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Discover what Southern Africa has to offer on this 13-Day Journey from South Africa to Botswana. This epic vacation starts in Cape Town considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. For 4 Nights explore the rainbow nation in its full spectrum: beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads – traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets- the smell of spicy Malay cooking – a taste of a well-made wine; best national attractions in South Africa: Table Mountain, either by cable car or manually climbing up routes of varying degrees of difficulty – the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world – a boat ride to Robben Island to learn about the struggle for freedom during the dark apartheid days; shop till you drop at Cavendish, Canal Walk or the Waterfront.

After four magnificent days in Cape Town, fly to the world-renowned Kruger National Park offering outstanding game viewing in a spectacular wilderness setting. Enjoy 4 days of adventure and pampering, with morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks, fishing, star gazing, and a wide range of native animals and birds including the Big 5, antelope, cheetah, and African wild dogs. An expert ranger will be your guide to this incredible wilderness.

After four days of Kruger safari bliss, the next leg of your journey takes you to Victoria Falls. Known as the “Smoke That Thunders”, Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Presenting a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, the Falls are a sight to behold. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, visit the rainforest on the Zimbabwean side, and adrenalin activities for the more adventurous…

Round off your vacation with a stay in a houseboat on the Chobe River in Botswana.

Game viewing by boat is a remarkable experience – see huge herds of elephants come down to drink at the water’s edge as well as other game such as buffalo, giraffe, leopard, lion, kudu, waterbuck, puku, lechwe, impala, and baboons. A land-based cultural tour of a local village is an opportunity to get an insight into the lives of the rural Caprivi Strip inhabitants.
At the end of your cruise, you will be transferred to Kasane Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport.

Summary of your Trip
  • 4 Nights Queen Victoria Hotel (Cape Town) | South Africa
  • 3 Nights Geigers Camp (Timbavati Game Reserve) | South Africa
  • 1 Night Oliver's Restaurant & Lodge, (White River) | South Africa
  • 2 Nights Ilala Lodge Hotel (Victoria Falls) | Zimbabwe
  • 2 Nights Chobe Princesses (Chobe River) | Botswana
Price Includes
  • Car Hire in Cape Town
  • Domestic flight Cape Town to Hoedspruit
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Road transfers To /From Airstrips as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the lodge
  • Refreshments on game drive
  • Conservation levies
  • Wi-Fi
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Premium brands drinks
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotels, lodges or camp
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist in collecting your rental. From there, drive to Queen Victoria Hotel, a luxury hotel located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and within a 5-minute walk of Nobel Square and Two Oceans Aquarium and where classic elegance meets contemporary Design.

A haven of calm, luxury and understated sophistication amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront, the Queen Victoria Hotel offers 35 individually designed luxury rooms. Guests are welcomed into a triple-volume foyer with a dramatic white spiral staircase, glass lift and crystal chandelier. Shades of grey and taupe, marble-clad walls and wooden parquet flooring all contribute to an atmosphere of peace and elegance. Splashes of deep purple add a touch of regal eccentricity as an ode to the historic figure after whom the hotel is named.

The Queen Victoria Hotel offers visitors the opportunity to experience the very essence of outstanding luxury. It is the perfect base from which to explore Mother City.

Its lofty position in a calm, historic neighbourhood makes it the ideal getaway while still providing easy access to a wide range of world-class attractions. Royalty pervades every aspect of the hotel, from the three-story entrance with its majestic spiral staircase and glass elevator to the vast rooms and stunning suites.

The Queen Victoria Hotel is one of the top 25 luxury hotels in South Africa thanks to its stunning architecture, five-star amenities, and friendly staff. This regal hotel lives up to its moniker, and it is definitely a royal retreat for individual travellers and families as well.

Step inside the Queen Victoria Hotel and you will find a sanctuary of tranquillity, elegance, and subtle refinement. White spiral staircases, glass elevators, and crystal chandeliers adorn the three-volume entryway. The combination of grey and taupe shades, marble-clad walls, and wood parquet flooring creates a peaceful and refined ambience. As a tribute to the historical character, the hotel is named after, rich purple accents offer a dash of regal eccentricity.

The rest of the day is at leisure to rest from a long International Flight

Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 - 4Explore Cape Town

The next 3 days are dedicated to exploring Cape Town considered one of Africa’s best destinations. Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town, a city with a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. There is so much to see and do in Cape Town. Below are suggestions of day tours and activities that can partake in during your stay:

– Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain. Visit the top of Table Mountain by cableway, for the
most spectacular views in Africa.

– Full-day Cape Peninsula Tour where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. This is a scenic
drive along the Cape Peninsula with opportunities to see seals at Hout Bay, penguins at
Boulders Beach, baboons at Cape Point, and of course the spectacular coastline and scenery of
the peninsula.

– Cape Winelands Full Day tour to explore one of the most beautiful and famous Winelands
districts in the world and discover top-class wines, and locally produced cheeses. Have a
wine tasting at different wine estates.

– A visit to Robben Island by ferry, to view the prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned,
which is now a museum.

– A guided tour of a local township and District Six, including a visit to a traditional healer.

– Whale-watching day trip to Hermanus (seasonal -June to November)

– Shark Cage Diving in Gangsbai

– Hot Air Balloon flights

– Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

– Shopping, fine dining, and entertainment at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, South
Africa’s most visited destination

Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 5 - 7Cape Town to Kruger National Park

After days of discovering all that cosmopolitan Cape town has to offer, this morning, drop off your hire car at Cape Town Airport and board your flight to Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit).

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Geigers Camp where you will be staying in a luxury Tent with All meals, 2 Games Drives daily, and drinks. Enjoy a refreshing drink while completing the check-in procedures and later settle in your luxury tent,
Geigers Camp, an owner-managed is a small intimate luxury camp with only 4 luxury Tents and is located in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve which lies along the western border of Kruger National Park and shares an unfenced border with the iconic Kruger National Park allowing animals free movements and ensuring that guests have an opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer.

Known for its natural splendour, a wide swathe of the bush, and high density of wildlife – including the Big Five, and over 350 bird species, The Timbavati is home to the elusive white lion and is considered one of South Africa’s premier game viewing destinations.

Guests visiting Geigers Camp will enjoy early dawn and afternoon/evening 4 x 4 game drives. Rangers are allowed to go off-road whenever necessary to get closer to predator sightings, hence creating good photography opportunities.

During the game drives your experienced game ranger and expert local tracker will share their extensive knowledge and love for the African bush with you. Animals and birds in the reserve have become used to having the game drive vehicles in close proximity due to a carefully planned and managed habituation process. This allows us to get really close to them and forms part of the appeal of the Luxury Lodge Safari!

Return to the lodge and there is time to freshen up and meet in the bar for pre-dinner drinks.

Mealtimes are a sociable affair, with dinner served under the stars (weather permitting), inside reed enclosed boma, around a roaring log fire. This is the time to discuss the afternoon sightings as well as tomorrow’s plans with your ranger.

Room Type: Luxury Tent
Meal Basis: All meals, 2 Game drives daily, soft drinks, house wines, local spirits, local beers, teas & coffees & refreshments on game drives

Day 8Scenic full day Panoramic Route

An early morning wake-up call signals the start of a new day in the bush. Enjoy tea or coffee together with muffins and rusks before boarding on your 4 x4 game viewer for one last safari experience in the African bush. Return to the lodge for a healthy breakfast before being collected for your full Day Panoramic Route.

Mpumalanga is a magnificent region, home to South Africa’s most spectacular natural sights.

You might have heard that South Africa is a world-in-one country and today will bear witness to this as we depart after breakfast and visit the breathtaking Panorama Route.

The Panorama route is a beautiful winding road situated on top of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains which is the longest and largest mountain range in South Africa.

Highlights of this day are:
– God’s Window is a beautiful viewpoint on the edge of the mountain range.
– Lisbon Waterfalls and the Berlin Waterfalls are two beautiful falls with interesting histories.
– The Blyde River Canyon is the third-largest canyon in the world and the biggest all-green canyon in the world.
– The quaint, historical mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest
– Pilgrim’s Rest
– Lunch at Harry’s Pancakes on own account
– Bourke’s Luck Potholes is where two rivers meet and a truly spectacular sight

In the late afternoon, you will be dropped in White River at Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge,
an owner-managed boutique hotel located in a secure Country Estate just a few minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Dinner at the hotel on own account.
Overnight at the hotel.

Room Type: Standard room
Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 9 - 10Kruger - Victoria Falls

After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to connect with your flight and fly to Livingstone Airport in Zambia.

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Ilala lodge in Victoria Falls and considered the perfect base from which to explore the “adrenaline Capital” as it is affectionally known.

Enjoy welcome drinks while completing check-in procedures.

Ilala is a family-run hotel in Victoria Falls, situated within walking distance of the mighty Victoria Falls and the town centre. The Lodge offers upmarket accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance and the décor evokes a feeling of adventure and romance.

Victoria Falls has been billed as the Greatest Falling Curtain of Water on this Planet, making it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The Victoria Falls are 1700m wide and are made up of five different “falls”. Four of these are in Zimbabwe and one is in Zambia. They are known as The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls in Zimbabwe and the Eastern Cataract in Zambia.

The hotel grounds are secluded and well-maintained and border the Zambezi National Park
The hotel has a large terrace running along the front of it and the view from here, of the never-ending spray from the Falls, is enchanting. Ilala Lodge is the perfect spot from which to embark on a voyage of discovery in one of Africa’s favourite tourist destinations. Here, historical sites, culinary experimentation, and a host of activities in pristine natural surroundings are within your reach.

Wild animals, such as warthog and impala, often graze on the hotel lawns, and restaurant diners can see and hear the majestic roar of “the smoke that thunders” in the background and enjoy Zimbabwe’s finest a la carte cuisine in The Palm Restaurant, featuring tranquil views and elegant colonial ambiance. A second restaurant, Kubika, will whisk you away on a culinary adventure, serving delicious crocodile, kudu, and ostrich dishes with a Mongolian twist. Your 2-night stay is in a Standard Double room with breakfast included.

Expect lush rain forests, leisure river cruises, bungee jumping, exciting elephant interaction experiences, and a whole lot more wrapped into one unforgettable adventure.

Spend three days exploring the Victoria Falls area. Optional activities (at an additional cost) in the area include the following: Guided tour of Victoria Falls; Zambezi River sunset cruise; Canoeing on the upper Zambezi; Whitewater rafting on the lower Zambezi; Scenic microlight or helicopter flight over the falls; High wire and zip line (flying fox); Giant gorge swing or bungee jumping; Craft markets and local museum and more.

Room Type: Standard Double room
Meal Basis: BB

 

Day 11 - 12Victoria Falls – Chobe River

This morning enjoy breakfast followed by check-out procedures. Then it is cross-border time – Get your passport ready to save time when crossing the Botswana border. You will be picked up for your road transfer to Kasane Immigration to connect with the Chobe Princess Team for onward boat transfer to the cruise.

Enjoy welcome drinks while completing check-in procedures and then settle in your room.

For the following 3 days, enjoy an intimate river safari experience.

As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience. With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat.

Two of our Chobe Princess houseboats have four cabins each: three Standard and one Superior Cabin. The third Princess is larger with five cabins: three Standard and two Superior Cabins – one with a front balcony and the other located on the upper (top) deck.

Your accommodation in a Standard Cabin has beautiful big windows that slide open to let in those ever-changing river views. Listen to the soft grunt of hippo as you watch for an elephant at the water’s edge – all from the comfort of your king-size bed. Cabin interiors have soft tan linens, and a soothing colour scheme of riverine blues and whites that blend with the natural landscape.

Your stay is a Fully Inclusive package that includes the following:

– All meals, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer, and wine
– Guided water-based game viewing and birding
– Guided water-based fishing (all fishing strictly catches and release) *
– Guided (non-professional) water-based photographic safari**
– Guided cultural tour of a local village
– Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe River***
– Boat transfers between the Kasane Immigration Office and Namibia Immigration Office located on the Namibian side of the Chobe River***

The Chobe Princess houseboat itinerary is flexible so while there is a range of activities on offer, you can choose just how much you want to pack into your holiday or how relaxed you want to be. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river? Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? You may even decide to simply remain on board and soak up the spectacular view as the Chobe Princess houseboat glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.

Room Type: Standard Cabin
Meal basis: Fully Inclusive including activities

Day 1Departure

Today is the end of this incredible African journey. After breakfast followed by check out procedures, you will be transferred back to Kasane Immigration Office, to connect with your road transfer to Kasane Airport for onward private arrangements.

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