Southern Africa: Cape, Delta & Falls

Southern Africa: Cape, Delta & Falls

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Southern Africa: Cape, Delta & Falls

14 Days Starting in Cape Town and ending in Victoria Falls

Visiting: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Boulders Beach, Hermanus, Stellenbosch, Maun, Okavango Delta, Kasane, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

AJV

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

4WD, Boat/Cruise Excursion

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Tour Overview

Encompassing three countries, two Natural Wonders of the World, and a string of unforgettable experiences, this unique adventure unwraps the very best of southern Africa. It begins on the Western Cape of South Africa, where sophisticated Cape Town sits at the foot of Table Mountain and elite vineyards produce award-winning wines. We then hop to Botswana for an adventure in the wilds, scouring Chobe National Park on multiple game drives and discovering the Okavango Delta in mokoro canoes while staying in a wild camp. We end in Zimbabwe, marvelling at the thunderous rush and roar of Victoria Falls – a magnificent curtain of water that draws our adventure to a close.

Highlights

  • Enjoy wine tasting with food pairings at two wineries in Stellenbosch

  • Marvel at Cape Town and beyond from the summit of Table Mountain

  • Search for elephants and lions on safari in Chobe National Park

  • Visit the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

  • Explore the Okavango Delta in poler-guided mokoro canoes

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Meals Included: No Meals

Our adventure starts in Cape Town, the Mother City, and the afternoon is free to settle in. If you have time after your arrival, you might want to explore a little. The premier nearby attraction is the V&A Waterfront, a buzzy entertainment district of restaurants, stores and live performances within the oldest working harbour in South Africa. Alternatively, relax after your flight with a cooling dip in the hotel pool.



Accommodation: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Day 2 : Cable Car To The Top Of Table Mountain; Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Location: Table Mountain

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

This morning, an icon of Cape Town beckons: Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We take the cable car to the summit, where we enjoy a short walk, admiring views over the city and the Atlantic waters of Table Bay from several lookout points. After an hour or so, we take the cable car back down and head to our vehicle.



We then drive around the mountain to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, ranked among the top botanic gardens on the planet. Here, we spend the afternoon exploring the site, which sprawls over the eastern slope of Table Mountain with numerous trails to discover.



Accommodation: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Day 3 : Explore The Cape Peninsula And Spend Time With The Penguins At Boulders Beach

Location: Boulders Beach

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We check out early and drive straight to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, taking the scenic route through Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak. Upon arrival, we embark on a walk (approximately two hours) through the reserve, where elands, springbok, wildebeest, baboons and ostriches roam among the rugged cliffs, unspoiled beaches, shipwrecks and wild flora.



We first walk to the new lighthouse for panoramic views, before visiting the old lighthouse for spectacular cliff views. We then follow a downhill path to the Cape of Good Hope and see a board declaring it the southwestern tip of Africa. In the afternoon, we visit the protected African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Also known as jackass penguins, this endangered species is the only penguin on the continent. The beach falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area and plays an important part in the conservation of this species. After, we check into our hotel a very short distance away in Simon’s Town harbour.



Accommodation: Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 : Drive To Hermanus; Free Afternoon

Location: Hermanus

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

This morning, we depart for Hermanus, taking the scenic Clarens Drive from Gordon’s Bay, past Betty’s Bay and then onto the seaside town, where we check into our hotel.



The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy Hermanus. From late August to November, southern right whales are easily spotted from the shore as they frolic in Walker Bay, a whale crier sounding his kelp horn when he spots them off the coast. Those who want can also do a boat-based whale-watching trip. There are also several other activities available, including hikes, river cruises and lagoon-kayaking, all of which are available year-round.



Accommodation: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 : Wine Tasting With Food Pairings At Two Stellenbosch Wineries

Location: Stellenbosch

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: San Gabriel Cottages (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

Leaving Hermanus in the morning, we head down Sir Lowrey’s Pass to Stellenbosch, a historic town cradled by the Cape Winelands vineyards. Our first stop is the Waterford Estate, where we enjoy a chocolate and wine-paired tasting. From here, we continue to the Middelvlei Wine Estate for a pairing experience with traditional South African dishes; we enjoy snoek (a type of mackerel) and cottage cheese braaibroodjie (a grilled-cheese sandwich) with Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay; boerewors (a spiralled sausage) and mozzarella braaibroodjie with Middelvlei Free-Run Pinotage; and fig and brie braaibroodjie with Middelvlei Shiraz. Soft drinks and vegetarian food options are also available. In the late afternoon, we check into our cottages where we can take a dip in the pool.



Accommodation: San Gabriel Cottages (or similar)

Day 6 : Fly To Maun; Free Afternoon

Location: Maun

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crocodile Camp (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We depart Stellenbosch after breakfast and transfer to Cape Town International Airport for our flight to Maun, Botswana, which leaves in the morning and takes approximately 2hr 30min. In the afternoon, we shop in Maun for our time in the Okavango Delta – picking up the drinks and snacks we might want – before transferring the last 9mi (15km) to our lodge. Our accommodation is on the banks of the Thamalakane River; after settling in, we have time for a quick river swim before dinner (not included).



Accommodation: Crocodile Camp (or similar)

Day 7 : Into The Okavango Delta

Location: Okavango Delta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Okavango Delta wild camp

Meals Included: breakfastlunchdinner

We transfer into the Okavango Delta in an open 4×4 game-viewing vehicle, before our local guides take us in traditional dugout canoes called mokoros to our wild tented camp. The Delta forms as rainwater from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for wildlife. Our camp is on a remote island in this dynamic environment and we enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters.



Camping with our local guides, we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. The camp will be put up by the polers and we use canvas dome tents with camp stretchers, mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows provided. There is also a gazebo for shade, which doubles as a mess tent. Please note, you only need to take luggage for two nights – bags will be provided.



In the afternoon, we take a two-hour bush walk with the polers. Following animal tracks with the help of our expert guides, we hope to see some of the resident wildlife, which includes zebras, giraffes, elephants and hippos.



Accommodation: Okavango Delta wild camp

Day 8 : Full Day Exploring The Okavango Delta By Foot And Dugout Canoe

Location: Okavango Delta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Okavango Delta wild camp

Meals Included: breakfastlunchdinner

We wake early for a four-hour sunrise game walk led by the polers, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the resident animals and to recognise their tracks. The polers also share the practical uses of the plants we pass. We return to camp for a well-deserved brunch.



In the afternoon, we take a short sunset cruise on our mokoros, navigating reed-lined waterways decorated with water lilies and keeping an eye out for hippos.



Accommodation: Okavango Delta wild camp

Day 9 : Morning Game Walk; Return To Maun

Location: Maun

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crocodile Camp (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We enjoy a two-hour morning game walk, our expert guide pointing out more of the extraordinary animals that live here, before returning to our vehicle by mokoro and transferring back to our lodge in Maun. The afternoon is free to enjoy the swimming pool at the lodge or to take an optional helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta.



Accommodation: Crocodile Camp (or similar)

Day 10 : Fly To Kasane; Chobe River Cruise

Location: Kasane

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kwalape Safari Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfastlunchdinner

We have an early breakfast to reach Maun Airport for our one-hour flight to Kasane, Botswana. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our lodge on the outskirts of Kasane, where we have lunch.



This afternoon, we take a short transfer to a jetty and embark on a three-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River. This section of Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephants and buffalos plus rare species, such as puku and roan antelopes, and a fantastic amount of birdlife.



Accommodation: Kwalape Safari Lodge (or similar)

Day 11 : Morning And Afternoon Game Drive In Chobe National Park

Location: Chobe National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kwalape Safari Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfastlunchdinner

We have an early morning open-vehicle game drive in Chobe National Park, aiming to arrive when it opens. Our three-hour adventure takes us along the Chobe River and we hope to see iconic African animals, including lions, elephants, hippos and, if we’re very lucky, leopards.



We return to our lodge for brunch and time to relax at the pool or to visit Kasane. In the afternoon, we take a second three-hour game drive in Chobe, allowing us another opportunity to see the spectacular wildlife that lives here.



Accommodation: Kwalape Safari Lodge (or similar)

Day 12 : Drive Across The Border Into Zimbabwe; Visit Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Rainbow Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

Today we cross into Zimbabwe and head to Victoria Falls, arriving in time for lunch in the town of the same name.



In the afternoon, we enjoy a spectacular guided walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of Mosi oa Tunya (the Smoke That Thunders), known in English as Victoria Falls. Named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this magnificent spectacle is one of the largest waterfalls on the planet, falling in a 1.05mi (1.7km) wide sheet.



Accommodation: Rainbow Hotel (or similar)

Day 13 : Full Day At Victoria Falls For Optional Activities

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Rainbow Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

Today has been left free for you to enjoy all the optional activities available in this region, bookings can be made the day before on arrival into the town. You could white-water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, enjoy a sunset river cruise or take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls (all own expense).



Accommodation: Rainbow Hotel (or similar)

Day 14 : End Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Meals Included: breakfast

The adventure comes to an end today. However, if you’d like more time to discover this beautiful part of the world, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.

What's Included

  • Meals
    13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation

  • Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners are included. These are typically:



Breakfast: Cereals, coffee, tea and toast, and the occasional cooked breakfast

Lunch: Cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls

Dinner: Potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta



Where meals are not included, the leader will recommend a restaurant for a group meal. Dinners can cost the equivalent of US$20-US$30 per person and lunches US$8-US$13.



Please be aware, we need at least two weeks’ notice to deal with special dietary requirements (eg vegetarian or allergies).

Accommodation

For this African adventure, we have picked a selection of comfortable accommodations, each well located for our activities. We spend seven nights in hotels, four nights in lodges and two nights of full-service camping.



We mostly stay in three-star hotels and lodges. In Cape Town, we enjoy a privileged spot by the V&A Waterfront, a star attraction in the city, which is packed with a dizzying number of restaurants, shops and buzzy bars. Many of the other hotels and lodges on this trip have lovely views and most have pools.



Wild camping in the Okavango Delta







The highlight stay on this trip for many, however, is our two nights of wild camping in the Okavango Delta. Our neighbours, which you’ll likely hear shuffling around at night, include hippos, elephants and lions, while our away-from-it-all location normally allows us to see a night sky illuminated with stars. To make things easier, our camp is set up for us and all equipment is provided. We sleep in spacious, two-person tents fitted with mattress-topped camp beds and there is a bush shower and toilet, while dinner is taken around our atmospheric campfire.

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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04-Nov-2021

This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

Fabulous company and trip

06-Jan-2023

We went overland from Cape Town to Zimbabwe through Botswana and Namibia. What a fantastic trip. Our first time with Exodus although we have travelled extensively around the world. We would highly recommend this company for such a brilliant trip - we got everything and more all at a good price. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking at our next trip!

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John Edwards (Google Reviewer)  

I went cycling in Albania...

19-Aug-2023

I went cycling in Albania with exodus as my first holiday with them. Such a well organised and wonderful experience where I met multiple fellow travellers who have been advocates of them for many years. You can't argue with happy repeat customers and I'm planning my next adventure with them soon

Rob Burridge (Google Reviewer)  

I'v just come back from...

17-Jul-2022

I'v just come back from an amazing Wildlife & Wilderness trip in Botswana and I highly recommend Exodus Travels. Our guide Brian, was extremely knowledgeable on both the wildlife and history of Botswana and neighbouring countries. The other three staff, Abbis, Chief & Mr T, who accompanied us through out our 2 week trip, put in the hard work and made sure our camp was always prepared and that we we're well fed and looked after. The tour took us to some beautiful places and we saw some amazing wildlife, and on several occasions this was due to Brian's knowledge of the area and wildlife behaviour. Exodus have been very quick to respond to any queries I had, and the whole experience ran smoothly. I was also pleased to hear that during lockdown they provided staff with food packages 👍. I'd normally go on self organised trips, however, with this trip, the tour and guide Brian took us to places not possible otherwise and showed us things that we would'v missed out on. All of which were the highlights of the tour.

Daphne Partridge (Google Reviewer)  

After 14 roup adventure holidays...

26-Nov-2023

After 14 roup adventure holidays with Exofus we would not hesitate to recommend them as an excitingholiday company. They take you off the beaten track but offer great support and expertise :)

Alison Payton (Google Reviewer)  

I've done 8 trips in...

17-May-2023

I've done 8 trips in the last 14 years with Exodus, and have been rewarded with a 10% discount on all future bookings. I feel very confident that I'll receive pleasant, efficient service, and have the unusual holiday experience that I'm looking for each time. I've trekked to the top of snow-capped peaks, wild-camped in the desert, seen amazing spectacles of nature, visited 4 capital cities in a week, and learned about local culture and experienced local hospitality in a way that I simply wouldn't on a conventional holiday. The quality of the accommodation and guides can vary, but this is mainly down to cultural differences and things that Exodus can't control. I've only ever complained once, my complaint was taken seriously, and I was sent a discount voucher - you can't say fairer than that. I remain a loyal customer.

Jacquelyn Moore (Google Reviewer)  

Food came quickly. Staff very...

07-Mar-2024

Food came quickly. Staff very friendly and polite . However the chef or person preparing the food did not seem to read the menu! If it says a meal should come with vegetables, you should not have to ask for them. They served shepherds pie with garlic bread! The munchies ice cream sundae said it should come in a glass with a flake but came in a little bowl with just a few munchies! When asking the staff were happy to replace and correct but customer should get what they order and what menu says first time round!!

johanna leonor (Google Reviewer)  

If you like to be...

07-Sep-2023

If you like to be mistreated Exodus is perfect for you. If you enjoy terrible choices for hotels and pseudo restaurants Exodus is perfect for you. Careless about their clients and loveless about their propositions. Exodus has been a dissatisfaction and disappointment about every dealing i and my group have had with him. Especially a man called Simone who just cares about the money he can get from you couldn’t care less about service.

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