This is our best tour to visit South Africa & Victoria Falls in comfort and quality! Most meals are included with our package. Experience a 3-night stay at a luxurious 5-star Kapama River Lodge with amazing daily safaris. This is followed by a 2-night stay at Chobe National Park, Botswana and 2-nights at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Drive via the Garden Route. Enjoy a stay in picturesque Cape Vinelands, a gourmet capital of South Africa and conclude your tour with a 3-night stay in beautiful Cape Town. While here you will tour the Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain and much more…
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 3 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 4 Kruger Park, SOUTH AFRICA Lodge Stay
Day 5 Kruger Park, SOUTH AFRICA Lodge Stay
Day 6 Kruger Park, SOUTH AFRICA Lodge Stay
Day 7 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 8 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 9 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 10 Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE Lodge Stay
Day 11 Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE Lodge Stay
Day 12 Chobe Park, BOTSWANA Lodge Stay
Day 13 Chobe Park, BOTSWANA Lodge Stay
Day 14 Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 15 Knysna, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 16 Knysna, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 17 Oudtshoorn, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 18 Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 19 Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 20 Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 21 Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA Hotel Stay
Day 22 Cape Town – Evening departure for CANADA
Day 23 Afternoon arrival back in CANADA
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Day 1 – October 12 / Monday – DEPART CANADA FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Meet our tour host at the Toronto airport for your flight with KLM bound for South Africa via Amsterdam.
Day 2 – October 13 / Tuesday – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Upon arrival in the evening you will be met and transferred from the international airport to your hotel located by the airport. Accommodation: SOUTHERN SUN KATHERINE STREET or similar (2 nights).
Day 3 – October 14 / Thursday – JOHANNESBURG – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your morning at your leisure at the hotel. In the afternoon take a half-day city tour Pretoria was established in 1854 as capital of the Transvaal Republic and has been the administrative capital of South Africa since 1910. Also known as “The Jacaranda City”. Our tour starts at the imposing Voortrekker Monument that dominates the skyline towards the south-west. The monument is a tribute to the Voortrekkers (early pioneers) who carried western civilization to the interior of South Africa during the Great Trek, which started during 1835/36 in the Colony of The Cape. These pioneers were of Dutch, German and French descent and some were of the 1820 Settlers from Britain. The history of the Great Trek is depicted on marble panels inside the monument. In the heart of the city is Church Square with its statue of Paul Kruger. Clustered around the Square are several historic buildings built in the late 1880’s and 1890’s. There is the impressive Palace of Justice, Post Office, the Raadsaal (House of Parliament), old Reserve Bank and Mint. Time allowing you may enjoy a cup of coffee at Café Riche, an Old Dutch coffee shop. The Union Building overlooks Pretoria and was build during 1910 – 1913 as administrative headquarters of the Union of South Africa. All the Presidents since Nelson Mandela were inaugurated here. At the adjacent No.1 Government Ave. is the official residence of the President. The area is also home to most Embassies and High Commissions. Your tour will also include driving past the City Hall, the Station, Melrose House Museum, Kruger House Museum, University of South Africa, University of Pretoria and some of the suburbs. Tonight, enjoy our Welcome Dinner at Kitamu Melrose Arch. (B/D)
Day 4 – October 15 / Thursday – JOHANNESBURG – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from your hotel to the airport for a short flight to Hoedspruit in Kruger Park. Transfer from the airport to your luxury Kapama River Lodge. Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species including the Big Five, approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species. Combining an upmarket safari experience with luxury accommodation, the Kapama River Lodge is set on a bend of the Kapama River within the largest reserve in the Kruger National Park. A game-rich area, you can expect to see the Big 5 and more on daily game drives and guided bush walks. Even from the decks of this luxury lodge, game can be spotted at the nearby watering hole and along the dry riverbed. You can cool off in the beautiful swimming pool, relax in the spacious lounges and look forward to decadent bush dining in a variety of venues from the riverbed itself to the Pan-African cuisine of the Rhino Boma and the fresh seasonal dishes of the Siyatla Lounge. Accommodation: KAPAMA RIVER LODGE or similar (3 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 5 – October 16 / Friday – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Enjoy your relaxing stay at this 5-star game lodge inclusive of all your meals, teas and snacks with two daily safari activities in open jeeps with soft drinks and water. (B/L/D
Day 6 – October 17 / Saturday – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Enjoy your relaxing stay at this 5-star game lodge inclusive of all your meals, teas and snacks with two daily safari activities in open jeeps with soft drinks and water. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – October 18 / Sunday – KRUGER PARK – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the lodge. Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel the Park Inn Sandton. Centrally located in Johannesburg’s premier business and shopping suburb of Sandton, the Park Inn Sandton offers contemporary travellers an outstanding base from which to explore the attractions of the city. The award-winning hotel offers 273 guest rooms with city views. The on-site facilities are extensive ranging from the well-equipped fitness centre and outdoor swimming. Dinner will be at the hotel. Accommodations: SOUTHERN SUN KATHERINE STREET or similar (3 nights). (B/D)
Day 8 – October 19 / Monday – JOHANNESBURG / PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour to Maropeng (Cradle of Humankind). The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning exhibition that focuses solely on the development of human beings and our ancestors over the past few million years. You will have the unique opportunity to see fossils, learn about the origins of man, view stone tools that are up to a million years old and much more. The visitor centre is within the Cradle of Humankind, one of eight of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites and the word Maropeng translates to ‘returning to the place of origin.’ Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure to explore the Sandton area and the very popular Mandela square with many shops and restaurants. (B/L)
Day 9 – October 20 / Tuesday – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Full Day Soweto Tour. Begin with a visit to the Hector Peterson Memorial. On the 16th of June 1976, Hector Pieterson was shot by the police during a protest by schoolchildren about Afrikaans being imposed as the medium of instruction. The Soweto uprising, as it has come to be known, saw 20 children shot by police during what started out as a peaceful protest. One of the pivotal moments in the anti-Apartheid struggle, 12-year old Hector has come to symbolise those that stood against the tyrannical regime. Today, the 16th of June is celebrated in South Africa as National Youth Day in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the protest. The site where Hector was shot is not far from the memorial and close to the Hector Peterson Museum. The prestigious and must-visit Apartheid Museum is located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum, opened in 2001, covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. The exhibitions span the beginnings of segregation in the country, the implementation of the Apartheid system and all of the factors that have shaped its 20th century history including the discovery of gold that spurred on the migration of thousands of foreigners to the country, the rise of black consciousness and the first democratic elections. The political groups (both for and against the Apartheid system) are represented and the exhibitions combine news articles, photographs and artefacts to create a riveting story of this era. Mandela House in Orlando West, Soweto is a national monument dedicated to offering insights into the life of Nelson Mandela and the families that he lived with from 1946 through to the 1990s. Managed by the Soweto Heritage Trust, the house has been fully renovated and hosts a visitor centre as well as excellent multi-media and audio-visual displays outlining the history of the Mandela family. A meaningful Experience, visitors are exposed to Mandela’s personal life on this visit. Lunch will be served at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant. (B/L)
DAY 10 – October 21 / Wednesday – JOHANNESBURG – VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from your hotel to the airport for a short flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Situated on a plateau just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, surrounded by the wilds of Africa, offers an unforgettable experience. The sunset-facing 72-room Victoria Falls hotel offers endless views of African bush stretching to the horizon, which includes a waterhole frequented by elephant, buffalo, kudu and other wildlife, as well as a rich variety of birds. Later this afternoon you will take a Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. After your cruise transfer back to the lodge where you will have your dinner. Accommodation: VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
DAY 11 – October 22 / Thursday – VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Breakfast at the lodge. This morning you will have a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. Lunch will be served back at the lodge. Rest of your day is at your leisure. This evening you will enjoy Boma dinner at the lodge. (B/L/D)
DAY 12 – October 23 / Friday – VICTORIA FALLS – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
Breakfast at the lodge. Transfer by coach from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Cresta Mowana Safari Resort. Offering 4-Star luxury accommodation in an enviable location on the banks of Botswana’s Chobe River, Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge is situated amidst tranquil surrounds, offers outstanding personalised service. Feast on magnificent African buffets for meals from the Serondella Restaurant and Savuti Bar, both overlooking the Chobe River and floodplains, or the Boma Terrace. Lunch and dinner are included. Accommodation: CRESTA MOWANA SAFARI LODGE or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
DAY 13 – October 24 / Saturday – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
Breakfast at the lodge. Today, you will enjoy game drives at the Chobe National Park, where you will see great hordes of elephants and many other species. Late afternoon you will return to your lodge where you will have your dinner. (B/D)
DAY 14 – October 25 / Sunday – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK – PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the lodge. Transfer from your lodge to the Victoria Falls airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel. Tonight, dinner will be served at the hotel. Accommodation: PROTEA MARINE HOTEL or similar (1 night). (B)
DAY 15 – October 26 / Monday – PORT ELIZABETH – KNYSNA, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and overland transfer to Knysna via Tsitsikamma National Park – Storms River Mouth. The Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma forms part of the Garden Route National Park. This is one of South Africa’s most diverse and protected natural areas that is a narrow band of about 150 kilometres along the South Cape Coast. There are rich marine protected areas, deep gorges, rock pools and waterfalls; it’s pure and natural nirvana. One of the many highlights in this area is the 77-meter long suspension bridge that crosses the Storms River Mouth. This bridge is famous in this part of the world and has striking gorge views and the bridge leads to a path that takes you to a popular lookout point. This suspension bridge sways a little in the wind and is an exhilarating experience. Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary near Plettenberg Bay offers tours (also known as monkey safaris), during which you’ll see more than 550 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc. in their forest home. You will also experience a 128-metre suspended canopy walk whilst on tour. Lunch en-route and dinner at our hotel. The Premier Resort the Moorings is in the idyllic town of Knysna, along the celebrated Garden Route. This area is renowned for its distinctive natural beauty and this hotel is on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon. The hotel is surrounded by indigenous forest, making it an exclusive and serene setting to enjoy an escape from the modern world without giving up its comfort luxuries. The hotel has a swimming pool as well as tranquil picnic spots to sip champagne and watch the sunset. Accommodation: PREMIER RESORT THE MOORINGS or similar (2 nights). (B/L/D)
DAY 16 – October 27 / Tuesday – KNYSNA, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. The Knysna Elephant Park is where you can get up close and personal with Africa’s gentle giants. The resident “ellies” at the Park are all orphans rescued from culling operations in the Kruger National Park except for one that was born here, Thandi. The elephants have free range of this 60-hectare camp where there is plenty to eat and where there are two large dams for their bathing and drinking. The vegetation is varied and includes indigenous Cape Fynbos, indigenous forest and grasslands and is surrounded by pine and gum plantations. By visiting the Knysna Elephant Park, you are directly contributing to the care and wellbeing of these amazing creatures as well as creating unforgettable memories with them. MV John Benn Cruise – the John Benn is a beautiful double-decker floating restaurant that offers daily lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads. This verdant part of South Africa is strikingly stunning and what better way to experience it then on serene lagoon waters. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. This full enclosed luxury ferry has been constructed from Yellowwood that was sourced from the Knysna Forest. The John Benn Ferry is about joviality, good food and wine and scenery that leaves you in awe. Tonight, dinner will be at served the hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 17 – October 28 / Wednesday – KNYSNA – OUDTSHOORN, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and overland transfer to Oudtshoorn. Ostrich Baron’s and BBQ lunch are included as well as a Classic Tour. The Safari Ostrich Farm was established in 1956 in the ostrich capital of the world. Oudsthoorn finds itself along the celebrated Garden Route region, where natural beauty is simply awe-inspiring. At the farm, you can engage in tours that will show the inner workings of an ostrich farm. The Safari Ostrich Farm also offers a shop that sells a wide range of elegant and well-crafted ostrich leather products including handbags, ladies purses, belts and wallets. Late afternoon check into the De Zeekoe Guest Farm which is a place of inspiration. It’s in the Garden Route’s Klein Karoo and is surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Its claim to fame is being in one of the world’s 17 hotspots with 3 overlapping flower zones. The amount of attractions in this part of South Africa is exciting and includes ostrich farms, the longest wine route in the world, the famous Cango Caves and museums. De Zeekoe Guest Farm is on a 2,000 hectare working farm that is malaria free and child friendly. This guest farm is the essence of tranquillity and has a beautiful style and ambience. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Accommodation: DE ZEEKOE GUEST FARM (1 night). (B/L/D)
DAY 18 – October 29 / Thursday – OUDTSHOORN – STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and overland transfer to Stellenbosch. Lunch will be at the La Petite Ferme, which is one of Franschhoek’s darling wine estates that will keep you entranced through your Cape Winelands journey. It sits on the slopes of the Oliphant’s Pass and Middagkrans Mountain with a birds-eye view of the striking Franschhoek Valley, nature’s masterpiece. It has a distinguished air of luxury and a restaurant that was listed by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the top 15 ‘Best Value’ establishments in the world. There is a creative energy that flows at La Petite Ferme that is evident in everything from its architecture and food to its wine and accommodation. Half Day Winelands with wine tastings is included. There could be no better way to spend a day than indulging in a Cape Winelands experience packed with historic and modern architecture, fabulous cuisine, and, of course, world-class wines. The tour heads to the country’s principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – all of them with fascinating histories and their unique offerings. Traversing stunning landscapes, this full-day experience stops along the way for wine tasting at prestigious estates including lunch. South Africa is known for its quality white, reds and blends. Tonight’s dinner will be at a local restaurant. Accommodation: DE ZEEKOE GUEST FARM (1 night). (B/L/D)
DAY 18 – October 30 / Friday – STELLENBOSCH – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Cape Town. You will take a trip to the top of the world, high above the clouds on the famous Table Mountain, (weather permitting). Table Mountain is an icon in Cape Town and is most likely the most photographed landmark in the country. Table Mountain has been named as one of the seven wonders of nature and attracts millions over visitors from all across the globe. In fact, since the opening of the aerial cableway in 1929, more than 22 million people have taken the trip to the top. At the upper cable station, guests will find a restaurant and a curio shop as well as some footpaths for exploration. The Bo-Kaap Cooking tour takes you into the thriving pulse of the Bo-Kaap, with its brightly coloured houses and cobbled streets that are always being photographed. The Bo-Kaap is positioned at the foot of Signal Hill and is a place with several historic and Islamic sites. This tour will allow guests to meet a local skilled in the cooking Cape Malay cuisine and let them have a hands-on, practical lesson on how to cook food such as samoosas or Cape Malay curry. The tour will end with a delicious home-made lunch and provide you with a fascinating insight into the culture. We will have late afternoon arrival back at the hotel. Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel is found at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s premier shopping destination. The hotel’s design is one of inspiring elegance and grace as it stands in all of its glory in the Mother City. The hotel provides an ideal base for exploration into some of the city’s most well-known attractions. For days spent at the hotel, there is an impressive range of facilities that include a restaurant, a bar, a gym and an azure swimming pool. Accommodation: SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN HOTEL (3 nights). (B/L)
DAY 20 – October 31 / Saturday – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will embark on a full day Cape Peninsula tour. Step into the working harbour of Hout Bay at the end of Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard for an authentic fishing village experience from the colourful fishing boats moored on the dock to the range of fish markets, restaurants, street markets and shops set overlooking the bay. The beach stretches from here to Chapman’s Peak in the east. Chapman’s Peak (weather permitting) – Locals call this famous scenic drive that winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek on Cape Town’s stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline “Chappies”. The toll route stretches nine kilometres along the coast taking over 100 curves in a road carved out by prisoners of war in the mid-1910s over a seven-year period. On the one side are towering cliffs and on the other a steep drop to the ocean. The famous Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, a World Heritage site, is set at the end of Cape Town’s south peninsula. Take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 metres above sea level (built to warn ships they are approaching the feared “Cape of Storms”), stroll along the cliff paths or venture down the steep slopes to the stunning white-sand beaches below. The Flying Dutchman Funicular takes passengers uphill from the car park of the Cape Point Nature Reserve (a Natural World Heritage Site) to the old lighthouse sited at 249 meters overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The views from the lighthouse are spectacular and the air, coming off the Antarctic, is among the purest in the world. The funicular is believed to be the only commercial one of its kind in Africa and is named after a local legend of a ghost ship. The short three-minute trip passes through 585 meters of dense fynbos and over rocks to the upper lighthouse. The two cars can carry 40 passengers at a time and trips run continuously. The sheltered Simon’s Town beach of Boulders Beach is the home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins, over 2,000 of them. One can walk between the three pristine and sheltered beaches on boardwalks, which also link to the penguin-viewing area offering fantastic sightings of these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Explore the diverse beauty of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which is set up against Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain looking onto the city with rich and varied displays of southern Africa’s plant life (more than 7,000 species are planted out). It is the first botanical garden to be included within a natural World Heritage site. Paths are set out throughout the garden allowing to easily wander past the natural displays. Return back to your hotel in the late afternoon with the rest of the day at your leisure. (B/L/D)
DAY 21 – November 1 / Sunday – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a full day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city and last-minute shopping. Tonight, we will gather for our Farewell Dinner to Africa at the Gold Restaurant, which draws from styles of cooking from the far north of the continent in Egypt through to Tunisia and right down to the Cape, all highlighted in a 14-course set menu. Expect flavours ranging from hot and spicy to soft and gentle. (B/D)
DAY 22 – November 2 / Monday – CAPE TOWN – AMSTERDAM
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from your hotel. Free time until we meet for early dinner at the hotel followed by early evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight with KLM to Amsterdam. (B/D)
DAY 23 – November 3 / Tuesday – AMSTERDAM – CANADA
Upon arrival in Amsterdam you will connect with another KLM flight back to Canada.
All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:
Return airfare from TORONTO with KLM, including all flights within Africa.
13 Nights first class hotel accommodation. Fully guided sightseeing as per our itinerary.
7 Nights first class lodge accommodation. Tipping for local guides/game rangers and drivers.
Full breakfast each morning. All departures taxes and fees.
12 Lunches and 18 Dinners. Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours.
Double Occupancy $12,995 Single Occupancy $16,750
Deposit of $1,500 per person is required to secure your space.
Please note a penalty of $250 per person will apply prior to your final payment which is due on JULY 9th, 2020.
Please Note: Entry visa is required for Zimbabwe, currently it can be obtained at the border upon entry into Zimbabwe.