South Africa & Zambia

Charming Cape Town, the Winelands and safari lodges make this an almost irresistible combination.

Country Information

Zambia & Zimbabwe

South Africa

South Africa & Zambia Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Zambia & Zimbabwe

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South Africa


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Safaris

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

12 Days


Tour Highlights

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  • Discover Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world and it has a great deal of charm and historical interest
  • Enjoy a day in the Winelands on a private tour to noted vineyards to learn about the winemaking process and enjoy samples of featured wines
  • Go on safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve to search for Africa’s big five – leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino
  • Travel into Zambia for an unforgettable journey to Victoria Falls
  • Experience outstanding safari lodges such as Singita, one of the South Africa’s most exclusive safari lodges, and Singita Sweni, a private 15,000-hectare concession in the central Kruger National Park

Day 1:  Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
On arrival at Cape Town airport, look for our representative who will privately transfer you to your hotel.  The Cape Grace has something of the atmosphere of a 'country house,' yet it's situated on a private quay overlooking the yacht marina in Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.  One, their waterfront restaurant is a vibrant combination of friendly, seamless service, relaxed atmosphere and culinary flair, reflecting a modern South African influence.  Bascule Whisky Bar and Wine Cellar on the water's edge provides the ideal setting for sampling the largest collection of whiskies in the Southern Hemisphere.  The Cape Grace also has a well-stocked library, an   enticing African-influenced spa, gym and a heated outdoor pool.  Special services include personalized picnic baskets for an afternoon on the beach and romantic special touches for honeymoon couples.  Well-appointed and elegant, the 120 spacious rooms and suites have French doors with inviting mountain and maritime views as well as sitting areas, walk-in dressing rooms, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, and internet access.  The impeccable, yet friendly, service and refined taste throughout the hotel make the Cape Grace the discerning choice.  Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has a great deal of charm and historical interest.  The city’s charm is partly explained by Table Mountain, which breaks up the city into distinct areas, each with its own personality and, indeed, its own weather!  The city bowl basks in the dramatic shadow of the 1000-meter high mountain, with its characteristic 'tablecloth' of mist rolling over the edge.  The fashionable Waterfront and City Bowl areas are ideal for visitors who enjoy city life with plenty of restaurants, cafes and clubs within walking distance of your hotel.  With a unique cultural blend of African, European and Asian influences, the city offers a cosmopolitan dining experience.  The evening shopping at the Waterfront is great if you have little time in the city.  Cape Grace Hotel – Luxury Room

Day 2:  Cape Town
With your private guide, you set out on a private, half-day tour of Table Mountain and Cape Town this morning.  Begin with a cable car ride up the mountain for panoramic views of the Cape Peninsula.  (The cable car tickets are on your own account as the ascent is weather dependent.) Then travel the city, with your first stop at the Castle of Good Hope, the original fort of Cape Town built in 1652 and now painstakingly restored.  The castle was built by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679 to replace their original mud-walled fortress.  From there, continue to the lovely flower market and the historic center of Cape Town with its many 18th-century buildings, where you enjoy a stroll through the Company Gardens, past the Parliament buildings.  Finally, you explore the colorful Malay quarter, a historic sector of the city with original Malay buildings and narrow streets.  Finish your tour at the waterfront and harbor. Cape Grace Hotel – Luxury Room (B)

Day 3:  Cape Town
Your private guide meets you for your private Cape Peninsula tour.  Travel along the coastal road through the chic suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and onto the picturesque fishing community of Hout Bay.  Next you enjoy a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak as it hugs the cliffside and continue south to reach Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, said to be the romantic meeting point of two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian.  Sir Francis Drake, the famous explorer, once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe."  Returning along the Indian Ocean you stop to visit the unique penguin colonies at Boulders beach. Your drive meanders through the historic naval base of Simonstown and on to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens nestled on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.  Enjoy a relaxing walk through these lovely gardens where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns.  In the late afternoon, you return to your hotel.  Cape Grace Hotel – Luxury Room (B,L)

Day 4:  Cape Town - Winelands
Your focus today during your private tour is South Africa’s acclaimed Winelands.  A combination of the favorable effects of the two major ocean currents meeting off the Cape makes the climate perfect for the acres of vineyards set is a stunning backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.  The tree-lined streets and the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads blend in tranquil harmony.  Visit one of where it is easy to see why Simon Van Der Stel decided to build a village in such a charming spot.  Walk up Dorp Street, one of the longest rows of old Cape Dutch buildings left in South Africa and then visit the Village Museum, a collection of preserved houses which gives an insight into the lives of the early settlers in Stellenbosch through to the Victorian era.  Afterwards you enjoy a scenic drive over the majestic Helshoogte Pass to the charming village of Franschhoek for lunch and a little time for browsing in the galleries and shops.  The origins of this charming and beautifully situated village date back to 1688 when French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled in the valley, which later became known as French Corner or 'Franschhoek' in Afrikaans.  The tour ends with a visit to the magnificent manor house of Boschendal before returning to your hotel.  Cape Grace Hotel – Luxury Room (B,L)

Day 5:  Cape Town / Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Today you fly to Johannesburg, and connect with your Feral Air charter (seat-in-plane) to Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Please note that luggage allowance is strictly 44lbs per person in soft sided bags including all hand luggage such as camera equipment.  On arrival at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport you exit the terminal building.  Turn left if you are exiting from International Arrivals and right if you are exiting from Domestic Arrivals.  Follow the sign to the Car Rental Kiosk situated on Level 0 in the multi-story parkade and car rental hall.  Walk past the Budget and Avis kiosks and turn right at the other end and proceed to the bus terminus behind the Intercontinental Hotel.  The Federal Air booth is situated at Number 4.  Here you are met by the Federal Air Guest Relations Representatives.  You will then be transferred via scheduled shuttle to the Federal Air lounge where you check-in for your flight and where can relax until your plane departs.  On arrival you are met and transferred by 4x4 open vehicle to your private game lodge.  Singita is one of the world's finest, most exclusive safari lodges.  Expert guiding is underpinned by fine cuisine, a superb cellar and unsurpassed service.  Boulders Lodge has a contemporary African ambience with strong Eastern influences and the floor to ceiling glass walls bring the bush into the lodge. The lodge has nine beautifully-appointed air-conditioned suites with separate lounge and bedroom, opulent bathrooms with bath and outdoor shower.  The expansive teak deck contains a private plunge pool.  The Bush Spa and gym offers an indulgent personal treatment program, and their shop showcases Africa's finest artworks and decorative ware.  Singita Boulders – Suite (Fully Inclusive)

Day 6:  Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Today you enjoy some of the game activities offered by the lodge.  A safari is nearly always an important part of a holiday in Southern Africa.  Few things can match the thrill of tracking a leopard on the hunt or observing a breeding herd of elephants at a waterhole.  The Sabi Sands, the Timbavati and the Manyeleti private game reserves all share an open border with the Kruger so animals move freely.  The 65,000 ha Sabi Sands is considered to have the best big five game viewing in the country.  The Sand and the Sabie rivers supply much needed water to the region resulting in an incredible diversity of wildlife. Due to a long history of sensitive game-viewing practices here, the animals are mostly relaxed allowing superb game viewing. Even the elusive leopard has become accustomed to safari vehicles resulting in extraordinary close sightings.  This is a unique feature of Sabi Sands.  These reserves comprise a number of private game lodges, whose owners cooperate in conserving their valuable heritage.  Some of the world's finest game lodges are found here, together with some less well-known bush camps.  This is an intimate and informative experience.  You enjoy game drives in open-vehicle with an experienced ranger and a local Shangaan tracker, who work together to give you a deeper understanding of the wildlife and the natural cycles of the bush.  Drives are in the early morning and late afternoon when game is most likely to be active. Tracking Africa's big game, set out for an evening safari after afternoon tea.  Enjoy a bush sunset as you anticipate the journey into the night, searching for the rare and elusive nocturnal species.  The evening meal is often enjoyed in a 'boma' or even in the bush around an open fire, which many guests feel is a particularly evocative treat.  Morning walks are encouraged ensuring that the more fascinating aspects of the fauna and flora are not overlooked.  Game walks offer the ultimate, close-to-the-wild experience, and a chance to focus on the smaller bush inhabitants.  Singita Boulders – Suite (Fully Inclusive)

Day 7:  Sabi Sands Game Reserve / Kruger National Park
This morning you enjoy a short charter flight (seat in plane) from Singita Sabi Sands to Singita Sweni, a private concession within the Kruger.  Singita Sweni is located in a private 15,000-hectare concession in the central Kruger National Park (Sweni and Lebombo are collectively known as Singita Kruger).  They lie in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains and form the eastern edge of the Kruger National Park.  Singita Sweni is in a beautiful shaded riverside setting.  Singita Sweni has ultra-stylish, modern architecture and design, yet, it maintains an intimate authentic safari ambience.  This is partly due to its stunning river setting - you are right in the bush with close-up animal and bird sightings - but also because there are only six suites at Sweni.  The public areas all overlook the river with sounds of snorting hippos and birds ever present.  There's a sitting area with fireplace for the winter mornings and evenings and a dining room with moveable glass walls which can be left open, or closed in the evenings in the cooler winter months.  To the side is the secluded swimming pool and pool deck with glorious river views.  The six glass-enclosed suites fan are simply glorious.  They are modern in style using soft safari colors and stylish furniture.  There's a decadent open plan bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a large game-viewing deck with your own day bed.  Other amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, safe and telephone.  Singita Sweni offers excellent game viewing with the emphasis placed on encountering large herds of plains game than on individual predator sightings.  It is particularly known for its excellent lion sightings with two large prides in the concession.  Given the varying terrain of this part of the Kruger and the private game reserves of the Sabi Sands or Timbavati, time and budget permitting you might like to combine two nights here with two nights at Singita Ebony or Boulders.  It offers a range of active activities as well as 4x4 game drives.  Within walking distance of Singita Sweni is the Trading Post with its stylish African craft boutiques, well-equipped gym and spa. Huge glass walls bring the bush feel right into the gym and spa with its range of treatment rooms, steam room and outdoor shower.  This area offers a perfect way to spend a couple of hours in between game activities.  Singita Sweni – Suite (Fully Inclusive)

Day 8:  Kruger National Park
Today you enjoy some of the game activities offered by the lodge.  Singita Sweni – Suite (Fully Inclusive)

Day 9:  Kruger National Park / Johannesburg
This morning you return to the airstrip for your air charter flight (seat in plane) from Sabi Sands to OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport, where you are met by our representative to start your private half day Soweto and Johannesburg cultural tour.  The program is designed to give visitors to Johannesburg an overall impression of Johannesburg, and takes an in-depth look at the history of apartheid, its impact on Johannesburg and the role of the city in shaping South Africa's future.  The tour begins with a short drive through the suburbs of Illovo, Rosebank and Houghton, passing Nelson Mandela's residence en route to Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa where we see a fascinating contrast to the richer suburbs of Rosebank and Sandton in the north.  This sprawling 'city within a city' is home to approximately 2-million people.  Our tour includes all the major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela's former home.  After your tour, you will be taken to your hotel.  The Westcliff Hotel has a stunning setting on a ridge overlooking the leafy, northern suburbs and zoological gardens of Johannesburg.  The Westcliff offers the best of both worlds in that you hardly feel like you are in a city, such is the sense of space and tranquility, and yet complimentary shuttles are provided to nearby restaurants and shopping.  The Westcliff is set on several terraces reminiscent of an Italianate hillside village, within seven acres of landscaped gardens.  The glamorous pool terrace with its heated infinity swimming pool offers a reviving escape from the city bustle - the perfect place for evening cocktails.  Other facilities include tennis courts, health and beauty spa and a second more secluded swimming pool.  All of The Westcliff's 178 spacious rooms and suites are finely decorated and offer air-conditioning, TV, video, Internet access, and mini bar.  The Westcliff Hotel – Luxury Room (B)

Day 10:  Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zambia
Our representative will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport where you will board your flight to Livingstone.  On arrival at Livingstone airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  Please be advised that American passport holders need to obtain a Visa on arrival and pay USD $50 single entry or USD $80 double entry.  Please request a double entry Visa if you plan to visit t
e Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side also, or if you are planning to do a day tour to Chobe National Park, otherwise a single entry Visa is sufficient.  Please ensure that you have the exact change in USD cash to settle these Visa fees.  Credit cards are NOT accepted!

For more information in terms of which countries require visas please contact:  Zambia Immigration Department - website: http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is an elegant five-star hotel in an unrivalled setting overlooking the falls.  The 173 rooms, with their hand-carved mahogany furniture, have an African feel with eastern overtones.  All have a balcony or patio with views of the mature acacia trees, lawns and river.  The hotel has a superb restaurant, large pool, pool bar and small casino.  A splendid large wooden deck affords sweeping views of the falls, ideal for cocktails at sunset.  As the hotel is actually in the Zambezi National Park, park fees are included in the hotel's rates and so you can visit the falls as much as you would like during your stay.  Massages can either be enjoyed outside with a view over the river, or in the privacy of your room.  The Victoria Falls is a dramatic scenic contrast and a change of pace from the private game reserves.  The clouds of spray generated by this thunderous descent have resulted in a lush rain forest full of stunning wild flowers and the most spectacular views of the falls are from the Zambian side of the gorge (depending on the season).  The recommended season for experiencing Victoria Falls from the Zambian side is January to August, with the peak months being May, June and July when the falls are the highest.  (If traveling between October and December, we recommend taking a tour of the falls from the Zimbabwean side, taking a helicopter excursion or visiting Livingstone Island as well.)  Activities available there include canoeing, languorous sunset river cruises on the tranquil Upper Zambezi above the falls, helicopter 'Flight of Angels' rides, micro light flights, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting.  Game drives and horse riding are also offered in the Zambezi National Park to view elephant and buffalo and even the newly relocated rhino.  Visitors can also sample elephant back safaris at Thorntree Lodge.  This afternoon enjoy a sundowner’s cruise on the Zambezi River.  Guests are met by staff from the African Queen cruise boat and driven to the 'Royal Landing' jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding.  The African Queen meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park looking for game on the way.  A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks.  Excellent hot and cold food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks.  The African Queen is a five-star boat, a triple deck 70ft catamaran furnished in Rhodesian teak, beech wood and brass.  Pick up is at 3:30pm from May to August (winter) and 4:00pm from September to April (summer) with the boat departing at 4:00pm, or 4:30pm, respectively from the Royal Landing.  The cruise lasts for 2 hours and includes hot and cold snacks, drinks and transfers. Guests are usually back at the resort at about 6:30pm in the winter and 7:00pm in the summer.  The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Luxury Room (B)

Day 11:  Victoria Falls
This morning you enjoy an awe-inspiring tour which takes the form of a walk in the natural rainforest to the Victoria Falls.  A knowledgeable and informative local guide accompanies you. Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world.  Livingstone Island lies perched right on the very edge of Victoria Falls in the very midst of this thundering mass of water, and is about as close as you can imagine to the Victoria Falls. Livingstone Island is the place from where Dr Livingstone first viewed the Mosi-oa-Tunya ('the Smoke That Thunders').  He was paddled in a dugout canoe but today visitors are picked up from the Royal Livingstone jetty and a skilled skipper re-traces Livingstone's approach to the island which is on the very edge of Victoria Falls.  All visits to the island are during the 'low water' season, which usually begins in mid July and goes through to the end of January.  (High water visits are not possible.)  Five visits are offered daily with a maximum of 16 people per visit.  On arrival you will be taken on a guided exploration of the island:  learning about its long history, from ancient times when it was a sacrificial site, to the present day, as a protected World Heritage Site.  You can take photos of the Victoria Falls from this extraordinary angle and the very intrepid can even take a heart-stopping peek over the island's edge to the churning mass below.  After the tour, you can relax and enjoy afternoon tea under the shade of our canopied dining area with a view of the falls that is quite unique.  For those of you who are keen on a swimming experience unlike any other, you can even brave the waters of this mighty river in the island's very own bathing pool, which forms each year amongst the rocks along the edge of the falls.  (Only possible in extreme low water from October to January, and better for the morning tour.)   The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Luxury Room (B)

Day12:  Victoria Falls / Johannesburg, South Africa / Depart
Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport in time to board your scheduled flight to Johannesburg, where you will have access to the Rennies lounge during your connection to your international departure flight home.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $12290

Internal Airfare (subject to change until ticketed):  $900

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