Friends and Family Luxury Southern Africa Adventure Tour
A truly special adventure combining exhilarating water and land-based safaris and private flights with a Zambezi River experience at Victoria Falls
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- All accommodation including breakfast (some hotels may include more meals and activities)
- All internal flights
- Private flights where mentioned in the itinerary
- All private ground transfers
- All tours specified in the itinerary description
- A great trip for friends and groups
- A mix of land and water-based safaris and city breaks
At a glance
Perfect for a multi-generational family or group of friends, this exhilarating trip across Southern Africa includes both water and land-based safaris, spectacular natural phenomena and certain private flights. Start your journey in Cape Town, recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, for a tour of the city’s highlights.
Next up is a visit to Botswana’s Okavango Delta with a stay in a luxury mobile tented camp where you’ll experience the magic of both water and land safaris and unique perspectives on animal behaviour around the river.
From here, you’ll then move on to Zimbabwe’s remarkable Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve with a stay in a very special, opulent lodge.
The final stop is Victoria Falls where you will witness the dazzling display of Zimbabwean side of the falls and enjoy life on the Zambezi River with a fishing and boating expedition.
Most of the flights you’ll take on this trip are private and you’ll stay in the very best accommodation in each area. You’ll also benefit from the knowledge of private guides and our recommendations for the best activities and restaurants in each destination.
This trip is ideal for multi-generational families who are looking to spend quality time together exploring the highlights of South Africa, and with a huge array of memorable experiences for everyone in the family.
Example Trip Itinerary
On arrival at Cape Town, you will be met airside by a Jacada representative, as you enter the terminal building. You will be fast-tracked through immigration, assisted with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.
Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel
Accommodation in Cape Town
- Eleven rooms, two suites and two villas
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Public kitchen
- Large spa
- Private contemporary art gallery and cinema
- South Africa Masters adorning the walls of the communal areas
Ellerman House is a class act throughout. Not to mention a wonderful piece of history that feels very much like your own home but with top class service befitting a five-star hotel. Perched in one of the most spectacular and privileged settings in Cape Town overlooking Bantry Bay, it is the epitome of comfort and class with a relaxed, elegant style. Decoration is colonial, with a nod to the contemporary and recently refurbished to provide thoroughly modern comforts. Where Ellerman House excels above others is the excellent house staff, who in these grand surrounds create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Taking a (complimentary) evening cocktail from the lounge and strolling out onto the peaceful gardens overlooking the sea for sunset is the perfect end to a day in Cape Town as one feels both special and relaxing. There are just eleven rooms, two suites and two private contemporary villas. Communal areas include a spacious lounge, large garden area (with outdoor pool) and a huge spa. There is an open kitchen you are invited to visit, a pantry that you can raid as well as the complimentary evening cocktails. A particular feature of the property is its private art collection. This is simply outstanding, one of the best in South Africa with works from African masters inside the main building and then, underneath is a contemporary gallery. For anyone interested in art this will add an extra element to their stay.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.
Today you will embark on a tour of Table Mountain, where you will get to take in some of the most magnificent views over Cape Town. Next, you'll enjoy an insightful tour of the city with a private, expert guide taking in the Company Gardens Company, the South African Museum and the Castle of Good Hope.
Take one of the most scenic journeys in the world in this wonderful, full-day private tour. Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning and bring you out through the coastal suburbs. The trip is entirely private, so you can take things at your own pace though typically you'll make stops to see the highlights of quaint villages such as Noordhoek Farm Village and Scarborough, the bustling fishing suburb of Hout Bay, the famous World of Birds sanctuary, Duiker Island which is home to a large colony of South African Fur Seals, the Silvermine Nature Reserve and Cape Point, the 'tip' of Africa.
Private transfer to Cape Town airport
Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Flight from Johannesburg to Maun
Private light aircraft flight from Maun to your mobile tented camp
Camps and Lodges in Okavango
- Six luxury tents
- Lodge dining and bar area
- Star bed
Set in a vast private concession of 180,000 hectares in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Abu camp offers incredible elephant interaction with its resident herd of rescued elephants as well as one of the most luxurious tented accommodations in the Delta. Newly refurbished, the lodge is among the most comfortable and luxurious around, with six spacious wood and canvas tents centred around the main lodge which has a library, dining room and bar as well as a relaxing swimming pool area. For an unforgettable night out under the night sky, spend a night in the wonderfully romantic star bed. As well as awe-inspiring up close walks with the elephants, there area a range of safari activities are available, including bush walks and the traditional safari drives.
- Nine luxury tents
- Jao spa
- Wine cellar
- Two plunge pools
- Curio shop
Very intimately placed in the private Jao Concession area bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Jao Camp is a rather luxurious way to experience this beautiful part of the world. With just nine tented rooms, you will be well looked after and be able to enjoy some incredible service tied in with excellent guiding. Each of the tented rooms are situated a short distance from the main area and are accessed via raised walkways which adds to the charm of the place. All of the tents have their own deck area with great views over the expanse of floodplains before them, you will be nice and comfortable in your luxurious canvas setting. Jao Camp also has a great wine cellar where you can enjoy a private dinner and if you really wanted to treat yourself, they have a great spa where you can enjoy some superb treatments. Within the camp itself, you have access to two plunge pools which you might want to dip into in the afternoon heat when you aren’t relaxing inside the beautifully decorated interior with a nice book from the library. Activities here are entirely dependent on the flood levels at the time of year you visit, however as a rule of thumb you can expect about 30% game drives and 70% water activities which give you a brilliant and new perspective of the animals that call this place their home. Mekoro trips are highly recommended! As the camp is within its own concession area, it also has the ability to provide night drives (weather permitting) to spot the elusive nocturnal creatures found here.
- Eight suites with private plunge pools
- Dining room
- Candle-lit boma
- Spacious deck
- Massage sala
Organic and hand-woven, private and intimate, Sandibe is an architecturally unique hideaway deep in the mighty Delta. Dressed in shades of copper and wood, the lodge’s grand and high interiors open out to even grander views, with spacious decks offering a spectacular spot to drink in the resident wildlife. Emerging among riverside trees in a private concession come the eight elegant suites, each exuding a sense of laid-back luxury. Filled with giant king-sized beds, outdoor showers and sparkling private plunge pools, they provide the perfect comfort after a day of spotting the Big Five on exhilarating game drives. An alfresco banquet of Pan-African cuisine is then cooked up by expert chefs, while the relaxed but attentive butlers ensure you enjoy an entirely seamless stay.
- 14 enormous rooms (including 2 family rooms) split into 2 seperate camps of 7 each.
- Private plunge pools
- Lounge and Dining Area
Vumbura is one of the most comfortable and stylish lodges in the Okavango Delta. It’s set inside a large private concession of 60,000 hectares in the far north of the Delta. What’s special about this area is the diversity of habitats and species that it encompasses, two of particular note are the Red Lechwe and the Sable antelope, which are particularly rare and beautiful animals. Rooms at the lodge are amongst the biggest in the delta, all open plan, with a sunken seating area, private shaded deck and swimming pool outside as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There is an amazing sense of space here, in keeping with the wide-open plains that the rooms face onto. The rooms are open on three sides (with netting) giving a feeling of being closer to the nature and wildlife whilst still remaining is absolute comfort. Activities here are a mixture of game drives and water activities which will vary according to the level of the water and the time of the year. The lodge is actually set into two almost identical camps of seven rooms each. Both camps (and all rooms) are connected by a wooden walkway that runs north to south. Each of the two camps is served by its own communal lounge and dining area.
- Five tented rooms with plunge pools
- Two bedroom Duba Suite
- Personal butler and chef
- Private game drive vehicles
- Wine cellar and library
One of the most unforgettable safari experiences in Botswana, this is the area where Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent years filming and photographing the amazing lions and buffalo that inhabit this part of the Delta. The camp itself is an intimate affair with just five traditionally styled tents and the separate two-bedroomed Duba Suite. All sit raised on recycled railway sleeper decking with incredible views over the game-rich flood plain, and each has a lounge area, private plunge pool and fabulous bathrooms. A large dining room, communal lounge area, curated wine cellar, library, open kitchen and fire pit sit at the camp’s heart. Guests can choose to dine here or in a number of more private settings, catered for by your personal butler and chef. Head out on unforgettable game drives in private game drive vehicles with your own expert guide, and on boat-based activities when water levels permit. As well as a good chance of observing extraordinary lion and buffalo interactions, the reserve has a rich diversity of species, with thousands of animals crossing the floodplain including leopard, elephant and interesting Kalahari species such as Aardwolf and Pangolins. Duba Plains is on land leased from local communities who receive all lease revenue and 80% of staff coming from these communities. The whole operation also strives to have as light an environment footprint as possible.
- 9 split level rooms with private plunge pool and a viewing sala on the roof
- Lounge Area
Xudum has just nine newly decorated suites, located close to permanent river channels that flow year round. These means its a reliable place to come for water based activities. The thicker vegetation brought by the abundance of water also helps to draw a lot of bird life to the area. The smaller creatures and the environment itself are the highlight here, so it works best combined with a lodge that has more prolific big game viewing. The lodge and rooms are all built with two levels, this is quite a unique feature and allows beautiful views out across the delta. Guiding is excellent is outstanding and there are a variety of activities here, from game drives to mokoro and boat trips. Guided bush walks are also available as this is a private concession.
- 9 Spacious tents with private plunge pool
- Dining and Lounge Area
Xaranna has a uniquely contemporary style, uncommon in the delta with the use of clean whites and colourful textiles and fittings in its decoration. Set on an island in a private concession of 25,000 hectares There are 9 very spacious tents, each with their own private plunge pool. This is a water-based camp but there is a full range of activities on offer, from the traditional Mokoro rides, to boat safaris, game drives and guided bush walks. The standard of service and guiding here is exceptional. Xaranna is very much a place to come and look for the detail, the smaller animals and birds that live in the delta as well as the beauty of the habitat itself. This means it’s best combined with another lodge that has more big game activity to provide a balanced stay whilst in Botswana.
- Nine tents with en-suite shower and W.C
- Dining room and sitting room
- Safari shop
Nature meets comfort at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp to create a unique safari experience of both land and water game activities. Set on the edge of the beautifully remote Okavango Delta, this rustic camp boasts just nine tents with a maximum of only eighteen guests staying here at one time. Each tent provides a large en-suite with shower and w/c facilities, while a private deck offers stunning floodplain views. The rest of the camp includes a dining room, sitting room, pool and safari shop. With a wildlife wealthy location, watch out for the impressive animals that reside in this area including buffalo, elephants and hippos plus the big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. The varying range of land and water based excursions on offer consist of bush walks, exciting mokoro and power boat trips plus day and night safaris in 4×4 vehicles.
- Five stilted en-suite tents
- Dining area & lounge with open fire
- Plunge pool
On an island in the Okavango Delta, Jacana Camp is the ideal river camp for travellers who want to explore this rich area of Botswana from the water. Five tented en-suite rooms are perched on stilts above the water; there’s a refreshing plunge pool overlooking the river; and the dining area is located on a platform surrounded by wild date palms and two grand sycamore fig trees. After dinner, there’s an open-air lounge with a fire pit around which guests can sit and reflect on the sightings of the day. From the camp, you can explore the floodplains and papyrus swamps by mokoro (dug-out canoe). You might spot all sorts of wildlife, from crocodiles to the rare spotted-neck otter. Birdlife is also prevalent, including waterfowl and Pel’s fishing owl. Without even having to leave the camp, you can often see elephant and hippo drinking and cooling off in the water. Aside from river safaris, you can go on game drives in the dry season, or spend an afternoon – or even the night – in one of the camp’s raised ‘hides’, from which you can spot Okavango wildlife.
- Nine tents
- Communal lounge and dining area
- Two outdoor pools
A charming little camp set up in a concession to the North of the Okavango, cverlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta, Kwara provides great access to the permanent waterways of the Delta, as well as expansive dry land areas, ideal for spotting wildlife. The lodge is made up of nine canvas-style tents overlooking a lagoon. Each tent comes equipped with a spacious deck for relaxation, an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and a gorgeous bath, all the while enjoying superb views out to the floodplains. Throughout the rest of the camp, guest will discover a dining area, lounge and curio shop, as well as two small pool areas at each end of the camp, providing guests with more private areas in which to relax. Each pool has a small bar and pool loungers, perfect for guests hoping to enjoy the afternoon siesta period. Guiding here is of a great standard with all game drives accompanied by a guide and tracker. You can take morning, afternoon and evening game drives as well as boat trips (by Mokoro or speedboat). Guided bush walks are also available.
Experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta and the magnificent wildlife that lives here with a stay at a private mobile camp. This is a unique opportunity for both water-based safaris by ‘mokoro’ - a traditional dug-out canoe - and boat and land-based big game drives taking place in the mornings and evenings. Your expert guide will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the environment and wildlife as you are privately guided across the Delta.
Today, enjoy a day exploring your luxury camp in the Okavango Delta. You'll enjoy both land-based big game drives and water-based safaris. The Okavango Delta is known as one of the premier wildlife habitats in the world, home to an enormous density and diversity of wildlife. The flooding of the Delta brings water from thousands of miles upstream on the Okavango river, arriving into Botswana in the dry season. Huge herds of animals flock to take advantage of the ready supply of water and nutrients, and their predators follow. You'll have the opportunity to witness this spectacle as you ride through the reeds as the sun goes down in a ‘mokoro’ - a traditional dug-out canoe - or in a speed boat. Your Okavango-born guide and poler will help you to spot tiny frogs, hippo, crocodile, the elusive sitatunga and colourful waterbirds such as Pel's Fishing-Owl, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane and a host of raptors, other waterbirds and colourful kingfishers.
Sleep under the stars for one night with just a mosquito net between you and the sky.
Known as one of the world's premier wildlife habitats, the Okavango Delta is home to an enormous density and diversity of wildlife. Experience the river with a day spent boating and fishing in a ‘mokoro’ - a traditional dug-out canoe - or a speed boat.
In the dry season, the flooding of the Okavango River brings large herds of eland and other antelope species to the delta followed by numerous predators such as the majestic black maned Kalahari lions and elusive Wild African dogs. Your expert guide will help you to spot these animals with a guided day of tracking.
Private transfer to the Okavango
Private flight in light aircraft from the Okavango to Maun
Private light aircraft flight from Maun to airstrip in Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve
Camps and Lodges in Malilangwe
- 6 suites (indoor & outdoor showers, private plunge pools)
- 1 villa (private retreat with 5 bedrooms)
- Main Lodge:
- Dining Room
- 3 lounges
- Wine Cellar
- Two heated swimming pools
- Bush Spa
Singita Pamushana Lodge sits perched overlooking the Chiredzi River in the wild, Mopane forested hills of the private Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and is every inch the luxurious and authentic Zimbabwean safari stay. Thatch palapa-style buildings reach up through the trees and descend to heavily overhang its open-sided sitting rooms and dining areas for far-reaching views and the African essence of blending the outside with indoors. Loud ethnic patterns weaving themselves between soft earthy hues, inviting traditional furniture, local art and antiques decorate the lounges, spilling into the luxury suites of this lodge. Also, in true Singita-style, there is an astounding level of amenities that pay no regard to the remote location of the lodge: three lounges, spa, WiFi, satellite TV, wine cellar and two heated swimming pools. In addition to the six suites that have their own plunge pools and panoramic terraces, there is a private villa with five bedrooms: perfect for a family or group of good friends.
During your time here enjoy game drives and bush walks with private guides and trackers, this will allow you to get very close to some of Zimbabwe's most fascinating wildlife.
Today, kick back and enjoy the pleasures of your luxury camp. Admire the spectacular view, take a dip in the pool, rest in the lounge or take advantage of the spa facilities. If you're feeling adventurous, explore your immediate surroundings of the Chiredzi River and the wild, Mopane forested hills.
Today, you'll be accompanied by an expert guide on an exploration of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve bush. You'll have the opportunity to spot leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo, roan and sable antelope, black rhino, eagle, cape hunting dog. There are also more than 100 bushman rock sites dating back over 2,000 years to discover too.
Private transfer from your lodge to airstrip and private light aircraft flight to Victoria Falls Airport
Private transfer from Victoria Falls airport to lodge
Accommodation in Victoria Falls
- Eight luxury tents with private plunge pools
- Five luxury family suites
- Dining and lounge area
- Swimming pool
- Tree hide
- Tao Spa
As the first lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park, this property has certainly nabbed one of the best positions, so close to the Falls that you can even see the spray billowing into the sky in the near distance. With thirteen vast tented chalets with contemporary style twists and modern amenities, you awake with folding back your canvas door, strolling onto your private wooden terrace, to be greeted by wild nature and sublime river views. Five of these feature a children’s room and all are to feature their own plunge pools out on private decks overlooking the Zambezi. Activities from the lodge include game drives and walking safaris into the national park, river cruises, canoeing, fishing and birding. On request, the more adventurous can try activities that Victoria Falls is renowned for – white water rafting, bungee jumping and flights over the falls.
The mighty Victoria falls rank as one of the most spectacular sites in all of Africa. As the mighty Zambezi river crashes over sheer cliffs onto the rocks below it sprays a cloud of water high into the air. Enjoy a variety of activities in this area (as well as the falls themselves).
You can enjoy both sides of Victoria Falls easily, however if staying on the Zimbabwean side, along the southern banks of the Zambezi River you do enjoy a different side of things. In fact from this angle, this is where the largest volumes of water in all the falls can be seen. More activities include tours of the Falls by foot or helicopter, safari and sunset river cruises, game drives to nearby reserves and excursions into Victoria Falls town. Speak to your personal travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.
Today, enjoy a day of boating and fishing on the Zambezi River. Watch out for powerful tigerfish hiding in the backwaters or along the banks, waiting to pounce on prey, making them ideal for fly fishing. Other fish to look out for here include bream, yellowfish, thinface and nembwe, while hippos and crocodiles also lurk in these waters.
Private transfer to Victoria Falls airport
Flight from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg
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