Southern Africa Safari

008896-W20

Escorted by Margot Kalinowsky, this custom-designed tour program is structured to maximize wildlife experiences on safari in the southern areas of Africa. She invites you to join her at two fantastic safari camps in Botswana; explore Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and marvel at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Email Margot for more information on this or one of our other African escorted tours.

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Highlights
  • Explore the mysteries of the river channels of the Okavango Delta
  • Camp in Kwando Reserve 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 the camp areas
  • 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 6/Maximum 8

2021 Dates:
November: 13

2021 Pricing
From US$5,955 – twin

Prices are shown as starting from rates in US$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room/safari tent. Single rates may be available on request. Final pricing may vary depending on the exchange rates in place at the time of your reservation.

Tour Code:
008896-W20

Itinerary
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Day 1, November 13: 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.

Meals: none

Day 2, November 14: Johannesburg

Today we’ll explore Johannesburg on a full-day tour, Journey to Freedom.

Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Come join on this full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented. Your day begins at the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. The next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Your next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, where you start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). Lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant. Then continue your journey driving past the affluent suburb of Diepkloof, which is in stark contrast to the lower income areas seen earlier in the day, en-route to the iconic Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of “whites only” privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It’s a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it’s a story with the right ending.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3, November 15: Johannesburg – Maun - Splash Camp, Okavango Delta

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll make our way to the airport to catch a late morning flight to Maun. Flight details are pending and the cost of this airfare is not included in the tour price.

We will be met on arrival by a representative from our touring partner, Kwando Safaris, and transferred to a light aircraft flight to Splash Camp (approx. 45 min.)

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).

Situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, within the Private Kwara Reserve, Splash Camp is a brand-new camp offering 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 & 5, November 16 & 17: 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.

Safari activities and full board at Kwando Splash Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, November 18: Splash Camp, Okavango Delta - Lebala Camp, Kwando Reserve, Linyanti

Morning safari activity at Splash Camp, brunch and circuit flight to Lebala Camp in Linyanti area (approx. 50 min. flight).

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 plain’s 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: accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excluding premium imported brands and champagne.

Meals: Brunch, Dinner

Day 7 & 8, November 19 & 20: Lebala Camp, Kwando Reserve, Linyanti

Safari activities and full board at Lebala Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9, November 21: Lebala Camp, Kwando Reserve, Linyanti - Victoria Fall

Morning transfer to Lebala airstrip for our flight to Kasane  (approx. 1 hr. 15 min. flight). On arrival at Kasane airport we’ll be met by Thompsons Africa for a road transfer to Victoria Falls. The entry visa for Zimbabwe is obtained at the border and the fee of US$75 per person is payable locally.

Travel time from the border to Victoria Falls is approximately 1 hr.

We’ll check in to Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls town mid-afternoon. Shearwater Explorers Village is booked for a 2- night stay in luxury chalet on a bed and breakfast basis.

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 the ideal melting pot for like-minded individuals to explore the wonders of Victoria Falls and launch themselves into some unforgettable adventures.

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.

Late afternoon we’re treated to a Falls Tour of the magnificent waterfalls, centerpiece of the area. It’s no surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You’ll understand it instantly as we tour the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the Falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away. Walk through the permanent, beautifully misty rain forest which flanks the Falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. We’ll stand and watch the spray, feel and listen to the thunderous noise, as millions of liters of water tumble over the Falls into a series of narrow gorges below. The seventh Natural Wonder of the World puts on the most dramatic show for you, and you’ll be privileged to have watched it.

Dinner is on your own this evening at your choice of a Shearwater Village restaurant or other recommended restaurants within walking distance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10, November 22: Victoria Falls

Breakfast at Shearwater this morning, with the rest of the morning and afternoon free to partake in any of the many activities available to do at Victoria Falls. Activities on offer may include: experiencing a tour of a local village; tour of walking with lions or elephants; helicopter rides over the falls; whitewater rafting; bungee jumping or zip-lining over the river; lunch cruise down the Zambezi River or a train ride over the iconic bridge – just to name a few. Pre-booking of touring options is recommended.

Or simply choose to sit by the pool with a nice, cool drink as you also drink in the spectacular views.

Pick up at Shearwater for our Home Hosted Dinner. It’s a short ride to Chinotimba Township where we’ll be guests hosted by a local family in their residence and served a traditional, African homemade meal. The authentic home cooked meal includes sadza or rice as main dish together with beef stew, chicken stew, kapenta fish, Soya chunks, mopane worms, kale and pumpkin leaves. Grilled potatoes and a green salad complete the dishes.  Seasonal traditional fruits, mazoe orange crush and tea are also served.  Don’t feel like you must try it all, but it will be great fun if you do!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11, November 23: Victoria Falls - Cape Town

After breakfast at Shearwater we’ll check out and transfer to the local airport for our departure to Cape Town. Flight details are pending and the cost of this airfare is not included in the tour price.

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.

Ideally positioned in the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront’s new Silo district, our hotel the Radisson Red is alive with nearby activities and dazzling views. The Red Roof boasts a roof top pool, bar, grill, as well as a great view of Table Mountain scenery. There is also RED Fitness and a modern and fun studio that hosts events and games. There are 252 Studios with oversized windows with views of Table Mountain or the V&A Waterfront.

We are booked here for a 4-night stay in standard studio rooms, including breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12, November 24: Cape Town, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore the stunning Cape Town at your own pace with the City Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour. The most popular route includes the V&A waterfront, Long Street and Green Market Square downtown, Table Mountain (cable car) Kloof Nek and along the Atlantic Seaboard past Camps Bay, the Clifton Beaches, Sea Point and Mouille Point.

Lunch and dinner are on your own today, at your choice of the many excellent restaurants in the city with varying cuisines.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13, November 25: Cape Town, Cape Peninsula Tour

After breakfast we’ll depart the hotel on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Cruise along Millionaire’s Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay and on to Llandudno, before an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise (optional add on, subject to weather, payable locally). Wind along Chapman’s Peak Drive with lunch (own account) at Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park. We’ll then meander back along the coast, visiting Simon’s Town and the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach (optional add on, payable locally). The tour ends at either Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or Groot Constantia, for a wine tasting and cellar tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14, November 26: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Tour

Following our breakfast we head out on a full-day wine tour to Franschhoek / Stellenbosch, including lunch.

We start the morning off with a guided drive through historic Stellenbosch and on to our first farm for a cellar tour with  wine and chocolate pairing. We’ll continue on to our second farm, which is a boutique wine estate, where we’ll enjoy an intimate cheese and wine pairing. The wine maker will join us if she is able to. Then we head over the stunning Stellenbosch mountains, to the cuisine capital of South Africa, Franschhoek. Here we learn how the French Huguenots settled in this valley and influenced South Africa’s wine history. This will be followed by a wine tasting at an award-winning estate along with a beautiful lunch. In Franschhoek you will have the chance to walk off your lunch, strolling down the main road. For our last stop we visit a farm situated at the foot of the mountains for yet another world class wine tasting. Filled up and merry, we head back to Cape Town to be back to the hotel about 5pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15, November 27: Tour ends in Cape Town

Today our tour ends following breakfast at the hotel. Transfer on your own to Cape Town airport for your flight.

Should you wish to extend your time in cosmopolitan Cape Town, continue on to another destination in Africa or beyond, please ask us to quote you for the additional arrangements. We can personalize any itinerary to suit your needs.

 

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 Maun to Splash Camp, Okavango Delta
  • Three nights of tented accommodation at Splash Camp, Okavango Delta
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Splash Camp, Okavango Delta to Lebala Camp, Linyanti
  • Three nights of tented accommodation at Lebala Camp, Linyanti
  • 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 by road from Kisane Airport to Victoria Falls
  • Two nights of accommodation at Shearwater Explorers Village or similar, Victoria Falls, including breakfast
  • Road transfer Victoria Falls hotel to airport
  • Transfer from Cape Town airport to centrally located guest house
  • Four nights of accommodation at Radisson Red or similar, Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Accommodation taxes, Tourism Levies, VAT and GST
  • Great Canadian Travel Africa Specialist escort throughout tour
Not Included
  • International flights to Johannesburg, returning from Cape Town
  • Flights from Johannesburg to Maun, Victoria Falls to Cape Town
  • Taxes and fees on airfares
  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks, park and entrance fees, porterage, extra tours/excursions and transfers not specified
  • Guides and camp staff gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa fees, as required
  • Zimbabwe visa fee, US$75 payable at the border
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional sightseeing in Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Cape Town
  • Airport taxes, payable in US$, cash only
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel surcharges or industry increase beyond our control
Tour Notes

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