HIGHLIGHTS OF Zimbabwe + Cape Town, South africa
$7295pp - Double Sharing
$1676pp - single supplement
*Round-trip International Airfares to/from South Africa are additional.
Day 1. October 19, 2021: Tuesday - Toronto- Europe/North Africa
Meet & greet by your Tour Escort at Toronto Pearson Airport. Assistance with check-in. Fly aboard non-stop overnight service to Europe or North Africa. In-flight meals
Day 2. October 20, 2021: Wednesday Europe/North Africa - Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport and after clearing immigration and customs, we are met by our locally appointed guide/escort. A private transfer to our hotel and check-in at the Stock Exchange, an eclectic city hotel located in Cape Town's most up-and-coming region, Woodstock. The hotel complex includes an entertainment deck, stylish residential units, retail outlets and restaurants.
Dinner and overnight at The Stock Exchange, Studio Rooms (D)
Day 3. October 21, 2021: Thursday - Excursion to the Cape Peninsula
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast we depart for a full-day excursion to the famous Cape Peninsula. We will travel along the scenic Atlantic seaboard to Hout Bay and continue on Chapman’s Peak Drive, noted as one of the most stunning roadways in the world, to arrive at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here, take the funicular to the top for stunning views of the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Lunch is included in the naval village of Simon’s Town, followed by a visit to the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. On our return journey we pass through Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.
We’ll enjoy our Welcome to South Africa group dinner at the Alfred and Victoria Waterfront.
Overnight stay at The Stock Exchange, Studio Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 4. October 22, 2021: Friday - Cape Town - Following breakfast, we tour the ‘Mother City’. The highlight is a visit to the summit of Table Mountain, on an aerial cableway (weather permitting). We also explore the Malay Quarter and have a guided tour of District Six Museum. More than 60,000 people were forcibly removed and relocated onto the Cape Flats in the 1970’s. After our visit we will transfer to the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where we spend time shopping and enjoy lunch (lunch will be on our own account). Our coach awaits to transfer us back to our hotel in the early evening.
Tonight’s dinner will be at a select restaurant in Cape Town.
Overnight stay at The Stock Exchange, Studio Rooms (B,D)
Day 5. October 23, 2021: Saturday - Excursion to Cape Winelands - After breakfast, we take a drive to the scenic and world-renowned Cape Winelands. Here, we’ll explore the premier wine-producing regions of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. In addition to the wines, expect breath-taking scenery. Each region is characterized by rugged mountain ranges and picturesque valleys with vineyards dotted along the route. We’ll enjoy an MCC and Nougat tasting at L’Ormarins. Also wine pairing and lunch at Glen Carlou. During the afternoon we drive back to Cape Town.
Tonight’s dinner will be at a select restaurant in Cape Town. Overnight stay at The Stock Exchange, Studio Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 6. October 24, 2021: Sunday - Cape Town - Hwange Nat. Park, Zimbabwe
After breakfast, be sure to clear any incidentals that you may have charged to your rooms during your stay and check-out. We’ll take a flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (flight cost is extra). On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport we are met and greeted by our local representative who will transfer us by motor-coach to Robin’s Camp in Hwange National Park, a distance of 140 km., which takes approximately 2.5hours.
Robins Camp, located in north Hwange National Park, is rich in natural water sources attracting various animals to the area. Expect to see herds of buffalo, and populations of reedbuck, roan, sable, tsessebe, herds of elephants and lions. The Camp’s units are tastefully decorated with hand painted Matabele designs and offer twin or king beds with mosquito nets and en-suite hot & cold shower and toilet. Morning and afternoon game drives are conducted by knowledgeable local guides.
After settling into our camp, we enjoy an afternoon game drive followed by dinner at our camp. Overnight stay at Robins Camp, Standard Chalets (B,L,D)
Day 7. October 25, 2021: Monday-Hwange Nat. Park - The rich grasslands of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park offer a great and diverse array of wildlife, including some fifty thousand elephants. Lion, leopard, and cheetah are frequently seen here. Hwange is also known for having Africa’s largest population of the endangered wild dog and the park is an ornithologist’s paradise with over 500 recorded bird species. We’ll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Park. You can also choose optional game walks (between one and three hours, available on request).
Overnight stay at Robins Camp, Standard Chalets (B,L,D)
Day 8. October 26, 2021: Tuesday - Hwange Nat. Park - Binga - After an early morning game drive and breakfast, we check-out and depart for the small town of Binga to reach Masumu River Lodge located on the shores of Lake Kariba. Our drive time is of approximately 4.5 hours, giving us a peek into the rural lifestyle of Zimbabweans.
Masumu River Lodge offers magnificent views over the islands and waters of Lake Kariba’s western side. The main building is built on 2 levels onto the slope of the hill with the dining rooms and bar, both offering stunning views over the water. Each en-suite lodge has a private balcony allowing views of the lake with either twin or king beds. All lodges have fans, mosquito nets, a minibar and complimentary tea and coffee facilities. Our dinner will be at our lodge.
Overnight stay at Masumu River Lodge, Lodge Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 9. October 27, 2021: Wednesday - Cruise on Lake Kariba - This morning, we’ll enjoy a guided half-day tour of Binga. We visit the quaint museum dedicated to the Tonga people and enjoy a walk through the local market. Then it’s time to board our cruise. We’re welcomed with a refreshing drink on board the vessel where a light lunch awaits. We cruise towards the Sengwe Basin, mooring at the mouth of the Sengwe River system. We then head out in the smaller pontoon tender boats to explore this remote area and its stunning scenery, resident hippo and crocodile populations. The Sengwe is famed for its great birding, excellent water birds and many raptors, including the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl and Black Eagle. We’ll end the day returning to our main vessel as the sun sets. Dinner is served on board this evening.
Overnight on the Houseboat, Standard Cabins (B,L,D)
Day 10. October 28, 2021: Thursday - Cruise on Lake Kariba - After a light continental breakfast, we set off on our morning activity to a local lake side fishing village, with the possibility of doing some game viewing and birding along the way. Later, returning to the vessel we freshen-up and enjoy lunch on board as we cruise onto Elephant Bay. There will be a late afternoon excursion with evening sundowners and snacks when we watch another incredible Kariba sunset before heading back to the main vessel for dinner on board.
Overnight on the Houseboat, Standard Cabins (B,L,D)
Day 11. October 29, 2021: Friday - Lake Kariba - Victoria Falls - Enjoy our final breakfast on-board as we cruise back towards harbour, arriving mid-morning in Binga. Disembark and board our motor coach for the drive back to Victoria Falls, a transfer of approximately 4.5 hours. Upon arrival we transfer to The Wallow Lodge.
Located on a private concession within Victoria Falls National Park and overlooking the Masuwe River, The Wallow Lodge is set in 4500 acres of wilderness that includes breath-taking views of the Batonka Gorge. Canvas rooms, perched on a private deck facing the river, have air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor shower, tea-coffee making facilities and a cosy lounge area. The bustling town of Victoria Falls is only 20 minutes away giving guests a balance between exclusivity in the bush and the excitement of Africa’s Adventure Capital.
Overnight stay at The Wallow Lodge, Lodge Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 12. October 30, 2021: Saturday - Victoria Falls - Locals call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - the smoke that thunders. The Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops into the Zambezi Gorge at an average of 121million gallons per minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's.
Today’s activities are a morning guided tour of the Victoria Falls and a visit to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. During the afternoon, one game drive in the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary including a visit to the Gorge. Our day ends with an enjoyable farewell dinner at our lodge.
Overnight stay at The Wallow Lodge, Standard room (B,L,D)
Day 13. October 31, 2021: Saturday - Victoria Falls - Homebound - Following breakfast and check-out, a private motor-coach transfer to Victoria Falls Airport. Assistance with check-in for our homebound flights. Our flights will be via North Africa (Addis Ababa) or Europe, making connections to our transatlantic flight to Toronto. B, Inflight Meals
Day 14. November 01, 2021: Saturday - Arrive in Toronto, Canada - Arrival in Toronto this morning.
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Landlocked on the African continent, Zimbabwe shares its borders on four sides with Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. Easily accessible from any of its neighbouring countries, Zimbabwe offers dramatic landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the mighty Victoria Falls - one of the original natural wonders of the world!
Hwange National Park, a jewel in Zimbabwe’s crown, has more animals and a greater variety of species than any other park in the country. Enjoy the experience of cruising on Lake Kariba with its inhabitants such as the Nile crocodiles and the hippopotami and don’t be surprised to see an array of water birds patrol the shorelines.
There’s always the opportunity to meet up with large numbers of elephants and other big game species including lion, cheetah, leopard, and buffalo as they arrive at the shores for their daily intake of water.
Group size: Maximum 18 participants
Accompanied by a professional throughout the tour
Domestic Flights, economy class: Cape Town – Victoria Falls
An English-speaking licenced guide for all transfers and sightseeing
All transfers and sightseeing excursions by private touring vehicles
Meet & greet service on arrival at all airports in South Africa
Porterage at airports and hotels (1 x standard piece of luggage per person)
Private transportation in touring vehicle (motor-coach) including services of English speaking drivers
Safari game viewing in open Landrovers wherever applicable including services of a professional game ranger/drivers and game trackers
All health & safety protocols as per WHO and local Government directives
11 nights’ accommodations based on twin sharing basis at hotels/lodges/Lake Kariba cruise cabins mentioned in the itinerary (or similar) and inclusive of local taxes
Daily meals as specified by B L D (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in the above itinerary
Entrance fees to sightseeing venues as stated in the itinerary above
Guide and Driver meals & accommodation where applicable
Local English-speaking guide on all sightseeing excursions, unless specified in programme
Golfer’s package as described in the itinerary (tee times subject to availability and group size)
Sightseeing and excursions specially arranged for non-Golfers as described
Services of a professional Guide/Tour Leader throughout the itinerary as described above
International flights and airfares (will be quoted separately)
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Gratuities for guides, drivers, game rangers and trackers
Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry etc.
Travel & Medical Insurance - strongly recommended
Any other services not mentioned above