Experience Cape Town’s vibrant offerings and Kruger National Park’s astoundingly diverse wildlife on a memorable hiking tour of South Africa.

Delight in a hiking tour of South Africa that takes you on an exciting adventure, from sophisticated Cape Town to the wilds of Kruger National Park. Savor a meal at a world-class restaurant on Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take in sweeping views from iconic Table Mountain. Stroll through idyllic mountainside vineyards in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, sampling vintages from the heart of South Africa’s renowned wine country. An in-depth walking tour in Kruger National Park enriches the subtle sights and sounds of the African wild, as you anticipate an exciting encounter with the “Big Five.” Enjoy the comfort of deluxe lodges and bush camps, sundowner in hand. Memories of South Africa’s contemporary splendor and timeless wilderness will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Discover Cape Town’s cosmopolitan waterfront shops and restaurants, and marvel at panoramic views from the summit of nearby Table Mountain.
  • Experience the Southern Cape’s amazingly varied attractions: vineyards, beaches, botanical gardens, historic towns, penguin colonies, and more.
  • Track giraffes, zebras, hyenas, and the famed Big Five in Kruger National Park – home to the largest number of mammal species in Africa.
  • Spend comfortable evenings immersed in nature at your deluxe lodge and remote bush camp.
  • Unwind at the end of your day in your deluxe bush camp, sundowner in hand, watching the sun set over the remote African wilderness.
  • Watch: Guest Brian Rennie produced a documentary of his Country Walkers safari with his production company, Benchmark Studios.
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Delicious, authentic multi-course meals — virtually all are included.
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A maximum of 18 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey.
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Itinerary

Fri, Mar 6 to Mon, Mar 16 - 2020

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, an approximately 30-minute shuttle. Please note that there may be an additional wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Depending on the time of your arrival, venture into Cape Town for some exploration. More Quarters offers a complimentary shuttle that will bring you anywhere within five km of the hotel. While walking during the day is generally considered safe in this area, we do recommend using the shuttle after dark or if venturing out alone. The remainder of the day is at leisure (no meals or activities included).

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then meet your guide(s) in the lobby at 9:00 a.m. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Then it’s off to meet your local guide for a welcome orientation and a discussion regarding the details of the day. Your first stop is Table Mountain towering 3,300 feet above sea level; an icon which is instantly recognizable. A cable car with a revolving floor, offering 360-degree views, whisks you to the top for fabulous vistas over Cape Town and the ocean beyond. Here, you may choose from a number of walking routes offering a wonderful orientation to the city below. Afterward, enjoy lunch in the revamped Company Gardens Restaurant. The venture, part of a larger project aimed at revitalizing the CBD Greenway, serves as a magnet of sorts to draw people into the lush oasis that envelops it, encouraging visitors to engage with the peaceful environment.

This afternoon explore the city on foot. Points of interest include a 17th-century water reservoir, the historic Grand Parade adjacent to the Castle, the old Drill Hall, City Hall, the flower market, and the impressive Standard Bank Building. Along the route pause to learn about the Greenmarket Square, the Groote Kerk, and the original Slave Lodge. Walk through history when you pass the St. George Cathedral and enter the former Dutch East India Company Garden—founded in early trading days and a green oasis in the middle of town today. Leaving the city center behind, a drive through the Bo-Kaap will introduce you to the historical Muslim section with its quaint, colorful houses.

Dinner tonight is at The Codfather, dedicated to serving sustainable seafood. Menu choices include an amazing extravaganza of fresh fish, delectable shellfish, and innovative sushi. Sip your first of many fine South African wines.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

2-3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

Today’s tour of the Cape Peninsula takes you along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most dramatic coastal drives in the world. Heading down the west side of the peninsula, you follow the Atlantic seaboard via Sea Point to admire the magnificent beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay. Your road safari continues to Llandudno for spectacular views, then on to the quaint village and fishing harbor of Hout Bay before heading further down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to richly varied plant, bird, and animal life. Here, you walk to the towering headland of Cape Point and the old lighthouse, once commonly considered the continent’s southernmost point. On clear days, the entire peninsula stretches as far as you can see. While walking, the Cape’s lush flowers and foliage colors your way, and perhaps a baboon family will watch your passage.

After lunch, you stop to observe a large African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Time permitting, move further inland to visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which showcases much of the Cape’s rich flora and is one of Cape Town’s special delights. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, and the botanical richness of Kirstenbosch reflects this remarkable distinction. Covering an area of 1,300 acres, the gardens are a celebration of South African flora. Proteas, cycads, and rolling lawns, streams, and ponds are yours to discover along pathways. Many varieties of birds inhabit the gardens, and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. This incredible day will end in celebration over another delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

South Africa has become a prominent wine region and today you discover why.

A 45-minute drive brings you to Stellenbosch, a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. After a brief introduction, you are invited to explore its village streets dotted with quaint Cape Dutch-style architecture, small shops, and teahouses. Contrary to popular belief, the winelands are no longer just about award-wining wine; in fact, Stellenbosch boasts some of the finest artisanal beer brewed in South Africa, together with an engaging blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights, and oak-lined avenues.

Moving on to the equally beautiful Franschhoek Valley, you stop at the La Motte Wine Estate for a scenic three-mile walk. Starting in the tasting room, the walk passes historic buildings before skirting the terraced vineyards and entering the mountain valley beyond. A gradual climb rewards you with views over the vineyard and surrounding hills. Here, pause to enjoy a picnic lunch before looping back to the vineyard.

Afterwards, spend a few minutes walking through Franschhoek, a smaller and slightly quieter wine town than Stellenbosch, before continuing another two hours to the Western Cape and the hamlet town of Hermanus. Renowned for its whale migration, Hermanus is dramatically situated between Walker Bay and the Raed na Gael mountains.

This evening you are on your own to venture into town. Choose from an informal dinner at a pub, or your guide can assist with more formal dinner reservations.

Accommodation: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse, Hermanus

2-3 hours of walking, easy to moderate. Optional free time or cliff walk; 1 hour, easy

After a relaxing breakfast in the sunroom, drive the short distance to Fernkloof Nature Reserve. A variety of loop trails bring you through diverse flora; its hills carpeted in wildflowers and native fynbos in spring and wind-clipped heather in summer. A 30- 45-minute ascent brings you to the top of a small mountain with sweeping views of Walker Bay and its expanding town below. Along the way you may spot dassies (rodent-like mammals also referred to as “rock rats” but actually related to the elephant), klipspringers (a type of antelope), and a variety of colorful birds.

Then, head to the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (meaning ‘Heaven and Earth’ in Afrikaans) for an elegant lunch at a local winery.

This afternoon choose between free time to relax at your ocean-side hotel or joining your guide on an easy walk along the Cliff Top trail. This trail runs all the way from New Harbour to the Blue Flagged “Grotto Beach,” a wide, golden beach popular with surfers. The trail passes the town of Hermanus, where you can also stop to browse the galleries or perhaps enjoy a microbrew in one of its many sea-side pubs. If you are joining a tour in the spring (September and October), you may even spot a southern right whale swimming in the bay. Other marine life along this shore includes seals, dolphins, marine birds, and certain times of the year, humpback whales.

Dinner tonight is at a lively restaurant on the harbor, favored by locals for its fresh seafood. Sample the catch of the day either simply grilled, or cooked Cape Malay-style. Non-seafood options may include local, braised beef or free-range roasted chicken.

Accommodation: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse, Hermanus

1 hour, easy to moderate (time permitting). Evening game drive

After four days on the coast, today you transfer to a completely different world deep in the bush. Your day starts with a return to Cape Town to catch a flight to Kruger National Park (luggage limited to 44 pounds in a soft bag). Upon arrival you are met by your driver for your first game drive en route to your bush camp, first arriving at the Rhino Post Safari Lodge and then transferring to the more remote Plains Camp by safari vehicle.

Your camp is situated on a vast private concession in the Kruger National Park. Game moves freely through this area in the heart of the wilderness, overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored. With its huge diversity of flora and fauna—including the renowned Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo)—it makes an ideal setting for walking safaris. After settling into your tent, join your campmates for a late lunch or high tea followed by a brief orientation to the area. Then, depart for a short walk and game drive culminating with sundowners in the bush before returning to camp for a candlelit dinner in the main dining tent.

Accommodation: Plains Camp, Kruger National Park

3-4 hours of bush walking, easy to moderate. Evening game drive

An early-morning wake-up brings you fresh coffee, tea, and traditional South African rusks before you set out with your guides on a walking tour of Kruger National Park. Because nothing is predictable in the bush, each day offers a new experience. As you walk, learn about the animals, trees, landscape, insects, birds, and the medicinal uses of plants. Pick up some tracking tips from your expert guides and learn how to read the signs of animal movement and behavior.

Walking trails are best enjoyed early morning and late afternoon, avoiding the midday heat. This morning’s walk averages two to three hours. Walks are customized by your guides to accommodate the group’s fitness level and special interests, and the weather. A light snack is served on the walk, and a satisfying brunch awaits on your return to the camp.

During the midday heat, enjoy the camp’s small library of Africana or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, where buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, and zebra are sometimes sighted.

Late afternoon you join your guides for another bush walk or an exciting game drive into the wild lands surrounding the camp, capped off by sundowners in the bush as you recount your day’s adventures. Back at camp, your exploits will be rewarded by a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Accommodation: Plains Camp, Kruger National Park

2-3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

There’s time for one more walking tour of Kruger National Park deep in the bush before you decamp to Rhino Post Safari Lodge. After settling in and perhaps taking a dip in the swimming pool, then gathering in the lounge overlooking the bush to enjoy a delicious high tea before departing for your late afternoon game drive.

Guided game drives at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in customized, open four-by-four Land Cruisers. In addition to its private wilderness concession, the lodge also gives visitors access to the Kruger public roads with exclusive use of some roads at night—well after gate-closing times. This affords exciting sightings of the park’s nocturnal animals.

At sunset, the game drive stops for sundowner cocktails beneath the colorful African skies, then continues into early evening. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up and enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck, serenaded by night creatures.

Accommodation: Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Today you have the full day to embark on two additional game drives in Kruger National Park, one pre-breakfast and one late in the afternoon. When this region was first set aside as a protected reserve by President Paul Kruger in the late 1800s, local game had been almost completely wiped out by hunters. Nowadays, Kruger boasts the African continent’s greatest concentration of species, and the A-to-Z collection of wildlife to be seen here—from antelopes to zebras—is truly staggering. As you explore, your main focus may be on spotting Africa’s famous Big Five, but there are so many other creatures to discover. Spread throughout Kruger’s two million hectares are nearly 150 mammal species, including giraffe, hippopotamus, cheetah, baboon, and warthog, along with over 500 bird species.

In between today’s two game drives, you have plenty of downtime to enjoy the amenities of your lovely lodge. Relax on the open deck with a good book or glass of South African wine, take a dip in the swimming pool or perhaps enjoy a spa treatment in the privacy of your room (cost not included in the tour price). Or, just relax in your luxurious chalet complete with a private balcony and outdoor shower.

After your late afternoon game drive, toast your fellow travel companions farewell around the outdoor fire before a final dinner under the stars.

Accommodation: Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Make the most of this last precious day of your South Africa hiking tour with an early-morning rising and light breakfast in the lounge, preparing you for one final morning game drive. Take midmorning refreshment in the bush as you track the abundant wildlife. Return to the lodge in time for a leisurely brunch and shower before you pack up and decamp. You bid your hosts a warm farewell before boarding your flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your included international flight.

Sun, Mar 8 to Mon, Mar 16 - 2020

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3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

After breakfast on your own, you meet your local guide for a welcome orientation and discuss the details of the day before beginning your hiking tour of South Africa. Your first stop is Table Mountain towering 3,300 feet above sea level; an icon which is instantly recognizable. A cable car with a revolving floor, offering 360-degree views, whisks you to the top for fabulous vistas over Cape Town and the ocean beyond. Here, you may choose from a number of walking routes offering a wonderful orientation to the city below. Afterward, enjoy lunch in the revamped Company Gardens Restaurant. The venture, part of a larger project aimed at revitalizing the CBD Greenway, serves as a magnet of sorts to draw people into the lush oasis that envelops it, encouraging visitors to engage with the peaceful environment.

This afternoon explore the city on foot. Points of interest include a 17th-century water reservoir, the historic Grand Parade adjacent to the Castle, the old Drill Hall, City Hall, the flower market, and the impressive Standard Bank Building. Along the route pause to learn about the Greenmarket Square, the Groote Kerk, and the original Slave Lodge. Walk through history when you pass the St. George Cathedral and enter the former Dutch East India Company Garden—founded in early trading days and a green oasis in the middle of town today. Leaving the city center behind, a drive through the Bo-Kaap will introduce you to the historical Muslim section with its quaint, colorful houses.

Dinner tonight is at The Codfather, dedicated to serving sustainable seafood. Menu choices include an amazing extravaganza of fresh fish, delectable shellfish, and innovative sushi. Sip your first of many fine South African wines.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

2-3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

Today’s tour of the Cape Peninsula takes you along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most dramatic coastal drives in the world. Heading down the west side of the peninsula, you follow the Atlantic seaboard via Sea Point to admire the magnificent beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay. Your road safari continues to Llandudno for spectacular views, then on to the quaint village and fishing harbor of Hout Bay before heading further down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to richly varied plant, bird, and animal life. Here, you walk to the towering headland of Cape Point and the old lighthouse, once commonly considered the continent’s southernmost point. On clear days, the entire peninsula stretches as far as you can see. While walking, the Cape’s lush flowers and foliage colors your way, and perhaps a baboon family will watch your passage.

After lunch, you stop to observe a large African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Time permitting, move further inland to visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which showcases much of the Cape’s rich flora and is one of Cape Town’s special delights. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, and the botanical richness of Kirstenbosch reflects this remarkable distinction. Covering an area of 1,300 acres, the gardens are a celebration of South African flora. Proteas, cycads, and rolling lawns, streams, and ponds are yours to discover along pathways. Many varieties of birds inhabit the gardens, and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. This incredible day will end in celebration over another delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

South Africa has become a prominent wine region and today you discover why.

A 45-minute drive brings you to Stellenbosch, a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. After a brief introduction, you are invited to explore its village streets dotted with quaint Cape Dutch-style architecture, small shops, and teahouses. Contrary to popular belief, the winelands are no longer just about award-wining wine; in fact, Stellenbosch boasts some of the finest artisanal beer brewed in South Africa, together with an engaging blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights, and oak-lined avenues.

Moving on to the equally beautiful Franschhoek Valley, you stop at the La Motte Wine Estate for a scenic three-mile walk. Starting in the tasting room, the walk passes historic buildings before skirting the terraced vineyards and entering the mountain valley beyond. A gradual climb rewards you with views over the vineyard and surrounding hills. Here, pause to enjoy a picnic lunch before looping back to the vineyard.

Afterwards, spend a few minutes walking through Franschhoek, a smaller and slightly quieter wine town than Stellenbosch, before continuing another two hours to the Western Cape and the hamlet town of Hermanus. Renowned for its whale migration, Hermanus is dramatically situated between Walker Bay and the Raed na Gael mountains.

This evening you are on your own to venture into town. Choose from an informal dinner at a pub, or your guide can assist with more formal dinner reservations.

Accommodation: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse, Hermanus

2-3 hours of walking, easy to moderate. Optional free time or cliff walk; 1 hour, easy

After a relaxing breakfast in the sunroom, drive the short distance to Fernkloof Nature Reserve. A variety of loop trails bring you through diverse flora; its hills carpeted in wildflowers and native fynbos in spring and wind-clipped heather in summer. A 30- 45-minute ascent brings you to the top of a small mountain with sweeping views of Walker Bay and its expanding town below. Along the way you may spot dassies (rodent-like mammals also referred to as “rock rats” but actually related to the elephant), klipspringers (a type of antelope), and a variety of colorful birds.

Then, head to the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (meaning ‘Heaven and Earth’ in Afrikaans) for an elegant lunch at a local winery.

This afternoon choose between free time to relax at your ocean-side hotel or joining your guide on an easy walk along the Cliff Top trail. This trail runs all the way from New Harbour to the Blue Flagged “Grotto Beach,” a wide, golden beach popular with surfers. The trail passes the town of Hermanus, where you can also stop to browse the galleries or perhaps enjoy a microbrew in one of its many sea-side pubs. If you are joining a tour in the spring (September and October), you may even spot a southern right whale swimming in the bay. Other marine life along this shore includes seals, dolphins, marine birds, and certain times of the year, humpback whales.

Dinner tonight is at a lively restaurant on the harbor, favored by locals for its fresh seafood. Sample the catch of the day either simply grilled, or cooked Cape Malay-style. Non-seafood options may include local, braised beef or free-range roasted chicken.

Accommodation: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse, Hermanus

1 hour, easy to moderate (time permitting). Evening game drive

After four days on the coast, today you transfer to a completely different world deep in the bush. Your day starts with a return to Cape Town to catch a flight to Kruger National Park (luggage limited to 44 pounds in a soft bag). Upon arrival you are met by your driver for your first game drive en route to your bush camp, first arriving at the Rhino Post Safari Lodge and then transferring to the more remote Plains Camp by safari vehicle.

Your camp is situated on a vast private concession in the Kruger National Park. Game moves freely through this area in the heart of the wilderness, overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored. With its huge diversity of flora and fauna—including the renowned Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo)—it makes an ideal setting for walking safaris. After settling into your tent, join your campmates for a late lunch or high tea followed by a brief orientation to the area. Then, depart for a short walk and game drive culminating with sundowners in the bush before returning to camp for a candlelit dinner in the main dining tent.

Accommodation: Plains Camp, Kruger National Park

3-4 hours of bush walking, easy to moderate. Evening game drive

An early-morning wake-up brings you fresh coffee, tea, and traditional South African rusks before you set out with your guides on a walking tour of Kruger National Park. Because nothing is predictable in the bush, each day offers a new experience. As you walk, learn about the animals, trees, landscape, insects, birds, and the medicinal uses of plants. Pick up some tracking tips from your expert guides and learn how to read the signs of animal movement and behavior.

Walking trails are best enjoyed early morning and late afternoon, avoiding the midday heat. This morning’s walk averages two to three hours. Walks are customized by your guides to accommodate the group’s fitness level and special interests, and the weather. A light snack is served on the walk, and a satisfying brunch awaits on your return to the camp.

During the midday heat, enjoy the camp’s small library of Africana or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, where buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, and zebra are sometimes sighted.

Late afternoon you join your guides for another bush walk or an exciting game drive into the wild lands surrounding the camp, capped off by sundowners in the bush as you recount your day’s adventures. Back at camp, your exploits will be rewarded by a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Accommodation: Plains Camp, Kruger National Park

2-3 hours of walking, easy to moderate

There’s time for one more walking tour of Kruger National Park deep in the bush before you decamp to Rhino Post Safari Lodge. After settling in and perhaps taking a dip in the swimming pool, then gathering in the lounge overlooking the bush to enjoy a delicious high tea before departing for your late afternoon game drive.

Guided game drives at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in customized, open four-by-four Land Cruisers. In addition to its private wilderness concession, the lodge also gives visitors access to the Kruger public roads with exclusive use of some roads at night—well after gate-closing times. This affords exciting sightings of the park’s nocturnal animals.

At sunset, the game drive stops for sundowner cocktails beneath the colorful African skies, then continues into early evening. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up and enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck, serenaded by night creatures.

Accommodation: Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Today you have the full day to embark on two additional game drives in Kruger National Park, one pre-breakfast and one late in the afternoon. When this region was first set aside as a protected reserve by President Paul Kruger in the late 1800s, local game had been almost completely wiped out by hunters. Nowadays, Kruger boasts the African continent’s greatest concentration of species, and the A-to-Z collection of wildlife to be seen here—from antelopes to zebras—is truly staggering. As you explore, your main focus may be on spotting Africa’s famous Big Five, but there are so many other creatures to discover. Spread throughout Kruger’s two million hectares are nearly 150 mammal species, including giraffe, hippopotamus, cheetah, baboon, and warthog, along with over 500 bird species.

In between today’s two game drives, you have plenty of downtime to enjoy the amenities of your lovely lodge. Relax on the open deck with a good book or glass of South African wine, take a dip in the swimming pool or perhaps enjoy a spa treatment in the privacy of your room (cost not included in the tour price). Or, just relax in your luxurious chalet complete with a private balcony and outdoor shower.

After your late afternoon game drive, toast your fellow travel companions farewell around the outdoor fire before a final dinner under the stars.

Accommodation: Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Make the most of this last precious day of your South Africa hiking tour with an early-morning rising and light breakfast in the lounge, preparing you for one final morning game drive. Take midmorning refreshment in the bush as you track the abundant wildlife. Return to the lodge in time for a leisurely brunch and shower before you pack up and decamp. You bid your hosts a warm farewell before boarding your included flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your international departure flight.

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta 1
Pre-Tour
2019 2020

2019 Pre-Tour Extension - Cape Town

  • One night at More Quarters
  • Small-group hotel transfer
  • 1 breakfast

1 Night From $298
per person, double occupancy

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45- minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame.

After settling into your luxury apartment and refreshing from the long flight, you may be up for a short, but invigorating hike up Lion’s Head for stunning views of Table Mountain and the city below. Or, head to the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, South Africa’s oldest working harbor and now a lively promenade with an array of shops and restaurants. From here you may choose to take a ferry ride to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years (advance reservations required). Tours are led by former prisoners who detail the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights leader and past South African President. Other suggested sites include the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or visiting the iconic Planet Bar at Mount Nelson Hotel to enjoy an evening sundowner with a view. Your hotel’s front desk can help arrange these or other activities and excursions. Dinner options are abound and many favorite restaurants are just minutes away on Kloof Street including the Kloof Street House, Café Paradiso, The Black Sheep Restaurant, and Mana Epicure (reservations recommended).

Continue your explorations of the city that was once commonly referred to as “the Tavern of the Seas” during Cape Town’s early days as a stop-over during the spice trade. On Saturdays, the Old Biscuit Mill (which itself holds some of the city’s best restaurants and shops), plays host to the Neighbourgoods Market, where local farmers, bakers, artisans, and other vendors come together to showcase their goods. Spend your evening dining in one of Cape Town’s many world class restaurants, as you toast to the adventure that awaits.

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta 1
Pre-Tour
2019 2020

2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Cape Town

  • One night at More Quarters
  • Small-group hotel transfer
  • 1 breakfast

1 Night From $198
per person, double occupancy

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, an approximately 30-minute shuttle. Please note that there may be an additional wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

After settling into your luxury hotel and refreshing from the long flight, you may be up for a short, but invigorating hike up Lion’s Head for stunning views of Table Mountain and the city below. Or, head to the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, South Africa’s oldest working harbor and now a lively promenade with an array of shops and restaurants. From here you may choose to take a ferry ride to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years (advance reservations required). Tours are led by former prisoners who detail the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights leader and past South African President. Other suggested sites include the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or visiting the iconic Planet Bar at Mount Nelson Hotel to enjoy an evening sundowner with a view. Your hotel’s front desk can help arrange these or other activities and excursions. Dinner options abound and many favorite restaurants are just minutes away on Kloof Street including the Kloof Street House, Café Paradiso, The Black Sheep Restaurant, and Mana Epicure (reservations recommended).

Continue your explorations of the city that was once commonly referred to as “the Tavern of the Seas” during Cape Town’s early days as a stop-over during the spice trade. On Saturdays, the Old Biscuit Mill (which itself holds some of the city’s best restaurants and shops), plays host to the Neighbourgoods Market, where local farmers, bakers, artisans, and other vendors come together to showcase their goods. Spend your evening dining in one of Cape Town’s many world-class restaurants, as you toast to the adventure that awaits.

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta
Post-Tour
2019 2020

2019 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

  • 4 days, 3 nights
  • Deluxe 5-star lodge on the Zambezi River and boutique hotel near the Johannesburg Airport
  • All meals, local drinks, and house wines (except bottled wines and premium-alcohol drinks) included at the Zambezi Lodge
  • Guided excursion to the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side of the Falls
  • Optional lodge activities such as sundowner cruise, mokoro ride, and village visit (time permitting)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Park fees

3 Nights From $2,248
per person, double occupancy

Upon your arrival into Johannesburg, a transfer will be provided to the lovely African Rocks Hotel for your overnight. A peaceful oasis just 15 minutes from the airport, this small, personal hotel invites relaxation. Depending on your time of arrival, relax in the poolside gardens or the hotel’s small library. (No other activities or meals included).

An early morning flight delivers you to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia, where you are met by a representative from your hotel and transferred to your home for the next two nights, the lovely Islands of Siankaba Lodge on the Zambezi River (an approximate one hour transfer).

Upon arrival, settle into your spacious tent overlooking the Zambezi River before enjoying lunch al fresco on the hotel’s riverside patio. Afterwards, relax by the swimming pool, or on your private deck, take a short nature walk around the island, or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment (additional cost).

This evening embark on a sundowner cruise aboard a small platoon boat. Skirting the shores, you are likely to spot hippos wallowing in the shallow waters. Crossing the river towards Zimbabwe, you may also be entertained by baboons along the shore. Sip your choice of beverage as the sun slips below the horizon. (All meals, beverages, and optional lodge activities included).

Early risers may wish to join the guide on a short birding walk as the surrounding jungle comes alive or enjoy coffee on your deck. After breakfast, you transfer approximately one hour to the Victoria Falls National Park for a guided excursion.

No description, no matter how vivid, can prepare you for the reality of Victoria Falls. Natives call it “the smoke that thunders.” Geologists call it “the greatest-known curtain of falling water,” and “Seventh Wonder of the Natural World.” The majestic Zambezi River sends more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummeting over the edge of this massive gorge, with a width of one and a quarter miles and over 330 feet deep.

The falls transform the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent exploding into clouds of spray seen from miles away. Follow a series of trails along the rim with various viewpoint and, if you don’t mind getting wet, cross the bridge to the rainforest point where you really experience the full power of the falls. A choice of visiting the falls on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side is included. During the dry season (August through November), you may wish to secure a KAWA Visa in order to visit the Zimbabwean side of the falls where water runs year round.

Late afternoon, return to your lodge for relaxation and perhaps a short mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) ride around the island before joining your fellow companions around the fire pit for a sundowner under the stars.

Please Note: Should you wish to add on any optional Victorian Falls excursions such as the “Flight of the Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, these can be booked through your lodge. Due to the distance of the falls from the lodge, it is recommended that you book these for the same day you visit the falls (day 3 of your extension). (All meals, beverages, and optional lodge activities included).

Depending on the time of your flight today, you may have time for a short nature walk or walk to the local village. Here, you are invited to visit the newly built pre-school and chat with the village headman. After breakfast, a transfer is provided to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia, based on your departure arrangements.

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta
Post-Tour
2019 2020

2020 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

  • 4 Days, 3 Nights
  • Deluxe 5-star lodge on the Zambezi River and boutique hotel near the Johannesburg Airport
  • All meals, local drinks, and house wines (except bottled wines and premium-alcohol drinks) included at the Zambezi Lodge
  • Guided excursion to the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side of the Falls
  • Optional lodge activities such as sundowner cruise, mokoro ride, and village visit (time permitting)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Park fees

3 Nights From $2,148
per person, double occupancy

Upon your arrival into Johannesburg, a transfer will be provided to the lovely African Rocks Hotel for your overnight. A peaceful oasis just 15 minutes from the airport, this small, personal hotel invites relaxation. Depending on your time of arrival, relax in the poolside gardens or the hotel’s small library. (No other activities or meals included).

Accommodation: African Rock Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

An early morning flight delivers you to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia, where you are met by a representative from your hotel and transferred to your home for the next two nights, the lovely Islands of Siankaba Lodge on the Zambezi River (an approximate one-hour transfer).

Upon arrival, settle into your spacious tent overlooking the Zambezi River before enjoying lunch al fresco on the hotel’s riverside patio. Afterwards, relax by the swimming pool, or on your private deck, take a short nature walk around the island, or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment (additional cost).

This evening embark on a sundowner cruise aboard a small platoon boat. Skirting the shores, you are likely to spot hippos wallowing in the shallow waters. Crossing the river towards Zimbabwe, you may also be entertained by baboons along the shore. Sip your choice of beverage as the sun slips below the horizon. (All meals, beverages, and optional lodge activities included.)

Accommodation: Islands of Siankaba Lodge, Zambezi River

Early risers may wish to join the guide on a short birding walk as the surrounding jungle comes alive or enjoy coffee on your deck. After breakfast, you transfer approximately one hour to the Victoria Falls National Park for a guided excursion.

No description, no matter how vivid, can prepare you for the reality of Victoria Falls. Natives call it “the smoke that thunders.” Geologists call it “the greatest-known curtain of falling water,” and “Seventh Wonder of the Natural World.” The majestic Zambezi River sends more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummeting over the edge of this massive gorge, with a width of one-and-a-quarter miles and over 330 feet deep.

The falls transform the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent exploding into clouds of spray seen from miles away. Follow a series of trails along the rim with various viewpoint and, if you don’t mind getting wet, cross the bridge to the rainforest point where you really experience the full power of the falls. A choice of visiting the falls on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side is included. During the dry season (August through November), you may wish to secure a KAWA Visa in order to visit the Zimbabwean side of the falls where water runs year-round.

Late afternoon, return to your lodge for relaxation and perhaps a short mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) ride around the island before joining your fellow companions around the fire pit for a sundowner under the stars.

Please Note: Should you wish to add on any optional Victorian Falls excursions such as the “Flight of the Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, these can be booked through your lodge. Due to the distance of the falls from the lodge, it is recommended that you book these for the same day you visit the falls (day three of your extension). (All meals, beverages, and optional lodge activities included.)

Depending on the time of your flight today, you may have time for a short nature walk or walk to the local village. Here, you are invited to visit the newly built pre-school and chat with the village headman. After breakfast, a transfer is provided to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia, based on your departure arrangements.

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
All on-tour meals except 1 dinner Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7 Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Johannesburg Check
Airport car service for arrival & departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

11 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $1,098

Departing From Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)

Other departure cities available. Call our Tour Consultants for pricing.

Tour Only

9 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $998

Limited Spaces Left

Fri, Oct 4 - Mon, Oct 14

$8,298

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Limited Spaces Left

Sun, Oct 6 - Mon, Oct 14

$6,898

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Flight + Tour Combo

11 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $948

Departing From Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)

Other departure cities available. Call our Tour Consultants for pricing.

Tour Only

9 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $848

Call Required

Fri, Mar 6 - Mon, Mar 16

$7,998

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Call Required

Sun, Mar 8 - Mon, Mar 16

$6,898

Request a Call
Currently Full

Fri, Sep 4 - Mon, Sep 14

$7,998

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Currently Full

Sun, Sep 6 - Mon, Sep 14

$6,898

Join Waitlist

Fri, Sep 18 - Mon, Sep 28

$7,998

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Sun, Sep 20 - Mon, Sep 28

$6,898

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Fri, Oct 2 - Mon, Oct 12

$7,998

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Sun, Oct 4 - Mon, Oct 12

$6,898

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Fri, Oct 23 - Mon, Nov 2

$7,998

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$6,898

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