Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Kruger Park – Johannesburg
Enjoy a final game drive this morning, then ‘farewell’ to the African bush as you transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace (Breakfast)
Contemporary convenience at its best, the 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms as well as a “group-friendly” experience for corporate, convention and leisure guests. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations and amenities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points.
There is an express-style deli for quick, convenient meals as well as the F.L.A.G Café and the 21° Cocktail Bar.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will be transferred back to the airport for your international flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where you will be met and escorted to your accommodation.
The local people referred to the Falls as “mosi oa tunya’…or the ‘smoke that thunders’. When David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls, he named them after his beloved Queen of England. Today the Falls are one of the natural wonders of the world, and an extremely popular destination for visitors to Southern Africa. Victoria Falls actually forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The deep gorges that separate the countries are spanned, overhead, by a pedestrian bridge that allows visitors to walk between the two sides of the Falls, and the two countries. The actual cascade of water pours down the Zambia side of the gorge. This spectacular event is best viewed from the Zimbabwe side. However, the Zambia side has paths and natural swimming pools right at the lip of the Falls, which allow visitors to get extremely close to the watery cascade.
You will have a little time to settle in and relax before the late afternoon (approximately 3:30 pm) transfer to the edge of the Zambezi River. The luxurious Zambezi Royal, above Victoria Falls, offers a unique and intimate way to view the Zambezi River. This single level cruise boat is the first of its kind on the Zambezi, custom built to maximize comfort, style, practicality and service.
With only twenty-eight seats, this contemporary vessel, has lush furnishings, and has been designed to allow for ample spaciousness. During your premium two hour guided Sunset cruise, guests can look forward to five-star service on board, consisting of imported wines and spirits, gourmet hot and cold canapés. A variety of game is consistently spotted, such as elephant, hippo, crocodiles, as well as a vast plethora of bird species. The Zambezi Royal is the optimum way to view the beautiful stunning scenery and surrounds of the upper Zambezi River.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Elephant Hills Resort (Breakfast)
The Elephant Hills Resort is situated at the top of a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Its location affords many of the rooms sweeping views of the Zambezi River across to Zambia. It has one the best golf courses in Zimbabwe and some amazing wildlife. In this prime wilderness location, you can relax in total comfort and luxury while still experiencing the African wildlife. Elephant Hills has a total of 276 rooms, each with a balcony offering fantastic views of the mighty Zambezi River. You can enjoy watching antelope grazing and traveling troupes of baboons as they move around their natural environment.
Modern comforts in each room include air-conditioning, televisions with satellite channels and a bar fridge. Rooms to the east of the hotel look over the golf course and the Zambezi River in the distance while rooms on the western side of the hotel have sweeping views of the Zambezi River.
Friday, March 16, 2018 Victoria Falls
This morning you will depart on your escorted tour of the mighty Victoria Falls. You will be accompanied through the rain forest by your guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird, wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.
The Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860s. The Falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization.
This afternoon is free for optional activities; the Falls is the adventure capital of Southern Africa! You can bungee jump, glide over the treetops on a zip line, canoe, raft, angle for the challenging Tiger Fish or visit a Zimbabwe village.
Golfers in the group will be tempted by the Elephant Hills course. The 18 hole championship golf course was designed by Gary Player. The blend of natural flora and fauna with the imported grasses has made the Elephant Hills Golf one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Playing Golf at the Elephant Hills is like a walk in the park, kudus, warthogs, waterbucks, etc. are seen enjoying the well maintained grasses and the vegetation. The superbly maintained fairways and greens of this golf course have been planted with imported grasses and modern irrigation systems to ensure that they are always lush. Nowhere else has the blend of the wild been so perfected with lush fairways and close cropped greens for golf at it’s best, as at Elephant Hills golf course – Victoria Falls but be warned – wild game wandering free can wreak havoc on your golf swing and bunker shots!
ACCOMMODATIONS: Elephant Hills Resort (Breakfast)
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Washington D.C.
Enjoy a final morning in Africa, bid ‘farewell’ as you transfer to the airport in the afternoon and fly to Johannesburg for your onward departing flight. (Breakfast)
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Arrive USA
Arrive home today – with memories and photos to last a lifetime!