Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to Africa! You will be met at the gate of your arriving flight into Cape Town and be assisted through customs and immigration and onto the waiting transfer to your hotel.

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the V&A Waterfront has become one of South Africa's most visited destinations. Aside from the myriad of shops, restaurants and bars, there is a more cultural side to the Waterfront, focused around the historic Clock Tower, which was the original Port Captain's Office in 1882 and part of a collection of well-preserved turn of the century buildings. It is near here that the ferries depart for Robben Island (from the Nelson Mandela Gateway), while the Two Oceans Aquarium is a short walk from here. With ferries and boats continuously on the go, Cape Fur Seals playing in the harbor water, and a mix of both locals and international visitors, the Waterfront is a wonderful place to soak up some typical Cape Town vibe.

Cape Town

The Table Bay Hotel

Three nights at The Table Bay Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Cape Town City, Table Mountain & Robben Island

You will be picked up by your guide and small group and explore the city of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City, this morning. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the Peninsula. As you come back down from the mountain, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses.

From here you return to the V&A Waterfront with time for lunch (own account) before meeting back up to take the ferry over to Robben Island. The guides inside the prison are former political prisoners. They are fully knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500 year old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell. When you return to the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where you can either head right back to your hotel or stay and have dinner and do some shopping. Overnight The Table Bay. Breakfast included.

Robben Island

Notes: Cable Car tickets for Table Mountain are not included in tour price as the cable car is weather-dependent.

Day 3: Cape Peninsula & Winelands

Today’s adventure combines two of the highlights of the Cape: The Cape of Good Hope and Stellenbosch, in the Winelands. Your private guide will meet you in the lobby of The Table Bay and you will start by taking in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Proceed to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. You stop for lunch in this area, (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and then visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach.

Onward to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Here you enjoy a wine tasting session and a cellar tour, before returning to your hotel late this afternoon. Breakfast and wine-tasting included.

Cape Peninsula

Note: Alternative estates may be visited over weekends and public holidays.

Day 4, 5 & 6: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

This morning you will be returned to the airport to meet the direct flight to Greater Kruger Park. On arrival at Skukuza, you will be picked up and transferred about an hour to your final safari lodge in the famous Sabi Sand Reserve. Sabi Sands a 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950’s, when the internal fences were dropped and a shared environmental management program was put in place. Today, many of these families are now third and fourth generation land owners, their legacy being the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa. You will arrive in time to relax and unpack before the afternoon game drive.

Even though there is a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the wildlife in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area. Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small.

Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings.

Close encounters are every day occurrences, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to the sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders! Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Notten's Bush Camp

Three nights Notten's Bush Camp. All meals, local soft drinks, selected spirits, house wines and beers, two game drives and one bush walk per day included.

Day 7 & 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Rise early this morning for the three hour road transfer to Nelspruit to meet the direct flight to Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. Please make sure to request a KAZA visa at immigration, which allows you entry to both sides of the Falls for one visa cost. You will be met after passing through customs and transferred to Zimbabwe and your lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. The town of Victoria Falls lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls. It is a lovely tourist town which is easy to explore on foot and which offers a wide range of activities from the challenge of white water rafting and to bungee jumping.

On Day 8, you will be picked up at your hotel for a private tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. The Victoria Falls are one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerizing spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100 m drop across nearly 2 km makes a thunderous roar 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'. Access to Victoria Falls is within easy walking distance from your lodge. 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 400 m, this is spectacular from above but it makes it very difficult to see the Falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their lowest October-December when much of the rocky face becomes dry.

Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Two nights The Victoria Falls Hotel. Breakfast included each day.

Day 9 & 10: Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning you will be picked up and transferred by road your lodge inside Chobe National Park on the banks of the Chobe River. Covering an area of about 4,250 square miles, Chobe is the third largest game park/reserve in the country. The Chobe River forms the northern border and in the southwest the park borders on the Moremi Reserve. The park consists of four main regions, each with its own types of vegetation and geological features. The area in the Chobe River flood plain is known as the Serondela region and is famous for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Hundreds of the huge animals can be seen coming down to drink at the river in the dry season.

Enjoy thrilling guided game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalo, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River or join one of the acclaimed guides on a wondrous water safari on specially adapted motorboats. Because this is a national park no walking or night drives are allowed inside the park boundaries. Visit the gym and beauty spa, or relax on the terrace beside the large swimming pool. Your lodge also offers interesting slide shows, star gazing, garden and river walks.

Chobe National Park

Chobe Game Lodge

Two nights Chobe Game Lodge. All meals, local drinks and laundry included.

Day 11, 2 & 13: Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Spend one more morning at Chobe before you will be returned to Kasane to meet the light aircraft flight to the famous Okavango Delta. You will be met at the airstrip by your camp guide and vehicle and head to camp to settle in before the afternoon activity. he Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Chobe National Park on the south-western part of the Park. The Moremi Game Reserve covers almost one third of the Delta. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland river delta in the world and consists of pans, floodplains, lily covered lagoons, grasslands, forests of acacia trees, savannahs and dense Mopane Woodlands.

Flood levels fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, with high water levels peaking in the central Okavango during the dry winter months and water levels at their lowest during the later summer months, contrary to the seasonal rainfall. Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr-Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months.

With such a wide variety of vegetation comes a diverse spectrum of wild life. Huge herds of impala and tsessebe are found in the area, while in the dry season large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephant and zebra flock into the reserve from the Kalahari in search of food and water. The rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope live in the papyrus banks of the waterways. Lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunt in the open grassland. The reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, the Crested Crane and the Sacred Ibis. This vast variety of mammal, bird, insect, plant, fish and reptile species have successfully adapted to the swamp conditions. Moremi Game Reserve is a wilderness paradise with great game viewing throughout the year by 4x4 safari vehicle and motorized boat. Safari activities are conducted by licensed guides eager to share their in-depth knowledge and impart the treasured secrets of this great wilderness.

Okavango Delta

Camp Xakanaxa

Three nights Camp Xakanaxa. All meals, local drinks and laundry included.

Day 14: Depart Africa

You have one last morning in the African wilderness before it’s time to return to the Kanana Airstrip for the light aircraft flight to Maun. There you will be met and assisted to the scheduled flight back to Johannesburg Airport for your departing flights. Breakfast included.

Rates -
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January 6 - March $7,670.00 $2,200.00
April - June $8,150.00 $2,030.00
November $8,330.00 $2,220.00
July - October $9,620.00 $2,220.00
Cost based on two travelers sharing. International airfare and scheduled flights not included. Please call for a quote from our air partners!
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