Victoria Falls Secret Season & The Best of South Africa

$23,325 per person

Cape Town, Kalahari, Kruger, & Victoria Falls

This is a sample itinerary and the price is an estimate, used for rough planning purposes only and is subject to change. Actual prices and availability must be finalized by one of our trip planners who will contact and confirm pricing with all accommodations and operators.

$23,325 per person

2+ Guests
14 Days
2 Countries

Don’t miss out on South Africa’s Secret Season...

...code for Africa’s green savannas when the bushveld comes alive. Newborn animals of all species take over the bush, and dry landscapes like the Sabi Sands Game Reserve transform into verdant seas. The Secret Season encompasses Africa’s warm summer from December to May, so you can escape from the cold of the northern hemisphere. Safaris in these months offer considerable savings, as well as less crowded wildlife reserves, which means an exclusive and personal game viewing experience.
Beyond offering great value, Secret Season safaris in South Africa offer exceptional game viewing, a productive paradise of vibrant floral displays, and a kaleidoscope of colors which draws wildlife enthusiasts, and hobbyist and professional photographers alike. Summer mornings are exquisite. The temperature is perfect for pre-dawn starts to the day; like the animals, you can use the warmer midday for a siesta. Light for photography is at its best all year, while afternoon cloud formations add mood and contrast.

Victoria Falls' Secret Season & The Best of South Africa Itinerary

Cape Town, South Africa Day 1-4

Some say Table Mountain's quarzitic crystals emanate a positive energy over this most beautiful city. Undoubtedly everyone feels happy in Cape Town, which could also be the sunny weather, sandy beaches, and proximity to water, with two oceans meeting at Cape Point (or is that a myth?). Come find out and enjoy all the sights of Cape Town and its winelands. Upon arrival to Cape Town's International Airport, after passing through immigration/customs, you will be met by a private driver for your Half Day city tour, on route to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Over the next three days your private guide will share the beauty of the Mother City, her history and her story. Explore Table Mountain, the Cape Point Peninsula and a Winelands Tour including tasting with a lunch each day.

Mount Nelson

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa Day 5-7

The low ratio of guests to land at Tswalu offers two of the greatest travel luxuries - time and space. Tswalu’s guarantee of a private vehicle, guide and tracker provides complete freedom to traverse South Africa’s biggest privately owned reserve. The wide, open spaces, so typical of the southern Kalahari’s dramatic beauty, await exploration both on and off the vehicle. Actively tracking iconic Kalahari species, like a pride of black-maned lions or a brown hyena, adds to the interactive thrill of game viewing, as do sightings of elusive creatures, like pangolin and aardvark. The Motse evokes a mood of intimacy, quiet, and authenticity, a home-away-from-home atmosphere. Interiors are cool and spacious with king-size beds swathed in romantic mosquito nets and orientated to maximize the views through sliding glass doors. Each of the six double suites or three family suites have a sitting area with wood-burning stove, a study area, and private, shaded veranda with a large day bed. The en suite bathrooms have been created with private gardens, luxurious bathtubs and both indoor and outdoor showers.

Tswalu The Motse

Kruger National Park Sabi Sands, South Africa Day 8-10

Kruger Sabi Sands has numerous privately-owned game reserves with fenceless borders to the national park. Lodges and camps are luxurious, often with a spa, gourmet food and beautiful interiors. Game sightings are excellent and in just a two-or-three-day visit, you can often expect to see Africa’s Big Five, with the bonus of night drives and the ability to go off-road. Renowned for consistent Big Five sightings, MalaMala Game Reserve is one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa and lies between the unfenced Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. A pioneer in photographic safaris, the history of MalaMala Camp can still be seen in the vintage photographs of bygone days. This family friendly camp features luxury en suite rooms with amenities to ensure your comfort.

MalaMala Camp

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Day 11-13

Witnessing the magnificence of Victoria Falls is one of those must-sees, made even more appealing by staying in beautiful lodges, close to the Masue River. View Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'The Smoke That Thunders', by sunset cruises, steam train, or on foot. Surrounded by the tranquility of Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve and primely located just 15 minutes from the Falls themselves, Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel invites you to explore or just relax in one of the continent’s most loved destinations. The hotel’s thoughtful comforts, attentive service, and excellent food enhance your experience by ensuring you are very well taken care of – a hallmark of Stanley & Livingstone. Over the next two days take a guided tour of Victoria Falls followed by lunch at the Lookout Cafe. View the Falls from the air on a 25 min. helicopter flip followed by a game drive with bush dinner. Travel to Botswana on a day excursion to game drive in Chobe
National Park.

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Day 14

Depart on your international flight home

In Our Travelers' Words

At the end of the day our travelers are most qualified to describe the African safari experience, and they certainly say it best.

The Peacock Family
Multi-Generational Safari

"Our youngest, Emily is almost 7. And mom and dad are in their late 70's. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between - and I can tell you we ALL just had the best time! It's tricky to have a plan that appeals to everyone. The thought of our daily adventure was so exciting, that no one minded the early morning wake-ups - not even the teenagers! They were often the first ones on the jeep - as they couldn't wait to start the drive each day."

The Ousterhout Family
Family Safari

"My father-in-law had always wanted to go to Africa, and invited us all to go with him to celebrate his 80th birthday. We went with no expectations, and the trip was beyond anything we could have imagined. In each camp we were exhilarated to be so unbelievably close to animals. Our guides really turned the safari into an educational experience for the girls with in-depth discussions on not just the wildlife, but also history, culture, and the relationship between tourism and the environment. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we hope to return."

Pat & Art Hoeft
Photographic Safari

"This was our first Africa visit; we'd thought about it for years and then in my husband's semi-retirement we thought that if we didn't do it NOW it would never happen. We arranged to travel with my husband's brother and wife. The photographic opportunities were myriad and truly stupendous. We were up and out in the Land Cruiser before sunrise each day to catch photos of wildebeests and, one morning, elephants, silhouetted with acacias on a ridge line as the sun rose. We ended our days with late-night nibbles with a choice of "one more for the road" and new friends from across the English-speaking world."

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