Our South Africa & Victoria Falls Adventure trip is ideal for anyone who’s keen to have some adventure whilst on holiday. We’ve included a number of active excursions that can be changed to suit you. So you can explore the country’s scenic delights by car, cycle and on foot, the way you want to.

You start in Cape Town with 4 nights at the Taj Cape Town in the heart of the city. Here you enjoy a range of activities including a tour of Cape Peninsula with cycling, shark cage diving on the Whale Route and a guided hike up Table Mountain with abseiling at the top. You then head to the Kruger National Park where you have 4 nights on safari in one of the private concessions. We recommend two nights at Rhino Post where the focus is on game drives in open 4×4 vehicles. You can then follow this with two nights at Rhino Plains Camp on a dedicated walking safari. After your safari you head to Johannesburg for an overnight stay (enjoying a sightseeing touring transfer to your hotel). The following morning you fly to the mighty Victoria Falls for 3 nights where again there’s a variety of adventurous options to choose from. You can enjoy a day of white water rafting or canoeing, following by a morning of adrenalin activities and the treetop canopy tour, or an elephant back safari. There’s also time at leisure for you to experience the full splendour of Victoria Falls.

However, with this tour, as with all our other sample tours, you can adapt the excursions to suit you. Take out something that doesn’t appeal, and we can suggest an alternative, or you can have some time at leisure to do your own thing.

South Africa & Victoria Falls Adventure at a glance:

4 nights Taj Cape Town, BB
2 nights Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, FBG
2 nights Rhino Plains Camp, FBG
1 night The Residence, Johannesburg, BB
3 nights Ilala Lodge or Victoria Falls Hotel, BB

 

 

See Day by Day
Day 1

Transfer to Taj Cape Town, 4 nights B&B

On arrival in Cape Town, you are transferred to the Taj Cape Town for 4 nights.

Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst its unique cultural blend; part African, part European and part Asian, makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience. Take the cable car or walk up Table Mountain, visit the colorful Malay quarter or meander through the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square, take a boat trip to Robben Island or simply relax on the beach.

The Taj Cape Town lies in the heart of historic Cape Town and offers a winning combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank, later the Board of Executors (BOE), the Taj Cape Town successfully combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new.


Accommodation: Taj Cape Town
Located in: Cape Town - Cape Town City - South Africa

Day 2

Cape Peninsula tour with Cycling (incl picnic lunch)

This is a full Cape Peninsula tour.  You follow the Atlantic coast past Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, to the fishing village at Hout Bay.  Here you have the option of doing a ½-hour scenic boat ride to visit an impressive seal colony (at an additional cost).  Then it’s on over Chapmans Peak Drive, to the Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve.  Mountain bikes are taken along for those who wish to get out of the bus and smell the sea air and the many flowers.  You can cycle as much or as little as you like, as the support van is always nearby.  For real fresh air friends there is also a ½-hour cliff top hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope.  You have a picnic lunch in the reserve and return home via a rare colony of Jackass penguins at Boulders Beach on the Indian Ocean.


Day 3

Table Mountain Summit Walk & Abseil

For this walk you meet at Abseil Africa’s offices in Long Street at 8.30am before being transferred to the lower cable car, the starting point for a guided walk up Plattekloof Gorge to the top of Table Mountain. The walk usually takes approx 2½ to 3 hours depending on fitness levels of the group.

At the top you then enjoy an exhilarating abseil from the top – for approx 112m. Step off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level, and rappel into pure vertical space. This is the world’s original highest commercial abseil. You are surrounded by awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet. At the end of the abseil, you enjoy a short hike (20-30 mins) to get back to the top of the mountain.


Day 4

White Shark Cage Diving – full day

Today you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Gansbaai harbour where you meet up with White Shark Projects for your Cage Diving to view the Sharks. Launch times are subject to change according to the tides.

Your day begins with breakfast at the Lodge with a trip briefing. Depart to the launch site to the shark boat and take the 20 minute trip to the white shark area. On board the boat you will have a light lunch of rolls or sandwiches, snacks, juice and soft drinks.

If you don’t want to dive: Great Whites come right to the surface where they swim around the boat, cage and baits. The experience from the surface is just as exciting as from the cage. It is a true wildlife experience and nothing is lost for those not willing to get wet.

During your excursion you have the opportunity to:

  • View great white sharks from the boat or cage
  • Experience breathtaking, unspoilt scenery and sea / bird life
  • View thousands of seals whilst visiting Dyer Island and during season, view an abundance of Southern Right Whales
  • Learn a great deal from the experienced crew

Day 5

Flight to Kruger National Park, 2 nights Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Full Board & Game Drives

Today you are transferred back to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Skukuza. On arrival you are met and transferred to your game lodge for your 2 night stay.

A safari is nearly always an important part of a holiday in Southern Africa – words cannot describe the thrill of tracking a leopard on the hunt or observing a breeding herd of elephants at a waterhole. The Kruger Park is the first choice for many of our guests, given the unsurpassed concentration and diversity of wildlife on offer. One of the finest nature reserves in Africa, the Kruger is a vast wilderness of thorn trees, prolific game and sub-tropical heat. It is home not only to The Big Seven – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, cheetah and wild dog, but also to an abundance of smaller, equally fascinating animals and birdlife.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is a 16-bed lodge, set on the banks of the Mutlumuvi riverbed, within a 12,000 hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park. Rhino Post Safari Lodge was built using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch and canvas to create an authentic bush ambience.  Each of the eight luxury open plan style suites have a bedroom and lounge area with impressive views of the riverbed from the bathroom, outdoor shower and private deck.

Note: This sample itinerary suggests two nights at Rhino Post followed by two nights at its sister camp, Plains Camp, which focuses on walking safaris. But you can change this if you are not so into walking…


Accommodation: Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Located in: Kruger National Park - Kruger Park - South Africa

Day 7

2 nights walking safari, Rhino Plains Camp, Full Board & Game Activities

This morning you are transferred to Rhino Plains Camp for a walking safari.

Rhino Post Plains Camp is situated in the heart of the 12,000ha private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park and is the only camp specializing in walking safaris in the Kruger. The concession shares a 15km boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with game moving freely between the two reserves. The concession comprises of environmentally sensitive areas previously unexplored, with huge diversity of both fauna and flora – an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris.


Accommodation: Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp
Located in: Kruger National Park - Kruger Park - South Africa

Day 9

Flight to Johannesburg, Overnight The Residence, B&B

This morning head back to Skukuza airport for your flight to Johannesburg (Not included in base quote). On arrival, you are met and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city en route to The Residence Hotel.

Known to the locals as “E’Goli” or City of Gold, Johannesburg is the pulsating heart of South Africa’s industrial and commercial life where gold mining still continues.

The Residence is a small boutique hotel in the historic suburb of Houghton which exudes an air of quiet, charming sophistication. The sumptuous lounge and sitting room invite relaxation throughout the seasons. A cosy log fire is lit on chilly days, while doors open onto the long, spacious veranda which offers a cool respite in the warm summer months. Take a stroll through the lush, terraced gardens; enjoy a game of tennis; or swim a few lengths in the large pool.


Accommodation: The Residence
Located in: Johannesburg & Magaliesberg - Johannesburg & Sun City - South Africa

Day 10

Fly to Victoria Falls, 3 nights Ilala Lodge or Victoria Falls Hotel, B&B

Today you transfer back to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival you are met and transferred to Ilala Lodge for your 3 night stay.

The Victoria Falls is a dramatic scenic contrast and a change of pace from the private game reserves. It is a sight not to be missed – the clouds of spray generated by this thunderous descent have resulted in a lush rain forest full of stunning wild flowers. A host of activities are centred on three separate delights: the Falls, the magnificent Zambezi River and the surrounding Zambezi National Park. To gain an overall impression of the Falls, the helicopter ‘Flight of Angels‘ is essential. A microlight ride and bungee jumping are available for the truly daring. Visitors can also sample elephant back safaris and take part in their grooming and feeding activities at the Elephant Camp.

Ilala Lodge is a friendly small hotel which is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls. The National Park borders the front of property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. The Victoria Falls are just an easy walk away, as is the town with its array of adventure activities on offer.

Victoria Falls Hotel is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site and is an easy walking distance from the Falls. This five star hotel, built in 1904 has been completely refurbished and combines the charm of the old with the luxury of the new. Soak up the elegant Edwardian ambience as you sip cocktails on the terrace, which has a spectacular view of the ‘smoke that thunders’.


Accommodation: Ilala Lodge
Located in: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel
Located in: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Day 11

Morning at leisure to explore the Falls, Afternoon Adrenalin activities or Elephant Back Safari

Today you can enjoy either the Highwire and Canopy Tour (Highwire activities comprises the Cable Slide, Zip Line & Gorge Swing) or an elephant back safari.

Option 1: The Highwire & Canopy pass

The Vic Falls Canopy Tour consists of 9 different slides, varying in length (with the longest being approximately 85m and the shortest being 40m) plus an exciting cable bridge walkway in the middle. The highwire adrenalin activities include the flying fox, the zipline and the gorge swing. All activities are optional!

Option 2: Elephant Back Safari

It is not too often that one can climb onto the back of an African Elephant and set off at an easy rolling pace in search of other wild game; wild elephant, giraffe, buffalo and much more. This is an elephant ‘experience’ and the guides are highly trained experts in the behaviour of elephants and the wildlife around them.

The duration of the Elephant Back Safari is about 3 hours in total. You are transferred to Elephant Wildlife Centre where refreshements are served. Then you are taken to meet the elephants and their handlers, and the trail begins (riding for approx 45 minutes to one hour). Halfway through the ride, you dismount and interact with the elephants whilst the guide gives an informative talk on the African elephant and its relationship with man. The safari ends with a choice of snacks.


Day 12

Choice of White River Rafting or a full day tour to Chobe National Park

Option 1: White water rafting

Enjoy a full day on the river, rafting with an experienced guide through some of the most exciting rapids in the world, and then drifting between rapids through breathtaking gorge scenery. White Water Rafting on the Zambezi river is divided into ‘high water’ and ‘low water’ seasons. The rapids on the Zambezi River are officially defined as ‘Grade 5’ by the British Canoe Union (Grade 6 being commercially unrunnable). Guests should be reasonably fit for this activity, as there is a fairly steep walk into and out of the Batoka Gorge as well as the White Water Rafting activity itself.

Option 2: Full day tour to Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a 1½ hours drive from Victoria Falls. Chobe is one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa and home to the largest elephant population in the world. The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala. These are followed closely by predators including lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog.

Your Chobe safari starts with a morning game viewing cruise on the Chobe River with tea, coffee, drinks and light snacks served on board. Lunch is served at Chobe Safari Lodge which overlooks the Chobe River and the plains beyond. In the afternoon, open safari vehicles are used for a game drive into the Chobe National Park, with a chance of spotting lion and buffalo as well as numerous plains game species. Later you return through the border post and arrive back in Victoria Falls in the late afternoon.


Day 13

Return to Johannesburg

Today you are transferred back to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.


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Includes:
Meals and accommodation as shown in text, charter flights and road transfers between lodges, services of experienced ranger whilst on safari
Excludes:
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals not specified
Best time to go:
Ideally you may like to avoid late October to January as the Falls are not at their best during that time
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