AFRICA • JUNE 14-24, 2020
ABOUT THE TRIP
It’s no secret. Deep down we are water people. And we are not alone. Our friends, our guests, and almost everyone we travel with hold the sea close to their hearts. The ocean and her inhabitants are what we are most passionate about. We explore the globe in search of new and exciting diving opportunities and then pair those destinations with land tours so as to experience the local people, culture and the best adrenaline-pumping activities that we can find. However, no matter how great the land tours may be, they always play second fiddle to the diving.
So, when a small group of friends recently approached us and asked if we could organize an African safari, our initial response was, “You mean one giant land tour and no diving?” The interest was astonishing as word spread that Seasick Productions might be headed to Africa. We had no idea that so many of our water-loving friends wanted to see African wildlife (sans scales or gills) in their natural habitat. After all, a week of witnessing hunting, feeding and reproducing (humping) doesn’t exactly sound like the adventure of a lifetime to those who crave saltwater against their skin. The solution: a water-themed safari package.
Part one: Victoria Falls is a spectacular waterfall on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Most people would be satisfied with the included sunset river cruise and walking tour adjacent to the Falls. Not us. We want to take it to the next level. What does that mean? It means included in the package cost is bungee jumping off of the 420’ Victoria Falls Bridge above Class 5 rapids. Serious. Besides, what’s the worst that could happen?
All this even before we step foot in a single safari game truck or boat.
Part two: Botswana, home to the largest inland delta in the world. We could easily stay at a single camp for the week but by our standards that’s not enough of an adventure. Adventure is three different water-front safari camps, daily game drives by both truck and boat, and several private charter flights to roam the region. By the way, that wasn’t a typo, we will safari by boat! And don’t let the word “camp” fool you; this is a 4-star package with hotel-like accommodations, meals, and amenities.
So if this sounds like your type of fun (and you like surprises) let us know.
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (behind Asia in both categories). At about 11.7 million square miles including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states.
Africa boasts perhaps the world's largest combination of density and "range of freedom" of wild animal populations and diversity, with wild populations of large carnivores (such as lions, hyenas, and cheetahs) and herbivores (such as buffalo, elephants, camels, and giraffes) ranging freely on primarily open non-private plains. It is also home to a variety of "jungle" animals, including snakes and primates and aquatic life such as crocodiles and amphibians. In addition, Africa has the largest number of megafauna species. Africa has over 3,000 protected areas, with 198 marine protected areas, 50 biosphere reserves, and 80 wetlands reserves.
The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, commonly used. It is a nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable.
Continent: Africa • Capital City: Harare • Land Area: 150,872 sq mi • Population: Approx. 17,000,000 (2018) • Time: UTC+2 • Industries: Tourism, Mining and Agriculture • Official Currency: United States dollar (USD) • Electricity: 220 V • Official Languages: English, Shona and Ndebele
ABOUT VICTORIA FALLS
While the Falls are the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a multi-day stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the Falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, and white-water rafting. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
The climate is sub-tropical, with a mild and dry winter from mid-May to mid-August, and a hot, muggy and rainy summer from mid-November to mid-March. Precipitation is quite abundant from December to February, while it almost never rains from May to September.
The best time to visit the Victoria Falls is June to mid-August, being the coolest, driest and sunniest. It is advisable to dress in layers, because nights are often cold. It can also be useful to bring a slicker for the spray.
Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas characterized by deep lagoons, wetlands, lush palms, rugged hills, and desert plains scattered with scrubland. The country’s primary tourist draw is the vast red expanse of the Kalahari Desert and its Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. These natural wonders provide a tranquil haven for an abundance of African wildlife to thrive.
Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia is poorly defined but is, at most, a few hundred meters long.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about $70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The economy is dominated by mining, cattle, and tourism. Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth largest in Africa) gives the country a relatively high standard of living.
Botswana has diverse areas of wildlife habitat. In addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas, where blue wildebeest, antelopes, and other mammals and birds are found. Northern Botswana has one of the few remaining large populations of the endangered African wild dog. Chobe National Park has the world's largest concentration of African elephants. The park covers about 4,247 sq mi and supports about 350 species of birds.
Continent: Africa • Capital City: Gaborone • Land Area: 231,804 sq mi • Population: Approx. 2,35,000 (2018) • Time: UTC+2 • Industries: Tourism, Mining and Textiles • Official Currency: Pula (USD 1 = BWP 10.35) • Electricity: 230 V • Official Languages: English and Tswana
ABOUT CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Chobe National Park, located in the north of the country, is Botswana's most biologically diverse and has one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa. We will be visiting two different areas, each with its own corresponding ecosystem.
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game, including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife.
Savuti, also known as Savute, lies in the heart of Botswana’s Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. Visitors can spot abundant wildlife including elephants, wildebeest, antelope, lions, black-backed jackals, rhinoceros, kudu, hyena, cheetahs, buffalo and zebra.
ABOUT MOREMI GAME RESERVE
Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 1880 square miles of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Botswana's climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer season. We are going in the winter season, which begins in May and ends in August. This is the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Days are invariably sunny and warm, but because there is no cloud cover, it can be cold at night and in the early mornings.
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
With dramatic views of the gorges of Zimbabwe's spectacular Victoria Falls, the Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the British in 1904, was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway.
In his book “100 Years 1904-2004” (history of The Victoria Falls Hotel) John Creewel calls it “one of the truly special places in the world” and says the hotel is a jewel because of “consistent attention to quality and standards over a century of operation.”
Steeped in history and one of the oldest hotels in Africa, The Victoria Falls Hotel serves as a reminder of the distinguished and elegant era to which it was born and has earned its status as the epitome of grand luxury travel. The Victoria Falls Hotel remains the landmark accommodation facility to view the popular tourist attraction, the wondrous Victoria Falls now in its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year!
Year Built: 1904 • Number of rooms: 161 • Pool: Yes • Spa: Yes • Onsite Dining: Livingstone Room and Jungle Junction • Breakfast: Included • WiFi: Included
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
CENTRAL DELUXE ROOM
Furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa” ambiance, the 46 Central Deluxe Rooms are situated in the main section of the hotel and are tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colors. The Central Deluxe Rooms have a view of the gardens and some overlook the Batoka Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge.
Room service (24 hours)
VICTORIA FALLS ACTIVITIES
ZAMBEZI DINNER CRUISE: Guests will be treated to the beauty of the sunset while cruising gently up the Zambezi river. Guests will enjoy snacks and cocktails before being served an exquisite three-course plated meal.
ELEPHANT ENCOUNTER: The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage has been a safe haven for a myriad of orphaned and injured elephants since its conception in 1992. The Elephant Encounter will give guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa.
WALKING TOUR OF THE FALLS: The Victoria Falls – now in its 150 millionth year - reaches its zenith in about May each year. It's a truly awe-inspiring experience. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. Your guide through the rainforest will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife and other points of interest. Raincoats are provided when needed.
JUNGLE JUNCTION DINNER PARTY: Dining at Jungle Junction offers an unforgettable experience. While gazing over the gorge and the spray of the Falls, you will enjoy a fusion of flavors of Africa and entertainment from various ethnic groups.
VICTORIA FALLS BUNGEE JUMP: With the Falls behind and the river rushing below the Victoria Falls Bridge, this is certainly no ordinary bungee jump. At 365' it is also one of the highest jumps in the world and the adrenaline rush is as wild as the river itself!
VICTORIA FALLS BUNGEE SWING: The high wire is suspended across the gorge at a point where the width is 1035' and 395' deep. A harness is attached to the jumper and then the jumping ropes. The jumper leaps off the edge of the gorge, free falling about 230' before going into a 310' long pendulum-type swing. A thrilling and mind-blowing experience!
VICTORIA FALLS ZIP LINE: This is the longest Zip Line (Foofie Slide) ride in the world. Imagine the adrenalin rush traveling a speed of 65mph hurtling 1400' across the gorge, while suspended 395' above Zambezi water below.
CHOBE GAME LODGE
As the only lodge located inside the Chobe National Park, set on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge is an elegant, five-star, fully ecotourism-certified safari lodge with 40 spacious guest rooms and four luxurious suites. Following the banks of the river, the 800’ of elevated boardwalk and viewing deck allow you to watch the ever-changing wildlife parade across the river.
Year Built: 1972 • Number of rooms: 44 • Pool: Yes • Spa: Yes • Onsite Dining: Fully Inclusive Indoor and Outdoor Facilities • Bars: 2 Fully Inclusive • WiFi: Included
CHOBE GAME LODGE ACCOMMODATIONS
The newly rebuilt and decorated standard rooms have been expanded in size and lead onto a spacious terrace facing the Chobe River. The rooms provide all the amenities and comforts you expect from a luxury safari lodge.
Veranda with deck chairs
CHOBE GAME LODGE ACTIVITIES
GAME VIEWING: Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where the animals drink, bathe and play. Lion, leopard, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are often seen.
BOAT CRUISES: Enjoy the diversity of Chobe National Park’s abundant wildlife on guided boat safaris, while witnessing the herds of game and prolific birdlife along the river banks.
BIRDING EXPERIENCE: Birding is spectacular with 450 species, including the Schalows turaco, barred owlet and white-browed coucal, western-banded snake-eagle and hooded vulture.
SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE
Savute Safari Lodge is located overlooking the Savute Channel. The channel feeds the Savute Marsh from the Linyanti River. Accommodating only 24 guests, Savuti Safari Lodge provides guests with a private and relaxing environment. The chalets each have a private viewing deck and en-suite facilities.
The Savute region is somewhat drier and more sterile than Chobe and is home to large prides of lion, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, and elephants in a watering hole outside your deck.
Number of rooms: 12 • Pool: Yes • Spa: No • Viewing Deck: Yes • Onsite Dining: Fully Inclusive Indoor and Outdoor Facilities • Bars: 1 Fully Inclusive • WiFi: No
SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE ACCOMMODATIONS
LUXURY SAFARI SUITE
Savute Safari Lodge has eleven thatched chalets and one family room which consists of two double bedrooms. The chalets feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en-suite facilities.
Fans (no air conditioning)
220V power outlets
Veranda with deck chairs
SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE ACTIVITIES
GAME VIEWING: The five guides at Savute Safari Lodge will provide you with an endless stream of information about wildlife (they can name every bird, bush and beetle), but also bush stories and jokes. They will take you into the heart of Savute with open 4x4 safari vehicles. If you want to delve deeper into the history of the area, visit the ancient San Rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills, a small hilly outcrop that forms a prominent landmark in the otherwise flat landscape. In the evenings, settle around the fire pit, listening to the sounds of nocturnal animals and tune into nature.
Camp Moremi has a well-deserved legacy in the Botswana tourism industry for being able to deliver the classic African safari experience. Recently completely rebuilt, Camp Moremi is located within Botswana’s world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities.
Camp Moremi’s communal areas include a sunken bar, an expansive lounge area, an extended library and private deck. These areas, including the elevated dining area, connect by boardwalk to the fireplace in front of the camp. In addition, there are an open air boma and secluded swimming pool.
Number of rooms: 12 • Pool: Yes • Spa: No • Camp Fire: Yes • Onsite Dining: Fully Inclusive Indoor and Outdoor Facilities • Bars: 1 Fully Inclusive • WiFi: No
CAMP MOREMI ACCOMMODATIONS
LUXURY SAFARI TENT
Camp Moremi boasts 12 modern-styled thatched safari tents, including one family room, and accommodates a maximum of twenty-four guests. The family room which includes two separate bedrooms and bathrooms, connects through interleading doors. All standard tents are expansive with double vanities and showers, and private decks offering views over the Moremi Game Reserve. Subtle décor and lighting fixtures allow for a natural and warm atmosphere to blend with the surrounding environment.
Fans (no air conditioning)
220V power outlets
Veranda with deck chairs
CAMP MOREMI ACTIVITIES
GAME VIEWING: Professional guides will introduce you to a whole new world of wildlife. Witness a Leopard stretched out lazily in the branches of a mopane tree, herds of elephant grazing under a canopy of green or a pride of lions camouflaged in the long grass. Moremi Game Reserve’s incredible wetlands support a vast number of antelope, including impala, kudu and waterbuck.
BOAT CRUISES: Guest activities include a choice of morning and afternoon game drives to explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by hard-bottomed aluminum boat.
BIRDING EXPERIENCE: Birdlife is prolific and the majestic Fish Eagle and vivid Malachite Kingfisher are frequently seen and even the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl makes an occasional appearance, to the delight of guides and guests alike.
WHAT WE MAY SEE IN AFRICA
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
DAY 1: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
• The group will meet at the Johannesburg airport at 9:00 am. We will fly to Victoria Falls together.
• On arrival in Johannesburg, the group will be met and assisted with check in for flight to Victoria Falls.
• Flight Johannesburg to Victoria Falls (excluded)
• Option 1 (as of this writing): South African Airways flight SA40 departs Johannesburg (JNB) at 10:50 AM and arrives in Victoria Falls (VFA) at 12:30 PM
• Option 2 (as of this writing): British Airways flight BA6285 departs Johannesburg (JNB) at 11:25 AM and arrives in Victoria Falls (VFA) at 1:05 PM
• On arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls Hotel.
• The afternoon is at leisure, before enjoying an evening sunset cruise including dinner and drinks onboard.
• Return to your hotel for overnight.
MONDAY, JUNE 15
DAY 2: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
• Early morning elephant interaction, where you will venture out into the bush to spend time with the gentle grey mammals up close and personal.
• You will be returned to your hotel where the remainder of the morning is at leisure.
• In the afternoon you will be collected for a walking tour of the Victoria Falls.
• Return to your hotel and freshen up for a themed dinner (excludes drinks) at The Victoria Falls Hotel restaurant - Jungle Junction.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
DAY 3: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
• Did someone say "bungee jump"?
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
DAY 4: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE AND CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
• After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred by road to Kazangula border and then onto Chobe Game Lodge where you will be staying for two nights.
• Check in and enjoy a light lunch, before departing on an afternoon safari, followed by dinner at the lodge.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
DAY 5: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
• Full day at Chobe Game Lodge, including two safaris, meals and local beverages.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
DAY 6: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
• Morning safari and breakfast before being transferred by road to Kasane Airport, where you will check in for your charter flight to Savute.
• Charter flight from Kasane to Savute. (Included)
• On arrival at the lodge, check in and enjoy some time at leisure before heading out on an afternoon safari at the lodge, followed by dinner.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
DAY 7: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
• Full day at Savute Safari Lodge including two safaris.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
DAY 8: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
• Full day at Savute Safari Lodge including two safaris.
MONDAY, JUNE 22
DAY 9: MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA
• After an early morning safari and breakfast, transfer to the lodge airstrip for your charter flight from Savute to Camp Moremi. (Included)
• Okavango Delta. On arrival, have some time at leisure, before an afternoon safari at the lodge, followed by dinner.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23
DAY 10: MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA
• Okavango Delta. Full day at the lodge, including two safaris.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
DAY 11: MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA
• Okavango Delta. Early morning safari (depending on flight time) and breakfast. Transfer to the Xakanaka airstrip for your Charter flight from Camp Moremi to Maun. (Included)
• Flight from Maun to Cape Town or Johannesburg (Excluded)
• Option 1 (as of this writing): South African Airways flight SA8301 departs Maun (MUB) at 2:00 PM and arrives in Johannesburg (JNB) at 3:40 PM
• Option 2 (as of this writing): Air Botswana flight BP211 departs Maun (MUB) at 2:25 PM and arrives in Johannesburg (JNB) at 4:35 PM
• Transfer Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
• 3 nights at Victoria Falls Hotel, Deluxe Room
• Daily breakfast at Victoria Falls Hotel
• Sunset dinner cruise on Zambezi River
• Wild Horizons Elephant Encounter
• Wild Horizons walking tour of Victoria Falls
• Jungle Junction dinner
• Victoria Falls bungee jump, swing or zipline
• Transfer to Chobe Game Lodge
• 2 nights at Chobe Game Lodge, Standard Room
• 4 Chobe Game Lodge safaris
• Chobe Game Lodge meals, drinks, laundry
• Transfer to Kasane Airport
• Charter flight from Kasane to Savute
• Transfer to Savute Safari Lodge
• 3 nights at Savute Safari Lodge, Luxury Suite
• 6 Savute Safari Lodge safaris
• Savute Safari Lodge meals, drinks, laundry
• Charter flight from Savute to Camp Moremi
• Transfer to Camp Moremi
• 2 nights at Camp Moremi, Luxury Safari Tent
• 4 Camp Moremi safaris
• Camp Moremi meals, drinks, laundry
• Charter flight from Camp Moremi to Maun
• Private group vehicles on all land safaris
• Private group boats on all water safaris
• Chobe National Park fee
• Moremi Game Reserve fee
• Botswana medical evacuation insurance
• English speaking guide to escort group
• Government taxes
• Government fees
• 24-hour stand-by contact number
• Pre-trip party in Orange County, CA
• Post-trip party in Orange County, CA
SAFARI PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) $8,795
Available on a first-come first-serve basis
EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $2,000
February 1, 2019 $2,000
August 1, 2019 $2,000
March 1, 2020 Balance
Prices subject to change
Gratuities not included
AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
International flights • Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls • Flight from Maun to Johannesburg • Hotel/Lodge/Camp gratuities • Guide gratuities • Private transfers • Meals and drinks not indicated in the itinerary • Border crossing fees • Visa requirements • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive and accident insurance (required)
We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of safari due to weather or equipment issues.
We are not suggesting any specific international flights for this trip. Numerous carriers fly into Johannesburg including United, Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa, British Airways and Turkish Airways. We realize some guests may want to use reward miles while others may want to do an extension in a specific city. As of September 9, 2019 costs start at $1,465 roundtrip from Los Angeles.
All guests must be in Johannesburg at the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) by 9:00 am on Sunday, June 14. In addition to the international flights, the following two flights are required (both flights are one-way).
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT (JNB) - VICTORIA FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (VFA)
OPTION 1 • $152
OPTION 2 • $145
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
MAUN AIRPORT (MUB) - JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT (JNB)
OPTION 1 • $298
OPTION 2 • $229
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