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Victoria Falls, Botswana Safari and Cape Town

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Experience more with so much included

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Excellent quality, hand-picked three and four-star hotels, with daily breakfast and five dinners
  • Experience one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, the stunning Victoria Falls, with an optional helicopter flight
  • Watch the fire-red sunset over the mighty Zambezi River during our sundowner cruise on the ‘African Queen’
  • Explore Botswana’s vast Chobe National Park, one of the world’s most outstanding game reserves and home to one of the world’s largest elephant herds: the real heart of Africa
  • Stay four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town, one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, with guided tour
  • Full-day tour to the Cape of Good Hope, see where two oceans meet experiencing unique flora and fauna, including Africa’s only penguin colony
  • Tour the Western Cape’s stunning Wineland’s with its manicured scenery of endless vines and unique Cape Dutch architecture plus a visit and tasting at a 300-year old winery

The Signature Tour option includes all of the above as well as:

  • Experience the most extraordinary wildlife up close during a boat safari through the Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest concentration of protected elephants
  • Cross the mighty Zambezi by speedboat taking in superb vistas of the park from the water
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At a Glance
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3 to 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
Expert tour manager
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Overview

Victoria Falls, arguably Africa’s greatest natural wonder, with often overlooked Botswana and incredible Cape Town, what a tour! There is something almost haunting about Africa and everyone should visit it at least once during their lives. Its sense of vastness and isolation, whilst at the same time a unique closeness to nature, leaves an indelible mark on its visitors and on this incredible three-country tour, you see some of the very best it has to offer. We see one of the finest natural wonders on the planet, the amazing Victoria Falls as well as one of its most naturally beautiful cities, Cape Town, with its surrounding fertile Winelands, plus we visit one of the world’s finest and least visited game reserves, all set in the beautiful countries of Botswana, Zambia and South Africa.

Our tour starts in Zambia, adjacent to the spectacular Victoria Falls, or as the locals call it - ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the Smoke that Thunders! It may be a cliché, but the falls really do take your breath away and it is at places such as this, that visitors realise just how powerful Mother Nature really is. The statistics are awesome: three times as long as Niagara and twice as high, this is the largest single body of falling water in the world! At times of peak flow, the spray rising from the abyss is too thick to even see the foot of the falls, whereas during the dry season (generally Sep-Dec) the more adventurous may be able to walk to the edge of the vast chasm or even bathe in one of the pools next to the rim itself!

Nearby Botswana is a wild and beautiful country and remains one of the few places on earth that really is unspoilt – a true wilderness where animals are free to roam and migrate freely along their traditional routes. Botswana’s Chobe National Park, a huge reserve of over 10,500 unfenced square kilometres is renowned for having the greatest concentration of game, particularly big cats, in the whole of Southern Africa, and a safari here is a truly exceptional experience.

The Chobe River, an integral part of the ecosystem, allows for superb close-up viewing of a huge variety of animal and indigenous bird species. Fish eagles are common and can often be seen swooping low over the waters, their stillness broken only by families of hippo. But what makes Chobe so special, is that it is home to the world’s largest concentration of elephants, well over 100,000 of them, all protected for over a hundred years. It is a moving and an almost humbling experience to see them inter-acting with each other: playing, bathing and splashing in the blue river, as depicted on countless TV documentaries.

Then for a complete contrast, it’s on to South Africa and stunning Cape Town set in a breathtaking location. Backed by ever-present blue skies and the iconic Table Mountain, fringed with white sand beaches and the nearby fertile, seemingly never-ending valleys of the Winelands, it is blessed with a surfeit of world-class natural wonders. South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, Cape Town was the first settlement founded by Europeans and now it’s a lively, cosmopolitan and bustling centre, with superb restaurants and excellent shopping, especially within the tastefully restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Explore the Bo-Kaap district, one of the city’s most vibrant quarters with its unique Cape architecture, home to jazz clubs and artisans. Take the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for much of his life and visit the Cape of Good Hope - the southernmost point on the African continent.

Our tour offers incredible variety: the amazing natural wonder of Victoria Falls, the enthralling safari experiences of Botswana and the sophisticated style of Cape Town. You will return home with some wonderful photographs and incredible memories: an invigorating and uplifting reminder of how wonderfully diverse and beautiful our planet really is.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes eight nights accommodation, including breakfast in three and four-star hotels; half-board basis at Chobe Safari Lodge or Mowana Safari Lodge; 2 lunches in Cape Town; scheduled direct flights to Johannesburg and returning from Cape Town; flights between South Africa and Zambia; all transfers; walking tour of Victoria Falls; sunset Zambezi River cruise; game drive and boat safari in Chobe; full day guided tours to Cape Point and the Winelands including two lunches; porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of an experienced Riviera Tour Manager.

Not included: Zambian visa or Zambian departure tax which is $5 per person payable locally.

Classic Tours Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Watch elephants at play on the banks of the Chobe River during a boat safari through this extraordinary National Park, with its wealth of wildlife spotting opportunities – hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and a whole technicoloured spectrum of bird species and take in the spectacular views on a thrilling speedboat ride across the majestic Zambezi, that weaves a scenic course through the heart of this magical and unique African landscape.

Elephants on River Cruise
 

What's extra on this tour?

This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:

  • Experience the most extraordinary wildlife up close during a boat safari through the Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest concentration of protected elephants
  • Cross the mighty Zambezi by speedboat taking in superb vistas of the park from the water. View dates & prices

What makes Signature Tours different?

Signature Tours give you the option to experience more and are available on over 40 of our European and Worldwide itineraries. Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests, with up to three enhanced experiences included to help make your holiday truly exceptional. View all Signature Tours

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Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Livingstone - Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport Livingstone 20 mins Cape Town Cape Town Airport 1 hr

Fact File

  • Currencies: Pula, Rand
  • Flight Time: Approx.  11 hours 30 minutes
  • Languages: Tswana, English, Bemba
  • Time Zone: GMT+2
  • Countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia

Mobility

 

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

 

Health

Zambia and Botswana are malarial areas and your GP can recommend the appropriate precautions that should be taken. Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours and safari trips so this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday. If you have any mobility related queries, please contact the reservations team.

Zambian Visa

Multiple-entry visas to Zambia are required for all British passport holders. Visa forms may be downloaded from http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/index.php/menu-styles/visa-applications and you will need to enclose a completed form, your passport, 2 passport photos and a photocopy of your Riviera Travel confirmation invoice - no other documents are necessary for normal tourist visas. The cost of this visa is £60 per person and will be valid for three months. You will need to post the application including the above mentioned documentation to:

Zambia High Commission
Zambia House,
2 Palace Gate,
London
W8 5NG

Tel: 0207 5896655.

Postal applications normally take 5 working days to process.

Other passport holders should check with the relevant embassies well before departure. Visa fees can change without notice and once issued, any costs are non-refundable.

South African Entry Requirements 

British passport holders do not currently require a visa to enter South Africa or Botswana but must have at least three completely empty pages in their passport and at least six-month validity from date of travel, otherwise they may not be permitted to travel. If travelling with a minor up to and including 17 years of age, please visit this website for further information, as specific documentation is required for minors travelling to South Africa.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.


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