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Okavango Delta Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

Botswana safaris are renowned for their abundant wildlife and isolated adventure camps. Travelers can expect the full spectrum of safari outings from tracking game on foot, mokoro or vehicle. One of the largest inland deltas in the world, the Okavango Delta is fed annually by floodwaters from the far away central highlands of Angola. The slowly seeping water gives life to plants and quiet streams where hippos wallow and crocodiles lie in wait for zebra and antelope to drink along the banks. These plains game keep a watchful eye for hunting lions, hyena, and leopard in this enormous ecosystem spread over 6800 square miles.


Starting in Maun, fly over the varied land and water landscapes of the Okavango Delta based from private concessions where the number of other travelers is few. Our short Botswana extension itinerary gets you to the heart of the Delta, utilizing small safari camps hosting no more than 10 guests in 5 rooms and expert naturalist guides exceptionally familiar with the rhythms and movements of this unique wilderness environment. 


Pricing: From $2,695 per person from Mar-May and November; from $3,895 per person June - October. Please call for single supplement  pricing


Days 1: Fly into the Okavango Delta

From Maun, you will board a light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta. Pelo Camp lies in a true wetland area of the Okavango Delta, an ideal habitat for the elusive sitatunga antelope and common red lechwe. Hippo and crocodile are also regularly sighted. In the dry season lechwe, impala, elephant are prevalent, with lion, leopard and buffalo sighted occasionally. Birdlife is exceptional with the largest concentrations of endangered wattled crane found here as well as slaty egrets, rosy-throated longclaws, African skimmer and Pel's fishing-owl. Overnight at Pelo Camp. [D]



Day 2-3: Okavango Delta

Spend the day exploring the watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta. Glide through the waterways on a mokoro poled by an experienced guide, looking for birds as well as both large animals and smaller ones such as tiny reed frogs that clutch the grass stalks growing out of the water. Take a boat trip in a 12 seater boat into the larger channels looking for elephant, and red lechwe, and take a nature walk to learn about the River Bushman way of life. Fishing is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. Overnight for two nights at Pelo Camp. [BLD]


Day 4: Departure

Fly from  Pelo Camp to Kasane where you'll road transfer to Victoria Falls. [B]

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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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Phinda South Africa Extension

Located in the South-Eastern Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, Phinda Private Game Reserve is 22,000 hectares of wilderness, made up of seven distinct habitats from woodlands to grassland to the unique dry sand forest. The reserve is just 10 miles from the Indian Ocean and is host to animals such as rhino, elephant, lion and cheetah. Enjoy game drives in open vehicles as well as walking safaris, birding, and cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River. Top notch naturalist guides lead the way by vehicle and on foot in this amazing reserve. Overnight for 3 nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge with round-trip flights from JNB included!


Pricing: From $2,995 per person based on double occupancy. Call Program Director for inclusions/exclusions and optional add-on experiences like rhino notching and elephant collaring!

Each day is a new experience at Phinda! Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino, as well as the Big Five. There is also a number of resident lion prides and rangers will do their best to provide you with an exceptional sighting of all of these animals. 


Get out of the vehicle and enjoy a guided bush walk where you learn more about the intricacies of the African bush, from discovering fascinating flora and reading animal tracks with your guide to meeting smaller wildlife up-close. Experience the thrill of tracking animals on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. Engage all your sense as you discover a world where each sound, scent and bent blade of grass has a meaning. 


Additional experiences can be added at additional cost: 


Night Eye - This experience includes a dedicated vehicle, guide, tracker and specialist cameraman. The vehicle will be set up with three screen monitors so that everyone has a clear view of the action: one will be mounted on the dashboard for those in the first row of seats, with the others for guests in the second and third rows. High definition infra-red cameras are used, providing not only excellent visuals on your drive, but also high quality video footage of your night-eye experience for you to take home, as a memento of your safari. 


Pangolin tracking - Join our specialist conservation team on this fully interpretive and interactive experience. You’ll be with them as they locate the pangolin and set about the replacement of the tag. During this procedure, the team will also conduct a general health check, take body measurements and gather other research data: a precious opportunity for you to observe the unique features and adaptations of the pangolin at touching distance. The pangolin will then be released, and, provided it is relaxed with our presence, you’ll be able to follow it on foot and observe its behavior and feeding.


Rhino Conservation - Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a rhino at Phinda while assisting in the conservation of this rare species. This adventure allows guests to witness the capture and darting of a rhino and assist the veterinary team in notching the sleeping animals ear for research and security monitoring. Ear notches, as well as microchips placed in the horn, enable researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to eight guests each (sharing the same vehicle) can participate in the entire process, from locating and darting the rhino by helicopter to the never to be repeated opportunity to touch the anesthetized giant during the notching procedure. Black Rhino Tracking on foot - Spend the morning with an expert ranger and tracker to find the rare and endangered black rhino on foot. Follow rhino tracks, recognize rhino middens and scratching posts, and read the signs of the bush in search of your quarry.  


Elephant Conservation - Be among four groups, of up to eight guests each, who will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in an elephant darting, and assist in the changing of the sleeping pachyderm’s radio collar. Four of the elephant collars utilized in Phinda’s research program are in need of replacing and guests are being invited to participate in this extraordinary experience. Guests will be required to spend a minimum of three nights at Phinda and the exact dates during your stay will be dependent on the availability of the veterinarian and helicopter pilot.


Turtle Nesting Adventure 
- For four months during the southern hemisphere summer, the enormous leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean at Sodwana Bay to lay their precious eggs in the sand. As the moon rises over the ocean, excitement grows as you drive along the deserted coastline in search of fresh turtle tracks that emerge from the ocean and travel along the beach in search of a suitable nesting site. Watch as the female turtle digs her nest and lays her clutch of up to a hundred eggs. Available November to February only.


Other Activities - Ocean safari, horseback riding, specialist photographic vehicle, beach adventure, Zulu village tour, sleepouts and more are also possible. 


Inquire with the Africa Program Director.

With wraparound views of the spectacular Ubombo mountain range and the surrounding Zululand bushveld, Mountain Lodge at Phinda is a dramatic safari destination. 

Phinda Mountain Lodge

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