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, Zambia and Botswana Private Journey

From Cape Town to Botswana

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7495  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 11 nights in luxury hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 6 dinners
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 Sabi Sands
  • 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.

Discover the unlimited adventure of three southern African countries! In South Africa, explore Cape Town, safari in famed Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and sample wines in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Experience the wonder of Victoria Falls in Zambia, then savor a grand finale of gameviewing in Botswana’s legendary Chobe National Park.

Itinerary at a Glance

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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
Sabi Sands Game Reserve

With no restricting fences between the private gamelands of Sabi Sands 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 7-9
Zambia: Victoria Falls

Mile-wide Victoria Falls is one of the wonders of the world. Enjoy options of balloon rides, ultralight flights, bungee jumping, and rafting the wild Zambezi.

Days 10-12
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 12.

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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 valid through October 31, 2014

First Class Option

$7495 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $4995
Internal airfare: $1500 (subject to change)
High Season Surcharge: $800 per person (Jun-Oct)

Deluxe Option

$8395 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $5595
Internal airfare: $1500 (subject to change)
High Season Surcharge: $800 per person (Jun-Oct)

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Extension Costs
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $1495
Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum Extension
   from: $1895
Okavango Delta Safari Extension
   from: $3695

Trip Cost Includes:

First Class

  • Three nights at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel in Cape Town, three nights at Mala Mala Camp in Mala
  • Mala Private Game Reserve, two nights at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, two nights at Chobe Chilwero
  • Lodge, one night at The Grace in Johannesburg, based on double occupancy
  • Choice of two full-day guided excursions in Cape Town on Days 2-3
  • All meals included except 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport transfers as noted
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff
  • Laundry service at Mala Mala and Chobe

Deluxe

  • Three nights at the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, three nights at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, two nights at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, two nights at Chobe Chilwero Lodge, one night in The Grace, Johannesburg, based on double occupancy
  • Choice of two full-day guided excursions in Cape Town on Days 2-3
  • All meals included except 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport transfers as noted
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff
  • Laundry service at Londolozi and Chobe

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

First Class

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, 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.).

Deluxe

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, 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, except at Londolozi, 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*

Minimum fee: $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 Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel (Deluxe Option)

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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The Victoria and Alfred Hotel

The Victoria and Alfred Hotel (First Class Option)

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

Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a hotel, the V&A is just a few minutes’ walk from the shops, bars, and ...
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Londolozi Varty Camp

Londolozi Varty Camp (Deluxe Option)

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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Shumbalala Game Lodge

Shumbalala Game Lodge (First Class Option)

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

Shumbalala is a feast for the senses, with spacious suites and private viewing decks overlooking an ever-active waterhole. The lodge caters to a ...
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Westcliff Hotel

Westcliff Hotel (Deluxe Option)

Day 7 (1 night), Johannesburg, South Africa

Set on a cliffside in Johannesburg’s most exclusive suburb, the Westcliff  Hotel looks out over the lush landscape of the city’s ...
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DaVinci Hotel

DaVinci Hotel (First Class Option)

Day 7 (1 night), Johannesburg, South Africa

The stylish Da Vinci Hotel is right on Nelson Mandela Square in the Sandton district, Johannesburg’s financial and business center. The shops ...
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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel (Deluxe Option)

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), 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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Stanley's Safari Lodge

Stanley's Safari Lodge (First Class Option)

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Victoria Falls, Zambia

Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and only a mile or so from Victoria Falls, this hilltop oasis has splendid views of the ...
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Chobe Chilwero

Chobe Chilwero (Deluxe Option)

Days 10 to 11 (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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Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge (First Class Option)

Days 10 to 11 (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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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

elephant botswana okavango delta

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 & 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