"The Smoke that Thunders"- Victoria Falls | Yampu Tours

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“The Smoke that Thunders”- Victoria Falls

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $3199+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Start with a tour of District Six and see the oldest mosque in South Africa
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain while sailing across the bay
  • See the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years
  • Get off the beaten track and explore on foot a magnificent nature reserve
  • Avoid the bus tours and crowds and experience the isolation and exquisite coastline
  • Spot a variety of birds, bontebok, eland, zebra, and even an ostrich or two.
  • Enjoy cheese and exquisite wine tasting at the local wineries
  • Experience the massive power of 'the greatest known curtain of falling water', Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy an extraordinary and exhilarating journey along ancient game trails
  • Explore the superb Victoria Falls National Park on the back of an elephant!
  • Enjoy sightings of waterbuck, white rhino, zebra, giraffe and other forms of plains game
  • Excellent, personalized and environmentally friendly upper river sunset safari experience
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Tour Overview

The splendor of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula combine nicely with Victoria Falls. Here the Zambezi River plunges deep into a 100m (328 ft) vertical chasm spanning the full one-and-a-half km (~1mile) width of the river. Victoria Falls creates the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Spend time exploring the cultural and natural beauty in and around Cape Town before traveling to Victoria Falls. Also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders), the falls are positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River’s 2700 km (1678 mile) journey from its source to the sea.

Inclusions
Price includes:
Round trip regional airfare from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Meals where specified.

Notes:
* In the flood season, February to May, you cannot see the foot of the falls and most of its face; walks are clouded by mist and are in constant shower.

* In the dry season, September to January, up to half the face of the falls may be dry.

* Devil’s Pool is safest for swimming in September and December.

* Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. We offer accommodation in Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia, 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Victoria Falls.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Best Time to Travel
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Pricing Details
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Double £$4739 £$5519 £$7549 £$7929
Single £$6079 £$7179 £$10939 £$11799

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Cape Town

Overnight international flight to Cape Town.

Overnight international flight to Cape Town.

Day
2

Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, airport reception and transfer in a private vehicle to the hotel. After check in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Cape Town, airport reception and transfer in a private vehicle to the hotel. After check in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day
3

Visit to the Townships of Cape Town

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Complete this cultural experience by extending the morning Township Visit Tour to include a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Today, visit the Townships – a tour that offers an insight and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. Witness everyday life in a harsh environment which tells of the struggles, hopes and achievements. See why the 27th of April, 1994 was such an important day in South Africa (first democratic elections). Start with a tour of District Six and see the oldest mosque in South Africa. District Six was once home to thousands of people of various cultures. Visit Langa, the oldest formal black township in Cape Town, and see the local market, an art & crafts centre, and visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality of a local B&B and visit a creche offering fun and a safe haven for the local children. Travelers will also visit Bonteheuwel, Nyanga, Crossroads, Khayelitscha, and Gugulethu where travelers will see the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial. Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain while sailing across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once travelers reach the island, enjoy a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. The return to the hotel is included. ...read less

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4

Hiking Cape Point

Today enjoy a full day guided hike of Cape Point. Get off the beaten track and explore on foot this magnificent nature reserve situated at the tip of the Cape Peninsula.

Avoid the bus tours and crowds and arrive early to experience the isolation and exquisite coastline. Visit the lighthouses and walk to the Cape of Good Hope and recall the voyages of the sailors of a bygone era who first rounded this point. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Buffels Bay before the 2-hour circular hike to Kanonkop. At the top, explore the site of an old signal canyon and enjoy a great viewpoint. Chances are, travelers will not see anyone while admiring the panorama across False Bay, Cape Point, and all of the reserve to the Atlantic Ocean. Spot a variety of birds, bontebok, eland, zebra, and even an ostrich or two. On leaving the reserve, stop off at Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins before returning to the hotel in the city.
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5

Tour of the Winelands

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Heading north to Paarl, the first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting. Then the tour makes its way to Franschhoek, with a photo stop en route, at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account), and maybe a chance to try some of the fresh trout that Franschhoek is known for. After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Time permitting; include a third wine tasting! Return to Cape Town with amazing photos and fond memories. ...read less

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6

Cape Town – Victoria Falls

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at the airport, be met and transferred to the hotel in Victoria Falls or Livingstone. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Victoria Falls or Livingstone.

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at the airport, be met and transferred to the hotel in Victoria Falls or Livingstone. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Victoria Falls or Livingstone.

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7

Exploring Victoria Falls on foot

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Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders' and in more modern terms as 'the greatest known curtain of falling water', Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray (at certain times of the year) with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife edge bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Different times of the year will provide completely different experiences of the Falls region. Peak flood season is around March and April and the full power of the falls can be experienced in all its glory. As the floods abate the view of the falls gets better and better through the year, but at its lowest, around November and December the Falls become little rivulets running over the edge and in some places along the 1.7 km width no water falls at all. ...read less

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Wildlife safari in Victoria Falls National Park

This morning, enjoy an extraordinary and exhilarating journey along ancient game trails seated comfortably on the back of nature’s true “king of the beasts” – the elephant! Experience an age old tradition while silently exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls National Park, part of a World Heritage Site in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy sightings of waterbuck, white rhino, zebra, giraffe and other forms of plains game as well as breathtaking gorge views from elephant-back. The unique view of the spray of the Victoria Falls, a mere 3km (~2 miles) away, will ensure this moment stays for a lifetime.


In the evening, proceed to a sunset river safari. Victoria Falls River Safaris offers an excellent, personalized and environmentally friendly upper river safari experience. The specifically designed water jet propulsion safari boats have the unique ability of crossing the numerous rapids along the upper Zambezi River comfortably. Due to the fact that there is no external propeller, these boats can operate in water as shallow as 20cm. As a result, the operational range is substantially greater than any other powerboat service, extending from as close as 200 metres from the Victoria Falls to beyond the upper river lodges.
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Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park

After breakfast, depart for the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Be transferred to the Kazungula border where the Botswana Guide will meet the travelers. From here, proceed straight to the river where travelers will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. The morning cruise ends at around 12.30hrs where travelers are then taken to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park where one will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife. After the game drive, be taken back to the Kazungula Border where one will be met by a Guide for a return transfer to Victoria Falls, arriving at approximately 18.30hrs. ...read less

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Victoria Falls – International flight home via Cape Town

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for the connection to Cape Town and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for the connection to Cape Town and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

Livingstone, Southern, Zambia

Places You'll See

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    Cape Town

    As Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town has much to offer. From its natural features such as Table Mountain, or Hout Bay with its views of the Atlantic Ocean, to its cultural attractions and several hundred shops, it has something for everyone. The Two Oceans aquarium is a popular destination, with its large viewing windows and seven exhibition galleries.

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    Victoria Falls (Zambia/Livingstone)

    Twice the height of the Niagara Falls and the world’s largest curtain of falling water, Victoria Falls will not disappoint. The falls offer many experiences that are once in a lifetime. From bungee jumping to looking over the falls from the water just inches away from the official drop, Victoria Falls is a must!

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Cape Town : Inn on the Square

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

Cape Town : SunSquare Cape Town

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) : Ilala Lodge

Livingstone (Zambia) : Thorn Tree Lodge

4 Star Properties

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

Cape Town : Adderley Hotel (Waterfront)

Cape Town : The Vineyard (Newlands)

Cape Town : Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) : Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and Suites

Livingstone : Stanley Safari Lodge (Baobab Cottage)

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) : Ilala Lodge

5 Star Properties

Cape Town : Cape Royale

Cape Town : Taj Cape Town

Cape Town : Cape Grace

Livingstone : Tongabezi Lodge (Nut House)

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) : Victoria Falls Hotel

Luxury Properties

Cape Town : Table Bay Hotel

Testimonials

Shannon

Traveled August, 2014

The whole family had such a wonderful time

I have a few more comments you might be interested in.I am so glad you sent us to Sanbona and Shamwari, especially Shamwari. They were both easier to get to than Kruger and we didn’t even need malaria prophylactics which was very nice. I was worried the animal viewing wouldn’t be good so relatively close to civilization, but it was terrific!I also appreciate your getting tickets to Robben Island and Table Mountain for us and taking care of the transportation. It was nice to be able to just enjoy. You even managed good weather for us. Robben Island had been closed the previous four days! Don’t know how you did it.Want to say once again, the guides were wonderful. They were both so knowledgeable and shared some of their experiences with apartheid. They also had a great sense of humor and very quickly picked up on our family jokes. The whole family had such a wonderful time. The children managed everything beautifully– the very long plane ride, the change in time zones and climate, new foods and schedules. They were amazing. Once again, we thank you so much and would be happy to serve as references.

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Jerome S.

Traveled May, 2013

The trip you set up for me was flawless.

The trip you set up for me was flawless. The guide met all my expectations. He was helpful and protective. I did learn that in Africa, time is a relative thing. I soon learned that when James told me we were one half hour from anywhere, I could count on an hour. I saw every major animal, but one, including the Black Rino, one of the most endangers specie in the Crater. I took 900 pictures. I can tell you without a doubt, that your people can take care of a person my age and should promote that fact. I loved Nxabega. However, I was prevented from going to my tent for a rest when a family of Elephants started eating the trees between the lunch area and my tent. They were all first rate camps, but Sopa was exceptional. If you wish me to fill out anything, let me know. One funny story. I needed to go to the bathroom. James asked me to wait while he drove about a half a mile to high ground, so he could watch out for animals while I attended to the problem behind his 4×4. As we get to about fifty yards from the place we planned to stop; three lions walked over the hill and past our vehicle. You would be surprised how fast the urge to go disappears under these circumstances.

Michael

Traveled June, 2014

The safari was beyond description good!

We got home safely and with no problems Friday morning. The trip was excellent! Thank you for all your help in making it a trip to remember. All of the places we stayed were great. The tours were very good, and we especially liked our last guide.We appreciate the stellar job working to get our shark trip in which was very important to us. Incidentally, the shark tour was challenging but most professionally done, as was the balloon trip. We got a lot from the mine tour and learned a bunch. We did buy a diamond for my wife’s ring though we ended up getting from shop outside the mine. The diamonds in the mine store were beyond beautiful and very expensive. We got a very nice (and safe) diamond that we are most happy with for a price that was realistic. We are pleased.We can’t say enough about Arathusa. The safari was beyond description good!

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