Romantic Africa (16 day/ 15 night)
From US$ 10 745 per person sharing, based on two people travelling in low season
Kwara Camp – Okavango Delta
Lagoon Camp – Private Reserve
Tongabezi – Livingstone (the Victoria Falls)
Benguerra Lodge – Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, where, having cleared customs and immigration, and collected your luggage, you will be met in the Arrivals Hall a representative of Ellerman House. He will assist you with your luggage, and then transfer you by road to the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay, and on to Ellerman House, around 30 minutes away from the Airport.
This superb luxury “home from home” luxury hotel is the quintessential location for discerning guests accustomed to the finer pleasures of life. The true splendour of Ellerman House rests in faithful preservation of its historical architecture, combined with discreet hospitality and efficient service reflecting the ambience experienced only in the comfort and familiarity of home.
Unsurpassed, sweeping views from Bantry Bay across the Atlantic Ocean to Robben Island are a privileged pleasure from the private balconies and the unrivalled lawned terraces surrounding the large, heated swimming pool. Ellerman House is one of only two Relais & Chateaux hotels in Cape Town and one of only 14 purple shield hotels in the world.
Ellerman House is an idyllic location for your Honeymoon – time to linger over an evening aperitif on the terrace under the deep blue starry night of the Southern Hemisphere and listen to the romance of the Atlantic, while savouring seafood cuisine and local vintage extraordinaire.
Situated in the gardens of Ellerman House, is the Ellerman Spa.
At Ellerman House you will be accommodated in one of their individually decorated rooms, with original art on the walls, while complimentary whisky and sherry is decanted into beautiful cut glass decanters. Modern conveniences such as under floor heating, air conditioning, satellite television, heated towel rails, luxurious toiletries, Internet connections and other technological treats are mandatory, allowing guests to indulge in the pleasure of sheer relaxation.
During your stay at Ellerman House, your breakfasts are included in the price. Complimentary teas, coffees, spirits and beer and selected House Wines are also included. Dinners and lunches, may be settled directly.
Days 2, 3 and 4
Over these three days, we have included the following tours of the Cape into your Itinerary:
A half day tour of Table Mountain and the city centre
A half day tour to Robben Island
A full day tour to Cape Point and the Cape Peninsula
A full day tour to the Winelands, including 3 wine tasting
Ellerman House will arrange for your to be transferred back to Cape Town International Airport, in time to connect with your flight British Airways flight to Johannesburg Airport, where you will connect with your Air Botswana flight to Maun Airport in Botswana.
Flight BP212 departs Johannesburg at 10h10, arriving in Maun at 11h50.
After clearing customs and immigration at Maun Airport, you will be met by a representative of Delta Air, who will accompany you to the light aircraft for your for your charter flight to Kwara Camp, around 25 minutes away.
Arrive at Kwara Camp airstrip where you will be met by a representative of the lodge, and driven the 10 minutes to the Camp.
Kwara Camp is located in the remote northern part of the stunning Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve. Kwara encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from the clear Delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands.
The eight luxury safari-style tents are built on raised decks, within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Resident hippos will generally serenade you year round from the water on the floodplain in front of the camp. Each tent has its own viewing deck, private en-suite facilities including hot and cold running showers, flush toilets and modern amenities.
The forested island on which the camp sits is typical of those encountered throughout the vast 1.6 million hectares of the Okavango Delta. At Kwara, you will discover why the Okavango is considered one of the ecological wonders of Africa and indeed the world.
Lunch will be served after your arrival, followed by an afternoon activity and dinner.
Due to the specific location of the camp, Kwara is able to offer, power boating, mokoro (dug out canoe) trips, walks and game drives – all year round. In addition Kwara is in a large private concession enabling the game drives to operate both off road and at night. The presence of permanent water ensures year round game viewing and also allows mokoro trips in shallow water throughout the year. Kwara has a double-deck pontoon boat which allows guests to get very close to birds and animals for up-close photography and game viewing. Well-trained, armed guides will also conduct game walks through the islands of the Delta and transfer their knowledge to their guests. Fishing at Kwara is also superb and the famed Tiger Fish, as well as Bream, Catfish and Pike are frequent catches. Kwara subscribes to the catch and release policy.
The area is home to an astounding array of animal and bird life, including Lion, Hyena, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog. There are good populations of Elephant, Buffalo and Zebra and over 300 species of birds. Antelope species are prolific with good populations of the rare sable antelope. Trips to the wondrous Gadikwe Lagoon – one of the largest breeding colonies on Botswana, are an absolute must. In season (from September to December), you will see thousands of birds and their young in their annual nesting grounds with amazing interactions. It is here that guests will most appreciate the double-deck boat as they are able to peer into the birds’ nests from above.
After an early morning activity and breakfast, you will be collected from Kwara Camp airstrip, and chartered to Lagoon Camp (40 minutes) in the beautiful Linyanti Reserve.
Located in the 2,320 square kilometre Kwando concession, Lagoon camp is situated on the shady banks of the Kwando River in Botswana, in a private wilderness area amongst African Ebony and Marula trees. The Kwando Reserve is located just west of the Linyanti Reserve and includes 80 kilometres of river frontage, wonderful floodplains, and woodlands to the west of the Kwando River.
Lagoon camp accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 comfortably appointed twin or double bedded safari style tents. The tents have en-suite facilities, his and hers basins, flush toilets and a spacious outside shower. Each tent overlooks the lagoon in front of the camp. Hot water is propane-heated, ensuring a supply no matter what the weather or time of day. The tents feature extra long, extra thick mattresses for that extra peaceful sleep. Double beds can be made up upon request. Three meals per day are offered and all wines, alcoholic drinks, beverages and cool drinks are included. There is a small plunge pool for cooling off. Complimentary laundry services are provided.
At Lagoon Camp, the activities concentrate on open vehicle game drives and boat cruises. A special feature of Lagoon Camp is the river boat experience. The flow of the river enables the boat – double-deck – to drift with the flow in silence – perfect for bird watching and game viewing. Game walks are on offer but are at the guides’ discretion due to the concentrations of Elephant. Lagoon Camp offers off road and night game drives, allowing guests to see the fascinating nocturnal wildlife in the area.
Fishing is also a specialty here and those who are keen will have an opportunity to catch the fighting Tiger Fish, Bream, Catfish and Pike. Fishing can be done from the front of your tent due to its situation, but the camp subscribes to the catch and release policy, but exceptions can be made if you wish to eat your fish.
The Kwando area has a large variety of wildlife but is most noted for its very large Elephant populations. There is rarely a time where one cannot view at least some Hippos and Elephants without even leaving the camp. Lagoon has had a Wild Dog den every year for the past 6 years so is probably now one of the best (if not the best) camps in Africa for Dogs. There are good numbers of Impala, Lechwe, Kudu, Zebra, Giraffe, Sitatunga, Sable, Roan, Waterbuck, Buffalo, Bushbuck and the smaller antelope. The major predators such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena are resident and regularly sighted. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for the numerous and diverse species of birds.
Seasonally, large herds of elephant drink daily from the bank of the Lagoon in full view of the guests. Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the Lagoon right in front of the guest tents. Lagoon has a well earned reputation for big game herds, especially in winter, with many hundreds of elephant, buffalo herds into the thousands and numerous hippo pods – scattered in the ox bows and river channels. These vast herds attract the big predators in large numbers. The Lions of Kwando are famous for their Elephant, Hippo and Buffalo kills.
Night drives allow guests a chance to see the nocturnal species such as Civet, Large- and Small-spotted Genet, Honey Badger, and Spring Hare. Nocturnal birding, especially Owls, is also excellent here. Lagoon Camp also delivers the specials like Aardwolf, Aardvark, Honey badger, Serval, Caracal and Selous Mongoose quite regularly.
After an early morning activity and breakfast at Lagoon Camp, you will be driven to the Airstrip for your charter flight to Kasane Airport (50 minutes), where a representative of Wild Horizons Transfer Company will meet you, drive you to the Kazungula border crossing, boat you across the Chobe River, and then drive you on to Tongabezi Lodge, situated on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. This transfer will take approximately one hour and forty minutes. You will be required to purchase visas for Zambia at the border crossing, and the cost will depend on your passport nationalities.
Tongabezi Lodge is set in a secluded, tranquil grove of African ebony trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream from Victoria Falls, Zambia, with an emphasis on romance and highly personalised service.
You will be accommodated in a spectacular “House” with magnificent views of the river and with a private veranda.
Tongabezi has a lounge and dining area, swimming pool and grass tennis court.
All your meals and drinks are included whilst at Tongabezi.
Visit the Cultural Village, Handicraft markets, museum or the sponsored school. Relax at the rock-faced swimming pool, play a game of lawn tennis or croquet. Take a canoe or boat and glide by the pods of hippo, watch the crocs and elephant on the water’s edge, as buck prance through the forests. Listen to the trill of hundreds of species of bird and the shrill call of the eagles. Or visit the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. All these activities are included during your stay.
After breakfast at Tongabezi, and some more leisure time, you will be transferred by road to Livingstone Airport (25 minutes), where you will board a Zambian Airways flight to Johannesburg International Airport, arriving late afternoon.
After immigration formalities, you may take the Airport shuttle service to the 5 Star D`Oreale Grande Hotel, situated only 10 minutes from the Airport.
At the D`Oreale Grande Hotel, you will be accommodated in a double Classic Room with en-suite facilities. Your breakfast will be included during your stay, and you may dine at one of the restaurants at the hotel, or at one of the numerous restaurants within the Caesar’s Complex.
Take the Airport shuttle service back to Johannesburg International Airport, where you will report to the check-in counter for your Pelican Air flight to Mozambique. Flight PDF400 departs Johannesburg at 10h20, arriving in Vilanculos at 12h30. You will be required to purchase a visa for Mozambique upon your arrival, at a cost of US$30 per person.
After clearing customs, you will be chartered in a light aircraft to the island of Benguerra and on to Benguerra Island Lodge, the ultimate Mozambique island getaway.
Benguerra Island Lodge offers an exclusive African island experience with barefoot luxury. The lodge is small and intimate, offering a personalised and individual service. Superb food and simple yet stylish décor in a pristine marine environment, arguably the very best location in the Archipelago!
Gorgeous African sunsets, solitude and peace are a reality at Benguerra. Guests can choose to do as little, or as much, as they want… Relax on unspoiled and uncrowded beaches or dive the pristine, uncharted depths. Take a walk through the indigenous forest and enjoy excellent bird watching, or have a castaway picnic on a remote stretch of beach. Spend hours teasing the fish on fly or indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy massage.
The Lodge is situated on the protected North West side of Benguerra Island (Bazaruto Archipelago). ± 900km North of Maputo and 435km South of Beira
At Benguerra Island Lodge you will be accommodated in a spacious Casita, luxurious and very private, with beautiful sea views (80m² under thatch). They have a comfortable lounge area, tastefully appointed to relax in. They have 100 m² of private timber deck, with plunge pool and outdoor dining Gazebo for starlit dinners. Plantation shutter windows and doors, fan and mosquito net, en-suite bathrooms with bath & shower. (Toilet separate). Outdoor shower with beautiful mosaic art work. They have a mini bar and Tea & Coffee facilities and have direct beach access from the deck.
The Main Lodge consists of a large Reception Area and Gift Shop, an Expansive Lounge and Bar, Dining Room and Library – all with large wooden decks and indoor and outdoor seating areas. There is also a Swimming Pool and small Spa.
Days 13, 14 and 15
Activities at Benguerra Island include:
Scuba Diving / Snorkelling
Saltwater Fly Fishing / Deep-sea Fishing
Landrover Trips / Island tours
Dhow Cruising / Sea Kayaking
Day trips on Stiletto, our 38ft catamaran
Castaway picnics / Beachcombing
Bird Watching / Walking
Fishing at the Lodge is excellent. Game fish such as King-, Queen- and Spanish Mackerel, Kawakawa, Kingfish, Queenfish and Sailfish can be caught all year round. Marlin season is November-March. A specialty is Saltwater Fly Fishing. They have a strict “catch and release” policy.
Diving & Snorkelling:
Benguerra has a fully equipped dive centre with a certified Instructor. All equipment is provided. There are numerous reefs to explore with a stunning diversity of coral, fish, rays, turtles and small sharks. Resort courses are offered for first timers. Dolphins are often seen in the bay, Whales migrate along the coast from July to September and occasionally, if they’re lucky, Guests might see Whale Sharks or Dugongs.
After breakfast at Benguerra Island, you will be flown back to Vilanculos Airport in time to connect with the Pelican Air back to Johannesburg. Flight PDF401, departs at 14h00, arriving in Johannesburg at 16h30.
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