Southern Africa luxury wildlife & beach holiday

“Pair the dramatic landscape and wildlife of the Okavango Delta with Africa's most iconic waterfalls and the unspoilt beach life of Mozambique.”


Okavango Delta - Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park | Luxurious safari lodges | Victoria Falls: activity options include bungi jumping, white water rafting, river boarding, canoeing and scenic flights | Luxury Mozambique beachside eco-retreat | Diving and snorkelling with rich ocean wildlife

Description of Southern Africa luxury wildlife & beach holiday

This unforgettable Africa experience combines Botswana’s pristine wilderness and superb wildlife with the magnificent Victoria Falls - before finishing up on the unspoilt beaches of Mozambique.

Botswana's Okavango Delta is a tapestry of forest, savannah and river flood plains that is home to big game including elephant, giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare and elusive wild dog. Your luxury nature camp provides a bush experience matched by comfort, while flexible day-times let you tailor your wildlife experience - from mokoro canoe trips (subject to water levels) or fishing excursions to night game drives or walking safaris.

You'll experience Victoria Falls from beautifully appointed chalets with private balcony overlooking the river, and guests can augment their time at one of the world's most iconic cascades with activities including white water rafting, scenic flights, sundowner cruises and canoeing.

The trip’s finale is a luxury eco-boutique retreat on an unspoilt island within a National Park on the shores of Mozambique, offering miles of deserted white sand beaches, turquoise seas crisscrossed with local dhows plying their trade – and excellent cuisine combining African and Portuguese colonial influences. Nearby reefs are excellent for snorkelling and diving, but guests may also choose to go sailing on a dhow, climb the dunes, take a picnic on a secluded beach or listen to locals recount ancient African stories that chart the cosmos on a stargazing evening.

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Departure information

Departures can be arranged at any time to suit you throughout the year
Accessible tourism overview:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs and can also be organised with your own driver/guide.
Limited mobility:
Accommodation and rooms on the ground level; Door to door transfers if privately guided.
Wheelchair accessible rooms can be booked, wheelchair accessible attractions and restaurants suggested for clients.
Blind or limited vision:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited vision, particularly trips with private/driver guides.
Free from food:
All dietary requirements catered for; South Africa is very well versed in handling a variety of dietary requirements.

Responsible tourism

Southern Africa luxury wildlife & beach holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Botswana’s policy of preserving its wildlife and implementing sustainable tourism policies has paid off with its pristine natural environment. Whilst the country is one of Africa’s more expensive safari destinations, the money paid on entering national parks contributes towards conservation strategies and the development of local communities.

This trip uses local guides who have an intense passion for nature and their country. Their ability to speak local dialects gives guests a privileged insight into the intriguing local tribal cultures, whilst their well-trained game-spotting skills and expert knowledge of botany and wildlife provide for a unique and informative experience.

The lodges in Botswana have been developed with exceptional sensitivity to the surrounding environment and great care is taken to ensure that the presence of the camps is not intrusive; Boreholes have safety switches to prevent over utilization of the resource. The camps are situated in environmentally sensitive areas, all solid waste is sorted and removed from the site. Scavenger proof cages are used for temporary waste storage. All cleaning products and chemicals are bio-degradable. Camps run off power generators if not situated on an electrical grid. Emissions and fuel usage are greatly decreased.

In Zambia, the lodge we recommend is extremely committed to supporting the local communities, including setting up a small pre-school for local children and assisting in the construction of a clinic that will serve the villages around the area. At present the closest medical facility is about 30kms away. Guests to the lodge are invited to bring much needed school supplies with them to donate personally. The lodge also supports a local initiative to assist with the production of clean and safe drinking water to the local villages. This is achieved by raising funds to buy bio-sand filters for each village.

The Retreat in Mozambique is one of only a handful of resorts where the community are major stakeholders and contribute to every aspect of the project.

The local communities have been educated and encouraged not to hunt rare species or over-fish certain areas and a ‘no fishing zone’ has been established in front of the resort’s shores to encourage a resurgence of dolphins. Besides employing local islanders wherever possible the lodge owners have also helped in rebuilding the village after the area was devastated by cyclone Favio in March 2007, developing a new school and housing for the teachers and giving English lessons to the new teaching staff and the local National Park wardens.

2 Reviews of Southern Africa luxury wildlife & beach holiday

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Botswana was the best. We want to go back today!! One of the most memorable moments is arriving in our first camp, and barely two hours later, sitting on a Land Rover just meters from a male lion, and nothing between him and us! Just amazing!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be sure you don't mind flying. Lots of flying, and some of it on some pretty old and/or small planes. If we had known, we would have maybe have chosen a different beach destination than Mozambique, as this added quite a bit of flying.

In Victoria Falls, I would recommend not staying in the Zambezi Sun or the Royal Livingston. Despite being right on the falls, they feel like large Mediterranean style resorts. Travellers who stayed in African style lodges upstream of the falls seemed to have better things to say.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

In Botswana absolutely! Not sure about Zambia and Mozambique...

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely amazing! The holiday of a lifetime! Especially Botswana, where I am sure we will one day return.

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The best part was the actual difference between the places and experiences, from things to see and experience to just relaxation and enjoyment. A perfect combination! (If we have to chose on place as the best, it would be the lodge in Botswana).

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do it! Money well spent.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Especially in Botswana the local contact was felt - maybe least so in Mauritius but that may always be the case with a big international hotel and does not mean they do not have responsible policies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Wonderful! Five stars!

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