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Tauck Luxury Escorted Tours 2014 – Botswana, South Africa & Zambia

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Botswana, South Africa & Zambia

2014 Prices From: $8,890 plus on-tour air for 12 Days – Tauck World Discovery

Overview

One of our most compelling trips in Botswana and South Africa tours some of the continent’s most spectacular wildlife reserves. Start with a two-night stay in Livingstone, Zambia – where you’ll walk with teenage lions, visit remarkable Victoria Falls, and begin a safari adventure that takes you through the awe-inspiring national parks of Zambia and Botswana, home to some of the largest concentrations of big game on the planet, including Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Okavango Delta, and the Makgadikgadi Pans on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Your journey concludes with three nights in Cape Town, South Africa, at the continent’s southernmost tip – a dazzling metropolis of exotic urban life, art, history, and culture. The landscapes you’ll visit (from rainforests and marshlands to savannahs, salt plains and desert) are as diverse and fascinating as the wild creatures that inhabit them, and the variety of means you have to meet them: including safari vehicle, motorboat, vintage steam train and on foot, in the company of a Bushman guide and tracker. Stay in luxury tented camps and five-star luxury hotels, enjoy sundowners under a blazing African sunset, dine at private homes, in elegant hotels and under the stars in the bushveld. With its range of unforgettable safari experiences and closeness of contact with African wildlife and culture, this is the ultimate in South Africa tours!

Itinerary

Day 1 A rail safari & welcome dinner in Livingstone, Zambia

Meals D

Tour begins: 5:00 PM, Royal Livingstone Hotel. Transfers are included from Livingstone Airport to the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia, named for 19th-century missionary and explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, the first European to document the region you’ll discover on these South Africa tours. Check-in is 2:00 pm. Guests wishing to check in prior to this time should arrive the evening before. Settle in at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, a colonial-style luxury hotel on the Zambesi River in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; the hotel’s lounges and shaded verandahs evoke the elegance of a bygone era. Join us this evening for our welcome reception and dinner during a romantic journey through the bushveld aboard a vintage 1920s steam train. View the park’s wildlife (which includes big game like elephants, giraffes, and zebras) from the stylish comfort of elegantly restored Pullman lounge and dining cars as you enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a five-course gourmet dinner – a rail safari in high style.

Lodging: The Royal Livingstone

Day 2 Take an amazing “walk with lions” & a Victoria Falls walking tour

Meals B, L, D

Visit a reserve where lions are raised to be reintroduced into the wild. The teenage lions are accustomed to humans, so you can enjoy the unique thrill of walking with the pride*; get up close as they romp with one another, relax together, or learn to stalk prey (an experience you won’t find on many South Africa tours!) Later, follow the sound of roaring water on a walking tour to Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”) which Livingstone named Victoria Falls. The site where the mile-wide Zambesi River plunges into Bakota Gorge, more than 350 feet deep, sending billowing spray skyward like inverted rain – and creating multiple skyhigh rainbows – is one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Lodging: The Royal Livingstone

Day 3 On to Botswana & the Okavango Delta

Meals B, L, D

A ferry transports you across the Zambezi River from Zambia to Botswana this morning, where you’ll embark on a motorboat safari on the Chobe River. After lunch, hop a flight to the Moremi Game Reserve on the Okavango River, in the world’s largest inland delta, and settle into your lodge on the Khwai River. During seasonal flooding, the delta swells to three times its size, becoming an oasis in an arid country and attracting wildlife – and predators, including lions and leopards. You’ll have a unique chance to view the wildlife after dark on a night safari before dinner this evening.

Lodging: Khwai River Lodge

Day 4 Walking safari in the Moremi Game Reserve

Meals B, L, D

Tauck’s South Africa tours include days of optional activities. This morning, choose between a game drive or a walking safari* with local guides who demonstrate their knowledge and skills in tracking animals in the bush (where you’ll be on a more equal footing with the big game you seek). Return to camp for lunch and leisure; enjoy the spa, or watch the passing parade of wildlife on the floodplains from the comfort of your own private deck, before embarking on another game drive this afternoon.

Lodging: Khwai River Lodge

Day 5 Village life of the San Bushmen or a game drive

Meals B, L, D

The indigenous people known as San Bushmen have occupied Southern Africa for many thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, and are considered to have the world’s oldest culture. Today, you have the choice of a game drive or a visit to a San village for a unique look at everyday life. Learn about their traditions, marriage customs, village government, music and medicine, and their famous ancient rock paintings.

Lodging: Khwai River Lodge

Day 6 Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans at the edge of the Kalahari

Meals B, L, D

Fly from Okavango to Maun, then from Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans, the salt plains at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. A parched wasteland most of the year, seasonally the plains come alive with water and grass, drawing spectacular herds of wildebeest and zebra, as well as springboks, vultures, eagles, flamingoes, and hyenas. From your deluxe tented camp, venture out on a game drive or take a walking safari with the local San Bushmen, learning how they use their legendary hunting and survival skills in this usually inhospitable environment.

Lodging: Camp Kalahari

Day 7 Meet the meerkats & an ancient baobab in the Kalahari Desert

Meals B, L, D

“Meerkat” is Dutch for “lake cat,” which seems odd, since the meerkat is not a cat and it lives in a desert. But you’ll find the name somehow suits these hyperactive, charming creatures as you encounter them on their daily routine, digging for termites, frolicking, and standing at attention, forever on the lookout for predators. The meerkat families you’ll meet today have no fear of humans; in fact, they’ve been known to climb on visitors’ heads for a better vantage point (one of many potential photo ops on these Botswana and South Africa tours). Later, venture into the Kalahari for a visit to Chapman’s Baobab, a large tree believed to be over 1,000 years old that is the only landmark for miles; an indispensable navigating tool for nomads and explorers in the desert, it once served as a mail drop for travelers en route from Cape Town to Cairo. Enjoy free time at camp in the afternoon before a trip out to the salt pan in a 4-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle (ATV)* for sundowners and a breathtaking African sunset.

Lodging: Camp Kalahari

Day 8 A game drive or walking safari

Meals B, L, D

Today you’ll go on either the game drive or the fascinating walking safari with the San Bushmen in Makgadikgadi Pans as described in day 6. Both experiences really give you the full picture of daily life in this extraordinary region, and delve into both human and natural history. Lunch in camp is followed by an informative lecture on the local meerkat population. This evening, bid farewell to Camp Kalahari with a reception and dinner.

Lodging: Camp Kalahari

Day 9 From Botswana to Cape Town via Johannesburg

Meals B

Fly today from the Makgadikgadi airstrip to Maun, then on to Johannesburg, South Africa for a flight to Cape Town, where you’ll spend three nights One&Only Cape Town. Your aptly-named hotel is one of a kind, an urban oasis designed around a series of artificial islands, offering contemporary glamour with an African accent and stunning views of Table Mountain and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where you can enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

Lodging: One&Only Cape Town

Day 10 Spend the day in Cape Town on Africa’s southern tip

Meals B, D

The continent’s most urbane, visually exciting and eclectic city, Cape Town nestles in a setting of breathtaking beauty, between an azure sea and a range of peaks dominated by Table Mountain. The city’s mix of modern towers and ornate colonial architecture is as diverse as the many cultures (Dutch, French, British, African, Africaans, Malaysian, and Indian) that blend in the vast enclave known as the City Bowl. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, a fortress built in 1679, when the city was only a far-flung outpost of the Dutch East India Company. Idle in The Company Gardens, a botanical refuge that was originally the site of a vegetable farm that supplied the East India Company’s ships. Nearby is the Slave Lodge (now a Cultural History Museum), once a compound for the hundreds of imported slaves that tended the farm. History and contemporary culture blend in the high energy of Green Market Square, a haven of colorful open-air markets, artists, street musicians, and tribal dancers. Lunch at a café on your own, return to your hotel, or explore the maritime heritage of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a promenade of shops, tall ships and historical buildings along the working harbor. Then join us this evening at a private home for a traditional braai (barbecue) under a stunning Cape Town sunset.

Lodging: One&Only Cape Town

Day 11 Seal Island, sharks & the Cape of Good Hope

Meals B, L, D

Set sail this morning for Seal Island, a rock off the coast that is home to thousands of fur seals… and a magnet for the Great White Sharks that leap out of the water to grab them (it doesn’t get much wilder than this). Arrive at the Cape Point Nature Reserve – home to antelope, zebra, ostrich, baboons, and breathtaking seascapes – in time for lunch overlooking False Bay. Later, a funicular will carry you up to the Old Lighthouse that watches over the ironically-named Cape of Good Hope; the Portuguese explorer who first navigated these treacherous waters where two oceans converge originally named it “the Cape of Storms,” a warning validated by the many shipwrecks strewn along its coast. Please join us tonight for a farewell reception followed by dinner in the hotel.

Lodging: One&Only Cape Town

Day 12 Homeward bound

Meals B

This most extraordinary of South Africa tours ends: Cape Town. Tauck’s South Africa tours conclude this morning with a transfer from the One&Only Cape Town to Cape Town Airport for your journey home. Fly home anytime. Allow at least 3 hours for flight check-in.

Fares & Dates

Date Price for Triple Price for Double Price for Single
June 15, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

June 29, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

July 13, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

August 24, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

August 31, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

September 14, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

October 5, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

October 12, 2014

$9,698

$9,890

$12,014

November 2, 2014

$8,698

$8,890

$11,014

 

Group size limited to 20! All departures are limited to 20 guests to ensure a more intimate safari experience.

Tauck Value Includes

  • Intimate safari groups limited to just 20 Tauck guests; 6-passenger, open-top vehicles with window seats for everyone on game drives led by expert safari guides!
  • A welcome dinner rail journey through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park aboard a vintage 1920s steam train, in elegantly restored Pullman lounge and dining cars, gourmet dinner included
  • Visit to a village of San Bushmen in Botswana for a close-up look at their life and culture
  • Visit to the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release center in Zambia for interaction with young lions
  • Visit to a Meerkat colony in the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Three nights in a traditional, authentic safari camp in deluxe tents on the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • A traditional braai (barbecue) dinner with drinks and good company at a private home in Cape Town
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 29 meals (11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, admissions fees, taxes and porterage

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