5★ South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Kruger, Chobe River, Hwange
Monday, June 19, 2023 at 7:00 AM to Monday, July 3, 2023 at 7:00 AM MST
There is a pre-trip to Pilanesberg Big 5 Game Reserve and Black Rhino Game Lodge departing the U.S. June 15, 2023. Two of us have signed up for this already. We would welcome you if you’d care to join us.
This reserve is home to the big five and an abundance of bird life: including the endangered blue crane and Martial eagles.
We will be searching for lions, rhinos, hippos, wildebeests, and more…
The main tour departs the U.S. June 19, 2023. Everyone returns July 5, 2023. Meetup only allows a two week event (for some strange reason) so the dates I have listed here in the description are the correct ones.
All 14 nights of hotels and Safari lodges will be four and five stars. You will be spoiled! 40 meals are included: 14 breakfast, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners.
And the tented safari camps in the national parks are unbelievable. The space inside and the amenities are definitely four-star.
Since the requirements in the world are changing continuously, we don’t know if vaccinations, covid testing, and/or masks will be required for this journey in 2023. It will be your responsibility to meet these requirements.
PASSPORT BOOK MUST BE GOOD UNTIL JANUARY 5, 2024 OR LATER BY OUR TRAVEL DATES
Main 16 day tour summary:
Day 1: Depart for Johannesburg, S. Africa
Day 2: arrive in Johannesburg, transfer to hotel, walk the streets, and rest and recover.
Day 3: tour Soweto and visit Nelson Mandela‘s former home
Day 4: Fly to Kruger National Park
Day 5: morning game drive with picnic lunch inside Kruger. Nearly 500 species of birds in the park. Keep an eye out for antelope, Buffalo, zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino, leopard, and more.
Day 6: early morning game drive looking for Lions.
Day 7: Fly to Livingstone and transfer to Victoria Falls.
Day 8: explore! Victoria Falls, visit a craft market, take an optional flight over the falls, and have dinner with a local family.
Day 9: visit a primary school, have an optional elephant encounter, and enjoy a 3-course bush dinner.
Day 10: transfer to Iganyana Tented camp in Hwange National Park
Day 11: spot wild game on morning and afternoon Safari drives. Then, hear traditional tribal stories around the campfire.
Day 12: visit the Painted Dog conservation Center, enjoy a nighttime game drive, and see an African dance troupe entertain us.
Day 13: travel to Botswana‘s Chobe National Park for an afternoon game drive
Day 14: A sensational relaxing day cruising the Chobe River after a morning game drive
Day 15: embark on a Chobe River photo Safari and learn photography from professionals
Day 16: transfer to Kasane airport and fly home 😞
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Pre-trip inclusions:
One night hotel in Johannesburg and three nights in a luxury suite at the Black rhino game lodge.
All transportation and transfers from the airport and between Johannesburg and Pilanesberg.
Five included Safari activities
10 meals: four breakfast, three lunches, and three dinners
All baggage handling and services of a local host and regional expert (gratuities extra)
Gratuities for local guides and drivers
Round-trip economy airfare from Tucson (Price adjusted for your airport): business class upgrade available
One free checked bag each way
Round-trip airport transfers, fuel surcharges, and government taxes and fees
14 nights shared accommodations (double occupancy): single upgrade available
All park entrance fees
Gratuities for local guides and drivers
English speaking leader and driver-guides
All ground and air transportation on tour
All transfers and baggage handling
Travel insurance (over 55 has additional cost)
Any required visas: Zimbabwe currently requires one
First snack/meal on arrival day
Business class upgrade $6000 (15 hour flight to/from Atlanta)
Gratuity for main tour guide
Incidental expenses and gifts
$10,999.00 (double occupancy!
Single add $1999.00
Pre-trip to Pilanesberg add $1999
Single add $750
DEPOSIT: $2000 (plus any additional insurance premium) due asap and a monthly payment schedule will be set up so I can meet our financial obligations for the tour.
ALL MONIES/FINAL PAYMENT DUE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 1, 2023
A signed waiver is due from all travelers. All monies are nonrefundable. Price is accurate at time of posting but subject to change. Roommate pairing assistance is available but you are responsible for the single occupancy charge if neither of us can find you a roommate. No medicinal marijuana or illegal drugs allowed in transit. No animals. You must be able to walk on rough ground unaided. There are no accommodations for any physical handicaps in Africa.
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