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Photo of the week

Baboons alongside the road near Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park.

Have a look at our map to virtually explore this area!

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Please note that this is a suggested itinerary only … if this does not suit your needs, then we can tailor an itinerary that does.


Day 1 – Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Depending on your arrival time you may need to spend a night in Johannesburg before you connect onto your Livingstone/Victoria Falls flight.

The time of the year will denote the recommended side of the Falls to be on. If landing at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met by your private transfer and taken away from the hustle of the Falls to the Matetsi Water Lodge. Your two night stay here is on a private reserve which allows you to take in the wonder of the Falls while enjoying some super game viewing to get you into the spirit of an African Safari.

Matetsi has 15km of private Zambezi Riverfront so you have a unrivalled river experience in addition to your game viewing and Victoria Falls visit.

On the Livingstone side of the Falls, Sussi is an intimate and secluded lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Here you have 12 luxury tree houses built into the lush riverine banks, each with their own private deck and stunning views of the mighty Zambezi.

Day 3 – Botswana – Chobe National Park

An easy road transfer across the border into Botswana takes you into the world famous Chobe National Park area. Enjoy a two night stay at Chobe Chilwero where you get to enjoy the elephants in their masses, through river and land game viewing activities.

Day 5 – Botswana – Okavango Delta

From Chobe National Park you transfer back to Kasane where you can catch a charter flight to your Delta Camp.

There are numerous options for accommodations here but we do have some select favourites.
Little Vumbura will give you the option of land and water activities and is situated in its own private concession in the northern region of the Delta.
Chief’s Camp on the famous Chief’s Island is home to some of the best wildlife viewing in Botswana.  This is a traditional African Safari Camp with 12 luxury chalets.
For some romance and to feel at one with nature you can opt for Nxebega Tented Camp. This intimate camp has room for 18 guests, expansive views, private bush dinners or cocktails by lamp light.

Day 10 – Botswana to Johannesburg

It would be a suggestion to combine at least two camps over a five night stay in the Delta area. This does depend on your time and budget.

Your final day will consist of a morning wake-up call for your last game activity. A good hearty breakfast in the African bush is followed by your charter flight back to Maun. From Maun you fly to Johannesburg and your African Honeymoon draws to a close.

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Hi there,

Back again after another week of exploring! I must say, I am getting used to the South-African lifestyle.
I found out that there is no need to seek adventure in the city..try catching a local minibus !
Some of them play loud music, some don’t.  Some of them drive alone,  some have a buddy.
This person tries to draw attention towards to minivan by shouting either “Cape Town” or “GreenPoint-SeaPoint” to anyone walking by.

“Interesting”  I’d say. But for only 5 Rand – no matter where you get out – this is by far the best way to get around town.

My weekend was “interesting” as well! From a completely different point of view, that is:-)
I decided to let the minivans drive by and persuaded my roommates to take their own cars-> We’re going to the Cape, chaps!

After enjoying one of the most spectacular winding coastal roads in the world and a quick stop in Simon’s Town where we watched the penguins on Boulder’s Beach, we headed for the most southwesterly point of Africa; The Cape of Good Hope (the very end of the Table Mountain National Park)

Situated at the junction of two of the earth’s most contrasting water masses – the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast , the Cape of Good Hope is perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.
Obviously, we had to take a photo of the famous  “Cape of Good Hope”  sign,  took our time for the utterly breathtaking ocean views and drove to Cape Point.

Cape Point is one of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249 m above sea level.
As I reached the lighthouse, from which the views are truly surrealistic,  I encountered reality; ninethousandsixhundredandthirtyfivekilometers from home;)
See ya next week!

Cheers,

Ivo

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Kenya has long been known for its wildlife – now the country has added some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastline to its legendary wildlife safari experience. Previously only Mombasa and Lamu were known to the world as beach holiday destinations but in recent years more areas on the mainland have opened up.

Mombasa is the typical bustling African coastal city, with the added attractions of some of the best white sandy beaches in Africa and a fascinating history stretching back to the early days of African trade. With accommodations providing for all tastes Mombasa is the ideal family beach holiday destination. Easy access to the game parks of Kenya, in particular Tsavo, adds to the many attractions of Mombasa.

Lamu Island is a place of beautiful beaches, great water sports and coconuts where the pace of life has remained virtually unchanged for the past centuries – no vehicles are used on the island. Lamu Town, one of the oldest towns on the Indian Ocean coast of Africa, is rich in history, with the buildings harking back to the past. With beautiful beaches, history and a relaxed atmosphere Lamu is a perfect beach holiday destination.

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What is the name of the famous bridge near the Oprah House in Sydney, Australia?

a) Golden Gate Bridge

b) Harbour Bridge

c) Byron Bridge

d) Brooklyn Bridge

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Please note that this is a suggested itinerary only … if this does not suit your needs, then we can tailor an itinerary that does.

Day 1
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport and meet your transfer that will take you up to Etosha National Park. It will be a charter flight transfer to Andersson’s Camp in the Ongava Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park.

You can enjoy a variety of activities at Anderssons Camp, from guided game drives in Etosha, to guided walks in the Ongava Reserve to tracking rhino, and finding beautiful sunset locations.

Day 3
Drive to Palmwag Lodge in Palmwag, Damaraland Area. This area and lodge is best known for its desert-adapted wildlife and is in a spectacularly scenic wilderness area.

Day 4
From Palmwag you will enjoy a nature drive into the remote Damaraland area bordering the Skeleton Coast National Park. Spend two nights here at the Hoanib Camp, enjoying the desert activities on offer.

Day 6
Transfer via Twyfelfontein (for rock paintings) to Damaraland Camp. The Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. It offers endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains.

Day 7
Transfer by road to Swakopmund where you will be staying at The Stiltz Lodge. En route you will have time to stop at Cape Cross and watch the antics of the Cape Cross Seal Colony.

Day 8
An early start for some sea kayaking in Walvis Bay will give you the opportunity to see some of the amazing water life that is out there. This is a great excursion before a long drive down to the Sossusvlei area in the Namib-Nauklaft National Park.

This highlight is not to be missed. Staying at Kulala Wilderness Camp you will have ample opportunity to take in the sunrises and sunsets, plenty of activities, endless skies and some of the most mesmerizing scenery you are ever going to see.

Day 10
A scenic drive back to Windhoek ends your trip off on a high note.

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Cape Town – Week 1

table mountain view

Nice to meet you all! My name is Ivo, 23 years old – the new intern @ African Travel Experts from The Netherlands.

After 4 rather exciting years of studying in Amsterdam and – whenever I had the chance – travelling to many amazing places on 4 different continents,  I touched down in yet another great city;  Cape Town!

After arriving in my apartment in Sea Point,  I unpacked my bag, met a few roommates and did what I always do-> On exploration.

Cape Town and the Western Cape are regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world, and I have to admit;  the city is a rare cultural gem and its surroundings are a setting for many scenic wonders, beautiful seascapes and panoramic vistas.  The beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are fantastic, as I found out last saturday.

Sundaymorning was tough;  getting up at 8 am to get ready for the climb up Table Mountain.
The climb itself took about 2 hours, but was well worth the effort..(the photo gives you an impression of the breathtaking view)

If you don’t feel like walking up and down the mountain;  the city of Cape Town decided to make life a bit easier by installing a cable car!  So after only 5 minutes – while enjoying the spectacular views – we ended up where we started;  right where we parked our car;)

We rewarded ourselves with a nice dinner in a restaurant at the Waterfront, an area that reflects architecture, cuisine and live music.
In addition to these experiences I have to say that after a week,  I consider Cape Town as a “hot version of home”..not because it looks anything like it, but because of the warm climate and the atmosphere that makes you feel at home.. straight away.

I am going on a tour to the Cape of Good Hope and some other highlights next weekend.. so there’ll be more news coming up!

Cheers,

Ivo

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