South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Luxury Safari

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Why You Should Go

For this tour, you will start in Cape Town, which we consider to be the most picturesque city in all of Africa, due to its fusion of astonishing physical beauty and eclectic 21st-century urban lifestyle. Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain serves as a dramatic backdrop for this ethnically diverse city. An impromptu Zulu dance, the cobble-stoned streets of the Muslim Bo Kaap community, and Dutch architecture are just some cultural immersions that await you. After a taste of both urban and natural landscapes, you will journey to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a meticulously constructed conservation program, the Okavango Delta is perhaps the best region in Africa to see the likes of African bush elephants, black and white rhinos, spotted hyenas, and African wild dog to name a few! You will cap your tour off in Namibia, an excellent juxtaposition to Botswana, having the oldest desert on the planet. With such an expansive landscape, Namibia is a kaleidoscope of environments from the white saltpans of Etosha National Park, to the red dunes of Sossusvlei, and the isolated beaches of the Skeleton Coast.

Best Travel Time:  Spring Summer Fall Winter

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Rhino on the Skeleton Coast

Sample Itinerary

16 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.

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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.

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Cape Town V&A Waterfront
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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

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Cape Town
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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

Robben Island & Table Mountain Excursion
Your day will begin with a 25-minute ride from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the world UNESCO site of Robben Island, which served as a prison for 450 years. You will then tour the Atlantic seaboard along Camp’s Bay to Table Mountain. A cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain will lead you to a spectacular view of Cape Town.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

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Cable car to Table Mountain
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Day 5

Private Transfer Cape Town/Franschhoek
With its deep, rich Dutch legacy and strong French influence, the Franschhoek Winelands area is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost areas for food and wine.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Le Quartier Français Hotel

Panoramic view of a winery in South Africa
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Day 6

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: Le Quartier Français Hotel

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Le Quartier Français
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Day 7

Private Transfer Franschhoek/Cape Town + Fly Cape Town/Maun/Okavango Delta
Following breakfast at 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 Chief’s Camp.

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

Buffalo herd in the Okavango Delta
Buffalo herd in the Okavango Delta
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Day 8 – 11

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

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Lion cubs seen on a wildlife drive
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Day 12

Fly Okavango Delta/Maun/Windhoek
Following breakfast and, time permitting, one last wildlife drive at Chief’s camp, a camp representative will transfer you to your light aircraft flight to Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, you will connect to your onward flight to Windhoek, Namibia. Upon arrival, you will be privately transferred to Hotel Heinitzburg for your forced overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel Heinitzburg

Namibia’s Capital at Sunset
Aerial view of downtown Windhoek, Namibia, featuring the city's historic Christ Church
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Day 13

Fly Windhoek/Skeleton Coast
Today you will fly from Windhoek to the Skeleton Coast via a light aircraft. Upon arrival, a camp representative will transfer you to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Skeleton Coast and elephants
Desert-adapted elephants
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Day 14 – 15

Skeleton Coast Wildlife Drives & Excursions
While here, you may visit the shoreline, where you will see seals and sea lions, shipwrecks overtaken by the desert coast, and various flora and fauna. Witnessing these specialized desert animals, including elephant herds, lions, giraffe, antelope, and brown hyena, is a special experience. With almost uninhabitable conditions for humans here, you will have the opportunity to see life where only the hardiest species live.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Ship Wreck in Skeleton Coast, Namibia
A ship wreck on the Skeleton Coast
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Day 16

Fly Skeleton Coast/Windhoek/Cape Town/Home
Today you will leave this remote location, flying on a light aircraft from the Skeleton Coast to Windhoek, where you will connect to your flight to Cape Town and onward home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Hoanib Camp exterior

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.

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!

Similar to the relatively small Bisate Lodge in Rwanda, availability at the luxury 7-suite Hoanib Camp on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia is limited and must be requested at least one year in advance. Set in a private concession area, the stark desert landscape here us an otherworldly contrast from Zambia and Rwanda. It is truly a wonderful experience to see elephants, lions, giraffe, and hyena roaming the dunes of this arid environment. Another big plus is its relatively short distance from Namibia’s shoreline, dotted with Cape fur seal colonies! Based on the area’s limited rainfall, Hoanib Camp is a year-round destination, although the local guides feel March to May offers the most idyllic conditions for lush, game-viewing. With no Wi-Fi here, this is a place where you’re temporarily off the grid!

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

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Similar to the relatively small Bisate Lodge in Rwanda, availability at the luxury 7-suite Hoanib Camp on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia is limited and must be requested at least one year in advance. Set in a private concession area, the stark desert landscape here us an otherworldly contrast from Zambia and Rwanda. It is truly a wonderful experience to see elephants, lions, giraffe, and hyena roaming the dunes of this arid environment. Another big plus is its relatively short distance from Namibia’s shoreline, dotted with Cape fur seal colonies! Based on the area’s limited rainfall, Hoanib Camp is a year-round destination, although the local guides feel March to May offers the most idyllic conditions for lush, game-viewing. With no Wi-Fi here, this is a place where you’re temporarily off the grid!

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Location

Overview

South Africa
Population
50.7 Million
Language
English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa & Zulu
Currency
Rand
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)
Botswana
Population
2.3 Million
Language
English & Setswana
Currency
Pula
Temperature
Highs: Low 90’s
Lows: Mid 60’s
Area
581,730 SQ KM
224, 607 SQ MILES
Capital
Gaborone
Namibia
Population
2.5 Million
Language
English (official), Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero & Nama
Currency
Namibian Dollar
Temperature
Highs: Mid 70’s
Lows: High 50’s
Area
824,292 SQ KM
318, 261 SQ MILES
Capital
Windhoek

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