Group Size: 8 passengers
Departs: 11 May 18
Join us on this exclusive small group adventure with a maximum of 8 passengers, and discover some of the incredible highlights of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Whilst being locally escorted, experience a ‘Big Five’ safari in the Greater Kruger National Park, travel along the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route and visit the beautiful city of Cape Town. Continue your journey to the mighty Victoria Falls, before concluding in Chobe National Park, famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and the largest elephant population in Africa.
Day 1 - Johannesburg
On arrival at Johannesburg Airport you will be met and assisted to your awaiting vehicle for your group transfer to your hotel.
The elegant 4 star Peermont Mondior hotel at Emperors Palace sets an exciting standard in world-class leisure and business accommodation. The hotel features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary African style. Its convenient location close to O.R.Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, makes it suitable for all travellers. Guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace hotel.
Day 2 - Moditlo Private Game Reserve
This morning enjoy an early breakfast before being transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. (BD)
Flight: Johannesburg to Hoedspruit – INCLUDED IN COSTING
On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport you will be met and transferred to your lodge.
Moditlo Private Game Reserve offers a range of luxurious wildlife encounters and African safari options especially tailored for the discerning traveller. At Moditlo River Lodge there are 16 luxurious rooms, set individually at the end of meandering walkways that link to the Main Lodge. Built in accordance with their conservation policy, the locations of the rooms as well as the raised walkways were carefully chosen to ensure that the presence here has the least possible impact on the environment.
Day 3 to Day 4 - Moditlo Private Game Reserve
Enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing activities. (BLD)
Day 5 – Port Elizabeth
This morning you will be transferred to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth, flying via Johannesburg. (B)
Flight: Hoedspruit Airport to Port Elizabeth (via Johannesburg) – INCLUDED IN COSTING
On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport you will met and transferred to your hotel.
Port Elizabeth, known as the ‘Friendly City’ or Nelson Mandela Bay, is a laid-back seaside city where sun, sea and surf are just a part of life. As the jumping off point to a Garden Route Tour, this is an ideal destination to relax after a domestic flight, catch up on your sunbathing and take advantage of the protected swimming beaches.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth perfectly balances its contemporary architecture and urban interiors with spectacular Indian Ocean surroundings, offering an ideal stay for every kind of traveller. The Radisson is a mere 300 metres from the beach. There are a range of shops and restaurants nearby and it has easy highway access to the Eastern Cape Game Reserves.
Day 6 – Knysna
Today you will depart Port Elizabeth and travel to Knysna. Enjoy a stop at the Tsitsikamma Forest, wonder and admire the beauty that Tsitsikamma has to offer. (B)
Located in the centre of the quaint Garden Route town of Knysna, the Rex Hotel is a stylishly modern property offering upmarket apartments. A fusion of contemporary and classic décor, the 30 rooms are well-appointed for guest comfort and include a range of configurations from studios to two-bedroom apartments. With the exception of the 5 standard rooms, all have fully-equipped kitchenettes and balconies. Central areas are built around a courtyard and feature a lounge, trendy restaurant and bar. Surrounded by town life and conveniently situated, the Rex Hotel offers easy access to Knysna’s scenic attractions and the bohemian boutiques and cafés which give this town a certain charming appeal.
Day 7 – Knysna
This morning after breakfast make your way to the Featherbed Ferry for your ferry ride to view the Knysna Heads, enjoying lunch served on the vessel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. (BL)
Day 8 – Oudtshoorn
This morning after breakfast you will travel to Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich Capital of the world. This afternoon you will visit the famous Cango Caves. (B)
Oudtshoorn’s 1852 Victorian homestead, Rosenhof Country House, is an oasis in the arid Karoo landscape. 12 stylish en-suite rooms offer country charm and all the comforts of home. Two free-standing suites have their own lounge, pool and patio with mountain views. Yellowwood beams and tasteful antique pieces add authenticity to this beautifully restored house and the pub, lounges and sunlit breakfast room offers spaces to relax. Soak up the traditional country ambiance and enjoy the delicious traditional meals and fine wines as well as the swimming pool, wellness centre and gym. From here, explore all Oudtshoorn has on offer. Known for its ostrich farms and Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn also boasts scenic drives, hikes and bike trails.
Day 9 – Franschhoek
This morning after breakfast you will travel to Franschhoek, a charming town with French Hugenot heritage is arguably the culinary headquarters of the country and home to the creative genius of a number of resident chefs. Framed by a majestic backdrop of the Helderberg Mountains, Paarl lies peacefully nestled amongst vineyards laden with the harvest’s finest offerings. (B)
Set in the culinary capital of the Cape, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine, making this the most perfect place for food and wine lovers. With 26 en-suite rooms individually appointed and most with private balconies, guests can choose between the original and charming Franschhoek Country House and the luxurious Villas suites. The famous Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa’s top restaurants having been in the country’s Top 10 list for two years.
Day 10 – Cape Winelands
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on a full day in the winelands. (BL)
This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch is included today). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name.
You will start to head into 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, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy another wine tasting.
After an enthralling day in the countryside you will travel to your hotel in Cape Town.
Please note: Alternative estates may be visited over weekends and public holidays. Today includes: 3 x wine tastings (time permitting) and lunch.
The Portswood, on the V & A Waterfront, was constructed around the original holding cells for prisoners bound for Robben Island. Surrounded by the vibrant bustle of city life and with the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop, the hotel consists of 103 comfortable rooms and suites. Décor is contemporary, with a subtle nautical theme running throughout. Cape Malay cuisine is served in the tasteful main restaurant or enjoy light meals on the terrace. The crystal waters of the courtyard pool invite guests to cool off in style, and gym facilities are available for use at the adjacent sister hotel, The Commodore. Restaurants, pubs and activities are a stroll away from the Portswood.
Day 11 – Cape Town
Today you will embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island (at own expense). From here you will drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular (optional and at own expense) to get to the top of the Peninsula to witness the spectacular views over False Bay. (BL)
After lunch (which is included), continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Then stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel.
Please note: Today includes entrances to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and lunch.
Day 12 – Cape Town
Today you will embark on a half day tour of Cape Town City. The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee is included). (B)
Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City and the Atlantic Seaboard with Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay harbour. In the city itself, stop at the Company Gardens. Enjoy a walk through the garden and a visit to the South African Museum. This is followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through the city centre would also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990. Return to your hotel upon completion of the tour.
Day 13 – Victoria Falls
This morning you will bid farewell to The Mother City and make your way to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Livingstone in Zambia. (B)
Flight: Cape Town to Livingstone – INCLUDED IN COSTING
On arrival at Livingstone Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Victoria Falls (please note that you will be crossing the border).
This afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi Explorer, a luxury catamaran that cruises the Zambezi River. The Zambezi Explorer is the sleekest and largest cruise boat operating on the Zimbabwean side. This modern catamaran lets you enjoy the best of this mighty river, its abundant wildlife and scenic Zambezi sunsets, in comfort and style with seating capacity for 150 passengers spread across three decks.
The Explorer’s Jetty has an attractive setting 4km upstream of the Victoria Falls. The cruise duration is two hours departing in summer (01 August – 30 April) at 16h30 and in winter (01 May – 31 July) at 16h00.
Please note: River usage fee is US$10.00 per person (subject to change without prior notice). Sunset cruise includes: Canapes, local brand drinks and transfers from/to hotel in Victoria Falls town.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is situated on an elevated plateau outside Victoria Falls, bordering the Zambezi National Park. This traditional wood and thatch lodge enjoys stunning views over endless stretches of pristine bush. 72 comfortable rooms have private balconies from which to gaze out over the landscape and waterhole, as the sun dips below the horizon. There are 6 blocks of rooms under thatch and the split central areas are spread over three levels, although a lift is available. The open spaces and contemporary décor create a warm African ambiance, ideal for unwinding whilst absorbing the exquisite vistas. Delicious meals are served in the MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant and bar snacks at the Buffalo Bar.
Day 14 – Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed, is Natures Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon and is 2 hours in duration. You will be accompanied through the rainforest by a qualified guide, who will give a brief history of the Falls and the surrounding flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. Raincoats and camera protective bags are provided when needed. (BD)
Please note: Park fees (rainforest) are US$30.00 per person (subject to change without prior warning). Includes: Transfers from/to hotel in Victoria Falls town and 1 x Park fees.
This evening enjoy a boma dinner, a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people.
Day 15 – Chobe River
Today you will travel to Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different eco systems: the spectacular Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west, the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest and, in-between, the hot dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga. With an elephant population well in excess of 40,000 (reputedly the largest in the world), Chobe’s river and floodplain area ranks among Africa’s premier safari destinations. (BLD)
Chobe Bakwena Lodge is an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River, in the Chobe region. Accommodation consists of 8 rooms, including 1 honeymoon room, 1 family room and 5 treetop chalets. Treetop chalets are elevated 3.5 metres off the ground, on stilts, and accessed via sturdy wooden steps. They have in- and outdoor showers, and a daybed on the deck.
Day 16 – Chobe River
Enjoy activities as offered by the lodge. (BLD)
Day 17 – End of Southern Africa Tour
Today you will be collected from your lodge and transferred to Kasane Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.