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Magic of Africa

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 11,296

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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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 11,296

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Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

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

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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    The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa



    Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with the magnificent Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, this luxurious hotel harmoniously blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings and serves as the perfect setting for gently restoring harmony to ...

    Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with the magnificent Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, this luxurious hotel harmoniously blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings and serves as the perfect setting for gently restoring harmony to body, mind and soul. The hotel is just 15 minutes from the V&A Waterfront.

    The hotel offers an exceptional array of facilities - a garden and rock pool, mountain picnic trails, two restaurants, live entertainment in the Leopard Room Bar & Lounge, and a 16-seater cinema. The hotel offers complimentary scheduled transfers to Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront between 8:00AM and 8:00PM.

    Experience the exquisite play of light on the mountains and sea from the peaceful comfort of 70 rooms and suites, each individually designer-decorated with understated elegance. The hotel is a natural choice for discerning travelers.

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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
Day 3

Walk to Freedom Tour

After breakfast, we depart on a Walk to Freedom tour. We visit the riveting District Six Museum for a sharp reminder of the past. Then tour Gugulethu, Khayelitsha & Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, visiting a local market, an Arts & 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, we 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.

Optional: Robben Island Tour
Please note that the Robben Island tour is subject to availability, demand and weather permitting.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Winelands Tour

We 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 we will be transferred to a unique dinner experience, GOLD Restaurant with a set menu of 16 different dishes from throughout Africa. During the meal we will be entertained by beautifully attired singers and dancers, their costumes designed to reflect the different cultures of Africa.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Cape Town to Kruger National Park

After breakfast, we transfer to Cape Town airport for our flight (cost of flight not included in the tour price) to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Upon arrival, we 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. We arrive in time to freshen up and enjoy a welcome drink in the African Bush before we depart on our first safari in open 4x4 vehicles.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Lion Sands River Lodge

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    Lion Sands River Lodge



    Lion Sands River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River. With the river right outside, you will not have to go far to see the local wildlife or is experience the surrounding Sabi Sands Reserve overlooking the Kruger ...

    Lion Sands River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River. With the river right outside, you will not have to go far to see the local wildlife or is experience the surrounding Sabi Sands Reserve overlooking the Kruger National Park. With 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of adventure.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 6

Lion Sands Private Game Lodge - Sabi Sands

We 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, we enjoy a morning outing to Henna Pre School.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Lion Sands Private Game Lodge - Sabi Sands

We set off before breakfast in open safari vehicles in search of the "Big 5" and more. Today we have an option to enjoy a morning bushwalk guided by a ranger where we will learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from the medicinal use of certain plants to the basic skills of tracking animals. Tonight we experience a private bush dinner at the lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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. We will then be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga airport for our flight (cost of flight not included in the tour price) to Livingstone Airport.

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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 in a private concession. Sundowners at the Batoka Gorge will be enjoyed before dinner at the Camp.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

The Elephant Camp Main and The Elephant Camp West

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    Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only ...

    Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia.

    The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 18 guests in 9 luxury tents. All suites are gorge facing and have private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning, ensuite bath and outdoor shower.

    The Elephant Camp is a luxury and intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve so as to allow close up encounters with wildlife.

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Day 9

Victoria Falls

A guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is first on our line-up today. 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 which 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 Café and in the afternoon we have the opportunity to interact with an elephant up close and personal. This evening before dinner we will enjoy a talk by local historian, Peter Jones on David Livingstone's travels and the Southern African continent.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Victoria Falls to the Chobe River

After breakfast we will be transferred through the Kazangula Border post into Botswana to board the Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River, our floating hotel for the next 2 nights. After breakfast you will be transferred from Elephant Camp across the Kasane border to Kasane Immigration and onto the Zambezi Queen. 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 and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Zambezi Queen

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    Located along the banks of the great Chobe River, the Zambezi Queen, offers world-class sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth. With only 14 suites, the ZQ is as unique and adventurous as it is comfortable and elegant. Whether dining on the ...

    Located along the banks of the great Chobe River, the Zambezi Queen, offers world-class sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth. With only 14 suites, the ZQ is as unique and adventurous as it is comfortable and elegant.

    Whether dining on the upper deck restaurant while watching the animals gather at dusk, doing a water-based river safari from one of the private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, the professional team will be on hand to meet your every need.

    Unlike a land-based lodge, the ZQ allows for an entire stretch of river to be explored from a vantage point making for incredible game viewing. The banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent - currently estimated at approximately 120,000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard, lion along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Pool (s)
    • Sundeck

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Day 11

Onboard the Zambezi Queen

We have 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.

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Day 12

Botswana to Home

After breakfast, once docked we will disembark the Zambezi Queen and be transferred via Kasane Immigration to Kasane Airport for our flight (cost of flight not included in the tour price) to Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport in time for your international flight back home.

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DEPARTURES:

Monday & Saturday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Greet
  • All transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa with daily breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation at Lion Sands River Lodge (includes three meals per day, teas/coffees, mini bar in room, inclusive drinks & selected snacks (all soft drinks and selection of beers, spirits & house wines), two game drives daily with qualified ranger and tracker, game drive refreshments and snacks, specified inclusive safari activities, wi-fi in public areas and Guest Conservation Contribution)
  • 2 nights accommodation at Elephant Camp (all meals, drinks, complimentary mini bars in the rooms, shuttle to Victoria Falls town, activities available at The Elephant Camp at no extra charge to guests (time permitting)
  • 2 nights accommodation on the Zambezi Queen (all meals, all soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine, water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats, a land-based cultural tour of a local village, tiger and bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release) and road transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe River)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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 enquire.

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