This safari combines four Southern Africa highlights and you are free to swap the order of destinations around, change the duration and choose accommodation according to your budget and wish-list. However, we recommend starting in Cape Town because with its legendary landscapes, the city is brimming with culture, art, and culinary delights. To discover “The Mother City” we will be taking in the breath-taking Cape Peninsula, exploring the fabulous Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, and watching Africa’s rare penguins waddle along the beach. From there, we move up to Botswana known for its stunning, unspoilt natural habitat, incredible wildlife and luxurious safari lodges. Then tailor your safari with Belmond’s exceptional Botswana lodges and camps. Spend time in the Okavango Delta in the Khwai concession, overlooking the floodplains of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and explore the mesmerising UNESCO wetlands. Belmond Eagle Island offers a variety of water-focused safari activities including motorboat safaris, barge cruises, mokoro safaris (traditional canoe), fishing, as well as walking safaris and the ultimate air safari experience by helicopter (optional). And if you still fancy viewing landscapes from above then travel further up to the magnificent Victoria Falls to experience a jaw-dropping bird’s-eye-view of the Falls from a scenic helicopter flight and for the more adventurous at heart, partake in some adrenalin activities. Round off this journey with a stay on the edge of the Zambezi River at Zambezi Grande in Zambia where your every wish, want and need will be taken care of. Enjoy being pampered by lodge’s staff passionate about their job.
Summary of your trip
- 3 Nights Belmond Mount Nelson (Cape Town) | South Africa
- 2 Nights Belmond Khwai River Lodge (Moremi Wildlife Reserve) | Botswana
- 2 Nights Belmond Eagle Island (Okavango Delta) | Botswana
- 2 Nights Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (Victoria Falls) | Zimbabwe
- 4 Nights Zambezi Grande (Lower Zambezi National Park) | Zambia
Day 1-3 Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be meet by our representative and transferred
to Belmond Mount Nelson, an oasis of calm within Cape Town’s beating heart – sets at the foot of Table Mountain. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. Its convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore
“Mother City” and experience its beautiful beaches, breath-taking landscapes, colourful and vibrant Cape Malay Quarter and the famous V&A Waterfront.
For the following 4 days explore all that this vibrant city has to offer. Take the Cable Car to the Summit of Table Mountain, and sip cocktails at Sunset overlooking Camps Bay Beach. If history is your fort board on the Ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
Visit the Breath-taking Cape Peninsula, explore Hout Bay and take an optional boat trip to Duiker Seal Island, visit Simon’s Town and watch the penguins frolicking in the waves at Boulders Penguin Beach on the peninsula’s east coast – home to a colony of African penguins!
Visit Cape Point, or watch the penguins frolicking in the waves at Boulders Penguin Beach. Take a morning to walk through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or is history is your thing – take the Ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
Take the time to browse the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, showcasing a treasure of indigenous South African plants.
Shop till you drop at Cavendish, Canal Walk and the Victoria
Day 4 -5 Cape Town – Maun – Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Leaving Cape Town behind, you are transferred back to Cape Town Airport this morning to board your scheduled direct flight to Maun in Botswana (or via Johannesburg – flight cost not included in this tour price but quoted separately).
On arrival at Maun Airport you will be met and assisted with boarding in your scheduled light aircraft to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve which has the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana. Your time in this special place will be jam-packed with excellent sightings, and superb guiding by local people. Your accommodation is at Belmond Khwai River Lodge which features panoramic private decks. They’re the perfect theatre from which to enjoy the drama of the wild as well as the perfect base for an adventure into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. From heart racing morning game drives to mesmerising evening stargazing, you will feel closer to this captivating land. Wildlife can be spotted all year round, including giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Because located in a private concession and outside of the national parks, in addition to the day game activities guests will enjoy night drives as well off-road driving hence offering a vantage position for a spectacular game viewing and that “perfect picture”
Morning and afternoon game drives depart daily in open land cruisers. Get closer to the wildlife than ever before on a Khwai River walk with one of the camp experienced guides. Embrace the spirit of adventure as you trek through the rugged landscape, spotting animal tracks, curious insects, rare plant life and countless other amazing sights.
Bird lovers can conceal themselves in the camp private hide which enjoys elevated views across the Khwai River and is the perfect spot to observe the region’s rich variety of birds, including malachite kingfishers and open-billed storks.
A cultural visit to the local Khwai village can be arranged. Accompany by your guide and a local villager, take a stroll around the small village and chat with the locals – get a feel for their culture and their way of life.
Star gazing is another activity offered at the camp. Be captivated by the treasures of the boundless night sky. Using a telescope, focus in on constellations that northern hemisphere visitors may never have seen before, such as the Southern Cross. You will also discover how Bushmen used the stars to locate the true south.
After a day spent in the savannah, unwind in the tranquil pool or share stories by the fire. For those wishing to enjoy further pampering, the lodge has a ‘Naturally Wild’ gym and spa facility. Guests are able to enjoy indulgent massages and body wraps in the spa or in the privacy of their own tent.
Day 6-7 Moremi Wildlife Reserve to Okavango Delta
After a peaceful morning sleep-in or a last morning activity at Belmond Khwai River Lodge
followed by a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to the flagship Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in the Okavango Delta, a stylish sanctuary in the heart of the delta that brings timeless luxury to the Botswana wetlands. Situated on the banks of the Boro channel and Xaxaba lagoon, Eagle Island Camp lies in the heart of an ecological wonderland. Here visitors can see and experience a variety of the Okavango Delta’s flora and fauna. This is truly one of the Delta’s most pristine locations. The area offers prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. It is also the site of one of the most romantic bars in the world, the Fish Eagle Bar, as quoted by The New York Times. High-ceilinged tented rooms flood with light; each has a plunge pool and oversized bed with views of the Delta. Get closer to the wildlife of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the region on 4 x 4 game drives, by local traditional mokoro canoe or motorboat excursions depending on the season – roam on foot or take to the air in an exhilarating helicopter flight overlooking the magnificent Botswana landscape. A wonderful secluded retreat, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge offers a safari vacation that brings together the excitement of discovery and an experience of the true essence of an African safari.
Day 8-9 Okavango Delta – Kasane – Victoria Falls
You may decide this morning to experience the remoteness of the Okavango Delta and get a bird’s eye view of the inaccessible lakes and islands with a scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta
Your pilot’s voice is coming through on the headset. “Look to the right where a herd of buffalos is crossing the river. We’re going down for a close-up view.” Next, you’re soaring up again. “We’re heading to a higher altitude. See the formation of the channels and the way in which the water and land mass has evolved over centuries.”
Back at the lodge after that thrilling, spectacular adventure, seat for scrumptious breakfast before
being transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled light air transfer to Kasane Airport.
You will be met on arrival and be welcomed by our representative and transfer to Victoria Falls which constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Victoria Falls offers a plethora of activities from sunset cruise on the Zambezi River to helicopter flight over the falls as well as adrenalines activities such as bungee Jumping, ziplining off the historic Victoria Falls Bridge, white water rafting a leisurely canoe down the gorge …
Your stay is a 2-Night Super Deal package at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and includes the following added value besides accommodation in a standard room on Bed & Breakfast, dinner for both nights, one lunch, hourly courtesy shuttle to Victoria Falls Rainforest and town centre and more.
Day 10 – 13 Victoria Falls – Livingstone – Lower Zambezi National Park
After 3days of exploring Victoria Falls, your final stop on this Southern Africa “sejour” takes you Zambia’s Zambezi Grande, your home for the following 4 Nights – (direct flight To/From Zambezi Grande are on Tuesdays & Saturdays only and from 1st May – 31st October).
Zambezi Grande is situated on a prime sector of the Zambezi River front, near the Lower Zambezi National Park, offering visitors an unforgettable personal retreat, with all the sumptuous indulgences a discerning guest would appreciate from the comfort of an opulent, 5-star sanctuary in the heart of Africa. This upmarket lodge invites you to explore the hidden treasures of an untamed, unfenced and unspoilt nature. Enjoy relaxation and raw African beauty at its finest while drinking a cup of tea or coffee on your veranda watching the sun rises on the opposite side of the river – on the Zimbabwean side – and shines right onto the patios of your room at Zambezi Grande.
It reflects on the water and there is no way that the beauty of it could ever be captured on camera.
The lodge offers a wide variety of land and water-based safari activities and guests travelling to Zambezi Grande will be treated to 4 x 4 Game Drives, River Safaris, Sundowner cruises, Tiger fishing,
as well as Cultural village visit to get an insight in the lifestyle of the Muguramano tribe.
During the 4 x 4 game drives, expect to see herds of elephant, some lions, wild dog, leopard, hippos, buffalo, zebra and different types of antelope. The river safaris are not short of surprises as it is very common to see Hippo breaching just meters away from your boat, herds of Elephant crossing from island to island ahead of you, and majestic Lions enjoying a refreshing drink after a day lounging in the hot African sun…. Sundowner cruises are a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River and offer great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.
Tiger fishing is another activity enjoyed by Zambezi Grand guests and does not require one to be a professional fisherman. Bird lovers are also rewarded during water activities as the riverbanks are also home to many bird species and flocks of birds skim the waterline, the wildlife viewing complimenting your fishing excursions. In between the daily activities spoil yourself with relaxing and nurturing body therapy designed to alleviate stress and sooth tired or tight muscles, leaving you feeling revitalised and refreshed.
Day 14 Departure
After your last morning activity followed by breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the lodge team before being transferred to the Royal Zambezi Airstrip to connect with your direct flight to Livingstone Airport for onward private arrangements.
Rates Per Persoon
Please be advised that depending on the departure time of the scheduled flight Livingstone to Royal Zambezi airstrip, guests may need to overnight in Livingstone.