South Africa & Vic Falls 14 – 24 April 2023

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Glam Girls Lux Travels – 2023

South African Exploration: Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands

14 April 2023 – 24 April 2023

Day 1:                        (Fri, 14 April)

 

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s largest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. This bustling city offers a wide range of activities, attractions and plenty to do in and around the city including nearby Pretoria.

On arrival at OR Tambo Int Airport, you will be met off the plane by our professional services and taken through customs to the arrivals hall, where you will be handed over to your personal driver and transferred to 54 on Bath Hotel.

Overnight: 54 on Bath

Situated in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the 54 on Bath hotel offers its guests a signature blend of luxury, style, and intuitive service – ensuring the highest levels of comfort for business and leisure travellers alike.

 We’ll have our welcome dinner tonight – included – here’s to a good trip together.  

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast + Dinner

 

 

Day 2 and Day 3:                    (Sat, 15 April and Sunday 16April) 2 nights

 

MalaMala Game Reserve

Situated in the northeastern reaches of South Africa in the province of Mpumalanga, MalaMala Game Reserve shares a boundary with the Kruger National Park. MalaMala is one of the largest Big Five game reserves in Southern Africa. Stretching over 13 300 hectares, this spectacular reserve features bushveld, vast savannah, riverine woodlands, and straddles the Sand River. MalaMala is one of the more established private reserves as well as one of the oldest private reserves in the greater Kruger Park region. Commonly spotted animals include lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

 

Day Itinerary

After breakfast and checkout procedures at 11:00am, you will be collected by our professional driver and transferred to OR Tambo International Airport.

Scheduled flight on Airlink from OR Tambo to Skukuza DEP: 10h05 ARR: 11h05 (economy)

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Mala Mala Private Game Reserve (approx. 1hr drive).

Overnight: MalaMala Camp                (or similar)

MalaMala Game Reserve consistently produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator! The Safari Industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari, MalaMala has been custodian of this massive thriving tract of land since 1927.

MalaMala Game Reserve is one of the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Every aspect of MalaMala Camp and Sable Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery.

Included

  • All meals and snacks, drinks (excluding premium brands), game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles, nature walks and limited laundry service.

 

Day 4:            (Mon, 17 April)

 

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. It is set on the magnificent Zambezi River which creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These spectacular falls can be easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfalls, Victoria Falls measures an impressive 1708 metres in width. The small town of Victoria Falls, which lies adjacent to the waterfalls, serves as a great base from which to explore the many attractions this area of Zimbabwe has to offer.

 

Day Itinerary

After your morning game drive, you will be transferred to Nelspruit Airport.

Scheduled flight on Airlink from Nelspruit Airport to Livingstone Airport DEP: 11h35 ARR: 13h30 (economy)

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel through the Zimbabwean border.

Luxury Signature Sunset Cruise:
One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful African sunsets is going on a cruise aboard the magnificent Zambezi Explorer on Signature Deck. This is a phenomenal experience on the upper Zambezi River, you will indulge in sheer luxury whilst enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife sightings along the river with your favourite beverage in hand.

Overnight: Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

Surrounded by the tranquility of Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve and primely located just 15 minutes from the Falls themselves, Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel invites you to explore or just relax in one of the continent’s most loved destinations. Our hotel’s thoughtful comforts, attentive service, and excellent food enhance your experience by ensuring you are very well taken care of – a hallmark of Stanley & Livingstone. And it is for you to decide how much or little to do…

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast (dinner not included tonight)

 

 

Day 5:                        (Tue, 18 April)

 

Day Itinerary

This morning you will be collected by a private guide and taken on a Private Morning Tour of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwean Side Only)

A guided tour of the falls enables you to delve into the local customs and traditions while gaining insight into how such an exquisite creation came to be.

This afternoon you will take part in a Game Drive within the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve followed by a Bush Dinner:

Our early morning and late afternoon drives, led by expert guides, take guests into a wilderness where the abundance of wildlife is king. This includes all of the Big Five, with a healthy population of the extremely rare and endangered black rhino.

 

BasisBreakfast and bush dinner included. 

Day 6:

 

Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

 

Day Itinerary

This morning you will take part in one final game drive within the Stanley & Livingston Private Game Reserve before being transferred to Victoria Falls Airport to connect with your flight to South Africa.

Scheduled flight on Airlink from Victoria Falls Airport to Cape Town Int Airport DEP: 13h15 ARR: 16h20 (economy)

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Winchester Mansions Hotel.

This evening you will enjoy dinner at GOLD Restaurant, an authentic African experience. So much more than just an African restaurant, a night at GOLD is an immersive experience that will take you on a 14-dish taste-safari paired with traditional Mali puppets and entertainment.

 

Overnight: Winchester Hotel

Ideally located on the Sea Point Promenade overlooking the gorgeous Atlantic coastline, this landmark hotel is the picture of elegance and luxury. Guests can unwind in style and comfort in a range of exquisitely decorated and spacious rooms and suites, all of which boast fabulous views of the sea, the mountains or the hotel’s beautiful colonnaded courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza. The Winchester Mansions occupies a gorgeous original Cape Dutch home featuring a heated pool, a sundeck, and a renowned onsite restaurant offering excellent South African cuisine with a classic European twist.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast + dinner included tonight

 

 

Day 7:                        (Thu, 20 April)

 

Day Itinerary

This morning at 9am, you will be met at the hotel reception by your private guide from Escape+Explore.

Full-Day Private Tour: Cape Peninsula Out & About Discovery (including entrance fee and light lunch allowance)

The aim of the day is to explore the highlights of the Cape Peninsula, looking for any excuse to embrace the ocean and the great outdoors in this unique and spectacular habitat to explore one of the most unique marine habitats in the world.

Highlights:

  • Explore – Kirstenbosch Gardens & Boomslang
  • Explore Kalk Bay – Meet the Resident Seals & Fishing Folk
  • Hike Cape Point – Shipwrecks, Whales, White Sand and Wildlife
  • Lunch – The Whole Earth Café, Scarborough
  • Township Uplifting Project Visit – Masiphumelele – Plastic Art
  • Explore – Cape Town’s most scenic road with all 144 curves of Chapman’s Peak Drive

We will start our morning off with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Gardens, one of the worlds most scenic botanical gardens which is home to an incredible array of the Western Cape’s unique floral kingdom species. With winding walk ways through the tree canopy, to exhilarating hikes through the forest, to its lush rolling lawns, Kirstenbosch offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself on the slopes of the Table Mountain range.

From Kirstenbosch we will wind our way along the beautiful coastline, to the charismatic village of Kalk Bay. Kalk Bay is best known for its working fishing harbour and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectables along the main strip. Get a feel for the local fisherman community at the harbour where you will encounter a few seals eagerly awaiting fish scraps as the boats come in.

For lunch, we will head over to a local restaurant in the heart of the seaside town of Scarborough. You will enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch made using fresh ingredients that are ethically and locally sourced.

We will then continue on to the Cape of Good Hope. In the peninsula reserve, we will enjoy a gentle hike/walk exploring secluded beaches, shipwrecks and this region’s unique wildlife while on the hunt for the Cape 5 (Ostrich, Baboons, Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Tortoise).

Wind the afternoon down with a visit to the local Noordhoek Farm Village where you can all enjoy a delicious artisanal ice cream at Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream, before heading back towards the city centre along the most scenic drive of all: Chapman’s Peak.

End your day on one of the city’s most scenic drives as you wind your way along Chapman’s Peak drive, along which we will stop at a magical surprise location taking in the vast Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

Day 8:                        (Fri, 21 April)

 

Day Itinerary

This morning after breakfast at 09:00am, you will be met in reception by your private guide from Escape+Explore. Please have your luggage packed and ready at reception as it will be transferred ahead of you by our porters to Steenberg Hotel.

Full-Day Private TourCape Town Urban & Table Mountain Exploration (including entrance fee and light lunch allowance)

Highlights:

  • Explore Table Mountain the Easy Way – Via Return Cable Car
  • Explore – Urban City Bowl History
  • Explore – Urban Exploring the Colourful Streets of Bo Kaap to the Historic Company Gardens
  • Lunch – Local Lunch, Bree Street
  • Bike – Cycle Between Art Installations with locals on the Sea Point Promenade
  • Explore – Township inspired designs at the Watershed Market

Our morning begins early as we make our way up to the top of the Iconic Table Mountain which overlooks the dynamic city of Cape Town.

Your ascending cable car reveals increasingly breath-taking views over the city and an endless sea until you stand atop iconic Table Mountain. Leave the noise behind and hike away from the crowds, keeping watch for wildlife and rare plants – if you can tear your eyes from the vistas. Enjoy the fauna and flora and the breath-taking views on your way to the top and once you reach the peak, take in the 360-degree views while tracking Dassies (Mountain Rock Rabbits) that can often be spotted on the tabletop. On top of Table Mountain, we will take a short hike away from the crowds whilst our guide brings alive the history of Cape Town combining the elevated view over the city with the turn of the century photographs to highlight the changes of the city. Fresh coffee and home-baked treats revive the body before we head back down to sea level.

With a better understanding of the city layout, we descend and wander through the inner city, soaking up the magical vibe of Cape Town, through a combination of tales of the past juxtaposed with modern-day culture, and meet some of the absorbing communities which form the town’s vital building blocks. Focusing on food, design, arts, and crafts we uncover a selection of historical sites, such as Company’s Garden, Green Market Square, and St George’s Cathedral – buildings and monuments which stood as the backdrop for memorable icons who changed the world. Depending on your interests, touch on the fascinating and controversial politics that have shaped the city – delving into recollections of the once-vibrant District 6 community or perhaps the occasion where Mandela made his first free speech.

From here we make our way to the colourful Bo-Kaap area in the historic city centre. Here we will spend time exploring the cobbled streets and spice markets to experience a lively suburb filled with brightly coloured houses from as early as the seventeenth century, Muslim saint shrines, and many beautiful Mosques.

For lunch, we head to the vibrant Bree Street, known for its gastronomic delights on offer, for a well-deserved lunch at one of the local restaurants or cafes.

End your day checking into Steenberg Hotel for the night.

Overnight: Steenberg Hotel

A 5-star hotel and rejuvenating Spa, exceptional cuisine, outstanding wines and an 18-hole championship golf course, make Steenberg a complete destination in idyllic Constantia, situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town city centre.

Steenberg Hotel offers exquisite hospitality, a plush spa and plenty of history, all wrapped in understated luxury and discreet, personalised service. Beautifully appointed accommodation with spectacular vineyard views, from striking suites, to more contemporary and charming rooms in the old barn and original Manor House, leave guests with a sense of nostalgia.

The vision at Steenberg Spa is to create a unique lifestyle, to rejuvenate and enhance youthful radiance while indulging in soulful decadence.  In this always-available day and age, pamper time is more precious than ever before.

Bistro Sixteen82 is an innovative and interactive wine and food destination,  adjacent to Steenberg’s winery, spilling into indigenous gardens with a terraced dining area leading onto reflective water features

 

Classic Room

A selection of perfectly considered rooms ±25 square meters (±269 square feet). Upstairs tucked into the eaves, downstairs in the barn or in the thick walled Manor House. Classic rooms are light and luxurious with every detail celebrated.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast – dinner not included tonight.

 

Day 9:                        (Sat, 22 April)

 

Paarl

Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Paarl boasts an array of cultural and historical attractions and is surrounded by some spectacular nature reserves. Paarl was named after the huge granite dome of rock, which overlooks the town founded in 1690. The famous 11-kilometre-long Main Street features the Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. The beautiful homestead of Labories in Main Street was bought by KWV. The KWV cellar complex is the largest in the world, covering an area of 22 hectares. The magnificent Cathedral Cellar, with its barrel-vaulted roof and large carved red wine vats is spectacular and depicts the history of the Cape’s wine industry. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: wine tasting, scenic fynbos hikes, sampling local cuisine and much more.

 

Day Itinerary

After breakfast and checkout procedures, you will be collected and transferred to Babylonstoren Hotel in the Cape Winelands.

Overnight: Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing.

Combining the simplicity of our farm buildings with style. The farm hotel is characterised by thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces, emulating an authentic farmstay experience. Set beneath a copse of trees, the Farmhouse combines authentic architecture with modern design: refined and moody. A green communal library known as the Butterfly Room contains a rare collection of butterflies bequeathed to the farm. The loft above it has become one of the most beautiful honeymoon suites in Africa.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast – dinner included tonight – time for that farewell dinner, already! 

 

 

 

Day 10:                     (Sun, 23 April)

 

Day Itinerary

This morning at 9am, you will be met at the hotel reception by your private guide from Escape+Explore.

Full-Day Private Tour: Explore the Unique Cape Winelands (including entrance fee/wine tasting and lunch allowance)

We explore one of the most scenically beautiful areas in SA, visiting fascinating towns and looking into off-the-beaten-track farms which revel in their old-world roots and influences. Today is about so much more than just sipping the wines. Depending on time and season, stroll through the vines, learning about farming methods and techniques

Highlights:

  • Explore – Stellenbosch, boutique shops, galleries & cafes
  • Explore – Babylonstoren Expansive Gardens
  • Wine Tasting and lunch – Boschendal Wine Estate
  • Wine Tasting – Secret Tasting in the Winelands

Today, we uncover the natural beauty of the Winelands, an area known for its rows of vineyards and stunning estates dominated by forests, gardens, and historic architecture. Our active exploration, on bike or foot, provides an intimate and fun opportunity to see this region – all at your own pace.

Our journey will lead us into the heart of Stellenbosch where we will explore on two feet, beginning at Dorp Street, one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in southern Africa, it oozes with an old world charm. We will take a stroll down the street and admire the beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops before continuing through the heart of the town.

We make our way to the expansive gardens of Babylonstoren which are steeped in fascinating history. A working farm dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape.

We then make our way to Boschendal Wine Estate where we will sit down for a lovely lunch. The focus at The Werf Restaurant is on presenting contemporary soil-to-fork dining featuring the best available local, seasonal, and ethically-sourced ingredients alongside our award-winning wines. Spend time tasting a wide variety of Boschendal’s finest wines.

Winding down the day, your guide will help you choose the best-suited wine estate/s for the rest of the afternoon – the options are endless in this beautiful region! Discover estates that are off the beaten track and visit farms that do things a little differently when it comes to their production.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast – and lunch included today. 

 

Day 11:         End of Itinerary      (Mon, 24 April)

 

Day Itinerary

This morning after breakfast and check out procedures, you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town Int Airport to connect with your onward flight home.

Price :

twin share R165,806 (approx. Us$9596) ea.

single R 187,631 (approx. Us$10,859)

 

***END OF SERVICES***

PASSPORT INFORMATION: Please note that anyone traveling to South Africa or any African country you will be required to have two consecutive blank pages in your passport that lie side by side when the passport is open per country entered (i.e. a left and a right hand page).  Please make sure your passports are valid for at least 6 months after your return to the UK.

 

MALARIA TABLETS is recommended for some areas – please consult your doctor or pharmacist. In these areas we highly recommend Insect repellent such a Peaceful Sleep or Tabard, as an added deterrent to mosquitoes – Lodges supply these.

 

YELLOW FEVER: You will not need a yellow fever certificate if you are entering South Africa except if you have been in a country where yellow fever occurs within the last 6 months (EG Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanzania). If you have been in these countries, you will need to present your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate on entry to South Africa.  In these instances, please ensure you take this with you.

 

ZAMBIAN VISA REQUIREMENTS: UK/USA passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival in Zambia, please have the correct denominations in hand for this:

  • Single entry visa: USD 50.00
  • Double entry visa: USD 80.00
  • Multiple entry visa: USD 80.00 ** Multiple entry visas are only obtainable through Immigration HQ or Zambian missions abroad prior to travel

e-Visa: The electronic visa (e-Visa) is an online facility should you want to apply for your visa to Zambia prior to arrival – http://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/

KASA Univisa: Is USD 50 and allows tourists to obtain one visa to visit both Zambia and Zimbabwe multiple times. The visa is valid up to 30 days as long as the holder remains within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those who visit Botswana for day-trips through Kazungula Borders.

 

ZIMBABWEAN VISA REQUIREMENTS: UK/USA passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival in Zimbabwe, please have the correct denominations in hand for this:

  • Single entry visa: USD 30.00
  • Double entry visa: USD 45.00
  • Multiple entry visa: USD 55.00 ** Multiple entry visas are only obtainable through Immigration HQ or Zambian missions abroad prior to travel

e-Visa: The electronic visa (e-Visa) is an online facility should you want to apply for your visa to Zimbabwe prior to arrival – https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/Home

KASA Univisa: Is USD 50 and allows tourists to obtain one visa to visit both Zambia and Zimbabwe multiple times. The visa is valid up to 30 days as long as the holder remains within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those who visit Botswana for day-trips through Kazungula Borders.

 

 

speak to jean today, to reserve your spot – this tour will sell out, I’ve got a list already.

jeanw@glamgirlsluxtravels.com