DAY 1 - Arrive Cape Town
The adventure begins. Drop off your bags at the hotel and meet your Trip Manager and new Contiki fam in the lobby. We'll all walk across to the food market next door for your choice of dinner along with some drinks to get to know each other.
DAY 2 - Cape Town
Our time in Cape Town is dedicated to sightseeing and today is no exception. We start at the very top with a cable car ride up Table Mountain, followed by a city tour of Cape Town so you can navigate your way around this coastal city. The rest of the day is at your leisure, start by exploring the Waterfront and sign up to some of the Add-Ons exploring the city further. Tonight we will go to a restaurant in the city followed by a night in the town.
DAY 3 - Cape Town
After breakfast, this is your day to take advantage of the abundance of local excursions available to Cape Town. Our favourite is a scenic drive along the cliffs of Chapman's Peak down to the tip of Africa, to see where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet at Cape Point. This is followed by a stop at Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. For the perfect afternoon activity, you can't go wrong with a classic wine tasting tour of the Cape Winelands, sampling some of Africa's best.
DAY 4 - Cape Town to Kruger National Park
Today we fly to Johannesburg, the city of Gold, where we jump in vehicles for our trip up to Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park
We'll travel through the region to our accomodation for the night on the border of this famous wildlife haven. Here the Kruger National Park awaits us. Site of the epic YouTube viral video Battle at Kruger, the Park is a sprawling wilderness of bush and terrain that houses the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo) along with hundreds of species of native birds, ancient trees and meandering rivers. It's ours to explore for the next two days. After the long days travel, the included buffet dinner will taste even better tonight.
DAY 5 - Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
We're up early for our first taste of the fresh morning air that tells us we're deep in the African bush. We'll venture to the Park gate and enter at sunrise, just the right time to see some of Africa's elusive predators finishing off their nocturnal hunts. We'll discover who in the group has the 'Luck of the bush' and best spotting eyes. Lunch will be at one of the main camps in the park and we'll relax here in the midday heat. In the afternoon we depart for another game drive, as the temperatures start cooling and the wildlife become more active, as we make our way to the park exit for sunset. A buffet dinner awaits us at the Lodge tonight.
DAY 6 - Kruger National Park to Joannesburg
Kruger National Park
The game of hide and seek continues as we traverse into the Park, keeping our eyes open for any wildlife that evaded us the day before. Keep your eyes peeled for any movement of giraffe, hyena, antelope or even the elusive cheetah lurking deep in the bush. On leaving the park we will stop off at a anti-poaching ranger training facility where we learn about the plight of poaching in Africa and donate to this amazing these amazing people who protect our wildlife.
Drive to Johannesburg, we'll bunk down before for our flight to Victoria Falls tomorrow.
DAY 7 - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
This morning we'll drive to the airport to catch our flight up to Victoria Falls.
After tucking into lunch on our flight, we'll check into our accommodation and drop off our bags. Next we're off for a hike along the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and the largest waterfall in the world. You might want to pack a raincoat, as during certain times of the year, you can get drenched from the rising spray. It's no surprise the locals call it "The smoke that thunders". To top it all off, we’ll end our evening with drinks and nibbles, upon a magnificent sunset cruise on the Zambezi.
DAY 8 - Victoria Falls
Today is all about adventure. In the morning you can raft down the Zambezi, one of the world's best white water rapids.That afternoon get that adrenaline really pumping - jump, zip line or swing off the famous bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia over the Zambezi River. For those not looking for an adrenaline morning, opt to take a walking safari in a national park with a local guide.
That evening, wind down after a hectic day with a traditional dinner and dance.
DAY 9 - Victoria Falls to Chobe
Opt to finish off our time at the falls in breathtaking style with an incredible helicopter flight above the thunderous waters below - the best way to see the falls in all their glory. We then leave the spray of the Falls behind us as we travel across the border to the prolific wildlife-rich haven that is Botswana.
We enjoy lunch at our lodge before we take our overnight bags into open Safari vehicles with our own personal guides, and drive to the famous Chobe National Park. Known for having the largest density of elephants, driving along the Chobe River front is a non-stop action adventure with wildlife coming and going, quenching their thirst. Then to top this off, this is the night where you get to truly experience the wilderness with a night out in the middle of the African bush. We have a private Contiki site exclusively set up just for you with your own guides, cooks and a bonfire set under the stars. After a deliciously prepared meal, lying in your tent that night you will fall asleep to the sounds of Africa: a jackal calling in the distance, the loud whoop of a hyena, and perhaps the roar of lions seeking each other out after their daytime slumber. TIA -This is Africa!
Please note: the overnight camping in Chobe is not available from around October to March due to the rainy season. The two nights in Chobe will be spent at the lodge with afternoon and morning game drives will still included as well as a buffet dinner.
DAY 10 - Chobe
This morning we'll wake up to watch the sunrise over the African bush with a light breakfast, before departing on a morning game drive to hopefully see some of the wildlife we may have heard the night before. We will arrive late morning to check into our new lodge and spend the rest of the day relaxing around the pool and swapping stories from the night before. On our last evening together you can opt for a wildlife cruise on the Chobe river. Surrounded by pods of hippos, crocs basking on the banks and all forms of African animals coming down to drink, this is truly one African sunset you'll never forget followed by a buffet dinner tonight.
DAY 11 - Chobe to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
This morning we'll head south from Kwalape Lodge towards the Makgadikgadi salt pans and our lodge for the night.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Opt to cruise the salt pans in open safari vehicles in search of a meerkat colony while getting some funky perspective photos in one of the largest salt flats in the world. Tonights treat is sundower drinks under an icon of Botswana before retiring to the lodge for dinner and drinks at the bar.
DAY 12 - Makgadikgadi Pans to Okavango Delta
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
After a hearty breakfast, we'll wave goodbye to the pans and head off to Maun - the gateway of the Okavango Delta.
Our minds already blown by this unique natural landscape, it's off to the Okavango Delta, where we'll take an awe-inspiring game drive before settling into our exclusive Contiki Safari Camp. We'll be greeted with luxe two person dome tents - pre-erected of course - with stretchers, mattresses and linen. Dinner? How about a campfire meal as we swap tales under a starswept sky?
DAY 13 - Okavango Delta
Get your David Attenborough voice on, we are in the heart of Africa's iconic wildlife filming paradise. This sprawling wetland is home to some of Africa's most incredible species and we will start searching for them after a quick bite to eat and we're off on an early morning game drive in the Okavango Delta in hopes of spotting elephants, hippos and if we're lucky, some predators. We'll head back to camp for a tasty lunch and siesta. Chill in the camp or opt for a Mokoro boat trip along the gorgeous waterways of the delta. In the afternoon we're back on another jaw-dropping game drive before our traditional campfire dinner. The day isn't over, though - not even close.This evening we have a once in a lifetime opportunity - a night drive in the bush with spotlights seeking out elusive nocturnal animals you can't find during the day.
DAY 14 - Okavango Delta to Maun
After breakfast it's time for another morning game drive - eyes peeled for elephants - before we head to Maun and our lodge for the night.
This afternoon opt to soar over the delta on a helicopter for peerless views of the wildlife below, as you hover just meters above the waterways.This evening you can choose to experience a dinner and show, with young people from the local community performing on the theme of conservation.
DAY 15 - Depart Maun
After a last breakfast together its time to say goodbye to new found friends and an incredible time in Botswana.