Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
Indulge yourself in the best Southern Africa has to offer on this private 24-day itinerary which has been hand crafted by our Africa experts to maximise your experiences and comfort at an attractive price. Travelling through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, you will go on safari in 3 different game reserves, visit Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River, and wind down in Cape Town and the scenic Winelands. Combining luxury accommodation and warm African hospitality with spectacular wildlife viewing, cultural visits, and scenery, this itinerary provides everything you need for the holiday of a lifetime!
Day 1 - Johannesburg
On arrival at Johannesburg Airport make your way to the hotel shuttle bus area where you will find the courtesy shuttle bus to your hotel at the Emperor’s Palace Complex. The bus operates every 20 minutes from 06h00 until 23h00.
The 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The hotel features 192 beautifully designed and impeccably appointed rooms and suites that are fitted with plush, state-of-the-art facilities. All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and the convenience of 24-hour room service. Guests can dine at the elegant Aurelia’s Restaurant, absorb the gentle strains of the piano in the Aurelia’s Lounge and Cocktail Bar, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset from a lounger in the manicured and terraced gardens of the hotel.
Day 2 - Kapama Private Game Reserve
This morning after breakfast take the courtesy airport shuttle bus back to Johannesburg Airport for your onward flight to Hoedspruit. (BLD)
Direct flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (not included in package price).
On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport you will be met and transferred to your lodge.
Southern Camp is the proud new addition to the Kapama Private Game Reserve family, and is situated in the south of the Big Five game reserve. It offers luxury game lodge accommodation, warm hospitality and friendly service in a tranquil setting that will be savoured by even the most discerning nature lover. The suites at Southern Camp have full en-suite bathrooms with picture windows to enjoy the surrounding scenery and birdlife. Private patios offer the opportunity to enjoy relaxing sundowners, while game watching at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are served in the elegant, open-sided dining room, which offers an enchanting dining experience. The traditional outdoor boma is the favoured setting for dinner, weather permitting. Illuminated by firelight and starry skies, diners will enjoy diverse and tasteful cuisine conjured by chefs right before them. Open fires are often used for cooking too, in true African style.
Day 3 to Day 4 - Kapama Private Game Reserve
Two full days spent game viewing in the Kapama Private Game Reserve. (BLD)
Day 5 - Zambezi National Park
After an early breakfast you will be met and transferred approximately 2 hours to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for your onward flight to Livingstone. (BLD)
Direct flight from Kruger Mpumalanga to Livingstone (not included in package price).
On arrival at Livingstone Airport you will be met and transferred through the Zimbabwe border and on to your lodge located upstream of Victoria Falls along the Zambezi River. Stay 3 nights at Zambezi Sands River Camp, including all meals, local brand drinks, laundry, park fees, 1 return shuttle to Victoria Falls town, guided tour of Victoria Falls, game viewing activities (game drives, bush walks and boat safaris), canoeing, fishing, sundowner river cruises, and local village visits.
The newly opened Zambezi Sands River Camp is situated within the western area of the Zambezi National Park on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls. Zambezi Sands is unique in that it features not only the Zambezi River, glorious wildlife and scenery, but is also close to the Victoria Falls. Five of the luxury tents overlook the gurgling rapids and the other three nestle quietly on a small tributary that oozes charm and quietude. Spacious and comfortable, the Bedouin style tents command breathtaking views of the river! Al fresco showers and private plunge pools add the special touches to each luxury suite. Elephants can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands. Lions can be heard calling at night and the birdlife is prolific – African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all occur here. In-house activities include game drives, game walks, fishing, canoeing and island picnics.
Day 6 to Day 7 - Zambezi National Park / Victoria Falls
Two full days spent game viewing in Zambezi National Park and visiting Victoria Falls. (BLD)
Day 8 - Hwange National Park (South East)
After a bush breakfast, transfer by road to the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park and then take the Elephant Express rail car on a slow ride, game viewing along the way, to Bomani Tented Camp for a three night stay. This afternoon enjoy a game drive with safari sundowners and snacks. (BLD)
A truly wild experience awaits guests at Bomani, situated on the edge of the very remote south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park in the Ngamo plain. The lodge comprises 9 deluxe en suite safari tents and a thatched chalet. Many game viewing activities are provided: game drives, game walks, as well as the unique ‘pump run’, a visit to most remote waterholes within the national park in order to service them and ensure that wildlife gets the water it needs. Wildlife is also heavily present around the lodge itself and dining under the stars with Sunset at the Bomani Tented Lodge, Zimbabwe the elephants only metres away is a unique feature of Bomani. In true Imvelo style, interaction with the local communities (tangibly supported by the group over the years) within the Tsholotsho Communal Area is part of the overall experience.
Day 9 to Day 10 - Hwange National Park (South East)
Days are spent on game drives in the park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe. (BLD)
Day 11 - Hwange National Park (North West)
Take the Elephant Express rail car this morning and then transfer to Nehimba Lodge, in the north west of Hwange, and overnight. This area of the park is famed for its large elephant herds and variety of wildlife. After dinner take a night drive around the concession. (BLD)
Deep inside a private concession, nestled inside the remote northern region of Hwange National Park, hides Nehimba Lodge. By combining luxury living with ultimate elegance and lashings of African charm, this Lodge is designed to create the most exceptional safari experiences. The Main guest area and 7 spacious guest rooms are thatched tents built on teak decks, overlooking the magnificent lodge pan – a favoured spot frequented by a variety of wildlife and large numbers of elephants, particularly in the dry season.
Day 12 to Day 13 - Hwange National Park (North West)
Spend time on game drives and walks, exploring this beautiful part of the park. The north is distinctly different from the southern part both in topography, habitats and species of wildlife. (BLD)
Day 14 - Kazuma Forest Reserve
After breakfast you will be transferred through the Botswana border and on to your camp in the Kazuma Forest Reserve bordering Chobe National Park. (BLD)
With over 4000 square kilometres of private traversing concession in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, Camp Kuzuma offers an incredible and unforgettable African wilderness experience. Guests can enjoy spacious accommodation, delectable food, rejuvenating wellness treatments and exhilarating explorations on land or water. The natural plant life at Camp Kuzuma is carefully preserved by elevated wooden walkways that connect the 5 Luxury Tented Suites to the main guest areas. The main lodge area, built under a large canvas tent, is home to an open plan bar, lounge and dining area. The main area extends onto a large wooden deck with a sparkling swimming pool that overlooks a floodlit waterhole that is frequently visited by an abundance of wildlife including elephant and lion.
Day 15 to Day 17 - Kazuma Forest Reserve
Three full days spent game viewing in the Kazuma Forest Reserve (bordering Chobe National Park). Your stay also includes one complimentary 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River! (BLD)
Day 18 - Cape Town
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Kasane Airport for your onward flights to Cape Town, via Johannesburg. (B)
Flight from Kasane to Cape Town (via Johannesburg) (not included in package price).
On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The Queen Victoria Hotel is a unique five-star boutique hotel set apart by the attention to detail given by the creative team responsible for its development, who achieved this through their unwavering passion for awe-inspiring design. From the creative brief of ‘where classic elegance meets contemporary design’, every effort has been made to ensure that the 35-room Queen Victoria Hotel is a haven of calm, luxury and understated opulence amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront.
Day 19 - Cape Town
Spend the morning at leisure. At 13h00 you will be collected for your Half-day City and Table Mountain Tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today. Table Mountain ticket excluded (as weather permitting). (B)
You will return to the hotel around 17h30.
Day 20 - Cape Town
At 08h30 this morning you will be collected for your Full-day Cape Point and Peninsular Tour. This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point. This tour includes visits to:
• Atlantic Seaboard – Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles
• Hout Bay harbour (optional boat trip to Seal Island)
• Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve & Cape Point
• Lunch at seaside restaurant (payable locally)
• Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony
• Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
You will return to the hotel around 17h30. (B)
Day 21 - Cape Town
Full day at leisure to enjoy exploring Cape Town. (B)
Day 22 - Franschhoek
After breakfast this morning, you will be met and transferred approximately 45 minutes to the beautiful town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. (B)
Welcome to Franschhoek Country House, your 5 star hotel accommodation in the heart of the Franschhoek valley complimented by the well-known Monneaux Restaurant and a number of guest services on offer for you to enjoy and indulge in. Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, only 1km from the main town it is an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine. Standard Rooms are located in the original manor house dating back to 1890 with charming rooms all renovated to offer all the expected luxuries and amenities. All en-suite rooms have a small lounge area inside each room together with a private balcony. In addition a separate guest lounge offers guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy a complimentary sherry.
Day 23 - Franschhoek
Full day at leisure to enjoy exploring Franschhoek or wine tasting at the many vineyards nearby. (B)
Day 24 - End of Splendours of Southern Africa Tour
After breakfast this morning you will be met and transferred to Cape Town Airport for your departure 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. The advertised discount has already been applied to the website pricing.