Spiritual Traveling – Spirit of Africa

Spiritual Traveling with CSLDallas – Creating Community within Community

Traveling opens our minds to new experiences and our hearts to new people. It offers intimate opportunities to travel with our ministers to connect, learn, and grow. CSLDallas Spiritual Travel is a spiritual pilgrimage, inviting us to go deeper into our spiritual practice and teachings through the lens of the people and places we visit. Combining sacred places with morning spiritual practice allows us to learn and practice together. Eating, exploring, riding, and rooming together allows us to connect to CSLDallas folks in ways beyond compare.

Experience the Spirit, Magic, and Breathtaking Beauty and the Magnificent Animals of South Africa with Rev Karen!

March 15 – 22, 2020

South Africa offers an exotic combination of landscapes, people, history and culture. On this spiritual journey we explore Cape Town and visit Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island, venture to the most southwest corner of the Africa continent, take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, and have dinner in an Africa township. Fly to Kruger National Park for unbelievable 4-nights & 3-days of game viewing at the exquisite Ngala Private Game Reserve.


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Spiritual Traveling with CSLDallas – Creating Community within Community

Each day, we will come together as a community and do spiritual practice together and dive deep into the Spirit of Africa. Also, Rev Karen is bringing all of her professional photography equipment to capture it all. She sees through the Lens of God!

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1- Sun, March 15

Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront which has a distinctly maritime feel and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, the bustling marina and South Africa’s majestic landmark, Table Mountain. The hotel is a short walk away from Victoria and Alfred shopping complex. Radisson Blu is conveniently located and comfortable with a pool terrace that contains a rim-flow swimming pool that overlooks the sea. A great place to relax!

Day 2 – Mon, March 16

After our morning meeting and breakfast, we catch ferry to Robben island, previously used to house political prisoners, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. A guided tour on the island will provide special insight into the conditions under which the political prisoners were held, as well as their struggle against apartheid. The highlight will be the visit to the prison cell of Nelson Mandela, who later became the democratically-elected president of South Africa.

This evening we visit the Mzansi restaurant, owned by a beautiful woman named Nomande in the African township of Langa. We enjoy African Music and great food.

Day 3 – Tues, March 17

We take a scenic tour from the city center to the southwestern tip of Africa, Cape Point, one of the world’s most beautiful drives. This is where two Oceans meet!

We see magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and historic & picturesque coastal villages along this beautiful drive. We travel through Camps Bay, Haut Bay and along the Atlantic seaboard stopping at LLandudno Lookout Point. We travel through Silvermine Bay Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve – which has magnificent vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species, zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. On the return we visit the African penguin colony located at the beautiful Bolders Beach. Here we have lunch.

Day 4 – Wed, March 18

We take an early morning tour of Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. It is a significant tourist attraction, with visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. We take the 65-passenger cable car ride from Tafleberg Road to the top of Table Mountain, where we enjoy spectacular views in all directions and a bird’s eye view of the city.

Afterwards we take a 2-hour walk from Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Gardens, a relatively easy walk on a dirt road and wooden track, it consists of mild uphill sections, but is mostly downhill and flat. Along the way we enjoy the greenery of Cecilia and Newlands forests and vast views of the slopes of Table Mountain, an aerial perspective of

Kirstenbosch, and even views as far as the Cape Flats.

We then have lunch together at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before strolling through the gardens on our own.The gardens are a celebration of South African flora, showcasing only indigenous South Africa plants. Fynbos, proteas, cycads and rolling lawns are intermingled with streams and ponds and well laid out pathways for easy walking. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular.

We have dinner together at the famous African Café.

Day 5 – Thurs, March 19

We leave our hotel at 8:00am for our 3-hour flight to Mpumalanga International Airport. Just an hour or so away is the Ngala Private Game Lodge in Kruger National Park.

The magic and mystery of Africa comes alive in the ambiance of the elegant and exquisite &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. True African hospitality lies at the core of lodge and there are 5-star ratings to prove it.

Nature is never far at Ngala Safari Lodge, with breakfast and lunch served in the shade of an enormous weeping boere bean tree.

A walled courtyard provides a sheltered space to indulge in sumptuous cuisine, while the boma creates a dramatic setting for fire-lit dinners.

Secret nooks and crannies with cushy sofas are ideal for quiet hours of contemplation in the leafy shade, and at night, a myriad of lanterns and candles peep out between the boughs of trees, shining out a promise of warmth and comfort.

&Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to the Big Five, but is particularly known for its elephant, water buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of African wild dogs. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered.

The largest of all land mammals, the African elephant, is most often spotted leisurely browsing on the vegetation. Elephants are completely dependent on water and travel considerable distances to a watering hole, making this the perfect place to watch out for them. After settling into our rooms, we take our first evening game drive.

Days 6 and 7 – Fri & Sat, March 20 and 21   

We have the same schedule for both days.

5:30am: wake-up call and guests congregate with the rangers at the lodge for tea and coffee and light snacks.

6:30am: As the early morning sun rises over the horizon, high-skilled game rangers and trackers head out with us into the African bushveld to discover the wonder of the African bush and possibly a unique encounter with one of its majestic inhabitants. One can sense the excitement. Who knows what to expect? A herd of ever cautious impala huddled together, a leopard in the branches of a knobthorn tree with a kill from the last hours of darkness, a herd of elephant feeding in the lush vegetation or a pride of lion in the shade of an acacia. The sound of creatures awakening to a new day stirs your passion for Africa and its many wonders.

10:00am: The fresh aromas of Ngala’s signature breakfast entice guests back to the lodge.

Overlooking the African plains from the main deck, a spectacular breakfast follows your return from the morning game drive.

11:00am: An optional bush walk can be arranged with Rangers at the lodge

1:30pm: Lunch – Ngala’s talented chefs prepare the medley of culinary delights, inspired by Africa flavors yet guided by western cooking tradition.

2:00pm: The group meets for an informal discussion.

4:00pm: A vivid sunset sky forms the backdrop of an unforgettable wildlife experience as we venture back into the bush again in search of another incredible wildlife experience. As darkness approaches, the animals become more active, rarely seen nocturnal creatures emerge and incredible interactions are the order of the day.

8:00pm: One-by-one drivers return to the lodge, the fires are lit, and night time entertainment begins. On the last night, we have our farewell dinner in the Boma under a starlit sky.

Day 8 – Sun, March 22

5:30am Wake-up call for our final morning game viewing drive. We venture out at 6:00am for 3-hours before returning to the lodge for breakfast and check out before we return to the airport for our flight to Johannesburg.

Price $5,989.00

Includes:

  • All flights within South Africa
  • All tours and transfers
  • Robben Island tour to cell of Nelson Mandela
  • Tour of Cape point most southwest tip of Africa
  • Cable car and tour of Table Mountain
  • Nature and Lunch in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • 5-days and 4-nights hotel in Cape Town with daily breakfast
  • 2 Dinners in Capetown
  • 4-days and 3-nights at Ngala Private Game reserve with morning and evening game viewing drives and awalking safari in the bush. Ngala Includes ALL Meals, Drinks and Tours

Does Not Include:

  • Air from USA to South Africa
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and Visa related costs
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage fees

Add-On to Victoria Falls with Rev Karen:

March 22 – 25, 2020

We’re already in Southern Africa, why not take the opportunity to see one of the 7-Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls! See all the beauty of Victoria Falls on a 4-day tour including one night in Johannesburg and roundtrip flights to Victoria Falls. We’re staying at the 5-Star Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”. The hotel is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group.

Visit Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls village, then wind through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where you’ll take a rainforest walk, see the world’s largest waterfall, and spot local wildlife on an exciting Zambezi River sunset cruise. Enjoy touring and travel by day, and immaculate accommodations by night. Includes daily breakfasts, high tea, all tours and farewell dinner.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 – Sun, March 22

We depart Ngala Lodge and fly back to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa and stay at the Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Hotel just 500 meters from the airport. We have the evening free on our own for dinner at the hotel or in the city.

Day Two – Mon, March 23

On arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in the morning, we board our flight to the Victoria Falls International Airport, on the Zimbabwe side of the Falls. Here we are transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel, where we spend (2) nights.

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three ISO-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style 5-star hotel combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek.

The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-Ou-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark. Words and photos cannot describe or compare to feeling, breathing, wearing Victoria Falls. The earth simply split open in the middle of the Zambezi River and now takes us all in. From a distance, the mist looks like smoke from a major forest fire.

Boma Restaurant Dinner

Transfer to the Boma Restaurant at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s Boma Restaurant. Dinner is buffet style, and consists of a wide variety of game meats, local dishes, vegetarian options, salads, accompaniments, as well as a range of desserts. During dinner, dancers perform in traditional African style, to suit the ambience of this vibey venue. Tea/coffee ends the meal, and a cash bar is available. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day Three – Tues, March 24

This morning after breakfast, we are taken on a guided Tour of the Falls. We’ll take it all in, including the wildlife, and the awe of nature. Towards the end of the afternoon, we’ll board a Sunset Cruise and then enjoy dinner at The Livingstone Room back at our Hotel.

Guided Tour of the Falls

First stop is the Big Tree – a massive baobab many hundreds of years old with a girth of some 22 meters. The tour continues to the Falls themselves, starting at Livingstone’s statue and Devil’s Cataract and proceeding through the rainforest to Danger Point. The total walk is 3kms with many spectacular view points along the way. Make sure you pack a Raincoat!

Sunset Cruise

We’ll take a cruise along the Upper Zambezi in the late afternoon. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zambezi River in relaxation. This trip often offers a magnificent chance to witness wildlife and a spectacular African sunset. Afterwards, we’ll transfer back to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner together!

Day 4 – Wed, March 25

After breakfast, we are transferred back to the Victoria Falls International Airport and board our outbound flight back to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On arrival in Johannesburg, we connect you with your evening outbound flight back home to Dallas.

Total Cost $1849.00

Includes:
3 Night’s accommodation and breakfasts
All road transfers as per itinerary
Sunset Cruise including light snacks and local drinks as per itinerary
Guided Tour of the Falls as per itinerary
Boma Dinner as per itinerary
Flights: (1) Johannesburg to Victoria Falls (2) Johannesburg return

Excludes:
Visas if required
Meals not specified
Bar accounts not specified and premium imports
Laundry
Additional activities / sightseeing / entry fees / park fees
Flights not specified
Airport taxes
Travel Insurance