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Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is the great waterfall in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is one of the world’s three large waterfalls and a sight not the be missed; believed to have been discovered by David Livingstone the Scottish missionary and explorer, they were named in honor of Queen Victoria.

A “must see” destination for nature lovers, the Falls boast boutique hotels and sophisticated resorts to satisfy all tastes and budgets. Victoria Falls is a playground of thrills: elephant back safaris, canoeing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter flips, game viewing on horseback … to name just a few!

Includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, airport transfers, sundowner cruise and guided tour of the Falls.

Victoria Falls aireal view

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls

Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls

The Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls visits exclusive African destinations at the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ and ‘The Last Refuge’ and features incredible accommodations.

Tour Length: 11 days

Land from $10,395 per person

Johannesburg | Victoria Falls | Kasane | Selinda Reserve |Okavango Delta | Maun | Johannesburg

Botswana Safari with Victoria FallsCommence your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls journey in the culturally rich city of Johannesburg, before winging it to Victoria Falls, called the “Smoke that Thunders” by the locals. Delight in a guided tour of the Falls and ply the famed Zambezi River on a sunset boat cruise.

Continue on your Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls as you cross the border to Botswana, known as “Old Africa’s Last Refuge” – a never-never land where the beasts roam free as they have done for millennia.

The landlocked nation is blessedly underdeveloped, thanks to the severe Kalahari desert that blankets half the country under wind-blown sands. With a small human population (including some of the last remaining Bushmen), Botswana is truly a ‘wild’ safari destination.

Excitement starts immediately as your bush pilot maneuvers the light aircraft over the vast Botswana wilderness at an altitude that allows for aerial game viewing.  Stay at two distinctly different yet sophisticated Botswana lodges that are unique in design and personality; each is located in specific ecological enclaves that offer a smorgasbord of activities. The fauna focus is bird life, hippo, crocodiles and other wetland species as well as the big land mammals. Open 4×4 vehicles allow you to get so close to the wildlife that you can leave your zoom lenses behind!

If you have more time to explore, consider adding Cape Town or Kruger Park to your regal sojourn on the Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
An overnight flight to South Africa… and the excitement begins as you embark on your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Intercontinental O.R. Tambo JohannesburgDay 2 Johannesburg
Welcome to Africa!  On arrival at O. R. Tambo International Airport, walk to your hotel to check in for your one night stay.  Located only a short walk away from the arrivals hall of Johannesburg’s largest international airport, the award-winning InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport, South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, offers travelers a luxurious and enjoyable stay upon arrival. Services and amenities at the luxury InterContinental Johannesburg O. R. Tambo Airport hotel are available to all hotel guests, in order to maximize comfort and convenience.  5 star services include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a health spa, indoor pool, self-service workstations and a fine dining restaurant.  Relax at your airport hotel and fall asleep under African stars.

Day 3 Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Old Drift Lodge bomaCheck out and walk to O. R. Tambo International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls (flight not included).  On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a representative who will assist you to your complimentary transfer to the Old Drift Lodge.  Located upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. The main lodge area has 360 degree views, North facing onto the Zambezi & South facing onto a water hole. A 7 kilometre stretch of river flows between the camp and the town of Victoria Falls, making Old Drift Lodge the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls.

Day 4 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria FallsExplore the impressive Victoria Falls on a guided walking tour through the rain forest.  The Victoria Falls is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

Enjoy a multi-hued sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos. With the iconic river at your doorstep, it is hard not to be charmed by the calming ebb of the current. Breathtaking, complex ecosystems thrive around the lodge, and as the boat bobs on the water, guests can drink in a 360-degree view of this magnificent environment on your Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Day 5 Victoria Falls – Kasane – Selinda Reserve, Botswana
After your morning activity, enjoy breakfast back at the lodge and bid farewell to Victoria Falls. Transfer to Kasane Airport for your scheduled air transfer to The Selinda Airstrip. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to Selinda Explorers Camp is approximately 45 minutes, allowing time for game viewing en route. Selinda Explorers Camp is accessible only to guests arriving by scheduled air transfers or private air charters.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls wild dogs in SelindaThe Selinda Reserve is a 300,000 acre private wildlife sanctuary in the northern part of Botswana. The reserve centers around the famous Selinda Spillway which weaves its way through the reserve, linking the outer reaches of the Okavango Delta in the west with the Linyanti Swamps in the east. As it is upstream of the Savuti system and west of the Chobe it has all the advantages of excellent game and bird viewing but with the huge advantage of being away from the main tourist routes. Wild dogs are known for denning in this area and there are cheetahs as well as good prides of lion, hyena, jackal and leopard.  This area is a wildlife hot spot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis.

Day 6 Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Selinda Explorers CampThere’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception! Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “Wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated as you continue on your Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls. The grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage traveling trunks lends an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.

Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. They’re spacious and stay true to the classic age of safari, when the journey was more important than the destination.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls lion prideWith the wildlife viewing activities at Selinda Explorers Camp mainly focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by open vehicle game drives, this wildlife hot spot is home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo, prides of lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope which are all seen with regularity.  As an added bonus while on guided walks, you will be seeing the small, incredibly interesting things often missed on vehicles.

After the safari experience, guests enjoy a delicious dinner back at Selinda Explorers Camp and then rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.

Day 7 Selinda Reserve – Duba Plains, Botswana
Duba Plains CampAfter enjoying your morning activity, enjoy breakfast back at the lodge and then transfer to the Selinda Airstrip for your scheduled air transfer, a 30 minute journey, to The Duba Plains Airstrip. The renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acres private reserve typical of the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains Camp offers 5 bespoke tents, in addition to a separate 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite.

Designed by Dereck Joubert to blend into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of the shade but also to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s, Duba Plains is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains. Upon arrival, guests are transferred to Duba Plains Camp and may enjoy lunch at the lodge, pending your arrival time.

Day 8 Duba Plains, Botswana
Duba Plains Camp game viewingDuba Plains takes rightful pride in its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. Duba Plains is also known for interesting Kalahari species like Aardwolf and Pangolins.

Encounter huge herds of buffalo, elephant and zebra – favorite prey for hungry lions, cheetah and leopard. Witness survival of the fittest on daily game drives in open safari vehicles, conducted by professional safari guides.  The evenings draw to a close with sumptuous feasts under starred heavens, serenaded by the night-time bush calls.  Each of our camps have executive chefs and a hand-picked wine list and Duba Plains is no exception, boasting a cellar of a few hundred bottles of wine from friends of the Jouberts.

Day 9 Duba Plains, Bostwana
An early morning game drive take you out into a wild landscape. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats to rhino, antelope, and buffalo. Equally atmospheric and exciting are evening drives. Animals and birds emerge from their siesta, and suddenly the bush is alive with sights and sounds on your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Day 10 Duba Plains – Maun – Johannesburg – Depart
Guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge and depart on an early morning game activity. Upon return, guests will be transferred by road from the lodge to the Duba Plains Airstrip to Maun Airport. On arrival at Maun Airport, check in for your onward flight  Johannesburg (flight not included).  Shake off the bush dust, wing back to Johannesburg and board your departure flight.

Day 11 Arrive USA
With unforgettable safari memories of your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Golden Triangle Safari featuring South Africa & Victoria Falls

South Africa & Victoria Falls

Cape Town | Sun City | Johannesburg | Victoria Falls

Tour Length: 10 days
From $4,895 per person

Our Golden Triangle Safari featuring South Africa & Victoria Falls links Cape Town’s waterfront beauty with Sun City’s The Palace of the Lost City, nestled in an extinct volcanic crater, surrounded by a Big 5 nature reserve. And to top it off, 2 nights in a luxury resort, set against the heart-stopping backdrop of beloved Victoria Falls.

Golden Triangle Safari Cape Town aerial view

Touch down in glorious Cape Town to begin this adventure-of-a-lifetime. Explore her peninsula, at the Cape of Good Hope – with its quaint fishing villages, colonies of barking seals and a most improbable collection of arctic penguins. Aerial View of Cape Town, South Africa Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Cape Winelands; tour a vineyard and stroll the quaint streets of Stellenbosch.

Then wing your way to Sun City and discover The Palace of the Lost City. Styled in opulent African colors and architectural features, The Palace is

Our Golden Triangle Safari featuring South Africa & Victoria Falls maprated as one of the Leading Hotels of the World.

One of the great African experiences is a Big 5 safari in a 4×4 safari cruiser, and you will enjoy two of these thrilling adventures in the Pilanesberg National Game Reserve. This exclusive safari opportunity is one of many exciting Sun City activities, which include world-class golfing, dining and touring.

Overland to Johannesburg, the vibrant and pulsing capital city, where you have a brief stop before winging to Victoria Falls – what the locals call the “Smoke that Thunders”. Delight in a guided tour of the Falls and ply the famed Zambezi River on a sunset boat cruise.

Golden Triangle  Tour Itinerary

Day 1-3 Cape Town (3 nights)
Spy penguins, seals, ostriches and cavorting baboons on a full day drive to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope. Standing at the edge of the continent, perhaps you can see where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Enjoy another full day of glorious scenery travelling through the Winelands: tour a vineyard, samples the wines and admire the old Cape Dutch architecture at Stellenbosch.

Day 4-6 Sun City (3 nights)
Sheer opulence awaits at the famed Palace of the Lost City – one of the most beloved and eclectic destinations in South Africa. Indulge in a huge array of activities and sports, including a man-made wave pool! During your 3 night stay you will enjoy exciting wildlife safaris within Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Open safari vehicles venture forth in pursuit of the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo.

Day 7 Johannesburg (1 night)
Drive to the ‘big city’, stopping enroute at a popular village where locals ply their wares and tourists bargain for the perfect souvenir. Arrive at your 5 star downtown hotel, for a perfect night’s rest.

Day 8-9 Victoria Falls (2 nights)
Wing to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy a multi-hued sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos, while sipping wine and feeling the spray from the Falls. The following day, you will explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour.

Day 10 Depart Johannesburg
Fly back to Johannesburg and connect with your departure flight.

3 days Chobe National Park, Botswana. CHOBE GAME LODGE.
Per Person from $1,695 
Guests will explore the Chobe River and the abundant wildlife and bird species of Chobe National Park. Counter-balancing the wilderness is this restful, air conditioned, ensuite game lodge, with graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings that create an atmosphere of cool tranquility. The Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge located within the National Park.

3 days Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger Park, South Africa. SABI SABI BUSH LODGE.
Per Person from $2,450  (excluding air fare)
South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, this is home to all the Big Five. Venture forth on morning and afternoon guided game drives, in open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers. During the quiet midday, let your five senses guide you on a thrilling walking safari!

Beauty and the Beasts South Africa Safari

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park

Visit Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park on our Beauty and the Beasts South Africa Safari: Wildlife, Winelands and Waterfront. An extended exploration of Southern Africa, including the romance of Cape Town, the wine tastings in Stellenbosch, the astonishing array of flora and fauna of the Moditlo Private Game Reserve along the Nbesi River and in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range in the Mthethomusha Game Reserve, with an option to extend your trip to the rushing waters of Victoria Falls.

Tour Length: 11 days

From $4,495 per person

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park penguin close-upOur first glimpse of South Africa’s grandeur starts in Cape Town; Four nights at the colorful and bustling waterfront. A full schedule of sightseeing in the city and environs showcases the incomparable beauty of the area. An overnight in the Winelands allows you sample award-winning vintages and stroll through the quaint village of Franschhoek.

Then it is off on safari – winging to South Africa’s prime game viewing regions. Moditlo Private Game Reserve is your first lodge, located near the border of famed Kruger Park. Morning and afternoon game drives, in open safari vehicles, reveal an astonishing wealth of wildlife: lions, giraffe, leopard, hippo, rhino and elephant – to name just a few.

Your second lodge is located to the south, within the stunning rock-strewn Malelane Mountain range. In addition to the daily game drives available, Bongani Mountain Lodge boasts access to San Bushmen rock art – the greatest concentration of ancient rock art found anywhere on earth!

Beauty and the Beasts  Tour Itinerary

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park Beauty & The Beasts safari mapDay 1-4. Cape Town (4 nights)
On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met by your Great Safaris Guide who will assist you to the vehicle for your private transfer to your elegant waterfront hotel.

One of the world’s most picturesque tourist destinations and most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is situated amidst majestic mountains and is surrounded by pristine white beaches. Often called the ‘cosmopolitan hub of Africa’, Cape Town is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife and a multitude of activities, from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.

Enjoy a morning tour of the city center, Table Mountain, the Malay Quarter and the Cape Castle. A full day excursion of the Cape Peninsula, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Hout Bay and Simonstown is also included.

Day 5 Stellenbosch Cape Winelands (1 night)
South Africa’s prime wine-growing region, founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands, it is the food and wine heartland of the country. Learn the history of the “French Quarter” and enjoy a wine tasting Museum visit.

Explore Stellenbosch for a vineyard tour and tasting at Spier, undoubtedly the most unique development in the wine world, and Eagle Encounters, a bird of prey rehabilitation, education, conservation and ecotourism center.

Day 6-8 Moditlo River Lodge (Greater Kruger Park) (3 nights)
Wing from Cape Town to Kruger Park. With over 65 square miles to roam, all animals of the great African wilderness can be seen on the Blue Mountain Conservancy, from lions to elephants, hyenas to rhinos, not to mention giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, impala, kudu, eland and nyala. The Conservancy’s landmark is the magnificent silhouette of the Drakensberg mountains – spectacular, especially at sunset, occasionally accompanied by packs of wild dogs, one of the rarest and most exciting sightings of what is perhaps the most effective predator of the savanna. Almost 400 species of birds inhabit the reserve alone, including the highly endangered ground hornbill.

Depart this afternoon for the first game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Enjoy sundowners in the bush, as you witness the multi-hued African sunset.

Day 9-10 Mthetomusha Game Reserve (Greater Kruger Park) (2 nights)
After your early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, depart for an overland drive to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve.

The Bongani Mountain Lodge is beautifully located in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range in 20,000 acres of the Mthetomusha Game Reserve, on the south western border of the Kruger National Park. Its altitude allows guests the unique opportunity to experience the Big Five. Walk the ancient paths once used by the San Bushman people of over 250 San rock art sites estimated to be 1,500 years old. This San bushman art site is, to date, the greatest concentration of rock art per square yard on earth.

Experienced rangers and Swazi trackers lead interpretive game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles.

Day 11  Kruger / Johannesburg / Departure
After a final game drive followed by breakfast, transfer to Kruger MQP Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, where you will connect to your outward flight and bid “farewell” to Africa.

OPTIONAL Excursion to the Victoria Falls and Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi – 4 days.

LAND RATE: $975 per person  Supplement for Single: $295

  • Day 11 Johannesburg Airport City Lodge at the OR Tambo Airport Hotel
  • Day 12 Fly to Victoria Falls for two nights at the Ilala Lodge with breakfasts.
  • Day 13 Guided sightseeing tour of the Falls & afternoon Zambezi River cruise.
  • Day 14 Return to Johannesburg by air and depart