Is This The Most Luxurious Safari in Africa?

Charles Edwards-Freshwater (Online Editor)
Exsus unveil their stunning 28 day adventure across Africa

For generations safaris around Africa have been revered as some of the most impressive journeys people can do in a lifetime. Though a lot has changed over the years since the fashion for safaris began in the golden age of travel, the fact remains that a safari in Africa still holds that level of wonder and awe that makes it a life changing experience - the majestic creatures, stunning sights and sheer beauty of the continent making the choice to go on safari one that will never be regretted.

Of course, due to this status amongst travellers safaris have been becoming more and more luxurious over the years – something which Exsus have taken to the next level with their Ultimate Southern Africa Adventure. A stunning 28 day adventure that spans across South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi, this epic adventure put together by Exsus is undeniably one of the most sumptuous ways to see the sights of South Africa ever conceived.

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As the bustling centre of culture in South Africa it makes sense that Cape Town is the first port of call. Spending three days in this vibrant and energetic city, you will stay at the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in the very centre of the city, placing you in the best possible place to experience the sights and sounds of one of the continent’s most intriguing hubs of activity.

During your three days in Cape Town you will be taken on a looping tour of the Cape Peninsula, an incredible stretch of shoreline that gives you views over crystal blue seas before going on the History Brought to Life tour – a wonderful visit to the Natural History Museum and famed Company Gardens ending in a tavern where you can try some of South Africa’s excellent beer and really get into the way of life.

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Catch some rays on the white sands of Camps Bay or Clifton, shop til you drop in the V&A Waterfront or for more adventurous travellers you can also take a trip up to Table Mountain, enjoying the splendid views of the city below from the summit.  The dining scene in Cape Town is rich and energetic, and you can explore all manner of trendy restaurants and other eateries such as excellent cafes of the Bo Kaap area, all of which serve traditional food from the area that will give you the flavour for the South African lifestyle.

After leaving this magical metropolis you will then head to the famous Winelands. South African wine is often ranked among the very best in the world, and after staying two days at the Delaire Graff Estate it will become very clear as to why. Experience the taste of the wines with private tasting sessions, bask in their award winning spa and check out their amazing art gallery before you wander further afield by the Franschhoek Wine Tram to explore the other vineyards in the valley, all of which are exceptional and include among them tastings in 18th century cottages, as well as exceptionally woody and caramel infused chardonnay from the likes of Chamonix Cellar.

Once you’ve experienced all of the best wine that South Africa has to offer the trip transforms to an epic adventure into the desert with three nights in Wolwedans. Staying at the beautiful Boulders Safari Camp, you will venture out into the wild of the NamibRand Nature Reserve where you can take a 4X4 journey to see The Big 5, soar into the skies in a hot air balloon for unmatchable views or enjoy bushland treks where you can get close and personal with some of the majestic beasts that call Africa their home.  Cocktails at sundown and stargazing in a spot considered the darkest on earth will allow you to see galaxies and major constellations like never before, forming an enchanted sky that will stay in your memories forever as a simply breathtaking sight to behold.

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For hot air balloon to plane, the next part of this adventure sees you zooming through the clouds on a three day plane safari along the Skeleton Coast.  Swooping low over the red sands of the Sossuslvei as well of the seal colonies and wrecked ships of Cape Cross, the plane will land and you will go on adventures in Landrovers to see black rhinos and amazing ancient rock engravings and formations which have stood for thousands of years and remain a testament to the savage beauty of the area – all of which can also be explored at night time as you stay in tents purposefully set up in the most stunning locations along the way.

An oasis blooming from the red sands, Windhoek is the next stop, and here at the Olive Exclusive Hotel you can catch a well deserved spot of relaxation for a night as you enjoy the plunge pool on your own private terrace, a well stocked whisky bar and the exciting art that dominates each of the rooms of the whole property.  You can also discover the cultural history of the area with a visit Christuskirche and the Parliament Gardens, an area of natural beauty and great importance flanked with impressive sculptures celebrating Namibia’s independence including the Tintenpalast Monument.

Venturing into Botswana with the next leg of the journey and your first experience of this gorgeous country will be a stay at the beautiful San Camp in the Makgadikgadi salt pans after a flight across the Kalahari belt to Maun and a further light transfer. Game drives across this beautiful wildlife filled area are available, and the main allure of the salt pans is the huge number of birdlife they attract, all of which can be seen by taking a quadbike across the dunes or more leisurely on horseback.

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Learn more about the San bushman by accompanying them into the wilds, and see meerkat colonies firsthand before heading back to the camp for a cocktail in your tent or some zen yoga – anything you want to do to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape and unique nature of the area which so many creatures call their home.

The Okavango is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in Africa, and after a short journey you’ll be in the very heart of this sumptuous safari haven where you can ride elephants and learn more about their conservation and way of life. Walking safaris and game drives are a wonderful way to explore this unspoilt stretch of the Abu Concession, and you will often see huge herds of buffalo, wildebeest and giraffe as well as spotted hyenas and leopards.

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The Delta itself is well worth exploring too, and no matter if you choose to do it via a mokoro (a traditional canoe) or by motorboat, traversing the streams of the delta will let you see all manner of beautiful beasts up close and in their natural habitat. You can even soar above the clouds once more and view the whole area in a helicopter or light aircraft if you want to see the matted papyrus waterways and palm islands of the area in a whole new light.

Victoria Falls is another sight that has to be seen when your journey to Africa, and after a short transfer into Zambia you’ll be able to settle in to the Tongabezi Lodge just thirty minutes away from the falls themselves. Admire the river views and the hippos in the shallows from your thatched suite or head to the falls and experience all of the adrenaline pumping activities such as bungee jumping and white water rafting – perfect for adventurers who want to get their heart pumping.  Go walking with lions in the surrounding savannah or dive deep into the Devil’s Pool – whatever you choose to do in Victoria Falls it will always be something you’ll never equal elsewhere.

Luangwa is the penultimate destination on this incredible trip, and here you will stay at the Luwi Bush Camp for four nights – a beautiful establishment that has been built under huge mahogany trees on the shore of a permanent lagoon.  An excellent way to get to the very feel of Africa, the resort has polished mud floors and thatched roofs, letting you connect with nature after going on walking safaris to see prolific wildlife such as the exclusive roan and hartebeest antelope – both of which are almost never seen in other parts of the park. Here you can also experience a “Return to the Wild” sleep-out, allowing you to sleep in the bend of a dried up river with a scout to keep inquisitive animals at bay.

The last stop in this 28 day tour is Lake Malawi. Known for its white sandy beaches and beautifully clear waters, the lake is a phenomenal place to end the adventure where you can go sailing, snorkelling, wakeboarding and windsurfing among other aquatic activities. Making your home in the trendy chic beach resort of Kaya Mawa, you can explore this tropical wonderland on bike or by foot, discovering what makes Lake Malawi such a popular destination as well as relaxing for the final days before the return home.

A luxurious trek around South Africa that is truly incomparable, Exsus have created a journey that is filled with adventure and excitement around every turn, helping you to not only understand the areas visited and their cultures but also indulge in the finest accommodation, food and adventures they have to offer. After all, if you’re going to do a once in a lifetime safari you should make sure it’s one that you’ll never forget every step of the journey.

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Exsus’ Ultimate Southern Africa Adventure is priced from £36,500 per person based on two sharing.

To make an enquiry, please CLICK HERE

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