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Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Chobe River Cruise 2024 - Small Group

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Want the lion’s share of captivating cities, private game reserves, natural wonders, and wondrous wildlife? Point your compass south for the diverse and enchanting sights of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.The glorious panoramas from Cape Town’s Table Mountain and the candy-hued streets of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood set the stage for the sweet sights to come. Six open-air private game reserve drives near Kruger National Park offer a fascinating glimpse of up to 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—before branching out in Johannesburg. Here, you’ll explore Soweto, the city’s largest township, including the former home of Nelson Mandela and the significant sites of the anti-apartheid movement. Your South Africa vacation crescendos at Victoria Falls, called Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) on the Zambezi River. Twice the height of Niagara Falls, this breathtaking waterfall spanning the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia offers twice the photo ops.Treat yourself to the royal treatment to end your Africa adventure. A relaxing 3-night Chobe River cruise aboard the Chobe Princess houseboat is just the ticket. This intimate safari experience offers exclusivity and a unique glimpse at wildlife and local village life. Friendly staff are always available and hearty meals ensure you have the energy to make the most of each day. Unwind in your spacious cabin with panoramic windows or on the viewing deck for a dip in the plunge pool for continued opportunities for outstanding views. You’ll feel at one with nature throughout your cruise!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
    Motherly Love
    Welcome to Cape Town, commonly referred to as the “Mother City” by locals, as it was home to the first European settlement in South Africa. Hotel check-in is available mid-afternoon.

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  2. Day 2
    CAPE TOWN
    City Sights & Soaring Heights
    Start at the Grand Parade to see the Castle of Good Hope and City Hall. Walk to see more of Cape Town’s landmarks including St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and The Company’s Garden. Then, explore the [LF] Bo-Kaap neighborhood, also known as the Malay Quarter, including a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum. After a traditional Malay lunch, enjoy a scenic cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain for stunning 360-degree views over the city.

    (B,L,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    URBAN RAINBOW Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, Bo-Kaap is a melting pot of cultures within its National Heritage sites. Stroll past vibrantly hued houses ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflective of Dutch and British architecture. Your Local Guide shares fascinating stories of this lively neighborhood where the aromas of fragrant spices waft from local restaurants and spice shops.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    CAPE TOWN–CAPE PENINSULA EXCURSION
    Rocky Coast & Beach Life
    Take a scenic drive along stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope before arriving at Cape Point. Ride a funicular to the steps of the old lighthouse with panoramic views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After lunch, visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Free time this evening.

    (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    TUXEDO JUNCTION Jackets aren’t required on Boulders Beach, even though the residents look dressed to the hilt. The only penguins found on the continent, African penguins are known for the unique sound they make. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast, and Boulders Beach is the premiere viewing spot.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    CAPE TOWN
    Free to Wander
    Full day at leisure for your own discoveries in this beautiful city.

    (B)

    FREE TIME TIPS
    EXPLORE MORE Today, consider exploring the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape Winelands for wine tasting, or go whale watching in nearby Hermanus (Jun.-Oct.). Optional excursions are available for purchase with MyGlobus.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    CAPE TOWN–HOEDSPRUIT–MAKALALI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)
    Operation Safari
    Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Makalali Private Game Reserve. Arrive in the home to an abundance of wildlife including the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Climb aboard your custom safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive with a skilled tracker and professional Ranger. Sip sundowner drinks before returning to your lodge for dinner.

    (B,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Staying in a private game reserve is the ultimate safari experience in South Africa. Go off-road to get close to the wildlife at Makalali Main Lodge, a stylish lodge featuring regional African cuisine, bar/lounge, pool, and spa facilities. Each spacious room features views from a private balcony, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe, and a large ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers!


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    MAKALALI (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)
    Makalali Magic
    Rise early for coffee and tea before your morning game drive. Keep an eye out for big cats after their night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax at your lodge. Afternoon game drive with sundowner drinks.

    (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    SUNDOWNER DRINKS As the sun sets over the majestic Drakensburg Mountains, enjoy a memorable happy hour in the bush in the nostalgic tradition of early safari explorers.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    MAKALALI (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)
    Spotting Skills
    Sharpen your game-spotting skills on your morning and afternoon game drives. Watch for African buffalo, reintroduced to the area after an absence of more than 50 years, reuniting the “Big Five” to roam freely in the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve. (B,L,D)

    FREE TIME TIPS
    EXPLORE MORE When not on a game drive, do as the lions do with a rest in the heat of the day. Enjoy your lodge amenities, swim in the pool, pamper yourself with a wellness treatment, kick back on a viewing deck or your private balcony to watch nearby wildlife.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    MAKALALI–HOEDSPRUIT–JOHANNESBURG
    A Jaunt to Joburg
    Enjoy a final game drive this morning before boarding your flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg. Free time late afternoon and evening.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    JOHANNESBURG
    From the Dark Enters Light
    Guided sightseeing includes a visit to [LF] Soweto (Southwestern Township) and Constitution Hill, a museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy.

    (B,L)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    A BEACON OF LIGHT Soweto, the largest township in the country, is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Your Local Guide shares insightful stories as you see the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the former neighborhoods of Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela, featuring the Mandela House—former home of the legendary human rights leader.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    JOHANNESBURG–VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
    Zoom to Zimbabwe & Sunset Sensations
    Fly to Zimbabwe and transfer to your hotel. Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

    (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    THE RIVER WILD Transfer to the Zambezi River’s edge and board the cruise boat. You’ll be treated like royalty as you take in the scenery and watch for wildlife while sipping and sampling from a selection of included drinks and canapés. Your cruise culminates in a spectacular African sunset!


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    VICTORIA FALLS
    Smoke on the Water
    Take a guided walk at Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), as the locals call it, due to the clouds of mist produced by the cascading cataracts. Learn about the history of the falls and fascinating facts about the local flora and fauna with plentiful photo opportunities. Free time late morning and early afternoon. Your Tour Director hosts a riverside farewell dinner this evening.

    (B,D)

    FREE TIME TIPS
    EXPLORE MORE Soar high above the falls on an optional helicopter ride or visit a nearby village to experience the local culture. Optional excursions are available for purchase at MyGlobus.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    VICTORIA FALLS–KASANE, BOTSWANA–CHOBE RIVER, NAMIBIA
    Embarkation Elation
    Transfer by road to Botswana before embarking on your Chobe River cruise. Lunch is served onboard the beautiful Chobe Princess prior to a sunset cruise to spot big game.

    (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    SHIP SPOTLIGHT THE ROYAL TREATMENT Carrying a maximum of just 8 guests, the all-inclusive and intimate river safari experience on the Chobe Princess is like being on your very own intimate houseboat. On board, knowledgeable river guides and attentive staff deliver exceptional insights and experience. Each cabin is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style and features its own private view onto the river and landscapes beyond. You’ll also enjoy comfortable spaces on board, including spacious lounge, bar, outdoor viewing deck, and plunge pool!


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    CRUISING: CHOBE RIVER
    Relaxed Adventure
    Choice of morning activities include a water safari by tender boat, tour of a Namibian village, bird watching, or tiger fishing excursion. Return to the ship for lunch and time to relax. This afternoon, embark on a water safari and get up close to a wide array of wildlife including crocodile, hippo, and elephant, for which Chobe National Park is known.

    (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    REVERIE ON THE RIVER An extraordinary experience awaits on the Chobe River. A wealth of wildlife gathers here, where herds of elephants may be seen crossing the river, as well as hippos and crocs. A menagerie of mammal species and bird life share the waters of the Chobe to take advantage of the river’s wide banks and lush grasses in one of Africa’s most scenic and tranquil ecosystems.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    CRUISING: CHOBE RIVER
    Wildlife Wonderland
    Choice of activities in the morning and afternoon. Choose from a water safari by tender boat, tour of a Namibian village, bird watching, and a tiger-fishing excursion. Enjoy time on the houseboat to relax and spot animals between activities.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    CRUISING: CHOBE RIVER–KASANE–JOHANNESBURG
    Sweet Dreams, Africa
    Disembark and transfer to Kasane for your flight to Johannesburg where your tour ends at the airport. Schedule departing flights after 7 pm.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Small Group Discoveries
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on all Africa safari tours. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

All game viewing is done at your own risk. We require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
Meals:
Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

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Accommodations

Cape Town: Southern Sun The Cullinan
Southern Sun The Cullinan offers travelers easy access to all that Cape Town has to offer including the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent décor creates a mood that is a world away from home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.
Address:
1 Cullinan Street
Cape Town , South Africa
Kruger National Park Area: Makalali Main Lodge
Makalali Main Lodge is a newly built lodge located in Makalali Private Game Reserve. Enjoy the luxury of air-conditioned rooms with comfortable interiors of classic leather and wood furnishings. The central area is designed with rustic features that effortlessly bring outside elements indoors. The outside area is distinctively designed around the natural surrounds, with a spacious deck area built around indigenous trees that overlook a watering hole. This is the ideal spot to view wildlife and appreciate the scenery. The large crystal blue rim-flow pool is equally spectacular! Its comfortable chairs and sun-loungers create an inviting ambience. Enjoy an array of African cuisine in main dining area with its distinct fireplace that connects the bar lounge and dining area.
Address:
Makalali Private Game Reserve
Kruger National Park Area , South Africa
Johannesburg: Sandton Sun
Built in 1984, the hotel is every inch a grand property, offering guests the ultimate "red carpet experience". This is punctuated by staff who strive to provide superb VIP treatment for all who pass through the doors. Situated in Sandton, the heart of Johannesburg's new Central Business District, guests are perfectly located within easy reach of the city's finest entertainment and leisure amenities.
Address:
Corner Fifth and Alice Streets
Johannesburg , South Africa
Victoria Falls: Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge provides distinguished accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is the closest to Victoria Falls as well as the town center. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.
Address:
411 Livingstone Way
Victoria Falls , Zimbabwe

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Globus Tours Customer Reviews

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