Botswana & Zimbabwe

At a Glance

Encompassing the wilds of both Botswana and Zimbabwe, this safari is the perfect combination of dry and wet activity adventures. Ranging from up close mokoro (canoe) rides for optimal game viewing, to sunset drinks overlooking waterholes, to luxury picnics and walking safaris in the wilderness, guests are transported to the best of what this region has to offer.

Season:

High season is considered June to November and the rest of the year is considered ‘green’ season. Both have different highlights, wildlife populations are at their peak and visibility is best in the ‘high’ season however animals drop their young in the ‘green’ season.

Duration:

15 days (14 nights)

Destinations

  • 4 nights at Machaba
  • 3 nights at Jack's Camp
  • 3 nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • 3 nights at the Cape Royale Hotel
  • 1 night at La Residence

 Special Features

Machaba

Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area, on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta, constructed on the same site as the previous Machaba camp. The name Machaba is the local Setswana name for the Sycamore Fig Tree, the tree of life. Machaba trees are renowned for their abundant fruit, which feed a vast array of animals throughout the year, including elephant, baboons, bushbuck, green pigeons and many more. Any stay at this tented camp is bound to yield some of the most abundant wildlife sightings in the rich settings of the Okavango.

All ten luxury tents are situated in the beautiful riverine tree-line on the Khwai River, overlooking the famous Moremi Game Reserve. From these tented verandas one can watch the daily parade of animals coming down to drink at the river in front of camp. Other camp activities include morning and evening game drives, mokoro (canoe) trips, guided walking safaris, and visits to the local community.

Jack’s Camp

A relic of one of the world’s largest super-lakes, the Makgadikgadi dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the Earth’s crust. Jack’s Camp is located amongst the incredible expanse of the spectacle of the Makgadikgadi salt pans. Roomy and stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers (for those who wish to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin) have been built into a beautiful palm grove. This is an oasis of civilisation in one of the harshest, wildest environments on Earth. Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfortable of your private veranda.

A safari at Jack’s Camp is a complete desert experience. Herds of zebra, migratory flocks of flamingos and predators grace the area during the migratory wet season. Game viewing opportunities span from aardvark, to gemsbuck, to rare brown hyena, meerkats springbuck – species unique to the area. Guides team up with the local Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for guided safaris by car and on foot unlike any other offered on the continent. A trip out on a quad bike allows for exploration of remote archeological sites, including never-before documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. A truly unique experience in one of the most remote and wild places on Earth!

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

A stay the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge with it’s acclaimed contemporary safari style setting, allows guests the opportunity to conveniently experience the main event the “Falls” themselves; including in-depth guided tours of the Victoria Falls and it’s unique micro-rainforest. Many guests also choose to opt for a fifteen minute helicopter ride, known as ‘Flight of the Angels’ over this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lodge is also conveniently located for those guests who enjoy high-adrenaline adventures like white-water rafting and bungee jumping. Or for the more relaxed, leisurely canoe-safaris and elephant interactions or elegant sunset river-cruises. An evening on the Zambezi Explorer is often the highlight of our guest’s trip to the Falls, sipping on sundowners against the backdrop of the magnificent Zambezi River.

Adjacent to the main lodge is the famous Boma Restaurant. Here guests can enjoy a unique cultural experience, as the Boma specializes in traditional Zimbabwean dishes and offers a four-course dinner cooked on a wooden barbecue! Entertainment includes traditional dancers and singers and after dinner, guests are encouraged to display their musical talents and join the local drummers! Your stay at the VFSL would additionally include a tour of Ndau, a local artisanal jewellery and leather-working studio, as well as a historical David Livingstone talk.

Optional Add-On in South Africa:

Cape Royale Hotel

STOCK Cape TownEnjoy the rare combination of home from home comfort and a venue exotic enough for you to want to leave the world behind. The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence brings together the familiarity and sophistication of Europe and the vibrant spirit of Africa. Against the iconic outline of Table Mountain, and with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Royale provides an enclave of luxury and refinement in the heart of South Africa’s most beautiful metropolis.

Cape Royale Hotel 2With ample living and entertainment areas in all suites, a choice of three restaurants, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and boardrooms, a Spa and Wellness Centre and roof-deck pool and bar, the Cape Royale is set to become a landmark hotel in Cape Town. The Zenith Sky Bar and pool deck situated on the Hotel rooftop, offers wonderful food, refreshing drinks and panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean. Guests will additionally have the opportunity to go on a colourful Citi tour and lunch with the local Cape Malay people. Additionally, we organise a full day of guided wine tasting in boutique wineries in the surrounding vineyards, including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

La Residence

La ResidenceWithin the category of luxury Franschhoek hotels, La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level. Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breath-taking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Suites are elaborate and unique, with individualised colour schemes, luxurious furnishing and en suite bathrooms.
La Residence 2

For the foodies out there; although the list naturally varies year-to-year, up to eight of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants are based in Franschhoek! Explore boutique wineries or experience a private tasting with an expert, with or without food pairings. Franschhoek wine tasting equates to a huge variety of wine to be sampled and enjoyed – from pink bubbly to red dessert wine, pinotage to grappa. For those looking for a relaxing experience, the spa is a popular choice, not to mention cycling around the estate and cheese tasting opportunities. Golf, trout fishing, quad biking, hot air ballooning and horse-back riding are additional activities on offer.

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