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10-Day Highlights of South Africa and Victoria Falls

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Day 1 : Arrive Cape Town

Visiting: Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive Cape Town, where you are met and transferred to your choice of hotel. Overnight there for the next three nights. Some typical hotels we use in our quotes include The Commodore, the Portswood, the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, among others.

No matter where you stay, please make time to wander the bustling Victoria & Alfred waterfront (most of the luxury hotels we book are right there, making access as simple as walking out your door). The popular seaside walkways are lined with refurbished historical buildings, museums, boutiques, craft markets, hotels, bars and cinemas. Dine at world-class restaurants with superb views of the buzzing harbor and Table Mountain. The Two Oceans Aquarium is also located here and tours of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, depart from the Waterfront daily.

If time allows, we recommend a fourth night in Cape Town, allowing for 3 full days to explore as you wish.

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: The Commodore or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: The Table Bay or similar

Day 2 : Full Day Tour to the Wine Country

Visiting: Cape Town, South Africa

The Cape Winelands tour takes you through the heart of the luminous wine country on the Western Cape. Gorgeous mountain vistas, spectacular vineyards and historic Cape Dutch homesteads are all part of the experience. Knowledgeable guides provide the perfect introduction to Cape Winelands' gourmet offerings and will lead wine tastings at several of the region's famous vineyards.

*** Note: tours are shared and generally open for up to 8 guests (lunches not included). Private tours are available for extra cost on request. ***

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: The Commodore or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: The Table Bay or similar

Day 3 : Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

Visiting: Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa's southern peninsula has some of the most magnificent Atlantic coastlines in the world. Experience the stunning beauty of the region with a full day of activities, including a scenic coastal drive in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a visit to the charming fishing village of Hout Bay, and sighting the rare Jackass Penguins at Boulders Beach. If time allows, we will then travel to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a short walking tour of these beautiful gardens.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: The Commodore or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: The Table Bay or similar

Day 4 : Fly to Kruger area, safari in Sabi Sands

Visiting: Cape Town to Kruger

Today, you'll be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg. Here connect with the flight to Kruger's Mpumalanga International Airport. Here you are met and transferred to your Sabi Sands safari lodge. There are a nice variety of mid-range to elite luxury lodges in the game reserve. What we recommend for you is often based on your budget range, comfort needs, and availability.

You are met and driven to your safari lodge, where you'll be greeted, eat lunch and enjoy a brief orientation and tour of the lodge. After a brief rest and then high tea, enjoy your first game drive in this revered home of the Big 5.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Cheetah Plains, Inyati, or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Savanna Private Game Reserve

Day 5 : Safari activities at your Sabi Sands Lodge

Visiting: Kruger / Sabi Sands

Enjoy the full palette of activities and stunning variety of big game in the area today.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Cheetah Plains, Inyati, or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Savanna Private Game Reserve (Luxury Suite)

Day 6 : Safari activities at your Sabi Sands Lodge

Visiting: Kruger / Sabi Sands

Experience another day in this wildlife paradise, with predator viewing rivaling nearly anywhere in Africa.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Cheetah Plains, Inyati, or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Savanna Private Game Reserve (Luxury Suite)

Day 7 : Fly to Johannesburg and overnight

Visiting: Kruger to Johannesburg

After your morning game viewing activity, you will return to the lodge for breakfast, before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Overnight at the Peermont Mondior at O.R. Tambo Airport on a bed & breakfast basis (hotel upgrades including centrally-located city hotels like the Fire and Ice or the Saxon are available on request).

Alternatively, there is a direct flight once a day from Sabi Sands to Livingstone, Zambia. So it is possible to cut this trip back one day and eliminate the overnight, tonight, in Johannesburg. From Livingstone, we can easily arrange a transfer over the river to Victoria Falls or you can enjoy the Victoria Falls element of the trip in Livingstone itself.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Peermont Mondior at Emporer's Palace (Classic room) or similar

Day 8 : Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia

Visiting: Victoria Falls

Take an easy airport shuttle to O.R. Tambo and connect with your flight to Victoria Falls or Livingstone, depending on whether you choose a mid-range or luxury/elite property.

Arrive, meet and greet, transfer to your hotel. Overnight two nights on a B&B basis.

Victoria Falls is an original natural wonder of the world and arguably the most impressive waterfall in the world. No trip to southern Africa is complete without a stay here, and no true world traveler can rest until they bear witness to this singular place.

Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore the local town, visit the National Park to view the falls, or enjoy the sunset cruise tonight. If you can visit the National Park today, that frees up Day 9 for other excursions, such as rafting the Zambezi (Class V, water levels permitting), canoeing on the upper Zambezi, elephant-back riding, and more.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Victoria Falls Safari Club (Waterhole facing room) or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: The Elephant Camp or similar

Day 9 : Tour of Victoria Falls

Visiting: Victoria Falls

Today, enjoy a guided half-day tour of Victoria Falls, while later in the evening, join the Ra-Ikane sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, including drinks and snacks.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Victoria Falls Safari Club (Waterhole facing room) or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: The Elephant Camp or similar

Day 10 : Depart Victoria Falls or extend your trip

Visiting: Depart Victoria Falls

Today, transfer to the airport in time for your flight home or extend your stay. You have many options to extend. For example, extend for a day of class 5 rafting on the Zambezi River or extend with a safari experience to northern Zimbabwe or into Botswana.

  • Meals: B

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