Southern Africa: SIGNATURE LUXURY safari

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2024 / USD $ 6,980 / pps*

*pps=per person sharing; Min. of 2 pax traveling

big 5 game safari, cape town, victoria falls & the charming CHOBE river!

WHY YOU’D LOVE IT!

Experience a luxury Southern Africa safari across the five most breath-taking landscapes of spectacular Southern Africa. A once-in-a lifetime, custom African safari adventure where you will enjoy astonishing wildlife, luxury accommodation, and extraordinary experiences

Explore the mountains, rivers, and grasslands of South Africa’s extraordinary Welgevonden Private Game Reserve at your leisure. A UNESCO conservation site and the location of your four-night Big-5 Safari

Soak up the dazzling wonders of Cape Town, where you will revel in all the best sights that the city has to offer as well as a full-day wine tasting tour.

See the astonishing sight of Zimbabwe’s incredible Victoria Falls. Enjoy everything from elephant encounters to white-water rafting, helicopter tours, a visit to a traditional African village, and bungee jumping!

Experience a water safari through Botswana’s stunning Chobe National Park spotting hippos, leopards, giraffes, crocodiles, and more from the comfort of the exquisite Chobe River House Boat. Drink in the phenomenal views from the private viewing deck.

A truly astonishing safari adventure, filled with magical experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

OVERVIEW

Itinerary at a glance

 ◽️ DAY 0         | Travel

      Departure

◽️ DAY 1         | South Africa

     Johannesburg arrival

◽️ DAY 2-4     | South Africa

     Welgevonden GR

◽️ DAY 5-8    | South Africa

     Cape Town & surrounds

◽️ DAY 9  | Zimbabwe

     Victoria Falls

◽️ DAY 10-11  | Botswana

     Chobe houseboat

◽️ DAY 12     | Return 

     Departure

 

MAP

MAP

Visualize your journey!

 

4 DESTINATIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN AFRICA

DESTINATION 1

SOUTH AFRICA

BIG 5 SAFARI
  • 4×4 land-based safari
  • Shared safari vehicle
  • Luxury accommodation

DESTINATION 2

SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN
  • Cape Town highlights
  • Private driver
  • Luxury accommodations

DESTINATION 3

ZIMBABAWE

VICTORIA FALLS
  • Victoria falls experience
  • Elephant interaction
  • Optional activities

DESTINATION 4

BOTSWANA

CHOBE RIVER
  • Water-based safari
  • Tiger fishing
  • Elephants galore!

DAY 0  |  Date to be updated

YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS NOW!

📍 Depart home

DEPARTURE

Your adventure starts now!

Embark on an African safari and anticipate witnessing breathtaking landscapes, encountering diverse and majestic wildlife in their natural habitats, and immersing yourself in the rich cultural experiences of the continent.

* See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

DAY 1  |  Johannesburg arrival

JOHANNESBURG

Overnight

📍 Africa Sky

AFRICA SKY

Guest House Overview

Welcome to South Africa! Johannesburg (JNB / OR Tambo) Airport arrival with meet & greet service.

Your arrival night overnight accommodation: AfricaSky Boutique Hotel is conveniently located only 10 minutes from  Johannesburg's  O.R. Tambo International airport. A short drive will have you arriving at an oasis, rooms beautifully appointed and nestled in a peaceful lush garden. Enjoy dinner, bed & breakfast all on-site. True African hospitality and service excellence.

Just look out towards the information desk located in the arrivals hall for your pick-up with your name on it. 10 Minute road transfer to your overnight accommodation.

DINNER, B&B

GUEST HOUSE

OVERNIGHT

DAY 2-4  |  Safari days

BIG-5 SAFARI

Safari days

📍 Inzalo Lodge

WELGEVONDEN GR

Area Overview

The vast 36,000 hectares of the Welgevonden Game Reserve is a treasure trove of life, boasting a remarkable 65 mammal species, 300 different bird species, and the iconic Big 5. Yet, what sets Welgevonden apart are its unique residents, including the elusive aardwolf, the enigmatic brown hyena, and the graceful cheetahs.

Embark on two daily game drives led by experienced rangers who will unveil the intimate secrets of the abundant flora and fauna, many of which are unique to the Waterberg region. As the sun dips below the horizon, savor sundowner drinks and let the enchanting embrace of the African bush envelop you during evening game safaris. It's here, under the veil of night, that the African bush comes to life, with predators stealthily stalking their prey, a truly magnificent sight to behold.

Safari Activities

Each day on safari in Africa is a magical experience, whether you’re exploring the savanna on foot or in a 4x4 vehicle in search of the Big 5 or taking to the sky in a hot-air balloon to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. Every single day is steeped in the promise of a unique adventure and cherished memories.

Although each day is unpredictable to a certain extent, based on the time of year or location, there is a general format or schedule that safaris tend to follow, but, as a rule, safaris do follow a familiar rhythm that combines thrilling game viewing with ample time to relax in between—a dream vacation in anyone’s book. One rule of thumb is that there are usually two game drives a day: one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon, when animals are at their most active.

READ MORE DETAILS!

5.30 am: Time for a Wake-Up Call
6 am– 9 am Morning Game Drive
9 am- 11 am Return to Camp for Breakfast or Brunch
11 am –1 pm Relaxation: Read, Nap, Swim, Walk or Spa
1 pm – 2 pm Lunchtime
2 pm – 3:30 pm Relaxation: Read, Nap, Swim, Walk or Spa
3.30 pm: High Tea
4 pm –7 pm Afternoon Game Drive
7: 30 pm Dinner Time
9 pm Turn in for Bedtime
 

 

INZALO LODGE

Inzalo Overview

Experience an intimate and authentic safari adventure at Inzalo Safari Lodge in the heart of Welgevonden Game Reserve. This pristine landscape offers a dynamic mix of mountainous cliffs, serene valleys adorned with majestic baobab, Marula, and fever trees, expansive open grasslands, and crystal-clear streams.

The presence of water in the region nurtures a rich diversity of birdlife and wildlife, providing daily opportunities for nature enthusiasts to embark on guided game drives and immersive nature walks.

Unwind in the vast, open spaces that extend to our viewing deck and bar area. The lodge's décor seamlessly fuses with modern comforts, crafting an inviting ambiance where you can socialize with fellow guests, savor delectable dining experiences, and relish scenic vistas while sipping on crisp, refreshing beverages. When the time comes to retire to your room after captivating stories shared around the outdoor boma, our tent-style suites are thoughtfully equipped to meet all your needs.

Morning pick-up followed by private road transfer to the lodge. Transfer time is approximately 3 hrs.

FULL BOARD

TENTED CAMP

GAME VIEW

DAY 5-8 | Cape Town

CAPE TOWN

Explore

📍 Azamare Guest House

CAPE TOWN

Cape Town has has it all! Much more than just a stunning backdrop! It is a vibrant, fun and cultural city. Strikingly modern and contemporary, Cape Town is actually the oldest city in South Africa. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a bustling modern marina full of restaurants and shops, but venture deeper into the city to explore Cape Town’s genteel, cobbled walkways and colonial buildings.

Natural Beauty: Prepare to be captivated by Cape Town's awe-inspiring natural beauty. The city is nestled between the iconic Table Mountain, with its mesmerizing flat top, and the stunning Atlantic coastline. Explore the rugged Cape Peninsula, where the crashing waves of the Cape of Good Hope meet towering cliffs. Witness the vibrant floral display of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its rich biodiversity and colorful landscapes.

Wine lands: Cape Town is a gateway to the renowned Cape Wine lands, an idyllic region where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Discover the art of wine making through wine tastings at world-class estates. Savor the flavors of exceptional wines while enjoying breathtaking views of vine-covered hills. Indulge in gourmet cuisine paired with exquisite vintages, creating a sensory experience you won't soon forget.

Rich Culture and History: Cape Town is steeped in a vibrant cultural tapestry, shaped by its diverse heritage. Visit the historic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and gain insight into South Africa's struggle for freedom. Stroll through the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood with its brightly painted houses and learn about its Cape Malay history. Immerse yourself in local markets, museums, and galleries, all reflecting the city's rich cultural fabric.

Adventure Awaits: If you seek adventure, Cape Town delivers! Dive into thrilling activities like shark cage diving, where you come face-to-face with these incredible predators. Take to the skies and paraglide over picturesque coastal cliffs, or brave the heights with a hike up Table Mountain. For water enthusiasts, enjoy surfing, kayaking, or simply bask in the sun on the pristine beaches.

Private tour: Cape Point & Peninsula

Cape Point & Cape Peninsula tour! Discover Cape Point, the scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Journey past  base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, along bucolic Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks and chacma baboons.

At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities.

The Cape Peninsula boasts warm sands on Clifton’s secluded beaches and trendy cafés in Camps Bay. Explore the stunning Atlantic Seaboard feasting your eyes on rugged coastlines and other unblemished geographic landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles and the impressive slopes of Lion’s head.

Explore the village of Hout Bay wondrously framed by mountains before meandering along Chapman’s Peak, precariously aligned along the edge of the mountain. World famous this 9 km route with 114 curves, makes it one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world.

Simons Town is a must see offering gemstone hunting, jewellery sales and the wobbly penguins of Boulder’s that show-off gloriously. Boulders Beach remains the only place in the world where one can get up close to African Penguins. Penguin viewing is made easier by boardwalks that lead visitors across the beaches.  Head to the Cape Point Lighthouse, an important icon of the Cape Peninsula, ascend to this rugged, craggy spot and gaze at the rocky coastline and the ocean tumbling below, and Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of Africa

*Please see your safari itinerary for details

 

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Tour: City & Cultural 

This tour explores the vibrant Cape Town City Bowl and showcases its heritage landmarks. The bustling central business district of Cape Town lies in the shadow of Table Mountain.The city is rich in history and home to a multi-cultural population. This tour will give you just a glimpse of what the city of Cape Town has to offer.

  • Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town City Hall and Parliament Buildings
  • Iziko South African Museum & Company Gardens
  • Bo-Kaap
  • Signal Hill
  • Lions Hill
  • Clifton and Camps Bay

*Weather permitting, take the cable car up Table Mountain to take in an inspiring panorama of the city. Cable car tast track tickets not included,  approx. U$ 50 pp and for guest account 

*See your safari itinerary for logistics

 

 

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Tour: Wine Estates

Explore the captivating allure of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, where rolling vineyard-covered hills intersect with historic charm, inviting you to embark on a sensory journey of wine tasting at world-renowned estates, indulge in gourmet dining that harmonizes with the local flavors.  Stroll through oak-lined streets adorned with Cape Dutch architecture.

Surrounded yourself with  a serene and breathtaking landscape, that seamlessly marries the old-world elegance with the vibrancy of South African wine culture.

Visit various wineries in and around the stunning Stellenbosch area. Enjoy wine tasting and lunch on the way. This is the Cape wine lands!

*Please see your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

AZAMARE

Located right in the heart of Camps Bay! One of the world’s most desirable destinations and a hip hub where you can find stylish restaurants, cool bars, and little shops.

Offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Azamare is located just 2 minutes’ drive from Camps Bay Beach, 5-minute walk of nearby restaurants. Table Mountain is only 3.1 miles away, and the V&A Waterfront is 6.2 miles away

Guests can enjoy a full English breakfast in the morning. Complimentary wine and snacks are provided every evening in the lounge and by the pool. Free WiFi is available in all areas..

ACTIVITIES
You will be picked up from the doorstep for your privately guided daily Cape Town tours, including the Cape Point & Peninsula tour, Stellenbosch, Franschoek Wine Lands Tour, Table Mountain, and pretty much anything else your heart desires. Many superb restaurants are located all around the hotel, all within walking distance. This is a restaurant paradise!

A warm welcome awaits arrival at the airport! Please be on the lookout for your driver with your name sign. Baggage assistance is followed by a 40-minute private road transfer to your luxury guesthouse overlooking stunning Camps Bay!

Transfer to Cape Town via commercial flight. Flight time from Johannesburg is  2 hrs. Flights are booked  and details provided by AfricaPhotoSafaris.

B&B

GUEST HOUSE

TOURS

DAY 9  |  Victoria Falls

VICTORIA FALLS

Experience

📍 528 Vic Falls Guest House

VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls is the 7th wonder of the world! Located in Zimbabwe, situated in the heart of Southern Africa and entirely landlocked. 12% of its land is allocated to National Parks and Game Reserves.

Undoubtedly, the country's most iconic attraction is the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the "Smoke That Thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. Victoria Falls is twice the size of Niagara Falls and stretches across a significantly longer distance. Visitors can get up close to the falls, but be prepared to experience some splashing.

The Victoria Falls, now in it's 150 millionth fantastic year, - its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience—the sight, the sound, the smell—and the humbling feeling that this is indeed nature's supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict reality. And nothing prepares you for your first sight. .

The Victoria Falls present a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe—the largest sheet of falling water in the world and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls, i.e., the spray, mist, and rainbows.

David Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. The Scottish explorer is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, and he named them Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria.

While in Victoria Falls, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a delightful cruise on the Zambezi River for a different perspective of the falls, especially during sunset. You can also opt for a thrilling helicopter ride over the falls. For a unique experience, consider having afternoon tea at the classic Victoria Falls Hotel. Additionally, if you're interested in shopping, Victoria Falls is an excellent place to purchase local souvenirs, artwork, and handcrafted carvings.

528 VIC FALLS

The ideal destination from which our guests can explore the mighty Victoria Falls! and surrounds!Neutral and earthy-tones are blended with splashes of bright colors throughout the lodge. As you enter the house, after passing the lovely pond, a warm foyer greets you with a mixture of wall art and a curious wallpaper.

Each of the 7 rooms have their own view over the gardens. All rooms have en-suite, stylish bathrooms with bronze washbasins, and showers with hand-carved screens.

The main dining area, where breakfasts are served is bright and colorful thanks to more art and the large glass windows that stretch to the high double volume ceiling. From this room, the doors open onto the patio, the garden and the swimming pool.

Lounges and patios are the perfect spot for reading, relaxing and chatting. One of the highlights is the "Treetop Bar" on the third floor, which has wonderful views above the tree canopy and beyond to the Zambezi River and Zambia in the distance.It's an ideal place for sun-downers and as evening settles in, to gaze up at the endless African night sky.

ACTIVITIES
Explore everything the Victoria Falls Rain forest are has to offer!  Crafts, curios and more!

*A warm welcome awaits on arrival at the airport! Please be on the lookout for your driver with your name sign. Baggage assistance followed by a  20 mins. road transfer to your accommodation.

*See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

Transfer to Victoria Falls  via commercial flight. Flight time from  Cape Town to Victoria Falls is 3 hrs, and 1.5 hr from Johannesburg. Flights are booked  and details provided by AfricaPhotoSafaris.

B&B

GUEST HOUSE

TOURS

DAY 10-11  |  Chobe River

CHOBE RIVER

Water based safari days!

📍 Chobe Princess​ House Boat

 CHOBE RIVER

Chobe National Park includes two incredible wildlife areas: Chobe Riverfront and Savute. The Chobe River is one of Africa’s magical rivers, attracting animal of all sizes. Chobe also offers the  highest density of elephants to be found anywhere in Africa, Chobe National Park is the ultimate safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

Immerse yourself in nature's grandeur and witness the breathtaking spectacle of Chobe River's prolific wildlife, where majestic elephants roam freely, diverse bird species take flight, and unforgettable safari adventures await, making it a must-visit destination for every intrepid traveler.

The Chobe River forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The riverfront is a markable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. Most wildlife activity occurs along the banks of the river - especially during the drier winter months (May – October) when animals congregate at the river to quench their thirst. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is a sight to behold! Birding enthusiasts will find the riverfront a fantastic destination at this time with more than 400 species of birds, including migratory species and numerous birds of prey.

All that said, Chobe National Park is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you.

The park's picturesque wetlands also attract a wide variety of bird life, with the chance to see numerous species among the 460 that call this place home or pass through, including raptors, vultures, and waterfowl.Head out on a sunrise game drive to observe the animals at the beginning of their day, when they are most active. You might even spot a leopard returning from a hunt.When you return to your luxury accommodations at the lodge in the evening, take pleasure in the comforts it offers, gather for dinner, and share stories about your day.

 

CHOBE PRINCESS

House Boat Overview

Take your Chobe River game viewing experience to another level! With no set itinerary and only a small number of guests per boat, staying here feels like being on your own houseboat – and a very well appointed one! .

Cruising along the Chobe River (Chobe NP)  at a leisurely pace with ever-changing landscapes is an exclusive and unique experience! Give your  safari an edgy flavor and include a stay on a beautiful house boat -the perfect end to your trip! Game viewing from the water provides a different perspective to wildlife behavior and the fishing opportunities are a dream come true for any avid fisherman!

Each cabin is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond.As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.The house boat has a minimum of 2 smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions.

A major attraction of the area is the elephants, whose resident population is estimated to be over 120,000. Over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquillity that surrounds you.

Kasane Airport or Kasane Immigration point pick up is followed by motorized boat transfer to the Namibian Immigration Office to get  your passport stamped; proceed to the boat. Get ready to be amazed! See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

Morning pick up followed by 1.5hr road transfer to Kasane Immigration point in Botswana - Arrive at Kasane Immigration Point  between 1pm-2pm  foe meet & greet by houseboat representative. Next, transfers by small tender boat from Kasane immigration via Impalila Island immigration or customs clearance. The boat transfer is about 20 minutes. Please take note of Passpoert requitement &  of  empty Visa page requirement as well as unabridges birth certificate requirements for minors

FULL BOARD

HOUSE BOAT

GAME VIEW

DAY 12  |  Return Home

RETURN

DEPARTURE

See your safari itinerary for transfer details

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time, and romantic memories.

Morning road transfer back to the airport for your outbound flight... dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

TRAVEL INFO

  • Health & Vaccines, Visas & Passports, Connectivity, Power adaptors, Travel insurance, Credit Cards, Tipping guide,Packing list and more

INCLUDED*

  • Experience of a lifetime
  • 24/7  support before & during your safari
  • Accommodation
  • Road transfers
  • Tours & Activities
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • Airport & airstrip transfers
  • Park fees, levies & taxes (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Inter-Africa commercial & light aircraft flights

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* As indicated on your detailed safari itinerary

EXCLUDED*

  • International airfare
  • Personal gifts & purchases
  • Incidental charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Conservation fees*
  • Visa fees
  • Balloon safari* (if applicable)
  • Laundry*
  • Tips

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* Unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary

GORILLA TREK PACKING LIST SUGGESTION

Kindly note that the packing list below is just a mere guideline as you may have your own preferences

  • 1-2 long sleeved shirts
  • 3 short sleeved t-shirts
  • 2 –3 pairs of light weight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly (if wearing on treks)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • A waterproof and windproof jacket
  • 1 skirt ( for women)
  • Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)
  • Strong waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking
  • (heavy soled rain boots also work well)
  • Pair of sports sandals like Tevas
  • Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection
  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight wool socks
  • Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)

 Miscellaneous

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • Small day pack
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Extra batteries
  • Camera and extra lenses
  • Film particularly fast film for the gorillas.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Prescription medicines and possibly prescription itself

First Aid Kit including rehydration sachets, anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication.

What to Anticipate on a Gorilla Tracking Adventure

PAPERWORK

PASSPORTS

  • Email or Whatsapp a clear color copy of your passport
  • Expiration date valid at least 6 months past return dates
  • Please check the number of blank Visa pages required by each country

CONTRACT

  • Download the Safari Contract
  • Take a picture with your phone of the first & last page and email back
  • A signed APPENDIX C / Indemnity is required for each person going on the safari.  Click here to print more copies if needed)

GUEST INFORMATION