13 Day Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure

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*Not Included:
Prices do not include optional tours, Zimbabwe visa fees and gratuities for guides. Land only price does not include the departure transfer in Cape Town but does include the arrival transfer in Johannesburg.


Additional Information:
Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used. Due to the use of light aircraft flights (4 or 5 seat small planes), there is a weight restriction for luggage of 44 pounds per person (including hand luggage).

Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. 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.

 


Entry Requirements:
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?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy. Game drives will be performed in small safari vehicles or boats that cannot be air conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between huts or tents. Small boats, a mokoro canoe, and our safari vehicles require agility to embark and disembark. We have many early mornings. Visitors to Zimbabwe and Botswana 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.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights New York-Johannesburg, Cape Town-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Kasane-Okavango Delta*, Okavango Delta-Maun* & Maun-Cape Town
  • 11 nights First Class safari lodges and hotel accommodations
    • 1 night Johannesburg
    • 2 nights Victoria Falls
    • 2 nights Chobe
    • 2 nights Okavango Delta
    • 4 nights Cape Town
  • Hotel porterage
  • All Transfers
  • 24 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners (including 1 home hosted lunch, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees

*Light aircraft (4 or 5 seat planes) are used for flights to and from the Okavango Delta

 

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world with its astounding vistas.
  • Walking safari through the exquisite rainforest at Victoria Falls, stopping to see the statue of David Livingstone, the missionary explorer who discovered the Falls.
  • At Chobe National Park in Botswana, board a motorized boat for a magnificent sunset safari cruise.
  • Watch the game up-close at the source of the Savute in Chobe with its plentiful wildlife and over 460 different species of birds.
  • Travel to the lush, green Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta with its huge concentration of animals and birds, designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Twice-daily game activities in the untouched freshwater wetland of the Okavango Delta, at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari desert.
  • Ascend to the top of legendary Table Mountain to see the astonishing panoramic views of the city and beaches below.
  • Enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community.
  • Travel through the fertile valleys of South Africa's picturesque wine country, with its magnificent Cape Dutch architecture, stopping for tastings at major vineyards by Wine Tram.


DAY 1 - Depart for South Africa
Depart for Johannesburg, South Africa

DAY 2 - Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg, a gold mining town, which developed into a colossal industry for South Africa, often called "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Today, Jo'burg (its more popular name) is the largest city in South Africa by population, and also the wealthiest province. The rest of the day is at leisure, to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3 - Sundowner Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi River
After a good night's rest, join a briefing with your Tour Manager to discuss the wonderful adventure that awaits you in Southern Africa. Return to the airport for the flight to Zimbabwe. Here, you'll experience the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, with its astounding vistas. These impressive falls are over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them wider and higher than Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, you'll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Celebrate your arrival with a delightful sundowner cruise and dinner as you sail on the mighty Zambezi River. Look for the hippos, elephants, and buffalo that come to drink at the end of the day at the water's edge
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
This morning's guided tour of Victoria Falls, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, begins with a walking safari through the exquisite rainforest; view the cataracts, and a wide variety of wildlife, colorful birds and plants. Linger at the statue of David Livingstone, the first missionary explorer to discover the Falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine in a traditional African Boma open to the starry African skies. Sample a variety of local cuisine, featuring game meats and delectable Zimbabwean dishes, complemented by dancers and drumming. A fun-filled evening!
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Sunset Safari Cruise in Chobe National Park
Travel to dazzling Chobe National Park in Botswana, arriving in time for lunch. The first glimpse of the river in the sandy terrain is always astonishing. Undoubtedly, one of Africa's most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife that is unparalleled anywhere else in the country. The region has the largest concentration of elephants in Africa with a population reaching over 60,000. Settle into your new surroundings and get ready for this afternoon's adventure. Board a motorized boat for your sunset safari cruise where you will glide through the water searching for hippos, buffalo, antelope and more. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Chobe National Park
Set out on a game drive early in the morning when the sun rises and you can see the animals searching for their breakfast. Navigate in open safari vehicles in search of lions, warthogs, buffalo, giraffe and more. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation before this afternoon's game drive. We'll watch the wildlife from up close including a spectacular array of birds. There are over 460 different bird species in the park, making Chobe one of Africa's premier venues for bird watching. This evening dine al fresco in the open air lodge restaurant
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Safari Cruise in the Okavango Delta
The scenery changes today. Transfer to the airport in Kasane to board a light aircraft flight (4 or 5 seat plane) to the lush, green Okavango Delta, a unique wildlife location. It is the world's largest inland delta with great concentration of animals and birds. A World Heritage Site, the Okavango is a vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland at the heart of Botswana's arid Kalahari Desert with an abundance of wildlife within a setting of amazing beauty. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you'll see some of the finest game viewing in the region - lookout for ostrich, antelope, wildebeests along with hippos and crocodiles along the water's edge, as well as hundreds of bird species. Enjoy the exciting afternoon game cruise. Return in time for dinner at your camp
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Safari Activities in the Okavango Delta
Game activities in the morning and afternoon include leisurely cruises in local mokoros (canoes) or motorized boats, guided nature walks along the river and fishing expeditions. Of course, there's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. Tomorrow, depart the Okavango so cherish the last moments of your safari adventure in Southern Africa
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Fly to Cape Town
Following breakfast at the lodge, board a light aircraft flight (4 or 5 seat plane) to Maun where you will board your flight to Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to your hotel, you'll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the evening is at leisure in this magnificent seaside city. Tonight, there is so much to see and do at the bustling waterfront including a variety of restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Cape Town City Tour & Cape Malay Experience Tour
Today, explore the gorgeous city of Cape Town. The highlight is an ascent to the top of magnificent Table Mountain. Travel by aerial cable car* (weather permitting) and see the astonishing panoramic views of the city and beaches below as you climb high into the clouds. On a clear day, it's often possible to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and the melding of the oceans at Cape Point. Visit the Milnerton Lighthouse before descending from the plateau. Later, you will have the opportunity to learn three-billion-year-old story while touring prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum at Cape Town's famous V & A Waterfront. The 45-minute tour reveals the origins of diamond mining and includes an explanation of color, cut and clarity. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Shopping Mall with its endless shopping and dining opportunities. Later, enjoy a unique interaction and experience the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community, descendants of the original Malay slaves. Learn about their history and preservation of their traditions in Africa. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the home of your gracious host family, a highlight of the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own. See the secluded coves, pristine beaches, or visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, with its remarkable floral displays
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 - Excursion to the Cape Winelands
A wonderful day awaits you in South Africa's picturesque winelands. Drive through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages. You'll travel along the principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. In Franschhoek board the hop-on-hop-off tram to experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley, stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. After lunch at a charming restaurant, on to another wonderful wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region to see the fascinating variety of Cape Dutch architecture before returning to Cape Town. Evening is at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12 - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a half day Cape Peninsula Tour. 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 roadside, 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 after lunch 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 arriving in Cape Town. Tonight, bid farewell to your new-found friends at the Farewell Dinner. Your journey in Southern Africa is over, with many fond memories to cherish for a lifetime
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 24 - Aug 6, 2017.


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Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2016
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Thanks, our trip was amazing - best of everything, Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango Delta then the Cape - all amazing as were the animals, lodgings, food and our tour manager, Laurence - one of the very best!

Susan S. Clackamas, OR
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2016
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Oh my gosh.....how much time do you have for me to tell you how wonderful it was. I wish I had done it 20 years ago when my limbs were stronger and my energy level higher. "I went to Africa" and I'll never be the same. I now know how it feels to be awed and have moments that take your breath away..... Many thanks for an experience of a lifetime...Gate 1 and Discovery Tours "rules"

Nancy M. Jax Bch, FL
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, March 2016
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We had a fantastic trip to South Africa. For all of us it was a lifetime experience. Every stop, every meal and all the adventures will forever be a memory to tell all our friends and family. We saw every animal we had previously seen in zoos except for cats. They seemed to be hiding but we heard them roaring at night. Elephants, Hippos, Giraffes, Wart hogs Wildebeastes, crocodiles, Cape Buffalo, Zebras, Elands, Impalas, and many beautiful birds. All in large numbers. Everyone we encountered, treated us as if we were royalty, but particularly our guide for the whole trip Roger. He saw to our every need and by the end of the trip we felt like he was family our at the very least an old friend. For all of my family, thanks to Gate 1 for an amazing trip, and cannot wait to do another with you.

William G. Gastonia, NC
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, March 2014
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The trip was wonderful! Truly stunning wildlife, birds, pristine wilderness on every river and road safari! Gate 1 was outstanding in every way in taking care of us. Our guides were professional and committed to meeting our needs and expectations. Food and accommodations were a 10/10! I especially enjoyed the river lodges. The trip highlight was the Okavango Delta stay! So thank you Gate 1 for this fantastic adventure!

Pamela, Ross, CA
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, March 2014
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Our trip was absolutely amazing, fantastic, other worldly, wonderful, beautiful and beyond our wildest imagination! In all ways it was excellent; all of the staff, guides, hotels/lodges were great and my only criticism was that it was not long enough. We would have liked to stay for a week or more at the Mapula Lodge. We can't thank you enough!!

Richard, Byfield, MA
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2013
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The trip was delightful. I loved that we were only 10 people. It made everything easier to accomplish and was, for the most part, a collegial group, all very different, interesting people. The boat game viewing was superb. It was the highlight of the the entire trip's game viewing. The Mapula Lodge was fantastic. It was rustic and isolated and absolutely perfect. The service was great, the staff sweet and talented, the views awe inspiring. We loved the afternoon we spent in the mokoros was wonderful. There is nothing quite like being eye to eye with hippos. The night game drives were lovely although we did not spot much. We had a nearly full moon, more stars than you could see anywhere in the U.S., and when our driver would stop, turn off the vehicle and ask us to "listen to the night", it was magic. It would have been nice to have had another day or two there. Our Gate 1 guide, Thula, was very nice and worked hard to make sure everything went as planned. A few times he really worked overtime and put in extra effort to accommodate client requests. He is a knowledgeable and steady fellow and a real asset to Gate 1. All in all a lovely experience!

Deborah, Raleigh, NC
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, August 2013
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We had a wonderful trip. Our 14 days discovery tour in Botswana and Zimbabwe with tour manager Thula was amazing. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and organized. Besides taking care of all the travel details, Thula was always there to answer all our questions and provide immediate assistance for any issues. As we had always travelled independently in the past, we now realize that having a tour manager travel with us had made our trip much more personal and worry free. We are pleased with the quality of the accommodation, the food and services during the tour. We especially enjoyed the stay at Mapula Lodge with its beautiful African design and serene setting. The local guides and staff at the different hotels and lodges were friendly and welcoming. The safari drives and viewing of the Big Five were the highlight of our trip. The discovery tour deepened our knowledge of the culture of the locals, the nature of the animals, birds and plants in the wilderness. Thank you for your good work. We hope to join Gate 1 again in the near future.

Teresa, Vancouver, British Columbia
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, September 2013
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My family and I enjoyed the trip so much, we did not even think about home. This trip was surreal; words cannot describe what a wonderful visit to Africa. This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. We got everything we were looking for out of the trip and beyond our expectations. We can say we truly understand what it means to live in"the bush land". Our cultural experience will remain with us throughout our lifetime. We had a stellar tour manager, Matt. Without him I don't think we would not have had the same experience. All of the venues were wonderful. We are glad we had the opportunity to stay in the Okavango Delta. We will definitely be contacting you for future trips. We will recommend Gate 1 travel to everyone we know!

Billie, Los Angeles, CA
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, August 2013
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Once we arrived in Victoria Falls, our guide, Mr. Manzini was courteous and attentive, ensuring that all of us were well taken care of and generally happy. He provided the overall impression that he genuinely cared whether each of us had the best possible experiences available in Southern Africa. I guess the real magic of the tour will always be the game viewing and amazing experiences we had, of which there are numerous examples. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That being said, the magic behind our flawless tour was largely due to Mr. Manzini. The intangibles made this trip magical, such as sense of humor, knowledge, sensitivity, and openness regarding life experiences and family. We enjoyed all of our accommodations, and were treated to excellent meals. The itinerary was ideal from my perspective. I have already recommended this tour to numerous acquaintances, friends and family already. Thank you so much for this experience, and I will likely be using your services on future trips!

Christian, Los Angeles, CA
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, March 2013
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This was one of the BEST tours we have ever taken!!

Arthur, North Brunswick, NJ
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, August 2015
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The trip was absolutely perfect and an amazing experience. Our tour guide, Tesse, was extremely knowledgable and just created an unforgettable trip for all. She has such a love for Africa and did a beautiful job of sharing this. The group meshed and we all want to do a Discovery tour to the Serengheti in a few years together. The accommodations and food were fantastic. We will highly recommend your tour to friends and acquaintances.

Jean, Tucson, AZ
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, September 2015
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Our trip was amazing. Everything we had hoped for and more. The guides we had were extremely knowledgeable and very professional. Our constant guide, Jason from Gate 1 could not have been more helpful or aware of keeping all things running smoothly and efficiently. All our hotels were first rate and the local people were warm, helpful and friendly. Overall, a wonderful experience with memories we will cherish forever.

Carol, Smithtown, NY
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, August 2015
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The trip was absolutely perfect and an amazing experience. Our tour guide, Tesse, was extremely knowledgeable and just created an unforgettable trip for all. She has such a love for Africa and did a beautiful job of sharing this. The group meshed and we all want to do a Discovery tour to the Serengheti in a few years together. The accommodations and food were fantastic. We will highly recommend your tour to friends and acquaintances.

Jean J. Tucson, AZ