This 242-room hotel, built in the Renaissance style with interior pillars, porticos, and atriums, is conveniently situated in Nelson Mandela Square within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants. The hotel features two restaurants, a bar and lounge, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center with sauna and steam bath, and indoor heated pool. All air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Southern Africa Odyssey
Meet our tour directors
Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests
18 days from $7,845 total price from New York
($6,595 air & land inclusive plus $1,250 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.
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 Sandton. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.
Day 3: Soweto/Pretoria A full day of touring begins in Soweto, the largest black city in Africa and where the seeds of South African freedom took root. Here we visit Nelson Mandela’s home, now a museum, and the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Then we travel to the South African capital of Pretoria, where we see the imposing Voortrekker Monument. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner. B,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. Later we attend a talk on David Livingstone’s travels, trials, and travails. We dine at our hotel tonight. B,D
Day 5: Victoria Falls This morning we visit a local school where 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 for sightings of the most endangered of the “Big Five” species. B,D
Day 7: Chobe National Park, Botswana Early this morning we journey by motorcoach to spectacular Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana. Known for a diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife, Chobe National Park 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 are in transit, flying via Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia’s attractive, German-influenced capital and the country’s largest city (pop. 150,000). With just over two million inhabitants in an area nearly four times the size of the United Kingdom, Namibia has the world’s second lowest population density. Upon arrival this evening, we board a motorcoach for the one-hour transfer to our hotel. Lunch and dinner are on our own today. 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 giant sand dunes that rise more than a thousand feet high. Isolated and immense, tranquil and romantic, this endless expanse offers a glimpse of a land before time. Along the way we stop for a quick lunch en route. Late this afternoon we reach our lodge in the heart of the dune desert where we dine tonight. B,L,D
Day 10: Namib Desert/Sossusvlei We rise with the sun to see the world’s highest crested dunes at Sossusvlei, its red-orange hues constantly changing in the early morning light. We enjoy breakfast in the great wide open and have the opportunity to climb the velvet-like sand of Big Mama, as the locals call the largest dune. Then we see nearby Sesreim Canyon before returning to our lodge. B,L,D
Day 11: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund We travel through the Namib desert today en route to Swakopmund, Namibia’s largest port, with a stop for lunch. During our journey we hope to see oryx, springbok, and ostrich in the wild; as well as the Welwitschias mirabilis, a botanical curiosity that exists only on the gravel plains of this desert. Reaching Swakopmund, we take a brief city tour. Tonight we have dinner at our hotel. B,L,D
Day 12: Swakopmund/Skeleton Coast This morning we set out on a half-day excursion along Namibia’s famed Skeleton Coast, named for the many shipwrecks its rocks and fog have caused and for the many bones on its beaches from whaling and seal hunting. We visit the seal reserve at Cape Cross, the world's largest, where some 150,000 gather during the breeding season. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to Swakopmund with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this charming coastal city on our own. This evening we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. 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. We arrive in Cape Town, South Africa early afternoon with the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Lunch is on our own today; we dine together at a local restaurant tonight. 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. 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, where we ride a monorail to the summit for stupendous ocean views. 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 Kirstenboch National Botanical Garden. 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 at a local restaurant. B,D
Day 17: Cape Town/Depart for U.S. This afternoon we transfer to the airport 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.
- Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
- 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
- 33 meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 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
2013 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees
|Balt, Boston, Chi,
Mia, Orlando, Phil,
Tampa, Wash, DC
Houston, Los Ang,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle
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 $1,250, which are subject to change until final payment is made.
Single travelers please add $1,695. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2013 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, with an overnight stay in Dubai (provided on a complimentary basis).
Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $4,695 per person
Michelangelo Hotel, Johannesburg / Days 2-3 / Deluxe
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.
Windhoek Country Club, Windhoek / Day 8 / Superior First Class
The desert-oasis themed Windhoek Country Club stands at the southern end of Windhoek a short walk from the city center and restaurants and shops. The 152-room hotel offers a restaurant and bar, tennis courts, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned rooms include a private bath with hairdryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, Internet access, 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 and Entertainment Center, Swakopmund / Days 11-12 / Superior First Class
The 89-room Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Center, 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.
One & Only Cape Town, Cape Town / Days 13-16 / Deluxe
Standing in the heart of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the crescent-shaped One & Only Cape Town provides stunning views of Table Mountain. Combining cosmopolitan décor and traditional African accents, the hotel offers two restaurants and bar, spa with massage treatments, fitness center, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and outdoor pool. The 131 air-conditioned rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park / Extension / Deluxe
Located in a prime game-viewing area of southern Kruger National Park at the confluence of two rivers, the Jock Safari Lodge preserves colonial elegance alongside native Zulu and Shangaan décor. The lodge offers a two restaurants and a bar/lounge; spa with sauna, steam room, and massage treatments; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; laundry and dry cleaning service; Internet access; and gift shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hair dryer, private plunge pool, sala (shaded outdoor viewing deck), mosquito nets, in-room safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, and phone.
Kruger National Park
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 Cape Town/Mpumalanga inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
- 2 nights’ accommodations at Jock Safari Lodge (Deluxe)
- 5 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- 4 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 and Pretoria touring
- Spectacular Victoria Falls
- Elephant-back and rhino safaris in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve
- Game drive in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
- Chobe National Park safari excursion
- Sossusvlei and world’s largest crested dunes
- Spitzkoppe, the “Matterhorn” of Namibia
- Four-night stay in beautiful Cape Town
- The Winelands touring
- Outstanding small group accommodations
What people are saying about us
“We were very happy with our Odysseys Unlimited experience from start to finish. You do an excellent job.”
Dwan & Marcella Sylvester