On pages 4 and 5, you'll find our ten favorite reasons to travel to southern. Africa with OAT. ... Southern yellow-billed hornbill, the grey-crowned crane, and the ...
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“The din and discord of the wild, the melodic language of the people, and the stirring harmonies of their song … Africa touches the soul.” —Christopher Monzert, 17-time traveler, Lynbrook, NY
Cover: Our small group will traverse several national parks during game-viewing drives throughout the region. Our expert Trip Leaders will help point out myriad species, including leopard, which is among the legendary “Big Five.”
April 10, 2014 Dear Traveler, Like Christopher Monzert, we know that there is simply no place quite like southern Africa. With its natural beauty, colorful cultures, and rich history, there is so much to explore in this vibrant region—which is why we offer two unique ways to witness its wonders.
This Page: On both of our southern Africa safaris you’ll enjoy A Day in the Life experience in a local village, where you’ll have an opportunity to visit a primary school and interact with both students and faculty.
Our popular Ultimate Africa adventure immerses you in the cultural rhythms and natural splendor of Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, taking you from Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest elephant herds in Africa, to thundering Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Throughout your trip, you’ll enjoy the spirit of adventure on multiple game-viewing excursions, including opportunities to view wildlife from boat rides through Kafue National Park. You’ll explore the vast wetlands of the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoe. And you’ll dive into local culture by visiting a Hwange village, where you’ll interact with students at a local school and sit down with a family to gain insight into their daily lives first-hand. You can see different sides of the region’s diverse wildlife and landscapes on our newest Southern Africa safari. This trip takes you from famed Kruger National Park—the largest game reserve in South Africa—to Namibia’s secluded Impalila Island, which you’ll explore both by boat and on foot. Plus, you’ll make stops to witness Chobe National Park in Botswana as well as Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where you’ll meet locals in a remote community and discover the pace of daily life at a village market. On pages 4 and 5, you’ll find our ten favorite reasons to travel to southern Africa with OAT. But maybe you really only need one: There is no other place in the world quite like this. Whether you’re searching for adventure, culture, natural wonders, or rich history, there are countless reasons to explore this fascinating corner of Africa—we hope that with the included information, you find yours. To reserve one of our two adventures in this region, call us toll-free at 1-800-955-1925. But don’t delay—2014 departures are filling fast. Warm regards,
Alan E. Lewis Harriet R. Lewis Chairman Vice Chairman Overseas Adventure Travel P.S. To learn about all the ways you can save even more on our adventures, including our Good Buy Plan (which saves you up to 10%), our Lowest Price Guarantee, and our Vacation Ambassador Referral Program, visit www.oattravel.com/waystosave.
Featured inside ... • Top 10 Reasons to Explore Southern Africa.................4 • Which southern Africa adventure is right for you?......6 • Southern Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana....................................................8 • Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari..........................................................12
Top 10 Reasons to Explore Southern Africa with OAT Characterized by its diverse terrain and staggering array of game, southern Africa has limitless options for discovery. When you embark on our Ultimate Africa adventure or our newest Southern Africa safari, prepare to be inspired. 1. Diverse wildlife—Southern Africa is home to famed game reserves, including South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Hwange National Park in Botswana— where you can spot each of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, Cape buffalo, and elephant), and countless other animals.
2. Mighty waterscapes—Nothing quite embodies the majesty of nature’s bounty like thundering Victoria Falls—one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Up to 1.4 billion gallons of water per minute pass over its edge, generating a spray that can be seen from 50 miles away.
3. Exotic birds—The rich biodiversity of Zambia’s Kafue National Park and Namibia’s remote Impalila island make them havens for birdwatchers. Each area boasts more than 450 colorful avian species, including the Southern yellow-billed hornbill, the grey-crowned crane, and the lilac-breasted roller.
4. Untouched landscapes—Adventure travelers hoping to journey deep into Africa’s interior will relish an experience in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a vast, wetlands where you have to take a mokoro dugout canoe to explore this otherwise inaccessible wilderness.
5. Friendly locals—As you traverse southern Africa, you’ll have multiple opportunities to make meaningful cultural connections with the people who live here. You’ll gain a richer understanding of their fascinating ways of life as they welcome you into their homes, schools, and villages.
6. Unique accommodations—An overnight stay in tented camps and rustic lodges in the heart of the bush is a quintessential part of the safari experience. And there’s nothing like being immersed in the pulse of the wild— with the added thrill of knowing you’re so close to an abundance of animals.
7. Rich history—Southern Africa has experienced its share of footsteps, from those of early hunter-gatherers and Bantu kingdoms whose influences infuse the culture today to colonial-era explorers, like David Livingstone— the namesake of many landmarks throughout the region.
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8. Unbeatable value—Our longstanding relationships with vendors in Africa have enabled us to negotiate the lowest possible costs, and pass this savings on to you.
9. Endless adventure—Home to undulating plateaus, tropical forests, acacia-dotted plains, rivers, copper-red deserts, and soaring mountain ranges, southern Africa is the perfect place to unleash your adventurous spirit, whether that means game-viewing by boat in Kafue National Park or fishing for the wily Tigerfish in the Chobe River.
10. Year-round travel options—During the dry season from May to August, daytime temperatures can range in the 70s and 80s°F , and can reach upwards of 90°F by October—the scarcity of water brings out an abundance of wildlife to existing water holes. Rain showers during the wet season (November through April) generally last about an hour, but you’ll still see plenty of sunshine—and it’s the best time to marvel at Victoria Falls, birds, and baby animals. Even though activities vary seasonally, OAT offers departures throughout the year because there is always much to experience no matter when you go.
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Here’s how our southern Africa safaris differ ... Southern Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana features: Impalila Island
Kruger National Park
A tiny isle in the Zambezi River, Impalila is also a rugged wilderness area that is home to giraffe, elephant, hippo, crocodile, and a rare 2,000-year-old baobab tree. And with just a couple of lodges on the island, it can feel as if we have this secluded island paradise all to ourselves.
South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest game parks in the world, and is known for having an impressive population of “Big Five” animals as well as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, kudu, and baboon. Kruger also boasts an avian population of almost 500 species.
Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari features:
Which southern Africa adventure is right for you? Southern Africa is full of opportunities for discovery—so no matter which of our two OAT safaris you choose, you’ll have an unforgettable adventure. Both include diverse landscapes, intriguing cultures and, of course, captivating wildlife—yet each offers its own unique features. We’ve compared the destinations each safari takes you on the opposite page, so that you can choose the one that’s just right for you.
The Big Five & Beyond On both of our southern Africa adventures you’ll have the opportunity to spot the “Big Five”—the most sought-after creatures in the wilds of Africa. While these majestic animals can be elusive, our Trip Leaders are experts at knowing just how to find them. Whether it’s spying a pride of lions, a line of marching elephants, some grazing Cape buffalo, a rare rhino, or an elusive leopard lazing in a tree, seeing one of the Big Five up close is one of the true thrills of a safari.
Kafue National Park
Kafue is Zambia’s largest park (roughly the size of New Jersey), and is home to 55 mammal species and nearly 500 types of birds. Our campsite is situated on the Kafue River, where you may spot elephant, hippo, lion, leopard, and more on your gameviewing excursions.
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland river delta. Whether exploring in a 4x4 vehicle or a mokoro dug-out canoe, you’re likely to see herds of Cape buffalo, sable antelope, elephant, situanga, red lechwe, hippo, and a variety of birdlife.
Here’s how our southern Africa safaris are similar ... On both of these adventures you’ll discover:
Chobe National Park
From its mopane woodlands to the wide and winding Chobe River, this national park in Botswana draws animals ranging from hippo and crocodile to hyena, cheetah, and leopard. Yet it is most famous for having the world’s largest elephant population—the present herd is estimated at some 45,000 animals.
One of the world’s seven natural wonders, Victoria Falls is also known by its African name, Mosi-oa Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders.” At peak flood times, 1.4 billion gallons of water per minute pass over its edge, generating a spray that can be seen from 50 miles away.
Hwange National Park Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest park, is home to diverse habitats ranging from teak forests to palm islands to vast savanna. This relatively undiscovered area is endowed with huge herds of wildlife, including elephant, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, leopard, cheetah, and more than 400 known bird species. Reservations & Information call toll-free
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