Zimbabwe & Botswana

At a Glance

This safari delves deep into the Okavango Delta, providing a first-class view of some of the rarest wildlife species on the planet. Game drives, picnics and sampling the fine dining are an absolute must! Progressing to the Elephant Camp in the Victoria Falls region, guests have perfect access to up-close viewing of the UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as activities such as helicopter rides, meeting Sylvester the Cheetah ambassador, mokoro rides, white water rafting and encounters with white rhino.

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:

14 days (13 nights)

Destinations

  • 3 nights in Stanley's Camp
  • 3 nights in Chief's Camp
  • 3 nights in Elephant Camp
  • 3 nights in the Cape Royale Hotel
  • 1 night in La Residence

 Special Features

Stanley’s Camp

Set among ebony and sausage trees, Stanley’s Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighbouring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain. From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains!

Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee before indulging in a full English and continental breakfast before departing for your morning game viewing activity which could be a game drive, walking safari, mokoro excursion. If you decide to experience our unique elephant interaction activity you will enjoy a secluded bush brunch in the company of these three gentle giants, Jabu, Morula and Thembi – how many people can say they’ve had lunch with elephants in the bush? Afternoon tea is served just before your next game viewing activity and includes a delicious selection of warm scones, quiche’s, biscuits and refreshing drinks. During your afternoon game viewing activity you might stop for sundowner drinks and snacks before heading back to camp for pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky.

 Chief’s Camp

Newly renovated as of early 2016, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Named after Chief Moremi, this luxurious camp is ideal for an exciting African safari due to the vast numbers of animals that congregate all year round. Chief’s Island is one of the many islands created by the seasonal flood waters of the Okavango Delta and is well-known for the finest game viewing in Southern Africa, fondly nicknamed the ‘predator capital’ of Africa. With the finest cuisine and wines, the camp is also consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure. Executive Chef Harry Feiersinger, whose culinary education started at the hotel school Absam Hall in Austria, has a true passion for food and will be delighted to cater for your every need. Dinner might include a choice of starters such as cream of butternut soup with mixed crushed nuts or deep fried camembert with spiced strawberry dressing followed by a choice of mains such as grilled impala with port and chocolate sauce on roast sweet potato or pan fried kingklip with shrimp sauce on braised rice.

Consisting of a number of ‘bush pavilions’, accommodation at Chief’s Camp features private dining areas, plunge pools, verandas, outdoor private showers, bath tubs and stunning views over the Okavango Delta. Afternoon game drives are normally rounded off with sundowner drinks overlooking the water, not to mention a lantern-lit private dining on your pavilion veranda or by the pool upon request.

 Elephant Camp

Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, the Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the towering spray over the Victoria Falls. The choice of included activities is abdundant, given the camp’s close proximity to the local Victoria Falls town. These range from meeting Sylvester the local cheetah ambassador, to birding and nature walks with guides on the concession, sundowner drinks at the Batoka Gorge, village tours, lunch at the Lookout Café over the Falls, and a visit to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. Additional options (not included) span guided tours of the Falls, a Zambezi River sunset cruise and rafting, a day trip into the Chobe, a zipline canopy tour, scenic helicopter tours and luxurious spa treatments in the privacy of your suite.

All suites are gorge facing and have a private viewing deck, plunge pool and private lounge area. Each luxury tented suite has a different view – but when the Zambezi is rising to its peak during the rains, the “smoke” that offers picturesque sunsets is not from fires, but from the thundering waterfall.

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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