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BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES SAFARI TO NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA

BACK TO AFRICA

WITH LEX HES

SAFARI TO NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA

BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES SAFARI TO NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA
BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES SAFARI TO NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA
BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES SAFARI TO NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA
BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES SAFARI TO NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA

LEOPARD

© Peter Harrison

DEAR ADVENTURER

Our African safari tradition continues with our extraordinary leader and friend, Lex Hes— one of the finest bush guides on the continent. This is the perfect itinerary for those wishing to experience these three remarkable countries in a highly personal way.

We begin our adventure in fascinating Namibia with its stunning red desert terrain and unique wildlife. In Botswana we experience the flood plains of the Okavango Delta. And in Zambia we are surrounded by the magnificent wilderness of South Luangwa National Park. We’ll travel by chartered aircraft, open 4x4 vehicles, and mekoros, (dugout canoes), propelled by a guide through shallow, winding river channels.

Highlights of this journey are as varied as they are fascinating. Our safari includes awe-inspiring landscapes and a visit with the Himba people—one of the last remaining nomadic tribes in Africa. We’ll search for desert rhino and elephant in the rugged landscapes of Damaraland; view large herds of springbok, oryx, and elephant in Etosha National Park; experience the Okavango Delta at a time when the landscape is a stunning lush green; and we’ll explore the relatively unknown South Luangwa National Park (famous for its leopards) where we see Thornicroft’s giraffe and puku, among many other game animals.

Not only is our leader, Lex, charismatic and personable, he possesses an innate knowledge and instinct about Africa that we believe has no equal. Involved in the world of wildlife for almost 30 years he was a guide at the famous Londolozi Game Reserve. He is a superb nature photographer, with credits in publications that span the globe, and the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi.

We hope you’ll join Lex on this grand adventure through a wide variety of spectacular landscapes that, in tandem with the close-up encounters with vast numbers of birds and animals, is a travel experience only Africa can offer.

Warmest regards,

a travel experience only Africa can offer. Warmest regards, Peter Harrison & Shirley Metz © Jack

Peter Harrison & Shirley Metz

© Jack S. Grove

RIDE IN A MOKORO

© Peter Harrison

BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES 21 DAYS DAY 1 USA Depart on your flight
BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES 21 DAYS
BACK TO AFRICA
WITH LEX HES
21 DAYS
BACK TO AFRICA WITH LEX HES 21 DAYS

DAY 1

USA

Depart on your flight to Namibia.

DAY 2

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

Arrive Windhoek and transfer to the Hotel Heinitzburg. This evening we gather for cocktails and dinner.

DAYS 3 – 5

WINDHOEK / DESERT RHINO CAMP, DAMARALAND

After breakfast we transfer to the airport to board our chartered aircraft to Desert Rhino Camp. Located in a million-acre reserve, the camp boasts an outstanding wilderness experi- ence in comfortable accommodations. The reserve’s harsh countryside is punctuated with a number of fresh water springs that support healthy populations of desert-adapted black rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, and kudu. Predators are also numerous, with the largest populations of lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyena found outside Etosha National Park. Many of Namibia’s endemic bird species are found here, as well as succulent plants uniquely adapted for life in this desert. While at Desert Rhino Camp we have the opportunity for walks and drives in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia.

DAYS 6 & 7

DESERT RHINO CAMP / SERRA CAFEMA

After breakfast, we depart for Serra Cafema Camp. Arguably the most remote camp in all of southern Africa, it overlooks the Kunene River—the only permanent water source in the region, creating a lush oasis along its banks sur- rounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes.

This region is also home to the Himba tribe, one of the last nomadic people in all of Africa.

Our encounters with the Himba are among the most memorable experiences of our days in Namibia. Himba families live in proximity to Serra Cafema, giving us an opportunity to visit and learn more about their lifestyle and traditions.

Other activities include game drives to view herds of oryx and springbok, boating on the Kunene, hiking, and birding. For the more adventurous, one of the highlights of Serra Cafema is guided quad-bike excursions allowing us to visit the massive sand dunes near camp.

DAYS 8 & 9 SERRA CAFEMA / ONGAVA

Our next destination is the ideal location for our activities in Etosha National Park. Ongava Tented Camp is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha in a privately owned reserve.

Etosha, “the place of dry water,” offers one of the great wildlife experiences remaining in Africa. Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan 80 miles long and

is Namibia’s premier game-viewing destination.

Ongava is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where we may see white and black rhino, and the area holds good populations of lion, eland, mountain zebra, black-faced impala, a number of other antelope species, and a host of birdlife. In addition to our daytime activities, we enjoy game walks and nighttime game drives.

DAYS 10 & 11

ONGAVA / VUMBURA, BOTSWANA

After breakfast we depart Ongava by charter flight to Vumbura Plains Camp via Grootfontein and Maun. Vumbura lies in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta’s waters allow us to explore the camp’s flood plains via mekoros (dug-out canoes) guided by polers from the BaYei tribe, who have been using them as their traditional form of transport for hundreds of years. Water levels permitting, boats take us into the larger and deeper areas of water while 4x4 vehicles allow us to get in proximity to animals in the savanna areas. This is possibly the only area in the Okavango where one can see red lechwe from

a mokoro in the morning and a sable antelope

from a vehicle in the afternoon. Other wildlife sightings may include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and various species of antelope.

DAYS 12 – 14

VUMBURA / MOMBO

After a morning activity and brunch we depart Vumbura by private charter to the north- western tip of Chief’s Island and Mombo Camp.

We spend a total of three days exploring the area surrounding Mombo with its wide, expansive plains filled with unparalleled wildlife and scenery. All the major predators— lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog—can be seen close to camp. Elephant, buffalo, and various species of antelope are also abundant in the area. You’ll see profuse birdlife, with large concentrations of pelicans, storks, and cranes, as well as Dickinson’s kestrels, pink-throated longclaws, and Meyer’s parrots.

DAYS 15 & 16

MOMBO / DUMATAU

Following morning activities and brunch we travel to the Linyanti area and spend two full days at DumaTau Camp. Our accommodations overlook a large hippo-filled lagoon, providing a rich backdrop of African wildlife with its resident birds and mammals, which come and go throughout the day.

The Linyanti Reserve, 776 square miles of unspoiled wilderness, is totally uninhabited by humans. It supports a wide variety of species, but is most noted for its very large elephant population, which can reach enor- mous densities. The area is also home to large numbers of lechwe, kudu, sable, roan, waterbuck, and buffalo. With this multitude of prey, all of the major predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena are regularly sighted in the area.

Diverse activities allow us to spend time on the water (water levels permitting), on land, and occasionally on foot. Day and night game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles

along the Savuti Channel and the banks of the Linyanti River. There are also hides in the area where we enjoy wildlife viewing up close and away from our vehicles.

DAYS 17 – 19

DUMATAU / SOUTH LUANGWA, ZAMBIA

After brunch and one last excursion in Botswana we depart for our final destination and country—Zambia. Our time here is spent exploring the impressive variety of terrain and intense concentrations of wild- life within South Luangwa National Park. Early-morning and afternoon excursions bring us into proximity with the park’s 60 animal species, including two species found nowhere else on the planet: Cookson’s wilde- beest and the graceful Thornicroft’s giraffe, and at least 400 species of birds. South Luangwa’s leopard population is the densest in Africa, sustained by antelope species such as the elusive bushbuck, the golden-brown puku, and the majestic spiral-horned kudu. We also set out in search of the endangered African wild dog. Nighttime drives give us a chance to search for nocturnal animals such as genet, civet, serval, hyena, and bush baby.

DAY 20

ZAMBIA / HOMEWARD

After brunch, we depart our lodge by private charter to Lusaka to connect with your independent flights homeward.

DAY 21

HOME

Flights arrive in home cities today.

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MELBA FINCH © Jonathan Rossouw
MELBA FINCH
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HIMBA WOMAN & CHILD
HIMBA WOMAN & CHILD
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MEET OUR LEADER: LEX HES A naturalist and wildlife photographer, Lex was born and educated

MEET OUR LEADER:

LEX HES

A naturalist and wildlife photographer, Lex was born and educated in Johannesburg and has

been involved in the world of wildlife for over 25 years. Previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve, Lex is now a popular freelance nature guide who imparts his wealth

of knowledge of Africa’s ecosystems in an easygoing and friendly manner. He is an author and

nature photographer with five books to his credit—the highly acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi; a children’s book called Bushschool; Attracting Birds to Your Garden in Southern Africa; The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals; and Wild South Africa, about the biomes of his native country. In addition to time spent in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and guiding visitors around South Africa, Lex has been involved with biological work on the sub-Antarctic islands of Amsterdam and Marion and leads tours to Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Madagascar, and Namibia.

© Wilderness Safaris

DUNES, NAMIBIA

WHAT TO EXPECT

Travel will be mostly by small charter aircraft as well as and game-drive vehicles. Game drives can be long and strenuous and over bumpy surfaces. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required.

Travelers should be aware that most nights on safari are spent in deluxe tented accommodations. These tents are en suite and are designed to the highest standards, with hot and cold running water and shower outlets in the adjoining bathroom area. You will find the tents spacious with plenty of headroom. All of the safari camps we visit have separate lounge and bar areas that often overlook waterways, which adds to the excitement and ambiance of being in the bush.

It should be noted, however, that there are no fences around the camps, and animals of all

sizes are sometimes encountered within the camp boundaries.

We will be in Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia during the summer season. Temperatures are generally pleasant with ranges from 75°F – 85°F in Namibia and Botswana during the day, but nights are much cooler. Temperatures in Zambia will be on average 10°F cooler overall. There may be precipitation, especially in Zambia, so you’ll want to pack accordingly. We will mail a complete list of recommended clothing and a suggested reading list to you approxi- mately five months prior to departure.

A safari to these three countries represents some of the best diversity Africa has to offer.

Those travelers who possess a sense of humor, flexibility, and a true spirit of adventure will

remember their time there for many years.

Cover photos: © Wilderness Safaris (Springbock, Himba Woman).

© Peter Harrison

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DATES & RATES

DATES

FEBRUARY 3 – 23, 2011

RATES

$18,980 per person, double occupancy

$7,480 single supplement* (limited to one traveler)

Limited to 16 expedition members.

INCLUDED: All accommodations and meals as outlined in the itinerary; group transfers; game-viewing activities: guide fees; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; transfers as outlined in the itinerary; services of resident professional naturalist guides in each safari camp and lodge, and while on sightseeing excursions; all gratuities; $50,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance*; charter air transportation beginning on departure from Windhoek on Day 3 through arrival in Lusaka on Day 20.

NOT INCLUDED: All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges (see luggage restrictions below); airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

AIR FARE: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Eco-Expeditions will contact you approximately 180 days prior to the departure of this program to finalize your flight plans. As of February 2010, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary is $1,675 for New York/Johannesburg/Windhoek – Lusaka/Johannesburg/New York. Additional fares from other cities will be quoted as needed.

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: Due to restrictions on the charter flights within this program, baggage is restricted to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) total, per person.

All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change.

* Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states.

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