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Botswana Safari and South Africa

Botswana Safari and South Africa

With unspoiled wilderness areas, spectacular display of wildlife, natural wonders, stunning landscapes, delicious cuisine and wine, very few destinations can equal the experience available in Botswana, South Africa and Victoria Falls. Our Botswana Safari and South Africa tour includes 4 nights on safari in the wildlife rich country of Botswana, 1 night in Victoria Falls and 6 nights in the vibrant cultural country of South Africa. Of special note are the 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will be visited while on tour including Victoria Falls and the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa.

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be greeted by our local representative, and transferred to your boutique hotel. Later, join your tour leader and fellow travelers for a tour overview followed by a welcome dinner.

54 on Bath Hotel 5-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Transfer to the Johannesburg airport and fly to the safari gateway city of Kasane in Northern Botswana. Upon arriving at the Kasane International Airport you will be met and transferred to your lodge, located just outside Chobe National Park. Within moments of entering the parks gate, you will start seeing the abundance of wildlife in the area, including giraffes, zebras and elephants. This is definitely not your typical airport to hotel transfer.

Upon arrival at your safari lodge you will be greeted by the staff and briefed of the activities offered over the next three days. Your safari lodge enjoys a unique position just minutes from the western gate of Botswana’s famed Chobe National Park. The lodge sits on an escarpment and is perfectly located for seeing the best that Chobe has to offer. Unusual for a Botswana lodge, it is owner run and managed, which allows for a more personalized service.

The lodge’s 11 bungalows come with en-suite bathrooms featuring standalone baths and spacious showers. Each bungalow is furnished with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture. Accommodations are perfectly located on either side of the main lodge and offer spectacular panoramic views from private shaded verandas. Guests can relax in the expansive main lounge area; from the viewing platforms and decks, the dining area and the bar. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views. In the evening there is also a wonderful campfire boma where guests gather after dinner for a nightcap.

The lodge prides itself on the variety and quality of the safari experiences and interactions that it offers. With a maximum of only 22 guests at one time, guests have a wide choice of activities, without ever feeling apart of a big group. Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, along with numerous predators - including lions, leopards and wild dogs. There is a great diversity of plains game and an astonishing array of bird species.

During your three day stay activities on offer include three game drives per day including a ‘nights eyes’ night game drive, a safari cruise on the Chobe River, bush walking-safaris, and a visit to a local village.

Muchenje Safari Lodge 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy | Includes laundry, alcoholic beverages and snacks

After an early morning game drive followed by a hearty breakfast, you will depart for Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Upon arrival at your lodge in Victoria Falls you will be rejoined by your tour leader and enjoy lunch overlooking the lodge’s watering hole before visiting the spectacular natural wonder of Victoria Falls. Later that evening enjoy a superb barbeque buffet and entertainment from traditional dancers at the popular Boma Restaurant.

City Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Today after breakfast you fly to Cape Town. After arrival depart for the charming town of Franschhoek, located in the Cape Winelands region just 1 hour northeast of Cape Town. Your hotel is in the heart of town, just seconds away from a multitude of restaurants, cafés, art shops and galleries. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. .

Protea Hotel by Marriot Franschoek 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Optional Excursions Available -The entire day is at leisure to explore one of South Africa’s top wine destinations. The area boasts some of the most majestic scenery in South Africa and offers a beautiful landscape of wine hills and mountains. If you’re a wine lover, there is a wonderful ‘hop-on hop-off’ wine tour that takes you right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, offering complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.

Protea Hotel by Marriot Franschoek 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Today transfer to the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky headland that mark’s the most southwesterly point of Africa. Enjoy a ride on the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the old lighthouse, 238 m (781 ft.) above the crashing ocean waves, offering spectacular panorama views of the stunning landscape. Enjoy a lunch stop in the seaside community of Simon’s Town before visiting Boulders Penguin Colony, home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins, one of only a few in the world. Depart for Cape Town; driving along Chapman's Peak, one of the most breathtaking coastal drives in the world. After checking in to your charming boutique hotel in the center of historic Cape Town, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Cape Heritage Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Optional Excursions Available - Today is the first of two days to explore Cape Town at your leisure.

Lying at the foot of its most famous landmark, Table Mountain looms over the city centre and its well-preserved 19th-century Victorian architecture. The city is a shopper's haven, from the many open-air markets with an ethnic African flavor, to the sophisticated and very popular V & A Waterfront and it's designer boutiques and specialty stores, and more than 80 ethnically diverse food outlets including our favorite - the V & A Market on the Wharf.

Dutch, British and Cape Malay influences have enriched Cape Town greatly, resulting in a unique cosmopolitan atmosphere. To help you explore this amazing city, you will receive a 2-day ‘hop-on hop-off city tour pass that will allow you to explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas at your own pace. Hop on and off at any of the 37 stops including The Castle of Good Hope, Two Oceans Aquarium, South African Museum, Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Sea Point, V & A Waterfront and so many more.

Cape Heritage Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Optional Excursions Available - Your day is at your leisure to further enjoy this great city.

There is so much to ‘see and do’ in this vibrant city, which always makes ‘the most popular cities to travel to in the world’ lists year after year. Well deserved, as this is one of our 'all-time' favorite cities in the world, and after visiting we think you'll feel the same way. Later this evening, enjoy a final farewell dinner with your tour leader and fellow travelers. .

Cape Heritage Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

This morning you bid farewell to South Africa and transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

Accommodations

Dates and Prices (Prices in USD)

Trip Code Dates  Price
CBS041018 April 10, 2018 - April 21, 2017 $5,499.00


•Tour based on a minimum of 2 couples to a maximum of 3 couples

•Prices are per person based on double occupancy in US Dollars taxes included

Booking Requirements

• Deposit of $1,375.00 USD per person is required at time of booking

• Insurance waiver is required at time of booking

• Final Payment is required no later than 90 days prior to departure

Cancellations

Once a deposit has been paid the following cancellation charges will apply when a cancellation notice is received:

• More than 91 days prior to departure: 100% of Deposit Paid

• 90 - 60 days prior to departure : 70% of Trip Price

• Less than 60 days prior to departure : 100% of Trip Price

Note: Insurance premiums and international flights are non-refundable (unless by airline). We suggest travel insurance to protect your payments, please feel free to ask us for a quote.

The Woman's Odyssey Difference

• Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on tour

• More meals on tour including full board on safari and a barbeque boma dinner in Victoria Falls

• Stay in a boutique safari lodge just minutes away from one of the best wildlife areas in all of Africa

• Enjoy an intimate safari cruise on the Chobe River

• Visit a local village in Botswana

• Fly direct to Cape Town maximizing your trip

• Explore South Africa's wine region during a relaxed 2 night stay

Inclusions

• 11 nights accommodation in small safari lodges and 4 to 5 star boutique hotels including private en suite in double occupancy

• 25 meals (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• Safari includes 3 daily game drives (morning, late-afternoon and evening), safari cruise on the Chobe River, national park fees, laundry, afternoon tea or snack, local beer, house wine, non-premium brand spirits and game drive/cruise beverages

• 2 flights on tour including: Johannesburg - Kasane (Chobe National Park) and Victoria Falls - Cape Town in economy class

• Tour transportation in private air-con vehicle while in South Africa including group airport transfers in Johannesburg and Cape Town

• Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Johannesburg and Cape Town

• Local English-speaking naturalist safari guides during all game drive/cruise activities

• English-speaking tour leader accompanying group throughout the entire tour except days 2 to 5 while on safari in Botswana

• Entrance fees to national parks in Zimbabwe and South Africa

• 2 day Hop on Hop off Cape Town Sightseeing Pass

• Bottled water during tour transfers

 Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast or while on safari

• Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling