FALDYN -2018 africa safari / 2 pax

17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

Day 1                   South Africa- Arrival day

Day 2,3,4             South Africa - Private Game Reserve

Day 5,6,7,8          South Africa - Cape Town

Day 9 & 10         Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

Day 11 & 12        Namibia/Botswana Border - Chobe River boat

Day 13 & 14        Botswana - Moremi Game reserve

Day 15 & 16        Botswana - Okavango Delta

Day 17           South Africa - Departure day

Day 18                USA Arrival


    Your travel map...

    Day 1   Arrival

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

    Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the Farm Inn Country Hotel’s 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 the Farm Inn (Bed & Breakfast)

    Day 2,3,4   Big Game Photographic Safari

    Welgevonden Game Reserve occupies a magnificent section of the Waterberg Biosphere. With a size of 37,500 hectares, it has the largest population of white rhino to be found in all of Africa. Surrounded by rivers, mountains and  bushveld,this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable.

    This Heritage Site of 36 000 hectares, is home to the Lion, Leopard, Elephant, White Rhino, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, 15 different types of buck, and 30 other species of mammal.

    No private vehicles are allowed within the reserve, to limit the human impact. The high altitude and temperate climate make it an ideal destination to be visited all year around.

    Created as a tribute to the unique splendor of the African Wilderness, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway towers over the landscape, combining modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavor with a unique wildlife experience.

    Eight luxury suites overlooking the flowing Sterkstroom River each enjoy their own private deck and plunge pool perched on the cliff, allowing guests the opportunity to view game from the privacy of their suites. Situated in the Malaria free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is a special place where service is understood and luxury is elegantly understated.

    The lodge offers a dramatic fusion of African and Western cuisine, far surpassing expectations of even the most discerning diner, with the addition of an extensive wine cellar, any wine lover would appreciate. Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is a place where one can retreat in an intimate oasis of relaxation inspired by an awareness of well being.

    3 nights at Game Reserve (Full boarding)

    Day 5Cape Town Scenic tours

    Early morning breakfast in the African bush is followed by your return road transfer scheduled  to Johannesburg International airport, for your connecting flight to Cape Town. Meet and greet in the arrivals hall in cape Town, with quick transfer to the hotel.

    Well-positioned in Camps Bay, Sea Five Boutique Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Cape Town. Set 7.2 km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    At Sea Five Boutique Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, airport transfer, car hire.

    Cape Town is fondly regarded by locals and visitors alike as the world’s prettiest city – all because of that iconic blend of where the city meets the sea, and nature plays a key part in the lives of locals. If you like hiking, you’ll love making your way up the famous Table Mountain and the many activities on offer around Cape Town.   

    So much to see and do! 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 harbor, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbor 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.              

    Day at leisure, Explore the Victoria & Alfred waterfront located nearby!

    1 Night in Sea Five Boutique Hotel (B&B)                            

    Day 6 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?

    Drive through the 'Mother City' and see the Castle Good Hope, Houses of Parliament, Greenmarket square and other sites.
    Time permitting, you can also visit Kirstenbosch Gardens.

    1 Night in Sea Five Boutique Hotel (B&B)  

    Day 7Cape Wine lands Tour (Stellenbosch)

    The Stellenbosch winelands are considered to be the capital of the South African wine industry. With more than 60 estates currently operating, it's the leading centre for viticulture and viticultural research.

    Simon van der Stel arrived at the Cape as commander in 1679 and soon after was appointed its first governor. Later that year he undertook his first tour of inspection, which brought him to ‘the most charming valley he had ever seen' - the Stellenbosch winelands.

    So enchanted was he that he set up camp in a grove he named Stellenbosch, and there decided to establish a second settlement after Cape Town. He grew to love the town, spending his birthdays there. And he ordered the planting of the oaks, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Eikestad, or ‘town of oaks'. Today these massive trees shade the historic Dorp Street, which runs through the well-preserved old town.

    While initially established as a centre to produce fruit and vegetables, van der Stel had a hunch that its Mediterranean climate would be ideal for wine growing. He was right.

    The region now boasts South Africa's oldest wine route, where visitors can taste the produce of more than 40 Stellenbosch wine estates. Based on the French Route de Vin and German wine routes, it was launched in 1971.

    Together with great wines, some of the finest restaurants in the Western Cape are located on these estates, many of which offer other attractions such as horse-riding trails.

    There are scenic walks in and around the area, including a full day trek through the winelands in Stellenbosch. As an important cultural and heritage centre there are also many museums and galleries, especially in the old part of town.

    1 Night in Sea Five Boutique Hotel (B&B)  

    Day 8 Cape Wine lands Tour (Franschoek)

    Situated just 45 minutes from Cape Town, is the French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek. Nestled in a rich and fertile valley between majestic mountains, the Franschhoek winelands is world-renowned for its spectacular beauty, French heritage and superb wines.

    Franschhoek was originally known as the 'Valley of the Huguenots', as a result of a community of French Huguenots that settled in this valley over three centuries ago. Today many of the wine farms still bear the original French names and the beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, which pays homage to its history.

    Set right in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is home to some of South Africa's oldest and most famous wine estates such as Chamonix, Boschendal, L'Ormarins and Haute Cabriere. Wine tours from Cape Town offer visitors the opportunity to relax and taste a variety of fine wines while enjoying the exquisite surroundings of the Franschhoek Winelands.

    Franschhoek streets are lined with a wonderful collection of art and antique shops, galleries, African curio shops and coffee shops. Food connoisseurs will also find a delicious choice of award-winning and widely acclaimed restaurants in and around the town.

    Arrive at Lanzerac Wine Estate. Lanzerac´s rich heritage dates back to 1692. Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Estate is a 300 year old private working wine estate in the Jonkershoek Valley.

    The magnificent five-star accommodation provides a rare and unparalleled experience of luxury and bliss in the Wine lands. The hotel is limited to forty-eight lavish en-suite bedrooms and suites creating an air of intimacy and exclusivity. Most rooms have their own patios, which open out onto manicured lush gardens, and overlook the stunning backdrop of grandiose mountains and vineyards. Rooms provide ample living space and are decorated with genuine antiques and immaculate soft furnishing.

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

    1 Night at Lanzerac Wine estate (B&B)

    Day 9 Visit the Victoria Falls!

    Early morning return road transfer to the Cape Town airport. Depart Cape Town to arrive in Johannesburg. Connecting flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) departs around 10:40 am. 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.

    Spend the day enjoying the elephants roaming the lodge grounds! The Elephant camp is situated only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. Bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls as well as the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia.

    With an emphasis on exclusivity, the luxury tented suites all have private decks and plunge pools.  The suites are all equipped with indoor and outdoor showers, huge baths, private lounges, mini bar and tea/coffee stations, overhead fans plus air conditioning and are all mosquito proofed.  The panoramic views of the Falls are breathtaking from the central area and the west wing of camp whilst the Batoka gorge yawns before one from the rooms in the east wing.

    The Elephant Camp overlooks a waterhole that is fed by natural streams in the rainy season that rush down to meet the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges below the Falls. Walks and birding for guests supply boundless photographic opportunities.  The Elephant Camp offers close interaction with wildlife – in particular elephant at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. All guests staying at The Elephant Camp will have an opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons elephants.

    1 Night at The Elephant Camp (Full boarding)

    Day 10

    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.

    Elephant Back Safari!
    Elephant back safari -Enjoy a privilege 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.

    1 Night at The Elephant Camp (Full boarding)

    Day 11 & 12 Chobe river boat

    Morning breakfast is followed by a road transfer to meet the transfer boats.Pick up time is between 3-4 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. The world famous Chobe National Park, with its teeming wildlife and approximately 120 000 elephants and over 400 species of birds makes this an exceptional wildlife safari experience.

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

     2 nights on River Boat (Full boarding)

    Day 13 & 14 Moremi

    Morning quick road transfer to airstrip and connecting charter flight into the Moremi Game reserve.

    The Moremi Game Reserve features a diverse habitat home to a wide range of African wildlife. Guests can look forward to guided game drives where they might spot Wild Dog, Cheetah, Lion, Zebra, Elephant and Buffalo.

    At the place where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. This place, a donation to the world by the Batawana Tribe, in the form of a Game Reserve, will be your sanctuary for the following two nights.

    Xakanaxa is located on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves, Moremi Game Reserve ensures that it is one of the only safari destinations which can provide guests with an authentic, year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The reserve offers sanctuary to abundant herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbucks, sable and more. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas complete the picture. Birding is also quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed.

    The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. Constructed of local timber, reed and thatch, the elegant lounge contains a small but comprehensive library, dining room, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed as well as a fire-deck set under giant Jackalberry trees. Xakanaxa is able to accommodate 24 guests plus tour leader with 12 guest tents and 1 guide / pilot tent. Accommodations are canvas, Meru-style classic luxury safari tents on raised decks. Canvas window covers can be closed as desired or left open to view the surroundings through a mesh screen at each window. Each tent boasts en-suite facilities. Xakanaxa Camp’s staff creates a camp environment in which guests experience a seamless service in the warm, friendly style for which Africa is famous. The camp operates on generator power, but at night all lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp an authentic African ambience.

    Guests are offered two activities of their choice per day, or an all-day outing can be arranged. These activities are included in the accommodation cost and include: morning and afternoon game drives, and water game viewing in powerboat trips are available.

    2 nights at Xakanaxa (Full boarding)

    Day 15 & 16  Okavango Delta

    Morning quick road transfer to airstrip and connecting charter flight into the Okavango Delta.

    Neighboring the Moremi Game Reserve in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, Chitabe Concession is 28, 000 hectares of a multiplicity of habitats, from savannah to tree-filled islands and floodplains. Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta is a maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 16,000 square km in flood and shrinking to less than 9,000 square km in the dry season. Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique wilderness. The Okavango River, born in the uplands of Angola to the Northwest, flows into and fans out across the Kalahari Desert to form and immense inland delta of lagoons, channels and palm filled islands. The fragile ecosystems remain one of the world’s unspoilt and beautiful wildernesses where a vast diversity of animals and birds can be seen. All this makes for amazing wildlife sightings.

    Into the permanent swamp of the Okavango Delta, flows on average 11 billion cubic meters of water, this is enough water to suit the needs of an industrialized nation. The region is extremely flat, the gradient varying a mere 35 meters from the Panhandle in the north, to Maun in the south. It is so very flat it is rumored that the very large termite mounds are the highest landmarks in the Okavango Delta. It is said that termite mounds are the starting points of the Delta Islands. Through evaporation transpiration, salts are deposited on the periphery of the mounds base. Over a period of thousands of years, the process is repeated and in so doing, an island is born. An estimated 97% of the water that enters the delta is lost under the hot Botswana sun.

    Arrive at  Xugana Island Lodge! Situated on the remote and enchanting Xugana Lagoon, the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta .All game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will navigate guests through a variety of tranquil waterways while they explore the Okavango by canoe (mokoro) and motorboat.Guided nature walks on the various islands allow for the opportunity to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the camp (seasonal)

    For those looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness. Bird- watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity

    All game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced guides and include exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro or motorboat and tracking the larger game species on guided nature walks on the many surrounding islands!

    All game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will navigate guests through a variety of tranquil waterways while they explore the Okavango by canoe (mokoro) and motorboat.Guided nature walks on the various islands allow for the opportunity to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the camp (seasonal) 

    2 nights at Xugana Island Lodge (Full boarding) 

    Day 17 Return

    Morning breakfast is followed by a road transfer back to Victoria Falls airport for your return flight to Johannesburg and connecting international flight back to the USA.

    Day 18 USA arrival

    Dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!


     

    *NOTES

    1. Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations
    2. Safari begins and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
    3. All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
    4. 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
    5. Inter-Africa flights between JNB,CPT,VFA,BBK  & MUB are included
    6. International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are not included
    7. Child policy may apply
    8. Single occupancy policy allies
    9. Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
    10. 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!