JOTS Luxury Travel March 2013 Newsletter: Southern Africa – A journey beyond imagination

A personal note from Ales!

After taking some time to prepare to make this year an amazing one and offer an even better service to our clients, the monthly newsletters are back!

I started this year with a 3 day skiing trip with my son to Whistler, Canada, which was an absolutely wonderful experience. The weather, the snow and most of all the company, could not have been better.

I have skied all over the world but Whistler is one of my favorite ski resorts, especially when traveling with children. There are so many great options which the whole family can enjoy.

This year we stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which I can highly recommend and which now is our favorite hotel to stay when skiing in Whistler. It’s a ski-in/ski-out property and after an exciting day on the slopes, you’ll get to enjoy 2 heated pools and 3 large hot tubs – the perfect ending to a perfect day.

In our first newsletter for this year, I’d like to share an awesome itinerary we created for our clients this year and will take you on an unforgettable adventure to Southern Africa.

Enjoy the Journey.

Feature Article

Have you always dreamed of taking that once in a life time trip to Africa? Together with our favorite tour operator for this amazing continent, Ntaba Tours, we are able to offer 4 amazing, guided tours for 2013.

The dates for these special voyages are:

June 19th – July 2nd
September 20th – October 2nd
October 1st – October 12th
November 7th – November 19th

These itineraries are personally lead by Robin Mountain, who besides being the owner of Ntaba Tours is also a registered South African tourist guide. A native to South Africa he’ll be sharing this fascinating country with you.

If you prefer to travel at your own time we can also completely customize a journey just for you. Whether it’s a trip for you and your loved one, a family vacation or a group of your favorite people in the world, we’d be more than happy to design your trip of a life time.

Have a look at the itinerary below and let your imagination take you to Africa:

Depart for South Africa

Day 1

Cape Town – 3 nights

Arrive at the Johannesburg Airport. Here you will go through customs and connect for your flight to Cape Town. Transfer to your hotel, the luxury Commodore Hotel, for overnight. Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2

Cape Town – B

After breakfast, visit Table Mountain via the Cable Car (weather permitting), the World’s new Seventh Wonder, or visit Signal Hill. Visit Jewel Africa for a diamond cutting demonstration. You will also find exquisitely unique hand crafted jewelry pieces, authentic African craft, décor and gift items. Have a City Tour before proceeding to the Groot Constantia Wine Estate, the oldest and most historic wine farm in South Africa. Lunch today will be at the local Jonkershuis Restaurant (on your own account). Enjoy a Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting and learn more about the viticulture and their local wines. Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, before returning to your hotel for a free evening. You can enjoy dinner, on your own account, either at the hotel or at one of the many restaurants on the V&A Waterfront.

Day 3

Cape Town – B

After breakfast depart from your hotel and travel along the beautiful coast. Visit the T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay. Travel along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to visit Cape Point, the most south-western point of the African Continent. Enjoy lunch at the Black Marlin Restaurant overlooking False Bay, on your own account. After lunch visit the local African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. Return to your hotel for some free time on the Waterfront. Meet the group for Dinner at the City Grill on the Waterfront (on your own account).

Day 4

Kruger Park – 4 nights – B/L/D

Have an early start to fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport via Johannesburg International Airport. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, be met by your game ranger and transferred to the luxury River Lodge in the Kapama Private Game Reserve. You will be staying in the luxury Spa Suites. Enjoy lunch and your first game drive that afternoon. You will have the chance to see the Big 5 – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Return to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Each of the full days at the Kapama Private Game Reserve will include:

All meals and two daily game drives in 10-passenger open Landrover vehicles with your skilled ranger and tracker to find the animals of Africa for you to admire. This is Big 5 Country…..Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo all of which are possible to see during your stay at Kapama. Each morning at Kapama, expect an early wakeup call and gather for refreshments before heading out at first light. The “big cats” may still be around after their night of hunting. During the day, there is ample free time to either go on a guided walking safari, to relax or participate in several extra optional activities. Late afternoon, convene for high tea, before departing for the day’s second African Bush Safari. Enjoy a sundowner drink along the way, get out of the vehicle to stretch your legs, and watch the sun go down over the distant Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, it’s time to continue the Game Drive to let the tracker scan the landscape with a spotlight picking out the glinting eyes of nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Optional Activities during your visit at the Kapama Private Game Reserve: Elephant Back Safari; Endangered Species Center; visit a local school and village for a cultural experience; relax & enjoy the Spa at the Kapama Wellness Center.

Day 5 – Day 7

Kruger Park – B/L/D

Get up early for a game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Enjoy the day at leisure. Extra optional activities and pampering at the local spa are available at your own cost. Enjoy lunch and some more relaxing before departing for your afternoon/evening game drive. Return to lodge for dinner.

Day 8

Johannesburg or Return Home – B

After your morning game drive and breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. If you are not taking part in the Victoria Falls extension, you’ll depart South Africa today for your flight back home – Arrive back in the U.S.A. the following day (April 17).


Check into the City Lodge OR Tambo for overnight. Dinner is on your own account.

Day 9

Chobe Lodge – 2 nights – B/L/D

After breakfast, check in for your flight to Chobe, Botswana. Upon arrival, go through customs and transfer to your luxury Lodge. Have lunch and relax at the Lodge, enjoying the beautiful view over the Chobe River and the Namibian Flood Plains. Venture out for a game drive that afternoon. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Chobe Lodge– B/L/D

Have an early morning game drive. Enjoy the day at leisure and have lunch at the lodge. Relax at the lodge and enjoy the beautiful view over the Chobe River and the Namibian Flood Plains. Depart for your game activity, a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, that afternoon before dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Victoria Falls – 1 night – B/D

After breakfast, depart the lodge at 8 am and transfer across the border into Zimbabwe and to Victoria Falls. Tour the Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, and visit to local African craft market. Check into the luxury Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Have lunch on your own account at the Lodge. You will have some free time to participate in optional activities such as a helicopter flight over the Falls or the Cable Slide (Flying Fox). In the afternoon, transfer to the Zambezi River for an unforgettable Sunset Wine Drift in Canadian Canoes. Your expert Zambezi River guide will paddle you along the Zambezi River, while you sit back and enjoy wine and savory refreshments. Transfer to the Boma – Place of Eating, for Dinner and enjoy an unforgettable African experience of Zimbabwe cuisine with live entertainment, including dancers, singers, local story teller and drumming. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Day 12

Return Home – B

After breakfast, either enjoy a morning at leisure, participate in optional activities if you were not able to fit them in the day before, or take a transfer into the town of Victoria Falls to do some shopping at the local stores. Just after 11 am, transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connect with your flight back home – Arrive back in the U.S.A. the following day (April 21st).

Are you excited and inspired to go on this amazing trip, if so, please contact us as soon as possible if you would like more information on the April departure or any of the other escorted tour dates. Space is limited for the personally escorted tours by Robin Mountain

Cost of Highlights of Southern Africa Safari starting from: US$ 2965.00 per person sharing. Cost per Single available upon request!
Please Note: The above price is a special discounted price for check payments. An additional fee will be added for credit card payments!

Cost of Optional Chobe & Victoria Falls Extension starting from: US$ 1625.00 per person sharing. Cost per Single available upon request!
Please Note: The above price is a special discounted price for check payments. An additional fee will be added for credit card payments!

Besides the land portion of your journey in Africa, we are also pleased to offer our services to assist you with all your flight arrangements and any other help you might need. You can rest assured that you will be taken care of from the moment you leave your home until your return.

May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.

A special ‘Thank you’ to Ntaba Tours and South Africa Tourism for the beautiful pictures.

About Ales

I’ve been passionate about travel ever since I can remember. Having had the opportunity to travel all around the world for many years it’s my greatest desire to enrich peoples lives in a profound way by creating unforgettable journeys, and give each of my clients the amazing experiences I’ve had throughout my travels.

By allowing me to design your journeys, you can be assured that you will be taken care of from the moment we start planning your vacation until the moment you return. Contact me and let me know where you would like to go or let me help you find the destination that will give you the experience you are looking for.

May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.


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