The Quick Fix: Botswana, Vic Falls & Cape Town in 1 Week
Botswana is generally considered the last untouched wilderness in Africa, Victoria Falls is a world wonder, and Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. A week covering these sights will leave you with unparalleled memories.
Days 1, 2 & 3: Okavango Delta or Linyanti
Your priority should be to spend at least 3 nights in the Okavango Delta, preferably between June and October, when the abundance of game attracts a huge number of predators. A good alternative (or add-on) is in one of the Linyanti reserves, where a number of camps offer better value.
Days 4 & 5: Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls
Transfer to Kasane for a couple nights' sojourn at Chobe National Park, where elephant sightings are believed to be the very best on Earth. One of the most luxurious and accessible camps here is Chobe Chilwero. Near the northern town of Kasane, and overlooking the Chobe River, Chilwero also organizes day trips to Victoria Falls, just an hour away. Alternatively, you can skip Chobe National Park altogether and charter a direct flight from Maun to Livingstone and spend 2 nights at one of the places there. For colonial pampering, book the River Club, on the banks of the Zambezi, or for a real adventure, book Sindabezi, an island in the middle of the Zambezi. If you're an adrenaline junkie, don't miss spending a day river rafting the Zambezi.
Days 6 & 7: Cape Town & the Winelands
Fly via Johannesburg to get to Cape Town the next day. There are wonderful places to stay all over town, but given that your time is limited, opt for lodging in the City Bowl (a natural amphitheater created by Table Mountain and the encircling arm of Signal Hill) or the Atlantic Seaboard, if it's summer. If the weather is bad, book a personalized wine tour and spend the day sampling the superb red wines produced in the Stellenbosch region's tasting rooms, many of them heated with crackling fires. If the sun's out, spend the day driving the Cape Peninsula route. End your last day on Clifton or Camps Bay beach, or with a bottle of champagne on Table Mountain as the sun sets over the Southern Hemisphere and you toast your next trip here.