This 14 Day Zambezi river adventures offers exceptional sites in the heart of Southern Africa. The Kruger National Park is a wildlife experience that is arguably the best in Africa. The iconic Chobe in Botswana, home to the worlds largest elephant population. Victoria Falls, the worlds greatest waterfall situated on the mighty Zambezi river. This private tour also includes most of the important highlights of South Africa; both natural & cultural, not to forget the Kingdom of Swaziland and it’s secrets.
Day 1: Johannesburg City -Sandton
This afternoon we have a local guide. We visit Soweto township, Freedom Square and Hector Pieterson museum and memorial.
A walking tour and drive will take us to various points of interest … home of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela and the FNB stadium
We visit, time permitting, Lilliesleaf where Nelson Mandela was captured which lead to the famous Rivonia trial. From here to Constitution Hill we discover the secrets of our past, where the tales of the true struggle for freedom is revealed.
Day 2: Blyde River Canyon
We depart for the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.
We follow the scenic Panorama Route and admire God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Long Tom Pass, Bourkes Luck Potholes and the MacMac waterfall. Also Pilgrim’s Rest, which is an authentic historical village dating from the first South African gold rush and now a National Monument.
Lunch in the 18th Century gold mining town.
Accommodation is on the edge of the canyon or along the escarpment.
Day 3: Kruger National Park
We arrive in the morning at the famous Kruger Park and begin our safari, lunch on the banks of the mighty Sabie River. A glorious 4×4 sunset safari with professional ranger pursuing the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species.
A scrumptious African barbecue is prepared for you by your guide when you get back from your sunset Safari.
Day 4: Kruger National Park
Around 4.30 am we leave camp for a 3 hr morning 4×4 safari with a professional ranger to witness the African Savannah and wildlife in all its splendor.
Return to camp for a hearty breakfast.
A full day private safari with your guide covering much of the Southern part of the Kruger.
NB: If accommodation is outside the Kruger Park a Full day 4×4 safari with a professional ranger will replace the 2 x 3 hour game drives.
Day 5: Kingdom of Swaziland
Departure for the Kingdom of Swaziland (passport required). The landscapes are very similar to those of Switzerland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the oldest mine in the world. (time permitting)
At Mbabane, capital of Swaziland we admire the Royal Palace, Parliament, the Kings Mausoleum and a craft market in the Ezulwini Valley.
Overnight “hotel de charme” bed and breakfast, dinner included.
Day 6: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Departure for Cape Town
This morning we visit Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, it is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the Kingdom’s Ezulwini Valley
We depart Swaziland through Southern Mpumalanga.
Just south of the town of Barberton, in the beautiful province of Mpumalanga, lie the oldest and best preserved sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rocks in the world. Known as the Genesis of Life, the Makhonjwa Mountains are on their way to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lunch en route.
Leave for O R Tambo Airport for the flight to Cape Town.
Arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon we stroll along the Sea point promenade at sunset and visit the V & A Waterfront for dinner.
Day 7: Cape Town and the Winelands
We drive to Stellenbosch, a fertile area where oak trees, wheat and vines quickly replaced the giraffes, elephants, Hottentot and Khoisan peoples.
Today, Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful varied architecture, renowned wines and university where the language of instruction is still mainly Afrikaans.
We visit a museum, historical shop and partake in a cellar tour before traveling over the beautiful Hels Hoogte Pass on our way to Franschoek.
visit the Huguenot Museum.
At an exceptional boutique wine farm we taste local vintage including a pinotage which is South Africa’s own unique cultivar. At Paarl we stop in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990.
Paarl means “Pearl”, in Dutch, and refers to the imposing granite mountains surrounding the town. The Taal monument, dedicated to the Afrikaans language, is the world’s only monument to a language.
Dinner looking over the Indian ocean in the charming fishing village of Kalk Bay.
Day 8: Cape of Good Hope
This Region is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional floral diversity. We follow the west coast via Clifton with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay then to Hout Bay, a charming little town where we enjoy a cruise to Duiker Island, home to the world’s largest fur seal colony.
The scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass offers breathtaking scenery.
The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners.
Journeying down to the False Bay coast, lunch is at the old harbor of the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. After lunch we visit the well known Boulders beach, home to Africa’s largest land based jackass penguin colony.
We finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch manor house and wine farm built by the first Governor of the Cape.
Dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 9: Cape and surrounds
Today we visit Cape Town, historical places, parks, Dutch East Indian Garden, Castle, South African Museum, Malay quarter, District 6 and Green market square. Before noon we take the opportunity to visit the noon gun in action on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is the world’s oldest canon still in action.
After lunch we visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site which has more endemic plant species than any other in the world.
In the late afternoon we head along the west coast towards Blouberg where we enjoy a “postcard” view of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay.
Tonight an authentic African dinner of many culinary dishes from across the continent, Traditional African dance, music & theater accompany you through your meal
Day 10: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Departure for our flight to Johannesburg and connection to Victoria Falls.
Upon arrival we will be taken to your lodge situated near the falls, time to relax and enjoy lunch while observing wild life, before departing on your late afternoon sunset cruise of the mighty Zambezi river.
Relax and enjoy the spectacular view of the falls. In the evening we will enjoy a traditional African boma dinner embellished with traditional dances and characters Amakwezi representatives of the ancestral culture Shona. The more adventurous can snack on specialties: the “hunter’s stew” or buffet of local meats (buffalo, crocodile, impala, wild boar, etc.).
Day 11: Victoria Falls
Included is a guided tour of the falls. Get ready for an amazing experience with nature!
Important: Wear a waterproof jacket and protection
Here awaits an unforgettable view of one of the most spectacular sites in the world located on the Zambezi River, between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe known as Mosi-oa-Tunya “the smoke that thunders” ( in Shona ) – It is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
The rest of the day is free to visit the town and its local craft market, cruise on the Zambezi River, or enjoy a helicopter flight over the falls, known as “the flight of angels”.
NB: Many optional activities are available, we will send you our list, and happy to do the bookings at our preferred rates at no extra fee to you.
Day 12: Chobe National Park (Botswana)
Early this morning you cross the border into Botswana and continue to the Chobe National Park.
After lunch we head into the park for our afternoon 4X4 safari. This park is world famous for its huge herd of elephants, buffalo and big cats.
Lodge and dinner on the banks of the Chobe River.
Day 13: Chobe National Park
Early morning start (5:00am) for a morning 4X4 safari. Back in the park you will experience elephants, giraffes, buffalo, big & small cats & hopefully the highly endangered African wild dog.
After breakfast you have the opportunity to relax around the pool on the banks of the Chobe river, or explore further the iconic Chobe National Park and the Big 5.
Enjoy a magical sunset cruise on the Chobe river watching huge herds of elephant crossing totally submerged with only their trunks showing.
Day 14: Johannesburg
After breakfast we drive to Victoria Falls airport and sadly fly back to Johannesburg.
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- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All flights during the tour
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- International flights (from/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$5.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)