5 Priceless Safari Extras Everyone Should Visit From Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Published on: April 24th, 2019 at 11:42 am

When visiting or going on safari in Africa or just visiting a certain part of Africa itself chances are you will be wanting to do some tours and see the amazing wildlife and nature this magical place has to offer. After all, that is probably the main reason you are there in the first place, right?

Below I have added the 5 best extra’s I did from my safari trip in Africa from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. It wasn’t an easy list to come up with, but they all made my time that little bit extra special.

Top 5 safari extras you must include from Cape to Victoria Falls

Okavango Delta Scenic Flight

This was one of those experiences I don’t think I will ever forget. We had spent the night before camping in the Okavango Delta region with local guides as part of my safari. It was an amazing place but to fly over it and see it from the air was something else altogether.

The flight itself lasts an hour but it’s worth every penny. You see the vast settlement of water throughout the region and the sheer size of the delta area. The pilots are fantastic and ensure you see all the sights at a distance very comfortable from the ground but not far enough away that everything is small. On our flight, we saw herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephants, hippos, zebra and giraffe.

It was also very cool to see exactly where we had spent the previous night sleeping and can’t recommend this experience enough. Less than half the people on our trip did the flight and it’s not one to miss so be sure not to make the same mistake.

Flying over the Okavango Delta was an amazing highlight of my safari
Flying over the Okavango Delta was an amazing highlight of my safari

Etosha Game Drive

When you come to Africa you usually have game drives and lots of animals on your itinerary right? Well, this is a great one to do and the first one on offer if you do the Cape to Falls safari route. The excitement of finally getting into the African bush helps make this memorable for sure but as with all game drives you can sometimes be lucky and other times not so much, the guides definitely stress this to you during the briefing as well but trust me it’s worth the risk.

We were on the lucky side when it came to be doing this drive, we had barely entered the gates at security before we had zebra standing on the road refusing to move. They were literally a few feet away, it was incredible. A few hundred meters further down the road there was a group of giraffes having a drink at a local watering hole, this all before we had even technically started the game drive.

Throughout the course of the day, we saw an incredible number of wild elephants (and babies), giraffe, wildebeest, lions (and cubs), zebra, antelope, various birdlife and deer. We saw them playing, fighting and flirting all across the park, in watering holes and hiding under trees in the shade.

The animals were everywhere during our safari game drive in Etosha
The animals were everywhere during our safari game drive in Etosha.

Let’s just say the Nikon got a fair workout on this trip and as always, I was left with some great images to remember the trip by. Some of these can be found on my Instagram.

The whole group did this option and I can honestly say we never left afterwards disappointed at all. Look at doing your own tour in Etosha National Park.

etosha game drive is a must on safari

Guided bush walks in Okavango Delta

This walk was done while we were staying overnight in the Okavango Delta. You had the chance to do an evening walk, morning walk or both. I decided to do both as the evening one was a lot of fun and a little nerve racking.

The guides split people up into small groups of 4 or so and they guide you along tracks looking for wildlife. They explain things they see along the way like footprints, plants or stories from previous trips they still find memorable.

Along the journey, you can come close to wildebeest, elephant, zebra, water buffalo and hippos. There is also the small and terrifying chance of encountering a lion (hence why I said nerve racking). We were lucky enough to see them all, apart from the lion and it was a completely different experience seeing these animals on the ground rather than in the safety of the safari cars.

Being on the ground with many animals walking freely past was a little nerve racking.
Being on the ground with many animals walking freely past was a little nerve racking.

Not everyone on the tour did both walks and some didn’t do either, but I really found these to be great. You could tell how much knowledge and passion the local guides have for their backyards and I highly suggest doing at least one of these. Personally, I would recommend the evening over the morning as we saw far more wildlife but as they explain every time nothing is a certainty, and this would change every trip.

3 day delta safari tour

Maun river cruise

This was operated by the gentleman that ran the camping grounds that we called home for one night on the safari. He was a super friendly bloke who invites you to head out on the river behind the camping grounds with him to watch the sunset and try to spot some of the local birds and hippos. You can grab some beers or other drinks from his bar beforehand as well, so can’t complain.

Being on the water with such aggresive animals so close got the heart racing while on safari
Being on the water with such aggresive animals so close got the heart racing

When out on the water it was so relaxing. You cruise up the river one way on the lookout for anything that might pop up (apparently you will know if a hippo does very quickly) or fly past. We saw eagles and other birds along the way as well as the local hippo. They are a very unpredictable animal and the guide demonstrates just how careful you need to be when on their waterways.

Just before we made our way back in, we were advised that we would be able to watch the sunset. OMG was this a sunset and a half or what, it was unbelievable. It sets right down the middle of the river and the sky goes an amazing range of reds, oranges and yellows. It was up there with the best sunsets I had ever witnessed and such an amazing way to enjoy the end to a great day in Africa.

Boat Safari Tour in Delta

White water rafting on Zambezi River

Having the title of “wildest one-day white-water run in the world” had me convinced that this was a must once I got to Victoria Falls. It gives you the chance to say you have swum in the water under Victoria Falls as well, so there is another reason if the first wasn’t good enough.

This day was a great time, they follow all the correct safety procedures that you would expect anywhere else in the world. The guides are absolute experts at going down this river and we had some amazing fun on the way.  

The first rapid we come to was by nowhere near the biggest but straight away we got an idea of what sort of day we were in for. One bloke on our raft hit the rapid wrong and got tossed to one side, dislocating his shoulder. This might put a few off but it seriously shouldn’t, he had issues with the shoulder previously, but it did show how much power these rapids can generate.

Word of warning, if you manage to get through the whole day without flipping the raft then you’re in for a treat on the last rapid. We achieved this and we were all getting far too confident when our guide “accidentally” misjudged the last rapid sending us all flying hard in every direction. The raft ended upside down and had all of us floating our way towards the finish of the tour.

Once you have climbed up from the river (fair warning the climb out is hard work) you get rewarded with a beautifully cooked barbeque, accompanied with sides of salads and vegetables. After the days’ workout, you have endured you will be very grateful for lunch.

I really enjoyed this trip and we were talking about our crash on the river for the remainder of our time as a group. That evening they also call by to where we were staying and put a slideshow up of the days’ adventure. It is well put together and provides plenty of laughs as you find out the exact moments it all goes wrong and the raft flips.

Overall, if you’re in for a bit of fun and don’t mind knowing you’re going to end up wet then certainly jump at the chance of doing this trip. You won’t regret it at all. I have a more detailed blog of this trip here or other African related blogs can be found by following this link. Let me know in the comments section before if you end up doing this tour, I would love to hear your thoughts.

white water rafting vic falls

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