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Cape Town, Chobe Safari & Victoria Falls

Ideal combination of big five safari in Chobe National Park, the majestic Victoria Falls and the diverse Cape with lots to see and do. With transfers between the locations, this makes for a relaxing holiday without the need for expensive internal small aircraft flights.

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Itinerary

Overview

Botswana's first ever national park, Chobe National Park, borders the Chobe river and is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. The Chobe Waterfront area to the North of the Park offers prodigious wildlife viewing opportunities and convenient access from Victoria Falls. During the June/October dry season a host of wildlife migrates towards the river and in addition to herds of elephants there are also buffalo,antelope, crocodiles and hippo's. On the floodplains beyond the river Lion, leopard and spotted hyena can be frequently seen and red lechwe, puku a rare breed of antelope seen only in this region) roam freely.

We tend to recommend Chobe in combination with Victoria Falls for a better value safari experience saving on the need for internal small aircraft flights. Whilst safari vehicle traffic can be heavy it is still a fantastic wildlife destination with several very high quality camps to choose from. The area also benefits from both land and water based safari activities.

After your safari, it is a short transfer to the Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world. We usually recommend a stay of 2-3 nights either at the beginning or end of a safari. The Falls are the main attraction here, but the area makes for a relaxing destination with a range of activities, from visiting the Falls themselves, walking out on the narrow footbridge, swimming in Devil's Pool at the head of the Falls, sunset cruises to safari-lite activities and a range of adrenaline activities.

Below the falls, the Zambezi Gorge is a world famous rafting spot, but above the Zambezi is broad and languid and a relaxing base where the wildlife if not profuse is definitely present lending an idyllic iconic atmosphere. We like to recommend staying in a relaxed lodge or camp on the banks of the river upstream from the Falls, with Waterberry Lodge being one of our favourite spots. Activities are included with the lodge vehicle taking you to the falls and supplying the cool drinks, picking out a good sundowner or picnic spot or visiting local villages.

Cape Town has much to see and do, even in the low season there are whales to be enjoyed from the shore in Hermanus. This trip includes two main attractions, Cape Point and the Cape Winelands but these can be easily change for tours to suit, from hike up Table Mountain to kayaking with the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: Cape Town
DAY 2: Cape Town
DAY 3: Cape Town
DAY 4: Cape Town
DAY 5: Travel to Chobe National Park
DAY 6: Chobe National Park
DAY 7: Chobe National Park
DAY 8: Victoria Falls
DAY 9: Victoria Falls
DAY 10: Victoria Falls
DAY 11: Depart

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN
We recommend taking it easy, heading down to the V&A Waterfront to soak up the atmosphere. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the historic heart of Cape Town, buzzing with cafes, restaurants, street performances and stunning views of the working harbour and Table Mountain. Alternatively we can arrange a bicycle tour to stretch your legs after the long journey. Or if the weather is clear, head up Table Mountain.
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Meals Included: Dinner
Transport: Private road transfer from Cape Town Airport

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN
Full day private guided Cape Point tour.
Depart after breakfast taking the coastal route to the trendy Camps Bay area before reaching the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive through Hout Bay, Simon Town and Kalk Bay. Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Cape of Good Hope. Some options depending on the time available and your interests would be wine tasting in the Constantia Valley, visit of quaint Kalk Bay Town, short walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: n/a

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN
Full day private guided Cape Winelands tour.
Today will be spent visiting vineyards and artisanal producers in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl with your local guide. You will get to taste some fine wines and delicious food in incredibly beautiful surroundings. Your guide knows the vineyards inside out and tailor-makes your day out based on your interests on particular wines and foods. There are many things to enjoy in the winelands from the oak lined streets of university town of Stellenbosch, the artisanal village of Franschhoek with chocolate, olive and bread making and the various wine estates with wine tastings and vineyards to explore.
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: n/a

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN
Day at leisure to explore the city of Cape Town, head out to Robben Island or from June to October the shore based whale watching in Hermanus which is 2 hours away by road. There are a number of activities for all ages and preferences, do ask for details.
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: n/a

DAY 5: TRAVEL TO CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Transport: Private road transfer to Cape Town Airport.
Private road/boat transfer 2 hours to Chobe National Park

DAY 6: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Chobe National Park is one of Africa's greatest game parks. It is the third largest park in Botswana and covers an area of 10,698 square kilometres. Chobe National Park is home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo and Burchell's zebra and high densities of predators such as lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. The park is also notable for the presence of more unusual antelope species like roan and sable, puku, tsessebe, eland, red lechwe, waterbuck, and the rare Chobe bushbuck. Other more popular species such as giraffe, kudu, warthog, wildebeest and impala also abound. The Chobe Riverfront is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is impressive to behold. West of Kasane, wedged between the Chobe National Park and the Namibian border lies the Chobe Forest Reserve. Muchenje Safari Lodge is located in this area. The Kasane and Chobe Forest Reserves are not governed by National Park Rules and are able to offer night drives and game walks. Both Forest Reserves are adjacent to the National Park, one on the north-west and one on the north-east side. Animals are free to roam between both reserves and the Chobe National park. The Chobe Forest Reserve to the west generally hosts fewer vehicles than the busier eastern section near Kasane. Just a reminder generally children over the age of 16 years are allowed on game walks and the lodges will reserve the right to access children on arrival for suitability of game drives for safety reasons.
Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled, guided AM & PM safari activities
Transport: n/a

DAY 7: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
On safari, either morning or afternoon game viewing or full day out with picnic lunch.
Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled, guided AM & PM safari activities
Transport: n/a

DAY 8: VICTORIA FALLS
Morning game activity breakfast and depart for Livingstone
Accommodation: Waterberry Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled activities
Transport: Private road / boat transfer - 2 hours

DAY 9: VICTORIA FALLS
The exact plan of your stay at Waterberry will be discussed on arrival to maximise your time and perhaps fit in additional activities you may want to include. Today is generally an early visit to the falls and exploring town. Return to the lodge for lunch, perhaps a village visit and afternoon cruise on the river.
Accommodation: Waterberry Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled activities
Transport: n/a

DAY 10: VICTORIA FALLS
At leisure
Accommodation: Waterberry Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled activities
Transport: n/a

DAY 11: DEPART
If time permits, morning activity and breakfast at the lodge.
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private road transfer to Livingstone Airport

Accommodation


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Chobe Elephant Camp

Chobe Waterfront

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- ‘Eco Style’ camp
- Authentic style
- Excellent wildlife

Waterberry Lodge

Victoria Falls

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

-Located on the Zambezi River
-Intimate lodge
-Good range of activities on offer

Welgelegen Guest House

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Stylish boutique hotel
- Unpretentious
- Plunge Pool
- Neighbourhood Location

Details

Getting there

Chobe National Park is best accessed via Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Kasane or Maun which via Johannesburg. Kenya Airways and some Middle Eastern carriers are expanding with flights into Livingstone. There are also connections from neighbouring Namibian and from Lusaka the capital of Zambian. This option works very well with Cape Town as there are regular flights to Johannesburg to meet the Livingstone flights.

When is best?

This itinerary is possible year round, peak times are from about May until the end of October, which is the best time for game viewing and viewing the Falls with medium - high water levels.

Is it for me?

This option is an excellent choice for couples and families. The safari lodges takes children from the age of 7 years on game drives. There are family rooms available and children under the age of 12 years do need to share with an adult.
Depending on occupancies, Chobe Elephant Camp may require you to take a private vehicle. All safari lodges reserve to the right assess children's behaviour on arrival to ensure their safety on activities. There is no child care or children's activities available and they are your responsibility at all times.

Safety

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