Johannesburg, South Africa
The fascinating city welcomes you, as do we. This once-dusty mining town has emerged to become a modern city thriving with numerous international corporations and government institutions. This “City of Gold” is full of excitement, and a wonderful city of discovery. Our Journey begins with a festive cocktail party and Welcome Dinner.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A comfortable flight takes us from Johannesburg to one of the world’s true wonders – Victoria Falls, the 'Smoke that Thunders.’ Bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur, and justifiably declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll begin our experience with a breathtaking view of the falls by helicopter, surrounded by the ever-present rainbows as water plummets over the milewide wonder. As morning dawns over our luxurious camp, we embark on a thrilling, low-intensity elephant back safari through the bush, where we’ll watch for buffalo, kudu, impala, elephants, and hundreds of exotic birds. A walking tour of the falls gives us a privileged and unique viewpoint of this magnificent spectacle.
Chobe River Cruise, Botswana & Namibia
The waters of the Chobe River divide Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park. The river’s exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. This extraordinary two-night cruise is filled with magical moments – the wonder of the world’s largest elephant population . . . the warm welcome of Namibian villagers . . . the vast vistas of the Kalahari . . . fine dining under the African stars as we cruise . . . leopards, lions, giraffes all in their native habitat . . . a canoe safari . . . an exotic fishing excursion. Our final evening celebration includes a traditional African feast and native singing.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
At our lodge here in the northern Kalahari, we encounter what is known as ‘the elephant capital of the world.’ A popular watering hole is just feet away from the camp’s main building, and attracts an amazing array of elephant herds, as well as prides of lions that have become skilled hunters. The highlight of this safari is Chobe's animal migrations. The animals move with the available food and water in the district, exhibiting their ancient patterns.
Our Land Rover safaris will provide extraordinary encounters. And the authentic ‘boma’ in our camp grants us access to this traditional meeting place where senior tribal members gather. Our ‘boma’ dining experience here under the Southern skies is like no other.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
A short, scenic flight takes us to an island deep within the Okavango Delta, where seasonal flooding attracts one of Africa’s largest wildlife populations. This rich oasis within the vast Kalahari is remote and unspoiled in a region of intricate waterways, lush islands, and vast flood plains. Canoe safaris, motorboats, walking tours, sunset cruising, and an enormous selection of viewing excursions bring us back to camp for a stunning dinner under the stars. Watch the magnificent sunsets from the camp’s raised deck overlooking the lagoon, or from the camp's sunset cruiser.
You’ll find a photographer’s dream world here as you take advantage of a scenic helicopter excursion. We reluctantly say good-bye at our Farewell Dinner.
Maun, Botswana & Home
After a leisurely morning in the Delta, a short flight takes us to Maun where you will connect with your flight home or your next destination.
54 on Bath, Johannesburg
With its signature blend of luxury and style, not to mention its sought-after location in Sandton’s tranquil suburb of Rosebank, it is no wonder that 54 on Bath has become one of the leading hotels in Johannesburg. The attractions of Sandton are nearby should you be eager to explore your surroundings. Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch and many other sights await; while the Gautrain rapid rail system is also easily accessible from the hotel. Guests can dine at Level Four, 54 on Bath’s distinctive restaurant, enjoy the champagne bar overlooking the terrace garden, relax on the outdoor terrace near the swimming pool or workout in the Fitness Club. Each of the 74 rooms is elegantly decorated and fully equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso coffee/tea maker, a safe, minibar and en-suite bathroom with amenities and hairdryer.
The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls
The Elephant Camp offers breathtaking panoramic views of Victoria Falls in the west wing of the camp and in the east wing, Batoka Gorge. The camp is situated only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls in a private location within Victoria Falls National Park.
Zambezi Queen, Kasane
Near the spot where four African countries converge, the graceful Zambezi Queen plies the waters of the Chobe River. This luxurious all-suite 145-foot ship offers fine accommodations, delectable cuisine and unparalleled service. The Zambezi Queen is a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is uniquely African. The interior and its furnishings were designed by one of South Africa’s most famed designers. The third, top deck consists of the dining room, the lounge, a bar and a sunbathing area complete with refreshing pool. There is also a library, numerous games and a telescope for studying the southern stars. Enjoy the panoramic views from the opulent dining room - one of South Africa’s top chefs has created the menu served on the ship, and all sous chefs and waiters have been specially educated at his Cape Town-based training center. The first and second levels of the ship house the 14 suites, all of which have their own private balconies. Each suite is finely appointed, spacious and comfortable. An ingenious system of shutters and ceiling fans keeps the African heat at bay while lending a classic look to your elegant cabin.
Savute Elephant Camp, Chobe National Park
Situated on the Savute Channel, Savute Elephant Camp offers an oasis-type setting in complete luxury. The facilities include a heated swimming pool, built slightly into the riverbed; a boma or outdoor dining area; illuminated pathways; private outdoor leisure area; gift shop; library; environmental flora and fauna check lists; talks and lectures; and emergency medical evacuation service. Savute Elephant Camp offers a covered dining room and lounge area, fully stocked bar, campfire and seating area. Meals include early breakfast; brunch; light snacks, tea and coffee on morning activity; afternoon tea; drinks and snacks on afternoon activity; and dinner. The 12 twin-bedded luxury canvas tents, recently placed under thatch, are perfectly suited to the desert air and feature lavishly appointed en suite bathrooms and dressing areas. They also have private viewing decks and comfortable outdoor lounges overlooking the channel. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as a private fully stocked mini-bar, in-room safe, and four-poster bed with mosquito netting, as well as air-conditioning.
Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta
Hidden from the world, deep within Botswana's Okavango Delta, is Eagle Island Lodge. Situated on the island of Xaxaba and surrounded by Illala Palms, the lodge overlooks a surrounding lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Delta. The area offers exceptionally high quality wildlife viewing with prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. Eagle Island Lodge offers open-air and covered dining, bar and lounge areas; viewing deck and the fully stocked Fish Eagle Bar; campfire and seating area; and an offsite bush dining venue. Facilities include large heated swimming pool next to the lagoon; curio shop; 24-hour emergency facilities; satellite phone on request; telescopes; laundry service; reference library of books and videos; and environmental flora and fauna checklists, talks and lectures. Built to blend into its environment, the camp enfolds you in a peaceful setting perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom with his & hers vanity and hair dryer, fully stocked mini-bar, in-room safe, four-poster bed with mosquito netting and air-conditioning.