Victoria Falls, arguably Africa’s greatest natural wonder, with often overlooked Botswana and incredible Cape Town, what a tour!
There is something almost haunting about Africa and everyone should visit it at least once during their lives. Its sense of vastness and isolation, whilst at the same time a unique closeness to nature, leaves an indelible mark on its visitors and on this incredible three-country tour, you see some of the very best it has to offer.
We see one of the finest natural wonders on the planet, the amazing Victoria Falls as well as one of its most naturally beautiful cities, Cape Town, with its surrounding fertile Winelands, plus we visit one of the world’s finest and least visited game reserves, all set in the beautiful countries of Botswana, Zambia and South Africa.
What You’ll Love
- Enjoy peace of mind with Flexible Booking*
- Return flights & transfers
- 3 to 4-star accommodation with 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
- Visit the stunning Victoria Falls, with an optional helicopter flight
- Cruise the Zambezi River on the ‘African Queen’ during sunset
- Explore Chobe National Park by jeep and boat safari
- Stay in cosmopolitan Cape Town with a guided tour and free time
- Full-day tour of the Cape of Good Hope, seeing Africa’s only penguin colony on Boulders Beach
- Tour the Western Cape’s Winelands with a winery visit and tasting
- Services of an expert tour manager
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Day 1 – Departure
You should arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Day 2 – Arrival in Livingstone
After your morning arrival you will connect with your onward 1 hour 50 minute flight to Livingstone in Zambia and our hotel for the night, located just a short walk from Victoria Falls.
After some time to relax and freshen up, we experience one of the highlights of your tour – a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi on the African Queen. As the boat slowly glides across the expanse of a river inhabited by hippo and crocodiles, simply settle into a shaded wicker armchair, absorb the unique surroundings, sip a refreshing drink, become acquainted with your fellow travellers and reflect on how good life can be.
3* Avani Victoria Falls Resort – Livingstone
- Close to Victoria Falls
- Zebras and other animals roam the grounds
- Bright, colourful and welcoming
Day 3 – Victoria Falls
This morning we approach Victoria Falls for an outstanding guided walking tour. It may be a cliché, but the falls really do take your breath away and it is at places such as this, that visitors realise just how powerful Mother Nature really is. The statistics are awesome: three times as long as Niagara and twice as high, this is the largest single body of falling water in the world!
The area around the falls is surrounded by a unique, lush rainforest eco-system, watered by the fine spray rising from the falls. As we pass through several rainbows arching through the mist, the roar of the falls intensifies and conversation becomes virtually impossible.
The anticipation mounts and on your first view, you will fully appreciate why this is truly one of the wonders of the natural world! At times of peak flow, the spray rising from the abyss is too thick to even see the foot of the falls, whereas during the dry season (generally Sep-Dec) the more adventurous may be able to walk to the edge of the vast chasm or even bathe in one of the pools!
During low water flow, an optional boat trip is available to Livingstone Island from where the famous explorer himself first saw the falls. For the ultimate view you can take a helicopter or even a ‘micro-light’ aircraft flight (essentially a powered hang-glider) on an optional ‘Flight of Angels’ tour.
During the afternoon we drive west parallel to the Zambezi until it joins the Chobe River, actually forming the Botswana border, which we cross on small open speedboats.
We stay three nights half-board at a safari lodge, blending superbly with the natural surroundings.
4* Chobe Safari Lodge – Kasane
- Riverside location
- Close to Chobe National Park
- Breathtaking views in the sunset bar
4* Mowana Lodge – Kasane
- On the banks of the river Chobe
- Area full of wildlife
- Close to Chobe National Park
Day 4 – Chobe Safari
There is simply nothing to beat the feeling of excited anticipation and rising expectation as we start our game drive in the half light of an African dawn, accompanied by a unique ‘dawn chorus.’
Using specially adapted 10-seater open-sided safari vehicles we look out for big cats, giraffe and elephants in Chobe National Park, a huge reserve of over 10,500 unfenced square kilometres. You will see a wide variety of game: beautiful impala, monkeys, warthogs, kudu, even leopards if we are lucky! The birdlife is also simply superb – look out for the darting pied kingfishers, African skimmers, ibis,
ground hornbills and a variety of brilliantly coloured bee-eaters.
We return to our lodge mid-morning for some relaxation by the pool and a spot of lunch. During the afternoon we take a boat safari on the Chobe River, the main watercourse in the region. But what makes Chobe so special, is that it is home to the world’s largest concentration of protected elephants, well over 100,000 of them. Elephant and hippo sightings are virtually guaranteed all year-round. Fish eagles and crocodiles are also often spotted, but during the peak of the dry season (Aug-Nov), hundreds of elephants congregate along the shore for their daily drink – an awesome game viewing experience, unique to Africa!
It is a moving and an almost humbling experience to see them interacting with each other: playing, bathing and splashing in the river. As the sun sets beyond the wide grassy plains on the horizon, we are treated to one of this continent’s greatest gifts: the amazing multihued spectacle that is an African sunset.
Day 5 – Free Day in Chobe
Today is at leisure at your lodge. You may either relax and enjoy the excellent facilities or take additional optional game drives or river safaris in this, the real heart of Africa. One of the trips on offer includes trying your hand at fishing for the fearsome tigerfish.
Day 6 – Flight to Cape Town
After breakfast we cross back into Zambia across the Chobe River and drive back to Livingstone airport. From Livingstone we fly to Cape Town, via Johannesburg and transfer to our hotel, beautifully located within walking distance of the V&A waterfront. Backed by ever-present blue skies and the iconic Table Mountain, fringed with white sand beaches and the nearby fertile, seemingly never-ending valleys of the Winelands, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, was the first settlement founded by Europeans and now it’s a lively, cosmopolitan centre.
4* Southern Sun Waterfront – Cape Town
- Ideal location on the V&A Waterfront
- Easy access to Table Mountain
- Excellent restaurant and bar
Day 7 – Cape of Good Hope
This morning we drive to Cape Point, visiting the legendary Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost point on the African continent, originally known as the Cape of Storms. We pass pristine beaches, the fishing harbour of Hout Bay and continue along the breathtakingly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, full of rugged seascapes and cliffs, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hot-spots. At Cape Point itself you see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents and the treacherous promontory of rocks, the scourge of mariners for centuries. Finally, you visit Boulders Beach and its resident penguin colony before returning to the city in the afternoon. Lunch is included today.
Day 8 – Winelands
Today you tour the awesomely beautiful Winelands. Set in a wide valley backed by majestic mountains, rows of manicured vines and orchards stretch into the distance, studded by lime-washed, often thatched, 300 year-old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style, sympathetically mirroring the undulations ofthe surrounding countryside. Later you visit the small town of Franschoek in a magnificent setting at the head of a valley, then elegant Stellenbosch, established 300 years ago and home to South Africa’s most prestigious university. Period buildings and historic streets reinforce the town’s dignified atmosphere.
We have an included lunch and time to explore this delightful town before enjoying a fascinating cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Neethlingshof Wine Estate.
Day 9 – Free Day in Cape Town
Cape Town, featuring British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences, is simply one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, with so much to offer the visitor! Today is at leisure to explore as you wish.
In addition to the excellent shopping and dining available within the tastefully restored Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex, no visit to Cape Town would be complete without taking the revolving cable car to the summit of iconic Table Mountain, the unofficial symbol of South Africa and with breath-taking views.
You should also visit Robben Island (weather permitting), where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years incarceration, and whose visitors have included Bill Gates, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton and even Nelson Mandela himself. Wander through the Bo-Kaap area, the very image of small-town South Africa. Alternatively, simply just wander where your feet take you, or relax a little, taking afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson, one of the great colonial hotels of the world: the choice is yours.
Day 10 – Return Flight
Your final day in Cape Town is again at leisure, before transferring to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight to Heathrow via Johannesburg.
Day 11- Return Home
You arrive back in the UK after an extraordinary tour.
Victoria Falls, Botswana Safari & Cape Town
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