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2017 Wildflowers of South Africa Tour plus Namibia and Victoria Falls

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South Africa, Namibia and Victoria Falls all included

06 August – 04 September 2017
Escorted by Damian O’Connor
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This tour to Namaqualand in South Africa travels the same route as our previous successful tours to witness the extraordinary sight of the veldt when millions of flowers burst into bloom. See fluro orange, pink, purple, yellow and white carpets of flowers. Travel onto Cape Town – the quintessential melting pot followed by the highlights of Namibia including the unbelievable sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the renowned game park at Etosha.
Continue to Victoria Falls and the Hide Safari Camp in Hwange National Park – another wonderful game viewing opportunity and home to some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
What better than to wake up to the sound of hornbills and robins and sit on your verandah taking in the surrounding scenery?

Damian O'Connor

Tour Escort Damian is the Tours Manager and a Director of Pukekohe Travel. Being a father of four primary aged children he is kept very busy in his spare time but finds time in the summer to enjoy the beach.  This year he entered several sea swim events. Recent escorting has taken Damian on numerous rail tours in New Zealand, the Chathams, Vietnam and Cambodia and recently East Africa and Mongolia and Siberia. 

Itinerary

August 2017
Sunday 06           Auckland – Perth
An afternoon departure on Air New Zealand to Perth. On arrival transfer to a central hotel for an overnight stay.
 
Monday 07           Perth B
After breakfast see the highlights of the city including Kings Park, before travelling south to Freemantle. Explore the attractive town centre before making your way to the boat harbour for a lunch of fresh fish and chips (own expense).
Return to Perth via the coastal road with time to freshen up before a transfer to the airport for an evening flight.
Depart late evening for Johannesburg on South African Airways.

 
Tuesday 08          Johannesburg – Upington D
Arrive in Johannesburg early morning and change terminals for an internal flight to Upington on the banks of the Orange River. On arrival, meet your guide for the next week and transfer to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure to explore this rural town.
Dinner tonight is the first opportunity to relax and meet everyone in the group.

 
Wednesday 09      Upington – Springbok B D
Travel by coach and visit Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. (The falls drop 56m into an 18km gorge). Continue onto Springbok and check into our country accommodation for a two night stay. This is an adventure into the intriguing West Coast region of the Northern Cape to witness an extraordinary spectacle of nature.
In the South African spring over August and September, a brilliant array of diverse wild flowers transform this evocative, semi-arid landscape into an unforgettable portrait of extraordinary colour and beauty. Millions of flowers burst into bloom and carpet the veldt for hundreds of miles. It is a natural festival of colour that is one of the finest shows on the planet. With almost 4,000 species of flowering plant clamouring for space on stage, it is never the same from year to year. Botanists have divided the entire world into just six floral kingdoms South Africa’s Western Cape has one all to itself – that’s 0.04 percent of the surface of the planet.
 
Thursday 10         Springbok – Wildflower touring B D
We continue our spectacular drive amongst the colour, Kokerboom (quiver trees that stand in stark silhouette against the huge African sky) and local history.
 
Friday 11            Springbok – Vredendal B D
Travel south taking side roads to see the best of the flowers before arriving in Vrendendal, on the Olifants River on the southern edge of Little Namaqualand. Check into our Guest House, a working wine farm with a restored farmhouse. Circa 1820.
 
Saturday 12         Vredendal – Cape Town B
Today the landscape changes as Capetown approaches. On arrival check into your hotel for a three night stay.
 
Sunday 13           Cape Town B
Our full day Peninsular tour includes Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Peninsular, Simons Town and Boulders Beach. Lunch at a waterfront restaurant. The afternoon includes the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens nestled at the foot of Table Mountain. The spring display will be unforgettable!
 
Monday 14           Cape Town B L
Our city tour includes Table Mountain (weather permitting), the museum and Cape Castle and driving out of the city through vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.  Lunch is at a wine estate and includes a cellar tour and tasting. Time in the afternoon to browse the shops in Stellenbosch.
              
Tuesday 15          Cape Town - Windhoek (Namibia) B D
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Windhoek and an overnight stay.
 
Wednesday 16      Windhoek – Sesriem Region B D
Our adventure really begins as we travel south and descend from the central plateau to the desert plains of Namibia. Arrive at our accommodation at the magnificent red sand Namib dunes for a two night stay.
 
Thursday 17         Sesriem – Sossusvlei Region B D
Before sunrise, leave the lodge to enter the park with sun rising behind us. Part of the day will be in small 4 x 4 vehicles. The day will provide wonderful photo opportunities at Sossusvlei, return to the lodge with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei with its monumentally high dunes. One of the largest of these star-shaped mountains of sand measured form the base is said to be 325m high! The warm tints of the sand, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, make the dunes a sought-after topic for artists and photographers. One of the most attractive sites surrounding Sossusvlei is Dead Vlei, a combination of seemingly never-ending blue
skies, deep red dunes above the glare of the white clay pan that is dotted with skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees and carbon-dated between 500 and 600 years old. The dunes are shaped by strong multi-directional winds, primarily the southwester and have three to five sinuous crests which meet at the highest point to give them their star shape.

 
Friday 18            Sesriem Region - Swakopmund B D
After breakfast, travel through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, taking a scenic route via the Moon Landscape and see the Welwitschia marabilis, before arriving at the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund.
The Welwitschia is a botanical curiosity and it is restricted to Namib Desert. The Welwitschia has characteristics of both flowering and cone-bearing plants and is classified as Gymnosperm, an ancient plant order that includes cycads and conifers. The tangled leaf-mass creates the impression the plant has numerous leaves, but the only two produced are separate male and female parts. Average sized specimens are between 500 and 600 years old, while the while the giant Welwitschia is estimated to be about 2000 years old. The appropriately names Moon Landscape was formed over millions of years when the river’s thousands of tributaries incised deeply into the soft deposits laid down about 450 million years ago.
 
Saturday 19         Swakopmund B D
Drive to Walvis Bay for a morning half day cruise to see the abundant sea life including seals, flamingos and dolphins.
The afternoon is free to take an optional scenic flight along the coastline known as the Skeleton Coast or spend time in the resort town of Swakopmund.  
Dinner is at a local restaurant – enjoy the occasion as there are no more towns for the next ten days!!

 
Sunday 20           Swakopmund – Khorixas (Damaraland) B D
After breakfast, travel takes us north to the seal colony and then inland into Damaraland.
 
Monday 21           Sightseeing B D
First we visit a traditional Damara village - a tribe that together with Bushmen, were the original inhabitants of Namibia.
We will also the rock engravings at Twylfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and a living Damara Museum.
This treasure house of roughly 2400 rock engravings left by Stone Age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa. South of Twylfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings.
 
Tuesday 22          Khorixas – Outjo (Etosha Park Entrance) B D
Today visit the Petrified Forest and a Himba Village. Continue to our lodge situated close to the world renowned Etosha National Park.
 
Wednesday 23      Outjo – Etosha National Park B D
Enter Etosha National Park and commence our game viewing through the south of the vast Etosha Pan. Continue on to our accommodation in comfortable double rooms and / or bush chalets for two nights.
 
Thursday 24         Etosha National Park B D
A day of game viewing – often a tour highlight.
 
Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government and is now 22,270km2 - one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5,000km2. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which, on most days, shimmers with mirages. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop makes the Etosha game viewing experience unique. Around 114 mammal species and about 340 bird species are found in the park. For the greater part of the year, Etosha’s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities.
 
Friday 25            Etosha – Windhoek B D
We leave Etosha and return to Windhoek a two night stay and a visit to the Tsumeb Museum.
 
Saturday 26         Windhoek B D
This afternoon, travel out of Windhoek to visit Bushman Village. Later return to hotel. Note that the shops in Windhoek are only open until midday on Saturdays.
 
Sunday 27            Windhoek – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) B
Before transferring to the airport, enjoy a city and environs tour. Later depart on Air Namibia for a flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. 
 
Monday 28           Victoria Falls B
A morning walking tour of the falls where you experience one of the wonders of the world close-up. Lunch (own expense) overlooking the falls with the afternoon free for one of the many optional tours available.
Victoria Falls is 1708m wide and the max drop is 107m – a magnificent sight in an unspoilt environment. The local name is ‘Mosi-oa-Tunga’ – (smoke that thunders).
Be prepared to get wet!

 
Tuesday 29          Victoria Falls B D
A day to follow your own interests. Late afternoon depart on a ‘Sundowner Cruise’ on the Zambesi River – see the sunset and perhaps game on the river banks. This evening walk to the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel for dinner and a show.
 
Wednesday 30      Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park B L D
After breakfast drive to ‘The Hide’ in Hwange National Park. At the National Park entrance transfer to 4 x 4 game viewing vehicles and travel to your accommodation deep in the National Park with game viewing en route. Arrive in time for lunch. Settle into your accommodation in tented accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor baths overlooking the waterhole. Late afternoon game drive including a sundowner cruise.
‘The Hide’ has its own waterhole with excellent viewing day and night. This is a great opportunity to relax and watch a myriad of game arriving for a drink – all taking their turn!
 
Thursday 31         Hwange National Park B L D
Morning and afternoon Game drives.
Hwange was set aside as a National Park in 1929 and is 14,650km2. The elephant population is one of the largest in the world and there are more than 100 mammal species and nearly 400 bird species within the park.

 
September
Friday 01            Hwange National Park B
After breakfast return to the National Park gate by 4 x 4 vehicles and transfer to the coach for our return journey to Victoria Falls. Afternoon and evening free.

 
Saturday 02              Victoria Falls – Johannesburg B
A leisurely morning before heading back to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg. Change planes and depart for Perth.
OR Transfer from Hwange Game reserve, cross the border at Kasane into Botswana and begin the Chobe plus Okavango Delta extension.
See Extension Tap

 
Sunday 03           Perth
Change planes and depart on your Air New Zealand flight home.
 
Monday 04           Auckland
Arrive Auckland early morning

*Itinerary subject to change

 
Options: It is possible to have a stop-over in Perth, preferably on the way home or extend your stay in South Africa.

Inclusions

  • Economy airfares: Auckland – Perth – Johannesburg // Perth - Auckland
  • Economy internal flights as specified
  • Eight nights’ accommodation in South Africa with private facilities
  • Twelve nights’ accommodation in Namibia with private facilities
  • Six nights’ accommodation in Zimbabwe
  • Sightseeing and touring as per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dinners and lunches as per itinerary
  • Porterage in Namibia / Zimbabwe / South Africa
  • Bottled water in Namibia
  • Entrance fees to all parks visited in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sundowner Cruise
  • 4 x 4 game viewing in Hwange and Zimbabwe
  • Air conditioned coaches throughout
  • English speaking guides and drivers throughout
  • Escorted by Damian O’Connor - subject to 15 people travelling
 
Exclusions
  • Airline fuel surcharges and airport taxes (approx. NZD625)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa for Zimbabwe (Currently USD30) – payable on arrival

Cost

Cost Per Person * Twin share  NZD

Twin share $14,491
Single supplement +$2,091
Business Class +$5,109
Land only (Johannesburg - Johannesburg) Deduct $2,750
Early Booking Discount
(if deposit paid by 16 December 2016)
$100
Previous International Tour client discount $100
*this is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline surcharges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 06 June 2017
Cancellations and Refunds
  • From date of booking until 06 June 2017 – loss of deposit
  • After 06 June 2017 – no refund
Documentation
  • A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
  • New Zealand passport holders do not require visas for Namibia (an arrival card is completed at Windhoek Airport)
  • A visa for Zimbabwe is required for New Zealand passport holders. This is completed on arrival
  • All passports must have two clear pages when entering South Africa
  • All other passport holders please ask. 

General Information

Weather / Climate - August
  Max°C Min°C
Upington 20 3
Capetown 19 8
Windhoek 25 9
Victoria Falls 30 11
Swakopmund 24 7
Etosha 35 24
                       
Subdued colours are best for the game viewing and layering will be the order of the day. The further inland, the greater the range of temperatures, hotter days and cooler nights. It is very unusual for it to rain in August – even in Capetown!

Health
No special vaccinations are required for the tour
Walking is an important part of the tour and a good standard of fitness is required.

HIV/AIDS
*HIV/Aids are prevalent in Namibia and Zimbabwe. We will ask the group to supply their blood group so in the unlikely event of someone needing blood, we may be able to supply our own. We have done this during the past 18 years and thankfully we have never needed to use this information.

Chobe plus Okavango Delta

Optional Extension     02 – 08 September 2017

September 17
Saturday 02                    Victoria Falls – Chobe B
Transfer from Victoria Falls to Chobe, crossing the border at Kasane into Botswana.
Enjoy two nights at Chobe Safari Lodge (Safari or River room). Afternoon for a game drive, game cruise or relax.
 

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land.
This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations.

 
Sunday 03                     Chobe B L D
An early morning wake-up-call to enjoy a game activity – cruise or drive. Return to the lodge for a leisurely breakfast and relax. The afternoon is yours to relax or enjoy another game cruise or drive.
 

Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River, right on the doorstep is the meeting of: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Lodge has been recently renovated, matching a magical lodge experience to the spectacular game viewing.
Chobe is renowned for its excellent game viewing, especially for herds of elephants which come down to the river to drink.

 

Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a two hour drive from Victoria Falls. It is one of the greatest game reserves in Southern Africa, famous for its elephant numbers. The Chobe
River and Caprivi Flood plains provide a haven for huge herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by lions, hyenas and leopards and the bird life is exceptional.

 
Sunday 04                      Chobe – Kasane – Moremi Crossing (Okavango Delta) B L D
This morning transfer to Kasane airport for a light aircraft flight to Moremi Crossing for two night stay.
 
Monday 05                             Moremi Crossing B L D
A day to either relax or enjoy another game activity.
 

Moremi Crossing is a new 16 tented camp built on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi’s game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief’s Island. Moremi Crossing is a new style safari camp combining luxury with simplicity. This is a 100% eco-friendly development featuring the latest in solar and waste disposal technology.
Accommodation consists of 16 en-suite spacious tents on raised decks, each with their own veranda.

 

The Okavango is an immense river that never meets the sea. Instead, its crystal clear waters spread across the Kalahari Desert, forming Africa’s largest wetland. The Delta is an abundant oasis amid the vast plains and pans of the desert that covers most of Southern Africa.

 

Moremi Game Reserve
The foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves. The reserve is an area of 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest.
The diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands.
The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list.

 
Tuesday 06                     Moremi – Maun – Johannesburg B
This morning a light aircraft flight charter to Maun, connect to a South African Airways flight to Johannesburg. Change planes for flight to Perth and onto Auckland.
Wednesday 07                         Arrive Auckland

Thursday 08                    Arrive Auckland early morning
 
Inclusions
• Transfer from Victoria Falls to Chobe and Chobe to Kasane
• Light aircraft charter plane Kasane to Moremi and Moremi to Maun*
• Two nights all inclusive of meals and game viewing - Chobe Safari Lodge
• Two nights all inclusive of meals and game viewing - Moremi Crossing Tented Camp
• Local brand alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks - Moremi Crossing
• National Park fees

Exclusions
• Items of a personal nature
• Airport departure tax ex Kasane (USD13)
• Gratuities to Lodge staff and guides
• Additional game viewing plus application fees

Cost per person
Twin share                   $4,951
Single Supplement       $1,238
 
*NB: Soft-sided luggage bags are required for this extension - 20kg maximum allowance.
 
* This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
* Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline surcharges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

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