Feeds:
Posts
Comments
 

Namib-Nauklift National Park
The Namib is the world’s oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes on earth, monsters that reach hundreds of feet into the sky and the Naukluft Mountains are the barrier between the desert and the central interior of the country. The national park encompasses much of the Namib and the Naukluft Mountains.

The Namib Naukluft National Park boasts numerous fascinating aspects including the world-renowned Sossuslvlei, the fresh water bird haven that is Sandwhich Harbour on the coast and unique plant species that have adapted to survive in the harsh environment.

Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is probably the best known part of the park and it is here where the highest sand dunes can be found – and climbed. Sossusvlei is a pan formed over time by the rarely-flowing Tsauchab River. It is a place of dramatic colours and spectacular scapes and is one place that can sell itself as a must-see destination all on its own.

Day 1 – Arusha

You will arrive in Tanzania to spend your first night in the safari capital, Arusha. Your stay will be at the luxuriousArusha Coffee Lodge, which is located among the coffee plantations just outside town.

Day 2 – Lake Manyara

The next day you will start your Tanzania safari with a short flight to the Manyara Airstrip. A vehicle from Lake Manyara Tree Lodge will be waiting to take you to the Lodge, where you will enjoy two nights in a luxurious stilted tree house. Enjoy twice daily game drives in the Lake Manyara National Park known for its tree climbing lions, and its huge flamingo population that flocks to the lake each year.

Day 4 – Serengeti National Park

Your journey continues with an exciting flight to the Serengeti, known for the annual wildebeest migration that occurs in the park from November – July each year. Depending on the time of year, you will either stay at Grumeti Camp or Klein’s Camp. Both camps are well located to see the wildebeest migration at different times of the year.

The Serengeti is teeming with wildlife – apart from the wildebeest migration, herds of zebra and gazelle, cheetah and prides of lion are commonly seen.

Spend three nights at one of these camps enjoying twice daily game drives and spending the rest of your time enjoying the facilities the camp has to offer.

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater

Your safari will finally end with a magical two nights at the incredible Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, overlooking the crater down below. While you’re there, take in some of the most spectacular views on the African continent. Enjoy a game drive into the crater where you will experience an abundance of wildlife such as rhino, elephant, lion, hyena and plenty more.

Day 9 – Zanzibar

The perfect way to end your holiday is to add on a few nights at Mnemba Island Lodge, located on Mnemba Island just off Zanzibar. Zanzibar is one of Africa’s most culturally interesting and beautiful islands, with pristine beaches, warm turquoise waters and friendly people. Spend your last four nights relaxing, snorkelling, diving or visiting the historical town of Stone Town.

Day 13

You will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport in time for your departure flight.

There are still some places in Africa that are virtually untouched, places that have escaped the clutches of mass tourism and marketing. The reasons for these places being unknown for so long vary from inaccessibility to political instability in the country. Northern Mozambique is a place that has remained hidden from the mainstream until now because of inaccessibility and civil war.

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a chain of 32 islands stretching hundreds of kilometres, from Pemba to the northern border with Tanzania. Settled by fishermen and Arab traders, and later the Portuguese, many of the islands are uninhabited today – except for the visitors to the lodges. It is a coast with some of the most dramatic reefs and is fast becoming known in the watersports community as an iconic destination.

Besides the water activities and the romantic nature of the islands, the opportunity to experience some early Mozambique history presents itself in places such as Ibo Island where forts, palatial ruins and a ghost town attract many visitors.

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

Day 1

You will be met at either Victoria Falls airport (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone airport (Zambia) for your road transfer to the Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Spend two nights at one of our recommended lodges or tented camps either overlooking the Chobe River, or inside the Chobe National Park.

Days will be spent enjoying open 4×4 game drivesboatingfishing, and scenic wildlife viewing sunset cruises on the Chobe River.

Day 3

Transfer by road back to either Victoria Falls or Livingstone, where you will spend the next two nights at one of our recommended hotels or lodges. You decide whether you would like to stay on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of  Victoria Falls, each of them having their own highlights.

Spend your days visiting the might Victoria Falls, and enjoying activities such as a flight over the Falls, elephant back safaris, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, game drives and more….

Day 5

Transfer by road back to either Victoria Falls or Livingstone airports in time for your onward flight.

The Okavango Delta is an intriguing collage of islands and floodplains, channels and floating papyrus all melded together to form a fascinating wilderness of wildlife and plants. Lying on the sands of the Kalahari Desert and fed by a river that rises in the highlands almost two thousand kilometres away the Okavango Delta is truly a wonder of the natural world.

The water from the Angolan Highlands takes almost six months to reach the delta, resulting in the phenomenon of the annual flooding of the delta occurring during the dry season. The local rainfall has a limited affect on the water levels although it must be said that in some years the high local rainfall does raise the water table considerably.

The Okavango Delta offers water and land based activities including gliding through the channels on traditional dugouts or Makoros, boating, walking and game drives. The original African elephant-back safaris are based in the Okavango and horse safaris are a popular way of experiencing the delta.

It’s done! Leaving Cape Town to Durban on the 8th of July -> 11 days to drive anywhere between Durban,  Swaziland, Mozambique and the Krugerpark, as long as we drop off the car in Johannesburg on July the 19th, since we’ll fly to Livingstone, Zambia from there.

Besides the Victoria Falls, there are plenty of interesting places to visit in the 6 days we’ll spend in the area..Kafue National Park, The Okavango delta in Botswana for example, and probably lots of other stuff I haven’t heard of yet:-P
After a quick stop in Johannesburg, we’ll fly straight back to Cape Town on the 26th of July, and on the 27th..it’s time to go home again…

Although I can’t wait to go out there and discover more of Africa, I must say that I’m glad to have another month in Cape Town.
My thesis is in desperate need of additional information and I also need to collect and process the results of the survey I conducted.
The plan is to graduate in August, which means that, leaving July out, I have just a little over a month to finish it all.

It’s obviously not going to be just hard labour from now on..It’s Cape Town;  it should remain a holiday destination.
I’m going to a Rugby match on June 12th! Not just á rugby match…South-Africa — France! which is supposed to be quite important;)
Of course the World Cup will keep me occupied as well (attending Holland- Cameroon on june 24th) , a helicopter flight over the city will take place soon and there are plenty of parties coming up as well!

If anyone feels like sharing stories, adding things I forgot to tell you about, anything…Feel free to comment!

Cheers,

Ivo

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
On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will spend one night at the Nairobi Serena Hotel or similar.
Day 2
In the morning you will be met by your driver guide for the start of your scheduled group safari. Depart Nairobi and make your way to the Masai Mara National Park. Have lunch on arrival followed by an afternoon game drive.

Spend two days in the Masai Mara staying at the Mara Serena Lodge or similar enjoying daily morning and afternoon game drives where you can spot the Big 5 as well as other wildlife such as wildebeest, zebra and more. If you are here at the right time of year you may even be lucky enough to see the wildebeest migration.
Day 4
You will go on a morning drive to Lake Nakuru, one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the Lake Nukuru National Park. Spend a night at the Great Rift Valley Lodge.

Day 5
Leave the Lake behind you and head towards the Amboseli National Park where you will enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.

Spend two days in the Amboseli staying at the Amboseli Serena Lodge or similar enjoying daily morning and afternoon game drives where you will view plenty of wildlife from elephant to lion, giraffe and more. You will be at one of the best places to see Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

Day 7
After a morning game drive the tour will leave for Arusha in Tanzania. On arrival you’ll have lunch and then continue to Lake Manyara National Park. Spend a night at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, a fantastic hotel with incredible views of the lake below.
Day 8
After a morning game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park, the tour will continue onto to the Serengeti National Park. The drive goes through the Ngorongoro Conservation area and southern Serengeti so you will have the opportunity to view plenty of game en route to your lodge.
Spend two days in the Serengeti staying at the Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar enjoying daily morning and afternoon game drives where you can spot plenty of predators such as lion and cheetah, as well as other wildlife such as antelope, herds of hundreds of zebra and more.

If you are here at the right time of year you may even be lucky enough to see the wildebeest migration.
Day 10
Drive via Olduvai Gorge to Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch en route. Spend the night at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar.
Day 11
Descend down into the crater below for an exciting game drive followed by lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon you have the chance to visit a traditional Masai village, or join a guided nature walk on the crater rim. Spend another night at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar.
Day 12
Your final stop on your safari will be the Tarangire National Park where you will enjoy a game drive on arrival and spend your last night at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar.
Day 13
Drive to Arusha for lunch and then continue to Nairobi for dinner before your onward travel arrangements.



Stretching 400 km along the eastern border of South Africa the Kruger National Park is arguably Africa’s most iconic wildlife reserve. Scenically spectacular, with gorges, grasslands and mountains, the park carriesone of the continent’s greatest species diversities including more than 100 species of Mammals and almost 500 species of birds, providing an unforgetable Kruger Safari

Unlike many wilderness areas in Africa the Kruger National Park is easily accessible, providing for everybody who wants to visit. The park can be accessed by two wheel drive vehicle, has a range of accommodations from camping to six star luxury lodges, and is the best park on the continent for a Family safari catering for children of all ages.

The Kruger National Park is considered one of the best managed wilderness areas in the world and with a new policy of sustainable tourism development the park is set to benefit many communities in the vicinity who were previously denied any benefit.

For a tailor-made Kruger safari, have a look at our suggested itineraries and accomodations.

Kind regards,

Ivo

African Travel Experts


Debate rages at African Travel Experts as to the perfect African Safari or Holiday.  Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, The Migration in East Africa, Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda,  the Beaches of Mozambique.

We can’t decide on what is the ultimate experience, so we have left it up to you.  Please answer the 3 questions in the survey below, tell us your dream African vacation and stand a chance to win a nice bottle of  South African wine!

Don’t forget to fill in your e-mail address!

Click here to take survey

Cheers,

Ivo