Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Input on proposed itenerary for Sep 07 Trip

Jump to last reply

I've looked at a ton of books, and a ton of websites, and tried to find as many unbiased opinions as possible. There are so many places that are (roughly) equivalent, which makes things hard enough, but especially in the Okavango Delta things seem to change by the month, which makes it all the more difficult.

Thus, I'd really appreciate it if I could get some frank opinions on my proposed itenerary. I haven't purchased anything, so you aren't going to hurt my feelings. ;)

Cape Town (Cape Grace) 4 nights
Knysna (Phantom Forest Reserve) 1 night
Cape Town (Mount Nelson) 2 nights
Okavango Delta (Chitabe) 2 nights
Okavango Delta (Xigera) 1 night
Okavango Delta (Chief's) 2 nights
Victoria Falls (Royal Livingstone) 2 nights
South Luangwa (Nsefu) 3 nights
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Gorilla Camp) 3 nights

I realize that this is a lot of stops, but I couldn't find anything I felt like cutting. The trip to Knysna is an extended day trip down the Garden Route, and then back. We'll probably do some whale watching at Hermanus, since September is prime whale watching season (from what I've read).

The reasons for the 3 stops in the Delta are 1) they're pretty close to each other, and 2) we wanted a good mix of flora and fauna. From my research it seems like Chitabe should be relatively dry, Xigera should be very wet, and Chief's will be somewhere in between. Chitabe should have wild dogs and other predators, Xigera should have nice boating excursions, and Chief's should have a little of both (and hopefully some Rhino too).

We want to do some real walking safaris, and the excursions from the Robin Pope Safari locations are supposedly very good. Also, the remoteness of Nsefu should be quite a change from the Delta.

And the gorillas are, well, the gorillas. No explanation necessary.

Anyway, if you have any tips, suggestions, or otherwise on any part of the trip, I'd love to get some candid feedback.

Thank you in advance.

42 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania
  2. 2 Trip Report Zambia Impressions
  3. 3 Taste of Dubai
  4. 4 Now is the Time fo Egypt...
  5. 5 Morocco floods - areas affected
  6. 6 Trip Report Zanzibar - from a resident's perspective
  7. 7 Magnificent wedding in the Masai Mara
  8. 8 Johannesburg to Cape Town
  9. 9 Trip Report Travel Report for Malawi - A Great Place To Relax
  10. 10 Serengeti Photo Safari - April 2015
  11. 11 Johannesburg to Cape Town
  12. 12 Comments on Botswana itinerary with Wilderness Travel
  13. 13 Trip Report SOUTH AFRICA WESTERN CAPE TRIP REPORT: SEPT/OCT 2013
  14. 14 Dubai first time
  15. 15 Mauritius September 2015 - Silver Beach Resort or Emeraude Beach Attitude?
  16. 16 Trip Report Don't go to Morrocco!
  17. 17 Where to spend extra night; Merzouga or Skoura?
  18. 18 Canoe Safari Jan - Feb
  19. 19 Dubai and/or Oman
  20. 20 Good travel company to book an 8 day trip to Egypt
  21. 21 Need advice on which camera lenses for safari
  22. 22 Morocco Advice
  23. 23 Trip Report MOROCCO SOLO
  24. 24 Guide for Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Jan 2015
  25. 25 Suggestions for a group tour
View next 25 » Back to the top