Hi everbody currently in Europe experiencing the best of Travelmarvel river cruising.
I had the chance to experience Africa and had so much fun and now have so many fond memories of my trip.
I flew with South African Airlines and the staffs were very attentive and efficient, the meals and the on-board entertainment was also very good.
DAY 1 PERTH – JOHANNESBURG Depart PER 23h50 SA 281
DAY 2 JOHANNESBURG – KASANE (-L-) Arrive JNB 05h25 South African Airways Depart JNB 11h45 SA8306 Arrive BBK 13h25
South African Airways Today you will arrive into Kasane Airport in Botswana. Botswana allows Australian Passport holders free tourist visas upon arrival, continue on to your lodge and check in for 1nt. The town of Kasane and your accommodation is on the banks of the Chobe River which flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. Lunch will be served after check in followed by a Chobe River Cruise which is a highlight of any trip to the Chobe; here you can hope to see large herds of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day Includes: Chobe NP entrance fee’s & sunset cruise on the Chobe River Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge
DAY KASANE – NATA (BL-)
Today after breakfast there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Later you depart from Kasane and delve further into Botswana travelling 310kms to Nata which is in the central District of Botswana where you will spend the night. This afternoon enjoy sundowners over the Makgadikgadi Pans. Includes: Entrance to Nata Sanctuary Optional Activities:Morning game drive on day (own expense) Overnight: Nata Lodge
Today you depart Botswana and cross the border into Zimababwe. A Visa for Zimbabwe can be purchased for $30USD upon arrival. After entering Zimbabwe you travel East to the Matobo National Park and your chalet accomodation for the next two nights is on the outskirts of the park This afternoon enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. Includes: Entrance to Matobo National Park and game walks Overnight: Matopos Farm house.
DAY 5 MATOBO NP (BLD)
This morning you will visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which you will visit while on your game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which you can hope to see on your excursion in the national park Includes: Entrance to Matobo National Park and game walks Overnight: Matopos Farm House
DAY 6 MATOBO NP – HWANGE NP (BLD)
Today after breakfast begin your journey back north to Hwange National Park. The famous park is named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. This afternoon you will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centrebefore returning to your lodge for the night. Includes: Free entry to Painted Dog Conservation Centre, although donations are welcome Overnight: Miombo Lodge
DAY 7 HWANGE NP- VICTORIA FALLS (B-D)
Today you will wake up early to enjoy a half day of game viewing in an open 4WD. Your experienced guide will give informative talks about the wonderful fauna and beautiful flora that make up this magical ecosystem. Along the way you can hope to encounter various game species including impala, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, elephant and possibly lion. After lunch back at the camp you head north to the town of Victoria Falls, at this time of the year the flow of the falls is at its peak and is quite majestic to witness. The Falls, is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, though it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls’ maximum flow rate compares well with that of other major waterfalls Includes: Entrance fees to Hwange NP and to see the Victoria Falls, half day game drive in open 4WD game viewing vehicle Overnight: Pioneers Camp
DAY 8 VICTORIA FALLS (B-D)
Today you will continue on to your next area of accomodation, Lokuthula lodge. There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense). Includes: Boma Dinner Optional Activities: White water rafting, bungee jumping , flight of angels (own expense) Overnight: Lokuthula Lodge
DAY 9 VICTORIA FALLS – JOHANNESBURG – PERTH (Meals in Flight)
Today after a relaxed breakfast you will transfer back to Victoria Falls Airport to check in for the following flight.
Depart VFA 11h00 UM 303 Arrive JNB 12h45 Air Zimbabwe Depart JNB 22h00 SA 280
DAY 10 ARRIVE PERTH (Meal in Flight) Arrive PER 1325 South African Airways
I recently took part in this awesome famil that was offered to itravel. Below you will find the itinerary that I experienced thanks to Visit Huntington Beach Tourism, Freestyle Holidays, DriveAway Holidays and Virgin Australia.
Huntington Beach offers the authentic SoCal beach lifestyle experience where families can feel like a local, only 30 minutes from Disneyland!
Discover the best of Southern California culture. Offering the most authentic surf lifestyle coupled with 17 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline, Huntington Beach is a welcoming town where visitors can feel at home on the sand. Warm and mild temperatures and year-round sun offer the perfect setting for a wide variety of outdoor activities, fantastic shopping, unbeatable dining and lots of fun. With the most consistent waves on the West Coast and surfing as a way of life, this is the only place that can be called Surf City USA®.
6:30am Arrive LAX on VA1. Process through customs and pick up luggage.
7:15am Meet your host, Melanie Mayer, at the arrivals area. The group will catch the shuttle to the car hire depot and pick up vehicles.
9:00am Drive from LAX to Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
10:30am Arrive at Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance – 1420 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim California 92802
Check in and freshen up.
11:00am Meet Rick with Disney at the hotel for a brief hello and receive Park Hopper tickets.
12noon-10pm Enjoy Disneyland and California Adventures On this day, Disneyland is open until 10pm California Adventures is open until 8pm
8pm Preferred viewing area of Paint the Night and Disneyland Forever
8:00am Meet in lobby of Courtyard Anaheim to walk to breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel
8:25am Meet Rick from Disney in front of Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel
8:30am Disney Character Breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel – 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
10am – 8pm Enjoy Disneyland and California Adventures – On this day, both Disneyland and California Adventures are open until 10pm.
Breakfast Though the Courtyard Anaheim would have loved to include breakfast, they are brand new, and just not there yet. That said, there is heaps of food available at low cost. There’s a Starbucks outlet at the bar, The Bistro has quick menu items like healthy omelets, and The Market by reception is a grab-and-go spot for quick stuff like oatmeal, fruit, cereal, bars, etc. You can get a bite for $5.
8:50am Meet in Courtyard Anaheim Lobby to walk next door to Howard Johnson.
9am Site inspection of Howard Johnson – #1 seller for the moderate tier Anaheim properties – 1380 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802
10am Free time – Stroll Downtown Disney, hit the hotel’s waterpark, or just relax!
12noon Check out and drive to Huntington Beach
Lunch In-N-Out Burger lunch on the road – 18062 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, United States
1:30pm Arrive in Surf City USA! – Check in to the Kimpton Shorebreak – 500 Pacific Coast Highway.
Ocean breezes and sunshine are your sidekicks in our chill corner of paradise. Give them some hang time. Shorebreak is your coastal crash pad, and it’s not like other Huntington Beach hotels. We define surfer cool, but think beyond the boardshorts. Shake off the sand and enjoy our scene, just steps from the shoreline. Raise a glass on the lively outdoor patio. Retreat to your quiet-harbor guestroom at our laid back Huntington Beach boutique hotel. The beach is your backyard and fun-loving Main Street is just a block away — for the wild child inside you.
2:30 pm Electric Bike Rentals at Pedego Bikes – 301 5th St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Pedego Electric Bikes, with their classic California styling, are the most popular bikes in the US – combining style and function to open up cycling to anyone who might otherwise not be getting the benefits from bike riding. You’ll love it so much, they guarantee you’ll come back from your ride wearing a huge smile! • Located on the corner of 5th Street and Olive Street in Downtown Huntington Beach, an easy walk up the street from your hotel • Bike rental available until 4:30 pm
5:50pm Meet in Lobby to walk to dinner
6:00 pm Dinner at BLK – 300 Pacific Coast Highway #202; BLK features the finest ocean view dining of the beach area and specializes in Kobe Style Beef hand-cut steaks, chops, and seafood. The distinctive menu comprised of contemporary American cuisine is prepared on either a Hickory woodfire grill or in a 1600 degree specialty Steak broiler creating delicious and savory flavors in all the meat, poultry and seafood dishes.
8:00 pm Walk to Bonfire and S’mores on the Beach with Waterfront Adventures Located on the beach at Pacific Coast Highway and Twin Dolphin Drive (between the Hilton and Hyatt resorts) Watch the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean while enjoying a warm bonfire and delicious s’mores, an “All American” treat that is a combination of toasted marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers – all provided by Waterfront Adventures Beach Butler Bonfire Service.
9:00am Breakfast at Zimzala followed by Site Inspection Located within the Kimpton Shorebreak; California is all about relaxed excellence, and Zimzala is a California restaurant, through and through. They’re obsessed with celebrating the bountiful produce that grows here year-round, and that passion is reflected in their chef’s seasonally changing menus of coastal cuisine.
10:30am Drive to SUP lesson
11:00 am Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson with Rocky McKinnon
Enjoy a Paddle Boarding lesson from Rocky McKinnon, a local professional surfer, paddle boarder and board shaper taught by some of the most elite watermen in the world. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is a water sport developed and originated in Hawaii. It involves navigating a large surfboard with an extended paddle to propel forward movement. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding has been described as a combination of paddling a canoe and surfing.
1:00 pm Lunch at Fred’s Mexican Café – 300 Pacific Coast Hwy.; Perched above Main Street at Pacific Coast Highway, Fred’s offers outdoor dining with fantastic sunset views along with funky décor and great music. Sample the fresh, tasty Mexican cuisine made from quality sirloin steak, high- grade seafood, charbroiled, boneless, skinless chicken breast, boiled black beans and oven baked Mexican rice.
3:00 pm Downtime to relax or explore! Take this time to explore Huntington Beach’s downtown area, or grab a towel and head to the beach! Try Kite Connection on the HB Pier, or you can try a bike rental from any of the beach concessions located along the 10 miles of paved walkway parallel to our coast. Maybe you’d like to try a surrey, which are the four person bicycle/cart hybrids. Whatever you choose, this time is yours to do as you please!
5:30 pm Dinner at Sandy’s – 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Sandy’s celebrates all that is authentically Californian. Beyond the beachfront location and selection of California wines & craft beers, whenever possible they source ingredients locally and are proud to support local California farms and their families. Admire the sparkling ocean that serves as the perfect backdrop to any breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Breakfast On own
9:00am Surf Lesson at Toes on the Nose at Waterfront Adventures Learn to catch a wave in Surf City USA! During this lesson you will learn the basics of surfing. The instructors of Toes on the Nose even guarantee that you will be able to stand up on your board by the end of the lesson!
11:00am Return to Kimpton Shorebreak to freshen up for shopping.
12:30 pm Shuttle to Shopping at South Coast Plaza South Coast Plaza defines the luxury shopping experience with extraordinary boutiques, personal shopping services, and upscale amenities all within a short distance of Surf City, USA. South Coast Plaza is recognized internationally for its unparalleled retail collection and award-winning restaurants.
4:00 pm Return to Hotel and Check Out
5:30 pm Depart Huntington Beach for LAX
7:00pm Drop Hire cars and shuttle to International Terminal
10:20pm Depart LAX on VA2 to SYD
7:20am Arrive Sydney