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Safariline's Quarterly Newsletter Planes, Trains and Automobiles
March 2008
Greetings from Safariline,
Welcome to our quarterly newsletter, a valuable resource of travel news on Africa only.

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Planes
Sefofane

Perhaps the best way to travel around southern Africa is with your own pilot and plane. Fly-in safaris bring even more adventure to your safari.

Travelers wishing to visit a combination of remote areas in a short space of time with a minimal time spent in transit, air charter is the answer. On a fly-in safari your pilot is also your guide. Your pilot-guide will accompany you throughout the trip and you benefit from years of local knowledge.

At Safariline, we use Sefofane Air Charters. In Southern Africa Sefofane operates a diverse fleet of aircraft suitable for connecting remote bush destinations with small dirt airstrips.
Air charter can require a completely different mind set when putting together a trip. Unlike scheduled airlines, charter flights can be set at times which suit you. Busy airports can be avoided and lesser known airports which are more en route can be used.

See our Fly-in Itineraries for more information:
Wings over Northern Botswana & Victoria Falls
Best of Central Africa Wing Safari
Fish River Canyon
Luxury Fly-in
Best of Zimbabwe Wing Safari

Fly me to the Mara Special
In East Africa, Safariline is pleased to offer a fly-in safari dream! Fly me to the Mara is a fly-in special to Kenya where the internal flights are free. Imagine staying 4 nights in the famed Masai Mara camps with the internal flights on us! Fly me to the Mara special includes a 4 night stay at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp or 3 nights at Bateleur Camp at Kichwa Tembo and we will include your return flights between Wislon Airport and the Masai Mara complimentary. This offer is valid until December 15th, 2008. Call us for details.

Also see East Africa Fly-In Safari:

Kenya Aloft


Trains
rovos rail

What could be more romantic than an elegant train ride through Africa. We have many options to make you swoon.

Rovos Rail Rovos Rail offers two beautifully rebuilt Classic trains, each carrying a maximum of 72 passengers who are accommodated in the most spacious and luxurious train suites in the world.

Safariline offers the Pretoria - Victoria Falls two- night train adventure. Your journey begins as the train departs Rovos Rail's gracious station at Capital Park in Pretoria. This special journey departs in the morning and slowly meanders north towards Bela Bela, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn just after the station of Soekmekaar. Once over the Soutpansberg mountains, north of Makhado we enter Baobab country. Few sights are more evocative of primeval Africa than the eerie silhouette of a Baobab tree at sunset. South African border formalities will take place at Musina and then, very slowly over Beit Bridge, the train will ease itself into Zimbabwe. Continue to Hwange Game Reserve to enjoy an early morning game drive. Journeys end is the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
For details see www.safariline.net/South Africa/tours
The Blue Train The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.

The routes of The Blue Train - both scheduled and chartered - take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world. As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savour exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Meals are complimented by the best wines South Africa has to offer.

Shongololo
Since its establishment in 1995, Shongololo Express has operated 16-day train Adventures to every corner of the southern continent. Named the Good Hope, the Southern Cross and the Dune, these tours give guests the opportunity to savour and absorb all the sights of the land through which they travel. Where there is much to see and explore, the train stays over for one or more days before moving on to the next stop. Safariline offers, amoung the other Shongololo Adventures;
The Southern Cross Adventure.
This 16 day journey travels across six countries. The route is carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences every day. The train travels leisurely between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg making numerous calls at destinations in Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. As the tracks unfurl you'll gain rare insight into the cultural and geographical cocktail that makes Southern Africa so vibrant and exciting.

Desert Express
The Desert Express takes you through Namibia's renowned wide open spaces, with its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, seemingly endless savannahs, wide expanses of gravel plains and golden-red dune seas. Namibia's unique rail experience travels overnight from Windhoek to Swakopmund or reverse. For the trip from Windhoek to Swakopmund, rock gently on plush couches as you watch the journey unfold. A scheduled stop along the way lets you disembark for a late afternoon game drive. You stop again after a dinner of the finest Namibian food accompanied by choice wines to gaze up at a sky full of stars like you have never seen before. After breakfast the next morning, you are rewarded with a hike up the warm sands of the coastal Namib dune sea. It is still morning when the train pulls into the picturesque costal town of Swakopmund. Watch our website for new train programs coming online soon.


Automobiles

If you're feeling adventurous and independent, try a self-drive safari.

We can help you rent a car and give you an itinerary built around great driving destinations. Keep in mind some places in Africa are just much easier to get around by yourself.

Cape Town, South Africa is probably the most conducive for a self-drive (or non guided) itinerary. Routes through the Winelands with time to stop at vineyards. Travel through the Gardenroute and along the Indian Ocean will reveal amazing vistas.

To make getting around even easier, we can now reserve a GPS with your car rental featuring turn by turn directions.
To drive in South Africa you must be in possession of a valid International Drivers Permit/License. These are easy to get by contacting your local AAA (or similar organization) to apply for the necessary license which is normally issued at a nominal fee. Unfortunately , if you do not have this document prior to leaving your country of residence, you will not be permitted to drive a rental car.

For Self-drive ideas see:
Cape Winelands & Wilderness
Jewels of the Cape


Weather Delay Frustrations
With the advent of instant access to the internet, many passengers feel they should be sitting in the piolt seat. So the next time you are tempted to question the flight crew regarding any weather related delays, consider this captain's recent annoucement;

"If the passenger with the IPhone would be kind enough to use it to check the weather at our alternate, calculate our fuel burn due to being rerouted around the storms, call the dispatcher to arrange our release, and then make a phone call to the nearest Air Traffic Control center to arrange our timely departure amongst the other aircraft carrying passengers with IPhones, then we will be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the Flight Attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multi-million dollar aircraft and its 84 passengers to safely leave."

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
You've got options. In fact there are so many great ways to travel Africa, Safariline is here to help to sort out what is best for you. Not only do we know the best places to go, we know the best ways to get there.

This newsletter will explore the options of self drive itineraries, train adventures and fly-in safaris. Let's start with planes. Sometimes the only way to get to remote safari destinations is by flying in small aircraft which are able to land on small, often dirt runways. In southern africa Safariline uses a well known small aircraft company called Sefofone (sef-o-fon-ee). To learn more, see the article on Planes.

For the train enthusiast, try riding the rails of Africa. A relaxing and luxurious way of traveling through Africa, each train is uniquily different. Safariline is here to help you choose the right fit.

Safariline also has itineraries built around a self-drive adventures. Probably best suited for the easy roads of South Africa and Nambia, a self-drive safari though the Winelands and Gardenroute is hard to beat.
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