Why join CNH Tours to Southern Africa?

With the help from a wildlife conservation champion of the region (Karen Ross) and with support from an experienced local travel company (Liquid Giraffe), we’ve assembled the elements of  a one-of-a-kind 14 day small group trip to some of the world’s most iconic wildlife destinations.  We've added cultural / historical components which, all told, will give you an authentic taste of Southern Africa.   Most of the places you’ll be experiencing are UNESCO World Heritage sites – they’ve been formally recognized as being of global significance by the international community.   

Specifically, the trip includes:

  • Magic and history at the breath-taking Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
  • Ancient secrets of Tsodilo Hills (Botswana)
  • Magnificent African wildlife of Okavango – both at its panhandle and in the Delta (Botswana)
  • Rugged desert ecosystems of the Kalahari, guided by local bushmen (Botswana)
  • Stunning land and seascapes of Cape Town along with the region’s cultural vibrancy (South Africa)

Why is a Galapagos specialist offering the Okavango and surrounding sites?

This is a fair question. CNH Tours does not organize or sell trips to destinations unless we feel we are intimately familiar with them.  For 20 years we have focused exclusively on Galapagos for the simple reason that we know no other wildlife destination so well.    

It’s only because we were able to bring Karen Ross on board that we feel we can offer this particular trip.   As you will see from her bio below, few people in the travel business are as familiar with this region as is Karen.   We asked her to design and lead what she thought would be the best 2 week trip to the region, and to do it during what she considered to be the best time of year to appreciate the diverse attributes of the places you'll be going to.    This trip is the culmination of her work.  

 

Trip Vision / Short Itinerary

Some places on Earth are of such outstanding natural and cultural significance that the countries of the world have come together to identify and help conserve them.  To do this, they created the World Heritage Convention - a tool that encourages countries to put forth, for the benefit of present and future generations, sites that are of global value. 

This trip will focus on such World Heritage sites in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. 

Because these places are far away and difficult to access, you will likely not be returning anytime soon.  You’ll want to maximize your chances of being exposed to the best of what the region offers, both in terms of wildlife, and in terms of the historical/cultural context.     You’ll be spending a good part of your days outside, on small boats / safari type vehicles or on light to moderate walks in the hills.   You’ll witness a variety of ecosystems and their wildlife.   We feel that at the end of a fascinating, but perhaps a bit tiring day, you’ll appreciate comfortable accommodations. 

To this end, we’ve ensured that you’ll not only be seeing some of the world’s most outstanding places, but that you’ll be able to unwind in some of the most comfortable lodges / camps on offer.    On top of all that, the small group environment will be led by a wildlife conservation expert whose job it has been to help protect the places you're visiting.   This will ensure that you’ll have the best possible understanding of how the ecosystems you’re visiting are being conserved in light the challenges they face. 

Short Tour Itinerary (see the more detailed itinerary below)

Day 1 (15 May): Arrive at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (your international flights are arranged independently).  Transfer to your hotel on the Zambezi River (mini coach and boat).

Day 2: Travel by boat safari downstream to the iconic Victoria Falls.  Lunch at The Lookout Café.  Afternoon wildlife observation by boat / on foot.  Evening presentation on the life and times of David Livingstone and his role in the history of Victoria Falls.

Day 3:  Guided visit of nearby communities for an opportunity to learn first-hand how tourism and community development are working together.  Afternoon wildlife observation by boat / on foot.  

Day 4: Overland to Kasane (Botswana).  Private charter flight to Nxamaseri island (Okavango panhandle).  Sundowner cruise on the Okavango River.

Day 5:  Overland day trip to Tsodilo Hills World Heritage site.  Hike to bushman rock art sites. Bush picnic lunch.  

Day 6:  Mokoro (dug-out canoe) ride on the waterways, wildlife spotting.   Transfer to airstrip for your private charter flight to Shinde in the Okavango Delta; evening game drive.

Days 7 & 8:   Busy days partaking in a variety of wildlife spotting activities, from mokoro trips, boating sorties, day and night game drives - enjoying the rich and diverse wildlife of the Okavango Delta. 

Day 9:   Private charter flight to Hainaveld (Kalahari desert ecosystem).   Game drive on the way to the lodge.  A variety of wildlife spotting activities, including walks with San Bushmen who will tell you about their way of life. 

Day 10:  You’ll spend as much of the day (and night) as you please engagned in a selection of wildlife spotting / cultural activities.

Day 11:  Private charter flight to Maun, capital of the Okavango district.   Connect with a commercial flight to Cape Town (South Africa) and transfer to your hotel, located in a dynamic and trendy port-side neighbourhood.  

Day 12:  Enjoy a city tour including a visit to the Kirstenbosch Gardens to marvel at unique plants of the region (part of the Cape Floral World Heritage site), ride to the summit of Table Mountain (weather permitting).  We'll visit a nearby wine estate and try out some the local products.  

Day 13:  Day trip to the southern tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.  You'll take a magnificent coastal drive to the African penguin colony at Boulder Bay, with the chance to hike down to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope.   

Day 14 (28 May):  Transfer to the airport for your flight home.  Possible morning visit to Robben Island World Heritage site (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) if your flight departs no earlier than mid-afternoon (not included - but we can make arrangements).  Further extensions in South Africa can be arranged on request.  Contact us for ideas if you like.

 

 

Dates / prices / booking information

DATES:   15-28 May 2020

PRICE:  US$11,540 / person (twin / double occupancy - contact us for solo prices)

GROUP SIZE:  16 guests

TRIP STARTS:  At Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 

TRIP ENDS:  At Cape Town, South Africa

INCLUDES:  

- Tour leader (Okavango wildlife conservation expert)

- Fully inclusive stays in Victoria Falls and all Botswana Camps

- Bed and breakfast in Cape Town

- Four light aircraft transfers in Botswana (including departure taxes)

- All land transfers indicated for Victoria Falls/Botswana/Cape Town

- Commercial flight from Maun (Botswana) to Cape town on day 11

- Cultural tour in Victoria Falls to the Greenline Project, with a modest contribution to the community

- All activities / excursions, with local guide services 

- Full day cultural tour in Cape Town with a visit to a top wine estate, Kirstenboch gardens, Boulder Bay penguin colony / full day tour of the Cape Peninsula

- All relevant park, concession, conservation fees and taxes

- Laundry (at the safari lodges)

NOT INCLUDED: 

- Your incoming international flights to Victoria Falls (Day 1) and out-going flight home from Cape Town (Day 14)

- Cable car at Table Mountain (weather permitting, it may or may not be feasible to take it)

- Travel and medical insurance (required)

- Tips and gratuities (budget apx. $300 / person for the entire trip)

- Visa fees for Zimbabwe ($30-$75, depending on nationality, purchased on arrival at Victoria Falls airport)

- Items of a personal nature

- Meals not indicated on the itinerary

- Other optional extras as indicated

 

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Your tour leader

Karen Ross, a.k.a. "Champion of the Okavango"

Your trip leader: Dr Karen Ross[1]

Karen was born and raised in Kenya. She has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Edinburgh University, carrying out her PhD research in Kenya under the supervision of the famous elephant zoologist, Dr Iain Douglas Hamilton.   She was hired by Hugo van Lawick (renowned wildlife film maker - and Jane Goodall’s former husband) on a filming job which led to her work with the BBC, producing the book “Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari”.  The book was first published as a companion to a BBC three part documentary of the same title.  

Karen’s subsequent work in the Okavango Delta was part of critical conservation activities in Botswana, including the protection of the Okavango Delta from mining threats and upstream water withdrawals from Namibia.  She led the NGO pressure to curtail the proliferation of fences in the Okavango region (fences are harmful to the movement of wildlife), co-founding a forum between different government ministries and between government and civil society. 

During decades of conservation work in Botswana, mainly with Conservation International, it became clear to Karen that overarching protection for the Okavango Delta would be given through UNESCO World Heritage designation, considered by experts to be long overdue. From 2007 Karen motivated the Government of Botswana to consider this important listing. From then she collaborated on this effort with the Government of Botswana, Okavango communities, national and international conservation NGOs, the tourism sector and numerous other stakeholders, including government authorities in neighbouring Namibia and Angola.  

She was a lead editor of the World Heritage nomination dossier[2].  Thanks to this lengthy and intense work, the Okavango Delta finally made it on to the World Heritage list in 2014.  Karen's relentless efforts at conserving this iconic wilderness has led to her being crowned "The Champion of the Okavango" in the National Geographic magazine (click here to see the article).

Once you’re booked on the trip, Karen will become your main contact point with CNH Tours.  She’ll be answering emails and helping you best plan for your time in Africa.  

 

[1] For more on Karen’s background, see:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-s-ross-75528017/ and 

[2] The complete dossier contains fascinating information.  It is a huge file, but well organized.  You can find it here: https://whc.unesco.org/en/documents/129548 

 

 

Your Accommodations

Accommodations are in luxury tented camps with ensuite bathrooms, save for the Cape Grace, which is a luxury hotel.  Click on the names of the accommodation and you'll be take to their respective websites for more information.   

 

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Old Drift Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

3 Nights

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Okavango Panhandle

2 Nights

Shinde Lodge 

Okavango Delta

3 Nights

Dinaka Lodge

Kalahari

2 Nights

Cape Grace Luxury Hotel

Cape Town

3 Nights

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

   Day 1 Arrive at Victoria Falls.  Old Drift Lodge, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls[1], Zimbabwe

[1] For more information on this World Heritage site, see:  https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/509

Resting on the southern banks of the mighty Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the iconic and unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side. The town itself offers an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals - or simply find a nice place for a coffee, tea or cold drink and get a sense of the local buzz. 

Today, you arrive into Victoria Falls airport where you are met at the airport and transferred by road and boat to Old Drift Lodge (4.5 km / 3 miles), your home for the next 3 nights.

Overnight: Old Drift Lodge    

Upstream from Victoria (Vic) Falls in the Zambezi National Park lies a pristine piece of land on the banks of the Zambezi River. The untouched natural beauty of the park is sprawled over 56 000 breath-taking hectares (138,000 acres). The activities offered at Old Drift Lodge emphasise the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam through the Park and swim the Zambezi River. The Park can be explored by road, river or on foot, satisfying guests needs to experience every aspect of this well-conserved wilderness.

The main lodge area has 360-degree views, north facing onto the Zambezi & south facing onto a wetland.  The Lodge offers very comfortable accommodation, with each air-conditioned suite tastefully furnished, fitting of the bygone eras, which blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. The spacious canvas en-suite rooms all have a private lounge, viewing deck, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and an outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi. 

Included

All meals and drinks

Airport / hotel transfers

 

   Day 2: Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day Itinerary

Today, you will travel by boat downstream to visit Victoria Falls for a private morning tour.  The trail takes you through the mist-fed rainforest around the falls and will give you several opportunities to not only admire the falls from different vantage points, but also appreciate the rainforest ecosystem.  Light rain jackets might be appreciated.  Lunch will be at the famous The Lookout Café (recently re-built), offering a great view of the gorge.   On the way there and on the way back, you'll likely get a chance make the first of your African wildlife encounters.  In the evening, you will be given a fascinating talk by Chris Worden[2] at the Lodge on the life and time of David Livingstone and his role in the history of Victoria Falls.

Included

Tour of the Falls + lunch at a falls side restaurant. 

 

   Day 3: Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day Itinerary

An interesting half day tour to visit the outlying communities of Victoria Falls where the Greenline Trust[3] has been involved for many years assisting in the empowerment of marginalised communities. You will witness the successes of the small scale farming and education programs here where communities are now providing fresh produce to the hotel industry in Victoria Falls.  The price of the trip includes a modest contribution to the work of this organisation.  Lunch at the lodge followed by a free afternoon during where you’ll have the option to participate on a guided walk in the park, embark on a small boat wildlife spotting cruise or simply enjoy some down time in the lodge.    

 

 

   Day 4: Fly to Nxamaseri Island Lodge, Okavango Panhandle

Okavango Panhandle

Situated in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta[4], the Panhandle is a stretch of the Okavango River that follows a more-or-less straight course for approximately 70 kilometres before entering the wetlands. This deep channel serves as the main water source feeding the delta.  The waters are abundant with fish while the surrounding woodlands and river shallows teem with a myriad of birds. The Okavango Panhandle is dotted with several villages and serves as a gateway to the scenic Tsodilo Hills[5], some 40 kilometres west, with their various tribal cave paintings, some dating back as far as 20 000 years.   Visitors can enjoy first-class birding and boating on the Okavango River.

Day Itinerary

Today, you travel by road to Kasane (about 1.5 hours, crossing the border into Botswana) where you will board your light aircraft for your flight to Nxamaseri Island.  A short road transfer will take you to Nxamaseri Lodge from the airstrip. A sundowner (happy hour) cruise has been arranged for late afternoon / sunset.

Overnight: Nxamaseri Island Lodge

The exclusive Nxamaseri Island Lodge is set on an island in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, one of the most important wildlife areas areas in the world. As one of the oldest lodges in the Delta it has its own unique charm and atmosphere. Being owner-run Nxamaseri, prides itself in creating an experience that is personal and intimate, catering to small groups only. The lodge offers water-based activities, including boating and mekoro (dugout canoes) trips among the network of channels that make up the area. Nxamaseri is one of the top bird watching and fishing destinations in the country and specialises in both, with expert and enthusiastic guides guaranteed to make your experience a memorable one. Nxamaseri is also close to the magical Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage site and one of Botswana’s greatest cultural treasures where visitors can view hundreds of ancient San rock art paintings. 

Included

Flight to Nxamaseri / packed lunch

All meals including drinks (except for spirits)

Road transfer to lodge

Kasane airport departure tax

 

   Day 5:  Nxamaseri Island Lodge, Okavango Panhandle

Day Itinerary

Today, we go on an overland expedition to the Tsodilo Hills, the second of our UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Tsodilo Hills are renowned for their bushman paintings.   Accessing these paintings will require an ability to walk along uneven tracks, unmarked pathways and to gently scramble up small ravines to access the paintings with your guide.  You will be with your guide for the day.

 

   Day 6: Fly to Shinde, Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

Situated in the north-western corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. Every year, the seasonal upstream rains feed the magnificent Okavango River, which then sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis.  The ecosystem features countless meandering waterways and crystal clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife. The Okavango Delta stretches over 15000 square kilometres (5,800 square miles). Visitors can enjoy a number of wonderful activities such as game viewing, fishing, bird watching or taking an authentic guided Mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe. Commonly spotted animals include: lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and countless species of birds.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, enjoy one of the magical activities that are quintessential to the Delta - a mokoro ride along the Delta waterways. Transfer back to the lodge to freshen up and then onto the airstrip. Light aircraft transfer from Nxamaseri airstrip to Shinde airstrip where you will be met and taken to Shinde Camp for your 3 night Okavango Delta stay.

Overnight: Shinde       

Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate (8 rooms only) classic camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon, which simply teems with animal and birdlife. The camp’s unique main area comprises a multi-tiered dining room and lounge which is set under canvas under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees.

Shinde was refurbished in 2015. The elegance and historical charm of the iconic Shinde camp has been enhanced by enlarging the classic safari guest tents to incorporate a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower and luxurious fittings. The larger bedrooms with new linen and furniture in tasteful colours provide a perfect retreat. Wide sliding doors leading onto the extended front decks afford breath-taking views over the open floodplains or the mysterious waterways of the Delta.

Every possible comfort has been catered for – from generated electricity and a private viewing deck through to a handy flashlight.  Each tent is strategically positioned to offer splendid views, whether across the Okavango Deltas mysterious waterways or open grasslands. 

Included

All meals and drinks

Flight to Shinde / packed lunch

 

 

   Day 7: Shinde, Okavango Delta

Day Itinerary

Your stay at Shinde Camp - one the flagship camps of the inner Okavango Delta - is fully inclusive. The camp offers mokoro trips, boating trips, catch and release fishing and of course, day and night game drives. There is no set program during your stay and activities will be arranged on a daily basis for the group - and not everyone will necessarily be doing the same activities at the same time.  Night drives for those with the stamina and energy are also on offer and although included, are on request. 

 

 

 

   Day 8: Shinde, Okavango Delta

Day Itinerary

You will certainly have not had enough of your first full day in the Okavango.  Today, you'll explore other parts of the Delta - chooshing activities / adventures from the range of options available.   Again, night drives for those with the stamina and energy will be organized if you are up to the task after a long day in the outdoors.  

 

   Day 9: Fly to Dinaka, Kalahari

Kalahari

The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert boasting expansive semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The endless sand dunes of the Kalahari compose the largest continuous expanse of sand on earth. Visitors can enjoy the clear night skies for a spot of stargazing, excellent game viewing, nature walks and, should they be so inclined, some rugged 4x4 adventures through this magnificent desert. Commonly spotted wildlife include black-maned Kalahari lion, oryx antelope, ostrich, meerkat and countless bird species. 

Day Itinerary

Today, you fly by light aircraft to the Hainaveld area on the northern boundary of the Kalahari Game Reserve.  The transfer to the lodge is about 40 minutes by game drive from the airstrip. The magic of the Kalahari open grasslands is an exciting contrast to the vegetation and water areas of the Okavango.  Apart from desert species such as springbok and bat eared foxes, the private concession is one of the few places where you may be lucky enough to see a white rhino in Botswana.

The camp offers day and night game drives as well as fascinating walks with the San Bushmen - a superb opportunity to see into the life and culture of this cultural group. There is no set program during your stay and activities will be arranged on a daily basis for the group - and not everyone will necessarily be doing the same activities at the same time.  Night drives for those with the stamina and energy are also on offer and although included, are on request.

Dinaka has a "sleep out deck", located a short distance away from the main lodge.  It accommodates 2 people (or 4, if you're all family / good friends) on an elevated deck, sleeping under the brilliant stars.  You're accompanied by a guide (who has his separate sleeping area) and there are toilet facilities below the deck.   You can book your night here (no extra charge) on a first come, first served basis.  

Included

Flight to Shinde / packed lunch

All meals and drinks

 

   Day 10: Dinaka, Kalahari

Day Itinerary

You will enjoy a full day exploring the semi-arid ecosystems of the Kalahari.  You'll have the freedom to choose from game drives, learning about Bushmen culture, guided walks and more. 

 

 

   Day 11: Fly to Cape Grace, Cape Town

Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit – most of whom leave thinking that they should have stayed longer. 

Day Itinerary

This is your last morning in Botswana and today, you embark on your light aircraft flight to Maun where you will connect with your South African Airlink flight to Cape Town at lunchtime.  A packed lunch will be prepared.  Transfer to The Cape Grace for 3 nights. On arrival at Cape Town airport you will be transferred to The Cape Grace (checking in at about 6PM).  Free evening.

Overnight: Cape Grace             

Welcome to Cape Grace hotel. Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of South Africa’s “Mother City” and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best.

The hotel’s elegant and warm atmosphere, evident in every fine detail, begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to its spacious harbour and mountain-facing rooms.

Stories of the Cape’s colourful past present themselves in its exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair to the décor and feel, while fresh displays of Proteas that hint at the wonder of South Africa’s natural botanical kingdom enrich each room.

You can share in tailor-made experiences that include sumptuous tasting menus, rare whisky pairings, luxurious spa treatments, and indulgent Afternoon Teas – all thoughtfully created to enhance your journey in the Cape Town. 

Included

Flight to Shinde / packed lunch

Breakfasts are included at the hotel

 

 

   Day 12: Cape Grace, Cape Town

Day Itinerary

This morning we take a short orientation tour of the oldest city in South Africa, in the company of an experienced local guide.   You will visit the historic  and very colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, the Parliament Buildings and the infamous District 6 area, a product of the apartheid era. Then, weather permitting, you can go to Table Mountain (optional - cable car and entrance fees are not included).    If the cable car is not operating, you will be driven up to the top of Signal Hill, which lies adjacent to Table Mountain, offering equally impressive views of the Mother City.

At midday, we will head over to Constantia – one of the most prestigious suburbs and wine regions, of South Africa.   You will get to meet with a specialist on the history and ecology of the Table Mountain World Heritage area for a brief introduction to the fascinating story behind this part of the world.  

A short wine-tasting will follow.  On to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for lunch where we have arranged an hour long tour with a botanist, weather permitting (the plant species of South Africa are among the most unique on the planet and well-worth taking a moment to truly appreciate). 

Wine tasting and lunch are included.

 

   Day 13: Cape Peninsula, Cape Town

Day Itinerary

This morning we will take you on a drive of the Peninsula.   You will travel through very high end suburbs where you will see some beautiful beaches such as Camps Bay. 

You will stop for photographs on the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak Drive, then continue down to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach near Simons Town.   Lunch will be booked for you at the Two Oceans restaurant and you will have time to explore Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope after lunch.  Time permitting, you will be able to walk (or take the funicular if you're short of time or would rather not walk both ways) to the lighthouse, and on to the very tip of the Cape of Good Hope.  On a clear day (fingers crossed) the views are stunning.  It's a 6km (4 mile) return trip. 

Entry to the penguin colony and lunch at Two Oceans are included.  Funicular not included.

 

   Day 14: Check out - transfer to airport

Day Itinerary

Sadly, this is the last day of your trip. Check out and transfer to Cape Town airport for scheduled flight out.  For those of you booked on flights leaving in the afternoon or evening, you will have enough time to visit Robben Island World Heritage site[1] -  the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years.   A thought provoking guided tour receives many positive reviews.   Alternatively, you may want to simply follow your nose while exploring the extensive waterfront – full of cafes, restaurants, jetties and the like.    

 

[1] For more information, see:  https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/916/

 

Species checklist

Below is a partial list of iconic and less iconic species you are likely to see while on the trip – though nothing is absolutely guaranteed.   You will note that most of the iconic African savanna type animals are on the list, along with many more lesser known, but equally fascinating mammals, birds and reptiles.   You will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with a very wide diversity of plant species.  Plant diversity will be most pronounced during your visit to Cape Town, which is located in one of the world’s richest centres of plant speciation with very high levels of endemism (e.g. plants found nowhere else on Earth).

Site

Mammals

Birds

Trees and Shrubs

Victoria Falls area

Elephant

Lion

African Buffalo

Hippopotamus

Nile Crocodile

Impala

Blue Wildebeest

Chacma Baboon

Arrow Marked Babbler

Crested Barbet

Little Bee Eater

Reed Cormorant

Coppery Tailed Coucal

Black Crake

Wattled Crane

African Darter

Fork Tailed Drongo

African Fish Eagle

Grey Go Away bird

Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Hammerkop

Squacco Heron

Red Billed and Yellow Billed Hornbill

Sacred Ibis

Pygmy Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Brown Snake Eagle

White Backed Vulture

 

The mist created by the massive wall of falling water in the Victoria Falls support rainforest type vegetation along its upper edges – species such as  pod mahogany, ebony, ivory palm, wild date palm, batoko plum.  Further back the vegetation reverts to the typical southern African dry woodland of mopane trees and miombo woodland, and an increasingly rare species - the Mukwa tree.

Nxamaseri vegetation is typified by Papyrus, water lilies (both blue and yellow night-flowering) as well as the elegant “Tsaro” Date Palm, and the Water BerryTree.

 

In Tsodilo Hills the Mongongo Tree is prized by San Bushmen for their edible nuts.

 

Thousands of islands support a classic array of Okavango trees: the Sausage Tree, the Africa Ebony, the Livingston Tree, the Yellow-bark fig, the Baobab and the Hypahene Fan palm . They all have edible fruits that are enjoyed by giraffe, elephants, monkeys, parrots… and people.

Waterways are carpeted with water lilies, while parasitic bladderworts on pool edges hint at low nutrient levels in the water. The river edges are framed by bullrushes and Phragmytes reeds that replace the Papyrus of the northern Delta.

 

Dinaka is situated in the Kalahari and vegetation  is suitably adapted to desert conditions. Prominent species include the Camelthorn acacia, the Shepherds tree and medicinal plants such as the Devilthorn. The brandy or raisin bush is used for bushman bows and arrows and the fruits eaten for their high sugar content. Bulbs are prolific and provide water, as do the Tsama melons – favoured by the San Bushmen.

 

Nxamaseri / Tsodilo

Vervet Monkey

Zebra

Impala

Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Shinde area

Lion

Leopard

Wild Dog

Elephant

Giraffe

Hippopotamus

Spotted Hyaena

Red Lechwe

Vervet Monkey

Sable Antelope

Waterbuck

Zebra

Dinaka area

White rhino

Lion

Gemsbok

Eland

Side Striped Jackal

Zebra

Greater Kudu

Springbok

Cheetah

Red Billed Buffalo Weaver

Grey Headed Bush Shrike

Jameson’s Firefinch

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Southern Black Korhaan

Ostrich

Double Banded Sandgrouse

Blue Waxbill

Emerald Spotted Wood Dove

Cape Town area

 

African Penguin

African Black Oystercatcher

 

Cape Floristic region is one of the world’s great centres of plant diversity.   It is home to over 9,000 vascular plant species, of which 70% are endemic (found nowhere else on Earth).

The entire  Cape Floral Region Protected Areas were designated a World Heritage site in 2004, and includes Table Mountain which extends into Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. The Fynbos biome is the dominant floral type in the Cape.

 

 

 

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Itinerary Terms and Conditions

Booking Terms

  1. CNH Tours, through its local partner (Liquid Giraffe) acts as a booking agent for hotels, airlines, air charters, bus companies, ground transportation, boat purveyors or owners, and other independent contractors providing accommodation, transportation, and/or other services.  Each of these companies is an independent business with its own management and is not subject to the control of CNH Tours / Liquid Giraffe.  CNH Tours through Liquid Giraffe has carried out its due diligence in ensuring that these service providers are fully accredited / respect national regulatory frameworks, and it may not be held liable for any errors or omissions on the part of these third party service providers.  
  2. The transportation, accommodations and other services provided by the ground operators are offered subject to the terms and conditions contained in the tickets, exchange orders or vouchers issued by them and/or their suppliers.  As CNH Tours / Liquid Giraffe does not have the right to control the operations of the independent operators and their suppliers, it cannot be liable for any personal injury or property damage which may arise out of these services.

Payments

  1. Your trip is booked and confirmed on a first come, first served bases only on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit.  There shall be no binding contract until the deposit has been received by CNH Tours.  Failure to remit your advance payment on time will result in an automatic change of status of any confirmed space to a provisional basis;
  2. Unless alternative arrangements are made, the balance is due no later than ninety (90) days prior to commencement of the safari (e.g. 6 March 2020). If the balance has not been received by this date, CNH Tours shall be entitled to treat the reservation as cancelled, and consequently to forfeit such part of the advance payment as determined solely by CNH Tours;
  3. CNH Tours will not provide tickets, coupons, vouchers or documents until full payment has been received;
  4. Payments for services will be made by cheque, electronic bank transfer or credit card. A charge fee of 3.6% will be applied to credit card payments to cover the transaction cost.

Cancellation and Refunds

  1. Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing (email is accepted) and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by CNH Tours;
  2. The deposit is non-refundable. Any payment on the balance is refundable up to 90 days prior to trip commencement (6 March 2020), after which point it will be non-refundable.   
  3. Any request to amend or change a booking once it has been confirmed may be accommodated subject to space availability;
  4. No refunds are given (1) for lost travel time or substitution of facilities, (2) for itineraries amended after departure, (3) for circumstances arising beyond CNH Tours / Liquid Giraffe's control, necessitating alternative arrangements being made to ensure the safety and/or further participation and enjoyment of your safari, (4) if you do not appear for any accommodation, service, sightseeing or trip segment, or (5) if you leave your safari after it has begun, or miss any scheduled sightseeing, activities, meals or accommodations

 

Insurance

For your safety and general protection, we require that all guests have travel and medical insurance. We strongly recommend that you obtain the following types of insurance, which are commercially available:              

  • Medical care
  • Emergency medical evacuation                   
  • Loss of personal effects
  • Trip cancellation / interruption

We will require proof of insurance to be submitted before your invoice balance is due (15 February 2020).  CNH Tours does not sell travel insurance.

 

Booking

Are you ready to book?  Click below to go to our booking page.  Once we've received your booking, we'll send you an invoice for the deposit.  

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