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Cape Town and Khwai (Okavango)


Cape Town and surrounds, Khwai community reserve

from ZAR 52,372 / US$ 3,487 per person sharing

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Cape Town and Khwai (Okavango)

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Indication Price (from): ZAR 52,372 / US$ 3,487 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Group Size: To suit you

Location: Cape Town and surrounds, Khwai community reserve

Departure Dates: To suit you (Lower water levels in Khwai = November to May, Higher waters = June to October)

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Blend sophisticated, vibey Cape Town and the Cape Winelands with the vast wonderful wilderness of Khwai on the eastern fringes of the Okavango Delta in this safari for the connoisseur.

Our safari will romance you with the Mother City’s abundance of hip restaurants, sandy white beaches, outdoor activities, historic wine estates and iconic landmarks before whisking you off on a 2-hour flight to Botswana – where authentic safari is the norm, and the ebb and flow of the Okavango Delta’s life-giving floodwaters will bewitch you and get you planning your next visit. This safari is definitely one for the connoisseur.

DAY 1: Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by an Africa Geographic representative, who will transfer you to the Commodore Hotel in the Victoria & Albert Waterfront – the drive will take about 45 minutes, depending on traffic flow. After settling in you can enjoy on your own time, a stroll around the vibey V&A Waterfront and dine at any of its many restaurants.

DAY 2: A private tour of the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up by an Africa Geographic representative for a private full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, in a luxury sedan. The tour will include visits to the trendy Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Hout Bay Harbour (with an optional boat trip to Seal Island), Chapmans Peak and Cape Point (lunch for own account) where you may see baboon, rhebok, Cape mountain zebra, rare bontebok, ostrich and eland. You will continue on to Boulders Beach for its famous African (jackass) penguins, the naval and harbour town of Simon’s Town and the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay with its art shops, restaurants and souvenir shops. You will then be dropped off back at your hotel, and have the rest of the day to stroll around the V&A Waterfront and dine at any of the many restaurants.

DAY 3: Cape Town on your terms, followed by a 14-dish Africa feast

After another leisurely breakfast at your hotel you will have the entire day to explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan Mother City. A brief stroll from your hotel will find you immersed in the shops and restaurants of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

All other destinations mentioned below are easily accessed via taxi / Uber, and convenient online bookings will secure your place (where applicable).

Nestled between a rugged mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Africa. This multicultural city enjoys a superb natural setting, pristine beaches, sophisticated infrastructure and a mild, Mediterranean climate. And there is no shortage of world-class trendy restaurants and a vibrant nightlife for all tastes. It’s no wonder that Cape Town is the crown jewel of the country.

A few city and peninsula headline acts include Table Mountain (cable car to the top if weather permitting) and Lion’s Head; the most iconic landmark in South Africa, the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, Bo-Kaap, the Noon-day Gun, Greenmarket Square and the famous Robben Island (accessed by ferry, weather-permitting); where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were imprisoned during the apartheid years. For those with an interest in history and culture, we offer tours to visit the District Six Museum and Slave Lodge to explore how the Dutch and British colonised Cape Town, and a walking tour of Langa township.

For the active traveller, the Cape Town peninsula is a treasure trove of hiking and mountain biking trails, kayaking, whale and dolphin watching, Great White shark diving, and wind or kite-surfing spots – in fact just about every physical outdoor pursuit is catered for within a relatively short radius of the city.

After a full day exploring Cape Town you will be collected that evening by an Africa Geographic representative and taken to Gold Restaurant for a fun evening that kick starts with a Djembe drumming session and a 14-dish feast from various African countries. After dinner and loads of fun you will be taken back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

DAY 4: Private Cape Winelands tour and transfer to La Fontaine Boutique Hotel, Franschhoek

After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up by an Africa Geographic representative for a private full-day tour of the Cape Winelands to enjoy some historic vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. This slow “winefari” will meander through Stellenbosch, where your first stop will delight you with a wine & chocolate paring. The chocolate is artisanal and Fair Trade accredited, the wine carefully paired and one of the Cape’s finest. Your “winefari” mellowly proceeds amidst beautiful mountain scenery, rolling vineyards and historic homesteads. Your second stop will be a boutique Stellenbosch wine estate for an intimate locally manufactured cheese & carefully selected wine parings with the wine maker.

Shortly after, your tour heads over the pass to Franschhoek where you will learn about the influence of the French Huguenots on the local wine industry. In this quaint town, the cuisine capital of South Africa, you will enjoy lunch at an award-winning wine estate and stroll down the main road of this quaint town to enjoy its atmosphere and many eclectic gift and décor shops.

Your last stop of the day is one last wine estate at the foot of the craggy Franschhoek Mountains, for one last world class wine tasting to cap the day.
You will then be dropped off at La Fontaine Boutique Hotel, which is a brief stroll from Franschhoek’s main road shops and many restaurants.

DAY 5: Flight to Botswana and transfer to Khwai

Today you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast at La Fontaine, before an Africa Geographic representative arrives to transfer you to Cape Town International Airport for your international flight to Maun, Botswana.

You will be met at Maun International Airport by an Africa Geographic representative and transferred by vehicle (ask about flight options) to Sango Safari Camp in Khwai Community Concession. This 3-4 hour transfer by dirt road skirts the southern concessions of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, and you can expect several wildlife encounters along the way.

The Khwai Community Concession is a wildlife-rich 180,000 ha gem on the eastern fringes of the Okavango Delta – sandwiched between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. This unfenced paradise is one of the best places in Botswana to see predators such as painted wolf (African wild dog), leopard and lion.

The Khwai River, which flows through the concession, is usually a narrow channel in the dry season that animals can step across. Still, in some areas, it spreads out to form marshy wetlands. The water channels have good populations of hippo, crocodile, waterbuck and lechwe, and the dry woodlands away from the river host good populations of sable and roan antelope, zebra, impala, giraffe, buffalo and other species. As is the case with most of northern Botswana, elephant can be found everywhere, and lion, leopard and hyena are commonly seen. Painted wolves often den in the area during the winter months and can then be seen with pups.

Khwai is a good story for community empowerment as the entire concession is owned by the local community, and leased to safari camps.

Your time in Khwai will be taken up by morning and evening game drives, in search of wildlife encounters and the daily drama as the wildlife battles it out for survival in this raw, primal ecosystem.

Another fantastic way to explore this haven is by mokoro, a dugout canoe favoured by the local people to navigate the winding waterways of the Khwai channel and the Okavango Delta. Mokoro activities are dependent on water levels. Video: Mokoro

Between game drives, you can choose to go for a bushwalk, or relax at the lodge pool, or catch up on some sleep in your room. Meals are delicious, and the chef is likely to surprise you with a variety of delectable offerings. Expect cakes and pastries for mid-afternoon tea, and don’t forget to save space for the snacks and drinks on the game drives and early morning coffee with rusks.

DAYS 6-8: AM and PM Game drives in Khwai

Days will be all about getting out there and searching for exciting or interesting wildlife experiences with your guide, whether you choose to explore via game drive vehicle, mokoro or on foot. Of course, nothing in Africa is scripted, and every day will produce something different – perhaps a hunting leopard, fighting hippos or a fish eagle that has caught a barbel (catfish). Or perhaps you will hit the jackpot and encounter painted wolves (African wild dogs) with pups. Your guides know the area well, and will work hard to meet your expectations; but of course, nature makes the final call about what you get to see. Expect early-morning wake-ups, afternoon snoozes back in camp and evening drinks around the crackling fire, followed by dinner and bed.

DAY 9: Departure day

You will make the most of your last morning in Khwai with an early morning game drive or bush walk followed by another delicious breakfast and check-out. You will then be transferred back to Maun airport for your onward plans.

Indication Price (from): ZAR 52,372 / US$ 3,487 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relavant)

Departure Dates: To suit you (Lower water levels in Khwai = November to May, Higher waters = June to October)

HIGH (July-Oct): ZAR 63,602 / US$ 4,235 per person sharing
LOW (Jan – Mar): ZAR 52,372 / US$ 3,487 per person sharing

Price includes:
All accommodations, all airport meet-and-greet and transfers, daily activities as specified in the itinerary, all meals, local drinks whilst at Sango, 24-hour office support, Satib24 MedEvac (evacuation in the event of a medical emergency), dinner at the Gold restaurant, lunch on the city tour and lunch on the wine tour, Flight from Cape Town to Maun.

Excluded from our price:
International flights (unless specified), airport departure tax (if required), visas or entry permits into South Africa and Botswana, excess weight charges, telephone calls, travel, cancellation and medical insurance (essential on all safaris), optional safari extension and any activities not specified in the itinerary, all charges of a personal nature, any other charges not indicated in the inclusions, tips and gratuities, laundry, all premium drinks at Sango, all drinks, lunches and dinners while in Cape Town and Franschoek (unless specified)

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

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