Walking Safari in Botswana Zimbabwe - Safari in Botswana Zimbabwe SOUTH AFRICA • BOTSWANA • ZIMBABWE 13 DAYS • MARCH 14 – 26, 2018 Itinerary 14-Mar Wednesday Johannesburg South Africa So Sun OR Tambo Int’l Airport Hotel 15-Mar ...
Walking Safari in Botswana & ZimbabweSOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE13 Days | May 29 June 10, 2018Johannesburg, South Africa | Linyanti, Selinda & Savuti, Botswana | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe |Hwange, Zimbabwe | Mana Pools, Zimbabwe | Johannesburg, South Africa$11,633Walking Safari in Botswana &ZimbabweSOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE13 DAYS MAY 29 JUNE 10, 2018Itinerary29-May Tuesday Johannesburg South Africa So Sun OR Tambo Intl Airport Hotel30-May Wednesday Linyanti, Selinda & Savuti Botswana Selinda Explorers Camp31-May Thursday Linyanti, Selinda & Savuti Botswana Selinda Explorers Camp1-Jun Friday Linyanti, Selinda & Savuti Botswana Selinda Explorers Camp2-Jun Saturday Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Ilala Lodge3-Jun Sunday Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Ilala Lodge4-Jun Monday Hwange Zimbabwe Little Makalolo5-Jun Tuesday Hwange Zimbabwe Little Makalolo6-Jun Wednesday Hwange Zimbabwe Little Makalolo7-Jun Thursday Mana Pools Zimbabwe John's Camp8-Jun Friday Mana Pools Zimbabwe John's Camp9-Jun Saturday Mana Pools Zimbabwe John's Camp10-Jun Sunday Johannesburg South Africa DepartPer PersonThis is a sample itinerary and the price is an estimate, used for rough planning purposes only and is subject to change. Actual pricesand availability must be finalized by one of our trip planners who will contact and confirm pricing with all accommodations andoperators.29 MAY 2018 JohannesburgStart Safari: O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg, South Africa (Arrival Location)Johannesburg, South AfricaSofiatown. Joburg. Gold Reef City. This is the commercial capital of one of Africa's strongest economic engines,South Africa. Johannesburg was built on a gold mining town established in the 1800's, and you can still see theslag heaps within the city limits. If you are focused on a wildlife safari, your time should be kept to a minimumin Johannesburg. But if you have time to explore the city, its definitely worth a stay. Feel the vibe of Soweto, forexample (an acronym for South West Township), then we can organize a fun bike ride that takes you throughthe streets of Soweto and gives you a flavor for this colorful and energetic township.So Sun OR Tambo Intl Airport HotelThe Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel has a superb location, and is a mere 500 meters(approximately 1650 feet) from South Africas busiest airport, making it an ideal choice for leisure travelers. Itis a landmark hotel in the area and as a Southern Sun hotel, has garnered an excellent reputation over theyears. While this may be a bustling area, the hotel offers a relaxed setting but with all the modern technologythat many travelers require. The 366 guest rooms are spacious and offer a haven of comfort for travelers.Comfortable, spacious hotel rooms are furnished to include all modern comforts. Southern Sun O.R. TamboInternational Airport Hotel allows guests to enjoy a peaceful nights sleep without disturbances from the airportor nearby traffic. Guests can choose from a selection of rooms including luxurious Executive Suites that includea comfortable working area. Smoking rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request. Thepopular Bernoullis Restaurant is renowned for its good food and diners have a choice of a delicious buffet or ana la carte menu, while the attractive wine bar with its 24-hour buzz is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner drink.Numerous activities are available, at additional cost, while in Johannesburg. Tours of Pretoria and Soweto areavailable as well as visits to the De Wildt Cheetah Center, the Apartheid Museum and Sterkfontein andMaropeng. Please advise if any of these activities are of interest for further descriptions, availability andpricing.IncludedAccommodation, breakfast, 500mb per day of complimentary wireless internet service, airport shuttleAmenitiesAir Conditioning, Cell Phone Coverage, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Pool, Recharge Facilities, Wi-Fi,Workout RoomAvailable at an Additional CostRestaurant dining, bar, day spa and salon, room service, laundry (next day), Pretoria City tour, SowetoTownship tour, Apartheid Museum, DeWildt Cheetah Centre, Sterkfontein Caves, Maropeng ? Cradle ofHumankind, Origins Centre, Elephant Educational at Hartbeespoort Dam30 MAY 2018 - 1 JUN 2018 Linyanti, Selinda & SavutiJohannesburg Maun Commercial Flight (1 hour, 45 minutes) Maun Linyanti, Selinda & Savuti Scheduled Light Aircraft Transfer (1 hour, 15 minutes) Linyanti, Selinda & Savuti, BotswanaLocated between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, the Linyanti and Selinda private concessions,and the Savuti Channel are characterized by a lagoon system similar to the Okavango Deltas. The Linyanti andSelinda concessions are located in close proximity to two permanent rivers: the Linyanti River (Linyanti) andthe Kwando River (Selinda). The rivers are prized sources of water for the surrounding wildlife, drawingmigrations from drier areas for fantastic game-viewing. Slightly south of Linyanti and Selinda is the SavutiChannel a famously unpredictable channel which is by turns flowing and dry independent of rainy seasons.Since the last dry spell, which ended in 2008, the Savuti has been restored to a watery haven for elephants,water birds, and aquatic life. Each of these three regions is surrounded by open grassland, riverine forest,mixed woodland, and water which draw and sustain a variety of wildlife such as impala, kudu, giraffe, zebras,reedbuck, steenbok, warthog, baboon and vervet monkeys, lion, spotted hyena, and leopards. Enormous herdsof buffalo and elephant are also a highlight of this area. Game drives in open four-wheel-drive-vehicles withnaturalists and game cruising on the river by boat provide opportunities for excellent wildlife viewing andbirding, as well.Selinda Explorers CampSelinda Explorers Camp is poised in a remote, treasured location on the famous Selinda Spillway. As the lifelineof the Selinda Reserve, the Selinda Spillway is a crucial gathering point for the wildlife of this pristine 320,000-acre reserve. The intention of Selinda Explorers Camp is to offer a quality wildlife experience, while allowingguests to explore outside of the vehicle, by foot and canoe. This classic camp, consisting of four custom-designed tents, transports us back to authentic safaris, but with a modern twist and hospitality. Subtly placedunder the shade of the riverine forest, the camp is designed in the style of the early explorers both in philosophyand practice. Whiling away afternoons under the canopy of jackelberry and mangosteen trees, interspersedwith walks and canoeing, make this a respite from the daily grind of a traditional safari. Each of the fourcustom-designed, walk-in tents is expansive; however, in keeping with a bit of traditional safari, the en-suiteflush loo and shower are attached and enclosed, but under the stars. Hot/Cold water are provided by jug ondemand. Stylishly decorated with campaign-style furniture, decanters of cognac and Persian rugs, the dcorpays homage to the roots of safari. As a romantic touch, brass hipbaths can be portered to a nearby sand bankon the banks of the Spillway. And personal hammocks adorn each verandah. In balance with the wild locationof this camp, the camp is ecologically sensitive with 100% solar power, grey water treatment, bore-hole waterfor drinking, and activities that concentrate on getting back to nature: guided walking and canoeing a focus, butday and night game drives available exploring the eastern reaches of the Selinda Reserve where there is anextensive networks of tracks. It is a wildlife hot spot, with huge herds of elephants and buffalo, lion, wild dog,sable and roan antelope all frequently spotted. On safari it is possible to see a tremendous diversity of species,with particular emphasis on the smaller things only seen outside of a vehicle.IncludedAccommodation, meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding Champagne), scheduled wildlifeactivities: game drives, night drives, off-road game drives, guided walks, canoeing, fishing, conservancy fees,return airstrip transfers, conservation levyAmenitiesEnsuite Bathrooms, Local Drinks Included, Recharge FacilitiesAvailable at an Additional CostChampagne2 JUN 2018 - 3 JUN 2018 Victoria FallsLinyanti, Selinda & Savuti Chobe Scheduled Light Aircraft Transfer (35 minutes) Chobe Victoria Falls Private Road Transfer (2 hours) Victoria Falls, ZimbabweWhile David Livingstone named the falls on his visit, he didnt realize it already had a more fitting name Mosai-Oa-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders. The mighty Zambezi River drops off in spectacular fashion,creating a powerful spectacle that is the most notable of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you want totake part in any of the hundreds of activities that the Victoria Falls area offers (from river cruises to bungeejumping), youll need more than one day. We can also lay on a wonderful historical tour that highlights the lifeof Dr. David Livingstone.Ilala LodgeIlala Lodge is situated on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls aswell as the Vic Falls town center. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. DavidLivingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, and he namedthem Victoria Falls, the name still used in Zimbabwe. The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya is thename in official use in Zambia. The World Heritage List recognizes both names. While it is neither the highestnor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 5,600 ftand height of 360 ft, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Ilala Lodge offers distinguished yetaffordable accommodation in warm elegant surroundings. The decor evokes an era of early adventure and thequest for discovery in Africa. The national park borders the front of the property and wild animals often grazeon the hotel lawns, with the spray of the falls in the background. Ilala Lodge offers 32 standard rooms and 2standard suites as well as 20 deluxe rooms and 2 executive suites. All rooms have en-suite bathroom withseparate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV and have individual coffee and tea facilities. Therooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either an open lawn or abalcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. Victoria Falls isknown as Africa's adventure capital and has a lot to offer visitors, from high-adrenalin activities like bungeejumping and whitewater rafting to more sedate pastimes like fishing or elephant back safaris.IncludedAccommodation, breakfast, complimentary wireless internet, complimentary Wi-Fi, VAT & tourism levyAmenitiesAir Conditioning, Cell Phone Coverage, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Pool, RechargeFacilities, Wi-FiAvailable at an Additional CostRestaurant dining, room service, all drinks, curio shop items, spa treatments, laundry, sundowners, GuidedTour of the Falls, Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi, Village Visit, Canoeing, Fishing the Zambezi, HorsebackRiding, Helicopter Flight over the Falls, Helicopter Flight over the Falls/Gorge/Game Park, Half Day GameDrive in Victoria Falls National Park, ?Mists of Time? Private Tour of Victoria Falls, Canoeing on the UpperZambezi, Zambezi River Boat Safari, Whitewater Rafting, Golf at Elephant Hills Golf Course4 JUN 2018 - 6 JUN 2018 HwangeVictoria Falls Hwange Scheduled Light Aircraft Transfer (1 hour) Hwange, ZimbabweHwange offers classic wildlife landscapes full of tall grasses and mopane woodlands, pans and waterholes. Ithas wonderful herds of elephant, with big tusker bulls, and is excellent habitat for one of the most majesticantelope - the sable. There are plenty of giraffe, as well as the big cats such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. Inshort, Hwange has some great game viewing, can be visited all year round, is not crowded, and has someexcellent lodges located right inside the national park.Little MakaloloLittle Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas,overlooking a vibrant waterhole. Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe at 5,600square miles with varied habitats and vegetation types. The park is predominately Kalahari sandveld (landcharacterized by dry, sandy soil) supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry Acacia scrub and is interspersedwith saltpans and grasslands that support enormous species diversity and provide a true wilderness experience.The camp's six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used forelectricity ensuring a lighter environmental footprint. The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plungepool and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales. There is a log pile hide overlooking thewaterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours. Activities at LittleMakalolo Camp center on open 4x4 Land Rover game drives and guided nature walks throughout the Makaloloconcession. The area's large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety, especially in thewinter months when Hwange is home to a Noah's Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench theirthirst. There is a platform available for guests to have the opportunity to sleep under the stars. The platform isequipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and a long drop toilet and can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests atone time; the guide will be in a tent not far from the platform. Guests are typically transferred to the platformafter dinner and returned to camp early the next morning before breakfast. For greater flexibility with timing,guests can hire a private vehicle. Sleep outs are weather dependent and are operated t the discretion of thecamp manager. Makalolo is one of the best areas for seeing impressive herds of buffalo and elephants as well asapex predators such as lions, leopards, wild dogs and cheetahs. Other general game is very abundant in thepark.IncludedAccommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities: game drives in open Land Rovers, morningwalking safaris, evening drives with spotlight, game viewing hides, outdoor dining, laundry, house drinks(premium exported brands excluded), park feesAmenitiesEnsuite Bathrooms, Laundry Included, Local Drinks IncludedAvailable at an Additional CostPremium exported brand drinks and Champagne, visit Ngamo school near Hwange that caters for a number ofchildren from surrounding villages7 JUN 2018 - 9 JUN 2018 Mana PoolsHwange Mana Pools Scheduled Light Aircraft Transfer (2 hours, 20 minutes) Mana Pools, ZimbabweIf you ask a Zimbabwean about her favorite national park, she will often say Mana. Mana means four in Shonaand refers to the four large pools formed by the winding river. It is very scenic. The back drop is the blueZambezi escarpment which lies to the north. In the foreground is the Zambezi River which is a mile wide inplaces and full of hippos and crocs. Along the banks of the river are beautiful acacia albida trees under whichbig bull elephants hang out with herds of buffalo and impala. You can game drive here, but the best is walkingthrough the riverine forests with your professional Zimbabwean guide and seeing big game on foot. You cantake boat trips and canoe safaris on the Zambezi and capture water-level photos of elephant antics. This is alsoexcellent leopard country.John's CampMana Pools National Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Here John's Camp is nestledamong canopies of trichelia and mahogany trees. It is a truly natural wilderness and the only wild walkingnational park in Africa. Across the vast floodplain one can walk with the giants - African bull elephants, dineamidst herds of buffalo, gaze upon prides of lions, enjoy sundowners with hippos on the banks of the ZambeziRiver and bird watch over 400 species of birds. The semi-permanent camp is comprised of 10 beds, made up of5 twin or double en suite Meru style tents. Each tent has en suite bathroom facilities with flush toilets andoverhanging safari-style bucket showers. Inside the tent is a lit changing area complete with a running waterbasin. With privacy in mind, the tents are generously spaced out along the floodplain adjacent to the ZambeziRiver. The dining area is centrally located between the tents, positioned in thick shade, and there is a campfireoverlooking the floodplain for evening cocktails and snacks before dinner. A common dining area and a stargazing sleep-out platform for the more adventurous safari traveler complete the common areas. Includedactivities are game drives conducted from Toyota Landcruisers and walks led by professional, armed andlicensed guides who are both knowledgeable and passionate about their work. Guests can enjoy a night underthe stars sleeping in a 'mozzi dome' tent, away from the main camp, or spend an evening under the wild andmagical African skies on the rustic platform. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the main camp and set up in aremote and beautiful part of the park, overlooking either the Zambezi River, one of the many inland pans, agully or the majestic floodplain itself.IncludedAccommodation, all meals, all drinks available locally, activities: game drives & walking, laundry, park andconservation feesAmenitiesEnsuite Bathrooms, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Recharge FacilitiesAvailable at an Additional CostChampagne, premium alcoholic beverages10 JUN 2018 JohannesburgMana Pools Harare Scheduled Light Aircraft Transfer (1 hour, 30 minutes) Harare Johannesburg Commercial Flight (1 hour, 40 minutes) Johannesburg, South Africa (Departure Location) End Safari O.R. Tambo International AirportJohannesburg, South AfricaSofiatown. Joburg. Gold Reef City. This is the commercial capital of one of Africa's strongest economic engines,South Africa. Johannesburg was built on a gold mining town established in the 1800's, and you can still see theslag heaps within the city limits. If you are focused on a wildlife safari, your time should be kept to a minimumin Johannesburg. But if you have time to explore the city, its definitely worth a stay. Feel the vibe of Soweto, forexample (an acronym for South West Township), then we can organize a fun bike ride that takes you throughthe streets of Soweto and gives you a flavor for this colorful and energetic township.