One trip per month. Dates are very flexible. Minimum 2 people
Join Making Trax on the trip of a lifetime exploring the wild, rugged & magnificent adventure capital of the world, Te Wai Pounamu, South Island, New Zealand. Wilderness Rafting/ Backcountry Hut/ Helicopters/ Glacier Landing/ Adaptive Paragliding/ Fiordland/ Skydiving and more.
This trip is accessible to all abilities. The trips are private trips tailored to you and your travelling companions.
Minimum 2 persons
Makingtrax is New Zealand's Adaptive Adventure Specialists, meaning we are adventurous and so are our trips. We pride ourselves on working with the best adventure outfitters in the country. All our activities, although adventurous, are not difficult. All activities are available to all ability levels. Company director Jezza is C5 tetraplegic and has tried and tested every one of our activities...so no excuses get busy living and join us on this adventure of a lifetime.
This is Makingtrax's ultimate adaptive Adventure that has been fine tuned since 2010. Simply the best of the best. They are specialists in wheelchair adaptive travel. You will be blown away with what is possible! This fully guided trip takes you on a majestic journey through the spectacular South Island of New Zealand.
Makingtrax works with New Zealand's leading adventure companies, training educating & adapting equipment. They are now excited to tailor an experience especially to you. This inclusive package includes: overnight wilderness rafting; helicopter shuttle to a backcountry hut; glacier landing in a helicopter with ski-chair; adaptive paragliding; Milford Sound cruise; horse trek in the mountains; finishing on a high, with skydiving from 12,000ft.
The key to any great trip is having a great guide. Your guide/driver will entertain, enlighten and transport you, in the comfort of their accessible vehicle. They will deliver and/or join you on your adventure, making sure your trip is smooth as silk.
When you're not camping on the river or set up in a backcountry hut, your accommodation will be in one of the sweet spots, staying well away from bland motel units. Makingtrax knows where all the little gems are: accessible, comfortable and beautiful. Most accommodation has full cooking facilities, but feel free to eat out where available.
Let Makingtrax take away all your travelling stress with your personal adaptive travel consultant to manage all your travelling needs prior to departure. Your consultant, a wheelie himself, has over 20 years in the adventure travel industry understanding everything that is needed and will liaise with you prior to your arrival.
The first thing you'll see once you've arrived in Christchurch is our smiley faces, ready to scoop you up and deliver you to your awesome accommodation. Settle in and enjoy Sumner, a seaside suburb of Christchurch. This place has beach, boardwalk, cafés, funky restaurants and bars. It's the perfect spot to shake off your jet lag and prepare yourself for the next 12 days of action.
Early start this morning as we need to meet the river crew 3 hours away. This is over the Lewis Pass, where Maruia River waits for us, nestled in the native beech and surrounding mountains. This class 2/ 3 river transports us and our equipment into the wilderness
Freedom of river life, experience real wilderness. When navigating the Maruia River where its waters spill from the mountains of the Lewis Pass; you will wind through a heavily forested and remote valley, making this trip a real gem. We spend the night camping beside the river, with a fire and great company. Also for the keen angler, Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing is legendary here giving you great challenge and fun, whatever your skill level. Available to all abilities, making this possible is our Aqua harness. A fully releasable system to make you sit up on the raft (even without trunk control!). Leg floats, if you feel like floating through the pools, dry suits for those that do not have climate control (only hands and head are exposed) and hand fixtures for those that have limited hand function, making it possible to grip your paddle.
This morning, awaken to the sounds of native bird song and the flowing river. A great night’s sleep on air and feathers (no pressure issues). After a hearty breakfast and when you're ready, (accessible toilet facilities are carried with) its back on the river, going with the flow.
With the gear packed, it’s straight back into action as we tackle Maruia‘s white water once more. The rafts bob and weave their way around boulders and through waves, into the isolated valley where crystal clear pools nestle between rapids, giving us time to drift, swim, relax and take in the scenery. We can stop in many places along the river. We can even drift the craft in the middle to fish towards the sides, usually unheard of in the fishing community, on a river. As we ride the final rapids, the valley starts to open again and the river converges with the road to take us to our waiting transport. This afternoon we drive down the Buller Gorge to the wild West Coast, our accommodation waits next to the setting sun.
Enter into a relaxing morning waking to the sound of the sea. When we are ready the scenic road will take you to Hokitika greenstone and gold (‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton is based here). You have a chance to find your own precious gem, before the helicopter shuttles you to your backcountry hut. Magical views of the West Coast and the sun set over the Tasman Sea. Tonight you sleep in utter wilderness with camp cooking and bunk beds, feathers and air that keep you warm and snug (no skin pressure & camp toilet carried if needed).
Another morning in paradise. A spectacular spot to start our day....enjoy the serenity before our helicopter arrives to shuttle you back to Hokitika. Fingers crossed today is clear and calm as we drive the West Coast highway, with mountains on the left, ocean on the right and native forest galore. Soon after lunch, we arrive at Franz Josef Township where our next adventure awaits. Here we meet the awesome crew that will fly us into glacier wonderland. Yup two helicopters in one day....this is the West Coast; helicopters are mandatory to access our piece of paradise. This scenic flight takes us onto the snowfields where Makingtrax ski-chair gets you up close and personal.
This evening we stay in Franz Josef.
A big day driving over the gates of Haast to Queenstown. Although a big journey, the flora and fauna changes dramatically throughout, making this drive fly past. A quick stop in Lake Wanaka. You'll be there before you know it. Welcome to Queenstown the adventure paradise of the world.
Queenstown is made for adventure, with its stunning mountainous backdrop. There's no better way to experience it, than by soaring above. We have mastered the art of paragliding and today it's your turn. Makingtrax paragliding buggy provides the perfect experience for any ability. Just to note, these ultimate adventures are for all, as the whole team enjoys all the experiences we have to offer.
For the rest of the day, feel free to roam the streets of Queenstown, check the surrounding areas or relax by the lake. Your wish is our command. This evening we stay in the beautiful area of Queenstown.
Enjoy the last of Queenstown, this morning, as in the afternoon we hit the road towards the direction of Te Anau, the gateway of Fiordland.
No trip to New Zealand is complete without visiting the infamous Milford Sounds. Today we set off early to enter the national park, driving one of the top 10 journeys on earth. Hanging valleys, wild bush, spectacular landscape and our beautiful mountain parrot will keep you entertained before we reach Milford Sound. Here we jump aboard the accessible cruise with breath-taking views, waterfalls, fur seals and the majestic Mitre Peak. Sadly we can't stay the night in the national park, so back to Te Anau to the comfort of our private cottage.
Our northern journey starts today as we change our compass bearing and head to Omarama, the home of Merino sheep and Icebreaker. Stopping where ever you like. This drive takes you through the high country, sunburnt land and remarkable mountain ranges. World famous gliding destination (extra activity, if requested, incurs extra cost). Soak away in the hot tubs this evening nestled amongst the long tussock hair. These wood fired hot tubs are a perfect evening of relaxing therapy.
Aoraki, Kiwi Land's highest mountain awaits your visit this morning as we journey north. The backbone of the Southern Alps and the turquoise lakes pass you by, with a stop at the Mt Cook salmon farm to select your dinner (if you're a fish fan). But the day is just beginning...the horses are waiting for you. No better place to enjoy a horse trek, Lake Tekapo. Our team will tailor this to your abilities; nothing's an issue with the magic horse team. A big day of adventure needs the perfect evening and tonight you are hosted by a true kiwi, she will prepare your salmon with pleasure as you enjoy the sun setting over the mountains.
It's our last day....so let's finish on a high. 12,000 feet high to be precise... Skydiving! Makingtrax has a leg harness that makes this available to all abilities, The harness keeps your legs together in free fall and lifts your legs after your canopy is deployed, sliding in on your tandem master’s butt, not yours. Whilst you are still buzzing, it's back to where we started, Sumner! You now can relax, absorb the last 12 days and get merry, as it’s your last night in the magical land.
Wake up invigorated knowing your guide is going to collect you to take you to the airport, when required, leaving you time to find your new favourite cafe and reflect on your journey of self-discovery, what you have achieved and memories you have gained for a lifetime. Today your new journey begins as an adventurer...unstoppable!
When it comes to accessible travel or adaptive adventure, it can be a little overwhelming. The entire unknown, from a safety perspective, accessibility and all the little issues that comes with traveling with a disability. How can you be sure we are the right people for the job?
The best part of Makingtrax is that they are a company that fully understands both you the client and the adventure outfitter, possibilities and risks for both of you, the client and adventure outfitter.
The company director is a tetraplegic with over twenty years in the outdoor industry, Makingtrax founded in 2010; the year he became a wheelchair rider. Through his experience Jezza has a huge understanding of the industry and traveling with a disability. He will personally liaises with you prior you adventure ironing out all the seams giving you the best possible experience, ultimately tailoring the trip to you.
Makingtrax are adventurers and their adventures are not cotton wool, site seeing, disabled tours. They leave your disability behind and offer freedom through adventure. Their adventure outfitters are not only the best in the industry, they are “yes” people and go out of their way to provide you with a fully tailored memorable experience.
Makingtrax also provides extra equipment you may need for personal needs or specialised adaptive equipment you may need to access or participate in your ultimate adventure experience.
6 fantastic reasons to sail with the JST...
SailGoing aloft, helming, setting sails - a voyage with us offers hands-on adventure.Here at the JST we are used to accommodating sailors of all abilities. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or have never stepped on board a ship, the JST is perfect for you. We offer a range of voyages from epic passages, to day sails in local waters for a taste of life at sea.
ParticipateDiscover some incredible stories of bravery and courage… On a JST voyage you will be sailing alongside people in wheelchairs, those with visual and hearing impairments and other disabilities. By throwing yourself into this diverse team you will learn an incredible amount about your perception of what’s possible, both within yourself and within other people.
LearnWork together and improve your life skills. There is something truly magical about sailing under the power of the elements alongside your fellow voyage crew. On a voyage with us you will learn the value of communication, the genuine need for each person to play their part in the team and the significance of leadership skills in a pressurised but fulfilling environment.
DiscoverExplore the planet from the decks of a magnificent tall ship. A voyage with the JST is the very definition of adventure. From Tenacious’ overseas odyssey to the South Pacific and Australia, to Lord Nelson’s European Tall Ships Races in Gothenburg and Lisbon, there is no better way to discover the hidden corners of our planet Earth.
ObserveFrom exotic birds to brilliant beasts, you can see them all. There really is nothing like seeing the wonders of the natural world. Imagine dolphins skipping playfully alongside the ship, or an albatross gliding overhead - you will have the opportunity to experience wildlife in a truly unique way. All of this and more is possible on board a JST voyage.
MeetThe camaraderie of ship life means firm friendships are formed. On our tall ships you will meet some remarkable people. Trainee voyage crew from all walks of life are brought together to experience a unique adventure, and these people become your ‘family’ while on board. You will laugh, sail, explore, learn and discover…together. You will be sure to make friends for life.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a globally-unique, UN-accredited not-for-profit which utilises the adventure of tall ship sailing to unlock human potential and break down barriers between people of different circumstances especially between people with physically disability and those without.
The JST has designed and built two special purpose tall ships (Lord Nelson and Tenacious) which include features not seen on other vessels so crew members with disability and those without can work together side-by-side. There are no passengers and no restrictions. In this way, a JST voyage provides a unique environment where disability is not a factor and those with disability can operate as equals, where everyone comes together to work as a single team.
This shared adventure and teamwork, in a structured environment, quickly breaks down barriers between people who may not have previously interacted and changes perceptions of what is humanly possible. The JST has received the rare honour of being accredited by the United Nations for the charity’s tireless work on disability and inclusion and support for the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The JST is now part of an extremely select group of just 254 accredited charities and NGOs around the world. Since the early days, the JST has provided never-to-forget adventures to almost 45,000 people, including: 5,548 wheelchair users; 1,899 people who are blind; 547 amputees; 1,671 with cerebral palsy; and 1,295 with hearing impairment A voyage with the JST is about joining in and getting involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of your physical ability. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or complete beginner - we welcome everyone. Don’t worry if you haven’t sailed before - most people step on board Tenacious with no experience of sailing a tall ship, so you won’t be alone! Our permanent crew will support you through all the tasks involved with sailing the ship.
Since its inception in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has strived to enable people of all physical abilities to sail. In the early 1990’s it was becoming clear that the mission was becoming increasingly popular. The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s ship Lord Nelson, commissioned and specifically designed for the trust, was unable to continue to supply the growing demand.
With this in mind Lindsey Neve, then director of the JST made it her aim to fundraise for the build of a new ship. A new committee was set up comprising six members of whom five were volunteers.
In July 1995, the National Lottery awarded the trust 65% of the estimated cost of such a large project. Initial funding secured, the project got fully underway.
After extensive research and negotiations, the new ship committee chose Merlin Quay, a site that included an old office block. The site was renamed Jubilee Yard.
Now funding was in place, Tony Castro’s design JST/02 which took over 2½ years to fully complete (and at one point involved 25 people working from four offices to complete all the drawings), could get underway.
On the 6th of June 1996 HRH The Duke of York hammered golden rivets into Siberian Larchwood during the “keel laying ceremony” and work could officially begin.
The timber frames used to construct the hull were first cut in Aug 1996, whilst work began on the old office block the JST acquired. The building was to be transformed into accommodation for volunteers who would stay for “Shorewatch” holidays and offices for the JST. During their stay volunteers of all physical abilities enjoyed helping the shipwrights in the construction of the ship.
Constructed upside down, the wooden hull was finally turned the right way up on the 23rd October 1998 in an extravagant ceremony with The Duke of York. The turning process involved fitting large circular turning clamps to the hull and took just over one hour.
With the hull the correct way up, fitting out the interior of the vessel could begin. Prefabricated sections were put in place, including the fixed bunks designed to be wider on the bottom bunk to enable wheelchair users easier access.
On Thursday the 3rd of February 2000 Tenacious was ready to leave the yard, and to a great many people it was an emotional day. Crowds gathered to get a glimpse of Tenacious as she saw daylight for the first time. Transporters drove the ship towards the barge which was to send Tenacious into her natural element. The following day tug boats took Tenacious to Vosper Thornycroft to have the masts and yards fitted.
On the 6th of April 2000 Tenacious was officially named in a ceremony attended by HRH The Duke of York.
Tenacious sailed on her maiden voyage 1,548 days after her keel was laid, on 1st September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth. She has been delivering freedom, fun and adventure for everyone ever since.
Cairns to Brisbane18 Oct to 29 Oct (12 days)
Board Tenacious from Cairns, known as the entrance to the Great Barrier Reef, and follow the Reef down to Brisbane sailing down the spectacular Queensland coastline. You will be sure to see lots of unique sea life either side of the reef. We won’t know which side we will be sailing on until we know what the wind is doing, but we either way we can expect some brilliant sailing and plenty to see.
Sydney to Melbourne 11 Nov to 19 Nov (9 days)
$2,221 (plus GST) TNS 500
Celebrate Tenacious’ 500th Voyage!
Join the JST Australia for an extra-special adventure as Tenacious takes to the seas for the 500th time!
This memorable 9-day adventure will be a prime opportunity to spot the Southern Humpbacks as they migrate to the Antarctic feeding grounds for the summer. We may also have the chance to visit the Orca Museum at Eden, or perhaps a sheltered night in the beautiful Refuge Cove on Wilson Promontory.
A 9-day voyage is considered the perfect time away to fully experience life at sea and a JST adventure. Life-changing experiences and challenges await – plus a lot of fun!
Melbourne Round Trip20 Nov to 26 Nov (7 days)
Climb on board Tenacious for this exciting week-long adventure following the channels of global seafarers to The Rip and explore the full delights of the waters around Melbourne. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, we hope to voyage on toward Phillip Island, French Island or out toward Flinders Island (where west-to-east winds attract yachtsmen from around the world).
Melbourne to Auckland2 Dec to 21 Dec (20 days)
$4935 (plus GST) TNS502
Get a taste of life at sea on our fabulous ship Tenacious! Harness the power of wind and ocean as you sail from Australia to New Zealand the traditional way. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, blue water sailing out of sight of land, experiencing the passage tall ships were made to sail. Along with the variety of marine life you’ll encounter on this longer passage voyage across the Tasman Sea, you’ll experience the routines of the ship, learn new skills like celestial navigation, and form deep and lifelong friendships. While you enjoy the rhythms of wind and waves as you settle into life with your watch and the routines of the ship. Enjoy putting your new skills to the test in this challenging blue water crossing, and feel the satisfaction when you get your first sight of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.
Designed for the sophisticated travelers, this elegant vacation package combines two of the greatest travel destinations in America: the beautiful City of San Francisco and the world-renowned California Wine Country. In one wonderful week-long adventure, you will visit some of the most famous icons of San Francisco and experience first-hand the culture and diversity of its many ethnic neighborhoods. Crossing the Bay by ferryboat, a visit of the island prison of Alcatraz guarantees to leave you with unforgettable memories.
A day excursion will take you around the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning coast of the Marin Headlands, to the small charming artist village of Sausalito and the sophisticated towns of Berkeley and Oakland. The Wine Country then awaits you. You will explore in elegance and comfort the main wine-growing regions and its smaller appellations.
Traveling through the gorgeous rural landscape of Russian River, West Sonoma, Dry Creek, Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, you will visit celebrated wineries and taste some of the best-known wines of the region, as well as experience the small family-operated vineyards with their delightful wines. There is naturally plenty of time to relax and visit the charming small towns in the region. Santa Rosa, Calistoga, St Helena, Healdsburg all await you with their shaded plazas and cafés, art galleries and restaurants.
This is a culture, food and wine wonderland for the travelers looking for a rich, elegant and relax travel package.
per person/twin share
Arrival in San Francisco. “Grand tour” of San Francisco. Chinatown, Fishermen’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio Park, etc.
Walking tour in a neighborhood of San Francisco. Crossing the Bay in the ferryboat and a night visit of the island and prison of Alcatraz.
“3-Bridge Excursion”. A tour of the San Francisco Bay: Marin Headlands, Sausalito/Tiburon, Berkeley and Oakland.
San Francisco to the Wine Country via the small rural roads of Marin County and Sonoma County.
The wines and foods of West Sonoma. The rural and charming Russian River region. An exclusive catered lunch at a winery.
The wines and foods of Napa Valley. Visits of the charming towns of Calistoga and St Helena.
The wines, foods and champagnes of Sonoma Valley. Visit of the historic town of Sonoma.
Returning to San Francisco and a relaxed day of shopping or wine country depending on departure.
Basic package San Francisco + Wine Country is 8 days/7 nightsIt can easily be extended to 10-12 days or more by the addition of more days in San Francisco before/after, extra excursions and activities (see below)
Completely accessible for travelers in wheelchairs.
In San Francisco: quality hotels 3*** (or better or equivalent) such as the Tuscan Inn, the Radisson, the InterContinental, the Hilton, and the like.
In a selected pleasant and comfortable neighborhood with easy access to activities, attractions, restaurants and shopping, such as Fishermen’s Wharf and Union Square.
In the Wine Country: quality hotels 3*** (or better or equivalent) such as the Hilton, the Hyatt and the like.
In selected pleasant and characteristic small towns, with easy access to activities, attractions, restaurants and shopping, such as Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Sonoma and the like.
Rooms in double occupancy (a single king or queen-size bed, or two queen or double-size beds), with an accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower or a tub with grab-bars and a transfer bench.
Minivan (Dodge Caravan or similar) and/or full size vans (Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter or similar)Accessible or not, depending on the travel needs.
Full range of adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, medical beds, lifts, shower chairs, transfer benches, etc.) available for rental for a fee.
Makingtrax are New Zealand’s #1 Adaptive Adventure Travel Specialists. A unique company run by disabled for the disabled, understanding both you the client and adventure possibilities.
New Zealand is one of the most spectacular countries in the world with incredible scenery, amazing wilderness and exhilarating adventure. They endeavour to provide experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Their vision is to enable wheelchair riders to feel the amazing freedom of the great outdoors in the adventure capital of the world.
When it comes to accessible travel or adaptive adventure, it can be a little overwhelming. The entire unknown, from a safety perspective, accessibility and all the little issues that come with travelling with a disability.
The best part about Makingtrax is that they are a company that fully understands all the possibilities and risks for both you, and the adventure outfitter.
The company director is a tetraplegic with over twenty years experience in the outdoor industry. Makingtraxwas founded in 2010; the year Jezza became a wheelchair rider. Through his experience Jezza has a huge understanding of the industry and travelling with a disability. He will personally liaise with you prior to your adventure, ironing out all the seams and giving you the best possible experience, ultimately tailoring the trip to suit you.
Their adventures are not cotton wool, sightseeing, disabled tours. They leave your disability behind and offer freedom through adventure. Their adventure outfitters are not only the best in the industry, they are “yes”people and go out of their way to provide you with a fully tailored memorable experience.
Makingtrax also provides extra equipment that you may require for personal needs, or specialised adaptive equipment that you may need to access or participate in your ultimate adventure experience.
Trips operate from November through to May
Twelve days on the road travelling to some the most scenic and spectacular areas on the planet. The tour start sand finishes in Christchurch, all transfers to and from Christchurch International Airport and your accommodation are included.
It takes you to the highlights of this beautiful and diverse island, absorbing the most incredible landscape. Driving times are kept to a minimum as this is more to experience the freedom through adventure that awaits you.
From the Canterbury Plains, the tour heads to the high country following the Southern Alps stopping in at the turquoise glacial Lake Tekapo. Queenstown and Wanaka, the action towns, are next on the agenda before heading across the Haast Mountain Pass to the Wild West Coast. Glaciers, bush, rugged coastline and mountains follow you north. Murchison the white-water capital greets us with a wilderness adventure looming. Back to the East the mountains creep up to the Coast of Kaikoura, where abundant sea life awaits you. Left mesmerised, exhausted and satisfied Christchurch greats you with the setting sun.
The key to any great adventure is having a fantastic guide. Your Makingtrax guide will be your right hand man / woman. Totally passionate about our country and committed to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.
Not only will they totally understand your needs, they have extensive knowledge of the area and environment, will be discrete, entertaining and make sure your trip is seamless.
Your guide will help you in any way possible; Safely and skilfully drive your accessible vehicle (unless you want your own vehicle); Deliver or join you on any of your ultimate adventures.
The words: ‘not possible’ are not in their vocabulary. Trax Director Jezza makes the odd cameo appearance as the ultimate guide!
No trip to Kiwi-land is complete without experiencing our unique accommodation. Makingtrax knows the little gems, staying away from the bland motel units. The accommodation is accessible, comfortable and beautiful. New Zealanders love their holiday houses and “baches” cute, cosy and unique. Campfires and barbecues. Providing a true kiwi experience.
Although not included in the basic package price the recommend trip includes a night in a backcountry hut, accessed via helicopter and camping in the wilderness on our self-supported rafting trip.
Depending on client numbers and degree of ability Makingtrax provides a vehicle to best suit your trip.
Fully accessible vans are normally used with hoist at the rear. However, Makingtrax prides itself on tailoring the perfect trip, so if you would rather drive, they can provide adapted hand control vehicles or a fully self-drive trip option. Anything is possible with Makingtrax.
Good quality vehicles serviced and maintained to meet all NZ safety standards. Makingtrax also provides a waterproof lockable trailer to hold all the extra equipment, from shower chair, electric wheelchair or hand cycle to rafting harnesses.
Activities available are not included in the Basic Package price.
See Inclusive Package or Tailored Package.
These activities listed are optional. The Inclusive Package has the highly recommend activities. Inclusive price is listed below.
12 Day tour not including activities
DAY 1: CHRISTCHURCH to TEKAPO via ASHBURTON stay TEKAPO.
Activities available: Skydive 12,000ft. Hot Springs.
DAY 2: TEKAPO to QUEENSTOWN via OMARAMA stay QUEENSTOWN.
Activities available: World famous Gliding over Southern Alps.
Heli Glacier Landing.
DAY 3: FULL DAY QUEENSTOWN.
Activities available: Paragliding. World’s Highest Cliff Swing.
Bungee. Flights to Fiordland & Cruise the Fiords.
DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN to WANAKA.
Activities available: 4x4 Tour to Historic Gold-mining Town, Macetown.
DAY 5: WANAKA to GLACIERS.
Activities available: Aerobatic Flight with Kiwi champ & daredevil.
Oxbow Adrenaline Day: Jet Sprint Boat & 4x4. Lake Kayak.
DAY 6: GLACIERS to HOKITIKA.
Activities available: Heli Glacier Landing. Hot-springs - relaxing massage.
Fishing on Lake Mapourika. Sightseeing at the Glaciers.
DAY 7: HOKITIKA.
Activities available: Heli to Backcountry Hut - Overnight Kiwi Experience. Greenstone / Gold shopping..
DAY 8: HOKITIKA to MURCHISON via COAST ROAD.
Activities available: Wilderness Rafting.
DAY 9/10: RAFTING OPTION.
DAY11: MURCHISON to KAIKOURA.
Activities available: Fishing Charter. Whale Watching (alternative to Fishing Charter).
DAY 12: KAIKOURA to CHRISTCHURCH.
Last Day: Relax in Christchurch or fly away, the world is your oyster.
Includes the following activities
SKYDIVE FROM 12,000 FEET
The ultimate intro to the adventure capital of the world. Become part of the Skydiving Kiwi family for the day and experience the ultimate freedom of freefall zero to two hundred km/hr in 4 seconds. Based on the Canterbury Plains you will be blown away with the view 12,000ft above. The Pacific Ocean one side, the Southern Alps & Aoraki the cloud piercer, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on the other. The adrenaline rush of a lifetime, to a slow controlled canopy landing, absorbing the spectacular birds eye view. This amazing experience is available to all abilities.
The skydiving harness makes landing a breeze. In freefall your legs are harnessed together. Once the parachute opens your knees are pulled to your chest giving you time to enjoy your flight back to earth. When landing you slide in on your extremely experienced Tandem Masters butt, you hardly touch the ground. Tried and tested over and over again by Trax Director Jezza, as he has an addiction to skydiving.
PARAGLIDING IN SPECTACULAR QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world and with so much action to choose from, paragliding is definitely a stand-out. Based towards the historic gold town Arrowtown, it’s out of the craziness of Queenstown. You will launch your wings on Coronet Peak, the local ski area, a beautiful view of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.
An opportunity to soar like a bird, enjoy the incredible feeling of total freedom. This activity is available to all abilities and made possible by Makingtrax paragliding buggies.
Their buggies are designed for tandem and solo flights. A total separate system to your paragliding harness make your takeoff and landing possible. These systems have been used throughout the UK and Europe, now Makingtrax is proud to make them available in New Zealand. Another favourite of Trax Director Jezza, the first Kiwi Tetraplegic to pilot solo.
AEROBATIC FLIGHT WITH KIWI CHAMP & DAREDEVIL
Like a dance in the sky, one of the most exhilarating experiences you will ever have. Based in the world-famous Wanaka aero drone, with Lakes Wanaka & Hawea below and Mt Aspiring glowing in the distance. This no ordinary plane - it’s a stunt plane, which can carry out aerobatics such as loops and rolls. Plus this is no ordinary pilot it’s the daredevil himself. Depending on your abilities, you can also take control. Available to all abilities as long as you can control your head to communicate with your pilot to go crazier or calmer. The Cessna is an easy access adrenaline hit, loop and barrel roll or scenic, it’s your call. For a little extra cost there is the Russian Yak. Not easy to access but mind-blowing once aboard.
HELICOPTER TO BACKCOUNTRY HUT OVERNIGHT KIWI EXPERIENCE
You cannot visit the Wild West Coast without experiencing the remoteness. Helicopters are the only way to locate some of the most spectacular country you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. That’s exactly what you are going to do. Fly with a small Hughes 300 into the rugged west coast bush, weaving in and out of valleys till you reach your destination for the evening. Dropped with all your equipment, off flies the little chopper leaving you at an infamous Kiwi remote backcountry hut. With an open fire to cook on and keep you warm, the sound of the bush and a view that will be your next happy place in the future, true pure New Zealand keeps you company until your helicopter taxi returns the following day.
MULTI-DAY WILDERNESS RAFTING TRIP
Freedom of river life, experience real wilderness. Navigating the Maruia River with its waters spilling from the mountains of the Lewis Pass, winds through a heavily forested and remote valley make this trip a real gem. You will spend the night camping beside the river, with a fire and great company. Also for the keen angler, Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing is legendary here giving you a great challenge and fun whatever your skill level. Available to all abilities and making this possible is the Aqua harness. A fully releasable system to make you sit up on the raft (even without trunk control!!). Leg floats, if you feel like floating through the pools, dry suits for those that do not have climate control (only hands and head are exposed), and hand fixtures for those that have limited hand function, making it possible to grip your paddle. To conclude the kit there is a carry harness for river access.
FISHING CHARTER IN THE FAMOUS WATERS OF KAIKOURA
Famous for its seafood, crayfish and whales, Kaikoura is the destination for every tourist to Kiwi-land. But being Makingtrax we are real adventurers, staying away from the usual Whale Watching Tour,you will jump aboard a local fishing boat and head out on your own journey. Cruising past the whales to say hi, you will then go and find some of our own seafood delicacies. This four hour fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean is the perfect conclusion to an epic adventure.
Take what you catch as tonight is the final feast and you can cherish the last evening together.
Experience the best that Ecuador has to offer on this incredible 11-Day Tour to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon! On this accessible adventure, you will encounter the diverse flora and fauna of these two picturesque landscapes and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Day 1: Arrive in QuitoWelcome to Ecuador! Your guide will pick you up from the airport and drive to your hotel. Once settled in, you will enjoy dinner in Quito and have a briefing about the tour to prepare for the adventure ahead. D
Day 2: Quito - AmazonOn our drive to the jungle, we will stop in a hummingbird hotspot to watch these beautiful, vibrant birds in their natural habitat. We will arrive at the 100% accessible “Huasquila Amazon Lodge” for lunch and a welcome cocktail. Later, we will visit an indigenous community and have the chance to learn about their customs and traditions. B-L-D
Day 3: AmazonWe will start the day with a 1.5 hour drive to the Anzu River. There, we will raft down the calm river, giving us the chance to admire the surrounding flora and fauna; truly one of the best ways to experience the magnificence of the amazon. During the trip, we can stop at several points of interest to take pictures and relax on the river. *Note: Even though the river is very calm, for safety reasons, we will raft down the river with a security kayaker at all times. Additionally, each traveler will wear a safety jacket, helmet, and all safety equipment. For the transfer in and out of the boat, we manually assist the guest by using a sliding board and/or manually lifting the guest into the boat.We will finish our journey around3:00 pm. Dinner and the rest ofthe evening are for relaxing andchatting at the lodge (play games,cards, etc.) while enjoying delicious tropical juice or wine. B-L-D
Day 4: AmazonPrepare to go off-roading! With the use an off-road wheelchair, we will go hiking through the secondary rainforest and learn about medicinal plants from a native guide. The path into the rainforest is less than a . mile and usually takes approximately 30 minutes, as it includes stops along the way. After lunch, we will visit the “arca” animal rescue center. B-L-D
Day 5: Amazon – Quito This morning, we will drive back to Quito, after lunch we will visit the historical center and make a city tour where you will visit different churches and plazas.. At dinner we will give you final information and get prepared for our trip the Galapagos Islands. B-L-D
Day 6: Quito – San Cristobal (Galapagos)Our day begins at the Quito airport with a short flight to the island of San Cristobal. That afternoon, we will visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the Island´s history, conservation, and hazards facing the Island. Spend the afternoon in a beautiful beach, as our first introduction to the fauna in the Galapagos B-L-D
Day 7: San CristobalThis morning will visit “La Loberia” and have close encounters with sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas, and a myriad of birds. In the afternoon we will visit “Tijeretas” or frigatebird hill, that is a lookout point, with a panoramic view of shipwreck to the south and kicker rock to the west. B-L-D
Day 8: San CristobalToday Galapaguera, to see the famous Galapagos Giant Turtles. We will have the chance to admire from close distance. In the afternoon you can enjoy some kayaking with our staff´s help or have a free afternoon. B-L-D
Day 9: San Cristobal – QuitoAfter breakfast, we will have a last chance to enjoy the beach before we catch our flight. In the afternoon arrive to Quito and drive to our hotel. B-L-D
Day 10: QuitoOnce back in Quito, we will visit the “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) here you can get a photo straddling the line separating the northern and southern hemispheres. Then visit the Teleférico, from here you will see at least four snowcapped volcanoes. After will visit the iñaquito market and the handicraft market, you will see variety of fruits as well as buy some final souvenirs. We will have our farewell dinner. B-L-D
Day 11: Quito – Fly home Transfer to airport and depart Ecuador. B
This is truly the trip of a lifetime! On this accessible adventure to the Amazon and Highland Andes, you’ll experience this beautiful corner of the world with trained, bilingual staff. The stunning landscapes and endless opportunities for adventure are waiting for you at the center of the world.
Day 1: Arrive in QuitoWelcome to Ecuador! Your guide will pick you up from the airport and drive to your hotel. Once settled in, you will enjoy dinner in Quito and have a briefing about the tour to prepare for the adventure ahead. D
Day 2: Mitad del Mundo-OtavaloAfter breakfast we will visit the ¨Mitad del Mundo¨ (Middle of the World) monument, located on the Equator. Be sure to take a picture as you straddle the line separating the northern and southern hemispheres. We will also visit the Inti-Ñan Museum and partake in some science experiments that prove we truly are standing in the middle of the world. We will continue our trip to Otavalo, and arrive to the hotel in the late afternoon. Rest time and dinner. B-L-D
Day 3: OtavaloThis morning we will visit the most famous handicraft market in Ecuador, Otavalo´s Market. You will be stunned by the hundreds of colors, designs, and styles of handicrafts as well as by the magic of interacting with the kind indigenous artisans. After a few hours in the market, we will have lunch and drive towards Ibarra city, a small colonial city. We will visit the most representative plazas and squares, but a visit to Ibarra would not complete without a few scoops of their famous ice cream to enjoy while we wander around the park. B-L-D
Day 4: CuicochaThis morning, our group will visit the Cuicocha Crater Lake, located at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano. We will take a boat ride around this beautiful lagoon and have lunch after a picturesque tour. *Note: For transfer in and out of the boat, we manually assist the guest. In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Cotacachi —famous for its leather products made by indigenous people. B-L-D
Day 5: Otavalo - AmazonAfter breakfast, we will drive to the Amazon and on our way, cross two mountain chains and seven different climate floors. Depending on the weather, we might even see some volcanoes. Along the way, we will have several stops which include a visit to a hummingbird hotspot where we will have some coffee while watching these beautiful, vibrant birds. We will arrive at the 100% accessible Huasquila Amazon Lodge in the afternoon and enjoy a welcome cocktail. After the check in, we will visit an indigenous community and have the opportunity to interact with natives, learn about their customs, traditions, and how they prepare their meals. At the end of the visit, a shaman (medicinal doctor) will perform a native ritual for those interested in participating. Later that evening, we will return back to Huasquila Lodge for dinner. B-L-D
Day 6: AmazonPrepare to go off-roading! This morning, with the use of an off-road wheelchair, we will go hiking through the secondary rainforest and learn about medicinal plants from a native guide. The path into the rainforest is less than a . mile and usually takes approximately 30 minutes, as it includes stops along the way. *Note: If for any reason we cannot do the activity, a native guide will bring the medicinal plants from the hike to the lodge area and demonstrate the different uses of these local plants. After lunch, we will visit an animal rescue center, where you will see many different species of animals of the amazon region. Then we will visit the two towns closest to Huasquila: Archidona and Tena. The purpose of this visit is to share time with locals as well as learn and experience a typical afternoon in this Amazon town. Along the way, we will pop into stores, restaurants, shops, and also spend some time at the main plazas and parks. B-L-D
Day 7: AmazonToday, we will visit an association called Kallari, which is famous for producing, processing, and selling cacao-chocolate bars. What makes Kallari unique is the fact that they produce cacao within the Amazon Region and all of its members produce the beans in order to have a source of income as well as serve as a long-term, sustainable alternative to traditional cacao farming. We will start the day by visiting Kallari offices, then head out to visit a couple of plantations to see firsthand the social, financial, and cultural role of the cacao production. Finally, we will visit the collection center where the beans are received, fermented, and dried. Throughout the process, we will have the chance to sample these delicious beans. B-L-D
Day 8: RaftingWe will start the day with a 1.5 hour drive to the Anzu River. There, we will raft down the calm river, giving us the chance to admire the surrounding flora and fauna; truly one of the best ways to experience the magnificence of Amazonia.*Note: Even though the river is very calm, for safety reasons, we will raft down the river with a security kayaker at all times. Additionally, each traveler will wear a safety jacket, helmet, and all safety equipment. For the transfer in and out of the boat, we manually assist the guest by using a sliding board and/or manually lifting the guest into the boat. We will finish our journey around 3:00 pm and head back to the lodge. Dinner and the rest of the evening are for relaxing and chatting at the lodge (play games) while enjoying delicious tropical juice or wine.B-L-D
Day 9: Amazon - BañosAfter breakfast, we will take a 2-hour drive to the city of Baños. Nested in the border between the Andes and the Amazon, Baños is very tourist-friendly with lots of activities to offer. It also lies at the bottom of the Tungurahua volcano which is currently active and has been erupting ashes for the last 7 years. In the afternoon, we will take a cable-car ride over the Pastaza River ravines and admire beautiful waterfalls and Andean landscape before enjoying a traditional dinner.
Day 10: BañosToday we will enjoy ourselves in the beautiful city of Baños. In the morning, we will begin with a spa treatment. We will try the famous “baños de cajon” (similar to a steam bath), a portion of fruit and medicinal water as well as access to outdoor path in a spa facility (included). After this we have free time for you to choose if you wish to enjoy more spa treatments (not included) or just wonder around town, visit some of the shops, etc. We can make a city tour to learn about its vibrant history and appreciate the stunning vistas. B-L-D
Day 11: Baños – QuitoAfter breakfast, we will drive through the Andes towards Quito. Once back in the country´s capital, we will make a city tour in the historical center where you will visit different churches and plazas. We will also have one final chance to buy local handicrafts and have our farewell dinner.B-LD
Day 12: Quito – Fly homeTransfer to airport and depart Ecuador. B
Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime! Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World when you visit the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. The stunning landscapes and endless opportunities for adventure are waiting for you in Peru.
· Experience Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World· Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the spectacular Andes train· View ancient Inca ruins such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Sacsaywaman, and Tambomachay· Sample the delicious Peruvian cuisine· Guided city tours of Lima and Cusco· Stay in 4-5 star hotels with stunning views and excellent service· Be surrounded by culture as we discover the Inca roots by touring Peru
The Inka program is a tour that combines a bit of adventure, culture, nature, and leisure.It is an all-inclusive tour, meaning that all meals, transportation, accommodation, guide, and activities are included.Hotels throughout the Highlands and Amazon present a good level of accessibility. Some have grab bars and roll in showers, some have a small step (5 inches) to get into showers, but in general they adapt their facilities to host guests using wheelchairs.Where required, an accessible van and/or a bus is provided. Individual or assisted manual transfer into seats is required.Bilingual certified guides for all activities are provided throughout the tour.Re: assistants or help; we do recommend clients use a manual chair since the entire country is not 100% accessible; therefore, one assistant per client to assist with the wheelchair when needed is provided. This will only be for tours and activities, NOT personal activities or duties.
Day 1: Arrive in Lima, PeruWelcome at Lima! You and your group will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have the afternoon free to rest and acclimatize.Before dinner, we will have an introduction and briefing about your Peruvian adventure. (D)
Day 2: LimaDiscover Lima on a guided city tour! Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. Visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum and see the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. Our tour continues to the city’s neighborhoods along the Pacific coast. (B-L)
Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred ValleyTake a morning flight to Cusco (not included) and then drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will check into the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing from the day of travel. We will have an introduction to the Sacred Valley attractions later this evening. (B)
Day 4: Sacred Valley Visit 3 sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First, the Maras Salt Mines, where you will see hundreds of stunning salt ponds from an accessible viewpoint. Then, a panoramic view of Moray, an Incan agricultural experimental center famous for its elliptical irrigation terraces. And finally, the fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas and where six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun. (B-L)
Day 5: Sacred ValleyDecode the mysteries of Andean Iconography during a visit to the Amaru community. Members of the community will make us lunch before we depart for the colorful Pisac Market (mostly accessible.) We will also enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pisac Ruins. ( B-L)
Day 6: Sacred Valley – AguasCalientes – Sacred Valley Prepare to visit Machu Picchu! Take a train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. For centuries, this lost city was buried in the jungle until Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911. A private bus will transfer you to the top of the ruins where a guided tour will illuminate the mysteries of Machu Picchu. (B-L)
Day 7: Sacred ValleyAfter yesterday’s adventure to, Machu Picchu, today is a day of leisure and relaxation. (B)
Day 8: Sacred Valley - CuscoWe’ll visit the labyrinthine ruins of Qenqo (“zigzag”) & Puca Pucara (Red Fortress). Enjoy a guided visit and picnic lunch nearby Sacsayhuaman (speckled falcon), the fortress above Cusco whose precise zigzags of massive stone remain unmoved after centuries. Meals included: (B-PICNIC L)
Day 9: CuscoExplore Cusco on a private city tour! The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco school. We’ll continue the circuit to Qoricancha (court of gold), also known as the “Temple of the Sun,” the religious and political center of Cusco during the Inca era. (B-L)
Day 10: CuscoEnjoy Cusco at your own pace with a day of leisure. (B)
Day 11: Cusco – LimaTransfer to the airport to board your flight to Lima (flight not included.) We can provide assistance to connect with your international flight.
This safari encompasses wonderful game-viewing opportunities combined with a special Namibian experience. A couple of nights are spent in Namibia's popular Namib Naukluft Park and in Etosha National Park. One famous for the highest red dunes in the world and one for its unusual white Salt Pans which dominate the centre of the park. Hailed as one of Africa’s largest game parks, being almost the size of Switzerland, this area is Namibia’s premier gameviewing destination, covering thousands of kilometers of dense bush and open plains where an incredible diversity of game roam free, including lion, eland, elephant, giraffe, rhino and ostrich. Here one can enjoy many a relaxing sundowner, whilst observing the large concentrations of game coming down to the floodlit waterholes to quench their thirst.
SossusvleiThe red dunes at Sossusvlei are some of the most impressive natural treasures of Namibia. With a relative height of about 375m above the Tsauchab River and a height difference of about 225m to the neighbouring valleys these dunes are amongst the highest in the world.
Swakopmund is a popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbor for many years. Today this quaint desert town, hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens.
DamaralandThe name Damaraland is derived from the fact that the Damara people live in this area (they were relocated here as a result of the Odendaal Plan in the 1960's). The name Damaraland is still commonly used in tourism circles, although the entire region has now been renamed; the southern section now lies in the Erongo region while the north forms part of the Kunene region.
All prices are subject to availability. The prices are subject to change with the foreign exchange rate fluctuation. Note accommodations are subject to availability at the moment of the booking. Fixed accommodations can host between 2 and 6 wheelchair users, if more rooms are requested, we do set up our Mobile En-suite Safari Tents and Camps.
Tailor made holidayYou can extend your stay or combine it with another at this destination or a different one (on request).
Day 1 & 2: (2 Nights) WINDHOEK – SOSSUSVLEI – NAMIB DESERTOvernight in comfortable Sossusvlei Desert Camp or similar – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks are excluded)
Upon at your arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will meet your safari guide and you will drive to the Namib Naukluft Park (approximately 4/5hours drive). You will spend the next two nights in the famous Sossusvlei/ Sesriem area, home to some of the highest sand-dunes in the world.
Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, is named after a 30m deep canyon carved through layers of conglomerate by the Tsauchab River. The name is translated as “six thongs” – a reference to the fact that pioneer farmers had to use six ox thongs to lower buckets to the pools in the narrow canyon.
A very early departure takes us to explore some of the highest sand dunes in the world at the famous Sossusvlei in time for sunrise. Morning spent exploring the area. Back to our Lodge for lunch. Afternoon spent visiting the Sesriem Canyon.
Optional activities balloon flights and scenic flights over Sossusvlei and Namib Desert.
Day 3 & 4: (2 Nights) SWAKOPMUNDOvernight in chalet at a Local Guest House - BB (other meals and drinks excluded)
We leave the Namib Desert and travel west towards the historic town of Swakopmund. We'll have lunch en route. Afternoon spent at leisure or exploring the town.Swakopmund is a popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbor for many years. Today this quaint desert town, hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens.
Day 5: (1 Night) DAMARALANDOvernight in comfortable Lodge – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks excluded)
After having had a restful evening and a relaxing breakfast at our
Guest House, we depart Swakopmund, heading in a northerly direction towards Etosha National Park. Leaving the coast our route takes us east passed Spitzkoppe towards Outjio in the Damaraland.The name Damaraland is derived from the fact that the Damara people live in this area (they were relocated here as a result of the Odendaal Plan in the 1960's). The name Damaraland is still commonly used in tourism circles, although the entire region has now been renamed; the southern section now lies in the Erongo region while the north forms part of the Kunene region.
Activities included: stop to visit Cape Cross
Day 6 & 7: (2 Night) WESTERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARKOvernight in Chalets inside the park – Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks excluded)
Our next two evenings will be spent in the western side of Etosha National Park. Our very basic routine will be to spend as much time as is possible game viewing in this world-famous park. We shall spend all morning out on a game-drive, returning for brunch around 11o’clock, after which you can relax until the late afternoon, when we shall depart once again on a game drive.
Day 8 & 9: (2 Night) EASTERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – MOKTUI LODGEOvernight at Mokuti Lodge – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks excluded)
Today we leave the western side of the park and we head East. We will spend other two nights in this side of the Park.
Day 10: (1 Night) FRANS INDONGO LODGE & CHEETAH EDUCATION CENTEROvernight in comfortable Frans Indongo Lodge – Bed & breakfast + Cheetah Conservation Center fee
Day 11: Departure
This morning we depart and return to Windhoek in time to connect your international flight.
- 10 nights in fixed accommodation- Meals as specified in the itinerary- All transfers and game drives- Park entry fees into Namib Park and Etosha National Park - Day tours/ excursions as specified on the itinerary- Vehicles equipped with a hydraulic lift - Services of a qualified English-speaking safari guide
- International and domestic flights- Meals and Drinks unless specified in the itinerary- Transfers not specified in the itinerary- Single supplement charges- Comprehensive insurance (luggage, personal liability abroad etc)- Optional activities- Laundry- Gratuities & items of a personal nature- Tipping and gratuities to Chauffeur & Local guides- Passport & Visa fees
The Highlights of both Namibia and Botswana are visited on this exciting Safari. Varied scenery and super Game Viewing opportunities in the region is what makes this trip a spectacular combination.We visit the Famous Red Sand Dunes from the Namib Desert dwarfing all in the vicinity, continuing North via Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast, onto Namibia's popular Etosha National Park.Our safari now takes us Eastward through the Caprivi strip, with our last night in Namibia spent on the banks of the Kavango River in the vicinity ofRundu.Leaving Namibia behind us, we will cross the border into northern Botswana where we will enjoy the relaxing tranquility and beauty of Shakawe, situated within the panhandle of the Okavango Delta. This is a paradise for nature and bird-lovers alike and will provide one with plenty of time for rest and relaxation.
Etosha National ParkHailed as one of Africa’s largest game parks, being almost the size of Switzerland, this area is Namibia’s premier game-viewing destination, covering thousands of kilometers of dense bush and open plains where an incredible diversity of game roam free, including lion, eland, elephant, giraffe, rhino and ostrich.
Mahango National ParkThe Mahango Game Park borders on the perennial Okavango River. Characterised by riverine forests, a broad flood plain, magnificent baobabs and large herds of elephant and red lechwe, the Mahango is one of Namibia's most diverse and interesting conservation areas.
Day 1 & 2: (2 Nights) WINDHOEK - SOSSUSVLEI
Overnight in Sossusvlei desert camp or similar – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)
Upon your arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by your safari guide from where we will commence to the Namib Naukluft Park (approximately 4/5 hours drive), briefly passing through Namibia’s Capital: Windhoek.
You will spend the next two nights in the famous Sossusvlei/Sesriem area, home to some of the highest sand-dunes in the world. An early start on this second day will reveal the beauty of this area as the light unfolds offering magnificent photographic opportunities.
Optional activities include: balloon flights and scenic flights over Sossusvlei and Namib Desert.
We leave the Namib Desert and travel west towards the historic town of Swakopmund. We'll have lunch en route. Afternoon spent at leisure or exploring the town.Swakopmund is a popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbor for many years. Today this quaint desert town, hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens.
Day 5 & 6: (2 Night) WESTERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Overnight in Chalets inside the park – Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks excluded)
Hailed as one of Africa’s largest game parks, being almost the size of Switzerland, this area is Namibia’s premier game-viewing destination, covering thousands of kilometers of dense bush and open plains where an incredible diversity of game roam free, including lion, eland, elephant, giraffe, rhino and ostrich.
Day 7: (1 Night) EASTERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – MOKTUI LODGEOvernight at Mokuti Lodge – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks excluded)
Today we leave the western side of the park and we head East. We will
spend other two nights in this side of the Park.
Day 8: (1 Nights) CAPRIVI STRIPOvernight in Fixed Tented Accommodation - Bed and Breakfast (other meals and drinks excluded)
Departing Etosha, we head once again Northwards, heading into the famous Caprivi Strip, where we will spend one night. Our drive on this day takes us through very scenic natural bush areas, with the possibility of seeing game, as well as some local inhabitants traditional homes.We overnight on the banks of the Kavango river at a local camp.On the second day we will embark in a full day trip Mahango National Park.The Mahango Game Park borders on the perennial Okavango River. Characterised by riverine forests, a broad flood plain, magnificent baobabs and large herds of elephant and red lechwe, the Mahango is one of Namibia's most diverse and interesting conservation areas.
Day 9 & 10: (2 Nights) OKAVANGO DELTA – PAN HANDLEOvernight at Nxamaseri Fishing Camp – Fully Inclusive
Please note the boats are not specially designed for wheelchair users, but with some help they are easily accessible. The lodge is also wheelchair friendly although the rooms are not proper paraplegic rooms.
We leave Namibia to enter Botswana at Shakawe. We will drive one our along the Okavango River to Nxamaseri. Here we will embarc into a boat to reach our lodge situated on an island in the Okavango Delta. We will spend the next 2 days boating in the Delta and fishing Hippo and crocodiles are plentiful in this area, and a special sighting would be the elusive Sitatunga Antelope. The majority of our time here is spent relaxing in this paradise.
Day 11, 12 & 13: (3 Nights) OKAVANGO DELTA - MOREMI AREAOvernight in Mobile en-suite safari tents – Fully Inclusive
Today we drive South into Botswana, to Maun where we will have a quick lunch (own account) before departing for the well-known Moremi Area, situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta. This game reserve is ideally situated for a wildlife sanctuary. It has no fences, which allows unobstructed seasonal movement of game, hence making this a largely natural area. This reserve is a paradise for birds, game and predators alike. Moremi’s scenery alone is sufficient reason to want to visit this Park. The varied vegetation found here makes this area unique.We will spend 3 nights in this incredible Game Reserve. Our days consist of early morning and late afternoon game drives, with a leisure period in camp during the heat of the day. We will explore this side of the Moremi Reserve in great detail, which is sure to provide many unforgettable experiences.
Day 14: Departure
This morning we depart Moremi and return to Maun. Picnic lunch will be served en route. Upon arrival in Maun, you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your outbound flight to Johannesburg.
- 13nts accommodation - specified below under “Accommodation & meals”- All transfers and game drives- Park entry fees into Namib Park, Etosha National Park and into Moremi Game Reserve- Day tours/ excursions as specified on the itinerary- Services of a qualified English-speaking safari guide- Meals as specified on the itinerary- Drinks during the camping safari in Botswana- Vehicles equipped with hydraulic lift
- International and local flights (Johannesburg – Windhoek + Maun – Johannesburg/Windhoek)- Beverages when staying in fixed accommodation- Transfers not specified in the itinerary- Single supplement charges- Comprehensive insurance (luggage, personal liability abroad etc)- Optional activities- Laundry- Gratuities & items of a personal nature- Tipping and gratuities to Chauffeur & Local guides- Passport & Visa fees
We will stay in 2 very different parts of Botswana – namely, the Central Kalahari and the Okavango Delta. One will immediately see the difference between the water wonder-world of the lush Okavango Delta and the arid desert areas of the Kalahari with its special desert adapted plants and wildlife.
During this safari, guests will also enjoy an authentic Bushmen experience
This is a Combination of Lodge and Mobile Tented Safari with 2 nights in a Lodge, 1 night in chalets and 6 nights in en-suite safari tents
Khwai RiverMoremi Game Reserve is surrounded by wildlife management areas and private concessions of the Okavango, with no boundaries between the concessions and the reserve allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area is managed by the Khwai community through the Khwai Development Trust. This area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve itself. However, a key advantage of being in this private concession is the freedom to do walking safaris and night drives.
MaunMaun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest national park in Botswana; centrally situated in the country it is often referred to as the "heart of Botswana". The Kalahari's wide open spaces, intense solitude and rolling dunes that are well vegetated with grass and scrub make it a unique African holiday destination. Dinaka borders the northern part of the Central Kalahari Game-Reserve, and this is where we spend the first two nights of our tour.
Authentic Bushman Experience
Africa is like no other travel destination, and if approached with a spirit of reverence and spirituality, can change you and your perceptions of life. The Kalahari Desert is one of these destinations offering an amazing spirituality and/ or the humbling experience of the peoples of the San - The Kalahari Bushmen
All prices are subject to availability Prices are based on exchange rates at time of publication. Prices may vary at the time of booking. Prices may incur a credit card surcharge and booking fee.
Day 1 & 2 (2 nights): Dinaka Safari Lodge, Private Concession
Day 1: ArrivalUpon your arrival at Maun Airport you will be met by your private English speaking professional guide who will accompany you for the entire tour, excluding optional add on’s. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your private open game drive vehicle and depart Maun in a southerly direction for your first destination in the Central Kalahari Area, this being a 20 000 hectare private concession know as Dinaka. This interpreted into English from local language sethswana means “Horns”Travelling Time: 2.5-3.0 hours (16 km on a tarred road and 120 km on a gravel and sandy road)
Day 2: Exploring DayWe will spend this day exploring this private concession on game drives in the morning and night and experiencing in the afternoon a nature walk with the local bushman to learn about their anchestral surviving skills.
Overnight: Dinaka Safari LodgeSituated in the heart of Botswana – the Central Kalahari Desert – Dinaka offers an explosion of colourful birdlife, herds of graceful antelope, and prides of Africa’s fiercest predators – amongst them the Kalahari black-maned lion.There will also be an opportunity to spend time with local bushman people, who are proud to show you their ancient survival skills, ranging from shelters, hunting techniques , tracking and all important fire making.Dinaka Safari Lodge is situated on a 20 000 hectare private game ranch on the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. It is centred around the permanent waterhole we created, making it as beautiful as it is remote. A small lodge of only 6 tents, Dinaka Safari Lodge is able to provide you with real home comforts without losing its authentic bush feel. Each tent is a private hideaway, nestled under the branches of the ‘Purple Pod’ trees; they blend in with the natural surroundings. All tents have an en-suite bathroom, with an open air shower and flushing toilet, along with a dressing area, and a bedroom with large white linen covered beds (king size or 2 singles). At the entrance to each tent is a covered veranda that overlooks the permanent waterhole we created – a perfect spot to relax after a day of new sights and sounds. The spacious main lodge is furnished with comfort in mind and provides you with lounges, both a dining and bar area, and a splash pool for those hotter months. To minimise any effects on the pristine natural environment the camp is 100% solar operated.Activities include:
• Game drives - Both during the day and at night. Watch the vast landscape transform as the sun sets and darkness settles in over the bush revealing new creatures and night-calls.• Nature walks with Bushmen trackers –Learn from, or simply enjoy being in the presence of someone who is as much a part of the African bush as the sand you walk on or the sky you walk under. • Stargazing - The night sky is a diamond studded wonder. Astronomy courses can be provided by special arrangement. • Sundowners on a raised hide overlooking a waterhole – With a drink of your own, watch a myriad of animals quench their thirst after a long day in the African sun. • Birding safaris – with over 200 positively identified bird species, the central Kalahari truly is a birders paradise.
During your stay at Dinaka, you can expect to see a wide array of animals, from the antelope – eland, kudu, gemsbok, impala, springbok and steenbok – to the reptiles, insects, birds and small mammals like the Honey Badger and porcupine – to the predators – the Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard and brown hyenas.
IncludedBed, All Meals, Most Drinks(local), Fees, Activities being morning, afternoon and night game drives, bushman walk, laundry
ExcludedExtra activities, private travel and medical insurance
Day 3, 4 & 5 (3 nights): Endeavour Fully Serviced Mobile Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Day 3: Moving DayAfter breakfast, we will depart Dinaka heading southwards to enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The following three nights’ stay in the park will solve some of the mysteries surrounding life in this arid region. The Kalahari and its adapted game and vegetation have succeeded in surviving the elements and their story is plain for those who wish to understand. Predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena occur here as well as water independent antelope, such as Oryx and Springbok. The combination of Kalahari and Okavango on one safari will clearly illustrate the difference water makes to an area. The Kalahari is one of the remotest and most unspoilt areas of Africa, with a size of 52 800 square kilometre
Day 4 & 5 : Exploring daysWe will enjoy the next couple of days exploring the Kalahari Game Reserve with our days consisting of early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of various predators (such as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyaena) antelope (such as springbock, gemsbok, red heartbeest,..) and other game such as giraffe, zebra, etc and of course also the birds that inhabit this area. Upon return to our campsite around late morning, a delicious brunch will be served. Thereafter you have time to relax in/around camp. We will explore this area in great detail, which is sure to provide many unforgettable game-viewing experiences.
Overnight: Endeavour Fully Serviced Mobile Camp The concept of adventure camping in comfort and safety. These safaris have been designed in such a way as to ensure maximum comfort and respond to the demand for freedom and security for any adventurous travellers who prefers a semi luxurious, but still adventurous, African style product.In our camps we set up large tents of 4.5 m x 3m, which have en-suite bathrooms and a partition between the bedroom and private bathroom interior. The tents have large windows with mosquito gauze.In the bathroom there is a chemical toilet and a hot bucket shower, ensuring that you do not need to exit the security of the tent at night.
Further to this there is also a small linen closet with shelves, a mirror and containers for soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brush, comb .... We provide towels and amenities such as soap, shampoo and insect
En-suite safari tentsWe also provide high-density mattresses, pillows, quilts, sheets, and during the winter, blankets and hot water bottle. Between the beds there is a small table with a light and rechargeable battery. At the entrance of the tent there is a water container which is filled by our staff every morning and evening to wash your hands and face and clean your teeth.The camp is set up with a mess tent, which includes a dining table and buffet table, and a coffee station which is available all day. The table for lunch and dinner is prepared by our camp staff with porcelain plates, glasses for water and wine, and metal cutlery.The meals are prepared by our brilliant bush chefs on the fire and our menus include a variety of foods, including chicken, beef, pork and lamb, pasta, rice, potatoes, cooked and raw vegetables and fruits in season. Daily, our chefs prepare fresh bread and cakes for dessert and surprise birthday celebrations.These safaris are organized with a minimum of 2 vehicles: one vehicle for passengers and the local professional guide, and a back-up vehicle for equipment, supplies and camp staff. The back-up vehicle departs before our clients, providing them with the required time to prepare the camp and meals before the clients arrive, where possible. Our staff efficiently ensure the cleanliness and order of the camp and the tents at all times, and they take down and reset the camp when you move from one place to another. In this way, our clients can relax when in camp and spend more time in search of animals and observing the flora and wild places of Botswana.
IncludedBed, All Meals, Most Drinks(local), Fees, Activities being morning, afternoon game drives, Park Fees
ExcludedExtra activities, laundry, private travel and medical insurance, tips
Day 6 (1 night): Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun After an early breakfast we return to Maun for one night after a big return journey out of the Kalahari. Afternoon at leisure around the swimming pool, or just reading a book. Relaxed evening dinner.
Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge Thamalakane River Lodge is ideally located an easy 20-minute drive from Maun Airport en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. It is a secluded haven of tranquility nestled in a grove of mature riverine trees on the bank of the Thamalakane River. The rambling lodge has an idyllic setting and is committed to service excellence.Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. All chalets and common areas have terraces that take advantage of the serene 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. The newly added Firefinch Camp consists of 8 en suite Meru tents offering a more traditional safari accommodation experience.It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring.
IncludedPacked lunch en-route, Dinner at the lodge
ExcludedDrinks, laundry, private travel and medical insurance, tips
Suggested ActivityScenic Flight (45/60 min) over the delta
Day 7, 8 & 9 (3 nights): Endeavour Fully Serviced Mobile Camp, Khwai RiverDay 7 : Moving DayWe will have short final opportunity to purchase any final things, before departing Maun for our destination - Moremi Area - situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta.This game reserve is ideally situated for a wildlife sanctuary. It has no fences, hence allowing unobstructed seasonal movement of game which makes this a largely natural area. This is a paradise for birds, game and predators alike. Completely varied vegetation makes this area very special. Within an hours’ travelling it is possible to view the first of the wildlife inhabiting this area. We will stop en-route for a simple lunch of sandwiches and fruit, before continuing towards our camp.Late afternoon arrival at our camp, with enough time to settle in before having our evening meal. Afterwards we will relax around the campfire, where your guide will explain some detail regarding your new area.There are a number of new animal and bird species that will be on our priority list for the coming days.
Day 8 & 9 : Exploring daysWe will explore the Moremi Delta area intimately with our days consisting of early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of various predators (such as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyaena) antelope (such as impala, lechwe, reedbuck, tsessebe) and other game such as giraffe, zebra, etc and of course also the birds that inhabit this area. Hippopotamus are abundant in the streams and lagoons that make up vast areas of the Delta. Upon return to our campsite around late morning, a delicious brunch will be served. Thereafter you have time to relax in/around camp.This region is sure to provide many unforgettable game-viewing experiences.
Overnight: Endeavour Fully Serviced Mobile Camp
IncludedBed, All Meals, Most Drinks(local), Fees, Activities being morning, afternoon and night game drives
ExcludedExtra activities, laundry, walking safaris (on request), private travel and medical insurance
Day 10: DepartureAfter an early breakfast, we have our final game-drive en route to Maun from where we depart for Johannesburg to connect with your outbound International flights or continuation of your tour.
- 9 nights at fully accessible accommodation on a full board/fully inclusive basis as follows:
1 night at a local lodge in Maun (full board basis – drinks excluded)3 nights: Central Kalahari Game Reserve: mobile camping in en-suite safari tents - Fully inclusive2 nights: Dinaka Lodge – chalets (full board basis - drinks excluded)3 nights camping in mobile campsites in Moremi Game Reserve (in en-suite safari tents) – Fully inclusive
- All meals, All soft drinks, mineral water, local beer & wine during the camping section- Game drives - Airport Transfers- All park entrance fees - Vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser 4 x 4) equipped with a hydraulic lift.- Services of a qualified English-speaking safari guide - Back-up team (3/4 staff members: chief, driver, camp manager + back-up vehicle)
- International and local flights (return Johannesburg – Maun)- Transfers not specified in the itinerary- Single supplement charges- Drinks when staying in fixed accommodations- Comprehensive insurance (luggage, personal liability abroad etc)- Optional activities- Laundry- Gratuities & items of a personal nature- Tipping and gratuities to Chauffeur & Local guides- Passport & Visa fees - Airports TAX
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