31 day itinerary tailor made especially for Thomas Lippert and partner:

  • A wildlife safari at Londolozi
  • Wreck / reef / “Raggie” (Sand Tiger Shark) and Tiger Shark diving on Aliwal Shoal.
  • Scenic Cape Town, Cape Peninsula and Wine Lands tours.
  • Great White Shark / Blue Shark / Mako Shark diving.
  • Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria.
  • Diving the coral reefs of Mozambique.
  • Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • A wildlife safari to the Savuti Marsh and the Okavango Swamps in Botswana.

A wildlife safari at Londolozi

Day 01

Arrive OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg @ 09h10. After clearing customs and immigration you will walk the short distance to the domestic departures hall which is in the same complex / building and check in for SA Airlink’s 1-hour domestic flight, flight SA 8841, for Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit (MQP) which departs OR Tambo @ 11h10.

On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport @ 11h55, you will be met by Dive The Big 5 for the two-hour road transfer to Londolozi's Tree Camp, which is situated in the Sabi Sands Private Reserve. The Sabi Sand Reserve borders of the Kruger National Park and there are no fences separating the two reserves. This allows the animals to roam freely from the Sabi Sands into the Kruger Park and visa vera.

You will arrive at Tree Camp at about 14h30, in time to settle into your chalet after which you will proceed to the public area for afternoon tea or coffee before departing on the afternoon/evening game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicles. At sunset, you will stop somewhere in the bush for sun-downers before continuing on into the night looking for the nocturnal animals with the aid of a powerful spot lamp. Depending on the animal activity you will return to Tree Camp at about 20:30 for dinner in the "boma", around a roaring log fire, under the African stars. Overnight at Londolozi's Tree Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 02

Full day spent game viewing at Londolozi. You will be woken before dawn by the beat of African Drums for early morning, tea, and coffee which is served at the lodge before venturing out for the early morning game drive. Animals are most active during the early morning and late afternoon and that’s the reason for doing all your game drives at that time of day.

During the heat of the day, from mid-morning till mid afternoon the animals are inactive, lying in the shade of the trees and in the thick undergrowth – “only mad dogs and Englishmen venture out in the mid-day sun”!!!. Again, depending on the animal activity you will return to camp at about 09:00 for breakfast. After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the tranquility of the African Bush. You can either go for a bush walk in "Big 5" country with your armed Ranger & Tracker, sit quietly at one of the many viewing platforms around Londolozi with a book and a pair of binoculars and watch the game come down to drink during the heat of the day, spend the time bird watching in and around the camp or just laze by the pool. You could even go for a spa treatment or join the yoga class. After afternoon tea and coffee you will again set out for the afternoon/evening game drive. Overnight Londolozi's Tree Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Again, depending on the animal activity you will return to camp at about 09:00 for breakfast. After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the tranquility of the African Bush. You can either go for a bush walk in "Big 5" country with your armed Ranger & Tracker, sit quietly at one of the many viewing platforms around Londolozi with a book and a pair of binoculars and watch the game come down to drink during the heat of the day, spend the time bird watching in and around the camp or just laze by the pool. You could even go for a spa treatment or join the yoga class. After afternoon tea and coffee you will again set out for the afternoon/evening game drive. Overnight Londolozi's Tree Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

After afternoon tea and coffee you will again set out for the afternoon/evening game drive. Overnight Londolozi's Tree Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 03

Another "magic" day spent in wildest Africa enjoying the peace and tranquillity and personal service that only one of South Africa's top lodges, such as Londolozi, can offer. Overnight Londolozi's Tree Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 04

Your last full day on safari in the Greater Kruger Park Conservancy. Overnight Londolozi's Tree Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 05

After the early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be collected from Tree Camp at 12h00 by Dive The Big 5 for the two-hour return road transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in time to connect with SA Airlink’s flight SA 8506 to King Shaka International Airport – Durban which departs Kruger Mpumalanga International @ 15h10, own arrangements. End of the Londolozi wildlife safari.

Aliwal Shoal, Cape Town and Peninsula / Wine Lands

Day 05

Arrive at King Shaka International Airport – Durban at 16h10. On arrival at King Shaka International you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5for the 90 minute road transfer to Umkomaas and Agulhas House. Evening free. Overnight at Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 06

An early wake-up call as all dives in South Africa is done as early in the morning as possible, soon after sunrise, so as to take advantage of the calm sea and wind conditions. As the day wears on the wind tends to pick up causing a chop and white horses on the ocean leading to unpleasant and even dangerous diving conditions.

After tea / coffee and a light breakfast, you will attend the pre-dive briefing, kit up and transfer from Agulhas House to the Umkomaas River mouth where you launch the “Rubber Duck” (Zodiac) for the sandstone reefs of Aliwal Shoal. Your dives on Aliwal could be either a 2 tank reef and “Raggie” (Sand Tiger Shark) dive, reef dive, a wreck dive or a baited Tiger Shark dive, no cage! After the dive, you will return to Agulhas House for a hot English breakfast and the rest of the day is free. Micky, your host at Agulhas House, will be more than willing to advise you of the places of interest in and around Umkomaas to visit and to organize a vehicle and guide to take you around.

Local places of interest include Croc World, Tala Game Reserve, Vernon Crooks Game Reserve, Oribi Gorge, and uShaka Marine World and the Natal Sharks Board in Durban, which is only a 45-minute drive from Agulhas House.

Overnight at the Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 07

Your second day diving with the “Raggies”, a reef dive, a wreck dive or a combination of these three, or Tiger Shark dive  on Aliwal Shoal. Aliwal has two wrecks in which to dive, The Produce (1974) – 30 meters and The Nebo (1884) – 30 meters. Both very good wreck dives. Afternoon free. Overnight at Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 08

Your last day spent diving on the reefs of Aliwal Shoal. After the dives, the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight at Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 09

After a bit of a lie in and breakfast, you will be collected from Agulhas House at 10h00 by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the return road transfer to King Shaka International Airport – Durban to connect with the 2 hour domestic flight, SA 7969, to Cape Town which departs king Shaka at 12h10. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport at 14h25, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 45-minute road transfer to the Waterfront in Cape Town. If the weather is good and Table Mountain is “open” we strongly suggest that you go up the mountain at the first opportunity, Table Mountain is a “must see”, don’t wait until tomorrow to go up the mountain! Cape Town’s weather is notorious and being winter you may not get another opportunity to ascend the mountain. In Cape Town, you can experience all 4 seasons in one day!

Overnight at The Dock House Boutique Hotel on Cape Town’s famous Waterfront on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 10

You will be collected from The Dock House at 09h00 for your mornings Cape Town City Tour. After departing The Dock House you will head for Table Mountain, but if you were able to do Table Mountain on the day of your arrival you will skip going up the Mountain today. Your tour will then start with a scenic drive up to Signal Hill which will give you a perfect view of the City, Robben Island and the Cape Flats. The tour then continues on through the seaside suburbs of Clifton and Sea Point to Green Market Square. Then a short walk through The “Company” Gardens which were established in the 1600's by Jan Van Riebeck to supply the ships belonging to The Dutch East India Company passing through the Cape en route to India with fresh produce. Then you will take the

Then you will take the downtown city drive passing the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, the Castle and the Slave Lodge. You will then travel through the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay Quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. You will get back to the Dock House in time for lunch. The afternoon is free. An option for the afternoon would be to take the 45-minute boat ride out to Robben Island. Robben Island is known the world over as a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. For nearly 400 years colonial and apartheid, rulers banished those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society to this rocky, 575-hectare outcrop in Table Bay. The islands unwilling inhabitants included slaves, political prisoners and religious leaders who opposed the Dutch colonialism in East Asia, Khoikhoi and other African Leaders who resisted British expansion in South Africa, Leprosy sufferers, the sick and the mentally disturbed, French Vichy prisoners of war and political opponents of the apartheid regime in South Africa and Namibia. During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally know for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Yet people such as Nelson Mandela emerged from here to lead South Africa to democracy with a message of tolerance, reconciliation, and hope that moved the world. You will also have the opportunity of seeing the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. You will return to your hotel at about 18h00 after a very full, interesting and educational day. The cost of the afternoon Robben Island tour has not been included in the cost below and would be for your own account. Overnight at The Dock House Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Then a short walk through The “Company” Gardens which were established in the 1600's by Jan Van Riebeck to supply the ships belonging to The Dutch East India Company passing through the Cape en route to India with fresh produce. Then you will take the downtown city drive passing the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, the Castle and the Slave Lodge. You will then travel through the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay Quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. You will get back to the Dock House in time for lunch. The afternoon is free. An option for the afternoon would be to take the 45-minute boat ride out to Robben Island. Robben Island is known the world over as a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. For nearly 400 years colonial and apartheid, rulers banished those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society to this rocky, 575-hectare outcrop in Table Bay. The islands unwilling inhabitants included slaves, political prisoners and religious leaders who opposed the Dutch colonialism in East Asia, Khoikhoi and other African Leaders who resisted British expansion in South Africa, Leprosy sufferers, the sick and the mentally disturbed, French Vichy prisoners of war and political opponents of the apartheid regime in South Africa and Namibia. During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally know for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Yet people such as Nelson Mandela emerged from here to lead South Africa to democracy with a message of tolerance, reconciliation, and hope that moved the world. You will also have the opportunity of seeing the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. You will return to your hotel at about 18h00 after a very full, interesting and educational day. The cost of the afternoon Robben Island tour has not been included in the cost below and would be for your own account. Overnight at The Dock House Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

The islands unwilling inhabitants included slaves, political prisoners and religious leaders who opposed the Dutch colonialism in East Asia, Khoikhoi and other African Leaders who resisted British expansion in South Africa, Leprosy sufferers, the sick and the mentally disturbed, French Vichy prisoners of war and political opponents of the apartheid regime in South Africa and Namibia. During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally know for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Yet people such as Nelson Mandela emerged from here to lead South Africa to democracy with a message of tolerance, reconciliation, and hope that moved the world. You will also have the opportunity of seeing the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. You will return to your hotel at about 18h00 after a very full, interesting and educational day. The cost of the afternoon Robben Island tour has not been included in the cost below and would be for your own account. Overnight at The Dock House Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 11

After checking out of the hotel you will be collected from the Dock House by Ralph of Tatenda Tours for your full day Peninsula Tour. You will travel through the sea-front suburbs of Sea Point and Clifton, along with the Atlantic seaboard, under the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, to the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Here you can opt to go on a boat cruise to the entrance of the natural harbor of Hout Bay and visit the colony of Cape Fur Seals at the entrance to the bay. From Hout Bay, you travel over Chapman's Peak Drive, which is a quite spectacular mountain pass, and onto the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Chapman's Peak Drive is often closed due to falling rocks, especially in winter after heavy rain, but Ralph, your guide, will know if it’s open or closed to traffic.

Cape Point Nature Reserve is spectacularly beautiful in its wind-swept barrenness, and if you are a romantic, you can actually see where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans "meet"! Included in the tour is the funicular ride to the old lighthouse at the Point. You get the most amazing views of the Peninsular from there. Lunch, which is for your own account, is usually enjoyed here, at the Two Oceans Restaurant, but I prefer the Black Marlin, a little further towards Simon's Town. After lunch, you then visit the African "Jackass" Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach before Ralph drops you off at The Mariner Guest House in Simon’s Town. Your Budget Group “F” rental car, an air-conditioned, automatic Honda Accord, will be waiting for you when you arrive at The Mariner Guesthouse. Overnight at The Mariner Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 12

At a time as advised the previous day you will be collected from the Mariner Guesthouse by Shark Explorers for the 10 minute transfer to their dive shop where you will sign the necessary indemnity forms, kit yourself out for the dive and transfer to the Simon’s Town small craft harbour for your full day deep water Blue and Mako Shark dive.

This is a full day’s dive, departing the harbour at dawn and returning at about 15h00, depending on shark activity. It will take you about 2 hours boat ride from Simon’s Town Harbour, past Cape Point and about 50 km’s south of Cape Point to the area where the Blue and Mako Sharks are to be found. Once the sharks have been located the chum is decanted into the water to attract the sharks attention and a bait box full of mashed sardines is lowered to about 10 meters to hold the sharks attention. You then have the choice of either “free diving” on snorkel with the sharks, or kitting up on scuba and diving with the sharks – your choice.

Once every diver has had their fill of diving with the deep water predators, the Blue and Mako Sharks, you will return to Simon’s Town Harbour. You will get back to the harbour at about 15h00. This “Shark Dive” is also recommended for non-divers as it’s an exciting day outing as long as you are not prone to seasickness!! On return to harbor, you will transfer back to the Mariner Guesthouse and the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight at the Mariner Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 13

Morning Great White “breaching”, cage diving and surface viewing in the vicinity of Seal Island in False Bay. Again, this activity is strongly recommended for non-divers. Afternoon free to explore the beautiful Cape in your rental car. Overnight at The Mariner Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14

Today you have a choice of either doing a secondBlue and Mako Shark dive off Cape Point or spending another day in the company of the Great White Sharks. After the days diving activity, the afternoon is free. Overnight at The Mariner Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 15

After a leisurely breakfast, you will check out of the Mariner Guesthouse and travel inland to the wine lands of the Cape in your Budget rental Honda Accord. Overnight at Le Quartier Francais on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 16

Full day touring the wine route. For advice on where to go, what to see and which cellars to visit please consult your host at Le Quartier Francais, Roger, and he will advise you accordingly. Overnight at Le Quartier Francais on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 17

After an early breakfast, you will depart Le Quartier Francais at about 08h00 for Cape Town. You will drop off the Budget rental car at Budget’s offices in Strand Street in downtown Cape Town and they will then get a driver to transfer to Cape Town Station and Rovos Rails lounge to await the departure of the Rovos Rail at 11h00. End of the Aliwal Shoal, Cape Town, Peninsula, and Wine Lands itinerary.

Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria

Day 17

After being dropped off at Rovos Rails Lounge at Cape Town Station you will board the train which departs Cape Town Station at 11h00. The first part of your journey takes you inland through the Winelands of the Cape. This is the most beautiful part of the journey and is best enjoyed from the lounge car or observation car. Lunch is served at 13h00. High tea is served at 16h00 in the lounge car or in the observation car. The train pulls into Matjiesfontein Station at 18h00 and passengers have the option of visiting this historical town which is now a national museum.  Dinner is served in the dining car at 19h30. Overnight on Rovos Rail on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 18

Full day spent on Rovos Rail traveling between Cape Town and Pretoria. Breakfast is served in the dining car between 07h00 and 10h00 and lunch is served at 13h00. The train arrives at Kimberley Station at 14h30 where you have the opportunity of joining a guided tour of this historic diamond mining town, home to the world famous De Beers Diamond Company. The tour lasts till 16h00 when a high tea is served on board the train and the train pulls out of Kimberly Station. Overnight on Rovos Rail on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 19

Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00. The train is due to arrive at Pretoria Station at 12h00 where you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for an afternoon's city tour of Pretoria. The tour will include a visit to the Union Building, the Voortrekker Monument, and President Paul Kruger’s (1825 – 1904) house. After the tour, you will continue onto Johannesburg and the OR Tambo City Lodge where you overnight on a bed and breakfast basis. End of the Rovos Rail train trip from Cape Town to Pretoria.

Mozambique Diving Safari.

Day 20

After breakfast and check out, you will walk the short distance from the City Lodge to the International Departures Hall of the OR Tambo International Airport where you will connect with LAM’s flight, TM 332, to Inhambane which departs OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg @ 10h55, own arrangements. On arrival in Inhambane @ 14h05, you will be met by Flamingo Bay for the short road transfer to the resort. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at Little Flamingo at Flamingo Bay on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis.

Day 21

At a time to be advised, usually at dive planning the previous evening which is held in the bar at Barra Lodge, a stone’s throw from Little Flamingo, you will report to the dive center which is situated at Barra Lodge to kit up for the first dive of the day. All dives in Mozambique are also done as early in the morning as possible, as this is when the diving conditions are at their best. No wind and flat, calm seas. As the day progresses the wind tends to pick up, whipping the sea and forming "white horses" making it very choppy and dangerous for diving. The first dive of the day is usually scheduled for one of the far reefs, between 15 and 25 kms from the launch site. After the first dive, you will return to the lodge for your surface interval time and breakfast before launching the “duck”  for the second dive of the day. The second dive of the day is scheduled for one of the closer "house" reefs. Please don't expect to do more than two dives a day when diving anywhere in Mozambique. Also remember that you are thousands of kilometers from the nearest medical facility and recompression chamber with the result that all dive operators in Mozambique do not allow "pushing the limits" and prefer to err on the side of caution, so as to minimize the possibility of any dive accidents. After the second dive, the rest of the day is free. Overnight at Little Flamingo Bay on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis.

No wind and flat, calm seas. As the day progresses the wind tends to pick up, whipping the sea and forming "white horses" making it very choppy and dangerous for diving. The first dive of the day is usually scheduled for one of the far reefs, between 15 and 25 kms from the launch site. After the first dive, you will return to the lodge for your surface interval time and breakfast before launching the “duck”  for the second dive of the day. The second dive of the day is scheduled for one of the closer "house" reefs. Please don't expect to do more than two dives a day when diving anywhere in Mozambique. Also remember that you are thousands of kilometers from the nearest medical facility and recompression chamber with the result that all dive operators in Mozambique do not allow "pushing the limits" and prefer to err on the side of caution, so as to minimize the possibility of any dive accidents. After the second dive, the rest of the day is free. Overnight at Little Flamingo Bay on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis.

Please don't expect to do more than two dives a day when diving anywhere in Mozambique. Also remember that you are thousands of kilometers from the nearest medical facility and recompression chamber with the result that all dive operators in Mozambique do not allow "pushing the limits" and prefer to err on the side of caution, so as to minimize the possibility of any dive accidents. After the second dive, the rest of the day is free. Overnight at Little Flamingo Bay on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis.

Day 22

Your second day’s diving with Barra Lodge / Flamingo Bay. If it’s Whale Sharks you’ve specifically come to Mozambique to see, the best way to encounter Whale Sharks is to trawl the back-line, just beyond the breakers, and look for the tell-tail tail fin of this massive beast. But because Whale Sharks are so plentiful in these waters you are likely to encounter these animals on your way to and from the reef. When you do spot a Whale Shark the skipper will drop you off in front of the animal allowing it to swim up to you.

The best way to "dive" with Whale Sharks is on snorkel as the exhaust bubbles from your regulator, if on scuba, tends to frighten the animals away. After the animal has passed you by, you will climb back into the boat and the skipper will move off to again position you in the path of the on-coming Whale Shark, allowing it to swim past you again.

This could carry on ad infinitum till either you or the Whale Shark tire first. After the second dive the rest of the day is free. Overnight at Little Flamingo Bay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 23

Your third day diving with Barra Lodge / Flamingo Bay. Day free after the second dive. There are so many “top side” activities on offer at Barra Lodge / Flamingo Bay such as horse riding, catamaran cruises to Pansy Shell Island, sundowner cruises, Inhambane city tours, dhow trips, kayaking in the mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing, quad biking and cultural village tours.

The cost of these activities have not been included in the cost of your tour and would be for your account. Overnight at Little Flamingo on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 24

After breakfast, you will have the morning free before you transfer back to Inhambane Airport to connect with your return flight TM 2333 to Johannesburg International Airport which departs Inhambane at 14h30, own arrangements. On arrival at Johannesburg International at 16h15, you will walk the short distance to the City Lodge which is located within the airport complex.

Overnight at the City Lodge OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg on a bed and breakfast basis. End on the Mozambique Dive Safari.

Notes:

When diving anywhere in South Africa or Mozambique, please don’t expect to do more than 2 dives a day. By noon, along with the entire east coast of southern Africa, the wind tends to pick up quite a bit, causing white caps on the ocean and making diving conditions difficult and even dangerous. As all dives are drift dives, it's very difficult for the skipper of the “Rubber Duck” (Zodiac) to spot the buoy in rough conditions and even more difficult to spot individual divers as they surface after their dive. The first dive of the day is usually scheduled for shortly after sunrise with the second dive of the day being scheduled after surface interval time and breakfast, at about 10h30. By noon, when the wind has picked up, all dives for the day have been completed. If by chance there is no wind, then a 3rd or even 4th dive might be possible, but this is very unlikely. The wind tends to drop by about 17h00, and if it does, then there is the possibility of a night dive. But this can only be confirmed on the day, at about mid-afternoon.

Remember when diving anywhere off the coast of Mozambique you are thousands of kilometers from the nearest medical facility and recompression chamber with the result that all dive operators in Mozambique do not allow "pushing the limits" and prefer to err on the side of caution, so as to minimize the possibility of any dive accidents. There is no technical diving or deep de-co diving in Mozambique.

Victoria Falls and Botswana Safari

Day 25

After breakfast, you will again walk the short distance to the International Departures Hall where you will connect with flight SA 48 which departs OR Tambo @ 10h40 for Livingstone in Zambia, own arrangements. On arrival at Livingstone International Airport – Zambia @ 12h30, after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by Taita Falcon Lodge for the 45-minute road transfer to the lodge. Rest of the afternoon free. At Taita Falcon Lodge you have the option of going on a guided cultural Village tour and a guided bush and bird walk. Overnight at Taita Falcon Lodge on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis.

Day 26

After breakfast you will be transferred by Taita Falcon Lodge to Bushtracks Africa’s offices in Livingstone for your full day tour of the Victoria Falls. The morning will be spent viewing the Falls from the Zambian side of the Zambezi River which is the side not often photographed and just as spectacular as the views from across the river, In the afternoon you will cross into Zimbabwe and view the Falls from the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River. This is the side most visited and photographed. After viewing the Fall’s from the Zimbabwean side you will return to Bushtracks offices where Taita Falcon Lodge will meet you and transfer you back to the lodge. Overnight at Taita Falcon Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Day 27

After breakfast, you will be collected from Taita Falcon Lodge by Bushtracks Africa for the 2-hour road transfer from Taita Falcon Lodge, across the Zambian / Botswana border to the town of Kasane and the local airport. From there you will board the charter flight from Kasane into the Savuti Marsh and to Savuti Safari Lodge. You will arrive at Savuti Safari Lodge in time for lunch. At about 16h00 you will depart the lodge for your afternoon / night safari in the Savuti Marsh. Overnight at Savuti Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 28

Full day on safari in the Savuti Marsh with Savuti Safari Lodge. During the course of the afternoon/early evening you will be contacted by Safari Air who will advise you of your scheduled pick up time tomorrow to connect with your charter flight to Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta. Overnight at Savuti Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 29

After the early morning game drive and breakfast you will transfer back to Savuti Safari Lodges airstrip for the short charter flight into the Okavango Swamps and Camp Okavango. You will arrive in camp in time for lunch before setting out in your mokoro (dug-out canoe) for the afternoon / evening game activity. Overnight at Camp Okavango on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 30

Full day on safari in the Okavango Swamps with Camp Okavango. Camp Okavango is a "wet camp" where all your game activities are from a mokoro and on foot. The mokoro stops off at one of the many islands in the delta and you then have the opportunity to explore the island on foot before setting off again in your mokoro to travel the waterways of the Okavango game viewing en route. This is a completely unique experience and totally different to what you would have experienced whilst at Londolozi and at Savuti Safari Lodge. Overnight at Camp Okavango on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 31

At a time advised the previous evening, after the early morning game activity and breakfast, Camp Okavango will transfer you the short distance to the lodge’s landing strip where you will board the "bush hopper" for the short charter flight to the town of Maun. On arrival in Maun you will then board Air Botswana's scheduled flight, BP 0211, which departs Maun at 14h20 for Johannesburg, own arrangements. On arrival in Johannesburg at 16h00 you will walk the short distance from the International Arrivals Hall to the International Departures Hall where you will board Swiss Air’s flight to Zurich which departs OR Tambo International @ 19h30. End of services.

Combined cost of all 5 segments on the safari.

Londolozi: ZAR 43 765 per person sharing

Aliwal Shoal and Cape Town

Diver: ZAR 37 890 per diver sharing
Non-diver: ZAR 32 040 per non diver sharing
Rovos Rail: ZAR 16 525 per person sharing

Mozambique

Diver: ZAR 12 140 per diver sharing
Non-diver: ZAR 7 895 per non diver sharing
Victoria Falls and Botswana: USD 4 585 per person sharing

The above costs are current and could change by June / July 2014. Costs can only be guaranteed once booked and confirmed and the prescribed deposit received.

In order to complete the above itinerary the following domestic / international flights would need to be booked. The cost of these domestic flights have NOT been included in the costs above.

Day 01 of the itinerary
OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg (JNB) to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit (MQP)
Flight SA 8841 departing Johannesburg @ 11h10 and arriving Nelspruit @ 11h55
Between ZAR 1 211 and ZAR 1 769 per person one way, depending on how far in advance you book.

Day 05 of the itinerary
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit (MQP) to King Shaka International Airport (DUR).
Flight SA 8506 departing Nelspruit @ 15h10 and arriving Durban @ 16h10
From ZAR 2 036 per person one way, depending on how far in advance you book.

Day 09 of the itinerary
King Shaka International Airport (DUR) to Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town (CPT).
Flight SA 7969 departing Durban @ 12h10 and arriving Cape Town @ 14h25
Between ZAR 1 801 and ZAR 2 516 per person one way, depending on how far in advance you book.

Day 20 & day 24 of the itinerary
OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg (JNB) to Inhambane Airport – Mozambique (INH), return
Flight TM 332 departing Johannesburg @ 10h55 and arriving Inhambane @ 14h05
Returning on flight TM 2333 departing Inhambane @ 14h30 and arriving Johannesburg @ 16h15
ZAR 4 329 per person, return

Day 25 of the itinerary
OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg (JNB) to Livingstone International Airport – Zambia (LVI)
Flight SA 48 departing Johannesburg @ 10h40 and arriving Livingstone @ 12h30
Between ZAR 2 266 and ZAR 4 218 per person one way, depending on how far in advance you book.

Day 31 of the itinerary
Maun International Airport – Botswana (MUB) toOR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg (JNB)
Flight BP 0211 departing Maun at 14h20 and arriving Johannesburg @ 16h00
Between ZAR 1 520 and ZAR 1 655 per person one way, depending on how far in advance you book.

Sometimes it could be cheaper to book these domestic / international flights when you book your international air as your international carrier could have partnership agreements with the South African / Mozambique / Botswana airlines. Otherwise we can book these flights for you, on your behalf, direct with the airline concerned, using your credit card details which you have supplied to us with the specific purpose of booking your domestic flights. We book these flights directly on line with the airline concerned at the cheapest possible rate on the day concerned using your credit card, details of which you have supplied us for this purpose, and the charge will reflect on your credit card statement as coming directly from the airline and not from Dive The Big 5. We offer this as a service and do not charge a commission for this service.

We also strongly suggest you take out travel insurance.