A diverse tour consisting of modern luxury, scenic landscapes and wilderness reserves that let you experience the alluring stillness and isolation of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Leisure Experience: South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe
A diverse tour consisting of modern luxury, scenic landscapes and wilderness reserves that let you experience the alluring stillness and isolation of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport. (Flights to Cape Town are for your own arrangement, but please note that Brothers Safaris can assist with quotes and booking of these if required.) On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris and transferred to your first destination – Queen Victoria Hotel overlooking the V & A Waterfront. Transfer time is approximately 20 minutes. Check in on arrival and get settled. You will spend six nights at Queen Victoria Hotel. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of beautiful Cape Town, from the Cape’s first original settlers to the politically turbulent years of apartheid, and marvel at its magnificent scenery. The earliest known remnants in the region were found at Peers Cave in Fish Hoek and date to between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. Little is known of the history of the region’s first residents since there is no written history from the area before it was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1486. Vasco da Gama recorded a sighting of the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. In the late 16th century, Portuguese, French, Danish, Dutch and English ships regularly stopped over in Table Bay en route to the Indies. They traded tobacco, copper and iron with the Khoikhoi in exchange for fresh meat. Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the rooms, each one individually designed and curated. With a consistent ambience of glamorous repose, most of the suites have panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour, and all of them have a fully stocked private mini bar and Charlotte Rhys pamper accessories. The attention to detail is also something to behold, from the customised wallpaper uniquely designed with a cameo portrait of Queen Victoria and the laser-cut, paper-on-paper artwork of local fynbos to the hotel’s very own designer fragrance that wafts through the suites and foyer. All rooms are fitted with high-tech amenities: flat-screen TVs, wireless internet and unusual downlighters. All bedding is made from four hundred thread count pure Egyptian cotton. Enjoy dinner at the hotel or at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
Enjoy breakfast before departing for your full day Cape Peninsula Tour (includes Cape Point Gate and Kirstenbosch. Lunch/drinks and any other entrance fees are for your own account). You will be met in the hotel foyer at 09h00 by your guide for the day. Your journey to Cape Point takes you along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. You will pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and assure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape Peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. You will arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbour, followed by a lunch stop (optional – for your own account) at one of the restaurants overlooking the ocean. Your tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point. Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies within this area is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans across landscapes such as rugged cliffs, lush fynbos and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point. You will then visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins before your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (entrance fees for own account). With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers and offer a fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer. Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has a lot going for it: the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids. Because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. African Penguins – formerly known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying – are the only penguins found on the continent. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast to Port Elizabeth; however, few places offer as remarkable a viewing point as Boulders Beach. When the penguins first came to False Bay in 1983 from Dyer Island, which is near Gansbaai, there was plenty for them to eat and so the colony grew rapidly. In recent years, however, commercial fishing, marine pollution and habitat destruction have negatively affected the size of the colony. In 1910, it was estimated that there were approximately one-and-a-half million African Penguins; a century later, the aquatic bird was classified as an endangered species. These days there are only a paltry 26 000 breeding pairs left in the whole world! At the Boulders Visitors Centre, you’ll find information about the penguins and knowledgeable guides. While Boulders is more attractive as a destination during the summer months, you should be able to see the penguins throughout the year. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon. Freshen up before dinner and a good night’s rest after a busy and exciting day! Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
Savour a scrumptious breakfast before departing at 09h00 on a half day tour of Cape Town including Table Mountain (weather permitting – includes Cable car fee, Castle of Good Hope). You will be met by your guide in the hotel foyer and return to the hotel after your tour. After departing the hotel you head for Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit using the amazing cable car. Your guide will point out the highlights of one of the world’s most famous views, and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain forms a natural amphitheatre around the city which is what makes it unique and dramatic! You will discover why Cape Town is continually voted one of the top destinations in the world!
The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau. The cliffs of the main plateau are split by Platteklip Gorge (“Flat Stone Gorge”), which provides an easy and direct ascent to the summit and was the route taken by António de Saldanha on the first recorded ascent of the mountain in 1503. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called “tablecloth” of cloud. Legend attributes this phenomenon to a smoking contest between the Devil and a local pirate called Van Hunks. When the tablecloth is seen, it symbolizes the contest.
Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. To the south of the main plateau is a lower part of the range called the Back Table. On the Atlantic coast of the peninsula, the range is known as the Twelve Apostles. The range continues southwards to Cape Point. After the descent, enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Clifton with its snowy white beaches. The sharp cliffs plunge vertically into the ocean and magnificent mansions cling to the rock and seem to hang precariously over the edge. You will drive on through Sea Point, and then through Green Point past Cape Town Stadium which was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and then into the city centre to Green Market Square.
Stretch your legs with a walk through the Company Gardens in the shade of 160-year-old trees. The tour continues with a drive past the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, The Castle and Slave Lodge, before entering the “Bo Kaap”, also known as the Malay quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. The Castle acted as local headquarters for the South African Army in the Western Cape, and today houses the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for the traditional Cape Regiments. The Castle is also the home of the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment, a mechanised infantry unit. In 1682 the gated entry replaced the old entrance, which had faced the sea. A bell tower, situated over the main entrance, was built in 1684—the original bell, the oldest in South Africa, was cast in Amsterdam in 1697 by the East-Frisian bellmaker Claude Fremy and weighs just over 300 kilograms (660 lb). It was used to announce the time, as well as warning citizens in case of danger since it could be heard 10 kilometres away. It was also rung to summon residents and soldiers when important announcements needed to be made. The fortress housed a church, bakery, various workshops, living quarters, shops, and cells, among other facilities. The yellow paint on the walls was originally chosen because it lessened the effect of heat and the sun. A wall, built to protect citizens in case of an attack, divides the inner courtyard, which also houses the De Kat Balcony, which was designed by Louis Michel Thibault with reliefs and sculptures by Anton Anreith. The original was built in 1695 but rebuilt in its current form between 1786 and 1790. From the balcony, announcements were made to soldiers, slaves and burghers of the Cape. The balcony leads to the William Fehr collection of paintings and antique furniture. During the Second Boer War (1899–1902), part of the castle was used as a prison, and the former cells remain to this day. Fritz Joubert Duquesne, later known as the man who killed Kitchener and the leader of the Duquesne Spy Ring, was one of its more well-known residents. The walls of the castle were extremely thick, but night after night, Duquesne dug away the cement around the stones with an iron spoon. He nearly escaped one night, but a large stone slipped and pinned him in his tunnel. The next morning, a guard found him unconscious but alive. In 1936, the Castle was declared a historical monument (from 1969 known as a national monument and since 1 April 2000 a provincial heritage site), the first site in South Africa to be so protected. Extensive restorations were completed during the 1980s making the Castle the best-preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort. At 12h30 your tour guide will take you to the boat which departs for Robben Island at 13h00. The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry trip to and from the Island (Depending on the boat used as they have different travel times). You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. The buildings were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners. You will meet your Tour Guide when you have boarded the busses. The Tour guides inside the prison are former political prisoners. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Return to your hotel late afternoon. Dinner is a casual affair at one of the many restaurants nearby, or the hotel, before turning in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at 08h00 before departing on your activity for the day. At 09h00 you will be met by a Brothers Safaris representative for your private full day Winelands Tour. You will head north to Paarl. Your first stop will be at Anura Wine Estate for a cellar tour and a cheese and wine tasting. Learn all about what makes these wines world class! You then make your way to Franschhoek. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. Home to some magnificent wine estates, you will have time to walk through the village and soak up the atmosphere of rural sophistication. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account). After lunch, the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle in a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak-lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Enjoy the scenery as you head back to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner is a casual affair at one of the many restaurants nearby, or the hotel, before turning in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
At approximately 04h30 you will be met by a representative of White Shark Projects who will transfer you to Gansbaai. Exact collection times are therefore only available after 16h00 the day before and may vary between 04h30 and 11:30. Nestling at the foot of the Dynefontein Mountains is Gansbaai, an unpretentious village situated between the towns of Hermanus and Pearly Beach on the most magnificent coastline of the Western Cape. Named after a flock of wild Egyptian geese alleged to have settled at the freshwater fountain near the harbour, Gansbaai offers natural, rugged and unspoilt beauty. From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders to the miles of white sandy beaches of Pearly Beach, you will find one of the most unique and astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the world. Dyer Island, just off the coast of Gansbaai, is the breeding ground of the Jackass Penguin and home to a wide variety of marine bird life. It’s close neighbour, Geyser Island is home to some 60 000 Cape Fur Seals! It is no wonder that the passage between these two islands forms the infamous ‘Shark Alley’ and creates an obvious feeding ground for the endangered Great White Shark! Most famous for its variety of shark life, this stunning coastline has many more secrets to share. Shark cage diving in Gansbaai with White Shark Projects will provide you with a unique opportunity to witness the wonder of the Great White Shark in a safe and professional environment. White Shark Projects is a renowned global research organisation which, founded in 1989, is totally dedicated to the conservation of these magnificent ocean predators. They’ll be taking you on an adrenalin-surging adventure experience in the heart of the world’s Great White Shark mecca that will leave you in awe of these gliding torpedoes of power. You will also come away knowing a lot more about sharks and what we do to aid their conservation. We encourage you to experience the magic of the Great White Shark and contribute to their conservation. After being collected and transported from Cape Town to the home base at White Shark Lodge in Kleinbaai, the day will begin with a tasty continental breakfast and a safety briefing on current sightings, indemnities, wetsuits and equipment. You will then board the custom built 36ft 4 tonne white shark dive catamaran, “Shark Team”. Although she has a passenger capacity of 30, passenger numbers are limited to 20 to provide greater comfort and increased viewing capability throughout your adventure. You will be accompanied by our intrepid skippers, a qualified paramedic, Dive Master and support crew. After a concise presentation on shark anatomy and behaviour, as well as covering an overview of White Sharks Projects operations with sharks in the area plus a full briefing on all procedures, you will be equipped to take the plunge and spend the next couple of hours experiencing the mystical wonders of the deep in the company of these awe-inspiring predators in their natural habitat. Once the crew has deposited chum into the cruise area, you will in due course be rewarded by the electrifying first glimpse of the iconic fin, as the object of your desire cautiously approaches. After allowing the sharks additional time to settle, the first group of guests are lowered into the water, to experience a face to face backstage meeting with the enigmatic stars of the show. This heart-racing encounter lasts about 20 minutes and is facilitated from the safety of a customised shark cage. Back on deck you will be able to observe shark activity which occurs close to the water surface. With a bit of luck, you may also catch a few action shots of the Great Whites “spy hopping”, the term used to describe the breaching action of the great whites, who launch themselves high into the air in pursuit of prey. Fortunately, your own food gathering will require far less exertion, as lunch boxes containing a variety of fresh sandwiches and snacks will be on hand for you to enjoy at leisure, with soft drinks and juices offering added refreshment while you bask under South Africa’s legendary sunny skies. The day is rounded off back at the lodge with delectable scones and tea, giving you a chance to regroup and share the day’s experiences before being driven back to your meeting point. The boat tour offered consists of approximately 4 hours at sea. Time-related itineraries and collection times are dependent on tides, weather conditions and the number of scheduled tours for a particular day. Although weather checks are done prior to every trip, if bad weather prevents the trip from going to sea on any particular day, clients will be informed, an alternate date negotiated or an entire refund is given. If strong winds pick up while at sea and a return to shore is required for the safety of passengers and crew, a refund is not applicable but we will graciously offer a voucher for a complimentary trip. Please keep in mind that we are dealing with wild animals so sightings cannot be guaranteed. Refunds are therefore not considered in the event of no shark activity, however, a second tour will be offered free of charge. Freshen up before dinner and a good night’s rest! Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
Savour a scrumptious breakfast before enjoying a day of leisure. Dinner is a casual affair at one of the many restaurants nearby, before turning in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at 08h00 before checking out. You will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris for your transfer to the next destination – Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, an exclusive game reserve located in the Karoo. Transfer time is approximately 3 hours. Welcome to the malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, a scenic drive from Cape Town to the heart of the Little Karoo, along the Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 58, 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years, plus a unique boat safari. More than a Big 5 wilderness reserve, it’s the vastness of the landscape, the alluring stillness and isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains that make Sanbona unique. Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion. Nine luxury tents, with private decks and heated Jacuzzis, are set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine. The lodge stands proudly upon the beautifully weathered landscape reflecting the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoisan hunter-gatherers who once roamed this land. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at the Relaxation Retreat, which offers an extensive menu of treatments and therapies. Dine alfresco in the boma or unwind in the communal lounge. On arrival, check in and enjoy something to eat and some leisure time, before heading out late afternoon on a guided game drive, in an open game viewing vehicle. This is the time to search for the amazing wildlife that abounds here and to learn more about them while out in the bush. Binoculars and good cameras add to the enjoyment of these activities and are highly recommended. You will be accompanied by your local guide and wildlife veterinarian for all drives. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon and then we slowly make our way back to the lodge, looking out for nocturnal species on route. Freshen up back at the lodge and enjoy dinner in camp. Your stay includes lunch, dinner, breakfast, two game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and VAT. (All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
Day 8 & 9
As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. After morning tea/ coffee and rusks, it’s time to head out on your morning game drive, looking for the many species of wildlife that abound in the reserve. Not only can one expect to see different species at different times of the day, but they may also be busy with different activities/behaviour…… so each drive is a chance to discover something new! Enjoy a coffee break while out on drive, and head back to the lodge mid-morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast. If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near your lodge, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Return to camp for a mouth-watering meal and some rest and relaxation time before departing on your late afternoon activity. After high tea, you head out on another game drive, in search of species not yet seen! Return to your lodge early evening to freshen up and enjoy a mouth-watering dinner beneath the magnificent African sky. Your stay includes lunch, dinner, breakfast, two game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and VAT. (All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
Wake up for another early morning game drive, or simply lie in and wake to the sounds of the bush. After breakfast, it is time to pack your bags and say farewell. You will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris and transferred to Cape Town. Transfer time is approximately 3 hours. On arrival in Cape Town, you will be and transferred to Queen Victoria Hotel overlooking the V & A Waterfront. Check in on arrival and get settled. You will spend one night at Queen Victoria Hotel.
Enjoy an afternoon of leisure. Dinner is a casual affair at one of the many restaurants nearby, before turning in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.
Wake up early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before checking out. You will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris and transferred to Cape Town International Airport in time for your connecting flight onto your next destination. Transfer time is approximately 20 Minutes. Check-in for your flight from Cape Town to Maun International Airport (details to be advised nearer the time). Remember that this is an international flight and so check-in is 3 hours prior to departure (flight cost is included in the safari cost). On arrival, you will be met by a representative of Wilderness Safaris, collect your luggage and board a chartered flight to Mombo airstrip, where you will board another chartered flight to Xigera airstrip. Total flight time is approximately 45 minutes. The adventure has begun in earnest. From here you will be transferred to Xigera Camp by road. Transfer time is approximately 20 minutes, depending on the wildlife sightings en-route. Check in on arrival and take some time to settle in. Enjoy high tea before setting out in the late afternoon for a guided nature drive in an open game viewer vehicle, in search of Africa’s majestic wildlife, you never know what you might stumble across in this wilderness…. Your excursion includes a stop to stretch your legs and enjoy a gin and tonic while watching the sun go down. Once you have returned to camp, freshen up or meet for drinks, followed by dinner and perhaps a nightcap before turning in for the night.
A good night’s rest under canvas awaits. Xigera Camp is situated deep within the Delta surrounded by water and lush vegetation. Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera boasts luxuriously furnished tents, a clever mix of wood and canvas, with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Built on wooden decks, they offer views of a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area overlooking the permanently flowing channel, or under the stars in a traditional African boma. The camp is rounded off with a plunge pool and the camp “newspaper” (a sand pit built into the bridge to capture paw prints) which is “read” each morning, revealing last night’s unseen visitors. Varied activities with year-round water allows for the Delta’s most sublime experiences – poling on a mokoro and motorboat outings. This is complemented by game drives in the area depending on water levels. Xigera also offers some of the best birding opportunities in the Delta, with incredible “‘specials”’ often seen. It is also renowned for the highest density of the elusive sitatunga antelope in the Delta. Xigera is a water-based camp offering guests an opportunity to experience the waterways of the Okavango Delta. In the peak months, guests are able to boat through over 60 kilometres of floodplain and channels to reach the islands where there are regular sightings of Buffalo, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Lechwe and Sitatunga as well as numerous other Delta species. Lion and leopard can also be seen crossing the deep channels as they move between islands. Hippo can be seen from mokoro and there is an abundance of birds, a special being Pel’s Fishing Owl. Your stay at all Wilderness Safari camps includes all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry.
Day 12 and 13
After an early morning wake-up call, enjoy a light breakfast before departing on the morning activity in search of animals not yet seen. Return to camp for a mouth-watering meal and some rest and relaxation time before departing on your late afternoon activity. The concession’s year-round water allows for the Delta’s most sublime experiences – poling on a mokoro and motorboat outings. This is complemented by game drives in the area depending on flood levels. Xigera offers some of the best birding opportunities in the Delta. Freshen up and enjoy dinner in a beautiful setting. A nightcap around the fire, discussing the day’s events, creates the perfect ambience before retiring to your tent. Your stay at all Wilderness Safari camps includes all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry.
Enjoy breakfast before checking out for your transfer to Xigera airstrip where you will board a chartered flight to Chobe airstrip – XIG-CHO. Flight time is approximately 25 minutes.
You will then be transferred to Kings Pool Camp by road. Transfer time is approximately 40 minutes, depending on the wildlife sightings. Named for Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool looks out over a sparkling oxbow-shaped lagoon framed with reeds and punctuated by the occasional elephant moving through the water. Expansive decks in the main area echo the natural spaces. Two hides – one with the water (and wildlife!) literally at eye-level – are perfect places to spend your siesta: elephant feet and trunks are almost within touching distance. End the day with sundowners on the elegant, colonial-style Queen Sylvia barge as she cruises down the Linyanti River (water levels allowing). Nine well-appointed rooms of canvas and thatch each have a large en-suite bedroom and lounge. Folding doors lead to a veranda with a private plunge pool, separate thatched sala to soak up the view and an outdoor shower. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks, and there pool as well as an open-air ‘kgotla’ (boma) is the perfect setting for fine dining under the stars. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives which reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight. Plains game and diverse birdlife also offer fantastic sightings. The open 4×4 Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat. Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day. These often include lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and, if you are extremely lucky, the elusive pangolin! Your stay at all Wilderness Safari camps includes all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry.
Day 15 and 16
After an early morning wake-up call, enjoy a light breakfast before departing on the morning activity. A different time of day and a different area to explore…..who knows what wildlife surprises you will encounter. After your morning drive return to the lodge for lunch and some leisure time. Have a siesta or visit one of the hides with your camera. Late afternoon you head out on another drive or cruise in search of species not yet spotted. Sundowners out in the bush will make for a delightful sunset. After returning to the Lodge, freshen up before meeting for dinner and drinks around the campfire…. and relish in the day’s tales. After dinner enjoy a good night’s rest under canvas. Your stay at all Wilderness Safari camps includes all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry.
Enjoy breakfast before checking out for your transfer to Chobe airstrip where you will board your flight to Kasane – CHO-BBK. Flight time is approximately 40 minutes. On arrival at Kasane Airport, you will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris and transferred to your next destination – Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe. Transfer time is approximately 1hour 20 minutes, which is largely dependent on how busy the border post is. Check in to the hotel and have some time to settle into your room before a late lunch. With dramatic views of the gorges of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, The Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the British in 1904, was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway) and today it is a famous luxury brand. Serene Lily ponds, arched loggias and broad verandas – offering magnificent vistas – seem custom-built for a spot of high tea or a relaxed gin and tonic, while a private path leads to the falls, an idyllic 10-minute walk away. Some rooms offer stunning views of the gorges and bridge below. The history of The Victoria Falls Hotel is incomplete without the reference to the development of the railway system in Zimbabwe. Cecil Rhodes had tasked his friend and colleague Sir Charles Metcalfe with overseeing the development of the railway system and Metcalfe took heed of Rhodes’ dreams of the railway line stretching “from Cape to Cairo,” hence he started plans for the first bridge across the mighty Zambezi. Rhodes was insistent that the bridge should be built in a place that the spray from the falls would fall on the passing trains, which is why the site was chosen just a little below the Boiling Pot, at almost right angles and in very close proximity to the falls. Echoing its glorious pedigree since 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites – truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur. Furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa”ambience, the Central Deluxe Rooms are situated in the main section of the hotel and are tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colours in tune with Zimbabwe’s celebrated climate and diverse beauty. The central deluxe rooms have a spectacular view of the perfectly manicured gardens and some overlook the Batoka Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge which spans the legendary Zambezi River. The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exceptional facilities, including complimentary wi-fi for all guests. At 15h45, you will be met by a representative of Wild Horizons in the reception area, for your transfer to the boat for a sunset cruise. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa. You’ll be sure to spot wildlife animals as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Sightings of elephant, giraffe and other resident game are common. There’s always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the Fish Eagles will usually fill the scene with their calls. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Your sunset cruise includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. After your cruise (approximately 18h30) you will be met by a representative of Wild Horizons for your transfer back to the hotel. Freshen up and enjoy the hotel’s amenities before having dinner and turning in for the night. Your stay at the hotel includes accommodation, set menu lunch, set menu dinner and breakfast.
Enjoy an early breakfast before your activity for the day. Make your way to reception at 07h45 where you will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris at 08h00, who will take you on a tour of the magnificent spectacle – “The Victoria Falls”.
You will be accompanied by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. En route, you may also be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you will stop for a short while to take a few amazing photos. The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” — the smoke that thunders and the Falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The Victoria Falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation. At around 12h00 you will be transferred to the Lookout Café where you will enjoy lunch just above the Victoria Falls (included in your safari cost). Head back to the hotel after the tour (around 14h00). Freshen up and make your way to reception at 18h15 for your transfer to The Boma – Place of Eating Restaurant. Dinner is included in your safari cost. It is highly recommended that you are seated for dinner by 19h15. Tonight you are in for an unforgettable African fusion of mouth-watering local cuisine, spirited dance performance, interactive drumming and traditional storytelling. The Boma – Place of Eating is not just another ethnic restaurant but a rather unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes, is accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (storyteller) and a local witchdoctor who is available for fortune telling. You will be welcomed with a traditional greeting in Shona and Ndebele, the local languages and be invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner. From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in the vibrant atmosphere. Tantalising aromas of local dishes and game meat on the barbeque fill the restaurant, which is nestled in a Gusu Forest partially open to the surrounding forest and the night skies. Staff members are warm and hospitable, offering you traditional delicacies as you enjoy the warm African evening. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts, so prepare to eat your fill! If you’ve overindulged, though, don’t worry – you can work it off in the energetic drumming circle that starts at nine o’clock, which usually turns into an even more energetic dance party. If that isn’t your cup of tea, the restaurant also has a lively bar and a relaxed lounge area for you to enjoy the rest of your evening chatting away. A representative of Wild Horizons will transfer you back to the hotel, ensuring a safe return after your evening of fun and gastronomic delight. Retire to your room for a good night’s sleep in this tranquil setting. Your stay at the hotel today includes accommodation and breakfast only.
Wake up early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before checking out. You will be met by a representative of Wild Horizons and transferred to Victoria Falls International Airport in time for your connecting flight to Johannesburg (flight details to be advised). Transfer time to the Airport is approximately 25 minutes. (International flights from Johannesburg are for your own arrangement, but please note that Brothers Safaris can assist with quotes and booking of these if required.)
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Your safari cost includes:
• Transfers as specified
• Regional and Domestic flights
• All accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary
• All activities and entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary
• Tourism levies and Government VAT
• Items of a personal nature
• Drinks (unless otherwise specified)
• Additional excursions/activities not included in this itinerary
• Medical/travel insurance (compulsory)
• Meals indicated not included
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