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South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls

South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls

17 Day Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Vacation overview

Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences…this South Africa tour with Victoria Falls has it all!

Have your camera ready as you ride in open-air, safari vehicles during game drives in Kruger National Park, one of the world's largest game reserves and home to impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more, and in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, where you’ll watch for lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Enjoy cruises on Lake St. Lucia, home to hippo and Nile crocodile; on the shimmering waters of Knysna Lagoon, home to bird and marine wildlife; and on the Zambezi River, where you’ll witness a spectacular sunset and wildlife as they drink from the river. At Stony Point Nature Reserve, observe the endangered African penguins engage in their daily activities.

You’ll also experience spectacular scenery on this vacation to South Africa and Victoria Falls. Explore dramatic landscapes along the Panorama Route, visit Featherbed Nature Reserve for a walk through its coastal forest, and take in stunning panoramic views of the coast at Cape Point, Africa’s southwestern most point. In Zimbabwe, stand in awe as you witness and hear the roar of stunning Victoria Falls, the world’s largest falls and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

All of this and more await you on this South Africa and Victoria Falls tour for savvy, value-minded travelers!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.

Day 2   CAPE TOWN

This morning, a WALKING TOUR introduces you to Cape Town’s famous and historic landmarks. Stroll along Government Avenue to see St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and much more. Next, you’ll enter The Company’s Garden, a beautiful oasis in the city, en route to Green Market Square, which at different times has been a fruit and vegetable market and even a slave market. Next, visit Table Mountain for a CABLECAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. In the afternoon, 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. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

NOTE:
Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens will be visited.

Day 3   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. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day.

Day 4   CAPE TOWN–STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE–HERMANUS–MOSSEL BAY

This morning, depart Cape Town and drive to STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE to see a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS. Known for the unique sound they make, these penguins grow to an average height of two feet and live in burrows and rock crevices along the beach. Stop in Hermanus for independent exploration before reaching Mossel Bay for the evening.

Day 5   MOSSEL BAY–OUDTSHOORN–KNYSNA

Drive north to Oudtshoorn and stop for a visit of the CANGO CAVES to see the stunning limestone rock formations. You will also visit a local OSTRICH FARM. Continue on to Knysna.

Day 6   KNYSNA. FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE EXCURSION

Today, explore the spectacular FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE. Start, with a CRUISE on Knysna Lagoon to see a variety of bird and marine life. Then, join your expert guide and take a 4-wheel-drive vehicle into the reserve stopping at several points for panoramic views of the lagoon and Indian Ocean. You will also take a GUIDED WALK through the unique coastal forest into ancient sea caves and along the shore of Coffin Bay. Lunch is served under a canopy of Milkwood trees overlooking the lagoon, a truly memorable experience! Afterwards, you will have time to explore the Knysna waterfront or simply relax at your hotel.

NOTE:
The guided walk is over one mile long, downhill. Alternatively, you can return by 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

Day 7   KNYSNA–PORT ELIZABETH–DURBAN–UMHLANGA

This morning, drive to Port Elizabeth where you will board your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Umhlanga for the evening.

Day 8   UMHLANGA–SHAKALAND–HLUHLUWE

Today, visit SHAKALAND, a replica of a traditional Zulu homestead and living monument to their culture. Here, learn more about Zulu history and see how they hand craft ceramics and brew beer. This afternoon, drive to Hluhluwe.

Day 9   HLUHLUWE

This morning, take a GAME DRIVE in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed wildlife reserve in all of Africa. The park is home to the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You also have the chance to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and much more! After time to rest, embark on an AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE on Lake St. Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise, you are likely to spot hippo, Nile crocodile, and a variety of bird life.

Day 10   HLUHLUWE–ESWATINI

Today, drive to eSwatini. En route, stop at a LOCAL MARKET and visit a GLASS FACTORY where glass blowers use recycled glass to create stemware, animals, and more.

Day 11   ESWATINI–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA

Depart eSwatini and head north for the Kruger area. Enjoy leisure time at your lodge this afternoon in preparation for your day of game viewing in the world-renowned Kruger National Park tomorrow.

Day 12   KRUGER AREA

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE with an experienced guide. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Spend some time at leisure in the middle of the day. Perhaps book a spa treatment or simply relax at the pool. Be sure to watch for kudu, impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more on your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. As darkness descends, your guide will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Day 13   KRUGER AREA–MPUMALANGA

Today, drive along the PANORAMIC ROUTE known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, drive through Blyde River Canyon and stop to see GOD’S WINDOW, the THREE RONDAVELS, and BOURKE’S LUCK POTHOLES with its stunning rock formations carved by the Blyde River. Today, drive along the PANORAMIC ROUTE known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, drive through Blyde River Canyon and stop to see GOD’S WINDOW, the THREE RONDAVELS, and BOURKE’S LUCK POTHOLES with its stunning rock formations carved by the Blyde River.

Day 14   MPUMALANGA–PRETORIA–JOHANNESBURG

Drive to Pretoria to see the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings. Continue on to Johannesburg where you will overnight at a hotel close to the airport.

Day 15   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!

Day 16   VICTORIA FALLS

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an aweinspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna.

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

Day 17   VICTORIA FALLS–JOHANNESBURG–DEPARTURE

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

Vacation Highlights

CAPE TOWN
Guided walking tour; cable-car ride up Table Mountain; visit Cape Point Nature Reserve with funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse

STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE
Visit a colony of African penguins

OUDTSHOORN
Visit the Cango Caves and an ostrich farm

KNYSNA
Cruise on Knysna Lagoon and explore Featherbed Nature Reserve

SHAKALAND
Visit Shakaland

HLUHLUWE
Game drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and boat ride on Lake St. Lucia

ESWATINI
Visit a local market and glass factory

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA
Two game drives in Kruger National Park

MPUMALANGA
Drive along the Panoramic Route and visit God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes

VICTORIA FALLS
Cruise on the Zambezi River; guided walk of the falls; Host service during your stay

Bottled water: Included on all game drives

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.

Meals

16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

No Excursions are available at this time.


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