AFRICA – Your Trip of a Lifetime!
SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA & ZIMBABWE
OCT 16 – NOV 1, 2018
Escorted by Patti Hewitt
“Back by Popular Demand”
ITINERARY

16 October, Tuesday Depart Toronto
Today we depart on our KLM flight to South Africa via Amsterdam.
Overnight: Enroute with complimentary meals

17 October, Wednesday Late arrival into Cape Town (approximately 10:00 pm)
Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa. After clearing customs and immigration, we make our way to the Arrival Hall where we will be met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel. The Commodore Hotel is a 4* property located in the heart of the Waterfront District that abounds with restaurants, malls and entertainment.
Overnight: The Commodore Hotel

18 October, Thursday Cape Town – City and Table Mountain Tour
This morning we are met by our guide for a city and mountain tour. We will be taken to Table Mountain (weather permitting) where we board one of the two cable cars for our journey to the top of Table Mountain for a short stay. The revolving cable cars give stunning views over Cape Town. Once on top, there is time to wander around and take photographs from the numerous viewing decks. After visiting the mountain, we will board the coach and travel through the Malay Quarter, the city centre, and the Company Gardens. After visiting the Castle of Good Hope, it’s on to the Milnerton Lighthouse for a chance to photograph Table Mountain from a distance. We will be returned to our hotel for a couple hours of free time and lunch on your own.
This afternoon we will take the ferry to Robben Island. It was “home” to some of South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Robben Island is one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions and is located 9 km from Cape Town. Dubbed “Robben” (the place of seals) by Dutch settlers, the island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, and over the centuries has been used as a prison, a hospital, a mental institute, and a military base. It is most famous for being a political prison during apartheid, an era of racial segregation in South Africa. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years he was imprisoned on the island.
Overnight: The Commodore Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

19 October, Friday Cape Town- Peninsula Tour
After breakfast we depart from our hotel and travel via Green Point and Sea Point to Maidens Cove and then on to Hout Bay where there is a short stop. There is an optional half hour boat trip from Hout Bay to Duiker Island offered to view the seals and sea birds (weather permitting). Those wishing to take the optional boat trip to Duiker Island will be dropped off to board the boat and the remaining passengers have time at leisure in Hout Bay to perhaps visit the variety of shops or stop for refreshments. After collecting the passengers from the Duiker Island trip, we continue on our journey via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Our visit to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope is by way of funicular or on foot. The views from this point are spectacular. We will stop for lunch at a local Restaurant and afterwards we proceed to Boulders Beach to visit the Jackass Penguin Colony. Our return journey is via Simonstown, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg and on to the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens – one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens with over 5000 plant species in the gardens and hot houses. Visitors have plenty to do and see here, including a large gift shop, restaurants and walks in and around the garden. We will continue to the hotel where our tour ends.
Overnight: The Commodore Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

20 October, Saturday Cape Town – Winelands Tour
Our day starts with a visit to Paarl where we will be struck by the beauty of the Valley, the pristine blue sky, the rolling vineyards and the Pearl of Paarl set high above the valley. Paarl made headlines when President Mandela was released from the Victor Verster prison, on the outskirts of the town, to freedom and the start of the new South Africa. We enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates. From Paarl, we will continue north-west to the beautiful village of Franschoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. A memorial in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop the wines sought after by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. We will then head to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country’s wine region.
In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor Simon van der Stel recognized the fertility of this long valley on the banks of the Eerste River, as perfect for vineyards. The rest is history, which has been carefully cultivated in this town. A gracious blend of 18th-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is evident on Dorp Street, where massive oaks still shade original water furrows. Next we arrive at one of the well-known estates of the area for our final wine tasting. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure. There are many restaurants located in the Waterfront District and within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Overnight: The Commodore Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
21 October, Sunday
Cape Town/Johannesburg/Hoedspruit
After breakfast, we are transferred to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Hoedspruit, via Johannesburg. On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport a driver from Kapama Private Game Reserve will meet us and transfer us to the lodge where we will check in and enjoy lunch. Kapama is a private game reserve located on the border of the Kruger National Park. This afternoon we will experience our first game drive viewing in open 4 x 4 vehicles with a game ranger and tracker who traverse the land in search of the animals. The afternoon game drive continues into the night when game viewing is done by spotlight to view the nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Overnight: Kapama Buffalo Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

22 October, Monday Kapama Private Game Reserve
Morning and afternoon game drives are the order of the day. During our game drives, we may get to see the “Big Five” which consist of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. We may also get to see giraffe, hyena, cheetah, antelope and bird species.
Overnight: Kapama Buffalo Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
23 October, Tuesday Kapama Private Game Reserve
After our morning game drive, we will be transferred to Kapama River Lodge where we will have time to enjoy the lodge facilities. Enjoy an afternoon game drive.
Overnight: Kapama Buffalo Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

24 October, Wednesday Kapama Private Game Reserve
Morning and afternoon game drives are the order of the day along with time for some relaxation.
Overnight: Kapama Buffalo Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

25 October, Thursday Kapama / Johannesburg
This morning enjoy the final morning game drive followed by breakfast. We are then transferred to the airport for our flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at the airport in Johannesburg a representative will meet us and assist us to our hotel located at the airport.
Overnight: City Lodge O.R Tambo Airport Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

26 October, Friday Johannesburg / Kasane – Zambezi Queen River Cruise
This morning we will fly from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. On arrival we will be transferred to the Zambezi Queen which is docked on the Chobe River. The Zambezi Queen is a luxury African River Safari at its finest. Late this afternoon, we depart on a water based game drive and sunset cruise before our welcome cocktail and dinner onboard.
Overnight: Zambezi Queen River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

27 October, Saturday and 28 October, Sunday Zambezi Queen River Cruise
Each morning we disembark on a water based game drive. This area is well known for its spectacular elephant population and abundance of hippos. Late afternoon, venture out on a tender boat for a close up view of the wild animals gathering along the river. .
Overnight: Zambezi Queen River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

29 October, Monday Zambezi Queen River Cruise – Kasane / Victoria Falls
After breakfast, we will be transferred by road to the Botswana and Zimbabwe border. After clearing customs and immigration we will be transferred to our hotel for check-in and an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Canadian passport holders are required to have a visa to enter Zimbabwe and the current fee is $75.00 USD per person. Payment will be made in cash at the border.

30 October, Tuesday Victoria Falls
After breakfast, we will be picked up for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, known as Mosi- oa- Tunya “The Smoke That Thunders”. There is a magic about the falls manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The Victoria Falls is 1708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. We will return to our hotel for an afternoon of leisure.
Later this afternoon we will be collected for our 3 hour Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Enjoy a cruise in the fading twilight hours, while sipping traditional cocktails and enjoying snacks. From the boat, sightings of elephant, giraffe and even rhino coming down to the river to drink are common. There are also an abundance of hippos, crocodiles and birdlife.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

31 October, Wednesday Victoria Falls/Johannesburg/Amsterdam
This morning, we transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for our flight to Johannesburg. On arrival we will have plenty of time for shopping and dining before our flight to Amsterdam.
01 November, Thursday Amsterdam/Toronto
On arrival into Amsterdam we will connect to our flight home.
Cost:
$11,989.00 per person based on double occupancy
Taxes are $1282.00 per person
Non refundable deposit of $1500.00 per person is due at time of booking
Final Payment is due by July 04, 2018
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is recommended and is due at time of deposit
Included:
Transfers from your home to the Toronto airport return
International flights with KLM from Toronto to Cape Town and Johannesburg to Toronto (via Amsterdam)
Complimentary meal service onboard Interntational flights
Domestic flights in Africa (Cape Town to Hoedspruit (Kruger Nat’l Park) via Johannesburg / Hoedspruit to Johannesburg / Johannesburg to Kasane / Victoria Falls to Johannesburg)
Arrival & departure transfers in Cape Town
4 nights accommodation at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town
Breakfast daily
Half Day Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain
Full Day Peninsula Tour including lunch
Full Day Winelands Tour including lunch
Arrival and departure transfers at Hoedspruit Airport (Kruger Nat’l Park)
4 nights accommodation at the luxurious Kapama Buffalo Tented Camp including 2 game drives per day and 3 meals per day
1 night at the City Lodge at O.R Tambo airport in Johannesburg
Transfer to the Zambezi Queen cruise
3 nights on board the Zambezi Queen, cruising the Chobe River, with meals and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
Transfer from Kasane to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
2 nights Hotel Accommodation at the luxurious 5 star Victoria Falls Hotel….popularly known as the “grand old lady of the falls”
Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
3 hour Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River
Transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to the airport
Sightseeing per itinerary
Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles
English Speaking guide on all transfers and sightseeing excursions

Optional Tours:
Hot Air Balloon Safari in Kruger Park
(approximate duration of 1 hr and weather permitting)
Elephant Back Safari in Kruger Park
(approximate duration of 1 hr)

Not Included:
Zimbabwe visa on arrival at a cost of USD$75.00 per person
Any item not mentioned under “included” such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone
calls, laundry, etc.
Important Information:
Canadian Citizens do not require a visa to enter South Africa & Botswana.
All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return AND must have two blank pages side by side for South African immigration.
A Visa is required for Zimbabwe and will be issued on arrival at the border for USD$75.00 per person for single entry (cost subject to change).
Anti-malaria protection required.
Contact your local health clinic to determine if any other inoculations are required.
Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended.