A once in a lifetime trip that includes Cape Town and the natural wonders of South Africa and Zimbabwe
To truly immerse yourself in the spectacular wonders of Southern African could very well take a lifetime. This luxurious trip not only gives a taste of what the sub-continent has to offer but takes in four UNESCO world heritage sites en-route. The tour starts in Cape Town with its unique mix of cosmopolitan chic and spectacular nature, crosses through Zululand for a wildlife adventure that includes rhino conservation efforts and finally takes you to nature reserves of Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls, the biggest waterfall in the world.
Ticks for your bucket list include:
- Visit four UNESCO world heritage sites
- Go on an art tour of Cape Town
- Paddleboard with penguins
- Go on several big five game drives
- Take part in rhino conservation
- Scuba dive with turtles and dolphins
- See hatching turtles dash for the ocean
- Snorkel over coral reefs
- See the biggest waterfall in the world
- Take a boat cruise on the Zambezi river
Your adventure starts in Cape Town, one of the most recognisable cities in the world. Nestled between Table Mountain’s dominant form across the skyline and the sapphire waters of Table Bay, the city offers visitors a heady mix of rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, spectacular natural scenery and a culinary culture to rival the best that Europe has to offer. While it may be tempting to relax on one of the city’s 72 beautiful beaches, your time here is possible best spent exploring all the region has to offer in bite-sized pieces. On this trip, we’ve selected an Urban Art Safari, a tour of the peninsula and, of course, a visit to Cape Town’s most famous sites with a trip up Table Mountain and a visit to UNESCO listed Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
From here a short hop over the mountain will take you to the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of the Cape Winelands where you will spend two days taking in outstanding natural beauty while sampling the culinary delights and award-winning wine from the oldest wine-producing region outside the Mediterranean.
The second leg of this trip will take you up the coast to sub-tropical Zululand, where you will get to stay on the province’s pre-eminent private Big Five game reserve. The reserve is often called the Seven Worlds of Wonder, as it comprises seven distinct types of habitat including rare sand forests, wetland systems, mountain ranges and marine reserves. Beyond the opportunity to scuba, snorkel, go on big 5 and walking safaris, guests also have the chance to engage in unique wildlife conservation efforts like rhino and elephant tagging. Depending on the time of year, guests can also witness giant turtles come ashore to nest and see their hatchlings make their arduous dash for the ocean.
Your wildlife adventure continues as you head to the southern banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe to witness one of the seven natural wonders of the world; Victoria Falls. While the majestic waterfall is the star attraction and worth the visit alone, the area offers both adventure seekers and sightseer boundless opportunities to get close to nature, engage in water sport and go on Big Five game drives.