10 days from £1225pp plus international flights.
A really wonderful trip exploring the stunning sights and tastes of Cape Town the profuse wildlife of Kruger and gazing in awe on the majesty of Victoria Falls. A bit of style and sightseeing, and a bit of wild safari and a whole lot of water - perfect!
In Cape Town you'll have 2 full days to explore, time to take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, to visit the notorious Robben Island, mingle with crowds at the Waterfront, and stroll through the botanic gardens. And don;t miss the beach! You're staying near Camps Bay which has some glorious beaches, too good to miss.
Next you board a plane to fly north-east to Kruger for the wild safari part of of your holiday! Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a private reserve in the Greater Kruger. There are no fences between this reserve and the national park, and the wildlife viewing here is superb. Led by expert guides on game drives and bush walks you'll get a real feel for the flora and fauna, and you'll end each day with dinner by the camp fire under the starry sky.
A short flight and a new country - Zambia! What better finale to your holiday than Victoria Falls? You have a free guided tour, with time to take in the overwhelming scale and force of the falls - expect to get wet, it's all part of the experience! You can also enjoy a civilised cruise on the Zambezi River, a lovely way to round off this special African odyssey.
You will be met on arrival at Cape Town airport and driven the half hour or so to your lovely boutique hotel, Clarendon Fresnaye. Set in pretty gardens on Lions Head, this is the former home of the Earl of Clarendon and provides gracious accommodation overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Take time to rest after your flight. Staff are happy to recommend and book local restaurants, so you can be assured of a good meal this evening.
Your first full day in this exciting city. Your hotel is only a few minutes drive from the city's main attractions including Table Mountain and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. You can easily spend a day exploring the city sights and stopping for lunch at one of the many cafes. You could also take a boat trip out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years. When you've had your fill of sightseeing, head back to Fresnaye and tranquillity of your hotel for some quiet rest and relaxation. Breakfast
There is so much to do in and around the city, from cultural activities such as museums, visits to different areas of the city (for example a township tour is fascinating), and chilling out on the sandy beaches at Camps Bay and Clifton close to your hotel. You might also want to take time out to stroll around the gardens, sunbathe and swim in the pools (there are 2 to choose from) at the Clarendon. Breakfast
This morning you'll be collected from the hotel for the transfer to the airport for the flight to Kruger Mpumalanga. From here you'll be driven to your home for the next 3 nights, Nottens Bush Camp in the famous Sabi Sands Reserve. You'll have a spacious suite, with an indoor and a screened outdoor shower, and a private wooden deck facing the bush. Cool off with a swim in the pool and watch wildlife from the deck by the waterhole as you adapt to your new surroundings. Tonight the chef will cook a tasty dinner which will be served on the deck, by the camp fire, or in the summerhouse. Full board
Part of Greater Kruger, the Sabi Sand Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve which shares a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. The wildlife in the reserve is well-habituated to visitors so this means that you stand high chances of unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. Nottens offers a mix of game drives and guided walks, with activities taking place in the early morning and late afternoon, leaving the middle of the day free for you to unwind at the lodge. Full board
After breakfast you'll be driven to Kruger Mpumalanga airport for the 90 minute flight to Livingstone in Zambia, for the third stage of your holiday. You'll be driven to Waterberry Lodge. With just 7 cottages, the lodge has a homely and intimate feel, with lovely gardens and a pool for relaxing, and views of the Zambezi River. Take things easy this afternoon, make friends with other guests and plan your activities for the next couple of days. You're staying on a full board basis so won't have to stir far for dinner! Full board
Your stay at Waterberry includes a free return transfer to Victoria Falls, so today you'll be able to experience the sheer force of the magnificent falls for yourself on a guided tour. There are lots of additional activities available that you can arrange and pay for locally, such as white water rafting and bungee jumping. It's sure to be a busy day and you'll be glad, at the end of the afternoon, to return to Waterberry's gardens. Full board
Today you can take advantage of another 2 in-house activities. You might like to accompany a guide to the village for a glimpse into local life, take a tour of Livingstone town and its markets, go bird watching by the river or in the bush with a specialist guide, try out your fishing skills or enjoy an island picnic. Other activities such as helicopter flights over the falls can be arranged locally at additional cost. You might want to round off your holiday with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, included in your Waterberry stay. Full board
After breakfast by the river it's time to pack your bags and head for home. You'll be transferred to Livingstone airport in time to check in for your flight. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1225 (ex. international flights)
9 nights accommodation on a twin share basis; private transfers as per the itinerary; meals as specified (bed and breakfast at Clarendon Fresnaye, full board at Nottens and Waterberry); local soft drinks, selected spirits, house wines and beers at Nottens; 2 daily games and an optional bush walk at Nottens; 2 in-house activities a day at Waterberry from Victoria Falls guided visit, dawn, daytime or sunset Zambezi cruise, fishing, island picnic, guided bird watching, guided village walk, guided Livingstone town and markets tour; 1 return transfer from Waterberry to Victoria Falls
International flights; departure taxes; flight from Cape Town to Kruger; flight from Kruger to Livingstone; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks other than those listed as inclusions at Nottens; items of a personal nature; tips
Getting there: This holiday starts in Cape Town, South Africa and ends at Livingstone airport, Zambia. Return flights from the UK start from around £XXXX, depending on season and availability. We usually book these for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday which we can arrange for you at any time of the year, subject to availability. We can also tweak it in any way you like.
A family-owned and run boutique hotel in a prestigious suburb, once the home of the Earl of Clarendon.
Exclusive game lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger.
Find the best time to visit South Africa
Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders.
Health: No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.
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