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Extend Your Stay

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

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 $3,495 per person for Tent Camp; add $700 per person for a luxury upgrade to Main Camp.

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg - Lanseria Airport on a scheduled flight 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. 

Cape Town Extension: 6 nights

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 six-night 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 custom tours in Cape Town. 


 Pricing: From $2,990, 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: Cape Peninsula Tour and Penguin Colony 

Our tour begins at Kalk Bay, best known for its working fishing harbor and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectibles along the main strip. Before heading into the Cape Peninsula itself we search for our own rogue penguins – a splinter colony away from the crowded boardwalks over the main breeding site - on a beach known only to locals. Our tour ends with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve, exploring secluded beaches, shipwrecks and this region’s unique wildlife. The return journey weaves back to Cape Town via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula and stopping for a little wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards, producer of some of South Africa’s finest Sauvignon Blanc. Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]


Day 3: Cape Town Eats Walking Foodie Tour

Today you'll nibble your way through Cape Town, exploring the city with a local who weaves together history with the city's burgeoning food scene. From Bree Street to local food stalls, your personal guide will take you to the out of the way places only a local knows. Pro tip: do NOT eat breakfast this morning!


Day 4: Robben Island and/or Table Mountain

A 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 take 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 in time to watch the sun go down over this beautiful city. Overnight Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]


Day 5-6: Franschhoek Winelands 

Another exciting day of discovery starts with heading away from the city, to explore South Africa’s oldest wine route and visit a few of the award-winning estates that the region is famous for. Enjoy wine tasting and cellar tours of our favorite estates. Dining and shopping options abound in the this quaint Cape Dutch village. Overnight two nights at tranquil and idyllic Angala Hotel and Guesthouse. [B]


Day 7: 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


Angala Boutique Hotel

A traquil and idyllic retreat in the Franschhoek Valley outside of Cape Town.


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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