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Customize Your Luxury Vacation

• Experience the wonders of Botswana and South Africa on a fully tailored journey

• There are no set dates—the best times of the year to travel are May through August

• This itinerary can be customized to your interests, specifications and group

• Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy

5 Destinations 11 Destinations
2+ 2+ Guests
Pace - Moderate pace Moderate Pace
Customizable Customizable-01 Customizable

What's Included

The price of this all-inclusive custom journey covers all transportation throughout the trip, hotels, all daily activities, top-of-the-line guides and gratuities. The price excludes international flights to and from your home.

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Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Johannesburg, South Africa
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    Overview

    ​Begin your African adventure in Johannesburg.

    Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted through customs and immigration and then taken to your elegant hotel in the heart of the City of Gold. Depending on the timing of your flight, enjoy afternoon tea, a treatment at the spa, or a delicious dinner before retiring for the evening in anticipation of more adventures tomorrow.

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    Saxon Hotel
    The most luxurious hotel in Johannesburg and recipient of dozens of international awards, the Saxon occupies a privileged position in the verdant suburb of Sandhurst. With chic and expansive suites, a world-class spa, several excellent restaurants, an enchanting collection of contemporary art, and ten acres of superb indigenous gardens, it’s the perfect spot to kick off your journey into southern Africa.
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    Embark on a classic African safari in search of the Big Five.

    Experience the joys and surprises of searching for wildlife in South Africa. From Johannesburg, hop aboard a short and scenic shared charter flight to a private airstrip in the heart of the bush. Accompanied by expert naturalist guides, look for lion, herds of buffalo, leopard, African bush elephant, hippo, cheetah, rhinoceros, packs of wild dogs and many types of birds in some of the most spectacular landscapes on the continent.

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    Game Drive

    Set out in the morning as the sun is rising or in the late afternoon as the day comes to a close. The animals are most active at these times, and the light can be just right for photographing a lion cub with his mother, a herd of elephants rumbling through the savanna, or a lone leopard waiting patiently in a tree.

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    Walking Safari

    Experience the bush from a whole different perspective. Join your expert guide on a walk through the sweet-smelling grasslands, along the sandy banks of the river and through cool stands of trees as you learn about life in the wild.

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    Stargazing

    There is perhaps no more transcendent and inspirational experience than looking up at a full sky of sparkling stars. With very little pollution and no city lights to detract from the stars, there will be nothing between you and the vast African sky above.

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    Singita Boulders Lodge
    Indulge in a classic safari experience at Singita Boulders Lodge, which lies on the banks of the Sand River. Your luxurious suite has a private sitting room and game-viewing deck with a private plunge pool overlooking the untouched wilderness. When you’re not out on safari, take a dip in the beautiful pool or enjoy a massage at the spa, savor fresh cuisine in the dining room, and share stories of your adventures around the fire as the southern stars twinkle brightly overhead.
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    Discover this stylish outpost at the tip of Africa.

    Surrounded by the wild waters of the Atlantic and the graceful rolling hills of the Cape Winelands, Cape Town boasts a rich history, vibrant local culture and stunning landscapes. The city’s most iconic landmark is majestic Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain that soars two-thirds of a mile above sea level, offering views of the glittering cityscape, the deep-blue waters of the ocean and the region’s world-renowned vineyards.

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    Table Mountain

    Ride a cable car to the summit of this Cape Town icon and stroll along a wooden walkway to see striking panoramic views of the city and the sea. Keep an eye out for the diminutive rock hyrax, a rodent-like creature that is the closest living relative of the modern-day elephant and manatee.

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    Cape of Good Hope

    Visit the Cape of Good Hope, taking in the soaring cliffs and dramatic coastal views on your way to the end of the continent. During your outing, stop among the coves of Boulders Beach to get up close and personal with the convivial African penguin colony.

    Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
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    Cape Winelands

    Journey into the nearby Cape Winelands, meeting local winemakers and tasting award-winning regional vintages.

    Winelands, Cape Town, South Africa
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    City Tour

    See several historic monuments and the grand train station before visiting the Castle of Good Hope, which was built in the late 17th century by the Dutch East India Company. Today, it’s the seat of the military in the Cape, and offers some fascinating exhibits about the city’s history.

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    Shopping Outings

    Opt to stroll around the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its collection of fine restaurants and international boutiques, to seek out local handicrafts or high-end items. Or opt to visit a famous gemstone museum or the famed Cape Town flea market.

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    Cape Grace Hotel
    Perfectly situated on a private quay between the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the tranquil marina, Cape Grace Hotel is your elegant home in the Mother City. Each of the unique guest rooms has its own story with rare Cape Dutch antiques, ship manifests, local artwork and deluxe amenities. Resort features include a luxurious pool and deck, a convivial whiskey bar and a blissful spa with views of Table Mountain from treatment rooms.
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    Spot big game in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta.

    Take a flight to the Okavango Delta,  a wild maze of floodplains, narrow waterways and lagoons that offers a completely different experience than the vast, dry vistas common on the savanna. Search for beautiful white rhino, herds of giraffe, and elephants in this lush, riverine environment.

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    Morning Game Drive

    Rise early and have a light breakfast before you embark on a game drive in the wetland paradise of the Okavango Delta. Cruise the plains, seeking out some of the big cats, such as lions, or the more elusive leopards and cheetahs.

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    Afternoon Game Drive

    Explore the largest inland delta system in the world in the afternoon. Venture across the plains and spot impressive herds of giraffes, impalas, elephants or Cape buffalo residing in this vast oasis.

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    Mokoro Excursion

    Each June, the area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Pole through the byways created by the floodwaters aboard a dugout canoe in the company of a highly trained local guide to see the world from a totally different angle.

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    Helicopter Flight

    After breakfast, board a helicopter for a 30-minute scenic flight over the delta. Soar above the maze of canals and lagoons as you search for wildlife and get a holistic view of this incredible ecosystem.

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    Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
    The former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offers an incredible collection of wildlife, unmatched vistas of pristine wilderness and a level of service that’s second to none. Your luxury Bush Pavilion features a private dining area, a tranquil outside seating area, and a terrace pool. After you finish exploring the delta, sip a sundowner on the expansive deck, indulge in afternoon tea, or relax with some yoga in the fitness center.
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    Explore the elephant capital of the world.

    Known as “The Land of the Giants,” Chobe National Park boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet, from massive herds of elephant and buffalo to giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah and more than 450 species of birdlife. The park, which you will access by shared charter flight, encompasses nearly 4,000 square miles of marshland, savanna and forest, and offers unsurpassed opportunities for experiencing the natural world.

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    Game Drive

    Early morning and afternoon game drives let you encounter Africa’s largest elephant population. You may also spot lions, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. Enjoy rare sightings of rock-climbing klipspringers and elegant roan.

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    Evening Walking Safari

    After dinner, join your naturalist guide on a walk around camp after dark to view some of the nocturnal animals that may be out and about. Spot owls, genet cats, porcupines, bush babies, honey badgers and perhaps even the elusive leopard.

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    Bushmen Paintings and Baobab Trees

    Head out into the bush to find a breathtaking collection of paintings by the San Bushmen, which are estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. Then explore an amazing grove of 13 gigantic baobab trees that are almost as old as the paintings.

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    Private Bush Dinner

    Savor a private dinner in the elephant hide. Dine on expertly prepared dishes and fine wine as you enjoy your front-row seat to wildlife such as hyena, honey badger, buffalo, elephant and more arriving to slake their thirst in the waterhole.

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    Breakfast with Elephants

    Enjoy a continental breakfast in your room as you marvel at elephants approaching the waterhole in front of the lodge. It's so quiet that you can usually hear the rumbling of the elephants’ stomachs as well as their heavy footfalls as they forage just feet away from you.

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    Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
    Set near the banks of the Savute Channel, this newly remodeled explorer’s lodge is the perfect base to discover the wonders of one of Africa’s finest national parks. Relax in your luxury tented suite, which features an elegant four-poster bed and a shaded outdoor lounge. At dusk or dawn, venture out to the unique viewing hide overlooking the water hole to see elephants, hyenas, cheetahs and more. Back at the lodge, sample signature African dishes paired with fine wines and champagnes.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Chobe National Park, Botswana