South Africa & Botswana: Cape to Delta11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and accompanied to your hotel. One&Only Cape Town sits on the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the Two Oceans Aquarium.One&Only Cape Town - 4 Nights
Day 2Cape Town
Board a cable car for the five-minute ride to the top of Table Mountain. Return to the city via the old Cape Malay Quarter for a walk through the botanical gardens. Stroll through the city to Greenmarket Square to browse its bustling market stalls. Drive to the Castle, and then take in the Grand Parade where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation upon his release in 1990. Move on to the District Six Museum. Relish lunch at one of the city's popular restaurants. This afternoon, experience a moving visit to Khayelitsha, one of South Africa's largest townships, where you learn about various community projects. Return to your hotel via numerous other township districts and with a new perspective on South African township culture.One&Only Cape Town (B, L)
Day 3Cape Town
Follow the Southern Peninsula to beautiful Boulders Beach for a close-up with a colony of African Penguins - the only indigenous Penguins on the continent. After a scenic coastal drive, continue into the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park. Climb onto your bikes (weather permitting) and explore the rich fauna and flora of one of the most diverse floral kingdoms on earth, surrounded by breath-taking landscapes and fresh sea air. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Climb (or ride the unique, 'Flying Dutchman' funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the staggering vistas of False Bay and stop at the south-westernmost point of Africa. On your way back to Cape Town, drive along the Atlantic seaboard, including the 114 curves of Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most spectacular passes.One&Only Cape Town (B, L)
Day 4Cape Town
Travel to the winelands in the nearby Boland Mountains for a leisurely exploration of historic towns, liquid delights, gastronomic wonders and home-grown hospitality. The Cape Winelands are some of the most beautiful in the world, with a heritage that lives on in beautiful, historic estates producing some of the world's most celebrated wines. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at one of South Africa's top restaurants.One&Only Cape Town (B, L)
Day 5To Madikwe Game Reserve
Fly to Johannesburg to connect by light aircraft to Madikwe Game Reserve. Situated on private ground within the malaria free reserve, Sanctuary Makanyane caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable luxury safari experience.Sanctuary Makanyane - 3 Nights (B, D)
Day 6 - 7Madikwe Game Reserve
On game drives and walks, search for lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, hippo, giraffe, black and white rhino, wild dog, hyena and cheetah. Travelling through Makanyane's completely private 1,800 hectares and the 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you. There are two daily game drives at Makanyane. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy sundowners, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal wildlife of the bush. For an even more in-depth exploration of the bush, a game walk is essential. Away from the noise and disturbance of the game drive vehicle, guests are able to experience the more subtle nuances of the bush - the sounds, smells and textures of the surroundings can be appreciated. During your stay, consider participating in a project assisting local impoverished communities near the Madikwe Reserve or join the conservation staff on a project to protect the reserve's wildlife.Sanctuary Makanyane (B, L, D)
Day 8To Okavango Delta, Botswana
Travel overland and cross the border to Botswana's capital of Gaborone for your flight to Maun, where you connect by light aircraft to the famous Okavango Delta. Sanctuary Chief's Camp sits in the former reserve of Chief Moremi. This recently redesigned, award-winning camp offers some of the largest luxury suites in the region featuring a private dining area, a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace pool - all perfect for absorbing the surrounding plains and majestic African skies.Sanctuary Chief's Camp - 3 Nights (B, D)
Day 9 - 10Okavango Delta
Explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. As the predator capital of the world, the game viewing is awe-inspiring. But apart from its predators, the Moremi is also renowned for its large concentrations of plains game. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle.Sanctuary Chief's Camp (B, L, D)
Day 11Depart Johannesburg, South Africa
After a final morning activity, return to Maun by light aircraft and connect to Johannesburg in time for an evening onward flight.(B)
Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty, gravel roads necessitate 4-wheel-drive travel. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and pot-holed, and have stretches which are not sealed, or which are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia and Rwanda particularly, conditions are very dusty and the off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year, and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously.
If we are custom designing an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavor to include as much or as little road travel as you desire. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the number of people within your group. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Internal Flights: Scheduled flights within Sub-Saharan Africa are typically limited to 33-44 lbs. of luggage per person, depending on the airline or charter company operating the flight. Although you may have a luggage weight limit of 44-88 lbs. on your international flight as well as hand luggage, you will need to limit your baggage as required according to the country and airlines or store baggage at your arrival airport. Some flights also require that luggage be packed in soft-sided bags, which Cox & Kings will provide prior to your travel. Between the camps and lodges, we can book either shared air transfers or private charters. We will automatically book shared air transfers wherever available unless otherwise requested. Please note that shared air transfers may make stops to pick up and drop off passengers at other camps, lodges and airstrips en route. Private charter flights only stop for refueling or for customs and immigration formalities as needed. The flight times for air transfers between camps and lodges are arranged 24-48 hours prior to the flight. Departure times are therefore advised locally. Passengers weighing more than 220 lbs. should advise us in advance, as some air charter companies require that an extra seat be purchased at an additional cost for all shared air transfer flight segments. This is for safety and comfort of all guests on board.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more common. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and/or hotel and vacation arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: Many cities in Africa levy a tax for passengers departing on international flights, and where this is not included in the ticket price it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in U.S. dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket; we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We list applicable departure taxes in our pre-tour general information, which you should receive when you confirm your booking. We attempt to keep these as current as possible. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or U.S. dollars to cover these taxes.
Traveling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there are now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travelers to use the local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Rovos Rail and Blue Train offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings journeys can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings uses the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to modern, Western hotels. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience. In most destinations, service and food will be of a high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Please note, typically all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room, please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Early Starts: When on safari, you will find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximize the opportunities for game viewing, as the wildlife is more active during the cooler morning hours and in the evening.
Check-in & Check-out Times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in time is normally between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and check-out time is normally 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible, but early check-ins are not guaranteed.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Within Africa, we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilization and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas.
Location: Southern Africa, at the southern tip of Africa, bordering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe
Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial)
Area: 470,693 sq. miles
Currency: South African Rand
Official Language(s): Xhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English, Setswaana, Sesotho, Songa, Ndebele, Tshivenda, Zulu, Swati
Visas: South African law requires travelers to have a minimum of two consecutive blank visa pages in their passport to enter the country. Travelers without the necessary blank visa pages in their passports may be refused entry into South Africa. If you are visiting multiple countries, we recommend having at least 4-6 consecutive blank visa pages in your passport. U.S. passport holders should check with the U.S. State Department online or by phone about adding passport pages to a valid passport.
Inoculations: South Africa requires travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to have proof of vaccination.
What To See
Cape Town abounds with sites to visit. Table Mountain can be reached by cable-car or hiked to the top. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner for 18 years, is accessible from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is a great area for shopping and dining.
The Cape Peninsula and Cape Point Nature Reserve features mountain passes and endemic fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as wildlife, such as Chacma baboons, ostriches, bontebok and eland, African penguins, and Southern Right Whales in season.
Cape Town’s neighboring wineland towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have wineries dating back to the 1600s. Stellenbosch Is known for its beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, while Franschhoek carries much of the areas French Hugenot influence.
Safari being the main draw to South Africa, Kruger National Park and its bordering private game reserves are home to the “big five” - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Perhaps some of the densest game populations in Africa, Kruger is a highlight for any South Africa visit.
Other high quality safari areas offering a contrast to Kruger are the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve to the northwest of Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape along the southern border of the country, and the Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape province.
South Africa & Botswana: Cape To Delta
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