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Back Track Adventures offer a totally unique and very comfortable African Safari Holiday. At the same time we provide our fellow travelers the opportunity to experience everything that is the African bush. Part of that experience is where we stay, how we travel, good food and wines, professional friendly guides, safari crew and escorts and more...

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  • Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park,

    Twyfelfontein, Khorixas, Cape Cross, Swakopmund,

    Namib-Naukluft National Park, Windhoek and so much more...

    www.backtrackadventures.com.au 1300 669 780

    proudly Australian own

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  • 222A Barry Parade

    Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

    PO Box 132, Fortitude Valley QLD 4

    006

    Phone 61 7 3850 7655

    Fax 61 7 3854 1079

    info@backtrack.com.au

    www.backtrack.com.au

    Licence number 177/178

    ABN 23 910 991 873

    Great Southern Africa Safari 2014

    with the Back Track personal touch

    For most people making the decision

    to go on an African Safari is easy. Ho

    wever making the

    decision on where to go in Africa, ho

    w to organise it, where to get inform

    ed accurate information,

    and what safari company to go with

    can be enough to cause a nose blee

    d.

    There are many Africa brochures an

    d many good Africa destinations.

    Our Great Southern Africa Safari 20

    14 is an Australian lead, small group

    experience for discerning

    travelers, offering a unique, fun and

    action packed itinerary all put toget

    her and operated with the

    Back Track personal touch. Though

    many big companies over the years

    have attempted to copy our

    safari, none have the knowledge or

    the ground operation to confirm th

    e fine details that make our

    safari a winner. This Safari has been

    refined over many years and we can

    state without reservation

    that for anyone looking at their first

    or even tenth trip to Africa, the Grea

    t Southern Africa Safari

    will not disappoint. You will profoun

    dly experience the African wildlife, th

    e spectacular scenery

    and the friendly culture of the local p

    eople in an up close and personal m

    anner and in a safe and

    comfortable style.

    At Back Track Adventures we know A

    frica, its a passion. For over 30 years

    our Travel Agency has

    been acknowledged, within the safa

    ri Industry, as one of the best African

    Specialists Agencies in

    Australia. Read on, see where this Sa

    fari will take you, what you will exper

    ience and how we do it.

    If you like what you read, we would

    love to have you on board for 2014.

    The Great Southern Africa Safari is

    all about having a fun holiday wit

    h a small group of

    like-minded people.

    Love to have you with us in 2014.

    Jim Drapes & Trish Pritchard

    Safari Escorts

    proudly Australian ow

    ned

    and

    oper

    ated

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    Here are just a few of the places and experiences encountered on this grand safari adventure: ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls - walking tour of the Falls, candlelight bush dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River and lots of optional fun activities from lion walks, helicopter flights to high tea at theVictoria Falls Hotel.

    BOTSWANA Chobe National Park - wildlife drives with expert guides based from our private wilderness camp. A breathtaking sunset Chobe river cruise. Okavango Delta - scenic flight over the world renowned watereco system, then explored by house boat, motor boat andcanoe.

    NAMIBIA Etosha National Park - great wildlife viewing from our luxurylodges. Khorixas - rock art and meet the local people, breathtaking desert scenery. Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast - seals and more seals. Henties Bay - the best fish and chips, Swakopmund - beach BBQ, shopping, restaurants, quaint, restful and fun. Namib-Naukluft National Park - awe inspiring red sand dunes. Windhoek - a big city, but fun!

    SOUTH AFRICA

    Johannesburg

    Sydney >

    FlightsOverland

    Swakopmund

    ATLANTIC OCEAN

    Windhoek

    Cape CrossKhorixas

    Seronga

    Victoria Falls

    ZIMBABWE

    ZAMBIA

    NAMIBIA

    The Great Southern Africa Safari

    Mokoro/Motorboat

    BOTSWANA

    EtoshaNational Park

    Namib-NaukluftNational Park

    ChobeNational ParkOkavango Delta

    Skeleton Coast

    Sesreim

    SepupaKasane

    Saschenheim

    NamutoniOkakeujo

    Safari AdventureASafari Adventureyou will remember forever

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    Back Track Adventures offers you the perfect balance between achieving a once in a lifetime African Safari Experience with value for money AND comfort. Our safari is not luxury but It is a top quality, comfortable holiday with great service from a dedicated crew. We guarantee that you will not find an accommodated, quality Safari that offers a similar experience at a better price.

    THE BACK TRACK ADVENTURES

    VALUE FOR MONEY GUARANTEE

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    Back Track Adventures offer a totally unique and very comfortable African Safari Holiday. At the same time we provide our fellow travelers the opportunity to experience everything that is the African bush. Part of that experience is where we stay, how we travel, good food and wines, professional friendly guides, safari crew and escorts and more...Most people come to Africa to experience the wildlife. Though we cannot guarantee that you will have a cheetah jump into the back seat of the vehicle with you, we can say that you are up for a breathtaking wildlife experience, all in comfort and style.

    A Small GroupSafari in Comfort & Style

    Where we stayYou will always stay in comfortable, secure and interesting accommodation in every location.

    VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

    Throughout our safari we stay in a variety of accommodation from a 4 star Hotel, luxury and basic lodges and chalets, fishermans cottages, a comfortable mobile safari camp and even on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta.

    STYLISH HOTELS

    On our last night in Windhoek, we stay in a 4 star, swish hotel with all the facilities you would expect at that standard.

    COMFORTABLE CAMPING

    Camping has never been so comfortable. In Chobe National Park, we camp in a lovely private camp site for 2 nights. You will arrive at your camp in Chobe set up with comfortable safari chairs, twin share

    roomy walk-in style tents that are kitted out with beds, thick foam mattresses and covers, warm doonas, pillows, pillow slips and a tent light. You have your own toilet and private hot showers so you can clean up properly and then relax after an exciting day enjoying the wild African bush. We dine at night under the stars or in our dining tent. All camp equipment is supplied, from knives, forks, and spoons to wine glasses.

    LODGES

    The term Lodge encompasses the variety of local accommodation used on this Safari. We stay in luxury National Park Chalets near the floodlit waterholes at Okakakeujo and Namutoni in Etosha National Park, 2-3 star rustic Lodges in Rhundu, Khorixas, Sossusvlei, Saschenheim and a brand new 4 star lodge at Kasane.

    In Victoria Falls and Swakopmund we stay in basic clean Chalets and Fishermens Cottages with private facilities.

    How we travelTRANSPORT STYLE

    Our Great Southern Africa Safari transport style has been called, Overlanding - for grown-ups.

    Overlanding originated in the 70s with mainly 18-35 year olds with limited budgets, heading off on long journeys through multiple African countries in old trucks. They camped and ate where and when they could. Their main objective was to have a wonderful time.

    We have adopted the basic overlanding principals and applied them to a well maintained special purpose safari truck, The Beast. We also have a multi- country itinerary, however, we are comfortably accommodated , well fed and watered but unlike the younguns of years gone by, we are open to all ages, couples, singles, as long as you have a twinkle in the eye and a desire to immerse yourself in the adventure and have fun.

    With the personal Back Track touch

    Okakuejo Lodge Victoria Falls rest camp Chobe bush camp

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    TRANSPORT

    We travel in our specially constructed safari truck, The Beast, designed to carry passengers and crew in comfort. The Beast has ample storage space for luggage, safari supplies and equipment. Theres plenty of room on board to spread out, plus eskies to keep drinks and snacks cool. The Beast has soft, comfortable seating and is designed for excellent game viewing and sight-seeing. It handles the road conditions perfectly and is a safe, reliable, well maintained vehicle. The sound system is available when mood music is appropriate. In Chobe and Khorixas, we use smaller, special purpose safari vehicles specifically designed to handle local conditions. We fly into the heart of the Okavango Delta, where we also utilise power boats and local canoes to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Our safari is a holiday, not an endurance test.

    MEALS

    Nearly all meals are provided on the safari. The only meals not supplied are some lunches at times when everyone will be out and about doing their own thing. Meals provided are marked on the Itinerary. We have also arranged a few special dinners along the way including a beach bbq in Swakopmund and a candlelight dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls. A few years back, a large elephant joined us during the course of our

    candlelight dinner. Luckily he didnt eat, or drink much. We have our own mobile bar for dispensing gin and tonics (purely to prevent malaria of course). All drinks are at cost price and a bar tab is recorded and settled at the end of the safari. Soft drinks, wine, beers, spirits and mixers are carried.

    We will be taking a cook with us as part of the crew in 2014 as we intend to have mainly camp fire breakfasts, lunches and dinners at The Beast. We set up comfy chairs around the fire after dinner each night and set a table and chairs for all meals. Feedback from our 2012 Great Southern Africa Safari suggested that everyone enjoyed the experience of having Safari style meals together as a group around the campfire.

    PARTICIPATION

    We have a dedicated supportive crew who will attend to all camp duties. Your involvement is to enjoy your holiday.

    ACTIVITIES

    All activities mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price. The only extra costs will be for optional activities you might select while in Victoria Falls and Swakopmund. An up to date price list for all these activities is included in your Information Guide to assist your budgeting.

    THE AFRICAN WILDLIFE

    Our safari will bring us into close proximity with wild animals. The wildlife and birdlife spotting will be superb. Our camp site in Chobe is safe and secure and it is a never-to-be-forgotten experience and privilege to camp in the wilds of Africa. On our 2012 Safari, the wildlife spotted just from our campsite was truly incredible with both leopard and wild (painted) dog being prominent. It is interesting to note that even in Victoria Falls, where we will be staying outside the Wildlife Reserve, you can still encounter elephants, baboons and warthogs in the grounds around our Chalets. In Etosha National Park as well as our regular game drives we will have the opportunity of viewing the wildlife at the waterholes adjacent to our accommodation.

    A morning tea break with The Beast

    Tiger fish fishing (with red wine)

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    DAY 1 - VICTORIA FALLS

    Arrive Victoria Falls where we will be welcomed by our Safari Crew and transferred to our centrally located accommodation at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp, a pleasant and secure spot, in the heart of town with good facilities including a pool and restaurant. Accommodation for the next 3 nights will be in basic, clean Chalets. We have reserved our usual row of Chalets in a quiet spot. Alongside our Chalets we park our safari vehicle, The Beast. Breakfast daily will be served here and as well we use this area as a meeting and social point. Our chalets are 2 bedroomed with one bathroom, so you will be sharing facilities with those in the second room (who will be part of our group).Tonight, before we have our first Camp fire dinner, a briefing will be held to discuss the safari and organise the optional activities available at the Falls over the next few days.Meals: D

    DAY 2 - VICTORIA FALLS

    After breakfast we will start the day off with a Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls. The remainder of the day will be free to partake in the numerous optional activities the Falls has to offer, including easy canoeing on the mighty Zambezi, elephant rides, flights over the Falls, lion walks and if we have any adrenalin junkies, there is always the world famous white water rafting activities and for the totally fearless or foolhardy, bungy jumping. Organising these activities is a simple process and you will be well looked after. This evening, we head off for a special Welcome to Africa Dinner at the Boma Restaurant.Meals: B (The Beast) D (Boma Restaurant)

    DAY 3 - VICTORIA FALLS

    Day at leisure in Victoria Falls. Once again some Safari members will be involved in optional activities. If time permits you should find time to have High Tea consisting of cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream, served from silver platters while seated on the cool veranda of the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we celebrate our last night before heading off on safari at a special candle lit dinner on the banks of the Zambezi river.Meals: B (The Beast), D (candle lit dinner on banks of Zambezi River)

    Safari ItinerarySAFARI OVERVIEWDay 1 ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls. Arrive Victoria Falls. Transfer to

    Victoria Falls Rest Camp (3 nights-twin share). Dinner tonight in Victoria Falls Rest Camp at The Beast.(D)

    Day 2 Explore Victoria Falls. Guided walking tour this morning of the Falls. Commence optional activities. Welcome to Africa Dinner tonight at Boma Restaurant. (BD)

    Day 3 Explore Victoria Falls. Full day for optional activities. Between activities, recommended High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel. Dinner tonight by candle light on the banks of the Zambezi River. (BD)

    Day 4 BOTSWANA. Scenic drive over the border to Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park. Transfer by small 4wd vehicles to Bush camp for 2 nights. Game drives. Twin share, walk-in safari tents. (BLD)

    Day 5 Chobe National Park. Morning and evening game drives in 4WD safari vehicles. Twin share. (BLD)

    Day 6 Kasane. Transfer to our luxury accommodation at Chobe Bush Lodge. Late afternoon sunset cruise on Chobe River. Twin share. (BLD)

    Day 7 Okavango Delta. Scenic flight to Seronga. Stay on private Houseboat for 2 nights in Okavango Delta. Twin share. (BLD)

    Day 8 Okavango Delta. Explore, and relax. (BLD)

    Day 9 NAMIBIA motorboat to Sepupa, then drive to Rundu in Namibia. Stay at rustic 3 star Nkwazi Lodge. Twin share. (BLD)

    Day 10 Enroute to Etosha National Park. Experience the San Bushman culture. Farm stay at Sascheim Guest farm. Twin share. (BLD)

    Day 11 Etosha National Park. Drive to luxury Namutoni Lodge for 1 night.Explore, relax, game drives. 24 hour wildlife viewing at waterhole. Twin share. (BLD)

    Day 12 Etosha National Park. Drive to our waterhole luxury chale...