May 3, 2018

Join my African safari tour in 2019!

Update: we didn’t get enough interest to run this tour in 2019, but let me know if you’d like to and maybe we can put something together for 2020.


I’m so excited to be hosting this amazing Africa tour to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls and Botswana to spend a week at two safari parks getting up close and personal with the wildlife in twice-daily game drives, as well as just watching them hang out in front of our hotels and glamping tents next year!

Africa tour

Zimbabwe • Botswana • Cape Town  :  September 2019

We are still to decide whether we fly Air New Zealand via Perth or Qantas via Sydney into Johannesburg, scooting through to Zimbabwe. The fares for September 2019 should be published in November 2018, so we will look at the best way to travel then, considering cost and timings for connections. You can secure you place now though so you don’t miss out!

See the full itinerary on this link to Google Drive >>


This two-week tour departs Auckland via Johannesburg to Zimbabwe to begin with the mighty falls and some up-close game watching right from the start. It also includes charter flights between national parks in Botswana, known as the “real” Africa, and all-inclusive meals and drinks at both lodges.

If this tour ticks all your bucket list boxes, you can secure your spot now with just a $1000 deposit!



We’ll stay at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for three nights. Voted the best safari lodge hotel in Zimbabwe, you’ll want your camera with you as it is built on a plateau with most rooms overlooking a central waterhole where buffalo, elephant and kudu drink by day and hyena by night. 

The next day we will take a guided tour to the mighty falls. You’ll hear them long before you see them – and prepare to get sprayed.

The next day we will take a guided tour to Victoria Falls. You’ll hear them long before you see them – and prepare to get sprayed by the mist rising out of the thunderous chasm. It looks like smoke, hence its African name: Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders”.

That evening we’ll take a sunset safari cruise on the Zambezi for canapes and sundowners. The next day is at leisure to explore the resort grounds and the falls area.

Zambezi sunset cruise

Taking a Zambezi sunset cruise

Photographing in Chobe

A game drive in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Today we will drive about two hours to Chobe Game Lodge, the only lodge inside Chobe National Park. We will spend three days at this 5-star ecotourism-certified lodge situated on the banks of the Chobe River. This lodge is all-inclusive of meals, local spirits and wine, laundry service and 4WD game drives each day. The standard rooms are beautiful but upgrade to one of four luxury suites, if you wish. (We’ll need to get you a quote).

Chobe National Park is one of the world’s leading wildlife destinations with the largest population of elephant which we will see from a skimmer boat on the river’s edge. We’ll also see hippos in the lagoon and antelope, lion and giraffe. Early morning safari drives with experienced guides will let us see predators when they’re still active, then again in the late afternoon to ensure the best chance to see as many wild animals as your camera card can hold.

Chobe Game Lodge river view from balcony

Sundowners on the deck at Chobe Game Lodge

Safari tents at Moremi

Inside our tents are Camp Xakanaxa

Moremi Game Reserve

Today we take a charter flight to Camp Xakanaxa, beside the Khwai River, where we’ll stay for three nights in spacious, luxury canvas safari tents, all with en suites, situated around a lagoon for more up-close animal watching.

Again this is all-inclusive of meals, local wine and spirits, laundry, scheduled activities and more. We’ll enjoy seeing the wildlife from 4×4 safari vehicles and power boats for land and water viewing. Expect to see elephant, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, lion and leopard, among many others.

Camp fire at Xakanaxa

Relaxing on Xakanaxa’s river deck with a camp fire

Table Mountain and rugby stadium Cape Town

View of Table Mountain, Cape Town

Cape Town

Today we take a charter flight to Maun and connect with our flight to Cape Town where we are staying at the 4-star PortsWood Hotel, which was once a convict’s station, now beautifully restored.

The next morning we’ll tour Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 17 years, then in the afternoon we’re off in a cable car up Table Mountain to take in the breathtaking views over the city and surrounds.

The next day is at leisure and there is plenty to do from visiting markets and colourful neighbourhoods, to shopping or just hanging out and relaxing.

Day 13, depart Cape Town for Auckland, via Perth.

Optional add-ons

If you’d like to stay on after the tour for three days in the Stellenbosch wine country we can arrange that, or any other extras you’d like.

See the full itinerary here >>


Price: NZ$16,300pp. You can secure your place with $1,000 deposit now. Flights additional.

This tour would suit families, couples or singles who love the idea of having all the hard work done for them. Minimum group size 10, max 16.

Price includes the charter flights in Botswana, all accommodation, attractions as per itinerary, all meals, refreshments and drinks while on safari.

Price excludes the international flights between New Zealand and Jo’Burg, gratuities and some meals. It also excludes your South Africa visa of about $180pp. Travel insurance is also required.

This itinerary has been thoughtfully planned by Alison Kearney (House of Travel Howick) and Megan Singleton.

Email: Megan at or phone 021 777 770

Ask me about the House of Travel Q Card and take advantage of 16 months interest-free to pay it off if you wish.

About Megan Singleton

Megan Singleton

Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday and I write for a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 19 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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