CAPE TOWN · SAFARI · VICTORIA FALLS

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 ITINERARY

11 days from $9999

Limited to a small group of guests, ZOOM SOUTHERN AFRICA embodies all the elements of a perfect Southern Africa vacation:  the beaches and nightlife of cosmopolitan Cape Town, the delectable wine country, the exhilarating Big Five game viewing at Kruger National Park from the terrace of your deluxe tented chalet or a Range Rover, and stunning Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Plus, your dedicated Zoom Concierge is there to make sure your trip is nothing short of spectacular.  You will enjoy the best hotels and custom activities you have come to expect from a Zoom Vacations® trip.  

Day One ~ Cape Town
Arrival in Cape Town. Transfer to the Taj Hotel Cape Town.

Cape Town's history goes back almost 400 years. Located at the base of majestic Table Mountain, at the tip of Africa, Cape Town is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city of abundant natural beauty.  Blessed with some of the most beautiful golden beaches in the Southern Hemisphere, Cape Town enjoys year-round sunshine and a Mediterranean climate. 

Evening: Join us for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at one of the best restaurants in Cape Town.

Accommodations:  Taj, Cape Town, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Welcome cocktail reception and dinner

 

Day Two ~ Cape Town
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Morning/Afternoon: Taste of Cape Town city tour with our own personal expert guide, including visits to Table Mountain by cable car to see a panoramic view of the city, stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Robben Island, where Mandela, the father of the modern day South African Republic, was imprisoned for 18 years. Time permitting we will also visit the world-class Two Oceans Aquarium which showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We end at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront marina and shopping complex to explore this cosmopolitan shopping playground.

Evening: Evening is at leisure to explore one of Cape Town’s fantastic restaurants, and its nightlife. 

Accommodations: Taj, Cape Town, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast and lunch

 

Day Three ~ Cape Town and Cape Peninsula
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for a full day experience to the Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, an area known for its beautiful scenery.  We travel along False Bay and stop at Simonstown to visit Boulders Beach, home to the endangered African penguin colony.  We then head to Cape Point Nature Reserve and have some time to view the general geographic spot where it is said the two great oceans meet, and maybe even see the beautiful Bontebok, an antelope found in South Africa and Lesotho. 

Afternoon: On our way back, we stop for lunch at a gourmet restaurant personally recommended by none other than celebrity chef Art Smith.  Evening is at leisure to explore one of Cape Town’s fantastic restaurants.

Accommodations: Taj, Cape Town, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast and lunch

 

Day Four ~ Cape Town and Wine Valley
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. 

Morning/Afternoon: In the morning, we take a short driver to South Africa’s famous Wine Valley, for a wine tasting experience with and expert sommelier and unforgettable lunch at one of the most famous gourmet restaurants in all of Africa.  It boasts expansive views of the wine valley vineyards, and even carries its own private wine label.  We will have some time to walk through the charming wine village of Franschhoek and do some shopping in the numerous boutiques, confectionaries, and craft and antique shops before heading back to Cape Town.

Accommodations: Taj, Cape Town, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast and lunch

 

Day Five ~ Kruger National Park
Buffet Breakfast in hotel

Morning: Airport transfer for flight to Kruger National Park.

Afternoon: Arrival in Kruger National Park and transfer to our incredible luxury safari lodge experience.  Like a collection of eagles’ nests perched along the rugged cliff faces above the N’wanetsi River, Singita Lebombo Lodge looks out regally across the landscape. This boldly dramatic lodge, home to fifteen loft-style suites, is situated on Singita’s private concession in the Kruger National Park and features superb animal viewing.

Late Afternoon: After check-in, relax in your deluxe tented chalet or by the swimming pool before afternoon tea.  You are also invited for a late afternoon game drive before dinner.

Accommodations: Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Afternoon tea, dinner, and domestic open bar

 

Day Six ~ Kruger National Park
Light Breakfast at the Lodge. 

Morning: Wake up at dawn and depart for your second game drive to catch the animals you may have missed the day before. The morning is one of the best times to see animals as they wind down their nighttime hunting, as well as to understand the process of nature waking up – the grass is fresh and humid, the birds are singing and the impalas are grazing along the plain. 

Buffet Breakfast at the Lodge. Return to the Lodge for Buffet Breakfast.  Rest of morning at leisure to enjoy a cat nap, the pool, and even game viewing from the comfort of the lodge!

Afternoon: A light lunch is served.  Relax by the swimming pool before the afternoon game drive. 

Evening: Tonight we will offer an exclusive pre dinner performance.  Bring your camera, and watch as the beauty of Africa unfolds before you.

Accommodations: Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner, and domestic open bar

 

Day Seven ~ Kruger National Park
Buffet Breakfast at the Lodge. 

Morning/Afternoon: Today, we will experience a range of game viewing, including an early “Bush Walk” with your professional game ranger.  Bush Walks include informative chats about grasses, trees, wild flowers and animals.  You will return to the Lodge and are free relax by the swimming pool before the afternoon game drive in a Range Rover for a game drive and bush walk with your professional game ranger, in the late afternoon when the day cools down.   Before you depart, however, you will have time to enjoy some tea or coffee and local patisseries.   Perhaps you may want to enjoy a cocktail in the bush and you can enjoy the tranquility of the nature while your professional game ranger helps you look for the animals. Back at the lodge they are preparing a sumptuous dinner to be served under the African sky and a million stars.

Accommodations: Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner, and domestic open bar

 

Day Eight ~ Kruger National Park
Light Breakfast at the Lodge. 

Morning: Wake up at dawn and depart for your second game drive to catch the animals you may have missed. The morning is one of the best times to see animals as they wind down their nighttime hunting, as well as to understand the process of nature waking up – the grass is fresh and humid, the birds are singing and the impalas are grazing along the plain. 

Buffet Breakfast at the Lodge. Return to the Lodge for Buffet Breakfast.  Rest of morning at leisure to enjoy a cat nap, the pool, and even game viewing from the comfort of the lodge!

Afternoon: A light lunch is served.  Relax by the swimming pool before the afternoon game drive. 

Evening: Gala Dinner.  Tonight, we celebrate our safari experience with a special gala dinner.

Accommodations: Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner, and domestic open bar

 

Day Nine ~ Victoria Falls
Morning: Land transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. 

Upon arrival we will be transferred to the hotel by water taxi.  Afternoon cocktails overlooking Victoria Falls and private guided tour of Victoria Falls with a local expert on both this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the person who “discovered” them, David Livingstone.  Dinner at leisure.

Accommodations: Royal Livingstone Hotel, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day Ten ~ Victoria Falls
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. 

Morning: Optional whitewater rafting trip on the mighty Zambezi River Gorge, considered one of the world’s greatest whitewater rafting adventures.  Get ready for a very wet and adrenalin filled day.  The rapids are all grade 4 and 5, making for big white water. Calm pools of water separate the rapids, perfect for catching your breath and admiring the spectacular scenery around and above you.   Alternatively, if you prefer to fly rather than raft, you may choose take a helicopter ride above the falls and rapids of the Zambezi River.  This is an experience to remember. 

Afternoon: Enjoy a unique safari through the African bush, all from the heady heights of your own African elephant!  Upon arrival, you will be introduced to your induna (elephant carer) and the elephants themselves.  On mounting the elephants the safari begins – view game while riding game, savoring the experience of crashing through the African bush atop a gigantic pachyderm.  Bring your camera!

Tonight, we have prepared a special farewell dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River which blends African tradition, nature, and authentic cuisine in an ethereal atmosphere. A Zoom Signature Event, just for you, our guest! Note: this event is weather-dependent, and may be substituted for a different but equally magical event.

Accommodations: Royal Livingstone Hotel, 5 Stars
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast and dinner

 

Day Eleven ~ Departure
Buffet Breakfast at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. 

Morning: Transfer to airport in time for the domestic flight to Johannesburg to make your international flight back home.

Meals Included: Buffet breakfast

 

 

Air: Airfare not included.

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Note: Passport pages titled "Endorsement Pages" are not visa pages.

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*Land only Introductory rate, based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to change. Need a roommate? Zoom Vacations® is happy to match you with someone, at no additional charge. Or, you may pay a single supplement and go as a single.

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