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One Week in Africa

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We’ve been covering a lot of the latest travel trends in our latest blogs – eco-travel, slow-travel, flight shame and vegan tourism. Now we’re looking at another trend that is shaping travel in 2020 – microcations.

A microcation is a shorter trip where travellers have limited holiday time. These quicker holidays are becoming increasingly popular because of their adaptability to a busy schedule. Typically, these microcations are taken in ‘backyard’ destinations because of their time constraints. However, if your dream destination happens to be in Africa and you do only have a few days, don’t be discouraged – we’ve got your back.

Here are three  7-day itineraries for when you only have a week to go on hoilday (spoiler alert: there’s no losing out on incredible safari experiences).

1. Kerry’s Victoria Falls and Beautiful Botswana Safari


  • Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park
  • The Okavango Delta


  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Abundant Birdlife
  • Luxury Mokoro and Motorboat Safaris

If you’re looking for the ultimate safari, this is the tour for you. After being transferred from the airport to the classic and romantic Illala Lodge, you embark on a gentle sunset cruise along the magnificent Zambezi River. How can you fault a holiday that starts with cocktails along a river cruise?

The next few days are spent taking in the splendour of Victoria Falls or the rather beautifully named Mosi-Oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) before making your way to Botswana’s Chobe National Park.

Chobe National Park is a pristine wilderness of open plains, ancient woodland, flood plains and baobab trees. It is also home to Africa’s largest concentration of game in southern Africa and over 460 bird species. Thrilling morning and evening game drives will bring you close to the beautiful wildlife. The best way to end an evening is sipping a sundowner watching the sunset while you gently move along the still waters of the Chobe River on a riverboat.

Your micro safari holiday ends with two days of exploring the Okavango Delta. Like Chobe, you’ll go on game drives where you’ll see Africa’s beautiful wildlife up close. However, the Okavango Delta puts a twist on the safari experience with mokoro rides. These canoe rides weave through the papyrus and palm-fringed waterways of the Delta offering a new perspective on game viewing. One last morning game drive and hearty breakfast in the bush brings your safari to an end before you return home, feeling rested, reconnected and longing to return!

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2. Anya’s Botswana, Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Safari


  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park


  • Bushman Walk Experience
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Night Drives

Much like Kerry’s 7-day tour, this is also a safari trip, however, it goes a bit off the beaten track to some of the lesser-known safari destinations.

Your journey starts in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Southern Africa’s largest and most remotely situated reserve. It is also the second-largest wildlife reserve in the world. Take in the striking beauty of the expansive landscape while spotting wildlife such as the elephant, giraffe, hyena, cheetah and leopard. A bushwalk with the San (Bushmen) hunters immerses you in how the San people used to live and survive in the Kalahari bush.

You start your first day at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with an afternoon game drive. The Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the world’s largest salt pans. During the wet season, it becomes a crucial habitat for migrating wildlife, including large populations of wildebeest and zebra. Depending on the water levels, you will not only go on game drives but also boat activities.

You’ll leave Africa having taken in and experienced the contrasting beauty of its landscapes, from grasslands, and sand dunes to sandveld and salt pans.

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3. Heidi’s Special Kruger, Cape Town and Johannesburg Tour


  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg


  • Penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Table Mountain
  • Robben Island
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Journey to Freedom Tour

This tour manages to tick all the boxes – cultural and historical experiences, exploring a buzzing cosmopolitan city and exciting safaris.

 You begin in the South African bush in Kruger National Park’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Sabi Sand offers a highly personalised safari experience because the game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in the area. The strong conservation policies mean the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles, this guarantees close contact encounters with the wildlife. You are likely to have exceptional sightings of leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

After your magical safari experience, you’ll spend 3 nights in Cape Town, exploring the buzzing Mother City. A Cape Point tour will take you along the scenic Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point, the penguin colony of Boulders Beach and the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. You’ll also spend a day visiting the historical and culturally significant spots in the city, going up Table Mountain and visiting Robben Island.

The tour finishes off with a day in Johannesburg where you’ll go on the Journey to Freedom tour. This is an insightful tour of South Africa’s journey to democracy, with stops at places like Mandela House and the Apartheid Museum. You’ll leave South Africa with a love for wildlife, an appreciation of its beauty and an emotional connection to the incredible historical triumph of the country.

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