16 Days Incredible South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls from US$11,137.-pp

16 Days Ultimate Southern Africa Fantasy that incorporates the best of the best, including helicopter over the Victoria Falls and much more. South Africa Safari in leopard prolific Sabi Sands, Explore Cape Town’s Cape Point  and Table Mountain and Wine Tasting Tour on private tour. Vehicle, boat, walking, helicopter and mokoro canoe safaris in Botswanas Okavango Delta and Linyanti Marshes. All rounded off with authentic dinner and entertainment at “The Boma” and Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Safaris in three most significant areas
  • All tours and activities included, including heli over Victoria Falls and heli over Northern Botswana
  • Best of Cape Towns sights and wine tasting on private tours
  • Bush Flights over the Okavango Delta
  • Adjustable to your dates and specific wishes

BEST TIME TO GO

July – October: high game concentrations around water sources, good visibility of game due to leafless woodlands, flood waters in Okavango make for good boating, cold nights and warm/dry days

April – June:  moderate climate

March and Dec; summer bird migrants are in breeding plumage, lots of babies, great light and green colors

ITINERARY MAP

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

 

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
The Residence Johannesburg Johannesburg 1 B&B 1x luxury room
Ulusaba Rock Lodge Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Kruger 3 FI 1x Luxury Rooms
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town 3 B&B 1x Superior Room
Camp Moremi Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana 3 FI 1x Safari Tent
Linyanti Bush Camp Linyanti Concessions, Botswana 3 FI 1x  Safari Tent
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 2 B&B 1x Waterhole view

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

 

Price

US$ 11,137.- April, May, November 2020

US$13,513.- June 2020

US$14,413.- July through October 2020

Price per person, sharing occupancy

Journey starts in Johannesburg and ends at Victoria Falls. Journey can start any day pending availability.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per itinerary (full board on safari and breakfast in city hotels), full safari package, tours as per itinerary, all transfers, flights, , laundry on safari, standard alhocolic drinks at Camp Moremi, Linyante and Ulusaba; National Park fees;

Excluded

International flights from and to USA/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, visa, travel insurance, optional tours, Premium drinks.

Day 1:           The Residence Johannesburg, 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 cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, 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 from overnight flight and spend night at The Residence Hotel located at the Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. This is a blissful oasis where guests are treated with personalized service and are invited to make themselves at home.  If you fly from NY on South African Airways direct it is possible to continue straight into the bush if you wish, and omitting this night.

Overnight: The Residence Johannesburg           View iBrochure

Outside is the new in, amongst lush landscaping and cascading bougainvillea covered terraces. You are now in the heart of Johannesburg’s suburban seat of power – daily retreat to the most recogniseable South African names and faces. This is new world glamour and old world charm. This is the Residence, Houghton

Luxury Room

Our luxury room has underfloor heating & airconditioning hot&cold. Large plasma television with DSTV, DVD player (sound system) & iPod docking station.Mini-bar & Nespresso machine.Full en suite bathroom with additional outdoor shower & outdoor bath.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Ulusaba Rock 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 a morning domestic flight  to Greater Kruger National Park where  you will be picked up and transferred to your Lodge. Join your first game drive in the late afternoon to marvel at the wild life in the African bush.

Overnight: Ulusaba Rock Lodge   View iBrochure

Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve located in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie and provides panoramic views over miles of bush, the wildlife roaming within, and the beauty of the lowveld below.

Rock Lodge features ten individually designed rooms and suites as well as a swimming pool, gymnasium, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spa with panoramic views, a Bush Observatory perfect for stargazing and tennis courts. Guests can enjoy safari walks, moonlit bush dinners and of course, the twice daily game drives.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge – Rock Cliff Room

There are four Rock Cliff Rooms of approximately 70 sqm each

There are four adjoining Rock Cliff rooms, all south facing with views over the vast landscape. Rooms are spacious and offer en-suite bathrooms with spectacular views. Two of these rooms are built on split levels with a spiral staircase connecting the bedroom and bathroom.

All Rock Cliff Rooms have King Size beds (that can split into Twins), air conditioning, ceiling fans and mosquito nets. All rooms supplied with bottled water, spray-on insect repellent, Africology toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Complimentary Wi-Fi Access is available

All rooms include tea and coffee-making facilities, snacks and a complimentary mini bar.

Each has a private terrace or balcony.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 3 and 4:           Ulusaba Rock Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve          

Day Itinerary

Rise early for your game drives. Relax in the lounge or on your front porch searching for animals until mid afternoon at which time the animals are more active again you head out for another game drive or walk.

Activities

Choice of game drive or walk
Walking in the bush
Tennis in the bush
Swimming pool
Community tours & excursions

Choice of game drive or walk

You may choose from a traditional game drive in a custom designed safari vehicle or walk with an armed ranger to see the smaller things that make the African bush so special.

Walking in the bush

The daily Safari walk usually commences after breakfast. This is a fascinating activity as it allows

you to observe the smaller animals that you would usually not see while out on the game vehicles. Our knowledgeable Rangers and Trackers will enthral you with stories about the medicinal properties of plants, local beliefs regarding the wildlife and fascinating facts.

Tennis in the bush

Fancy a spot of tennis? We have two floodlit tennis courts for you to play on during your stay. Don’t worry about tennis racquets and tennis balls – we have everything you need as well as a fully stocked bar!

Swimming pool

There is an outdoor heated swimming pool, perfect for rest and relxation. The pool is solar heated in the winter months (May to September).

Community tours & excursions

The Community Tours and Excursions are organized by Pride ‘n Purpose, Ulusaba’s charitable arm. The basic philosophy behind its work is the principle of empowering people to help themselves while promoting sustainable development.

The different types of tours available are:
• Day in the life:
The Day in a Life village tour looks into some of the charitable projects and schemes Ulusaba is actively involved with. We tailor this tour’s itinerary according to your interests.
• It’s Child’s Play:
The It’s Child’s Play tour has more hands on activities. You will have the opportunity to share your skills and teach children anything from new songs to the school numbers and alphabet.
• Justicia Village Tour:
The Justicia Village tour has more of a cultural emphasis

All of Pride’n Purposes’s expenses are funded by Ulusaba and Virgin Unite, the group’s entrepreneurial foundation, so 100% of donations can be put into the much needed projects to improve living conditions for the local population. All money raised through those tours goes to the local communities.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 5:           Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town         

Cape Town

Cape Town is a city like no other – a vibrant melting pot alive with creativity, colors, sounds and tastes. Take in a view from above by riding the cable car to Table Mountain or check out the tiny cell Nelson Mandela was kept in on Robben Island. Visit the V&A Waterfront near your hotel, a place for shopping or just hanging out to watch the world go by. Breathtaking natural scenery, long standing cultural heritage and world-class wine production estates characterize an area known as the Wine Lands where you will can taste the wines of the region. Drive through gorgeous scenery and hamlets on the way to Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky coastline seafarers have respected and feared for hundreds of years. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

After your early morning game drive, transfer for your flight to Cape Town. Cape Town is a city like no other – a vibrant melting pot alive with creativity, colors, sounds and tastes. Settle into the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel located  in the vibrant heart of Cape Town. This luxury hotel and spa offers easy access to all that’s happening in this dynamic city. Rest of the afternoon is free to relax or head to the V&A Waterfront.

Overnight: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel          View iBrochure

Captivating visitors since 1899, Cape Town’s iconic resort hotel is a tranquil hideaway just moments from the city’s buzzing heart. Our 198 individually designed rooms and suites and a host of fabulous facilities appeal equally to romantic couples, families or adventurous groups. Stroll through our expansive gardens, take a tree tour or browse the outdoor sculpture exhibition. Discover the hotel’s history, art and culture on self-guided tours. Enjoy imaginative cuisine in our restaurants and soothing bliss at the spa. Just beyond our gates lies the pulsating city, with stunning beaches and historic hotspots moments away. Forever watching over the hotel is Table Mountain, another wondrous Cape Town landmark.

Superior Room

These inviting, cosy rooms are perfect for single travellers or for accompanying children. Each boasts a plush king-size or twin beds with luxury linens plus a writing desk and a marble bathroom.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 6:           Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town         

Activities

Cape Point and Peninsula with Cable Car, Full day, privateI

Cape Point and Peninsula with Cable Car, Full day, private!

This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breath-taking views, andpicturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point.Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open.Ou Kaapse Weg will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

HIGHLIGHTS!

Table Mountain by cable car

Cape Point & Peninsula

Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach and the penguin colony

Kirstenbosch Gardens

The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City and the Atlantic Seaboard with Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay harbour. Travel along theAtlantic Seaboard via SeaPoint, Clifton and Camps Bayand Hout Bayfor a short comfort stop. Continue viaChapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature ReserveandCape Point whichis perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Goon to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colonyis home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there isalso a new information centre. A lunch stop is made nearby (lunch to own account). End the day with a visittothe well-knownKirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Garden includesfive of South Africa’s six different biomesandis world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays as well asfor the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The tour ends with drop-off at your hotel

Excludes lunch, included cable car ticket

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 7:           Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town         

Activities

Wine Tasting Tour , Private, Full Day Private!

Wine Tasting Tour , Private, Full Day

We will inquire about your preference in wines – red, whites, champagne! We pride ourselves in offering our guests an interactive, informative and an ultimately enjoyable day in Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Paarl, or any of the other regions you might wish to visit.We trust that by the end of your wine tour you will have experienced the beauty and warmth of our country, its wines and its culture that we are so passionate about. Includes 3 tastings and a cellar tour.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 8:           Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve      

Botswana

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With almost 40% of its land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas you can travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland. The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty. Experience here the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park. Botswana is the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, making your safari experience even more memorable, and at times you will feel simply surrounded by wild animals.

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest. This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list.

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water. Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

Day Itinerary

Take an early commercial flight to Botswana and continue by bush flight into the heart of The Okavango Delta. Search for wildlife until dusk in this pristine wilderness.

Activities

Camp Moremi game drives

Camp Moremi game drives

Guest activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. The Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for exceptional wildlife sightings including lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant and exceptional general game.

Overnight: Camp Moremi View iBrochure

Peering out beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xaxanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, both in the morning and late afternoons, offer frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog. Alternatively, guest can explore the Xaxanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 9:           Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve      

Activities

Camp Moremi game drives
Camp Moremi motorised boating trips

Camp Moremi motorised boating trips

Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 10:        Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve      

Activities

Camp Moremi game drives or motor boating

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 11:        African Bush Camps Linyanti Bush Camp, Linyanti Concessions  

Linyanti Concessions

The Linyanti River forms the Northern border of Botswana with Namibia. The entire frontage comprises Wildlife Management Areas, and includes a small portion of the Chobe National Park. The Chobe Park and the Linyanti WMAs are renowned wildlife areas and are home to what is probably the highest density of elephants in Africa. Chobe Park alone is estimated to host over 50,000 of these great pachyderms.

Situated on the eastern reaches of the Linyanti river, the secluded Linyanti reserve comprises a 20 km section of river frontage reminiscent of the Okavango Deltaʼs permanent swamp with reed fringed lagoons, small islands and a fringe of towering riverine trees. This is backed by Mopane and Acacia sandveld that hosts elephant, kudu, impala and bushbuck as well as occasional roan and sable antelope.

Lion, leopard, wild dogs, hyena and all the smaller predators also occur. Herds of buffalo, zebra and sometimes eland migrate into the Reserve in the late winter to spring dry season from the far south of the Chobe National Park, seeking the cool permanent water and lush marsh vegetation of the river.

Chobe National Park

The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. It appears as a swathe of brilliant, peacock blue ribbon, winding its way through the tiny town of Kasane, and ensuing wilderness – the Chobe National Park.

Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a high diversity and concentration of wildlife.

Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11 7 00 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti.

The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink.

During this season, on an afternoon game drive, you may see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may be surrounded by elephants, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross the main road to make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play.

Driving the loops that hug the river’s edge, you may see up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive, including waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal.

Take a river cruise – and you’ll experience the park, and the animals, from another vantage point. Here you’ll get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds.

Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. Common species to be seen include the Sacred ibis, Egyptian Geese, the ubiquitous cormorants and darters, Spur-winged Geese, pel’s Fishing Owl, carmine Bee-eaters, most members of the kingfisher family, all the rollers, the unmistakable Fish Eagle, the Martial Eagle, and many members of the stork family.

The Chobe River rises in the northern Angolan highlands, travels enormous distances before it reaches Botswana at Ngoma. Like the Okavango and Zambezi rivers, the Chobe’s course is affected by fault lines that are extensions of the Great Rift Valley. These three mighty rivers carry more water than all other rivers in Southern Africa.

Day Itinerary

Your morning game drive is followed by a bush flight towards Northern Botswana. Your guide will be expecting you to take you to your lodge. Keep your eyes our for wildlife along the way.

Activities

Game Drives at Linyanti Bush Camp

Game Drives at Linyanti Bush Camp

Twice daily game drives offered: Morning Game Drives and Evening in open 4×4 vehicles. Linyanti is best known for it’s large populations of elephant and buffalo that congregate in vast numbers especailly during the dry season.

Overnight: African Bush Camps Linyanti Bush Camp             View iBrochure

Linyanti Bush Camp is situated on the banks of Linyanti Marsh in a private reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave. The marshes are the only water source for miles around and attract water-adapted and desert-adapted wildlife, plus large numbers of birds.

Linyanti Bush Camp is an intimate 12-bed luxury tented camp on the banks of the Linyanti Marsh, within a Private Concession bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave. You will enjoy some of the most spacious and comfortable tented accommodation and beds available today. The bathrooms are private and en-suite, consisting of fixed showers which are housed under the tent and gas-heated, as well as a flush toilet for your convenience. 

 Water activities are available only when water levels permit. Linyanti is best known for its large populations of Elephant and buffalo that congregate in vast numbers especially during the dry season. Other wildlife encounters include Lion, sable, roan, leopard, wild dog, the rare and elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile, as well as other species of plains game. The area also offers spectacular birding all year round. The area’s relative remoteness makes it a favoured wild safari destination and one of the best sought after areas in Northern Botswana.

Luxury Tents

Each Luxury tent has comfortable Twin / Double beds, en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, fixed showers and running water.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 12:        African Bush Camps Linyanti Bush Camp, Linyanti Concessions  

Activities

Game Drives at Linyanti Bush Camp
Walking at Linyanti Bush Camp
Bird Watching at Linyanti Bush Camp
Mokoro Safaris at Linyanti Bush Camp
Scenic Helicopter flight( Seasonal)

Game Drives at Linyanti Bush Camp

Twice daily game drives offered: Morning Game Drives and Evening in open 4×4 vehicles. Linyanti is best known for it’s large populations of elephant and buffalo that congregate in vast numbers especailly during the dry season.

Walking at Linyanti Bush Camp

Guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who share their knowledge and love of the bush with you. With the dry vegetation between May and October, walking safaris are a fantastic and exciting way to experience the area.

Bird Watching at Linyanti Bush Camp

The area offers spectacular birding all year round. With its mixed habitats comes a good variety of bird species. Linyanti birding is excellent, making it one of the biggest attractions on an Okavango safari.

Mokoro Safaris at Linyanti Bush Camp

Mokoro is a type of canoe commonly used in the area. Due to the conservation of trees, we model them out of fiberglass. It is propelled through the shallow waters while you experience wildlife from an unusual point of view. Mokoro Safaris are available when water levels permit.

Scenic Helicopter flight( Seasonal)

A 30 minute scenic helicopter flight from April to November only

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 13:        African Bush Camps Linyanti Bush Camp, Linyanti Concessions  

Activities

Game Drives at Linyanti Bush Camp
Walking at Linyanti Bush Camp
Bird Watching at Linyanti Bush Camp
Mokoro Safaris at Linyanti Bush Camp

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 14:        Victoria Falls Safari 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

Board another bush plane after your morning game drive. Then a road transfer to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. End the day with a traditional dinner and entertainment at “The Boma” .

Activities

The Boma – Place of Eating

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show

From the moment guests arrive at seven o’clock, they are immersed in the vibrant atmosphere. Tantalising aromas of local dishes and game meat on the barbeque fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the surrounding forest and the night skies. Staff members are warm and hospitable, offering traditional delicacies to guests as they enjoy the warm African evening.

The starter menu is influenced by local ingredients and offers a unique selection of dishes, including Nyimo Beans, groundnuts, Kariba Bream (Tilapia) with smoked crocodile, and deep-fried Kapenta (Tanganyika sardines from Kariba).

The Boma specialises in traditional African food, and the main course buffet offers mouth-watering grilled ostrich, buffalo curry, suckling pig on the spit, guinea fowl, game stew, kudu steak and even warthog fillet! There are also good vegetarian options, with bush and garden vegetables galore. There is something for everyone. If you are brave, you can try out a dried Mopane Worm on offer, and don’t forget to claim your certificate as proof.

Diners are treated to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and thrilled by a dramatic medicine man who will throw bones for you and tell your fortune. There is also traditional storyteller who entertains guests with folklore tales.

The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts, so prepare to eat your fill! If you’ve overindulged, though, don’t worry – you can work it off in the energetic drumming circle that starts at nine o’clock, which usually turns into an even more energetic dance party. If that isn’t your cup of tea, the restaurant also has a lively bar, and a relaxed lounge area for you to while away the rest of your evening chatting away.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge   View iBrochure

Built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience.
We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 21 consecutive years and look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure your holiday is hassle-free.

Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.

Dining

Dining options include the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.  The Boma Café, set in a tranquil garden setting and located close to the Lokuthula Lodges, offers breakfast and light meals until 4.30pm.

Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms

The Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms have a balcony with a view overlooking the waterhole and the Zambezi National Park and are sunset facing and have a bathroom with a rain shower and mini bar. Three of the Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms can accommodate a roller bed for a child under 12 years of age. These rooms can be made up into a king or twin configuration.  All rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 15:        Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe            

Activities

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
Zambezi Sunset Cruise

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.

Apprximate flight time is 12-13 minutes.

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.

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.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 16:        End of Itinerary  

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Transport

Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
  Scheduled   Johannesburg International Airport   Ulusaba Airstrip      
  Scheduled   Ulusaba Airstrip   Cape Town International Airport [CPT]      
  Scheduled   Cape Town International Airport [CPT]   Maun Airport [MUB]      
  Scheduled   Maun Airport [MUB]   Camp Moremi      
  Scheduled   Camp Moremi   African Bush Camps Linyanti Bush Camp      
  Scheduled   African Bush Camps Linyanti Bush Camp   Northern Botswana airstrip      

E&OE

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