Passage to Africa – Taste of South Africa Region
Enjoy a city tour of Johannesburg with visits to Soweto, followed by a visit to Victoria Falls with Dinner on the Zambezi River and finally end up in Okavango Delta for an amazing Safari. This Itinerary would allow you flexibility and the chance to add a beach get away at one of the best white sand beaches South Africa has to offer.
This morning you will be picked up from your Hotel, to spend the whole day on a guided Johannesburg City, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Tour, including entry fees. After your tour, you will be transferred back to the Garden Court Sandton, where you will spend (1) night. (Meals, additional activities / sightseeing / transfers, bar accounts, laundry, etc. are all for your own account)
Full day Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Tour
DURATION: This is a full day tour, vehicle & guide available for a maximum of 9 hours
AVAILABILITY: Daily – except on Mondays, Christmas Day, New Years Day & Good Friday
PICK-UP TIME: We recommend 8:30 a.m.
ENTRANCE FEES: Included for Carlton Centre, Mandela Museum, Hector Pieterson Memorial, Apartheid Museum
LUNCH: We recommend lunch at Wandies Place in Soweto
On this tour visitors have a full day to experience Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial and financial capital. We first take a look around the northern suburbs, then continue to the hustle and bustle of Hillbrow and Braamfontein, home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa. We drive through the downtown area to the Carlton Centre, to view a “mini-Manhattan” from the viewing deck on the 50th floor. Onward to Soweto (South Western Township), largest black residential area in South Africa, where we see a fascinating contrast to Rosebank and Sandton in the north. This sprawling “city within a city” is home to approximately 2-million people, many of whom work in various parts of the greater metropolitan area of the Witwatersrand. Our tour includes all the major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former home.
After a lunch stop (we recommend Wandies Place in the Dube section of Soweto), you visit the Apartheid Museum. This extraordinarily powerful museum has already become the city’s leading tourist attraction, an obligatory stop for visitors and residents alike. The Museum, with its large blown-up photographs, metal cages and numerous monitors recording continuous replays of apartheid scenes set in a double volume ceiling, concrete and red brick walls and grey concrete floor, is next to the Gold Reef City Casino, five kilometres south of the city centre. The Museum occupies approximately 6 000 square metres on a 7-hectare site which consists of natural recreated veld and indigenous bush habitat containing a lake and paths, alongside its stark but stunning building.
After visiting the Museum, your tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Ortambo International where you will board your flight which departs at 1040hrs for Livingstone Airport in Zambia. On arrival in Livingstone, you will be met and transferred to the Zambezi Sun Hotel where you will spend the next (2) nights on bed and breakfast basis.
This Three Star hotel reflects the richness and diversity of the land’s heritage. The architecture was inspired by the timeless African tradition, and its unique styling will offer visitors the experience of truly being at the heart of Africa. The hotel has the feel of a walled city, centuries old. It is comprised of open organic buildings in earthy colours with rambling clusters of rooms, punctuated by chimneys and towers. The 212 guest rooms are low-slung, open and airy. Each one spills out onto a cool landscaped pool area, while the restaurant and bar are focused around the central pool. The two-storey en-suite rooms have private balconies that welcome the morning sun. Outside, the earth colours are soothing and soft. Inside the airy rooms are alive with ethnic reds, blues and oranges. Added amenities in the rooms include independent air-conditioning, satellite TV, fold out couches, a mini-bar, safe and telephone. The central reception area houses a family-friendly, high quality buffet restaurant, a pool bar and a lively alfresco grill and entertainment area. The Zambezi Sun is a place that captures the soul of Africa: simple, rustic, fun and welcoming. It’s a place where friends and family can relax and enjoy Africa’s greatest natural wonder in true African style.
Today is spent at own leisure. All activities/sightseeing can be booked and paid directly at the Hotel. Activities can include Lion walks, helicopter flights, bungee jumping and elephant back safaris, tour of the fall, sunset boat cruise and lots of others available.
This morning after your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Northern Border of Botswana, where you will clear customs and continue to the Chobe Safari Lodge
Where you will spend the next (2) nights. Included in your stay are: Accommodation, 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 2 Game Drives, 1 Afternoon Boat Cruise and 2 Days Park fees.
On Botswana’s far northern borders lie the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe river system, which forms a series of lakes, islands and floodplains and is home to some of the last great wildlife herds of Africa.
The Chobe National Park, famous for its large elephant and buffalo herds, lies on the banks of the Chobe River, just above its confluence with the Zambezi. From the village of Kasane, the Park extends some 11,700sq km towards the south and west. Vegetation ranges from the dense riverine and grass floodplains of the north to the teak forests and mopane woodlands (with scattered pans and water holes) towards the “Mababe Depression” and “Savuti” channel in the south. In addition to the “BIG GAME” and a variety of predators, there are eighteen species of antelope in the Park, including some rare animals such as puku, lechwe and the shy Chobe bushbuck. Hippo, crocodile and an abundance of game and birdlife decorate the waterways of this river system, and game viewing by river – boat is a “Game Drive with a Difference”. Daily, guided game drives are available into the park from Chobe Safari Lodge, and transfers can also be arranged to luxury, tented camps in Photo Africa’s private wildlife concession areas. The Lodge caters for a variety of accommodation needs. Family units and standard type bedrooms are situated in the main hotel section, while along the riverbank there are 22 thatched rondawels and a grassed camping site. Facilities include a conference room, curio shop, fuel station, liquor store, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and beautiful sunsets.
Today is spent on safari at Chobe Safari Lodge..
This morning after your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kasane Airport, where you will board your light aircraft transfer to the Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta.
Here you will spend the next (3) nights on a fully inclusive basis. Included in your stay are: Accommodation, all meals, teas / coffees & snacks, twice daily game viewing activities, park fees, bar accounts (excluding premium imports), laundry and emergency medical evacuation insurance.
Camp Okavango in Botswana is situated on remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, assuring a year-round water wilderness experience. Unashamed luxury blends with the Africa of yore in the elegant thatch and lethaka main building which houses a cocktail bar, lounge and dining room, while the expansive open air patio caters for al fresco meals and evenings around a blazing fire. Dinner served by candelabra is renowned among knowledgeable Africa travellers. Shaded hammocks, reading benches and a delightful sundeck and plunge pool provide relief during the hot midday hours, whilst an elevated observation platform affords stunning views of the tranquil floodplains. The Camp accommodates only 24 guests in intimate exclusivity in East African style safari tents individually sited on raised teak platforms with en-suite ablution facilities and a private sundeck. Each tent is exquisitely furnished with a Rhodesian Teak wardrobe, luggage rack, dressing table, bedside pedestals and traditional directors chairs; colourful woven rugs, designer linen and matching interior blinds complete your African hideaway. Honeymooners are catered for and, for those that demand the ultimate in exclusivity, Camp Okavango boasts the ‘Okavango Suite’ where your stay may include private game viewing activities. All electricity at the lodge is supplied via the national grid, and power is available 24 hours a day. Video cameras can be recharged in guest rooms without adapters. While the sun rises over the floodplain, you watch the wildlife shed its misty morning shroud. Bursting with life, the bush continuously shifts and transforms as you ride from island to island. Camp Okavango is the ideal base from which to discover the secrets of the Okavango wetland ecosystem. Experienced resident naturalist guides conduct all game viewing activities. The Okavango Delta is renowned for its great natural beauty and diversity, a heaven for rare species such as the Sitatunga Antelope and a birdwatchers paradise. Game activities include exploring the Okavango by canoe and river craft on wildlife and bird watching expeditions. Guided nature walks on the islands of the Delta afford an opportunity to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness.
Day Seven & Eight
Days spent on safari at the Camp Okavango.
This morning after your breakfast, you will board your light aircraft transfer to the Maun Airport, where you will board your outbound flight back to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. On arrival in Johannesburg, you will connect on your flight, marking the end of your south Africa experience.
- 2 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis – Garden Court Sandton
- 2 nights’ accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis – Chobe Safari Lodge only
- Included in your stay at Chobe Safari Lodge are: Accommodation, 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
- 2 nights at Zambezi sun hotel in Victoria Falls.
- 1 Game Drive, 1 Afternoon Boat Cruise
- Light Aircraft transfer to Camp Okavango
- 03 nights’ accommodation on a fully inclusive basis – Camp Okavango
- Light Aircraft transfer to Maun Airport
- All road and airport transfers as per itinerary
- Tours in Johannesburg as per itinerary
- Tourism levy of 1%
- Visas if required
- Travel Insurance
- Personal items and gratuities
- Bar accounts not specified & premium imports at Camp Okavango
- Additional activities / sightseeing / entry fees not specified in the above
- Laundry where not specified
- Victoria Falls day tours and transfers