Southern Explorer - Deluxe
South Africa Zimbabwe
10 days from $5,795 per person
* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.
The Highlights of Southern Explorer - Deluxe
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.
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.
1. Vineyard Hotel
South Africa, Cape Town
With over 200 years of history within its walls, this hotel is situated in seven acres of attractive landscaped parkland on the banks on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, just a short drive from the city center. All rooms at the Vineyard Hotel offer an en-suite bathroom and a separate shower, air-conditioning, free internet access, a mini bar, complimentary tea/coffee making station and remote control satellite TV. Additional amenities include a hairdryer, in-room safe, direct dial phone and 24 hour room service. The hotel offers indoor and outdoor restaurants, each with a unique menu and ambience that caters to your mood. There are two swimming pools - one outdoor and one heated indoor pool, a fully equipped health and fitness center, and an international Angsana Spa.
2. Kings Camp
South Africa, Kruger Private Reserve
Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past in a pristine corner of unspoiled Africa. The generously spaced thatched suites are luxuriously equipped with soft cascading mosquito nets, remote controlled air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, hairdryer, fully stocked mini-bar, safe, telephone, and private verandah with hammock. In between game drives, take a dip in the swimming pool, relax in the lounge and bar areas, or soak up the tranquility on the viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room while dinners are always a unique experience. Dine under the stars in the heart of the bush; in the traditional boma, in the garden under a large knobthorn tree; alongside the swimming pool, or on your suite verandah. Along with a well-equipped gym, Kings Camp offers an array of pampering treatments to complete your safari experience. Under the guidance of skilled rangers and Shangaan trackers, go off road for close wildlife encounters on open vehicle safari drives or discover the rarer sights and wonders of the bush on walking safaris.
3. Sandton Sun
South Africa, Johannesburg
The elegant Sandton Sun offers guests a distinguished and memorable stay. Linked to the Sandton City Shopping Center, the hotel provides contemporary dining and fashionable shopping, appealing to leisure travelers. The well-appointed rooms have large windows that optimize natural light, ensuring the highest level of rest and relaxation. Each guest room offers a range of amenities, which includes complimentary Wi-Fi, television, DVD player, a mini bar, in-room tea and coffee facilities, and more. The hotel offers several dining options, including a café-style eatery, a rooftop bar, and an outdoor deck dining, where guests can relax around the large fire pits and admire the breathtaking sunset views. Other services provided at the hotel are a spa, a fitness center and a business center.
4. The Victoria Falls Hotel
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of The Falls” was built in 1904. The Edwardian-style hotel is surrounded by carefully tended tropical gardens, lily ponds and century-old shade trees. The guestrooms echo its rich colonial heritage. All the rooms are air conditioned and feature en-suite bathrooms, television, in-room safe, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dining options are varied at this historical hotel. Enjoy the opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, or the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets with ethnic entertainment in the evenings. Stanley’s Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The swimming pool is surrounded by the beautiful landscaped gardens. Other hotel facilities include tennis courts, chapel, gift shop, hair salon and spa. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-Oa-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 in the endless skies. (BLD)
Day 7. Kruger Private Reserve / Johannesburg
Set out on your final game drive in search of those hard-to-spot cheetahs. Head back 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 transported to your hotel. (B)
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)
The Victoria Falls Hotel
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)
The Victoria Falls Hotel
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 memories that will last forever. (B)
Land Arrangements (Price per person)
**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 20-31.
Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)
Cape Town - Kruger Park - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls - Johannesburg