African Travel With Peter Baxter

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Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 2013

Travel with peter Baxter Africa offers small group, custom African travel adventures from personally guided expeditions to Kilimanjaro designed for older climbers to battlefield tours of southern Africa to general, cerebral travel for the thinking traveler.

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As the wilderness areas of shrink, the emphasis of travel on the great continent of Africa is tending more towards the cerebral elements of culture, historic and battlefields. An ideal travel experience today includes, of course, the great national parks, but also the monuments and sites of political and historic significance. In the company of historian, author and guide Peter Baxter, the elements of the journey inevitably come together to form a three dimensional picture of the landscape that no other journey can offer.

Southern Africa

Here is the home of the most concentrated combination of natural and human history. From the vast natural heritage of Botswana and Namibia to the extraordinarily well preserved heritage sites of South Africa, and the form the beaches of Mozambique to the great inland waters of Kariba and the Zambezi, southern Africa offers all of the very best of African travel.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

What follows is a sample two-week itinerary. I typically design each trip to the specific needs of individuals and groups:

  • Victoria Falls: Arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport. After an evening orientation and early night, followed by a morning spent taking in the sites before an Afternoon drive to the Chobe National Park
  • Chobe: Chobe, among other things, is one of the great birdwatching destination of Africa, but also a superb safari and wildlife destination. Evening booze/cruise and game viewing on the water before dinner. After an early morning game drive into the national park, we drive on to Maun, from where we will fly to a remote wilderness camp on the Okavango Delta
  •  Maun: An easy day spent relaxing in between game walks and drives in the company of local field guide. Storytelling by the fire before an early night, and an early flight out. From Maun we drive to Zimbabwe’s second capital, Bulawayo
  • Bulawayo: We spend a full day in Bulawayo visiting various sites of interest, including the Matopos and Khami Ruins, with an intensive day of history lectures detailing the history of the amaNdebele, the early colonization of the territory and some of the formative conflicts. From Bulawayo we drive on the Harare, pausing briefly at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a deeper insight into pre-colonial Zimbabwean history.
  • Harare: In Harare we take a breather, visiting local galleries and craft centers and absorbing some of the sites and sounds of the city before taking a road trip to Mana Pools. This internationally renowned international heritage site and wildlife reserve offers an unparallelled experience of wild Africa.
  • Mana Pools: Two nights in Mana Pools offers an opportunity to get completely under the skin of this extraordinary destination on the south bank of the Zambezi River.
  • Vilanculos: Returning to Harare, we overnight in a city lodge before catching a flight to the coast of Mozambique and the paradise Islands, a sensitively developed idyll on the Indian ocean coast that will be the perfect way to round of our tour. Two evenings will be spend in lectures and discussions on the subject of Portuguese colonial history and elements of the later wars and conflicts that brought about an end to European rule in the sub-continent.
  • Johannesburg: From Vilanculos we will return to Johannesburg for a farewell dinner before the trip winds up.

Kilimanjaro and East Africa

East Africa is home to the quintessence of the open plains and the thundering hooves, but also to the greatest of Africa’s mountains, its lakes and its most spectacular shorelines. From the Roof of Africa to the white coral beaches, there is nowhere quite as layered and fascinating as this most blessed region of Africa.

On the Flanks of Kilimanjaro

On the Flanks of Kilimanjaro

What follows is a sample two-week itinerary. I typically design each trip to the specific needs of individuals and groups:

  • Moshi/Kilimanjaro: Arriving at Kilimanjaro International airport, typically we spend one night in Moshi followed by a second night at the famous Ndarakwai Ranch private game reserve before beginning an eight day Kilimanjaro summit.
  • Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater: Returning from the mountain, and after an evening celebration and an early night, we head in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater and the famous Serengeti National Park. For up to five days we enjoy the pleasures of game viewing, birdwatching and spotting in this extraordinary combined national park and conservation area. Accommodation is typically in luxury hotel and bushcamp accommodation.
  • Zanzibar Island: We round off the trip with a flight either from Seronera, located within the Seregeti National Park, or Arusha International Airport to Zanzibar island for a few concluding days touring the beaches and heritage sites of one of the oldest settlements of sub-Saharan Africa.

There are a significant number of A-list African wildlife parks throughout Tanzania and Kenya which can be visited by arrangement. The Serengeti/ Ngorongoro Crater axis is amongst the best known and most accessible, but with a little more effort and time there are a number of other unique and spectacular options. Tanzania is also known for excellent big game fly fishing, which is one of our specialties.

The Cape

This is my personal favorite, and I am sure a great many others too. The Cape region of South Africa is a multi-faceted region with so many layers of fascination that it is hard to know where to begin. The focus of the Cape, of course, is Cape Town itself, but the hinterland of Cape Town, stretching to the borders of Namibia in the northwest to KwaZulu/Natal in the northeast, there is an almost limited variety of culture and landscape in between. For practical purposes, however, Cape Town and the associated wine regions are probably what most visitors will see, and if this excites your interest, then a second and third visit will probably be necessary to begin un-peeling the layers.

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The Company Gardens, Downtown Cape Town

Cape Town has a history dating back to the middle of the 17th century, not the oldest European settlement in the region – the east coast was settled by the Portuguese as early as the later 1400s, but certainly the most developed and sophisticated. A tour of the region would typically follow this pattern:

Cape Town

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