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Transkalahari Adventure

Duration
22 Days
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US$ 4,519

Combine the best of Southern Africa on this journey through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.


This 21-day trip between Cape Town and Victoria Falls can be taken in either direction and combines Africa’s spectacular wildlife with the surreal landscapes of Namibia.

In the shadow of majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town is perhaps Africa’s most beautiful city. Visit the Waterfront and take the cable car up Table Mountain for sweeping views out to Robben Island, the former political prison that once held numerous South African leaders including Nelson Mandela.

Spend a night in Calvinia, a town known for its wild flowers during the spring. Go on to Augrabies Falls National Park on the Namibian Border, where the Orange River is swallowed by a spectacular 18 kilometre gorge. Crossing into Namibia, explore Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, keeping an eye out for the Black Mane Lions endemic to this region. A range of optional activities are available to immerse you further, including an encounter with the famous Bushmen.

Fish River Canyon is the world’s second largest, stretching up to 27 kilometres across at its widest point. Explore the area at leisure from your lodge’s convenient and picturesque location before going on to Sesriem, your gateway to the dunes of Sossusvlei. This is where Namibia becomes a truly alien landscape. The highest dune (known simply as ‘Big Daddy’) reaches over 300 metres into the air. Against its glowing red colours, dead acacia trees seem almost like shadows rising out of the desert. No wonder the area has featured in numerous science fiction movies and music videos!

The German colonial town of Swakopmund puts a range of optional excursions at your fingertips (balloon ride over the desert, anyone?). Travel through Damaraland to visit a Himba tribe before going on to Etosha National Park. If Namibia doesn’t have the same reputation for wildlife as its neighbours, it’s only because its native species are specially adapted to their desert surrounds. As a result, you’ll see subspecies of elephant, lion, wildebeest, giraffe and many others that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. Namibia also boasts Africa’s largest Cheetah population.

Botswana on the other hand, is no stranger to safari-lovers! Your next stop is the Okavango River, one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world. It’s home to each of the Big 5, along with hippos, hyena, cheetah, crocodile, zebra, the endangered African Wild Dog, over 400 species of birds and many more. You’ll have the opportunity to take game walks, bird walks and canoe excursions before going onto Chobe National Park. This is the jewel in Botswana’s wildlife crown and is believed to have the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. It’s also a wonderful chance to see any animals you may have missed in the Okavango.

Africa bids you a spectacular farewell at Victoria Falls, the world’s largest sheet of falling water. A range of activities are on offer to help you explore the Falls your way before you depart.


 

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Duration
22 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,519

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Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

The tour starts on day 1 with a pre departure meeting at 18h00 in the lobby of the hotel. Set against the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers scenic, historic and cultural attractions.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Protea Hotel by Marriott Breakwater Lodge

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    Protea Hotel by Marriott Breakwater Lodge



    Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres and shops, the Breakwater Lodge, one of the finest 3 star hotels operated by Protea Hotels, is a perfectly positioned Cape Town hotel in the heart of V&A Waterfront within easy reach of the best beaches, visitor hotspots ...

    Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres and shops, the Breakwater Lodge, one of the finest 3 star hotels operated by Protea Hotels, is a perfectly positioned Cape Town hotel in the heart of V&A Waterfront within easy reach of the best beaches, visitor hotspots and the Airport, making it an ideal base for a beach holiday in Cape Town. Once a 19th Century prison, The Breakwater Lodge boasts 192 bedrooms ranging from business and family suites.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Day 2

Cape Town

Depart from Breakwater Lodge at 8:00am, for a full day peninsula tour. Driving along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak, visit the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point, returning along the Indian Ocean coastline back to your well situated Waterfront hotel. A morning or afternoon cable car ascent up Table Mountain is included (weather dependent). Dinner can be enjoyed at the bustling Waterfront at own expense.

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Day 3

Calvinia

Departing Cape Town pass through the picturesque Namaqualand region with spectacular views from the Van Ryns Pass. You arrive in the historic town of Calvinia, nestled on the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. During the months of August to October the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colour due to the numerous wild flowers of the region.

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Duration1 Night
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Hantam Huis

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    Hantam Huis


    Occupying a series of 7 beautifully restored townhouses, Hantam is the perfect place to soak up Calvinia's country quiet and old-world charm. Each townhouse is decorated to reflect its Victorian heritage. Hantam Huis is an authentic building that is representative of the late 18th century's ...

    Occupying a series of 7 beautifully restored townhouses, Hantam is the perfect place to soak up Calvinia's country quiet and old-world charm. Each townhouse is decorated to reflect its Victorian heritage. Hantam Huis is an authentic building that is representative of the late 18th century's building methods. Built in 1854, it is laid out in a T-shape, and is the oldest authentic house in Calvinia. It took more than a decade to restore this building to its original glory, complete with its authentic reed roof, and was declared a national monument in 1983. Hantam Huis is currently being used as licensed restaurant and museum complete with curio shop.

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Day 4

Augrabies Falls National Park

Leaving the Little Karoo head north to the Augrabies Falls National Park. Pass through a lush oasis area with an abundance of wine farms. Here the mighty Orange River plummets 56m into the gorge below. The local name for these majestic falls is 'Aukoerebis' or 'place of great noise'. Spend the afternoon enjoying the falls from its many viewpoints.

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Duration1 Night
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Vergelegen Guest House

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    Vergelegen Guest House



    Vergelegen Guesthouse sits nestled in the Orange River Valley on the outskirts of Kakamas. The Guesthouse is en-route to the Kalahari and Namibia, Namakwaland, and Richtersveld, it is also located in the perfect place to visit a variety of attractions and activities.

    Vergelegen Guesthouse sits nestled in the Orange River Valley on the outskirts of Kakamas. The Guesthouse is en-route to the Kalahari and Namibia, Namakwaland, and Richtersveld, it is also located in the perfect place to visit a variety of attractions and activities.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Head north into the Kalahari and the magnificent Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering over 3.6 million hectares this is one of the largest reserves in Africa. Due to sparse vegetation in the area excellent predator sightings are common including that of the famous black mane Lion. Enjoy a game drive to your lodge and when departing the Park. At the lodge clients can discover the true wonders of the Kalahari on optional activities (own expense) including Night Game drive, Sunset Pan drive, Kalahari Nature walk and interaction with the ancient Bushman. The evenings are spent gazing in wonder at the stars through the telescope on the lodge viewing deck.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Xaus Lodge

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    Xaus Lodge


    Xaus Lodge's luxury Kgalagadi accommodation is situated in the heart of the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Comprised of a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. Highlights of the lodge ...

    Xaus Lodge's luxury Kgalagadi accommodation is situated in the heart of the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Comprised of a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. Highlights of the lodge include a cozy lounge with a fireplace, an art and craft shop, a large observation deck perfect for star- gazing, a refreshing swimming pool and a heart- warming fire in the boma, perfect for enjoying the beauty of the silence of the night while keeping warm.

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Day 6

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Today enjoy a full day at leisure. You may like to do some additional sightseeing, shopping, or simply relax.

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Day 7

Fish River Canyon

Leaving the Kalahari, region head west and enter Namibia arriving at your lodge situated in a scenically beautiful area.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Canyon Village

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    Canyon Village



    The Canyon Village sits picturesquely at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. There is a thatched restaurant, coffee shop and a rustic bar, all set between massive granite boulders. Namibian artists have decorated the walls of the restaurant, and the ...

    The Canyon Village sits picturesquely at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. There is a thatched restaurant, coffee shop and a rustic bar, all set between massive granite boulders. Namibian artists have decorated the walls of the restaurant, and the rural atmosphere is continued in the chalets, depicting the daily life of the original inhabitants of the area, the Bondelswart Nama. Alternatively, guests are welcome to enjoy a break at the pool. It has magnificent views of the endless plains of Gondwana Canyon Park. The lodge consists of 40 Cape-Dutch style chalets. They are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a fan and mosquito nets. Take in the superb scenery in this haunting, arid landscape on an unguided morning hike, Canyon and scenic drive, horse-riding trek, or a guided sunset walk. Canyon Village is an ideal base and offers easy access to explore the wonders of Namibia's Fish River Canyon.

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    • Horseback Riding
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Fish River Canyon

This morning is free to relax and in the afternoon visit the Fish River Canyon, which is one of the largest and most awe inspiring canyons in the world.

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Day 9

Sesriem

Your journey takes you north through ever changing scenery to your accommodation located on the edge of the Namib Desert.

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Duration2 Nights
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Namib Desert Camp

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    Namib Desert Camp


    Situated just 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, Desert Camp has an unsurpassed 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains. Twenty eco-friendly self-catering accommodation units under ...

    Situated just 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, Desert Camp has an unsurpassed 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains. Twenty eco-friendly self-catering accommodation units under canvas with adobe-style walls are available. Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal bomas with cooking and wash up facilities.

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Day 10

Sesriem

This morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to witness the changing colours of the world's highest sand dunes. You undertake a 5km walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In the afternoon enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.

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Day 11

Swakopmund

Reach the coast at Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch (own expense) while viewing the many flamingos feeding. You arrive in Swakopmund and spend the afternoon exploring this German colonial town or booking one of the numerous optional excursions (own expense). Activities available include sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Delight

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    The Delight



    Amongst the town's captivating contrasts and old traditions, Gondwana's Delight is a fresh breeze in the desert. Conveniently located within short walking distance of the 'Mole', this modern, uplifting and inviting hotel is the ideal base for your stay. Every effort is made to surprise ...

    Amongst the town's captivating contrasts and old traditions, Gondwana's Delight is a fresh breeze in the desert. Conveniently located within short walking distance of the 'Mole', this modern, uplifting and inviting hotel is the ideal base for your stay. Every effort is made to surprise and delight guests with thoughtful touches and locally inspired reasons to smile.

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    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Security

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Day 12

Swakopmund

Today is at leisure. You can relax, explore Swakopmund or book optional activities (own expense).

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Day 13

Damaraland

Drive inland through the Damaraland region with its vast and rugged terrain. Its mountain ranges are intercepted by wide gravel plains, which run into sandy, vegetated riverbeds and hot, dry valleys. Your lodge is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon taking in the incredible setting or simply relaxing by the pool.

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Duration1 Night
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Ugab Terrace Lodge

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    Ugab Terrace Lodge


    Ugab Terrace Lodge is nestled on a plateau and is situated in the heart many of Namibia's tourism attractions. The lodge pride themselves on their attention to detail, personalized service and exquisite cuisine. Accommodation is in 16 well-appointed furnished bungalows, all with private verandahs. The ...

    Ugab Terrace Lodge is nestled on a plateau and is situated in the heart many of Namibia's tourism attractions. The lodge pride themselves on their attention to detail, personalized service and exquisite cuisine. Accommodation is in 16 well-appointed furnished bungalows, all with private verandahs. The chefs prepare delicious meals with fresh vegetables and salads, seasoned with aromatic ingredients from the herb garden. The lounge is a great spot to sip a sundowner and there is also a fireplace and open-fire to ward off that winter chill. An unusual feature at the lodge is the swimming pool, constructed in the rocks at the top of the mountain. Local artifacts can be bought from the Ugab Terrace Lodge curio shop and there is a laundry service, 24hr security and parking. Power is supplied from either a generator or batteries/inverter, providing 24hr electricity.

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Day 14

Etosha National Park

Today we proceed to Etosha National Park where we enjoy our first game drive and relax by the floodlight waterhole in the evening. The park's main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes. Overnight Okakeujo Restcamp inside Etosha National Park.

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Duration1 Night
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Okaukuejo Resort

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    Okaukuejo Resort



    Okaukuejo is located 17 kilometres from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the ...

    Okaukuejo is located 17 kilometres from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting.

    Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.

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    • Gift Shop
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Day 15

Etosha National Park

This Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa with thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant making this area their home. The day is spent on game drive through the Park from the Western to the Eastern side of the Park.

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Duration1 Night
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Namutoni Rest Camp

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    Namutoni Rest Camp



    Namutoni is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, and derives its name from the old German fort around which it is built. The presence of the fort gives Namutoni with its 20 bush chalets and 24 rooms, more character than the other rest camps ...

    Namutoni is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, and derives its name from the old German fort around which it is built. The presence of the fort gives Namutoni with its 20 bush chalets and 24 rooms, more character than the other rest camps in Etosha.

    The Fort, which is for pedestrians only and overlooks the King Nehale waterhole, is the hub of activity with two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, swimming pool, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewelers and bookstore.

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    • Bar(s)
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    • Library
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Day 16

Okavango River

Depart Etosha and enter the Caprivi Strip where you spend the night set amongst the lush vegetation overlooking the Okavango River and Angola. An optional afternoon boat cruise on the river is available (own expense).

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Duration1 Night
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Hakusembe River Lodge

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    Hakusembe River Lodge



    Picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, 16 km west of Rundu, Hakusembe River Lodge makes for the perfect stopover on the way into Caprivi and to the Victoria Falls. The 22 chalets (with air-conditioning) offer magnificent views of the river and ...

    Picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, 16 km west of Rundu, Hakusembe River Lodge makes for the perfect stopover on the way into Caprivi and to the Victoria Falls. The 22 chalets (with air-conditioning) offer magnificent views of the river and the lush vegetation which teems with diverse birdlife.

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Day 17

Kwando River

Continue through to the Eastern side of the Caprivi Strip and arrive at your lodge overlooking the flood plains of the Kwando River. A lush area teeming with wildlife and birdlife offers a great opportunity for a late afternoon game drive (own account).

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Namushasha Lodge

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    Namushasha River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi about 24 km south of Kongola close to Mudumu and Mamili National Park. The lodge has 24 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool as well as a ...

    Namushasha River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi about 24 km south of Kongola close to Mudumu and Mamili National Park. The lodge has 24 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool as well as a campsite. Game drives and boat cruises are being offered.

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Chobe River

Crossing into Botswana via the Chobe National Park we overnight on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Relax on a sunset game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River.

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Duration2 Nights
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Chobe Safari Lodge

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    Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on the lodge's doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an ...

    Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on the lodge's doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. The close proximity to Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone International Airport and Kasane International Airport makes it easily accessible, with daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge offers 76 individually decorated rooms that offer all the comforts of home.

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    • Gift Shop
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Day 19

Chobe River

Today is at leisure to relax or go on an Optional Game Drive (own account).

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Day 20

Victoria Falls

Travel across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls - without doubt one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa. Days are spent at leisure to browse the local markets, experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenaline capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungee jumping, micro-lighting/ airplane or helicopter flights over the Falls, rhino walks, elephant back safaris, and to visit the Falls (own expense).

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Duration2 Nights
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A'Zambezi River Lodge

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    A'Zambezi River Lodge



    A'Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash ...

    A'Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. A'Zambezi, with its 83 well-appointed rooms, is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Supervised Pool

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Day 21

Victoria Falls

Today is at leisure.

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Day 22

Tour ends

Tour ends after breakfast.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:
Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Sep 2, 9; Oct 21
Victoria Falls to Cape Town
Sep 24; Oct 1; Nov 12

 2018:
Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Jan 13; Mar 3; May 5; Jun 30; Sep 1, 8; Oct 20; Dec15
Victoria Falls to Cape Town
Feb 4; Mar 25; May 27; Sep 23, 30; Nov 11

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 21 nights accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance and park fees as indicated
  • Activities and game drives as mentioned

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

Groups size 4-16 passengers. Departure guaranteed with a minimum of 4 passengers.

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