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Kang Ultra Stop Central Kalahari Game Reserve 1 FB
Dqae Qare San Lodge Ghanzi 1 FB
Island Safari Lodge Maun 1 FB
Camp Okavango Okavango Delta 1 FB
Chobe Bush Lodge Chobe River Front 1 FB
Thebe river camp Kasane 1 FB
Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 1 FB
Woodlands Mpumalanga Highlands 2 FB
Nkambeni Tented Lodge Kruger National Park 2 FB

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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: Holiday Inn Sandton

Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road is also central to the Sandton Convention Centre; Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, and Nelson Mandela Square; which offers a diverse range of restaurants, shops, entertainment and vibrant nightlife. The Gauteng Train Station is a stone’s throw away. Therefore this Sandton hotel offers the ideal base for the business and leisure traveller.

Whether you're overnighting for business or leisure, or simply enjoying sundowner cocktails or dinner with friends, Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road provides a memorable experience catering for all your requirements!

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Holiday Inn Sandton, Johannesburg
Holiday Inn Sandton, Johannesburg

Botswana

Despite recent and surprisingly rapid modernization, Botswana’s cities provide little in the way of tourist attractions. However, what the cities lack in excitement, the surrounding wilderness areas more than make up for in outstanding natural beauty. The country’s primary tourist draw card is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world provide a haven for an abundance of African wildlife. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi salt pans where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.

Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary Chalets

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Chalets has 8 chalets to choose from located in different areas. Bedding and towels, braai facilities, a bar fridge and electric kettle will be provided for all chalets.

There's a curio shop that sells various local crafts, books, maps, souvenirs and postcards. Wood for fires and braais can be bought here, as well as ice, cold drinks and basic provisions.

Also featured at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is an excellent spot for day-visitors to relax and enjoy the peace of the Sanctuary. Visitors can make use of seating, tables, water and braai-stands for their picnic.

The restaurant is open to delight day visitors, chalet guests and campers with a variety of tasty traditional dishes as well as delicious regular items. There's also have a swimming pool, which is ideal for cooling and refreshing.

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Khama Rhino Sanctuary Chalets, Botswana
Khama Rhino Sanctuary Chalets, Botswana

Maun

Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.

Overnight: Maun Lodge

Maun Lodge is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River and on the doorstep to the famous Okavango Delta. Located only 4 km from Maun International Airport and 2.5 km from the village center and is ideally positioned for both business and holiday visitors.

Accommodation consists of 30 double rooms, 2 of which are suitable for the physically challenged, 20 twin and 4 family rooms, all air conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, extensive bouquet of satellite television, tea and coffee facilities, room and laundry services. There's also 10 deluxe riverfront rooms and 2 Presidential suites, all with private verandas, en-suite and fully air- conditioned. For those on a limited budget, there's 12 thatched chalets that are excellent value for money, the chalets are en-suite, fully air conditioned, have tea & coffee facilities and 8 DSTV channels. Eight of the chalets cater for families with two beds and a double sleeper couch. The remaining four have two beds each.

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Maun Lodge, Maun
Maun Lodge, Maun

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water.

Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

Overnight: Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) lies on the aptly named Paradise Island, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. This magnificent area epitomises the permanently flooded section of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, a multitude of clear water channels and expansive floodplains. There are ten raised luxury tents with en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower – and superb views of the classic Okavango Delta floodplains that surround the camp. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, bar and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool in which to cool off.

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Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp, Okavango Delta
Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp, Okavango Delta

Nata

This small village, situated 180km north of Francistown, is a popular stop-over destination on the way to or from Maun and Kasane (both ~300km away) further north. The white sand, tall termite mounds and Mokolwane palm trees are a feature of the area around this village.

Due to the number of tourists passing through there are now three filling stations (Engen, Shell and Caltex) close together on the outskirts of Nata at the junction with the Maun road

Shops in Nata are limited with North Gate filling station being the only decent option - there is a Southern Fried Chicken takeaway here as well as a shop selling basic food stuff and cold drinks. The Engen filling station, on the left before the Maun junction, also has a Wimpy fast food restaurant.

Nata is the best place from which to explore the eastern section of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Nata Sanctuary is only 10km away and self-drive trips here can be rewarding at the right time of year with large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans which breed here each year.

Overnight: Nata Lodge Campsite

The campsite surroundings offer peace and tranquillity with backdrop being that of the Botswana night sky. The lodge’s campsite is able to accommodate 150 pax and the ablution area’s are stylish with semi open showers offering hot and cold water for that true African feeling. The campsite has central electrical power banks for those requiring electricity. Socket is standard RSA 3 pin round plug 240v.

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Full Board

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge View iBrochure

Counter-balancing the wilderness are restful, air conditioned, en-suite lodgings. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity.

Other facilities include a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, a stylish bar with an outside terrace, an expansive deck offering magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as conference facilities for business travellers. All meals are catered for in various locations throughout the lodge including the terrace, boma and riverfront deck.

Each of Chobe Game Lodge's 4 luxury suites has an individual plunge pool set on a private terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the endless landscape and open plains. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. All 46 rooms are tastefully furnished, each room with hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings.

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Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe River Front
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe River Front

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 micro lights, 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.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel View iBrochure

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three IS0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe.

The Edwardian-style five-star hotel combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.

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Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides 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. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Overnight: Hwange Safari Lodge

Hwange Safari Lodge caters for a diverse range of individuals and groups from the lone adventurer to couples, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and the opportunity to experience the real African wild. Guests soon learn that this is the home of the wildlife they have come to see but that they, and the Lodge, are guests of the real owners of the land, the elephants, rhino, lions and giraffes.

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Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park
Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park

Bulawayo

Zimbabwe second largest city is named after the royal kraal of Mizilikazi - founder of the Matebele Nation. The nearby Matapos National Park is the major tourist attraction in the Bulawayo area.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Bulawayo

Holiday Inn Bulawayo is located a short drive away from the city center. It is situated close to the Ascot Race Course and an excellent 18 hole golf course. The hotel has a total of 157 rooms, all superbly decorated in an elegant style. Some of the rooms overlook the parking lot and the Ascot suburb and the others overlook the beautifully manicured gardens and pool area.

The facilities and hotel services at Holiday Inn Bulawayo are designed for both business and leisure. The hotel offers full banqueting and conference facilities, as well as a business center for workshops or conferences. The outdoor swimming pools, children’s playground, as well as the tennis and squash courts, provide the leisure side of the hotel, making the hotel suitable for all types of travelers. Squash and tennis courts, which are built to international standards, are also located onsite.

The onsite Phumulani Restaurant provides breakfast as well as lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. It offers a buffet style service, incorporating a wide range of local and western dishes. The well appointed and well stocked KoBulawayo cocktail bar, situated near the reception area and restaurants, provides everything from that cold, refreshing lager after a long drive to superlative late night cocktails. The King Bean Coffee overlooking the pool is a popular spot for guests.

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Holiday Inn Bulawayo, Bulawayo
Holiday Inn Bulawayo, Bulawayo

Botswana

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Overnight: Palapye

Situated on the main A1 highway from Gaborone - Francistown, Palapye benefits a lot from passing trade. Originally established around the railway, Palapye was further developed after the discovery of coal and the subsequent construction of two power stations, which can be seen as you approach the town.

The village itself has expanded rapidly in the last few years and the construction of the University will further help to boost the local economy. Few tourists actually go into the centre of Palapye as the Junction Shopping Mall and surrounding shops have everything you need.

Although most tourists just pass through Palapye, the Tswapong Hills are worth spending time at and are easily reached – both Moremi Gorge and Old Palapye are within an hours drive.

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Soutpansberg Mountain Range

Located in the northern province of Limpopo, the Soutpansberg, meaning ‘Salt Pan Mountain’ is South Africa’s most northern mountain range, which forms part of the UNESCO-designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Known as the gateway to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the spectacular Soutpansberg mountain range stretches from east to west covering over 130 kilometres. These mountains boast a rich cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, and unspoilt wilderness featuring rugged peaks rising from the baobab-dotted plains. Take a guided tour to a nearby Venda village, explore the sacred valleys and lakes, and discover the ancient historical rock art of this beautiful area.

Overnight: Blouberg Camp View iBrochure

Situated in a secluded spot below the Blouberg Mountains, this area provides wonderful opportunities for hiking and rock climbing. Adventure travelers who have an interest in local culture can enjoy convivial interactions with locals at taverns in the area.

Blouberg Cultural Camp is situated in the southern foothills of the Blouberg Mountains, and provides a starting point for rock climbers interested in completing this well-known rock face. Foothill hikes through the yellow-wood forest, or climbing to the top of the mountain, are also popular. The camp is popular with birders because it provides easy access to the near-by Blouberg Reserve with its famous vulture colonies, and an array of game. A short walk to beautiful rock pools for swimming is a wonderful summer refresher.

Visitors interested in meeting the local community can join guides from the camp on an easy walk through the area, and meet the locals at nearby taverns. First stop will be a tavern to meet locals, and experience traditionally brewed beer. If guests have booked a local meal, the group will then move on to the home a local catered where you will be greeted as honored guests and served a traditional banquet. There will be both traditional, as well as western foods on the menu. The evening can then move on to another tavern for post-dinner drinks and will conclude around a camp fire back at camp.

FACILITIES

Blouberg Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Linen is not provided as part of the tariff, but can be hired at a separate fee. This needs to be arranged at the time of booking. Ablutions are en-suite, with flush toilets, quaint bucket-showers and basins.

The kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travelers an ideal opportunity to get to meet and interact with other like-minded travelers. You will share a gas hob and camp fire for cooking, as well as fridge and freezer for storage of food. The necessary pots, crockery & cutlery are also supplied. Want to sample local food? Have dinner at a local tavern, and share a drink with the locals.

There is no electricity, and paraffin or solar lanterns are provided for light at night. If intending to braai or have a camp fire, don’t forget to bring firewood. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water.

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Blouberg Camp, Soutpansberg Mountain Range
Blouberg Camp, Soutpansberg Mountain Range

Kruger National Park

At more than 2 million hectares the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Because of its exceptional size you can experience amazing diversity – from the scenery and ecosystems to the correspondingly amazing array of animals, trees and birds. A trip to the Kruger National Park is an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience.

Overnight: African Ivory Route

All camps have 5 units with 2 beds in each unit. The Safari camps have en-suite 'bucket' showers, while the cultural camps have communal ablutions. All camps have no electricity and a communal kitchen for self-catering.

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Hazyview

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazeyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels. These include, among others: mountain biking, quad biking, ziplining, tubing, abseiling, and river rafting. Whether you are eager to hike the Panarama Route with its breathtaking views and impressive waterfalls, visit the Shangana Cultural Village, or horse ride along the banks of the magnificent Sabie River, Hazyview has something for just about everyone.

Overnight: Kruger Park Lodge

Tucked away between miles of untamed bushveld lies an oasis of lush green lawns, flowing water and all the luxuries of a gracious lifestyle. It’s called the Kruger Park Lodge. Built on the banks of the picturesque Sabie River and surrounded by indigenous gardens abundant with bird life, impala and hippo, the lodge has something for everyone. Enjoy long walks along our nature trail, relax around one of our three swimming pools or, better still, rise to the challenges offered by our 9 hole Gary Player designed golf course.

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Kruger Park Lodge, Hazyview
Kruger Park Lodge, Hazyview

Day 18: Departure

Activities

White Water Rafting

Canoeing

Bungee Jumping

Jet Boating

Night Eyes Safaris - Night Drive with Bush Dinner

Horse Trails

Half Day Elephant Back Safar

Local Village Tour

San Experience

Fire Making

Craft Making

San History Tour

Game Drives

Traditional Dancing

Rope Making and Trap Setting

Bush Walks

Story Telling

Balloon Safari

game drives

boat cruises

fishing trips

flights

Namibian village walks

cross-border transfers

Photographic Safari

Riding Safari

Walking Safari

Family Safari

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