Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our Africa Trip is Almost Here!!!

We've been planning and anticipating our trip to Southern Africa for so long now that it's hard to believe the time has come to leave.  We take off tomorrow afternoon from O'Hare at 4:20 PM.  We have an eight hour flight to Amsterdam a three hour layover there and then another ten hour flight to Johannesburg where we'll be arriving at 9:30 PM on Thursday.

Friday morning we catch a flight to Cape Town where we'll be spending the next nine days exploring that area and enjoying the local beaches.  We're staying at a boutique hotel in the Sea Point section of the city. Here's a link to our hotel, Glen Hotel.  If you click on the picture of the third room down, room 3, you'll see a virtual tour of our room.

After Cape Town we fly back to Johannesburg on April 10th and we begin our safari with Intrepid Tours on the 11th.  Click on the Intrepid Tours link if you'd like to check out more information about our tour which is called the Southern Explorer trip.

We're hoping to find adequate Internet access there so we can update the blog as we go, but we may end up having to wait until we return to post most of the photos.

Here's a map of the tour we'll be on which will last 14 days.  We'll be starting and ending in Johannesburg and will travel through Botswana to Victoria Falls in Zambia and then back to South Africa.


For those who are interested here's the Itinerary for our trip.

April 11- Johannesburg- Perhaps explore nearby Soweto to learn about South Africa's recent history.

April 12- Khama Rhino Sanctuary- A visit to this sanctuary supports local communities as well as the formidable single-horned herbivores the park was set up to protect.

April 13- Maun- Travel to Maun, our springboard to the delta.

April 14 &15- Okavango Delta- Navigate a watery wilderness in a pole-propelled mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Stay on a remote island and drift to sleep amid the sounds of the bush.

April 16- Chobe National Park- Famous for its elephants, this lush forest also shelters lions, hippos and a flurry of birdlife. Cruise the Chobe River for the chance to spot wheeling fish eagles.

April 17 & 18- Victoria Falls/ Livingstone, Zambia- Admire the unforgettable sight of white water at Victoria Falls. Leap into the many adventure activities offered on land and in the water. For extra excitement, take an optional flight over the thundering falls.

April 19- Northern Botswana- Forge through Botswana's wilderness twoards Nata and enjoy a sunset over a waterhole in the African bush.

April 20- Polokwane Game Reserve- Cross the border into South Africa. Arrive at Polokwane in time to set up camp for the night.

April 21 & 22- Kruger National Park- Explore the Kruger's granite hills and spreading grasslands, spotting animals along the way.

April 23- Shangaan Cultural Village- Meet the Shangaan people, tour a cultural museum and enjoy a meal in a traditional boma. Then, spend a night in a villager’s hut.

April 24- Johannesburg- The safari ends back in the bright lights of Johannesburg.

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