Cape Town – Winelands – Okavango Delta – Moremi Wildlife Reserve – Chobe National Park – Lower Zambezi National Park
This iconic journey is a combination of Belmond’s 10-night Grand Tour of Southern Africa with visits to Cape Town Winelands and Lower Zambezi National Park respectively.
This adventure begins with a 4 -day sightseeing in Cape Town considered as one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Then head to the winelands’ city of Franschhoek for a 2-night stay to visit world-famous vineyards. Your next stop will take you to Botswana for 6 nights bucket list safari visiting iconic areas such as Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Round off this adventure with 4-night chill out in Zambia on the Zambezi River front for an unforgettable personal retreat with all the sumptuous indulgences. Unwind in luxury comfort and spend days lazing doing so little by watching the sun rises and shines right onto the patio of your room – or enjoying the sight of a group of hippos grumbling and chasing each other in the river from the comfort of your room and when the mood takes you, Sundowner boat cruises, 4 x 4 Game Drives, Cultural village visit, relaxing and nurturing body therapy and much more await.
In Cape Town we have only included a returned airport transfer. Leaving you free to decide whether you want to hire a rental car for a few days – Or take a tour from a wide range on offer. Our consultants are ready to assist.
Summary of your trip
- 3 Nights Belmond Mount Nelson (Cape Town) | South Africa
- 2 Nights La Clé Des Montagnes (Franschhoek) | South Africa
- 2 Nights Belmond Eagle Island (Okavango Delta) | Botswana
- 2 Nights Belmond Khwai River Lodge (Moremi Wildlife Reserve) | Botswana
- 2 Nights Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge (Chobe National Park) | Botswana
- 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 the “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 & Alfred Waterfront.
4-5 Cape Town – Winelands
After 4-Day of Cape Town Bliss, you will be collected this morning by our representative and driven to La Clé des Montagnes in Franschhoek, your base for the next 3 days. Your stay is in a Country Lodge room with ensuite bathroom and includes breakfast.
La Clé des Montagnes is located within picturesque vineyards and plum orchards just a 5- minute walk from the centre of the historic village of Franschhoek. Its essence lies not only within the exceptional attention to detail, exquisite finishes and superb location, but also in the breadth of experience. Discover a sense of tranquillity, space, flavour and style with the lifestyle of La Clé.
Run by a husband-and-wife team of chefs, the cuisine is dynamic and fresh, from local style ‘braais’ to laden breakfast tables, personalised picnics, private dining and Chef’s Table dinners on select evenings.
Should you wish to experience dining outside La Clé, the choice of dining restaurants is endless.
Known as South Africa’s Culinary Capital Franschhoek boasts some of the country’s top restaurants providing visitors with a memorable dining experience. Leading chefs create everything from cutting-edge cuisine to stylish light meals, using only the freshest local produce paired with superb local wines.
With hundreds of wineries and vineyards to explore, spend time here savouring South Africa’s famous winelands.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of this picturesque valley, its rolling vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history. Each stop is at a different wine estate, allowing you to hop on and hop off at any of the estates so you can explore at your convenience.
Enjoy magnificent mountain landscapes and rolling vineyards as well as Cape Dutch architecture.
Day 6 -7 Wine Tasting – Maun – Okavango Delta
Leaving Cape Town and its surrounding 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 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 island of Xaxaba, this cool retreat, shaded by a canopy of indigenous trees and Ilala Palms, overlooks a surrounding lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Delta. 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 to Moremi Wildlife Reserve
After a peaceful morning sleep-in or a last morning activity at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge followed by a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Belmond Khwai River Lodge where animal magic meets old-world indulgence. The inviting tented rooms at Belmond Khwai River Lodge feature 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 10-11 Moremi Wildlife Reserve to Chobe National Park
After your usual early morning wake-up call with a cup of coffee and biscuits, head into the bush hoping to see one more time a pack wild dogs and other predators before you leave for your next destination, in the Chobe National Park.
Here, where the largest elephant population in the world treads determinedly across the dusty ground and the African Fish eagle swoops down to the great river, uttering his charismatic call, you will find a new Botswana wilderness to explore. And not only is Chobe National Park famous for its huge herds of elephant, but also its buffalo as well as the associated predators such as large prides of lion that have learnt to hunt them. There are also numerous antelope and other plains game as well as vast pods of hippos wallowing in the shallows of the River Chobe.
You will stay at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, a timeless explorer’s lodge that beats with the pulse of wild Africa. Beside the mysterious Savute Channel, this tented oasis is the perfect base to discover the wonders of Chobe National Park.
Breathlessly captivating, this corner of Botswana has long been associated with the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone. Follow in their footsteps at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Head out to our unique viewing hide at dusk or dawn, overlooking the watering hole, and see elephants, hyenas and cheetahs in their element. Then find a serene welcome back at the lodge. The contemporary interiors reflect the earthy tones of the wilderness, while eco-friendly design features keep you in harmony with the stunning landscape.
Savute is also home to some very rare rock paintings by Bushmen who once inhabited the region, and its little forests of ancient Baobabs.
Day 12-15 Chobe National Park to Lower Zambezi National Park
An early wake-up and coffee, tea starts your last safari with Belmond before being transferred to the lodge airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Kasane Airport for onward transfer to Livingstone Airport. On arrival board your direct flight to Zambezi Grande (direct flight on Tuesdays & Saturdays only and from 1st May – 31st October). On arrival at the Royal Airstrip, you will be welcomed and a 10mn road transfer will take you to the lodge.
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 16 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 Person
- Valid for travel from xxxxx to xxxxx 2020
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.