African Eagle is one of the major inbound operators in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa and Western Africa, with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Windhoek (Namibia), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Nairobi (Kenya), Arusha and Zanzibar (Tanzania), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).

We offer tour packages in 14 countries in Africa, including South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania and other African countries on request.

We operated our first tour in 1993 and have accumulated 28 years of experience as a specialist tour operator. From a dream holiday on a tropical island or in a private game reserve in the heart of the African bush, to the trip of your life to discover the highlights of Africa, our specialist consultants are available to make the best of your travel in Africa. More than 100 000 travellers trust us every year with their African vacations. We would like to have the opportunity to convince you to do the same.

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Rates from USD 6,464.10

Journey starts from: Cape Town airport

Visited countries: South Africa Zimbabwe

Visited areas: Cape Town  Johannesburg Kruger Kwazulu Natal Victoria Falls

Itinerary type: Classic Private Game Reserve

Transport: Guided tours

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Day Transfers & visits Meal plan** Overnight Cat.*
1 Meet and Greet • Cape Town Orientation Tour • Signal Hill   D B B Cape Town area: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 4Star
2 Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip • Chapman's Peak Drive • Cape of Good Hope National Park • Boulders Beach • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront L D B B Cape Town area: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 4Star
3 Stellenbosch Orientation • Wine Tasting • Franschhoek Orientation L D B B Cape Town area: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 4Star
4 Meet and Greet • Durban Golden Mile L D B B Hluhluwe: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge 4Star
5 St Lucia Safaris • Cultural • 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive L D B B Hluhluwe: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge 4Star
6 Lavumisa Discover • Manzini Market • Swazi Candles • Ngwenya Glass Factory L D B B Swaziland: Mantenga Lodge 3Star
7 Piggs Peak Discover • Lunch at Own Expense • Kruger South Afternoon Game Drive • Kruger 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive(o)   D B B Kruger: Pine Lake Inn 3Star
8 Blyde River Canyon and Potholes • 4X4 Afternoon Game Drive L D B B Kruger (Karongwe): Chisomo Safari Camp 4Star
9 Morning 4x4 Game Drive • Pilgrims Rest L D B B Johannesburg area: Zulu Nyala Country Manor 4Star
10 Pretoria Orientation Tour • Soweto Tour • Museum: Apartheid Museum L D B B Johannesburg area: Zulu Nyala Country Manor 4Star
11 Transfer • Meet and Greet • Transfer • Cruise: Sunset   D B B Victoria Falls: AZambezi River Lodge 4Star
12 Chobe National Park(n) • Chobe day trip(o) L(o) D B B Victoria Falls: AZambezi River Lodge 4Star
13 Falls: Zimbabwe Side • Transfer • End of our services        
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Your Itinerary

Day Transfers & visits
1 Meet and Greet • Cape Town Orientation Tour • Signal Hill
2 Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip • Chapman's Peak Drive • Cape of Good Hope National Park • Boulders Beach • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
3 Stellenbosch Orientation • Wine Tasting • Franschhoek Orientation
4 Meet and Greet • Durban Golden Mile
5 St Lucia Safaris • Cultural • 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive
6 Lavumisa Discover • Manzini Market • Swazi Candles • Ngwenya Glass Factory
7 Piggs Peak Discover • Lunch at Own Expense • Kruger South Afternoon Game Drive • Kruger 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive(o)
8 Blyde River Canyon and Potholes • 4X4 Afternoon Game Drive
9 Morning 4x4 Game Drive • Pilgrims Rest
10 Pretoria Orientation Tour • Soweto Tour • Museum: Apartheid Museum
11 Transfer • Meet and Greet • Transfer • Cruise: Sunset
12 Chobe National Park(n) • Chobe day trip(o)
13 Falls: Zimbabwe Side • Transfer • End of our services
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Overnight

Day Overnight Cat.*
1 Cape Town area: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 4Star
2 Cape Town area: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 4Star
3 Cape Town area: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 4Star
4 Hluhluwe: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge 4Star
5 Hluhluwe: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge 4Star
6 Swaziland: Mantenga Lodge 3Star
7 Kruger: Pine Lake Inn 3Star
8 Kruger (Karongwe): Chisomo Safari Camp 4Star
9 Johannesburg area: Zulu Nyala Country Manor 4Star
10 Johannesburg area: Zulu Nyala Country Manor 4Star
11 Victoria Falls: AZambezi River Lodge 4Star
12 Victoria Falls: AZambezi River Lodge 4Star
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*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
Travel date: Calendar
D1: Cape Town airport - Cape Town
Meet and Greet • Cape Town Orientation Tour • Signal Hill
 -Meet and greet at Cape Town International Airport. Our guide will meet you at the airport upon your arrival before embarking on your guided tour.
 -Embark on your guided tour aboard your minibus: He will accompany you all along your circuit from Cape Town airport (Day 1) to Cape Town airport (Day 4)
 -Orientation tour of Cape Town. With a distinct flavour of its own, influenced by the cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers who each indelibly stamped their mark upon the foundations of the city, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful metropolises in the world today. The inner city is an eclectic mix of architectural styles that combine the past with the present in a mishmash of high-rise office blocks, Edwardian and Victorian buildings and narrow, cobblestone streets that give rise to fine examples of Cape Dutch design. It is also home to a blend of corporate and independent businesses that lend it a striking aliveness. During the tour you will pass by the Castle of Good Hope - this pentagon-shaped fort is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, Cape Town's City Hall, built in 1905, overlooking the Grand Parade, and The Company's Garden - a large public park, originally Jan van Riebeeck's vegetable garden, which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652. The orientation tour of this beautiful city introduces you to a rich culture and history.
 -Take in Cape Town’s city sights from Signal Hill. This prominent Cape Town landmark is named for its original use, the practice of flying signal flags to communicate with passing ships. Its peaks provide breathtaking views across Table Bay harbour, the City Bowl and the Atlantic Ocean and the 350-metre high hill is a favourite destination for sundowners. Signal Hill lies adjacent to Lions Head, forming the ‘rump’ of the lion and is also the location from which the historic Noon Gun is fired. The guns were once used in combat and as a time signal for ships anchored in the harbour. Today this age-old tradition continues as they are fired at midday every day except Sundays and public holidays. By night Signal Hill becomes one of the most popular spots for romantic rendezvous as amorous couples make their way up the hill for sundowners and stunning views of the city at night. In summer this is also an excellent vantage spot from which to admire the floodlights that illuminate the steep embankments of Table Mountain.
 -Dinner: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl
 -Overnight: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl (Standard room Bed and Breakfast)
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D2: Cape Town
Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip • Chapman's Peak Drive • Cape of Good Hope National Park • Boulders Beach • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
 -Breakfast
 -Boat cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island. The island is a sanctuary for thousands of Cape fur seals (actually sea lions originating from the Antarctic) as well as a variety of seabirds including gannets, cormorants and sea gulls. It is illegal to land on the island, but the trip takes you within arm's reach of the seals who seem to know they're the centre of attention and put up a fantastic performance, diving and twisting with amazing speed and agility (weather permitting).
 -Drive along Cape Town's most scenic road: Chapman's Peak Drive. Hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, Chapman's Peak connects Hout Bay with Noordhoek along one of the most dramatic marine routes in the world that hugs the coast of the Atlantic Seaboard for nine kilometres. Reopened to the public in 2003 after major safety works were completed, Chapman's Peak Drive climbs steadily from the harbour of Hout Bay, skirting 114 curves to follow the rocky coastline presenting some truly magnificent views of the sandy bays below. The combination of steep, almost thrilling rocky inclines, shimmering blue waters and expansive skies simply take the breath away.
 -Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, recognised globally for its extraordinary land formation, rich and diverse fauna and unique flora. The legendary Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope were key beacons for the early explorers and are the source of many myths and legends. In 1488, Bartholomew Dias named the peninsula the Cape of Storms. King John II of Portugal later gave it its actual name. The Cape of Good Hope is a scenic wonder, where soft white sandy beaches alternate with rugged stretches of rock and breathtaking cliffs.
 -Lunch: Dixies
 -Get acquainted with African penguins at Boulders Beach. Named for the large, smooth, round boulders that form this coastline, Boulders Beach is one of the few remaining locations in the country where African penguins are able to roost and nest without interference from humans. While the beach itself is a popular bathing spot, it is equally shared with these black and white marine birds that are frequently seen sunning themselves on the rocks or taking a dive into the coolness of the Atlantic Ocean. The adjacent fynbos area holds their delicate nesting grounds, and raised, fenced walkways allow visitors to enter the area without disturbing the birds. Look for nests hidden in the sand and among the scrubland as breeding pairs carefully nurture and protect their eggs. African penguins are classified as endangered species and Boulders Beach is the only location in the world where humans can get close to these birds in their natural habitat.
 -Discover Cape flora of every variety at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Delve into the immense wealth of biodiversity as you explore the Fragrance, Medicinal and Water Wise Gardens. Highlights at Kirstenbosch include the Peninsula Garden, containing many of the 2 500 plant species found on the Cape Peninsula, and the Protea Garden with numerous displays of the king protea, South Africa's national flower. The gardens were established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa and today there are over 7 000 species in cultivation. Kirstenbosch is a World Heritage Site, covering 36 hectares set within a 528 hectare estate that contains protected mountainside supporting natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds.
 -Explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, situated at South Africa’s oldest working harbour in the centre of Cape Town. Offering over 450 retail outlets selling everything from high-end fashion and jewellery to food and crafts, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations, attracting in excess of 23 million visitors a year. Besides offering vibrant and chic indoor and outdoor shopping and restaurants, you can also watch fishing boats dock with fresh fish or see a container ship being towed into the harbour by a tug boat. Draw-bridges over the water open and close every so often to allow smaller sailing vessels access to the docks, while the Cape Wheel gives unsurpassed 360 degree views of the city, and the outdoor amphitheatre plays host to music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the year.
 -Dinner: Balducci Restaurant
 -Overnight: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl (Standard room Bed and Breakfast)
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D3: Cape Town
Stellenbosch Orientation • Wine Tasting • Franschhoek Orientation
 -Breakfast
 -Wander through the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch. Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains and within the grandiose Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of Stellenbosch culture. Many leading wine estates are found here including Spier, Tokara and Delheim, as well as some of the country’s best restaurants where dining can be an informal al fresco affair or something more elegant and black tie. Art lovers can explore the copious galleries while outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of nature activities available to them at Jonkershoek.
 -Cross the bridge to the historic Rickety Bridge Winery. Overlooking the majestic Wemmershoek Mountains, the origins of this wine estate date back to the late 1600s when farm land was first granted to French Huguenots who settled in the area. To enter the picturesque estate visitors must still cross a bridge that spans the Franschhoek River, much like French Huguenots did centuries before. Across the bridge, however, are surprising contemporary touches where a modern boutique-style winery produces award-winning wines, and a stylish tasting centre lies hidden in the vines. Rickety Bridge is well known for its tradition of winemaking, and your wine tasting will introduce you to a number of the estate’s cultivars.
 -Lunch: Rickety Bridge Wine Estate
 -Orientation tour of Franshhoek. This French corner of the Cape lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes from Cape Town and within half an hour's drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Somerset West wine routes. Originally known as the Valley of the Huguenots, a community of French Huguenots were granted land in this valley by the Dutch government of the Cape, after fleeing their homeland when Protestantism was outlawed in France in 1685. Today, many of the wine farms still bear their original French names and most of these farms have beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
 -Dinner: Gold Restaurant
Prepare for a mind-blowing gastronomic experience at GOLD Restaurant. This Pan-African experience melds African culinary traditions with modern flavours, serving up a sophisticated African feast that changes seasonally. Just as African food is traditionally shared between family and friends, guests are given a 14-dish tasting menu served in individual and shared portions, as the country of origin, cooking techniques and spicing are explained. While you are dining, archetypal African stories are told through the form of live entertainment with the superb GOLD team, dressed in authentic traditional garments, bringing ambience, warmth and knowledgeable service to your table. The 14 dishes incorporate starters, street food, main courses and two desserts, taking you on an exotic flavour tour across the African continent.
 -Overnight: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl (Standard room Bed and Breakfast)
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D4: Cape Town - Hluhluwe
Meet and Greet • Durban Golden Mile
 -Breakfast
 -Flight CapeTown - Durban (Economy Class) (Optional rates: D4:Flight Cape Town - Durban)
 -Meet and Greet at Durban airport.
 -Embark on your guided tour aboard your minibus: He will accompany you all along your circuit from Durban airport (Day 4) to Johannesburg OR Tambo (Day 10)
 -Discover Durban's 'Golden Mile'. This six-kilometre long stretch of sandy beach starts roughly at South Beach and uShaka Marine World and ends at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World to the north. The Golden Mile is also a huge pleasure resort with dozens of swimming and splash pools, fountains and waterslides, curio markets and merry-go-rounds, uShaka Marine World, exotic restaurants, nightclubs and many hotels and apartment complexes directly at the beach. Swimming is good during most of the year due to the warm, subtropical climate, and the beaches are well monitored and protected by shark nets. An unusual feature at the Golden Mile is the Zulu Rikshas. The vehicles and their drivers are colourfully decorated. For a small fee, you can let yourself be pulled along the beach promenade.
 -Lunch: Jaipur Palace On Broadway
 -Travel to Hluhluwe
 -Dinner: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge
 -Overnight: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D5: Hluhluwe
St Lucia Safaris • Cultural • 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive
 -Breakfast
 -Mingle with hippos and crocodiles on a boat cruise in the St Lucia Estuary. Located within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this estuary forms part of natural World Heritage Site and is filled with amazing creatures both big and small. It teems with crocodiles and hippos and during your tour you will see at least 2-3 breeding pods of hippopotami and approximately 25-30 locally based crocodiles that patrol the 10 kilometres of water that the boat explores. The specially designed pontoon boat features an extra wide, flat bottom enabling it to get exceptionally close to the river bank for great wildlife sightings. Your experienced skipper will be ready with interesting information about the flora and fauna of the area as you sit back and enjoy the cruise, also presenting scores of birds that thrive amongst the coastal dune forests and wetlands.
 -Experience traditional hospitality at the DumaZulu Cultural Village. This informative and authentic Zulu village is located in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, offering visitors a peek into the lifestyle and culture of the Zulu nation. The village acts as a living museum of traditional Zulu customs, crafts and way of life where you can feel the beat of the Zulu drums and discovery the rich cultural significance of the tribe’s famous beadwork, weaving and pottery that intricately integrate Zulu social values. The village is the largest in South Africa and not only affords guests the opportunity to learn about the rich history of tribal Africa but also serves as a means for the local community to continue practicing their rural ways of living as well as earning an income from selling their crafts. Enjoy stepping into the life of this colourful and friendly tribe and be awed by their fantastic and energetic dancing abilities. Your visit includes an African lunch.
 -Lunch: Dumazulu Traditional Village & Lodge
 -Search for wildlife on the hills of Hluhluwe with a 4x4 afternoon game drive. This magical reserve is the oldest in South Africa and reminds one of what Zululand must have been like many years ago when wild animals roamed freely and were plentiful. The incredibly scenic and diverse landscape is filled with a wide variety of wildlife and stretches over thousands of hectares of rolling hills and open savannah plains. The Big Five are found in abundance and the reserve is also world renowned for its efforts towards rhino conservation, having some of the largest populations of black and white rhino in the country. Your afternoon game drive will step up the pace as you go in search of predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and the rare African wild dog. As darkness falls spotlights illuminate the way and rangers communicate via radio to ensure fresh kills are easily located.
 -Dinner: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge
 -Overnight: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D6: Hluhluwe - Swaziland
Lavumisa Discover • Manzini Market • Swazi Candles • Ngwenya Glass Factory
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Swaziland
 -Admire the contrasting landscape of Lavumisa while traversing Swaziland. This tiny, independent country is locked between the provinces of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and Mozambique. The plains in the south-western part of Swaziland contrast sharply with the mountainous landscapes of the north and here you will discover lush sugarcane fields alternating with bush savannah dotted with Swazi kraals. Near the southern border post of Lavumisa, the Lubombo Mountains loom majestically in the near distance. This sweeping mountain range covers practically the entire eastern side of the country and forms the natural border between Swaziland and Mozambique.
 -Behold a kaleidoscope of colour at the Manzini Market. The main tourist drawcard in the village of Manzini is its colourful and lively market, filled with community craft and a great variety of locally made, unusual and unique goods. This bohemian and eclectic space is typical of an African market, filled with a daily buzz of activity and colourful stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to traditional medicines, herbal cures to ailments, and a versatile mix of traditional and contemporary artefacts. Handicrafts from Swaziland and elsewhere in Africa are all on display with many of the stalls operated by women who manufacture their wares at their villages and make their way to the market to sell them. The market is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
 -Lunch: Sambane Coffee Shoppe
 -Wax lyrical about the Swazi candlemakers at Malkerns. From its humble beginnings in an old cowshed the Swazi Candle Factory today exports beautiful candles throughout the world and holds the esteemed reputation of producing an amazing assortment of handcrafted wax wares. On any given weekday you will be able to view the approximately 200 craftspeople as they go about the process of moulding the pigmented wax into fascinating shapes and sizes, ranging from traditional shaped candles to African animal forms. Each candle is hand-finished, meaning that no two candles will ever look exactly the same. Swazi Candles is one of the most famous handicraft outlets in southern Africa and a favourite stop for visitors looking for gifts and souvenirs to take home.
 -Admire glass-masters at work at the Ngwenya Glass Factory. This glass blowing factory forms the central hub of an arts and craft village in Swaziland where visitors can watch craftsmen at work as they shape and mould molten glass into a variety of gorgeous pieces. The factory makes use of approximately 500 kg of recycled glass a day that is crushed down and then melted in a furnace before the upcycle process begins and the hot glass lava is transformed into new and beautiful shapes. As part of Ngwenya’s social upliftment programme, community members ranging from school children to adults are encouraged to collect discarded glass objects and bring them to the factory in return for payment. The village is also home to numerous other arts and crafts outlets, restaurants, cafes and a children’s playground area, making for an ideal family outing.
 -Dinner: Mantenga Lodge
 -Overnight: Mantenga Lodge (Sheba Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D7: Swaziland - Kruger
Piggs Peak Discover • Lunch at Own Expense • Kruger South Afternoon Game Drive • Kruger 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Kruger
 -Traverse the mountains towards Piggs Peak. Tucked away in the north western corner of Swaziland, Piggs Peak is a region once made famous for its spectacular gold mining and now an important supplier of timber. The beautiful mountainous landscape has led to the area often being referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, filled with sparkling waterfalls, three of the highest peaks in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Bushmen paintings, nature reserves and picturesque indigenous bushland. The town itself is filled with colourful African art and craft shops while slightly further afield you will find the historic Bulembu village, Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland and the Maguga Dam.
 -Lunch at own expense.
 -Marvel at the bounty of nature on an afternoon game drive in the Kruger National Park. Your drive will take place in the southern sector of the park in your tour vehicle as you experience the exceptional diversity of the wildlife and vegetation of the Kruger. The southern region is richly stocked with a wide variety of game as grazers flock to the area in search of sweet grass and predators follow hotly on their heels. Large herds of buffalo and zebra are often easily spotted while some of the special and rare sightings include the mountain reedbuck, oribi, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and grey rhebok. Klipspringers grace the granite koppies and bake in the late afternoon sun. The massive park covers almost 20 000 square kilometres and is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve, South Africa’s largest conservation area.
 -Afternoon 4x4 game drive in the Kruger National Park, one of the most diversely rich game reserves in Africa. The massive park covers almost 20 000 square kilometres and has nine main entrance gates that lead to different camps within the reserve. It is also part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve and is South Africa's largest conservation area. It is home to the Big Five as well as all of the country's large carnivores and boasts the highest populations in South Africa of a number of game species, including buffalo, elephant and white and black rhino. Bird watching is a popular activity in the Kruger, offering good sightings throughout the year, with a number of bird species found here that are more highly numbered than anywhere else in South Africa. These include the martial eagle, kori bustards and bateleurs. (Optional rates: D7:Kruger 4x4 Game Drive Half Day)
 -Dinner: Pine Lake Inn
 -Overnight: Pine Lake Inn (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D8: Kruger - Karongwe
Blyde River Canyon and Potholes • 4X4 Afternoon Game Drive
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Kruger
 -Make your way towards the Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. This seemingly endless river canyon is filled with some of the most beautifully scenic vistas in South Africa. The Bourke's Luck Potholes mark the beginning of the canyon and comprise intriguing geological formations at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. The canyon itself is 3rd largest in the world, covered in lush sub-tropical vegetation with an average depth of 750 metres and 25 kilometres in length. It consists mostly of red sandstone and has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet.
 -Arrival in Karongwe Private Game Reserve. Deep within the naturally scenic province of Limpopo and just 40 minutes east of the Kruger National Park, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve and its exceptional lodges are set within a wild and whimsical landscape. The lush countryside is dotted by small hills and an enormous variety of trees, creating the perfect scene for photography enthusiasts looking to capture quintessential African images. All the major mammal species are present in the reserve with regular sightings of giraffe, wildebeest, rhino and zebra, while at night nocturnal animals such as aardvark, bush baby, genet and porcupine emerge from the shadows to graze. Evenings are lit by thousands of stars, and dramatic sunsets end exciting days, giving you a glimpse into the soul of Africa. (Activities included in your package as per program below.)
 -Lunch: Chisomo Safari Camp
 -Afternoon 4x4 game drive.
 -Dinner: Chisomo Safari Camp
 -Overnight: Chisomo Safari Camp (Safari Suite - Fully Inclusive)
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D9: Karongwe - Johannesburg
Morning 4x4 Game Drive • Pilgrims Rest
 -Morning 4x4 game drive.
 -Breakfast
 -Lunch: Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest Restaurant
Enjoy lunch in the village that sparked the biggest gold rush of all time in South Africa at the Royal Hotel in Pilgrim's Rest. This historic and alluring village is also a national monument where once alluvial gold was found in the stream that runs through the valley. The discovery led to one of the largest gold rushes of all time and gold was panned in the village until 1972. Today, Pilgrim’s Rest is a living museum holding many buildings from the gold rush period that have remained architecturally unchanged for over a century. The quaint Royal Hotel brings the bygone to present time with an authentic setting harking back to the Victorian era. Consisting of 10 buildings, the hotel still echoes the ambience of the past, and the restaurant, also furnished in Victorian style, serves informal yet hearty old-fashioned meals.
 -Travel to Johannesburg
 -Step back in time at Pilgrim’s Rest. This quaint little village is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route in Mpumalanga and stands as a tribute to the gold panning days of the late 1800s. The entire town is now a national monument with many historical and relatively untouched sites to visit. Walk through the streets that the famous dog Jock of the Bushveld used to call his own and visit pubs where gold nuggets were once used to pay for drinks and diggers, rogues and good time girls all congregated. Besides its many interesting museums, Pilgrim’s Rest is also home to a vast assortment of antique shops selling a variety of collectables, arts, crafts and curios. Enjoy walking in the footsteps of the early gold prospectors as you relive the fascinating and occasionally dangerous days of pioneers, can-can girls, highway thieves and desperados hoping to make a quick fortune.
 -Dinner: Zulu Nyala Country Manor
 -Overnight: Zulu Nyala Country Manor (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D10: Johannesburg
Pretoria Orientation Tour • Soweto Tour • Museum: Apartheid Museum
 -Breakfast
 -Familiarise yourself with Afrikaans and African culture with a tour of Pretoria. The Jacaranda City, as Pretoria is fondly called, is the administrative and diplomatic centre of South Africa that once served as the headquarters for the old independent Transvaal Boere Republic. Here you will find some of the iconic landmarks that represent the old independent Transvaal as well as the new democratic South Africa. The Voortrekker Monument is a massive memorial ringed by ox wagons that commemorate the exodus of disillusioned Afrikaaners from the Cape, Church Square houses Die Raadsaal, the former parliament buildings of the Boer Republic, and the Paul Kruger House was the home of the Traansvaal Republic’s president. The Union Buildings stand proud and tall, built in 1910 and now house the official seat of the South African government as well as a nine-metre statue of former president Nelson Mandela.
 -Get a taste of vibrant and gritty street life with a tour of Soweto. This township is located to the south-west of Johannesburg and is the biggest in the city, made famous for its role in the struggle against apartheid. Its roots trace back to the early days of gold mining when many migrant workers arrived in Johannesburg at the turn of the 20th century. As the ruling National Party tightened its hold on apartheid and forced black people out of white areas the township grew and today Soweto still supports close to 4-million people. Highlights of South Africa’s political history to be found in Soweto include the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, honouring the student protests of 1976; Walter Sisulu Square, where the Freedom Charter was signed; Vilakazi Street whose former residents includes two Nobel Peace Prize winners; and the brightly coloured Soweto Towers.
 -Buffet lunch: Sakhumzi Restaurant
Soak up the jovial atmosphere at this traditional African styled restaurant, nestled in the heart of Soweto in Orlando West’s famous Vilakazi Street. The eatery was once an illegal bar or ‘shebeen’ during the apartheid era but is now a traditional local restaurant that specialises in African cuisine such as mogodu (tripe), mielie pap (corn flour) mutton stew, umleqwa (traditional-style steamed chicken) and much more. The area also has a rich historical background and Vilakazi Street in the only road in the world to have housed two Nobel laureates: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Get chatting with the locals as you socialise and enjoy your traditional South African lunch.
 -Walk the path of racial segregation at the Apartheid Museum. This museum is dedicated to recounting the history of the rise and fall of apartheid in 20th century South Africa and focuses on the policy of racial segregation that was first enforced in the country in 1948, providing a very real image of what it was like to live in such a society. Repressive measures such as limiting the freedom of movement of non-whites and the Population Registration Act led to growing resistance from the disenfranchised and more punitive measures from the government, culminating in several state of emergencies being declared in the 1980s before apartheid was ended in the 1990s. The museum is suffused with personal narratives and whispered conversations that show a glimpse of the characters of people that helped shape our country, while interactive multimedia displays recreate the experience of racial segregation.
 -Dinner: Zulu Nyala Country Manor
 -Overnight: Zulu Nyala Country Manor (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D11: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls
Transfer • Meet and Greet • Transfer • Cruise: Sunset
 -Breakfast
 -Transfer from Johannesburg to Johannesburg OR Tambo
 -Flight Johannesburg - Victoria Falls (Eco Class) One way (Optional rates: D10/13:Flight Johannesburg-Victoria Falls-Johannesburg)
 -Meet and greet at Victoria Falls Airport. Our guide will be waiting for you in the arrival hall carrying a branded sign board before and transfer you to your hotel.
 -Arrival at Victoria Falls, one of the most famous landmarks in the world and visited by thousands of tourists every year, yet the town of the same name remains small and filled with plenty of old-world frontier charm. Victoria Falls town is bright and friendly and a great place to browse craft markets and collect souvenirs of your African travels as you take some time to absorb the atmosphere and pick up a greater sense of the African cultures and the rich history that have shaped the Victoria Falls over time. Wildlife lovers may need to look no further than right in front of them as animals are known to roam the streets with cheeky baboons hanging around in the trees and occasionally even an elephant or two strolling across the road to the nearby Zambezi River. (#)
 -Transfer
 -Soak up the beauty of Africa on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The immense, calm waters of the Zambezi River lend themselves to leisurely boat cruises amongst the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding wilderness. From your lodge you will be taken to the jetty and begin your sailing journey upstream from the Victoria Falls. As you peacefully drift along the river you can admire the splashes of colour that the setting sun paints in the sky as well as watch the wildlife that congregates along the river banks in the coolness of the evening. Your wondrous cruise is rounded off with aperitifs and snacks served on board the boat.
 -Dinner: AZambezi River Lodge
 -Overnight: AZambezi River Lodge (Standard Garden Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
Itinerary day photo
D12: Victoria Falls
Chobe National Park(n) • Chobe day trip(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Chobe National Park is one of the largest in Botswana, famed not only for the highest concentration of elephants found anywhere in Africa but also for having the densest population of game on the continent. This, together with its reputation of offering superb wildlife viewing all year round, makes it a highly popular travel destination. The park lies along the Chobe River and is comprised of four distinct ecosystem – the lush plains and forests of the Chobe river front attracting elephant and vast herds of buffalo; the rich grasslands and savannahs of the Savuti Marsh; the Linyanti Swamps, renowned for prowling predators and large herds of game; and the hot and dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga, holding water well into the dry season and attracting a profusion of game between August and October. A high density of predators and the occurrence of many rare antelope species rounds off this spectacular game park. (#)
 -Head to Botswana for a day trip to the renowned Chobe National Park. Once a big game hunting ground and visited by famous historical names such as David Livingstone, the Chobe National Park is still today one of the most visited wildlife destinations in Africa; however, now with conservation at its core. Most famed for its huge herds of elephants and buffalos, as well as a large number of lions who have learned to prey on them, Chobe offers a classic African safari experience with many scenic highlights. After a transfer to the Kazungula border where you will meet your Botswana guide, guests proceed straight to the Chobe River for a splendid morning of game viewing along the river banks. The beautiful river is a magnet for all varieties of wildlife and birds that include prolific herds of antelope, sharp-eyed fish eagles and a myriad of waders and herons. (Optional rates: D12:Chobe Day Trip)
 -Lunch: African Eagle Victoria Falls tours Zimbabwe
 -Dinner: AZambezi River Lodge
 -Overnight: AZambezi River Lodge (Standard Garden Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
Itinerary day photo
Itinerary day photo
D13: Victoria Falls - Johannesburg OR Tambo
Falls: Zimbabwe Side • Transfer
 -Breakfast
 -View one of the world’s natural wonders on a visit to the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls. This enormous sheet of falling water was first discovered by David Livingstone in 1855, although it had been known to the local people for much longer than that. It is shared by two countries, Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. Around two thirds of the falls are located on the Zimbabwe side and this country is also considered to have more classical views of the mains falls with footpaths leading you to breathtaking viewpoints such as Devils Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the very popular Rainbow Falls. The sights from here are considered some of the best on the planet while the sheer force of the tumbling water is a sensory treat as water plunges and tumbles, sending sprays of mist up into the skies.
 -Transfer
 -Flight Victoria Falls - Johannesburg (Economy Class) (Optional rates: D10/13:Flight Johannesburg-Victoria Falls-Johannesburg)