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Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana - 2023

Johannesburg • Kruger National Park • Victoria Falls National Park • Hwange National Park • Chobe National Park
  • Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana including Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange, and Chobe National Park
    YOU’RE SURE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CONTINENT ON THIS EXCITING ADVENTURE INTO THREE SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES, ALL RICH IN WILDLIFE AND CULTURE
  • Panorama, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
    BECOME AWESTRUCK AT THE POWER AND SPLENDOR OF THE VICTORIA FALLS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE; THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHEET OF FALLING WATER
  • Chobe Explorer, river safari, Botswana, Africa
    EMBARK ON A CHOBE RIVER PHOTO SAFARI AND CAPTURE UNFORGETTABLE WILDLIFE IMAGES WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART ZOOM LENSES AND DSLR CAMERAS
  • Painted Dog
    LEARN ABOUT ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS FROM CONSERVATION EXPERTS WHILE VISITING THE PAINTED DOG CONSERVATION CENTER IN HWANGE
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
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  • 24
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EXPERT TRIP LEADERSHIP, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

A Vantage Adventure Leader will accompany your group from start to finish of your African safari journey — leading sightseeing tours, sharing insights, and connecting you to the wonders of your destination. You can count on your Adventure Leader to smooth the way, take care of the details, and see to it that your safari is a truly memorable experience. If you’ve chosen to add the optional Cape Town extension, you’ll also enjoy the services of a regional expert, who’ll help you plan your exploration.


YOUR ADVENTURE LEADERS

Brian Haysom

Born in South Africa, Brian originally trained as a computer programmer, but then the lure of the bush came calling. Brian completed numerous game ranger courses before moving to a private bush lodge inside Kruger National Park. Here he began leading game drives and walking safaris, eventually earning recognition from the Field Guide Association of South Africa. Aside from sharing his love of animals and birds, Brian plays guitar and golf. Brain says he “loves to show off our new country, and of course how we are progressing since the apartheid years.” He counts Victoria Falls and Kruger National Park among his favorite places, but is equally at home in cities. Brain likes travelers to see that, “although we are in Africa, we have a fairly advanced economy and infrastructure.”

Joanna Mol

Dutch-born Joanna first fell in love with Africa while working in Kampala, Uganda. But her passion for this continent was cemented during a long trip to Zimbabwe and a visit to Cape Town. After managing a hotel and assorted properties in the Cape, Joanna now delights in showing Vantage travelers southern Africa in all its diversity: “Not only all its wildlife, but the different cultures, the beautiful landscapes, and the friendly people,” she says. “And the high quality of food and drink,” she adds with a laugh. Food is so important to Joanna that she once helped fly a turkey from Harare, Zimbabwe to serve at a Thanksgiving bush dinner under the stars in Victoria Falls.

YOUR SAFARI DRIVER-GUIDES

During the safari portion of your trip, you will enjoy the services of Vantage’s experienced, English-speaking driver-guides as your group breaks into smaller parties for our game drives. Naturally, they are excellent drivers who safely navigate our vehicles across all types of terrain. But, they are also eagle-eyed game spotters who know just where to go to track the animals. You may be surprised when your driver-guide points out a speck on the horizon that turns out to be a cheetah, or when he explains the age and life history of a zebra simply by reading the pattern of his stripes. They’re that good! Aside from their deep knowledge of local flora and fauna, they’re great fun to be with. Getting to know them personally will enrich your understanding of African life.

NEW! ENHANCED COMPLIMENTARY WORLDWIDE CONCIERGE SERVICE

If you have a special request or personal interest you’d like to pursue during your journey, your Vantage Concierge is here to help. Even better, this new and complimentary service is available to all travelers — no matter what cabin category or flight class you’ve reserved (making us the best among other deluxe travel companies!).

Whether you want to plan an anniversary party, track down a bit of your family’s heritage in China, secure restaurant reservations in Paris, or organize an intimate pub crawl for your multigenerational group of family and friends in Ireland, our Concierge service can make your travel dreams come true.

Plus, Concierge service is available before or during your journey. Simply log in to MyPortfolio, submit a pre-trip request to Concierge@vantagetravel.com, or call 1-888-982-6824 and you'll have your answer from our Concierge within two business days. Travelers on our European river ships can also stop by the Concierge Desk (located in your ship’s lobby) to make a request during your journey; for land adventures and small ship cruises, your Adventure Leader or Cruise Director doubles as your onboard Concierge.

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM LOCAL LECTURERS

Meet Russell Gammon

Russell Gammon’s family has lived in Zimbabwe since the late 1800s. His love for this land led to a career taking photographic societies across Southern and East Africa, including National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute. On one of his first trips into the bush, he was caught between a pride of lions and 50 charging buffalo. Russell had seconds to decide which terrifying group to fear less. (He chose the lions and lived to tell the tale.) On another occasion, an elephant marched up to the safari vehicle he was sleeping in and poked its head into the back to make sure he knew whose territory it was. As well-versed in wildlife as Russell is, his favorite human subject is the life and times of Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone.

REGIONAL EXPERTS ENRICH YOUR DISCOVERIES

No one knows a destination better than an insider. If you add an optional extension to your journey, you’ll enjoy the services of experienced, English-speaking regional experts. Their deep command of local history will certainly enrich your visits to important attractions. But, our ‘insiders’ go a step beyond, sharing information on behind-the-scenes aspects of local culture that ordinary tours usually overlook. How do families in this area get by? What are some of the local legends? What do the decorations on a particular house mean? Your regional expert is eager to bring it all alive for you.

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Vantage Leading Competitor Vantage Advantage
Journey Best of Africa: South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls South Africa: An Elegant Adventure Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors!
 Departure Comparison Jan 30 to Jun 19 May 19 to Jun 30
Per Diem   $466  $874
 Included Tours and Special Features  24 included features and Cultural Discoveries — a value of $1,800 per person!
-A wine-tasting dinner in the Cape Winelands
 -A private lecture in Johannesburg
-Two nights in Victoria Falls, with a private lunch with the elephants in Zambezi and A sundowner river cruise
More included tours and cultural experiences offered!
1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Victoria Falls
 
 TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private game drives with skilled rangers and trackers during four nights at private game reserves in or near Kruger National Park - two nights at Lion Sands – Kruger National Park and two nights at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
All park entrance fees
 
Accommodations in hotels  On each journey that we offer with Vantage, your hotel accommodations will be included in the total price of your cruise.    We choose all of our partner hotels with comfort and luxury in mind, and will let you know ahead of time which hotel you’ll be staying in at each port. 
Cruise-Only Price* $6,999 $10,490  Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors!
# of Days 15 12
Meals 40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners 28 meals The MOST included meals
Single Travelers FREE Solo Space on every departure
100% Supplement The leader in solo travel — best value in the industry.
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Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Black Rhino Game Lodge 5 days from $1,399 

Cape Town, South Africa 6 days from 1,899
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