Day 1: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Welcome to VICTORIA FALLS
After your arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be transferred to the IMVELO Lodge 'The Gorges' which you will reach in about 30 minutes.
Once there, you will move into a small chalet or room and are impressed by the gorge of the Zambezi River. In the afternoon you have the possibility to get very close to the Victoria Falls or to make your first Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. After returning to the lodge, a 3-course dinner is prepared.
Activities and Services
Victoria Falls Tour
Black eagle viewing
Day 2: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
After breakfast, take the shuttle to Victoria Falls Town for a guided tour to see the waterfalls. Some souvenir shopping is followed by a packed picnic on the banks of the Zambezi or a tea on the terrace of the Vitoria Falls Hotel.
After lunch, visit the nature reserve and crocodile farm and then take the afternoon shuttle back to Gorges Lodge to enjoy the evening and dinner overlooking Batoka Gorge.
Day 3: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
You have got a whole day to participate in some of the many other activities in Victoria Falls.
Some of the top recommendations are:
- Climbing in the gorge with lunch at the Sambezi river
- Flight of Angels (helicopter flight over the waterfalls) - fee required
- Full day safari to Chobe National Park in Botswana - fee required
Day 4: Eastern Hwange National Park
THE GORGE - BOMANI (Transfer)
In the early morning you visit a school where the school meeting will tell you about the local, traditional culture through singing and dancing. Later you can enjoy an extensive breakfast at the Gorge.
Then it's time to say goodbye to The Gorge. You pack and take your shuttle to Halfway House (approx. 2.5 hours). Having arrived there, a Bomani 4 x 4 vehicle will pick you up and take you to Bomani (approx. 1.5 hours).
Settle in the lodge and enjoy a late lunch, followed by a short game drive with an aperitif and snacks in the wide plain of the National Park. The day will end with a night drive back to the lodge where you will be invited to a 3-course dinner under the stars.
Day 5: Eastern Hwange National Park
The village of Ngamo, on whose land some of the IMVELO projects and lodges are located, welcomes you in the morning followed by a tour through the IMVELO community projects.
Return to Bomani for brunch and start a siesta or a one or two-hour excursion to the underground observation post 'Blind' which is located at the waterhole. There you will get very close to Ellis and other wild animals.
The afternoon game drive ends with sundowners and snacks in the 'Major Pan' and a night drive back to the lodge. After a short refreshment drinks and canapés are available around the campfire and later a 3-course dinner in the Main Lodge is served.
Day 6: Eastern Hwange National Park
Already early in the morning you can take a trip to the park. The situation of the water holes and their pumps can be checked on the unique "Pump run". (In Zimbabwe there is enough water only at these pump stations). A picnic for lunch and a siesta under the trees in Mfagazaan Pan let you experience the smell of'Bush'.
On the leisurely afternoon-drive back to the lodge you can observe a lot of wild animals. A campfire, soft drinks and a delicious dinner complete this day.
Day 7: Cape Town
BOMANI - CAPE TOWN (air travel)
Today you will be transfered to Victoria Falls Airport and you will leave Zimbabwe with its friendly people to fly to the metropolis of Cape Town.
Upon arrival in Cape Town, take your rental car and drive to Parker Cottage, one of the best B&B accommodation in South Africa, where you will spend the next 2 days.
Day 8: Cape Town
A whole day in Cape Town! There is so much to explore and do. What do you fancy? A good way to explore Cape Town on your own is - for example - a city tour with the "Hop On - Hop Off" bus. In this way you get a very good overview of the city, can get off wherever you like and stay as long as you want to. An ascent to Table Mountain is also an absolute must! Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, there is so much to experience!
Or how about a "High-Tea" in the afternoon on the roof terrace of the modern "The Silo Hotel" at the Waterfront? With a 360° view you can fully enjoy a tea (please make a reservation in advance!).
And don't forget: Robben Island is a must-see, as well!
Day 9: De Kelders
CAPE TOWN - DE KELDERS (approx. 190km / 2:40h)
Today you will leave Cape Town and drive along the coast. Along False Bay via Somerset West and Gordonsbay on a spectacular coastal road towards Betty's Bay. In the local nature reserve you can visit a large penguin colony and watch the lively sea creatures. We continue along endless beaches to Hermanus, the so-called whale watching capital of the world. In the season from September to December you can watch the peaceful giants right below the cliff path if you have a bit of luck. Your destination today is on the opposite side of Walker Bay, De Kelders.
Day 10: De Kelders
South Africa's coastlines are world-famous. On the whale coast you have different opportunities to get in contact with marine mammals in one day. Watch the big animals on the many beaches directly from the shore or charter a tour with "Southern Right Charters" to get very close to them.
In any case, a dive with "White Shark Projects" is also worthwhile. The great white shark is much less dangerous than always assumed. Under the experienced instructions of the staff you will spend a wonderful time on and in the sea.
The valley "Hemel en Aarde" is a popular wine and enjoyment area. Enjoy a great lunch time there.
Day 11: Wellington
DE KELDERS - WELLINGTON (approx. 180km / 2:20h)
You leave the Whale Coast and travel the mountain ranges along the Garden Route. The Cape Winelands offer spectacular views, fertile landscapes and varied road sections. Via Stellenbosch and Franschhoek - where you should definitely visit the old Cape Dutch houses and wineries - you will reach the Val du Charron in Wellington, a working farm with 4 and 5 star accommodation.
A wine tasting is not to be missed in the evening. Enjoy a strong red wine with steak or a fresh, light white wine with pizza.
Day 12: Wellington
The day can be started in a wonderfully relaxed way. How about a mountain bike tour around the farm's vineyards? Or perhaps you want to vitit the local social project "NorSA Community Center" where you can get in contact with the locals of a township.
Day 13: End of Itinerary
Upon your arrival at Cape Town airport, return your rental car. If you have not booked a follow-up programme, your holiday is already over. We are sure that you have experienced a lot and collected unforgettable impressions.