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A private Journey through South Africa and Namibia

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Itinerary Highlights

2 Nights on the Skeleton Coast, Namibia
2 Nights in the Kaokoveld, Namibia 
4 Nights in Cape Town, South Africa
3 Nights on Safari in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa  

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Namibia

    Namibia possesses some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and a journey through this incredible country should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Natural wonders such as the mighty rift in the earth at Fish River Canyon and the wildlife utopia of Etosha National Park abound, but it’s the lonely desert roads where mighty slabs of granite rise out of swirling desert sands that will forever remain in any travelers’ memories. Namibia is a destination unlike any other, one where sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert meet the crashing rolling waves along the wild Atlantic coast. Among all this is a German legacy evident in the cuisine and art nouveau architecture, and in festivals such as Windhoek’s legendary Oktoberfest.

    Today you will arrive into Windhoek, Namibia's capital city, and meet your local assistant. Together you will walk to a different part of the airport where you will meet your local flight to Mowe Bay. As you fly keep a look out for herds of wild animals roaming the harsh desert landscape below. Arriving into Mowe Bay you will be met by a driver from the lodge and enjoy a stunning drive to Shipwreck lodge.

    Located in the famous Skeleton Coast concession, between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Shipwreck Lodge is only 27 miles from Möwe Bay. The shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes and boast incredible views out over the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze.

    Here you have two nights to explore this incredible region.  Having checked in you have the remainder of your day to simply relax and take in your breathtaking surroundings.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

    • Shipwreck Lodge

Day 2

  • Skeleton Coast

    Guests of Shipwreck Lodge have the rare opportunity to truly appreciate the quite beauty of this stunning landscape, either from the comfort of the remarkable lodge or by joining one of the many activities included in your stay. Learn about the fauna and flora that has miraculously adapted to survive in these harsh conditions as you explore the surrounding area.

    One such experience involves an adventure out to the Möwe Bay seal colony. Here you will be visit several of the shipwrecks and abandoned remnants of civilization that give this coast its name. See the remnants of the Suiderkus Shipwreck, travel along the beach past the remains of the Karimona shipwreck, visit the abandoned Westies diamond mine and pass the remains of the Ventura Bomber.

    Another great experience would see you embark on a 4x4 vehicle trip to the nearby Clay castles, a natural geological formation, where brown hyenas are often encountered. If you are fortunate you may even stumble across a desert adapted elephant or one of the areas mighty desert lions!

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

    • Shipwreck Lodge

Day 3

  • Shipwreck Lodge to Hoanib Valley Camp

    This morning you will check out of your lodge and embark on a scenic transfer flight that will take you over the arid desert as you make your way to Hoanib Valley Camp. Please note this flight is not included in your program cost.

    The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and sparsely populated region that encompasses the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

    Situated within a stunning oasis of vegetation running through one of the most spectacularly beautiful deserts in Africa you will find Hoanib Valley Camp. The camp is incredibly eco-friendly leaving virtually no footprint on this fragile ecosystem. Large game such as desert adapted elephant, giraffe, zebra and lion move freely through this vast, mountainous & wild landscape.

    Having taken some time to unpack and freshen up you then have the remainder of your day to melt into your peaceful surroundings.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

    • Hoanib Valley Camp

Day 4

  • Exploring the Kaokoveld

    The wildlife of the Hoanib Valley is perfectly at home in the arid environment and learning about their survival techniques is fascinating. Included at your stay at the lodge are a variety of activities including game drives, nature walks, rhino tracking and cultural experiences during which you will have the opportunity to meet the local people who have made this area their home.

    Game drives will reveal desert adapted elephant, as well as stately giraffe, and, if you’re very lucky, desert lion. Zebra, klipspringer and kudu move freely through the mountains and you’ll find hardy herds of springbok, oryx and steenbok picking their way across the dust-blown landscapes. The region is home to a healthy population of free-ranging black rhino, and a day (or even a morning or an afternoon) tracking the magnificent beasts is an absolute must.

    Bird watchers should look out for the Monteiro’s hornbills or Ruppell’s korhaans in the valleys, and the commanding Verreaux’s eagle in the mountains.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

    • Hoanib Valley Camp

Day 5

  • Namibia to Cape Town

    This morning you will bid farewell to your desert surroundings as you check out of your lodge and enjoy a short flight back to Windhoek's main airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport. Passing through customs you will then board your international flight to Cape Town. Please note these flights are not included in your program cost.

    Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international tourist destination. Large numbers of visitor’s flock to Cape Town every year to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wineries and relaxed lifestyle.

    Arriving into Cape Town you will be met at the airport by your local guide and transferred to your nearby hotel. You have the remainder of today to relax and unwind at your hotel or perhaps venture out and explore your surroundings at your leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    • More Quarters

Day 6

  • Cape Town City Tour

    This morning you will meet your driver and guide in your hotel lobby and set off on an exploration of this incredible city. Today you will visit several of the Cape’s top attractions, from the imposing Castle of Good Hope to the colorful cottages of the Bo Kaap, bustling Green Market Square, the South African Museum, the beautiful Company Gardens and plenty of other unique and important sites. However, a journey up Table Mountain is usually the highlight for most visitors to Cape Town and so this is where you will begin!

    Having taken the revolving cable car all the way to the top, over 3000ft above the city, you are rewarded with spectacular views. Here you can take your time and enjoy this unique environment, a multitude of walking trails criss cross the top of the mountain each leading to a view more stunning than the last. You will then continue on with your experienced and knowledgeable guide, and from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, as you continue to learn all about the City of Cape Town and the central role it played in the creation of this wonderful country.

    Following your exciting day of touring, your guide will be happy to drop you back at your hotel and say farewell, or if you prefer, simply continue to explore this amazing city independently for the remainder of your afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    • More Quarters

Day 7

  • Cape Town Full Day Peninsula Tour

    This morning you will meet your guide and driver in your hotel lobby and embark on a full day tour of the stunning Cape Peninsula. This tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.

    Situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, you will begin with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, both of which have been awarded Blue Flag status. Boasting pristine white sand beaches and beautiful, clear waters these beaches are very popular with locals and visitors alike. You will then continue on to Hout Bay, a small fishing village that is often jokingly referred to as the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ by Cape Town locals who see the small town as being an entirely separate entity. Here you will find a beautiful beach, delicious fresh seafood, bustling markets and plenty of restaurants that make this suburb a must-visit on any Cape tour.

    You will then continue to Cape Point, a spectacular nature reserve that lies along the coast and is now one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans landscapes as diverse as rugged cliffs, lush fynbos and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point.

    You will then make your way back to Cape Town via Simon's Town and its famous penguin colony.  Simon's Town is the seat of the South African Navy and boasts a charming coastal town atmosphere and vibrant history. Here you will find a thriving harbor, a navy museum and plenty of other sights including Boulders Beach, one of the few places in the world you can walk among, and swim alongside penguins.

    If time allows be sure to visit Kalk Bay, this quaint suburb runs along the Main Road, with the False Bay coastline running on one side, and the mountain on the other. Along the Main Road lies a host of veritable treasure troves, from antique shops to curio shops, bakeries, restaurants and plenty more.

    Following your day of touring you will be dropped back at your hotel where you have the remainder of your day and evening at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    • More Quarters

Day 8

  • Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

    This morning you will meet your guide and driver in your hotel lobby and embark on a full day winelands tour! It is difficult to choose the best feature of the Cape Winelands. The region produces some of the world’s best wines as well as fantastic cheeses and olives, all coupled with a wealth of natural rustic beauty. Around every corner you will find vast estates shaded from the African sunshine by giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys.

    On this full day tour, you will travel and explore the Cape Winelands’ most popular route. You will visit the famous and renowned towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek as you stop in for tastings at some of the region’s best wineries. Look forward to a day filled with fine wines, great food and spectacular scenery!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    • More Quarters

Day 9

  • Cape Town to Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

    This morning you will check out of your hotel and enjoy a short transfer to Cape Town International Airport. From here you will board a flight that will take you to the beginning of your safari adventure! Please note this flight is not included in your program cost.

    Arriving into Eastgate Airport you will be met by your friendly driver and transferred into the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Timbavati Private Game Reserve shares a common, unfenced border with Kruger Park and encompasses a selection of exclusive private lodges. The region is best known for the ‘white lions of Timbavati’, whose lineage can be traced to two unusually pale lion cubs discovered in the region in the 1970's, their color due to a rare recessive gene. The Timbavati is a “Big Five” Game Reserve which means Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo roam freely as do many more species of predators and antelopes. Over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species have been identified within the area.

    Arriving at your lodge around lunchtime you will be shown to your luxury accommodation and given an orientation tour of this incredible property. The Manager of the lodge will explain a few precautions to take during your stay to ensure your safety as it is worth keeping in keep in mind despite your opulent surroundings you are in the middle of wild Africa! You will then enjoy a welcome lunch before having a few hours at leisure to relax and unpack.

    In the late afternoon you will enjoy a casual high tea in the main communal area of the lodge overlooking the wilderness before setting off on your first safari drive! While at Timbavati you will have the opportunity to join two safari drives every day. One in the early morning and then another that leaves in the late afternoon and returns shortly after dark. Please note you are in no way obligated to join both of these drives every day and if you would prefer to sleep in one morning and simply join the afternoon drive (or vice versa) you are of course welcome to do so. As the lodge is in the middle of the game reserve you will enjoy fantastic game sightings from anywhere around the property, including the communal areas or even often right from your bedroom!

    Returning from the evening game drive you will enjoy a splendid African inspired meal prepared by the lodges talented team of Chefs. After dinner you are welcome to either relax around the communal firepit sipping your choice of beverage or retire to your room in preparation for the next day’s early start.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

    • Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Day 10

  • On Safari in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve

    This morning you will wake up just as the sun is rising above the horizon and make your way to the main area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a selection of coffee, tea, fruit, and light pastries before hopping onboard your safari vehicle and continuing your exploration of this enormous game reserve.  Note that on both your morning and evening game drives your guide will find a nice area to stop for a half-hour where you will enjoy some light refreshments and a chance to stretch your legs.

    Arriving back at the lodge mid-morning you will then enjoy a lavish brunch during which you can swap stories about that morning's game drive and decide on the plan for the remainder of the day. Please chat with your guide if you have any specific interests that you would like to explore while on Safari. These could include interests such as birding or perhaps ask about the possibility of doing a nature walk during which you can get up close and personal with the fauna and flora that surrounds your lodge. Regardless of how you choose to spend your afternoon you will return to the lodge in the early evening and enjoy another wonderful dinner.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks)

    • Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Day 11

  • On Safari in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

    Today you have the option of either joining the safari activities on offer, or simply relaxing by the pool and watching quietly as wildlife passes through the brush in front of the lodge.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

    • Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Day 12

  • Depart Africa

    This morning you will check out of your lodge and say goodbye to the African wilderness. You will then enjoy a scenic transfer back to Eastgate Airport where you will board a short flight back to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Here you will meet your onward flight home. Please note today’s flights are not included in your program cost.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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Estimated pricing for a private journey through South Africa and Namibia:

Classic Program

Includes more basic accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $9,835 per person.

Luxury Program

Includes the accommodation mentioned in the Program above (or equivalent): $14,925 per person

Premium Program

Includes more luxurious accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $16,630 per person.

Please note the costs of the international & regional flights required for this program are not included. Please let us know if you would like assistance in booking your airfare.

Please note due to the bespoke nature of our itineraries combined with profound seasonal variations in accommodation costs and availability the above pricing estimates should be used only as a guide. An exact cost can be provided once exact dates and logistics have been discussed.

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Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

What should I wear on safari?

When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

When is the best time to travel to Africa?

The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

What About Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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