South Africa - An African Wilderness Adventure - November, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM - Monday, November 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM (EST)
African Wilderness Adventure Pricing and payment schedule: Please note: only $400 deposit needed to hold your spot; however, we have only 15 spots available
Kruger National Park, Drakensberg, and Cape Town
November 18-November 30, 2009
Join us as we uncover three of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa!
Kruger National Park is one of the most exciting and highly acclaimed national parks in the world. See lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo, and black rinos (the Big Five) among many other species of wildlife during a jeep or walking safari. Hike in the awe-inspiring and truly magnificent mountain range of Drakensberg, also known as “the dragon mountain.” Complete the trip on the beaches or wineries in Cape Town, one of the top 10 must-see cities of the world.
$2,995 - make deposit by Wednesday, September 16
$3,095 - make deposit by Wednesday, September 30
$3,195 - make deposit by Wednesday, October 14
African Wilderness Adventure
Pricing and payment schedule:
Please note: only $400 deposit needed to hold your spot; however, we have only 15 spots available
All transfers (+one domestic flight)
10 Night accommodations
10 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
4 Jeep Safaris & Guided Hiking
Walking Safari, Night Safari, all with Private Guides
Entrance Fees to Parks
Wine Tasting and all Optional Activities
Lunches, Tips for Guides, and Travel Insurance
Questions/ RSVP: Teresa@DynamicOutdoors.com
Wednesday, November 18
New York, JFK- Depart for Johannesburg, Flight at 6:15PM
Thursday, November 19 - Arrival
Arrive to Johannesburg at 10:05PM, transfer to hotel outside of the city.
Friday, November 20 - Panorama Route to Bushcamp
The Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
Today we will stop and to admire popular mountain formations in Blyde River Canyon such as Pilgrims Rest, Gods Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and Three Rondawels. This is a must-see for all South African adventurers! We will arrive to our Bushcamp just outside of Kruger National Park, in time for our first dinner.
About our Bushcamp:
This authentic camp is the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion, accommodating guests in traditional African reed and thatch huts. The philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of candlelight and oil lamps as well as open-air bush showers fuelled by wood fires. The accommodation offers you all the privacy and superior comfort you need for uninterrupted relaxation. The award winning cuisine will take you on a gastronomic tour of African styled food.
Saturday - Sunday, November 21 & 22 - Kruger National Park
Safaris Each morning and evening we will experience the thrill of game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks, and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. You are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned unspoiled wilderness reserves!
This will be in an authentic wildlife experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in over 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area, also home to over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species. Wildlife coming into our bushcamp to drink out of the waterhole is very common!
At the camp there is a tree house overlooking a dam that is another attraction. You may even want to brave sleeping outdoors! During the day you can spend time bird watching and experiencing the true feeling of being out alone in the bush. Herds of buffalo and elephant often frequent the dam, which will make your stay a dream come true!
Between game drives, you will have an opportunity to try some optional daytime activities. Some choices are:
- A 1-hour microlight flight over the Klaserie Big Five Reserve
- Mafunyane Shangaan Cultural Village
- Early Morning Balloon Safaris
- White Water Rafting Trips
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
- Monsoon Gallery and Curios Center
- Horse Riding
- Ringetani Acornhoek Village Tour which includes tribal dancing, tasting of traditional African foods, visiting a Sangoma (Traditional healer), a traditional Shabeen and a local family. After which you will head back to the camp for afternoon game drive.
Monday, November 23 - Transfer to Northern Drakensberg
After breakfast, we will transfer on a comfortable air-conditioned bus to our mountain camp in Northern Drakensberg.
The camp has Safari tents under thatched gazebos with custom made log beds and mattresses, as well as A Frame units.
We will get to our camp in time for our first dinner and campfire under the clear African sky.
Tuesday - Wednesday, November 24-25 - Hiking and Optional Activities in Drakensberg
Each of these days we will have a guided hike lead by an experienced guide from our camp.
Some of the hikes may be the following:
- Hlolela (7100ft) and Sungubala (7000ft) summits
- Bishop's Inkaba and upper Sungubala contour
- Jackal Hill and lower Sungubala contour
- Echo Cave
- Cannibal Cavern - once inhabited by true cannibals
- Lone Rock - for unique Bushman Paintings, including Battle and hunting scenes
- Day walks to: Amphitheatre summit; Thukela Gorge; Gudu Falls and the Sungubala Challenge.
You may also choose to do a self-guided hike on the well-marked trails from the camp.
Other optional activities near by to choose from are:
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback riding
- Trout fishing
- Swimming in a fresh water stream
- Cultural and Tribal tours to the Amazizi and Amangwane Communities
- Basotho Cultural Village
- Drakensberg boys Choir
- Cape Vulture feeding sites
Thursday, November 26 - Departure to Cape Town
After breakfast, we will transfer to Johannesburg airport for our domestic flight to Cape Town!
Once in Cape Town, we will transfer to our hotel. As an optional activity, the group will go on a self-guided tour of Cape Town starting at Castle of Good Hope and finishing at Heritage Square.
Friday - Saturday, November 27-28 - Optional Activities in and around Cape Town
Cape Town has so much to choose from to see and do! For the next two days you will have the opportunity to explore Cape Town your way.
Whatever you choose, your Dynamic Outdoors guide will help you coordinate.
Here are some to choose from:
- Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
- Turkish Baths/massages/Spa
- Surfing and Sandboarding
- Kayaking out to the penguins
- Horse Riding on the beach
- Climbing Table Mountain (or use cable car!)
- Rock Climbing
- Diving (Shark cage diving as well)
- Abseiling & Kloofing (canyoning)
- Harbor Cruises/Duiker Island Cruises
- Sail out to the infamous prison Robben Island
- Visit Boulders Beach famous for colony of 3000 African penguins
In the evenings we’ll explore the trendy cafes and restaurants in the neighborhoods of Cape Town.
Sunday, November 29 - Optional Day in the Cape Winelands
Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must as the region is one of breathtaking vistas and majestic mountain backdrops while being steeped in rich culture and history.
Rolling vineyards and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads await you, as well as award-wining wine farms offering some of the country's best wines.
After breakfast, we will take a train to the second-oldest European settlement called Stellenbosch. Here we will have many good wineries to choose from as well as galleries, museums, cafes, and restaurants.
After dinner and returning to Cape Town, we will transfer to Cape Town airport for our 12:20AM flight to NYC, returning on Monday, November 30 at 3:50PM.
Questions/ RSVP: Teresa@DynamicOutdoors.com
Air service by KLM / North West
1 KL 642T 18NOV W*JFKAMS SS1 615P 745A 19NOV
2 KL 591T 19NOV Q AMSJNB*SS1 1010A 1005P
4 KL 598T 30NOV M*CPTAMS SS1 1220A 1110A
5 KL 641T 30NOV M AMSJFK*SS1 135P 350P
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
(We always highly recommend to take out travel insurance: www.travelex.com)
AFRICA VACCINATIONS AND TRAVEL HEALTH INFORMATION
A visit to a travel health physician at least 4-6 weeks before travel is highly recommended
*Our very own Travel Health Center / Dr. Bradley A. Connor*
Contact Nurse Judy: 212 988 2800 or 212 734 3000 - 50 East 69th, NYC 10021
(Mention Dynamic Outdoors or Igor Bass, maybe she will waive the visitation fee)
When & Where
We are an energetic and friendly club dedicated to offering the best outdoor adventures. All of our events are designed to ensure that everyone is involved and has a great time. Whether it is hiking in a lush forest, canoeing down a crystal clear river or galloping on horseback along the sandy beaches, we offer a personalized approach so that you gain the most out of each trip. Our goal is to provide a simple, convenient way to escape the concrete jungle for a day of fresh air, fantastic views and memorable interaction with other like minded individuals who share a passion for the outdoors.