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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Zambezi River cruise
  • Safari in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park’s diverse and abundant game
  • Early morning game drives and afternoon boat safaris
  • Privately chartered flight to Lower Zambezi
  • Three-night stay in remote Lower Zambezi National Park, one of Africa’s last pristine wildernesses
  • Royal Zambezi Lodge’s game viewing activities: open-vehicle game drives, sunset river cruises, guided canoe trips, fishing
  • Outstanding game viewing
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in the suburb of Rosebank, where our rooms will be ready for our early check-in. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned. B

Day 3: Johannesburg/Soweto We meet our fellow travelers today as we embark on a tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg. Here we see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit Nelson Mandela’s home, which is now a museum; and tour the moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, where we learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising of 1976. Then we hear fascinating stories from a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together. B,L,D

Day 4: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe We fly today to Livingstone, Zambia, then transfer to Victoria Falls and our deluxe lodge located in Zambezi National Park.  This afternoon we see for ourselves the thundering falls, first “discovered” by David Livingstone and claimed for Queen Victoria in 1855. With its 300-­foot-deep gorge and soaking spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world. B,D

Day 5: Victoria Falls This morning we embark on a game drive to spot the elusive – and critically endangered – black rhino. Late afternoon we embark on a “Sundowner” dinner cruise on the Zambezi where we see wildlife on shore and in the water. B,D

Day 6: Victoria Falls After a morning visit to Victoria Falls town and a local village, this after­noon is at leisure at our deluxe lodge with its own watering hole and river views. Tonight we hear a fascinating guest speaker on “The Story of David Livingstone.” B,D

Day 7: Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana This morning we visit a nearby school then travel two hours by motorcoach to Botswana and Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest concentrations of game in all of Africa. After settling in and enjoying lunch at our lodge, this afternoon we embark on a game-viewing boat safari on the Chobe River, where we may see hippo, crocs, some of the park’s 450 species of birds (including the sacred ibis, carmine bee-eaters, fish eagles, and kingfishers), and perhaps a beautiful Chobe sunset. We dine tonight at our lodge. B,L,D

Day 8: Chobe National Park Known for its diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife – including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, and buffalo – Chobe covers 7,270 square miles of protected parkland. We’ll see a portion of this natural wonder on our early morning game drive and this afternoon’s boat safari. And this evening perhaps we’ll see one of the sublime sunsets for which Chobe is known. B,L,D

Day 9: Chobe National Park We’re settling into a comfortable routine, with early morning and late afternoon game drives. In between game-viewing activities, we’re at leisure to enjoy the amenities of our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, adjacent to the park itself. B,L,D

Day 10: Chobe National Park/Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia This morning we board a privately chartered plane for the 1½-hour flight to Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia’s newest reserve (since 1983) and, as the former private sanctuary of Zambia’s president, the least developed. Here in one of Africa’s last stretches of pristine wilderness we have the chance to get closer to the animals than anywhere else. Late afternoon we engage in some of the lodge’s game-viewing activities that include open vehicle game drives, guided canoe trips, bush walks, and boat safaris. B,L,D

Day 11: Lower Zambezi National Park A day of game-viewing activities in this 1,600-square-mile park on the southern end of Zambia known for its 100-strong elephant herds, unusually large prides of lion, plus buffalo, water­buck, antelope, impala, crocodile, hippo, kudu, wart­hog, eland, and leopard, among other wildlife; and where ebonies, leadwoods, figs, and acacias preside over the mineral-rich grassland. Together with Zimbabwe’s renowned Mana Pools Reserve situated across the river, the Lower Zambezi National Park forms a massive sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site where we’re certain to enjoy unparalleled game and bird viewing – and rarely see other safari-goers. B,L,D

Day 12: Lower Zambezi National Park From our 14-room luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, we have another day to engage in game-viewing activities in this lush riverine environment of 50 mammal species and 400 bird species. With the Zambezi River, abundant game on the valley floor, and the Zambezi Escarpment as a backdrop, the Lower Zambezi National Park offers a dramatic setting for game viewing … as does our lodge, where animals roam freely on the grounds. Tonight we celebrate our wildlife adventure at a farewell dinner. B,L,D

Day 13: Lower Zambezi National Park/Lusaka/Depart for U.S. We travel by charter flight today to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, where we have hotel day rooms until our departure this evening for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S. B

Day 14: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our flights home.

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 11 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Deluxe hotel; 9 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class lodges
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing as described, including all park entrance fees
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for driver/guides, hotel and lodge staff, and porters
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Nov 11
Nov 25
Oct 7*
Oct 10
May 6
May 13
Aug 26*
Sep 2, 9
Sep 16
Jun 10
Jun 13
Jun 27
Jul 1, 4
Jul 29
Aug 5
Boston, New York,
Washington, DC
Chicago, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,
San Fran, Seattle
Atlanta, Balt, Char,
Cinc, Cleve, Miami,
Minn, Orlando,
Phil, Tampa
Denver, Detroit,
Phoenix, Port (OR)

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a Classic thatched tent at Royal Zambezi Lodge and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $959, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Thatched tent upgrades at Royal Zambezi Lodge: Deluxe tent with private plunge pool: $95 ($165 single); Suite with large living area and private plunge pool: $195 ($345 single)

Accommodations in Victoria Falls: *The Elephant Camp

Depending on flight schedules, certain U.S. cities may require a departure one day prior to the listed schedule above.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $4,795 per person

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

    54 on Bath, Rosebank / Days 2-3 / Deluxe 

    Opened in 2012, the contemporary 54 on Bath hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s trendy Rosebank suburb, within walking distance of boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The 75-room hotel features a restaurant, bar, and lounge; outdoor pool; spa treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. All air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, TV, and phone.

    Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls / Days 4-6 / Deluxe 

    Located four miles upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, the Old Drift Lodge sits on the banks of the Zambezi River and is the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls.  Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala.  The main lodge area has 360-degree views of the Zambezi, the surrounding park, and a watering hole to the south. Each of the suites has a private bathroom, viewing deck, private plunge pool, tea and coffee station, as well as a well-stocked complimentary minibar, both of which are replenished daily.

    Chobe Marina Lodge, Chobe National Park / Days 7-9 / Superior First Class 

    Chobe Marina Lodge is situated on the south bank of the Chobe River, a short distance from the entrance of Chobe National Park. Along with extensive gardens containing a variety of wildlife, the well-situated 60-room lodge features such amenities as two restaurants, riverside bar, and poolside bar; beauty salon and spa with massage treatments; outdoor pool; complimentary internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms, all with private patios overlooking the river and gardens, have private bath with hair dryer, mosquito netting, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar (stocked on request), TV, and phone.

    Royal Zambezi Lodge, Lower Zambezi National Park / Days 10-12 / Deluxe 

    This luxury lodge sits on the banks of the vast Zambezi at one of its broadest points, bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park and within a protected Game Management Area. Combining rustic elegance and warm hospitality with an unspoiled wilderness experience, the 14-room lodge offers an open-plan dining room and lounge, copper-roofed verandah, wide decks, campfire, outdoor pool, spa facilities, laundry service, and afternoon tea. Game viewing activities include open-vehicle game drives, night drives, bush walks, boat safaris, and birding, as well as tiger-fishing and canoeing. Individual canvas-walled tents with thatched roofs, positioned with river views, have en suite bathroom with hair dryer, private verandah, mosquito-netted beds, fan, in-room safe, and phone (to main lodge only). (Please note: the tents do not have air conditioning).

    With the lodge situated in a remote region, there is no mobile signal for cellular phones. Local calls may be made from the lodge’s office. There is limited wireless Internet service available in some of the lodge’s public areas.

    Note that should guests wish to use a credit card for purchases rather than local currency, only Visa is accepted (neither American Express nor MasterCard can be processed) for the on-site purchase of any incidentals (such as cocktails) and, based on the financial circumstances in Zambia, the lodge will add a 10% surcharge to all credit card charges (note that U.S. dollars are not accepted in Zambia).

    Radisson Blu Lusaka, Lusaka / Day 13 (day room) / Superior First Class 

    Fully renovated in 2012, the Radisson Blu Lusaka is situated a short drive from Lusaka’s city center and the airport. The 142-room hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, poolside bar and bar/lounge; fitness center; outdoor pool; gift shop; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Tastefully appointed guest rooms are air-conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV, and phone.

    The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town / Extension / Deluxe 

    Standing in the heart of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Table Bay Hotel provides stunning views of Table Mountain and Cape Town Harbour. Combining contemporary décor and Victorian accents, the hotel offers two restaurants, two bars, and lounge; spa with massage treatments and steam rooms; fitness center; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; heated outdoor pool; and complimentary shuttle service. The 329 air-conditioned rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Cape Town, South Africa

4 days/3 nights for $1,295 total price
Single Supplement: $345

Discover South Africa’s sparkling “Mother City,” from Table Mountain and the Malay Quarter to the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Lusaka/Cape Town, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at The Table Bay Hotel (Deluxe)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Extensive included sightseeing: full-day Cape Peninsula tour; full-day Cape Town and Winelands tour
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private motorcoach/van transportation
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please note that guests on the extension will proceed directly to Cape Town and will not use the hotel day room in Lusaka on Day 13.

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Tonia Devereux

“There are not enough superlatives to express how great Tonia was. She cared for all of our needs and more. Problems were dealt with quickly and effectively. Tonia became part of the group, making our tour feel like we were traveling with an extended family.”
Jan & Art Sussman
Lords Valley, PA

Russell Gammon

“Russell was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. He was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, entertaining, thought provoking, great sense of humor. I can’t speak highly enough of him. FANTASTIC!!!”
Eric & Susan Plow
Chapel Hill, NC

James McKenzie

“We have traveled extensively and have encountered many tour guides. We would rate James among the best guides we have had. He is knowledgeable, organized, personable, and obviously loves what he does.”
Jim & MB Fagerson
Scottsdale, AZ

Chris McWilliams

“Our Tour Director Chris McWilliams was very accommodating and awesome. Made our trip more enjoyable, very interesting, and very educational.”
Florante & Elsie Gaid
Pearland, TX

Tony Shuman

“Tony is an excellent, experienced guide. He fully lived up to Odysseys’ high standards for Tour Directors.”
Darwin & Patricia Johnston
Apollo Beach, FL

Robyn Steegstra

“We have been on over 40 tours with trip leaders – Robyn is the best we’ve had.”
Phillip J. Morris
Honolulu, HI

Phillip Steffny

“Phil was truly OUTSTANDING! All of our [Odysseys] tour guides so far have been excellent, but Phil made the entire experience way above and beyond our expectations.”
Carl Anderson
Chapel Hill, NC

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