Splendid South Africa & Victoria Falls

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Embark on an adventure that will take you through all of the diverse aspects of South Africa. Start in Cape Town, a thriving city with beautiful coastal views as well as a gorgeous mountaintop that looks over the entire cape. Enjoy three tours leading through the city, exploring the variety of sights and wines throughout all of Cape Town,  as well as gardens ...


Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Cape Peninsula Tour (full-day)
    • Winelands Tour (Full-Day)
    • Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour (Half-Day)
    • Zambezi River sunset cruise

What's this trip about?

    Embark on an adventure that will take you through all of the diverse aspects of South Africa. Start in Cape Town, a thriving city with beautiful coastal views as well as a gorgeous mountaintop that looks over the entire cape. Enjoy three tours leading through the city, exploring the variety of sights and wines throughout all of Cape Town,  as well as gardens to wander through and the trek up Table Mountain. Take a flight from there to Thornybush Game Reserve, a private game drive stocked with the Big Five: African lions, African elephants, African leopards, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. Have your camera prepared as you go on twice-daily excursions to see the wild animals of South Africa. From there, you will spend a night in Johannesburg and then move on to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Once in Victoria Falls, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, tours through the picturesque city, and lively meals with traditional singing, dancing, performances, and interactive customs. Helpful links for travel to South Africa: Visa & Passport Info Vaccines & Medications Info Traveling with children


Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CitySouth Africa
End CityVictoria Falls

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Safari


  • Africa
  • South Africa


  • Johannesburg
  • Table Mountain
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River


  • Adventure & Adrenaline
  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Wine Tasting

Trip includes

    • Roundtrip economy class airfare into Cape Town (CPT), out of Johannesburg (JNB)
    • All airport and inter-city transfers
    • 4 nights in Cape Town at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, or similar
    • Cape Peninsula Tour (full-day)
    • Winelands Tour (full-day)
    • Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour (half-day)
    • One-way economy class flight from Cape Town (CPT) to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
    • 3 nights in the Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park) at Waterbuck Lodge, or similar Lunch and dinner daily while at Thornybush Game Reserve
    • Twice-daily safari drives while at Thornybush Game Reserve One-way economy class flight from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) to Johannesburg (JNB)
    • 1 night in Johannesburg at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch, or similar
    • One-way economy class flight from Johannesburg (JNB) to Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)
    • 2 nights in the Victoria Falls area (Zimbabwe) at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, or similar Zambezi River sunset cruise
    • Dinner at Makuw-Kuwa Restaurant
    • Guided Victoria Falls tour
    • Lunch at Vulture Culture Restaurant
    • Boma dinner at safari lodge One-way economy class flight from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) to Johannesburg (JNB)
    • Breakfast daily


Day 1 Welcome to South Africa!

Touchdown in Cape Town International Airport where you will be met with a transfer to your hotel. The day is yours to spend at leisure, exploring the beautiful surrounding city. You could wander through the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront watching whal...

Day 2 Cape Town

Make sure you indulge in your breakfast, because today's to-do list is encompassed by a full-day scenic tour of the Cape Peninsula. Walk along Boulders Beach, experience Chapman's Peak, find the edge at Cape Point, and more. Explore the diversity of Cape Town on this beautiful tour.

Day 3 Cape Town

Spend today sipping wine and walking in famous footsteps. Enjoy a Winelands tour as you taste wine from the Paarl Wine Region, enjoy a brief city tour of scenic Franschhoek that includes wine tasting and a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison that once held Nels...

Day 4 Cape Town

Spend half the day on a beautiful City and Table Mountain Tour. Enjoy the most famous views from Table Mountain, see one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and enjoy a leisurely ride back down from the flat-topped mountain. Then, you get to take a scenic drive along the coast to Company Gardens, where you'll have the chance to take a walk through.

Day 5 Cape Town - Thornybush Game Reserve

Rise early to meet your transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for your flight into Hoedspruit Airport for the next part of your vacation, which is going to get a bit wild. Check in at your accommodation in the Thornybush Game Reserve to embark on safari adventures. Make sure your camera is ready, the complete set of the Big Five roam among this park.

Day 6 Thornybush Game Reserve

Enjoy safari drives twice a day and get a first hand encounter with the wild animals within the game reserve. Keep a sharp eye out for lions, elephants, rhino, leopard, and buffalo. All of these and more call the game reserve home.

Day 7 Thornybush Game Reserve

Another day of safari adventuring awaits. Multitudes of bird species wander through the game reserve, as well as wildebeest, zebra, hippo, and more. This private reserve has an excellent stock of animals, and reliable waterholes that make for an exciting animal-spotting experience.

Day 8 Thornybush Game Reserve - Johannesburg

Take your last chance for a safari game drive, have a quick breakfast and then you're off on a flight to Johannesburg. Touch down and check into your hotel. Maybe you'll want to turn in early for the adventures that await, but you could explore the nightlife of Johannesburg while you've got the chance.

Day 9 Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Rise early for another flight to Victoria Falls Airport. Upon touchdown, check into your lodge and begin your journey through this beautiful area. You get to go on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, and then enjoy dinner at Makuw-Kuwa Restaurant.

Day 10 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Sleep in a bit and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then it's time for your tour through Victoria Falls. In the evening, enjoy a very special Boma dinner at the lodge, complete with traditional singing, dancing, drummers, and more.

Day 11 Depart Victoria Falls!

Bid Africa goodbye and spend the morning your way, either relaxing and packing, or picking up last minute souvenirs. Take your transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport and fly to Johannesburg for your next flight home.

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