Icons of Southern Africa

Icons of Southern Africa

10 Days Starting in Cape Town and ending in Johannesburg

Visiting: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mabula Game Reserve, Victoria Falls

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

AFCVN20

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Trip Styles:

Budget, Safari Tours

Activities:

4WD, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Take in the contrasts of Cape Town and Table Mountain before heading out on safari and visiting Victoria Falls. You’ll get your fill of adventure as you explore in search of the Big 5 and feast on traditional meals during this Icons of Southern Africa trip.

Highlights

  • City orientation tour including Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit Table Mountain via Aerial Cableway

  • Three included safari vehicle game drives in search of lion leopard rhino elephant and buffalo that make up the magnificent Big 5

  • Guided tour with your Local Specialist of Victoria Falls one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

  • One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World the main event is up next a guided tour with your Local Specialist of Victoria Falls.

  • 4 Dinner (D)

  • 9 Breakfast (B)

  • 2 Lunch (L)

  • : City orientation tour including Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit Table Mountain via Aerial Cableway.

  • : Three included safari vehicle game drives, in search of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo that make up the magnificent Big 5.

  • : An expert Travel Director or Driver Guide

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In Cape Town
Location: Cape Town
Accommodation: SunSquare Gardens
Meals Included: Dinner

Nothing can quite prepare you for what awaits in Cape Town! Table Mountain, endless beaches, and big city scenes, all this and much more are ready to welcome you today. On arrival, we have airport transfers arranged for you at 11:00 and 15:00 to take you to your hotel set in the heart of the city, then head out to get a first-hand feel of this cosmopolitan buzz, before starting the trip off right, with your Travel Director and the group, where excitement will be riding high. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.

Day 2: Cape Town Orientation And Free Time
Location: Cape Town
Accommodation: SunSquare Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast

In what the locals call the ‘Mother City’, we’ll waste no time getting started. For us, there’s no better way to do it than an essential morning orientation tour to really get your bearings. Your Travel Director will paint a vivid picture of each and every spot, from the colorful facades and houses in Bo-Kaap to the lush Company Gardens and the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope. You’ll soon feel like you’re a part of history itself. Standing tall, the main event of today sees us hitting all new heights at you guessed it, Table Mountain via the iconic aerial cable way. As we pause to take in the 360-degree views stretching down the City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard and beyond you’re sure to hear a collective ‘ahhhh’. With Table Mountain checked off, tailoring your afternoon is up next, with options that are just as iconic as the sights. Choose to take a relaxed e-bike ride along the beach before feeling the sand in your toes at a sunset beach braai (barbeque), or jam your way through a djembe drumming session, re-fuelling over a feast of traditional African treats.

Day 3: Cape Town Free Day
Location: Cape Town
Accommodation: SunSquare Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is about taking in Cape Town and surrounds, your way, and you’ll have options galore. Wine lovers could choose to pop the cork and sip their way through the day in the Cape Winelands, via the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Lovers of all things cars could feel the thrills at Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to many specialized cars and motorbikes created over the past century, followed by wine tastings and a picnic lunch. Other options for those whose perfect day is the great outdoors, lace your boots up for a guided hike to the top of Table Mountain, or take it up a notch on a thrilling mountain-biking trail.

Day 4: Cape Town - Johannesburg - Mabula Game Reserve
Location: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mabula Game Reserve
Accommodation: Safari Plains Game Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Farewell Cape Town, it’s been a dream. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. We’ve got exciting news though, as another adventure in the form of a safari, awaits today! We board our included flight and say a quick hello to Johannesburg, before hopping straight to it as we make tracks to Mabula Game Reserve, home to the main event. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the UNESECO listed Waterberg Mountains, the fantasy of coming to Africa will really set in. Wild, open and magical, in our 4x4 vehicle, it will be all eyes peeled as the sun sets over the bushveld and the animals begin to emerge.

Day 5: Mabula Game Reserve Safari Game Drives
Location: Mabula Game Reserve
Accommodation: Safari Plains Game Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll be rising early today as we go in search of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo that make up the magnificent Big 5, and there’s no better way to do it than with our Local Specialist Guide leading the charge. Feel like a true explorer as we navigate the dusty tracks in pursuit of spotting animals in both the vegetation and sparse open spaces while learning all about the area under our Guide’s expert knowledge of the area. Whether you spot the Big 5 or not, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy this truly magical experience. So take a moment to put your camera down and soak up sights, sounds, and smells of Africa.

Day 6: Mabula Game Reserve - Johannesburg
Location: Mabula Game Reserve, Johannesburg
Accommodation: Protea Balalaika
Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll bid a fond farewell to the bushveld, tucking into a tasty breakfast, and just like that it's time to head back to civilization to our next city stop, Johannesburg. Johannesburg is hard to resist, and we’ll get our bearings first up with an orientation of its sights and sounds with your Travel Director. With an afternoon to explore your way take the opportunity to get a history fix at Soweto, delving into the infamous history of South Africa's oldest township and once home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. For a slice of adventure, consider donning a helmet to explore the Sterkfontein Caves and wander the Maropeng Visitor Center, where humanity’s origin story comes to life through interactive exhibits. However you choose to explore this afternoon, you’ll be sure to have taken away a piece of why people fall in love with the people and energy in this vibrant city.

Day 7: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls
Location: Johannesburg, Victoria Falls
Accommodation: A'Zambezi River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The ‘smoke that thunders', otherwise known as Victoria Falls, awaits today. After an included morning flight, you’ll be feeling like a VIP at our accommodation, located right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. This river is the lifeblood of Victoria Falls and home to hippos, crocodiles and playful elephants. You will spot these water-loving creatures if you choose to end the day with our optional experience - a blissful sunset cruise.

Day 8: Victoria Falls Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Victoria Falls
Accommodation: A'Zambezi River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the main event is up next, a guided tour with your Local Specialist of Victoria Falls. It will be hard to pull your jaw from the floor today because these thunderous falls, standing at 108m (354ft), make up the world’s largest sheet of falling water that show Mother Nature at her best. Later, take time to explore life in the slow lane. Whether you want to wander little galleries or open air markets, there’s no shortage of ways to end the day.

Day 9: Free Day In Victoria Falls
Location: Victoria Falls
Accommodation: A'Zambezi River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is at leisure, you may wish to cross the Botswana border for a day-trip into Chobe National Park, where large herds of African elephant roam. Board your Chobe River cruise, watching herds of elephant and buffalo come to the edge of the river to drink. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to Victoria Falls for your last night in Zimbabwe.

Day 10: Victoria Falls - Depart Johannesburg
Location: Victoria Falls, Johannesburg
Meals Included: Breakfast

With fond memories of animals, waterfalls and friendly locals fresh in your mind, your trip around southern Africa’s icons will come to an end today. You’ll tuck into breakfast, then transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your included flight to Johannesburg, where your tour ends upon arrival. Please ensure your international flight home departs after 19:30.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director or Driver Guide

  • Cherry picked hotels and lodges, all tried and trusted.

  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach

  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences

  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

  • Flights Cape Town to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end locations are not included and must be arranged by travelers.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure protection.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are included, giving you the opportunity to explore local dining options.

  • Optional Experiences

    Some optional experiences and excursions are not included and can be purchased separately.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs are not covered.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included and are the responsibility of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach. Flights Cape Town to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.

Accommodation

Cherry picked hotels and lodges, all tried and trusted.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the starting point of the tour?

    The tour starts in Cape Town.

  • What is the ending point of the tour?

    The tour ends in Johannesburg.

  • Will I have a chance to see Victoria Falls on this tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a guided tour with a Local Specialist of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

  • What are the exclusions of the tour?

    Exclusions include international flights to and from the start and end locations, travel insurance, some meals, optional experiences and excursions, personal expenses such as laundry and souvenirs, and any applicable visa fees.

  • Are airport transfers included?

    Yes, airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.

  • Are there any safari game drives included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes three safari vehicle game drives in search of the Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo.

  • What countries will I visit on the Icons of Southern Africa tour?

    On the Icons of Southern Africa tour, you will visit South Africa and Zimbabwe.

  • What type of transportation is provided during the tour?

    The tour provides luxury air-conditioned coach transportation. It also includes flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, many meals and daily breakfasts are included in the tour.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect on this tour?

    You can expect to stay in cherry-picked hotels and lodges, all tried and trusted, during the tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

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ONE OF MY BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE!

12-Jan-2023

Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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Definitely recommend

14-Dec-2022

Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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05-Jan-2023

We have traveled to Europe many times but this time Spain was different. It was fantastic trip, our tour director was professional and informative.

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No hesitation recommending Costsaver

17-Jan-2023

I had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience.

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Why I chose Costsaver

15-Jan-2023

1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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