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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CHOBE AND VICTORIA FALLS

PRE - CHOBE AND VICTORIA FALLS

PLEASE NOTE – This Pre Cruise Program begins in Johannesburg

This nonstop adventure presents the unrivalled experience of touring thundering Victoria Falls and venturing into Botswana’s first national park on three game drives to view African’s most iconic wildlife.

DAY 1

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met outside the Customs and Immigration area by a local representative and assisted to your awaiting vehicle.

Transfer to “54 on Bath” Hotel located in Johannesburg.

The earliest check-in time allowed at the hotel is 2:00pm, although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and this evening dinner is enjoyed at the hotel.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport.

On arrival at the airport in Johannesburg, a representative will meet and assist you with luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls.

On arrival in Victoria Falls, a local representative will meet and transfer you to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where a light lunch will be enjoyed.

Following lunch, you will transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided walking tour. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it’s the world’s largest curtain of falling water, based on the falls’ one-mile width and height of 360 feet. What an amazing spectacle to watch as the Zambezi River roars over the edge of a basalt gorge, forming what the locals call Mosi-Oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” In November 1885, after seeing the falls for the first time, Scottish explorer and doctor David Livingstone re-named them after Queen Victoria.

Few places are on earth are so mesmerizing, as Victoria Falls rumbles like thunder, spewing clouds of iridescent mist from the seething cauldron below. The mist rises so high at times that it can be seen from more than 12 miles away.

After your tour of the natural phenomenon, you will transfer to the town of Kasane in Botswana ( border crossing) and on to nearby Chobe Game Lodge for check in. Picturesquely situated 100km west of Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park. Rooms are river facing and include minibars, en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities as well as private terraces.

The remainder of the day is yours for relaxing or further exploration, with dinner being served in the early evening.

DAY 3

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on a morning game drive. This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent.

You may see wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo to name a few. Chobe is also home to two antelope that aren’t encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. Declared a national park in 1967, Chobe was the first one established in Botswana and now covers more than 4,500 square miles of dry savannah, floodplains, and teak woodlands that are ideal animal habitats.

Returning from your morning safari, a full breakfast will be served, after which you may spend the remainder of the morning however you please. The lodge’s facilities are yours to enjoy.

Following lunch, you will depart on a cruise down the Chobe River. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, and you may see animals coming to the river for water.

Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy more free time before dinner is served and you retire for the evening.

DAY 4

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on another morning game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary.

Later, following breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer by bus back to the Victoria Falls Airport (border crossing) and check in for the return flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arrival a local representative will meet and assist you with your stored luggage and checking in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will meet and transfer you to the harbor where your ship will be waiting for you.

Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to “54 on Bath” hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Arrival of your flight into Johannesburg. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.

From 7:30pm onwards, dinner will be served at the hotel

Overnight at “54 on Bath” Johannesburg or similar hotel

Day 2

8:00am Transfer from your hotel to the airport

8:45am Arrive at the airport and check in for your flight to Victoria Falls

11:25am Flight to Victoria Falls (flight details TBA and subject to change) Light snack on board

1:05pm Arrival in Victoria Falls. Transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for lunch

3:00pm Transfer to the Falls

3:30pm Guided tour of the Falls

4:30pm Transfer to Kasane and then onto Chobe Game Lodge

6:00pm On arrival at Chobe Game Lodge, check in

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge or similar

Day 3

4:45am Wake up call

5:00pm Tea and coffee are served

5:30am Morning game drive

8:30am Breakfast at the lodge

10:30am Optional mid morning activity

12:30pm Lunch at the lodge

3:00pm Afternoon tea

3:30pm Sunset safari

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge or similar

Day 4

4:45am Wake up call

5:00pm Tea and coffee are served

5:30am Morning game drive

8:30am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport

1:55pm Flight Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (details TBA and subject to change) Light snack on board

3:35pm Arrival Johannesburg

6:00pm Flight Johannesburg to Cape Town (details TBA and subject to change) Light snack on board

8:10pm Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to the pier

8:45pm Approximate arrival at the port and embark the ship

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of the activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife in the Chobe National Park.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This is a malaria risk area. Make sure that the necessary medication has been taken. Guests should seek their physicians’ advice regarding malaria precautions and other recommended immunizations. You must begin taking malaria precautions prior to your departure date.

? Bring warm clothing, as the evenings and early mornings are chilly.

? Citizens of the United States do not require visas for Botswana.

? Citizens of the United States and Canada require a visa for Zimbabwe. These can be obtained upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport.

? A Zimbabwe double-entry visa for U.S citizens is required and is $80 per person and payable in cash. Please ensure that you have the correct denominations of U.S. currency available, as change will not be given. Canadian citizens can only obtain a single-entry visa, which is $75 dollars per entry. This visa will need to be purchased on each entry.

? Please note that the above information regarding visas is current and is subject to change should the Zimbabwe Government and Customs implement new rules and tariffs. Two clear pages are required in your passport per entry into South Africa and Zimbabwe.

? Guests should consult the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations.

? The water levels at Victoria Falls are season dependent. This time of year is low season.

? This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers and you will have a guide at Victoria Falls, however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip creams. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

The monetary unit of Botswana is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2. However, US Dollars are accepted throughout Botswana at all lodges.

Credit cards:

Most international hotels accept most standard credit cards as a payment for your “extras” account.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional service at hotels, as many of the small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Botswana’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges and camps have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

Outlets in Botswana require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs.

Adapters can be brought from home as not all will be provided.

Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

? Any additional luggage not being taken on the trip will be stored in Johannesburg from Days 2-4 in a secure location.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

54 on Bath in Johannesburg – Luxury Double Room

Chobe Game Lodge – Double Room

We will only source alternate hotels in unforeseen circumstances. Should alternate hotels be required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

? 1 night at 54 on Bath or similar hotel

? Dinner at the 54 on Bath, including 2 local drinks per person (beer, house wine, soft drink or water) and gratuity

? 2 nights at the Chobe Game Lodge or similar, including all meals, two game activities daily, and two local drinks per person at meal times

? Meet and Greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 & 4

? Transfers in luxury air-conditioned vehicles

? Registered English-speaking tour guide on transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

? Lunch at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including 2 local drinks per person

? Tour of Victoria Falls, including entrance fees to the Falls National Park

? Luggage storage of 1 bag per person in Johannesburg from Days 2 - 4 of additional bags not accompanying you on the trip

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? One mineral water per person on transfers

? Scheduled domestic flights per the program details in economy class

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

PROGRAM EXCLUDES:

? Any other meals not listed in the program

? All other beverages, including premium-brand drinks at Chobe Game Lodge

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, trackers, lodge staff

? Additional baggage fees

? Visa Fees

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,399 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CHOBE AND VICTORIA FALLS

PRE - CHOBE AND VICTORIA FALLS

PLEASE NOTE – This Pre Cruise Program begins in Johannesburg

This nonstop adventure presents the unrivalled experience of touring thundering Victoria Falls and venturing into Botswana’s first national park on three game drives to view African’s most iconic wildlife.

DAY 1

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met outside the Customs and Immigration area by a local representative and assisted to your awaiting vehicle.

Transfer to “54 on Bath” Hotel located in Johannesburg.

The earliest check-in time allowed at the hotel is 2:00pm, although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and this evening dinner is enjoyed at the hotel.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport.

On arrival at the airport in Johannesburg, a representative will meet and assist you with luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls.

On arrival in Victoria Falls, a local representative will meet and transfer you to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where a light lunch will be enjoyed.

Following lunch, you will transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided walking tour. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it’s the world’s largest curtain of falling water, based on the falls’ one-mile width and height of 360 feet. What an amazing spectacle to watch as the Zambezi River roars over the edge of a basalt gorge, forming what the locals call Mosi-Oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” In November 1885, after seeing the falls for the first time, Scottish explorer and doctor David Livingstone re-named them after Queen Victoria.

Few places are on earth are so mesmerizing, as Victoria Falls rumbles like thunder, spewing clouds of iridescent mist from the seething cauldron below. The mist rises so high at times that it can be seen from more than 12 miles away.

After your tour of the natural phenomenon, you will transfer to the town of Kasane in Botswana ( border crossing) and on to nearby Chobe Game Lodge for check in. Picturesquely situated 100km west of Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park. Rooms are river facing and include minibars, en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities as well as private terraces.

The remainder of the day is yours for relaxing or further exploration, with dinner being served in the early evening.

DAY 3

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on a morning game drive. This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent.

You may see wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo to name a few. Chobe is also home to two antelope that aren’t encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. Declared a national park in 1967, Chobe was the first one established in Botswana and now covers more than 4,500 square miles of dry savannah, floodplains, and teak woodlands that are ideal animal habitats.

Returning from your morning safari, a full breakfast will be served, after which you may spend the remainder of the morning however you please. The lodge’s facilities are yours to enjoy.

Following lunch, you will depart on a cruise down the Chobe River. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, and you may see animals coming to the river for water.

Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy more free time before dinner is served and you retire for the evening.

DAY 4

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on another morning game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary.

Later, following breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer by bus back to the Victoria Falls Airport (border crossing) and check in for the return flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arrival a local representative will meet and assist you with your stored luggage and checking in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will meet and transfer you to the harbor where your ship will be waiting for you.

Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to “54 on Bath” hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Arrival of your flight into Johannesburg. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.

From 7:30pm onwards, dinner will be served at the hotel

Overnight at “54 on Bath” Johannesburg or similar hotel

Day 2

8:00am Transfer from your hotel to the airport

8:45am Arrive at the airport and check in for your flight to Victoria Falls

11:25am Flight to Victoria Falls (flight details TBA and subject to change) Light snack on board

1:05pm Arrival in Victoria Falls. Transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for lunch

3:00pm Transfer to the Falls

3:30pm Guided tour of the Falls

4:30pm Transfer to Kasane and then onto Chobe Game Lodge

6:00pm On arrival at Chobe Game Lodge, check in

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge or similar

Day 3

4:45am Wake up call

5:00pm Tea and coffee are served

5:30am Morning game drive

8:30am Breakfast at the lodge

10:30am Optional mid morning activity

12:30pm Lunch at the lodge

3:00pm Afternoon tea

3:30pm Sunset safari

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge or similar

Day 4

4:45am Wake up call

5:00pm Tea and coffee are served

5:30am Morning game drive

8:30am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport

1:55pm Flight Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (details TBA and subject to change) Light snack on board

3:35pm Arrival Johannesburg

6:00pm Flight Johannesburg to Cape Town (details TBA and subject to change) Light snack on board

8:10pm Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to the pier

8:45pm Approximate arrival at the port and embark the ship

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of the activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife in the Chobe National Park.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This is a malaria risk area. Make sure that the necessary medication has been taken. Guests should seek their physicians’ advice regarding malaria precautions and other recommended immunizations. You must begin taking malaria precautions prior to your departure date.

? Bring warm clothing, as the evenings and early mornings are chilly.

? Citizens of the United States do not require visas for Botswana.

? Citizens of the United States and Canada require a visa for Zimbabwe. These can be obtained upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport.

? A Zimbabwe double-entry visa for U.S citizens is required and is $80 per person and payable in cash. Please ensure that you have the correct denominations of U.S. currency available, as change will not be given. Canadian citizens can only obtain a single-entry visa, which is $75 dollars per entry. This visa will need to be purchased on each entry.

? Please note that the above information regarding visas is current and is subject to change should the Zimbabwe Government and Customs implement new rules and tariffs. Two clear pages are required in your passport per entry into South Africa and Zimbabwe.

? Guests should consult the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations.

? The water levels at Victoria Falls are season dependent. This time of year is low season.

? This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers and you will have a guide at Victoria Falls, however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip creams. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

The monetary unit of Botswana is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2. However, US Dollars are accepted throughout Botswana at all lodges.

Credit cards:

Most international hotels accept most standard credit cards as a payment for your “extras” account.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional service at hotels, as many of the small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Botswana’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges and camps have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

Outlets in Botswana require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs.

Adapters can be brought from home as not all will be provided.

Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

? Any additional luggage not being taken on the trip will be stored in Johannesburg from Days 2-4 in a secure location.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

54 on Bath in Johannesburg – Luxury Double Room

Chobe Game Lodge – Double Room

We will only source alternate hotels in unforeseen circumstances. Should alternate hotels be required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

? 1 night at 54 on Bath or similar hotel

? Dinner at the 54 on Bath, including 2 local drinks per person (beer, house wine, soft drink or water) and gratuity

? 2 nights at the Chobe Game Lodge or similar, including all meals, two game activities daily, and two local drinks per person at meal times

? Meet and Greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 & 4

? Transfers in luxury air-conditioned vehicles

? Registered English-speaking tour guide on transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

? Lunch at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including 2 local drinks per person

? Tour of Victoria Falls, including entrance fees to the Falls National Park

? Luggage storage of 1 bag per person in Johannesburg from Days 2 - 4 of additional bags not accompanying you on the trip

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? One mineral water per person on transfers

? Scheduled domestic flights per the program details in economy class

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

PROGRAM EXCLUDES:

? Any other meals not listed in the program

? All other beverages, including premium-brand drinks at Chobe Game Lodge

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, trackers, lodge staff

? Additional baggage fees

? Visa Fees

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,299 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - AFRICA'S WINELANDS AND WILDLIFE

PRE - AFRICA'S WINELANDS AND WILDLIFE

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport (according to your individual flight arrival times), you are met outside the Customs and Immigration area and transferred to your city-based hotel where you will spend the night. Lunch is on your own. Check-in time is at 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving quite early, in order to guarantee a room to be available when you arrive, you will need to book an additional night’s stay.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, depart Cape Town and take the N1 National Road to Paarl, the “Pearl” of the Berg River Valley. Paarl is a romantic town built on both sides of a 10km long main street, shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. Here you will visit a local wine estate, enjoy a cellar tour and have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines.

Pay a short visit to the Huguenot Museum, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, which commemorates the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. The adjoining Huguenot Memorial Museum focuses on the genealogy of the Huguenot families.

Enjoy a picnic lunch including live music by a string trio at one of the local wine estates. Each couple will also receive a bottle of wine to take home. Next you will continue to Stellenbosch, “Town of Oaks”, the second oldest town in South Africa, founded by Governor Simon van der Stel in 1679. Today, Stellenbosch is best known as a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and leafy streets so beautiful that some of them have been declared national monuments.

After your brief orientation drive through this lovely town, spend some time at leisure exploring on your own –browse through a variety of curio shops or pay a visit (additional cost) to the Stellenbosch Museum which comprises four different houses depicting different eras.

Finally you will return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 3

After breakfast at your hotel, depart Cape Town for a two hour journey which will meander through the scenic Hex River Valley to one of Cape Town’s closest private game reserves, Aquila.

This game reserve is situated on 4500 hectares of Southern Karoo Highlands and combines the flora and fauna of three beautiful valleys. The reserve encompasses a natural wetland and a magnificent mountain range. Here you will have the opportunity to experience an outstanding variety of game.

Upon arrival you will have a welcome drink followed by a game drive which will take place in 4 x 4 safari vehicles, with experienced ranger guides. Animals typically found roaming in the reserve included Rhino, buffalo, giraffe and lions (note: lions are in an enclosure). Large herds of zebra, black and blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, warthog, eland, springbok, blesbok and gemsbok may also been seen in the semi arid desert conditions. Hippo and crocodile lurk in the wetlands. Aquila’s wide array of bird species include several pairs of the rare and endangered black eagle, after which the reserve has been named.

Following your game drive and before your return to Cape Town, a delicious buffet lunch will be served in the African “Boma” restaurant.

Once back in Cape Town, the remainder of the day will be at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 4

After breakfast at your hotel and check-out formalities, you will be transferred to the port to embark the ship.

A brief orientation tour of the city will be taken en route to the port. You will travel through the city centre and onto Adderley Street – it’s the principal thoroughfare of Cape Town, and is renowned for its fine examples of old Cape architecture, including the Standard Bank Building, St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the Cultural History Museum. You will also drive past the Castle of Good Hope - the oldest building in South Africa. Built from 1666-1679, it is a pentagonal fortification with a moat and bastions at each corner.

Program notes:

- The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the reserve.

- Animals are wild and so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

- Lions and cheetahs are in an enclosed area

- Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones on or during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals

- Smoking is not permitted during the game drives

- It may be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties to get in and out of the open vehicles

- For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years allowed on the open vehicles

- The terrain is very different to bushfield safari areas as this is considered to be a semi-desert area

- During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered – and guests are therefore exposed to the elements. Guests are therefore advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as their cameras and binoculars.

- The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy. Not recommended for guests with back & neck problems or for women who are pregnant.

- This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Depending on the number of guests booked, the activities on Day 2 and Day 3 may be reversed for half the group in order to accommodate everyone. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred via private vehicle to your hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 1 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Cape Town International Airport & transfer (not necessarily private) to your city- based hotel

Check-in time at 3:00pm. Early check-in is not guaranteed. To guarantee early check-in you may wish to book an extra night.

Remainder of day at leisure. Lunch on own

From 7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

From 6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Depart your hotel for the Winelands and Paarl

9:30am Wine tasting and cellar tour

10:30am Transfer to Franschhoek

11:00am Visit the Huguenot Memorial and Museum

11:45am Transfer to a local wine estate for picnic lunch

12:00pm Picnic lunch

1:30pm Drive to Stellenbosch

2:00pm Orientation tour of Stellenbosch followed by some free time to explore

3:00pm Return drive to Cape Town

4:00pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

7:30am Drive to Aquila Game Reserve

9:45am Arrive, welcome drink and restroom break

10:15am Game drive

12:45pm Lunch at “boma” restaurant

1:45pm Leisure time

2:45pm Drive back to Cape Town

5:00pm Arrive back at your hotel

Remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Dinner on own

Overnight at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

6:30am to 10:30am Breakfast at hotel

11:00am Check-out

11:30am Departure transfer to the ship with city orientation en route

1:30pm Arrive at the port for embarkation

Accommodation:

Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel – double room

Cullinan St, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

Phone: +27 21 415 4000

*We will only substitute the hotel in unforeseen situations. If the hotel is substituted, it will be similar and with equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified in advance.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region, but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops, cotton trousers and shorts. Trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Land cost includes:

• Three nights’ accommodation at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel including breakfast

• Transfers (not necessarily private) and local English speaking guide

• Touring with entrances and game drive as per description

• Dinner on Day 1 inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer)

• Lunch on day 2 inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer) and a bottle of wine per couple to take home

• Lunch on day 3 inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer)

• Bottled mineral water on board touring vehicle

• Porterage allowing for a maximum of 2 suitcases per person

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided

Land cost excludes:

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls; shop purchases; laundry, hotel incidentals including mini-bar

• Additional beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

• Gratuities to drivers, luggage porters and tour guides

• Visa fees

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,499 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CAPE TOWN AND WINELANDS

PRE - CAPE TOWN AND WINELANDS

DAY 1:

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will proceed through Immigration formalities, identify and collect your baggage and clear Customs.

Once outside the Customs and Immigration area, you will be met by a local representative who will assist you to your awaiting air-conditioned vehicle. Transfer to your hotel.

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Meals are on your own today.

Overnight at the Westin Hotel.

DAY 2:

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel inland to Stellenbosch, an idyllic town nestled in a mountain valley. It is named after Governor Simon van der Stel, who discovered the broad fertile valley of the Eerste River in 1680. Today, Stellenbosch is best known as a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and leafy streets so beautiful that some of them have been declared national monuments.

After an enlightening orientation drive through Stellenbosch, you will enjoy an hour or so of free time to explore the town on your own. You might meander Die Braak market square, visit the Toy and Miniature Museum or the Stellenbosch Museum, which consists of four houses from four eras: Schreuder House, 1709; Bletterman House, 1788; Grosvenor House, 1800 to 1830, and the OM Bergh House, 1850.

The surrounding countryside is the heart of South Africa’s wine country, as you will see by visiting one of the most well known of the hundreds of wineries in the Cape. Enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour followed by lunch on the selected wine estate.

After returning to Cape Town and your hotel along the picturesque N2 national road, you will have the remainder of the day to do as you please, enjoying dinner on your own.

DAY 3:

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes towards Cape Point, the southwest tip of Africa, which was first sighted by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488. Along the way, you will pass through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles. Continuing along the Atlantic seaboard towards lovely Hout Bay, you will pick up Chapman’s Peak Drive (provided it’s open), one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads. In time, you will arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a land of dramatic sea cliffs rich in wildlife and native flora, and then on to Cape Point.

Here, you will ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular up an incline of dense native vegetation known as fynbos to the lighthouse, which boasts the most powerful beacon on the South African coast. At night, it can be seen from nearly 40 miles away.

Then, following a seafood lunch en route, you will stop in Boulders Beach to observe an African penguin colony, one of the few on the mainland. There are thousands of these flightless birds roaming freely about the beach, diving into the surrounding waters and often braying much like donkeys. Adult African penguins are about two feet tall and sport a black stripe across their breasts.

From Boulders Beach, you will continue driving north past the fishing harbor of Kalk Bay, before joining Boyes Drive, which affords magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay. By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be spent at your leisure, and dinner is on your own.

DAY 4:

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

After check out, transfer to the ship via a Half Day Cape Town Highlights Tour, including a visit up Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Highlights of the City tour include a walk through Company Gardens, a drive through the historic Bo-Kaap and a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard including a quick stop at Maidens Cove.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Arrival of your flights into Cape Town. You will be met and transferred to the hotel based on your flight arrival time. Check-in at the hotel is at 2:00pm. Early check-in can only be guaranteed by booking an additional night. Remainder of the day at leisure. Meals on your own.

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar

Day 2

8:00am Drive from the hotel to Stellenbosch

9:00am Orientation tour of Stellenbosch

9:30am Free time to explore Stellenbosch

10:30am Travel to a wine estate

11:00am Wine tasting and cellar tour

12:00pm Lunch at the wine estate

1:30pm Depart for Cape Town

2:30pm Arrive at the hotel

Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar

Day 3

8:00am Depart from the hotel and drive towards Cape Point

9:00am Travel to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak Drive

10:30am Enter Cape Point Nature Reserve and drive to Cape Point

11:00am Visit Cape Point, including a funicular ride to the lighthouse

12:00pm Travel towards Simon’s Town

12:45pm Lunch at local restaurant

2:00pm Visit Boulders Beach penguin colony

3:00pm Return to Cape Town

4:30pm Arrive at the hotel

Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Check out and transfer to the port via a Half Day Cape Town Highlights Tour

1:00pm Arrive at the port and embark the ship

PLEASE NOTE

This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties as a fair amount of walking is involved. However, passengers in wheelchairs can manage this tour with a travel companion. Passengers are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat. Chapman’s Peak Drive is government operated – and may be closed at any time for maintenance and road upgrades. Some wine estates are closed on Saturdays and most are closed on Sundays. Table Mountain is weather permitting. Should the cableway be closed due to inclement weather conditions, you will visit the top of Signal Hill and take a drive to Bloubergstrand from where you can enjoy postcard views of Table Mountain from across Table Bay.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region, but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops, cotton trousers and shorts. Trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries)

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restrictions on board the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Westin Hotel in Cape Town or similar hotel – standard double room

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards. Should another hotel be required guests will be advised in advance.

INCLUDES

? 3 nights at the Westin Hotel or similar on a B&B basis

? Touring in a vehicle with air-conditioning and PA-system

? A registered local English-speaking tour guide on all transfers and tours

? Table Mountain Cableway ticket, Chapman’s Peak toll road fees, entrance fee and funicular ride at Cape Point, entrance fee to African Penguin Colony; one wine cellar tour and wine tasting

? 3-course set menu lunch with 2 drinks per person (beer, wine, soft drink or water) on Days 2 & 3

? Porterage of a maximum of two suitcases per person

?Mineral water on-board the tour vehicle

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided

EXCLUDES

? All other meals, beverages and services not listed above

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shopping purchases and laundry

? Gratuities to drivers and guides

? Visa fees

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Sossusvlei Dune Adventure

Sossusvlei Dune Adventure

Experience one of the world’s most dramatic desert landscapes in luxury by joining a game drive, stargazing in an observatory, brunching on the high dunes, and zipping about on a quad bike.

Day 1 – Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

After disembarking from the ship in Cape Town, you will transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Walvis Bay. Upon landing you will be met and assisted with boarding a charter flight to Sossusvlei.

You will be met at the airstrip and you will transfer in a 4-wheel-drive open-air vehicle to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.

Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s hauntingly beautiful Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the secluded lodge is a serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. The area’s tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light make it one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.

After checking into a luxurious suite, you will then embark on an afternoon game drive accompanied by an expert guide. Driving along in an open-air vehicle ideally suited for viewing, you will look for indigenous desert wildlife.

You may spot the iconic oryx, an antelope with bold black and white facial markings and sweeping horns. The desert is also home to mountain zebra, cheetah, baboon, springbok, Cape fox and ostrich. There is no telling what you will encounter or see, as you explore the fascinating and varied terrain.

Later, you will dine on delectable African cuisine and then head for the lodge’s observatory, which houses the most powerful electronic telescope in Namibia outside the National Observatory. The crisp, dry desert air provides unrivalled opportunities to be mesmerized by the Milky Way, when the weather permits. To help you get the most out of your viewing, knowledgeable field guides will point out the highlights in the southern skies while elaborating on the cosmos.

Afterwards, you will retire to your suite for the evening.

Day 2 and Day 3 – Wednesday and Thursday, December 2nd and 3rd, 2015

Your adventure begins in the coolness of the early morning, as you board a 4-wheel-drive open-air vehicle and set out to explore the Sossusvlei Desert Mountains. The orange sand dune belts of the NamibRand Nature Reserve are magnificent and among the world’s highest, offering an incredibly panoramic view of the serene desert below.

Here, in this rare dramatic setting, you will enjoy brunch, followed by a visit to the Dead Vlei, which is Afrikaans for “dead marsh.” Once irrigated by a river, which dried up about 900 years ago, this part of the desert is so dry that the trees not only died, they turned black in the intense sunlight. Yet, they still stand as eerie monuments to the harsh climate as it’s too arid for them to decompose.

By the late morning, you will return to the lodge and settle in to enjoy several hours of free time. Afterwards, you can participate in an activity such as a dune walk, during which you might see a yellow-flowered quiver tree and animals resting in cool burrows. It’s also possible to arrange an expedition to the nearby San cave to see the ancient paintings on the cave walls. Or you might ride a four-wheel quad bike along the desert trails, accompanied by an expert guide.

Come evening, you’ll enjoy dinner before retiring to your suite, where you might stargaze in private through the skylight above the bed.

Day 4 – Friday, December 4th, 2015

Following breakfast you will have time for a game activity in the morning. Afterwards, you will transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Walvis Bay. From there, you will transfer to the harbor and re-join your ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

8:45am Depart Cape Town Harbor and transfer to the airport

9:15am Check in for your flight to Walvis Bay

11:15am Flight (details TBA and subject to change) Cape Town to Walvis Bay

1:15pm Arrive in Walvis Bay and depart on charter flight to Sossusvlei

2:15pm Arrive in Sossusvlei and transfer to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

2:30pm Arrive at the lodge for check in

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

6:30pm Sundowner drinks

7:30pm Dinner and optional star gazing (weather permitting)

Overnight at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Day 2 and Day 3

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Tea & coffee

6:00am Sossusvlei desert excursion

11:30am Return to the lodge

12:00pm Free time

1:00pm Lunch

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game activity

6:30pm Sundowner drinks

8:00pm Dinner and optional stargazing (weather permitting)

Overnight at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Day 4

5:30am Morning game activity, followed by breakfast

10:00am Check out and transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Walvis Bay

10:15am Charter flight from Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay

11:15am Arrival in Walvis Bay

11:30am Transfer to the Walvis Bay Harbor and re-board your ship

Expected weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Sossusvlei, the weather in December tends to represent the middle part of the warm humid spring, with reliable bright sunshine and virtually no chance of rain. Daytime temperatures should peak around 30C/86F, with nights a dipping to a reasonable 14C/57F.

What to bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), and personal toiletries.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

Due to the charter flight on a 12-seat C208 plane (subject to change), luggage weight is restricted to a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person, including hand luggage.

**Luggage must be soft-sided.

Weight restriction on charter flight:

Guests cannot weigh more than 100 kilograms (200 pounds) each. Weight restrictions do not allow for guests to compensate their weight with fellow travelling guests.

Documents and visa requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than six months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (suites)

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

• Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during activities, nor speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as it will disturb the animals.

• Smoking is not permitted during the drives.

• It may be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties to get in and out of the open vehicles.

• The roads in the game reserve are gravel. Certain parts of the drive can be bumpy. The program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

• Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended.

• For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years are allowed on the open vehicles.

• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

• Please consult your local embassy for details on the latest visa requirements for Namibia.

• Only one soft-sided bag of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person is allowed.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

? 3 nights at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on a fully inclusive basis (accommodation, all meals, local beverages and activities as mentioned above).

? Transfers in Cape Town and Walvis Bay in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system.

? Registered English-speaking driver-guide on transfers

? One 500-ml (17-ounce) bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

? Porterage for a maximum of one piece of soft-sided luggage per person

? Charter flights between Walvis Bay and Sossusvlei

? Scheduled economy class flight from Cape Town to Walvis Bay

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

? Meals not listed above

? Gratuities for drivers, guides and lodge staff

? All other drinks, including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$3,199 Per Guest



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