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.
Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel
An integration of five heritage properties, Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel is modern, luxurious, and ideally-located in the heart of Cape Town. Rooms include guest amenities such as a Nespresso coffee machine, Ultra HD TV, in-room WiFi, and air conditioning. The hotel features a spa, sauna, plunge pool, and fitness room as well as a gallery. A rooftop bar offers stunning views of the city and Table Mountain, while many nearby restaurants cater to any taste.
Ocean Eleven Guest House
Ocean Eleven is a Cape Cod, Colonial style luxury guest house, situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus. The main house—with its high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors—retains the elegance, grace, and style of its original Colonial architecture, while each of the ten beautifully appointed guest rooms enjoys all-encompassing vistas over Walker Bay, framed by the gentle embrace of picturesque mountains.
Built in authentic pioneer tradition, Plains Camp has the serenity of a 19th-century naturalist’s rest, nestled in an acacia knob thorn thicket. Designed for splendid isolation, it offers just four tents, comfortably furnished in traditional African explorer style. En suite facilities with hot running water add to the ambiance, as does the African wilderness sitting at your threshold.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
The luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed. Constructed of natural materials such as stone, wood, thatch, and canvas, it fits elegantly into the environment. Stilts raise the eight spaciously appointed suites along the riverbank for wonderful views from bedroom, bathroom, and private deck.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Cape Town
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.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls
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.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Johannesburg|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Erica Klocke is a born and bred South African who has forever been passionate about her native country and its people. Starting over 20 years ago as a driver-guide, she worked her way up to the National Guide level and has also led several tours that have taken her across the border into Zimbabwe and Namibia. Erica speaks and guides in German, English, and Flemish and her interests include history, music, art, wine, food, and anything having to do with nature. Please note that Erica will only be accompanying you during the Cape area portion of the tour (days 1 through 4) and upon arrival to Kruger National Park, you will be in the expert care of the safari guides and staff at Plains Camp and Rhino Post Lodge. With small groups of six or fewer, game drives and walking safaris will likely be with non-CW guests.
Rod Prodgers has always found himself fascinated and enchanted by South Africa’s rich history, the beauty of its natural areas, and the variety of cultures of its people. He considers it his mission to provide visitors from far and wide with a memorable experience when they visit his corner of the world and loves sharing information and insights about past and current affairs. When not guiding, Rod enjoys volunteering at the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town, where he offers tours highlighting the city’s Jewish community and history. Please note that Rod will only be accompanying you during the Cape area portion of the tour (days 1 through 4) and upon arrival to Kruger National Park, you will be in the expert care of the safari guides and staff at Plains Camp and Rhino Post Lodge. With small groups of six or fewer, game drives and walking safaris will likely be with non-CW guests.
Alan Thomas is a Cape Town native and a runner and cyclist. In fact, he has cycled the Karakoram Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar as well as from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp. Having travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, Southern Africa, and Australasia to rid himself of wanderlust, he eventually returned to his beloved Table Mountain and the Mother City. Guiding seemed a natural progression and for the last many years he has concentrated on taking guests around South Africa. When he is not guiding he enjoys spending time with his two daughters and hiking and cycling around the peninsula. Please note that Alan will only be accompanying you during the Cape area portion of the tour (days 1 through 4) and upon arrival to Kruger National Park, you will be in the expert care of the safari guides and staff at Plains Camp and Rhino Post Lodge. With small groups of six or fewer, game drives and walking safaris will likely be with non-CW guests.
Born in the North Western Cape on a Karoo sheep farm, Erica Vink is an outgoing and energetic guide. She feels that it is a privilege to share the vibrancy and beauty of South Africa with guests and is both passionate and optimistic about the future of her country. Erica is fluent in English, Afrikaans, and German and received her education at the University of Stellenbosch. Her professional experience has ranged widely, from working in the vineyards in Stellenbosch to the medical industry, with many other roles in tourism in between. She is an active member of a local hiking club, a passionate advocate for sustainable tourism, and a volunteer mountain guide for Table Mountain National Park. When not guiding, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and two sons. Please note that Erica will only be accompanying you during the Cape area portion of the tour (days 1 through 4) and upon arrival to Kruger National Park, you will be in the expert care of the safari guides and staff at Plains Camp and Rhino Post Lodge. With small groups of six or fewer, game drives and walking safaris will likely be with non-CW guests.
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