Magic of Africa: Cape Town, Sabi Sands, Victoria Falls & More

DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey from South Africa to Botswana. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park, majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and the waters of the Chobe River in Botswana.

This 12-day African vacation takes you to several countries on an epic journey starting in South Africa and ending in Botswana. Along the way, visit Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and dip into Namibia on a Chobe River cruise. It features deluxe accommodations, small group tours, and is a great choice for a first trip to Africa.

Your trip begins in Cape Town, South Africa’s loveliest city, sitting in the shadow of Table Mountain. Cape Town is one of the most attractive cities in the world and a vibrant display of the diversity of the Rainbow Nation. Spend a full day touring the Cape Peninsula to experience the natural beauty of the Cape of Good Hope. Drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive, visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and stop by the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. Another day, walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandel on a Walk to Freedom Tour, which explores the history of apartheid and the nation’s long struggle for equality. You’ll visit the District Six Museum and Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, before ending the day with a performance of Kaapse Stories from the Mother City. On your final day on the cape, explore the Cape Winelands to savour the exquisite flavours of South African wine.

Fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve on the outskirts of the park. While here, you’ll stay at Lion Sands Private Game Lodge, a 5-star safari lodge with 20 luxury thatched bedrooms set along the shorelines of a river. You’ll have two full days to enjoy the pampering accommodations and head on two daily game drives to search for lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo. Head on a bushwalk in the company of an expert ranger guide and learn how to track animals in the wild.

Connect to Livingstone in Zambia and cross the border into Zimbabwe to stay at Victoria Falls. Spend a full day exploring the falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You’ll venture through the rainforest on the Zimbabwean side of the falls to see the Main Falls, as well as the Rainbow Falls and Livingstone Island. After standing in awe of the falling torrents of water, cross the border into Botswana and board the Zambezi Queen, a 5-star river vessel that’ll take you on a cruise down the Chobe River.

During your cruise, you’ll enjoy luxury on-board accommodations and spot the abundant wildlife living on either side of the river. Take an excursion into Namibia to tour a village in the Caprivi Strip. On the Botswanan side, spot waterbuck along the shoreline, hippos and crocodiles in the water, and herds of elephants in the wilds of Chobe National Park.

At the end of your cruise, connect back to Kasane for your return journey home.

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12 days/11 nights
Starting at$10,743 CAD per person

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Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

Welcome to Africa! On arrival, you will be met by our local representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Duration- 4 Nights

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Day 2

Touring the Cape Peninsula

Depart after breakfast on a full day's touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula. Travel along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as the Millionaire's Paradise - from Camps Bay and Clifton to the exclusive beach of Llandudno - towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. Wind along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Arrive at the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. Afterwards, enjoy a 5-course lunch with wine pairing at the Foodbarn in Noordhoek Village. After lunch, we meander back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon's Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder's Beach.

Meal Plan- Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 3

Walk to Freedom Tour

After breakfast, depart on a Walk to Freedom tour, starting with a visit the riveting District Six Museum for a sharp reminder of the past. Then tour Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, visiting a local market, an Arts and Crafts centre, as well as a traditional healer. Journey into the famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront where you have a choice to either join the Robben Island Tour or enjoy time at leisure at the Waterfront.
This evening, you will be transferred to Rockwell Theatre for dinner and a show. The highly entertaining "Kaapse Stories from the Mother City", is a tribute to the spirit and soul of the vibrant cosmopolitan community that thrives at the bottom of Table Mountain in District Six before returning you to your hotel. 
Please note that the Robben Island tour is subject to availability, demand and weather permitting.

Meal Plan- Breakfast & Dinner

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Day 4

Winelands Tour

After breakfast, journey into the tranquil town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. This quaint village is known internationally as the gourmet capital of South Africa. The first stop will be at Antonij Rupert Wines for a wine tasting. Thereafter we proceed to the nearby Franschhoek Motor Museum, which offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with a unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L'Ormarins. We travel to Babylonstoren, where a light lunch will be served at the Greenhouse Restaurant positioned under oak trees at the back of the garden. Following lunch, we will be taken on an olive plant and oil tasting and a cellar tour with a tasting of 3 wines at Babylonstoren. Tonight, you will be transferred to a unique dinner experience, GOLD Restaurant with a set menu of 16 different dishes from throughout Africa. During the meal, you will be entertained by beautifully attired singers and dancers, their costumes designed to reflect the different cultures of Africa.

Meal Plan- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5

Cape Town to Kruger National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town airport for your flight (cost of flight not included in the tour price) to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to our luxurious private game lodge located in the world famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. Arrive in time to freshen up and enjoy a welcome drink in the African Bush before departing on your first safari in open 4x4 vehicles.

Meal Plan- Breakfast and Dinner          Duration- 3 Nights         

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Day 6

Lion Sands Private Game Lodge - Sabi Sands

Set off before breakfast in open safari vehicles in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, and other wondrous wildlife including birds and plants. Later, enjoy a morning outing to Henna Pre School. This afternoon (Time permitting), you will have the opportunity to head out on an afternoon game drive before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Meal Plan- Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner                   

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Day 7

Lion Sands Private Game Lodge - Sabi Sands

Another early start this morning as you set off before breakfast in open safari vehicles in search of the "Big 5" and more. Today you have an option to enjoy a morning bushwalk guided by a ranger to learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from the medicinal use of certain plants to the basic skills of tracking animals. This afternoon, enjoy an afternoon game drive before heading back to the lodge for dinner.

Meal Plan- Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner               

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Day 8

Kruger to Victoria Falls

A last early morning game drive is undertaken to track the animals that may have eluded us thus far before being transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga airport for your flight to Livingstone Airport (cost of flight not included in the tour price).

Kruger to Victoria Falls
Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met and transferred across the border into Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls and to our luxurious tented camp located on a private concession. Late this afternoon, enjoy sundowners at the Batoka Gorge will be enjoyed before dinner at the Camp.

Meal Plan- Breakfast & Dinner          Duration- 2 Nights              

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Day 9

Victoria Falls

After breakfast, set off for your guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You'll understand it instantly as we tour the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away. We walk through the permanent, beautifully misty Rain Forest that flanks the falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island, and Livingstone Island. Lunch will served at the Lookout Cafe and in the afternoon, you have the opportunity to interact with an elephant up close and personal.

Meal Plan- Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner               

Meal Plan- Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner               

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Day 10

Victoria Falls to the Chobe River

After breakfast, transfer through the Kazangula Border post into Botswana to board the Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River, your floating hotel for the next 2 nights. The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it's a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is. There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa's raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia's Caprivi Strip from Botswana's Chobe National Park, and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11 000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world - currently estimated at roughly 120 000. During the late afternoon, we go in search of some big game by tender boat. After freshening up, the Captain will await us on the upper deck with a welcome drink, ready for an official welcome before dinner

Meal Plan- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner          Duration- 2 nights

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Day 11

Onboard the Zambezi Queen

A leisurely start to the day before our morning activities start. These include a water-based safari, a village tour on the Namibian side of the river, bird watching or fishing. In the afternoon, we embark on a water-based safari on tender-boat where we can get up close to an array of wildlife. Along with the elephants, prides of leopard and lion, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare puku, can also be seen. In the river itself watch out for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting a rich selection of bird life uniquely African. After dinner, we settle down for a peaceful night on the Chobe River.

Meal Plan- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12

Botswana to Home

After breakfast, disembark the Zambezi Queen and be transfer via Kasane Immigration to Kasane Airport for your onward flight

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PRICE INCLUDES:

Meet and Greet on arrival in Cape Town
Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Cape Town
Shared arrival and departure airport transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport
Shared arrival transfer from Victoria Falls Airport
Shared transfer Victoria Falls to Zambezi Queen via Kasane
Shared departure transfer to Kasane Immigration
4 nights deluxe accommodations in Cape Town at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
3 nights deluxe accommodations in Sabi Sands at Lion Sands River Lodge
2 nights deluxe accommodations in Victoria Falls at The Elephant Camp
2 nights deluxe accommodations aboard The Zambezi Queen Cruise
Private-guided full day Peninsula Tour
Private-guided half-day Walk to Freedom Tour
Private-guided full day Winelands tour with Cellar tour & tasting
Private round trip transfers to Gold Restaurant
Shared morning and afternoon game drives at Lion Sands (max 6 guests)
Shared bush walks at Lion Sands (max 6 guests)
Shared activities at The Elephant Camp including: Visit to Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, elephant conservation experience, lunch at Lookout Cafe, cocktails and canapes at Batoka Gorge, game drives, birding & nature walks, village tour, Victoria Falls canopy tour (excluding park fees), Sunset cruise on the Zambezi Royal (excludes River Usage Fee)
Complimentary shuttle The Elephant Camp to Victoria Falls town
Shared tour of Victoria Falls with lunch at the Lookout Cafe including rainforest entry fee
Shared water-based game viewing via tender boat while staying onboard Zambezi Queen
Shared land-based cultural tour of a local village while onboard Zambezi Queen
Tiger and bream fishing while onboard Zambezi Queen (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
Laundry at The Elephant Camp
All park entrance, conservation & community development fees unless otherwise state
Teas, coffees, soft drinks, select beers, spirits and house wines at Lion Sands
Complimentary mini-bar at Lion Sands and The Elephant Camp
Beverages, including local brand spirits, wines and beers at The Elephant Camp 
Mineral water, soft drinks, coffee/tea, local beer and wine onboard the Zambezi Queen
11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES
Travel insurance
International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
Meals not explicitly listed as included
Beverages while in Cape Town
Any Premium brand or other beverage not explicitly listed as included
Gratuities
Optional excursions
Items of a personal nature
Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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