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BotswanaThe Indaba road trip: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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This two-week self-drive and guided tour is the ideal adventure if this is your first visit to Southern Africa. After relaxing for a day at the beautiful Summerfields along the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, you are transferred along arguably South Africa's most beautiful road to your safari destination. The Panorama Route is filled with waterfalls, epic scenery and many other poi...

This two-week self-drive and guided tour is the ideal adventure if this is your first visit to Southern Africa. After relaxing for a day at the beautiful Summerfields along the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, you are transferred along arguably South Africa's most beautiful road to your safari destination. The Panorama Route is filled with waterfalls, epic scenery and many other points of interest. The Kruger National Park is the best game viewing destination in South Africa and you are almost guaranteed to see the big five as well as many other animal and bird species during your three-day safari. Hereafter a short flight will bring you to Livingstone in Zambia where the breath-taking Victoria Falls is located close to your hotel along the banks of the Zambezi river. During your stay here you will be transferred to Botswana for a full day land and water-based safari in the Chobe. This tour ends with five days in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
  • Safari
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Seaside

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This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival at Oliver Tambo International Airport

After arriving at Oliver Tambo International Airport, a short one-hour flight will bring you to Nelspruit situated in Mpumalanga province meaning “THE PLACE WHERE THE SUN RISES!". Formally known as Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa. Our representative will collect you at the airport for your 45-minute transfer to Summerfield’s Rose Retreat. Summerfield’s is the ultimate destination for relaxation and tranquillity set on a pristine working farm beside the Sabie River. The spa is surrounded by bush-clad mountains on the banks of the Sabie River which affords glimpses of crocodiles and hippos. The birdlife is prolific with over 100 species already identified on the estate.

The accommodation comprises 12 luxury tented suites, surrounded by the music of nature's sounds of cascading water, amplified by a choir of bird calls and the occasional snort of a hippo. The spa is located by the river, just a short walk from the tented suites and The River Café where lunches are enjoyed. After settling into your room the rest of the afternoon is to relax and maybe have a quick nap after your long flight. In the late afternoon, it is time for a sundowner drink on the patio of your tent before making your way to dinner at the Summerfield Kitchen. Dining at Summerfields is a gastronomic experience. The owners pride themselves on their attention to detail, from the carefully prepared menus to the table settings. All vegetables are taken fresh from their own organic nursery where everything is grown as close to its natural and original form as possible.

, Nelspruit, Hazyview
Night at Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa (Hazyview)

Day 2: Leisure day at Rose spa

This morning after a lazy late breakfast next to the river you have the option to spend time at the unique Rose spa and experience a total escape from your daily life routines. There are many treatments on offer and a full body massage amongst the tranquil river sounds is highly recommended after your long international flight. Lunch is served at the fully licensed River Café where there is also a lounge and library area with beautiful views over the Sabie River. Summerfields farm comprises 100 acres of rolling hills running down to the river, with orchards of macadamia and litchi trees and granadilla plantations. Should you want to be a bit more active, a tour of the farm and the rose tunnels can be arranged. Dinner will again be served at Summerfield Kitchen.

Night at Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa (Hazyview)

Day 3: Game driving

This morning after breakfast you are transferred to the Kruger National Park via Mpumalanga's Panorama Route which offers a wealth of attractions making it one of the most spectacular routes in the province and indeed, the entire country. Well known for attracting scores of breakfast-run bikers and meandering through pine forests, sweeping grasslands, sub-tropical bush and beautiful mountain ranges, the Panorama Route along the Mpumalanga escarpment is both pleasurable and picturesque to drive along.

In the early afternoon, just in time for your first game drive, you will arrive at your safari destination. Situated in South Africa's northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species, including the Big Five of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. Approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species can also be seen here in their natural environment.

Set among tall, shady trees, with a seasonal river below, Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents. Dark wood and leather finishes add a nostalgic air, while oil lanterns illuminating the walkways at night create a wonderfully romantic ambience. Each luxury tent features en-suite bathrooms and aircon, as well as heated blankets for cooler weather comfort. After settling into your luxury tent there will be time for a quick cup of coffee or tea before going on your first game drive. We will return to camp just before sunset and after refreshing, drinks will be followed by dinner under a starry African night sky.

Kruger National ParkMpumalanga, LimpopoKapama
Night at Kapama Buffalo Camp (Kapama)

Days 4 to 6: Game Viewing

For the next two days it will be an early rise for your game drives followed by a late breakfast on each return from the bush. The best game viewing in the African bush is at sunrise and sunset when the animals are active. Across all of Kapama's lodges, two daily game drives are offered and accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Another popular activity is to feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger. This experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants are identified en route. Bush walks are included in your stay.

The elephant interaction offered by Kapama is a unique opportunity for guests to get extremely close to the world's largest land mammals. As an additional add-on to the luxury safari experience guests can expect at Kapama, this activity offers visitors the chance to learn about African elephants, both wild and habituated, as they interact and feed these gentle giants. To see rare wildlife up close you will be transferred on day 3 to the nearby Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species. Here cheetah, wild dog, serval, caracal and various other species are rehabilitated and can be safely viewed from close range. Rare king cheetah can also be seen here.

This African camp atmosphere at Buffalo is perpetuated at mealtimes with serve-yourself choices presented in heavy African cooking pots over a gentle flame. Hot and cold breakfast and lunch options are spread out across the servery, while dinner is prepared in the kitchen or cooked on the grill and served around an open fire in the circular traditional outdoor Boma.

Night at Kapama Buffalo Camp (Kapama)

Day 7: Head to Zambia

This morning it is an early transfer to Nelspruit for your flight to Livingstone in Zambia via Johannesburg. You will be collected by an ESA representative at the Livingstone airport for your transfer to the Royal Livingstone Hotel. On 16 November 1855, David Livingstone first laid eyes on the waterfall that would define his life story, and that of an entire country. Visible from over 30km away, the Kololo people with whom he had travelled downriver called it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the smoke that thunders. As the first European to witness this magnificent site, he decided to name it Victoria Falls in honour of his queen.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is a luxurious 5 star plus hotel situated on the Zambian side of the falls. The hotel stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River, just a short walk to the entrance of Victoria Falls. It is named in honour of David Livingstone and its interior design reflects the elegance of days gone by, using an African architectural style. After settling into your room a short walk will bring you to the water’s edge of the river for an afternoon cruise on the river. The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is almost a compulsory outing when in Victoria Falls and suitable for the whole family. It is an ideal way to end your day, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks. Dinner will be served under a starry night with great views over the river.

Nelspruit, Zambia, Livingstone, Victoria Falls
Night at Royal Livingstone Hotel (Livingstone)

Day 8: Stunning view on Victoria Falls

This morning after breakfast you will be collected in the reception of your hotel to be transferred to Zimbabwe for a guided walking tour of the breath-taking Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. The falls are more majestic on the Zimbabwean side; therefore you will cross the border from Zambia where a network of paths allows you to thoroughly see the falls from every angle. Hereafter you will enjoy lunch at the Lookout Café. The café is perched 120m above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, overhanging a giant chasm of the Batoka Gorge and just down from the iconic Victoria Falls bridge which forms part of its spectacular backdrop. The semi open‐air café undoubtedly offers the best views in Victoria Falls. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the town and its many activities. For the adrenaline junkies there is the wildest one-day white water rafting trip in the world, the 111-meter-high bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking as well as heart stopping gorge swings, zip wires and many more. For the more sedate there are river cruises, elephant interactions, rich local arts, crafts and cultural experiences, fishing, golf, and game and safari adventures. In the late afternoon you will be transferred back to the Royal Livingstone where dinner is booked at one of the dining venues available at the hotel.

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Night at Royal Livingstone Hotel (Livingstone)

Day 9: Head to Botswana

After an early breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Botswana after crossing 2 international borders. Chobe National Park is known for the large herds of elephants and buffalo. They tend to make their way to the river for a drink and onto the islands in the river to feast off the sweet grass. River boat safaris on the Chobe river offer a unique up-close and personal game viewing and bird watching opportunity. A specially adapted boat will take you through the unique islands and channels that provide such a haven for bird and wildlife. Your professional boat captain will impart their knowledge of this amazing environment and the people that inhabit its shores. This full day trip to the Chobe starts with a morning on the river and then a game drive on land in the Chobe National Park in the afternoon. This evening we will arrange a private dining setting on the banks of the Zambezi river.

Botswana, Chobe
Night in the boat Zambezi Queen (Chobe National Park)

Day 10: Return to Cape Town

This morning fly via Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain where slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top. Mother Nature surpassed herself when crafting the Mother City. Whether jogging along Sea Point promenade, climbing up Lion’s Head in the dawn light, clambering over giant boulders at Sandy Bay or driving the amazing coastal roads down to Cape Point, it never fails to soar your spirits with her breathtakingly beautiful vistas. Our representative will meet you at Cape Town’s International airport for your 20-minute transfer to the Cape Cadogan, an elegant hotel nestled in Gardens, a vibey and popular area of Cape Town using an African architectural style. After settling into your room the rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure. You can explore the vibrant city of Cape Town including nearby attractions like Long Street and the Company Gardens. Another option is to make your way to the Mount Nelson and enjoy their high tea for which they are famous for in Cape Town. Tonight we have booked dinner at one of our favourite restaurants Black Sheep which is within walking distance from your hotel.

Chobe, Cape Town
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 11: Visit one of the great Botanical Garden of the world

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is a state-of-the-art cable car transportation system offering visitors a five-minute scenic ride to the top of Table Mountain or alternatively you can hike to the top. The number of different views from Table Mountain are outstanding. After Table Mountain you make your way to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden which is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Lunch will be at the Tea Garden located in the gardens. Time permitting the Company's Garden in Cape Town is a great place in the late afternoon to spend an hour or two unwinding and exploring the natural, historical and architectural attractions. Located right at the heart of the Mother City, the garden is easily accessible and contains lots to see and do. This evening we will make a reservation for dinner at one of the many trendy restaurants in Kloof Street close to your hotel.

Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 12: Journey to the Table Mountain National Park

At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park. Your journey to this declared Natural World Heritage site will take you over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive past the white beach of Noordhoek. Cape Point is a nature enthusiastic paradise. You will leave early not to miss out on any of the popular areas. You will have a quick coffee stop at The Noordhoek Farm Village just after Chapman’s Peak where you will find artisan breads and confectionary freshly baked daily at the Foodbarn Deli as well as an array of shops selling local craft. Hereafter you take the road to Cape Point following the magnificent coastline past Kommetjie, Soetwater, Witsand, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough and then inland for a few kilometres. The views at Cape Point are amazing, and during the winter months, you may also see Southern Right whales on the open sea. Hereafter you will visit a colony of endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach in Simons Town. The penguins provide endless photo opportunities from Foxy Beach, where newly constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few meters of the birds. On your way back have lunch in the fishing village of Kalk Bay, packed with antique stores, coffee shops, galleries, second hand bookstores and restaurants. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of our favourite restaurants at the harbour. Hereafter have a quick stop at Muizenberg Beach which with its colourful Victorian bathing boxes adding bold hues to the dramatic landscape that has been etched into the minds of beach-going South Africans for decades.

Cape TownCape Point , Boulders Beach
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 13: Winery discovery of South Africa

This morning you will be collected at 9h00 by our in-house sommelier Lara for your wine tour. It’s only a short scenic drive from Cape Town but the Cape Winelands  feel like a different world. There are rolling vineyards, towering mountains and historic wine estates. Cape wine enjoys an international reputation and the winelands are home to most of South Africa’s premier wine estates. First visit Oom Samie se Winkel in the town of Stellenbosch which is the second oldest European settlement in the province after Cape Town. Oom Samie se Winkel has been a Stellenbosch institution since 1904 and is now a national monument, offering all sorts of bric a brac and delightful foods and products. Hereafter our drive takes us over the scenic Helshoogte pass to the beautiful Franschoek Valley. On your way stop for lunch at Delaire Graff nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch. Here striking Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling, with original artworks from Laurence Graff’s personal collection on display through- out, representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists. Lunch will be booked at one of the award-winning restaurants in Franshoek. This afternoon on your way back to Cape Town we stop at Babylonstoren for a drink and stroll through the beautiful gardens. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant.

Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Cape Dutch
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 14: Leisure day

Your last day in Cape Town will be at your own leisure. There are so many options of things to do and the day will for sure be too short to do everything that is possible. We have a blog post of the most popular things to do in Cape Town and we will help you plan the day. Cape Town has many great beaches, from the popular Clifton and Camps Bay beaches to the long stretches of Noordhoek and Muizenberg. Another option is to do some last-minute shopping at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views it offers exciting shopping and entertainment options. Visitors to the Two Oceans Aquarium will enjoy a fascinating underwater world. The Maritime Museum focuses on the history of shipping from prehistoric times to the present day. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast are also popular and helicopter flips provide a broader perspective of the Cape Peninsula. This evening we have booked dinner at FYN, one of the best restaurants in South Africa.

Cape Town
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 15: End of Trip

After breakfast we will do a last drive up Signal Hill to have a last view over the beautiful city before leaving for the airport and your flight homebound.

Cape Town

NelspruitHazyviewKruger National ParkMpumalangaLimpopoKapamaZambiaLivingstoneVictoria FallsZimbabweBotswanaChobeCape TownTable MountainKirstenboschCape TownCape Point Boulders BeachCape WinelandsCape Dutch

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This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

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