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Grand Tour of Southern Africa: South Africa, Victoria Falls (Zambia), Botswana

Departures

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Duration

21 Day

Locations

Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Cape Town

Overview

Seven of the most stunning and engaging regions of Southern Africa are laid bare on this all-encompassing safari jet-set trek, taking in the heavy-hitting highlights of South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. This 21-day grand tour begins in Johannesburg before quickly whisking you into the game reserves of different sections of Kruger National Park. Visits to breathtaking Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River provide a thrilling punctuation mark before your safari continues with two regions of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Safari flights drop you in one extraordinary environment after the other to experience an extraordinary display of wildlife, plus some of the most luxurious, award-winning accommodations on the continent. Urban delights follow in Cape Town, a region more than well-known for its wine.

Itinerary in Detail

    Day 1 – Johannesburg, South Africa

    Upon arrival, you will take a private transfer to your hotel in Johannesburg, spend the afternoon settling in and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Hotel: The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

    The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

    Day 2 – Johannesburg, South Africa

    After breakfast, you are slated for a relaxing spa treatment, with the afternoon at your leisure to explore Johannesburg. The city is an international center for street art and has a number of fascinating walking tours dedicated to its incredible murals.

    Hotel: The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

    The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

    Days 3 through 6 – Kruger National Park, South Africa

    Today, you transfer to the Johannesburg airport for a safari flight to the Tensile River Lodge for four nights in Kruger National Park. This home base puts you within easy reach of many game reserves – the Manyeleti, the Mala Mala, and the renowned Sabi Sands. Morning and evening game drives deliver the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. Other animals within these regions include the cheetah, hippo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, and hyena. Downtime at the luxurious Singita Ebony is a contemporary safari experience, comprising delicious gourmet meals, afternoon spa treatments, and glorious starry nights. Enjoy private decks, plunge pools, river views, and a true connection with your surroundings.

    Hotel: Singita Ebony Lodge

    Singita Ebony Lodge

    Days 7 through 9 – Kruger National Park, South Africa

    After a final morning game drive, you take a private flight to Singita Lembombo Lodge for three nights of more safari magic, right on the border between South Africa and Mozambique. This sister Singita property also delivers unparalleled morning and evening game drives, and you will see many mammal species, including the Big Five, plus the wild dog, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra. The pampering continues at the Singita Lembombo, with afternoon spa treatments, grand vistas of the N’wanetsi River and the surrounding euphorbia trees, and time spent in the lap pool, interactive kitchen, wine studio and more.

    Hotel: Singita Lembombo

    Singita Lembombo

    Day 10 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    After breakfast at the Lembombo, you fly to Kruger airport and take a commercial flight to Livingstone, Zambia, the hub for visitors to the famous Victoria Falls, which itself is in Zimbabwe. A spectacular private helicopter tour of the falls concludes with the pilots dropping you off at your next lodge, the award-winning Royal Chundu on the Zambia side of the Zambezi River. Afternoon relaxation is followed by a sunset cruise and a gourmet dinner.

    Hotel: Royal Chundu Island Lodge

    Royal Chundu Island Lodge

    Day 11 – Katombora, Zambia

    After a hearty breakfast, you take a kayak trip down the Zambezi River, enjoying a private picnic at lunchtime. Zambia’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property, Royal Chundu is filled with little nests created for peaceful seclusion and close interaction with the environment. The level of service and touches of luxury are both a surprise and a delight.

    Hotel: Royal Chundu Island Lodge

    Royal Chundu Island Lodge

    Days 12 through 14 – Okavango Delta, Botswana

    After a visit to a local village, you transfer to the airport in Kasani (Botswana) for a safari flight to the andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Two fabulous nights in this ultra-luxury setting deliver exceptional game viewing on a private Big Five concession, the encounters with wildlife on foot and from customizable safari vehicles. This authentic lodge is designed to resemble an anteater, with the suites resembling cozy birds nests. Dinner served under the stars in a traditional boma or gathering place. A helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta – with a stop for a sundowner – headlines your last day in this part of the Delta.

    Hotel: andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

    andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

    Days 15 through 17 – Okavango Delta, Botswana

    The next three nights are spent at one of Botswana’s most engaging luxury encampments – the Xigera Safari Lodge. Game drive outings take in the Moremi Game Reserve and encounter the Big Five, plus the zebra, hyena, jackal, impala, and giraffe. The lodge posts a monthly blog of wildlife sightings, as each month brings new experiences. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a canoe-like mokoro ride through the wetlands to get even closer to the action. The family-run Xigera champions an aesthetic dedicated to celebrating African art and design, the lodge is filled with handcrafted furnishings and artworks. You even have the opportunity to spend a night in the Baobab Treehouse.

    Hotel: Xigera Safari Lodge

    Xigera Safari Lodge

    Day 18 – Cape Town

    A safari flight to Maun and a second to Cape Town sets you up for three final nights in South Africa’s most scintillating city. You check into Ellerman House, a luxury boutique resort replete with local art, Indigenous gardens, a soothing spa and a tremendous wine cellar. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

    Hotel: Ellerman House

    Ellerman House

    Day 19 – Cape Town

    After breakfast, you set out on a full day of exploration in Cape Town, with fast-track tickets to Table Mountain. Visit Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and discover the city center before heading to lunch at a winery in Constantia, a wine-producing suburb of Cape Town. The afternoon is spent at Kirstenbosch National Botanica Garden, with dinner later on at 12 Apostles.

    Hotel: Ellerman House

    Ellerman House

    Day 20 – Cape Town

    Today brings a private day tour of Cape Point Nature Reserve, a biodiverse section of the Table Mountain National Park. Enjoy the extraordinary vistas from the rocky cliffs, the sandy beaches, the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, a funicular ride, and more than a thousand species of endemic plants. Your farewell dinner tonight is back at the Ellerman.

    Hotel: Ellerman House

    Ellerman House

    Day 21 - Cape Town

    We say goodbye today, with a private transfer to the Cape Town airport for your return flight home.

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