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  • Discover the sights, sounds, and flavors of cosmopolitan Cape Town on private tours.
  • Sample world-class wines amid the peaceful environs of the Cape Winelands.
  • Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls and cruise the Zambezi River.
  • Embark on game drives and walking safaris in Chobe National Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations and safari lodges.
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Kissed by two oceans and framed by boundless skies, rugged peaks, and endless savanna, the southern tip of Africa was in no need of improvement. But humans did so anyway. Now, this gorgeous stretch of land boasts sparkling cities and world-renowned winelands to go with its already considerable natural advantages. But you don’t come to this part of the world to merely look and linger. You come to discover, both the landscape and your place within it. Home to a waterfall that dwarfs Niagara’s, a river that slakes the thirst of a vast desert and a staggering diversity of wildlife, Southern Africa is the perfect setting for adventures that connect you to our planet’s untamed heart.

Ideal for first-timers and savvy Africa vets alike, this tour unites the region’s varied experiences into a single incredible journey. Explore Table Mountain, the Cape Point Peninsula, townships and more on private tours around Cape Town. Devote a full day to South Africa’s famed wineries on a private tour of Franschhoek. Witness wild creatures roaming free on daylight and nighttime game drives at the incredible Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Cruise the mighty Zambezi River and stand in awe of Victoria Falls, “the smoke that thunders.” Cross into Botswana and follow elephants in Chobe National Park, then slip into the enveloping lushness of the Okavango Delta to spot crocodiles, big cats, and all manner of exotic birds. This is quintessential Africa. Your bucket list runneth over. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • VIP Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Documents Package - Documents
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Cape Point and Peninsula (with Lunch) - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Cultural Cape Township Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cape Town to Franschhoek
    Cape Town to Franschhoek
    • Transfer - Private - Cape Town - Franschhoek [1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Babylonstoren Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Winelands - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Franschhoek to Cape Town to Hoedspruit to Kruger
    Franschhoek to Cape Town to Hoedspruit to Kruger
    • Transfer - Private - Franschhoek - Cape Town [1hr] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Air - Cape Town - Hoedspruit [Direct, 2.5 hrs] - Scheduled Flight
    • Transfer - Private - Hoedspruit - Kruger [30 mins - 2 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    All Inclusive
  • Day 8 Kruger
    Kruger
    • Early Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive 1
    All Inclusive
  • Day 9 Kruger
    Kruger
    • Morning Game Drive 1
    • Optional Activities
    All Inclusive
  • Day 10 Kruger to Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
    Kruger to Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
    • Transfer - Private - Kruger - Hoedspruit [30 mins - 2hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Air - Hoedspruit - Johannesburg [Direct, 1 hr] - Scheduled Flight
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
    Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls [Direct, 1.5 hrs] - Scheduled Flight
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
    • Tour - Shared - Zambezi Explorer Sunset Cruise - Cruise Signature Deck
  • Day 12 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Tour - Private - Victoria Falls Tour (2 hours) - Morning Tour (8:00am)
  • Day 13 Victoria Falls to Chobe
    Victoria Falls to Chobe
    • Transfer - Shared - Victoria Falls - Chobe [1.5 hours] - Shuttle
    • Muchenje Safari Lodge Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14 Chobe
    Chobe
    • Shared - Morning Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15 Chobe
    Chobe
    • Shared - Another day to explore Chobe National Park
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16 Chobe to Okavango
    Chobe to Okavango
    • Air - Chobe - Okavango [Charter Hop] - Economy
    • Transfer - Shared - Camp
    • Tour - Shared - Shinde - Activities - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 Okavango
    Okavango
    • Shared - Enjoy the Activities included in your Okavango Camp
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18 Okavango
    Okavango
    • Tour - Shared - Shinde - Activities - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19 Okavango to Maun
    Okavango to Maun
    • Transfer - Shared - Airstrip
    • Air - Okavango - Maun [Charter Hop] - Charter
    • Air - Maun - Johannesburg [Direct (1h 40min)] - Scheduled Flight
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Day 1: Cape Town

Upon arrival to Cape Town, you will be welcomed at the door of your aircraft by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. Alongside your assistant, you will be directed through immigration, baggage collection and customs before being directed to your onward flight, airport hotel, or to your awaiting driver and vehicle.

To ensure a seamless experience, a documents package containing useful information including a detailed itinerary with pick­-up and drop­-off times, emergency contact information, and relevant e­-tickets or vouchers will be provided to you.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Cape Town airport. 

Accommodation: Table Bay Hotel

Sitting on the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel has one of the best locations in Cape Town, with views of Table Mountain, the harbor and notorious Robben Island. It was, in fact, the prison’s most famous former inmate who opened the hotel in 1997: then-President Nelson Mandela. The neo-Victorian architecture exudes old-world elegance, as does the attentive service, which extends to helicopter transfers, personal shopping, and the therapies at the Camelot Spa. Dining and cocktail options include The Atlantic, Camissa Brasserie, two bars and a lounge for afternoon tea. Don't miss the bronze statue honoring Oscar, a seal that often visited the waters by the hotel. 

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Table Bay Hotel
Table Bay Hotel

Day 2: Cape Town

One of the most spectacularly bio-diverse places on Earth, an estimated 1,500 unique species of plant-life are found on Table Mountain alone, many of which are endemic and found nowhere else on the planet. Ascend by cable car as the mist from the clouds open up to the main plateau while striking views of Cape Town come into crystal-clear focus. Now with a better understanding of the city’s layout, walk past Cape Town’s storied past as your guide recounts the colorful histories of the Houses of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope (South Africa’s oldest building) and the well-tended Company Gardens. Bargain your way through the lively Greenmarket Square in search of souvenir while meeting local artisans along the way. As you enter another one of Cape Town’s famed stop at Bo-Kaap, learn how the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses became one of city’ most vibrant neighborhoods. There’s no better way of understanding local history than through your Capetonian guide. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to experience this landmark at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.

Accommodation: Table Bay Hotel
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District
Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District

Day 3: Cape Town

After meeting your expert local guide in Cape Town, begin the day with a visit to one of the more popular leisure hubs for locals – the glorious beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, where impressive white sand beaches hug the shoreline with the Twelve Apostles as a stunning backdrop. Learn about the fascinating history of this breathtaking land from your Capetonian guide as you begin the spectacular sea-side drive to the quaint village of Hout Bay. After a stop in the village, you will track along the extraordinary Chapman’s Peak Drive, known as one of the most picturesque roadways world-wide. With the flexibility to spend as little or as long as you would like in this region crammed with incredible panoramic lookouts, the benefits of having a private vehicle and guide truly come into play. Further along you will reach the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where, at Cape Point, you will board a funicular or walk up the stairway that leads to the Cape Point Lighthouse; it is here that you will observe the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans while enjoying fantastic views of False Bay. Departing from Cape Point, head northward to Simon’s Town to enjoy lunch (included). Although the city is host to a number of tasty dining options, consider indulging in fresh-caught fish & chips, the town’s specialty. After a refreshing lunch and a bit of time to learn about Simon’s Town, set off with your camera ready to visit Boulders Beach, a nearby nature preserve that is home to a colony of African penguins. Wrapping up your day’s adventure, tour the idyllic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a sprawling park brimming with rare and exotic plant-life that is surely one the finest examples of botany the world over, before being returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Table Bay Hotel
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Penguins near Cape Town
Penguins near Cape Town

Day 4: Cape Town

“Colorful,” “Vibrant,” “Welcoming”… These are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing the township of Langa. To discover this firsthand, you need to walk, to hear, to smell, to touch and to taste the flavors of the township. Today, set out alongside an expert local for an authentic cultural experience in Langa designed to ignite all five senses. Exploring the daily lives and culture of the Xhosa people, you’ll learn that in Langa, the streets are the lifeblood of the community. It is in the streets where kids play soccer, local’s trade, and residents socialize and gather. As in many communities, mixing over a meal is an important aspect of township life, and for lunch you will have the opportunity to enjoy the fare at Mzoli’s Deli in Guguletu (weekdays only), likely Cape Town’s most popular eatery among locals. Here, South Africans of all creeds and background meet to enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue) over the chorus of cheers and chats. Weekends are exceptionally busy at the deli, filled with locals who dress to impress and enjoy delicious menu items, so a home-hosted lunch is offered as an alternative on Saturdays and Sundays in order to avoid the long queues. Available to be visited beginning in the afternoon, guests starting this excursion past lunchtime will instead have the opportunity to meet with the children from Happy Feet Youth Project. A charity initiative founding in 2007, it aims to provide children in the township with positive role models and a strong sense of belonging through dance. Wildly successful, you’ll have the chance to see their happy feet in action before carrying on through Langa. This tour winds down with a return transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Table Bay Hotel
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Langa Community Residents
Langa Community Residents

Day 5: Cape Town - Franschhoek

Enjoy a private transfer between Cape Town and Franschhoek. Approximate travel time is one hour.

Guests at Babylonstreon can enjoy the following activities:

The Garden

In season, you can take part in the harvesting of fruit in the orchards or the pruning of the vines. Whatever the season, the garden is an ever-changing tapestry of fruit and vegetable plantings. Hotel guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of the many fruits, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. There are maps for five different walks on the farm (available from Reception) and if you’re interested to learn more about the provenance of the garden, do join one of the garden tours that starts daily at 10h00. Booking is essential, so please enquire in advance at Reception.

Spa, Gym & Swimming Pool

After a workout at the gym overlooking the garden, guests can relax at the Garden Spa. The swimming pool is a restored farm reservoir and perfect for hot summer days.

Wine cellar

Please join one of the daily guided cellar tours, which will take you through the whole winemaking process, past the vineyards, through the olive press, production cellar and maturation cellar, and includes a wine tasting. The tour starts at the Tasting Room. The whole wine range is available for tasting at the Tasting Room.

Out and about on the farm

Every morning at 8h00, there is a guided walk around the farm with one of the gardeners, who takes guests up to the koppie (hill), through the fynbos area and the vlei (wetland), on to the citrus orchards and back past the dam. Or at sunset you could go for a run up to the Babylonstoren Hill or koppie yourself, or walk up to the dam to row in one of the canoes. There’s no better place to sample some of the excellent wines grown on the farm than at the Tasting Room, overlooking the Babylonstoren koppie. In the heat of summer, lounge in a hammock in the cool of the trees and read a book from the well-stocked library, or if you’re visiting in winter, curl up in front of a fire with a glass of red in hand.

Parent friendly

The farm is a paradise for children with the resident geese, chickens (where they can collect eggs) and the beloved donkeys, Meisiekind and Lulu. The donkeys live near to the Farm Shop and love nothing better than a snack of bread. Young guests can help feed the donkeys and to help harvest fruit and vegetables from the gardens, especially for the breakfast table. There are also complimentary mountain bikes for all hotel guests. They are located in the old pigsty near the entrance to the guest cottages. Helmets are recommended and available at reception.

Birdwatching

In addition to the domestic fowls, pigeons and more than 100 snail-harvesting ducks, Babylonstoren is also home to a myriad species of birds. So arm yourself with a pair of binoculars and spend some gentle hours in the garden. If in doubt, download the Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa mobile app, that with its detailed text, beautiful visuals and ability to play individual calls and songs is a great help in identifying different species.

 

 

Accommodation: Babylonstoren

Nestled in the heart of Franschhoek, Babylonstoren Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Franschhoek. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Babylonstoren Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy  the restaurant, car parking, tours, airport transfers, and safety deposit boxes. The Babylonstoren guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings.  The style developed in the Cape Colony of the 17th and 18th century: outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs.  Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer due to thick walls and are heated by open hearths in winter. Babylonstoren has an exceptionally well-preserved werf.  It consists of a main residence, old cellar, koornhuis where wheat and hay was stored and row of service buildings, bell tower, ornate fowl pen and dove cote surrounded by the traditional low whitewashed walls.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Franschhoek
South Africa Franschhoek
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Babylonstoren Hotel
Babylonstoren Hotel

Day 6: Franschhoek

You will be met this morning by your guide to set off through the Winelands; a delightful drive which winds its way through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Your first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you will enjoy your first wine tasting, coupled with a chocolate and dessert tasting. Onward over the scenic Helshoogte Pass, to Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. Its beautiful setting and café lined streets will charm you, and a further wine tasting is included at one of the renowned estates here. Your final stop is at the town of Paarl, at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes where you enjoy your final wine tasting before heading back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Babylonstoren
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Winelands
Winelands

Day 7: Franschhoek - Cape Town - Hoedspruit - Kruger

Transfer between Franschhoek and Cape Town Airport with a private driver and vehicle. 

Board a flight in Cape Town with direct service to Hoedspruit. Approximate flight time is two hours and 30 minutes.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 square inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Start your safari with a private transfer from Hoedspruit to your lodge in the Greater Kruger Area. Approximate travel time ranges depending on seasonal weather conditions and the location of your accommodation, taking between 30 minutes to two hours.

Having had the chance to settle into your lodging - and to prepare for an adventure - meet with other guests of the camp to set out on your first authentic game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when animals are most active, and the Greater Kruger Area features some of the largest private game reserves in Africa, home to an incredible range of wildlife including the Big 5: the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. Spanning across the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Greater Kruger Area covers a near unfathomable span of land upon which animals both large and small prowl, graze and roam free. Alongside an experienced ranger and tracker, you will explore fascinating and beautiful frontiers through the afternoon and until the sun sets, camera in hand, before returning to your lodge to prepare for a decidedly different adventure; a freshly prepared dinner that you won’t be soon to forget. 

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge

Adjacent to the majestic Olifants River inside Greater Kruger Area, Pondoro Game Lodge offers comfort, sophistication, and elegance in the heart of the bush. This exclusive lodge features eight chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park, a hotbed for animal activity. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European haute trends. Served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River where game are often spotted, fine wines from the award winning Pondoro cellar are paired to compliment the mouth-watering food. Serenity Spa offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, surrounded by elegant decor and cascading waterfalls, it is an environment of breathtaking ambiance, much like the surrounding bushveld.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Kruger
South Africa Kruger
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pondoro Exterior
Pondoro Exterior

Day 8: Kruger

Ahead of first light it’s time set out on an early morning game drive to discover the many animals that stalk through the bush during the early hours of the day. This is one of the best times time to view game, and it is made all the more spectacular as the rising sun dawns upon the unspoiled African bush; the world over, this place is known as the Land of the Rising Sun. Prepare to spot resident predators enjoying the spoils of their hunt the night before and a dizzying range of smaller mammals and bird life. After a few hours of exploration, photography and education, you will return to the lodge for a mouth-watering, well-earned, fresh-made breakfast.

Continue your day after lunch with an exciting afternoon game drive. Perhaps the day will include massive, lumbering hippos emerging from the water to snack on nearby grasses, or predators beginning their nightly hunt as grazing antelope roam the plains. Out on the open reserves, trace across new lands as you gain a deeper and more intimate understanding of the South African bushveld before returning to the lodge for another fantastic dinner.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Leopards in Kruger
Leopards in Kruger
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pride of Lions
Pride of Lions

Day 9: Kruger

Before the blistering sun takes its place high in the African sky make use of the opportunity to discover even more wild game. First thing in the morning, depart to discover the animals of the Greater Kruger Area, home to herds of trumpeting elephants that gently wander through the savannah; will today be the day you see them first-hand? As in the day before, you will be returned to your lodge after a few hours of game viewing to enjoy a complete and hearty breakfast.

After enjoying morning and evening game drives, marvel at the shimmering nighttime sky with a sundowner cocktail. Sign up for additional activities including bush walks, spa treatments, community visits or simply spend time leisurely relaxing. Whatever you choose, aim to delight your senses; your heart’s desire is your lodges aim.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cheetah in Kruger
Cheetah in Kruger
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sundowners
Sundowners

Day 10: Kruger - Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

Transfer from your lodge in the Greater Kruger Area to Hoedspruit with a private driver and vehicle. Travel time vary based on your departing and arrival destinations, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours.

Board a flight in Hoedspruit with direct service to Johannesburg. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 square inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Accommodation: The Peech Hotel

The Peech Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg boasts elegantly designed bedrooms and suites located in the main house and garden annexes.  A private residence built in the 1950’s The Peech was conceived, built, and is now ran and owned by James Peech. His attention to detail paired, wealth of experience and team of dedicated staff create a one of a kind stay. The Boutique Bistro overlook's the hotel's pool and landscaped gardens, and features sandstone floors, deep leather couches and a walk-in wine cellar, and most importantly, culinary masterpieces.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Johannesburg
South Africa Johannesburg
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Day 11: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Board a flight in Johannesburg with direct service to Victoria Falls. Approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 35”x29”x17” (90cm x 75cm x 43cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17lbs (8kg); carry-on luggage cannot be larger than 22”x14”x9” (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Transfer between the Victoria Falls Airport and your lodge with a private driver and vehicle.

This evening you are transferred to the jetty, where you board the newest, sleekest and largest cruise boat operating on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi River, the Zambezi Explorer. The boat's on-board facilities run exclusively on solar energy. From here you cruise along towards Palm lsland and Kandahar lsland to enjoy a picturesque African sunset on the Zambezi River. This cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River, with the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and many different bird species. Your cruise includes snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks, framed by many beautiful photo opportunities. Enjoy the nice seating area and professional service. The signature deck has comfortable lounge chairs and sofas, and a wider selection of premium beverages.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, one of Southern Africa's most famous attractions. Enjoy magical views of the spectacular African sunsets and year round wildlife at the on-site waterhole. This award winning flagship lodge has 72 en-suite bedrooms with private balcony to enjoy exquisite views of the African landscape. Located within the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s central hub, MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant features delicious cuisine. The open-plan Buffalo Bar is the perfect venue for all-day refreshments, snacks, light meals and cocktails. The Boma – Place of Eating provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa, together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. Guests staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoy a courtesy shuttle to and from The Boma. Sunbathe by the swimming pool on the sun deck or relax in the guest library and games room. Situated in the lodge, the activities desk is available for guests wishing to arrange exciting guided safari walks, bird watching, private bush dinners and more!

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Day 12: Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls – Now In Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year - Reaches Its Zenith In About May Each Year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you may stop and take photos. You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist you with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. ($30 USD Per Person Park Fee Not Included)

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Day 13: Victoria Falls - Chobe

Transfer between your lodge in Victoria Falls and Chobe by shared shuttle.

Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, along with numerous predators - including lions, leopards and wild dogs. There is a great diversity of plains game and an astonishing array of bird species.

Activities on offer at Muchenje Safari Lodge are:

  • Game DrivesEnjoy game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with knowledgeable and friendly professionally qualified guides – either early morning, afternoon or even the full day
  • 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!
  • Bush walking-safaris - 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
  • ‘Night eyes’ – Night game drives in the lodge’s own concession. The guide uses a spotlight to show the local ‘night life’, which can range from the small mammals, to buffalo and elephant.
  • Visits to our local village - For a cultural experience and to meet the people that make Botswana the delightful country that it is.

Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge

Last Eden of Chobe, Muchenje is a magnificent lodge in a stunning location. Muchenje sits on an escarpment with wonderful views of the Chobe River, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and seasonal flood plains. Enjoy game viewing and exceptional views from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks. Staff offer a truly relaxed, homely atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble. Just 20 guests are accommodated in intimate exclusivity. Each thatched, stone built cottage has private, panoramic views. The main Lodge area is extensive, and has been built to allow for excellent vistas, comfort and charm. Guests can relax in and its many quiet areas; from the viewing platforms and decks, the dining area and bar. Retail therapy is also at hand at the curio shop. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views where you can relax in the afternoon, and soak up the sun.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Elephants at Chobe National Park
Elephants at Chobe National Park
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Muchenje Lodge
Muchenje Lodge

Day 14: Chobe

Set out into the wilderness of the Chobe National Park alongside an experienced local guide from your lodge.  Explore this famous African game viewing destination during this once in a lifetime opportunity where you’ll experience all that this recognized National Park has to offer.  Keep your camera handy as the local big game can appear at any time including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, giraffes, kudus and hippos.  Exploring this dynamic flood-plain provides a unique game viewing experience including the daily elephant migration as they continue their ongoing pursuit of fresh drinking water.

Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lioness and her Cubs
Lioness and her Cubs

Day 15: Chobe

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer at your lodge. With the largest population of Elephants in Africa, you will surely want to try a Boat Safari today.

Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge
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Day 16: Chobe - Okavango

Take your flight from Chobe (light aircraft from Kasane) to Okavango on Mack Air today. Includes departure tax.

Passengers weighing over 110kg will need to purchase an additional seat. Passengers travelling on a seat in plane basis with Mack Air may have up to 2 stops en route to their camp.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Luggage dimensions must not exceed 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long.  Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

To ensure a safe and comfortable ride, a representative from your lodge will meet you at the airstrip and provide you with a transfer to your camp.

Shinde offers a diverse range of activities, courtesy of its location which affords both water and land activities year round. Motorboats or Mokoro provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta. Game drives are conducted by a personal guide in comfortable, specially designed game drive vehicles. For the more adventurous, guided walks are also available while fishing enthusiasts will enjoy fishing for a variety of species such as tilapia and tigerfish.

Following is a summary of the included activities at Shinde:

•Fishing and Fly-fishing. Permanent waters of the Okavango Delta allow year round fishing

•Game drives, the area's wet and dry habitat ensures a wide variety of wildlife is consistently found in the area, including regular sightings of the rarely spotted Sitatunga antelope

•Delightful guided walks

•Birding

•Boat excursions including exclusive motorboat access to the Gadikwe Heronry

•Mokoro trails

Accommodation: Shinde

Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate, classic camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon, which simply teems with animal and birdlife. The camps unique main area comprises a multi-tiered dining room and lounge which is set under canvas under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees. Shinde was refurbished in 2015. The elegance and historical charm of the iconic Shinde camp has been enhanced by enlarging the eight classic safari guest tents to incorporate a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower and luxurious fittings. The larger bedroom with new linen and furniture in tasteful colours provide the perfect retreat. Wide sliding doors leading onto the extended front decks afford breath-taking views over the open floodplains or the mysterious waterways of the Delta.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lilac Breasted Roller
Lilac Breasted Roller
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Shinde
Shinde

Day 17: Okavango

The Okavango Delta is home to some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. You'll have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany you on your daily included activities. The area also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can frequently be seen.

In the Okavango, you will typically you will have a morning activity, coming back to your camp for lunch and some down time. Later in the day, you will head out for your afternoon activity.

Accommodation: Shinde
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Okavango Game Drive
Okavango Game Drive

Day 18: Okavango

Shinde offers a diverse range of activities, courtesy of its location which affords both water and land activities year round. Motorboats or Mokoro provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta. Game drives are conducted by a personal guide in comfortable, specially designed game drive vehicles. For the more adventurous, guided walks are also available while fishing enthusiasts will enjoy fishing for a variety of species such as tilapia and tigerfish.

Following is a summary of the included activities at Shinde:

•Fishing and Fly-fishing. Permanent waters of the Okavango Delta allow year round fishing

•Game drives, the area's wet and dry habitat ensures a wide variety of wildlife is consistently found in the area, including regular sightings of the rarely spotted Sitatunga antelope

•Delightful guided walks

•Birding

•Boat excursions including exclusive motorboat access to the Gadikwe Heronry

•Mokoro trails

Accommodation: Shinde
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Boat Excursion
Boat Excursion

Day 19: Okavango - Maun

A representative from your lodge will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip today.

Sit back and relax during this short hopper flight that departs the airstrip in Okavango and arrives at the airstrip in Maun.

Passengers weighing over 110kg will need to purchase an additional seat.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Luggage dimensions must not exceed 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long.  Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

Enjoy a direct flight today between Maun and Johannesburg. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Flight scheduled to depart Maun at 1h45pm and arrive into Johannesburg at 330 pm. Please Note: Flight times may vary.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Table Bay Hotel: Cape Town

Sitting on the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel has one of the best locations in Cape Town, with views of Table Mountain, the harbor and notorious Robben Island. It was, in fact, the prison’s most famous former inmate who opened the hotel in 1997: then-President Nelson Mandela. The neo-Victorian architecture exudes old-world elegance, as does the attentive service, which extends to helicopter transfers, personal shopping, and the therapies at the Camelot Spa. Dining and cocktail options include The Atlantic, Camissa Brasserie, two bars and a lounge for afternoon tea. Don't miss the bronze statue honoring Oscar, a seal that often visited the waters by the hotel. 

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Table Bay Hotel
Table Bay Hotel

Babylonstoren: Franschhoek

Nestled in the heart of Franschhoek, Babylonstoren Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Franschhoek. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Babylonstoren Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy  the restaurant, car parking, tours, airport transfers, and safety deposit boxes. The Babylonstoren guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings.  The style developed in the Cape Colony of the 17th and 18th century: outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs.  Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer due to thick walls and are heated by open hearths in winter. Babylonstoren has an exceptionally well-preserved werf.  It consists of a main residence, old cellar, koornhuis where wheat and hay was stored and row of service buildings, bell tower, ornate fowl pen and dove cote surrounded by the traditional low whitewashed walls.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Babylonstoren Hotel
Babylonstoren Hotel
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cottages
Cottages

Pondoro Game Lodge: Kruger

Adjacent to the majestic Olifants River inside Greater Kruger Area, Pondoro Game Lodge offers comfort, sophistication, and elegance in the heart of the bush. This exclusive lodge features eight chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park, a hotbed for animal activity. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European haute trends. Served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River where game are often spotted, fine wines from the award winning Pondoro cellar are paired to compliment the mouth-watering food. Serenity Spa offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, surrounded by elegant decor and cascading waterfalls, it is an environment of breathtaking ambiance, much like the surrounding bushveld.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pondoro Exterior
Pondoro Exterior
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pondoro Safari
Pondoro Safari

The Peech Hotel: Johannesburg

The Peech Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg boasts elegantly designed bedrooms and suites located in the main house and garden annexes.  A private residence built in the 1950’s The Peech was conceived, built, and is now ran and owned by James Peech. His attention to detail paired, wealth of experience and team of dedicated staff create a one of a kind stay. The Boutique Bistro overlook's the hotel's pool and landscaped gardens, and features sandstone floors, deep leather couches and a walk-in wine cellar, and most importantly, culinary masterpieces.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: Victoria Falls

Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, one of Southern Africa's most famous attractions. Enjoy magical views of the spectacular African sunsets and year round wildlife at the on-site waterhole. This award winning flagship lodge has 72 en-suite bedrooms with private balcony to enjoy exquisite views of the African landscape. Located within the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s central hub, MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant features delicious cuisine. The open-plan Buffalo Bar is the perfect venue for all-day refreshments, snacks, light meals and cocktails. The Boma – Place of Eating provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa, together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. Guests staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoy a courtesy shuttle to and from The Boma. Sunbathe by the swimming pool on the sun deck or relax in the guest library and games room. Situated in the lodge, the activities desk is available for guests wishing to arrange exciting guided safari walks, bird watching, private bush dinners and more!

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Views
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Views

Muchenje Safari Lodge: Chobe

Last Eden of Chobe, Muchenje is a magnificent lodge in a stunning location. Muchenje sits on an escarpment with wonderful views of the Chobe River, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and seasonal flood plains. Enjoy game viewing and exceptional views from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks. Staff offer a truly relaxed, homely atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble. Just 20 guests are accommodated in intimate exclusivity. Each thatched, stone built cottage has private, panoramic views. The main Lodge area is extensive, and has been built to allow for excellent vistas, comfort and charm. Guests can relax in and its many quiet areas; from the viewing platforms and decks, the dining area and bar. Retail therapy is also at hand at the curio shop. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views where you can relax in the afternoon, and soak up the sun.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Muchenje Lodge
Muchenje Lodge
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Poolside at Muchenje
Poolside at Muchenje

Shinde: Okavango

Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate, classic camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon, which simply teems with animal and birdlife. The camps unique main area comprises a multi-tiered dining room and lounge which is set under canvas under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees. Shinde was refurbished in 2015. The elegance and historical charm of the iconic Shinde camp has been enhanced by enlarging the eight classic safari guest tents to incorporate a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower and luxurious fittings. The larger bedroom with new linen and furniture in tasteful colours provide the perfect retreat. Wide sliding doors leading onto the extended front decks afford breath-taking views over the open floodplains or the mysterious waterways of the Delta.

Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Shinde
Shinde
Southern Africa Bucket List Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lounge Area
Lounge Area

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Julia S — November 09, 2017 — Africa

    Abdulatif was an incredible guide and made our trip amazing. The La sultana and hotel in Skoura were incredible.

  • Thomas M — November 07, 2017 — Africa

    We could not ask for anything better. Everything was perfect from the greeters at the airports to the hotel accommodations and safari camps selected for us.Thank you so much for making this one of the very best vacations we have ever had!

  • Robert P — October 25, 2017 — Africa

    Chelsea made the recommendations and the arrangements and everything went smoothly. She answered a lot of pre-travel questions which was very helpful. The trip was amazing - another trip of a lifetime with Kensington Tours. We were blessed with a guide (Martin) who took care of us - he was the key to the trip. The accommodation's were just grand. We would recommend anyone to take this trip with Kensington Tours - The food at the Lodges was great - Looking forward to our next Kensington trip to Machu Picchu in April.

  • Cora C — October 25, 2017 — Africa

    The trip was great. All drivers were early for pick-up, room accommodations were comfortable and centrally located, great excursions, delicious food, and we were treated like royalty. Good Job Kensington!

  • Kathryn L — November 07, 2017 — Africa

    We had the trip of a lifetime to Kenya and Tanzania. Kensington took great care of us and all the details, allowing us to relax as a family and have a great time. I would absolutely recommend Kensington's Africa team to anyone looking to plan a trip!

  • Marcia F — October 25, 2017 — Africa

    We were extremely pleased with our tour. The guides, their knowledge, the accommodations, the game lodge including staff, game drives, and lodging exceeded our wildest expectations.

  • Nisha C — November 09, 2017 — Africa

    This was one of the best trips we have ever taken. We are avid world travelers and everything was amazing. We loved both our tour guide Ahmed and driver Mohammed. Both were knowledgeable and understood what we wanted out of our trip including " going local" We can't wait to plan our next amazing trip through Kensington Tours.

  • Sylvia S — November 07, 2017 — Africa

    The trip was great and everything worked like clockwork as usual. Guides were great and it was an amazing trip!!

  • Sharon R — November 07, 2017 — Africa

    I was very happy with all aspects of my trip to Maasai Mara. It was my second trip to the Mara, and as such I knew what to expect and what I wanted out of it. I appreciated that my guide was knowledgeable about birds and bird life.

  • Susan U — November 09, 2017 — Africa

    Amazing from beginning to end. Second time using Kensington. First time Asia, this Africa. Will absolutely use again. Louise is great!

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