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13 Days Awe-Inspiring Safari South Africa and Zimbabwe

  • Johannesburg - Cape Town - Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Victoria Falls

13 Days Awe-Inspiring Safari South Africa and Zimbabwe

  • Johannesburg - Cape Town - Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Victoria Falls

Breathtaking Safari in South Africa and Zimbabwe

A life-changing adventure awaits you in the wildernesses of South Africa and Zimbabwe. You will love the thrill of nature in action and the excitement of adrenaline-spiking activities. Imagine embarking on a quest to one of the world’s last natural frontiers to experience the pure wilderness and unfamiliar cultures, and discover a truly unique and colorful world that has remained unspoiled by modern influences. Hills of Africa Travel ensures that you get a satisfaction and a memorable trip!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Elephant back Safari
  • Victoria Falls excursions
  • Great white shark diving trip
  • A visit to the penguin colony at Boulders
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • 12 activity days
  • English
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This safari package includes 12 nights' accommodations as elaborated below:

  • 2 nights' stay at The Residence Boutique Hotel Houghton in a luxury room on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 nights' stay at Four Rosmead Boutique Hote in a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 nights' stay at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp in a suite on an all-inclusive basis
  • 2 nights' stay at Victoria Falls Hotel in a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis

Day 1: Johannesburg

On your arrival at Johannesburg Airport (JNB), you will need to clear customs and immigration and collect your luggage. In the arrivals hall, you will meet Hills Of Africa Travel representative who will transfer you to The Residence Boutique Hotel Houghton.

Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will be greeted warmly and graciously before being shown around the guest areas on the ground floor. You are welcome to take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the large outdoor pool. Arrangements can also be made for guests to work out at a nearby gymnasium or play a round of golf on the Houghton Golf Course.

Day 2: Johannesburg

This morning, you will be picked up at the hotel lobby and taken on a private-guided tour of Johannesburg City and The Apartheid Museum. On the city tour, you will learn about the City of Gold and its suburbs. Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, remains the country's financial and commercial heart.

View the Rainbow Nation at work in Sandton and Downtown Johannesburg. The Northern suburbs can be viewed from a vantage point after which you drive through Hillbrow, the most densely populated part of the city, cross over Nelson Mandela Bridge and into downtown Johannesburg.

You will stop at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown where a variety of African arts and crafts are sold. In Johannesburg, you will also visit Apartheid Museum, a newly built museum offers an unbiased account of South Africa's history over the past century.

Day 3: Cape Town

This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel lobby and driven to Johannesburg Airport (JNB). You will check in for your domestic flight to Cape Town (this flight is not included in itinerary price). On your arrival in Cape Town, your guide will meet you and transfer you to Four Rosmead Boutique Hotel. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage treatment in the guest house's Pamper Spa, or relax on a sun lounger next to the salt water swimming pool.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel to go on a private half-day Cape Town city tour. Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and as such has acquired the name of the "Mother City". You will take a walk through the history of the city, its people, its buildings, and its business district.

For the remaining of the day, you can choose either a walk or a driving tour through the oldest part of the city. Simply let Hills of Africa Travel know your preference. You will explore the old history of the Dutch India Company occupation, followed by the invasion of the British in 1795. Both had a distinct impact on the city in terms of architecture.

Then, you will also have a chance ascending a cable car to the top of Table Mountain (if the weather permits). From the top of Table Mountain, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and after a short stroll on a clear day you will be able to see all the way to Cape Point (depends on the weather).

Day 4: Cape Town

Today, you will be picked up by your Hills of Africa Travel guide for a private-guided wine tasting and exploring the beautiful Cape Winelands. On your first wine tour to the Cape, Hills of Africa Travel will introduce you to the Cape's oldest wine regions. The aim is to take a journey through this beautiful mountainous region and explore the history, wine, and architecture of the region. You will explore Stellenbosch and possibly Franschhoek and Paarl - the routes will change depending on your interests.

Today, you may enjoy a visit to Vergelegen which is one of the oldest estates in South Africa, to explore their beautiful gardens and historical Cape Dutch Homestead, a wine tasting tour at some of the Cape's best estates, a tutored olive oil tasting or a chocolate and wine pairing experience, and a cellar tour (note that this must be pre-booked well in advance.

Day 5: Cape Town

Today you will enjoy a private-guided tour exploring the gorgeous peninsula region of Cape Town. This scenic coastal meander will introduce you to the extended suburbs of Cape Town. You will pass through many of Cape Town's most beautiful villages, such as Camps Bay, Llundudno, Hout Bay, Simon's Town, and Kalk Bay. You will also visit the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

Hills of Africa Travel will take you to visit the penguin colony at Boulders. Penguins are only found in the Southern hemisphere, and as such it is a treat for those from the North to be able to see them outside of an aquarium. The African penguin's natural habitat is to live on islands off the Coast of South Africa. Today there are over 3,000 penguins living at Boulders. There are some viewing platforms that will allow you to get close to the penguins.

Day 6: Cape Town

Today, Hills of Africa Travel will pick you up from your hotel for a day packed full of adrenaline on your great white shark diving trip. The main focus of this tour is a natural interaction with the sharks, and Apex Tours makes every effort to treat these animals with the respect they deserve and at the same time try to share their passion with you.

Thereafter a spot is chosen to anchor to attract sharks to the vessel. Once a shark approaches, a small bait is put in the water to keep the sharks interested around the boat for identification and viewing purposes. If the weather conditions are favorable, the cage is lowered into the water for cage diving. Great white sharks are completely wild animals and as such sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Day 7 - 10: Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town Airport (CPT) where you will be assisted to check in for your domestic flight to Johannesburg (this flight is not included in itinerary price). On arrival at the Johannesburg Airport, you will meet a Federal Air representative and transfer to the charter flight terminal.

You will then check in and board a shared, light-aircraft charter flight with Federal Air to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park. This flight may stop at other lodges on the way depending on their daily schedule. Upon the arrival, your guide will meet you and transfer you to Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp. You will stay in a suite at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp on an all-inclusive basis for 4 nights.

Sabi Sabi's Little Bush Camp offers some adventurous game drives. Tracking Africa's big game including the Big Five in open vehicles by day and at night accompanied by qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers, and going off road for exceptional close wildlife encounters, make for a truly memorable experience - the highlight of your safari holiday in South Africa.

Day 11: Victoria Falls

Today, you will take a charter flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (MQP) for approximately a 20-minute flight. The time for this flight will be confirmed with you the night before. On arrival, you will be helped to transfer to the main airport terminal where you will check in and connect with your onward commercial flight to Livingstone in Zambia on the border of Zimbabwe / Victoria Falls (this international flight is not included in the itinerary price). On arrival at Livingstone Airport (LVI), you will need to clear Zambia customs and immigration. You will then meet your guide as you enter the arrivals hall and transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

This afternoon, you will be taken on a private guided tour of Victoria Falls. The tour will begin with a visit to the world renowned Victoria Falls where you will explore the geological history of the area that created this magnificent spectacle. To discover how Victoria Falls was formed and what local customs and traditions surround this area, it's well worth taking a guided tour. These tours of the Victoria Falls are extremely informative and will be ended with a visit to the local art and crafts center.

Day 12: Victoria Falls

Today is a day of excitement and being in the middle of the Zambezi River. This morning, you will be collected from your hotel for an adventure in white water rafting. The wildest white water rafting in the world is on the Zambezi river at Victoria Falls. White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is judged to be among the finest in the world, and this will be a day you will cherish for the rest of your life. The rapids are run in large rubber rafts, launched from just below Victoria Falls. You can do a half day trip, full day or multi day. This afternoon, you will be treated to a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. Each seat in the aircraft is next to a window and offers unsurpassed views of the spectacular scenery below. This 15-minute flight will give you an aerial view of Victoria Falls.

Day 13: Victoria Falls

This morning, your Hills of Africa Travel representative will transfer you to the Wallow, a sanctuary for elephants. Here, you will begin your day with an elephant back safari. This safari is not just a ride on the largest animal in Africa, it's an unforgettable experience where you will get to interact with the elephants as well as enjoy a ride through wilderness areas and beautiful scenery.

Each of the elephants was orphaned at a very young age, and would have died if not saved by this program. The elephants have been given a second chance at life and you will get to enjoy it. They take 2 daily walks through the national park, which is an integral part of their day. Game viewing from the back of an elephant is very different from the seat in a vehicle. The animals that you encounter see the elephant, and not you, the animals will react the way they would react to another animal in the bush, not a human.

Whilst on the ride, you may see other wild elephant as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and a host of other plains game. Along the Zambezi River, hippo and crocodile are common and there is a wide variety of bird species. Each elephant has its own handler and you will leave having witnessed the elephant's incredible skills, intelligence and willingness to respond to instruction.

After this unique experience, you will be transferred back to your hotel to freshen up and prepare for your afternoon flights home. You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). You will then check in for your international flights back home.

During your safari, you will visit Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa as well as a visit to Victoria Falls in Zimabwe.

  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • A visit to the penguin colony at Boulders
  • Airport transfers
  • Apartheid Museum visit
  • Daily breakfast
  • Elephant back safari
  • Game drives at Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • Great white shark diving trip
  • Ground transport throughout the safari
  • Helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls
  • Johannesburg city tour
  • Lunches and dinners at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp
  • Private-guided wine tasting tour and excursions in the beautiful Cape Winelands
  • Professional guides
  • Rejuvenating massage treatment at Four Rosmead Boutique Hotel
  • Victoria Falls excursion
  • White water rafting at Victoria Falls
  • Domestic and international flights
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "We had the most amazing time and everything was so perfect. Thank you so much. All of our travels went smoothly and everyone was so nice and interesting and engaging. We cried (at least I did) when we left Elephant Camp because we loved everyone so much! We were told by a lot of people that the food would be amazing. Wow, every meal was spectacular! I could go on and on. Thank you! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Marc Liebman
    9 out of 10

    "The entire trip was life changing. Visiting the chimps in Mahale, seeing the crossing in the Serengeti, and there is a long list that goes on from there. This was our second trip with Hills of Africa Travel, and the first one was so good. There was no one else we would trust with a vacation like the one we just returned from."

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  • Review by Pamela Robinson
    9 out of 10

    "Life-altering stuff happens on safari and that’s why more people need to experience it. For me personally, celebrating a milestone birthday in the most amazing fashion orchestrated by Hills of Africa, with love and attention to every detail, was beyond impressive and beyond belief! I cannot thank you enough! That day will live in my heart forever."

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