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Botswana and South Africa Wanderlust

PRIVATE TOUR - 15 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 12640

Private Tour Highlights

  • Begin by enjoying an inland safari
  • Explore over 16,000 square kilometers of land in Okavango
  • Observe some of the most dense populations of wildlife in the world
  • See Africa’s third longest river in the Okavango Delta
  • Stalk herds of wild game along the shoreline
  • See the Moremi Game Reserve, a dry contrast to Okavango
  • Check out the high volume of predators present in the Moremi
  • Get immersed in Cape Town’s cultural history
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Tour Overview

On this combined tour of Botswana and South Africa you will begin by enjoying a safari by land and boat through the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. Leaving Botswana, transfer to Cape Town where you will explore the city and its majestic surroundings before embarking on a guided road trip along the captivating Garden Route. While on the road you will have the chance to explore the many beaches, national parks and attractions at your own pace.

The 16,000 square kilometers of wetlands that is the Okavango Delta is the final destination of Africa’s third longest river. It is here that you can stalk herds of elephants, hippos, or buffalo along the shoreline as you drift silently through the reeds upon your guided mokoro (indigenous canoe). A motorboat cruises, nature walks, and game drives are also available, where, each morning, you can track Africa’s most famed animals during their hunt for prey. In this colorful setting thriving within the reaches of the Kalahari Desert, you will experience a part of Africa like no other.

The Moremi Game reserve encompasses the eastern expanses of the Okavango Delta, and therefore provides a stark contrast within its boundaries of dry land that divides and separates its many vast wetlands. The only protected region of the Delta, Moremi is home to some of the most dense wildlife populations in the country, but most notably known for the abundance of large predators, in which you will have the chance to track from water and land based game drives.

Following Victoria Falls, you will fly to Cape Town. Your days here will be spent exploring the culture and history of the city and its surroundings. You will also engage in a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, which involves stunning views, long golden beaches, the jackass penguin colony, and the Cape of Good Hope – Africa’s most southwestern point. Your final day will be spent in the winelands, north of Cape Town, touring the many vineyards and wineries that are making South African wines some of the most popular in the world.

 

The Garden Route is recognized for its seemingly never-ending stretch of forests, coastline, beaches, marine life & game reserves as well as the picturesque towns and villages along the way. Beginning in Swellendam, you will then transfer to Plettenberg Bay, where, aside from its dramatic rocky peninsula and sweeping golden beaches, you will experience some of the best dolphin watching in the world, not to mention other activities from surfing and kayaking, to horseback riding. The route will end at Port Elizabeth, where you will join a safari in the Addo Elephant Park.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way local airfare from Johannesburg to Maun, Maun to Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, Five days with driver guide on Garden Route, All accommodations, All meals and beverages (South Africa meals where specified), Activities where specified, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* For Botswana air transfers luggage is restricted to 20 kg in soft bags only, including hand luggage.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$11905 £$12640 £$14290 N/A
Single £$20750 £$22173 £$24718 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Botswana

Overnight flight to Botswana - Maun, MUP

Overnight flight to Botswana - Maun, MUP

Day
2

Maun- Okavango Delta

Arrive in Maun. Thereafter, reception and transfer by air to Stanley's Camp within the Okavango Delta. Once arriving, take some time to relax and take in the surroundings before taking part in an afternoon activity of choice before returning to camp for the evening. Because mammals are the most active during the cool temperatures of the mornings and evenings, the game drives will follow this format as well. Other activities to choose from include mokoro tours (indigenous canoes) and motorboat cruises through the waterways.

Arrive in Maun. Thereafter, reception and transfer by air to Stanley's Camp within the Okavango Delta. Once arriving, take some time to relax and take in the surroundings before taking part in an afternoon activity of choice before returning to camp for the evening. Because mammals are the most active during the cool temperatures of the mornings and evenings, the game drives will follow this format as well. Other activities to choose from include mokoro tours (indigenous canoes) and motorboat cruises through the waterways.

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Stanley's Camp

Again, today there will be a chance to engage in any of the camp’s activities. This is a great opportunity to explore new parts of the Delta or to track animals that have yet to be seen. Return to camp for a night of relaxing and enjoying dinner and the surroundings in the heart of the Botswanan bush.

Again, today there will be a chance to engage in any of the camp’s activities. This is a great opportunity to explore new parts of the Delta or to track animals that have yet to be seen. Return to camp for a night of relaxing and enjoying dinner and the surroundings in the heart of the Botswanan bush.

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Stanley's Camp

Transfer to Chief's Camp via light aircraft. As the only part of the Okavango Delta that has been set aside for the preservation of wildlife, The Moremi Game Reserve is most well known for its frequent sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah, but most notably for its abundance of wild dogs, whose population is quickly dwindling in most other regions of Africa. Spend the remaining afternoon either relaxing or taking part in a game drive before returning to for the evening.

Transfer to Chief's Camp via light aircraft. As the only part of the Okavango Delta that has been set aside for the preservation of wildlife, The Moremi Game Reserve is most well known for its frequent sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah, but most notably for its abundance of wild dogs, whose population is quickly dwindling in most other regions of Africa. Spend the remaining afternoon either relaxing or taking part in a game drive before returning to for the evening.

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5

Xakanaxa Lagoon

Awake early to partake in a morning game drive through the Reserve or explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and the surrounding channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat, which provides fantastic birding experiences. Return to camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxing by the pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

Awake early to partake in a morning game drive through the Reserve or explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and the surrounding channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat, which provides fantastic birding experiences. Return to camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxing by the pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

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Morning Activity and Afternoon Game Drive

Again, awake early to take part in a morning activity, with lunch and relaxation at camp, before embarking on another afternoon game drive.

Again, awake early to take part in a morning activity, with lunch and relaxation at camp, before embarking on another afternoon game drive.

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7

Cape Town

Awake early for an air transfer to Maun, to connect with a flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Awake early for an air transfer to Maun, to connect with a flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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8

Cape Town City Tour

Today will start with a private city tour. Keep an eye and ear open for seldom seen sights and seldom heard stories about the city’s former inhabitants; previous visitors; beautiful architectural heritage; social, cultural, religious and political history.
Afterwards, make way to the Cable Car Station for a memorable trip to the top of Table Mountain, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. The views of the city, coastline and Cape Peninsula are in a word: breathtaking. Then return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
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9

Cape Peninsula

After breakfast embark on a full day, private tour of the Cape Peninsula that showcases some of Cape Town’s best scenery and attractions. Stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these beautiful gardens are home to over 6000 species of plants. Then travel on to visit the Jackass Penguin Colony at Boulders Bay and perhaps have a swim on the beach next door. After a stop for lunch overlooking False Bay, move on to Cape Point, which is the south westernmost point of Africa and one of the most dangerous points to sail around in the world. On the way back can look for wildlife while traveling through Cape Point National Park, before going round Chapman’s Peak Drive and back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. ...read less

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10

Winelands

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Heading north to Paarl, the first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting. Then the tour makes its way to Franschhoek, with a photo stop en route, at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account), and maybe a chance to try some of the fresh trout that Franschhoek is known for. After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Time permitting; there will be a third wine tasting. Return to Cape Town with amazing photos and fond memories. ...read less

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11

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

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Private overland from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

After arriving in Oudtshoorn, embark on a tour of the Cango Caves. The Cango Caves are located at the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The principal cave is one of the country's finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves. Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over four kilometres, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors, who may proceed into the cave only in groups supervised by a guide.

After the tour concludes, enjoy a meal at the Cango Cave Restaurant. Recently accredited by the Klein Karoo International as a 'Blue Ostrich Restaurant' - and commanding dramatic views of the breathtaking Cango Valley - the Cango Caves Restaurant offers quality service and excellent, freshly-prepared meals which highlight the distinctive flavours of the Little Karoo.
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Private overland from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay

Tour this working farm with its large flocks of ostriches. Professional, multi-lingual guides will explain the different facets of ostrich farming – and tell stories of the Victorian-era Ostrich Boom, when ostrich feathers were one of South Africa's most important export products. Get close to the birds, too – maybe even try sitting on one. The tours end with our famous ostrich races, with the birds ridden by local jockeys.

The restaurant serves set menu (table d'hote) meals - which include superior quality ostrich filet – the Coffee Shop serves light meals, and the gift shop specialises in ostrich leather and ostrich feather products.
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13

Elephant Sanctuary

The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience, elephant back riding and overnight accommodation. They offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. The dedicated staff are committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result they have relaxed elephants that enjoy interacting with guests.

Next, begin the Full Elephant Introduction in Forest. Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding (Limited Elephant Food included). Includes Elephant Back Riding. The opportunity to purchase a DVD of the experience with the Elephants (Excludes Cost of DVD).

After the elephant interaction concludes, move on to the Birds of Eden Day Tour. In 2010 the species count at Birds of Eden is just touching 220. The bird inhabitants of the aviary comprise a mixture of exotic as well African birds. They also include previously caged pets and hand reared and imprinted individuals, this explains why some of our inhabitants (especially the parrots of which we have 60 different species) are unafraid of human beings and seemingly tame. All new arrivals at Birds of Eden go through a process of rehabilitation before they enter the actual sanctuary of the main aviary. Be they ex pets, or birds confiscated from zoos or irreputable breeders, most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.

This area is full of thriving animal sanctuaries. Finally, leave Birds of Eden and depart for Monkeyland, where wou will be touring. Monkeyland is the world's first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (located in The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay). We offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which more than 550 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc will be seen in their forest home. Then, experience the 128-metre suspended canopy walk whilst on tour. There's also a restaurant, souvenir store, and viewing deck. Safari guides are multi-lingual.
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Day
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Port Elizabeth

After breakfast transfer to Port Elizabeth for a day at leisure or to add an optional day tour at an additional cost.

After breakfast transfer to Port Elizabeth for a day at leisure or to add an optional day tour at an additional cost.

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Flight Home

Private overland transfer from Port Elizabeth Hotel to Port Elizabeth Airport. Once arrived, depart for a flight home or to an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Private overland transfer from Port Elizabeth Hotel to Port Elizabeth Airport. Once arrived, depart for a flight home or to an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Places You'll See

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    Okavango Delta

    A delta is generally characterized as an outlet of water to the open sea. The Okavango river releases flood waters into open land, flooding the savannah. With the hot and wet winter months in Botswana comes nearly 20 inches of rain that floods the area, welcoming many crosses of life. Another animal lover’s paradise, nearly 200,000 beasts can be seen during this time, including herds of elephants, black rhinoceros, and buffalo.

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    Cape Town

    As Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town has much to offer. From its natural features such as Table Mountain, or Hout Bay with its views of the Atlantic Ocean, to its cultural attractions and several hundred shops, it has something for everyone. The Two Oceans aquarium is a popular destination, with its large viewing windows and seven exhibition galleries.

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    Swellendam

    The gateway to the striking Garden Route and the fourth oldest town in South Africa is Swellendam. Here, there are many nearby game reserves that can be visited. While in Swellendam, take in the Cape Dutch architecture while learning of the area’s history and culture.

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    Plettenberg Bay

    Reaching out into the ocean is Plettenberg Bay. Here one can bathe in the tranquil waters while enjoying the sands of the beach, as well as take on adventurous tours. Birdwatching, diving, and whale watching are just a few of the options one has while visiting the bay. Stop by the Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve to witness the occasional great white, and penguins!

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    Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth is a beautiful beach town that is spoiled by warm waters and beautiful beaches. Enjoy surfing, sandboarding, and other beach activities as well as visiting galleries and local museums. Another stop that one could make is at the Addo Elephant National Park where one can see an assortment of big game.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Cape Town : Inn on the Square

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Swellendam : Swellendam Country Lodge

Plettenberg Bay : Periwinkle

Port Elizabeth : Summerstrand Hotel

4 Star Properties

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

Cape Town : Adderley Hotel (Waterfront)

Cape Town : The Vineyard (Newlands)

Swellendam : Bloom Estate

Western Cape : Emily Moon River Lodge

Port Elizabeth : King Edward Hotel

5 Star Properties

Moremi Game Reserve : Camp Moremi

Cape Town : Cape Royale

Cape Town : Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Cape Town : Taj Cape Town

Cape Town : Table Bay Hotel

Swellendam : De Kloof Estates

Plettenberg Bay : Bay Lodge

Port Elizabeth : Windermere

Luxury Properties

Okavango Delta : Camp Okavango

Cape Town : Cape Grace

Testimonials

Jerome S.

Traveled May, 2013

The trip you set up for me was flawless.

The trip you set up for me was flawless. The guide met all my expectations. He was helpful and protective. I did learn that in Africa, time is a relative thing. I soon learned that when James told me we were one half hour from anywhere, I could count on an hour. I saw every major animal, but one, including the Black Rino, one of the most endangers specie in the Crater. I took 900 pictures. I can tell you without a doubt, that your people can take care of a person my age and should promote that fact. I loved Nxabega. However, I was prevented from going to my tent for a rest when a family of Elephants started eating the trees between the lunch area and my tent. They were all first rate camps, but Sopa was exceptional. If you wish me to fill out anything, let me know. One funny story. I needed to go to the bathroom. James asked me to wait while he drove about a half a mile to high ground, so he could watch out for animals while I attended to the problem behind his 4×4. As we get to about fifty yards from the place we planned to stop; three lions walked over the hill and past our vehicle. You would be surprised how fast the urge to go disappears under these circumstances.

Sara

Traveled June, 2014

I highly recommend Yampu as a company and Karolina in particular as an agent.

Karolina Guilcapi at Yampu Tours has provided excellent service for me and my brother on two separate trips, one to Mexico last August and, more recently, South Africa (and Botswana and Zimbabwe) last month. In particular on the South Africa trip she worked closely with me to combine and fine tune a number of their tours. I appreciated her recommendation to go to several game reserves and parks, rather than a lot of time at one. And my brother had some last minute complicated logistics (scheduling an all-day teleconference in the middle of our trip and rescheduling his flights when he missed his original flights) for which Karolina was instrumental in coordinating. I highly recommend Yampu as a company and Karolina in particular as an agent.

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Trent S.

Traveled October, 2014

Can’t think of a single thing we didn’t love about the whole experience

Can’t think of a single thing we didn’t love about the whole experience. From the phone conversations with Yampu to the representatives who met us at each airport and hotel everyone was great. And the properties they set us up with?! Amazing! Their own websites didn’t do them justice. Every day was better than the day before so every day you saw me was the best day of my life.

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