MASSEY & LEVY SAFARI

Day 1,2,3,4,5   South Africa - Cape Town

Day 6 & 7      Botswana - Moremi Game Reserve

Day 8 & 9      Botswana - Okavango Delta

Day 10,11,12   Namibia - Chobe River

Day 13          Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls 

Day 14          Return to USA

Day 15          USA arrival


Day 1  Cape Town

 

Arrive at the Guest house. Located in the heart of Bantry Bay where sea, mountain and city are exquisitely blended. Only a few minutes' walk away from Saunders Rock Beach on the Atlantic Sea Board of Cape Town.

This Victorian home has a calm and peaceful atmosphere “home away from home feeling”, with a modern approach to hospitality and friendly staff. Eight elegantly furnished bedrooms which are spacious and most with a private patio or balcony with captivating sea or mountain views. 

Rooms are fully equipped with en-suite shower, air-conditioning unit, comfortable beds, modern flat screen TV’s, hairdryers, coffee/tea station, a mini fridge and a safe. We provide our guests with pool/beach towels on request as well as airport transfers and guided tours. As complimentary every guest has free wireless Internet Access. 

Day at leisure, Explore the Victoria & Alfred waterfront located nearby!

1 Night at Enchanted Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 2 Table Mountain & City half day tour

Explore the Mother City, one of the world’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities, cradled in the amphitheater formed by Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak.

Table Mountain can be seen 100 miles away from sea, rising over 1000 metres, for centuries provided a welcome site to the exhausted sailors after spending 6 months at sea. The sight of Table Mountain with its flat top must surely be the most well known landmark in the Southern hemisphere. Weather permitting, we undertake a cable car ride to reach the summit from where one has the perfect 360º view of the “fairest Cape in the world”. Castle of Good Hope, oldest European structure in South Africa, was built to protect the early Dutch Settlers against possible attacks by other European powers. Walking through its formidable entrance one is transported back in time to the late 1600’s on experiencing the cobblestone floors, sundials on the original walls and the beautiful balcony that was the stage from where the Governor made his important announcements. The changing of the Guards ceremony is still performed, the Castle also protects valuable collections of Chinese Porcelain, old Cape furniture, Artwork and Cape Silverware.

See the Malay Quarter, also referred to as the Bo-Kaap, which is an extremely colorful area situated on higher ground than Cape Town itself and reminds one of the Mother City’s days gone by. It boasts a distinctive Muslim flavor with beautiful small mosques, as many of the people who live in the Bo-Kaap are direct descendants of the former slaves from far away places like Malaysia, Java, Indonesia and the various Portuguese Spice Islands.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure - Exploring the Cape Town Waterfront. So much to do and see!

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)

Weather permitting,take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Cost, approx. $25 pp for client's account.

If you're interested in visiting Robben Island, you'll find the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront.

1 Night at Enchanted Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 3 Cape Winelands Tour

Considered by many to be the true heart of the Cape winelands, the romantic town of Stellenbosch it is the second oldest town in South Africa. Gorgeous scenery, old Cape Dutch houses and picture perfect streets lined with old oak trees one can easily get lost in this quaint little town.

The culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek boasts some of the best restaurants in the country. Dotted with wine farms, many being of French origin, this is where the original French Huguenots settled in South Africa around 1692. Nowadays this little town is booming with the good vibrations of fine wine, great dining and gorgeous scenery.

Your day will include a visit to the Spier Wine Estate and their Cheetah Outreach Program, Raptor breeding program and outdoor African curio market.

  • Visit the main wine producing areas of South Africa.
  • Visit historic town of Stellenbosch.
  • Cellar tourand wine tasting.
  • Visit picturesque Franschhoek surrounded by striking mountains.
  • More shopping/browsing in shops unique to this town.

1 Night at Enchanted Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 4  Cape Peninsula & Cape Point tour

  • Visit scenic Peninsula Area… See the Southwestern most point of Africa!
  • Travel along both coastlines with lovely views.
  • Visit Hout Bay Harbor with optional boat trip to see Cape Fur Seal Colony.
  • See African Jackass penguins at Boulders Beach.
  • Visit Cape Of Good Hope Reserve - do the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet here?

Drive through the 'Mother City' and see the Castle Good Hope, Houses of Parliament, Greenmarket square and other sites.

All tours in Cape Town area are conducted as aprivately guided tour in a luxury mini van. 

1 Night at Enchanted Guesthouse (B&B)

Day 5  Day at leisure

Day at leisure - Exploring the Cape Town Waterfront. So much to do and see!
The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)

If you're interested in visiting Robben Island, you'll find the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront. 

1 Night at Enchanted Guesthouse (B&B)

Day  6 & 7 BOTSWANA

Morning transfer back to airport for your flight to Botswana. Arrive Maun. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.

Botswana is an animal lover's dream! It's the true African wilderness...
Three national parks and seven game reserves that are wildlife shelters occupy 17% of the land area of Botswana. The three national parks are the Chobe National Park, the Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The seven game reserves are the Central Kalahari Game ReserveGaborone Game Reserve, Khutse Game ReserveMannyelanong Game ReserveMaun Game Reserve and Moremi Game Reserve. In addition, a number of small privately owned reserves are maintained.

MOREMI

The Moremi Game Reserve features a diverse habitat home to a wide range of African wildlife. Guests can look forward to guided game drives where they might spot Wild Dog, Cheetah, Lion, Zebra, Elephant and Buffalo.

At the place where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. This place, a donation to the world by the Batawana Tribe, in the form of a Game Reserve, will be your sanctuary for the following two nights. 

Xakanaxa is located on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves, Moremi Game Reserve ensures that it is one of the only safari destinations which can provide guests with an authentic, year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The reserve offers sanctuary to abundant herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbucks, sable and more. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas complete the picture. Birding is also quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed.

The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. Constructed of local timber, reed and thatch, the elegant lounge contains a small but comprehensive library, dining room, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed as well as a fire-deck set under giant Jackalberry trees. Xakanaxa is able to accommodate 24 guests plus tour leader with 12 guest tents and 1 guide / pilot tent. Accommodations are canvas, Meru-style classic luxury safari tents on raised decks. Canvas window covers can be closed as desired or left open to view the surroundings through a mesh screen at each window. Each tent boasts en-suite facilities. Xakanaxa Camp’s staff creates a camp environment in which guests experience a seamless service in the warm, friendly style for which Africa is famous. The camp operates on generator power, but at night all lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp an authentic African ambience.

Guests are offered two activities of their choice per day, or an all-day outing can be arranged. These activities are included in the accommodation cost and include: morning and afternoon game drives, and water game viewing in powerboats.

2 nights at Xakanaxa (Full boarding)

Day 8 & 9

Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta is a maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 16,000 square km in flood and shrinking to less than 9,000 square km in the dry season. Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique wilderness.

Morning charter flight to the Xugana Lagoon. The Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which in the midst of the Kalahari sands, is Africa's largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. The Okavango River, rises in the highlands of Angola and never reaches the sea; instead its immense waters empty over the sands of the Kalahari. Here the great desert thirst is quenched in a wilderness of fresh water lagoons, channels and islands.

Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession and takes full advantage of this magnificent site. An open boma and al fresco dining area overlooks the expanse of pristine water that makes up the permanent Delta.
The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under the Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy in open sided thatched structures. The swimming pool, located within the mature gardens in the center of the island, is a perfect place to relax.

2 nights at Xugana Lagoon (Full boarding

Day 10,11,12 CHOBE RIVER

Morning flight to Kasane. Pick up at Kasane immigration point with quick road transfer to the boat.

There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa's raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia's Caprivi Strip from Botswana's Chobe National Park, and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11 000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120 000. Along with the elephants, leopards and lions, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare puku, can also be seen. In the river itself watch out for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting a rich selection of bird life.

The house boat cruises along the banks of the Chobe River and is uniquely situated only a few kilometers from the point where 4 African countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also only 80km by road from one of the great wonders of the world - the magnificent Victoria Falls. The world famous Chobe National Park, with its teeming wildlife and approximately 120 000 elephants and over 400 species of birds makes this an exceptional wildlife safari experience.

Daily activities include: Water and land-based game drives and game viewing opportunities –Bring back the most amazing pictures!                       

3 nights on River Boat (Full boarding)

Day 13 Elephant Back safari

9 am boat transfer to Kasane Immigration point. 10 am: Enter Zimbabwe- with 1.5 hr road transfer to  to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) USA citizens has to get a Zimbabwe visa upon entry, which cost $50. Please be sure to have the cash ready for payment upon arrival.Airport pick up for quick road transfer to the hotel.

Located only four kilometres from the famous Victoria Falls, the Lodges are decorated in a blend of bright African colours and each unit is stocked with all the necessary utensils and equipment to make sure that each guest’s expectations of a comfortable stay are met. Each chalet is serviced daily by housekeeping staff to ensure a hassle free stay at Victoria Falls. Surrounded by 80 000 hectares of unspoiled African bush, the Lodge is fortunate enough to have a commen boundry with the 80 000 hectares of wilderness in the forms of Zambezi National Park, and therefore affords beautiful views of the surrounding bush.

Depending on the size of your group, you will be accomodated a in a well appointed chalet or 2 or 3 bedroom chalet. 3 Bedroon chalet a has 2 bathrooms and 2 bedroom unit has a seperate shared bathroom. each unit has a lounge area as well.There are 2 restuarants located within walking distance (5-7 minutes) and you will have the services of a mini-bus transfer if you prefer for evening transfers as we do not suggest walking at night.

Elephant back safari -Enjoy a priveledge once only reserved for kings!

Seated comfortably on the back of natures true "king of the beasts", experience an age old tradition whilst silently exploring the majestic grasslands of Victoria Falls National Park and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Masuie river plunging 120 m into the Zambezi river below.

Be witness to this mutually enriching and rewarding relationship between man and elephant in a modern day Africa. Sunrise safaris are run daily, promising you much more than just a game-viewing experience, but rather a closer insight into the worlds largest land mammal, the African Elephant.

1 Night at Lokuhula (B&B)

Day 14  Victoria Falls visit  &  Return

The Victoria Falls – Now in it’s 150 millionth fantastic year - Reaches Its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.Dr Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. Known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya or "the smoke that thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. Livingstone renamed the falls Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria. 50 Years later, missionaries and traders settled in the small Zambian town of Livingstone and the railway bridge over the Zambezi was built.

Take the early morning shuttle to the Victoria Falls - Tour the falls! 

Return to VFA airport for your flight back to JNB and connecting flight back to the USA.

 Day 15 USA arrival

Arrive back in the USA- Dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!


NOTES

  1. Cost is based on 2 pax traveling / per person sharing
  2. Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations
  3. Safari begins and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  4. Charter flights between camps in Botswana are included
  5. All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
  6. BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the spesific location - please inquire if you need details
  7. International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are not included in the cost
  8. Child policy may apply
  9. Single occupancy policy allies
  10. Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
  11. Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility

They say that all bugs in Africa bite...but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!