Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls

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Want the lion’s share of captivating cities, private game reserves, natural wonders, and wondrous wildlife? Point your compass south for the diverse and enchanting sights of South Africa and Zimbabwe. The glorious panoramas from Cape Town’s Table Mountain and the candy-hued streets of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood set the stage for the sweet sights to come. Six o...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Cape town: Guided walking tour of Cape Town’s highlights and the colorful Bo-Kaap area; visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, Cape Point Nature Reserve, and a colony of African penguins; cable-car ride up Table Mountain; funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse
    • Kapama private game reserve: Six game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover; optional bush walk; sundowner drinks
    • Johannesburg: Guided tour of Soweto, including Mandela House; visit the Apartheid Museum
    • Victoria falls: Cruise on Zambezi River; guided walk of the fallsBottled Water Included on all game drives
    • This South Africa tour—from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime
    • Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world

What's this trip about?

    Want the lion’s share of captivating cities, private game reserves, natural wonders, and wondrous wildlife? Point your compass south for the diverse and enchanting sights of South Africa and Zimbabwe. The glorious panoramas from Cape Town’s Table Mountain and the candy-hued streets of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood set the stage for the sweet sights to come. Six open-air private game reserve drives near Kruger National Park offer a fascinating glimpse of up to 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—before branching out in Johannesburg. Here, you’ll explore Soweto, the city’s largest township, including the former home of Nelson Mandela and the significant sites of the anti-apartheid movement. Your South Africa vacation crescendos at Victoria Falls, called Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) on the Zambezi River. Twice the height of Niagara Falls, this breathtaking waterfall spanning the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia offers twice the photo ops.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
End CityVICTORIA FALLS–JOHANNESBURG

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
  • South Africa

Attractions

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Victoria Falls

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Motherly Love Welcome to Cape Town, commonly referred to as the “Mother City” by locals, as it was home to the first European settlement in South Africa. Hotel check-in is available mid-afternoon.

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Day 2: CAPE TOWN

City Sights & Soaring Heights Start at the Grand Parade to see the Castle of Good Hope and City Hall. Walk to see more of Cape Town’s landmarks including St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and The Company’s Garden. Then, explore the [LF] Bo-Kaap neighborhood, al...

Day 3: CAPE TOWN–CAPE PENINSULA EXCURSION

Rocky Coast & Beach Life Take a scenic drive along stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope before arriving at Cape Point. Ride a funicular to the steps of the old lighthouse with panoramic views of the At...

Day 4: CAPE TOWN

Free to Wander Full day at leisure for your own discoveries in this beautiful city.

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FREE TIME TIPS EXPLORE MORE Today, consider exploring the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape Winelands for wine tasti...

Day 5: CAPE TOWN–HOEDSPRUIT–MAKALALI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)

Operation Safari Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Makalali Private Game Reserve. Arrive in the home to an abundance of wildlife including the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Climb aboard your custom safari vehicle for an afternoon game driv...

Day 6: MAKALALI (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)

Makalali Magic Rise early for coffee and tea before your morning game drive. Keep an eye out for big cats after their night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Return for breakfast ...

Day 7: MAKALALI (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)

Spotting Skills Sharpen your game-spotting skills on your morning and afternoon game drives. Watch for African buffalo, reintroduced to the area after an absence of more than 50 years, reuniting the “Big Five” to roam freely in the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve. (Br...

Day 8: MAKALALI–HOEDSPRUIT–JOHANNESBURG

A Jaunt to Joburg Enjoy a final game drive this morning before boarding your flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg. Free time late afternoon and evening.

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Day 9: JOHANNESBURG

From the Dark Enters Light Guided sightseeing includes a visit to [LF] Soweto (Southwestern Township) and Constitution Hill, a museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy.

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LOCAL FAVORITE A BEACON OF LIGHT Soweto,...

Day 10: JOHANNESBURG–VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Zoom to Zimbabwe & Sunset Sensations Fly to Zimbabwe and transfer to your hotel. Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHT THE RIVER WILD Transfer to the Zambezi River’s edge...

Day 11: VICTORIA FALLS

Smoke on the Water Take a guided walk at Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), as the locals call it, due to the clouds of mist produced by the cascading cataracts. Learn about the history of the falls and fascinating facts about the local flora...

Day 12: VICTORIA FALLS–JOHANNESBURG

Safe travels until we meet again! Fly to Johannesburg. Schedule departing flights after 7:30 pm.

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Southern Sun The CullinanSouthern Sun The Cullinan offers travelers easy access to all that Cape Town has to offer including the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent décor creates a mood that is a world away from home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.Cape TownSouth Africa1 Cullinan StreetMakalali Main LodgeMakalali Main Lodge is a newly built lodge located in Makalali Private Game Reserve. Enjoy the luxury of air-conditioned rooms with comfortable interiors of classic leather and wood furnishings. The central area is designed with rustic features that effortlessly bring outside elements indoors. The outside area is distinctively designed around the natural surrounds, with a spacious deck area built around indigenous trees that overlook a watering hole. This is the ideal spot to view wildlife and appreciate the scenery. The large crystal blue rim-flow pool is equally spectacular! Its comfortable chairs and sun-loungers create an inviting ambience. Enjoy an array of African cuisine in main dining area with its distinct fireplace that connects the bar lounge and dining area. Kruger National Park AreaSouth AfricaMakalali Private Game ReserveSandton SunBuilt in 1984, the hotel is every inch a grand property, offering guests the ultimate "red carpet experience". This is punctuated by staff who strive to provide superb VIP treatment for all who pass through the doors. Situated in Sandton, the heart of Johannesburg's new Central Business District, guests are perfectly located within easy reach of the city's finest entertainment and leisure amenities.JohannesburgSouth AfricaCorner Fifth and Alice StreetsIlala LodgeIlala Lodge provides distinguished accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is the closest to Victoria Falls as well as the town center. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.Victoria FallsZimbabwe411 Livingstone Way,

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