Please join us on our most decadent safari of 2015. We start at a beautiful country hotel in South Africa before boarding the Rovos Rail – the world’s most luxurious train – on our journey north towards Africa’s magical wildlife destinations.
We cover the highlights of Zimbabwe and Botswana in this decadent tour – a true safari experience of a lifetime!
Hosts: Dan & Antoinette MacKenzie
We arrive in Johannesburg and are transferred to Kievits Kroon estate where we will spend the next 2 nights.
After a good nights’ rest and a leisurely breakfast, you have the opportunity of booking one of the many historical, city or wildlife tours offered in the Pretoria area or maybe you relax at one of the sparkling pools and enjoy a variety of massages and body treatments at the spa.
After a wonderful buffet breakfast we have an early transfer to Pretoria Station and the Rovos lounge. Here our 5 star rail experience starts with dedicated attention from the Rovos team – a thorough orientation of the train, our luggage is taken care of and quickly we are settled into our stylish suites.
We travel west through the goldfields of Johannesburg and cross into Botswana for border formalities and our first overnight. We sleep on the train every night and travel by daylight. By lunch on day two we have crossed into Zimbabwe and by early afternoon we have arrived in Hwange National Park where we disembark for a glorious afternoon of wildlife viewing on open air game vehicles.
After drinks served at sunset we are back on the train for dinner and our last overnight stop. On our last morning we enjoy our last sumptuous breakfast before arriving in Victoria Falls at 10am.
We spend two glorious days in Victoria Falls and besides our luxury accommodation at the historical and colonial Victoria Falls Hotel, we have included a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River which is inclusive of all drinks and snacks.
We will visit the local craft markets for shopping opportunities and walk through the National Park to view the falls.
Besides these activities there is ample time left over to add an extra activity such as bungee jumping, a swim in the Devils Pool or a helicopter flight to enhance your overall experience.
We say goodbye to the mystical Victoria Falls and travel west to the Botswana border. After short border formalities we hop on a short flight to Kwetsani camp in the heart of the Okavango.
Kwetsani is uniquely situated in a thick canopy of trees and the birdlife here is truly spectacular! The gorgeous tents are high on stilts with very stylish interiors and breath-taking views of the open floodplains beyond.
Game viewing by vehicle delivers exceptional opportunity to see cats and general antelope as well as leopard on the nearby Hunda Island. If water levels permit, we will enjoy an afternoon by boat as well as mekoro (dugout canoe) to experience safari life at a slower pace.
We depart Kwetsani and fly east to Little Vumburu. Little Vum as it is fondly known, is on a small island surrounded by the water channels of the Okavango. A birders paradise, most of the activities are water based and photographic opportunities abound around this lovely little laid-back camp.
Besides seeing heaps of big game too, the knowledgeable guides teach us about all the little things that are often missed on safari such as the painted reed frog or the African Fish Eagle.
Our last 3 nights are spent at the famous Savuti camp in the heart of the drier Linyanti. A haven for elephants, this camp is also situated on the lip of the Savuti channel which offers life giving water to the many animals that call this area home. Resident wild dogs frequent this area and cheetah are often seen too. Rare species of antelope such as the regal Sable and Roan are highlights for any safari lover as are the smaller nocturnal species such as bat eared foxes and aardwolf.
As with all our safari camps, we will enjoy twice daily activities, delectable meals and excellent service.
On our last morning we say a sad goodbye to what has undoubtedly been a trip of a lifetime and take our last flight over the vast wilderness of northern Botswana to Kasane border post where our journey comes to an end.