Southern Africa is home to incredible diversity in scenery and habitats. We want you to experience it all during this trip! We’ll visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana teeming with abundant wildlife and known for open savannahs, flowing rivers, and crystal clear lagoons. In Namibia we’ll see the oldest “living” desert, Namib Desert, including Sossusvlei, the highest sand dunes in the world exceeding 1000 feet. We’ll also visit the coastal resort town of Swakopmund and capital city of Windhoeck. The last part of our journey will be in the Klaserie Private Reserve within Kruger National Park. Here we’ll have a luxury private lodge to ourselves and have the opportunity for walking safaris with private guides, and both day and night game viewing.
Arrive at O R Tambo and book in at 5 star Opikopi Guest House which is situated Pretoria which is the Capital of South Africa. Relax and have a good night’s rest. Next morning after breakfast set off to a relaxing visit to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve to set up and practice with your cameras. Visit the Lesedi Cultural Village to experience the African cultures.
1 Night Lodging at Opikopi Guest House
We start our journey on an early departure from Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg for a private flight to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We’ll touch down at Maun, a small African village (the tourism capital of Botswana), located on the edge of the world famous Okavango Delta. After we clear customs and refuel we take off for a short flight to our camp for the night, situated in the middle of the Okavango Delta. You will have an opportunity to see amazing views of the Delta and many different types of wildlife from the air.
The Okavango Delta is one of the last remaining wilderness areas of Africa. The Delta is approximately 16,000 square kilometers fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa. These waters fan out forming a wetland system of gorgeous channels, lagoons and islands that support a wealth of wildlife. Our camp in this area lies on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. The Moremi is unique due to rich deposits of sediments attracting large herds of antelopes and in turn large population of predators. It is also a birdwatchers paradise. We will have many wonderful photo opportunities here.
Our camp in this area is the Pom Pom Camp. Here we’ll enjoy luxury safari tent accommodations, and get to experience wildlife in front of the camps permanent lagoon. The next 2 days will be filled with game drives, photography, and relaxation. (B,L,D)
3 Nights Lodging at Pom Pom Camp
After breakfast we depart on our private flight to our first stop in northern Namibia near Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park “the great white place” or “place of emptiness” is one of Africa’s greatest game reserves in both size and variety of wildlife. It’s home to over 340 species of birds, with birds of prey being well represented. The reserve is most famous for huge herds of elephants. Black and white rhino, as well as lion, leopard and cheetah call this area home as well. It is common to see 5 – 8 or more mammal species at a water hole at the same time. A photographers dream!
Once we arrive we’ll check into the Etosha Village where we can relax and enjoy the Namibian bush. The next day we’ll enjoy game drives in the morning and evening and have time to relax around the pool under the hot Namibia sun. (B,D)
2 Nights Lodging at Etosha Village
After breakfast we head out to see more of Namibia. After a short private flight to Walvis airport, we’ll visit a small German coastal town called Swakopmund. After we check into our hotel, Swakopmund Hotel, we will take a tour of Swakopmund and Walvis. Here we are on the coast and surrounded by the Namib Desert. We’ll enjoy the picturesque surroundings including the highest sand dune in the area, unusual plant life, and over 30 species of birds. (B,D)
1 Night Lodging at Swakopmund Hotel
Today we fly into the Namib Desert to an area called Sossusvlei (place of water). Enroute we’ll see amazing views of the magnificent slopes and colors of the dunes from the air offering many photo opportunities. Some of the dunes reach up to 300 meters. When we land we’ll check in at the Sossusvlei Lodge. We will visit and photograph the iconic areas of the Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, & Sesriem Canyon. Here we can explore the dunes with a 4 x 4 or quad bike. Or just relax around the pool and experience the silence where you can feed your soul. (B,D)
2 Nights Lodging at Sossusvlei Lodge
Today we fly into a small airport just outside of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Here we will stay at the Windhoek Country Club. We spend a full day touring the capital city and relaxing.
We fly out of Windhoek after breakfast the next morning and fly back to Lanseria International, Johannesburg (3.5 hour flight) with a fuel stop in Gaborone. Arrive at Opikopi 5 STAR Guest House where we can relax, before heading out to Kruger National Park the next morning.
1 Night Lodging at Windhoek Country Club
1 Night Lodging at Opikopi Guest House
After an early light breakfast we take off from Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg and fly to a small village named Hoedspruit which is situated next to the Kruger National Park. We will touch down at a private airstrip next to your Lodge in the Kruger Park area.
We will pick you up in our Luxury Van and make our way to our private camp in the Klaserie Nature Reserve (part of the Greater Kruger Park) and get there just in time for lunch, a game drive and enjoy our first night under the stars with a fantastic home cooked meal, prepared by our own, personal chef Lindsay!
The camp is situated just off the banks of the Klaserie River and is a luxury lodge. Recently upgraded and refurbished, it is set amongst beautiful natural gardens with well-established trees and fantastic bird life. It is the perfect camp for family and friends to come together and experience the bush.
This select 8 bed camp offers a truly private wildlife experience! Built on the edge of the Klaserie River with views on both sides of the bank, this lodge takes ‘being out in the middle of the bush’ to a completely different level… Sixty miles from any human settlement, you can be assured of a true African bush experience in a safe environment.
Each bungalow has its own en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and air conditioning unit to keep you cool on those hot summer nights. The lounge and indoor dining room is centrally located on the grounds with outdoor seating, a barbecue, fire area, and a pool.
Our days will be spent getting up early and enjoying a morning game drives looking for Africa’s Big 5! Beside the Big 5, all the major plains game like giraffe, zebra, and kudu are all present, providing amazing photography options! Lion and leopard are seen often in the area as well.
We like to show you how intimate Mother Nature can be and will also introduce you to the smaller and lesser known creatures and learn about the “Little 5”. We will also educate you about local trees and their medicinal properties, as well as getting to know the local bird population. We have over 7,900 acres of land to traverse which is 100% private to you!
2 nights lodging Klaserie Reserve
What an adventure! We leave our camp after a our morning game drive, and an amazing breakfast, and make our way back to Johannesburg, stopping in Dullstroom to swap stories and photos!