Summary : Journey across South Africa's varied landscapes, experiencing vibrant Cape Town and stunning Cape Point, game drives in a private reserve bordering Kruger National Park and a tour of jaw-dropping Victoria Falls. Discover the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders African penguin colony. Dive into local cuisine, cooking traditional stew on safari side-by-side with a chef, during a Chef's Table experience. Enjoy an unmatched safari experience filled with game drives, bush walks and wildlife lectures during a stay at either Lion Sands River Lodge or Ngala Safari Lodge - both located on game-rich private reserves next to Kruger National Park. Cruise the Zambezi River at sunset, taking time to appreciate the fiery African sky and enjoy a private walking tour of stunning, thunderous Victoria Falls.
Activities : Birding, Culture
Arrive in Cape Town, a breathtaking harbor city where old and new converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits, and the essence of its people. Warmed by the African sun, the city is dominated by the towering, flat-topped Table Mountain, set on a peninsula of rocky heights and lush valleys. Transfer to your hotel.
The following day, wind your way through scenic, shrub-dotted landscape to Table Mountain. Ascend to its sky-high plateau by cable car (weather permitting) for dazzling views of city and sea. Please Note: Table Mountain closes annually mid-July to mid-August. Alternate touring will be provided for affected departures. Next, venture to old Cape Town to view historic buildings and unique handmade wire and bead art. Your afternoon is at leisure before your welcome dinner tonight.
On Day 3, discover Cape Point, the mountainous and scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Embark on a journey past the “bikini beaches” at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountains, bucolic Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks, chacma baboons and several endemic plant species not found elsewhere. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs, sandy beaches and from July to November, breathtaking views of Southern right whales. At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities. Explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens alongside a private local guide.
One&Only Cape Town Resort
Please Note – The following departures will spend Days 4-6 at Ngala Safari Lodge: 6/30/2016, 8/4/2016, 8/25/2016, 9/25/2016, 10/2/2016. The following departures will spend Days 4-6 at the Lion Sands Tinga Lodge: 1/7/2016, 7/7/2016. The following departures will spend Days 4-6 at Ngala Tented Camp: 5/22/2016. All other departures will stay at Lion Sands River Lodge.
Fly to either the Lion Sands River Lodge located in Sabi Sands Game Reserve or Ngala Safari Lodge located in Timbavati Game Reserve. Both of these wildlife-rich properties are privately owned and each reserve borders Kruger National Park to offer you the very finest game-viewing safari experience. Lion Sands River Lodge lies on the banks of the Sabie River, where trees date back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over Kruger National Park. Hosted by the fourth generation of a family that makes it feel like home away from home, it embodies spirit, warmth and nature. Ngala Safari Lodge offers a timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era. The romance and mystery of Africa comes alive in its 20 thatched cottages tucked under a dense canopy of tamboti trees. This afternoon, once you are settled into your comfortable accommodations, set off in search of the “Big Five” — elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard — and other wildlife.
Spend two days immersed in your private game reserve. Embark on game drives in open safari vehicles for optimum viewing and go on early-morning game walks with your ranger. This region is one of the finest in Africa for high densities of wildlife, which often appear just steps in front of you. As you explore, learn about the flora and fauna as well as basic tracking skills. In between safari activities, participate in a Chef’s Table culinary experience, preparing a traditional South African meal. At dusk, stop for a sundowner, and then search for nocturnal animals before returning to your lodge for dinner.
Lion Sands River Lodge
Ngala Safari Lodge
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge
Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This original Edwardian colonial hotel delivers the elegance of old world travel in modern luxurious style. Later, you may enjoy a private cycling tour through the town market and a nature trail.
The following day, enjoy a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, and explore the surrounding rainforest. See rainbows and clouds of spray where the mile-wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the lower Zambezi; this same mist can be seen from miles away. Afterward, stroll the falls market and shop the stalls of local artisans. At sunset, cruise the Zambezi River while sipping sundowner cocktails; your view includes hippos across the water and elephants at the shore. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a farewell dinner.
The Victoria Falls Hotel
Fly to Johannesburg, where you enjoy access to the Premier Lounge before boarding your international flight home.
Accommodations and itinerary are subject to change at any time due to unforseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.
Table Mountain Closure: Table Mountain closes annually mid-July to mid-August. Alternate touring will be provided for affected departures.
Accommodations, meals and guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary; airport transfers to/from hotel in the first/last published city regardless of day of arrival and departure; coffee/tea/soft drinks/water at included meals; local wine and beer at welcome dinner; local bottled water during sightseeing; porterage of two (2) pieces of baggage; complimentary Internet access (where available on land; service levels are not guaranteed); hotel taxes; and some gratuities except to the Tour Director/Extension guide/safari driver-guides; medical evacuation service, when available, including air transportation to medical care facilities, is included within Zambia and Zimbabwe (hospitalization and medical expenses are at an additional cost). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passports and entry visas expenses; reciprocity and other border fees; airport departure taxes; excess baggage charges; gratuities to the Tour Director/Extension guide/safari driver-guides; meals other than those specified in the itinerary; beverages other than those noted in inclusions above; sightseeing not included in the published itinerary; and personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges, hospitalization and medical expenses, and optional activities and extensions (which are subject to availability).