Cape Town, the Wine Area, and the Okavango Delta, Botswana
A fabulous trip with 5 nights in one of the Great Cities of the World, 5 nights in the glorious Cape Wine Country, and 5-7 nights in the wilds of Botswana. Luxurious Accommodation in beautiful and dramatic scenery, topped off with a stunning Wildlife Experience.
Adrian & Susan Doull, with decades of experience of travel in Africa, have created the 2018 program to showcase the best of South Africa and best of Botswana. Limited to only 10 guests for an utterly unforgettable experience.
Please find a brief outline of the trip below, and click on each Part for the detailed itineraries.
- Brief Outline of the Trip
- Brief Notes on the Countries
- Brief Comments about the Organisers
- Dates & Pricing
NOTE that this program may be altered to reflect availability of the accommodation when the final numbers of guests are known.
The South Africa visit involves a 10 day experience that includes the “Mother City” of South Africa, Cape Town, and ending at the famous Cape Wine area. Table Mountain, the city’s icon, provides the dramatic backdrop to the city, with surrounding beauty ranging from secluded coves and stunning beach resorts to the establishment of wine estates and attractive suburbs. The visually stunning Franschhoek valley shows off the important French influence on the South African wine industry. Throughout, there are glorious beaches, fabulous vista, attractive craft shops, and many excellent restaurants.
The Botswana visit is a 6 day experience to two unforgettable sites in the Okavango Delta, a truly unique area in this large, and generally arid and thinly-populated country. The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango is fed by seasonal rains from Angola that flood annually and create an extraordinary haven for wildlife. Botswana has chosen to be highly selective in its wildlife management, focused not on mass tourism, but on the development of a controlled number of up-market facilities that they believe will result in the best form of sustainable tourism for the country.
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SOUTH AFRICA has seldom been out of the headlines in our lifetimes. This complex country (it has 11 official languages) is a First, Second and Third World Country rolled into one. It has a mix of races, tribes, religions and cultures matched by few other countries. The arrival of the dominant European culture in 1652 was to set the stage for cultural conflict for the following 350 years, not all of it based on colour, however. The Boer/Brit struggles were as significant to the history as was the Zulu domination of large numbers of black tribes. The discovery of diamonds and then gold on a scale unknown in history was the catalyst for large scale white immigration, the beginnings of industrialization and the clash between British imperial avarice and the frontier independence of the Boers. The White/Black cultural clash was more notable primarily because the numbers involved were greater, and the cultural gap was wider. The absurd impracticability of the apartheid policy was a reflection of the desperation felt by the dominant white culture in attempting to find a solution that did not involve their domination by the culture of the majority black population. Extraordinarily, cometh the hour, cometh the men. The change in political control required not only a generosity of spirit, exemplified by Nelson Mandela, but a courageous repudiation of pseudo-religious dogma among the Afrikaner people by Frederick de Klerk. South Africa today faces enormous problems, but there is a spirit in the land that perhaps reflects that the people have been to the precipice, and have turned back from it to the broad uplands of hope. We want you to experience this ambiance, but above all we want you to understand this land better, so that your brief sojourn in it will in turn make this country, with all of its problems and challenges, better understood in the world.
BOTSWANA is undoubtedly the most successful of the great number of African countries that attained their independence from colonial rule in the 1950s and 1960s. This is most likely due to a relatively homogenous and small population, a far-seeing and able first President, Sir Seretse Khama, and considerable mineral wealth, especially diamonds. Today, it is the largest gem diamond producer in the world. An arid land, originally home to the hunter/gatherer Koi and San peoples (sometimes known as Bushmen), who were overwhelmed by both white men from the south and black men from the north, it is landlocked and surrounded by Namibia on the west, Zimbabwe in the north, and South Africa in the east and south. It has a remarkable and unique exception to the general aridity – the largest inland Delta in the world – the Okavango. Created a British Protectorate in 1885 at the initiation of Cecil Rhodes, the people lobbied hard and successfully in London to avoid becoming part of the territory under the control of Rhodes’ British South Africa Company. Botswana has been independent since 1966.