Explore South Africa, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Botswana
September 6 – 19, 2017
7 Wildlife Safaris
Cape Town ● Table Mountain ● Stellenbosch ● Entabeni Conservancy ● Victoria Falls ● Chobe National Park ●14 Days ● 23 Meals: 12 Breakfasts ● 4 Lunches ● 7 Dinners
Detailed Itinerary (Subject to change):
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Epic scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife come together in an incredible experience.
Day 2: Cape Town, South Africa – Tour Begins
Welcome to the beautiful harborside city of Cape Town. Its architecture fuses French, German and Dutch traditions which sets the stage for a thrilling cultural journey.
Day 3: Cape Town
Step aboard a cable car that whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet atop Table Mountain.* Gaze at the astounding view of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Moorish Malay Quarter on your panoramic tour, pausing along the way at Milnerton Lighthouse. Spend the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. You may choose to explore charming Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, known for its shopping and entertainment venues. Be sure to stop by the local craft market for some hidden gems. This evening, savor a true African dining experience as you become familiar with a traditional African hand-washing ceremony before sampling local delicacies. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Cape Town
Travel out to Cape Point on the southwestern tip of Africa. Along the way, marvel at the coastal scenery and pleasant towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Listen to the tales behind the numerous ship wrecks which attest to the treacherous nature of these waters. Come to know the Cape of Good Hope and take a tram to the top of the mountain. Enjoy a leisurely hike down before continuing on to Boulders Beach to see the penguins who call it home. Later this evening, make some new South African friends during a home-hosted dinner. Sit down with a local family and learn about their daily life. Perhaps you’ll share stories from your own experiences. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: Cape Town – Stellenbosch
After a leisurely morning, a short drive brings you to the beautiful winelands of the Western Cape. Enjoying a farm lunch. Your hotel for the next two nights is located in the heart of bustling Stellenbosch. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore this charming town, the second oldest in South Africa. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 6: Stellenbosch – Hermanus – Stellenbosch
Enjoy a leisurely drive over the Sir Lowry Pass to the quaint seaside village of Hermanus. A walking tour will acquaint you with the village. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the shops and art galleries before returning to Stellenbosch. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Stellenbosch – Johannesburg – Entabeni Conservancy
Fly to the city of Johannesburg. Upon arrival, head to the Entabeni Conservancy. Gather for an afternoon game drive. Have your cameras ready as you search for the “Big Five” (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino). As the sun sets, enjoy a traditional African sundowner.
Get out of your 4×4 and gaze over the land as the sun drops behind the mountains. Keep your eyes peeled for the big cats preparing to hunt. Return to the lodge for dinner under the stars. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Entabeni Conservancy
Rise before the sun and set out on a game drive. Enjoy coffee and tea in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Later, learn to follow the clues left by wildlife during a track identification walk with a ranger. After you have worked up an appetite, take time for a leisurely lunch in the gardens. Late afternoon, continue your search for the “Big Five” during another exciting game drive. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Entabeni Conservancy – Johannesburg
Carry on your quest for the “Big Five” before breakfast. Later, journey to the vibrant city of Johannesburg. En route, your Tour Manager helps you discover the history of the local languages. Enjoy some leisure time in Sandton this afternoon. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10: Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe**
Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Spend some time at a local village learning more about the regional culture. Embark on a walking tour of stunning Victoria Falls. Later, you may enjoy a sundowner poolside and the spectacular African sunset while the animals gather at the watering hole. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11: Victoria Falls
This morning explore a local craft market. Later you will meet African elephants and have the opportunity to interact with them before you enjoy some free time at the lodge. Reflect on your surroundings as you relax while overlooking the wildlife watering hole. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 12: Victoria Falls – Chobe, Botswana
Watch for bushbuck (African antelope) as well as bird life during a nature walk with a local guide. Cross the border as you travel to Chobe, Botswana. An exciting safari cruise awaits. Spot wildlife along the water’s edge, find hippos swimming along the shores, and crocodiles basking in the sun. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 13: Chobe
Today features morning and afternoon game drives in the one-of-a-kind Chobe National Park. View the animals as they drink from the river. This evening’s dinner by the river is hosted by a chef who will teach you the art of cooking a traditional Braai (barbecue) complete with some local favorites such as game meat. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 14: Chobe – Johannesburg – Tour Ends
Fly to Johannesburg where your tour comes to a close. Today breakfast will be included.
*All rates are per person and are subject to change. Price includes Attraction taxes and fees, Internal Air in Africa, Air taxes and Fees/surcharges, Hotels transfers. Does not include International Airfare. Singles are only available at a 100% surcharge.