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African Safari Photographic Experience

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African Safari Photographic Experience

The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-story Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the start of the 19th century. It was originally a farmhouse which was Victorianized in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. This boutique hotel is well known for its comfortable, luxurious atmosphere. The Hide has set a bar of excellence and luxury for Hwange National Park accommodation and is consistently voted as one of the “Best Safari Lodges” in Zimbabwe. Located in a prime position in the Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive. Batonka Lodge is conveniently located within easy access to Victoria Falls National Park and the many activities to be enjoyed in the area. The property has 22 rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and balcony. The rooms are comfortably furnished and provide TV, wifi, air conditioning, universal chargers and a tea/coffee station for guest comfort and convenience. While Batonka was built primarily with visitor's comfort in mind, the lodge sets being environmentally friendly as a priority.

Description

The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-story Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the start of the 19th century. It was originally a farmhouse which was Victorianized in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. This boutique hotel is well known for its comfortable, luxurious atmosphere. The Hide has set a bar of excellence and luxury for Hwange National Park accommodation and is consistently voted as one of the “Best Safari Lodges” in Zimbabwe. Located in a prime position in the Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive. Batonka Lodge is conveniently located within easy access to Victoria Falls National Park and the many activities to be enjoyed in the area. The property has 22 rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and balcony. The rooms are comfortably furnished and provide TV, wifi, air conditioning, universal chargers and a tea/coffee station for guest comfort and convenience. While Batonka was built primarily with visitor's comfort in mind, the lodge sets being environmentally friendly as a priority.

Itinerary

Day 1-2

Cape Town Adventure

On arrival in Cape Town, you will need to collect your luggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. In the Arrivals Hall, you will be met by your Hills of Africa guide (look for your name on a sign) who will transfer you to Cape Cadogan Hotel.

The next morning you will enjoy a private-guided tour exploring the gorgeous peninsula region of Cape Town. This scenic coastal meander will introduce you to the extended suburbs of Cape Town. Passing through many of Cape Town's most beautiful villages: Camps Bay, Llundudno, Hout Bay, Simon's Town, and Kalk Bay. A visit to the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

A visit to the penguin colony at Boulders. In the 1980's a couple of penguins decided to relocate to one of Cape Town's favourite beaches, Boulders beach, and they must have liked what they saw as they then got busy breeding. Today there are over 3,000 penguins living at Boulders. The beach is now only open to penguins and is closed to sun tanners! There are however viewing platforms that will allow you to get close to the penguins.

Enjoy a private-guided tour exploring the gorgeous peninsula region of Cape Town.

Activities

  • Hotel Transfer
  • Cape Point & Cape Of Good Hope
  • Penguin Colony At Boulders

Accommodation

The Cape Cadogan

  • Rooms on bed & breakfast basis
  • Includes: Breakfast daily, free Wi-Fi, complimentary scheduled transfers within a 6km (4mi) radius of the hotel.
  • Lunch and dinner on own account.
Day 3

Cape Winelands

Today, you will be collected at the hotel lobby by your guide for a private-guided day of exploring in the beautiful Cape Winelands. On your first visit to the Cape, we introduce you to the Cape's oldest wine regions. The aim is to take a journey through this beautiful mountainous region and explore the history, wine, architecture and other special places of interest. Be sure to mention what your interests are early in the day!

Do you want to go and sip a lovely red or white wine? Prefer to sample different olives and olive oils produced in the area? Are you a chocolate lover? The answers to these questions will change the direction that the tour goes during the day. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town; it boasts oak tree-lined streets and gorgeous white houses from both the Dutch and English periods. This region is renowned as the best red wine region in the country. Or perhaps your desires are better suited to visiting Franschhoek and Paarl - the routes will change depending on your interests.

Some of the experiences you enjoy could be: • A visit to Vergelegen - one of our oldest estates, to explore their beautiful gardens and historic Cape Dutch Homestead • Wine tasting - at some of the Cape's best estates • A tutored olive oil tasting or a chocolate and wine pairing experience

Journey through this beautiful mountainous region and explore the history, wine, architecture and other special places of interest.

Activities

  • Visit Vergelegen
  • Wine Tasting
  • Olive Oil Tasting
  • Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Accommodation

The Cape Cadogan

  • Rooms on bed & breakfast basis
  • Lunch and dinner on own account.
Day 4

Philanthropic Cultural tour & Kirstenbosch gardens

This morning you will be collected from your hotel lobby for an enriching experience. Your Uthando South Africa Tour will be truly special. You will get a first hand look at some of the social problems confronting many South Africans and the innovative and inspirational ways in which these problems are being handled.

The tour starts with a drive through the townships of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Crossroads, Philippi and Khayelitsha, giving some background to the daily lives of people living in these sprawling communities. We will spend some time visiting a few projects in this area. It could be visiting a school and reading to children, it could be visiting a music academy, it could be visiting a program teaching communities about development through arts, culture and sport.

We will then have a special visit with "Ghetto Gardeners” who help manage, improve and transform the current vegetable garden at the Sinovuyo “We are Happy” Seniors Centre in Khayelitsha. Then, with your private guide, you will take a tour of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Get your walking shoes on and prepare to be captivated by this floral kingdom.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town.The Visitors' Centre includes an information desk and various retail outlets and a coffee shop.

Get a first hand look at some of the innovative and inspirational ways in which some of South Africa's social problems are being handled.

Activities

  • Uthando South Africa Tour
  • Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Accommodation

The Cape Cadogan

  • Rooms on bed & breakfast basis
  • Lunch and dinner on own account.
Day 5

Victoria Falls

This morning you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town's international airport for your international flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will need to clear Zimbabwe customs and immigration, then collect your luggage.

You will then proceed to the Arrivals Hall where you will be met (look for your name on a sign) and transferred to Hwange Main Camp (this is about a 2.5 hour journey). At Main Camp, you will meet your guide who will transfer you to The Hide, enjoying a game drive along the way. We hope you see lots of elephants!

Located in a prime position in the Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience.

Activities

  • Airport Transfers
  • Game Drive
  • Lodge Transfer

Accommodation

Luxury Tents on all inclusive basis

  • Inclusions: Meals, local drinks, house wines, up to 4 activities per day, teas/coffees, park fees and laundry.
Day 6

A great wildlife experience wrapped in welcoming hospitality

Early morning: Your day begins with the sound of birds chirping, the crisp smell of dew on the grass, and a gentle knock on the door with a delivery of your choice of tea, coffee or fruit juice. Once you are ready, you can join the rest of The Hide guests from 5.30am in the dining room for an early morning continental breakfast, before setting out on your chosen activity. Activity options are game drives and game walks offered together or separately, either on our private concession or in the National Park.

Walks on the Concession or in the Park with our Professional Guides is an excellent opportunity to learn about the bush and its flora and fauna in general. A large variety of animals can be encountered on these walks, the Professional Guides are trained to an extremely high standard in Zimbabwe and regardless of the amount of game seen, these walks are made into a memorable and informative occasion. Walks here are always exciting!!

Once you return from your morning activity, a delightful luncheon will be served, followed by a well-deserved afternoon siesta in the comfort of your tent or simply spending some time relaxing in our lounge.

Afternoon drives follow you afternoon tea, walks can also be arranged or else simply relax on your veranda and watch the wildlife come down to the waterhole for their evening drink. Most afternoon activities will end with sundowners on the concession. These activities all end at approximately 7.00pm, in time for hot showers and then evening drinks and snacks around a campfire in winter and in the open under a canopy of stars in summer. Dinner is served shortly thereafter.

After dinner, guests have the opportunity of going on a night game drive lasting 30 minutes to an hour on which spotlights are used to show up the nocturnal animals such as bat-eared fox, as well as lion, leopard and hyena. This can be a most interesting and exciting drive on occasions up to 15 species has been spotted.

Although the luxuries of your tent may keep you there, if you are up for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience we recommend spending the night in The Dove’s Nest, where you can truly experience real Africa at its finest. Enjoy your beautiful private retreat for the night.

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Game Walks
  • Night Game Drive

Accommodation

Luxury Tents on all inclusive basis

  • Inclusions: Meals, local drinks, house wines, up to 4 activities per day, teas/coffees, park fees and laundry.
Day 7-8

The Hide Game viewing

The Hide Safari Camp is fortunate to have the best of both worlds, being located within the Hwange National Park but also surrounded by a private concession, which allows us to offer activities not otherwise permitted. Early morning walks are there for the thrill of encountering wildlife and exploring the little surprises of the bush.

The rest of the day can be spent further afield on game drives in search of predators and prey alike - sundowners are an important part of the experience, enjoy the natural beauty with a cold drink in hand. The guides at The Hide are very much part of the family and have been with us for many years. They have undergone some of the most rigorous training in Africa and their passion and knowledge of the bush is often what makes a safari so special.

The guides' passion and knowledge of the bush is what makes your safari so special!

Activities

  • Game Walks
  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Luxury Tents on all inclusive basis

  • Inclusions: Meals, local drinks, house wines, up to 4 activities per day, teas/coffees, park fees and laundry.
Day 9

Sunset Dining

From Hwange Main Camp, you will transfer to Batonka Lodge in Victoria Falls. This drive will take about 2.5 hours.

This afternoon, you will be collected from the hotel lobby to the Zambezi River, above the Victoria Falls, to enjoy a seven-course sunset dinner cruise aboard the Zambezi Malachite. Like the exquisite bird after which it was named, “Malachite” is one of the Zambezi River’s crowning gems, offering the best dinner cruise in Victoria Falls.

Amuse bouche and snack platters are served while the sun sinks below the shimmering surface of the Zambezi. A barman and three intuitive waiters anticipate guests’ needs, serving a selection of lively cocktails and imported premium spirits throughout the journey.

After the sun has sunk below the river line, dinner is served on the lower deck of the vessel, exemplifying the hallmarks of exquisite cuisine prepared on board by two Chefs. The rich aroma of locally sourced, fresh ingredients wafts around diners as the dishes are plated. Time seems to stand still as the boat gently glides along to the sound of water lapping up against her sides. Far removed from the glare of city lights and noise, the moon and stars shine brightly in the sky and an atmosphere of mystery and romance envelopes the evening’s experience.

Time seems to stand still as your boat gently glides along the Zambezi, to the sound of water lapping up against her sides.

Activities

  • Boat Cruise Along The Zambezi River
  • Sunset Dinner On The Zambezi River

Accommodation

Batonka Lodge

  • Rooms on bed & breakfast basis
  • Breakfast will be served at The Hide Safari Camp (Lunch on own account)
  • Dinner will be served during Sunset Cruise
Day 10-11

Tour the Falls

This morning - you will be collected from Batonka Lodge by your private guide. You'll begin by visiting the Victoria Falls.

Africa has an air of romance that sets her apart from anywhere else in the world. However, it is upon stepping into the Victoria Falls rainforest that guests are truly swept off their feet. There is no finer ambience than the gentle roar of the waterfall. The trees grow so closely together that their branches entwine, as you walk along the stone path that weaves through this natural wonder.

Submerge yourself in the fragrance of the fauna in this enchanting and awe-inspiring space. (A guided tour is included in the nightly rate, excluding park fees). Lunch with be served at The Lookout Restaurant, overlooking the Zambezi Gorges. You'll have the opportunity to watch more daredevils doing bungee jumping, ziplining and other Adrenalin activities. (In the afternoon, there are a multitude of activities to consider - please arrange with your guide).

Your evening of non-stop entertainment includes performances by traditional singers, dancers and drummers, face painting and a four-course buffet dinner featuring local cuisine. The grand finale is an interactive drumming show, giving you the chance to discover your inner African rhythm!

On arrival, you will be dressed in a Chitenge (sarong). After being seated, you will have the chance to take part in a traditional hand washing ceremony and sip on a mug of local beer, before tucking into a delightful meal celebrating the flavour of Zimbabwe. (Vegetarian options are available).

The next morning, you will be collected from the hotel lobby and driven to Victoria Falls Airport. To prepare for your international flight to Johannesburg, South Africa and onwards home.

Satisfy your wanderlust by visiting the more beautiful of the Seven Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls.

Activities

  • Guided Tour Of Victoria Falls
  • Lunch At The Lockout
  • Transfers To & From Dinner
  • Interactive Drumming Show
  • Four-course Buffet Dinner

Optional Activities

  • Zip Line (foofie Slide)
  • The Flying Fox
  • Gorge Swinging
  • Visit A Local Ndebele Village
  • Elephant Encounter

Accommodation

Batonka Lodge

  • Breakfast will be served at Batonka Lodge
  • Lunch will be served at The Lookout Cafe, drinks on own account
  • Dinner will be served at The Boma Restaurant, drinks on own account

What's Included

Flights

  • International/domestic flights and visas

Ground Transport

All transfers as per itinerary

Exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned or marked as optional
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items of a personal nature

Meals

Certain meals are included, as per itinerary

Accommodation

4 Nights' Accommodation at The Cape Cadogan:

  • Includes: Breakfast daily, free Wi-Fi, complimentary scheduled transfers within a 6km (4mi) radius of the hotel. 4 Nights' Accommodation at The Hide Safari Camp:
  • Luxury Tents on all inclusive basis (Inclusions: Meals, local drinks, house wines, up to 4 activities per day, teas/coffees, park fees and laundry.) 2 Nights' Accommodation at Batonka Lodge:
  • Includes: Full English Breakfast, teas and coffees throughout the day. Shuttle transfers to Vic Falls town twice a day (morning and afternoon). Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Photography Bonus

  • One hour daily photography workshop/discussion to include tips on photography
  • Access to photographer during safaris
  • Learn to use the best software to edit and enhance your photographs
  • Photography fireside chat
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Farah and Nadia

We are Farah and Nadia, co-founders and your Escape Engineers, we are the travel designers behind Fana World Travel.

We have both always loved to travel and have combined forces—and bucket lists!—to help our clients embark on uncompromising journeys of their own. We are thrilled to be able to reveal authentic cultures, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and immersive experiences on your next escape.

We founded our boutique travel agency with this simple conviction: Trips end, but memories last forever.

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