Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. It is set on the magnificent Zambezi River which creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These spectacular falls can be easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfalls, Victoria Falls measures an impressive 1708 metres in width. The small town of Victoria Falls, which lies adjacent to the waterfalls, serves as a great base from which to explore the many attractions this area of Zimbabwe has to offer. The surrounding area provides a wide range of adrenalin-filled activities for adventure lovers. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: scenic flights, micro lighting, white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, and once-in-a-lifetime expeditions into the incredible Chobe National Park. The Palm River Hotel offers 73 rooms of unparalleled luxury situated along the banks of the iconic Zambezi River, among towering indigenous trees and only 4 kilometres from Africa’s Natural World Wonder, Victoria Falls.
The hotel introduces a new dimension of unparalleled luxury without compromising a sense of home comfort. Vast and unimpeded views of the Zambezi River are complimented by surrounding indigenous flora that encompass a tranquil, peaceful, and private sanctuary. Guests may enjoy a plethora of activities on offer within the historical town of Victoria Falls or soak in the magic of the Zambezi River and the abundant wildlife that inhabits the popular destination.
Selinda Explorers Camp is located in the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana on the banks of the Selinda Spillway. This authentic 4 tent camp draws on traditions of the classic East African safari with beautifully detailed campaign style furniture made from recycled hard woods, and soft furnishings from Zanzibar and the East. The custom-designed semi-permanent tents consist of two rooms plus verandah, a private open air ‘bustani bathroom’ as well as hot water showers and flush loo. The atmosphere of the camp is one of bush elegance with a relaxed bohemian style, complemented by attentive staff, private professional service and fabulous food. Selinda Explorers Camp sits in prime predator habitat, in a location, which we handpicked based on exploring this area for years. Lion, leopard and cheetah and the recently discovered Explorers Pack of African wild dog hunt these parts regularly. Giraffe, buffalo, roan and sable are possible sightings. At the peak of the dry season in late September, the Selinda Reserve has been documented to hold up to 9,000 elephants. There is a phenomenal bird life along the Spillway’s banks for those looking for some ‘lifers’.
Set in the enthralling Okavango Delta, the Duba Plains Private Reserve is one of the best places to start your exploration of the wild areas of Botswana. The landscape is characterised by vast plains dotted with fig, ebony, and garcinia trees and traversed by a network of pristine waterways. Duba Explorers Camp is tucked away in the northeast corner of the Duba Plains concession, a 77,000-acre private reserve in the Okavango Delta and surrounded by floodplains, grasslands and pockets of mopane and acacia woodlands. Since the camp was relocated away from its sister camp, Duba Plains, Duba Explorers Camp is now situated on an island under a canopy of mature jackalberry, leadwood and mangosteen trees. The camp consists of five tents of airy canvas on raised decking. Guests wake up to panoramic views of the Delta floodplains and, during the flood season, the water channels link to open water filled with flowering water lilies and tall papyrus. The main area is set under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking with an open-concept dining and lounge area. During a stay at Duba Explorers Camp guests can surrounding ecosystem by boat or traditional canoes (mekoro) (when water levels allow), by vehicle or on guided walks. The unique flooding cycles of the Okavango Delta create a mosaic of habitats fostering an incredible diversity of wildlife while the year-round healthy population of elephant, buffalo and lechwe and good hunting terrain attracts predators such as lion, leopard and wild dogs.
The renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart the Okavango Delta on a 77,000-acre private concession that typifies the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains Camp has 5 bespoke tents and a 2-bedroom Duba Plains Suite. The camp sits on raised decking, with views of the surrounding floodplain; designed by Dereck Joubert to fit into the landscape and evoke the classic African safari style of the 1920’s. Each tent has a lounge area, a private verandah with private plunge pool and outdoor covered sala. The main area has a raised dining room, comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library. Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite enjoy a private game drive vehicle and guide as well as private butler and chef. Many consider Duba Plains to be the Okavango’s Maasai Mara because of the sheer volume of wildlife. Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary and intimate wildlife experiences. This is the place that owners, and National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert chose for their home base. Great Plains Conservation is the only operator on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate in exclusivity.
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit. Ideally located just off bustling Kloof Street in a scenic suburb of Cape Town, Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is authentic Cape Town at its loveliest. With beauty, sophisticated charm and quirky personality in equal measure, this intimate hotel offers fifteen individually-decorated bedrooms, which marry a touch of yesteryear with contemporary chic. Visitors can enjoy a comfortable lounge, a cosy breakfast room, as well as a peaceful in-house library and poolside area. This exceptionally unique boutique hotel boasts all the luxury you could hope for, combined with welcoming and personal hospitality.
Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and let incredible panoramas wow your soul. A short hike later, having left the crowds behind, we peer down at the fascinating city sprawled out before us, and view magnificent stretches of ocean. Over freshly brewed coffee and home-baked treats, let the stories of Cape Town be brought to life by your guide, getting your bearings from this ultimate vantage point.
With a better understanding of the city layout, we descend and wander through the inner city, soaking up the magical vibe of Cape Town, through a combination of tales of the past juxtaposed with modern day culture, and meet some of the absorbing communities which form the town’s vital building blocks. Focusing on food, design, arts and crafts we uncover a selection of historical sites, such as Company’s Garden, Green Market Square and St George’s Cathedral – buildings and monuments which stood as the backdrop for memorable icons who changed the world. Depending on your interests, touch on the fascinating and controversial politics that have shaped the city – delving into recollections of the once-vibrant District 6 community or perhaps the occasion where Mandela made his first free speech.
Continue your exploration heading to the Bo-Kaap, with its brightly coloured 17th century houses, cobble stone streets, Muslim shrines and beautiful mosques. Visit local upliftment projects which impact positively on the lives of their artists and crafters and uncover the immense talent born of this city, and exhibited in galleries, street art installations and within the urban regeneration of historical suburbs. Bree Street is a hotspot for artisans, fashion, jewellery and interior design – the air fragrant with the mouth-watering aromas from a variety of foodie gems.
End the day mingling with locals at a cool city haunt, rooftop bar or beach cove, sundowners in hand.
Our tour begins at Kalk Bay, best known for its working fishing harbour and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectables along the main strip.
Next, we’ll head over to Simon’s Town to for those keen to find out more about the rich history surrounding this naval town, museums and monuments providing plenty of insight. Bringing this naval town to life is an insight into the shark diving industry and stories of Just Nuisance – Great Dane, WWII mascot and only dog ever enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Before heading into the Cape Peninsula, itself we search for our own rogue penguins – a splinter colony away from the crowded boardwalks over the main breeding site – on a beach known only to locals. Our tour continues with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve, exploring secluded beaches and this region’s unique wildlife. The return journey weaves back to Cape Town via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula OR alternatively, pop into a gorgeous wine estate in Constantia, a well-known wine-producing area and one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere.
Time permitting, we stop for a sundowner at a local brewery, vineyard, beach or scenic look-out, whatever takes your fancy.
*Please note that during your morning brief your guide may advise changing the route of your tour to allow for us to beat any pending crowds into certain areas during peak seasons so that we can spend maximum time exploring outside the vehicle.
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