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African Adventure small group tour

Discover the wonders of magnificent South Africa and Zambia on this unique small group tour, staying in superb luxury safari lodges from where your game drives each day allow you to discover the “Big Five” and many more wild animals in prolific numbers, in two of the most beautiful game parks in Africa. The tour also includes the stunning Cape region of South Africa, staying on the sea in Cape Town and a luxury hotel in the breathtaking wine region of Franschhoek.

Zambia is renowned amongst locals as one of the best remaining countries in Africa that boasts game in large numbers, and an outstanding conservation program. At South Luangwa National Park you will be “living the dream” of seeing a huge and diverse range of wild animals and exceptional bird life: elephant families going about their daily routine, giraffes galloping in seeming slow motion across the plains, lions lying sleepily in the sun while their babies play around them… so many wonderful and jaw dropping sights to see in this magical corner of Africa.

At Ulusaba, in the Sabi Sands game park in South Africa, you will discover the thrill of tracking the animals with your local tracker and guide – a different experience all together and one that means you will come across some extraordinary animal activity – you may see a hyena fighting with a lion over a kill; a rare black rhino grazing quietly by a watering hole, or a leopards “hanging” in trees with their kill perched next to them.

At some point on every drive you will stop and enjoy either morning tea and coffee, or in the evening a “sundowner” – cocktails and nibbles while watching that stunning African sunset, one of the most beautiful sights in the world.

A dream for photographers, Cape Town is an extraordinarily beautiful city where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, with the exquisite backdrop of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles seemingly changing colour throughout the day and especially beautiful at sunset. Renowned for its “foodie” scene, Cape Town is full of delights and views that you will enjoy before moving on to the breathtaking wine region of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges and dotted with charming villages and beautiful wineries.

With an itinerary that has been chosen for its reassuringly safe locations and encapsulating the beauty of wild Africa with the sophisticated city life of Cape Town and the lush, stunning landscapes of the wine country, this wonderful tour is sure to be one of your most truly unforgettable holidays.

2019 Tour Dates:
June 12th – 25th, 2019

Detailed Itinerary


Wednesday 12th June, 2019
Today we will meet in Lusaka, Zambia where we will be well placed for one night before flying to our first camp tomorrow. We suggest that the best route to Lusaka from Australia is with Emirates via Dubai; you can fly into Lusaka and out of Cape Town on Emirates with a return fare from Australia. Visas for Australian residents are issued on arrival, for a fee of $25 USD per person. This evening we’ll have drinks and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

 

Thursday 13th June
This morning we take a flight to Mfuwe Lodge, our superb 4 star camp in the Eastern province of Zambia. There are so many parks in Africa – why did we choose this one? Because the South Luangwa National Park is a secret known to only a few as one of the last remaining parks in Africa where the game is so prolific. We will see four of the “Big Five” here – in fact, last year when we were there we saw three of them (elephant, lion and buffalo) just on the way to the camp from the airport! Sadly, the rhino has been poached out in Zambia but we have a very good chance of seeing them at Ulusaba later in the tour.

The best time of year to see game in southern Africa is during the winter between May and October, when it is drier and the animals gather in large numbers at the watering holes to drink. This is the best circumstance for game viewing. The park is located at the confluence of several rivers and bordered by an escarpment that creates a natural “fence” that ensures that huge and diverse groups of animals live within the boundaries. This is what makes this park so special.

As we’ll be arriving at lunch time, after settling in our lodges we can join the afternoon game drive.

 

Friday 14th June – Sunday 16th June
The daily routine at Mfuwe is relaxed and so enjoyable. All morning drives at any park involve getting up early, so be prepared! But this is the best time for seeing game. And there is plenty of time during the day for a catch-up nap! So we get up early this morning and have a light breakfast before heading out with our guide to see some of the wonderful wild animals that abound in this park! You’ll see everything here – lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, hyenas, zebras, giraffes and many, many hippos! There are also many smaller animals and a huge range of spectacularly beautiful bird life. After our drive, we return to the Lodge for lunch. Meals at this lodge are of a set menu and of course they cater for special dietary requirements. Wine is included but any drinks from the bar will be put on your individual room tabs. After lunch you might choose to have that nap, enjoy a spa treatment, lie by the pool or sit out in one of the comfortable outdoor lounges, from where you can see animals grazing in the dry river bed without having to move!

 

The afternoon game drive is timed so that you will drive through sunset and finish in the dark, when you’ll be seeing the animals by spotlight. Again, there is much to be seen at this time of the evening! After our return, each night we will enjoy a beautiful dinner under the stars at the lodge.

 

By the way, during the morning game drive we stop to enjoy morning tea and on the evening drive, “sundowners” including a cocktail and some nibbles! Very civilized! Sunsets are simply spectacular in Africa – you will never forget them! At both camps we will be staying in, both Mfuwe and Ulusaba, the guides and trackers are fantastic – super informative and extraordinarily knowledgeable about the animals that they are so passionate about! They really “make” the experience, along with their fellow staff members at the lodges whose service and warmth are exceptional.

 

Sunday 16th June
Today we fly to Johannesburg, where we will stay safely at the Intercontinental Hotel right at the airport. This is a super comfortable 5 star hotel and it is a very short walk around to the terminal from where we take our flight tomorrow. The restaurant at the hotel serves a very nice international menu. Note: Visas are not required for South Africa, for Australian passport holders.

 

Monday 17th June – Friday 21st June
Today starts our extremely special stay at magnificent Ulusaba resort, part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection. This five star camp is located in the Sabi Sands National Park, and once again this is the perfect time of year in this park for game viewing. We fly to Ulusaba on a small aircraft from where you can enjoy views of the spectacular terrain of South Africa as we fly over. Your weight will be limited to 20 kgs in a soft sided bag only, and if you have extra luggage for your whole trip, this can be left in a secure locker at the terminal while we stay at the camp.

 

At Ulusaba the game viewing experience is different in that on each drive you will have an expert tracker and a driver. Together they track the various animals, which is an exciting experience to witness and different to what you will have seen in Mfuwe! On our last trip, via this method of finding the animals, we saw a number of “kills”, many leopards, elephants, giraffes, rhino, lions, baboons and wild dogs, just to name a few. The daily routine here is slightly different, as due to the location dawn is slightly earlier and there is coffee, fruit and pastries provided prior to departure on the morning drive. A full breakfast is provided on your return, and then free time to relax by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment, browse in the beautiful gift shop or sit on your deck enjoying the view and the animals that wander along the dry river bed. You can eat lunch whenever you feel like it, either at your lodge or on the terrace. Meals at Ulusaba are all a la carte and wine is provided. All drinks are provided at this lodge. We have chosen to stay in Safari Lodge, located lower down right on the river bed, which provides better game viewing.

 

Ulusaba is a truly wonderful, extraordinary place – as the sign says at the entrance to Safari Lodge, “Heaven On Earth”!

 

Friday 21st June
Today we will fly to Cape Town via Johannesburg International airport and arrive late afternoon at our hotel located right on the sea in the shadow of a stunning mountain range called the Twelve Apostles. We can enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening, enjoy the sunset over the ocean and relax after our week of game viewing!

 

Saturday 22nd June
This morning we take the cable car up to Table Mountain, for glorious views over Cape Town and the sea. This afternoon you can relax and explore lovely Camps Bay, near where we are staying. Lots of great cafes, galleries and boutiques. Or as an optional excursion you can take a ferry to Robben Island, which boasts a fascinating history and where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years – now a museum and historic site. The ferry only operates in good weather, due to rough seas on the Cape, and we will be advised the day before if it is not running. This evening we eat at a fabulous restaurant in Cape Town, which boasts the best “foodie” scene in South Africa. There’s also the vibrant V & A Waterfront, full of shops and beautiful seafood front restaurants, fun to walk around or sit and watch the passing parade.

 

Sunday 23rd June – Tuesday 25th June
The next two days are spent in idyllic bliss at Mont Rochelle, another heavenly Virgin Limited Edition resort in the heart of the spectacular wine region near Cape Town, best known for the two famous towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This resort is in one of the most beautiful locations I have ever had the pleasure to stay in, right by the gorgeous town of Franschhoek, overlooking its own vineyards and overlooked by a stunning mountain range. The bars, pool, restaurant and terrace are all exquisite. It’s the perfect end to a unique and unforgettable tour and we’ll have time for some winery tastings in amazing settings, beautiful meals and wonderful, wonderful shopping in the boutiques and galleries in charming Franschoek, all located in elegant little colonial style buildings.

 

Tuesday 25th June
Today we’ll fly back to Cape Town and from here you can continue on or choose to spend another couple of days here. You might want to take another day trip to the Cape itself and see some of the amazing views and birdlife in the area. We can arrange accommodation for you if you wish.

 

Tour Inclusions: Meals as per itinerary, private air conditioned buses on day tours, private guides, accommodation in exclusive luxury hotels throughout the tour, all entries and excursions, the full time services of your tour director.

SAFARI CAMPS AND HOTELS:

Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka:
https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/lusaka/lunha/hoteldetail
At the centrally located Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka, we’ll be staying in Executive Rooms.

 Mfuwe Lodge, The Bush Camp Company:
http://bushcampcompany.com/mfuwe-lodge-index.ph
At gorgeous Mfuwe Lodge accommodation is in suites or chalets.

Intercontinental Hotel, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport:
https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/johannesburg/jnbhc/hoteldetail
At this lovely Intercontinental hotel we will be staying in Executive rooms.

 Ulusaba:
http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/ulusaba
At magnificent Ulusaba, accommodation is in River Rooms or Elephant Rooms.

Twelve Apostles Hotel:
www.12apostleshotel.com
 At the beautiful Twelve Apostles Hotel, with its superb views, we’ll be staying in Superior Sea Facing rooms.

Mont Rochelle:
http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mont-rochelle
At spectacular Mont Rochelle, we are booking 3 Cabernet Rooms and 3 Merlot Rooms. Again, these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on request.

TOUR PRICES (Australian Dollars):
Suite Lodge at Mfuwe, River Room at Ulusaba, and Cabernet room at Mont Rochelle:
Double/Twin Share $15,600 per person

Chalet at Mfuwe, River Room at Ulusaba, and Cabernet room at Mont Rochelle:
Double/Twin Share $14,400 per person

Chalet at Mfuwe, Elephant Room at Ulusaba, and Merlot room at Mont Rochelle:
Double/Twin Share $13,360 per person
Single Traveller price for this room combination: $17,400

 Please ask if you’d like any other room combination!

 Please note that internal flights are NOT included in the tour price. This is because airfares will vary according to when we book them – obviously the earlier we book, the cheaper they are! Indicative price of Economy Class airfares based on current rates is $2600 Australian dollars per person.

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