Botswana Safari With Cape Town - 12 Days
Botswana Safari With Cape Town combines a safari tour to Botswana's 2 key wilderness areas i.e. Okavango Delta and Linyanti ending with a relaxing extension to Cape Town in South Africa. Cape Town with its many attractions has made it a famed destination for many Hollywood movies and global travelers alike. Guests can take a trip to the Cape Winelands and taste South Africa's homegrown wines; see the world from your vantage point on the top of famed Table Mountain; dine like a king at any of South Africa's fantastic restaurants and celebrate the great outdoors even during the winter months. You can visit the famed V&A Waterfront - a super spot shopping and eating, and its attractions include the Two Oceans Aquarium, a craft market and an amphitheatre where local artists perform. Additionally, guests can also take a harbor cruise or strike out for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent many years in imprisonment. The treacherous Cape Point promontory a witness to many a shipwreck enhances Cape Town's reputation for dramatic scenery. It's a trip well worth making, the last part up to a lighthouse completed by funicular. Cape Town is an ideal vacation spot for those seeking adventure, relaxation and entertainment.
While on safari in Botswana, you will set out to discover 2 unique concessions within the Okavango Delta tripled with the Linyanti Ecosystem experiencing the best of what Botswana can offer. The first specializes as year round water based concession situated close by game-rich seasonal floodplains and permanent rivers or water channels. As you fly over the Delta, you can see the intricate twisting and turning of the waterways and the ever-changing colors where dry land meets the delta. This part of the Okavango Delta specialized in water based activities experiencing a wide variety of bird species and wildlife including aquatic. The game activities at a water based concession consist of mokoro safari, boating safari, fishing, sunset cruises and optional nature walks. The specialized water based activities give you the opportunity to get a better view of not just the big animals but the smaller insects and birds that contribute to the Okavango’s vast ecosystem. Game spotted: lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, red lechwe and many more. On the mokoro, you get to see the water lilies, frogs, water birds like African Jacana’s, African Fish Eagles, and if you look carefully you will see the Malakite Kingfishers darting between the reeds; there is also a chance that your guide will find the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl.
The second specializes as a land based concession concentrating on vehicle game drives spotting big game supplemented with plains game and avi-fauna. Few land based concessions and camps have accessibility to minimal water sources dependent on the water levels, and only offer only a teaser based water activity or none at all if the water levels are very low. Combining a water based concession with a land based concession in the Okavango Delta will maximize flora and fauna experiences with a myriad of choices of safari activities. The diverse habitat types consist of permanent swamp, seasonal floodplains, acacia woodlands, and mopane / Kalahari appleleaf stands. The region features a wider range of large mammals including a broad complement of antelope, good populations of elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe, and large predators: lion, spotted hyena, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Bird life is abundant with Okavango specials such as Rosy-throated Longclaw, Black Coucal and Wattled Crane found. The woodlands harbour White-breasted Cuckooshrike and Racket-tailed Roller.
Linyanti is a faultless natural oasis in Botswana with an air of untouched beauty teeming with wildlife. This undiluted environment brings a magical feeling of peace and tranquility and the overpowering feeling of nearness to earthly evolution. The distinct features of the Linyanti are it access to drier land making accessibility to more areas to game drive and its migratory wildlife patterns of the elephants, buffalos and zebras. The area between Linyanti River and Savuti Channel boasts of floodplains, lagoons and woodlands that are home to predators like lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, crocodile etc.
Flexible and customizable for private departures.
Cape Town, Okavango Delta (2 Concessions), Linyanti Ecosystem & Johannesburg
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
* 1 night stay in Johannesburg. Overnight at Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport.
* 2 nights stay in Okavango Delta. Overnights at Shinde Camp.
* 3 nights stay in Okavango Delta. Overnights at Chitabe Camp.
* 2 nights stay in Linyanti. Overnights at Savuti Camp.
* 3 nights stay in Cape Town (Victoria & Alfred Waterfront). Overnights at Victoria & Alfred Hotel.
* Botswana meet and greet service at Maun Airport - Maun.
* Roundtrip flights from/to Johannesburg - Maun - Okavango Delta - Linyanti - Cape Town.
* Various noted game activities are included with your overnight stay as indicated.
* Ability to customize and add more days to the existing program.
* This program can further be combined with other safaris/itineraries/locations in Botswana or to include other parks and destinations within Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.
Day 1: Arrival In Johannesburg
Upon arrival in South Africa at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB), proceed to your airport hotel in Johannesburg for check in, relaxation and overnight.
Optional Activities Available: Johannesburg Tours
Overnight Accommodation: Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport
Day 2-3: Okavango Delta (Water Based Concession / Camp)
After breakfast, check out from your airport hotel and proceed to check in for your flight to Maun in Botswana. Upon arrival at the Maun Airport, our airport guest relations’ officer will personally meet all arriving guests. We will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. You are met and transferred by air to the first Okavango Delta concession for 2 nights stay at Shinde Camp. The camp comprises of eight twin-bedded classic safari tents, each with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. Every possible comfort has been catered for – from mosquito nets, electric ceiling fans, generated electricity and a private viewing deck through to a decanter of sherry! Each strategically positioned tent offers splendid views, whether across the Okavango Delta’s mysterious waterways or open grasslands.
Shinde is situated on a private concession which allows guided walks, Mokoro excursions and night drives in addition to game drives and motorboat trips. Shinde’s excellent location in the Okavango Delta ensures a combination of permanent water access for year-round water activities and large dry areas for game drive routes. This blend of environments provides the habitat for a consistently wide variety of wildlife, including the elusive sitatunga antelope. Fly or spin fishing is available throughout the year (with the exception of January and February), with excellent bream fishing from May to September and superb chances of landing Tiger fish during September to mid- November. Shinde is also a wonderful option for honeymooners. Guests are accommodated in the luxurious honeymoon tent and enjoy special touches which include private breakfasts. Honeymooners are also offered a slightly more relaxed pace than a normal safari routine!
Activities Included: Specialized water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Shinde Camp
Day 4-6: Okavango Delta (Land Based Concession / Camp)
After breakfast, you will fly to your second Okavango Delta concession experience for 3 nights stay at Chitabe Camp. The camp is situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime location in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tented rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, each tastefully styled with unique décor. The spacious en-suite bathrooms include double vanity basins together with an indoor as well outdoor shower. Elevated walkways connect the rooms to the main area. The central part of camp is made up of a thatched dining area and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks and spectacular birding through a diverse array of habitats. Owing its location on the periphery of the delta, Chitabe offers exciting year-round game viewing.
Activities Included: Land based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chitabe Camp
Day 7-8: Linyanti
After your early morning activity, fly to Linyanti. On arrival, transfer to Savuti Camp for your 2 nights stay. The camp is located on the Savute Channel, which for many years was a dry, wide-open ribbon of grassland snaking through the adjoining woodland. In 2008, the waters returned, and Savuti Camp now has front-row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted in its wake. The site of the camp is about 17 kilometers ‘downstream’ from the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the Channel. Accommodation comprises seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel. From the thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks towards the new waters that flow past the camp. Activities on offer are day and night game drives and nature walks with a guide (on request). Several elevated hides can also be visited in the area.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Savuti Camp
Day 9-11: Cape Town
Morning game drive. After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) via Johannesburg. Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport (CPT), a transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests. They will be standing in the main arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. They will meet you and transfer you to Victoria & Alfred Hotel for your 3 nights Cape Town experience. Victoria & Alfred Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and offers spectacular views of the working harbor and Table Mountain. Walk in the utmost safety to some of the finest retail outlets from designer stores to restaurants, craft markets, cinemas and entertainment in the amphitheatre. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted into a luxury hotel in 1990, the V&A Hotel is named in honor of the Queen of England and her son who visited the Cape in 1870 when Prince Alfred officially opened the Breakwater Basin today's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. At your own leisure time, guests can take a trip to the Cape Winelands and taste South Africa's homegrown wines; see the world from your vantage point on the top of famed Table Mountain; dine like a king at any of South Africa's fantastic restaurants and celebrate the great outdoors. Spend the rest of your day relaxing and enjoy the Cape town tour experiences.
Optional Activities Available: Cape Town Tours
Overnight Accommodation: Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Day 12: Cape Town - Johannesburg Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in time for your outbound departure flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), check in for your international flight.
* Pre-planning professional program expertise, resource guiding along with first hand experience.
* Accommodation in a standard double or twin room - sharing.
* Full board meals (lunch, dinner & breakfast) when staying the night during the safari.. Breakfast only at Johannesburg.
* Laundry services at safari camps and lodges.
* Selected drinks and beverages when at safari camps and lodges.
* Internal airlines as indicated.
* Various noted activities are included with your overnight stay.
* Arrival and departure meet/greet/transfer services as in the program.
* All park entry fees, airstrip transfers, VAT, state levies, service charge and hotel taxes for the services booked.
* All gratuities except to driver-guides, game rangers, escort, and lodge, hotel, camp or bar staff.
* 24 Hours-7 days US/UK/Africa office and cellular emergency contact details.
What's Not Included:
Drinks/services/meals/tours/activities that are outside the included offerings, personal expenses such flying doctor service, travelers insurance; communication charges, visas, airport specific passenger charges, international airfares, that are extra and NOT part of the included itinerary or program.