Victoria Falls, Botswana Safari & Cape Town

Victoria Falls, Botswana Safari & Cape Town

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Africa leaves an indelible mark on its visitors and on this incredible three-country tour, you see some of the very best it has to offer. We see one of the world’s finest natural wonders, the amazing Victoria Falls - three times as long and twice as high as Niagara. Nearby Botswana is a wild and beautiful country, one of the few places on earth that really is unspoilt with some of Africa’s finest wildlife and the world’s largest concentration of elephants. Finally, for a complete contrast we visit Africa’s most naturally beautiful city, Cape Town, with the iconic Table Mountain, awesomely beautiful Winelands and a superb cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Highlights

  • Experience one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders,the stunning Victoria Falls, plus an optional helicopter flight
  • Explore Botswana’s vast Chobe National Park, one of the world’s most outstanding game reserves with some of the best game in Africa and home to the world’s largest elephant herds
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow, with regional connections available
  • Excellent quality, hand-picked three and four-star hotels
  • Watch the fire-red sunset over the mighty Zambezi River during our sundowner cruise on the ‘African Queen’
  • Stay four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town
  • See where two mighty oceans meet on our included full-day tour to the Cape of Good Hope
  • Tour the Western Cape’s Winelands with a visit and tasting at a 300-year old vineyard
  • Daily breakfast and five meals included
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability from a supplement from £279 per person. The price includes eight nights accommodation, including breakfast in three and four-star hotels; half-board basis at Chobe Safari Lodge or Mowana Safari Lodge; scheduled direct flights to Johannesburg and returning from Cape Town; flights between South Africa and Zambia; all transfers; walking tour of Victoria Falls; sunset Zambezi River cruise; game drive and boat safari in Chobe; full day guided tours to Cape Point and the Winelands including two lunches; porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of an experienced Riviera Tour Manager.
  • British passport holders do not currently require a visa to enter South Africa or Botswana but must have at least three completely empty pages in their passport and at least six-month validity from date of travel.
  • Zambia visas: Multiple-entry visas to Zambia are required for all British passport holders and cost £60 per person from the Zambia High Commission at Zambia House, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG, tel: 0207 5896655. Visa forms may be downloaded from www.zambiahc.org.uk and you will need to enclose a completed form, your passport, 2 passport photos and a photocopy of your Riviera confirmation invoice - no other documents are necessary for normal tourist visas. Postal applications normally take 5 working days to process. Other passport holders should check with the relevant embassies well before departure. Visa fees can change without notice and once issued, any costs are non-refundable.
  • Importantnote: Anyone travelling from a Yellow Fever Area into South Africa will require a Yellow Fever Certificate. As we will be in Zambia, Botswana and then entering South Africa a Yellow Fever Certificate is required. Yellow fever vaccine can only be given at accredited centers. Many GP practices are accredited. If your local GP practice is not accredited you can find a list of the nearest available centres at www.nathnac.org. It is advisable to contact your local GP prior to making a booking. Yellow fever vaccine must be given 10 days or more before your trip to be effective and to be officially accepted on arrival into South Africa. Please ensure that you take your Yellow Fever Certificate with you, without this you will be denied entry into South Africa.
  • Zambia and Botswana are malarial areas and your GP can recommend the appropriate precautions that should be taken.
  • Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical condition, we should like to point out that we often enjoy walking tours of the various places of interest and these may involve a number of steps and uneven ground. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind before considering this holiday.

Itinerary

Day 1

You should arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2

After your morning arrival you will connect with your onward 1 hour 50 minute flight to Livingstone in Zambia and our hotel for the night, the three-star superior Zambezi Sun, located just a short walk from Victoria Falls. All rooms are air-conditioned, and brightly decorated in an African theme with a balcony or patio overlooking the extensive landscaped gardens. The resort has a large pool, bar and restaurant and Riviera guests are welcome to use the excellent restaurant, bar and facilities of the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel next door. After some time to relax and freshen up, we experience one of the highlights of your tour – a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi on the African Queen. As the boat slowly glides across the expanse of a river inhabited by hippo and crocodiles, simply settle into a shaded wicker armchair, absorb the unique surroundings, sip a refreshing drink, become acquainted with your fellow travellers and reflect on how good life can be!

Day 3

This morning we approach Victoria Falls for an outstanding guided walking tour. The area around the falls is surrounded by a unique, lush rainforest eco-system, watered by the fine spray rising from the falls. As we pass through several rainbows arching through the mist, the roar of the falls intensifies and conversation becomes virtually impossible. The anticipation mounts and on your first view, you will fully appreciate why this is truly one of the wonders of the natural world! During low water flow, an optional boat trip is available to Livingstone Island from where the famous explorer himself first saw the falls. For the ultimate view you can take a helicopter or even a ‘micro-light’ aircraft flight (essentially a powered hang-glider) on an optional ‘Flight of Angels’ tour. During the afternoon we drive west parallel to the Zambezi until it joins the Chobe River, actually forming the Botswana border, which we cross on small open speedboats. We stay three nights half board at the four-star Chobe Safari Lodge (some groups may stay at the four-star Mowana Lodge), beautifully located overlooking the river itself. All the air-conditioned rooms are well furnished in an African theme and river-facing. The lodge, with its high-ceilinged thatch-roofed public areas blends superbly with the natural surroundings. It also has a lovely swimming pool overlooking the river and an open-air bar and restaurant.

Day 4

There is simply nothing to beat the feeling of excited anticipation and rising expectation as we start our game drive in the half light of an African dawn, accompanied by a unique ‘dawn chorus’. Using specially adapted 10-seater open-sided safari vehicles we look out for big cats, giraffe and elephants. You will see a wide variety of game: beautiful impala, monkeys, warthogs, kudu, even leopards if we are lucky! The birdlife is also simply superb – look out for the darting pied kingfishers, African skimmers, ibis, ground hornbills and a variety of brilliantly coloured bee-eaters. We return to our lodge mid-morning for some relaxation by the pool and a spot of lunch. During the afternoon we take a boat safari on the Chobe River, the main watercourse in the region. Elephant and hippo sightings are virtually guaranteed all year-round. Fish eagles and crocodiles are also often spotted, but during the peak of the dry season (Aug-Nov), hundreds of elephants congregate along the shore for their daily drink – an awesome game viewing experience, unique to Africa! As the sun sets beyond the wide grassy plains on the horizon, we are treated to one of this continent’s greatest gifts: the amazing multi-hued spectacle that is an African sunset.

Day 5

Today is at leisure at the Chobe Safari Lodge or Mowana Safari Lodge. You may either relax and enjoy the excellent facilities or take additional game drives or river safaris in this, the real heart of Africa. Alternatively, there are some optional trips on offer: a shorter excursion is to Namibia just on the other side of the Chobe River or, you may wish to try your hand at fishing for the fearsome Tigerfish.

Day 6

After breakfast you cross back into Zambia and drive back to Livingstone airport. From Livingstone we fly (commercial jet) to Cape Town, via Johannesburg and transfer to our hotel, the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel for four nights’ bed and breakfast, beautifully located within walking distance of the V&A waterfront.

Day 7

This morning we drive to Cape Point, visiting the legendary Cape of Good Hope, originally known as the Cape of Storms. We pass pristine beaches, the fishing harbour of Hout Bay and continue along the breathtakingly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, full of rugged seascapes and cliffs, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hot-spots. At Cape Point itself you see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents and the treacherous promontory of rocks, the scourge of mariners for centuries. Finally, you visit Boulders Beach and its resident penguin colony before returning to the city in the afternoon. Lunch is included today.

Day 8

Today you tour the awesomely beautiful Winelands. Set in a wide valley backed by majestic mountains, rows of manicured vines and orchards stretch into the distance, studded by lime-washed, often thatched, 300 year-old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style, sympathetically mirroring the undulations of the surrounding countryside. Later you visit the small town of Franschoek in a magnificent setting at the head of a valley, then elegant Stellenbosch, established 300 years ago and home to South Africa’s most prestigious university. Period buildings and historic streets reinforce the town’s dignified atmosphere. We have time to explore this delightful town before enjoying a fascinating cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Lunch is included today.

Day 9

Cape Town, featuring British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences, is simply one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, with so much to offer the visitor!  Today is at leisure to explore as you wish. In addition to the excellent shopping and dining available within the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex, no visit to Cape Town would be complete without taking the revolving cable car to the summit of iconic Table Mountain, at the unofficial symbol of South Africa and with breathtaking views. You should also visit Robben Island (weather permitting), where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years incarceration, and whose visitors have included Bill Gates, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton and even Nelson Mandela himself. Wander through the Bo Kaap area, the very image of small-town South Africa. Tours are available to charming nearby Hermanus, the world’s premier on-shore whale-watching location (Jul-Nov). Alternatively, simply just wander where your feet take you, or relax a little, taking afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson, one of the great colonial hotels of the world: the choice is yours.

Day 10

Your final day in Cape Town is again at leisure, before transferring to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight to Heathrow via Johannesburg.

Accommodation

Zambezi Sun

Livingstone, Zambia - the superior three-star Zambezi Sun (http://www.suninternational.com) is located just a short walk from the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls. The resort has a large pool, bar...

Chobe Safari Lodge

Kasane, Botswana - the four-star Chobe Safari Lodge (http://www.chobesafarilodge.com) is beautifully located overlooking the Chobe River. With its high-ceilinged thatch-roofed public areas, the lodge...

Mowana Safari Lodge

Kasane, Botswana - the four-star Mowana Safari Lodge (http://www.crestahotels.com) is also located overlooking the Chobe River and will be used on some tours. The excellent facilities are centered...

PH Victoria Junction Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa - the refurbished, four-star PH Victoria Junction Hotel (http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-victoria-junction-waterfront.html) is situated in the Greenpoint area, close...

Southern Sun Waterfront

Cape Town – the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront (www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/waterfront-cape-town/pages/overview.aspx) is perfectly located less than a ten minute stroll from the heart of...
  Cost per person: €3,799pp
  Number of nights: 10
  Dates available from: Nov 2017

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