Southern Africa encompasses the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Southern Africa and many diverse habitats make up these enchanted lands.
South Africa is known as “A World Within One Country” – It boasts subtropical savannah, arid scrubland, deserts, mountains, a plateau and two oceans. It’s rich in natural beauty and incredible wildlife diversity. Cape Town in the southwestern corner is climatically and botanically unique. Excursions are available to the Cape Peninsula to visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point with a stop along the way at Simon’s Town to see the wonderful African penguin colony along Boulders Beach. There’s The Cableway up Table Mountain to experience the breathtaking views and drives to wine producing areas nearby. Johannesburg is the country’s main gateway for arriving visitors to proceed to their various destinations.
The most popular area in the country for wildlife safaris are the private reserves that lie along Kruger National Park’s western border. This is the area called Mpumalanga and the Sabi Sand. Mala Mala Private Game Reserve located here is extremely famous for “Big Five” game viewing opportunities.
Botswana…beautiful Botswana has earned a well deserved reputation as perhaps the finest safari destination in all of Africa. Guests are able to enjoy probably the highest ratio of wildlife acreage per visitor of anywhere in Africa. Botswana’s special combination of great game, uncrowded reserves, excellent small camps (most only have room for 20 or fewer guests) and the use of Land Rover open vehicles for day and night game viewing is hard to beat.
The northern part of the country is where you’ll find the renowned Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve along with the Linyanti and Savute regions. Within these areas there are private reserves and concessions that feature the most incredible wildlife-viewing along with luxurious accommodations. Most of these Botswana camps are accessed only by small aircraft as the destinations are so remote. You’ll feel as if you’re in a nature documentary as you gaze out at the landscapes that are home to these African animals.
Essentially a desert land, Namibia is one of the most interesting and unusual of the African countries. Namibia is located in the sub-tropics and is open on one side to the chilly Atlantic Ocean. Perhaps the most famous park here is Etosha which offers fine game viewing. Southwest of Etosha is Damaraland, known for its unique red rock formations and spectacular sunsets and stars. The wildlife is sparse here, but the elusive desert elephants are an incredible bonus, if sighted.
South of Etosha National Park is the town of Otijiwarongo and the scenic Waterberg Plateau where the Cheetah Conservation Fund resides nearby. Known as “The Cheetah Capital of the World”, Namibia is home to the largest concentration of cheetah left today. Thanks to the efforts and remarkable work of Cheetah Conservation Fund founder, Dr. Laurie Marker, who is making huge strides towards dealing with the awareness and struggle of this splendid endangered cat.
Zimbabwe has a subtropical temperate climate. It is more than 975 feet above sea level and has an unusually fresh atmosphere. Mana Pools is especially renowned for its beautiful lighting you can almost always recognize a photo taken here… The location feels untouched and wild, with endless wildlife encounters. It seems as if time stands still with stunning views – purple Zambian mountains, the mighty Zambesi River, riverine forest… the Africa of yesteryear.
Read what some of our clients have to say about their South African safaris.
Click to view sample 17 day Safari Itinerary
SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE,BOTSWANACombination
Met upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
Private Coach transfer from Johannesburg Airport to 54 0n Bath Hotel at Rosebank
Bed and Breakfast
1 night Room: Deluxe Standard room
Breakfast served before morning departure
Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s January 2005 issue featured – The Gold List, The World’s Best Places to Stay. 54 on Bath came in as #3 out of the top South African hotel properties. This subdued and refined sophisticated seven-year old boutique hotel is soothing…like a home away from home. It is located in the heart of Sandton’s exclusive and vibrant classy suburb of Rosebank. The Hotel has a calming and comforting effect upon your soul and is extremely welcomng and amicable which begins right at the front door by the doorman. The service is stunning and consistent upon many visits there and the world-class staff manage to treat everyone like their most important guest. You can always count on 54 on Bath with its attention to detail and special touches including complimentary tasty refreshnments available to the guests in the library and complimentary cafe. Beautiful paintings and intriguing artwork along with exquisite floral arrangements are arttistically displayed throughout the hotel.
The 73 room guest accommodations start on the fifth floor in tastefully furnished elegant English Country decor rooms with luxuriously spacious en-suite bathrooms complete with bath and separate shower. The rooms have a mini-bar, satellite TV, wall safe, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, air-conditioning and telephone. The interiors are enhanced by natural light from French casement windows with views over the town. Beautifrul Jacaranda trees form arches over the streets and when in bloom turn the neighborhood into a magical mass of purple. 54 on Bath embodies all that is essential to the discerning guest, being particularly suited to travelers seeking a relaxed, upscale ambience – a true blending of personalized hospitality. Flavorsome cuisine is always the order of the day in the hotel’s fourth floor Dining Room that opens onto a terrace garden with a heated rooftop lap pool. The amazing sumptuous buffet breakfast is not to be missed. It is marked by variety and a delicious abundance of choices, bountifully arranged. There is a covered walkway linking the hotel with the adjacent Rosebank Mall for shopping and restaurants. The Mall’s Sunday Rooftop Market, arguably South Africa’s best, offers a huge range of beautifully hand-crafted merchandise. For the non-shoppers there is a gym and spa on the hotel’s fifth floor.
Coach transfer from 54 on Bath to Johannesburg Intl’ Airport
Scheduled flight on South African Air from Johannesburg to Harare, Zimbabwe
Depart Harare Airport for light aircraft transfer to Ruckomechi Airstrip
Road transfer from airstrip to Ruckomechi Camp , Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Includes: All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks
Set on the banks of the dominating Zambezi River brimming with hippo, the biodiversity surrounding Ruckomechi Camp is a naturalist’s paradise. A large grove of acacia and mahogany trees with a fabulous mountainous backdrop of the Great Rift Valley sets the scene, while large numbers of elephant, buffalo and eland create the excitement. With these stunning views also evident from your spacious en-suite tent, you will be smitten with your secluded outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’. Low-level walkways connect the 10 guest tents to the beautifully designed central dining, bar, library and lounge areas. For your comfort there’s also a separate deck with an infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star-gazing deck.
Day 3 & 4
Full Board and Game Viewing Activities
Vehicle transfer to Ruckomechi Airstrip
Depart on Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe light aircraft to Victoria Falls Airport
Scheduled road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to The Victoria Falls Hotel
1 night – Deluxe Central Room
Step back in time at The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’. Situated perfectly in the fabulous Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, offering easy access to the breathtaking Falls. World-class service, culinary delights and incredible views make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. You can dine and dance in the Livingstone Room, savor the famous breakfast and buffet and ethnic entertainment at the Jungle Junction and sip cocktails on Stanley’s Terrace. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers for over a century. Their 161 gracious Edwardian-style guest rooms include standard, traditional, deluxe rooms and junior, honeymoon, executive suites and even a Royal Suite that has accommodated reigning monarchs, presidents and many famous Hollywood stars. There’s also a large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms and a chapel.
Scheduled Tour of the Falls.
Depart Victoria Falls Airport on Wilderness Air Botswana light-aircraft
Arrive Kasane Airport (Customs Entry into Botswana)
Depart Wilderness Air Botswana Kasane
Arrive at DumaTau Airstrip
Vehicle transfer to DumaTau Camp
Included: All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks
Overlooking the broad Linyanti River, DumaTau means ‘roar of the lion’, but it is the large herds of elephant for which the area is most well-known. These – and much more – can be seen on game drives or from your spacious tented unit. There are ten luxurious canvas-roofed en-suite tents – all with wide-angle views of the river. The same spectacular vistas can be seen from their expansive open deck, the dining room and lounge areas. With easy access to a range of habitats, you can look forward to excellent wildlife viewing all year round – prolific plains game along with abundant predators.
Day 7 – 8
Full Board and Game Viewing Activities
Depart from Duma Tau Airstrip
Arrive Stanley’s Airstrip
Vehicle transfer to Stanley’s Camp
Included: All meals, all game viewing activities, Elephant Interaction activity, park fees, laundry services, all beverages.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is located on a huge private concession on the southern tip of Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta ensuring total exclusivity. The intimate camp is gathered around a large sitting and dining area which affords magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. From the swimming pool you may watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. Each canvas tent is individually designed and boasts a traditional ceiling fan. Large wooden decks will provide you with a private area to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dining in the spectacular dining mess. Sanctuary Retreats and Living with Elephants invite you to explore Africa with us from an elephant’s perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature’s great masterpiece. You’ll have the unique opportunity to interact with three habituated elephants, Jabu, Thembi and Marula, as well as picnic in their company. The herd’s guardians are Douglas and Sandi Groves who will accompany you.
Day 10 – 11
Full Board and Game Viewing Activities including one day of ‘Elephant Interaction’
Depart from Stanley’s Camp Airstrip
Arrive at Maun Airport
Scheduled South African Air flight from Maun to Johannesburg
Met on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport and transferred to Intercontinental Airport Hotel
The safe and highly convenient Intercontinental Airport Hotel is just 68.7 metres walk from OR Tambo’s International Arrivals Hall and is the perfect stopover for you. The spacious soundproofed rooms, blackout curtains, king beds and fluffy duvets will ensure you enjoy a great night’s sleep. The large showers have massage showerheads and the rooms have ample natural light flowing from the floor to ceiling windows. Quills Restaurant, open 24 hours, offers contemporary African indoor and outdoor dining. Facilities include free unlimited Wi-Fi, Business Centre, Health Spa, complimentary gym, swimming pool and DVD library. Refurbished in 2008, this is your ideal and hassle-free stop over for onward Southern African destinations.
After breakfast, in the Intercontinental Airport Hotel lobby you’ll be met by a Wilderness Safaris representative who will assist you to Fireblade Aviation hanger at the OR Tambo Airport for your flight to Tswalu Kalahari.
Depart from Fireblade Aviation to Tswalu Kalahari
Arrive Tswalu Kalahari, meet your driver and transferred to Tswalu Motse…
Included: All meals and all beverages, game drives, walking or horseback safaris, led by experienced field guides and trackers, in-suite tea & coffee facilities, laundry and valet services, wireless access…
Welcome to the barefoot luxury of Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s largest private game reserve, in the exquisite malaria-free ‘Green Kalahari’ region. Here, you will enjoy superlative game viewing and the chance to design your own itinerary with game drives, bush walks, horseback safaris and indulgent spa treatments. The Motse caters for a total of just 20 guests, with the emphasis on privacy and exclusivity in eight spacious ‘legae’ ,or suites, which are defined by luxury with open fire places, sumptuous bathrooms including indoor and outdoor showers and private decks overlooking a productive waterhole. The main lodge is centered on a large pool and has a spacious lounge and dining area, spa and gym, impressive wine cellar and a boma.
Day 14 – 15
Full Board and Game Viewing Activities
Depart from Tswalu Kalahari
Arrive at Fireblade Aviation Hangar
Met by Wilderness Rep for vehicle transfer to Intercontinental Airport Hotel
Day 17 –
Met by Wilderness Safaris Representative who will assist you to the OR Tambo Airport to your return flight Check-in counter…
Read about our African Safari Specialist, Janee McKinney
Janee McKinney is Fishabout’s African Safari Specialist and Travel Consultant.
“My fascination with Africa began as a young child. Growing up in San Francisco in the 50’s my family and I visited Fleishhacker Zoo many times and the Lion House was my special attraction. To hear the lions chuff and roar during feeding time was a thrill and remains so today to hear them calling to one another on the African plains. Also one of my favorite things to do, way back then, was to accompany my parents to visit the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, just a short distance from our family home. The building housed the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The latter featured the African Hall which absolutely fascinated me and through my insistence we visited it quite regularly. Here were classic dioramas depicting real places with recognizable landmarks and the African animals within the scene were frozen in time amidst the African landscape. I wanted to step inside the dioramas, and be able to have it all come alive. Some day, I dreamed, I would go to Africa and encounter the actual animals moving serenely around the beautiful, expansive landscapes. That became my goal and I’ve achieved it now, but still keep going back…”
Some day, I dreamed, I would go to Africa and encounter the actual animals moving serenely around the beautiful, expansive landscapes.
“Travel is only the distance between your dreams and the reality of actually being there. A plane ride whisks you away to this distant land and its promise of a new and much awaited memorable experience. And now Africa has become my passion. My first trip to Africa was in October 1989 to Kenya. Now 12 trips later, after experiencing Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia, the continent still calls me back and I await the next adventure. In the meantime, I plan and customize itineraries for Fishabout clients that also have the dream to envision an African Safari in their future. For most people it’s “The Trip of a Lifetime”, but for many others they just can’t get enough of the experience and they keep going back again and again. Every trip is different, just as every game drive has a new highlight. It gives me great pleasure to hear my clients come back with fulfilling stories about their experiences and how overwhelmed they were with the whole African ambience that I chose for them.”
What is Included :
SIXTEEN NIGHTS IN AFRICA
One Night -54 on Bath Hotel at Rosebank, South Africa
Three Nights – Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
One Night – The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
Three Nights – DumaTau Camp, Linyanti, Botswana
Three Nights – Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
One Night – Intercontinental OR Tambo Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
Three Nights – Tswalu Motse, Tswlau Kalahari, South Africa
One Night – Intercontinental OR Tambo Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa