Ecoventures – Africa, November 2019

Botswana and South Africa

Looking for a small group safari in Botswana and South Africa? Wild Wonders’ trained biologists have been leading trips into the heart of the African savanna for over 20 years. Meet the creatures of Africa close up, including lions, leopards, giraffes and white rhinos in their natural habitats.

The actual Safari dates are November 25-December 3, 2019. Many people allow extra days at the beginning and at the end to accommodate international air travel, or to book additional excursions.

Sites we will visit include Mashatu, Timbavati, and Entabeni, and the Pafuri River.

Can’t get enough of Kruger and want to extend your stay?  Warthog Rest, Wild Wonders’ own ecolodge on the edge of Kruger, can be booked after your ecoventure ends.  We can also arrange posts-trip excursions to Capetown, Namibia, Victoria Falls, or bushcamps in and near Kruger.  Check out our Excursion page, or call us for details.

Entabeni Reserve – 1 night

Entabeni Safari Conservancy, rightfully dubbed “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. Approximately a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22 000 hectare malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. It is a place where the lion still reigns as king and Mother Nature still mesmerizes with her power and beauty.

Our accommodations will be at the Rangercamp. All luxury tents, elegantly furnished in African Baroque style, have private sun decks with breath-taking views across the wetlands, vast open plains and the alluring Hanglip Mountain. Perfectly manicured gardens provide a paradise of foliage and serenity.

Mashatu (Botswana) – 2 nights

Mashatu, “Land of Giants”, takes its name from the locally sacrosanct Mashatu or Nyala berry tree (Xanthrocercis zambesiaca) and the giants that roam its terrain. These magnificent dark green trees, which are found along the rivers in the reserve, provide refuge, shade and food to a myriad wildlife. Mashatu, which is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in southern Africa, avails a sanctuary to the largest herds of elephant on privately owned land on the continent. In addition to that, the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe, the world’s largest antelope, the eland, the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the world’s heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard are all part of the game drive experience on Mashatu. Add the king of the beasts, the lion and the iconic baobab tree…and you have Africa’s big seven land based giants.

Pafuri River Camp – 2 nights

Pafuri Camp is situated in the Makuleke Concession of the Northern Kruger National Park. This comfortable camp has 19 luxury designer tents with en-suite bathrooms. The tents offer gorgeous views over the Luvuvhu River, there is also a communal area with a swimming pool – for those balmy days when you need to cool off.

This is a full-service camp and three meals per day are provided. Guests can take part in game drives in the morning and evening. These game drives explore the history and archaeology of the Pafuri area. Wildlife viewing from this camp can be rather extraordinary with large herds of elephant located in the area during the dry months, there is also a healthy population of buffalo and Pafuri Camp is known for regular sightings of leopard and Pel’s Fishing Owl due to its fantastic location on the Luvuvhu River. Guided and specialized birding walks can be arranged on request. 

 

Timbavati – 3 nights

We will be among the first guests at a brand new Jaydee camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.  Check back for photos and a more detailed description of the camp’s amenities.

Why go to Africa with Wild Wonders?

There are many, many travel companies that offer tours of Africa and prices are all over the map.  Many tours are well over $1200 / night and your tour group can be 20-30 people.  Each morning you have breakfast at a certain time, and then you are all herded onto buses for game viewing.  Lunch and dinner are always at a specific time, and are mostly buffets.  And if you want to skip the afternoon game drive, you can always visit the spa or maybe take an exercise class.

Traveling with Wild Wonders is different.  Our tour groups are much smaller, and we pride ourselves in having a more casual atmosphere.  While some places we stay have specific mealtimes, other venues are small camps where we are the only guests.  It’s typical to relax around a campfire in the evening, getting to know your fellow travelers and sharing stories about the great places you have visited.

We do provide some high value items that you don’t find on other trips, such as a private ranger and expert wildlife guide during our game drives, and a private chef for our meals.  Unlike other bush experiences, our trackers are constantly scanning the ground for prints, which we follow to many surprising sightings.

This is the homey atmosphere of South Africa we love, and we delight in sharing it with each of our tour participants.

What’s it going to cost me?

Although a trip of this scale would normally run about $7000, we have managed to negotiate the price of this amazing opportunity down to $4900 per person (double occupancy).

 

What does that include?

All lodging
All meals starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day
All game drives, walks and other camp activities
All road transfers between accommodations and air terminals
Private guide Jackie Navarro

 

What am I going to have to cover on top of that?

International and Domestic airfare to get to Africa, and Domestic travel within Africa ( ~$200)
Gratuities
Travel insurance

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

 

Where do I sign up?

Send an email to wildwonders@att.net or call 760.630.9230 to inquire more!

Space on this safari is limited and filling quickly, so act now before you miss out on this once in a life time journey!