Cape Town to Victoria Falls via South Africa & Botswana

32

Days

For this tour you would need to book your international flights to arrive in Cape Town and depart from Johannesburg.

Your tour highlights:


  • Cape Town

  • Cape Peninsula

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

  • Robben Island

  • Cape Winelands

  • Hermanus

  • Cape Agulhas the "Tip of Africa"

  • Route 62

  • Cango Caves

  • Garden Route

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Addo Elephant National Park

  • Gariep Dam

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Panorama Route

  • Kruger National Park

  • Leshiba Private Game Reserve

  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

  • Chobe National Park

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 5 Nights - Cape Town

  • 1 Night - Hermanus

  • 1 Night - Oudtshoorn

  • 2 Nights - Knysna

  • 2 Nights - Addo Elephant National Park

  • 1 Night - Gariep

  • 2 Nights - Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • 2 Nights - Underberg

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 2 Nights - Hazyview

  • 3 Nights - Kruger National Park

  • 2 Nights - Leshiba

  • 1 Night - Nata

  • 2 Nights - Kasane

  • 2 Nights - Victoria Falls

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Flight:

                       Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 30 Nights

  • 36 Meals: 27 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 5 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       Cross border permit

                       International one-way drop-off fee

  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour

  • Leshiba:

                       Guided archaeological (rock art) trail

                       Open vehicle bush drive

  • Nata:

                       Open vehicle safari to

                       Makgadikgadi Pans

  • Chobe:

                       Early morning open vehicle safari

                       Sunset cruise on the Chobe River

  • Victoria Falls:

                       Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Our representative will meet you upon your morning arrival at Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city nicknamed “The Mother City”. He / She will hand over your travel documents (vouchers) and assist with the collection of your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport. Drive to your hotel located in the city. Beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant V & A Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  None


Day 3:


Today you can take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After your stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, you continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). You can then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here you start making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline. Lunch can be had en-route. After lunch you can visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On your return to the city you head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 4 & 5:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why we recommend a couple of days at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas.


A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.


Or


Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.


Or


You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.


Or


For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.


Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 6:


Today you can tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350 year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. You can also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 7:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning or weather permitting an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula", you depart for the charming quaint seaside town of Hermanus, which is known to have "The best land based whale watching in the world". Every year, between June and November, the majestic southern right whales grace the shores of the southwestern Cape. Lunch and dinner can be had at anyone of several excellent restaurants found in town and that overlook the sea. Overnight in Hermanus.


Accommodation:  Hermanus

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 8:


Drive to Cape Agulhas for a visit to the "Tip of Africa" before you continue your journey. Join the famous "Route 62" via the town of Swellendam. From here you drive along “Route 62” and through the picturesque towns of Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp to the town of Oudtshoorn, the capital of the Klein Karoo. Evening at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel or at a restaurant in town. Overnight in Oudtshoorn, a town surrounded by ostrich farms and grand Ostrich Feather Palaces.


Accommodation:  Oudtshoorn

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 9:


This morning you could visit the spectacular Cango Caves for an easy walking tour of this magnificent underground wonder scattered with stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone formations that date back millions of years. After this guided tour you could visit Safari Ostrich Farm for lunch, where you also get to learn everything and more than you might want to know about ostriches! Drive after lunch via the “Outeniqua Pass" and the city of George to the picturesque town of Knysna. This short scenic drive reflects the great diversities of nature South Africa has to offer, with the arid Karoo to the west and the lush green vegetation & indigenous forests found on the eastern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains. Dinners in Knysna can be had at any one of the numerous excellent restaurants found close to your hotel on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 10:


A morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the delightful town of Knysna. You could take a wonder around town, which is known to have a large selection of excellent craft markets and art galleries. This afternoon you could take the ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for lunch, a 4 x 4 trailer-ride tour and hike through the reserve. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve


Day 11 & 12:


Travel along the “Garden Route”, that stretches about 200 km (130 miles) from Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma and is sandwiched between towering mountains and the Indian Ocean. The name was adopted due to the regions’ diverse vegetation, beautiful scenery, meandering estuaries and rugged coastline. On route you can visit the Bloukrans Bridge, an arch bridge that stretches across a 216 meter (708 feet) deep gorge. It is here where they boast the highest bungee jump in the world. Also visit the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can take a short hike to the Storms River mouth suspension bridge, as well as the “Big Tree”, a huge Outeniqua Yellowwood which is the national tree of South Africa. Stop for a bite to eat at the Storms River Bridge fuel stop before you continue to the renowned Addo Elephant National Park. This is the only park in the world that boasts the “Big 7”, namely, lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino, whale and the great white shark. Spend the next two days relaxing in the African bush in this malaria free national park. We recommend you book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Addo Elephant National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Day 12 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 13:


Depart early for the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve. Breakfast and lunch can be had en-route. The Gariep Dam is by far the largest manmade water reservoir in South Africa stretching 370 km² (145 miles²). It gives life to the Great Fish River and Sundays River of the Eastern Cape, as well as South Africa’s largest river the Orange River. Dinner can be enjoyed at the lodges’ restaurant or you could cook your own meal at your self-catering chalet found on the banks of the Gariep Dam.


Accommodation:  Gariep

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 14 & 15:


Travel through the picturesque Eastern Free State to the scenic Golden Gate Highlands National Park nestled in the rolling hills of the Maluti Mountains of the northeastern Free State. Stop for tea / coffee & pottie in the agricultural village of Zastron found near the Lesotho border. The village is situated at the foot of Aasvoëlberg (Vulture Mountain), named after the rare Cape vultures. The curious rock formation one will find in this sandstone mountain that towers over Zastron, is known to the locals as “The Eye of Zastron”. Also stop in the village of Clarens, nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. There will be time for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art. After your visit, you head for your hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which derives its name from the breathtaking tapestry of red and purple, as well as brilliant shades of gold cast by the setting of the sun on the sandstone cliffs. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day is also at leisure. Relax at the hotel or you could take a walk along one of the less strenuous hiking trails found near your hotel or hike the awesome “Brandwag” Mountain or for the enthusiast, undertake this morning a challenging 8 hour hike along the rim of the majestic “Mont-Aux-Sources” to the source of the Tugela Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in the world after the Angel Falls in Venezuela. The result of your efforts will literally take your breath away. All meals can be had at the hotel. Overnight in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.


Accommodation:  Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Hike “Brandwag” Mountain

  • Hike “Mont-Aux-Sources”

  • Horse riding


Day 16:


Depart for the Southern Drakensberg. On route you could stop in the village of Howick at the Howick Falls. This impressive waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). After this visit and lunch in town you drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Dinner can be had at the hotel restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 17:


Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which isthe highest peak in southern Africa. You will also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you’ll find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening can be had at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch (Packs)


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour


Day 18 & 19:


After breakfast you depart for the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. If you like you could stop in the historical city of Pietermaritzburg and the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu) for a visit to the “Church of the Vow” now a museum. A church that was built in His honour after a small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated Dingaan’s mighty Zulu army at “The Battle of Blood River” on the 16th December 1838. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. We recommend you book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. The next morning is at leisure or you could take a drive to St Lucia for a cruise on a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippo found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. Dinners can be enjoyed at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Day 19 - Morning - Boat cruise on lake St Lucia

  • Day 19 - Morning - An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country

  • Day 19 - Afternoon - Open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 20:


Today you travel through eSwatini to the town of Hazyview. Lunch can be had en-route. eSwatini, previously Swaziland, is known as “The Switzerland of Africa” due to its picturesque beauty. This tiny landlocked country holds within it a contrasting array of ecosystems from towering mountains to low lying savannah plains and endless rain forests found nestled along the mountain and river ravines. Hazyview is situated in the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. Time permitting you could book on arrival at your lodge an evening of African culture with traditional singing and dancing performed by the Shangaan, people who are the prominent ethnic group that reside in the Lowveld and the Greater Kruger National Park region. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Traditional Shangaan Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 21:


Your first stop today is the impressive unspoiled Mac Mac Falls with its double stream of water that tumbles into a 70 meter (230 feet) deep gorge. From here you head to the old historical gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. After a stroll through this interesting town and a visit to Robbers Grave, you continue along the “Panorama Route” of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains with its breathtaking vistas. Here you can view the imposing Three Rondavels and admire the stunning scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world. Also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be had en-route at the original famous Harrie’s Pancakes found in the town of Graskop and dinner can be enjoyed back at your lodge. Overnight in Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 22 & 23:


Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park, a national treasure which is known to be the most biodiverse park on earth with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 55 amphibians, last recorded 506 bird species and about 1980 plant species. Spend the next two days off the beaten track travelling through the central Kruger region, an area teeming with zebra, wildebeest & giraffe which are the main prey for lions! We recommend you book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in Kruger, undeniably Africa’s finest wildlife reserve.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 22)


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Day 23 - Afternoon open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 24:


You can look forward to another trilling day out on tour in the Kruger National Park. Travel north through Kruger to continue your search for the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. There is no better place in Africa to get closer to nature than to stay within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park. After dinner each night you could sit around your campfire under an African sky with stars so bright one feels you could reach out and touch them. Listen for any nocturnal visitors, as well the sounds and calls of the wild emanating from the African bush.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  None


Day 25 & 26:


Depart after breakfast from Kruger. Travel through Venda, which is known to be “The land of Legends”. The Venda’s are the smallest ethnic group in South Africa. They have staunch traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation which has transpired into an extremely interesting culture. Spend the next two nights at Leshiba, a quaint private nature reserve nestled within a remote area of the scenic Soutpansberg Mountains. Arrive in time for afternoon tea and a well deserved afternoon at leisure at this unique luxury Venda style lodge that was built on the foundations of an old traditional Venda village. All meals and activities are included with your stay. The next morning you join a guided archaeological (rock art) trail that offers an enlightening and mystical venture into the past. In the afternoon you can enjoy an open vehicle drive and “sundowners” - complimentary drinks at sunset in the bush.


Accommodation:  Leshiba

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 26), Lunch (Afternoon Tea) & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Guided archaeological (rock art) trail

  • Open vehicle drive and complimentary drinks at sunset in the bush


Day 27:


You’re off on another adventure with an exciting travelling day that lies ahead. Depart early, after breakfast for the border post and Botswana. Cross the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River into Botswana, previously known as Bechuanaland. From here you travel via the towns of Selebi-Phikwe and Francistown to Nata, the gateway to Botswana’s rich natural beauty. A picnic lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant under the stars and the cover of a huge acacia tree. Overnight near the village of Nata.


Accommodation:  Nata

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 28:


This morning you take an open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary known for its plentiful birdlife and Sowa (Sua) Pan which is one of the largest salt pans in the world stretching 252 km² (97 m²). Return for breakfast, after which you depart for your lodge found in the town of Kasane which overlooks the Chobe River and a stretch of land in Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip. This area is recognized for its large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, as well as its prolific birdlife and the abundance of game such as hippo, crocodile, sable antelope, red lechwe and puku antelope. Lunch can be had en-route. Arrive early afternoon at your destination in order to have some time at leisure to relax or just take it easy by the pool. Overnight on the fringe of the Chobe National Park.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Morning open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park


Day 29:


Discover the Chobe National Park and “Big 4” animal country on an early morning open vehicle safari. Return for breakfast where you then have the rest of the day to relax at the lodge, with its beautiful setting along the Chobe River or join an optional excursion. This afternoon you head back into the Chobe National Park on a sunset river cruise which will allow you the possibility to get “up close and personal” with an array of animals and birds. Overnight in Kasane - Botswana.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Early morning open vehicle safari into the Chobe National Park

  • Sunset cruise on the Chobe River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe River

  • Visit a cultural village in Namibia


Day 30 & 31:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning you cross the border at Kazungula into Zimbabwe. Check-in at your lodge where you can then enjoy lunch, before you join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Beverages and snacks are included on this excursion. This experience will undoubtedly be one of your highlights on this tour, as there are not many better ways to reflect on how good life can be than to be floating along the mighty Zambezi River, watching the sun set over Africa, whilst sipping a refreshing drink. The next day after breakfast you get to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. The falls is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, it was named after Queen Victoria by Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. This powerful cascade of water, which stretches a mile wide and flows thunderously into a 360 feet deep gorge, is known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Victoria Falls with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art, or you could consider joining one or more of our recommended optional excursions. Both evenings in Victoria Falls are at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at a restaurant of your choice found in or near town.


Accommodation:  Victoria Falls

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

  • “Flight of Angels” - a helicopter safari and flight over the Victoria Falls


Day 32:


Morning at leisure before you depart to Victoria Falls Airport for you to catch a midday flight to Johannesburg and your connecting flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast