Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana

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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, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. 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 ...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • 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 falls
    • Botswana: Three game activities in Chobe National Park; three game activities in the Okavango Delta including a mokoro excursionBottled 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, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. 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. Once you’ve seen the “Big 5,” turn your attention to the rare few! Wild dogs, elephants swimming, and the not-so-sweet honey badger are just a few of the unique sights in Botswana. One of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta regions are brimming with fascinating wildlife.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
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Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural


  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • South Africa


  • Cape Town
  • Chobe National Park
  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Okavango Delta
  • Victoria Falls


  • Culture

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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.



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...


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...


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


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


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 dri...


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 ...


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...


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.




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.




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.


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


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...


Brilliant Botswana Transfer by road to the Chobe National Park area. Board an afternoon river cruise on the Chobe River for game viewing.



Day 13: CHOBE

Where the Wild Things Are Morning and afternoon game activities: choice of game drive in Chobe National Park or boat excursion on the Chobe River. Enjoy time at your lodge during the heat of the day.



Dynamic Delta Fly to the Okavango Delta—one of Africa’s greatest safari areas and the largest inland delta in the world. This vast area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland. Game-viewing activities range from mo...


Exhilarating Encounters Take your choice of morning and/or afternoon game activities with time to enjoy camp amenities in between.


TOUR HIGHLIGHT A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT Glide quietly through narrow river channels of the Okavango ...


Safe travels until we meet again! Fly to Johannesburg (via Maun) where your tour ends at the airport. Schedule departing flights after 7 pm.



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