South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

Start in the "Mother City" of Cape Town, considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With iconic Table Mountain as her backdrop, Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city surrounded by stunning mountains and a spectacular coastline. Visit the impressive Cape of Good Hope, see a lively penguin colony, sample fine wines in the Wine Region and ascend Table Mountain for a panoramic view of the Cape Peninsula. Fly to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Then, your safari continues in the mesmerizing Linyanti Wildlife Reserve and Okavango Delta, home to a wide variety of wildlife. Expert professional safari guides get you up close and personal with Africa's most impressive animals for a once in a lifetime safari.

Quick Summary

Itinerary Detail

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

Arrive Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town
Daily Summary

Upon arrival you will receive our V.I.P. Meet and Assist. As you exit the aircraft door, look for a representative holding a paging board with your name. You will be assisted through Customs & Immigration and then with baggage collection. You will then be escorted to the arrivals halls where you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel by private vehicle.
NOTE: Should your aircraft park on the apron (not directly at the terminal building), you will be taken by bus to the terminal building. In this case you will be met as you enter the building off the bus.

About Cape Town

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage are evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavor and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. With its dramatic ocean vistas, sandy beaches and stunning stretches of hill and fynbos-covered mountainside, the coastal landscape of Cape Town and the Southern Peninsula are truly memorable. Side-walk cafes and vibrant promenades fringe glorious turquoise waters.

Day 2: Cape Town

Cape Town
Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour/Half Day
Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour/Half Day
Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour/Half Day
Daily Summary

Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour/Half Day

You will be met by your guide for a half day exploration of the Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula. On our descent, we stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. You will have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs or at your hotel at the end of the tour.

Day 3: Cape Town

Cape Peninsula Tour/Full Day
Cape Peninsula Tour/Full Day
Cape Peninsula Tour/Full Day
Daily Summary

Cape Peninsula Tour/Full Day

Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbor with magnificent mountains views and beaches. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular (optional and for your own account) to get to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay.

After lunch (for your own account), continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Then stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving back at your hotel.

Day 4: Cape Town

Wine Region Tour/Full Day
Wine Region Tour/Full Day
Wine Region Tour/Full Day
Daily Summary

Wine Region Tour/Full Day

This full day tour visits the Cape Winelands consisting of several towns including Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek. Gracious Cape Dutch homesteads set against a backdrop of mountains, forests, and rolling vineyards provide an unforgettable landscape. You will have the opportunity to sample and purchase noble vintages, to explore the realm of the winemaker and experience a rich historical and architectural tradition while you learn first-hand how this picturesque part of South Africa produces some of the world’s finest wines.

Day 5: Depart Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Depart Cape Town
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Cape Town - Victoria Falls
  • Accommodation: Old Drift Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D
Flight Cape Town - Victoria Falls
Regular scheduled flight Cape Town to Victoria Falls
NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE

Today you are taken by private vehicle to Cape Town Airport.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls is the stuff of legends, romance and myth. An iconic draw card that features prominently on the "must see list" of travelers to south and southern Africa the sheer size, sight and sound of this magnificent spectacle never fails to inspire. Over a mile wide and 300 feet high, it is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – the “Smoke that Thunders”.


Day 6: Victoria Falls

Full day exploring the Victoria Falls area
Full day exploring the Victoria Falls area
Full day exploring the Victoria Falls area
Full day exploring the Victoria Falls area
Full day exploring the Victoria Falls area
Daily Summary

Full day exploring the Victoria Falls area

Full day to explore the Victoria Falls area. Your lodge includes a variety of activities that can be scheduled when you are there.

Day 7: Depart Victoria Falls to Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Road transfer Victoria Falls to Kasane
  • Domestic Flights: Light Aircraft Transfer to Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
  • Transfer: Transfer from airstrip to camp
  • Accommodation: Kwando Lagoon
  • Meals: B, L, D
Light Aircraft Transfer to Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Flying time to Linyanti is approximately 1 hour. The aircraft may make stops at other camps en route.

This morning you are taken by road to Kasane Airport in Botswana (approx. 1.5 hours) for your light aircraft flight to your camp.

Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

The Linyanti Reserve is a vast tract of African bush (125,000 hectares) between the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, characterized by open grassland, riverine forest and mopane savannas. The area is particularly noted for its very large elephant population and its regularly sighted predators including lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena and the vast herds of antelope in the area. The reserve also boasts a great variety of birds that can be seen along the river and in the papyrus swamps.

You are met at your airstrip and taken to your camp. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife en route!


Days 8 - 9: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

On safari in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
On safari in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
On safari in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Daily Summary

On safari in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

This special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, and tsessebe. The wonderful variety of wildlife also includes elephant, hippo, buffalo and the ever present predators of lion, cheetah and hyena. Your time is spent traversing this wild part of Africa looking for big game.

Day 10: Linyanti to Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Transfer from Chobe to Kasane
  • Domestic Flights: Light Aircraft Transfer to the Okavango Delta
  • Transfer: Transfer from airstrip to camp
  • Accommodation: Kwara Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D
Light Aircraft Transfer to the Okavango Delta
Flying time to the Okavango Delta is approximately 45 minutes. The aircraft may make stops at other camps en route.

Time permitting you will enjoy a final morning game viewing activity and breakfast before being transferred to the Kasane airport.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the best known and most visited tourist attraction in Botswana. It is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin, and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari. Shaped like a fan, the Delta is fed by the Okavango River, the third largest in southern Africa. It has been steadily developed over the millennia by millions of tons of sand carried down the river from Angola. The Delta has no outlet to the sea and as a result its water run into the Kalahari Desert. Each year, during and shortly after the rainy season, the Delta irrigates about 15,000sq km of desert. However, the high temperatures of the Kalahari causes much of this excess water to quickly evaporate. Floodplains and islands disappear under the rising water and then reappear in an ever-changing landscape at the end of each wet season. One of the most popular activities in the Delta, is to go on an enchanting mokoro ride, where a qualified guide silently poles you through the reed-lined waterways.

You are met at your airstrip and taken to your camp. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife en route!


Days 11 - 12: Okavango Delta

On safari in the Okavango Delta
On safari in the Okavango Delta
On safari in the Okavango Delta
Daily Summary

On safari in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a true Garden of Eden, with picturesque lagoons, lush forests, vast savannas, superb wildlife and over 400 bird species. Your experienced and knowledgeable guides will immerse you in a magical African wilderness as you discover Africa's most impressive wildlife.

Day 13: Depart

Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Transfer from camp to airstrip
  • Domestic Flights: Light Aircraft Transfer to Maun
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Maun to Johannesburg
  • Meals: B
Light Aircraft Transfer to Maun
Flying time to Maun is approximately 30 minutes. The aircraft may make stops at other camps en route.
Flight Maun to Johannesburg
Regular scheduled flight Maun to Johannesburg
NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE

Time permitting you will enjoy a final morning game viewing activity and breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Maun. In Maun you will board your flight to Johannesburg and onward connection back home.

Accommodation

V & A Waterfront Hotel
V & A Waterfront Hotel

V & A Waterfront Hotel

History and modern luxury merge to create ageless beauty at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, which was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse. This iconic establishment was named after Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred who played an intrinsic role in the establishment of the Breakwater Basin, now the V&A Waterfront.

Old Drift Lodge
Old Drift Lodge
Old Drift Lodge

Old Drift Lodge

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. The main lodge area has 360 degree views, North facing onto the Zambezi and South facing onto a water hole. The Old Drift Lodge is the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls. Relax in the attractive main lodge, enjoying the majestic vistas and tranquil scenery, watching the world go by from a comfortable spot.

Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon
Kwando Lagoon

Kwando Lagoon

Kwando Lagoon is perched on the banks of the Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park in the Namibian Caprivi strip. Raised on wooden platforms the 8 canvas and thatch tents are spacious and traditional, with Persian carpets and baths with views. Scenic lagoon vistas may be appreciated from private decks, or from the comfort of the open-plan main camp. Surrounded by natural beauty, attractive guest spaces include a lounge, dining area and bar, and a deck extends outwards to a pool.

Kwara Camp
Kwara Camp
Kwara Camp

Kwara Camp

Overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta, Kwara offers the ultimate Delta experience. Its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing. Kwara offers, within the exclusive concession in which it is located, a wide variety of activities. In addition to game drives, both day and night, the camp offers mokoro trips, as well as fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fisherman need to bring their own equipment). Boat trips are on a double-decker boat that visits the Godikwe Lagoon in the waters of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is known for the abundant varieties of birdlife especially during nesting season. Kwara is known for its consistent sightings of predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard and on rare occasion – white rhino! Herds of elephants also frequent the area, as well as giraffe, zebra, sitatunga, lechwe, impala and hippos.

Details

Details

Price Includes

• All accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers as indicated in the itinerary. All transfers are private unless otherwise indicated.
• Price is based on one transfer for all passengers on the itinerary. In the event people arrive/depart on different flights, additional transfers may be required at an extra cost.
• All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
• Morning and afternoon game viewing activities at safari camps - exact details arranged by the camp during your stay.
• Park fees unless specified otherwise
• All tours as indicated in the itinerary. All tours are private unless otherwise indicated. Standard entrance fees included.
• Internal light aircraft flights on safari as specified.
• 24/7 local assistance in all countries.

Price Excludes

• International and domestic scheduled flights unless shown as included.
• Gratuities.
• Any Covid or related testing required during the trip.
• Quarantine costs due to Covid-related issues.
• Optional activities offered by lodges and payable directly.
• Travel Insurance.
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless specified in the itinerary.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Items of a personal nature.
• Laundry unless specified in the itinerary.
• Visa fees.
• Airport departure taxes.
• Any items or services not specified in the itinerary.

Why Maxim Tours?

Why Maxim Tours?

Uncommon Safaris for Discerning Adventurers

Experience Matters

Since 1993 Maxim Tours’ passion for exotic destinations has made us a highly sought after Boutique Tour Operator for discerning travelers. After three decades we continue to exceed our clients' expectations. Our approach over these many years is simple; offer the very best service and travel experience at the most competitive prices while balancing the importance of sustainable tourism with a high quality travel product.

Premier Guides 

Maxim Tours' guides have a reputation for being the best in the business. Experts in their fields, friendly and interesting,  a good guide will bring the most out of every excursion while creating lifelong memories.  

24/7 Support

At no time during your adventure will you be alone. Our local partners are available 24/7 in the event you need any assistance while traveling. We will monitor your progress and take care of any unexpected developments so that your trip continues unhindered.

Responsible Tourism

Responsible and sustainable tourism should be more than just a phrase - it has to be an ongoing and tangible commitment to balancing tourism with the upliftment of local communities and preservation of the natural environment. Maxim Tours actively supports camps and lodges whose business models reflect this commitment.