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Cape Town, South Africa • Himba Nomads & Etosha National Park, Namibia • Ga Craftsmen of Ghana • Ancient Ashanti Akwasidee Festival • Fetish Markets & Voodoo Villages of Togo • Benin’s Medieval Somba Tribe • Mali’s Tuareg & Dogon Peoples • Kenya’s Masai & Masai Mara National Reserve • Kingdom of Swaziland • Johannesburg, South Africa

Faces of Africa 2008 Private Jet Package
Faces of Africa: Accomondations

The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
This magnificent, palm-ringed, pink structure at the foot of Table Mountain is one of the world's memorable hotels, rich in colonial elegance and attentive service. Charming lounges, patios, gardens and porches abound. Guest rooms are all air-conditioned and beautifully appointed, and no two are alike. Tennis and squash courts are open day and night.

The Grace at Rosebank, Johannesburg
Set on a quiet, tree-lined street, this Victorian building is trimmed with limestone quoins.
Mahogany doors open to a warm lobby, and a comfortable lounge offers leather furniture and books. The tasteful green color scheme in the guest rooms is enriched with textured rust, gold and burgundy fabrics.

Mokuti Lodge, Etosha
Each of the Mokuti Lodge's thatched chalets is air-conditioned and has en-suite bathroom, TV, refrigerator and telephone. An open-air restaurant, swimming pools and floodlit tennis courts augment bird-watching, hiking and other activities at the adjacent park.

Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra
Adjacent to a palm fringe beach and tucked amid 15 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel boasts newly refurbished rooms. On-site facilities include a health club, open-air terrace bar and restaurant, a large swimming pool and fountain.

Mecure Sarakawa Hotel, Lome
The hotel sits amid 60 acres of coconut palms and hundreds of tropical flower species. Guests enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool, three tennis courts, jogging track and petanque court. All guest rooms are air-conditioned and outfitted with modern amenities.

Hotel la Colombe or Hotel Hendrina Khan, Timbuktu
These two properties offer the best accommodations in Timbuktu. The guest rooms all have private baths, televisions and air conditioning, and are furnished in simple local style. Each hotel has a restaurant and bar on the premises.
Relais Kanaga, Mopti
Built in 1981, this is Mopti's finest hotel, located on the Niger River near the center of town. Air-conditioned guest rooms are comfortable and all have private bathrooms with shower. The Kanaga features one of the few swimming pools in the country and a very good restaurant.

Serena Hotel , Nairobi
The fine downtown hotel is set amid ponds and lush tropical gardens overlooking Central Park. Decorated with clean, uncluttered pan-African themes, the Serena provides a cool, comfortable oasis from the bustling city beyond its double-glazed windows. Dining options are excellent, rooms have many modern amenities and relaxation opportunities include a health club with heated pool, jacuzzi, steam bath and sauna.
Governors Camp, Masai Mara
This camp in the heart of Masai Mara derives its name from the colonial governors who once had exclusive use of the area. Game drives, walking safaris and hot-air ballooning are favorite activities. The comfortable guest tents include baths with hot water, sumptuous breakfasts are prepared over blazing coals, and dinners are served by candlelight.

The Royal Villas, Ezulwini Valley
The Royal Villas are situated in a colonial oasis of gracious verandas, sweeping staircases, wide open spaces and a winding, tree-lined approach. Guest rooms combine modern amenities with African décor and fresh flowers, and recreational facilities include a pool, spa, golf course and casino.

Ancient Cultures, New Horizons: Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive via individual commercial flights in Cape Town.

Day 2 - Cape Town, South Africa
Explore some of the Cape’s many must-see highlights, including Table Mountain, Robben Island Prison, Cape Point, or the area’s largest urban township.

Day 3 - Cape Town, South Africa
Visit a nearby estate for wine-tasting, traditional South African barbecue and an opportunity to speak informally with local citizens.

Day 4 - Himba People, Namibia
Our jet travels along the infamous Skeleton Coast to northern Namibia, where we board small Cessnas for a short flight to our game lodge in Etosha National Park. Watch as groups of antelope, giraffe, elephant and zebra, and hundreds of bird species, gather at watering holes throughout the park.

Day 5 - Etosha National Park, Namibia
Reboard Cessnas bound for Epupa, where some of Namibia’s nomadic Himba people have settled near a year-round water source. Following local protocol, we wait at the edge of the village for a formal invitation to enter and engage with our Himba hosts in small conversational groups.

Day 6 - Accra, Ghana
In a suburb of Accra, we visit world-famous Ga craftsmen who create ornate coffins – shaped like cars, leopards, bottles, lobsters, hens, even microphones – to symbolize the deceased’s persona or affiliation.

Day 7 - Royal Ashanti Akwasidee Festival, Kumasi
In Kumasi, spiritual capital of the Ashanti Kingdom, take part in the exciting climax of the ancient Akwasidae Festival. Watch the jewel-bedecked Ashanti king, flanked by ritual sword-bearing guards and subordinates waving ostrich-feather fans. Costumed dancers perform and storytellers memorialize the history of the Ashanti kings to the accompaniment of drummers and trumpeters.

Day 8 - Lomé & Sanguera Voodoo Village, Togo
Enter the birthplace of vodun (voodoo) in Togo. In a village near the capital of Lomé we visit an extraordinary fetish market filled with elaborate statues and components of ceremonial costumes, as well as herbs, skulls and animal parts used to prepare traditional medicines. Permission pending, we join a vodun ceremony in progress.

Day 9 - Tamberma & Somba Villages, Northern Togo & Benin
Aboard our private jet we travel to Togo’s remote north to see the fortified adobe castle-homes of Tamberma villagers, who honor us with traditional dances. We cross into Benin to visit the Somba people, whose daily lives have changed little since the Middle Ages. Our visit marks a rare opportunity for cultural exchange with these isolated peoples.

Day 10 - Timbuktu, Mali
Our jet flies over the Sahara and touches down in its legendary gateway city, Timbuktu. In the evening, ride atop camels into the desert to enjoy a Tuareg open market and dance performance.

Day 11 - Mopti & Djenné or Dogon People, Mali
Explore Mopti’s river life from a pinasse, then choose from two options. Travel to villages of the Dogon people, who live much as they have for centuries . Or discover Djenné’s extraordinary mud-brick mosque, schools and jumble of narrow streets. At our Mopti hotel we all enjoy a performance by Dogon dancers.

Day 12 - Nairobi, Kenya
Our private jet carries us to Nairobi, Kenya’s lively capital, where we overnight.

Day 13 - Masai Mara, Kenya
Board charter flights to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Surrounding the reserve are the lands of the Masai, who have lived a nomadic life for centuries among the cattle they herd. Learn about their pastoral culture and meet several Masai people.

Day 14 - Masai Mara, Kenya
In Masai Mara National Reserve, see spectacular herds of animals – bushbucks and gazelles, impalas and zebras – stalked by cheetahs and leopards, hyenas and jackals as they feed along the rolling grasslands.

Day 15 - Manzini, Swaziland
Our final exotic stop is the Ezulwini Valley of Swaziland. From our luxurious resort, enjoy lush views of the countryside. Visit a factory where renowned Swazi artifacts are made from recycled glass. At dinner, enjoy a special presentation of the vigorous sibhaca dance performed by Swazi men dressed in the national costume.

Day 16 - Johannesburg, South Africa
Our journey concludes in Johannesburg, the commercial center of the African continent. Relax in luxury at our delightful hotel.

Day 17 - Depart Johannesburg for home
Following breakfast at the hotel, return home on regularly scheduled commercial flights or extend your journey with one of our post-trip options.

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Tour: 17 Days

Priced From: $29,950 Double
$32,450 Single

Travel Dates: November 13, 2008 to
November 29, 2008

Cape Town, South Africa • Himba Nomads & Etosha National Park, Namibia • Ga Craftsmen of Ghana • Ancient Ashanti Akwasidee Festival • Fetish Markets & Voodoo Villages of Togo • Benin’s Medieval Somba Tribe • Mali’s Tuareg & Dogon Peoples • Kenya’s Masai & Masai Mara National Reserve • Kingdom of Swaziland • Johannesburg, South Africa

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