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THE BEST OF
SOUTHERN AFRICA WING SAFARI
13 days & 12 nights exploring the top
destinations in southern africa
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Overview - The Best Of Southern Africa Wing Safari
This superb fly-in safari focuses on the wildlife highlights and contrasts of the entire southern Africa region. It combines the best of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe in one safari with the option of extending your visit to Cape Town and Kruger in South Africa. The aircraft and the pilot/guide remain with the group throughout and this is part of what makes this safari unique and a real success. Accommodation is in the region's very best safari camps. The safari was featured in September 2003 in the New York Times Travel Supplement and received rave reviews.
1 & 2: JOHANNESBURG TO SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA - SOSSUSVLEI
The safari departs early morning from Lanseria
Airport in Johannesburg for Keetmanshoop in Namibia (to clear customs and refuel). From there
it is a one hour twenty minute flight up to Sossusvlei Wilderness
Camp where we spend 2 nights.
3 & 4: ETOSHA VIA SWAKOPMUND, SKELETON COAST, CAPE CROSS
The morning flight takes guests over the dunes
of the Namib and over Sossusvlei itself for an alternative view
from the air and then due westwards to Meob Bay on the shores
of the southern Skeleton Coast. From here up there is spectacular
desert and Skeleton Coast scenery, where the dunes and
the desert meet the Atlantic Ocean. The flight up the coast
takes guests over the site of the Eduard Bolen shipwreck, past
Conception Bay, the wreck of the Shaunee and around Sandwich
Harbour and its famous lagoon. We land at Swakopmund
airport. The group is then transferred to Walvis Bay harbor
by road for a boat trip (weather permitting) which will allow
guests the opportunity to view seals, schools of dolphins swimming
alongside the boat and sometimes even penguins. Guests may also
see turtles, sunfish, as well as a wonderful quantity and variety
of birdlife. Following a delicious seafood lunch, the
group returns to Walvis Bay Harbour before transferring by road
to Swakopmund to enjoy a tour of this charming town. In the
afternoon the group departs from Swakopmund for a scenic flight
further up the Skeleton Coast, past the Cape Cross Seal Colony,
before turning east to fly up the Huab to Ongava Game Lodge
for two nights' stay.
Ongava Game Lodge is situated along
the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately
owned Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava is the ideal place from which
to base your activities when visiting Etosha. Accommodation
comprises 10 air-conditioned brick, rock and thatch chalets,
each with en-suite facilities. Meals are either served in the
main dining area under thatch with a view over the camp's water
hole or on the dining deck under the stars. Activities
include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukuejo
area of Etosha where Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, Gemsbok, Springbok,
and Hartebeest can be seen at many of the water holes in the
park. In addition, night drives, hides and walks with
armed guides are enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava
has resident White and Black Rhino, giving guests staying at
Ongava the opportunity to see both species.
DAYS 5 & 6: OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA - JAO
We depart Ongava for the Okavango, flying the
direct rout via Grootfontein and Maun to clear customs and immigration.
From Maun the group flies onto the heart of the Okavango
Delta and will enjoy the complete contrast from the Namib
Jao Camp is a nine-roomed luxury tented camp situated
in a private reserve to the west of the Moremi Game Reserve,
within the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. The
camp is located in a remote area on a large island. Across the
waterway in front of camp, guests have access to open flood
plains and savannah for a wonderful Okavango experience. Each
spacious room is under a canopy of shady trees in unique and
beautiful twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms, with en-suite
bathrooms and an outside shower under the stars. The rooms
are raised off the ground and offer wonderful views of the surrounding
flood plains. A raised walkway connects the rooms to the
dining room and lounge area. There is a plunge pool and an outdoor
'kgotla' for dining under the stars, as well as a well-stocked
wine cellar. The activities at Jao include mekoros, boats, fishing,
day and night game drives and guided walks. The area is extremely
seasonal and with the annual flood, transforms from dry green
open plains in summer to shallow flood plains in the winter.
DAYS 7 & 8: MOREMI GAME RESERVE - MOMBO
From Jao, we fly to Mombo for the game viewing
highlight of the safari.
Mombo Camp is situated on Mombo Island, adjoining
the northern tip of Chief's Island, and is within the Moremi
Game Reserve in northern Botswana. The camp offers abundant
big game viewing, arguably the best in Botswana. The highlight
here is the concentrations of plains game and all the predators
- including the big cats! Leopard sightings are particularly
good. Mombo Camp is built under the shade of some large shady
trees and overlooks a wonderful floodplain that teems with game.
The camp has nine superbly furnished, luxurious tents, raised
off the ground. The guest's rooms and the walkways that connect
the rooms to the living area are up to 2m off the ground, allowing
game to wander freely through the camp - but at the same time
allowing for guest safety. The canvas rooms are extremely spacious
and well appointed and have en-suite facilities under canvas
and an additional outdoor shower for those who enjoy a shower
under the stars. The dining room, pub and living area overlook
the open plain in front of the camp and there is a plunge pool
for relaxing in the heat of the day. Activities at Mombo include
morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers. The
game viewing in the area is excellent, and guests could see
Lion, Leopard, large herds of Buffalo, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Elephant,
Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest and Zebra.
DAYS 9 & 10: LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA -
After a last mornings game drive, the group departs
Mombo for Kasane and then onto Livingstone, a small town
on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.
We overnight at The River Club which is situated on the
Zambian side of the Zambezi River, 18 kilometres upstream from
Victoria Falls. The camp has a distinct Edwardian flavour, and
guests here enjoy the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls and
the Zambezi River in a peaceful and tranquil setting away from
the crowds. Ten luxury thatched chalets overlook the Zambezi
River, and have en-suite facilities including a bath, shower,
toilet and basin. All the rooms have fans. The rooms are all
completely open in the front giving guests the best possible
views of the Zambezi. The main dining room, lounge, and pub
area also has an interesting library. The Victoria Falls is
one of the 7 Wonders of the World and is arguably the greatest
waterfall in the world. Daily trips to the Falls are a highlight.
Boating to the Zambezi River's islands provides relaxed afternoon
activities, and fishing and sundowner trips are offered. The
Zambezi National Park is located just across the river, and
lion calls can often be heard at night. A rich bird life is
found in the area. Hippos are regularly sighted (and heard)
along the river's edge.
DAYS 11 & 12: MANA POOLS, ZIMBABWE - CHIKWENYA
Guests drive across the famous bridge across
the Zambezi with great views on to the Victoria Falls themselves
before flying onto Mana Pools and possibly the most scenic of
all the parks on this safari.
Chikwenya Camp is situated on the eastern boundary
of the Mana Pools National Park overlooking the Zambezi
and Sapi Rivers. Accommodation is in nine comfortable tented
rooms under thatch with en-suite facilities. Each room also
has an outdoor shower 'under the stars' as well as the indoor
showers. There is a separate lounge and dining area, and a plunge
pool. The focal point at Chikwenya is the magical Zambezi River,
its backwaters, and the surrounding flood plains and forests.
Chikwenya Island, just offshore, harbours wonderfully diverse
wildlife. The area is a photographer's paradise, as tall albida
trees dot the open flood plains, with the mountains of the Rift
Valley providing the backdrop. The area is renowned for its
large numbers of Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, and Eland
that concentrate along the river when the inland waterholes
dry up - especially in the winter months. Leopard and Lion are
in abundance but are not seen as regularly as the other game.
Game viewing is enjoyed in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised canoes,
on foot, in hides, and in canoes.
DAY 13: SAFARI ENDS
After our last game activity in the Mana Pools area, we
fly back to Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg where we land in
the afternoon, giving guests enough time to connect onto their
international flights - or travel onto other destinations such
as Cape Town.
This safari has monthly guaranteed departures and the plane
and pilot stays with the group throughout.
size: min 2 max 10 guests.
Private departures for groups of 4 and more.
Please contact us for a detailed quote.
All air transfers between camps within Botswana, Zimbabwe and
Namibia as specified; all accommodation on a shared basis; all
meals; daily game and nature activities at safari lodges and
camps; all excursions and transfers by vehicle, mokoro and boat
as shown; services of our pilot or pilot/guide throughout the
itinerary, as well as the lodge guides and staff; park fees;
Botswana accommodation taxes and the current Zimbabwe Tourism
Levy. All drinks except premium wines and champagnes plus premium
spirits and liqueurs.
All scheduled flights and their departure taxes;
all items of a personal nature; comprehensive travel insurance;
visas and their respective fees; all other drinks; any new Botswana,
Zimbabwe or Namibian Government taxes; gratuities to staff;
any meals, activities and excursions which are not specified;
the Zimbabwe Airport Departure tax of US$30 per person; accommodation
and transfers in Johannesburg.
Game viewing by open 4x4 vehicle in some of the best wildlife
areas in Africa, boat cruise on the Atlantic Ocean to observe
the sea life up close, mokoro excursions in the Okavango Delta,
walking in Mana Pools, a visit to the Victoria Falls.
This safari is excellent year round as it travels to very
diverse areas around southern Africa. Depending on what you
would like to see and do, will dictate the best time of the
year to visit southern Africa. The winter months (May to August)
are good for game viewing where the summer months (September
to April) offer spectacular scenery and also the best birdlife
as the migratory birds return from up north (central Africa
and Europe) to breed in their thousands in specific places such
as the islands in the Okavango Delta and the banks of the Zambezi
Map of safari route:
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