Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Days 1 - 4
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Eastern Hwange National Park
Days 4 - 7
Located in western Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie Game Reserve) is the largest natural reserve in the country and is famous for its rich diversity of wildlife. Home to one of the biggest elephant populations in the world, as well as around 100 mammal species, the park is a wonderland for animal lovers. Several protected animals inhabit the awe-inspiring open landscapes, including the endangered wild dog, critically endangered black rhino, and rare roan and sable - along with lion, cheetah, and around 500 bird species. Adventurers can look forward to guided bush hikes, game drives, and horse riding safaris, all of which offer excellent photographic opportunities. Hwange boasts several unique natural features, most notably the natural seeps such as Nehimba and Shakwanki animals dig for water.
Days 7 - 9
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, 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 lucky enough 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.
Days 9 - 11
The relatively undiscovered gem of De Kelders lies in the Overberg District Municipality of South Africa’s Western Cape Province and is home to an abundance of whales and sharks, historic caves, and attractive beaches. Over spring, female whales can be seen within metres from the water’s edge, often jumping and lob tailing. A collection of caves offer much to explore; at Klipgat, some of the oldest human remains and stone artefacts have been found, while Drup Kelders presents a freshwater pool cave perfect for swimming and decorated by striking stalagmites and stalactites. The tranquil cove at Standford’s Bay offers another idyllic place to swim, surrounded by 150-year-old fig trees. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, angling, quad biking, and horse riding in the area. Don’t miss a visit to the beautiful Walker Bay Nature Reserve.
Days 11 - 13
Set in the scenic Western Cape Winelands, the little town of Wellington is only a 45-minute drive from the city of Cape Town. Its Idyllic position makes it an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area which includes the Hawequa Mountains, an array of wine estates, the unforgettable panoramic views from the historic Bain’s Kloof Pass, an array of indigenous flora and fauna and crystal-clear streams and rivers. Known for its award-winning wines and fine brandy, visitors can spend days hopping from tasting to tasting enjoying the area’s crowning glory. Other popular activities include: horse riding, fly fishing, guided wine walks, birdwatching, mountain biking, abseiling and 4x4 routes.