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Southern Explorer - Deluxe

South Africa Zimbabwe

10 days from $5,795 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

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.


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. 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.

 

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.

Vineyard 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)

Vineyard 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)

Vineyard 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)

Kings 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)

Kings 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 in the endless skies. (BLD)

Kings Camp

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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)

Sandton Sun

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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)

The Victoria Falls Hotel

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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)

The Victoria Falls Hotel

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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 memories that will last forever. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 11, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,995
Single Room Supplement From $1,365
Departure Dates May 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,795
Single Room Supplement From $1,195
Departure Dates Jul 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,855
Single Room Supplement From $1,245
Departure Dates Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,935
Single Room Supplement From $1,295
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,145
Single Room Supplement From $1,445
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,285
Single Room Supplement From $1,535

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 20-31.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

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

Economy Class per person from $1,135

Add-Ons

Add-on $1,455

Five Star Rail Journeys on Rovos Rail

3 days from $1,455 per person

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Food and Wine

Romance

Sightseeing

Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you step aboard your elegant wood-paneled coach and journey in five-star luxury through the heart of Africa. Choose from a variety of suites and itineraries – from the three-day Cape Town to Pretoria to the fourteen-day Cape Town to Dar es Salaam.

Add-on $1,295

Five Star Rail Journeys on The Blue Train

2 days from $1,295 per person

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Food and Wine

Nature

Romance

Experience five star luxury first hand on a 24 hour journey between Pretoria and Cape Town. Fit for presidents and royalty, experience the finest bed linens, marble tiles, and sumptuous meals complemented with the best South African wines making this rail journey one not to miss.

Add-on $1,525

Chobe: Valley of the Elephants

4 days from $1,525 per person

Botswana

Nature

Safari

Extraordinary elephant viewing in the “valley of the Elephants” is the reason for this safari into Kasane Forest Reserve and Chobe National Park. Boat down the Chobe River and take thrilling game drives to view a full menagerie of wildlife and the chance to see unique species like the Chobe bushbuck and puku.


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