South Africa & Victoria Falls - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2023)

Experience the best of Southern Africa’s wilderness and culture on an adventure that finds you exploring marvellous Cape Town, mighty Victoria Falls and a wildlife-filled private reserve bordering Kruger National Park.

Journey Overview

Experience the best of Southern Africa’s wilderness and culture, flying directly between unforgettable destinations with more time to enjoy each, including marvellous Cape Town, mighty Victoria Falls and a wildlife-filled private reserve bordering Kruger National Park, on this outstanding safari adventure.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover the history of Cape Town, from its 17th-century origins to the present and explore ruggedly scenic Cape Point, getting up close to the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Stay for three nights on a private concession located in iconic Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park, one of the best game-viewing areas in South Africa, where the Big Five, cheetahs and leopards all roam
  • Set out on private game drives with skilled trackers and rangers, in custom vehicles that provide an unobstructed view from every seat
  • Explore magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, on a privately guided walking tour and cruise the Zambezi River, viewing crocodiles, hippos and diverse birdlife and enjoying great photo opportunities
  • Learn about the extraordinary life of explorer and missionary David Livingstone at an exclusive talk with a local historian
  • Privately visit with the elephants at a sanctuary near Victoria Falls and enjoy lunch on site
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, a breathtaking harbor city where old and new converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people, all overlooked by towering, flat-topped Table Mountain, set on a peninsula of rocky heights and lush valleys. An A&K representative transfers you to your luxurious hotel, ideally located on the waterfront in the heart of the city.

One&Only Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town | Journey Through a City's History

Today, ascend Table Mountain via cable car, as you Ride Like a Local to take in an inspiring panorama of the city. Proceed to the colourful and distinctive neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap for a walking tour. Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, its origins date to 1760, when rental houses were built and leased to slaves brought from Malaysia. After lunch, discover the Castle of Good Hope; built by the Dutch East India Company and completed in 1679, it is the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Learn its history and also view St. George’s Cathedral, the Parliament building and the Company Gardens. Continue to the District Six Museum, which chronicles Cape Town’s apartheid past in a poignant yet ultimately uplifting way. This frames a discussion of the newest chapter in South Africa: freedom and democracy, as you receive an overview of key historical role players, including Nelson Mandela. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

One&Only Cape Town | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Cape Town | Spectacular Views from Cape Point

Discover Cape Point, the scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Journey past the “bikini beaches” at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, along bucolic Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks and chacma baboons. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs and sandy beaches. At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps exploring the city’s harbor front or dining in one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants.

One&Only Cape Town | Meals: BL

Day 4: Sabi Sand Game Reserve | Private Game Reserve

Fly to a privately owned, wildlife-rich game reserve in renowned Sabi Sand, bordering Kruger National Park, an area offering the very finest game-viewing safari experience. This afternoon, once you are settled into your elegant accommodations, set off in search of the Big Five — elephants, lions, rhinos, Cape buffalo and leopards — and other wildlife. To enhance your game-viewing experience, each game drive is led by two safari professionals: a driver guide, trained to safely manoeuvre you up close to South Africa’s iconic wild residents as well as brief you on any given species’ characteristics, and a tracker, an expert at identifying animals, who follows their signs and predicts where they are likely to be found.

Lion Sands River Lodge | Meals: BLD

Days 5–6: Sabi Sand Game Reserve | Sighting The Big Five

Begin two days of immersion in your private game reserve, embarking on game drives in open safari vehicles for optimal viewing and exploring on early morning game walks with your ranger. One morning here, enjoy a bush breakfast, prepared fresh in the midst of the wilderness. This region of Africa is noted for its high density of wildlife, which often appear just steps in front of you. As you explore, learn about the flora and fauna as well as basic tracking skills. In between safari activities, participate in an A&K Chef ’s Table culinary experience, preparing a traditional South African dish. At dusk, stop for a Scenic Sundowner, and then search for nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Lion Sands River Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | Thunderous Cascades

Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Once you’re settled in, set out on a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and explore the surrounding rainforest. See rainbows and clouds of spray as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plummets into the Lower Zambezi. Tonight, before dinner, enjoy hearing from a special guest speaker who shares tales of celebrated explorer David Livingstone — an A&K-exclusive experience.

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 8: Victoria Falls | Design Your Day

Cruise the Zambezi, viewing hippos and elephants on shore. Disembark for an interactive animal adventure, when you visit an elephant sanctuary near Victoria falls to meet the gentle giants living there. View the elephants up close in the bush, and watch them eat and socialize, during an unforgettable hands-on encounter led by a naturalist. Afterward, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Learn About Traditional Zimbabwean Cuisine and enjoy a cooking demonstration at a local restaurant.
  • Privately Tour the Ndau Collection Studio to meet the artisans who design their opulent jewellery.
  • Privately Bike the Area, cycling the town of Victoria Falls and stopping at scenic viewpoints along the way.

Return to the hotel for some time at leisure. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner.

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa

Fly to Johannesburg, where you enjoy access to the Premier Lounge before boarding your flight home.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Cape Town/Kruger/Livingstone; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg
Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: airport arrival at 3:30 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Table Mountain may be unavailable due to weather conditions or cableway maintenance. In such an instance, alternative sightseeing will be provided.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Luxury Small Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 7, 2023 - Jan 15, 2023
Price AU$16,970pp Single Supplement AU$5,485 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 20, 2023 - Feb 28, 2023
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Mar 3, 2023 - Mar 11, 2023
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Apr 7, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023
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May 3, 2023 - May 11, 2023
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May 15, 2023 - May 23, 2023
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May 23, 2023 - May 31, 2023
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Jun 3, 2023 - Jun 11, 2023
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Jun 14, 2023 - Jun 22, 2023
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Jun 22, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023
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Jul 1, 2023 - Jul 9, 2023
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Jul 6, 2023 - Jul 14, 2023
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Aug 6, 2023 - Aug 14, 2023
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Aug 12, 2023 - Aug 20, 2023
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Aug 24, 2023 - Sep 1, 2023
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Sep 8, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023
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Sep 14, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
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Sep 25, 2023 - Oct 3, 2023
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Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 10, 2023
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Oct 17, 2023 - Oct 25, 2023
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Nov 6, 2023 - Nov 14, 2023
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