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Victoria Falls, Botswana Safari & Cape Town Tour tour

Victoria Falls, Botswana Safari & Cape Town Tour

Riviera Travel
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 3,549 $ 323 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, the stunning Victoria Falls, with an optional helicopter flight
  • Watch the fire-red sunset over the mighty Zambezi River during our sundowner cruise on the ‘African Queen’
  • Explore Botswana’s vast Chobe National Park, one of the world’s most outstanding game reserves and home to one of the world’s largest elephant herds: the real heart of Africa
  • Stay four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town, one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, with guided tour
  • Full-day tour to the Cape of Good Hope, see where two oceans meet experiencing unique flora and fauna, including Africa’s only penguin colony
  • Tour the Western Cape’s stunning Wineland’s with its manicured scenery of endless vines and unique Cape Dutch architecture plus a visit and tasting at a 300-year old winery
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

Short Description

Victoria Falls, arguably Africa’s greatest natural wonder, with often overlooked Botswana and incredible Cape Town, what a tour!

There is something almost haunting about Africa and everyone should visit it at least once during their lives. Its sense of vastness and isolation, whilst at the same time a unique closeness to nature, leaves an indelible mark on its visitors and on this incredible three-country tour, you see some of the very best it has to offer. We see one of the finest natural wonders on the planet, the amazing Victoria Falls as well as one of its most naturally beautiful cities, Cape Town, with its surrounding fertile Winelands, plus we visit one of the world’s finest and least visited game reserves, all set in the beautiful countries of Botswana, Zambia and South Africa.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Johannesburg
End City Cape Town

Trip Includes

  • The price includes eight nights accommodation, including breakfast in three and four-star hotels
  • Half-board basis at Chobe Safari Lodge or Mowana Safari Lodge
  • 2 lunches in Cape Town
  • Scheduled direct flights to Johannesburg and returning from Cape Town
  • Flights between South Africa and Zambia; all transfers
  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Zambezi River cruise
  • Game drive and boat safari in Chobe
  • Full day guided tours to Cape Point and the Winelands including two lunches
  • Porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of an experienced Riviera Tour Manager

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Itinerary

Day 1: Departure

You should arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2: Arrival In Livingstone

After your morning arrival you will connect with your onward 1 hour 50 minute flight to Livingstone in Zambia and our hotel for the night, the three-star superior Azani Victoria Falls resort, located just a short walk from Victoria Falls. All rooms are air-conditioned and brightly decorated in an African theme with a balcony or patio overlooking the extensive landscaped gardens. The resort has a large pool, bar and restaurant and Riviera guests are welcome to use the excellent restaurant, bar and facilities of the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel next door. After some time to relax and freshen up, we experience one of the highlights of your tour – a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi on the African Queen. As the boat slowly glides across the expanse of a river inhabited by hippo and crocodiles, simply settle into a shaded wicker armchair, absorb the unique surroundings, sip a refreshing drink, become acquainted with your fellow travellers and reflect on how good life can be!

Day 3: Victoria Falls

This morning we approach Victoria Falls for an outstanding guided walking tour. The area around the falls is surrounded by a unique, lush rainforest eco-system, watered by the fine spray rising from the falls. As we pass through several rainbows arching through the mist, the roar of the falls intensifies and conversation becomes virtually impossible. The anticipation mounts and on your first view, you will fully appreciate why this is truly one of the wonders of the natural world! During low water flow, an optional boat trip is available to Livingstone Island from where the famous explorer himself first saw the falls. For the ultimate view you can take a helicopter or even a micro-light’ aircraft flight (essentially a powered hang-glider) on an optional ‘Flight of Angels’ tour. During the afternoon we drive west parallel to the Zambezi until it joins the Chobe River, actually forming the Botswanian border, which we cross on small open speedboats. We stay three nights half-board at the four-star Chobe Safari Lodge (some groups will stay at the four-star Mowana Lodge), beautifully located overlooking the river itself. All the air-conditioned rooms are well furnished in an African theme and river-facing. The lodge, with its high-ceilinged thatch-roofed public areas blends superbly with the natural surroundings. It also has a lovely swimming pool overlooking the river and an open-air bar and restaurant.

Day 4: Chobe Safari

There is simply nothing to beat the feeling of excited anticipation and rising expectation as we start our game drive in the half light of an African dawn, accompanied by a unique ‘dawn chorus’. Using specially adapted 10-seater open-sided safari vehicles we look out for big cats, giraffe and elephants. You will see a wide variety of game: beautiful impala, monkeys, warthogs, kudu, even leopards if we are lucky! The birdlife is also simply superb – look out for the darting pied kingfishers, African skimmers, ibis, ground hornbills and a variety of brilliantly coloured bee-eaters. We return to our lodge mid-morning for some relaxation by the pool and a spot of lunch. During the afternoon we take a boat safari on the Chobe River, the main watercourse in the region. Elephant and hippo sightings are virtually guaranteed all year-round. Fish eagles and crocodiles are also often spotted, but during the peak of the dry season (Aug-Nov), hundreds of elephants congregate along the shore for their daily drink – an awesome game viewing experience, unique to Africa! As the sun sets beyond the wide grassy plains on the horizon, we are treated to one of this continent’s greatest gifts: the amazing multihued spectacle that is an African sunset.

Day 5: Free Day

Today is at leisure at the Chobe Safari Lodge or Mowana Safari Lodge. You may either relax and enjoy the excellent facilities or take additional game drives or river safaris in this, the real heart of Africa. Alternatively, there are some optional trips on offer: a shorter excursion is to Namibia just on the other side of the Chobe River or, you may wish to try your hand at fishing for the fearsome Tigerfish.

Day 6: Flight To Cape Town

After breakfast we cross back into Zambia across the Chobe River and drive back to Livingstone airport. From Livingstone we fly (commercial jet) to Cape Town, via Johannesburg and transfer to our hotel, the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel for four nights bed and breakfast, beautifully located, within walking distance of the V&A waterfront.

Day 7: Cape Of Good Hope

This morning we drive to Cape Point, visiting the legendary Cape of Good Hope, originally known as the Cape of Storms. We pass pristine beaches, the fishing harbour of Hout Bay and continue along the breathtakingly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, full of rugged seascapes and cliffs, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hot-spots. At Cape Point itself you see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents and the treacherous promontory of rocks, the scourge of mariners for centuries. Finally, you visit Boulders Beach and its resident penguin colony before returning to the city in the afternoon. Lunch is included today.

Day 8: Winelands

Today you tour the awesomely beautiful Winelands. Set in a wide valley backed by majestic mountains, rows of manicured vines and orchards stretch into the distance, studded by lime-washed, often thatched, 300 year-old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style, sympathetically mirroring the undulations of the surrounding countryside. Later you visit the small town of Franschoek in a magnificent setting at the head of a valley, then elegant Stellenbosch, established 300 years ago and home to South Africa’s most prestigious university. Period buildings and historic streets reinforce the town’s dignified atmosphere.

We have time to explore this delightful town before enjoying a fascinating cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Lunch is included today.

Day 9: Free Day In Cape Town

Cape Town, featuring British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences, is simply one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, with so much to offer the visitor! Today is at leisure to explore as you wish. In addition to the excellent shopping and dining available within the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex, no visit to Cape Town would be complete without taking the revolving cable car to the summit of iconic Table Mountain, at the unofficial symbol of South Africa and with breathtaking views. You should also visit Robben Island (weather permitting), where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years incarceration, and whose visitors have included Bill Gates, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton and even Nelson Mandela himself. Wander through the Bo- Kaap area, the very image of small-town South Africa. Tours are available to charming nearby Hermanus, the world’s premier onshore whale watching location (Jul-Nov only). Alternatively, simply just wander where your feet take you, or relax a little, taking afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson, one of the great colonial hotels of the world: the choice is yours.

Day 10: Return Flight

Your final day in Cape Town is again at leisure, before transferring to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight to Heathrow via Johannesburg.

Day 11: Arrive Home

You arrive back in the UK after an extraordinary tour.

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Accomodations

Mowana Lodge - Kasane, Botswana

The four-star Mowana Safari Lodge is also located overlooking the Chobe River and will be used on some tours. The excellent facilities are centered around a vast baobab tree and include an outdoor swimming-pool, tennis court, 9-hole golf course, a Boma terrace and pool bar, plus the main restaurant and bar which also overlook the river. The 116 rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, TV and patio or balcony.

Chobe Safari Lodge - Kasane, Botswana

The four-star Chobe Safari Lodge is beautifully located overlooking the Chobe River. With its high-ceilinged thatch-roofed public areas, the lodge blends superbly with the natural surroundings. It also has a lovely swimming pool overlooking the river and an open-air bar and buffet restaurant. All the air-conditioned rooms are well furnished in an African theme and river facing with en-suite bathroom, TV and balcony or patio.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort – Livingstone

The superior three-star Avani Victoria Falls Resort (previously the Zambezi Sun) is located just a short walk from the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls. The resort has a large pool, bar and restaurant and Riviera guests are welcome to use the excellent restaurant, bar and facilities of the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel next door (free shuttle operates between the two hotels). All 212 rooms are air-conditioned and brightly decorated in an African theme with a balcony or patio overlooking the extensive landscaped gardens and have an en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV and safe.

Southern Sun Waterfront - Cape Town

The four-star Southern Sun Waterfront is perfectly located less than a ten minute  stroll from the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (hotel shuttle also available) and its huge selection of restaurants, bars and shopping outlets. The hotel has a popular lounge bar and restaurant serving contemporary African and international cuisine, as well as a fitness centre and circular open-air pool. All the 546 air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and well-appointed with bath, shower, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV, tea/coffee-maker and complimentary WiFi.

Cancellation Policy:

The following cancellation charges apply based on the period before departure when cancellation notice is received more than 56 days - deposit only; 56 - 31 days - 50%; 30 - 15 days - 95%; 14 days or less - 100%.

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Trip Excludes

  • Zambian visa
  • Zambian departure tax
  • $5 per person payable locally

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