OVERVIEW

Cape Town - Stellenbosch - Moremi Game Reserve - Savuti - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for 13 Days / 12 Nights

INCLUDED

Cape Town

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at the Cape Grace  in a Luxury Room including breakfast
  • Full Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour Incl Funicular & Lunch
  • Full Day Robben Island & City Tour incl Cable Car for Table Mountain
  • Gold Restaurant on one evening 
  • Transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Hotel

Stellenbosch

  • Transfer from Cape Grace to Delaire Graff Lodge
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at  Delaire Graff Lodge  in a  Deluxe Lodge including breakfast 
  • Wireless internet access, daily transfers to Stellenbosch town (subject to availability), laundry service, Delaire Graff wine tasting and each evening, guests enjoy sparkling wine with canapés in the comfort of the lodge
  • Wine Country Tour including lunch
  • Transfer from Lodge to Cape Town International Airport

Botswana – Okavango Delta

  • Charter Flight from Maun Airport to Sanctuary Chiefs Camp & Return
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in a Luxury Pavilion
  • Game viewing activities
  • Laundry services, emergency medical evacuation and park fees.
  • Charter Flight from Maun Airport to Savaute Elephant Lodge

Botswana – Chobe National Park

  • 3 Nights Accommodation at Savute Elephant Lodge in a Luxury Twin Room
  • Botswana National park fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner 
  • All drinks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, house wines, local beer and a select list of spirits 
  • Daily laundry services
  • 2 game viewing activities per day
  • Charter Flight from Savute Elephant Lodge to Kasane Airport

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls

  • Transfer from Kasane Airport to Matetsi River Lodge
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at Matetsi River Lodge  in a River Lodge Suite
  • Three meals daily
  • The house selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Safari activities including game drives & safari walks; birdwatching; a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River and additional boat cruises subject to availability
  • Tour of the Falls
  • Laundry
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance, & V.A.T. (where applicable)
  • Luxury Transfer from Matetsi River Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport

Day 1: Cape Grace, Cape Town

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport

Cape Point Full Day Tour – Highlights Include

  • Drive along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road, pass the pristine beaches
  • Clifton ,Camps Bay, 12 Apostles Peaks
  • Hout Bay – (Optional visit Seal Island or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbour
  • Chapman’s Peak
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, take 3min Flying Dutchman  funicular ride to the lighthouse , not to mention the view at  the end of the earth
  • A lunch at Cape Point
  • Drive through Simons Town and see False Bay and the Indian Ocean
  • Visit Boulders Beach to see the African penguins

Transfer back to Hotel

Overnight Accommodation at Cape Grace Hotel

Overnight: Cape Grace      

Welcome to Cape Grace. Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of our Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best.

Our elegant and warm atmosphere, evident in every fine detail, begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to our spacious harbor and mountain-facing rooms.

Stories of the Cape’s colorful past present themselves in our exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair to our décor and feel, while fresh displays of Proteas that hint at the wonder of our natural botanical kingdom enrich each room.

We invite you to share in tailor-made experiences that include our sumptuous tasting menus, rare whisky pairings, luxurious spa treatments, and indulgent Afternoon Teas – all thoughtfully created to enhance your journey in the Cape and with us.

Activities: Cape Point Tour Full Day

Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

 

Main Destination

CAPE GRACE, CAPE TOWN

Meal Plan

BED AND BREAKFAST

Moremi

Day 2: Cape Grace, Cape Town

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Hotel

Itinerary of Robben Island & Table Mountain Tour as follows:

Robben Island – After collection, travel to the iconic V&A Waterfront where you will board the Robben Island Ferry (included) (weather permitting) for your voyage across the bay to the infamous maximum-security prison that once housed various political prisoners including the late Nelson Mandela. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The excursion includes a return ferry to the island, a bus tour on the island and an integrated tour of the prison. After the tour, board the ferry for your return to the mainland.

Bo-Kaap – Upon return to the mainland, enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, this picturesque corner of Cape Town well-known for its vast collection of colourful houses and cobble stone streets, became home to the Cape Muslim community and many freed slaves after the abolition of slavery in 1834.

Company Gardens – Proceed to the Company Gardens located in the heart of the central business district. The park and heritage site was originally established in the early 1650s by the European Settlers arriving in the area. The gardens provided fresh fruit and vegetables to the ships seeking replenishment when rounding the Cape on their journey to the East. The Gardens now offer a natural retreat from the bustle of the City. Finish your tour of the Company Gardens with a stop at the South African Museum which houses a variety of important African zoology, palaeontology and archaeology collections.

The Castle of Good Hope – Continue your city tour with a stop at the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment store, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through the city will also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall; from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel.

Table Mountain – Continue to Table Mountain where you shall reach the top by cable car (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also, get a bird’s eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel in the early evening.

Gold Restaurant Evening Experience

Overnight Accommodation at Cape Grace Hotel

Activities

  • ROBBEN ISLAND
  • TABLE MOUNTAIN
  • GOLD RESTAURANT

Robben Island

An icon of struggle, freedom and hope made famous by Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment here.

Table Mountain

Without a doubt it is Table Mountain that makes Cape Town the unique city it is. Rising up over 1000m above sea level, it is the icon that makes Cape Town instantly recognizable. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat and a big draw card for tourists. So intertwined with the identity of Cape Town is Table Mountain that a visit to the city isn’t complete without having walked or taken the cable car to the top.

GOLD Restaurant

GOLD Restaurant is a vibrant pan-African experience offering a set Cape Malay and African menu, together with live entertainment and djembe drumming 7 nights a week. Operating from an old warehouse building and a modern function venue, GOLD offers visitors a sophisticated African experience.

Enjoy an award-winning, 14-dish tasting menu inspired by ingredients and textures from all over the African continent. Be seduced by live dancing and singing to the rhythmic beating of African djembe drums. Feel part of their tribal community with some optional pre-dinner drumming under the guidance of an experienced facilitator.

Main Destination

CAPE GRACE, CAPE TOWN

Meal Plan

BED AND BREAKFAST

Moremi

Day 3: Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa

Stellenbosch

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Hotel – Check Out

Transfer to Delaire Graff Lodge

Day Leisure to explore the Wine Estate & Stellenbosch Town

Overnight Accommodation at Delaire Graff Lodge

Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa is surrounded by sweeping views across stunning vineyards and mountains towards Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations. This incredible location provides a sense of escape and privacy for the guests.

An unforgettable holiday destination, we’ve tailored each Lodge to provide an unrivalled guest experience. Linked to the Main Lodge, yet in a world of their own, luxurious David Collins Studio-designed interiors are inspired by a pared-back colour palette, where beautiful South African accents and art frame each view out to your own private terrace. Spacious living spaces and light filled interiors flow seamlessly outdoors where guests can choose to dip into their private plunge pool or relax within the natural surroundings.

The new Owner’s Villa and 6 new Superior Lodges herald a new era of excellence at Delaire Graff, perfectly suited to showcase the lifestyle of the Estate.

At Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, guests can enjoy art and design, gourmet foods, award winning wines and a world class spa imbued with warm, South African hospitality throughout their stay.

Activities

Wines of the Cape & Delaire Graff Wine Lounge

Stellenbosch Town

Wines of the Cape & Delaire Graff Wine Lounge

There are more than 160 wine estate to explore in the regions surrounding Delaire Graff Estate. From casual to elegant, modern to old and everything in between – discover wines to suit every palate during your time exploring the vineyards of the Cape.  

Delaire Graff Wine Lounge offer an exceptional array of wines to savour during wine tastings, by the glass or by the bottle, as well as platters to enjoy.

Stellenbosch Town

Visit the heart of Stellenbosch and discover Southern Africa’s most scenically attractive and historically preserved town. Enjoy bespoke boutiques including the Deon Viljoen Gallery, Dorp Street Gallery and Quagga Books

 

Main Destination

STELLENBOSCH

Meal Plan

BREAKFAST

Stellenbosch

Day 4: Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, Stellenbosch

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Lodge

Wine Country Tour Itinerary:

Paarl – Head to one of the Capeus first farming districts, Paarl, set at the foot of a cluster of granite domes from which it takes its name. Our first stop is Rhebokskloof, situated on the slopes of the majestic Paarl Mountain. Embark on either a 1,5hr horse-back or quad-biking trail which offer panoramic views over the estate, Wellington and the Drakenstein Mountains. Return to enjoy a wine tasting.

Franschhoek – Proceed to Franschhoek set in a picturesque valley, retaining a French Huguenot style which complements the artistry of its chefs and winemakers. Enjoy a classic cellar tour and wine tasting at Haute Cabriere Estate. Growing only the classic champagne components, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Haute Cabriere is synonymous with tradition and authenticity. After the tasting, we take some time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants. Imbibe the atmosphere of this charming French colonial town by enjoying a stroll along the main road flanked by galleries, boutiques, antique shops, bistros & cafes, historical buildings and speciality.

Stellenbosch – Depart Franschhoek and travel via the Helshoogte Pass into historic Stellenbosch. Enjoy a final tasting at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (time permitting) where wines are created with very little intervention in the cellar, by utilising natural yeast from the grapes, producing a distinct impact on the taste of the three different wine selections. The tour ends with drop off at hotel in the early evening.

Overnight Accommodation at Delaire Graff Lodge

Activities

Cape Winelands Day Tour

Cape Winelands Day Tour

Cape Winelands Day Tour is a beautiful and scenic excursion whereby participants make their way from Cape Town to the picturesque Winelands, visiting South Africa’s most famed wine regions, including Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Aside from excellent wines, these areas offer tasty cuisine and historical masterpieces, including the Taal Monument, located atop a hill overlooking Paarl.

 

Main Destination

STELLENBOSCH

Meal Plan

Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Wine Tour

Day 5: Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometers of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Lodge – Check Out

Transfer to Cape Town International Airport – Catch International Flight to Maun Airport (Not Included in Price)

Charter Flight from Maun Airport to Sanctuary Chiefs Camp – Check In

Afternoon at Leisure to go on Game Drives or Mokoro Excursions

Dinner at Chiefs Camp

Overnight Accommodation at Chiefs Camp

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Situated on Chief’s Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action, adrenaline, refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodeled luxury camp. Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are what sets this property apart. At Sanctuary Chief’s Camp one can expect unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.

Intimate and exclusive, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is set in an outstanding natural landscape. Thanks to soul-stirring perspectives from the private pavilions, the lounge deck and your dinner tables, you won’t ever miss the thrill of a viewing. As well as ensuring a distinct sense of Botswanan place, every encounter and activity feels authentic, thanks to the camp having been reimagined in keeping with local traditions and cultures – which is how we believe responsible tourism should be.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s sophisticated accommodation with natural hues and materials that complement the charismatic scenery and the first-class dining and wines, regularly earns rankings among the world’s top safari destinations from arbiters such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.

Activities:

  • Game Drives
  • Mokoro Excursion

Game Drives

Our expert guides are always on hand to share their wealth of wildlife knowledge as you explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. 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, genet cats and hyena are in abundance.

Mokoro Excursions

Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the ‘river bushmen’ or BaYei people. (Seasonal Activity)

 

Main Destination

Moremi Game Reserve

Meal Plan

Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities, Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

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Day 6: Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Lodge

Morning at Leisure to go on Game Drives or Mokoro Excursions

Lunch at Chiefs Camp

Afternoon at Lesiure to go on Game Drives or Mokoro Excursions

Dinner at Chiefs Camp

Overnight Accommodation at Chiefs Camp

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Mokoro Excursion

 

Game Drives

Our expert guides are always on hand to share their wealth of wildlife knowledge as you explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. 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, genet cats and hyena are in abundance.

Mokoro Excursions

Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the ‘river bushmen’ or BaYei people. (Seasonal Activity)

 

Main Destination

Moremi Game Reserve

Meal Plan

Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities, Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

Moremi

Day 7: Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Savuti - Chobe National Park

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Savuti – Chobe National Park

Savuti, also known as Savute lies in the heart of Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago. Visitors to this spectacular area can spot abundant wildlife including: a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, hyena, cheetah Cape buffalo herds, and thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Chiefs Camp – Check Out

Charter Flight to Maun Airport then catch connecting Chater Flight to Savute Elephant Lodge

Check in at Lodge and have lunch

Afternoon at Leisure with game viewing activity

Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight Accommodation at Savute Elephant Lodge 

Overnight: Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Unleash your spirit of adventure at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge.

Evoking the feel of a timeless explorers’ lodge, our sustainably designed oasis immerses you in the untamed wilderness of Botswana’s Savute region. Relax in visually calming spaces, filled with rich textures, earthy colours and furniture crafted by local artisans. Watch elephants, hyenas and leopards drink at the watering hole from our new viewing hide. Relax by the serene pool and enjoy African-inspired treatments in the beautiful Spa tent, or gather round inviting firepits to share stories with new friends. After the afternoon’s game drive, an enchanting Boma dining experience awaits by the campfire.

Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Bird Watching
  • Bushmen Paintings and Baobab Trees
  • The Boma

Game Drives

It’s dark outside as a cup of steaming coffee and a freshly-baked pastry is brought to your tent. The first rays of sun are sneaking over the horizon as you set out with your guide. As the light intensifies, the scent of wild sage perfumes the air.

Early morning and late afternoon game drives take you out and among Africa’s largest populations of elephants. Big cats are on the prowl, from leopards to lions. Depending on the season you will also experience the great migrations such as zebra and antelope. Rare sightings might include the endangered wild dog, rock-climbing klipspringers and the elegant roan antelope.

Equally atmospheric and exciting are evening drives, as the shadows lengthen and the sky turns red. Animals and birds emerge from their siesta, and suddenly the bush is alive with sights and sounds.

Game viewing vehicles sit up to only 6 guests, allowing all on board to enjoy the wildlife from a window seat.

Bird Watching

It is a fascinating time to spot birds at Savute as the intermittent Savute Channel, dry for 30 years, is flowing past the camp again. With it has come a host of new bird species. Dry land birds such as bustards and secretary birds have suddenly been joined by more aquatic varieties. Simply sit out on your terrace and watch the show, especially at dawn and sunset, as they come to splash and drink right in front of your eyes.

Keen birders should also take note of the seasons. At certain times of year you may encounter annual migrations such as flocks of carmine bee-eaters on the move. Some ride on the backs of kori bustards—an amazing sight.

Bushmen Paintings and Baobab Trees

Out in the bush, where rocks rear up among stony hills you will find a collection of paintings that take your breath away. These works by Bushmen are thought to be more than 1,500 years old—beautiful images of elephant, giraffe, sable and eland antelope. Normally these types of painting might be found hidden in caves, but here, unusually, they are out in the wide, open landscape. No-one knows what materials the bushmen used, but the paint is thought to be a mixture of snake venom, blood and plant juices.

After viewing these paintings, continue to the amazing baobab grove—a cathedral-like cluster of 13 giant trees that rival the Bushmen’s paintings in age. Stand among these towering columns at sunset, as the evening light bathes them in a russet glow and wonder at this ancient land.

The Boma

Gather around the campfire in this circular log hut and exchange your day’s adventures, much as local villagers do in similar buildings throughout Botswana. Flames flicker and lamps glow as drinks are served; a choir sings traditional songs and invites you to a buffet of African specialities.

Then take a comfortable seat and listen as camp guides recount tales of the bush. Musicians strike up traditional songs and the evening often ends with everyone on their feet, dancing to rhythms handed down through generations.

Main Destination

Chobe National Park

Meal Plan

Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities, All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers)

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Day 8 & 9: Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Savuti - Chobe National Park

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Lodge

Morning at Leisure with game viewing activity

Lunch at Lodge

Afternoon at Leisure with game viewing activity

Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight Accommodation at Savute Elephant Lodge 

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Look Out Hide
  • Bird Watching
  • Star Gazing
  • The Boma
  • Boma Experience (place of eating)

 

Game Drives

It’s dark outside as a cup of steaming coffee and a freshly-baked pastry is brought to your tent. The first rays of sun are sneaking over the horizon as you set out with your guide. As the light intensifies, the scent of wild sage perfumes the air.

Early morning and late afternoon game drives take you out and among Africa’s largest populations of elephants. Big cats are on the prowl, from leopards to lions. Depending on the season you will also experience the great migrations such as zebra and antelope. Rare sightings might include the endangered wild dog, rock-climbing klipspringers and the elegant roan antelope.

Equally atmospheric and exciting are evening drives, as the shadows lengthen and the sky turns red. Animals and birds emerge from their siesta, and suddenly the bush is alive with sights and sounds.

Game viewing vehicles sit up to only 6 guests, allowing all on board to enjoy the wildlife from a window seat.

Lookout Hide

Head to our new viewing hide to enjoy a front-row seat of the action as elephants, hyenas and leopards gather at the watering hole for their daily drink.

Bird Watching

It is a fascinating time to spot birds at Savute as the intermittent Savute Channel, dry for 30 years, is flowing past the camp again. With it has come a host of new bird species. Dry land birds such as bustards and secretary birds have suddenly been joined by more aquatic varieties. Simply sit out on your terrace and watch the show, especially at dawn and sunset, as they come to splash and drink right in front of your eyes.

Keen birders should also take note of the seasons. At certain times of year you may encounter annual migrations such as flocks of carmine bee-eaters on the move. Some ride on the backs of kori bustards—an amazing sight.

Star Gazing

The open skies around Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge make it the perfect place to experience the vast, dark dome of the African night sky. “A jewel box” is how one of our guides describes it, and certainly it is a wealth of riches from the Milky Way to Orion and Venus. Discover how Bushmen used the stars to locate the true south. And, using a powerful telescope, gaze on constellations that visitors from the northern hemisphere may never have seen before, including the Southern Cross.

The Boma

Gather around the campfire in this circular log hut and exchange your day’s adventures, much as local villagers do in similar buildings throughout Botswana. Flames flicker and lamps glow as drinks are served; a choir sings traditional songs and invites you to a buffet of African specialities.

Then take a comfortable seat and listen as camp guides recount tales of the bush. Musicians strike up traditional songs and the evening often ends with everyone on their feet, dancing to rhythms handed down through generations.

Boma experience (place of eating)

A dining experience second to none in a traditional Boma, best translated as a traditional meeting place, where senior tribe/community members would get together for the “Kgotla” or meeting. Typically traditional food dishes would be served during or after these get-togethers in the Boma.

The Boma had two entrances, one more hidden than the other to ensure the safe passage of tribe elders or the chief should any threat arise. The Boma offers spectacular vistas of the African night skies, through the silhouettes of Camel Thorn trees and Acacia nigrescens, which have been incorporated into the design.

Dining in the Savute Boma will, without a doubt, bring you closer to nature within the heart of a true bush environment.

 

Main Destination

Chobe National Park

Meal Plan

Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities. All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Chobe

Day 10 - 12: Matetsi Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Matetsi Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travelers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Lodge – Check Out

Charter Flight from Lodge to Kasane Airport & Transfer to Matetsi River Lodge

Lunch at Lodge

Afternoon at Leisure with Zambezi Sunset River Crusie

Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight Accommodation at Matetsi River Lodge 

Overnight: Matetsi Victoria Falls     

Inspired by our spectacular location on the mighty Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, Matetsi Victoria Falls combines dramatic architectural design and luxurious interiors with the vibrancy of the Zimbabwean people. The result is an award-winning luxury nature retreat that offers the discerning traveler an unparalleled luxury safari experience.

Just 40 km upstream from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Victoria Falls – while our proximity to the largest waterfall in the world is a coup – it is just one of the many experiences we offer. Set on 15km of private Zambezi river frontage, your arrival at Matetsi Victoria Falls will signal a slow retreat into the senses with exclusive access to 55 000 hectares of Matetsi Private Game Reserve.

This is big sky country – a land of giant baobabs and ancient acacias, red soil and burnished grasslands, and abundant wildlife – all set within a pristine wilderness area that extends for as far as the eye can see. A family-owned property, Matetsi Victoria Falls  combines the luxury safari experience with a bucket-list visit to the largest waterfall on earth. But it also offers a uniquely authentic and personal experience that embodies the hope and dynamism of this incredible country and its people.

Activities:

Exclusive Zambezi River Boat Cruises

Exclusive Zambezi River Boat Cruises

At Matetsi Victoria Falls, you will have the opportunity to experience an exclusive riverboat cruise and canoeing excursion along our private 15km stretch of the Zambezi River.

Take in the marvels of this spectacular wilderness sanctuary complete with resident hippos, crocodiles and nearly 700 species of fish, not to mention more than xx species of water birds. This is your chance to make the most of some excellent photographic opportunities too, from the vantage point of the water where you will see large herds of elephant, buck, wildebeest (gnu) and buffalo come down to drink.

 

Main Destination

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Meal Plan

Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities, Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

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Day 13: Departure

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Lodge – Check Out

Transfer from lodge to Victoria Falls Airport – End of Southern Africa Journey!

Main Destination

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Meal Plan

Breakfast

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