Best of South Africa with Victoria Falls (3847)

11 Day Tour from Johannesburg to Johannesburg

2019 Tour Details

From historical sites to natural wonders, your tour of South Africa and Victoria Falls is an adventure like no other. You’ll begin in Johannesburg’s Soweto Township to learn about its turbulent past and hopeful future. Visit the thought-provoking Apartheid Museum and Mandela House, located in the former neighborhood of Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Your escorted African vacation continues through some of the world’s most sweeping and dramatic landscapes on your way to Kruger National Park area. Marvel at God’s Window (a forested ravine and majestic cliffs), and the stunning cascades of Lisbon and Berlin Falls. Your guided African safari begins in the Kruger park area with morning and afternoon game drives through the homes of the big cats, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, gazelle, and more. You’ll visit Cape Town and ascend to Table Mountain via cable car for spectacular views. On boulders Beach, you’ll observe a colony of endangered penguins, then venture to Cape Point Nature Reserve, the Cape of Good Hope, and Cape Point at the continent’s most southwestern tip.

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. Your tour to Victoria Falls and South Africa is an adventure into historic heritage and wilderness wonder of this spectacular part of the continent.

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 Tour Highlights

JOHANNESBURG
Visit Soweto, Mandela House, and the Apartheid Museum
MPUMALANGA
Drive along the Panoramic Route and visit God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Berlin Falls
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA
Four game drives in Kruger National Park
CAPE TOWN
Cable-car ride up Table Mountain; visit a colony of Africa penguins and Cape Point Nature Reserve with funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse
VICTORIA FALLS
Cruise on the Zambezi River; guided walk of the falls; Host service during your stay
Notes:

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.

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

  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Victoria Falls

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, air-conditioned, motorcoach while touring in South Africa. Open-air safari vehicle in Kruger National Park. Sightseeing vehicle in Victoria Falls.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to Africa! Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 JOHANNESBURG

Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit to 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. After lunch, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM to 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.

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Day 3 JOHANNESBURG–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA

Depart Johannesburg and explore the PANORAMIC ROUTE known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, see GOD’S WINDOW, the LISBON FALLS, and BERLIN FALLS. Continue on to the Kruger National Park area.

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Days 4-5 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.

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1 LunchLunch
1 DinnerDinner daily

Day 6 KRUGER AREA–CAPE TOWN

Enjoy some time at leisure this morning before flying to beautiful Cape Town.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 CAPE TOWN

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) up Table Mountain for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Next, visit Boulders Beach where you will see a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. After free time for lunch, 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. On your return journey back to Cape Town, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

NOTE:
Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, we will visit Signal Hill for views over the city.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 CAPE TOWN–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 Breakfast

Day 10 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 11 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Johannesburg
Kruger National Park Area
Cape Town
Victoria Falls

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Cape Town
Victoria Falls

Cape Town

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

Sample wine and explore the picturesque valleys and vineyards in the beautiful Cape Winelands outside of Cape Town.

Price Range: $$

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Visit the historic Bo-Kaap, or Cape Malay area, where you will learn about the culture and visit a local home for a cooking class.

Price Range: $$$

Cape Town Apartheid Tour

Cape Town Apartheid Tour

Embark on a thought-provoking journey into South Africa's Apartheid past with an expert private guide.

Price Range: $$$$

Victoria Falls

Game Drive in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Game Drive in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Journey to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve for an exciting game drive.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Take to the sky for great views of Victoria Falls.

Price Range: $$$$

Village Visit

Village Visit

Visit a rural village for fascinating interactions with the local people and gain an insight into their life and culture.

Price Range: $$

Fishing the Zambezi River

Fishing the Zambezi River

Fish the Zambezi River for one of the world's great freshwater game fish, the powerful Tigerfish.

Price Range: $$$

Home Hosted Dinner

Home Hosted Dinner

Join a local family for dinner and fascinating conversation all while learning about the local culture and traditions.

Price Range: $

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