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Splendours of South Africa & Victoria Falls

New for 2019

Price per person
from £4,514

Price based on
London Stansted
1st Jun 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Africa

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

This South Africa tour—from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ride a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for stunning views over the city and venture outside the city to see a colony of African penguins and beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rich and unique flora. You’ll also visit Bo-Kaap, a lively area founded by former slaves to learn more about their culture—a Globus exclusive!

Your journey continues in Makalali Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Here, enjoy six game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your professional ranger and skilled tracker will help you search for a remarkable number of species, including 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. You’ll have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Have your camera ready because you may also see impala, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, and more. Even stop for sundowner drinks in the bush! Other highlights include Johannesburg’s unforgettable Apartheid Museum and Soweto, the country’s largest township, where you will visit the former home of Nelson Mandela and stunning Mosi-ao-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) also known as Victoria Falls, spanning the border of Zimbabwe & Zambia. Take a guided walk along the falls, which is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls, and cruise on the Zambezi River at sunset.

And you’ll be part of a small-group, with no more than 20 total guests, ensuring personalized service from start to end! All of this—and much more—are waiting for you on this South Africa tour. You’ll return home with plenty of stories and photos to share with your friends and family.

At a glance

Cape Town Guided walking tour of Cape Town's highlights and the colouful Bo - Kaap area; visit Bo- Kaap Museum, Cape Point Nature Reserve, and a colony of African penguins; cable - car ride up Table Mountian; funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse.

Makalali Private Game Reserve Six game drives in an open- air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover; sundowner drinks.

Johannesburg Guided tour of Soweto, including Mandela House; visit the Apartheid Museum.

Victoria Falls Cruise on Zambezi River; guided walk of the falls.

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 5 days: Botswana post tour extension

  • 3 days: Chobe National Park post tour extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Overview

This South Africa tour—from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ride a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for stunning views over the city and venture outside the city to see a colony of African penguins and beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rich and unique flora. You’ll also visit Bo-Kaap, a lively area founded by former slaves to learn more about their culture—a Globus exclusive!

Your journey continues in Makalali Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Here, enjoy six game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your professional ranger and skilled tracker will help you search for a remarkable number of species, including 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. You’ll have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Have your camera ready because you may also see impala, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, and more. Even stop for sundowner drinks in the bush! Other highlights include Johannesburg’s unforgettable Apartheid Museum and Soweto, the country’s largest township, where you will visit the former home of Nelson Mandela and stunning Mosi-ao-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) also known as Victoria Falls, spanning the border of Zimbabwe & Zambia. Take a guided walk along the falls, which is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls, and cruise on the Zambezi River at sunset.

And you’ll be part of a small-group, with no more than 20 total guests, ensuring personalized service from start to end! All of this—and much more—are waiting for you on this South Africa tour. You’ll return home with plenty of stories and photos to share with your friends and family.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Cape Town, South Africa

Day
2

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.

Cape Town

Day
3

This morning, sightseeing starts at the Grand Parade, the city’s main public square, to see the Castle of Good Hope and City Hall. Afterward, a WALKING TOUR introduces you to more of Cape Town’s famous and historic landmarks. Stroll along Government Avenue to see St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and much more. Next, you’ll enter The Company’s Garden, a beautiful oasis in the city, en route to Green Market Square, which at different times has been a fruit and vegetable market and even a slave market. Today, it is a great meeting place, where curios from all over Africa can be found. Visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM before continuing your walk in BO-KAAP, also known as the Malay Quarter. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, this lively area is a true melting pot of cultures. Colourful historic houses range from lime-green and pink to orange, reflecting Dutch and British architecture, and the area has been declared a national monument. After a traditional Malay lunch, visit Table Mountain for a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

NOTE: Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for maintenance. During this time, we will visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cape Town - Cape Peninsula Excursion

Day
4

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with an orientation tour of Cape Town. Then, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, which skirts the rocky coastline and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the African continent. Here, take a FUNICULAR RIDE to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cape Town

Day
5

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island—where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison—for a guided tour. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cape Town - Makalali Private Game Reserve

Day
6

Today, leave beautiful Cape Town behind and fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to MAKALALI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE to begin your safari adventure! This area, near Kruger National Park, is famous for its abundance of wildlife, and you will have a great chance of seeing the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Enjoy your first GAME DRIVE this afternoon. Your skilled tracker and professional Ranger work together as a team, so you can learn more about the ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Sip SUNDOWNER DRINKS prior to returning to your lodge for dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Makalali Private Game Reserve

Days
7 - 8

Rise between 5am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot so the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of its many spa treatments, or simply sit back and watch the animals. Consider an optional excursion to the nearby cheetah breeding facility. In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Step out of your safari vehicle for SUNDOWNER DRINKS and watch as the sun sets over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals—if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Makalali Private Game Reserve - Johannesburg.

Day
9

Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Johannesburg

Day
10

Today’s sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Soweto is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Along the way, see the neighborhood that was home to two 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, when he was forced underground to elude arrest. You will also see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976. This led to the Soweto Uprising, an important event in the long struggle to end apartheid some 14 years later. Next, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM to learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day
11

Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria Falls

Day
12

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special riverside farewell dinner.

NOTE: During the dry season (Sept.-Dec.) and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria Falls - Johannesburg - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. 

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park Area, Botswana

Today, a PRIVATE TRANSFER brings you to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, featuring some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. After lunch, set out on your first GAME ACTIVITY, either by boat or 4-wheel drive safari vehicle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chobe Area

Explore this stunning land on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. You may see giraffe, lion, lechwe, and huge herds of elephant. It is said that these are the largest elephants in the world. Birding is also very popular, with more than 450 species on record. Spend the middle of the day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chobe Area - Okavango Delta

Today, fly to the famed OKAVANGO DELTA. This vast area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland, making it ideal for game viewing. Game-viewing activities range from day and night game drives to mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions and game walks. After settling in, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Okavango

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES today. Spot cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. If you are lucky, you might even see the reclusive leopard. The area is also home to the rare African wild dog and more than 400 species of birds.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Okavango - Johannesburg

Your tour ends with a flight to Johannesburg (via Maun) to connect with your homebound flight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park Area, Botswana

Today, a PRIVATE TRANSFER brings you to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, featuring some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. After lunch, set out on your first GAME ACTIVITY, either by boat or 4-wheel drive safari vehicle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chobe Area

Explore this stunning land on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. You may see giraffe, lion, lechwe, and huge herds of elephant. It is said that these are the largest elephants in the world. Birding is also very popular, with more than 450 species on record. Spend the middle of the day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chobe Area - Johannesburg

Your stay in Chobe ends with a flight to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.

We do not recommend this holiday to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off road in game parks.

Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travellers on our Small-Group Discovery tours, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

Bottled Water is included on all game drives.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Cape Town - Southern Sun The Cullinan

Southern Sun The Cullinan offers travellers easy access to all that Cape Town has to offer including the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent décor creates a mood that is a world away from home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.

  • Location

    1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Kruger National Park Area - Makalali Main Lodge

Makalali Main Lodge is a newly built lodge located in Makalali Private Game Reserve. Enjoy the luxury of air-conditioned rooms with comfortable interiors of classic leather and wood furnishings. The central area is designed with rustic features that effortlessly bring outside elements indoors. The outside area is distinctively designed around the natural surrounds, with a spacious deck area built around indigenous trees that overlook a watering hole. This is the ideal spot to view wildlife and appreciate the scenery. The large crystal blue rim-flow pool is equally spectacular! Its comfortable chairs and sun-loungers create an inviting ambience. Enjoy an array of African cuisine in main dining area with its distinct fireplace that connects the bar lounge and dining area. Furthermore, the spa offers a variety of therapeutic treatments and the library offers a quiet space to relax with a book.

  • Location

    Makalali Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Johannesburg - Sandton Sun

Built in 1984, the hotel is every inch a grand property, offering guests the ultimate "red carpet experience". This is punctuated by staff who strive to provide superb VIP treatment for all who pass through the doors. Situated in Sandton, the heart of Johannesburg's new Central Business District, guests are perfectly located within easy reach of the city's finest entertainment and leisure amenities.

  • Location

    Corner Fifth and Alice Streets, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Victoria Falls - Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge provides distinguished accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambience. The hotel is the closest to Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.

  • Location

    411 Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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