Southern Africa Our Way (Zambia, Botswana & South Africa)

Africa Safari

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 9 Capacity
  • 14 Days
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  • $999,999,999

Summary : Join South African native and ExpeditionTrips' Africa Specialist, Nadia Eckhardt, on this specially-designed safari taking in the best of Botswana, Victoria Falls and Cape Town! Travel with a small group to experience game-rich Botswana, staying at some of the finest lodges and touring with top-notch wildlife guides. Spend time to see amazing wildlife and for big cat viewing and birding too, all in open 4 x 4 game drives within the Savute region of Chobe, before continuing on to the exclusive and private Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. Fly over the impressive Okavango Delta in a light aircraft and enjoy guided boat trips and game drives at Stanley's (Nadia's favorite Botswana Camp) located in a private concession overlooking the Okavango floodplains. Experience the beloved Mother City through the eyes of a "local."

Continue the journey onwards to truly captivating Namibia with a 7-day Fly-In Safari led by Africa Specialist Nadia Eckhardt.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Johannesburg, South Africa

All travelers will be met on arrival at Oliver Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, regardless of flight arrival time, and assisted with a transfer to the overnight hotel. Welcome dinner and trip orientation with Nadia this evening.
D'Oreale Grande at Emperor's Palace

Day 2
Victoria Falls

After breakfast, transfer to JNB Airport for a mid-morning regional flight from JNB to Livingstone Airport (LVI) Victoria Falls, Zambia and spend two nights on the Zambezi River Front at Sussi & Chuma Lodge.

The town of Victoria Falls is set on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, at the western end of the Victoria Falls themselves. The settlement began in 1901 when the possibility of using the waterfall for hydro-electric power was explored. The town then expanded as the railway line reached the Falls, shortly before the Victoria Falls Bridge was opened in April 1905, connecting Zimbabwe to what is now Zambia. Victoria Falls is the principal tourism center for the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. The spray from the falls can be seen from 30 miles away, hence the local name "Mosi-oa-Tunya," which means, "the smoke that thunders." Lower water levels are experienced from August to mid-January and higher water levels are seen from mid-January to the end of July. Arrive in the afternoon and round off the day with an unforgettable sunset on a Zambezi River sundowner cruise.
Sussi & Chuma

Day 3
Victoria Falls, Zambia

The opportunities for today include a walking tour at the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambia side, a game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a tour of the Nakatindi village and shopping at the extensive craft markets.
Sussi & Chuma

Day 4
Chobe National Park, Botswana

After breakfast, transfer by boat across the Zambezi and then by road to Kasane, Botswana. After clearance formalities, depart on a light aircraft for a short lodge hopper flight to your first safari camp in Botswana, located on the Savute channel in the Chobe National Park. There will be time to freshen up before departing on an afternoon game viewing activity.
Savute Safari Lodge

Day 5
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness and the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offer a safari experience of a lifetime. Enjoy a full day of morning and afternoon game viewing activities from your safari lodge.
Savute Safari Lodge

Day 6
Selinda Reserve, Botswana

A short lodge hopper flight after breakfast and morning activities, takes you to the next Safari lodge: resting on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, which connects the water systems of the Okavango Delta in the south and the Linyanti region in the east. Only borassus palm islands interrupt the wide-open savannahs and flood plains, and game viewing in this uniquely spectacular landscape is prolific.
Overnight at Selinda Camp

Day 7
Selinda Reserve, Botswana

This is another full day for morning and afternoon game activities in the Selinda Reserve. Enjoy the extraordinary views from the shaded camp area, where hardly a moment goes by without some sighting of animals or birds.
Overnight at Selinda Camp

Day 8
Okavango Delta, Botswana

A last morning activity and breakfast at Selinda, before boarding a lodge hopper flight to the Okavango Delta. Even the flight there leaves one mesmerized at this natural phenomenon. The Okavango Delta is a unique oasis at the northern edge of the sands of the Kalahari Desert. Flood rainwaters from the Angolan highlands are carried by the Okavango River into the delta where it spreads out creating countless waterways and lagoons over an area of approximately 10,000-square-kilometers. The delta's rich water environment is home to countless bird species, as well as larger mammals such as elephant, red lechwe, and buffalo. Arrive in time to freshen up and explore the region on an afternoon game drive.
Overnight at Stanley's Camp

Day 9
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today offers game activities on the renowned Chief's Island, bordering the southern part of the Moremi Game and located in a seasonal delta, where floodwaters are expected to arrive in June. Buffalo are often seen in large herds of up to 2,000 in this area. As an optional activity at own cost, you are invited to experience Africa through the eyes of an elephant, by spending time in the company of semi-habituated elephants in their natural environment.
Overnight at Stanley's Camp

Day 10
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Enjoy another day to experience the magic and allure of the Okavango Delta – feel the crispness of a morning game drive, relax in the shade of the camp during the warm midday, and become one with the sights and sounds of Africa as the day draws to a close during a late afternoon game excursion.
Overnight at Stanley's Camp

Day 11
Cape Town, South Africa

Savor the African bush on one last morning game drive, and depart for Maun Airport, to connect with the afternoon flight to JNB, and travel onwards for an evening arrival at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer to your hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town to settle in before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at The President Hotel

Day 12
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the world's most stunning cities. Set out to explore the Mother City today, starting with a drive through the historic and colorful Bo-Kaap area. Proceed to the lower cable station, where (weather permitting), take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and spend about an hour taking in spectacular views around the Cape Peninsula. Lunch is enjoyed in the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain, followed by a tour of the Gardens. Dinner will be at one of the excellent local restaurants in the Kloofnek area.
Overnight at The President Hotel

Day 13
Cape Town, South Africa

Depart the hotel after breakfast on a full-day private tour around the Cape Peninsula traveling via the scenic Atlantic coastline, Hout Bay and over Chapman's Peak Drive to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Enjoy lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, taking in fabulous views. Visit the African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. Dinner will be at another one of the local restaurants.
Overnight at The President Hotel

Day 14
Cape Town / Depart for Namibia or USA

After breakfast, you have the option to explore the beautiful Cape Winelands and enjoy a lunch amongst the vineyards, or embark on a historic tour to Robben Island: take the ferry over to the island and spend the morning on a bus tour of this fascinating island, visiting the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during the apartheid era, with lunch in the V&A Waterfront.

Those guests continuing on to Namibia will transfer to CPT Airport in the early afternoon, and fly to Windhoek to explore the uniqueness of Namibia. Guests returning home to the USA will connect with their flights departing CPT in the late afternoon/early evening.

Notes

Included:
Services of a full time Tour Leader throughout the trip; accommodation as per itinerary; all meals, local drinks, laundry and activities while at Victoria Falls and on safari in Botswana; all meals, including water and one local alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage at lunch and dinner, in Johannesburg and Cape Town; entrance fees for activities in Cape Town; hotel porterage in Johannesburg and Cape Town; all vehicle transfers throughout and lodge hopper flights in Botswana; Cape Town tours and transfers: based on a group size of 2-5, in a 7-seater Caravelle T5; based on a group size of 6-9, in a 12/13-seater Sprinter.

Not Included:
International airfare (into Johannesburg and out of Cape Town and/or Windhoek); regional flights (JNB-LVI, MUB-JNB and JNB-CPT) are quoted separately; gratuities for porters/guides/drivers/hotel & lodge staff, park rangers/guides (note: hotel porterage included in Johannesburg & Cape Town on group nights); visa fees for Zambia; Elephant Optional Activities at Stanleyís Lodge; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in Johannesburg and Cape Town; all items of a personal nature (i.e. laundry in Johannesburg and Cape Town; communication charges; travel and personal insurance; passport fees; excess baggage fees; inoculation fees); airport and departure taxes; extra tours and activities not mentioned above.