Day 1 & 2: Thula Thula Game Reserve, South Africa


You will be met upon arrival at the Johannesburg Airport and assisted through customs and immigration and on to meet the flight to Durban or Richard's Bay, where you will be picked up and transferred to your first safari camp. Thula Thula, with its centuries of cultural and wildlife heritage, takes pride in tracing back it's origin to the private hunting grounds of King Shaka, founder of the Zulu Empire. Now owned and operated by the family of the late Lawrence Anthony, Thula Thula is administered to the highest ethical standards, in keeping with modern conservation methods for the protection and enhancement of it´s indigenous and endangered species. The reserve is home to the rescued elephant herd featured in Lawrence's book, The Elephant Whisperer, the extraordinary story of one man's to save his herd.

Thula Thula game reserve is 4,500 hectares and is home to a diverse African wildlife population, including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, giraffe, zebra, nyala, hyenas, crocodile, kudu, wildebeest and a spectacular variety of other indigenous species, great and small. The re-introduction of a family herd of seven elephant in August 1999 marks the historic return of these great creatures to the area for the first time in 100 years . The family has grown to 24 elephants beginning of 2013. Experienced rangers will guide you on exciting safaris in open Landrovers through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter big game and superb birdlife. Thula Thula is also home to two rescued rhino orphans.


Thula Thula Tented Camp

Two nights Thula Thula Tented Camp. Includes all meals, two game drives per day, bush walks, night drives, teas and coffees.

Day 3: Durban, South Africa


You will be picked up at Thula Thula after the morning game drive and breakfast and drive about two hours to the coastal town of Durban. For lunch enjoy devour a “bunny chow” a local bread-bowl (and rabbit friendly) Durban specialty. Then visit the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium, the latest and most striking addition to Durban’s skyline. Together with your guide, hop onto city buses, visit some of the cities remarkable historical centers, explore the rich cultural diversity of the city epitomized in the fact that the largest Mosque in the Southern Hemisphere & first in the province across the road from Durban’s only cathedral. Engage with the city’s Indian history, stopping to smell vividly colored spices at the Victoria Street Market. Marvel at the variety of wares in the lively commotion of Warwick Junction- the commuter’s hub of the city. Late this afternoon you will be transferred to your sea-side hotel just outside of the city.


The Oyster Box

Overnight The Oyster Box in a classic sea view room. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4, 5 & 6: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana


Rise early for the transfer to the Durban airport to meet the scheduled flights via Johannesburg to Maun, where you will be met and assisted to the light aircraft flight to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This area was made famous by Mark and Delia Owens' account of their time spent studying lions and brown hyenas and the controversy about fencing wildlife areas that led to their being expelled from the country they had grown to love.

During your stay in Deception Valley, you have the opportunity to spend time with the Naru-speaking Bushmen. Nomadic hunter-gatherers like the Naru Bushmen were the first people who inhabited Southern Africa. The Kalahari is one of the last regions where the Bushmen still survive. Although they had to adapt their traditional way of life to meet the challenges of modern life, they still have a great understanding of nature and the skills to survive in bush life. These skills are employed and demonstrated to guests at Deception Valley Lodge. Naru Bushmen guides & trackers take guests on day and night safaris in open game viewers, lead bush walks, spend time with them in the hide at a water hole and share with them the Southern Hemisphere night sky.

Game drives turn into adventures on and off road, while guests continually learn more about the culture, skills, history and dreams of these unique people. The focus of all the activities is not only on sightings of Kalahari game such as the magnificent black mane Kalahari lion, the majestic eland, elegant oryx or shy brown hyena - but sharing a truly holistic experience of the unique ecology of the Kalahari as revealed and interpreted by expert guides and Bushmen trackers.


Deception Valley Lodge

Two or threes nights Deception Valley Lodge (Optional one night San village sleep out, details below). Includes all meals, teas and coffees, game drives, guided walks, selected house wines, local beers, soft drinks and laundry.

*Spend a night in the wild, in a bushman hut in a San village setup. Enjoy supper the way the San village prepare their food. Accommodation for the night will be in a San hut. Light snacks in the morning before walking back to the main lodge where you will have a full brunch at 10:30 AM.

Day 7 & 8: Victoria Falls, Zambia


After an early morning drive and breakfast, you will fly back to Maun to mee the light aircraft flight to Kasane. Continue through the Botswana border into Zambia where you will be met and transffer to your lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream from Livingstone. Livingstone’s historical town was founded by the first European explorers to ‘discover’ the impressive Victoria Falls, and is today the tourism capital of Zambia. Mosi-Oa-Tunya is directly translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’, the local name for the Victoria Falls. Included in your stay is a guided tour of Falls, sunset cruise, daytime cruise, fishing, island picnics, guided birding, guided village walk, guided tour of the town and local markets. Livingstone is rated as one of the world’s top destinations for adrenaline and river activities. The most popular of these include (at additional cost) seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, microlighting over the Falls, brunch and breakfast canoe trips on the Zambezi and Falls edge dining. The in-house activities are: Tour of Falls, sunset cruise, daytime cruise, fishing, island picnics, guided birding, guided village walk, guided tour of the town and local markets. All other activities offered in Livingstone can be pre booked or booked at the lodge.


Waterberry Lodge

Two nights at Waterberry Lodge. All meals and local drinks included.

Day 9, 10 & 11: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


You will be transferred to the Livingstone Airport for the light aircraft flights via Lusaka to Mfuwe, gateway to the Luangwa Valley. This region is where Mark & Delia Owens' landed after they left Botswana and their books about the elephant population and the battle with poachers were written after their time here ("The Eye of The Elephant" and "Secrets of the Savanna". North Luangwa is now home to a few rustic walking camps so we recommend intimate bushcamps in the heart of South Luangwa for your final safari experience. Zambia, and in particular the South Luangwa National Park, remains the finest place in Africa for walking safaris. The prolific game and unrivalled expertise of the local guides mean that sightings of leopard, elephant, hippo, lion and wild dog are not just rare experiences, but commonplace.

In the South Luangwa, the walking safari is king. This is what we are famous for, so it is only fitting that most of your outings will be on foot with the very finest guides. Game drives are also on offer, particularly at night when a whole new cast of characters fills the landscape. Your expert guides will lead you on foot through some of the park’s most untouched wilderness, where large herds of buffalo roam the grassy plains and thirsty elephants come to drink at the springs and along the river. Activities are focused around walking, but we have opened up a number of game drive loops in the area and so to get even further afield, day and night game drives are also on offer. In the evening, after wading through the river, we invite you to join your hosts for sundowners, or sit around the campfire for a drink, before recounting the day’s adventures over a starlit supper overlooking the river.


Bushcamps

Three nights Zungulila Bushcamp or alternative Bushcamp. All meals, local drinks, game drives, walks and night drives included.

Day 12: Depart


Enjoy one last breakfast in the bush before it's time to return to the Mfuwe airport for the light aircraft flight back to Lusaka to meet your departing flights for home. Breakfast.


Rates - 2015
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
May, November $7,798.00 $,1900.00
June, October $8,360.00 $2,060.00
July-September $8,840.00 $2,100.00
Pricing based on two people traveling and is subject to confirmation.
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