Your journey at a glance
Begin your journey in the most prestigious private game reserve in South Africa, the Sabi Sand, with a 3 night stay at Dulini Lodge. With one of the richest game populations in the country, and most renowned for its leopard populations, the chances of seeing the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) in this reserve are excellent.
Next, head to Zimbabwe and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Victoria Falls, for a three nights’ stay at &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge. Unrivalled in its offering as the only big game safari experience, just outside of Victoria Falls, &Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve offers an exceptional array of wildlife activities on a massive concession that boasts 15km (9 miles) of private Zambezi River frontage.
Following your series of safari adventures in Zimbabwe, hop across the border to Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta, for a further two nights’ stay at the award-winning &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Navigate the many winding waterways, floodplains and islands of the Delta on a wonderful array of activities before being whisked away back to South Africa. The last leg of your adventure allows you to immerse yourself in the vibrant sights and surrounds of cosmopolitan Cape Town, as you enjoy an exceptional two nights’ stay at the elegant One&Only Cape Town.
What to expect …
Fly from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Day 1
Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by an andBeyond representative and assisted through customs and immigration. An andBeyond representative will collect you at OR Tambo International Airport and transfer you to Federal Air Hanger for a light aircraft flight to Dulini Lodge.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is situated in the South Western corner of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and consists of 65 000 hectares (160 620 acres). It is the most prestigious game reserve in South Africa, and is famous for incredible leopard sightings.
Delight in your 3 night stay at Dulini Lodge in a Suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, beers, teas, coffees, wi-fi, refreshments on game drives, laundry services, bush walks (1 hour) and return airstrip transfers.
Spend 3 nights in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Day 1 - 3
Set in a peaceful riverine grove and embraced in a leafy canopy of giant ebony trees, Dulini’s six exquisite suites all offer private views of the Mabrak River bed. The six spacious suites boast plunge pools, outdoor showers and shady decks. Interiors epitomise romance with canopies of billowing mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. From the privacy of the suites, guests can enjoy views of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor.
Enjoy a brisk workout in the well-equipped gym or simply relax on a welcoming sofa in the guest lounge. Enjoy bird watching from the lounge patio or the magnificent deck overlooking the Mabrak River. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree or steal away for a romantic private dinner in your suite. Browse the African handicrafts in the safari shop. Fine wine and dining, enhanced by the culinary tradition of African flavours, complements the luxurious accommodation. Personal butlers attend to guests’ every wish, while surprise bush experiences in the form of bush dinners and breakfasts are designed to wow guests.
Fly from South Africa to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe Day 4-6
You will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled Federal Air flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Connect with your scheduled international flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula Int Airport in Zambia
Upon arrival at you will be met by an andBeyond representative who will transfer you by road to andBeyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve . Your transfer involves clearing customs and immigration formalities at both Zimbabwe and Zambia border posts. (Approximately 2 hours). andBeyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve offer a safari oasis that combines an exceptional wildlife experience and 15km (9.3 miles) of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls.
Spend 3 nights in Matetsi Private Game Reserve Day 4 - 6
Just as legendary missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone was swept up by sheer wonderment, nothing can quite prepare you for the awe-inspiring spectacle that is the majestic Victoria Falls. Aptly named Mosi-oa-Tunya “the Smoke which Thunders”, the roaring, mist-filled chasm of the world’s largest sheet of falling water is an absolute must-see on an African safari. Just 40 kilometres (24 miles) above the Falls, the mighty Zambezi River that feeds this UNESCO World Heritage Site glides serenely past the wildlife haven of Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Here, set along 15km (9 miles) of private Zambezi River frontage, a flourishing riverine habitat gives way to over 50 000 hectares (124 000 acres) of pristine wilderness. Matetsi Private Game Reserve boasts an exclusive, year-round game viewing experience – both on the water and in the reserve’s spectacular habitats.
Spend three nights at &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge in a suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, scheduled safari activities, sundowner cruise on the Zambezi river, canoeing, fishing and laundry.
Activities include twice-daily game drives, sunrise or sunset boat cruises, WILDChild activities, walking safaris, canoeing, birdwatching, fishing and an interpretive Tour of the Falls, led by an experienced &Beyond Guide. Additional activities at Victoria Falls include various adrenaline adventures such as bungee jumping and zip-lining, high tea overlooking the Falls, horseback safaris and community excursions.
Explore the banks of the Zambezi River in search of wildlife Day 4 - 6
With its beautiful setting and ample wildlife, &Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve offers the most exclusive game viewing experience in Victoria Falls. Twice a day, you will enjoy the opportunity to set off in search of wildlife in an open-air safari vehicle, accompanied by a ranger and tracker. Traverse the magnificent, varied landscapes and marvel at vast herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as the elegant and majestic sable antelope and a variety of predators.
Early morning game drives begin as the sun peeps over the horizon and the dark of the night fades slowly into grey. Inhale the fragrance of the morning dew as you set off into the cool dawn, alert for signs as the inhabitants of the bush begin to stir. Watch as a herd of buffalo begins to stirs, hundreds of animals heading to the nearest waterhole amidst a chorus of grunts, hooves scuffing the dust. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the sheen of a glossy mahogany hide betrays the presence of the rare sable antelope, with its elegant, sweeping horns.
Starting in the late afternoon, the second game drive of the day may head down to the banks of the Zambezi, catching a herd of elephant as they head down to the waters to bathe the dust of the day off their flanks. Thrill to the excitement of the chase as you follow hot on the trail of a pack of wild dogs in pursuit of their prey or sit quietly and watch a lion pride stir and stretch as they prepare for the night’s hunt. Stop for sundowners as the last rays of the sun colour the sky in shades of orange and purple. Keep an ear open for the distant yipping of hyenas, trying to gauge direction and distance as you prepare to follow by the glow of the tracker’s spotlight.
Feel the spray of the Smoke That Thunders on a tour of the Falls Day 5
Walk in the footsteps of explorers of old as you make the pilgrimage to wonder at the beauty and power of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Set off accompanied by your &Beyond guide and make the drive into the charming and historical town of Victoria Falls. As you disembark, the thunder and spray of the falls will mark the way as you set off to explore this magnificent World Heritage Site.
Spanning nearly two kilometres (over a mile) and dropping 103 metres (338 feet) at its highest point, Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of falling water in the world. The immense volume of water that drops over the craggy rocks (500 million litres, or 132 million gallons, per minute at full flow) throws up a cloud of spray that can be seen miles away. So awesome is the noise and mist that the original local name given to the waterfall was Mosi-oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders”. Discovered by British explorer and missionary David Livingstone in 1855, the falls were renamed in honour of his queen.
Led by your guide, immerse yourself in the lush rainforest that has sprung up around the falls as you make your way along the scenic paths. Wonder at the graceful Victoria Falls Bridge, constructed in 1905 and hear about the history of the area. Gaze into the depths of the craggy Batoka Gorge and weave your way along the edge of the falls, slowly zigzagging towards their zenith. Enveloped in rainbows created in the cool spray, marvel at the spectacle as the emerald waters of the broad Zambezi tumble and roar into an endless chasm. Pause for a moment at the statue of David Livingstone and try to image his wonder and exultation at first glimpsing this unforgettable natural spectacle.
Wind down from your adventure on the shaded terrace of the gracious and iconic Victoria Falls Hotel, which dates back to 1904, where you will indulge in the ceremony of high tea surrounded by the elegant reminders of a bygone colonial era.
Fly in to the magnificent Okavango Delta Day 7-9
A member from our andBeyond team will collect you at andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge and transfer you to Kasane International Airport , in time to meet your onward scheduled flight to Chitabe Airstrip. Your transfer involves clearing customs and immigration formalities at both the Zimbabwe and Botswana border posts (Approximately 1 hour). Kasane is a town in Botswana, close to where four countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Kasane serves as the gateway to the famous Chobe National Park and the beautiful Chobe River.
Upon arrival at Kasane Airport you will be greeted by a member from the andBeyond team who will assist you onto a Mack Air light aircraft. From here, you and fellow guests will be flown to Chitabe Airstrip. Enjoy the beautiful views as you fly over mopane veld which soon reach the breathtaking waterways of the Okavango Delta (Approximately 80 minutes).
Spend 2 nights in the Okavango Delta Day 7 - 9
A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, its crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro (dugout canoe) ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks
Situated on a permanent channel of the Okavango Delta, adjacent to the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Delta Lodge boasts exclusive traversing rights through 270 sq. km (104 sq. miles) of wilderness in a private concession. Its position was specifically chosen for its extraordinary beauty and proximity to region’s game-rich grassy plains. &Beyond Sandibe’s raised guest areas and suites look out onto the Santantadibe Channel, providing spectacular Okavango Delta views.
Drawing its inspiration from nature, the lodge blends into the landscape, providing an experience that is serene, earthy and organic. Secluded plunge pools and outdoor showers in each of the 12 suites allow guests to feel a part of the forest, while private fireplaces warm the African nights once the sun goes down. Cleverly constructed, indoor and outdoor lounging areas create cosy nooks ideal for private dining beneath the stars. An interactive kitchen and interpretive naturalist library encourage guests to become one with the surroundings and to enjoy every aspect of the Delta experience.
Spend two nights at &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in a suite with indoor and outdoor shower.
Adventures include twice-daily game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and bushwalks.
Jet off to Cape Town back in South Africa Day 9
Enjoy a short game drive to Chitabe Airstrip where a Mack Air light aircraft will be waiting to fly you, and fellow guests, to Maun International Airport. Savour the views of the sparkling lagoons and palm tree islands as you fly over this water wonderland for one last time (Approximately 15 minutes).
Connect with your international flight from Maun International Airport to Cape Town International Airport.
Upon arrival at you will be met by a member from our andBeyond team who will transfer you to One&Only Cape Town. As you drive toward the city, your view from afar will be Table Mountain, one of the most spiritual places on earth, with its heart, two oceans and the beautiful city of Cape Town at its feet.
Spend 2 nights in Cape Town Day 9 - 11
With Table Mountain, one of the most spiritual places on earth,– at its heart and two oceans at its feet, the city of Cape Town, strategically situated at the south-western tip of Africa, has been famed for centuries as the Tavern of the Seas. Vibrant, cosmopolitan and an eclectic mix of old and new, this laid-back city is as much at home with its 17th century castle – whose cannons have never been fired in anger – as it is with its sleek skyscrapers and trendy malls. Home to South Africa’s first mosque, oldest wine farm, a 350-year-old garden and timelessly beautiful beaches, it’s no surprise the legendary Flying Dutchman and his spectral ship have spent eternity sailing the city’s shores.
The celebrated One&Only Cape Town is located at the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This beautiful hotel offers guests a thrilling base from which to explore the Mother City. The seven-storey Marina Rise boasts spectacular rooms and suites, while the Island Suites are tucked away on two lushly-landscaped islands at the centre of the Waterfront. Oversized baths, air conditioning, satellite television and personal bars add to guest delight. Guests are faced with a superb array of dining options. Sample classic Japanese fare at master chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s eatery. The exceptional food is accompanied by the finest wines. Nothing to wear to dinner? Guests can simply head to speciality boutique NEO to check out the local finds as well as the international labels gracing its shelves.
Spend two nights at One&Only Cape Town in a Marina Table Mountain Room. Your stay includes full English breakfast.
Transfer to Cape Town International Airport Day 11
A member from our andBeyond team will collect you at One&Only Cape Town and transfer you back to Cape Town International Airport in time for your onward arrangements.