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Sober, Wild & Free

July 23 - August 2, 2017

11 Days / 10 Nights




Join our group of sober adventurers as we explore the diversity and wonder of Kruger National Park. From a Shangaan dance to an elephant-back ride, It's an unforgettable journey into the heart of South Africa.

Yes, you will ride an elephant (once you get her hair just right). Don’t worry, your new friends will take lots of pictures. Prizes for best elephant hair-do.

Our trip is bookended by visits to the historic and bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, where we’ll explore Soweto and walk in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps.

Our 10-day safari features tons of time exploring the flora and fauna in the bush as well as ample time to relax, enjoy a meeting or guided meditation on your own or with your new friends. It’s a perfect balance of nature’s wonders, history, culture and camaraderie.

Visiting Africa is often described as a profound, spiritual experience made even more so by your fellow clean and sober friends. Open to anyone practicing a 12-step program, this safari celebrates your journey to sobriety. We’ll enjoy morning meditations and evening meetings (optional, of course) all set against the stunning natural beauty of South Africa.


South Africa
July 23-August 2, 2017 10 nights, 11 days
Day 1: Arrival, The Rosebank, Johannesburg
Day 2: Tour Soweto and Apartheid Museum, The Rosebank
Days 3: Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview
Day 4: Satara Rest Camp, Kruger National Park
Day 5: Letaba Rest Camp, Kruger National Park
Day 6: Shingwedzi Rest Camp, Kruger National Park
Days 7 – 10: Baobab Hill Bush House, Pafuri Camp, Makuleke-Northern Kruger National Park
Day 11: Morning Game Drive, Depart

Day 1 Arrival Johannesburg, Overnight The Rosebank

On Arrival, we’ll meet you at OR Tambo International Airport, then transfer you to the Crowne Plaza, Rosebank, a contemporary and stylish hotel where you can rest and regroup after your long journey. This evening we’ll enjoy a meet-and-greet dinner with our fellow guests and retire early, so we will be fresh and frisky for the start of our safari activities. (Dinner is not included today as we’ll all be arriving at different times.) Meals: B

Day 2 Soweto Tour and Apartheid Museum, Overnight The Rosebank

After we fill our bellies with a wholesome breakfast, we’ll plunge into the heart of South Africa for a tour of Soweto, where Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement were forged. The name SOWETO is derived from how the area of Johannesburg was originally referred to: SOuth WEst TOwnship. This township is home to many of South Africa’s iconic leaders: Nelson Mandela, Reverend Desmand Tutu, Hector Pieterson, Winnie Mandela. It’s a great look at the past and present of South Africa. Meals: B,L

Day 3 Panorama Route, Overnight Hippo Hollow Country Estate

We’ll enjoy a full day of touring via the Panorama Route, featuring awe-inspiring views and stunning waterfalls. Hippo Hollow Country Estate is your oasis nestled among the lush indigenous landscape along the Sabi River. Relax in one of two swimming pools or take a siesta in your thatched chalet.

Our evening includes a scrumptious dinner and unforgettable cultural experience, a Shangaan dance performance and you’re welcome to join the fun. The buffet style dinner offers both American-like dishes and some traditional African dishes, in other words- foods you’ll recognize and some you won’t. This is where your true grit is challenged! Meals: B, D

Day 4-6

Bring a big hairbrush. Our day begins with a breathtaking elephant experience at Elephant Whispers where we will wake up the rescued elephants and help them begin their day. Forget a piggyback ride, you’re going on an elephant back ride through the lush bush, once you’re done styling your pachyderm pal’s hair, that is.

This afternoon we begin our safari in earnest. All safari all the time as we enter Kruger National Park. KNP is home to over 147 species of mammal, including the fabled big five: lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. In addition, the park has 500 species of birds and 457 species of trees and shrubs. As we make our way up to the exclusive north we overnight at Satara, Letaba and Shingwedzi Rest Camps so named because they are located next to rivers they are named after in the heart of the park. It’s truly where the antelope play, buffalo roam and Wild Rainbow guests do laundry!

From the antics of a group of dwarf mongoose to the beautiful harmonizing of a party of magpie shrikes, you’ll be charmed by Africa’s delights both big and small in the amazingly diverse Kruger. Spanning over 12,000 square miles, it’s one of the most significant conservation areas in the world.

Unique in all the world for its allogeneous medley of creatures, history, archaeology and terrain, we explore as much as possible on our game drives with optional night drives for maximum wildlife exposure. The center of the part features a dry, open grassy plain that attracts zebra, wildebeest, spotted hyena, lion, southern giraffe, buffalo and many species of bird. Meals: B, D at Letaba

Day 7-10 Makuleke Contract Park, Overnights Baobab Hill Bush House Pafuri Camp

Covering over roughly 50,000 acres of pristine, isolated bush wedged between two historic rivers the great Limpopo and the Luvuvhu The Makuleke Contract Park is at the northern-eastern most point of South Africa bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique and part of the greater Kruger National Park. Named for the people forcibly removed in 1969 by South Africa’s Apartheid government to incorporate the land into Kruger National Park. In the mid 1990’s the Makuleke sued the government to get their land back and won! In turn they agreed not to resettle it but to use it for ecotourism purposes. This land is set far apart from the highly trafficked network further south providing us with an exclusive experience. Elephants prefer the area in winter, when we will be there. Our morning bush walks and late afternoon game drives allow us to soak in the flora, fauna and history of this region.

It is here that we will settle for 4 nights at our private camp to enjoy our time together, have nightly meetings and days to explore both on foot and on game drives. The Makuleke is simply a magical place. You have to see it to believe it! Meals: B,L,D

Day 11 Depart

A lazy morning game drive affords us a last chance to soak in the landscape before we board our charter flight to the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. From here you may journey home or onward to Cape Town or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Meals: B


Based on a maximum of 8 participants
$4,850 per person sharing
After March 1, 2017 $5,350
No single supplement

Description of Meal Abbreviations:

  • Guided by Jody Cole throughout
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Bottled water in the vehicle while traveling
  • Excursions: Elephant Whispers, Shangaan Dinner and Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour
  • All transfers to and from Johannesburg International Airport
  • All entrance and conservation fees

  • International airfare
  • Internal airfare excepting the Charter flight from Makuleke to Johannesburg
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals as indicated: some lunches and dinners
  • Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature, like telephone calls, room service, porterage, laundry, refreshments, snacks, curios, gifts, or anything not specified as included.

  • OR Tambo International Airport to The Rosebank
  • The Rosebank to Hippo Hollow
  • Hippo Hollow to Satara Rest Camp
  • Satara Rest Camp to Letaba Rest Camp
  • Letaba Rest Camp to Shingwedzi Rest Camp
  • Shingwedzi Rest Camp to Baobab Hill Bush House, Pafuri
  • Pafuri to OR Tambo International Airport

  • Drinks to accompany meals on safari
  • Meals as indicated above: Some lunches and Some dinners
  • Night drives while at Satara, Letaba, Shingwedzi Rest Camps- $20 per person. Well worth it.
  • Tipping and gratuity through -out safari: Approximately $250
  • Curios and gifts: $250

Cape Town Extension

Consider adding 3 nights in Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the most gloriously gorgeous cities in the world. Boasting a unique combination of spectacular scenery, vibrant cultures, period architecture and fabulous food and wines, it is no wonder that Cape Town is considered the most enchanting city in the world!

Enjoy the magnificent scenery: majestic mountains, pristine white beaches and lush green countryside. Upon arriving at Cape Town International Airport you will be transferred to the Cloud 9 Boutique hotel where you will spend three nights in a deluxe room. The entire next day will be spent with a private guide who will engage you in the city’s history by taking you on a Cape Town City Tour and on a trip to Robben Island. This is the island where President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.

You will have leisure time to explore this fabulous city on your own as well. You may want to explore further afield – perhaps into the fabled Winelands or experience the variety of restaurants, the nightlife and the rich cultural tapestry of the Cape’s townships. B

  • 3 nights accommodation at Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis in a Deluxe Room
  • 1 Full day exploring Robben Island and taking in a Cape Town city tour
  • return Airport transfers between Hotel and Cape Town International Airport
  • All airfare
  • meals except breakfast
  • travel and medical Insurance
  • all items of a personal nature (gratuities, bar bills, laundry etc)
  • 1 person: $1325.00
  • 2 people: $1075.00 PP
  • 3 people: $ 975.00 PP
  • 4 people: $ 875.00 PP
  • Single Supplement: $235.00
  • Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement added for people who wish to have a single room.

Victoria Falls Extension

Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall on Earth. Twice the size of Niagara Falls, this roaring torrent is appropriately known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya or "the Smoke that Thunders." Straddling the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, the falls mark the spot where Africa’s mighty Zambezi River plummets into a deep gorge before continuing its winding course towards the Indian Ocean.

The waterfalls are the main focus on this 3-night extension. You will be met at the Victoria Falls Airport and transported to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where a water hole facing room awaits you. You are likely to see elephants, buffalo, kudo and endless bird species right out your bedroom window. Although it might be hard to leave your room your other adventures in Victoria Falls include a guided tour of the falls, a traditional drum and dance show and a sunset cruise on the river. B, L, D

  • 3 nights’ accommodation Bed & Breakfast at Vic Falls Safari Lodge in a water-hole facing room
  • 2x dinners at MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (Table d’hote Menu) or a choice of 3 Club Dinner Platters at Victoria Falls Safari Club exclusive to Club guests
  • 1x dinner at The Boma – Dinner and Drum Show, with courtesy return shuttle
  • 2x Vulture Culture lunches in the MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (Table d’hote Menu) or lunch as served at Victoria Falls Safari Club exclusive to Club guests
  • Return seat in coach airport transfers from Victoria Falls Airport (MIN 2 PAX therefore Single Travelers attract a Single Supplement)
  • 1x Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls
  • 1x Sunset Cruise (luxury deck - Zambezi Explorer or Zambezi Royal)
  • Hourly courtesy shuttle to Victoria Falls Rainforest and town center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Accommodation rates include 2% Government levy and 15% VAT
  • Visas
  • All charges of a personal nature
  • Any other charges not indicated in the inclusions
  • NB. Excludes National Parks Rainforest Entry Fee $30 and National Parks River Usage Fee $10 (As gazetted on 17 September 2015)

* NB. No refunds are given for any services or inclusions not utilised. Standard Terms & Conditions apply unless otherwise specified on this rates sheet. We reserve the right to change these rates in accordance with changes of legislation.

  • $875.00 PP
  • $190.00 single supplement

Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement added for people who wish to have a single room.

**To secure your place on safari we need a completed and signed Trip Application from each guest as well as a 20% deposit per person.
Please contact Jody at or call 415-407-3691 to join today!

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