Secunda 2011 14

Springbok Classic Air Newsletter

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Voyage Of Discovery Safari

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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 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 11 breathtaking days.

Routing
 
  • Lanseria – Kasane
  • Kasane – Livingstone
  • Livingstone – Mfuwe
  • Mfuwe – Malawi
  • Malawi – Vilanculos
  • Vilanculos – Phinda
  • Phinda – Plettenberg Bay
  • Plettenberg Bay – Cape Town
  • Cape Town – Petrusville
  • Petrusville – Johannesburg

Voyage of Discovery 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.
  • 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

Day 1


After your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you are greeted by your crew and the classic Douglas DC–3 “Dakota”, who will be your companions and your faithful chariot for the next two weeks. You take the short flight to your first stop on this grand voyage of discovery, the old gold mining town of Pilgrims Rest, in the heart of the beautiful Eastern Lowveld. The afternoon is spent at leisure after freshening up in the timeless Victorian-style Hotel.

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Mining in this region of Mpumalanga dates back many centuries, when unknown miners worked quartz reefs in the area for gold. Proof of these diggings can still be found in this area. The history of this small delightful village dates back to 1873 when a miner, Alex Patterson, discovered alluvial gold on the farm named Ponieskrantz. In due course the alluvial deposits were depleted and the locals turned to forestry, but their village, whose residents still number in the hundreds, has been painstakingly preserved as a "living museum" and major South African tourist venue.

Day 2

After awaking to a breakfast fit for a king, it is time to explore the many sights in the area such as “Gods Window”, the gold diggings and the rich history of the town. Why not roam the village on a crazy treasure hunt, possibly leading to a gold-dig where you can "stake your claim" and strike it lucky.

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In the evening enjoy a barbecue or street party perhaps with a Can-Can dancer or two. For the daring, sherries in the graveyard ....

Day 3

Day Three, and you take the flight up to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - Victoria Falls. 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 4

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 5

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. 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 6

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...

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Wind the day down with an evening Game drive and dinner beneath the African stars. image017.jpgimage018.jpgimage019.jpgimage020.jpg

Day 7

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 8

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 9

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. 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 10

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 11

Homeward bound. 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.