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Globus Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana(QSE)

16 Day Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg 
Want the lion’s share of colorful cities, private game reserves, natural wonders, and wondrous wildlife? Point your compass south for the diverse and enchanting sights of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.

The glorious panoramas from Cape Town’s Table Mountain and the candy-colored streets of its Bo-Kaap neighborhood set the stage for the sweet sights to come. Six open-air private game reserve drives near Kruger National Park offer a fascinating glimpse of up to 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—before branching out in Johannesburg. Here, you’ll explore Soweto, the city’s largest township, including the former home of Nelson Mandela and the most significant sites of the anti-apartheid movement. Your South Africa vacation crescendos at Victoria Falls, called Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) on the Zambezi River. Twice the height of Niagara Falls, this breathtaking waterfall spanning the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia offers twice the photo ops.

Once you’ve seen the “Big 5,” why not turn your attention to the rare few? Wild dog, elephants swimming, and the not-so-sweet honey badger are just a few of the unusual sights you might see in Botswana. While Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, its Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta regions are brimming with fascinating wildlife.

Itinerary (2024)

 Motherly Love
Welcome to Cape Town, commonly referred to as the “Mother City” by locals. Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.
 City Sauntering and Soaring Heights
Start at the Grand Parade to see the Castle of Good Hope and City Hall. Take a walk to see more of Cape Town’s landmarks including St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and The Company’s Garden. Then, explore the [LF] Bo-Kaap neighborhood, also known as the Malay Quarter, including a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum. After a traditional Malay lunch, take a scenic cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain for stunning 360-degree views over the city.


URBAN RAINBOW Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, Bo-Kaap is a true melting pot of cultures and has been declared a national monument. As you stroll past colorful houses ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflecting Dutch and British architecture, your local guide will introduce you to the history and stories of this lively neighborhood.
 Rocky Coast & Beach Life
Take a scenic drive along stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope before arriving at Cape Point. Ride a funicular to the steps of the old lighthouse with panoramic views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After lunch, visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Free time this evening.


TUXEDO JUNCTION Jackets aren’t actually required on Boulders Beach, even though the residents look dressed to the hilt. The only penguins found on the continent, African penguins are known for the unique sound they make. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast, but Boulders Beach is the premiere viewing spot.
 Free to Wander
Full day at leisure for your own discoveries in this beautiful city.


EXPLORE MORE Today, consider exploring the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape Winelands for wine tasting, or go whale watching in nearby Hermanus (Jun.-Oct.). This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus.
 Operation Safari
Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Makalali Private Game Reserve. Arrive in the home to an abundance of wildlife including the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Embark your custom safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive with a skilled tracker and professional Ranger. Sip sundowner drinks before returning to your lodge for dinner.


ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Staying in a private game reserve is the ultimate safari experience in South Africa as you can go off-road to get up close to the wildlife. That’s exactly the experience delivered at Makalali Main Lodge, a stylish lodge featuring a bar/lounge, pool, and spa facilities. Each spacious room features views from a private balcony, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe, and a large ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers!
 Makalali Magic
Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your morning game drive. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax at your lodge. Afternoon game drive with sundowner drinks.


SUNDOWNER DRINKS This evening, as the sun sets over the majestic Drakensburg Mountains, savor a memorable happy hour in the bush in the nostalgic tradition of early safari explorers.
 Spotting Skills
Use the time on your morning and afternoon game drives to practice and perfect your game-spotting skills. (B,L,D)

EXPLORE MORE When not on a game drive, do as the lions do with a rest in the heat of the day. Take time to enjoy your lodge amenities, take a swim in the pool, enjoy a wellness treatment, or kick back on a viewing deck or your private balcony to watch nearby wildlife.
 A Jaunt to Joburg
Enjoy a final game drive this morning before boarding your flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg. Free time late afternoon and evening.

 From the Dark Enters Light
Guided sightseeing includes a visit to [LF] Soweto (Southwestern Township) and the Apartheid Museum to learn about the dark apartheid years up to the historic 1994 elections that ended the apartheid era.


A BEACON OF LIGHT Soweto, the largest township in the country, is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Your local guide will share stories along the way as you see the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the former neighborhoods of Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela. Gain some perspective of life here at Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to around 1960.
 Zoom to Zimbabwe & Sunset Sensations
Fly to Zimbabwe and transfer to your hotel. Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.


WILD ON THE WATER Transfer to the Zambezi River’s edge and board your cruise boat. You’ll be treated like royalty as you take in the scenery and watch for wildlife while sipping and sampling from a selection of included drinks and canapés. Your cruise culminates in a spectacular African sunset!
 Smoke From the Water
Take a guided walk at Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), as the locals call it due to the clouds of mist produced by the powerful falls. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the falls and fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna with plenty of time for photos. Free time late morning and early afternoon. Your Tour Director hosts a riverside farewell dinner this evening.


EXPLORE MORE Soar high above the falls on an optional helicopter ride or visit a local village. Free-time options are available for purchase at MyGlobus.
 Brilliant Botswana
Transfer by road to the Chobe National Park area. Board an afternoon river cruise on the Chobe River for game viewing.

 Where the Wild Things Are
Morning and afternoon game activities: choice of game drive in Chobe National Park or boat excursion on the Chobe River. Enjoy time at your lodge during the heat of the day.

LAND OF THE GIANTS Chobe National Park offers safari-goers the dream of a lifetime, considered the best place in Africa to see elephants, particularly in the water. Chobe’s pachyderm population is estimated to be 120,000 - the highest elephant concentration in Africa. It is also said these are the largest elephants in the world.
 Dynamic Delta
Fly to the Okavango Delta
Welcome to one of Africa’s greatest safari areas and the largest inland delta in the world. This vast area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland. Game-viewing activities range from morning and afternoon game drives to mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions and bush walks. Embark on your choice of game activity prior to dinner.


ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Experience a truly intimate safari experience at Kadizora Camp with just 13 traditional tents. The camp features a comfortable lounge, bar, dining area, and an inviting swimming pool. Each tent is positioned for ultimate privacy and seclusion and features a luxurious en-suite bathroom and deck with spectacular views.
 Exhilarating Encounters
Take your choice of morning and afternoon game activities with time to enjoy camp amenities in between.


WILD WATERS Glide quietly through narrow river channels of the Okavango Delta on a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) for a chance to view wildlife from an entirely unique perspective!
 Safe travels until we meet again!
Fly to Johannesburg (via Maun) where your tour ends at the airport. Schedule departing flights after 7 pm.


Included Globus Meals

Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Globus Notes

All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
Table Mountain cableway annual maintenance – For approximately one month each year, typically from late July to late August, the cableway is closed for annual maintenance and Table Mountain cannot be visited. In these instances, a private tour of Kirstenbosch National Garden will be included.

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