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BAOBAB YOGA AND PRANA AFRICA SAFARI - JANUARY 2021

16th January:             19h50 – Fly Heathrow to Johannesburg.

17th January:             11h15 – Arrive Johannesburg
                                    Transfer to an airport hotel with pool for a day to unwind
                                    Soweto Tour including a visit to Mandela’s House can be
                                    organised

18th January:             10h40/12h05 – Fly Johannesburg to Bulawayo
                                    13h00 – One Hour transfer to the Big Cave on a DBB basis
                                    Unpack and rest of the afternoon at leisure
                                    Yoga session
                                    Dinner

19/20th January:       Yoga sessions to be organised morning and evening.
                                    Guided walks can be organised around the property (1 hour)
                                    On first day we will be trekking Rhino on foot (3 hours)
                                    Second Day we will be making a visit to see original cave art
                                    painting followed by a visit to Rhodes grave.

 
The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo.

The Hills were formed over 2000 million years ago with molten rock erupting across the landscape, this has eroded to produce smooth ‘whaleback dwalas’ and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation.  Part of the national park is set aside as a 100 km² game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros.

The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings.

The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, which still uses shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities.

The Matobo balancing rocks are the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes. Commanding a vista clear to the horizon, the name ‘Worlds View’, could not be more appropriate for this enchanting piece of Zimbabwe.

BIG CAVE - https://www.bigcavematopos.com/


21/24th January:     After breakfast we transfer to Hwange National Park for our second safari experience.  This is approximately a                                   5-hour transfer on a tarred road for three hours and then sit back and marvel at our animal friends and                                               neighbours for the next 4 nights!

                                  We are staying here on a fully inclusive basis so we can plan the days to suit ourselves.

Hwange National Park is located on the border with Botswana, its 1.4 million hectares are home to a rich variety of different habitats, vegetation and wildlife. The park's mopane and teak woodlands, grasslands and scrub areas provide a true wilderness experience and some fantastic game viewing opportunities.

Hwange was proclaimed a national park over 75 years ago and is known for its herds of buffalo and elephant and a huge diversity of over 100 different mammal species. Black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, baboon, porcupine, aardwolf, spotted hyena, caracal, leopard, African wildcat, lion, southern giraffe, hippo, warthog and Burchell's zebra are all found in Hwange to name just a few! The large numbers of plains game and antelope in the park provide a rich source of food for the predators. 

The Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in the whole of Africa.
 
The park also has superb birdlife. Kalahari birds are found here including red-billed spurfowl, crimson-breasted shrike, Kalahari scrub-robin, cut-throat finch, red-eyed bulbul and southern pied babbler. The plains are alive with pipits, larks and wheatears while raptors including the martial eagle are also plentiful.  In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like southern carmine bee-eaters, black kites and broad-billed rollers.

We will be staying at The Hide which has set a bar of excellence and luxury for Hwange National Park accommodation and is consistently voted as one of the “Best Safari Lodges” in Zimbabwe. Located in a prime position in the Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive.

The Hide - http://www.thehide.com/


25th January:             Transfer to Victoria Falls (approximately a 4-hour transfer) – home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of
                                    the World.  We will arrive around 14h00 giving us plenty of time to unpack and prepare for our last 4 nights.


                                    We have booked Lokuthula Lodges – a combination of 2 and 3 bedroom lodges but everyone will have a                                         lodge to themselves, consisting of bedroom, lounge and kitchen with a wonderful patio area where you                                           can sit and admire the Warthog and Bush Buck as they graze on the lawns.
                                    (Upgrade to a room in the main hotel can be arranged at an dditional cost)

                                    This evening we will transfer to Zambezi House, on the banks of the Zambezi, for our yoga session and dinner.

26th January:             Early morning session in the beautiful gardens of the hotel.
                                    Breakfast will be taken in the Makuwa Kuwa restaurant today allowing you to experience the magnificent                                         views over the abundant waterhole.

                                    Rest of the day at leisure to explore the town.  The hotel runs an hourly shuttle bus from reception into 4                                               different locations in the town (10 minutes for the 4km transfer)

                                    We will meet at 17h15 for our short transfer to the jetty for our sunset dinner cruise!

27th January:             Early start at 05h30 to arrive at the Falls for our tour and yoga session in the Park which boasts this wonderful                                       specimen of nature. This is Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders.

                                  “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen                                          before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”                                                  (Livingstone 1857).

                                    After this session we will walk to the Lookout Café for breakfast. The views of the Gorge here are stunning 
                                    and if anyone feels
the urge to do a Gorge swing you have come to the right place!

                                    Rest of the day at leisure.

                                    Meet at 18h30 for our short transfer to Dusty Roads in Chinotimba, the oldest township in the Falls.  Their food                                     is cooked the Zimbabwean way, on open fires an in cast iron pots and ovens, giving you an authentic,                                               wholesome and tasty food experience.

28th January:             An early start for our journey in the National Park and our yoga session on the banks of the mighty Zambezi.
                                    This will be followed by a simple breakfast and for those intrepid explorers a paddle in the river is a must!

                                    Rest of the day at leisure.

                                    Let’s meet for final sundowners at the Buffalo Bar followed by dinner at the popular Makuwa Kuwa
                                    restaurant
at
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Lokuthula Lodges - https://www.africaalbidatourism.com/where-to-stay/lokuthula-lodges/


29th January:             Last session of the tour followed by breakfast before we head to the airport.

                                    Flight back to Johannesburg at 13h05, arriving 14h45.

                                    Finally, Johannesburg/London at 19h50 arriving at 08h00 on the 30th January.


There are 3 routes from the UK to the safari (it is all dependent on connecting with the only daily Bulawayo flight which leaves Johannesburg at 10h40):
 
  • Most expensive is to fly overnight with SAA or BA and you can connect without an overnight
  • Fly Heathrow as detailed above and below and have a day and night in Johannesburg
  • Fly from Bristol at around 06h50 and arrive late on the same day at 22h00 and take an airport overnight hotel

There is an advantage to having a night in Johannesburg – you really do arrive fully refreshed for the first day of the safari!


COSTS:

Heathrow to Johannesburg return currently £430.
Overnight in Johannesburg – no more than £60 per room for a nice airport hotel
Soweto Tour – currently £40pp
Johannesburg to Bulawayo and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg currently £210

KASA Visa fee for entry into Zimbabwe is currently $50pp – no visa fee required for SA.

Ground arrangements as detailed in itinerary are going to be around $2,760pp (£2,125) on a twin sharing basis.

Big Cave – DBB and activities indicated are all included. Drinks will be an additional cost.  Park fees of approx. $55 for park and monument fees over the three days

The Hide – fully inclusive of accommodation, laundry, all meals and activities including drinks. 
                                               
Lokuthula – B&B Basis but all activities itemised and dinners indicated, are included.  There is a National Parks fee of $30 and $15 payable locally.

PS:  We can advise and help anyone wanting to consider an add on to South Africa or other surrounding country either before or after the Yoga Safari.  We are in the Southern Hemisphere so january is in the middle of their summer season which is why you might want to stay a litlle longer.

Here is the link to our short video from the trip this year - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbqnEBkiyBQ  There is a longer six minute version if you are interested.

CONTACT:  Lynda/David Dodgeon

T: 00 44 1647 24236
M:  0044 7786 448183 (David) or 0044 7554 423714 (Lynda)

E:  lynda@lewdonfarm.co.uk or dodgydavid@lewdonfarm.co.uk
W: www.lewdonfarm.co.uk




 
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