Tour Africa’s vast expanse in style and in great company on an impressive new 16-day itinerary from adventure travel specialists, Baobab Expeditions.
Whisking guests effortlessly from Cape Town to Kigali onboard private turbo-prop aircraft, Wings over Africa offers an irresistible combination of luxurious travel (with minimal transfer times), superb accommodation (in fine hotels, tented camps and bush lodges), unforgettable animal encounters and some of the most world’s most spectacular natural landscapes. Joining this small group of privileged guests to further enhance the experience will be renowned naturalist, Gavin Ford, who regularly features as one of Africa’s top safari guides in the international travel press, and East Africa expert Lynne Leakey, who will accompany the group in Tanzania.
Highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime trip include:
* Cape Town – Staying at the sumptuous Cape Grace hotel in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, spend three days exploring the city’s key sights. Take in the heart-stopping view from Table Mountain, enjoy a full-day tour of the Cape Town peninsula and toast the start of this African adventure with a day’s tasting of South Africa’s fine vintages in the Winelands.
* Kruger National Park – Arriving by light aircraft at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, spend the next three days in stylish and welcoming surroundings, venturing out for morning and afternoon game drives in the company of professional rangers. Kruger National Park is renowned for the diversity of its wildlife, making this the perfect place for animal lovers and photography enthusiasts alike.
* Victoria Falls – Sad to leave Sabi? Fortunately that’s not a feeling that will last for long as the next stage of the itinerary approaches. Based at the elegant, five-star Victoria Falls Hotel, guests can choose from a selection of soft adventure activities during their two-day stay – or simply relax. From boat cruises on the Zambezi River and elephant-back rides to helicopter flights over the Falls and even bungee jumps, there’s definitely something to suit everyone.
* Ngorongoro Crater – Perched on the edge of Tanzania’s world-famous landmark, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is one of the most architecturally-spectacular safari lodges in Africa. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead) it’s also base camp for the next stage of the Wings over Africa itinerary. The crater itself is the largest intact caldera in the world, providing an eco-system that sustains around 30,000 animals, making this a superb setting in which to enjoy an unforgettable game drive experience.
* Serengeti National Park – This wildlife haven of nearly 9,000 km² hosts the most extensive movement of large animals on the planet. Witness the great annual wildebeest migration during a three-day stay in this beautiful area of Tanzania, where white-bearded gnus, gazelles and giraffe also await observation on twice-daily game drives. Accommodation here is at Serengeti Under Canvas, luxurious private camps of Bedouin-style tents that evoke classic 1920s safaris, with guests literally following in the footsteps of the animals each day.
* Sabyinyo, Rwanda – One of the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experiences to be had anywhere, there can be little to compare with encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This final stop on the Wings over Africa itinerary includes two days of trekking in the Parc National des Volcans, where guests visit seven habituated gorilla families before returning to the comfort and spectacular volcano views afforded by the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Departing 1 & 22 October 2010 (and on the same dates in 2011), Wings over Africa costs £12,154 pp* (two sharing) including all accommodation with most meals/drinks, all chartered flights and transfers as specified in the itinerary, sightseeing/excursions and game drives, two gorilla permits per person, and the services of Gavin Ford and Lynne Leakey. Price does not include international flights or domestic flights (Cape Town to Nelspruit and Kilimanjaro to Kigali).
*Price is based on 14 guests travelling. Should passenger numbers change, the price will vary accordingly. Valid until 31 December 2010 unless unforeseen circumstances (including the prevailing exchange rate at the time) require them to be changed.