South Africa Scenic Route – 18 days

December 17, 2010 by  
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Small Group Camping & Cabin Safari

A wonderful journey through the Rainbow Nation. Camping, trekking, game viewing, historical and cultural visits through South Africa!

Highlights

  • Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing
  • Kruger National Park – game drives
  • Swaziland – mountain walks
  • Zululand – game drives & cultural villages
  • Drakensberg mountains – mountain walks
  • Lesotho – trekking with ponies
  • Garden Route & Karoo – walks, ostriches & wine farms
  • Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain

Includes

  • 6 nights in hotels / cabins and 11 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Transport in safari truck or minibus
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide

Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to MPUMALANGA

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterised by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. We will camp the night in the old gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest, a living museum dating back to 1873. We explore the quaint town, visit Mac Mac falls and God’s Window viewpoint [camping - LD]

Day 2 & 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Big game country – exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in one of the last African wildernesses. Early morning & afternoon game drives get us close to the wildlife. [camping BLD ]

Day 4 KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, is one of only 3 monarchies in Africa. Swazi’s are proud of their traditional lifestyle & cultures. We explore the Malolotja reserve on foot to enjoy the mountain scenery, rare birdlife, and the 95m high Malolotja waterfall. Overnight in log cabins with fantastic panoramic views. [cabin BLD ]

Day 5 & 6 ZULULAND

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days After visiting craft markets near Mbabane, we re-enter South Africa. Mkuzi Game Reserve is a safe haven for the endangered black rhino. We have a full day to game drive and stop at waterhole hides and watch game come down to drink [ camping BLD ]

Day 7 & 8 DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. Moving further south to the base of the Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains). We have two nights at the foot of the mountains allowing time for walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, looking for Bushman rock paintings or just enjoying spectacular views. [camping BLD ]

Day 9 & 10 LESOTHO

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. We travel through the towering red sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate en route to Lesotho. Quaint villages and towns offer interesting stops along the way. We cross the border and head to southern Lesotho to our overnight chalets at Malealea. This lodge nestled in the mountains forms our base for two nights. The next morning we are up early and spend the day trekking with a local guide and his pony through the rugged mountains. [chalets BLD ]

Day 11 KAROO NP

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Descending from the Lesotho highlands we make our way into the great Karoo. It covers most of central South Africa and is a vast semi desert. It has become famous for its sheep and ostrich farming industries, and roadside stalls selling handmade windmills. [guesthouse BL- ]

Day 12 ADDO ELEPHANT NP

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days A conservation success, Addo Elephant N.P. offers a unique wildlife area, famous for the Addo Elephants. We head out on game drives in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Evening viewing at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals. . [ camping BLD ]

Day 13 & 14 TSITSIKAMMA

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the campsite at Storms River mouth, and there are walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the rocky coastline. There is an option of the world’s highest bungi jump (own expense). Whales may be seen in season (July to November). [camping BLD ]

Day 15 WESTERN CAPE

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days After visiting “The Heads” in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon we travel south along the Garden Route towards the famous wine regions of the Cape. We pass the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and Threewaterkloof Dam before heading over Franschoek pass to our campsite near Franschhoek for the evening. [camping BLD ]

Day 16 & 17 CAPE TOWN

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days We enjoy a morning walk in historic Franschhoek. Visit Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Explore Cape Town and the “mother city’s” many attractions; visit Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman’s Peak drive, the harbour at Hout Bay, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). Meals at a variety of local restaurants (own expense). [guesthouse B - - ]

Day 18 TOUR ENDS – TRANSFERS

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. We climb Table Mountain in the morning admiring the views over Table Bay and Cape Town. Spend the afternoon catching up on last minute curio shopping or just lazing on the beach absorbing the Cape’s sunshine. Tour ends at +/-18:00pm. [B - -].

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Our stay in Lesotho supports the Malealea community. Local guides, village accommodation and some of the fresh produce used in the lodge are sourced from the local villages in a responsible and sustain¬able method. Thus providing income, and better living standards for the Malealea villages and the local community.

PRE & POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION

Rivonia Road Lodge

Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the vacation planner when prompted.

Classic Botswana – 10 Days

December 17, 2010 by  
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Small group participation camping safari
An exclusive wildlife experience in the premier national parks and game reserves of Botswana. Some of the best game viewing in Africa – Moremi, Savuti and Chobe! Safari through the wilderness areas of Botswana on open 4WD vehicles and watch elephants from a boat as they drink from the Chobe River. Culminating in the wonderful views of Victoria Falls!

Highlights

  • Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
  • Savuti – game drives
  • Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise
  • Victoria Falls – adventure activities

Includes

  • 9 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Transport in 4WD game viewing vehicle
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide
  • Moremi, Savuti and Chobe game drives

Please note it is possible to add a 3 day excursion into the Okavango before the start of the “Classic Botswana”. This creates a 13 day Okavango, Moremi, Savuti, Chobe, Victoria Falls tour. Please contact the Sunway office for details.

Day 1 MAUN

Classic Botswana   10 Days Our adventure begins in Maun, a small town located on the South Eastern edge of the Okavango Delta and our access point to the wilderness of Botswana. For the more adventurous of heart there is a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense). The day ends with a relaxing sundowner drink at the pool, and a meal in the lodge restaurant, (own expense) celebrating the start of the journey. [camping - - -]

Day 2 – 5 MOREMI & SAVUTI

Classic Botswana   10 Days 4wd open vehicle We have 4 nights in these conservation areas with time to explore the various habitats. We spend our time on game drives watching the plentiful wildlife including wild dog, elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game.

Moremi Game Reserve rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world and we take our open 4WD vehicle into Moremi for fantastic game viewing! Grasslands, floodplains, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats.

Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Marsh. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous. The waterhole near camp is also a favorite drinking point for many elephant and the sunsets here are fantastic. [camping BLD]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]

Day 6 – 7 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Classic Botswana   10 Days 4wd open vehicle The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. In the early morning we search for game and return to camp for brunch. The late afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise is a highlight as we see the mighty elephant herds returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst. We camp at Kasane on the Chobe River for night 7. [camping Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Day 8 – 9 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE

Classic Botswana   10 Days Guided walk included. We camp for 2 nights in Zambia near Livingstone town on the banks of the Zambezi River. Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).[camping B - -]

Day 10 LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS

Classic Botswana   10 Days Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available. [- B - -]

PRE & POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION

This safari has a 14h00 departure which means you can fly into Maun and join the tour on the day of your flight arrival. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the vacation planner when prompted.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

A Botswana guide travels with us through the national parks. This ensures that the local community directly benefits from tourism, as your visit to Botswana ensures employment for local people, and a direct benefit from the tourism industry.

Johannesburg to Nairobi – 30 Days

December 17, 2010 by  
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OVERLAND SAFARI JOHANNESBURG TO NAIROBI
22 NIGHTS CAMPING 4 NIGHTS CABIN 3 NIGHTS INN

The ultimate experience for the adventurous is an overland camping safari through Africa. A cultural experience second to none, and with adventure around every corner, sometimes finding oneself so isolated that the nearest town could be some 300 kilometres away, this trip is certainly not for the faint-hearted. We expect a great deal of participation and flexibility from all passengers on this trip, without which the tour cannot be a success.

DAY 1: JHB – LIMPOPO D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Leaving Johannesburg early, we begin our trek north. Stopping en-route to do some last minute shopping, we head for our rustic bush camp set on a private game reserve in the Limpopo Valley. We arrive early and familiarise ourselves with the vehicle and equipment, before camping the night. Enjoy a traditional “braai”.

DAY 2: ZIMBABWE RUINS B L

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After a morning walk, we travel the short distance to the border where we complete formalities and then travel directly to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The afternoon is spent exploring this massive complex, and delving into the mysteries surrounding their origin. Tonight we enjoy a night of relative comfort, and a catered meal (own expense).

DAY 3: BULAWAYO / MATOBO B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days A short drive today, we pass through the wide streets of Bulawayo, and on to our camp nestled amongst the precariously balancing boulders of Matobo. This afternoon we enjoy an open vehicle drive into the Matobo National Park where we will track Rhino and other animals on foot.

DAY 4: HWANGE B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Arising early, we stretch our legs with a climb on one of the “koppies” surrounding our camp before packing up and moving on to Hwange. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive drive or walk in search of the animals for which this area is so well known. Tonight we drift off to sleep to the sounds of the wild at our bush camp.

DAY 5 – 6: VICTORIA FALLS D5: B D | D6: B

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Leaving our bush-camp, we head for the amazing spectacle of Victoria Falls, and the surrounding tourist village. We spend two nights here in comfort, at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS INN. There are numerous activities to pursue, bungeejumping, white-water rafting and aircraft fl ips (own expense). Clients will have leisure time to explore the town. One evening meal will be at a local restaurant (own expense), the other will be a “braai” with traditional dancing at the pool.

DAY 7: KAFUE CAMP B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days An early start, we have a last view of the falls whilst crossing the historic Livingstone Bridge over the Zambezi Gorge into Zambia. Our journey takes us across southern Zambia to the Kafue River where we set up camp. Relax at the pool and enjoy a hot shower.

DAY 8 – 10: ZAMBEZI CANOE D8: B L D | D9: B L D | D10: B L

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After a river safety and procedure briefi ng we begin our canoeing adventure. These days are the highlight of the tour with excellent bird and game viewing opportunities. Hippo and other big game may be encountered at close range. This section does involve a certain amount of effort, and at night we camp wild. We end the paddle at the Chongwe River, and camp the last night on the mainland. The next day we conduct a short game walk before transferring back to Kafue camp by boat, for a hot shower and a catered meal (own expense). Camp the night.

DAY 11: LUANGWA B D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days We continue north via the capital city, Lusaka, where we stock up on provisions and enjoy an own expense lunch, before moving along the Great East Road to our overnight camp. We will cover as much distance today as possible.

DAY 12 – 13: LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK D12: B L D | D13: B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Travel on to camp on the banks of the Luangwa River where we overnight for two nights just outside the Luangwa National Park. We enter the southern park for some spectacular game viewing with excellent opportunities for leopard sightings. Camp both nights. (Optional night drive, own expense)

DAY 14 – 15: LAKE MALAWI D14: B L D | D 15: B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Today we enter Malawi, and after replenishing stocks and spending some time at the curio stalls in Lilongwe, we continue down to the lake where we spend two nights literally camping on the beach. The days are spent simply relaxing and soaking up the sun, or for the more energetic, the crystal clear waters offer excellent snorkeling and lovely beach walks.

DAY 16 : LAKE MALAWI B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Following the winding road along the lakeshore, we continue north and again camp the night on the beach, enjoying Lake Malawi, one of Africa’s jewels.

DAY 17: MIKUMI B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Entering Tanzania, we begin our journey across this vast country. Tonight we will camp near the remote village of Mikumi.

DAY 18: DAR ES SALAAM B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days We arrive in Dar Es Salaam, the historic port of Tanzania, around noon. We will spend some time in this bustling city before moving to the north coast where we will camp the night on the beach.

DAY 19 – 22: ZANZIBAR D19: B | D20: B | D21: B | D22: B

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days This morning we head directly to the harbour where we embark on a ferry ride across to the spice island, Zanzibar. Exploring the island thoroughly, we spend time at the remote villages and sandy beaches of the north, and enjoying the mystique and history of the Stone Town. Visit the slave pits and participate in a spice tour, the food and fruit market is not to be missed. Lunches and dinners whilst on the island are own expense – clients are free to enjoy the local restaurants and food markets.

DAY 23: ZANZIBAR / DAR ES SALAAM B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Leaving the island behind, we board the ferry for our journey back to the mainland. We camp the night north of Dar Es Salaam at a small resort.

DAY 24 – 25: ARUSHA D24: B L D | D25: B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Moving inland we head for Arusha where we spend two nights camping in this bustling town. We enjoy a full day of curio shopping and exploring the numerous markets. At this stage it is possible to view Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, if the clouds oblige.

DAY 26 – 28: SERENGETI / NGORONGORO CRATER D26: BLD | D27: BLD |D28: BLD

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Travelling from Arusha to Serengeti we are bound to witness the impressive Masai herdsmen, herding their cattle amongst the game. Most of the day is a game drive with exceptional game viewing potential, and we arrive at the Seronera camp in the late afternoon to camp the night. Rising early we continue game viewing for the entire day, before exiting the park and making for Simba Camp to camp the night on the lip of the Ngorongoro crater. We descend into the crater on the steep dirt track cut into the crater wall. The diverse habitats of lake, swamp, grassland, and acacia forests bring with them an equal diversity of game, with everything one can imagine, from fl amingo to elephant and the ever-present Masai herdsmen. We fi nally exit the crater after lunch to return to Arusha for the night.

DAY 29: ARUSHA-NAIROBI B L

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After a final hopeful glimpse of Kilimanjaro we head due north to enter Kenya and to travel directly to Nairobi. We overnight at a camp just outside of the city and enjoy an evening farewell meal (own expense).

DAY 30: NAIROBI B

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After breakfast we bid farewell to our fellow travellers and depart on our separate ways. Clients may join or leave this tour at certain stages of the itinerary. Call us for a quote in this regard. Clients may on occasion return to Johannesburg with the vehicle at a nominal cost, but Drifters will be under no obligation whatsoever.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from January every second / third Wednesday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

During the dry season we may travel from Nairobi via Lake Victoria to enter Serengeti from the west. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. A trip of this nature can only be undertaken by people of a certain mentality and we only recommend it to people under 55 years of age, although this obviously depends on the individual. Africa can be harsh, with not only unpredictable weather, but unpredictable attitudes as well. Clients must expect delays for whatever reason. All visa requirements and border formalities are the responsibility of the client, and we will not hold the tour up for irresponsible reasons. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable. The recommended currency for this tour is US$, in small denominations. The most necessary item on this tour is an open and flexible mind! Our price includes all transport, accommodation, scheduled entry and park fees, Vic Falls entry, canoe safari, ferry ride, group equipment, a professional guide, breakfasts, most lunches and all evening meals when not scheduled in a restaurant, coffee and tea. Our price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, curios, tips, visas, airport taxes, transfers, other optional excursions, restaurant meals and harbour taxes. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Johannesburg every third Wednesday.

Southern Circle – 24 Days

December 13, 2010 by  
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24 – DAY OVERLAND EXPLORER JOHANNESBURG TO JOHANNESBURG
14 Nights Camping, 5 Nights Cabin, 4 Nights Lodge

For those that wish to experience the highlights of southern Africa with the convenience of fl ying into and out of Johannesburg. This tour will show you the attractions of several countries, and endeavors to reveal the contrasts that make up this region. From the desert landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique, you will experience built up cities and rural homesteads, good highways and dirt tracks. This tour also concentrates on some of the nest Game Reserves in Africa, including Chobe, Luangwa and Kruger where you will see a huge variety of animals all in their natural environment. An open and fl exible approach is essential for this tour.

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – NATA

Southern Circle   24 Days Departing from Drifters Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we head directly to the Botswana border. On completion of immigration formalities we continue to Nata, an oasis- like camp on the edge of the vast Makgadigadi salt pans. Tonight we familiarise ourselves with the tour procedures over a catered meal (own expense). Camp the night.

DAY 2: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days This morning we travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an extensive afternoon game drive within the Chobe National Park, we cross the border and head for Victoria Falls, to spend three nights in comfort at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS LODGE B L D

DAY 3 – 4: VICTORIA FALLS D3: B D | D4: B

Southern Circle   24 Days During our stay here we will view the spectacular falls and the other highlights of “Africa’s Adventure Capital”. Those seeking adrenaline may wish to try the Bungee jump, White Water Rafting or a variety of aircraft fl ips (own expense). One night we enjoy traditional dancing and a “braai” at the pool. On the last night we eat at a local restaurant (own expense) B D ; B

DAY 5: KAFUE CAMP B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Crossing the original railway bridge, we have a last view of The Falls before entering Zambia. Our journey today takes us through southern Zambia and then down into the Lower Zambezi Valley to Kafue, where we will camp the night. Relax at the pool this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming days of canoeing. B L D

DAY 6 – 8: ZAMBEZI CANOE D6: B L D | D7: B L D | D8: B L

Southern Circle   24 Days The Zambezi River needs little introduction, a mighty river winding its way through some of the best wilderness areas in Africa, this provides for what can only be described as the finest canoe adventure in the world. What better way to see big game at close quarters than from a canoe. We will spend two nights camping wild on the banks of the river. On the third day we are transferred by boat back to Kafue for a welcome shower and a catered meal (own expense). B L D ; B L D ; B L

DAY 9: LUANGWA B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Reunited with our vehicle we travel through the capital of Lusaka and then along the “Great East Road” to our next overnight camp. We will cover as much distance as possible today. B L D

DAY 10 – 11: LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK D10: B L D | D11: B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Our next stop is the Luangwa National Park, where we spend two nights camping on the banks of the river, well known for its impressive Hippo population. During our stay here we will partake in an extensive game drive in the park in search of the ellusive Leopard and other species that make this park one of Africa’s best. Optional night drive (own expense). B L D ; B L D

DAY 12 – 13: LAKE MALAWI D12: B L D | D13: B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Crossing into Malawi today, our fi rst stop is Lilongwe, the capital. After stocking up with groceries and curios, we continue to Lake Malawi, an impressive inland freshwater sea. The snorkeling is a highlight, as are the sandy beaches and friendly locals. We spend two nights here, camping literally on the beach. B L D ; B L D

DAY 14 – 15: MULANJE MASSIVE D14: B L D | D15: B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Turning south, we head for Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising some 600m above the surrounding forest and lush tea plantations. We will spend two nights camping in the area, and will enjoy a hike to the plateau from where the views are exceptional. B L D ; B L D

DAY 16: CHIMOIO B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Traveling via Blantyre, today we enter Mozambique. Our journey takes us through the Tete corridor, across the Zambezi River and alongside the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. We camp wild tonight in the remote region of Chimoio. B L D

DAY 17: VILANCULOS B L

Southern Circle   24 Days Leaving the wilderness behind us, today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en-route to the coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos – on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend the night here in casitas, situated literally on the Beach. Tonight we enjoy a meal at a local restaurant (own expense). B L

DAY 18 – 20: INHAMBANE D18: B L D | D19: B L D | D20: B L

Southern Circle   24 Days Moving south along the coast, our next stop is the ancient trading port of Inhambane. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our camp under the coconut palms on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in casitas at this camp and during our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night we enjoy a catered meal (own expense). Those who wish have the options of scuba diving or horse riding on the beach (own expense). B L D ; B L D ; B L

DAY 21: MAPUTO B L

Southern Circle   24 Days Today we cross vast coastal flood plains and drive through forests of Cashew nuts towards our last stop in Mozambique – the capital, Maputo. (Dinner own expense.) B L

DAY 22: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days Maputo boasts an interesting, almost Latino culture of street cafes and markets, and we will spend time this morning driving through and viewing these and the other attractions of this once grandiose city. This afternoon we cross back into South Africa and make our way to the Kruger National Park to camp the night. B L D

DAY 23: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK- HAZYVIEW B L D

Southern Circle   24 Days No visit to Africa would be complete without Kruger. We spend the entire day viewing animals in this premier National Park, and in the late afternoon travel the short distance to the DRIFTERS HAZYVIEW LODGE. B L D

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG B

Southern Circle   24 Days A leisurely start today, after enjoying a walk on the property, we make our way back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE in the late afternoon. B

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For this tour, an open and flexible mind is essential to deal with the detours, delays and other inconveniences encountered in developing countries. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Visas are required by all nationalities for Mozambique, and by some for Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia; these are the client’s responsibility and must be obtained in advance. Seasonal precautions against malaria are advisable and are locally obtainable. A small daypack is advisable for the hike on Mulanje. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar, in small denominations. Our price includes all transport, accommodation, entry fees and permits, game drives and walks, Victoria Falls entry, canoe trip, group equipment, professional guides and most meals. Alcohol, soft drinks, curios, tips, visas, taxes, and optional excursions are for the client’s own expense. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURES

These tours depart from Johannesburg every second Sunday.

Mozambique Transfrontier – 17 Days

December 13, 2010 by  
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3 Nights Established Camps, 6 Nights Cabin, 7 Nights Camping

7 NIGHTS CAMPING 6 NIGHTS CABIN

A crossroads of civilizations, cultures and landscapes, influenced from the early days by nomadic tribes, Arab traders, British sailors and Portuguese colonials, then torn apart by over 20 years of civil war. With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage. This tour combines the well-known attractions of Kruger and Hluhluwe National Parks – where animals abound, living in their natural environment, with the recently initiated Transfrontier Peace Park, Banhine / Zinave wilderness and Maputo Elephant Reserves in Mozambique. The Transfrontier Park incorporates the existing Kruger Park as well as large adjoining parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We will traverse the Mozambique section, using rough bush tracks, and camping wild at a remote, unspoiled, yet incredibly scenic bush camp. The tour will also visit natural and cultural attractions, and will spend time at deserted Indian Ocean beaches, including the Bazaruto Archipelago. We enjoy a night near the capital Maputo, where we experience the almost Latino culture, and enjoy the city before crossing the bay by ferry to explore the southern coastline and Maputo Elephant Reserve. A 4×4 expedition vehicle is used for this tour, but clients must expect delays, or inconvenience associated with exploring such rough terrain. Bad roads, flooding rivers and other factors beyond our control may necessitate unplanned adventure, detours, etc. An open mind-set is essential. We may run this tour in the reverse direction on occasion.

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – BUSH CAMP D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Departing from Drifters Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we head for the spectacular scenery of the Mpumalanga province. We will visit numerous sights including the pioneer gold mining village of Pilgrims Rest and the Three Rondavels that tower over the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Late in the afternoon we descend from the escarpment to the Lowveld area where we overnight in the comfortable DRIFTERS BUSHVELD CAMP within the Balule Game reserve part of the Greater Kruger National Park. After dinner we will enjoy an open vehicle night game drive. D

DAY 2: BUSH CAMP – KRUGER BRUNCH D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Arising with the African sun, we set out on foot in this “Big 5″ reserve for a lengthy walk. Our tracker will attempt to show us animals in their natural habitat and to give us some insight into the art of tracking. We return to camp for a healthy brunch and a swim before packing up and moving on to the world-renowned Kruger National Park – widely acclaimed as being Africa’s most successful Nature Reserve. We will spend our time here game driving in search of the many animal and bird species that inhabit the area, and will camp two nights in the Park’s rest camps. Brunch D

DAY 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days This entire day is for viewing animals in the Kruger Park from our well-equipped vehicle. We will search for the “Big 5″ today. Camp the night. B L D

DAY 4 – 5: MOZAMBIQUE TRANSFRONTIER PARK D4: B L D | D5: B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days This morning, we cross the border into Mozambique. At this point the road becomes a bush track which we will follow, venturing into the heart of the wilderness. The area that we traverse over the next days is the Mozambique side of the Transfrontier Peace Park and is privileged to have remained virtually unexplored by humans. The bush is exceptional, and offers areas of exquisite natural beauty and wildlife. The diversity of the flora ensures some of the finest birding in Africa. We will spend two nights camping wild, exploring both on foot and by vehicle, and enjoying the serenity of the wilderness. Road conditions are rough and river crossings numerous, clients will be expected to assist in difficult sections, but for those seeking true adventure and unspoiled Africa, there are few areas that compare with this. B L D ; B L D

DAY 6 – 7: BANHINE / ZINAVE D6: B L D | D7: B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Leaving the Transfrontier Park, we make our way across the Limpopo River and into the heart of the Banhine/Zinave wilderness region where we will spend two nights wild bush camping. We will attempt to traverse some of the Zinave Park, once renowned for its abundant wildlife. Few people have visited these areas in the last two decades. B L D ; B L D

DAY 8 – 9 : VILANCULOS D8: B L D | D9: B L

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Leaving the wilderness behind us, today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en route to the coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos – on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the Idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend two nights here in Casitas, situated literally on the beach. We will enjoy a traditional Dhow trip to the islands and will have the opportunity to snorkel along a reef in this marine reserve (this trip is dependant on weather conditions). One night we will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. (Own expense) B L D; B L

DAY 10 – 12: INHAMBANE D10: B L D | D11: B L D | D12: B L

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Moving south along the coast, our next stop is the ancient trading port of Inhambane. Clients will enjoy a trip across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet them in town. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our DRIFTERS BARRA BEACH CAMP under the Coconut Palms on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas at this camp. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night we enjoy a catered meal (own expense). Those who wish to have the options of scuba diving or horse riding on the beach (own expense). B L D ; B L D ; B L

DAY 13: MAPUTO B L

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Well relaxed and sun-drenched, we continue down the coast to the capital Maputo where we spend some time driving around and exploring this once grandiose city. Maputo boasts a Latino culture of street cafés, music and bustling markets. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Tonight we will eat in a local restaurant, sampling some of the local seafood (own expense). For the brave, Peri–Peri is a must. B L

DAY 14: ELEPHANT RESERVE / SWAZILAND B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days It is with new excitement that we venture back into the bush. Driving on sandy tracks we wind our way south to the Elephant reserve where we will spend the entire afternoon exploring the coastal flood plains and surrounding forests in search of these larger than average African elephants. Somehow, during the war years these elephants survived by moving down the Futi channel into South Africa, it is one of nature’s miracles that they have now returned in large numbers. We will camp the night. B L D

DAY 15 – 16: ZULULAND D15: B L D | D16: B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Returning to South Africa today via the Ponta do Ouro border post, we enter the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu. We will spend two nights at the DRIFTERS ZULULAND CAMP, a rustic camp in the sand forest on our private reserve adjoining Lake St Lucia near Hluhluwe. During our stay we will enjoy game walks through the forest, experience an open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe National Park and will visit a rural Zulu school which Drifters sponsors through the benefits of tourism. B L D ; B L D

DAY 17: JOHANNESBURG B

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Our journey today takes us through the heart of Kwazulu – Natal, we will pass many rural Zulu villages and some spectacular scenery en-route back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE in the late afternoon. B

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour covers areas of Mozambique that are virtually unexplored and as such, have little or no road and other infrastructure. A 4×4 expedition vehicle is used but even this is no guarantee that we will always be able to stick to our planned route. Road conditions, rising rivers or other factors beyond our control may necessitate major detours and/or inconvenience – particularly after heavy rains. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Due to the extreme nature of this tour we insist that clients travel with an open and flexible attitude, and are prepared to accept inconvenience and discomfort if necessary. For those that are looking for true adventure this is the ultimate journey, and on parts of the tour clients will be rewarded with experiencing unspoiled wilderness seldom visited by other humans. Besides an adventurous spirit, visas are required by most nationalities for Mozambique, these are the clients responsibility and can be obtained in advance. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. If available, bring a mask and fins for snorkeling. Scuba diving will be available at some of the beach resorts – clients wishing to partake must bring the necessary certification. The recommended currency for this tour is the South African Rand, and this can be purchased at Johannesburg airport. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Our price includes all transport, accomadation, meals as specified, entry fees, xxx permits, groups equipment, and professional guide. Alcohol, soft drinks, curios, trips, visas, taxes, optional excursions and items of a personal nature are for the client’s own expense. Before depature clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Johannesburg every third Thursday.

Botswana Safari Tour – 16 Days

December 9, 2010 by  
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OVERLAND SAFARI JOHANNESBURG TO JOHANNESBURG
3 Nights Lodge, 12 Nights Camping

The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometre upon kilometre of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. However, to the north lies the magnificent Okavango waterway, with its green and fertile plains, flowing straight into a sea of sand – the Kalahari Desert, and creating a unique natural wonderland – home to a multitude of Africa’s Fauna and Flora. Almost a quarter of this country is devoted to wildlife sanctuaries and these remote and unspoilt wilderness areas are widely acknowledged as offering the finest game viewing in Africa. We offer two variations of safaris to this area, covering the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savuti, Chobe and Victoria Falls. These tours offer the traveller, photographer, birdwatcher and naturalist the ultimate natural paradise.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

These trips require a valid passport and for certain nationalities, a visa for Zimbabwe and Botswana. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or internal frame backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra tog bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, (Zimbabwe airport tax US$30-00 if applicable – subject to change), and airport transfer for flying clients only, and any other optional excursions. All trips are accompanied by two professional guides for optimum efficiency, catering for a maximum of 14 people per vehicle. Remember, help us to help you by participating and keeping an open mind and remaining flexible. Our price includes food (we do not use the food kitty system), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information.

DAY 1: JHB – NATA

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days Departing from Drifters Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we set off for the Botswana border. On completion of Customs and Immigration formalities we head for Nata Lodge, an oasis-like camp on the edge of the impressive Sowa salt pan, here we camp the night. Familiarise yourself with the procedures of the tour over a catered meal at the Lodge (own expense)

DAY 2: NATA – MAKGADIKGADI PANS B L D

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days After a leisurely breakfast we transfer to the 4×4 vehicle for an initial excursion. We then return to Nata Lodge for a welcome swim and a bite to eat. Relax for a few hours during the heat of the day before breaking camp and packing up to head down the Maun road out to the Makgadikgadi Pans to view these spectacular depressions, known for their prolific bird life and the other desert adapted animals they attract. Explore the area for Springbok, Gemsbok and other unique species. Camp wild and take in the isolation and serenity of the star-studded night. B L D

DAY 3: MAUN (13-day fly-in passengers join today) B L D

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days A leisurely start, after exploring a little more we leave the pans and then drive to the DRIFTERS MAUN CAMP. This camp is situated on the banks of the Boteti River, near Maun, and offers us the opportunity to rid ourselves of the Makgadikgadi dust under a warm shower. In the afternoon we will conduct a walk to a local village for an insight as to how the local inhabitants cope in these harsh conditions. Tonight we enjoy a traditional “braai” before camping the night. B L D

DAY 4 – 7: OKAVANGO DELTA D4: B L D | D5: B L D | D6: B L D | D7: B L D

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days The Okavango, a massive river spilling its contents into the Kalahari sands creating one of the world’s only true inland deltas and a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a nervous Lechwe pounding across a flooded plain, the Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle all combine to create one of nature’s masterpieces. We travel on sandy tracks to the heart of the Delta, then continue by Mekoro. We spend three nights in true wilderness, exploring the area on foot and by mekoro – the traditional aquatic mode of transport. There will be time to simply appreciate the remoteness and serenity of the area. Clients will have the opportunity to do an own expense game flight over the Delta on either day 4 or 7. Late on day 7 we return to the DRIFTERS MAUN CAMP to freshen up before enjoying a catered meal. B L D ; B L D ; B L D

DAY 8-12: FLEXIBLE GAME RESERVE SCHEDULE D8: B L D | D9: B L D | D10: B L D | D11: B L D | D12: B L D

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days We pop back into Maun first thing in the morning for the group and guide to stock up with supplies for the onward journey. Now we prepare for the game viewing part of the trip. Perched high on our well-equipped vehicle we head north into the wilderness, passing remote villages along the way. We spend five days in these reserves, starting with Moremi, camping the first night near the well-known 3rd Bridge. Drift off to sleep to the howl of the Hyena or the earthy roar of a Lion, and even the deep grunt of a half submerged Hippo. We then head on north via Xakanaxa to camp near North Gate. This area is excellent for game viewing and we will conduct afternoon and morning drives along the wetland areas. Then on up to Savuti, the area offers a multitude of game drive options and a very active campsite (keep the fruit well hidden from the roving Elephant, and the meat from the prowling Hyenas). The vegetation is constantly changing, from open plains, palm trees and marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands and Acacia scrub. Moving into Chobe, famous for its large herds of Elephant, which gather on the flood plains, we spend the morning exploring the banks of the majestic Chobe River. Here we hope to see the Puku, found exclusively on the Chobe flats. We then cross the border to spend the night in comfort at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS LODGE. B L D ; B L D ; B L D ; B L D ; B L D

DAY 13 – 14: VICTORIA FALLS D13: B | D14: B

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, “Mosi o Tunya”, “The smoke that Thunders”. After admiring this wonder of the world, various other places can be visited and activities enjoyed – the tribal village, the big tree, the curio market and the crocodile farm. An aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, White Water Rafting, Bungi Jumping, or an Elephant-back Safari are all worthwhile, but allowance must be made for the extra expense. We spend three nights at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS LODGE, thus allowing people the opportunity to explore, either on foot or bicycle, by themselves. Two of the nights we will eat out in local restaurants (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls and drink the farewell toasts to your adventure. B ; B

DAY 15: VICTORIA FALLS – NATA B L

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days The people flying out on the 13-day tour will do so here and overlanders will return to Botswana and complete the triangle back to Nata. Camp for the last time and share your experiences with the next tour just arriving (dinner own expense). B L

DAY 16: NATA – JHB

Botswana Safari Tour   16 Days Transfer back to the bus to arrive in JHB in the early evening (all meals own expense).

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg – 24 Days

December 8, 2010 by  
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24 – DAY OVERLAND CAMPING SAFARI CAPE TOWN TO JOHANNESBURG
6 Nights Lodge, 17 Nights Camping

From the dynamic city of Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe, this tour endeavours to show the highlights of the region. On a journey of contrasts, we will canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa’s best-known parks, and view the mighty Victoria Falls. We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads, and clients must be prepared for this but the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort – for those who truly seek adventure.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Should it be necessary to avoid Zimbabwe for whatever reason, we will simply deviate to Botswana for this portion of the tour. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. This tour covers vast distance and is not for the faint-hearted. A valid passport is required. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. All countries on this tour accept the Rand. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night, clients should be prepared for this. Our price includes transport, food (no food kitty), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees, Vic Falls Entry. The price does not include restaurant meals, tips, curios, visas, optional excursions and alcohol and soft drinks. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN B

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days We all meet at the DRIFTERS CAPE TOWN LODGE at 13h00 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the sights. We have one-and-a-half days here, in which time we will hike Table Mountain, visit Cape Point, the Waterfront, Hout Bay, the Stellenbosch winelands and numerous other sights. Our exact program will be dependent on the weather. Overnight at DRIFTERS LODGE on the beachfront for the two nights. (Lunches and both evening meals are for your own expense.) B

DAY 3: WEST COAST B D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days We leave the Mother City behind us, and after a visit to Blouberg Strand for a last view of Table Mountain from across the bay, then travel north through the “Swartland” and then along the West Coast into Namaquland. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. We camp the night. B D

DAY 4 – 5: ORANGE RIVER D4: B L D | D5: B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Today we cross the border into Namibia, then travel the short distance to our base camp on the banks of the Orange River from where we begin our canoe adventure. Once we have packed all of our gear into our two man canoes, we set off into the wilderness. The Orange River creates an awesome spectacle, a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and towering mountains of the Richtersvelt National Park. We will spend one night camping on the banks, under the desert skies, and will then return to our base camp and vehicle to camp the next night in relative comfort. B L D ; B L D

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Today we head directly to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest of its kind in the world. After visiting the viewpoints and exploring the lip of the Canyon, we move on to camp. B L D

DAY 7 – 8: NAMIB DESERT D7: B L D | D8: B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Leaving the Canyon behind us, we continue north into the true Namib Desert, with its continually shifting barchan dunes and barren landscapes. The next two nights are spent at the DRIFTERS DESERT CAMP situated on our private game reserve. This camp is spectacularly situated against a rock outcrop between the stark mountains and the red dune-lands. During our stay here we will conduct guided walks and drives including a night drive within the reserve. B L D ; B L D

DAY 9: SOSSUSVLEI – SWAKOPMUND B L D – Swakopmund Inn

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days After an early start, we travel directly to the dune-fields of Sossusvlei. The last part of our journey to the dunes will be through the thick sand and for this we use an open 4×4 vehicle. After climbing the dunes for the spectacular view from the summit, we return to our vehicle, and continue on to the seaside town of Swakopmund where we will spend two nights at the DRIFTERS SWAKOPMUND LODGE. B L D

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND B

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days The DRIFTERS LODGE provides the ideal location for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and huge variety of adventure options that include quad biking, sky diving, horse riding, dune boarding, and many more. The nightlife of Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. B

DAY 11: SPITSKOP B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast to the seal colony of Cape Cross before venturing back inland to the impressive Spitskop where we camp wild amongst the boulders at the base of this massive rock outcrop. B L D

DAY 12: BRANDBERG B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Continuing through the desert, we move on to visit the Bushman rock engravings at Brandberg, whereafter we set up camp and spend the night at the foot of the mountain. We hope to see the rare desert elephants on this day. B L D

DAY 13 – 14: ETOSHA D13: B L D | D14: B L

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days For an incredible wildlife experience, today we enter the Etosha National Park, and after setting up camp we enjoy an extensive afternoon game drive. We return to camp to spend the evening game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Continuing through the reserve, we game across the park to camp the night. One night we dine at a camp restaurant (own expense). B L D ; B L

DAY 15: CAPRIVI B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Leaving the harsh desert landscapes behind us, we travel north to the lush Caprivi area. Tonight we will camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River at Ngepi. B L D

DAY 16: MAUN B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Crossing into Botswana today, we travel through the Kalahari to the frontier town of Maun. Relax for the afternoon at the swimming pool. Tonight we stay at the DRIFTERS MAUN CAMP. B L D

DAY 17: OKAVANGO DELTA B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Today we head into the heart of the Okavango, on sandy tracks. Once in the Delta we continue by Mekoro – the traditional dugout canoe to our remote camp. This is truly nature’s wonderland and a huge variety of wildlife will be witnessed in its natural state. Tonight we camp wild on a remote island – fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Clients will have the option of a Game Flight during these days. B L D

DAY 18: NATA B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days After a morning mekoro trip and short transfer, we leave this unspoiled wilderness and return to the DRIFTERS MAUN CAMP to freshen up before continuing through the Makgadikgadi salt pans to the oasis like camp of Nata. B L D

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Travelling north through the Chobe forest reserves, we head for the border town of Kasane from where we will venture into the renowned Chobe National Park in search of the large concentrations of animals that this area is known for. Late this afternoon we then cross the border and drive the short distance to the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS LODGE where we spend the following two nights in comfort. One night enjoy a braai and experience traditional dancing around the pool. B L D

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS B

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days This morning we awake to the “Adventure Capital of Africa” – Victoria Falls. We will have a full day here, giving us ample time to explore the falls and to participate in the multitude of activities on offer, white water rafting, bungi jumping, aircraft flips, etc. (An evening’s meal and both lunches will be at your own expense.) B

DAY 21:HWANGE B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days After some free time in the town, it’s back to the wilderness. We travel the short distance to Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas. After an extensive open vehicle drive/walk, we camp at a remote camp overlooking a waterhole teeming with game. B L D

DAY 22: BULAWAYO – MATOBO B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Today we travel south, to the wide streets of Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city. We then continue to the Matobo area where in the afternoon we enjoy a tour into the National Park to view animals, and to track rhino through the bush on foot. Tonight our camp is situated amongst the precariously balancing boulders that this area is known for. B L D

DAY 23: MACHETE B L D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days Continuing south today, we cross the border back into South Africa and to our bushcamp situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley. B L D

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG B D

Cape Town Vic Falls Johannesburg   24 Days This morning we conduct a short walk to view the magnificent bushman paintings surrounding our camp before making the journey to Johannesburg. We arrive at the DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE in the late afternoon. B

Namibia – 12 Days

December 7, 2010 by  
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CAMPING SAFARI WINDHOEK to WINDHOEK
2 Nights Lodge – 9 Nights Camping

The land of unrelenting sun, where the ground seems to beg the heavens for rain, and the landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres on end. Deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the animals and plants that survive in this harsh environment. This tour covers all of the highlights of central and northern Namibia, but also concentrates on “off the beaten track” routes and attractions. Flexibility, a willingness to participate and an awareness of the elements are essential in order to get the most out of this tour.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable. During winter the nightime temperatures can fall below zero and during summer the daytime temperatures can reach the forties, so be prepared for this. Most major currencies can be exchanged on arrival in Windhoek and other centres, but banking hours do apply. Credit cards are generally accepted. Our price includes transport, food, coffee, teas, and fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Windhoek every second Tuesday.

DAY 1: WINDHOEK – NAMIB – D

Namibia   12 Days Setting off from the capital, Windhoek at 09h00 (Meet at 08h30), we travel south to Rehoboth, and then into the true Namib to the DRIFTERS DESERT CAMP in the Namibrand Nature Reserve. Here we camp alone in the wilderness with only the desert landscapes, rocky mountains and towering dunes to keep us company. The sunset over the desert is a sight to behold. We enjoy a traditional meal under the clear night skies before falling asleep to the sounds of the wild. D

DAY 2: NAMIB DESERT – B L D

Namibia   12 Days Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. The DRIFTERS DESERT CAMP is nestled against a towering rock outcrop within a protected wilderness that DRIFTERS has conserved, and restored and onto which game has been protected with the proceeds of tourism. During our stay here, we will conduct extensive guided walks and game drives both during the day and at night in order to better understand the desert fauna and flora. B L D

DAY 3: SOSSUSVLEI – B L D

Namibia   12 Days After a short morning walk we pack up and continue through the endless plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Soussusvlei dunes. We will transfer into the dunes by 4×4 and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to camp wild in the desert. B L D

DAY 4 – 5: SWAKOPMUND – D4 B L D – D5: B

Namibia   12 Days Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we visit the dramatic Lunar Landscape, and the ancient Welwitschia plants, before making for the coastal town of Swakopmund where we spend two nights in the centrally located, comfortable DRIFTERS SWAKOPMUND LODGE. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly, and enjoy one evening meal at a local nightspot (own expense). Clients will have the opportunity to partake in Quad Biking, Sand Boarding and Sky Diving whilst here (own expense). B L D ; B

DAY 6: SKELETON COAST – SPITSKOP – B L D

Namibia   12 Days Today we head up the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. Venturing inland, our next stop is at the impressive Spitskop where we will camp wild amongst the boulders at the base of this unusual granitic outcrop. We hope to see the endemic colorful Lovebirds during our stay here. B L D

DAY 7: TWYFELFONTEIN – PALMWAG – B L D

Namibia   12 Days A long day, we move on to visit the Organ Pipes and the bushman Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg to camp the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few sanctuaries used by the rare Desert Elephants, and we hope to see these magnificent animals up close today. B L D

DAY 8-9: EPUPA FALLS – D8: B L D – D9: B L D

Namibia   12 Days Traveling through the heart of the Kaokovelt today, we make our way north to the Angolan border where we will camp at a community project on the banks of Cunene river at the awesome Epupa Falls. During our time here we hope to interact with the nomadic Himba people, a tribe that live in this inhospitable region and wander with their livestock in search of grazing. We will also explore the area surrounding the Falls. B L D ; B L D

DAY 10 – 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – D10: B L D – D11: B L

Namibia   12 Days Entering Etosha National Park today, we will spend two nights here in search of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole, watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives within the park. One night we will dine at a camp restaurant (own expense). B L D; B L

DAY 12: ETOSHA -WINDHOEK – B L

Namibia   12 Days This morning we leave the Park to make the journey back to Windhoek. We expect to arrive back in the capital in the late afternoon. B L

Coastal Explorer – 10 Days

December 7, 2010 by  
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OVERLAND SAFARI CAPE TOWN TO DURBAN / JOHANNESBURG
6 Nights Lodge, 3 Nights Cabin

From the Cold Atlantic currents, storm battered rocks, and pristine white beaches around Cape Town, we will move northward to the crystal clear, warm Indian Ocean and unspoiled sandy beaches of Durban. On this tour we endeavour to explore the area thoroughly and to enjoy the many nature reserves and activities encountered en-route. The tour is designed for active participants who wish to make the most of the time available; we cover vast distance, but also include walks and other activities. Bungalows and Lodges are used, some basic but always comfortable, all are chosen for their location. A certain amount of fitness and flexibility will be required; more suitable for those looking for adventure.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Clients should also be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Our price includes transport from Cape Town to Umdloti or Johannesburg, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, accommodation, permits and park entry fees, group equipment, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, boat trip and a professional guide. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN – DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE – D

Coastal Explorer   10 Days Departing from the DRIFTERS CAPE TOWN LODGES at 06h30, we follow the rugged coastline through the numerous fishing villages to Hermanus – well known for offering the finest land based whale watching (May – December).Here clients have opportunity to experience a dive with Great White Sharks (own expense) .Our next stop is the southern most tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas, where the warm Indian and cold Atlantic oceans meet. This afternoon we will spend time game watching in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, acclaimed for its unique fauna, flora and spectacular scenery. We overnight in comfortable bungalows, clients may be expected to share – more than 2 per bungalow. D

DAY 2: OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA – B L D

Coastal Explorer   10 Days An early start, we leave the coast and cross the mighty Outeniqua Mountains to enter the dry Karoo Interior. We follow the “famed and funky Route 62″ toward Oudtshoorn where we visit the Cango Caves; one of the world’s great wonders. We will also visit a commercial Ostrich farm to learn more about these huge flightless birds. Late this afternoon we traverse the Outeniqua Pass and then travel through the Lake District en-route to our cosy Drifters Knysna Lodge on the shores of the picturesque Lagoon – Our home for the next two nights. B L D

DAY 3: GARDEN ROUTE – B

Coastal Explorer   10 Days This day will be spent exploring this renowned region and its many attractions. We will visit sun-kissed beaches, and explore the Knysna Heads and attractions. Tonight we dine at a restaurant in the vibrant woodcutter town of Knysna. (Lunch and dinner are own expense). B

DAY 4: PORT ELIZABETH – ADDO – B L D

Coastal Explorer   10 Days Today we will travel to the Tsitsikamma Costal National Park where we will walk part of the acclaimed “Otter Trail”. Continuing along the coast, we will pass through Port Elizabeth en-route to our overnight stop near Addo Elephant Reserve where we stay in comfortable cabins. B L D

DAY 5: ADDO ELEPHANT PARK – B L D

Coastal Explorer   10 Days This day will be spent exploring the Park. Renowned for its herds of African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Dung Beetle’s, and other interesting species. This Park is one of Africa’s conservation success stories. We return to our cabins for the night. B L D

DAY 6: EAST LONDON – B L

Coastal Explorer   10 Days Back to the coast today, we wind through the frontier area settled by the 1820 settlers. We will pass through numerous costal towns before making for East London where we check into the DRIFTERS EAST LONDON LODGE, which is situated near the beachfront. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided township tour and will enjoy a drink in a local shebeen. We return to The Lodge and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Dinner own expense) B L

DAY 7 – 8: WILD COAST – D7: B L D – D8: B L D

Coastal Explorer   10 Days Today we travel into an area once designated as a Tribal Homeland during the apartheid era (Transkei). Nelson Mandela was born here, and our route takes us past both his birthplace and the holiday house that he had build to replicate his prison house. This afternoon we arrive at the remote DRIFTERS WILD COAST LODGE where we will spend two nights. This Lodge is part of a community project, and is hidden in a natural cove offering excellent swimming opportunity. A full day is spent here with time on the beach and enjoying the surf. To stretch our legs we will conduct a hike along the Wild Coast. B L D ; B L D

DAY 9: DURBAN – B L D

Coastal Explorer   10 Days A reasonably long drive today, but well rested, we pass through the scenic hill’s of the Eastern Cape, dotted with rural villages where women work in the fields and men tend their cows as they have for centuries. Our journey then takes us past the many resorts of the Kwazulu – Natal South Coast before we enter Durban, South Africa’s holiday city and home to Africa’s busiest harbour. Our stop tonight is just north of Durban at the DRIFTERS DOLPHIN COAST LODGE, situated literally on the beach, this is the perfect place to unwind after the many days of traveling. Tonight we enjoy a “braai” on the patio before falling asleep to the sound of the crashing waves. B L D

DAY 10: TOUR ENDS – B

Coastal Explorer   10 Days The tour ends this morning after breakfast but those wishing to return to Johannesburg will set off early and will arrive in the late afternoon. B

Clients wishing to stay on at the DRIFTERS DOLPHIN COAST LODGE may book extra nights in order to enjoy this superb stretch of unspoiled beach before flying out of Durban.

Kruger Park – 5 Days

5 DAY BUSHVELD SAFARI JOHANNESBURG TO JOHANNESBURG
3 Nights Established Camps, 1 Night Lodge

A long ripple in the earth’s crust, the Escarpment is a conspicuous landmark along the eastern edge of South Africa, separating the temperate grasslands of the Highveld from the sun-baked savannas of the Lowveld.

The Escarpment’s elevated, grassy summit is often mist shrouded; streams tumble down rocky stairways that give way to waterfalls, and dense forests spread across the valleys like shadows. From the cool summit, the view to the east is across a seemingly endless landscape of mauve-grey bush, punctuated occasionally by low hills and rocky outcrops.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Seasonal Malaria precautions may be advisable and are locally obtainable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Game viewing on foot is difficult, so we also place importance on some of the smaller aspects of the bush. It can get very hot so suitable precautions against sunburn should be taken. Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, accommodation, walks, game drives, entry fees and permits, group equipment and a professional guide. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, curios, tips and meals whilst in transit to and from Johannesburg. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

1 NIGHT LODGE 3 NIGHTS CAMP

Kruger Park   5 Days The Mpumalanga area is one of great contrast, bordered in the west by the towering escarpment with lush indigenous forests, crystal-clear streams and plunging waterfalls, and then falling away into the flat Lowveld bushveld, home to one of the richest diversities of fauna and flora in the world. Various private reserves and the renowned Kruger National Park are located in this area. We spend time both in the Park and on our own adjacent private reserve. Being privately owned we are able to conduct walking trails and open vehicle drives on our property.

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – BUSH CAMP D

Kruger Park   5 Days Departing at 06h30 from Drifters Johannesburg Lodge, we travel the scenic road to Mpumalanga. Along the way we visit Dullstroom, traverse Robbers Pass and spend time at the quaint historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. We also visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Thereafter we wind our way down the escarpment to the Lowveld bushveld where we overnight in our well appointed DRIFTERS BUSH CAMP. Being adjacent to the Kruger Park, the tented camp is tastefully designed, totally blends in with the environment, and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding bush. Dinner tonight is cooked on the open fire. D

DAY 2: BUSHVELD CAMP BRUNCH D

Kruger Park   5 Days We start the day with the customary coffee and rusks, before setting off on a game walk. We walk for approximately 3 hours in search of game, stopping regularly to learn more about the ways of the bush. A Drifters guide and tracker lead all walks. Return to camp for a late morning brunch after which it’s time to relax around the pool and to enjoy the camp. In the afternoon we conduct and open-vehicle game drive, which develops into an extensive night drive. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals, otherwise not normally seen. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” and again fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Brunch D

DAY 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK B L D

Kruger Park   5 Days We leave our bush camp in the morning to travel the short distance to the world-renowned Kruger National Park where we spend the remainder of the day viewing animals from the high vantage point of our vehicle. Enjoy a picnic lunch. Accommodation is in one of the park’s camps. B L D

DAY 4: HAZYVIEW B L D

Kruger Park   5 Days After breakfast and another extensive drive in search of the “Big Five” and variety of other animals that inhabit the Park, we exit and head for the sleepy settlement of Hazyview. Our next stop is the DRIFTERS HAZYVIEW LODGE, a spectacular log cabin built on stilts in subtropical indigenous forest right on the Sabie river and offering swimming, bird hide and lovely forest walks. B L D

DAY 5: JOHANNESBURG B

Kruger Park   5 Days After a relaxed morning we depart to arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. B

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Johannesburg every Sunday

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