A comprehensive tour that focuses on exploring the top attractions in Southern Africa, from Cape Town to Vic Falls.
Guests will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport or any location of their choice in Cape Town - the first port of call of the 10 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour. Thereafter the day is spent exploring one of the world's most beautiful cities. A cable car ride up Table Mountain is first on the agenda, affording some of the finest scenic views to be found anywhere. We also visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which originated when the mining magnate and philanthropist Cecil Rhodes donated the land to the people of South Africa. The garden is home to 4 000 of the 18 000 species of flora found in South Africa, all of which create a most remarkable display. The tour then makes its way to the hotel situated on Cape Town's famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
A drive over the spectacular Chapman's Peak pass, cut into the 650m high Chapman's Peak, leads the tour through the town of Noordhoek to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. A botanical and scenic delight, the reserve is home to several antelope species as well as a great diversity of flowering plants and birds. A highlight is sure to be the walk to the edge of Cape Point, where it is said the stormy waters of the Atlantic are met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean. The tour traces False Bay on the way back to Cape Town, stopping at Boulders Beach, an attractive secluded beach comprising a tumble of huge round rocks on a sandy shore and a colony of African penguins.
A short ferry ride from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront brings guests to Robben Island. This infamous island, only 574 Ha in extent, has played an important role in South Africa's long and turbulent history. Views which can be enjoyed of the Cape Peninsula and the South African mother city make the ferry ride quite an enjoyable experience.' 'Home' to President Nelson Mandela for a large part of his 27 year incarceration, the prison has since been turned into a museum and the tour is conducted by an ex-political prisoner who has first-hand experience of the conditions on the island. Visits are made to the prison building as well as to the limestone quarry where the prisoners were forced to work. Some wildlife has been re-introduced to the island, and a glimpse of these animals may be enjoyed. The duration of the Robben Island excursion, including the return ferry ride, is about four hours, which then bring guests back to the V& A Waterfront around lunch time. The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure.
Guests will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for a flight to Johannesburg. From there the tour makes its way east to Mount Sheba, a fine country hotel situated in the rolling hills of Mpumalanga. The late afternoon is spent at leisure or taking a walk to one of the many waterfalls in the indigenous forest surrounding Mount Sheba.
Splendid scenery abounds as the tour makes its way to Shangana Cultural Village, where guests are led from the Marula Market by a local guide. The guide will explain how the Shangaan traditionally collect food from their environment, and the way in which traditional farming is conducted. The route leads up to a traditional Shangaan village, which is the residence of a headman, his wives and his children. In the village, some time is devoted to gaining some insight into the history and culture of the Shangaan. Upon completion of this tour, we travel onwards to the Kruger National Park.Kruger National Park is a short drive from the cultural village. The park is named after the then sitting president of the old Transvaal republic, who proclaimed the Sabie Reserve in 1897. This reserve was the beginning of the Kruger National Park as it is known today. Approximately two million hectares in extent, the park is internationally renowned as one of the world's foremost conservation areas. The late afternoon is devoted to a first game drive in search of Africa's legendary Big Five, in an area where many other mammal and bird species grace the African savanna.
The day is devoted to two game drives in the Kruger National Park accompanied by your experienced guide. The day is focused on exploring first the area to the south of Skukuza, which is characterized by thick vegetation, before concentrating our efforts on the wooded savanna between the Sabie River and the Lebombo Mountains. This area serves as a habitat to a great number of grassland game species and the big cats who prey on them.
An African sunrise heralds a new day in the wilderness as you embark on your early morning game drive in the Kruger. The game drive is followed by a late breakfast after which the tour makes its way to Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa. Time permitting, we will make a quick visit to the Cullinan Diamond Mine, situated east of Pretoria. The world's largest diamond was discovered here and a short tour of the mine provides good insight into the diamond mining industry.
Guests will be transferred to O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for a flight to the town of Livingstone. Guests will be met on arrival at Livingstone Airport, from where you visit the Livingstone Museum en route to the hotel. The town was established in 1905 by the British South African Company and bears the name of the famous missionary explorer Sir David Livingstone.The Livingstone Museum still houses the largest collection of Livingstone’s letters and journals, and bears testament to the legacy of this legendary man, who spent more than half his life in Africa. He was devoted to the exploration of the continent and the plight of its people who were, at the time, still brutally exploited by the slave traders. A glimpse of the thundering Victoria Falls is followed by check-in at the hotel where the late afternoon is spent at leisure.
The morning is devoted to exploring the Victoria Falls from different vantage points. The falls are situated in the Zambezi River between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. It has been described as one of the world's natural wonders, and few who have seen its imposing grandeur have not stood in awe of this spectacle. On return to the hotel, some time is allotted to relaxation. Guests are met during the afternoon for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The views of the surrounding wilderness areas and glimpses of different mammals as they come to the water's edge for a drink, remind us of an Africa as seen through the eyes of the legendary explorers and missionaries of the past.
Guests spend the morning at leisure after which they will be transferred to Livingstone Airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Guests will be met at O R Tambo International and then assisted in transferring to an international flight back to their country of origin, after a 10 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour which experiences all the region’s highlights.