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The Best of Botswana and Cape Town Expedition, May 11-24 2010

Escorted by: Cindi LaRaia

Crocodile - Botswana Safari

ITINERARY

May 11 2010

On arrival at OR Tambo Int Apt you will be met by a Wilderness Safaris representative, who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to the shuttle bus area for the Metcourt Laurel.

Accommodation based on 1 night.

Accommodation Metcourt Laurel
Room : Classic Standard Rooms
Dates : Check in : May-11-2010
Check out : May-12-2010
Included : Breakfast

Metcourt Laurel Hotel is part of Emperor’s Palace, South Africa’s premier casino resort destination. The hotel is located only five minutes from Oliver Tambo International Airport and complimentary shuttle transfers are offered to and from the airport. This three-star hotel offers accommodation in 56 twin bedded room, 5 king bedded classic rooms and 16 family deluxe rooms. All rooms have en suite facilities and include fully adjustable air-conditioning, television with selected satellite channels, radio, hairdryer and laundry services. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the Primavera Restaurant. Guests have access to all Emperors Palace’s variety of facilities and entertainment.

May 12 2010

This morning, after breakfast and check out procedures, please make your way back to the OR Tambo International Airport, using the shuttle service, for your scheduled flight to Maun.

[ Please confirm if you will book the JNB MUB flight ]

Light aircraft transfer from Maun to Chitabe Lediba.

Accommodation based on 3 nights.

Accommodation Chitabe Lediba
Room : Tented Rooms
Dates : Check in : May-12-2010
Check out : May-15-2010
Included : All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks (excluding premium import brands)

Chitabe LedibaChitabe Lediba is a very comfortable five-roomed tented camp in an enormous concession that is bordered on three sides by the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is surrounded by waterways and lagoons and a variety of wildlife can be seen. Accommodation consists of five spacious and luxuriously appointed East African style tents that have en-suite facilities with flush toilet, a shower and basin with hot and cold running water. Each room is on a raised deck and has an outdoor shower also. There is a dining area, lounge and pub with superb views overlooking the surrounding flood plains, and a small pool. Activities consist of game walks, day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles accompanied by an experienced guide. Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Reedbuck, Buffalo, Giraffe, Impala, Kudu and Hippo are among the major game attractions of the area. Wild dogs are also sometimes sighted. Access into this area is only by aircraft.

Lion seen in South Africa Safari

May 15 2010

Light aircraft transfer from Chitabe Lediba to Little Vumbura Camp.

Accommodation based on 2 nights.

Accommodation Little Vumbura Camp
Room : Tented Rooms
Dates : Check in : May-15-2010
Check out : May-17-2010
Included : All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks (excluding premium import brands)

Little Vumbura CampLittle Vumbura Camp is a beautiful 6-roomed tented camp situated to the north of Mombo in a private reserve bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Little Vumbura offers both water and land activities. Mokoros (dugout canoes) traverse the flood plains under the guidance of our experienced polers. Open 4x4 Land Rovers allow guests to get close to animals in the savannah areas. Guests usually have the opportunity to see Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Sable and Buffalo, along with all the plains animals, providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Okavango. Walks (on request basis only) around the islands as well as night drives give guests the opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective.

The 6 tented rooms are large and comfortably appointed and each have an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a shower and flush toilet. The camp has a plunge pool. Access into this area is only by aircraft and then guests are transferred by means of vehicle and then mokoro or boat to the camp from the airstrip.

May 17 2010

Light aircraft transfer from Little Vumbura Camp to DumaTau Camp.

Accommodation based on 2 nights.

Accommodation DumaTau Camp
Room : Tented Rooms
Dates : Check in : May-17-2010
Check out : May-19-2010
Included : All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks (excluding premium import brands)

DumaTau CampDumaTau Camp is a 10-roomed tented camp located in the private 125 000 hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve which borders onto the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. The camp is built on raised boardwalks under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon on the Linyanti waterways. The source of the Savuti Channel is close to the camp and game drives along the Savuti are one of the highlights. The rooms are spacious, raised off the ground and under thatch with canvas walls allowing guests to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of their beds. The bathroom facilities are en-suite and each room also has an outside shower. The main areas include a dining room, bar, lounge, curio shop, plunge pool and a special guest toilet with a fantastic view.

The region has all the habitat diversity to make it a haven for wildlife. Activities are diverse and allow guests to spend time on the water (if water levels permit this), on land and occasionally on foot. Day and night game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles along the Savuti Channel and the banks of Linyanti River. There are many hides in the area where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing up close and away from a vehicle. One of the best hides is right at the source of the Savuti and many species of wildlife and birdlife can usually be enjoyed from this hide. The area is famous for its elephant concentrations in the winter months and for the great general game viewing all year. Huge herds of elephant congregate in winter along the waterways and lagoons and at waterholes that are located along the Savuti channel. All the predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog feast on the prey species in the area including impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, lechwe and tsessebe.

May 19 2010

Light aircraft transfer from DumaTau Camp to Kasane.

Light aircraft transfer from Kasane to Livingstone.

Private road transfer from Livingstone Airport to Toka Leya Camp.

Accommodation based on 2 nights.

Accommodation Toka Leya Camp
Room : Tented Rooms
Dates : Check in : May-19-2010
Check out : May-21-2010
Included : All meals, local drinks and scheduled daily activities

Toka Leya CampWithin the western sector of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park lies Toka Leya Camp, some 12km up from the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. The Tonga and Makalolo peoples lived here for centuries before the Falls were ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone in 1855, who named them after his queen. Its local name – after which the national park is named – is Mosi-Oa-Tunya, "the Smoke that Thunders," which describes accurately the huge spirals of spray that can be seen 30km away.

The camp overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands and comprises 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area. Tent interiors boast cool wooden flooring, tasteful, uncluttered African décor in earthy hues, climate-control for a cool summer sanctuary and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views of the Zambezi River. The camp's dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool. The novel pizza oven is a great hit with our younger visitors! A curio shop exhibits a fine selection of local crafts and a variety of spa and massage treatments are available.

Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises from the camp, guided nature walks and visits to the Livingstone museums and Simonga Village. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include sunset cruises on outsourced boats such as Lady Livingstone & African Queen, helicopter flights, micro-lighting, canoeing, jet boating and white water rafting.

Game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park offer sightings of general game species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala. There is rich birdlife here too, including several sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer (seasonal), Schalow’s Turaco and Rock Pratincole (seasonal). Good birding can be enjoyed within the confines of the camp itself, on boat cruises and out on game drives.

The Zambezi River offers some fishing opportunities and tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months (October - December). There are several varieties of bream (Tilapia) which are a good catch.

South Africa Safari

May 21 2010

Private road transfer from Toka Leya Camp to Livingstone Airport.

You will be collected from Cape Town Int Apt and transferred by coach to the Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

Accommodation based on 3 nights.

Accommodation Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Room : Piazza Facing Rooms
Dates : Check in : May-21-2010
Check out : May-24-2010
Included : Breakfast

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront HotelThe Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel, which was Cape Town's first hotel in the exciting new Waterfront development, is located in the historic 1904 North Quay warehouse with great views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and the working harbour. The hotel has 94 large, comfortably furnished, air-conditioned, en-suite double bedrooms each with a fully stocked bar-fridge, television, radio and hairdryer. Transfers to nearby gym, wellness and fitness centre. The Waterfront Café, as well as a cocktail bar, is located alongside the Alfred Basin's working dock. The Waterfront offers many interesting shops and boutiques, a shopping mall with cinemas, a theatre, restaurants and cafés, bistros and bars, a local brewery, historic buildings and a maritime museum. The city centre is only minutes away, and there is a regular shuttle bus service that takes you from the front of the hotel to the heart of the city and to major beaches.

May 22 2010

You will be collected from Victoria & Alfred Hotel and taken on half day Peninsula tour including entrance fees.

Depart the city along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard past the fishing village of Hout Bay and head over the 600m heights of Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most spectacular passes. Drive on past the Cape’s longest beach near Noordhoek and down this beautiful coast (with a chance to sight Southern Right Whales just offshore from June to November). Enter the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, for a chance to see endemic animals like Eland Cape Mountain Zebra and Baboon. At the tip of the Peninsula at Cape Point, take the funicular to capture the magical vistas of False Bay at this, the south westernmost point of Africa - legendary among seafarers.

Continue down the False Bay coast for a visit to Boulders Beach and a close-up with a colony of African Penguins, then head back to the city around midday through the naval village of Simonstown and over Boyes Drive, taking in views of the fishing harbour at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St James and Muizenberg.

(Lunch excluded)

May 23 2010

You will be collected from and taken on a private full day Winelands tour including entrance fees.

Leave Cape Town and drive towards the Winelands region, nestled below the spectacular Boland Mountains, some 50 minutes drive from the city. Today will be a leisurely experience as you explore the Cape’s wine route towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, tasting the “fruits of the vines” and enjoying the charm and hospitality of this unique area.

Estates visited vary and are selected after discussing personal preferences. Examples are Uitkyk, Warwick, Moreson, Mont Rochelle for fine red and white wines, and Glen Carlou or Fairview for wine and cheese tasting.

Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area.

A visit to the Paarl Bird Sanctuary can be included for the nature lovers, as well as a visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument with its indigenous gardens and sweeping views across the Boland.

Drive to Boschendal and visit the historic estate with its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch buildings and its collection of priceless period furniture, giving insight into how the early settlers lived at the Cape.

Visit Franschhoek nestled in the “Valley of the Huguenots” where the French first settled in 1688. Visit the Huguenot Memorial and Museum and explore this country town with its lovely antique shops and gardens.

Explore Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country, driving along Dorp Street with its beautiful Cape Dutch houses. Visit the museum to see the different styles of architecture in the Cape from the 17th century. Visit some of the many shops and galleries that this university town has to offer.

May 24 2010

You will be collected from Victoria & Alfred Hotel and transferred to the Cape Town International Airport.

COSTS: based on 2009 rates, approx 10% increase for 2010, will work on trying to get a locked in rate now once I know how many are confirmed.

BASED ON 6 PASSENGERS USD $11,745.00 PER PERSON SHARING

*PLUS local air: Joburg/Maun // Livingston/Joburg/ Cape Town *approx rate as of Oct 2008- $847.00 per person

BASED ON 8 PASSENGERS USD $10,083.00 PER PERSON SHARING

*PLUS local air: Joburg/Maun // Livingston/Joburg/ Cape Town *approx rate as of Oct 2008- $847.00 per person

**Flying rates in Botswana are based on a sole use of 1 Caravan for 10 pax which allows us 20kgs per person (44#) if we use smaller planes will possibly cost less but only allowed 12kgs (26#)

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIR.


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