7 Days
Tammy’s Victoria Falls & Kruger Safari

Tour Highlights

  • Victoria Falls
  • Hazyview
  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Big 5 Safari
  • 4 x 4 Game Drives
  • Walking Safari

Client Review

Tammy Harding was our travel consultant from Pembury Tours. She provided great advice about the travel options we could explore and was responsive to both the timing and cost of these proposed options. She got back to us without fail within 1-2 days of receiving every one of our e-mails. The accommodation booked at Victoria Falls, Hazyview, and Sabi Sands suited our needs and our budget and made our trip all that more memorable.

Geroge & Carolyn W

Tour Consultant's Overview

George contacted us in August 2016 for assistance in booking a trip in June 2017. I started by sending through the details for a standard pacakge along with the rates. I let George know that this was just a starting point and I would happily make changes in order to get the package in line with their requirements. After a bit of consideration George decided he wanted to bring the price down a bit as it didnt quite fit the budget. I was able to do so easily by replacing a few of the properties in the package. The properties chosen were spot on and George and Carolyn were delighted with their tour and all the accommodations too.
Tammy Harding
Day 1 Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Today you head to the Johannesburg airport where you check in for your flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport you are collected in the arrivals hall and transferred to your hotel for the next two nights.

Days 1 and 2 Victoria Falls (2 nights)

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.

Day 3 Victoria Falls to Hazyview

You enjoy breakfast this morning before you are collected from your hotel and transferred to the Livingstone Airport for your flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival at Nelspruit airport you are collected and transferred to your accommodation in Hazyview for the night.

Day 4 Hazyview to Sabi Sand Reserve in Kruger Park

You enjoy breakfast at your guest house before checking out. You are collected and transferred to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve for your safari. You spend three nights at Elephant Plains. You have a bit of time to relax and settle in before embarking on your first game drive this afternoon.

Days 4 to 6 Sabi Sand Reserve (3 nights)

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.

Day 7 Sabi Sands to Cape Town

After your last morning game drive and breakfast you are collected and transferred to Hoedspruit airport for your flight to Cape Town.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

The Avani Victoria Falls is a superior 3 star hotel located right on the edge of the Eastern Cataract of the falls and reflects the richness and diversity of the land's heritage. The architecture of the hotel was inspired by the timeless African tradition. Simple, rustic, and welcoming, its unique styling offers visitors the experience of truly being in the heart of Africa. The 212 en-suite rooms have private balconies that allow the morning sun in and are tastefully decorated with an African flavour with mosaics and earthy coloured fabrics. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns, with the spray of the falls in the background. Facilities at the hotel include an in-house restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance of the Falls.

Rissington Inn

Rissington Inn offers an award-winning friendly welcome and affordable, unpretentious accommodation in a bush setting just outside Hazyview, the heart of the Lowveld. Stylish but relaxed and informal, the inn is an ideal base from which to explore the Panorama Route and all that Mpumalanga has to offer. The Sixteen individual rooms and suites are comfortable, spacious and airy, set in 10 hectares of extensive colourful gardens and indigenous veld. All rooms offer privacy, with their own entrances and verandahs. Each has a private bathroom and the popular garden suites and hillside suites also offer outside showers, along with air-conditioning and every comfort The rooms and the charming, thatched farmhouse are shaded by magnificent trees and have breath-taking views down the valley.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, part of the 2.2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains offers comfortable style and affordable luxury. The lodge overlooks a waterhole on the banks of the Manyeleti River and the pool deck guarantees excellent viewing of animals moving from the plains to drink. Elephant Plains is proud of the standard of its tasty international cuisine and South African specialities. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed in the dining room or on the pool deck, overlooking the open area. Dinner is served around a log fire in the boma, whilst enjoying the mystical nocturnal sounds under the African sky. There are two swimming pools, and an African Spa. Accommodation is provided in six luxury suites, five rondavels and one honeymoon suite. Decorated in warm, earthy tones, the natural design and architectural flow of the six glass-fronted luxury suites fall softly on the eye. These exclusive, open-plan suites each have a lounge, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private viewing deck that offers spectacular views over the riverbed and open area. The five rondavels are set in the beautifully landscaped garden of the original family holiday camp and one can still feel the old bushveld charm upon entering. The five rondavels have been renovated and redecorated and have sundecks and en-suite bathrooms. The Manyeleti honeymoon suite provides honeymooners, or guests that are just romantic at heart, with elegance, privacy and a stunning view. This glass fronted suite has all the regular luxuries and also boasts a private splash pool and daybed, ideal for a mid-morning nap. All accommodation is air-conditioned. Over many years strict conservation policies and successful habitat management have resulted in a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s Big Five and may be lucky enough to encounter other rarer species such as the endangered wild dogs and cheetah.

View the Falls

As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.

Adventure Activities at the Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best: Bungi Jumping - Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner. White Water Rafting - White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river. Jet Boat Extreme - Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water. Tiger fishing - Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch. Canoeing - Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.

Daily Safari Programme at Elephant Plains Game Lodge

The Sabi Sand Reserve is part of the largest conservation area in South Africa and it is the oldest of all the private reserves. It was formed in 1950 and comprises of many privately owned game lodges, covering an area of 65 000 hectares (153 000 acres) of savannah thornveld. It is now part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between them, so the game moves freely through this enormous natural reserve. This is one of South Africa’s most treasured natural sanctuaries. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, there are more than 330 tree species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species, including the Big Five. Upon arrival at your safari lodge you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which this area is renowned. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.

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This itinerary started on 5 June 2017
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,559
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