Namibia/Botswana/South Africa Adventure Safari (24 March-2 April 2017)

 

ITINERARY 

(subject to change)

Day 1: Windhoek - Fri 24 MAR 2017

 

3pm: Arrive/Check-in at our host hotel. Free time to explore the town of Windhoek.   

 

DAY 2: SOSSUSVLEI - Sat 25 MAR 2017

7am: Depart via scenic shuttle to the Sossusvlei Desert which takes about 5 hours by road, through the shifting colours of the Kalahari, into desert landscape of the Sesriem. Arrival at  1pm for lunch at our luxury desert lodge. 

3pm: Enjoy an afternoon nature drive with our ranger. The 37 000-hectare private Nature Reserve offers our guests exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyaena and birdlife. Enjoy a coffee or sundowner stop in scenic parts of the reserve as a highlight.

**If you wish you can sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib Desert and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on the roof or in your unit ( limited availability of these units).

DAY 3: SOSSUSVLEI - SUN 26 MAR 2017

6am: 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. 

2pm: Optional Quad Bike Safari ( additional cost) or relax at the lodge.

4pm: 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. 

**If you wish you can sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib Desert and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on the roof or in your unit (limited availability of these units).

DAY 4: WINDHOEK - MON. 27 MAR 2017

6am: Optional Sunrise Quad Bike Safari or take a Hot Air Balloon Ride over Sossossvlei ( 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!

10am: Depart for Windhoek stopping in at Solitaire for their famous Namibian apple pie.

5pm: 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.  

**Photo's of what you can expect in terms of scenery and accommodations are linked here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!ApVvjjHeET_agZApXO-1WCv-VdQ-gg

 

 

DAY 5: MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK - 28 MAR 2017

Make your way to the airport where you board your flight, via Johannesburg to Maun.
Depart Windhoek 08.10 and arrive Johannesburg 09.55
Depart Johannesburg 1145 and arrive Maun 13.15

One of our guides will be waiting for us on arrival to Maun for the transfer to the Kalahari. Arrive to the stunning view over the Boteti River where wildlife concentrates to drink and elephants spend hours swimming and playing. 

The Okavango’s deep Boteti River gorge is a unique environment of riverine habitat that snakes its way through the Kalahari. This creates a rich diversity of wildlife all year round. Enjoy a boat cruise or a sunset drink on the floating hide deck - a twenty five square metre floating vessel giving the perfect wildlife viewing opportunity along the river banks.

Our Accommodations all have twin rooms with all meals, local beverages and safari activities included. 

DAY 6: MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK - 29 MAR 2017

Enjoy a full day game viewing in the Kalahari with our ranger. The annual migration of Wildebeest, the last migration in Southern Africa, should be in full swing in March as the animals search for new grass.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometer area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world famous 5300-year-old Baobab. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park in mass followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. 

DAY 7: Mpumalanga LOWVELD -  30 MAR 2017

Enjoy a morning walk with the local Bushmen. The Bushman nature walking activity enhances the variety of wildlife safari experiences available to our guests while at the same time maximizing sustainable benefits to the people of Botswana

You are then transferred to the Maun Airport for your flight, via Johannesburg, to Nelspruit.

Depart Maun at 14.00, arriving in Johannesburg at 15.40.

Depart Johannesburg at 18.05, arriving in Nelspruit at 18.55

Transfer to our host hotel, 15 minutes.

Accommodations all have twin rooms with dinner and breakfast included. 

DAY 8: KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVE - 31 MAR 2017

After breakfast we set off for the Kruger Park. Enjoy a morning game driving through the Kruger Park. The southern part of the Kruger is renowned for its big cat sightings, so keep your eyes peeled.

Arrive at our Safari camp in time for lunch before heading out on your afternoon game drive with your ranger and tracker.

Accommodation include twin luxury tents with all meals and safari activities included. 

DAY 9: KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVE - 1 APR 2017

Enjoy morning and afternoon/sunset game drives. Today offers early morning and afternoon/sunset game drive safaris where one can enjoy sightings of the Big 5 and other wildlife in the region. 

DAY 10: DEPARTURE - 2 APR 2017

You are transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Depart Hoedspruit at 12.00, arriving into Johannesburg at 13.00

**Photo's of what you can expect in terms of scenery and accommodations are linked here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!ApVvjjHeET_agY8taLln7EUBZB_CmA

 

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