South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana


Big 5 Safari and Victoria Falls
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana


Come and enjoy the splendor of the South African High Veld (High Plains) at The Savannah Game Preserve located about 1.5 hours from Johannesburg International Airport. We take you on a game drive around the preserve where you'll have the chance to see 27 mammal species including Black Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra and 350 bird species. We stay in sumptuous luxury tents or rondawels all with private bath or shower. You'll also have the chance to visit a local African township as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Dome Meteor Crater Site.

Then we fly up to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and haunt of Stanley and Livingstone. Vic Falls as it's known in Southern Africa, is the largest curtain of water in the world at nearly 1½ times larger than Niagara Falls. You'll have the chance to go whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, biking, or just enjoy the view of the Falls from your posh digs at the Kingdom Hotel at the edge of the Falls.

Finally we go on a full game viewing safari in Chobe National Park with one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa right next door in Botswana, and have a chance to view the rest of the Big Five in one of Botswana's most spectacular National Parks.

This is an unforgettable trip around some of the best of Africa that you'll remember for a long time!

11 days/10 nights
Includes roundtrip airfare from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg

Multiple Departure Dates. Starting at $4999 per person

2014 Dates and Prices:

Option 1: $4999* valid for departure 5/5/14-5/22/14
Option 2: $5349* valid for departure 1/21/14-2/6/14, 3/4/14-4/7/14, 4/29/14-5/8/14 or 5/20/14-6/5/14
Option 3: $5699* valid for departure 2/4/14-3/6/14 or 4/15/14-5/1/14
Option 4: $6349* valid for departure 1/7/14-1/23/14 or 4/7/14-4/18/14
Option 5: $7199* valid for departure 12/30/13-1/8/14 or 6/3/14-7/3/14
*Prices are per person

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Depart US

Depart NYC on your flight to South Africa

Day 2: In transit, depending on final flight itinerary

Day 3: Arrival

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) in the morning

Transfer to The Savannah Game Lodge in Parys (approx. 1.5 hours).

Your accommodations for your stay at the Savannah Game Lodge are luxury tents with private shower and wc, or Rondawels (African style cabana) with private shower and wc

Now it is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful South African Veld and the abundant wildlife with 313 different avian species and 25 different mammal species including Cheetah, Giraffe, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Zebra and many more!

Meals: Dinner
Overnight at The Savannah Lodge.

Day 4: Savannah Game Drive

After breakfast, morning game drive included around the game preserve.

Afternoon free to relax by the pool, wander around the preserve, or drive into town.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at The Savannah Lodge

Day 5 and 6: At your leisure

After breakfast, full day at leisure for optional tours such as river rafting on the Vaal River on property, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing or visit the nearby town of Parys and neighboring township of Tumahole, or visit the Vredefort Meteorite Dome UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at The Savannah Lodge

Day 7: Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

After breakfast, check out and drive to Johannesburg Airport

Today you board your flight in Johannesburg for Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to either the Kingdom Hotel OR the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where you check in for (3) nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

The Kingdom Hotel is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls. The distinctive Zimbabwean design is based on the Great Zimbabwe monument in Masvingo. Each room has the following facilities: Satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, overhead fans, 24 hour room service and laundry facilities.

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (optional upgrade) is set high on a plateau, which forms a natural boundary to the adjacent Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is ideally located just four kilometres from the majestic Victoria Falls. The onsite waterhole attracts a wide variety of game throughout the year.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at The Kingdom Hotel or The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (optional upgrade).

Day 8: Full day of activities at Victoria Falls

After breakfast depart on a guided tour of the Falls and traditional village. Here you will view the spectacular Devil's Cataract, Main Falls as well as the Horseshoe Falls. At the village you will have the opportunity to purchase some of Zimbabwe's arts and crafts. In the afternoon you will be collected for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River including drinks (beer and wine) and light snacks.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at The Kingdom Hotel or The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (optional upgrade).

Day 9: Full day Big Five safari to Botswana and Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is situated in the northernmost corner of Botswana, the Chobe region fills the squat triangle made by the meeting of the Namibian, Zambian and Zimbabwean borders with those of Botswana. The Chobe National Park is at the heart of the complex. A vast reserve of about 12 000 square kilometres, it is said to contain the highest concentration of elephants in the world, with an estimated winter population of around 25000.

The wildlife viewing is renowned. Zebra (during migration,) various antelope species, lechwe, puku, giraffe, warthog, elephant, and lion sightings can occur throughout the area. The area also has 350 species of birds.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at The Kingdom Hotel or The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (optional upgrade).

Day 10: Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

This morning you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your outbound flight, back to Johannesburg and then your return flight to the USA

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Arrival in USA

Included:

  • International airfare roundtrip from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg
  • Roundtrip airfare from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
  • 4 nights lodging at Savannah Cheetah Preserve, 2 per luxury tent with private shower and wc OR 2 per Rondawels (African style cabana) with private shower and wc.
  • 3 night lodging at The Kingdom Hotel in Zimbabwe
  • Roundtrip transfers from Johannesburg to The Savannah Game Lodge in Parys
  • Roundtrip airport transfers Victoria Falls
  • Game drive in South Africa
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Full Day excursion to Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Meals: 12
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • 4 Dinners
  • Airline taxes and fees
  • Hotel taxes

Not Included:

  • Visas (See Travel Information below)
  • Drinks where not listed as included
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like imported alcoholic beverages, mini bar in rooms, laundry and telephone bills etc. and anything not specifically mentioned as "included"
  • Travel insurance

Cape Town extension: 4 days/3 nights - $699 per person

Included

  • Internal flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • 3 nights lodging, Hotel Commodore, 4-star or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meet and greet
  • Round trip transfer between hotel and Cape Town Airport

Travel Information

  • A South African visa is not required for US citizens. Make sure you have three (3) blank pages in your passport for South Africa. It is strongly suggested that all travelers check the latest requirements with the South African Embassy before traveling.
  • You need a passport, visa, return ticket, and adequate funds to enter Zimbabwe. If you are traveling to Zimbabwe for tourism, business, or transit you can obtain a visa at the airports or other border ports-of-entry, or in advance by contacting the Embassy of Zimbabwe at 1608 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009; telephone (202) 332-7100. Visit the Embassy of Zimbabwe website for the most current visa information.
  • A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. U.S. citizens are permitted stays up to 90 days total within a 12-month period without a visa. Travelers who attempt to enter Botswana with a temporary travel document (12-page emergency photo-digitized passport (EPDP) ) must have a visa to enter. It is not possible to obtain a visa upon arrival in Botswana, and U.S. citizens without a visa in a temporary passport will face possible fines and long administrative delays.
    For additional information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, 1531-1533 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 244-4990/1, fax (202) 244-4164 or the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations, 103 E. 37th St., New York, NY, 10016, telephone (212) 889-2277, fax (212) 725-5061. There are also honorary consuls in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. Visit the Embassy of Botswana's web site for the most current visa information.
  • Immunizations: For travelers coming from the US, immunizations are currently not required. This can change at any time, so verify the requirements before departure. It is highly recommended that you consult with your health care provider about your trip as soon as possible, as some immunizations take time to be effective. Some people may need updated/additional immunizations or medications.
  • As a general precaution, all travelers are advised to carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from the passport. For more information on international travel visit the US Department of State website.

Travel Insurance

Our preferred travel insurance provider is Travelex
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