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Your 15-day adventure begins with a 3-night stay in picturesque Cape Town. Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your Zambezi Queen safari cruise on the Chobe River. Explore the banks of Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Spend two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls before flying to Johannesburg for an overnight stay. Travel to Hoedspruit, located in the game-rich country of Greater Kruger National Park. Spend three nights at a game lodge in this premier eco-tourist destination, known for some of the best “Big Five” viewing in South Africa. Experience the thrill of daily game drives, while evenings bring you breathtakingly clear skies.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Cape Town
Day 2 : Cape Town
Day 3 : Cape Town
Day 4 : Cape Town | Embarkation
Day 5 : Chobe River
Day 6 : Chobe National Park
Day 7 : Kasenu Village
Day 8 : Disembarkation | Victoria Falls
Day 9 : Victoria Falls
Day 10 : Victoria Falls | Johannesburg
Day 11 : Johannesburg
Day 12 : Johannesburg | Kruger National Park Area
Day 13 : Kruger National Park Area
Day 14 : Kruger National Park Area
Day 15 : Kruger National Park Area | Johannesburg


  • Tour famous wineries and taste South African wines
  • Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and view the city below
  • Drive through Chobe National Park and view spectacular wildlife
  • Experience the local culture in Kasenu Village


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Family viewing wildlife on an African safari A variety of wildlife in Africa. African carvings are a traditional from of art and culture. Lioness relaxing in an African sunset A close up of a type of traditional dress worn in Africa.

Day 1 Arrive In Cape Town

After your airport greeting, transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director hosts a Welcome Reception at 6:30 pm. 

Day 2 Cape Town

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Your full-day exploration on one of the world’s most beautiful drives takes you southeast along the Atlantic seaboard past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay, and Chapman’s Peak. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded in modern times in 1488 by the Portuguese in their attempt to establish trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Also visit Boulder Beach, home to thousands of African penguins. Lunch today is fine dining with drinks overlooking False Bay. 

Day 3 Cape Town

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Choose from two sightseeing options today. The first option is to take a cableway up Table Mountain for spectacular views from the summit. Then head out to the scenic Cape Winelands, which comprises the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl valleys. Visit two renowned vineyards and sample their wines. A sumptuous regional meal lunch is included along the way. Or you can choose to board a ferry to Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Your tour is led by a former inmate before returning back to Cape Town. After lunch, board the cableway to the summit of Table Mountain followed by a drive through some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Day 4 Cape Town | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg. Here you are transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats escort you to board the Zambezi Queen. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the river before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board the vessel. 

Day 5 Chobe River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Then journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and time to relax on board. Later today, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special double decker barge which allows you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion offers you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. 

Day 6 Chobe National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Chobe National Park is home to one of the most dense populations of wildlife in Africa. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog, and cape buffalo. Prides of lions, hyenas, and more rarely cheetahs are normally visible along the way. Lunch includes a delicious picnic served up under the trees. 

Day 7 Kasenu Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, enjoy an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture firsthand. Spend time with the children of the village as well as its elders and learn about their day-to-day life. After lunch on board, you can choose your afternoon activity including an afternoon safari by boat, bird watching, or fishing. Tonight your crew hosts an African-themed dinner complete with singing and dancing. 

Day 8 Disembarkation | Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special dinner and meeting with Africa’s “gentle giants.” 

Day 9 Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free. Relax and enjoy the amenities and grounds of your iconic hotel, walk into town for a little shopping, or take an optional outing. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks and tapas, along with music. 

Day 10 Victoria Falls | Johannesburg

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Before dinner, gather with a local expert for an informative discussion on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, followed by a special dinner. 

Day 11 Johannesburg

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head out this morning for a fascinating look at Johannesburg and the rich history it has to share, from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods. Also, visit the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy a delicious “township” lunch along the way. 

Day 12 Johannesburg | Kruger National Park Area

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning fly to the Greater Kruger National Park, where you are transferred to a private game lodge, luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country’s “Big Five” and other native wildlife. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner at the lodge.

Day 13 Kruger National Park Area

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your day with an early morning game drive. Your open-air vehicle is the perfect means to explore this private game reserve, located just a stone’s throw from the game-rich Kruger National Park. The rest of the morning can be spent enjoying the facilities at your lodge. The afternoon brings another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa’s top predators: cheetahs, hyenas, and lions. 

Day 14 Kruger National Park Area

Enjoy two exhilarating game drives today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, as well as ample leisure time to relax and enjoy your game lodge accommodations. Tonight, after dining with your fellow travelers, the evening is yours to read, socialize, or simply gaze up at the stunning star-filled African sky.

Day 15 Kruger National Park Area | Johannesburg

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning, have your final game-drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home. Please do not schedule onward flight before 4:30 pm. 

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Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge

Victoria Falls Hotel


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Included Features:
- 3 nights in the luxurious Cape Grace hotel including daily breakfast
- Full day Wineland Tour to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl with lunch and two wine tastings
- Entrance to the Taal Monument and the Huguenot Museum
- Full-day Cape Point Tour via Hout Bay and Chapmans Peak to Cape of Good Hope with lunch
- Funicular and Table Mountain (weather permitting)

- 3 nights in a suite at Tintswalo Safari Lodge
- Daily morning and afternoon/evening game drives
- All meals included at the lodges

- 1-night in the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including meals

- 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
- Chobe National Park game drives
- Private boat game drives along the banks of the Chobe River
- Visit to Kasenu village for a cultural interaction with the local community
- Explore surroundings in a Mokoro (traditional dugout canoe)
- Traditional African Boma Dinner
- African BBQ on island in Namibia
- Beach Lunch
- All meals included during the cruise
- Complimentary wine and beer included with all lunch and dinners

- 2 nights hotel in the Victoria Falls Hotel including daily breakfast
- Special multi-course dinner including South African wines

Note: Visas are required for travel to Africa; please consult with your Consulate for more information.


  • 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $1,175 Cape Town to Kasane, Intra-Africa air (2017)
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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