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This 13-day journey has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime journey: take the best of Cape Town, add the wildlife wonders of Botswana and the awesome spectacle of Victoria Falls and romantic islands in the Zambezi River.

Beginning on the slopes of Table Mountain at a delightful guest house, you have Cape Town and its many delights on your doorstep. After four days of exploring this diverse city – which has Winelands, beaches and mountains on its spectacular peninsula – head to the turbulent Zambezi River for high-octane adventures at Victoria Falls and accommodation on a private island.

World-famous Chobe National Park with its immense elephant population is your next stop, followed by Botswana’s other natural wonders: the Makgadigadi Pans and the mesmerising Okavango Delta.

Perfect as a honeymoon adventure or special-occasion vacation, this journey incorporates stunning accommodation, a diverse and action-packed itinerary, and plenty of inclusions to make it an unforgettable and rewarding experience in exciting southern Africa.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Tours of Cape Town & the Winelands
  • Superb desert & delta game viewing
  • Day & night game drives
  • Guided walks, boating & canoeing
  • Victoria Falls adventure activities

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Mother City

Your journey begins with your arrival at Cape Town International Airport and a short transfer to Welgelegen Guest House. This charming and intimate accommodation is located in the vibrant Kloof Street area of the city, a cosmopolitan corner of Cape Town with plenty of restaurants, boutiques, galleries and bars within easy walking distance. A graceful and beautifully restored Victorian home, Welgelegen Guest House is one of Cape Town’s ‘off-the-radar’ establishments, describing itself as an urban sanctuary. Its staff have a reputation for faultless service and it boasts a wide range of health and beauty therapies, including healing massages and flight-recovery packages to help you rejuvenate from your long-haul trip.

With beautiful views of Table Mountain and attractions such as the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and the Table Mountain cableway just a few minutes’ drive away, this is a tranquil haven with the oldest city in South Africa at your fingertips.

Day 2

The mountains in the sea

After a delightful breakfast, you set off on a guided tour to explore the Cape Peninsula. Known as the ‘Mountains in the Sea’ by the indigenous Khoisan people, this undulating ridge of sandstone has dramatic scenery at every turn: steep cliffs plunging down into a turquoise ocean, beautiful beaches and quaint seaside villages.

The maritime influence is strong – you can smell fresh sea salt on the breeze – and a twist in the coast reveals a penguin colony here, a curve of golden sand there. But take another turn and avenues of oak trees lead to stately Cape Dutch estates set amid rolling vineyards. As you return to the city accompanied by the Atlantic Ocean sunset, it will be easy to see why Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Day 3

Explore the wine country

Wine production and Cape Town have a long-entwined and glorious history, and today is your opportunity to have a taste of it. After breakfast, sit back and let the scenery unfold as you embark on a full day tour to the Cape’s legendary wine country and visit several estates for tastings.

As the flat top of Table Mountain is replaced by the more jagged peaks of the Cape Winelands, there is no doubt that you have arrived somewhere quite unique. With mountains all around (snow-capped in winter) the countryside is nothing short of spectacular, reminiscent of Provence or the Alps, albeit with an African twist. The region has a reputation for fine food, too, and you stop to enjoy lunch at one of the vineyards along the way, combining fantastic cuisine with splendid scenery.

Day 4

A day of discovery

After two action-packed days you may want to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and plan the day ahead over a second cup of coffee. Your hosts are brimming with suggestions for making the most of what Cape Town has to offer; chat to them about anything from booking a humbling visit to Robben Island to up-to-date information on local artistic, culinary or cultural events. In peak summer months, the city’s famous urban beaches – Clifton and Camps Bay – will tempt those who enjoy some sand between their toes while those in need of a little retail therapy will find the V&A Waterfront the ideal diversion.

Days 5-6

Zambezi Magic

Bid farewell to the Mother City as you fly to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for the 2-hour flight to Livingstone in Zambia, where the Islands of Siankaba in the storied Zambezi River will be your home for the next two nights.

This exquisite lodge sits on a large island in the river with wooden walkways meandering through a canopy of enormous shady trees. Each suite is on an elevated platform overlooking the Zambezi and its changing moods. Here, the serenity of the Zambezi River envelops you: take a walk along the riverside nature trail, visit an island for a special picnic or simply relax at the poolside and watch the waters flow by.

Yet not for nothing is Victoria Falls Africa’s adventure capital: there are many activities to choose from and the incredible spectacle of Victoria Falls is an astonishing sight not to be missed. This huge curtain of water – more than a kilometre across in peak season - is where the Zambezi River plunges over a precipice and into a roiling, rampaging gorge below. Such is the tremendous energy of the waterfall that its spray can be seen for miles around, giving it the pre-colonial name Mosi-au-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Returning to the lodge in the evening, you will find it softly aglow in lantern light with the gentle whisper of the river in the background. A private dinner on your verandah features sumptuous cuisine, a fitting end to a beautiful day.

Days 7-8

Chobe - elephant country

Leaving the Zambezi and Zambia behind, drive across the border into Botswana as you wend your way to the world-renowned Chobe National Park. In the May-to-October dry season, great numbers of animals make their way to the banks of the Chobe River, resulting in the highest concentration of elephants in the world. Your accommodation, Chobe Game Lodge, is the only riverside lodge located within the park and is set right on the bank of the river, tucked away under majestic trees.

After settling into your room, you have a range of activities to choose from. Game drives are a natural choice: the Chobe River area is famous for its lion prides that stalk the buffalo herds and prey on young or weak elephants; a kill is an astonishing sight to behold. Another fantastic way to explore is by motor boat, steered expertly along the teeming banks by your guide. Here you have the unique opportunity to watch animals as they come to the water to drink and the sight of a herd of elephants as they socialise at the river is one of the wonders of nature. The adults gently preside over the boisterous youngsters as they cavort and splash each other, often being dunked completely below the surface as they playfully wrestle their siblings and cousins. The interaction proves mesmerising, a spell broken only by the sharp trumpet of the matriarch as she announces the herd’s departure.

A more sedate water activity is a sunset cruise on a double-decker barge, offering grandstand seats to Chobe’s famous deep coral sunsets. Returning to the lodge as dusk settles and the first stars of the evening emerge, you enjoy a warming drink at the fireplace before a wonderful dinner is served on the terrace. Bathed in candlelight and serenaded by the sounds of the river, the magic of Africa embraces you.

Days 9-10

An Okavango adventure

After a morning game drive at Chobe National Park to get those last shots of cheetah cubs or the magnificent sunrise, fly to Camp Moremi in the Okavango Delta. Shortly after take-off, the huge, shimmering expanse of this pristine wetland comes magically into view. A grand mosaic of grasslands, tree islands, channels and lagoons opens out before you and, if you look closely, you can spot large animals below: herds of elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and even clusters of seemingly-sedate crocodiles. Your guide meets you on landing and you take a game drive to get to Camp Moremi. You immediately notice that the wider diversity of habitats supports an astonishing array of life.

Arriving at Camp Moremi, you will the find the location hard to beat: sent on one of the Moremi Game Reserve’s best game-viewing areas and built under huge African ebony tress overlooking a lush lagoon, it is an undeniably romantic setting. After refreshing yourself in your suite and enjoying the view over the mirror-like water, you prepare for an afternoon’s sunset adventure in the wilds after a scrumptious high tea.

The open golden grasslands of Moremi make a suitable backdrop to the herds of grazing antelope you encounter, while elephants make their stately way through forested ‘tree islands’ and across seasonal water channels. The floodplains are home to the iconic red lechwe as well as yawning hippos and perfectly-still crocodiles, sunning themselves on sandy riverbanks. Birdsong fills the air, flashes of brilliant colour are identified as bee-eaters and hornbills, and it is not long before the piercing, haunting cry of the African fish eagle reminds you whose domain you are visiting.

Apart from the exhilarating game drives that are replete with photographic opportunities, you can also venture out into the Okavango Delta by motorboat or mekoro. The silvery waters make way for fields of dazzling water lilies and dense papyrus beds that provide shelter and life to creature from tiny bejewelled kingfishers and reed frogs to statuesque goliath herons.

Days 11-12

Makgadikgadi magic

After an early start, you arrive in Maun where you will be met and transferred to your charter flight to Leroo La Tau Camp. Located on the banks of the Boteti River, this charming and intimate lodge sits on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, one of Botswana’s wild Kalahari Desert destinations.

After settling into your elegant and spacious tented suite, you set off on your first afternoon game drive with your guide. A huge, rolling landscape of grassland and salt pan opens up before you, watched over by a huge blue sky. The area is known for its seasonal concentrations of zebra and wildebeest and there are also plenty of predators to encounter. Lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah are found here all year round and the flat open landscape makes it relatively easy to see them, especially in early summer when the grazing herds have vulnerable newborns in their midst.

Selecting a scenic spot to stretch your legs, your guide produces a hamper packed with tasty sundowner drinks and snacks. With the sun settling, you sip on a cold drink and toast your first sunset in the desert wilderness. You continue the game drive back to camp using a sensitive spotlight to look for nocturnal animals as they emerge from the twilight. Glowing eyes in the dark reveal porcupines snuffling in the undergrowth and spotted genets leaping from branches like acrobats; an absolute highlight would be to spot the Kalahari’s smaller cats like caracal or serval out on a hunting foray.

Evenings in the camp are given over to convivial fireside stories and delicious dinners filled with conversation and laughter. After admiring the dusting of stars and trading the last of your stories of the day, you slip between cotton sheets, serenaded by the sounds of the Kalahari night.

Day 13

Farewell to Africa

After a final night in the desert, you wrap up your epic African adventure, feeling how the usual stress and worries have been replaced by laid-back contentedness. On the flight to Johannesburg, allow the reminiscences of your trip to flood back: the eclectic culture and fine cuisine of Cape Town, the thrilling wildlife encounters in Botswana and the delightful romance of your island paradise on the Zambezi. Having experienced the wonders of this continent, you will return home with indelible memories of your African adventure. 

Inclusions

  • Return transfer to Welgelegen Guest House
  • Cape Highlights Tour
  • Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Maun
  • Flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 $8560
  • 04 Nov 2014 - 04 Dec 2014 $6900
  • 05 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $6560

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"A well-priced safari that takes you to spectacular destinations. This trip is perfect for anyone looking to combine South Africa, Botswana & Vic Falls and it's perfect for a first-time trip to Africa."

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