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AFRICA

INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS

TRAVEL PLANNER

2015- 2017

DUBAI . ABU DHABI . OMAN

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One of the most rewarding aspects of a career in the travel industry is knowing that your efforts are not only enhancing the lives of travelers, but also positively impacting the lives of those who call the destination home. Tourism is a major contributor to many country’s GDP. In the case of South Africa, for instance, tourism out performs such traditional heavy hitters as automotive manufacturing and mining! Moreover, tourism businesses are typically small, employ more women, and often OQNUHCDNM SGD INASQ@HMHMFVGHBGADMDƥSRMNMBNKKDFDFQ@CT@SDR 3GHR BNTOKDC with the advances in sustainable tourism practices being adopted by hotels and SNTQNODQ@SNQRVNQKCVHCD RGNTKCL@JDTR@KKEDDKUDQXFNNC@ANTSNTQUNB@SHNMR Every once in a while a socially responsible innovation comes along with enormous ONSDMSH@KSNADMDƥSNTQFKNA@KBNLLTMHSX  M@L@YHMFOQNCTBSB@KKDC6NMCDQA@F QDBDMSKXB@LDSNLX@SSDMSHNM 6NMCDQA@FHR@MNM DKDBSQHBŖRKNVBNNJDQŗL@CD NEQDBXBKDCL@SDQH@KR 3GDF@SGDQHMF@MCATQMHMFNEVNNCENQBNNJHMFHML@MX developing countries causes myriad problems including deforestation, injuries EQNLRLNJDHMG@K@SHNM@MCATQMR @MC@SS@BJRNMXNTMFFHQKRBNKKDBSHMFVNNC  6NMCDQA@FRBTSBNNJHMFSHLDCNVMSN@RL@KKEQ@BSHNM @MCQDCTBDSGD@RRNBH@SDC MDF@SHUDR@BBNQCHMFKX %NQD@BG6NMCDQA@FOTQBG@RDCHMSGD42 NMDHRCNM@SDC SN@E@LHKXHM EQHB@ .Q XNTB@MCNM@SDNMDENQ@RL@KKOQHBD  EQHB@ MRVDQR VHKKADCNM@SHMF@6NMCDQA@FENQD@BG EQHB@ANNJHMFVDL@JDHM -DWSSHLDXNTŗQDB@KKHMF@ANTS@MHSHMDQ@QX @RJNTQCDRSHM@SHNM RODBH@KHRSR@ANTSSGDHQ6NMCDQA@FR NQFNSNnb-wonderbag.com 8NTŗKKEDDKDUDMADSSDQ@ANTSXNTQINASG@MXNT@KQD@CXCNʖ Kirk Demeter President & Owner

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3GD&QD@S,HFQ@SHNM What is The Great Migration? Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra (and other antelope) start their long trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, further north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of food and water. Their journey runs in a clockwise direction and the animals travel about 1,800 miles each year. The journey is fraught with peril. January through April is the easiest time to see the migration in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is at its best in August, September and October. One of the most spectacular sights of the migration is when the herds cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya). As the herds cross, crocodiles are lying in wait.

The Migration Calendar January Over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, eland and predators are on the Serengeti plains. Wildebeest are foaling, which attracts predators. February The long rains are approaching and the short grass plains are getting bare. March The migration starts moving slowly through woodlands towards the western corridor as the long Q@HMRRDSHM 6HKCƦNVDQR@QDHMETKKAKNNL April The migration follows the Mbalageti River towards the Grumeti Reserves where the long grass plains and woodlands provide food.

May The rains are ending and the dry season is approaching.

October The migration starts moving south in anticipation of the new seasons rains.

June The migration moves north east through the Grumeti. The most dramatic feature of the Great Migration is a river crossing. This normally occurs in June and early July on the Grumeti River.

November The migration starts leaving the Masai Mara and moves quickly south where the rains have started and fresh grass covers the Serengeti plains. December The herd is settled in the short grass lands on the southern plains. Game moves into the Ngorongoro Crater area and the Piaya area. Zebra are foaling which attracts predators.

July Most of the migration is concentrated in the Ikorongo, where the Mara River is crossed. August The migration moves into Kenya’s Masai Mara. September The Serengeti is near the end of the dry season, water is available in the Masai Mara.

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ICONS / Africa Answers

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Walking

Diving

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

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Fishing

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

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

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Elephant Trekking EQHB@NƤDQRRNLDRSTMMHMFSQDJJHMFEQNLBKHLAHMF,S*HKHL@MI@QNHM3@MY@MH@ to tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.

2DUDQ@KB@LOR@MCKNCFDRHM2NTSGDQM EQHB@NƤDQ@TMHPTDOK@SENQLENQFTDRS education and interaction with elephants. These close encounters are truly one of a kind.

Culture / People

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

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

Family Friendly Safaris

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

Golf

Birding

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

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

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

Honeymoon EQHB@SGD(MCH@M.BD@M(RK@MCRNƤDQ@MHL@FHM@SHUD@MCHLODBB@AKD selection of honeymoon destinations.

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BBNLLNC@SHNM– Standards Resort

Hotel Chosen for their location and amenities the hotels have a full range of dining options either on the property or close by. Rooms are normally NƤDQDCNM@ADC@MCAQD@JE@RSA@RHR@MCMN kitchen facilities are available. Hotels are more often located in cities and small towns.

Resorts located on idyllic islands.

Tented Camps

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

Hotel Apartment

3DMSDCB@LORSDMCSNADRL@KK@MCNƤDQ@ more personal level of service. The rooms are HMCDDCSDMSRATSCNMNSR@BQHƥBD@MXBQD@STQD comforts. All bathrooms are ensuite, however RNLDB@LOR CTDSNSGDHQKNB@SHNM L@XMNSNƤDQ mains power. The camp is the base for your day’s activities and you are normally hosted during meals. The service is personal and the cuisine and guiding excellent. We prefer to use camps with a maximum of 20 beds.

Mobile Camping Safaris

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

Lodge

ŖLNAHKDB@LOHMFR@E@QHŗHMUNKUDRSGD entire camp – tents, showers etc – moving either with you, or going ahead in separate vehicles. Safaris usually take 7-15 days camping in 3 or 4 different locations. Usually you will travel by 4x4, although some safaris include charter flights.

Cruise

Permanent accommodation with the lodge as the base for your days activities – be that F@LDUHDVHMF AN@SHMF V@KJHMF ƥRGHMFNQ RVHLLHMF 8NT@QDMNQL@KKXGNRSDCCTQHMF meals, service is personal and the cuisine and guiding excellent. We prefer to use lodges with a maximum of 20 beds.

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


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Victoria Falls – Cape Town – Kruger National Park

Essential South Africa & Victoria Falls – 9 nights / 10 days

Day 1: Victoria Falls Upon arrival in Victoria Falls you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a cultural evening and delicious dinner at the Boma.

Package includes: •

Meet & Greet on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport

Roundtrip transfers from Victoria Falls Airport to hotel

2 nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge including breakfast daily

Day 2: Victoria Falls Enjoy a morning guided tour of the Falls. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, there are plenty of additional activities that we can recommend for you.

Boma Dinner

Scheduled Tour of The Falls

Roundtrip transfers from Cape Town International Airport to hotel

4 nights at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction including breakfast daily

Full Day Peninsula Tour

Cape Town City Tour including Table Mountain cable car (weather permitting)

Roundtrip transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to game lodge

3 nights at Nottens Bush Camp including all meals and 2 game drives daily

Day 3: Cape Town Fly to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Day 4: Cape Town Enjoy a City Tour and cable car ride up Table Mountain. Day 5: Peninsula Tour 3GD%@HQDRS"@ODş@MCHSRTQDKXHRʖ8NTŗKKRNNMRDDENQXNTQRDKEVGDQD@MCVGXHSD@QMDC its name. Day 6: Cape Town Day at leisure in Cape Town

Enjoy the very best of Southern Africa - Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Kruger National Park on this independent itinerary.

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Day 8: Kruger National Park 2DSNTSSNDWOKNQDNMDNE EQHB@ŗRFQD@SDRSF@LDQDRDQUDR *QTFDQ-@SHNM@K/@QJ 8NTVHKK have morning and afternoon game drives today.

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Continue to Kruger National Park, where all of the “Out of Africa” images are lived out in glorious style. Experience the best of the African bush in open safari vehicle game drives as you seek out the “Big 5” and more.

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Cape Town – Kruger National Park

Five Senses of South Africa – 8 nights / 9 days

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met and transferred to the Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel.

Package includes: •

Meet & Greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport

Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel

4 nights at Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel including breakfast daily

Full Day Winelands Tour

Full Day Peninsula Tour

Transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Hazyview

2 nights at Hippo Hollow Country Estate including breakfast daily

1 Hour Elephant Interaction with roundtrip hotel transfers

Transfer from Hippo Hollow to Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Day 2: At leisure in Cape Town Or we can book a city tour for you. Day 3: Peninsula Tour 3GD%@HQDRS"@ODş@MCHSRTQDKXHRʖ8NTŗKKRNNMRDDENQXNTQRDKEVGDQD@MCVGXHSD@QMDC its name. Day 4: Winelands Tour A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery.

• 2 nights at Elephant Plains Game Lodge including all meals and 2 game drives daily •

Transfer from Elephant Plains to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Cape Town & Kruger: See the Big Five, hear the lions roar, taste fabulous local cuisine, SNTBGSGDDKDOG@MSR RLDKKSGDR@KS@HQNEANSGSGD(MCH@M@MC/@BHƥB.BD@MRNMSGHR wonderful interactive journey. 3GHRL@FMHƥBDMSKXCHUDQRDHSHMDQ@QXHMBKTCDRENTQMHFGSRHMUHAQ@MS"@OD3NVMVHSG@ full day touring the Winelands and a full day exploring the Cape Peninsula, including a visit to Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and famous Chapman’s Peak drive – South Africa’s most stunning scenic route. Continue on to Hazyview, the gateway to the Kruger National Park and your safari adventure, where you spend two nights and enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with an elephant as well as opt for a variety of other day touring possibilities.

Day 5: Cape Town – Hazyview 3Q@MREDQ SN SGD @HQONQS ENQ XNTQ ƦHFGS SN *QTFDQ ,OTL@K@MF@ HQONQS ƦHFGS MNS included). On arrival, transfer to the Hippo Hollow Country Estate. Day 6: Elephant Interaction There is something near-human about these gigantic mammals, and you’ll make a connection at Elephant Whispers. Riding an elephant is an optional extra. Day 7: Kruger Game Lodge 3NC@XXNTVHKKSQ@MREDQSNXNTQ*QTFDQF@LDKNCFDENQXNTQƥQRSNEF@LDCQHUDR +NNJ NTSENQKHNM DKDOG@MS KDNO@QC ATƤ@KN QGHMN @MCV@QSGNFRʖ Day 8: Kruger Game Drive 2DSNTSSNDWOKNQDNMDNE EQHB@ŗRFQD@SDRSF@LDQDRDQUDRŔ*QTFDQ-@SHNM@K/@QJ 8NT will have morning and afternoon game drives today. Day 9: Depart Kruger After one last game drive you’ll be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga International HQONQSSNBNMMDBSVHSGXNTQNMV@QCƦHFGS

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Cape Town – Pilanesberg

Cape Town and Pilanesberg National Park Safari – 7 nights / 8 days Package includes: •

Meet & Greet on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport

Roundtrip transfers to Ivory Tree Game Lodge

3 nights at Ivory Tree Game Lodge including all meals and 2 game drives daily

Roundtrip transfers from Cape Town International Airport to hotel

4 nights at the Pepper Club Hotel, Cape Town including breakfast daily

Cape Town City Tour including Table Mountain cable car (weather permitting)

Full Day Peninsula Tour

Day 1: Pilanesberg National Park Transfer from Johannesburg to Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National /@QJ 8NTQƥQRSF@LDCQHUDVHKKADSGHR@ESDQMNNM Day 2: Pilanesberg National Park Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Pilanesberg National Park. Day 3: Pilanesberg National Park Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Pilanesberg National Park. Day 4: Cape Town Transfer to Pepper Club Hotel on arrival. Day 5: Cape Town At leisure in Cape Town. If you prefer, we can suggest a tour for you.

Cape Town and a Safari is the most popular South African combination. This package RGNVB@RDR SGD L@FMHƥBDMS /HK@MDRADQF -@SHNM@K /@QJ @R @M @KSDQM@SHUD SN *QTFDQ  Why? Pilanesberg National Park is malaria free, perfect for families, only 2 hours by road from Johannesburg and all the Big Five are here. On arrival in Johannesburg, transfer by road to Pilanesberg National Park for 3 nights. Keep your cameras ready as you track the “Big 5” morning and afternoon, and relax by the pool during the middle of the day.

Day 6: City Tour City Tour including Table Mountain cable car (weather permitting). Day 7: Peninsula Tour 3GD%@HQDRS"@ODş@MCHSRTQDKXHRʖ8NTŗKKRNNMRDDENQXNTQRDKEVGDQD@MCVGXHSD@QMDC its name. Day 8: Depart Transfer to the airport for departure.

Cape Town is the jewel of South Africa. Beautifully located on the coast, under the shadow of Table Mountain, 4 nights in Cape Town won’t seem nearly long enough. 3GDRS@Q/DOODQ"KTA'NSDKHRVDKKKNB@SDC@MCNƤDQR@BNLOKHLDMS@QXRGTSSKDSN the waterfront throughout the day. www.africaanswers.com

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Nairobi – Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru – Amboseli

Classic Kenya – 6 nights / 7 days

Day 2: Nairobi to Masai Mara Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, travel towards Kenya’s fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment. Reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.

Package includes: •

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

1 night Nairobi

2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve

1 night Lake Nakuru

2 nights Amboseli National Park

All transport and game drives on road safaris in a modern safari cruiser (with seven window seats) with an English speaking driver-guide

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Day 3: Masai Mara A Masaai village visit and early morning and afternoon game drives in the fabulous Maasai Mara. Day 4: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you will travel to Lake Nakuru. After lunch you will take an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Amboseli National Park Travel to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. Later, head to Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon.

The Classic Kenya safari provides safari travelers with great value, and a classic game viewing itinerary. After a restful night in Nairobi, the safari starts with a stay in the impressive Masai Mara National Reserve, continues to the Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru @MCDMCRVHSG LANRDKH-@SHNM@K/@QJ AQHLLHMFVHSGVHKCKHED@MCNƤDQHMFSGDADRS chances to view majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Three grades of accommodation are available.

Day 6: Amboseli National Park Depart the lodge after a sumptuous breakfast for a full day game drive. Day 7: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi Catch your last views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as you depart Amboseli for Nairobi city or airport.

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

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Nairobi – Samburu – Mt Kenya – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

Kenya Horizons – 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Package includes: •

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

1 night Nairobi

2 nights Samburu National Reserve

1 night Aberdare National Park

1 night Lake Nakuru

2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve

All transport and game drives on road safaris in a modern safari cruiser (with seven window seats) with an English speaking driver-guide

7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, travel to Samburu. Afternoon game drive. Day 3: Samburu National Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 4: Central Highlands Travel to Central Highlands and Aberdare. Afternoon and evening waterhole and salt lick game viewing from a hide or lodge balconies. Day 5: Lake Nakuru Travel via Nyahururu Falls to Lake Nakuru for a boat ride. Afternoon game drive. Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve Depart to Masai Mara. Afternoon game drive.

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Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives in Masai Mara. Day 8: Masai Mara to Nairobi Morning departure to Nairobi.

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Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park

Tanzania Simba Safari – 6 nights / 7 days

Day 1: Lake Manyara Afternoon depart Arusha to the Rift Valley Escarpment. Evening arrival at Lake Manyara.

Package includes: •

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

1 night Lake Manyara National Park

2 nights Serengeti National Park

2 night Ngorongoro Crater

1 night Tarangire

All transport and game drives on road safaris in a 4WD safari vehicle with photo roof, and English speaking driver-guide.

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Day 2: Serengeti National Park After a morning game drive at Lake Manyara, drive to Serengeti with game viewing enroute to the lodge. Day 3: Serengeti National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Morning game drive in Serengeti. Drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Day 6: Tarangire National Park Drive to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive.

The Simba Safari is Tanzania’s most popular itinerary. Travel in 4WD safari vehicles to all four of the country’s top parks: Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park. Safari commences in Arusha, afternoon departure @KKNVRENQLNQMHMFƦHFGS@QQHU@KREQNLSGD42 6DGHFGKXQDBNLLDMC@CCHMF@SQHOSN Zanzibar – for beaches, or to Rwanda – for gorilla tracking.

Day 7: Arusha Drive to Arusha, arriving at noon.

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Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania Tented Adventure – 7 nights / 8 days •

Package includes:

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

2 nights Lake Manyara National Park

3 nights Serengeti National Park

2 nights Ngorongoro Crater

All transport and game drives on road safaris in a 4WD safari vehicle with photo roof, and English speaking driver-guide.

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Day 1: Lake Manyara Afternoon depart Arusha to the Rift Valley Escarpment. Evening arrival at Lake Manyara. Day 2: Lake Manyara Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 3: Serengeti National Park Drive to Serengeti with game viewing enroute the lodge. Afternoon game drive. Day 4: Serengeti National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 5: Serengeti National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Morning game drive in Serengeti. Drive to Ngorongoro Crater.

Nothing captures the romance of a true African safari like watching the sun rise on the verandah of your tent in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The only CHRSQ@BSHNMEQNLSGDL@IDRSHBRGNVSG@SRTQQNTMCRXNTHRSGD@QNL@NESGDGNSBNƤDD just served by your valet.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Afternoon Maasai village visit. Day 8: Arusha Drive to Arusha, arriving at noon.

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Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park – Zanzibar

Tanzania Safari and Spice – 10 nights / 11 days

Day 2: Serengeti National Park After a morning game drive at Lake Manyara, drive to Serengeti with game viewing enroute to the lodge.

Package includes: •

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

1 night Lake Manyara National Park

2 nights Serengeti National Park

2 night Ngorongoro Crater

1 night Tarangire

1 night Stone Town

3 nights Zanzibar beach resort

All transport and game drives on road safaris in a 4WD safari vehicle with photo roof, and English speaking driver-guide.

Flight to Zanzibar

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Day 3: Serengeti National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Morning game drive in Serengeti. Drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Day 6: Tarangire National Park Drive to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive. Day 7: Arusha Drive to Arusha, arriving at noon. Fly to Zanzibar (included) and transfer to your Stone Town Hotel. Day 8: Stone Town Morning at leisure to explore Stone Town. Midday transfer to your beach resort.

Safari and Spice combines the popular Simba Safari with a great extension to the magical island of Zanzibar. Travel in 4WD safari vehicles to all four of the country’s top parks: Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park. Safari commences in Arusha. Afternoon departure allows for morning ƦHFGS @QQHU@KR EQNL SGD 42  ESDQ XNTQ R@E@QH  XNTŗKK ƦX SN 9@MYHA@Q VGDQD XNT VHKK CDKUDHMSNSGDBTKSTQD@MCGHRSNQXNE2SNMD3NVM@MC ƥM@KKX DMINXC@XRNEQDK@W@SHNM on an Indian Ocean beach.

Day 9: Beach At leisure at your beach resort Day 10: Beach At leisure at your beach resort Day 11: Beach 3Q@MREDQSN9@MYHA@Q HQONQSSNBNMMDBSVHSGXNTQNMV@QCƦHFGSR 

Day 1: Lake Manyara Afternoon depart Arusha to the Rift Valley Escarpment. Evening arrival at Lake Manyara.

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Masai Mara – Amboseli – Tsavo West – Tsavo East – Mombasa

Arusha – Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro – Serengeti

Tanzania Air Safari - 7 nights / 8 days Package includes: •

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

1 night Arusha

2 nights Tarangire National Park

2 nights Ngorongoro Crater

2 nights Serengeti National Park

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Kenya Out of Africa Air Safari – 7 nights / 8 days Package includes: •

Airport meet and greet

Round trip transfers

2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve

2 nights Amboseli National Park

1 night Tsavo West National Park

2 nights Tsavo East National Park

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Ever since she wrote the immortal words, “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills,” Baroness Karen von Blixen brought to life Africa’s romance and magic in her timeless novel Out of Africa. Covering distance easily and comfortably, seeing herds traverse the plains below. Spotting hippos and ellies wading in the rivers. Realizing the size and grandeur of Lake Victoria, the Rift Valley and Ngorongoro "Q@SDQ 3NƦXKNVNUDQ EQHB@HRSNF@HM@TMHPTDODQRODBSHUD @MCSNTRDXNTQOQDBHNTR vacation time wisely. Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve 3Q@MREDQ SN -@HQNAH CNLDRSHB @HQONQS @MC ƦX SN ,@R@H ,@Q@ -@SHNM@K 1DRDQUD  Afternoon game drive. Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 3: Amboseli National Park !TRG AQD@JE@RS @MC F@LD UHDVHMF  SGDM ƦX SN LANRDKH  ,@@R@H UHKK@FD UHRHS HM afternoon. Day 4: Amboseli National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Sundowners with night game drive as you return to the lodge.

Day 2: Tarangire ,NQMHMFV@KJ@QNTMCBNƤDDDRS@SD SGDMƦXSN3@Q@MFHQD  ESDQMNNM@MCMHFGSF@LD drives. Day 3: Tarangire Morning and afternoon game drives. Maasai village visit. Day 4: Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro ,NQMHMFCQHUDRSGDMƦXSN+@JD,@MX@Q@ 5HRHSSNUHKK@FDL@QJDSR Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Full day Crater tour.

Day 5: Tsavo West National Park Fly to Tsavo West, excursion to Mzima Springs to see hippo. Day 6: Tsavo East Morning guided bush walk. Fly to Tsavo East National Park. Afternoon game drive. Day 7: Tsavo East National Park Morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park Choice of optional activities on the estate. Fly to Serengeti. Game drive enroute the camp. Day 7: Serengeti National Park Full day game drive.

Day 8: Mombasa ,NQMHMFF@LDCQHUDADENQDƦXHMFSN,NLA@R@ 

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Day 1: Arusha Arrival transfer to Arusha.

Day 8: Depart Morning bush walk along the Grumeti River banks. Game viewing enroute airstrip. Fly to Arusha and transfer to Kilimanjaro.

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Nairobi - Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru - Amboseli - Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Tarangire - Nairobi

Kenya and Tanzania Explorer – 12 nights / 13 days

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park Drive to Lake Nakuru. Afternoon game drive.

Package includes:

2 nights Ngorongoro Crater

Airport meet and greet

1 night Tarangire National Park

Round trip transfers

1 night Nairobi

2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve

All transport and game drives on road safaris in a 4WD safari vehicle with photo roof, and English speaking driver-guide.

1 night Lake Nakuru National Park

12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners

2 nights Amboseli National Park

1 night Lake Manyara National Park

All park fees and government taxes

2 nights Serengeti National Park

1 bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives

Day 5: Amboseli National Park Drive to Amboseli, picnic lunch and game viewing enroute.

Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve Morning drive to Masai Mara. Afternoon game drive.

Day 7: Lake Manyara Cross the border into Tanzania. Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Day 8: Serengeti National Park Morning game drive in Lake Manyara. Drive to Serengeti, game viewing enroute.

Our most popular combined safari includes the highlights of both Kenya and Tanzania. Travel throughout is by road, with a border crossing at Namanga. The itinerary is packed with game viewing from a safari bus in Kenya and a 4WD safari vehicle with the photo roof in Tanzania. On return to Nairobi, a celebration farewell dinner is held at the famous Carnivore restaurant. Day 1: Nairobi Arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 6: Amboseli National Park Morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater Morning game drive, then continue to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Day 12: Tarangire National Park Drive to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive. Day 11: Nairobi Drive to Nairobi via Arusha. Farewell dinner at Carnivore restaurant before transfer to airport.

Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives. www.africaanswers.com

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Okavango Delta – Moremi

Ultimate Botswana Safari – 4 nights / 5 days

Day 2: Okavango Delta Depending on the water levels in the Delta and your preference, daily activities vary from mokoro (dug out) excursions, motorized boat trips, game drives in open safari vehicles or walking safaris. Accommodation: Camp Okavango

Package includes: •

Maun Airport meet and greet

All road and air transfers

2 nights Okavango Delta

2 nights Moremi Reserve

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

Day 3: Okavango Delta to Moremi Reserve Morning game drive. Then transfer by light aircraft to your camp in the Moremi Reserve, the leading wildlife area and regularly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. Boasting dense concentrations of game at any time of the year, the game reserve supports a wide range of habitats. Afternoon game drive. Accommodation: Camp Moremi

This safari starts in Maun and ends in Kasane, visiting Botswana’s two most popular destinations, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Reserve. Explore the labyrinth of lagoons and lakes that comprise the Okavango Delta. Glide through the waters of SGD#DKS@HM@LNJNQNCTFNTSB@MND ITRSEDDS@V@XEQNLGHOON@MCBQNBNCHKD 8NT might even be fortunate enough to see Botswana’s famous painted dogs. An extension to Victoria Falls is a perfect end to this safari. Please enquire.

Day 4: Moremi Reserve Wildlife viewing is the major activity at camp, whether on walks, or day and night game drives in open safari vehicles accompanied by an experienced guide. Day 5: Moremi to Kasane This morning after your early morning game activity, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Kasane.

Day 1: Okavango Delta On arrival at Maun Airport you will be met and transferred by light aircraft to your camp within the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta RXRSDLHMSGDVNQKC ƥKKDCVHSGV@SDQBG@MMDKR K@FNNMR@MCHRK@MCR 3GHRTMHPTD@QD@ RTRS@HMR@GTFDCHUDQRHSXNEE@TM@@MCƦNQ@RNSG@SF@LDUHDVHMFHRDWBDKKDMSQHFGS through the year. Afternoon game drive. Accommodation: Camp Okavango

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Chobe – Savute – Moremi – Okavango Delta – Makgadikgadi Pans

Best of Botswana – 10 nights / 11 days

Day 4: Savute Morning and afternoon game drives.

Package includes: •

Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airport meet and greet

All transfers

2 nights Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park

2 nights Savute Safari Lodge, Savute

2 nights Camp Moremi, Moremi Reserve

2 nights Camp Okavango, Okavango Delta

2 nights Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve Travel to Moremi Game Reserve, crossing the Khwai River bridge. Moremi Game Reserve is world famous for its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. Enjoy an extended game drive in the Xaxanaka area enroute. Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 7: Okavango Delta Depart by boat into the heart of the Okavango Delta. This journey through the serpentine channels, and expansive lagoons of the Okavango Delta gives one the opportunity to DWODQHDMBDSGHRL@FMHƥBDMSDBNRXRSDL 

3GHR@BBNLLNC@SDC+TWTQX&THCDC,NAHKD2@E@QHVHKKS@JDXNTHMSNƥUDCHƤDQDMS@QD@R Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savute, Chobe and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This outstanding safari will give you the opportunity to gain insight into the regions, wildlife and luxury lodges of Botswana’s famous game reserves and national parks. Each departure is accompanied by a selected professional safari guide, providing unique and personal insight into the wonders of these wilderness destinations. With a maximum of 6 participants per departure the group size is limited and guests will travel in fully equipped and customized luxury safari vehicles. This safari starts in Livingstone or Victoria Falls, and ends in Maun. An extension to Victoria Falls is a perfect start to this safari. Please enquire. Day 1: Chobe National Park On your arrival at Livingstone or Victoria Falls airport, you will be transferred by road to the iconic Chobe Game Lodge in time for a sundown river cruise. Chobe is famous ENQGTFDDKDOG@MS@MCATƤ@KNGDQCR 

Day 8: Okavango Delta $WOKNQDSGDV@SDQV@XR@MCƦNNCOK@HMRAXAN@S@MCLNJNQN @MCSGDHRK@MCRNMFTHCDC walking safaris. Day 9: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park #DO@QSAXRBGDCTKDCBG@QSDQƦHFGSNUDQSGD.J@U@MFN#DKS@SNSGDCDRDQSKNB@SHNMNE Leroo La Tau situated on the banks of the Boteti River. Day 10: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the dry Boteti Riverbed which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Day 11: Depart After a morning activity and breakfast, you are transferred to Maun.

Day 2: Chobe National Park Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 3: Savute Head to Savute, game viewing and picnicking along the way. The area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species. Afternoon game drive on arrival.

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South Luangwa National Park

Zambia Bushcamp Walking Safari – 6 nights / 7 days

Chindeni is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in South Luangwa. There’s something about sleeping under canvas that ignites a sense of adventure in everyone. At Chindeni you can combine that thrill with style and comfort in one of its four opulent tents. Gaze out from your private veranda onto the lagoon which attracts birds and animals from miles around. Or settle back with a gin-and-tonic in the central lounge and dining area – a glorious expanse of varnished decking arranged on several levels around the surrounding ebony trees, boasting, of course, the same spectacular view of the serene lagoon and its inhabitants.

Package includes: •

Lusaka Airport meet and greet

All road and light aircraft transfers

3 nights Chindeni Tented Camp

3 nights Bilimungwe Bushcamp

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

Days 4 – 6: Transfer to Bilimungwe, South Luangwa National Park. The camp has three waterholes, above which the stilted thatch chalets sit.

The South Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s hidden jewels, where time has stood still. Two remote rustic bush camps, accommodating a maximum of 8 guests, situated in areas of astounding beauty, are the bases for this Zambian exploration which emphasizes bush walks and night drives. (MSGD2NTSG+T@MFV@ SGDV@KJHMFR@E@QHHRJHMF RNHSHRNMKXƥSSHMFSG@SLNRSNEXNTQ NTSHMFRVHKKADNMENNSVHSGSGDUDQXƥMDRSFTHCDR &@LDCQHUDR@QD@KRNNMNƤDQ  O@QSHBTK@QKX@SMHFGSVGDM@VGNKDMDVB@RSNEBG@Q@BSDQRƥKKSGDK@MCRB@OD

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

Days 1 – 3: Chindeni, South Luangwa National Park Spend 3 nights at Chindeni, located on the edge of a lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow.

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Victoria Falls – Hwange

Zimbabwe Falls, Gorges and Savannah Safari – 5 nights / 6 days

Day 2: Victoria Falls Breakfast followed by a guided visit to the Victoria Falls with some souvenir shopping and a packed picnic lunch on the banks of the Zambezi. After lunch, visit the nature sanctuary and crocodile farm and then catch the afternoon shuttle back to Gorges Lodge to enjoy the evening and a supper overlooking the Batoka Gorge.

Package includes: •

Victoria Falls meet and greet

All transfers

2 nights Gorges Lodge

Victoria Falls excursions

Zambezi River Cruise

Crocodile Farm Visit

School and Village visits

3 nights Bomani Tented Camp

Game drives in Hwange National Park

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

Day 3: Hwange Early visit to a local school to listen to the choir sing, then return for breakfast at Gorges. Transfer to Bomani Lodge. Settle into your tent and then enjoy a late lunch followed by a game drive with sundowners by the Pan. Night drive back to the lodge to freshen up for supper in the main lodge. Day 4: Hwange An early morning game drive with a walk in Hwange Park. Return to camp for brunch and either a siesta or an hour or two in the blind overlooking the watering hole. Afternoon game drive and sundowners at Major Pan. Night drive back to the lodge for B@LOƥQDRTOODQ

Zimbabwe is southern Africa’s best kept secret. Safaris in Hwange National Park rank with Kruger and Botswana for game variety and abundance. The best news is that prices are far lower than counterparts in other countries, and a true bargain can be found. This package includes a lodge outside Victoria Falls township, Victoria Falls activities, followed by a 3 night stay with game drives in a tented camp adjacent Hwange National Park. Meals, all domestic alcoholic beverages, and laundry service are included. A school visit will provide memories – and photos – to take home.

Day 5: Hwange $@QKXLNQMHMF@KKC@XSQHOHMSNSGDO@QJENQNTQNMDNE@JHMCŖOTLOQTMŗŔOHBMHB@MC siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan. Afternoon game drive back to the lodge going from /@MSN/@M %QDRGDMTOHMXNTQRTHSD@MCSGDMDMINXBNBJS@HKRQNTMCSGDB@LOƥQD@MC supper listening to sounds of the bush. Day 6: Hwange Morning village visit and school tour to Ngamo village followed by a tour of Imvelo Community projects. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast and prepare for the air transfer back to Victoria Falls Airport.

Day 1: Victoria Falls Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport, transfer to Gorges Lodge. Settle into your rooms and then catch the shuttle into town for a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River followed by a delectable 3 course dinner back at the lodge.

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Chobe – Victoria Falls – Hwange

Chobe, Victoria Falls & Hwange Golden Triangle – 6 nights / 7 days

Day 3: Chobe / Victoria Falls Visit the local school, clinic and village before heading to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. This afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, upstream from the Falls.

Package includes: •

Victoria Falls meet and greet

All transfers

2 nights Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe

Chobe River Game Cruise

School and village visit

2 nights Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Tour

Boma Dinner and Cultural Evening

2 nights The Hide, Hwange

Game drives in Hwange National Park

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

Day 4: Victoria Falls Tour Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. This evening enjoy a Boma, an African feast to savor food and culture. African performers dancing and singing, CQTLLHMFRDRRHNMRŔ@QD@K EQHB@MDWSQ@U@F@MY@ʖ Day 5: Victoria Falls / Hwange Transfer to the famous Hide Safari Lodge, Hwange. This authentic tented safari camp is situated on a private concession within Hwange National Park. The waterhole just meters from the lodge attracts such a variety of life that you can view game even when not on a drive. Day 6: Hwange $MINX SGD L@MX @BSHUHSHDR SG@S @QD NM NƤDQ GDQD @S SGD 'HCD LNQMHMF @MC @ESDQMNNM guided walks, morning and afternoon game drives, night drives with a spotlight and ŖGHCDRHSRŗ@QNTMCO@MR 

Combining Botswana’s Chobe National Park with Victoria Falls and Hwange makes a package that ticks all the classic African boxes – scenery, culture and plenty of wildlife.

Day 7: Hwange / Depart Victoria Falls Enjoy your last game drive before being transferred back to Victoria Falls Airport.

Day 1: Arrive Victoria Falls / Chobe Met on arrival at Victoria Falls Airport and transferred to Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe, Botswana. Late afternoon game drive in the Chobe Forest Reserve. Day 2: Chobe Enjoy a full day of game activities including a cruise on the Chobe River, driving through the Chobe National Park and a sumptuous picnic lunch and drinks.

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Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Glimpse of Gorillas Uganda – 4 nights / 5 days

Day 1: Entebbe Upon your arrival at Entebbe, transfer to your hotel for the night. The rest of the day is yours to explore the vibrant Ugandan capital.

Package includes: •

Entebbe Airport meet and greet

All transfers

1 pre- and 1 post night at Entebbe hotel

2 nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest accommodation

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

All park fees and government taxes (excludes Gorilla permit)

Day 2: Bwindi After breakfast, begin your journey through local villages and along stunning mountain passes to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Day 3: Bwindi Head out on your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek. Hike with an experienced guide through the lush forest of Bwindi as you seek a gorilla family to view - a truly memorable encounter. (permits extra - not included in package price)

Traveling by road through local villages allows participants to observe and DWODQHDMBDSGDSQTDKHEDNESGDODNOKDNE4F@MC@ 3GHRCQHUDHRƥKKDCVHSGRODBS@BTK@Q scenery complimented by rustic huts. Throughout the day, you will encounter ODNOKD V@KJHMF @KNMF SGD QN@CRHCD VHSG AQHFGSKX BNKNQDC NTSƥSR B@QQXHMF SGD C@XR goods for sale or just purchased.

Day 4: Entebbe This morning after breakfast, you’ll return to Entebbe for the night. Along the way, stop for lunch in one of the many villages. Day 5: Depart After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward travels.

Gorilla permits not included in package price.

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Volcanoes National Park – Kigali

Gorillas Through the Mist, Rwanda – 2 nights / 3 days

Day 1: Volcanoes National Park Upon your arrival at Kigali, transfer to Volcanoes National Park and your accommodation for tonight.

Package includes: •

Kigali Airport meet and greet

All transfers

1 pre or post night at Kigali hotel

1 night Volcanoes National Park accommodation

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

All park fees and government taxes (excludes Gorilla permit)

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking – Kigali After breakfast, set out to seek a gorilla family. (permits extra and not included in price). Return to the lodge for lunch and departure to Kigali. The rest of the evening is yours to explore this fascinating Rwandan City. Day 3: Depart 3Q@MREDQSNSGD*HF@KH@HQONQSENQXNTQNMV@QCƦHFGS  Tour operates in reverse.

For those who want to track Gorillas but are short on time, this package is the answer. Spend one night each in Kigali and Volcanoes National Park – the trip can operate in QDUDQRDSNƥSVHSG@HQKHMDRBGDCTKDR  Gorilla permits not included in package price.

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Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park – Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

Tanzania & Rwanda Big Five plus Gorillas – 7 nights / 8 days Package includes: •

Kilimanjaro Airport meet and greet

All transfers

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1 night Arusha accommodation

2 nights Ngorongoro Crater accommodation

2 nights Serengeti National Park accommodation

1 night Kigali accommodation

1 night Volcanoes National Park accommodation

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

All park fees and government taxes (excludes Gorilla permit)

Day 1: Arusha Arrival transfer to your Arusha Hotel. Day 2: Ngorongoro #QHUDSN*@Q@ST  ESDQMNNMSNTQNEBNƤDDE@QL@MCUHKK@FDUHRHS Day 3: Ngorongoro Full day Crater Tour. Day 4: Serengeti Fly from Lake Manyara Airstrip to Serengeti National Park. Afternoon game drive. Day 5: Serengeti Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 6: Kigali Morning game drive. Fly to Kigali, Rwanda and transfer to hotel.

This itinerary includes the three dream experiences of East Africa – game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater and the plains of Serengeti National Park, and tracking mighty mountain gorillas in Rwanda. This amazing combination safari combines these three magical dreams. Safari begins in your privately guided trip to Karatu with an DWOKNQ@SHNMNEE@QLK@MCR@MCUHKK@FD 8NTG@UD@ETKKC@XF@LDUHDVHMFHMRHCDSGD BNKK@ORDC UNKB@MHB B@KCDQ@ NE -FNQNMFNQN "Q@SDQ  3GDM ƦX SN 2DQDMFDSH ENQ  C@XR NE RG@QDC F@LD CQHUDR ADENQD ƦXHMF SN *HF@KH UH@ ,V@MY@ @MC SQ@BJHMF FNQHKK@R HM Volcanoes National Park.

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park Gorilla trek, then transfer to the lodge. Day 8: Depart 1DSTQMSN*HF@KHENQXNTQNMV@QCƦHFGS

Gorilla permits not included in package price.

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Windhoek – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Etosha

Namibia by Air – 8 nights / 9 days

Days 3 and 4: Swakopmund A charming coastal town in the midst of desert and dunes. Take a dolphin cruise from MD@QAX6@KUHR!@X@MCXNTŗKKG@UDRD@KRSQXHMFSNGHSBG@EQDDQHCDNMAN@QCXNTQAN@Sʖ

Package includes: •

Windhoek Airport meet and greet

All transfers

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2 nights Sossusvlei accommodation

2 nights Swakopmund accommodation

2 nights Damaraland accommodation

2 nights Etosha accommodation

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

All park fees and government taxes

Days 5 and 6: Damaraland Fly over the surreal desolation of the Skeleton Coast, a deserted coastline, littered with huge, rusting shipwrecks, and surrounded entirely by endless vistas of sea and sand. Revel in the wild magic of Damaraland, with its Bushman relics at Twyfelfontein, ODSQHƥDCENQDRS RSQ@MFDQNBJENQL@SHNMRSG@SQDRDLAKDNQF@MOHODR @MC@FNNCBG@MBD of seeing desert-adapted elephant and rhino. Days 7 and 8: Etosha National Park An oasis in the middle of a semi-desert, providing one of the most extraordinary game viewing experiences in the region.

Namibia is a land of wide and sunny skies, seemingly endless stretches of golden desert dunes and other-worldly rocky plains. The combination of a vast country, largely untouched by man, and a relatively tiny population, makes Namibia the ultimate getaway.

Day 9: Depart

Days 1 and 2: Sossusvlei Fly from Windhoek to Sossusvlei. The towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei are mesmerizing and those who explore them soon discover that deserts are anything but lifeless. The dead pan here is a vast expanse of bleached and cracked mud, dotted with the skeletons of ancient thorn trees, with dramatic crimson dunes as a A@BJCQNOŔ@OGNSNFQ@OGDQŗRO@Q@CHRDʖ

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Mauritius

Mauritius – Heaven on Earth – 5 nights / 6 days

Chill on the beach with a rum in the sun, tan on a catamaran amidst dolphins, and pet lions at Casela. This package allows you to experience the highlights of Mauritius, while also giving time to relax at your secluded resort. Enjoy a variety of complimentary water @BSHUHSHDRNƤDQDC@SSGD+TW!DKKD,@QD @MCD@SXNTQƥKKNECDKHBHNTR,@TQHSH@MBTHRHMD with both breakfast and dinner being included.

Package includes: •

Transfers throughout

5 nights accommodation at the Lux Belle Mare in a Junior Suite

5 breakfasts and 5 dinners

Half Day City Highlights Tour

Highlights: $MINX@ƥUDMHFGSRS@XNMSGDOQHRSHMD$@RS"N@RS@SSGD+TW!DKKD,@QD (MBKTCDRUHRHSSN Port Louis, dolphin cruise, snorkeling, Chamarel Falls, Seven-Colored Earth, and Casela.

2@HC ,@QJ 3V@HM ř XNT F@SGDQ SGD HCD@ SG@S ,@TQHSHTR V@R L@CD ƥQRS @MC SGDM heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” Mauritius is a perennial favorite with travelers who come for the stunning beaches, the delectable cuisine and the reliably comfortable weather. An island gem in the LHCCKD NE SGD (MCH@M .BD@M  ,@TQHSHTR HR @ƤNQC@AKD @MC  VHSG RDUDQ@K ƦHFGSR D@BG day from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, accessible. Mauritius makes a great addition to an East or Southern African safari itinerary.

Day 1: Met on arrival and transferred to accommodation at Belle Mare. Day 2: Half Day City Highlights Tour. Day 3: Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort Day 4: Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort. Day 5: Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort. Day 6: Depart

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Maldives

Maldives Romance – 7 nights / 8 days

The rich history of the Islands – Portuguese, Dutch and British – has left its mark on the BTHRHMD@MCSGD@SSHSTCDNESGDODNOKD  KSGNTFG,TRKHL  RH@ŗRNƧBH@KRL@KKDRSBNTMSQX is laid back and relaxed.

Package includes: •

Roundtrip speedboat transfers from Male to North Malé Atoll

7 nights accommodation in overwater villa suite at Gili Lankanfushi

Breakfast and Dinner daily

Day 1: North Male Atoll Met on arrival and transferred to Gili Lankanfushi

3GD ,@KCHUDR @QD SN SGD (MCH@M .BD@M VG@S 3@GHSH HR SN SGD 2NTSG /@BHƥB DWNSHB  beautiful and perfect for romance. While not a destination for those on a tight budget, the Maldives do deliver. For honeymooners who want to indulge themselves, the Maldives is a strong option.

Days 2 – 7: North Male Atoll At leisure at Gili Lankanfushi Day 8: Depart 2ODDCAN@SSQ@MREDQA@BJSN,@KDENQNMV@QCƦHFGS

Only 240 miles southwest of India, The Maldives are a series of ancient coral reefs that grew up around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes. These immense structures have long since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind coral islands of incredible natural beauty, popular with travelers seeking unbridled pampering and romance, from the modernity of Male’ to the idyllic paradise of the Southern Atolls.

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Mahe – Praslin – La Digue

Secrets of the Seychelles – 9 nights / 10 days

Days 1 – 3: 8NT VHKK RODMC XNTQ ƥQRS SGQDD MHFGSR NM SGD HRK@MC NE ,@G¤  $MINX XNTQ KDHRTQD SHLD soaking up the sun on their beautiful white beaches, or for the more adventurous why not try horseback riding from the hotel. For those wishing to explore the island more, a trip to Victoria is worthwhile.

Package Includes: •

Meet & Greet and Fast Track Assistance on arrival at Mahe Airport

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Three nights accommodation Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Mahe, including breakfast & dinner daily

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Three nights accommodation Patatran Village, La Digue, including breakfast & dinner daily

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Three nights accommodation Paradise Sun, Praslin, including breakfast & dinner daily

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Scheduled airfare Mahe – La Digue – Praslin – Mahe

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands boasting exquisite beaches of white sand lapped by turquoise waters and sheltered by lush hills and huge boulders. Such a dreamlike destination, the Seychelles is a choice place for a honeymoon. But there’s much more to do than sunbathing. A vast living world lies just below the warm waters, beckoning divers of all levels. The Seychelles is also a place to watch birds and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Hike inland on jungle trails, indulge HMƥMDCHMHMFNQITRSDMINXSGDRTAKHLDK@HC A@BJSDLON

Days 4 – 6: $MINX SGD AQD@SGS@JHMF UHDVR @R XNT ƦX EQNL ,@G¤ SN /Q@RKHM  @MC BNMSHMTD AX AN@S to the gorgeous island of La Digue. Here, the most frequent means of transport is by NW B@QS  2ODMC SGQDD MHFGSR NM SGHR L@FMHƥBDMS HRK@MC Ŕ @ OGNSNFQ@OGDQŗR O@Q@CHRD  The amazingly beautiful beach of Anse Source d’Argent features giant boulders on its shores. The scene is perfect: dark granite boulders on a white sand beach is the most dramatic vision you could imagine for a beach setting. Days 7 – 9: 8NTQK@RSSGQDDMHFGSR@QDRODMSNMSGDHRK@MCNE/Q@RKHMŔSGDODQEDBSSQNOHB@KHRK@MCADHMF only 7 miles long and 3 miles wide. While on Praslin, visit the Vallee de Mai – a World Heritage Site because of the rare coco de mer palm tree. Day 10: Depart

Which island to visit? Our package visits the 3 main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

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Antananarivo – Montagne d’Ambre – Ankarana – Nosy Be – Antananarivo

Madagascar North – 7 nights / 8 days •

Package Includes:

Airport Meet & Greet and all transfers

2 nights accommodation Antananarivo

1 night accommodation Montagne d’Ambre

2 nights accommodation Ankarana

2 nights accommodation Nosy Be

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Day 2: Montagne d’Ambre NP Fly to Diego Suarez. Drive directly to Montagne d’Ambre NP where you will have the chance to see lemurs, the aye-aye, the ring-tailed mongoose and a variety of reptiles, as well as more than 70 species of birds. Day 3: Montagne d’Ambre A nature reserve with karst pinnacles, sacred caves, underground rivers and beautiful scenery. Explore the extensive cave system, which includes fascinating A@S ƥKKDCFQNSSNDR 

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Day 4: Ankarana Spend the day further exploring Ankarana. Day 5: Nosy Be A small village situated along a white sand beach, then head to Nosy Be, the island of perfumes, a beautiful tropical island covered with palm trees and bougainvillea. Day 6: Nosy Be #QHUDSN MJHEX .OSHNM@K@BSHUHSHDRVHKKADNƤDQDC Day 7: Antananarivo Return to Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. Wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets and climb up to the old palace and enjoy the views. The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides. Day 8: Depart

Day 1: Antananarivo On arrival in Antananarivo you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Dubai – Abu Dhabi

Dubai City of Merchants – 6 nights / 7 days

Day 2: Old Dubai Enjoy a half day tour of Old Dubai including a dhow ride to the spice market and gold souk, and a visit to the Museum.

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Meet & Greet at Dubai Airport

Transfers throughout

6 nights accommodation Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga with breakfast

Half day City Tour

Full day Modern Dubai Tour with Burj Khalifa

4WD Desert Safari

Full day Abu Dhabi Day Tour

Day 3: Modern Dubai Join a full day tour of Modern Dubai, marveling at the over the top architecture, the indoor ski hill, the worlds tallest building and the vast Malls. Day 4: Abu Dhabi Spend the day in neighboring Abu Dhabi and visit what many consider the worlds most beautiful mosque, the Grand Mosque. Day 5: Evening Desert Safari Travel by 4WD through the desert to a Bedouin camp for a KNB@KCHMMDQ @MCDMSDQS@HMLDMSHMBKTCHMFADKKXC@MBHMF 3QXGTAAKXATAAKXHEXNTC@QDʖ

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Day 6: Day at leisure A chance to shop for souvenirs or just relax at the pool or beach. Day 7: Depart

Day 1: Dubai On arrival at Dubai Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you spend the next 6 nights.

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INTRODUCTION / South Africa

South Africa Discover the heartbeat of mankind in a destination that will touch all of your senses. Experience the colorful diversity, from the internationally-renowned national parks and luxury private game reserves, to the pristine beaches and deserts, just waiting to be explored. Add the rich cultural diversity of this rainbow nation, with its famous hospitality, and you have South Africa.

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A city with great restaurants, beaches, funky shops and markets. Take the cable car up Table Mountain, a boat to Robben Island, browse around the busy Waterfront or just amble through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Winelands offer beautiful Cape-Dutch style homesteads, scenic valleys and luscious vineyards.

Garden Route

Well-known for its conservation of both white and black rhino, KwaZulu-Natal’s national parks and private reserves offer great wildlife. Don’t miss the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Scuba dive, canoe, picnic at the beach, watch turtles lay their eggs, laze in the sun, or take a trip to the historic battlefields.

Greater Kruger

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

Amazing wildlife viewing with an extensive range of safari-style accommodation from standard tented camps to deluxe air-conditioned, private plunge pool appointed villas. Game drives introduce you to giraffe, zebra, warthog (Pumba to the kids), elephant, kudu, leopard, lion, cheetah, painted dog and the spotted hyena.

Helpful Information Getting Around: Good roads and infrastructure, especially after improvements were made for the 2010 World Cup Soccer. Pick up a rental car and drive the Garden Route, spoil yourself on one of the luxury train journeys from Pretoria to Cape Town, or join a small group tour and explore with new friends. Wildlife: The wildlife here is stunning, with elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino and cheetah sightings as well as a good variety of antelopes and bird life. The Cape is home to the Floral Kingdom with its glorious displays of seasonal wildflowers. Currency: The Rand is the local currency. ATMs are everywhere and major credit cards are accepted throughout the country. Climate: Summer is from October through to March with rains from November to March. Cold in the central regions June to August. Cape Town is wet and windy in August. Language: There are 11 official languages including Afrikaans, Ndebele, Xhosa, Sotho and Zulu but the most widely spoken is English. Africa Answers


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Five Senses of South Africa

This colorfully eclectic itinerary includes four nights in Cape Town with a full day spent exploring the Winelands, a full day's adventure on the Cape Peninsula and a full day cultural tour, featuring a visit to Robben Island. Continue on to Hazyview, the gateway to your safari adventure, where you spend two nights, then meet, interact with and ride an elephant. Your Senses of Africa trip concludes on a high note, with two nights in a tented safari at the renowned Buffalo Rock Camp in Kruger National Park! DAY 1: On arrival at Cape Town Airport, transfer to the Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel, where you spend the next four nights. DAY 2: Enjoy a full-day excursion, dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional Winelands region and its breathtaking views. Enjoy a wine cellar tour, during which you will learn all about the wine-making process, from grape to goblet. (B) DAY 3: Enjoy a full-day tour to the Peninsula. Travel past Clifton, Camps Bay, the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno and the charming working harbor of Hout Bay. If you so choose, you can embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise (own expense). Wind along

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the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive. Visit the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. (B) DAY 4: Enjoy a full day Walk to Freedom Tour. Experience the wonderful raw energy of the townships in one unforgettable morning. In the afternoon visit Robben Island, notorious home of Nelson Mandela for so many years. (B) DAY 5: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hazyview (flight own expense). On arrival, transfer to Hippo Hollow Country Estate, where you spend the next two nights. (B,L,D) DAY 6: Enjoy an Elephant Interaction Experience. There’s something near-human about these gigantic mammals, and you will make that connection at Elephant Whispers. (B,L,D) DAY 7: Travel in an open safari vehicle to Buffalo Rock Tented Camp.(B,L,D) DAY 8: A full day game viewing in this game-prolific region. (B,L,D) DAY 9: Final game drive. Transfer to airport for departure. (B)

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RAIL JOURNEYS / South Africa

The Blue Train

The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury travel and hospitality since 1946, offering an unforgettable and unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks. Your vacation starts the moment you step into any of The Blue Train’s pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town. An hour before the train departs, following an effortless check-in, you are ushered into a world of adventure and opulence. Enjoy a welcoming cocktail whilst friendly porters transfer your luggage to your suite. Once aboard The Blue Train, luxury assumes a whole new dimension. You will feel it from the moment you step into your suite, transformed from an elegant, spacious lounge by day, into a sanctuary of comfort and slumber by night. Each suite has individually controlled air-conditioning and an entertainment center, with a choice of movie and radio channels. The suites also have under-floor heating in the rooms and bathrooms. Aboard the dining car you can indulge in mouthwatering, fine cuisine, accompanied by some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. Dinners are an extravagant affair, inviting you to dress up in your finest evening wear.

Personal butlers are available, around-the-clock, to tend to your every need throughout the journey. The Blue Train can be chartered for meetings, VIP breakfasts, lunches, dinner and cocktail parties, weddings and more. You can also book a charter with a difference, such as a golfing or safari charter through the unique beauty of the South African landscapes. The Blue Train offers far more than an unforgettable journey; it is an all-inclusive experience, combining unsurpassed luxury travel, deluxe accommodation, fine cuisine and personalized butler service, along routes with breathtaking views of the countryside. So take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where spectacular scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothe your body, mind and soul. The Blue Train is truly a window to the soul of Africa.

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Cape Town Cape Town is a cosmopolitan and bustling city, characterized by a fusion of old and new. Crowned by the famous flat-topped Table Mountain, the city sits regally upon a peninsula of sandy beaches, rocky precipices and lush valleys. Cape Town offers the bright city lights of theaters, restaurants, a bustling waterfront and the colorful and historic houses of the Malay Quarter.

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3 Night Cape Town Short Break Visit the glorious Mother City, Cape Town, with its exquisite coastal scenery and energetic city vibe. Go whale and dolphin spotting along the pristine coastline and enjoy a full day of tasting and testing delectable local whites and reds at a sensational winery or two. Day 1: On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the delightful sights of Cape Town. Make use of this perfect opportunity to visit the world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Day 2: Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the world’s hottest tourist destination. Much of the journey meanders along the beautiful coastline, with majestic views of mountains and the ocean. Visit Cape Point, one of the best spots in Cape Town for spotting whales and dolphins. Drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town before returning to Cape Town. (B) Day 3: Tour the Cape’s famous wine-making country; visiting two wellknown estates for wine tastings. (B) Day 4: Enjoy a leisurely morning before checking out of your hotel and transferring to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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DAY TOURS & SHORT BREAKS / Cape Town

Full Day Winelands Tour

Full Day Walk To Freedom Tour

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

Experience the wonderful raw energy of the Townships. Start the morning by learning the history of District Six, before visiting the oldest Township Langa. Stroll through Langa, pop in to a ‘shebeen’ (pub), observe the difference in housing quality and witness real progress being made in providing decent housing, new developments as well as the restoration of the old single quarters. From Langa travel to Khayelitsha, the largest Township on the Western Cape, all swagger and strut. In the afternoon visit Robben Island, the notorious home of Nelson Mandela for so many years.

3 Day Cape Winelands Short Break This short break explores the spectacular Paarl and Franschhoek regions. Visit wine farms, some of which produce award-winning wines. DAY 1: On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met and assisted to your rental vehicle. Make your way to your pre-booked accommodation in the Cape Winelands. DAY 2: Spend the day at leisure, stopping at selected wine estates to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this lush area. Paarl is renowned for its picturesque scenery, excellent wines and incredible architecture. Franschhoek, ‘French Quarter’ is renowned as the food and wine capital of the Cape Winelands. The green valleys and rolling vineyards are surrounded by mountain ranges, while the town itself boasts many historic homesteads and monuments, the most famous of which is the Huguenot Memorial. (B) DAY 3: Spend the morning at leisure, before returning to Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey. (B)

4 Day Garden Route Wonderland The Garden Route is the exquisite coastal green belt of South Africa. This guided tour takes you along the coastline via Kynsna, Hermanus and Swellendam, renowned for their land-based whale-watching, feathers, oysters, whales and art. Venture inland to Oudtshoorn to explore the underground wonder of the Cango Caves. DAY 1: Depart Cape Town and travel to Stellenbosch before continuing along ‘Route 62’ to the pretty village of Barrydale. Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’ for a tour of an ostrich farm. DAY 2: Go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves. Continue through the scenic Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then on to Knysna. (B,D) DAY 3: Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L) DAY 4: Transfer back to the ‘Mother City’, via Swellendam and Hermanus. Arrive in Cape Town late afternoon. (B)

3 Day Hermanus Short Break DAY 1: Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport, collect your rental car and make the two hour drive towards Hermanus. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is in the heart of the Cape’s abundant sea, floral and wildlife landscapes. Grootbos boasts the best of two worlds; exquisite deluxe accommodation in an idyllic haven where the unsurpassed beauty of nature dominates. (D) DAY 2: Grootbos offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy during your stay. Specialist guides lead 4WD drives and walks through the fynbos and forests of the reserve, trips to the nearby coast to view the southern right whale from land, walks along deserted beaches, visits to archaeological and cultural sites, boat-based whale watching trips, as well as boat tours to nearby Seal Island to view penguins, seals, dolphins and great white sharks. (B,L,D) DAY 3: Return to Cape Town after breakfast and drop off your rental car at Cape Town International Airport. (B)

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African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

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Strategically located in the cultural hub of Cape Town, African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel offers an experience of sensual sophistication and style, combining distinctive architecture and exquisite luxury. The hotel's ideal location means easy access to the National Museum, Planetarium and Company Gardens, not to mention worldclass restaurants. African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel has 129 accentuated bedrooms and suites, ranging in size between 430 and 750 square feet. Throughout each of these exquisitely appointed rooms, no detail is spared to ensure optimum comfort and luxury. Sandblasted glass doors lead into your opulent ensuite bathroom, featuring an oversized bath. Experience chef Sanel Esterhuyse’s inspired global menu in the Cinnamon Coffee Shop or the ever-sophisticated Savour Restaurant. With state-of-the-art spa facilities, Suntra Spa offers the very best holistic, therapeutic and aesthetic care.

The Cape Milner Cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain, in Cape Town's trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, lies The Cape Milner. This exquisite hotel, which offers an eclectic mix of sophisticated old-world and contemporary ambiance, as well as the highest standards in style and luxury, is also renowned for its excellent service. The sweeping, panoramic view of Table Mountain from the hotel's restaurant terrace, its convenient location in close proximity to the city center, trendy Kloof Street and the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, and the property's alluring interiors, make The Cape Milner one of Cape Town's most popular hotels. In fashionable boutique style, the 57 rooms are designed to offer complete comfort and relaxation, with modern minimalist décor. All the rooms enjoy spectacular mountain vistas and features such as en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, wireless Internet connectivity and LCD flat screens.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town offers you a luxurious yet relaxing base from which to explore the treasures of the Western Cape. The hotel is ideally located near popular beaches and a mere stone’s throw from the vibrant nightlife, cafés, restaurants and entertainment the city has to offer. All 201 hip-and-happening luxury rooms boast a full complement of amenities including an extra-length king-size bed or two single beds, Bose alarm clock radio, a large executive desk with international electrical points, complimentary wireless Internet, LCD flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, telephone, laptop-friendly safe with charger and 24-hour room service. Facilities include a swimming pool, bar, fitness center and restaurant. Attention to detail and personal service make Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town stand out from the crowd, making it a perfect a home-away-from-home.

Kensington Place Kensington Place is a sophisticated and tranquil hideaway, set high on the slopes of Table Mountain in Higgovale, one of Cape Town's most prestigious residential areas. The immaculate styling of the eight guest rooms is enhanced by modern accessories including fine linens, flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations and personal laptops, with complimentary Wi-Fi. Sink into the total comfort of meticulously designed suites, defined by a blend of luscious textures and contemporary detail. The small dining room at Kensington Place is elegant and contains an intimate bar area, where you can enjoy a late-night whiskey or cocktail after a day's sightseeing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served throughout the day, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Meals can also be enjoyed in the privacy of your suite or terrace.

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CENTRAL ACCOMMODATION / Cape Town

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel Nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain, overlooking the stately Company Gardens, Cape Town Hollow is set in the warm heart of Cape Town’s historical city center. Cape Town Hollow offers stylish, serene accommodation in air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms and charming open-air balconies. Special touches, including the finest in modern amenities, will add to your comfort. With an extensive range of skin and touch treatments on offer, you will leave The Spa @ Cape Town Hollow feeling lighter than air, relaxed and rejuvenated. The congenial restaurant offers authentic African dining with a lively continental vibe and hand-picked Cape wines to complement your meal. The Patio prides itself on a Cape street-café dining experience. By day and night, the bar serves up unsurpassed views of Table Mountain. The ideal locality of Cape Town Hollow entices you to explore the myriad of sights in the city and surrounds.

Taj Cape Town Taj Cape Town is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, and more recently the Board of Executors (BOE), it successfully combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new. This plush hotel is ideally located in the vibrant center of historic Cape Town, at the entrance to the famous pedestrian precinct, St George’s Mall, and is perfectly situated for those looking to discover authentic Cape Town. Taj Cape Town presents an eclectic variety of cuisine and culinary experiences including Bombay Brasserie, an Indian speciality restaurant; Mint, a relaxed all-day dining restaurant and the contemporary Twankey Bar. The historic structure of Taj Cape Town is home to 176 exquisite rooms, each offering a blend of sophistication and unmatched comfort.

Southern Sun The Cullinan This stylish hotel is located within walking distance of the exciting Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and with easy access to Cape Town’s popular beaches. The Cullinan has views of Table Mountain, the sea and the bustling harbor. It is within close proximity to Table Mountain, the Winelands, historical tourist attractions and a conveniently short drive to the Cape Town International Airport. The 'My City' bus stop is just across the road, inviting you to see Cape Town at your own pace. Guest rooms are elegant and spacious, with luxurious bathrooms and all the amenities you require, leaving you feeling comfortably at home. The á la carte restaurant has live cooking stations, offering a large selection of cuisine that caters for all tastes, and an attractive cocktail bar with outdoor terrace. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, gym, fitness center, concierge desk and team rooms.

Southern Sun Waterfront Southern Sun Waterfront is perfectly positioned between the majestic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, across the road from the exciting Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its eclectic mix of shopping and entertainment options. The hotel offers easy access to the city center, the Cape’s popular beaches, Table Mountain and the many historical attractions that make Cape Town the 'Mother City'. Comfort and quality are paramount for every guest and the 546 guest rooms, including suites and executive rooms, offer all the modern amenities to make your stay really comfortable. Additional facilities and services include a delightful breakfast room and a stylish, cosmopolitan-style restaurant as well as a continental coffee and cocktail bar. Onsite facilities include a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, curio shop, meeting rooms, business center, safe underground parking and a complimentary shuttle service to the Waterfront.

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Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

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Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Located in Green Point, one of Cape Town’s urban renewal areas, the Hotel offers easy access to all major tourist attractions, including the Town Convention Center and the V&A Waterfront.

Experience a rich tapestry of history interwoven with modern-day comfort when you stay at this hotel, set beside Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront. The standard rooms are comfortable and modern,the business suites light and spacious, and family units comfortable and convenient for the whole family.

All 172 fresh bedrooms now feature sleek, modern designs and are equipped with environmentally-friendly lighting, water-saving rain showers and energy efficient entertainment in the form of Sony Bravia LCD screens and iPod docking stations.

Stonebreakers Restaurant offers à la carte and buffet menus daily, in a relaxed atmosphere with magnificent views of both the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. Other facilities include a spa, gym, uncapped Wi-Fi, business center, laundry service and a children's play lounge.

In-house facilities include a gymnasium, outside pool and the stylish Connexxion Restaurant, that caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Queen Victoria Hotel What sets the Queen Victoria Hotel apart from other hotels at the world-renowned Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is undoubtedly its position. Located within a precinct of heritage buildings along Portswood Road, a main artery leading to and from the Waterfront, the Queen Victoria Hotel gives you a sense of being within the Waterfront’s vicinity, yet removed from its frenetic pace. The advantage of this is that, while staying at the Queen Victoria Hotel, you have easy access to the bustling Waterfront – the shops, restaurants, harbor and other must-see attractions – from your relaxed, secluded enclave. Soak up the exhilarating views of majestic Table Mountain, the City Bowl, Cape Town Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, whilst enjoying the modern conveniences and attentive service provided. The hotel's personality not only reflects its unique location but also encapsulates the luxurious style and attention to detail that defines small, luxury retreats around the world. Luxury and sophistication emanate throughout, to the 35 plush rooms and suites, including a presidential suite with a generous terrace for al fresco entertaining. From the food and beverage offering at Dash, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, to the interior aesthetics, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair, fused with local flavor. Situated next door to Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa, guests of the Queen Victoria Hotel have effortless admission to the finest of the Newmark Hotels, Reserves and Lodges' portfolio, including Urban Beauty Spa, the pool at Dock House Boutique Hotel and meals at the fine-dining OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. With a management team and staff dedicated to making every guest feel like royalty, a stay at the Queen Victoria Hotel is likely to exceed your expectation of what luxury is all about.

Cape Grace Cape Grace’s distinctive style and enviable location on its own private quay make it one of Cape Town's most exquisite hideaways. Showcasing breath-taking views of Table Mountain and the working harbor, each of the 120 spacious rooms are uniquely decorated, in five star luxury, with stylish interiors inspired by Cape Town’s rich cultural and floral heritage. Enjoy superb cosmopolitan Cape cuisine in the Signal Restaurant, where local ingredients are sourced to bring out the best in the classic menu. Take Afternoon Tea in the library or unwind in the Bascule Whisky, Wine and Cocktail Bar, situated on the water's edge and home to one of the largest whisky collections in the Southern Hemisphere. Other facilities include a fitness studio and world-class Spa, specializing in Africaninspired treatments. With a genuine passion for service excellence, Cape Grace is dedicated to surpassing expectations, making your stay an unforgettable one.

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CENTRAL & WATERFRONT ACCOMMODATION / Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town One&Only Cape Town can be described as a destination in itself. This urban-chic waterfront resort provides a special level of luxury in the heart of the picturesque Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and features a range of room and suite options that collectively make One&Only the largest accommodation facility in all of Cape Town. The seven-storey Marina Rise comprises 91 spacious rooms and suites, arranged in a crescent so that each enjoys panoramic views of the ocean or iconic Table Mountain. The Island Rooms and Suites are located on two lush and immaculately-landscaped private islands, surrounded by a waterway. Offering 32 luxurious rooms and 40 exquisite suites, all equipped with every modern convenience, you can experience unrivaled tranquility as soak up the view from your private balcony or terrace. Relax in the 3,767 square-foot heated infinity pool, unwind in the well-equipped fitness center or book an excursion to one of the Cape Town's trendy hotspots. Situated on its own private island, you will find one of the city's most comprehensive spas, where you can enjoy a wide range of indulgent pampering treatments. One&Only provides a culinary adventure in two of the city's most acclaimed restaurants; Legendary Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa brings his culinary wizardry to Nobu, his first-ever restaurant in Africa and local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel cooks up a storm in the newly-opened Reuben's. Both dynamic restaurants are connected by the Vista Bar & Lounge, situated in the very heart of the resort, with commanding views of Table Mountain. Reuben's Tasting Table is located on a mezzanine platform overlooking the main restaurant and adjacent to the tri-level Wine Loft. The resort caterers for individuals, couples and families alike, offering you the ideal gateway to experience the treasures of South Africa.

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence This luxury hotel is located in central Green Point, just a five-minute walk from Cape Town's Stadium and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa offers bright rooms with a rooftop pool, gym and spa. Each suite features a Juliet balcony and includes a well-equipped kitchen and large living and entertainment areas. All rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV, as well as a CD/DVD player. The hotel offers complimentary services such as a personalized butler service, Wi-Fi throughout, and scheduled transfers within a three mile radius. Guests of the luxury hotel have a choice of two elegant restaurants, each offering premier dining experiences in upmarket surroundings. Bistro 1800 features premium steaks prepared with rich, international flavors. The Rooftop Pool and SkyBar is set against a backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain, boasting a 360 degree panoramic view over the city.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is situated in the center of one of the country’s most sought-after destinations, Cape Town’s beautifully-restored Waterfront. Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service. Either mountain or Piazza-facing, each of the 94 ultra-luxurious and spacious bedrooms, suites and lofts offer modern conveniences including king-size beds, minibar, bathrobes, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, interactive and satellite television and free wireless internet connection. Dining at the OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is a treat for the senses, with tables offering spectacular views of Table Mountain and the working harbor. Specializing in seafood dishes, the restaurant offers a delectable selection of fine cuisine and cocktails.

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The Table Bay Hotel, A Sunlux Collection Hotel

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Officially opened in 1997 by the former President, Nelson Mandela, who referred to it as a major asset to the country's tourism infrastructure, Table Bay Hotel is truly one of the world's leading hotels. Situated in the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a mere 20 minutes' drive from Cape Town International Airport, its 329 spacious ensuite rooms offer breathtaking views that stretch from Robben Island to the Atlantic breakwater and from the waterfront harbor to the heights of Table Mountain. The hotel’s expansive design includes floor to ceiling windows to celebrate these vistas. Additional facilities include the Camissa Brasserie and Wine room, Union Bar, Spa with outdoor heated salt-water swimming pool, complimentary shuttle service within a 3 mile radius and free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Tariffs include a full English breakfast. Enjoy direct access to the V&A waterfront from your luxurious retreat.

The Commodore Hotel Overlooking Cape Town's cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with inspirational views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the Legacy group's flagship hotel, the Commodore. The stylish nautical theme, tranquil ambiance and attentive service set the tone for a relaxed vacation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is catered for at the elegant Clipper Restaurant, with light meals served on the picturesque terrace. The Commodore offers 236 elegantly-furnished, air-conditioned standard rooms and suites, all with en suite bathrooms. Room amenities include DSTV, tea/coffee facilities and 24-hour room service. Hotel facilities include a gymnasium, valet service, business center with complimentary Wi-Fi and the Casuarina Spa. The Commodore Hotel prides itself in offering efficient, friendly service and careful attention to detail, allowing you to relax and enjoy the beautiful 'Mother City'.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Waterfront Uniquely located on the glittering azure waterfront of Cape Town, the hotel has the majesty of the legendary Table Mountain towering behind it and every shopping and epicurean delight beside it. Enjoy an easy stroll (or complimentary shuttle ride) to Cape Town’s pulsing business center, or the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its myriad of world-class facilities including shops, restaurants, cinemas and the colorful working harbor. If you are in the mood for an adventure, set out to explore some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches and the call of the lush winelands beyond. Each of the 177 contemporary and stylish rooms feature spacious en-suite bathrooms, a mini bar, DSTV, free high-speed Internet connectivity and special touches including bathrobes and slippers. The Hotel takes pride in offering the finest service, in a magnificent setting, equipped with all the trimmings to ensure a relaxed, rejuvenating stay!

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La Splendida Hotel is ideally situated on the bustling Mouille Point promenade, Cape Town’s own 'platinum mile', mere minutes from the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Seaboard’s beaches and bars as well as the V&A Waterfront. Stroll along the promenade or soak up the sun’s rays from the comfort of your room. Whether sea or mountain-facing, each of the 24 en-suite, airconditioned art-deco rooms is fully-equipped with all the modern conveniences you need. To end off your day of exploring, sip a cocktail or savor Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the Sótano Restaurant.

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Located between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, with easy access to all the city's popular attractions, Protea Hotel President offers you exclusivity on Cape Town's vibrant beachfront. Each of the 349 rooms and apartments feature crisp modern décor, LCD TV, digital safe and a semi-self-catering kitchenette, equipped with a bar fridge and microwave oven. The apartments offer a separate lounge and dining area. The hotel's restaurant serves a daily breakfast buffet and à la carte lunch and dinner menus. A themed dinner buffet option is also available in summer.


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CAPE TOWN & BEYOND ACCOMMODATION / Cape Town

Protea Hotel Sea Point Protea Hotel Sea Point is located a block away from Sea Point Promenade and the cool Atlantic shoreline. This stylish first-class hotel guarantees a refreshingly unique experience, beautiful mountain or sea views from all the rooms and a vast range of amenities to ensure a home-awayfrom-home feel. Some of the hotel's most talkedabout features include six luxury art suites,an interactive lobby and the sociable lounge area. Facilities include a gym, swimming pool and bar. Breakfast is served daily in the interchangeable public area or on the Mediterranean-inspired patio.

Winchester Mansions Facing the Atlantic Ocean on the Sea Point promenade, this iconic hotel is a true landmark abounding in classical elegance. Winchester Mansions offers a friendly atmosphere, smiling faces and personalized service. Imaginatively designed rooms are arranged around the charming courtyard, where Cape Town’s most popular Sunday Jazz Brunch is hosted every Sunday. Harvey's Bar, Restaurant and Terrace offers a great location for sundowners and superb South African cuisine with a European twist. A culinary highlight not to be missed is the monthly Wine & Food pairing evenings. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is mere minutes away, so take the complimentary shuttle or a comfortable walk along the water's edge. The outdoor heated pool and the Ginkgo spa offer relaxation after your days of sightseeing. The 51 luxurious rooms and 25 lavish suites all have airconditioning, TV, electronic safes, minibar, and Wi-Fi.

Ambassador Hotel Perfectly positioned on the slopes of Lion's Head and perched high above the rocks of the Cape Peninsula’s famous Atlantic coastline, the Ambassador Hotel and SelfCatering Apartments offer spectacular views. With a choice of 68 elegantly appointed air-conditioned, en-suite hotel rooms, coupled with the calming sounds of the ocean, you are always assured of a unique, superior and relaxed stay. All rooms are equipped with king-size or twin beds, tea/ coffee-making facilities, fully-stocked personal bars, electronic safes, satellite TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. KOI restaurant is an all-round sensory experience, commanding a breathtaking position in Bantry Bay, with floor to ceiling glass windows that stretch the length of the restaurant. Volia! Café and Salt Vodka Bar are both enticing additions to the Ambassador Hotel portfolio, with Salt Vodka Bar being the perfect venue for cocktail parties, product launches and birthday parties.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Picturesquely set between the pristine Table Mountain National Park and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is part of the familyrun Red Carnation Hotel Collection. This prestigious hotel is the perfect oasis to rejuvenate or celebrate in splendid luxury. When choosing from the 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites, the hardest part is deciding whether to look out onto the mountains or the sea. Every room offers 24-hour room service, individual air-conditioning, entertainment centers with DVD, and decadent special touches such as plush bathrobes and slippers. Discover a haven of sumptuous perfection, from sparkling wine and oysters at breakfast, sun-filled afternoons at one of two pools, to a massage in one of the mountain spa gazebos. Enjoy 'Tea by the Sea', in the Leopard Bar or Conservatory, and a delectable dinner paired with the Cape’s finest wines in the Azure Restaurant.

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Winelands & Western Cape / INTRODUCTION

Winelands & Western Cape The Winelands offer a rich diversity of accommodation, and restaurants that serve up superb fresh, regional cuisine. Areas to visit include Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Hermanus, a small coastal town just an hour's drive from Cape Town, is famous for its beach, floral biodiversity and the best shore-based whale watching in the world, from May to November.

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9 Day Winelands and Whales Self Drive Visit the beautiful and diverse Winelands at Franschhoek and Klein Karoo, before continuing on to the coastal areas of Knysna and Hermanus, where you can experience exceptional whale watching (seasonal), shark cage diving and horse riding. Day 1: On arrival in Cape Town, collect your rental car and commence your drive to the picturesque Winelands. Day 2: Enjoy a morning exploring Franschhoek, well known for its awardwinning restaurants and wineries. After lunch, drive to the vast expanses of the Klein Karoo. (B) Day 3: Stop at the captivating Cango Caves and the Cango Wildlife Ranch, on route to Knysna. (B) Day 4: Enjoy some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches, mountains and rivers. (B) Day 5: Conclude your journey to Hermanus. (B) Day 6: Full day exploring Hermanus and the local area. (B) Day 7: Enjoy the scenic drive back to Cape Town. (B) Day 8: Full day exploring Cape Town and the surrounding area. (B) Day 9: Depart for your onward journey. (B) Destination Africa & Indian Ocean


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Spier Hotel Village-style buildings, lush lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the first-class Spier Hotel. The 153 rooms are clustered around six private courtyards, each with its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages, where pedestrians have right of way. Being a pioneer in responsible tourism, and one of the first in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004, Spier Hotel has truly set the trend when it comes to green tourism in the country, subsequently raking in a number of local and international awards for its eco-friendly initiatives. The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm, in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. Experience idyllic farm life, feast on fine food and wine and be pampered at the acclaimed Camelot Spa.

River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa This magnificent boutique hotel is situated in Stellenbosch - South Africa's rich historic heart - close to Cape Town, the international airport, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and Cape Point, all of which are a mere 40 minutes' drive away. Franschhoek, Hermanus (the Whale/Shark diving capital) and the famous Strand Beach are only a 30, 60 and 15 minutes' drive away. The 16 stylish rooms are decorated in Colonial splendor, and offer the warmth of Africa together with understated luxury. Focusing on the importance of comfort, River Manor has two swimming pools, wraparound verandas and picturesque gardens, providing the perfect back-drop for alfresco wine tasting and dining, after a day of exploring the Winelands. An intimate Studio Spa offers a range of relaxing massage and beauty treatments. River Manor is a three-minute walk to curio shops, art galleries, bars, bistros and acclaimed restaurants in picture-perfect Stellenbosch.

Franschhoek Country House & Villas Set in possibly the most romantic valley on earth, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel, reminiscent of a village in Provence. Situated on the outskirts of the town and set amidst idyllic gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines, with fynbos draping the nearby mountains, the original, charming country manor dates back to 1890. Accommodation comprises 14 luxurious rooms and suites that will appeal to even the most discerning traveler. Discover the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant, where lunch can be enjoyed outside on the fountain terrace, under the canopy of a pepper tree, and dinner in the elegant yet relaxed dining room. There is a range of activities to enjoy, including the swimming pools, a relaxing massage, wine-tasting tours, horseback rides, a stroll in the charming village or simply being pampered by the attentive and personal service.

Birkenhead House From its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House offers stunning ocean views and easy beach access. Located in the picturesque seaside town of Hermanus, Birkenhead House abounds in plush contemporary style, which emanates to the 11 luxurious beach-style suites, all equipped with air-conditioning, digital television, DVD player, Wi-Fi connection and a complimentary minibar. The Birkenhead Villa offers child-friendly alternative. Visit the spa, pool or gym and enjoy complimentary transfers to town. A private chef will tailor meals to your personal taste. Local activities include hiking, whale watching, golf and shark-cage diving. Feast on delicious international cuisine and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. The quirky, luxurious interiors, informal ambiance and scenic location make these two properties a special way to enjoy both beach and ocean.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Protea Hotel Franschhoek Protea Hotel Franschhoek, some 49 miles east of Cape Town, prides itself on its charming ambiance, gracious style and attentive service. The hotel offers 30 spacious en-suite rooms, all equipped with a flat screen satellite TV, dual voltage sockets, electronic laptop safe, bar fridge, telephone and air-conditioning. The Protea Hotel Franschhoek's central location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the town's many world-famous restaurants, art galleries, cheese factories and more than 20 wine estates that form part of the legendary Winelands.

Arabella Hotel & Spa Perfectly placed in the heart of one of the world’s richest plant kingdoms, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, you will find the Arabella Hotel & Spa. Hugged by the Rooisands Nature Reserve, Bot River Lagoon and Kogelberg Mountains, each room leads to a private terrace or balcony, overlooking the pristine grounds, swimming pool, lagoon and mountains beyond. The hotel offers a variety of elegant restaurants and bars to indulge even the most discerning palate with fine cuisine and wine. Facilities include the award-winning Arabella Spa and the prestigious Arabella Golf Course.

Location: Along the Whale Coast, outside Hermanus. Getting There: Take the N2 from Cape Town, turn onto the R43 and drive through Hermanus. Grootbos is situated eight miles past Stanford. Highlights: Whale watching, guided activities, culinary delights, warm hospitality, excellent service.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, with its two luxury lodges and luxury accommodation, is spectacularly situated on fynbos and forest-clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Whether your interests are birding, wild flowers, whale watching, diving with great white sharks or relaxing on unspoiled beaches, Grootbos has it all. To round it off, you can savor gourmet cuisine, enhanced by excellent South African wines. Accommodation is offered in spacious luxury suites, all with sweeping views across the dunes and ocean, private wooden decks, bathrooms and separate living rooms with cozy fireplaces. Central to the ethos of Grootbos is that guests discover the region’s natural wonders and directly contribute to their conservation.

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

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

De Hoop Nature Reserve Situated just three-hours' drive from Cape Town lies the pristine 88,957 acre World Heritage-listed site of De Hoop. Characterized by rich biodiversity, the reserve features rare species of fynbos that lead down to an unspoiled coastline and a 12 mile vlei that stretches across the reserve, providing a habitat for a rich variety of birdlife, including pelicans that breed on its waters each year. Over three nautical miles beyond the shoreline, the De Hoop Marine Reserve offers some of world's best whale viewing, with some 40 percent of the global Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay yearly to breed. From affordable self-catering rondavels to deluxe fullycatered lodges, De Hoop Collection has something for everyone. Visit one of the most beautiful places along the South African coastline, to stay or even as a day visitor. Stop for a meal at the reserve restaurant.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat Bushmans Kloof is set in the heart of the Cederberg Mountains, only 168 miles from Cape Town. Renowned equally for its warm, caring service, exceptional hospitality and delicious organic cuisine served in breathtaking settings, this five-star Relais & Châteaux lodge has won many international awards. Bushmans Kloof features 16 guest rooms and suites with views of the surrounding wilderness and Koro Lodge, a private villa in a secluded location within the reserve. A South African Natural Heritage Site, Bushmans Kloof is a sanctuary to more than 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites and home to many endangered species of flora and fauna. Exhilarating activities include nature drives and walks, mountain biking, canoeing and swimming in rock pools. At the Spa, holistic treatments rooted in nature offer solace for body, mind and spirit - inviting guests to restore and reconnect with themselves and their surroundings.

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INTRODUCTION / The Garden Route & Route 62

The Garden Route and Route 62 Route 62 offers a scenic alternative to the N2 freeway between Cape Town and George, winding through mountain passes, wine estates, oak-lined villages and orchards. Towns to visit are Tulbagh, Ceres, Robertson, McGregor, Montagu, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn. George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are coastal highlights. A canopy tour through the Tsitsikamma Forest is a must.

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4 Day Magnificent Garden Route Between Cape Town in the south, and East London on the Eastern Cape coast, runs an astoundingly beautiful stretch of coastline, the Garden Route. Day 1: Depart early along ‘Route 62’ to the pretty village of Barrydale, before continuing on to Oudtshoorn for a tour of a large ostrich farm. Day 2: Spend the morning exploring the magnificent underground formations in the Cango Caves. Continue via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then on to Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the rest of the day discovering the joys of the town’s many art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars. (B,D) Day 3: Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’, which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely, enchanting town. (B,L) Day 4: Enjoy a glorious drive through the Tsitsikamma Forest, before departing for Port Elizabeth, where the tour will conclude mid-afternoon.(B)

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Gondwana Game Reserve

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Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, Gondwana is a private game reserve that holds the distinction of being the only fynbos reserve in the world that is home to free roaming Big Five game. It is also home to a wide range of other wildlife, including endangered species like the Cape mountain zebra, black rhinoceros and black harrier, among many others. Gondwana Game Reserve offers a diverse selection of luxury safari lodge accommodation, from romantic private suites to exclusive-use villas, perfect for families. The accommodation is ideally situated to take in the spectacular landscape of the Garden Route. The reserve provides a wonderful all round nature experience for those seeking an alternative to staying in Mossel Bay or along the Garden Route. Activities in this malaria-free reserve include game viewing by safari vehicle or on horse-back, as well as guided fynbos walks.

Knysna Hollow Country Estate Set amongst ancient oak trees, upon a secluded country estate, near Knysna’s famous lagoon, Knysna Hollow will welcome you with warm, friendly hospitality reminiscent of a bygone era. The lodge is a perfect base from which to explore Knysna, the Garden Route and the surrounding forests. Activities range from ferry trips across the lagoon, to walking trails through the ancient forests, a game of golf, treetop canopy tours, township experiences, whale watching, or simply relaxing at one of the three sparkling swimming pools set in lush indigenous gardens, teeming with birdlife. The tastefully-decorated garden chalets and patio-fringed garden rooms accommodate up to 158 guests, and are perfectly placed within the lush two country estate. Drinks can be enjoyed in the pub or on the deck of the old manor house. The Knysna Hollow Restaurant, overlooking one of the pools, has a warm relaxed atmosphere and offers delicious seasonal cuisine.

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Whalesong Hotel & Hydro

Situated on the bustling waterfront, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays introduces visitors to a world of comfort and luxury, on the shores of the Knysna lagoon.

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro is situated on a hill in a lush, landscaped garden above Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route, renowned for its unique scenery and moderate climate.

Accommodation consists of 123 spacious rooms decorated in warm earth tones, with spectacular views of the Knysna lagoon, the historical train station or the Knysna Waterfront shopping complex. All rooms are equipped with an ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, hair-dryer, electronic safe, telephone and satellite TV.

All of the 24 spacious, comfortable bedrooms set new standards for the discerning traveler and reflect the serene hues of the ocean. To make the most of the truly spectacular scenery, each room features its own private wooden viewing-deck. Other facilities include a spa, contemporary restaurant, lounges, a bar area with fireplace as well as a swimming pool and terrace.

Robberg Beach Lodge The Robberg Beach Lodge is conveniently situated near the Robberg Blue Flag beach in Plettenberg Bay, at the very heart of the world-famous Garden Route. The area, rich in biodiversity, is renowned for the pristine beauty of its seascapes, lagoons and beaches. Just five minutes' drive from the bustling restaurants, coffee shops, bars and galleries of Plettenberg Bay's main street, the Robberg Beach Lodge is a tranquil beachside haven. This understated, private retreat offers luxury guesthouse accommodation with bed and breakfast facilities, two outdoor pools, two lounges and honesty bars, a rooftop viewing deck, 24-hr reception and check-in. The 29 air-conditioned rooms, which are serviced daily, are positioned in 4 adjacent villas. The rooms and suites have en-suite bathrooms and all the modern conveniences to ensure a comfortable stay. Enjoy the exclusivity of this tranquil lodge, a stone's-throw away from the center of town.

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INTRODUCTION / Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Traditional home of the Xhosa people, and birthplace of Nelson Mandela, the malaria-free Eastern Cape is a great place to start or end your trip along the Garden Route. Visit Addo Elephant National Park, where the 'Big Seven' – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, southern right whale and great white shark – are found. Various private game reserves are also situated inland.

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Kuzuko Bush Lodge Also known as the 'Place of Glory', Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private part of the northern section of the Addo Elephant National Park, two hours' drive north of Port Elizabeth. It is here where breathtaking views from your private veranda are complemented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service. Spectacular star gazing, day and night game drives, trips to see Khoisan cave paintings and bird-watching are but a few of the ways in which you can truly experience a place so untouched by man. All chalets have a private deck, en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower, TV, direct-dial telephone, digital safe, data cable point with cables available, wireless connectivity, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. The dining room and open air deck flaunt a spectacular view of the Big Five reserve below.

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Kariega Game Reserve

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This internationally-renowned, malaria-free Big Five private game reserve is set in 30,000 acres of pristine African wilderness, incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers. Only ten minutes' drive from Kenton-on-sea and 80 minutes' drive from Port Elizabeth, the reserve is Situated in the heart of 1820 Settler Country, and perfectly positioned to include in your trip along the famous Garden Route, as you make your way to Cape Town. Kariega Game Reserve offers a combination of Big Five game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife, in a landscape that spans across five different ecosystems. In addition to unforgettable game viewing, which can be enjoyed from open vehicles, with qualified game rangers, the Kariega experience is unique in its diverse offering. Other activities include guided bush walks, river cruises, canoeing, fishing, a spa and gym and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea. Location: Situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa. Getting There: Kariega is a 90 minute drive from Port Elizabeth on either the coastal roads or the inland highway. Highlights: Luxury lodges, game viewing, guided bush walks and river cruises.

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Kariega is family-owned and operated, and offers a choice of four exquisite luxury lodges, each with its own unique character and charm.

Settlers Drift Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush are ten superb, luxury airconditioned suites, stylishly crafted from log. Each unit features a private plunge pool and deck, offering panoramic views of the valley. The Lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, a restaurant and boma.

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Settlers Drift is a brand new luxurious tented lodge, located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, overlooking the Bushman's River. Combining a unique tented bush camp feel with opulent comfort, the nine spacious tented suites comprise a plush bedroom, living area, full bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower and private viewing deck.

River Lodge Main Lodge comprises 21 spacious and comfortable airconditioned log chalets, all en-suite, with private viewing decks. The lodge has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush, giving it an authentic safari ambiance. Enjoy game drives, traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a quiet swim in the pool.

River Lodge provides indulgent luxury on the banks of the Bushman's River. Comprising ten superbly appointed, spacious air-conditioned thatched suites, communal facilities and an outdoor pool, the lodge overhangs the river and enjoys spectacular views. Activities include daily boat trips along the river to the Kenton beaches, canoeing and fishing.

Amakhala Game Reserve Just a short hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, along the N2 freeway, the Amakhala Game Reserve experience incorporates a choice of ten beautiful lodges, set in a spectacular stretch of rolling hills, near the unspoiled coastline of the Eastern Cape. In this malaria free area the Big Five roam freely, on the land they were driven from so many years before. Many of the lodges are owned and run by descendants of the 1820-settlers, making the Amakhala experience rich with a historical undercurrent. Experience warm hospitality and opulent luxury as hallmarks of any stay. For your convenience, accommodation rates include meals and two daily game activities of your choice, such as guided drives, boat cruises and guided walks for the whole family. Whilst visiting Amakhala you will have plenty of time to experience the African Eden, inviting you to soak up the culture, animals and rich indigenous bird and plant life.

Shamwari Game Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve is a 61,776 acre malaria-free private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, forming a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. This award-winning Reserve is home to the Big Five and boasts five ecosystems which sustain a host of plant, animal and bird species. Six unique styled lodges and the Shamwari Explorer Camp offer a distinctive ambiance against the backdrop of untamed Africa. Facilities and activities include the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Animal Hospital, Born Free Centers, Ian Player Rhino Awareness Center, ‘Kids on Safari’ program, bush walks, spa treatments, star gazing and game drives. This world-famous conservation center is manned by one of Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams and is renowned for its accolades and awards, ‘Africa’s Leading Conservation Company’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge’ teaching guests about conserving a vanishing way of life.

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INTRODUCTION / Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

Durban and KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal, also known as the Zulu Kingdom, is situated on South Africa’s East Coast. Travel north from Durban to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, to discover the huge variety of fauna and flora found in the area's diverse ecosystems. Head inland to the famous Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve or explore the dramatic beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains.

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10 Day Berg, Battlefields and Big Five KwaZulu-Natal offers the intrepid traveler a treasure trove of natural splendor, cultural diversity and rich history. Explore the many gems of this province: The Drakensberg Mountains (World Heritage Site), golden beaches of the Indian Ocean, fascinating Battlefields, rich Zulu culture, Africa’s oldest game reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (World Heritage Site and South Africa's largest marine sanctuary), where you may see turtles nesting and whales breaching. Day 1-3: Transfer from the airport inland to your Drakensberg accommodation. Enjoy hiking, climbing, golf, tennis, horse riding, fly fishing, mountain biking and township or cultural tours. Day 4-5: Drive three hours east, to the Battlefields area of KwaZulu-Natal. Explore these interesting sites during your two-night stay, with optional tours to Anglo-Zulu war battlefields Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana or Spionkop, an Anglo-Boer War site. Day 6-9: Drive three hours to Hluhluwe iMfolozi, home to the Big Five. During your three-night stay, explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly St Lucia), Cape Vidal, Kosi Bay or visit a Zulu cultural village to experience traditional Zulu lifestyle. Day 10: Drive back to King Shaka International Airport or to Durban to enjoy a few days of glorious beach time. Africa Answers


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The Oyster Box

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The Oyster Box, set on the shores of the serene KwaZulu-Natal coastline, opened its doors in 1947 to become one of South Africa's most sophisticated hotels. The Colonial elegance and contemporary touches are complemented by professional, personalized service and world-class facilities. Ideally located on the ocean's edge, The Oyster Box is a short walk from Umhlanga Village Center and a close drive to Durban's King Shaka Airport, Ushaka Marine World, the historical Natal Midlands and the striking Drakensberg Mountain Range. The Oyster Box serves up world-class cuisine in superb venues, including the relaxed Lighthouse Bar, with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, and the exquisite fine-dining restaurant, the Grill Room. The Oyster Box offers 86 different rooms, suites and villas, all carefully refurbished to retain their Colonial charm. Experience opulence, quality and hospitality in a relaxed, tranquil settling.

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Protea Hotel Edward Durban

Overlooking the Indian Ocean and picturesque Chris Saunders Park, just minutes away from the main beachfront, the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers 205 bedrooms, comprising 50 family rooms and 24 semi self-catering loft rooms. Interiors are air-conditioned, spacious and feature a tasteful blend of colonial and contemporary décor. A wall-mounted LCD TV ensures that you remain entertained at all times. Other facilities include a roof-level swimming pool, secure on-site parking and an upmarket 130-seater restaurant and bar, spilling out onto an outdoor deck and lush garden.

The Protea Hotel Edward harks back to a time of Victorian elegance. This world-famous hotel has played host to princes and presidents, field marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911. Accommodation consists of 101 graceful and stylish rooms, all equipped with a LCD TV, ensuite bathroom, executive work desk, and Wi-Fi. The Brasserie Restaurant situated on the ground floor of the hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals can also be enjoyed on the Terrace, allowing you to make the most of Durban’s subtropical climate and the warm sea breeze.

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is more than a beachfront hotel, it is a landmark on Durban’s Golden Mile. It boasts a magnificent location, stylish interiors and, above all, its commitment to providing service that is efficient and friendly. The hotel has 734 well-appointed, sea-facing en-suite rooms, split amongst each tower (Elangeni Tower with 449 rooms and Maharani with 285 rooms). The sea-facing pool deck has recently been upgraded and features a heated outdoor pool, the Ocean Breeze restaurant and the Panorama Bar. The second pool is ideal for afternoon sun seekers. For rejuvenating treatments, visit the new Mangwanani Boutique Spa. This hotel offers an excellent choice of restaurants – the Daruma Japanese restaurant, the recently-opened Grill Jichana, with great meat offerings and contemporary dining and the popular Lingela restaurant, with an extensive carvery buffet featuring Indian curries and local specialities.

Full Day Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift Historians will love this for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is also for you. KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heartwrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British took place. Visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. After lunch, wind your way home through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Full Day Shakaland Tour Discover the land of Shaka, legendary king of the Zulus! Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand. Look into the future with an iSangoma or traditional healer. Enjoy a sample of traditional Zulu beer, while local artists and crafters creators of spears, shields, beadwork, pots, even huts – open their doors so you can witness their skills and artistry. Zulu dancers will thrill you with their grace and energy, whilst you indulge in a satisfying lunchtime feast! Experience a day in the life of a traditional community.


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Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Cathedral Peak Hotel

Fordoun is a family-run boutique hotel and spa that has been converted from an old dairy and homestead.

Cathedral Peak Hotel offers unrivaled access to the Drakensberg Mountains, from within a World Heritage Site. The resort hotel offers an exceptional leisure experience, where the pristine scenery is complemented by sumptuous buffet meals and warm hospitality. The extensive range of facilities and activities includes a Vitality Center, heated outdoor pools, a round of golf, mini-adventure golf, tennis, squash, trout-fishing, archery, mountain bike trails, guided quad bike rides, helicopter flips and free daily guided walks, during which you can view original San art.

The main lodge houses a fine-dining restaurant and guest lounges, and set in lush pastoral grounds, the outbuildings comprise 22 luxurious, impeccably-furnished rooms. Five new, particularly spacious suites, offer expansive views of the Drakensberg range. An award-winning spa, with a heated indoor pool, rasul chamber and flotation pool, provides a range of treatments, infused with touches of Zulu heritage. Further activities include flyfishing and mountain biking.

Three Trees at Spioenkop Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Trees at Spioenkop (also known as Three Tree Hill Lodge). This eco-friendly lodge, which is Fair Trade in Tourism and Green Leaf accredited, places great emphasis on responsible tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food, and superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated. Three Trees at Spioenkop is a luxury 18-bedded lodge which is owner-managed by Simon and Cheryl Blackburn, whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere in their first-class family-run lodge. The main living area has an open-plan design, with four sets of large double doors leading onto the veranda. The result is a flowing space, where you can relax on a comfy chair, read in the afternoon sun and enjoy convivial chatter. In the winter an open log fire and 'Dover' coal stove create a warm, welcoming environment. A viewing deck and swimming pool offer complete relaxation under the spreading canopy of an Acacia tree. A short walk down a shady path, brings you to this secluded spot, where the pool is kept warm by an insulated thermal blanket at night. Close to the base of Van Reenens pass, the lodge is also the ideal half-way stop between Johannesburg and Durban, only 16 miles from the N3 highway. This lodge is the perfect location to base yourself for exploring the major Anglo-Boer War Battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Drakensberg Mountains, and within two hours reach of the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields.

Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort

Isandlwana Lodge

Relax in the comfort of the exclusive Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort, luxuriously set in the picturesque Northern Drakensberg Mountains, and conveniently located mid-way between Durban and Johannesburg. This resort is a unique base camp village for a host of vacation pursuits and offers superb accommodation, fine cuisine and excellent facilities for conferences and weddings. Sports enthusiasts can indulge in a multitude of activities nearby, and with a fantastic variety of children’s entertainment and a daily adult activity program, there is something for everyone.

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Easily accessible from Johannesburg and Durban, Isandlwana Lodge is well situated for visits to the historical battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars. Cut into the rock face of the Zululand hills, Isandlwana Lodge stands like a sentry, looking out over the silent plains below. The dramatic events of the past can still be glimpsed at the Lodge, through its architecture and décor, the whisper of the bush and the fascinating stories told by the resident historian and his associates. The lodge is close to Rorke’s Drift and offers daily tours to both battlefields.


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Situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZuluNatal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the Big Five. The unique and diverse ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland create habitats for an impressive range of animals and nearly 430 species of birds. Location: Northern Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Getting There: Just over five hours' drive from Johannesburg, four hours' from Durban, or two to three hours from Richards Bay. Flights available from Johannesburg. Highlights: Sunset cruises, fishing, Big Five drives or walks and bird life.

You are invited to join the open-vehicle safaris, led by experienced field guides and rangers, who also conduct bird, bush and game walks on request. The unique Safari Pontoon offers a relaxing adventure like no other. Unwind and view game from a different perspective, as the Safari pontoon drifts tranquilly on the water. Dam fishing is available for enthusiasts. To complete your relaxation therapy, why not book a treatment at the spa!

Mkuze Falls Lodge This luxury lodge features nine exquisite thatched chalets and one safari suite, all offering breathtaking views of the river, bush and mountains. Plunge-pools and outside showers provide a wild touch to the luxury of the airconditioned bedrooms. Features include telephones, secure safe, overhead fan, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and mini-bar.

Ghost Mountain Inn At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the intimate and beautiful Ghost Mountain Inn. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendor of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks and boat cruises, led by knowledgeable rangers. Escape and be pampered at the Ghost Mountain Spa. The spa features a steam room and relaxation area with private plunge pool, where you can lounge in between treatments. Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong will love the glorious indigenous gardens of Ghost Mountain Inn. Ideally located for those traveling between Kruger Park, Swaziland, Durban and Mozambique. Seasonal menus with local ingredients are combined with traditional favorites and served either in the Dining Room, outdoors on the terrace or under the stars in the traditional Boma.

Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Beach Camp Rocktail Beach Camp is set back from the beach and shaded by the sanctuary of the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast. The forest provides a habitat for a host of birds and animals and turtles come ashore to lay their eggs along the pristine shore. With the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore and the beach a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp, adventure is on your doorstep. Explore the remote, unspoiled beaches or venture beyond the shore to experience world-class diving or snorkeling. The camp consists of 17 tented rooms with hardwood floors and glass sliding doors, en-suite bathroom, open-feel indoor shower and overhead fans. The main area comprises a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda, a raised viewing deck, wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and children's playroom.

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INTRODUCTION / Johannesburg

Johannesburg Johannesburg, or ‘Joburg’ is the economic pulse of South Africa. Surrounding the city are the rich, bustling suburbs of Rosebank and Sandton, which offer world-class accommodation, shopping malls and restaurants. Further out lies the SOuth WEst TOwnship, SOWETO, home to over three million people and a rich past, highlighted by the pivotal role it played in the Apartheid struggle.

Full Day Journey To Freedom Tour

Full Day History of Humankind & Wildlife Tour

This full-day tour shares some of the journey, pain and passion of the heroes of the Apartheid struggle; witness the places and get to know the faces behind this difficult time in South African history. Visit the museums where these tumultuous years have been so well documented. Your day begins at the Hector Pieterson Museum, before traveling past Mandela House. Your next stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Soweto (own expense), before visiting the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is a soulful, interactive voyage of discovery.

This tour takes you right back to the beginning, to the exceptional World Heritage-listed site of the Cradle of Humankind. Visit the superb Maropeng Visitor Center, a world-class exhibition. Begin the tour above ground at the nearby Sterkfontein Caves, where the famous Mrs Ples and Little Foot skull and skeleton were discovered. Visit a nearby lion park, where you can view the animals and interact with the lion cubs. From the fruitfulness of nature to the roots of civilization, this tour is a journey from the origins of mankind to the wonders of the African bush of today.

3 Day Johannesburg Short Break Johannesburg is the cosmopolitan Afro-centric city of contrasts. Visit Soweto for an insightful glimpse of township life and explore the many shopping malls that this vibrant city has to offer. Johannesburg is the economic power-house of South Africa, as well as the main gateway to the country, indeed the rest of Africa. Day 1: On arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), you will be met and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure, exploring the wonderful shopping, cultural and culinary experiences that this city has to offer. Day 2: After breakfast, depart on a tour of Soweto, the largest informal settlement in South Africa, synonymous with South Africa’s political history and the struggle against Apartheid. Visit Museum Africa, Johannesburg’s premier cultural history museum, reminiscent of a 1950's shebeen or pub; it is here you will really sense the soul of the inner city. (B) Day 3: The day is spent at leisure until you are taken to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

7 Day Kruger & The Kingdoms Experience a fully escorted seven days, enjoying some of South Africa’s finest scenery and Big Five game viewing opportunities. DAY 1: On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: Travel to Pretoria for a short orientation tour. Continue to scenic Mpumalanga. Enjoy an afternoon boat cruise along the Blyde River Canyon. (B,D) DAY 3: Visit God’s Window. Explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes before arriving at Perry’s Bridge Hollow. (B) DAY 4: Before breakfast, depart in open safari vehicles in search of the Big Five. (B) DAY 5: Drive to the picturesque, tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, then to Mbabane. (B,L,D) DAY 6: Visit the Swazi Candle Factory. Continue into Zululand and arrive mid-afternoon in the Umfolozi area. (B) DAY 7: Take a thrilling morning cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. (B)

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Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport

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Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International

The impeccable Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport is located mere minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Themed around an aircraft hangar, the character of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, chrome lighting and the view of airplanes docking and taking off.

This superior hotel is conveniently situated only five minutes' drive from Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo Airport. Regular, complimentary shuttles commute between the airport and hotel, which offers a relaxed setting overlooking lush gardens and a large swimming pool.

The hotel, which offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, is ideally situated 35 minutes from Sandton and Pretoria.

The modern and contemporary design and décor reflect the stylish atmosphere of this hotel, which provides a range of services and facilities, including spacious bedrooms with family-friendly options, complimentary Wi-Fi, an excellent restaurant, bar, pool, fitness center and International Business Center.

The conference center is perfect for domestic or international meetings, and provides two multiuse conference rooms, five meeting rooms and two boardrooms.

The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Center In a world moving at an ever-increasing pace, it is comforting to know that there is a place, amidst city vibe, where you can simply switch off. The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Center is located ten minutes' drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport and provides easy access to the major business centers of Pretoria and Johannesburg. To ensure you feel completely at home, all 151 rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, DSTV, digital safes, direct-dial telephones, tea/coffee-making facilities and hair dryers. Rooms are fully air-conditioned for cooling comfort in the summer heat. Infant cots are available on request. Conveniently situated for your pleasure, there are a range of dining options to meet your needs, be it a full and satisfying meal, quick snack or a delicious cup of java. The cocktail lounge and terrace is the perfect place for busy travelers to unwind,or catch up with family, using the hotel's free internet connectivity.

Emperors Palace As you land at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, your gateway to Africa, begin your adventure at Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort – a mega hotel and casino resort that combines timeless classical elegance with sheer excitement. This glamorous neighbor offers exceedingly more than just a city hotel experience and is perfect for your first night in, and last night out of Johannesburg or connection nights. The resort offers luxurious accommodation in four unique hotels - the award winning, luxurious Peermont D’oreale Grande, the stunning Peermont Mondior Hotel, the spacious Peermont Metcourt Suites and the contemporary select-services Peermont Metcourt hotel.

Location: Situated next to O.R. Tambo International Airport. Getting There: Airport transfers and private transfers. Highlights: International cuisine, spectactular entertainment, the magnificent casino and entertainment emporium.

D'Oreale Grande Hotel

Services and facilities include free airport transfers, a glorious health and beauty spa, a magnificent casino with unparalleled gaming enjoyment, the finest in dining options that cater for all tastes and spectacular entertainment venues, featuring local and international artists. The world-class conference venues cater for anything from intimate meetings of eight delegates to conventions of up to 3 000 delegates. Together with extensive children’s facilities and the spectacular Nu Metro digital 3D movie theater complex, the fun never stops at The Palace of Dreams!

Metcourt Suites

The award winning Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace, situated beside O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, features 192 ultra-luxurious rooms and suites, all lavishly furnished in superior style, a finedining restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi, world-class health and beauty spa and a Club Floor and Lounge.

Metcourt Hotel

Offering affordable accommodation with a friendly atmosphere, the Metcourt Suites features 80 spacious and contemporary rooms. All the usual technology is available in the rooms with Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast is served in the Primavera restaurant. Guests have access to all the facilities of the Emperors Palace resort.

Mondior Hotel

The stylish Peermont Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, offers 248 comfortable rooms with contemporary décor. Perfect for business and leisure stays, the hotel offers all the modern conveniences, a sheltered pool and terrace, breakfast restaurant, cocktail bar, business center and access to all resort facilities.

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The first-class Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg sets an exciting standard in business, conference and leisure accommodation, with 150 rooms and suites, furnished in contemporary elegance. The hotel features a breakfast restaurant and cocktail bar, and guests have access to all the facilities of the Emperors Palace resort.


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African Rock Hotel This boutique hotel is located seven miles from Johannesburg's International Airport, OR Tambo, in a quiet suburb away from the flight paths of arriving and departing planes. It offers quick and easy highway access to Johannesburg, the Sandton area as well as Pretoria. Comprising nine double rooms, this luxurious hotel offers air-conditioned comfort, en-suite bathrooms, room service, mini-bars, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, shuttle service to the airport and other destinations, a city and country tour booking office and beauty treatments. A well established and lush tropical garden, swimming pool and large patio ensures relaxed outdoor living. The interiors are characterized by an eclectic fusion of African, Western and Oriental design trends. Unwind in the communal lounge or bar and enjoy fine dining in the Blue Hippo Restaurant. Enjoy warm, welcoming hospitality in a relaxed and tranquil setting.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch Staying at this hotel, situated in the heart of Johannesburg's trendsetting scene, the Melrose Arch precinct, is a glamorous and quirky experience. Marvel at décor inspired by film stars of yesteryear, and views of ultra-modern cityscapes, whilst surrounded by all the latest and greatest retail outlets, luxury stores, eateries and entertainment, all within walking distance. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch offers 197 stylish bedrooms, equipped with Wi-Fi and all the modern conveniences, in luxurious rooms that are nothing short of fabulous. The hotel's trendy restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily, in an energetic and lively setting. Come and savor an iconic burger, the perfect addition to complement one of the famous milkshakes. Enjoy your meal in the restaurant, or outside in the terrace area overlooking the pool, if you prefer a more relaxed setting. The Bar, serves speciality cocktails, offers an energetic vibe.

The Peech Hotel The Peech Hotel is an eco-chic boutique hotel, located a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. Stylish accommodation is available in sixteen spacious bedrooms, all with expansive views across lush one-acre gardens. Bathrooms are are well-appointed and fitted with 'Raindance' showers and deep baths. Facilities and amenities include air-conditioning, laptop safes, coffee/coffee station and king-size beds. A full breakfast is included and there is unlimited Wi-Fi access. The bistro has a menu that is designed to use only the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local suppliers and the hotel’s very own vegetable garden. The Peech is located near the city's main shopping and business hubs and positioned in a suburb with boutiques, cafés and an adjacent park. The Peech champions responsible tourism by blending awareness for the environment and the community and is also Fair Trade Tourism certified.

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel The African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel is located in the exclusive and vibrant Melrose Arch precinct; a unique city within a city, boasting a variety of trendy retail and leisure facilities for the discerning traveler. Sophisticated style and individuality, from its architecture to the level of service offered, are what make the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel a destination in its own right. Each of the 117 ensuite rooms has complimentary Internet access, air-conditioning, DVD player and TV. The recentlyupgraded, chic March restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Situated in the prestigious suburb of Illovo, Sandton, a mere four minutes` drive from the OR Tambo International Airport, the Hotel enjoys easy access to city's attractions via the M1 Motorway. Venture into Sandton or the Melrose Arch precinct, to experience world-class shopping and dining facilities. Alternatively, enjoy fine cuisine in the hotel's upmarket Big Apple restaurant, relax on the poolside sundeck or in the 24-hour cocktail and coffee bar, or de-stress in the in-house gym. Superbly appointed bedrooms are all equipped with en-suite facilities offering a separate bath and shower, LCD television, tea and coffee-making facilities, wireless Internet access, individually controlled air-conditioning and electronic safes. Careful attention to detail is a hallmark of this hotel, from the elegant décor, immaculate service, supremely comfortable rooms, to the fresh apple placed in your room every day.

The Michelangelo Hotel A member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' collection, The Michelangelo Hotel is a luxurious urban deluxe hotel, set in the heart of Sandton's business and leisure district. The hotel offers a complete range of amenities and services, including a health spa and fitness center, complete with a heated indoor swimming pool and steam bath. The combined splendor of the hotel's Renaissance architecture, plush décor, service excellence and world-class facilities, are what sets The Michelangelo Hotel apart from its competitors. Built around a central atrium, you experience grandeur wherever you move. Stay in the lap of luxury in any one of the exquisitely-furnished rooms, which range from en-suite superior rooms to two-bedroom presidential suites. No matter which room configuration you favor, you can be assured that service excellence and satisfaction are prioritised at The Michelangelo Hotel.

The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites is located adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Square. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness center and health spa but you are encouraged to experience these first-hand. Enjoy the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Sandton City, just a lift trip away. The DAVINCI offers 166 en-suite rooms and 54 luxury suites. All rooms and suites are equipped with direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, DSTV and internet facilities. A convivial atmosphere, warm lighting and contemporary-meets-classic aesthetic welcomes diners at the door of the restaurant, Maximillien, which is beautifully complemented by an ethic of providing a high-quality dining service to accompany the fine Euro-Asian fusion cuisine.

Garden Court Sandton City

Protea Hotel Balalaika

Garden Court Sandton City is well located in the heart of Sandton and is an excellent base for tourists and business travelers. The hotel is adjacent to Sandton City and the Sandton Convention Center, and from the nearby Gautrain station it takes only 15 minutes to O.R. Tambo International Airport. All 444 rooms have been completely refurbished with a modern, trendy feel. Hotel services include a concierge desk, outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens, contemporary terrace restaurant, Wi-Fi and a self-service work station in lobby.

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The Protea Hotel Balalaika is located in Sandton, Johannesburg’s economic heartland. The hotel’s charming Colonial theme is accentuated with wooden elements and delicate floral accents. The English countryside atmosphere defines this first-class hotel as a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton. Complimentary services include high-speed Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel, and a shuttle service to and from the Gautrain station. The central location, attentive service and world-class facilities make the Protea Hotel Balalaika perfect for business or leisure stays.


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The Maslow, A Sunlux Collection Hotel Strategically situated in the heart of Sandton’s financial district, Sun International’s 281-bedroom, specialist business hotel has been prudently designed to accommodate all the modern business person's needs. With the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Gautrain station mere blocks away, you will be perfectly placed to do business. Rooms are modern, with neutral décor and custom-designed workspace. The hotel is packed with state-of-the-art facilities and technology that will delight and satisfy any business executive. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Catering for work and relaxation, public facilities include a spa, business-style lounge, well appointed bar, upmarket bistro and private dining room, ballroom, conference center, auditorium and 13 meeting rooms. Tariffs include a full English breakfast and a shuttle service to the Gautrain, Nelson Mandela square and Sandton Shopping Center.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Retreat to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa! This exclusive, award-winning Virtuoso property features 40 opulent suites including a presidential suite, fully-equipped gym, holistic Balinese spa, tea lounge and delectable á la carte restaurant. Recline in the lap of luxury and experience impeccable service and old-fashioned hospitality. Bask in the African sun or enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking manicured gardens, featuring huge mature trees, rosebushes and abundant birdlife. The superb suites offer en-suite bathrooms and all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel. Each suite is individually decorated with hand-painted techniques, high cornice ceilings, luxurious fabrics and custom-designed period furniture, all complementing the Palladian architecture. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa is a tranquil and sophisticated sanctuary, offering quick access to Sandton's sights, eateries, malls and entertainment.

The Cascades

The Sun City Hotel

Situated in the bushveld, adjoining the vast Pilanesberg National Park, and only 116 miles from Johannesburg, the Cascades offers a malaria-free game experience that includes the Big Five.

Only 116 miles from Johannesburg, the resort is situated in the bushveld adjoining the 135,908 acre Pilanesberg National Park, which will delight game viewers as it is a malaria free zone and home to the Big Five.

The hotel has a total of 243 luxurious rooms, all facing the tropical splendor of the gardens and palm-fringed swimming pools.

The ambiance of the Sun City Hotel is one of glamor and sophistication and the casino adds a sparkling diversion.

Top-class cuisine is served up in style at the Peninsula Restaurant, where the freshest ingredients complement international cuisine. For a relaxed ambiance, you can opt for alfresco dining at the Mediterranean-style Santorini restaurant.

The 340 room hotel overlooks the Gary Player Country Club, magnificent landscaped subtropical gardens and sparkling swimming pools. Themed restaurants offer exotic cuisine from the Orient, North Africa, and Europe.

The Palace of the Lost City,Sun City, A Sunlux Collection Hotel The Palace of the Lost City, a 'Leading Hotel of the World', continues to enthrall visitors from around the globe. This spectacular addition to the Pilanesberg landscape is dwarfed only, in years, by the 1,300 million-year-old extinct volcanic site, on which it is built. The 135,908 acre, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park bordering on the Sun City complex supports a wealth of bird, reptile, plant and animal species, including the Big Five. Embark on an adventurous hot air balloon safari or guided game drive, walk with championship winners on the Gary Player golf course, or sample fine food in one of the three fine-dining restaurants. The Palace, with its 335 luxurious, contemporary African-themed rooms, is a true celebration of the African experience. Tariffs include full English breakfast. Complimentary services include 100MB of free WiFi data per day and a shuttle service within the resort.

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The luxury Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated in the North Eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park, home to Africa's Big Five and a wealth of indigenous flora, fauna and bird species. Nestled in the basin of an ancient amphitheater, divided by riverine woodlands and elephant trails, lies an exclusive private game lodge. The central facility includes a stunning feature pool, bar, conference room, dining room, boma, reception, awardwinning Amani Spa and curio shop. The rooms have been carefully positioned to ensure optimal views of the reserve. Ivory Tree Game Lodge boasts a combination of suites and executive suites, equipped with air-conditioning, mini-safe, mini-bar, and en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy game viewing from the custom built ten-seater open game viewing vehicles, which offer maximum all around visibility. Other activities include archery, quad biking trails, air gun shooting, interactive marimba drumming and more.

Tshukudu Bush Lodge Picturesquely set against a hillside, surrounded by the mountains of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park and overlooking a waterhole and savannah plains, lies Tshukudu Bush Lodge. Game traverse the plains below and Big Five sightings are the norm rather than the exception. Each of the six custom-designed chalets offers a romantic sunken bath, open-plan lounge and bedroom, with a fireplace and private balcony. Tshukudu is famous for its friendly service, authentic bushveld experience, experienced game rangers and the delicious uniqueness of its African inspired cuisine. Enjoy day and night game drives in open four-wheel-drive vehicles, from which you can spot a large variety of game including the Big Five and over 270 species of birdlife. Take a refreshing dip in the rock plunge pool after your exhilarating game drive, and in the evening, settle down for a sundowner whilst watching the animals gather at the waterhole.

Bakubung Bush Lodge A mere 90 minutes' drive from the hustle and bustle of Gauteng and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breathtaking beauty and serenity, Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or 'People of the Hippo', offers all you need to get in touch with the bush. Outdoor activities include game drives, bush walks and a junior rangers' program, designed to entertain nature enthusiasts between six and 12 years old. The impressive swimming pool is perfect for cooling off during the heat of the day. Bakubung offers offers 99 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, situated around the Hippo pool. All rooms are decorated in an African theme and equipped with all the modern conveniences to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. The restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a variety of themes, including African, Indian and Asian.

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge lies within the heart of the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, within the wilderness area of the park, a mere two hours' drive from Johannesburg. The lodge boasts a combination of 13 family and four executive suites, featuring king-size beds, full en-suite bathrooms, lounge, tea/coffee-making facilities, minibar, and air-conditioning. The family suites also serve as 26 standard suites. The central guest facilities include a rim flow swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, open entertainment decks, cigar lounge, the award-winning Amani Spa and a conference center. Dawn and dusk safaris, conducted in custom-built, ten-seater game viewing vehicles, where you can seek out the Big Five, are available. Guided bush walks can be arranged, on request. Other activities include quad-biking, archery, fire poi, marimba drumming and percussion bands to name a few.

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MADIKWE GAME RESERVE / Johannesburg

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, situated in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, is ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, and offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality. At the main lodge, ten ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites, complete with their own deck and private plunge pool, offer absolute privacy and majestic views. The unusual yet subtle décor combines natural elements with the colors of Africa. Fine cuisine is accompanied by a well-selected range of South African wines from the cellar, while the boma offers the traditional atmosphere of dining under the African stars. Separate from the main lodge, you will find Little Madikwe Hills. This private lodge boasts a two-bedroom suite with its own Land Rover and game ranger, as well as a personal butler to take care of your every need. Activities include morning and evening game drives.

Tuningi Safari Lodge Tuningi Safari Lodge, situated in the world-renowned Big Five, malaria-free, Madikwe Game Reserve, proudly showcases this protected area's African success story in magnificent style. Tuningi offers superior accommodation, enhanced by an impressive Big Five safari experience and personalized service, in a friendly and relaxed environment. The Lodge welcomes children, and in doing so offers them the valuable opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, wildlife and its delicate eco-systems, first-hand. The Main Camp and Little Tuningi jointly offer accommodation for 16 guests, in four spacious Luxury and two Family suites, all of which enjoy breathtaking views from private wrap-around decks. The ‘Colonial African-chic’ main thatched lodge offers a sumptuous lounge, spacious dining room and well-stocked bar, with an impressive rim flow pool that overlooks a watering hole, all interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads to the boma area.

Impodimo Game Lodge Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge, commanding stunning vistas of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Relax by the feature rock pool, read a book in the comfort of the sala overlooking the waterhole or enjoy a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your room. Impodimo has 10 suites that have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious in design, each includes a fireplace, climate control air-conditioner, mini-bar fridge, tea & coffee-making facilities and full en-suite bathroom, with an outside shower. The Family Safari Suite can accommodate up to 4 guests and 2 children, with 2 ensuite rooms, a lounge and dining area, private boma and plunge pool. Dawn and dusk game drives in the Big Five reserve are both thrilling and educational. With your knowledgeable ranger and highly experienced Shangaan trackers, hailing from a tribe renowned for their tracking skills, the game drive experience is not to be missed!

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Legend Golf and Safari Resort

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This unique Big Five resort is situated within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the World Heritage-listed 'Waterberg Biosphere', a malaria-free region of the Limpopo Province. Accommodation comprises 230 superbly-furnished, spacious suites. The resort offers two golf courses, the Extreme 19th hole, driving range, recreational facilities, Field of Legends sporting facility and conference and banqueting venues. The signature course, designed by 18 of the world’s top golfers, is the longest golf course in South Africa, providing one of Africa’s most spectacular game and golf experiences. Take your golfing experience to new heights! The Extreme 19th is the world’s longest par three, making this a truly unforgettable golfing experience. Accessible only by helicopter, the hole is situated on the top of Hanglip Mountain, with a 1,184 feet shot to the green situated 1,312 feet below the tee.

Thandeka Game Lodge & Spa Perfectly positioned in the magnificent Waterberg Mountain Range in Limpopo Province, Thandeka Game Lodge and Spa is the ideal getaway. A two-hours' drive from Johannesburg, this malaria-free private reserve offers more than an African safari experience; it is an oasis for the nature lover and romantic-at-heart. The lodge offers an 'Out of Africa' ambiance, with architecture designed to bring the African bush right to your doorstep. The sleek main building exudes old-world charm, with interiors showcasing Colonial décor, with a contemporary twist. There are 20 luxurious tents, each decorated with unique touches and equipped with a mini-bar, fan and tea/coffee-making facilities. Activities include game drives, guided cheetah bush walks and birding, to name a few. View the majestic white lion and a host of other animals during a guided game drive. Thandeka Lodge is privileged to be home to third generation-Timbavati white lions.

Entabeni Safari Conservancy

Location: Waterberg Region, Limpopo Province Getting There: Three hours' drive from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo. Private landing strip for charter flights available at Legend Golf and Safari Resort. Highlights: Game drives, guided walks, golf, extreme 19th hole, sunset cruises and bush dinners.

Entabeni Safari Conservancy – The Place of the Mountain – is situated in the World Heritagelisted Waterberg Biosphere, approximately three hours' drive north of Johannesburg. This 54,363 acre malaria-free reserve has no less than five eco-systems. Guided game drives and bush walks will bring you into close contact with a vast variety of game species, including the esteemed Big Five, while scenic helicopter flights provide a bird’s eye view beyond comparison. In addition to game viewing you can experience bird watching, star-gazing, spa treatments and unique dining options including moonlit boma dinners. Entabeni offers six lodges – the intimate Kingfisher and Hanglip Mountain Lodges, luxurious Lakeside and Ravineside Lodges and the Wildside and EcoSafari camp.

Hanglip Mountain Lodge The exclusive Hanglip Mountain Lodge is located on the lower escarpment of the malaria-free Entabeni Safari Conservancy, surrounded by wetlands and plains. This secluded lodge offers a unique blend of luxury and African wilderness, with spectacular views stretching over the lake and plains to the Hanglip and Waterberg Mountains.

Wildside Safari Camp Situated picture-perfect against the majestic cliffs of the Waterberg Mountains, stands the Wildside Safari Camp. Stay close to nature in tented chalets and enjoy authentic traditional South African hospitality in the informal dining and bar area. Here, around the campfire in the boma, you will experience an African night at its best.

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INTRODUCTION / Kruger National Park & Beyond

Kruger National Park & Beyond Many years ago, all the fences that ran along the western side of Kruger National Park were taken down. Now wildlife can roam freely, creating exciting opportunities for game viewing. The border reserves, which include the Sabi Sand and Timbavati, are privately owned and part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Enjoy guided game drives in specially modified safari vehicles.

Kruger National Park

3 Day Kruger Wildlife Have you ever heard the guttural sound of a lion’s roar as you lie safely in your bed at night? It is a sound that reaches into the very depths of your soul. This is only one of the reasons why you need to visit the magnificent Kruger National Park, where you will also have the opportunity to climb into an open safari vehicle with experienced field guides, and follow the spoor of the Big Five. Day 1: Depart Johannesburg early and head north towards the vast wilderness of the Kruger National Park. Arriving in Hazyview, you will climb aboard open safari vehicles. Game sightings begin virtually as soon as you enter the reserve, which is home to the Big Five, as well as 147 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Travel to your rest camp for dinner and your first night’s sleep in this famous patch of bushveld. (D) Day 2: A full day seeking out Kruger’s creatures, big and small. The best game spotting opportunities are in the early morning and late afternoon. You will follow the animals’ example by taking a midday siesta! Dinner and overnight at a rest camp. (B,D) Day 3: Enjoy an early morning game drive before traveling back to Johannesburg, arriving in the early evening. (B)

Elephant Whispers Witness the intelligence, compassionate nature and sheer delight the elephants display when interacting with their human counterparts. This unique experience offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of Africa. Touch their curious trunks and course skin, whilst offering them tasty treats. Learn all about their behaviour and history from the elephant handlers before setting off on an elephant back ride – a privilege that was once reserved only for kings!

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Kruger National Park & Beyond / ACCOMMODATION

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

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Hippo Hollow rests picture-perfect, surrounded by lush indigenous gardens, on the outskirts of Hazyview, a mere ten-minutes' drive from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Accommodation is offered in unique thatched garden and river chalets or courtyard hotel rooms, all granting views of the tranquil gardens or pristine Sabie River. Rooms and suites are spacious, with stylish décor, en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee-making facilities. Savor delicious cuisine, accompanied by a selection of South African wines, whilst gazing out at Hippos grazing on the lawns, against the backdrop of a beautiful African sunset. A variety of activities await you, from open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park to helicopter flips over spectacular landscapes. Experience the thrill of sighting elephants and other fascinating game, then immerse yourself in a feast of culture, with a night of Shangaan dance followed by an unforgettable African banquet.

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is set in beautiful grounds within a Colonial-style lifestyle center, Perry’s Bridge Trading Post. Located mere minutes from Kruger National Park and close to the Panorama Route – a scenic region with highlights such as the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes – makes this a convenient base from which to explore South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region. This hotel is a delightful stop-over or vacation destination, with something of interest to suit every kind of traveler, both young and old. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed yet sophisticated accommodation, in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. Spend time lounging around the swimming pool, soaking up the sunshine and sounds of the Lowveld, then feast on sumptuous breakfasts, lunches, dinners, coffee delights and superb cocktails at the afro-chic Kuka Restaurant.

Protea Hotel The Winkler With its ideal location, Protea Hotel The Winkler is the perfect spot from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area and attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, Sabie Waterfalls and Pilgrim’s Rest. The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from the renowned Kruger National Park. Protea Hotel The Winkler boasts newly-refurbished double, family and executive en-suite bedrooms, all with a balcony or terrace. Featuring an overhauled restaurant, bar and lounge, this destination is ahead of times when it comes to cutting-edge of comfort and convenience. With the open spaces and dramatic colors of the African landscape at your doorstep, effortless comfort at your fingertips and attentive service at your disposal, the Protea Hotel The Winkler truly has it all. Explore the scenic beauty of the unique Mpumalanga province, from using this stylish hotel as your base. Public facilities include a swimming pool, lapa and children's play area.

Greenway Woods Resort This premier family leisure resort is the perfect base from which to explore Mpumalanga’s spectacular scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. Greenway Woods is idyllically located in the Lowveld, near the creative center of White River and beside the White River Golf Estate. A mere 18 miles from the Kruger National Park's Numbi Gate, the resort also offers easy access to South Africa’s premier game reserve. Surrounded by scenic forests, the Longmere dam and White River Country Club, this is the ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts and golfers. Experience first-rate service and superb accommodation featuring en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, telephones and satellite TV. Options include luxury three-bedroom chalets, deluxe rooms with fireplaces and standard rooms. Feast on traditional dishes in the authentic African-styled Injabula restaurant, with drum décor lights, traditional artwork and African music.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / Kruger National Park & Beyond

Savanna Private Game Lodge Savanna Private Game Reserve traverses over 24,710 acres of pristine African bushveld, teeming with wildlife, which can be explored from the comfort of speciallydesigned game vehicles, accompanied by professional and highly experienced game rangers and trackers. Savanna Private Game Lodge has nine beautifully appointed suites. The thatched savanna suite comprises two separate en-suite bedrooms, each with their own deck and plunge pools. These rooms lead into a central, elegantlyfurnished lounge, ideal for families or a small group seeking privacy and exclusivity. Seven of the suites offer a unique blend of 'Out of Africa' appeal and all your favorite modern conveniences. With Bedouin-styled draped ceilings below tented roofs, the suites are set on permanent structures for privacy, security and comfort. All suites are the epitome of elegance and comfort, with décor combining Colonial and classic hues and textures.

MalaMala Game Reserve

Dulini Private Game Reserve Set in a peaceful riverine grove and embraced in a leafy canopy of giant Ebony trees, Dulini's six exquisite suites all offer private views of the Mabrak River bed. Dulini speaks of a deeply personal wildlife adventure: the quintessential safari experience for the sophisticated traveler. You will instantly feel at home in this quiet retreat where classic interiors enfold guests in romance and elegance. The spacious suites boast plunge pools, outdoor showers and shady decks. Interiors epitomize romance with canopies of billowing mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms.

Nottens Bush Camp

The legendary MalaMala Game Reserve pioneered the Southern African private safari experience and still maintains its reputation for offering the greatest diversity of animals and finest photographic safaris on the African continent.

Location: Between the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Kruger National Park. Getting There: Scheduled daily one hour shuttle flights with Federal Air from Johannesburg or an easy six hour drive. Highlights: Exclusive game viewing.

Now owned by the N'wandlahmari Community, but still managed by the Rattray family after 50 years, this unique pristine wilderness of over 74,132 acres affords guests an intimate, exclusive and dramatic view of the African bushveld and its inhabitants, including the Big Five, endangered and rare animal species and a host of indigenous plants and birds. With only four guests per safari vehicle at Rattray’s and six guests per safari vehicle at MalaMala, you can expect an intimate, informative and unrivaled African safari experience.

MalaMala Main Camp

Notten’s Bush Camp is an exclusive family-run lodge, situated within one of South Africa's most prized natural sanctuaries, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

MalaMala Main Camp is South Africa's original safari camp, offering old-world hospitality and luxury accommodation. Facilities include a filtered infinity pool, wooden deck looking out over the Sand River, lounge, dining room, bar, gym and steam room. Suites, family units and a disabled suite are available and children of all ages are welcomed.

Morning and evening safaris, led by experienced rangers in open-top land rovers, offer adventurous, close-up encounters with the region’s prolific wildlife, including the Big Five.

Rattray's on MalaMala

The sounds of the African night set the perfect mood for dining in the enchanting candlelit boma.

Rattray’s on MalaMala is the ultimate, exclusive luxury safari camp, built in grand 'Out of Africa' style, offering old-fashioned hospitality. The luxury Khayas (meaning home in Zulu), with their panoramic views of the Sand River, are equipped with every comfort, including twin en-suite bathrooms, satellite television and private, heated plunge pools.

Each lantern-lit private suite, with en-suite bathroom, is elegantly styled and romantic, with breathtaking views.

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve Award-winning Leopard Hills is located in the western sector of the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park. The Lodge is spectacularly situated atop a rocky outcrop, offering magnificent views over the bush and an active waterhole on the plains below. The Reserve comprises over 24,710 acres of diverse ecosystems, making Leopard Hills the ideal destination to view an abundance of game in their natural habitat. The luxury lodge features eight newly-renovated, stylish, glass-fronted and airconditioned suites, each with private plunge pool and spectacular views over the African bush. The treatment sala is the perfect way to unwind after a day of experiencing the African bush. The combination of superb game-viewing, the extensive range of activities and facilities, outstanding fine dining and professional, friendly service, will make your stay a safari experience of a lifetime.

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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

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Location: Situated in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, part of the greater Kruger National Park Getting There: Daily flights from O.R. Tambo Johannesburg to the Sabi Sabi private airstrip with complimentary transfers to/ from the airstrip. Highlights: Exciting morning and evening open vehicle safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers.

Situated in the South-Western section of the world-famous Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi is a rich, diverse treasure trove of habitats and wildlife. Home to the Big Five and 200 other game species, Sabi Sabi is the perfect destination for an authentic African safari vacation. The historical Selati Camp represents the Sabi Sabi of Yesterday, with 8 beautiful suites including the Ivory Presidential Suite. Authentic antiques and vintage dĂŠcor create an ambiance of romance and nostalgic opulence. Experience Today at the Bush Lodge, with its vibrant contemporary safari style. Accommodating only 25 couples, this intimate lodge has earned a reputation of warmth and service excellence. Little Bush Camp, with only 6 suites, continues this experience of consummate African hospitality. Earth Lodge, the Sabi Sabi of Tomorrow, merges so well into the surrounding bushveld that it is virtually invisible. Each of the 13 suites is luxuriously furnished, with all the modern conveniences you need and more, including private plunge pools. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve continues to meet and exceed the highest levels of excellence when it comes to facilities and service.

Selati Camp

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge Visitors to the award-winning Selati Camp will be captivated by the old-world charm and intimate atmosphere, reminiscent of a bygone era. Built along the original route of the long-abandoned Selati railway line, this jewel of the bushveld has eight luxury suites, each featuring safari dĂŠcor and equipped with all the modern conveniences you need.

Little Bush Camp

Earth Lodge, a place of renewal and rebirth, has 13 private suites, each with its own plunge pool. Offering guests the ultimate in luxury accommodation, excellent cuisine and life-changing wildlife experiences, this exquisite lodge is sculpted into the earth itself and includes a wine cellar, nonsmoking lounge/library, gym and Amani African Spa.

Bush Lodge

In the cool shade of indigenous riverine trees lies the luxurious Little Bush Camp, comprised of six thatched suites, each with a private deck and spa bath overlooking the African bush. Offering all the conveniences of a luxury camp, it is ideal for families or small groups, imparting a warm and intimate African spirit that is evident throughout.

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Bush Lodge holds a special appeal for couples, families and small groups seeking the excitement of the Big Five. It is more traditional, featuring African textiles and salvaged wood carvings. There are panoramic views of the bushveld and a nearby waterhole, where animals come regularly to drink. The EleFun Center is a great escape for children


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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE & BEYOND / Kruger National Park & Beyond

Londolozi Private Game Reserve Ideally situated at the heart of the vast Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Londolozi Private Game Reserve lives up to its name, meaning 'protector of all living things' in Zulu. With 39,537 acres of pristine African wilderness to explore, this world-class eco-tourism operation offers an exceptional wildlife experience. Experienced, skilled guides will lead your safari, which can be customized to suit your needs. Private and photographic groups are catered for. Luxury accommodation is offered in five lodges, three of which belong to the esteemed Relais & Châteaux group of hotels. State-of-the-art facilities, exceptional cuisine and friendly guest service complete your Londolozi experience.

Varty Camp The campfire has burned here for over 86 years, making Varty Camp the symbolic heart of Londolozi. All rooms have private swimming pools and thatched salas, framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The camp has a pleasing down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.

Location: In the heart of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Getting There: Daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg or a two-and-a-half hour road transfer from Nelspruit Airport. Highlights: Family run, with highly skilled rangers. Frequent leopard sightings.

Private Granite Suites

Tree Camp

Private Granite Suites offer an extraordinary experience for the exclusive use of six guests or for the ultimate private honeymoon experience. Bold and inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp, while conveying the raw essence of Africa. Each suite has a private pool and an outdoor river-view bath.

Tree Camp embodies the very essence of Londolozi’s continuous striving to transcend and redefine the wilderness experience. With only six private suites, elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks of Tree Camp. Relax on your wooden deck as you watch game at the river below. Every detail and feature of this camp showcases the beauty of Africa.

Pioneer Camp

Founders Camp Pioneer Camp is the most secluded of Londolozi’s luxury camps. Shaded by 500 year old ebony trees, the generous communal areas and three suites are idyllically placed, with superb river views. Perfect for honeymooners, the camp may also be converted into a 'private bush home' for large family groups of up to eight adults and six children.

Enchanting and intimate, the décor and setting of Founders Camp epitomizes the African safari camp. The ten superior chalets repose in the shade of ancient Ebony and Matumi trees, along the banks of the Sand River. Founders family suites, with interconnecting sky walks, give this camp a young and vibrant energy that appeals to discerning travelers.

Kings Camp Private Game Reserve Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a Colonial past in a pristine corner of Africa. Abundant comfort and impeccably gracious hospitality are the hallmarks of this lodge. Generously spacious suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with Victorian ball and claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private veranda. Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colors of the bushveld. Camp facilities include an inviting bar and lounge, deck overlooking the spot-lit waterhole, a gym and sparkling pool. Kings Camp offers a wealth of bio-diversity and Big Five game viewing is excellent in this region. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. Activities include day and night game drives and bush walks.

Arathusa Safari Lodge This is an enchanting lodge, spectacularly placed within the world-renowned Sabi Sands Private Reserve, bordering the unfenced Kruger National Park. Guests to Arathusa are treated to an exceptional wildlife experience, including the prized Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Built at a waterhole, constantly frequented by animals coming for a drink of water, you need not leave the comfort of the camp to see buffalo, antelope and even elephant families. Arathusa has both standard and luxury rooms. The standard rooms are located within the main camp area, while the luxury rooms are more remote, and enjoy their own private plunge pools. Facilities within the camp include an open-plan main living area, infinity swimming pool and a traditional open-air dining area. A luxury spa offers a wide choice of body treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind, and indulge the senses.

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Kruger National Park & Beyond / KAPAMA GAME RESERVE

Kapama Private Game Reserve

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Location: Hoedspruit, Northern Limpopo Province. Getting There: Scheduled flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport, or a five hour drive from Johannesburg. Highlights: Luxurious wellness center, designed to uplift the mind, body and soul. Complete with state-of-the-art gym. Superior game viewing.

Kapama Private Game Reserve lies in Limpopo Province, an area renowned for safari vacations. Stretching over 32,120 acres of pristine African wilderness, towards the renowned Kruger National Park, lies an abundant sanctuary of wildlife magnificence. Kapama, one of the most prestigious wildlife destinations in South Africa, is home to the Big Five and numerous other animal and bird species. Experienced guides and trackers guarantee up-close-and-personal encounters with Africa’s best, imparting indepth knowledge of the bush. Day and night game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands, riverine forests and sweetveld ecosystem that make up this appealing reserve, offering guests the opportunity to have close encounters with all the African animals that roam this area. Perfectly situated to receive guests flying into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit), just minutes from the reserve and providing complimentary road transfers, Kapama offers a range of stylish accommodation in sophisticated camps. These lodges can accommodate a total of 230 people between them. The Kapama Wellness Center is an oasis in the African bush; a piece of paradise designed to uplift your mind, body and soul.

Kapama Karula

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie river, Kapama Karula comprises two luxury air-conditioned tents, five suites and five superior suites. Each suite is equipped with a full en-suite bathroom with outside shower, mini-bar, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities. Unparalleled views along the river make this a nature lover's paradise.

Kapama River Lodge

Buffalo Camp offers visitors a unique and intimate experience of the African bush. 10 luxury canvas tents are set on stilts amongst the canopies of ancient trees lining a seasonal riverbed. Each tent features a mini-bar, Nespresso coffee machine and en-suite bathroom. Join you ranger for morning and evening drives through the Big Five reserve.

Kapama Southern Camp

Beautifully designed, this luxury River Lodge offers 64 suites, from standard and family options to ultra plush Royal suites. Suites are spacious, with full en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar and climate control air-conditioning. The sophisticated wellness center includes multiple treatment rooms, a lap pool, and gym.

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Kapama Southern Camp is situated in the southern-most section of Kapama Private Game Reserve. This camp offers guests a luxurious safari experience, in a tranquil setting. The 15 suites and ten luxury suites are all air-conditioned with all the amenities one could hope for. Facilities include a swimming pool, lounge, indoor and outdoor dining.


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PRIVATE GAME RESERVES & NORTHERN KRUGER / Kruger National Park & Beyond

Camp Jabulani Camp Jabulani, proud member of Relais & Chateaux, represents the epitome of style, luxury, gastronomic excellence and warm hospitality. The camp, originally conceptualised to sustain a herd of orphaned, abandoned elephants, offers an intimate environment, designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding bush. Facilities include an open-air spa, lounge, gymnasium, dining area, new luxury gift shop, art gallery and wine cellar, six exclusive suites and one presidential villa. The Zindoga Villa will ideally suit the family traveler, smaller groups or those who seek complete privacy and exclusivity, and accommodates children of all ages. A children's program, private vehicle, ranger, chef and butler are available, and activities include daily elephant-back safaris, game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks and visits to the world-renowned Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center. Early morning hot-air ballooning adventures are available.

Motswari Private Game Reserve Arrive as a guest at Motswari Private Game Reserve and leave as a friend. Set deep in the Timbavati, in the heart of the unfenced Kruger National Park, you are assured of rich game viewing and sightings of the Big Five in their natural environment. Motswari disregards the trend for glamor and flamboyance, which means bush as far as the eye can see and unobtrusive luxuries in order to help keep your experience authentic. Here your encounter with the bush is a still walk in nature. The bush is a humbling experience where one should have the chance to unwind from modern stresses and rejuvenate the soul. Motswari prides itself on its conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines, luxurious accommodation and hospitality in the tradition of one of the original lodges in South Africa. At Main Camp the 15 thatched, en-suite bungalows are decorated in understated, natural materials, have air-conditioning, mosquito nets and spectacular bush and river views. Geiger’s Camp, the private bush snuggery, is perched on a ridge with panoramic views of Big Five terrain. This luxury safari camp fuses tasteful elegance with historic, rustic charm. Overlooking the magnificent Nhlaralumi River, the camp’s two stone houses accommodate eight guests in four spacious en-suite bedrooms. Professional rangers and skilled, local trackers guide your excursions into the bush. Motswari also offers a guided walking safari where guests leave the lodge on the evening ahead of the hike to spend a night in a luxury tented camp. You have not experienced the magnificence of an African sunset if you have never stayed over at Motswari’s Hide ‘Giraffe’s Nest’. Nature provides a wake-up call and guests are picked up the next morning by rangers on the earlymorning game drive. With almost 58 square miles of wide horizons and untamed wilderness, Motswari is an unforgettable experience.

The Outpost Resting high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River valley, The Outpost accommodates 24 guests in 12 standalone, open plan luxury suites, offering spectacular views of the vast and remote wilderness below. These contemporary suites make full use of space, with with state-of-the-art retractable screens allowing uninterrupted views of the valley 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. Also known as The Pafuri, The Makuleke Contractual Park is bordered in the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe, to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. This vast and remote 65,480 acre Big Five concession, belonging to the Makuleke people, holds almost 80 percent of the Kruger’s biodiversity. The area is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo.

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Zambia / INTRODUCTION

Zambia From Victoria Falls, fly downstream to the Lower Zambezi National Park where great wildlife is found between the region’s hills and Zambezi River. A short flight brings you to the Luangwa Valley where the accent is on walking safaris with truly knowledgeable guides. Kafue National Park is Zambia's largest park with large herds of red lechwe and puku found in the Busanga Plains.

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Livingstone

South Luangwa National Park

Minutes away from the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, Livingstone offers exhilarating natural splendor and extreme adventure. Named after Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone, the area is an adventure seeker's paradise. Experience the history and mystery of this captivating destination!

North Luangwa National Park Covering 2,881 square miles, North Luangwa National Park offers one of the finest wilderness experiences in Africa. Accessible only through select safari operators, you can experience wild, untouched bush and wildlife like never before. Feel like an intrepid explorer in this virgin terrain.

South Luangwa is recognized as one of the world's greatest wildlife sanctuaries, with 60 animal and 400 bird species found here. The prolific concentrations of wildlife around the Luangwa River, a fertile 5,625 square mile artery that nourishes the region, make this experience incomparable.

Kafue National Park Kafue National Park, found in the center of western Zambia, two hours' drive from Livingstone, is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks, covering 13,919 square miles. Explore the Jewel of Kafue, the Busanga Plains, famous for its seasonal flooding and abundant wildlife.

Helpful Information Getting Around: There is a good road from Kasane (Botswana) through to Livingstone, but for the rest of the country the only way to travel is by catching a scheduled charter flight. Wildlife: During peak months the rainforest at the Falls is literally dripping from the spray. Riverine vegetation follows the Zambezi, but most of the country is woodland, with some open savanna areas. There is amazing birdlife, large herds of elephant, a wide range of carnivores, and along the rivers you can encounter pods of hippos and good fishing. Currency: The Zambian Kwacha is the local currency, however at safari lodges and at Livingstone markets you can use US Dollars, Pounds or Euros. Climate: Cold on winter mornings, from June to August, very hot in October and November, but often cooled by heavy showers from November through to March. Some safari lodges close for this rainy season. Language: The main language is English, but you might hear Lozi or Nyanja, two of the many local languages. Destination Africa & Indian Ocean


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TOURING & ACCOMMODATION / Zambia

Livingstones Adventure Escape to David Livingstone’s 'world of adventure' at the mighty Victoria Falls. The variety of activities will awaken your sense of adventure and transport you in ways David Livingstone could barely dream possible. The African Queen and African Princess offer daily breakfast, lunch, or sundowner cruises, treating passengers to spectacular views of the mighty Zambezi River and the surrounding game reserves. The Batoka Sky helicopter and micro-light flights offer unique, uninhibited and literally breathtaking views of Victoria Falls and the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi has carved into the surrounding landscape over many thousands of years. Choose between a 12-minute or 25-minute flight. The unique, propeller-free safari boats will take you to remote places that no other craft can reach, allowing for spectacular closeup game viewing. Privately guided canoe safaris take you through narrow channels on the majestic Zambezi River. Paddle past crossing elephants and hippo pools and spot abundant birdlife and game as you drift past the Zambezi Game Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Victoria Falls Horse Safaris offers exhilarating horseback rides from the Falls Resort, along trails within the National Park. These trails offer stunning views of the Victoria Falls, as well as the chance of spotting game along the way. Livingstone’s Adventure does its best to let you see Africa’s natural wonders the way the first explorers must have seen them. Itineraries are custom designed according to what you are most interested in seeing, but the emphasis is almost always on pristine wilderness, great wildlife viewing, and exclusivity.

Chobe Tour with Game Drive An amazing land and water based tour, starting from the Chobe River, with its prolific animal population. Sit securely on board, with a relaxing vantage point just off the riverbank, and view the game. You are on the mighty Chobe River, which flows through the renowned Chobe National Park, providing a haven for herds of grazing animals and birdlife. Watch this glorious scene unfolding – large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest, frolicking calves, kicking up dust as they wait their turn at the water’s edge, for a drink. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the banks of the river. View glorious bird life, an abundance of game, and enjoy the gentle rocking of the riverboat. When you disembark, join the open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe National Park, with the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife. Your adventure concludes with a sumptuous lunch at a lodge, overlooking the Chobe River.

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Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp

Set upon David Livingstone’s footprints, only moments away from the dramatic torrent of the Victoria Falls, the plush Zambezi Sun stands, magnificently placed on the edge of the Eastern Cataract. The hotel is constructed in a series of eight buildings, comprising 212 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms, poolside bar, restaurant and a sophisticated convention center. Tariffs include a full English breakfast. Complimentary services include Wi-Fi, access to the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and the Victoria Falls viewing point, as well as a shuttle service within the resort.

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Overlooking the Zambezi River and seven miles upstream from Victoria Falls is Toka Leya Camp, comprising 12 raised, spacious en-suite safaristyle tents. The tent interiors feature wooden flooring, tasteful African décor, climate-control, and an expansive wooden deck, from which you can soak up the views. The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample relaxation space. Meals are served on the sun deck, the pool deck and dining room, all overlooking the Zambezi. Activities include a tour of Victoria Falls, river cruises, fishing, game drives and nature walks.


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The Royal Livingstone Hotel, A Sunlux Collection Hotel

Aptly named, The Royal Livingstone is a grand fusion of Victorian elegance and an African spirit of adventure. The resort, built along the Zambesi River, offers unhindered access to the legendary Victoria Falls. The 173 luxurious, air-conditioned rooms, are tastefully decorated in the soft earthy tones of the bushveld, and offer spreading views of the river and the acacia forest. Spend lazy days lounging on the magnificent sundeck, overlooking the great Zambezi or indulge in a pampering massage in the Royal Spa. Savor mouthwatering cuisine in the fine-dining restaurant or high tea on the long veranda overlooking the gardens. Be transported back in time by the old-fashioned, hospitable service ethic, evident in the smile of your personal butler. Tariffs include a full English breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle within the resort and access to the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Victoria Falls viewing point.

Stanley Safari Lodge Set on a hill overlooking unspoiled bush, only two miles from the mighty Zambezi River, you can glimpse the distant spray of the Victoria Falls from the window of your bedroom at the Stanley Safari Lodge. Feast on delicious cuisine in your room, the dining room or impressive boma, sitting around the camp fire under the stars. Accommodation comprises ten uniquely-designed chalets; some open-fronted, featuring teak and local stone and others with a Colonial brick and tile. Stanley Safari Lodge is an elegant and luxurious getaway. Four of the rooms are suites, each having a private plunge pool with deck or terrace, lounge area, bedroom and a bathroom with bath and separate shower. The six cottages are all decorated in Safari style and built with natural materials. All cottages have a bath and shower. The deck and terrace offer inspirational views.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa The luxurious colonial-styled David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is situated three miles from Zambia’s tourist hub, Livingstone, and six miles from the splendid Victoria Falls. Known as Mosi-oaTunya, 'the Smoke that Thunders' the falls are one of world’s most impressive natural wonders. David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa offers 77 tastefully decorated ensuite rooms along the banks of the Zambezi River. Featuring five rooms which are executive suites each with their own private Jacuzzi, four are inter-leading and ideal for families and two comfortably accommodate the disabled. All rooms have private balconies where guests can enjoy their early morning tea or a leisurely sundowner overlooking the river. Spoilt for choice, guests can dine on the Pool Deck or Gwembe Terrace while taking in the Zambezi river scenery. The traditional Kalai Restaurant offers a true gastronomic experience with mouthwatering Afro-Arabian fusion dishes. Ujiji Bar is a relaxed place where guest can try a skillfully made cocktail or vintage from the extensive wine list. The resident Lady Livingstone is a luxurious 144-seater, three-deck river cruiser designed to accommodate groups and individuals. Climb aboard to enjoy a memorable Zambezi sunset cruise. The award-winning David Livingstone Spa, Gym & Wellness Center overlooking the stunning panoramic Zambezi River, offers a wide variety of therapeutic and beauty treatments. The David Livingstone Spa invites you to experience decadent revitalisation at their hands.

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Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma Named after David Livingstone's faithful friends, Sanctuary Sassi and Chuma is situated a short drive away from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Built on a dramatic bend, upon the banks of the Zambezi River, the lodge is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. In addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, the area is renowned as a mecca for adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts. The main lodge is built on two levels, perched in giant ebony trees, overlooking the Zambezi. Relax in the swimming pool or the treatment room, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. There are 12 air-conditioned, open plan tree houses, connected by wooden walkways. Each house enjoys superb river views. Two private houses are also on offer, each comprising two-bedrooms, their own dining areas, decks with plunge pools; even a private chef and in-house staff. Guests are also invited to indulge in a range of spa treatments.

Thorntree River Lodge Known as 'The Home of the Elephant', Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia’s Mosi-OaTunya National Park, just a short distance from Livingstone and the famous Victoria Falls, is a place where African traditions run true. With easy access to the magnificence of the Falls, thrilling adventure activities at the popular national parks and game viewing, Zambia is regarded as Africa’s greatest destination. Situated within this pristine wilderness, Thorntree River Lodge offers nine secluded, comfortable and spacious suites, all with private en-suite bathrooms. With thatched verandas overlooking the mighty Zambezi River, this is Africa at its best. Meals are served al fresco African style, under the stars on a secluded section overlooking the river, or in the main lodge where you can interact socially around the communal dining room table. Here, by the light of flickering candles, and in true African spirit, you can share your day’s experiences.

Wilderness Safaris The River Club The River Club looks out over the Zambezi River, 11 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. The well-appointed Edwardian house comprises a lounge, dining room, library, and veranda, on which breakfasts and teas are taken. Midday meals are often served on manicured lawns, complete with croquet court. The gazebo and the Summer House (with snooker room) offer delightful alternatives for private dining. The pool seems to blend into the river itself, a secluded deck providing respite. Beauty treatments are available in the wellness center and fitness enthusiasts can make use of the gym, running track and all-weather tennis court. The one princess and ten luxury en-suite chalets are screened, air-conditioned and have uninterrupted views of the Zambezi. Activities (on an inclusive rate) include a Victoria Falls tour, sundowner cruises, tiger fishing, and visiting Simonga Village.

Royal Chundu Luxury Zambezi Lodges Royal Chundu is a deluxe lodge situated 31 miles from the famed Victoria Falls, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, overlooking the expansive bushveld beyond. Spacious suites and public areas masterfully blend Colonial elegance and African charm, offering luxurious accommodation in 14 beautiful air-conditioned suites; ten of the suites are perched on the banks of the Zambezi, with the remaining four private suites located on the Katombora Island, one mile upstream from the main lodge. Choose to dine indoors in true ethnic elegance, or experience open-air dining in the Chief’s boma, where you will be treated to an authentic African barbeque, complete with traditional song and dance. If you prefer, simply enjoy a private picnic on the Island or a meal on your deck. Royal Chundu also offers exceptional fishing along its private waterways, as well as tranquil and picturesque sunset river cruises.

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Wilderness Safaris Shumba Camp

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Wilderness Safaris Shumba Camp, located in the center of the Busanga Plains, is home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. This wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion, famous for their tree climbing exploits. The Busanga Plains is one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources, and one of the few areas in the world that remains untouched by development and human activity. Shumba Camp comprises six spacious, luxury safari tents, constructed on raised platforms and offering spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. The dining and bar area is elevated, making the most of the vistas and each morning's sunrise. Great emphasis has been placed on offering a ‘guided’ experience – being led by qualified, passionate rangers with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was originally built for Kenneth Kaunda, the former Zambian president, in the 1970s, the original Colonial style still prevalent in the furnishings. A long veranda stretches outside the dining room, from which guests are afforded views down the valley to the Luangwa itself. On cooler nights, roaring fires take the chill out of the air. Each of the ten luxurious suites at Sanctuary Chichele comes complete with a fourposter bed, air-conditioning, full bathroom and every other amenity guests could wish for – all in the middle of the African bush. In keeping with the rest of Chichele, the suites are also decorated in an understated Colonial style. French windows open onto private terraces. Getting up early to watch the sun rise over the Luangwa Valley is a once in a lifetime experience. Activities include day and night game drives as well as bush walks.

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers an authentic tented safari experience in South Luangwa, one of Zambia's best areas for game viewing and bird spotting. The region is home to over 60 mammals including elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and, of course, antelope, as well as over 400 bird species. Spend an afternoon relaxing in the camp's large living area, between thrilling game drives or walking safaris. The central dining area produces gourmet meals, despite being so far away from a city, let alone a road. The camp is designed to leave no trace on the environment and has embraced a very natural kind of African chic in its décor. The seven tents are spacious and comfortable; each with a soothing hot tub and an outdoor shower, shaded by trees. Watch the sun rise from your double bed, or spot animals making their way across the plains to a waterhole, from your private viewing deck.

Wilderness Safaris Busanga Bush Camp Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extends to the horizon. The camp, hidden in a well vegetated tree-island of sycomore fig trees, can accommodate eight guests in four well-appointed tents. The lounge and bar area is under canvas, with uninterrupted views out over the plains. Thanks to the rising mist off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, you can experience incredible sunrises and sunsets, while the floodplains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds. Activities at Busanga Bush Camp include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified guides. The camp is perfectly situated for sighting large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest, followed by their predators, most notably lion. Cheetah, wild dog and roan antelope are also seen, while for those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species.

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ROBIN POPE SAFARIS / Zambia

Robin Pope Safaris

Zambia Mobile Walking Safaris

The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas, and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary, in Africa. It covers an area of over 5,992 square miles, through which the meandering Luangwa River runs.

Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Getting There: Scheduled 1.5 hour flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe Airport then an hour to an hour and a half to camps along a scenic road. Highlights: Remote South Luangwa experience with exceptional game viewing and bird life. Walking safaris.

The Robin Pope Walking Safaris have long been known as one of the best wilderness experiences of the South Luangwa. The five-night walking trail is along the Mupamadzi River; a remote and wild area, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird's nest to tracking a lion, many facets of the bush are learned.

The ox-bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe and hippo. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded in the area, making this is a birding hotspot.

The fully serviced mobile camp is comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding. Meals are served under open skies. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a bush toilet, with a wooden throne.

South Luangwa is Zambia's premier park, famous for its abundance of leopards. Although not guaranteed, it is usual for everyone coming through on a three or more night safari to see at least one leopard.

Luangwa Bush Camping

Nsefu, Robin Pope Safaris

Bush camping with Robin Pope is one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in Africa. Walk with top guides, exploring the bush from fixed camps by camping out for a couple of nights, share stories around the fire, whilst enjoying simple but delicious food.

Nsefu Camp, situated along the Luangwa River, was the first game camp in Zambia, dating back to 1951. The original rondavels have been extended to include spacious bathrooms. Rooms enjoy stunning river views and the bar overlooks a busy waterhole, often frequented by leopard at night. Major highlights include a stork colony, lions and salt pans.

This is rustic camping, but with an extra touch of comfort. There are stand-up tents, mattresses on the ground, sheets and blankets, wash basin, shared 15 gallon bucket shower, bush loo, full bar and food service.

Tena Tena, Robin Pope Safaris Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector, within the South Luangwa, this tented camp reclines under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double-tiered river bank, each of the six rooms enjoys a private vantage of the long stretch of the Luangwa River. Marvel at the elephants, hippo and antelope as they gather on the river banks.

Luangwa Safari House

The walking trail covers a lagoon-rich area of the Luangwa, hence the abundant wildlife.

Luangwa River Camp

This exclusive safari house is situated on private land, at the edge of a seasonal lagoon, with a backdrop of the Chindeni Hills.

Featuring only five chalets and ideally situated opposite the game-rich Luangwa Wafwa, it has all the comforts of a deluxe camp yet with all the intimacy, tailored activities and flexible mealtimes you would expect from a bush camp; quite like nothing else on offer in the Luangwa Valley.

The game, including herds of elephant and journeys of giraffe, use this area to feed and water throughout the day.

The main area is elevated on wooden decks affording great views to the park and river. The swimming pool is sunken into the deck on two levels, with a cascading waterfall between them. Seating areas are all elevated and open plan, with a bar, dining and reading nook.

The four bedrooms are large, stylish and unique. The plunge pool is ideally located, looking out over the lagoon. The lodge has its own staff complement, including a hostess and an experienced safari guide (with game viewing vehicle), offering you personalized service at all times. Game drives and safari walks are available.

Robin's House

Nkwali

Built on the banks of the Luangwa River, Robin’s House has spectacular views of the river, and the animals that come to its banks to drink. A grove of mahogany and ebony trees shade the front of the house, providing a perfect lunch site. The facility has two luxury en-suite bedrooms, a central lounge and dining room area and a plunge pool. The private kitchen and chef allow for meals to be served where and when you like, making this a great choice for families. A private guide (and game drive vehicle) is available to conduct game drives and guided safari walks.

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Nkwali is located on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. The land offers superb game viewing amidst beautiful ebony woodland and open grass plains. Elephant and several other animals often cross the Luangwa, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The six en-suite chalets are cool and spacious, with a view of the river and the plains beyond. Throughout the year the camp has direct access to the park by boat, vehicle or pontoon – offering uninterrupted and easy access for guests.


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Location: In the remote southern area of the National Park. Getting There: Scheduled flights from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe, then road transfer or private charter flight to Kapamba Airstrip. Highlights: Exclusive, intimate bush camps with expert guides, walking safaris, day and night game drives.

Renowned as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, the South Luangwa National Park offers a rich and bio-diverse landscape of floodplains, oxbow lagoons, woodlands and indigenous hardwood forests. Embraced between the bordering Muchinga Escarpment and Luangwa River, the park consists of 3,493 square miles of untouched wilderness. The diversity of habitats supports over 100 species of animals and 470 species of birds. The dry season (May to October), when the bush is less dense, provides optimum game viewing conditions, whereas the wet summer months (November to April), offers lush green scenery, making wildlife more challenging to spot.

Chindeni Bushcamp

Chamilandu Bushcamp Accommodating only six guests, there’s nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu; the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky – especially when you’re lying on a four poster bed, in a stilted tree-house. There are just three stilted chalets, set on the riverbank beneath huge ebony trees.

Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Chindeni lies in a pristine location on the edge of a serene lagoon, often frequented by hippo and elephant. With four vaulted, canvas ‘rooms’, private verandas and views of the Chindeni Hills, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa. Combine the thrill of the African bush with the comfort of a luxury tent.

Kapamba Bushcamp

Newly rebuilt in 2011, with private waterholes and viewing decks, this is the perfect place to sit back and watch as a wealth of wildlife come to your doorstep. Constructed on raised platforms, from natural materials, Bilmungwe blends an authentic African bush experience with comfort and sophistication.

Zungulila Bushcamp

In a remote corner of the South Luangwa lies Kapamba, a camp that combines the isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities of a true bush camp with a touch of luxury, evident in the four spacious en-suite chalets. These original, open-fronted rooms boast wide verandas with river views, twin showers and sunken stone plunge pools.

Kuyenda Bushcamp

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

Mfuwe Lodge

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

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Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, the thatched buildings comprising the lodge are arranged around the banks of two lagoons, where an endless stream of wildlife come to quench their thirst. The views and ambiance will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck, take a dip in the swimming pool or pamper yourself in the Bush-Spa.


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Chinzombo Camp

Kakuli Camp

Award-winning Chinzombo is wildly luxurious, bringing a new level of style, comfort and elegance to Zambia's Luangwa Valley. Architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, the visionaries behind North Island, Seychelles, have put their flair to work to create six sublime villas, one offering two bedrooms, perfect for a family. Each has a private pool, cooled sleeping areas, spacious bathrooms and Wi-Fi. In the shade of magnificent trees the 60 acre riverside location teems with wildlife and has direct access to the National Park on the opposite river bank.

Luwi & Nsolo Camps

'Kakuli', meaning 'old buffalo bull' was Norman Carr's affectionate nickname. This beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents, made from natural materials and offering ensuite bathrooms. As well as providing an exciting base for walking and game drives in the peak season, it is the only true bush camp open in Luangwa’s ‘Secret Season’ (Jan 20–Apr 3) for Rivers and Rainbows safaris. At this time of the year the river is high, perfect for walking and boating safaris. Kakuli Camp is famous for leopard and lion sightings and an abundance of resident hippos.

Mchenja Bush Camp

Luwi and Nsolo Camps are quintessential ‘barefoot luxury’ bush camps, located in a remote area of the South Luangwa wilderness. Each camp has just four chalets with grass and reed walls and open air en-suite bathrooms. The chalets are individually designed and extremely comfortable, with the finest bedding. Set off on foot for a lion tracking adventure and experience some exhilarating night drives, in an area renowned for regular wild dog sightings. Additionally these camps are perfect to experience an authentic 'Return to the Wild' sleep-out.

Chongwe River Camp & Tsika Island On the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers lies Chongwe River Camp. The eight standard en-suite tents string along the Chongwe River, offering delightful views of the escarpment. The tents feature two suites, with individual butler service and private plunge pools. Additionally, situated in the middle of the Zambezi River, Tsika Island sits about 18 miles upstream from Chongwe River Camp. Accommodation on the island is comprised of three, unassuming chalets and is completely private and exclusive to Chongwe guests.

Chongwe River House

Set in a grove of magnificent ebony trees, overlooking a huge, sweeping bend in the Luangwa, Mchenja Bush Camp offers tented luxury and elegance. Mchenja has been described as one of the most luxurious and romantic bush camps in Zambia. The five specially designed octagonal tents, with roll-top baths and outdoor showers, are constructed along the Luangwa River, affording spectacular views from all rooms. Elephants are known to drink from the plunge pool in the main area and lion and leopard are frequently seen wandering around the nearby ebony grove and permanent lagoon.

Kapani Lodge Built by Norman Carr (the father of Zambian conservation and tourism) in 1986, and his home until his death in 1997, this family-friendly lodge with nine rooms is situated on a ridge above the Kapani Lagoon. Elephant and hippo regularly wander through the camp, and the deck is a spectacular place from which to watch the busy lagoon. Kapani is a great camp for you to enjoy your first safari experience before heading off to one of the remote bush camps in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park. It is also an ideal base from which to explore local community projects.

Kasaka River Lodge

Chongwe River House sits on the serene, breathtaking bank of the river after which it was named. Recently winning the 'Best Safari House in Africa' for the second time in a row, the house is spectacularly built around trees, using no straight lines and making use of natural stones and wood. Sleeping up to eight guests (minimum of four people) in four, spacious bedrooms with private en-suite bathrooms, the house is fully hosted on a private basis. Take a refreshing dip in the full-sized pool after a private, guided game drive in your exclusive-use game viewing vehicle.

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Kasaka River Lodge is located two miles from the Lower Zambezi National Park and directly opposite the famed Mana Pools World Heritagelisted site. Kasaka offers an authentic and memorable safari experience. The camp offers two unique wings - a cultivated side and a natural bush side. All tented chalets have en-suite bathrooms. Also on offer is the Hippo Pod, a private villa with two large canvas bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a private pool and private dining, which makes this a truly exclusive property. Kasaka also offers a great Bush Kids program.


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Zimbabwe / INTRODUCTION

Zimbabwe Beautiful scenery, friendly people and excellent game viewing are just a few attributes. Habitats are mostly savannah with forests found in the east. Hwange National Park, renowned for its wildlife, is home to the Painted Dog Conservation and Research Center. South lies Matobo National Park, known for its granite outcrops. For superb wildlife and scenery in the Zambezi valley, head to Mana Pools or Lake Kariba.

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Hwange, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

Hwange National Park

Described as 'the smoke that thunders' by the Kololo tribe that lived in the area in the 1800's, Victoria Falls is both breathtakingly-beautiful and awe-inspiring. Watch from one of the spectacular view sites as the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, crashes powerfully to the valley below.

Mana Pools

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe, roughly 9,103 square miles in size. Situated in the northwest corner of the country, an hour's drive from Victoria Falls, Hwange boasts over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 species of birds.

Matobos National Park

Mana Pools derives its name from the local Shona word meaning 'four' referring to the four large pools found inland from the Zambezi River; remnants of lakes carved out by the river as it changed its course. This World Heritage Site is synonymous with elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles and beautiful scenery.

Matobo National Park, a World Heritage Site, is situated in the grand Matobo hills, occupying an area of 109,962 acres. The Park, which has a fascinating, diverse history, is the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes. Matobo is extremely popular with climbers and wildlife enthusiasts

Helpful Information Getting Around: The road from Victoria Falls to Hwange, Matobo, Bulawayo and Great Zimbabwe is excellent, but to get to Lake Kariba and into Mana Pools you will need to fly. The best way is a charter flight. Wildlife: In the west of the country the Kalahari sands are the base for mostly woodlands, in the north is the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba. Wildlife abounds in these areas, with Hwange well-known for its elephant herds, lions and endangered painted dogs, whilst Kariba, Mana and Matobo offer a variety of species, including both black and white rhino. Currency: The US Dollar is the currency used. Climate: Chilly winter mornings and evenings (June to August) but dry and good for wildlife viewing. Very hot in October, and rainy from November through to March, however still good for wildlife, migratory birds and wildflowers. Language: English is used throughout the country, as well as the local language of Ndebele in most of the west and Shona in the center and east of Zimbabwe. Destination Africa & Indian Ocean


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TOURING & VICTORIA FALLS ACCOMMODATION / Zimbabwe

15 Day Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari Discover lush vegetation and enjoy the incredible kindness of the Zimbabwean people on this 15 day vacation. A truly intimate experience awaits you as you venture through Zimbabweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous National Parks, such as Hwange, Nyanga, Lake Kariba and Mana Pools. DAY 1: On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be transferred to Ilala Lodge to explore the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour. '$< Ę&#x2DC; After breakfast travel to Hwange National Park. The afternoon is spent on a game drive, with a visit to the Painted Dogs Conservation Center. The next day is spent exploring further. (B,L,D) DAY 4: Head to Camp Amalinda in the Matobo area. Matobo Hills is an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. (B,L,D) DAY 5: Drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins via Gweru. (B,L,D) DAY 6: Travel to the Nyanga National Park and spend the afternoon and the following day experiencing nature drives. (B,L,D) DAY 7: Head to the Bushman Rock Estate. Take a guided walk through the vineyards to a pontoon, for a sundowner cruise. (B,L,D) '$<Ę&#x2DC;Rise early for a walk to the Bushman Rock. After breakfast continue to Mana Pools, and spend the afternoon and next day game viewing on game drives and canoe excursions. (B,L,D) '$< Ę&#x2DC; Travel to Lake Kariba. After lunch, take a one-and-ahalf hour speedboat trip across the lake to Rhino Camp in the Matusadona National Park. (B,L,D) '$< Ę&#x2DC; An early departure back to Kariba and onto Antelope Park, home to the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). Activities include lion walks and elephant swimming (own expense). (B,L,D) '$<Ę&#x2DC;After breakfast return to Victoria Falls for an overnight stay. (B,L,B)

Tour of the Falls It is no surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! You will understand it instantly while touring the numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the Falls. Walk through the beautiful misty rainforest flanking the Falls, stopping at the principal sites to marvel at the Falls as it cascades to the depths below: the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. Stand and watch, hear and feel the spray and thunderous noise, as millions of gallons of water tumble over the Falls.

Victoria Falls Safari Club The most exclusive address in town, the Victoria Falls Safari Club combines African history, the enchanting power of nature and opulent modern comforts, bringing you a distinctive and exclusive African experience. Located within the magnificent grounds of the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, this luxurious accommodation offering comes complete with uninterrupted views of unspoiled bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. The VIP premium experience at Victoria Falls Safari Club includes spacious rooms featuring modern, open designs that provide a sense of abundant space. The exclusive club ethos is reflected in such features as butler service, private check-in/check-out and a 'feel-good' multi-functional area that includes a bar, lounge and terrace. Opened in August 2012, this lavish private facility comprises four superior suites and 16 club rooms, and was voted Best New Product by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents.

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Ilala Lodge

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The warmest of welcomes and a graceful and distinguished ambiance await you at Ilala Lodge. The lodge's ideal location, just minutes from the Falls and the town center, makes it an excellent choice. Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms. Relax in luxurious style as you listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a separate shower, air-conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair-dryer, tea/coffee-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and a safe. The spacious rooms have patio doors leading onto either an open lawn or a balcony. Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavors and enjoy delectable dishes at The Palm Restaurant. The restaurant leads onto an expansive deck and gardens, which offer spectacular views over the Zambezi River.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Located over two miles from the legendary Victoria Falls, the iconic Victoria Falls Safari Lodge sits high on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park. The 72-roomed lodge is designed to give the impression of an open-plan tree house, and offers breathtaking views of dramatic African sunsets. The resort’s focal feature is a central waterhole, which attracts wildlife all year round. The exclusive 20-room wing, Victoria Falls Safari Club, is located adjacent to the lodge. Opened in December 2013, the family-friendly Victoria Falls Safari Suites offer a new accommodation option at the resort. All the lodge’s en-suite rooms have air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities and mosquito nets. Voted Zimbabwe’s Best Safari Lodge for 18 consecutive years by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge boasts two of the country’s top restaurants, The Boma – Place of Eating, and the à la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa.

Victoria Falls River Lodge Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the Zambezi Crescent’s luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is a pioneer in many ways. As the first privately owned lodge to be situated in the Zambezi National Park (on the Zimbabwean side), Victoria Falls River Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls, as it combines the African Safari experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the spray of which can be seen in the distance! The lavish tents are tucked snugly among the river bank’s verdant trees, each boasting breathtaking views of the Zambezi River from extensive private decks. The lodge offers a welcome break from life’s hustle and bustle and the rare opportunity to genuinely relax and unwind. The combination of personal service, exceptional wildlife viewing, fine dining and luxurious accommodation, ensures an unforgettable experience that will inspire you to return to this haven again.

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MANA POOLS & HWANGE ACCOMMODATION / Zimbabwe

Mana Canoe Trail This exploration is perfect for adventurous travelers, presenting you with the closest possible encounters with wildlife, on one of the greatest rivers in Africa. This thrilling experience traverses the Mana Pools National Park, through the heart of Mana Pools and along the Zambezi's shoreline. Canoe past countless hippos on the way! Each night is spent camping on the banks of the Zambezi River, ultimately finishing 40 miles downstream, with many adventures to recount. Encounters with animals, whether on foot or within your canoe, are up-close and awe-inspiring. The trail is relatively challenging and therefore requires a reasonable level of fitness. The trip is led by an experienced guide, with support vehicles and staff at hand to assist you to set up camp each day. The Mana Canoe Trail departs every Monday and Thursday, between May and November.

Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp Ruckomechi Camp, situated in Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in ten ensuite tented units, all of which overlook the wide Zambezi River. The camp is set amongst shading acacia trees, much loved by elephants for their nutritious seeds. Each tent has indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favorite amongst guests - its outdoor â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bath-with-a-viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, in a secluded, scenic spot. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4WD vehicles, motorized pontoon boats, canoes and on foot. Catch-and-release fishing is available by arrangement.

Wilderness Safaris Davison's Camp Davison's Camp is located in Hwange National Park, in the South-eastern Linkwasha concession - one of the best game viewing areas in the entire park! A classic African tented camp, the units are tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and plain. This camp, with its eight tents, offers a true bush experience. The tents and the separate communal area, comprising a lounge, dining room, and open camp-fire area and pool, look out over the waterhole. Activities at Davison's Camp include game drives in open 4WD vehicles and guided morning walks. During the siesta hours you can view wildlife coming down to the waterhole to drink, from your tent veranda or the main area. Game viewing is fruitful all-year-round, and wildlife frequently encountered here includes lion, herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, hyena, giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck.

Wilderness Safaris Little Makalolo Camp Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole. The camp's six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for electricity, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint. The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area, perfect for those traditional evening fireside tales. There is a log pile hide, overlooking the waterhole in front of camp, where you can enjoy remarkably close wildlife viewing, during siesta hours. Activities at Little Makalolo Camp are focused on game drives in open 4WD Land Rovers and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession. The area's large number of waterholes attract game in both quantity and variety, especially during the winter months, when Hwange is home to a Noah's Ark parade of animals, as they come down to quench their thirst.

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The Hide Safari Camp

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Freshly renovated, well-known and much loved, The Hide Safari Camp is situated in Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe's largest game reserve - known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. Into its third decade, The Hide Safari Camp has justly earned its reputation as a great wildlife experience, wrapped in welcoming hospitality. The Hide is an award-winning camp that one can rely on to live up to its high standards, and can accomodate up to 20 guests in well-appointed, en-suite honeymoon, family and deluxe tents, all overlooking a productive waterhole. The Hide prides itself on having knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides to explore what Hwange has to offer. Experience up to four game activities per day, including bush walks with a professional guide, day and night drives, and ‘hide’ sits. There is much to see, with over 100 mammals and over 400 bird species. Adventurous guests can enjoy spending a 'sleep-out' in the romantic Dove’s Nest.

Tom's Little Hide Tom’s Little Hide, created along the safarihouse concept for exclusive or family safaris, accommodates up to six adults in three beautiful en-suite safari rooms; one offering an interleading children’s room. Facilities and services include a private dining room, lounge, plunge pool, private vehicle and private, professional guide. Each day's program can be tailor made. Children of all ages are welcome. Perfectly situated at The Hide, within Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe's largest game reserve – just two hours by road or 40 minutes by light aircraft from the majestic Victoria Falls.

Big Cave Camp Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback, commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriouslyappointed thatched lodge, positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art. History, culture, flora and fauna abound in the Matobo Hills. Optional activities include rhino tracking, bird watching, mountain biking, and cultural tours. Retire at the day's end to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard's Lair lounge and bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks, or the popular lodge library. The seven thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair. Find solitude within an intimate retreat as secluded as the original Kalanga grain bins that nestle amongst the rocks.

The Private Hide The Private Hide is a newly-built private dining, lounge and plunge pool facility at The Hide Safari Camp. Utilizing the double deluxe or family tents six and seven of The Hide, this creates the perfect exclusive-use mini safari camp for between two and eight guests. The Hide is perfectly situated within Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, just two hours by road, or 40 minutes by light aircraft, from the Victoria Falls. Each day can be tailor-made, with your own private professional guide and private vehicle, available for day and night game drives.

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INTRODUCTION / Malawi

Malawi Known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, this little land-locked country is famous for its beautiful freshwater lake and the welcoming smiles of its people. Besides the Lake with its sandy beaches, clear water, colorful fish and great resorts, Malawai also has the cooler highlands of the Nyika Plateau – a rolling plateau dotted with stunning mountain outcrops, and the wildlife-rich area around the Shire River.

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Helpful Information Getting Around: The main roads of Malawi are in good shape and travel times between major destinations are reasonable. Traveling by boat is the most enjoyable mode of transport. Air Malawi offers flights between all major towns. Wildlife: Best ‘wildlife’ are the thousands of colorful, freshwater cichlids in the Lake but there are herds of roan antelope up at Nyika and huge pods of hippo in the Shire River. Currency: Malawi’s unit of currency is the Kwacha. Travelers Cheques and US Dollars, are widely accepted. Climate: The dry months from April to October are best with daytime temperatures between 65-75 Fahrenheit; cooler on the plateau and warmer around the south Shire Valley. Language: While English is the official language, and is widely understood, a number of indigenous languages are also spoken. The most common is Chichewa – the language of the Chewa.

Chelinda Lodge

Wilderness Safaris Mumbo Island Camp

Chelinda Lodge is set against a pocket of hagenia woodland and overlooks vast tracts of Nyika National Park's rolling grasslands, dotted with large herds of roan, eland and zebra.

Mumbo Island Camp is named after the pristine tropical island on which it is built. The crystal warm waters of Lake Malawi National Park boast some 2,000 species of fish.

Accommodation at Chelinda Lodge consists of eight double-storey log cabins, each with a fireplace for those icy highland nights.

Accommodation at the intimate Mumbo Island Camp comprises tastefully furnished, comfortable tents, with hot bucket showers and 'eco-loos'. Limited to only 14 guests at a time, Mumbo Island Camp is perched on rocks high above the water.

Activities at Chelinda Lodge revolve around day and night nature drives, which explore the rolling hills and patches of evergreen forest of the Nyika Plateau. Nature walks and mountain biking are also very popular.

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Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge, Robin Pope Safaris

Pumulani Beach Lodge, situated on the western side of the Nankumba Peninsula, on the south end of Lake Malawi, is romantically named 'The Lake of Stars'. The lodge is picturesquely nestled in the lush hills, amongst trees and craggy outcrops. Nankumba Peninsula is recognized as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake, and borders on the Lake Malawi National Park. This Park was established in order to protect the cichlid fish unique to the area. In 1984 the park was declared a World Heritage-listed site. The lodge is built on a steep hillside, which provides the most spectacular views from the villas, dining and main lodge area. The central area consists of a spacious open restaurant with an undercover recreational area, bar and a cozy fireside feature. The infinity swimming pool is on a lower terraced deck. There are three raised walkways, with steps leading off from the central area to the villas, and down to the beach. The lake shore bar is open all day and offers light snacks and other refreshments. Pumulani's ten villas are individual in shape and style, but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck, elevated above the ground, giving optimal views. Privacy, space and a sense of well-being are key elements. Guests can simply relax in the tranquil scenery or enjoy the many activities on offer. These include snorkeling, kayaking, water-skiing, fun tube, wake-boarding, sailing, fishing and diving. Village walks are also available. Birdwatchers will enjoy the abundance of birdlife, in a variety of habitats.

Majete Wildlife Reserve Situated south-west of Blantyre, Southern Malawi, you will find Majete - the country's only Big Five reserve. It is also one of the largest protected areas, covering an area of over 172,974 acres.

Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Lodge Mvuu Lodge is set on the banks of a lagoon, just off the Shire River. The river forms the western boundary of the internationallyacclaimed Liwonde National Park. In this fertile area an excellent diversity of animals, including elephant, sable antelope, impala and waterbuck, can be seen.

Location: Southern Malawi Getting There: Small aircraft Lilongwe/Blantyre to Nchalo airstrip, then short drive to Mkulumadzi or a scenic drive from Lilongwe or Blantyre. Highlights: Malawi's only Big Five reserve, offering a true wilderness experience with very little human traffic.

The reserve, which was proclaimed in 1955, has been managed by the African Parks Network since 2003. African Parks is a non-profit organization that takes on total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and other protected areas. A wide variety of game is found in Majete, both big and small. Birding is popular, especially in the Miombo woodland region, which has over 250 species recorded.

Mkulumadzi Lodge, Robin Pope Safaris

The eight spacious tents have en-suite bathroom facilities, with a private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon. Activities revolve around boating trips on the river and game drives. Nature walks and bike rides are also popular. The Rhino Tracking Experience is a unique activity.

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Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers, and epitomizes the perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities! The eight luxury chalets are tucked beneath the surrounding riverine forest, each fitted with a beautiful sunken bath and private viewing deck, extending out onto the river.


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INTRODUCTION / Botswana

Botswana From the sands of the Kalahari Desert to the waters of the Okavango Delta, and all the wildlife and vistas in between, this is a fascinating country to visit. Wild enough for the adventurer in you, it also understands your need to be pampered. A wide range of accommodation, superb cuisine and phenomenal wildlife viewing make Botswana a definite must for first-time visitors to Africa.

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

Linyanti

Relax as you’re paddled by mokoro (wooden dug-out canoe) through reeded channels with clear sandy bottoms, frothy papyrus, tiny jewel-colored frogs, while fish eagles call and hippos splash. Wildlife is often seen and the bird life is prolific.

Savute and Chobe

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

Chobe National Park is home of the elephant and offers amazing game viewing by 4WD vehicles and by boat where game visit the banks of the Chobe River to drink. Savute, a remote and wild corner of the Chobe National Park offers the greatest concentration of lion.

Helpful Information Getting Around: Maun (rhymes with ‘town’) is the hub for all safaris. Light aircraft flights connect you with all the camps from Maun or Kasane. There are great overland safaris if you have the time. Wildlife: Flat treeless salt-pans, scrubby low-growing vegetation and sandy ridges are found in the southern and central part of the country and are great areas, depending on the season, for brown hyena, large herds of zebra and springbok, beautiful gemsbok, wildflowers, San (Bushman) experiences and the sound of silence. In the north the Delta, waterholes and rivers entice magnificent birds and plentiful wildlife; from egrets to elephant and lion. Currency: The ‘Pula’, meaning ‘rain’, is the local currency. Use Pula for fuel and food but US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are well accepted for most travel services and as tips in safari camps. Climate: The ‘Wet’ season is from November to March and the ‘Dry’ season is from April to October. Winter mornings are cold in June and July, and October is the hottest month of the year. Language: Local language is Tswana but English spoken in all tourist areas. Africa Answers


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5 Day Best of Botswana Fly-In Safari

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A fascinating five day fly-in and lodge safari adventure, taking you from Maun to Kasane, including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. DAY 1: On arrival at Maun Airport you will be met and assisted onto your light aircraft charter flight to camp within the Okavango Delta. (D) DAY 2: Spend the day enjoying the activities offered by the camp. Game drives, mokoro and fishing excursions, as well as bush walks, are on offer. (B,L,D) '$<ʘ After a morning activity and a hearty breakfast, you board your light aircraft and fly to Maun. From here, you take a scheduled airline flight to Kasane, then transfer to your lodge. You have two game drives and one boat cruise included in your package. (B,L,D) DAY 5: Enjoy the morning before departing for your onward journey. (B)

The Great Wilderness Journey This Journey takes the time to explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes in prime areas where few people travel. You will experience a nostalgic camping/lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers. You will have time to experience the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Chobe river systems. DAY 1: Toka Leya Camp, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia. '$<ʘ Linyanti Discoverer Camp, Linyanti Concession, Chobe River boat cruise and Chobe National Park. DAYS 5–7: Gomoti Tented Camp, Okavango Delta. DAYS 8–10: Jacana Camp, Jao Concession, Okavango Delta. DAY 11: Transfer by light aircraft from Jacana to Maun Airport.

Rhino Reintroduction Fund Fly In Safari This package is an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most magnificent wildlife. With less than sixty rhinos left in Botswana’s National Parks, conservation efforts are critical, making the contribution from travelers booking the Rhino Package increasingly important. Thankfully, over the last few years a breeding rate of over six percent has been recorded, which is amongst the best ever achieved in Southern Africa. Experience a diversity of ecosystems on your African safari, having the knowledge that your safari expenditure will have a direct impact on the future of the rhino population in Botswana. The four or six-night packages include two nights at Leroo La Tau, a luxury photographic safari lodge located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi National Park, which is home to almost ten percent of the country’s white rhino. You can then enjoy two or four further nights at your choice of Desert & Delta Safari's other lodges: Camp Moremi, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Game Lodge or Chobe Savanna Lodge. The Botswana Rhino Packages are flexible in that two or three additional camps can be combined with Leroo La Tau. This makes for the perfect combination of adding both the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and/ or Chobe National Park and in doing so, ensuring that you assist in contributing to an environmental need for the destination. These packages are fully inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, activities, National Park fees, laundry service, airport taxes, inter camp scheduled charter flights, medical evacuation insurance and provide for a contribution towards the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project. Experience a fully inclusive fly-in safari whilst contributing to the sustainability of the area.

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TOURING & THE KGALAGADI / Botswana

Botswana Mobile Safaris This luxurious mobile Botswana all-inclusive safari package gives insight into areas and wildlife that may not otherwise be seen on a typical fly-in safari. Chobe, Savute, Moremi, Okavango and Makgadikgadi regions are explored in supreme comfort. '$<Ę&#x2DC;On arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by a Desert & Delta representative and transferred by road to the renowned Chobe Game Lodge. (D,B,L,D) '$< Ę&#x2DC; After an early breakfast, you will depart in your specially equipped safari Landrover, and head for the Savute region. A day is spent traveling through the park to Savute Safari Lodge. Depending on the time of year, your guide may take another less traveled route via the Nogatsaa area. You will arrive at Savute Safari Lodge in the afternoon for a two night stay. (B,L,D) '$<Ę&#x2DC;After an early start and breakfast, you depart Savute Safari Lodge and travel in a south-westerly direction journeying through the Mababe depression and into Moremi Game Reserve, crossing the famous Khwai River Bridge at North Gate. Your specially adapted safari vehicle carries directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairs, a table and hammocks for a relaxing lunch stop enroute. Enjoy an extended game drive on the way to Camp Moremi in the Xaxanaka area (pronounced Kakanaka) where you spend the next two nights. (B,L,D) '$<Ę&#x2DC;Your safari vehicle remains in camp while you depart by boat into the heart of the magnificent Okavango Delta. This pristine ecosystem is characterized by winding waterways and tranquil lagoons. Nxaragha Island deep in the Delta is the setting for Camp Okavango, your home for the next two nights. (B,L,D) '$<Ę&#x2DC; Before leaving the Delta enjoy a morning activity, followed by your scheduled charter flight over the Okavango to Leroo La Tau. This desert location is situated along the banks of the Boteti River on the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi National Park. It is here you will spend the last two nights. (B,L,D) DAY 11: Enjoy a last morning activity and breakfast at Leroo La Tau, before bidding farewell and transferring to Maun Airport for your onward arrangements. (B)

Rooiputs

Polentswa Rooiputs Luxury Camp is situated just 12 miles from Twee Rivieren camp, on the Botswana side of the predator-rich Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Polentswa Classic Tented Camp is located roughly 124 miles from Twee Rivieren, along the predator-rich Nossob Valley.

The lodge comprises nine chalets, one family unit and one luxury desert suite. Each chalet consists of either a double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.

The lodge comprises six classic safari tents, one family tent and one luxury desert suite, for those seeking a romantic experience. Each tent consists of a large, comfortable king or double bed and an en-suite bathroom, with an outside shower.

The main lodge consists of a spacious lounge, dining room, bar and boma for dinners under the African sky. The whole main area is open to give you an unobstructed view of the vast acacia savannah that stretches across the African plains.

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Recline with a sundowner in the lounge, whilst watching the waterhole for animal activity. Other facilities include a bar, dining room, boma and viewing deck equipped with a telescope.


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Deception Valley Lodge

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Deception Valley Lodge is a pristine oasis, deep in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana. Experience the vastness of the Kalahari, whilst enjoying abundant birdlife and game viewing. By day the swimming pool provides a cool refuge and by night the boma offers a fireplace to warm yourself. Each chalet consists of luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, an outside shower and a private, spacious lounge. There is also a chalet with two inter-leading rooms, ideal for families. All units are fitted with ceiling fans, mosquito nets and a mini-bar. For those seeking privacy, the Kalahari Manor House is perfect, situated within walking distance of the lodge, but complete with its own private guide and chef. Take a walk with San Bushmen, whilst acquiring essential survival skills. Discover the movements of the nocturnal wildlife on a night drive; witness the hunting technique of the illusive leopard or spot the famed Kalahari lion.

Camp Xakanaxa As one of Botswanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very first Okavango safari camps, Camp Xakanaxa has gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve its original African bush camp character, whilst always providing guests with every comfort. Its 12 all-canvas, Meru-style luxury safari tents, are in placed in a prime location on the banks of the Khwai River. Camp Xakanaxa is adjacent to the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, ensuring that it is one of the only safari camps that can provide guests with an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. Guest activities include game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve, rated as one of Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest game viewing areas, offering sanctuary to herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture. Water game viewing is also available, with powerboat exploration of the Okavango Delta.

Leroo La Tau Guests looking for a superb Botswana safari experience will be enthralled by the charms of Leroo La Tau. Situated on the border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Leroo La Tau sits on cliffs overlooking the Boteti River, a once-dry river which began flowing again in late 2009, after two decades of unexplained drought. Activities include game drives through the stunning environment of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which in the dry season is home to the second-largest zebra migration in the world. This concentration of zebras attracts numerous predators, including leopard and lion. There is also a chance of seeing the rare white rhino during your stay at Leroo La Tau. After your game drive you can take a refreshing dip in the beautiful swimming pool, or make your way down to the covered viewing hide, to watch the animals as they drink from the banks of the Boteti River. Other facilities include a dining room, lounge and cocktail bar, wildlife reference library and boma. Leroo La Tau accommodates up to 24 guests in 12 spacious thatched rooms, which dot the cliffs along the Boteti River. Each room features a private wooden viewing deck with a 270 degree panorama of the Boteti River and the park. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, you can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.

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MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS & OKAVANGO DELTA / Botswana

Camp Kalahari A relaxed, family-friendly, traditional safari camp - ideal for those seeking fun and adventure, without sacrificing comfort or style. The camp is an eclectic mix of original African and Colonial themes, with superb facilities that include a traditionally-built thatched library, living/dining area and a pool pavilion, for those hot Kalahari days. Activities on offer all year round include walking and interacting with a group of Zu/hoasi Bushmen, getting up close with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, day/night game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, excellent birding and Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous, and one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa. Dry season (16 April - 31 October) activities include quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans. Wet season (1 November - 15 April) activities include xperiencing the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest.

Jack's Camp Jack’s Camp is located in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana. The 1940s-style tented safari camp, houses a private museum, gift shop, drinks tent, and pool pavilion. Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari décor and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is delightfully unique. Activities on offer all year round include walking and interacting with a group of Zu/ hoasi Bushmen, getting up-close-and-personal with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, day/night game drives to seek out unique desert wildlife, excellent birding and Chapman’s Baobab, and one of the oldest and largest trees in Africa. Dry season (16 April - 31 October) activities include quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans. Wet season (1 November - 15 April) activities include experiencing the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest.

Wilderness Safaris Abu Elephant Camp Abu camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, in a private concession. After a busy African safari, Abu is an excellent place to relax and unwind before heading back to the 'real world'. The overall intention at Abu Camp is to create a luxurious experience in an exotic, rustic environment. The camp’s structures are thus a mixture of cultural experiences, with each room being thematically unique. Abu sets out to provide you with extraordinary elephant experiences that include solo riding of the elephants, observing herd sociology, sleeping on the star bed platform overlooking the elephant boma, discussions on and involvement with local elephant research, elephant conservation at a local, national and continent-wide level and day and night game drives. Birding, boating and mokoro excursions are also available. Activities are flexible and can be tailor-made to suits your requirements.

Wilderness Safaris Jao Camp Jao Camp lies on the southern side of the plains, an area with beautiful islands fringed with riverine forests. The camp Camp has nine spacious, exquisite tents, each individually handcrafted. These twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms are situated beneath a canopy of shady trees, and have en-suite facilities, as well as an outdoor shower. Built on raised decks, each has a private sala for afternoon siestas and offers wonderful views of the spectacular surrounding floodplains. In addition to the lounge and dining area, there are two plunge pools and an outdoor boma for dining under the stars. Mokoro, boat trips, fishing, day and night game drives and birding are on offer all year round due to the abundance of wildlife. Huge herds of red lechwe can be seen, followed by their primary predator, prides of lion. Other game typical of Botswana include elephant, buffalo, leopard, tsessebe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo and crocodile.

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Camp Moremi, situated in the XaXanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve, epitomizes the original safari adventure. Shaded by giant ebony trees, the lodge is an elegant, elevated thatch and timber structure, consisting of a main lounge, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar. Other facilities include a secluded swimming pool with sun deck, thatched boma and an elevated viewing deck, offering unsurpassed views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon. Camp Moremi accommodates only 24 guests in East African-style safari tents, individually situated on raised teak decks with en-suite facilities. Activities center around tracking big game during morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Exploring the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motor boat, affords guests exceptional birdwatching opportunities.

Wilderness Safaris Chitabe Camp Experience exhilarating close encounters with spectacular game and birdlife at Chitabe Camp, situated on a beautiful island of mature trees in prime south east Okavango Delta, Botswana. The eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tents give you a stellar point of view from their elevated wooden decks. Each tent is equipped with an indoor and outdoor shower. The central part of camp includes a thatched dining area, bar and lounge leading onto an open veranda. Raised wooden decks provide superb views across the vast floodplain. Cool sanctuary in the heat of the day is found in a swimming pool, and activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and supreme birding. Chitabe Camp has earned a well-deserved reputation for fantastic year-round game viewing, with regular sightings of large predators, elephants, and an abundance of plains game.

Camp Okavango Camp Okavango, an enchanting and authentic safari lodge situated on the remote Nxaragha Island at the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, accommodates just 24 people. Water-based activities include meandering motor boat rides, seasonal fishing and Mokoro trips, where guides pole traditional dug-out canoes through the shallow channels of the Okavango Delta, a tranquil activity which allows you to experience a virtually untouched Africa. The beauty of a mokoro activity is in the detail: brightlycolored frogs no bigger than a thumbnail, clinging to the swaying reeds; kingfishers which hover, transfixed, before plunging into the water to grab a tiny silver fish; water lilies opening and closing in the sun. For those looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger landbased species that inhabit this water wilderness.

Wilderness Safaris Kwetsani Camp Kwetsani, one of the most remote camps in the Okavango, is situated on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. The five beautifully furnished â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tree-houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower, provide guests with open, airy accommodation of thatch roofs, wood, glass and canvas. All are elevated and connected with wooden walkways. The main area includes a dining room and lounge area, situated under a shade roof. Guests can view wildlife by traditional mokoro or experience outstanding game drives by day and night. Leaving a minimal eco-footprint, the elevated decks offer astounding views of local wildlife and birds. Savor delicious food and wine in the camp and during surprise bush meals. Ride traditional mokoros or experience thrilling game drives. The area is well known for its lion population, while drives to nearby Hunda Island are renowned for leopard viewing.

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Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains Vumbura Plains Camp is a luxury camp situated in a private concession in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. Vumbura comprises two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area, tucked beneath the canopy of cool and shady indigenous trees. Magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta floodplains are a feature. A star-gazing deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, a place to gaze upwards, or onto a convivial campfire setting. Vumbura Plains Camp is unlike any safari camp you will have seen before. Each large, luxurious room is raised off the ground on wooden decks, and comprises a bedroom, lounge, shower and full en-suite bathroom. Outdoor showers are an experience in themselves, as they are private from people, but you may well spy an elephant spying on you!

Wilderness Safaris Xigera Camp Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) is located on a riverine island, right in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This part of the Moremi Game Reserve is a true wetland paradise, with Xigera Camp surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation. Xigera Camp consists of ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Raised on wooden platforms and walkways, each tent offers superb views of the seasonal Okavango Delta floodplains and the lagoon. Permanent water allows an unparalleled variety of activities such as mokoro trips, game drives and motor boat outings. A mokoro ride is not to be missed at Xigera Camp. On this traditional dug-out canoe, the only sounds you will hear are the rustling of the wind through the reeds and the lapping of water against the boat. Xigera is home to rare birds like Pel's Fishing Owl and the African Skimmer, and when water levels permit, game drives are an attraction.

Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp Mombo Camp is located on the northern tip of Chief's Island, within the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Multi-award-winning Mombo Camp comprises nine spacious tents, raised six feet from the ground. Bathrooms are en-suite, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Magnificent vistas are the order of the day, with all the rooms, the sala, long veranda and lounge area taking advantage of the very best that the Okavango has to offer. Mombo Camp's main living and dining areas are under thatch, but a boma adds traditional flavor to a delicious dinner under the stars. There is also a plunge pool in which to relax. Activities at Mombo Camp include morning and afternoon game drives. Open 4WDs provide an excellent vantage for viewing wildlife. This area boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators, thereby providing arguably the best big game viewing in all of Africa.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp Sanctuary Chief's Camp is located on Chief's Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango. There are vast numbers of animals that congregate here, offering a great game viewing experience during morning and afternoon game drives. The guest pavilions are concealed in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. All have their own private decks, indoor and outdoor showers, generously draped mosquito nets and traditional ceiling fans. There is a communal decked living room offering stunning views over the floodplains, while the dining area surrounds a fire pit on the very edge of the Piajio plains, so that you can continue your game viewing whilst enjoying fine cuisine and wines. Sanctuary Chief's has been designed with consideration for the environment - in fact, the whole camp can be removed without anyone knowing it was ever there.

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This intimate camp is gathered around a large sitting and dining area which affords magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dog stalking the plains. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000. Each canvas tent boasts a traditional ceiling fan and is individually designed, but all have a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Large wooden decks provide private areas to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner in the spectacular dining mess. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant's perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature's great masterpiece.

Kana Kara Camp On the edge of the Selinda spillway, as the river meanders along its course, you will find the picturesque location of Kana Kara. It is not a game lodge, but rather a semi-permanent tented safari camp, comprising 6 Meru-style tents, each with en-suite facilities and outdoor shower. The facilities are modest, yet comfortable, with uninterrupted views. Open vehicle game drives, walks and mokoro safaris will occupy a typical day, after which you will return to camp for an interactive dining experience. Hot-air ballooning has also been introduced over the Delta as an additional activity.

Sanctuary Baines' Camp The five suites at Sanctuary Baines' Camp are opulent and luxurious, with adjoining en-suite facilities and four-poster beds, swathed in mosquito netting. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck, for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River, where hippos are often spotted. There is a communal swimming pool, and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and lounge area is ideal for relaxation, while you gaze out at the wildlife congregating at the water's edge. Spy a prowling lion on the lookout for prey or watch an elephant come for a drink of water. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant's perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature's great masterpiece.

Kadizora Camp The Okavango Delta represents one of the last truly unspoiled wilderness areas in Africa, and remains one of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marvels. On the bank of an expansive lagoon is where the magnificent Kadizora Camp has been created. Kadizora comprises eight luxury tents, each with generous living spaces, and adorned with sophisticated furnishing and a full en-suite bathroom. In addition to open-vehicle and walking safaris, hot air ballooning has been introduced over the the Delta and mokoro excursions will provide an exciting new perspective from which to explore the endless flow of tributaries.

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LINYANTI & CHOBE NATIONAL PARK / Botswana

Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp Savuti Camp is situated in an isolated part of the Linyanti concession, along the Savute Channel in northern Botswana. This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is provided in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground, facing onto the Savute Channel. From the camp's thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the channel and its wildlife. Explore the environment during day and night game drives, guided nature walks (on request), and from several well-positioned hides for safe, up-close animal viewing. Game concentrations are high, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. In winter, this area can also be excellent for the rare aardvark and aardwolf, which are big ticks on anyone's mammal lists!

Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp DumaTau Camp was rebuilt in 2012 on an exquisite site upon the banks of the Linyanti River's Osprey Lagoon. It is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, in the western part of the Linyanti, which makes drives along the Savute Channel or the river the highlights of a stay here. Each en-suite tent is spacious, spreading out under a canvas roof, with a wraparound clear-story window that allows for dramatic views of the riverfront, all from the comfort of the room. You can look forward to thrilling night sounds, especially roaring lions (DumaTau in the local language). The main areas include a dining room, bar, lounge, open dining deck and plunge pool. Organized activities will give you the opportunity to view game during day and night game drives, on short nature walks, and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti Marsh (levels permitting).

Savute Safari Lodge Travelers looking for an exceptional Botswana safari experience will be delighted with Savute Safari Lodge. Situated in the south-west of the world-famous Chobe National Park, Savute Safari Lodge overlooks the Savute Channel, a fascinating river which began flowing again in late 2009 after a curious 28-year absence. Activities introduce guests to the varied ecosystems that Chobe National Park’s 1,930 square miles Savute area encompasses. Experienced guides point out different environments, from the Savute Marsh – which has also recently welcomed the waters of the Savute Channel – to the rocky outcrops of the Gubatsa Hills with its ancient San rock paintings. Wildlife at Savute is phenomenal; the area is home to the rare roan antelope, endangered African wild dog, leopard, cheetah and large herds of zebra. Savute boasts 12 en-suite luxury thatch and timber chalets, all with expansive private decks.

Ngoma Safari Lodge Located in the Chobe Forest Reserve, just under two miles from the Chobe National Park, Ngoma Safari Lodge commands awe-inspiring views over the Chobe River and floodplain. The lodge’s central area includes a well-appointed sitting room, dining room, bar area and plunge pool. Your own private river-facing suite offers quiet refuge and is one of only eight luxuriously-styled and spacious suites, each complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers, and a private outdoor living area with a refreshing pool. Additional amenities include air-conditioning, bath and tea/coffee-making facilities. Due to its location in the Chobe Forest Reserve, the lodge is able to offer game walks with a professional guide, as well as night drives. Ngoma Safari Lodge, a joint community and privately funded project, is committed to making a sustainable difference to the local communities and their environment.

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Enjoy an authentic African safari at Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana’s iconic Chobe National Park. Eco-tourism certified and newly-renovated, Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge within the boundaries of the park. Open vehicle game drives are conducted by the only all-female guiding team in Africa! This qualified and enthusiastic team of nature guides will also share with you their passion for Botswana and their culture. Chobe National Park is home to the world’s largest concentration of elephant – said to number more than 100,000. Further inland are riverine woodlands and grassy plains, the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The plains also feature the rare roan, sable, red lechwe and bushbuck and are frequented by giraffe, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, and a healthy population of the endangered African wild dog. River safari cruises provide a different wildlife perspective. Elephant in their hundreds line the river front, drinking, bathing, swimming and playing while huge crocodiles bask in the sunshine and hippos lie submerged in the cool waters. Bird-watching in the Chobe is unparalleled, with over 450 species, many of which are regional specials, including the rock pratincole, African skimmer and schalows turaco. The majestic African fish eagle abounds and flocks of brightly colored bee-eaters nest along the river banks during the summer. The 47-room lodge has landscaped gardens, swimming pool and terrace, gym, spa, two bars, snooker room, star-gazing deck and a riverbank boma, where a Marimba band entertain you beneath a mahogany canopy. Marvel at Chobe’s spectacular sunsets and wildlife along the new 460-foot-long newly-built raised boardwalk, with viewing decks overlooking the Chobe River, across to Namibia.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities you would expect from a larger resort. Relax in the split-level swimming pool or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River, which borders Chobe National Park to the north. Each cottage has its own private garden, where you can sip cocktails after a day of game viewing, before retiring for a relaxing bath, indoor or outdoor shower. Whilst staying at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a visit to the spa is an absolute must. The full-service spa offers a range of treatments and rituals of the highest quality, designed to relax, restore and revitalise you. The authentic African design has been integrated with, and inspired by, the abundance of nature that surrounds the lodge. Activities include game drives and sundowner cruises on the Chobe River.

Elephant Valley Lodge The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Elephant Valley Lodge is located in the Kasane Forest, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park. The 20 Meru-styled tents are situated around well manicured lawns or along the edge of the valley. Elephants move around the camp boundary, along their well-worn paths to and from the Chobe River. Each of the tents features twin beds, en-suite shower and toilet, mini-safe and a fan. Open guest areas, a secluded hide and a refreshing swimming pool complete the lodge, which lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorn trees. Within these tree tops, the largest colony of white back vultures abide. Being situated within a game-rich reserve affords you wonderful game sightings; from the open landrover safaris into the Chobe to the boat cruises along the Chobe River.

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INTRODUCTION / Namibia

Namibia This is a country of arid landscapes, stark coastlines, massive sand dunes and exceptional beauty. The ancient lake-bed of Etosha National Park is home to a variety of wildlife and the coastline is rich in shipwrecks, diamond mines and thousands of seals. Visit the south, where sand dunes harbor an amazing ecosystem of creatures, or travel north to the home of the traditional Himba tribes.

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Etosha is an apparently-endless pan of silvery-white sand, upon which dust-devils play whilst mirages blur the horizon. Etosha National Park is a hive of activity during the dry season, when gigantic herds of animals can be seen moving across some of the most startling and photogenic safari backdrops in the world.

Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland

This is home to the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous desertadapted elephants and black rhino; also a few small communities who benefit from tourism in to the area. Walk amongst the granite domes in the south to find caves and shelters adorned by a wealth of Bushman rock art. View one of the largest sheets of ancient lava in the world.

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The remote northwest of Namibia, known as Kaokoland, is home to dramatic scenery, small populations of game and the Himba people. Beside it lies the equally-remote coastline of the Skeleton Coast. Fly-in safaris are the only way to explore this region. Inland from the coast, Kaokoland is a huge, scenic wilderness.

The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular sand dunes are more than 984 feet high, making them the tallest in the world. Here you will find dead acacia trees that mark old courses of the river, now dried up. Some of these have been dated at over 500 years old.

Helpful Information Getting Around: Roads are mostly excellent but distances from north to south of the country are great. Very good place to hire a car or 4WD, depending on where you wish to travel. There are charter flight companies and the small group air safaris come highly recommended. Wildlife: Etosha is excellent for viewing elephant, lion and rhino. Visit the seal colony on the Skeleton Coast and look for jackal and brown hyena. Search for the desert-adapted elephant in the Namib Desert or flocks of flamingo near Walvis Bay. Currency: The Namibian Dollar is the local currency but the South African Rand is also used. Credit cards are widely accepted at lodges. Climate: April to June have warm days and cool nights. July to September offer beautiful days but cold nights in the deserts. November to February are very hot, but with refreshing showers. Language: Although English is the official language you will frequently hear German, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Herero and the Khoisan (San) languages. Africa Answers


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Experience the amazing contrasts found in Namibia; the red dunes and pale pans of the Namib Desert, the rocky outcrops and elephants of Damaraland and the oasis of the Kunene River surrounded by mountains and plains. '$<ʘ Depart from Windhoek to spend two nights exploring Sossusvlei, while taking in the splendor of the towering red dunes of the Namib Desert. (D,B,L,D) '$<ʘExperience a scenic three hour flight over the Namib Desert for a different view of the desert and the Skeleton Coast’s spectacular topography, before deviating inland to northern Damaraland for two nights. (B,L,D) '$< ʘ Experience a scenic flight over the Namib Desert to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north-west of Namibia to the intimate Serra Cafema Camp, scenically poised along the lush banks of the Kunene River. (B,L,D) DAY 7: Return to Windhoek by charter flight. (B)

7 Day Best of Namibia Enjoy this seven day fly-in safari through the best areas of Namibia; the Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes, the rugged topography of Damaraland and the wildlife-filled Etosha National Park. '$<ʘTravel by light aircraft from Windhoek to Sossusvlei, your base for the next two nights. Activities include early morning excursions in 4WDs to see Sossusvlei’s magnificent dunes and the vlei itself. (D,B,L,D) '$<ʘFly over the dunes of the Namib and Sossusvlei to Meob Bay on the Atlantic coast, and up the Skeleton Coast. Stop at Walvis Bay for a boat trip, then head for Pelican Point, home of a large seal colony. Overnight at Damaraland. (B,L,D) '$<ʘ Fly by light aircraft from Damaraland to Etosha National Park, boasting great concentrations of game, especially in the dry winter months. Activities include game drives, bush walks and game viewing. (B,L,D) DAY 7: Depart Ongava for your flight back to Windhoek. (B)

Chobe Savanna Lodge Experience a unique hideaway at Chobe Savanna Lodge, situated on the peaceful Namibian banks of the Chobe River. Adjacent to the National Park, Chobe Savanna Lodge is set on a peninsula of Namibia’s eastern Caprivi Strip and is only accessible by boat from Kasane in Botswana (approximately one hour). Chobe Savanna Lodge’s riverside location ensures that you have a host of waterbased activities to enjoy, while the National Park offers the largest concentration of elephants on earth. Watch in awe as these gentle giants bathe, swim and frolic in the river, right before your eyes. Large numbers of hippo and crocodile line the river bank, and the area is home to vast numbers of Cape buffalo. The lodge’s situation on the remote western stretch of the river makes it an ideal location for photographs, bird-watching and catch-and-release tiger and bream fishing.

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Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Impalila Island Lodge The rush of the Mambova Rapids casts a soft blanket of sound over Impalila Island Lodge. Located close to the junction of four countries â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe - near the meeting place of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, Impalila Island Lodge is a waterâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; bound wonderland.

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River, just one kilometre (half a mile) away from Popa Falls, fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru (Little Paradise). Enjoy an exquisite view over the Okavango River, with excellent opportunities for bird watching.

The eight luxury en-suite chalets have river views and are fitted with a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom and ceiling fans.

The lodge features comfortable chalets, bush bar, restaurant, swimming pool and a viewing deck overlooking the Okavango River. Activities include boat cruises to view hippo and crocodiles and game viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve.

Encounter Africa's big game and birdlife by boat, or challenge the legendary tigerfish on fly. Here lies promise of excitement by day and tranquility by night.

Wilderness Safaris Diverse Namibia Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring key areas of this vast country, complete with exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions, and the only private access to Sossusvlei. Take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Throughout the Exploration are interspersed activities such as scenic walks, mountain biking, visiting the spectacular and ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and rhino tracking, along with optional hot air ballooning and horse-riding. '$<Ę&#x2DC; Drive from Windhoek to Kulala Adventurer Camp. '$<Ę&#x2DC;Transfer by road to Hansa Hotel in Swakopmund. '$<Ę&#x2DC; Drive via Cape Cross seal colony to Damaraland Adventurer Camp. '$<Ę&#x2DC;Road transfer to Andersson's Camp. DAY 10: Drive to Windhoek.

Wilderness Safaris Desert & Dune Your journey begins at the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei and includes tracking black rhino at Desert Rhino Camp; this exciting safari takes in the dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast and its historic remnants of shipwrecks, seal colonies and other incredible desert wonders. DAYS 1 & 2: From Windhoek, road transfer to Kulala Desert Lodge, Kulala Wilderness Reserve. '$<6 Scenic flight (weather permitting) to Swakopmund and stay at Hansa Hotel. DAY 5: Road transfer up the Skeleton Coast to Terrace Bay Lodge. DAYS 6 & 7: Continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Palmwag Concession. '$<6 Road transfer to Desert Rhino Camp. DAY 10: Transfer to Doro Nawas to return by light aircraft to Windhoek.

Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia, on the banks of the Kunene River. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is reachable by a three-hour light aircraft trip from Windhoek. Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas, perched on elevated decks. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom and ceiling fan. Activities at Serra Cafema revolve around the exploration of surrounding Namib Desert sands, the lush oases along the river, nature drives and carefully guided quad-bike excursions through the fragile dunes. Boating on the Kunene River provides you with the opportunity to venture through the lush riverside oases. Walking in the remote mountain valleys is also a highlight, as it takes you to a Himba settlement to visit one of the last true nomadic people in Africa. The phenomenon of fairy circles is best viewed here.

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Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, arguably the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia. The camp consists of ten adobe-styled, thatched units, each raised on individual wooden decking, part of which extends out to form a large viewing deck, offering magnificent vistas. Each tent has en-suite facilities. An open campfire and outdoor boma can be enjoyed during calm evenings, with superb stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies. Activities at Damaraland Camp revolve around exploring the Haub River system, featuring guided nature drives and walks. Morning and afternoon drives in search of desert-adapted elephant are a great favorite. Gemsbok, kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah, elephant and black rhino can be spotted. Interesting flora can be viewed on the way to some of Africa's best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings.

Desert Rhino Camp Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees. Accommodation is provided in the form of eight Meru-style canvas tents. Raised from the ground on a wooden deck, each tent features an en-suite bathroom. The tented dining and living area and plunge pool offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains. Activities at Desert Rhino Camp focus on rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle, and the efforts to conserve these last free-roaming individuals of their species. The region's freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and occasionally seen predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena.

Ongava Tented Camp Located in the much-lauded Ongava Game Reserve to the south of the Etosha National Park, Ongava Tented Camp overlooks a nearby waterhole to which a plethora of wildlife congregates to drink. Constructed from stone, canvas and thatch, Ongava Tented Camp accommodates 16 guests in eight large and comfortable Meru-style tents, all with en-suite facilities, open air and indoor showers and private verandas. Ongava's proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the National Park and on Ongava Reserve itself. Visiting hides that overlook waterholes, bird watching and walks with experienced guides are also some of the activities offered. The Ongava Game Reserve features much of the characteristic wildlife of the area, with both desert adapted black and white rhino to be seen, as well as lion.

Little Ongava Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole, Little Ongava is known for its panoramic vistas of the surrounding savannah. With only three spacious and luxurious units, Little Ongava really does offer an intimate and exclusive experience. Each unit features its own plunge pool, a sala, and an en-suite bathroom. Activities at Little Ongava revolve around day and night drives, visiting hides, and walks. The Ongava Game Reserve features all the characteristic wildlife of the area, with both desert adapted black and white rhino to be seen, as well as lion.

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WINDHOEK, SWAKOPMUND & SOUTHERN NAMIBIA ACCOMMODATION / Namibia

Windhoek Country Club Resort Windhoek Country Club Resort boasts a unique combination of exceptional service and luxury accommodation, placed in a magical and tranquil setting. Located on the outskirts of Windhoek city center, the Windhoek Country Club Resort offers 151 rooms, including a wheelchair-accessible room. For stylish comfort, try one of the Hollywood twin rooms, or for a more pampered experience, one of the executive suites is a lovely treat. The luxury suites, ideal for the more discerning traveler, will more than satisfy any expectations of lavish luxury. For those wishing to experience comfort, convenience and indulgence, the presidential suites offer the ultimate experience in sumptuous living. Experience the pulse of Windhoek from the comfort on this beautifully-appointed resort.

Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Center From the rugged, desolate beauty of the Namib Desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience. The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Center is no exception. Built in and around the old German Station Building, this charming hotel strikes the perfect balance between architectural beauty and first-world class. All 89 rooms are bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style, and most have a view of the pool terrace. All rooms have mini-bar, individual air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, bathroom with bath and shower, direct-dial telephone, electric razor plug (100/200V), and hair-dryer. Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Center features the Mermaid Casino, which boasts a variety of games including American roulette, stud poker, blackjack, slot machines and the latest interactive video slot machines.

Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge Hidden at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous dunes, mountainous scenery, and vast open plains, makes it the most spectacular. The camp comprises thatched and canvas 'kulalas' with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes, and has a deck on the rooftop where bed-rolls are placed for you to sleep under the stars. The main area, with African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking a waterhole. You will be impressed with the overwhelming magnitude and tranquillity of the desert, and activities that include private tours to Sossusvlei, horse riding, hot-air ballooning, scenic nature walks, eco-sensitive guided quad-biking and drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna.

Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala This acclaimed desert retreat is situated amongst camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The 11 climate-controlled villas merge impeccably into the desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and innovative bleached decks, each with a private plunge pool. Each villa has a rooftop ‘skybed’ for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided drives to the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei, through the only private gate into the reserve. Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Exploring Kulala itself is also very rewarding. Another option, at an extra cost, is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. The balloon safari offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.

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

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The coastal town of Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a chain of four large islands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the two biggest being Bazaruto and Benguerra. Access is a short flight from Vilanculos. A marine national park covers most of the archipelago, protecting the exquisite marine life where fishing, snorkeling and diving is available.

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Formerly known as Lourenco Marques, Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and a working port city. Maputo is a vibrant, colorful, African city where the roads are lined with makeshift stalls, old colonial buildings and modern office blocks. There is a good choice of hotels and excellent restaurants.

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In the far north of Mozambique lies the country's largest conservation area, Niassa Reserve. Bordering Tanzania, Niassa has good game populations and offers vast untouched wilderness with very few people. This region is only accessible in the dry season, from June to mid December, and is for the adventurous traveler.

Fly into the port city of Pemba, then it is a short hop to this fabulous string of islands. The Archipelago is a necklace of 32 coral islands with a range of beachside accommodation and activities. This unspoiled marine sanctuary includes some of the richest coral reefs in the world, with an array of colorful sea life.

Helpful Information Getting Around: International flights arrive into Maputo, Vilanculos and Beira from South Africa, whilst domestic airlines service Pemba, with charters being available. It is not recommended to hire a car. Wildlife: There is limited wildlife but along the coast it is the coral reefs with colorful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugong that are the stars. Currency: Local currency is the Metical but Rand and US Dollars are accepted in tourist areas as are credit cards and travelers cheques. Climate: The climate, influenced by monsoons from the Indian Ocean and the hot current from the Mozambique Channel, is generally tropical and humid. The rainy season is from October to April. Language: The official language is Portuguese and in tourist areas people speak some English. In rural areas you may hear one of the other 42 languages spoken.

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Machungulo Beach Lodge Untamed and untouched, the southern Mozambican coastline plays host to a unique battle between the Indian Ocean and the estuaries of Maputo Bay. Machangulo Beach Lodge is located at the center of this grand battle, the channel between Inhaca Island and the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula. The ever-present conflict between tides energizes the atmosphere and adds to the magic of this unspoiled and mysterious place. The Lodge looks out over phenomenal scenery; endless white beaches, pristine dune forests, estuaries bursting with life and a pristine wide open ocean - all in energetic harmony. Hidden amid extraordinary dunes and natural forests, Machangulo Beach Lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere, keeping guests calmly protected from the epic nature outside. Your boat journey through the endless channels of the bay ends on the Lodge's secluded beach.

Dugong Beach Lodge Kick off your shoes, get the sea-sand between your toes, relax and enjoy the endless, unprecedented natural beauty. Discover the tranquility and unspoiled paradise of Dugong Beach Lodge, situated within the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the spectacular San Sabastião peninsula in Mozambique. This diverse ecosystem of wilderness and wetland, with its powder-white beaches and crystal clear water, is host to a magnificent array of beautiful creatures including leatherback turtle, dolphin, flamingos, pelicans and most importantly, it is one of the few sites in the world where the near-extinct dugong is found. The lodge offers 14 comfortable, air-conditioned chalets, with direct access to the beach via individual walkways. Each chalet has a private deck and access to a sala furnished with day beds for relaxation or private dinners.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa Fulfill your escapist dreams on the paradise private island of Bazaruto, in a jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. With few distractions to interrupt your stay at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, you can completely lose yourself in dazzling natural beauty, peaceful island life and unforgettable experiences. Relish a host of luxury comforts in the boutique collection of 44 beach, sea view and pool villas, which have been designed in natural harmony with the unspoiled island surrounds. Stroll along powdery white sands, or canter along the beach on horseback. Explore a secluded world of lush tropical plants and exotic wildlife, traditional local villages and freshwater lakes, surrounded by the translucent blue of the Indian Ocean. Discover some of the world’s best scuba diving and fishing opportunities. Master windsurfing, water skiing and wake boarding, or set out in search of dancing dolphins and gentle whales.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa True hedonistic pleasure awaits you at the romantic, exclusive island getaway of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa. Set like a jewel within the glittering Quirimbas Archipelago, this small private island is just under half a mile long and 1,640 feet wide. Anantara Medjumbe’s 12 beach villas blend into the natural environment and front onto dazzlingly white sands and a translucent sea. Each thatched villa offers airconditioned luxury and a private plunge pool, whilst a hammock ensures essential respite. Guest facilities are exclusive and subtle, designed to provide the privacy that guests are seeking. The island's pristine marine environment offers some of the finest diving in the world with untouched coral reefs and an astounding diversity of marine species found in the crystal clear, warm waters. Take delight delight in fishing, snorkeling, skiing, kayaking or simply exploring unspoiled beaches.

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Kenya Explore the regions of Samburu, Meru and Laikipia - home of the Samburu tribes and wildlife such as the gerenuk. Fly to the Rift Valley lakes of Naivasha or Nakuru to see flamingos, hippos and amazing birdlife. Amboseli offers elephant herds with snow-topped Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. End with the famous Masai Mara, home to the migration of over two million wildebeest.

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The drier central area of the country known for the Samburu people and their culture, especially their colorful dances and clothing. This area has excellent safari lodges with wildlife, especially the species unique to the region such as Grevyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zebra, the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and the Beissa oryx.

Rift Valley Lakes and The Coast Visit Lake Nakuru or Bogoria for the shimmer of pink around the edges, caused by thousands of flamingos. Lake Naivasha is wonderful for birds and wildlife. Visit the island of Lamu, off the coast, for sandy beaches, barefoot luxury accommodation, fresh seafood, diving and the Arabic heritage.

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

Masai Mara Famous for its rolling savanna and the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and the predators that follow. Outside this phenomenon there are many resident wildlife species that make the Mara their home all year-round. A wide range of accommodation is available, as are opportunities to visit a Masai village.

Helpful Information Getting Around: As the country is so diverse the best way to get around is by scheduled light aircraft flights, or in specially modified safari vehicles with a driver/guide, on a private or escorted basis. Wildlife: Kenya is the land of 'Out of Africa' â&#x20AC;&#x201C; scenes of soda-encrusted Rift Valley Lakes rimmed with pink flamingos, scrubby desert terrain with Samburu tribesmen and their camels, and for the epitome of those TV documentaries, don't miss the flat open grasslands of the Masai Mara, home to a huge variety of wildlife. Currency: The Kenyan Shilling is the local currency and is good for buying handicrafts. US Dollars and credit cards are accepted in lodges and some bigger souvenir shops. Climate: True Equatorial climate but it can be cool at higher altitudes. The rainy seasons are April and May and then November. Language: Swahili is the main language but English is spoken, to varying degrees, unless you really get off the beaten track.

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8 Day Kenya Horizons

Kenya Horizons offers an in-depth look at an extraordinarily diverse range of animals and scenery, making this one of the most popular safaris in Kenya. From gerenuk in the Samburu, to the great flying raptors of the Mara, this safari is always exhilarating. DAY 1: You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to The Sarova Stanley Hotel. DAY 2: Heading north after an early breakfast, you will pass near Thika and continue north. After Nanyuki town, continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo. From here it's a fairly short hop to Shaba, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning back to the lodge as the sun sets. (B,L,D) '$< Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Relax for the remainder of the morning. After lunch join another game drive before returning to the lodge. (B,L,D) DAY 4: Depart Shaba Game Reserve after breakfast and travel south into the forests of the Aberdare Mountain range arriving at Mountain Lodge for lunch. This is a tree lodge set in a forest glade with a waterhole that attracts all sorts of wildlife during the day and night. The waterhole is floodlit and there is an underground viewing platform. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: An early morning start takes you north-west as you head for Nyahururu. Continue in a southerly direction to the spectacular Lake Nakuru. Once in the park, there will be a game drive en route to the lodge. Following lunch, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. (B,L,D) DAY 6: After breakfast leave the flamingo fringed Lake Nakuru behind and head to Narok, the gateway to the Masai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. You will arrive in the Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. (B,L,D) DAY 7: Early morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara. (B,L,D) DAY 8: Depart the Masai Mara after breakfast and head back to Nairobi arriving around midday. (B)

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House of Waine is an 11-bedroom property positioned on over two acres of land, that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa, in an exclusive and serene setting. This family-owned and run boutique hotel is located in the peace and quiet of Karen, a suburb of Nairobi, and still retains much of the charm of a family home. You are assured of a relaxed and informal atmosphere, where you can be free to do as much or as little as you like. You will find Eco-friendly bathroom amenities, tea/coffee-making facilities, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar in each room, as well as direct dial telephones, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with satellite and local channels, even fresh flowers and cookies that are delivered daily to your room. Each of the 11 individually-styled rooms has been named to reflect its theme, ensuring that no two rooms are alike.

Sarova Stanley Sarova Stanley, Kenya’s first luxury hotel, has always occupied a special place in Nairobi’s heart. From the day it opened its doors in 1902, it has been making history by hosting royal safaris, ground-breaking business events and a long line of legendary personalities. From the grandeur of heritage suites, to the chic sophistication of the club rooms, even the contemporary functionality of the deluxe rooms, Sarova Stanley has a fine range of accommodation to choose from. Savor a delicious meal at the legendary Thorn Tree Café, previously known as Nairobi’s first post office, or the casual-dining Pool Deck Restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant is reputed to be the finest in Thai cuisine within the region, being one of only two Thai restaurants in Africa to be awarded the Thai Select accreditation. The Exchange Bar is an elegantly decadent, plush lounge bar and was once home to the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

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

Sarova Mara Game Camp Sarova Mara Game Camp offers luxurious tented accommodation with the promise of a legendary Kenyan safari. The camp has 75 tents, which include 51 standard tents, 20 club tents and two family units. The tents are equipped with an en-suite bathroom and a deck for outdoor seating. Guests have a private balcony with views of the game reserve and a magnificent fish pond. The Isokon Restaurant features international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An amazing range of bush dining options are available and are a must at least once during your stay. Enjoy live guitar music and sundowners at the bar, whilst sitting around a log fire. The tented lodge offers a range of animation and recreational facilities. Choose from swimming, Tulia Wellness massages, a putting green, kayaking, catch and release fishing, archery as well as a soccer or volleyball game with the hotel staff.

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Elephant Pepper Camp Hidden in a grove of Elephant Pepper trees, overlooking the Masai Mara plains, teeming with wildlife, Elephant Pepper Camp is in a prime game viewing area. In the same location for over 20 years, the camp is one of the original, very small and exclusive tented camps, located away from other lodges, in the heart of the African bush in the privately managed Mara North Conservancy. Return to the traditional safari experience of starlit nights, camp fire tales and hurricane lamps. Set up in the early 80’s by Cheli & Peacock, this magical camp maintains the atmosphere of the traditional, mobile luxury safari. One of only 12 gold eco-rated camps in Kenya, Elephant Pepper brings people back to nature; at night the stars shine out, undimmed by harsh lighting, and guests are cosseted with traditional and modern comforts - delicious Northern-Italian cuisine and a camp fire at night, listening to the night sounds of lion, leopard and hyena foraging and hunting within metres of camp. Elephant Pepper Camp features eight brand-new luxurious double/ twin tents, as well as two beautiful honeymoon tents, which are spacious enough to be converted into family tents. From fiercely contested croquet matches in the lazy afternoons to walks identifying tracks, learning to use a handmade bow and arrow, and making a caste of lion tracks, Elephant Pepper is an ideal destination for families. All tents are furnished with exquisite campaign furniture, featuring en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and running water, a private verandah with a hammock and stunning views over the savannah. The camp also has a wooden deck and a new, second mess tent, perfect for sundowners and private dining! Personal wake up calls, tea and freshly-baked biscuits will ease you out of bed for an early morning game drive in an open 4WD vehicle or a thrilling guided bush walk across the savannah.

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp & Mara Homestead Combining 'Out of Africa' with a Hemingway novel is to experience and visualize one of the original safari camps in Kenya, Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp. The Cottar family has been guiding safaris for over five generations. Drawing on almost a century of safari service, the family has taken many guests, including royalty, on countless wilderness adventures. A leader in wildlife conservation and community partnerships, Cottar’s Camp received the Zeitz Foundation’s Global Ecosphere Retreat Certification as well as the impressive Gold Eco Rating in 2014. The camp returns to the original spirit and essence of 'safari', reminiscent of a golden era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance. Styled with authentic 1920's artifacts and antiques, the camp provides a luxurious safari experience with modern services, making guests comfortably at-home, while the lavish white canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms offer sweeping views across endless savannah plains. The camp features six luxurious double tents, four spacious family tents and one honeymoon tent. Additional to Cottar’s 1920’s Camp, a high-end private house is also available for guests. Cottar's Private Mara Homestead is ideal for those that want absolute privacy combined with dedicated staff, award-winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife. The only private luxury home in the Masai Mara, Cottar's Homestead features five en-suite bedrooms, a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck and a brand new, large swimming pool. Cottar's Camp and House are situated in an exclusive concession between the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Loliondo reserves. This area has been untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning client a guarantee of privacy. Recently Cottar's launched its unique 'Masai Warrior School Program', offering a wonderful experience for the entire family!

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Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 646 square miles of unspoiled wilderness. Staying at one of the Governor’s Camps puts you right in the heart of the action. All the Governors' Camps are located inside the Masai Mara National Reserve, with all its fascinating sights and sounds. All the guides are highly trained, enthusiastic experts, who know this area of the Masai Mara and its wildlife like their home. A fleet of custom built 4WD vehicles, specifically designed for wildlife viewing in this terrain, are used to explore the area. Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of the experienced and qualified naturalists, for the true thrill of the bush. Walking safaris take place in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, where the scenery differs from inside the Reserve and picturesque acacia trees dot the hilly landscape.

Location: In the heart of the most spectacular wildlife viewing areas of Kenya. Getting There: Accessible by scheduled services or private charters. Highlights: Incredible location, animals frequently wandering through the camp, style of properties and commitment to service excellence.

Governors' Camp

Just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve is a traditional Masai community called Mara Rianda. There is a traditional Masai homestead or manyatta which consists of 48 traditional houses, surrounding a cattle enclosure. Visit this manyatta if you are interested in Masai culture and would like to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries.

Governors' IL Moran Camp

Embark on an adventure at Africa’s first luxury tented safari camp, created in 1972, along the banks of the Mara River. Explore a site that was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s Colonial Governors, and experience an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era; share in the beauty that inspired Hemingway and magnetised adventurers the world over.

Little Governors' Camp

This is perfect for those who want that extra bit of luxury and an intimate safari experience. The camp comprises ten plush tented suites, hidden in the shadow of ancient trees, along the banks of the Mara River. Features include hand carved beds, created from selected wood from fallen, ancient olive trees, private verandas and Victorian baths.

Governors’ Balloon Safaris

The camp is intimate, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents, tucked around a large watering hole teeming with birds and wildlife. To reach the camp you need to cross the Mara River by boat, before setting off on an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Discover why Little Governors’ Camp enthrals all who visit - from honeymooners to Presidents.

The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the balloon rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you’re on a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective! Indulge in the stillness as you float above the plains, then toast your return to earth with a delicious champagne breakfast.

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club Straddling the equator at the heart of the country, Mount Kenya - the sacred peak of a long extinct volcano - gave Kenya its name. A humbling sight, its snow-crowned peaks give way to verdant forests full of wildlife. Nestled in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya, and with a history as rich and evocative as the surrounding landscape, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a snapshot of Africa from a bygone era. Spread over 98 acres of manicured lawns, tranquil streams and landscaped gardens, and with spectacular views of Mount Kenya in the distance, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club provides peaceful respite after a day of adventure. A variety of game can be spotted from the hotel's viewing platform. In addition to safari pursuits you can also relax by the outdoor swimming pool, be pampered with a spa treatment, play a round or two of golf, or try your luck at fishing.

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

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Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Richards Camp

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is built along the Lion Hill, overlooking the spectacular Lake Nakuru. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favorite with residents and visitors to Kenya.

On Kenya’s Masai Mara, Richard Roberts (cofounder of MEP) owns and manages two luxury camps, River Camp, Mara North Conservancy and Forest Camp, Ol Choro Conservancy. River Camp, extensively rebuilt in 2013, comprises six beautifully-appointed tents and a suite, set in 75 acres of privately owned land, built with minimum impact on the environment and committed to sustainability.

The lodge has 67 luxury chalets, divided into 64 standard rooms and three suites. Each chalet offers private patios with panoramic views of Lake Nakuru. The park is a sanctuary to over 450 species of birds, and great wildlife. You will enjoy seeing plentiful game through a self-driven or guided safari. To relax, have a refreshing dip in the pool or a massage.

Forest Camp, comprising six tents, reopened in June 2014, following refurbishment. The resident game in the area is exceptional as well as a great place to experience the Loita migration.

Lewa Safari Camp Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within the prolific Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, sprawling over the Laikipia plains, with outstanding game viewing from camp and unsurpassed views of Mount Kenya to the south. Popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers, Lewa Safari Camp hit the headlines with tales of Royal romance. Underpinning the glamor is a serious mission: Lewa Safari Camp pioneered pragmatic conservation in the 1970's, developing a world-renowned, successful rhino conservation habitat. Wildlife viewing is spectacular here, with lion, leopard, cheetah and jackal thriving on the rich diversity of prey. The 65,000 acre conservancy is home to ten percent of Kenya's black rhino and 15 percent of Kenya’s white rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy's zebra in the world. The conservancy also holds a substantial population of sitatunga – a spectacular aquatic antelope, which is extremely rare in Kenya. The small camp features 11 Double / Twin tents and two Family Tents, all with en-suite bathrooms, running water, and private verandahs, making it an ideal retreat for couples and families. Beautifully designed in the typical ‘Lewa’ style, the camp offers you an adventure of a lifetime, with a wide range of activities including horse and camel riding, guided bush walks, game drives, excursions to Ngare Ndare Forest as well as quad bike day trips. Within the lush green gardens, the giraffe design pool has bar service and board games as well as table tennis. There are sunbeds and a shaded lounge area, perfect for reading and relaxing during the day. Managed by Cheli & Peacock, Lewa Safari Camp is an integral part of and the only camp owned by the conservancy, meaning that profits are reinvested into the conservancy’s vital conservation and community work.

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Heralded as a ‘biological bonanza’ by BBC News, the Mathews Mountain Range hosts a glorious patch of montane rainforest, which has flourished within a mini eco-system, referred to as a ‘sky-island’. Here, it is not unusual to see trees that grow to over 200 feet. Kitich Camp is the only camp within the forest, nestled in a verdant grove of fig trees, indigenous flowering shrubs and prehistoric cycad palms, on the bank of the seasonal Ngeng River. Floodlit at night, it is the perfect spot to watch wildlife emerge from the dusk. Everything about Kitich Camp has been left as natural as possible. Because of the pristine wilderness, Kitich Camp exclusively focuses on walking within the forest. By day guests explore forest trails and swim in crystal clear mountain streams, while local Samburu guides share their knowledge of the abundant hardwood trees, cycads, orchids, birds and butterflies. The Mathews forest is a stronghold for a wide range of species, including Melanistic leopard, also known as the black panther, elephant, lion, leopard, greater kudu, buffalo, the rare De Brazza monkey, Colobus monkey, waterbuck, giant forest hogs and Africa’s endangered wild dog. At night the atmosphere is magical, when the glade is lit for you to watch the cautious trail of nocturnal visitors such as elephant, bushbuck, and buffalo coming to drink and hunt by the river. With only six en-suite tents, spaced out under a dense tree canopy, this camp is one of the last classic forest camps in Africa; low-key, but offering old-fashioned safari comforts like soft fresh linen, comfortable double beds, iced drinks, gracious dining and one of the most exceptional safari experiences in Africa. Enjoy sundowners by the camp fire and delicious dinners in a bush-home setting at Kitich Camp. Meals feature a distinctly Italian influence, a signature of all Cheli & Peacock properties.

Joy's Camp An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu; Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve, where the author and early conservationist released her beloved leopard, Penny, their story immortalised in Joy’s last book: Queen of Shaba. Voted the Best Sustainable Hotel in Africa, Joy’s Camp is one of only eight gold eco-rated camps in Kenya. The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo. Joy’s Camp is the best destination to see spectacular and rare wildlife species such as aardwolf, striped hyena, leopard and cheetah as well as to enjoy the extraordinarily varied bird life which makes Shaba the ultimate birder’s paradise. At Joy’s, Boran tribal design combines with modern safari chic. The ten lavish en-suite tents comprise of billowing pale canvas with wide verandas, where vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes decorate the generous interiors. During lunchtime, gaze over the camp’s neighboring lush springs teaming with elephant, buffalo and other plains game. After nightfall, while enjoying dinner, you will look out over the floodlit springs, where lion and other predators take advantage of the early evening darkness to hunt. Activities at Joy’s Camp include exciting day & night game drives in open 4WD vehicles, guided walks along the springs or the Ewaso Nyiro river gorge, bird watching, cultural visits, or a swim in the refreshing pool with spectacular views of the surroundings. Built by Cheli & Peacock, Joy’s Camp is the perfect choice for discerning travelers interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as those looking for an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury-tented camp in true African Wilderness!

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Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

Sirikoi Lodge

Deep in the North Country of Kenya is Shaba National Reserve, and in the middle of this desert of volcanic earth lies Sarova Shaba Game Lodge – Kenya’s best kept secret! The Lodge is built around the natural terrain of this breathtaking oasis, and is attractively laid-out with Chaletstyle rooms, overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. Natural spring water has been harnessed to ribbon its way in and out, all around the Lodge, creating a beautiful ambiance.

Sirikoi Lodge, founded in 2005, is set in the heart of the Lewa Conservancy, offering four luxury tents, Sirikoi Cottage and Sirikoi House. Sirikoi House sleeps six guests in an exclusive setting, complete with a private chef and exclusive-use vehicle. The house has three bedrooms and a private main area, with beautiful views over Lewa. Sirikoi Cottage sleeps four guests; the bedrooms are interconnected through a shared living area, making it ideal for families or small groups. Enjoy private dining and the exclusive use of a game drive vehicle.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge offers a unique experience that extends beyond game drives in the reserve, and has a plethora of activities.

Elsa's Kopje Just six miles north of the equator, on top of Mughwango Hill, is Elsa’s Kopje – an award-winning boutique lodge with wide vistas and such imaginative architecture that it captures your heart immediately. Named after ‘Elsa the lioness’ of ‘Born Free’ fame, the lodge is built above George Adamson’s original campsite in Meru National Park. Named one of the 20 best Safari Lodges in Africa in Andrew Harper's Readers Choice Awards, Elsa’s Kopje seamlessly blends into the rocky crags of the 'kopje', and the natural features of the rocky hillside are delicately incorporated into the uniquely designed cottages, each one of them being the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’. Elsa’s Kopje has undergone a major refurbishment in 2014 and now features six Deluxe Cottages, three Honeymoon Cottages and one Family Cottage. Elsa’s Private House is an exclusive hideaway, set slightly apart from the main lodge with its own infinity pool, garden, dining and lounge area. As Elsa’s is the only fully operating lodge in Meru, guests have virtually the entire park to themselves to explore the true wilderness of Africa! Meru National Park is popular for its incredible diversity of natural habitats and wildlife, including the Big Five and many rare species endemic to Kenya’s north. It also features East Africa’s largest rhino sanctuary, making it the best high-end location to view black and white rhino in their natural habitat. It is possible to pass from savannah, through woodlands, palm and riverine forests and into wetlands in a single game drive. Activities include game drives, bush walks, bush meals, sundowners, massages and spa treatments, cultural visits and line fishing, as well as excursions to Tana River and several sites of interest for Born Free fans. Built by Cheli & Peacock, Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa.

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Tortilis Camp is small luxury eco-lodge in Amboseli and the only property of its size in Africa to run 100 percent on solar power! Tortilis is away from other lodges, on the unspoiled western boundary of the National Park, closest to the mountain. In a unique setting, the camp is widely regarded as the prime location for witnessing the majesty of Africa’s largest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is also known for its magnificent herds of elephants – over 1500 resident elephants live within the larger Amboseli eco-system. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland. Tortilis Camp features 16 spacious tents, with king or twin beds, elegant en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs. Additionally, the camp features a stunning Family Tent and the recentlyrefurbished, spectacular Private House, making it the ideal safari destination for families! Each unit comes with an en-suite master bedroom and twin room, as well as a private lounge and dining area. The Family Tent and Private House are located away from other tents and share a swimming pool, with the most stunning views over Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy game drives, guided bush walks and scrumptious bush meals shared inside the National Park, or within Tortilis Camp's private 30,000 acre game concession. The private Kitirua Conservancy offers guests the chance to get up close with Amboseli’s famous elephants, some of the finest 'tuskers' to be found in Kenya. The guides at Tortilis know the individual elephants and their family history, and are able to get very close to the habituated herds. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs. The camp also has a spa and a common swimming pool.

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa One of East Africa's finest resorts, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa is situated north of Mombasa town on one of the longest beachfronts on the Kenyan coast. Set over 22 acres of naturally landscaped grounds, the resort has a unique ambiance suited for an ultimate leisure retreat. The resort has 338 rooms in different categories. All rooms and suites have been tastefully furnished and offer spectacular ocean, pool or garden views. Guests can choose from three superb themed restaurants and a choice of three bars. The resort has a choice of five free-form outdoor swimming pools, a PADI certified diving school, a water-sports center, four flood-lit tennis courts, a full service spa with an outdoor ocean facing treatment areas and Jacuzzi as well as a fully-equipped fitness gym. The resort has facilities for the entire family, with a wide range of indoor and outdoor kids activities planned throughout the day.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge offers a truly exclusive bush experience, being situated in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, a private conservancy of 28,000 acres, located at the foot of the Taita Hills and adjacent to Tsavo West National Park. The lodge is a unique concept, consisting of 96 rooms elevated on stilts, each overlooking a waterhole and linked by suspended walkways. To add to the charm, the soft, fine linen, huge beds and thick white towels quietly whisper romance. All bedrooms have mosquito netting and a ceiling fan.

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INTRODUCTION / Tanzania

Tanzania A wonderful destination offering a great variety of animals, birds, scenery, islands and cultural experiences. Visit the Serengeti, famous for the migration, the nearby extinct caldera of Ngorongoro Crater, and interact with the colorful Maasai. For the energetic, climb Mount Kilimanjaro! Visit Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika and Selous Game Reserve and, of course, exotic Zanzibar.

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The Serengeti is home year-round to a myriad of wildlife and game viewing here is magnificent, not just over the migration periods. Visitors to the Crater are limited, to enhance the experience. See rhino, lion, elephant and everything except giraffe who can’t negotiate the steep paths to the Crater floor.

Mahale Mountains

An enormous, little-known game reserve with World Heritage-listing. The Rufiji River flows through the northern part of the reserve and it is here that the wildlife accumulates including great herds of elephant and pods of hippo. The local giraffe population is large, hence the nickname 'Giraffic Park'!

Zanzibar Island

Mahale Mountains National Park is among the least accessible, least visited and most beautiful parks on the African continent. Home to around 700 resident chimpanzees. You will also find clear, blue water in Lake Tanganyika, clean sandy beaches and tangled rainforest on the slopes of the mountains.

Zanzibar can be described as a rustic, idyllic paradise, steeped in history, culture and spicy intrigue. Marvel at the Arabic architecture in Stonetown and exotic spice markets, or visit other islands in the Zanzibar Archipelago – Mafia Island, Pemba Island and Mnemba are still untainted.

Helpful Information Getting Around: This is a huge country, from mountains and lakes in the west, through the central savannah areas, to the coastline and island of Zanzibar, and the best way to get around is to fly or in specially modified safari vehicles with a driver/guide, on a private or escorted basis. Wildlife: Impressive wildlife on the Serengeti grasslands and in Ngorongoro Crater at all times of the year. Consider the ‘Wild West’ of Mahale Mountains to see chimpanzees, and colorful cichlid fish in Lake Tanganyika. Currency: The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, however US Dollars in cash are accepted at most lodges. Climate: The ‘Long Rains’ are from March – May with high humidity and temperatures at an average 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry months are June – October, then the ‘Short Rains’ follow during November – into December, where light showers are the norm. Language: Swahili is the most common local language and English is spoken in the popular vacation areas. Africa Answers


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From the majestic heights of Kilimanjaro to the depths of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Simba Safari takes you on an adventure through Tanzania's best national parks. Discover beautiful, untamed areas, full of the grasslands, swamps, lakes, rivers and woodlands that are home to a vast population of hippo, elephant, monkey, rhino, buffalo and lion. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime; the Simba Safari is a week of wildlife bliss! DAY 1: Depart Arusha on the start of your safari tour to Lake Manyara. You arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon. DAY 2: After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, before returning to the lodge for lunch. Continue to the Serengeti National Park, where you arrive at the lodge in the evening. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D) '$< Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. All meals are served at the lodge, however at the driver/ guidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discretion, a picnic lunch may be taken to maximize game viewing. (B,L,D) DAY 4: After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro, stopping at Olduvai Gorge en route. After a picnic lunch, continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. (B,L,D) DAY 5: Enjoy the morning exploring the Crater. You return to the lodge for a late lunch and then enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D) DAY 6: Depart Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and travel to Tarangire National Park. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive. (B,L,D) DAY 7: Depart after breakfast and head north-east to Arusha. On arrival in Arusha you will be dropped in the town center. (B)

Tanzania Wildlife and Cultural Explorer Experience a mix of the most authentic East African culture and Tanzaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best wildlife on this lodge safari. DAY 1: Upon your airport arrival, transfer to your Arusha lodge, Moivaro Coffee Plantation. '$<Ę&#x2DC; Visit Arusha town before an afternoon game drive in the Tarangire National Park, staying two nights at Moivaro Migunga Lodge. Before departure, spend the morning experiencing cultural activities at Manyara. '$<Ę&#x2DC; Enjoy game drives in Lake Manyara National Park before heading to the lodge at Lake Eyasi, Tindiga Tented Camp. The next day is spent exploring different cultural tribes. '$<Ę&#x2DC; Visit a Maasai village and experience several Serengeti game drives. The next three nights are spent at Kananga Special Tented Camp. '$< Head to the Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing, stay at Moivaro Migunga Lodge. DAY 10: Leave for Arusha where the tour ends.

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK & LAKE VICTORIA / Tanzania

Sayari Camp Located in the remote and exclusive northern Serengeti, the award-winning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned to witness what may be the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Great Migration crossing the Mara River. The camp overlooks vast plains, home year-round to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game and an increasing population of rhino. During the rich migration season, millions of zebra and wildebeest arrive to share the fertile land with the permanent inhabitants that include rhino and a number of resident predators. You are able to explore this stunning region both on foot with an armed guide or by especially adapted open vehicles. After your game drive, you can take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool or choose the privacy of your veranda, the warmth of the fire place, or the comfort of the library, bar or lounge to relax.

Lamai Serengeti Lamai Serengeti sits tucked among the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. Lamai Serengeti has 12 rooms in total, which are split between two entirely separate lodges. The Main Lodge has eight rooms and the Private Lodge has four rooms. Throughout the year, you can enjoy game viewing in 4WD vehicles, as well as walking safaris. The topography lends itself well to exploring on foot; small valleys, river lines and rocky kopjes make for frequent changes of scenery.

Mbalageti Tented Camp The Mbalageti Tented Camp is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, with a breathtakingly panoramic view of the Serengeti plainlands and the Mbalageti river, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. The camp offers 24 luxury tented chalets with canvas fitted bedrooms, full en-suite bathroom and a private verandah. There are two luxury tented suites, encompassing a beautifully decorated dining room, two-bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, an outdoor bath and a fully-furnished terrace. The chalets and suites have been built to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as can be. Made from local rock and wood, and offering all the amenities and attention to detail of an upmarket camp, these canvas fitted chalets offer luxury in harmony with nature. The lodge also offers standard lodge rooms as an option for budget travelers.

Rubondo Island This 61,776 acre paradise in the south-western corner of the expansive Lake Victoria is the largest island National Park on the continent, and all but untouched by man. Elephants roam wild, families of chimpanzees cascade through the boughs of pristine indigenous forest, and the waters teem with the iconic Nile Perch. If you are a seasoned adventure traveler or safari-goer who has seen it all, just wait until you lay your eyes on Rubondo Island Camp, with its unrivaled access to this one-of-a-kind destination. This small and exclusive camp offers forest walks, gamewatching, birding excursions, canoe trips, trekking through wild chimpanzee territory, catch-and-release fishing and a host of other eco-sensitive activities. The camp has ten luxury tented rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each room has a private verandah. The camp also has a swimming pool, perfect for a swim during the midday heat.

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Sanctuary Escarpment Luxury Lodge is situated just outside Lake Manyara National Park, within a narrow corridor formed by the looming cliffs of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and the shores of the beautiful lake. The lodge offers a spreading deck surrounding the main lodge, ensuring breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge, upon which the lodge is perched. Sip sundowners as you listen to the evening sounds of Africa. Watch pelicans sweep the skies as the sun slips behind the hills. Each luxury chalet has its own private deck, from where you can view the lake below or catch a glimse of the wildlife walking through the lodge grounds. Abundant birdlife fills the trees and bush, which grows right up to the deck. Wooden floors, wide windows and doors add to the natural feel of the lodge, which has been designed to offer everything you need to guarantee your comfort.

Oliver's Camp Oliver's Camp is ideal for those who really want to experience nature in its purest form. Located in the remote south of Tarangire National Park, Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camp enjoys a degree of privacy and exclusivity rarely found in a national park. The rugged Tarangire terrain boasts ancient baobab trees, large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as an impressive population of big cats and the most amazing diversity of birds. Off-road driving allows you to get closer to the action! Walking safaris, which are the speciality of the camp, are especially informative and interactive, as they are led by experienced and professional naturalist guides. The camp features ten beautifully-furnished guest tents, scattered along the marsh edge, with excellent views over the permanent water source. Each tent is covered by traditional thatch, and offers an outdoor shower, with indoor toilet and wash facilities.

Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge is set on the coast of Tanzania, where you can experience untamed, untouched East Africa, combined with the beauty of the Indian Ocean. At last you can combine luxury safari with a relaxing beach jaunt. Meaning 'elegant' in Swahili, the five beautiful Maridadi suites are appropriately named. Raised on small stilts and surrounded by indigenous flora, the decks provide an excellent viewing platform over the the expansive ocean. All suites have en-suite bathrooms with a private outdoor shower, for those who wish to enjoy a hot shower under a ceiling of stars. Meaning 'secret' in Swahili, the Siri Suite is the only one of its kind. Offering the ultimate luxury experience for guests, this suite is set apart from all others. A private bar and pool provides unparalleled privacy, combined with private dining and sundowners on the small deck. This suite is perfect for honeymooners.

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DAR ES SALAAM & ZANZIBAR ACCOMMODATION / Tanzania

Protea Hotel Amani Beach Amani means peace in KiSwahili, and that is exactly what you will find at the Protea Hotel Amani Beach in Zanzibar. Just 21 miles south of the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, down a sandy road to the ocean, you will discover this small African paradise that offers you a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Set amongst 80 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, each of the ten luxury beach bungalows overlooks the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The architecture is a combination of European and Swahili styles, with interiors and furniture remarkably Zanzibari. Around the bungalows the grounds are alive with wildlife and, on the unspoiled white sands of the secluded beach, turtles have chosen to nest. Whether you’re looking for total relaxation, a romantic vacation, adventure or simply to experience unspoiled nature, you will find it here.

Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins This hotel is the perfect choice for both beach and Stone Town vacations in Zanzibar. Set amidst Mbweni Ruins, dating back to the 1870's, and a beautiful botanical garden, the hotel is a fusion of present and past, conveniently located 10 minutes away from Stone Town, the airport, the ferry terminal and the CBD of Zanzibar. Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins offers a relaxed home-away-from-home to use as your base as you explore the treasures of Zanzibar. All 13 luxurious rooms are decorated in traditional Swahili style and feature all the modern comforts you require, such as air-conditioning, 32-inch LED TV with DSTV channels, safe, coffee/tea-making facility and more. Breakfast is included, as is high-speed internet connectivity, accessible from the comfort of your room. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, terrace and garden. Activities revolve around the powdery white sand and the warm, crystal-clear Indian ocean.

Essque Zalu Zanzibar Essque Zalu Zanzibar sunbathes in a natural cove on the north-east coast of this idyllic island, overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean. Combining contemporary luxury with traditional Zanzibari handcrafts, this boutique hotel's décor exudes style and comfort. Location is everything, and this hotel has the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to one side and lush green forest to the other. Choose from 40 suites, all with picturesque ocean or garden views. Stretch out in the spacious living room, unwind during a relaxing massage, rustle up a snack in your own kitchen, laze on the terrace overlooking the garden or just chill in the privacy of your very own swimming pool. Make the most of your amenities, pick your favorite drink from your personalized mini-bar, freshen up under a solar heated shower, or lounge back on the king-sized Colonial-style bed. Essque Zalu Zanzibar is a feast for the senses!

Kilindi Zanzibar Unbelievably romantic, unique and utterly quirky, the 15 white-domed pavilions of Kilindi are scattered on a remote hillside on the north-west coast of the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Each pavilion is an architectural tribute to relaxed beachside living, set amidst tropical gardens with two plunge pools, waterfalls, sun-decks and shady day-pavilions. For those who can break away from the privacy of their personal ‘Eden’ there is a 82foot infinity pool, a massage therapy suite, a water-wall cocktail bar and, naturally, a white coral sand beach and the Indian Ocean for diving, sailing and snorkeling. Dining under the stars on locally caught sea-fish and shellfish is part of the Zanzibari tradition.

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Uganda / INTRODUCTION

Uganda Rolling savannahs, equatorial jungle and vast fresh water lakes make up Uganda. The ten stunning national parks and wonderful all-year-round weather add to its magic. Whether you are rafting down the Nile, trekking after endangered mountain gorillas or listening to the prehistoric call of a Great Blue Turaco, the deep and stirring soul of Uganda will leave an indelible impression on you.

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Bwindi Forest National Park

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Bwindi is an ancient highland forest in south-western Uganda, and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. It is a sanctuary for approximately 330 mountain gorillas (almost half of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total population), and is also the only forest on the continent where mountain gorillas and chimpanzees coexist.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Set amidst lakes Edward and George, and covering the length of the Kazinga Channel that connects the two, Queen Elizabeth National Park is superb safari territory, broadly covering Ishasha in the south, the 'Central Sector', and Northern Queen Elizabeth. The park has the highest concentration of elephant found in Uganda.

Discover the beauty of Kibale and the greatest variety and concentration of primates in East Africa. Chimpanzees can be tracked at almost any time of the year. This tropical rainforest is the natural habitat for 13 primate species in all, as well as a host of mammals, and the elusive forest elephant.

Murchison Falls One of the oldest and largest protected nature reserves in Uganda, Murchison Falls, offers a variety of ways in which to see its abundant wildlife, against the stunning backdrop of the Nile. You can also expect to see a wildlife parade including elephant, lion, Rothchildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giraffe, buffalo and warthog.

Helpful Information Getting Around: You can get around the country by 4WD vehicle and although the roads are not always good, there are very few flights. It is a 12-hour drive from Entebbe to Bwindi. Wildlife: Visit the gorillas plus other primates and spectacular rainforest birds at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, hike in Kibale Forest in search of wild chimps, cruise the Kazinga Channel to see birds and hippos in equal numbers and raft the Nile at Jinja. Currency: Local currency is the Uganda Shilling. Although the tourist industry works in US Dollars you will need Shillings for bartering at markets. Climate: Two wet seasons: heavy rain falls of up to 98 inches are experienced from March to May, with lighter rain falls during November and December. Language: Although English and Swahili are official languages, there are also more than 30 different, local languages.

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TOURING & ACCOMMODATION / Uganda

4 Day Gorilla Trekking Fly-in A four day fly-in safari from Entebbe to trek gorillas. DAY 1: Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Bwindi. On arrival, you will be transferred to Buhoma Lodge, located inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Afternoon at leisure. (D) DAY 2: After breakfast you will be escorted to the national park’s headquarters to meet your experienced guides for today’s gorilla trekking experience. You will get within a few feet of a mountain gorilla family. (B,L,D) '$< Day at leisure or an option to take a second trek (additional expense). (B,L,D) DAY 4: Return to Entebbe by charter flight and connect to your onward flight. (B) Note: The trekking may be fairly strenuous – up to six hours or longer is not uncommon – at relatively high altitudes. Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. The success rate however is well over 90 percent.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in southwest Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape – this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. Gorilla Forest Camp is the only camp to receive regular visits from the gorillas themselves. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp! The eight tents are just as impressive as the communal areas. Wooden floors and decks support comfortable warm beds, and each tent boasts a bathtub that looks straight out into the jungle's canopy. Bwindi is surrounded on the Buhoma side by the Bakiga community and the Batwa pygmy community. Enjoy an interactive walk to visit these communities and learn about their way of life.

Apoka Safari Lodge

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

The landscape you imagine when you think of Africa – the jagged hills, the golden grasses, the plains teeming with wildlife, the soft glowing light – is the remote Kidepo Valley National Park, Northern Uganda. Apoka features ten spacious rooms with endless views of the savannah, inside lounges and private verandas – places to relax, read and sprawl – and big hand-hewn beds with thick, soft duvets. Slip into your outdoor stone bathtub and watch the elephants pass by. Wildlife is abundant with lions, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe and much more.

Buhoma Lodge

Located inside the Queen Elizabeth National Park, this intimate camp offers a luxurious retreat in an unspoiled area, famous for its treeclimbing lions. The camp is situated beside the Ntungwe River, beneath shady trees. Comprising only ten rooms, the focus is on offering an intimate experience. A large central lounge and dining area, under thatch, provides a comfortable environment for entertaining. Under the trees, next to the river, meals are often served ‘al fresco’ and there is an evening fireplace for guests to relax with sundowners and discuss the day's activities.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular views of the Bwindi Forest, home to the rare mountain gorilla. This quality lodge is situated a few minutes' walk from the start of the gorilla tracking point. The ten spacious cottages are well-appointed, built on a hillside, each with its own private veranda, en-suite bathroom and spectacular views. An elevated lounge and dining room offer a cozy, comfortable environment to discuss the day's activities around the fireplace. The menu is varied with most ingredients sourced locally.

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


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Rwanda The 'Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda, is a green and undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. Home to one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, one third of Africa's birds species, several species of primates, volcanoes, and friendly people, Rwanda is among the safest, friendliest and biodiverse of the African capitals.

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Akagera National Park

Great place to see the mountain gorillas and just a three hours' drive from the capital Kigali. It entails a steep climb, but is worth every step to spend an hour with these gentle giants. We recommend a trek to also see the endangered golden monkeys. A permit is needed for both visits.

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Akagera is dominated scenically by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, one of the main sources of the River Nile. Along the lake shores are some of the continent´s densest concentrations of water birds, while the marshes are home to the some endangered bird species.

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

Kigali boasts a range of hotels catering to all tastes and budgets, and an assortment of fine restaurants with menus that reflect the country’s historical links with Belgium, while also embracing other international cuisines. Kigali is blessed with a moderate to high altitude climate, that belies its tropical location.

Helpful Information Getting Around: Traveling in private 4WD vehicles is the most reliable. Although it is just three hours from Kigali to the gorillas it takes five hours to Nyungwe. Hiring a vehicle, taking a bus or a local flight is not recommended. Wildlife: Trekking to see the gorillas in Rwanda is top of the list for visitors. Becoming more popular is Nyungwe National Park home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, plus a great variety of birds, trees and orchids. Currency: Local currency is the Rwanda Franc, with US Dollars being accepted in most lodges and hotels. Climate: The major rains fall from February to May, with a second, shorter wet period in November and December. It can be misty and cool at high altitude, but warm and humid on the plains. Language: Kinyarwanda is the local language and widely spoken along with English and French.

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TOURING & ACCOMMODATION / Rwanda

4 Day Gorillas Through the Mist This safari goes to Parc National des Volcans in the misty Virunga volcanoes, where about 350 mountain gorillas make their home. You can track gorillas, climb a volcano, visit the Karisoke Research Center, or go for walks around the picturesque villages near the camp. DAY 1: You are met at Kigali Airport and transferred into town for lunch. After lunch, travel north gradually climbing to the base of the Virunga volcanoes. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the lodge, or go for a short hike around the property. (D) DAY 2: Early morning gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and the afternoon at leisure, or visit the local communities. (B,L,D) '$< Leave for Kigali. Should time permit, go for a tour of the city, including a visit to the market, the Franco-Rwandan cultural center and a genocide memorial. Spend the night in Kigali. (B) DAY 4: Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight. (B)

Nyungwe Forest Lodge Nyungwe Forest Lodge ensures an experience rich in local culture, surrounded by ancient forests. Accommodation is offered in 20 spacious, luxury rooms and two suites, featuring two bedrooms each. The only deluxe lodge in Nyungwe National Park, Nyungwe lies in a tea plantation on the edge of the closed-canopy rain forest. Situated in Rwandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountainous southwest, the largest remaining tract of uninterrupted forest in Central and East Africa, it is one of the most ancient forests, dating back to the Ice Age. Lodge facilities include a bistro, pool, boma/outdoor dining, restaurant, tea lounge, bar, relaxation retreat with Jacuzzi, fitness center, Wi-Fi and conference facilities for 18 delegates. The forest is home to more than 200 different tree species, a host of orchids and over 13 primate species, including chimpanzees.

Volcanoes Virunga Safari Lodge The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched high on a ridge, and has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes - Bulera and Ruhonda. The premier luxury destination for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga is also ideal for honeymooners. The lodge has been described as having the best view in the world, also as one of the finest lodges in Africa. Each banda has its own private terrace and spacious en-suite shower. Gorilla tracking, golden monkeys, Dian Fossey's Grave, community visits and local dancers are only a few examples of what is on offer.

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Madagascar / INTRODUCTION

Madagascar Millions of years ago Madagascar formed part of the African continent, only becoming an island when it drifted away into the Indian Ocean. Today this land, almost frozen in time, boasts a unique diversity of culture, fauna and flora. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and experiences extraordinary climatic changes resulting in a diversity of scenery and wildlife.

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Helpful Information Getting Around: International flights arriving to Antananarivo connect with multiple destinations around the country serviced by Air Madagascar. Highlights: Highlights of an adventure to Madagascar include the Baobab trees (seven of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nine species can be found; 40 different species of lemurs, a primate group found only on the island; cultural tours, scuba diving, birding (over 250 different species), kite surfing, whale watching, surfing, fishing. Currency: Ariary is the new local currency. It is recommended to change money at airport banks on arrival. Only VISA cards can be used at ATMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the big cities. Climate: It is hot with subtropical weather. From November to March is it is summer, which is also known as the hurricane season. From April to October it is winter, which is dry and the temperature are mild. Language: The two main languages spoken in Madagascar are French and the native language, Malagash.

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Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer Spend eight idyllic days in barefoot luxury as you explore the magnificence of the south-eastern parts of magical Madagascar. In addition to viewing wildlife found nowhere else in the world, you can look forward to the exclusive accommodation, spectacular scenery and scrumptious cuisine that await you at the Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge and Mandrare River Camp. DAY 1: Upon arrival in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, you are welcomed by an English-speaking guide, before transferring to Pavillion de l’Emyrne, your hotel in the city center. DAY 2: After breakfast, head to Ivato Airport for the two-hour flight to Fort Dauphin, before transferring to Mandrare River Camp, where you will spend the next three nights. The journey offers a contrast of landscapes, ranging from rice paddies over lush tropical areas to the drier arid region with sisal plantations and 'spiny forests'. Settle in your accommodation and enjoy the breathtaking river views. '$<ʘ Cross the river on foot, then embark on a trip to the sacred Antandroy forest to observe lemurs and the abundant birdlife. Learn about ancestor worship from your guide, whilst walking amongst the ancestral tombs. Opt for a night walk through the forest to observe nocturnal lemurs and other animals. DAY 5: Transfer by road to Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge, where you will spend the next two nights. Indulge in a relaxing sundowner as you watch the spectacular sunset over the bay. '$< ʘ Situated on a pristine white sandy bay, fringed with forest-covered mountains, this lodge epitomizes barefoot luxury, with wildlife and water on your doorstep. Enjoy snorkeling, birdwatching, canoeing in the mangroves, walks along the beach and through the rainforest and private beach picnics. DAY 8: Drive back to Fort Dauphin for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, before boarding your departure flight.

Madagascar North Adventure Set off on a tropical north Madagascar adventure that will take you to its picturesque capital - Antananarivo, the bio-diverse Montagne d'Ambre National Park and Ankarana Nature Reserve and the paradise island of Nosy Be. DAY 1: After a warm airport welcome you will be transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo. Meet friendly locals and experience the contrast of bustling modern markets set amidst ancient royal palaces and freestone churches. '$< ʘ You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Diego Suarez, where you will be met and driven to the 44,973-acre Montagne d'Ambre National Park. Situated on a volcanic massif, the park offers striking scenery that including a rainforest and waterfalls. Spend the afternoon and following day exploring the park on foot. Highlights include seven species of lemurs, the ring-tailed mongoose, a variety of reptiles and over 70 bird species.(B,L) DAY 4: Depart for Ankarana, a nature reserve with karst pinnacles, where you can view sacred caves, underground rivers, breathtaking scenery and a diversity of flora, fauna and birdlife. (B,L) DAY 5: Continue your adventure at the Ankarana nature reserve. (B,L) DAY 6: Embark on a scenic drive to the coastal village of Ankify, then board a boat to Nosy Be, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Nosy Be, with its pristine palm-fringed beaches and tropical climate, is the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands.(B) DAY 7: Spend a leisurely day in Nosy Be. Visit the Lokobe, a rainforest reserve offering protection to most of Nosy Be’s endemic vegetation and home to lemurs, birds and chameleons. Embark on a day-cruise to "Nosy Komba"– the island of lemurs, or "Nosy Tanikely" – where you can snorkel or dive in an underwater marine reserve. DAY 8: Depart for the airport, for your flight back to Antananarivo and connecting flight home.(B)

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