- Small Group
- Land Based Adventures
- 18 Capacity
- 9 Days
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Summary : Experience the highlights of Southern Africa from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. This 9-day trip provides the perfect introduction to the fascinating, multicultural and diverse regions of South Africa. Discover the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders African penguin colony. Dive into local cuisine with Chef's Table experiences from a progressive dinner to cooking side-by-side with a chef. Experience game drives, bush walks, hippo walks, astronomy and wildlife lectures during a stay at Lion Sands, the only reserve in South Africa to offer safaris in both the Sabi and Sand rivers ecosystems. 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. 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, during the winter months, 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.
Please Note: The 6/11/2015 departure will spend these nights at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge. All other departures will stay at Lion Sands River Lodge.
Fly to Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where you find the privately owned Lion Sands Game Reserve and your lodge, located along the banks of the Sabi 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 the family, the lodge embodies spirit, warmth and nature. This afternoon, set off in search of the “Big Five” — elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards — and other wildlife too!
Spend the next two days immersed in Lion Sands Game Reserve, the only reserve in South Africa to offer safari adventures in both the Sabi and Sand Rivers ecosystem. Embark on game drives in open Land Rovers for optimum viewing and go on early-morning game walks with your ranger. Lion Sands Game Reserve is known as one of the finest in Africa for its high densities of wildlife, which often appear just steps in front of you. Whether on a game drive or walk, you learn about the local wildlife, flora and fauna, as well as basic tracking skills. In between safari activities, participate in a Chef’s Table cooking experience, where you help prepare a traditional South African stew of potjiekos. At dusk, stop for a sundowner cocktail and then continue your search for nocturnal animals before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Lion Sands River 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.
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.
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 gratuities throughout, 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.
International and internal airfare; passports or 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).