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Extend Your Stay

Contact our Southern Africa Program director for extension options to the Kalahari, Zimbabwe, Zambia or Cape Town.

Cape Town Extension: 4 nights / 5 days

Cape Town has so much to offer with beautiful beaches, dramatic coastline along the Indian and Atlantic oceans, a cosmopolitan center and world class wine country only an hour away. This five day itinerary is a suggestion only and we would be happy to customize your days in the Cape to meet your exact interests and travel style. Please review the trip itinerary page for more information about our guide Doug Thomson and custom tours in Cape Town. 


 Pricing: From $1,650, depending on group size

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town where you will be met and transferred into the city to your accommodations for the next few days.  Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters.


Day 2: Two Oceans Coastline and Kirstenbosch Gardens 

This full day of exploration showcases the Cape Peninsula and the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Begin with a drive down the Atlantic coastline with its stunning mountain and sea views, pausing for photo opportunities along the coastal road. Stop and walk along Noordhoek beach before continuing through the valley to Kommetjie and Scarborough, little hamlets on the Atlantic Coast. At certain times of year, there is a chance to see Southern Right Whales, which come into this bay to mate and calve. A walk to the old lighthouse in the Cape of Good Hope Nature yields spectacular views of False Bay. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants along the coast before visiting Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins. The last stop of the day is at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where a brief time is spent walking through the magnificent display of flora the Cape has to offer. Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [BL]


Day 3: Robben Island and Township Tour

Your morning tour into the Guguletu Township is an eye opening experience that allows you to interact with the African community that lives here. Learn about their lively music and native theologies on this very personalized tour run by the local community. An afternoon ferry ride takes you across the bay to Robben Island. Here you have the opportunity to learn about the history of the island, its native animals and the political prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive. Your guide on Robben Island was one of the political prisoners held captive under the old Nationalist government and shares his memories of the daily life and conditions in the prison. A half hour ferry ride takes you back to Cape Town where you set off on a leisurely hike up Lion’s Head in time to watch the sun go down over this beautiful city. Overnight Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]


Day 4: Table Mountain and Stellenbosch Winelands 

Another exciting day of discovery starts with a journey on the new Rotair cable car that takes under 5 minutes to reach the summit of Table Mountain, 1036 meters above sea level. The views of the city and surrounds are spectacular and there is a chance to walk around the top of the table to view various parts of the city. Heading away from the city, you have the rest of the day to explore South Africa’s oldest wine route and visit a few of the award wining estates that the region is famed for. Enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and a picnic lunch on the immaculate lawns of one of our favorite estates. In the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region is Spier Wine Estate where we have reserved a table for you to enjoy dinner at the Moyo Restaurant, a unique Cape African dining experience. Overnight at the Wild Mushroom Hotel in Stellenbosch. [BLD]


Day 5: Departure

Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flights.

Cape Cadogan

A charming 12 room hotel in a converted farmhouse just of Kloof Street which is full of cafes, and restaurants.


More Quarters

A sister hotel to the Cape Cadogan, More Quarters offers small one bedroom apartments 


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Mashatu Botswana Extension: 4 nights / 5 days

Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. This place embodies that which defines travel in Africa. Vast open space; a wide variety of wildlife from the gigantic to the miniscule; a majestic sky, with expansive views of the plains by day and the universe of stars by night; a quiet that thumps with the sound of life; and adventure tours beyond the typical game drive including horse-back safaris, cycling safaris and wild walking safaris.


At 75,000 acres, Mashatu is one of the largest private game reserves in southern Africa and is a fitting setting for some of the largest herds of the world's largest land mammal - the elephant. Mashatu also provides sanctuary to the world's tallest mammal (the giraffe); the world's largest antelope (the eland); the world's largest bird (the ostrich) and of course, the world's heaviest flying bird (the kori bustard).


In addition to the three members of the Big Five in the reserve - leopard, lion and elephant - are some of the more surprising species, including the aardwolf, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, honey badger and black-backed jackal. Recently introduced to Mashatu (as part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve) is the endangered wild dog. Mashatu is also home to more than 350 bird species, including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller, whose plumage features no fewer than seven different shades of blue.


Mashatu's safari camps are an expression of the warm hospitality of Africas people. Relaxation is key, regardless of whether your choice is the luxury of Mashatu Main Camp, or the rustic appeal of Mashatu Tent Camp.


Mashatu Game Reserve is a place to connect you to the essence of what life is meant to be. Uncomplicated, bold, and beautiful.


Pricing: From $3,150 per person for Tent Camp; $3,850 per person for luxury upgrade to Main Camp.

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg on a scheduled flight (Sundays and Thursdays only) to the Limpopo Valley airfield and drive from there to Mashatu. 

Days 2-4: Mountain bike safaris, horseback safaris, walking and vehicle safaris, photographic hides and private photographic vehicles are all on offer for your twice daily game activities. 

Day 5: Depart to Johannesburg or connect to the Kruger National Park area, the Okavango Delta, or Victoria Falls. 

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"Botswana is truly outstanding! the camping experience made it all very real; having animals show up in camp at night is what a safari is all about!" - Katie Lunday, CA