10 days from £2315pp 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 - Zimbabwe! 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 guesthouse, the Trevoyan in the suburb of Tamboerskloof. This beautifully restored Victorian gem is right at the slopes of Table Mountain, landmarked by a majestic old oak tree. Take time to rest and relax 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 Tamboerskloof and tranquillity of your guesthouse for some quiet rest and relaxation. Breakfast
There is so much to do in and around the city, and you can explore at your leisure for the next two days. Choose 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. You might just want to take time out and sunbathe and swim in the pool at the guest house or wander around the local boutiques, restaurants and bars or even head out to the winelands and sample some of the Cape's finest wines. Breakfast
This morning you'll be collected from the guesthouse for the transfer to the airport for the flight to Hoedspruit. From here you'll be driven to your home for the next 2 nights, Africa on Foot. This intimate rustic safari camp, Africa on Foot is located in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve which lies west of the Greater Kruger National Park sharing open borders. An unfenced camp with sandy walkways and scattered shady trees, Africa on Foot takes a simple, more authentic approach to safari and as the name suggests the emphasis is on walking safaris. Breakfast, dinner.
This morning it's an early start as you embark on a walking safari with your guide. It's a great way to experience nature and the bush. Your guide will be with you every step of the way pointing out tracks, and sharing his wealth of knowledge. There's nothing quite like seeing wild animals while on foot. On returning to camp you can tuck in to a hearty breakfast that you will have earned. Then you have free time to relax in camp, and perhaps take a siesta before a late lunch is served. Then you will go out on a game drive to explore the further reaches of the reserve before finding a special spot for a sundowner. Lions, leopard, elephants and a variety of buck are all present on the reserve, see how many you can spot. You will return to camp in time to freshen up before dinner. Full board.
Today you will leave this stunning area and 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. You then cross the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe for the third stage of your holiday. You'll be driven to Ilala Lodge. This is the closest accommodation to the falls and the cascading waters can be heard from the gardens. Take things easy this afternoon, make friends with other guests and plan your activities for the next couple of days. Enjoy a three course meal in the Palm restaurant tonight. Breakfast, Dinner.
Ilala Lodge has a superb location, close to the falls. A guided tour of the falls is included in your stay. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that this beautiful iconic site has been created by mother nature. There are lots of additional activities available that you can arrange and pay for locally, such as white water rafting and bungee jumping or cultural visits to a local village. It's sure to be a busy day and you'll be glad, at the end of the afternoon, to return to the peace and tranquility of Ilala Lodge and the stunning gardens. Breakfast.
Today you can experience more of the sights of this lovely small town. There are craft markets, cafes and plenty of boutiques to wander around. You may decide to see the falls from a different angle and take a helicopter flight, known as 'Flight of the Angels'. Then this evening, included in your stay is a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, the perfect way to round off your holiday. Breakfast
After breakfast it's time to pack your bags and head for home. You'll be transferred to Victoria Falls airport in time to check in for your flight. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2315 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: January-April £2395. May-September £2315. October-14 December £2650.
12 nights accommodation on a twin share basis; private transfers as per the itinerary; meals as specified (bed and breakfast at Trevoyan, full board at Africa on Foot, Nottens and bed and breakfast at Ilala Lodge); local soft drinks, selected spirits, house wines and beers at Nottens; 2 daily bush walks or game drives at Africa on foot, 2 daily games and an optional bush walk at Nottens; 1 three course dinner, a guided tour of Victoria Falls and a sunset boat cruise at Ilala Lodge.
International flights; departure taxes; flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit; flight from Kruger to Victoria Falls; visas; travel insurance; Klaserie Conservation & Gate levy of approx. R200 per person per stay at Africa on Foot; 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 £1000, 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.
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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.