Cape Town, Hwange Safari & Victoria Falls with Nadia Eckhardt
August 03-17, 2018

Overview:

Discover South Africa and Zimbabwe in a small group, fully-guided journey. This 15-day itinerary starts in the captivating city of Cape Town where you will spend a few days exploring the city and its surrounds. From Cape Town, we will travel to Victoria Falls where we will spend our time in luxury safari lodges in some of the most breathtaking and unique surroundings including Hwange National Park and Zambezi National Park. Experience firsthand the heart of South Africa combined with the beauty of Zimbabwe with us!

Please Note: Cape Town, Hwange Safari & Victoria Falls will include a local guide in Cape Town & Rangers in Zimbabwe only for 2-6 confirmed guests. This trip will operate with Nadia Eckhardt as Tour Leader with a minimum of 6 confirmed guests.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive to Cape Town. Meet & Greet and transfer to V&A Waterfront Hotel for overnight.
Day 2: AM ½ day City & Kirstenbosch Tour. PM at leisure. Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel
Day 3: Full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel.
Day 4: Full day Harold Porter & Stony Point Penguins Tour. Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel
Day 5: Fly to Victoria Falls. Transfer to Gorges Lodge for Overnight.
Day 6: Elephant Express game viewing rail car to Camelthorn Lodge for Overnight.
Day 7: Full day on safari in Southern Hwange National Park. Overnight at Camelthorn Lodge.
Day 8: Full day on safari in Southern Hwange National Park. Overnight at Camelthorn Lodge.
Day 9: Elephant Express game viewing rail car to Nehimba Lodge for overnight.
Day 10: Full day on safari in Northern Hwange National Park. Overnight at Nehimba Lodge.
Day 11: Full day on safari in Northern Hwange National Park. Overnight at Nehimba Lodge.
Day 12: Transfer to Zambezi National Park. Overnight at Zambezi Sands River Camp.
Day 13: Full day of safari activities in Zambezi sands. Overnight at Zambezi Sands Camp.
Day 14: Full day of safari activities in Zambezi sands. Overnight at Zambezi Sands Camp.
Day 15: Transfer to Victoria Fall Airport. Depart for home.

Interested in more information? Please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Cape Town, Hwange Safari & Victoria Falls with Nadia Eckhardt
August 03-17, 2018

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 01 – Friday, August 03, 2018 – Arrive to Cape Town – Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel

Arrive to Cape Town International Airport. A Meet & Greet Agent will meet you on arrival (holding a sign with your name on it). Clear Customs, Immigration, collect your luggage and make your way to the arrivals area. You will be met there by a transfer agent (holding a sign with your name on it) who will privately transfer you to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel. On arrival at the hotel you will check in to a Piazza Facing Room for four nights on a B&B basis.

Day 02 – Saturday, August 04, 2018 – AM ½ day City & Kirstenbosch Tour, PM at leisure – Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel

After breakfast at your hotel (included), we will be met by our guide/driver, Mervin who will take us on an AM private Cape Town Half-Day City Tour. We will explore the city of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Our tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course a walk up to Lions Head, as Table Mountain cable car is closed for maintenance. We will make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses before continuing to Kirstenbosch and enjoy walking in this incredibly beautiful spot before enjoying lunch at the Tea Gardens and return to the hotel in the early afternoon. Spend the PM at your leisure. Overnight at V&A Waterfront on a B&B basis.

Day 03 – Sunday, August 05, 2018 – Full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour – Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel

After breakfast at your hotel (included), we will be met by our guide/driver, Mervin who will take us on our full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour in a private touring vehicle. We will start with a drive via the scenic Atlantic coastline, then to Hout Bay, and over Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Take in one of the most stunning sights on the planet, the Cape of Good Hope, known as the southwestern point on the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. Lunch is included at Cape Pont today. Continue the day with a walk along the boardwalk at Boulders Beach, where we will see a lively African penguin colony. After our tour we will be returned to Cape Town for dinner (on own account) and overnight at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis.

Day 04 – Monday, August 06, 2018 – Full day Harold Porter & Stony Point Penguins Tour – Overnight at V&A Waterfront Hotel
After breakfast at your hotel (included) we will be met by our guide/driver, Mervin We who will take us on our private full day Harold Porter & Stony Point Penguins Tour. We will travel along R44 with the Hottentots Holland mountains on one side and the incredible False Bay on the other.

Day 05 – Tuesday, August 07, 2018 – Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Overnight at Gorges Lodge

After breakfast at your hotel (included), we will be met by our driver at approx. who will transfer us to Cape Town International Airport for our South African Airlink flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; SA8690 0830/1115 CPT/VFA

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls we will clear customs and immigration, collect our luggage and make our way to the arrivals hall where we will be met by a transfer agent who will transfer us to Gorges Lodge. Check in for 1 night in Cottages.

Day 06 – Wednesday, August 08, 2018 – Elephant Express game viewing rail car – Overnight at Camelthorn Lodge

After breakfast at the lodge (included) we will be transferred to the Dete Railroad Station on the edge of Hwange National Park where we will board a one of a kind game viewing train, the Elephant Express! The trip to Camelthorn takes around 2.5 hours, game viewing and enjoying snacks and drinks along the way!

Upon arrival in Ngamo station near Camethorn, we will be in 4 x 4 game drive vehicles for your transfer into Camelthorn Lodge before enjoying sundowners at our unique Look Up blind at Stoffie’s Pan for sundowners and canapés and the truly remarkable close encounters with wildlife that are a feature of the Look Up. Night drive back to the lodge and then enjoy a 3 course dinner beneath a blanket of stars under the Camelthorn tree.

Day 07-08 – Thursday – Friday, August 09-10, 2018 – Full day on safari in Southern Hwange National Park – Overnight at Camelthorn Lodge

Wake up to the abundance of bird life in the area while sipping freshly brewed coffee or tea and later enjoy either a light continental or delicious cooked breakfast in the lodge area. We will spend the days in Southern Hwange National Park with activities including game drives, game walks, night drives, day excursions, hide sits and a possible school tour and village visit. All meals and overnight at Camelthorn Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 09 – Saturday, August 11, 2018 – Elephant Express game viewing rail car – Overnight at Nehimba Lodge

After a delicious cooked breakfast, we will drive about 10 minutes to Ngamo Siding and embark on the Elephant rail far for a slow ride up the railway line game viewing all the way to Impofu Siding. Cool drinks and snacks will be served on board while you enjoy your 2-hour ride.

We will disembark the Elephant Express at Impofu Siding where we will board game viewing vehicles where we will drive approx. 2 hours to the North-West of Hwange National Park, famed for its large elephant herds and variety of wildlife. Upon arrival, we will check in Nehimba Lodge for 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis. Settle in and start to unwind as you take a seat overlooking the tranquil waterhole in front of the lodge and enjoy the African rustic charm that surrounds you. Relax with sundowners as you watch the game come down to drink in front of the lodge and the heat starts to subside for the day as the sun dips below the horizon. A 3-course delectable bush dinner will be served out under the African sky near the lodge waterhole After dinner, there will be a night drive on offer around the concession to spot nocturnal species that are just starting their ‘day’.

Day 10-11 – Sunday – Monday, August 12 – 13, 2018 – Full day on safari in Northern Hwange National Park – Overnight at Nehimba Lodge

Enjoy two full days with a guide game drives and walks, exploring this beautiful Northern part of Hwange National Park. The north is distinctly different from the southern part both in topography, habitats and species of wildlife. Stop off at the Nehimba Seep for a mid-morning tea break. The seep is an ancient source of water once used by the San Bushmen historically as well as being a place where elephant still dig for water and minerals. Return to the lodge for a leisurely lunch and then siesta or perhaps relax by the lodge swimming pool, frequented by Hwange’s thirsty herds during the dry season. Later in the afternoon, head out on a game drive within the park, ending with cool refreshments and canapés at sunset over one of this area’s famed waterholes. Back at camp enjoy a relaxing bath or shower to freshen up before a 3-course dinner in the main lodge area followed by reliving the day’s safari around the campfire and later fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush around you.

Day 12 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Transfer to Zambezi National Park – Overnight at Zambezi Sands River Camp

After a last walk in the Hwange wilderness, enjoy a hearty breakfast and then we will embark on our road transfer to Zambezi Sands on the banks of the thundering wild waters of the Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park (5 hours). 3 hours of this transfer takes place in the National Parks and is the perfect opportunity to view game along the way. Drinks and snacks will be provided en route. Settle into your luxury tent and then relax on an evening sundowner drift near camp watching the game come down to drink and the unsurpassed beauty of a Zimbabwean sunset. Later enjoy a superb 3 course meal on the main lodge deck while listening to the Siansimba Rapids in front of the lodge, before retiring to your tent and falling asleep as the river rushes past.

Day 13-14 – Wednesday – Thursday, August 15-16, 2018 – Full day of safari activities in Zambezi sands – Overnight at Zambezi Sands Camp

Enjoy early morning tea or coffee on your private deck overlooking the river followed by a sumptuous breakfast in the main lodge. We will spend two full days around the Zambezi Sands enjoying the many safari activities by vehicle, foot or boat, canoeing, fishing and more! Once back in camp relax for an hour or two in your private splash pool watching the game and birdlife on the river’s edge and in the evening head out on a game drive within the park, stopping for evening drinks and nibbles. Back at the lodge freshen up before enjoying a 3 course dinner in the elegant main lodge.

Day 15 – Friday, August 17, 2018 – Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport, Depart for Home

After breakfast and a morning game drive (time permitting) we will transfer to Victoria Falls Airport and connect with either your international flights home or to Johannesburg to connect with your international flight home.

Note: The above itinerary and arranged sightseeing is subject to change. Please contact us with your preferred travel dates and goals to confirm your trip.

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Cape Town, Hwange Safari & Victoria Falls with Nadia Eckhardt
August 03-17, 2018

Rates:

August 03 – 17, 2018

Safari Package Rate:

$8,590 approx. per person sharing, assuming 6 guests traveling (Includes Nadia Eckhardt as Tour Leader)

$6,790 approx. per person sharing, assuming 4 guests traveling
$7,030 approx. per person sharing, assuming 3 guests traveling
$7,270 approx. per person sharing, assuming 2 guests traveling

Single Supplement for single accommodations assuming 2-6 guests traveling: $1,965 approx. per person

Please Note: This trip will operate with Nadia Eckhardt as the tour leader with a minimum of 6 guests. Under 6 guests there will be only local guides.

Scheduled/Domestic Air Rate:

Air Rate for 1 Flight (If international flight connection is not through Johannesburg on August 17th):

$515 Approx. per person for Aug 07: SA8690 0830/1115 CPT/VFA

Air Rate for 2 Flights (If international flight connection is through Johannesburg on August 17th):

$745 Approx. per person for Aug 07: SA8690 0830/1115 CPT/VFA & Aug 17: VFA/JNB

Please Note: Rates and Flight schedules are estimated and subject to change.

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

Domestic & Regional Flights:
The following Commercial flights will be required for the above itinerary. Africa Easy will book these flights for you. Please note: these flights are not included in the safari package rate. We have quoted the airfare separately in the rates section below.

Aug 07: SA8690 0830/1115 CPT/VFA

Please note: If your international flight is through Johannesburg on August 17th we have quoted a separate airfare rate to include your flight back to Johannesburg from Victoria Falls.

International Airfare:
International air is not included. Africa Easy can assist you to book international flights into and out of Southern Africa, or we can put you directly in touch with our airline partner here in Seattle (Exito travel) to book international air.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

• Return Transfers from Cape Town Airport to the V&A Hotel
• Bidair VIP Meet & Assist on arrival on 3 August 2018
• Dinners in Cape Town
• Half Day Tour of Cape Town City & Kirstenbosch Gardens including lunch
• Full Day tour to Cape Point including entrance fees into Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Funicular Tickets also lunch and Chapman’s Peak Toll.
• Full Day tour to Betty’s Bay including entrance to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Harold Porter Gardens – lunch has also been included
• Porter Assistance in and out at Cape Town Airport and V&A Hotel
• One way road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Gorges Lodge
• 1 night Fully Inclusive Accommodation at Gorges Lodge – all meals, local brand drinks, 2 activities per day, transfers from/to Victoria Falls Airport, one return shuttle to Victoria Falls town per paying night and laundry.
o Activities include: one guided visit to Victoria Falls which utilizes the one return shuttle per stay (includes entrance fee), tour of the craft village, local village visit, school tour (not available during school holidays) , evening traditional dancing show, black eagle viewing with sundowners and snacks, nature walk along the edge of the gorge with snacks and a sundowner cruise (river usage fee included). Park fees and river usage fees are subject to change without warning.
• One way road transfer from Gorges Lodge to Dete Siding
• Return Elephant Express Rail adventure to / from Ngamo Siding
• Return safari transfers between Ngamo Siding and Camelthorn Lodge
• 3 nights Fully Inclusive Accommodation at Camelthorn Lodge – All meals, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, National Park fees, return transfers Ngamo Siding and laundry.
o Activities include: game drives, game walks, night drives, day excursions, hide sits, a school tour and village visit.
• One way safari road transfer from Dete Siding to Nehimba Lodge.
• 3 nights Fully Inclusive Accommodation at Nehimba Lodge – All meals, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, National Park fees and laundry.
o Activities include: game drives, walks, night drives, all day excursions, hide sits and night drives.
• One way road transfer from Nehimba Lodge via Sinamatella to Zambezi Sands Hub and on to Zambezi Sands River Camp
• 3 nights Fully Inclusive Accommodation at Zambezi Sands River Camp – All meals, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, National Park fees and laundry.
o Activities include: one guided visit to Victoria Falls which utilizes the one return shuttle per stay (excludes entrance fee), safari activities by vehicle, foot or boat, canoeing, fishing, sundowner drift at the camp and village visit.
One way road transfer from Zambezi Sands River Camp via Zambezi Sands Hub to the Victoria Falls Airport.

Not Included:

• Domestic & International flights (unless indicated)
• International and domestic departure tax not mentioned
• Entry visas
• Travel and health insurance
• Gratuities to your local guides, hotel staff and porters
• Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks,
• Laundry (unless indicated)
• Telephone and Postage
• All alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks
• Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
• Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Africa Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% safari package deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Africa Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Africa Easy website, please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Cape Town, Hwange Safari & Victoria Falls with Nadia Eckhardt
August 03-17, 2018

Nadia Eckhardt

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadia now calls Seattle her home. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, Australia, the South Pacific, and more. She spent much of her youth exploring southern Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. Currently Nadia divides her time among her home in Seattle, her family in South Africa and is well versed in many adventure destinations, including Central and South America, Indonesia, Africa, Antarctica Africa, and leading expeditions throughout the world for Africa Easy/Expedition Easy as well as for other leading US Tour Operators.


August 03 - 17, 2018