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Africa Odyssey: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania & Egypt - 2019

Cape Town • Victoria Falls • Johannesburg • Dar es Salaam • Selous Game Reserve • Zanzibar • Luxor • Cairo
  • STAND IN AWE OF VICTORIA FALLS, A NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD
  • MARVEL AT THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA AND MYTHICAL GREAT SPHINX
  • REVEL IN THE COMFORTS OF SELOUS SERENA CAMP WHILE ON SAFARI IN TANZANIA
  • TOUR ZANZIBAR’S HISTORIC STONE TOWN, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • EXPLORE STUNNING CAPE TOWN, ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES
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This continent-spanning adventure brings you to four different countries — South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Egypt — and includes all the thrills of safari and a wealth of Africa’s most dazzling World Wonders, ancient history, and captivating culture. This epic adventure showcases the many sides of Africa, from seaside cities and roaring waterfalls to wildlife-rich grasslands and ancient tombs. 

On this riveting adventure, you’ll enjoy 30 Included Features and Cultural Discoveries as well as a whopping five (!) UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two national parks. Imagine it: Riding a cable car from Cape Town to the top of Table Mountain, admiring panoramic views of the city and the sea. Feeling the roaring thunder and gentle mists of Victoria Falls, a Natural Wonder of the World.  Breathing in the spice-tinged air of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last remaining example East Africa’s Swahili coastal trading towns. Gazing up at the pyramids – whether at the iconic structures themselves, or relaxing in your deluxe room and enjoying pyramid-facing views – as well as the Great Sphinx in Egypt. And this is all in addition to a safari experience that includes a stay at the intimate and exclusive tented camp at Selous Game Reserve.

How many travelers get the unique opportunity to travel the length of Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo? Make this travel dream a reality. Join us on an adventure unlike any other.


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Cape Winelands, South Africa

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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Cape Town, South Africa

Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to South Africa, arriving in Cape Town on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Cape Town

A Vantage representative will greet you upon arrival and assist with the private transfer to your hotel. You’ll have the afternoon and evening at leisure to relax, dine on your own, and get acquainted with your surroundings in this beautiful city.

DAY 3:

Take a cable car up iconic Table Mountain

This incredible African journey begins with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain — one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. From its flat-topped summit, you’ll have magnificent views of Cape Town, Robben Island, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Later, embark on an afternoon tour of this stunning city, including the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, and the star-shaped, 17th-century Castle of Good Hope — the last surviving colonial building in South Africa. Following lunch on your own, enjoy the afternoon to explore Cape Town at your own pace.

This evening, we’ll enjoy a private Welcome Dinner at our elegant hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Ride the funicular up Cape Point, then tour the Bounders Beach Penguin Reserve

Today, we head south to the Cape Peninsula, the southernmost point of Africa where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. We’ll travel along dramatic Chapman’s Peak Drive, among the world’s most scenic stretches of road — stopping for photos from atop the mountain itself (if open). Arriving at Cape Point, you’ll ride a funicular to the top for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, such as the stunning Cape Floral Region. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its enormous botanic diversity, the region is home to nearly 9,000 plant species — 30% of which grow nowhere else in the world. Following lunch on your own and a scenic drive through seaside Simon’s Town, we’ll visit the world-famous Penguin Reserve at Boulders Beach. After a busy day of discovery, enjoy the evening at leisure and dinner on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 5:

Enjoy a day at leisure, or opt to tour Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Enjoy a day at leisure. Or join our morning optional photo tour to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. The stunning flora at this world renowned garden — which is located right on the slopes of iconic Table Mountain — will dazzle us on a delightful walk here. This is an opportunity to snap some beautiful photos. Then we’ll join an enlightening Cape Malay cooking class to learn about (and enjoy) this distinctive regional cuisine. Cultural Discovery: Later this evening, join a special dinner which includes a lecture from Nelson Mandela's former prison warden.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Kirstenbosch Garden Photo Tour and Cookery Class

Kirstenbosch Garden Photo Tour and Cookery Class

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • When: Full-day tour
South Africa has a jaw-dropping number of species of flora, and a remarkable 9,000 can be found in this botanical garden. Kirstenbosch is truly one of the world’s most beautiful gardens – its 1,300 acres are teeming with a dazzling array of unique plants and colorful flowers. On this captivating optional tour, you’ll be introduced to this wonderland of plants and blooms set against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

DAY 6:

Fly to Zimbabwe, and enjoy a guided visit to Victoria Falls

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, check in at the historic and gracious Victoria Falls Hotel, a grand dame from colonial days. After lunch on your own, enjoy a guided visit to Victoria Falls National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your visit, view the spectacular Main Falls, Devil’s Cataract, and Rainbow Falls, and enjoy a stroll through the subtropical rainforest created by the humid environment. Hearing the roar of the falls and feeling its spray on your face as you walk is a truly sensational experience. Your unforgettable day continues as you sip cocktails with your fellow travelers while looking out over the breathtaking gorge. Dinner is back at the hotel. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7:

Your choice of tours, an optional elephant interaction or “The Trails of David Livingstone” cruise

Your only full day in Victoria Falls begins at leisure. Or you may join an optional elephant interaction, including the opportunity to see cheetahs and to tour a local village. Cultural Discoveries: Take an excursion a local market in Victoria Falls. Afterwards, you’ll pay a visit a local primary school, where you can meet and interact with some friendly students. Later, you might embark an optional “Trails of David Livingstone” cruise along the wild Zambezi River, an ideal backdrop for a talk about the region’s history and culture by a third-generation Zimbabwean. Tonight, savor dinner at our charming hotel. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Elephant, Cheetah, and Local Village Experience,

Elephant, Cheetah, and Local Village Experience

  • Approximate Cost: $295 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • When: Morning tour

Pay a visit to The Wallow, a large, thatched boma overlooking the Masuie River, which provides a magnificent setting for guests to enjoy an elephant interaction in the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary.

Arrive to fresh welcome towels and tea, coffee, croissants and muffins. After an introductory talk, you’ll notice the elephants emerging from the bush to take up their positions in front of the deck, according to hierarchy. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to get so close and to elephants, and you’ll be able to stroke them, and feed them treats. The staff are knowledgeable, and the love, trust and understanding between handlers and elephants is heart-warming to see.

You’ll then hear more about the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (a Vantage Cares program), and have an opportunity to interact with Sylvester the cheetah. The tour continues with a visit to Mpisi village, where the chief will do a presentation and take you to visit a few households. Here you’ll get to see the various huts families live in, and learn about the daily chores and work done in a traditional household. At the kraal, you’ll see their livestock and get to know about traditional animal husbandry practices.


Trails of David Livingstone - Zambezi River Cruise

Trails of David Livingstone - Zambezi River Cruise

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • When: Afternoon tour

Although the enormous torrents are what Victoria Falls is renowned for, the broad Zambezi River above the falls is a scenic wonder that should not be overlooked. Join us on this special cultural sunset cruise. You’ll board a sightseeing boat to explore among the multiple channels and islands that dot the wide river, while you travel back in time and learn about the epic story of David Livingstone. As the sun sets, your on-board guide will discuss the compelling tale of Livingstone’s great impact on African history, as well as his exploration and discovery of Victoria Falls. Your guide will also help point out birds and wildlife along the rivers edge, including egrets, hippos, and even elephants. This is an experience you won’t want to miss! Snacks and drinks are included.


DAY 8:

Fly to Johannesburg and enjoy a day at leisure

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, back in South Africa. Upon arrival, you’ll check in to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Your dinner is included this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 9:

Fly to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the gateway to your safari adventure

Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Johannesburg airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — gateway to the next exciting phase of this African adventure. After checking in to your Dar es Salaam hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure, including dinner on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 10:

Charter to the Selous Game Reserve and set out on your first game drive

Today, you’re in for a completely different and thrilling experience as you continue our Deluxe African journey in southern Tanzania. After breakfast, board our short charter flight to the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the world’s largest, most unspoiled game reserves, Selous is home to a diverse population of native wildlife — including African bush elephants, lions, cheetahs, hippopotami, black rhinoceri, Cape buffalo, giraffes, hyenas, crocodiles, and more than 300 bird species.

As guests at an exclusive 12-tent camp in the reserve, you’ll enjoy all meals at the lodge, where traditional African cuisine will enhance the safari experience. You’ll also enjoy daily game viewing excursions — with your choice of open vehicle game drives, river or lake boat rides, and “walking safaris” by foot. Following lunch at the lodge, set out with an experienced driver guide for your first afternoon of game viewing.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Experience exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives

Fall into the rhythm of safari life today with both morning and afternoon game viewing excursions. Open safari vehicles afford spectacular views of the extensive bush land and the land mammals that call it home, while boats take you closer to animals such as hippos and crocodiles. Whichever option you choose, get an early start to see the animals at their most active. Return to the lodge for lunch and a rest before heading back out in the afternoon. Later, share tales of your best wildlife sightings during dinner at the lodge.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 12:

Get close-up to wildlife with private game viewing excursions

You’ll enjoy a final safari day with your choice of two more private game viewing excursions. But however you choose to explore the vast Selous Game Reserve, be sure to have your cameras ready to capture whatever incredible wildlife may cross your path. Selous is one of Africa’s largest protected parks, stretching more than 300,000 square miles and encompassing a wide range of habitats and vegetation — from open grasslands and thick forests to lowland swamps and rainforests. Tonight, savor a final dinner at our luxurious wilderness retreat.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 13:

Fly to Zanzibar and enjoy a day at leisure at your oceanfront hotel

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the local airport for your flight to the island of Unguja — also known as Zanzibar. Located off the coast of East Africa, the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar, of which Unguja is the main island, was a strategic center of the 19th-century spice and slave trades. Upon arrival, transfer to your oceanfront hotel and take the balance of the day to explore the charming surroundings at your own pace. Later, meet up for dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 14:

Discover East Africa’s rich past on a historic Stone Town tour

Cultural Discovery: This morning, set out on a guided tour of Zanzibar’s historic town center, Stone Town — featuring such notable sites as the House of Wonders, built in 1883 as a ceremonial sultan’s palace. Exploring the labyrinthine streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, minarets, carved wooden doors, former slave houses, and other 19th-century buildings will give you a sense of this East African city’s complicated past, and unique mix of Swahili and Islamic influences. 

Following and included lunch, take the afternoon to explore this fascinating, multi-cultural city center on your own. And there are so many ways to absorb the local culture! Beyond its historic sites and museums, Zanzibar also offers inviting white-sand beaches, as well as colorful craft markets, shops, and atmospheric cafés.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 15:

Have the morning to yourself before flying back to Dar es Salaam

Spend a leisurely morning in Zanzibar before transferring to the airport for an afternoon flight back to Dar es Salaam. Upon checking in to your Dar es Salaam hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, your last in Tanzania, toast your experiences here over an included dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 16:

Fly to Luxor

Today begins the North African phase of your adventure as you board a flight to Luxor (via Cairo). Arriving in Luxor this afternoon, you’ll have a chance to relax before an included dinner at hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 17:

Spend a full-day parsing the mythical Dendara Temple complex

Today, you’ll take a full-day excursion to one of Egypt’s most important ancient monuments. Boarding a comfortable Nile River ship this morning, take a leisurely sail north toward the West Bank village of Dendera, site of the renowned Dendera Temple complex. Centered around the sacred Temple of Hathor — the Egyptian goddess of joy, love, and motherhood — the site also includes the Temple of Isis and the Ptolemaic Temple, among Egypt’s most well-preserved, as well as several Roman birth houses, the 5th-century Coptic basilica, a sanatorium, and a sacred lake. You’ll have the opportunity explore and learn more about this great site before boarding the ship for the return trip to Luxor. As we cruise, have lunch onboard and witness everyday life in the riverside towns and villages lining the fabled Nile River. Upon return to the hotel, spend the evening as you please and seek dinner on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 18:

Luxor’s treasures: Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut

There’s another exciting day of Egyptian discovery in store, featuring several of the greatest treasures on Luxor’s West Bank: the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Part of the greater Theban Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Kings encompasses more than 60 pharaohs’ tombs and burial chambers cut deep into rock cliffs over a 500-year span. Exploring some of these sacred chambers — including the tombs of the powerful King Ramses II and the famous boy-king Tutankhamun — admire the elaborate hieroglyphs and spectacular decorative paintings that adorn their walls with illustrative stories of lives and dynasties past. You’ll also visit the multi-terraced, royal Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, named for the Egypt’s longest-reigning female pharaoh following the premature death of her husband, King Thutmose II. During your tour, learn more about the fascinating “Queen Who Would Be King.”

Afterwards, have lunch on your own in Luxor. Cultural Discovery: Toast the day’s experiences during a scenic sunset cruise aboard a traditional Egyptian felucca. Upon returning ashore, spend the evening as you please with dinner on your on.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 19:

Experience more of Luxor’s grandeur exploring the Valley of the Queens

More ancient wonders await today, as you transfer to the nearby Valley of the Queens, a burial ground comprising as many as 90 tombs of the pharaohs’ wives and children. You’ll also tour the vast, well-preserved complex of Medinet Habu — or Mortuary Temple of Ramses III — considered an important “New Kingdom” period structure from Egypt’s 20th dynasty. Then, revisit more recent history with a pleasant, poolside lunch at Luxor’s famous Old Winter Palace Hotel, a British, colonial-era resort built in the late 19th century. Set along the banks of the Nile, it has hosted many celebrated guests — from the Egyptian royal family to crime novelist Agatha Christie — over the years, and still welcomes travelers with its sophisticated blend of history and glamour. 

This afternoon, return to ancient times with visits to two of Egypt’s most illustrious shrines — the Luxor and Karnak temples — located on the Nile’s East Bank. The vast Karnak complex is the world’s second largest religious site (after Angkor Wat in Cambodia), and our visit there features a spectacular Sound & Light show tracing the area’s history as you walk among its ruins. Conclude our last day in Luxor with an evening at leisure and dinner on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 20:

Fly to kaleidoscopic Cairo and shop its bustling souk

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Egypt’s sprawling capital city of Cairo, followed by a late lunch at the hotel. Cultural Discovery: Now, visit the city’s famous Khan el-Khalili market in Cairo’s Islamic district. This large souk attracts locals and travelers alike with a diverse selection of souvenirs, handmade goods, antiques and jewelry, as well as coffee shops, street food vendors and shisha bars. For those who don’t wish to shop, this bustling souk offers a colorful glimpse at the everyday life of Cairo’s shopkeepers and merchants. Before heading back to your hotel, gather for a traditional Egyptian-style dinner at one of the market’s more upscale cafe. When you arrive back at your hotel, revel in your superb pyramid views.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 21:

Viewing Cairo’s iconic Pyramids and the Great Sphinx

Today begins with an exciting excursion to Giza in the southwest outskirts of Cairo — site of Egypt’s most iconic and monumental treasures: the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. Constructed as tombs for the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, each of the three pyramidal, stone structures was built by hand using finely tuned ancient building techniques that remain a mystery today. The Great Pyramid of Giza — or Pyramid of Khufu — is the oldest and largest of the three, dating back to Egypt’s fourth dynasty (2580–2560 BC) and standing some 455 feet at its tallest point. Located nearby on this otherworldly archeological site, you’ll also see the legendary Sphinx, a huge limestone statue of a mythical reclining lion with a human face thought to modeled after Khafre. After a truly memorable morning, gather for lunch at a traditional local restaurant. You’ll then visit Cairo’s famed Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to an impressive collection of ancient treasures and artifacts, including King Tut’s beautiful gold funerary mask. Tonight, celebrate your incredible Egyptian discoveries over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 22:

Delve into Cairo’s captivating Islamic history

The final day of your African adventure will focus on some of Cairo’s most notable religious sites. We’ll begin with a visit to the city’s Coptic Christian neighborhood of Old Cairo, where you will visit the Hanging Church, the Fortress of Babylon, and other landmarks of its Christian past. You’ll also visit several synagogues. Then, transfer to Cairo’s scenic Al-Azhar Park — a vast public green space in Old Cairo — where we’ll take in panoramic views of the city from a popular restaurant. Afterwards, delve further into the city’s captivating Islamic history with visits to the fortified Saladin Citadel and the Al-Azhar Mosque — one of Cairo’s earliest and most significant. You’ll spend your final evening here at leisure, including dinner on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 23:

Fly home

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Cairo airport for your flight home to the U.S.

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Alexandria, Egypt

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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.

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