south africa; safari; mala mala to botswana; rhinos

Endangered rhinos, Sabi Sands

On our Southern Africa Private Journey, the renowned private game reserves of South Africa and Botswana offer spectacular wildlife viewing—a chance to encounter rhino, lion, leopard, elephant, and other magnificent species in their natural habitat.

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South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Botswana Private Journey

From Cape Town to Botswana

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 10 nights in luxury hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included as noted in Detailed Itinerary
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Game walks, game viewing by open 4WD and mokoro (dugout canoe)
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Highlights

  • Thrilling leopard viewing in famed Greater Kruger National Park
  • Watch hundreds of elephants bathe in the Chobe River
  • Delightful accommodations from Cape Town to Botswana


A wonderful trip—it could not have been better. Absolutely everything was first class.John W.—Greensboro, NC

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

On this Private Journey, discover the captivating beauty and unlimited adventure of South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Botswana. In South Africa, begin in glorious Cape Town, a wonderful base for exploring the Cape’s striking landscapes and renowned wine estates, then head to an exclusive private game reserve for the ultimate in big-game viewing and a chance to encounter lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and cheetah in a mosaic of spectacular habitats. Heading to Victoria Falls, experience the majesty of the world-famed Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, where optional activities include a helicopter trip over the falls, bungee jumping, a safari by elephant back, and whitewater rafting. Your safari ends with a flourish in Botswana’s legendary Chobe National Park, with its massive herds of elephants along with great herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and incredible birdlife along the Chobe River.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Cape Town Adventures

Join your private guide for fascinating explorations in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit a township, historic Robben Island, Table Mountain, the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch, or tour South Africa’s centuries-old wine estates, with their beautiful Cape Dutch architecture.

Days 4-6
Greater Kruger National Park

With no restricting fences between private gamelands and renowned Kruger National Park, wildlife roams free throughout the open savannas and riverine thickets of this enormous conservancy. Two perennial rivers supply Sabi Sands Game Reserve with invaluable water sources, ensuring some of the largest and most biodiverse wildlife populations in Africa. With your safari guide, enjoy the best leopard viewing in Africa, and track lion, buffalo, rhino, and elephant on morning and evening game drives.

Days 7-8
Johannesburg / Victoria Falls

After an overnight in Johannesburg, enjoy the splendor of mile-wide Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world. Optional activities include a helicopter ride over the falls, a guided walk along the falls, bungee jumping, and rafting the wild Zambezi (extra day needed for this option).

Days 9-11
Botswana: Chobe National Park

Elephants reign supreme in legendary Chobe, where permanent rivers ensure large concentrations of game, including huge herds of buffalo, wildebeest, many prides of lion, and a breathtaking annual zebra migration. Head into the heart of Chobe’s amazing wilderness by 4WD and by small boat on the Chobe River, where elephants gather by the hundreds. Depart on Day 11.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, easy to moderate. It is a luxury camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle and can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. Guided bush walks are available and they take place at a moderate pace.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

January to December

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$ per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $
Internal airfare: $ (subject to change)
High season surcharge (Jun-Oct): $

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $895
Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension
   from: $1295
Okavango Delta Safari Extension
   from: $4695

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations as noted
  • Choice of two full-day guided excursions in Cape Town on Days 2-3
  • All meals as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport transfers as noted
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, meals not specified (BLD) in this itinerary, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 50%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cape Cadogan

Cape Cadogan

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Capetown, South Africa

This 15-room boutique hotel offers a mix of Old World charm and chic contemporary style. It’s set in the heart of  the Gardens area of ...
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Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel (Upgrade)

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Cape Town, South Africa

The Cape Grace has understated elegance and a unique location on its own private quay on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Not surprisingly, it ...
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Chapungu Tented Camp

Chapungu Tented Camp

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Thornybush, South Africa

Chapungu, a small, intimate camp, offers a delightful old-world colonial atmosphere and an excellent wildlife experience, with many sightings of the ...
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Londolozi

Londolozi (Upgrade)

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Londolozi, meaning “protector of all living things” in Zulu, was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & ...
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Mala Mala Game Reserve

Mala Mala Game Reserve (Upgrade)

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, South Africa

One of South Africa’s original safari venues and still one of the finest, Mala Mala retains an authentic safari camp atmosphere amid shady ...
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Singita Ebony Lodge

Singita Ebony Lodge (Upgrade)

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Sabi Sand, South Africa

Set among a grove of trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s “big cat” country, Singita Ebony Lodge is ...
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Monarch Hotel

Monarch Hotel

Day 7 (1 night), Johannesburg, South Africa

Located in trendy Rosebank, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg, the 12-room Monarch Hotel is a comfortable urban sanctuary and one of the ...
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Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 8 (1 night), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The stately Victoria Falls Hotel is a “grand old lady” with a true British colonial ambiance, from its manicured gardens to its renowned ...
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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel (Upgrade)

Day 8 (1 night), Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone has a location that simply can’t be beat—just a 10-minute walk from mighty Victoria Falls, one of the ...
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Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe Game Lodge, the only permanent accommodation right inside the national park, offers very easy access to the renowned savannas of Chobe. The ...
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Chobe Chilwero

Chobe Chilwero (Upgrade)

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Chobe River, Botswana

At this quietly luxurious lodge, you enjoy spacious thatched chalets appointed with touches such as a sunken bath, indoor and outdoor shower, ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Botswana

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Okavango Delta Safari Extension

Explore One of the Most Incredible Wilderness Wetlands in the World

Walking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

south africa vineyards winelands

Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

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Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

A wonderful trip—it could not have been better. Absolutely everything was first class. John W., Greensboro, NC An excellent holiday to the highest standards for quality and comfort. Anthony C., Singapore
A flawless trip. It could not have better met our expectations of a dream vacation. Jim B., Carrollton, TX