16 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, Victoria Falls & Botswana

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Apr 26  (Sold Out) $6779* $5429
May 10  (Sold Out) $6329* $5369
May 17  (Sold Out) $6489* $5429
May 24  (Sold Out) $6859* $5369
Jun 07  (Sold Out) $6859* $5369
Jun 21  (Sold Out) $7099* $5369
Aug 09  (Sold Out) $7249* $5479
Sep 06  (Sold Out) $7019* $5479
$7109* $5479
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Sep 27  (Sold Out) $7019* $5479
$6919* $5479
Oct 11  (Sold Out) $7019* $5479
$6869* $5479
Oct 25  (Sold Out) $6629* $5429
$6669* $5479
$7439* $5479

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

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

Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 6:50 pm on Day 16. The flight from Kasane arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4:00 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.

Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and eSwatini. 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 active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. There are two long days spent on the coach between eSwatini and Hazyview, as well as between Hazyview and Johannesburg. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way including a lunch break. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air conditioned motor coach, game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe and Botswana 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.

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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 your hotel, you’ll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure in this magnificent seaside city
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Sunday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. 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 roadside, 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 after lunch 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 arriving at Cape Town. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Cape Town City Tour & Robben Island
After a leisurely breakfast depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain 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. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car*. At the summit, see wildflowers, the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, on one side, and Cape Point on the other. Descend from the upper cableway station and proceed to Cape Town's famous V & A Waterfront for a time at leisure and lunch on your own. Afterward, take a ferry across the Bay to Robben Island, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A tour of historic Robben Island** today, reveals the poignant struggles, hopes, and dreams of freedom made famous by Nelson Mandela's imprisonment here. This notorious prison, located on an island off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay is where South Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and apartheid years of the country. Tour the island and the infamous prison before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon for time at leisure. Tonight, experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment at the optional Home Hosted Dinner
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 8 - Aug 18, 2019
**The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour* which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the scenic towns of Paarl, 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 Kaapse Stories dinner show to learn about the history of District 6 and Cape Town's heritage while enjoying a dinner of traditional Cape cuisine
*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: Kaapse Stories with dinner
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary. This tidal estuary is home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks, making it a fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. Home to Africa's "Big Five," you may have a chance to see elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard, in addition to rhino during your morning game drive through the reserve. The park also boasts warthog, crocodile, and antelope. Following the safari, visit a local school if time allows. Continue to the border of the Kingdom of eSwatini*. This independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa is known for its lovely scenery and vibrant indigenous culture. Stop at a handicraft market this afternoon before arriving in your hotel in the early evening
*eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible for checking if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary
Overnight: eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds, and fish, as well as tableware, made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of eSwatini. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swati traditions and customs. Enjoy traditional dance and song performances with authentic African instruments as well as traditional Swati cuisine. You may wander through the village with its many traditional huts and interact with the locals. Later, continue to the hotel where you will enjoy dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Kruger National Park Game Drive
The day begins at dawn with coffee, tea, and rusks, a South African dry biscuit. Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a thrilling full day open-vehicle game drive. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch, continue your game drive. With any luck, you may even see cheetah and leopard. After the day's excitement, relax by the pool and enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Panorama Route to Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country," driving the spectacular "Panorama Route." Stop to admire the views of amazing scenery along the 16-mile-long Blyde River Canyon, cut deep into red sandstone, and God's Window (weather permitting), a breathtaking, Edenic vista at the edge of the escarpment overlooking Kruger National Park. Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia of water erosion before proceeding this afternoon to Johannesburg. Stop at a family-run curio shop before arriving at the hotel
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Soweto Tour
After an early breakfast depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Experience a fascinating glimpse of the bustling neighborhood life of Soweto, the most metropolitan township in the country, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance, and language. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. This evening enjoy a dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Fly to Victoria Falls* & Sundowner Cruise
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to picturesque and thundering Victoria Falls, 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 the Niagara Falls. Here, you can still encounter herds of buffalo and elephant on their way to the Zambezi River. Transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tonight, attend the optional Boma Dinner & Drum Show, an unforgettable dinner experience featuring dance performances, lively songs and an interactive drumming show
*Flights to Victoria Falls will arrive into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia. The Livingstone airport is a 30-minute drive to the hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Optional: The Boma Dinner & Drum Show
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
This morning, take a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World". The walking safari takes you through the magnificent rainforest to view the Cataracts, Livingstone's statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. The rest of the day is yours to discover this beautiful area independently, or consider joining the optional guided Market Shopping Tour to discover Zimbabwe's culture, artwork and handicrafts. Visit open-air markets and a variety of galleries and shops selling intricate wood carvings, stone sculptures, beaded jewelry and authentic African art
Optional: Market Shopping Tour
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Thursday - Sunset Game Viewing Cruise in Chobe, Botswana
Enjoy a leisurely morning, or awake early for the optional Victoria Falls Sunrise Walk through the luscious rainforest with your guide. Marvel at the spectacular Victoria Falls as the sun rises over the Zambezi River. After breakfast, travel from Victoria Falls over the border into Botswana. Upon arrival at the hotel, lunch will be served. Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity. It is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa and during the dry season these herds, as well as large herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River. Spend time at leisure before departing on a sunset cruise where you will be introduced to a totally different game viewing experience. What better way to view wildlife, including numerous bird species, than drifting slowly down a side channel, the silence is broken only by bird calls. From the boat, it is possible to see herds of mighty elephant, giraffe, hippo and other wild animals returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst
Optional: Victoria Falls Sunrise Walk
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park
Be on the lookout for lion, wild dog, giraffe, sable and roan antelope, frequently seen in this area. Time on your own in the afternoon before departing on a delightful sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Tonight at dinner, share the day's adventure with your fellow travelers on your last night in Botswana
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Depart South Africa
This morning bid farewell to Botswana and transfer to the airport in Kasane. Fly to Johannesburg and connect to your international departure flight this evening
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This dinner will allow you to meet a local South African family and visit their home. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked three course meal with wine typical to South Africa. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in South Africa, while also exchanging views as well as experiences with your hosts.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $67.00
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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
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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
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Tonight, get a glimpse into the vibrant communities of Cape Town during this unique experience, featuring dinner and a performance of ‘Kaapse Stories from the Mother City'. During the show, you will be transported into the vibrant world of District Six, through the adventures of the Kleintjies family. Learn about the history of District 6 and Cape Town’s heritage through song and dance. During the performance, enjoy a 4-course meal offering the best of traditional Cape Cuisine, as well as a complimentary welcome drink.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $44.00
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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 #12 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $42.00
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Embark on a shopping tour to discover Zimbabwe's culture, artwork and handicrafts. Enthusiastic shoppers in search of bargains can try their hand at the African system of 'barter-trade'. Visit open-air markets and a crochet hall where skilled artisans make lace by hand. Stroll through a variety of galleries and shops selling intricate wood carvings, stone sculptures, beaded jewelry and authentic African art.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #13 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $14.00
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Experience the magic of Victoria Falls on a guided sunrise walk. Begin with a hike through the luscious Victoria Falls rainforest and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Your guide will also provide a brief history of the Falls as you walk along. Marvel at the spectacular Victoria Falls, the tallest waterfalls in the world, as the sun rises over the Zambezi River.

Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

Day #14 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $53.00
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