Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls!

From fascinating cities and enthralling game drives to breathtaking scenery, this tour to South Africa is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. 

Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ride a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for stunning views over the city, and take a guided walk through the colorful Bo-Kaap, a lively area founded by former slaves. An excursion outside the city takes you to see a colony of African penguins and beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rich and unique flora. 

Next, fly to Kapama Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Here, enjoy six game drives to search for a remarkable number of species, including 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. You’ll have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Have your camera ready because you may also see impala, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, and more. Even stop for sundowner drinks in the bush!

On to Johannesburg for a visit to the unforgettable Apartheid Museum and Soweto, the country’s largest township, where you will visit the former home of Nelson Mandela. 

Lastly, travel to Victoria Falls, which is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls. Take a guided walk along the falls and cruise on the Zambezi River at sunset.

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Why Globus?

When we envision the perfect vacation, we see great hotels, amazing food, incredible sightseeing, and above all, we imagine creating memories galore! What we don't picture is what it takes to organize a jaw-dropping, stress-free getaway. From transportation to hotels; and from researching must-see attractions to organizing daily schedules, planning a vacation is no easy task.

That's where escorted tour packages come in. With escorted travel, you sit back and leave everything to us. A professional handles all the details, logistics, and scheduling of your escorted tour for you. 

Plus, an escorted tour package offers travelers several benefits they wouldn't get if traveling on their own. Below are eight benefits of – and reasons to take – an escorted tour vacation:

    1. We're all about hidden gems, not hidden charges.
    Everyone loves extras – until they're charged extra. So we throw in more visits, toss in more experiences, and include more sightseeing, all in the price of the vacation. So the only surprises you'll encounter are the ones we have thoughtfully planned for you.

    2. We rest where the action is.
    A hotel can have the crispest sheets, the fluffiest towels, and the tastiest pillow mints, but if it's not near the sights, what good is it? Not much, in our opinion. We look for crisp sheets and fluffy towels in the heart of our destinations. Because what you love just as much as the sights is waking up right next to them.

    3. Roam if you want to.
    Many travel operators tend to overschedule, instilling the need for a vacation after your vacation. We weave in just the right amount of free time for individual exploration, quiet reflection, or a book and a latte at a sidewalk café.

    4. There's scenery – and then there's the scene. 
    No one is more immersed in local culture than Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides. Our experts bring our destinations to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge of their cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They speak the language. They know the history. They know where to find the legendary pastries.

    5. When you know the ropes of travel, you know how to get in front of them.
    We don't just travel, we travel right. We work hard behind the scenes to get you front and center at the world's greatest sights. We minimize lines, minimize wait times, and maximize fun.

    6. Let's make it personal.
    A night at the theatre in London? A serenaded canal cruise in Venice? With MyGlobus, you can plan your dream experiences before you arrive at your destinations. In addition to the excursions we have in store, you can preview and preregister for more magical moments tailored to your specific tastes.

    7. You can look in. Or you can jump in.
    An overnight stay at a French château. A fishing lesson in Vietnam. A cooking class at the home of a Cape Town family. These are just a few of the out-of-the ordinary adventures we call Local Favorites. No cookie-cutter itineraries here. Just delicious experiences that will give you a true local perspective.

    8. Stay connected while disconnecting.
    While disconnecting from the stresses of life on vacation, you still want instant access to weather, maps, reviews, and more. With free Wi-Fi on the coach and in most of our hotels, you get the tips you need immediately. And there's no waiting to instill envy among friends, as you can share your photos while you're there.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 | Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late this evening, check in to your hotel, and rest as you prepare for a great adventure.

Day 2 | Cape Town. Cape Peninsula Excursion

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with an orientation tour of Cape Town. Then, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, which skirts the rocky coastline and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the African continent. Here take a FUNICULAR RIDE to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure. This evening, join your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 3 | Cape Town

This morning, visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM, followed by a fascinating [LF] WALKING TOUR through Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, this lively area is a true melting pot of cultures. The historic and colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflect Dutch and British architecture, and the area has been declared a national monument. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a [LF] CAPE MALAY COOKING CLASS. Learn how to mix masala, fold samosas, and about the delicate flavors of Cape Malay curry before sitting down for a traditional Malay meal. Then, visit Table Mountain and take a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

Day 4 | Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, for a guided tour. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day. (B)

Day 5 | Cape Town–Kapama Private Game Reserve

Today, leave beautiful Cape Town behind and fly to KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE to begin your safari adventure! This area, near Kruger National Park, is famous for its abundance of wildlife, and you will have a great chance of seeing the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Enjoy your first GAME DRIVE this afternoon. Your skilled tracker and professional ranger work together as a team, so you can learn more about the ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Sip SUNDOWNER DRINKS prior to returning to your lodge for dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 | Kapama Private Game Reserve

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of its many spa treatments, or simply sit back and watch the animals. You may even choose to join your ranger for a BUSH WALK to learn more about the native flora and how to identify animals by their footprints while observing them from a safe distance. Optional excursions include the nearby Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, where you can see a number of rehabilitated animals or get up close to a herd of elephants so you can touch and feed them. In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Step out of your safari vehicle for SUNDOWNER DRINKS and watch as the sun sets over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals—if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (B,L,D daily)

NOTE:
Minimum age requirement for the bush walk is 15 years. For those who are 60 years old or older, participation is at the sole discretion of Kapama River Lodge. 

Day 7 | Kapama Private Game Reserve

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of its many spa treatments, or simply sit back and watch the animals. You may even choose to join your ranger for a BUSH WALK to learn more about the native flora and how to identify animals by their footprints while observing them from a safe distance. Optional excursions include the nearby Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, where you can see a number of rehabilitated animals or get up close to a herd of elephants so you can touch and feed them. In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Step out of your safari vehicle for SUNDOWNER DRINKS and watch as the sun sets over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals—if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (B,L,D daily)

NOTE:
Minimum age requirement for the bush walk is 15 years. For those who are 60 years old or older, participation is at the sole discretion of Kapama River Lodge. 

Day 8 | Kapama Private Game Reserve–Johannesburg

Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 9 | Johannesburg

Today’s sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to [LF] SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Soweto is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Along the way, see the neighborhood that was home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Gain some perspective of life here at MANDELA HOUSE, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to around 1960, when he was forced underground to elude arrest. You will also see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976. This led to the Soweto Uprising, an important event in the long struggle to end apartheid some 14 years later. Next, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM. Here you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (B,L)

Day 10 | Johannesburg–Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset. (B,D)

Day 11 | Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D) 

NOTE:
During the dry season (September-December) and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

Day 12 | Victoria Falls–Johannesburg–Homebound Flight

Your tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm. (B)

Vacation Highlights

CAPE TOWN
Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, a colony of African penguins, and the Bo-Kaap Museum; funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse; guided walking tour of the Bo-Kaap area; Cape Malay cooking class; cable-car ride up Table Mountain

KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Six game drives in an open-air 4-wheel-drive Land Rover; optional bush walk; sundowner drinks

JOHANNESBURG 
Guided tour of [LF] Soweto, including Mandela House; visit the Apartheid Museum

VICTORIA FALLS 
Cruise on Zambezi River; guided walk of the falls

NOTES:

    • Open-air 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles carry a maximum of nine passengers.
    • Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
    • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
    • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
    • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.



Dates and Prices

When you book your flights with us, you'll find we offer competitive and hassle-free airfares, plus you'll receive free airport transfers and flights coordinated with vacation dates. 

Dates & Prices do not include air travel. 

Prices based on double room occupancy.


Single Room Supplement: 
$1,030 to $1,175
Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Cape Town:
January-March & September-December: in single room $240; in twin room $139
April-August: in single room $167; in twin room $101

Extra Nights per person in Johannesburg:
in single room $233; in twin room $135

2017 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2016. 

 

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