FABOZZI & Co

 

Day 1                     Arrive Tanzania

Day 2                    Tanzania - Kilimanjaro overnight

Day 3                    Tanzania - Tarangire National Park/TNP

Day 4                    Tanzania - Lake Manyara National/LMNP

Day 5                    Tanzania - Ngorogoro Concervation Area/NCNP

Day 6 & 7              Tanzania - Central Serengeti/Ngorongoro/LMNP

Day 8,9,10              Tanzania - Northern Serengeti/SNP

Day 11                    Transfer to South Africa

Day 12,13,14           South Africa - Private Game Reserve

Day 15,16,17,18,19   South Africa - Cape Town

Day 20                  Namibia - Windhoek

Day 21                   Namibia - Sosusvlei

Day 22,23,24          Namibia -Swakopmund

Day 25,28,27,28     Namibia - Etosha

Day 29,30,31          Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

Day 32 & 33           Namibia - Chobe River

Day 34                   Return to USA

Day 35                   USA Arrival

This safari begins in Kilimanjaro,Tanzania and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Day 1   Depart USA

Day 2   Arrival day

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport. Airport pick up with quick transfer to nearby hotel for overninght stay. Arrive at The African Tulip,an elegant and charming Luxury Boutique Hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality.

1 Night at African Tulip (B&B)

Day 3

Your driver guide will collect you from the hotel with an pop up roof 4x4 land cruiser and drive you approximately 3 hours from the airport to Tarangire entry gate.  The rest of the drives will be game drives within Tarangire National Park. 

Located right in the heart of Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Baloon Camp offers a unique camp experience in an unexplained luxury as well as spectacular views of Tarangire National Park. Tarangire Balloon Camp is located 120 kms from Arusha town, and 42 kms inside the park, close to Boundary Hill.It is more than just a normal bush accommodation, Tarangire Baloon Camp offers much more; great views of Tarangire National Park's Flora and Fauna, the finest cuisine and exclusive personalized services.The Camp offers 6 super luxury safari tents all equipped with king size large open plan bathrooms. One can also enjoy Tarangire's spectacular sunsets from the comfort of the tent or on the large verandas.

Spend full day game viewing in Tarangire National Park famous for it's massive Baobab trees and big herds of Elephants as well as it's resident predators. 

1 Night at Tarangire Balloon Camp (Full boarding)

Day 4

Depart Tarangire Balloon Camp after breakfast with picnic lunch and visit Lake Manyara National Park where you'll have picnic lunch. 

Driving distance with the 4x4 land cruiser is approximately 1.5 hours from Tarangire Balloon Camp to Lake Manyara National Park entrance gate. Spend approximately 3 hours visiting the lake and doing game drives in this park. 

Arrive at Kitela.This small, intimate lodge and spa is set above a valley with glorious views making Kitela an ideal, away-from-the-crowds base from which to explore the region. Game drives into the Crater are easy to arrange, and the lodge combines well with other accommodation in the nearby Serengeti as well as Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.

The main building serves as a hub for luxurious cottages nestled in a landscaped tropical garden. Relax in the blissful and scenic pool area by day and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the bar in the evenings. From the comfort of your luxury cottage, take time out to immerse yourself in the indulgence of the African Spa or take guided walks through the vegetable gardens, coffee plantations and local Maasai villages.

1 Night at Kitela Lodge (Full boarding)

Day 5

Wake up very early and make your way down to the crater floor. Catch some of the early morning predators hunting, here you have the possibility to see the big five including the very hard to see Rhino, so good luck.  Have picnic lunch at a picnic spot on the Crater floor and return to Rhino Lodge in the late afternoon...

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area holds the status of a National Park. About 2.5 million years ago the young Ngorongoro Volcano became filled with molten rock that then solidified into a crust or roof. As the lava chamber emptied, the solid dome collapsed and from this was formed the largest caldera in the world.The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. A small population is thriving in this idyllic environment, and it remains one of the few wild places where they continue to breed.In it, live 56,000 Maasai in harmony with the East African Wildlife. Seeing the Maasai let their herds share the grazing areas with thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras is unique phenomenon.The encircled grasslands of the crater floor offer excellent game viewing year-round with 25 000 large mammals, including black rhino, zebra and eland, and Africa’s densest population of lion. The rainforests of the crater walls are home to elephant, buffalo, leopard and cheetah, making for spectacular game viewing. 

At Ngorongoro Crater, you will see dormant and active volcanoes, archaeological treasures, rivers, forests, lakes, grass and sand dunes. 

1 Night at Kitela Lodge (Full boarding)

Day 6 & 7 Central Serengeti

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch to central Serengeti famous for it's resident predators and open flat plains offering spectacular game viewing!  (Distance from Rhino Lodge to Serengeti entrance gate is approximately 1 and a half to 2 hours and another 3 hours driver from the entrance gate to Kiota Camp depending on what you see during the 3 hour transfer en route to Kiota Camp.)

The Serengeti and the The Great migration

Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and covers an area of about 14.670 km². The park was founded in 1920 and became a National Park in 1951. The Park is especially famous for it’s immense Wildebeest and Zebra herds, but it is not with out reason that it is also known as the best place for observation wildlife in general. The animals that live in the Serengeti, stay there all year round, and in large numbers. The Great Migration is as old as human history. Fossils that were found in the Olduvia canyon, prove that Wildebeests have already been using the planes of the Serengeti for their migration over a million years ago. Already to those times, they were following the rains through the Serengeti.

The Serengeti is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti migration is as remarkable as it is impressive.This migration takes place twice a year within Kenya and Tanzania and is considered one of the greatest migrations of wildlife on the planet. Its ecosystem is spread across 60,000 square kilometers and is home to the largest diverse concentration of wildlife and famous for infamous for the migration of nearly two million Wildebeests, Zebras, and Antelopes. Nearly 400, 000 Calves are born between the middle of January and the end of February.

The yearly cycle begins in the south of the park, where half a million calves are born between January and March. But when the rains end in May the land dries fast and the grazing animals must move on, heading for their dry season refuge in the Maasai Mara. The key players in this 1,200-mile odyssey are the wildebeest – 1.5 million of them – accompanied by 200,000 zebras, 350,000 Thompson, Impala and Grant's gazelles.For them, every year is an endless journey, chasing the rains in a race for life.

The action takes place across 150,000 square miles of woodlands, hills and open plains, a wilderness that includes not only the Serengeti national park and Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve but also the dispersal areas beyond.With the beginning of the short rains in late October the migration makes its way back into the Serengeti, so this a good time to be anywhere in the north of the park between Klein’s Camp and the Lamai Wedge. By December, having emerged from the northern woodlands, the herds return past Seronera to mass on their calving grounds again and the circle is complete.But as soon as the rains return the wildebeest head back to the Serengeti, drawn towards their calving grounds in the park’s deep south. Between January and March when the calves are born there is nowhere on Earth so vibrantly alive. 

When the rains end in May the wildebeest make tracks for the Maasai Mara. Some take Route One – north across the Seronera Valley. Others swing through the Western Corridor, but for all of them the journey is beset with danger. For a start there are the famous Serengeti lions – about 3,000 at the last count – to which can be added leopards and cheetahs, hungry hyena clans and monster crocodiles. The river crossing is most likely one on the most dramatic events in the Serengeti! 

The exact dates of the actual river crossing is always a myster, but it is usually arounf the end of July through mid-August

2 nights at Kiota Camp (Full boarding)

Day 8,9,10

Morning transfer to Chaka Camp.The word chaka comes from the word 'kichaka', which means 'bush' in Swahili. The name Chaka Camp implies that the camp is a bush camp, or one that is located in the wilderness. The camp, designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally.

Chaka Camp operates off-the-grid and relies on a custom built solar system for its power. Room fabrics are handwoven African designs, and the camp's furniture was commissioned and crafted by artisans in Arusha, Tanzania.A perfect place to return to after an exhilarating day of game drives, Chaka Camp blends an authentic bush experience with delicious food and a comfortable atmosphere. Relax on your tent's verandah and learn to expect the unexpected as you watch life in the Serengeti unfold.

Accommodation includes 5 double en-suite tents,3 family en-suite tents accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children and  a private, shaded verandah overlooking the Serengeti ecosystem.

Solar-power is available with UK plug points in the dining tent and bedrooms.

Full day game drives along the Mara river and surrounding the large migrating herds.

Day 11 Return

After breakfast you will get transferred to Kogatende Airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.20 minute drive from Kuria Hills to Kogatende Airstrip.Depart on Coastal airways flight to JRO. Commerial flight from JRO to Johannesburg in South Africa.

Johannesburg airport meet & greet with a 40 minute road transfer to the nearby hotel. Located a mere 25 minutes from Johannesburg International airport.

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury ‘home away from home’ for guests. Amidst the serenity of park-like grounds on a private game sanctuary, guests can enjoy the magic of a wildlife sanctuary with 23 indigenous species, including lion, leopard and cheetah.

Guests may relax in the beautiful ambience of the lounge or bar, for a truly African experience.

The following species can be viewed by taking a game drive at this location: Lion, Leopard, Tiger, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Warthog, Vervet Monkey, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Springbuck, Blesbuck & Porcupine.

1 night  at Farm Inn (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 12,13,14  Welgevonden Game Reserve

Set in the northern side of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, this malaria free Big Five private game lodge is set in pristine African Wilderness. Surrounded by the Ancient Waterberg Mountains, abundant wildlife and unspoiled African bush, the game lodge offers guests an intimate and relaxed safari experience.

Surrounded with striking Wild Seringa trees and spectacular views from the hill-tops, each chalet has en-suite bathrooms, an outside shower, complete with a private deck and Jacuzzi. Experience simple luxury in your beautiful chalet and enjoy our personalised service. 

A feast of flavours will complete your experience with meals being served in different locations every night. Under an open African sky you can dine on the main deck or in lamplight alongside the gently illuminated waterhole. Guests can round off their break by enjoying a wonderful supper in the Boma.
Daily high tea is served on tin the main lodge area overlooking the pool and nearby waterhole.

3 nights at Jamila (Full boarding excl. drinks)

Day 15  Cape Town

Morning return road transfer to Johannesburg airport - 2 hour flight to Cape Town.

Arrive at the Guest house. Located in the heart of Bantry Bay where sea, mountain and city are exquisitely blended. Only a few minutes' walk away from Saunders Rock Beach on the Atlantic Sea Board of Cape Town.

This Victorian home has a calm and peaceful atmosphere “home away from home feeling”, with a modern approach to hospitality and friendly staff. Eight elegantly furnished bedrooms which are spacious and most with a private patio or balcony with captivating sea or mountain views. 

Rooms are fully equipped with en-suite shower, air-conditioning unit, comfortable beds, modern flat screen TV’s, hairdryers, coffee/tea station, a mini fridge and a safe. We provide our guests with pool/beach towels on request as well as airport transfers and guided tours. As complimentary every guest has free wireless Internet Access. 

1 Night at Enchanted Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 16  Cape Peninsula & Cape Point tour

  • Visit scenic Peninsula Area… See the Southwestern most point of Africa!
  • Travel along both coastlines with lovely views
  • Visit Hout Bay Harbor with optional boat trip to see Cape Fur Seal Colony
  • See African Jackass penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Visit Cape Of Good Hope Reserve - do the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet here?
  • See the Southwestern most point of Africa

Drive through the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve all the way up the Cape Point!!

Spend the evening at leisure exploring the world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront…

1 Night at Enchanted  Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 17 Table Mountain & City day tour

Explore the Mother City, one of the world’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities, cradled in the amphitheater formed by Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak.

Table Mountain can be seen 100 miles away from sea, rising over 1000 metres, for centuries provided a welcome site to the exhausted sailors after spending 6 months at sea. The sight of Table Mountain with its flat top must surely be the most well known landmark in the Southern hemisphere. Weather permitting, we undertake a cable car ride to reach the summit from where one has the perfect 360º view of the “fairest Cape in the world”. Castle of Good Hope, oldest European structure in South Africa, was built to protect the early Dutch Settlers against possible attacks by other European powers. Walking through its formidable entrance one is transported back in time to the late 1600’s on experiencing the cobblestone floors, sundials on the original walls and the beautiful balcony that was the stage from where the Governor made his important announcements. The changing of the Guards ceremony is still performed, the Castle also protects valuable collections of Chinese Porcelain, old Cape furniture, Artwork and Cape Silverware.

See the Malay Quarter, also referred to as the Bo-Kaap, which is an extremely colorful area situated on higher ground than Cape Town itself and reminds one of the Mother City’s days gone by. It boasts a distinctive Muslim flavor with beautiful small mosques, as many of the people who live in the Bo-Kaap are direct descendants of the former slaves from far away places like Malaysia, Java, Indonesia and the various Portuguese Spice Islands.

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1 Night at Enchanted  Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 18  Cape Town Day at leisure

Day at leisure - Exploring the Cape Town Waterfront. So much to do and see! Explore all one of te top ten destinations in the World.

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. More than 80 restaurants bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisines – there is just so much to do, so much to discover.

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)

If you're interested in visiting Robben Island, you'll find the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront.

1 Night at Enchanted  Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 19  Cape Winelands Tour

Considered by many to be the true heart of the Cape winelands, the romantic town of Stellenbosch it is the second oldest town in South Africa. Gorgeous scenery, old Cape Dutch houses and picture perfect streets lined with old oak trees one can easily get lost in this quaint little town.

The culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek boasts some of the best restaurants in the country. Dotted with wine farms, many being of French origin, this is where the original French Huguenots settled in South Africa around 1692. Nowadays this little town is booming with the good vibrations of fine wine, great dining and gorgeous scenery.

Your day will include a visit to the Spier Wine Estate and their Cheetah Outreach Program, Raptor breeding program and outdoor African curio market.

  • Visit the main wine producing areas of South Africa.
  • Visit historic town of Stellenbosch.
  • Cellar tour  and wine tasting.
  • Visit picturesque Franschhoek surrounded by striking mountains.
  • More shopping/browsing in shops unique to this town.

Arrive at the wine estate - a beautifully restore homestead situated in the heart of Stellenbosch wine lands. The estate has official  heritage status and now form part of the renowned Seascape collection. 

Fitted with period furniture and representative of South African art Christo Coetzee (paintings) and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren (statues), the exquisitely refurbished Manor House at Weltevreden offers guest accommodation at a world-class standard. There are four elevated bedchambers upstairs under a cosy thatched roof. The main suite on the ground floor, includes access to and the use of an inviting, yellow wood kitchen as well as the formal dining area and lounge. Our boutique accommodation operates on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with lunch and dinner available from Lekke Neh.

All tours in Cape Town area are privately guided tours in a luxury mini van.

1 Night at Weltevreden (B&B)

Day 20  Windhoek

Morning return chater flight back to Windhoek. Airport pick up with quick road transfer to Windhoek accommodation

1 Night in Finkenstein (B&B)

Day 21 Sosusvlei

Please note that this is not a normal Air Charter. All Fly-in Safaris as a holistic experience from beginning to end. The Pilot is an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified Safari Guide that will guide and provide information throughout the trip, both in the air and on the ground during excursion and activities. Full intercom headsets are provided in the aircraft so as to communication with the Guide as well as each other.During flights from area to area the routing follows scenic landscape and other highlights so as to provide a complete experience, bothfrom the skies and on the ground. Guests can enjoy complete flexibility with regards to departure and arrival times as the pilot/guidealways accompanies the guests.  The aircraft also stays with the group for the duration of the Safari, providing additional evacuation possibilities or change in Safari plans as may be requested by the guests

Your fly-in safari begins...

You morning charter flight will head out in a westerly direction towards the breathtaking Sossus Vlei. 'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of theTsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colors are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia.The sand dunes of Sosusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world! The best time to view Sosusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colors are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sosusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sosusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast.

Lying between a high inland plateau and the Atlantic Ocean, the Namib Desert extends along the coast of Namibia, merging with the Kaokoveld Desert into Angola in the north and south with the Karoo Desert in South Africa.The ochre-coloured dunes of the Namib Desert are iconic of Namibia as a country and the renowned Sossusvlei Dune area of this arid desert region is especially well-loved for its towering red-orange sand dunes. Namibia's Namib Desert is an ideal place to experience the vastness of Africa's desert landscapes, soaking up the peace and quiet like nowhere else on earth. 

Some of the highest dunes in the world are found in the Sossusvlei area, one of the top travel highlights in the Namib. Some of Sossusvlei's tallest dunes, created by the winds, reach over 300m high. Another Namib Desert attraction is the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge formed by the Tsauchab River about 2 million years ago.

The dune tops provide endless views over the vast desert landscapes and at night the Namib desert skies light up with a blanket of sparkling stars!

Namib Desert Highlights

  • Exploring the towering Sossusvlei Dunes.
  • Walking in Sesriem Canyon and taking a dip in the pools (seasonal).
  • Climbing the famous Dune 45.
  • Watching sunset and sunrise over the red-orange desert dunes.
  • Experiencing the silence and solitude of this ancient desert.
  • Witnessing the star studded African skies over the dark desert.
  • Seeing the sand dunes change colour constantly as the light changes.

Throughout this vast and unforgiving landscape, a number of animals and plants have adapted to life here, including the mountain zebra, gemsbok, short-eared elephant shrew, Grant's golden mole , Karoo bustard  and Peringuey's adder.There is also an extraordinary diversity of succulent plants, as well as the shrub-like Welwitschiamirabilis, which has only 2 leaves and can live for over 1,000 years!

The Desert Homestead Outpost is situated 30 km south-east of Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, on a private nature reserve bordering the Unesco World Heritage Site “Namib Sand Sea”.It is the ideal starting point for trips to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon. Other exciting activities offered by the lodge are horse safaris, scenic drives and the Namib Mountain Trail, a guided walk from Desert Homestead Lodge to Desert Homestead Outpost. Hot air balloon rides can be arranged on request.

Nestled against the west side of the Namib Mountains, guests can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the vast open plains. The lodge offers 11 individual thatch roofed comfortable and cosy chalets and an exclusive suite. The unique location in the vastness of the nature reserve offers complete peace and tranquility.

Activities are focused on exploring the nearby world-famous Sosusvlei - an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. These dunes - the most well-known being Big Daddy or Dune 45 - have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously refashioning the contours of this red sand sea. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it transforms into a spectacular turquoise lake. On the edge of the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, wildlife around the camp is fascinating in its adaptation to the harsh conditions. Sparse, yet thrilling to see, are springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, the rarely seen aardwolf and many small fauna. Excursions to the incredible dunes of Sosusvlei are a must.Explore the wonders of Sosusvlei from the luxury of a safari vehicle.

1 Night at The Homestead Outpost (Full boarding)

Day 22,23,24  SWAKOPMUND

Following morning breakfast, your flight will head north west towards the coast line and some shipwrecks to the coastal town of Swakopmund.Swakopmund is a quaint little town sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert and has its own authentic colonial charm. From the rugged, desolate beauty of the desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience.

Travellers have long mystified the Skeleton Coast with its intriguing stories of shipwrecks, desolate dunes and beach roaming carnivores.  But due to its harsh environment and long history under varying control and protection, few people have had the opportunity to experience this fascinating corner of the world.  With a new eco-tourism venture, the northern sector of the Skeleton Coast is becoming more accessible to the high scale adventure traveller.

Arrive at Atlantic Villa.Situated within sight and sound of the mesmerizing Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic Villa offers accommodation within walking distance from the beach, a few minutes’ drive from Swakopmund town centre and a quiet relaxed atmosphere complimented by its location. The elegantly and luxurious decorated rooms offers spacious and comfortable accommodation.

The friendly staff will make you feel pampered from the minute you enter the Atlantic Villa Boutique Guesthouse.  Relax with a cup of freshly ground coffee in your room or relax in any of the comfy lounges where you are welcome to the grand piano if you play, or just settle down with a cold drink on the terrace.

Various activities available in Swakopmund, but we suggest touring this historic town,quad biking in the desert, Camel rides, lunch on the jetty and many more! We also suggest enjoying lunch at Tiger Reef Beach bar!

3 Nights at Atlantic Villa (B&B)

Day 25 & 26 ETOSHA                              

Etosha is undoubtedly the feather in Namibia’s safari cap. It’s a unique and dramatic destination that may spoil you for life with its fascinating smorgasbord of wildlife – and its unique way of viewing them.

Etosha National Park is largely flat with vast grasslands surrounding its famous Etosha Pan. The bush is scanty and the animals that call this area home have adapted to these arid conditions. Most of the year, they have to rely on the numerous waterholes (some natural, some man-made) that are dotted throughout this vast reserve.

Spanning a vast 22 300 km² (8 610 square miles), it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss coloured flamingo.Etosha hosts a vast array of animals, including the Big Five, as well as giraffes, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.

 

Arrive at Onkoshi Camp, This exclusive, eco-friendly and everything you could ask for from a luxury camp. The camp is situated eastern edge of the Etosha Pan, on elevated wooden decks, offering a maximum of 15 units (30 beds), with the associated restaurant, bar area and an infinity pool overlooking the pan. The main attraction is undoubtably the camp's proximity to the pan -  the with its shimmering mirages during the hot days; dramatic sunset and sunrise textures and colours; sense of isolation and space; clear night skies - you'll be experiencing Africa in all its glory!

All rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, with thatched roofs, insulated canvas walls and large, wooden-framed retractable doors allowing spectacular panoramic views. ach chalet has two ¾ beds, except in the honeymoon chalet where a king-size bed will be provided.

Spend your evenings dining on the finest cuisine from the on-site restaurant or enjoy a drink from the bar under the starlit African sky. The camp also boasts a gorgeous infinity pool, perfect for unwinding after a long day of game-drives and gioded walks across the pan. Access includes exclusive areas within the north-eastern sandveld area of Etosha which are not open to self-drive visitors.

2 nights at Onkoshi (Full boarding)

Day 27 & 28 ETOSHA

Morning road transfer to Aoba! Approximately 35 minutes.

Within half-an-hour’s drive from the eastern entrance gate of the Etosha National Park, and a mere 10 kilometers from the main road, stands Etosha Aoba Lodge. This tranquil and cozy lodge is set in a Tamboti-Terminalia forest next to a dry river bed.Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush from the terrace of the lodge’s thatched, open-sided bar and dining area, which overlooks a waterhole. Free Wi-Fi is available to guests and Etosha Aoba Lodge has 24hr main line electricity (220V).

Etosha Aoba Lodge offers a variety of accommodation, all with a private terrace and seating.

Honeymoon Bungalow: The Honeymoon Bungalow has similar facilities to the Explorer Bungalows but includes an outdoor shower and bath.Luxury Heritage Bungalows: These 4 luxury bungalows come with privacy and comfort assured. Facilities are similar to the Explorer Bungalows.

The lodge places great emphasis on its excellent cuisine. Home and local produce provide fresh ingredients for a variety of euro-namibian meals. Many guests comment on how they have enjoyed an evening’s feast of kudu terrine, zebra steaks or roast beef at the end of their day. Incidentally, all the cattle are raised naturally. The rainy season can yield the Omajova mushrooms. This particular type of mushroom is freshly harvested from the local termite hills, also seasonally available are truffles brought from the red sand of the Kalahari in eastern Namibia.Compliment your meal with the selection of chilled South African wines and Namibian beers available.

AM & PM guided game drives into Etosha National Park.

2 nights at Aoba (Full boarding)

Day 29,30,31  Victoria Falls

Early morning return charter flight back to Windhoek with connectong commercial flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.  Victoria falls arrival and customs clearance. USA citizens has to get a Zimbabwe visa upon entry, which cost $50. Please be sure to have the cash ready for payment upon arrival.Airport pick up for quick road transfer to the lodge. 

The Victoria Falls – Now in it’s 150 millionth fantastic year - Reaches Its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

Dr Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. Known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya or "the smoke that thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. Livingstone renamed the falls Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria. 50 Years later, missionaries and traders settled in the small Zambian town of Livingstone and the railway bridge over the Zambezi was built.

Located only four kilometres from the famous Victoria Falls, the Lodges are decorated in a blend of bright African colours and each unit is stocked with all the necessary utensils and equipment to make sure that each guest’s expectations of a comfortable stay are met. Each chalet is serviced daily by housekeeping staff to ensure a hassle free stay at Victoria Falls. Surrounded by 80 000 hectares of unspoiled African bush, the Lodge is fortunate enough to have a commen boundry with the 80 000 hectares of wilderness in the forms of Zambezi National Park, and therefore affords beautiful views of the surrounding bush.

You will be accomodated a in a well appointed 2 or 3 bedroom chalet. 3 Bedroon chalet a has 2 bathrooms and 2 bedroom unit has a seperate shared bathroom. each unit has a lounge area as well.There are 2 restuarants located within walking distance (5-7 minutes) and you will have the services of a mini-bus transfer if you prefer for evening transfers as we do not suggest walking at night.

Elephant back safari -Enjoy a priveledge once only reserved for kings!
Seated comfortably on the back of natures true "king of the beasts", experience an age old tradition whilst silently exploring the majestic grasslands of Victoria Falls National Park and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Masuie river plunging 120 m into the Zambezi river below.

Be witness to this mutually enriching and rewarding relationship between man and elephant in a modern day Africa. Sunrise safaris are run daily, promising you much more than just a game-viewing experience, but rather a closer insight into the worlds largest land mammal, the African Elephant.

3 Nights at Lokuthula (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 32 & 33 Chobe river

Late morning breakfast is followed by a road transfer (1. 5 hour) to Kasane immigration point. Pick up time is betweem 2-3 pm.     

There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa's raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia's Caprivi Strip from Botswana's Chobe National Park, and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11 000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120,000. Along with the elephants, leopards and lions, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare puku, can also be seen. In the river itself watch out for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting a rich selection of bird life.

The house boat cruises along the banks of the Chobe River and is uniquely situated only a few kilometers from the point where 4 African countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also only 80km by road from one of the great wonders of the world - the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Daily activities include: Water and land-based game drives and game viewing opportunities –Bring back the most amazing pictures!

2 nights on the Zambezi Queen (Full boarding)

Day 34

Morning quick boat trip to Kasane immigration point and Kasane Airport for your conecting commercial flight directly to Johannesburg and connecting international flight back to the USA... Dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!. 

Day 35 USA arrival

 

VISA's

USA citizens are only required to get a $ 50 (please bring cash USD) for Zimbabwe. This visa is issued at the port of entry.No other visa's are required for USA citizens entering  into South Africa and Botswana

VACCINATIONS

Please refer to your health care professional for advise , as well as the CDC for updated information, but typically only malaria prevention medication is advised. No other shots are required

*NOTES

  1. Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations. Airline tickets have been estimated and can vary depending on booking dates, fares and available flights
  2. All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
  3. BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details
  4. Commercial  flights between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania & Botswana are included
  5. International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are excluded
  6. Child policy may apply
  7. Single occupancy policy allies
  8. Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
  9. Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility
They say that all bugs in Africa bite...but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!