Trip Inspiration

15-Day Southern Africa Safari

By Rail, Helicopter + Safari Vehicle!

Experience Southern Africa's most famous city, most luxurious train, largest waterfall and more on this 14-day itinerary. From bustling Cape Town to the incredible Okavango Delta, this trip combines luxury with adventure for an unforgettable journey.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 3 nights in the Cape Winelands
  • 2 nights aboard historic Rovos Rail
  • 1 night in Johannesburg
  • 2 nights at roaring Victoria Falls
  • 6 nights on safari in Botswana

Activities

  • Cape Winelands
  • Helicopter tour of Victoria Falls
  • Safari game drives
  • Private Peninsula tour
  • Enchanting train travel
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Constantia, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met for your private transfer to The Last Word Constantia. Relax and enjoy your evening at leisure!

The Last Word Constantia is a five-star hotel in an exclusive area just one-minute drive from the chic Constantia Mall’s fashionable shops and restaurants. Golf lovers will be spoiled for choice with championship golf courses situated a stone’s throw away. Great attention is paid to peace and tranquility. An inviting sunken swimming pool and surrounding tanning deck is the focal point of the magnificently manicured garden with rolling lawns, vibrant colors and exquisite mountain views. The lounges, dining area and sun patios all open onto the garden. The attention to detail in the extravagantly, well-appointed en-suite bathrooms is a feature of The Last Word Constantia. Nine luxurious and stylishly appointed suites offer unconventionally spacious accommodation, extraordinary comfort and open onto private patios leading to the garden and pool.

The Last Word Constantia is a destination on its own. Enjoy your time at this spectacular hotel!

The Last Word Constantia Meals: N/A

Day 2

Constantia, South Africa

Today you will be met by your private guide for your full-day Cape Point tour. You will navigate the 114 curves of 600m/1,970ft high Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the Cape of Good Hope, home to fabulous birds and very special fauna, such as Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the charismatic Cape baboon. Climb (or ride the world’s first environmentally-friendly funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay. After lunch, visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and then head home through the naval village of Simonstown and over scenic Boyes Drive, taking in the views of the fishing harbor at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St James and Muizenberg.

Your guide and driver will then take you to Cape Town and will remain at your disposal as you explore the vibrant city. Share your specific interests with your guide, who can tailor a tour of Cape Town’s highlights. Enjoy dinner in the city before returning to Constantia.

The Last Word Constantia Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Constantia

Today you will be met by your private guide for your tour of the Constantia Winelands. The historic valley, with vineyards clinging to the eastern slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountains, was home to 17th-century Dutch governor, Simon van der Stel’s wine farm. Its legendary dessert wines graced the tables of the European monarchy in the 18th century. There are now numerous cellars in this premier ward which continue the tradition of producing wines from classic European noble varieties. The area is celebrated for its Sauvignon Blancs, Semillons and Chardonnays, from the Steenberg, Constantia Uitsig and Buitenverwachting estates. However, wonderful Merlots, Cabernet, Shiraz and red blends in classic Bordeaux styles are also made at Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and High Constantia. The area’s famed signature wine is still the exquisite Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel to enjoy your evening at leisure.

The Last Word Constantia Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 4

Embark Rovos Rail

This morning after breakfast, you will be met for your private transfer to the Rovos Rail Lounge at the Cape Town Rail Station. Upon arrival at the station, you will board the car for your Rovos Rail journey to Pretoria. Enjoy two nights in a Pullman Twin Suite, including all meals. Lunch and dinner will be served on the train.

Rovos Rail Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

En-route to Pretoria

Enjoy your day at leisure on the train and on your sightseeing excursions. All meals will be served on the train.

Rovos Rail Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6

Disembark in Pretoria to Johannesburg

After breakfast and a morning at leisure on the train, you will disembark at Pretoria Station. Upon arrival at the station, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your tour of Johannesburg, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum with a private guide, including entrance to Apartheid Museum and Hector Pieterson Memorial. Lunch will be on your own account.

This full day tour combines two of our most popular tours, Johannesburg & Soweto orientation and Apartheid Museum & Soweto, giving you a full experience of South Africa’s commercial and financial capital – Johannesburg. Aptly named “the City of Gold,” its origins stretch back to 1886, when gold was discovered in the area. Now the city is known amongst locals as Egoli, Jozi or Jo’burg and has a rich and vibrant past and present. Our route covers all the major points of interest, from Sandton in the north to Soweto in the south. You can expect to drive through Rosebank and Houghton, the latter being the site of the late Nelson Mandela’s home. In Braamfontein you will see the Constitutional Court of South Africa and further downtown the City Hall, Diagonal Street, Newtown and Nelson Mandela Bridge. At the iconic Carlton Centre, we see the city from the “Top of Africa” in the enclosed viewing deck 50 floors up. We continue past the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Regina Mundi Catholic church and then visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial before making our way to Vilakazi Street, Nelson Mandela’s former home and Bishop Desmond Tutu’s home. After an optional lunch at a local tavern, you will visit the insightful Apartheid Museum. The route may vary depending on the pickup and dropoff points.

Following your tour, you will be transferred to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. Enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Johannesburg, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning after breakfast, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your private road transfer to the Johannesburg Airport for your commercial flight to Victoria Falls.

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your shared road transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel. Enjoy two nights in a Deluxe Twin Stable Wing Room, including breakfast. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Victoria Falls Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Victoria Falls

This morning after breakfast you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative and taken on a 25 minute scheduled helicopter excursion over Victoria Falls.

This ideal bird’s-eye aerial view of the Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls and the gorges can be viewed by light aircraft (fixed wing) or Bell helicopter (Jet Ranger – 4 passengers, Long Ranger – 6 passengers). View the Zambezi from the air in all its beauty as it flows to the Falls, where it throws up a cloud of spray that sometimes reaches 300 meters/0.2mi high. The excursion also gives you a better understanding of the zigzag gorge system and how it developed – it also ideally complements a ground tour of the Falls and its surrounding rainforest. Helicopter flights are weather-permitting. No age, weight or health requirements apply.

After your excursion, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Victoria Falls Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 9

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

This morning after an early breakfast, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your shared road transfer to Kasane Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be assisted with check-in for your shared light aircraft flight to Duma Tau Camp.

Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be transferred to camp. Enjoy three nights in a Twin Tented Room, including all meals. This afternoon after lunch, meet your guide and the other guests for an afternoon game drive in a shared vehicle. Dinner will be served at camp.

DumaTau, meaning ‘roar of the lion,’ is located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve that borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park. It is situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system, and between two elephant ‘corridors’ – all of which results in a plethora of wildlife on game drives along the Savute. DumaTau Camp is raised off the ground to take advantage of the fantastic river views.

Duma Tau Camp Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Days 10-11

Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

On safari! Enjoy your morning and afternoon game activities in a shared vehicle. All meals will be served at camp. While on safari, all game-viewing and transfers are with the camp guides in vehicles that are shared with other guests.

DumaTau is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, with access to the Linyanti Swamps, floodplains and mopane woodlands, thus offering an excellent combination of habitats. Well known for its elephant concentrations as they congregate along the waterways and lagoons during the dry winter months, the area is also renowned for general wildlife including red lechwe, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, buffalo and warthog. Predator sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena are plentiful.

Duma Tau Camp Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 12

Linyanti Wildlife Reserve to the Okavango Delta

This morning after an early game activity and brunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Tubu Tree Camp.

Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be transferred to camp. Enjoy three nights in a Twin Tented Room, including all meals. This afternoon after lunch, meet your guide and the other guests for an afternoon game drive in a shared vehicle. Dinner will be served at camp.

Located on Hunda Island, Tubu Tree Camp is built in traditional style, with elevated wooden walkways connecting tents on raised platforms – each with picturesque lookouts of the surrounding floodplains from a private deck. Hunda Island is known for its concentrations of game and offers both spectacular wildlife viewing on land, and tranquil adventures on the water. This combination of activities makes Tubu a complete Delta adventure.

Tubu Tree Camp Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Days 13-14

Okavango Delta

On safari! Enjoy your morning and afternoon game activities in a shared vehicle. All meals will be served at camp. While on safari, all game-viewing and transfers are with the camp guides in vehicles that are shared with other guests.

Wildlife seen around Tubu Tree includes elephant, lion, Burchell’s zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the floodplains. Kudu, impala, bushbuck and leopard are also seen in the forested areas. The variety of birdlife is impressive, with dry-land species seen on the larger islands and a multitude of wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.

Tubu Tree Camp Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 15

Okavango Delta, Botswana to Johannesburg, South Africa

This morning after an early game activity and brunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Maun Airport. Upon arrival in Maun, you will check-in for your flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will check-in for your return flight home.

Overnight flight Meals: Breakfast