Listening to Whispers August, 2018


Greetings!

It's that time again - finalizing the group for Africa!2019. 

Because we only take ten people the trip is filling quickly, but there are a few spots left. Motswiri camp in the Delta takes only 10 people, and all our cruises and game drives are private. Several people have called the safari the 'trip of a lifetime', even those returning for a second - or even third! - time. The high point is undeniably the Delta - which floods the Kalahari Desert each year. There's no other place in the world like it, and if you look at Google Earth you'll see it - a bird's foot in the northwest of Botswana.

I have an information sheet for registered guests, and since it contains detailed information as well the itinerary, I'm including a link to it here so you know more about what to expect should you come: Africa!2019.

All the best,
Edie Jane

Africa!2019
June 21 to July 4, 2019


The centrepiece of this adventure is a 5-night stay at
RAWBotswana's Motswiri Camp in the Okavango Delta,

followed by followed by one night at Chobe Marina Lodge in Kasane
and two nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel in Victoria Falls.

In addition you will have a day to explore Johannesburg, and an overnight at the Pilanesberg Reserve.

 

 

Itinerary

Day1: Arrive in Johannesburg, where you will be met by a driver and delivered to Donnybrook guesthouse. There we will be hosted by Dieneke Swart.  It's a nice place, I know it well, and it will be our Johannesburg home.  I encourage visitors to go on the hop on - hop off Red Bus, to get an overview of the city and to stop off at some of the museums if time and energy allow. In the evening we dine at Moyo's restaurant, where we can enjoy(?) such delicacies as mopane worms. 

 

Day 2 is a free day. There's a lot to do - Bryanston Market,  Elephant Sanctuary, Monkey Sanctuary, Gold Reef Museum, Apartheid Museum, Ballooning, etc... I urge you to look at all that Jo'burg has to offer. Transport is easily and economically arranged and we can share costs. 

 

Day 3: We drive up to the Pilanesberg Reserve in several cars, so that one can be dedicated to photographers if they so wish.  In order to be there at the best times of day - dusk and dawn - we'll spend one night in the reserve at the Bakgatla Resort. Staying overnight allows us to take advantage of a morning game drive with a ranger. Not only will we have a guide, but the drives can go out when other vehicles are prohibited in the reserve. 


Day 4: back to Donnybrook for one night before... 

 

Day 5: flight to Maun, Botswana, followed by a 40 minute scenic flight in a small aeroplane across the Okavango Delta to RAWBotswana's Motswiri camp. Motswiri holds only 10 guests, so we will have it to ourselves.  

     

Day 5 - 10. Five nights at Motswiri, where we can venture into the surrounding area on horseback, in mekoros (dugoug canoes - in the photo at top), on foot or in vehicles - when not enjoying luxurious accommodation and delicious food. We also will make an overnight trip to a rustic fly-camp, and have the chance to see more of the reserve.

Do look at the RAW website, to see why you should come and to answer some of the questions you may have. I've been enjoying checking out the RAWBotswana Facebook page and wishing I were there!

 

Day 10: Flight to Kasane to book into the Chobe Marina Lodge before an evening cruise on the Chobe River. Here's what they say: "There's not much in Southern Africa that can beat the Chobe River in the dry season - exceptional game viewing and birding."

 

Day 11: We will join a morning game drive into Chobe Reserve before heading - by road - to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for two vic falls

 nights B&B at the Victoria Falls Hotel,  which "exudes original colonial Edwardian charm" (bring your pith helmet/sola topee!) and is within walking distance of the falls and the town. 

 

Day 11/12: Adrenaline adventure or gentle sightseeing in Victoria Falls. vic falls To each his own - helicopter trip over the falls, zip-lining or bungee jumping in the gorge, white-water rafting on the Zambezi, a walk through the rain forest, strolling into Zambia, or having traditional high tea on the hotel's Stanley Verandah.

 

Included in the trip is an evening cruise on our last night in the iconic Ra-Ikane boat. Gentle and genteel. 

 

Day 13: flight back to Johannesburg and final catered dinner and night at Donnybrook.

 

Day 14: The end - or not. Arrangements can be made for you to stay longer, if you wish. 

 

Sound like fun? It will be. First come, first served. The cost is US$7950.00.  Please let me know if you are interested. 

 

For information and details download the information sheet, or contact me at ediejane@gmail.com. Do check out the websites.   

 

 


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