Africa 2014 – Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

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Weaver’s hosted our 10th group trip to Africa in August 2014.  It was my annual birthday trip and I wanted to make it something special, mission accomplished.  We started the trip in Zimbabwe to see the world famous Victoria Falls.  We stayed at a great resort called The Victoria Falls River Lodge, located on the banks of the Zambezi River.  It was a stunning property with an amazing staff.  We were able to do water safaris where we saw hippos and crocodiles along with land safaris with lions, elephants and cape buffalo.  The tour of Victoria falls was breathtaking.  We strolled along the rim of the falls with uniques views at every turn.  Some of the group opted to visit the Victoria Falls Bridge, constructed in 1904 and at that time considered to be the highest bridge in the world.  Two of our youngest clients bravely participated in the bungee jump off the bridge.

From Zimbabwe we crossed the border into Botswana and boarded our private flight to Nxabega Safari Lodge, where we spent the next two nights.  Then our private flights took us to Sandibe Safari Lodge where one of the many highlights was having an elephant in camp trapping our guest in their tents for a while.  Our last two nights in Botswana were spent at Xudum Safari Lodge, where we arrived and departed by boat through the Okavango Delta.  Suffice it to say we had amazing wildlife sightings at every camp including, Lions, elephants, leopards, cheetah, cape buffalo, hippos, giraffe and much much more.  One of the highlights for me personally was to receive a gift from my employees to take a helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta.  This was an unexpected surprise and one of the coolest things I have ever done.

The last leg of our trip took us to Nabubia, a place I have wanted to visit for a long time.  We were not disappointed.  Cradled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namibia Desert.  We saw oryx, ostrich and zebra, rode ATV’s around the desert and up onto the duns and visited the dead vlei and the great dune.  We stayed in stone and glass villas furnished to complement the majestic hues of the desert, each one featured a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The villas are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and custom-stocked personal bar.  The lodge also featured a state of the art observatory with in-house astronomer to teach us about the night sky.

It was a perfect trip with a wonderful group of friends and a great way to spend my birthday.  Steve