Victoria Falls To Cape Town - Under African Skies
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW15164
- Travel Type: Air
12 nights. November 2018 - November 2019. From £3299.00.
Wildlife encounters, natural wonders and unforgettable experiences
This exclusive Small-Group Tour is crammed with extraordinary sights, some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and truly memorable moments throughout. See the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, spend a day in Botswana's stunning Chobe National Park and, after flying to beautiful Cape Town, discover some of the most engaging sights and natural wonders of South Africa, including the verdant Cape Winelands, the plain of the Little Karoo and the exquisite Garden Route.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Stay close to Dr Livingstone's fabled Victoria Falls
See elephants and buffalo in Botswana's Chobe National Park
Enjoy a winelands walking tour and wine tasting in Stellenbosch
Enjoy close-up Big 5 wildlife encounters on sunset and sunrise safaris at the Big Five Garden Route Game Lodge
Journey to Knysna on the beautiful Garden Route
Enjoy lunch under Milkwood Trees at Featherbed Nature Reserve
Visit the 'Ostrich Capital of the World'
Visit Africa's true most southerly point, Cape Agulhas
Enjoy dinner in a traditional Fisherman's Village in Arniston
Stay in Cape Town - the world's most beautifully sited city
A tour of Cape Point includes Boulders' penguin colony and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Experience Table Mountain's rotating cable car
12 nights' carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation
Three lunches and four dinners
Return flights to Livingstone via Nairobi or Johannesburg, returning from Cape Town, via Johannesburg or Amsterdam, and all regional flights as described in the itinerary
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly overnight from the UK to Livingstone, close to the wondrous Victoria Falls, travelling via Nairobi or Johannesburg.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, where there'll be an opportunity to rest and relax after the journey and to meet your fellow travellers. Enjoy a first glimpse of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Over a mile wide, the cascades have the capacity to push over half a million cubic metres of water per minute over the basalt cliff into the Zambezi River Gorge, in a breathtaking cacophony of noise and - especially during the early spring - a towering plume of spray. At other times of year, the full extent of the great abyss can be seen when the river's flow is not so great.
Today is a free day, in which to relax at the hotel and perhaps to take part in a wide range of optional activities, from accompanied tours of the Falls to open-topped bus tours. This evening, as a perfect end to your first day, board a riverboat - the African Queen or African Princess - to enjoy an optional lazy sunset cruise along the languid Zambezi, sipping a cocktail on deck. As the light fades into your first African night, the birds come home to roost and the wildlife on the river - perhaps hippos and crocodiles - settles down.
Early this morning, cross the border into Botswana to enjoy a day in the stunning surroundings of the Chobe National Park. This vast area of swamp, floodplain and forest is home to an astonishing array of wildlife and birds, including herds of elephants, wildebeest and water buffalo. In the company of a knowledgeable guide, spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River, then after lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge, enjoy an afternoon overland game drive through the park.
Fly south to Cape Town, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and make the short transfer into the beautiful, verdant Cape Winelands region, for a two-night stay in a hotel overlooking the Stellenbosch mountains. Spend the rest of the day exploring the delightful surroundings of Stellenbosch, with its centuries-old oaks, its European-style, 'Cape Dutch' houses, village green and historic Dorp Street with its quaint shops and wine-tasting centres. During your stay, enjoy an included wine tasting at De Zalze Winery.
A morning 'Bites & Sites' walking tour of Stellenbosch introduces not only the history of the delightful town, but also offers a taste of an array of artisan foodstuffs, with visits to a family-owned bakers and butchers and an award-winning wine-bar, as well as a chance to sample local teas and a selection of famous Cape desserts. Lunch today is included at South Africa's oldest hotel.
This afternoon you'll take in Franschhoek, where designer elegance mixes with Victorian grandeur in a place first settled in 1688. Enjoy a guided introduction to the city, and complete a wonderful day with a wine-tasting and cellar visit, before returning to Stellenbosch.
Bidding farewell to the Winelands, you'll head east on a scenic drive, to spend two nights in the wonderful surroundings of the Garden Route Game Lodge, a privately operated game reserve at the gateway to the famous coast. During your stay, in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg mountains, you'll enjoy all the wonders of safari game drives in search of the Big Five of lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo, enjoy accommodation in comfortable lodges and typical African meals under the stars (weather permitting) and looking out over the reserve. Enjoy the first of the game drives this evening then enjoy a 'sundowner' round the authentic Boma (camp fire) before dinner is served.
A second day at the Lodge begins with a pre-breakfast game drive, and includes a visit to the fascinating reptile centre, free time to enjoy lunch (payable locally) and a siesta - perhaps by the pool - before a second evening game drive and dinner under the stars.
This morning you'll journey along the famously scenic Garden Route to Knysna, in the heart of this
coastal wonder. Set on the bank of a beautiful lagoon, against a backdrop of wooded hills, Knynsa, with its Victorian and Georgian houses, brims with character and style. An included tour features a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, across the lagoon, and home to some 200 fish species and a rare species of seahorse. Enjoy a nature drive to Western Head for spectacular views, and lunch in the shade of milkwood trees. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay, and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Today sees you travel over the scenic Outeniqua Mountain Pass to visit sun-blessed Oudtshoorn, the 'Ostrich Capital of the World', in the heart of the 'Little Karoo' plain. En route you'll visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, vast limestone grottoes with extraordinary calcium formations built up over
thousands of years. The world's strangest, largest and often most valuable bird has been farmed in Oudsthoorn for 130 years, first for its plumage - Edwardian farmers built handsome 'Feather Palaces' with the proceeds - and more recently for its high-protein, low-cholesterol meat, samples of which will be offered at lunchtime.
This afternoon, you'll enjoy a breathtakingly scenic drive across the Swartberg Mountain Pass, ending a wonderful day with a typical South African Braai (barbeque) in the mountains.
Turning west once more, you'll head back towards the sea, pausing to take in the views from Cape Agulhas, Africa's southernmost point, where there are regular sightings of whales and sharks, including Great Whites. Head along the coast to spend a night in the Indian Ocean fishing village of Arniston, where accommodation is in 'seaside cottages' alongside the azure waters, and the evening is spent enjoying dinner at a fisherman's cottage - one of the highlights of the entire tour.
Heading west once more, you'll journey to Hermanus, famed whale-watching centre, and after time to explore this delightful coastal town you'll journey on to stunning Cape Town, for the final two nights of the tour. It is difficult to overstate the romance and natural beauty of South Africa's most visited city; few places on Earth can boast such a stunning setting, nestled on a mountainous peninsular that leads to the Cape of Good Hope, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, and with majestic Table Mountain rising in its midst.
This afternoon, enjoy a guided introduction to the beautiful city, including a walk through the Company Gardens and an unforgettable ascent of Table Mountain in a rotating cable car, turning in an unforgettable 360-degree panorama as it climbs to the 1000-metre high summit, with its stupendous views of the city and beyond. This evening, after checking into your hotel, perhaps spend time in the redeveloped Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the city's most popular attraction, with its complex of shops, theatres, bars and restaurants.
A last full day sees you depart on a fascinating full-day's included tour of the Cape Peninsula, including treacherous Cape Point, the beach resort of Boulders (with its colony of penguins), Kirstenbosch, with its stunning botanical gardens, Hout Bay, where you might take an optional cruise to famous 'Seal Island', and - weather-permitting - the breathtakingly scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most thrilling coastal roads. You'll return to the hotel in the late afternoon for a last evening at leisure in Cape Town.
After a little more free time today - perhaps for last-minute shopping along the Waterfront - transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight, via Amsterdam or Johannesburg to the UK.
Arrive home this morning, at the end of a simply wonderful African adventure.Back to top
AccommodationVictoria Falls to Cape Town Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Small group tours
Group sizes on each departure on this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20. As a result you'll be able to travel in smaller vehicles, enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Passports and visas
A visa is required for UK citizens travelling to Zambia, which currently costs GBP35. A visa is not required for UK citizens travelling to Botswana or to South Africa where special entry rules apply for children under 18 years. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry to South Africa and have four adjacent blank pages.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.Back to top