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Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 1 FB
Hwange Safari Lodge Hwange National Park 1 FB
Maun Rest Camp Maun 3 FB
Divundu Bridge Bwabwata National Park 1 FB
Halali Campsite Etosha National Park 3 FB
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm Etosha West 2 FB
Cape Cross Seal Colony Namib 2 FB
Orange River Lodge Orange River 2 FB
The Desert Homestead Sossusvlei 1 FB
Hobas Fish River Canyon 2 FB
Canyon Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia Fish River Canyon 1 FB
Rainbows End Cape Winelands 3 FB

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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: Ilala Lodge View iBrochure

The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of our boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.

Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep.As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.

Feel at ease in our elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all

en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free WiFi and a safe. 56 rooms in total including 2 Executive Suites, 2 Standard Suites, 20 Deluxe rooms and 32 Standard rooms.

The view from your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.

Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant "The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls!

We have a tours desk in the hotel where you can book all you’re activities. Ilala Lodge also has a spa, where you can spoil yourself after that long safari!

Cruise down the river of time and follow the route that ancient explorers took, on the luxurious Ra-Ikane. She is the only one of her kind in Victoria Falls; The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is out-fitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. Sip chilled white wine, or Gin & Tonics whilst nibbling on canapes, as well as the sumptuous high tea, whilst you glide up to Elephants feeding on the shoreline.

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Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Ilala Lodge, 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

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 Rest Camp

Set in a shady riverside garden Maun Rest Camp focuses on travelers looking for a self drive venue with spacious self drive campsites that have fireplaces and power points. The camp is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane. The camp's furnished tents are all carpeted and feature comfortable beds. Maun Rest Camp also offers free WI-FI access.

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Maun Rest Camp, Maun
Maun Rest Camp, Maun

Bwabwata National Park

The 6,100-square-kilometre Bwabwata National Park incorporates the West Caprivi Triangle around Kongola, the Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls and the Buffalo Core Area. The park aims to rehabilitate wildlife populations that were lost to poachers, therefore community game guards and resource monitors are employed as part of a long-term strategy aimed at conservation as well as job creation for local Caprivian people. It is because of places like Bwabwata that there has been a steady increase in the numbers of Namibian wildlife, including several rare species. The best time to visit the park is in October when animals gather around the remaining waterholes along the Kwando River.

Overnight: Divundu Bridge

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Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.

Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

Overnight: Halali Campsite

In an otherwise flat area Halali Campsite is perched between a few hills and koppies. Thicker vegetation makes this popular with leopard, rhino and elephant. Situated halfway between Namutoni and Okaukuejo, the Halali Campsite is centrally located in close proximity of some of the most popular waterholes of the Etosha National Park. A short walk will take you to the camp’s floodlit waterhole with excellent day and night game viewing.

‘Halali’ is the German word for the traditional ending of a hunt. The campsite signifies the end of game hunting and the rise of eco-tourism in Namibia. Halali offers active guests the largest pool in the park and its strategic location between Namutoni and Okaukuejo makes it a great stopover for lunch, ice cream, a cool drink or just petrol.

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Halali Campsite, Etosha National Park
Halali Campsite, Etosha National Park

Etosha West

The area andvegetation is very different to the south-eastern and eastern part of the park and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra can be found here.

In this area and with a more undulating landscape, it makes for a very different wildlife experience. White dust and clay which makes up the Etosha Pan turns to a reddish brown soil during this time which may lead you to believe you have entered an entirely new park when you visit.

Overnight: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm and Cheetah Park is home to the Save the Cheetah project and the farm has both tame and wild cheetahs. The name - Otjitotongwe - is derived from Oshiherero a native language in Namibia.

Guests can view the feeding of cheetahs, ensuring superb photographic opportunities.

Further unusual features that the lodge offers is indegenous plants, Fokea multiflora, Python Vines. Stromatolites (fossils algae), 600 - 700 million years old. These algae grow in a warm, shallow sea that once covered northern Namibia.

The bungalows as well as the campsites are surrounded by a wonderful bush landscape and the guests will feel at home with the cheetahs close by.

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Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm, Etosha West
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm, Etosha West

Namib

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.

Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Overnight: Cape Cross Seal Colony

This colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called 'seals', which are in fact a species of sea lion. Day trips to the colony are offered and the seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres.

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Cape Cross Seal Colony, Namib
Cape Cross Seal Colony, Namib

Orange River

The Orange River snakes its way through one of Southern Africa’s harshest environments bringing life to an area of sheer rugged beauty. Aside from vineyards in the desert the river also creates a mobile playground from which to explore the area.

Overnight: Orange River Lodge

Orange River Lodge is located on the banks of the Orange River, which forms the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. The lodge is situated in the border town of Noordoewer, approximately 1 km from the Namibian border post. Lodge accommodations offer 4 double self catering rooms, 2 double rooms and 6 family rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The onsite thatched lapa restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lodge’s bar offers a typical Namibian atmosphere. Activities offered include fishing, canoeing and for visitors with an interest in the history of Namibia, there are a number of interesting sites to visit.

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Orange River Lodge, Orange River
Orange River Lodge, Orange River

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.

Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Overnight: The Desert Homestead View iBrochure

The wide grassy valley in which the lodge is situated is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. In this exquisite position, the lodge offers simple but stylish accommodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, Alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at the lodge. And meandering across endless plains or discovering ancient water courses on a beautifully groomed steed is a magical and alternative way to appreciate your surroundings. The final remnants of each day see nature at her most profound. Rugged landscapes bathed in hues of pastel ... a truly humbling experience.

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The Desert Homestead, Sossusvlei
The Desert Homestead, Sossusvlei

Fish River Canyon

The intermittent Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony the 160 km long, at times 27 km wide and 550m deep canyon is awe inspiring. At the southern end are the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais.

Overnight: Hobas

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Cape Winelands

A mere one hours drive from Cape Town lie the valleys and mountains which have become synonymous with some of the world's finest wines. Spectacular mountain scenery, fine hotels and guest houses, 300 years of wine making history and many of the country’s top restaurants combine to make the Cape Winelands into a much desired destination. This is the centre of South Africa’s award winning wine industry and places of interest include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and numerous award winning wine estates.

Overnight: Rainbows End View iBrochure

Rainbow's End is situated near Stellenbosch, on high lying slopes, rising to 540 meters above sea level. The estate backs on to the Jonkershoek Mountain and overlooks the productive Banghoek basin, which is encircled by mountains. Rainbow's End specializes in boutique, family produced estate red wines. Tastings are offered on the veranda, above the barrel cellar, overlooking the spectacular mountain scenery.

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Rainbows End, Cape Winelands
Rainbows End, Cape Winelands

Day 23: Departure

Activities

Ra-ikane River Cruise

Tour of Victoria Falls

Scenic Flights

White Water Rafting

Bungee Jumping

Devils Pool

Mountain Biking

Hiking

Star Gazing Tour

Nature Drive

Sun Downer Trip

quad bike Safari

Rock art tour

4x4 trails

Mokoro trips

Basket waeveing workshop

Horse Trails

Bird Watching

fishing excursions

village tours

game drives

Fishing

Canoeing

rafting

Hike from the Village to the Lodge

Canyon Drive

Sundowner Drive in Gondwana Canyon Park

Sundowner Walk

Canyon Klipspringer Trail

Daily Sossusvlei Excursion

Desert Drive

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