SOUTH AFRICA -- SPRING, 2019

A BESPOKE SAFARI BY TRAVEL EXECUTIVES

Sample Tour As Conducted In 2016

 

PERSONALLY ESCORTED BY JAN & KEN PETERSON

 

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ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport (previously known as Johannesburg International Airport), guests are met at the gate, assisted through customs and immigration, and escorted to the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT, which is a short walk away.  There will be time for relaxation and freshening up.  In the evening (time to be determined) Jan and Ken invite you to gather in the bar for a hosted welcome drink and “apps” (the edible kind!).

 

InterContinental Hotel Johannesburg O.R. TamboIn:

The InterContinental Airport Hotel is an, easy walk from the international arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. It is perfectly located for all travelers in transit and it is the only hotel within the airport offering 5-star, sophisticated facilities.  The well-appointed rooms are tastefully decorated with subtle influences of Africa.   Amenities include unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, DVD player, mini bar, and coffee/tea maker.       

JOHANNESBURG / MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE

Breakfast is on your own.  We will depart the hotel at approximately 7:30a for a brief walk to the International Airport, where we will check in at Air Botswana for a scheduled flight to Maun.  Shortly after 12:00 noon, we land at Maun Airport, where we clear customs, and are met by an Belmond representative and transferred by shared light aircraft to Khwai River Lodge. The flying time is approximately 20 minutes.

Khwai River Lodge, Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Luxury Twin Tent Accommodations fully inclusive basis (excluding French champagne) with game viewing activities

Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and figtree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, lies KHWAI RIVER LODGE, where we will arrive at approximately 2:00pm.  This area is close to Africa's heartbeat, at the center of a world that has not altered much since life began. You can sense the big game heritage from the moment we arrive.Khwai is world-renowned for its large concentrations of big mammals such as elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, and it is not unusual to see many of these animals from the privacy of the individual tent decks.  As wildlife is found here throughout the year, their predators are also active year round, making Khwai one of the most sought after locations for viewing wildlife and the perennial drama of the African bushveld. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of raptors.Activities offered at the camp include morning and afternoon game drives in open Land cruisers, as well as after-dark spotlight game drives.  A cultural visit to the local village can be arranged, as well as guided safari walks along the Khwai River. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en-suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, netted four-poster bed, and air conditioning.  In-room safes are provided for the convenience of guests.The public areas feature a heated swimming pool inside and outside fireplaces, and a secluded viewing hide just off the public area.  For those wishing to enjoy further pampering, the lodge has a 'Naturally Wild' gym and spa facility. Guests are able to enjoy indulgent massages and body wraps in the spa or in the privacy of their own tent.The senses are awakened…and impressions formed here will stay with you forever.  Driving through the bush into a herd of elephant, the sound of lion roaring in the distance, a family of baboons squabbling across the river, and the lullaby of nesting birds are to name but a few.  The luxurious comfort of the camps and the friendliness of the staff all contribute to an unforgettable experience and that very special freedom that comes from “getting away from it all.”

MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE / CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

After a morning activity, we are transferred by shared light aircraft to the Savute region in the heart of the Chobe National Park, an area known as the elephant capital of the world.  The time of departure from Khwai River Lodge will be advised locally. The flying time is approximately 20 minutes and arrival is at approximately 2:00pm.

SAVUTE ELEPHANT CAMP, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Luxury Twin Tent Accommodations, fully inclusive basis (excluding French champagne) with game viewing activities

 Perched on the banks of the flowing Savute Channel, with an elevated view of the river (formerly a well-populated elephant waterhole!), SAVUTE ELEPHANT CAMP is a spectacular base from which to explore the area. Drama unfolds here daily with interactions between the high concentrations of elephant, the lion prides (sometimes up to 40 strong), the endangered wild dog, leopard, cheetah and the hyena.Savute is also unrivaled for its sightings of excellent predator / prey interaction and is a ‘must stay’ on any Southern Africa safari.  Whether you visit in the winter or summer Savute will never disappoint. Savute is also renowned for its excellent birding during the summer months (December through March), as well as being home to some very rare rock paintings by Bushmen who once inhabited the region, and its little forests of ancient Baobabs.  At Savute Elephant Camp the style and décor of the central guest areas and the spacious tents are a fusion of old world safari and modern day luxury. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof.  The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, and are ideal for viewing wildlife.  Tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four posted bed complete with neeting, as well as air conditioning. In the evenings, a camp fire is prepared in the traditional Boma.  This is where guests can relax in the evening and swap safari experiences while marveling over the stars in the vast African night sky.  We’ll be treated to delicious cuisine created by the skilled in-house chefs.

Exclusive Belmond amenity includes complimentary private sundowner cocktails.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK / VICTORIA FALLS

At approximately 12:00 noon, we will be transferred by shared light aircraft to Kasane Airport for a short immigration stop. The exact time of departure from Savute Elephant Camp will be advised locally. Flying time is approximately 40 minutes. Upon arrival at Kasane Airport, we will be met by a Belmond representative and transferred by private vehicle to the Victoria Falls Hotel.  The duration of this scenic game drive transfer is 1 hour 45 minutes, including border formalities. Therefore, we expect to arrive at the hotel at approximately 3:30pm.

NOTE:  A VISA IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE.  The visas can be purchased at the port of entry at a charge of approximately $30 USD per person, which must be paid in US Dollar cash on arrival (VISA requirements are subject to change). It is suggested you keep at least $100 USD in cash per person on hand in small denominations.

The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe

Deluxe Accommodations, including breakfast

 

THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls,” is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site.  Rich in history, the Edwardian-style hotel was established in 1904 and offers the charm of the old with the convenience and comforts expected by today’s discerning traveler.  It is set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees, and semi-tropical shrubs, and is just a ten-minute walk by private pathway to the famous Victoria Falls. All rooms are air-conditioned with modern amenities including digital satellite television, tub and shower, personal safe, hairdryer, and telephone.  Dining options are varied.  The elegant Livingstone Room features classic a la carte and table d’hote menus.  Jungle Junction offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of African flavors.  Stanley’s Terrace has spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, where light meals and traditional high tea can be enjoyed.

Please Note:  The Victoria Falls Hotel is a proud member of our exclusive Virtuoso organization.  This afternoon is a perfect time to enjoy the complimentary amenity of high tea at Stanley’s Terrace, which is offered once during the stay.

Guests can cool off and enjoy the splendor of the glorious colonial swimming pool set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, overlooking the Victoria Falls.  The hotel is delightfully quiet with several lounges and secluded areas to reflect or read.  The Palm Lounge, bright and cool, is a peaceful and private corner in which to unwind, read or write.  Other facilities include tennis courts, a business center with internet access, laundry services, chapel, curio shop, and salon. A full range of optional activities are available, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, game walks and drives, elephant back safaris, and helicopter flights over the Falls.

VICTORIA FALLS

Today is at your own leisure to relax, get caught up with folks at home, or perhaps experience the Falls by helicopter (weather permitting, of course)! At approximately 4pm, we will gather in hotel reception area, where our Belmond representative will meet and transfer us to the Zambezi River above the Falls for a magnificent sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The Ra-Ikane is a small, luxury cruise boat that is outfitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era.  Period décor historic memorabilia, fine cuisine and refreshments characterize a level of comfort and grace unsurpassed on the Zambezi.  Due to the relatively small size of the Ra-Ikane, the craft can maneuver in and around the various river inlets, venturing where the larger boats cannot reach.  This often provides guests with wildlife sightings from shipside, which can include elephant, crocodile, hippo and a myriad of bird species.  It is a photographer’s paradise.  Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel for an evening at leisure and perhaps a nightcap.

VICTORIA FALLS/JOHANNESBURG 

At leisure until departure.   Late morning, we will gather in the hotel reception, where our Belmond representative is waiting to transfer us to the Victoria Falls Airport, approximately 20 minutes driving time away, for a scheduled flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, we will be met at the aircraft by the Belmond representative and provided with VIP assistance through immigration and customs.  Once we have collected our luggage, we will be escorted to the international arrival’s hall, where again we will be met by an Belmond representative who will assist us on a private road transfer to the Westcliff Hotel.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON TOUR  

The Westcliff Hotel, Johannesburg

Luxury Accommodations, including breakfast

Please Note:  The Westcliff, a Four Seasons Hotel, is also a proud member of our exclusive Virtuoso organization.  Depending on our flight schedule, we hope to arrive at the hotel in time for high tea, which is a complimentary amenity offered once during the stay.THE WESTCLIFF, Johannesburg’s most iconic hotel, is just half an hour’s drive from OR Tambo International Airport. The hotel offers spectacular views of the lush forested suburbs of Johannesburg and the Zoological Gardens. Set on the historic Westcliff Ridge amongst flowering gardens with meandering pathways, the hotel offers 115 individually decorated and spacious rooms and suites. There are also two heated swimming pools, a modern gym, and a floodlit tennis court.  The vibrant Polo Bar is buzzing from morning until late at night and the adjacent pool deck is a must for afternoon tea and sundowners. La Belle Terrasse restaurant is a beautiful terraced restaurant where guests can enjoy South Africa’s bountiful local produce. The Westcliff offers a complimentary shuttle service to neighboring restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas, galleries, shopping and business hubs.

JOHANNESBURG / SABI SAND

At 7:15am, we will meet our Belmond representative in reception for a private road transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport Federal Air Hangar, for a scheduled flight to Singita Airstrip departing at 9:15am.Upon arrival at Singita Airstrip at 10:30am, we will be met by the Singita representative and transferred by road to Singita Boulders Lodge.

Singita Boulders Lodge, Singita Private Game Reserve

Luxury Suite Accommodations, fully inclusive basis including all game activities 

SINGITA BOULDERS LODGE has a contemporary air of tranquillity that honours Africa in an authentic way. Inspiring the name Boulders was an enormous boulder that sat right in the middle of the place where the wine cellar was to be built. A simple decision was made to build the cellar around the boulder! Guests can enjoy wrap-around views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River. The quiet pond alongside the thatched lounge area allows the light and the landscape inside to the wide open spaces, where straw baskets, neutral shades and textured fabrics complement wooden furniture.

Singita Boulders Lodge offers twelve suites, all with their own en suite bathroom and shower, outside shower, private heated swimming pool, double-sided fireplace, mini bar and fridge, room mini safe, air-conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game-viewing deck.

SUNDAY -- SABI SAND / JOHANNESBURG

We will meet the Belmond representative in the reception area of the Lodge for a road transfer to Singita Airstrip, in time for the Federal Air scheduled flight to Johannesburg departing at 2:15pm, arriving 3:15pm.

Upon arrival at the Johannesburg Airport, you may check in for your outbound International flight.

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