We’ll meet you on your arrival in JNB and transfer with you to take a short flight to Hoedspruit airport by Kruger National Park. A short drive brings us to Becks, one of the most luxurious brand new South African private Game Reserves. Lunch will be waiting for us in when we arrive!! https://www.karongweportfolio.com/becks/
After lunch we’ll be taking the first of 4 Safari drives.
Early mornings and late afternoons are safari times. Every game drive is different - nothing is guaranteed, and surprises come at any time. Look out for the “Super 7” (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, cheetah and wild dog) and gorgeous birds.
During the “down” time between breakfast and lunch that is common to all game lodges, you can choose to enjoy a nature walk, relax at the pool, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply soak in the beauty and luxury of the Lodge.
There’s a direct flight from our Lodge to Cape Town – at least for the first people who book the tour!!!! From the airport, we’ll take an overview of the city before heading to dinner in the famous Avron’s Kosher restaurant. Our luggage will await us in our rooms in the iconic Mount Nelson where we are staying for the weekend.
Check out the hotel online.
On Friday we leave early to the very southern tip of the African continent. We’ll take the scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, at the Cape of Good Hope.
En route, cameras ready for Chapman’s Peak, one of the most dramatic coastal roads in the world. Time permitting, we’ll walk the exhilarating nature-trail (not too strenuous) along the cliffs to the Cape of Good Hope.
We’ll visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, one of the few sites where the vulnerable African Penguin can be observed at close range.
Shabbat will arrive early (it’s winter in South Africa) so we’ll aim to be back in good time.
Shabbat meals will be at our hotel and we’ll go to shul with the friendly Jewish community of Cape Town. In the afternoon, we’ll take a guided tour in the neighborhood of the hotel.
After Havdala, we’ll enjoy a light supper before heading to the Waterfront, built along the harbour in magnificent surroundings. Being Saturday night, we’ll seek out some fun entertainment , as always !!
We have time this morning to go up Table mountain and visit the magnificent Kirstenbosch gardens before heading to the airport for our afternoon DIRECT flight to Zambia!!
And “LUNCH??” – you shout!! We’ll work that out…..
And now for the magnificent finale, flying DIRECTLY (this is new!!, first come first served – latecomers, via JNB) from Cape Town to Livingstone, Zambia.
We will be staying in one of our favorite hotels in the entire world, the colonial Royal Livingstone on the banks of the “Mighty Zambezi” river. Check it out….http://royal-livingstone.anantara.com/gallery.aspx
It will be dark when we arrive so our first enjoyment will be dinner in earshot of the Falls but without being able to see them!!
The surprise when we awake will be as mighty as the Falls themselves: the hotel grounds, the animals, the river and the Victoria Falls … right in front of us!!
The Victoria Falls are the world’s largest curtain of falling water, and plunge almost 100m down the 1800m width of the mighty Zambezi River. Today, we’ll walk on both sides of the falls, in Zambia and in Zimbabwe.
To reach Zimbabwe, we cross ON FOOT the “Victoria Falls Bridge”, one of the most spectacular border crossings in the world, where the old colonial road crosses the Zambezi River Gorge, affording great views of the falls and rainforest. Bungy jumping and white water rafting are available for the dare-devils …. But you have to sign a waiver first!!!!
After border formalities, we’ll tour the Zimbabwean side of the falls, encompassing the widest parts of the Victoria Falls. If you want to take a helicopter ride, we’ll do that in Zimbabwe too!!
Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephant in the world, as well as large herds of buffalo, hippo, crocodile, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and the Big Cats.
After our Botswana experience, we drive back across the Zambezi River into Zambia (an experience in and of itself) to our hotel for dinner.
our last full day, there is time to enjoy some unique experiences. “Jewish Livingstone” will come as a surprise and then there are myriad fun and even extreme activities around the Falls – white water rafting, ATV quad-bikes, speedboats on the Zambezi, walking with lions, horse-riding…… or you can relax by the pool!!
The day will be yours to enjoy as you like most, so that you can end the trip feeling exhilarated and wanting to come back for more!!!
we have a relaxed brunch before heading to the airport for flights to Jo’burg and home!!
If you wish to spend the weekend in Jo’burg, before or after the tour, we will help you make the arrangements!!