Highlights of Southern Africa

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Overview

Featuring 3 countries, 3 icons: Cape Town, jewel of South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe with Zambezi River cruise; 4 world-class safaris in Chobe, Botswana
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: 18 open departures, February – December 2019
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) on Kenya Airways including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Africa flights, land transportation and transfers throughout the tour
  • 8 night accommodations in first class hotel and game lodges
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Professional English-speaking guide and game rangers
  • Services of an experienced driver-guide
Optional
  • Cape Winelands tour
  • Bo-Kaap Melting Pot
Highlights
  • Discover Cape Town and Cape Point
  • Ascend Table Mountain
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Gain an up-close perspective of Victoria Falls during a cruise on the Zambezi River
  • View Botswana's diverse wildlife on 2 game drives and 2 boat safaris
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveBucket ListNature & WildlifeFamily Friendly
What to Expect This moderately-paced, locally hosted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.

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Highlights of Southern Africa itinerary

Get ready to check off three of Africa’s most awe-inspiring bucket list icons on our new, fully guided small group tour: Highlights of Southern Africa. Start your trip in Cape Town, the jewel of South Africa and dive deep into this incredible country’s storied history and vibrant culture. Then, take a quick flight to Zimbabwe where you’ll spend two days learning why Victoria Falls is known as the “Smoke that Thunders”! Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and largest curtain of falling water in the world, then sit back and enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Round out your trip with two days in Chobe National Park, Botswana as your expert guide takes you deep into some of the world’s best game viewing territory in search of lions, hippos, giraffes, buffalo, cheetah and more! 

From the glowing sunsets and sunrises, stunning natural wonders, and rich biodiversity to the spectacular food, fascinating people, and exciting history, our expertly-crafted itinerary combines fully-guided tours with plenty of free time to explore what you love or join one of our optional excursions like a day in the Cape Winelands or experiencing the culture of the Bo-Kaap (formerly known as the Malay Quarter).

We’ve worked with our partners in Africa to offer this innovative itinerary at an absolutely irresistible price that we’re sure will sell fast! So if you haven’t experienced the incredible wonders that await you in Southern Africa, this is the trip you’ve been looking for. So what are you waiting for?

  

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $400 per person if you book by Jan. 10, 2019!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*, with coupon**
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
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Departs: Sat, Feb 9, 2019
Returns: Tue, Feb 19, 2019
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Feb 9 – Feb 19 $3149 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2649 Select
Departs: Sat, Feb 23, 2019
Returns: Tue, Mar 5, 2019
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Feb 23 – Mar 5 $3199 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2699 Select
Departs: Sat, Mar 9, 2019
Returns: Tue, Mar 19, 2019
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Mar 9 – Mar 19 $3199 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2699 Select
Departs: Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Returns: Tue, Apr 2, 2019
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Mar 23 – Apr 2 $3199 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2699 Select
Departs: Sat, Apr 6, 2019
Returns: Tue, Apr 16, 2019
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Apr 6 – Apr 16 $3099 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2599 Select
Departs: Sat, May 4, 2019
Returns: Tue, May 14, 2019
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May 4 – May 14 $2999 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2499 Select
Departs: Sat, May 18, 2019
Returns: Tue, May 28, 2019
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May 18 – May 28 $2999 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2499 Select
Departs: Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Returns: Tue, Jul 9, 2019
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Jun 29 – Jul 9 $4199 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $3699 Select
Departs: Sat, Jul 13, 2019
Returns: Tue, Jul 23, 2019
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Jul 13 – Jul 23 $4199 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $3699 Select
Departs: Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Returns: Tue, Aug 20, 2019
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Aug 10 – Aug 20 $4199 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $3699 Select
Departs: Sat, Sep 7, 2019
Returns: Tue, Sep 17, 2019
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Sep 7 – Sep 17 $3399 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2899 Select
Departs: Sat, Sep 21, 2019
Returns: Tue, Oct 1, 2019
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Sep 21 – Oct 1 $3399 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2899 Select
Departs: Sat, Oct 5, 2019
Returns: Tue, Oct 15, 2019
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Oct 5 – Oct 15 $3499 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2999 Select
Departs: Sat, Oct 19, 2019
Returns: Tue, Oct 29, 2019
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Oct 19 – Oct 29 $3499 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2999 Select
Departs: Sat, Nov 2, 2019
Returns: Tue, Nov 12, 2019
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Nov 2 – Nov 12 $3499 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2999 Select
Departs: Sat, Nov 16, 2019
Returns: Tue, Nov 26, 2019
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Nov 16 – Nov 26 $3499 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2999 Select
Departs: Sat, Nov 30, 2019
Returns: Tue, Dec 10, 2019
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Nov 30 – Dec 10 $3499 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2999 Select
Departs: Sat, Dec 14, 2019
Returns: Tue, Dec 24, 2019
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Dec 14 – Dec 24 $3499 –$400 Jan 10 –$100 $2999 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Highlights of Southern Africa
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 6, 2019;  May 4, 2019;  May 18, 2019 +$349
Feb 9, 2019;  Feb 23, 2019;  Mar 9, 2019;  Mar 23, 2019 +$399
Jun 29, 2019;  Jul 13, 2019;  Aug 10, 2019 +$649
All other departures +$699
Optional Excursions
Bo Kaap Melting Pot Culture & Cuisine Tour +$145
Zimbabwe Visa Fee
Zimbabwe Visa Fee1 (paid separately) +$60

1. Zimbabwe visa fee is paid locally for US passport holders: $60 for multiple-entry.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Connecting flights from Charlotte (CLT), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix (PHX), Denver (DEN), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta (ATL), San Francisco (SFO), Washington D.C. (DCA), may be available. Some schedules may require an overnight in NYC prior to departure for Kenya. Request pricing when making your reservation. Unfortunately, we do not offer flights from cities not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 90 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $800

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your exciting journey to Southern Africa begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight.

Day 2: Cape Town

Accommodations: 4 nights Radisson RED Hotel, Cape Town.

  • Arrive in Cape Town with the rest of the day at leisure

Table Mountain, Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: Sawubona (welcome)! Arrive today in Cape Town, a beautiful jewel nestled between stunning Table Mountain and a dramatic coastline. This modern, bustling and vibrant city boasts gorgeous scenery, fabulous restaurants, hotels and beaches, and is bursting with history and culture. Upon arrival at Cape Town's airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 3:  Cape Town

Included meals:  Breakfast.

  • Full Day Excursion to Cape Town, Table Mountain and Cape Point

African jackass penguins, Boulder BeachFull Day Itinerary: In the morning, begin your full day panoramic city tour of Cape Town, showcasing the scenic and historic highlights of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, ascend by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark. Drive by the country's oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, an imposing 17th century Dutch fort set against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain. Later, drive past secluded coves, beautiful beach towns and spectacular mountain scenery. Stop at famous Chapman's Peak. Enter the nature reserve that covers the southern part of the Peninsula, and drive through the unique scenery towards Cape Point. Travel by funicular railway to Cape Point where you can take in stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope. Later, make a brief stop to visit the African jackass penguins at Boulders Beach.

Note: If Table Mountain is inaccessible, the visit will be replaced with Signal Hill

Day 4: Cape Town

Included meals:  Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure to explore Cape Town, or participate in an exciting optional tour of Cape Winelands

Cape winelandsOptional Excursion: Cape Winelands tour, 1270 ZAR (purchased locally). This morning, head to the premier wine producing regions of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch through the heart of the Cape Winelands. Visit the town of Franschhoek, passing the impressive Huguenot Monument. Experience breathtaking views from the historical Taal Monument in Paarl, one of the Cape's first farming districts. Stellenbosch is world-renowned for making some of South Africa’s premier wines. Enjoy a tour of this historic town with its well preserved architecture, pop into some of the local stores and markets, and enjoy some of the fine wines as you enter a renowned wine estate.

Day 5:  Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Last day at leisure to explore Cape Town
  • Or join an optional tour to experience the culture of Bo Kaap

Bo Kaap, Cape TownOptional Excursion: Bo-Kaap Melting Pot, $145 per person. This morning, join a Bo-Kaap Melting Pot tour to discover the rich heritage, culture and cuisine of the Cape Malay people. We visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, the oldest Mosque in South Africa, pass the oldest house, the first farmhouse and take a walk past the famous colorful houses.  Next you will step into an aromatic spice shop to learn about the origins of the spices. After the walk, stop at a Cape Malay home and learn how to cook a authentic pot of curry, fold a spicy samosa and learn how to knead, spin and roll a perfectly flaky roti and taste with the host and taste the cooking.

Note: This optional tour must be pre-purchased.

Day 6:  Cape Town & Victoria Falls

Accommodations: 2 nights at the Elephant Hills Resort Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival and after customs formalities, you will be greeted by your local guide. Check into your lodge and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Guided Tour of the Falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

Hippo, Zambezi RiverFull Day Itinerary: This morning enjoy a guided tour of the falls. You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders—and the largest curtain of falling water in the world! Located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls consists of numerous falls separated by islands in the river below. The Zambezi River spills more than 2 million gallons of water per second over the Bakota Gorge, creating multiple rainbows and resulting in an awe-inspiring display of raw power unrivaled by other natural wonders. The tremendous roar of the water and the ever-present cloud of spray give the falls their local moniker, "Smoke that Thunders."

Later today, you'll have the opportunity to witness a breathtaking sunset while enjoying a cruise along the Zambezi River. Be on the look-out for hippos, monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles that frequent the waters and the surrounding areas.

Day 8: Victoria Falls & Chobe

Accommodations: 2 nights at the Cresta Mowana Kasane Included meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Transfer to Botswana
  • Enjoy your first boat safari on the Chobe River

Elephants crossing Chobe River, BotswanaFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into Botswana. Check into your lodge, located on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. The river provides sustenance for many animals often come down to the river to replenish themselves. Enjoy a sunset river boat safari that graciously explores the Chobe River and introduces guests to the various animals and bird species that frequent it. 

Day 9: Chobe 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning game drive in Chobe
  • Afternoon safari cruise on the Chobe River

Chobe National ParkFull Day Itinerary: After an early wake-up call, head out for your first game drive in Chobe National Park. With over 75 species of mammals in the area surrounding your lodge, including the abundance of elephants in the adjacent Chobe National Park, today is a safari-lover's dream. The park has some of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent, including giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and bushbuck.  Return to the lodge to rest and enjoy lunch.

This afternoon, head out on another boat safari for another chance to spot more wildlife and witness the beauty of the African sky as the sun sets.

Day 10: Chobe & Victoria Falls

Accommodations: Elephant Hills Resort (day use room). Included meals: Breakfast.

  • AM game drive in Chobe
  • Transfer to Victoria Falls and enjoy time to relax in your day-use room
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight home, via Nairobi

Day 11: Arrive USA

  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning.

Hotels

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa

Deluxe

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa is situated on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. It is one of southern Africa’s sustainable tourism destinations where luxury exists in harmony with nature, providing a unique location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa.

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Elephant Hills Resort

First Class

Elephant Hills Resort is situated on a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, 2.5 miles upstream from the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In this prime wilderness location, you can relax in total comfort and luxury while still experiencing the African wildlife.

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Radisson RED Cape Town

Radisson RED Cape Town

First Class

Proposing a unique lifestyle experience within Silo district, the Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town is the first of its kind, focusing on art, fashion and music to connect people.  The hotel features a rooftop sun terrace and views of the sea.  Free high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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