South Africa is one of those destinations that dreams are made of: surreal mountain landscapes and sublime seascapes, world-class wildlife safari, luxurious jungle lodges, cultural vivacity and history of the people, cosmopolitan cities, and isolated Zulu and Shangaan villages, excellent South African wines and cuisine. With immensely varied terrain and rich natural diversity, the country offers a wide range of experiences and is a delight for the senses. During our South African adventure, we'll spend 5 days in a luxury designer hotel on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, exploring the vibrant city of Cape Town and the magnificent area that surrounds it. We will also explore the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet, walk on Boulder Beach among the colonies of African penguins, take the cable car to Table Mountain and hike to beautiful vistas overlooking the city. We'll tour the South African Winelands with their renowned wineries, see the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens to walk on carpets of exotic flowers, stroll in quaint fishing villages and towns with impressive Cape Dutch architecture.
The next part of the tour will take us to the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, as well as the neighboring country of Botswana. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) are located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls which are about one mile wide and 420 feet high are a remarkable spectacle, as the tremendous amount of water falls into a very peculiar, narrow slot-like chasm, and you can view the falls face-on, which makes for a very unusual experience. David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer, saw the falls in 1855 and renamed them after Queen Victoria, though they were known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya. Livingstone was so moved by what he saw that he wrote: "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The Victoria Falls is the largest single sheet of water in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The great Zambezi River starts in northwest Zambia and meanders for 1,700 miles through several countries to empty into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. This sheer volume of water that flows through this planetary vein and manifests its grandeur at Victoria Falls stirs an emotional response from all who visit. We'll not only admire the great spectacle of the Victoria Falls, but we are also likely to see hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, baboons, elephants, and birds of prey along the riverbank or on one of the many islands that dot this wide river.
From Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, we'll take a full day trip to the neighboring Botswana and its Chobe National Park, where we'll be able to see the world's largest herds of the African elephant, as well as a myriad of other animals: zebras, hippos, impalas, buffalo and several predators, such as leopards and cheetahs. We'll enjoy both the open jeep safari and the very unique boat safaris on the Chobe River which almost guarantee phenomenal photo opportunities of elephants playing and drinking at the water's edge, crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river, and hippo pods cooling in the water.
The most memorable part of the tour will probably be the 5 days spent at a safari at the luxurious Kapama Southern Camp Private Game Reserve, part of the Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park ecosystem. Here, we'll experience the true magic of Africa: enjoy two daily game drives (safaris) to view the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, and Rhino), bush walks and visiting local villages, and learning about the Tsongas people who once lived on this land alongside the animals.
HIGHLIGHTS: Stunning Cape Town's V&A Waterfront ● Cable car ride and hiking the Table Mountain ● The South Africa's Winelands wine tour ● Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens ● Malay cooking class ● The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Peninsula ● Boulder Beach with African penguins ● African drumming at Gold Restaurant ● South African designer shopping and local crafts ● Learning about the history of the South African people ● Experiencing the native Zulu, Khasa and Shangaan cultures ● Seeing the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos) up close ● Staying at a luxury safari lodge on a private game reserve ● Viewing the magnificent Victoria Falls up close ● The Zambezi River sunset cruise ● The Boma experience with dancing and drumming
Itinerary specifics are subject to change.