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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Botswana
South Africa
Travel type Fly
Price range From £2599
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 10 nights
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Victoria falls, Botswana safari and Cape Town

Experience Cape Town and the Kruger safari on our escorted tour to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability from a supplement from £279 per person. The price includes eight nights accommodation, including breakfast in three and four star hotels; half-board basis at Chobe safari lodge or Mowana safari lodge; two lunches in Cape Town; scheduled direct flights to Johannesburg and returning from Cape Town; flights between South Africa and Zambia; all transfers; walking tour of Victoria Falls; sunset Zambezi river cruise; game drive and boat safari in Chobe; full day guided tours to Cape Point and the Winelands including two lunches; porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of an experienced Riviera tour manager.

  • Visit to Victoria Falls plus an optional helicopter flight
  • Explore Botswana’s Chobe national park,home to the world’s largest elephant herds
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • Three and four star hotels
  • Watch the sunset over the Zambezi river during our sundowner cruise on the ‘African Queen’
  • Stay four nights in Cape Town
  • Full-day tour to the Cape of Good Hope
  • Tour the Western Cape’s Winelands with a visit and tasting at a 300-year old vineyard
  • Daily breakfast and five meals included
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Zambian visa, Zambian departure tax, $5 per person payable locally

Visas and Health Matters

British passport holders do not currently require a visa to enter South Africa or Botswana but must have at least three completely empty pages in their passport and at least six-month validity from date of travel.

Zambia visas: Multiple-entry visas to Zambia are required for all British passport holders and cost £60 per person from the Zambia High Commission at Zambia House, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG, tel: 0207 5896655. Visa forms may be downloaded from and you will need to enclose a completed form, your passport, two passport photos and a photocopy of your Riviera confirmation invoice - no other documents are necessary for normal tourist visas. Postal applications normally take five working days to process. Other passport holders should check with the relevant embassies well before departure. Visa fees can change without notice and once issued, any costs are non-refundable.

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical condition, we should like to point out that we often enjoy walking tours of the various places of interest and these may involve a number of steps and uneven ground. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind before considering this holiday.

Please note: Anyone travelling from a Yellow Fever Area into South Africa will require a Yellow Fever Certificate. As we will be in Zambia, Botswana and then entering South Africa a Yellow Fever Certificate is required. Yellow fever vaccine can only be given at accredited centres. Many GP practices are accredited. If your local GP practice is not accredited you can find a list of the nearest available centres at Zambia and Botswana are malarial areas and your GP can recommend the appropriate precautions that should be taken. It is advisable to contact your local GP prior to making a booking. Please ensure that you take your Yellow Fever Certificate with you, without this you will be denied entry into South Africa.
Day one

You should arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day two

After your morning arrival you will connect with your onward one hour 50 minute flight to Livingstone in Zambia and our hotel for the night, the three star superior Zambezi Sun, located just a short walk from Victoria Falls. After some time to relax and freshen up, we have a sunset cruise along the Zambezi on the African Queen. The boat slowly glides across the river, inhabited by hippo and crocodiles.

Day three

This morning we approach Victoria Falls for a guided walking tour. The area around the falls is surrounded by a lush rainforest eco-system, watered by the fine spray rising from the falls. As we pass through several rainbows arching through the mist, the roar of the falls intensifies. During low water flow, an optional boat trip is available to Livingstone Island from where the famous explorer himself first saw the falls. For the ultimate view you can take a helicopter or even a ‘micro-light’ aircraft flight (essentially a powered hang-glider) on an optional ‘Flight of Angels’ tour. During the afternoon we drive west parallel to the Zambezi until it joins the Chobe river, actually forming the Botswana border, which we cross on small open speedboats. We stay three nights half board at the four star Chobe safari lodge (some groups may stay at the four star Mowana lodge) overlooking the river itself.

Day four

We start our game drive in the half light of the dawn, accompanied by the dawn chorus. Using specially adapted 10-seater open-sided safari vehicles we look out for big cats, giraffe and elephants. You will see a wide variety of game: beautiful impala, monkeys, warthogs, kudu, even leopards if we are lucky. The birdlife is also superb – look out for the darting pied kingfishers, African skimmers, ibis, ground hornbills and a variety of coloured bee-eaters. We return to our lodge mid-morning for some relaxation by the pool and a spot of lunch. During the afternoon we take a boat safari on the Chobe river, the main watercourse in the region. Elephant and hippo sightings are virtually guaranteed all year-round. Fish eagles and crocodiles are also often spotted, but during the peak of the dry season (Aug-Nov), hundreds of elephants congregate along the shore for their daily drink.

Day five

Today is at leisure at the Chobe safari lodge or Mowana safari lodge. You may either relax and enjoy the excellent facilities or take additional game drives or river safaris. Alternatively, there are some optional trips on offer: a shorter excursion is to Namibia just on the other side of the Chobe river or, you may wish to try your hand at fishing for Tigerfish.

Day six

After breakfast we cross back into Zambia across the Chobe river and drive back to Livingstone airport. From Livingstone we fly to Cape Town, via Johannesburg and transfer to our hotel, the four star PH Victoria Junction hotel for four nights bed and breakfast.

Day seven

This morning we drive to Cape Point, visiting the legendary Cape of Good Hope, originally known as the Cape of Storms. We pass pristine beaches, the fishing harbour of Hout Bay and continue along the Chapman’s Peak drive, full of seascapes and cliffs, to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hot-spots. At Cape Point itself you see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents and the treacherous promontory of rocks, the scourge of mariners for centuries. Finally, you visit Boulders Beach and its resident penguin colony before returning to the city in the afternoon. Lunch is included today.

Day eight

Today you tour the Winelands. Set in a wide valley backed by mountains, rows of manicured vines and orchards stretch into the distance. Studded by lime-washed, often thatched, 300 year old wineries built in the Cape Dutch style. Later you visit the small town of Franschoek at the head of a valley, then Stellenbosch, established 300 years ago and home to South Africa’s most prestigious university. Period buildings and historic streets reinforce the town’s dignified atmosphere. We have time to explore the town before taking a cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Boschendal wine estate. Lunch is included today.

Day nine

Cape Town, features British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences. Today is at leisure to explore as you wish. In addition to the shopping and dining available within the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront complex, take the revolving cable car to the summit of Table mountain. You could also visit Robben Island (weather permitting), where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years incarceration, and whose visitors have included Bill Gates, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton and even Nelson Mandela himself. Tours are available to nearby Hermanus, the world’s premier on-shore whale-watching location (Jul-Nov).

Day 10

Your final day in Cape Town is again at leisure, before transferring to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight to Heathrow via Johannesburg.

Day 11

You arrive back in the UK.
Livingstone, Zambia - Zambezi Sun - three star superior

Located just a short walk from the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls. The resort has a large pool, bar and restaurant and Riviera guests are welcome to use the restaurant, bar and facilities of the five star Royal Livingstone hotel next door (free shuttle operates between the two hotels). All 212 rooms are air-conditioned and brightly decorated in an African theme with a balcony or patio overlooking the extensive landscaped gardens and have an en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV and safe.

Kasane, Botswana - Chobe safari lodge - four star

Located overlooking the Chobe river. With its high-ceilinged thatch-roofed public areas, the lodge blends superbly with the natural surroundings. It also has a swimming pool overlooking the river and an open-air bar and buffet restaurant. All the air-conditioned rooms are well furnished in an African theme and river facing with en-suite bathroom, TV and balcony or patio.

Kasane, Botswana - Mowana safari lodge - four star

Also located overlooking the Chobe river and will be used on some tours. The facilities are centred around a vast baobab tree and include an outdoor swimming-pool, tennis court, nine hole golf course, a Boma terrace and pool bar, plus the main restaurant and bar which also overlooks the river. The 116 rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, TV and patio or balcony.

Cape Town, South Africa - PH Victoria Junction hotel - four star

Situated in the Greenpoint area, close to all major attractions and allows guests easy access to leading nearby restaurants, theatres, and the shopping and entertainment at the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. There’s an open-air pool, a bar and lounge area and a restaurant. All 172 rooms are well-equipped and have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, iPod docking stations, free wireless internet, safe, tea/coffee-maker and city views.
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27-Nov-2015 Heathrow Airport 18:05 07:30 10 2599.00 book

Your Tour Manager, Lawrence...helped me with my luggage and in other ways and I was most grateful for all his help and kindness, which enabled me to continue to enjoy this splendid trip.
Oct 2011
Ms A Julia