13 Day Deluxe South Africa with Victoria Falls & Chobe River Safari - Friday Departure

13 Day Deluxe South Africa with Victoria Falls & Chobe River Safari - Friday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Saturday - Cape Town
Arrive in magical Cape Town, the sparkling coastal city. As you transfer to your hotel, you’ll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure in this sophisticated city nestled between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Sunday - Views from Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap Quarter, Festive Welcome Dinner
Our introduction to the city begins as we ascend by aerial cableway* to the summit of Table Mountain, an iconic symbol of the city (weather permitting). From atop, view the amazing panoramic views of the waterfront, the majestic Hottentots Mountains, and the gorgeous Cape Peninsula. On a clear day, you can see as far as Robben Island. Then, an exploration of the rich history and cultural sights of Cape Town on a drive past the impressive Castle of Good Hope, the City Hall, St. George's Cathedral, a seat of the Anglican Church, the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Center and the lush Company's Gardens adjacent to the South African Parliament. Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, we reach the exotic Bo-Kaap quarter, formerly the Cape Malay Quarter, one of the oldest and most fascinating residential areas in the city with its brightly colored homes and winding cobblestone streets that date back to the 18th century. Linger on your own or return to the V&A Waterfront for leisure time. Tonight, a festive Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival *Table Mountain Aerial Cableway closes for annual maintenance in July & August. Exact dates will be advised in early 2020.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Stunning Cape Peninsula & Wine Tasting
Endless views lie ahead at every turn as we travel along the stunning Cape Peninsula. Visit Hout Bay, a lively coastal town with a picturesque harbor and colorful boats moored on the dock along with fish markets, trendy restaurants, and shops. Driving south over dramatic Chapman's Peak, the route follows the Atlantic Ocean to legendary Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the romantic meeting of the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans. Here, the one-of-a-kind Flying Dutchman funicular takes us from Cape Point Nature Reserve, a Natural World Heritage Site, to the old lighthouse with time to stroll along the cliff paths and photograph the unbelievable vistas. A change of pace as we travel past the naval base of Simon's Town to Boulders Beach, with its wind sheltered bays and sandy shores, home to a breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered African Penguins. To view these adorable little birds, a walkway has been built that takes us on an intimate tour of the area they call home. After lunch, a remarkable wine tasting follows at the revered historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate where South Africa's wine industry originated. After a tour of the vineyard and cellars, we sample their award-winning wines that have been a brand since the Napoleonic era. Return to Cape Town with the evening at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Historic Robben Island, Home Hosted Braai (BBQ)
A tour to historic Robben Island today reveals the poignant struggles, hopes, and dreams of freedom made famous by Nelson Mandela's imprisonment here. This notorious prison, located on an island off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay is where South Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and apartheid years of the country. A ferry takes us across the Bay to Robben Island, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meet an ex-political prisoner who will lead us on a tour of the island and the infamous prison. We return to Cape Town in the afternoon for time at leisure. Later, a delightful evening has been planned at a private home in one of the lovely suburbs of Cape Town. We’ll be hosted by a local family for a traditional South African braai (BBQ). Share a delicious home-cooked meal along with delicious South African wines and hear about life in South Africa in a personal, relaxed and comfortable setting
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park
The adventure begins as we transfer today to the airport for the flight to Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa. Upon arrival, on to your unfenced private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park in Sabi Sands. You’ll be warmly greeted and shown to your beautiful accommodations tucked into the greenery - an oasis in the midst of the pristine bushveld that promises an unforgettable stay. After lunch at the lodge, be prepared for your first safari experience. Meet your ranger, who acts as a guide and educator for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the next few days to observe the "Big Five." Returning from your game drive, swap stories and sip wine on the extensive viewing decks overlooking the Sand River before a hearty and delectable dinner
Overnight: Greater Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park
Awake early, meet your ranger and safari companions and begin the exciting early morning game drive in open jeeps as the sun rises over the bushveld. After, return to camp for a hearty breakfast and perhaps even a bush walk. Time to relax and enjoy the fabulous facilities before lunch and another unforgettable afternoon game drive. This famous reserve offers exceptional game viewing. Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species can be closely observed along with the elusive leopard. As darkness approaches on your night drive, your ranger will scan the bush with a powerful spotlight pointing out the nocturnal wildlife - a highlight of the day's safari
Overnight: Greater Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park
Treasure your last day on safari at your Private Game Reserve with its astonishing variety of wildlife that includes over 200 mammal and 300 bird species. Take time to relax on the huge viewing decks, an ideal place for spotting game, or bird watching. Tonight, after game viewing, share a superb dinner and stories with your newfound friends
Overnight: Greater Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Fly to Zambia, Boma Dinner
Departing Kruger National Park, transfer to Nelspruit airport for the flight to Livingstone in Zambia, crossing over the border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The evening promises an exhilarating boma dinner experience, featuring traditional Zimbabwean dishes and local dancers, drummers and singers
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Zimbabwe Side of Victoria Falls
A local historian enlightens us this morning about David Livingstone, the famed missionary-explorer who discovered the Falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. A guided tour follows of the magnificent falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the Zimbabwe side. The walk then takes us to the best view points of this iconic waterfall, over a mile wide and 351 feet high, wider and higher than Niagara Falls. Enjoy a traditional British-style afternoon high tea before returning to the hotel for leisure time
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, High Tea

DAY 11, Monday - Chobe River Safari
In the morning, we drive to Kasane, Botswana. Upon arrival clear immigration for Botswana and Namibia before boarding the sophisticated Zambezi Queen. A luxurious water safari experience awaits you on the dazzling Chobe River that divides Namibia's famous Caprivi Strip from Botswana's Chobe National Park. Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25 km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing in one the most wildlife-rich regions in Africa. After settling into your luxurious cabin, we'll search for game by tender boat as the golden glow of the African sunsets - it’s the perfect time of day to view wildlife as they gravitate towards the river before nightfall. Later, return to the ship and meet the Captain on the upper deck welcoming you with cocktails. A delectable dinner and an excellent choice of wine pairings concludes the evening
Overnight: Chobe River, Botswana and Namibia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Chobe River Safari
Wake up early to watch the sunrise on the river. Or, sleep late and savor your coffee and leisure time. Your choice of morning activities includes a water safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river. Alternatively, perhaps bird watching or fishing instead. You may decide to remain on board as the Zambezi Queen glides its way along the banks of the river, photographing wildlife or admiring the expansive views. After lunch, join the water safari on a tender boat that takes you up-close to a spectacular array of wildlife, including views of some of the elephants for which the Chobe is world-famous. At the end of the day, a delicious Farewell Dinner and great conversation with our newfound friends about the incredible days on the Chobe River. Your journey in Africa is coming to a close, with fond memories to cherish for a lifetime
Overnight: Chobe River, Botswana and Namibia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart South Africa
On our cruise this morning, enjoy your last bit of animal spotting before bidding farewell to the friendly crew. A tender boat takes us through formalities before continuing to the airport in Kasane to board your departure flight. During your transfer in Johannesburg's International Terminal, you'll have lounge access to relax and refresh before your international flight home. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 7 PM
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cape Town-Skukuza, Nelspruit-Livingstone, Kasane-Johannesburg
  • 11 nights Deluxe accommodations
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • 3 nights Greater Kruger National Park
  • 2 nights Victoria Falls
  • 2 Chobe River, Botswana & Namibia
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Maximum 26 passengers per tour
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles and water-based safaris on tender boats
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout plus expert ranger guides on the Game Reserve and Zambezi Queen

  • Special Features

  • Explore the rich history and cultural sights of Cape Town, the sophisticated and sparkling coastal city
  • Visit the exotic Bo-Kaap quarter with its brightly colored homes and winding cobblestone streets
  • Wine tasting at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate where the country's wine industry originated
  • Tour historic Robben Island*, a World Heritage Site, and view the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela
  • Enjoy a traditional braai (BBQ) hosted by a South African family in their home
  • Authentic safari experiences in an unfenced private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park
  • Stand in awe at astonishing Victoria Falls, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World"
  • Cruise on the luxurious Zambezi Queen that offers unsurpassed game viewing on the Chobe River
  • Choice of activities on the Zambezi Queen include a village tour on the Namibia side of the river
  • *The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer and flights Cape Town-Skukuza, Nelspruit-Livingstone, Kasane-Johannesburg..

    Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7 PM on Day 13. The flight from Kasane arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4 PM. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.

    Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe. Children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. for more information.

    While sailing on the Zambezi Queen, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at:


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms are not available for this package.

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    Accommodations

    Taj Cape Town
    This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of Cape Town.

    &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp
    &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp, offers an incredible view, thanks to its remarkable location high on a ridge, overlooking the Sand River. Step back in time at this restored historic camp, originally built in the early 1920s, the original homestead of Harry Kirkman in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Guest rooms are each uniquely decorated with private verandas and equipped with amenities for a pleasant stay. Impeccable and gracious service completes the old world atmosphere, at this luxury lodge, that provides an exclusive safari experience.

    Lion Sands Narina Lodge
    This deluxe lodge overlooks the Sabie River.

    Lion Sands Narina Lodge
    This deluxe lodge overlooks the Sabie River.

    Lion Sands Narina Lodge
    This deluxe lodge overlooks the Sabie River.

    Lion Sands Narina Lodge
    This deluxe lodge overlooks the Sabie River.

    Lion Sands Narina Lodge
    This deluxe lodge overlooks the Sabie River.

    Lion Sands Narina Lodge
    This deluxe lodge overlooks the Sabie River.

    Lion Sands River Lodge
    The Lion Sands River Lodge, located right on the banks of Sabi River in the Sabi Sand private game reserve, promises lavish comfort and unparalleled hospitality. The lodge is a picture of opulence with its high thatched roof, luxurious wooden finishes and African decor. Guests can relax on the large viewing deck as it opens up onto the Sabie River, offering spectacular views and opportunity to marvel at the extraordinary wildlife. Amenities include a private lounge and bar, two swimming pools and a health spa.

    MalaMala Main Camp
    MalaMala is the oldest and largest private "Big Five" game reserve in South Africa, nestled between Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. Massive trees and green lawns wind their way along the unfenced camp's pathways to reveal individual tastefully furnished units bordering on the Sand River. Sip fine wines on the viewing decks overlooking the river, in the bar or around the infinity swimming pool with its magnificent views. Meals are opulent affairs with hearty gourmet cuisine accompanied by the finest South African wines.

    MalaMala Main Camp
    MalaMala is the oldest and largest private "Big Five" game reserve in South Africa, nestled between Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. Massive trees and green lawns wind their way along the unfenced camp's pathways to reveal individual tastefully furnished units bordering on the Sand River. Sip fine wines on the viewing decks overlooking the river, in the bar or around the infinity swimming pool with its magnificent views. Meals are opulent affairs with hearty gourmet cuisine accompanied by the finest South African wines.

    MalaMala Sable Camp
    This deluxe camp has wonderful views of the Sand River and surrounding bushveld.

    Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the Victoria Falls.

    Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the Victoria Falls.

    Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the Victoria Falls.

    Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the Victoria Falls.

    Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the Victoria Falls.

    The Victoria Falls Hotel
    The luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel commands a prime location overlooking Victoria Falls. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this Edwardian style hotel was refurbished to combine its traditional majesty with modern comforts. Nestled within a manicured garden, it offers unobstructed views of the Victoria Falls bridge and the spray of the Falls. The well-appointed rooms and hotel amenities include two restaurants, a trendy café, a poolside bar and wellness center. A traditional English high tea here at Stanley's Terrace is a world-famous tradition.

    The Victoria Falls Hotel
    The luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel commands a prime location overlooking Victoria Falls. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this Edwardian style hotel was refurbished to combine its traditional majesty with modern comforts. Nestled within a manicured garden, it offers unobstructed views of the Victoria Falls bridge and the spray of the Falls. The well-appointed rooms and hotel amenities include two restaurants, a trendy café, a poolside bar and wellness center. A traditional English high tea here at Stanley's Terrace is a world-famous tradition.

    The Victoria Falls Hotel
    The luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel commands a prime location overlooking Victoria Falls. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this Edwardian style hotel was refurbished to combine its traditional majesty with modern comforts. Nestled within a manicured garden, it offers unobstructed views of the Victoria Falls bridge and the spray of the Falls. The well-appointed rooms and hotel amenities include two restaurants, a trendy café, a poolside bar and wellness center. A traditional English high tea here at Stanley's Terrace is a world-famous tradition.

    The Victoria Falls Hotel
    The luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel commands a prime location overlooking Victoria Falls. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this Edwardian style hotel was refurbished to combine its traditional majesty with modern comforts. Nestled within a manicured garden, it offers unobstructed views of the Victoria Falls bridge and the spray of the Falls. The well-appointed rooms and hotel amenities include two restaurants, a trendy café, a poolside bar and wellness center. A traditional English high tea here at Stanley's Terrace is a world-famous tradition.

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