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Cape Town to Victoria, South Africa or Vice Versa

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Visiting these two iconic African locations is now easier. South African Airways are now flying direct between these two prime Southern African cities. The flights are daily, except Saturdays, departing Cape Town early (08:30) and arriving at Vic Falls at 11:15.

The return flight leaves at 11:45 and arrives in Cape Town at 14:40.

You could be soaked by the spray from The Falls and on top of Table Mountain all in one day!

Victoria Falls

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Cape Town

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Kenya Railways – Nairobi to Mombasa or Vice Versa

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Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, launched the revitalised/ new Standard Gauged Railway between Nairobi and Mombasa last week. This has cut the travelling time to just over 4 hours for the trip and with prices set at US$9-00 for economy class and US$30 for First Class this has become a real alternative to flying or buses.

There are plans to include a Business class carriage as well but these have yet to be delivered from China.

 

Kenya Lion

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

This gives travellers another option for travel between thee two popular cities but you could also use the train for access to Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Taita Hills with the train stopping at Voi and Mtito Andei. Providing the service is maintained this is another way to see this beautiful country without the experience of some of the rough roads.

For expert advice on your tailor made holiday to Kenya call us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Kenya

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A little gem – Pumba Private Game Reserve

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We’ve been thinking about ‘little gems’ in the office – places or experiences that provide a ‘wow factor’ of some kind during a holiday. For me (Angie), several come to mind and below is one of them.

Pumba Private Game Reserve is located on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and works perfectly at the end of a self-drive holiday from Cape Town and along the Garden Route. The Eastern Cape has a number of game reserves, which have the advantage of being malaria free, but what makes Pumba stand out over the others is that it is home to the rare white lion.

 

White Lions pumba

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

A recessive gene gives white lions their unusual colour, making them appear even more majestic than a tawny lion. Easier to spot, the white lion cannot rely on camouflage when hunting – which makes it harder for this beautiful animal to survive in the wild. Luckily for Pumba’s pride, a couple of years ago a female gave birth to not only white cubs, but also a tawny cub. This tawny lion will be integral for the survival of the pride – whilst the white lion distracts the game, the tawny lion will pounce.  

There are two lodges within the game reserve. Bush Lodge is built in front of a waterhole, which attracts a wide range of animals. During my stay, a whole herd of elephants came to visit, with the babies playing in and around the water. The accommodations are of an exceptional standard, with outdoor showers and private plunge pools. 

The second property is Water Lodge – accommodations are of the same standard but slightly different in style, and still with outdoor showers and private plunge pools. The lodge overlooks Lake Kariega, which is a regular haunt for hippo and good for bass fishing too.

 All in all, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers an incredibly special experience, and one that I would highly recommend! For more information, give us a call on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

Pumba water lodge - lake

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Elephants at Pumba

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Cape Town and Garden Route

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This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining the world class city of Cape Town with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Summary

Cape Town and Garden Route

 

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day: 1 Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jefferie’s Bay

Day 16: Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

South Africa - Cape Town

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Description

Description

 

South Africa is a magnificently diverse country with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, a fascinating history, interesting people, enviable vinyards and a great food scene.  Couple with this the fact that as it’s located due south of the UK, there is minimal time difference and no jet lag, and South Africa makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day 1: Cape Town

Arguably one of the world’s most beautiful settings with the advantage of Table Mountain as a backdrop – Cape Town has plenty to offer. Visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. Visit also Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years – or drive the Cape Peninsula.

Three nights Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Leave the city behind and head to the coast. Hermanus is famous as a destination for whale watching. The bay here provides a winter home to huge numbers of these majestic mammals and can often be seen from the shore, as well as from a cruise. Nearby Gansbaai is a key departure point for shark cage diving.

One night Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Head inland to the Winelands, through the scenic Franshhoek Pass – your destination is the lovely little town of Franschhoek – a gourmet’s paradise in idyllic surroundings. Rugged mountains surround this little oasis tucked away and waiting to be discovered. Take the wine tram to tour the vineyards surrounding the town.

Two nights Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Continuing east via the Franschhoek Pass to Worcester and into the Robertson Valley – here you find further vineyards, rugged craggy mountain scenery and pretty little towns.

One night Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

The next stop takes you along the spectacular route 62, passing to the northern side of the mountain range, where the climate becomes arid and dry. Vineyards still nestle in fertile hollows – Calizdorf is particularly famous for its port wine. Take time to explore the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and the Cango Caves. This area is also famous for its Ostrich farming – thousands of these lanky and unwieldy flightless birds as far as the eye can see.

Two nights Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

A choice of routes today, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains, and descending again to the coast. This – technically – is the Garden Route. Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley, Storms River Mouth, and the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.

Three nights Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jeffrey’s Bay

Continue east to the seaside town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Relax and unwind in this laidback surfer town, which is also home to a number of factory stores such as Quiksilver and Billabong.

Two nights Jeffery’s Bay

 Day 16: Safari

Today head to a private game reserve on the Eastern Cape, providing a chance to see some of the incredible wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Many of the reserves are home to all of the Big Five animals, plus plenty of others besides. There are options to suit most budgets and preferences.

Three nights Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

Drive to Port Elizabeth for the onward or homeward journey.

There are plenty of possible extensions to add to this itinerary – consider Kwa Zulu Natal and the Drakensburg Mountains, Swaziland and the Indian Ocean coast, Kruger National Park, or perhaps take a trip up to Victoria Falls – the possibilities are almost endless.

 

Cape Peninsula

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Cape Town - Elephants

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Cape Town - Safari vehicle

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

White Lions pumba

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Cape Town - Winelands

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Little Gems

Little Gems

 

Seeing the rare white lion at Pumba Private Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape provides a unique and exciting wildlife experience.

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

 

I suspect your general view is no news is good news from your travellers.  You are correct! But I just wanted to reassure you of that.  And to add that we are having the most wonderful time.

Your advice and preparation have been seamless, your choices often spectacular. This as I sit on the balcony of our penthouse suite overlooking Jeffrey’s bay.

Thank you.

We are compiling a sort of diary that you may be interested in seeing later.

 In the meantime forgive me if I go now.

Paradise awaits you see!

 

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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KwaZulu Natal, the scenery seems to fit the experience – the emptiness of the plains around Isandlwana, the rolling waves on the long empty beach at Thonga and the density of the bush as you look out for rhino in Hluhluwe.  The friendliness of those that you meet along the way enliven your visit to this part of the world.
 

Summary

KwaZulu Natal

The scenery seems to fit the experience – the emptiness of the plains around Isandlwana, the rolling waves on the long empty beach at Thonga and the density of the bush as you look out for rhino in Hluhluwe.  The friendliness of those that you meet along the way enliven your visit to this part of the world.

 

Day 1 : Durban

Day 3: Drakensberg Mountains

Day 5: Isandlwana and the Battlefields

Day 7: Isimangaliso Wetlands (St. Lucia) – part 1

Day 9: Isimangaliso Wetland (St. Lucia) – part 2

Day 12: Hluhluwe

Day 14: Beach

 

KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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Description

Description

 

Offering a mixture of amazing scenery, wildlife, experiences, history, food and beach, KwaZulu Natal has to be a destination that will please most people.  Getting there is easy as is driving around, and the people are truly welcoming.  This is Africa with a huge variety of interests and all within reasonable travelling distances.

Day 1: Durban

Spend time in Durban to acclimatise and explore the many attractions that this seaport has to offer.  With a fusion of African, Indian and European influences the food on offer has always been good – particularly their take on curries.  A visit to uShaka Marine World and the Botanic Gardens are worth pitting on your agenda.

2 nights Durban

Day 3: Drakensberg Mountains

Make your way to the beautiful Drakensburg Mountains and to a property that nestles at the foot of these.  Here you have the chance to relax with the stunning views, take yourself on hikes up into the mountains or join a full day walk with guide and lunch provided.  Archery, fishing, mountain biking and horse riding are also available.

2 nights Drakensberg Mountains

Day 5: Rorke’s Drift

Your next destination has you stepping back into the Zulu Wars and learning about Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift from both the Zulu and European points of view.  There is something special in being shown around Isandlwana (one of the few undeveloped battlefields of the world) by a Zulu and then hearing about the heroic fights as you walk through the building and grounds of Rorke’s Drift.

2 nights Rorke’s Drift

Day 7: Kosi Forest

Next spend time in the natural environment of lakes and forest, including Raffia Forests.  Drive out to the Kosi River mouth for snorkelling, swimming and a picnic.  Take a tour through the Raffia Forest looking out for the Palm Vulture, the only vegetarian vulture in the world.  Consider a canoe trip through the forests and out in to the lake.

2 nights Kosi Forest

Day 9: Beach Stay

Head to the coast for a stay close to and Indian Ocean beach.  Much of the area is protected and consequently beautifully productive for snorkelling, diving and other water sports.  Turtles haul out to lay their eggs at certain times of the year and guides will take you along the huge beach to show you their activities.  In the evening join on a scorpion and spider hunt.

3 nights Beach 

Day 12: Hluhluwe National Park

For your wildlife experience head to Hluhluwe National Park, South Africa’s oldest.  This park has something like 2,000 white rhino and 500 black rhino, so you would be unlucky not to see them.  The drive to your lodge is through rolling hills with stunning views and wildlife to be seen quite regularly.  Al of the Big 5 are here as well as wild dog.  Either take yourself around the park (easy to do) or jopin an organised game drive from your lodge.

2 nights Hluhluwe

Day 14: Depart KwaZulu Natal

Head to Durban or Richards Bay for the onward or homeward journey.

KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Watching the blue spotted ray swim away from you while snorkelling in half a metre of water and two metres from the shore.

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Why not visit Ol Malo, Kenya

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Last October Angie visited Kenya and one of the places included on her travels was Ol Malo.  In Angie’s opinion this is one place that should be part of everyone’s bespoke itinerary to Kenya and this is why..

 

1. By Helicopter, through the eyes of a bird
Nothing beats soaring above beautiful Kenya. Within minutes you could be enjoying a view too staggering to imagine and only the winds of gods whispering around you. Or with a morning to explore, you could be miles from civilization passing over awe inspiring scenery, catching Nile perch for lunch, watching pink flamingos swarming below you and even if you were to take the same trip over and over – every day is different. On the last day of 2016 guests saw a melanistic serval cat leaping across a river.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo

 

2. Between two ears
All levels of riders from kids on leading rein, beginner adults, happy hackers to 3-day eventers enjoy moving un-noticed among the wild herds. Gently, or at speed enjoying the sure footed-ness of a Kenyan homebred, guests can watch towering giraffe browsing above you or elephant through two pricked ears. Horseback has to be one of the best ways to explore Kenya. Add in an Ol Malo Nomad horse safari and you’re alone in the wilderness, your belongings on a camel, traveling by trusty steed and living life as a Nomad.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

3. On foot, through the eyes of a Samburu
Work off those 3 course meals… follow a bouncing Samburu stride! Stop tripping over those rocks like a town clown and learn to weave in and out of ‘wait a bit’ bushes like a London-er walking down Oxford street in rush hour. Feel that adrenaline rush as you climb a rock and watch peaceful elephant families rumbling below you. Learn about stitching ants and the tracks of last nights’ visitors on the path.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

4. Sitting treetop height – riding a camel!
Swaying at treetop height, no need to concentrate on your footing on the back of a camel. Appreciate their character and hardiness and get close to the game. You can even see lion’s from camels!

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

5. 4 x 4
Of course vehicle is always an option, but lets do them Ol Malo style viewing from the roof seats and add in a night drive…Lately lots of aardvark have been spotted!

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

6. From your balcony or lounging by the pool
Take a break, whilst sipping your morning tea or an evening sundowner scan below you … You can see all sorts from our vantage point on the cliffs, standoffs between elephant and wild dog, cattle and elephant sharing the water trough, good things come to those who wait.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

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If this sounds like a place you would like to add to your own bespoke Kenya holiday then contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

We are here to offer you first hand knowledge and expert advice.

 

 

Destinations Show, Olympia

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Photograph by kind permission of UnCruise Adventures

Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

Botswana – Home of the uncrowded safari

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This year Botswana celebrated 50 years of independence and it does stand out as a wonderful safe destination in Africa. The country has deliberately set out to protect its wildlife resources by encouraging low volume, high market tourism. This policy has worked well for the flora and fauna, the GDP, provided quality jobs and delivered amazing tourist experiences.

With so many unique places to visit, it is no wonder that Botswana is high on the list of places to visit for those that love to go on safari. The huge Okavango Delta provides an experience second to none and the desert areas such as Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Nxai PanNational Park ensure a completely different type of wildlife encounter.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

However if you want to go and do not want to pay top dollar then think about heading there in the “Green Season”. This is the time that the rains come (if they do!), some lodges close for repair but others offer special prices for their clients. But why go when you could encounter rain?

It is wonderful to see how the dry semi desert, and even the desert, bursts in to colour. The trees come back in to leaf, the grass grows and the river beds start flowing with water. Birds migrate in from all parts of Africa and quickly start picking their nesting sites and break out their mating plumage.

Most of the plains antelope time the birth of their young to coincide with the time of plenty and more vegetation to hide their babies in. The Delta rises, fish spawn, wading birds are plentiful and nests are full. Being out in a mokoro adds a frisson of excitement to your adventure.

 

It is seeing Botswana in a different light. Please call to discuss your options and seek professional advice into your own bespoke, tailor made safari – Tel: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

South Africa Highlights

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A melting pot of colour, creed and culture and a variety of scenery to rival any country in the world – beaches, mountains, flora and wildlife big and small.  South Africa has it all. South Africa is closer than you think, and as you will fly due south, there is virtually no jet lag. 

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South Africa Highlights

Due south of the UK and 10 to 12 hours flying time away, a flight to South Africa does not leave you jet-lagged and travel weary.  The minimal time difference allows the traveller to board the aircraft in London in the evening, and arrive at the destination the following morning with no tiresome time-change.  Visit Cape Town and the Cape Peninsular with its Mediterranean climate, the Winelands, the Little Karoo and the famous Garden Route.  Head towards KwaZulu Natal, the Southern Drakensberg, the Zulu Battlefields and the Hluhluwe-St Lucia Wetlands.  Further then to Mpumalanga and the mighty Kruger Park, arguably the best big game viewing in the world with small intimate lodge accommodation.

Day 1: Cape Town
Day 4: Franschhoek
Day 5: Robertson Valley
Day 6: Oudtshoorn
Day 8: Plettenberg Bay
Day 11: Jeffrey’s Bay
Day 12: Southern Drakensbergs
Day 14: Dullstrom
Day 15: Kruger National Park
Day 17: Hazyview
Day 19: Depart Johannesburg

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Description

A melting pot of colour, creed and culture and a variety of scenery to rival any country in the world – beaches, mountains, flora and wildlife big and small.  South Africa has it all.  Due south of the UK and 10 to 12 hours flying time away, a flight to South Africa does not leave you jet-lagged and travel weary.  The minimal time difference allows the traveller to board his aircraft in London in the evening, and arrive at the destination the following morning with no tiresome time-change.  Visit Cape Town and the Cape Peninsular with its Mediterranean climate, the Winelands, the Little Karoo and the famous Garden Route.  Head towards KwaZulu Natal, the Southern Drakensberg, the Zulu Battlefields and the Hluhluwe-St Lucia Wetlands.  Further then to Mpumalanga and the mighty Kruger Park, arguably the best big game viewing in the world with small intimate lodge accommodation. 

Day 1: Cape Town
Fly to Cape Town, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful settings with the advantage of Table Mountain as a backdrop. A cable car takes you to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. Visit Robben Island or drive the Cape Peninsular, taking in a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. Visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront plus the Maritime Museum and Two Oceans Aquarium. Explore the Kirstenbosch Gardens with its fine display of fynbos – protea.
Three nights Cape Town

Day 4: Franschhoek
Head to the Winelands and the town of Franschhoek – a gourmet’s paradise in idyllic surroundings of fertile valleys surrounded by rugged mountain. Visit a vineyard and learn about this ever expanding industry – and perhaps sample some of their wares.
One or two nights Franschoek

Day 5: Robertson Valley
Continuing east via the Franschhoek Pass to Worcester and into the Robertson Valley. Here you find further vineyards, rugged craggy mountain scenery and pretty little towns. The Huguenot influence here ensures that you will dine well. 
One or two nights Robertson Valley

Depending on the time available, you may consider a side trip to Hermanus on the coast and famous for its whale watching.

Day 6: Oudtshoorn
Pass to the northern side of the mountain range. Vineyards still nestle in fertile hollows – Calizdorf is particularly famous for its port wine. Explore the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and the Cango Caves. This area is also famous for its ostrich farms who welcome visitors and the chance to explain ostrich farming past and present.
Two nights Oudtshoorn

Day 8: Plettenberg Bay
Cross the Outeniqua Mountains, and descend to the coast. This – technically – is the Garden Route – the area between George and Plettenberg Bay and has large areas of fynbos to view. Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley, Storms River Mouth, and the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. A mixture of adventurous activities, beautiful scenery and flora and fauna.
3 nights Plettenberg Bay

Day 11: Jeffrey’s Bay
Continue east to the seaside town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Relax and unwind for a night at your beachside location, before the next stage of your adventure.
One night Jeffrey’s Bay

Day 12: Southern Drakensbergs
Fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban. Drive north towards the Southern Drakensberg Mountains. The scenery to be found here is reminiscent of Scotland on a grand scale. Wonderful walks take you to some of the best views in South Africa.
Two nights Southern Drakenbergs

You may choose here to add in a few extra days in the Zulu Battlefields.

Day 14: Dullstrom
North into Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) en route to the Kruger National Park.
One night Dullstrom

Day 15: Kruger National Park
Drive to the Kruger today. Choose from tented bush camps to luxury 5* lodges, all with game drives in 4WD vehicles accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. See the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Enjoy dinner by the ‘boma’ campfire.
Two nights Kruger

Day 17: Hazyview
Leave the Kruger for the Northern Drakensberg. From here, drive the Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon – a gorge 20 miles in length hewn from the face of the escarpment. God’s Window gives staggering views of the canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Two nights Hazyview

Day 19: Depart Johannesburg
Drive or fly back to Johannesburg, and fly home from there, or add an optional extension.

Optional Extensions:

  • Sun City South Africa’s Las Vegas is easily accessible by road or air from Johannesburg. A very popular fun and leisure resort it is complete with casino, man made-lake with waves and beaches; a wide range of sports facilities and two 18-hole golf courses designed by Gary Player.
  • Victoria Falls Fly from Johannesburg (and return) to the site of the world famous gorges and cataracts of the Zambesi River.
  • The Blue Train Pretoria/Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa with overnight sleeping berth, drinks and all meals included.
  • Rovos Rail Pretoria/Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa with 2 nights sleeping accommodation, sightseeing tours at stops en route, drinks and all meals included.

We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your tailor made South Africa holiday.

All photographs by kind permission of South Africa Tourism

SAT Addo elephants      SAT Capetown

 

SAT Knysna      SAT Sabie River

Little Gems

Little Gems

Safari, safari, safari – a wonderful way to spend a few days at the end of a lovely holiday.  If time is not on your side and you decide that your bespoke South Africa holiday should concentrate on the Garden Route only, consider the private game reserve of Pumba in the Eastern Cape as your safari element.  With their resident white lion, this also provides a unique opportunity to see these rare mammals in their natural environment.

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Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe

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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around.

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Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around. Even when the volume of water drops the Falls are amazing to see with the best views being on the Zimbabwe side. When the Zambezi is down it does allow for other activities to take place, such as swimming in the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the Falls or white water rafting the Zambezi below the Falls. If you are flexible as to when you travel, check what levels of water are likely to be going over the Falls when you plan to be there.

Getting here is straight forward with a number of flights arriving from different parts of Africa in to Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Or consider taking the Rovos Rail train from Pretoria (or return to) and have a stylish rail journey that is a wonderful way to start or finish your African odyssey. But book early – places go fast.

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Description

While here we would recommend that you consider a safari in to the Parks of Zimbabwe to see some Africa’s pristine country and wildlife. Our suggested itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 – Victoria Falls

Choose the level of accommodation that suits you as there is a whole range of hotels and lodges to choose from. You could be in a National Park in a tent on the Zambezi with elephant and lion around, in Colonial splendour or a hotel in town near the Falls.

Visit the Falls, take an elephant ride or white water raft depending on the time of year.

Day 5 – Eastern Hwange National Park

An hour flight or 4 hours on the road has you settling in to your tent overlooking the plains with its attendant wildlife. The lodges have popular waterholes and the chances are that you may even have a dinner under the stars somewhere on the plain one night.

HwangeNational   Park with its large herds of elephant, wildebeest and sable is just a short journey away, making you well placed for a wildlife feast. Game drives are in the morning and afternoon but highly recommended is joining the all day “pump run” that takes you deep in to the Park to supply the waterhole pumps with fuel and the attendants with food and wages. For a completely different take on the area join a night drive.

Day 8 – South Eastern Hwange National Park

An extended game drive through Hwange to the South East sees you arriving in a camp that is truly wild Africa and well away from everyone – just African nature to keep you entertained. Consider having your bed made up on the veranda of your tent and sleep out under the stars. Enjoy game drives daily here.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls

Return to the Victoria Falls area for the onward or homeward journey.

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Walk out onto the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia and watch the fearless bunjee jumping down towards the Zambezi River.

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