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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. Relax for a day at the beautiful Summerfields along the banks of the Sabie River. Enjoy the drive along South Africa's most beautiful road, the Panorama Route, filled with thundering waterfalls and epic scenery. Next up, the Kruger National Park is the best game viewing destination in So...

This two-week self-drive and guided tour is the ideal adventure if this is your first visit to Southern Africa. Relax for a day at the beautiful Summerfields along the banks of the Sabie River. Enjoy the drive along South Africa's most beautiful road, the Panorama Route, filled with thundering waterfalls and epic scenery. Next up, the Kruger National Park is the best game viewing destination in South Africa. You are almost guaranteed to see the 'Big Five' during your three-day safari. Continue to Livingstone in Zambia, home of the breath-taking Victoria Falls. Visit Botswana for a full day land and water-based safari in the Chobe. Along the way you will stay in lush accommodations, dine in exquisite restaurants and enjoy 5 star service without sacrificing the raw feeling of adventure. Finish with five days in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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    City
  • Safari
    Safari
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Seaside
    Seaside

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Day 1: Welcome to South Africa! 

Fly from Oliver Tambo International Airport to Nelspruit, one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in South Africa

• Upon arrival, our representative will collect you at the airport

• Transfer to Summerfield’s Rose Retreat, the ultimate destination for relaxation and tranquillity set on a pristine working farm beside the Sabie River

• Enjoy you luxury tented suite, surrounded by the music of nature's sounds of cascading water, bird calls and the occasional snort of a hippo

• In the late afternoon, grab a sundowner drink on the patio of your tent

Dining at Summerfields is a gastronomic experience. All vegetables are taken fresh from their own organic nursery

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

Day 2: Leisure day at Rose Spa

Spend your morning at the unique Rose Spa and experience a total escape from your daily life routines

• Chose from among the many available treatment options

Lunch is served at the River Café

• Should you want to be a bit more active, a tour of the farmand the rose tunnels can be arranged

• Dinner will be served at Summerfield Kitchen

Visited:
Hazyview
Accommodation
Night at Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa (Hazyview)

Day 3: Game drive

Transfer to Kruger National Park via Mpumalanga's Panorama Route, one of the most spectacular routes in the country

• Meander through pine forests, sweeping grasslands, sub-tropical bush and beautiful mountain ranges

Arrive at Kapama Private Game Reserve, home to over 40 different mammal species, including the 'Big Five' and over 350 bird species

• Set among tall, shady trees, with a seasonal river below, Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents

• After settling in, go off on your first game drive

• Drinks will be followed by dinner under a starry African night sky

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

Days 4 to 6: Game viewing

• For the next two daysit will be an early rise for your game drives followed by a late breakfast on each return from the bush

Two daily game drives are offered and accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker

• Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger

• Get extremely close to the world's largest land mammals during an elephant interaction (optional)

• Transfer (on day 3) to Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species. Here cheetah, wild dog, serval, caracal and various other species are rehabilitated and can be safely viewed from close range

African camp atmosphere at Buffalo is perpetuated at mealtimes with serve-yourself choices presented in heavy African cooking pots over a gentle flame

Dinner is served around an open fire

Visited:
Kapama
Accommodation
Night at Kapama Buffalo Camp (Kapama)

Day 7: Zambia & Victoria Falls

• 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 luxurious 5 star Royal Livingstone Hotel

• Prepare to discover ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the smoke that thunders or Victoria Falls

• A short walk will bring you to the water’s edge of the river for an afternoon cruise on the river

• Relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks

Dinner will be served under a starry night sky with great views over the river

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

Day 8: Stunning view on Victoria Falls

• You will be collected in the reception of your hotel and transfer to Zimbabwe

• Embark on a guided walking tour of the breath-taking Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world

• Enjoy lunch at the Lookout Café, perched 120m above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River

• For the rest of the day you are free to explore the town and its many activities

• Adrenaline junkies should seek out the crazy one-day white water rafting trip, the 111-meter-high bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking, heart stopping gorge swings and zip wires!

• 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, transfer back to the Royal Livingstone where dinner is booked at one of the dining venues available at the hotel

Visited:
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Accommodation
Night at Royal Livingstone Hotel (Livingstone)

Day 9: Head to Botswana

Transfer to Botswana after crossing 2 international borders

• Discover Chobe National Park, known for large herds of elephants and buffalo

• Embark on a river boat safari on the Chobe river• This full day trip to the Chobe starts with a morning on the river and then a game drive on land

• This evening, we will arrange a private dining setting on the banks of the Zambezi river

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

Day 10: Return to Cape Town

Fly via Johannesburg to Cape Town, a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast

• Our representative will meet you at Cape Town airport for your 20-minute transfer to the Cape Cadogan, an elegant hotel nestled in Gardens

• After settling into your room the rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure

• Explore Long Street and the Company Gardens

• Or, make your way to the Mount Nelson for high tea

 Tonight we have booked dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Black Sheep

Visited:
Chobe, Cape Town
Accommodation
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 11: One of the great Botanical Gardens of the world

Ride theTable Mountain Aerial Cableway, a five-minute scenic ride to the top of Table Mountain or alternatively you can hike to the top

• Make your way to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, one of the great botanic gardens of the world

Lunch will be at the Tea Garden located in the gardens

• This evening, we will make a reservation for dinner at a trendy restaurant on Kloof Street

Accommodation
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 12: Table Mountain National Park

Head to Cape Point, a Natural World Heritage site

• Cross Chapman’s Peak past the white beach of Noordhoek

Quick coffee stop at the Noordhoek Farm Village

• Continue along the magnificent coastline past Kommetjie, Soetwater, Witsand, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough

• Visit a colony of endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach

Lunch in the fishing village of Kalk Bay, packed with antique stores, coffee shops, galleries, second hand bookstores and restaurants

• Stop at Muizenberg Beach for a look at the colorful Victorian bathing boxes

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

Day 13: Winery discovery of South Africa

• You will be collected by our in-house sommelier, Lara, for your wine tour in the Winelands

• Drive among rolling vineyards, towering mountains and historic wine estates

• Visit Oom Samie se Winkel, offering all sorts of bric a brac and delightful foods and products

• Continue over the scenic Helshoogte pass to the beautiful Franschoek Valley

Stop for lunch at Delaire Graff, at one of the award-winning restaurants in Franshoek

• On your way back to Cape Town we stop at Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch farm for a drink and stroll through the beautiful gardens

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

Day 14: A day of leisure

• Your last day in Cape Town will be at your own leisure

Visit any of the great nearby beaches, from the popular Clifton and Camps Bay beaches to the long stretches of Noordhoek and Muizenberg

• Do some last-minute shopping at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, South Africa's most visited destination

• Visitors to the Two Oceans Aquarium will enjoy a fascinating underwater world

Boat trips around the harbor are also popular while helicopter flights provide a broader perspective of the Cape Peninsula

• This evening, we have booked dinner at FYN, one of the best restaurants in South Africa

Visited:
Cape Town
Accommodation
Night at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 15: Departure

Drive up Signal Hill for a view over the beautiful city

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

Safe travels!

Visited:
Cape Town

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

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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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