The Fairest Cape & Victoria Falls

16

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg

Your tour highlights:


  • Port Elizabeth - Mandela Bay

  • Addo Elephant National Park

  • Garden Route

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Cango Caves

  • Cape Town

  • Cape Peninsula

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

  • Robben Island

  • Cape Winelands

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Port Elizabeth

  • 2 Nights - Addo Elephant National Park

  • 2 Nights - Knysna

  • 1 Night - Oudtshoorn

  • 5 Nights - Cape Town

  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 2 Nights - Victoria Falls

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Flights:

                       Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth /

                       Cape Town to Johannesburg to

                       Victoria Falls / Victoria Falls to

                       Johannesburg

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 14 Nights

  • 14 Meals: 14 Breakfasts

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       1 x One-way drop-off fees

  • Victoria Falls:

                       Transfers

                       Entrance fees as per itinerary

                       Sunset cruise

                       Guided walking tour

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 Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. He / She will hand over your travel documents (vouchers) and will assist with your transfers to the domestic terminal, as well your check-in for your flight to Port Elizabeth, which is also known as the “Friendly City”. Collect your hired vehicle at the rental agency on your arrival a PE Airport. Drive to your hotel which is situated 10 minutes from the airport and close to the beach front in Summerstand, overlooking Algoa Bay or Mandela Bay. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Maybe visit the beach and take a swim in the warm Indian Ocean as PE is ranked among the top 5 cities in the world for pleasant weather. Dinner can be had at the excellent restaurant found at the hotel or at a restaurant found within a short walking distance from the hotel. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.


Accommodation:  Port Elizabeth

Meals:  None


Day 3 & 4:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning in the “Friendly City” you depart for a tour of this major seaport town. On this tour you could visit the Horse Memorial dedicated to the horses killed during the Anglo Boer War, the Campanile Memorial marking the spot where the British Settlers of 1820 arrived, Fort Frederick built by the British during the Napoleonic Wars to stop a possible French invasion and the Donkin Reserve; a garden lined with Victorian style churches and terraced cottages. On the reserve is a lighthouse which provides panoramic views over the bay. After the tour you depart for 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, after which you could then relax with a drink around the campfire. Whilst staying in this park and being so close to nature, you have a good chance of hearing the hair-raising roar of a lion marking its territory or the deep growling noise of an elusive leopard on the prowl. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Addo Elephant National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Day 4 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 5:


Travel southeast along the "Garden Route" towards the picturesque town of Knysna. The “Garden Route” stretches about 200 km (130 miles) from Tsitsikamma to Mossel Bay and is sandwiched between towering mountains and the Indian Ocean. The name was adopted due to the region’s diverse vegetation, beautiful scenery, meandering estuaries and rugged coastline. On route you can visit the “Big Tree”, a huge Outeniqua Yellowwood which is the national tree of South Africa, as well as the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can get a bite to eat and take a short hike to the Storms River mouth suspension bridge. Your final stop for the day will be at 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. Evening at leisure. 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 6:


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 7:


Travel via the city of George and the “Outeniqua Pass" to the town of Oudtshoorn the capital of the Klein Karoo. This short scenic drive reflects the great diversities of nature South Africa has to offer, with lush green vegetation & indigenous forests found on the eastern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains and the arid Karoo to the west. 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! Evening at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel or at a restaurant in town. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.


Accommodation:  Oudtshoorn

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 8:


Drive to Cape Town via the towns of Riversdale, Swellendam and 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. Hermanus is also a great place to get some lunch, after which you head for South Africa’s oldest city, nicknamed “The Mother 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 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 9:


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 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 can start making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a restaurant in Simonstown. After lunch you could 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 10 & 11:


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 12:


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 could 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 13:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. Weather permitting; you could also take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula" before you depart to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight to Johannesburg. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport. Our representative will be at the airport in Johannesburg to meet you on your arrival and then transfer you to a lodge near the airport. Dinner can be had at the lodge. Evening at leisure.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Helicopter flight over Table Bay, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town


Day 14 & 15:


We’ll transfer you after breakfast to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International for you to catch your flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you will be met on your arrival. Transfer to your lodge found on the outskirts of the town of Victoria Falls. After check-in and some time at leisure 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 visit the spectacular Victoria Falls on a guided walking tour. The falls is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World” and 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 Activities:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

  • Guided walking tour of Victoria Falls


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

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


Day 16:


Morning at leisure before we transfer you to Victoria Falls Airport for you to catch a midday flight to Johannesburg and your connecting flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast