Victoria Falls & South Africa 2022.
Dates to be announced. Trip will be in September, 2022.
In order to leverage for better rates and better numbers in vehicles our group will have 16. We only have four spots left.
We will land in Johannesburg, stay one night at Southern Sun Hotel, then fly out to Victoria Falls. Our main adventure starts with "The Smoke that Thunders" Two days of activities around Victoria Falls.
Some of the activites on offer from our base at Ilala Lodge are as follows:
• Helicopter tour over the falls
• Walking tour of the falls
• Boma Drums Dinner- A cultural dinner with drums and entertainment will be booked for our first night.
• Shopping in both towns of Livingstone and Victoria Falls are options.
• Victoria Falls rainbow photography tour.
• For the adrenaline junkies, they may be interested in bungie jumping off the bridge, the zip line over the falls, white water rafting or going for a dip in the Devils Pool on the Zambia side.
• A Dinner cruise down the Zambezi river will be booked for those interested. Or a breakfast, lunch or sundowner cruise. can be arranged.
• Zambezi river fishing
Ilala Lodge We will be staying at the luxurious Ilala Lodge. Closest hotel to the falls with walking proximity to shopping in the town of Victoria Falls
Next we will take a short transfer to Namibia for a day of water game drives at Chobe Savanna Lodge.
Chobe Savanna Lodge For a safari change of pace we will start our safaris at a lodge that only offers game drives on the river. The Chobe National Park is world renowned for Africa's largest elephant population.
Here we will photograph elephants and other animals as they come to the river for a drink or maybe a swim. The photographers will be looking for beautiful water reflection images. On the afternoon game drive we'll enjoy a surreal sunset then a stunning sunrise during our morning game drive on the Chobe river. We will be at the Chobe Savanna lodge for one night. *The first six people to send in deposits will stay in the river facing rooms. (They will have first choice in rooms in the various lodges).
Back To Johannesburg A quick flight back to Johannesburg, an overnight stay at Southern Sun then a short flight out to the Sabi Sands for the South African safari portion of the trip.
Sabi Sands, South Africa
Sabi Sands is made up of a collection of private game reserves. Together these reserves provide very strong big five game viewing and the best leopard viewing in the world. Other South African reserves have good to great game viewing, but as the professional wildlife photographers will tell you, no other game reserves in South Africa have the density of game that you will find in the Sabi Sands.
For those of you who have been on an HW Photo & Safaris trip in Kenya, you will find that this trip compliments the Kenya trip nicely. In addition to the big five, we will see different antelope than they have in Kenya like kudu, stenbuck, nyala and if we're lucky we might see sable. Sabi Sands also has a healthy wild dog population. Mala Mala has four packs of wild dogs that frequent the property, so there is a good chance we will see wild dogs either at Mala Mala, Nottens or possibly on both concessions. Within the Sabi Sands we will be staying four nights at Nottens then four nights at Mala Mala.
Nottens Bush Camp Nottens is a quaint family-run safari lodge with excellent game viewing. They are known for their old-fashioned charm and family values.
Rates are fully inclusive of three meals, accommodation, two game drives and bush walk per day, local soft drinks, house wines and beers are included.
Excluded are special wines, champagne and spirits, massages and items from the shop.
Mala Mala Mala Mala Game Reserve is one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa. It is one of the best reserves for leopard viewing in the Sabi Sands and boasts the largest segment of river of any camp in the Sabi Sands. Mala Mala is also one of the few private reserves that doesn't share traversing wtih several other camps. On 70% of this property, the concession is not shared with any other camps. This ensures the animals aren't stressed and guests enjoy a more genuine wildlife experience. Mala Mala shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park allowing the animals to wander freely throughout this area.
We will spend the final four days of our trip at Mala Mala.
Mala Mala accommodations include:
• Air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation
• All meals and snacks
• Drinks (excluding premium brands)
• Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger
• Nature walks
• Transfers to/from the MalaMala Game Reserve
• Limited laundry service
Itinerary Broken Down: Meet in Johannesburg
Day One: Fly out to Victoria Falls and check in to Ilala Lodge, tour of falls then Boma and Drums Dinner
Day Two: Ilala Lodge- Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls & other activitites.
Day Three: Check out of Ilala Lodge and transfer to Chobe Savanna Lodge in Namibia.
Day Four: Fly back to Johannesburg- Stay overnight
Day Five: Fly out to Sabi Sands
Day Six through ten- Nottens Bush Camp
Day Ten through fourteen- Mala Mala
Day Fourteen- fly back to Johannesburg
Johannesburg Day Room & Farewell Dinner
*Depending upon the size of our group and how many excursions people are interested in doing in Victoria Falls we may add on one more day in Victoria Falls. That will add another $200 to the cost of the trip. This decision will need to be made when the trip is booked.
*Some people may prefer to do a Cape Town/ Southern Africa extension instead of Victoria Falls. Those people will continue on their trip after the Sabi Sands portion is done.
Trip Cost: $9,550.00 U.S. per person based on double occupancy.
*Please note that $9550.00 is not the definite trip cost, but an idea as to what the cost would be if we went this year. We will book and send in our first deposits as soon as the lodges allow us to. Sometimes we can lock in our rates in advance that way. The trip cost will be updated when we have a locked-in rate. Some lodges will increase by up to 7-10% per year. Others may remain constant.
Option 1: Victoria Falls & Sabi Sands
Option 2: Sabi Sands only
Option 3: Sabi Sands and South Africa extension.
Option 4: Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands, then South African Extension.
*I haven't looked into a South African extension yet. If anyone is interested, I'll get to work on it.
For the Sabi Sands portion only:
Guests can choose to meet up with us in Johannesburg at Southern Sun Hotel and only partake of the South Africa safari portion of the trip. This portion of the trip is $8200.00 US. per person based on double occupancy. It includes one night in Johannesburg, internal flights, four nights at Nottens Bush Camp and four nights at Mala Mala, return flights to Johannesburg, ground transfers, taxes and levies.
• All meals at Chobe Savanna Lodge
• All meals at Nottens Bush Camp
• All meals at Mala Mala
• All internal flights
• All land transfers
• International Travel
• Lunches In Johannesburg
• All lunches and dinners at Victoria Falls
• Lunch and dinner on travel day back to and at Johannesburg.
• Personal items and souvenirs
• All excursions in Victoria Falls
• Victoria Falls and Zambia Park Fees
• Trip interruption & cancelation insurance.