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    Mashatu Botswana - credit Bethan Evans

Namibia Deserts

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A bespoke itinerary providing the opportunity to explore four totally different deserts in one country.

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Namibia Deserts

 

An itinerary providing the opportunity to explore four totally different deserts in one country.

Day 1: Kalahari
Day 3: Nama Karoo
Day 6: Succulent Karoo
Day 8: Namib Desert
Day 11: Windhoek

Description

Description

 

Day 1: Kalahari
From Windhoek, collect a hire car and head south. You will soon start to see the wildlife of Namibia with warthog, baboon and possibly kudu near the road. You will notice how well maintained the roads are and how empty they are in comparison to what we are used to. Some 250 kms from Windhoek will bring you to the Kalahari, your first desert. Here the dunes are in wave formation and some stretch 250 kms. The tops are bare red sand with the sides and troughs having grass and trees growing up them. Between the dunes, grassland supports a wide variety of wildlife and birds. Stay here for two nights at least to give you time to recover from your flight and to explore the surrounding desert. An evening sundowner drive is a must.
Two nights Kalahari

Day 3: Nama Karoo
The next part of the journey is a drive of 4 to 5 hours; you may find that the first half is a little monotonous but the bird life along the roadside is interesting. The scenery becomes more and more dramatic the nearer you get to the Fish River Canyon, with boulder strewn mountains and vast vistas. A stop to see the Quiver tree Forest and the Giants Playground is a rewarding detour and an ideal place for lunch. You may expect to see zebra, springbok and oryx.  The Canyon looks at its best in the morning sunlight. We would suggest two to three nights in this area; available activities include horse riding, sundowner drives, walking trails and scenic flights.

For the intrepid there is the chance to join a trek in the canyons leading to the Fish River Canyon and time down in the main Canyon. Camp out for 2 nights with your guide cooking you meals and mules to carry the heavy stuff. Truly getting away from modern life.
Three nights Fish River Canyon area

Day 6: Succulent Karoo
The next desert on this itinerary is one of the top 20 most important biomes in the world. The flora is rare and worth having an expert along to explain how it all interacts. With a backdrop of massive granite mountains and sweeping desert plains this is a land of far horizons. Added to the usual desert wildlife there are also the Namib Desert Horses to be sought out. Their ancestors made their break for freedom from the armies of the First World War and they have flourished ever since.
Two nights in Succulent Karoo

Day 8: Namib Desert
The fourth and final desert is famous for its red dunes and it is not long before you will see the first of these in your drive north. This is a wonderful scenic drive, which will tempt you to stop and take photos along the way.  There is plenty to do and see here; Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon – this is a photographer’s paradise, with the early morning being the best time to visit. Almost all the Lodges offer game drives and sundowners and you could see decent size herds of springbok and if really lucky, cheetah. Balloon over the dunes, quad bike or just simply relax.
Three nights Namib Desert

Day 11: Begin your return to Windhoek or onward
Head back towards Windhoek and your flight home (we would suggest a night or two as you wend your way back) or explore the Namib Desert even further by making your way to Swakopmund and the sea.

Fish River Canyon      Africa, Namibia. © 2004 Jan Jepsen / NTB

 

Peter - our Namibia expert      star dunes namib desert

Little Gems

Little Gems

Early morning in the Namib desert is a very special time.  The park gates open at dawn and you need to be the first in to get those all important sunrise shots of Dune 45 and of course to enjoy sunrise with your breakfast picnic. Pick up your entrance ticket the night before.

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Along the Limpopo River, South Africa and Botswana

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This is a different side to both South Africa and Botswana which has the mighty Limpopo River as its main theme. The river and its tributaries support a huge variety of animals and birds. Add in evidence of human history that goes right back to our earliest times to give you another interest while here. A different type of safari in a different South Africa and Botswana.

Summary

Southern Africa and Botswana – Along the Limpopo River

 

Day 1:              Johannesburg

Day 2:              Madikwe         

Day 4:             Mashatu, Botswana

Day 7:              Limpopo

Day 8:              Kruger

Day 11:            Panoramic Route

Day 12:            Hazyview

Day 13:            Johannesburg

Description

Description

 

The northern border of South Africa is often described as a different experience of this country – wilder and more remote. Combining this with the Tuli Block in Botswana, known as the land of Giants for its elephant herds and huge baobab trees, and you have a smorgasbord of the unexpected and the best of the wild Africa.

 

Day 1: Johannesburg

Stay overnight in Johannesburg and consider a tour of the city, taking in Constitution Hill with its fort and the Constitution Court, a trip to Soweto to see the Apartheid Museum and a visit to the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners have lived (Mandela and Tutu).

One night Johannesburg

 

Day 2: Madikwe

Drive towards the Botswana border. Your first stop is Madikwe Game Reserve home to the Big 5 and wild dog and with a mixture of plains, forest and rocky hills to vary your experiences. Being malaria free adds to the attraction of this Reserve and many of the lodges here are family friendly.

Two nights Madikwe

 

Day 4: Mashatu, Botswana

Head to the North West South African border with Botswana at Pontdrift and cross the Limpopo into the Tuli Conservation area of Botswana. Your days here focus on the wildlife that is abundant in this region, particularly large herds of elephant and good sightings of leopard, lion and cheetah. Take time to join a walking safari or take to mountain bikes and follow your guide as you negotiate the rough terrain and the wildlife you will encounter. Also make time to explore the history of the region going back to the beginning of man, the Great Zimbabwe era and the colonial past.

Three nights Mashatu

 

Day 7: Limpopo

Return to Pontdrift and then drive along the Limpopo towards the very northern part of the Kruger National Park. Break the journey with an overnight stay at one of the lodges that have views over the Limpopo River.

One night Limpopo

 

Day 8: Kruger

Enter the Kruger National Park by its most northerly gate – Pafuri. The river is a great attraction for animals and birds and sitting on a platform watching the coming and going at the river is a good way to spend a few hours. Your guide here will take you out through the Park to see a whole host of wildlife and stunning scenery such as the Fever tree forest (glows in the moonlight) and stone tools fashioned by stone aged people. If you enjoy birding this region has much to offer in the way of rare specimens.

Three nights Kruger

 

Day 11: Panoramic Route

Leaving the Kruger behind you will start your journey along the Panoramic Route. There are many attractions along the way to ensure you do not rush it, such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, God’s Window and a number of waterfalls.

One night Panoramic Route

 

Day 12: Hazyview

End the Panoramic Route with a night in Hazyview and time to relax.

One night Hazyview

 

Day 13: Johannesburg

Return to Johannesburg for the end of your trip.

Africa

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Africa

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Africa

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Africa

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Little Gems

Stand on an outcrop looking down on a herd of elephant as they make their way to a waterhole in the near distance while shaded by a baobab tree carved with the initials of Cecil Rhodes and his paramour, and sipping a sundowner.

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Uganda itinerary

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Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans. This itinerary ensures that you will see all the best that Uganda has to offer, both in wildlife and scenery.  It also gives you the chance to see the endangered and rare mountain gorillas.

Summary

Uganda

 

Day 1:     Kampala

Day 3:     Murchison Falls National Park

Day 5:     Kibale

Day 6:     Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9:     Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 11:    Lake Bunyonyi

Day 13:    Lake Victoria

Day 15:    Depart Uganda

Description

Description

 

The lesser known of East Africa’s countries, Uganda has a diverse offering in wildlife, scenery and experiences. Where else can you plan to see gorillas in their mountain homelands, watch chimpanzees range through the trees in search of fruit and anything else, see the Big 5 in classic African panorama and finish with a few days on a beach on Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria.

 

Day 1: Kampala

Take time to explore this lake side city and perhaps take a trip out to Mabamba Swamp for some seriously good bird watching. Amongst the highlights would be a good sighting of the incredible shoebill bird with its large flattened beak.

Two nights Kampala

 

Day 3: Murchison Falls

Next stop is Murchison Falls National Park where the River Nile is compressed from 47 metres wide to squeeze through 6 metre canyon and drop 40 metres making for a powerful view. This Park has all of the main plains animals and some unusual ones such as oribi and Rothschild giraffe. Join traditional game drives and then take a boat cruise to the foot of the Falls known as the Devil’s Cauldron. Going in the late afternoon ensures you will see all the wildlife coming down for their evening drink. Plenty of crocs and hippo to see along the way and over 450 species of bird are found here.

Two nights Murchison Falls National Park

 

Day 5: Kibale

Your drive takes you along the western rim of the Rift Valley and then to the Kibale Forest National Park. Here you will be guided by the expert trackers/rangers of the Park through the forest looking for the troops of chimps hunting through the trees. There are plenty of other monkeys to be found here, such as the red tailed monkey and grey cheeked Mangabey.

One night Kibale

 

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive on into the Queen Elizabeth National Park and have a game drive looking for giant Forest Hogs on your way to camp. Here you have the conventional game drives looking for the usual plains game and their predators, most notably lion that climb in to the trees. Then take to a boat on the Kazinga Channel home to what is considered the largest number of hippo in Africa. Take a guided walk to the Blue Lake and the caves nearby which is home to millions of bats which in turn feed many python.

Three nights Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Enjoy a game drive as you leave the Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will meet the Batwa people who live here. Here you will receive briefing from the Park staff before your guide takes you through the forest to seek out the gorilla family that live here. You will have an hour with these gentle giants before returning to the lodge.

Two nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

Last tour through the forest before heading to Lake Bunyonyi where you can cruise out to Punishment Island where in past days unmarried pregnant girls where abandoned as punishment for conceiving before marriage. Relax in this beautiful location.

Two nights Lake Bunyonyi

 

Day 13: Lake Victoria

Back to Lake Victoria and a boat transfer to one of the islands on the Lake for some time to relax on a beach.

Two nights Lake Victoria

 

Day 15: Depart Uganda

Leave Uganda today for the onward or homeward journey.

Uganda

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Uganda

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Uganda

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Little Gems

Little Gem

Being so close to a family of gorillas, who have accepted you as part of the day, and watching their family interactions. Magical, and worth the climb through the forest even in the wet.

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Why you should consider Hwange National Park for your Safari

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There are very good reasons to consider Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, for your safari destination and the key ones are as follow:

  • Hwange is close to Victoria Falls which is easy enough to reach by a number of airlines. The airport there is becoming a bigger International destination which will make it even easier to fly in to the region.
  • Hwange has about 43,000 visitors per year which gives a density of 3 people per KM2 per year. This compares with the Serengeti density of 23 people per km2 per year, Kruger at 85 and Masai Mara at 912.
  • It is home to about 46,000 elephants and during the dry season it is not unusual to see herds of hundreds at waterholes. None of the other Parks can boast such large numbers of elephant. In fact there are more elephants than visitors.
  • It has the some of the densest numbers of sable antelope, cheetah, wild dog and lion in Zimbabwe
  • Your guides here serve an apprenticeship of 5 to 10 years and their professionalism is considered amongst the best in Africa. They will take you on walking safaris within the Park and teach you about all that you see, including tracks, flora and fauna. This will enhance your African experience immensely.
  • Hwange Park lodges and camps are small and personal. On average 8 rooms serving 16 clients

 

Elephants

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Africa

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Elephants

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If you would like more information about a tailor made safari to Hwange and Victoria Falls or Safaris in South Africa then please contact us on – 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Mozambique as a Family Destination

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One of our favourite lodges on the coast of Mozambique has decided to streamline its cost base and make going there better than ever. Nuarro Lodge has just offered a 5 night stay for families at US$ 125-00 per person per night. This includes the following: Vehicle transfers to and from Nampula Airport/ Nacala Airport / Ilha De Mocambique, accommodation in the chalets with three meals, coffee & tea, snacks, unlimited shore diving for advanced diver buddies, unguided snorkelling, kayaking, mountain bikes and one massage per booking.

indaba and moz Mozambique

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The fact that it is in a wonderful location with pristine seas to explore and truly idyllic beaches makes this a wonderful family get away. Visit their website www.nuarro.com to see what you could be doing! 

One of things that has put off clients going to Mozambique is the difficulty of getting there. The good news is that the Government of the country is opening up the country by asking for tenders for flights in and around the country. Hopefully this will make it easier for future travellers to this beautiful country.

indaba and mozambique

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indaba and mozambique

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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

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Cape Town - Safari vehicle

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White Lions pumba

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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!

 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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This year has been a good one for rains in Southern Africa (well for most places) which is good news for farmers and the wildlife. The abundance of rain has seen the rivers well up which in turn has led to the amount of water flowing over the Victoria Falls being spectacular. There is nothing quite as awe inspiring as seeing and feeling the thunder of the Falls. You are also guaranteed to receive a good soaking from the spray – which can be seen from miles away.

Victoria Falls

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This time of year is often portrayed as being one to avoid coming to this part of the world, but there are very good reasons to consider it. Yes, the game viewing will be more difficult as the wildlife has dispersed and the vegetation will be at its highest but this is the time that many animals have their young and the birds are in courting and nesting mode.

There is also the advantage of boat safaris in places such as South Luangwa and the flood in to the Okavango should be high allowing you the choices of travel in this unique environment.

It is all about planning – and taking advantage of the good rates for these areas at this time of year.

Give us a call or email to plan your trip to this amazing area on Tel: 01323 446550 – Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls

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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. 

Summary

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

Description

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.

Summary

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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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.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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