namIbIa & beyond namIbIa, boTswana, mozambIque, souTh afrIca N amiBia offers an eXtraordinary entree to this unique tour of Africa. Located in the south west corner of the continent its amazing landscapes combine Africa’s stunning scenery and prolific wildlife. From Africa’s largest canyon to the rugged Atlantic Coast. From the apricot coloured dunes of Sossusvlei to the extraordinary wildlife within Etosha National Park. We traverse the large distances in Namibia by Private Train. Accommodation in Namibia is a combination of time aboard our train, several nights at superb game lodges and an amazing desert hotel. Our Private Train offers you the most comfortable way to experience Namibia. After 12 days exploring Namibia we delight in three days in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, staying at small deluxe safari camps and touring by mokoro (traditional canoe) and 4WD. Then for a total contrast we visit the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique and its capital, Maputo, renowned for its faded colonial glory. Finally we travel down to South Africa for two nights at Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, one of Africa’s premier Game Reserves, beside Kruger National Park. 38 namiBia & Beyond Namibia & beyoNd Travel DaTes Etosha National Park 15 May – 4 June 2010 (21 Days) Tsumeb Okavango Delta Coach/4WD Maun Included Air day 1: saturday 15 may Private Train Australia – N A M I B I A Mokoro Boat/4WD Mt Johannesburg (South Africa) Spitzkoppe Usakos s and d unes , s ossusvlei Swakopmund d epart sydney mid morning with Qantas to Johannesburg. Connections from other cities are Walvis Bay Windhoek MOZAMBIQUE This evening enjoy the stars from Sabi Sands available. We will stay overnight Mariental BOTSWANA Game Reserve the observatory and breathe in the at the luxurious D’Oreale Grande clear pure air. Sossusvlei Hotel, close to Johannesburg Airport. day 6: thursday 20 may day 2: sunday 16 may Keetmanshoop Johannesburg Maputo Sossusvlei Johannesburg – A day of incredible desert scenery. SOUTH AFRICA Windhoek (Namibia) To/From We make an early start to visit the Australia brick red glowing sand dunes of A mid morning flight takes us Fish River to Windhoek, where we transfer to Canyon Sossusvlei. The energetic can climb Okapuka Lodge in the heart of a to the top with wonderful views over private Game Reserve. Experience a sea of apricot coloured sand. Later your first introduction to African we join 4WDs for the last kilometres Auas Hills. Enjoy a coffee or a formations and remote location. into the Vlei, a clay depression wildlife this afternoon as we tour the reserve drink in the Lounge Car before We rejoin the train for lunch and surrounded by dunes that only fills with for a close up view of its prolific game a talk on the journey and the head north to Keetmanshoop, water from the Tsauchab River in good including giraffe, rhino, lion and thousands country of Namibia. During where we visit the Quiver Tree seasons. We continue to Sesriem Canyon, of antelopes. the train journey there will be Forest, comprising archaic Aloe which was buried into the sand layers by Get to know fellow travellers at our talks in the Lounge Car most trees in the middle of the semi the Tsauchab River over millions of years. Welcome Dinner and Reception. afternoons when travelling. desert. Enjoy dinner onboard This evening we have a special barbecue day 3: monday 17 may Each evening aboard the train w indhoeK , n amiBia this evening. dinner in the nearby hills. a three course meal is served, Windhoek – Join ‘Desert Express’ accompanied by fine South African wines. day 5: wednesday 19 may day 7: friday 21 may Enjoy a relaxing morning before driving Mariental – Sossusvlei Sossusvlei – Swakopmund to Windhoek to join the ‘Desert Express’. day 4: tuesday 18 may After breakfast we leave the train at An intrepid bus trip on a gravel road Settle into your compartment and enjoy Fish River Canyon lunch as we wind southwards through the Mariental and drive four hours through takes us through the Namib-Naukluft Awake in the country’s remote south a rocky mountain range into the Namib National Park to the Atlantic Coast. We stop and join our coach to drive through pristine Desert. We have two nights at the stylish to observe the bizarre rock formations of half desert landscapes to the deep gorge of Sossusvlei Lodge at the entrance to the the Gaub Pass and the Kuiseb Canyon. Our the Fish River Canyon, the world’s second National Park. picnic lunch will be on a rocky outcrop. largest canyon. Dinner, including game specialities, is Walvis Bay was a former South African Stroll along the canyon edge and enjoy served overlooking the desert. The variety enclave until 1994 and is now a thriving breathtaking views into the 160km long of the region’s antelopes is visible from the port city. The cold surge of the Atlantic canyon, with its stark scenery, spectacular lodge much of the time. Ocean abruptly hits the desert with banks f ish r iver c anyon , n amiBia 39 the Captain’S ChoiCe tour 2010 of the lagoon oft swarming with Around noon we arrive in Windhoek Delta by mokoro (a traditional dug out flamingos and pelicans. We continue and say goodbye to our friendly train canoe) and 4WD. We will take game along the coast to Swakopmund, with crew. Our hotel, the Kalahari Sands, is viewing opportunities each morning and its German village character reflecting located in the heart of the city. late afternoon, with ample time to relax and a colonial past. This afternoon we will see the enjoy the pleasant surroundings. This afternoon we have free time to buildings from colonial times and gain stroll along the waterside promenade an insight into the highly contrasting Day 15: SaturDay 29 May and soak up the German/African lifestyles of the exclusive residential Okavango Delta – atmosphere. areas and African townships. We visit Maputo (Mozambique) We rejoin the train for dinner this a woman’s art and craft project as well evening and feast on local seafood. as the Soweto Market. This evening we Enjoy a final game viewing cruise this dine at a stylish city restaurant. morning and some time to relax before M okoro b oat , o kavango D elta Day 8: SaturDay 22 May our early afternoon charter flight to Maun Spitzkoppe Day 13: thurSDay 27 May to connect with our flight to Maputo, via lies the gigantic Etosha Salt Pan. Johannesburg. We arrive in the capital of We have two nights at the five star Mokuti Windhoek – Enjoy the wonderworld of sand dunes Mozambique this evening and have three and tiny villages over breakfast before Kempinski Lodge and embark on another Okavango Delta (Botswana) nights to experience a completely different reaching Usakos, where we leave the game drive this afternoon. This morning we fly to Maun (Botswana) African country. train for an excursion to the 1,700m high and join a private flight to one of Africa’s Spitzkoppe Mountain. Mighty granite Day 10: MonDay 24 May greatest game viewing regions – the Day 16: SunDay 30 May blocks, which appear to balance over deep Etosha National Park Okavango Delta, a vast area of crystal clear Maputo rifts and individual Acacia trees, shape the water, home to an amazing variety of birds We will take an early morning game Maputo, in colonial times known as scenery. In Bushman’s Paradise you can and wildlife. Fed by flood water from the drive in open vehicles before returning to Lourenco Marques, reflects the faded glory discover century old rock paintings of the Angolan Highlands it fans out into a shifting our luxurious lodge for breakfast. of the Portuguese Empire in Africa yet San Bushman at the top of a steep climb. web of palm fringed channels, lagoons and This afternoon enjoy relaxing at our retains a distinctly Mozambican charm. We will also visit a local village school islands, gently soaking away to the Kalahari lodge; or continue the search for wildlife. Despite decades of civil war the city is now for an insight into life in Desert in the south. We fly to Moremi the wilds of Namibia. We Game Reserve, part of the eastern side of coming into its own; dilapidated buildings Day 11: tueSDay 25 May are being restored to their former glory and rejoin the train for lunch the Delta, with a great variety of wildlife and travel north towards Etosha National Park – Tsumeb new buildings are regularly springing up. and scenery. We have two nights at a Etosha National Park. This morning we drive through the park deluxe tented camp (our group will be split Today we see the cultural heritage of the This afternoon a lecture and rejoin our Private Train for lunch. between several smaller camps). All meals city and its wonderful colonial architecture is dedicated to the San, This afternoon we visit the regional are provided in a delightful outdoor setting including the extraordinary railway station, the original inhabitants of capital, Tsumeb, with its fascinating within the African bush. built by Gustav Eiffel in 1910. We also visit r hino , S abi S anDS Southern Africa. museum depicting the history of Namibia the city museum and the bustling market from colonial times Day 14: FriDay 28 May place. Lunch is served in a delightful Day 9: SunDay 23 May beachfront restaurant on the Costa del Sol. Our friendly train crew will host our final Okavango Delta Etosha National Park dinner onboard this evening. Travellers regard the Okavango Delta as Heading into northern Namibia we cross Day 12: WeDneSDay 26 May one of the most spectacular and beautiful the Otavi Highlands and leave the train natural areas in southern Africa, covering Windhoek for a game drive in one of Africa’s greatest over 1,000sqkm of grassy flood plains game reserves – Etosha National Park. With Early this morning our journey becomes including savannahs, waterways with a little luck you may see elephants, lions, a train safari as the railway leads through banks of reeds, palm covered islands, wildebeest and other wildlife. private Game Reserves. Keep an eye out for thick mopane forest and lush lily covered In the heart of Namibia’s Game Reserve giraffe, springbok, antelope and ostrich. lagoons. We will explore the Okavango C olonial a rChiteCture , M ozaMbique 40 namiBia & Beyond Namibia & beyoNd This afternoon is at your leisure. over 50 years and the wildlife are relaxed in This evening is a dine-around evening – choose from our hotel or a popular local the presence of safari vehicles. Your 4WD vehicle, with driver and expert our prIvaTe TraIn ‘deserT express’ restaurant. tracker, will take you off the road in search day 17: monday 31 may of wildlife providing you with outstanding photographic opportunities. T he ‘desert eXpress’ was built in 1998 to tour Namibia. Each carriage has six compartments. Each compartment has two lower beds, which Maputo Dinner this evening is served in the Boma, themed as a traditional African village. during the daytime are transformed into three chairs. Today choose from a relaxing day by The panoramic window offers amazing views the beach; or join one of two full day tour day 19: wednesday 2 June and is ideal for photography. Each compartment options. has a small bathroom including a shower, toilet 1. ‘Day in the Life’ – offers a cultural Sabi Sands and a pivoting washbasin plus a safe, hairdryer insight into Mozambican life. Visit an The bush is alive with birdsong as you and radio. The train is fully air conditioned and artist’s home, enjoy an African lunch, visit a join an early morning game drive. Our quite comfortable without being luxurious. Buffet school and get to know the local people. expert trackers will do their utmost to lead lunches and a table service dinner are served in 2. ‘Maputo Elephant Reserve’ – gives us to the wildlife including the magnificent the dining car when travelling on the train. There you the opportunity to encounter rural predators. We return for a late breakfast. is also a Lounge Car with bar. A coach follows our Mozambique. Travel across Maputo Bay by Later this morning you may like to train to take you sightseeing at each destination. In ferry to Catembe then drive south through take a guided bush walk or simply relax Namibia we stay aboard the train for one or two acacia woodland and across the Maputo before our late afternoon safari. River. We follow the rollercoaster like road nights at a time and also use hotels and top quality Late this afternoon we depart for to the main gate of the Maputo Elephant game lodges. The train enables us to cover the ‘sundowners‘ in the bush then embark on Reserve. Keep a keen eye out for elephant, a nocturnal safari, where we hope to watch large distances in Namibia and enjoy spectacular hippo, crocodile, monkeys and witness the lions prepare for their evening hunt. We sights during the day. Good South African wines are abundance of birdlife. We also visit the return to the lodge for dinner. served with dinner aboard the train. coastal town of Ponta Milibangalala in time for a late lunch and swim. day 20: thursday 3 June This evening is another dine-around Tour CosT Depart Sabi Sands evening with several choices. Begin your final day in Africa with an early Based on twin share – per person, from Sydney, Melbourne, day 18: tuesday 1 June morning game drive then relax at the lodge Brisbane or Adelaide, flying with Qantas, in Australian Dollars. before our midday departure for the airport Prices from other cities are available on request. Maputo – and our flight home via Johannesburg. Sabi Sands (South Africa) economy class ...................................................................................... $20,920 This morning we drive across the border day 21: friday 4 June premium economy class ................................................................ $23,610 to South Africa and the renowned Sabi Sands Arrive Australia Business class ......................................................................................... $26,415 private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger We arrive in Sydney this morning with first class ...................................................................................................$30,110 National Park. We have two nights in a luxurious game lodge within Sabi Sands, one connections available to other cities. Business & First Class passengers travel Business Class on domestic flights to/from Sydney of Africa’s great game viewing destinations. (subject to availability), all other passengers travel Economy Class. All regional flights are in Economy Class. Sabi Sands offers some of Africa’s best game viewing with every likelihood of seeing ‘the shorter oPtion land only Big 5’ – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and (Join Johannesburg after dinner on Day 1, depart Johannesburg Airport on Day 20) ... $18,260 leopard as well as wild dog, cheetah and many other species.It is also a bird watcher’s delight. There has been no hunting here for i F you Would PreFer to visit Namibia only; or Namibia and Botswana – please speak to one of our Tour Consultants. sinGle room supplement (Train & hotels) ............................................... $2,745 Single rooms at this price may be limited. 41 terms & condItIons Paul Mccarthy advertising 21885 Tour operaTor Phil Asker Pty Ltd, ACN 063 895 876, ABN 82 063 895 876, TCF 5541 is the Tour Operator of the program. smoking in accordance with international agreements. appoinTed airlines Various international airlines are our nominated carriers. 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