BW7 Botswana Safari Tour


With Victoria Falls & Cape Town


Okavango inland delta; Guided game viewing excursions; Unique wilderness lodge accommodation; Thundering Victoria Falls; Cape Town Cape Peninsula tour; Table Mountain Cableway; Robben Island Museum tor


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 01 Jun 2019Thu 13 Jun 2019 $7380 USD
Tue 17 Sep 2019Sun 29 Sep 2019 $7170 USD
Sat 30 May 2020Thu 11 Jun 2020 $7380 USD
Tue 15 Sep 2020Sun 27 Sep 2020 $7170 USD

The above prices are subject to an additional $111 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.

Optional Single Supplement: $1812 USD (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

Our Botswana escorted tours are truly the adventure of a lifetime and this 13-day tour begins in romantic and historic Cape Town with further exploration along the mountainous and scenic Cape Peninsula spine. Several days are allotted to take in the myriad unique attractions of the city and surrounding geography.

Take an aerial cableway to the top of the city's centerpiece attraction Table Mountain. Also included, a tour (accessible by ferry only) of Robben Island Museum. Gain insight into the apartheid era at the UNESCO World Heritage Site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.

South Africa's oldest city, and legislative capital, Cape Town offers a diverse wealth of dining and cultural experiences, with time allotted for independent foot travel in the colonial settlement of Stellenbosch, showcasing prime examples of traditional Cape Dutch architecture.

Our itinerary also features ample time to explore the National Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch with 4,000 indigenous species and a tree canopy walkway that ends with a panoramic view of surrounding mountains.

A subsequent cellar tour visits The Cape Vineyards, run originally by Huguenot refugees who brought their talent (and seedlings) from France in 1688. Time in Cape Town culminates on Day 4 with an excursion along the Atlantic seaboard to the quaint suburban community of Camp's Bay and the opportunity to take photos of the magnificent Twelve Apostles' Peaks.

After, cruise the famous Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the finest marine drives on the planet and a highlight of our Botswana escorted tours, followed by a visit to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve with potential to encounter bontebok, baboons, zebra and other game.

Finally, take a drive up the Indian Ocean side of the famous peninsula - with in-season viewing of a South African penguin colony - before flight transport to Botswana where you'll enjoy a comfortable wilderness lodge stay alongside the incomparable Okavango Inland Delta.

The first full day on the delta offers sightseeing by canoe, four wheel drive or both. Featuring more than 15,000 sq. km of lagoons and channels, this rare scene of water in the desert is considered the "Jewel of the Kalahari" for its tranquility and stellar game viewing of animals that include elephants, antelope, buffalo and more.

Too large and spectacular to see in one go, Day 8 offers a second chance to take in the Okavango Inland Delta's unparalleled beauty with fishing, bird watching, the ever-present chance to encounter a teeming variety of wildlife or mere relaxation. All are on offer in this miraculous spot where the sea meets the sand of the desert.

Featured next is a flight to Kasane Chobe National Park, another highlight on our Botswana escorted tours, with what is likely the largest population of elephants in the world. See iconic baobab trees, cruise the Chobe River to safely view crocodiles and hippos and safari overland for awe-inspiring sightings of wildebeest, giraffe, and potentially lions; just a few of your likely encounters with some of Africa's quintessential game animals.

No Botswana escorted tours of the region are complete without an excursion to Zimbabwe's legendary Victoria Falls, considered the greatest curtain of water in the world. Level and paved paths offer great access to gaze at the spectacular water feature on the mighty Zambezi River with a height twice that of Niagara Falls. After, spend some time perusing artisanal crafts in the nearby village or opt for a guided tour on elephant back.

Regions visited: Southern Africa
Countries visited: South Africa; Botswana and Zimbabwe

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town
Welcome to South Africa!

Cape Town is southern Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. Indeed, few urban centres anywhere can match its setting along the mountainous Cape Peninsula spine, which slides into the Atlantic Ocean. By far the most striking -- and famous -- of its sights is Table Mountain, frequently shrouded by clouds, and rearing up from the middle of the city.

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Cape Town: Robben Island & City Tour
This morning we travel by boat to Robben Island* for a guided tour of this historic site, formerly an infamous prison and today a museum. Our entire excursion will last about 3.5 hours and include a visit to the maximum security section where Apartheid era freedom fighters, including Nelson Mandela, were incarcerated. Robben Island provides a poignant reminder of how far South Africa has come since the dark days of apartheid and is a must-see for anyone heading to the Cape.

We'll also have a 'panoramic' look at the city centre of Cape Town, where we will see Parliament, City Hall, and the colourful Bo-Kaap area.

* Weather dependent; other sightseeing will substitute if needed. We may accomplish our visit to Table Mountain today if not done earlier.

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 The Cape Winelands
This morning we travel the short distance to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest colonial settlement. After a little spin around the town, we'll park in the centre of town and allow some time for some independent, on-foot exploration. You will notice some of the finest examples of traditional Cape Dutch architecture along the town's famous oak-lined streets.

We continue to one of the area's many wineries for a cellar tour and tasting. The Cape vineyards were originated at Constantia by Jan van Riebeeck in 1685 and were advanced in 1688 by Hugenot refugees who brought their vine seedlings and skills with them from France. The Cape's different soils and climatic variations allow a wide variety of wines to be pressed. Along our route today we will see several wine estates with their delightful Cape Dutch houses, thatched roofs and decorative gables.

Today we include lunch at one of the area's wine estates. After lunch we'll continue our scenic drive through the area before heading back to Cape Town for dinner on your own.

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Cape Town: the Cape Peninsula
Today we have the quintessential full-day tour of the Cape Town area: The Cape Peninsula.

Our tour takes us south along the Atlantic Seaboard where we have spectacular views of some of Cape Town's most affluent neighbourhoods and spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. We have a brief photo stop just before Camp's Bay, a pretty surfside suburban community featuring the classic view of the town with the 'Twelve Apostles' peaks as a backdrop.

We continue south along a seaside-hugging route, through the town of Hout Bay and the famous Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg.

Our next stop is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. The reserve is a wildflower, bird, and animal paradise on 77 sq km (30 sq miles) of the Cape Peninsula. The reserve is also home to eland, springbok, bontebok, baboon, and zebra. Within the reserve are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwesterly point on the African continent.

After a break for lunch and free time at Cape Point, we head north again, stopping briefly at the Cape of Good Hope, before continuing back up the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula, passing through Simonstown, founded by the Dutch in 1741 as a naval depot and named for Simon van der Stel, governor of Cape Colony from 1679 to 1697. Today Simonstown is famous for its distinctly English architecture and atmosphere, and the southernmost train station on the continent. Depending on the season, we may stop at Boulders Beach to view a colony of South African penguins.

We complete our loop around the peninsula, past the well-watered eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Constantia, Bishop's Court and the campuses of the University of Cape Town. Here we pay a visit to the National Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch, with over 4,000 species of indigenous plants (2,600 are endemic to the Cape Peninsula). The garden's history dates back to the 1660s, when the first Dutch settlers arrived in the Cape. Governor Jan van Riebeeck planted a barrier of Wild Almonds to protect settlers' cattle from the original inhabitants of the area -- and part of this hedge is still in the garden!

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Cape Town: At Leisure
Today is free to enjoy Cape Town.

Our suggestions: Shopping / dining at the Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the District Six Museum, the daily flea market at Greenmarket Square, scenic overflights, hiking up Table Mountain, great white shark diving (!), or just relaxing in the South African sun.

(Dinner on your own this evening).

Overnight in Cape Town.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6 Cape Town, South Africa - Maun, Botswana - Okavango Delta
Today we fly to Maun, Botswana and connect with our charter flight to the Okavango Delta and our comfortable lodge in the wilderness.

The Delta is an area of tranquil, lily covered lagoons and narrow channels hemmed in by papyrus reeds, and teeming with animal and bird life. Sometimes called a 'swamp', the Okavango is anything but. Moving, mysterious, placid, gentle and beautiful, from a wide and winding channel it spreads through tiny, almost unnoticeable channels that split into an ever expanding network of increasingly smaller passages. These link a succession of lagoons, islands and islets of various sizes, open grasslands and flooded plains in a mosaic of land and water. Palms and towering trees abound, throwing their shade over crystal pools, forest glades and grassy knolls.

* NOTE: Most convenient connections are via Johannesburg. If your arrival in JNB is later in the day, you may have to arrive a day early and overnight in Jo'burg.

Overnight in the Okavango Delta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Okavango Delta
We have a full day exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Depending on water levels, we may do our sightseeing either by mokoro canoes or by 4WD vehicles, or a little of both.

The Okavango Delta is unique. It is the largest inland delta in the world; instead of flowing into the sea, the annual flood of fresh water flows inland, spreading over 15 000 sq km of the Kalahari sand in a maze of lagoons and channels. The Okavango Delta is a lush wonderland surrounded by the arid Kalahari Desert and home to many species of antelope, such as Lechwe and Tsessebe. Herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant that number in their thousands pass through annually on their migration routes.

Overnight in the Okavango.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Okavango Delta
We have another full day exploration of the wonders of the delta.

In the lush indigenous forests of the delta and its islands, and along the floodplains spawned by this great marriage of water and sand, more than 400 species of birds flourish. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals -- warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels.

Fishing, bird watching, game viewing, photography or simple relaxation; indulging in any of these in the Okavango are experiences without parallel.

Overnight in the Okavango.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Okavango Delta - Chobe National Park
This morning we fly to Kasane. On arrival we continue by road the short distance to Chobe National Park.

The original inhabitants of what is now the park were the San people. They were hunter-gatherers who lived by moving from one area to another in search of water, wild fruits and wild animals. In 1967, the area was declared a national park, the first in Botswana.

A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population, which is probably the largest in the world. This population covers most of northern Botswana plus north-western Zimbabwe and is currently estimated at around 100,000 individuals. This elephant population has been built up steadily from a few thousand since the early 1900s, having escaped the massive poaching that decimated other populations elsewhere on the continent during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Chobe elephants are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the south-east of the park, to which they disperse in the rains.

Overnight at Chobe National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park covers 10,566 sq km and has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. This park has an amazing variety of habitats, ranging from floodplains, baobab, and mopane trees and acacia woodlands, to verdant flood grasslands and thickets bordering the Chobe River.

Our safari starts with a cruise on the Chobe River (shade and refreshments available), which takes us close to the waterfowl and wildlife on the river. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippo and very large crocodiles can be viewed from the safety of your boat.

After lunch we board open (covered) safari vehicles and head off into the park to view some of the elephants, buffalo herds, sable, wildebeest, giraffe, and with luck, some resident lion and hyena.

Overnight in Chobe National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Kasane, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today we transfer to Victoria Falls from Kasane, the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers and roughly the place where the countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia meet, the only place in Africa where four countries do so.

This area has been inhabited for hundreds of thousands of years. The first known name of the falls was "Shongwe," and the current name did not come into being until the Scottish missionary David Livingstone was brought to the falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. The falls and the nearby town are on the mighty Zambezi River, the fourth longest in Africa, and forming the border with neighbouring Zambia.

NOTE: We don't include dinner tonight as there are a number of choices in the area and past passengers have indicated a preference for some independence in the evening meal plan at Vic Falls.

Overnight in Victoria Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12 Victoria Falls Area
Today we have a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls and adjacent national park.

Mosi-oa-Tunya ("The Smoke That Thunders") is one of the most amazing sights in the world: twice as high as Niagara Falls and several times longer. It took thousands of years of erosion for Victoria Falls to appear as and where it does now. During the Jurassic Period (150-200 million years ago), volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.

Our tour is conducted on level paved paths, much of which is shaded by the dense rainforest that exists due to spray from the falls. To walk to the farthest extent, with viewpoints along the way, is about one kilometre, the last part of which is without shade. We encourage you to go right to the dn, as the views are fantastic, including the best look at the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes, part of his grand and unfulfilled Cape to Cairo railway scheme, even though he never visited the falls and died before construction of the bridge began.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy optional activities. You may relax by the pool, do some shopping in the village famous for local artisan crafts, or even go elephant back riding or sightseeing by micro-light aircraft or helicopter. Your guide can help plan your afternoon.

Overnight in Victoria Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Departure
Departure from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

City Lodge Waterfront

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Cape Town
Country: South Africa

A centrally located hotel at the gateway to the vibrant and dynamic V&A Waterfront, within walking distance of Cape Town's
... 15 minutes from the international airport. A nautical theme runs through the hotel and a spa-pool is available for guests to relax in the warm Cape weather. Please note that we use several hotels routinely in Cape Town and, although our preference is for close proximity to the Waterfront, we may not be able to 100% promise this for your chosen departure date.

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Camp Okavango

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Okavango Delta
Country: Botswana

Camp Okavango, a unique and exclusive African safari camp is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island. This hidden treasure,
... the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures its guests of an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience.
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Chobe Game Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Chobe National Park
Country: Botswana

The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's premier venue for
... looking for a perfect base from which to explore the National Park and the Chobe River.
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A'Zambezi River Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Victoria Falls
Country: Zimbabwe

Set 2 km from Victoria Falls, this upscale resort with views of the Zambezi River is 17 km from the
... of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Featuring plush, modern decor, the cozy rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars, as well as in-room safes, tea and coffee making facilities and furnished balconies.

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Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner daily; most meals in Botswana. All accommodation, transport (internal flights included), sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for Cape Town drivers, local guide, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers.


International airfare to/from the tour. Some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air (if applicable), air and airport taxes, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, visas, and locally paid departure taxes.

Gratuities are not included for the following: Botswana lodge staff (including porters) and lodge-based naturalist guides; Victoria Falls guide and driver.

Seasonality and Weather

After Botswana's hot, wet season (November to March), during which many animals bear their young, April brings milder weather and lush, green landscapes through to August.

September and October are popular times to visit; the rainfall is minimal, and temperatures are warmer, with daily highs of 30 C (87ºF) to 35 C (93ºF) and nights of 23-26 C (75ºF to 80ºF). The grass in many areas is beaten flat, game viewing is easier, and animals are well concentrated around major water sources.

Cape Town: Our June date coincides with mid-"winter" in Cape Town, though the city enjoys a relatively mild winter and days can be sunny and fine and reasonably warm. That said, however, the weather here is notoriously changeable and one must be prepared for stormy weather and the possibility of wind and rain. September marks the arrival of spring and warmer and drier weather on average.

Transport and Travel Conditions

SOUTH AFRICA: Air-conditioned motor coach or mini-bus, depending on group size (see 'Group Size'). Open safari vehicles in Botswana. Internal flights via scheduled carriers.

BOTSWANA: We access remote lodges with chartered light aircraft.


CAPE TOWN: Well-located, air-conditioned, 3-star hotel with en suite toilet and bath. Porter service is available (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.

BOTSWANA: The lodges at Okavango, Chobe and Vic Falls are very comfortable (even luxurious) and with all modern conveniences. Click on "Map & Hotels" link for more information).

Staff and Support

Your time in Cape Town will be managed by our Cape Town-based staff. In Botswana and Vic Falls you will be accompanied by local guides employed by each lodge, and a local guide and agents who will manage ground transport arrangements and time in Victoria Falls.

Group Size

10-18 plus Tour Leader