based on 8 nights & daily experiences
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per person based on 2 people sharing, accommodation, activities as stated, meals as per the itinerary, private transfers, 24-hour assistance, English speaking driver-guide, entrance fees, VAT & Tourism Development Levy and welcome pack.
Family-friendly lodges and hotels suitable for the whole family to enjoy
Full of activities, from exploring the city of Cape Town to searching for the Big 5 and more
See Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwe and the Zambia side with an experienced guide
An exciting itinerary covering many of the highlights of southern Africa
Cape Town in a year-round destination. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C.
<p>There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.</p>
<p>The best game viewing in Madikwe is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Autumn (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.</p>
Ticking off some of the absolute highlights of southern Africa, this itinerary has been designed with families in mind. With the perfect mix of adventure and downtime, families can enjoy cosmopolitan Cape Town on a guided tour and from the top of Table Mountain before experiencing the mighty Victoria Falls, and then ending the trip in the malaria-free Madikwe for some unforgettable game viewing.
Today your family holiday begins as you land in Cape Town and are transferred to the Lawhill Luxury Apartments located on the V&A Waterfront. You will spend your first three nights here on a self-catered basis with the freedom to cook yourselves, or to head out into the city to find some delicious food in some of the numerous restaurants. Your first day in Cape Town will be spent completely at your leisure - you could head out into the V&A Waterfront to sample one of the many restaurants. The next morning you will be met by a 'Footsteps to Freedom' guide who will be on hand to take you on an informative and interesting walking tour of the city. Visit important historical sites like the City Hall, Greenmarket Square and listen to stories of District Six and Bo Kaap as well as learning about the slave quarter. After a stop for lunch at a local restaurant, you will enjoy a city tour where you will head up Table Mountain and enjouy a scenic drive around Signal Hill, Clifton and Sea Point. The next day you will have a full day Cape Peninsula tour, enjoying the sights of one of South Africa's most scenic routes, from a cruise to Seal Island, to a drive along Chapman's Peak and even the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. After a delicious seafood lunch you will end the day with a walk around the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and have the rest of the day at your leisure.
This morning you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport where you will catch a flight to Victoria Falls. You will spend the next two nights at Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe side with breakfast included. Included in your stay is a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River where you can relax and keep an eye out for hippo peeking their heads out of the water, any crocodiles sleeping on the banks, or elephants coming down to bathe and play. Snacks and drinks are included on this tour – the perfect way to end a day. Also included during your stay is a tour of Victoria Falls on both the Zimbabwe and the Zambia side, both of which offer completely different perspectives of the Falls.
Today you leave the Victoria Falls area and fly south back to South Africa for the safari portion of your trip. You will spend one night in an airport hotel in Johannesburg ready for your flight to Madikwe the next day.
This morning you will have a short transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport where you will catch a short flight to the Madikwe Game Reserve. You will stay in this malaria-free reserve for the next two nights with three meals a day and game activities included. Enjoy this Big 5 reserve on early morning and late afternoon game drives where you could spot lion, elephant, giraffe, and even the highly endangered African wild dog. Guides can also tailor game drives around you and your requests, whether that be in search of predators or even birdlife.
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Relish in the very best of Cape Peninsula, including the Cape of Good Hope, Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak Drive, a Funicular ride at Cape Point, Simon's Town and Kirtensbosch. Get acquainted with the penguins of Boulders beach and seals in Duiker Island.
Our specialist guide will take you through the highlights of Cape Town, including the Green Market Square, Grand Parade, City Hall, Castle of Good Hope, Slave Lodge, Company's Garden, District 6 and Bo-Kaap.
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