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Detailed Itinerary

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This Africa wildlife, community building and personal awareness Safari is a luxurious, once in a lifetime, small group Africa travel experience.

We combine a multitude of wildlife environments, the luxury and comfort of some of Africa's finest lodges, a unique community interaction program, the splendor of Victoria Falls, the charm of Cape Town in South Africa and the mystique of Botswana's Okavango Delta to make this a truly fulfilling experience.



"The words 'thank you' are completely inadequate in expressing my sincere appreciation for everything you did to make this Africa yoga journey so magnificent."
Mike Buckley
San Diego, CA

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1

Depart Home City en-route to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls will be included in the trip price.

Africa Yoga Travel Nxabega Lodge
Nxabega Lodge - Okavango Delta
Day 2

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to flight to Victoria Falls. Arrive Vic Falls and continue 45 minutes to Matetsi Water Lodge.

Africa Yoga Travel Matetsi LodgeMatetsi Water Lodge
Matetsi Water Lodge is situated on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River 40 kilometers west of Victoria Falls and close to the Botswana border at Kasane. Set under mangosteen and waterberry trees, Matetsi Water Lodge comprises three small, exclusive camps each with six double en-suite lodges. Each lodge is air-conditioned and has its own private plunge pool and verandah. The design emphasis reflects ancient Zimbabwe and the river sweeping past in moods of blue slate, teakwood, mazista tiles and soft furnishings. Meals are prepared by accomplished chefs and served on the intimate riverside dining decks under the giant trees that envelop the lodge. Lodge activities include day and night game drives in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, fishing, boat cruises and canoeing.

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Day 3

Activities at Matetsi include:

Twice daily game viewing drives in open Land Rovers, as well as exciting spot lit night drives.
Bush walks through the private Matetsi Game Reserve are led by armed rangers.
At Matetsi Water Lodge, morning and afternoon riverboat cruises and guided canoe excursions are among the many delights that await you. For bird-watchers, exploring this region is pure magic.

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Day 4

Morning excursion to visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the 103 metre Victoria Falls, which are just 40 kilometers away (about a half hour drive). There will be time for shopping and optional bungee jumping for those who want to up the adventure quotient! Return to Matetsi in time for an sundowner cruise or game drive.

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Day 5

This is our fourth and final night at Matetsi.  We schedule four nights at this lodge so as to take full advantage of all this area has to offer and so that you can truly settle into the Africa experience after your long international travel.

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Day 6

Africa Yoga Travel Safari RhinosTransfer to Kasane airport for light aircraft flight to Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp. Arrive at Nxabega in time for lunch.

 

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Day 7

Africa Yoga Travel Zambezi CanoeNxabega Okavango Safari Camp. Luxury tented camp
Situated under dense stands of African Ebony and Strangler Fig Trees in an exclusive wildlife concession, Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp is unique in that it combines the Okavango water wilderness experience with the excitement of viewing the big game normally associated with the land camps. This magnificent lodge has been beautifully hand crafted and was deliberately designed to ensure that its open plan dining room, lounge, wildlife reference library, and expansive sundecks all offer unobstructed views over the endless floodplains of the Delta. Other lodge facilities include a raised game viewing platform, plunge pool and sundeck. Nxabega accommodates only 18 safari guests in East African style safari tents pitched on elevated platforms with private sundecks and en-suite facilities. Guests have a choice of daily activities including meandering along the floodplains of the Delta by mokoro, exploring the deeper channels by motor boat, nature walks accompanied by an unarmed professional guide or tracking game by open 4x4-safari vehicle in the Mopane Forests and open grasslands. The added highlight of an evening game drive by spotlight assures you of the most complete lodge experience in Botswana.

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Day 8

Full day at Nxabega.

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Day 9

Today we depart Botswana and head to South Africa. Transfer by light aircraft charter flight to Maun. Fly from Maun to Johannesburg. Joburg to Phinda Forest Lodge. Arrive at Phinda in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.

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Africa Yoga Travel Safari Phind LodgePhinda Forest Lodge is situated in the depths of the botanically unique Sand Forest, the bedroom suites were hand-built on small stilts by the Zulu people. Guests experience the sensuous delight of luxurious minimalism offset by the verdant forest scene beyond the chalet's glass walls.
Forest Lodge's 16 raised glass-encased chalets have a bedroom, lounge and spacious en suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower. Outside, wooden decks have been erected around the growing trees. Although surrounded on three sides by glass, the fertile forest floor and towering torchwood trees ensure privacy in each of the chalets. Constructed to minimize impact on the unique Sand Forest, the air-conditioned rooms are raised off the ground to allow smaller animals complete freedom of movement along the forest floor below.
At Forest Lodge, the glass walls display the sea-green canopy with wide-screen effect. A few short paces outside, birds and animals such as the tiny red duiker, suni antelope and rare red squirrel move quietly through the forest.
The chalets evoke the luxurious minimalism of classic Japanese architecture. This is offset by the verdant forest scene beyond the glass walls, creating a sensuous African delight. The chalets have polished beechwood and slate floors.
The central dining area, lounge and shaded swimming pool of this secluded camp overlook a tranquil open grassy vlei (wetland pan). The elevated lookout deck is a prime bird-watching spot for the approximately 400 species at Phinda.

Day 10

Full Day at Phinda.

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Africa Yoga Travel Safari Phinda Lodge

Day 11

Full Day at Phinda.  This afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit the local Zulu village and school that Still Water Travel helps to support.  In the evening we will host a community Boma Dinner and you will have the opportunity to share stories, songs, ideas and conversations with many of the local residents.

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Day 12

After breakfast transfer by charter light aircraft to Johannesburg and then by commercial flight to Cape Town, South Africa. Check in at the Radisson Hotel.

Africa Yoga Travel South Africa Radisson HotelWelcome to the Radisson Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, spectacularly situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking its own private marina and famous Robben Island. This is a first class international hotel, combining high levels of luxury with efficient service and the warmth of true South African hospitality. The world famous V&A Waterfront, the shopping and entertainment hub of the city, is within a few minutes' stroll. The gentle elegance of a luxurious small hotel combined with the allure of one of the worlds most beautiful cities, provides a unique experience of hospitality. The Radisson provides the perfect setting for discovering Cape Town-enviable location that offers both centrality and privacy combined with unrivaled views of The Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. We will be enjoying all business class ocean front rooms during our stay.

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Day 13

Today we make a visit to the impressive summit of Table Mountain which dominates the landscape of Cape Town. Half day free to shop, relax and explore.

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Day 14

Africa Yoga Travel South Africa Spier WineryToday we are whisked off to the renowned wine lands of Southern Africa. We will have lunch today at the historic Spier Winery.

Spier was among the first six wine farms to be established in Stellenbosch, South Africa's prime wine-growing region. Its original wine cellar (dated 1767) is believed to be the oldest dated cellar in South Africa. Spier's distinctive logo and name were both inspired by the bulrushes that still line the banks of the Eerste River, which flows past the pretty old manor house and original wine cellar. ('Spier' is the 'Olde Dutch' word for bulrushes). Spier's transformation into an internationally renowned cultural resort with an ambitious vision began in the mid-Ninties - and today Spier ranks as South Africa's most famous and most popular winery.


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Africa Yoga Travel South Africa Spier Winery

Day 15
Free day to play in Cape Town. Evening Departure.
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Day 16
Arrive back home with fascinating stories to tell and visions that you'll never forget.
 

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Please note that due to the nature of adventure travel in foreign countries, this itinerary is subject to change. We will always attempt to adhere to our itinerary but request that all trip members remain flexible. Your enjoyment and safety are our highest concerns.

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