Multi-Country Luxury Safari – Gorilla Tracking & Cape Town

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Why You Should Go

Our comprehensive luxury African safari has everything you could ever dream of! With a meticulously constructed conservation program, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta in Botswana, is perhaps the best region in Africa to see the likes of African bush elephants, black and white Rhinos, the spotted hyenas, and the African wild dog to name a few! The Rwandan highlands provide the most intimate close-up with the wild: the gorillas of Rwanda. Also visit Namibia, an excellent juxtaposition to Botswana, having the oldest desert on the planet. Such an expansive landscape, Namibia is a kaleidoscope of environments from the white saltpans of Etosha, red dunes of Sossuvlei, and isolated beaches of the Skeleton Coast. Cap your trip off 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 an eclectic 21st-century urban lifestyle. Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain serves 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.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer

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Young gorilla in the Rwanda Rainforest

Sample Itinerary

22 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 Johannesburg
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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Melville. Suburb of Johannesburg
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Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg + Fly Maun/Vumbura Camp
Following your arrival in Johannesburg, you will continue on to Maun where you will transfer to a Mack light aircraft for a short flight to Okavango Delta. Upon arrival, a camp representative will drive you Vumbura Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Vumbura Camp

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Vumbura Camp, Botswana
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Day 3-4

Vumbura Camp Safari
The Vumbura area is one of the very few in Okavango where you can see the Red Lechwe and Sable antelope. With lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, and buffalo also roaming the plains, you will have a well-rounded wildlife experience in Okavango. There are also excellent birding opportunities as well as night drives.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Vumbura Camp

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Sable antelope in the Okavango Delta
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Day 5

Fly Vumbura Camp/Chief’s Camp
After breakfast at Vumbura Camp, a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your 10-15 min. shared light Mack aircraft flight to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.

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

Africa; Botswana; Okavango Delta; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Elephants walking passed Chief's Camp
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Day 6-7

Chief’s Camp Safari
The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. There are also healthy populations of wild dog. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. There are several local lion prides and leopards, while genet cats and hyena are in abundance.

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

Africa; Botswana; Okavango Delta; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Chief's Camp Mokoro Excursion
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Day 8

Fly Chief’s Camp/Kasane + Drive Kasane/Sussi & Chuma
You will be transferred by light aircraft to Kasane and driven to Sussi & Chuma.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Sussi & Chuma

Africa, Zambia, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Lunch along the Zambezi River, Sussi & Chuma
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Day 9-10

Sussi & Chuma Safari
Walking safaris, regular vehicle game drives, and canoeing is available. We feel the “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over Victoria Falls is a truly unique experience. Sussi & Chuma’s special location on the Zambezi makes it a perfect safari/geographic contrast to the semi-arid landscape/game of the Okavango Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Sussi & Chuma

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Aerial view of Victoria Falls, Zambia
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Day 11

Fly Livingstone/Johannesburg/Kigali
Today you will fly from Livingstone to Kigali, connecting in Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Kigali, a camp representative will transfer you to Bisate Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Bisate Lodge

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View from the villa at Bistate
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Day 12-13

Gorilla Tracking
Based on our clients’ feedback over the past several years, the gorilla viewing experience at Bisate Lodge is considered the most emotional and intimate wildlife experience anywhere. Many clients feel that the one-on-one interaction with these beautiful creatures to be so warm and kind that they were left with tears in their eyes. To learn more about this incredible encounter, see our blog post here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Bisate Lodge

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A mother gorilla and her twin babies, Rwanda Rainforest
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Day 14

Fly Kigali/Johannesburg/Skeleton Coast
Today you will fly from Kigali to the Skeleton Coast, connecting in Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Kigali, a camp representative will transfer you to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Hoanib Camp

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Elephants outside of tented Hoanib Camp
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Day 15-17

Game Drives + Skeleton Coast Excursions
Visit the shoreline where you will see seals and sea lions, shipwrecks overtaken by the desert coast, and various flora and fauna. Explore these specialized desert animals, including elephant herds, lions, giraffe, antelope, and brown hyena. 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 Camp

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A colony of sea lions on the Skeleton Coast
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Day 18

Fly Skeleton Coast/Windhoek/Cape Town
Today you will fly from Skeleton Coast to Windhoek via shared Mack light aircraft where you will connect to your onward flight to Cape Town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

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Cape Grace Hotel Pool
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Day 19

Robben Island & Table Mountain Private Tour
Today you will travel to the world UNESCO site of Robben Island, considered South Africa’s most revered natural site. Convicts, slaves, lepers, the insane, and, then later, oppositi on leaders including Nelson Mandela, have been imprisoned here. Then you will travel to the summit of Table Mountain, a Capetonian rite of passage with spectacular views.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

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Cable car making its way to the peak of Table Mountain
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Day 20

Cape Point Private Tour
Your full day excursion of Cape Point includes Suikerbossie (“Sugar Bush”), Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

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Chapman's Peak Drive
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Day 21

Full Day Winelands Area Private Tour
You will have full day discretionary use of your local guide and driver to explore the winelands. Among our favorite stops are Vergelegen Estate and its historic manor house, the picturesque historic town of Stellenbosch, and Aura Estates, home of hand-crafted, award-winning Forest Hill cheeses.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel

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Vineyard, Franschhoek
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Day 22

Fly Cape Town/Home

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Table Mountain, Cape Town

Hotels

The Vumbura area comprises 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, and area with truly amazing views of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife here is plentiful, including Impala, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, and crocodiles (+ amazing bird watching!) Similar to other safari lodges, Vumbura includes morning, afternoon, 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).

Please note that Vumbura Camp offers night game drives, unlike Chief’s Camp. Vumbura’s unique status as a private concession in partnership with the surrounding rural community (whose management was given by the Botswana government) allows for such a unique experience.

Also note that hot air ballooning begins in April and ends in October, where guests have to opportunity to catch a bird’s-eye view of Vumbura Concession’s 60,000 hectares. By balloon, you venture to remote places of the concessions you would otherwise miss. Panning over the untouched plains and old island forests, leopards, elephants, serval, giraffes,  honey badgers, wildebeests, and kudu are just some of the wildlife to be seen. A maximum of 8 guests is allowed on the hot air balloon, allowing for the utmost personal and private experience!

Vumbura Plains Camp

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The Vumbura area comprises 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, and area with truly amazing views of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife here is plentiful, including Impala, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, and crocodiles (+ amazing bird watching!) Similar to other safari lodges, Vumbura includes morning, afternoon, 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).

Please note that Vumbura Camp offers night game drives, unlike Chief’s Camp. Vumbura’s unique status as a private concession in partnership with the surrounding rural community (whose management was given by the Botswana government) allows for such a unique experience.

opportunity to explore the delta via the fun mokoro (dug-out canoes).

Please note that Vumbura Camp offers night game drives, unlike Chief’s Camp. Vumbura’s unique status as a private concession in partnership with the surrounding rural community (whose management was given by the Botswana government) allows for such a unique experience.

Also note that hot air ballooning begins in April and ends in October, where guests have to opportunity to catch a bird’s-eye view of Vumbura Concession’s 60,000 hectares. By balloon, you venture to remote places of the concessions you would otherwise miss. Panning over the untouched plains and old island forests, leopards, elephants, serval, giraffes,  honey badgers, wildebeests, and kudu are just some of the wildlife to be seen. A maximum of 8 guests is allowed on the hot air balloon, allowing for the utmost personal and private experience!

Set in the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp is made up of 10 1,500 sq. ft. luxury bush pavilions and one suite, all with private decks with plunge pools, as well as indoor and outdoor showers. 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 renovation includes 10 luxury bush pavilions (in effect like small cottages), all with private terrace plunge pools, 462 sq. ft. You should also very much enjoy the pizza lunches from camp’s new pizza oven (!).

Chief’s Camp

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Set in the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp is made up of 10 1,500 sq. ft. luxury bush pavilions and one suite, all with private decks with plunge pools, as well as indoor and outdoor showers. 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 renovation includes 10 luxury bush pavilions (in effect like small cottages), all with private terrace plunge pools, 462 sq. ft. You should also very much enjoy the pizza lunches from camp’s new pizza oven (!).

Please note, Sussi & Chuma is reopening this month, April 2018, after a complete refurbishing, and we are awaiting updated photos. This camp is named after Dr. Livingstone’s loyal servants who carried his body to the British authorities in eastern Tanzania following his death. Though we also like the 5-star Royal Chundu further down the river, we feel Sussi & Chuma offers a more authentic Africa river/safari experience versus the more “Western”-style Royal Chundu.  Comprised of 12 thatched treehouse luxury villas, the lodge is nestled on a 90° bend along the historic Zambezi River, 8 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. All the villa treehouses are designed in an open-style plan, including air conditioning, very nice soaking baths/glass-enclosed walk-in showers, and colorful local tribal artwork. Though small, Sussi’s river-edge pool offers a wonderful Zambezi picture. In addition to amazing food and personal service, the list of interesting/fun activities is impressive: walking safaris, regular vehicle game drives, canoeing, and, of course, Victoria Falls. We feel the “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over the Falls is a truly unique experience. Sussi & Chuma’s special location on the Zambezi makes it a perfect safari/geographic contrast to the semi-arid landscape/game of the Okavango Delta.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

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Please note, Sussi & Chuma is reopening this month, April 2018, after a complete refurbishing, and we are awaiting updated photos. This camp is named after Dr. Livingstone’s loyal servants who carried his body to the British authorities in eastern Tanzania following his death. Though we also like the 5-star Royal Chundu further down the river, we feel Sussi & Chuma offers a more authentic Africa river/safari experience versus the more “Western”-style Royal Chundu.  Comprised of 12 thatched treehouse luxury villas, the lodge is nestled on a 90° bend along the historic Zambezi River, 8 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. All the villa treehouses are designed in an open-style plan, including air conditioning, very nice soaking baths/glass-enclosed walk-in showers, and colorful local tribal artwork. Though small, Sussi’s river-edge pool offers a wonderful Zambezi picture. In addition to amazing food and personal service, the list of interesting/fun activities is impressive: walking safaris, regular vehicle game drives, canoeing, and, of course, Victoria Falls. We feel the “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over the Falls is a truly unique experience. Sussi & Chuma’s special location on the Zambezi makes it a perfect safari/geographic contrast to the semi-arid landscape/game of the Okavango Delta.

Situated close to Kinigi Park Headquarters, convenient for your morning gorilla trek rendezvous, the Bistate property covers 103 acres. Due to its location within the amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, the main areas and villas are perched atop the raised elevation of the slopes of Mount Bisoke (3911 meters or 12,175 feet), though often shrouded. Based on Bisate’s restorative conservation projects and local engagement, the lodge has become woven into the local community. During the Bistate’s building phase, an amazing 15,000 trees were planted, with more planted each week. As part of your stay here, guests are encouraged to plant a tree in the lodge’s nursery before their departure.
With only six suites (each 980 square feet), Bistate is one of Africa’s most exclusive luxury eco-lodges. Each suite includes an indoor shower, bath, and fireplace (nice on chilly nights!). The main lounge dining area and bar is the place to meet and reflect on the day’s gorilla experience. The in-villa massage treatments are a great way to relax after a day of gorilla trekking!

Bisate Lodge

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Situated close to Kinigi Park Headquarters, convenient for your morning gorilla trek rendezvous, the Bistate property covers 103 acres. Due to its location within the amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, the main areas and villas are perched atop the raised elevation of the slopes of Mount Bisoke (3911 meters or 12,175 feet), though often shrouded. Based on Bisate’s restorative conservation projects and local engagement, the lodge has become woven into the local community. During the Bistate’s building phase, an amazing 15,000 trees were planted, with more planted each week. As part of your stay here, guests are encouraged to plant a tree in the lodge’s nursery before their departure.
With only six suites (each 980 square feet), Bistate is one of Africa’s most exclusive luxury eco-lodges. Each suite includes an indoor shower, bath, and fireplace (nice on chilly nights!). The main lounge dining area and bar is the place to meet and reflect on the day’s gorilla experience. The in-villa massage treatments are a great way to relax after a day of gorilla trekking!

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 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!

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!).

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Location

Overview

Botswana
Temperature
Highs: Low 90’s
Lows: Mid 60’s
Area
581,730 SQ KM
224,607 SQ MILES
Capital
Gaborone
Population
2 Million
Language
English/Setswana
Currency
Pula
South Africa
Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: Low 60’s
Area
1.22 Million SQ KM
470,693 SQ MILES
Capital
Johannesburg
Population
50.7 Million
Language
English/Afrikaans/Sesotho/Setswana
Currency
Rand
Namibia
Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: Mid 50’s
Area
824,292 SQ KM
318,261 SQ MILES
Capital
Windhoek
Population
2.5 Million
Language
English/Afrikaans/German/Oshivambo/Herero/Nama
Currency
Namibian dollar
Rwanda
Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: Low 60’s
Area
26,338 SQ KM
10,169 SQ MILES
Capital
Kigali
Population
11.2 Million
Language
Kinyarwanda/French/English/Swahili
Currency
Rwandan franc

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