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Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

12 Nights featuring Cape Town, Kapama Southern Camp, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls
Zebras

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, and baggage handling

October 10, 2020

About This Journey

Spend thirteen days exploring the incredible variety that South Africa and Zimbabwe have to offer. The complex history, the abundant wildlife and the varied landscape are all sure to amaze. Begin your Journey in Cape Town, a city with rich history and imposing landscapes. Travel to the top of the legendary Table Mountain and explore the city’s other highlights. A moving visit to Robben Island will lend firsthand insight into Nelson Mandela’s island-prison. Take time to explore the nautical side of South Africa with a full day’s tour of Cape Peninsula, and travel to world-renowned Stellenbosch for a day exploring South Africa’s increasingly prestigious wine industry. You’ll then fly to the Kapama Southern Camp, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, for the highlight of your trip! You’ll participate in six exhilarating game drives, giving you a great chance to see Africa’s “Big 5”. Journey on to Johannesburg, a city that is steeped in history, while at the same time creating its own new and vibrant identity. Discover the place that served as a major catalyst for the ending of Apartheid and glimpse South Africa’s vibrant modern life. You’ll then travel to Zimbabwe to explore one of the Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls. Enjoy a cruise on the serene river above the falls where you’ll have the opportunity to view its raw and commanding power. This amazing journey combines the best of Africa’s culture and wildlife and is not to be missed!

Small Group Departure – due to the numerous cultural activities and interactions, this Enrichment Journey has a maximum of 30 guests. Update: only 1 spots remains!

Visits: Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, Kapama Southern Camp, Hoedspruit, Johannesburg, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zambezi River; Adventure

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Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Itinerary
Day Port
1 Arrive Cape Town and transfer to hotel
2 Cape Town – Free day to relax, evening welcome dinner
3 Cape Town – Full-day tour of the city
4 Cape Town – Full-day tour of Cape Peninsula
5 Cape Town – Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands & Stellenbosch
6 Cape Town to Kapama Southern Camp – Fly to Hoedspruit, transfer to the Nature Reserve & enjoy an evening Game Drive (Safari)
7 Kapama Southern Camp – Morning and evening game drives
8 Kapama Southern Camp – Morning and evening game drives
9 Kapama Southern Camp to Johannesburg – Morning Game Drive, Fly to Johannesburg, Transfer to Hotel & Check in
10 Johannesburg – Half-day tour of the city
11 Johannesburg to Victoria Falls – Fly to Victoria Falls, Transfer to Lodge & Check in. Enjoy a Sundowner Cruise of Zambezi River
12 Victoria Falls – Full-day tour with visit to local community
13 Check out of Lodge, Transfer to Airport, Fly to Johannesburg and Return Home

Land Package Highlights

DAY 1 – Arrival in Cape Town, South Africa: After arrival in Cape Town, clear customs and immigration. Your Enrichment Journeys representative will welcome you to South Africa and you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

DAY 2 – Cape Town, South Africa: Today is at your leisure to sleep in, adjust to the new time zone and relax. Explore the surrounding area on your own or simply enjoy the facilities at the hotel, then join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B,D)

DAY 3 – Cape Town, South Africa: After breakfast, you will be greeted by your Enrichment Journey tour guide. Start the day by taking a ferry to Robben Island, the island-prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years. View his maximum security cell and the lime quarries where he was forced to labor. This World Heritage Site is now a landmark paying tribute to Mandela’s lifelong fight against oppression.

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Then, take a ride up to the legendary Table Mountain where you will enjoy breath-taking views of the city. After winding your way back down the Mountain, you will continue on a tour of some of Cape Town’s most significant landmarks, including the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Return to your hotel where the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 4 – Cape Town, South Africa:

Spend the day exploring the Cape Peninsula.

Fur Seals

Seal Island, Cape Town

Your tour begins with a drive past the pristine beaches that lead to an area of the continent dubbed the “Fairest Cape”. Meander along the coast to Hout Bay, a functioning harbor nestled among the hills of the region. Weather permitting, you will take a ferry ride from the Bay around Seal Island. Watch the hundreds of Cape Fur Seals who live on the island frolic in the water or sunbathe on the rocks. Once back on land, continue to Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most breath-taking views in South Africa.

This winding road tightly hugs the cliffs, giving panoramic views of the ocean, as well as the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

Chapman's Peak

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Here you will ride up on the funicular for a truly magnificent view. Continue on to lunch with lovely views of False Bay and the harbor. Meander along the coastline to the historic naval port of Simon Town, and view the adorable penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. Travel back towards Cape Town passing through the attractive, up-market suburb of Constatia, the cradle of the South African wine industry. Return to the hotel where the evening will be at your leisure.  (B,L)

DAY 5 – Cape Town, South Africa:  Spend the day exploring the wine lands of South Africa.

Stellenbosch Vineyards

Stellenbosch Vineyards, Cape Town

The vineyards of this region have been growing in prestige for many years. Drive out to the gentle, rolling hills of the Paarl Valley and stop for a walking tour of Stellenbosch, with its charming Cape Dutch architecture, and quaint shops. Then journey along to the vineyards. Enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting at a local vineyard, before enjoying lunch at a leading wine estate. After this, return to Cape Town where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 6 – Cape Town to Kapama Southern Camp: 

Today you will fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit and then transfer to the Kapama Southern Camp.

Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp

Located on the southernmost section of the Kapama Private Game Reserve, Kapama Southern Camp offers an extraordinary safari experience where the wildlife roams freely in their natural environment. The possibilities of Game sighting are simply unparalleled, including the much-sought-after ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, and Rhinoceros). After lunch and some time to relax, head out for an afternoon game drive with fellow lodge guests. Your first game drive will continue into a night drive where you will search for nocturnal animals such as lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Afterwards, return to camp for dinner and a relaxing evening around the fireplace. (B,L,D)

 

Zebras

Zebras at Kapama Southern Camp

DAY 7 & 8 – Kapama Southern Camp: Rise early during your stay at the nature reserve for morning game drives. Here you will search for lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck and kudu. Return to your camp for lunch and some rest and relaxation before setting out again for an evening game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Kapama Southern Camp to Johannesburg: After an early morning wake-up call, head out on your final safari game drive in search of any animals not spotted the day before. Once you return to the camp, enjoy a hearty breakfast and time to relax before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Once you arrive, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing evening on your own. (B, D)

Day 10 – Johannesburg:

Soweto, Johannesburg

Soweto, Johannesburg

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected for your tour of Johannesburg. You will begin with a tour of the South Western Township, known primarily as Soweto. This area gives a glimpse of vibrant modern life in South Africa while giving fascinating insight into its history of oppression and the uprising that propelled this township onto the World-Stage. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and learn more about the tragic riots which lead to his death. Then continue on to Nelson Mandela’s former home, which is now a museum paying tribute to his incredible life of sacrifice and service to the people of South Africa. (B,L)

Day 11 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: 

Zambezi River Cruise

Zambezi River

After transferring to the airport, check-in to your flight to Victoria Falls. After clearing immigration and customs (visa is issued upon arrival), meet your Zimbabwe representative for your transfer to the lodge. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Zambezi River above the Falls for a serene sunset cruise aboard a luxury catamaran. Float along the river in the plush comfort of deep-set couches, enjoying your cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. As you sail upstream to watch the glorious sunset, you will see wild herds along the riverbanks getting their last drink of the night, and flocks of birds skim the waterline and soar off into the setting sun. Afterward, return to the lodge for dinner. (B,D)

Day 12 – Victoria Falls:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After breakfast, you will be collected for your tour of The Falls. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is as magnificent as it is powerful. Throughout the morning you will move to several different vantage points to get a perspective of just how spectacular The Falls are. The thunderous noise as millions of gallons of water surge over the precipice into a series of narrow gorges truly provides one of Nature’s most spectacular shows. After your visit to the Falls, you will continue to an interactive visit to a local village where you can learn about traditional Zimbabwean life and culture. Back at the hotel, freshen up before dinner – a unique culinary event nestled in the Gusu Forest! Experience local customs, cuisines, and delight in a performance of folkloric singers and dances. (B,D)

Day 13 – Victoria Falls to Johannesburg and Onward: Transfer to the airport for your flight back to South Africa where you will connect to your flight home.  (B)

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Included Features

  • Included round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 12-night land program in South Africa and Zimbabwe
    • Cape Town, South Africa – five-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day tour of Cape Town
      • Full-day tour of Cape Peninsula
      • Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands & Stellenbosch
    • Kapama Southern Camp, South Africa – Three-night hotel stay
      • Six game drives (safaris) at Kapama Southern Camp
    • Johannesburg, South Africa – two-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
    • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – two-night hotel stay
      • Cruise of Zambezi River
      • Full-day tour with visit to local community
  • Local Tour Host for the duration of the trip with high-quality service in Partnership with Abercrombie & Kent
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights)

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 13-day excursion, you will explore stunning South Africa and Zimbabwe. The trip should be considered moderately active, involving walking to various sites in the cities and around Victoria Falls. Most days include a full day tour with 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure and time to relax in the evening. The hotel has a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.

Cultural Focus

The focus of this Enrichment Journey is on local culture, natural beauty and wildlife. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in the destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books: 

Fiction/ Non-Fiction Accounts

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

A History of South Africa by Leonard Thompson

Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya

The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers

 

Travel Guides

South Africa by Insight Guides

Cape Town, the Winelands & the Garden Route by Rough Guides

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Cape Town – Hoedspruit Airline 2 – 3 hours
Hoedspruit – Johannesburg Airline 1 – 1.5 hours
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls Airline 1.5 – 2 hours
Victoria Falls – Johannesburg Airline 1.5 – 2 hours

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Dates & Prices

Prices may change. Call for rates.

10/10/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
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Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $550 Houston Intercontinental $400 Chicago $300
Boston $350 NYC/John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $500
Denver $550 Los Angeles $500 San Diego $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Miami $350 Seattle $450
Washington – Dulles $350 Orlando $350 San Francisco $450
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Southern Sun The Cullinan

Southern Sun The Cullinan, 1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 461 9744

Southern Sun The Cullinan is a premier hospitality destination offering grand hotel accommodation in the heart of Cape Town just moments from the Waterfront. Located in one of Cape Town’s most sought after areas, within easy reach of the renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Long Street and other popular landmarks. The hotel offers guests superbly appointed en-suite rooms, each tastefully furnished and designed for maximum comfort. Classically styled and indulgent, yet incorporating world-class amenities with contemporary emphasis, Southern Sun The Cullinan is beautifully designed. The classical architecture of the building is reflected throughout the hotel, with high ceilings, a balconied mezzanine level, and soaring columns around the pool area. Guests have access to a host of services and amenities, including the large outdoor heated pool with its spacious deck, a fully equipped fitness centre, great dining at The Peach Tree Restaurant, light meals and delicious cocktails at Stella Café & Bar and much more.

Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Tel: 011 27 87 550 4766

The charm and hospitality of Southern Camp staff make it a warm and inviting place for anyone looking for the ultimate African safari and a relaxed atmosphere. The lounge, pool and dining areas are the perfect spots to relax, sip on a refreshing beverage and play a one-sided game of hide and seek with the local wildlife. For dinner, the traditional outdoor boma lets you dine under the stars as the chefs create dazzling fare right in front of you.

Sandton Sun Johannesburg

Sandton Sun, Cnr Fifth & Alice Lane, Sandton 2196, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 461 9744

Integrated into Sandton City, connected to the Sandton Convention Centre and a 15-minute Gautrain journey from O.R. Tambo, the five-star Sandton Sun hotel offers an incomparable position in Sandton. A permanent fixture in the modern incarnation of the Sandton skyline, the Sandton Sun hotel has evolved to exceed expectations in relaxation and degustation for leisure escapes, weekend breaks and international arrivals. Rooms and suites at the Sandton Sun hotel are designed for luxury living where every room has a Nespresso machine, USB plug-points, full mini-bar and 48” flat-screen as standard. San Restaurant is focused on sustainability and seasonality, showcasing fine ingredients like Wagyu short ribs and KZN grass fed lamb, poached oysters with saffron, citrus chiffon and brandied honeycomb. A show-kitchen encourages up-close chef interaction, while the bar and lounge is perfect for end-of-business drinks or new business beginnings. San Deck needs no introduction, a rooftop all-day bar destination unique in the city and synonymous with firepits, statement cocktails and a sophisticated clientele.

Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge, 411 Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Tel: 011 263 213 284 4737

Ilala Lodge Hotel is a family-run hotel that offers luxury and comfort in the heart of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nestled in attractive gardens, the well-appointed hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located and it is very easy for guests to access all the historical sites, restaurants and activities available in Victoria Falls. The friendly and attentive staff of this welcoming hotel makes sure that your visit is perfect in every way.

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the journey, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these items are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

U.S. citizens (U.S. passport holders) visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less for tourism / business purposes do not need visas. Visas are required by most visitors to Zimbabwe and can usually be obtained at your point of entry. Citizens of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, most EU countries, Israel and Japan as well as a number of other countries will receive their visas at the airport or border post upon payment of requisite fees. However, some nationalities will have to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to traveling.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Participants on this Journey should visit the CDC website and speak to their doctor about vaccinations before departure. Please note that although it is a recommendation, as of July 2019 the countries of South Africa and Zimbabwe do not require this vaccination for entry into the country unless you are coming from a country that is “at-risk” for yellow fever (none of the countries on this Enrichment Journey are designated as “at-risk” countries). This information is subject to change, so please refer to the CDC website for current information. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. South Africa and Zimbabwe are on 240v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have three pronged outlets to use for various appliances.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Click here for current exchange rates.

South Africa – South Africa Rand (ZAR)

Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD)

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In restaurants and bars, 10% – 15% is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides and drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, heat, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Cape Town 82/61 84/61 81/57 73/54 70/50 64/45 64/45 64/45 66/48 70/52 73/55 77/59
Johannesburg 79/59 77/57 75/55 72/50 68/46 61/39 63/39 68/45 72/48 75/52 77/55 77/57
Victoria Falls 88/68 86/66 88/64 86/61 84/52 79/46 79/45 84/50 91/59 93/66 91/68 88/68

Fun Facts

South Africa

  • South Africa has eleven national languages – including Afrikaans, English and IsiZulu.
  • South Africa is approximately the size of Texas.
  • Population: approximately 53.6 million people.
  • The administrative capital of South Africa is Pretoria, but the largest city in terms of population is Johannesburg.
  • Table Mountain in Cape Town is thought to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
  • Nelson Mandela is perhaps the most famous South African; after fighting for civil rights and being imprisoned during Apartheid, he became the first democratically elected South African leader in 1994.
  • The Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet off the coast of southern South Africa.

Zimbabwe

  • Zimbabwe has sixteen widely spoken languages -including English, Shona and Ndebele.
  • Mount Inyangani is the highest point in the country, at 8,503 feet tall.
  • The name of the country was derived from the fortified trading hub, Great Zimbabwe, which was built in medieval times and was used by the people of the ‘Shona’ tribe. The people of this tribe constitute about 70% of the country’s current population.
  • Zimbabwe became independent from the United Kingdom on April 18, 1980. They celebrate their national day on this day to commemorate their independence
  • Zimbabweans mostly call every kind of toothpaste “Colgate,” every soft drink “Coke,” every washing powder “Surf” and every floor polish “Cobra.”
  • In terms of the land area Zimbabwe covers, it is three times the size of England.
  • The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 24 miles.

 

Journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls in 2020

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