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Great Rift Valley And Spice Tour

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Overview


Discover the glory of South and Central Africa, from the wonders of Victoria Falls, to the verdant miracle of the Great Rift Valley and the turquoise treasure that is Lake Malawi. On this exotic tour you will gain an in-depth understanding of the history, geography, people, wildlife and diversity of the region - taking in Victoria Falls, The South Luangwa National Park, Great Rift Valley Region, Zanzibar Spice Islands and Lake Malawi in 14 breathtaking days.

Routing
 
 
  • Lanseria – Livingstone
  • Livingstone – Mfuwe
  • Mfuwe – Kigoma
  • Kigoma – Manyara
  • Manyara – Zanzibar
  • Zanzibar – Lake Malawi
  • Lake Malawi – Lanseria
 
Great Rift Valley and spice tour objectives:
  
 
  • To gain an in-depth understanding of the history, geography, peoples, wildlife and diversity of the South Luangwa, National Park, the rift valley region and the spice trade of Zanzibar.
  • To explore the scenic wonders of the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site.

Highlights

 
Experience the might and power of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Gain an in-depth understanding of the South Luangwa area in the heart of the Zambian Bush, with its unique ox-bow lagoons. Experience the chimpanzees of the Mahale National Park in their natural wild habitat. Discover the century’s old spice trade, and the magic of old “Stone Town” of Zanzibar. Delight at play, on the shores of Lake Malawi.
 
Quick Reference
 
Rate Includes:
  
 
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Springbok Classic Air Voyage Manager
  • Round trip flights by DC-3 from Lanseria to Lanseria
  • Deluxe accommodations throughout
  • Refreshments on board the DC-3
  • All transfers
  • Wildlife viewing activities at Mfuwe, Manyara
  • All game park entrance fees
  • Entrance fee to Victoria Falls
  • All lodging taxes and gratuities for baggage handling
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Customised luggage bags
  • Airport departure taxes
 
Rate Excludes:
   
 
  • Drinks
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Personal insurance
 
Day 1


After your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you are whisked away to your first nights accommodation to relax and unwind in pampered luxury. Towering high above Sandton's contemporary skyline is the ultra- luxurious InterContinental Sandton Sun & Towers, comprising two distinct properties linked via an enclosed skywalk. With direct access to South Africa's exclusive shopping complex, Sandton City, as well as to the largest convention centre in the country, this fine hotel offers world-class facilities and service. At the heart of the hotel's success is the passion of its staff to deliver top-class service. It is this driving philosophy which has made the InterContinental Sandton Sun & Towers one of the finest hotels in the southern hemisphere.
 
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Day 2
 
Arrive at Lanseria Airport for a Champaign breakfast and the flight in the timeless Douglas DC-3 “Dakota” to our first stop on this grand voyage of adventure, Victoria Falls You will fly low over the North Western part of South Africa taking in the contrasts, from the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, then over the flat lands, seeing it as few have seen it before. Then seeing the landscape change as you cross over the vast expanses of Botswana, for a touchdown at the beautiful Livingstone Airport. David Livingstone explored this land of potent beauty and discovered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In his footprints, only moments away from the mighty Zambezi River with the dramatic torrent of the Victoria Falls as its natural milieu, a magnificent resort has been created as a testament to his discovery and in reverence to the splendour of this World Heritage site. Journey to this magical place and witness the greatest mass of falling water on earth as it plunges down a sheer rock face, spraying its mystical mist hundreds of metres in the air. The awesome Victoria Falls is much closer to you here - literally on the doorstep of The Falls Resort - it feels as if you could reach out and touch it, as it plummets into the chasm far below.
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There are few appropriate superlatives that have not already been applied to this magnificent natural wonder of the world; in many ways it defies description. So vast are the falls and their setting that it is difficult to grasp their true grandeur and for this reason, they are perhaps best seen from the air. The Victoria Falls offer an inescapable closeness to the natural elements. The towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss that separates Zimbabwe from Zambia, the forest - lined, placid, tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.
 

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Day 3

Arrive at the Airport for a flight in the timeless Douglas DC-3 “Dakota” to our next stop on this grand voyage of adventure, Mfuwe, in the heart of the Zambian bush. This is a unique lodge situated in the South Luangwa National Park, and your flight there will have you enthralled as you cross the rich tapestry of the heart of the Zambian Bush, with its many colours, sites and moods. When the Luangwa is in flood the hairpin bends along its tortuous route are progressively eroded away until the main stream cuts through one of its loops, leaving behind attractive ox-bow lagoons which are one of the most picturesque aspects of the valley.

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Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its ox-bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. Spend the afternoon, settling down and having sundowners, overlooking the beautiful Luangwa River.

Day 4

Rise to the sounds and textures of the African bush and then make your way down for a breakfast fit for a king. Spend the day encountering the freedom and spirit of the real Africa as she was... untouched ~ unspoiled ~ unforgettable Wind the day down with an evening Game drive and dinner beneath the African stars.

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Day 5

Rise for your onward journey to the Great Plains of Tanzania after another hearty breakfast and fond farewells to Mfuwe.

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Touching down at Kigoma after 3 hours of taking in the sub Saharan African continent as she transforms from the tundra’s of the southern continent to the vast plains of central Africa from the view of the DC-3 at low altitude, allowing you a special glimpse of Africa as seen only by a select and privileged few. Your second stop on this great adventure is the Hotel in Kigoma. Offering luxurious, 4 star facilities, a wonderful picturesque atmosphere, it is ideally situated in the remoteness of an outcrop overlooking the calm blue waters of Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world, and the Majestic Mountains of the Congo.

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Day 6

After enjoying breakfast overlooking the great lake, it is off to MAHALE NATIONAL PARK, considered to be Tanzania's loveliest National Park - Some say Tanzania's answer to the Amazon. The park is dominated by The Mahale Mountains Chain running North West across the middle of the park, it is also very unique because of it's remoteness. The park is accessible by small planes or by boats, it is also a chimpanzee sanctuary.

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After the splendours of the unspoilt park return to the hotel for a feast in the superb restaurant and night-caps overlooking the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

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Day 7

Destination, Serengeti Depart Kigoma for the flight to Lake Manyara. In the elegance and ambiance of a bygone era, you cross the Great Rift Valley and wing your way to the rim of the of the Ngorogoro crater, to the beautiful Lake Manyara Lodge.

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The Lake Manyara Safari Lodge is perched on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment with one of the greatest views over the Great Rift Valley and its soda lake. It is difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting. The lake is renowned among ornithologists for its birds of prey and the famous tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland that nestles between the lake and the Rift Valley.
 
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While away the afternoon in the pool. However, there are a couple of things about this place that are outstanding. The first is the totally stupendous view of Lake Manyara. You are literally right on the edge of the escarpment and below you the ground falls away over 1000ft to the bottom of the rift valley floor. Add to that the second thing which is the swimming pool right on the edge of the rift and you can see that there aren't many better places to while away an afternoon.

Day 8

After awaking to the might of Africa 1000ft below you, the time has come for your own migration into the eternal Serengeti, where life and the ways of this great continent are older than time itself. After a scrumptious breakfast in idealic settings it is time to trek via land-rover to the heart of the great migration.

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Day 9

On safari in the Serengeti

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Day 10

The island of spice is your destination after breakfast - Zanzibar. Once again you board your faithful DC-3 and wing your way to the spice capital of the world, leaving behind you this great and wild continent of Africa, taking with you memories and experiences to be passed on from generation to generation. Zanzibar welcomes you in the most provocative way, with it’s sights, sounds and colours.

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Idyllically situated on the sea front of ancient Stone Town, your hotel is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of Zanzibar. Faithfully restored and lavishly embellished with a jackdaw collection of antique clocks, crystal chandeliers, fretwork screens, carved staircases, Persian rugs and brass-studded doors, the interior design concept is a fusion of authenticity and opulence that reflects the very essence of Zanzibar.

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Spend the afternoon at leisure absorbing the surroundings, and then a tour of Zanzibar by night, taking in the buzz and vibe of the spice capital.

Day 11

After breakfast it’s off for a spice tour through Old Stone Town, washed by the aquamarine waters of the Zanzibar channel, redolent of the scent of cloves and flanked by an exotic melange of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, dark slave markets, and bright bazaars.

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Day 12

Slipping your way through the azure blue sky, back over the continent to the shores of Lake Malawi. Your Last stop on this voyage of discovery. Relax on the golden shores of Lake Malawi, just North of Mangochi, on the palm-fringed southern shore of Lake Malawi, an extraordinary lakeside paradise resort.

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Day 13


The last day of the trip can be spent relaxing, soaking up the sun on the palm-lined beaches. Or keeping cool with a variety of water sports, maybe an excursion to one of the historically cultural sights. The choice is yours.
 
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Day 14

As the wheels of the ever-reliable DC-3 touch down at Lanseria, and you make your way home, you take with you memories and experiences that will last you a life time.

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We hope you will take the time out from the rush and bustle of life to do it the Springbok Classic Air way again some time.