Check a few more countries off your Bucket List with this adventure through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. Our African tour features urban exploration in the picturesque cities of Johannesburg, Livingstone and Cape Town. The South African culture is one of the most ethnically diverse in the world adding to the ambiance and wonder of this action-packed tour. Heading into the countryside, ecological adventures including safaris, game drives, bush walks, and river cruise safaris balance the urban and rural experience. You will visit Kruger and Chobe National Parks and attend a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. See one of the seven natural wonders of the world at Victoria Falls. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to visit Africa!
17 Days 4 Countries 32 Meals
Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg this evening, transfer to your hotel for the night.
Day 2 - Johannesburg
Wake up refreshed and ready to start the day! You have free time to explore the area on your own or take in an optional tour. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 3 - Johannesburg
This morning take a trip through the township of Soweto with visits to the Hector Peterson Memorial and Apartheid Museum. Lunch is included today.
Day 4-7 - Kruger Region
Travel overland to the Kruger Region. Your lodge for the next 4 nights is set on a bend of the Kapama River within the largest reserve in the Kruger National Park. A game-rich area, you can expect to see the Big 5 and more on daily game drives and guided bush walks.Days are about adventure and game drives & bush walks are led by experienced rangers and guides. A short hike can also be enjoyed to a lookout point that showcase views of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Day 8 - Kruger Region to Hazyyiew
Venture along the Panorama Route visiting a few sites before settling into our lodge. After traversing the African bush on game drives, you can relax and watch as hippo, crocodile and other wildlife congregate at the river.
Day 9 - Hazyview to Kruger Airport for our flight to Livingstone
This morning transfer to the airport for our flight to Livingstone. Our lodge for the night lies on the banks of the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls offers a magnificent backdrop to this lodge!
Day 10 - Livingstone
Today you’ll take a walking and driving tour of historic Livingstone in Zambia led by a local guide steeped in the history and legends of the town. In the early evening you will be transferred to the Zimbabwean side for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Your lodge for the next 2 nights is situated 500 meters from the seventh wonder of the world with impressive views of the amazing falls.
Day 11 - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls and encompassing nature reserves is an awe-inspiring experience. This tour takes us to the best viewpoints of this iconic waterfall, allowing you to soak up the powerful and enigmatic atmosphere of Victoria Falls. Enjoy a Boma dinner with Shangaan dancer and singer providing entertainment during our meal. The menu comprises a range of traditional Zimbabwean dishes complemented by a BBQ buffet. A traditional storyteller adds that extra element of intrigue and drama to the evening.
Day 12-13 - Victoria Falls to Kasane, Botswana
Travel from Victoria Falls to Kasane, Botswana. Our lodge overlooks the Chobe River and offers a magical game experience! Expect to view the largest concentration of elephants in Africa as well as herds of buffalo, lion, leopards and much more. You can look forward to cruises down the Chobe river and game drives. This evening enjoy a dinner as a group.
Day 14 - Kasane to Cape Town, South Africa
Transfer to the airport for flights to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town, transfer to your hotel and enjoy dinner with the group.
Day 15 - Cape Town
Explore Cape Town today with a Table Mountain, City and Robben Island Tour. Take a trip to the top of the world, high above the clouds on the famous Table Mountain (weather permitting). Step into the rich history of this city passing key historical monuments and places of interest. Weather permitting, you will board the ferry over to Robben Island for a tour including a viewing of Nelson
Day 16 - Cape Town
Enjoy a different part of the “Mother City” with a Cape Peninsula Tour. Other exciting stops include Hout Bay Harbour, Chapman’s Peak (weather permitting), Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point Funicular, Boulders Beach – home of the endangered land-base colony of African penguins and Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Day 17 - Cape Town
A Winelands Tour is planned for this afternoon. South Africa is known for its quality white, reds, blends, and bubblies. This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner along with some cultural entertainment. Bid farewell to your local guide as we are transferred to the airport for our flight home.
Secure your seat with a $700 refundable deposit for the 2025 Departure! Get a jump on the crowd by making a risk free deposit. As this trip is still in the planning stage, your pre-reservation entitles you to be notified as soon as the dates and pricing is posted. We do this so you can see what will be offered in the coming months/year.
All prices are per person, land only and include all taxes and fees. Prices are in CAD.
Not included in price:
- International airfare
- Airline baggage fees for additional or over-sized luggage
- Airline fuel surcharges if there is a change in fuel prices
- Tourist VISA's for Zimbabwe & Zambia
- Passport photos for VISA's
- Gratuities for Tour Director and Driver
- Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary
- Any personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Pre or post tour arrangements
**Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed
**Table Mountain, Robben Island Tour and Chapman's Peak are subject to weather conditions
**Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date and must contain sufficient blank pages for visas.
To truly experience this program and Africa, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
US Dollars are widely accepted in Africa as well as most major credit cards (Visa & MasterCard). It’s a good idea to let your bank know the countries you will be travelling, to avoid your card being declined. ATM’s are also available in most of the larger cities.
Passport & Visa
**Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date and must contain sufficient blank pages for visas *
**Please note, entry requirements, visas and fees are subject to change at any time and are not included in the tour package**
South Africa: Canadians do not need a tourist visa to enter South Africa. However, upon arrival, immigration officials will issue a temporary resident visa (TRV) for up to 90 days. Your passport must contain at least 2 empty pages (pages must be facing each other) for the necessary South African Temporary Residence Permit. Without this, you will be denied entry into the country.
Zimbabwe/ Zambia: Canadians are eligible for a UniVisa which can be purchased upon arrival at your port of entry. The KAZA UNIVISA is valid for 30 days and allows passengers to cross into Zimbabwe/ Zambia as frequently as they like within the 30-day period. $50 USD Cash
Botswana: Canadians do not need a tourist visa to enter Botswana for stay up to 90 days.
We suggest you contact your doctor and local Travel Health Clinic a few months prior to your departure. Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Yellow Fever Vaccine may also be recommended.
An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage (such as your phone charger) you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adaptor plug to ensure proper function.
South Africa is supplied at 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. The adaptor is Type M.
Botswana is 220-240 volts at 50Hz. Type M & G adaptors can be found.
Victoria Falls is 220 volts at 50Hz. Both Type M & G adaptors can be found.
Zambia is 230 volts and 50Hz. Type C, D & G plugs are found.
Plastic Bag Ban
Many African countries have or are in the process of implementing a Plastic Bag Ban. We ask that you consider using eco friendly alternatives to single use plastic bags when packing for this trip!
Plastic pollution is the gravest environmental threat because it affects human life, marine life, and the entire food chain. Several retailers have accepted the South Africa Plastic Bag Ban and are planning a ban on single use plastics and replacing it with shopping bags which are biodegradable.
Johannesburg: May is one of the driest months and the average daytime temperature is 14C.
Kruger area: May marks the beginning of the cold season in Kruger National Park, however, your chances of spotting wildlife have upped considerably. The average daytime temperature reaches 20C. Rain is unlikely as African winters are mostly dry.
Victoria Falls: May is a great time to visit Victoria Falls, after the region’s summer rains. The average temperature is 20C.
Chobe: May is the best time to visit Botswana. The sky is clear, the air is dry and its warm during the day, averaging 24C. The animals of the savanna are easy to spot because they concentrate around the few remaining water holes. The nights are cool.
Cape Town: May is the beginning of Autumn in Cape Town. The weather will be cool and wet. The average daytime temperature is 16C, the days are often cool and overcast.
Packing for your African Safari Guideline
- Breathable and neutral in color to blend in with the bush (khaki, beige, greens, taupe or grey)
- Black and dark blue are thought to attract the Africa Tsetse flies, whereas predators identify red with wounded animals. With the amount of dust in the bush, white gets dirty very easily.
- Can adapt to the changing temperatures throughout the day (dress in layers)
- Items that can be easily hand washed if necessary and are quick to dry (cotton shirts)
- Light jacket/ rain jacket and/or vest
- Sweater, scarf, hat & gloves
- Items that are comfortable and warm at night are important
- A casual pair of pants and top are suitable for evening meals, very informal!
- Comfortable walking shoes and a pair of sandals to rest your feet at the end of the day
- Swimsuit, sunglasses
Other Important Items:
- Sunscreen, bug spray
- Adaptors and converters for charging and plugging in electronic items