When: July 09, 2017 - July 22, 2017 (iCal)
“I was thrilled to be on this safari… and in the end would have happily started all over again.”
Join us on a safari through some of the great wildlife sanctuaries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia. We will begin sightseeing in Johannesburg and then spend three days in Victoria Falls amid the spectacular falls, then take a game drive to discover the black rhino, and enjoy a “Sundowner” cruise on the Zambezi River. We will continue to Chobe National Park for game drives and boat safaris, followed by Zambia where we will take a chartered plane for game viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park; there we will have a 3-night stay at the Royal Zambezi Lodge. Our park experience includes open vehicle game drives, night game drives, guided canoe trips, sunset river cruises, and fishing. An optional post-tour extension to Cape Town is available.
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Price From: $7,754
Includes land and air from Boston, New York, or Washington DC;
per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Day 1: U.S.
Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg
Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel in the suburb of Rosebank.
Day 3: Johannesburg/Soweto
Today, we meet our traveling companions and embark on a tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg. Here we’ll see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela’s home (now a museum) and the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, to learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising. Then a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising will share fascinating stories with us before our lunch at a local restaurant. Tonight we dine together for a welcome dinner.
Day 4: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We fly today to Livingstone, Zambia, then transfer to Victoria Falls and our hotel located in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. This afternoon, we will see the thundering falls, first “discovered” by David Livingstone and claimed for Queen Victoria. With its deep gorge and soaking spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world.
Day 5: Victoria Falls
This morning features a small group highlight: a game drive to spot the elusive black rhino in the bush of the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. Both thrilling and safe, this experience serves to educate visitors about the increasing threats to Africa’s wildlife. Late this afternoon is a “Sundowner” dinner cruise on the Zambezi.
Day 6: Victoria Falls
After a morning visit to Victoria Falls town and a local village and school, this afternoon is at leisure at our hotel, which has its own watering hole and outdoor pool. Tonight we will hear an engaging guest speaker on “The Story of David Livingstone.”
Day 7: Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana
This morning, we travel two hours by motorcoach to Botswana and Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest concentrations of game in all of Africa. After lunch at our lodge, this afternoon is a game-viewing boat safari on the Chobe River, where we may see hippo, crocs, some of the park’s numerous species of birds (including the sacred ibis, carmine bee-eaters, fish eagle, and kingfisher), and perhaps a beautiful Chobe sunset. Dinner tonight is at our lodge.
Day 8: Chobe National Park
Known for its diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife—including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, and buffalo—Chobe consists of 7,270 square miles of protected parkland. We will see a portion of this natural wonder on our early morning game drive and this afternoon’s boat safari.
Day 9: Chobe National Park
Today continues another set of early morning and late afternoon game drives. In between game viewing activities, there is leisure time to experience the amenities of our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, adjacent to the park itself.
Day 10: Chobe National Park/Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
This morning, we board a privately chartered plane for the 1½-hour flight to Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia’s newest reserve and, as the former private sanctuary of Zambia’s president, the least developed. As one Africa’s last stretches of pristine wilderness, here we may get closer to the animals than anywhere else. Late afternoon we will participate in some of the lodge’s game viewing activities, which include open vehicle game drives, night game drives, fishing, guided canoe trips, bush walks, and boat safaris.
Day 11: Lower Zambezi National Park
Another day of game viewing activities, this time in this 1,600 square mile park on the southern end of Zambia known for its 100-strong elephant herds, unusually large prides of lion, plus buffalo, water¬buck, antelope, impala, zebra, crocodile, hippo, kudu, warthog, eland, and leopard, among other wildlife; and where ebonies, leadwoods, figs, and acacias preside over the mineral-rich grassland. Together with Zimbabwe’s renowned Mana Pools Reserve across the river, the Lower Zambezi National Park forms a massive sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site where we’re certain to enjoy unparalleled game and bird viewing – and rarely see another person.
Day 12: Lower Zambezi National Park
From our 14-room luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, we have another day to engage in game viewing activities in this lush riverine environment of mammal and bird species. With the Zambezi River, abundant game on the valley floor, and the Zambezi Escarpment as a backdrop, the Lower Zambezi National Park offers a dramatic setting for game viewing ... as does our lodge, where animals roam freely on the grounds. Tonight we will celebrate our wildlife adventure at a farewell dinner.
Day 13: Lower Zambezi National Park/Lusaka/Depart for U.S.
We travel by charter flight today to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, where we have hotel day rooms until our departure this evening for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S.
Day 14: Arrive U.S.
We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our flights home.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change