South Africa and
Victoria Falls

Experience both South Africa and Victoria Falls on this 12-day Women Only Tour. Visiting Cape Town, Johannesburg, Karongwe Game Reserve, White River, Victoria Falls, including a guided Chimpanzee Tour at Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzee Eden. With Daily Breakfast, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners with 11 Nights in Superior Class Accommodations.

Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
Mxenge Community, Cape Town, South Africa
Shiduli Private Game Lodge, South Africa-

12 Days / 11 Nights in
South Africa and Victoria Falls

DESTINATION: South Africa & Victoria Falls

DATES: October 7th – 18th 2020

VISITING: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Karongwe Game Reserve, White River, Victoria Falls.

This custom curated tour of South Africa and Victoria Falls is operated by Women of the World Travel (WOW), a division of TourCan Vacations. Kaz Custom Travel is pleased to partner with WOW to help more single women, as well as women whose partner can’t or won’t travel with them and small groups of gal pals, experience the world safely.

Western Cape, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Square, Cape Town, South Africa
Boulders Beach penguins, South Africa

Note: Photos via pixabay.com. May not be an exact representation due to the uniqueness of each tour and the individual experiences of each traveller.

Highlights of South Africa and Victoria Falls Tour

  • Visit the famous Table Mountain
  • Doing Life with Mandela
  • Cape Town City Tour
  • Enjoy magical evening at Gold Restaurant
  • Explore Hout Bay Harbour, Chapman’s Peak, Cape of Good Hope as a part of Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Wine Tasting with Rosemary Mosia, founder of Bridge Wines
  • Home hosted dinner prepared by Sheila Tempi in Guguletu
  • Enriching Lives Exclusive: Visit and lunch with Victoria Mxenge Community
  • Soweto Tour (Apartheid Museum, Hector Peterson Memorial and Mandela House)
  • Safari experience at Karongwe Game Reserve
  • Explore one of South Africa’s most picturesque Panorama Route
  • Fully guided tour of the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden
  • Guided Tour of the Majestic Victoria Falls
  • Traditional Zimbabwean dishes at farewell Boma dinner

Day 1: Wed 7th Oct 2020 Arrival to Cape Town

Arrival to Cape Town International Airport (CPT). You will be warmly met and greeted by your guide who will assist and transfer you to your hotel.

This transfer will be a group arrival transfer, if any passenger comes in a different flight it needs to be arranged separately.

Check in at The Portswood Hotel.

Overnight: Cape Town – The Portswood Hotel – Superior First Class

The Portswood Hotel is in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It has the highlights of the city at its fingertips. The hotel has particular historical significance as the lobby was built around the well and cells for prisoners that were en-route to Robben Island. Today, it retains and honours the memory of its past while offering comfortable accommodation and exclusive amenities. The hotel features a restaurant, a swimming pool, a bar and a business centre. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, the Quarterdeck specialises in Cape Malay/Malaysian/Indonesian infused cuisine and excellent South African cuisine can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the pool.

Day 2: Thu 8th Oct 2020 Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half Day Table Mountain and City Tour with private guide and vehicle.

Table Mountain (weather permitting)

Guests will 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. Table Mountain has been named as on the seven wonders of nature and attracts millions over visitors from all across the globe, in fact, since the opening of the aerial cableway in 1929, more than 22 million people have taken the trip to the top. At the upper cable station, guests will find a restaurant and a curio shop as well as some footpaths for exploration.

Cape Town City

Explore South Africa’s exciting ‘Mother City’ on this guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town. You will step into the rich history of the city passing by key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall. The tour stops at the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral, passes the through the lush Company Gardens, and explores a cultural hub of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter. A tour of this vibrant city, home to street markets of every kind, cosmopolitan and rustic eateries, and a host of cultures is an unforgettable experience.

Doing Life with Mandela – 35 to 40-minute talk by Christo

A 35 to 40-minute talk by Christo which is preceded by an 8-minute video on Mandela and Christo; then he can answer questions and people can buy his book and have him sign it.

In his talk Christo will share his unique story from when he grew up on a farm, moved to the city at the age of 12, joined the prison service after Matric, was sent to Robben Island at the age of 19, and met Nelson Mandela for the first time. Then how their relationship grew and developed through a mutual respect and trust for each other.

He will share fascinating insights into the life of Mandela from Prisoner to President – and how the 2 men stayed in touch right until Mandela passed away and Christo was a guest of the family at his funeral. It is a unique story of a young, white, Afrikaans speaking warder who befriended an elderly, black, Xhosa speaking prisoner. Two men who should have hated each other but instead became close friends.

Enjoy dinner at Gold Restaurant later that evening (Drinks at own expense).

Drumming on arrival seated in a circle learning the different sounds.

Guests can also participate in an interactive drum circle where each participant is taught the different sounds and rhythms of the djembe, It is truly an invigorating start to a magical evening at Gold Restaurant.Gold Offer an opportunity to sample cuisine from their Cape Malay Kitchen as well as some well-loved traditional African inspired dishes. The entire menuis served as the table as a set tasting menu in sharing and individual portions.Be captivated during dinner by their tall graceful |mali Puppets as they dance around your table accompanied by drummers, dancers and singers. Live entertainment is unique to Gold and performances will embrace and transport you into the heart of Africa

Overnight: Cape Town – The Portswood Hotel – Superior First Class

Meals: B, D

Day 3: Fri 9th Oct 2020 Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour with private guide and vehicle.

Hout Bay Harbour

Step into the working harbour of Hout Bay at the end of Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard for an authentic fishing village experience from the colourful fishing boats moored on the dock to the range of fish markets, restaurants, street markets and shops set overlooking the bay. Indulge in fresh seafood, fabulous views, adventure activities and shopping experiences – everything from jewellery and maritime artefacts to seashells and more. The beach stretches from here to Chapman’s Peak in the east.

Chapman’s Peak (weather permitting)

Locals call this famous scenic drive that winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek on Cape Town’s stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline “Chappies”. The toll route stretches nine kilometres along the coast taking over 100 curves in a road carved out by prisoners of war in the mid-1910s over a seven-year period. On the one side are towering cliffs and on the other a steep drop to the ocean. A favourite with visitors and locals alike for scenic hikes, cycles and drives, as well as picnicking.

Cape Of Good Hope

The famous Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, a World Heritage site, is set at the end of Cape Town’s south peninsula. Take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 metres above sea level (built to which warns ships they are approaching the feared “Cape of Storms”), stroll along the cliff paths or venture down the steep slopes to the stunning white-sand beaches below. The reserve is home to a variety of small wildlife and is a favoured picnicking, fishing (with a permit) and hiking destination with its rich plant biodiversity and inspiring landscapes.

Cape Point Funicular

The Flying Dutchman Funicular takes passengers uphill from the car park of the Cape Point Nature Reserve (a Natural World Heritage Site) to the old lighthouse sited at 249m overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The views from the lighthouse are spectacular and the air, coming off the Antarctic, is among the purest in the world. The funicular is believed to be the only commercial one of its kind in Africa and is named after a local legend of a ghost ship. The short three-minute trip passes through 585m of dense fynbos and over rocks to the upper lighthouse. The two cars can carry 40 passengers at a time and trips run continuously.

Enjoy lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant (Drinks at own expense).

Boulders Beach (Penguins)

The sheltered Simon’s Town beach of Boulders Beach is the home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins (over 2 000 of them), as well as a favourite swimming and beach destination for locals and international travellers, particularly children. One can walk between the three pristine and sheltered beaches on boardwalks, which also link to the penguin-viewing area offering fantastic sightings of these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat.

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Explore the diverse beauty of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which is set up against Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain looking onto the city. There are plenty of spaces to picnic among the rich and varied displays of southern Africa’s plant life (more than 7 000 species are planted out) and a restaurant on site. It is the first botanical garden to be included within a natural World Heritage site. Paths are set out throughout the garden allowing visitors to easily wander past the natural displays.

Overnight: Cape Town – The Portswood Hotel – Superior First Class

Meals: B, L

Day 4: Sat 10th Oct 2020 Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day Wine Safari & community project with different speakers.

Colour Of Wines

Wine Tasting with Rosemary Mosia, founder of Bridge Wines, former bridge finance expert with state owned enterprise PRASA, who left to start her own wine company. She’s originally from Soweto. Tasting hosted at her home in Rondebosch.

ENRICHING LIVES EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Mxenge Community

Lunch with the all-female leadership of the Victoria Mxenge Community in Philippi. Sis’ Pat and her team together with residents and also members of the Homeless People’s Federation of South Africa, have in the last 23 years built over 5000 homes. Back in the mid-90s they built their own brickmaking factory and made their own bricks to build their houses. Over lunch, Sis Pat and colleagues share their story, which is one of self-determination, social banking, community savings, collective investments and building relationship with government as a community. In a way these ladies are the ultimate politicians as their objective is not for self but really for community, and their work shows it. After lunch, the group takes a walk around the community and visits one of the first homes built.

Wine tasting with Carmen Stevens, wine maker at Kunjani Wines in Stellenbosch. Carmen is from Hanover Park, and has been using the Naked Wines platform to sell her wines, and the profits have been funding daily meals for 100s of kids at a school in Hanover Park. It’s a wonderful inversion of the Dop System. Carmen makes the wines at Kunjani, and has been training co-owner Pia to become the winemaker…

Home hosted dinner

Transfer from Stellenbosch to the home of Sheila Tempi in Guguletu for a home-cooked meal (different to what was served at lunch). We also have Sheila’s niece, Zami Mdingi, of the group Coda, perform a short set.

Overnight: Cape Town – The Portswood Hotel – Superior First Class

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Sun 11th Oct 2020 Cape Town – Johannesburg

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer from The Portswood Hotel to Cape Town Airport for your direct flight to Johannesburg. Flight details – Departing CAPETOWN at 10:35am – arriving JOHANNESBURG at 12:30. Upon arrival, guests will be met by their guide and go for the half day Soweto Tour and lunch, then later drop off at Garden Court Sandton City.

Apartheid Museum

The prestigious and must-visit Apartheid Museum is located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum, opened in 2001, covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. The exhibitions span the beginnings of segregation in the country, the implementation of the Apartheid system and all of the factors that have shaped its 20th century history including the discovery of gold that spurred on the migration of thousands of foreigners to the country, the rise of black consciousness and the first democratic elections. The political groups (both for and against the Apartheid system) are represented and the exhibitions combine news articles, photographs and artefacts to create a riveting story of this era.

Hector Peterson Memorial

On the 16th of June 1976, Hector Pieterson was shot by the police during a protest by schoolchildren about Afrikaans being imposed as the medium of instruction. The Soweto uprising, as it has come to be known, saw 20 children shot by police during what started out as a peaceful protest. One of the pivotal moments in the anti-Apartheid struggle, 12-year old Hector has come to symbolise those that stood against the tyrannical regime. Today, the 16th of June is celebrated in South Africa as National Youth Day in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the protest. The site where Hector was shot is not far from the memorial and close to the Hector Peterson Museum.

Enjoy Lunch at the local restaurant (Drinks at own expense)

Mandela House

Mandela House in Orlando West, Soweto is a national monument dedicated to offering insights into the life of Nelson Mandela and the families that he lived with from 1946 through to the 1990s. Managed by the Soweto Heritage Trust, the house has been fully renovated and hosts a visitor centre as well as excellent multi-media and audio-visual displays outlining the history of the Mandela family. A meaningful experience, visitors are exposed to Mandela’s personal life on this visit.

Overnight: Johannesburg – Garden Court Sandton City – Superior First Class

Garden Court Sandton is ideally place in the heart of Sandton, one of Johannesburg’s most prestigious suburbs. The hotel is set across from Nelson Mandela Square with its high end range of shops, restaurants and entertainment options and is within walking distance of the Sandton Shopping Centre, one of the most popular in the Southern Hemisphere. Garden Court Sandton is chic and contemporary in its design and decoration and has an oval swimming pool in a verdant garden setting for time spent away from the hustle and bustle of the City of Gold. The on-site restaurant, Riff’s Bar and Grill is a lively place where tasty meals are served to the sounds of familiar juke box hits. Steaks, salads, light meals and desserts are all offered as well as some impressive cocktails.

Meals: B, L

Day 6: Mon 12th Oct 2020 Johannesburg – Karongwe Game Reserve

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guests will depart Johannesburg this morning on an Overland Touring to Shiduli Private Game Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve.

Two daily safari activities.

Includes: All meals, teas, coffees, snacks. Dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers. Drinks on dusk safaris are limited to one per person with a choice of local beer, Wifi, Karongwe Game Reserve gate entrance fee and Rhino Levy per person per night. Any transfers from Southern boom gate are included.

Excludes: Airport and road transfers (including chartered flights landing at Hoedspruit Civil Air Base). Mini Bar, curio, telephone, spa, laundry expenses, premium and imported brands and any services not specified.

Overnight: Karongwe Game Reserve – Shiduli Private Game Lodge – Superior First Class

Shiduli Private Game Lodge is in the Karongwe Game Reserve, a pristine African landscape that is home to the Big 5, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as cheetah and hippo. It is Africa untamed and this lodge is luxury in this wild setting. The lodge features an outdoor swimming pool and a beautifully decorated, African inspired bar where cocktails can be sipped while enjoying a spectacular sunset. Days are about adventure and game drives and bush walks are led by passionate and experienced rangers and guides. A short hike can also be enjoyed to a lookout point that showcases views of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Meals: B, L, D – Full board plus 2 activities daily

Day 7: Tue 13th Oct 2020 Karongwe Game Reserve

Two daily safari activities.

Overnight: Karongwe Game Reserve – Shiduli Private Game Lodge – Superior First Class

Meals: B, L, D – Full board plus 2 activities daily

Day 8: Wed 14th Oct 2020 Karongwe Game Reserve – White River

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer from Karongwe Game Reserve via Panorama Mountain Tour and later drop off at Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel.

Explore one of South Africa’s most picturesque routes with an experienced guide as you take a tour of the area’s many natural wonders. You will see The Pinnacle Rock towering 30m above the forest as well as God’s Window, one of South Africa’s most famous vantage points (on clear days you can see as far as Mozambique). Take in the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels, massive spirals of dolomite that rise from the far wall of the canyon. Other highlights include the spectacular Lisbon Falls and unusual rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes. A light lunch with a soft drink is enjoyed halfway through the journey and there’s a chance to explore the colourful craft markets en-route.

Dinner (Drinks at own expense).

Overnight: White River – Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel – Superior First Class

Located on the original Casterbridge Farm just outside of White River in South Africa’s Lowveld region, Casterbridge Hollow offers its guests easy access to the Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga’s beautiful Panorama Route. This charming destination with its simple and romantic design and decor provides modern accommodation in Standard rooms and Family Suites, all beautifully appointed for utter comfort. The day begins with a scrumptious breakfast at the Magnolia Cafe, located opposite the hotel, lunch and dinner can also be enjoyed upstairs in the restaurant proper or in the hotel or at other nearby restaurants. Other on-site features include the fitness centre and swimming pool, while children have their very own playground. The library and lounge are good spots to relax with a good book. Casterbridge Hollow is a popular choice of conferencing, meeting and event venue with modern venues and professional equipment. It is only a 15-minute drive from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Thu 15th Oct 2020 White River

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided Chimpanzee Tour (Including Lunch, Drinks at own expense).

Chimpanzee Eden was founded by renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall and is the only chimpanzee sanctuary within South Africa as these creatures are not a native species. This eden was established to act as a home for rescued or orphaned chimpanzees, one of the rarest species on earth. Some estimate that they may be extinct within the next decade and it was a hope that by moving them to another country this beautiful species can be preserved and cared for. The chimpanzees are studied and researchers continue the work that was started by Dr. Goodall in the 1960’s in Tanzania.

Overnight: White River – Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel – Superior First Class

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Fri 16th Oct 2020 White River – Livingstone – Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer from Casterbridge Hollow to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for your direct flight into Livingstone. Flight details – departing NELSPRUIT KRUGER AT 10:30AM – ARRIVING LIVINGSTON AT 1:10PM

Upon arrival in Livingstone, guests will be transferred across the border to Cresta Sprayview.

Overnight: Victoria Falls – Cresta Sprayview – Superior First Class

Guests at the 3-Star Cresta Sprayview Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe can literally see the spray from the thundering ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ as the dramatic Victoria Falls are locally known. An ideal base for those wanting to explore this lush region and partake in the host of adventure activities on offer – from helicopter flights, abseiling and white-water rafting to game drives, bush walks, golf and horseriding, the hotel also offers conference facilities and spa visits and cultural excursions are easily arranged. Besides the easy access to the Falls themselves as well as the surrounding National Park and rain forest, guests can walk into town to browse the curio markets and upmarket shops. Back at the 65-room hotel, there is a large swimming pool, indoor and al fresco dining options and the lush expanse of manicured grounds to relax in. There is an on-site business centre and WiFi internet is available throughout. A choice of two bars provides options for cocktails before and after dinner while the African sun sinks over the horizon.

Meals: B

Day 11: Sat 17th Oct 2020 Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided Tour of the Falls

A guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls and encompassing nature reserves is an awe-inspiring 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 from miles around. The tour takes you to the best view points of this iconic waterfall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, allowing you to soak up the powerful and enigmatic atmosphere of Victoria Falls.

Sunset Cruise

The sunset cruise is geared to showcase a magnificent sunset while you sip a sundowner and enjoy some light snacks. It’s an ideal way to watch the African landscape transform in beautiful hues. Cruising along the Zambezi River is an experience that creates lasting memories and includes sightings of hippo and crocodile and any other species that congregates on the banks to quench their thirst. Where there is water there is life and seeing a wild and untamed landscape from the comfort of a boat is a must do experience in this magical part of the world.

Boma Dinner (Drinks at own expense)

Visitors to Victoria Falls can indulge in both a cultural as well as culinary experience when choosing to enjoy a boma dinner. The menu comprises a range of traditional Zimbabwean dishes complemented by a delicious barbeque buffet. The ambience is created by local Shangaan dancers and singers that provide entertainment during the meal – face painting is an optional extra! A traditional story teller adds that extra element of intrigue and drama to the evening. The sound of the drums reverberates through the stillness of the African night.

Overnight: Victoria Falls – Cresta Sprayview – Superior First Class

Meals: B, D

Day 12: Sun 18th Oct 2020 Departure Victoria Falls

Transfer from Cresta Sprayview to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight back home via Johannesburg. Flight details – Depart Victoria Falls at 1:30pm – Arriving into JOHANNESBURG at 3:10pm

Meals: B

Bon Voyage!

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LAND ONLY COSTS: (International Airfare Available Upon Request)

  • Per person on double occupancy: CAD $6990
  • Single supplement: CAD $1595
  • Minimum passengers: 15 / Maximum passengers: 20
  • Deposit: $300 at time of booking (non-refundable once tour is guaranteed*)
  • Balance due: 90 days prior to departure date

*Tour guaranteed once minimum passengers reached.

***All pricing is in Canadian dollars***

Cancellation Penalties and all other important information please refer to:

WOW Terms and Conditions

LOCATION ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY DURATION
CAPE TOWN The Portswood Hotel Superior First Class 4 Nights
JOHANNESBURG Garden Court Sandton City Superior First Class 1 Nights
KARONGWE GAME RESERVE Shiduli Private Game Lodge Superior First Class 2 Night
WHITE RIVER Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel Superior First Class 2 Night
VICTORIA FALLS Cresta Sprayview Hotel Superior First Class 2 Nights

The South Africa and Victoria Falls Tour Cost Includes:

  • Meet and greet at the Cape Town International Airport
  • Airport & Hotels porterage (1 x standard piece of luggage per person)
  • All internal flights
  • 4 Nights at The Portswood Hotel, Superior First Class
  • 1 Night at Garden Court Sandton City, Superior First Class
  • 2 Nights at Shiduli Private Game Lodge, Superior First Class
  • 2 Night at Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel , Superior First Class
  • 2 Nights at Cresta Sprayview, Superior First Class
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing tours and experiences as stated in the itinerary above
  • Panorama Mountain Tour
  • Guided Chimpanzee Tour
  • Guided Tour of the Falls
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Local English-speaking driver on all transfers
  • Local English-speaking driver/guide on all sightseeing excursions
  • Meals as specified in the program: Daily breakfast, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

The South Africa and Victoria Falls Tour Cost Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Visa Fees (Zimbawbe visa required approx. $30 US & Zambia visa required approx. $50 US).
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Departure taxes (subject to change)
  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, room service, etc.
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Donation to social charity foundations
  • Peak or festive surcharge (if applicable)
  • Local hotel/city tax (if applicable)
  • Any item not listed under included

Guaranteed Room mate Match Program: If you don’t have a travelling companion, WOW will match you up with a suitable roommate. We guarantee this match program.

Accommodations: Superior First Class hotels in central areas (where applicable).

More inclusions: meals, unique experiences and a personalized host who will pamper you and look after every detail.

Service as it should be: let us cater to the details that make for your fabulous adventures.

South Africa and Victoria Falls Tour Map

Table Mountain, South Africa
Rhino, South Africa
Stellenbosch vineyard, South Africa
zebra, South Africa
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
Jane Goodall, Chimpanzee, Eden

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Elephant in South Africa
Stellenbosch Mountain, South Africa
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