Southern Africa & Vic Falls

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

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Southern Africa & Vic Falls

The Victoria Falls is among the biggest, and most awe-inspiring, on the planet. It presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The locals call it the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ while the famed Scottish explorer David Livingstone dubbed this waterfall Victoria Falls. It is also known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

This is an exciting tour of South Africa. Cape Town, with its vibrant nightlife and beautiful surroundings, has become one of the most desirable destinations in the world. The country has more than 300 game and nature reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park. On Zimbabwe border, Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight to behold. In the heart of Botswana wilderness lies Chobe National Park, one of the most enchanting places on earth. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY SOUTHERN AFRICA & VIC FALLS TOUR…
And, experience Cape Town with Kruger and Chobe National Parks.
 

What We Love
  • In Cape Peninsula near Cape Town, visit the Boulders Penguin Colony
  • Stay at a private game reserve renowned for its wildlife, including the Big Five
  • Enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the most spectacular waterfalls in the world
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
Need to Know
  • This trip may require walking and 4x4 drive on rough surfaces.
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We can arrange other preferred luxury safari properties of your choice.
  • We can arrange private air charters to lodges throughout South Africa. 

Review

Spend three nights at one of our favourite luxury properties in beautiful Cape Town. Enjoy comprehensive private touring with one of Cape Town's most knowledgeable guides. Learn about the city's fascinating history and architecture. Depending on your interests, enjoy other highlights, such as Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden or take a private excursion along the scenic coastal road to the Cape Peninsula. 
 
Fly to Kruger Mpumalanga airport and transfer to your luxury Earth Lodge. Its breathtaking architecture, simple décor and innovative use of fabrics, fibres, light and space need to be seen to be believed. Your own armed and knowledgeable Game Ranger and Shangaan Tracker will take you deep into the bushveld by open land rover or on foot. Close enough to share in a thrilling encounter with Africa's beautiful wild creatures. Return to the lodge after dark, for dinner.
 
Next to Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world – at 2.5km (1.5 miles) wide, 550 million litres of water plunge 100m (330ft) into a narrow chasm every minute; the spray can be seen 30km (20 miles) away. The Falls are without a doubt one of the world’s grandest natural spectacles.
 
Continue to Botswana, a vast, flat dry land - as big as France but with a population of only 1.6 million, many of whom live in or near the two main cities of Gaborone and Francistown. Over 80 per cent of the country is semi-desert, but, in spite of this, abundant wildlife thrives, and with so few people, Botswana boasts the largest percentage of land given over to wildlife in the world. Here, you might find yourself racing an ostrich or a herd of zebras down a dusty track, and you'll get what you pay for - and more.
 
Southern Africa & Vic Falls Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Southern Africa & Vic Falls

Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive South Africa
Cape Town Arrive Cape Town International Airport. Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure in Cape Town.
Cape Grace Hotel

Day 02 – Tour
Cape Town Half-day city tour of Cape Town including a visit to Table Mountain. Highlights include Castle of Good Hope, District Six Museum, Freedom Square (where Mandela appeared after being released from prison), SA Museum, Company Gardens, St Georges Cathedral, Greenmarket Square and Signal Hill. Return to the V&A Waterfront and begin your tour to Robben Island.

The infamous Robben Island, whose prison was once home to former South African president Nelson Mandela as well as many other black political dissidents, is now a World Heritage Site and provides stunning views across the bay with Table Mountain as its backdrop. Your tour to the island includes the ferry trip there and back, an island tour and a tour of the prison with a former political prisoner as your guide. The trip is three and ½ hours including the 1/2-hour ferry trip each way. You are transferred to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Cape Grace Hotel (B)

Day 03 – Tour
Cape Town Half-day Cape Peninsula tour. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard, to Hout Bay. From Hout Bay, travel to Noordhoek and through Ou Kaapse Weg. Proceed to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where you are able to ride the Funicular to the viewpoint where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The Cape Peninsula is the thin finger of land in the Southwestern corner of Africa with the city of Cape Town at its head. As you travel south towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the land gets narrower until the great Indian and Atlantic Oceans combine into one vast southern ocean, with nothing beyond except Antarctica. Continue to Stellenbosch this afternoon for a half-day wine tour.
Cape Grace Hotel (B)

Day 04 – Transfer
Kruger National Park Transfer to Cape Town airport for your flight (not included) to Kruger Mpumalanga airport. On arrival you are met by lodge staff and assist to your waiting bush plane for short air transfer to your lodge. Designed like no other game lodge, Earth Lodge's breathtaking architecture, simple décor and innovative use of fabrics, fibres, light and space need to be seen to be believed. After checking in, you will have the opportunity to freshen up before lunch. Spend some time relaxing, before departing on a game drive late this afternoon. Your own armed and knowledgeable Game Ranger and Shangaan Tracker will take you deep into the bushveld by open land rover or on foot. Close enough to share in a thrilling encounter with Africa's beautiful wild creatures. Return to the lodge after dark, for dinner.
Sabi Earth Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 05 – Safari
Kruger National Park Full day game viewing activities from the lodge. The advantage of Sabi Sabi Safaris stems from the fact that animals on the Reserve have not been hunted for over half a century. Because they have become habituated, they perceive the outline of a vehicle carrying humans as non-threatening. Each morning and evening, Safaris in open Land Rovers drive through a wide variety of habitats, allowing you to view the vast interactions of the wild. After breakfast, guests on guided walking trails can experience the natural environment on foot. The dedicated, skilled and passionate Rangers lead you to discover miracles of Nature you may never have dreamed existed.
Sabi Earth Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 06 – Transfer & Tour
Victoria Falls Return air transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga airport to board your flight (not included) to Johannesburg and connecting flight (not included) to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon your arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you are met and transferred to your lodge for check-in. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Falls and nearby cultural village. Dubbed ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight to behold, especially when in full flood and more than 500 000 cubic meters of water are cascading over the edge every minute.
Stanley and Livingstone Hotel (B)

Day 07 – Transfer Botswana
Chobe National Park Transfer by road to your lodge in Chobe National Park, arriving in time for lunch and afternoon game viewing activity. Deep in the heart of Botswana wilderness lies Chobe Chilwero Lodge, one of the most enchanting places on earth. With gorgeous, breathtaking vistas as a backdrop, you'll come face-to-face with the abundant creatures of the bush, and some of the most spectacular sunsets Mother Nature bestows.
Chobe Chilwero Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 08 – Safari
Chobe National Park Enjoy a morning and afternoon game viewing activity with your lodge guide. Thrilling guided game drives in open vehicles bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, puku, antelopes, lions and other creatures that gather on the Chobe River's banks. Or join our acclaimed guides on a wondrous water safari on specially adapted motorboats. Sundowner cruises are particularly spectacular on the Chobe River. Fishing excursions are also available. End each day with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, followed by a sumptuous meal lovingly prepared by our expert culinary staff - a delicious, eclectic fusion of Western and African cuisine and delicacies - all topped off by a sampling of vintage wines and spirits from our cellar. It's the perfect complement to your one-of-a-kind African adventure. High teas are often served on the lawn under the shade of the trees.
Chobe Chilwero Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 09 – Transfer
Depart Victoria Falls Morning game drive and return transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your departing flight. (B)

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Recommended Price: 5-star: GBP 400 - £700 per person per day, excl. flights
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There Johannesburg with its O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa and is linked to the rest of the world by many major airlines. Other international airports are located in Cape Town and Durban, but few flights from Europe or America fly directly to either destination. There is a good network of internal flights.

Travelling around South Africa is mostly by car and a good range of car rental companies are available. The road system is amongst the best in Africa. However, travelling off the beaten track to the national parks is virtually impossible by public transport. This is mostly organised by local tour operators.

When to go The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers.

The climate of South Africa is generally mild throughout the country with warm, sunny days and cool nights. There's really not a bad time to visit, but winter is a good time (especially October) if you are going for a safari – grass is short, and the animals tend to gather around watering holes.

In winter, due to altitude, temperatures drop to the freezing point, and in places even lower. Snow is a possibility June-August in the mountain areas. It generally rains in the afternoon during the summer (November-February) everywhere in the country except in the Cape Province, where it rains during the winter.

Visas If you’re a UK citizen and visiting South Africa for tourism or business purposes for a period of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa.

The South African government doesn’t accept British passports that have been extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under exceptional measures put in place in mid-2014. You won’t be able to enter or exit South Africa on an expired British passport with an extension stamp.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk