AFRICA SOUNDS DAUNTING AND VISIONS OF POVERTY, DIRT, GRIME AND CRIME ABOUND BUT NOT TO THE HEART OF BOTSWANA WHERE IT IS LUXURY AND SAFETY ALL THE WAY!
It costs a pricey RM 19,800 per person for 5 days and that excludes your airfare from Malaysia to Botswana.
But this is bound to be a journey of a lifetime so RM 50,000 or so (you are not travelling alone, right?) seems just about right inclusive of return flight to KLIA.
JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF
WITH AUTHOR ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH BOTSWANA
NOVEMBER 22nd – 27th, 2013
Alexander McCall Smith
This November, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has partnered with one of the world's best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith, to showcase his star character Mma Ramotswe’s
A small group of guests will spend five days game-viewing and in the evenings,
around the campfire, they will have the opportunity to chat with McCall Smith
about the inspiration for his ‘No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ series of
books, discussing his memories and personal stories from beautiful Botswana .
Orient-Express proudly owns and operates two luxury lodges in
, Eagle Island Camp
and Khwai River Lodge, located in completely different environments and
ecosystems, providing adventurous guests with a wide variety of wildlife
experiences. Botswana Botswana is one of the world's last great unspoilt wildernesses, with
parched sands and lush savannah, it is also where the mighty Okavango River flows into the sands of the Kalahari
Desert to form the magnificent Okavango Delta.
The ‘Journey to the Heart of Botswana’ package, priced at US$5,999 per person based on two sharing, includes five nights’ accommodation, all meals, two daily game viewing activities, scheduled light aircraft inter-camp flights from Maun, national park fees, laundry services, and emergency evacuation insurance.
Upon arrival at Maun Airport, guests will be met by an Orient-Express Safaris representative and transferred by shared light aircraft to Eagle Island Camp for three nights’ – the actual setting for McCall Smith’s new enchanting tale for children entitled “Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion”, as well as being the setting for his Mma Ramotswe detective novel “Double Comfort Safari Club”.
Situated on the
, this cool
retreat, shaded by a canopy of indigenous trees and Ilala Palms, overlooks a
surrounding lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Delta. Time
at the resort will be spent viewing game in the magical and unique wilderness
of the Okavango Delta and its surrounds, where over 1,100 animal, fish, bird,
and plant species exist. Few people are privileged enough to visit this
inaccessible area, as can be seen and felt by the abundance of wildlife and the
utter tranquility in the camps. island
Included in the stay at Eagle Island Camp is a spectacular game-viewing helicopter flight, from which the images and impressions will stay top of mind for a very long time. The helicopter features open sides allowing for the most fantastic photographs, to capture this experience forever.
The latter half of the experience, in the company of Alexander McCall Smith, will be spent at Khwai River Lodge, nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
Guests at the lodge will enjoy superb game viewing all year round as the
is the only source of permanent water in the area during the dry months. The area
is renowned for its large concentration of big mammals and raptors, as well as
its predators such as lion, leopard and spotted hyena. The camp consists of
fifteen luxury tents with shaded decks and unobstructed river views, including
a magnificent suite overlooking the Hippo Poo, and a perfectly situated
elevated bird hide. Guests also have the opportunity to visit the Khwai River , meeting with the
elders and learning about their struggles to sustain the age-old traditions of
remote communities. Khwai River
Activities offered at the camp include morning and afternoon game drives in open Land cruisers, as well as after-dark spotlight game drives. Khwai River Lodge is the first luxury camp in
to introduce night vision binoculars on the evening game drives. Experience the
ultimate safari thrill of following a pack of hunting predators at night,
ogling manic hippo-feeding frenzies, or perhaps enjoy a rare sighting
of an aardvark; the brush-tailed porcupine with its brush-like quills that
make a peculiar noise when rattled; and the spring hare, all coming out of
their hiding places to forage. Botswana
For those wishing to enjoy further pampering, the lodge has a 'Naturally Wild' gym and spa facility. Guests are able to enjoy indulgent massages and body wraps in the spa or in the privacy of their own tent.
2013 is an auspicious year for Mma Ramotswe as it marks the 15th anniversary of the publication of the first novel in the “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series, more information on which can be found at www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk.
About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in
Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the
celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London,
Paris and ,
along with other European cities. Today the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. brand
embraces 45 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice Venice,
Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson
Hotel in Cape Town,
in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on ’s
Riviera Maya. The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, three river
cruise operations and one of Mexico ’s
most iconic restaurants. www.orient-express.com New York
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is offering a special five-night package across its two luxury lodgings in
the Eagle Island Camp
(pictured above) and the
Lodge. In the company of Alexander McCall Smith, famed author of the ‘No.1 Female Detectives Agency’ series, fortunate travellers will enjoy up
close and personal wildlife encounters and the chance to learn more about
McCall Smith’s memories and personal stories from the country that inspired his
novels Khwai River
Orient-Express’ ‘Journey to the Heart of Botswana’ package, priced at US$5,999 per person based on two sharing, includes five nights’ accommodation (including two nights’ staying at the Khwai River Lodge pictured above), all meals, two daily game viewing activities, scheduled light aircraft inter-camp flights from Maun, national park fees, laundry services, and emergency evacuation insurance
This November, a small group of Orient-Express guests will spend five days game-viewing in
with Alexander McCall Smith. And in the evenings, around the campfire, they
will have the opportunity to chat with him about the inspiration for his ‘No.1
Ladies Detective Agency’ series of books and how he started writing about
his beautiful Botswana Botswana