Luxury Safari | South Africa to Botswana

Days

12

Journey Type

Okavango Delta Safari | Gems of Southern Africa

Cities and Landmarks

Sabi Sands, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Cape Town

Days

12

Journey Type

Okavango Delta Safari | Gems of Southern Africa

Cities and Landmarks

Sabi Sands, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Cape Town

Overview

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or looking to have your first African vacation, this curated experience with an emphasis on luxurious safari destinations is bound to appeal to all your senses, shaping memories that will last a lifetime.

In South Africa, you will track leopard after dark, hoping to witness this most secretive of cats showing its’ stealthy mastery of its domain – the Sabi-Sands.  By day, relax in supreme comfort in an elevated riverside chalet overlooking a game-rich floodplain.

In Zimbabwe, visit the worlds’ largest waterfall: Victoria.  Named for a royal icon – this World Heritage site is an African aristocrat amongst its many notable landmarks.  Adrenalin flows as freely as the mighty Zambezi river in this adventurers’ mecca.  As if in tribute, travelers and wildlife flock to be near her; anointed in her lingering mists.

In Botswana, explore the life-giving veins of a mysterious inland delta: Okavango.  Whether by foot, mokoro or an open safari vehicle; prepare to be nourished in body, mind and soul.  This incredible wilderness is visited by only a select few, ensuring pristine habitats and abundant wildlife.

Rounding off your experience back in South Africa, explore Cape Town.  A worthy recipient of innumerable international travel accolades, the Mother City will embrace you in her warmth, her grandeur, and her diversity, as you prepare to transition back to life at home; mindful of memories gathered and dreams awakened.   

Highlights

Johannesburg & Sabi Sands South Africa

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your connecting flight to the Greater Kruger National Park.  Within this vast wilderness, amid the shady trees on the banks of the Sand River, lies a place of both tranquility and adventure: Tengile River Lodge.

Your Ranger and Tracker are waiting at a remote bush airstrip and you will soon be settled in at the lodge, your home for the next three nights.  In days gone by, safari meant a wobbly tent and a stiff stretcher for overnight accommodation.  We think you’ll agree that the elevated chalets are a significant improvement on this.  

Positioned with both your privacy and a sense of immersion into the surroundings in mind, the spacious and fantastically luxurious suites are crafted of locally sourced timbers and stone.  These hues reflected in the furnishings, your space includes an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower, lounge, dining areas (with a fully-stocked bar), and an expansive deck with its own plunge pool.  The only decision now required is whether to enjoy these new surroundings or join the afternoon game-drive.  

Tengile River Lodge

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Safari tradition demands an early wake-up call.  In the heat of the day, wildlife tends to rest in the thickets, so the best time for viewing is in the cooler morning and evening hours.  You will join your Ranger and Tracker in an open safari vehicle and witness their studied interpretation of the signs left by animals that passed by overnight.

The Sabi-Sand Reserve is renowned for the density of leopards and sightings are a common occurrence.  The other members of the Big 5 are also regularly seen – lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephants.  As you move through different vegetation types, you might notice the different species that occur in each – zebra and wildebeest in the plains, giraffe and kudu in the woodlands.  Throughout, abundant birdlife, from diminutive warblers to soaring vultures add color and non-stop activity to the scenery.

After returning to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, you might opt to join your Ranger on foot, for a ground-level insight into the complexity of the ecosystem and the smaller creatures which play as important a role as the mighty elephants.  Alternatively, you might wish to enjoy the camps’ other attractions.

With a continuous chorus of birdsong emanating from the trees, the main lodge building houses a lounge, library, bar and Safari Shop, where mementoes of your stay can be purchased.  Attending to your wellness needs, a tranquil spa offers bespoke treatments, while a well-equipped fitness center helps keep the calories in check.  

Which is just as well. For the cuisine – served in a variety of settings; from the deck of your chalet to remote bush locations – is as varied and plentiful as it is full of flavor. 

Tengile River Lodge

Victoria Falls

A short charter flight and connecting international flight, carry you over the border to Zimbabwe, where a vehicle is waiting to take you to your new home for the next three nights: the Old Drift Lodge located just a few miles upstream from “the Smoke that Thunders”- Victoria Falls.

Located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Old Drift Lodge is justly regarded as one of the best small hotels in Africa.  Accommodating guests in ten double and four family tented suites, your arrival by boat is a fitting introduction to this exotic location.  

Each of the suites is fabulously spacious.  A wooden deck area, with a private plunge pool, leads one under the cover of canvas, where your lodgings await.  Soft interior tones mirror the outdoor hues, while plush furnishings, an en-suite bathroom, and A/C make this a cocoon of comfort to be enjoyed between the numerous activities on offer.  

Raised wooden walkways reduce the camps’ environmental footprint and lead to the main lodge area, where guests can socialize over a gin and tonic at the firepit.  There are lovely views in all directions, whether over the river or the busy waterhole frequented by wildlife.  Sumptuous meals are taken at an open-plan dining area, adjacent to a welcoming bar and lounge area.   The lodge does offer wellness treatments, so be sure to ask about these. 

Old Drift Lodge

Victoria Falls

The lodge lies within the Zambezi National Park, which is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.  Keynote species (aside from the ubiquitous hippos) include elephants, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, warthogs, lion, painted wolves, and on occasion, cheetah.  You may join morning or afternoon game-drives in search of them, ably led by experienced guides.

A little more adventurous, guided walks enable you to feel more at one with nature while learning about the intricacies of the ecosystem.

River safaris are conducted on comfortable pontoon boats, allowing you to approach wildlife from a different angle, as it comes down to drink.  The chances of seeing crocodile and hippo up close are not to be missed.

The lodge also offers an inclusive excursion to Victoria Falls, taking in the rainforest ecosystem nourished by the mist.  Indeed, a raincoat is an essential accessory as you walk in this junglesque environment awash with fragrances.  Then you behold the falls themself.  The river plunges over a drop of 355 feet and almost 33,000 cubic feet of water flows over the lip per second.  A popular option is to combine the tour with a meal at the Lookout Café overlooking the gorge.

The town of Victoria Falls is an adventurers’ mecca – especially for those who thrive on adrenaline!  “The Flight of Angels” carries you over the falls and adjacent gorges by helicopter.  A bungee jump of over 330 feet launches from the town bridge.  Boiling Pot, Stairway to Heaven, and The Devils’ Toilet Bowl are but some of the rapids that await whitewater enthusiasts in the depths of the gorge.  The lodge staff will happily help you arrange both on-site and off-site activities. 

Old Drift Lodge

Okavango Delta

Leaving Old Drift, you head over the border to Kasane airport, where a charter flight carries you to your next destination on a private 55,600-acre concession on the fringe of the Okavango Delta: Sandibe Safari Lodge.  From the airstrip, your first game-drive delivers you to your home for the next three nights.

The lodge is situated amid a stand of old-growth trees overlooking the wetlands.  Inspired by the scaly Pangolin at rest, this beautiful lodge is covered with an intricate lattice-work exterior.  Within, a spacious lounge, bar and indoor lounge flow onto elevated decks with views of the landscape.  A walkway leads you to a lovely alfresco dining area on a viewing platform, and there is also a log boma where dinner is enjoyed under the stars.  Guests are encouraged to visit the interactive kitchen, to discuss the menu.

You are accommodated in similarly styled cottages – elevated for views over the marsh.  The golden hues of the surroundings are echoed indoors.  Furnished for your comfort, the suite includes a spacious bed, a seating area, bar and en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.  A/C ensures your comfort through the heat of the day, with the option of taking a dip in your private pool located on the multi-level decks outside.  A family suite is available on request.

As before, choose to join the afternoon game-drive, or settle into your new surroundings with a cocktail in the pool. 

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Okavango Delta

With two full days to enjoy the safari activities, you should have plentiful time to spot the local wildlife.  With an early start, you accompany your guide, tracker and butler on a full day picnic, where meals will be taken at remote locations in the wild.

Encompassing over 6,000 sq. miles, this unique inland delta is fed by nutrient-rich waters originating in the Angolan highlands.  With water assured for most of the year, the region supports a massive diversity of plants, birds and wildlife, making it one of the most desirable safari destinations on the planet. 

Two elegant antelope species – the red lechwe and shy sitatunga – have evolved elongated hooves to navigate the marshes which intersperse open woodlands.  On drier land, herds of Roan and Sable antelope, share the savannah with zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and much more.  

With their favored prey in abundance, complementary populations of large predators thrive.  Up close sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and painted wolves are almost commonplace.  Also drawn by the water are immense herds of elephants and buffalo seen in numbers not seen elsewhere.  In the waterways, hippo and crocodile share dominance in an uneasy stand-off.

A ride in a mokoro – a traditional dugout canoe – through the narrow channels of the delta, is a unique and thrilling way to look for wildlife.  As you drift along in silence, the only sounds are the mokoro slicing through the water – and your loudly beating heart.  You might quite literally “stumble” upon a raft of hippo, or interrupt a leopard slaking her thirst with cool, clear water.

Guided walking trails are also offered, and if you’re looking for a special treat, enquire about the incredible helicopter tour over the delta.  A birds’ eye view brings the vastness of this immense wilderness haven into sharp perspective – pressing home the imperative to preserve the remaining wilderness. 

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Cape Town

As the safari leg of the itinerary draws to a close, a charter flight to Maun International Airport connects you to your onward flight back to South Africa.  What better way to transition yourself back to a more familiar way of life than two nights in Cape Town, where you will stay at the elegant Ellerman House on the western slopes of Table Mountain.

Commanding sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean and adjacent seaboard, Ellerman House is a regal presence, offering a refined home away from home experience.  Conveniently located near the city’s multitude of attractions, the hotel is nevertheless tranquil and private.  With echoes of past grandeur, you are ensured of a memorable stay, with every conceivable amenity at your disposal and an attentive level of service catering to your hearts’ desires.

Your accommodation is a seamless intertwining of classical furnishings overlaying modern amenities; including A/C, underfloor heating, entertainment and wi-fi.  A splendid en-suite bathroom is a place to soak a weary body.  Or enjoy the view over a glass of chilled white wine in the comfortable seating.

Feel free to take advantage of the on-site facilities, including bespoke spa treatments, a visit to the wine and art galleries and concierge assistance.

Ellerman House is celebrated for the fine dining experience at the restaurant.  Only the best local ingredients are incorporated in a menu that is as expansive as it is exciting.  Pair your meal with some of the excellent South African wines on offer, and you are assured a meal for the ages.  You are welcome to visit the interactive kitchen to discuss any menu requests.  

Ellerman House

Cape Town

After a relaxed evening, set off to explore the city and surrounding region in the company of local guides.  Cape Town is the gateway to an extensive peninsula that reaches out into the ocean.  To begin with, you will be taken to various historic and cultural landmarks within the city.

Cape Towns’ origins date back to the mid-1600s when a Dutch party arrived to prepare a replenishment station for merchant vessels plying the Spice Route to the East.  Finding the land fertile and habitable, yet more settlers arrived increasing the demand for services – thus birthing the Cape Colony.  With various international influences represented, Cape Town remains a cosmopolitan destination, as seen in its architecture and history.

Greenmarket Square hosts a friendly flea market, where local characters show off their merchandise and you might pick up some souvenirs for loved ones.  A stroll through the Company Gardens, the site of the original farms where produce was grown to supply the ships, is a moment for contemplation away from the frenetic pace of the city.  You’ll pass the brightly painted houses of the Old Malay Quarter en route to the base of Cape Town’s most widely recognized landmark – Table Mountain.  A revolving cable car carries you to the summit, where you can appreciate views over the city and across the bay to Robben Island – South Africa’s latter-day equivalent of Alcatraz.

Moving on from the city, you’ll drive through the glitzy suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay, whose idyllic beaches attract glitterati from all over the world.  

Next, the landscape takes the starring role as you set off on a beautiful coastal road to the secluded fishing village of Hout Bay.  The route then climbs up the sheer mountainside along what many regard as the country’s most awe-inspiring road – Chapmans’ Peak Drive.  Lookout for the spouts of whales in the ocean below before winding down through peaceful surfer havens and on to the southern tip of the peninsula, Cape Point.  At the penguin colony, capture some images of these comical birds, before continuing through several fishing communities and back to Ellerman House.  In the evening, celebrate a memorable holiday with a bottle or two of South African sparkling wine over a festive dinner. 

Ellerman House

Arusha And Homeward Bound

After breakfast, you will be collected from the lodge and driven to Victoria Falls International Airport for your scheduled flight to OR Tambo International Airport in time for your onward arrangements. 

At the airport, we bid you farewell, wishing you a pleasant journey home – with an open invitation to return.  Magical Africa Awaits!

Options & Extensions

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Zanzibar Beach Retreat

For those wishing to enjoy a little pure downtime, perhaps following an action-packed safari, our Zanzibar itinerary offers the perfect blend of luxury, simplicity and all the idyllic pleasures of beach life. We have chosen from among Zanzibar’s best beach lodges options which are suitable for either families or those seeking an intimate, sophisticated retreat surrounded by the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean

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In & Around Cape Town

With its spectacular landscape, diverse activities and well-developed infrastructure, Cape Town offers the modern traveler the ideal destination for leisure and adventure.  It is frequently voted among the best cities to visit on vacation by noteworthy publications – and much of the local economy thrives thanks to a robust tourist industry.  Visitors from across the spectrum are sure to find the range of accommodation, cuisine and places of cultural and historical interest highly appealing.

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