Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana (QSE) - 2016

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16 Day Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg


Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana
Enjoy a game drive in the Kapama Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, where you have a great chance of seeing a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo
Enjoy a game drive in the Kapama Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, where you have a great chance of seeing a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo
Cape Town, South Africa
Get an up close view of Niagara Falls
Cape Town, South Africa
Elephants walking in Kruger National Park
See the beautiful Giraffes while at the Kruger National Park in South Africa
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 buffalo
St James Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Beautiful Niagara Falls at sunset

Vacation Overview

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.

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.

Finally, cross the border into Botswana for more safari adventure! Land- and water-based game activities in both Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta bring you up close to a myriad of wildlife. Watch for giraffe, lion, lechwe, leopard, cheetah, elephants, and much more!

Similar Vacations that may interest you:

CAPE TOWN
Cape Town Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, a colony of African penguins, and the Bo-Kaap Museum; funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite guided walking tour of the Bo-Kaap area; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Soweto, including Mandela House; visit the Apartheid Museum

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

BOTSWANA
Three game activities in Chobe National Park; three game activities in the Okavango Delta including a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite mokoro excursion

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, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
  • 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.
  • Botswana extension— Due to limited capacity on charter flights, your luggage must be soft-sided with dimensions not exceeding 26"x12"x10" or weight exceeding 44 lbs including hand luggage. These flights also have a passenger weight restriction of 220 lbs, so the weight of each passenger will be required and an extra seat charge may apply.
  • 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.


DAY 1Arrive 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.

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DAY 2Cape 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, one of the most spectacular drives in the world and which skirts the rocky coastline. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. Continue on to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, where you will visit 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

St James Beach, Cape Town, South Africa The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town in South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 
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DAY 3Cape Town

This morning, visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM, followed by a fascinating Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 4Cape 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Cape 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Days 6-7Kapama 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. On one of the days, you may even choose to skip a game drive for a memorable hour-long elephant-back safari through the bush! 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)

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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.

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DAY 8Kapama 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Johannesburg

Today’s sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 10Johannesburg–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Victoria 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

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DAY 12Victoria Falls–Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today, drive to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, home to one of the largest concentrations of game in all of Africa. After lunch, set out on your first GAME ACTIVITY, either by boat or 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 13Chobe

Take part in MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. The park is known for its huge herds of elephant, considered by some to be the largest elephants in the world. You may also see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, lechwe, kudu, Cape buffalo, and much more. Birding is also very popular, with more than 450 species on record. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 14Chobe–Okavango Delta

Today, fly to the OKAVANGO DELTA, the largest inland delta in the world and one of the last truly untouched areas for wildlife viewing in all of Africa. Game-viewing activities range from day and night game drives to mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions and game walks. Enjoy a GAME ACTIVITY this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 15Okavango Delta

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. Be sure to watch for lion, elephant, zebra, hippo, rhino, and many others. The area is also home to the rare African wild dog and over 400 species of birds. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 16Okavango Delta–Johannesburg–Homebound Flight

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

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American breakfast daily, 9 lunches,10 dinners including a welcome dinner in Cape Town and a farewell dinner in Victoria Falls


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

WENDY ATKINSON

Years of Experience: 22 years

I am a proud South African who loves the nature, history, and culture of this beautiful land. As a Tour Director, it is my privilege to combine and share two of my passions-a love of the wilderness and of travel with you!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana:

  • Okavango Delta
  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve