11 Day Essential South Africa with Victoria Falls

Land Only
Air & Land

Featured Hotels

Friday Departure
Cape Town Lodge Cape Town
Mabula Game Lodge Waterberg, Limpopo
Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel Johannesburg
A'Zambezi River Lodge Victoria Falls

Select a Departure Date

2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Fri, May 03  (Sold Out) $4759* $3369
Fri, May 17  (Sold Out) $4509* $3369
Fri, May 24  (Sold Out) $4639* $3369
Fri, May 31  (Sold Out) $4499* $3159
Fri, Jun 14  (Sold Out) $4919* $3319
Fri, Jul 12  (Sold Out) $5049* $3319
$4589* $3059
$4999* $3159
$5049* $3269
$4719* $3319
$4539* $3319
Fri, Sep 20  (Sold Out) $4829* $3319
Fri, Oct 04  (Sold Out) $4719* $3319
$4739* $3319
$4229* $3319
$4189* $3319
Fri, Nov 15  (Sold Out) $4239* $3269
Fri, Nov 22  (Sold Out) $4079* $3269
$4189* $3319
$4089* $3159

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include flights Cape Town-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Victoria Falls-Johannesburg.

Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 6:50 pm on Day 11. The flight from Victoria Falls arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 3:30 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.

Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Effective June 1, 2015 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Click here for more information.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program is intended to offer an introduction to South Africa. A guided orientation tour of Cape Town is included and additional optional sightseeing is available to enhance your holiday. The safari portion of this trip will be operated in the Limpopo Province. Game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to the Limpopo Province and Zimbabwe are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.

Booking Details

Extend Your Stay

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability
Call Toll-free to book by phone
Or Continue to book online


DAY 1, Friday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to the hotel, you will see the city's iconic symbol, Table Mountain greeting you in the distance. Tonight, discover some of Cape Town's world class restaurants on your own
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Sunday - Cape Town City Tour
This morning, meet with your Tour Manager to learn about all of the must see sights of Cape Town before you depart on a city tour. Driving to the city center, pass famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a splendid baroque building, and of course the Grand Parade. See St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Relax at a cafe while you take in the views from the base of the mountain. Perhaps ascend to the summit by cable car* (ticket not included) and marvel at a bird's eye view of the city and its beaches. Continue to the V & A Waterfront where you will have the opportunity to learn the three-billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum. The 45-minute tour reveals the origins of diamond mining and includes explanations of color, cut and clarity. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Waterfront with its endless shopping and dining opportunities before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, treat yourself to a seafood dinner at one of the trendy outdoor seaside restaurants, while watching the magnificent sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 8 - Aug 18, 2019
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Cape Town
While in Cape Town, outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss the optional tour to the stunning Cape Peninsula, known for its steep mountains, secluded coves and beautiful pristine beaches. The Cape of Good Hope within Table Mountain National Park is surrounded by a rich biodiversity and is home to at least 250 species of birds as well as antelope, ostrich, and baboons. Walk the rugged cliffs, or, take the famous Flying Dutchman funicular, a beacon for early explorers that climbs uphill to the old lighthouse. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see the unique spectacle of penguins waddling freely, and walk through spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Optional: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cape Town
Spend your day at leisure relaxing on the beach, or perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the scenic towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving.* Tonight, attend the optional Daily Music Show to learn about the Cape's cultural heritage through music and storytelling. After the show, meet with the artists and enjoy a dinner of traditional Cape cuisine before returning to the hotel
*Please Note: The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour*
Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving*
Optional: The Daily Music Show with dinner
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Evening Game Drive at Mabula Game Lodge
This morning fly to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, drive to Limpopo Province located just three hours outside of bustling Johannesburg. Your stay will be at the Mabula Game Lodge where the varied habitats provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) other predators such as hyena and jackal, and a variety of antelope from the red hartebeest to the eland. Here, accompanied by a ranger, uncover the magic of the African bush in this wildlife wonderland. In the late afternoon, enjoy an exciting game drive in a landscape that is an alluring combination of rolling hills, tumbled mountains, valleys, and grassland plains. Game sightings include a variety of predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah with herds of elephant and buffalo that can often be seen at close range. The game and bird viewing opportunities are truly incredible. This evening recount your sightings with your fellow travelers while dining at the lodge
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Mabula Game Lodge Game Drives
Depart early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional Balloon Safari. Drift peacefully above the beautiful landscape, watching for wild game below. A glass of sparkling wine awaits you at the end of the journey. Join the rest of your group on the morning game drive in open safari vehicles where you may have a chance to see not only the large majestic beasts but also the smaller mammals, birds and insects. After lunch, relax at the lodge before setting out for your afternoon game drive. Return in time for dinner
Optional: Mabula Balloon Safari
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Johannesburg
Awake early this morning and set our on your final game drive. After an early lunch, bid farewell to the bush and travel to Johannesburg, known as “Guateng: the City of Gold”. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Saturday - Fly to Victoria Falls
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to picturesque and thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Falls are a little over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them one-and-a-half times as wide and twice as high as Niagara Falls. Here, you can still encounter herds of buffalo and elephant on their way to the Zambezi River. This evening, experience the romance of Africa on the optional Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise. Relax onboard as you look for hippos, elephants, and buffalo that come to drink at the end of the day at the water’s edge. Afterward, return to the hotel. Tonight, attend the optional Boma Dinner & Drum Show, an unforgettable dinner experience featuring dance performances, lively songs, and an interactive drumming show
Optional: Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise
Optional: The Boma Dinner & Drum Show
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Full Day in Victoria Falls
Today is yours to discover this beautiful area independently, or join the optional Full Day Chobe Safari. Embark on a morning game viewing cruise along the Chobe River, famous for its elephant and lion populations. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure
Optional: Full Day Chobe Safari
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Depart South Africa
This morning, take a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the ‘”Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. The walking safari takes you through the magnificent rainforest to view the Cataracts, Livingston’s statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. Return to the hotel before transferring to the airport in Zimbabwe. Fly to Johannesburg and connect to your international departure flight this evening
Meals: Breakfast

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

Cape Town Lodge Image
Mabula Game Lodge Image
Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel Image
A'Zambezi River Lodge Image

Optional Tours

Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula tour to experience some of the most spectacular views. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna, where you may see baboons by the road-side, rheboks, Cape Mountain zebras, bonteboks and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town. Here, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, resting at the foot of Table Mountain, for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens before finally returning to Cape Town.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $143.00
Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour Thumbnail

Spend the evening at The Daily Music Show, which showcases the Cape’s cultural heritage through music and storytelling. Get an insight into the history, the people, the art and other elements that shape the way of life in Cape Town and South Africa. After the show, meet with the artists and locals for an informative cultural exchange. End the evening with an interactive dinner of traditional Cape Cuisine and wines.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $48.00
The Daily Music Show with dinner Thumbnail

Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck.

Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town.

*Departure from the hotel will be approximately 4:00 am and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9:00 am and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2:00 pm and arrival at 4:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally.

*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded.

*Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour.

*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $228.00
Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving Thumbnail

Wind through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with the "Pearl of Paarl" and visit one of the local estates to savor a wine tasting and cellar tour. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Next, stop for lunch on your own and then it is off to another wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $104.00
South African Wine Tour Thumbnail

Take off in a hot air balloon as you admire the breathtaking sunrise over the Mabula Private Game Reserve. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam below. At the end of your flight, enjoy a celebratory glass of sparkling wine in the bush. Continue game viewing as you take a leisurely drive back to the lodge.

*Please Note: Departure time for this excursion is very early in the morning, 5 AM or earlier. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides will vary and can take up to an hour. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours. Agility is required to embark and disembark the balloon basket. Wildlife viewing, quantity and species of animals seen is dependent upon local conditions including weather, wind and seasonal migration patterns. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.
Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is required for this tour.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $406.00
Mabula Balloon Safari Thumbnail

Tonight, experience an unforgettable evening at The Boma Dinner & Drum Show. Enjoy the hospitality of the Zimbabwean people during an evening of entertainment featuring a four-course dinner including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes. Revel in the energetic dance performances, lively songs, storytelling and interactive drumming show. This is a truly captivating event!

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $42.00
The Boma Dinner & Drum Show Thumbnail

Step into the romance of Africa on this cruise down the mighty Zambezi River. This spectacular river provides sustenance to a diverse array of game, birdlife and fish species as it runs through six countries from central Africa to the Indian Ocean. Relax with a sundowner and light snacks as you look for wildlife having their own evening drink at the riverbank.

Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $59.00
Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise Thumbnail

This morning, head to the world-renowned Chobe National Park in Botswana, home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Embark on a game viewing cruise along the Chobe River. This area is famous for its bountiful elephant and lion populations. After lunch at a lodge on the banks of the river, board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park with the opportunity to observe an abundance of wildlife. At the conclusion of your game drive, return to the border for your journey back to Victoria Falls.

Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $162.00
Full Day Chobe Safari Thumbnail