Savor three countries and digest a world of experiences! Begin in cosmopolitan Cape Town and discover the Big Five animals in Kruger National Park of South Africa, before heading to the pristine wetlands of Okavango Delta in Botswana. Take a break at the Victoria Falls in Zambia – one of the most stunning waterfalls in the world!
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Journey the Garden Route! One of the most impressive parts of South Africa, it offers spectacular mountain and sea landscapes with steep cliffs, long sandy beaches, forests and fertile farmland.
Explore Garden Route on your own Set off at a convenient time to explore the splendid attractions of the famous Garden Route region at your own pace. You could start with a visit to Tsitsikamma National Park with its indigenous flora and fauna, and the Storms River flowing past. Take your pick of activities such as mountain biking, hiking down scenic trails, and bungee jumping. Head to Storms River village for lunch at the charming Marilyn’s 60s Diner where you can savor all-American cuisine as you soak in the retro ambiance. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon soaking in the sun as you lounge on the sand at one of two beautiful beaches by the crystal blue water in Plettenberg Bay. Alternatively, you could spend the day at the oceanside town of Knysna, picnicking by the water and enjoying a unique tour of its township. Follow it up with a trip to Knysna Elephant Park before heading back to your hotel with memories of a lifetime. (Full Day; For guests on self drive: No transfers included. Activity costs, snacks, drinks and entrance fees will have to be paid on site.).
Drive to Winelands - After you have left the picturesque coastline you are heading through the Little Karoo passing the famous Ostrich Farms until you reach the culinary highlights of the Winelands (6-8 hrs)
Fancy a tipple? The Winelands are one of the prettiest areas of South Africa and producing some of the best wines in the world, which you can sample during your vineyard visits.
Explore Winelands on your own Explore the beautiful wine-producing area in the mountainous towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in the Boland region through a range of activities on your own. Visit the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage – and taste fine wines in the tasting room surrounded by breathtaking valley views. Gallop on a horse around nature reserves with stunning forest trails and rivers in the Klein Lanzerac Equestrian Club. Taste the finest Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot wines in Rust en Vrede, and relish classical French cuisine in the cellar, which is a National Monument built in 1785. Pamper yourself with an outdoor garden spa, swim in the farm dam, and take a walk in the sprawling fruit and vegetable garden in Babylonstoren – one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. View the carefully curated South African art collection, and explore the landscaped vineyard and gardens with water features and pools in Delaire Graff. Or hike through rolling hills, valleys and vineyards in Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle estate. (Full Day; For self drive guests no transfers included; all costs on guests account.)
Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Private Full Day City Tour & Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Discover cosmopolitan Cape Town with your own vehicle and guide which gives you flexibility to explore at your own pace. Highlights of the tour include the Castle of Good Hope, Green Market Square, Kirstenbosch Garden, Company Gardens and of course – weather permitting – a visit to the top of Table Mountain which offers breathtaking views of Cape Town and the surrounding coastline.
Personalized Cape Point Tour Discover all that Cape Point has to offer on this enjoyable day excursion. Following an early breakfast at your hotel, drive out to the Atlantic Seaboard Coastal Road with your local guide. Enjoy your drive along this scenic stretch of road, passing by white sandy beaches and the ocean by Clifton and Camps Bay. Take in the bracing sea breeze as the wind catches your hair. Watch the sudden appearance of the Twelve Apostles Peaks to one side of the road, while the dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops of the Cape Peninsula rise above the Atlantic on your other side. Make a pit stop at the pretty little fishing village of Hout Bay with its famous Sentinel. If you wish, you can take a boat ride to Seal Island, or browse through colorful stalls by the harbor piled high with handicrafts and local artifacts. Drive up to the Cape’s famed Chapman’s Peak and make the most of its photo opportunities. Continue up to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve before dropping by the spectacular Cape Point. Look out for the feathery ‘fynbos’ swaying in the heathland along with the region’s endemic birds and wildlife, particularly the Cape Mountain Zebra and the baboons. Gaze out at False Bay, or if you wish, you can ride the funicular to the old lighthouse for taking in the twin oceans of the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Take a refreshing lunch break (optional), before visiting the colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. Go over to the old naval base of Simon’s Town, and end your eventful day at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens just as the sun sets over the iconic Table Mountain. (Duration: Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Lunch not included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
The gateway to Kruger National Park! A small farming town famous for its banana production, Hazyview gets its name from the shimmer during the summer heat.
Private full day excursion in Blyde River Canyon Enjoy an exciting expedition as you drive through the alluring Blyde River Canyon route, with its jaw-dropping views and sounds. Be completely awed by the grand mountains, the breathtaking waterfalls, the picturesque valleys, and the striking rivers as you are steered in air-conditioned vehicles through panoramic landscapes. With popular tourist attractions on offer, such as the Lone Creek, God’s Window viewpoint, Pinnacle Rock, Graskop town, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pinnacle or Lisbon or Berlin waterfalls, and Blyde River Canyon, to name a few, this full-day tour is an enthralling experience. Skilled and well-informed guides will accompany you to help you discover the minute details of the famed Blyde River Canyon.
Kruger National Park is the epitome of safari experience in Africa, rich with its lion prides, elephant herds and thousands of other animals, against shifting backdrops of savanna, forests, rivers and mountains.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge: Game drives Search for the Big Five and experience wonderful game drives in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon. You can also experience exciting night drives to observe rarely spotted nocturnal wildlife.
Arathusa Safari Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks Search for the Big Five and experience wonderful game drives in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon. You can also experience exciting night drives to observe rarely spotted nocturnal wildlife. Stretch your legs and enjoy exciting bush walks with an experienced guide to discover the small wonders of nature.
Smoke that thunders! That is what the Kolobo tribe who lived by the Victoria Falls two centuries ago once called this seventh wonder of the world.
Chundukwa River Lodge: Guided Victoria Falls Tour, Sunset Boat Cruise Marvel at the thundering Victoria Falls from close quarters during your stay at Chundukwa River Lodge. Accompanied by experienced guides, this is a great opportunity to explore the wilder side of Africa. The Chundukwa is one of the very few lodges in the Livingstone area that allows you the luxury of a private guide and vehicle to tour the Victoria Falls at your own leisurely pace. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you experience the natural wonder. You could also enjoy a languid sunset cruise on the river, as the last rays of the sun sets the riverine landscape ablaze in a million hues. The birding enthusiast in you will be delighted to spot numerous species of birds along the riverfront, including the rare Livingstone Taraco and African Fin Foot. (Time of Day: Morning & Afternoon; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring waterproof sandals or hiking boots. Carry your camera and electronic equipment in waterproof bags, and don’t forget your binoculars).
Waterberry Lodge: Tour of Victoria Falls, Boat Cruises, Island Picnic, Victoria Falls Town and Village Visit Brace yourself for a tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls and witness nature pour its heart out, quite literally. The sheer force of the falls is overpowering and if you’re travelling in season, then massive sprays and rainbows are common. During the drier months, you can look into the crevices of the deep canyon. Take a boat cruise on the River Zambezi and watch aquatic and bird life from close quarters. Round this off with an island picnic at one of the many islands dotting the region. Get a taste of the real Zambia; go on a village visit and get acquainted with the lifestyle and customs of the locals.
Explore Botswana’s first national park! Once inhabited by the San bushmen, Chobe National Park is unique with its San paintings that were carved into the rocks.
Chobe Bakwena: Game Drives, Boat Safaris, Biking Tours, Cultural Visit Experience exciting game drives and bush walks, get a glimpse of African every day life and feel awed by the beauty of Africa on wonderful boat safaris on the majestic Chobe River. Marvel at the beautiful afternoon light and the reflection of the sun as you peacefully glide over the river while enjoying your favorite drink and observing hundreds of elephants along the shores of the river – bathing, drinking, playing and cajoling. This is one of the most memorable safari experiences you will ever have!
Elephant Valley Lodge: Game drives, Boat Safaris Experience exciting game drives and feel awed by the beauty of Africa on wonderful boat safaris on the majestic Chobe River. Marvel at the beautiful afternoon light and the reflection of the sun as you peacefully glide over the river while enjoying your favorite drink and observing hundreds of elephants along the shores of the river – bathing, drinking, playing and cajoling. This is one of the most memorable safari experiences you will ever have!
Witness a world of glittering water! A unique wetland system in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas on earth.
Moremi Crossing: Boat Safaris, Nature Walks, Mokoro Excursions Enjoy a water-focused safari experience! Explore the Okavango Delta on exciting mokoro excursion that will take you along the channels and lagoons of the Delta to view game from another perspective and to experience this tranquil mode of transport. As another highlight, enjoy beautiful boat safaris which allow you to get a closer look at the aquatic animals and birds not easily approached on safari. An chance to do a subtle walk on the island with an experienced guide gives you a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and discover the small wonders of nature. As Moremi Crossing is beautifully located on an island, Game Drives are only possible in times of very low water levels. For an even more diverse Safari experience combine it it with a pure land-based camp.
Khwai River Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks, Stargazing, Birding Experience exhilarating game drives during your stay at the Belmond Khwai River Lodge to truly understand the wonders of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Start early to ensure you are in the wild during the best time to spot the animals! Keep your eyes peeled as you head out on the land cruisers – giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs are just some of the wildlife that can be spotted all year round! Listen to your guide share their local insight into the region. Moremi Wildlife Reserve is also home to several species of birds such as Spoonbills and colourful Lilac-brested Rollers so make sure you look up to the skies as well! In case you want a leisurely start, you could also opt for an afternoon game drive, or head out on a night drive – when you make your way into the reserve after dinner, with spotlights, as you try and spot the animals on their nocturnal hunts. The vivid, starry skies also offer the perfect stargazing opportunities! If walking is your cup of tea, why not choose a walking safari? Head out along the Khwai River with an experience local guide as you trek through the rugged landscape, trying to spot animal tracks, and getting up close with the flora of the region. (Full Day; Please wear comfortable walking shoes)
Follow in the footsteps of early explorers! Maun has been the start of expeditions into Botswana’s wildlife areas since the turn of the century, and is the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 13,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 15,490 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 19 days / 18 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following flights in economy class unless otherwise specified:
Cape Town – Blyde River Canyon
Southern Kruger – Victoria Falls Zambia
Chobe – Okavango Delta
All activities as indicated:
Garden Route: Explore Garden Route on your own
Winelands: Explore Winelands on your own
Cape Town: Private Full Day City Tour & Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch
Cape Town: Private Full Day Cape Point Tour
Blyde River Canyon: Private full day excursion in Blyde River Canyon
Southern Kruger: Rhino Post Safari Lodge: Game drives
Southern Kruger: Arathusa Safari Lodge: Game drives, bush walks
Victoria Falls Zambia: Chundukwa River Lodge: Victoria Falls Tour, Sunset Boat Cruise
Victoria Falls Zambia: Waterberry Lodge: Tour of Victoria Falls, boat cruises, island picnics, village visit
Chobe National Park: Chobe Bakwena: Game Drives, Boat Safaris, Biking Tours, Cultural Visit
Chobe National Park: Elephant Valley Lodge: Game drives, Boat Safaris
Okavango Delta: Khwai River Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks, Stargazing, Birding
Game drives in high quality and well maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking driver-guide. In case the game drives are booked through your lodge/camp, they will be shared with other guests with a maximum of 9 guests per vehicle
All national park and conservation fees as per your itinerary
All transfers as indicated above
Private vehicle and guide from Garden Route to Blyde River Canyon
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines and champagne are not included.
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above