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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
  • Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana including Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange, and Chobe National Park
    YOU’RE SURE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CONTINENT ON THIS EXCITING ADVENTURE INTO THREE SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES, ALL RICH IN WILDLIFE AND CULTURE
  • Panorama, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
    BECOME AWESTRUCK AT THE POWER AND SPLENDOR OF THE VICTORIA FALLS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE; THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHEET OF FALLING WATER
  • Chobe Explorer, river safari, Botswana, Africa
    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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Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana

They say that once you’ve experienced Africa, a piece of your heart remains there forever. With Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana, you’re sure to fall in love with the continent on this exciting adventure into three southern African countries, all rich in wildlife and culture.

Victoria Falls: The Smoke that Thunders

David Livingstone named them for his queen, but the local Batswana and Mokololo tribes were more poetic. They called them Mosi oa Tunya — ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. More than a century and a half later, the Victoria Falls continue to awe visitors. Stretching for more than a mile and plunging into a 360-foot gorge, the falls are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

Soweto

Tour Soweto township and see the former home of Nelson Mandela

Kruger: South Africa's Largest Game Reserve

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s richest wildlife reserve and one of the most celebrated safari destinations on the continent. Much of its popularity is due to the ease of spotting the Big Five here: lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, and rhino.

Vantage Adventures Highlight: Home-Hosted Lunch

Delight in the company of locals when you’re invited into a Victoria Falls home for lunch and conversation.

Storytelling and Dance

Hear local legends and traditional tribal tales in Hwange National Park and enjoy an African dance performance in the bush.

Local School and Market Visits

Share smiles and laughter with local school children and bargain for handmade crafts at village markets

Adventure Highlight: Painted Dogs

Learn about efforts to protect these beautiful animals during a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Center.

Chobe Photo Safari

Join Vantage for a unique wildlife experience in Chobe National Park, Botswana. Photographers of all levels can embark on this special safari in custom-built "Photo Boats" through one of the most game-filled parks on the continent. You'll be supplied with a state-of-the-art digital camera and telephoto lens as a guide shows you how to photograph the wildlife you'll encounter during this morning cruise. Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and birds make for some compelling subjects, and the onboard guide will show you how to make the most of every photo opportunity.

Optional extension to Cape Town, South Africa

Home comers have been known to clap or even cry as they see Cape Town’s beloved Table Mountain from the airplane window, such is the emotion roused by this city’s mother icon. It’s also been likened to a sleeping goddess, the stairway to heaven, and watcher of the south. You will experience its quarzitic energy on a trip to the top by cable car, where this long thin peninsula — with Cape Town at its head and Cape Point at its tip — spreads out before you.

Vantage-exclusive Iganyana Tented Camp

This new, Vantage-exclusive safari lodge is as authentic as it gets, but makes no compromise on comfort. In our private concession, a few minutes from Hwange National Park, the rest of the world feels far away. Iganyana is unfenced and unobtrusive, allowing you to connect to the enchantment of the African bush. The spacious, custom-made safari tents are tucked into the shade of teak trees and have 24-hour electricity, air-conditioning, and en suite bathrooms.

Vantage-exclusive Chobe River cruise aboard the Chobe Explorer

Relax, slow down, and soak up the beauty of this incredible wetland while enjoying lunch and cocktails on a luxury houseboat.

Afrogem

Afrogem invites you to visit their workshop, which is the oldest producer of hand-cut tiger-eye gemstones in South Africa. Take a guided tour around the factory, where you will see gemstones cut, polished, and set.

The Cullinan Hotel

Elegant and stylish, the Superior First Class Cullinan Hotel is located in the most sought-after part of Cape Town, and is packed with restaurants, bars, shopping, and museums. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the celebrated V&A Waterfront, just a few minutes away. Rooms are tastefully furnished and designed for maximum comfort, incorporating world-class amenities with contemporary emphasis. The classical architecture is reflected throughout the hotel, with high ceilings, a balconied mezzanine level, and soaring columns around the large, outdoor heated pool. 

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Vantage's Referral Program

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Upgrade your flight category to First Class, Business Class, or Premium Economy, and you’ll start your trip off right. That’s because you’ll arrive refreshed, unfrazzled, and ready to go. Even better, you’ll be able to take advantage of our contract prices, meaning big savings and no service fees.

Travel Protection Plan

When you’re ready to travel to the places you love, there’s a way to plan with more peace of mind. From medical emergencies to travel delays and beyond, the Travel Protection Plan gives you the added security to discover the world without worrying about the unexpected.

SmartPay Discount Plan

Optional pre-trip extensions. Exclusive optional tours. Upgraded business class seats. These things can be yours — virtually for free — when you use SmartPay to pay for your trip in advance. That’s because you can save an average of up to $600 per person — a full 10% — when you reserve your trip and pay in full 12 months or more prior to your journey!

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There are places in the world you’ve dreamed of, and many more you’ve never even imagined. Now, even your most exotic travel fantasies become living, breathing realities with Vantage Adventures. Explore on and off the beaten path, by land and small ship, in a small group of like-minded travelers. From the hidden jewels of Patagonia . . . to mystical Java . . . to the rarely seen stretches of China’s Great Wall and beyond

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Vantage Leading Competitor Vantage Advantage
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
More included tours and cultural experiences offered!
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
All park entrance fees
 
Accommodations in hotels  On each journey that we offer with Vantage, your hotel accommodations will be included in the total price of your cruise.    We choose all of our partner hotels with comfort and luxury in mind, and will let you know ahead of time which hotel you’ll be staying in at each port. 
Cruise-Only Price* $6,999 $10,490  Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors!
# of Days 15 12
Meals 40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners 28 meals The MOST included meals
Single Travelers FREE Solo Space on every departure
100% Supplement The leader in solo travel — best value in the industry.
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Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Black Rhino Game Lodge 5 days from $1,399 

Cape Town, South Africa 6 days from 1,899
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