South Africa and Victoria Falls

Our 11 day South Africa and Victoria Falls tour takes us on a breathtaking journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town and includes the Kruger National Park.

Price: From USD

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dullstroom Birds of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre
  • Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Panning for Gold
  • Visit to Shangana Cultural Village
  • Sunrise Safari
  • Game Drives
  • Victoria Falls
  • Elephant Back Safari OR Lion Walk OR 12/13 min helicopter flight over The Falls
  • Table Mountain (dependant on weather conditions)
  • Cape Town City Tour
  • An afternoon game drive with a sundowner break
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Johannesburg, South Africa/Cape Town, South Africa
DEPARTURE TIME 08h00
DURATION 11 days/10 nights
ACCOMMODATION Guest Houses, 3 – 4 star, KNP self-catering or luxury tents, The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town.  Accommodation in Victoria Falls will be Pamusha Lodge, Zimbabwe or similar.
INCLUDED Entrance fees National Park fees
Meals as per itinerary Transport
Driver/guide Air Transfers
NOT INCLUDED International flights Airport departure taxes
Departure transfer Visas
Meals unless otherwise stated Travel Insurance
Laundry Gratuities
Items of a personal nature

 

Optional Activities – Excursions include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge or abseil down the Batoka Gorge. All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra-light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class.

Day 1

We depart Johannesburg early, from where the tour travels east through the rolling hills of Mpumalanga to the village of Dullstroom, noted for its clear streams and trout fly fishing, lakes and breathtaking scenery. We visit the Dullstroom Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre.

Day 2
One breathtaking view after another – that’s South Africa’s famous Panorama Route, where you’ll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon. Scenic landmarks like God’s Window, Wonder View, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondawels, the awe-inspiring Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls.
Day 3
The gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest gives you the chance to relive the 1873 gold rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty where you can try your hand at panning for gold. Other places we visit in Pilgrims Rest is the House Museum, Printing Museum and The War Memorial.
Day 4
The Shangana Cultural Village is also a good place to get a sense of the cultural traditions of the local Shangaan community as well as enjoy an excellent lunch. The tour follows a winding path through fields and bush to the kraal, where a family lives. You’ll also meet a sangoma and learn about traditional remedies. Travel through Hazyview to Kruger National Park.
Day 5
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest protected area and home not only to the Big Five, but also to a host of other mammals, birds, reptiles and antelope. A sunset game drive is arranged for this evening.
Day 6
A sunrise safari is conducted by an experienced guide. You can look forward to seeing big cats like lion, leopard and cheetah, small cats like caracal, serval and African wildcat and other predators like hyena, wild dog and jackal. Spotting any of these creatures – even for a second – will make your trip to the park entirely worth it. During the late afternoon, guests embark on a night safari with a Kruger Park ranger.
Day 7 & 8
Guests board a flight to Victoria Falls.  Day 7 and 8 will include a guided tour of The Falls (Zimbabwean side), including transfers.  A dinner cruise on the Zambezi, including transfers, set-menu dinner and local beverages.  One dinner and entertainment at the Boma (place of eating), including transfers.  A choice of an Elephant Back Safari OR a Lion Walk OR a 12/13 min helicopter flight over The Falls.
Day 9
Depending on the time of the flight, you can spend some time relaxing or enjoying some of the optional activities.  Guests are transported to the airport for the flight to Cape Town.

On arrival at the Cape Town airport you will be met by one of our representatives who will take you to The Commodore Hotel, which is ideally situated at the V & A Waterfront. The Waterfront is almost a destination on its own and offers loads of entertainment, different restaurants and shopping. Robben Island tours as well as boat cruises also depart from here.

One of the highlights of visiting South Africa is undoubtedly going up Table Mountain! Since the weather on the mountain can change at the drop of a hat, you should visit the mountain immediately on arrival in Cape Town if it is open, although we have a scheduled visit to the mountain on tomorrow’s tour. Tickets for the cable way are not included in the price, since we cannot guarantee that you will be able to go up. These tickets can be bought at the ticketing office at the mountain and the hotel concierge can arrange a cab to take you there. The cable way return ticket price is currently R225 – R250 per adult (see http://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/rates).

(Breakfast included)

Day 10

This morning we explore the city of Cape Town! The Mother City is steeped in history, culture and scenic wonders, and offers an abundance of things to see and do. A half day tour gives you an introduction to experience the city and its attractions.

To get a taste of the thriving center of the Mother City, in the shelter of Table Mountain, a Cape Town city tour is not to be missed. Here you will find a number of the Cape’s top attractions, from the imposing Castle of Good Hope to the colorful cottages of the Bo Kaap, the bustling Green Market Square, the South African Museum, the beautiful Company Gardens and plenty more to see. With an experienced and knowledgeable guide, and from the comfort of a climate controlled vehicle, you will be able to learn more about the Cape Town

CBD and its surrounds, in a city tour that is sure to leave you with plenty of memories and photographs of this part of the Cape.

  • Ticket for the cable way to Table Mountain is not included as this activity is weather dependent. If the weather is not good for the mountain we will drive to Tableview for a “postcard view” of Table Mountain.

Note that the order of these activities may be changed around due to weather conditions.

Leaving the city behind, you start an awe-inspiring tour of the Cape Peninsula to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breath-taking 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, weather permitting) (not included 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.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), 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 a new information centre.

 (Breakfast included)

Day 11

This morning you go on a tour of the Wine Region. You will need to check out of your room prior to departing on your tour, but may have time to return to the hotel depending on your onward flight details.

From here we take a delightful drive winding its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb vineyards and past Cape Dutch homesteads 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 Zevenwacht Wine Estate.

Let yourself be guided around the stunning wine cellars of this old established estate, feeling the passion of the winemakers and understanding the process that goes behind turning a grapevine field into a sumptuous wine. Treat yourself to a tasting of the estate’s finest wines and cheeses. We enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the historical building of Stellenbosch. The town of Stellenbosch is a small but very vibrant town with a very famous university and numerous activities such a wine cellar tours and tastings. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy the region’s wonderful vintages after your visit.

Our last stop for the day is at the Marianne Wine Estate. Marianne Wine Estate is situated at the foothill of the Simonsberg outside the town of Stellenbosch. Be welcomed for a unique wine experience in a superb environment. Taste the wine and discover their French savoirfaire.

  • Wine estates might change due to availability and guides preference.

Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 13:30. (Depending on your onward flight details, you may have to go directly to the airport rather than returning to Cape Town).

(Breakfast included)

View of the ocean on the South Africa and Victoria Falls tour
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Victoria Falls Tour
Elephant in South Africa and Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls Tour
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Victoria Falls Tour
Victoria Falls Tour
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Mist rising up from the Victoria Falls
Beautiful green vegetation of the rainforest at Victoria Falls
The rain from the shadow of the Victoria Falls supports the development of a rich and diverse plant community
The Coomodore Hotel Dining
Commodore on South Africa and Victoria Falls Tour
South Africa and Victoria Falls tour

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