Explore many of Southern Africa's gems on this diverse ROW Adventures' itinerary! From the vibrant, cosmopolitan "Mother City" of Cape Town to the thundering Victoria Falls, you will experience the heart and soul of Southern Africa. In South Africa, visit two different game reserves for an impressive and comprehensive Big 5 safari adventure - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant and much more! Accommodations throughout are comfortable, unique and showcase a true signature African style. As always, ROW's local guiding stands out with stellar natural history, cultural and wildlife guides.
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Custom Trip Note: Below is a popular South Africa safari itinerary, however, we can customize this trip at every turn to fit your availability, trip preference, activities, budget, lodging preferences or any other reason. Please call us at 800-451-6034 to customize any South Africa trip.
Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa
You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport by our representative. You will be greeted as soon as you step out of the aircraft. Should the aircraft not connect to an aero-bridge, you will be brought to the terminal in a bus and the representative will wait for you at the terminal entrance. The representative with a placard bearing your name will hand over your travel documents to you. Assistance will be provided for immigration formalities, customs clearance and baggage collection. You will then be transferred to V&A Waterfront Hotel.
This retreat is located between the Table Mountain and the Robben Island in the center of excitement in Cape Town’s harbor. V&A Waterfront has become one of the highly visited destinations in South Africa. For the past twenty five years, this harbor has been undergoing changes. The land has been redeveloped and buildings have been restored around the Alfred and the Victorian Basins. The Waterfront is near to most entertainment and shopping centers.
Besides bars, restaurants and shopping centers, the culture is alive and wll. The Clock Tower landmark is a must-see stop. This was the first Office of the Port Captain and it was built over one hundred and thirty years ago. It is a well preserved historical building. The ferries are operated from the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. As you walk the boardwalk, you will be able to see Cape Fur seals playing in the harbor.
V&A stands for Victoria & Alfred, the name given to this Waterfront. You will get a spectacular view of the Table Mountain from this place. The Waterfront has a colonial ambience and is named after Queen Victoria and her son Alfred who visited Cape Town in 1870. The Waterfront Hotel where you will overnight has three floors and ninety four rooms. You will see the Piazza or the Alfred Basin from every floor. Some rooms offer a lounge area. All rooms have king-sized beds, private bar, air-conditioning and pay-and-view cable and Wi-Fi connectivity. You have a gym, spa facilities, swimming pool and concierge services.
Cape Town and Table Mountain
We will take you on a half-day tour of the Mother City, another name for Cape Town. The tour will cover the Castle (built in 1666 and the oldest building in South Africa), the Table Mountain (with spectacular view of the Peninsula and the City), the Company Gardens, the Greenmarket Square and the Houses of Parliament.
While coming back from the Table Mountain, you will also be taken to the Bo-Kaap that houses the Cape Malay Community. It has cobbled streets and houses that have been colored brightly and beautifuly. We'll head back to the V&A Waterfront, where you will continue your overnight stay.
Please note: the connection to the Table Mountain is generally not operated between the last week in July and the second week in August for the purpose of maintenance.
Cape Peninsula and Penguins!
On the third day, you will be taken on a tour to Cape Peninsula. We'll visit the beaches at Camps Bay and Clifton and then cross to Hout Bay for a boat cruise that takes you to Seal Island. From there we'll goe to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve through the Chapman’s Peak. This is an exciting coastal drive that will take us to the highest point of the Peninsula to see the point where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans merge.
After lunch, you will go to Simons Town which is a naval base. Here, you can go to the breeding colony of the African penguin at Boulders Beach. On the way back to the hotel, we will enjoy a stroll through the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens. Your overnight stay will continue at the V&A Waterfront.
Vineyards of South Africa
On the fourth day, you will be driven to Cape Wine Lands. The drive is a scenic one that takes you through majestic mountain ranges, Cape Dutch homesteads and vineyards. You will visit Stellenbosch, a wine producing region, near the N2 Highway. This place has culture and beauty in abundance. You can walk on the avenues lined by canals or rest under the shade of oak trees. There are many wine estates in this region and we will partake in the experience for your first wine tasting for the day in South Africa.
You will then visit Franschhoek Town. You will go through the Helshoogte Pass to reach this historic town which dates back to the seventeenth century period of the French Huguenots. It is also well known as the South African gourmet capital. Here, we'll have another wine tasting along with an exquisite lunch made by local chefs.
From Franschhoek we go to Paarl. This is a farming district which takes its name from the granite domes. The place is located at the foot of the cluster of these domes. You will have your third wine sampling for the day at a wine estate in Paarl. We will return back to Cape Town for dinner and overnight stay at the V&A Waterfront.
Private Game Reserve, Big 5 & White Lions
After breakfast on the fifth day, you will say goodbye to the amazing V&A Waterfront Hotel and take a transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit (this flight is not included in the tour package cost). From Hoedspruit Airport, you will be met and taken to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. This Reserve is a private land that stretches up to fifty three thousand hectares and is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. For over fifty two years, the Timbavati Association is involved to the cause of conservation of the Big Five in Africa. Apart from the big five, you will come across cheetahs and wild dogs also in this Reserve.
Timbavati is popular as the birthplace of the famous African white lions. They are predominant only in this region. The Reserve is located north of Sabi Sand Reserve, sharing its border with the Kruger National Park and the Motswari Private Game Reserve which is surrounded by dense bushes.
Motswari has fifteen well-furnished, luxury bungalows. This Reserve is close to the Geiger’s Camp. It offers a serene environment to relax. It has a lounge and a library with internet facilities and an art gallery. There are two bar outlets, a curio shop and a swimming pool. You will stay two days at this Reserve and the activities on the fifth and the sixth day of this South African tour will be spent primarily on game drives! You will be taken on your drives by a ranger and a tracker. You will also get a chance to do some bush walking. If you wish, you can even do overnight hiking in the bushes and sleep out in tents! What a thrill! There will be two game drives each day in the morning and the afternoon sessions.
*Please note: Camping can be arranged for a minimum group of four and this addition is charged separately.
On day seven, our South Africa tour takes us to the Sabi Sand Reserve. This Reserve was developed by pioneering landowners in the 1950s. The place has an environmental sharing management program. The pioneers who set up this place focused on the conservation of big game density in South Africa. Leopards are found in plenty in this Reserve. Sabi and Sand rivers pass through this Reserve, adding more bio-diversity to the dimension of this region.
You will be taken to the Kirkmans Kamp in this Reserve, which is adjacent to Kruger National Park. This homestead is on the shore of the Sand River. Its tin roof reminds you of buildings that are 100 years old. Its grounds are manicured, giving it a direct contrast to the surrounding wildlife. The homestead has a library and a sitting room. The living area is filled with many fascinating mementos. There are eighteen cottages that give you a good view of the wilderness from the private verandahs. The cottages are equipped with claw-foot tubs which provide a striking contrast to the modern day stand-alone shower system.
On the seventh, eighth and the ninth day of this South Africa safari tour, you will go out each day for game viewing. Your tour package will include all meals served at the Kirkmans Kamp along with the planned safari activities. Your safaris or game drives along with the nature walks will be done in the company of experienced and armed trackers. The air transfer to and from this lodge is also covered in the tour price.
On the morning of the tenth day, you will take a transfer from Kirkmans Kamp to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. The flight charges from Kruger Mpumalanga to Livingstone are not included in the tour package tariff.
You will arrive at Livingstone on the tenth day. The city was born in 1905 after the completion of the famous Victoria Falls Bridge. This town has been considered as the gateway for trade connecting the north and south regions of the Zambezi. You will find many colonial buildings here.
You will see the famous Victoria Falls during your air trip from Kruger Mpumalanga. In Livingstone, you can brush up with local history by visiting the Museum. There are many craft markets and a Railway Museum, too, in this place. There are many water sports activities that you can take part in, at Livingstone. You can go kayaking, sport fishing or white water rafting. You can even take a Zambezi River cruise and enjoy the sunset.
You will be going to the Siankaba Islands for your stay. These islands are located about twenty one miles upstream of the Zambezi River. You will be staying in a luxury tent accommodation which is spread over a couple of private islands. They are concealed from the mainland and are surrounded by native forests. These islands are linked to each other by wooden walkways.
Your residential tents are raised much above the ground in tree canopies with individual private decks that give you a view of the Zambezi River. The tents are made out of canvas and teak. They are spacious with an open plan bathroom and separate toilet. There are large beds with provision of mosquito nets. A natural atmosphere has been created in this place for relaxation with a peaceful backdrop of the river and the forest. You can have your dinner either on the stone terrace or by the fireside. There is a swimming pool and massage parlors.
Your tenth, eleventh and the twelfth days of your tour will be spent here. You will be going for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. You will also have an option to go on sunset cruises on the river or take guided nature walks. You could visit the nursery school on a cultural tour or go fishing. Victoria Falls will also be offering many adventure activities once you reach there.
All excursions like sunset cruises or mokoro excursions, they are included in the safari tour. The package also includes one trip on either the Zimbabwean or the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, but it does not include the Zambia or Zimbabwe visa fees, which you have to pay directly. The single entry visa fee for Zambia is $25 and the single entry visa fee for Zimbabwe is $30.
In the afternoon, you will take a flight back to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dates & Rates
Daily Departures, Year Round!
Rates are based on the months you travel. We've made exclusive arrangements to deliver the best value possible for this all-inclusive, guided South Africa adventure.
- $4855 pp
- Single Supplement $957
- $4670 pp
- Single Supplement $801
- $4595 pp
- Single Supplement $682
- $4715 pp
- Single Supplement $682
- $4845 pp
- Single Supplement $760
- $5100 pp
- Single Supplement $994
*all rates based on double occupancy.
- VIP Meet and Greet with document pack
- 11 Night’s Accommodation
- Meals as specified
- Drinks as specified
- Private Transfers and touring as specified
- Activities as specified
- Domestic & Regional Flights
- Any meals or drinks not specified
- Park Fees/ Conservation levies not specified
- Items of a personal nature
APPROXIMATE PRICES FOR INTERNAL FLIGHTS (We will help with booking these flights):
- Cape Town to Hoedspruit = $295 per person
- Kruger Mpumalanga to Livingstone = $355 per person
- Livingstone to Johannesburg = $160 per person
FAQ & More
You will have to book your flight into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg. See the itinerary for the other flights involved in the tour. These other flights (domestic) will be scheduled for you.
You will need a passport valid for the length of stay. Passport must have two facing blank pages. If required, you will need a Visa. If coming from the United States - you do not need a Visa. Proof of return flight or onward reservation. Yellow Fever Certificate if traveling during the yellow fever belt. Visit: http://www.cdc.gov/travel for more details.
Winter is a good part of the year for planning game safaris. This season spreads from May to July. Animals congregate more around rivers and water holes. You can also see seals and whales from end of June to October.
English is the official language, and Afrikaans is also spoken commonly, in South Africa.
The local currency is South African Rand (ZAR). You will have no problem finding ATM machines in South Africa. You can use your debit and credit cards conveniently when making purchases.