Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, strategically situated at the southwestern tip of Africa. The city lies about 60km north of Cape Point, in a natural bowl with the magnificent Table Mountain to the rear and the vast Atlantic Ocean to the front. It has the reputation as being the most laid-back city in the Southern Hemisphere with Capetonians adhering to Africa time, which is somewhat slower than most other major cities. This relaxed atmosphere is attributed to Table Mountain, known to be amongst the most spiritual places on earth. People are drawn towards the mountain and every visitor feels the need to climb up or take the revolving Cable Car to the top. At 1086 metres above sea level, you will see the most dramatic views of the whole of the Cape Peninsula. The city is safer than most on any continent with a bustling street life of shops, cafes and market stalls, as well as street artists.
Upon arrival, your group will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Check-In at 2pm and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Early check in will be subject to availability and at the discretion of the hotel.
Overnight in Cape Town at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction
Day 2: Adventure Begins
This morning after breakfast, transfer to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s
working harbor, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfron
t is the city’s most visited destination, offering a range of exciting activities, diverse cuisine and shopping for the discerning traveler.
This morning, take a tour to Robben Island. Board your boat cruise from the Waterfront to the famous Robben Island – a cruel home of our Nelson Mandela for so many years, it’s a highly charged an emotional moment when you visit the site of this suffering, and realize how far South Africa has come from those days. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, about 12 kilometers from Cape Town, was a place of exile and imprisonment where rulers sent those they regarded as outcasts and troublemakers. Since 1997 Robben Island has been a museum acting as a focal point of South African heritage.
Return to the V & A Waterfront where you will have some free time to enjoy lunch (at own expense).
This afternoon, you will enjoy a half-day orientation tour of Cape Town. You will see iconic buildings, snatches of history, and experiences the uniqueness of this city. Drive past the country’s oldest building, the Castle, and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Our drive continues past the Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge; you will sense the depth of history via their distinctive architecture. Colonial then changes to colorful, as you move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes.
Take the cable car up to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain from where you will be able to see to the end of the world, including the city and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa.
Return to the hotel after the tour.
After breakfast, you will take a full day Peninsula Tour.
The Fairest Cape….and it surely is! You’ll soon see for yourself where and why it earned its name. Sit back and relax, we’re going to drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as the Millionaire’s Paradise – from Camps Bay and Clifton to the exclusive beach of Llandundno – towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. A seal island cruise is included. Back on terra ferma, we wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views, before arriving at the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. Once at the Cape Point, you will have time to explore. Take a ride up on the funicular for magnificent views (funicular ticket is included).
We meander back along the coast towards the city, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town where you will enjoy lunch at Bertha’s Restaurant.
Continue on to visit the enduring African penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach.
Return to your hotel after the tour.
Day 4: Optional Whale OR Wine Tour
After breakfast, the day is at leisure or take one of the suggested optional tours.
OPTIONAL TOUR: FULL DAY WHALES TOUR
NET USD $125 PER PERSON
Minimum 4 persons; must be pre-booked.
After breakfast, drive along the coast to the fishing village of Hermanus, lapping up the glorious ocean view, eyes peeled for the southern right whales at play. These massive mammals breaching are an awe-inspiring sight. Hermanus has been recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world and there are several land based view points from where you may see whales even as close as 5 meters from the shore.
We continue to the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven & Earth) valley to visit a boutique winery to sample some wines of outstanding quality. Our return to Cape Town is via the pretty apple-growing region of Elgin, then wind our way through Sir Lowry’s Pass with spectacular views and back into the Mother City.
OPTIONAL TOUR: FULL DAY WINESLAND TOUR
NET USD $125 PER PERSON
Minimum 4 persons; must be pre-booked.
Visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek; and the charming university town of Stellenbosch. Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honor the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries.
On arrival, take a walking tour of this town, followed by a cellar tour and wine tasting at a Franschhoek wine estate.
Transfer to Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch is a university town surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa's Dutch colonial history.
On arrival, transfer to a wine estate where you will have a wine tasting and have some free time to enjoy lunch (at own expense).
After lunch, you will take an orientation tour of Stellenbosch before returning to your hotel in Cape Town
Day 5: Sabi River Sun Resort
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Kruger - Mpumalanga.
(This Flight is included in your package)
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy Dinner at the hotel.
Day 6: Kruger National Park
Today you will enjoy a full day of game viewing in the park in an open vehicle.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. There are approximately 147 mammal species here, including the `Big 5': lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino (black & white).
A safari in an open vehicle at Kruger National Park isn’t to be taken lightly. It’s a privilege beyond imagination, for this, one of the world’s most famous game reserves, is not only vast with a glorious diversity of wildlife and birdlife, it’s also renowned for its ever-changing African landscapes. For photographers, it’s a dream destination, with no fewer than 147 mammals and over 500 species of bird waiting for the click of your camera. Our qualified, experienced field guides know the terrain and the protocol intimately, and their skills, combined with the superb visibility afforded by our specially modified safari vehicles, guarantee a wonderfully wild experience. Kruger is teaming with game, big and small. You may be lucky and spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’ - the exhilaration of seeing wildlife at close range is a truly unforgettable experience!
Return to the hotel after the game drive.
Enjoy Dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast and then check out. Transfer to Johannesburg and traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular scenery. Gasp at the glory of the never-ending Lowveld landscape from the ledge of God's Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, explore the extraordinary rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, one of nature’s most intriguing creations and 3 Rondavels at the legendary Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world.
Later this afternoon, arrive in Johannesburg.
Johannesburg, often referred to as Jo'burg, is South Africa's largest city, the centre of South African commerce and industry as well as the financial capital of Gauteng. Renowned as the City of Gold, Johannesburg is a vibrant city with a vast web of suburbs and townships, with a wealth of things to see and do.
Transfer to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 8: Lesedi Cultural Village
After breakfast, take a tour of the city of Johannesburg. Set off for Constitution Hill, home of South Africa’s architectural marvel, the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison (closed Sundays). Explore the inner city of Johannesburg learning about the gold rush, before exploring the Maboneng Precinct, a wonderful example of urban regeneration of the eastside of Johannesburg.
Return to your hotel via the lush, up market suburb of Houghton.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Later this afternoon, enjoy an amazing cultural experience at the Lesedi Cultural Village, a multi-cultural African village set among pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than one hour's drive from Johannesburg. Situated at Lesedi are a number of different homesteads or traditional villages where a kaleidoscope of African cultures awaits you. Each traditional homestead is inhabited by a family of elders, wives and children. Guest are in for an experience of a lifetime and are introduced to the art, dancing, history, tribal legend and cuisine of five of Southern Africa’s greatest tribes. The cultural experience begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation, followed by a tour of four ethnic homesteads, namely: Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi and Sotho.
After the tour guests are escorted to the boma where they enjoy dinner, and watch the different tribes of Lesedi Cultural Village perform dances and tell stories that date back to the days of their ancestors.
Return to the hotel in Johannesburg for overnight.
Day 9: Depart Johannesburg OR Continue Trip
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls.
(This Flight is included in your package)
The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - the smoke that thunders and the falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The Victoria Falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation.
This afternoon (approximately 4 pm) embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. Guests will have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes even rhino as well as enjoy the many different bird species. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.
Return to the hotel after the cruise.
Day 10: Rain Forest Tour & Boma Dinner
After breakfast the group will take a guided tour of the falls. On the opposite cliff, facing the falls, you can take a well-marked and paved walk through the rain forests. Every so often the path will open out into a clearing for a view of the falls. Further along this path is the Knife Edge Bridge which affords an impressive panorama depending on the time of year. The intense spray provides welcome relief from the heat, but don’t carry anything you don’t want to get wet!
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the beauty of the falls and all of the optional activities available.
This evening, enjoy a Boma Dinner.
The Boma – Place of Eating provides 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. Your group will enjoy a courtesy shuttle to and from The Boma. The Boma Restaurant specializes in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is renowned for its warthog fillet. Tuck into a four-course meal of mouth-watering starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire, a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates with a selection of salads, followed by a choice of delicious desserts. Everyone’s tastes are catered for, and whilst the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews, those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so. Later the evening is filled with entertainment from Amakwezi traditional dancers, to a local story teller and a fortune teller. Don’t rush off after dinner, as you can join in the drumming extravaganza from 9:00pm, which is always a highlight of the evening.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 11: Chobe National Park
This is a sensational full day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Land and water-based game viewing is included.
Your first game sighting is from The Chobe River, teaming with animals, with you sitting securely on board, just off the riverbank, game viewing from the relaxing vantage point of a boat. You’re on the mighty Chobe River which flows through the renowned Chobe National Park providing a haven for herds of grazing animals and bird life. Just sit back, relax, and keep those binoculars handy. Watch this glorious scene unfolding itself, large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest frolicking calves, kicking up dust as they wait their turn at the water’s edge to drink. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the banks of the river, mouths agape, teeth terrifying. Glorious birdlife, wonderful game, and the gentle rocking of the riverboat.
When we disembark, we join our open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe Game Reserve with the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife, followed by a gorgeous lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge overlooking the Chobe River.
Return to your hotel after the tour.
Transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your departing flight.
Check out time: 11am. Late check out is not included.