Although one of the world’s most sparsely populated nations, and despite the Kalahari Desert taking up 70% of its territory, Botswana is also home to the most wonderfully rich areas of grasslands, savannas, marshes, lush floodplains and dense woodlands. Blue wildebeest, big cats, antelopes, hippos, zebras and African wild dogs all roam freely here, as well as the world's largest concentration of Kalahari elephants. There’s also an astonishing array of bird life - darting pied kingfishers, African skimmers, ibis, ground hornbills and brilliantly coloured bee-eaters. Your tour of Botswana - a wild, beautiful and unspoilt country - will take you to the very heart of this natural paradise with a visit to the vast, protected Chobe National Park.
Just a short step away on your Botswana tour, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, are the incomparable Victoria Falls. Twice as high as Niagara at 354 feet and pouring an awesome volume of 38,430 cubic feet every second in a single vertical drop into a chasm that’s 5,600 feet wide, they form the world's largest sheet of falling water. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the spray from the falls can sometimes rise to a height of 2,600 feet, and can be seen from up to 30 miles away. While David Livingstone named the falls in honour of Queen Victoria, the indigenous name remains Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the smoke that thunders".
Again just beyond Botswana, your tour takes you on the fabulous experience of a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi on the “African Queen,” with hippos and crocodiles wallowing in the waters around you. For a complete contrast you’ll also visit Africa’s most naturally beautiful city, Cape Town. Visits to the stunning Cape of Good Hope, to Boulders Beach to meet Africa’s only penguin colony, and to the Western Cape’s stunning Winelands with their unique scenery of endless manicured vines, orchards and 300 year-old Cape Dutch wineries are all part of this fabulous tour of Botswana.