10 Days South Africa “Big-5” Safari and Victoria Falls from US$3,514.-pp

Safari in South Africa’s most coveted private game reserve, The Sabi Sand, in search of the “Big-5”. Continue to UNESCO World Heritage Site Victoria Falls, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi and a variety of optional activities that take your breath away!

  • Safari in South Africa’s most coveted Private Game Reserve
  • Gaze at the magical Victoria Falls
  • Cruise the Zambezi at sunset
  • Dine at traditional African inspired restaurant with drumming entertainment
  • Customized open vehicle game drives lasting into the night or walking safaris
  • Choose from many optional exciting activities

ITINERARY MAP

Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Premier Hotel OR Tambo Johannesburg 1 B&B 1x Standard Room
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve 4 FB+ 1x Superior Suite: Zebra Suite
Batonka Guest Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 4 B&B 1x Garden View Room

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and 2 safari activities daily

PRICE:

 

US$3,899.- per person, double occupancy 2019

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, meet and greet at airports, all transfers, National Park fees, 2 daily safari activities during safari, all intra-Africa flights, Guided Tour of Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Traditional Dinner and Entertainment in Victoria Falls;

Excluded

Return flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, option tours in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe visa,

Best Time to travel: Year round

OPTION:

Add on 1 night at Hippo Hollow County Estate (BB) with visit of living cultural Shangaan Village to experience the way of life and meet a traditional healer to learn about traditional medicines. Enjoy a 1.5 hour elephant interaction to feel the varying textures of the elephants trunk, skin and feet and hand out food pellets to them. Take a relaxing stroll with them through the bush. (riding optional for extra charge).  US$369.- pp including transfers,  breakfast/garden room accommodation and activities.

Day 1:           Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Johannesburg

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to your nearby hotel for rest and relaxation.

Overnight: Premier Hotel OR Tambo

The Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport welcomes you to Johannesburg, the major international gateway into South Africa. Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, is a rapidly changing city and the vibrant heart of South Africa.   Vibrant and dynamic, Jozi has a throbbing pulse, an awesome sense of rhythm and invites you to indulge in the extravagant comfort of the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport. Named for the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is situated a mere 1,2km away, Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo airport is the ideal destination for both the leisure and business traveller.

Standard Room

A comfortable appointed deluxe room, decorated in warm neutral tones offering queen or twin bed options. Bedroom facilities include spacious En-Suite bathrooms, individually controlled air-conditioning, hairdryer, in-room safe large enough to fit a laptop, large flat screen television offering selected satellite channels, minibar – stocked on request, “going green” guest amenities in bathrooms, large business desk and complimentary tea & coffee making facilities

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope.Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.

Day Itinerary

Take the hotel shuttle to the airport and  check in for your short domestic flight to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park. Join your first safari this afternoon continuing into the evening.

Overnight: Umkumbe Safari Lodge         View iBrochure

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is one of the most affordable lodges located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger. The reserve is about 65000 hectares and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.   Accommodation is growing and will soon sleep 20 people at capacity. Rooms have two single beds, ensuite bathrooms and private patios, while each is fitted with an air-conditioner. Some of the chalets are connected via an inter-leading door, making them ideal for small groups and families. During the heat of summer guests can relax around the swimming pool, which overlooks the Sand River and the open wilderness.   Dining in a traditional boma around a roaring fire is one of the most enjoyable African bush experiences. After dinner, rangers may even take guests out on a night  drive to view the nocturnally active wildlife.  Umkumbe is in a prime position and there is almost always game to be seen from the deck and the main guest areas. Elephants, buffalo, antelope, baboons are regular visitors, while a pair of breeding fish eagles nests just in front of the lodge.

Superior Suite: Zebra Suite or similar

Zebra Suite can sleep 2 guests and is equipped with one king size bed or 2 single beds with 2 sleeper couches, an en suite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. This superior suite is overlooking the Sand River.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3,4,5:           Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Activities

Morning and Evening Game Drives
Game Walks
Outdoor Traditional Safari Style Dining

Morning and Evening Game Drives

At Umkumbe we offer two game drives per day, one in the morning that departs at approximately 06h00 and the afternoon drive at 16h00. On the morning drive there is a stop for coffee and on the afternoon drive you will stop for sundowners. After sundowners guests will get to experience a night drive on the journey back to the lodge.  The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. Your tracker uses a powerful spotlight during the night drives to search for nocturnal animals, which include hyenas, aardvarks, bush babies, genet cats and mongoose.

Game Walks

After a full breakfast guests have the option of going on morning bush walk. Walks are led by qualified and trained field guides. You will have the opportunity to track wildlife, learn about the surrounding vegetation and how to read the African bush. If you’re lucky you will enjoy a few close encounters with large predators.   Game walks are upon request and do not form part of the standard, set daily itinerary.

Outdoor Traditional Safari Style Dining

Guests dine together in the open-air boma when they stay at Umkumbe. The tables are centred around a campfire, which is often the hub of activity after dinner. Rangers will often come and sit with guests to answer questions about the day’s safari.   Dinner is served at a set time after the evening game drive, and there is always a variety of deliciously prepared dishes available buffet-style.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6:           Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

Take a flight to Victoria Falls and settle into Batonka Guest Lodge. Take a tour of the majestic Falls this afternoon followed by  traditional Dinner and drumming entertainment at the famous “Boma” .

Consultant Notes

The Batonka Guest Lodge is located in the small town of Victoria Falls. Alternatively, you could also stay at the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Lodge at the edge of town whilst still being able to do all the activities on offer.

Activities

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
The Boma Restaurant

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and  take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey that not only affords a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but provides a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Listen to magical tales of local legend while you enjoy the constant spray from the “The Smoke that Thunders”.  Your guide will also help ensure the best photographic opportunities of this breathtaking World Heritage Site.

The Boma Restaurant

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.   On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.   Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts.  Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach .  You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

Overnight: Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge is situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls within walking distance of the main attractions. Many rooms are available, all overlooking a beautiful garden. All rooms have a bathroom with en-suite and a balcony. Rooms have contemporary style décor encompassing Victoria Falls’ colonial past and African flavour. Communal facilities include indoor and outdoor dining, a bar, a comfortable lounge, and a swimming pool. Amenities include air conditioning, town shuttle, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Garden View Room

We have 11 garden view rooms. All of these rooms can be twin or king rooms. The bathrooms have  a walk in shower. These rooms have safes, wifi, tea/coffee station, fridge, TV’s and all amenities.  8 of these rooms are interleading rooms, perfect for families.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 7:           Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day Itinerary

Choose from the optional tours or visit the local market. Victoria Falls is the adventure capital of Africa and many exciting activities are on offer.

Optional

Elephant Back Safari
Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Bridge Tour

Elephant Back Safari

The herd of twelve elephants reside on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, a few kilometres outside of Victoria Falls.  Each Elephant has formed a close bond with their personal Induna (elephant handler) who live permanently with the elephants and understand each elephant’s unique character and traits.  Participate in a Breakfast or Sundowner Elephant Back Safari and seize the opportunity to ride on these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

The “Flight of Angels” is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park.  Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey comprising of 4 circuits (2 on either side) offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.  Approximate flight time is 12-13 minutes.

Victoria Falls Bridge Tour

The Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 using revolutionary engineering methods for its day. The Historic Bridge Tour is a journey through 100 years of Victorian engineering to the heart of Cecil John Rhodes’ vision of a Cape to Cairo railway.  The Tour includes a light hearted but informative talk on the history of the bridge, magnificent views of the rapids, rainbows and majesty of the Victoria Falls and Batoka Gorges on the walkways actually underneath the bridge and an opportunity to see a bungee jump up close.  The Historic Bridge Tour is a wonderful family experience full of theatre, facts and adventure set against the glorious backdrop of the Victoria Falls which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 8:           Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Optional

Village Tour near Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Boiling Point Hike
Bungee Jumb in Victoria Falls
Crocodile Cage Diving
Walk with Lions

Village Tour near Victoria Falls

Prepare to be amazed as you enter a different world, where a way of life continues as it has done for centuries, enabling you to go back in time. You will be  taken to an authentic African village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where you are given the opportunity to watch local villagers going about their daily tasks. The tour enables you to see tribal life first hand, visiting rural homes, watching their fields being tended and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores.

Victoria Falls Boiling Point Hike

After breakfast you will be picked up from the Hotel to the Top of the Gorge. Armed with a walking stick, life jacket and helmet, you will take a walk down the Batoka Gorge and catch a Raft against the current of the Zambezi rapids, past the historic Victoria Falls Bridge to the Boiling Pot. Once at the foot of the Victoria Falls, you will enjoy the experience of manoeuvring the rocky platforms and stand right under the spray of the thunderous Mosi oa Tunya. Take a dip in the pools between the rocks while the rainbows curl up around you in response to the bright sun above you.  The trip will allow you the chance to Raft back down before take out at Rapid #2. This activity is seasonal late August to early December.

Bungee Jumb in Victoria Falls

The original and ultimate thrill! The location is unbeatable – in front of the largest curtain of falling water in the world, at a World Heritage Site, set against the backdrop of one of the Seven Natural Wonders in the World and above the raging torrents and misty gorges of the mighty Zambezi River. Then 5-4-3-2-1 Bungee into the spray and rainbows below! Four seconds of freefall and 111 metres of pure adrenalin! Victoria Falls Bungee is consistently voted as one of the top five adrenalin experiences on the planet. For Bungee Jump veterans, speak to your Jump Master and make it even wilder by doing an Ankle-Tied, Back Flip or a Star Elevator Jump.

Crocodile Cage Diving

Crocodile Cage Diving is located in the centre of Victoria Falls town, Elephants Walk Shopping Village. This gives visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity to view Zambezi Predators in action.  Crocodile Cage divers can watch, touch and experience crocodiles in their own environment. Get a unique underwater look at their short legs, thick tails and impressive jaws. Prepare yourself for an exhilarating crocodile encounter! Whilst in the cage you can observe these fascinating carnivores pushing powerfully through the water from all angles.  Operated by an over-head monorail and designed for 2-4 people per cage. The cage is suspended above the crocs before being lowered into the croc cage enclosure to get an up close and personal look at these amazing reptiles. Enjoy a 360 degree view of the three rescued Nile Crocodiles – Bongo, Prado and Lucky. Don’t miss out on Africa’s wildest adventure!

Walk with Lions

Operated on a private property adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, Walking with Lions is an intimate experience with the Kings of the Jungle. Participate in a breakfast, mid-morning or afternoon safari which includes interacting and walking side by side with the lions, learning about their habitat and behaviour and the conservation challenges they face in the wild. The trained guides will use their discretion at intervals and allow the guests close contact with the lions, pat them and take pictures of this memorable experience. Approximate 3 hours duration.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 9:           Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day Itinerary

Crown your journey with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, a most befitting finish to your Africa Adventure you will never forget!

Activities

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

Optional

Canoe The Zambezi
Zambezi White Whater Rafting Aug-Dec

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a wonderful outing when in Victoria Falls and suitable for the whole family.  It is an ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks. The whole trip is a build up to the gracious glow of the African Sunset on this vast body of water. The guides and crew are a font of knowledge about the river wildlife and will entertain you with numerous tales about local culture and historical exploration.

Canoe The Zambezi

A Canoe Safari includes gently paddling down the Upper Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls – the playground of hippo, shimmering home of crocodiles and the watering hole of buffalo and elephant – drifting though secretive channels and enjoying the ever-so-slight turbulence of the more placid rapids above Kandahar Island. You might be fortunate enough to spot a Marshall Eagle, witness a Tiger Fish jump or catch a glimpse of a clawless otter playing in the shadows by the banks.  A professional canoe guide will point out all the flora and fauna that can be spotted on the edges of the Zambezi National Park from inflatable canoes whilst sharing the realities of this amazing eco-system.

Zambezi White Whater Rafting Aug-Dec

As the river levels drop off the rapid intensity grows and low water rafting season kicks off. The flag ship rafting adventure – low water season takes you from rapid #1 through to rapid #19, many of which are graded 5, the best white water rapids in the world. Begin your adrenalin run in the boiling pot directly below the Victoria Falls and hammer your way through infamous rapids, whose names were conjured to instil fear and trepidation into would-be rafters, “The Overland Truck-eater”, “The Mother”, “Gnashing Jaws of Death” and the final biggy of the day “Oblivion”. Our experienced guides will steer you on an unforgettable ride through the formidable rapids of the mighty Zambezi. This is the greatest one day white water rafting experience in the world!!

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 10:        End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary

Fly over the African plains to Johannesburg.

Consultant Notes

Depending on the choice of your airline you could also choose to depart from Victoria Falls to USA, without changing planes in Johannesburg. We are always able to assist to choose the best connection.

Transport

Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
Scheduled OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Airport serving Umkumbe Safari Lodge
Scheduled Airport serving Umkumbe Safari Lodge Victoria Falls  Airport
Scheduled Victoria Falls Airport OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

E&OE

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