Sensational Africa Accompanied Tour 31 October – 14 November 2023
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Enjoy the company of Rowan, the founder of Sensational Africa on this tour to some of the best destinations, safari camps and hotels on the African continent. Every year I lead a limited number of tours for discerning travellers wanting to experience the best of Africa. With tours at differing times of the year, each tour showcases Africa in different seasons but still offers the same highlights along the way. For us, the luxury is not only in the accomodation, but in the experience itself.
This tour is for the “luxurious adventurer” and showcases the best of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. We visit the Okavango Delta, the mighty Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and South Africa’s premier destination, Cape Town. Transfers from camp to camp are by light aircraft which means more time on safari and less time transferring, the views from above are exceptional too! We have chosen very well appointed “Adventurer” Camps in Hwange and the Okavango Delta that are extremely comfortable with every amenity one requires in the bush. The camps have premier locations in some of Africa’s best wildlife concessions and the guiding is of a very high standard. Victoria Falls and Cape Town boast luxury accomodations with some very special additions to make this one of the best all round tours on offer. The tour starts with 3 nights in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park at Davison’s Camp. Hidden in the tree line over-looking a productive plain and waterhole Davisons boasts the enviable location in the wildlife rich Linkwasha concession. An old stomping ground and favourite of mine due to its location and high numbers of birds, elephant, buffalo and predators. With only 8 tents and a large main area comprising of a lounge and dining area this simple camp brings Africa right into the camp and only enhances your experience. Packed with activities such as day and night game drives, guided walks and cultural experiences this is the perfect place to start your African safari.
Next stop, a short flight back to Victoria Falls, which is also known locally as Mosi oa-tunya “the Smoke that Thunders”. Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport
we proceed to the Falls for a guided tour on the Zimbabwean side. Although at its lowest in November the Zimbabwean side of the falls still has a considerable amount of water. The Zambian side often ceases flow at this time of the year and this has a dramatic effect and gives one a chance to see the sheer 105m cliff that the water thunders over into the gorge below. We think anytime is a great time to view the Victoria Falls and whatever the time of year, you still left in awe at this amazing Natural Wonder of the World. From here proceed to Toka-Leya Camp in Zambia where you will stay the next 2 nights. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, you will drift off to sleep at night to the sounds of one of Africa’s oldest rivers. Enjoy the serene setting and all the activities on offer including a guided tour of the Falls on the Zambian side, a tour of the Livingstone museum, a Rhino tracking experience (nominal fee), river cruises, cultural experiences and more. This is a good opportunity to see two small African town’s, the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and the town of Livingstone in Zambia.
From here we head off to Botswana from Livingstone airport via 2 short light aircraft flights to Pelo Camp which is located on a heart shaped island in the Okavango Delta. Pelo translates to “heart” in Setswana the local language. This Camps is mostly a water based experience, this depends on water levels which fluctuate from year to year. It is a true Delta camp where guests can enjoy guided walks, phenomenal birding and wildlife and calm excursions through the delta on a Mokoro, a traditional canoe. There are not many experiences that match the tranquility of this peaceful activity, a chance to truly connect with nature and fully appreciate the your pristine surroundings. A quaint adventurers camp with only 5 tented rooms with all the necessary amenities and a well laid out main area that overlooks a lagoon. The staff will welcome you in with open arms and make you feel like family and the guides are exceptional, most growing up in the area itself. Once our 3 days are up this brings an end to our safari and the next exciting adventure awaits in South Africa’s incredible Cape Town!
This is where Rowan says good bye and leaves you to enjoy some quality time with your significant other and your groups of close friends. You will still be in the capable hands of a Private Guide in Cape Town for all of your transfers as well as for 3 privately guided tours of the Cape region. I have hand-picked these fantastic Journeys as they are as fun as they are informative, bringing out the best of the region. Visit the Cape Peninsula, do a City and Culture tour, and for a whole day your guide is at your disposal to take you where ever you want to go based on your interests. Our approved guide’s knowledge of the area is second to none and they will recommend things to do based on your interests and preferences for your free day. Your guide will first meet you at Cape Town International airport and transfer you to your accomodation. During your transfer your guide will outline your activity and transfer programme for the next 7 days.
Going from the serene Okavango Delta to Cape Town is quite the change, but the transition is made much easier when your next stop is Steenberg Estates. The areas oldest wine farm having been established in 1682, Steenberg is a haven of tranquility. We have so much planned for your 2 night stay here. For the Golfers there is 18 holes on Steenberg’s private golf club and for the non-golfers enjoy a voucher to the spa, a heavenly experience. Enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Tryn restaurant or Bistro 1682 with a voucher from us. Try the local wines and enjoy the local Constantia area. On departure day your guide will collect you and take you on a tour of the Cape Peninsula and show you some of the region best natural areas, Cape Point and the Boulder African Penguin colony. Your will enjoy a light lunch and at the end of the day you will arrive at the One & Only Cape town for your next 2 night stay.
The One & Only is located in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the hub of Cape Town. Boasting the largest rooms in Cape Town and with views of the magnificent Table Mountain you will be able to explore the vibrant waterfront, its restaurants, activities and world class shopping facilities. This is your chance to soak up downtown Cape Town and partake in any activities you wish such as Robben Island or paragliding over the beaches. After 2 luxurious nights here doing as you wish your guide will collect you and take you on a City and Culture Tour. This will give you a further glimpse into the history and culture of this incredible city. There are so many little surprises on this tour, you will fall in love with the city and its people.
Your next stop is Leeu House in the French Huguenot inspired town of Frranschoek, set in the winelands surrounded by mountains. This is the perfect way to end your African safari holiday. Enjoy a complementary wine tasting at Leeu Estates, or partake in one of the many activities on offer such as the Wine Tram which leads you through numerous wine estates, each boasting award winning wines and tastings and pairings.. You also have your private guide on stand by to take you wherever you want to go. For the golfers we can arrange another day of golf at Erinvale which was designed by the Bear Jack Nicklaus which is one of South Africa’s best courses. After 2 nights at Leeu House it is time to say goodbye and your guide will transfer you back to Cape Town International Airport. For those wishing to extend you tour, we can tailor another exciting add-on for you.
Our Journey’s are designed to be tailored to your special interests and the time of year you wish to travel. If you see an itinerary that interests you, get in touch with a travel designer and we will use our in-depth knowledge and experience to design you a holiday to Africa that will go above and beyond your expectations.
TOP TIP – For those who have extra time and wish to add extra days to the tour, chat to Rowan it make it happen. We have some incredible add-ons to make this well-rounded experience even better!