There is no place like South Africa, with its endless wilderness and the most curious flora and fauna in the world everywhere. The two countries to the north, Namibia and Botswana, are no exception, with national parks, mountains, deserts, and Victoria Falls along the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
There’s a lot to explore here, and equally a lot of distance. Therefore, the popularity of all-companion tours is entirely justified by the fact that it takes care of the transportation, accommodation and guide duties, allowing visitors to spend more time exploring rather than organizing. Taking into account factors such as price, length of time, itinerary and past traveler reviews, here are five of the best itineraries including South Africa and Victoria Falls.
From: US$ 3,182/person
Wine, wildlife and waterfalls were the three highlights of the trip. The African adventure will last 37 days and travel through the southern half of the continent, making it a must-see for those with time and interest. Starting in Cape Town, the tour enters the wine country of Fort Kader for a glass or two of wine. Continuing north, the tour will travel through Namibia and Botswana for wildlife viewing in the Okavango River Delta, before entering Zimbabwe with a stop at Victoria Falls. The trip then passes through Zambia and Malawi, ending in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
In seven days, Victoria fell to Johannesburg.
From US$ 1,619/person
Making the most of Zimbabwe’s exotic locales is the best way to experience the highlights of the country as well as some of the attractions in the northern region of South Africa. Start at Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enter Hwange National Park, where you’ll be able to see animals like elephants, lions, giraffes and zebras in open vehicles. In South Africa, you will visit the Limpopo Valley to see baobab trees and exotic rock formations. Some costs are not included in this price, such as tickets to Victoria Falls and the cost of a few meals.
Southern Africa Tour
From 3,090 yuan/person
The 11-day tour of South Africa starts in Cape Town and takes you on a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain and to Borders Beach for penguin viewing. Next up is a flight to the Kruger National Park area (airfare does not include group fare) for two days of all-day game viewing and the opportunity to see the five major animals – the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo – as well as the wildebeest, cheetah and hippo. Key South African attractions, such as the Mandela Palace and the Apartheid Museum, were the highlights of the Johannesburg trip, culminating in a flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (not included in the price) to round off the experience.
19 Days on the Cape to Victoria Falls
Following a very popular route, this 19-day tour begins in Cape Town and heads north to the Namqualand area, where wildflowers bloom in due season in the valley near Springbok. The tour then moves into Namibia, with the highlights being the Sethlime Gorge and Etosha National Park, which offers great scenery and close encounters with wildlife. The tour will then enter Botswana to explore the Okavango Delta and then follow the Chobe River into Zimbabwe, where it joins the Zambezi River and leads to Victoria Falls. The price includes admission to all attractions along the way, 18 nights of accommodation, breakfast, most dinners and guided transfers.
Southern Africa and the magnificence of Victoria Falls
Similar in length and itinerary to the Splendors tour in South Africa, the Splendors tour from Cape Town paired Kruger with Makalali Private Game Reserve. Although the two are not far apart, Makalali has a smaller number of tourists and you still have the opportunity to see the Big Five by driving to the Big Five Animal Sanctuary over the course of four days before heading to Johannesburg. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit Soweto, the largest town in South Africa. In the last few days, you will fly north to Victoria Falls where you will have the opportunity for hiking and nature observation with a guide. Accommodation, breakfast, guide and transport are included in the price, with half-day lunches and dinners included in the price.