Handcrafted Africa: Game-spotting on the Chobe, private air journeys and inspiring rail travel


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APT has revealed its latest collection of African safaris for 2017, offering a portfolio of experiences that includes game-spotting on the Chobe River, private air journeys, exclusive game lodges and tented camps, and inspiring rail travel.

The new Africa Safaris 2017 brochure is available now and features 14 handcrafted journeys. Destinations include South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia and Namibia.

A new addition to the portfolio is the opportunity to stay at the Chobe Water Villas in Botswana, which offers stilted luxury accommodation with views across the river. Guests enjoy game viewing along the riverbank in small boats during the day. Evenings are spent dining in the elegant restaurant and sharing cocktails in the bar with new friends. Each villa also has its own balcony with 180-degree views of the riverbank for prime game spotting.

For guests who prefer to stay on the river itself, APT continues to offer exclusive access to its two- and three-night river cruises on the Chobe River aboard the 14-suite Zambezi Queen.

This cruise features on APT’s most popular journey, the 15-day African Journey with Zambezi Queen. Priced from $9845* per person twin share, it comprises a 12-night land journey and a two-night Chobe River cruise. Highlights of this trip include APT Signature Experiences such as the chance to dine under the stars in the Kruger National Park at a traditional Boma dinner; a rail journey on the Royal Livingstone Express where guests enjoy dinner, drinks and views of the spectacular Victoria Falls; and the chance to see hippos, elephants, buffalo, lions and leopards congregating along the river banks.

As well as the new stilted water villas in Botswana, APT also offers guests the chance to stay at some of Africa’s finest private game reserves and tented camps. In 2017, featured properties include Ngala Safari Lodge or Kirkmans Kamp in South Africa’s Kruger National Park; the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti; and tented camps such as Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara and Namibia’s Onguma Tented Camp near Etosha National Park.

Commenting on the new programme, APT Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing, Debra Fox, said, “We are delighted to share with our travel agents and guests this latest collection of African journeys. We’ve curated an intimate portfolio that combines stunning game viewing opportunities with unique cultural encounters; ensuring guests enjoy an authentic African experience. It’s a really special travel collection and we’re looking forward to working with our travel industry partners to once again showcase the magic that Africa has to offer.”

Extensions for 2017 include a Rovos rail journey, an elephant interaction in the Okavango Delta, a Rwandan gorilla encounter, the chance to have breakfast with the giraffes at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor, a stay at Sun City’s The Palace of the Lost City and a beach break in Zanzibar.

APT’s group sizes are limited to 28 guests in Africa. A long list of guaranteed inclusions features across all journeys, including all flights within Africa, a local tour director, sightseeing, accommodation, most meals and all tipping, airport transfers, game park fees and porterage.

A range of SuperDeals are available, including ‘Air Credits’ and ‘Companion Fly Free, including air taxes’ on select Africa itineraries. All are subject to terms and conditions and must be booked before 31 December 2016.

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