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Extend Your Stay

Contact our Southern Africa program director for extension options to the Kalahari or Cape Town.

Makgadikgadi Pans Desert Extension

Complete your safari with an exploration to the edge of the great Kalahari Desert at Makgadikgadi Pans. Botswana's deserts produce scenes of shimmering mirages, springbok herds, stately gemsbok and regal black-maned lion. Your base camp is on the banks of the Boteti Riverbed, which forms the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Meno a Kwena is the name given to a deep stretch of the Boteti River once inhabited by hippos and crocodiles. The name, Meno a Kwena translated from Setswana means Teeth of the Crocodile, an odd but evocative name for a desert camp. This is a private adventure which departs upon request.

From $1595 per person, sharing.

DAY 1 : MAKGADIKGADI PANS Meet your driver in Maun and head out towards the Kalahari Desert. Spend the next three days exploring the area, which is home to southern Africa's largest wildebeest and zebra migration during the winter months of, all species of African predators including brown hyena and meerkats in one of the most fascinating natural wildlife habitats in Africa. This is also a great place to spot endangered white rhino. The salt pans are a fascinating source of archaeological and historic relics in and around what was once the bed of a vast inland lake. Offering safari guests the best of the Makgadikgadi, Meno a Kwena Tented Camp is a traditional classic camp offering breathtaking views over the dry riverbed, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and a waterhole. Overnights Meno a Kwena. 

DAYS 2-3 : MAKGADIKGADI PANS Search for animals at the Boteti River, look for meerkats in Makgadikgadi or head out into Nxai Pan; your guide will suggest the best time of day for each adventure, keeping in mind the recent animal sightings and movements. The migratory water dependant zebra and wildebeest herds concentrate along the Boteti River during the dry winter months (June to November) so this is a great place for game veiwing at that time of year. The deep Boteti River gorge is a unique environment, by Botswana standards, of riverine habitat in the middle of the dry Kalahari. This creates a rich diversity of wildlife in a very concentrated area. Some of Botswanas most impressive wildlife concentrations occur along the riverbed during the dry season, including the large herds of zebra and wildebeest, antelope, elephant, white rhino, predators, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, many bird species, and spectacular views. Nxai Pans National Park adjoins the northern boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to create a vast 12 000 square kilometre protected ecosystem within the Kalahari. It takes us an hour to get to the park from camp and so requires a day trip with picnic lunch. A highlight is the Baines Baobabs, famous trees painted by 1800s explorer and naturalist, Thomas Baines. The grove of massive trees is a spectacular sight to behold against a backdrop of saltpan and big skies. In the dry season (June to November), the area is popular because of the well-known behaviour of the resident lion pride hunting springbok all day long at the only waterhole in the park. Tim and June Liversedge recently produced a large format film about these lions called Roar The Lions of Kalahari. 

DAY 4 : DEPART After one last breakfast in the bush, you are transferred by road back to Maun to meet your onward flights.

Overnights Meno a Kwena

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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"The wildlife viewing at Duma Tau and Chitabe was incredible. We saw both cheetah and leopard kills. The two locations were equally beautiful, but different. We were a little intimidated because we had never traveled to Africa but it was so easy! All we had to do was sit back and let everyone take care of us." - The Cuffes, WA