At Travel Associates, we specialise in bespoke itineraries designed to suit your needs. The Platinum Challenge showcases an interesting trip one of our travel advisers has put together for a client, to give an insight into the unforgettable trips we can create.
Amanda Reed, Travel Associates Mt Lawley WA, created a personalised itinerary that encompassed Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and gave her clients the chance to have unforgettable experiences inlcuding a horseback safari, a cruise on the Zambezi and an incredible Rhino Walk.
Her clients wanted to experience the Okavango Delta from a different perspective.
As Avid horseriders, they were hoping to find a horseback safari.
The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe was also a must-see.
Okavanga Horse Safari in Botswana
Exploring the Okavango Delta on horseback offers a very different experience to a jeep safari. Setting off before dawn each day offers the best game viewing opportunities. On this safari, you spend four to six hours a day in the saddle, riding between camps and are truly at one with nature as you canter alongside giraffe and zebra and happen across herds of buffalo and elephants.
You'll also enjoy lunchtime siestas, afternoon and evening game drives, bird walks and more. Most nights are spent at Kujwana Camp, which offers a choice of suites or safari-style tents set along the riverbank, while Mokolwane Camp boasts five treehouses and exceptional elephant viewing.
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
For their trip to see the Victoria Falls, I booked my clients three nights in wilderness tents at Masuwe Lodge in Zimbabwe. Located just seven kilometres from Victoria Falls, it sits on the border of the Zambezi National Park. Their stay included a tour of Victoria Falls and daily wildlife activities, such as guided walks and game drives in the neighbouring Chamabonda National Park.
They also enjoyed a free sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River and I even organised a private cruise with a hippo conservationist, who offers fascinating insights into these enormous mammals.
Rhino Walk in Zimbabwe
To give my clients an up-close animal encounter with one of Africa's 'Big 5', I booked them a half-day Rhino Walk in Zambia's Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. This tour offers incredible opportunities to take amazing photos as you walk among the rhinos. Easily accessible from their lodge in Zimbabwe, there was no need to pack and move hotels.