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Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana - 2023

Johannesburg • Kruger National Park • Victoria Falls National Park • Hwange National Park • Chobe National Park
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    EMBARK ON A CHOBE RIVER PHOTO SAFARI AND CAPTURE UNFORGETTABLE WILDLIFE IMAGES WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART ZOOM LENSES AND DSLR CAMERAS
  • Painted Dog
    LEARN ABOUT ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS FROM CONSERVATION EXPERTS WHILE VISITING THE PAINTED DOG CONSERVATION CENTER IN HWANGE
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Moderate

Pacing is sometimes robust, and may include several long days with early hotel departures, active sightseeing and evening activities. Opportunities for daytime rest and rejuvenation may be limited on most days. May include significant motor coach time, two or more on-tour flights, and/or occasional travel via non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.

PACING

  • You’ll visit 3 countries and 4 national parks in 13 nights, with 2-nights each in Johannesburg and Kruger and 3-nights each in Victoria Falls, Hwange and Chobe
  • There are 3 short flights between destinations; flight duration ranges from 1 to 2 hours, unless taking the Cape Town extension which is a 3-hour flight
  • There are 5 road transfers to reach your accommodation, lasting from 1 to 3 hours
  • The longest tour day involves a 1-hour flight and 3 hours of road travel

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This trip is moderately-paced and not wheelchair-friendly or appropriate for passengers with neck or back troubles because of uneven terrain
  • There is easy to moderate walking on this adventure, but travelers should be able to walk 1-2 miles unassisted
  • The longest walks will be to viewpoints at Victoria Falls, on a walking safari in Hwange and between terminal buildings at Johannesburg Airport
  • Travelers who use CPAP machines should be aware that the rugged and bumpy conditions on some roads have caused damage to (and even broken) many machines. Please be aware of these facts when considering a safari
  • In addition, while electricity is available everywhere, it is not always reliable
  • Bottled or filtered water is always available

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION

  • Travelers will use numerous kinds of transportation, including planes, motorcoaches, minibuses of various sizes, open-sided African safari vehicles, boats, and cable cars
  • Surfaces encountered will include dirt roads, rough paths, wild bushland, paving stones, and tile
  • Due to its active nature and uneven surfaces, this safari is not appropriate for those who need a wheelchair
  • Four airports are used on this trip. Transiting in Johannesburg is a requirement on two occasions, including on your return to the U.S. This airport can be tiring, with security lines, check-ins, and long stretches of marble floors, especially between the domestic and international terminals. All other airports are smaller and more manageable

CLIMATE

  • This tour covers a large area, so travelers can expect to encounter a range of temperatures and humidity, especially on safari
  • Kruger is warm and wet during the summer months of December, January and February; Zimbabwe and Botswana are hottest at the onset of summer rains in October and November, and stay high right through March
  • The dry but colder winter season is May to September. The early morning and late evening game drives can be chilly year-round — please pack accordingly

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or local representatives at the destination.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.

Note: That hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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Journey Best of Africa: South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls South Africa: An Elegant Adventure Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors!
 Departure Comparison Jan 30 to Jun 19 May 19 to Jun 30
Per Diem   $466  $874
 Included Tours and Special Features  24 included features and Cultural Discoveries — a value of $1,800 per person!
-A wine-tasting dinner in the Cape Winelands
 -A private lecture in Johannesburg
-Two nights in Victoria Falls, with a private lunch with the elephants in Zambezi and A sundowner river cruise
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1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Victoria Falls
 
 TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private game drives with skilled rangers and trackers during four nights at private game reserves in or near Kruger National Park - two nights at Lion Sands – Kruger National Park and two nights at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
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# of Days 15 12
Meals 40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners 28 meals The MOST included meals
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