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Cape Town, Wildlife & Victoria Falls Safari

History, culture, wildlife and the world's largest waterfall await travellers embarking on this 10-day safari, an itinerary that takes in everything from game drives in search of the Big Five to a tour of Robben Island, where the legendary Nelson Mandela spent 18 years as a political prisoner.

Duration 10 days
Price From $6,192
When Year-Round
Destination South Africa & Zimbabwe

Safari Overview

Taking in both natural wonders and key cultural sites, this safari is a wonderful way to experience some of the most instantly recognisable symbols of southern Africa. Beginning in Sabi Sands Game Reserve – one of the best places in South Africa to observe wild game – you’ll spend a handful of days embarking on game drives and bush walks alongside expert guides, as you search for the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, black rhino and Cape buffalo – as well as a vast array of other wildlife. Further north, the majesty of Victoria Falls is sure to take your breath away, and as your safari winds down you’ll have the chance to explore the famous coastal city of Cape Town, scale Table Mountain and drink in the culture of the surrounding area.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Spot big game in Sabi Sands, a private game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park.
  • Gaze in awe at the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls.
  • Explore South Africa's vibrant and second-largest city, Cape Town.
  • Take a tour of Robben Island, where former South African president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years during apartheid.
  • Watch waddling penguins at Boulder's Beach, home to a colony of about 3,000 birds.
  • Take in breathtaking vistas from atop Table Mountain.

This trip is ideal for those hoping to experience some of southern Africa’s most iconic sights.

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Day by day

Day 1

Johannesburg - Kruger – Sabi Sands

On arrival in Johannesburg you’ll be assisted with your onward flight to Arathusa Airstrip, with a stopover in Skukuza. Once you've touched down you'll then be transferred to your lodge to check in and, time permitting, head out on an afternoon game drive in search of Africa's Big Five and the rest of the wildlife who make this area their home (or hunting ground)!

Overnight: Arathusa Safari Lodge L, D

Days 2-4

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Over the course of the next three days you'll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives inside Sabi Sands, home to a wealth of iconic African wildlife. The oldest and most established of Kruger’s private game reserves, Sabi Sands sits adjacent to Kruger National Park on its western border and, with no boundary fences, the wildlife is free to roam between the reserve and the park. Sabi Sands is home to over 140 species of mammal, 500 species of bird and countless reptiles, insects and amphibians; it is also renowned as one of the best places in Africa to see wild leopards. Named after the rivers that dissect the reserve into four quarters, many would say it is the experience of staying in some of South Africa’s most revered lodges, combined with high concentrations of game thanks to the proliferation of natural water sources, that embodies the Sabi Sands experience.

Overnight: Arathusa Safari Lodge B, L, D

Day 5

Sabi Sands - Victoria Falls

Leaving Sabi Sands behind you, today you'll take to the air once more as you board your flight to Kruger International Airport, in time to catch an onward connection to Livingstone Airport in Zambia. On arrival at the airport you will be met by our local representative and driven to your accommodation on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure before setting out for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. After night rolls in, you'll be glad to rest your head at the magnificent Edwardian hotel - built in 1904 - set not far from the Falls.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel B

Day 6

Victoria Falls

Known also by its indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders"), Victoria Falls is classified as the largest waterfall in the world, with a width of 1.25 miles. A visit to this natural wonder is sure to be a highlight of anyone's safari in southern Africa, and the area is also a hub for water- and land-based activities. You'll be able to experience the Falls by land, water and air, with helicopter flights available. Alternative activities include white-water rafting, a visit to the surrounding Victoria Falls national Park and a sunset cruise, to name but a few! Most activities can be booked upon arrival, however it is advised to book helicopter flights in advance. When not exploring the area, feel free to relax in luxury at your accommodation and soak in the historical ambience of this elegant hotel.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel B

Day 7

Victoria Falls - Cape Town

This morning you will transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport in time for your international flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in this famous city you will be met by a representative and transferred to your boutique hotel on the slopes of Table Mountain. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Overnight: Kensington Place B

Day 8

Robben Island and City Day Tour

This morning you will be met at the lobby of your hotel for your tour of Cape Town and Robben Island. Your guide will be a former inmate of the infamous Robben Island Prison, who will not only tell you about the history of the island but also about their own personal experiences here. This is at once a harrowing, inspiring and very informative way of understanding more about South Africa under apartheid. Your tour takes you through the communal areas and you will also see the tiny cells of B-Section, where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his 18-year incarceration. The tour includes entrance tickets and return boat transfers. You’ll then transfer to the lower cable car station at Table Mountain. You will ascend by aerial cable car (price included) for a very easy and spectacular walk, traversing the entire front "table" to Maclear's Beacon – the mountain's highest point, 1087 metres. The adventurous can also opt for a more challenging hike to the summit. On a clear day the views throughout the walk are exquisite. Note: Routing of hike is dependent on the cable car being operational.

Overnight: Kensington Place B

Day 9

Cape Point

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Hout Bay Harbour, which lies between Cape Town and Cape Point. Explore the vibrant harbour or join the optional visit to Seal Island at nominal additional cost. Your journey continues as you drive along the dramatic Chapman's Peak to Cape Point, a beautiful, rugged nature reserve 60 kilometres south of Cape Town. At Cape Point, follow the stepped pathway to the summit and the viewing point below the old lighthouse. Alternatively, you may choose to ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the summit (ticket cost not included in the tour). Your road journey then follows the coastline to Boulder's Beach, famous for its penguin colony. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (not included) before continuing north to the national botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch, where you can take a stroll around one of the most beautiful gardens in Africa. You will then be dropped off at your hotel back in Cape Town.

Overnight: Kensington Place B

Day 10

Depart Cape Point

Today, you will bid farewell to Cape Town. After checking out in the morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport, in time to catch your onward flight home.

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