South Africa and Victoria Falls

A$9,976
POSTPONED
A$9,976
POSTPONED

There’s a reason that people who visit South Africa want to go back. The sights, sounds and spectacular scenery will leave you with memories you will never forget, and what better way to explore this stunning country than with a group of like-minded travellers on our dedicated solo adventure? Our journey begins in fabulous Cape Town.

Here we can experience the incredible views from the top of Table Mountain, sample some delicious wines when we visit the local vineyards, and explore the scenic Cape Peninsula. We also get to experience the thrill of driving through the famous wineries and quaint villages between Cape Town and George, visiting the remarkable Cango Caves and delving in to the wealthy history of ostrich feathers and farming! Next up on this epic adventure is the Game Parks.

We go to Kruger National Park.. here you will have endless opportunities to see many animals- including the Big 5! Hluhluwei-Mfoloi Reserve is the oldest game reserve in Africa and home to the largest population of black and white rhino. Motswari Private Game Reserve is on the agenda- where you will relish in luxury and also learn so much about the animals from the highly experienced safari hosts.

Next on the itinerary is Victoria Falls. The Falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and offer breath-taking views that are almost too spectacular and majestic to describe. The Zambezi river has carved a tortuous route through the soft areas within the basalt rock, forming a deep gorge in a tight zigzag course for kilometres- a process that has taken about 100,000 years. The result is truly spectacular!

After the mighty Falls, we head to the nearby Hwange National Park where there will be plentiful animal sightings. The Park is home to large herds of elephants and lions, and all of the resident wildlife is free to roam. We will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, dinner under the African stars, go animal spotting at sunrise and sunset, indulge in 5 star lodge luxury and come face-to-face with an array of wildlife.

17 days of exploring and experiencing one of the most breathtaking, vastly different and ever-changing landscapes in the World.

Will you join us?

 

Thinking of extending your stay?

Two’s a Crowd can book your pre-tour accommodation at ‘Commodore Hotel’ in Cape Town, South Africa from A$250 per night, including breakfast. Or, if you wish to stay longer in Victoria Falls, we can organise your post tour accommodation at ‘‘Ilala Lodge,’ in Zimbabwe from A$347 per night, including breakfast. Airport transfers can also be arranged on your behalf – just ask our booking team.

Day 1 – Friday 1st May 2020

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (D)

On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your central hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the famous V&A Waterfront area which is within walking distance of your hotel. This evening, meet your Two’s a Crowd Host, local English-speaking guide and your fellow travellers for a tour briefing followed by a welcome group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Commodore Hotel’ (4 star)


Day 2 – Saturday 2nd May 2020

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (B)

Today we explore the Cape Peninsula. Travel along the scenic Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay. Stop at Maiden Cove look-out point for a photo stop before continuing to Hout Bay. Here you have the option (not included) to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal). Continue over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the afternoon visit the charming Victorian style village of Simon’s Town, home to the South African navy. A highlight today will be a visit to the large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Commodore Hotel’ (4 star)


Day 3 – Sunday 3rd May 2020

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (B)

Time to visit South Africa’s most famous wine regions – Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. Aside from the excellent wines and food the area is renowned for, it is also steeped in history. Visit the Taal (meaning ‘language’) monument and various museums depicting the contribution of the French Huguenots. Continue to Swellendam for your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Roosje van der Kaap,’ guesthouse in Swellendam (3.5 star)


Day 4 – Monday 4th May 2020

SWELLENDAM- OUDTSHOORN, SOUTH AFRICA (B)

After breakfast we will depart Swellendam and take the very scenic drive to Outshoorn. We will be stopping to visit small picturesque towns along the route, stretch our legs and take lots of photos.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘De Zeekoe Guest Farm,’ in Oudtshoorn (4 star)


Day 5 – Tuesday 5th May 2020

OUDTSHOORN – GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA (B)

This morning we will visit the Cango Caves. Extending over an area of two kilometres into the Swartberg Mountains, the Caves are famous for their magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations. Visitors can take guided tours which wind through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns. Next stop is an ostrich farm for a guided tour. The ostrich feather industry was a massive one at the turn of the 20th century and evidence of this remains in the magnificent feather baron mansions still dotted around Oudtshoorn. Departing Oudtshoorn, head to George, the sixth oldest town in the country. Although it started out as a remote woodcutters outpost, it is now the business centre of the Garden Route. Nestled between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and Indian Ocean, it’s a picturesque town with a rich and varied history.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Oubaai Hotel,’ in George (5 star)


Day 6 – Wednesday 6th May 2020

GEORGE TO ZULULAND, SOUTH AFRICA (B,D)

From George we fly to King Shaka Airport, Durban and will be transferred to the Ubizane Wildlife Reserve (2 hr drive). The Tree Lodge, which is where we will be accommodated for the following two nights, is hidden within the 1,200 hectare reserve, and sits amidst the magnificent beauty of the Fever Tree Forest. With the sound of wildlife all around, the rustling of the trees and whispering of tranquility, this will be your first real experience of sleeping in the bush under an African sky. We each have our own private and luxurious chalet upon stilts, equipped with balcony, ensuite bathroom and bar-fridge. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve boasts a variety of game, including white rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, and a number of different species of antelope. This afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the serenity of our surrounds within the quiet lounge, view some animals from the observation deck or take a splash at the sunny pool area. Tonight we will enjoy a group dining experience of buffet-style pan-African cuisine served in the boma- an outdoor, covered dining area that overlooks the fever tree forest and water hole, where we might be visited by a family of warthog, a shy red duiker or a pair of purple-crested loeries. Once nightfall comes, log fires are lit creating an enchanting African bush atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink and relax with your fellow African travellers.

Accommodation: Your own stilted chalet at ‘Ubizane Tree Lodge’ in Hluhluwe, Zululand (4 star)


Day 7 – Thursday 7th May 2020

ZULULAND, SOUTH AFRICA (B,D)

After breakfast today we will travel just 12kms to experience our first day of game spotting in the renowned Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. This is the oldest game reserve in Africa and home to the famous ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard). Hluhluwe-iMfolozi offers guests the opportunity of viewing a wide assortment of African wildlife, and the reserve is also home to the largest population of black and white rhino. Today we will see an abundance of quintessential African animals- elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, rhinos and buffalos. But don’t just keep a look out for the large animals – there are many interesting little animals to be seen too! Later this afternoon we return to our unique Ubizane Lodge, which is just adjacent to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, for a relax and swim before enjoying another delightful group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own stilted chalet at ‘Ubizane Tree Lodge’ in Hluhluwe, Zululand (4 star)


Day 8 – Friday 8th May 2020

KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND (B)

Today we cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, one of three remaining monarchies in Africa and led by King Mswati III. You will explore the traditions of the Swazi people and discover the culture of which they are so proud. Visit the MIlwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”. The Sanctuary, apart from having abundant bird life, is also home to a number of animal species such as hippo, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. In your guided walk this afternoon, you get the chance to hone your skills of game spotting.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Summerfields Resort and Botanical Garden’ (5 star)


Day 9 – Saturday 9th May 2020

KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND (B)

Today you visit the Umphakatsi Chief’s homestead for a great interactive experience. Try your hand at grinding maize and plaiting mountain grass or join the children in Swazi song and dance. An offering of a taste of local food is made but forget cutlery and try eating the Swazi way – with your hands!

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Summerfields Resort and Botanical Garden’ (5 star)


Day 10 – Sunday 10th May 2020

EN ROUTE TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA (B)

Leaving Swaziland behind, we return to South Africa en route to the Kruger Park. Your accommodation this evening will be at Buhala Lodge, situated on the Southern banks of the Crocodile River. Before dinner at the Lodge, enjoy your first game drive in Kruger National Park in your touring vehicle.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Buhala Lodge’ (4 star)


Day 11 – Monday 11th May 2020

PANORAMA ROUTE, SOUTH AFRICA (B)

Your sightseeing this morning will be along one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa – the scenic Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world – and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. (This is the area where the filming of “I’m a Celebrity – Get me out of Here” is done). Make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these spectacular rock formations formed eons ago by erosion.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘ Graskop Hotel,’ in Graskop (3 star)


Day 12 – Tuesday 12th May 2020

MOTSWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA (B,L,D)

Continue North to the Timbavati and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve area, to the luxury Motswari Private Game Reserve. Over the next two days, you will feel thoroughly spoilt and indulged with morning and evening games drives and wonderful relaxation opportunities in between. Of great interest will be the safari talks by the guides which are highly informative and interactive giving you the opportunity to ask your own questions. This luxurious all-inclusive lodge lies within the Timbavati Nature Reserve. Offering bush or river views and refined, safari-style decor, the air-conditioned bungalows come with patios, living areas and 4-poster beds. Daily game drives and bush walks are included, as are brunch, high tea and 4-course dinners. A woodsy-chic, open-air lounge overlooks the Sohebele River, and there’s a bar, a library, an art gallery and an outdoor pool.

Accommodation: Your own bungalow at ‘Motswari Private Lodge’ (4 star)


Day 13 – Wednesday 13th May 2020

MOTSWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA (B,L,D)

Today we enjoy morning and evening games drives. There is also the optional activity of a walk with a guide. It’s a great way to feel at one with the bush and to learn about the small fauna and flora of the area.

Accommodation: Your own bungalow at ‘Motswari Private Lodge’ (4 star)


Day 14 – Thursday 14th May 2020

MOTSWARI PRIVATE LODGE TO VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE (B)

This morning we have an early hotel check-out and 3.5hr transfer to Nelspruit Airport for our flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Our flight takes us via Johannesburg, which will be a good opportunity to check out the fantastic duty free shopping before boarding your connecting flight to Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe). Upon arrival we will take a short transfer (30 minutes) to our stunning accommodation for the next 3 nights. The Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls, and offers boutique accommodation where most rooms can see the spray from one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Guests will find themselves a mere 20-minute walk from the Victoria Falls entry gate, a little further from the Victoria Falls Bridge and about 12 minutes from the Devil’s Pool. This afternoon is your own to enjoy at leisure before we reunite to embark on our amazing Zambeizi River sunset cruise aboard a bohemian styled dhow. The simplicity of the dhow as it sails upstream, the sound of the mesmerising sound of water cascading over the majestic Victoria Falls and the sounds of the African bush all combine to create a sense of serenity and one with nature.

Accommodation: Your room at ‘Ilala Lodge,’ Zimbabwe (4 star)


Day 15 – Friday 15th May 2020

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE (B)

In 1855, a Scottish missionary, David Livingstone, is thought to have been the first European to see the Falls. Although an extremely practical man, Livingstone was so moved by the beauty of the natural spectacle that he enthusiastically uttered “On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed,” and promptly named them after his Queen. Since you are visiting during the high water season, it will immediately become clear how the Falls earned their name ‘The Smoke that Thunders.’

With thousands of litres of water flowing at a metre over the normal level and across an area spanning two kilometres, the thundering waters cause a substantial spray as they cascade down into the valley below. After breakfast this morning, we take a tour of the Falls with our dedicated guide.

Tody we also have the afternoon at leisure to simply soak up the views and atmosphere. Or, if you want to experience the Falls from a different angle, how about taking an optional helicopter flight over the Falls to see the myriads of rainbows formed from the spray.

Optional Activity:

Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls A$270

Accommodation: Your room at ‘Ilala Lodge,’ Zimbabwe (4 star)


Day 16 – Saturday 16th May 2020

VICTORIA FALLS- HWANGE, ZIMABAWE (B,D)

Day visit to Hwange National park for our final game spotting adventure in Africa. We spend the day on a game drive in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe and covering an area of approx. 14 650 km2. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country, and about one hour south of the Victoria Falls. Due to its close proximity to the Falls, Hwange boasts an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, and a plethora of African wildlife. There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded here. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is considered world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world. Experience parts of this national park on game drives and you will discover a variety of animals, including some predators among them. Farewell dinner this evening will be in a very special outdoor venue.

Accommodation: Your room at ‘Ilala Lodge,’ Zimbabwe (4 star)


Day 17 – Sunday 17th May 2020

FINAL DAY (B)

Your final breakfast in Africa and there is absolutely no better way to enjoy this than out in the African bush.Transfer after breakfast to the airport for your onward journey. If you wish to immerse yourself in the wonders of Africa a little longer, why not join Two’s a Crowd for another incredible solos journey to Madagascar. The tour follows on from this South Africa adventure.

TOUR PRICE A$9,976 PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES

TOUR DATES: 1ST – 17TH MAY 2020

Commodore Hotel

A 4-minute walk from shopping and entertainment at the V&A Waterfront, this harbour-view hotel is also an 8-minute walk from Two Oceans Aquarium and an 11-minute walk from the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Sleek, contemporary rooms feature minibars, desks, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. There’s 24-hour room service.

Amenities include a cocktail bar and a relaxed restaurant with a harbour-view terrace and international dishes. There’s also a spa and a 24-hour gym, plus a business centre and 2 meeting rooms.

Roosje van der Kaap Guesthouse

Roosje’s 12 rooms, all decorated with antique furnishings, are located in a lush garden with beautiful views over the Langeberg Mountains. The pool offers refreshment on hot summer days and all rooms and public areas have free internet (WiFi) access. In the lounge, located in the 1895 Manor House, you can read one of the many books or watch a movie on a large screen television.

The terrace of the main building looks out onto the Drostdy estate where a flock of white geese, graze under the oak trees. Three rooms are situated around a sparkling pool, which offers guests a cool relief on a sunny day. From the pool court a small stairway leads to the garden and the six garden rooms.

The garden, with its lush indigenous vegetation and a large grass field, enjoys breathtaking vistas of the imposing Langeberg Mountains and affords privacy to the rooms.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Set on a farm 9.9 km from Oudtshoorn, this upscale lodge is 12.7 km from Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Refined rooms in the main house come with free WiFi and breakfast, plus minifridges, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and verandas with river or garden views. Select rooms have fireplaces and outdoor showers. Cottages with lake views feature fireplaces and decks, while rustic cabins (no TVs or WiFi) add living areas and kitchenettes.

The on-site restaurant features produce from the farm. Other amenities include a saltwater pool, a guest lounge, hiking trails and canoeing. Daily meerkat tours are offered for a fee.

Oubaai Hotel

Overlooking Herolds Bay, this upscale golf and spa resort with views of the Outeniqua Mountains is 20 km from Gwaing Beach.

Luxe rooms offer mountain or ocean views from private balconies. They have polished bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet, minibars, and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms feature glass-enclosed bathrooms with free-standing tubs, as well as free breakfast and snacks. Suites add living rooms and kitchens.

Dining options include a grill eatery with ocean views, a Japanese restaurant and a lounge bar with a fireplace. Other amenities include 3 bars, a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool, plus an 18-hole golf course.

Falaza Game Park & Spa

This upscale venue in a private game park is 9.2 km from Lake St. Lucia and 27.5 km from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.

Luxe tents come with private decks, dressing rooms, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. All feature en suite bathrooms: 3 have showers, but most add claw-foot tubs, and some tack on outdoor facilities. Family tents are united by a deck.

WiFi is free in the lodge. Other snacks and meals are available; dining is offered in a fireside enclosure, in lounges, under trees and poolside. There’s a full-service spa and a curio shop. Activities include walking safaris, game drives, and boat trips.

Summerfields Resort and Botanical Garden

Set in lush botanic gardens, this upscale, serene resort is 11 km from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and 12 km from Matsapha Airport.

Chic 1-bedroom suites feature living/dining rooms and dressing rooms. Upgraded suites and a 3-bedroom cottage add patios and/or private gardens. All have Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemakers. Room service is available.

There’s a fine-dining restaurant, as well as 3 bars (1 poolside; 1 in a lakeside pavilion). Other amenities include the botanic gardens, a lake and an outdoor pool.

Buhala Lodge

On the banks of the Crocodile River at the edge of Kruger National Park, this sophisticated thatch-roof lodge is 28 km from Malelane Golf Club.

With garden or mountain views, the warmly decorated rooms provide free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded quarters add river and park views, and some add furnished balconies. The 2 suites share a splash pool.

Breakfast and parking are complimentary, and there’s a restaurant with a verandah offering river views. Spa treatments, game drives and guided park walks are available.

Graskop Hotel

The Graskop Hotel has been lovingly renovated and redecorated from the original “70’s style” hotel to become a quirky and interesting boutique art hotel offering luxurious accommodation in a homely and relaxing atmosphere.The hotel has a total of 37 en-suite bedrooms, 19 of the 22 upstairs bedrooms have been decorated by different contemporary South African artists. The 15 garden suites each have a patio overlooking the peaceful gardens. Unconventional art pieces are found around each corner.
The bedrooms are a mix of twin and double rooms and some family rooms.Breakfast is included and consists of a generous spread of cold dishes and hot dishes to order.Dinner is from a daily set menu and includes three courses of delicious home-style food.The hotel is perfectly situated on the well-known Panorama route of the Kruger-Lowveld area. The famous Blyde River Canyon is a 40min drive, God’s window is 7km away and the Phabeni gate to the Kruger National Park is 45 min away.The hotel is 1-hour drive away from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and 4,5-hour drive from Johannesburg.

Motswari Private Lodge

This luxurious all-inclusive lodge lies within the Timbavati Nature Reserve.

Offering bush or river views and refined, safari-style decor, the air-conditioned bungalows come with patios, living areas and 4-poster beds.

Daily game drives and bush walks are included, as are brunch, high tea and 4-course dinners. A woodsy-chic, open-air lounge overlooks the Sohebele River, and there’s a bar, a library, an art gallery and an outdoor pool.

Ilala Lodge

Set in grounds off the T 1 highway, this upmarket hotel is a 14-minute walk from the iconic Victoria Falls and 13 km from Livingstone Museum.

The upscale rooms feature flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and either balconies or terraces opening onto gardens. They also have safes. Upgraded rooms include minibars and room service. Suites add living rooms.

Free breakfast is served at a restaurant featuring a relaxed terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a cocktail bar. Activities on offer include elephant rides, river cruises and helicopter trips over the Victoria Falls (fees apply).

Climate
South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: ‘Sunny South Africa’. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.

Visa Requirements
To enter South Africa you are required to have a passport valid for no less than 30 days after the end of your intended stay, and at least two completely blank pages on which your entry permit can be endorsed. If your passport does not comply with this requirement you will either be prevented from boarding the aircraft at your point of departure, or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa.

It’s recommendws that your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Although regulations specify that only 30 days validity is required for travel to South Africa, many immigration officers will insist on six months.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of South Africa for the most up to date information.

Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.

Currency
South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100.

Health and safety
South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967. There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres. Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you’re planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 16 nights accommodation at listed hotels and lodges- in your own room with ensuite and daily breakfast.
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All airport transfers with English speaking driver.
  • All meals as mentioned in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • All entrance fees and National Park fees, as per itinerary.
  • English speaking tour guide throughout.
  • Experienced Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia.
  • Gratuities and tips for drivers.
  • Standard CHI (underwritten by Allianz) or NIB (underwritten by Lloyds) Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Internal airfares & taxes, as detailed in itinerary

1. George – Durban (Day 6/ 6th May 2020) * must be booked through Two’s a Crowd *

2. Nelspruit – Victoria Falls (Day 14/ 14th May 2020) *must be booked through Two’s a Crowd *

  • Visas (KAZA Visa is required for Zimbabwe at cost of US$50. Available upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport)
  • Meals, drinks and touring not specified in the itinerary as ‘included’
  • Airport and hotel porterage
  • Gratuities and tips for tour guides.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, souvenirs, phone calls, taxis, etc souvenirs, phone calls, taxis, etc

There’s a reason that people who visit South Africa want to go back. The sights, sounds and spectacular scenery will leave you with memories you will never forget, and what better way to explore this stunning country than with a group of like-minded travellers on our dedicated solo adventure? Our journey begins in fabulous Cape Town.

Here we can experience the incredible views from the top of Table Mountain, sample some delicious wines when we visit the local vineyards, and explore the scenic Cape Peninsula. We also get to experience the thrill of driving through the famous wineries and quaint villages between Cape Town and George, visiting the remarkable Cango Caves and delving in to the wealthy history of ostrich feathers and farming! Next up on this epic adventure is the Game Parks.

We go to Kruger National Park.. here you will have endless opportunities to see many animals- including the Big 5! Hluhluwei-Mfoloi Reserve is the oldest game reserve in Africa and home to the largest population of black and white rhino. Motswari Private Game Reserve is on the agenda- where you will relish in luxury and also learn so much about the animals from the highly experienced safari hosts.

Next on the itinerary is Victoria Falls. The Falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and offer breath-taking views that are almost too spectacular and majestic to describe. The Zambezi river has carved a tortuous route through the soft areas within the basalt rock, forming a deep gorge in a tight zigzag course for kilometres- a process that has taken about 100,000 years. The result is truly spectacular!

After the mighty Falls, we head to the nearby Hwange National Park where there will be plentiful animal sightings. The Park is home to large herds of elephants and lions, and all of the resident wildlife is free to roam. We will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, dinner under the African stars, go animal spotting at sunrise and sunset, indulge in 5 star lodge luxury and come face-to-face with an array of wildlife.

17 days of exploring and experiencing one of the most breathtaking, vastly different and ever-changing landscapes in the World.

Will you join us?

 

Thinking of extending your stay?

Two’s a Crowd can book your pre-tour accommodation at ‘Commodore Hotel’ in Cape Town, South Africa from A$250 per night, including breakfast. Or, if you wish to stay longer in Victoria Falls, we can organise your post tour accommodation at ‘‘Ilala Lodge,’ in Zimbabwe from A$347 per night, including breakfast. Airport transfers can also be arranged on your behalf – just ask our booking team.

TOUR PRICE A$9,976 PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES

TOUR DATES: 1ST – 17TH MAY 2020

Commodore Hotel

A 4-minute walk from shopping and entertainment at the V&A Waterfront, this harbour-view hotel is also an 8-minute walk from Two Oceans Aquarium and an 11-minute walk from the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Sleek, contemporary rooms feature minibars, desks, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. There’s 24-hour room service.

Amenities include a cocktail bar and a relaxed restaurant with a harbour-view terrace and international dishes. There’s also a spa and a 24-hour gym, plus a business centre and 2 meeting rooms.

Roosje van der Kaap Guesthouse

Roosje’s 12 rooms, all decorated with antique furnishings, are located in a lush garden with beautiful views over the Langeberg Mountains. The pool offers refreshment on hot summer days and all rooms and public areas have free internet (WiFi) access. In the lounge, located in the 1895 Manor House, you can read one of the many books or watch a movie on a large screen television.

The terrace of the main building looks out onto the Drostdy estate where a flock of white geese, graze under the oak trees. Three rooms are situated around a sparkling pool, which offers guests a cool relief on a sunny day. From the pool court a small stairway leads to the garden and the six garden rooms.

The garden, with its lush indigenous vegetation and a large grass field, enjoys breathtaking vistas of the imposing Langeberg Mountains and affords privacy to the rooms.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Set on a farm 9.9 km from Oudtshoorn, this upscale lodge is 12.7 km from Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Refined rooms in the main house come with free WiFi and breakfast, plus minifridges, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and verandas with river or garden views. Select rooms have fireplaces and outdoor showers. Cottages with lake views feature fireplaces and decks, while rustic cabins (no TVs or WiFi) add living areas and kitchenettes.

The on-site restaurant features produce from the farm. Other amenities include a saltwater pool, a guest lounge, hiking trails and canoeing. Daily meerkat tours are offered for a fee.

Oubaai Hotel

Overlooking Herolds Bay, this upscale golf and spa resort with views of the Outeniqua Mountains is 20 km from Gwaing Beach.

Luxe rooms offer mountain or ocean views from private balconies. They have polished bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet, minibars, and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms feature glass-enclosed bathrooms with free-standing tubs, as well as free breakfast and snacks. Suites add living rooms and kitchens.

Dining options include a grill eatery with ocean views, a Japanese restaurant and a lounge bar with a fireplace. Other amenities include 3 bars, a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool, plus an 18-hole golf course.

Falaza Game Park & Spa

This upscale venue in a private game park is 9.2 km from Lake St. Lucia and 27.5 km from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.

Luxe tents come with private decks, dressing rooms, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. All feature en suite bathrooms: 3 have showers, but most add claw-foot tubs, and some tack on outdoor facilities. Family tents are united by a deck.

WiFi is free in the lodge. Other snacks and meals are available; dining is offered in a fireside enclosure, in lounges, under trees and poolside. There’s a full-service spa and a curio shop. Activities include walking safaris, game drives, and boat trips.

Summerfields Resort and Botanical Garden

Set in lush botanic gardens, this upscale, serene resort is 11 km from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and 12 km from Matsapha Airport.

Chic 1-bedroom suites feature living/dining rooms and dressing rooms. Upgraded suites and a 3-bedroom cottage add patios and/or private gardens. All have Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemakers. Room service is available.

There’s a fine-dining restaurant, as well as 3 bars (1 poolside; 1 in a lakeside pavilion). Other amenities include the botanic gardens, a lake and an outdoor pool.

Buhala Lodge

On the banks of the Crocodile River at the edge of Kruger National Park, this sophisticated thatch-roof lodge is 28 km from Malelane Golf Club.

With garden or mountain views, the warmly decorated rooms provide free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded quarters add river and park views, and some add furnished balconies. The 2 suites share a splash pool.

Breakfast and parking are complimentary, and there’s a restaurant with a verandah offering river views. Spa treatments, game drives and guided park walks are available.

Graskop Hotel

The Graskop Hotel has been lovingly renovated and redecorated from the original “70’s style” hotel to become a quirky and interesting boutique art hotel offering luxurious accommodation in a homely and relaxing atmosphere.The hotel has a total of 37 en-suite bedrooms, 19 of the 22 upstairs bedrooms have been decorated by different contemporary South African artists. The 15 garden suites each have a patio overlooking the peaceful gardens. Unconventional art pieces are found around each corner.
The bedrooms are a mix of twin and double rooms and some family rooms.Breakfast is included and consists of a generous spread of cold dishes and hot dishes to order.Dinner is from a daily set menu and includes three courses of delicious home-style food.The hotel is perfectly situated on the well-known Panorama route of the Kruger-Lowveld area. The famous Blyde River Canyon is a 40min drive, God’s window is 7km away and the Phabeni gate to the Kruger National Park is 45 min away.The hotel is 1-hour drive away from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and 4,5-hour drive from Johannesburg.

Motswari Private Lodge

This luxurious all-inclusive lodge lies within the Timbavati Nature Reserve.

Offering bush or river views and refined, safari-style decor, the air-conditioned bungalows come with patios, living areas and 4-poster beds.

Daily game drives and bush walks are included, as are brunch, high tea and 4-course dinners. A woodsy-chic, open-air lounge overlooks the Sohebele River, and there’s a bar, a library, an art gallery and an outdoor pool.

Ilala Lodge

Set in grounds off the T 1 highway, this upmarket hotel is a 14-minute walk from the iconic Victoria Falls and 13 km from Livingstone Museum.

The upscale rooms feature flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and either balconies or terraces opening onto gardens. They also have safes. Upgraded rooms include minibars and room service. Suites add living rooms.

Free breakfast is served at a restaurant featuring a relaxed terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a cocktail bar. Activities on offer include elephant rides, river cruises and helicopter trips over the Victoria Falls (fees apply).

Climate
South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: ‘Sunny South Africa’. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.

Visa Requirements
To enter South Africa you are required to have a passport valid for no less than 30 days after the end of your intended stay, and at least two completely blank pages on which your entry permit can be endorsed. If your passport does not comply with this requirement you will either be prevented from boarding the aircraft at your point of departure, or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa.

It’s recommendws that your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Although regulations specify that only 30 days validity is required for travel to South Africa, many immigration officers will insist on six months.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of South Africa for the most up to date information.

Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.

Currency
South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100.

Health and safety
South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967. There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres. Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you’re planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 16 nights accommodation at listed hotels and lodges- in your own room with ensuite and daily breakfast.
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All airport transfers with English speaking driver.
  • All meals as mentioned in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • All entrance fees and National Park fees, as per itinerary.
  • English speaking tour guide throughout.
  • Experienced Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia.
  • Gratuities and tips for drivers.
  • Standard CHI (underwritten by Allianz) or NIB (underwritten by Lloyds) Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Internal airfares & taxes, as detailed in itinerary

1. George – Durban (Day 6/ 6th May 2020) * must be booked through Two’s a Crowd *

2. Nelspruit – Victoria Falls (Day 14/ 14th May 2020) *must be booked through Two’s a Crowd *

  • Visas (KAZA Visa is required for Zimbabwe at cost of US$50. Available upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport)
  • Meals, drinks and touring not specified in the itinerary as ‘included’
  • Airport and hotel porterage
  • Gratuities and tips for tour guides.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, souvenirs, phone calls, taxis, etc souvenirs, phone calls, taxis, etc
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