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13 Day Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Adventure - Wednesday Departure

13 Day Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Adventure - Wednesday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for Johannesburg, South Africa

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, a gold mining town, which developed into a colossal industry for South Africa, often called "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Today, Jo'burg (its more popular name) is the largest city in South Africa by population, and also the wealthiest province. The rest of the day is at leisure, to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3, Friday - Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River
After a good night's rest, join an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager to discuss the wonderful adventure that awaits you in Southern Africa. Return to the airport for the flight to Zambia. Here, you'll experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, with its astounding vistas. These impressive falls are over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them wider and higher than Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, you'll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Celebrate your arrival with a delightful sundowner cruise as you sail on the mighty Zambezi River. Look for hippos, elephants, and buffalo that come to drink at the end of the day at the water's edge. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Livingstone
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Guided Tour of Victoria Falls, Royal Livingstone Express
This morning's guided tour of Victoria Falls in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, begins with a walking safari through the exquisite rainforest; view the cataracts, and a wide variety of wildlife, colorful birds and plants. Linger at the statue of David Livingstone, the first missionary explorer to discover the Falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. Afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, board a magnificently restored steam train for a journey along one of the most historic railway lines in Africa. Savor a gourmet dinner in the elegant dining carriage before returning to your hotel
Overnight: Livingstone
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Sunset Safari Cruise in Chobe National Park
Travel to dazzling Chobe National Park in Botswana, arriving in time for lunch. The first glimpse of the river in the sandy terrain is always astonishing. Undoubtedly, one of Africa's most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife that is unparalleled anywhere else in the country. The region has the largest concentration of elephants in Africa with a population reaching over 60,000. Settle into your new surroundings and get ready for this afternoon's adventure. Board a motorized boat for your sunset safari cruise where you will glide through the water searching for hippos, buffalo, antelope and more. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Chobe National Park
Set out on a game drive early in the morning when the sun rises and you can see the animals searching for their breakfast. Navigate in open safari vehicles in search of lions, warthogs, buffalo, giraffe and more. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation before this afternoon's game drive. You will watch the wildlife from up-close including a spectacular array of birds. There are over 460 different bird species in the park, making Chobe one of Africa's premier venues for bird watching. This evening dine al fresco in the open air lodge restaurant
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Safari Cruise in the Okavango Delta
The scenery changes today. Transfer to the airport in Kasane to board a light aircraft flight (4 or 5 seat plane) to the lush, green Okavango Delta, a unique wildlife location. It is the world's largest inland delta with great concentration of animals and birds. A World Heritage Site, the Okavango is a vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland at the heart of Botswana's arid Kalahari Desert with an abundance of wildlife within a setting of amazing beauty. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. On the afternoon safari cruise, you'll see some of the finest game viewing in the region - lookout for ostrich, antelope, wildebeests along with hippos and crocodiles along the water's edge, as well as hundreds of bird species. Return in time for dinner at your camp
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Safari Activities in the Okavango Delta
Game activities in the morning and afternoon include leisurely cruises in local mokoros (canoes) or motorized boats, guided nature walks along the river and fishing expeditions. Of course, there's plenty of time to relax and admire the beautiful surroundings. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. Tomorrow, depart the Okavango so cherish the last moments of your safari adventure in Southern Africa
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Fly to Cape Town
Following breakfast at the lodge, board a light aircraft flight (4 or 5 seat plane) to Maun where you will board your flight to Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to your hotel, you'll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the evening is at leisure in this magnificent seaside city. Tonight, there is so much to see and do at the bustling waterfront including a variety of restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Cape Town City Tour & Cape Malay Experience Tour
Today, explore the gorgeous city of Cape Town. The highlight is an ascent to the top of magnificent Table Mountain. Travel by aerial cable car* (weather permitting) and see the astonishing panoramic views of the city and beaches below as you climb high into the clouds. On a clear day, it's often possible to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and the melding of the oceans at Cape Point. Visit the Milnerton Lighthouse before descending from the plateau. Stop to admire distinctive bead-work designs made by local artists before exploring the historic Bo-Kaap area. Enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community, descendants of the original Malay slaves. Learn about their history and preservation of their traditions in Africa. Savor a home-cooked lunch at the home of your gracious host family, a highlight of the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own. See the secluded coves, pristine beaches, or visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, with its remarkable floral displays *Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 7 – 26, 2020.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Excursion to the Cape Winelands
A wonderful day awaits you in South Africa's picturesque winelands. Drive through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages. You'll travel along the principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. In Franschhoek board the hop-on-hop-off tram to experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley, stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. After lunch at a charming restaurant, on to another wonderful wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region to see the fascinating variety of Cape Dutch architecture before returning to Cape Town. Evening is at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Sunday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a half day Cape Peninsula Tour. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna, where you may see baboons by the roadside, rheboks, cape mountain zebras, bonteboks, and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town. Here, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Tonight, bid farewell to your new-found friends at the Farewell Dinner. Your journey in Southern Africa is over, with many fond memories to cherish for a lifetime
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Johannesburg, Cape Town-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Johannesburg-Livingstone, Kasane-Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta-Maun & Maun-Cape Town
  • 11 nights First Class safari lodges and hotel accommodations
  • 1 night Johannesburg
  • 2 nights Livingstone
  • 2 nights Chobe
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners (including 1 home hosted lunch, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees
  • *Light aircraft (4 or 5 seat planes) are used for flights to and from the Okavango Delta 

    Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world with its astounding vistas
  • Walking safari through the exquisite rainforest at Victoria Falls, stopping to see the statue of David Livingstone, the missionary explorer who discovered the Falls
  • At Chobe National Park in Botswana, board a motorized boat for a magnificent sunset safari cruise
  • Watch the game up-close at the source of the Savute in Chobe with its plentiful wildlife and over 460 different species of birds
  • Travel to the lush, green Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta with its huge concentration of animals and birds, designated a World Heritage Site
  • Twice-daily game activities in the untouched freshwater wetland of the Okavango Delta, at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari desert.
  • Ascend to the top of legendary Table Mountain to see the astonishing panoramic views of the city and beaches below
  • Enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community
  • Travel through the fertile valleys of South Africa's picturesque wine country, with its magnificent Cape Dutch architecture, stopping for tastings at major vineyards by Wine Tram.
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Gratuities.

    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include the departure transfer in Cape Town but does include the arrival transfer in Johannesburg and flights Johannesburg-Livingstone, Kasane-Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta-Maun and Maun-Cape Town.

    Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used. Due to the use of light aircraft flights (4 or 5 seat small planes), there is a weight restriction for luggage of 44 pounds per person (including hand luggage), and maximum size for duffel bags of 24 inches long by 12 inches wide by 10 inches high.

    Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. for more information.

     

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    Accommodations

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel
    This first class hotel is about a ten minute drive away from the city center of Kempton Park.

    AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
    This first class hotel is situated in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

    The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
    This first class lodge overlooks the Zambezi River and the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

    The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
    This first class lodge overlooks the Zambezi River and the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

    Chobe Bush Lodge
    This first class lodge is located nearby the Chobe River.

    Moremi Crossing
    This first class lodge is located on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains.

    Pepperclub Hotel & Spa
    This deluxe hotel is located in the city centre of Cape Town

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    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Discovery By Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

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    Accommodations
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    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
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    Repeat with Operator
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    Value for Money
    4.2

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