Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls (QS)

12 Day Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg

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This South Africa tour—from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—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 venture outside the city 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. You’ll also visit Bo-Kaap, a lively area founded by former slaves. Here visit a local family home to learn more about their culture and partake in a Cape Malay cooking class—a Globus exclusive!

Your journey continues in Kapama Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Here, enjoy six game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your professional ranger and skilled tracker will help you 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! Other highlights include Johannesburg’s unforgettable Apartheid Museum and Soweto, the country’s largest township, where you will visit the former home of Nelson Mandela and stunning Mosi-ao-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) also known as Victoria Falls, spanning the border of Zimbabwe & Zambia. Take a guided walk along the falls, which is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls, and cruise on the Zambezi River at sunset.

And you’ll be part of a small-group, with no more than 20 total guests, ensuring personalized service from start to end! All of this—and much more—are waiting for you on this South Africa tour. You’ll return home with plenty of stories and photos to share with your friends and family.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 6 dinners including a welcome dinner in Cape Town and a farewell dinner in Victoria Falls

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3 Cape 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

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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast
Dinner

Days 6-7 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.

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.

Breakfast daily
Lunch daily

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.

Breakfast

Day 9 Johannesburg

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 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.

Breakfast
Lunch

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.

Breakfast
Dinner

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.

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.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

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: 23

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!

 Accommodations

Cape Town
Kruger National Park Area
Johannesburg
Victoria Falls

Cape Town

Southern Sun The Cullinan

Superior First-Class

1 Cullinan Street
Cape Town, South Africa

Southern Sun The Cullinan offers travelers easy access to all that Cape Town has to offer including the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent décor creates a mood that is a world away from home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms

Kruger National Park Area

Kapama River Lodge

Superior First-Class

Kapama Private Game Reserve
Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Within Kapama Private Game Reserve, Kapama River Lodge is stylishly furnished and epitomizes what safari accommodations should be. The majestic northern Drakensberg mountains form the backdrop to the lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. The lodge features a spacious lounge, bar, refreshing pool, and award winning spa. Game is plentiful in the reserve and your professional Ranger will guide you on rewarding game drives each day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Johannesburg

54 on Bath

Deluxe

54 Bath Ave, Rosebank
Johannesburg, South Africa

Free Wifi

One of the leading hotels in Johannesburg, 54 on Bath boasts luxury and style with its soft and subtle décor. The hotel's architecture with its classical towering pillars, adds an iconic presence to the character of this vibrant area. Spacious, elegantly decorated rooms offer all the desirable amenities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe

Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge

411 Livingstone Way
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Free Wifi

Ilala Lodge provides distinguished accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is the closest to Victoria Falls as well as the town center. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access

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