African penguins, Boulders Beach

Southern Africa Wildlife & Wine

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Trip code: 
WZW
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Go on Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana, visit South Africa’s famous wineries, explore vibrant Cape Town, watch frolicking penguins and whales (in season) and gawk at the mighty Victoria Falls.  

We travel for different reasons and different experiences. Some people to travel to head into the bush in search for lions, elephants or meerkats; some people travel to gawk at the site of megatons of water tumbling thunderously over a cliff; others choose to sip a glass of wine looking out over vineyards; whilst some want to stroll on a beach with African penguins and watch the meeting of oceans before exploring Africa’s most exciting city. Then again, some people decide they want to do all of these things by spending two weeks experiencing Southern Africa’s amazing Wildlife and Wine!

Highlights

  • 3 days of game drives and boat safaris
  • Wine tasting in the famous wineries of Stellenbosch
  • The 'Mother City' - Cape Town
  • Penguins and whales (in season)
  • The mighty Victoria Falls

Key information

  • 4 nights in safari lodges and 8 nights in Guest Houses and Hotels  
  • Travel by minibus and open game-drive vehicles
  • Group normally 4 to 16 people

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leaders
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Wild dogs

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Start Victoria Falls; to Hwange NP

    Our South African adventure starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Those not on the group flights can either meet the leader and the rest of the group at Victoria Falls airport (the arrival time of the group flights will be confirmed in the joining instructions) or if staying at the pre tour hotel it may be possible to get picked up from there.

    Once the group flight have landed we transfer directly to Hwange National Park (approx. 3hrs/200km plus stops). We should arrive in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a bit of action at a local watering hole.

    Hwange Safari Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 3

    Hwange NP: Morning Game drive; afternoon visit of Painted Dog Facility

    Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and, arguably, best safari destination and is known for its populations of elephant and Wild dog. The park is also home to lion, rhino, giraffe, leopard and over 400 species of bird.

    We start our day early and head out for our first game drive in a 4WD open safari vehicle. We spend about three hours in the park looking for wildlife in the early light when animals tend to be more active.

    Returning to our lodge for breakfast we have some free time during the hottest part of the day to enjoy the watering hole or relax by the pool.

    Later this afternoon head out again and visit the nearby Painted Dog Research Facility. Painted dog is an alternative name for Wild dog and the research facility has been involved in research, conservation and rehabilitation of these dogs for over 25 years in Zimbabwe and beyond. Wild dogs are one of the most fascinating animals in the African bush but are endangered with their numbers dwindling from about 500,000 to less than 5,000 across Africa.

    Visiting the centre we learn more about these fascinating dogs, and may see rescued animals being cared for, normally to then be released back into the wild though some individuals are too old or sick to be rehabilitated. The number of animals present at the centre depends on what work is being done.

    Hwange Safari Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning game drive in Hwange NP; on to Chobe NP in Botswana

    Go out into Hwange National Park for an early morning game drive exploring the savannah in search of more wildlife before returning in time for breakfast.

    After check-out we make our way back via Victoria Falls Town (where we make a stop for a late lunch (not included) to the Kasangula border with Botswana. From here it’s only a short drive to our lodge in Chobe National Park, where we expect to arrive in the late afternoon. Total drive time from Hwange to Chobe is about 4hrs/300kms plus stops and border crossing.

    Kwalape Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Chobe game drive and river cruise

    Chobe is probably best known for having an estimated population of 30,000 elephants, the highest concentration in Africa. Beyond elephants, the park is also home to a wide array of animals such as zebra or cheetah.

    An early rise has us out in the national park at the best time of day again. We spend 2 to 3 hrs (depending on sightings) exploring Chobe for its best encounters by 4WD open safari vehicle before returning to the lodge to rest during the hottest time of day.

    This afternoon we take a cruise on the Chobe River in order to discover the park from a different vantage point, the water. We take a boat safari when herds of elephant are often seen coming down for a drink and a wash. eventually returning to the lodge after sunset.

    Kwalape Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe; visit the falls

    The return drive to Victoria Falls takes approximately 2hrs (plus border crossing).

    One of the most impressive natural wonders anywhere and a definite emblem of Africa, the mighty Victoria Falls were created by the Zambezi River. Some 1,708m wide, tumbling 108m over a cliff. Depending on the time of year the volume of water creates a spray which typically rises 400m into the air but can, on occasion rise twice as high and be seen up to 48kms away. The waters are normally at their fullest from February to May, peaking in April (and the lowest levels being in November).

    Upon arrival we visit Victoria Falls National Park for fantastic views of Mosi ‘o’ Tunya’ (the Smoke that Thunders), as the locals call the falls, the largest in the world.

    The rest of the day is free to explore town, spend more time at the falls, go for high tea in the gardens of the Victoria Falls Hotel or plan tomorrow's activities.

    Rainbow Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free day for optional activities at Victoria Falls.

    A free day to partake in the various optional activities on offer in and around Victoria Falls from white water rafting to crossing the border to see the falls from the Zambian side (a visa will be needed) or going on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi.

    Rainbow Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Fly to Cape Town in South Africa; to Stellenbosch

    After breakfast we transfer to the airport and say goodbye to our Zimbabwe/Botswana leader as we fly to South Africa’s Cape region for the second part of our Southern African adventure.

    Our South Africa leader will be waiting for us upon arrival in Cape Town from where they take us to the world renowned wine region of Stellenbosch, a short distance from the Mother City (Cape Town).

    Flight schedules will dictate what time we arrive at our guest house in Stellenbosch. The rest of the day is free to discover the area, quite a contrast from Botswana.

    Rosenview Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Explore the Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch

    A more leisurely start today as we start by drive the short distance to the centre of the attractive Afrikans university town of Stellenbosh which we have a little time in to explore before heading out to the wineries.

    Our next stop is the Lanzerac Wine Estate that dates back to 1692, where we go on a guided tour of the estate’s cellar before taking part in our first of two wine tasting sessions. Following the tasting we have lunch at the estate (own expense).

    It’s only a short transfer to the next winery: the Stark-Conde Estate. We have a second wine tasting session here amidst the views of the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley.

    After a day of wine discovery at historic estates set amidst beautiful views we return to our guesthouse where you may want to enjoy another glass of wine in the garden.

    Please note that we may, at times, have to swap the wineries visited.

    Rosenview Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Franschoek and Hermanus

    Transfer to the quaint town of Franschoek, named after the French Huguenots who initially brought wine production to South Africa at the end of the 17th century. From here we continue up the Franschoek Pass from where we embark on a two-hour leisurely walk in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. The walk is not demanding and offers wonderful views over the winelands stretching all the way towards Table Mountain.

    We continue towards the Garden Route and the town of Hermanus, the whale capital of the world. We stop on the way for a late lunch (at own expense) at the Peregrine Farm Stall.

    Upon arriving in the Hermanus area we head for the Ferkloof Nature Reserve, known for its fynbos (a native plant common in the Garden Route), where we enjoy another walk before going to our hotel in the town centre right by the waterfront.

    Today’s total driving time is about 3hrs/150kms plus stops.

    Windsor Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free morning in Hermanus; on to Simonstown

    This morning is free to explore Hermanus, take a walk along the waterfront or go out on a boat trip. During whale-watching season, which roughly stretches August to November, Hermanus transforms itself into the best place in the world for spotting whales right from the cliffs near town. Southern Right whales calve in the bay and are often spotted just off shore. There’s even a ‘whale crier’ who keeps an eye out and blows his kelp horn to inform of approaching whales. It is possible to do boat trips to look for the whales or, when not in season, other marine life such as sea lions.

    We leave Hermanus after lunch and drive via Kleinmond, Clarence drive and Gordon’s Bay to Simonstown on the Cape Peninsula, home of the famous African penguin colony of Boulders Beach. The drive takes about 3hrs/150kms plus stops and we aim to arrive late afternoon at the hotel.

    Quayside Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Explore the Cape Peninsula, on to Cape Town

    Our first stop this morning is at Bourlders Beach to visit the local 2-3,000 strong penguin colony. We should have much of the beach’s boardwalks and penguins to ourselves as day trippers from Cape Town tend to arrive later in the day.

    From here we travel to Cape Point Nature Reserve and the tip of the Cape Peninsula where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans violently crash into each other. Here we walk to the old and new lighthouse and follow the boardwalk to the Cape of Good Hope.

    After lunch follow the coastal road to Kommetjie before taking the mountain pass, Ou Kaapse Weg, to Hout Bay and on to our hotel in Cape Town, possibly Africa’s greatest city. Total driving time about 3hrs/150kms plus stops.

    Sweetest Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Full day in Cape Town

    Weather depending, the plan for this morning is to catch the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain. Not only are there spectacular views from the top but there are as many plant species on Table Mountain as there are in the whole of the United Kingdom. We have time to explore the paths at the top before returning to the base of the mountain.

    The rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. The leader can advise on some of the possible options, whether it’s going to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, watching the world go by from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, learning about apartheid at the District Six Museum or an optional tour to Robben Island or a township. (Please note it is recommended to pre-arrange a Robben Island tour, it is possible to arrange beforehand via Exodus; your leader can arrange a township tour once in South Africa).

    Sweetest Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Cape Town

    Free morning for more optional activities. Later those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport in time for their flight. For those not on the group flights the tour officially ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Arrive London

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Botswana

Currently British and Commonwealth and European passport holders do not require visas for Botswana.
As of the 1 June 2017, however, a tourist levy of US$30 will be collected from everyone other than citizens of SADC states. This is payable either by card or with good condition US$ notes (exact change only). This levy is valid for multiple entries for up to 30 days. More information is available on http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Zimbabwe

Most nationalities, including British require a visa to visit Zimbabwe.  This can be obtained from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London but it is a lot easier to get it on arrival in Zimbabwe.  The current charge for a single entry visit visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is £35.00 or US$55.00, although this could change. If you have not obtained a visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival. You should ensure you have small notes as immigration officers may not be able to provide change.

The KAZA UNIVISA visa is valid for travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe and day trips into Botswana. It costs US $50 and it is valid for 30 days. Please note, however, that at times the KAZA visa is not available either because of disputes or simply because of a lack of visa stickers.

Vaccinations

Botswana

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever (which includes Zambia), and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zimbabwe

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Southern Africa is definitely a big meat-eating region and some of the game meat on offer is fantastic. That said there are substitutes available for vegetarians but please let us know in advance if you have special requirements.

We will always ensure that the number of meals detailed in the trip notes are provided. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks’ notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)

As part of the trip we spend a couple days in the wine region near Cape Town. Whilst here we get to try some of the local wine including visiting a wine cellar and doing two wine tastings. It is, of course, possible to purchase some of this wine to take back home.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Weather

Cape Town

Cape Town

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Is this trip for you?

This two-week holiday focuses on two very different regions of Southern Africa. The first half of the trip is centred on Victoria Falls with safaris in Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park. From here we fly down to the Cape region around Cape Town with visits of the Winelands of Stellenbosch, the whale capital of Hermanus and Cape Peninsula area including a visit to Boulder’s Beach penguin colony. Transfers between different areas are not too long averaging generally between 2 and 4hrs. There are also a number of game drives (in Hwange and Chobe) which can last about 3hrs.

As the best time to look for wildlife is normally early morning or late afternoon there are some very early mornings in Hwange and Chobe. On these days there is normally some time to relax later in the day.

There are two walks in South Africa, these are not challenging hikes but still require an average level of fitness.

Depending on when you travel to the region it can get very hot in Botswana and Zimbabwe but can also be fairly cool, especially on the coast. October and November are the hottest months in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Overall, this is a fairly leisurely trip with limited driving and staying in comfortable 2- and 3-star accommodation.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Safari Lodges, Hotels and Guesthouses

We spend 4 nights in safari lodges in Hwange and Chobe National Parks and the rest of the time in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms are all either en suite or you have private use of a bathroom for your room. All properties are generally 2 and 3 star properties. In Cape Town we stay in guesthouses located in the neighbourhood of Seapoint. These guesthouses are actually spread over neighbouring streets but are all managed by the same people and of the same standard. The group may, however, be split over a couple buildings in nearby streets. Single supplement available.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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