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August 4, 2014 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Award winning luxury tour operator APT has announced the addition of two exciting new itineraries to its impressive Africa Small Group Safaris program for 2015, which is available to book now. 

The new all inclusive 15-day Victoria Falls and Tanzania with Zanzibar takes guests from Johannesburg to Livingstone to stay on the banks of the Zambezi river, including a helicopter flight over the majestic Victoria Falls. Journeying on to Tanzania, guests stay at a combination of luxury hotels, lodges and camps, including the Tarangire Balloon Camp. Highlights include Ngorongoro Crater, visiting a local school, learning about village life and sampling local cuisine. In the Serengeti National Park guests also visit one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites, Olduvai Gorge and stay at APT’s own mobile tented camp. The trip concludes in Zanzibar with a two night stay near Stone Town, with the opportunity to explore the spice plantations and enjoy sundowners and dinner on the pier overlooking the Indian Ocean.

APT’s new eight-night Namibian Air Safari commences in Windhoek and takes guests on a private plane journey to see five of the country’s most outstanding destinations. Highlights include staying in a luxury tented camp high up on the sand dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, alfresco bush dinners, exploring the remote regions of the Skeleton Coast and heading out on game drives from a luxury lodge nested in the Etosha National Park. The new itinerary is available as part of the 23-day South Africa Highlights & Namibia Air Safariunnamed (2)

These new additions form a portfolio of holidays combining South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and East Africa.

APT’s popular Chobe River cruise safaris onboard Botswana’s Zambezi Queen offer guests the chance to see hippos, elephants, buffalo, lions and leopards congregating along the river banks. With just 14 suites, the Zambezi Queen features a gift shop, internet access, plunge pool, sun deck and shaded area, as well as an open restaurant and lounge area with panoramic windows for viewing the animals.

Also available as a five-day pre tour extension on six of APT’s itineraries is a luxury private rail journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Pretoria, Kimberley and Matjiesfontein aboard Rovos Rail.

APT’s portfolio of once-in-a-lifetime Signature Experiences provide a stand-out feature for guests wanting to book an African holiday. Included in the program for 2015 is: a visit to a Maasai village to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the native people; a private performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir; sundowner drinks atop Observation Hill with breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro; a private tour of Tanzania’s ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai Gorge; and intimate outdoor bush dinners.

APT has secured exclusive access for its guests to some of Africa’s most luxurious and impressive hotels, game lodges and tented camps. These include hotels such as South Africa’s Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, Boardwalk Hotel & Spa in Port Elizabeth and the Turbine Hotel & Spa in Knysna; luxury private game lodges such as Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge and Jack Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, and Escarpment Luxury Lodge at Lake Manyara; and all of its tented camps including APT’s own mobile camp in the Serengeti, Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara and Thanda Tented Safari Campin South Africa.

Commenting on the new program, APT General Manager Marketing and Sales, Debra Fox, says, “We’ve worked hard to create an intimate and exclusive program for this destination. As well as reaching into seven countries, we also offer guests the opportunity to experience several travel styles; whether it be journeying by land, custom built 4WD game vehicle, the stylish Rovos Rail, aboard a Zambezi river cruise or via private air safari. It’s a beautiful and elegant collection of holidays that we believe is befitting of this breathtaking destination.”

APT tour group sizes are limited to 28 guests, with a maximum of eight guests on 4WD game drives. All flights within Africa, a local Tour Director, sightseeing, accommodation, most meals, and all tipping, airport transfers, game park fees and porterage are amongst the standard inclusions on an APT holiday.

Extensions for 2015 include a four-day Rwandan Gorilla Encounter; a two-day stay at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor; an indepth five-day stay in the Okavango Delta; and four days soaking up the sun and secrets of Zanzibar on a beach extension. In addition guests can book either a three-day stay in Johannesburg or four days in Sun City.

Two SuperDeals are being offered on all bookings made by 30 December 2015. A ‘Companion Fly Free, just pay taxes’ from $750 per person flying South African Airways is available when two people travel together on the same APT Africa tour.  Alternatively guests can take advantage of APT’s ‘Business Class’ promotion, flying return from Australia to Africa from $5,395 per person, including taxes up to $800. Offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

APT’s new Africa 2015 brochure is available now. Call 1300 196 420, visit or see your local business development manager for further information.

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