South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls

with optional Dubai pre tour Extension

map of south africa river cruise

Day 1: Overnight Flight You’re on your way to southern Africa.

Day 2: Johannesburg, South Africa ­

Enjoy time to get settled on your own before tomorrow’s exploration into the wild

Day 3: Johannesburg ­ Pilanesberg National Park.   

Venture out in a 4x4 in search of the “Big 5”  Enjoy a drink at a traditional African sundowner and watch as the sun disappears behind the mountain. 

Day 4: Pilanesberg National Park

Before sunrise, in the open expanse of Pilanesberg, drive out in your 4x4 on a search for the elusive “Big 5.”  In the afternoon, drive past the big cats preparing for the hunt before you indulge in a bush dinner under the stars. 

Day 5: Pilanesberg National Park

Discover the wildlife around you with another full day in Pilanesberg. Morning and afternoon game drives, 

Day 6: ­Fly to Victoria Falls

An awe­inspiring Natural Wonder of the World. Check in to your lodge – an authentic African tent camp with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. As the sun sets and the animals gather around the watering hole, toast the stunning African landscape with a sundowner. Your evening continues with dinner on the shores of the Zambezi River overlooking Victoria Falls. 

 

Day 7: Victoria Falls

Greet African elephants, spend some quality time interacting with them in their own habitat, and learn some of their unique behaviours.  Join a local family for a home­hosted lunch. Join an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

 

Day 8: Chobe, Botswana

Cross the border into Botswana and arrive in Chobe. During a captivating safari cruise along the Chobe River, spot elephants and hippos that linger along the shores, and crocodiles basking in the sun.

 

Day 9: Chobe National Park

Continue the wildlife search by land on an afternoon game drive ­OR­ venture down the river again for a different perspective on a safari cruise. Tonight, gather by the river for an unforgettable dinner. Learn the secret to cooking a traditional braai, complete with some local favorites and delicacies.

 

Day 10: ­Cape Town, South Africa  - Stellenbosch

The winelands of the Western Cape await. Head to Victoria Falls and board your flight to Cape Town, South Africa. A short drive  to Stellenbosch – one of South Africa’s most famous wine regions.   Cap the evening off with a dinner featuring locally­sourced ingredients. 

 

Day 11: Stellenbosch ­ Franschhoek ­ - Stellenbosch

Sip the South African specialties with a full day exploring the country’s winelands.   

 

Day 12: Cape Town

Say hello to Cape Town, South Africa’s electric cultural mecca. On arrival, rise gently over the South African landscape in a cable car to Table Mountain,* (weather dependent) Return to the city via Table Bay. Pass through the Moorish Malay Quarter and pause at Milnerton Lighthouse.

 

Day 13: Cape Point

The southwestern tip of Africa. Set out on an easy hike down the mountain. Stop at Boulders Beach for the rarest of black­tie events – a rendezvous with endangered African penguins! Tonight, you’re an honored guest in a Capetonian family’s home.

 

Day 14: Cape Town

Enjoy your final day at leisure before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to taste the country’s beloved flavours at dinner.

 

Day 15: Cape Town 

Your trip ends today you bid farewell to your fellow travelers when you leave beautiful Cape Town. 

 

This is a sample itinerary, the exact order and sites may vary.

Contact Grace at grace@vellingastravel.com

if you would like to be contacted once dates have been finalized