South Africa & Victoria Falls

Icy FPO

With iconic wildlife viewing, world-class guiding, stylish accommodations and above-and-beyond service, this classic South Africa trip has it all.

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7.7*

ECO SCORE

18

PASSENGERS

9

DAYS

3/5

ACTIVITY LEVEL

South Africa: Drink It In

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Experience the best of Southern Africa’s wilderness and culture on an adventure that finds you exploring marvelous Cape Town, mighty Victoria Falls and a wildlife-filled private reserve bordering Kruger National Park. Discover cosmopolitan Cape Town with a scenic ride to the top of Table Mountain and a privately guided walk in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Get up close to endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach as you explore ruggedly scenic Cape Point. Stay at an extraordinary lodge set on a game-rich private reserve next to Kruger National Park for an unmatched safari filled with game drives, bushwalks and wildlife lectures.
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    • Combine iconic wildlife viewing at a Kruger private game reserve with cruising the Zambezi River viewing crocodiles, hippos and diverse birdlife.
    • Get a close look at vibrant and historic Cape Town including a ride on the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point.
    • If you're looking for a classic South African safari that includes Victoria Falls, plus you'd like to do it in style with world-class guiding, this trip is for you.

Travel Curator’s Insights:

SPECIAL OFFER:

Rates:
From $8,995 per person
Cancel up to 15 days prior to departure for a future travel credit.
(Restrictions apply)

May 9-17, 2022
May 17-25, 2022
May 24-June 1, 2022
May 30-June 7, 2022
June 7-15, 2022
June 23 - July 1, 2022
July 7-15, 2022
Ask us for later dates.

Jan - Nov 2022, 2023
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Departures:

Trip Sustainability Awards 

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CARBON

Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.

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ENERGY

On the East African Energy Renewal Board

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EDUCATION

Runs local educational facilities for children.

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Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, a breathtaking harbor city where old and new converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people. Warmed by the African sun, the city is dominated by the towering, flat-topped Table Mountain, set on a peninsula of rocky heights and lush valleys. A representative transfers you to your luxurious hotel.

Accommodation: One&Only Cape Town


Day 2: Cape Town | Table Mountain & Historic City Sights 

Wind your way through the scenic, shrub-dotted landscape to Table Mountain; ascend to its sky-high plateau by cable car for dazzling views of city and sea. Next, venture to old Cape Town, with views of notable buildings, including Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church) and City Hall on the Grand Parade, Cape Town’s largest square. Continue past the pentagonal Castle of Good Hope. Built by the Dutch East India Company as a maritime refreshment station, it later became the center of military life in the cape.


When available, stop for an artisan visit at Streetwires, where locals come together to craft unique, handmade wire-and-bead art that is now successfully exported to more than 15 countries worldwide. After lunch, visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens alongside a private local guide. Set on the southeastern slopes of Table Mountain, this living repository is the only major botanical garden in the world entirely devoted to the flora of its own country. Kirstenbosch features 4,700 species growing on over 1,200 acres of expertly landscaped gardens. At tonight’s welcome dinner, relax as a culinary expert guides you through a progressive, contemporary feast.

Accommodation: One&Only Cape Town


Day 3: Cape Town | Spectacular Views From Cape Point 

Discover Cape Point, the mountainous and scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Journey past the “bikini beaches” at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, along bucolic Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks, chacma baboons and several endemic plant species not found elsewhere.

Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs and sandy beaches.


At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure, enjoying your hotel, exploring the city’s harbor front and boutique shops, or dining in one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants.

Accommodation: One&Only Cape Town

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Day 4: Greater Kruger Area | Private Game Reserve 

Fly to a privately owned, wildlife-rich game reserve bordering Kruger National Park, offering the very finest game-viewing safari experience. This afternoon, once you are settled into your elegant accommodations, Ride Like a Local in search of the Big Five — elephants, lions, rhinos, Cape buffalo and leopards — and other wildlife. To enhance your game-viewing experience, each game drive is led by two safari professionals: a driver-guide, trained to safely maneuver you up close to South Africa’s iconic wild residents as well as brief you on any given species’ characteristics, and a tracker, an expert at identifying animals, following their signs and predicting where they are likely to be found.

Accommodation: Lion Sands River Lodge or similar (Changes based on departure date)


Days 5 & 6: Greater Kruger Area | Sighting Africa's Big Five 

Begin two days of immersion in your private game reserve, embarking on game drives in open safari vehicles for optimum viewing and exploring on early morning game walks with your ranger. This region of Africa is noted for its high density of wildlife, which often appear just steps in front of you. As you explore, learn about the flora and fauna as well as basic tracking skills. In between safari activities, participate in an A&K Chef’s Table culinary experience, preparing a traditional South African dish. At dusk, stop for a Scenic Sundowner, and then search for nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Lion Sands River Lodge or similar (Changes based on departure date)


Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | Thunderous Cascades 

Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, before dinner, enjoy hearing from a special guest speaker who shares tales of celebrated explorer David Livingstone — an exclusive experience.

Accommodation: Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel or The Victoria Falls Hotel (or similar)

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Day 8: Victoria Falls | Design Your Day

Cruise the Zambezi, viewing hippos and elephants on shore. Afterward, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Visit a Rural Village for an interactive experience that offers insight into the traditions of the Zimbabwean people.

  • Privately Tour the Ndau Collection Studio to meet the artisans who design their opulent jewelry.

  • Privately Bike the Area, cycling the town of Victoria Falls and stopping at scenic viewpoints along the way.

Return to the hotel for some time at leisure. Late this afternoon, set out on a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and explore the surrounding rainforest. See rainbows and clouds of spray as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plummets into the Lower Zambezi. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel or The Victoria Falls Hotel (or similar)


Day 9: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa 

Fly to Johannesburg, where you enjoy access to the Premier Lounge before boarding your flight home.


Internal Air: Economy class from $2,155

Cape Town/Kruger/Livingstone; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg


Minimum Age: 10 years.


Gear: Each guest on this journey will receive a Safari Duffel.


First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: airport arrival at 3:30 p.m. on Day 9.


Minimum: Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


Please Note: Table Mountain closes annually mid-July to mid-August. Alternate touring will be provided for affected departures.

ACHIEVEMENTS 

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Rates

 

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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Two people traveling in a room together. Rate is per person.

From in USD:

$8,995pp

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SOLO SUPPLEMENT

As a solo traveler, a cost supplement will be added to your trip.

From in USD:

$2,995pp

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INTERNAL AIR

These flights are for locations within your adventure. Rate is per person.

From in USD:

$2,155pp

If this will be your first trip to South Africa and possibly your only, I highly recommend this world-class operator and these lovely accommodations.

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED
All accommodations, meals, English-speaking guides and private sightseeing (except for shared excursions from safari camps/lodges, cruise vessels and trains or other exceptions), as noted in the itinerary; park and entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers; coffee/tea/soft drinks/water at included meals; local bottled water during sightseeing; porterage of up to two (2) pieces of baggage per person; complimentary Internet access (where available on cruises and at land accommodations; service levels are not guaranteed); and hotel taxes.