2019 Africa Wine and Wildlife: Botswana, South Africa and Namibia

Nov 22, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 (Namibia pre-trip Nov 22 - Dec 3, 2019)



Photos: © Wolfgang Kaehler, http://phototours.us

 

After my first Wine and Wildlife trip in 2016 I received many request for a second one. I also have been asked for a trip to Namibia which I have visited many times and believe that it is a beautiful place for the photographer and traveler. Namibia can be booked separately without the Wine and Wildlife trip. Below you will find the details for the Namibia and the Africa Wine and Wildlife trip going to the best game reserves in South Africa and Botswana. For those of you who have traveled with me to Botswana before it will be a totally different experience because November and December will be the best time to see the baby animals and migratory birds. At this time the landscape will be green with short grasses and we might experience short afternoon showers and hopefully beautiful rainbows.

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Trip Details

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Namibia pre-trip which also can be taken as a separate trip

DAY 1, Nov 22, 2019
Leave home on flights arriving in Cape Town on Nov. 23rd

DAY 2, Nov 23, 2019
Private road transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Victoria and Alfred Hotel.

DAY 3, Nov 24, 2019 – B,L,D
Private road transfer from Victoria and Alfred Hotel to Cape Town International Airport
FLIGHT Cape Town International Airport to Hosea Kutako International Airport. On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport and after clearing customs & immigration, we will be transferred by small plane to Little Kulala.

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation: Little Kulala
Luxurious desert retreat and gateway to Sossusvlei’s dunes

DAY 3-4, Nov 24-25, 2019 – B,L,D
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 27 000-hectare

(67 000-acre) Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the gateway to Namibia’s Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Desert-adapted wildlife in the area is fascinating and is another dimension of this truly spectacular place.
Accommodation consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas” (the word means ‘to sleep’) which merge impeccably into the desert landscape, each with private plunge pool, both indoor and outdoor showers and a rooftop star bed for romantic star gazing. An elegant entertainment area includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas. Little Kulala’s interiors make use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light and takes its inspiration

from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei.

Visit to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
World-famous Sossusvlei is the name of an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that flush red in the early morning sun – as well as the name of the area in general. Close to the Sossusvlei pan is Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but now all that remains are the skeletons of trees reach up out of the cracked earth.

DAY 5, Nov 26, 2019 – B,L,D
Transfer from Little Kulala to Doro Nawas Airstrip via Swakopmund Airport. On arrival at Doro Nawas Airstrip, you will be met and transferred to Hoanib Skeleton Coast.

Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 5 -7, Nov 26-28, 2019 – B,L,D
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.

The camp consists of seven large tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.

Highlights
Vast, remote, isolated wilderness offering excellent viewing of Namibia’s distinctive desert-adapted wildlife. Diverse activities showcase spectacular scenery, unexpected oases and enormous sand dunes.

DAY 8, Nov 29, 2019 – B,L,D
We will be transferred from Doro Nawas airstrip to Ongava Lodge.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
Ongava Lodge is one of Namibia’s premier lodges on one of the country’s most important private game reserves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 8 – 10, Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2019 – B,L,D
The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Placed as it is close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.

Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.

Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.

DAY 11, Dec 3, 2019 – B,L,D
We will be transferred to the airstrip for the flight from Ongava Lodge to Windhoek Airport, and connect to the flight from Hosea Kutako International Airport to Cape Town International Airport. Private road transfer from Cape Town Airport to Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

Accommodation: Victoria and Alfred Hotel

South Africa and Botswana Safari

Day 1, Dec. 1, 2019
Leave home on a flight arriving in Cape Town on Dec. 2, 2019

Day 2, Dec. 2, 2019 Private road transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Victoria and Alfred Hotel.

DAY 3 – 5, Dec 3-5, 2019 – B,L,D
Touring Cape Town

View of colorful beach houses on the beach at Muizenberg near Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town is one of Southern Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities, retaining a strong European flavor with its historic colonial buildings, beautiful public gardens, eclectic cuisine and Mediterranean climate. The scenery is superb and the views from Table Mountain over the rugged coastline of the cape and the historic waterfront are truly spectacular. From the city it’s easy to explore the surrounding countryside, renowned for its distinctive Cape Dutch architecture and elegant wine estates. The beaches are dramatic and the sea invigorating, though swimming on the Atlantic coast is not for the faint-hearted. Cape Town is the perfect base for anyone wishing to explore this part of South Africa, for those in search of a little modern African luxury – and for fabulous food and wine.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: The beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens cover an area of 528 hectares with 36 hectares of cultivated garden. The gardens are a celebration of South African flora – showcasing only indigenous South African plants. Fynbos, proteas, cycads and rolling lawns are intermingled with streams and ponds and well-laid out pathways for easy walking. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular.

Table Mountain: Table Mountain with its flat top is one of the most noticeable and popular attractions of Cape Town. Known as the city’s landmark, the mountain is a part of the Table Mountain National Park, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The top of the mountain offers fantastic views of the city center, Lions Head, the former prison island “Robben Island” and the southern suburbs. Table Mountain is also well known for its diversity of indigenous plants. The mountain, consisting of sandstone on the upper part, is home to more than 2000 species of plants. Many of these are endemic, including the Cape fynbos, the Silver Tree and different kinds of proteas. The cable car rotates slowly when going up and down; you can enjoy great 360° views during the trip.

Cape Point – Cape of Good Hope: The legendary Cape of Good Hope is the southwestern tip of Africa and is also part of the Table Mountain National Park. When the Portuguese explorer and navigator Bartolomeu Diás reached the southwestern tip at the end of the 15th century, he described the coast as the “Cape of Storms”. Today, Cape Point is not only known worldwide for its history, but also for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique flora and fauna. Part of the journey leads you along the coast and the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, a famous coastal road with breath-taking views.

Penguin colony at Boulders Beach: Situated on the False Bay coast and on the outskirts of Simon’s Town you will find the famous African penguin

Cape Winelands: We will explore the historic wine regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Constantia, with David van Niekerk as our host on tour for the day. David van Niekerk is the winemaker and owner of High Constantia Winery & Vineyard. David will introduce us to the winemakers, estate owners and personalities at some of South Africa’s premier estates. We will learn first-hand about this vibrant industry, its colorful history and traditions and savor the wonderful wines that showcase the unique terroirs of the Cape in a myriad of styles, from classic old world favorites to fruit-driven “early drinking” new world wines. Our unique wine tour includes wine tasting unavailable to the general public at private premier wine estates not generally open to the public –which will ensure an insiders’ view into some of the best estates in the area.

DAY 5, Dec 6, 2019 – B,L,D
Flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit and transfer to Tinstwalo Safari Lodge
Accommodation: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 5 – 7, Dec 6-8, 2019 – B,L,D
Tintswalo Safari Lodge is located in the Manyeleti Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

Situated in woodland alongside a seasonal sand river, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is a high-end camp which has richly decorated Victorian style public areas leading out onto decks and an outside dining boma, plus a separate spa building. Guest accommodation is in six large guest suites, each with unheated plunge pools. The hosting is elegant and the prices are relatively keen for somewhere of this standard.

Activities are centered on vehicle safari. Wildlife viewing in this Manyeleti area is reasonably reliable year round.

DAY 8, Dec 9, 2019 – B,L,D
Flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
Accommodation: Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

DAY 9, Dec 10, 2019 – B,L,D
Flight from Johannesburg to Maun on Air Botswana and after clearing customs and immigration, we will fly to Xigera Camp.
Accommodation : Xigera Camp

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 9 – 10, Dec 10-11, 2019 – B,L,D
Xigera Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana: The idyllic heart of the Okavango Delta

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) lies on the aptly named Paradise Island, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. For much of the year this magnificent area epitomizes the permanently flooded section of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, a multitude of clear water channels and expansive floodplains.
There are nine raised luxury tents with en-suite facilities – and superb views of the classic Okavango Delta floodplains that surround the camp. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, bar and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool in which to cool off.
Highlights

The Okavango Delta is a true wetland paradise and a delight for birdwatchers and lovers of tranquil beauty. It is the best place in the Delta to see the elusive sitatunga antelope and earn about the fascinating formation of the incredible Okavango Delta.

DAY 11, Dec 12, 2019 – B,L,D
Flight to Gomoti Plains Camp
Accommodation : Gomoti Plains Camp

 

 

 

 

 

The Gomoti Plains is located in a community run concession, on the edge of the Gomoti river system southeast of the Okavango Delta. The Gomoti tree is locally known as the water fig and grows alongside waterways in the Okavango delta. It’s a smallish tree which sometimes grows no bigger than a bush. The area is known for its large concentrations of wildlife which thrive on the Gomoti plains and waterways. The Gomoti trees line the waterways and provide excellent cover for nesting water birds such as herons and storks.This exclusive area has been a well-kept secret for many years. The Gomoti region has been the local haunt of many of the older guides and Okavango dwellers who refer to it in nostalgic terms when they used to camp along this river system.This new camp has 10 luxury tents which include 2 luxury family tents and 8 luxury double tents, all with en-suite bathroom facilities.

DAY 11 – 13, Dec 12-14, 2019 – B,L,D
Game drives which explore the realativly untouched area teaming with wildlife.

DAY 14, Dec 15, 2019 – B,L,D
Transfer from Gomoti Plains Camp to Maun Airport, flight to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport connecting with your flights home in the evening.