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THE ULTIMATE SOUTH AFRICA & BOTSWANA SAFARI

Join us on an extraordinary trifecta coastal beach to wilderness and waterways conservation safari in South African & Botswana

Dates

Fri May 2 – Tue May 13, 2025

Location

South Africa & Botswana

Cost

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Deposit

$1095/Person

A SIGNATURE ADVENTURE

You’re invited to join us on an exclusive coastal beach to wilderness and waterways Signature Safari trifecta experience

IN PARNERSHIP WITH …

THE THIRDHOME SIGNATURE ADVENTURE BLUEPRINT

Escape into a memorable luxury lifestyle safari experience on this small-group club tour with fellow members, expertly designed to WOW you!

Join us on a meticulously elevated Adventure experience, on this curated small-group memorable journey, personally designed by Thirdhome Adventures’ Director Liz Bates and co-curated with the world-renowned boutique 5-star hotelier brand, Red Carnation Hotels and the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Expertly crafted with the utmost of luxury, every little detail will delight and wow you beyond belief. Guests will enjoy the camaraderie with other Thirdhome Club members as you experience culturally immersive guided excursions together, including “Make Travel Matter” impactful activities, along with dining upon some of the most coveted tables in each destination, while dwelling within some of the most exquisite 5-star accommodations.

In addition, for those who might wish to stay a little longer to explore other regions of South Africa or Botswana, we have curated three marvelous Post-Safari Extensions (each for 3 nights). Choose from Cape Town’s Twelve Apostles Hotel, or Victoria Falls’ Palm River Hotel, or Belmond’s Savute Elephant Lodge in Chobe National Park.

Experience an extraordinary Thirdhome Signature Adventure into South Africa & Botswana.

THE ULTIMATE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

MAIN ADVENTURE DATES: MAY 2 – 13, 2025 (11 Nights)

This culturally immersive trifecta Ultimate Safari offers guests an insightful journey with extraordinary luxurious properties in three distinctively unique regional areas.

The Adventure showcases the genuine spirit of South Africa and Botswana, with memorable experiences masterfully woven into the tapestry of our curated itinerary.

MOUNT NELSON HOTEL CAPE TOWN

1 Night: MAY 2 (Arrival Day)

Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, enjoy your first evening in the legendary luxury hotel and spa – The Belmond Mount Nelson. This stunning property has long been regarded as one of the city’s top five star hotels. It offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquility and contemporary ambiance, completed with two heated pools and a 9-acre tropical garden. If your flight arrives early enough, take in the renowned afternoon tea, to indulge in a feast of bite-size treats and tempting sandwiches served with the perfect pot of tea; or raise a toast with chic cocktails in the Planet Bar and end your evening with a delicious dinner at any of its divine onsite restaurants. Boasting some of the best restaurants and bars in Cape Town, a stay at Mount Nelson is defined as a foodie heaven.

GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

3 Nights: MAY 3/4/5

We begin our extraordinary trifecta Ultimate South African & Botswana Adventure with a scenic 2-hr drive from Cape Town along the coast, to the award-winning Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Tucked between mountains, forest and sea, it is a melting pot of biodiversity, culture and nature complete with sightings of the Marine World’s Big 5 – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded some of the highest international accolades possible, making them one of only a handful of lodges to achieve this.

Experience this breathtaking coastal Nature Reserve Lodge infused with natural beauty

BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE

3 Nights: MAY 6/7/8

Our second marvelous stop on this Adventure will entail a 4-1/2 hr journey from Grootbos, into the dramatic off-the-beaten-path Cederberg Mountains’ west coast. Nestled in the foothills of this ecological oasis, is the magical wilderness reserve and wellness retreat of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, perched among open plains, surrounded by sandstone formations and ancient bush art sites. Bushman’s Kloof is a proclaimed South African Natural Heritage Site, and the proud custodian of more than 130 ancient San people rock art sites, dating back as far as 10,000 years ago. Wildlife viewing opportunities include zebra, wildebeest, cape mountain leopards and a variety of birds, flora and fauna not found elsewhere on Earth.

Experience this magnificent mountainous Wilderness Lodge infused with ancient history

XIGERA BOTSWANA SAFARI LODGE

4 Nights: MAY 9/10/11/12

Our third finale location begins with journey to Cape Town’s International Airport to board a flight to Maun, Botswana and then a connecting internal private aircraft flight onward to Xigera Safari Lodge. Tucked away amid the serenity of the watery channels of the Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, there are ample opportunities for game drives to view African bush elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, spotted hyena, greater kudu, sable antelope, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, plains zebra, warthog and chacma baboon. From its handcrafted exterior architecture to its posh evocative interior spaces, guests will be pampered within life-enhancing beautiful surroundings of the protected water-wonderland of the geological phenomenon of the Okavago Delta (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Xigera is a living gallery of African art and design, while honoring indigenous traditions and empowering conservation, which certainly beguile one’s senses and stirs the soul of everyone who steps into its magic.

Experience this stunning water-wonderland Safari Lodge infused with wildlife & art

CONSIDER AN OPTIONAL 3-NIGHT EXTENSION

Opt-in and choose one of the three Post Safari Destination Experiences

Victoria Falls / OR Chobe National Park / OR Cape Town

3 Nights: MAY 13/14/15

View the Post Safari Destination Extensions & details under Adventure Pricing

THE ULTIMATE SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience three uniquely different locations – Coastal, Wilderness Mountains & Water Canals
  • Immerse into the natural beauty of three protected nature and wildlife reserves
  • Stay in 5-star luxurious boutique eco-lodge properties throughout the Adventure
  • Venture out each day in each unique location for nature-safari game drives
  • Participate in educationally enriching regional explorations with expert local guides
  • Explore botanical and ancient paths on informative hikes and by 4×4 vehicle excursions
  • Escape on horseback through the floral fields or the sand dunes of Grootbos
  • Enjoy the Red Carnation “Make Travel Matter” signature educational experiences
  • Learn about the ancient San people at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the renowned Okavango Delta region
  • A Red Carnation Signature Conservation and Co-Existence Cultural Experience
  • Marvel at the serenity and natural water canals surrounding Xigera Safari Lodge
  • Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and botany throughout our curated itinerary
  • Taste authentic South African cuisine with memorable cultural bonfire experiences
  • OPTONAL EXTENSIONS: Opt to stay longer on a post-Adventure experience – choose either of our 3-Night Extension Packages: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park Elephant Safari, or relax in Cape Town at the Twelve Apostles boutique hotel.

THE SMALL-GROUP SIZE

Our Adventures are purposefully kept small, allowing for a more intimate, engaging and rewarding experience for everyone within each location and activity we have curated.

This is a small-group tour with a maximum occupancy of 16 adults; and a minimum required participation of 10 adults.

Important Note: This Adventure requires the participation of 10-16 people; should the number of participants be less than this required number, Thirdhome and our safari partners will still operate this Adventure however there would be a revised cost of the Adventure based on the lower number of participants.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

All Thirdhome Club Members (our Founders have first priority booking status). Members may also invite their Family or Friends to join them on this exclusive Club Adventure.

ACTIVITY LEVEL & GROUP EXPECTATIONS

To experience this unique destination, you will need to be able to walk or hike at least 30-60 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains; including being physically able to ride in open-air 4×4 vehicles, go horseback riding (for beginners and experienced riders), and journey in small power boats, along with being comfortable encountering wildlife in outdoor natural settings. In addition, participants will need to travel by small jet commercial airline and by private aircraft transportations, along with optional opportunities for fly-over helicopter excursions. You can expect half or full-day guided touring each day, balanced with quality relaxing free-time throughout this Adventure.

This small-group journey along with its itinerary is purposefully crafted as a group experience and touring days have been pre-planned with included group activities in addition to group gathering dining times. Guests may of course opt-out of any day’s planned activities or scheduled meals should they not wish to participate in what has been scheduled for that day with the group, but please note that there are no price-reductions offered for missed activities or meals that are part of the overall scheduled group experience of this Adventure journey. Some optional activities and personally elected add-ons that are not part of the overall organized group itinerary do have some flexibility in being changed, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis by each lodge/hotel partner.

Itinerary

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ARRIVAL INTO CAPE TOWN

Travel today by your own international flight arrangements from your home airport into Cape Town...Welcome to South Africa!

Experience a VIP Meet & Greet upon your international flight arrival. No matter what your flight your arrival time into Cape Town occurs, each guest will be met and greeted at the Cape Town International Airport. Upon clearing Customs & Immigrations, you will be assisted with luggage, and then enjoy a very short transfer to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Relax and enjoy the evening on your own. Overnight in Deluxe Room accommodations. (Meals on your own today)

JOURNEY TO GROOTBOS

This morning arise and enjoy breakfast at the hotel; then depart the hotel by private luxury motorcoach for the 2-hr scenic journey from Cape Town to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on the Western Cape. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and get settled into your beautiful coastal surroundings – relax in this paradise or perhaps enjoy one of the lodge’s scheduled activities (from the list below). This evening experience a culinary 5-Course Dinner at the Lodge’s renowned restaurant. Overnight at Grootbos in a Forest Lodge 1-Bedroom Suite accommodations. (Breakfast at Mount Nelson; Welcome drinks served upon arrival at Grootbos, with Lunch & 5-Course Dinner included this day)

EXPLORING GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

Enjoy two full rejuvenating days exploring the wonders of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Each day following breakfast, guests can opt to enjoy any of the below included activities and scheduled experiences:

Horseback riding through the reserve’s floral trails (for non & experienced riders)
Ancient Klipgat Cave & Walker Bay Nature Reserve Beach Excursion
Botanical Hiking on the Reserve
Milkwood Forest Walks
4×4 Flower Safari & Coastal Drive
Bird-watching
Beach Picnic
Lady Stanford River Cruise

Optional Activities Not Included (require being confirmed prior to arrival) are: Dyer Island Boat Trip, Shark Cage Diving, Scenic Aerial Flights, Beach Dunes Horseback Riding, Fat Tire Biking, Cape Agulhas (the Southern most tip of Africa) Full-day Excursion, Wine Tastings at regional estates.

Each evening enjoy a 5-Course Dinner at the Lodge. Two additional overnights at Grootbos in a Forest Lodge 1-Bedroom Suite accommodations. (Breakfast, Lunch and 5-Course Dinner included each day of your stay)

JOURNEY TO BUSHMANS KLOOF

This morning after breakfast, depart early from Grootbos for the scenic 4-1/2-hr journey by luxury motorcoach to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve (with planned stops enroute, including a scheduled group lunch). Upon arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon, enjoy a welcome drink and get settled into your gorgeous mountain-scape surroundings….relax or perhaps enjoy an included activity (or an optional at additional cost spa treatment). The activities included during your stay are below:

Nature Drives by 4×4 vehicles with guides
Rock Art Formations Explorations with guides
Botanical Walks
Canoeing
Archery
Fly Fishing
Hiking
Swimming (River or Lodge Pool)
Anatolian Sheep Dogs Initiative Visit & Experience (see more details in May 7th day below)

Overnight at Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve Lodge in air-conditioned Luxury Room accommodations. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included each day of your stay)

EXPLORING BUSHMANS KLOOF & SAFARI DRIVES

Enjoy two full extraordinary days at The Homestead – the heart of Bushmans Kloof. During the days it makes for the perfect gathering place for guests to trade travel tales at the bar, or to seek quiet moments of learning in the Heritage Centre.

Explore the marvelous 7500-hectare Wilderness reserve, with a variety of enriching and exhilarating lodge activities including: nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, canoeing, archery, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, special interest presentations (birding, entomology and eco-nature guided talks).

Be pampered and relax with the signature heavenly Spa experiences (additional cost paid onsite). Treatments are inspired by ancient African traditions alongside signature B|Africa and Tata Harper products, drawing on native African plant extracts, such as baobab tree oil, mafura butter, cape aloe and rooibos. Or perhaps escape into the secluded Riverside Gazebo, ideal for couples seeking an al fresco, side-by-side treatment, while taking in panoramic views from the outdoor spa gazebo, alongside the tranquil waters of the Boontjies River. The Lodge also provides guests a calming oasis with access to the crystal steam room, heated outdoor pool, health bar, fitness center and tranquility lounge at no additional cost.

Unwind in the late afternoons with High Tea as you take in the changing colors of the sky and the mountain range. Alongside, a well-stocked library offers a fascinating collection of reference works, Africana and a comprehensive collection of wildlife films and inspirational art. In the evenings, enjoy fine dining in the Cederberg for a culinary discovery of South African fare. In addition, there is WiFi throughout the Lodge should you need to connect with the outside world.

Make Travel Matter – A Red Carnation Exclusive Experience (Included): The Anatolian Sheep Dogs – Enjoy during one of the days of your stay, a very special encounter with the cherished Anatolian Sheep Dogs. The dogs serve as livestock guardians and have been chosen thanks to the breed’s longstanding reputation for protective instincts. Originally from central Turkey, Anatolian Sheep Dogs can be relied upon for their keen eyesight as well as their impressive speed and agility and have long been used to fend off local predators. A working breed with an impressive size, they are known for their loyal instincts as well as their sandy-colored coat, which cleverly blends in seamlessly with the local environment, that help the herds that the dogs protect. Notoriously elusive and rare, the Cape Leopard lives in the Cederberg Mountains that surround Bushmans Kloof, and the Cape Leopard Trust works tirelessly to protect this precious breed. Unfortunately, as the human population in the local area has increased, so too has the number of attacks by the leopards on livestock. Fully committed to protecting its environment, as well as the local communities and wildlife, Bushmans Kloof is delighted with this natural and responsible solution to the issue of protecting one rare species while encouraging another to help protect it, which allows both the Cederberg’s farming communities and the Cape Leopard population to flourish. 

A Red Carnation Exclusive Experience (Included): Ancient Rock Art & Cultural Heritage – Bushmans Kloof is the custodian of some of South Africa’s most important rock art. Across the 7500-hectare reserve more than 130 rock art sites, painted by the indigenous San people, regarded as one of the oldest indigenous tribes in Africa. The San people have developed a rich, diverse and fascinating culture, and this region’s rock art has been dated as far back as 10,000 years ago. The San peoples, or Bushmen, are the members of the indigenous hunter-gatherer cultures of southern Africa, and the oldest surviving cultures of the region. In recognition of the cultural value of these artworks and our ongoing preservation efforts, the rock art of Bushmans Kloof has been declared a South African National Heritage Site. Alongside the captivating rock art sites on the reserve, our Heritage Centre offers guests a deeper insight into the history, culture and society of the San through a comprehensive reference library, artefacts, photographic record and specialist talks by our in-house curator.

Makana Dinner – A Red Carnation Culinary Experience (Included): Bushmans Kloof is in many ways a celebration of San culture and heritage. Embracing their traditions, we have prepared for our guests to experience a Makana Dinner – the ancient San language Makana means ‘to feast’. It’s an apt description of what awaits guests at our dining venue, where you’ll enjoy a bountiful cultural harvest. Clad in local sandstone and roofed with traditional thatch, our Makana dining experience echos the natural caves and simple dwellings used by the earliest inhabitants of this ancient landscape. Tables look out over the Boontjies River and wide grassy lawns, where often antelope graze in the evenings. Relax in the cozy lounges near a wide hearth where a roaring fire keep the evening cooler breezes at bay, and where stories begin to unfold.

Enjoy two overnights at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in air-conditioned Luxury Room accommodations. (All Meals are included each day of your stay – Breakfast, Lunch, an extensive High Tea and a la carte Dinner; one evening during your stay the Makana Cultural Dinner experience is also included). Please review the “Not Included” section of pricing for services that are paid directly and/or that are optional.

JOURNEY TO BOTSWANA & XIGERA LODGE

After breakfast, depart Bushmans Kloof Lodge by group ground transfer to Cape Town International Airport (approximately 3-hr journey). Board a commercial flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Maun, Botswana (approximately 2-1/2 hr nonstop flight – please note this flight will require an add-on cost and will be confirmed closer to departure). Upon arrival into Maun, transfer by vehicle to local airfield for connecting group flight to the Xigera Lodge airstrip (approximately 25-minutes flight; operated by Mack Air). Arrive at Xigera Lodge and be warmly welcomed into this Okavango Delta water paradise. Relax and unwind from your journey, taking in the natural beauty of your surroundings. This evening enjoy a group dinner gathering. Overnight at Xigera Lodge in air-conditioned Luxury Suite accommodations. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

ENJOY THE XIGERA LODGE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy three full magnificent days within the Xigera Lodge paradise. Xigera Safari Lodge is deeply rooted in the Okavango Delta, a breathtaking landscape of seasonal floodplains and riverine forests, tawny grasslands and verdant papyrus wetlands. Drawing inspiration from its ancient setting, Xigera rests effortlessly within the wilderness of this World Heritage Site, hidden amid a canopy of magnificent indigenous trees. Enjoy luxurious accommodations within its beautiful Suites, each resting effortlessly in this wild landscape. Amid this remarkable setting, Xigera’s design aesthetic is wholeheartedly dedicated to celebrating African art, design and creativity. Xigera showcases an extraordinary collection of pan-African art and design, created by a roster of 80 of Africa’s most globally acclaimed designers. It is a collection that is bold in vision and groundbreaking in its scope, the first of its kind on the continent. Every suite including the public areas have been handcrafted and inspired by the incredible natural surroundings in Botswana. Built with sustainability in mind – Xigera is solar-powered, yet provides in-suite WiFi service.

Each day will be magical experience – head out on safari game drives to observe gentle elephants and majestic lions; experience the waterways by “mekoro” canoe-boating excursions; enjoy seasonal catch and-release fishing, guided walks and nature observations. Stay fit with a state-of-the-art gym and serene swimming pool looking out over the Okavango Delta; cocoon yourself into human-sized woven ‘nests’ on the outdoor decks, created by renowned South African artist Porky Hefer; sip cocktails in the waterside lounge area featuring a massive copper-clad fireplace, and enjoy a welcoming bar with a world-class wine list and cellar showcasing the finest vintages; be dined with authentic and interactive culinary experiences within an open kitchen-dining room; gather for storytelling time which takes place around a totemic fire-pit sculpture by artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks. Marvel at the night sky and sleep-out under the Stars in our Baobab Treehouse (optional up-charge paid and reserved locally); and be pampered in an extensive spa program focused on mindfulness, wellness and holistic healing (optional additional costs).

Xigera Art & Design Gallery Tour (Included): Take a tour of the incredible Xigera Design Collection, conceptualized by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock – in collaboration with the award-winning South African gallery Southern Guild of talented artisans. Join one of our managers on an insightful and informative journey around the Lodge, taking in the key pieces that are showcased in our beautiful public spaces, from the Bar to the Boma, and from the Library to the Dining Room. Our team will share the background and stories behind Xigera’s living art gallery, highlighting the African creativity and craftsmanship of the bespoke works commissioned exclusively for the lodge from some of Africa’s most exciting artists and artisans. Unique and collectible, every item in the collection has been hand-made by some of the most recognizable names in African art.

Stargazing at Xigera (Included): At Xigera on our lookout deck, we have little or no light pollution and the clear skies make for sensational viewing of the stars. Our guides are equipped with laser pointers and are well versed in pointing out interesting features of the night sky, from unique stars to the Milky Way, constellations and planets. This is a wonderful way to spend some time after dark, relaxing with a refreshing drink. Sink into the comfortable cushions on deck, enjoy the warmth of the fire and gaze up at the splendor of the myriad stars in the clear night sky, as our guides share their in-depth knowledge of Botswana’s stars and skies.

Conservation and Co-Existence Cultural Experience
This experience is the perfect compliment for any visitors to Botswana interested in conservation and culture. The experience combines a visit to two community coexistence projects located in one of the most remote parts of the Okavango Delta. The first stop will showcase the work of CLAWS (Communities Living Among Wildlife Sustainably). Human & Wildlife conflict is a daily concern for many people living in the remote villages of the Okavango Delta. Farmers often lose livestock to predators such as lions. A herding program was established by CLAWS and is run by the community to reduce carnivore conflict and benefit livestock owners with veterinary assistance and improved rangelands. The experience includes a talk with the head herdsman of the project and a guided tour of the bomas used for confining and protecting cattle. On arrival at our second project, guests will be taken on a two-and-a-half-hour tour with the ‘Life With Elephants’ tour group in the traditional Hambukushu village of Eretsha. The tour group was set up by the conservation NGO, Ecoexist in an effort to increase benefits coming back to communities that coexist with Elephants. Guests are guided on a tour of the village to experience all aspects of village life, including visiting the local school and a typical farmer household. After the tour, the day to day challenges of living amongst elephants are explained by village elders, followed by  traditional song and dance. This unique experience offers a rare insight into remote village life in this part of Botswana, whilst showcasing how people strive to share space and resources with elephants. Ecoexist is facilitating and supporting new elephant- themed enterprises like this one as part of its strategy to promote coexistence between people and elephants. These remote projects are accessible by helicopter whilst showcasing some of the most picturesque scenes of the panhandle enroute. Together we pride ourselves in offering an integrated, sustainable and people driven approach to empowering communities in Northern Botswana. By booking this experience both projects are able to carry on supporting such an important issue for both villagers & wildlife in Botswana.

Enjoy three overnights are at Xigera Lodge in air-conditioned Luxury Suite accommodations. (All Meals are included each day of your stay – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; all non-alcoholic and select alcoholic beverages are also included with the exception of beverages and liquors on the Premium List Menu; activities included or optional choice add-ons are as noted above). Please review the “Not Included” section of pricing for services that are paid directly and/or that are optional.

DEPART BOTSWANA TO JOURNEY HOME OR AN OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Today enjoy your final breakfast with friends, as your Adventure ends. Say farewell to Botswana (and South Africa)! After breakfast, depart Xigera Lodge airfield by private aircraft for the Maun airport (operated by Mack Air). Journey onward to your next destination or homeward bound on your own flight arrangements. For departing flight times please see below Important Note!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We recommend all participants to book a departure flight from Maun (MUB) to Johannesburg (JNB) or back to Cape Town (CPT) on Airlink as this is the fastest route back to the USA. We recommend booking a flight between 12pm noon-2pm departure from Maun (MUB). When booking this one-way flight to JNB please allow at least 2-3 hrs prior to your international flight departure for the required check-in requirements.

Book your one-way flight on Airlink from MUB to JNB or CPT – https://www.flyairlink.com/

OR FOR THOSE OPTING TO EXTEND in South Africa on one of our pre-arranged 3-Night Extension Packages – your onward flight arrangements will be determined by the Extension package you choose. We will assist with the internal flights required for all Extensions. Please refer to the “Adventure Pricing section below for the 3-Night Extension Packages (including the unique activities and experiences offered within each of these individual destinations).

EXTENSIONS & EXPLORATIONS


These days are spent on your chosen 3-Night Extension Package, while enjoying the included unique activities and experiences within each destination. Overnights are at your chosen Extension location as noted below in “Adventure Pricing” section.

EXTENSION DEPARTURES END

Depending on your Extension Option chosen and its unique location, after breakfast a transfer to the local airport will be provided for your onward or international flight departure time needs. Say farewell to South Africa and Botswana!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Experience luxury 5-star luxury accommodations throughout this Adventure

BELMOND MOUNT NELSON CAPE TOWN

Deluxe Rooms

GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE – THE FOREST LODGE

1-Bedroom Luxury Suite Bungalow Accommodations

BUSHMAN’S KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE – THE MANOR

1-Bedroom Luxury Room Accommodations

BOTSWANA OKAVANGO DELTA – XIGERA LODGE

Luxury Suite Accommodations

THE SIGNATURE SAFARI CULINARY EXPERIENCE

From the ever-changing garden menus at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve to those curated by The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s most talented chefs at Bushmans Kloof & Xigera Lodge will evoke the essence of robust South African flavors, local traditions and signature dishes, all infused with a fierce passion from the heart.

With a focus on fresh ingredients, seasonal produce sourced from carefully selected local suppliers and the conservation gardens of each location, the guest dining experiences on this Signature Safari will elevate all your senses and taste buds!

What’s Included

  • 11 Nights Luxury Accommodations in 5-star properties throughout the Adventure itinerary – 1 Night at Belmond Mount Nelson Cape Town, 3 Nights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, 3 Nights at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, 4 Nights in Xigera Lodge in the Okavango Delta of Botswana (excludes the Optional Add-On Extension Packages accommodations)
  • Room Categories are defined as follows: Belmond Mount Nelson Cape Town (air-conditioned Deluxe Rooms with King Beds); Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (air-conditioned 1-Bedroom Forest Lodge Suites with King Beds and private balcony decks); Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve (air-conditioned Luxury Rooms with King Beds and private patios offering beautiful landscape views with access to swimming pools); Xigera Lodge (air-conditioned Luxury Suites with King Beds each with their unique interiors and cocooned within the indigenous forests providing water canal water-views)
  • Chef-prepared Dining Experiences & Group Meals – 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • Alcoholic Beverages are only included at Bushmans Kloof & Xigera Lodge (exceptions apply)
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages – bottled waters, coffee/tea, soft drinks and fruit juices (except while in Cape Town on arrival day)
  • Deluxe air-conditioned bus transportation provided throughout the land-based itinerary
  • Group required Domestic Flight arrangements have been held for May 9th from Cape Town to Maun, Botswana (Please Note: this one-way ticket is an add-on cost and cannot be finalized until all passport names are submitted and as we get closer to departure (please see “Not Included” items below)
  • Onward Private Aircraft Mack Air Flight on May 9th from Maun, Botswana to Xigera Lodge
  • “Make Travel Matter” Red Carnation exclusive activities as noted per the itinerary
  • Expertly Guided Regional Excursions & services throughout the itinerary
  • All VAT taxes & National Park fees are included throughout the itinerary
  • All Adventure Staff & Lodge Gratuities are included throughout the itinerary

What’s not Included

  • International Airfare – arrival into Cape Town (CPT) MAY 2 / departure from Maun, Botswana (MUB) MAY 13
  • Group Domestic Flight required on MAY 9th from Cape Town to Maun (approx $450 per person one-way)
  • OPTIONAL Post-Safari Extension Packages – offered in conjunction with this Adventure itinerary at costs noted
  • Entry Visas that may be required based on traveler’s nationality
  • Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages “on your own” or not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Personal elected activities, spa treatments and hotel incidentals are on your own pay
  • Any pre or post nights/extensions you personally elect to arrange
  • “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insuranceGET A QUOTE with USI Affinity Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance must be purchased within 14-days of confirming your participation with the required Adventure trip deposit); otherwise Standard Insurance coverage is available to be purchased at any time prior to departure, for all other medical and approved covered reasons.

VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • SOUTH AFRICAView Requirements & Country Updates – Currently, U.S. citizens may enter without a tourist visa, along with a valid passport. COVID entry requirements are have been lifted (none are required or mandated at this time)
  • BOTSWANA (Xigera Lodge)View Requirements & Country Updates – Currently, U.S. citizens may enter without a tourist visa, along with a valid passport. COVID entry requirements are have been lifted (none are required or mandated at this time)
  • VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE (Extension Package) – View Requirements & Country Updates – Currently, U.S. citizens traveling to Zimbabwe for tourism, may obtain a visa at the airports upon arrival or other border ports-of-entry. There is currently no option of getting a Zimbabwean tourist visa in advance. You can expect to pay USD $30 for a 30-day validity/single-entry visa. Please have cash on-hand for this visa.
  • PASSPORTS – All traveler passports MUST have validity of minimum 6 months or longer at the time travel occurs, otherwise the risk of denied travel could be experienced per airline carrier rules and country entry requirement mandates with Customs & Immigrations. We recommend that our members travel abroad with a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. Your photocopy should be packed separately from your actual passport. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact or entrusted family/friend.
  • IMPORTANT: BLANK PASSPORT PAGESAll travelers will be required to have at least 6 blank passport pages for entry into South Africa for this journey, and/or also if you are combining the extension onward to Victoria Falls.
  • PROOF OF RETURN OR ONWARD TICKET – South Africa & Botswana require proof of onward ticket or return to your original destination or another destination outside of their country, to ensure you are not staying past the 90-days tourist time allowance.
  • VACCINATIONS – Please consult with your personal physician and/or medical clinician for required or optional recommended vaccines based on your personal health needs; Vaccinations required or recommended for each country can be found in the above individual country links

ADVENTURE PRICING

Adventure pricing excludes “Not Included” items as noted above, as well as the Add-On Experiences

$15,995 per person based on Double Occupancy

$19,695 based on Single Occupancy

DEPOSIT REQUIRED: $9995 per person (non-refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT DUE:  FEB 14th, 2025 (non-refundable)

This Adventure requires 10-16 people to operate at the price quoted; if less participants join, than this Adventure can still occur however a change in cost will be incurred depending on final guest count.

ADD-ON POST-SAFARI EXTENSIONS

3 Nights: MAY 13/14/15 (departure MAY 16th)

Each extension location package is on a request-basis subject to availability

VICTORIA FALLS

Stay at the lovely Palm River Hotel at Victoria Falls to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The hotel’s location could not be more idyllic, situated as it is along the banks of the iconic Zambezi River, among towering indigenous trees and only 4 kilometres from Africa’s Natural World Wonder, Victoria Falls – so close, in fact, that on a clear, quiet day you can hear the thunder and see the spray of the mighty waterfall from your room. The magnificent waterfalls on the Zambezi River provides a lush habitat for several unique species of plants and wildlife. The Zambezi National Park and its river, is bordered between the two countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia, so the Victoria Falls are therefore shared by both countries.

3-Night Victoria Falls Extension Package & Pricing

COST: $2095 per person (Deluxe Room) / $2695 per person (Deluxe Suite)

Please inquire for Single Occupancy Pricing

  • Internal Flights from Xigera to Kasane Airport in Botswana
  • Airport transfers upon arrival (1-hr drive to the hotel) along with return transfers
  • 3 Nights at Palm River Hotel – in Deluxe Room or Deluxe Suite Accommodations
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi Explorer’s Signature Deck, including snacks and drinks
  • Guided Tour of the Falls including park fees with lunch at Lookout Cafe overlooking the Falls
  • Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary Experience with personal interaction with the elephants
  • All taxes and transportation fees

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK ELEPHANT SAFARI

Stay at Savute Elephant Lodge, beside the mysterious Savute Channel, in this tented oasis making a perfect base to discover the wonders of Chobe National Park.

Breathlessly captivating, this corner of Botswana has long been associated with the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone. Follow in their footsteps and head out to its unique viewing deck at dusk or dawn, overlooking the watering hole, and see elephants, hyenas and cheetahs in their element. Escape into the serenity with the lodge’s contemporary interiors that reflect the earthy tones of the wilderness, while eco-friendly design features and luxurious amenities keep you in harmony with the stunning landscape.

3-Night Chobe National Park Extension Package & Pricing

COST: $5495 per person (Luxury Tented Room)

Please inquire for Single Occupancy Pricing

  • Internal Flights from Xigera to Savute and return flight from Savute back to Maun
  • On-ground Meet & Greet with vehicle transportation from airstrip to Savute Lodge
  • 3 Nights at Savute Elephant Lodge – in Luxury Tented Room Accommodations
  • Welcome drink accompanied by the staff’s welcome songs
  • All meals during stay each day – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • All drinks including a selected list of branded spirits and wines (excluding VSOP spirits, reserve wines & imported champagne)
  • Two game viewing activities per day
  • Botswana National Park Fees & Taxes
  • Daily laundry services
  • All taxes and transportation fees

THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL CAPE TOWN

Stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, with its dramatic Table Mountain National Park and Lions Head views, and the endless Atlantic ocean rolling away at its front doorsteps.

This exclusive, tranquil location is on one of the world’s most celebrated scenic properties and coastal routes. The only property located on the spectacular coastal road that links Cape Town and Camps Bay with Llundudno Beach and Hout Bay beyond, The Twelve Apostles is the perfect place to watch the sun set into the deep blue Atlantic, dine on fine international cuisine or relax in the hotel’s multi award-winning spa. Ideally located just 15 minutes from the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, guests can enjoy a courtesy shuttle to the Wharf, or just lull the day away at the oceanside pool, or explore amongst the flora and fynbos-framed trails within its staggeringly beautiful setting.

3-Night Cape Town Extension Package & Pricing

COST: $995 per person (Superior Sea View Facing Room)

Please inquire for Single Occupancy Pricing

  • VIP assistance on arrival into Cape Town (an onward internal flight would be required from Maun, Botswana to Cape Town at additional cost). Meet & Greet service include assistance through customs, luggage retrieval and private driver transfer to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (return transfers also upon departure)
  • 3 Nights at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa – in Superior Sea Facing Room
  • Breakfast for two included daily
  • One Dinner for two at Azure Restaurant on May 13th at 6PM (your arrival evening)
  • All taxes and transportation fees

ADVENTURE TERMS & CONDITIONS

Adventure is non-refundable (this applies to all deposits and final payments).

This Adventure requires 10-16 people to operate at the price quoted; even if less participants join, the Adventure can still operate however an increase in cost would occur, which Thirdhome will advise all participants.

Thirdhome strongly recommends that all participants purchase travel insurance in order to participate in an Adventure. The unexpected can (and frequently does) happen, and especially after the final payment is made the cancellation penalties can be costly. A travel protection plan can cover you for many unexpected disruptions you may encounter as specified in the plan, including trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delays, baggage loss or delay, emergency medical expense, emergency medical evacuation, and more. 

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Important Note: Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance is required to be purchased within 14-days of confirming your Adventure participation (once you have paid an Adventure deposit and/or Final Payment); otherwise Standard Insurance can be purchased at any time prior to your departure.

Per the policy, the optional CFAR coverage “must be purchased within 14 days of the date the initial Payment or Deposit is paid and insure the cost of any subsequent arrangement(s) added to the same Covered Trip within 14 days of the date of Payment or Deposit for any such subsequent Covered Trip arrangement(s); and this insurance coverage is purchased for the full cost of all non-refundable prepaid Covered Trip arrangements.” If you do not meet these requirements, you may be ineligible for reimbursement of a CFAR claim. What this means is, you must insure 100% of your trip costs on the same plan, including components of your trip you have booked separately from ThirdHome, such as airline tickets, excursions, rental car, etc. In simplified terms, you must insure each component of your trip within 14 days of making the travel arrangement, and in order to quality for the benefits under Cancel For Any Reason travel insurance, all travel components you have paid for require being insured under one travel insurance umbrella.

Any traveler that elects not to purchase travel insurance, agrees to release Thirdhome and its tour operation partners from liability for any loss of funds incurred due to the cancellation of a specific Thirdhome Adventure as a result of, but not limited to, an act of God, a failure to purchase travel insurance, the cessation of business with respect to a tour operator/ground operator partnered services, and/or the failure of a tour operator/ground operator to refund consumer deposits or payments following the cancellation of a Thirdhome Adventure or a material failure to complete the operation of any Thirdhome Adventure.

Thirdhome Adventures reserves the right to modify, change or cancel itinerary accommodations and/or alter tour routing and operations, if conditions beyond our control and that of our travel partners who operate our journeys, require such alterations thereof due to any unforeseen circumstances.

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