Exotic, Exciting South Africa

July 23-Aug. 6, 2018 (15 days)
Approx. $8,000 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Wayne Barnes
Assisted by African guide Leslie Edwin
$300 deposit required
Final payment due May 23
Itinerary & Registration

Fabulous landscape and game viewing

Come experience this ‘world within a country’. This is an itinerary you will not find in the racks of the usual agencies.

Enjoy the natural beauty, the wildlife and the great cities of the southern part of the continent of Africa. The two best game areas in Africa, Sabi Sands and Chobe plus Victoria Falls.

This tour has been been put together by Leslie Edwin, a native of South Africa, who has been everyone’s favorite guide. He will be with us throughout the trip. Join us!

Other Information

  • Cape Town has been named the number one city in Africa by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
  • American tourism to southern Africa is increasing at between 10-12% annually.
  • One who recently returned from South Africa writes “Southern Africa is truly one of the most fascinating places on the planet.   Seeing lions, elephants and rhinos up close in the wild is amazing. You can’t come away from a trip like this unchanged.”
  • Another writes “People have no idea the kind of luxury you can experience in the bush.”
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Your Itinerary

Day 1, Mon., July 23 – Depart from Baton Rouge or other home airports.

Day 2, Tues., July 24 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Arrive in Johannesburg and overnight in airport hotel. Johannesburg is the
commercial and air center of Africa. Much of the world’s gold has come from under Johannesburg.

Day 3, Wed., July 25 – Chobe Nat’l Park, Botswana – Morning flight to Chobe (located on the Chobe River), our home for 3 nights. Afternoon fabulous riverboat safari. See many elephants coming to the river, plus much more. Chobe National Park has the largest number of elephants in the world.

Day 4, Thurs., July 26, Chobe – Both land and river safari – many different animals and birds.

Day 5, Fri., July 27 – Chobe – Day tour to Victoria Falls. An “up close” experience at one of the largest and most spectacular falls in the world.

Day 6, Sat., July 28 – Johannesburg – Fly from Chobe to Johannesburg for overnight.

Day 7, Sun., July 29 – Sabi Sands - Journey into the best animal viewing area in all of Africa – Sabi Sands – for a 4 – night stay. Spectacular games drives each morning and every mid-afternoon. Plus see many of the exotic birds of Africa.

Day 8, Mon., July 30 – Sabi Sands – Sabi Sands is a large private reserve that is part of Kruger. The wildlife here is unbelievable – lions, leopards, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, kudu, cheetah, hyena, cape buffalo, warthog – all face to face with you. Our beautiful lodges are located in the midst of all these animals and more.

Day 9, Tues., July 31 – Sabi Sands – Morning and late afternoon viewing in open Land Rover type vehicles with tracker and ranger /
guide. Up close encounters with exotic animals.

Day 10 – Wed., Aug. 1 – Sabi Sands – Another wonderful day in the wild. There is nothing like it.

Day 11 – Thurs., Aug. 2 – Sabi Sands - More game viewing in the area.

Day 12 – Fri, Aug. 3 – Cape Town – Today we fly to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Day 13, Sat., Aug. 4 – Cape Town – A full day – Cape Town tour with ride to top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Visit impressive Fisherman’s Wharf, the major shopping and restaurant area.

Day 14, Sun., Aug. 5 – Cape Town – Full day excursion to Cape of Good Hope – beautiful seascape, where two oceans come together. See hundreds of penguins at Boulder’s Beach – best penguin viewing in the world. Visit seal rock.

Day 15, Mon., Aug 6 – Fly home from Cape Town, arriving same day.


Single Supplement: $1600


What's Included:

  • Price is per person, double occupancy and includes transportation from Baton Rouge
  • Superior hotels and lodges
  • Most meals
  • Full sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Baggage handling
  • Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver
  • Extensive game viewing in open Land Rover type vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1: Will I get tired or bored with so much game viewing?

No, no one we've ever taken has become bored. Most all wish for more. Actually, every day’s viewing is different.

Question #2: How does it rate compared to other trips you do?

It’s probably the best. It’s certainly the most enjoyable. Most who go say they hope to do it again. Several have done so. One lady has gone 5 times. If you can afford it – go. You’ll be glad you did.

Question #3: Will I see many animals?

Yes, more than you think possible and many up close. Many African birds also.

Question #4: Is it a hard trip?

There is less walking than on most trips. The game viewing portion is the easiest and most relaxing. The only hard part is the long flight over and back.

Question #5: What animals will I likely see in the wild?

You will see many animals and birds, such as: jackal, warthog, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffe, cape buffalo, wildebeest, impala, bushbuck, nana, kudu, waterbuck, hippopotamus, hyena, cheetah, mongoose, crocodiles, moneys, baboons and birds, such as snake eagle, fish eagle, francolin, guinea fowl, heron hornbill, kingfisher, woodpecker, and lilac breasted roller.

Question #6: How are the accommodations?

Very nice hotels in the cities and excellent lodges in the game parks.

Question #7:  How is the food?

Most meals are buffet, with the traditional foods we are used to eating such as pork, fish, beef and chicken. Often you will have a choice of exotic animal meat such as Kudu (deer like).

Question #8: What is a typical day in the Game Park?

Get up early (by daylight), have coffee or tea and a roll. Get in open Land Rovers for a 2 ½ -3 hour drive, with a refreshment break in the middle of the drive. Return to lodge for breakfast and leisure. About 1:00 p.m. have lunch at the lodge, then leisure until about 3:30 p.m. when we leave for the late afternoon drive of about 3 ½ hours, with a
refreshment break in the middle of the drive. Return after dark to the lodge for dinner, which is often outdoors around a fire. Following dinner retire to your lodge for sleep. The game viewing vehicles usually will have about six people plus ranger/driver and tracker. Everyone has unobstructed viewing.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: $300 per person required to reserve space, refundable until May 23 2018 when full payment is due. Make check payable to ZACHARY TRAVEL CENTER and mail to 5145 Main St., Suite E, Zachary, LA  70791. All payments are non-refundable after final payment date. 3% surcharge on credit card payments.