Dates: March 12-24, 2018 (Trip Extension Option: Rhino Project)
Trip Itinerary: See below
Deposit Deadline Schedule: August 1, 2017 - $3,711 // October 1, 2017 - $3,711
Dates: 12-24 March 2018
Countries: South Africa & Namibia (Optional Extension: Rhino Rehabilitation Project )
Highlights: • Kayak amongst a wild African Penguin Colony up the Cape coastline
• Great White Shark Cage Dive • Wine Tour • Cape Town V&A Waterfront Shopping • Overnight Safari • Cape Point Exploration • Local Food Tour
• Guided Table Mountain Hike • Guided Lions Head Hike • Namibia Red Dune Safari • Quad Bike Dune Safari • Hot Air Balloon over the sea of red dunes in the Namib desert (extra cost) • Luxury Boutique Desert Lodge Experience • Dinners served in the dunes of Namibia • Sunset Nature Drives • Delicious breakfasts prepared by the BEAR NAKED CHEF himself each day in Cape Town
Meet Your Hosts: www.manexpeditions.com/meet-the-team
Group Size: Min 12, Max 24
Deposit Deadline Schedule: August 15, 2017 - $1,856 // September 15, 2017 - $1,856 // October 15, 2017 - $3,711
Accommodations: 5-Star Beach Villas overlooking Camps Bay (6 Nights), Luxury Desert Lodges in Namibia (3 Nights), 4-star Hotels between trips (2 Nights). CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Starts In: Cape Town
Ends In: Johannesburg
Physical Rating: 3/5
Experience the might Great White Shark up close and personal with this exclusive Man Expeditions Great White Shark Cage Dive lead by our partners from National Geographic's Mike Rutzens crew. The cage is on the surface of the water. No scuba diving required. Note: this is a full day excursion with a 3 hour drive each way.
Duration: Full day ( 6am-5pm)
Physical Rating: Suitable for all fitness levels
Today we take you on a spectacular Wine Tour through some of South Africa's finest wineries finishing off with a scrumptious lunch at the wine estate.
-Premium tastings at 2 – 3 chosen farms of the day.
-Sit down 1 course A la Carte lunch.
-Site tour of the most historic wine farm in South Africa.
-Photographs taken for you throughout the day.
-Local & knowledgeable guide ready to answer your questions.
-5 star reviewed tour experience
An exclusive Man Expeditions guided kayak tour up the Cape coastline to an African Penguin Colony. This trip allows us to get up close and personal with the African Penguin in their natural habitat. We also often encounter dolphins, whales and seals during our paddle.
Physical Rating: 2/5 ( This is a slow easy paddle. No prior kayaking experience required)
Hike up the most iconic landmark of South Africa in style accompanied by our Man Expeditions guides. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you walk up one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, boasting spectacular and breathtaking views all along the way of the Mother City surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Hike at your own pace, taking in the sights and smells of the indigenous fynbos, including the King Protea when in bloom, South Africa’s prestigious national flower. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and small wildlife such as the sunbird, the sugarbird and the Dassie, the Elephant’s closest relative. Arriving at the Top of the Mountain, pause for a moment and let yourself be submerged by the incredible and picturesque views of Cape Town and the Atlantic.
If you choose not to do the hike, you can take the cable car up and down the mountain for some great photo ops.
Physical Rating: 4/5 ( you must have good cardio fitness to do this. This is a strenuous hike with some slightly technical segments which require some rock scaling). If you feel this is
- Depart Cape Town at 10am to our private safari reserve concession in the Karoo.
- Arrival at Safari lodge at 12H00
- Buffet Lunch outside under the boma starting between 13H00 - 13H30
- Safari in open 4X4 with a professional guide at 16H30
- Private dinner served in a secluded area of the reserve under the stars at 20H00
- Next morning we rise early for a safari drive with the sunrise at 06H00
- Breakfast at 09H00
- Depart back for Cape Town International Airport at 10H00
- Flight to Namibia departs at 14H55 (additional cost)
- 6pm check-in to our host hotel in Windhoek (additional cost). The rest of the evening is free time to explore in Windhoek
7am: Charter flight to Sossusvlei
12pm: Lunch at our luxury desert lodge and some time to relax.
4pm: Afternoon Tea with snacks
4.30pm: Sunset Quad Bike Dune Safari
8pm: Private Dinner in the Red Dunes
6am: Communal coffee/ tea continental breakfast spread
6.30am: Sossusvlei Excursion - This incredible half-day adventure will take us to the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Sossusvlei, one of the Namib Desert’s most scenic attractions. The dunes form part of the Namib Sand Sea, an endlessly undulating mass of orange, amber and ochre that makes up the biggest dune field south of the Sahara. The tour includes a stop at Sesriem to watch the morning sunrise dance across the sand fields and a journey through an imposing funnel shaped gap created by the rare phenomenon of the flooding of the Tsauchab River. The experience culminates at Sossusvlei, stopping in the midst of an untouched desert playground, where you can lose yourself amongst waves and waves of silky smooth sand. A breathless climb to the top of the massive ‘Big Daddy’ rewards with a spectacular view over the peaks and troughs of the sand sea. Next is a walk to Deadvlei or visit the Sesriem Canyon. This adventure is a must for nature and photographic enthusiasts.
11am: Private brunch set up on the reserve
1pm: Lunch and time to relax
4pm: Afternoon Tea with snacks
4.30pm: Nature Drive - Set off on a scenic drive through the Sesriem Canyon and stop to admire the thousand hues of a desert sunset over a sundowner in a remote and dramatic area of the Namib Desert. After our sundowner we will return for dinner which will be served to us outside under the stars.
8pm: Private Dinner
6am: Communal coffee/ tea continental breakfast spread
6.30: Sunrise Quad Bike Dune Safari
6am: Communal coffee/ tea continental breakfast spread
6.15am: Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over Sossusvlei with champagne breakfast ( Extra fees apply for this). As the sun’s first rays peek over scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloon drifts slowly upward revealing the undulating landscapes of Sossusvlei. This soul-satisfying journey offers excellent photographic opportunities and lifelong memories!
11am: Brunch and departure back for Windhoek
3pm: Arrival back in Windhoek where we bid each other farewell. If you need accommodations in Windhoek let us know as we have a hotel booked for some of us in the group already.
For those who want to extend their trip, we will be running an exclusive opportunity to get "hands on" with Rhinos in the wild as part of the Rhino Project Rehabilitation initiative. You will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the darting process and loading up your Rhino to be flown across the South African boarder into Botswana. Your participation in this expedition will help greatly to fund the infrastructure required to support our rhino rehabilitation efforts and to restore the ever dwindling rhino population numbers.
*Please note availability is limited and we can only accommodate a small group. Bookings are on a first-come-first-serve-basis.
• 5 star Beach Villa accommodations overlooking Camps Bay.
• Breakfast served everyday in villa by private chef ( 7 breakfasts)
• Overnight Safari ( all meals and transfers included)
• Gourmet picnic on the top of Table Mountain
• Activity transfers to/from accommodations
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• Luxury Desert Lodge accommodations in the Namib Desert
• All meals, house wines, beer and spirits included.
• Namib Desert Quad Bike Safaris
• 4x4 Safari drives
• Guided nature walks
• Excursions to Sossusvlei
• Stargazing at a state-of-the-art observatory, accompanied by a resident astronomer
• Petrified dunes
• San rock paintings
• Hot-Air Balloon Safari ( additional charge)
• International and local Airfare
• Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers day 1 and day 12
• Meals not mentioned in the inclusions above
• Gratuities for Tour Leaders ($50-$100 USD per person)
• Travel Insurance
BEST TRIP We have ever taken. Tony and Craig were excellent hosts. In fact so good we are joining the next expedition with them. We met so many interesting and fun guys and I am sure we will all be friends forever.
As I near MY SECOND trip with Man Expeditions, to Alaska, I couldn't help but go back and look at some of the pictures of my first trip.... It makes me smile immensely, and so I wanted to share a little bit about my story.
A few years ago, I had seen very little of the world, and I had thought my first ever big trip, was going to be South Africa with my Ex, his home country. I was so taken by the South African culture, the man I knew and loved, and the beauty I had seen from all his amazing pictures. When my relationship ended, My dream of seeing South Africa seemed to have ended as well... THEN by complete chance, I was introduced to the Man Expeditions group via a friend, and Tony Knight reached out to me. After talking a bit, having some faith, and a bit of fate, I was able to book the Capetown trip, and might I add not knowing a single soul. Tony had made me feel so wanted and welcomed, to join this group of complete strangers. 😳 I was sure this opportunity came into my life for a reason, a chance to make one of my travel dreams come true, and a chance to heal, and so I took it. What transpired ended up being one of the most incredible and life changing experiences I've ever been able to have. Any pain I took going into that trip, was demolished. I met a group of men who loved me, cared for me, looked out for me, and who became my family. We were all on this trip for different reasons, but as we found, we all belonged there for a reason. Creating different paths of discovery for each other, and finding support in the activities that Tony had crafted for us. It was a series of experiences I have never done in my life, and to go through that with this family of men, created bonds I will carry with me forever. Man Expeditions is so much more than luxury, than adventure, then travel, it's an opportunity to step into the world, with a family, and do things you never would be able to do on your own. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for changing my life, through the trip of a lifetime. Tony and team, you're one in a million. I truly feel like the luckiest guy in the world, for having been introduced to Man Expeditions, for it has given me so so much.
I took my first trip with Man Expeditions on Feb 2016 to South Africa. To be very honest I was a bit apprehensive for a couple of reasons. For one, I heard about the trip on January 30th of 2016 giving me only 3 weeks to prepare for the whole thing. I also did not know anything about the organization or the Expedition Leader, Tony Knight. And even though I have been very fortunate to have previously traveled all over the world; this was going to be the first time for me going on my own and with a group of 18 guys that I did not know anything about. With that said, this was one of the best trips of my life, not only for feeling a sense of empowerment and self discovery but also to the fact that everything went according to schedule without not even one hiccup. I was also very fortunate that the group of men that I traveled with were the most decent, professional and friendly bunch that I could have ever hoped for. And last; what can I say about Tony Knight…I have the most respect for this individual who was able to coordinate and manage the entire trip to perfection, always making sure that everyone was included and having a great time. I can assure to everyone that reads this testimonial that if you were to contact anyone that was part of my group, they will have nothing but great things to say about the Man Expeditions Team and their entire experience. If you have the opportunity to take a trip with Man Expeditions, take it, I certainly recommend it. It could be a life changing experience as it was for me. Anyone that is contemplating taking a trip with Man Expeditions and may have some questions regarding my experience, please feel free to contact me.
Soul Lifting, Life Changing, Heart Raising, Fear Crushing, Love Affirming. We had an amazing expedition through Africa with a solid group of guys. Thanks Man Expeditions for such a memorable experience! We are booked to do the Alaska Glacier Expedition with the Man Expeditions crew again this Summer. CAN NOT WAIT!
So I went with Tony and Man Expeditions to South Africa in 2015 with Paul. It remains the best vacation of my life. I’m really itching to go on another trip with the group when I can get off work.
The reason why Man Expeditions is so great is Tony is organized to a T. When I go to a place, it’s difficult for me to figure out the great sights to see, places to eat, excursions to take, etc.
Tony does all that research for us. He finds all the best activities to do, manages the transportation, manages the food, everything. The amount of logistics he handles is staggering, and I’m so thankful.
All you have to do is show up!
So with that said, if you’re on the fence, I highly recommend going on a trip with Man Expeditions. You’ll meet some great people and have a stress free, exciting vacation that is truly once in a lifetime.
Can't say enough about Man Expeditions. Have been on the Southern Africa trips to Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa 2 years in a row. The adventures are always well planned and the group of men are the kinda guys you get to know and want to know for life. Can't wait for the Alaska adventure in a few weeks, it's gonna be completely different but just as exciting I'm sure. For those of you who are looking for well planned adventure trips with a great group of guys, Man Expeditions is the perfect choice. Come join the fun and feel the love.
"Man Expeditions trips are an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded guys from all over the world. In our group many of the people we met forged strong friendships that continue to this day. As an active, health-conscious person it is nice to have an alternative to party weekends where you can meet gay men in a social and healthy setting. I highly recommend Man Expeditions for your next travel adventure!”
A great experience with a great bunch of guys. To date I have done the Canadian Canoe Moose Safari and the Southern Africa Safari Expedition with the Man Expeditions crew and thoroughly enjoyed both. Tony was the Expedition Leader for both and was a fantastic leader. I also enjoyed the peace of mind having Tony lead the trip as he is a local born in South Africa and knows Africa well so I always felt safe under his leadership. I have already booked the next group trip in Africa. Cant wait!
Last February I joined the first Capetown, South African Man Expedition. I was especially attracted to the physically demanding itinerary items and to be going with like-minded men meant that I could meet some solid people with the possibility for ongoing friendship.
The itinerary was a super mix of fun-packed adventure with lots of free time built in to take in the culture and other amazing things that this awesome country has to offer (e.g. the southern sky and constellations I had never seen before at the Capetown Observatory).
With the expertise that our leaders Tony and Craig brought to bear from initial concept right through to the optional safari add-on excursion, including well-organized structure throughout, you'll be in good hands and come back with new lifelong friends, and amazing photos and stories you'll have for life. The experience is well worth the investment!