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Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests
18 days from $7,345 total price from Boston,
New York, Wash, DC

($5,895 air & land inclusive plus $1,450 airline taxes
and departure fees)

It’s a small group journey of astonishing beauty and consummate adventure, one that captures the magnificence of four distinct nations. It’s nature’s showcase come to life: ocean and mountains, desert and plains, waterfalls and wildlife extraordinaire. It’s Southern Africa, where diversity reigns and where visitors are welcomed as never before.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg We arrive in Johannesburg today and transfer to our hotel in the suburb of Rosebank. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.

Day 3: Johannesburg/Soweto We meet our fellow travelers today as we embark on a tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg. Here we see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit the home, now a museum, of the late Nelson Mandela; and tour the moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, where we learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising of 1976. Then we hear fascinating stories from a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together. B,L,D

Day 4: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe We fly this morning to Victoria Falls, first “discovered” by explorer David Livingstone and claimed for Great Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1855. With its 300-foot-deep gorge and thundering spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world. This afternoon we see it for ourselves on a guided walk. B,D

Day 5: Victoria Falls This morning we visit a local school where we have the opportunity to interact with the children and teachers, then spend some time exploring the town of Victoria Falls. Late this afternoon we embark on a Sundowner dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. B,D

Day 6: Victoria Falls We enjoy a small group highlight this morning as we set off first on an elephant-back safari through the bush in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, followed by a rhino safari in open-top safari vehicles. Later we attend a talk on David Livingstone’s travels, trials, and travails. B,D

Day 7: Chobe National Park, Botswana Known for a diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife, Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in all Africa, including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), as well as zebra, lion, hippo, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, buffalo, and more. We’re sure to see some of them on today’s full-day excursion to Chobe, where we take a morning game drive and an afternoon game cruise. B,L,D

Day 8: Victoria Falls/Windhoek, Namibia Today we fly via Johannesburg to the Namibian capital of Windhoek, arriving late this evening. B

Day 9: Windhoek/Namib Desert/Sossusvlei After a brief tour of Namibia’s largest city, we set out through the central Namib Desert of vast gravel plains and rocky mountains. Isolated and immense, tranquil and romantic, this endless expanse offers a glimpse of a land before time. Late this afternoon we reach our lodge in the heart of the dune desert. B,L,D

Day 10: Namib Desert/Sossusvlei We rise with the sun to see the world’s highest crested dunes at Sossusvlei, their red-orange hues constantly changing in the early morning light. Here we have the opportunity to climb the velvet-like sand of Big Mama, as the locals call the largest dune. B,L,D

Day 11: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund We travel to­day through the Namib desert en route to Swakopmund, Namibia’s largest port. B,L,D

Day 12: Swakopmund/Skeleton Coast This morning we take a cruise along the storied Skeleton Coast, so named for the whale and seal bones that once littered its shores – debris from the whaling industry. Along the way we’ll see Cape Fur Seals, petrols and other sea birds, and some of the many ship­wrecks that lie off shore. We have lunch together before returning to Swakopmund and time at leisure. B,L,D

Day 13: Swakopmund/Walvis Bay/Cape Town, S.A. En route to the airport for the flight to Cape Town, we stop in Walvis Bay to see the lagoon with its massive seabird colonies, including flamingos. B,D

Day 14: Cape Town/The Winelands Today we tour The Winelands, South Africa’s renowned wine-growing region just 45 miles east of Cape Town. Amidst the beautiful scenery, we visit two wineries for tours, tastings, and lunch. We return to Cape Town mid-afternoon; dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city. B,L

Day 15: Cape Town/Cape of Good Hope This morning we take a panoramic tour of this beautiful city at the southern tip of Africa and also stop at stunning Hout Bay. Then we travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to more than 250 species of birds, and where we ride a funicular to the summit for stupendous views of “the meeting of the oceans” (the Atlantic and Indian). After a sea­food lunch in historic Simons Town we visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of enchanting African Penguins up close. Our last stop is acclaimed Kirsten­boch National Botanical Garden, nestled against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The world’s first such garden founded (in 1913) to preserve native flora, today the Kirstenboch cultivates only indigen­ous plants. B,L

Day 16: Cape Town/Robben Island Today we come face-to-face with an indelible aspect of South African history: the notorious prison on Robben Island that once held Nelson Mandela and other opponents of apartheid. We tour the island and prison, guided by a former inmate. Returning to Cape Town, we ride by cable car 3,500 feet to the top of Table Mountain for glorious views. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together. B,D

Day 17: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flights to the U.S. B

Day 18: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

Included

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 34 meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next ­Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Dates & Prices

2015 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

 

Feb 12
Mar 19
Nov 5
Dec 3
Apr 16
May 14
May 21
Jun 4
Oct 8, 15
Oct 22
Aug 27
Sep 3
Sep 10
Sep 24
Boston, New York,    
Washington, DC
$7,345 $7,645 $7,745
Chicago, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,    
San Fran, Seattle
$7,545 $7,845 $7,945
Atlanta, Balt, Char,
Cinc, Cleve, Miami,
Minn, Orlando,    
Phil, Tampa
$7,745 $8,045 $8,145
Denver, Detroit,    
Phoenix, Port (OR)
$7,845 $8,145 $8,245

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $1,450, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,595. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2015 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees) are guaranteed.

Depending on flight schedules, certain U.S. cities may require a departure one day prior to the listed schedule above.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $4,795 per person

Accommodations

  • 54 on Bath, Rosebank / Days 2-3 / Deluxe

    Opened in 2012, the contemporary 54 on Bath hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s trendy Rosebank suburb, within walking distance of boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The 75-room hotel features a restaurant, bar, and lounge; outdoor pool; spa treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. All air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, TV, and phone.

  • Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls / Days 4-7 / Deluxe

    Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel stands inside of Victoria Falls National Park and is often referred to by locals as “the Grand Old Lady of the Falls.” Facilities of this Edwardian-style hotel include two restaurants, two bars, and several lounges; Internet access; laundry services; hair salon; spa with massage treatments; library; and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

  • Hilton Windhoek, Windhoek / Day 8 / Superior First Class

    Located in the heart of Windhoek, the 150-room Hilton Windhoek is in close proximity to a pedestrian zone with many restaurants and shops, as well as other local attractions. Hotel amenities include five restaurants, bars, and lounges, including a rooftop bar; rooftop fitness center; heated rooftop swimming pool; spa with massage treatments; gift shop; and laundry and dry cleaning service. Featuring traditional African style décor, air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, TV, and phone.

  • Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei / Days 9-10 / Superior First Class

    Walking distance to the sand dunes and Namib-Naukluft Park, the eco-friendly Sossusvlei Lodge uses tents to create an adobe-style atmosphere similar to that of its surroundings. The 45-room lodge offers a restaurant, bar, freshwater swimming pool, and laundry services. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer and in-room safe. There are no televisions and one guest phone line is available at reception.

  • Swakopmund Hotel, Swakopmund / Days 11-12 / Superior First Class

    The 89-room Swakopmund Hotel, built in and around a restored historical station on Namibia’s premier coastal resort, offers two restaurants, casino, lounge, tavern bar with live entertainment, heated outdoor swimming pool, hair salon, gift shop, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Your air-conditioned room has a private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town / Days 13-16 / Deluxe

    Additional information to come.

  • Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve / Extension / Deluxe

    Additional information to come.

Extension

Post-Tour Extension

Kruger National Park

4 days/3 nights for $1,795 total price
Single Supplement: $495

Experience the magnificence of the South African bush, Kruger National Park region, and Big Five game country at a unique luxury tented camp.

Your Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation to/from Hoedspruit inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Thornybush Waterside Lodge (Deluxe)
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 5 guided game drives (in open safari vehicles)
  • Services of the lodge’s excellent staff
  • Transfers to/from airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Small Group Tour Highlights

  • Soweto touring
  • Spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Elephant-back and rhino safaris in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park safari excursion
  • World’s largest crested dunes at Sossusvlei
  • Skeleton Coast boat excursion
  • Four-night stay in beautiful Cape Town
  • The Winelands touring
  • Outstanding small group accommodations

What people are saying about us

“We love the small group concept, with free time to explore on our own.”

Nancy Pickering & John Millar
Watertown, MN
 

 

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