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Southern Africa Explorer - 11 days from $3,149

Southern Africa Explorer - 11 days from $3,149

Purpose: Safari, Wildlife, Ecology, Adventure
No. of days: 11 days - 10 nighta
First & Last Cities: South Africa – Zimbabwe - Botswana
Other cities: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Dutch Country, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Chobe Riverfront
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South Africa: This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including Sweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game.


Day 1: Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Cape Town. The rest of the day is free to rest from the long trip and recuperate a little of your jet leg. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2: Cape Town – Table Mountain

After breakfast pick up for morning half-day Cape Town City and Table Mountain tour. Take a ride up the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (weather permitting) to get to the summit of Table Mountain from where, on clear day, you get spectacular views of the City, its Waterfront, Camps Bay, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains to the East and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula all the way down to Cape Point to the south. After descending the mountain, you will depart on a tour of the “Mother City” taking in Signal Hill – where the Noon Day Gun is fired at midday, every day except Sunday – through the colorful Bo-Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter, past the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and South African Cultural History Museum and a visit to V&A Waterfront. Rest of day at leisure and overnight at the hotel. [B]  

Day 3: Cape Town – Cape of Good Hope

Enjoy a full day tour of Cape Point. Flank the cold Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay and enjoy a half hour cruise to Seal Island. Then continue on to Cape Point and reach the Cape of Good Hope, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The Flying Dutchman funicular takes visitors at Cape Point up to the lighthouse, where there is an outstanding view of the point and ocean. The funicular is named after a ghost ship whose destiny it is to sail the oceans forever. This is the real Cape Point, the southern most point on the peninsula and a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys. Afternoon visit to the Penguins at Boulders Beach and, then, continue to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that showcases some of the Cape’s rich flora and is rated as the seventh best of its kind in the world. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B]

Day 4: Cape Town - Winelands

Depart for a Winelands tour and start by enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Winelands. After stop at the Afrikaans Language Monument continue to Stellenbosh, a blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town center allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores. This is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates. The town named Franschoek, meaning “French Corner” as it was founded by French Huguenots settlers, has a fascinating heritage showcased at the Huguenot Memorial Museum. After the visit return to Cape Town for overnight at the hotel. [B]

Day 5: Cape Town, Johannesburg

After the morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport to board your flight to Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure and overnight at the hotel. [B]

Day 6: Johannesburg

After breakfast leave for a tour of Soweto beginning with a visit of the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. Then we continue to Soweto, the town known for its devastating riots. On 16 June 1976 what began as a peaceful march in the name of educational reforms turned to chaos when police troops responded to the demonstrating students with a barrage of live bullets and teargas. One of the most tragic casualties of this debacle was 13-year-old Hector Pieterson, who was killed when he was caught in the crossfire. The Hector Museum, located close to the site of his death, was built to commemorate his untimely passing and the events that ultimately caused it. Then continue past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum. Return to hotel. [B]


Zimbabwe: A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of balance, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable


Day 7: Johannesburg, Victoria Falls

Depart for Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will be collected for sunset cruise on the Zambezi River aboard the Zambezi Explorer, a three-deck luxury vessel where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B]

Day 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being picked-up for a morning guided tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwean side. The rest of day is at leisure so you may enjoy optional activities. A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. This tour is extremely informative and ends with a visit to the local art and crafts center. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B]


Botswana: Despite recent and surprisingly rapid modernization, Botswana’s cities provide little in the way of tourist attractions. However, what the cities lack in excitement, the surrounding wilderness areas more than make up for in outstanding natural beauty. One of the country’s primary tourist attractions is the remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world. Chobe Riverfront is located close to the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.


Day 9: Chobe Riverfront

After breakfast at the hotel be ready for your transfer from Victoria Falls to Cresta Mowana where you will be staying for 3 days. All meals and safari drives are included in your stay. Take full advantage of a wealth of wildlife when you embark upon exhilarating game drives in the Chobe National Park. The national park is famed for it’s large elephant herds and has some of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent. [B/L/D]

Day 10: Chobe River Front

The Chobe region is teeming with wildlife, and is, as such, a safari-lover’s Mecca. There are over 75 species of mammals in the area, including tens of thousands of elephants in the adjacent Chobe National Park. To take full advantage of this incredible wealth of game, enjoy guided game drives whilst staying at the resort. The game drives are led by experienced and qualified guides in an open safari vehicle. The game drive is also the ideal opportunity to capture the African wilderness in what is sure to be spectacular photographs during regular sightings of giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and bushbuck. As an accompaniment to your game drive, step out onto a reliable boat that graciously explores the Chobe River and introduces guests to the various animals and bird species that frequent it. Better yet, go on a river boat cruise at either sunrise or sunset to witness the sheer beauty of the African sky as it gradually changes color. [B/L/D]

Day 11: Chobe Riverfront, Kasane, USA

Depending on your flight you may have a last chance at a game drive. If time permits have lunch at the resort. At the appointed time transfer to Kasane Airport for a flight to Johannesburg Airport to connect with your flight back home. [B/L]

[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



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