Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana - 2018

Johannesburg • Kruger National Park • Hwange National Park • Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park
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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

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Chobe Photo Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $130 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Chobe, Botswana
  • When: Morning Tour

Join us for a unique wildlife experience during your stay in Chobe. Photographers of all levels can embark on this special safari in custom-built “Photo Boats” through one of the most game-filled parks on the continent. You'll be supplied with a state-of-the-art digital camera and telephoto lens as a guide shows you how to photograph the wildlife you'll encounter during this morning cruise. Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and birds make for some compelling subjects, and the onboard guide will show you how to make the most of every photo opportunity. At the end of the cruise, you'll receive the memory card containing all of your pictures as a lasting memory of your photo safari on the Chobe River.

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Elephant, Cheetah, and Local Village Experience

  • Approximate Cost: $295 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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It’s one thing to see an elephant, and it’s quite another to be thrillingly close to it – to see the spark of intelligence in its eyes, and run your hands over its rough skin. The same goes for a cheetah; seeing one in the distance is striking, but standing right next to one… well, that is breathtaking. This is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that awaits you today at an elephant and cheetah interaction at Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (a Vantage Cares partner). 

During your visit, you’ll see firsthand the work that is being done at this organization that has spent the past 25 years dedicated to saving orphaned animals.  Your experience with elephants takes “up close and personal” to a new level: You’ll get a chance to feed these majestic creatures – and even pet them! – before watching them wallow gleefully in a nearby mud pit. You’ll also get a chance to meet Sylvester the Cheetah, who was saved by the trust at two days old and today is an “ambassador” for the valuable work being done to protect his precariously vulnerable species. 

Yet your excursion isn’t over yet. Still glowing from this experience, we’ll venture to the nearby Mpisi village, where the chief will bring us on a tour. See some of the houses here, and learn about everyday village life from the people who live here. You’re afforded a fascinating glimpse of their world: watching daily chores, asking questions, and learning about the importance of animal husbandry to their way of life.

In just a few hours, you’ll have a lifetime of memories and quite a few remarkable photos to share with friends and family back home.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity. 

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“Flight of Angels” over Victoria Falls

  • Approximate Cost: $179 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • When: Morning Tour
Coined by David Livingstone when he first documented discovering the Falls — “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” — the “Flight of Angels” is the most popular of the helicopter flight options. Lifting off less than two miles from the Victoria Falls town center, the “Flight of Angels” is a 12-15-minute flight over the exquisite Victoria Falls. You will fly a complete circuit over the Falls in both directions, giving you the best views possible. A quick trip up river and back over the Zambezi National Park completes your flight.

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Zambezi Spectacular Flight

  • Approximate Cost: $349 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 25 minutes
  • Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • When: Morning Tour
For a longer ride than the “Flight of Angels,” treat yourself to an unbelievable helicopter flight over Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over Victoria Falls with spectacular views, flying lower than conventional, fixed-wing aircraft. The flight makes a complete circuit over the Falls in both directions, going up river and back over Zambezi National Park. After enjoying spectacular views of the Falls, you’ll fly over the Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River and the surrounding area, spotting villages below, and pass over Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, with magnificent wildlife viewing.

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Trails of David Livingstone - Zambezi River Cruise

  • Approximate Cost: $95 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.

Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

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Journey Best of Africa: South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls South Africa: An Elegant Adventure
Price without Air* $5,399 $7,990 Save more per couple!
Trip Length 15 days 12 days More days — most in-depth itinerary!
Per Diem $352 per day $666 Save more per couple per day!
Small Group travel Yes! No more than 24 travelers per departure at no extra cost! Small Group Departures are available on select dates starting at $8,890 per person All the benefits of Small Group Travel on every departure date at no additional cost! Save an extra $1,600 per couple!
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Sightseeing 23 sightseeing tours & Cultural Connections— a value of $3,445 per couple! 13 Sightseeing Tours 10 MORE TOURS! The most sightseeing plus exciting Cultural Connections planned to enhance your experience and immerse you in the local culture!
Meals 34 meals 26 meals More meals!
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