Duration
11 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2020
Destination
South Africa
There’s no better way to encounter South Africa’s spectacular outdoors than from the back of an open safari vehicle. On this 11 Day Essential South Africa tour, head out on game drives in search of lions, elephants and leopards. Visiting Victoria Falls will take your breath away, but so will South Africa’s lion’s share of national parks, wildlife, mountains and more. In Cape Town, linger over historic highlights such as Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Grand Parade and more.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of $350 per person
  • Encounter the Big Five on game drives at Mabula Game Lodge and Chobe National Park
  • Witness the spectacle of UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls and explore the history of Cape Town on a city tour

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $350 per person
Flights Australia-Cape Town, Johannesburg-Australia
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
Intra-flights Cape Town-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Victoria Falls-Johannesburg.
9 nights accommodations: 4 nights Cape Town, 2 nights Limpopo Province, 1 night Johannesburg, 2 nights Victoria Falls
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Sightseeing & game drives per itinerary
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

TRAVEL DATES Departures in 2019: 
  • Oct: 11, 18
  • Nov: 08, 29
  • Dec: 06
Departures in 2020: 
  • Jan: 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Feb: 07, 14, 28
  • Mar: 03, 13, 20
  • Apr: 03, 10, 14, 21, 28
  • May: 05, 08
PLEASE NOTE: Due to flight schedule and departing times, you may depart one day earlier/later* Advertised price based on 17/24 Jan 2020 departure from Sydney at time of publishing.
ITINERARY – ESSENTIAL SOUTH AFRICA TOUR
  • Day 1: Depart for South Africa
  • Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town
  • Day 3: Cape Town City Tour / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Full Day in Cape Town / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5: Full Day in Cape Town / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Evening Game Drive at Mabula Game Lodge / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7: Mabula Game Lodge Game Drives / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: Travel to Johannesburg / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9: Fly to Victoria Falls / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Full Day in Victoria Falls / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 11: Depart South Africa / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Cape Town: Cape Town Lodge or similar
  • Limpopo: Mabula Game Lodge or similar
  • Johannesburg: Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel or similar
  • Victoria Falls: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departure dates in 2019 & 2020
  • Advertised price based on 17/24 Jan 2020 departure from Sydney at time of publishing. Flights aren’t available for 2020 yet.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Airlines are subject to best available at the time of confirmation or may change depending on date of departure.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.auis a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
TO BOOK YOUR ESSENTIAL SOUTH AFRICA TOUR, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Depart for South Africa

2

Arrive in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to the hotel, you will see the city’s iconic symbol, Table Mountain greeting you in the distance. Tonight, discover some of Cape Town’s world class restaurants on your own.
3

Cape Town City Tour

This morning, meet with your Tour Manager to learn about all of the must see sights of Cape Town before you depart on a city tour. Driving to the city center, pass famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a splendid baroque building, and of course the Grand Parade. See St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Relax at a cafe while you take in the views from the base of the mountain. Perhaps ascend to the summit by cable car* (ticket not included) and marvel at a bird’s eye view of the city and its beaches. Continue to the V & A Waterfront where you will have the opportunity to learn the three-billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum. The 45-minute tour reveals the origins of diamond mining and includes explanations of color, cut and clarity. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Waterfront with its endless shopping and dining opportunities before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, treat yourself to a seafood dinner at one of the trendy outdoor seaside restaurants, while watching the magnificent sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. *Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 8 – Aug 18, 2019
MEALS: Breakfast
4

Full Day in Cape Town

While in Cape Town, outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss the optional tour to the stunning Cape Peninsula, known for its steep mountains, secluded coves and beautiful pristine beaches. The Cape of Good Hope within Table Mountain National Park is surrounded by a rich biodiversity and is home to at least 250 species of birds as well as antelope, ostrich, and baboons. Walk the rugged cliffs, or, take the famous Flying Dutchman funicular, a beacon for early explorers that climbs uphill to the old lighthouse. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see the unique spectacle of penguins waddling freely, and walk through spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Optional: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
MEALS: Breakfast.
5

Full Day in Cape Town

Spend your day at leisure relaxing on the beach, or perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour which takes you along the country’s principal wine route to the scenic towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to “Shark Alley” to experience great white shark cage diving.* Tonight, attend the optional Daily Music Show to learn about the Cape’s cultural heritage through music and storytelling. After the show, meet with the artists and enjoy a dinner of traditional Cape cuisine before returning to the hotel. *Please Note: The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours Optional: South African Wine Tour* Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving* Optional: The Daily Music Show with dinner
MEALS: Breakfast
6

Evening Game Drive at Mabula Game Lodge

This morning fly to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, drive to Limpopo Province located just three hours outside of bustling Johannesburg. Your stay will be at the Mabula Game Lodge where the varied habitats provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) other predators such as hyena and jackal, and a variety of antelope from the red hartebeest to the eland. Here, accompanied by a ranger, uncover the magic of the African bush in this wildlife wonderland. In the late afternoon, enjoy an exciting game drive in a landscape that is an alluring combination of rolling hills, tumbled mountains, valleys, and grassland plains. Game sightings include a variety of predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah with herds of elephant and buffalo that can often be seen at close range. The game and bird viewing opportunities are truly incredible. This evening recount your sightings with your fellow travelers while dining at the lodge.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Mabula Game Lodge Game Drives

Depart early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional Balloon Safari. Drift peacefully above the beautiful landscape, watching for wild game below. A glass of sparkling wine awaits you at the end of the journey. Join the rest of your group on the morning game drive in open safari vehicles where you may have a chance to see not only the large majestic beasts but also the smaller mammals, birds and insects. After lunch, relax at the lodge before setting out for your afternoon game drive. Return in time for dinner. Optional: Mabula Balloon Safari
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8

Travel to Johannesburg

Awake early this morning and set our on your final game drive. After an early lunch, bid farewell to the bush and travel to Johannesburg, known as “Guateng: the City of Gold”. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
9

Fly to Victoria Falls

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to picturesque and thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Falls are a little over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them one-and-a-half times as wide and twice as high as Niagara Falls. Here, you can still encounter herds of buffalo and elephant on their way to the Zambezi River. This evening, experience the romance of Africa on the optional Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise. Relax onboard as you look for hippos, elephants, and buffalo that come to drink at the end of the day at the water’s edge. Afterward, return to the hotel. Tonight, attend the optional Boma Dinner & Drum Show, an unforgettable dinner experience featuring dance performances, lively songs, and an interactive drumming show. Optional: Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise Optional: The Boma Dinner & Drum Show
MEALS: Breakfast
10

Full Day in Victoria Falls

Today is yours to discover this beautiful area independently, or join the optional Full Day Chobe Safari. Embark on a morning game viewing cruise along the Chobe River, famous for its elephant and lion populations. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Optional: Full Day Chobe Safari
MEALS: Breakfast
11

Depart South Africa

This morning, take a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the ‘”Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. The walking safari takes you through the magnificent rainforest to view the Cataracts, Livingston’s statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. Return to the hotel before transferring to the airport in Zimbabwe. Fly to Johannesburg and connect to your international departure flight this evening.
MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION South Africa has some amazing cities like Cape Town or Johannesburg, heritage of a rich history and a mix of different cultures. But it is surely its beautiful landscapes and its diverse wildlife that make South Africa such a unique country.
FLIGHT
  • Flights Australia – Cape Town, Johannesburg – Australia included.
  • Other departure cities available on request. Call us on 1300 404 606!

TRANSFER All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates.
WEATHER South Africa’s climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of South Africa to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. A small area in the northwest has a desert climate. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights. Rainfall generally occurs during summer (November through March), although in the southwest, around Cape Town, rainfall occurs in winter (June to August). Temperatures are influenced by variations in elevation, terrain, and ocean currents more than latitude.
VISA  A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.auis a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
When will I receive my tour documentation? This one depends on the tour operator.
What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. On game reserves, visitors should wear neutral colors such as brown, khaki, and beige for their own comfort.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
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