Adventure To Africa
Safari To Africa ~ The Journey Of A Lifetime
Land Arrangements per person TBA
In-country Airfare per person TBA
With Private SUV, Private Driver, Private Boat & Private Guide
Day 01 / Depart United States
Today’s departure on your chosen airline wings you to Johannesburg and the wonder that is Africa.
Day 02 / Arrival Johannesburg / Fly to Lusaka – Zambia
Arrive into Johannesburg and make your onward connection to the Royal Zambezi Game Lodge, a spacious but intimate Park and directly opposite Zimbabwe’s famous Mana Pools World Heritage Site. The Royal Zambezi offers the ultimate in luxury and cuisine while enjoying and participating closely in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness. After your long journey by air, it is the perfect setting to relax and refresh yourself prior to enjoying the magnificence of your safari adventure.
Day 03 / Royal Zambezi Lodge – Safari
Begin your morning on safari in your quest for the elusive “Big Five” of the animal kingdom. The Royal Zambezi is designed for the wildlife enthusiast, the photographer and those who wish to experience Africa in its natural, untamed state. Your eyes open to new horizons, new images. As your Land Rover takes you into the bush, making its own pathway where needed, experience an open-air, close-up view of the unspoiled natural setting of these environs and the animals that inhabit its domain. Allow yourself to feel the excitement of the hunt, the thrill of the pursuit and the capture, by photograph or memory of animals in the wild. It is here on safari that you will forever gain an understanding of the feeling and the spirit of this fascinating continent. The warmest of welcomes awaits your return to camp where you will find both wine and feast to appease the heartiest of appetites.
Day 04 / Royal Zambezi Lodge – Safari
Continue your search for animal in the wild, perhaps on foot, by canoe or by Land Rover; the choice is yours for the asking. Criss-cross the veld and capture by eye and lens the magnificence of birdlife, the colorful leopard, elephant, buffalo and hippos, the more elusive the animal, the greater the find, the stronger the memory. Your safari guide knows the terrain well, and his sightings of animals across great distance will enable you to enjoy the search, the pursuit and the thrill of encounter with these splendid animals found in the wild. Your safari now completed, return to the lodge for an evening of relaxation, to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and a sumptuous dinner.
Day 05 / Royal Zambezi Lodge ~ Safari
Today’s choices are many and all very worthwhile. Perhaps you will choose an early morning river safari either by boat or canoe. Fishing can be grand and a walking safari in the afternoon would provide an interesting contrast to searching for game by Land Rover. The choice is for you to decide. Whatever the selection, your guide will make certain that the experience is both exciting and informative. As always, your return to the lodge will be welcomed in earnest with genuine warmth and sincerity
Day 06 / Royal Zambezi Lodge – Victoria Falls River Lodge
A last safari prior to leaving camp and transferring by air to Livingstone and then by road to the Victoria Falls River Lodge. It is the first private game lodge set in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury-tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River ~ so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance. Each private viewing deck affords spectacular views of the river and surrounding natural flora and invites guests to sit back and relax whilst watching the hippos wallow. This evening a special treat is in store when you board the luxurious Zambian Express, a rail car extraordinaire to enjoy passage along the rail line aside Victoria Falls as well to enjoy a five-course meal in their well-appointed dining car.
Day 07 / Victoria Falls River Lodge
Board the morning “Flight of Angels” where, by air, you fly over Victoria Falls and perhaps through a rainbow created by the ever-present mist from the falls’ water spray. Continue your flight up the Zambezi in search of elephant before a return to the airport. Thereafter, enjoy a guided walking tour nearby the falls, where you will marvel at the powerful force and beautiful surroundings of this natural creation. Twice the size of Niagara Falls in both height and breadth, your walking tour will take you aside the thunder and the spray of this magnificent sight. Return to your lodge for a leisurely lunch prior to joining an afternoon game drive that takes you into the park to continue your search for animals in the wild.
Day 08 / Victoria Falls River Lodge
Excitement fills the air as you awaken early this morning to make you way down to the gorge for a thrilling white water rafting excursion on the Zambezi River. View the spectacular scenery of the gorge; learn about the vegetation and wildlife, while you raft your way down the mighty Zambezi River. Your return to the River Lodge at mid-afternoon provides you with a bit of rest prior to joining your afternoon game drive within the National Park. Upon return, it is time for a well-earned evening of relaxation, perhaps with a sundowner cocktail in anticipation of a sumptuous meal prepared for your enjoyment.
Day 09 / Victoria Falls River Lodge – Leopard Hills Lodge
Wing your way to a most famous game reserve at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, it offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are unparalleled, including the much sought-after ‘Big 5’. There are no fences between Kruger Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roam freely in this huge natural environment. Leopard Hills sits on a rocky outcrop, offering spectacular views over the bush and the natural waterhole across the outstretched plains. Covering some 25,000 acres of diverse ecosystems, from open plains in the South, to the Riverine bush along the banks of the Sand River, it ideally suited to provide the finest in game viewing while of your safari adventure.
Day 10 / Leopard Hills Lodge
Awake to the sounds of Africa and climb aboard your Land Rover vehicle as you eagerly return to the bush to experience the early morning activity within the wild. The morning sun will add brilliance to the many photographic opportunities offered at each and every sighting. After a leisurely lunch, revisit the bush this late afternoon and search another of the animal habitats that spread far and wide across the beautiful savannah. Upon completion of your game drive, enjoy a relaxing sundowner beverage as you sit with your fellow travelers to compare the sights and experiences of another exciting day on safari.
Day 11 / Leopard Hills Lodge
Rise early this morning and let your senses thrill to the heartbeat of Africa – the sights and sounds of an early morning safari. It is at this time of day that you will find the activity on safari to be at its peak, and an early riser seldom goes unrewarded. Your guide will teach you the methods of tracking ~ be it a lion’s print in the sand, a cheetah’s spoor aside the road, the agitation and movement of small deer and birdlife, each an integral component in the search for the more elusive of species. The thrill of the trek, the splendor of the topography, the freshness of the air and the propinquity to nature, all enhanced by the sighting of animals in the wild form lifelong memories.
Day 12 / Leopard Hills Lodge
Wake this morning to the brilliance of an African sunrise. The richness of color sets the forest afire with the glowing reds and shimmering yellows of the newborn day. It is this experience of sight, sound, and emotion that causes so many to return and some never to leave this continent called Africa. Continue on safari across this expansive private concession which is reminiscent of Old Africa ~ where animals are shy and wild and have yet to be affected by hordes of safari adventurers. It is a rare opportunity, and one that shall be treasured over a lifetime of wondrous memories. Your return to camp is welcomed by the genuinely attentive staff who will see to your ever need and prepare the setting for another culinary delight.
Day 13 / Leopard Hills Lodge – Johannesburg – Maun – Little Machaba
A last morning’s safari awaits the adventuresome prior to your departure from Leopard Hills via Johannesburg to the breadth of the magnificent Okavango Delta and your tented campsite at Little Machaba. The Okavango Delta is one of the last remaining unspoiled wilderness areas of Africa. The Delta is fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa and covers an area of some 16,000 square kilometers. These waters fan out into the Okavango Delta forming a wetland system of beautiful palm-fringed channels, lagoons and islands that support a wealth of fauna and flora alike. Little Machaba affords guests even more privacy and exclusivity. Guests can still expect a warm community atmosphere as they unwind in the tented main area or the bar, nightcap in hand, before retiring to their personal tents for the evening.
Day 14 / Little Machaba
Botswana is an expansive multi-island paradise amidst the 7,000 square miles of the wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. Little Machaba remains far removed from all other camps, allowing for genuine safaris, where you will find the animals are still curious and approachable. Board your Land Rover this morning and let the thrill of safari take hold as you cross marshlands and veld, finding truly unique adventures in an expansive setting where safari members are limited in number to a select few. Day’s end is very special at Machaba as sunset is not only known for the hues, which color the landscape, but also that this is the time of day that animals and birds come down to the waterways to drink, offering a photographic gemstone. Return to camp to enjoy the pleasure of exchanging tales of wildlife sightings with your fellow residents over a delicious dinner.
Day 15 / Little Machaba – Kanana
Complete your stay at Little Machaba with a last morning safari, where whether sighting birdlife, the splendor of an African sunrise, the beauty of the topography of a lion kill in the bush, each and every safari experience offers its own beauty and thrill. Join with your private charter to fly to Kanana camp. A hidden jewel on the Xudum River, Kanana is located in the southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found at the Okavango Delta.
Day 16 / Kanana
The chosen campsites within Botswana provide you the greatest opportunity to find game amidst an unspoiled, natural setting, never surrounded by scores of safari vehicles. This fact alone makes the journey an unforgettable pleasure. These luxurious campsites astound visitors with the amenities made available for one’s comfort. Each day brings another adventure, another opportunity to search the wild and relish the magnificence and splendor found abundant throughout this habitat. Each day begins with a new plan, a different route, chosen for the best sightings. Dusk brings a multitude of animals to the waterways to drink; the time is an excellent chance to relish one of Africa’s most spectacular presentations, a radiant sunset across the golden savannah. A return to camp, as always, brings a warm welcome, a chance for your favorite sundowner beverage and a gourmet selection of haute cuisine.
Day 17 / Kanana – Maun – Johannesburg – United States
A morning’s pleasure awaits you as you venture forth one last time into the brush to witness the beauty and magnificence of animals that roam the Delta. Return to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before boarding your return flight to Maun and thereafter an onward connection to Johannesburg. Your evening flight wings you homeward with an abundance of memories that will be rekindled over a lifetime.
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