SMALL-SHULTZ: Africa 2024


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Safaris by design


Dannette & David SMALL-SHULTZ









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2025 / US$ 19,803 / pps/ 2 pax


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Minimum of 2 pax traveling


    The best of Eastern & Southern Africa!

    The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in southwest Kenya is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.Wildlife sightings are as good – if not better – than in its bigger sister, the Maasai Mara National Reserve. In addition to cheetahs, elephants, and giraffes, the area has one of the world’s highest concentrations of lions.

    The Serengeti, home to some of the world’s most diversified animals, but also the start and finish line for one of the world’s final big migrations.

    The Ngorongoro Crater is a breath-takingly gorgeous environment and the greatest place to observe the Big Five in East Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, as one of the world’s most amazing and well-known natural wonders!

    Soak up the dazzling wonders of Cape Town! Cape Town is a vibrant and diverse city located in South Africa, offering a wealth of attractions. Get ready to me amazed!

    See the astonishing sight of Zimbabwe’s incredible Victoria Falls. Enjoy everything from elephant encounters to white-water rafting, helicopter tours, a visit to a traditional African village and bungee jumping!

    Take a water safari through Botswana’s stunning Chobe National Park spotting hippos, leopards, giraffes, crocodiles and more from the comfort of the exquisite Chobe River House Boat.  Drink in the phenomenal views from the private viewing deck.

    A truly astonishing safari adventure across Eastern & Southern Africa. A once in a lifetime, custom African safari adventure where you will enjoy astonishing wildlife, luxury accommodation and extraordinary experiences!


    Itinerary at a glance

    ◽️ DAY 0         | Travel


    ◽️ DAY 1-2      | Kenya


    ◽️ DAY  3-5      | Kenya

       Naboisho Conservancy

    ◽️ DAY 6-8      | Tanzania

         Serengeti NP

    ◽️ DAY 9-10     | Tanzania

         Ngorongoro Crater

    ◽️ DAY 11         | Kenya


    ◽️ DAY 12-15    | South Africa

         Cape Town

    ◽️ DAY 16-17    | Zimbabwe

         Victoria Falls


    ◽️ DAY 18-19    | Botswana

         Chobe River

    ◽️ DAY 20       | Return 


    ◽️ DAY 21        | Arrival

         Arrive USA




    Visualize your journey!

    DAY 0  | Travel

    DAY 1-2 | Arrive in Kenya, Nairobi

    NAIROBI (Kenya)

    Nairobi overnight

    📍 Tamarind Tree Hotel


    Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

    Located in Nairobi, with easy access to Nairobi's Wilson airport. The perfect arrival spot  and arrival overnight accommodation.Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is approx 10 miles away




    DAY 3-5 | Naboisho Safari days


    Great Migration Safari days

    📍 Encounter Mara


    Area Overview

    Named "Mara Naboisho," which means 'coming together' in Maasai, this is the second largest conservancy in Masai Mara.The conservancy's scenic undulating hills, acacia woodlands along riverbanks, and expansive grasslands provide a habitat for groups of elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, and numerous lions.Naboisho Conservancy offers a unique and private safari experience.

    The conservancy was established not only to conserve the environment and wildlife, but also to protect and empower the local Masai community. The conservancy is formed from parcels of land owned by over 500 Maasai landowner families.  Conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood in return for setting aside their land as a wildlife reserve. By visiting the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, you will be playing a part in protecting the cultural heritage of the local Masai and improving their access to vital services. When you stay at Naboisho, a large part of the conservancy fee is channeled back into the community, making the project more sustainable. This is a ground-breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters.

    The Initial research indicates that Mara Naboisho Conservancy has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home near Encounter Mara. The conservancy also has impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting endangered species like Cheetahs and some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as Wild Dog which have been sighted recently in the conservancy.Other rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, Serval cat, Aardwolf, and Ratel are occasionally found. Naboisho is a bird watcher’s paradise with several bird species rarely seen elsewhere in the Mara such as White-Headed Buffalo-Weavers, Northern White-Crowned Shrike, Pigmy Falcon, Von Der Deckens Hornbills, Bush Pipits.

    While the charm of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is its exclusivity, the philosophy of the conservancy is refreshingly inclusive. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife.

    *Morning transfer to local airstrip for your scheduled chartered flight into the heart of Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Airstrip meet & greet with road transfer to camp. Arrive for lunch, enjoy an afternoon siesta and get ready for the afternoon game viewing!

    *See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

    Activities: Safari days!

    Each day on safari in Africa is a magical experience, whether you’re exploring the savanna on foot or in a 4x4 vehicle in search of the Big 5 or taking to the sky in a hot-air balloon to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. Every single day is steeped in the promise of a unique adventure and cherished memories.

    Although each day is unpredictable to a certain extent, based on the time of year or location, there is a general format or schedule that safaris tend to follow, but, as a rule, safaris do follow a familiar rhythm that combines thrilling game viewing with ample time to relax in between—a dream vacation in anyone’s book. One rule of thumb is that there are usually two game drives a day: one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon, when animals are at their most active.


    5.30 am: Time for a Wake-Up Call
    6 am– 9 am Morning Game Drive
    9 am- 11 am Return to Camp for Breakfast or Brunch
    11 am –1 pm Relaxation: Read, Nap, Swim, Walk or Spa
    1 pm – 2 pm Lunchtime
    2 pm – 3:30 pm Relaxation: Read, Nap, Swim, Walk or Spa
    3.30 pm: High Tea
    4 pm –7 pm Afternoon Game Drive
    7: 30 pm Dinner Time
    9 pm Turn in for Bedtime



    Camp Overview

    The camp offers a unique location in the heart of Mara Naboisho Conservancy for you to experience the magic of the Kenyan savannah. The camp is situated next to a series of watering holes where the wildlife flock to drink, offering you a chance to observe the African wildlife from a prime spot. And to top it all, you are able to enjoy the scenery without disturbance, as this part of Naboisho Conservancy is restricted from motorized vehicles.

    What makes accommodation truly special is the adjustable motorized roof of the tents, which provides an unhindered view of the African night sky. Dubbed the Star Bed, the tent roof can be opened to present a stunning view of the African night sky for you to marvel before falling asleep. The tent offers an almost 360 degree view of the surroundings, from your bed towards the Fig Tree and the water holes and from the bathroom to the back. With indoor and outdoor showers, each tent has its own theme and houses an outdoor fireplace on a large terrace.

    ACTIVITIES: discover the unspoiled natural beauty of the Mara while engaging in a variety of safari activities.
    Birdwatching, Cultural Experiences, Guided Tours, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Yoga




    DAY 6-8 | Serengeti Safari days

    SERENGETI (Central)

    Safari Days

    📍 Lemala Nanyukie


    Area Overview

    Experience the Serengeti wildebeest migration like never before. Get ready for an exhilarating journey through the vast plains, accompanied by herds of zebra and other majestic wildlife.

    Witness this annual spectacle of nature as the wildebeest migrate in search of fresh grazing and better-quality water. With the precise timing of their movement dependent on rainfall patterns, every moment is filled with anticipation. Join us on an extraordinary adventure and discover the true essence of Africa.

    Activity: Safari days!

    Each day on safari in Africa is a magical experience, whether you’re exploring the savanna on foot or in a 4x4 vehicle in search of the Big 5 or taking to the sky in a hot-air balloon to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. Every single day is steeped in the promise of a unique adventure and cherished memories.

    Although each day is unpredictable to a certain extent, based on the time of year or location, there is a general format or schedule that safaris tend to follow, but, as a rule, safaris do follow a familiar rhythm that combines thrilling game viewing with ample time to relax in between—a dream vacation in anyone’s book. One rule of thumb is that there are usually two game drives a day: one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon, when animals are at their most active.


    5.30 am: Time for a Wake-Up Call
    6 am– 9 am Morning Game Drive
    9 am- 11 am Return to Camp for Breakfast or Brunch
    11 am –1 pm Relaxation: Read, Nap, Swim, Walk or Spa
    1 pm – 2 pm Lunchtime
    2 pm – 3:30 pm Relaxation: Read, Nap, Swim, Walk or Spa
    3.30 pm: High Tea
    4 pm –7 pm Afternoon Game Drive
    7: 30 pm Dinner Time
    9 pm Turn in for Bedtime



    Camp Overview

    Lemala Nanyukie is located in the central Serengeti, just outside of the busy Seronera area. The region is well-known for its abundance of big cats and hosts the annual wildebeest migration between November and January.

    Aside from the site itself (which is arguably one of the most spectacular in the region), our unique curved roof design pays homage to the overall aesthetic of the timeless acacia tree. This design-build project is the epitome of Serengeti magic.

    Nestled among rocky outcrops of the Serengeti's grassy savannah, shaded by ancient acacia trees. Lemala Nanyukie is elegantly furnished with hardwood, luxurious upholstery, and lavish chandeliers. It is beautifully constructed with a fine balance of contemporary and traditional.


    • Be wowed by the area's high density of game viewing on 4x4 drives and nature walks led by expert guides.
    • Balloon Safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Float in a hot air balloon over the famous Serengeti, with its breath-taking scenery and incredible wildlife...
    • Walking safaris are also available at Lemala Nanyukie, either directly from camp or after a short drive to a suitable starting point. The walk takes at least 2.5 to 4 hours but can take all day if guests want to go on a longer walk. This is an optional activity that must be pre-booked because an armed ranger must accompany the team on the hike.

    *Please see your safari itinerary for transfer logistics




    DAY 9-10 | Ngorogoro Crater


    Ngorongoro Crater experience

    📍 Lemala Ngorongoro


    Area Overview

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans 8,300 square kilometres, stretching from the Rift Valley to the Serengeti. About 2.5 million years ago the young Ngorongoro Volcano became filled with molten rock that then solidified into a crust or roof. As the lava chamber emptied, the solid dome collapsed and from this was formed the largest caldera in the world. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) offers one of the richest wildlife viewing experiences on the African continent.


    Approximately 25,000 large animals live in the natural enclosure formed by the 200sq miles crater, while the greater conservancy surroundings are home to wildebeest and zebra migratory movement in the wet season. It is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to see the Big Five, and photo opportunities are superb. The mineral-rich floor of the crater is covered in nutritious grasses, attracting great herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle that can even be seen from the crater rim, swarming across the landscape in great columns.The rainforests of the crater walls are home to elephant, buffalo, leopard and cheetah, making for spectacular game viewing.

    It was recently voted one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. A small population is thriving in this idyllic environment, and it remains one of the few wild places where they continue to breed.

    In the conservation area lives 56,000 Masai in harmony with the East African Wildlife. Seeing the Masai let their herds share the grazing areas with thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras is unique phenomenon.

    Ngorongoro Crater safari

    Ngorongoro Crater! Another great day in your  safari adventure - Experience one of the world's most astonishing and renowned natural wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater!  This volcanic crater forms stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa. Based on fossil evidence, various hominid species have occupied the area for 3 million years.

    Crater decent day schedule:

    Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive, exploring the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera. Home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles, this incredible “Lost World” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    7:00 am: Morning breakfast at the lodge.
    7:30 am: Drive to Ngorongoro conservation area and descend in the crater for a game drive for the rest of the day. Lunch will take place at the picnic site inside the park.
    4:00 pm: Depart Ngorongoro highlands and be transferred to lodge





    Camp Overview




    DAY 11 | Nairobi overnight

    NAIROBI (Kenya)

    Nairobi overnight

    📍 4 Points by Sheraton


    Hotel Overview

    Located only 1 mi (1.6 km) from the airport, Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport offers a free shuttle (available 24 hours). You can grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants and visit the spa to be pampered with massages, facials or manicures and pedicures. Other highlights at this upmarket hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a health club and a fitness centre.




    DAY 12-15 | Cape Town



    📍 Azamare Guest House


    Cape Town has has it all! Much more than just a stunning backdrop! It is a vibrant, fun and cultural city. Strikingly modern and contemporary, Cape Town is actually the oldest city in South Africa. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a bustling modern marina full of restaurants and shops, but venture deeper into the city to explore Cape Town’s genteel, cobbled walkways and colonial buildings.

    Natural Beauty: Prepare to be captivated by Cape Town's awe-inspiring natural beauty. The city is nestled between the iconic Table Mountain, with its mesmerizing flat top, and the stunning Atlantic coastline. Explore the rugged Cape Peninsula, where the crashing waves of the Cape of Good Hope meet towering cliffs. Witness the vibrant floral display of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its rich biodiversity and colorful landscapes.

    Wine lands: Cape Town is a gateway to the renowned Cape Wine lands, an idyllic region where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Discover the art of wine making through wine tastings at world-class estates. Savor the flavors of exceptional wines while enjoying breathtaking views of vine-covered hills. Indulge in gourmet cuisine paired with exquisite vintages, creating a sensory experience you won't soon forget.

    Rich Culture and History: Cape Town is steeped in a vibrant cultural tapestry, shaped by its diverse heritage. Visit the historic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and gain insight into South Africa's struggle for freedom. Stroll through the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood with its brightly painted houses and learn about its Cape Malay history. Immerse yourself in local markets, museums, and galleries, all reflecting the city's rich cultural fabric.

    Adventure Awaits: If you seek adventure, Cape Town delivers! Dive into thrilling activities like shark cage diving, where you come face-to-face with these incredible predators. Take to the skies and paraglide over picturesque coastal cliffs, or brave the heights with a hike up Table Mountain. For water enthusiasts, enjoy surfing, kayaking, or simply bask in the sun on the pristine beaches.

    Private tour: Cape Point & Peninsula

    Cape Point & Cape Peninsula tour! Discover Cape Point, the scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Journey past  base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, along bucolic Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks and chacma baboons.

    At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities.

    The Cape Peninsula boasts warm sands on Clifton’s secluded beaches and trendy cafés in Camps Bay. Explore the stunning Atlantic Seaboard feasting your eyes on rugged coastlines and other unblemished geographic landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles and the impressive slopes of Lion’s head.

    Explore the village of Hout Bay wondrously framed by mountains before meandering along Chapman’s Peak, precariously aligned along the edge of the mountain. World famous this 9 km route with 114 curves, makes it one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world.

    Simons Town is a must see offering gemstone hunting, jewellery sales and the wobbly penguins of Boulder’s that show-off gloriously. Boulders Beach remains the only place in the world where one can get up close to African Penguins. Penguin viewing is made easier by boardwalks that lead visitors across the beaches.  Head to the Cape Point Lighthouse, an important icon of the Cape Peninsula, ascend to this rugged, craggy spot and gaze at the rocky coastline and the ocean tumbling below, and Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of Africa

    *Please see your safari itinerary for details





    Tour: V& A Waterfront

    Visit the Victoria & Alfred WaterfrontSituated between Robben Island and Table Mountain, in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views. Two Oceans Aquarium, boat trips, Robben island, arts, crafts, curios and more!

    *See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics. Spend the day at the V&A Waterfront and enjoy lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

    Tour: City & Cultural 

    This tour explores the vibrant Cape Town City Bowl and showcases its heritage landmarks. The bustling central business district of Cape Town lies in the shadow of Table Mountain.The city is rich in history and home to a multi-cultural population. This tour will give you just a glimpse of what the city of Cape Town has to offer.

    • Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town City Hall and Parliament Buildings
    • Iziko South African Museum & Company Gardens
    • Bo-Kaap
    • Signal Hill
    • Lions Hill
    • Clifton and Camps Bay

    *Weather permitting, take the cable car up Table Mountain to take in an inspiring panorama of the city. Cable car tast track tickets not included,  approx. U$ 50 pp and for guest account 

    *See your safari itinerary for logistics






    Tour: Cape Wine lands

    Explore the captivating allure of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, where rolling vineyard-covered hills intersect with historic charm, inviting you to embark on a sensory journey of wine tasting at world-renowned estates, indulge in gourmet dining that harmonizes with the local flavors.  Stroll through oak-lined streets adorned with Cape Dutch architecture.

    Surrounded yourself with  a serene and breathtaking landscape, that seamlessly marries the old-world elegance with the vibrancy of South African wine culture.

    Visit various wineries in and around the stunning Stellenbosch area. Enjoy wine tasting and lunch on the way. This is the Cape wine lands!

    *Please see your safari itinerary for transfer logistics


     Guest House Overview




    DAY 16-17 | Victoria Falls



    📍 528 Vic Falls Guest House


    Victoria Falls is the 7th wonder of the world! Located in Zimbabwe, situated in the heart of Southern Africa and entirely landlocked. 12% of its land is allocated to National Parks and Game Reserves.

    Undoubtedly, the country's most iconic attraction is the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the "Smoke That Thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. Victoria Falls is twice the size of Niagara Falls and stretches across a significantly longer distance. Visitors can get up close to the falls, but be prepared to experience some splashing.

    The Victoria Falls, now in it's 150 millionth fantastic year, - its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience—the sight, the sound, the smell—and the humbling feeling that this is indeed nature's supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict reality. And nothing prepares you for your first sight. .

    The Victoria Falls present a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe—the largest sheet of falling water in the world and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls, i.e., the spray, mist, and rainbows.

    David Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. The Scottish explorer is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, and he named them Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria.

    While in Victoria Falls, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a delightful cruise on the Zambezi River for a different perspective of the falls, especially during sunset. You can also opt for a thrilling helicopter ride over the falls. For a unique experience, consider having afternoon tea at the classic Victoria Falls Hotel. Additionally, if you're interested in shopping, Victoria Falls is an excellent place to purchase local souvenirs, artwork, and handcrafted carvings.

    528 VIC FALLS

    The ideal destination from which our guests can explore the mighty Victoria Falls! and surrounds!Neutral and earthy-tones are blended with splashes of bright colors throughout the lodge. As you enter the house, after passing the lovely pond, a warm foyer greets you with a mixture of wall art and a curious wallpaper.

    Each of the 7 rooms have their own view over the gardens. All rooms have en-suite, stylish bathrooms with bronze washbasins, and showers with hand-carved screens.

    The main dining area, where breakfasts are served is bright and colorful thanks to more art and the large glass windows that stretch to the high double volume ceiling. From this room, the doors open onto the patio, the garden and the swimming pool.

    Lounges and patios are the perfect spot for reading, relaxing and chatting. One of the highlights is the "Treetop Bar" on the third floor, which has wonderful views above the tree canopy and beyond to the Zambezi River and Zambia in the distance.It's an ideal place for sun-downers and as evening settles in, to gaze up at the endless African night sky.

    Explore everything the Victoria Falls Rain forest are has to offer!  Crafts, curios and more!

    *A warm welcome awaits on arrival at the airport! Please be on the lookout for your driver with your name sign. Baggage assistance followed by a  20 mins. road transfer to your accommodation.

    *See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

    Transfer to Victoria Falls  via commercial flight. Flight time from  Cape Town to Victoria Falls is 3 hrs, and 1.5 hr from Johannesburg. Flights are booked  and details provided by AfricaPhotoSafaris.




    DAY 18-19 | Chobe River


    Water based safari days!

    📍 Chobe Princess​ House Boat


    Chobe National Park includes two incredible wildlife areas: Chobe Riverfront and Savute. The Chobe River is one of Africa’s magical rivers, attracting animal of all sizes. Chobe also offers the  highest density of elephants to be found anywhere in Africa, Chobe National Park is the ultimate safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

    Immerse yourself in nature's grandeur and witness the breathtaking spectacle of Chobe River's prolific wildlife, where majestic elephants roam freely, diverse bird species take flight, and unforgettable safari adventures await, making it a must-visit destination for every intrepid traveler.

    The Chobe River forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The riverfront is a markable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. Most wildlife activity occurs along the banks of the river - especially during the drier winter months (May – October) when animals congregate at the river to quench their thirst. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is a sight to behold! Birding enthusiasts will find the riverfront a fantastic destination at this time with more than 400 species of birds, including migratory species and numerous birds of prey.

    All that said, Chobe National Park is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you.

    The park's picturesque wetlands also attract a wide variety of bird life, with the chance to see numerous species among the 460 that call this place home or pass through, including raptors, vultures, and waterfowl.Head out on a sunrise game drive to observe the animals at the beginning of their day, when they are most active. You might even spot a leopard returning from a hunt.When you return to your luxury accommodations at the lodge in the evening, take pleasure in the comforts it offers, gather for dinner, and share stories about your day.



    House Boat Overview

    Take your Chobe River game viewing experience to another level! With no set itinerary and only a small number of guests per boat, staying here feels like being on your own houseboat – and a very well appointed one! .

    Cruising along the Chobe River (Chobe NP)  at a leisurely pace with ever-changing landscapes is an exclusive and unique experience! Give your  safari an edgy flavor and include a stay on a beautiful house boat -the perfect end to your trip! Game viewing from the water provides a different perspective to wildlife behavior and the fishing opportunities are a dream come true for any avid fisherman!

    Each cabin is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond.As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.The house boat has a minimum of 2 smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions.

    A major attraction of the area is the elephants, whose resident population is estimated to be over 120,000. Over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquillity that surrounds you.

    Kasane Airport or Kasane Immigration point pick up is followed by motorized boat transfer to the Namibian Immigration Office to get  your passport stamped; proceed to the boat. Get ready to be amazed! See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

    Morning pick up followed by 1.5hr road transfer to Kasane Immigration point in Botswana - Arrive at Kasane Immigration Point  between 1pm-2pm  foe meet & greet by houseboat representative. Next, transfers by small tender boat from Kasane immigration via Impalila Island immigration or customs clearance. The boat transfer is about 20 minutes. Please take note of Passpoert requitement &  of  empty Visa page requirement as well as unabridges birth certificate requirements for minors




    DAY 20 | Return



    Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time, and romantic memories.

    Morning road transfer back to the airport for your outbound flight... dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

    ◽️ Preparing for your trip


    Pre-Travel Information


    Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date of your arrangements and have a minimum of three blank visa pages excluding endorsement pages.

    Travellng with minors - in addition to having a valid passport and valid visa (if applicable), children under the age of 18, traveling through Botswana’s borders, must be in possession of a certified copy of their unabridged birth certificate (one that shows the particulars of a minor and those of both parents).

    A child under the age of 18 traveling to Botswana and/or South Africa with just one parent must carry an affidavit signed by the other parent consenting to such travel. Failure to produce the necessary documentation may result in travelers being turned away at port of entry.

    Insider Tips

    Zimbabwe and Mozambique visas each use up a full passport page. If you are visiting both countries we recommend a minimum of four blank pages.

    Post Covid passport renewals are taking much longer than in the past so don’t leave applying for a new passport until the last moment as there iust a chance you won’t receive it in time to travel.

    Keeping your passport safe is key as there is nothing worse than having to spend precious holiday time replacing it. Make at least two copies of the ID page of your passport, visa (if obtained in advance of travel), Covid-19 vaccine passport, travel itinerary, travel insurance, credit cards and any other travel documentation. One copy can be an image scan and the other a hard copy which you can give to a family member, business associate or close friend for safekeeping



    When it comes to health risks and medical precautions, Machaba Blue is only able to offer limited advice as outlined below.

    Those with underlying chronic conditions should ideally seek medical advice prior to planning their journey.

    Prior to traveling to Africa, we highly recommend you visit a medical professional such as your GP or local travel clinic for advice on what health precautions need to be taken. This visit should take place at least 4-8 weeks prior to departure as it will determine the need for any vaccinations and/or antimalarial medication as well as identifying any other medical precautions.

    Currently no mandatory vaccinations are required when entering Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. Please check if this is still the case when visiting your GP or travel clinic.

    A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required by visitors coming from a country where yellow fever occurs, or if they have been in transit for more than 12 hours at an airport in a country here yellow fever occurs.

    Malaria is present throughout southern Africa and in certain areas of South Africa.

    Insider Tips

    • Take out comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard against the unexpected. Should you fall ill or have an accident when staying in a remote area you may have to be evacuated by air to a private medical facility which is a costly exercise.
    • Carry the name and contact details of your doctor together with information pertaining to any medical condition and its treatment.
    • If you take prescription medication ensure you carry sufficient to last the duration of your trip, plus a little extra in case of flight delays.
    • Prescription medication should be kept in its original container which should be clearly labelled.
    • More unusual drugs and ones that contain sedatives should be carried with a medical attestation signed by a physician certifying the traveler requires the medication for a specific medical condition.
    • Ask you medical practitioner to recommend items for a basic first aid kit
    • In the event your checked bag is lost or delayed we recommend you carry prescription medication including anti-malaria tablets, spare contact lens and essential toiletries in your hand luggage.
    • If you travel with a CPAP machine, please advise us well in advance so we can check your chosen safari lodges/camps are able to run a generator throughout the night. Alternatively, you may choose to carry a portable battery pack that can be re-charged daily.
    • Please advise us of any special dietary requests in advance of travel.
    Visa requirements differ from country to country and, on occasion, are subject to change with no warning.
    The team at Machaba Blue will always do what we can to provide accurate and helpful information pertaining to visas, however we cannot be held responsible if a traveller is refused entry to any country due to not complying with its visa requirements. For peace of mind, we recommend you check visa regulations with the embassy, high commission, or consulate of the countries you are travelling to.
    Foreign nationals visiting Zimbabwe fall within one of three visa categories: -
    • Category A – countries whose nationals do not require a visa
    • Category B – countries whose nationals are granted a visa on arrival at their port of entry on payment of a visa fee of US$30 single entry / US$45 – double entry.
    • Exceptions are Britain / UK / Ireland - US$55 single entry, US$70 – double entry, Canadian – US$75 single entry, China – US$60 single entry
    • Category C – countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a visa prior to travel
    Foreign nationals visiting Zambia fall within one of three visa categories: -
    • Nationals who do not require a visa to enter Zambia
    • Nationals who are granted a visa on arrival
    • Nationals who are required to apply for a visa prior to arrival in Zambia
    • Visa type
    • Single Entry US$25.00 - allows a traveller to enter Zambia only once during the validity of the visa.
    • Double Entry US$40.00 - allows a traveller to enter Zambia twice during the validity of the visa.
    • Day Tripper US$10.00 - applies to visitors who are staying in Zambia for less than 24 hours. Only issued at the Victoria Falls and Kazungula borders and the visitor must enter and exit through the same port
    • Transit Visa US$25.00
    Is a special visa that allows unlimited cross-border visits between Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as a single entry into Botswana for a day trip through the Kazungula borders. Costs US$50.00, is valid for up to 30 days and is available to national of 65 countries. A KAZA UniVisa can currently only be obtained at the following ports of entry: -
    Harare International Airport
    Victoria Falls International Airport
    Victoria Falls border with Zambia
    Kazungula border with Botswana
    Kenneth Kaunda International Airport - Lusaka
    Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport - Livingstone
    Victoria Falls border with Zimbabwe
    Kazungula border with Botswana
    Visitors to Botswana fall into two categories – Non-Visa Category and Visa-Category.
    Non-Visa Category applies to citizens of Commonwealth countries, except for those from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Foreign nationals whose countries have signed a Visa Abolition Agreement with Botswana are also not required to apply for a visa prior to travel. Non-Visa Category visitors receive a 30-day entrance stamp upon arrival, no fee is payable
    Visa-Category visitors must apply for a visa prior to arrival in Botswana. For a list of the 96 countries that require a visa prior to arriving in Botswana refer to
    Except for a handful of SADC countries all visitors to Mozambique require a visa. Although visas can and are often issued on arrival, we recommend obtaining a visa prior to travel.
    The issuing of visas on arrival is intended for visitors travelling from countries where there is no Mozambican diplomatic mission to issue a visa prior to travel. Immigration officials at Vilanculos International Airport, which is a popular tourist destination, are usually very helpful and don’t have a problem issuing visas on arrival but this may not necessarily the case at less popular or very busy ports of entry such as Nampula or Maputo airports
    Visa issue on arrival involves filling in a visa application as well as an arrivals form, having a photo and fingerprints taken and paying US$50.00 per person in small bills. USD/ZAR/Euro are accepted. Credit cards are not accepted.
    Please contact the South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to check if you require a visa to travel to South Africa. If you are not a citizen of a visa-exempt country, you must apply for a visa before entering South Africa. Should you require a visa but not be in possession of one you will be denied boarding your aircraft.
    Insider Tips
    • On arrival please ensure you request the correct visa for your needs
    • Always check your visa has been issued for the correct number of days
    • Zimbabwe, KAZA UniVisa and Mozambique visas each use a full passport visa page
    • Carry the exact amount of cash to pay for your visa as credit card machines may be offline and change is not always available
    In Africa tipping is customary but not obligatory and should only be undertaken if you are satisfied with the level of service you have received. Tipping is a much-appreciated gesture that goes a long way to making many lives easier. Whatever amount you believe to be appropriate will be appreciated by not just the staff you have interacted with daily but by those who work hard behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly.
    When staying in a safari camp/lodge tip just once at the end of your stay. Guides and trackers (and should you wish mokoro polers) are tipped separately. Envelopes are provided so you can personally hand each recipient their tip when saying goodbye. Housekeeping, front of house and back of house staff share the proceeds of the communal tipping box which is distributed equally.
    The following guidelines are purely suggestions as there is no set rule when it comes to how much to tip.
    US$10-20.00 per guest per day for a safari guide when game viewing in a shared vehicle
    US$20-30.00 per guest per day for a safari guide when game viewing in a private vehicle
    US$ 5-10.00 per guest per day for trackers and mokoro polers
    US$10-15.00 per guest per day for general staff
    US$10-20.00 per day for a host/butler
    US$10-20 per activity
    US$20-30.00 per day for general staff
    SOUTH AFRICA – Safaris
    In South Africa tips are normally given in South African Rand
    ZAR100-200.00 per guest per day for rangers when game viewing in a shared vehicle
    ZAR200-400.00 per guest in a private vehicle
    ZAR1000.00 per guest when staying in a luxury lodge
    ZAR 50-100.00 per guest per day for a tracker (may be more at a luxury lodge)
    ZAR100-200.00 per guest per day for general staff
    SOUTH AFRICA – City stays
    ZAR25.00 per guest for an airport to city hotel transfer and double for longer out of town transfers
    ZAR20-25.00 per bag hotel porterage
    ZAR100.00 per guest for a half day sightseeing tour
    ZAR200.00 per guest for a full day sightseeing tour
    ZAR250-500.00 per guest for a half day sightseeing tour with a specialist guide
    ZAR500-1000.00 per guest for a full day sightseeing tour with a specialist guide
    ZAR100.00 per guest per day for general staff
    10% is the minimum tip on meal accounts in restaurants and hotels, with 15-20% the accepted norm for attentive service, especially in Cape Town and the winelands
    Suggested packing list
    2 pairs of shorts
    2 pairs of safari trousers (those that zip off at the knees are very handy)
    2 short sleeve shirts
    2 long sleeved shirts with collar to protect the back of your neck
    3 T-shirts
    Fleece and jumper/sweater
    Light weight warm jacket
    Light rain jacket
    1 pair of sandals/flip-flops
    1 pair of comfortable walking shoes or sneakers
    Swimming costume
    Sun hat or cotton scarf
    Beanie/warm hat, scarf/pashmina, gloves (winter)
    Contact lenses and/or prescription glasses (take a spare if you have one)
    High factor sunblock and lip balm
    Personal toiletries and wet wipes (body wash, shampoo and conditioner is usually provided)
    Basic medical kit with aspirin, band-aid, Imodium, eye drops, antihistamine cream, headache tablets and motion sickness pills if needed.
    Flashlight (most camps provide a torch)
    Camera, spare camera batteries, dust proof case, cleaning equipment, and memory cards
    Universal worldwide travel adapter
    Binoculars in the range 8x40 or 10x40 are most useful
    Insider Tips
    • In the event your checked bag is lost or delayed we recommend you carry prescription medication including anti-malaria tablets, spare contact lenses, essential toiletries, and a change of underwear in your hand luggage.
    • If you take prescription medication ensure you carry sufficient to last your whole trip, plus a little extra in case of delays. Prescription medications should be in their original containers with the doctor’s prescription printed on the container.
    • Leave expensive and sentimental pieces of jewellery at home and never carry jewellery in your checked baggage.
    To comply with limited weight restrictions of between 12-20kgs/26-44lbs including hand baggage and camera equipment on light aircraft inter-camp flights means you need to pack smart.
    Limiting what you take on safari is not as difficult as it sounds as nearly all safari camps and lodges offer a daily laundry service (weather dependent). Clothing should be light weight cotton fabric, casual and comfortable. Dressing in layers is the most practical way to adjust to changing temperatures, especially in winter when early morning and late afternoon game drives can be frosty and cold.
    Please refer to AIRLINE BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS document for airline spesific information
    Comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard against the unexpected, such as a medical emergency, is a necessity when traveling to Africa. This is especially important when visiting off the beaten track areas on safari and for this reason most safari lodges/camps make travel insurance a condition of booking.
    It is the responsibility of each traveller to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance at the time of confirming their booking. Cover should include cancellation and curtailment, medical emergencies, evacuation and repatriation expenses, disability and death, lost luggage, and personal effects. Certain activities are classified as high-risk or dangerous and may require extra cover to be taken out, please ensure you consult with your insurance company to ensure you are adequately covered. It is important to check if there is a travel age limit and should you be suffering from a pre-existing condition please check if there is a cap on medical emergency cover.
    Certain banks and credit cards include or offer travel insurance as part of their service. Please always check exactly what is offered in the way of cover and if it is adequate for your needs. Although more expensive it may well be better to purchase a standalone policy that provides comprehensive cover.
    By ensuring you are covered for the unexpected, travel insurance will provide you with peace of mind allowing you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
    Insiders Tip
    • Don’t tempt fate by travelling with expensive jewelery, only bring what you need. If its irreplaceable or has sentimental value, then leave it at home. Never carry jewelery in your checked baggage.
    • In the unfortunate event your checked baggage is lost or delay we recommend you carry prescription medication, including anti-malaria tablets, essential toiletries, and a change of underwear in your hand luggage.
    • Misplacing or losing original travel documents is frustrating and time consuming as it takes time to have them replaced. Always carry a copy of the ID page of your passport, travel itinerary, travel insurance and Covid passport with you. The best method is to scan these documents and store them electronically. Packing a copy separately from the original documents and leave a copy with a family member or trusted contact are other options.
    It is sensible to take basic precautions whilst traveling anywhere in the world. Below are recommendations that we feel hold for travel in general and which we thus suggest are followed if traveling to Africa.
    • It is advisable to secure your luggage with a suitable lock when flying both locally (within South Africa), regionally (to neighboring countries), and internationally. As an additional precaution, we suggest that check-in baggage is protected and secured with a Luggage Glove.
    • Please do not check in any valuables or chronic medication as these should be kept in your carry-on luggage.
    • Never leave luggage unattended.
    • Always drive with your doors locked and your windows closed, with handbags/backpacks/parcels, and valuables stored out of sight in the boot/trunk of the car.
    • Keep mobile phones, wallets, and cameras well hidden, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
    • Never leave your luggage unattended (e.g. do not leave handbags under tables, on the backs of chairs, or restroom hooks).
    • Please report any stolen property and/or any incident involving your safety and security to the establishment where you are staying.
    • Separate your cash and credit cards and do not carry all your cash with you.
    • Avoid counting cash in the open.
    • Be vigilant whenever approaching an automated bank teller machine (ATM). If you feel unsafe, rather return at another time or use an alternate machine.
    • Please store any valuables, travel documents (passports/airline tickets/vaccination cards), and additional cash in your camp/lodge/hotel room safe or the property's main safe. Keep your room locked at all times and hand in room keys or cards whenever you leave your hotel.
    • Experience of a lifetime
    • 24/7  support before & during your safari
    • Accommodation
    • Road transfers
    • Tours & Activities
    • Meals & Drinks
    • Tour Guide (where applicable)
    • Airport & airstrip transfers
    • Park fees, levies & taxes (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Inter-Africa commercial & light aircraft flights


    * As indicated on your detailed safari itinerary

    • International airfare
    • Personal gifts & purchases
    • Incidental charges
    • Travel insurance
    • Conservation fees*
    • Visa fees
    • Balloon safari* (if applicable)
    • Laundry*
    • Tips


    * Unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary


    • Experience of a lifetime
    • Accommodation
    • Road transfers
    • Tours & Activities
    • Meals & Drinks
    • Tour Guide (where applicable)
    • Airport & airstrip transfers
    • Park fees, levies & taxes (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Inter-Africa commercial & light aircraft flights


    * As indicated on your detailed safari itinerary


    • International airfare
    • Personal gifts & purchases
    • Incidental charges
    • Travel insurance
    • Conservation fees*
    • Visa fees
    • Balloon safari* (if applicable)
    • Laundry*
    • Tips


    * Unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary


    Kindly note that the packing list below is just a mere guideline as you may have your own preferences

    • 1-2 long sleeved shirts
    • 3 short sleeved t-shirts
    • 2 –3 pairs of light weight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly (if wearing on treks)
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
    • A waterproof and windproof jacket
    • 1 skirt ( for women)
    • Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)
    • Strong waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking
    • (heavy soled rain boots also work well)
    • Pair of sports sandals like Tevas
    • Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection
    • Sleepwear
    • Underwear
    • Lightweight wool socks
    • Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)


    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses with neck strap
    • Insect repellent with DEET
    • Small day pack
    • Flashlight
    • Binoculars
    • Extra batteries
    • Camera and extra lenses
    • Film particularly fast film for the gorillas.
    • Personal toiletries
    • Prescription medicines and possibly prescription itself

    First Aid Kit including rehydration sachets, anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication.



    • Email or Whatsapp a clear color copy of your passport
    • Expiration date valid at least 6 months past return dates
    • Please check the number of blank Visa pages required by each country


    • Download the Safari Contract
    • Take a picture with your phone of the first & last page and email back
    • A signed APPENDIX C / Indemnity is required for each person going on the safari.  Click here to print more copies if needed)



    Please refer to your safari itinerary to determine if you need to apply for a single or MULTIPLE ENTRY visa,  most recently refered to as a Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

    The cost for USA citizens is USD $32 (subject to change without notice).

    Please refer to FAQ's on the eTA official website 

    I will transit through Kenya to catch another flight, do I need to apply for an eTA?

    Passengers arriving by air who are transiting in Kenya are not required to do an eTA, provided they are not leaving airport.

    Does the eTA allow for multiple entries to Kenya?

    Your eTA is valid for a single entry into Kenya. However, there are some exceptions to this.Your eTA remains valid for more than one entry if:

    You visit one of the following EAC Partner States: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, AND; • You don't visit any other country, AND; • Your eTA has not expired (90 days from issuance)

    You can also apply for a multiple entry eTA if you are a citizen of the United States of America. Currently, the multiple entry eTA is valid for 5 years.

    Those connecting flights directly without leaving the airport don't need to apply for visas (eTA)

    Single-entry visa

    This is the typical visa to go to Kenya punctually for a tourist, professional or family visit. It allows to enter once in the country for a maximum duration of 90 days. The date of your trip must start no more than 3 months after the issuance of your visa. This visa will allow you re-entry into Kenya using the same visa, provided you only transit through Nairobi airport.Issued to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya and are connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours.

    The fee for a single entry visa isUS$ 32

    Multiple entry visa:

    This type of visa is granted for several trips to Kenya. It is especially suitable for those who wish to travel several times in the country over a short period of time or for tourists who wish to make excursions to neighboring countries before returning to Kenya. The fee is US$ 101.

    NOTE: Should you be arriving into Kenya, proceeding into Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda, then back to Kenya, you should still apply for the Single Entry Visa - this will allow you re-entry into Kenya using the same visa, provided you only transit through Nairobi airport.Issued to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya and are connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours.


    Read more eTA related information


    Duma Explorer

    Physical address: Ngaramtoni Ya Chini, Olmoti, Arusha, Tanzania, 23125
    Phone: +255 627 335 544


    U.S. citizens visiting Tanzania for tourism are required to apply for a multiple-entry visa, which is valid for one year.

    The cost for USA citizens is USD $100 (subject to change without notice).

    Citizens of Canada may obtain a single-entry e-Visa (ordinary visa), valid for three months. The cost is $USD 50 (subject to change).

    We recommend that you apply  60 days prior to your arrival date. Average time to receive an eVisa is approximately 10 days.


    Duma Explorer

    Physical address: Ngaramtoni Ya Chini, Olmoti, Arusha, Tanzania, 23125
    Phone: +255 627 335 544


    Apply for a SINGLE ENTRY visa for Uganda