South Africa & Zimbabwe Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the most scenically beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and crossed by mountains, it really does have it all. Stanley Safaris has partnered with some of the best guides in the city so you can spend your days exploring Cape Town and surrounding winelands in a unique way, specifically tailored to your interests. Whether you are interested in the arts, the history of South Africa, the vibrant food scene, being active or simply wanting to explore a variety of wine farms and sample the incredible wines, we can make that all happen. Cape Town is our home, this what we live and breathe each day, so we know the secret little spots away from the crowds.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Sabi Sands
From Cape Town you fly to the Sabi Sands where you will be met by your guide for a safari in the world famous Sabi Sands, bordering the Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sands shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, allowing the free movement of wildlife and therefore ensuring a rich wildlife experience. The Sabi Sands is renowned as one of the best places in Africa to see the Big Five. From our lodge enjoy morning, afternoon and night game drives as well as walking safaris in search of the wildlife of the Sabi Sands. The Sabi Sands is world famous for its leopard sightings. Leopards traditionally shy, but for some reason the leopards of the Sabi Sands are more relaxed around vehicles, allowing guests unique opportunities to see them day and night. The Sabi Sands is also home to cheetah, wild dog and other general animals.
Days 7 and 8 – Victoria Falls
From the Sabi Sands you fly to Victoria Falls for the next 2 nights. There is so much to do in Vic Falls and so it is best to plan activities ahead of time. Some highlights would be a scenic helicopter flight of Angels over the falls, sunset river cruise on the upper Zambezi River and for the more adventurous there is white water rafting, bungee jumping, ziplining and microlight flights. Going to the see the falls is best done in the early morning before the crowds of tourists arrive for their quick tour. This is also the best light conditions for photos of the mighty Victoria Falls.
Days 9, 10 and 11 – Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park
After your time in Victoria Falls you will transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight to Hwange National Park, renowned for having the largest population of elephants in Africa. From the airstrip you will be transferred to the stunning Somalisa Camp, situated in its own private concession in the heart of the Hwange National Park. Somalisa prides itself on its exceptional, up close elephant experience from its elephant pool. Located right in front of the main deck is a pool that attracts herds of elephants that come and drink the fresh water before going to the waterhole to throw mud over themselves. With the assistance of the guides you can sit on the edge of the deck only a few meters away from the elephants as they drink, a real privilege to be that close to these huge animals and be completely safe.
Somalisa prides itself on having the best guides in Zimbabwe and your days are spent with them on morning and afternoon game drives as well as walking safaris. Hwange National Park is home to huge herds of elephants, buffalo, impala, giraffe as well as lions, cheetah and wild dog. Leopard are resident, but due to the large prides of lions, they tend to be shyer.