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Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana (Explorations)

14 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa.

Day 2 Cape Town, South Africa - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in South Africa. Immerse yourself in the pulse of this electric cultural mecca called Cape Town. Nicknamed “The Mother City,” it captivates you at every turn. Discover a melting pot of Dutch, French, and German architecture that embolden the horizon. Explore Alfred & Victoria Waterfront, a Cape Town hotspot and one of South Africa’s most compelling destinations, from heritage sites to historic landmarks, markets, shops, and restaurants.

Day 3 Cape Town
Revolve at an altitude of more than 3,000 feet in a cable car atop incredible Table Mountain.* Rise gently over the South African landscape, rich in views of Cape Town, Lions Head, and historic Robben Island. Step in to a kingdom of natural wonders, where thousands of plant and floral species thrive. Return to the city via Table Bay. Pass through the Moorish Malay Quarter and pause at Milnerton Lighthouse. The rest of the afternoon is yours. Steps from the bustling waterfront, your hotel is in Cape Town’s best location. Tonight, experience an unforgettable cultural aperitif, a true African dining experience starring a host of culinary specialties and delicacies. (B,D)

Day 4 Cape Town
The drama of Cape Peninsula’s halcyon landscape leads you to Cape Point on the southwestern tip of Africa. Marvel at nature’s color wheel – shades of green that blanket rocky outcrops and cerulean waters that form into waves and crash into a brilliant lavender blue. Bartolomeau Dias, the first European to reach the Cape, named it the Cape of Storms, but it was re-named Cape of Good Hope by Portugal’s King John II when it opened a sea route to the East. Among mystic mountaintops over open seas, set out on an easy hike down mountain, passing through one of the world’s six floral kingdoms. End at Boulders Beach for the rarest of black-tie events – a rendezvous with endangered African penguins! This evening, find yourself an honored guest for dinner at a Capetonian family’s home. Dine, exchange stories, and share a true “day-in-the-life” experience. End the evening with happy memories and lifelong friends. (B,D)

Day 5 Cape Town - Stellenbosch
The winelands of the Western Cape await you. The Cape boasts a reputation as some of the world’s most beautiful wine country, with no fewer than 13 wine routes. After a relaxing morning, a short drive takes you to the idyllic town of Stellenbosch – a zenith of South Africa’s famous winelands. Among rolling vineyards where historic Cape Dutch architecture dots the landscape, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. This evening, learn about South Africa’s renowned varietals during a wine tasting. End with dinner created with locally-sourced ingredients. (B,D)

Day 6 Stellenbosch - Hermanus - Stellenbosch
Today, it’s your choice. Seaside Hermanus waits for you on the other side of an easy drive over the St. Lowry Pass. Learn more about this quaint maritime village known to be frequented by whales. Take in the town and enjoy its many shops and art galleries -OR- simply relax in Stellenbosch and take advantage of your hotel’s amenities. (B)

Day 7 Stellenbosch - Johannesburg - Entabeni Conservancy
Take to the skies on a flight to Johannesburg. Arrive in “The Place of the Mountain,” Entabeni Conservancy. Discover a series of African Baroque bungalows in the alluring umbra of Hanglip Mountain – your home for the next two nights. Then, it’s time to go where the wild things are. In a place where the lions reign as kings, head out in a 4x4 on a search for the “Big 5” across vast marshlands and craggy landscapes. Stretch your legs and enjoy a traditional African sundowner as the sun disappears behind the mountain. (B,D)

Day 8 Entabeni Conservancy
Answer the call of the wild before sunrise. In the open expanse of Entabeni, among the pitch-perfect sounds of the wild, drive out in your 4x4 on a chase for the elusive “Big 5.” Enjoy coffee and tea in the bush. Later, follow the clues left by wildlife tracks as you head out on an investigation alongside a ranger and tracker before relaxing over lunch in the gardens. This afternoon, drive past the big cats as they prepare for the hunt. Under the night sky, indulge in a braai. From the Afrikaans meaning “grilled meat,” a braai is a unifying tradition of an old-fashioned, round-the-fire barbeque that’s a great societal equalizer, a lot of sausage, a lot of spice, and a lot of fun. Afterward, look up and discover your Shangri-La beneath a parade of stars and constellations only glimpsed in the Southern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Entabeni Conservancy - Johannesburg
Take one more crack at another quest for the “Big 5” this morning. Then, say goodbye to Entabeni and make the journey to vibrant Johannesburg. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg. (B)

Day 10 Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe**
Fly to Victoria Falls today – an awe-inspiring wonder of the world. When you arrive, check in to your lodge that boasts African elegance in the form of a vast open-plan tree house, where herds of buffalo, elephant, hyena, and kudu gather at a central watering hole. This afternoon, when rainbows are at their best, witness the awesome power of Victoria Falls. Afterward, toast the astonishing African sunset with a sundowner next to the animals gathered at the watering hole. Bombard the senses tonight with the tastes, sights, sounds, and smells of the Boma, a feast of fun under the stars featuring a cultural milieu of traditional dancers and drummers that celebrate the warmth of the Zimbabwean culture. Indulge in a superb selection of local delicacies, barbeque, and a variety of game meat for the more adventurous. (B,D)

Day 11 Victoria Falls
Embark on a captivating tour of a local village with our friend, a most passionate village elder. From a casual chat inside an open-roofed lapa that’s welcomed dignitaries and local leaders, to the surrounding fields, bush, and round houses with perfectly swept yards, discover a palpable energy in a place where African traditions are expressed with pride. Later, get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Greet African elephants, spend some quality time interacting with them in their own habitat, and learn some of their unique behaviors. Relax, reflect, and maybe even bring a coffee down to the watering hole during some free time at the lodge. This evening, you might decide to join an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. (B)

Day 12 Victoria Falls - Chobe, Botswana
Before crossing the border to Botswana and Chobe, engage in a lively discourse about the African explorer and missionary, David Livingstone. Arrive in Chobe – game-viewing country. During a breathtaking safari cruise along the Chobe River, spot elephants and hippos that linger and swim along the shores, and crocodiles basking in the sun. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Chobe National Park
Bordered by the Chobe River, Chobe National Park’s perennial waters rise in the northern Angolan highlands. Venture into the park for an unforgettable wildlife excursion through the park’s diverse ecosystems featuring remarkable biodiversity. After lunch, it’s your choice! Continue the wildlife search by land on an afternoon game drive -OR- hit the river for a new perspective on a safari cruise. Tonight, gather by the river for an unforgettable, chef-hosted farewell dinner. On your last night, learn the secret to cooking a traditional braai, complete with some local favorites and delicacies. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Chobe - Johannesburg - Tour Ends
Fly to Johannesburg today, where your tour comes to a close. (B)
Map
All This Included
Get ready for the ultimate African travel adventure through the brilliant expanses of Southern Africa, on a journey to South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Botswana. In the land of eleven languages that Desmond Tutu called “The Rainbow Nation,” get ready to experience an Africa you’ve only dreamed about. From Cape Town – the Mother Country’s Mother City – to Table Mountain and the famous winelands of the Western Cape, the spirit moves. From stars you can only see in the Southern hemisphere to the ways of life in a local village learned from an elder, the eyes open. From the thundering power of Victoria Falls to the roar of a lion king in a remote Botswana wilderness, the soul stirs. And on the glittering Chobe River, on a search for wildlife you only thought was legend, the world unfolds. As the African proverb says: In South Africa, the eye never forgets what the heart has seen.
  • 23 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Head out for an African sundowner via 4x4 and enjoy the sunset.
  • Open your eyes to Zimbabwean culture during a specially-guided tour of a local village.
  • Interact with African elephants.
Accommodations
Cape Town: Commodore Hotel 
Stellenbosch: Spier Hotel 
Entabeni: Hanglip Mountain Lodge 
Johannesburg: Hallmark House 
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 
Kasane: Chobe Marina Lodge 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Tour Extension:
  • Dubai Pre Extension: 3 Nights ( Land Only )
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Commodore Hotel
Notes
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.