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Southern Africa Uncovered

Cape Town, Winelands, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Okavango Delta

An exciting safari covering many of Southern Africa's highlights. Explore Cape Town and the Winelands, visit Namibia's desert landscapes of Sossusvlei and the Skeleton Coast, and finish with a riding and game-drive safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

At a Glance

  • Takes in many of Southern Africa's highlights, including Cape Town, the Okavango Delta and Namibia's Skeleton coast

  • Varied activities including riding safaris, boat safaris, game-drives, quad biking, optional hot air balloon flights and wine tasting

  • Contrasting landscapes of the waterways of the Okavango Delta and Namibia's arid deserts

  • Enjoy fine dining and fine wines in South Africa's Winelands, a food-lover's heaven!

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Your Southern Africa journey begins in South Africa, in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Staying at the beautiful Cape Grace, you have views over the Victoria & Albert Waterfront marina on one side of the hotel, and of Table Mountain on the other. It's ideally located for exploring the city with your private guide, who will tailor your days to your interests, whether it's taking in the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Point lighthouse, visiting Kirstenbosch gardens, hiking up Table Mountain or exploring the fantastic array of restaurants the city has to offer. After three days here you'll be driven inland to the dramatic valleys of the Winelands, staying near the charming town of Franschhoek on a vast wine estate, Babylonstoren. The vegetable gardens here are one of the largest in the southern Hemisphere, and are fascinating to take a tour around. There's a dam you can row a boat on, or a spa for a bit of pampering. You'll spend a full day touring the best of the vineyards in the area with your guide, seeing some of the famous wineries as well as local hidden gems, sampling superb food along the way.

Fly up to Windhoek, Namibia's capital, and catch a light aircraft flight to the southern sand dunes of Sossusvlei, where you'll stay at andBeyond's beautiful Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Enjoy guided trips into Sossusvlei's dunes and pans, learning about desert wildlife and the formation of the dunes, go quad biking and enjoy some of the best star-gazing. Fly from here up to the dramatic Hoanib river in north western Namibia, your base for a different kind of desert-based adventure. Search for desert-adapted lion, elephant and giraffe on game-drives with expert guides, and enjoy a full day trip out to the Skeleton Coast where you'll explore shipwrecks and huge seal colonies.

Moving into Botswana, you'll fly into Maun, the jumping-off point for the Okavango Delta, catching a light aircraft flight into your first camp, Macatoo, part of African Horseback Safaris. Horse-riders will enjoy exhilarating rides through the waterways of the Delta and the thrill of seeing wildlife on a riding safari. There's plenty on offer here for non-riders, too, including game-drives, boat safaris and walking safaris. Fly onward to the luxurious Vumbura Plains, one of Wilderness Safaris' finest camps and a luxurious place to finish your Southern Africa adventure. Expert guides will lead you on game-drives, mokoro trips through the channels and walking safaris in search of wildlife. Finish back in Maun ready for your flight home.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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3 nights

Cape Town

The Cape Grace
2 nights

The Winelands, South Africa

Babylonstoren
3 nights

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
3 nights

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
1 night

Windhoek, Namibia

The Olive Exclusive
3 nights

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Macatoo Camp
2 nights

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Vumbura Plains

Location & Directions

Cape Town, Winelands, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Okavango Delta

Begin in Cape Town, staying right on the water at the Cape Grace in the heart of the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. From here, head inland to the Cape Winelands, staying on a beautiful wine farm, Babylonstoren. Travel back to the airport and fly up to Windhoek, before catching a light aircraft flight to the south of Namibia to Sossusvlei for some desert adventures in the sand dunes. Fly north to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp for three nights, including a full day out to the Skeleton Coast. Fly back to Windhoek and then fly over to Maun in Botswana, via Johannesburg. Fly by light aircraft to the heart of the Okavango Delta, staying first at Macatoo Camp for a riding safari adventure, and then on to the luxurious Vumbura Plains for a couple of final days of traditional game-drives before flying back to Maun.

When to go

South Africa is a year-round destination with Cape Town at its best from September to April. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be cool and temperate. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid-season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C.

Namibia is a year-round destination although seasonal variations may mean you prefer to travel in certain months. The main dry season runs from April until October, with temperatures rising throughout the year, making November and December the hottest months. From November until March, the rains fall and rivers flood and subside in a matter of hours, refilling vital underground water sources in this desert country. The early months of the year are beautiful if you don't mind the odd rain shower, with clear air, and desert flowers blooming to carpet the dunes in color. Regardless of time of year, the temperatures fluctuate vastly from morning til night, so don't be surprised if there is frost on the ground in the mornings, and temperatures reach the thirties or forties in the daytime.

Botswana’s dry season runs from May to September, and the Okavango Delta is in flood between June and October, providing prime game-viewing as wildlife is generally restricted to islands and land by the heightened water. The weather during these months is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (Nov - Mar) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

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