Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive in Cape Town, the metropolitan light of South Africa, where you transfer to one of the country’s most famous hotels, set in the heart of the city.
Day 2: Cape Town | Look to the Beacon of Hope
Explore this magnificent harbor city, starting with a scenic drive to flat-topped Table Mountain, where you reach the summit via cable car (weather permitting). Take in the panorama of southern seas, sun-drenched city and the impressive cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, brooding high above the ragged shore. History follows with a drive through old Cape Town, past Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church), City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue with a drive past the Company Gardens with views of the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery. Stop for an artisan visit at Streetwires, where locals come together to craft handmade bead art. Your afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s welcome dinner. (B D)
Day 3: Cape Town | Thrilling Coast Beyond the City
Journey along the Atlantic coast, past the “bikini beaches,” through the charming harbor of Hout Bay and over historic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Reach the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope, a richly diverse, 22,000-acre nature reserve that juts into the sea. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at Cape Point, offering views of Southern right whales from July through November. Spot Cape mountain zebras and possibly the rare bontebok en route to Boulders Beach, to sight endangered African penguins. Pass through Simon’s Town with its English seaside feel, the brightly painted boats on False Bay and Constantia, South Africa’s legendary wine country. Stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to explore five of Africa’s six biomes (distinctive ecological regions) with a private local guide. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your hotel. (B L)
Days 4-5: Riding the Rovos Rail | Winelands to Grasslands
Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you board the wood-paneled coaches of the luxurious Rovos Rail. Depart Cape Town Station as you settle into your suite featuring a sitting area, an en suite bathroom, and the perfect blend of period ambience and modern amenities. Wind through mountains, rolling green hills and the Cape Winelands before stopping to visit Matijiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village. Sip South African vintages in handsome dining cars serving up artful menus as the stunning scenery scrolls by. The next day, gain another perspective from the Observation Car at the rear of the train. In Kimberley, tour the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest excavation site. Continue through the hauntingly barren Great Karoo and the grasslands of gold-rich Highveld, marveling at the changing landscapes. (B L D)
Day 6: Johannesburg | Heart of South Africa
After breakfast and views of the gold fields of Witwatersrand, arrive at Pretoria Station. Transfer to your modern, residentialstyle retreat in Johannesburg, where you enjoy lunch before an afternoon at leisure. Rest and relax or enjoy the amenities of your accommodations. (B L)
Day 7: Victoria Falls | The Mighty Zambezi
Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your beautiful, historic hotel overlooking the magnificent falls. This afternoon, set sail on a Scenic Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, watching for the rising mist of the falls in the far distance while you sip a refreshing cocktail. Spot hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds as you gently glide along. (B D)
Day 8: Along the Chobe River | Iconic Falls and Rivers
Join your guide for a walking tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, (the smoke that thunders.) Watch as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plunges 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi, making rainbows form and fade in the mist. Later, enjoy a market visit, browsing stalls filled with local handicrafts and relax on a drive to Kasane, where you pass through Namibian customs before boarding five-star ‘Zambezi Queen.’ Enjoy the sunset river views on this elegant, uniquely African vessel while sipping cocktails and sampling canapés. Watch as elephants, buffalo and monkeys come to the river’s edge to drink. On board tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner prepared by the resident chef, who shares a dinner that matches the majesty of your surroundings. (B L D)
Days 9-10: Along the Chobe River | Chobe National Park
Discover the wildlife-rich Chobe plain, which boasts buffalo, lions, giraffes and hippos, as well as Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Experience the region as you wish: Choose a morning and afternoon activity, opt to tour a local Namibian village, fish on the Chobe River or embark on a river safari from the seat of a small boat. The next day, set off on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Following lunch and time to unwind aboard ‘Zambezi Queen,’ you again have the choice to fish or embark on a river safari, both from aboard a smaller boat for more intimate views of the river. This evening, from the decks of ‘Zambezi Queen,’ watch baboons, buffalo and familial herds of elephants come to the river to drink, while hippos begin their nightly graze. (B L D)
Day 11: Okavango Delta | Predator Capital
After breakfast, disembark ‘Zambezi Queen’ and fly to the Okavango Delta via Kasane Airport. Arrive at the newly renovated Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, in the Mombo Concession of the vast Moremi Game Reserve. This area is considered the “Predator Capital of the World” and is home to the “Big Five.” It offers Botswana’s most exciting game viewing, with a lush delta that draws a remarkable concentration of birds and wildlife. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. (B L D)
Day 12: Okavango Delta | Game Drives and the “Big Five”
Rise early for a game drive on the Okavango Delta, where viewing is nothing short of magnificent with large concentrations of elephants, buffalo and impalas; lions and other predators also call the Okavango home. Activities include a seasonal mokoro ride on the delta and a Chef’s Table experience offering you a taste of traditional local cuisine. Visit the area where 20 rare and endangered rhinos, which were transported into Moremi Reserve to protect them from poachers, now live in their new home. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy and Sanctuary Retreats partnered with the Botswana Defense Force and Wilderness Safaris in this bold commitment to conservation. Prior to your afternoon safari, enjoy an educational presentation about the rhinos and their journey from South Africa to Botswana. Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner. (B L D)
Day 13: Depart Johannesburg
After breakfast, fly to Johannesburg via Maun, where you connect with your international flight home. Enjoy access to the comfortable Premier Lounge before your departure. (B)
Winelands Pre-Tour Extension -
3 days, priced from $1,995
Available to add to select departure dates.
Arrive in Cape Town, transfer your Winelands hotel and enjoy a special welcome dinner.
Today explore historic Stellenbosch with an expert guide, who reveals the town’s modern wine industry. Experience Bordeaux blends at Morgenster Estate, chocolate and wine at Waterford Estate, and an art exhibition at Muratie Wine Estate. (B,L)
Wander quaint Franschhoek and the 300-year-old Grand Provence Heritage Wine Estate, visiting Haute Cabriere Wine Estate and the Huguenot Museum en route. Return to Cape Town to begin your main program. (B,L)
Post-Tour Extension: Namibia - 5 days priced from: $2,495. Internal air from $1,500 (Johannesburg/Windhoek/Sossusvlei/Windhoek/Johannesburg).
Available to add to select departure dates.
Fly to Windhoek in Namibia, via Johannesburg, South Africa. The evening is at leisure at your hotel.
Fly to your eco-friendly lodge in the Namib Desert. Watch wildlife at a waterhole and stargaze at the on-site observatory. On Day 3, choose from optional activities, such as a visit to Sossusvlei, amid the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park. On Day 4, take a nature drive in NamibRand Nature Reserve. Later, gather for a festive farewell dinner. (B L D)
Fly to Johannesburg, via Windhoek, to depart.
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