11 Day Essential South Africa with Victoria Falls
Air & Land
|Cape Town Lodge||Cape Town|
|Mabula Game Lodge||Waterberg, Limpopo|
|Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel||Johannesburg|
|A'Zambezi River Lodge||Victoria Falls|
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|2019 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities
Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include flights Cape Town-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Victoria Falls-Johannesburg.
Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 6:50 pm on Day 11. The flight from Victoria Falls arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 3:30 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.
Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Effective June 1, 2015 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Click here for more information.
Triple rooms are not available for this package.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
- Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- Intra-flights Cape Town-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Victoria Falls-Johannesburg.
- 9 nights accommodations
- 4 nights Cape Town
- 2 nights Limpopo Province
- 1 night Johannesburg
- 2 nights Victoria Falls
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Sightseeing & game drives per itinerary
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- During the Panoramic Cape Town City Tour, pass by Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grande Parade and view Table Mountain
- Game drives in magnificent Limpopo Province
- Visit spectacular Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active program is intended to offer an introduction to South Africa. A guided orientation tour of Cape Town is included and additional optional sightseeing is available to enhance your holiday. The safari portion of this trip will be operated in the Limpopo Province. Game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to the Limpopo Province and Zimbabwe are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.
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This tourist class hotel is situated in the heart of Cape Town.Hotel Details
This first class lodge is located nearby the Mabula Game Reserve.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is about a ten minute drive away from the city center of Kempton Park.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula tour to experience some of the most spectacular views. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna, where you may see baboons by the road-side, rheboks, Cape Mountain zebras, bonteboks and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town. Here, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, resting at the foot of Table Mountain, for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens before finally returning to Cape Town.
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
|Day #4||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$143.00|
Spend the evening at The Daily Music Show, which showcases the Cape’s cultural heritage through music and storytelling. Get an insight into the history, the people, the art and other elements that shape the way of life in Cape Town and South Africa. After the show, meet with the artists and locals for an informative cultural exchange. End the evening with an interactive dinner of traditional Cape Cuisine and wines.
Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$48.00|
Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck.
Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town.
*Departure from the hotel will be approximately 4:00 am and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9:00 am and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2:00 pm and arrival at 4:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally.
*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded.
*Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour.
*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$228.00|
Wind through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with the "Pearl of Paarl" and visit one of the local estates to savor a wine tasting and cellar tour. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Next, stop for lunch on your own and then it is off to another wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town.
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$104.00|
Take off in a hot air balloon as you admire the breathtaking sunrise over the Mabula Private Game Reserve. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam below. At the end of your flight, enjoy a celebratory glass of sparkling wine in the bush. Continue game viewing as you take a leisurely drive back to the lodge.
*Please Note: Departure time for this excursion is very early in the morning, 5 AM or earlier. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides will vary and can take up to an hour. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours. Agility is required to embark and disembark the balloon basket. Wildlife viewing, quantity and species of animals seen is dependent upon local conditions including weather, wind and seasonal migration patterns. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.
Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is required for this tour.
|Day #7||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$406.00|
Tonight, experience an unforgettable evening at The Boma Dinner & Drum Show. Enjoy the hospitality of the Zimbabwean people during an evening of entertainment featuring a four-course dinner including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes. Revel in the energetic dance performances, lively songs, storytelling and interactive drumming show. This is a truly captivating event!
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #9||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$42.00|
Step into the romance of Africa on this cruise down the mighty Zambezi River. This spectacular river provides sustenance to a diverse array of game, birdlife and fish species as it runs through six countries from central Africa to the Indian Ocean. Relax with a sundowner and light snacks as you look for wildlife having their own evening drink at the riverbank.
Pick-up from hotel 30 minutes prior to departure. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Day #9||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$59.00|
This morning, head to the world-renowned Chobe National Park in Botswana, home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Embark on a game viewing cruise along the Chobe River. This area is famous for its bountiful elephant and lion populations. After lunch at a lodge on the banks of the river, board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park with the opportunity to observe an abundance of wildlife. At the conclusion of your game drive, return to the border for your journey back to Victoria Falls.
Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.
|Day #10||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$162.00|
It was incredible. Laurence was the best tour guide that my wife and I have ever had. His knowledge of his country, great sense of humor, attention to detail, and true sense of care for everyone on our tour made our trip the best that we have ever been on. I just wish Laurence could guide all of the Gate 1 tours in the world!George O. Roswell, GA
My trip to South Africa was amazing! I am thankful to Gate 1 for making it such a memorable trip. The flights, hotels, and food were wonderful and I was very satisfied with all the accommodations. The itinerary gave me a very in depth look at South African history, the people and their way of life. Our tour guide Dexter was wonderful, knowledgeable, attentive and very kind. Our two bus drivers, February and Elvis were wonderful and made us feel very safe. The safaris were amazing! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I am happy I did it with Gate 1. I will definitely continue to travel with Gate 1 and recommend it highly to my family and friends.Liana B. Bronx, NY
Our trip was absolutely wonderful! We only have good things to say about the entire trip! Our tour guide, Peter, was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable about the countries, cultures, wildlife, etc. he was also very organized and related well to everyone in the diverse group. Thanks to Gate 1 for an awesome vacation!Sara C. Gainesville, GA
We have a fantastic time, it really was a great holiday. Roger was a very able tour guide, charming, very informative & a likable bloke. The tour was good and full of highlights, the best being the safaris of course. We saw the big 5 so that was a big deal for us, plus so many animals and birds - truly amazing experiences. Also, the hotels were a surprise, not sure what we were expecting, but these were much better than that. So top marks Gate 1. Above all, well done.George J. Perth, Australia
We greatly enjoyed our trip to South Africa. Cape Town has such amazing beauty in its scenery and on the safari we had great opportunity to see wildlife up close. Thank you Gate 1!Heidy H. Palm Springs, CA
Our trip was amazing! I was skeptical of getting along with everyone in such a large group but it was a wonderful experience. Our guide Shai was amazing and very thoughtful. I will book another vacation through Gate 1 in the future. Thank you so much for the great experience.Brandy B. Ontario, OR
Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it! From the moment we were met at the airport until the moment we left it just kept getting better. The accommodations were outstanding. The highlight though of course were the game drives. All of our drivers were so extremely knowledgeable which allowed us to track and see all of the Big 5. Don was our tour manager and he just made everything seem so effortless although I know there was a lot of coordination going on in the background. It won’t be our last visit to Africa or our last trip with Gate 1....thanks for the trip of a lifetime!Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
Our trip was Fantastic! Beautiful, eye-opening, and Wonderful! We saw and learned so much! Shawn was extremely aware and responsive to everyone's questions and desires. He is the Best! The scenery, animals, history - both past and present, food, culture, land use, Everything was Awesome! Thank You for a lifetime trip. We want to return in the future - so much to see, learn and experience.May May C. Newtown, CT
I have to say this was truly the trip of a lifetime...and that's coming from an experienced, life-long traveler. Gate 1 Travel does it right - accommodations were impeccable, beautifully located, and well appointed. Colleen Webster, our guide, was exceptional. She put her heart and soul into making sure everyone was well cared for and had a memorable trip. She went above and beyond for me and the others. This trip was seamless and I will never forget one single minute of it. Thank you!Geraldine G. Arvada, CO
What a fabulous trip, such a great place to visit and our tour guide Adele made it even so much better, very knowledgeable and friendly, she was special, no hesitation on recommending Gate 1 Travel!John N. Victoria, AU
The trip itself was TERRIFIC!! I'm not certain if all your guides in Africa are as knowledgeable as Jason Mair, but his command of the tour group and his knowledge ... When it came to the animals, he certainly knew his business and was able to assist us in getting the best photos because he knew, instinctively, what the animal's reaction was going to be in each situation.Kathleen B. Tuxedo Park, NY
Our trip was absolutely great. There was nothing for us to worry about. The organisational skills of the Tour Guide was exceptional. We enjoyed the trip so much that we have been actively promoting Gate1 as a travel agent. Now a word about our tour guide Stuart McMillan. Stuart is by far the best tour guide that we have ever had and I say that since my wife and I have travelled extensively since 2001... He was extremely friendly, knew his stuff, compassionate, thoughtful and above all just a great guy ... We wish we meet up with him again on future Gate1 trips. Great one Gate1, keep up the good work. Our group will definitely be back and we are currently looking at a trip to see more wildlife in Africa through your organisation in 2020.John R. Victoria, AU.
Fantastic great group and travel guide, thanks for your great service Lyn and your help with bookings for my plane with good seats. Excellent accomodidation in top hotels, loved it.Mary G. Beverley Park, NSW, AU
PHENOMENAL! The sights, the animals, and the people. Africa was everything we expected and more. Even the weather cooperated; much more moderate than the historical weather data predicted. If it weren't for the distance and the long, LONG, L-O-N-G plane rides, we'd love to go back.Frederick Y. El Cajon, CA
My Gate1 tour to South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Botswana was fabulous!! The tours, food, hotel rooms, our guide Jason Muir, and all the amazing wildlife we saw were all wonderful. It certainly cost more than my other 12 Gate1 tours, but it was worth the cost. I would recommend it to anyone. I forgot to mention that the local people of all the countries were very helpful, friendly, and very SMILEY!!Dee S. Anthem, AZ
We loved, loved, loved our trip. Our Gate 1 tour guide Tesse is a gem! As it was our first time in South Africa, it was far more than we expected! The tour group that we were assigned to were just fabulous people. We just meshed as a team! The Cape Town and Johannesberg bus drivers and our Mabula game driver George were knowledgeable, patient, and safe drivers!...I will tell my friends and family about our experiences and your wonderful service!Elaine M. Las Vegas, NV
We had a fantastic time! Everything was great....our tour guide Dexter, the hotels, the food, the game drives and the add on winery tour and cape peninsula tour.Linda V. Pequannock, NJ
Very nice! I enjoyed it very much! Our Tour guide John was excellent! He gave us excellent information about South Africa like history and things to watch out for. Will go again on Gate 1 Travel.Lucie C. North Potomac, MD
It was a trip not to forget. Many diversified sights and experiences. But also would need to be physically fit and ready for the hectic schedules. We met many like-minded and very friendly fellow travellers. Highly recommend this South African experience.Pit W. Forest Hill, VIC, AU
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We had good weather except for rain on the last day, and Colleen our tour guide did an excellent job...Everyone we met in South Africa was friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed all the scenic tours as well as the great white shark cage diving. The only challenge in the tour was the long flights to get there, but we knew that up front...I would recommend this well planned tour to anyone.Craig E. Hernando Beach, FL
As my husband said: “The best trip ever!” It was number 1 on my Bucket List and I was not disappointed. Can’t say enough about it. The accommodations were beautiful and Peter, our guide, was excellent. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!Kathleen N. Ridgewood, NJ
It was absolutely fabulous! It was our first Gate 1 Tour, and we loved it! Jason, our tour guide, was A +! He was very concerned that all was good: our well being was his top priority! His knowledge about all aspects of South Africa was incredible! Gate 1 had everything top-notch organized and first rate! We had traveled internationally before, but this was THE BEST!Steve P. Richmond, TX
We had a wonderful time in South Africa. Judi and I were very pleased with the hotel accommodations along the way. The schedule was very good and allowed us to see and learn so much more than we ever could on our own. Jason, our very knowledgeable Gate 1 tour guide, did an outstanding job, paying attention to our daily needs and making sure that we got the most out of every stop along the way. Our day in Kruger National Park is the most memorable of the many pleasant experiences that we had on our tour. Now I just need to sift through all my photos. With hundreds of good shots, this may take a little time...thank you Gate 1.Vincent L. Huntley, IL
Our trip with Gate1 was fabulous. Everything from the administrative details, the tour itinerary and transportation/accommodation provided was first rate. In particular, our South African tour guide, Dexter, was excellent. Thanks for a great trip.Cyril A. Alberta, CA
Thank you for helping us to travel in S. Africa. It was Fantastic and tour director, Ahmet, was so much knowledgeable with so good organizing manner. Also, from now on, I will use Gate 1 travel in the future.Taik K. Richardson, TX
Our trip was fabulous. Everything went well, very well coordinated by the tour guide and particularly enjoyed all of the safaris. A wonderful experience.Bill W. Cotuit, MA