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16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana - Wednesday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town. 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
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Friday - Cape Town City Tour
This morning, embark on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Drive past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grand Parade, and St. George's Cathedral. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car.* Afterward, you will have the opportunity to learn the three-billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring the prominent Shimansky Jewelers. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the V & A Shopping Mall before returning to your hotel. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by dinner *Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 15 - Sep 1, 2024.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. Travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Then, following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch. On the way, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Tonight, attend the optional Traditional African Dinner Experience for an evening of live performances and African gastronomy before returning to the hotel
Optional: Traditional African Dinner Experience
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour, which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience shark cage diving.* Tonight, experience local culture at the optional Home Hosted Dinner*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour
Optional: Full Day Shark Cage Diving
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu Natal, which is famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. You may have a chance to see elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino during your morning game drive through the reserve. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to the border of the Kingdom of eSwatini,* an independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa. Stop at a handicraft market this afternoon before arriving at your hotel in the early evening*eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary
Overnight: Mbabane (eSwatini)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch glass blowers create a range of African animals, and tableware made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of eSwatini. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swati traditions and customs. Enjoy traditional Swati cuisine along with dance and song performances. Later, continue to the hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Kruger National Park Game Drive
Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a full day open-vehicle game drive. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch, continue your game drive. End the day with dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Travel to Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast, on a long drive today. Travel via Konwyn Pass, offering spectacular views over the Lowveld and visit the 213 foot Mac Mac Waterfall in the Mac-Mac Forest Nature Reserve. Proceed to the historic logging town of Sabie, once a gold mining town, it now relies on forestry. Admire spectacular views of mountain passes and continue the drive, past the small town of Waterval Boven, nestled in the Drakensberg Mountains on the way to Johannesburg. Arrive late afternoon, and check into your hotel
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Soweto Tour
Depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. Cap off the day with dinner tonight
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Flight to Victoria Falls & Sundowner Cruise
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Victoria Falls,* named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the hotel to relax before embarking on a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, where you can encounter herds of buffalo and elephant*Flights to Victoria Falls will arrive and depart into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia. The Livingstone airport is a 30-minute drive to the hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
This morning, take a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World". The walking safari takes you through the magnificent rainforest to view the Cataracts, Livingstone's statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. The rest of the day is yours to discover this beautiful area independently, or join the optional Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls. Experience the spectacular waterfalls on a thrilling helicopter flight. A truly once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed
Optional: Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - Sunset Game Viewing Cruise in Chobe, Botswana
After breakfast, travel from Victoria Falls over the border into Botswana. Upon arrival at the hotel, lunch will be served. Spend time at leisure before departing on a sunset cruise where you will be introduced to a totally different game viewing experience
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park
During your morning game drive, be on the lookout for lion, wild dog, giraffe, sable, and roan antelope, frequently seen in this area. Time on your own in the afternoon before departing on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Tonight at dinner, share memories of your trip on your last night in Botswana
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Thursday - Depart South Africa
This morning bid farewell to Botswana and transfer to the airport in Victoria Falls. Fly to Johannesburg and connect to your international departure flight this evening. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 7:30 PM
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls-Johannesburg
  • 14 nights accommodations
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • 1 night Hluhluwe
  • 1 night Mbabane (eSwatini)
  • 2 nights Hazyview
  • 2 nights Johannesburg
  • 2 nights Victoria Falls
  • 2 nights Chobe
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Arrival transfer included only with airfare purchase on package arrival dates†
  • Departure transfer
  • 26 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • Special Features

  • Take a tour of Cape Town, view the Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain
  • During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach
  • Game viewing cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a uniquely diverse ecosystem
  • Game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • A thrilling game drive in an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park
  • In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela's former home
  • Visit spectacular Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
  • Game drive through Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana
  • Sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River
  • †Arrival transfer is available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include flights Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls-Johannesburg.

    Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7:30 PM on day 16. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.

    Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

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


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

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    Accommodations

    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Cape Town.

    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Cape Town.

    The Rockefeller Hotel & Residences
    This first class hotel is located in Cape Town's Foreshore area.

    Emdoneni Lodge
    This first class lodge is about a twenty minute drive away from the town of Hluhluwe.

    Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of the Zulu's beautiful untamed Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal near to renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

    Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of the Zulu's beautiful untamed Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal near to renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

    Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the Mbabane Central Business District.

    Mountain View International Hotel by BON Hotels
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Mountain View International Hotel by BON Hotels
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Mountain View International Hotel by BON Hotels
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Mountain View International Hotel by BON Hotels
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Mountain View International Hotel by BON Hotels
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Happy Valley Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in eSwatini's Ezulwini Valley.

    Happy Valley Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in eSwatini's Ezulwini Valley.

    Happy Valley Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in eSwatini's Ezulwini Valley.

    Anew Resort Hazyview Kruger Park
    This first class hotel is just a 25 minute drive from Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate.

    Anew Resort Hazyview Kruger Park
    This first class hotel is just a 25 minute drive from Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate.

    Anew Resort Hazyview Kruger Park
    This first class hotel is just a 25 minute drive from Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate.

    Anew Resort Hazyview Kruger Park
    This first class hotel is just a 25 minute drive from Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate.

    Hippo Hollow Country Estate
    This first class hotel is located on the banks of the Sabie River just outside Hazyview.

    Hippo Hollow Country Estate
    This first class hotel is located on the banks of the Sabie River just outside Hazyview.

    Umbhaba Eco Lodge
    This superior tourist class lodge is a fifteen minute drive from Kruger National Park.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Southern Sun Sandton
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Sandton.

    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
    This first class hotel faces the Zambezi National Park and overlooks a large central waterhole.

    Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa
    This first class hotel is located on the banks of the ever-changing Chobe river.

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    Customer Reviews

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    Accommodations
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    Itinerary
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    Professional Staff
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    Value for Money
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