You Are Cordially Invited To Join AZADV
On An A Classic Adventure To South Africa & Botswana
November 2 To 12, 2017
The thrill of spotting any member of the Big Five – Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhinoceros, and Cape Buffalo – is reason enough to journey to South Africa and Botswana. But these magnificent creatures aren’t the only ones who inhabit the grasslands of the region. Hippos, zebras, giraffes and antelope are just a few other residents that can be spotted during your daily game drives. Join AZADV and wildlife exerts and local residents for an insightful exploration into the habitats and conservation issues surrounding Africa’s natural wonders.
Day 1 ~ Thursday~ November 2
Your adventure begins as you board your overnight flight to Johannesburg. (Meals Aloft)
Day 2 ~ Friday ~ November 3
This afternoon arrive in Johannesburg where you will meet your Classic Escapes Guide who will escort you to the Zebra Country Lodge, located just north of Pretoria, the administrative capitol of South Africa.
Located on an almost 1000 acre nature preserve, the Zebra Country Lodge features comfortable accommodations set within the property’s lush gardens with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The nature preserve offers views of free range game – impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck and giraffe to name a few – your accommodations feature en suite bathrooms, hair dryers, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Overnight at ZEBRA COUNTRY LODGE. (Meals Aloft, D) http://legend-lodges.co.za/properties/zebra-country-lodge/
Day 3 ~ Saturday ~ November 4
Set out on an exciting tour of the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. Nestled in the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, De Wildt is renowned for its breeding success of rare endangered species. While the Cheetah project was the base from which the Centre launched its conservation ethic, it soon widened to include other rare and endangered animal species such as wild dog, brown hyena, suni antelope, riverine rabbit and vultures. Many of these have been successfully bred for later reintroduction into the wild. The Centre is a privately owned, non-profit, non-governmental organization, funded by self-endeavor and sponsorship. It has gained national and international recognition for the remarkable successes it has had with the breeding of these scarce species. Encounter a unique wildlife experience right up close and join the Centre for one of their amazing open vehicle guided tours. The De Wildt staff, using their experience and expertise will allow you to enjoy the cheetah along with other animals and birds.
Then later, continue on to the charming and beautiful Zoological Gardens of South Africa (formerly known as the Pretoria Zoo). Situated right against the breathtaking Magliasburg Mountains, the Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with its prestigious national status. Today the zoo holds 3117 animals and boasts the largest inland marine aquarium in the country, as well as its very own reptile park. The zoo also has the third largest collection of exotic trees in the world, making this an unforgettable experience.
Overnight at ZEBRA COUNTRY LODGE. (B, L)
Days 4/5/6 ~ Sunday/Monday/Tuesday ~ November 5/6/7
Entabeni Game Reserve
Today’s drive takes you to the 29,650-acre Entabeni Game Reserve, situated in the magnificent, malaria free Waterberg. This unique area offers spectacular scenery consisting of grasslands surrounded by mountains, a mile-long lake, a 2000-foot escarpment, diverse wildlife and ‘Big Five’ game viewing (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.) At Entabeni, which means “beyond comparison”, the emphasis is on gaining an insight into the wonders of nature. Each well-trained ranger will share his knowledge of the local flora and fauna, as well as cultural heritage, history and geology.
Your exploration will include game drives with professional rangers, guided walks and horseback safaris. Wildlife is abundant with lion sightings during game drives, even as the lions prefer the bushveld environment. Elephants roam the reserve and are often encountered in the vast wilderness areas, and make for awesome viewing. Rhinos are very frequently encountered, and often even in the lodge gardens. There is also a good population of the dangerous Cape buffalo, these large bovids look harmless but can be a highly dangerous member of the animal community. The ever-elusive leopard can also be seen if you are lucky. This animal, however, is a highly elusive, shy and beautiful creature of which even a fleeting glance is a privilege and definitely a highlight of any safari. Besides the cherished Big Five you can expect to see zebra, giraffe, kudu, duiker, eland and oryx. Birdlife is abundant with as many as 380 species in the summer months. There is a colony of Cape Vultures which nest near the Wildside Camp in November and December, as well as Black Eagle and African Fish Eagle. You may also spot Secretary Birds, Black breasted Snake Eagles, Gymnogene and Lizard and Jackal Buzzards. The beautiful Narina Ttrogon is seen from time to time in the valley communities.
Located on the banks of Lake Entabeni, the Lakeside Lodge features 24 individual rooms with en suite bathrooms, connected to the reception area and restaurant by thatched walkways. The lodge also features a pool and spa, available for use for the duration of your stay.
Overnights at LAKESIDE LODGE CAMP. (All Meals Daily) http://legendlodges.co.za/properties/entabeni-safari-conservancy/lakeside-lodge/
Days 4/5/6 ~ Wednesday/Thursday /Friday~ November 8/9/10
Pont Drift/Mashatu Game Reserve
Drive to the border and cross into Botswana at the Pont Drift, where a private road transfer brings you to Mashatu. In the remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, lies an area known historically as the Tuli enclave – a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. It is here that the largest of the Rattray Reserves is situated – Mashatu Reserve. The name is derived from the magnificent Mashatu trees, which occur throughout this immense tract of privately owned land. Mashatu is also the home of no less than seven of Africa’s giants: the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, the ostrich, and the Kori Bustard. Some 366 species of birds may be seen. Mashatu Reserve proudly provides a refuge for the largest, single population of elephant on privately owned land in Africa. Known as the relic herds of Shashe, these elephants are the last
living testament to the great herds that once populated the meandering Limpopo valley. Today, the population on Mashatu Reserve alone is estimated to number in excess of 500.
Here you are offered some of the most exciting wildlife viewing in Africa. It is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoiled African landscapes either in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles, on a walking safari, on mountain bicycles, or horseback, guided by expert rangers and experienced trackers (some at additional cost.)
Mashatu offers a fabulous opportunity to observe wildlife up close from the safety of a photographic hide. These are separate concessions and run independently from the lodge, and as such there’s a fee to enter them, but you can spend uninterrupted time in the hide while animals walk right past you – the ultimate way to obtain that much treasured photograph. ($TBA per person/per use)
Mashatu Main Camp offers 14 authentically decorated suites. Each suite is furnished with two three-quarter beds, a day bed, expansive en suite bathroom with shower, bath, his and hers basins, and a second restroom. A private lounge area overlooks the unfenced surrounding bush and 24 hour temperature control completes the comfort of each suite. Mashatu Main Camp is elevated around a waterhole and offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities from within the camp itself. The dining area, stunning day lounge and “Gin Trap” bar provide diverse lookouts from which to enjoy and appreciate the environment. Facilities within the camp include a swimming pool, an air-conditioned lounge and dining room and a lala-palm enclosed African boma, in which sumptuous s dinners are savored under the magnificent African night sky and around a blazing fire.
Overnights at MASHATU MAIN CAMP. (All Meals Daily) www.mashatu.com
Day 10 ~ Saturday ~ November 11
Mashatu Game Reserve/Johannesburg/En Route
Enjoy one last game drive on the Mashatu Game Reserve, before transferring back to Johannesburg for your return flight to Atlanta.
Day 11 ~ Sunday~ November 12