3 nights Johannesburg | 3 nights Hwange National Park | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Chobe National Park | 3 nights Okavango Delta | 3 nights Cape Town
Tour Consultant's Overview
This was one of my most enjoyable tours to plan of late as it allowed me to include so many of my favourite destinations in one itinerary. We decided on Hwange in Zimbabwe followed by Victoria Falls before embarking on the ultimate Botswana safari spectacular which included both the Chobe and The Okavango Delta. One of the highlights of the tour has to be the hot air balloon ride over the spectacular Delta. These clients also wanted to spend time in Cape Town and had the most wonderful time exploring the Mother City on both scheduled and independently organised activities. It was wonderful planning this tour and to get such amazing feedback from the clients!
- Johannesburg City Living
- Hwange Wildlife Area
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Chobe National Park
- Hot Air Balloon Safari
- Cape Point Tour
- Historical Tours
- Abundant Birdlife
- Victoria Falls Adventure Tours
- Okavango Delta Wildlife
- Cape Town Magic
- Fine Dining
Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport from your International flight, you are met by our representative as you exit the arrivals terminal and your travel documents will be handed to you. Once you have received your documents, you are transferred by road to your luxury hotel in the leafy suburb of Houghton.
Arriving at your hotel, you are met and taken to your Luxury Room for your two night stay. The evening is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at your hotel. Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.
Transfer time: OR Tambo International Airport to The Residence Hotel – approx. 40 minutes
Once brash and raw, like most frontier towns, Johannesburg has over the years transformed itself into a sleek, modern city without sacrificing any of its high energy or historic past.
Gracious old colonial buildings like the Rand Club, original post offices, old police stations, historical hotels, farmhouses and shops rub shoulders with the Carlton Centre (still Africa’s tallest building at 50 storeys), glitzy shopping malls, five-star hotels, major highways, classy restaurants, award-winning museums, art galleries, lovely parks and newer historical landmarks
This morning your safari adventure begins! You are met by our representative after breakfast in the hotel reception area and assisted to the Regional Departures Terminal for your direct flight to Victoria Falls.
Arriving at Victoria Falls International Airport, you are met by our representative from Wild Horizons after you have cleared through customs and received your Visa. Our representative will then transfer you by road to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre in the Hwange National Park. Here, you are met at the Painted Dog Centre by your guide from Ivory Lodge and transferred through the park to your lodge in the outskirts of the Hwange National Park.
Arriving at your lodge in the late afternoon, you are taken to your room built on stilted wooden platforms for your three night stay. You have time to settle in and enjoy a late snack at your lodge. Depending on your arrival time, you may decide to have the afternoon at leisure until dinner is served under the African Sky.
Transfer time: Victoria Falls Airport to Hwange National Park: approx. 2 ½ hours
Hwange National Park is a dedicated nature “nirvana” consisting of 14,651 unfenced square kilometres in the west of Zimbabwe. The Park extends westward to link with the Kasane Forest and Chobe region of neighbouring Botswana. This glorious National Park rightfully boasts the highest concentration of wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles & insects) of any safari region in Africa. Hwange National Park has earned a world-wide reputation for its large herds of resident buffalo, its predators & more especially so, huge numbers of African elephant.
Today you bid farewell to this natural “nirvana” and you are transferred by your guide to the Painted Dog Centre where you meet up with our representative for your road transfer to your hotel in the town of Victoria Falls.
Arriving at your hotel, you are assisted to your Deluxe Room for your two night stay. Once you have settled in, the day is at leisure to explore the town of Victoria Falls or enjoy leisure time in the comfort of your room.
Transfer time: Hwange National Park to Ilala Lodge: approx. 2 ½ hours
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.
At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature’s forces are evident throughout.
This morning you have time at leisure to enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you are met at 11h15 and transferred by road through the Kazungula Border to your lodge along the Chobe River in the town of Kasane, Botswana.
Arriving at your river lodge, you are met with a refreshing welcome drink and assisted to your River View Chalet for your two night stay. There is time to settle into your chalet before you set off on your first afternoon game activity in the Chobe National Park.
Transfer time: Ilala Lodge to Chobe Bakwena Lodge: approx. 3 hours
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s north-west border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent.
One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months.
Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
This morning your guide from Chobe Bakwena will transfer you by road to Kasane Airport. Upon arrival at Kasane Airport, you are met by our representative and assisted to the departures lounge for your light aircraft transfer to your tented camp in the remote part of the Northern Okavango Delta.
Landing at an airstrip nearest to your camp, you are met by your guide airside and transferred by game viewing vehicle from the airstrip to your tented camp located between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. You are welcomed at the camp by the lodge members and assisted to your Luxury Suite for your three night stay in the Okavango Delta. There is time to settle into your Luxury Tented Suite before you set off on your first afternoon game activity in the Okavango Delta.
Transfer time: Chobe Bakwena Lodge to Kasane Airport: approx. 40 minutes
Light Aircraft Flight time: Kasane to Kadizora Camp: approx. 50 minutes
The Okavango Delta is home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains.
This morning you bid farewell to the floodplains. Your guide will transfer you to the airstrip nearest to your camp. Here, you connect with your light aircraft transfer to Maun. Arriving at Maun Airport, you make your way through customs and connect with your direct flight to Cape Town.
On arrival in Cape Town, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to your hotel ideally located along the Seapoint Promenade. Arrival at your hotel, you can check into your Balcony Suite for your three night stay. The late afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Light Aircraft Flight Time: Kadizora Camp to Maun: approx. 30 minutes
Flight time: Maun to Cape Town: approx. 2 hours
Transfer time: Cape Town Airport to Winchester Mansions: approx. 40 minutes
Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.
The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.
This morning you enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you are met and transferred by road to Cape Town International Airport. Arriving at the airport, you bid farewell to your driver and make your way to the Domestic Departures Terminal for your flight to Johannesburg.
Arriving in Johannesburg, you make your way to the International Departures Terminal for your flight home.
Johannesburg: The Residence Hotel
The Residence is an extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind. A warm, hospitable welcome awaits you at The Residence, located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former president Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. This is a blissful oasis where guests are treated with personalised service and are invited to make themselves at home. Take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the outdoor pools. Guests can work out in the fitness room.
The entrance hall leads through to the sumptuous lounge and sitting room with doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. The air-conditioned suites are generously proportioned and designed for ultimate comfort and privacy, leading out to spacious balconies with tables, chairs and sun loungers shaded by large sun umbrellas. Here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pool.
The Sky Bar on the top floor offers spectacular views over the surrounding suburbs and Johannesburg’s renowned urban forest towards the city skyline beyond. What better place to enjoy sundowners while taking in the spectacular African sunsets, or sipping stylish pre-dinner cocktails. The comfortable relaxation areas invite you to lounge away a few hours, interspersed with socializing in the Jacuzzi or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pools. Fine dining is offered throughout the day.
Johannesburg: OR Tambo City Lodge
Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with “home away from home” accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport.
The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop. There is a sociable bar where you can while away an evening. The 303 spacious air-conditioned rooms have either queen or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms.
OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need.
Hwange National Park: Ivory Lodge
Positioned on the southern border of Hwange Game Reserve, Ivory Lodge is situated on a private conservancy of 6000 acres just 3kms off the Bulawayo / Victoria Falls road. Ivory is a family friendly lodge and has 9 en-suite rooms, accommodating a total of only 18 guests thus ensuring one’s space and privacy.
The lodge encourages ‘communal’ meals around a large table but should you wish to dine separately, that is easily arranged. The banter around the table is a lot of fun and you meet some interesting people from around the world who all have a story to tell. It is such a pleasure to witness the excitement of visitors describing their safari experiences and ‘sightings’ for the day.
The lodges at Ivory are all well positioned and point towards the waterhole. They are built on ‘stilts’ above the ground which provides added security and makes for better game viewing. In the hotter summer months the elevation helps with cooling. The rooms are very well appointed with comfortable beds and each room has a ‘deck’ or ‘verandah’ where you can sit and enjoy the view or sundowner in the evenings. Each room has an en-suite and some have bathtubs.
Watch the elephants wade into the water, spray water from their trunks, and play-fight on the muddy banks. Experience the exhilarating rush as you get close to them on walking safaris, or see them trek across the plains on game drives.
The seven elevated Treehouse Rooms and two grand tented Presidential Suites are designed to wrap guests in privacy and style. The thatched central dining area, fully-stocked bar, and comfortable library all command views of the active waterhole and swimming pool, which is a cooling retreat from the mid-day heat.
Victoria Falls: Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The decor evokes a bygone era of adventure and the quest of discovery in Africa. This small hotel is ideally situated and is the closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.
Ilala Lodge offers 32 standard rooms and two deluxe suites. The rooms are all spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. All standard rooms at Ilala Lodge have got two three quarter beds, an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and an overhead fan. The deluxe suites have a king-size bed and have room for a child’s bed.
The in-house Palm Restaurant is recognised as one of the finest at the Falls. Relax around the swimming pool or enjoy a drink at the open-air bar.
Chobe National Park: Chobe Bakwena Lodge
Botswana is safari country and Bakwena is ideally positioned, 1.5kms form the meeting place of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The Lodge is surrounded by the Chobe National Park and forest reserve.
The lodge comprises ten rondavel style chalets, two of which are family units, all situated under the shady canopy of Acacia trees, each site has been selected for its river view and is surrounded by indigenous riverine bush. Built around both ecological and traditional African principles, each chalet offers laid-back luxury with its own raised deck overlooking the river.
Built-in daybeds offer ample opportunity to absorb the changing moods of the Chobe. Each chalet has an interior bathroom opening onto an outside garden with an outside shower – to shower under an African night sky surrounded by the sounds of the bush is a must-do experience that cleanses and energizes both body and soul.
Activities include game drives or river cruises in the Chobe, fishing trips, bird watching, nature walks, and cultural tours and visiting Impalila Island with its giant baobabs.
Okavango Delta: Kadizora Camp
Kadizora Camp truly offers the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife and warm, local hospitality. Kadizora Camp is situated between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. It lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta over-looking a panoramic seasonal floodplain. Giant Marulas, Sycamore figs, Jackalberries and Rain trees provide a canopy of shade throughout the camp. The bar, lounge, reception and dining area form a horse-shoe shape around the sandy fire pit. From there, a decked walkway leads you to an inviting swimming pool with a view over the floodplain.
The Camps accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and four standard tents’ with either twin or a conversion to a double bed. Each tent is well-positioned for ultimate privacy and seclusion. All tents feature a luxurious en-suite bathroom and outdoor decking, with spectacular views for a true ‘out of Africa’ experience.
Kadizora Camp also facilitates open vehicle safaris, walking safaris and boating. Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions provide a fabulous and traditional way to explore the meandering water channels. Float quietly amongst the water-lilies and experience a spectacular bird lovers’ paradise. Meru-style tents form the common area and open onto a central deck and fire pit.
The bar at Kadizora Camp is on a raised deck with a panoramic view of the floodplain. Enjoy a picturesque Delta sunset, with your favourite sundowner, watching the colours intensify long after the sun has set. The inviting camp fire is the focal point from dawn to dusk, and it is the perfect place to chat about the day’s adventures.
Cape Town: Winchester Mansions
Winchester Mansions Hotel is an iconic Cape Dutch building and is the leading sea front hotel on Sea Point’s Promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is two minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is unique amongst Cape Town hotels for its spectacular seaside location. This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests grace, style and contemporary flair. It is a multiple winner of the “Best Luxury Hotel” category at the annual AA Travel Guide Awards.
The rooms are spacious and elegant and all of them have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary loft style rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite.
Sip sundowners on the terrace whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and enjoy signature dishes from Harvey’s Restaurant. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars. You can relax around the decked heated swimming pool and there is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Johannesburg: Go As You Please Tour (7 hours)
This morning you are collected by your guide and taken on a tour of Johannesburg and the Surrounding Areas. Your tour includes entrance fees into the Apartheid Museum & Constitutional Hill.
Enjoy a full day of touring with the freedom to explore various attractions. Your guide will discuss the day before you depart and plan your route accordingly. Your day will be filled with some of South Africa’s most Historical and Cultural attractions.
Many South Africans gave much; some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. This tour shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes. Witness the places and then visit the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Hwange National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Ivory Lodge
Activities at Ivory Lodge includes game drives, walking safaris, bird watching or simply relaxing by the swimming pool. Game viewing activities can last for a few hours but Ivory’s experienced guides will know when the best time to go out is and where the best viewing is likely to be.
Being out on the safari vehicles is so exhilarating and on the evening drives we would park the vehicle and enjoy a sundowner whilst watching the animals feeding and listening to all the bush ‘chatter’.
The morning safari starts at first light, when the bush is already alive, the air filled with birdsong as the rising sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders’ webs. The tracker will watch the road for spoor, leaning forward intently to find any print left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. After brunch walking safaris allow guests to feel the pulse of untamed Africa through the soles of their feet.
As evening falls you depart on the night safari. As the fierce heat of the day cools, the inhabitants of the bush become restless, and the animals move out of the shade of the trees. As the sun dips behind the horizon your Ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners alongside the vehicle.
There is a lull as the animals sense the transition into a time of increased danger. It is during evening safaris that the nocturnal hunters start stirring, and their prey needs to be alert for survival through the night. You return to the lodge for a safari cuisine supper.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Victoria Falls: Guided Tour of The Falls
This morning a tour guide will collect you from your hotel and take you on a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).
This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Victoria Falls: Sunset Cruise on The Zambezi
The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is out-fitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. This cruise boat is exclusive (14 guests only) and personalised – period decor, historic memorabilia, fine cuisine and refreshments offer a level of comfort and grace unsurpassed on the Zambezi. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Chobe National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Chobe Bakwena Lodge
Chobe’s wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and it is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where they come to drink, bathe and play. Sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are frequent reported in the area.
Chobe is home to Africa’s largest elephant population with a daily migration of these magnificent pachyderms from their foraging grounds in the Teak forests, to the mighty Chobe to quench their thirst. Naturally, most activities are based around game viewing, either by vehicle or boat.
Enjoy open vehicle game drives with knowledgeable and friendly professionally qualified guides – either in the early morning or afternoons. Chobe Bakwena also offers game viewing by boat on the Chobe River – a wonderful chance to see huge herds of elephants, as well as many other mammals and birds attracted to the water’s edge, not to mention those animals which also live in the River like crocodiles and hippos. Bird Watching can be enjoyed by boat, foot or in the comfort of your chalet!
Chobe Bakwena Lodge offers Nature Walks in the nearby Lesoma Valley or Surrounding Forest Reserves. This allows you to learn about the intricacies of the bush where your guide teaches you about the spoor, trees, plants and insects that make for such exciting and interesting additions to the wildlife experience.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Okavango Delta: Daily Safari Programme & Hot Air Balloon Safari at Kadizora Camp
After tea or coffee and a few biscuits or rusks, your guide will be on hand to discuss your game activity hopes in eager anticipation of taking you on an adventure of a lifetime. Hop into an awaiting safari vehicle or motor boat and set off on an enthralling morning game drive.
Upon your return to your Lodge, a delicious breakfast is ready to be served. Enjoy a leisurely walk near the camp with an armed guide or simply savour the sights and sounds of the lodge and surrounds in the comfort of your exclusively luxurious cottage ahead of a scrumptious lunch. Indulge in a refreshing dip in the lodge pool or treat yourself to an afternoon siesta. Late afternoon tea will then be served ahead of another enthralling game drive experience where you can observe the wildlife of the area and their habits as the day begins to end.
Alternatively an afternoon boat ride adventure can be enjoyed on a mokoro dug-out canoe or a motorised boat, allowing you the opportunity to explore the Delta at eye level. Upon your return a mouth-watering dinner will be served under a canopy of stars and the African velvet sky above.
Complimentary Hot Air Balloon Safari – enjoy an early morning hot air balloon flight to soar over the Delta at sunrise and view game from above. An unforgettable experience awaits!
INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Full Day Scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour
Collection by your guide from your hotel this morning and you are taken on a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. Continue via the scenic the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point.
Following the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us to your hotel where your driver will drop you off.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Dinner & Drumming at GOLD Restaurant
Dining at Gold Restaurant is a celebration of food, flavours, family and friend, accompanied by live entertainment. This establishment honours African culinary traditions, while combining it with modern flavours and techniques.
On offer is a fourteen dish tasting menu that is served in generous individual and shared portions. When dishes are brought to your table, the servers explain the country of origin, cooking techniques and spices to the guests.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: V&A Waterfront & Robben Island
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: Hop on Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
The “red route” takes you from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (the bus stops at The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Clock Tower), to Cape Town Tourism centre in downtown Cape Town, to the Castle of Good Hope, the museums and galleries in the City Bowl area, up to the Cable Car station at Table Mountain, over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay and then back to the V&A Waterfront, travelling through Green Point and past the famous soccer stadium.
Edwin & Jackie, USA, 1st November 2019
We had the MOST wonderful time in Africa this year! We can’t believe the places we saw and the experiences we had! The game viewing in Hwange, The Delta and Chobe was out of this world! We have so many photos and memories that will last a lifetime. We had a taste of South Africa with Johannesburg and Cape Town included in our trip but there is so much more we want to see. There will be a next time for sure and we are sp thankful to Anya for all she did for us!