What to Expect
Each Vantage Adventure is designed to help you fully experience local culture and to get out and explore while keeping active. We find these are the two most fulfilling and rewarding ways to transform any trip into an adventure, and into the experience of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve rated each trip to indicate the level of cultural immersion and physical activity, with “1” being the lowest and “3” being the highest.
Most people do not find it difficult to adjust to cultural differences when visiting Africa. The people are generally friendly and open, especially the children. Travelers may encounter street vendors in some areas, but little overt poverty or begging. There are several chances to interact with locals on the tours, in the townships, cities and villages, and during a home-hosted dinner. Guests will hear many different dialects, including at least one with clicks. African food is quite mild and not heavily spiced. Many types of meat are served, including venison, chicken, ostrich, beef and lamb, as well as good salads and desserts.
Please note that this is an active tour and is not wheelchair-friendly. Travelers will use many kinds of transportation, including planes, motorcoaches, mini-buses of various sizes, African safari vehicles, boats and cable car. There is easy-to-moderate walking on this African safari tour. Surfaces encountered will include dirt roads, paths, paving stones, and tile. Rough roads mean bumpy rides, so this tour is not appropriate for passengers with neck or back troubles. The most strenuous walking will be in the Victoria Falls National Park and between terminal buildings at Johannesburg Airport. This airport can be tiring, especially with security lines, check-ins, and the prevalence of marble floors. Other airports are quite small and manageable.
11 destinations in 5 countries in 28 nights, with four 3-night stays, seven 2-night stays, and one 1-night stay. There are three flights between destinations. Flights range from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours. There are two 2-hour hotel transfers during your journey. Others are 45 minutes or less. The longest transfer day involves about 7 hours of traveling with transfers and flights.
This tour covers a large area, so travelers can expect to encounter a range of temperatures, especially on safari. South Africa is warmest in January and February, Zimbabwe in October and November, and Botswana in December and January. Different areas on the tour have rainy periods at varying times, and every season brings with it a bonus, be it the lush foliage or active game and African wildlife on safari.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
“Is it safe?” It’s a question often asked by first-time visitors about Africa. Our tour is very safe, and each destination and location is selected according to specific criteria to ensure excellent experiences in safe and secure areas. Private medical facilities in Africa's cities and major tourist destinations are of good quality. One thing you will need to take care of is any medication that's needed for your trip, such as malaria prophylactics. Consult your doctor during your planning. Security issues are no worse in Africa than in the rest of the world: It’s simply a case of using your common sense and not exposing yourself to risk. Your Adventure Leader will give you all the advice you need.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or local representatives at the destination.
Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.
That hotel ratings are based on the Hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.