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Looking for the ultimate safari adventure through Africa?  This one doesn't just explore the gorgeous city of Cape Town and thundering might of Victoria Falls - it also takes a wild safari through iconic Kruger, before exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Botswana and Namibia, with heaps of included game drives, luxe lodges with swimming pools, opportunities for helicopter wildlife spotting and interactions with indigenous communities. This is the ultimate African adventure, unfiltered, and once you've made memories like these under African skies, your life will never be the same.

  1. Day 1
    Start 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 share a meal tonight along with some drinks to get to know each other.Accommodation: Waterfront Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
  2. Day 2
    Cape Town
    Our time in Cape Town is dedicated to sightseeing and today is no exception! We'll start at the very top with a cable car ride up Table Mountain, followed by a city tour of Cape Town’s key sights and historical attractions. After that, the rest of the day is yours. We recommend the V&A Waterfront (SA’s most visited attraction). You’ll also have the option to join our Township Tour & Amy Foundation Lunch, which gives you a locally guided insight into life during Apartheid. Tonight, you’ll get to know your new pals in the best way possible – with food, drinks and music in our MasterChef-style cooking class.Accommodation: Waterfront Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Cape Town
    This is your day to take advantage of Cape Town’s myriad local excursions – after breakfast of course. Our fav is a scenic drive along the cliffs of Chapman's Peak and down to Cape Point – the South-Western tip of Africa. In the afternoon, we’ll stop off at Boulders Beach to admire a colony of adorable African penguins. What next? Well, you can't go wrong with wine tasting (and a view) to round off an incredible day touring the "fairest Cape in all the world."Accommodation: Waterfront Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Cape Town to Kruger National Park
    Rise and shine. Today, we have a (very early) flight to Johannesburg, the city of Gold, where our first port of call will be the Kruger National Park. Yup, it’s safari time! And better still, our accommodation for the night is right on the border of this famous wildlife haven. With chances of seeing the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) plus hundreds of native bird species, ancient trees and meandering rivers. Our epic 2-day exploration includes an anti-poaching experience, where you’ll learn all about the dangers posed to Africa's wildlife and the rangers that protect them.Accommodation: Timbavati Safari Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Kruger National Park
    We're up early for our first taste of the African bush’s fresh morning air. We'll venture to the park gate and enter at sunrise, just the right time to catch elusive predators as they finish their nocturnal hunts. We'll discover who in the group has the 'Luck of the bush' and best spotting eyes. For lunch you’ll dine with locals and visit their Eco Village which ensures a better future for this impoverished but hopeful community. In the afternoon, we’re off for another game drive as the temperatures start to cool and the wildlife become more active. Then we’ll round off the night with a dinner at the lodge.Accommodation: Timbavati Safari Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
    The game of hide and seek continues as we traverse back into the park, keeping our eyes open for any wildlife we missed yesterday. We’re talking giraffes, hyenas, antelope or even the elusive cheetah… lurking deep in the bush. In the late morning, we wave goodbye to the park and make our way back to Johannesburg. We arrive late in the evening but fear not, our accommodation is right by the airport – perfectly poised for tomorrow’s early morning flight.Accommodation: Sunrock Guesthouse (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
    This morning we'll drive to the airport to catch our flight up to Victoria Falls. We start off with the number one attraction around - the Falls themselves! Hike along the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and the largest waterfall in the world. You might want to pack your raincoat, as during certain times of the year you can get drenched from the rising spray, giving the falls its local name: 'The smoke that thunders'. The evening will end off with a magnificent sunset cruise on the Zambezi including drinks and dinner. Please note: From January to June this trip puts you in the Victoria Falls Waterfront Hotel, Zambia, with a riverside deck and bar that overlooks the spray of the thunderous falls. Traveling from July to December? Don't worry, you're not missing out: we'll put you up in the Shearwater Explorers Village, Zimbabwe, just 400m from the falls - with bohemian cafes, curio markets and swimming pools to explore. It's a win win, basically.Accommodation: Shearwater Explorer's Village (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Victoria Falls
    This morning, you’ll raft down the Zambezi River (one of the world's best white-water rafting experiences that boasts up to 20 rapids). In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to jump, zipline or swing off the famous bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia over the Zambezi River. There's also a locally guided village tour, where you'll get to know the locals and experience their way of life.Accommodation: Shearwater Explorer's Village (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Victoria Falls to Chobe
    We start today on foot, to literally ‘walk on the wild side’ with a guided walking safari along the Zambezi’s National Park. This is a unique way to track wildlife on foot while learning about some of the smaller animals – plus plants and just generally anything we come across. Afterwards, we go from foot mode to flight mode with a helicopter ride above the thunderous waters below - the best way to see the falls in all their glory. Then it’s across the border to Botswana for more of what we love. I.e., safaris! This time, it’s the world-famous Chobe National Park, known for its huge elephant population. Tonight, you’ll truly experience the wilderness with a night out in the middle of the African bush. We have a private Contiki site just for us, with our own guides, cooks and a bonfire – all set under the stars. After dinner, you’ll get the chance to fall asleep to the sounds of Africa: a jackal calling in the distance, the loud whoop of a hyena, perhaps the roar of lions as they wake from a daytime slumber. Catch you later, city life! Please note: due to the rainy season, overnight camping in Chobe is not available from October to March. Instead, you’ll spend two nights in Chobe at a lodge with afternoon and morning game drives still included, plus a buffet dinner.Accommodation: Contiki Safari Camp (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    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.Accommodation: Kwalape Safari Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Chobe to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
    Dumela Botswana! We’ll head south today from Kasane to Gweta Lodge on the edge of the 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.Accommodation: Gweta Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to Okavango Delta
    We will say goodbye to the pans (for now) and head on to the wildlife haven that is 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?Accommodation: Contiki Safari Camp (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. 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.Accommodation: Contiki Safari Camp (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Okavango Delta to Maun
    Another morning at the Delta (the struggle is real.) After coffee and breakfast at sunrise, it's time for another morning game drive – eyes peeled for elephants – as we make our way out of this wildlife paradise. Check into the lodge, chill by the pool and then take to the skies in an optional Okavango Delta helicopter flight. Hover just meters above the waterways or fly high for stunning views of this unique inland delta and of course, don’t forget your binocs for some wildlife spotting from the air. If you've got a head for heights, you won't find views more spectacular than this anywhere in the world. Tonight, you’ll polish off your last night in Botswana with a night in the town. The Okavango Delta Brewery calls, offering a tour, tasting and dinner for you to enjoy.Accommodation: Island Safari Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Maun to Windhoek
    Today we'll traverse two countries as we leave Botswana and head into Namibia. we'll arrive in Windhoek this evening after crossing the border. Tonight we'll check out thhe famous Joe's Beerhouse, and then you're free to explore and find somewhere awesome to eat (there's lots of choice, don't worry!)Accommodation: Klein Windhoek Guesthouse (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    Windhoek to Sossusvlei
    After a hearty breakfast, we'll get back on the road together to see this beautiful country and hear all about its history – stopping off for a scenic lunch at the Nauklauft mountain range. This evening, we arrive at one of Namibia's most iconic attractions: Sossusvlei, a huge salt and clay pan framed by enormous dunes (some of the highest in the world). We'll check in to our lodge and then get ready for a morning’s exploration with a big ol’ buffet dinner.Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
    We're up early today – let’s get exploring the desert before it’s too hot! We start out at the Namib-Naukluft National Park, keeping our eyes open for Oyrx and other desert-dwelling wildlife. Wandering along Big Daddy sand dune and down into Deadvlei, admiring the views, you’ll finally realise where your desktop background images come from. We'll hit the road again, admiring more scenery on our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund. After checking into our hotel take yourself for a sunset stroll and enjoy some of the local delicacies here. We'll take a Township Tour and enjoy a Traditional Dinner in good company.Accommodation: Prost Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  18. Day 18
    Swakopmund is our adventurer's paradise as we explore the ocean and the surrounding desert. Fancy a seal kayaking experience at Pelican point? You can catch glimpses of dolphins, whales, seals (of course) and other fascinating marine life. Then opt into hitting the Namib Desert for a spot of quad biking or sand boarding in the oldest dunes. If you'd prefer to keep things chilled then take a historic and cultural tour of Mondesa Township, meeting the locals and learning about the different ethnic groups followed by a home-made dinner in a traditional restaurant. We'll round off our day with a diner in town (plus lots of reminiscing).Accommodation: Prost Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  19. Day 19
    Swakopmund to Etosha
    Today we head back inland for our Namibian safari destination of choice – Etosha. Before we arrive, we’ll stop off in the Erongo Mountains to visit the San Bushmen of Omandumba. Here, we’ll learn some of their language and gawp at their skills and crafts as they educate us on how to survive and thrive in harsh desert conditions.Accommodation: Mondijla Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  20. Day 20
    We're up early for our first Namibian game drive in Etosha! From big cats to desert-savvy antelope, the wildlife viewing experience here is like nowhere else on Earth. During the daytime heat, you’ll sit at the waterhole watching wildlife come and go before heading out for another game drive in the afternoon. Tonight, on our last night together, we’ll treat ourselves to one last buffet dinner.Accommodation: Mondijla Lodge (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  21. Day 21
    Etosha to Windhoek
    After breakfast, we drive back down to Windhoek to catch the afternoon flights back home, saying goodbye to new friends but cherishing our lifelong memories.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 20 Breakfast (B)
  • 7 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Included Experience

  • Cape Town: Stroll around the scenic harbor and enjoy some Insta-worthy views, at South Africa's most-visited attraction.
  • Cape Town: Cable the Table! Take a scenic ride to the top of one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature’ for 360° views of Cape Town.
  • Cape Town: Bo-Kaap. The City Center. V&A Waterfront. This tour takes in all the historical sites & attractions of the Mother City.
  • Kruger National Park: We’ll head out bright and early this morning to see some wildlife. This is gonna be special!
  • Kruger National Park: We'll go on an adventure in the world famous Kruger National Park, keep your eyes peeled for animal sightings!
  • Victoria Falls: See the epic waterfall of your Insta dreams. Take a stroll along the edge and see this ‘the smoke that thunders’ in all its glory.
  • Sossusvlei: Explore Sossusvlei, snap shots of Deadvlei and wander around Big Daddy sand dune
  • Etosha National Park: Experience life in an African bushman village, as the local people give you a snapshot of their desert lifestyle.

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  • Kruger National Park: Meet some of the locals who work tirelessly to keep wildlife safe from poachers. We’ll listen to their stories, find out how they work and much more.
  • Kruger National Park: Jump on a morning drive for another chance to spot this Park’s incredible animals.
  • Chobe: Coast along the banks of the Chobe River in search of thirsty wildlife coming down to drink.
  • Chobe: Be on the lookout for any wildlife we may have heard the night before!
  • Okavango Delta: Our first taste of the Okavango Delta, as we head to our Contiki Safari Camp. Hopefully spotting some of the ‘Big Five’ on our way.
  • Okavango Delta: Get up with the sun in search of the amazing wildlife in this garden of Eden.
  • Okavango Delta: Enjoy another taste of wildlife spotting this afternoon.
  • Okavango Delta: Enjoy a sunset trip along the waterways of the Khwai River, looking out for the incredible animals that live here.
  • Okavango Delta: It’s our last drive in the Delta! And our last chance to see any wildlife that eluded us on previous jaunts.

Health and Safety Protocols for Contiki Tours

Contiki has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Contiki and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Contiki is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Contiki will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Contiki have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Contiki is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Contiki does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Contiki only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Contiki is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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We were lucky that the group of people with were good, but it was a large group tour and did have some of the downfalls of a trip of that nature, like frequent breaks for the bathroom, difficulty when eating out together, and getting things on and off the coach. The trip was still great and a good value for the money.

It was a good value and the experiences included were worth it. The only part that wasn't the best were the accommodations as it was hit and miss. Half of the hotels on the trip were okay, and the other half were really nice.

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