Welcome to South Africa! On arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to The Grand Daddy Hotel for an overnight. Located on famous Long Street, the hotel is close to Green Market Square, as well as award-winning restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, bars and shopping.
Rise early today for your hike up the iconic Table Mountain. This World Wonder is packed full of trails for every level of climber. Wind your way up to the top, or challenge yourself on some of the rock walls. Either way, the view once you’ve submitted is well worth it!
Wet & Wild Peninsula Tour
This morning enjoy breakfast before being picked up by your guide and small group to begin your adventure packed day. After gaining some confidence in Stand-Up-Paddling (SUP) in the secure environment of the V&A Waterfront, the aim of the day is to explore the highlights of the Cape Peninsula looking for any excuse to embrace the ocean and fully experience one of the most unique marine habitats in the world.
After the mornings paddle boarding excursion, head down the coast to Kalk Bay Harbor to visit the fish market, meet the seals and throw a hand line over the harbor wall to see what you can catch. Enjoy lunch at one of the local favorites such as the Harbour House, Live Bait or Luck Fish & Chips. After lunch it’s off to Boulder’s beach to visit the African Penguins. Large crowds gather at the main Penguin colony, so you’ll skirt between the secret, local only, Waters Edge or Windmill Beaches instead meeting what have fondly become known as the ‘Rogue Penguins’ who like to escape the noise. Weather depending, head out on a Stand Up Paddleboard and/or snorkel in the pool sized rock pools the size of swimming pools. This is also a great time to just enjoy the beach and penguins. Be prepared, the water is very cold!
Dry off and hop back in the tour vehicle to seek out the peninsulas wild deserted beaches for some more Stand Up Paddle Boarding and dive amongst the kelp forests. Today ends appropriately in style with an incredible view of the Atlantic while enjoying a glass of vino at the wine farm. Head back to Cape Town, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way, for dinner at any of Cape Town’s fabulous restaurants and another night at The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel to rest up for tomorrow.
You will be picked up early this morning for your transfer to False Bay for the Great White Shark experience. Breakfast is served in false bay, so grab a snack before you head out! False Bay is unique in that it is one of the very few places in the world where shark breaching takes place. A breach is when Great White Sharks hunt seals and launch themselves clean out of the water in pursuit of their prey. It is spectacular to witness and happens frequently in a morning, but only during a short and very defined season, June and late August/early September.
Join your skipper, a qualified shark expert, for a briefing before setting off to Seal Island. Scientists have acknowledged that great white sharks behave differently in False Bay at Seal Island then anywhere else along the South African coastline. This is mostly due to the ideal topographical structure around the island, allowing for stealthy attacks. The speed at which the sharks are able to go after their prey is what ultimately results in their “flying” out of the water once they’ve taken hold. You will arrive at the island just before sunrise and spend the first hour and a half observing the sharks and trying to force a breach with the use of a decoy seal being towed behind the boat.
After having, hopefully, observed a breach the boat will anchor at the island and there you will spend approximately three hours cage diving with the Great Whites should you so wish. Return to the harbor around 2 pm where you will be transferred back to The Grand Daddy Hotel for the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Welcome to Botswana!
Rise early this morning for the flight(s) to Maun, where you will be met and transferred to Thamalakane River Lodge to meet your guide and small group. Breakfast included.
Guide Training Course
This morning depart for Kwapa camp from Bon Arrivé which is opposite Maun International Airport at 2 PM, (we then give the students time to purchase their drinks) this is approximately a 2 hour road transfer. The remainder of this day consists primarily of orientation and familiarization of the camp and course procedures that we will be following during the ensuing week.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland deltas situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world – the Kalahari basin. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich yet fragile ecosystem, providing a life source for an incredible variety of wildlife. A wealth of species have adapted to the contrasting conditions created by living in the harsh Kalahari desert which is transformed annually with the arrival of the delta flood waters originating in Angola.
Guide Training Course
Daily activities: Every morning we wake-up early and have breakfast and head out into the wilderness. The route we take and the transport we used is based on the movement of the wildlife and the specific targets for the day.Wilderness excursions are done on foot, by vehicle, by boat and dug-out canoe. We return to camp by late morning for a short lecture on one of our topics. Our lecture topics include “wildlife and ecology of the Okavango”, “hydrology of the Okavango”, “fascinating birds”, “mammal behavior”, “African conservation issues” and more.A hearty lunch is served in camp followed by time for shower, siesta and personal study time. Tea is served in the mid-afternoon and followed by an afternoon excursion.
During the week at Kwapa you will do a sleep-out where we load the bare minimum and head out by boat or mokoro to a remote island and set up a sleep-out fly-camp where we sleep under the stars for the night. We return to camp before lunch the following day.
Welcome to Zambia!
This morning you will be returned to the Maun airport for the light aircraft flight to Kasane, where you will cross the border and then the river to arrive in Zambia. You will be transferred from the border, about an hour by road, to your final safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River upstream from the Victoria Falls. This afternoon you may choose to head out with the camp’s guide on a sunset boat cruise to spot wildlife along the river banks or relax in your room or by the pool. Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge.
Falls Visit & White Water Rafting
This morning you will head into town (about 45 minutes) to see the Victoria Falls. We also recommend that today you go white water rafting! The Falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and are the largest sheet of falling water on earth – a spellbinding and mesmerizing spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes a thunderous roar in full flood and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles – hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Water flow over the Falls varies throughout the year. The river’s annual flood season is February to May when the spray can reach a height of over 400m, this is spectacular from above but it can be difficult to see the Falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist around April. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their driest just before the rains in October/November.
When a river 1700m wide plunges 120m over the Victoria Falls and is trapped in a basalt gorge no more than 40m wide the result is….turbulent! For the next 70km the warm waters of the Zambezi River offers some of the finest Grade 5 high volume rapids on the planet as it surges through the scenic splendor of the Batoka Gorge.The high water run operates as river rises following the early rains and subsides as the dry season commences. The journey begins 10km downstream of the Falls starting at the Overland Truck-eater (Rapid 11) through to The End (Rapid 24) and includes the Mother (Rapid 13) at its brooding best. The river Journey is about 15 km. You will be transferred back to Chundukwa River Lodge at the end of the day. Box lunch included for this day.
Arguably the best place to witness the immense mass of water going over the Victoria Falls is tiny Livingstone Island, the place where Dr David Livingstone first glimpsed Mosi-oa-Tunya. Tongabezi offers five trips a day to Livingstone Island. A twin-engine boat that carries up to 16 people will take you through the fast-moving channels of the Zambezi, a thrilling journey.
Once on the island, you will be given a guided tour, learning about its history from ancient times, when it served as a sacrificial site, to the present day and its World Heritage status. Then you have a chance to jump into Devil’s Pool, a natural feature right on the edge of the Falls accessible for only a few months a year. The view from the edge is totally exhilarating as you feel the force of the Zambezi flowing past you and crashing down over the precipice; a hundred meter drop. You will be returned to Chundukwa River Lodge for overnight.
Enjoy one last morning on the beach before it’s time for the transfer Livingstone Airport to meet your departing flights back to Johannesburg and and home or onto your next adventure!. Breakfast.
As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.
Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.
Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot springs...it has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!
Isaac joined African Safari Co. & Expeditions in 2018. He has extensive experience traveling throughout Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. While his expertise lies in the tropical paradise of of South America, he is excited to hit the ground running in discovering Africa and scouting out the most unique, and adventurous, safari experiences.
Shannon joined the company in 2015 and has since had the incredible opportunity of visiting Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her first trip to Kenya is where she fell in love with the people, wildlife and the soul of a safari. She now managers web design & marketing for African Safari Co. & Expeditions.
Elliot joined the African Safari Co. team, and the world, in June of 2016. He begin as our official Director of Naps and has since traveled to South Africa and Guatemala and has been promoted to Vice President of chaos. Elliot is excited to continue to grow with the company, quite literally speaking, and travel the world in search of new adventures!
Bogey has been with the African Safari Co. since 2014. While he unfortunately can not travel to Africa, for a natural fear of lions, he loves being in the office and helping to keep everyone on their toes and on time for daily walks.