Rhythms of Africa A journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe. South Africa land of ancient mystery, where wild and rugged landscapes paint a picture so eerie, From the savannahs and the plains to the shimmering coast, The beauty of this land, is like a magnificent host. A trip to South Africa, a journey like no other, a place of wonder and mystery, of culture and nature. Top off your journey with Zimbabwe, a country with a rich cultural and historical heritage that is waiting to be explored. From ancient rock art to bustling cities, Zimbabwe has something for everyone. But perhaps the most famous attraction is Victoria Falls, a natural wonder that takes your breath away with its sheer size and beauty. Whether you want to see the falls up close or experience the vibrant culture of Zimbabwe, this is a destination that is not to be missed. So, come and discover the magic of Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls for yourself! Come along and be enchanted, let your spirit roam free, and discover the magic of these lands.
Depart to South Africa, Rhythms of Africa: Luxe journey through Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls & Beyond
Your arrival in Cape Town is met with a warm welcome as we transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city on the way, setting the tone for an unforgettable South African experience.
Welcome to South Africa
Nestled between the magnificent Table Mountain and the glistening waters of the Atlantic Ocean lies the vibrant and enchanting city of Cape Town. This cosmopolitan hub of South Africa has a rich history, one that can be traced back to the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century, and which has since been shaped by colonialism, apartheid, and the fight for democracy.
Today, Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and way of life. From the bustling streets of the city center to the colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, from the historic Robben Island to the trendy Waterfront, there's something for everyone in this diverse and dynamic city. A restful evening, from an arrival of Johannesburg, get ready for more of amazing of South Africa
Meals Welcome Dinner
Overnight Cape Town
The Cape Peninsula day tour starts with a tour of Cape Town City Bowl and continues past the V&A Waterfront to the main suburbs of the Atlantic Seaboard. This includes Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay. We travel past the Blue Flag beaches along a gorgeous scenic route with the glistening Atlantic Ocean on your right and the towering Twelve Apostle mountains on your left.
Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
We make our way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, over the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive and into the quaint coastal town of Noordhoek. The scenic peninsula drive takes us to the magnificent Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point.
In Hout Bay, you have the option of taking a boat cruise to Seal Island (not included in the rate) or strolling around the popular mariner wharf and harbour where you’ll make friends with the friendly seals that pop up for a pat.
At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, we visit the famous Cape Point Lighthouse. You have the option of a short but slightly steep walk on a well-worn path to the lighthouse or you can take the funicular railway to the top. The view is spectacular and you may see whales and dolphins in the bay.
Simons Town and Boulders Beach penguin colony
We end the morning in Simons Town which is a legendary naval town overlooking False Bay. You have the option of visiting the famous penguin colony at Boulders, or spending time strolling down the historic main street of Simons Town and popping into its quaint shops and museums.
Overnight Cape town
You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. The buildings were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners.
The prison tour will be conducted by a Robben Island Tour Guide. This is part of our integrated tour model. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
The half-day tour takes you on an incredibly scenic route to the historic town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch falls along what is known as the ‘longest wine route in the world’ which extends from the iconic Groot Contantia Wine Estate in Cape Town to the arid plains of the Little Karoo.
Our guide takes you on a short tour of Stellenbosch to show you historic landmarks and the beautiful heritage buildings before arriving at the first of two premier wine estates. After a tour of the cellars, join a representative of the estate to sample their finest wines which are paired with delicious local cheese.
We head off to the second wine estate for the same delicious wine tasting experience. You can buy your favorite vintage at the farm’s shop before leaving.
After visiting the wine region of South Africa, we will visit Table Mountain, giving all travelers a once in a life time experience with views from the top of table mountain.
Overnight Cape Town
City Town City Bowl and V&A Waterfront
The morning starts with a quick stop at the V&A Waterfront, located in the heart of the historic Cape Town Harbour. The world-class retail and entertainment complex is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa and offers visitors a glimpse into the daily goings-on of one of the oldest working harbours in the world.
We continue on to the Blue Flag beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, travelling through the modern coastal suburbs of the Atlantic Seaboard which runs parallel to the glistening Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find some of the most affluent homes along this stretch of coastline and magical beaches dotted with striking granite outcrops.
Next is a visit to the historic village of Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarters and home to many descendants of the slaves who once lived there. The Dutch East India Company established Bo-Kaap (meaning Above Cape) to house slaves from Malaysia and Indonesia who were bought to the Cape in the 1760s to build the city.
The brightly-painted homes and quaint cobbled streets tell a story of the village’s rich history. You can learn more about the cultural heritage of the predominantly Muslim community at the Bo-Kaap Museum which is housed in the Cape’s oldest building still in its original form.
Afternoon restful time, we fly to Johannesburg tomorrow, 0vernight Cape Town
We depart Cape Town, Fly to Johannesburg, En route to Pilanesberg
Allow yourself to be fascinated by a visit to Pilanesberg National Park, located in the North West Province of South Africa, is a wildlife sanctuary that spans over 55,000 hectares of diverse terrain. The park is home to the Big Five, as well as numerous other species such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, and many more.
Embark on game drives through the rugged terrain of Pilanesberg, as you try to spot the majestic African elephant or the elusive leopard. The park is also known for its abundant birdlife, with over 300 species to spot, such as the graceful fish eagle, or the striking lilac-breasted roller.
Take a walk on the wild side with a guided bushwalk, where you can experience the flora and fauna up close and personal. The knowledgeable guides will take you on a journey of discovery, sharing their knowledge about the fascinating plants and animals that call the park home. Game drives are in an open safari vehicle with a professional ranger. Return to the lodge as the sun is setting
After a day of adventure, relax in the comfort of your lodge and soak in the stunning views of the park. As the sun sets, as you reflect on the memories made in this African paradise.
As the golden rays of the sun peek over the horizon, casting a warm glow across the vast savannah of Pilanesberg National Park, you find yourself captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of the sunrise. The sky is painted in shades of pink, orange, and red, creating a breathtaking panorama that seems straight out of a dream.. we leave for the Airport, embark on a flight to another highlight of the tour, Victoria Falls .
Welcome to Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
As you leave the airport and head towards your lodge in Victoria Falls, you'll start to feel the anticipation building. The lush greenery and rugged terrain will give you a sense of the natural beauty that surrounds the area. Get to the hotel for a well deserved rest
As the sun begins to set over Victoria Falls, you'll be transported to the Boma, a traditional African restaurant that's become a must-visit for tourists to the area. From the moment you arrive, you'll be immersed in the rich culture and traditions of Africa.
The Boma offers a truly unforgettable dining experience that combines delicious African cuisine with a lively drumming performance. As you enter, you'll be greeted by the sounds of the drums and the warm hospitality of the staff.
The Boma is designed to resemble a traditional African village, with thatched roofs and an open-air layout that offers views of the stars above. The restaurant can accommodate up to 300 guests, so it's the perfect spot for a group or a family gathering.
The meal itself is a feast for the senses, with a variety of traditional African dishes to choose from. You can sample everything from roasted meats to vegetable stews to pap and chakalaka. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even try some of the more exotic dishes.
But the highlight of the evening is undoubtedly the drumming performance. As you dine on the delicious food, you'll be treated to a high-energy show featuring traditional African drumming, singing, and dancing. The performers are incredibly talented, and you'll be amazed by their skill and athleticism.
The Boma Dinner and Drum Show is not just a meal – it's an experience that will stay with you long after you've left Victoria Falls. It's a celebration of African culture and traditions, and it's a must-do for anyone visiting the area.
Overnight – Victoria Falls
After breakfast on your way to the awaited moment; a tour of Victoria Falls, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. You'll have the opportunity to walk along the pathways that offer panoramic views of the falls from different angles. You can also take a guided tour of the rainforest surrounding the falls and learn about the area's rich flora and fauna.
After lunch, you'll visit the Victoria Falls Bridge, which spans the Zambezi River and connects Zimbabwe and Zambia. The bridge was built in 1905 and has an impressive history, including its role in the construction of the railway from Cape Town to Cairo. You can take a walk across the bridge, which offers stunning views of the gorge below.
A Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the river and the surrounding area. You'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you watch the sunset over the river, and you may even spot some hippos, crocodiles, and other wildlife. After the cruise, you'll return to your hotel for a good night's rest, full of memories of your exciting day at Victoria Falls. So, come and explore Victoria Falls, where nature, culture, and history combine to create a unique and unforgettable experience.
Overnight Victoria Falls
Coming off a flight from Victoria Falls, you're ready for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.
As you make your way to your hotel, you're captivated by the vibrant culture and diverse history of Johannesburg. The city's energy is palpable, with its mix of modern skyscrapers, bustling markets, and lively streets. The sights and sounds of Johannesburg envelop you, as you take in the rich tapestry of its people and heritage. The city's rich history and cultural heritage are evident in every corner, from its museums and galleries to its vibrant neighborhoods as we drive to the hotels.
Some of tranquility, for you to unwind and recharge.
Free evening to enjoy or explore on your own
As the morning sun rises over Johannesburg, you find yourself standing atop Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein, surrounded by the rich history of South Africa's struggle for democracy. This living museum, once a prison and military fort, now houses the country's Constitutional Court, a beacon of hope and human rights.
You cross the iconic Mandela Bridge, named in honor of Nelson Mandela, and marvel at the panoramic views of the city as your guide provides an orientation tour of Johannesburg's historic landmarks and buildings.
The Carlton Centre, a majestic skyscraper and shopping center, offers breathtaking vistas of the city and its northern suburbs.
Next, you visit the Apartheid Museum, a unique tribute to South Africa's past, with poignant exhibitions that depict the rise and fall of apartheid, leading to the historic election of Nelson Mandela as the first Black president of the country.
In the afternoon, you venture to Soweto, passing famous landmarks such as the FNB Soccer Stadium and Baragwanath Hospital. You visit the Hector Pieterson Museum, a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made during the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
Strolling through the vibrant streets and markets of Soweto, you immerse yourself in the multicultural lifestyle of the city, feeling the spirit of resilience and unity that prevails. As the day comes to a close, your guide drives you back to your accommodation in Johannesburg, leaving you with cherished memories of a morning watching the sunrise and a day filled with history, culture, and the enduring spirit of South Africa's journey towards freedom and equality.
Optional, explore on your own or enjoy a day of rest. After 12 days of exploring South Africa, you may be feeling the need of some rest and relaxation. Fortunately, Johannesburg has plenty of options for a low-key day. You could start by indulging in a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you can turn the day into a shopping day. Some light shopping at one of the city's many upscale boutiques or malls.
Or, if you're interested in history or culture, you could visit one of the city's museums, or the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Alternatively, you could simply spend some time strolling through one of Johannesburg's beautiful parks, like Emmarentia Dam.
A day to unwind or explore on your own.
Enjoy your last day of your journey, as later in the day, you may want to start preparing for your flight home. Soon, about to leave South Africa with a heart full of joy and memories, savored every moment of the journey, yet eager to return home, a sense of longing lingers for the beautiful landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, tomorrow home we leave to.
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