Southern Africa Tour
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations : South Africa - Johannesburg - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Kruger National Park
Day 1New York - Cape Town, South Africa
This afternoon, fly to Cape Town, South Africa from New York on our selected scheduled Airline.
Day 2Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to hotel.
Day 3Cape Town
After early breakfast, enjoy the tour of Cape Town also known as the Mother City. It is here that colonial South African history has its roots. The Dutch, French, German and English disembarked at Table Bay Harbor, bringing with them slaves from Eastern and Western Africa as well as slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. All these ethnic groups, along with the indigenous people, today form the ‘Rainbow Nation’. This tour allows us to indulge in the enormous and rich heritage of this beautiful city as we bask in its extraordinary history. Attractions include City Hall and Green Market Square, a walk through the Company Gardens will include a visit to the South African Museum and we will also pass the Houses of Parliament. On the other side of town, we’ll venture to the old District Six Museum. Signal Hill, the Table Mountain on cable car, Clifton and Camps Bay and also the colorful Malay Quarters also known as Bo Kaap. Continue your tour of Cape Town with visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.
Day 4Cape Town
Depart by private motor coach to view the beauty of the Cape of Good Hope in luxury and comfort along the coastal destinations of the Cape’s Magnificent Mile. Cast your minds back to the turn of the 18th century as we travel the same route as the pioneers of this country did by ox wagon! We move past the beautiful beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay and Noordhoek. If there is time we will include Ostrich Viewing along the way as we head towards Cape Point, the mystical meeting point of the world’s two greatest oceans. From Cape Point, after viewing a magnificent panorama of the Cape and watching many species of fauna and flora (including the Cape’s unique Chacma baboons), we head for the penguin colony. This is nestled in a sheltered cove between the naval suburb of Simons Town and Cape Point. If you are lucky, you may spot the largest animal on the earth-the whales during this scenic ocean drive.
Day 5Cape Town - Johannesburg
Morning is free in Cape Town for independent activities. In the afternoon fly to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to hotel.
Enjoy a full day tour of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto. The Story of Johannesburg is the story of Gold. When the first white pioneers arrived in this region they had no inkling of the wealth that lay beneath their feet. The discovery of the precious metal in the late 1800′s changed all of that, and as you will see, today Johannesburg is the commercial, industrial and mining capital of South Africa. The capital city of Pretoria is home to a plethora of historical and cultural treasures. The places of interest in Pretoria include the Union Buildings (seat of government), Church Square (the city centre), the Voortrekker Monument (dedicated to the first white pioneers), and Freedom Park (dedicated to those who sacrificed for freedom and democracy). Another fascinating experience is a visit to the pulsating township of Soweto. The mines of old, of course, needed a plentiful supply of cheap labor, and Soweto, together with many of the other townships around Johannesburg, housed the huge numbers of migrant a and resilience of the South African nation. We explore this fascinating township, trying to obtain an appreciation for the history and heritage contained within its bounds
Day 7Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Victoria Falls. Arrive Victoria Falls and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the Victoria Falls. Explore this land of potent beauty to discover one of the seven natural wonders of the world- the Victoria Falls.
Journey to this magnificent place and witness the greatest mass of falling water on earth as it plunges down a sheer rock face, spraying its mystical mist hundreds of meters in the air. The Victoria Falls, (Mosi-Oa-Tunya, the smoke that Thunders), without a doubt, constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. You can gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid to the brink of basalt lip seventeen hundred meters wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.
Day 8Victoria Falls
Morning is free for optional helicopter ride (subject to weather condition and availability) over the Victoria Falls. Afternoon enjoy the elephant back safari. An elephant back safari is not just a ride on the largest animal in Africa, it's an unforgettable experience where you get to interact with the elephants as well as enjoy a ride through wilderness areas and beautiful river scenery. Whilst on the ride, you may see other wild elephant as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and a host of other plains game. Along the Zambezi River, Hippo and crocodile are common and there is a wide variety of bird species. Each elephant has its own handler and clients will leave having witnessed the elephant's incredible skills, intelligence and willingness to respond to instruction.
Day 9Victoria Falls Chobe National Park, Botswana Victoria Falls
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Chobe National Park in Botswana – home of the great African elephants. Cross over the border into Botswana by road. Arrive in Chobe National Park and proceed on tour of Chobe National Park. Enjoy a full day safari at Chobe National Park in Botswana that will bring you closer to African elephants. Elephants are a permanent feature of this beautiful region and the rest of Africa's magnificent creatures also abound. After lunch at the Lodge, enjoy the Jungle Safari in the Chobe National Park. The park is probably best known for its spectacular elephant population: 70,000 elephants today, it is actually the highest elephant concentration of Africa. Moreover, most of them are probably part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population on Earth. The elephant population seems to have solidly built up since 1990, from a few thousand. They have not been affected by the massive illicit exploitation of the 1970s and 1980s. One thing is a given in Chobe: just a brief drive along any of its roads quickly reveals a torn branch, a trumpeting call, an enormous grey shape ghosting out of the bush ...all the unmistakable signs that this is elephant territory. At Chobe, you can get so close to elephants that you can hear the deep rumblings as they communicate with each other. With an estimated population of around 70 000, Loxodontaafricanais both plentiful and, because of tight restrictions on hunting, remarkably tolerant of a traveler’s attention. In the evening return to your hotel in Victoria Falls.
Day 10Victoria Falls Johannesburg
After breakfast, transfer to Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe to connect flight to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to hotel.
Day 11Johannesburg Kruger National Park
After breakfast drive to Kruger National Park via 16 mile long Blyde Canyon. Arrive and check in at the Protea Kruger Gate hotel.
Day 12Full day Game Drives in Kruger National Park
Before sunrise, get ready for morning Game drive inside Kruger National Park with coffee, tea, cookies etc and to meet your local Ranger. This Ranger in his 4 x 4 jeep will take you inside the Kruger National park to catch a glimpse of wild life such as lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. Return to your hotel for breakfast and to relax at the lodge. In the afternoon, after lunch at the lodge, the Game drive will continue and if you are lucky you may see the BIG FIVE or even Cheetah. After the safari return to your lodge.
Day 13Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - New York
After early breakfast, drive to Johannesburg airport for your flight to New York.