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20 Day
Fully Guided Tour
South Africa/Victoria Falls

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NZD10,200 per person sharing
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USD7,900 per person sharing


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Pricing based on exchange rates as of 30 April 2008



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Day 1
– Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia

You are met at Johannesburg International Airport before boarding your flight to Windhoek. At Windhoek airport, you are met and transferred to a guesthouse. The guesthouse has old world charm reminiscent of a by-gone era. Guests are welcomed by friendly staff, who offer personalised service. Oregon pine decks and commanding views over Windhoek add to the appeal of the guesthouse. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated in an African colonial theme and each room has wonderful views over the Klein Windhoek valley, extending to the mountains in the far distance. Many restaurants are situated close to the guesthouse, providing a choice of cuisine on your doorstep. If you prefer to dine in, light meals are available from the guesthouse kitchen. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax in the grounds or to wander down to the nearby market.

Overnight: Guesthouse, Windhoek, Namibia. Meals included: breakfast


Day 2
– Windhoek to Swakopmund

Today you start a 9 day guided tour of the Namib Desert and the Etosha National Park. Travel from Windhoek across the rolling hills of the Khomashochland at an altitude of more than 2000 metres above sea level, down the Gamsberg Pass into the Namib, which is the oldest desert in the world. The landscape varies from rugged mountains and rocky outcrops to sand-filled valleys and endless vistas of plains. After a short rest with lunch packs we proceed through the Namib-Naukluft Park, passing the water-holes Ganab and Hotsas where, with a bit of luck, one can see ostriches, springbok, oryx and mountain zebras. It is then on to the Welwitschia Plain, where the Welwitschia plant, a living fossil, that is only found in the Namib and southern Angola, occurs in large numbers. Drive to the so called "Moon Valley" - a fascinating rock formation which is millions of years old. We arrive in Swakopmund at about sunset. We check into the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Swakopmund. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 3 - Swakopmund

After breakfast, we depart to Walvis Bay for a boat cruise in the ice-blue Atlantic Ocean, with champagne, fresh oysters and snacks served on board. We return to Swakopmund and in the afternoon enjoy a city tour.
The grand three-star Hotel in which you stay forms part
of Swakopmund's architectural culture and dates back to 1905; it is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the town. It is ideally situated in the centre of Swakopmund within easy walking distance of town and the beach.
The luxury of the hotel, its excellent cuisine and friendly service are well known and appreciated countrywide and overseas.

Overnight: Hotel in Swakopmund. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 4 – Swakopmund to Erongo Mountains

We drive via the tarred road into the interior, past the Spitzkoppe Mountain. Rising to an altitude of about 1,800 metres, the Spitzkoppe is by no means Namibia's highest mountain, however, due to its striking outlines, it is the most well-known mountain in the country. Situated in an endless, dry plain, the island of mountains can be seen from far away. The granite massif, which is part of the Erongo Mountains, was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano more than 100 million years ago and the bizarre rock formations were created by subsequent erosion, which exposed the volcanic rock. We proceed to your accommodation known as The Rock Painting Lodge -, which is set afoot massive, scarred granite rock boulders, overlooking the magically beautiful range of the Erongo. The overwhelming panoramic view from the restaurant and bar is amazing. Here you can relax and enjoy pure Africa. The Lodge is an active member of the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, an association of farmers dedicated to the protection and preservation of the unique flora and fauna, as well as the magnificent granite landscape of the Erongo. 10 thatch-roofed bungalows offer 20 luxurious double rooms with their own terrace, showers and separate WCs. The rooms are tastefully furnished in African style. In the late afternoon we enjoy a sundowner drive.

Overnight: Lodge in Erongo Mountains. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 5 – Erong Mountains to Vingerklip

It is an early morning start for a three hour drive in open vehicles on the land surrounding the lodge. Numerous pre-historic rock-paintings will draw you into the spell of mystic Africa. Afterwards, we proceed to Damaraland’s Ugab Terrace, enjoying lunch packs en route. The Ugab Terrace is a vast wilderness area with some incredible rock formations. Limestone/ sandstone conglomerates have been moulded through erosion into sinuous curves and castle-like terraces. We check in at a Lodge. Accommodation is in 10 comfortable thatched double bungalows. All the rooms have an en suite shower and separate WC. The main complex houses the reception area, small curio shop, bar, lounge and dining room with open fireplace. There is a lapa where sundowners can be enjoyed whilst watching the sun go down over the valley and far into Damaraland, and a sparkling swimming pool affords an outstanding view to the west. A leisurely walk from the lodge takes you to the base of the imposing Ugab Vingerklip, a 30m high pillar of dolerite and lime, which has been carved over the millennia by relentless winds.

Overnight: Lodge in Vingerklip. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 6 – Vingerklip to Etosha

This morning the trip proceeds to the famous Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. This afternoon we enjoy our first game-viewing drive.

Overnight: one of the three rest camps in Etosha (Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 7 – Etosha

Today we enjoy a full day game-viewing in Etosha. This national park is one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife
in Africa. It consists mainly of bush and grass savannah.
This type of landscape provides excellent opportunities for game-viewing at the numerous waterholes or in the open countryside. The Etosha Pan, which the park is named after, is approximately 6,000 km² in size. In the language of the Ovambo people, Etosha means "place of dry water", or "large white place". In the late afternoon we check in
at a Lodge, which is situated just outside Etosha
’s eastern border. Each of the air-conditioned, thatched chalets is equipped with en-suite bathroom. Breakfast is served in the a-la-carte restaurant, but guests also have a choice
of dinner from the carvery buffet, a theme evening or dinner in the boma on alternating nights. The "Boma" is a
safari tradition where guests sit under thatch and enjoy a good meal and a relaxed glass of wine around a traditional African fire.

Overnight: Lodge in Etosha. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 8 – Etosha

We enjoy another full day of game viewing in Etosha. Visitors to Etosha Game Reserve can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah. Etosha is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds. We return to the Lodge in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Lodge in Etosha. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 9 – Etosha to Waterberg Plateau

After breakfast we leave Etosha behind and proceed via the town of Tsumeb, Lake Otjikoto and the Mine Museum. We visit the Hoba Metoerite near Grootfontein. The meteorite weighs approximately 60 tons and measures 2.95 by 2.84 metres. It is estimated to be between 200 and 400 million years old and that it fell to Earth approximately 80,000 years ago. There is an optional visit to the Rare and Endangered Species Trust, which cares for Namibia’s most endangered species, the Cape Griffon Vulture. We check in at a Lodge. The Lodge is situated in the proximity of Waterberg Plateau Park. The 170 km² game farm boasts an abundance of game, including white and black rhino, black wildebeest and hartebeest. The lodge complex is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads. Palisades of tall pointed stakes embrace the lodge and convey a feeling of the warmth and security of home right in the middle of the African bush. A variety of beautiful building materials like natural stone, wood and reed were used for the houses. Items of daily use in Ovambo – earthen pots, voluminous storage baskets or original wooden figures – serve as decoration to emphasise the African theme, and lend a very special charm to the lodge.

Overnight: Lodge in Waterberg Planteau. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 10 – Waterberg Plateau to Windhoek

There is an early start this morning so that we can enjoy a game drive on the farm before returning to Windhoek via Okahandja with lunch at a restaurant. We visit the graves of Herero chiefs and of the German Schutztruppe soldiers. We arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon. You are dropped off at the guesthouse for one more night.

Overnight: Guesthouse, Windhoek. Meals included: breakfast, lunch


Day 11 – Windhoek to Victoria Falls

This morning is at leisure until you are transferred to Windhoek airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. You are met at Victoria Falls airport and transferred to a Lodge. The Lodge offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The decor evokes a bygone era of adventure and the quest of discovery in Africa. This small hotel is ideally situated and is the closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. This evening you can wander down for your first sight of the Falls, arguably the most spectacular of all the world’s natural wonders.

Overnight: Lodge in Victoria Falls. Meals included: breakfast


Day 12 – Victoria Falls

Today is at leisure to explore the Falls. The mighty Zambezi River thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. At an additional charge, the following can be arranged with your hotel concierge: helicopter flights over the Falls, white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, horse riding, golf or an elephant back safari. This evening, you follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls on a sundowner cruise.

Overnight: Lodge in Victoria Falls. Meals included: breakfast


Day 13 – Victoria Falls to the Okavango

This morning you are collected from the Lodge and transferred across the Botswana border to Kasane airport for a light aircraft transfer to Camp Okavango. Camp Okavango is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assuring a year-round water wilderness experience. The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland water systems, the only inland delta of its kind and a unique oasis of life in the centre of the Kalahari Desert. It stretches over 16,000 square km and supports a staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and birdlife. Unashamed luxury blends with the Africa of yore in the elegant thatch and lethaka main building which houses a cocktail bar, lounge and dining room, while the expansive open air patio caters for al fresco meals and evenings around a blazing fire. Camp Okavango's dinner served by candelabra is renowned among knowledgeable Africa travellers. Guests are accommodated in intimate exclusivity in East African style safari tents individually sited on raised teak platforms with en-suite ablution facilities and a private sundeck.

Overnight: Camp Okavango. Meals included: breakfast, dinner


Day 14
– The Okavango

Today you explore the waterways around the camp by canoe and river craft. The Okavango Delta consists of a multitude of main channels, smaller tributaries and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas. At Camp Okavango there are at least two game-viewing activities each day. The elusive Sitatunga Antelope has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the Africa Fish Eagle, Pel's Fishing Owl and many others are magnificent in their spectacular display. Experienced resident naturalist guides and rangers conduct all game viewing activities. Guided nature walks on the islands of the Delta afford an opportunity to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness. Between game activities, shaded hammocks, reading benches and a delightful sundeck and plunge pool provide relief during the hot midday hours, whilst an elevated observation platform affords stunning views of the tranquil floodplains.

Overnight: Camp Okavango. Meals included: breakfast, dinner


Day 15 – The Okavango to Cape Town

Today you are transferred to Maun Airport. You will fly from Maun to Johannesburg and then on to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town you are transferred to your Hotel. This Cape Dutch-style hotel is unique amongst
other hotels in Cape Town for its spectacular beachfront location. The Hotel is situated right on the Atlantic Seaboard. For more than 80 years the hotel has embodied grace, style and contemporary flair. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a mere two minute drive away.
This evening is at leisure in Cape Town.

Overnight: Hotel in Cape Town. Meals Included: breakfast


Day 16 – Full day Cape Point tour

This morning you are collected from the hotel for a half day city tour of the Mother City. You will visit all the different sights of Cape Town, such as the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques, view the Houses of Parliament and then ride the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the view over Cape Town and across Table Bay to Robben Island. If weather is inclement and the mountain is closed, you will be taken on a scenic drive up Signal Hill. The afternoon is at leisure. We suggest you spend some time exploring the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Your hotel concierge can order a taxi for you. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean.

Overnight: Hotel in Cape Town. Meals Included: breakfast


Day 17 – Cape Town

Today you are collected from your hotel by a tour guide and taken on a tour along the coast to the peninsula of Cape Point. We take the coastline southwards, travelling via the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay and the famous cliff side Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives you an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We continue along the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where we visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We take a stroll through the glorious Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, devoted almost exclusively to the indigenous flora of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs brings you back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel in Cape Town. Meals Included: breakfast


Day 18 - Winelands

This morning you are collected from the hotel and driven to the Cape Winelands with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We stop for wine tasting at a minimum of two wine estates and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley where we visit the memorial to the French Huguenots, who sought refuge from religious persecution in Europe and settled here in the late seventeenth century. After the tour, you are dropped off at your accommodation, a Historic Inn. This is the oldest Inn in South Africa, dating back to 1890, and this Georgian style establishment has 31 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms which combine atmosphere and tradition with the comfort of modern facilities. The Inn is situated in the middle of the historic town, making it easily accessible to various shops and restaurants.

Overnight: Historic Inn, Stellenbosch. Meals Included: breakfast


Day 19 – Winelands

Today is at leisure at the Inn. We suggest you explore the shops, museums, art galleries and beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture which are within easy walking distance of the hotel. You can sit back and sip sundowners in the tranquillity of a lovely verdant garden, enjoy a dip in the heated swimming pool or bask in the sun on the wooden deck or patio. Superb golf courses are located in close proximity to the town. Guided historical village walks, wine tours and a variety of other activities can be arranged from the hotel.

Overnight: Historic Inn. Meals Included: breakfast


Day 20 – Winelands and Departure

This morning you can relax in the beautiful grounds of D’Ouwe Werf before you are collected and transferred to Cape Town airport for your flight to Johannesburg and then Home.


Includes:
Meet and Greet at Johannesburg International Airport
All accommodation
All meals as mentioned in itinerary
All transfers
9-day tour of Namib Desert & Etosha
Tour of the Victoria Falls
Afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
Light aircraft transfer from Kasane Airport to Camp Okavango
Light aircraft transfer from Camp Okavango to Maun Airport
Economy class flight from Maun Airport to Johannesburg Airport
Half day Cape Town City tour (includes entrance fees, but excludes Table Mountain cable car fare as weather-dependent)
Full day Cape Point tour (includes entrance fees, but excludes lunch)
Full day Winelands tour (includes entrance fees and wine tasting at two wine estates, but excludes lunch)

Excludes:
All flights except the light aircraft flight between Kasane and Camp Okavango and return

Airport taxes
Personal items and extras
Tips

Please note that there is a maximum luggage allowance on the light aircraft of 10kgs per person in soft bags.

The above quote is subject to availability at time of confirmation


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