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12 Day Wild Africa

  • Go in search of lions & more in Botswana
  • Witness the magnificent Victoria Falls
Includes Return International Flights

Africa conjures images of dazzling sunsets, wild herds roaming the grassy savannah, powerful rivers leading to thundering waterfalls, and ancient tribes living in harmony with the untamed world around them. From a boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi River to wildlife spotting in Chobe National Park, the memories you make in the heartland of Africa will last you a lifetime.

This once-in-a-lifetime tour begins in Victoria Falls where the truly awe-inspiring power of the falls will have you mesmerised. The pinch-me moments continue in Botswana, where you will lap up three nights at five star Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa. Look out for wildlife on up to five game safaris in an open air vehicle or on a boat - keep your eye out for the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros. Then, head to Cape Town for the final leg of your tour, taking in the scenic Cape Peninsula. Includes all international flights, nine nights accommodation, sunset cruise, 15 meals, English-speaking tour guides and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Fly with either South African Airways, Singapore Airlines or Etihad Airways to name a few (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Cresta Sprayview Hotel is situated just 1.4 km from the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance. It is the perfect getaway for adventure seekers exploring the resort town of Victoria Falls and its surrounds. In months when the Falls are in full flood, the spray from this majestic wonder of nature rises like a column of smoke, locally referred to as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” the “Smoke that Thunders” and can be seen from the hotel, hence the name Sprayview. The hotel is also located within walking distance of the town of Victoria Falls.

Overnight: Cresta Sprayview Hotel or Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls
Meals included: None

This morning you will be collected from the hotel and travel to the falls. Visiting Victoria Falls is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that you’ve encountered a masterpiece of mother nature. No photograph can do the falls justice, and nothing prepares you for your first sight. The tour will be conducted in the morning. En-route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you can stop and take photos. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide, who will offer a brief history of the falls themselves, as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist you with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. The afternoon will be spent at leisure.

Overnight: Cresta Sprayview Hotel or Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the morning and early afternoon at leisure. In the late afternoon, you will be picked up and transferred to the jetty for a Zambezi Sundowner Cruise. The cruise is a superb way to relax and admire the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Zambezi Sunset Cruise includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.

Overnight: Cresta Sprayview Hotel or Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be picked up and transferred over the border to Kasane in Botswana, to your 5 star safari lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon enjoy your first safari activity.

All of the bedrooms at Cresta Mowana face the magnificent Chobe River, complete with a spacious balcony from which you can observe the daily happenings amidst the abundant wildlife habitat surrounding the river. The rooms also look out onto the adjoining Namibian floodplains, where often numerous animals congregate.

Overnight: Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, Kasane
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy two days exploring the park either by boat or on a game drive, with two included game activities per day. The Chobe region is teeming with wildlife and is, as such, a safari-lover’s Mecca. There are over 75 species of mammals in the area surrounding Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, including tens of thousands of elephants in the adjacent Chobe National Park.

Game drives are led by experienced and qualified guides in an open safari vehicle. The game drive is also the ideal opportunity to capture the African wilderness, a photographers dream. The Chobe National Park has some of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent and regular sightings include giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and bushbuck.

Alternatively, you can choose to explore this spectacular region by boat. The Chobe River provides sustenance for many animals in the region surrounding Cresta Mowana.

Overnight: Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, Kasane
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Spend another day enjoying this remarkable landscape with two included game activities.

Overnight: Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, Kasane
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today you will be transferred back over the border to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight to Cape Town, South Africa. Upon arrival into Cape Town you will be met and transferred to the hotel accommodation.

Overnight: The PortsWood Hotel, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Area, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning depart on a tour of the beautiful Cape Peninsula. This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre all the way to Cape Point. In Simon ́s Town you will stop for the chance to see penguins and to have lunch (not included). On the way back you will also visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg (mountain pass in Cape Town) will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

Overnight: The PortsWood Hotel, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Area, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is free at leisure to explore the wonders of this beautiful coastal city. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional Cape Wineland Full Day Tour (not included).

Optional Activity - Cape Winelands Full Day Tour $145 per person. This delightful drive winds into the heart of the Cape Winelands, through mountain ranges and sprawling vineyards. Head to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Enjoy the first wine tasting of the day at Waterford Estate (or similar). Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, which dates back to when the French Huguenots arrived in the 17th century. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town retains a French Huguenot style. Enjoy a wine tasting, followed by an opportunity to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost). Continue onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes, from which it takes its name. The last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotel early evening.

Overnight: The PortsWood Hotel, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Area, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

*Please note some flights may arrive back +1 day due to scheduling

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the highlights of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa
  • Witness the majestic Victoria Falls on a guided tour
  • Learn about the native flora, fauna, bird and wildlife of the Victoria Falls region
  • Search for hippos and elephants along the Zambezi River on a sunset cruise
  • Enjoy up to 5 game safaris in either an open air vehicle or on a boat
  • Search for lions, buffalo, giraffes, leopards and more
  • Travel to scenic Cape Point on a Cape Peninsula tour
  • Relax with a day at leisure in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town
  • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 1 x international flight (economy class) from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Cape Town, South Africa
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights in 5 star Safari Lodge accommodation
  • Stay on the edge of Chobe National Park in Botswana
  • Enjoy 15 meals including daily breakfast
  • Small group touring
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Safari field rangers and trackers
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Transportation by open air 4x4 vehicles (safari drives)
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed  within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 27th September 2019.
 
Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1160 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
February: 4, 11, 18, 21, 25
March: 18, 25
March: 4, 11 (SOLD OUT)
April: 1, 4, *8, *11, *15, *18, *22, *25
May: 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
June: 3, 6, 13, 17, *20, *24, *27
June: 10 (SOLD OUT)
^July: *1, *4, *11, *18, 25, 29
^August: 5, 12, 19
August: 26 (SOLD OUT)
^September: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, *19, *23
^September: *26  (SOLD OUT)
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * or ^ incur a high season surcharge:
* Flight High Season: $300 per person
^ Land High Season: $300 per person
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


South African Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airways, Cathay Pacific, British Airways plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Arrive early in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Cape Town, South Africa
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class (Australia to South Africa sectors only): Buy now $5999 per person.
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
Please note: If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Accommodation Used


3-5 Star (self-rated)

- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Cresta Sprayview Hotel or Kingdom Hotel

- Kasane, Botswana: Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa 

- Cape Town, South Africa: The PortsWood Hotel

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Pre Tour): $320 per room including breakfast.
- Cape Town, South Africa (Post Tour): $220 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x twin or 1 x double (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 16 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Day 10: Cape Winelands Tour: $145
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability).
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Zimbabwe is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport. Visas are not required for entry to South Africa & Botswana).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- Optional gratuities/tipping.
- Optional activities/tours.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
In the area of Victoria Falls, the climate is sub-tropical, with a mild and dry winter from mid-May to mid-August (during which, however, nights are cold), and a hot, muggy and rainy summer from mid-November to mid-March. The rains occur in the form of short downpours or thunderstorms. Between September and November, before the rainy season, is the hot period, in fact the hottest of the year, in which the temperature easily reaches 35 °C, and sometimes even 40 °C, even though the humidity is not as high as in summer. Precipitation is not abundant, since it amounts to 660 millimetres per year, but it is quite abundant from December to February, while it almost never rains from May to September. 
 
Kasane, Botswana
The climate in Kasane is referred to as a local steppe climate. During the year, there is little rainfall in Kasane. The average annual temperature in Kasane is 22.9 °C. In a year, the average rainfall is 643 mm with the majority of rain falling between October and March, with December and January being the wettest.
 
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17°C. 
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
15 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a basic level of fitness will be required, there are no physically demanding activities included in this package. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
GRATUITIES / TIPPING
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour and are optional and at the customers discretion.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



Zimbabwe
A double entry visa can be purchased on arrival in Zimbabwe for approx. $45 USD when travelling on an Australian passport.
 
Botswana & South Africa
Visas are not required for South Africa & Botswana when travelling on an Australian passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate 



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.
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