Luxury Cape Town and Botswana Safari

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Travel Logistics

Starts: Cape Town
Ends: Cape Town




Duration: 7 nights
Price Guide

Price Guide

From USD $7,850
per person

Romantic Duke and Duchess Luxury Cape Town and Botswana Safari

This 8-day Luxury Cape Town and Botswana Safari is a match made in safari heaven. It features two romantic hideaways situated in two astonishing UNESCO World Heritage locations, Cape Town and the Okavango Delta.

We’ve picked two of the most interesting hideaways. Starting with Dorp (which means village in the local lingo). Dorp is a boutique hotel hidden high on the hills of Bo-Kaap (‘above the Cape’). Then, disappear into Duke’s Camp in Botswana’s famous wetland. It’s a mere 2.5-hour direct flight from Cape Town to Maun – gateway to the Delta.

Both hideaways are wildly romantic and undeniably unusual. At Duke’s you might even rub shoulders with Sarefo ‘Duke’ Sarefo, the area’s local chief and camp namesake. Dorp has royal bloodlines, too. A sort of secret anti-hotel, it was designed by the late hospitality legend, Gail Behr, Cape Town’s cheekiest Baroness, who we remember fondly as the Duchess of Cool.

We call Cape Town the Mother City, and we’ve given you five days to get under the skin of this grape growing region, at the tip of Africa. We start you off with a food walking tour. Hey, the Cape started as a vegetable station providing fresh produce to passing sailors. You could say it’s the original foodie city.

In the Okavango Delta, when you’re not tearing off in search of predator action or watching elephants drink from the river, you’ll be sipping a sundowner around a campfire, counting the zebras – and your blessings, too. Glide silently, skirting hippos, elephants and crocs in a mokoro – a traditional dugout canoe – and spotting one rare bird after another.

If you don’t quite understand what the Okavango Delta is, it’s essentially a lush green oasis in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, complete with palm trees. The area offers one of the best game-viewing experiences on Earth and, if you only visit Africa once in your life, the Delta should be at the top of your list.

This luxury Cape Town and Botswana safari is an experience worthy of those with the wildest imaginations, and ridiculously good taste of course. We invite you to embrace the different – you’ll be in good company.

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Stargazing Monkey

Luxury is about
the experience

We've included our signature food walking tour of Cape Town, and a sleep-out under the stars at Duke's Camp.
Bathing Monkey

Style has a
wild side

We've selected two brand-new, highly individual hideaways known for their unique styles and awesome locations.
Champagne Monkey

We create fun and
a little mischief

You'll be hosted throughout by some really interesting characters, and experience the warmest African hospitality.


  • ‘Dorp is not a hotel, nor a house, nor a pub. It is instead a sort of oddball’s club…’
  • A rooftop dinner at Dorp with the best views of Table Mountain, The V&A Waterfront and the City Bowl.
  • For a great vantage point, hike up Lion’s Head for 360 degrees views of the city, harbour and beaches.
  • Duke’s is in an unfenced remote wilderness area set on a channel in the Northern Okavango (In the same area as legendary Duba Plains and Vumbura Plains).
  • Sleep under the stars in a remote Fly Camp on a lantern-lit Island only accessible by Mokoro (traditional dugout canoe).

Cool & Unusual

At Dorp, don’t let the Noon Gun scare the wits out of you – there’s an actual old cannon on Signal Hill, not too far from the hotel, that is fired at midday every day – a great way to keep track of the time.  And you never know what you might find inside the Curiosity Cabinet at Duke’s Camp – it contains an intriguing mix of heirlooms and real African treasures.

Break it down Itinerary overview

Welcome to the beautiful Mother City. We will meet you at the airport for a private transfer to one of our favourite boutique hotels in Cape Town, the quirky Dorp. It’s a great place to get acquainted with the city as it has views of everything from the famed flat-topped mountain to the city bowl, and the V&A Waterfront too. The rooftop is wonderful place for a sundowner and a chance to eat in and rest for the crazy week ahead. Otherwise pop down to the V&A Waterfront – only a few minutes’ away – for a welcome cocktail or two.

Cape Town is a genuinely spectacular city, with a unique combination of urban and nature-based experiences you won’t find anywhere else. We’ve included a food walking tour for this morning. It’s the best way to get know the city, and includes the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap. To get your taste buds firing, try a samoosa then we pop into the neighbourhood spice market. Investigate artisanal delis, bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants, while learning about the city’s architecture and history. Explore the cobbled side streets of the city centre, and head on to trendy Kloof Street and the Company Gardens.

In the late afternoon you may want to head up Table Mountain on the cable car – or for the more adventurous, climb up Lions Head for an Eiffel Tower-like 360-degree view of the city, Waterfront and Atlantic Seaboard. By now you should have a fairly good understanding of the layout of the peninsula.

Another wonderful idea for art lovers is to time your trip to coincide with the First Thursday of every month. This is when Cape Town closes her streets and opens art galleries, pubs and restaurants until late – it’s a glorious street festival of art and food.

Having discovered the city, your next day gives you time to explore the largest wine-making region in Africa, the Cape Winelands. The Cape has a Mediterranean climate, and its dry summer and rolling vineyards make it feel like Europe’s most southerly city. It’s just an hour’s drive from the city to Franschhoek or Stellenbosch; however, if you only want a taste of the vineyards head to Constantia, the Cape’s oldest wine region, and just 20 minutes away. Capetonians love having long lazy lunches in the gardens of a wine farm, under the trees and surrounded by vines.

Cape Town is best enjoyed outdoors in the company of friends. Today you’ll have time to explore the landmark peninsula, and its forests and fynbos. Opt for a guided day trip to see the southern peninsula and enjoy a plunge or paddle in False Bay surrounded by waddles of African penguins.

This day will set the scene for your safari, as you drive along the magnificent coastline, alongside beautiful beaches, visit the African penguins and head to the tip of the peninsula.

Nothing beats Camp’s Bay for lip-smacking sundowners and gorgeous sunsets, and the V&A Waterfront, just down the hill, for shopping and a bite to eat.

Tonight head down to the Waterfront for a delicious farewell dinner at Pier or Waterside, Cape Town’s coolest new restaurants. Enjoy the twinkling lights of the working harbour while you feast on a 5-course wine-pairing menu – or enjoy simply scrumptious grilled fish and chips at Harbour House.

It’s time to engage the rest of your senses in the Okavango Delta – a slice of wilderness heaven! It’s a 2.5-hour flight from Cape Town to Maun and then a short, scenic hop by light aircraft to Duke’s Camp. The camp offers a unique viewpoint of Botswana’s extraordinary water-wonderland. Seeing the animals coming into view from up on high out of the window of your ‘bush taxi’ is a memory that will burn brightly for the rest of your life!

You arrive at Duke’s Camp just in time for high tea and the afternoon drive, getting back into camp for dinner at around 7 or 8 pm, depending on what you’ve seen.

When you’re parked in your leather campaign chair on your deck, listen closely to the symphony of birdsong. Your early morning coffee or refreshing sundowner never tasted as good.

Over the next few days, you can enjoy your safari any way you like it. Whether that’s by game-viewing vehicle, from the pool deck, relaxing in a mokoro, or even by helicopter (thrillingly doors-off for unrestricted views) – you won’t be disappointed.

The morning and afternoon drives take about 3 to 5 hours, depending on what you see. Lunch is always back in camp, and at Duke’s it’s at one large table hosted by your guide and the camp manager. Siesta happens every day after this meal.

For the thrill seekers, we have a wonderful sleep-out experience, where you get to overnight in the middle of the bush, with nothing much more than a mosquito net, the stars above you and the goosebump-inducing sounds of the nocturnal wild.

A wetland safari experience is not to be missed during your stay at Duke’s. Glide though the channels of the Delta in a traditional mokoro captained by your capable guide. Today we recommend a game drive in the morning and the mokoro excursion in the evening.

Fill up your days with brunches, delicious high teas and fine-dining meals under the cover of a Persian tent and starry night sky.

It’s early to rise again, and time to head out on your last drive, before setting off on your return journey to Cape Town. You’ll leave enriched by all the new experiences, new friends and many great stories.

Itinerary gallery

Your stay Hotels and lodges

Luxury Cape Town and Botswana Safari Dates & Rates

SeasonDatesPrice Guide
Shoulder SeasonOctober 2024from $7,850 per person sharing

Pricing intended as a guideline. Subject to availability, airfare and rate of exchange fluctuations. E&OE

Bang for your buck What’s included

4 nights at Dorp Hotel including a full English breakfast daily

3 nights accommodation at Duke’s Camp

Meet and greet arrival transfer in Cape Town

Signature Cape Town walking food tour

All meals at Duke’s Camp (this typically includes lunch, high tea and dinner)

At Duke’s all wines, beers, local spirits and soft drinks and bottled water

A night under the stars at Duke’s Fly Camp

Return flights from Cape Town to Maun airport

Return charter flights from Maun to Duke’s

All local transfers between airport and hotel

All game drives and standard lodge activities

Experienced guides on safari

Snacks and drinks during game drives

Conservation fees for game parks and reserves

Complimentary laundry service on safari

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