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Botswana – A wildlife extravaganza

English: Two Mokoro polers and their charge wa...

English: Two Mokoro polers and their charge waiting for hippos to surface in the Okavango Delta, August 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my absolute favourite destinations, always a delight for the new traveller to Africa as well as the experienced african traveller.

Botswana offers an experience like no other, from the worlds largest salt pans ( Makgadikgadi) to game viewing in some of the wildest africa parks in Africa. Camp wild in Moremi, be transported in a traditional dugout canoe(Makoro) in the Okavango delta and open vehicle game drives that will take your breath away.

I have experienced Lions outside the ablution block while I was taking a shower, elephants silently meandering through the camp at night, Wild dog chasing an impala around our camp as my guests sit waiting for the sun to set.

This is africa like no other.

You can choose from adventure camping, Luxury camping or lodges in Botswana.

We offer a trip which starts in Maun, Botswana to Victoria Falls Zimbabwe and recommended that you travel in style, and invest in private air charters between lodges, otherwise long travelling time between camps.

Activities on offer:

  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Makoro trips
  • Game walks
  • Private air charters

Accomodation:

  • Adventure camping
  • Luxury camping or lodges

Contact robert@pardustours.com

12 Day South Africa

English: Table Mountain seen from Lion's Head....

English: Table Mountain seen from Lion’s Head. Español: Montaña de la Mesa vista desde la Cabeza de León. Frysk: In panorama fan de Tafelberch. Ek it tafellekken is te sjen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day 1 to 5:  Cape Town and Cape Wine Lands -Western Cape

Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad [ˈkɑːpstɐt]; Xhosa: iKapa) is the second-most populated city in South Africa after Johannesburg, and the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament, it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Townmetropolitan municipality. The city is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa’s most popular tourist destination
We are going to stay in one of Cape Town’s luxury hotels,  during our stay we are going to explore many of Cape Town’s world renown wonders, visit local food markets.  An expert will join us on a tour of the winelands, to  educate us on the pairing of South African wines with good wholesome south african cuisine.
  

Day 6:  Durban – Kwazulu Natal
Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning ‘bay / lagoon’) is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is also the third largest city in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It forms part of the eThekwinimetropolitan municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.
We will have an opportunity to feast on indian fare in Durban.
 
Day 7 & 8:  Zululand – Kwazulu Natal
Zululand history, King Shaka, Ulundi, Eshowe and Richards Bay are some of the terms associated with the world-renowned region of KwaZulu-Natal’s Zululand.
The sheer majesty of Zululand will take your breath away. Under the hot African sun, the cobalt blue Indian Ocean, mangrove swamps and limpid lagoons give way to rolling green hills and indigenous forests which shimmer in the distance before they reach the Drakensberg Mountains.
 Zululand teems with private and provincial game reserves which offer game-watching facilities as well as hiking and nature trails.
But it is probably ‘the Zulu experience’ which will linger in your mind long after you have left Zululand. Take an ox wagon to Zulu villages of bee-hive huts and experience traditional Zulu hospitality, or a rural wedding ceremony, and if you wish visit a sangoma (traditional healer). You cannot leave without a visit to Ulundi, the site of the final battle fought in the Anglo-Zulu war. Nearby Zulu kings lie buried in the Emakhosini Valley. In total contrast are the township tours showcasing modern Zulu life including taverns, shebeens and traditional medicine shops.
We will stay at a Private Game reserve, and during our stay we will have the opportunity to visit a local home stead and taste traditional african dishes.
 
 Day 9,10 &11 Kruger National Park – Mpumalanga
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,633 square kilometres (7,580 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African Game Reserve (at 147 species).
Here we will stay at one of the Luxury lodges of Singita (subject to availablity) during our stay here we will not only experience open vehicle game drives but also take part in cooking a traditional african meal during our stay at the Singita School of Cooking.
We will stay at one of the private lodges and enjoy enjoy game walks and open vehicle game drives.
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Day 12  Johannesburg  – Gauteng
On Our Last day we will visit Soweto, an important area in the history of South Africa, we will visit the Apartheid Museum, and then visit a local Shebeen to try Modern African cuisine.

South African Cuisine

  •  Amasi, sour milk
  • Biltong, a salty dried meat (similar to jerky), although the meat used is often from different types of Antelope or other venison.
  • Biryani
  • Bobotie, a dish of Malay descent, is like meatloaf with raisins and with baked egg on top, and is often served with yellow rice, sambals, coconut, banana slices, and chutney.
  • Boerewors, a sausage that is traditionally braaied (barbecued).
  • Bunny chow, curry stuffed into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. A bunny
    And there we go, #koeksisters nom nom

    And there we go, #koeksisters nom nom (Photo credit: Paul Watson)

    chow is called Kota by the locals.

  • Chakalaka, a spicy South African vegetable relish.
  • Chutney, or Blatjang, a sweet sauce made from fruit that is usually poured on meat.
  • Frikkadelle – meatballs
  • Gatsby food mainly popular in Cape Town, comes in the form of a long roll with fillings of anything ranging from polony to chicken or steak and hot chips.
  • Gesmoorde vis, salted cod with potatoes and tomatoes and sometimes served with apricot jam.
  • Hoenderpastei, chicken pie, traditional Afrikaans fare.
  • Isidudu, pumpkin pap
  • Koeksisters come in two forms and are a sweet delicacy. Afrikaans koeksisters are twisted pastries, deep fried and heavily sweetened. Koeksisters found on the Cape Flats are sweet and spicy, shaped like large eggs, and deep-fried.
  • Mageu, a drink made from fermented mealie pap.
  • Mala Mogodu, a local dish equivalent of tripe. The locals usually enjoy mala mogodu with hot pap and spinach
  • Malva Pudding, a sweet spongy Apricot pudding of Dutch origin.
  • Mashonzha, made from the mopane worm.
  • Melktert (milk tart), a milk-based tart or dessert.
  • Melkkos (milk food), another milk-based dessert.
  • Mealie-bread, a sweet bread baked with sweetcorn.
  • Mielie-meal, one of the staple foods, often used in baking but predominantly cooked into pap or phutu.
  • Ostrich is an increasingly popular protein source as it has a low cholesterol content; it is either used in a stew or filleted and grilled.
  • Pampoenkoekies (pumpkin fritters), flour has been supplemented with or replaced by pumpkin or sweet potato.
  • Potbrood (pot bread or boerbrood), savoury bread baked over coals in cast-iron pots.
  • Potjiekos, a traditional Afrikaans stew made with meat and vegetables and cooked over coals in cast-iron pots.
  • Rusks, a rectangular, hard, dry biscuit eaten after being dunked in tea or coffee; they are either home-baked or shop-bought (with the most popular brand being Ouma Rusks).
  • Samosa or samoosa, a savoury stuffed Indian pastry that is fried.
  • Skilpadjies, lamb’s liver wrapped in netvet and braaied over hot coals.
  • Smagwinya, fat cakes
  • Smoked or braai’ed snoek, a regional gamefish.
  • Sosaties, kebab, grilled marinated meat on a skewer.
  • Tomato bredie, a lamb and tomato stew.
  • Trotters and Beans, from the Cape, made from boiled pig’s or sheep’s trotters and onions and beans.
  • Umngqusho, a dish made from white maize and sugar beans, a staple food for the Xhosa people.
  • Umphokoqo, an African salad made of maize meal.
  • Umqombothi, a type of beer made from fermented maize and sorghum.
  • Umvubo, sour milk mixed with dry pap, commonly eaten by the Xhosa.
  • Vetkoek (fat cake, magwenya), deep-fried dough balls, typically stuffed with meat or served with snoek fish or jam.
  • Walkie Talkies, Grilled or deep-fried chicken heads and feet, most popular in townships and sold by street vendors, sometimes in industrial areas with high concentrations of workers.
  • Waterblommetjie bredie (water flower stew), meat stewed with the flower of the Cape Pondweed.

    Cape Flats scrap collectors

    Cape Flats scrap collectors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Cape Flats scrap collectors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)