South Africa Odyssey with Victoria Falls

July 19, 2023 thru August 4, 2023

South Africa Tour

On this tour, we learn about the incredibly diverse topography as well as the sometimes shameful history that is the Republic of South Africa.  The Western Cape offers beaches, lush wine lands, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain. We continue up the eastern coast and experience completely different ecosystems in Kruger National Park. This is a comprehensive and spectacular tour exploring all aspects of this wonderful country.

 

 


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Honduras Included

Duration

17 days, 15 nights

Activity Level 3

Moderate

Meals

25 meals included

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip livery service included!

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included


Tour Highlights

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip airfare to and from TUS (not including airline baggage fees or in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 15 nights’ lodging at excellent 4 & 5 -Star Hotels
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • 25 meals
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Sightseeing as listed.
  • Professional South African and Zimbabwean Tour Guide
  • Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Days 1 & 2 – Tucson to Johannesburg

We depart Tucson on our overnight flights to Johannesburg, where we have a night of rest.

Days 3-6 - Cape Town

We return to the airport for our short flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, we begin our exploration of South Africa’s exciting ‘Mother City’ on a guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town. We step into the rich history of the city, passing by the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall. The tour stops at the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral, passes through the lush Company Gardens, and explores the BoKaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter. If weather permits, we’ll take a trip to the top of the world, high above the clouds on the famous Table Mountain. Table Mountain is an icon in Cape Town and is most likely the most photographed landmark in the country. We spend a full day exploring the Cape Peninsula.

We visit Hout Bay, an active fishing village on the Atlantic seaboard. The famous scenic drive to Chapman’s Peak winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek on Cape Town’s stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, taking over 100 curves in a road carved out by prisoners of war in the mid-1910s. The famous Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site, is set at the end of Cape Town’s south peninsula. We take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 meters above sea. The sheltered Simon’s Town beach is the home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins (over 2,000 of them). We can stroll on boardwalks which link to the penguin-viewing area, offering fantastic sightings of these unique and endearing animals. We visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which is set up against Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain looking onto the city.

On a Cape Winelands tour, we head into the country’s principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – all of them with fascinating histories. Traversing stunning landscapes, we stop along the way for wine tasting at prestigious estates. South Africa is known for its quality whites, reds, blends, and bubblies.

Days 7-8 – Hluhluwe & Game Drive

Today we fly to Durban and head to Hluhluwe, a small town in the heart of Zululand. We’ll lodge at the ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe , the closest to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, once hunting ground of the Zulu warrior King Shaka, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Reserve boasts an outstanding diversity of fauna and flora. Established in 1895, it is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and is world-famous for its White Rhino conservation.

Next morning, we have our first game drive – get your cameras ready! This reserve is surrounded by a variety of ecosystems, including the St Lucia Wetlands, a World Heritage Site, and Kosi Bay, making it a veritable wonderland of wildlife. This afternoon, we lunch at Dumazulu (‘Thundering Zulu’) Lodge while we visit a Zulu village and enjoy rich insights into the traditional ways of the Zulu nation. Guests can expect to get their blood racing with a traditional dancing show accompanied by tribal drumbeats, to enjoy a taste of Zulu beer and learn about a variety of indigenous skills. These range from spear and shield making to basket weaving, beadwork, pot making and more. Watch the sangoma (Zulu healer) throw the bones to divine the past, present and future.

Day 9 - Eswatini

Today we travel by coach to Eswatini (Swaziland), one of the smallest countries on the African continent, a mountainous wonderland as well as home to the last of Africa’s monarchies. The people of Eswatini are well known for their welcoming natures. The famous Reed Dance is a traditional ceremony that attracts visitors from all over the globe but the beauty of Eswatini is that traditional garments and ceremonies are year-round. The country may be small, but it is a phenomenal holiday destination and features traditional markets and wildlife reserves that will leave us in awe.

Days 10-12 – Kruger National Park

We travel from Eswatini to Kruger National Park. Situated in the South Africa provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the northeast of the country, the Kruger is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Approximately the same size as Israel, the sheer size of the Kruger National Park ensures constantly changing scenery as we navigate the well-kept roads. Each new habitat brings with it its own resident animals, making game viewing a quickly acquired skill and a fun challenge. The sheer size of Kruger ensures an everchanging landscape and many opportunities to see the more than 147 large animal species and 500 varieties of birds. Keep your cameras ready and your eyes open! We lodge three nights at Mdluli Safari Lodge in luxury tents and make game drives each day.

Days 13-14 – Victoria Falls

We take the short flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. As night falls, we cruise on the Zambezi River, watching for hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds. We lodge two nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. A guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls and encompassing nature reserves is a stunning experience. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), tons of water plunge over a chasm that is nearly 2km wide falling just more than 100m to the Zambezi River below. The shower of spray and the thunderous sound of the water can be heard for miles. It is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world. Over seventy percent of this world marvel can be seen from the Zimbabwe rain forest. In October and November, the falls on the Zambian side dry up, giving a unique geological view. On the Zimbabwe side the main falls flow year round. We visit the best viewpoints of this iconic waterfall, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Day 15 – Johannesburg

Today we return to Johannesburg, a massive municipality where opposites collide to create an interesting city of contradictions and extraordinary charm. The city is the economic powerhouse of South Africa, and as a result has some of the most high-end shops and restaurants in the country. This urban sophistication stands in stark contrast with the many local street vendors and informal African spaza shops. We visit Museum Africa, the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. We spend one night in Johannesburg.

Days 16-17 – Return Home

We return to Tucson on our overnight flights.

Itinerary subject to change. **PASSPORT REQUIRED**


Package Pricing

$9,560 per person

Double Occupancy

Deposit: $250

$10,629 per person

Single Occupancy

Deposit: $250

Final payment due:

March 13, 2023

Deposit: n/a

Price Includes

Roundtrip airfare to and from TUS (not including airline baggage fees or in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
15 nights’ lodging at excellent 4 & 5 -Star Hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
25 meals
Admission to all listed attractions
Sightseeing as listed.
Professional South African and Zimbabwean Tour Guide
Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping) 


Booking Policy

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None … March 14, 2023
  • $250 …  March 15 – April 10, 2023
  • $5,600 …  April 10 – June 12, 2023
  • 100% … After June 12, 2023

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

Price varies depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away. No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Honduras. Check with your physician for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 3

The Activity Level for this tour is Moderate.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

There is no smoking in the lodges or rooms. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In South Africa in July, daily high temperatures run from the low 60s to low 70s. Daily low temperatures are around 55°F, rarely falling below 53°F or exceeding 64°F. We advise you bring a light jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in small towns. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.

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