Our March safari tour with a small group is to northern Namibia and Botswana includes a day in Zimbabwe to visit the Victoria Falls. One of the highlights is the Okavango Delta where we stay in a remote private lodge to discover the flora, birds and wildlife in the green season. The elephant population of the Chobe National Park is amazing.
03 – 18 March 2017
Diverse verdant green landscapes, dramatic skies, unspoilt wilderness with game, bird-life, insects attracted by the fruiting trees and lush vegetation. We visit Northern Namibia, the Etosha National Park and the Zambesi region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Kwando/Linyanti delta continuing to Botswana, the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Namibia and Botswana are two of the last adjoining unpopulated wildernesses and are very safe destinations. Both countries aim for low density, high quality tourism. We have included a day to visit the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, now with its infrastructure and economy improving.
The Okavango Delta is fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa. These waters fan out into the Delta, forming a wetland system of beautiful palm-fringed channels, lagoons and islands which support a rich diversity of fauna and flora. The waters eventually disappear in the Kalahari Desert.
Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. During the journey we always stay at least two nights at a lodge to enjoy the activities particular to each region. The lodges are small and often cater just for us. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia and is a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of the flora and fauna is excellent.
The group is small, maximum ten guests. We travel in a coach well-built for the terrain and comfortable. Flights are with South African Airways and the local private charter, Moremi Air, for the Delta.
Morocco – the Sahara Dunes, Draa Valley and Atlas Mountains tour, our destination for ten days in April is an unforgettable experience. The amazing landscapes with kasbahs, lush palm groves and then the desert. So serene and fascinating, we spend three nights there in a small luxury camp.
10 – 19 April 2017
We combine three contrasting regions of Morocco: lush valleys, the high Atlas Mountain passes and the Sahara desert. Intertwined are elements of history, agriculture, Berber and nomads’ culture, and a chance to experience life in the desert.
April sees life returning after the winter rains; warm during the day with the temperature dropping at night. We spend three nights in the dunes in luxury tents, each with its own simple shower system and private facilities. We discover the dunes with their plants and creatures, a way of life in a tranquil, atmospheric world apart. We are accompanied by a guide and a team of helpers to ensure an unforgettable visit to the desert.
The first and the final nights are spent in the welcoming, comfortable Hotel Le Beldi, near Marrakech. Surrounded by a field of roses and extensive gardens, the hotel rooms are of authentic, contemporary style.
In the Draa Valley our riad hotel is in the Palmeraie de Tamnougalt, with excellent cuisine from the owners’ organic farm. Bab El Oued is a little piece of paradise, located in the middle of the Palmeraie de Tamnougalt, at the foot of the ancient, scenic kasbah. The garden is beautiful and well-maintained, with a nice little pool at its centre.
On the desert edge our accommodation is a charming riad, to relax overnight before our adventure into the desert.
The group is small with maximum ten participants and accompanied by Susan. We travel by minibus as far as the desert and then by 4x4 vehicles and dromedaries.
The Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert and Sossuvlei Dunes, Swapokmund on the Atlantic, Erindi Game Reserve have such a rich selection of desert flora, wildlife, birds together with amazing geology and landscapes.
Namibia features again in November. Our first Namibia Safari Tour is to the Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, the Kalahari and Atlantic Coast much enjoyed by our guests for a number of years. Our new tour is a Skeleton Coast Safari in north west Namibia. An exceptional tour to include three nights at a remote lodge, the only concession with access to the wildest part of the coast. We add lodges with conservation projects for black rhino and for cheetah. Both tours are for small groups under 10 participants.
31 October – 14 November 2017
An amazing country with sweeping landscapes, mountains, fascinating geology with dunes, the oldest in the world, canyons and deserts. Wide open spaces with few inhabitants but a wealth of wildlife, plants, and birds all adapted to their environment. Our itinerary covers the central and southern regions of Namibia, malaria free zones.
The lodges and guest farmhouses chosen are small with all comforts and good food. Attractively designed in typical vernacular style with breathtaking views and always a friendly welcome. After a travel day, we spend a relaxing day around the lodges with local activities.
Our road travel is with a comfortable vehicle adapted to gravel tracks which form a major part of our journeys. We are accompanied throughout by an excellent knowledgeable local guide who is also a professional photographer. The overnight flights are to Johannesburg with a connection to Windhoek.
18 November – 02 December 2017
Namibia is such a diverse and fascinating country. The Skeleton Coast is the focus of our journey to a vast, remote region in the north west known as the Kunene. The absolute highlight is the three days at Hoanib Camp, an isolated mountainous wilderness with desert-adapted wildlife and flora, and a unique chance to experience the dramatic shores of the Skeleton Coast with seal colonies and shipwrecks.
Our journey ranges from a conservation reserve supporting endangered cheetahs to the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland, where the largest free-ranging population of black rhino are being protected in the Save the Rhino programme. One highlight is the three days spent at Hoanib Camp, a unique lodge in the remote desert mountains of the Skeleton Coast. Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. During the journey we always stay at least two nights at the lodge to enjoy activities particular to each region. The lodges are small and often cater just for us. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia, a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of fauna and flora is excellent.
The group is small, maximum 10 guests. We travel in a coach well built for the terrain and comfortable. Internal flights are with private charters. Overnight flights are with South African Airways.