South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana Safari Tour

008896-W20

This small-group safari tour is being escorted by Arnie Hydamaka, our resident Dr. Africa. He’s been on so many safaris we’ve lost count! Arnie has cutom-designed this tour program and safari to maximize wildlife experiences during the “green season” in the southern areas of Africa and invites you to join him at the fantastic safari camps in Botswana. Email Arnie arnie@gctravel.ca for more information on this or one of our other African escorted tours.

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Highlights
  • Explore the mysteries of the Oksavango Delta
  • Camp in the Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, which is a magnet for thirsty wildlife
  • Elephant, hippos, crocodile, roan, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog are all species present in this area
  • Marvel at Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya or The Smoke that Thunders), as the Zambezi River plunges over the 1700 meter wide and 100-meter deep chasm
  • Relax and soak in the beauty of Cape Town, enjoying a break from the winter back home
Details

Group Size: Minimum 10

2020 Dates:
November: 08

2020 Pricing
From US$6,550 – twin

Prices are shown as starting from rates in US$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rates may be available on request. Final pricing will depend on the availability of components and exchange rates in place at the time of your reservation.

Tour Code:
008896-W20

Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

Upon arrival to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport you will transfer by hotel shuttle to the nearby Holiday Inn Airport for a two-night stay.

The Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport, located just ten minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, is the perfect place to take time to relax and unwind before or after a long journey. Stay stress free a complimentary airport shuttle service. The hotel has 151 comfortable rooms equipped with all modern amenities and Wireless Internet. For leisure, work out in the in-house gym overlooking the outdoor pool, where you can take a swim or soak up the sun. At the end of the day, dine in at their restaurant or order room service and put your feet up.

Day 2: Johannesburg

Today is a free day in Johannesburg, one of Africa’s biggest cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

Day 3: Johannesburg – Victoria Falls - Davison's Camp

Shuttle from the hotel back to Johannesburg’s airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival obtain your visa for Zimbabwe (US$75 payable locally). From Victoria Falls you will fly on to Davison’s Camp in Hwange.

Great Canadian Travel has partnered with this premier safari tour company since 1983 to create exciting travel experiences in Botswana. We concentrate on offering departures in the African “green season”. The green season includes the months of February and March, which is winter in Canada. However, it is summer in southern Africa! The green season offers spectacular savings in Botswana, often referred to as the best safari destination in Africa.

By using camps in different ecosystems in Botswana, the safaris provide a real diversity and wilderness experience that one can enjoy in privacy and high comfort. The itinerary includes the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti Concessions, a natural oasis in Botswana with an air of untouched beauty teeming with wildlife. These fly in safaris are unsurpassed value as we use luxury camps on private concessions, open vehicles and off-roading, which provide excellent photographic opportunities.

Circuit Flights: The light aircraft, circuit flights are subject to weight restrictions based on the aircraft used, weather conditions and season, passenger and luggage weights, routing and fuel required. Some routes may require en-route stops which may involve changing aircraft. Total baggage allowance on these inter-camp flights is 20kg total per person (includes checked bag as well as all carry-on items).

The main area of Davison’s Camp is comprised of a spacious lounge and dining area, leading onto an expansive deck with an open campfire area, perfect for convivial evening musings or star gazing. The refreshing pool and its loungers are beautifully positioned for relaxation, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife at the waterhole.

Three-night stay on inclusive basis: Includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excluding premium imported brands and champagne.

Optional activity – visit to a local school.

Day 4 & 5: Davison's Camp

Nestled discreetly beneath a grove of false mopane trees, Davison’s is located in the private Linkwasha Concession – one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange National Park. Hidden within a tree line, this classic African safari camp, with eight light and airy tents and one family unit, overlooks an open plain and a waterhole that is a favorite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo.

Day 6: Davison's Camp - Victoria Falls

This morning you transfer to the local airstrip for your circuit flight back to Victoria Falls, where you will transfer to your hotel, Shearwater Explorers Village for a two-night stay in a chalet.

Explorers Village offers the modern pioneer a perfect haven from which to investigate Victoria Falls, widely recognized as the adventure capital of the African continent. Shearwater has been developing and honing adventure, scenic and wildlife experiences in Zimbabwe for over 30 years and the Explorers Village is its new project development.

Located merely 400m from the Victoria Falls, 100m from the epicenter of the Vic Falls town with its craft and curio markets, bohemian cafes and overlooking natural African bush panorama, the Explorers Village is the perfect “Base Camp”. Comprising modern ablution facilities and 42 private rooms, the village represents budget accommodation at its finest – clean, cool, relaxing, elegant, excellent traditional food, ice cold drinks and exceptionally friendly hosts ready to welcome you and guide you through your Vic Falls experience.

Day 7: Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the Falls, and named it after Queen Victoria. To the locals, it is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya The Smoke that Thunders an accurate description of what happens when the waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700 metre wide and 100-metre deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise. From February to May each year, the Victoria Falls are in full flood and 500 million litres of water tumble over the edge into a series of gorges each minute!

A variety of local activities are available as optional tours such as river walks, cruises down the Zambezi River, helicopter tours over the falls and for the adventurers zip-lining or bungee-jumping. Or simply choose to sit with a nice, cool drink and take in the spectacular views. Pre-booking is recommended.

Day 8: Victoria Falls - Splash Camp, Okavango Delta

After breakfast there will be a road transfer by Shearwater from Victoria Falls to the airport in Kasane, Botswana. The trip to the Botswana border is approx. 1.5 hrs. Clear customs (no visa required for Botswana), then continue to Kasane airport (15 min) for a light aircraft, circuit flight to Kwando Splash Camp.

Situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, within the Private Kwara Reserve. This brand-new camp will offer a very relaxed, friendly and authentic atmosphere. The area has long been known as Splash due to the huge water crossings that had to be negotiated to access the camp area. The Kwara Reserve shares a 30km water boundary with the famous Moremi Game Reserve and its unique location boasts both permanent water and seasonal flood plains as well as extensive dry bush wilderness. Favored by labyrinths of permanent water channels and secret islands this area offers the perfect delta experience and is considered to be amongst the best in Botswana for game viewing and activities.

Two-night stay on an inclusive basis: Includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excluding premium imported brands and champagne.

Day 9: Splash Camp, Okavango Delta

During your stay at Splash Camp you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives every day to reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight.

Day 10: Splash Camp, Okavango Delta - Lebala Camp, Linyanti

After this morning’s activity and brunch it’s time to say good-bye to Splash Camp and catch your flight via scheduled, light aircraft to Lebala Camp.

Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’, and the camp is in the Kwando Reserve’s 232,000 hectares of private unfenced wilderness. Here, the southerly flowing Kwando River disappears into the vast marshland to the east, outside of the Kwando Reserve. Lebala sits on the floodplains of the Kwando River and the special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, and tsessebe. The wonderful variety of wildlife also includes elephant, hippo, buffalo and the ever-present predators of lion, cheetah and hyena. Lebala’s location away from the dense mopane woodland to the east of the Reserve facilitates the ease of traversing the concession looking for big game.

Three-night stay on an inclusive basis: Includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excluding premium imported brands and champagne.

Day 11 & 12: Lebala Camp, Linyanti

While staying at Lebala Camp, you will be taken on twice daily game drives and have the opportunity for night drives, walking safaris, mokoro safaris, or have a relaxing day by the pool.

Day 13: Lebala Camp, Linyanti - Cape Town

Today it’s time to bid farewell to Lebala Camp and travel by scheduled, light aircraft  to Maun, then continue by commercial flight to Cape Town, South Africa. We’ll transfer to the centrally located Dale Court Guest House for a five-night stay.

Dale Court is located in Green Point within a 15-minute walk to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and several restaurants/shops on Main road are within a few minutes walking distance. Convenient local transportation is available to all sites.

Day 14-17: Cape Town, South Africa

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

There are many touring options available for pre-booking, including the Cape of Good Hope tour, Peninsula Tour including the Table Mountain Cable Car or a Franschhoek Wine Tour.

Day 16: Depart Cape Town

Today, our tour ends with a transfer from the guest house to the Cape Town airport to catch your departing flight.

Should you wish to extend your time in Cape Town, continue on to another destination in Africa or beyond, please ask us to quote you for the additional arrangements.

Included
  • Transfer between Johannesburg airport to hotel, round trip
  • Two nights of accommodation in Johannesburg at The Holiday Inn Airport, or similar, including breakfast
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls to Davison's Camp and return
  • Three nights of accommodation at Davison's Camp
  • Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to central hotel
  • Two nights of accommodation at shearwater Explorers Village or similar, Victoria Falls, including breakfast
  • Road transfer Victoria Falls to Kasane Airport
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Kasane Airport to Kwando Splash Camp
  • Three nights of accommodation at Splash Camp
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Splash Camp to Lebala Camp
  • Three nights of camp accommodation at Lebala Camp
  • Accommodation at all camps in tented rooms
  • All meals, daily scheduled camp activities/drives, park fees, laundry service, all local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne)
  • Services of lodge guides and staff
  • Transfer from Cape Town airport to centrally located guest house
  • Five nights of accommodation at Dale Court Guesthouse, or similar, Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Accommodation taxes, Tourism Levies, VAT and GST
  • Great Canadian Travel Africa Specialist escort
Not Included
  • International flights to Johannesburg, returning from Cape Town
  • Flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Maun to Cape Town
  • Taxes and fees on airfares
  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks, park and entrance fees, porterage, extra tours/excursions and transfers not specified
  • Guide and camp staff gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa fees, as required
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional sightseeing in Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Cape Town
  • Airport taxes, payable in US$, cash only
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel surcharges or industry increase beyond our control
Tour Notes

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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