Best of South Africa to Victoria Falls Safari

13 Nights, 14 Days  •  Any Number of Passengers  • 4 1/2 – 5 Stars

Cape Town – Kruger Private Reserves – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe River Front

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
The Cape Milner Hotel Cape Town B&B 4 Nights
Shiduli Private Game Lodge Kruger Private Reserves FI 3 Nights
Safari Club SA Johannesburg B&B 1 Night
Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 2 Nights
Chobe Marina Lodge Chobe River Front FI 2 Nights
Safari Club SA Johannesburg B&B 1 Night

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
HB+: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Activities
FI: Fully Inclusive

ITINERARY

Day 1: The Cape Milner Hotel, or similar (OS) Cape Town

Cape Town
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Day Itinerary
You will be met on arrival in Cape Town International Airport, and transferred to The Cape Milner Hotel.

Overnight: The Cape Milner Hotel  View iBrochure
The Milner hotel lies cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, South Africa. This exquisite boutique style hotel is comprised of 57 rooms designed to provide complete comfort and relaxation, encompassed in a modern minimalist style. Guests can enjoy a sophisticated and contemporary ambiance complemented by high standards of service. The Milner is situated in close proximity to the city’s center, with the sweeping panorama of Table Mountain, The Glass Lounge, a number of excellent restaurants and bars, trendy Kloof Street and the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are all within convenient access.

 

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town

Day Itinerary
Today we include a Private Half Day City Tour.

Including: Entrance Fee to the SA Museum, Transport, English-speaking driver/guide
Excluding: Lunch, Cable Car, Personal Expenses.

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and colonial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity of excitement. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings of yesteryear to the dazzling modern buildings of today.
The tour commences in the city bowl where we will be visiting the well preserved Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We then move on to lower Long Street where one can do an optional short diamond factory tour. Next we take a trip through the colourful and picturesque Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap. We end the tour with a cable car trip up the legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views of the Mother City and the surrounding peninsula. (Weather permitting; cable car fee not included)

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 3: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town

Day Itinerary
Today we include a Private Full Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour.

Including: Entrance fees to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Entrance fees to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, transport, English-speaking driver/guide
Excluding: Seal Island Boat Trip, Entrance Fee to Boulders Beach, Lunch, Personal Expenses.

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking 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.
The tour commences from 8am. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Here you have the option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal and not included in the cost). We carry on over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve is rich in magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, an historic lighthouse and shipwrecks. After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in the cost), we travel on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. The tour ends at ± 17:30 after a visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 4: The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town

Day Itinerary
Today we include a Private Full Day Winelands Tour.

Including: One Cellar Tour, 3 Wine Tastings, 1 Cheese Tasting, Transport, English-speaking driver/guide
Excluding: Lunch, Additional Wine Tastings, Wine Purchases, Personal Expenses.

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. The tour commences from 8am and we head off to wine-country via the N1 on to one of the Cape’s first farming districts – Paarl. The town is set at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Our first stop of the morning is a local wine estate. An informative cellar tour and wine tasting gives visitors personalised insight into the finer points of wine-making. Proceed to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. Franschhoek complements the artistry of its chefs and winemakers with the breathtaking beauty of its setting. Here we have time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (not included in cost). Onward to Stellenbosch, via the scenic Helshoogte Pass, the heart of the South African wine Industry, 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. Coffee shops, galleries, antique shops and wine bars spill onto the sidewalks. An air of quiet intellectualism and wine-making history abounds in this university town. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our final wine tasting of the day in Stellenbosch. We return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 17:30.

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 5: Shiduli Private Game Lodge, (OS) Kruger Private Reserve

Kruger Private Reserves
All along the world renowned Kruger National Park’s western boundary are private game reserves which combine with the Kruger to create one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. These reserves offer excellent game viewing opportunities together with the advantages of smaller, hosted accommodation and game drives. A trip to the Kruger is an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience.

Day Itinerary
Today we include a return transfer to Cape Town Airport, for your flight to Hoedspruit Airport (flight NOT included).
You will be met on arrival in Hoedspruit, and transferred to Shiduli Private Game Lodge where you spend the next 3 nights.

Overnight: Shiduli Private Game Lodge  View iBrochure
Welcome to Shiduli Private Game Lodge, The heartbeat of the African Bush. Shiduli Private Game Lodge offers an unrivaled African Safari experience where the warm atmosphere, friendly staff and fine cuisine compliment the excellent game viewing. Fringing the Karongwe Game Reserve, Shiduli Private Game Lodge embodies grace and elegance, yet exudes unsurpassed warmth and hospitality. Guests can step into the relaxed ambience of the lodge with its lush indigenous garden dappled in shade, lounges with Internet facilities, bar, huge sparkling pool and thatched dining areas punctuated with original South African art.

 

Included
Fully Inclusive

Day 6: Shiduli Private Game Lodge, Kruger Private Reserves

Day Itinerary
The next two days will be spent exploring the world-renowned Greater Kruger wildlife area with its diversity of life forms, in search of Africa’s Big Five. Keep those cameras ready on game drives in open safari vehicles and/or bush walks and cultural excursions!

Including: Return transfers from Hoedspruit Airport, All meals, teas, coffees and snacks, Accommodation, Dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers, Karongwe Game Reserve gate entrance fee, Drinks on dusk safaris are limited to one per person with a choice of local beer, wine or soft drink
Excluding: chartered flights landing fees for Makgokolo airstrip (Karongwe Game Lodge) are also excluded, Bar, curio, telephone, WIFI, spa and laundry expenses, Premium and imported brands on dusk safaris. Rhino levy of R45 per person per night and must be settled direct on departure

Day 7: Shiduli Private Game Lodge, Kruger Private Reserves

Included
Fully Inclusive

Day 8: Safari Club SA, (OS) Johannesburg

Johannesburg
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

Day Itinerary
Today we include a Private Road transfer from Shiduli Private Game Lodge to Johannesburg. We drive via the Panorama Route for sightseeing (this is a full day transfer, please NOTE: All entry fees are for your own expense).

Overnight: Safari Club SA
Safari Club SA is a lodge with an African theme located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Club is centrally situated in the economic heartland of South Africa – Gauteng Province. The capital city, Pretoria, is approximately 50km away and Johannesburg only 18km. Emperor’s Palace, a world class casino with more than 12 restaurants, is only 7km down the road. The well-known Pilanesberg area with its nature reserves and Sun City complex is 150km by road and it is 400km to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. The Club has a luxurious yet homely ambience. The public areas comprise lounges, a bar, a business centre as well as a separate breakfast room. A beautiful new swimming pool has been installed to ensure the comfort and relaxation of guests during the hot African summer. The bar is decorated as a tribute to the famous Nguni cattle and adorned with beautiful fittings in this theme.

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 9: Ilala Lodge, (OS) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Day Itinerary
Return to OR Tambo Airport in time for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (flight is NOT included). On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to Ilala Lodge, where you will be spending the following two nights. At sunset you will partake in a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge View iBrochure
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of our boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit. Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep.As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh. Feel at ease in our elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free WiFi and a safe. 56 rooms in total including 2 Executive Suites, 2 Standard Suites, 20 Deluxe rooms and 32 Standard rooms. The view from your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line. Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant “The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls! We have a tours desk in the hotel where you can book all your activities. Ilala Lodge also has a spa, where you can spoil yourself after that long safari! Cruise down the river of time and follow the route that ancient explorers took, on the luxurious Ra-Ikane. She is the only one of her kind in Victoria Falls; The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is out-fitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. Sip chilled white wine, or Gin & Tonics whilst nibbling on canapes, as well as the sumptuous high tea, whilst you glide up to Elephants feeding on the shoreline.

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 10: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day Itinerary
Today we include a guided tour of Victoria Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure where you can participate in the various optional activities available.

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 11: Chobe Marina Lodge, (OS) Chobe River Front

Chobe River Front
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Day Itinerary
After breakfast a road transfer will take you across the Zimbabwean border to Chobe Marina Lodge, which is situated in Kasane, Botswana bordering the great Chobe National Park. After lunch and a siesta you will you will have the option of your first game activity which will be either a boat cruise or a game drive in the Chobe National Park in search of Africa’s Big Five.

Overnight: Chobe Marina Lodge
Chobe Marina Lodge overlooks the Chobe River and is uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge. Victoria Falls is only 70 km away and the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi river, are all within close proximity. The Lodge offers warm, personal service and a choice of 66 rooms in either studios or suites, with every modern amenity for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Dining at Chobe Marina Lodge is all about good food and service to match, and the pool and Riverside Bars are perfect for watching the glorious sunsets. There is a state-of-the-art conference venue, and a great choice for conference, product launch or team-building events. Take a game drive or a leisurely sight-seeing cruise to Sedudu Island, or a river boat trip for a totally different game viewing experience, fishing for the famed tiger fish, which inhabit the Chobe and Kasai River systems. Genuine hospitality, a relaxing environment and an idyllic location, make Chobe Marina Lodge a very special African destination.

 

Included
Fully Inclusive

Day 12: Chobe Marina Lodge, Chobe River Front

Day Itinerary
Today is spent with a game drive and a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. The park has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers guests a safari experience of a lifetime.

Included
Fully Inclusive

Day 13: Safari Club SA, (OS) Johannesburg

Johannesburg
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Day Itinerary
After a last morning activity and breakfast you will be taken back to Victoria Falls Airport for your return flight to Johannesburg (flight not included).
Spend the final night at The Safari Club.

Overnight: Safari Club SA
Safari Club SA is a lodge with an African theme located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Club is centrally situated in the economic heartland of South Africa – Gauteng Province. The capital city, Pretoria, is approximately 50km away and Johannesburg only 18km. Emperor’s Palace, a world class casino with more than 12 restaurants, is only 7km down the road. The well-known Pilanesberg area with its nature reserves and Sun City complex is 150km by road and it is 400km to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. The Club has a luxurious yet homely ambience. The public areas comprise lounges, a bar, a business centre as well as a separate breakfast room. A beautiful new swimming pool has been installed to ensure the comfort and relaxation of guests during the hot African summer. The bar is decorated as a tribute to the famous Nguni cattle and adorned with beautiful fittings in this theme.

Included
Bed & Breakfast

Day 14: Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward international flight.

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