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|Duration:||16 Days / 15 Nights|
|Price from:||Sold Out|
|Single Room Supplement:||Waived|
This trip will be operated on behalf of Gutsy Women Travel (GWT) clients by award winning Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). There are 5 Twin bedded rooms and 6 single accommodations rooms with no single supplement blocked on this trip. Once single rooms are sold out, women can secure a guaranteed share in a twin room accommodation. This trip is opened up to OAT clients & could be co-ed. However the group size will always be capped at no more than 16 participants. There will be a dedicated OAT licensed, local travel director assigned to this GWT group block departure.
|“I have lived my life according to this principle: if I’m afraid of it, then I must do it.”
Erica Jong, Author and Teacher
DAY 1 - Depart U.S.You depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.
DAY 2 - Arrive Johannesburg, South AfricaToday, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Here, you'll be joined by those who traveled on our optional Thornybush: Kruger's Northern Gateway extension
DAY 3 - Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls • Transfer to Chobe National ParkThis morning, we’ll fly to Victoria Falls, arriving early afternoon. We meet our Trip Leader at the Victoria Falls airport, and we drive across the border to our lodge in Botswana. After a briefing on our upcoming explorations, we'll enjoy a Welcome Drink and later, mingle with your travel companions at our Welcome Dinner.
DAY 4 - Wildlife viewing at Chobe National ParkThe next two days are devoted to seeking out game in Chobe National Park, the second-largest (and first-established) national park in the country. Chobe National Park is home to one of the world's largest elephant populations—the present herd is estimated at 50,000 animals. This enormous region offers variety in both wildlife and terrain. Riverine forest, flood plains, and mopane are home to large and small game. Elephants gather around baobab trees, drawn by the water stored in their bark. During the dry season, the Chobe River attracts so much game that thousands of animals may congregate on its banks, and hippo are submerged in its waters. Some visitors have experienced the spectacular sighting of a zebra migration. Large groups of giraffe amble about the land, and hyena, cheetah, leopard, and wildebeest may also be glimpsed in this thickly populated habitat. The birdlife here is spectacular, ranging from eagles and bustards to plovers and rollers, and bee-eaters bustle near their sandbank nests. There are also water birds, such as egret, ibis, and heron, along the river. The pace of most of our African safari days follows this general pattern: After our morning game-viewing, we will spend siesta time quietly during the heat of the day, followed by teatime in the late afternoon. Next we head out for our afternoon game-viewing drive. In the evenings, just before sunset, we gather to soak in the views of the golden sun sinking behind a nearby watering hole. We then sit down to enjoy dinner together by candlelight. Today, we explore the Chobe National Park on morning and afternoon game-viewing drives, return to the lodge in time for afternoon tea, and then, after sundown, we have dinner at our lodge.
DAY 5 - Explore Chobe National ParkOur safari schedule in Chobe today features a full-day game-viewing drive in Chobe National Park—which has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent and is sure to be a highlight of our safari adventure. During a full day of game-viewing in the park, we’ll spot some of these magnificent elephants, in addition to zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo, and crocodile. We will be out in our vehicles during lunchtime, so we will take along a picnic lunch. Dinner tonight is a traditional South African braai, similar to our barbecue but more closely connected to the outdoor life, culture, and laid-back lifestyle of southern Africans. We’ll cap off the day with a relaxing sundowner with our fellow travelers.
DAY 6 - Fly to Okavango Delta via KasaneThis morning, we'll enjoy a discussion with your Trip Leader on the region's history before boarding a minibus that takes us to Kasane, Botswana. From here, we catch a light aircraft flight to our camp in Botswana. Our lodge is a private Wilderness Tented Camp adjacent to the border of the Moremi National Park in the northern region of the Delta. Upon arrival, we enjoy a game-viewing drive en route to our camp, where we'll have a briefing about the lodge and the surrounding area, along with an included lunch. Afterward, you are free to relax at our lodgings before we gather together for a game-viewing drive before returning for dinner.
DAY 7 - Explore Okavango Delta • Moremi areaWe devote the next two days to in-depth exploration of the Okavango Delta. Each morning, we split into groups and choose from a variety of options for exploring the area: including a mokoro canoe ride (weather-permitting), or a game-viewing drive. In the Delta, we'll see a variety of birdlife, including the vibrantly plumed lilac-breasted roller and the similarly striking pygmy goose (actually a species of duck). The elusive Pel's fishing owl, though nocturnal, can sometimes be spotted here during the day. Hippos spend the days submerged in the Delta waters, and sitatunga and red lechwe frequent both the swamps and dry land. While on land, we are likely to see herds of buffalo, sable antelope, kudu, and elephant. We return to the lodge in time for lunch, and enjoy our afternoon tea before departing on our next game-viewing excursion, returning to the lodge after sundown for dinner. Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by mokoro.
DAY 8 - Explore Okavango DeltaToday, we continue to explore the Okavango Delta. We'll again split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), or enjoy a game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.
DAY 9 - Fly to Kasane • Transfer to Kafue, ZambiaThis morning, after an early breakfast, we fly by light aircraft from the Okavango Delta to Kasane Airport. We then travel by road and boat to Livingstone, where we'll take a light aircraft transfer to Lufupa Tented Camp in Kafue National Park this afternoon. One of Zambia’s most impressive parks, Kafue is one of the first to join an initiative to link the national parks of five African countries into what will eventually become a 108,000-square-mile park, to be known as the Kvango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (also the Okavango-Upper Zambezi TFCA). After we settle in and enjoy afternoon tea in the cool of the shade of jackalberry trees, we enjoy our first game-viewing excursion by boat or 4x4 vehicle late this afternoon. Kafue boasts a distinction that we’ll appreciate on our game-viewing drives: It is home to the greatest diversity of mammals in Zambia, with 55 large mammal species, including six varieties of large cat and 20 hooved species. Leopard and lion prowl the area around the Lufupa Channel in search of warthog, hartebeest, and the elegant puku, an antelope found only in Zambia and the Congo. Elephants gather here by day, while hippo venture out at twilight. Our guide will help us to spot these animals as we explore the park. We return to camp in time for dinner. Our campsite is situated in the northern section of the park along the banks of the Kafue River, one of the three rivers nourishing the park. From the decks of our safari-style tented rooms, we can view the slow-moving river and the wildlife that it attracts. After dinner, we gather around the campfire to compare notes on the animals we saw today.
DAY 10 - Explore Kafue National ParkToday, we’ll enjoy two game-viewing excursions by boat or safari vehicle during the most temperate hours—early morning and late afternoon—when the wildlife is at its most active. In addition to the mammal species such as graceful giraffes, Kafue boasts nearly 500 species of bird, including the yellow-billed oxpecker, trumpeter hornbill, and grey crowned crane. Along the rivers that feed the park, we might also encounter the white-backed night heron, African finfoot, or saddle-billed stork. Between wildlife excursions, you may choose to linger at camp, enjoying Kafue River views at leisure, or elect to join our Trip Leader on a nature walk around the camp. We gather for dinner this evening around the campfire.
DAY 11 - Explore Kafue National ParkTwo more game-viewing excursions await you this morning and afternoon, as you explore the outer reaches of the park by boat or safari vehicle. It’s impossible to exhaust the discoveries at Kafue, one of the continent’s largest national parks—at 8,600 square miles, it is roughly the size of the entire state of New Jersey. Kafue’s habitats span riverine forests, floodplains, woodlands, and dambos (open grasslands). There will also be opportunities to fish along the banks, as well as a sundowner cruise in the afternoon. We gather for dinner and a campfire tonight, swapping memories of all we’ve encountered on our explorations in this truly stunning locale.
DAY 12 - Kafue National Park • Transfer to Hwange, ZimbabweThis morning, after an early breakfast, we enjoy a final game-viewing drive in the region during our transfer overland to the airstrip for our chartered flight to Livingstone Airport. From here, we board a minibus that takes us to Victoria Falls, the departure point for our drive to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest park. This outstanding area of African bush country boasts plentiful wildlife—yet remains relatively "undiscovered." Our camp is located in the northern section of Hwange National Park and each tented unit offers views of the Sinamatella River and surrounding hillside from the veranda. We'll have lunch en route to our camp, arriving in the early afternoon. Hwange is home to many diverse habitats, from teak forests to palm islands to vast savannah plains. Likewise, you may behold a rich menagerie of game that can include elephant, buffalo, eland, wildebeest, impala, lion, leopard, cheetah, and more than 400 known bird species. The park is also known for its herds of sable antelope, an elegant animal with large, graceful horns. In the late afternoon, we gather to enjoy a talk regarding the local culture before dinner.
DAY 13 - Wildlife viewing in Hwange National ParkThis morning, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy a game-viewing drive with one of our professional guides. During this drive, you will learn about the region's flora and the intricate cycle of life in the bush. We will learn to identify which animals have passed through the area. Our expert guides may also expound on everything from how elephant dung can be used as mosquito repellent, to how the giraffe is able to eat leaves off of the thorny acacia trees. During our drive, we’ll stop to enjoy lunch in the bush. After our game-viewing drive, we’ll return to our camp for some time at leisure. Tonight, we’ll experience traditional African drumming, followed by dinner together.
DAY 14 - A Day in the Life of a Hwange Community • Game viewing FOUNDATION VISITWork side-by-side with locals to find fresh water and prepare sadza (porridge) in a Hwange village. Today, we'll take a break from game viewing to learn more about Zimbabwe's human residents as we enjoy A Day in the Life of a village near the park. We'll meet a village leader, who takes us on a short tour that reveals how local people live, tend to their animals, and raise their crops. We'll learn a few words in the language of the local Ndebele people, before sitting down with a family to gain insight into their culture first-hand. We'll also have an opportunity for hands-on discovery when we take part in some farming activities (season permitting)—like planting, milking cows, and collecting eggs. Then, we'll visit St. Mary's Primary school (when in session), which is supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation. We have the unique opportunity to meet the teachers and share smiles with the children, and enjoy an included lunch at the school. As on previous days, we enjoy a game-viewing drive in the afternoon and return to our camp after sunset.
DAY 15 - Transfer to Victoria Falls, ZimbabweAfter breakfast, we depart our camp and drive to Victoria Falls. Here we visit the largest curtain of water in the world—and one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders. These awe-inspiring cataracts, whose African name (Mosi-oa Tunya) means "the smoke that thunders," are nearly twice as high as Niagara, one and a half times as wide, and generate three times as much water. On a clear day, you can see the mist sprayed into the air from these crashing waters from more than 50 miles away. At peak flood times, 1.4 billion gallons of water per minute pass over its edge. After lunch, we'll enjoy a guided tour which includes exploring walking trails and lookout points—each with different views. There are five main cataracts, including the most dramatic, the Main Falls and Devil's Cataract. The flora around the falls is naturally profuse: You'll see ebony, fig trees, and many flowering species. The rain forest surrounding the falls is particularly lush, fed by Victoria's perpetual spray. (It's a good idea to wrap your camera equipment, cash, and other valuables in plastic.) This evening enjoy dinner at our hotel.
DAY 16 - Explore Victoria Falls • Optional tours OPTIONAL TOURAfter breakfast, enjoy a walk through Chinotimba township, where we can observe everyday life in the neighborhood that is home to the majority of people living around Victoria Falls. Then, after lunch back at our hotel, you can join a combination of optional tours including an elephantback safari or helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. Or, you can walk through town on your own to check out the local handcrafts, such as the famous Shona stone carvings and a variety of wooden carvings. You'll also find a selection of brilliant African textiles, malachite, basketry, and more. This is one of the places where bartering is appropriate, often expected—and can be great fun. American goods like T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps with designer logos can be good “currency” here. Please ask your Trip Leader for advice about where else it may be appropriate to barter in this manner. This evening, we'll enjoy our Farewell Dinner while cruising along the Zambezi River.
DAY 17 - Fly to Johannesburg • Return to U.S. or begin trip extensionAscend Cape Town's Table Mountain and spot penguin colonies on this must-do extension. After breakfast this morning, we’ll gather for a talk on the life of David Livingstone before we drive to the airport and board our flight to Johannesburg. Both the flight for the post-trip extension Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope and the return flights to the U.S. depart in the early evening.
DAY 1 - Fly U.S. to Johannesburg, South AfricaYou depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Johannesburg, South AfricaToday, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 3 - Fly to Thornybush Game Reserve • Game-viewing driveToday, we'll depart Johannesburg and fly to Hoedspruit Airport, where we'll then transfer to Thornybush Game Reserve. We arrive at our lodge and have time to enjoy afternoon tea before setting out for our first game-viewing drive with sundowners. During our drive, we may spot herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope, zebra, and eland—among other species. Your game-viewing drives will be led by knowledgeable guides who know the best locations for spotting wildlife, and will be pleased to point out highlights. We return to our lodge for dinner this evening.
DAY 4 - Enjoy game-viewing drivesThis morning, we'll enjoy an early morning game-viewing drive. After returning to our camp for breakfast, the middle of your day is free. Perhaps you'll simply take the opportunity to relax in camp and review your field guide. Or, opt for another chance to discover your surroundings on foot during a game-viewing walk. During your explorations in the bush, you may discover animals taking a drink from the nearby Makutsi River or take in the reserve's natural beauty. We enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive with sundowners. Keep an eye out for a leopard slinking by or perched in a tree. We return to our lodge for dinner this evening.
DAY 5 - Enjoy game-viewing drivesThis morning, we set out for a game-viewing drive—during which we'll enjoy another opportunity to spot a number of diverse species, including cheetah, giraffe, baboon, vervet monkey, impala, and more. After returning to our lodge for breakfast, we’ll have the rest of the morning and the early afternoon at leisure. On our last full day in Thornybush, you’ll have another opportunity to take an optional game-viewing walk in the bush. This time, you may want to change your focus and start looking up: Bustards, bee-eaters, eagles, and herons are common in this area. After tea back at our lodge, we’ll enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive with sundowners as our final evening of exploration in Thornybush draws to a close.
DAY 6 - Enjoy game-viewing drive • Fly to Johannesburg • Join main tripAfter breakfast this morning, take one last game-viewing drive and enjoy breakfast at our lodge before flying to Johannesburg to begin your Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari adventure. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the mid-afternoon and have ample time to settle in.
DAY 1 - Fly to Cape Town via Johannesburg • Arrive in Cape TownAfter Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari, we fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg, South Africa, arriving in the late afternoon before our flight to Cape Town. We are met at the airport in Cape Town and transferred to our hotel.
DAY 2 - Cape Town city tour • Optional Townships of Cape Town Tour • Home-Hosted Dinner OPTIONAL TOURAfter an early breakfast, we depart for our tour of Cape Town's many points of interest. Depending on wind conditions, we will travel by cable car up to Table Mountain, one of Cape Town's most dramatic natural landmarks. From the top, we have mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean, the bays, the city below, and the stunning peninsula that meanders south to the Cape of Good Hope. Some 1,400 species of wild flowering plants grow on and around Table Mountain, which is also the home to the unusual rock hyrax (often called dassies), rodent-like creatures whose closest living relative is the elephant. Perhaps you'll see some during your optional walk around the mountaintop. We will also visit the lovely National Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch, a dazzling showcase of nearly 4,000 varieties of indigenous flowers and plants. The garden rests on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, with the forest interspersed with the broad lawns and cultivated pathways of the gardens. We'll also have the opportunity to learn more about South Africa's diamond industry before lunch on your own. Later, you have time to independently explore this lively area—or join us for our optional tour Townships of Cape Town, which takes us to the nearby townships of Langa, Guguletu, and Bonteheuwel. Meet the people who live here, and learn about their rich and fascinating culture from a resident. This evening, enjoy a Home-Hosted Dinner at a local family's residence.
DAY 3 - Explore Cape of Good Hope Nature ReserveDeparting after breakfast, we head along the coast, with majestic Table Mountain rising in the distance. We continue further onto the Cape Peninsula itself, along the spectacular coast road, the Atlantic Ocean's crashing surf endlessly splashing the rocks below. Soon we reach the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, with its wild fynbos landscapes, beautiful flowers, elusive bontebok, baboons, and ocean views. Contrary to popular belief, the Cape Peninsula is not consistently where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Because of shifting currents, that distinction is shared with lesser-known Cape Agulhas, 100 to 200 miles east of the Cape Peninsula. Nevertheless, when you get to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, you'll see Cape Point, the technical "Cape of Good Hope." Rapidly changing climactic conditions and the Indian Ocean currents coming from Cape Agulhas make this a particularly dangerous spot for ships. Your local guide will tell you that more "sightings" of the legendary ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, are reported here than anywhere else in the world. Who knows what you'll spy on the distant horizons as you gaze from the Cape Point viewing platform? We explore some of the fascinating vegetation and more remote corners of this nature reserve. Next, we enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. On our return trip to Cape Town, we stop along the False Bay coastline for a chance to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. Passing Simon's Town and Fish Hoek, we arrive back in town in the early evening. You are free tonight to seek out an interesting restaurant for dinner on your own, or ask your local guide for suggestions.
DAY 4 - Day at leisure in Cape Town • Optional Tour to Stellenbosch Wine Country OPTIONAL TOURToday you are at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own. Or, join us for an exciting optional tour of Stellenbosch Wine Country. During this optional tour we'll visit the heart of South Africa’s beautiful wine country and the historic area around the town of Stellenbosch. We'll visit various wine estates, tasting and sampling their delicious offerings. The scenery includes rolling hills, farms, and dramatic mountain vistas. This area is also the heart of Cape Dutch culture, and you will see fine examples of traditional architecture while learning about the history of early settlements here. Dinner is on your own tonight.
DAY 5 - Morning at leisure in Cape Town • Return to U.S.This morning, simply relax, or take the opportunity to do some last-minute sightseeing on your own. In the late afternoon or early evening, you’ll transfer to the Cape Town Airport for your flight to the U.S.
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Please note this departure is not exclusive to women but will be comprised of Gutsy Women Travel participants co-sharing the overall trip capacity with members of OAT resulting in a larger group size compared to the traditional Gutsy Women Travel trips designed exclusively for women.
This trip will be operated on behalf of Gutsy Women Travel (GWT) clients by award winning Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). There are 5 Twin bedded rooms and 6 single accommodations rooms with no single supplement blocked on this trip. Once single rooms are sold out, women can secure a guaranteed share in a twin room accommodation. This trip is designed for GWT clients however if room block is not sold by 120 days prior to departure date, the trip can be opened up to OAT clients and could be co-ed. However the group size will always be capped at no more than 16 participants. There will be a dedicated OAT licensed, local travel director assigned to this GWT group block departure.
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