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DISCOVER AFRICA

12 days / 11 nights

Overview

Accommodation

  • Winchester Mansions
  • Jock Main Lodge
  • Victoria Falls River Lodge
  • Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge
Destination

  • Cape Town
  • Kruger National Park
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Chobe River Front
Arrive

  • 29 Sep 2017
  • 3 Oct 2017
  • 5 Oct 2017
  • 8 Oct 2017
Duration

  • 4 nights
  • 2 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 2 nights

Map


Destinations

Cape Town: Winchester Mansions 29 Sep 2017 – 3 Oct 2017

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.


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Kruger National Park: Jock Main Lodge 3 Oct 2017 – 5 Oct 2017

At more than 2 million hectares the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Because of its exceptional size you can experience amazing diversity – from the scenery and ecosystems to the correspondingly amazing array of animals, trees and birds. A trip to the Kruger National Park is an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience.


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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls River Lodge 5 Oct 2017 – 8 Oct 2017

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.


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Chobe River Front: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge 8 Oct 2017 – 10 Oct 2017

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.


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Accommodation

Winchester Mansions | Cape Town: 29 Sep 2017 – 3 Oct 2017

Ideally located on the Sea Point Promenade overlooking the gorgeous Atlantic coastline, this landmark hotel is the picture of elegance and luxury. Guests can unwind in style and comfort in a range of exquisitely decorated and spacious rooms and suites, all of which boast fabulous views of the sea, the mountains or the hotel’s beautiful colonnaded courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza. The Winchester Mansions occupies a gorgeous original Cape Dutch home featuring a heated pool, a sundeck, and a renowned onsite restaurant offering excellent South African cuisine with a classic European twist.


Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 4 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: English, German, Afrikaans, Xhosa
  • No. Rooms: 76
  • Special Interests: Leisure, Shopping, Watersports, Gourmet, Relaxation, Beach / Coastal, Cycling, Wine

Classic Room

A non sea facing colonial style bedroom with en suite bathroom.

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Junior Suite

A sea or non sea facing large colonial style bedroom with a separate lounge area and en suite bathroom.

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Family Suite

A sea of non sea facing colonial style suite with a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom, and in most cases a smaller second bedroom. It also features a large separate lounge with a TV.

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Harvey Suite

A colonial style sea facing presidential suite which consists of 2 en-suite double bedrooms with a lounge and dining area, kitchenette and guest rest room.

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Modern Classic Room

A non sea facing contemporary style bedroom with an en suite bathroom.

Modern Classic

Modern Junior Suite

A sea facing or non-sea facing contemporary style open plan bedroom and lounge with an en suite bathroom.

Modern Junior

Balcony Suite

A contemporary style sea facing suite with a large open plan bedroom and lounge area with a large en suite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Robben Island Suite

A contemporary style sea facing presidential suite which consists of an en suite double bedroom with a large lounge area and a guest rest room. This suite overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Robben Island. An optional second bedroom could make this and ideal room for a family.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Secure Parking, Pool, Restaurant, Bar, Spa, Conference Centre, 24-hour Security, Business Centre, Gym (nearby), Malaria Free, Internet Access (Complimentary)

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Tea / Coffee, Safe, Fan, Shower, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heater, Satellite / Cable Television, Complementary Wi-Fi

  • Services

Room Service, Credit Card, Babysitting Service, Foreign Exchange, Room Service (24 hours), Airport Shuttle (Available)

Harveys Restaurant, Courtyard & Bar

Food, flair, flavour at Harveys . . .

A “sundowner” is a drink taken at sundown, preferably whilst watching the sun slowly disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean.
There are only a few places in Cape Town where one can do that in style and the terrace of Harveys restaurant at the Winchester Mansions hotel is one of them. Bistro by day and restaurant by night, Harveys offers guests South African cuisine with a European twist.

No secret to the locals, the Winchester Mansions’ Sunday Jazz Brunch is an absolute must. Throughout the year, renowned local and international jazz artists perform at the brunch, in summer in the Mediterranean setting of the courtyard. Enjoy a glass of fine sparkling wine on arrival, a complimentary Sunday newspaper and a cosmopolitan brunch buffet. We dare to say it is one of the best brunches to experience in Cape Town and are glad to get back up from Don Albert, a well-known jazz journalist who declared us the “numero uno” spot in his weekly blogg on www.artslink.co.za

Also, if you have a chance, join us for the monthly Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery evening where Harveys welcomes food, wine and art lovers. We have joined forces with Patrice Boussekey’s Eclectic Gallery and some of the best wine estates in the Cape for you to enjoy a great evening.

Jock Main Lodge | Kruger National Park: 3 Oct 2017 – 5 Oct 2017

Jock Safari Lodge – Legendary Experiences in the Kruger National Park!

Jock Safari Lodge is nestled where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one, situated in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights in an area of the park which is celebrated for the Big Five game viewing.
Jock Safari Lodge is carefully screened by lush trees and reed walls, the 12 individual thatched rooms at Jock Safari Lodge, impart a sense of aloneness and oneness with the landscape.
Morning and evening drives are performed in covered 4×4 Landrovers conducted by highly experienced rangers in the legendary Kruger National Park.
Other activities include game walks, bird watching, stargazing, visits to rock art sites and spa treatments at the Prilgrims Rest Relaxation Retreat

Your Stay:

  • 2 Nights
  • Full Board and Activities

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Safari Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
  • No. Rooms: 12
  • Special Interests: Big 5, Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine, Adventure
Rooms

Main Jock

Twelve individual thatched Suites, screened by lush trees & reed walls, offer Guests utmost luxurious privacy, creating a unique experience of gracious Old World Elegance surrounded by unspoilt Wilderness.

All 12 Rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 Adults per Room:

9 King bedded Luxury Rooms
3 Twin bedded Luxury Rooms

Room Features:

Air Conditioning
Private Minibar
Hairdryer
Tea & Coffee making Facilities
Private Plunge Pool
International Dial Telephone
Electronic Safe
Ceiling Fan
En-Suite Bathroom, with Outdoor Shower
Sala (Outdoor Day Bed) overlooking the River

Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Gym, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, 24-hour Security, Business Centre, Kiddies Club, Mobile Connectivity

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Lounge Area, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Verandah

  • Services

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

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Fauna & Flora

Personally assigned rangers will delight in sharing their knowledge of this astounding natural treasure trove of the bushveld and slowly the mysteries of the wild unfold.

Jackalberry trees older than written history are pointed out and the myriad of insects, birds, mammals and reptiles that exist in this leafy ecosystem are explained. The sheer wonder of Mother Nature at work in this microcosm makes one eager to experience and understand more and to experience untouched Paradise in its pure form.

The Amarula tree, so very African, can be seen overflowing with baboons plundering the juicy fruit while keeping a wary eye out for the leopard that abound in the Jock concession. Taste the Sour Plum and sense a taste explosion or spot the various plants with medicinal values ranging from stomach cures, cures for hangovers or even a bush Viagra!!

The vast expanse of this wild land slows one down and with this inner peace comes an ability to really incite the senses.

Every game drive is a discovery of Nature and the magic of Jock.

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Leopard Creek Golf Club

Complimentary transfers from Jock Safari Lodge to Leopard Creek Golf Club.

Jock Safari Lodge offers all golfers free transfers to Leopard Creek Golf Club just outside the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park.

All transfers are done on a game viewing vehicle so your transfer is a game drive in itself!

Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure that the Leopard Creek golf course and living areas are naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic vistas and challenging golf strategies.

Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures after whom the river is named, crocodiles. In addition to the decorative water features seen throughout, guests can also look forward to the frequent crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant sighting in the Kruger National Park which borders the course.

Players please note the appropriate golfing attire that is required: Collar shirts with sleeves and tailored trousers or shorts with white socks. Please ensure you have the correct golfing shoes with golf/rubber spikes.

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Game Drives & Walks

Morning and evening drives are performed in covered 4×4 game viewers conducted by highly experienced rangers.

Traversing through the concession, the wildlife is sometimes staggering in its diversity. Enthralling sightings of elephants, a sea of buffalo horns rising from the grass as they lie resting in the growing heat as well as prides of lions, awaits one.

At dusk, a vantage point is chosen overlooking one of the many breathtaking vistas of the Kruger National Park. Sundowners are enjoyed while tales of the bush are told and a glimpse of what this unique wilderness has to offer is seen while being entranced by the ever changing colours of the sky as the sun slips into the timeslot of tomorrow. En route back to the lodge, nocturnal animals such as leopard, hyena and lion are often seen.

Walking Safari’s are encouraged, after a hearty breakfast, moving through the veld enjoying vistas of unsurpassed beauty and discovering one’s place in the cycle of nature. The diversity of fauna and flora in this unique concession truly comes alive when viewed on foot.

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Pilgrims Rest Spa at Jock

Pilgrim’s Rest, named after the quaint historical mining town featured so prominently in “Jock of the Bushveld” and still in existence today, was a place to rest, rejuvenate and restock. So too is the Relaxation Retreat at Jock Safari Lodge.

The Pilgrims Rest Retreat offers an escape to enjoy some pampering. Awaken your senses and allow us to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Inspired by surrounding elements that guide us, our selection of body and beauty treatments cater for men and women.

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Birdwatching

For the avid birdwatcher, abundant species of bird are regularly seen on the concession including raptors such as the Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards.

A wide variety of Bushveld Birds are spotted from the comfort of ones room or whilst lying next to the Rock Pool. Most commonly seen are Hornbills, Starlings, Boubou’s, Shrikes and Woodpeckers to name but a few.

The tranquil atmosphere at the Lodge allows for unique birding opportunities as man slows down, finding the rhythm of nature and begins to truly observe.

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Victoria Falls River Lodge | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 5 Oct 2017 – 8 Oct 2017

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private safari lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury canvas-under-thatch lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance. Guests can combine a unique safari experience with visits to one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations. The main lodge has an open plan design and is positioned just back from the river – in view of the elephants’ natural evening route. Sit back and sip on a cocktail, under the shade of the thatched roof, as the elephants graze along the river line.


Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: English
  • No. Rooms: 13
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Wildlife, Fishing, Relaxation
Luxury Tent

  • Accommodates up to two adults
  • Super-king extra length bed
  • Can be converted to two three-quarter extra length beds
  • Private deck with plunge pool and spectacular views over the Zambezi River
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Mini bar fridge in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Air-conditioning & climate control
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Open plan bathroom with:Twin vanities, Inside and outside showers, Freestanding bath, Private toilet
Family Suite

  • Accommodates 2 adults and up to 3 sharing children (ages 17 yrs and younger)
  • Main area:
  • * Super-king extra length bed
  • * Can be converted to two three-quarter extra length beds
  • Adjoining children’s alcove:
  • * Bunk bed
  • * 3/4 extra length bed
  • Private deck with sensational views over the Zambezi River
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Mini bar fridge in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Air-conditioning & climate control
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Open plan bathroom with:Twin vanities, Inside and outside showers, Freestanding bath, Private toilet
Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Pool, Restaurant, 24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Secure Parking, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Shower, Bath, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, Mosquito Nets

  • Services

Credit Card, Babysitting Service

Activities and Services


Game Drive

A choice of two of the following game activities (pp/pd) – incl. snacks and local beverages – is included in the accommodation rate:

* Morning / Afternoon Game Drive
* Sunrise / Sunset River Cruise

Game Drives into the Zambezi National Park

– Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on game drives

* Junior Discoverers Drive (incl. snacks and soft beverages)
– Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent – subject to vehicle
capacity
– Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with
Management
– Families wishing to take children aged 4 – 7 years on game drive during standard early
morning / late afternoon game drive times (i.e. not Junior Discoverers Drive) will
require a sole use game viewer – per details below.

– ‘Standard’ game drives for children aged 8 years and older are included in the rate
– Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vehicle
and return them to Camp before resuming the game drive.

Guests wishing to secure a guaranteed sole use game drive vehicle may book this at the additional net rate of $170.00 per drive ($195.00 per drive in 2016).

Families wishing to take children aged 4 – 7 years on a game drive will require a sole use game viewer – at the additional net cost of $170.00 per drive ($195.00 per drive in 2016) – however this is subject to the availability of vehicles (i.e. if sufficient vehicles are available on a particular drive, no charge shall be levied).

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River Cruise

A choice of two of the following game activities (pp/pd) – incl. snacks and local beverages – is included in the accommodation rate:

* Morning / Afternoon Game Drive
* Sunrise / Sunset River Cruise

River Cruises on the mighty Zambezi

– Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on river cruises
– Children aged 4 years and older are permitted on the river cruises
– Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vessel and
return them to Camp before resuming the cruise.

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“Little Livingstone’s” Children’s Activities

Adventure options – for the younger generation – included in the accommodation rate:

Junior Discoverer’s Drive
– Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent – subject to vehicle capacity
– Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management

Young Bush Wackers
– Conducted by qualified Guide within camp surrounds and river banks immediately in from of the Lodge.
– Geared for children ages 4-11 years (although older siblings and parents are welcome too!)
– Timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management

Fables by Firelight
– End off a day of epic adventuring with traditional tales from Africa whilst toasting tasty treats over the bonfire
– Weather permitting

Various books & games – for indoor entertainment

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Additional On-Site Activities (optional)

Rates exclude VAT and are:
o quoted, invoiced and payable in US Dollars ($)
o quoted per person
o net and non-commissionable
o applicable to in-house guests, over-nighting at Victoria Falls River Lodge only

UPPER ZAMBEZI CANOE SAFARIS

Options include:

* Kandahar Island Picnic Lunch Canoe Safari

Duration: Approx. 2-3 hours
Details: Paddle to Kandahar Island for a Picnic Lunch.
Departure times seasonal in consultation with Management.

* Half Day Canoe Safari

Duration: Approx. 4 hours on the Zambezi River.
Details: This can be a morning or afternoon activity with lunch or dinner back at the lodge. Departure times seasonal in consultation with Management.

* Full Day Canoe Safari

Duration: Approx. 8 hours on the Zambezi River.
Details: Packed picnic lunch and drinks on the river bank or on an island. Dinner is enjoyed back at the lodge.
Departure times seasonal in consultation with Management.

General Terms and Conditions:

• Minimum age for children accompanied by parents on Canoe Safaris is 10 years of age.
• All Canoe Safaris subject to a minimum of 2 Guests.
• All Guests to sign Canoe Safari Indemnity Forms.
• All Canoe Safaris to be conducted by Licensed Professional Canoe River Guides.
• As with all Wild Life and Outdoor Adventure Activities there is an inherent element of risk involved in Canoeing Safaris.
• Victoria Falls River Lodge will take every possible contingency to minimize risk, but as per the terms and conditions for Canoeing Safaris, as spelt out in the Indemnity Form, the Management and the Employees of Victoria Falls River Lodge are not accountable for any loss of property or injury sustained while canoeing on the Zambezi River.

See Appendix A for more details

FISHING SAFARIS

Options include:

* Fishing (off the boat)
* Fishing (off the jetty)

General Terms and Conditions:

• Minimum age for children accompanied by parents on Fishing Safaris is 4 years of age provided they have sole use of the boat.
• All Fishing Safaris subject to a minimum of 1 Guest and a maximum of 4 guests.
• All Guests to sign Fishing Safari Indemnity Forms.
• All Fishing Safaris to be conducted by a Licensed Professional River Guide or Boat Captain.
• As with all Wild Life and Outdoor Adventure Activities there is an inherent element of risk involved in Fishing Safaris on the Zambezi due to crocodiles, hippo and elephant.
• Victoria Falls River Lodge will take every possible contingency to minimize risk, but as per the terms and conditions for Fishing Safaris, as spelt out in the Indemnity Form, the Management and the Employees of Victoria Falls River Lodge are not accountable for any loss of property or injury sustained while fishing on the Zambezi River.
• Departure times are seasonal and in consultation with Management

See Appendix A for more details

WALKING SAFARIS

General Terms and Conditions:

• Minimum age for children accompanied by parents on a Walking Safaris is 12 years of age.
• All Walking Safaris subject to a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 6 guests.
• All Walking Safaris into the Zambezi National Park are conducted by a Licensed Professional Guide
• As with all Wild Life and Outdoor Adventure Activities there is an inherent element of risk involved in Walking Safaris
• Victoria Falls River Lodge will take every possible contingency to minimize risk, but as per the terms and conditions for Walking Safaris, as spelt out in the Indemnity Form, the Management and the Employees of Victoria Falls River Lodge are not accountable for any loss of property or injury sustained while walking in the Zambezi National Park.

Prices available upon request

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge | Chobe River Front 8 Oct 2017 – 10 Oct 2017

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam. From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below. The main public area includes a lounge, library and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios.

Guests are able to relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full service spa complete with a treetop treatment room.

Your Stay:

  • 2 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Safari Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: English
  • No. Rooms: 15
  • Special Interests: Birding, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, Flora, Fishing
Luxury Thatched Cottages

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero’s fifteen guest cottages all command fabulous views and come with every convenience guests could hope for. Each cottage measures approximately 61 square and has its own private garden – the perfect spot to sip cocktails, or enjoy a private dinner served under the African sky?

Each ensuite cottage offers a free standing bath tub, indoor and outdoor shower. The rooms are also equipped with airconditioning, hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe, mosquito nets and mini bar. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all of the rooms of the lodge.

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Honeymoon Suite

The romantic honeymoon suite features a private plunge pool, a private deck where guests will be able to enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting) and special turn downs every night. Guests booking this room will automatically receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Business Centre, Kiddies Club, Library, Pool, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Complementary Wi-Fi, Hair Dryer, Television, Tea / Coffee

  • Services

Babysitting Service, Credit Card

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Game Drives

Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

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Sundowner Cruise

The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

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Photographic Safari Cruise

Our new safari boat available from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero can seat up to 18 guests and has a lower and upper deck, both featuring 360 degree swivel seats. The upper deck offers a great vantage point of the Chobe River and wildlife while the lower deck boasts a bar area and the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a scrumptious river breakfast or lunch. The boat offers a great exclusive and intimate alternative to enjoying the Chobe area especially for photographic enthusiasts.

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Fishing Excursions

Guests will meet up with their guide at reception and drive through to the jetty for their fishing activity. The best time for fishing in the Chobe area is in winter, May, June, July and August. Type of fish guests can expect to catch is Bream and Tiger Fish. All fishing is done on a catch and release basis. Rates include: Use of the boat for maximum of 3 hours and fishing equipment. Maximum 3 people per boat and subject to availability.

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Tour of Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Only an hour and a half’s drive from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a great base from which to explore this great wonder of the world. The transfer time is approximately 1 ½ hours depending on border formalities. From here, the guide will escort guests around the Falls sharing some facts & history along the way. Sanctuary Retreats will supply raincoats during high water months when guests are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The walk is approximately 1½ hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at the various viewing points. Guests will also have the opportunity to do some curio shopping in the adjacent open-air markets before returning to Chobe Chilwero. Rates includes: Sanctuary Retreat Qualified Driver / Guide, Return Transfer from Chobe Chilwero to The Falls, Entrance Fees to Victoria Falls Rainforest, Guided Tour of The Falls and bottled water. Rate excludes Day Entry Visa Fee – Payable at the border upon entry, lunch, Any gratuity or items of a personal nature.

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Daily Information

Day 1: Cape Town Fri. 29 Sep 2017

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met and assisted to your connecting flight to Cape Town. (Economy Class flight included in cost. Duration 2hr:10mins).

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a representative followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and transferred to Winchester Mansions Hotel for 3 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 30 mins).

Winchester Mansions, Cape Town’s Leading beachfront Boutique hotel, is situated along the Atlantic Seaboard’s famous Platinum mile and is an exclusive, privately-owned establishment. Built in the mid 1920’s, in Herbert Baker style, Winchester Mansions embodies the charm and gracious hospitality of a bygone era. As a repeated winner of the ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ category at the annual South Africa AA guide Travel Awards, the only consumer based award in the country – It sets itself apart among other hotels in and around Cape Town, with its spectacular location, as well as it’s stylish elegance and renown personalised service. ‘The Mansions’ is a mere 5 minutes from the well known Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the Clifton beaches. All 51 luxurious rooms and 25 lavishly furnished suites are styled by one of Cape Town’s top designers and include the exclusive ‘Top of the Mansions’ – our contemporary, loft style rooms, as well as the two newly refurbished floors that boast a more Classic and Traditional feel. All rooms offer Satellite TV with international channels, telephone, electronic safe, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, separate walk in showers in all bathrooms and air conditioning.

Overnight: Winchester Mansions in a Classic Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included

  • Bed & Breakfast
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Cape Winelands

Day 2: Cape Town Sat. 30 Sep 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) for a Half Day Tour of the City. (Private basis)

This tour includes Table Mountain (cable car fee included – weather dependent), Castle of Good Hope, South African Museum and Company Gardens (included in cost).

Table Mountain:

By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on the 4th of October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

Castle of Good Hope:

Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle was, however, not the first fort to be built at the Cape. A quadrangular fort was built after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, where the Grand Parade and the main Post Office are situated today. In 1936 the Castle was declared a National Monument. The Castle of Good Hope houses the military personnel of the SA army in the Western Cape, the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks, the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for traditional Cape Regiments.

Return to Hotel at approximately 13:00.

Overnight: Winchester Mansions in a Classic Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included

  • Bed & Breakfast
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Visitors viewing city from Top Station

Day 3: Cape Town Sun. 1 Oct 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) for your Cape Point & Peninsula Tour (Private basis).

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

You then make your way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Package Includes

• Entrance : Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony & Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open; alternatively we will drive via Ou Kaapse Weg.

Overnight: Winchester Mansions in a Classic Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included

  • Bed & Breakfast
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Day 4: Cape Town Mon. 2 Oct 2017

Day at leisure

Overnight: Winchester Mansions in a Classic Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Included

  • Bed & Breakfast
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Day 5: Kruger National Park Tue. 3 Oct 2017

After breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) to Cape Town International Airport (Transfer Journey Time 30 mins) for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (Economy Class flight included in cost. Flight duration 2hr:35mins).

On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, you will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and transferred to Jock Safari Lodge your gateway to a memorable safari experience for 2 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 1hr:45mins)

Jock Safari Lodge is one of the very first privately owned camps situated in the world famous Kruger National Park, with exclusive traversing rights in what is regarded as the best Big Five game viewing area in the Kruger National Park. Situated at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers, this luxury lodge offers stunning views, with the pool literally on the confluence. Each air-conditioned luxury suite is set along the rivers, offering all the luxuries yet evoking the style and romance of the past as well as the indigenous Swazi and Shangaan cultures. Game drives in open landrovers, with our professional team of game rangers, offer guests the thrill of close encounters with Africa’s BIG FIVE. Walking safaris, Birding safaris and guided Historical tours will take you along the paths of legend and mystery. Interpret the signs, sounds and scents of wild animals in this unspoilt wilderness. And when you tired of the thrill of the African bush you can rejuvenate and refresh at the Pilgrims Rest Spa at Jock Safari Lodge.

Overnight: Jock Safari Lodge in a Suite in plunge pool on a Full Board and Game Drive basis.

Included

  • Rate inclusive of breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • high tea
  • game drives
  • guided walks
  • tea and coffee
  • bottled water
  • game drive beverages
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Day 6: Kruger National Park Wed. 4 Oct 2017

Morning Game Activity: 05h00-11h00

Afternoon Game Activity: 15H30-19H30

Game Activities Notes:

05h00 Wake up call.

05h30 Continental Breakfast.

05h45 Depart for morning game drive.

10h00 Brunch is served until 14h00.

14h00 A terrace menu is available for guests arriving from 14h00.

15h00 High tea is served.

15h30 Depart for afternoon game drive.

19h30 Pre-dinner drinks.

20h00 Dinner.

Overnight: Jock Safari Lodge in a Suite in plunge pool on a Full Board and Game Drive basis.

Included

  • Rate inclusive of breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • high tea
  • game drives
  • guided walks
  • tea and coffee
  • bottled water
  • game drive beverages
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Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Thu. 5 Oct 2017

After morning activities, breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (Transfer Journey Time 1hr:45mins) for your flight to Livingstone Airport (Economy Class flight included in cost. Flight Duration 1hr:35mins).

NB: MQP to LVI – Scheduled days: Mon, Tues, Wed (some days) & Fri.

On arrival at Livingstone International Airport, you will be met by a representative followme2AFRICA (Wild Horizons) and transferred to Victoria Falls River Lodge for 3 nights. (Transfer Journey Time 30 mins).

Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first privately owned lodge to be situated in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwean side).

Its unique location makes the Lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it blends the African Safari experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the spray of which can be seen in the distance.

This combination of personal service, exceptional wildlife viewing, fine dining, luxurious accommodations – along with easy access to a veritable smorgasbord of adventure activities, vibrant market-places and historical sites – ensure an unforgettable experience that will leave guests wanting to return again, and again.

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Full Board and 1 Activity basis.

Included

  • Rate includes return Airport transfers from VFA Airport. Excludes Park Fees. Includes 1 x return transfer to the falls daily and two game activities per day – Guests have a choice between a river cruise and game drive per day or alternatively two river cruises or two game drives per day.
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Day 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Fri. 6 Oct 2017

After breakfast, you will be collected at approximately 08h00 for a guided tour of the Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Walk through the magnificent rain forest where you are able to view the largest falling sheet of water in the world, Livingstone’s stature and a wide variety of birds and plants.

Return to the lodge at approximately 10h00.

The afternoon at leisure, before being collected (Wild Horizons) at approximately 16h00-16h30 from the hotel lobby before being transferred to the waiting cruise boat for your afternoon sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

Light finger snacks, soft drinks and beer/wine will be served on board.

Return to the hotel around 18h30-19h00.

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Full Board and 1 Activity basis.

Included

  • Rate includes return Airport transfers from VFA Airport. Excludes Park Fees. Includes 1 x return transfer to the falls daily and two game activities per day – Guests have a choice between a river cruise and game drive per day or alternatively two river cruises or two game drives per day.
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Day 9: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Sat. 7 Oct 2017

Morning Game Activity: 06h00-09h00

Afternoon Game Activity: 16h00-19h00

Game Activities Available at the lodge:

Set in a National Park, over 450 different bird species recorded.

Crocodile and Hippos in abundance.

Guided Bush Walks.

Guided Game Drives.

Guided River Cruises.

Guided Night Drives.

Birding on Private Kandahar Island.

Game Viewing from your Own Tent.

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Full Board and 1 Activity basis.

Included

  • Rate includes return Airport transfers from VFA Airport. Excludes Park Fees. Includes 1 x return transfer to the falls daily and two game activities per day – Guests have a choice between a river cruise and game drive per day or alternatively two river cruises or two game drives per day.
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Day 10: Chobe River Front Sun. 8 Oct 2017

After morning activities, breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Wild Horizons) to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge (Transfer Journey Time 1hr:35mins).

Beautiful Chobe river views from the main lodge area. In house spa therapists available year round. Elegantly appointed, airconditioned villas. Large concentrations of elephants, especially during the dry season. Silver service, gourmet meals and fine wines. Relax in the luxurious thatched cottages, with en suite, sunken handcrafted baths, indoor and outdoor showers, terrace and private garden with hammock overlooking the magnificent Chobe River. There is also a library, curio shop and a communications centre. Although located in Botswana, this intimate lodge is easily accessed from Zambia and the world famous Victoria Falls. Stunning interpretive sunset cruises on the Chobe River.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in a Cottage on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drives basis.

Included

  • Fully inclusive of all meals
  • all game viewing activities
  • park fees
  • laundry services
  • emergency medical evacuation
  • all beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic with the exception of premium brands)s
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Day 11: Chobe River Front Mon. 9 Oct 2017

Morning Game Activity: 06h30-10h30

Afternoon Game Activity: 16h00-20h00

Game Activities Notes:

06h00 – Wake up calls.

06h30 – Breakfast served in the dining area.

07h00 – Depart for a morning game drive with bush tea stop.

11h00 – Return to camp for lunch.

12h00 – Lunch served at dining area.

15h30 – Afternoon tea is served.

16h00 – Depart for afternoon activity with sun downer drinks.

19h00 – Arrive back at the lodge.

19h30 – Pre-dinner drinks & snacks.

20h00 – Dinner is served.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in a Cottage on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drives basis.

Included

  • Fully inclusive of all meals
  • all game viewing activities
  • park fees
  • laundry services
  • emergency medical evacuation
  • all beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic with the exception of premium brands)s
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Day 12: Departure Tue. 10 Oct 2017

After morning activities, breakfast and completion of check out procedures, you will be transferred by a followme2AFRICA representative (Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge) to Kasane Airport (Transfer Journey Time 15mins) for your flight to OR Tambo International Airport. (Economy Class flight included in cost – flight duration 1hr:55mins).

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met and assisted to your International flight returning home. (flight excluded in cost).

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Flights

Date

29 Sep 2017
3 Oct 2017
5 Oct 2017
10 Oct 2017

Departure

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Kasane Airport [BBK]

Arrival

Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Transfers

Date

29 Sep 2017
3 Oct 2017
3 Oct 2017
5 Oct 2017
5 Oct 2017
8 Oct 2017
10 Oct 2017

Pick Up

Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Winchester Mansions
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Jock Main Lodge
Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI] Victoria Falls River Lodge
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge

Drop Off

Winchester Mansions
Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Jock Main Lodge
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Victoria Falls River Lodge
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge
Kasane Airport [BBK]


Additional Information

Trip Preparation

Please ensure that you consult your doctor prior to traveling.

Malaria

Although there is no formal requirement of immunizations for accessing South Africa, it is recommended that you take Malaria precautions (tablets) especially due to your safari visiting Malaria Risk areas.

Malaria within South Africa’s borders is encountered mainly in:
• northern and eastern Mpumalanga,
• northern KwaZulu-Natal,
• the border areas of the Northern and North West provinces.

Outside of the South African borders it is found in:
• the lower lying areas of Swaziland,
• in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
• northern parts of Botswana (more specifically Kasane),
• in northern Namibia,
• in Kenya.

Ticks

After conducting bush walks (or similar – whilst being on foot), it is advisable to brush your clothes down and to examine your cloths or exposed areas if your body for ticks. If a tick is found on your skin, carefully remove these without leaving the biting/mouth parts of the insect in your skin. Anti-tick sprays are readily available and are a useful precaution known to be very effective against ticks. Wearing long pants and socks will prevent many bites.

Symptoms would normally present itself after a 5 to 7 day incubation period and may include: fevers, headaches, malaise and in some clients even a skin rash. A tick bit is normally visible as a dark black mark and is a helpful diagnostic. Tick bit symptoms can easily be treated with course of antibiotics, however this is generally not always a necessary requirement.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is an incurable viral illness but one can be vaccinated to prevent infection. Yellow Fever is a virus which is transmitted by mosquitos. The Yellow Fever virus is predominantly found in certain areas of West Africa, Central Africa and South America. Proof of vaccination is required when visiting countries like Kenya and Tanzania. If your itinerary includes Mozambique, travelling from a Yellow Fever destination would require you to provide proof of inoculation before being allowed entry.

Currently there is no requirement for Yellow Fever when visiting South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia. Please consult the World Health Organizations website for details on VF requirements: www.who.int/ith/ITH_country_list.pdf

Inoculations must be received at least 10 days before travel, as the vaccine is not effective within 10 days. The YF vaccine will provide immunity against the virus for 10 years. You will receive a Yellow Card which you must carry with you when travelling.

Exemptions: Pregnant women, HIV-positive, if undergoing chemotherapy or people with a suppressed immune system. Any person that falls within the above would be required to visit a clinic/medical practitioner for a consultation and request that they be given an exemption certificate.

YF Symptoms: Normally experienced six days after being bitten, and include: fever, headache, body pains, and most often nausea

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.


Banking and Currency

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango.

Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Note:

  • A valid international driver’s licence is required.
  • We drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cellphones can only be used ‘hands free’.
  • Speed limits are generally set at 120km on freeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
  • Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
  • Petrol stations are widespread.
  • Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa

Another means of getting around South Africa are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the new Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and OR Tambo International Airport.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.


Climate and Weather

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters are also available at major airports.

Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.


Banking and Currency

Currency

Zimbabwe uses US$ as well as its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Bond Dollar. It is advised to carry small denominations of change with you, however it is best to pay for as much as possible outside of the country. US$ work best and are widely accepted in supermarkets, and for curios, accommodation, activities and gratuities. South African Rand and Euros are only accepted in some places in Victoria Falls. Do not plan on being able to use cash machines in Zimbabwe to draw money. Before leaving home please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip, plus extra, into US$. Most of this should be in 1, 5, 10 and 20 denominations because change is not always available. In an emergency you can try Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank or Standard Chartered Bank as they will infrequently accept foreign debit cards for withdrawing cash.

Banking

Banks in Zimbabwe are open for business Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08h00 to 15h00, on Wednesdays from 08h00 to 13h00 and Saturdays from 08h00 to 11h30. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted in Zimbabwe, however it should be noted that very limited facilities will have credit card machines, and the connection is not always reliable so it is advisable to carry cash as back up.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi at night.

Major airlines fly into Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Charter flights are available to most attractions and camps.

Zimbabwe has a good road infrastructure, by African standards, although potholed. Between major towns, there are frequent road blocks. Traffic drives on the left side of the road.

If you are driving yourself around Zimbabwe, be sure to check on fuel availability in advance. If you are covering long distances within the country, ensure you carry extra fuel in 5 or 10lt metal containers in case of emergency. Fuel is generally available, but supply can fluctuate. Fuel is only available for cash.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Zimbabwe’s native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made of meat and tomatoes, or dried fish. Safari camps will often prepare sadza if requested, and it is almost always available in small restaurants in the towns.

Camps, hotels and lodges that cater to overseas typically serve a variety international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is usually excellent.

If you are driving yourself around and plan to cook, then get most of your supplies in main towns. There are a number of South African shopping chains operating in Zimbabwe which will generally have all that you will need.

Water in the main towns is usually purified.. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbour. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatising yourself to it. However, if you are in Zimbabwe for just a short period of time, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water available in towns and from all camps, lodges and hotels.


Climate and Weather

In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January,February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a verdant setting, which is starting to dry out. Especially in more southerly and higher locations, the night-time temperatures start to drop.

The nights in June, July and August become much cooler, so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the ‘peak season’– days are often cloudless and game sightings continually increase.

Into September and October the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe’s lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you’ll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe’s wildlife concentrates around the limited water sources.

November is unpredictable; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season’s first rainfalls – and in this respect it’s a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.


Clothing and Dress Recommendations

When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light loose fitting clothing, such as cotton or linen, as they are cool and easy to wash. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings and rainwear for the wet season.

A brimmed hat and sunglasses are a good idea year round. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will also guard against the scourching sun rays. It is recommended you wear light shoes, especially if your itinerary entails a lot of walking.

For safaris, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Earth colour clothes, such as browns, greens and tans are advisable.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used.

Botswana

Despite recent and surprisingly rapid modernization, Botswana’s cities provide little in the way of tourist attractions. However, what the cities lack in excitement, the surrounding wilderness areas more than make up for in outstanding natural beauty. The country’s primary tourist draw card is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta – the largest inland delta in the world provide a haven for an abundance of African wildlife. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi salt pans where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.


Banking and Currency

Currency

Botswana’s currency is Pula (which means ‘rain’ in Setswana). It is divided into 100 thebe (which means ‘shield’ in Setswana). Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency may be changed at banks, bureaux de change and authorised hotels.

The US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies (and accepted by some estabishments – but, generally, then an inflated rate of exchange will be applied).

Banking

Seven main commercial banks, as well as a number of foregin exchange bureaux, operate in Botswana. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 08h30 to 15h30 and Saturday 08h30 to 10h45.

Full banking services are available in major towns, although ATMs are sprouting up all over the country. Most credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants. Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Public transport in Botswana is geared towards the needs of the local populace and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Botswana’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

Driving off the main roads in Botswana is only recommended to expects in 4×4 vehicles, that are equipped correctly. Most lodges offer transfers or they can be arranged. If, however, you will be driving in Botswana: your home driving licence will be accepted (with an official English translation if necessary; driving is on the left side of the road; and the national speed limit is on tarred roads is 120km/h and 60km/h in towns and villages.

Be sure to watch out for wild animals on the roads!

There are major airports in Maun, Kasane and Gaborone, while smaller charter flights are used to get to the other top attractions and camps.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Tap water is considered safe to drink, although outside main cities and towns, visitors are advised to check first and sterilise water if in any doubt. Bottled water is available in most tourist centres. Filtered water is available at most camps and shops offer bottled water – it is advised to be well stocked of bottled water if you are travelling off the beaten track. Milk is pasteurised, and dairy products, local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally safe.

Safari lodges and camps serve international-style cuisine, generally of an extremely high standard, along with local beer and imported wine and spirits. Good restaurants and bars can be found in main towns, often within hotels. Beef and goat are very popular meats. Elsewhere, food is more basic: millet and sorghum porridge are the local staples.

A discretionary 5 to 10% tip is typical for restaurant bills. In many places, a service charge is automatically added. It is customary to tip the game guide and lodge staff while on safari.


Climate and Weather

Botswana’s climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east. The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.

As with Namibia, April and May in Botswana are generally lovely, with the sky clear and the landscape green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Note that places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.

From June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day, when the sky is usually clear and blue. It’s now very much ‘peak season’ for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources.

This continues into September and October, when temperatures climb again, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. This is the best time for big game safaris – although October can feel very hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C.

November is difficult to predict, as it can sometimes be a continuation of October’s heat, whilst sometimes it’s cooled by the first rains; it’s always an interesting month.


Clothing and Dress Recommendations

In summer, lightweight, lightcoloured cottons are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort. In winter, wear trousers, longsleeved shirts / blouses and jerseys. From May – August, night temperatures can fall below zero degrees celsius, so warm jerseys and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives. Garments of neutral colours that blend with the bush and forest are advisable for safaris and game viewing. Bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain. Closed, comfortable walking shoesor gym shoes are a must in all seasons. Special attention should be given to protection from the sun. Bring a sunhat, good quality sunscreen, sun lotion and polarised sunglasses. Wide brimmed sun hats are essential.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana are the “Type M ” South African SABS1661 (“Large” 15 amp BS-546) sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The “Type M ” South African plug and socket is not to be confused with the “Type D ” Indian plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. If you need to use appliances that are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, you will need a voltage converter.


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