Botswana, Victoria Falls & South Africa

Safaris, Falls and the Rovos Rail

  • Date

    September 4-17, 2019 | Wed / Tue – 14 Days

  • Location

    Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Pretoria | Kimberley | Cape Town | Table Mountain National Park | Hout Bay | Millers Point | Cape of Good Hope

Overview

Golden savannah grasslands, wide open rivers — gathering places for hippos and elephants — emerald green tropical rainforests, and the azure waters of the Indian and Atlantic oceans surround you as you experience the raw, natural scenery and the friendly, warm-hearts of her people in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Begin your southern African tour in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Victoria Falls is sure to create a lasting impression. A cruise down the Zambezi River not only offers exceptional dining and incredible sunset viewing, but the opportunity to see hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and native birds.

Next, discover the beauty and wildlife of Botswana. The ecosystem attracts all types of wildlife due to the Okavango Delta and rivers. As a top safari destination, Chobe National Park is home to one of the largest groups of elephants on the continent. Luxurious lodging, 4×4 safari tours, and amazing dining set among the most unforgettable scenery await your enjoyment.

Take a step back in time and travel by luxury rail to Cape Town, South Africa. Witness the mesmerizing scenery of prairie lands, villages, forests, and spectacular mountain ranges passing by. Stops along the way include the city of Kimberley to see the famous diamond mine known as the “Big Hole” and the Diamond Mine Museum, and a historic village in Karoo. Your final destination is in the dynamic “Mother City” of Cape Town. Immerse yourself in history, city life, wine tasting, and the vast scenery of ocean and mountains. Tour the Atlantic seaboard, dotted with millionaire’s mansions, a penguin habitat, and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Luxury accommodations, raw natural beauty, and cultural and historical experiences are all woven together to form this magical trip of a lifetime.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Game viewing safari through Chobe National Park
  • Dinner cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Tour spectacular Victoria Falls & Rainforest
  • Traditional Zimbabwean feast with dancing and folkloric entertainment
  • Experience old-world elegance and luxury with 2 nights aboard Rovos Rail
  • Visit the Diamond Mine Museum & Big Hole in Kimberley
  • Stay at the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town
  • Discovery tour of the Cape Peninsula
  • Wine tasting and lunch at Groot Constantia wine estate

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Escorted
  • 9 nights hotel accommodations
  • 2 nights rail accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return. A valid Visa (Zimbabwe) is required to travel to this destination.

Itinerary

Wed, Sep 4: Fly overnight from Indianapolis to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Thu, Sep 5: Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay. (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, Sep 6: After breakfast, return to the airport to fly to beautiful Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Stay at the quaint Batonka Guest Lodge, set among lush gardens and close proximity to all the exciting activities surrounding Victoria Falls. Tonight, you’ll be treated with a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. Unforgettable scenery is paired with Zambezi gourmet cuisine, along with a chance to see local birds, hippos, crocodiles, and possibly elephants. (B,D)

Sat, Sep 7: The day is filled with wonder as you tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls. Known as the “Smoke that Thunders,” this display of powerful water rushes over falls standing 354 feet high and spanning 5,604 feet wide. Its natural beauty is surrounded by rainforests and the wildlife that call this place home — plenty of photo-worthy scenery. Following the tour, enjoy lunch at a restaurant perched over the rushing rapids of the Zambia River in the Batoka Gorge. Take part in a customary hand washing ceremony before tonight’s dinner; a cultural experience under the stars at a special restaurant tucked in the Gusu Forest. Savor excellent Zimbabwean cuisine and traditional entertainment before returning to the lodge for the evening. (B,L,D)

Sun, Sep 8: Set off for Botswana and your home for the next two nights, Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa — where nature meets luxury along the amazing Chobe River. Rest, relax, and indulge in your luxurious surroundings. Soak up the scenery from the balcony or interact with your natural surroundings on a walk along the river. Golf enthusiasts can choose to tackle the nine-hole golf course while those more interested in being pampered can visit the spa. All will enjoy the delectable cuisine, tailored service, and spacious accommodations. (B,L,D)

Mon, Sep 9: Botswana is known for amazing safaris and today you will find out why! Experience Chobe National Park by 4×4 and river boat, where you’ll have the opportunity to see the big five: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. As the Chobe is home to the highest concentration of elephants on the continent, there’s a good chance you will encounter elephants playing and interacting with their family at the river. Throughout the park’s 4,000 square miles of tranquil scenery, herds of the Cape buffalo reside, as well as the Puku Antelope, and many beautiful birds. (B,L,D)

Tue, Sep 10: Today, begin the journey to the third and final country, South Africa. From Kasane or Victoria Falls airport, fly to Johannesburg and transfer by motorcoach to nearby Pretoria, South Africa for an overnight stay in the modern Maslow Hotel Time Square. (B)

Wed, Sep 11: Depart the hotel to board the historic and luxurious Rovos Rail for a three-day, two-night journey to Cape Town. Since its beginnings in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly topnotch savoir-faire. Step aboard the classic remodeled coaches — restored to mint condition — and sit back as some of the most stunning scenery imaginable unfolds before you. Enjoy impeccable service, five-star cuisine, and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines. Experience the extravagance of rail travel that pays homage to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the ageless grace and high romance of African exploration. Settle into your private accommodations, explore the lounge car and observation car, then join fellow travelers in the dining car this evening. (B,D)

Thu, Sep 12: Disembark in Kimberley for a tour of the area and learn about the diamond history here; both at the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole — a hand-dug, giant hole created from diamond mining. Continue the rail journey through the vast, beautiful countryside of Karoo. Enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner while passing through unforgettable landscapes. (B,L,D)

Fri, Sep 13: This morning, make a stop in the historic Victorian village of Matjiesfontein. Then ride through the enchanting mountains of the Hex River Valley, flower fields, and vineyards before arriving at Cape Town, surrounded by the amazing peaks of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, and Lion’s Head. Transfer to the five-star Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel where you’ll spend the last three nights. Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, John Lennon, and Nelson Mandela by staying at this iconic retreat. Find relaxation and pure luxury in the private gardens, old-world charm, cozy fireplaces, four-poster beds, elegant service, and delectable cuisine. Choose to partake in an afternoon tea — definitely an event to remember. (B)

Sat, Sep 14: A full day of amazing sightseeing awaits in and around the Cape Peninsula. Visit laid-back Sea Point, drive down millionaire’s mile, and enjoy views of the famous Atlantic Seaboard — where the mountains meet the water. From Hout Bay, take a boat trip to Seal Island before heading south to The Point for a funicular ride to see the phenomenon where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean. Devour a seafood lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant and then it’s on to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for an incredible view of rugged cliffs, rocks, beaches, and wildlife. Return to town following the eastern coastline of the peninsula via Millers Point where you have the opportunity to see penguins. Return to the hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. (B,L)

Sun, Sep 15: Take a trip on the Table Mountain Cableway this morning to witness some of the best views of Cape Town, Robben Island, and the Peninsula from this flat-topped mountain. And no trip to South Africa would be complete without visiting the vineyards where some of the best wines in the world are created. Located in the fertile Constantia Valley, Groot Constantia Wine Cellar offers tours and tastings of their award-winning wines. Finish the afternoon with a group Farewell Lunch at the winery before heading back to the hotel for a free evening. (B,L)

Mon, Sep 16: After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your overnight flights home. (B)

Tue, Sep 17: Arrive in Indianapolis.

Hotel

Johannesburg, South Africa – TBD

Batonka Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Exclusive 22-room guest lodge set in lush gardens, a tranquil haven from the bustle of town but within walking distance of main attractions.  Highlights: Spacious, non-smoking suites with verandah opening out into the surrounding gardens. Air conditioner • complimentary Wifi • restaurant • lounge • outdoor pool.

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, Kasane (Chobe) Botswana. Where nature meets luxury on the banks of the Chobe River.  Highlights: Luxury rooms with balcony overlooking the river and out onto the adjoining Namibian floodplains, where game animals often congregate. Highlights: Air conditioning • in-room coffee/tea maker • Satellite TV • restaurant • jacuzzi • spa • fitness center.

Maslow Hotel Time Square, Pretoria, South Africa. Located in the heart of the Menlyn Maine Precinct, The Maslow Time Square is a premier hotel in Pretoria which gives you access to unrivalled entertainment, top retail outlets and the finest culinary experiences on offer. Highlights: Air conditioning • in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi • restaurants • casino • outdoor pool.

Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa.  Five-star landmark hotel set in lush gardens at the foot of Table Mountain, an oasis in this historic city center. Highlights:  Superb, well-appointed rooms with lavish marble bathrooms and luxury amenities.  Air conditioning • complimentary WiFi • restaurant • bar/lounge • spa w/plunge pool • fitness center • outdoor pool.

Rail

Rovos Rail

Deluxe Room – © Rovos Rail

Deluxe Bathroom – © Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail Dining – © Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail Bar – © Rovos Rail

PRICING

  • Pullman*
  • Double P/P – SOLD OUT
  • Single – SOLD OUT
  • Deluxe*
  • Double P/P – $10,799
  • Single – $14,279

Documents Required: Valid Passport & Visa (Zimbabwe)

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