Victoria Falls Hwange – 4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Hwange National Park | 4 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Johannesburg
Excellent service and attention to every detail
I had the pleasure of working with Heidi Bedford. This was our first trip to Africa so I had tons of questions which she answered and then, based on what I wanted to see, planned the perfect trip for my husband and me! Every detail was handled, I was so confident in our transportation and lodging. She even arranged our airline tickets at my request. I have been told I am “difficult” to please but Heidi sure pleased me! I recommend her highly – she knows her stuff! My thanks
Upon arrival in Cape Town you are met by our representative and transferred by road to your hotel for your 4 night stay. You have time to rest this afternoon.
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
This morning you are met and transferred to Cape Town Airport where you will board your flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival in Livingstone you are met and transferred by road to your hotel for your 2 night stay. There is time today to view the falls.
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature’s forces are evident throughout.
The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
This morning you are met and transferred by road to your lodge in the Hwange National Park. You arrive in time to settle into your new lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
Hwange National Park is a dedicated nature ´nirvana` consisting of 14,651 unfenced square kilometers in the northwest of Zimbabwe & the Park extends westward to link with the Kasane Forest & Chobe region of neighbouring Botswana. This glorious National Park rightfully boasts the highest concentration of wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles & insects) of any safari region in Africa.
Hwange National Park has always been heralded as the ´Jewel of Africa` for safari experiences & has earned a world-wide reputation for its large herds of resident buffalo, its predators & more especially so, huge numbers of African elephant.
Not only it is estimated that some 30,000 elephants reside within Hwange & make it their home range, but there is a millenniums old elephant migratory trail that runs from the Caprivi Strip through the Chobe region of Botswana, to the far south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park.
This morning you are met and transferred by road to Livingstone Airport for your direct flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger Park.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life.
Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives – visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
You will head out on dawn and late afternoon game drives in the company of dedicated and highly knowledgeable rangers and trackers. The fact that the Sabi Sand is a private Kruger reserve means that guests can enjoy activities not normally permitted in the Kruger Park itself. Your ranger will go off road for close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you’ll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move. Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities.
This morning you are met and transferred by road to Skukuza for your direct flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met and transferred to hotel in Houghton, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.
This morning you are met and taken your tour of The Cradle of Humankind. After your tour your you bid farewell to this African wonderland as you are met by our representative and transferred to Johannesburg Airport to connect with your flight home.