3 nights Johannesburg | 3 nights Okavang0 Delta | 2 nights Chobe | 2 nights Windhoek | 3 nights Swakopmund | 3 nights Sossusvlei
- Johannesburg City Living
- Johannesburg & Soweto Tour
- Cradle of Humankind Tour
- Okavango Delta
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Motor Boat & Mokoro Safaris
- Chobe National Park
- Abundanrt Birdlife
- Windhoek City
- Swakopmund Luxury Accommodation
- Sossusvlei Sightseeing
- Beach & Dune Adventures
Heidi did an amazing job organizing everything we needed for 3 weeks across 4 countries. Having traveled extensively, I assumed something would go wrong, but everything was seamless – we had more transfers than I can count, numerous flights, several tours, and EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT – everyone showed up on time, everyone was professional, it was almost hard to believe. All of our safari guides were knowledgeable and a real pleasure to spend time with, and the accommodations were all breathtakingly beautiful.
Also, we paid a fair price. We looked at a British tour company, but they wanted significantly more money and offered less service. I strongly recommend booking with an African company because if something does go wrong, they’re on hand to deal with it directly. I chose Pembury based on their stellar reviews, and I can confirm that they truly are amazing. I am amazed by the professionalism, it was a magical trip of a lifetime. We hope to return within two years.
Tour Consultant's OverviewAnn contacted Pembury Tours in September 2018 and eager to book a family holiday to Africa. Ann had given me a great outline of what they would like to do and see on their tour, visiting four countries in 20 days which was set out at a great pace. I sent through Ann’s first proposed itinerary within 48 hours and Ann was very pleased with options presented, we did a bit of tweeking to the tour until we got to the perfect tour plan for their family. Ann booked a tour visiting South Africa, Nambia, Botswana & Zimbabwe.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg on flight you are met and transferred to your hotel where you check in for your three night stay.
Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to hotel – approx. 45 minutes
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.
This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel. You are met and transferred to Johannesburg Airport where you connect with your flight to Maun. Upon arrival in Maun you are met and transferred to your light aircraft to the Okavango Delta. You have time to settle into your new lodge before embarking on your afternoon game activity.
Transfer time: Hotel to Johannesburg Airport – approx. 45 minutes
Flying time: Johannesburg to Maun – approx. 1¾ hours
Transfer time: Maun Airport to Lodge – approx. 40 minutes
The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights. The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the 'predator capital of Africa'. It is also 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. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and lechwe antelopes. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally- friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, guests are propelled by expert polers, many of whom were born in the Okavango Delta and know the winding waterways and their inhabitants intimately.
After your morning activity and breakfast, you will be transferred (Lodge manager at Camp Okavango will advise of time of flight the night before) to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kasane Airport. Upon arrival in Kasane, you will be transferred by our representative to your lodge in the Chobe National Park.
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. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators: lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. 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 hippos, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to the animals that come down to the river to drink.
After breakfast and your morning game drive you check out of your lodge. You are met by our representative and transferred by road to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You have time this afternoon to view the falls.
Transfer time – Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls – approx. 2 hours
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.
The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders" - more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. 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. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
Today is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls until you are met and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek you pick up your rental car and make your way to Olive Grove Guesthouse in Windhoek.
Transfer time: Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport – approx. 20 minutes
Flying time: Victoria Falls to Windhoek – approx. 3 hours
Travelling time: Windhoek Airport to Hotel – approx. 30 minutes
This morning is an early rise, you enjoy breakfast before checking our your hotel. You make your way to Swakopmund, the seaside town of Namibia.
Travelling time: Windhoek to Swakopmund – approx 3½ hours
Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular and has a wide range of accommodation establishments, banks, restaurants/cafes and shops.
Along this stretch of coastline (Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) you can take part in a selection of activities sating the thirst of those seeking adrenaline adventures - sky diving, quad biking and sandboarding; or for the more leisurely a range of marine activities including kayaking and cruises. The coastal desert can also be explored with trips to Sandwich Harbour, or informative desert tours...
Walvis Bay is Namibia's major harbour town and the lagoon has prolific bird life including flamingos, pelicans as well as the breeding area for the endemic Damara tern - any bird enthusiast should make a stop here.
Further north along this coastline - part of the Skeleton Coast, you'll find shipwrecks and the famous Cape Cross seal colony - one of the largest fur seal colonies in the area
This morning is an early rise. After breakfast you bid farewell to the ocean of Namibia and head Southwards to Sossusvlei. You arrive at your lodge where you check in for your three night stay.
Travelling time: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei – approx. 5½ hours
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year. Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.
This morning after breakfast you bid this African Wonderland Farewell as you travel back to Windhoek. You check into your guesthouse in Windhoek for one night.
Travelling time: Sossusvlei to Windhoek – approx. 5 hours
This morning you drive yourself to Windhoek Airport where you return your rental car and board your flight to Johannesburg where you will connect with your International flight home.
The three stand-alone Saxon Luxury Villas offer the ultimate African hospitality and can be booked in their entirety for sole use by our guests who prefer the privacy and exclusivity of a garden setting. Each Villa has a main lounge and dining room in addition to a breakfast area and bar, with dedicated 24-hour butler service and chef. The Villa guests can enjoy the privacy of the terrace and plunge pool overlooking the gardens, or alternatively make use of the main Hotel facilities. A private elevator leads from the parking area to each of the Villas.
There are seven Villa Luxury Suites in the single storey Villa One. The double storey Villa Two and Villa Three each offers seven Villa Luxury Suites downstairs, as well as four Villa Presidential Suites upstairs. The elegant suites in the Villas are appointed with a king size bed, separate bathroom with bath, dual sink and walk-in stone clad shower. The open plan layout features a seating and dining area with business desk. The Villa Presidential Suites also have a separate lounge and dining room with fully equipped butler’s kitchen with butler service and guest bathroom.
There is a private Spa Suite in Villa Two and Three, which is also available for use by guests of Villa One.
Camp Okavango, an enchanting and authentic African safari lodge situated on the remote Nxaragha Island at the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience. Camp Okavango’s traditional thatch and lethaka (reed) main lodge features a cocktail bar, lounge and wildlife reference library. The dining room leads onto an expansive open-air patio which is perfect for brunch, afternoon tea and tranquil evenings around the fire. Other facilities include a secluded bird-viewing hide and a sundeck with plunge pool for relaxing during the sunny midday hours. Other facilities include a secluded bird-viewing hide and sundeck with plunge pool.
Accommodating just 24 guests in custom African-style safari tents on raised teak platforms, Camp Okavango offers guests en-suite facilities and enjoys sliding glass doors which open onto private viewing decks. For guests who demand the ultimate in exclusivity, Camp Okavango has the Okavango Suite, a thatched cottage offering complete privacy.
Water-based game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the old fashioned way, in the traditional contours of the Mokoro (canoe). For those looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness.
Picturesquely situated 100 km west of the Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park.
The lodge accommodates up to 94 guests in absolute luxury. Rooms are river-facing, and include minibars, en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities as well as private terraces. In addition, four exclusive suites have their own plunge pools and separate lounges.
Other facilities at the lodge include a large swimming pool with adjacent terrace and a grassy riverside boma area. There is also a library, gym, beauty salon and a stylish cigar bar overlooking the Chobe River.
Chobe Game Lodge offers a choice of land or water-based activities and the most complete game experience in the Chobe National Park. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are conducted by expert guides in open sided 4x4 vehicles to ensure maximum visibility of Chobe National Park’s spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Meanwhile, riverside game viewing is conducted by small and highly manoeuvrable boats, perfect for morning or sunset cruises. Guests can also enjoy the wide expanses of the Chobe River with sundowners and snacks courtesy of the lodge’s double-decker river cruiser, the Mosi-oa-Tunya. The professional guides and resident environmentalist also offer the chance to spot some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most beautiful constellations on the stargazing deck.
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 2 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 2 x ¾ beds, an ensuite 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.
Located close to the Windhoek city centre, in a quiet and peaceful area, the Olive Grove Guesthouse is ideal to start and finish your journey through Namibia. This boutique guesthouse combines stylish architecture, simple but carefully selected decoration and personal service. Olive Grove Guesthouse caters for every need of the most discerning traveller, with emphasis on simplicity and elegance.
The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is the perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore Swakopmund. This Namibian icon has become a popular destination resort for international, Namibian and SADC visitors.
With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.
Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the Hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.
Every aspect of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund has been developed according to international four-star standards. It is the benchmark against which all hotels and lodges in Namibia are measured.
An oasis situated along the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala celebrates the splendour and solitude of the Namib Desert. Excursions to Sossusvlei (via a gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris vehicles), nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking, explore this fascinating landscape. A balloon safari offers an awe-inspiring experience soaring above the desert.
Inspired by Dead Vlei, the design of the 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas”, each with a private plunge pool, merges seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. Each villa has a rooftop Star Bed for romantic star gazing.
Once farmland used for subsistence goat farming, the region had very little indigenous wildlife. In 1996 Wilderness Safaris stepped in to rehabilitate the area and today the land and its wildlife have returned to their former glory.
Two of our most popular tours, WJSO Johannesburg & Soweto orientation and WASO Apartheid Museum & Soweto, are combined to give visitors one full day to experience South Africa's commercial and financial capital - Johannesburg - the City of Gold, known amongst locals as Egoli, Jozi or Jo'burg.
Our tour route covers all the major points of interest, from Sandton in the north to Soweto in the south:
- The suburbs of Sandton, Rosebank and Houghton (drive past Nelson Mandela's home)
- Braamfontein, home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa,
- The downtown area, City Hall, Diagonal Street, Newtown, Nelson Mandela Bridge
- The Carlton Centre, see the city from the "Top of Africa" enclosed viewing deck on the 50th floor
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
- Regina Mundi Catholic church
- Hector Pieterson Memorial
- Vilakazi Street - Nelson Mandela's former home and Bishop Desmond Tutu's home
- Lunch stop at a local tavern - optional, can be arranged in advance
- The Apartheid Museum
This tour provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at South Africa's turbulent past, by combining a drive through Soweto with a visit to the Apartheid Museum, regarded as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the story of apartheid. The Museum opened its doors in 2001 and here visitors can embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines apartheid right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours.
The Cradle of Humankind is about 45 km north-west of Johannesburg. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 because of the area's incomparable contribution to our understanding of the origins and development of humankind over more than 4-million years. The world famous Sterkfontein Caves are home to the most prolific evidence of human origins and offer a cave tour which tells the story of hominin evolution. The Sterkfontein Caves are the most famous of the 13 excavated fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind.
In 1947 Dr. Robert Broom extracted a well preserved fossil skull, “Mrs. Ples”, estimated to be around 2.3 million years old. More recently, in 1997, Professor Ron Clarke discovered “Little Foot”, an almost complete hominin skeleton aged at about 3.5 million years. Observe scientists examining fossil finds, take a guided tour of the caves and explore the interactive exhibits at the Maropeng visitor facility.
There are twice daily safari activities at Desert & Delta camps in the Okavango. Game viewing is conducted in mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) and in a power boat with a professional game ranger.
The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the African Wild Dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat.
The birding in the Okavango is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.
Walks can be arranged on nearby islands. Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally – on a catch and release basis.
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.
As this is a water-based lodge, guests have a choice of aquatic activities. River excursions in small, easily manoeuvrable boats are ideal for close encounters with the wild visitors to the river’s edge. Fishing is also a popular pastime; our catch-and-release fishing trips for Bream or Tiger Fish are a firm favourite with guests of all ages. Those wishing to experience some of the local Namibian traditions will enjoy a cultural village visit to one of the surrounding communities, where one can observe the ancient heritage of the local people.
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) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.
Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.
Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:
Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.
Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.
Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls:
At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.
Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.
White Water Rafting:
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.
Jet Boat Extreme:
Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.
Sandwiched between Atlantic rollers and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is one of those great traveller way stations along the African road. At once Namibia's adventure capital and a surreal colonial remnant, part destination in its own right and part launch pad for an exploration of the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert, this is a city with as much personality as it has sea frontage.
The Walvis Bay Lagoon is the main reason for visiting the town, the bird life on the lagoon is plentiful including flamingoes, pelicans and many small waders. The Raft restaurant deserves a special mention, it is built on stilts in the lagoon and reached by a short bridge. This is a pleasant place to enjoy a meal completely surrounded by water while entertainment is provided by the birds, jelly fish and even the occasional seal.
Known as ‘The Living Desert,’ the dunes of the Namib abound with desert-adapted critters such as beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils and golden moles, all of which leave their telltale tracks in the fine, golden sand. The plains and dry watercourses are home to the magnificently horned oryx, agile springbok, Burchell’s zebra, regal ostrich and stately giraffe, as well as predators that include elusive leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and Cape and bat-eared fox, with over 114 bird species curiously looking down from the desert skies. Admire the infinite buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna hues splashed across the desert sky at sunset before returning to the lodge in the late evening for a star gazing adventure that will transport you to a mystical and ethereal world.
Each evening you will be invited to join resident astronomers as they unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies in the lodge’s state of the art observatory, complete with a Meade LX200R 12 inch telescope. The observatory presents the ideal place to gaze in awe at the wonders of the clear desert sky as resident astronomers point out the brightest and most beautiful constellations, the vast Milky Way and distant, mysterious planets.