A SOUTH AFRICA & BOTSWANA SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE THIRDHOME SIGNATURE ADVENTURE BLUEPRINT
Escape into a memorable luxury lifestyle travel experience on a small-group club tour with fellow members, expertly designed to WOW you!
Join us on a meticulously elevated Adventure experience, on this curated small-group memorable journey, personally designed by Thirdhome Adventures’ Director Liz Bates and co-curated with the boutique 5-star hotelier brand, Red Carnation Hotels. Expertly crafted with the utmost of luxury, every little detail will delight and wow you beyond belief. Guests will enjoy the camaraderie with other Thirdhome Club members as you experience culturally immersive guided excursions together, including “Make Travel Matter” impactful activities, along with dining upon some of the most coveted tables in each destination, while dwelling within some of the most exquisite 5-star accommodations. In addition, we have curated a marvelous Victoria Falls Extension package that is in partnership with Personal Africa.
This prestigious partnership offers members an exclusive opportunity to experience an extraordinary Thirdhome x Red Carnation Hotels Adventure into South Africa & Botswana.
ABOUT THIS ADVENTURE
This culturally immersive Cape to Wilderness safari experience will provide guests a memorable and insightful journey of what “Makes Travel Matter” with unique Red Carnation properties and experiences. This extraordinary Adventure showcases the genuine spirit of South Africa and Botswana, masterfully woven into the tapestry of our curated itinerary.
We begin our extraordinary trifecta South African journey at the award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, part of the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection, is situated on Cape Town’s most scenic route. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, this five-star boutique hotel is flanked by the majestic Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, offering up magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. The hotel offers luxurious accommodations along with a holistic spa, private cinema and breathtaking views from the legendary Azure Restaurant and The Leopard Bar. While in Cape Town, we will explore each day three unique regions – the Cape Peninsula with a visit to Boulder Beach, encounter the Penguin Colony, False Bay and the charming fishing village of Simon’s Town; Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the bustling Downtown region and Wharf; along with a Winelands escape to taste the famous wines produced in the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch region.
Our second marvelous stop on this Adventure will entail a journey (just three hours’ drive from Cape Town), into the Cederberg Mountains on South Africa’s dramatic off-the-beaten-path west coast. Nestled in the foothills of this ecological oasis, is the magical wilderness reserve and wellness retreat of Bushman’s Kloof, which sits among open plains, sandstone formations and ancient bush art sites. Bushmans Kloof is a proclaimed South African Natural Heritage Site, and the custodian of more than 130 San rock art sites, dating back as far as 10,000 years. Led by our expert guides, you will explore the landscape on foot and in 4×4 vehicles to discover the remarkable rock art of the reserve. While at the Homestead, be immersed within one of Africa’s multi-award-winning havens, to enjoy awe-inspiring activities, unique dining, ancient African culture, dramatic views and outstanding nature experiences. Discover the ancient rituals of the San people with a visit to our fascinating Heritage Centre, or settle in at the library to delve into the many reference works on offer. The walls of the lodge are filled with artworks from the Tollman family’s private collection, including a remarkable suite of bespoke creations from the acclaimed Ardmore Ceramic Gallery. Come evening, delve into the world of South African wine, or let one of our nature guides take you on a stargazing journey through the southern skies. A stay at Bushmans Kloof is the perfect moment to enrich your mind and feed your soul through art, literature, nature and cultural history.
We will continue onward to our third location of the main Adventure, on a dual-flight journey into Maun, Botswana, to the stunning nature-masterpiece of Xigera Safari Lodge. A love letter to the magic of the African bush, Xigera Lodge is the culmination of a lifelong dream of the Tollman family, drawing on six decades of devotion to unparalleled luxury in service which oozes from every aspect of this exquisite lodge. From its handcrafted exterior architecture to its posh evocative interior spaces, and its one-of-a-kind nature encounters surrounded by the protected water-wonderland, it will completely beguile one’s senses and stir their souls. Xigera is a living gallery of African art and design, an entirely unique celebration of the continent’s creativity, honoring indigenous traditions while seeking out bold new interpretations. Transformed by Africa’s life-enhancing beauty and the geological phenomenon of the Okavango Delta (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it is a story of remarkable renewal, and a rebirth of the family legacy’s pioneering spirit that inspired this property into creation. Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), is named for the Pied Kingfisher bird that makes its home amid the serene watery channels of the Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. Enjoy a variety of game drives, canoeing explorations and fishing on the water canals, along with an optional Habu Village by helicopter excursion to experience this ecological sustainable community. A myriad of species can be encountered within the Moremi Game Reserve, including the African bush elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, spotted hyena, greater kudu, sable antelope, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, plains zebra, warthog and chacma baboon.
VICTORIA FALLS 3-NIGHT EXTENSION
Opt-in to extend your Adventure and journey onward with us to Victoria Falls.
Stay in your choice of 4-5-star accommodations at Victoria Falls to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The magnificent waterfalls on the Zambezi River provides a lush habitat for several unique species of plants and wildlife. The Zambezi National Park and its river, is bordered between the two countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia, so the Victoria Falls are therefore shared by both countries. This extension package and the accommodations are provided in partnership with Personal Africa.
- Stay in 5-star luxurious Red Carnation Hotel properties throughout the main Adventure
- Immerse into Red Carnation “Make Travel Matter” cultural and conservation experiences
- Taste authentic South African cuisine with memorable Red Carnation Culinary Experiences
- Participate in informative regional explorations with expert local guides
- Enjoy Cape Town’s best highlights of regional experiences including the Wharf
- Journey along the Cape Peninsula and visit the Penguin Colony at Boulder Beach
- Hike or Cable-Car up Table Mountain and opt-in to include spiral route up Lion’s Head
- Experience the Cape’s Winelands with visits and tastings in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
- Explore Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve on a variety of enriching and exhilarating activities
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the renowned Okavango Delta region
- Marvel at the serenity and natural beauty surrounding Xigera Safari Lodge
- Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and botany throughout our curated itinerary
- OPTONAL EXTENSION: Extend your Adventure experience into Victoria Falls for 3-Nights to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
THE SMALL-GROUP SIZE
This is a private THIRDHOME small-group tour with a maximum occupancy of 16 adults
(This Adventure requires the participation of 16 people; should the number of participants be less than this required number, Thirdhome will advise revised cost of the Adventure based on the lower number of participants)
Our group size is purposefully kept small, allowing this Adventure to be a more engaging and rewarding experience for everyone. This small-group journey along with its itinerary is purposefully crafted as a group experience and touring days have been pre-planned with included group activities in addition to group gathering dining times. Guests may of course opt-out of any day’s planned activities or scheduled meals should they not wish to participate in what has been scheduled for that day with the group, but please note that there are no price-reductions offered for missed activities or meals that are part of the overall scheduled group experience of this Adventure journey. Some optional activities and personally elected add-ons that are not part of the overall organized group itinerary do have some flexibility in being changed, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis and/or circumstances.
Who Can Participate
Members who paid for a “Hold Spot” VIP List invitation including All Club Members once spots become available. Members may invite their Family or Friends who wish to join them on this exclusive Adventure.
To experience this unique destination, you will need to be able to walk or hike at least 30-60 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains; including being physically able to ride in open-air 4×4 vehicles and small power boats, and be comfortable encountering wildlife in outdoor natural settings. In addition, participants will need to travel by small jet commercial airline and by private aircraft transportations, along with optional opportunities for fly-over excursions or hot-air ballooning. You can expect some half or full-day guided tours, balanced with quality relaxing free-time throughout this Adventure.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 11 (2024)
ARRIVAL INTO CAPE TOWN
Travel today by your own international flight arrangements from your home airport into Cape Town...Welcome to South Africa! Depending on your departure location, most flights from the USA will arrive into Cape Town in the late afternoon or evening timeframe; it will not matter what time your arrival flight occurs, as you will be met and greeted at the Cape Town International Airport. Upon clearing Customs & Immigrations, you will be assisted with luggage, for a very short transfer (approximately 30-minutes) to the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa. Majestically located above the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the magnificent Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain, discover a unique five-star experience close to the vibrant heart of the city. Our luxury boutique hotel offers beautifully appointed rooms, dramatic ocean views, delicious dining adventures, and an award-winning Spa. Enjoy accommodations in Deluxe Mountain Facing Rooms featuring a private balcony and full-height sliding doors offering up flora and fynbos trails that frame the staggeringly beautiful setting, with iridescent sunsets and sweeping views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. This evening our group will enjoy a private Chef prepared 3-Course set menu at Azure Restaurant, inside the 12 Apostles Hotel in Mountain Range Facing Rooms with private balconies. (Dinner included this day)
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 (2024)
EXPLORE THE CAPE PENINSULA
Following breakfast, depart the hotel for a guided full-day exploration of the Cape Peninsula. The day’s outing will include scenic Hout Bay, the breathtaking Cape of Good Hope and Nature Reserve, a fun funicular (cable car) ride to the summit, with a memorable finale visit to Boulders Beach to encounter its year-round natural habitants, the magnificent Penguins. Enjoy a group lunch stop in Simons Town at The Lighthouse Cafe. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening at your leisure to relax. Dinner this evening is on you own. Overnight at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 (2024)
EXPERIENCE A MASTERCLASS & CITY HIGHLIGHTS
This morning after breakfast, experience a Masterclass hosted by the Chef of Twelve Apostles Hotel.
Masterclass with Chef – A Red Carnation Culinary Experience (Included): Join the Executive Chef and his brigade to one of the local markets where you will experience first hand the unique picking process of choosing local produce to include in our dishes. During your visit, feel free to forage with the chefs whilst they source numerous ingredients (and educate you on the various uses of these items and their origins) which will be included in your cooking Masterclass once you arrive back at The 12 Apostles Hotel. Delve into the preparation of a memorable dish with lunch you have all prepared through this culinary experience. (Roundtrip ground transfers to/from the local market and hotel are provided, the market tour and cooking class led my professional Chefs, a welcome glass of Bouchard Finlayson) and the lunch that you and the Chefs have prepared.
Mid to late afternoon, journey into Cape Town by group transportation to enjoy a Table Mountain visit with a priority access to the cable car, and enjoy a leisurely stroll at the Waterfront wharf area. Continue this evening to your fabulous dinner location (reservations have been made for the group), at one of the most coveted local restaurants in Cape Town – Kloof Street House (this dining experience allows guests to choose whatever they wish from an a la carte dinner menu and pay directly to the restaurant). Return to the 12 Apostles Hotel for overnight accommodations. (Breakfast and Lunch included this day)
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (2024)
SIPPING THE CAPE WINELANDS
After breakfast this morning, we will depart the hotel for a lovely 1-1/2-hour journey into the spectacular Cape Winelands region of South Africa – focusing on the areas of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Franschhoek – Founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, Franschhoek village is regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. Here, fine dining establishments and an artisanal route feature the finest chocolate, olives, cheeses, charcuterie and baked goods. It lies at the foot of the magnificent Franschhoek and Drakenstein
mountains and guesthouses, café lined streets, antique stores, art galleries, bakeries and the chocolaterie evoke a fantastically French flair.
Stellenbosch – With records dating back to 1679, Stellenbosch is steeped in history and charm. Mighty oak trees line the streets and frame surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture that are famous in the Cape. The Stellenbosch wine route is the oldest in South Africa, established in 1971 and constantly evolving to spotlight the spectacular varietals of the region.
Today enjoy two fabulous wine tastings of local varietals and take the opportunity to meet the wine maker as you enjoy an intimate wine tour. Within these experiences, local nibbles will be paired by the wine houses, whether it be a locally produced cheese or an artisan chocolate with wine pairing.
A Regional Gourmet Lunch: In addition to award-winning wines, this region is world-renowned for its spectacular restaurants. Let yourself be tempted by the serene surroundings and culinary delights with a lovely group lunch. Lunch will be served at The Wherf Restaurant at Boschendal Vineyards – ideally located alongside the original cellar of the Manor House and featuring picturesque views of the valley, the Werf Restaurant offers contemporary soil-to-fork table dining using the best available local, seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients.
Hot Air Ballooning Excursion (Optional): Marvel at unforgettable views with a hot-air balloon fly-over experience as your soar above the scenic Cape winelands. With the balloons fired up before dawn, you’ll watch the first rays of light wash across the vineyards, with vistas stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Drakenstein Mountains outside the historic town of Stellenbosch.
After lunch, return to the hotel in the early afternoon, with free time on your own to relax at the hotel or enjoy a swim, or an optional spa treatment. Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch included; including the two group wine tastings – one each in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek)
MONDAY, APRIL 15 (2024)
JOURNEY TO BUSHMANS KLOOF
After breakfast this morning, depart the hotel by private group vehicle for the scenic 3-hour journey to the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Preserve cradled by the Cederberg Mountains. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, refreshments and snacks, and begin to unwind and settle into this extraordinary Homestead. Enjoy a group gathering traditional Kadoro open-air dinner experience this evening. Overnight at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in air-conditioned Luxury Room accommodations. (Breakfast, refreshments with snacks and Dinner included)
TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 & APRIL 17 (2024)
WILDERNESS & WELLNESS EXPERIENCE DAYS
Enjoy two additional extraordinary days in this 7500-hectare Wilderness reserve, with a variety of enriching and exhilarating lodge activities including: nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, canoeing, archery, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, special interest presentations (birding, entomology and eco-nature guided talks). Of course merely relaxing is welcomed and encouraged, as are optional heavenly Spa experiences. Treatments are inspired by ancient African traditions alongside signature B|Africa and Tata Harper products, drawing on native African plant extracts, such as baobab tree oil, mafura butter, cape aloe and rooibos. Or perhaps escape into the secluded Riverside Gazebo, ideal for couples seeking an al fresco, side-by-side treatment, while taking in panoramic views from the outdoor spa gazebo, alongside the tranquil waters of the Boontjies River. The Lodge provides guests a calming oasis with access to the crystal steam room, heated outdoor pool, health bar, fitness center and tranquility lounge at no additional cost. Each day unwind with High Tea as you take in the changing colors of the sky and the mountain range.
The Homestead is very much the heart of Bushmans Kloof. During the day it is the perfect gathering place for guests to trade travel tales at the bar, or to seek quiet moments of learning in the Heritage Centre. Admire the diverse collection of South African artworks that grace the walls, and the striking Ardmore Ceramics on display in the main lounge; each of the five urns is a bespoke creation celebrating the wildlife of the reserve. Alongside, a well-stocked library offers a fascinating collection of reference works, Africana and a comprehensive collection of wildlife films. In the evenings, enjoy fine dining in the Cederberg for a culinary discovery of South African fare. In addition, there is WiFi throughout the Lodge should you need to connect with the outside world.
Make Travel Matter – A Red Carnation Exclusive Experience (Included): The Anatolian Sheep Dogs – Enjoy during one of the days of your stay, a very special encounter with the cherished Anatolian Sheep Dogs. The dogs serve as livestock guardians and have been chosen thanks to the breed’s longstanding reputation for protective instincts. Originally from central Turkey, Anatolian Sheep Dogs can be relied upon for their keen eyesight as well as their impressive speed and agility and have long been used to fend off local predators. A working breed with an impressive size, they are known for their loyal instincts as well as their sandy-colored coat, which cleverly blends in seamlessly with the local environment, that help the herds that the dogs protect. Notoriously elusive and rare, the Cape Leopard lives in the Cederberg Mountains that surround Bushmans Kloof, and the Cape Leopard Trust works tirelessly to protect this precious breed. Unfortunately, as the human population in the local area has increased, so too has the number of attacks by the leopards on livestock. Fully committed to protecting its environment, as well as the local communities and wildlife, Bushmans Kloof is delighted with this natural and responsible solution to the issue of protecting one rare species while encouraging another to help protect it, which allows both the Cederberg’s farming communities and the Cape Leopard population to flourish.
Makana – A Red Carnation Culinary Experience (Included): The San peoples, or Bushmen, are the members of the indigenous hunter-gatherer cultures of southern Africa, and the oldest surviving cultures of the region. Bushmans Kloof is in many ways a celebration of San culture and heritage, and in the ancient San language Makana means ‘to feast’. It’s an apt description of what awaits guests at our dining venue, where you’ll enjoy hearty and indulgent meals. Clad in local sandstone and roofed with traditional thatch, Makana is an echo of the natural caves and simple dwellings used by the earliest inhabitants of this ancient landscape. Tables look out over the Boontjies River and wide grassy lawns, where shy antelope graze come evening. Relax in the cozy lounges near a wide hearth where a roaring fire keep the evening cooler breezes at bay, and where stories begin to unfold. Guests will enjoy a traditional Makana Dinner one evening of your stay.
Overnights at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in air-conditioned Luxury Room accommodations. (All Meals are included daily – Breakfast, Lunch, an extensive High Tea and a la carte Dinner; also included are activities as noted above). Please review the “Not Included” section of pricing for services that are paid directly and/or that are optional.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 (2024)
JOURNEY TO BOTSWANA & XIGERA LODGE
After breakfast, depart Bushman’s Kloof Lodge by group ground transfer to Cape Town International Airport (approximately 3-hr journey). Board a short commercial flight from Cape Town to Maun, Botswana (approximately 2-1/2 hr nonstop commercial flight). Upon arrival into Maun, transfer by vehicle to local airfield for connecting group flight to the Xigera Lodge airstrip (approximately 25-minutes flight; operated by Mack Air). Arrive at Xigera Lodge and be warmly welcomed into this Okavango Delta water paradise. Relax and unwind from your journey, taking in the natural beauty of your surroundings. This evening enjoy a group dinner gathering. Overnight at Xigera Lodge in air-conditioned luxury Suite accommodations. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 20 & 21 (2024)
THE XIGERA LODGE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy three additional magnificent days at Xigera Lodge. Xigera Safari Lodge is deeply rooted in the Okavango Delta, a breathtaking landscape of seasonal floodplains and riverine forests, tawny grasslands and verdant papyrus wetlands. Drawing inspiration from its ancient setting, Xigera rests effortlessly within the wilderness of this World Heritage Site, hidden amid a canopy of magnificent indigenous trees. Enjoy luxurious accommodations within its beautiful Suites, each resting effortlessly in this wild landscape. Amid this remarkable setting, Xigera’s design aesthetic is wholeheartedly dedicated to celebrating African art, design and creativity. Xigera showcases an extraordinary collection of pan-African art and design, created by a roster of 80 of Africa’s most globally acclaimed designers. It is a collection that is bold in vision and groundbreaking in its scope, the first of its kind on the continent. Every suite including the public areas have been handcrafted and inspired by the incredible natural surroundings in Botswana. Built with sustainability in mind – Xigera is solar-powered, yet provides in-suite WiFi service.
Each day will be magical experience – head out on safari game drives to observe gentle elephants and majestic lions; experience the waterways by “mekoro” canoe-boating excursions; enjoy seasonal catch and-release fishing, guided walks and nature observations. Stay fit with a state-of-the-art gym and serene swimming pool looking out over the Okavango Delta; cocoon yourself into human-sized woven ‘nests’ on the outdoor decks, created by renowned South African artist Porky Hefer; sip cocktails in the waterside lounge area featuring a massive copper-clad fireplace, and enjoy a welcoming bar with a world-class wine list and cellar showcasing the finest vintages; be dined with authentic and interactive culinary experiences within an open kitchen-dining room; gather for storytelling time which takes place around a totemic fire-pit sculpture by artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks. Marvel at the night sky and sleep-out under the Stars in our Baobab Treehouse (optional up-charge paid and reserved locally); and be pampered in an extensive spa program focused on mindfulness, wellness and holistic healing (optional additional costs).
Xigera Art & Design Gallery Tour (Included): Take a tour of the incredible Xigera Design Collection, conceptualized by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock – in collaboration with the award-winning South African gallery Southern Guild of talented artisans. Join one of our managers on an insightful and informative journey around the Lodge, taking in the key pieces that are showcased in our beautiful public spaces, from the Bar to the Boma, and from the Library to the Dining Room. Our team will share the background and stories behind Xigera’s living art gallery, highlighting the African creativity and craftsmanship of the bespoke works commissioned exclusively for the lodge from some of Africa’s most exciting artists and artisans. Unique and collectible, every item in the collection has been hand-made by some of the most recognizable names in African art: Andile Dyalvane, Madoda Fani, Cecil Skotnes, Porky Hefer, Otto du Plessis and Stanislaw Trzebinski among many others.
Stargazing at Xigera (Included): At Xigera on our lookout deck, we have little or no light pollution and the clear skies make for sensational viewing of the stars. Our guides are equipped with laser pointers and are well versed in pointing out interesting features of the night sky, from unique stars to the Milky Way, constellations and planets. This is a wonderful way to spend some time after dark, relaxing with a refreshing drink. Sink into the comfortable cushions on deck, enjoy the warmth of the fire and gaze up at the splendor of the myriad stars in the clear night sky, as our guides share their in-depth knowledge of Botswana’s stars and skies.
Make Travel Matter – Habu Village by Helicopter Excursion – A Red Carnation Exclusive Experience (Optional): An optional excursion can be arranged during one of your days at Xigera. This is a half day excursion that can be done either morning or afternoon to explore the local Habu village situated 70-km from Xigera. With your guide, you will be flown there and back by helicopter (30-min flight each way), which provides the amazing opportunity to view the Okavango Delta from an aerial perspective. In the village you will learn about the The Village Lights initiative, which began as a single delivery of a solar light and a curated book pack to all senior primary kids in Habu village (approximately 115 children in grades 5, 6 and 7), which expanded into the formation of a book club for children. Now also a children’s film group has been formed, which meets weekly to show a relevant nature conservation themed film for discussion. In partnership with our Xigera guides, the children are provided a Coaching Conservation Program which involves a full day bush RAP (rapid awareness program). An extension of ecological sustainability is also a part of the Habu Village, which has formed “The Village Greens Program” a co-op garden development, training, infrastructure, compost delivery, and an initiative of future growing plans. The outcome of this has resulted in a fully functional garden cooperative that can sell produce back to Xigera to supply their staff canteen as well as supply fresh food to the local community. Drinks and snacks are packed to go by the Xigera Lodge for all participants. For more details please see Add-Ons in the Pricing section below.
The Baobab Tree Sleep-Beneath-The-Stars Overnight – A Red Carnation Exclusive Experience (Onsite Only): For a truly immersive discovery of the Okavango Delta, slumber beneath the stars in our remarkable Baobab Treehouse, situated one kilometer away from the Lodge, with a guide stationed close by. Here, amid the seclusion of this masterfully designed sculptural-art treehouse, you will experience Africa at its most raw, and most remarkable. Amid a stand of indigenous Croton trees, the striking steel structure – built in the evocative shape of a baobab tree – ascends nearly 10-meters above the floodplain, offering panoramic views from each of its three levels. Ascend to the top of the ‘baobab’ and the drama truly unfolds, with an open-air deck for lounging, reading and watching wildlife pass undisturbed below. A serene, hidden – and entirely safe – eyrie from which to witness the magic of the Okavango Delta at dusk or – if you choose to spend the night in the open-air king-size bed – to marvel at the jet-black sky punctured by the stars of the southern sky. Guests depart the Lodge after lunch to enjoy sundowner cocktails and a picnic-style dinner on the deck (OR) guests can depart the Lodge after dinner for an unforgettable night’s sleep in the tree house of your dreams. Because The Baobab Treehouse Experience is a tailor-made for each and every guest experience, reservations and confirmations are only provided on-site while at the Lodge (please inquire on-site with the Lodge team upon arrival).
These three overnights are at Xigera Lodge in air-conditioned luxury Suite accommodations. (All Meals are included daily – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; all non-alcoholic and select alcoholic beverages are also included with the exception of beverages and liquors on the Premium List Menu; activities included or optional choice add-ons are as noted above). Please review the “Not Included” section of pricing for services that are paid directly and/or that are optional.
MONDAY, APRIL 22 (2024)
DEPART BOTSWANA – OPTIONAL VICTORIA FALLS EXTENSION
Today your Adventure ends and you say goodbye to Botswana and your new-found friends! After breakfast, depart Xigera Lodge airfield by private aircraft for the Maun airport (operated by Mack Air). Journey onward to your next destination or homeward bound. OR, for those opting-in on a customized Optional Extension Package to Victoria Falls, please inquire for more details. (Breakfast included this day at Xigera Lodge)
Experience luxury 5-star luxury accommodations throughout this Adventure
THE RED CARNATAION CULINARY EXPERIENCE
- 11 Nights Luxury Accommodations in 5-star Red Carnation Hotel properties throughout Main Adventure itinerary – 4 Nights in Cape Town at 12 Apostles Hotel, 3 Nights in Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, 4 Nights in Xigera Lodge in the Okavango Delta of Botswana (Excludes the Victoria Falls Optional Package Extension which is at the luxury Victoria Falls River & Island Lodge)
- Room Categories are defined as follows: 12 Apostles Cape Town (air-conditioned Mountain Range Facing Rooms with King Beds and private balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors providing sweeping views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range; Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve (air-conditioned Luxury Rooms with King Beds and private patios offering beautiful landscape views with access to swimming pools); Xigera Lodge (air-conditioned Suites with King Beds are artisan decorated, each with their unique interiors and are cocooned within the indigenous forests providing water canal views)
- Chef-prepared Red Carnation Culinary Experiences & Group Meals – 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 8 Dinners
- Deluxe air-conditioned bus transportation provided throughout the itinerary as needed
- Required Internal Group Flight arrangements will be booked (at additional cost see “Not Included”)
- “Make Travel Matter” Red Carnation exclusive activities as noted per Adventure itinerary
- Expert Regional & Naturalist Guide services throughout the itinerary
- All regional sightseeing excursions as noted per Adventure itinerary
- All VAT taxes are included throughout the journey
What’s not Included
- International Airfare – participants are responsible for their own airline arrangements
- Group Internal Flight required from Cape Town to Maun (approx $320 per person)
- Group Internal Flight required from Maun to Xigera Lodge (approx $320 per person)
- OPTIONAL Habu Village by Helicopter at Xigera Lodge ($495 per person)
- OPTIONAL 3-Night Extension to Victoria Falls Package & internal flight
- Other Optional Excursions – offered in conjunction with this Adventure itinerary
- Entry Visas that may be required based on traveler’s nationality
- Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages “on your own” or not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
- Personal elected activities, spa treatments and hotel incidentals are on your own pay
- Any pre or post nights/extensions you personally elect to arrange
- “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance – GET A QUOTE with USI Affinity Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance must be purchased within 14-days of confirming your participation with the required Adventure trip deposit); otherwise Standard Insurance coverage is available to be purchased at any time prior to departure, for all other medical and approved covered reasons.
VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS
- SOUTH AFRICA – View Requirements & Country Updates – Currently, U.S. citizens may enter without a tourist visa, along with a valid passport. COVID entry requirements are have been lifted (none are required or mandated at this time)
- BOTSWANA (Xigera Lodge) – View Requirements & Country Updates – Currently, U.S. citizens may enter without a tourist visa, along with a valid passport. COVID entry requirements are have been lifted (none are required or mandated at this time)
- VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE (Extension Package) – View Requirements & Country Updates – Currently, U.S. citizens traveling to Zimbabwe for tourism, may obtain a visa at the airports upon arrival or other border ports-of-entry. There is currently no option of getting a Zimbabwean tourist visa in advance. You can expect to pay USD $30 for a 30-day validity/single-entry visa. Please have cash on-hand for this visa.
- PASSPORTS – All traveler passports MUST have validity of minimum 6 months or longer at the time travel occurs, otherwise the risk of denied travel could be experienced per airline carrier rules and country entry requirement mandates with Customs & Immigrations. We recommend that our members travel abroad with a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. Your photocopy should be packed separately from your actual passport. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact or entrusted family/friend.
- IMPORTANT: BLANK PASSPORT PAGES – All travelers will be required to have at least 6 blank passport pages for entry into South Africa for this journey, and/or also if you are combining the extension onward to Victoria Falls.
- PROOF OF RETURN OR ONWARD TICKET – South Africa & Botswana require proof of onward ticket or return to your original destination or another destination outside of their country, to ensure you are not staying past the 90-days tourist time allowance.
- VACCINATIONS – Please consult with your personal physician and/or medical clinician for required or optional recommended vaccines based on your personal health needs; Vaccinations required or recommended for each country can be found in the above individual country links
Adventure pricing excludes “Not Included” items as noted above, as well as the Add-On Experiences
$12,995 per person based on Double Occupancy
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: $5995 per person (non-refundable)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: NOV 15th, 2023 (non-refundable)
This Adventure requires 16 people to operate at the price quoted; if less participants join this adventure than an increase and/or decrease in cost would occur, which Thirdhome will advise all participants.
HABU VILLAGE BY HELICOPTER EXCURSION
$495 per person (non-refundable)
A Red Carnation Exclusive Experience
This optional excursion can be arranged during one of your days at Xigera Lodge
Make Travel Matter – Habu Village by Helicopter Excursion
This is a half day excursion that can be done either morning or afternoon to explore the local Habu village situated 70-km from Xigera. With your guide, you will be flown there and back by helicopter (30-min flight each way), which provides the amazing opportunity to view the Okavango Delta from an aerial perspective. In the village you will learn about the The Village Lights initiative, which began as a single delivery of a solar light and a curated book pack to all senior primary kids in Habu village, which expanded into the formation of a book club for children. Now also a children’s film group has been formed, which meets weekly to show a relevant nature conservation themed film for discussion. In partnership with our Xigera guides, the children are provided a Coaching Conservation Program which involves a full day bush RAP (rapid awareness program). An extension of ecological sustainability is also a part of the Habu Village, which has formed “The Village Greens Program” a co-op garden development, training, infrastructure, compost delivery, and an initiative of future growing plans. The outcome of this has resulted in a fully functional garden cooperative that can sell produce back to Xigera to supply their staff canteen as well as supply fresh food to the local community. Drinks and snacks are packed to go by the Xigera Lodge for all participants.
VICTORIA FALLS EXTENSION
Experience an Add-on to Victoria Falls – please inquire for customized options
DATES: APRIL 22 – 25, 2024 (3 Nights/4 Days)
Extend your safari Adventure to experience 3-Nights in either 4 or 5-star accommodations
The 3-Night Extension Package includes: Ground transfers between the Victoria Falls Airport and hotel chosen, 3 nights accommodations in your choice of quoted 4-5-star properties, a guided town tour and viewing of The Falls, two organized Lodge activities (one per day). Also an internal domestic flight from Maun (at end of the main Adventure) to Victoria Falls on start date of APR 22nd will be required.
ADVENTURE TERMS & CONDITIONS
Adventure is non-refundable (this applies to all deposits and final payments).
This Adventure requires 16 people to operate at the price quoted; if less participants join this adventure then an increase and/or decrease in cost would occur, which Thirdhome will advise all participants.
Thirdhome strongly recommends that all participants purchase travel insurance in order to participate in an Adventure. Travel Insurance is required to be purchased at the time of deposit should you wish to be covered under the “Cancel for Any Reason” plan.
THIRDHOME has partnered with USI Affinity Travel Insurance providing members full travel coverage with a discount – Click here to obtain a quote. Cancel for Any Reason insurance is required to be purchased within 14-days of confirming your participation (your paid Adventure deposit); otherwise Standard Insurance can be purchased at any time prior to your departure.
Thirdhome Adventures reserves the right to modify, change or cancel itinerary accommodations and/or alter tour routing and operations, if conditions beyond our control and that of our travel partners who operate our journeys, require such alterations thereof due to any unforeseen circumstances.
Any traveler that elects not to purchase travel insurance, agrees to release Thirdhome and its tour operation partners from liability for any loss of funds incurred due to the cancellation of a specific Thirdhome Adventure as a result of, but not limited to, an act of God, a failure to purchase travel insurance, the cessation of business with respect to a tour operator/ground operator partnered services, and/or the failure of a tour operator/ground operator to refund consumer deposits or payments following the cancellation of a Thirdhome Adventure or a material failure to complete the operation of any Thirdhome Adventure.