11-Day Tour of Africa and Safari - Cape Town

11-Day Tour Through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, and Safari from Africa Answers

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See Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Botswana’s Elephants

From South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities to Botswana’s remote plains, Africa’s southern tip is a diverse blend of cultures, landscapes, and animals. With Africa Answers' 11-day excursion, you’ll dabble in it all, and check three of Africa’s most notable sights off your bucket list. Explore South Africa’s colonial Cape Town, marvel at the stunning Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and traverse Botswana’s Chobe National Park on safari, where you could see at least four of the so-called Big Five game animals, including the lion, the African elephant, the cape buffalo, and the leopard.

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Days 1–2: Depart on South African Airways from New York City or Washington, DC, landing in Johannesburg, South Africa, on day 2. After clearing customs, travelers board a flight to head to Cape Town.

A company representative will meet guests at the airport before escorting them to Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa. Heralded by CNN Traveller as the Best Luxury Hotel in South Africa, Pepper Club dazzles with a beachfront restaurant and nightclub and an indoor pool with panoramic views of Table Mountain. Guests stay in a one-bedroom superior deluxe suite, and have complimentary access to the shuttle service between the hotel, waterfront, and beach.

Days 3–5: The first full day in Cape Town begins with a guided half-day city tour, including a cable-car ride to Table Mountain’s summit to see the city from above. The rest of the morning is devoted to exploring sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest colonial building. Drive through the Malay Quarter, past the quaint Bo-Kaap homes awash in pastel hues. At the end of the tour, watch as a professional diamond cutter demonstrates his craft. On days 4 and 5, guests can take a self-guided tour of the town; Pepper Club’s 24-hour concierge service can provide ideas for exploration.

Day 6: Guests fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. A staff member greets guests at the airport and arranges transportation to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, an upscale hotel listed on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List. The lodge resembles a multilevel tree house, with an onsite watering hole that attracts kudu, impalas, and elephants year-round. While at the hotel, enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and daily cocktail hour, or participate in a vulture-feeding experience.

In the early evening, you’ll take a sunset cruise down the Zambezi River, located above the falls. Keep an eye out for hippos, crocodiles, and other animals along the river banks.

Days 7–8: Day 7 is dedicated to exploring Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Travelers are transported to the nearby cascades, where they’ll also have a chance to walk through the surrounding rainforest and sites, including Cataract Island.

The following day is up to you. In the evening, partake in a traditional dinner meal at the Boma Restaurant, replete with cultural songs, dances, and Zimbabwean delicacies, including—for brave tasters—slightly grilled mopani worms.

Days 9–10: In the morning, travelers head to the Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana, located only 90 minutes from Victoria Falls. Guests spend two days on safari, exploring the Chobe National Park on game drives and sunset game-viewing cruises. Four of the Big Five animals—lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo—make their home on the reserve and can sometimes be seen alongside giraffes, monkeys, and awestruck Ernest Hemingways. The park is especially rife with elephants, as there are an estimated population of 120,000 in Botswana.

Days 11–12: Guests are transferred back to Victoria Falls Airport, where they will fly to the U.S. via Johannesburg.

An extra fee applies for departures from Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

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11-day tour and safari through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana; each option includes:

  • Flight to and from New York City (JFK) or Washington, DC (IAD) on South African Airways, including all taxes and fees (other gateways available for extra fee), and all flights in Africa
  • Some meals, including traditional Zimbabwean dinner
  • Stays at Cape Town's Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa, Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and Botswana's Chobe Game Lodge
  • A vulture-feeding experience in Zimbabwe
  • Safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Transportation to and from specified sightseeing destinations

Choose from the following options:

Valid 8/15/12–9/30/12

  • $4,999 to Travel with a Friend (two Groupons required)
  • $6,499 for a Solo Traveler

Valid 10/1/12–12/15/12 and 1/15/13–3/31/13

  • $4,659 to Travel with a Friend (two Groupons required)
  • $6,159 for a Solo Traveler

Book by: 6/8/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/8/12 or promo value expires
  • Must travel by 9/30/12 or 3/31/13 based on option purchased
  • Limit 2/person, may buy 2 more as gifts
  • Limit 2/visit
  • Not valid at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 10/5-6, 10/8, 10/20, 10/30, 11/8, or 11/12-13; not valid at Pepper Club 2/1-10 or 3/28-31
  • Subject to availability
  • Groupon non-refundable once booked; cancellation results in gift card for later trip less 20% of Groupon price
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Must provide full name at checkout, which will be given to Africa Answers
  • Departs from Washington, DC or New York (JFK); extra fee for departures from other cities

Other Details

Room Details

Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa in Cape Town

  • Extra-length king bed
  • Wall-mounted flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Kitchen accessories, such as oven, fridge, and microwave

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe

  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cocktail hours
  • Onsite watering hole frequented by animals
  • Balcony
  • Complimentary WiFi

Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana

  • Large swimming pool
  • Gym and massage room
  • Riverside raised deck

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: not applicable
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed on the tour.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Read about different purchase options here

11-day tour and safari through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana; each option includes:

  • Flight to and from New York City (JFK) or Washington, DC (IAD) on South African Airways, including all taxes and fees (other gateways available for extra fee), and all flights in Africa
  • Some meals, including traditional Zimbabwean dinner
  • Stays at Cape Town's Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa, Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and Botswana's Chobe Game Lodge
  • A vulture-feeding experience in Zimbabwe
  • Safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Transportation to and from specified sightseeing destinations

Choose from the following:

Valid 8/15/12–9/30/12

  • $4,999 to Travel with a Friend (two Groupons required; a $7,881 value)
  • $6,499 for a Solo Traveler (a $10,331 value)

Valid 10/1/12–12/15/12 and 1/15/13–3/31/13

  • $4,659 to Travel with a Friend (two Groupons required; a $7,381 value)
  • $6,159 for a Solo Traveler (a $9,739 value)

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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