGHLIGHTS Enjoy the great wildlife viewing in Liwonde National Park, relax by the lake, fish, enjoy water sports, visit the many markets and local villages immersing yourself in the friendly culture.

recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park. Four nights: Pumulani Lodge (BLD)

Day 5-7: Pumulani Lodge Lake Malawi

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Day 2-3: Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

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The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the crystal clear blue waters of the lake or relax by the pool. Enjoy the great fishing and myriad of water sport activities on offer (motorised activities are at a cost). In the evening savour the sunset on a cruise in a traditional dhow. During your four night stay all meals and local drinks are included. (BLD)

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$3,250pp

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Tour departs daily and can be tailor made. Includes: All transfers as listed, all meals, all local drinks, laundry, all activities (except motorised water sports).

Over the next two days you will discover the animals and beauty of the Shire River and its lagoons, included game activities will range from drives in open safari vehicles by day and night, guided walks and boat safaris allowing you to experience this area by land and by water. (BLD)

The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun or take up snorkeling, diving, fishing or watersports. In the evening savour the sunset on a cruise in a traditional dhow. During your stay all meals and local drinks are included. (BLD)

Day 8: Pumulani to Lilongwe

After breakfast transfer to Lilongwe for your flight. (B)

Day 4: Pumulani Lodge Lake Malawi

After breakfast depart for Lake Malawi enjoying the beautiful Malawi landscapes. Pumulani Lodge is located on the Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi,

Sunset dinner out on a dhow on Lake Malawi

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VicTORiA FALLS

Malawi

Zambia Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

mibia

Mozambique

Botswana Kruger National Park

Thunderous heart... Swaziland Experience the largest curtain of water in the worldAfrica – the magnificent South Victoria Falls. Combine this spectacular wonder with ‘Wild Africa’ – it’s at your doorstep... the untouched beauty of Zambia and Zimbabwe or the crystal waters of Lake Malawi. Select one of our tours or allow us to tailor the holiday of a lifetime. Victoria Falls

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Activities

The local name for Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya or “The Smoke That Thunders” named after the huge clouds of mist created when the Zambezi River is at its highest and crashes into the gorge below. The falls were discovered by David Livingstone, they are the largest curtain of falling water on the planet and listed as a World Heritage site.

Victoria Falls is called the ‘Adventure Capital of Africa’ with a myriad of activities available including – Bunjee, white water rafting, walking with Lions, micro-light flights, river cruises and more. There is something for everyone regardless of age.

Zambezi River Cruises

Below are some suggestions for day touring. Tours should be booked in advance to ensure availability.

White Water Rafting – full day

The African Queen and Princess meander slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. A number of animals and bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent food is served on board. Sunset cruise from*: $45

canoe trips – half or full day Paddle your own canoe, following a qualified Canoe Guide downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels, bird and game viewing whilst making your way to end where cold drinks and beers are served. Half day: $115pp Full day: $130pp

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At Victoria Falls the Zambezi River plummets into a gorge, which separates the placid river above the Falls and the turbulent rapids below. The gorge is over 100 metres deep at the Falls and increases to over 200 metres by the end of a full day raft trip Full day: $150

Helicopter rides The 13 minute Flight Of Angels includes a flight over the majestic Victoria Falls, whilst the 25 minute Game Flight also includes a flight over the Zambezi National Park. Both offer spectacular photographic opportunities. 13 minutes: $150pp 25 minutes: $310pp


Rapids

Zambezi River Picnic

The hide from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Adventure Pass Bonus $300pp includes a sunset cruise plus the choice of 2 activities listed below (15 minute helicopter only). *National Park entry fees between USD$5- $20 per person per activity to be paid direct. They are subject to change. Some activities available only in certain locations and multiple entry visa may be required own expense.

Elephant Back Safari – Half Day An extraordinary and exhilarating journey along the edge of the Zambezi gorges following ancient game trails. Seated comfortably on the back of natures true “king of the beasts”, exploring the majestic grasslands of Victoria Falls National Park. Half day: $140pp

bungi jumping

The Lion Encounter – half day After a short introductory talk on the African Encounter, guests are taken to a designated area to meet both lions and lion handlers. The guide and handlers will answer any questions as well as provide knowledge on lions and the environment in general. Lion Walk: $150 Cub Interaction: $65

Tour of the Victoria Falls With the Falls behind you and the river rushing below the Victoria Falls Bridge this is certainly no ordinary bungi jump. At 111 metres it is also one of the highest jumps in the world and the adrenaline rush is as wild as the river itself. $150pp

Accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Stop en route, at the ‘Big Tree’ for photo opportunities. 2 hour tour $17pp excludes entry fee

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The hide from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

3 Day Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe Hotels Ilala Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

This friendly and comfortable lodge is the closest to the Falls. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. All 34 rooms and suites have ensuite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, safe, WiFi and have individual coffee and tea making facilities.

Enjoy spectacular African sunsets and game viewing from your balcony. All rooms overlook the on-site waterhole where animals come to drink. Ideally located with free shuttle to the Falls, the rooms are comfortable and well equipped, relax in the pool, dine in the hotel restaurant or enjoy a Boma dinner.

2 nights from $300pp twin share Includes: Twin share room with breakfast, return transfers from Victoria Falls Airport.

2 nights from $445pp twin share Includes: Breakfast daily, 1 dinner at The Boma, 1 sunset cruise, 1 guided tour of the Falls, return transfers from Victoria Falls Airport. (Victoria Falls National park entry fee of USD$30 & sunset cruise park fee of USD$10 per person payable direct in cash)

The Elephant Camp

Victoria Falls River Lodge

The Elephant Camp is a luxurious lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls, yet secluded in its own private game reserve so as to allow close-up encounters with wildlife, in particular elephant at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. The nine tented suites all face the gorge with a private plunge pool on the viewing deck, and feature an oval bath tub and indoor and outdoor showers.

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance! Uninterrupted panoramic views of African sunsets and exceptional wildlife viewing makes The Victoria Falls River Lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls.

2 nights from $790pp twin share Includes: Twin share room with all meals, all drinks (excluding premium brands), free mini bar, laundry, twice daily shuttle to Victoria Falls town, meet Wild Horizons elephants, return transfers from Victoria Falls airport.

2 nights from $825pp twin share Includes: Twin share room with all meals, local drinks (excludes premium brands), laundry, return airport transfers, 1 game activity per day operated by the lodge.

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The Royal Livingstone

3 Day Victoria Falls: Zambia Hotels The Zambezi Sun

The Royal Livingstone

This friendly hotel is located on the edge of the eastern cataract of Victoria falls. All 212 guest rooms are comfortable and spacious and reflect their African roots. Sharing the facilities of the luxury Royal Livingstone Hotel, it is great value and a memorable experience.

The Royal Livingstone is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World here in the cool lounges and shaded verandas, you will encounter the elegance and luxury of an earlier, more courteous age. The 173 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated in the earth tones of the bushveld.

2 nights from $400pp twin share Includes: Twin share room, breakfast, return transfers from Livingstone Airport.

2 nights from $640pp twin share Includes: Twin share room, breakfast, return transfers from Livingstone Airport.

Seasonal special offer: Stay 4 pay 3 nights. Sun International Hotels Combo special applies for a minimum of four nights when booking two Sun International Hotels in Africa.

Seasonal special offer: Stay 4 pay 3 nights. Combo special applies for a minimum of four nights when booking two Sun International Hotels in Africa.

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge

Accommodation at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa consists of 77 rooms, all ensuite, of which 5 are suites, 3 rooms inter-lead and are ideal for families and 2 rooms accommodate the disabled comfortably. Most rooms look out over the Mighty Zambezi and a leisurely sun downer can be enjoyed from your private balcony. There is a health and beautry spa, swimming pool and a shuttle service to Victoria Falls. 2 nights from $500pp twin share Includes: Twin share room, breakfast daily, return transfers from Livingstone airport.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chumba

Built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, 12km upstream from Victoria Falls. Named after Dr. David Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi. Accommodation is in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways. There are also two private Chuma houses, each with two bedrooms. 2 nights from $825 per person twin share Includes: Return transfer from Livingstone airport, all meals, all drinks (except premium brands) two activities per day: early morning game drive or walking safari in Mosi-oa-Tunya NP, sunset river cruise, visit to Victoria Falls (Zambia), fishing, canoeing, local school and village visit.

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Skeleton Estosha NP Coast NP

Tsumeb Caprivi Strip

Damaraland

Namibia

Swakopmund Walvis Bay

WINDHOEK

NAMibiA

Sossusvlei Namib-Naukluft NP Fish River Canyon

Truly unique... Namibia was influenced by various cultures during colonisation, you’ll notice this in dress, language, art, music, sport, food and religion. Recorded as the second least densely populated country in the world, there still exists a diverse and wonderful collage of culture.

Skeleton Coast National Park Extends northwards from the Ugab River to the Kunene River. Dramatic and untouched landscapes of windswept dunes and rugged canyon walls are a highlight.

Sossusvlei

Up close... Namibia has a timeless appeal for all those that live here, engendering a passion beyond logical reasoning, and a yearning to share this awesome land with others. Experience the soulfulness of the desert, the vast expanses of the south and the red dune belts of the Kalahari Desert. The surreal palette of colours of the monumental dunes against white dust earth reaching into the blue sky at Sossusvlei always remain with you. The rolling savannah of the central plateau and the wild bush country stretches north towards the Okavango where the country mystically unravels into lush rainforests adorning the banks of raging rivers.

Meaning the gathering place of water, it is known for its towering sand dunes. With their warm tints ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red. A photographers delight.

Damaraland Visit the world heritage site of Twyfelfontein to view the rock art, some 2,500 prehistoric engravings.

Highlights Namibia has some of the world’s greatest national parks, ranging from the wildlife rich Etosha National Park in the northwest, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park in Western Namibia, it is a photographers dream and an experience that you will never forget.

What to See Beautiful contrasting landscapes perfect for experiencing nature:

Namib Naukluft Park One of the most arid regions of the country, this is Africa’s third largest National Park stretching over 50,000 sq km and home to the unique wildlife who have adapted to the harsh environment of the desert.

Etosha National Park

Fish River Canyon

Proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907, and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Of the 114 mammal species found in the Park, several are rare and endangered.

The 2nd largest canyon in the World. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in places almost 550m deep.

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9 Day Canyons & Deserts Affordable small group touring with guides visiting the highlights of Namibia

Namibia Swakopmund WINDHOEK

Walvis Bay Sossusvlei

Lüderitz

Quivertree Forest

Aus

Day 1: Windhoek to Kalahari Desert

Day 5: Southern Namib Desert

Day 2: Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon

Day 6: Southern Namib Desert

The Kalahari Desert is the largest sand mass on earth. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years. Choose Bronze or Gold lodging. Travel south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver Tree forest, continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. (B)

Fish River Canyon

North through the pre-Namib to our lodge in the Namib Desert – the gateway to the Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, home of the highest sand dunes on earth. Afternoon at leisure or optional activities. (B) An early start to capture the spectacular sunrise to truly appreciate the beauty of the desert and sand dunes, time to climb the dunes and then a visit to the Sesriem Canyon. (B)

Day 7: Southern Namib Desert to Swakopmund

HIGHLIGHTS l Kalahari Desert l Fish River Canyon l Lüderitz l Sossusvlei l Namib Desert l Swakopmund

Travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. We visit the lagoon of Walvis Bay a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Swakopmund

A leisure day to enjoy the many optional activities. (B) Fish River Canyon

Day 3: Fish River Canyon to Aus

Bronze

Gold*

Twin share

$1,900pp

$4,170pp

Max guests

Max 16

Max 6

*Gold tours include 8 dinners, upgraded stays and additional excursions. Details on request Departs Saturdays.

Day 9: Swakopmund to Windhoek

Tour ends at your hotel in Windhoek or at the international airport. (B)

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where we gaze 550m into this magnificent geological phenomenon. Travel to the Succulent Karoo. The next two nights will be based in the village of Aus. (B)

Day 4: Aus

Travel to Lüderitz and visit a ghost town that was left to the hands of the relentless and unforgiving desert. Other attractions visited consist of the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert, Diaz Point. (B) Walvis Bay

7 Day Kaleidoscope of Namibia

Estosha NP

Twyfelfontein

Escorted touring offering a choice of moderate Bronze accommodation or the best in the area with Gold option

Outjo Otjiwarongo

Swakopmund WINDHOEK

Namibia

Day 1: Windhoek to Swakopmund

Depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund. Arrive early afternoon and the balance of day at leisure. Spend two nights here to enjoy the many optional tours or to relax. Choose Bronze or Gold lodging.

Day 2: Swakopmund

the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest. Visit a traditional Damara village before continuing to our lodged situated close to Etosha National Park. (B)

Day 5: Etosha National Park

The day is devoted to the willdlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. Home to four of the Big Five, – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino you can also see cheetah, black faced Impapla and more. (B)

Day at leisure. (B)

Day 6: Etosha National Park

HIGHLIGHTS l Swakopmund l Cape Cross Seal Reserve l Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site l Etosha National Park

Today we again take a game drive in the Etosha National Park. In the afternoon we travel to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. (B)

Day 7: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Desert Elephant

After breakfast we continue southwards to Windhoek, where we visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city. Tour ends at your hotel or the international airport. (B)

Day 3: Swakopmund to Damaraland

Bronze

Gold*

Twin share

$1,590pp

$3,570pp

Max guests

Max 16

Max 6

*Gold tours include 8 dinners, upgraded accommodation and extra excursions. Details on request. Departs Fridays.

Travel along huge lichen fields to Cape Cross, a fur seal reserve where at times over 80,000 animals frolic in the waves of the Atlantic! Drive via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2579m), into the Damaraland – one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa, home to the rare Desert Elephant, the Black Rhino and an array of freeroaming antelope species. (B)

Day 4: Damaraland to Etosha Area

Visit Twyfelfontein, a Heritage Site and view over 2,500 pictures painted over 6,000 years ago. Explore

Etosha National Park

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Skeleton Coast NP

Damaraland

Estosha NP

Namibia

Swakopmund Walvis Bay

WINDHOEK

Optional hot air ballooning

Sossusvlei

10 Day Diverse Namibia – Mobile Safari

Namib-Naukluft NP

A fascinating off-the-beaten track alternative to camp or lodge-based safaris

Day 1-2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei

HIGHLIGHTS Exploration safaris offer fully serviced cross country safaris giving the traveller a comfortable and secluded sense of wild camping in Africa. Our tented camps are pre erected in prime shady areas in mostly private concessions away from the crowds, with passionate and experienced travel guides leading small groups (no more than eight guests per safari).

Begin your journey by driving to the spectacular Sossusvlei region. Spend two nights in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 37,000 ha tract of land comprising of dome tents with views into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Access the towering dunes of Sossusvlei through the camps private gate with day and night scenic drives and walks. Optional activities (extra cost) include early morning ballooning, horse riding or quad-biking. Two nights: Kulala Adventurer Camp (BLD) Elephant sighting near Damarland Adventurer Camp

private concession located on the boundary of Etosha National Park which hosts the highest density of wildlife in Namibia. Ongava Game Reserve is a haven to lion, cheetah, black and white rhino, springbok, Burchell’s Zebra to name a few. The 20 tented guest suites are comfortable and all on raised decks taking in the magical views. Two nights: Andersson’s Camp (BLD) Namib Naukluft National Park

Day 3-4: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Andersson’s Camp, Ongava

Drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains before arriving in Walvis Bay and then finally driving up the skeleton coast into the quaint town of Swakopmund. Two nights: Hansa Hotel (BLD)

Day 4: Swakopmund Damaraland Adventurer Camp

From

Twin share

Single

$3,150pp

request

Singles can be matched, if not supplement applies. Includes: All meals, transport and tours as per itinerary, all drinks (except premium brands and at the Hansa Hotel) park entrance fees and services of a driver guide. 2013 : jan 20. Fwb 1, 10. Mar 6, 21, 28. Apr 2,14,17. May 8,11,23. Jun 4,16,24, 27. Jul 7, 19, 22. Aug 3, 6, 18, 30. Sep 8, 21. Oct 2, 5, 20, 26. Nov 4, 26. Dec 16, 20. 2014 rates on request.

Explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast and its incredible marine life – a dolphin and seal catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting) is included. (BLD)

Ongava Game Reserve

Day 5-6: Swakopmund to Damaraland

A full day of sightseeing including a stop at Ugab to visit the Save The Rhino Trust Camp. Damaraland is one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, it boasts a varied and breathtaking assortment of desertadapted species. Enjoy nature walks, mountain biking, viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) and day/night nature drives. Two nights: Damaraland Adventurer Camp (BLD)

Day 8: Ongava Game Reserve

Drive to the The Ongava Game Reserve a 30,000ha

Day 9: Etosha National Park

A full day game drive into Etosha, exploring the southern roads of Etosha Pan from Okakeujo through to Halali watching the game coming in to drink at the waterhole. Included during your stay, night game drives and walks. (BLD)

Day 10: Drive to Windhoek

Driving south, we return to Windhoek early afternoon where the adventure ends.

4 Day Etosha National Park Day 1: Windhoek to Etosha NP

Twin Share Bronze Silver Gold By Air n/a $1,660pp $1,890pp By Coach $810pp $920pp n/a Tours depart daily. Minimum 2 passengers.

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Morning departure from your hotel or transfer to the Eros airport for your flight to Etosha. You will spend the next three nights in the park. Morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles are included. Relax on the private veranda of your chalet or cool off in the pool. (B)

Day 2-3: Etosha National Park

This unique 22,270 sq km area consists of wide-open plains and dense bush savannah that surround a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, which

is surrounded by a number of waterholes that ensure the survival of 114 different game, as well as 340 different bird species. Some of these include the rare black faced Impala, black rhino and the elusive eland. (B)

Day 4: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Guests travelling by air will depart this morning, for those travelling by road your transfer will be early in the afternoon. Tour ends on arrival at your hotel or airport in Windhoek. (B)


Etosha National Park Damaraland

Namibia

Swakopmund

WINDHOEK Fish River Canyon

Sossusvlei Namib Desert

Quivertree Forest

Aus

Fish River Canyon

13 Day Exploring Namibia Escorted touring offering a choice of moderate Bronze accommodation or the best in the area with Gold option

Day 1: Windhoek to Kalahari Desert HIGHLIGHTS Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park. Rhino’s Etosha National Park

Leaving Windhoek, travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years.

Day 2: Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon Travel south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver Tree forest. Continue to your lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon.

Day 3-4: Aus

Morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon. Gaze 550m into this magnificent geological phenomenon, the second largest of its kind. Travel to the Succulent Karoo, one of the 20 most important biomes on earth. Next day travel to Lüderitz and visit a ghost town that was left to the hands of unforgiving desert. All visit Wild Horses of the Namib Desert, Diaz Point and the coastal town of Lüderitz itself. Swakopmund

Day 5: Aus to Namib Desert

After breakfast travel north through the pre-Namib to your lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on earth stand. Afternoon at the lodge pool or doing optional activities.

Damaraland

Day 7: Namib Desert to Swakopmund

Travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas. Day at leisure in Swakopmund.

Day 8: Swakopmund

Swakopmund is the perfect location for walking tours, shopping, relaxing along the sandy beaches. Optional activities – dolphin cruises, scenic flights, quad biking, paragliding, parachuting and kite surfing.

Day 9: Swakopmund to Damaraland

Travel north via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare desert elephant and the black rhino.

Day 10: Damaraland to Etosha Area

Visit Twyfelfontein, where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures, 6000 years ago! Visit the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on earth! After a visit to a traditional Damara village proceed on to your lodge situated close to the Etosha National Park.

Namib Desert

Day 11-12: Etosha National Park Walk up a sand dune in Sossusvlei region

Twin share From

Bronze

Gold

$2,490pp

$6,200pp

Meals and lodge style depend on Bronze or Gold tour chosen. Call for details. Bronze tours: Min 2 max 16 passengers: Gold tours: min 2 max 6 passengers. Departs Saturdays

Day 6: Namib Desert

Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes, sees us walking up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Explore wildlife in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino – its waterholes supporting a rich diversity of birds and mammals, including rare species such as black-faced Impala, roan, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara Dik-Dik.

Day 13: Return to Windhoek

Travel to Windhoek, visit the craft markets, tour ends.

3 Day Sossusvlei Day 1: Windhoek to Sesriem/Sossusvlei

Morning departure from your hotel or transfer to the Eros airport for your flight into the Namib Dessert, the oldest and driest desert on earth.

Day 3: Return to Windhoek

Depart this morning by air or mini bus. Tour end on arrival at your hotel or at the airport.

Day 2: Sesriem/Sossusvlei Twin Share Bronze Silver Gold By Air n/a $1,600pp n/a By Coach $730pp n/a $1,165pp Tours depart daily. Minimum 2 passengers.

The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the new light paints the dunes and desert plains into a variety of deep reds, apricot and purple – a photographers dream. Enjoy a picnic brunch, before traveling back to our lodge via the gaping Sesriem Canyon.

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eAST AFRicA Circle of life... This is the land of the classic safari and luxurious lodges, the land of wide blue skies and the land of enchantment. Here occurs one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth – the migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle – an amazing heart-stopping stampede.

Safaris in East Africa... the Above & Beyond Holidays difference Choosing the right safari can be confusing and most importantly this is a holiday of a lifetime so you need to get it right. With the exception of some of our “small group departures” all of our safari itineraries are private safaris – What does this mean to you the traveller? It means you will experience East Africa the way YOU want, you will be with your qualified English speaking driver guide throughout, you will be able to set your own pace spending as much or as little time as you like on a sighting, stop at a local market, or have a slightly later start. Our guides are there to ensure that your safari experience is just that “Your Safari Experience”. All our private safaris can be modified with more or less nights as required, our Safari Experts are happy to tailor make your trip. Last but not least service and security, our representatives in Kenya and Tanzania pride themselves on their high level of service and duty of care to you the traveller and are always available 24/7 should the need arise.

Kenya Kenya is a land of extreme beauty and diversity. The Swahili word for journey is Safari and the traveller to Kenya will experience not only the beauty and culture of this friendly country but also an amazing traditional safari experience with an abundance of game. One of the world’s greatest natural phenomena is the annual wildebeest migration which occurs from June – October with thousands of animals streaming into the Masai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti. Experience Kenya from above – take one of our aerial tours for the Ultimate Safari experience.

The Great Migration Serengeti & Masai Mara National Park Almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate from the southern Serengeti in May, arriving in the Masai Mara from late June. The greeny gold grasslands of the Mara turn dark by the sheer volume of beasts. The almost 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle move in a constant cycle and with them come the predators. It is a once in a lifetime experience. Yet even when the migration is quiet the Serengeti and Masai Mara offers fantastic game viewing with the Big Five and more all present year round. The so-called ‘Big Five’ of buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos are, of course, all present. Along with the animals the Masai Mara is also home to the Maasai people, whose pastoral lifestyle and colourful garb and culture has made them Kenya’s best known tribe. Masai Mara August National Tanzania’s oldest and most Reserve popular national park, also a September July world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide October wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration.

Kenya

Grumeti

Tanzania

June

Tanzania is often called the real wildlife safari destination. With 25% of its land mass given over to wildlife protected areas and home to the big safari names of Serengeti and Ngorongoro. In the south of Tanzania you will find the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in the world, being the size of Switzerland, which also offers incredible wildlife viewing with great sightings of the endangered Wild Dogs. In the west of the country you will find Mahale National Park and Gombe Stream, which was made famous by Jane Goodall and her chimpanzee research. Also part of Tanzania is Zanzibar – packages to the exotic Zanzibar can be found on page 99-100.

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Lake Nakuru National Park: At first glimpse the lake appears to be an inland sea of pink. This fabulous pink is all thanks to the lake’s thousand – perhaps millions, of resident flamingos. A birder’s paradise with 400 species located around its shores. The park also has fabulous game including the elusive leopard and the endangered black rhino, as well as all the regular plains game.

Samburu National Park: Regarded as the best of Kenya’s national parks. The drive from the foothills of Mt Kenya treats the traveller to an unusual spectacle of green bush and forest on one side and a desert landscape on the other. Like in all of Kenya’s national parks there is no shortage of game here and there are frequent sightings of all of the big cats, as well all of Kenya’s plains game.

The Ngorongoro Crater was formed by a giant super volcano which would have been even higher than Kilimanjaro. Over time, its collapse caused a giant crater with an area that covers 8,300 sq km. The conservation area is alive with wildlife and the crater floor is dominated by a huge flamingofilled alkaline lake. Lions, hyenas, jackals and leopards are often seen here, as are herds of other plains animals, such as elephants and zebras.

Lake Victoria

Kenya Samburu NP Lake Meru NP Nakuru NP Mt Kenya NP Masai Lake Naivasha Mara NP

Nairobi Serengeti NP

Amboseli NP Mount Kilimanjaro

Ngorongoro Lake Manyara offers enormous topographical variety and abundant wildlife including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, elephant, aardvarks, and over 380 species of birds - flamingos, Egyptian geese, cormorants to name a few. In contrast the wide open grassland teem with monkeys, elephants and in the acacia woodland lions can be seen sprawled out on the branches of umbrella trees and of course hippo!

Meru National Park is one of Kenya’s least visited reserves, despite having a great deal to offer. All the Big Five are present and the park is one of the best to locate cheetah and leopard. The area is most famous as the place in which Elsa, the famous lioness, was returned to the wild.

Arusha

Lake Manyara NP Tarangire NP Mahale Mountain NP

Tanzania Ruaha NP

Mombasa

Amboseli National Park: Amboseli offers views of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as zebra, wildebeest, lion, buffalo, elephant, giraffe and leopard among many others. Other attractions include opportunities to visit a Maasai village. There are few more better known landscapes in the world than that of Amboseli ... the image of elephant and giraffe crossing vast open plains against a backdrop of the snows of Kilimanjaro is one familiar to us all.

Zanzibar Dar Es Salaam

Katavi NP Selous Game Reserve Tarangire National Park: Typical of scattered acacia woodland, baobab and palm trees, plains, swamps and rivers. During the dry season, herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. A highlight is the treeclimbing lions where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Mahale Mountains National Park: Accessible only by boat or by air, it is known to be among the most isolated and beautiful parks in Africa. Dots of golden sandy beaches framed by jungle-covered peaks. Famous for one of the last remaining wild chimpanzees population in Africa. There are many other primates but also leopards and antelope.

Katavi National Park: Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness. Main game viewing around Katuma River which provides the only source of drinking water for miles. It supports game concentrations that defy belief. The densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile and an estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck providing easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans.

Ruaha National Park: The landscape is rugged and harsh and no other park in Tanzania epitomises the definition of “wild Africa” quite like the Ruaha. Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any national park in East Africa. It is also a place for Kudu (both Greater and Lesser), Sable, Roan antelopes, endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, Hippo, impala, bat eared foxes and Jackals. There are a recorded 530 different bird species found here.

Selous National Park: One of Africa’s least known yet wildest conservation areas. The Rufiji River is home to one of the largest crocodile and hippo populations in Africa. Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephant, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ approximately 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness.

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Kenya Samburu Sweetwaters Lake Nakuru Lake Elemtaita Masai Mara

Mount Kenya Mountain Lodge Nairobi

Samburu Game Lodge

Tanzania

10 Day The Best of Kenya

A private safari tour allowing you to enjoy as a couple or with your own group of family and friends

HIGHLIGHTS Best of Kenya safari takes you to the premium sights on offer in Kenya, from the foothills of Mount Kenya to Samburu; famous for its elephant population and its unique species of zebra and giraffe. Continue to the lakes of the Great Rift Valley and onto the jewel in Kenya’s crown; the famous Masai Mara, where you will have three nights to ensure that you maximise your game viewing experience.

Day 1: Nairobi to Sweetwaters

Meet your private guide and depart for Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In the afternoon set out for your game drive in the conservancy, home to the Big Five. Overnight: Sweetwaters Tented Camp (LD)

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park

Set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake contains an abundance of algae, which is flamingos’ favourite food and contributes to their colouring. Sometimes it is possible to see over a million bright pink flamingos gathered here. The area around Lake Nakuru Park has recently been widened to accommodate a rhino sanctuary – making it one of the largest concentrations of these animals in the country. (BLD)

Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Day 2-3: Sweetwaters to Samburu NP

The properties implemented into this itinerary are the upmarket Serena Lodges and the new Sunbird Lodge.

En route game drive to Samburu National Reserve. See large herds of elephants comprise some of the reserve’s large and diverse wildlife population, which also includes numerous big cats, reticulated giraffes, buffalo, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx and the blue shanked Somali ostrich. Stop for sundowners, before returning to the lodge for an opulent dinner. Two nights: Samburu Lodge (BLD)

Day 4: Samburu to Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya awaits you – it looms above the plains at a height of almost 5,200m. A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, it is considered sacred by the Kikuyu people. Take guided forest walks, trips up to the moorland zone of the mountain, and fishing. Your eco-lodge is nestled in the forest with sweeping views of the forest canopy and onto a water hole and salt lick, which attracts herds of elephants and buffalo. Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge (BLD)

Flamingos, Lake Nakuru

Day 7: Lake Elementaita to Masai Mara

The adventure continues as we proceed to the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve – one of the most spectacular game reserves in Africa. An en route game drive through the reserve will whet your appetite for the upcoming days. Your luxury lodge is situated on a forested hill overlooking the Mara River with its pods of hippos. Three nights: Serena Masai Mara (BLD)

Day 8: Masai Mara

Depending on the time of year, we set out early morning for the breathtaking spectacle, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest or view the resident game which can be found year round. The Mara is technically an extension of the Serengeti National Park, but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments provide an endless amount of game viewing, including the Big Five. (BLD)

Day 9: Masai Mara

A leisure day to enjoy the Masai Mara. For the more adventurous traveller, we recommend the incredible thrill of a hot air balloon ride across the plains viewing the wildlife from the air, then indulge in a champagne breakfast (additional cost). (BLD)

Day 10: Masai Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast, an en route game drive on our way out of the Masai Mara to end your tour in Nairobi. (LD) Evening game drive

Day 5: Mount Kenya to Lake Elementaita Code: KL4 From

Min 2 guests Min 4 guest $3,140pp

$2,560pp

Includes: All meals as listed, all park entrance fees, game drives and site seeing as itinerary in custom built safari minibus, taxes, private driver/guide. Departs daily private tour.

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Drive to Lake Elementaita, one of the famous soda ash lakes of the Great Rift Valley, and home to numerous flamingos and over 400 species of bird. This small but perfectly formed lake is perfect for relaxing, or for the more active – go on a horse ride, a bird safari or pay a visit to the natural warm spa that flows into the lake. Two nights: Sunbird Lodge (BLD) Viewing elephant


Kenya

Masai Mara NP Karen Blixen Camp

Exclusive Mobile Camp

Nairobi Amboseli NP

Serengeti NP

Kati Kati Camp

Ol Tukai

Ngorongoro Crater

Plantation Lodge

Arusha

Tanzania

Mahale untain NP

Wildebeest on the Mara Plains

Lake Manyara NP

12 Day Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari A private 4 star safari allowing you to enjoy as a couple or with your own group of family and friends

Katavi NP

HIGHLIGHTS This is the ultimate year round East African Safari, taking you from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro across the Rift Valley to the eighth wonder of the world the Ngorongoro Crater. Then to the Serengeti in a luxury mobile tented camp which positions itself according to the migration ensuring that regardless of the time of year that you travel you will have the best opportunity to view the great herds of Wildebeest and Zebra. Finish in the world famous Masai Mara where you will game drive in the national park and private reserves so you don’t miss a thing.

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Day 2: Nairobi to Amboseli

Day 6: Ngorongoro to Serengeti

You will be met by our representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Eka Hotel Meet your driver guide this morning and head off for Amboseli National Park and your lodge located in the heart of the park. With Mt Kiliminjaro it is idyllic. Enjoy lunch at the Lodge and later in the afternoon you experience the first of your game drives. Return to the lodge for dinner. Two nights: Old Tukai Lodge (BLD)

Spend a full day exploring the Eight Wonder of the World – Ngorongoro Crater. Dinner at lodge. (BLD) Transfer to the Serengeti National Park, your intimate tented camp is comfortable with ensuite enabling you to experience a real safari in the heart of the Bush. Overnight: Kati Kati Tented Camp (BLD)

Day 7-8: Serengeti

Today you move to an Exclusive Mobile Camp which follows the migration all year round giving you the best possible chance of seeing the Migration at any time of the year. With very comfortable tents and delicious food you will have everything you need to be close to all the action. Lunch at the camp “Al Fresco’ then in the afternoon head out viewing game. Two nights: Exclusive Mobile Camp* (BLD)

Elephants and a view of Kilimanjaro

Day 3: Amboseli

Early morning is the best time to view Mt Kilimanjaro, head out for your morning game drive, eyes out for elephant, lion, cheetah and more. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch and some down time. This afternoon head out again looking for game. (BLD)

Serengeti

Day 9: Serengeti to Masai Mara

Transfer to the airstrip and fly into the Masai Mara. Your luxury tented camp is in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy which teams with wildlife, only a small handful of resident camps have access to the conservancy ensuring you the best game viewing and no crowds. The camp and all its luxury tents overlook the Mara River with its resident pod of hippos. Three nights: Karen Blixen Camp (BLD)

Karen Blixen Camp

Cheetah, Amboseli National Park

Day 4: Ngorongoro (Lake Manyara)

Departs daily Min 2 guests Min 4 guest

From

$6,030pp

Cross into Tanzania and drive to your lodge which is located a short drive from the Ngorongoro Conservation area. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in the Lake Manyara National park, famous for its population of flamingos and the legendary treeclimbing lions. Two nights: Plantation Lodge (BLD) Karen Blixen Camp

$5,100pp

Day 10-11: Masai Mara

Includes: Meals as listed, park entrance fees, game drives as per itinerary, soft drinks, beer and wine at Karen Blixen Camp, flight Migori – Masai Mara – Nairobi. Departs daily. * Depending on time of year we use Kati Kati for one night and a mobile camp for 2 nights. The mobile camp follows the migration therefore the location of the migration and the camp will determine whether we start with the mobile or end with the mobile. In April and May this itinerary will be exclusively 3 nights at Kati Kati. Private tour departs daily.

After a morning game drive, time for a swim or massage before heading back out in the Masai Mara National Reserve, one of the most famous in the world with plenty of game opportunities. Breakfast and lunch are picnic style in the national park. (BLD)

Day 12: Masai Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your flight. On arrival in Nairobi, tour ends at airport or hotel. (B) Impressively tusked elephants, Lake Manyara NP

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Lake Nakuru NP

Kenya Mt Kenya NP

Lake Naivasha Masai Mara NP

Nairobi

Serengeti NP

Elephant Family

Tanzania

7 Day Private Family Safari

A private family safari allowing you to choose tented style or luxury lodges

HIGHLIGHTS Kenya is the ideal choice for a family safari and these safaris cater specifically for families. Enjoy game drives in your own private vehicle, meet the local Masai and learn their culture and enjoy the security of a family room or tent.

7 Day Tented Safari

7 Day Lodge Safari

Meet your driver guide this morning and depart for Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary located on the slopes of Mt Kenya. After lunch go out on the first of your game drives. The conservancy has all of the Big Five, plus a Chimpanzee Sanctuary and a Black Rhino Sanctuary. Overnight: Sweetwaters Tented Camp – family tent (LD)

Meet your driver guide this morning and depart for Mt Kenya the country’s highest mountain. Mountain Lodge is like a tree house with all rooms overlooking the waterhole. Activities available – guided nature walks, tree planting and visits to local villages. There is also a hide accessed by a tunnel that allows you see the wildlife just metres from the water hole. Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge – family room (LD)

Day 1: Nairobi to Sweetwaters

Day 2: Sweetwaters to Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is probably Kenya’s most beautiful freshwater lake, the lodge is built on the edge of the lake, in beautiful grounds with green shaded lawns and bright flower beds. Two nights: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge – family room (BLD)

Day 1: Nairobi to Mt Kenya

Day 2: Mt Kenya to Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is probably Kenya’s most beautiful freshwater lake, the lodge is built on the edge of the lake, in beautiful grounds with green shaded lawns and bright flower beds. Two nights: Naivasha Simba Lodge – family room (BLD)

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in the park. Lake Nakuru is famous for one of the greatest bird spectacles on earth – bright pink flamingos. The park surrounds the lake and there are 25 rhinos in the park – the largest concentrations in the country. (BLD)

Kids interaction

Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara Lake Nakuru

Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park

Full day’s game drive in the park. Lake Nakuru is famous for one of the greatest bird spectacles on earth – bright pink flamingos. The park surrounds the lake where there are 25 rhinos – the largest concentrations in the country. Look out for Rothschild’s giraffe, giant python, lion and leopard. (BLD)

Drive to the Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch, the lodge overlooks the banks of the Talek River. Enjoy the afternoon game drive in the national park. Three nights: Mara Simba Lodge – family room (BLD)

Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara Reh, Naivasha Simba Lodge

Drive to the Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon set out for a game drive in the camp’s own open 4x4 safari vehicle. Three nights: Mara Intrepids Camp – family room (BLD)

Masai Mara

Day 5-6: Masai Mara National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Surrounded by the grazing lands of the Masai people, it is a sanctuary for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, hippos, crocodiles and plains game. We recommend an early Hot Air Balloon Safari. (BLD)

Day 7: Masai Mara to Nairobi Adult

Child 6-12yr

Tents

$2,630pp

$1,050pp

Lodges

$2,220pp

$650pp

Includes: Bases on 2 adults/2 children (6-12yrs) sharing a family room, transport in a standard safari minibus (supplement for 4x4 available), meals as indicated, park entrance fees, qualified English speaking driver/guide, taxes and levies. Supplement for flight Mara – Nairobi $250 per adult & $180 per child (6-12yrs). Supplements for teenagers apply. Private tour departs daily.

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Mara Intrepids Camp

Game drive out of the Mara and back to Nairobi late afternoon, tour ends at the airport or your hotel. (B)

Day 5-6: Masai Mara National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the camps 4x4 safari vehicle. Surrounded by the grazing lands of the Masai people, it is a sanctuary for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, hippos, crocodiles and plains game. We recommend an early morning Hot Air Balloon. (BLD)

Day 7: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Game drive to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. Tour ends at the airport or your hotel. (B)

Game Drive Mara Intrepids Camp


Kenya Masai Mara NP

Saruni Mara

Saruni Samburu Samburu Meru Elsa’s Kopje Camp Nairobi

Serengeti NP

Sundowners at Saruni Samburu

10 Day Kenya in Style

Luxury Flying Safari – Meru National Park, Samburu National Park and the Masai Mara National Parks

HIGHLIGHTS This is a flying safari, visiting the stunning Elsa`s Kopje in Meru, one of the less visited and more remote parks, as well as Samburu to the North of Kenya – a stunning area and home to the specific northern species, ending with the jewel in Kenya’s crown, the world famous Masai Mara. An amazing 10 day safari covering the most luxurious places on offer! Indulge in this safari and you most certainly wont be disappointed.

Day 1: Nairobi

Transfer to your hotel offering guests an oasis luxury in the bustling city of Nairobi. Overnight: Eka Hotel

Day 2: Nairobi to Meru National Park

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Meru National Park on arrival transfer to your luxury camp. Elsa’s Kopje is almost invisible to the eye as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill. It blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. Every sumptuous cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-aview’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. This afternoon enjoy the first of your game drives in the national park. Two nights: Elsa’s Kopje Camp (BLD-AI)

Saruni Samburu

of Samburu is laid out in front of you, each of the stunning suites has sweeping views of the park. During your stay enjoy early morning game drives with bush breakfast, back to the camp in time for lunch and a rest before heading out again in the afternoons. Three nights: Saruni Samburu (BLD-AI)

Day 7: Samburu NP to Masai Mara Reserve Fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve for your stay at Saruni Mara Camp. Located in the private Mara North Conservancy the camp is nestled away in the trees with wonderful views. After lunch you can relax before setting off on the first of your game drives. Three nights: Saruni Mara Camp (BLD)

Day 3: Meru National Park

Elsa’s Kopje Camp

Morning and afternoon game drives are included, not only will you find lion and elephant but also rare species such as caracal and the lesser kudu, there is also a rhino sanctuary within the park. Between game drives, enjoy a relaxing spa, fish in one of the many rivers, visit with the local community or enjoy a guided walk. (BLD-AI)

Hot air balloon over Masai Mara

Day 8-9: Masai Mara

Saruni Samburu

During your three night stay morning and afternoon game drives are included, you will have time to visit with the local community, go on a guided walk or relax and take in the beauty of the Masai Mara. A highlight of any visit to the Masai Mara is a hot air balloon safari – rise early for the experience of a life time as you silently glide over the plains of the Mara viewing the animals and scenery before landing in the bush for a champagne breakfast. (BLD)

Day 4-6: Meru NP to Samburu NP Twin share

From

Min 2 guests Min 4 guest $5,540pp

$5,300pp

Includes: Meals (AI = All inclusive, excludes premium drinks), Laundry service at Elsa’s Kopje (limited), Saruni Mara and Saruni Samburu. Fishing at Elsa’s Kopje, - One complimentary massage per room and Special courses in bush skills at Saruni Samburu and Saruni Mara, flights Nairobi - Meru & Sabmuru - Mara – Nairobi, 4x4 transfer - Meru to Samburu, English speaking driver guide, all game drives, local and government taxes, park entry fees. Luggage limits of 15kgs apply to flights. Private tour departs daily.

Leaving Elsa’s Kopje this morning drive further north to the arid soils of the Samburu National Park. Saruni Samburu arguably has some of the best views in Kenya. Perched high on the edge of a cliff, the beauty

Wildebeest Migration

Day 10: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Depart by scheduled flight to Wilson airport Nairobi. On arrival transfer to the airport or your hotel where the tour will end. (B) Saruni Samburu

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5 Day Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Camping Camp style safari for the best value, or upgrade and stay at our great three-star lodge

Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru

Meet your driver/guide and start your safari, a short drive from Nairobi to the picturesque Kenyan countryside. Entering the park’s gates you will proceed to the Lake Nakuru Guest house just in time for the quintessential sundowner followed by a bush dinner. Overnight: Lake Nakuru Guest House (LD)

places to see the Big Five. Return to camp for time to relax and enjoy lunch. This afternoon another game drive with sunset over the Mara Plains. (BLD)

Day 2: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara NP HIGHLIGHTS The Rift Valley Safari provides the ultimate snap-shot visit of two of Kenya’s most stunning destinations. This safari is great value for money.

Watch the sun rise over the lake this morning as you head out on a game drive at Lake Nakuru, a park that is famous for its bird spectacle featuring over a million flamingos, 400 plus migratory bird species and large flotillas of pelicans. Drive to the Masai Mara, enjoy a picnic lunch en route and a game drive in the afternoon. Three nights: Mara Adventure Camp or Mara Simba Lodge (BLD)

Kenya

Lake Nakuru

Nairobi

Masai Mara Code KL3 per person

Min 2

Min 4

Mara Advtre Camp

$1,150

N/A

Mara Simba Lodge

$1,600

$1,260

Includes: Full board accommodation in twoman tent, park fees, campsite fees, game drives in a safari minibus, taxes and levies, transfers as per itinerary. Departs daily. Private tour and can be tailor made.

Day 3: Masai Mara

Pelican at Lake Nakuru

The best time to view the animals is first thing in the morning, look out for elephant, zebra, leopard, wildebeest and the occasional pride of lions, the Masai Mara is renowned for being one of the easiest

Day 4: Masai Mara

Giraffe among acacia trees

Early game drive included. For those seeking a different view of Mara, take to the African skies in a hot air balloon (extra cost), watching thousands of wildebeest run across the grassy plains or giraffe standing tall among the acacia trees – all finished off with a champagne breakfast. This afternoon you will visit the well-watered Mara River – home to crocodiles and hippos. However during one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth, between Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate in search of greener pastures. Taking on the Mara River is an important part of their route. (BLD)

Day 5: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Enjoy another game drive as you proceed out of the Masai Mara and onto Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon where the tour ends. (LD)

7 Day Glimpses of Kenya

Small group tour exploring one of Africa’s best wildlife reserves – Masai Mara, also Amboseli and Lake Naivasha

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. Overnight: Eka Hotel

here at certain times of the year. Lions, buffalos as well as many rhinos call this corner of Kenya home. (BLD)

Day 2: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park

Your first day on safari starts with a drive to Amboseli National Park. The park is famed for its large herds of elephants and the stunning views of Kilimanjaro. Lunch at lodge and time to relax before an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge (BLD)

HIGHLIGHTS Spend one amazing week in Kenya. With shimmering views of Kilimanjaro, cosy nights beside Rift Valley lakes and classic game viewing safaris in two of Kenya’s top game parks.

Kenya

Lake Nakuru NP Masai Lake Naivasha Mara NP

Nairobi

Serengeti NP Mount Kilimanjaro

From

Amboseli NP

Twin share

Single

$1,545pp

request

Includes: Meals as listed, park entrance fees, game drives, English speaking guide, Transfers as stated in the itinerary, current Government taxes and levies. Additional nights and 4 or 5 star lodges at a supplement. Departs Sundays. Can combine with 7 Day Glimpses of Tanzania.

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Elephant in Amboseli National Park

Day 5-6: Masai Mara National Reserve

Ol Tukai Lodge

Day 3: Amboseli to Lake Naivasha

Game drive out of Amboseli for Nairobi, lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and then continue to Lake Naivasha lying in the Great Rift Valley. Your lodge sits in lush gardens and views of the lake. We recommend an optional cruise on the lake, home to large pods of hippos and other wildlife. Two nights: Naivasha Simba (BLD)

Leaving the Great Rift Valley behind today you will drive to Kenya’s famed Masai Mara. Upon entering the reserve you will game drive to your lodge for lunch and time to relax before heading off for an afternoon game drive. Take an optional visit to a local Masai village. Two nights: Mara Simba (BLD)

Day 7: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Game drive out of the park this morning back to Nairobi. Tour ends at the airport or hotel. (B)

Day 4: Daytrip Lake Nakuru National Park

The second great lake you will visit on your tour is Lake Nakuru. The lake is situated in the middle of the national park and is teeming with wildlife, but best known for the large flocks of flamingo which gather

White Rhino, Lake Nakuru National Park


Kenya

Mfangano Island Camp Lake Victoria

Lake Nakuru NP

Masai Mara NP Governors’ Camp

Lake Naivasha Nairobi Loldia activity at Lake Naivasha

8 Day Lakes of Kenya & The Masai Mara Luxury Camp Flying Safari with Governors’ Aviation – Private Tour

HIGHLIGHTS Discover not only the Great Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha & Nakuru but also massive Lake Victoria, considered to be the source of the River Nile and of course the famous game reserve of the Masai Mara. Flying between camps with Governors’ Aviation gives you not only an aerial tour but also more time on the ground for game viewing and activities.

Day 1-2: Loldia House Lake Naivasha

Drive to Loldia House on the shores of Lake Naivasha where you will spend the next two nights. Activities include, day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park, game and bird viewing by boat on Lake Naivasha. Hell’s Gate National park and Crescent. Two nights: Loldia House (BLD+drinks)

Day 3: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara

Enjoy morning activities at Loldia House, fly with Governors Air from the private airstrip to the Masai Mara. Game drive to Governor’s Camp. Overnight: Governor’s Camp (BLD)

Day 6-7: Governors’ Camp Masai Mara

Fly back to the Mara and game drive to the camp. During your two night stay enjoy morning, mid morning and afternoon game drives in the camps open 4x4 safari vehicle. Two nights: Governors’ Camp (BLD)

Day 8: Nairobi

One last game drive this morning before flying back to Wilson Airport. Tour ends at airport or hotel. (B)

Day 4-5: Mfangano, Lake Victoria

This morning fly directly to Mfangano Island Camp an oasis of tranquillity lapped by the waters of Lake Victoria. Included activities are birdwatching, fishing for Nile perch and tilapia, cultural walks, water sports and visits to the caves containing pre-historic rock art. Two nights: Mfangano Island Camp (BLD)

Mfangano, Lake Victoria

6 Day Masai Mara & The Great Rift Valley Flying Safari with Governors’ Aviation – Private Tour

Day 1-2: Loldia House Lake Naivasha

Drive to Loldia House on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Activities include, day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park, game and bird viewing by boat on Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park and Crescent. All meals and local drinks are included during your stay. Two nights: Loldia House (BLD) Twinshare

8 day tour

6 day tour

From

$3,850pp

$2,790pp

Enjoy morning activities at Loldia House, fly with Governors Air from the private airstrip to the Masai Mara. Game drive to Governor’s Camp, this afternoon enjoy another drive in the reserve. Three nights: Governor’s Camp (BLD)

Day 4-5: Governors’ Camp Masai Mara

During your stay enjoy morning, mid morning and afternoon game drives in the open 4x4 safari vehicle. The best time to view the animals is first thing in the morning, look out for elephant, zebra, leopard, wildebeest and the occasional pride of lions, the Masai Mara is renowned for being one of the easiest places to see the Big Five. (BLD)

Includes: As per itinerary all flights and taxes with Governors’ Aviation, meal and camps as listed, English speaking driver guide, game drives in camp shared 4x4 land cruiser in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara & Mfangano park & conservancy fees. Note: Park entrance fees for Lake Nakuru, Crescent Island, Hells Gate to be paid direct. Departs daily.

Day 6: Nairobi Governors’ Camp game drive Masai Mara

Governors’ Camp Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best. Everything is under canvas, all tents have ensuite bathrooms. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River teeming with birdlife, hippo and crocodile.

Day 3: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara

Loldia House Explore the Great Rift Valley. There are beautiful views of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot. Wild animals roam free on the farm and in the evenings hippo munch quietly by the waterside. Loldia House offers the old family house or the cottages located in garden overlooking the lake.

One last game drive this morning before flying back to Wilson Airport. Tour ends at airport or hotel. (B)

Mfangano Island Camp An oasis of tranquility. Enormous boulders sit at the water’s edge, a perch for cormorants or giant monitor lizards to sun themselves. There are six cottages positioned on the shores of the lake all built in traditional Luo tribal style, with stunning views of the lake.

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Lakipia Masai Mara NP

Kenya

Nairobi

Amboseli NP

Mara Plains

7 Day Masai Mara, Lakipia & Amboseli Great Plains Conservation Luxury Air Safari – 5 star plus!

HIGHLIGHTS This luxury safari gives the traveller not only a fantastic game experience but is also gives you the pleasure of small intimate camps that engage with nature and the local community and who tailor make your safari in some of the best locations to be found in Kenya.

Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli

Transfer to Wilson airport for a morning flight to Ol Donyo Lodge. Enjoy brunch then relax by the pool as you watch the animals coming to the waterhole below the lodge or take a guided bush walk around the camp surrounds. This afternoon activities include game drives, a mountain bike safari or another game drive after dinner. Two nights: Ol Donyo Lodge (LD)

sundowners, guided walks, camel walks, sleep outs, and visits to the various community projects. Two nights: Segera Retreat (BLD)

Day 4: Segera Retreat

Enjoy the many included activities, Segera houses many endangered animals including elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, monkeys, cheetahs, an unusually high population of giraffes, Grevy’s zebra, the very rare African Wild Dog and approximately 250 native bird species. (BLD)

Day 5: Mara Toto Masai Mara

Cycle Safari, Ol Donyo

Transfer to airstrip for Masai Mara flight and on arrival to the small and intimate Mara Toto. The site was handpicked by Derek and Beverly Joubert. The camps traversing rights of both the Mara North Conservancy and Masai Mara Game Reserve gives the guest the flexibility to enjoy the fines of wildlife sightings. Afternoon game drive. Two nights: Mara Toto (BLD)

Days 2: Ol Donyo Lodge Amboseli

Imagine travelling across the archetypal savannahs of East Africa in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle without limitation, walk with expert trackers, or horseback riding with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop – a typical day at Ol Donyo. Tonight we recommend you enjoy a night under the stars in your private star bed. (BLD)

Crocodile attacks wildebeest crossing river, Masai Mara

Day 6: Mara Toto

From

Twin share

Single

$6,800pp

request

Includes: All meals, drinks (except premium brands), laundry, conservancy and park fees, all scheduled game activities, game drives in open 4x4 luxury safari vehicles, all transfers as listed, flights Wilson/Ol Donyo/Segera/Mara/Wilson on scheduled flights. Departs daily private tour and can be tailor made.

Private Star Bed, Ol Donyo

Day 3: Amboseli to Segera Retreat Lakipia Fly to Segera Retreat by scheduled flights and transfer to camp. Segera guarantees a unique experience. Your Villa Attendant is on hand to tailor the included activities to your preferences. Activities included are, night and day game drives, picnics and

Ol Donyo Lodge Its location is unrivaled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of traditional wildlife migration routes. Bushwalks with armed guides, horseback riding. All suites overlook the waterhole with a lounge, verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, most have their own private pools.

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Segera Retreat Found deep within the highlands of Laikipia, the camp runs entirely on solar energy and comprises 7 two-storey villas gazing over the Laikipia Plateau with views of Mount Kenya. The villas have ensuite bathrooms and private sun decks, complete with Jacuzzi baths and swing beds.

Explore the 70,000 acre private Mara North Conservancy, shared with just a handful of other small boutique camps, or go in deep into the famous Masai Mara to catch the river crossings or a foray around Paradise Plains in search of Notch & Sons. You’ll not have to look far for wildlife – the glade of trees surrounding the camp is prime leopard territory, and the camp is a superior location to witness the great wildebeest and zebra migration from your tent. (BLD)

Day 7: Mara Toto to Nairobi

Time permitting, early morning game drive before your flight back to Wilson airport. Tour ends on arrival.

Mara Toto The camp’s traversing rights of both Mara North Conservancy and the Masai Mara Game Reserve allow guest to explore far and wide in search of arguably the finest wildlife sightings on earth; particularly predator viewing. Four custom-designed canvas tents with flush loos, bucket showers.


Samburu National Park

Kenya Nairobi

Samburu Game Lodge

3 Day Samburu: Kenya’s Northern Delight Air safari departs daily

HIGHLIGHTS North of Mt Kenya is the remote Samburu National Park. It is often regarded by travellers and guides in Kenya as the best of Kenya’s national parks. There is no shortage of game here and there are frequent sightings of all of the big cats, as well all of Kenya’s plains game.

Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu National park

Transfer from your hotel or Nairobi airport to Wilson airport for your flight which departs early morning. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your camp/lodge for lunch, animal viewing en route.

Dinner with a view - Larsons

found north of the equator. Find relief from the hot African sun back at the lodge/camp as you chill-out in the afternoon. As the day cools, you shall return to the reserve for one last game drive (BLD) Elephants on game drive

Visitors will also be privileged to see the red-robed Samburu tribesmen. The lives of the Samburu are centred on their livestock, which are their traditional means of survival. Twin Share

Single

Samburu

$1,235pp

request

Larsons

$1,470pp

request

Saruni

$1,710pp

request

Includes: Transfers in Nairobi, meals as per itinerary, Larsens & Saruni include all drinks (except premium brands), park fees, two game drives per day, English speaking guides, airstrip transfers in Samburu, schedule flights Nairobi - Samburu - Nairobi, taxes. Saruni includes laundry & 1 massage per room. Larsens - 2 pieces of laundry per day. 15kgs luggage limit. Private tour departs daily.

You will spend two nights in this natural paradise where large herds of elephants, plentiful big cats, reticulated giraffes, buffalo and gerenuks form part of the reserve’s large and diverse wildlife population. Morning and afternoon game drives are included at each lodge in the camps open 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified driver/guides. Ewaso Nyiro River is the main attraction for wildlife, but many animals are also found in the various habitats such as acacia, river forest, thorn trees and grasslands. Two nights: Choose from the lodges featured below (LD)

Samburu -Shaba Reserve

Day 3: Samburu to Nairobi

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airtsrip for your flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport, you will be met and transferred to the International airport or to your hotel. (B)

Saruni Samburu overlooking Kenya

Day 2: Samburu

Enjoy an early morning game drive in this scenically and dramatic wildlife reserve, watch out for the unique Grevy’s zebra or beisa oryx, both species only

Samburu Game Lodge set in 10 acres of pristine riverine forest at an altitude of 857m above sea level. 61 rooms are decorated using the finest materials and fabrics. All have ensuite bathrooms (some with baths), private balconies overlooking the river. The 2 bars overlook the river and there is a swimming pool.

Larsons Camp The camp is bordered by the Uaso Nyiro River on one side. There are 20 free standing luxurious tented suites. Each tent stands on a plinth of natural stone with a private balcony, ensuite and designed in chic safari style.

Samburu Warriors

Saruni Samburu Perched on the top of the Kalama Mountains with an all-round view of Northen Kenya. The lodge offers first-class safari experience in a totally un-spoilt environment, far from the beaten tracks. There are 4 houses, a large swimming pool with views and a waterhole that attract wildlife.

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Kenya

Mount Kenya Nairobi

Masai Mara

Tanzania

HIGHLIGHTS No trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara. It is known mainly for its exceptional population of big cats, game, and the annual Great Migration of around one and a half million zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests from the Serengeti every year between July to October and of course home to the Big Five. Along with the animals the Masai Mara is also home to the Maasai people, whose pastoral lifestyle and colourful garb and culture has made them Kenya’s best known tribe. There is a variety of accommodation on offer in the Masai Mara, from great value to luxury tented camps locate in the national reserve and private conservancies.

Annual Migration

4 Day Wings Over the Masai Mara Fly-in Safaris in the Masai Mara – Tented camps – choose value or luxury accommodation

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara

Transfer to Wilson airport for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival enjoy an en route game

drive to your selected camp. Afternoon game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicle. Three nights: Chose from the accommodation on page 83. (LD)

Day 2-3: Masai Mara

Morning and afternoon game drives are included in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Depending on the time of the year you may drive down to the river or across the plains in search of the scores of wildebeest, or the resident game which can be found all year. Camps in their own conservancy will include one full day in Masai Mara National Reserve. (BLD)

Day 4: Masai Mara to Nairobi Up close! Game drive

Code KL5 per person

Min 2

Min 4

Mara Simba Lodge

$1,415

$1,375

Fig Tree Camp

$1,540

$1,490

Karen Blixen Camp

$1,760

$1,720

Sanctuary Olonana

$2,140

$2,110

Governors Main

$1,770

$1,740

Little Governors

$1,930

$1,890

Game drive to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi Wilson. Transfer to the airport or your hotel where the tour ends. (B)

Includes: Return flights from Wilson Nairobi to the Masai Mara, transfers as indicated, meals per itinerary, Karen Blixen Camp and Olanana Camp includes all drinks (except premium brands), 3 nights accommodation at selected camp, game drives in selected camps shared 4x4 vehicle. Departs daily.Other camps available and packages can be tailor made

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Wildebeest crossing river


Game drive led by Maasi

Mara Simba Lodge

Fig Tree Camp Mara Simba lodge sits overlooking a dramatic bend on the bank of the Talek, a tributary of the Mara River. The 84 guest rooms, arranged in clusters of six in each natural wood and stone Banda. They all have ensuite showers, tiled bathrooms with natural granite. Each spacious room opens onto its own private veranda with uninterrupted views across the river. There is a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, also a resident naturalist who presents talks on the wildlife and ecology of the Masai Mara.

Karen Blixen Camp

Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the northern border of the Masai Mara game reserve. To make an evening a real adventure, at the Fig Tree Camp one can choose to stay in a tent or a chalet, giving the best of both worlds. The rooms spaciously line up along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the game reserve. All tents and chalets have a private balcony and ensuite. There are two bars and dinning areas and swimming pool.

Sanctuary Olonana Offering an authentic ’yesteryear’ exclusive and private safari experience. Throughout the day elephants, giraffes, zebras and impalas come for a drink while a large hippo pod rest lazily in the river. There are 22 large luxury canvas tents – each set on a beautiful wooden platform with a spacious veranda with views along the Mara River. The private bathroom also has a romantic outside shower. There is a swimming pool and spa. Game viewing in the Oloololo Escarpment for its rich wildlife.

Governors’ Main Camp Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile. Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Everything is under canvas, all tents have ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck and dinning tent.

Sanctuary Olonana is a boutique luxury camp located on a private concession with a dramatic view over the Mara River. Built on the banks of the Mara River, the 14 canvas tents are extremely comfortable and spacious. All with ensuite, they feature, four-poster beds with floor to ceiling mosquito netting with private verandas overlooking the river and the resident hippo pod. There is a main dining room, swimming pool and mini-spa.

Little Governors Camp Accessible by boat only Little Governors’ is an intimate camp with only 17 luxury ensuite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. From your veranda guests enjoy the constant game activity that happens around the watering hotel. All Governors camps in the Masai include 3 game viewing excursions per day with experienced guides in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Optional activities include guided walks, hot air ballooning, visits to one of the local Masai villages.

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3 Day Amboseli Fly-in Safari

Kenya

A snap shot of Amboseli – Fly in Safaris: choose your camp

Nairobi Amboseli NP

Tanzania

Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park

Transfer from your hotel to Wilson airport for your flight to Amboseli, enjoy a en route game drive to your lodge. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon game drive in the park in the camps open 4x4 safari vehicle. Return to your lodge for dinner. Two nights: Choose from Ol Tukai Lodge or Tortills Camp (LD)

Ol Tukai Lodge

The buildings are spaciously laid out and the property has well maintained flat lawns, gardens and wide open spaces. The property overlooks Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plain. All of the 80 chalet style rooms are comfortably furnished with verandas. There is a pool, spa, restaurant and bars.

HIGHLIGHTS There are five different habitats in Amboseli: open plains, acacia woodlands, thorn scrub, swamp and marshlands. This diversity of habitats allows for excellent game viewing all year round. View of Mt Kilimanjaro from Amboseli

Tortills Camp

Day 2: Amboseli National Park

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Ol Tukai Lodge $1,570pp

request

Tortills Camp

request

$1,450pp

Includes: Transfers, meals per itinerary, park entrance fees, two game drives per day, return flights. Tortills Camp includes: all drinks (except premium brands). Departs daily.

Day 3: Amboseli National Park to Nairobi Transfer to the airstrip for your flight back Nairobi.

A snap shot of Samburu and Masai Mara National Parks – Fly in Safaris

Kenya

Nairobi

Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu

Transfer from your hotel to Wilson airport for your flight to Samburu. On arrival game drive to your camp for lunch, then head out into the park for an afternoon game drive in the camp vehicle. Two nights: Larsens Camp (LD)

HIGHLIGHTS Enjoy the Samburu and Masai Mara in the comfort of luxury.

Karen Blixen Camp

Day 3: Samburu to Masai Mara

Larsens Camp

Day 2: Samburu National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Samburu Reserve. (BLD)

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With views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the safari style tents are styled to the highest standard. There is a main lounge, bar and dining room, using all natural materials and stunning thatched roofs. A long list of activities are on offer including game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners and cultural visits.

6 Day Samburu & Mara Air Safari

Samburu NP Masai Mara NP

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Amboseli National Park, located immediately northwest of Mount Kilimanjaro. This is certainly one of the most picturesque places in Africa to view game, and the sight of herds of elephants trudging slowly across the plains in front of Africans highest mountain, is as iconic as it is breathtaking. Amboseli is filled with the larger game species including zebras, giraffes and all of the other plains game, such as elephants and Africa’s big cats. (BLD)

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Single

$2,970pp

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Day 4-5: Masai Mara

Over the next two days you will experience morning and afternoon game drives in the exclusive unfenced Mara North Conservancy. We highly recommend the early morning balloon safari over the Masai Mara ending with a champagne bush breakfast (extra cost). (BLD)

Day 6: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Early morning game drive, then back to the camp for breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Wilson. In Nairobi transfer to the international airport or your hotel. (B)

Includes: Meals per itinerary, all drinks except premium brands, all transfers as indicated, flights Wilson/Samburu/Mara/Wilson, park fees, game drives in 4x4 camp vehicles. Departs daily private tour.

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Transfer to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival you will game drive to your luxurious camp. This afternoon enjoy your game drive in the private Mara North Conservancy. Three nights: Karen Blixen Camp (BLD)

Shaba Gorge, Samburu


Nairobi

Kenya

Tanzania

Mombasa

Swahili Beach The Almanara The Sands Kenyan Coast

HIGHLIGHTS Safaris can be hard work! Fly to beautiful Diani Beach with its pristine white sands, turquoise blue Indian Ocean and relax at one of these great resorts. We have included flights from Wilson airport to Diani Beach allowing you to connect straight from your safari and avoiding the hustle of Mombasa, meaning you spend more time on the beach!

4 Day Kenyan Coast Beach Escapes Connect from your Kenyan Safari directly to the coast for a beach escape

The Sands at Nomad This boutique resort is set amid 25 acres of indigenous coastal forest. Enjoy uninterrupted access to one of Kenya’s most unspoilt stretches of silver sand and aquamarine sea. All rooms, cottages and suites feature ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, airconditioning, mini-bar, safe, Satellite TV, internet access, 24 hour room service. There is a restaurant and two bars, swimming pool, a wide range of water sports including windsurfing, pedalo, kayak, deep sea fishing and Padi Diving. 4 day/3 nights from: $1,520pp twin share Includes: Transfers in Nairobi & Diani, breakfast and dinner daily, flight Nairobi-Ukunda-Nairobi, taxes.

Swahili Beach Located on Diani Beach, with influences from the East African coast, Arabia, India, and Zanzibar that have fused over millennia to create the vibrant Swahili culture. The large and airy rooms all have their own private veranda’s and are exquisitely furnished with Swahili furniture and decor, they all feature flat screen TV, mini bar, safe, wireless internet, air conditioning. Offering scuba diving and water sport activities. The Spa & Fitness centre is located directly on the beach . 4 day/3 nights from: $1,280pp twin share Includes: Transfers in Nairobi & Diani, breakfast and dinner daily, flight Nairobi-Ukunda-Nairobi, taxes.

The Almanara Resort This resort has a ‘home away from home’ feel, with a personal chef and maid service available to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Located on Galu Beach, Diani, which is famed for its sandy white beaches and amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities. Enjoy the Cloud Nine Health Spa or relax by the pool with a cool drink! 4 day/3 nights from: $1,570pp twin share Includes: All meals and drinks except premium wines, spirits and champagne. Personal chef, butler, maid and chauffeur service within the Diani area, airport transfers, flight Nairobi/UkundaNairobi includes taxes.

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House of Waine

Nairobi Hotels

Stay a night in Nairobi before you connect to your safari

Eka Hotel

House of Waine

Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in the capital city Nairobi. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the city. The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience and efficiency. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite connection, plug-and-play panels, direct-dial international telephone, complimentary high-speed internet access, mini bar, electronic personal safety deposit box, complimentary teaand-coffee-making facilities and hair dryers available on request. Standard room from $130 per person per night twin share includes breakfast

Set on 2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens is House of Waine, a fusion of colonial elegance and the spirit of modern Africa. Situated in the green suburb of Karen, it is the perfect hotel for those who seek to escape the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. With 11 luxurious guest rooms, House of Waine is kept small and intimate, aiming at providing guests with personalised service, a heated swimming pool as well as internet connections in all the rooms and throughout the hotel. All the rooms have an elegant décor and are individually designed reflecting different themes.

Hemingways Nairobi +

Opening its doors in April 2013 this 45 room boutique hotel located in the leafy suburb of Karen. Hemingways Nairobi is a testament to luxury, with personal butler service for each room, fine dining, a luxury spa, fitness centre, or if you feel like a round a golf, let the chauffeur service take you there. The large luxury bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills with luxury bathrooms and feature complimentary Wifi, Led TV, mini bar, electronic safe. Deluxe room from $350 twin share per person per night includes breakfast

Standard suite from $270 per person twin share per night includes breakfast

Things to See & Do in Nairobi This busy and bustling city offers plenty to see and do, from colonial buildings to traditional and contemporary African culture. Our tours are personalised and you will always have one of our friendly and informative driver guides with you whilst you visit the sites of this city.

Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage This famous animal shelter gives you a rare opportunity to come close to orphaned baby elephants. Each elephant has its own keeper who will stay with the elephant until it is reintroduced into the wild. 2 hours $56 per adult

Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Centre Visit the Karen Blixen Museum, originally the home of the Danish author Karen Blixen who wrote “Out of Africa” then continue onto the Giraffe Centre to meet and interact with some endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. 4 hours $110 per adult

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Kenya Serengeti NP Sanctuary Kusini Arusha Ngorongoro crator Karatu Lake Manyara NP Tarangire NP

Tanzania

Sunset Hill

8 Day Tanzania Luxury Air Safari Private air safari tour – Luxury stays with Sanctuary

HIGHLIGHTS This safari takes you to some of the most prestigious lodges in northern Tanzania’s core parks of Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. You’ll visit each of these parks in luxury as you fly over the dramatic landscape. Less time on the road means more time spent watching the wildlife.

Day 1: Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your lodge for the night. Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge (D)

lodge. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many activities on offer, including – horseback riding, estate walking tour, bicycle trail, tennis or coffee tasting. Two nights: Manor at Ngorongoro (BLD)

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Transfer to Arusha airstrip and fly to Tarangire. Enjoy a game drive en route to Swala Camp. Due to the camps secluded location you are unlikely to see many vehicles as you venture out into the national park this afternoon for a game drive. Enjoy a sundowner before returning to camp for dinner. Two nights: Sanctuary Swala (BLD) Ngorongoro Crator

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Game drive in Tarangire

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Enjoy an early tea or coffee on your private deck before setting out for an early morning game drive. After lunch relax by the pool or relax on your deck which overlooks the waterhole. This afternoon another game drive and sundowners. (BLD)

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Single

$5,070pp

request

Includes: Meals as indicated, all drinks except premium, laundry, park fees, 2 daily game drives, Visit to Gijadebung School and Mwika village at Sanctuary Swala, visit to the Serengeti Cheetah Project at Sanctuary Kusini, cosmic safari at Sanctuary Kusini, all transfers as listed, flights; Arusha- Sanctuary Swala / Manyara / Serengeti / Arusha / Kilimanjaro. Departs daily.

Descend to the crater floor and start your day of game viewing with the spectacular back drop of the crater wall at every turn. More than 30,000 animals can be found in the crater with a high concentration of predators including black maned lions. On the lake in the middle of the Crater you may see thousands of flamingos fluttering and shimmering like a pink heat haze. Lunch is picnic style by the hippo pool. (BLD)

Day 6: Karatu to Serengeti

Transfer to the airstrip and fly to the Serengeti. On arrival transfer to the camp. After lunch, time to relax before you head out in the afternoon on the first of your game drives on the endless plains. The park itself covers 14,763 sq km, making it one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries and hosts one of the world’s largest land migrations. Every year 1.5 million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara followed by hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game in search of fresh grazing pastures. Two nights: Sanctuary Kusini (BLD)

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Sundowners at Tarangire

Day 4: Karatu (Ngorongoro Highlands)

Fly to Manyara airstrip and transfer to your luxury

Swala Camp In a remote corner of the Tarangire. View the never ending wildlife spectacle from your private balcony, the infinity swimming pool which over-looks the waterhole, or from the lounge and deck area. Each of the 12 luxury canvas pavilions have private veranda, ensuite, indoor/outdoor showers.

The Manor at Ngorongoro The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant, up country Farm home and sits on the hill overlooking the surrounding farm land. 20 luxurious guest cottages have access to indoor and outdoor fireplaces, sauna, steam room, tennis court, private courtyards and secluded decks.

More game drives in the Serengeti. This evening return to camp and climb to the top of the Kopje for stunning 360 degree views of the Serengeti. (BLD)

Day 8: Serengeti to Arusha

One last game drive before your flight back to Kilimanjaro via Arusha where your safari ends. (B)

Sanctuary Kusini This is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote part of the Serengeti and every year wildebeest congregate on the camp’s “doorstep”. Features dining area, lounge and library, as well as a campfire. The 12 open-plan ensuite tents have verandas with views across the plains.

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Kenya Serengeti NP Arusha Ngorongoro crator Lake Manyara NP

Mara Plains

Tanzania

7 Day Tanzania in Style

Visit Tanzania’s three top game parks in style. Combined 4WD and Air Safari to maximise your time

HIGHLIGHTS Visit some of the more famous safari parks in Tanzania; Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti, whilst staying in some of Tanzania’s most upmarket boutique properties allowing you to take in the entire experience in pure luxury.

Day 1: Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Mt Meru Hotel

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara

Today the real adventure begins as you travel to the Lake Manyara National Park and the Escarpment Lodge. Set overlooking the lake, the Lodge boasts breath-taking views and luxurious surroundings perfect for a two night stay. You will spend the whole day in the Park exploring before you arrive at the Lodge in time for evening drinks and dinner. Two nights: Escarpment Lodge (BLD)

Day 4: Lake Manyara to Serengeti NP

The highlight of your safari is up next with a three night stay in the famous Serengeti National Park. Visit Olduvai Gorge before arriving at your luxury tented lodge. Soroi Serengeti is set high on a natural plateau with endless views over the vast plains of Musabi, giving you a truly unforgettable African experience. The afternoon is at leisure. Three nights: Soroi Serengeti (BLD)

Serengeti

Day 5: Serengeti National Park Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

From

Twin share

Single

$3,330pp

request

Escarpment Lodge

Today you will enjoy a full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. This world famous attraction is bursting with game and never fails to impress its visitors. Arrive back at the lodge in the early evening in time for dinner. (BLD)

Includes: All meals, Soft drinks at Soroi Serengeti Lodge, - Park Entrance fees, transfers as indicated, all game viewing in a custom built 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English speaking driver guide, scheduled flight Serengeti to Arusha, a cultural visit to Mto wa Mbu village in Manyara, visit Olduvai Gorge, 1 litre of bottled water in the vehicle per person per day, government taxes and levies. Private tour departs daily

Set off for an early morning game drive, you can return to the lodge for breakfast or enjoy a picnic breakfast in the bush. Lunch and time to relax before heading out again in search of more game. (BLD)

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives are included today, however, we recommend the Hot Air Balloon Safari – (extra cost). Experience a Serengeti sunrise from the air before landing for a champagne breakfast and game drive back to the camp arriving in time for lunch. (BLD)

Day 7: Depart

Transfer to the airstrip this morning for your flight back to Arusha. On arrival in Arusha transfer to the airport for your onward journey. The beaches of Zanzibar are stunning and a perfect add-on to any African Safari. Call us for details. (BL) Ngorongoro Crater

Escarpment Lodge - Manyara From the main lodge you have breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge upon which the lodge perches, there are 16 luxuriously appointed private chalets. Each of chalets has its own private deck with views of the lake below and from where you can watch wildlife as it drifts through the lodge grounds, they also boast lounge area with leather sofas, inside and outside shower with a deep bath with views of the lake and bush.

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Soroi Serengeti The Lodge’s has a large open fireplace deck overlooking the plains and infinity ‘rock’ pool. Meals are served from an interactive open plan kitchen. 25 individual thatched chalets are linked to the main lodge pathways by raised timber walkways. All feature viewing decks, mini-fridge and ensuite bathroom with a stand-alone bath, an outside shower for the more adventurous and a full range of guest amenities. The Suites enjoy an extended lounge area with WiFi and Satellite TV.


Serengeti NP

Kenya

Arusha Ngorongoro Lake Manyara NP Tarangire NP

Tanzania INCLUSIONS Visit the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara NP before continuing onto the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire where you will experience a variety of landscapes and a huge diversity in wildlife.

7 Day Tanzania Wildlife Week

Accommodation is a mix of lodges and permanent camps offering comfort and a sense of adventure

Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park

After lunch at the Arusha Hotel, drive to Lake Manyara National Park which consists of a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east, which is famous for its population of flamingos. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds graze on the grassy plains, as do giraffes. Whereas the narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Overnight: Kirurumu Tented Camp (LD)

collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The actual crater is 260 sq km and 620m deep. Two nights: Plantation Lodge (BLD)

Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Experience the crater early without the crowds, reaching the crater floor as the sun begins to rise. The Crater is home to about 25,000 animals. (BLD)

Day 6: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast take a short drive to Tarangire NP. This baobab laced park hosts the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx are seen often. Lunch is in a stunning picnic location as you watch over an evergreen swamp filled with elephants. The dazzlingly yellow-collared lovebird, the rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling are all endemic to the dry savannah. Overnight: Maramboi Tented Lodge (BLD)

Day 7: Tarangire National Park to Arusha After breakfast return back to Arusha. (BL) Zebra, Lake Manyara National Park

Day 2-3: Serengeti National Park Manyara’s tree-climbing lions

Min 2 guests Min 4 guests From

$2,610pp

$2,060pp

Includes: Meals as listed, private driver/guide, game drives and transfers in custom built 4WD, park fees. Private tour departs daily.

Drive to the Serengeti. The great wildebeest migration of over six million pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Two nights: Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp (BLD)

Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Arrive at your lodge, perched on the rim of the

Tarangire National Park

Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Lake Manyara NP

Kenya

7 Day Glimpses of Tanzania

Small group tour of 7 guests. A mix of lodges and permanent camps offering comfort and a sense of adventure

Day 1: Arusha

Arusha

Tarangire NP

Tanzania INCLUSIONS From the foothills of Kilimanjaro across to the baobab-studded landscape of Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Venture to The Serengeti and a drive along the flamingo lined shores of Lake Manyara.

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport transfer to your hotel, located on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. Time to relax and enjoy the view. Overnight: Aishi Machame Hotel (D)

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire NP to Karatu

For the early risers there is time for a walk to the gate of the Machame Route. Traverse the floor of the Great Rift Valley and enter Tarangire National Park – home of the tree climbing lions, enjoy a game drive in the park. Continue to your lodge located midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. All the 24 rooms have ensuites, veranda and a fireplace. Overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge (BLD)

Ikoma Bush Ccamp

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Early this morning you will leave the camp for the morning game drive. The Serengeti at sunrise is simply stunning. Time to relax after lunch before heading out again for an afternoon game drive. (BLD)

Day 5: The Serengeti to Karatu

Game drive out of the Serengeti towards the Ngorongoro Crater ending up back at your Karatu camp. Two nights: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge (BLD)

Day 6: The Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti

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$1,545pp

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Includes: Meals as listed, private driver/guide, game drives, park fees. Private tour departs Saturdays. Combine with the Glimpses of Kenya tour for an affordable 14 day safari.

Day 3: Serengeti (Western Corridor)

Today you will drive through arguably the best game park in the world – The Serengeti. Your tented camp is located along the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti River. This afternoon another game drive before returning to camp for dinner. Two nights: Ikoma Bush Camp (BLD)

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera, experience an amazing game drive on the crater floor. Filled with wildlife and said to be one of the most thrilling game spotting experiences. (BLD)

Day 7: Karatu to Lake Manyara to Arusha

Enjoy a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park, famous for the large flocks of flamingos. Apart from the bird species the park is home to large herds of elephant, tree climbing lions, and if you are lucky leopard. Arriving back in Arusha your tour will end at the airport or your hotel. (B)

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Kenya Serengeti NP Arusha

Tanzania

Game drive in Serengeti

HIGHLIGHTS Visit one of the most famous parks in Tanzania. The park itself covers 14,763 sq km, making it one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries and hosts one of the world’s largest land migrations. Every year 1.5 million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara followed by hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game in search of fresh grazing pastures.

4 Day Wings Over the Serengeti

Fly-in Safaris in the Serengeti – Follow the migration – choose value or luxury accommodation

Day 1: Arusha to Serengeti

Depart on your scheduled flight to the Serengeti, on arrival transfer from the airstrip to your camp/lodge. Afternoon game drive. Three nights: Chose from the accommodation on page 91. (LD)

There is a variety of accommodation on offer in the Serengeti, from great value to luxury tented camps locate in the national reserve and private conservancies.

Wildebeest crossing river

Day 4: Serengeti to Arusha

Transfer to the airstrip and depart on scheduled flight to Arusha. (B) Open plains of Serengeti

Day 2-3: Serengeti

During the next two days you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Discover why the Serengeti is an icon of Africa. The open plains spread out as far as the eye can see so it’s no surprise that the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning, “endless plains”. (BLD)

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Sopa Lodge

$2,170

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Kati Kati Camp

$2,540

$2,100

Mbalageti Camp

$2,200

$1,800

Migration Pioneer

$2,695

$2,600

Kusini Camp

$2,800

$2,700

Faru Faru Lodge

$3,680

$3,600

Twin share per person

Includes: Return scheduled flights from Arusha to the Serengeti, return transfers from the airstrip to your camp/lodge, twice daily game drives in shared open 4x4 safari vehicle, meals as indicated. Kusini & Faru Faru include all drinks (except premium brands)

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Serengeti Sopa Lodge -South West Serengeti Located on the edge of an escarpment and overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park. All spacious rooms have their own private balcony, mini bar and small lounge and ensuite. Features of the lodge include swimming pool, restaurant, bar, cultural talks, babysitting.

Mbalageti Tented Camp -South West Serengeti Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River. The luxurious safari-style tents, each with ensuite bathroom with spectacular views. Camp facilities include, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and Spa.

Sanctuary Kusini -Southern Serengeti This is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote part of the Serengeti and every year wildebeest congregate on the camp’s “doorstep”. It overlooks the plains where game are a common sight all year round. The camp’s communal areas include a dining area, lounge and library, as well as a campfire. The 12 open-plan ensuite tents at Sanctuary Kusini are shaded from the sun by acacia trees, privately positioned with comfortably furnished verandas where you have views across the plains and a parade of animals.

Kati Kati Tented Camp -Central Serengeti A mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. All 15 tents have ensuites, there is a dinning mess and lounge.

Serengeti Migration Camp -Grumeti River Serengeti Pioneer Camp -South Central Serengeti Serengeti Migration Camp is located at the starting point of The Migration. The tents have a wooden floor, fixed bathroom walls, fixed wooden doors but all combine with the all-enveloping canvas. Meals are taken under canvas or al-fresco under the brilliant African skies. Serengeti Pioneer Camp offers access to the annual migration and the ‘Big Five’ with views overlooking Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi. Only 10 spacious tents all of which have ensuite facilities.

Faru Faru -Singita Grumeti Reserve The Singita concession spans a vast 350,000 acres (140,000 hectares) of relatively untouched wilderness. The two rim-flow swimming pools sits over a watering hole that lies just below. The elevated viewing decks over the watering hole allow guests to view game without even leaving their lodge. Eight air-conditioned ensuite suites, with a bath and outdoor shower. There is a dedicated family suite suitable for a family of four and the Villa Suite is ideal for couples travelling together.

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Tanzania Ruaha NP

Dar Es Salaam

Selous Game Reserve Sunset Hill

5 Day Southern Tanzania – Bush & Beach Private 5 star air safari – Explore the Selous and Ruaha Natioanl Parks and finish on a Tanzanian beach

HIGHLIGHTS Take a journey to the more remote southern part of Tanzania – here you will find vast open remote wilderness and no crowds. In the Selous you will see the last of the really big tusked elephants and large maned lions, and the Ruaha Reserve is considered to have the highest concentration of Elephant in Africa and rare species of mammals including wild dog, leopard and the greater & lesser Kudu.

Day 1-2: Selous Game Reserve

Fly from Dar es Salaam on a scheduled flight to the Selous. On arrival game drive to your camp. Unbeknown to many people, the Selous is four times the size of the Serengeti and possesses a diverse landscape from hot volcanic springs, sporadic lakes, and channels from the Great Ruaha and Rufiji rivers.

You will rarely meet any other vehicles on your game drives around Ruaha’s, bringing you the feeling of intimacy and exclusivity. Ruaha is not only renowned

Hippo in Selous

for its large population of elephants, it is also a true birdwatchers paradise. Two nights: Choose from below combo (BLD) View of the river

Along the Rufiji River, an array of grazing antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white colobus monkeys in the riverside forests. Linked to the Rufii is Lake Tagalala where waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck gather at the water’s edge. Enjoy morning and afternoon game activities daily, as offered by your camp. Two nights: Choose from below combo (BLD) Zebra

Day 5: Dar es Salaam

After the morning game activity fly back to Dar on a scheduled flight. Safari ends here or extend on this 4 day escape on the pristine beaches of Tanzania. (B)

Camp combo from

Twin share

Jongomero & Siwandu

$3,540pp

Kiegelia & Amara

$3,070pp

Includes: All meals, game activities, park fees, transfers, flights as per itinerary. Depart daily.

Jongomero – Ruaha National Park The 8 large luxury tented suites are all built on raised wooden platforms with private veranda and with ensuite. They are situated on the edge of the sand river which is frequented by the animals. The camp has a natural “hippo friendly” swimming pool for hot days.

Waterbuck

Day 3-4: Ruaha Game Reserve

This morning take a scheduled flight to the Ruaha National Park, on arrival game drive to your camp.

Siwandu – Selous Game Reserve Situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, a massive lake adjoining the Great Rufiji River. 13 luxury tents are widely spaced along the lake shore, each sits on its own raised timber platform with two large verandas on either side – for sunrise and sunset!

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Kiegelia Camp – Ruaha National Park Set in a secluded grove of Kigelia Africana or ‘Sausage’ trees, high on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River, Kigelia is an exclusive and totally secluded camp. The backdrop of a Baobab forest, rocky hills and the Great Ruaha River makes the camp incomparable.

Selous Game

Amara Lodge – Selous Game Reserve Twelve luxurious tented suites that all come with their own plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers. Overlook the rapids of the Great Ruaha River and its resident sometimes noisy hippo! There is a swimming pool and spa treatments are on offer.


Tanzania

Arusha

Mahale Mountain NP Katavi NP

Ruaha NP

Sunset Hill

Selous Game Reserve

9 Day Wings Over Western Tanzania Private tour off the beaten track in the heart of wilderness including the chimpanzee’s of Mahale

HIGHLIGHTS This safari takes you off the beaten track to a true wilderness area of Katavi; remote, undeveloped and bristling with wild animals. Katavi allows you to get up close and personal to the wildlife with walking safaris and fly camping.

Day 1: Arusha

On arrival transfer to your lodge for the night. Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2: Arusha to Katavi

Early this morning transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Katavi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the camp, later in the afternoon, game drive in the Katavi National Park, Tanzania’s third largest national park. An isolated, untrammeled and seldom visited, it is a true wilderness and gives you a taste of what Africa was like 100 years ago. Three nights: Katuma Bush Lodge (BLD)

Mahale boat safari

where you will have the opportunity of spending time in their presence of these awe inspiring primates. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the lodge. (BLD)

Day 7-8: Mahale From here you will fly to Lake Tanganyika, said to be the deepest lake in Africa. The crystal clear water allow for some fantastic snorkeling, sunset cruises and great fishing.

Game walk in Katavi

Day 3-4: Katavi

Today you will have a full day game drive to explore as much of the park as possible. For the more adventurous take up on an optional game walk in the park and get up close and personal with the animals. Enjoy a bush picnic lunch in the park returning in time for sundowners around the camp fire. (BLD)

On the shores of Lake Tanganyika lie the Mahale Mountains; home to Tanzania’s chimpanzees. Here you will have the opportunity of seeing these magnificent primates in their natural habitat.

Day 5: Katavi to Mahale

This morning you will fly to Mahale where you will take a boat transfer to the Kungwa Beach Lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika with the dramatic back drop of the Mahale Mountains behind. The afternoon is at leisure for relaxing on the beach or taking a swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. Four nights: Kungwa Beach Lodge (BLD)

Lake Tanganyika is the world’s longest (670km) and second-deepest (over 1400m) fresh-water lake. At somewhere between nine and 12 million years old, it is also one of the oldest lakes on the planet and, thanks to its age and ecological isolation, is home to an exceptional variety of fish. Most notable are its colourful cichlids, many of which are found nowhere else, and which make for some wonderful snorkelling in the lake’s clear waters. Today we include a boat safari. Hugging the shores of the lake you will see pods of hippos, birds and game. (BLD)

Day 9: Mahale to Arusha

Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying back to Arusha. Your flight arrives at 5pm and you will be transferred to either Kilimanjaro airport or your Arusha hotel where the tour ends. (B)

Day 6: Mahale

Today you will head up into the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains in search of the chimpanzees that reside here. After finding the chimpanzee families

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Single

$6,150pp

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Includes: Meals as indicated, park fees throughout, game drives in Katavi in open 4x4 safari vehicle, chimpazee treking in Mahale, boat safari, forest walks, snorkelling and Kayaking in Mahale. flights including taxes: Arusha - Katavi - Mahale - Arusha, laundry in Mahale & Katavi, soft drinks & water at Mahale & Katavi, transfers as indicated, local taxes. Departs Daily 16th May – 31 December.

Katuma Bush Lodge – Katavi. The 10 spacious safari tents sit on raised wooden platforms with sweeping views of the plains and all feature four poster beds with fine linnen and ensuites. There is a guest lounge, dining area, swimming pool and fireplace. Game drives around the woodland and seasonal lakes, for game and big cats.

Hiippos

Kungwe Bush Lodge – Mahale On a stretch of secluded golden beach, the perfect blend of comfort and luxury. Jungle draped mountains behind you and the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika in front. The10 airy tents, scattered along the beach with secluded patio’s and ensuite. Try fishing, boat safaris, kayaking and snorkelling.

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Uganda Kibale Forest NP

Ndali Primate Lodge KAMPALA Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Queen Elizabeth NP

RwANDA & UgANDA

Bwindi NP Bwindi Forest Lodge Parc National Virunga Safari Lodge des Volcans KIGALI

Rwanda Mountain Gorillas... In contrast to the six billion human beings living on our planet there are only some 780 mountain gorillas left. They live in the Virunga Volcanoes, which lie on the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, the DRC and in the Bwindi Forest in Uganda, tracking and viewing these magnificent animals is an experience not to be missed.

Uganda

7 Day Discover Rwanda – Gorillas & Chimps Combine your Mountain Gorilla trek with a chance to visit the chimp community

Rwanda

Parc National des Volcans

KIGALI

Nyungwe National Park

Day 1: Kigali to Nyungwe National Park

Transfer to Kigali airport for your scheduled flight to Kamembe. On arrival enjoy a scenic 1 hour drive into the National Park. Evening at leisure. Three nights: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (LD)

Day 4: Nyungwe to Kigali

Fly back to Kigali and visit the Gisozi Museum. This afternoon enjoy a ‘Foot Safari’. During this tour you will experience the colours, noises and smells of urban Rwanda, visiting one of Kigali’s multi-cultural suburbs. Overnight: Kigali Serena Lodge (BLD)

Day 5: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

HIGHLIGHTS Search for the Chimpanzees in Cyamudongo Forest. Trek deep into the forest for the Mountain Gorillas in Volcano National Park. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Travel west to the town of Gisenyi which lies on the shores of Lake Kivu. Here you will enjoy a handson experience learning all about Coffee! Later this afternoon drive north to your lodge. Two nights: Jack Hanna’s Cottage or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (BLD)

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking

Gorilla tracking this morning! Volcanoes National Park is home to five out of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains and is also a haven to the Mountain Gorilla. (BLD)

Early start today in search of Chimpanzees in Cyamudongo Forest. You will spend the morning tracking the chimps. After lunch visit the Gisakura Tea Factory return to the lodge in time to enjoy a relaxing massage or a dip in the pool. (BLD)

Day 3: Nyungwe National Park Twin share

2 guests

4 guests

Jack Hanna’s

$6,230pp

$5,180pp

Sabyinyo

$6,950pp

$5,770pp

Includes: Meals as indicated, drinks as per lodge policy, 1 Gorilla permit & 1 Chimpanzee permit per person (additional Gorilla Permits available at supplement), all road and air transfers as per itinerary, park fees, English speaking driver guide, flying doctor to Nairobi, teas, coffee & water in vehicle. Itinerary can be tailor-made. Permits: Must be pre-purchased at the time of booking. Permits are non refundable and changes are not permitted. Permits cost of $860 per person is paid in addition to your deposit. Private tour departs daily.

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Enjoy a hike in the forest incorporating a visit to the canopy walkway. After lunch you have the option of going for a 2 hour forest walk or simply relaxing at the lodge. (BLD) Tracking Gorllia

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park to Kigali

There will be time this morning for those who would like to track the Gorillas again (add cost). This afternoon return to Kigali where the tour ends at your hotel or the airport. (B)

View from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


Uganda

Kibale Forest NP Queen Elizabeth NP

Entebbe Lake Mburo NP

Bwindi NP

Batwa Tribe

Rwanda

10 Day Uganda Primate Safari A magical primate encounter combined with a most authentic living history encounters with the Batwa

HIGHLIGHTS Enter the Kibale Forest where the primate population is the highest on Earth. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park for impressive game viewing and birdlife. Meet a Batwa Tribe, and learn about their history and culture – this experience is one of the most authentic living history encounters available with the Batwa in Uganda today. Come to your highlight of the trip when you encounter the wild mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Kazinga Channel

Day 1: Entebbe to Kibale Forest NP

This morning you will meet your driver guide after a short briefing you begin your tour – a long but scenic day. As you drive to Kibale the beauty of Uganda becomes apparent with rolling green hills and incredible views. Lunch en route and dinner at the camp – the perfect base to explore the elusive chimps. Two nights: Kibale Forest Camp (LD)

Tree climbing lion of Ishasha

has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda. Continue to your lodge located in the Bwindi National Park. Two nights: Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 6: Bwindi NP – Batwa Experience Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest

Day 2: Kibale Forest National park

Often described as “pygmies” the Batwa Tribe is one of the oldest surviving peoples in the world. Hike through the forest to the local community, to meet members of the proud tribe. (BLD)

This tropical rainforest is natural habitat for an amazing 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. You will locate the Chimpanzees with the Park Ranger and observe their behaviour. After lunch, visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a conservation project. (BLD)

Day 3: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth with picnic lunch. Visit the BBC honey project and an African Craft Workshop en route where you learn how to roll a paper bead and try your hand at basket weaving. Continue to you lodge near the shores of Lake Edward with game viewing en route. Two nights: Mweya Safari Lodge (BLD)

Gorilla

Day 7: Bwindi – Nkuringo Gorilla Camp

Today your luggage will be driven to the other side of Bwindi while you trek along the beautiful Ivy River Trail to the eco friendly Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. This walk is a memorable experience and you might even spot a gorilla along the way. Two nights: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (BLD)

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking

Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park Gorilla

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2 guests

4 guests

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$6,260pp

$5,030pp

Includes: Accommodation and meals as listed, all road transfers as listed, services of an English speaking driver guide, park fees, 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person, 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person, Mineral water, tea and coffee in the vehicle, medical evacuation insurance (to Nairobi). Private tour departs daily.

Morning game drive in the park. Visit to the Katwe Salt Lake – home to large populations of wildlife. Taking a 3-hour launch trip down the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon is a highlight. Here, hundreds of hippos mingle with other large herbivores coming down to drink at the water’s edge The outstanding bird life will impress. (BLD)

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth NP – Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Drive to Ishasha sector in the remote and less travelled southern reaches of Queen Elizabeth NP. The game densities here are high, and this region

Today is arguably the highlight of the whole trip – the day when you encounter the wild mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The day will start early with a briefing at park HQ, and then a long hike to your pre appointed gorilla group. The experience can only be described as magical, and visitors often say that the hour spent observing these gentle forest creatures as a very humbling experience. (BLD)

Day 9: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park Drive north to the picturesque Lake Mburo National Park. This park is populated by herds of zebras and impalas, amongst other animals and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a couple of gruelling days. In the afternoon you can enjoy a walk or simply relax by the pool with a good book and recharge your batteries. Overnight: Mihingo Lodge (BLD)

Day 10: Lake Mburo NP to Entebbe

Enjoy a morning nature walk then game drive out of the national park back to Entebbe. Late afternoon arrival into Entebbe where your safari ends. (BL)

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Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Trekking Experience Gorilla Trekking in either Rwanda or Uganda or combine them both!

An inspiring moment Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas or Bwindi is a magical experience.

4 Day Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

4 Day Uganda, Bwindi

Day 1: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

An early departure from Kigali this morning for the drive to Uganda crossing at the Katuna border. Drive through the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ along the many hills and valleys with distant views of the volcanoes. Three nights: Bwindi Lodge (LD)

You will be met at either Kigali airport or at your hotel, your guide will brief you about your safari. After lunch travel north through the beautiful landscape to the national park where you stay at your five-star luxury lodge. Three nights: Virunga Lodge (LD)

Day 1: Kigali to Bwindi

Day 2: Bwindi Lodge – Gorilla Trekking

Go gorilla trekking (subject to permit availability at time of booking), walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! Trekking in Bwindi requires stamina and can often take most of the day. (BLD)

Day 3: Bwindi Lodge

View of the Volcano

Day 2: Virunga Lodge – Gorilla Trekking

Either go gorilla trekking again (on payment of supplement at the time of booking subject to permit availability) or go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies and monkeys or visit the local community. (BLD)

Go gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Trekking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. (BLD)

Day 3: Virunga Lodge

Either go gorilla trekking again in Volcanoes National Park (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ros Carr’s orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke or Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey’s grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. (BLD)

Day 4: Virunga Lodge to Kigali

Leave for Kigali, time permitting, enjoy a tour of the city and markets, after lunch tour ends. (BL) Twin share High season

Low season

Rwanda

$3,530pp

$3,180pp

Uganda

$2,680pp

$2,390pp

Virunga Safari Lodge

Bwindi Lodge

Day 4: Bwindi Lodge to Kigali

Leave for Kigali in Rwanda via Kabale and Katuna. Time permitting; enjoy a tour of the city and markets, after lunch tour ends at the airport or your hotel. (BL)

Bwindi Forest Lodge

RWANDA

UGANDA

The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside. There are eight chalets with ensuite, all with a panoramic views of lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. To add to this incredible vision before you, on clear days you can see no less than five volcanoes! Aside from gorilla tracking, clients can climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Dian Fossey’s grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes.

The safari lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. At this stunning eco-lodge there are only eight bandas, all with ensuite. Guests can spend the day on the terrace, mesmerized by the exotic sight and sounds of primates and birds in the canopy. The walk to the river through regenerated bush has been carefully nurtured as a buffer zone – it is a favourite haunt for the gorillas and they often sleep at the lodge!

High Season: 16Dec - 28Feb & 01Jun - 14Oct Low Season: 15Oct - 15Dec & 01Mar – 31May Scheduled departures include: Services of a driver/guide for the itinerary, one gorilla license, all meals, all alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, laundry, activities around the lodge. Private departures available at supplement. Additional gorilla permits Rwanda USD$750pp. Uganda USD$500pp and must be purchased at time of your booking. Departure Dates: Rwanda Gorillas – Departs 2013: Apr6, 27, May 4, 25, Jun 16, 29, Jul 6, Aug 3, 24, Sep 7, 21, Oct 5, 26, Nov, 2, 30, Dec 7, 28: Departs 2014: Jan 4, 25, Feb 1 , 22, Mar 1, 22, Apr 5, 26, May 3, 24, Jun 7, 28, Jul 5, 26, Aug 2, 23, Sep 6, 20, Oct 4, 25, Nov 1, 22 Dec 6, 27. Uganda Gorillas – Departs 2013: Apr 21, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15. Departs 2014: Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar16, Apr 20, May 11, Jun 15, Jul 20, Aug 17, Sep 14, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 14. (Off schedule departures at supplement)

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Best of rwanda & uganda RWANDA: Approximately half of the world’s mountain gorillas are accessible through the Parc National des Volcans. With the highest peak reaching 4,507m these volcanoes shelter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas of the world and are renowned for the work of the famous American primatologist Dian Fossey.

3 Day Rwanda Gorillas Choose from 3 lodges

4 Day Uganda Air Safari, 5 star Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 1: Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

Day 1: Entebbe to Gorilla Forest Camp

Meet your driver guide at the airport or your Kigali hotel, enjoy a tour of the city before driving to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 2-3: Gorilla Tracking

View of the Volcano

An early start as you head out into the national park HQ to commence your trek through the thick forest. Once the gorillas are found a maximum of 1 hour can be spent with them. Return to the lodge and transfer back to Kigali where you will spend the night. (We recommend you spend an extra night at your lodge, optional activities include, tracking the golden monkey, cultural village visits, the Dian Fossey Research Camp, guided mountain treks). Two nights: Choose from the lodge options below (BLD)

Intore Dancer, Rwanda

UGANDA: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape - this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Sanctuary’s Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This is the ideal base for encounters with the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi. 3 Day Rwanda Tour Twin share per person

Min 2

Min 4

$2,170

$2,020

Jack Hanna’s Camp $2,540

$2,100

Sabinyo Silver Back $2,200

$1,800

Mountain View

4 Day Uganda Tour Twin share per person

Sanctuary Camp

Min 2

Min 4

$2,695

$2,600

3 Day Rwanada Includes: All transfers as listed, services of an English speaking driver guide, 1 gorilla permit per person, meals as indicated; drinks as per lodge policy. Park fees, flying doctor service to Nairobi, all vehicles and guides on a private basis. 4 Day Uganda Includes: Meals as indicated, all drinks except premium brands, laundry, park fees, 1 gorilla permit per person, community & forest walk, charter flight from Entebbe to Bwindi return, all transfers as listed. Luggage limit of 15kg per person in soft sided bag. Single supplement applies.

Mountain View Gorilla Lodge RWANDA A new mid range lodge in the area set close to the national park with great views of the volcanoes. The 30 individual cottages have been built on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo.

Jack Hanna’s Cottage RWANDA Jack Hanna is a well known American TV presenter who, fell in love with the country, and decided to build a home there. Two bedroom cottage with your own personal chef.

Fly from Entebbe airport on a scheduled flight to Kihihi Airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by a Gorilla Forest Camp guide and transfer to the lodge. The Camp is located within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the perfect base for a tracking experience as it offers luxury in the heart of the rainforest. The camp has a bar and dining cottage, as well as a raised natural platform for openair dining. There are rare forest elephant, giant forest hog and about 11 kinds of primates and over 300 species of birds and 200 species of butterfly. Three nights: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (LD)

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking

Gorillas

Tracking commences from the park headquarters at 8am. The gorillas we track belong to one of the ‘habituated’ family groups in Northern Bwindi. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once they are located, spend an amazing hour with the gorillas. (BLD)

Day 3: Gorilla Forest Camp

Today relax at camp or visit a local village and meet the villagers to learn about their day to day lives. Other activities available include a Batwa pigmy tribe experience that will take you 6hrs to complete, enjoy a birding excursion or a guided nature walk. (BLD)

Day 4: Gorilla Forest Camp to Entebbe

This morning fly back to Entebbe where tour ends. (B)

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp UGANDA

Sabinyo Silver Back Lodge RWANDA Sabinyo is considered one of the most luxurious lodges is the area, and sat so close to the start of the gorilla trek trail, its is perfect for a high end gorilla safari.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. Exclusive camp with only eight tents, the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas. Opportunity for community interaction, including the local Batwa Pygmies.

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Cameroon

Republic of the Congo

Odzala-Kokoua National Park Lango Camp Ngaga Camp

Gabon DRC

brazzaville

HIGHLIGHT This tour is a must for those seeking one of the last untouched rainforest experiences left! Odzala-Kokoua National Park, in the heart of the sparsely populated Congo Basin, is part of the world’s second largest expanse of tropical rainforest and holds Africa’s densest population of western lowland gorillas and significant populations of forest elephant.

Volcanoes National Park

REPUBLIC OF CONGO 7 Day Odzala Experience One of the last true rainforest wilderness experiences! Deep dark jungle with a luxurious twist.

Day 1: Brazzaville to Odazala Kokoua National Park: Lango Camp

In the early afternoon we depart by private charter from Brazzaville to M’boko Airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park. On arrival you will be met by a Lango Camp guide who will transfer you to Camp. This afternoon enjoy one of the included activities, be it a walk around the forest fringe and stream or a game drive. Three nights: Lango Camp (BLD)

Tracking of habituated gorilla groups, pirogue rides along lush river systems, game drives in the savannah, night drives and walks along lush forest streams and salines shape this unique experience.

Ngaga Camp

Lango Camp

Day 2: Lango Camp

Forest Elephant

Enjoy the many activities on offer. Walk from the camp through Lango Bai and the clear shallow waters of the Lango Stream. At Lekoli River a motorised pirogue is waiting, board your pirogue and enjoy a 2 hour ride upstream to Mbouebe Bai, then a short walk will bring you to the concealed hide from where activities at the bai can be observed. Return to camp downstream, followed by a game drive through the savannah. Enjoy the afternoon activity which could be a game drive or sunset river cruise. Night game drive back to the camp giving you the opportunity to see some of Odzala’s more secretive nocturnal animals. (BLD)

spend time at Dzebe Bai. A 1 km walk through the forest brings you to the hide, spend time viewing the many animal species that appear in the clearing and if you are lucky a chance viewing of un-habituated gorillas as well as black-fronted duiker, Guereza Colobus monkey and perhaps chimpanzee. In the afternoon head north to Ngaga Camp. Before dinner, you will receive an extensive briefing on Western Lowland Gorillas, and what to expect when tracking the habituated groups of the area. Three nights: Ngaga Camp (BLD)

Ngaga Camp

Day 5: Ngaga Camp – Gorilla Tracking

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Note: Activities described are an example of what might happen from day to day - they are subject to change. Each group of guests has two opportunities to track gorillas. Please contact us for the full trip dossier. Due to the exclusivity of these camps we recommend booking well in advance. Reservations for 2014 are now open. Includes: Internal flights (Brazzaville to M’boko airstrip and return), Ground transportation (M’boko airstrip to Lango Camp and return; Lango Camp to Ngaga Camp and return), all meals, all local drinks (excludes premium alcohol brands), laundry at camps, activities: LANGO CAMP – guided walking/game drives/ boat cruises/kayaking/park and forest visits. NGAGA CAMP – tracking of habituated gorilla groups/guided forest walks. Private tour departs daily

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Early this morning depart on foot with your guide and tracker in search of the Gorillas. Using the expert skills of the trackers we follow their tracks as they move through the forest until we find them. Depending on the location the excursion time varies from 2 – 5 hours including time spent with the Gorillas. This afternoon there is time for a guided forest walk before dinner. (BLD)

Day 3: Lango Camp

Gorilla Trekking

Your morning activity begins with a game drive to the boat jetty at the confluence of the Likeni Stream and Lekoli River and then a pirogue trip down the Lekoli River in search of primates, Forest Buffalo and other species. Return to camp for brunch and down time, this afternoon’s activities may include a sunset pirogue trip along the Lekoli River, night drive back to the camp. (BLD)

Day 4: Lango Camp to Ngaga Camp

An early morning start, drive in air-conditioned land cruisers to the south western corner of the park to

Day 6: Ngaga Camp – Gorilla Tracking

Another early start as you set out on foot again for your second gorilla tracking excursion. After brunch and some down time in camp head out into the forest in search of the many birds and mammals that can be found in the area. (BLD)

Day 7: Ngaga Camp to Brazzaville

A leisurely morning then drive back to the airstrip for your private charter flight back to Brazzaville. Arrive in the afternoon where your safari ends. (B)


Langi Langi Beach Ras Nungwi Diamonds La Gemma dell”Est Diamond Star of the East Azanzi Beach

ZanzibarPongwe Beach Resort Jafferji House

Zanzibar Town

Karafuu Beach Resort

ZANZIBAR

Dhow Palace Hotel

Tanzania

Combine paradise with a wildlife safari... Exotic Zanzibar will not disappoint, surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, relax on the pristine beach, swim in the crystal clear waters, enjoy the sunset from your Dhow or discover Stone Town – now a World Heritage Site, it is the perfect way to end your safari in Tanzania.

Day tours in Zanzibar Enjoy one of the many tours on offer:

Stone Town City Tour

Spice Tour

Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town and get a glimpse of life in Stone Town.

In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world.

Half day tour.

Half day tour

Jozani Forest

Taste of Zanzibar

Explore the Jozani Forest, home to the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys and currently under consideration to become Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site.

Take a cooking class and learn how to create the tastes of Zanzibar. Half day tour

Half day tour

Sunset Dhow Cruise

Chumbe Island Cruise

Step onto the deck, relax and sail away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day.

The Island is situated 8 miles southwest of Zanzibar Town and covers an area of approximately 20 ha. It is an uninhabited island dominated by coral rag forest and bordered, on its western shore, by a fringing coral reef of exceptional biodiversity and beauty.

Evening tour.

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4 Day Resort Packages Includes: accommodation, breakfast daily and return airport transfers. Single supplements apply. Above and Beyond Holidays offer a wide range of resorts and sightseeing options in Zanzibar, small boutique hotels to luxury villas are available as are day excursions on traditional Dhows and jeep safaris – call for details.

Jafferji House Stone Town 4 days/3 nights from $275pp twin share

Located deep in the heart of Zanzibar’s historical Stone Town, Jafferji House is an elegant boutique hotel. Recapturing the romance of travel, it beautifully combines modern luxury with the mesmerizing heritage that has shaped Zanzibar’s history. Every Suite in Jafferji House has been specially designed to provide every modern convenience to both leisure and business travelers. There are three restaurants and a spa to relax the day away. Includes: Three nights accommodation, breakfast daily and return airport transfers.

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The Dhow Palace Hotel 4 days/3 nights from $230pp twin share

The Dhow Palace Hotel is right in the heart of the Stone Town, elegantly transformed to a full service hotel and a great choice to experience this fascinating city. The 30 rooms of the hotel all feature air conditioning, en suites, TV, mini bar and hairdryer. Enjoy local cuisine in the restaurant located by the hotel swimming pool. Includes: Three nights accommodation, breakfast daily and return airport transfers.


Pongwe Beach Resort 4 days/3 nights from $420pp twin share

Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, Pongwe Beach Hotel is a true paradise retreat. A modestly sized hotel with sixteen traditional beach-side. The bay’s clear blue waters – protected by the reef one kilometre from the shore – are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. If the midday sun becomes too strong you can retreat into the shade of the palm trees that line the white sandy beach, and sip a long, cool drink. Includes: Three nights hotel accommodation with breakfast & dinner daily and return transfers.

Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est 4 days/3 nights from $650pp twin share

A luxury all inclusive five-star resort located on a pristine stretch of beach. There are 138 modern rooms and suites all with ocean views, air conditioning, TV and mini bar. Enjoy the large swimming pool, relax in Mvua African Rain Spa, a host of water sports, Padi Dive Centre, tennis courts and open air gym. Choose from seven restaurants and enjoy snacks and pastries throughout the day. Includes: Three nights, all meals, drinks and return airport transfers. Seasonal specials: Up to two free nights. Honeymoon extras include: one romantic dinner, fruit platter & bottle sparking wine on arrival.

Karafuu Beach Resort 4 days/3 nights from $315pp twin share

Located on the untouched east coast on a pristine white sand beach overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. All 89 spacious rooms and suites are decorated in traditional Zanzibar furniture and feature private balconies, air conditioning, in-room safe and mini bar. There are three restaurants and two bars, swimming pool, nightly entertainment, Padi Dive centre and two tennis courts. Includes: Three nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily and return airport transfers.

Diamonds Star of the East 4 days/3 nights from $1,390pp twin share

A magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool, Jacuzzi and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the service of your own personal butler for the ultimate in privacy and luxury. Includes: Three nights accommodation (1bedroom villa), all meals and drinks and all facilities of Diamonds La Gemma dell’ Est. Seasonal specials: Up to Two free nights. Honeymoon extras include: one romantic dinner, fruit platter & bottle sparking wine on arrival.

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Ras Nungwi 4 days/3 nights from $500pp twin share

On the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel overlooks a sparkling expanse of iridescent Indian Ocean, a cluster of whitewashed and palm thatched cottages in rich tropical gardens. The lush gardens drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island, which in turn is fringed by a wide and thriving coral reef. The hotel’s deck-level swimming pool is lined with glass mosaic tiles with views of the Indian Ocean.
 Includes: Three nights hotel accommodation with breakfast & dinner daily and return transfers.

Langi Langi Beach 4 days/3 nights from $230pp twin share

Named after the aromatic flower, LangiLangi Beach Bungalows is situated on the Fines Island of Zanzibar, the most central accommodation and tourist destination. The area is famous for deep sea fishing, fantastic swimming beach and dhow making. PADI diving courses, snorkeling and sailing are among the pastimes you’ll enjoy here. The bungalows face the ocean, pool or the garden. Includes: Three nights hotel accommodation with breakfast & dinner daily and return transfers.

Azanzi Beach 4 days/3 nights from $540pp twin share

Langi Langi Beach Ras Nungwi Diamonds La Gemma dell”Est Diamond Star of the East Azanzi Beach

ZanzibarPongwe Beach Resort Azanzi Beach is a self-proclaimed “luxury boutique” hotel on the north-eastern shores of Zanzibar. The hotel offers 35 rooms of various sizes, outdoor showers and deluxe villas feature private Jacuzzis. The hotel has a highly recommended restaurant that offers a variety of cuisines. There are always fresh seafood and traditional Swahili dishes on offer as well as more typical European options.

Jafferji House

Dhow Palace Hotel

Includes: Three nights accommodation with full-board – all meals and house wines, local beers and soft drinks (imported and specialty drinks cost extra) as well as some non-motorized water sports.

Tanzania

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Zanzibar Town

Karafuu Beach Resort


MADAGASCAR Walk on the wild side... Visit Madagascar and you will experience a holiday like no other. An exotic land of pristine rainforests, world heritage listed National Parks, colourful Malagasy culture, unique fauna and flora and pristine beaches, all awaits the traveller. Our tours are all private tailor made adventures and can be adapted to suit your interests and budget.

HIGHLIGHT

Nosy Be

Spend 2 nights in the national park of Andasibe and home to the largest population of Indri Indri – the largest of the Lemur species.

Montagne d’Ambre Diego Suarez Montagne d’Ambre Nosy Be Ankify NORTH Anjajavy Majunga

Tsingy of Bemaraha NP

EAST

WEST

Antananarivo

Ile St Marie

Ifaty

Tamatave

Morondava CENTRAL HIGHLANDS Ranomafana Fianarantsoa Isalo

Tulear SOUTH

4 Day Touch of Indri Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo

Andasibe

Baobab Alley

Indri Indri Lemur

Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a private guided tour of the capital. Overnight 3 Metis Hotel (D)

Day 2: Antananarivo to Andasibe

After breakfast, meet your driver guide and start your private tour. Spend the next two nights at the comfortable Vakona Forest Lodge in the heart of Andasibe. This evening we recommend a guided night walk in the reserve to observe the night Lemurs. Two nights Vakona Forest Lodge (BD)

Day 3: Andasibe

Ile St Marie

Fort Dauphin Berenty

After breakfast starts another day of exploration – discover the Analamazaotra Reserve with a local guide. This afternoon visit the Mantadia National Park, this recently created park only 20km north of Perinet, is unique as the forest is virtually untouched – here you will again see the Indiri Indiri and exotic flora.

Day 4: Andasibe to Antananarivo

After breakfast depart for Tana where your tour ends. (B)

Isalo National Park

Departs Daily from $700pp twin share. From $590pp when 4 passengers travel.

Andasibe Reserve

Conditions and seasonal surcharges apply. Extend or combine this tour with the Tropical North.

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Amber Mountain chameleon endemic to Montagne d’Ambre

Diego Suarez Montagne d’Ambre

4 Day Tropical North

Explore Diego Suarez and Montagne D’ambre National Park

Day 1: Arrive Diego Suarez

You will be met by your local guide and transfer to your hotel in Diego Suarez. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the city.

Madagascar

Day 2: Diego Suarez to Montagne d’Ambre

HIGHLIGHTS Montagne d’Ambre is an isolated patch of montane forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. Famous for its waterfalls, crater lakes, and wildlife. From

Min 2 guests

Min 4 guests

$565pp

$425pp

After breakfast depart with your guide to the National Park, known for its crater lakes and waterfalls, it is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse areas in all of Madagascar. This is a nature lovers paradise, with over 75 different species of birds, 59 species of reptiles, 34 species of

Montagne D’ambre

amphibians and 25 species of mammals including the crowned Lemur, northern ring-tailed mongoose, the Fossa and the brown mouse Lemur. Two night Eco Lodge (BD)

Day 3: Montagne d’ Ambre National Park Another full day to explore.

Day 4: Montagne d’Ambre National Park to Diego Suarez

Conditions and seasonal surcharges apply. Extend or combine this tour with A Touch of Indri. Departs daily.

After breakfast a short drive back to Diego Suarez where your tour will end on arrival. (B) Diego Suarez Bay

6 Day Wonders of the West Discover the Best of the West with this private tour

Madagascar Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park Bekopaka Andranomena Reserve Morondava

Day 1: Morondava to Andranomena Reserve

Transfer from Morondava airport to the Andranomena Reserve. After a packed lunch, visit the dry forest and search for lemurs, reptiles and other unique wildlife. (LD)

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Baobab Alley

Day 5: Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park to Morondava

HIGHLIGHTS A showcase of the natural beauty of Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park and ride down Baobab Alley. Sifaka Lemur, Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park

Day 2: Andranomena Reserve to Bekopaka After breakfast, travel to Belo by road and boat. Arrive at the spectacular mineral forest of Tsingy de Bemaraha late afternoon. (BLD)

Drive back to Morondava and to see famous Baobab Alley, one of the most visited locations in the region. Baobabs are usually solitary trees, yet in Baobab Alley, they cluster together forming an avenue of columns that border the dirty road. (BLD)

Day 6: Morondava

Transfer to the airport. (B)

Day 3-4: Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park From

Min 2 guests

Min 4 guests

$980pp

$740pp

Includes: Transfers and meals as indicated, one night camping, four nights hotel, entrance/ park fees and sightseeing as specified with an English speaking guide. Excludes flights from Antananarivo to Morondava

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Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. The reserve’s canyons, gorges, undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps display an astonishing richness of flora and fauna including the Sifaka, Gidro and Aye Aye lemurs. (BLD)

Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park


Lemurs of Fianarantsoa

Madagascar Antananarivo Antsirabe CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Ifaty Tulear

Isalo

Ranomafana Fianarantsoa

Ranohira

10 Day Highlights of Madagascar Discover some of the most popular national parks and local villages on this private tour

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo

Transfer on arrival to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight 3 Metis Hotel

Day 2: Antananarivo to Antsirabe

SOUTH

HIGHLIGHTS A showcase of the natural beauty, wildlife and the warm Malagasy culture. Travel through the rice fields of Antsirabe, see the Lemurs of Ranomafana and Fianarantsoa. Take a swim in Isalo’s famous natural swimming pools then head to the coast where you will see your first baobab tree on the side of the road. Finish off with a snorkel in Ifaty where you will discover the way of life of the Veso fisherman.

Vezo Fisherman

Head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on display. Stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit of this huge agricultural city. Late afternoon arrival in Antsirabe. Overnight Hotel des Thermes (BD)

the town of Ambalavo, in Antemoro visit of a winery – a legacy of the catholic monks. Stop for a picnic lunch at Ihosy before crossing the vast plateau of Horombe. This afternoon reach the towering jagged massif Isalo. Two nights at the Relais de la Reine Hotel (BD)

Isalo famous natural swimming pools

Day 6: Ranohira – Visit of Isalo NP Rice fields on the road to Antsirabe

Day 3: Antsirabe to Ranomafana

First stop today is Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry, the homes here feature ornately carved wooden balconies and brightly coloured shutters. A visit is made to one of the handicraft shops and lunch is in a typical restaurant of the area (not included). Continue to Ranomafana National Park where you will spend the night. (BD)

A full day tour of the national park, you will learn about the “Bara” the funeral rites of the area, bring your bathers and towel as a comfortable round trip of 6kms will take you to the famous natural swimming pool of the par. This afternoon watch as the sun sets over Isalo a spectacular sight. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 7: Ranohira to Tuléar to Ifaty

Heading for the coast visit the mushroom village of Ilakaka, built by the sapphire explorers. The vegetation changes quickly and you will see your first baobab tree on the side of the road. See the tombs of Mahafaly. Stop in Tulear for lunch and there is time to browse the seashell markets and the bazaar. Continue onto Ifaty. Three nights at the Hotel Les Dunes d’Ifaty (BD)

On the road to Antsirabe

Day 4: Ranomafana to Fianarantsoa

Discover the tropical forest of Ranomafana National Park, more than 25 species of mammals, 96 species of birds and lush vegetation. Time to swim in one of the thermal pools before heading to Fianarantsoa. Overnight Hotel Tsara Guest House (BD)

Day 5: Fianarantsoa to Ranohira

Departure for the capital of Betsileo and a visit of the town en route. Visit the Antemoro paper factory in

From

Min 2 guests

Min 4 guests

$1,680pp

$1,560pp

Chameleon

Day 8-9: Ifaty

Snorkel or go diving in the pristine lagoon discover the way of life of the Vezo fishermen by taking an optional tour to one of the villages. Other optional excursions include the Reserve of Domergue where you will see boababs, spiny bush, reptiles such the Chameleon Parsoni – the largest of the species, or take one of the boats out to spot the local whales. (BD)

Day 10: Ifaty to Tuléar

Includes: Meals as listed. Conditions and seasonal surcharges apply. Does not include domestic flight from Tulear to Tana.

Transfer to Tulear airport where your tour ends. Book a flight back to Antananarivo. (B) Towering jagged massif Isalo

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Masoala Forest Lodge Masoala Rainforest

Masoala Rainforest Escape

Madagascar

Enjoy all the activities of a beach resort whilst exploring the forest for rare species.. Between the ocean and the rainforest you will find the unique Masoala Forest Tented Lodge allowing you to explore the Masoala Peninsular and National Park. This area is a must-visit place, home to rare species of birds, plants and the Aye Aye Lemur.

HIGHLIGHTS Seek out the Aye Aye Lemur Tented accommodation

morning/evening guided walks in the national park to see if you can find the many lemurs, flying foxes and geckos. Twin share From

3 nights

7 nights

$1,270pp

$2,340pp

Includes: Meals and transfers as listed, English speaking driver/guide. Does not include domestic flight Tamatave to Sainte Marie.

EAST

Madagascar Antananarivo CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Ile Sainte Marie

Masoala Peninsular

There are three marina parks for snorkelling and diving. During your stay, enjoy kayaking excursions, pirogue excursion up the Tampolo River to the waterfalls, a full day excursion to Nosy Mangabe and

The five comfortable African style safari tents are on raised wooden decks equipped with hammocks to relax and view the beach. The bathroom facilities with hot waters and showers are in separate huts, a short walk from the tents.

9 Day Pangalanes Channel

Discover the longest channel in the world. and the Indri Indri Lemurs of Andasibe.

flight additional cost

Tamatave Pangalanes Channel Manambato

Day 1: Antananarivo – Andasibe

Meet your driver/guide this morning. Enjoy a tour of the city and a visit of the Peryeras butterfly farm at Marozevo. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the Reserve. Two nights: Vakona Forest Lodge (D)

Day 2: Andasibe

HIGHLIGHTS The Pangalanes Channel stretches 600km from Tamatave to Farafangana along the south east coast – Discover the waterways on local Pirogues.

This is the home of the Indri Indri Lemur, with your local guide explore the Analamazaotra Reserve and the Mantadia National Park. (BD)

Day 3: Andasibe– Cross the Pangalanes Channel to Ankanin’ny Nofy

Depart for Manambato where the pirogue is waiting for the crossing to reach the village of Ankanin’ny Nofy. Two nights: Bush House (BD)

Ile Sainte Marie

(not included) to the Palmarium Reserve with over 100,000 species of palms, exotic plants and 10 species of Lemur.

Day 5: Ankanin’ny Nofy to Tamatave

Transfer by boat to Tamatave, you will be met by your driver and transfer into town for a city tour by pousse pousse (rickshaw). Overnight: Neptune Hotel (BD)

Day 6-8: Tamatave to Ile Sainte Marie

From

Min 2 guests

Min 4 guests

$1,360pp

$1,050pp

Includes: Meals and transfers as listed, English speaking driver/guide. Does not include domestic flight Tamatave to Sainte Marie.

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Pirogue

Day 4: Ankanin’ny Nofy

A day at leisure to enjoy the lake. Optional tour

Transfer to the airport for your flight, and then to your beach hotel. Ile Sainte Marie is a tropical paradise, discover the pristine beaches and the small islands surrounding it, such as Ile Aux Nattes. Visit the pirate cemetery, coffee and vanilla plantations. Three nights: Libertalia Hotel (BD)

Day 9: Depart Ile Sainte Marie

Transfer to the airport where the tour ends. (B)


Madagascar Anjozorobe

Antananarivo

Ruffed Lemur in Ranomafana

Antsirabe CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Ranomafana

Isalo Tulear Anakao

13 Day Best of Madagascar Seek out the Aye Aye Lemur

Ranohira

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo (Tana) – Anjozorobe

SOUTH

Meet your private driver guide and transfer to Anjozorobe. Two nights Saha Forest Camp in a standard bungalow or similar (BD)

HIGHLIGHTS Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is relatively unexplored. The people are friendly, the town and villages are alive and the natural beauty is overwhelming. During this 13 day Best of Madagascar Tour you have the opportunity to discover all this and more with lemurs, colourful locals, tropical beaches, bustling markets and shifting scenery.

Day 7: Ranohira (Isalo)

An early start to cover 7 hours of travelling. En route visit to Anja Village reserve – a protected forest. The reserve is over 30ha and is most notable for its semi–tame ring-tailed lemurs. Arrive in Ranohira, dominated by the Isalo massif and the base for trekking in this area. Two nights Satrana Lodge – Standard bungalow (BD)

Day 8: Ranohira (Isalo)

Explore the canyons and natural pools, enjoying the views of the massif with your national park guide. The park is home to a variety of lemurs and 80 species of birds.

Day 9: Tuléar (Toliary) Pousse Pousse, Antsirabe

Day 2: Anjozorobe

Anjozorobe-Angavo is one of the last vestiges of natural forests of the Malagasy highlands, characterised by its scenery of hills intercalated by shallow rice fields.

Drive through the desert landscape mainly composed on spiny plants. On the way, see the colorful Mahafaly tombs. Stop and visit Ilakaka, “the city of sapphire”. Visit the National Park Zombitse, famous for its rare and endemic birds. Tuléar is a harbor city near the Tropic of Capricorn. On arrival enjoy a city tour. Overnight Victory (BD)

Day 3: Anjozorobe to Antsirabe

Commence your journey to the South. En route stop at Ambatolampy for lunch (own account). Arrive in Antsirabe and visit one of the local Zebu horn workshops. Overnight at the Couleur Café – pavilion room or similar (BD)

Day 4: Antsirabe to Ranomafana

Enjoy the included city tour by local pousse pousse (rickshaws). Leaving Antsirabe continue south to Ambositra, arriving Ranomafana early afternoon. Three nights Setam Lodge – Standard bungalow or similar (BD)

Pirogues, Anakao

Day 10: Anakao

This morning a 1 hour boat transfer finds you in the fishing village of Anakao with its beautiful pirogues sprawled across the sea. Known for its rare species of fish, the local fisherman found a specimen of the coelacanthe one of the rarest of prehistoric fish. Two nights Le Prince Anakao – Deluxe marine bungalow (BD)

Day 11: Anakao – Visit of Nosy Ve Ranohira, Isalo Twin share

2 guests

4 guests

From

request

$2,050pp

Includes: Transfers and meals as per detailed program, a private minibus with English speaking driver guide, petrol included from Antananarivo to Tuléar (Day 1-9), Antananarivo (Days 12-13), Entrance fees in reserve or national park: Anjozorobe, Ranomafana, Anjà, Isalo, Zombitse, Nosy Ve and tourists taxes, local guides as indicated in the itinerary, scheduled flight with Air Madagascar Tulear - Tanna

Day 5-6: Ranomafana

Discover this World Heritage listed national park with an experienced local guide. Ranomafana is the meeting area of different ecosystems with about a surface area of 41000 ha. The park is home to more than 114 birds species, reptiles, butterflies, insects, two species of rarest lemurs: Greater bamboo Lemur, the golden bamboo lemur and many others including the Aye – Aye, black and white ruffed lemur and the eastern woolly lemur. Take the opportunity to swim in the thermal pools. (BD)

The island of Nosy Ve is located on the barrier protecting the lagoon. Sail across in a traditional Vezo boat and try your hand at fishing. Visit local village.

Day 12: Anakao to Tulear to Antananarivo

Fly to Tana and transfer to hotel. Overnight 3 Métis – Standard room. (BD)

Day 13: Depart Antananarivo

A city tour of the upper town, the Independence Avenue, Anosy lake and the flowers market. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Tour ends (B)

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EGYPT & JORDAN Riches and Ruins... Egypt is synonymous for its famous ancient riches and ruins. It is second to none when it comes to revisiting its extensive past. Why not couple this experience with Jordan. Visitors to this beautiful country will be mesmerised by its archaeological wonders, fascinating biblical sites and haunting desert landscapes.

Above & Beyond Holidays - What sets us apart, We work with only the best on the ground, all our tours are highly personalised and can be tailor made. Our representatives in Egypt & Jordan are with you from the moment you arrive up to the time you leave their homeland ensuring that everything runs smoothly. They have personally inspected and recommended each and every property and cruise ship that we feature in our tours, ensuring that our high standards are met.

Egypt A visit here is like stepping into another time and place where a sense of magic and mystery is waiting to be unearthed. The pure scale, age and volume of the ruins and tombs found along the entire course of the Nile are extraordinary. The legendary Pyramids of Giza are no doubt Egypt’s most prized possession. Found in the capital city of Cairo, the pyramids will never fail to astonish. Experience the timeless quality of life along the Nile’s fertile banks, Egypt’s river of life for centuries and the world’s longest river. Upstream, Luxor is home to the amazing lotus columned Luxor and Karnak Temples which lie beside the river, while in the arid hills nearby is the famed Valley of the Kings. Further upriver is Aswan, a beautiful little city with feluccas dotting the Nile. These traditional sailboats of Egypt’s Nile still grace the river as they have done since the time of the Pharaohs. Striking desert landscapes can be found in West Egypt, where the sand dunes and oases stretch to the Sahara. East Egypt is but the opposite – the Red Sea offers crystal waters and gleaming uncrowded coral reefs

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Jordan An ancient land featured prominently in the Bible, Jordan is dotted with the relics of countless civilisations including the Greeks, Romans and Ottomans. Visitors to this beautiful country will be mesmerised by its archaeological wonders, fascinating biblical sites and haunting desert landscapes. Key Highlights The lost city of Petra is the Middle East’s most impressive archaeological site. Carved into the cliffs of a deep desert gorge, this World Heritage–listed ancient city was lost to the Western world for over 300 years before being rediscovered in the 19th century. The ancient Romans rebuilt Amman as a grandiose city of colonnaded marble streets, impressive amphitheatres and magnificent public buildings. The Jordanian capital also has several fascinating museums showcasing the country’s history and Bedouin culture. At 400 m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. The shores of this vast inland sea have been inhabited since biblical times, while in recent years the area has become a popular spa destination thanks to the healing minerals of the sea’s muddy floor. Wadi Rum means ‘Valley of the Moon’, and it’s easy to see how it got the name – the dramatic sandstone mountains of this ever-changing desertscape really do look like something from another world.


Giza

Cairo

EGYPT Luxor Esna Edfu Kom Ombo Aswan Abu Simbel

optional add on

Nile Goddess

11 Day Nile Odyseey NILE GODDESS This elegant Nile Cruise features deluxe accommodation with broad panoramic views, bathrooms with full-size bathtubs, elevator on board and all modern conveniences. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool, experience the exciting nightlife in the ship’s night club or a relaxing massage treatment at the spa.

Elegant amenities on the Nile Goddess cruise ship’s are delivered with deluxe touch of hospitality.

The Sonesta Nile Goddess sails between Luxor and Aswan on three-, four- and seven-night cruises on the Nile, offering truly memorable experiences of a lifetime.

Private tour departs daily

Day 1: Cairo

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel Three nights: Grand Nile Tower or similar

Day 2: Cairo

This morning drive to Giza to view the Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the only one to survive to modern times. Time also to visit the Sphinx. After lunch, tour Memphis, the capital city of the Old Kingdom. Continue on to Sakkara to view Egypt’s first pyramid, the Step Pyramid. (BL)

Nile Goddess Standard King Cabin

Day 7: Nile Cruise

This morning visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, which is considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt, then sail to Kom Ombo, Galabeya party tonight. (BLD)

Day 8: Nile Cruise

Morning visit to Kom Ombo Temple, sail to Aswan. Afternoon visit to the High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. (BLD) Sphinx and Pyramids

Day 3: Cairo

Today’s sightseeing begins with the Egyptian Museum, home to a fabulous collection of worldrenowned antiquities, This afternoon, explore the fascinating world of Islamic Cairo, including the 19th century Mosque of Mohammed Ali and the Citadel and Sultan Hassan Mosque. Visit Khan el Khalili Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest bazaars, where you will have the time to wander and explore. (BL)

Day 4: Cairo to Luxor

Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Luxor, on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: St George Hotel (B)

Day 5: Nile Cruise

Transfer to your cruise this morning which you will board for the next 4 nights. Afternoon tour to the Karnak and Luxor Temples. Four night cruise: Sonesta Nile Goddess (BLD)

Kom Ombo Temple

Day 9: Aswan

Disembark this morning and transfer to your hotel where you spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Movenpick Elephantine Island or sim (B)

Day 10: Aswan to Cairo

This morning we recommend an optional excursion to Abu Simbel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo where on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Grand Nile Tower Hotel or similar (B)

Day 11: Depart Cairo

Transfer to Cairo International airport for your homebound or onward flight. (B) From

Twin share

3 star option 5 star option $1,680pp

$2,950pp

Includes: Accommodation as listed, 4 nights on board the Sonesta Nile Goddess all meals whilst cruising, other meals as indicated, all transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in itinerary with a professional English speaking guide, domestic flights within Egypt as per itinerary. Please note that the Nile cruise departs every Monday and the itinerary can be adjusted if you do not arrive in Cairo on Thursdays.

Nile Goddess Pool

Day 6: Nile Cruise

Early morning tour to the Valley of the Kings. Here, hundreds of tombs, were carved into the desert rock. Continue on to the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s only female pharaoh. Set sail to Esna. (BLD)

Citadel, Cairo

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Giza

Cairo

EGYPT Luxor Esna Edfu Kom Ombo Aswan Abu Simbel

optional add on

Aswan

9 Day Treasures of The Nile HIGHLIGHTS Sail the majestic Nile River between Luxor and Aswan in the comfort and modern luxury of one of our 5-star Sonesta Nile cruise ships: the Sonesta Nile Goddess. Explore the landmark temples, tombs and ruins in the region. Guided excursions with Egyptologists highlight each day and are followed by delightful leisure activities on the ships. Enjoy upscale hospitality and watch 5,000 years of history unfold before you on an unforgettable journey through ancient Egypt.

Private tour departs daily

Day 1: Cairo

Meet your guide on arrival at Cairo airport and transfer to your hotel where you will spend the next three nights. Balance of the day at leisure. Three nights: Grand Hyatt or similar

Day 2: Cairo

This morning drive to Giza to view the Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the only one to survive to modern times. Time also to visit the Sphinx. After lunch, tour Memphis, the capital city of the Old Kingdom. Continue on to Sakkara to view Egypt’s first pyramid, the Step Pyramid. (BL)

Nile Goddess

Day 6: Nile Cruise

This morning visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, which is considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt, then sail to Kom Ombo, Galabeya party tonight. (BLD)

Day 7: Nile Cruise

Morning visit to Kom Ombo Temple, sail to Aswan. Afternoon visit to the High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. (BLD)

Sakkara

Day 3: Cairo

Today’s sightseeing begins with the Egyptian Museum, home to a fabulous collection of worldrenowned antiquities. This afternoon, explore the fascinating world of Islamic Cairo, including the 19th century Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Visit Khan el Khalili Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest bazaars, where you will have the time to wander and explore. (BL)

Day 4: Cairo to Luxor

Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival you will be transferred to your cruise ship. This afternoon enjoy a tour to Karnak and Luxor Temples. Four night cruise: Sonesta Nile Goddess (BLD)

From

Twin share

3 star option 5 star option $1,450pp

Day 8: Aswan to Cairo

This morning we recommend an optional excursion to Abu Simbel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo where on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Grand Hyatt or similar (B)

Take an optional tour to Abu Simbel

$2,550pp

Includes: Accommodation as listed, 4 nights on board the Sonesta Nile Goddess all meals whilst cruising, other meals as indicated, all transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in itinerary with a professional English speaking guide, domestic flights within Egypt as per itinerary. Please note that the Nile cruise departs every Monday and the itinerary can be adjusted if you do not arrive in Cairo on a Friday.

Nile

Day 9: Depart Cairo Luxor

Day 5: Nile Cruise

Early morning tour to the Valley of the Kings. Here, hundreds of tombs, were carved into the desert rock. Continue on to the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s only female pharaoh. Set sai to Esna. (BLD)

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Transfer to Cairo International airport for your flight. (B)


Giza

Cairo

EGYPT Luxor

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6 Day Best of Cairo & Luxor HIGHLIGHTS Found in the capital city of Cairo, the pyramids will never fail to astonish. Luxor is home to the amazing lotus columned Luxor and Karnak Temples which lie beside the river, while in the arid hills nearby is the famed Valley of the Kings. Pyramids

5 star private tour departs daily

Day 1: Arrive Cairo

Meet and greet on arrival into Cairo International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Two nights: Grand Nile Tower

Day 2: Cairo

This morning drive to Giza to view the Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops. After lunch, visit the Egyptian Museum, home to a fabulous collection of world-renowned antiquities. (BL)

Day 3: Cairo to Luxor

Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight, on arrival at Luxor transfer to your hotel where you will spend the next two nights. This afternoon visit the huge temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak. Two nights: Sonesta St George (B)

Temple of Hatshepsut

Day 4: Luxor

Early this morning cross by boat to the West Bank of the Nile and tour the Valley of the Kings. Continue on to the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s only female pharaoh. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 5: Luxor to Cairo

Transfer to Luxor airport for the return flight to Cairo. On arrival in Cairo transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Grand Nile Tower (B)

3 star option 5 star option

From

Twin share

$1,170pp

$1,750pp

Day 6: Depart Cairo

Includes: Accommodation and meals as listed, all transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in itinerary with a professional English speaking guide, domestic flights within Egypt as per itinerary.

Transfer this morning from hotel to airport for your flight. (B) Karnak

7 Day Glimpse of Egypt Giza

5 star private tour departs daily

Cairo

Day 1: Arrive Cairo

EGYPT Luxor Esna Edfu Kom Ombo Aswan Abu Simbel

optional add on

Meet and greet on arrival into Cairo International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Two nights: Grand Nile Tower.

Day 2: Cairo

This morning drive to Giza to view the Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops. After lunch, visit the Egyptian Museum, home to a fabulous collection of world-renowned antiquities. (BL)

Twin share

Day 6: Luxor to Cairo

$2,000pp

Includes: Accommodation and meals as listed, cruise as listed, all transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in itinerary with a professional English speaking guide, domestic flights within Egypt as per itinerary.

This morning sail to Kom Ombo to view the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to both Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the sun god. Afternoon sail to Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus. Sail to Luxor. (BLD) Early this morning cross by boat to the West Bank of the Nile and tour the Valley of the Kings. Continue on to the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s only female pharaoh, and the Colossi of Memnon. This afternoon, visit the huge temple complexes of Karnak. (BLD)

3 star option 5 star option $1,220pp

Day 4: Nile Cruise

Day 5: Nile Cruise

HIGHLIGHTS Experience the timeless quality of life along the Nile’s fertile banks, Egypt’s river of life for centuries and the world’s longest river. From

three nights. We recommend an option afternoon excursion to Abu Simbel. This afternoon visit the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Aswan HighDam. Three night cruise: Sonesta Nile Goddess (BLD)

Nile, Aswan,

Day 3: Cairo to Aswan

Transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to Aswan. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship where you will spend the next

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo, on arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Sonesta Nile Tower (B)

Day 7: Depart Cairo

Transfer to Cairo International airport for your homebound or onward flight. (B)

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EGYPT Luxor Esna Edfu Kom Ombo Aswan Sonesta Nile Cruises

8 Day Luxury Nile Cruising HIGHLIGHTS Sonesta’s fleet of Nile River cruise ships offer 3, 4, and 7-night trips between Aswan and Luxor, exploring the landmark temples, tombs and ruins in the region. Guided excursions with Egyptologists highlight each day and are followed by delightful leisure activities on the ships. Enjoy upscale hospitality and watch 5,000 years of history unfold before you on an unforgettable journey through ancient Egypt.

5 star luxury cruising Aswan – Aswan

Day 1: Aswan

Embark and enjoy lunch on board. Afternoon sailing on the Nile by felucca around the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Evening Nubian Folkloric show.

Sonesta Moon Goddess

Day 5: Luxor to Esna Aswan

Day 2: Aswan to Esna

Set sail to Komombo and visit the Komombo Temple, continue to Edfu, visit the Temple of Horus considered to be one of the most beautiful and preserved temples in Egypt. Continue to Esna for overnight.

Visit the Edfu Temple. Edfu lies 100 kilometers south of Luxor and is the site of one of the greatest and best preserved temples of ancient Egypt. The temple, completed during the Ptolemic age (305-30 B.C.), was dedicated to Horus and provides a wealth of information through its inscriptions, which describe the founding and construction methods of similar temples, as well as daily rituals and myths of ancient times.
Set sail to Komombo. Overnight in Komombo.

Day 6: Kom Ombo

Esna

Day 3: Esna to Luxor

Kom Ombo is 40 kilometers north of Aswan and since earliest times, has received visitors who have traveled through the Libyan and Arabian deserts from Sudan caravan routes. The town of Ombos gained administrative importance during the Ptolemic age as it protected the southern border of Egypt and in the Roman period was a military station. The temple has a double sanctuary and is dedicated to two divinities: Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and Sobek (the Crocodile God).

Overnight Komombo

Cross the west bank and visit the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut, continue onto Luxor for an overnight.

Day 4: Luxor

7 nights from

Twin share

Sonesta Moon & Nile Goddess

Sonesta Star Goddess

$1,000pp standard cabin

$2,180pp Mozart suite

The morning at leisure. Visit the Luxor Temple, which was built by the two great pharaohs, Amenhotep III and Ramses II. After touring the temple, you will travel along an avenue of ram-headed Sphinxes, extending for about two miles, which link Luxor Temple with Karnak Temple, the centre of worship in ancient Egypt. No site in the world makes a more overwhelming and lasting impression than this “Temple of all Temples.”
 Luxor overnight.

Includes: All meals, commencing from embarkation and finishing with breakfast on your last day, all sightseeing and entrance fees as specified with English speaking guides. Departure ex Aswan: Sonesta Nile & Star Goddess: Sail every Friday Sonesta Moon Goddess: Sail every Tuesday. 3 night sailing available: Aswan - Luxor 4 night sailing available: Luxor – Aswan

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Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo

Day 7: Komombo to Aswan

The Island Tour and Philae Temple
For this delightful excursion, you will sail by felucca (Egyptian-style sail boat), to the small granite island called Kitchener of the Botanical island. You will also visit Elephantine Island.

Philae
On the island of Philae, now situated between the High Dam and the “old” dam, is the sacred complex of monuments built for the cult of Isis and Osiris. Philae was built under the Ptolemies and finished in Roman times. Overnight Aswan

Day 8: Disembark Aswan Karrnak Temple


Cairo Extensions

Extend your stay pre or post cruise. Other hotels available in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Alexandria

Grand Nile Tower

Movenpick Elephantine Island Resort

Oasis Hotel

CAIRO

CAIRO

CAIRO

The luxurious landmark Grand Nile Tower is poised directly on the magnificent Nile on the tip of Roda Island with a prime location in central Cairo, close to many cultural and tourists attractions. It is located in the Garden City area close to the centre of modern Cairo. Hotel facilities include Spa & Fitness centre, swimming pool, galleria shopping and entertainment centre. From $88pp per night includes breakfast

The Oasis Cairo Hotel is set in lush gardens, minutes away from the Pyramids at Giza. This is an impressive luxury hotel resort with five on site restaurants and fantastic facilities including a swimming pool. From $60pp per night includes breakfast

Pleasing its guests with a spectacular view over the river Nile from the 230 elegant rooms, suites and villas, the MĂśvenpick resort Aswan offers a unique location elephantine island. It lies within walking distance of the historical Island, touristic sites, central station and cultural hotspots. There are a variety of restaurants and bars on site and swimming pool. From $60pp per night

Day tours

All tours are private with English speaking guides Abu Simbel Fly ex Aswan Full Day $315pp Visit the temples of the Great Ramses and his queen, Nefertari. Private tour guide at supplement Pyramids Sound & Light Show Half day From $60pp Witness the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza.

Egyptian Museum & Citadel Including the Mummy Room. Full day from $90pp

Visit Memphis & Sakkara Half day from $85pp

Pyramids & Sphinx Including the Solar Boat. Half day from $90pp

Tour the Mosques, Bazaars & The Citadel Half day From $65pp

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EGYPT Luxor West Bank Edfu Gebel el Silsila Kom Ombo Aswan SS Hadeel

Nubian Dessert

8 Day Dahabiya Hadeel Nile Cruise HIGHLIGHTS A wonderful alternative to today’s large Nile cruise boats, A Dahabiyya conjures up memories of a bygone area on the Nile, a river steeped in mystery and romance, and rich in the history of ancient Egypt. It offers the opportunity to experience the Nile under sail, enjoying the peace, serenity and romanticism that only a sailboat can provide. This exquisite Nile Cruise on board the SS Hadeel, a traditional Dahabiya, will take you from Luxor to Aswan or reverse. You will visit some of the best of Pharonic Egypt, including the Valley of Kings & Queens and Karnak Temple in Luxor, temples of Kom Ombo & Edfu between Luxor & Aswan, but also some more off the beaten track destinations. This trip also offers the opportunity to observe its landscape at a slow pace and get close to its people.

5 star traditional cruising

Day 1: Luxor

Board the SS Hadeel, your home for the next 8 days. In the afternoon there is time to explore nearby Karnak and the Luxor Temples.

Day 2: Luxor – West Bank of the Nile

Today you will visit the west bank of the Nile River Valley of Kings, tombs of the Nobles, Valley temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut as well as the very interesting Deir El Medina, where the workers of Pharaoh used to live and were buried in very colourful tombs.

SS Hadeel

Silsila, where sandstone was quarried for the temples in southern Egypt. Moor on the Nile river bank and in the afternoon take a walk in the countryside.

Day 6: Kom Ombo

During the day you will arrive at Kom Ombo and visit the beautifully situated temple. If it is market day you can also visit the market in Daraw before you continue your journey. Entrance of the Temples of Karnak

Day 3: Nile Sailing

Enjoy a full day aboard the SS Hadeel sailing on the Nile River. Hadeel has two large sails, traditional style, and the wind will take her from one sight to another. In the early 1900s, these sailing boats were used on the Nile for leisure by the aristocracy. The SS Hadeel has 3 decks with a lounge, bar, dining room and only 8 en-suite cabins all decorated in beautiful arabesque style. Observe Egypts landscape at a slow pace and get close to its people.

Kom Ombo

Day 7: Aswan & the Nubian Desert

Continue to Aswan and go for a camel ride through the Nubian desert. Visit the abandoned monastery of St Simeon where you can enjoy the view of the Agha Khan grave, also visit one of the Nubian villages to see and learn more about the Nubian culture. Afternoon free at leisure to enjoy the souq of Aswan. You will finish your quiet adventure week in the south with the beautiful Sound & light show at Philae temple.

Edfu

Day 4: El Kab & Edfu Columns at the Great Hypostyle Hall

From

Twin share

Single

$1,570pp

request

Includes: All meals and soft drinks on board the SS Hadeel, all excursions with English speaking guides. Departures most Saturdays. Itinerary available in reverse order. Note: Other Dahabiya’s available on request. Cairo & Abu Simbel add-ons can be arranged on request.

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Your quiet voyage up the Nile takes you to El Kab. This was probably one of the first cities of Egypt and a large part of its imposing walls are still there. You will also see one of the beautiful tombs. Continue to Edfu where you will visit the almost perfectly preserved Horus temple. Anchor for the night at one of the small Nile islands where you can enjoy a traditional Egyptian barbeque perfectly prepared by your onboard chef.

Day 5: Gebel El Silsila

Continue down the Nile through an area where the cliffs on both side of the river narrow. Visit Gebel el

Day 8: Depart Aswan Disembark after breakfast.

Philae Temple


JORDAN Dead Sea Petra

Jerash Amman Mt Nebo Madaba Petra

5 Day Beauty of Jordan HIGHLIGHTS Visit Jordan and marvel at the ancient wonders. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Amman, tour ruins of Jerash, float in the dead sea and visit the famous ruins of Petra. Dead Sea

Private tour departs daily

Day 1: Arrival in Amman

Upon arrival you’ll be met by our Egypt & Beyond Representative who will assist you through immigrations and customs, and you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend the next two nights. Two nights: Amman Marriott.

Day 2: Amman and Jerash day tour

You’ll be start the day with a tour of Amman, visiting the Citadel, the Roman Theater, the old Souq, the old city of Amman, then you’ll be driven north to visit Jerash, which was known as the city of a 1,000

Pillars. You will also visit the Triple Arched Gate, the Huge Hippodrome, The Theatre, and the only Roman Forum surrounded by 63 jonick columns. (B)

Day 3: Dead Sea to Mt. Nebo to Petra

You’ll be driven down 400m below sea level and experience an unforgettable swim at the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Then continue to Mt.Nebo where you will visit the Byzantine Church of Mt. Nebo. Proceed to Madaba and see the unique Mosaic Map of Palestine, and continue to Petra for overnight. Overnight: Petra Movenpick Hotel. (B)

Day 4: Petra to Amman

A full day dedicated visit of the lost Nabteans city of Petra. Start with a morning ride on a Bedouins guided horse, you’ll pass through fabled SIQ, an immense sandstone, which opens out to reveal the treasury. Continue on to see hundreds of ancient Temples, Royal Tombs, Roman theatres and houses. Drive back to Amman. Overnight: Amman Marriott (B)

4 star option 5 star option

From

Twin share

$845pp

$980pp

Includes: Accommodation and meals as listed, all transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in itinerary with a professional English speaking guide.

Day 5: Depart Amman Nymphaeum

JORDAN Dead Sea Petra

Jerash Amman Mt Nebo Madaba

7 Day Highlights of Jordan 5 star private tour departs daily

Day 1: Arrive Amman

Upon arrival you’ll be met by Egypt & Beyond Representative who will assist you through customs and immigrations and you will be transferred to your hotel. Two nights: Amman Marriott

Day 2: Jerash to Ajloun

HIGHLIGHTS Extend your stay in Jordan to include the mystic desert landscapes in Wadi Rum.

You’ll be driven north to visit Jerash, which was known as the city of a 1,000 Pillars. Visit the Triple Arched Gate, the Huge Hippodrome, The Theatre, and the only Roman Forum surrounded by 63 jonick columns. Continue to Ajloun where you will view the Jordan valley from Saladin imposing Qalat Al-rabad fortress. Return to Amman this afternoon. (B)

Twin share

4 star option 5 star option $1,190pp

$1,500pp

Includes: Meet and assist upon arrival and departure, transportation by A/C modern deluxe Van/Bus during the excursions, English speaking driver. Entrance Fees to all visited sites. Meals as stated. Private itineraries that can be tailor made with extensions from Egypt.

Day 5: Petra

A full day dedicated visit of the lost Nabteans city of Petra. Start with a morning ride on a Bedouin horse, you’ll pass through fabled SIQ, an immense sandstone, which opens out to reveal the treasury. Continue on to see hundreds of ancient Temples, Royal Tombs, Roman theatres and houses. This afternoon return to Petra. (B)

Day 3: Amman to Dead Sea

This morning depart on your private tour of Amman, visiting The Citadel, the Roman theater, the old Souq, old and new Amman. Drive down 400m below sea level and experience an unforgettable swim at the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Overnight: Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea. (B) From

Transfer to airport for departure

Day 4: Dead Sea to Mt. Nebo to Petra

Travel south along the King Way, one of the oldest trade routes in the world which runs 200 miles along Jordan’s hilly backbone. Stop and visit the Byzantine Church of Mt. Nebo, and then proceed to Madaba to see the unique Mosaic Map of Palestine, visit the Great Crusaders Castles of Kerak before arriving in Petra. Two nights: Movenpick Petra Hotel (B)

Wadi Rum

Day 6: Petra to Wadi Rum to Amman

Depart in the morning to the magical desert of Wadi Rum, home of “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a mint tea or cardamom coffee before touring this moon-like landscaped desert in a Bedouin driven jeep. Drive back to Amman. Overnight: Amman Marriott (B)

Day 7: Depart Amman

Transfer to airport for departure. (B)

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Service provider cancellations A&B and all service providers reserve the right to cancel any booked client service before departure if the minimum number of participants required to operate the service is not reached or for any other reason deemed necessary or beyond A&B’s or the relevant service provider’s control. In the event of any such cancellation occurring, alternative services will be offered but if an alternative service acceptable to the client is not available a full refunded will be provided. 7 Unused & extra services No refund will be considered for non-acceptance of pre-booked services once a booking has commenced irrespective of the reason. Where passengers are unable to access any of the services booked due to invalid or mislaid mandatory travel documents (see below), ill health or for any other reason, the unused portion of the booked services are non refundable. A&B will not accept responsibility or make payments for extra services desired by clients after issue of travel documentation ie for any service not stated as included and prepaid on the A&B vouchers. A&B accept no responsibility for costs incurred by clients due to delays and or cancellations by service providers that require clients to make alternative and or additional arrangements not provided by the relevant service provider. It is the clients responsibility to settle these costs as and when they occur direct with the service provider engaged to provide the alternative and or additional requirements. 8 Passports, Visas and other mandatory travel documentation Clients must make all necessary enquiries to ensure they are in possession of all valid mandatory travel documentation prior to commencement of their booking and A&B accepts no responsibility in the event of clients failure to do so. Australian citizens require a current passport, which must be valid for the required period (historically 6 months) after return to Australia. Australian nationals may require visas for Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia Botswana and Madagascar and other destinations and it is the clients responsibility to obtain all required visas before departure. Non Australian passport holders should check directly with their consulates for visa requirements and must also ensure that they have the correct re-entry documentation for return to Australia and failure to do so can result in the need to cancel travel arrangements and incur cancellation charges. It is absolutely essential that the names of passengers provided to A&B are exactly as they appear in the passenger’s passport. Name changes are considered as a cancellation by airlines and require seats to be re-booked and tickets re-issued which may result in loss of confirmed seating and can incur the client in additional charges. An anti-malarial prophylactic is highly recommended for all African & Indian Ocean countries and it is the client(s) responsibility to ensure that they have all necessary vaccinations and take the appropriate and necessary health precautions prior to travel and that they carry with them all the appropriate mandatory documentation. Clients are responsible for obtaining appropriate advice as to current vaccination requirements as some countries such as those listed below will not allow entry unless the correct and completed Certificate of Vaccination is carried Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania: Cholera & Yellow Fever Kenya & Zambia: Yellow Fever South Africa – If entering from Zambia Yellow Fever. Where any booking involve hire car service clients must carry an international driver’s licence. 9 Travel Insurance Cancellation and refund conditions are strictly enforced so A&B strongly recommend clients take out comprehensive travel insurance at the date of booking which covers cancellation and delays due to unforeseen circumstances. Clients are strongly recommended to arrange such cover with their travel agent or their A&B consultant. A&B advise clients to ensure that all pre-existing health conditions and all other relevant matters are declared when applying for insurance. If travel insurance offered by other providers such as credit card companies is used it is recommended careful consideration be given to ensuring that such insurance cover is adequate. 10 Brochure and Website accuracy Rooms, facilities and scenes appearing in the A&B and service providers brochures and websites represent those rooms, facilities and features associated with the hotels, tours and other services offered at the time of compilation of the brochure(s) or website(s) . Photographs and descriptions are accurate at the time of printing/loading and every effort is made to ensure the brochures and website illustrations are as accurate as possible but A&B cannot guarantee that these necessarily depict the rooms, facilities, features or seasonal scenes current at the time the booked service is provided. 11 Privacy In order for A&B to process any booking clients agree that A&B may use any personal information provided by them to A&B such as but not limited to names, gender, age, postal and e-mail addresses, passport details, disabilities, dietary/religious requirements /persuasion etc etc. Such information may also be provided by A&B to security or credit checking companies, and public authorities such as customs and immigration if required by them or by law. On occasion A&B may also use contact details provided to distribute brochures or other travel related material. A&B undertakes not pass on such client information to any person or organisation not involved in service supply relevant to any booking made. 12 Complaints Any complaints while travelling should be made immediately to the relevant service provider’s representative or relevant local authorities. Clients should allow the service supplier the opportunity to directly resolve any complaint at the time it arises but if any complaint remains unresolved, to obtain A&B’s support, clients must lodge a written detailed complaint with the service supplier within 14 days of the date of returning to Australia on completion of any booking. Any complaints that remain unresolved after completion of this procedure must be conveyed to A&B in writing within 28 days of the first date of communication with the service supplier together with all supporting documents and A&B will then endeavour to assist in resolving the matters complained about but cannot guarantee the client a successful outcome. A&B will not involve itself in any complaint where the client does not observe the time limits set out above or provide sufficient evidentiary detail to justify the complaint. Images: Brochure Design Janette Doldo 0404 496 530. Images special credit to Wilderness Safaris Photographers Moments: Mike Myers and Dana Allen. Great Plains Conservation, Wild Horizons, Sunways, Albatros and Seasons in Africa cover shots.

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