13 Day African Safari!

13 Day Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Safari from Montreal

Safari game drives in Chobe National Park & Okavango Delta, plus Victoria Falls & Cape Town

If you want a safari with all the thrills but fewer crowds, and are eager to see magnificent wildlife and meet the people of Africa, then join a Discovery Tours Small Group to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. This is not your typical safari circuit; you fly deep into the bush to explore the wild from the comfort of secluded intimate lodges in spectacular settings. Experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world with its astounding vistas. You’ll have the chance to set out on game drives and see unique wildlife in Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Plus, share a home hosted meal with a South African family, ride a cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting) and travel through South Africa’s picturesque wine lands, stopping for tastings at major vineyards.

Trip Highlights

Escorted Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Montreal-Johannesburg, Cape Town-Montreal.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Kasane-Okavango Delta*, Okavango Delta-Maun* & Maun-Cape Town
  • 11 nights in First Class safari lodge and hotel accommodations
    • 1 night Johannesburg
    • 2 nights Victoria Falls
    • 2 nights Chobe
    • 2 nights Okavango Delta
    • 4 nights Cape Town
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 24 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners (including 1 home hosted lunch, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park fees
  • *Light aircraft (4 or 5 seat planes) are used for flights to and from the Okavango Delta.

Special Features

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss and get to know the locals.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world with its astounding vistas.
  • Walking safari through the exquisite rain forest at Victoria Falls, stopping to see the statue of David Livingstone, the missionary-explorer who discovered the Falls.
  • At Chobe National Park in Botswana, board a motorized boat for a magnificent sunset safari cruise.
  • Watch the game up close at the source of the Savute in Chobe with its plentiful wildlife and over 460 different species of birds.
  • Travel to the lush, green Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta with its huge concentration of animals and birds, designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Twice-daily game activities in the untouched freshwater wetland of the Okavango Delta, at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari desert.
  • Ascend to the top of legendary Table Mountain to see the astonishing panoramic views of the city and beaches below.
  • Enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community.
  • Travel through the fertile valleys of South Africa’s picturesque wine country, with its magnificent Cape Dutch architecture, stopping for tastings at major vineyards by Wine Tram.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday – Depart for South Africa

Depart for Johannesburg, South Africa

DAY 2, Thursday – Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrive in Johannesburg, a gold mining town, which developed into a colossal industry for South Africa, often called “Gauteng – the City of Gold.” Today, Jo’burg (its more popular name) is the largest city in South Africa by population, and also the wealthiest province. The rest of the day is at leisure, to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3, Friday – Sundowner Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi River

After a good night’s rest, join a briefing with your Tour Manager to discuss the wonderful adventure that awaits you in Southern Africa. Return to the airport for the flight to Zimbabwe. Here, you’ll experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, with its astounding vistas. These impressive falls are over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them wider and higher than Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Celebrate your arrival with a delightful sundowner cruise and dinner as you sail on the mighty Zambezi River. Look for hippos, elephants, and buffalo that come to drink at the end of the day at the water’s edge
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday – Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

This morning’s guided tour of Victoria Falls, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, begins with a walking safari through the exquisite rainforest; view the cataracts, and a wide variety of wildlife, colorful birds and plants. Linger at the statue of David Livingstone, the first missionary explorer to discover the Falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. Afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, dine in a traditional African Boma open to the starry African skies. Sample a variety of local cuisine, featuring game meats and delectable Zimbabwean dishes, complemented by dancers and drumming. A fun-filled evening!
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday – Sunset Safari Cruise in Chobe National Park

Travel to dazzling Chobe National Park in Botswana, arriving in time for lunch. The first glimpse of the river in the sandy terrain is always astonishing. Undoubtedly, one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife that is unparalleled anywhere else in the country. The region has the largest concentration of elephants in Africa with a population reaching over 60,000. Settle into your new surroundings and get ready for this afternoon’s adventure. Board a motorized boat for your sunset safari cruise where you will glide through the water searching for hippos, buffalo, antelope and more. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday – Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Chobe National Park

Set out on a game drive early in the morning when the sun rises and you can see the animals searching for their breakfast. Navigate in open safari vehicles in search of lions, warthogs, buffalo, giraffe and more. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation before this afternoon’s game drive. You will watch the wildlife from up close including a spectacular array of birds. There are over 460 different bird species in the park, making Chobe one of Africa’s premier venues for bird watching. This evening dine al fresco in the open air lodge restaurant
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday – Safari Cruise in the Okavango Delta

The scenery changes today. Transfer to the airport in Kasane to board a light aircraft flight (4 or 5 seat plane) to the lush, green Okavango Delta, a unique wildlife location. It is the world’s largest inland delta with great concentration of animals and birds. A World Heritage Site, the Okavango is a vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari Desert with an abundance of wildlife within a setting of amazing beauty. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you’ll see some of the finest game viewing in the region – lookout for ostrich, antelope, wildebeests along with hippos and crocodiles along the water’s edge, as well as hundreds of bird species. Enjoy the exciting afternoon game cruise. Return in time for dinner at your camp
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday – Safari Activities in the Okavango Delta

Game activities in the morning and afternoon include leisurely cruises in local mokoros (canoes) or motorized boats, guided nature walks along the river and fishing expeditions. Of course, there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. Tomorrow, depart the Okavango so cherish the last moments of your safari adventure in Southern Africa
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9,  Thursday – Fly to Cape Town

Following breakfast at the lodge, board a light aircraft flight (4 or 5 seat plane) to Maun where you will board your flight to Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to your hotel, you’ll see the towering symbol of the city – Table Mountain. The rest of the evening is at leisure in this magnificent seaside city. Tonight, there is so much to see and do at the bustling waterfront including a variety of restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday – Cape Town City Tour & Cape Malay Experience Tour

Today, explore the gorgeous city of Cape Town. The highlight is an ascent to the top of magnificent Table Mountain. Travel by aerial cable car (weather permitting) and see the astonishing panoramic views of the city and beaches below as you climb high into the clouds. On a clear day, it’s often possible to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and the melding of the oceans at Cape Point. Visit the Milnerton Lighthouse before descending from the plateau. Later, you will have the opportunity to learn three-billion-year-old story while touring prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum at Cape Town’s famous V & A Waterfront. The 45-minute tour reveals the origins of diamond mining and includes an explanation of color, cut and clarity. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Shopping Mall with its endless shopping and dining opportunities. Later, enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community, descendants of the original Malay slaves. Learn about their history and preservation of their traditions in Africa. Savor a home-cooked lunch at the home of your gracious host family, a highlight of the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own. See the secluded coves, pristine beaches, or visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, with its remarkable floral displays
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday – Excursion to the Cape Winelands

A wonderful day awaits you in South Africa’s picturesque winelands. Drive through South Africa’s fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages. You’ll travel along the principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. In Franschhoek board the hop-on-hop-off tram to experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley, stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. After lunch at a charming restaurant, on to another wonderful wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town and the historic heart of the country’s wine region to see the fascinating variety of Cape Dutch architecture before returning to Cape Town. Evening is at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Sunday – Cape Peninsula Tour

Depart on a half day Cape Peninsula Tour. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna, where you may see baboons by the roadside, rheboks, cape mountain zebras, bonteboks, and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch by way of Simon’s Town. Here, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Tonight, bid farewell to your new-found friends at the Farewell Dinner. Your journey in Southern Africa is over, with many fond memories to cherish for a lifetime
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday – Depart South Africa

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

For a price quote and availability please contact our office. Tour available year round and includes return airfare from Montreal or other gateway cities, plus domestic flights, airport taxes, transfers, accommodations, most meals, the services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products sold is additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available. Hotels shown may be substituted with similar ones and will be confirmed prior to booking. Limited space due to the small group size. Offer is subject to change or cancellation at any time.