Johannesburg – Cape Town
Touchdown in Johannesburg and, after completing Customs, continue with your flight to Cape Town – the ‘Mother City’. You will be met by our Great Safaris representative and transferred to your reserved hotel.
With its iconic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects both the area’s history and the more pragmatic realities of the 21st century. The city’s Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been carefully preserved, and many excellent examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found in the city and its environs.
The ability to make something that is both functional and beautiful has long been a proud aspect of the African culture. Cape Town boasts some of the most original and creative handmade arts & crafts and can be found at markets and shops all over Cape Town. You’ll find something that caters for any taste or style at the V&A Waterfront or at one of the many shops that open their doors in the surrounding Cape Town area.
Being a coastal town, the ocean plays an important part in everyday lives, beyond the calming effect for which it’s famous. There is an incredible diversity of marine life to be discovered and many fun-filled activities can be planned to make use of the bountiful Atlantic and Indian Oceans surrounding Cape Town.
ACCOMMODATIONS: RADISSON BLU HOTEL
This Cape Town harbor view hotel is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, with Table Mountain and Robben Island providing a beautiful backdrop. This idyllic destination sits within walking distance to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is only a ten-minute drive from the central business district. Located near the shopping and entertainment hub of the city, the Radisson Blu also affords guests easy access to the Winelands as well as to golf courses including Metropolitan Golf Club.
The 177 bright and elegantly designed hotel rooms offer ultimate relaxation. All rooms come with free high-speed, wireless Internet access, mini bar and coffee and tea provisions. The Radisson Blu accommodation provides handicap-accessible and non-smoking rooms, available upon request.
Offering one of the best restaurants in Cape Town, this Radisson Blu features Tobago’s Restaurant, serving local and international cuisines and a vast selection of fine South African wines. Tobago’s Bar and Terrace boasts the perfect location to catch the gorgeous sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape Town (Table Mountain & Robben Island)
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometers from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs.
This famous island has captured hearts and minds around the globe. Situated just a few kilometers from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, it was “home” to Nelson Mandela for some 17 years. Today it has become a symbol of freedom, the transformative power of forgiveness and a place of political pilgrimage. The tour includes a 7-mile boat trip, which takes about half an hour each way and the tour lasts about three hours.
ACCOMMODATIONS: RADISSON BLU HOTEL (Breakfast)
Cape Town (Cape Point)
Depart this morning on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, which will feature a midday break to enjoy a fresh seafood luncheon. First you will travel via the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay, to Chapman’s Peak. This is one of the region’s most dramatic mountain drives and offers amazing panoramic views over the city and environs. Descend the mountain pass and continue on to the coastline.
This strip of the peninsula’s shoreline, commonly known as the Atlantic Seaboard, stretches some 34 miles from the waters of Table Bay along the western coast to the nature reserve at Cape Point. The exceptional beaches and rugged mountains along this coastline not only make this a popular drive, but also provide outstanding views across the Atlantic Ocean, with some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.
The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve comes to an end at majestic Cape Point. Situated at the junction of two of earth’s most contrasting water masses – the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. Guests may take (optional, cost not included) the funicular to the vantage point from where they will be able to witness the “meeting of the two oceans”.
Today’s attractions include Boulders beach, which is home to a colony of endangered jackass penguins in Simonstown. Technically, these are African penguins… but early settlers thought that their braying sound was more like a four-footed pack animal than a two-footed bird!
You will also have the (optional, cost not included) opportunity to visit the colony of seals on the aptly named Seal Island, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon. We would be happy to recommend some fabulous restaurants… Cape Town, after all, is the ‘foodie’ capital of South Africa!
ACCOMMODATIONS: RADISSON BLU HOTEL (Breakfast, Lunch)
Cape Town (Winelands)
Another day of unforgettable scenery begins as we depart on our full day tour to the winelands. Enjoy a spectacular drive through beautiful mountain scenery to the Cape’s World-Famous Wine Estates. You will stop at a popular winery where our group can sample some of the esteemed vintages and enjoy a cellar tour.
Franschhoek is our next stop – a gorgeous village surrounded by majestic mountains and often called the ‘gourmet center’ of South Africa. Some of the country’s finest restaurants are located in Franschhoek, before continuing to Paarl. This ‘pearl of the Cape’ lies nestled in the Berg river Valley, guarded by the huge granite rocks from which it gets its name. Paarl is also well known for its wine, cuisine and culture, and it also considered the home of the Afrikaans language.
We then continue to the lovely town of Stellenbosch, with its tree lined streets and historical architecture. The Stellenbosch University is the oldest college in South Africa! There will be time to explore Stellenbosch on foot – exploring the shops on popular Dorp Street and perhaps stopping for coffee in a quaint sidewalk café.
We will enjoy lunch today at a winery and then we return to our hotel for an evening at leisure.
ACCOMMODATIONS: RADISSON BLU HOTEL (Breakfast, Lunch)
Cape Town – Victoria Falls
Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, located at the edge of famed Victoria Falls, via Johannesburg.
The local people referred to the Falls as mosi oa tunya or the ‘smoke that thunders’. When David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls, he named them after his beloved Queen of England. Today the Falls are one of the natural wonders of the world, and an extremely popular destination for visitors to Southern Africa.
Victoria Falls actually forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The deep gorges that separate the countries are spanned, overhead, by a pedestrian bridge that allows visitors to walk between the two sides of the Falls, and the two countries. The actual cascade of water pours down the Zambia side of the gorge. This spectacular event is best viewed from the Zimbabwe side. However, the Zambia side has paths and natural swimming pools right at the lip of the Falls, which allow visitors to get extremely close to the watery cascade.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will obtain your visa at the Customs point, then meet our driver who has arranged for our transport to our reserved hotel.
You will have a little time to settle in and relax before the late afternoon transfer to the edge of the Zambezi River to board your sunset cruise vessel.
The leisurely cruise along Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and the islands affords plenty of opportunities to see a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, giraffes and even elephants, crossing the river. Snacks and drinks are served on board. The experience is a beautiful and relaxing introduction to the glorious Zambezi River and her spectacular Falls.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge provides luxury accommodation in Victoria Falls. Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa’s foremost attraction.
Enjoying uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year-round game at its on-site waterhole, accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is ideally positioned to offer the most discerning traveler a taste of Africa at its best. The lodge offers outstanding accommodation and facilities, together with an authentic wildlife experience and warm hospitality.
Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.
All our rooms have digital safes, WIFI and power points, phones, remote control air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, mosquito nets, extensive range of customized toiletries including insect repellent, message pads, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and extra length beds. 5 of our deluxe double rooms can accommodate a rollaway bed for a child under 12 years.
Dining options include the a la carte Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show. (Breakfast)