Catalina 71

Springbok Classic Air Newsletter

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African Big Five and ocean Safari

Overview

Discover the glory of South and Central Africa, from the wonders of Victoria Falls, to the verdant miracle of the Southern Cape Garden Route and the turquoise treasure that is the Bazaruto Archipelago. On this exotic tour you will gain an in-depth understanding of the history, geography, people, wildlife and diversity of the region - taking in the Tuli Block, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and Bazaruto Archipelago in 18 breathtaking days.
 
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Routing
 
 
  • Lanseria – Kasane
  • Kasane – Livingstone
  • Livingstone – Mfuwe
  • Mfuwe – Malawi
  • Malawi – Vilanculos
  • Vilanculos – Phinda
  • Phinda – Plettenberg Bay
  • Cape Town – Petrusville
  • Petrusville – Johannesburg

African big five and ocean safari objectives:


To gain an in-depth understanding of the history, geography, peoples, wildlife and diversity of the Tuli Block, the South Luangwa, National Park, the Bazaruto Archipelago, and the Cape Province of South Africa. To explore the scenic wonders of the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site.

Highlights

Discover the wide variety of diverse habitats in Chobe National Park, which is home to a breathtaking variety of animals and birds, including 45 000 elephant, the highest concentration in the world, and huge herds of buffalo. 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. Explore Bazaruto Island, the largest of the Bazaruto Archipelago, a jewel-like cluster of tropical islands with clear warm water, surrounded by pristine beaches and rich coral reefs. Proclaimed a national park in 1971 Bazaruto is a nature lover's paradise, with an abundance of bird life and freshwater lakes complete with a breeding population of crocodiles. The protected reefs surrounding the island support dolphin, dugong, game fish and giant lobster.Experience the beauty and splendour of the Cape Garden Route with its breathtaking diversity of fauna and enjoy the famous Cape wines. Play to your hearts content on Cape Town’s world famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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 Chobe, Mfuwe, Phinda.
  • Complimentary beverages at Chobe Game Lodge
  • All game park entrance fees
  • Entrance fee to Victoria Falls
  • Non-motorised water sports at Indigo Bay
  • All lodging taxes and gratuities for baggage handling
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Customised luggage bags
  • Airport departure taxes

Rate Excludes:
 
 
  • Drinks (with exception of refreshments on the DC-3 and at Chobe Game Lodge.
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees Personal insurance

Itinerary


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, Chobe, in the heart of the Botswana bush.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, getting perfect photo opportunity as you fly directly overhead the world renowned Sun City, 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 Kasane Airport. Chilwero quite literally means place of the high view and accurately describes this lodge which sits above the Chobe River and offers unparalleled views across the islands, flood plains and as far as Namibia.

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Day 3

A day started, enjoying a gourmet breakfast to the sounds and sights of the African bush, before unforgettable game drives.Chobe Chilwero is located on the border of the Chobe National Park. This ideal location provides superb access to the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and the Caprivi Strip. Chobe, forming part of Botswana's northern most border, is a contrast of desert aridity and flood plains. A symbol of Africa's diversity and inconsistencies. Dominated by the Mababe Depression the Chobe Region is best known for its vast national parks, splendid forest reserves and imposing elephant population. Chobe Chilwero offers travellers a full taste of Africa's pristine Wilderness.

Day 4

Day four, and you take the short flight up to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - Victoria Falls. This is a short flight up to Livingstone, but is breathtakingly beautiful, as again you fly low level, following the winding Zambezi river up to the Victoria Falls, where you will have a great opportunity for more photos, as you fly over, and circle the falls, and giving you the opportunity to wonder at the immense size and power of the falls, as they are very seldom seen, before the DC–3 sets up for a landing at Livingstone. 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.

Day 5

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 6

As you climb away from the mighty falls in the ever classic DC–3, it is now time to head deep into the heart of the Zambian bush, Mfuwe. 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 oxbow lagoons which are one of the most picturesque aspects of the valley. 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 7

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 8

Rise for your onward journey after another hearty breakfast and fond farewells to Mfuwe.Slipping your way through the azure blue sky, to the shores of Lake Malawi. Club Makakola, your next 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 9

Have you ever wondered what you would do if the day was yours to design? The possibilities are intoxicating and endless. Today you might deepen your tan on an exquisite sandy beach, or don mask and snorkel and discover the technicolor world of the lake’s tropical fish. The lake is famous for its diverse Cichlid species. Be curious. Finish a book. Learn to scuba dive or tie a pareo round your hips

Day 10

As you race the African sun into the sky, you leave behind you the vast African continent and wing your way to the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean watching the carpet below you change its mood, from the hues of the bush to the vibrant colors of the sub tropical region and the brilliant blue of the Indian Ocean, as you begin the descent to your Island playground. Destination Bazaruto.
 
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Indigo Bay is an exquisite island resort, situated on the idyllic and pristine Bazaruto Island. It offers visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday, as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago. All chalets and main living areas at Indigo Bay Island Resort Hotel are constructed of natural materials like reed, thatch and wood to blend harmoniously with the perfect surroundings. The resort offers exclusive luxury island accommodation of the highest standards, yet is understated and elegant with an emphasis on making the most of the superb location on the golden shores of Bazaruto Island.

Day 11

The day 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 12

As the blue Indian Ocean slips beneath the wings of the DC-3, you head for the bright blue skies of South Africa and the Zulu Kingdom of Natal. Your destination, Phinda Private Game Reserve. This flight will leave behind the blue of the Ocean as you follow the features of the mighty Drakensberg mountain Range to the lush green forests of Northern Zululand.Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 17 500 hectares (43 240 acres) of prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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Guests can look forward to exciting game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as thrilling optional activities on the water, in the air and on the beach. Come face-to-face with lions and rhino before breakfast, swim with dolphins after lunch and catch a marlin before dinner - that's the Phinda experience, one of the most exciting safari destinations in Africa.
 
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Located between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the World Heritage Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda's 17 000 hectares span seven unique ecosystems.

Day 13

As you enjoy a gourmet breakfast to the sounds and sights of the lush African bush, you can look forward to a day of experiencing the might of Africa and her wild life as nature created her, un-spoilt by man.

Day 14

Today, as you bid fond farewells to the Zulu Kingdom, we steer our ever faithful Dak down the vast coastline of South Africa, to the famous Cape Garden Route, flying low down, and following the pristine beaches of Africa’s Southern coastline. From your elevated view, you will see dolphins at play, whales making their way across their timeless passages as they have done for millions of years. After a lunch stop at 43 airschool you make your way to Plettenberg Bay, in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route.

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Hunter's Country House is an exclusive family-owned retreat, set in the heart of the magnificent Garden Route of the Western Cape. Situated 10km west of South Africa's premier resort town of Plettenberg Bay with it's endless golden beaches and magnificent indigenous forests, and 20km east of the lagoon town of Knysna, the hotel is surrounded by rich indigenous forests and framed by the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains. The gracious, original homestead is reminiscent of the traditional country architecture of the region. In the extensive gardens surrounding the manor house are 23 luxurious guest suites, each one individually decorated and designed for the absolute comfort and privacy that one would expect from a Relais & Chateaux property.

Day 15


A day at leisure enjoying the magnificent splendor that the most beautiful part of South Africa has to offer, and dining on the finest Cape cuisine, sampling the world famous Cape wines.

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Day 16

Time to take to the air once more, and follow the coast-line to the Southern most tip of Africa - the sights such as the Knysna heads, Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa, Diaz Point, and Robben Island, famous for the prison that held Nelson Mandela for 26 years. The rich and vibrant colors of the Garden Route lapped by the crystal ocean, and eye to eye with Table Mountain, draped in it’s famous “table cloth”. The luxurious splendor of the five star Table Bay Hotel, in the heart of Cape Town’s famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront slips under the nose of our DC-3 as we descend into Cape Town after a breath-taking flight, following the southern most coast of Africa at low level. This palace will be home for the next two nights, as you play to your hearts content on the Waterfront. The hotel sets its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury. Achieving the status of Leading Hotel of the world, the hotel adheres to the standards of absolute excellence within the parameters of luxurious accommodation and superb hospitality.
 
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The rooms all feature luxurious walk-in cupboards and marble finishes, armoires and writing desks and each is equipped with a butler station, colour satellite television, radio, en-suite bathrooms with separate showers, marble vanity units with hairdryer and Mediterranean-style bathrobes and slippers.

Day 17

At play on the Waterfront. Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. We invite you to discover the experience... shop and play at the V&A Waterfront

Day 18

Climbing away over the majestic Table Mountain, we navigate to our last stop on this great, grand tour of discovery, a lunch stop in the quaint little Afrikaans village of Petrusville, in the heart of the Northern Cape. The warmness and hospitality of the local Afrikaans community will stay with you for always. Your host here will be none other than Maryna Vermeulen, wife of your Captain during your unforgettable journey. Maryna was born and raised in this little farming community, and her knowledge of the region is unrivalled. Your last stop here will complete the kaleidoscope, of all the cultural diversities of this great country. Named after Petrus van der Walt, owner of the farm Rhenosterberg, the town lies in a fertile valley surrounded by a cluster of high hills and next to the massive Van Der Kloof dam. Some of the historical value that may still be found in the town are: Pillar Fountain - Erected in honour of King Edward VII. Trenches - Stone trenches from the Anglo-Boer War can still be found in the koppies. Khoisan Rock Art - May be viewed on the farm Kraaibosch.

As the wheels of the ever-reliable DC-3 touch down at Johannesburg International Airport, and you make your way home, you take with you, memories and experiences that will last you a life time. We hope you will take the time out from the rush and bustle of life to do it the Springbok Classic Air way.

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