International Flight - U.S. to South Africa
Meet your group at a welcome dinner and learn from an expert in South African history. Relax after your journey in an award-winning boutique hotel and spa in a park-like setting. While leaving Johannesburg on the morning of Day 3, you will be taken on a guided visit of the homonids of Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg, South Africa
Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns is an award-winning boutique hotel boasting a total of 40 highly individualized, world-class suites. This well-kept secret is the perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to the thriving business centers of Sandton, Woodmead, Sunninghill and Rivonia, between professionalism and the warm, welcoming ambience created by friendly and caring staff.
Enjoy three nights at Vumbura Plains Camp, a premier luxury camp situated in a private concession of the Kwedi Reserve, located in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. The concession includes a wide variety of habitats, diverse wildlife and an enormous traversing area of approximately 150,000 acres. Vumbura Plains Camp encompasses such a wide variety of habitats and species that guests can see just about every animal that occurs in the Okavango Delta biome.
Your bush aircraft takes you directly from your camp to Maun where your jet continues to Livingstone and World Heritage Site Victoria Falls. Experience explorer history with a champagne luncheon on a steam train chartered exclusively for our group. Later walk the storied falls with a historian specializing in the life of David Livingstone.The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zambia
Livingstone, Zambia is renowned for the impressive Victoria Falls, recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Over one mile wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 328 feet into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Located in the southwest corner of Zambia, these falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty.
From Livingstone your private jet continues to Lusaka where you’ll connect with a short bushflight direct to your camp on the Zambezi River. Spend three days exploring the park’s three distinct habitats, home to hippos, big crocs, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, zebras and antelopes. Days can be customized to your liking, choosing from expertly guided land and water activities.
Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Both Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp are within the Lower Zambezi National Park. The Lower Zambezi Valley is a huge rift in the earth's crust, through which the Zambezi River flows, providing attraction for wildlife. The landscape is beautiful: tall leadwoods, ebonies, acacias and figs stand on a carpet of rich grassland. But the main attraction is the area's game, including leopards, lions, elephants, hippos and other wildlife. Sausage Tree Camp overlooks an expanse of narrow channels and low-set reed islands teeming with game, with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as the backdrop.
After a short flight from camp, board your private jet to Mwanza in northern Tanzania and board a scenic bushflight to your Serengeti camp where you will be hosted by Bushtracks' owners David and Carolyn Tett. The Lamai Serengeti camp is tucked among the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje, and just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River on the famed Great Migration. This is also prime predator habitat. Enjoy game drives and walking safari, or simply take in panoramic Serengeti views from your room's veranda.Lamai Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Lamai Serengeti sits tucked among the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Lamai Serengeti features 12 rooms in all. The rooms are designed to maximize the panoramic views, but also to give a window onto life on the kopje. In short, at Lamai, you can be as busy as you like with game drives and walks, or as lazy as you like enjoying the Serengeti from your room or the swimming pool.
The last stop for our private jet is Addis Ababa, and a historical record as expansive as the views in the Serengeti. From fossils of the oldest known upright hominid dating back 4 million years, to subterranean rock-hewn churches cut from solid bedrock between 800-1200 A.D., to today’s largest-open air market in Africa, you’ll discover Africa’s ancient traditions and human origins.Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Located in the heart of the Ethiopian capital, the Sheraton Addis sits on a hilltop overlooking the city with views of the National Palace. Sparking pools, around-the-clock service, in-room dining, internet, and fine amenities such as a menu of massages, the Aqva Club, and several restaurants ensure a luxurious stay. Explore today's largest-open air market in Africa where you'll discover ancient traditions and human origins before taking your international flight home on Day 16.