We created this itinerary for travellers looking for a thrilling experience in South Africa and Zimbabwe. This safari combines cosmopolitan Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and game viewing in South Africa’s top reserves. Start off your 2-week trip in Cape Town for 3 nights. Then you will drive to the Cape Winelands for 2 nights to explore wine farms before flying to Zimbabwe. It’s the heart of Africa’s Eden and home to the world’s most famous waterfall. End your holiday with five nights on safari.
Cape Town, Winelands, Victoria Falls & South Africa Safari Itinerary
Day 1 – After your flight, you will arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you can either call a cab, an Uber Black, or hire a rental car. You will make your way to the Winchester Boutique Hotel; it’s located on the famous Beach Road in vibrant Sea Point. From the hotel, you have panoramic views of the ocean. With a prime location in central Cape Town, you are close to restaurants, bars and boutique shops as well as Lion’s Head and Table Mountain.
You will spend 3 nights here and can make full use of the hotel’s amenities like its large pool and grand courtyard that’s adorned with pink Bougainvillea. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant (Shoreditch Restaurant) and a bar (Harvey’s Bar) available to guests and locals. The 1920s hotel itself is classic yet quite stylish. Your Junior Sea-Facing Suite is spacious, ranging from 25 to 45 square meters, with a king size bed, seperate lounge area and mini bar. The room has expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea Point Promenade.
The Winchester Hotel suite faces the ocean
Winchester Boutique Hotel’s famous courtyard and Bougainvillea
Day 2 – Today is a day for sightseeing and exploring the beautiful Mother City. Your breakfast is included in your stay so you can start your day at a leisurely pace in the striking courtyard. Enjoy a coffee while listening to the fountain and admiring the pink Bougainvillea.
As your hotel is centrally located in Cape Town, you can visit the V&A Waterfront that’s only a few minutes’ drive away. Or if you are an avid hiker or outdoors enthusiast, you can hike up Table Mountain or Lion’s Head, which are also located close by. There’s also the option to go kayaking near your hotel and see dolphins and other sea life.
Day 3 – This is your last full day and night in Cape Town. After a leisurely breakfast at Winchester Boutique Hotel, you can go sightseeing. There’s so much do in the Mother City; why not take a drive to Cape Point Nature Reserve today or explore the winding road along the peninsula with its mesmerising views. There are plenty of art galleries and museums to visit too. Whatever style of holidaying you prefer – Cape Town has something for you! From adrenaline-pumping activities to lazy lunches, to township tours or a walking graffiti tour, this is a city that never sleeps.
Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Day 4 – Today you are leaving Cape Town for the picturesque town of Franschhoek in the heart of the Cape Winelands. This beautiful region is well-known for its award-winning wines, interesting history and the landscape is dotted with historical Cape Dutch house and vineyards. From wine tasting to trying out exquisite dining options, you can also enjoy drives through the countryside, strawberry picking and visiting charming towns.
You will spend two nights at the luxurious 4-star Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa. Breakfast is included in your stay, so you can start your mornings with your cappuccino admiring the mountain views. Then it’s time to go and discover the Cape Winelands area – from the wines to the people to the food.
Le Franschhoek, Deluxe Room
Day 5 – It’s your second day in Franschhoek! After enjoying your complimentary breakfast, you will continue sightseeing and exploring this world-renowned wine route. Franschhoek itself has many coffee shops, eateries, and boutique shops for you to discover.
You can also take a drive to nearby Stellenbosch, home to the prestigious university, and Paarl. Each of these towns have their own personality and offer great activities for travellers. In the evening if you wish to not leave your hotel, Le Franschhoek is home to a bar, as well as two restaurants for you to choose from: the upmarket restaurant Sauvage and the laid-back La Pavillion.
Day 6 – Say goodbye to the Cape Winelands and make your way to the Cape Town International Airport. You’ll catch your direct flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to Ilala Lodge Hotel where you will spend 2 nights in a Standard Room with complimentary breakfast. Ilala Lodge offers luxury and comfort in the heart of the town Victoria Falls. It’s ideally located a mere 8-minutes’ walk from the Victoria Falls waterfall, the town’s historical sites and restaurants. You can also enjoy a meal at the on-site Cassia Restaurant; wild impala and warthog graze the hotel’s lawns.
Ilala Lodge, Standard Room
Ilala Lodge’s proximity to The Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 7 – If you didn’t visit the mesmerising Victoria Falls waterfall yesterday then it’s a must-do today. The World Heritage Site is one of the greatest natural spectacles that was named “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which means the smoke that thunders. Livingstone put it on the map in 1855 and named it after the queen. You can easily spend 2 or 3 hours touring the waterfall, if you’re looking for adventure then you can also go bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting at The Falls.
Additionally, you can wander around town and visit local eateries and markets. Or you can enjoy a leisurely sunrise, lunch, or sunset river cruise on the wide Zambezi River. You can watch elephants and other wildlife cooling off at the water or spot a big variety of birds. It’s the perfect way to end off your time in Zimbabwe.
Day 8 – Today, at a time to be confirmed by lodge management, you will be transferred from Illala Lodge Hotel back to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met and transferred 20 minutes to the African Rock Hotel for 1 night. You will be staying in a Luxury Suite, breakfast is complimentary, as well as your return airport transfers from and to OR Tambo International Airport.
Day 9 – It’s time to leave the hustle and bustle behind and go on safari. At a time to be confirmed by hotel management you will be transferred back to OR Tambo International Airport for your 1 hour flight to Eastgate Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred 2 hours by road to Arathusa Safari Lodge in the northern Sabi Sands where you will spend 3 nights.
Sabi Sands is adjacent to the Kruger National Park and famous for its Big Five, lion, leopard and wild dog population. With only 9 thatched suites, this is an intimate lodge. Each suite has an ensuite bathroom, a luxurious outdoor shower, and modern interiors. During your stay you will go on twice daily game drives; you can also visit the spa, restaurant, waterhole and go on a guided walk with a professional guide.
Arathusa Safari Lodge pool
Arathusa Safari Lodge chalet
Day 10 – Each day you will enjoy twice daily game drives and there’s also opportunity to go on a bush walk with a professional guide. The Sabi Sands game reserve is well-known for being home to the Big Five. Enjoy delectable cuisine at this amazing safari lodge.
Just a note: All meals, house wines, beers and spirits are included.
Day 11 – Today is your last day in the Sabi Sands! But your safari is continuing. After your morning game drive, you will take a transfer to Simbavati River Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve. The Timbavati shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and also offers great wildlife sightings.
You will spend two magical nights at Simbavati River Lodge, which is set on the banks of the Kruger Park’s Nhlaralumi River. The lodge has a waterhole right below the dining deck that’s frequented by elephants. This is armchair game viewing at its finest; sit back and enjoy watching wildlife drinking water and gathering together while having a drink or a meal.
Game viewing straight from the deck at Simbavati River Lodge
Day 12 – Wake up at the Simbavati River Lodge and go on your morning game drive in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. With a traditional safari ambience, the Simbavati River Lodge has a contemporary decor. You can make use of the gym, unwind at the spa or just relax on the deck. If you’re travelling as a family, your children can attend the Kids Club with plenty of fun activities.
Day 13 – Enjoy your last full day on safari at Simbavati River Lodge. You will start your day in the early for your game drive with your guide and tracker. During the day you can sit by the waterhole and watch the animals, enjoy a spa treatment (this is at your own cost) and you can chat to the lodge management to set up a guided walking safari if you so wish.
In the evening, your last night on safari, you will enjoy your dinner around a boma fire, listening to the sounds of the animals at night, and do some stargazing. There’s nothing quite like spending time in the bush and this will be an experience you will never forget.
Day 14 – Today you will start your journey home. At a time to be confirmed by lodge management you will be transferred from the Simbavati River Lodge back to the Eastgate Airport. Here you will catch your 1-hour flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
- Park fees
- All activities
- Accommodation at a luxury hotel & luxury tented camp
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation
- All flights during the tour
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)