Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

Johannesburg, Pilanesberg National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe, Chobe National Park, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Cape Town

Get ready for an unparalleled journey through the cultural diversity and abundant wildlife of southern Africa. Seek out the "Big 5" on 8 different safaris. Experience an authentic bush dinner under the stars in Pilanesberg National Park. Get a taste of South African culture at local wineries. Witness the natural beauty of Victoria Falls. Greet African elephants and spend time interacting with them. Search for animals along the winding Chobe River. Epic scenery and winding coastlines come together in an incredible adventure.

Our prices start from

$ 4,611 LAND ONLY

15 Days • GUIDED • 29 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to sedan airport service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

You're on your way to southern Africa, where incredible landscapes lead the way to a blend of cultural diversity, an abundance of wildlife, and a remarkable history. From urban centers to wild safaris, Africa takes you by surprise, delighting you again and again until its unique spirit claims you, heart and soul.

Day 2 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Tour Begins

Southern Sun O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

Your adventure starts in Johannesburg – a vibrant city that revolves around modernity and a gold-mining history. As South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg is home to a wide collection of cultures, museums, and attractions. Enjoy time to get settled on your own before tomorrow's exploration into the wild.

Day 3 - Johannesburg - Pilanesberg National Park

Head out for an African sundowner via 4x4 and enjoy the sunset.

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, or Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Leave the city behind and head to Pilanesberg National Park, a game reserve set within an ancient crater and where the lions reign as kings. This is the wild Africa you've always dreamt of – now laid out before you just waiting to be discovered. Venture out in a 4x4 in search of the "Big 5" across vast marshlands and craggy landscapes. Enjoy a drink at a traditional African sundowner and watch as the sun disappears behind the mountain.

Day 4 - Pilanesberg National Park

Experience an authentic bush dinner under the stars in Pilanesberg National Park.

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, or Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Before sunrise, in the open expanse of Pilanesberg, drive out in your 4x4 on a search for the elusive "Big 5." Enjoy coffee and tea amongst the wildlife prior to your return. In the afternoon, drive past the big cats preparing for the hunt before you indulge in a bush dinner under the stars. Allow your mind to wander as you stare up at the sky in awe, marveling at the parade of stars and constellations only seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

Day 5 - Pilanesberg National Park

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, or Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Discover the wildlife around you with another full day in Pilanesberg. On morning and afternoon game drives, continue your search for the "Big 5" and other local animals, such as giraffes or cheetahs.

Day 6 - Pilanesberg National Park - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Witness the incredible beauty and power of Victoria Falls.

The Wallow, Victoria Falls or The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls or Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Fly to Victoria Falls** today – an awe-inspiring Natural Wonder of the World. When you arrive, check in to your lodge – an authentic African tent camp with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. This afternoon, when rainbows are at their best, witness the awesome power of Victoria Falls. As the sun sets and the animals gather around the watering hole, toast the stunning African landscape with a sundowner. Your evening continues with dinner on the shores of the Zambezi River overlooking Victoria Falls.

**A valid multiple entry visa is required for Zimbabwe. Multiple entry visa cost is approx. $45 USD for US citizens. Canadian citizens are required to purchase two single entry visas at a cost of $75 USD for each visa (total of $150 USD). The visa may be purchased upon arrival, in cash only. Payment

Day 7 - Victoria Falls

Interact with African elephants.

The Wallow, Victoria Falls or The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls or Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Embark on an experience of a lifetime. Greet African elephants, spend some quality time interacting with them in their own habitat, and learn some of their unique behaviors. After you've worked up an appetite, join a local family for a home-hosted lunch. This evening, you might decide to join an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Day 8 - Victoria Falls - Chobe, Botswana

Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Cross the border into Botswana and arrive in Chobe – an untamed national park whose namesake river twists its way throughout the area. During a captivating safari cruise along the Chobe River, spot elephants and hippos that linger along the shores, and crocodiles basking in the sun.

Day 9 - Chobe National Park

Immerse yourself in nature and seek out the elusive "Big 5" on 8 different wildlife safaris.

Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

On a game drive through Chobe National Park, take in diverse ecosystems and unparalleled biodiversity. After lunch, it's your choice! Continue the wildlife search by land on an afternoon game drive -OR- venture down the river again for a different perspective on a safari cruise. Tonight, gather by the river for an unforgettable dinner. Learn the secret to cooking a traditional braai, complete with some local favorites and delicacies.

Day 10 - Chobe - Cape Town, South Africa - Stellenbosch

Explore the Dutch architecture and vineyards of the Cape winelands.

Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch or Protea Hotel by Marriott Dorpshuis & Spa, Stellenbosch

Breakfast, Dinner Included

The winelands of the Western Cape await. See for yourself why this area boasts a reputation as one of the world's most beautiful wine countries. Head to Victoria Falls and board your flight to Cape Town, South Africa. A short drive takes you to the idyllic town of Stellenbosch – one of South Africa's most famous wine regions. Among rolling vineyards and historic Cape Dutch architecture, make the most of free time in the afternoon. This evening, learn about South Africa's renowned varietals during a wine tasting. Cap the evening off with a dinner featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

Day 11 - Stellenbosch - Franschhoek - Stellenbosch

Sample South African wines at a vineyard tasting.

Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch or Protea Hotel by Marriott Dorpshuis & Spa, Stellenbosch

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Sip the South African specialties with a full day exploring the country's winelands. Start in the Stellenbosch Valley and enjoy a tasting at your first winery of the day. Perhaps you'll try the local favorite, Pinotage, which is a Pinot Noir blend known to produce both fruit and oak undertones. Travel to the charming village of Franschhoek for lunch. Take advantage of time at leisure before visiting a second winery in the afternoon.

Day 12 - Stellenbosch - Cape Town

Be whisked away to the top of Table Mountain on an aerial cable car.

The Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Breakfast Included

Say hello to Cape Town, South Africa's electric cultural mecca that captivates you at every turn. Explore Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a Cape Town hotspot. From heritage sites to historic landmarks, markets, shops, and restaurants, the waterfront is one of South Africa's most compelling destinations. On arrival, rise gently over the South African landscape in a cable car to Table Mountain,* taking in views of Cape Town, Lions Head, and historic Robben Island. Return to the city via Table Bay. Pass through the Moorish Malay Quarter and pause at Milnerton Lighthouse.

Day 13 - Cape Town

Get to know a Capetonian family over dinner in their home.

The Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Travel to Cape Point, the southwestern tip of Africa. Marvel at the vibrant green foliage blanketing the rocky outcrops, set as a contrast to the bright blue waves below. Set out on an easy hike down the mountain, wandering by diverse patches of native flowers. Stop at Boulders Beach for the rarest of black-tie events – a rendezvous with endangered African penguins! Tonight, you're an honored guest in a Capetonian family's home. Over dinner, exchange stories and get to know what everyday life is like here in Cape Town.

Day 14 - Cape Town

The Portswood Hotel, Cape Town

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Enjoy your final day at leisure before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to taste the country's beloved flavors at dinner, starring a host of South African specialties and delicacies.

Day 15 - Cape Town - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Today you bid farewell to your fellow travelers when you leave beautiful Cape Town.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and on-tour flights only, based on August 21, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $900. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2020 - April 2021 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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