South Africa: Our touch of luxury African adventure
So many OTS adventurers requested I run a trip with a touch of ''Hemingway style'' luxury, and this has become one our all time favourites. For many of our group, Africa is a ''once in a lifetime'' travel destination, and as such they want to experience it in a little bit of style.
South Africa has it all, the vistas of Table Mountain and the wild Cape coast, the Wine-lands around Stellenbosch, the expanses of the Karoo, the accessible game viewing of the Kruger National Park, and all with great roads, superb food and wine, and comfortable luxury accommodation.
I am planning a great few days exploring the Cape region, the wineries of Stellenbosch, and the many dramatic landscapes towards Cape point. Each day we will head off in a different direction using our lovely ''Heritage'' style hotel as our city base.
Cape Town is very Gay friendly, and there are a couple of nice evening bars and venues that we can visit, prior to heading north on our ''Out of Africa'' safari.
One of the great rail journeys of the world, we board Rovos Rail for 2 nights of "old world" luxury, winding our way north through the very heart of the country en-route to Pretoria. This ''Orient Express of Africa'' train journey has a couple of interesting stops along the way. Accommodation is twin share compartments with private bathroom, and the trip includes all meals, wine and bar on board.
We arrive early afternoon in Pretoria and have an afternoon tour of the capital staying overnight before a early start the next day.
Our private transport will drive us west through African scenery, to view the spectacular Blyde River Canyon where we overnight en-route to our private lodge bordering the Kruger park.
We spend the next 3 days exploring one of Africa's great national wildlife areas .Here we will stay in a wonderful camp on the very edge of the park on a ''full board'' basis, including bar, with morning and evening game drives included each day. Here we search for the ''big five'' and experience the African bush. ''Glamping'' in stylish permanent tents, each with en-suite bathrooms, great food and evenings around the fire under the African sky.
Today, after our morning game drive and a late breakfast, it's time to leave the game park and drive back to the local airport for our onward flights either home via Johannesburg, or on to Victoria falls.
South Africa remains one of my all time favorite destinations. It is unrivaled in its scenic beauty, the game parks are accessible.
The people are warm and friendly, and Gay rights are written into the constitution. This adventure combines the great value our trips are known for, but at a higher end, with some great treats, excellent food and delightful accommodation.
As with all OTS gay friendly trips you have to let go of the concept you're signing up for a tour, you're not, you're coming on an adventure , yes its a semi structured adventure with all the hard work done but it is nevertheless a adventure, things will go wrong some days, and changes need to be adapted too, you will need your wits about you, and to expect to do some exploring on your own.
Andrew made a videos of our last trip and has said I can share it with you all.
Thanks Andrew see below for Rovos rail and Capetown videos.
VICTORIA FALLS ADDON
For many people a once in a lifetime trip to Africa would not be complete without the inclusion of a chance to see the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This is possible to do as an add-on package, either before, or after our OTS trip. I would not be able to join you, but as a package, (like the one I have arranged for you below) its easy, and if you do it at the end of our trip you will be super confident with how life in Africa works.
3 nights package staying at the amazing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge from U$1043pp twin share (Land only)
• 3 nights’ accommodation Bed and Breakfast in a waterhole facing room.
• 2 x dinners at MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant
• 1 x dinner at The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, with courtesy return shuttle
• 2 x Vulture Culture lunches in the MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (Table d’hôtel Menu)
• Return seat in coach transfers from Victoria Falls Airport (Minimum 2 passengers therefore single travellers attract a Single Supplement)
• 1x Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls
• 1x Sunset Cruise (luxury deck - Zambezi Explorer)
• Hourly courtesy shuttle to Victoria Falls Rainforest and town centre
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Accommodation rates include 2% Government levy and 15% VAT
An Epic South African Luxury Adventure (Boys).
This trip will run late April early May 2023
(Exact dates to be finalised)
This years trip will be hosted by OTS founder Richard
Not Included :-
Expressions of interest in this trip are being accepted now. Please express interest ASAP as places are limited Max 12. This trip always fills up fast so get in early.
Cost guideline USD $7200pp Twin share.
This luxury trip requires a 25% deposit rather as we need this to secure the game lodge and luxury rail trip well in advance.
Due to the nature of Adventure travel and the prices of the resources on which it depends, the published price of any trip is subject to change at any time, before or after booking confirmation, up to 60 days before the departure.
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