Friday, August 19, 2011


Heritage Tours Private Travel – 121 West 27 Street, Suite 1201, New York, NY; 212-206-8400 or 800-378-4555;; operated by Joel Zack; can arrange tours throughout country; can focus on Jewish heritage.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts
Chobe Chilwero – Chobe Reserve Gates; 011-27-21-794-9050;; set on hill surveying floodplains; mud-packed buildings with thatched roofs; cottages have private gardens with hammocks from which to spy hippos, puku, etc.
Chobe Game Lodge – Chobe River; 011-27-21-424-1037;
Savute Elephant Camp – Savute Channel; 011-27-11-262-6311 or 800-846-1578;

Sights & Sites
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Kgalagadi South; 011-27-54-561-2000;; because straddles border, contact information is South African.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts
Jack’s Camp – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans; 011-27-11-447-1605;; 10 tents; exclusive and intimate; must visit experience.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts
Abu Camp – Maun; 011-267-686-1260;; includes exquisite 2-bedroom villa set in ancient riverine forest, just across lagoon from 5-tent camp; elephant-back safaris; en suite copper bathtub with teak pool deck from which can gaze at fish eagles swooping over water.
Camp Okavango – Nxaragha Island; 011-27-21-788-3580;; camp on delta island; unheated but well-equipped and elegant tents with private sundecks; on raised teak platforms; elephants and leopards.
Chief’s Camp – Chief’s Island; 011-27-11-262-6311 or 800-846-1578;; tree-shaded camp on Piajo Channel; built on stilts, thatch-roofed canvas villas have mirrors fashioned onto African shields; mokoro rides; excellent food.
Khwai River Lodge – Maun; 011-267-21-483-1600;; in fig-tree forest; thatch-roof rooms with 4-poster beds; hammock-strung decks with animal views.
Mombo & Little Mombo Camps – Mombo Island; 011-27-21-788-3580;; 2-part camp near bush, plains, and wetlands; tents on raised platforms linked by walkways; outstanding food.
Vumbura Plains – Moremi Game Reserve; 011-27-31-764-5075;; simple décor; wall-to-wall windows; nightly drives.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts
Zarafa Camp – “Zarafa” refers to true story of young, Maasai giraffe, which in 1826, appeared at Marseille as gift from Muhammad Ali, Egypt’s Ottoman Viceroy, to France’s Charles X; 1st living giraffe Europe had seen in almost 350 years; remained in Paris for further 18 years until her death; body in museum at La Rochelle; spacious tented rooms are 100 sq ms; each tent positioned along forest edge to take advantage of spectacular view over floodplains and savannas; en-suite bathroom with copper bath and shower and outdoor shower; adjoining, comfortable lounge with private pool; large shady veranda; handcrafted copper fireplace, strategically placed between bathroom and bedroom for winter months; furniture designed and handcrafted specifically for Zarafa Camp; made from recycled ancient hardwoods; camp runs purely on Solar Powered energy.

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