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AFRICA: Cities & Safaris Tour - 10 days

AFRICA: Cities & Safaris Tour - 10 days
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Destinations: AFRICA: Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Chobe, Cape Town

Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Johannesburg

Number of Days: 10 days / 9 nights

Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe

Leaders: Professional Expert Local Guides

Tour Concludes In: Cape Town

Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfasts; 9: Lunches; 1: Dinners; 1:

Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

This diverse continent is magnificent in its extremes with epic wildlife. Feel the immense power of nature as you marvel at the roaring spectacle of Victoria Falls. Observe Botswana's diverse habitats that provide the perfect settings for extraordinary safari excursions at Chobe National Park. Take a Chobe River safari cruise and watch-out for crocodiles, hippos and elephants that come down to drink and play in the water. Our discovery tour of Johannesburg will take you back to its humble beginnings traveling through historical landmarks such as the Nelson Mandela Bridge. We explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and get to know Cape Town like a Capetonian. Join us for an amazing adventure visiting five countries on this exciting tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Scenic  Victoria Falls tours

Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per program
  • Transfers as per program
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Meals as per program
  • Activities as per program (with entrance fees)

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1:    Arrive Johannesburg:   
  • Day 2:    Johannesburg:   
  • Day 3:    Johannesburg – Victoria Falls: (Zimbabwe)   
  • Day 4:    Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park: (Zambia)   
  • Day 5:    Chobe:   
  • Day 6:    Chobe – Cape Town:   
  • Day 7:    Cape Town:   
  • Day 8:    Cape Town:   
  • Day 9:    Cape Town:   
  • Day 10:     Depart Cape Town:    

Country Information

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UNESCO

  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

Full Itinerary

Day 1:    Arrive Johannesburg:   

Arrival into Johannesburg International Airport (JNB), meet your Guide and chuffeur transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 2:    Johannesburg:    (B/L)

Today enjoy a scenic private tour Johannesburg city. The tour commences in the new financial heart of the African continent in the Sandton CBD with a drive past the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and onto the wealthiest suburbs on the African continent, Sandhurst and Hyde Park and then progresses to Houghton with a drive past President Mandela’s home in this beautiful suburb.  Continue on and you enter the bustling high rise cosmopolitan suburb of Hillbrow, formerly the home to most of South Africa’s European immigrants and now home to South Africa’s African diaspora.

Drive to Constitution Hill, the home of the Constitutional Court, continue down to the business district of Braamfontein which hosts the world famous University of the Witwatersrand, across the Nelson Mandela Bridge into Newtown for your first stop at Main Street for a walking tour around the old Mining House District, home to most of the World’s largest mining companies such as Anglo American and BHP Billiton. Drive past Ghandi Square named after Mahatma Ghandi who lived in South Africa during his early years as a lawyer and then disembark at the Carlton Centre, Africa’s tallest building. From the 50th floor of this building you will enjoy panoramic views of downtown Johannesburg, its skyscrapers and the iconic yellow gold mine dumps surrounding the city. There are several stops along the way including  lunch and coffee breaks. Later return to the hotel.

 

Day 3:    Johannesburg – Victoria Falls: (Zimbabwe)    (B)

Following an early morning breakfast meet your guide and transfer to JNB airport for your onward flight to Victoria Falls. On arival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be greeted by your chauffeur driver and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, meet your local expert guide and depart on your Victoria Falls tour.  The Zimbabwe side.

The Victoria Falls – Now In Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year - Reaches Its Zenith In About May each year. It's a truly awe-inspiring experience; the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature's Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ to stop and take photos.

One of our qualified guides will discuss the history of the Falls as well as the  local flora, fauna, bird and other points of interest. The guides are also happy to assist you with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Later, return to the hotel

 

Day 4:    Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park: (Zambia)    (B/D)

Meet your guide this morning who will take you on  a tour of the Victorian Falls from the Zambian side. Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as the  'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders' and in more modern terms,  'the greatest known curtain of falling water'.  Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe.  One special vantage point is across the Knife Edge Bridge, where you can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.

Before returning to your hotel there is the opportunity to do some curio shopping in the adjacent open-air markets before returning to Zimbabwe. Transfer to your hotel lodge in Botswanis and check in. Later this afternoon depart on a spectacular river cruise on the Chobe river. Return to the lodge. Dinner at the lodge.

 

 

Day 5:    Chobe:    (B)

Its an early morning start, just before daylight, coffee & freshly made muffin’s are available for you before you depart with the lodge Ranger for a morning game drive. Later, return to the lodge for breakfast. Meet your guide to j a trip across the Chobe River to Namibia to visit a fishing village. Return to the lodge. Dinner at the lodge

 

Day 6:    Chobe – Cape Town:    (B)

Breakfast at the lodge before transfering to Kasane Airport for your onward flight to Cape Town via Johannesburg. On arrival into JNB Airport, you will be meet by your guide to walk to domestic departures area to check in for your flight to Cape Town. Again on arrival into Cape Town International Airport (CPT), you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

 

Day 7:    Cape Town:    (B)

This morning tour Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’. It is steeped in history, culture and scenic wonders, and offers an abundance of things to see and do. Your drive takes you past famous landmarks including the Dias statue, the Van Riebeek statue and train station before your visit to the Castle of Good Hope, built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The Castle was developed as a maritime replenishment station, and from 1678 it was the center of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape until the area grew and operations expanded elsewhere. Today, the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and is open for visitors to explore and learn more about its history.

The route then leads you to the magnificent Table Mountain (weather permitting), or in the event of inclement weather, Signal Hill. You will ascend to the top by the revolving cable car. Here, you will see wild flowers, daisies, silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

After that descend back to the city, driving past the Company Gardens, a large public park and botanical garden set in the heart of Cape Town, home to a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and aviary, and driving through the Malay quarters, also known as the Bo-Kaap, which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain. There after visit Greenmarket square (if there is time left) for some souvenir shopping.

Thereafter depart for the Cape Town Diamond Museum, situated in the bustling heart of the world-famous Clock Tower precinct at the V&A Waterfront. Discover a 3-billion-year old story unfold from a diamond's formation to the final polished stone. Explore the origins of South Africa's famous diamond industry, and get introduced to some of the great names in diamond history, including Cecil John Rhodes, Barney Barnato and the Oppenheimer family. Return to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure

 

Day 8:    Cape Town:    (B)

The day is at leisure there is an Optional Winery Tour available.

This morning meet your guide and depart on your full day Wine Route tour, including lunch. You will visit Franschhoek, and the Huguenot Monument; this museum also has an Annexe in which exhibitions on Franschhoek and Huguenot families are displayed. The Annexe, built in 1976, also houses the museum auditorium, research center and a souvenir shop. Continiue on to visit some of South Africa’s oldest and most famous wine estates. These Grand Old Cape-Dutch farmhouses and wine stores have watched proudly over the land for centuries; and the vineyards & wine estates still produce some of South Africa’s top wines today. Wineries included today are Vergelegen, La Motte and Delaire Graf. A delicious barbeque lunch will be inMiddlevlei. In the afternoon you will visit historic Stellenbosch the second oldest town before returning to your hotel.

Day 9:    Cape Town:    (B)

The day is at leisure to choose from our optional excursions which you can pre-order or order on the ground in Cape Town.

This morning meet your guide and depart on your full day Cape Point tour, including lunch. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breath-taking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City center to Cape Point. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Moullie Point, Clifton, Bantrey Bayand Camps Bay, stopping at Maiden Cove look-out point for a panoramic view of the Twelve Apostles, before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Take a 40 minute optional cruise (excluded) from Hout Bay harbour to Duiker Island the Seal Colony beneath the well-known Sentinel Mountain where you can view thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. (weather permitting) On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point (if open, alternatively approaching the Silvermines Nature Reserve, along Ou Kaapse Weg, it is possible to view most of the greater Cape Town area, up to the Tygerberg Hills and beyond on a clear day, laid out like a patchwork quilt below).
Visit to an Ostrich Farm then continue on to the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic shipwrecks and lighthouses, catch the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top for excellent viewing opportunities from the two lighthouses that adorn the point. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.  Then continue to the historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Time allocated for lunch. Visit the famous colony of African Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call.  Short stop over at Jubilee Square, after the drive back to Cape Town via FishHoek, Muizenberg and southern suburbs of Cape Town and return to your hotel.

 

Day 10:     Depart Cape Town:    (B)

The rest of the morning is at leisure.

Meet your guide and transfer to CPT airport for your onward or homebound flight.

 

 

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