Length: Ideally 7 days or more, to suit your needs
Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party
Departure Dates: To suit you
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.
We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.
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. From pinotage to predators, this safari is definitely one for the connoisseur.
We offer a range of prices to suit your budget and aspirations – from opulent to no-frills. Our tailor-made itinerary will help make your dreams come true – from wine tasting tours and whale-watching, to mokoros, walking safaris and even possibly the Big 5. The duration of your safari could be anything from less than a week to a couple of weeks in paradise, again, depending on your requirements.
Cape Town peninsula and nearby winelands- 3 days
Your accommodation will be at guest houses or hotels that are conveniently located near the major night time hub of the city centre and V&A Waterfront. Your days will be spent exploring the popular landmarks of the Cape Peninsula, including Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, the most iconic landmark in South Africa; the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; Boulders Beach for penguins that waddle along golden beaches amongst holidaymakers; the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront; the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were imprisoned during the apartheid years; and Cape Point. Crazy people might attempt to cram all of these iconic experiences into one day, but we recommend at least two to three days, to make sure that you get the most out of each experience.
And why not enjoy Cape Town from above, with a spectacular helicopter flip over the Mother City?
For the outdoor, sporty types Cape Town is awash with mountain bike routes and hiking trails, abseiling and paragliding sites, diving, kayaking and surfing spots and boat-based activities such as shark, whale and dolphin spotting. After each thoroughly enjoyable day you could retire to a quiet dinner at your hotel, or at one of Cape Town’s famous restaurants.
For a full or half day of wine-tasting and gastronomical delights, the Cape’s historic wine estates in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia are a 30 minute drive from Cape Town city centre. Your day will be spent touring a selection of estates in the wineland region of your choice – either on a guided tour, or a self-drive in your rented vehicle.
Okavango Delta – 4 days
The exceptional Okavango Delta is a little more than 2 hours away from Cape Town, by air. From the moment you arrive in this safari paradise you will be overwhelmed by the raw energy of the bushveld and the annual life-giving flood waters that arrive every year from Angola. Your day will be taken up by a range of activities, many of which are determined by the level of the water at the time of your visit.
The Okavango Delta has 2 broad categories of camps:
1. ‘Wet’ camps – which are situated on islands surrounded by permanent deep water channels and lagoons and vast areas of papyrus, impenetrable reed beds, floodplains and tree-covered islands. The main activities in these camps are mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and motor-boat cruises and bird-watching. Wildlife usually includes elephants, hippos, crocodiles and water antelope (lechwe and sitatunga). Some wet camps may offer boat excursions to large nearby islands for bush walking and sleep-outs. Wet camps do not offer vehicle game drives.
2. ‘Dry camps’ – which have access by game drive vehicle to large islands, bushveld areas and seasonal floodplains throughout the year, or for most of the year (certainly for the main tourism season). The main activities in these camps are vehicle game drives, bush walking, mokoro (dugout canoe) and motor-boat cruises and bird-watching. Wildlife usually includes all that Botswana has to offer – including the Big 5.
The rhythm of your safari will be determined by your needs, and the availability or not of vehicle game drives. We highly recommend that you make time for at least one mokoro excursion during your safari. Your poler guide will expertly slide the mokoro along channels surrounded by tall papyrus and reeds, giving you a unique perspective and photographic opportunity as you silently sneak up on birds, frogs, otters and possibly even larger animals such as hippos, crocodiles and elephants. A lucky few will see the elusive and wary sitatunga antelope.
Game drives (if available) can be highly rewarding in the Okavango Delta, which has a high population of predators such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs and hyenas. For bird-watchers, the Okavango Delta can be exceptionally rewarding, with regular sightings of the sought-after Pel’s fishing owl and many other species.
In between activities you should aim for some hammock-time with a book, chill at the lodge pool or catch up on some sleep after a massage at the spa. Meals are exquisite, and your chef is likely to surprise you with a variety of delectable offerings. Expect tea, cakes and pastries for mid-afternoon tea, and don’t forget to save space for the snacks and drinks during the activities, early morning coffee with rusks and evening sundowner drinks with snacks.
Whether you are a safari newbie or experienced bush fan, your safari in the Okavango will charge your batteries and provide lots of inspiration and ideas for your next adventure in Africa.