This is an ideal safari for those who wish to explore the magic of Victoria Falls combined with Chobe, the majestic Okavango Delta and the game-rich Moremi Concession, staying in small camps with flights in between to maximize your safari experience. End with a week of relaxation, shopping and culinary delights in Cape Town and the Winelands.
Day 1: Victoria Falls
You will be met on arrival at Victoria Falls airport where you will transferred to the Batonka Guest Lodge for the next two nights to settle in.
This afternoon you will me met and transferred for your Zambezi Dinner Cruise. As the sun begins its descent, step on board our floating restaurant for an exceptional evening on the Zambezi River. Like the exquisite bird after which it was named “Malachite” is one of the Zambezi River’s crowing gems. On the upper deck, guests are offered a glass of sparkling wine to sip as they settle into the very comfortable furniture and relax before the journey along the Zambezi River begins; all the while looking out for the various bird life and animals there are to be seen and then watching as one of Africa’s famous sunsets erupts in the sky. After the sun has sunk below the river line, dinner is served on the lower deck of the vessel with the rich aroma of locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Time seems to stand still as the boat gently glides along to the sound of water lapping up against her sides. Far removed from the glare of city lights and noise, the moon and stars shine brightly in the sky and an atmosphere of mystery and romance envelopes the evening’s experience. After the experience you will be dropped of at Batonka Guest Lodge.
Day 2: Victoria Falls
After breakfast you will be met and taken for a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Walk through the magnificent rain forest where you are able to view the largest falling sheet of water on earth, Livingstone’s statue and a wide variety of birds and plants.
This afternoon you may wish to undertake one of the many optional activities available such as Helicopter flights, Elephant interaction, game drives and more.
Day 3 - 5: Chobe
This morning you are transferred to the Kasane border post for immigration into Botswana where you are met and transferred to Chobe Game Lodge for three nights. Chobe Game Lodge is an elegant, five-star, fully Ecotourism-certified safari lodge and the only property located inside the world-renowned Chobe National Park and set on the banks of the famous Chobe River. Immerse yourself in an all-encompassing safari on land and water in one of Africa’s primary wildlife destinations as the Chobe Game Lodge staff share their passion and explore the diversity of Botswana’s Chobe National Park with you.
Owing to the location of Chobe Game Lodge inside the Chobe National Park, early-morning game drives set off as soon as the park opens, giving you the best chance of tracking predators while they are still active. The afternoon drives depart the lodge in the late afternoon (the exact time is dependent on the season), only returning at park closure time after sunset, thus maximizing the time you spend out in the park to enjoy those special sightings. The drives follow the course of the Chobe River as your experienced guide interprets the bush signs and tracks in search of the resident wildlife. Elephant encounters are common and huge herds of buffalo abound. The ever-present impala and the majestic giraffe are both common residents, while sightings of the puku antelope are also on offer. Predators are plentiful in the northern region of the Chobe National Park, and excellent sightings of lion, wild dog and leopard are to be had. The Chobe Game Lodge vehicles are open 4WD game viewers redesigned to make your trip comfortable and your viewing experience astonishing. Included in the fleet are several silent, CO2 emission-free electric vehicles designed to further enhance your Chobe safari.
No Chobe safari is complete without experiencing the beauty of the Chobe River and its incredible wildlife by boat. The ‘skimmer boats’ seat up to 12 guests in comfortable, movable deck chairs on a flat and stable platform. The river boats are specifically designed to ensure each passenger can take in the magnificent Chobe views in complete comfort from anywhere on the boat. Owing to the flexibility in seating arrangements and the flat deck, the boats are ideal for keen wildlife photographers, with ample space for equipment and the freedom to photograph from any angle. Unlike any other water-based activity in Botswana, the game viewing while on a river safari in Chobe is unsurpassed anywhere in Botswana. Elephant line the water’s edge, hippo congregate in lagoons, hundreds of antelope and giraffe make their way to the water and sightings of predators along the river banks are common. Together with its fleet of electric land vehicles, Chobe Game Lodge has several electric and solar-powered safari boats – a clean and quiet way to enjoy a boat safari and another first for tourism in Africa.
Day 6 - 7: Okavango
After a morning game drive and breakfast, you will be picked up for a road transfer from Chobe Game Lodge to Kasane for your scenic flight to Camp Okavango. The light aircraft flight gives you a great bird’s eye view of the Botswana landscapes. On arrival you will be met and taken on a short walk to Camp Okavango for two nights. Camp Okavango is an exclusive camp located in the heart of the Okavango Delta on Nxatagha Island for two nights. To ensure a peaceful and genuine safari experience, Camp Okavango accommodates just twenty-four guests. Each of the guest suites have been built on individual raised wooden platforms and set beneath the thick Okavango Delta vegetation. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanities, double shower and a separate water closet (with a view). The stack away sliding doors open onto a private open-air viewing deck offering beautiful views over the Okavango Delta.
Water-based activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the quiet old-fashioned way, in the traditional mokoro (dugout canoe).
For those wanting to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness. Birding opportunities are outstanding and anglers may put their skill against bream and tiger fish. Camp Okavango is a water-based camp and game-drive activities, using safari vehicles, are not possible.
Day 8 - 10: Moremi
After an early morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your short flight to the Moremi area. Upon arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to Camp Moremi for three nights, an exclusive camp located within the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. Guests will enjoy the luxurious seclusion of East African-style safari tents, each one set on a raised teak deck, each featuring an en suite bathroom. Accommodating a maximum of twenty-four guest, Camp Moremi ensures exclusivity and privacy in a tranquil environment. Two dining areas serve buffet-style food; special dietary needs are catered for by prior arrangement. Breakfast, brunch and high tea are served in the thatched boma; dinner is savoured under an ebony canopy in the dining room and nightcaps are enjoyed beside the warmth of the glowing fire pit. Guests can also relax by the secluded swimming pool, marvel at spectacular sunsets from the lagoon-side viewing deck, or enjoy the wildlife reference library, lounge and cocktail bar in the elevated thatch and timber main building.
Guest activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. Experienced guides will introduce you to a whole new world of wildlife; watch a Leopard stretched out lazily in the branches of a Mopane tree, herds of Elephant grazing under a canopy of green or a pride of Lions camouflaged in the long grass. Moremi Game Reserve’s incredible wetlands support a vast number of antelope, including Impala, Kudu and Waterbuck. The majestic Fish Eagle and vivid Malachite Kingfisher are frequently seen and even the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl makes an occasional appearance, to the delight of guides and guests alike.
Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife.
Day 11: Cape Town
After a morning game activity and breakfast you are transferred by light aircraft on another scenic flight to Maun to connect to your flight to Cape Town (cost of flight not included). On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to the lovely boutique Tree House Hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 12: Cape Town
Your guide will collect you this morning for your half-day private city tour. Weather depending, Table Mountain will be your first stop for breathtaking views of the city, beaches and Cape Peninsula. As an alternative, your guide can take you to Signal Hill for a different, but just as beautiful perspective of the city. Next stop is The South African Museum and a lovely stroll through The Company Gardens, followed with a brief visit of The Parliament Buildings. Visit the city centre including Green Market Square, Long Street and depending on level of interest, pop into a diamond museum and store. On the way back, pass through the Cape Malay quarter known as The Bo Kaap with brightly coloured houses. Time permitting or as alternatives to the above, your guide can include visits to The South African National Gallery, The Bo Kaap, Iziko Slave Lodge and District Six Museums. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Cape Town further.
Day 13: Cape Town
Your guide will collect you for a spectacular journey around the Cape Peninsula taking in all the highlights and breathtaking beauty of this world-renowned region, including a stop at the famous Boulder’s Beach where the penguins are located as well as the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Travel through historic suburbs of Muizenberg, St James and Simon’s Town, charming fishing villages of Kalk Bay and Hout Bay and beautiful viewpoints on the way to Cape Point, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet in harmony. Your guide will stop in one of the areas for lunch.
Day 14: Cape Town
A free day to explore Cape Town and visit the V&A Waterfront area with its many cafes, shops and restaurants. From here, you may wish to go to Robben Island where from the 17th to the 20th centuries, the Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment, made infamous by its most prominent inmate, Nelson Mandela. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the price paid for freedom.
Day 15: Franschhoek
Today you will be pickup up for a full day guided Cape Winelands tour. The Winelands are set just an hour outside of Cape Town and blessed with heavenly scenery with breathtaking views. The area’s rich with history, and you can’t help but feel it as you move through the region. You will make stops to experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. You will check into your boutique winelands accommodation.
Day 16: Franschhoek
Today you will have a ticket booked for the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history. Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in a magnificent double-deck railway tram and an open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of double deck railway tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
Enjoy a last morning free before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
|Start Date:||End Date:||Price Sharing:|
|01 Apr 2020||30 Jun 2020||USD $7665|
|01 Jul 2020||31 Oct 2020||USD $9995|
|01 Nov 2020||30 Nov 2020||USD $7665|
|01 Dec 2020||31 Mar 2021||USD $6570|
Departs Daily on Request. Dates reflect seasonality.
Airport transfers, light aircraft flights, accommodation as indicated, all safari game drives/excursions as indicated in the itinerary, meals as specified in the itinerary, local brand alcoholic drinks camps in Botswana, qualified Safari Rangers at each camp, laundry at camps in Botswana, all national park entrance fees, private tours in the Cape.
International flights and flight Maun - Cape Town, airport taxes, visa costs, meals not specified, optional excursions, gratuities and personal expenses.