SPLENDORS OF SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS
12 days from Cape Town to Johannesburg
- CAPE TOWN
Guided sightseeing, visit Cape Point Nature Reserve and a colony of African penguins, and the Bo-Kaap Museum;
[LF] walking tour of Bo-Kaap area; [LF] Cape Malay cooking class; cable-car ride up Table Mountain
- KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Six game drives in an open-air 4-wheel-drive Land Rover; optional bush walk; sundowner drinks
Visit [LF] Soweto and the Apartheid Museum
- VICTORIA FALLS
Cruise on Zambezi River; guided walk of the falls
- Inside visits and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.
This tour to South Africa—from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. A highlight of your trip is the Kapama Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, where you’ll enjoy six game drives to see the remarkable number of species, including 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. You’ll have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Have your camera ready because you may also see impala, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, and more.
Another highlight is Victoria Falls, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls, stand in awe as you hear the roar of the falls. Witness the beautiful rainbows left behind by the impressive amount of spray shooting into the sky.
Glorious scenery and majestic wildlife are not the only things you’ll experience on this tour. You’ll travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town, where you will visit a local home for a Malay cooking class before enjoying a traditional Malay meal. Also, take a cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the city.
If you’re looking to travel to captivating new places, this is the tour for you.
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Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late this evening, check in to your hotel, and rest as you prepare for a great adventure. SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN.
Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with an orientation tour of Cape Town. Then, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world and which skirts the rocky coastline. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. Continue on to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, where you will visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure. This evening, join your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D) SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN.
This morning, visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM, followed by a fascinating [LF] WALKING TOUR through Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, this lively area is a true melting pot of cultures. The historic and colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflect Dutch and British architecture, and the area has been declared a national monument. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a [LF] CAPE MALAY COOKING CLASS. Learn how to mix masala, fold samosas, and about the delicate flavors of Cape Malay curry before sitting down for a traditional Malay meal. Then, visit Table Mountain and take a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L) SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN.
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, for a guided tour. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day. (B) SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN.
Today, leave beautiful Cape Town behind and fly to KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, part of Greater Kruger National Park, to begin your safari adventure! The Kruger area is famous for its abundance of wildlife, and you will have a great chance of seeing the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Enjoy your first GAME DRIVE this afternoon. Your skilled tracker and professional ranger work together as a team, so you can learn more about the ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Sip on SUNDOWNER DRINKS prior to returning to your lodge for dinner. (B,D) SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN.
Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of its many spa treatments, or simply sit back and watch the animals. You may even choose to join your ranger for a BUSH WALK to learn more about the native flora and how to identify animals by their footprints while observing them from a safe distance. Optional excursions include the nearby Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, where you can see a number of rehabilitated animals or get up close to a herd of elephants so you can touch and feed them. On one of the days, you may even choose to skip a game drive for a memorable hour-long elephant-back safari through the bush! In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Step out of your safari vehicle for SUNDOWNER DRINKS and watch as the sun sets over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals—if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (B,L,D daily) KAPAMA RIVER LODGE.
Minimum age requirement for the bush walk is 15 years. For those who are 60 years old or older, participation is at the sole discretion of Kapama River Lodge.
Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B) KAPAMA RIVER LODGE.
Today’s sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to [LF] SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Soweto is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Along the way, see the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will also see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976. This led to the Soweto Uprising, an important event in the long struggle to end apartheid some 14 years later. Next, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM. Here you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (B,L) 54 ON BATH.
Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset. (B,D) 54 ON BATH.
Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D) ILALA LODGE.
During the dry season (September-December) and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.
Victoria Falls–Johannesburg–Homebound Flight. Your tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm. (B) ILALA LODGE.
Prices are calculated per person as following:
- Adult Price: USD 4039 per person
- Child Price: USD 3636 per person
Single Room Supplement: $995 to $1235
Triple rooms are not available.
Intra-vacation air segments $740
Government taxes and fees $533
Extra Nights per person in Cape Town:
January-March & September-December: in single room $244; in twin room $142
April-August: in single room $170; in twin room $103
Extra Nights per person in Johannesburg:
in single room $238; in twin room $138.
Cash,Credit cards and Bank transfers.
You may confirm this reservation with a $250.00 deposit Per Person.
Following items are included in the price and you will not charge for them:
- American breakfast (B) daily, 5 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Cape Town and a farewell dinner in Victoria Falls
Price Does Not Include:
Following items are not included in the price and you may have to pay it:
- Visas and vaccinations.
- Laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant)
- Additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary.
- Transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; porterage at airports or train stations.
- The price listed does not include your airfare.
Please read the policies carefully. This section contains important information.
* STANDARD CANCELLATION FEES FOR ESCORTED & INDEPENDENT VACATIONS: 45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price plus Trip Protection premiums
21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30% of total price plus Trip Protection premiums
7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Trip Protection premiums
On departure day and later: 100% of total price plus Trip Protection premiums
* INTRA VACATION: Required intra-vacation air segments are: Cape Town/Kruger National Park; Kruger National Park/Johannesburg; Johannesburg/Victoria Falls; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg. Starting at $1273
* MEALS: American breakfast (B) daily, 5 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Cape Town and a farewell dinner in Victoria Falls
* VALID FOR: Minimum 2 person travelling together.
* CHILD POLICIES: Children ages between 0 to 7 are not allowed in this vacation.
* : Children ages 8 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.