LUXURY WILDLIFE SAFARIS | AFRICA

EJIG's Best of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa - 18 Days

(BZSA- L4- 18n17n)

Cape Town Moremi Game Reserve Chobe River Front Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Hwange National Park Matobo National Park Johannesburg Southern Kruger

DAY 1: Cape Town

Arrive Cape Town, South Africa.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Overnight: Southern Sun Waterfront

DAY 2-3 – Cape Town, South Africa

These two days are at your leisure to explore this beautiful city. On one day you could explore the city of Cape Town, including ascending Table Mountain by cable car, taking a boat ride out to Robben Island or explore some of the shopping areas that abound. You could also head out to the nearby wine country and the Cape Peninsula.

Overnight: Southern Sun Waterfront

DAY 4 –Moremi Game Reserve, Botswan

Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Oddballs’ offers no motorized activities. Each guide has his own mokoro (pl. mekoro), (the genuine wooden article, not the plastic replica), in which he’ll take you gliding through the Okavango to nearby islands, where he’ll walk you through magnificent scenery to view game, birds, insects, medicinal plants, tracks, signs, droppings, and other fascinating natural phenomena

Overnight at Oddballs' Camp

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5: Moremi Game Reserve, Botswan

scheduled activities as per the lodge

Dinner and Overnight will be at the Camp.

Overnight at Oddballs' Camp

DAY 6: Chobe River Front, Botswana

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.

Chobe Boat Cruises are a wonderful way to experience the Chobe National Park. Herds of elephants can be seen crossing the Chobe river into the island which is a spectacular sight to witness. Other animal species such as hippos and crocodiles can be seen lounging in the sun by the riverside. The boat cruises are available in a number of different options. The standard cruise boards approximately 30-40 people. The bigger boats feature a bar on board for refreshments while the smaller boats are perfect for bird watching. Boat cruises depart from the town of Kasane at either the morning or afternoon departures. A private boat cruise can be arranged for alternate times.

Overnight at Big 5 Chobe Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7: Chobe Game Drive - Botswana

AM Chobe Game Drive offers guests the opportunity to view abundant species of animal life including elephants up close. There is also the possibility of encountering a large predator. The game drives have three departure times during the time, which all have a duration of approximately three hours. Alternative arrangements can be made to book either a half or full day drive with a picnic lunch.

Overnight at Big 5 Chobe Lodge

DAY 8: Chobe Game Drive, Botswana

PM Chobe's wildlife roams in profusion and diversity. It is home to the largest concentration of Elephant in Africa and during the dry season the herds congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River. Large herds of Buffalo also concentrate on the floodplains during the dry season. Other major species such as Lion, Wild Dog, Puku, Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope are encountered in many areas of the reserve. Chobe Game Lodge game drives are conducted in open sided 4x4 vehicles ensuring maximum visibility.

Overnight at Big 5 Chobe Lodge

DAY 9: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe) A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.

Overnight at The Kingdom Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)

A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.

Mhonde Village Tour

Village tour - Meet the People is available for clients of all ages. Clients are taken to an authentic rural village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where they are given the opportunity to watch local villagers going about their daily tasks. The tour enables the client to see rural life first hand; visiting rural homes, watching their fields being tended and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores. Meet the village chief and learn about the way of life from him. The experience lasts 3 hours and is available all year round, weather permitting. Clients are advised to bring comfortable attire that provides sun protection, mosquito repellent, hiking or running shoes and warm clothing in winter (April to August).

The Boma Restaurant

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.

On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.

Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach.

You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

Overnight at The Kingdom Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 11: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country's biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Visitors can look forward to game drives, guided walks or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include: the Bumbusi National Monument and the Nyamandhlovu Pan.

Overnight at Sikumi Tree Lodge

Meals: B

DAY 12: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange Game Drives, Painted Dog Project and Village Tour

Overnight at Sikumi Tree Lodge

Meals: B

DAY 13: Matobo National Park

Idyllically located in the spectacular Matobo Hills, the renowned Matobo National Park is known for its rich human history, its remarkably diverse flora and fauna and its magnificent rugged terrain. This unspoiled natural wilderness features a range of massive red-tinged, granite boulders interspersed with gorgeous wooded valleys making it a dream destination for hikers, climbers and nature lovers alike. The reserve is compact, easily accessible and is home to an impressive range of African wildlife including the highly endangered black and white rhinoceros, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, cheetah, hippo, warthog and crocodile as well as Africa's largest concentration of leopard and black eagles. This unforgettable national park serves as an ideal stopover for travellers heading to the popular tourist sites of Hwange and the majestic Victoria Falls.

Overnight at Matobo Hills Lodge

Meals: B

DAY 14: Matobo National Park

Matobos Rhino Tracking

Overnight at Matobo Hills Lodgee

Meals: B

DAY 15: Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

Overnight at The Michelangelo Hotel

Meals: B

DAY 16: Southern Kruger

The southern area of South Africa’s most famous game reserve is separated from lush farmland by the Crocodile River, a popular spot for lazy crocs, playful hippos and thirsty animals. The game viewing area is known as the ‘Southern Circle’ and is renowned for its rhinos and lions, of which there are different prides with definitive hunting techniques and behaviours. Also found here, near the Hippo Pool, are ancient San rock paintings.

Departure from Johannesburg – We will collect from Michelangelo Hotel. We will drive along a scenic route to Numbi Gate of the Kruger National Park. We use Numbi Gate, as it is the closest gate from Johannesburg. The duration of the drive will be anything between 4 and 5 hours, it all depends where the departure point is.

Your Open Safari Vehicle and Guide will wait for you at the Gate or somewhere close to the Kruger National Park, where you and your luggage will be transferred to the Open Safari Vehicle. Your Kruger Safari will start as soon as we enter the Kruger National Park. After the Safari, towards the evening and before gate closing time, we will arrive at the Rest Camp, where you will check in and freshen up before dinner.

Overnight at Rest Camp

Meals: D

DAY 17: Southern Kruger Safari

Your Kruger Safari will start very early in the morning, as this is the best time to see the elusive animals of the Kruger National Park, especially Lion and Leopard. We will start our day with a cup of coffee or tea and rusks or biscuits (cookies), and make sure that we exit the Gates of the Rest Camp as soon as they open to start the Safari. Starting our Kruger Safari, we will visit rivers, waterholes and lookout points in search of the BIG 5, and other animals that you might want to see. We might even visit the Waterhole where the famous Battle at Kruger took place. As we are in constant Radio Contact with other Open Safari Vehicles, we will also ask for any updates regarding any special sightings. After the Morning Safari we will stop at a Rest Camp or Picnic Site to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, before we carry on with our Kruger Safari and only return to the Rest Camp later for lunch and a short siesta. After your break and in the afternoon we head out for another Kruger Safari.

Overnight at Rest Camp

Meals: B,L,D

DAY 18: Southern Kruger

This would your last safari day inside the Kruger National Park, and we will again start very early with a cup of coffee or tea and rusks or biscuits. After a short safari we will stop at a Rest Camp or Picnic Site to enjoy Breakfast before we start heading our way to the Gate where you will exit and return to your destination.

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight scheduled at 1900hrs.

Overnight at Rest Camp

Meals: B

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HIGHLIGHTES

  • Private and personal luxury tour.
  • Operates Daily
  • Flights: Nairobi - Amboseli - Nairobi - Maasai Mara - Nairobi
  • Accommodations in deluxe hotel/s In Nairobi
  • Accommodations in Luxury Tented Jungle Camps.
  • Private escorted airport transfers.
  • Private escorted wildlife safaris on share basis.
  • Personal English speaking licensed jungle guides.
  • Personal chauffeur and car.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • All meals in the lodges
  • Entrance fee to national parks
  • Concierge service.
  • Services of a professional tour manager.
  • Transportation: Private 4x4 Land Cruisers.
  • Olpejeta Conservancy – Home to last remaining Northern White Rhinos
Operate Daily !

PRICES

Novemver 1st - 18, 2020
Luxury Wildlife Safari: Best of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa-18 Days Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $ 0.00
Single Room Supplement $ 0.00
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November 19, December, 2020 - January 2 - 2021
Luxury Wildlife Safari: Best of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa-18 Days Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $ 0.00
Single Room Supplement $ 0.00
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