Classic Zambia Safari

17Aug

Itinerary

Day 1 : Nkwali Camp

On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris’ representative who will have a name board with your names. He/She will assist you with immigration and customs clearing then check in for your flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. The flight is on average one hour. At Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you. The drive toNkwali Campis 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 2 : Nkwali Camp

At dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30.

Day 3 : Nsefu Camp

After an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park into the Nsefu Sector of the park and ontoNsefu Camp. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. (Note: option of booking Tena Tena for the 3 nights).

Day 4 – 5 : Nsefu Camp

You have a chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide this is an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park possibly with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari.

Perhaps a visit to Kawaza village. This community tourism initiative is a great opportunity to meet local people and experience life in a real non-tourist village.

Day 6 : Chiawa Camp

After an early breakfast, transfer to Mfuwe Airport (1.5 hours) for the flight to the Lower Zambezi. As you fly into the area, you will see the wide Zambezi River, dotted with islands. Buffalo and elephant are always seen feeding along with the pods of hippos that rest on the edge of the sandbanks. The transfer to Chiawa Camp is through the park and there is the chance of game viewing along the way. Resting on the banks of the Zambezi under a lush grove of mahogany and acacia trees, eight spacious tents on elevated wooden platforms with en-suite facilities offer Chiawa’s guests ample comfort and stunning views. Game-viewing in the pristine Lower Zambezi National Park is superb and big game, such as elephant, hippo, buffalo and the big cats are even seen regularly in and around the camp! After a late lunch there will be a chancefor an afternoon activity – be it on the river or by vehicle.

Day 7 – 8 : Chiawa Camp

At Chiawa there are various activities to choose from. Not only on offer are exciting day and night drives and bush walks, but Chiawa’s guests can choose their own day’s itinerary from a selection of canoe trips, river safaris on safe, stable pontoon boats and catch & release angling for the infamous tiger fish.

Day 9 – 10 : Tongabezi Lodge

Today (usually in the morning) you will take a flight transfer onto Livingstone via Lusaka (1.5 hours’ flight). On arrival you will be met and transferred to Tongabezi Lodge where you will settle into your accommodation and be served a delicious lunch. Accommodation at Tongabezi Lodge is set in a tranquil grove of ebony on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River, and consists of colonial-style river cottages and spacious open-planned stone and thatch houses. There is a wide range of activities on offer at Tongabezi including fishing, canoe trips on the river, game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and microlighting. Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere.

Day 11 : Transit

After breakfast you may have a morning activity, time permitting or a transfer to Livingstone Airport for your onward connection.

Boma Restaurant – Fact Sheet

19May

Boma Restaurant Victoria Falls : Fact Sheet

Boma Restaurant Table Layout
The Boma at Victoria Falls

LocationBoma Restaurant Vic falls

The Boma Restaurant in Victoria Falls provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. It is open for dinner 365 days of the year.

Adjacent to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge complex. The Boma nestles in a “gusu” forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies.

Guests staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoy a courtesy shuttle to/from The Boma whilst those from other hotels may be transported for a nominal charge.

Dinner is served daily from 19:00 to 22:00 – book in advance and get there on time!

The Boma is adjacent to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge complex and transport to and from the restaurant is provided from all hotels in Victoria Falls at a reasonable rate

The decor places an emphasis on traditional Ndebele colours and style, while subtle lighting enhances natural trees, rocks and grasses

Reservations and Seating Capacity

Advance reservations are necessary and we advise that you book for The Boma when booking your Victoria Falls itinerary. The restaurant seats 300 in the dry season (April to October) and 230 in the rainy season (November to March). Exclusive use of The Boma can be arranged, based on a minimum of 230 guests.

the Chefs at Boma
happy Chefs

The Menu Boma Restaurant

Specialising in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes, The Boma offers a four-course meal combining a mouth watering choice of starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire and a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates. We offer a wide variety of salads from our salad bar, and to follow, a choice of delicious desserts. Everyone’s tastes are catered for, and whilst the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews, those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so. The Boma is renowned for its warthog fillet.

Sample Menu
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Swallowed Mopani Worm
I had my Future read by the Sangoma
I Played the djembedrum
I had my tribal Face painted

From the buffet and campfire we have ……………..

Starters
home smoked baby crocodile tail
a rough Impala knuckle terrine
Peppered Bream Zambezi river bream fillet with rough black peppercorns
Smoked Guinea Fowl
home smoked guinea fowl
goat’s cheese and mushrooms in a pastry case
garden vegetable, cheese and garlic bake
Salad selection with a variety of breads, dressings and traditional accompaniments

Chef’s freshly made soup of the day

From the Braai Cook House & Campfire
a selection of grilled game meats including our famous Warthog ‘pumba’ steak, Beef, Pork and marinated Chicken, and our spit Roast of the day

try one of our ‘Potjies: Traditional ‘Umzingeli’ Hunters’ Stews

Fish: Zambezi Bream and Kapenta (whitebait)

Peanut Butter Rice, Sadza – thick maize meal served as a starch, Potato wedges, home baked Garlic and Herb Bread and a variety of Sauces

a choice of freshly prepared Vegetarian Dishes

including Vegetable Stir-fry, Chef’s Daily Pasta Dish and Bush Vegetables

your choice of Desserts from the buffet

Boma Restaurant Entertainment

The Boma is open for dinner from 19h00.

We highly recommend that you are seated by 19h15 for an evening filled with entertainment. Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in the local languages, Shona and Ndebele.

The guests are then dressed in ‘chitenges’ (traditional robes) and prepared to enter the main enclosure.

They are invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner.

A feast of nightly entertainment incorporates Amakwezi traditional dancers, a local story teller and a witchdoctor.

dancers at the Boma
traditional African dancers

After dinner, guests are invited to join in the drumming extravaganza from 21h00. This is the highlight of the evening and all are invited to participate in the drumming and dancing show with our renowned drummers – Amazulu.

Dress

Dress casually in light clothing in the summer months from September to April and warm clothing during the winter months from May to August.

The Boma Shop
An on-site shop sells some of the frequently requested accessories such as The Boma cruet sets, potjies, polo shirts and caps.
In addition, tapes of our traditional entertainment are a favourite memento.

Classic Zimbabwe Safari

6May

14 days / 13 nights Zimbabwe tour package visiting Vic-Falls, Hwange, Matopos, Great Zimbabwe, Mana Pools, Matusadona, Harare

Classic Zimbabwe Safari map
route map Classic Zimbabwe Tour Safari

Visit some of the best of Zimbabwe, from Victoria Falls to four National Parks.

Find wisdom in ancient traditions, enjoy bush walks and game drives whilst being indulged in the romance of Africa’s wild ways and wide open spaces.

Zambezi National Park
elephants in Zambezi National Park

Itinerary Zimbabwe Tour Package Explorer

bunjee jumpers on Vic Falls bridge
The Victoria Falls bridge

Duration 14 Days | 13 Nights

Start Location: Victoria Falls International Airport, Zimbabwe

End Location: Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe

Pax: 4 – 6 guests

Departure Day: Selected Sundays see below

Accommodation: game lodges, campsites, hotels

Vehicle: 4 wd safari vehicles, light aircraft, minibus

Baggage Allowed: Soft sided duffel bag – 20 kg max inclusive

Language: English Other language guides available on request if booked on a private basis

Driver / Tour Guide: Services of registered driver guide throughout tour

Included: Meals: 13 Breakfasts; 9 Lunches; 11 Dinners
Drinks: selected local brand drinks
Meet & Greet: Victoria Falls airport
Transfers: scheduled road and air transfers
Activities: Victoria Falls Sundowner Cruise; Guided Tour of the Falls; game drives; Matopos bushman rock paintings; Rhodes grave site; Great Zimbabwe Ruins; water based activities; nature walks, bird watching

Park Entrance and Camping Fees: Hwange National Park; Matopos National Park; Mana Pools National Park, Matusadona National Park

Excluded: international and regional scheduled flights and visas
Travel, medical and personal accident insurance
Gratuities and items of personal nature
Excursions not detailed in the itinerary
Private charters/transfers or specialised guides
Premium brand drinks
porterage

Day 1 | Sunday | Victoria Falls airport to Victoria Falls town

On arrival at the airport, you will be collected for your transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before the sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

Dinner at the hotel (included)

Accommodation in standard hotel room. Ilala Lodge at Victoria Falls or similar – dinner, B&B

Days 2 – 4 Hwange National Park

After breakfast, your guide will collect you for a guided tour of the world famous Victoria Falls.
Depart on a 3 hour journey by road through rural Zimbabwe passing Ndebele villages to your luxury mobile tented camp in Hwange National Park.

Accommodation is in fully furnished East African safari tents with en suite bathrooms (flush toilets and hot water bucket showers).
Hwange is a Big 5 wildlife sanctuary and famous for large concentrations of elephants and diverse wildlife and bird species.

Mobile tented safaris will definitely get you up close and personal with the wildlife of Africa without compromise to you comfort and safety.
Guests have full flexibility to do as much or as little game driving, walking and relaxing in camp as they wish.
The camp facilities are exclusive to the guests and along with a private game drive vehicle, guests can benefit from the focused attention of a private guide and dedicated camp staff that will be hosting you on your safari.

On safari you can look forward to bush walks and animal tracking, game drives, sundowners at waterholes, traditional dancing, visiting the Wild Dog centre or Mtoa Ruins as well as special activities to teach you about Zimbabwe and African culture.

Accommodation : Tented Camp in Hwange – dinner, lunch, bed and breakfast

Hwange National Park
buffalo herd Hwange

Days 5 & 6 Matobo National Park

Enjoy your last morning in the wild of Hwange. After a hearty breakfast you will drive through Hwange to Matobo National Park (approx. 3.5 hours)
A scenic paradise, Matopos is famous for its dramatic rock formations and granite whalebacks. On arrival your guide will escort you to the camp situated close to the Maleme Dam inside the National Park.

You will enjoy your time exploring on foot on on a game drive, visiting the famous rock formations of Matobo Hills – a UNESCO World Heritage Site climbing to World’s View to the gravesite of Cecil John Rhodes and learning about Khoisan rock art and the history of Zimbabwe. Time permitting, you can also choose to see a local cultural village and participate in White rhino tracking.

Accommodation : Tented camp in Matopos – dinner, lunch and breakfast

Matopos National Park Zimbabwe
the boulder strewn landscape of the Matopos

Day 7 Masvingo

After an early morning activity and breakfast at your Matopos camp we drive through Bulawayo town en route to Masvingo to see the Ancient City – Great Zimbabwe.

On arrival at the hotel, check in and freshen up. Your hotel is a picturesque property in the foothills of Great Zimbabwe with magnificent views of Lake Muturikwi.

After lunch (own account) you visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument to explore the secrets of the ancient ruins.
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most important archaeological sites in Africa, giving testimony to the lost civilisation of the Shona tribe.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner (own account)
Accommodation : Norma Jeans Lakeview Resort or similar – breakfast including listed activities

the lost civislisation of the Shona
Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 8 Harare

After breakfast depart for Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Time permitting we will tour the art gallery or national archives on the day of arrival.
Meals for your own account will be lunch and dinner which is served at the lodge.
Accommodation : Armadale Lodge or similar – breakfast

Days 9 – 11 Mana Pools National Park

After an early breakfast you will depart for your scheduled transfer by light aircraft to your luxury mobile camp in Mana Pools National Park.
Enjoy two and half days exploring this pristine wilderness on foot and in the specially adapted game drive vehicles
Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi river, the elephant, lions and unspoiled wilderness. This unique park is a world heritage site, renowned for its wide range of wildlife which includes over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.

The name “Mana” means four in the local Shona language – referring to the 4 large pools inland from the Zambezi river. These pools are the remnant ox bow lakes that the Zambezi river carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards.

Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools along with large herds of elephant.

Accommodation : dome/A frame style tents – lunch, dinner and breakfast

Days 12 & 13 Matusadona National Park

After breakfast your guide will take you on your final game drive as you head out of Mana Pools National Park to the airstrip. You will be transferred by light aircraft to the Rokari airstrip in Matusadona National Park.

Here you will be met by your guide from Rhino Island safari camp.
Proceed by boat across the estuary to Rhino Island Safari Camp where you will spend the last 2 nights of your safari.
Rhino Island, a rustic but comfortable safari camp with thatched chalets built on stilts is situated on the shoreline of lake Kariba and on the edge of Matusadona National Park. Guests can look forward to rhino tracking, game drives and bush walks. Boating and fishing can be arranged on request.

Accommodation : Rhino Island Safari Camp or similar – lunch, dinner and breakfast

Day 14

After breakfast your guide will escort you across the estuary to Rokari airstrip.

You will be transferred by light aircraft to Harare International airport in time to check in for your onward arrangements.

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9 Day Kruger Park Eco Ranger Experience

6May

9 Day Kruger Park Eco Ranger Experience

Quick Overview
Tour Code: TISD 02
Duration:9 days | 8 nights (1 night Hoedspruit : 6 nights Makuleke (Kruger National Park) : 1 night Hoedspruit)
Start / end location :Johannesburg, Gauteng : Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Participants:2 – 8 guests per vehicle
Departure Days :Selected Saturdays
Nov 25 : Jan 27 : Feb 3 : Mar 24 : Apr 21 : May 19 : Jun 16 : Jul 21
Aug 25 : Sep 22 : Oct 6
Departure times :Rosebank hotels ±07h00 /Sandton hotels ±07h30
Pre-departure notices are sent to each guest’s pick-up location a day prior to collection
Collection times vary and are subject to the hotel collection route
Selected pick-up and drop-off hotels list available on request
Language : English
Accommodation : 3 & 4 star lodges and camps
Vehicle: Luxury sedan or minibus and open safari vehicle

Day 1 | Saturday Johannesburg to Hoedspruit area via Dullstroom(±470km)
Breakfast (own arrangements and for own account) at the hotel. Board a shuttle transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (included) via Dullstroom. The village of Dullstroom is South Africa’s premier fly-fishing destination.
Lunch stop en-route (own account) and dine at the lodge (included).

Timbavati Safari Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast (3-star)

Day 2 | Sunday Hoedspruit to Makuleke Concession (±240km)

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Guests transfer from the lodge to the Kruger National Park’s Pafuri Gate in the north-eastern corner of the Limpopo Province. A representative will meet and transfer guests from Pafuri Gate to the Makuleke Camp.Lunch at Makuleke Camp. Participants will attend a safety briefing, an orientation of the camp, an introduction to the camp staff and an overview of the course material.

Guests will have leisure time to settle-in before the afternoon’s practical activity either on a game drive or a bush walk.

Kruger Park eco experience
observing with the professional guide

Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 3 | Monday Makuleke Concession – Basic ecology and geology
Meals are served at the camp and each day’s activities are divided into three sessions.

Guests board a vehicle for a game drive or join a guided bush walk. The focus of the morning activity is on basic ecology and geology. Lanner Gorge is carved into the sandstone and although thought to be younger than 2 million years old, it’s an important feature in the Makuleke Concession. The landscape is ancient and is thought to date back more than 250 million years.

Around noon, guests partake in an interactive discussion with the instructor on geology and soils; weather and atmosphere; food web and energy flow; and habitat ecology and conservation. The Makuleke Concession of the ‘Pafuri Triangle’ is created by the intersection of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers. The Limpopo, a dying river, is estimated to be more than 65 million years old. The Luvuvhu, a young river, has carved its way through the region’s sandstone to form Lanner Gorge.

Participants board a vehicle for a game drive or join a guided bush walk. Apart from elephant and buffalo, guests may see nyala, eland and Sharpe’s Grysbok not commonly seen elsewhere in Kruger. Guides will illustrate the theory discussed earlier in practical instruction, whilst out in the field. Guests are encouraged to apply these skills in an informal Q&A session whilst out in the field.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Kruger Eco Training Programe
everything little thing tells a story

Day 4 | Tuesday Makuleke Concession – Animal, bird and tree identification and behaviour

During the morning game drive or guided bush walk, guests are introduced and exposed to the nuances of animal, bird and tree identification; essential skills for any avid outdoorsman.

Guests are encouraged to engage with the instructor and join the interactive discussion on the finer details of animal, bird and tree identification during the noon session. The Makuleke Concession is locally-renowned for five bird species resident in the area. With luck see Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Three-banded Courser, Racket-tailed Roller, Bat Hawk and Black-throated Wattle-eye.

The afternoon game drive and walk will emphasis on animal, bird and tree identification. Although Africa’s mega-fauna features highly on most participant’s lists, why not try and identify the more iconic trees in the concession? Find the muvuvhu (Venda) from which the Luvuvhu River gets its name; the nyala tree and the region’s iconicAdansonia digitate.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 5 | Wednesday Makuleke Concession – Animal tracks and sleep-out and astronomy

This morning guests will walk the trails from camp focusing on animal tracks. This is wilderness immersion at its best. The science of animal tracking is, perhaps, the world’s oldest. This is an exclusive, hands-on experience.

Join in an interactive discussion on the theories and practical application of tracking in the African bush. Tracking contributes to key insights on how animals behave. It’s an art that teaches observation, reasoning, and deduction. The discussion topic and practical application elements includes an introduction to basic tracks and trailing skills.

In the afternoon, guests focus on the key points of the day’s theory, and apply those principles either on a game drive or on a bush walk. Why not apply the theory of speculative tracking and try and anticipate the animals behaviour?

Evening Workshop

This evening guests spend the night in the bush applying basic survival skills including the sourcing of water; preparing a bush fire; practical bush cooking and safety. Understand your energy-output-for-benefit ratio and make smart decisions.

Kruger National Park South Africa
happy participants

Activities will include astronomy and orientation by understanding the Southern Hemisphere constellations including the Southern Cross. Survivalists claim that navigation is the key to getting home. On clear nights and on a full moon participants can also apply basic navigation theory and get a directional fix from the moon.
Dinner around the camp fire with storytelling.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)
Day 6 | Thursday Makuleke concession – Anti-poaching and 4 x 4 driving
This morning guests walk back to camp applying tracking, navigation and orientation skills.

Participate in an interactive discussion on anti-poaching. There are two general categories of anti-poaching. The first targets the illegal incursions and includes coercive methods to track and catch poachers. The second deals with campaigns and policies to prevent the illegal trafficking of animal products i.e.: targeting the supply and demand chains of the trade. The discussion will include basic anti-poaching strategies and logistics out in the field. The specifics covered will include snare collection and rifle safety. Learn the basics of effective rifle-safety and 4×4 driving, an essential skill in the field.

Guests join an afternoon game drive to an area where they will practice basic 4×4 skills and other aspects of good marksmanship. En-route, apply the basic theory of snare collection.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 7 | Friday Makuleke Concession – Field observation challenge and awarding of certificates

Meals are served at the camp. Guests are assessed on the application of their newly acquired bush and survival skills in a practical and fun way.
Attend the awards ceremony and a spectacular bush dinner.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 8 | Saturday Makuleke Concession to Hoedspruit via Kruger National Park(±320km)

Guests board an early transfer from Makuleke and spend the day travelling southwards through the Kruger National Park. Breakfast packs will be provided.

Lunch in Kruger National Park (own account). Guests exit the park at Phalaborwa Gate arriving at the night’s accommodation, late afternoon. Board an open safari vehicle for a game drive.

Dine at the lodge.
Leopards Lair – dinner, breakfast and two game activities (4-star)

Day 9 | Sunday Hoedspruit – Day of departure
Guests enjoy an early morning game drive on an open safari vehicle before breakfast.
Board a transfer to Eastgate Airport or Johannesburg (own account).

Discover South Africa

6May
  1. Discover South Africa

HighlightsDiscover South Africa

Table Mountain – Cape Point – Wine & Brandy Tasting Garden Route – Wild Coast – iSimangaliso game viewing Swaziland – Kruger National Park ‘Big 5’ safari – Panorama Route – Soweto

Duration : 16 days / 15 nights
2 nights Cape Town – 1 night Stellenbosch – 1 night Oudtshoorn
2 nights Knysna – 1 night Port Alfred – 2 nights Wild Coast
1 night Kokstad/Harding – 1 night St Lucia – 1 night Swaziland
2 nights Hazyview – 1 night Johannesburg
Start / end location : Cape Town Western Cape
Johannesburg Gauteng
Participants :2 – 14 guests per vehicle
Departures : Selected Saturdays – German
Nov 11; 25 | Jan 20 | Feb 17 | Mar 17 | Apr 21 | May 19
Jun 09 | Aug 11 | Sept 08; 22 | Oct 06; 20

Selected Saturdays English & German
Jan 06 | Feb 03 | Mar 03 | Apr 07 | May 05 | Jul 14 | Aug 25
Departure time : The Townhouse at 13h00

Golf Safari Course Info

5May

Golf Safari – Course Info

golf course at Lost City
Lost City Golf course

LOST CITY GOLF COURSE• 6 983m/5 953m • Carts compulsory

Some 10 years after the completion of the Gary Player Country Club, the popularity of Sun City demanded another course be built.

Again the pro was commissioned, his challenge being to create a very different experience. The course defies being bracketed into any particular genre having touches of mountain, desert and even African parkland in its make-up. Here, the golfer can choose to tackle the course from its championship tees (suggested only for the longer hitting, single-figure handicappers), the standard markers or forward tees. Even playing the shortest route presents a great test as the approaches to the greens – clad in bent grass and protected by bunkers – demand careful judgment.

Signature hole: 13th – par 3 A green in the shape of Africa bordered by a pond, home to several large crocodiles!

Champagne Soirts coure
Drakensberg golf course

CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT• Mountain • 7 400m • Carts available •

Located in the beautiful Drakensberg area, this course has to be rated as one of the most scenically memorable golf layouts in South Africa. Designed by Hugh Baiocchi and Kevin Curren, it successfully blends the natural attributes of the terrain and the surrounding beauty with the modern demands of a quality course. It undulates up and around the contours of a valley thatnestles under the dominant peaks of Champagne and Cathkin Peaks and incorporates several holes with blind tee shots.

Professional and novice alike will appreciate the 84 well-appointed bunkers that line the fairways and greens. The quality of the greens is accredited to Trevor Livesey whose passion remains unabated. Though the drama of the mighty mountains dominates the eye, the course also enjoys gentle vistas where the lower hills create a kaleidoscope of colour blessed with trees, rivers and dams to add even more of a challenge.

DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB• Semi-links • 6 157m • Carts available

Built by George Waterman and fellow professional golfer Laurie Waters, the Durban Country Club was established in 1922 and has a proud history. The difficulties these men faced were immense as all earth-moving had to be done manually, giant sand dunes were flattened and dense bush and trees chopped down and carted away. Renowned for its classic Cape Dutch

architecture, lush vegetation, undulating fairways, sand dunes and beautiful setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Club has been the venue of choice for many an important celebration in its rich history.

Signature Hole: 3rd – par 5 – 468m A tee shot from the highest point on the course into a valley below, completely exposing the drive to the ocean gusts. Trees on the right of the straightaway hole need to be avoided as well as the large fairway bunker on the landing area to the left.

Signature hole: 6th – par 3 – 163m A wayward shot to the right is out of bounds, while one to the left is a lost ball.

golfing safari
luxury rail travel

ROYAL SWAZI• Parklands • 6 166m • Carts available
This spectacular championship course is one of the most scenic locations found in the world. Opened in 1966, it has been laid out on the slopes of the Lebombo Range that curves gently down into the valley. The first nine holes are comparatively level but the second nine fully exploits the mountainous terrain. Challenging features include lakes, gullies thick with vegetation, out-of- bound areas running close to fairways, swirling breezes, clusters of magnificent trees and indigenous plants and wickedly sited bunkers – one is so steep it requires steps to facilitate access.

LEOPARD CREEK• Parklands • 6 631m • Carts compulsoryThis ultra-exclusive world-class facility is the brainchild of magnate Johan Rupert and, as can be expected, no expense was spared. Bordered to the north and the west by the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park, the course represents African golf at its best with indigenous bushveld bordering the immaculate fairways and greens. Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure the course is naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams divert through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. Hazards take a new dimension for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures for which the river is named…crocodiles.

Signature hole: 13th – par 5 – 505m Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32 metres above the water level offering magnificent views up the river and into the Kruger Park.

DRESS CODE

Acceptable clothing:

• Shirts with collars and sleeves must be tucked in
• Traditional long or short golf trousers
• Short trousers with knee-length stockings or short white socks
• Ladies skirts or culottes must be knee-length
• Golf hats or peaks worn with peak forward
• Golf shoes with soft spikes (most clubs)

Not acceptable:

• T-shirts, vests or sleeveless shirts
• Denim jeans
• Sweatpants or cargo pants
• Drawstring shorts
• Shoes without socks
• Cross-trainer sports shoes

Golf Safari

5May

Golf Safari

Departure Dates:
04 – 12 October 2018 :
15 – 23 November 2018

Golf Safari tour
route map golf safari

Itinerary

Day 1 11h30
Depart Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and travel to Rustenburg for overnight stop.
Day at leisure on the train. (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

Day 2 07h00
Golfers: Morning tee off at Lost City or Gary Player Country Club followed by lunch at the club.

19h30 Dinner on board en route to Heidelberg.

Day 3 :07h00 Day at leisure on the train.

Day 4 : 07h00Golfers: Morning tee off at Champagne Sports Resort.
Enjoy lunch and afternoon at leisure before departing for Durban

Day 5 : 07h00Golfers: Morning tee off at Durban Country Club/Beachwood
followed by lunch with the non-golfers at the Durban Country Club.

Day 6 06h00 Game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

11h00 Brunch as the train departs for Mpaka, Swaziland.

Day 7 : 07h00Golfers: Morning tee off at the Royal Swazi Sun and lunch.
18h00 The train departs for Malelane in South Africa.

Day 8 07h00Golfers: Morning tee off at Leopard Creek (dependent) on the Crocodile River with lunch at the clubhouse.The train then travels on to Rayton

Day 9 07h00 Enjoy breakfast as the train departs for Pretoria.
10h00 Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station.

South Africa golf tour package
crisp morning for golf

Non golfers

day 1 –11h30 : Depart rail station in Pretoria and travel to Rustenburg for overnight stop. Day at leisure on board

day 2 –09h00 : game drive in Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Explore the Lost City followed by lunch at the club
19h30 Dinner on board en route to Heidelberg

day 3 –07h00 : day at leisure on the train while travelling to Estcourt

day 4 –09h00 : Battlefields tour with lunch at Spionkop Lodge and shopping OR enjoy a walk at Champagne Resort

day 5 –09h00 : Durban city tour. Lunch with the golfers at Durban Country Club/Beachwood. Depart for Hluhluwe.

day 6 –06h00 : game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve
11h00 : brunch as the train departs for Mpaka i Swaziland

day 7 –08h00 : Game drive in Mkhaya Reserve.
Visit Ngwenya Glass with lunch and shopping

day 8 –08h00 : Kruger Park game drive with lunch at Buhala Lodge and shopping.
The train travels to Rayton

day 9 –07h00 : enjoy breakfast as the train departs for Pretoria
10h00 : arrive at journey’s end

Golfing safari South Africa
enjoying the game

Namibia Rail Safari

5May

Namibia Rail Safari

9 days Pretoria to Swakopmund / Walvis Bay

Rail safari map
route map

Highlights
This nine-day 3 400-kilometre journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west.
Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is
Kimberley,centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes where there is an opportunity to savour the 1870s atmosphere of the mine village.
The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to theFish River Canyon– second
in size to the Grand Canyon – and Garas Park with itsQuiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground. Guests continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital for a tour;Windhoekis a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour.

Then it’s a short flight toSossusvlei,a stunning pan in theNamib Desert, for an overnight stay followed by a night in the game-richEtosha National Park.

On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19th-century German Hansa town ofSwakopmund and Walvis Bay– an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey. This tour is available in reverse.

Itinerary

Day 1 15h00 : Depart Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and travel south towards the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.

Day 2 09h45 : visit the Big Hole and Diamond Museum in Kimberley
12h30 : depart for Upington and travel the Karoo semi-desert

Day 3 08h00 : optional two hour walking tour of Upington
23h00 : arrive at Holoog after border formalities at Nakop

Day 4 08h00 : one hour transfer to visit the Fish River Canyon
11h00 : depart for Keetmanshoop. Traverse the Kalahari
15h00 : visit Garas Park (Quiver Tree Forest / Giants Playground)

Day 5 09h00 : arrive in Windhoek for a city tour
11h00 : depart in light aircraft for one hour flight to a Sossusvlei lodge for lunch, desert drive, bush dinner and overnight

Day 6 06h00 : Sossusvlei drive with breakfast in the vlei
12h00 : depart Sossusvlei for one hour flight to Windhoek
14h00 : depart Windhoek and travel north to Etosha Park

Day 7 09h30 : transfer to a lodge in the game rich Etosha National Park for lunch, game drive and overnight

Day 8 06h00 : early morning game drive in the Etosha National Park.
13h00 : enjoy lunch on board the train en route to the Atlantic

Day 9 07h00 : enjoy breakfast as the train traverses the Namib
12h30 : arrive at journey’s end in Walvis Bay, Namibia

South Luangwa and Lake Malawi Safari

5May

South Luangwa & Lake Malawi Safari

itinerary

Day 1 : Nkwali CampOn arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris’ representative who will have a name board with your names. He/She will assist you with immigration and customs clearing then check in for your flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. The flight is on average one hour. At Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you. The drive toNkwali Campis 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin’s private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

Day 2 – 3 : Nkwali CampAt dawn breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp about 20.00 hrs with dinner generally at 20.30.

Day 4 : Nsefu CampAfter an early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Nsefu staff will meet the party, who will cross the river by boat or car, and then enjoy a 45 minute drive to camp, game viewing on route.Nsefuwas the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. On arrival you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. (Note: option of booking Tena Tena for the 4 nights).Day 5 – 7 : Nsefu CampThese are a few days for a chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide this is an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park possibly with an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day’s safari.Day 8 : PumulaniAfter breakfast you will transfer to Mfuwe Airport (1.5 hours) for your flight to Lilongwe. The fli

ght time to Lilongwe is approximately 60 minutes. On arrival at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu Airport, you will be met by our staff, who will assist with immigration procedures and the payment of airport taxes. Our representative will then assist with check in for your next flight to Monkey Bay, the closest airstrip toPumulani.

Pumulani is situated on the Westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi – romantically called “The Lake of Stars”. The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views. The central dining and bar area is high above the lake with the most spectacular views and leads onto an expansive deck. The infinity swimming pool is on a lower terraced deck. The lake shore bar offers light snacks as well as refreshments. Meals will be served in the dining area, on the beach or by arrangement on your private deck. The stunning setting of the lodge and the unique comfort of the rooms means that many guests choose to make relaxation their main activity, but there is enough activities available to keep guests busy.

Day 9 : PumulaniEnjoy the first full day of relaxation atPumulani. Our remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. Those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, we have an infinity swimming pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake. For those seeking activity we offer many water sports activities like snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded). At the end of the day climb aboard our dhow and let our experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Day 10 – 11 : PumulaniLake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands. For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages. Malawians are renowned for being amongst the friendliest people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them. You can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or can enjoy the many other activities.

Day 12 : PumulaniYour last day at the lodge. Today you have the opportunity to continue to relax in the beautiful surroundings or play on the lake, or take a walk to the local village for an insight into how village life operates while Malawians explain their traditions and rituals.

Day 13 : TransitDepending on you onward connection, you may have a lazy morning or early breakfast before heading off to Lilongwe.

Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter

5May

Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounter

A 15 day small group lodge safari visiting some of the world’s premier wildlifeareas, exploring iconic Victoria Falls, see endangered wild dogs, do some rhino tracking, enjoy a traditional canoe trip.

lions at waterhole
thirsty work

Minimum 4 guests / maximum 12
Included Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
All transport in appropriate vehicles
Game drives and activities as mentioned in itinerary
Park entrance fees
Experienced guide

Excluded –Travel Insurance – Flights – Pre and post tour accommodation
Optional activities – All drinks, tips and curios – All personal expenses

Departures 2018
21 March : 08 April : 09 May : 25 May : 13 June : 04 July : 16 July : 01 August : 27 August : 05 September : 25 September : 10 October : 30 October : 09 November

map of safari package
Route map

Accommodation
In mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Day 1: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Day 2 & 3: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Day 4 & 5: Sable Sands or similar
Day 6 & 7: Umbozha Houseboats or similar
Day 8 & 9: Camp Amalinda or similar
Day 10:Nata Lodge or similar
Day 11: Planet Baobab or similar
Day 12: Thamalakane River Lodgeor similar
Day 13 & 14: Hyena Pan Tented Camp or similar

Itinerary

Day 1 victoria falls zimbabwe

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

Day 2 victoria falls to chobe national park botswana

After breakfast your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. We then travel to Kasane in Botswana, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

Day 3 chobe national park botswana

Start your morning with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

Days 4 & 5 chobe botswana to hwange national park zimbabwe

This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to great herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

On arrival, we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, you can partake in an optional game drive on the concession in the afternoon. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area on a full day game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 6 & 7 lake kariba zimbabwe

Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water.

Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner on board. In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing depending on your preference. When we return, brunch will be served whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands with a sandy beach. Watch the sunset over lake, relaxing around a camp fire and enjoying a beach barbecue under the starry sky.

Days 8 & 9 matobo hills zimbabwe

We end our houseboat experience with some morning game viewing activities on Lake Kariba and cruise back to Binga where our voyage started. After disembarking we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit” or “World’s View” as named by him.

We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.

Day 10 matobo hills zimbabwe to nata botswana

We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.) We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

the baobab - an iconic tree
baobab tree

Day 11 makgadikgadi pans botswana

A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.

Day 12 maun botswana

Today we travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

Day 13 khwai river botswana

After breakfast we take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Khwai River region. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

Day 14 moremi game reserve botswana

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Day 15 end of tour

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventure