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 accessible game viewing of the Kruger National Park, all with great roads, superb food and wine, and comfortable luxury accommodation. Combine this with 3 nights at Victoria Falls, (one of the great wonders of the natural world) and you have the ultimate 2 week trip of a lifetime.
We have 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 with our private minivan and driver, using our lovely ''Heritage'' style hotel as our city base.
We ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and explore the very best of the city and beaches.
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.
On day 6 we have a transfer to the airport for our flight to Hoedspruit, and our onward transfer to our exclusive (Adult only) lodge overlooking a waterhole in the Timbavati Game Reserve bordering the Kruger National park.
We spend the next 4 days exploring one of Africa's great national wildlife areas, with morning and evening game drives in open top land rovers, perfect for photographing the animals. 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. House wine and beer are included as are our sunset drinks and snacks.
Today, after our morning game drive and a late breakfast, it's time to leave the game park and transfer back to the local airport for our onward flight to Johannesburg, where we overnight and have time to catch up on emails, before our onward flight the next morning to Victoria falls.
Victoria Falls, one of the great wonders of the world, and at this time of the year the water is in full force, and the falls are truly spectacular. There is the opportunity to take a helicopter ride, we include a sunset cruise on the Zambezi and take a walking tour of the Zimbabwe side of the falls.
Time to say our goodbyes and after a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport, for onward flights home.
South Africa remains one of my all time favourite destinations. It is unrivalled 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 video of our last trip and has said I can share it with you all.
Thanks Andrew see below for Cape town videos.
An Epic South African Luxury Adventure.
Dates are 30th April - 13th May 2023
Starts with a "Meet and greet" in Cape town (CPT) and finishes with a drop off at (VFA) Victoria falls airport.
This years trip will be hosted by OTS founder Richard
This trip usually gets booked up 12 months in advance. (Max 12 and already over 50% full, for 2023 so please apply early) Open to all Gay and Gay friendly.
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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
U$7300 pp Sharing.
U$7950 Private room.
This luxury trip requires a $1000 deposit rather than our usual $500 as we need this deposit to secure the game lodge and luxury accomodation 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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