16 Days Incredible South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls from US$10,511.-pp

16 Day 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 rich Sabi Sands, Cape Point and wine tasting tour, Botswanas Okavango Delta and Linyanti Marshes. All rounded off with authentic dinner and entertainment at “The Boma” and Zambezi Sunset Cruise.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Safaris in three most significant areas in the world
  • All tours and activities included, including heli over Victoria Falls
  • Best of Cape Towns sights and wine tasting
  • 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
Lion Sands River 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 Twin Safari Tent
Linyanti Bush Camp Linyanti Concessions, Botswana 3 FI 1x Double Safari Tent
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 2 B&B 1x Waterhole view

PRICE

US$10,604.- April 2019

US$10.511.- May 2019

US$11,195.- June 2019

US$11,666.- July August 2019

US$11,759.- Sept Oct 2019

Please inquire for other dates.

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, house wines, beer, and local spirits at Lion Sands, Camp Moremi and Linyante Bush Camp. National Park fees,

Note: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a hotel, not lodge that includes safaris.

Excluded: International flights from and to USA/Europe. visas, airport taxes and fees,  malaria prophylaxis, travel insurance. Optional Chalkley Tree House overnight at River Lodge. Premium drinks.

FULL DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: 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   Meals: none

Day 2: Take a morning domestic flight of one hour duration to Greater Kruger National Park where  you will be picked up and transferred to Lion Sands River Lodge. Join your first game drive in the late afternoon to marvel at the wild life in the African bush.

Overnight: Sabi Sands River Lodge Luxury Room   Meals: full board including local brand beer, spirits and house wines

Day 3 and 4: Rise early for your morning 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. Hippo Tours and Astronomy are interesting to participate in. We also recommend a pre-school visit and cultural village exploration (included).

Overnights: Sabi Sands River Lodge Luxury Room   Meals: full board including local brand beer, spirits and house wines

Day 5: 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: Mount Nelson Hotel Superior Room   Meals: Breakfast

Day 6:  Today enjoy a half day City tour with cable car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity and excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S. A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.

Table Mountain (Cable Car fee included) By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on 4 October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

The Company Gardens The Company Gardens have been described as ‘an oasis of calm in the city rush’, and with the trees, the squirrels and lunch-hour love birds it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of Africa’s most important cities. Spots of interest include a sundial dating from 1787, a Saffron Pear Tree (believed to be South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree), a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a rose garden and pools with brightly coloured fish. The South African National Gallery, the South African Museum and the Planetarium are also in close proximity.

Overnight: Mount Nelson Hotel Superior Room   Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Today embark to visit Cape Point, also called Cape of Good Hope, Penguin colony and continue on for wine tasting in the wine valley in the afternoon.

Wine Tasting Tour in the Winelands Half Day

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.
Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch; boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate.

Travel over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

We enjoy a wine tasting before returning to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 13:30 for morning departures and 17:30 for afternoon departures.

Cape of Good Hope  morning tour

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal) (not incl. in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is also called the Cape of Good Hope and feared by sailors.

We go on 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 Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

We then begin our scenic journey back to Cape Town.

Overnight: Mount Nelson Hotel Superior Room   Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: An early flight will take you to Johannesburg and on to Maun/Botswana where you will board a bush plane to fly into the Okavango Delta. Described as ‘the jewel of the Kalahari’, the Okavango Delta – a tranquil and isolated oasis set in the harsh and arid surroundings of Botswana’s bush and desert – is widely regarded as one of Africa’s best safari destinations, with its rich diversity of fauna and flora. The delta is one of the largest and most important inland wetlands of the world, with 2500 species of plants, 65 fish species, 20 large herbivores and their attendant predators, and more than 450 species of birds. Peeking out from under a lush green woodland canopy, Camp Moremi, in the Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve, is a truly hidden gem. At the point where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta

Overnight: Moremi Tented Camp    Meals : full board including local brand beer, spirits and house wines

Day 9 and 10: Your days will be filled with early morning and late afternoon game drives, or motorboating. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others.

Overnight: Moremi Tented Camp    Meals : full board including local brand beer, spirits and house wines

Day 11:  Take a small bush plane to Linyante area  today. The Linyanti Bush Camp offers the perfect setting for an authentic and wild safari experience. As the only source of water in the dry months, the Linyanti marshes are one of the most sought after destinations in Northern Botswana, boasting a great diversity of game and a peaceful atmosphere. The camp is small in size for guests   who seek a personalized experience in a private concession away from the main tourist’s routes. Activities from the camp include game drives, walking safaris, game viewing from hides, spot-lighting, bird watching, boating and fishing safaris as well as guided mokoro safaris.

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.

Night Drives at Linyanti Bush Camp

A great opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife generally unseen during the day. Most of our Afternoon game drives continue into night game drives if all guests on the vehicle wish to continue their safari experience.

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.

Fishing at Linyanti Bush Camp

Fishing depends on the arrival of the floods, which usually make their way towards Botswana in April. Fishing available when water levels permit.

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.

Overnight: Linyante Bush Camp Tent    Meals : full board including local brand beer, spirits and house wines

Day 12 and 13: Explore the area in your open safari vehicle and a possibility to enjoy one  half hour helicopter ride to get a close up look at the game from above on one of the days.  This magnificent area boasts of unparalleled wildlife encounters with large herds of buffalo in the dry season and sightings of rare and unique wildlife species such as aardvark. Large herds of elephants can be viewed at the rivers and waterholes, and thousands of zebra concentrate in the winter before heading south. Other wildlife seen includes lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and various other nocturnal species.

Overnight: Linyante Bush Camp Luxury Tent    Meals : full board including local brand beer, spirits and house wines

Day 14: Board another bush plane after your morning game drive to Kasane and from there a road transfer to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. End the day with a traditional dinner and entertainment at “The Boma” .

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show

When you’re planning the itinerary for your Victoria Falls holiday be sure to include an advance reservation at the often fully-booked restaurant, 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 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  Meals : Breakfast, dinner

Day 15: An action packed day includes a tour of the magic Falls , “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, The Smoke that Thunders. While Victoria Falls is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 5,604 ft and height of 354 ft resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water (depending on season and rainfall). Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. A 12-13min helicopter flight over the Falls is an experience not to be forgotten. Cap your day with a sunset cruise on The Zambezi River to watch the fiery African sun fall behind the horizon.

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.

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.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge     Meals : Breakfast

Day 16:  Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: This tour starts and ends in Johannesburg. This tour is an example and can be started and adjusted to your liking if you wish.   Please ask for other dates. Terms and conditions apply.

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