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Southern Explorer 2017 - Classic

South Africa Zimbabwe

10 days from $4,295 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

3 Nights Cape Town 3 Nights Kruger Private Reserve 1 Night Johannesburg 2 Nights Victoria Falls

This adventure is one of our most popular safaris.  Experience the vibrant culture, scenic beauty and natural wonders of Southern Africa.  Spectacular Cape Town and Kruger National Park are artfully combined with the majesty of Victoria Falls. 


Highlights

Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope and see the amusing antics of the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

Discover one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, as you take in the spectacular sights and thunderous sounds of the mighty Victoria Falls.

Experience the golden glow of an African sunset as you meander along the Zambezi River on your sundowner cruise.

Enjoy twice daily game drives in search of Africa’s “Big Five” the leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and the mighty lion.

Accommodations

1. Cape Cadogan

South Africa, Cape Town

The Cape Cadogan Hotel is situated in the beautiful Gardens area of Cape Town. It was originally a farmhouse which was 'Victorianized' in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984. The hotel is themed on the Irish literary figure Oscar Wilde who was renowned for his Bohemian lifestyle throughout Europe and New York during the latter part of the 19th century. The luxuriously appointed ensuite bedrooms, are each unique in layout and style and decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture.  All rooms are air conditioned with facilities such as satellite TV, personal mini bar, hairdryers, tea/coffee makers, DVD players, and complimentary internet access.  The hotel facilities include a comfortable lounge with an open fireplace, a garden and pool area, and a library where you can relax and read a book or indulge in a game of chess.  Your choice of either a continental or cooked breakfast is served in the breakfast room that overlooks the pool and the garden.

2. Kapama Southern Camp

South Africa, Kruger Private Reserve

Kapama Southern Camp is situated in a tranquil setting in Kapama Private Game Reserve. The contemporary, understated décor is inspired by surrounding nature. All suites have en-suite bathrooms with picture windows and private patios to enjoy the scenery. Each air conditioned suite has a telephone, minibar, tea and coffee station, hair dryer and safe. Relax in the lounge with a good book and cool refreshment from the bar, or take a dip in the pool to cool off after a game drive. Breakfast and lunch are served in the open-sided dining room, while the traditional outdoor boma, illuminated by firelight and starry skies, is the favored setting for dinner. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles and guided bush walks, conducted by experienced rangers. All game viewing drives and walks are shared with fellow camp guests. 

3. DaVinci Hotel and Suites

South Africa, Johannesburg

Located on Nelson Mandela Square, the DaVinci Hotel and Suites offers comfort and convenience in the heart of the Sandton business and shopping district. The luxury hotel rooms with a comfortable open plan design, feature en-suite bathrooms and separate shower, HD LCD televisions, individually controlled air-conditioning, direct dialing telephone, electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary internet access. Dining options within the hotel and nearby cater to all cravings, from fine cuisine to light casual meals. Take time to dip in the infinity edge swimming pool or sip on a cocktail at the lounge. Start your morning with a good work out at the gym or simply get pampered in the wellness spa.

4. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park and only a few minutes from the majestic Victoria Falls. The lodge prides itself on hospitality, rivaled only by the uninterrupted views and magnificent sunsets. All the en-suite bedrooms feature a private balcony, with views of the African bush and a central waterhole. The rooms are equipped with digital safes, direct dial telephones, air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, minibar refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, and wireless internet access. The main lodge has a swimming pool, TV lounge with satellite link and a library. Dining options are varied and cater to your mood and appetite. MaKuwa-Kuwa is an à la carte restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the waterhole, while the Boma offers a unique African experience including traditional dancers, an interactive drumming show and mouth-watering local and international dishes every evening. The Buffalo Bar has its own game viewing platform and the pool deck serves a snack menu. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

With a warm welcome upon your arrival in Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City,” you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world.

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

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Day 2. Cape Town

Spend your day exploring the stunning Cape Peninsula. Drive past the sparkling beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. Wind your way along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the rocky seascapes of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Continue along the coast to the delightful penguin colony at Boulders Beach. (B)

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

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Day 3. Cape Town

Today’s sojourn explores the nearby winelands. Learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Revel in the scenery — like the breathtaking views of the Paarl valley and the picturesque little village of Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of the Cape. Take a stroll through historic Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture, absorbing the quaintness of this lovely university town. (B)

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

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Day 4. Cape Town / Kruger Private Reserve

With a couple of short flights, you’ll be on your way to your safari adventure within a private reserve bordering the famous Kruger National Park. Settle in and soak up the tranquility of the African bush before embarking on your late afternoon game drive. This superb sanctuary is home to an abundance of wildlife so keep your eyes peeled. (BLD)

Kapama Southern Camp

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Day 5. Kruger Private Reserve

Just as the wildlife awaken, meet your expert safari ranger and hop aboard your open safari vehicle for a thrilling game drive. Photograph away as you spot the Big Five and other wildlife, found on the reserve. On your late afternoon drive, pause for a sundowner as the sun dips below the horizon. (BLD)

Kapama Southern Camp

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Day 6. Kruger Private Reserve

With your skilled ranger, explore the rarer sights and wonders of the bush during your game viewing activities today. Perhaps take a guided walk through the bush or arrange for a candle-lit alfresco dinner as the Southern Cross begins to twinkle. (BLD)

Kapama Southern Camp

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Day 7. Kruger Private Reserve / Johannesburg

Set out early on your final safari in search of those hard-to-spot cheetahs and the Big Five. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast and relax until it's time to transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, you are transferred to your ideally located hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)

DaVinci Hotel and Suites

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Day 8. Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Fly to spectacular Victoria Falls, hailed as one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders, and settle into your lodge. Later this afternoon, you’ll experience the grandeur above the falls as you sail upstream on a sunset cruise. As the sun sets be ready with your binoculars to zoom in on the hippos cavorting in the river. Look out for the elephants as they make their way to the riverbank for their last drink, before settling down for the night. (BD)

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

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Day 9. Victoria Falls

Keep an eye out for rainbows as you walk the misty rainforest trails of Victoria Falls. Marvel at the thunderous noise as millions of gallons of water swirl around the islets and tumble over Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls. (BD)

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

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Day 10. Victoria Falls / Depart

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight bound for Johannesburg and your connecting arrangements. You may be leaving Africa behind but you’ll return home with fantastic photos and memories that will last forever. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 11, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $4,295
Single Room Supplement From $1,135
Departure Dates Jul 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $4,295
Single Room Supplement From $1,285
Departure Dates Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $4,575
Single Room Supplement From $1,385

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 18-31.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Cape Town - Kruger Park - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls - Johannesburg

Economy Class per person from $1,135

Add-Ons

Add-on $1,525

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