Cape Town Private Tour & Luxury Botswana Safari

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Why You Should Go

We consider Cape Town to be the most picturesque city in all of Africa, due to its ability to combine astonishing physical beauty and an eclectic 21st-century urban lifestyle. In addition to being one of the globe’s great “foodie” cities, Cape Town provides an interesting mix of Victorian, Georgian, and Cape Dutch architecture. The many scenic hiking and wildlife opportunities here include Table Mountain, Lion’s Head Peak, Robben Island, the penguins at Boulder Beach, and a Franschhoek Winelands full-day excursion!

Providing a wildlife contrast to the city of Cape Town is the UNESCO-designated Okavango Delta in Botswana, among the most important wildlife areas in Africa; including the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, cape buffalo, rhinos, and leopards), and outstanding bird watching. Our three favorite camps in Botswana are Vumbura Camp, the newly renovated King’s Pool, and Chief’s Camp, offering the best amenities and wildlife-viewing opportunities in the country!

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer

Aerial view of elephants, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa
Elephants in the Okavango Delta

Sample Itinerary

11 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

1

Day 1

Fly to Cape Town
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Table Mountain aerial
Aerial view of coastal Cape Town, South Africa
2

Day 2

Arrive Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be welcomed to Cape Town by our local representative and privately transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel.

Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

African penguin walk
Jackass penguins at Boulder's Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
3

Day 3

Cape Point Peninsula Private Tour
Following breakfast at Cape Grace, you will be met by your local guide and driver for a full-day tour of Cape Point, located on the south-western tip of the African continent. Notwithstanding our many world travels, we feel Cape Point offers some of the most spectacular ocean/mountain sceneries in the world. Traveling through the Cape of Good Hope Reserve you may see zebras, elands, bonteboks, and jackass penguins. As you travel back to Cape Town via Simon’s Town, you may opt to stop at the National Botanic Garden, recently voted one of the top ten gardens in the world (by curators of Kew Gardens in London!).

For families we recommend local township biking tours through Khayelitsha or Masiphumelele or a day of hiking at Lion’s Head.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

Boomslang Tree canopy walkway. Cape Town, South Africa.
Boomslang Tree canopy walkway in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
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Day 4

Franschhoek Winelands Private Excursion
Today, you will have a full-day of discretionary use of your local guide and driver to explore the Winelands area. Among our favorite stops are Vergelegen Estate and its historic manor house; the picturesque historic town of Stellenbosch; Aura Estates, home of hand-crafted, award-winning Forest Hill cheeses; and Le Quartier Français, a quiet and exclusive boutique hotel, winery, and wellness spa! Please note, if interested, an overnight stay at Le Quartier Français Hotel can be arranged this evening.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel or Le Quartier Français Hotel

Panoramic view of a winery in South Africa
Stellenbosch, South Africa
5

Day 5

Fly Cape Town/Maun + Fly Maun/Vumbura Camp or King’s Pool
Following breakfast at the Cape Grace or Le Quartier Français, you will be privately transferred to the Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, Botswana, you will be assisted by a camp representative to your onward light aircraft flight from Maun to Vumbura Camp or King’s Pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Vumbura Plains Camp or King’s Pool Luxury Camp

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Lounge at Vumbura Plains Camp, Botswana
6 - 7

Day 6 – 7

Wildlife Drives
Vumbura Plains Camp offers safari experiences by land, water, and air to explore this dynamic landscape. King’s Pool and the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is most noted for its large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months, though wildlife such as impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and bushbuck, and their predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and spotted hyaena are also abundant!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Vumbura Plains Camp or King’s Pool Luxury Camp

Wilderness Safari, Kings Pool, Botswana, Crookes And Jackson
Preparing for a campfire at King's Pool
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Day 8

Fly Vumbura Camp or King’s Pool/Chief’s Camp 
Following breakfast and (time permitting) one last morning wildlife drive, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Chief’s Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

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Wild dog in the Linyanti Wildlife Preserve, Botswana
9 - 10

Day 9 – 10

Morning & Afternoon Wildlife Drives
Expert guides will share their extensive wildlife knowledge while providing you with the awe-inspiring opportunity to view roaming lions, antelope, zebras, buffalo, and wild dogs. You will even get to enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the Moremi Game Reserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Time to Relax
Leopard resting in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
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Day 11

Fly Chief’s Camp/Maun/Cape Town/Home

Following breakfast and (time permitting) one last morning wildlife drive at Chief’s Camp, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun, where you will connect to Johannesburg and onward home.

If interested, you may wish to extend your private tour to Johannesburg or continue your luxury safari experience on to TanzaniaZambia, Rwanda, or Namibia!

Meals: Breakfast

Africa; Botswana; Okavango Delta; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Mokoro boats on the Okavango Delta

Hotels

This 120-room luxury property has been our favorite hotel in Cape Town for quite some time, with much positive client feedback. Cape Grace is located on a private yacht basin on the city’s Victoria/Alfred waterfront. The rooms here are particularly large, with each room decorated with Cape Dutch antiques and man-made fabrics. We particularly enjoyed the library with its warm, open fireplace, nice 45-foot outdoor pool and a very lovely spa (with panoramic views!).

Cape Grace Hotel

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This 120-room luxury property has been our favorite hotel in Cape Town for quite some time, with much positive client feedback. Cape Grace is located on a private yacht basin on the city’s Victoria/Alfred waterfront. The rooms here are particularly large, with each room decorated with Cape Dutch antiques and man-made fabrics. We particularly enjoyed the library with its warm, open fireplace, nice 45-foot outdoor pool and a very lovely spa (with panoramic views!).

Our friends in Cape Town really love this place. Le Quartier will give you a quiet, luxurious contrast to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. With only seventeen total rooms (suites) and located in Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, we have no doubt you will enjoy your two-night stay here. This is a bucolic, beautiful setting. Golf courses and other sporting facilities are close by and the area has an abundance of vineyards, wine cellars, galleries, and country shops — not to mention exquisite forests and valleys. The hotel will gladly pack a superb picnic basket should you wish to make a day of exploring the area.

Le Quartier Français Hotel

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Our friends in Cape Town really love this place. Le Quartier will give you a quiet, luxurious contrast to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. With only seventeen total rooms (suites) and located in Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, we have no doubt you will enjoy your two-night stay here. This is a bucolic, beautiful setting. Golf courses and other sporting facilities are close by and the area has an abundance of vineyards, wine cellars, galleries, and country shops — not to mention exquisite forests and valleys. The hotel will gladly pack a superb picnic basket should you wish to make a day of exploring the area.

The Vumbura area compromises two separate satellite camps, Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura, with Vumbura Plains being our preference. Each of Vumbura’s spacious “rooms” is raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor showers and en suite bathrooms. Other features include a private, small plunge pool and “sala” (a place to watch the passing of wildlife of the Okavango). Don’t be surprised to see elephants walking behind the tents and feeding on the trees. Each camp has its own raised lounge, dining bar, an area with truly amazing views of the Okavango Delta. This nicely designed common area is where you will mix with fellow guests and exchange your fun game drive tales! We particularly enjoy the comfortable cushions and seating of the camp deck; a perfect setting for star-gazing or the nightly campfires. Wildlife here is plentiful, including Impala, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, and crocodiles (+ amazing bird watching!). Vumbura includes morning and night game drives, using 4×4 Land Rovers. If truly adventuresome, you may also request a nature walk (accompanied by an armed guide.) Being a “wet camp” gives you ample opportunity to explore the delta via the fun mokoro (dug-out canoes). Be sure to check with camp representatives about the best fishing times and locations for bream and silver catfish!

Vumbura Plains Camp

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The Vumbura area compromises two separate satellite camps, Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura, with Vumbura Plains being our preference. Each of Vumbura’s spacious “rooms” is raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor showers and en suite bathrooms. Other features include a private, small plunge pool and “sala” (a place to watch the passing of wildlife of the Okavango). Don’t be surprised to see elephants walking behind the tents and feeding on the trees. Each camp has its own raised lounge, dining bar, an area with truly amazing views of the Okavango Delta. This nicely designed common area is where you will mix with fellow guests and exchange your fun game drive tales! We particularly enjoy the comfortable cushions and seating of the camp deck; a perfect setting for star-gazing or the nightly campfires. Wildlife here is plentiful, including Impala, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, and crocodiles (+ amazing bird watching!). Vumbura includes morning and night game drives, using 4×4 Land Rovers. If truly adventuresome, you may also request a nature walk (accompanied by an armed guide.) Being a “wet camp” gives you ample opportunity to explore the delta via the fun mokoro (dug-out canoes). Be sure to check with camp representatives about the best fishing times and locations for bream and silver catfish!

Recently reopened in June 2019 after undergoing a complete reservation, King’s Pool overlooks the handsome oxbow lagoon, from where it gets its name, in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, bordering Chobe National Park. Once a rustic campsite for Scandinavian royalty, the newly designed King’s Pool is focused on providing an immersive safari experience while maintaining a low eco-footprint. The camp is 100% solar powered and features nine luxurious tents, each with a large bedroom and lounge leading to a veranda with a private plunge pool and thatched sala. The river that runs along the camp is home to serval species of birds and is a magnet for wildlife in the dry season. The spacious main area includes a lounge, dining, and bar area set on expansive raised decks. There is also a pool and an open-air kgotla for dinners under the stars.

King’s Pool Luxury Camp

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Recently reopened in June 2019 after undergoing a complete reservation, King’s Pool overlooks the handsome oxbow lagoon, from where it gets its name, in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, bordering Chobe National Park. Once a rustic campsite for Scandinavian royalty, the newly designed King’s Pool is focused on providing an immersive safari experience while maintaining a low eco-footprint. The camp is 100% solar powered and features nine luxurious tents, each with a large bedroom and lounge leading to a veranda with a private plunge pool and thatched sala. The river that runs along the camp is home to serval species of birds and is a magnet for wildlife in the dry season. The spacious main area includes a lounge, dining, and bar area set on expansive raised decks. There is also a pool and an open-air kgotla for dinners under the stars.

Chief’s Camp is yet another example of the many luxury safari camps to choose from in the predator-rich Okavango Delta. Set in the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp is made up of 101,500 sq. feet of luxury bush pavilions and one suite, all with private decks with plunge pools, as well as indoor and outdoor showers (using the outdoor showers in this remote, pristine environment is truly exhilarating!) We particularly like the pavilion’s polished teakwood floors, insect-proof netted windows and colorful batik fabrics. Other amenities include a new spa treatment room, a small pool, and picturesque dining area/observation deck. Based on the Chief’s location overlooking a large lagoon on the northwest tip of Chief’s Island, many mokoro (canoe/boat) game excursions are a continuing fun activity in the summer! Chief’s extraordinary location and wildlife-rich Moremi Island allows for game-viewing to include all of the “Big 5” (African lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, and rhino) hence, our choice as a prime family safari site. Chief’s renovation includes 10 luxury bush pavilions (in effect like small cottages), all with private terrace plunge pools, 462 sq. feet!

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

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Chief’s Camp is yet another example of the many luxury safari camps to choose from in the predator-rich Okavango Delta. Set in the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp is made up of 101,500 sq. feet of luxury bush pavilions and one suite, all with private decks with plunge pools, as well as indoor and outdoor showers (using the outdoor showers in this remote, pristine environment is truly exhilarating!) We particularly like the pavilion’s polished teakwood floors, insect-proof netted windows and colorful batik fabrics. Other amenities include a new spa treatment room, a small pool, and picturesque dining area/observation deck. Based on the Chief’s location overlooking a large lagoon on the northwest tip of Chief’s Island, many mokoro (canoe/boat) game excursions are a continuing fun activity in the summer! Chief’s extraordinary location and wildlife-rich Moremi Island allows for game-viewing to include all of the “Big 5” (African lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, and rhino) hence, our choice as a prime family safari site. Chief’s renovation includes 10 luxury bush pavilions (in effect like small cottages), all with private terrace plunge pools, 462 sq. feet!

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Location

Overview

South Africa
Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: Low 60’s
Area
1.22 Million SQ KM
470,693 SQ MILES
Capital
Pretoria (Administrative), Cape Town (Legislative) & Bloemfontein (Judicial)
Population
50.7 Million
Language
English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa & Zulu
Currency
Rand
Botswana
Temperature
Highs: Low 90’s
Lows: Mid 60’s
Area
581,730 SQ KM
224,607 SQ MILES
Capital
Gaborone
Population
2.3 Million
Language
English & Setswana
Currency
Pula

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