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Belmond Safari


Journey through South Africa and Botswana with Belmond Safari, a comprehensive luxury safari itinerary taking you deep into the heart of Africa. Spot the big cats, zebra and Africa’s largest populations of elephants. Feel your heart racing as you get up close and personal with Africa’s incredible wildlife in their natural habitat. Games drives, luxury escapes and awe-inspiring backdrops will leave you breathless as you journey deep into culture rich Africa.

Trip Type: Adventure, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Johannesburg
Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.  

Day 2 – Welcome to Johannesburg, South Africa
Upon arrival into Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Johannesburg is the economic heart of South Africa, the central focus of Egoli ('Place of Gold'), as the Sotho name for Gauteng suggests. The largest and richest city in South Africa, Johannesburg's lifestyle is a fast-paced and hectic one.

People flocked to the Johannesburg area from all ends of the earth, and the open pastoral landscape changed almost overnight. Shantytowns sprang up and were rapidly transformed into modern concrete cities. Johannesburg became 'The Gold Capital of the World', and the entire country was catapulted into an economic boom. Today the shantytown remains, a vast and sprawling tin roofed expanse that houses millions of extremely poor blacks. A thriving café culture and a thrumming nightlife exist in many of Johannesburg's suburbs. The townships are also interesting to tour.

Starting Accommodation: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa (B)

Day 3 – Soweto Tour & Apartheid Museum
Visit the local community of Soweto. Inside Soweto, visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death; pass Mandela House, with time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). The journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Finally, head past the largest stadium in Africa, Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Soweto is unlike a suburb you've ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.

Apartheid was dismantled a decade ago but its horror lives on, in a stark white building in Johannesburg. Visit the Apartheid Museum, and it takes visitors on a journey you're unlikely to forget. Begin with the dark days of 'whites only' privilege, and continue through to Nelson Mandela's historic release. Documented film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts recapture life in the old South Africa.

Starting Accommodation: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa (B)

Day 4 – Johannesburg to Savute (via Maun)
This morning transfer to Johannesburg Airport to connect with your flight to Maun. Upon arrival into Maun, you will be met and transferred by light aircraft into your Camp in the heart of the Chobe National Park, sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world.

This vast area in the far north of Greater Chobe National Park is revered for its huge and thundering herds of elephants. The diversity of seasonal floodplains and grasslands on offer means you can enjoy a game drive in the morning and a river cruise in the afternoon. One of Africa’s world famous big game areas, the Savuti Channel is famous for its lion & hyena populations, and just northwest of Savuti is Linyanti, yet another outstanding game viewing area boasting a range of activities.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Activities in Savute Elephant Camp
Early morning game drives take you out and among Africa's largest populations of elephants. Big cats are on the prowl, too-from leopards to lions. Depending on the season you will also experience the great migrations of creatures such as zebra and antelope. Rare sightings might include the endangered wild dog, rock-climbing klipspringers and the elegant roan antelope.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Savute to Moremi
Today you will transfer by light aircraft to your next camp, nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast floodplains.

Chobe National Park, a beautiful grassland reserve that has gained international fame for its abundant elephant population. Southeast of Chobe are Botswana's enormous Makgadikgadi salt pans, home to large herds of blue wildebeest, several antelope species, and those international lovers of salt pans, flamingos.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Khwai River Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Activities at Khwai River Lodge
Spend the day enjoying the activities offered at the Lodge. Early morning and afternoon game drives take you out and among a wild landscape dotted with trees. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats such as lions and leopards, to hippo, rhino, antelope, giraffe and buffalo. Widely acknowledged to be the predator capital of the world, this is the only place in Botswana where the Big Five can be seen.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Khwai River Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Moremi to Okavango
Today you will continue your safari adventure. Fly by light aircraft Savute to your next camp hidden from the world, deep within Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Botswana is home to the largest inland delta in the world. Game abounds year-round in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Camps in these areas are classified as: land camps – where safaris are undertaken in open 4x4 vehicles; water camps – where activities are centered on boating and mekoro trips; or combination camps - where you can experience the best of both safari styles (subject to water levels which are seasonal).

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Activities at Eagle Island Camp
Spend the day enjoying the activities offered at the camp. Early morning and afternoon game drives take you out and among an almost unparalleled diversity of wildlife, passing through a range of different habitats. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats to hippo, giraffe and crocodiles.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Maun to Cape Town (via Johannesburg)
Enjoy your last game activity in the Okavango before transferring to the airstrip for your light air craft transfer to Maun Airport.  Fly to Cape Town, via Johannesburg.  When you arrive into Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your Cape Town accommodation.  

South Africa’s “Mother City” is indescribably beautiful, steeped in fascinating history and pulsating to a heady African rhythm. Indeed, few urban centers anywhere can match its setting along the mountainous Cape Peninsula spine, which slides into the Atlantic Ocean. A ride in a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a ferry journey to Robben Island, or a meandering tour through the Winelands will leave you in no doubt that this place is an absolute highlight on any vacation to Africa. South Africa boasts incredibly good weather, gorgeous scenery and fantastic beaches and is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer visitors a unique and inspiring experience.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (B)

Day 11 – Cape Peninsula Tour
The Fairest Cape…and it surely is! You'll soon see for yourself where and why it earned its name. Sit back and relax, we're going to cruise along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire's Paradise - from Camps Bay and Clifton to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno - towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay; if you so choose, you can embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise (own account). Back on terra firma, we wind along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views, before arriving at our lunch spot of choice (own account): the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. We meander back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon's Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. The Fairest Cape of All, that was Sir Francis Drake's opinion…and we're sure you'll echo it.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (B)

Day 12 – Cape Winelands Tour
A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery…like the breathtaking views from the historical Taal Monument near Paarl. The area's rich with history, and we can't help but feel it as we move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour, where you'll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. We visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could we choose to enjoy lunch (for own account).
We wind our way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. We've set aside ample time to stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two! A trip to the Winelands isn't complete without a wine tasting, so we organized two at different wine estates. And of course, you'll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home!

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (B)

Day 13 – Cape Town to USA (via Johannesburg)
Today you depart Cape Town. Transfer to Cape Town airport for your flight to Johannesburg where you will connect with your onward flight to the US. (B)

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
JohannesburgFairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Chobe National ParkBelmond Savute Elephant Lodge
Moremi Game ReserveBelmond Khwai River Lodge
OkavangoBelmond Eagle Island Lodge
Cape TownBelmond Mount Nelson Hotel


Pricing

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