From cosmopolitan Cape Town to the wildlife-rich parks of South Africa and Botswana, to majestic Victoria Falls, discover the best of southern Africa. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula, and set out on safari in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. In Zambia, experience breathtaking Victoria Falls. Cap off the journey encountering elephants, lions, and much more in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Depart on an overnight flight to South Africa, and arrive in Cape Town the following afternoon. Check into our hotel, with views of the harbor and Table Mountain, and meet the group this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.
Southern Sun the Cullinan (D)
Spend a full day discovering the splendid flora and
fauna of the Cape Peninsula. Trace the Atlantic
coast to Hout Bay, a charming fishing village and
one of the world’s greatest surfing spots. Board a
boat to view the Cape fur seals that bask on Duiker
Island. In the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve,
explore the dramatic coastline and the fynbos
(“fine bush” in Afrikaans), magnificent, biologically
diverse shrublands found only in the Western Cape
region. Walk or take the funicular to the Cape Point
lighthouse to take in views of False Bay, and then
drive to the Cape of Good Hope, the southwesternmost point of the African continent. After lunch, visit Boulders Beach for a chance to see African penguins. Later, discover a wide range of exotic fynbos species and other regional plants at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Return
to Cape Town and enjoy dinner on your own this
Southern Sun the Cullinan (B,L)
Today, you may choose one of two excursions.
Explore Cape Town’s historic sites, beginning with
Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18
of his 27 years in prison—now a World Heritage
site. Then ride a cable car (weather permitting)
to the summit of Table Mountain, which rises
more than 3,000 feet above Cape Town. See the
colorful Bo Kaap neighborhood, a center of Cape
Malay culture; and visit the District Six Museum,
which memorializes the forcible eviction of some
60,000 residents from a Cape Town suburb
during apartheid. Or, set out into the Cape Winelands to go wine tasting and learn about South
Africa’s burgeoning wine industry. Visit lovely
Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the
country, now the hub of South Africa’s wine
industry. At Boschendal wine estate, see a restored Cape Dutch manor house, and explore the charming village of Franschhoek, named for
the French Huguenots who settled here in 1688.
Return to Cape Town via Paarl, birthplace of the
Afrikaans language. The remainder of the day is
Southern Sun the Cullinan (B)
After breakfast, fly to Kruger Mpumalanga
International Airport. Travel overland to Sabi Sabi,
located within the Sabi Sand Reserve, the oldest
private reserve in South Africa. After settling into
your private thatched bungalow, set off on an afternoon safari with rangers and trackers in search
of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo,
rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras, antelope, and other
species. Return to the lodge in time for dinner.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge (B,L,D)
Rise early this morning and head out in open safari vehicles to spot animals at one of their most active times. Return to the lodge and enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the terrace. In the late morning, take a walking safari with a ranger to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush and examine interesting plant life, or get acquainted with the local people on a visit to a rural Shangaan village. Late this afternoon, head out on another
game drive, stopping for a sundowner cocktail
as the sun sets. Continue exploring as night falls,
using a spotlight to find nocturnal predators on
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge (B,L,D)
After a final early morning safari, transfer to the
airport and fly to Livingstone. Spend the afternoon
exploring Victoria Falls, a mile-wide curtain
of water that plummets some 350 feet into the
narrow chasm of the Zambezi gorge. Later, take a
sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on board
the African Queen. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Royal Livingstone Hotel (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly from Livingstone to Kasane in Botswana. From Kasane, fly to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Fly from the nearby town of Kasane to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Settle into your deluxe safari tent and head out on safari,
discovering the wildlife and landscapes of the
world’s largest inland delta.
Xakanaxa Camp (B,L,D)
Rise at dawn and, after a light breakfast, set out into the delta, exploring by safari vehicle, motorized boat, or mokoro (traditional canoe). Look for herds of elephants, giraffes, and wildebeests, as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and endangered wild dogs. Return to camp for lunch. Enjoy free time before embarking on a
late-afternoon game drive. This evening, toast our
adventure in southern Africa at a festive farewell
Xakanaxa Camp (B,L,D)
Time permitting, enjoy a final morning game drive before transferring to the Xakanaxa airstrip and flying to Maun International Airport. Connect with your international flights home, arriving the next day.
Bill Branch has been a wildlife biologist at the Port Elizabeth Museum in South Africa since 1979 and has undertaken fieldwork from Ethiopia to South Africa and Senegal to Madagascar. Bill is also a general naturalist and keen birder. He has described numerous new species and amphibians, received a grant from National Geographic to help fund his research on African reptiles, and published six books as well as many photographs and scientific articles.
Bill will join the following departure:
Dec 28, 2013 - Jan 07, 2014
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,300 on the June through September departures and $3,750 on the December departure. On the December departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $1,000. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Economy airfare from New York to Cape Town and return from Maun is from $1,800, and internal commercial flights between Cape Town, Kruger, Livingstone, the Okavango Delta, and Maun are $1,500 (subject to change).