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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Soweto touring
  • Spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Rhino safari in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park safari excursion
  • World’s largest crested dunes at Sossusvlei
  • Namibian coast boat excursion
  • Four-night stay in beautiful Cape Town
  • The Winelands touring
  • Outstanding small group accommodations
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 the home, now a museum, of the late Nelson Mandela; 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 this morning to Victoria Falls, first “discovered” by explorer David Livingstone and claimed for Great Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1855. With its 300-foot-deep gorge and thundering spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world. This afternoon we see it for ourselves on a guided walk. B,D

Day 5: Victoria Falls This morning we visit a local school where we have the opportunity to interact with the children and teachers, then spend some time exploring the town of Victoria Falls. Late this afternoon we embark on a Sundowner dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. B,D

Day 6: Victoria Falls This morning we set off on a rhino safari in open-top safari vehicles. This afternoon is at leisure; this evening we attend a talk on David Livingstone’s travels, trials, and travails. B,D

Day 7: Chobe National Park, Botswana Known for a diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife, Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in all Africa, including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), as well as zebra, lion, hippo, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, buffalo, and more. We’re sure to see some of them on today’s full-day excursion to Chobe, where we take a morning game drive and an afternoon game cruise. B,L,D

Day 8: Victoria Falls/Windhoek, Namibia Today we fly via Johannesburg to the Namibian capital of Windhoek, arriving late this evening. B

Day 9: Windhoek/Namib Desert/Sossusvlei After a brief tour of Namibia’s largest city, we set out through the central Namib Desert of vast gravel plains and rocky mountains. Isolated and immense, tranquil and romantic, this endless expanse offers a glimpse of a land before time. Late this afternoon we reach our lodge in the heart of the dune desert. B,L,D

Day 10: Namib Desert/Sossusvlei We rise with the sun to see the world’s highest crested dunes at Sossusvlei, their red-orange hues constantly changing in the early morning light. Here we have the opportunity to climb the velvet-like sand of Big Mama, as the locals call the largest dune. B,L,D

Day 11: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund We travel to­day through the Namib desert en route to Swakopmund, Namibia’s largest port. B,L,D

Day 12: Swakopmund/Walvis Bay/Namibian Coast From Walvis Bay this morning, we take a cruise along the storied Namibian coast, getting a mariner’s perspective on this striking region known by local tribespeople as “the land God created in anger.” Along the way we’ll see Cape fur seals and sea birds, including petrels. We enjoy lunch on board before disembarking and returning to Swakopmund, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. B,L

Day 13: Swakopmund/Cape Town, S.A. We fly to Cape Town today. After time at leisure to explore as we wish, we dine together tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 14: Cape Town/The Winelands Today we tour the Winelands, South Africa’s renowned wine-growing region just 45 miles east of Cape Town. Amidst the beautiful scenery, we visit a winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch. We return to Cape Town mid-afternoon; dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city. B,L

Day 15: Cape Town/Cape of Good Hope This morning we travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to more than 250 species of birds, and where we ride a funicular to the summit for stupendous views. After a seafood lunch in historic Simon’s Town we visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of enchanting African penguins up close. B,L

Day 16: Cape Town Our tour of Cape Town this morning features a visit to the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, the city’s historical center of Cape Malay culture. We also pay a visit to acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, nestled against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. One of the world’s great botanic gardens, Kirstenbosch champions South Africa’s rich biodiversity as it cultivates only native plants. Then we enjoy glorious bird’s-eye views of Cape Town as we ride by cable car 3,500 feet to the flat top of the city’s signature Table Mountain. This afternoon is at leisure; tonight, we celebrate our southern Africa odyssey at a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 17: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flights to the U.S. B

Day 18: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 34 meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next ­Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Jan 31
Feb 14*
Feb 28
Oct 24
Nov 7
Nov 28
Mar 14*
Mar 28
Apr 4*
Apr 18
Oct 3
Oct 10
May 2
May 16
Aug 8
Aug 22
Sep 5
Sep 12
Boston, New York,
Washington, DC
$7,254$7,454$7,654
Chicago, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,
San Fran, Seattle
$7,554$7,754$7,954
Atlanta, Balt, Char,
Cinc, Cleve, Miami,
Minn, Orlando,
Phil, Tampa
$7,654$7,854$8,054
Denver, Detroit,
Phoenix, Port (OR)
$7,754$7,954$8,154

Limited 2018 space still available – please call for details.

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $1,359, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,595. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Accommodations for Post-Tour Extension: Becks Safari Lodge

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: $4,995 per person

Accommodations
    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.

    The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls / Days 4-7 / Deluxe

    Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel stands inside of Victoria Falls National Park and is often referred to by locals as “the Grand Old Lady of the Falls.” Facilities of this Edwardian-style hotel include two restaurants, two bars, and several lounges; Internet access; laundry services; hair salon; spa with massage treatments; library; and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Windhoek Country Club, Windhoek / Day 8 / Superior First Class

    The desert-oasis themed Windhoek Country Club stands at the southern end of Windhoek a short walk from the city center and restaurants and shops. The 152-room hotel offers a restaurant and bar, tennis courts, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned rooms include a private bath with hairdryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, Internet access, TV, and phone.

    Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei / Days 9-10 / Superior First Class

    Walking distance to the sand dunes and Namib-Naukluft Park, the eco-friendly Sossusvlei Lodge uses tents to create an adobe-style atmosphere similar to that of its surroundings. The 45-room lodge offers a restaurant, bar, freshwater swimming pool, and laundry services. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer and in-room safe. There are no televisions and one guest phone line is available at reception.

    Swakopmund Hotel, Swakopmund / Days 11-12 / Superior First Class

    The 89-room Swakopmund Hotel, built in and around a restored historical station on Namibia’s premier coastal resort, offers two restaurants, casino, lounge, tavern bar with live entertainment, heated outdoor swimming pool, hair salon, gift shop, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Your air-conditioned room has a private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town / Days 13-16 / 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.

    Kapama Southern Camp, Kapama Private Game Reserve / Extension / Deluxe

    This luxury lodge sits in the middle of the private Kapama Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, offering an unparalleled opportunity to spot game on the African bushveld.  Featuring modern African décor, the 25-room lodge has an open-sided dining room, traditional boma (grass hut), outdoor swimming pool with patio bar, internet access, gift shop, and library.  Guest rooms feature picture windows and private decks, along with air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, and phone.

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

Kruger: Kapama Private Game Reserve

4 days/3 nights for $1,995 total price
Single Supplement: $695

Experience the magnificence of the South African bush, Kruger National Park region, and “Big Five” game country at a unique luxury tented camp.

 

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation to/from Hoedspruit, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Kapama Southern Camp (Deluxe)
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 5 guided game drives (in open safari vehicles)
  • Services of the lodge’s excellent staff
  • Transfers to/from airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Eric Botha

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Tonia Devereux

“Tonia was fabulous! Energetic, organized, and flexible; truly an asset to your team.”
Karen Sanzone
Patchogue, NY

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

“James McKenzie should win a ‘Tour Director of the Century’ award! He is outstanding in every way and is one of the most knowledgeable people ever.”
Andrea Seese
Lee’s Summit, MO

Chris McWilliams

“Our tour director Chris McWilliams was very accommodating and awesome. He 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

“Robyn was a great asset to our group. She is efficient and retains her sense of humor. Her knowledge of Southern Africa is extensive.”
Karl Warner
Scottsdale, AZ

Phil Steffny

“Phil was absolutely wonderful. He was always in a good mood, solved any issues quickly, and provided a lot of information (especially on game drives).”
Helen Petersen
Kennebunk, ME

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela’s autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.

Vincent Carruthers (Editor), Kenneth Newman (Illustrator)
The Wildlife of Southern Africa
With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa.

Richard Estes
The Safari Companion
An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.

Alan Murphy
Lonely Planet Southern Africa
This hefty practical guide to the nine nations of southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, is ideal for independent travelers on a multi-country tour.

Hallwag
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Map
This fold-out overview map of Southern Africa – including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana – is ideal for route planning.

The Africa Adventure Company
Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa
This large-scale colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs.

Marcelle Bienvenu (Contributor), Chris McIntyre
Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide
With comprehensive coverage of history, flora, fauna and practicalities, this fourth edition presents Okavango, Chobe, the Kalahari and other popular destinations in detail.

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
The Harmless People
A classic study of the Bushmen of the Kalahari, novelistic in its detail. Based on the author’s fieldwork, the account is direct, informative, and strong on the character of the people and land.

Leonard Thompson
A History of South Africa
A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization.

John Reader
Africa, a Biography of the Continent
With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.

Martin Meredith
The Fortunes of Africa, A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor
Covering the epic story of colonialism in Africa, Meredith’s magisterial history depicts empire-hungry kings, missionaries, tribal warlords, mining barons – even modern multinational corporations. An expansive but entertaining read.

Thomas Pakenham
The Scramble for Africa
Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.

Martin Meredith
The Fate of Africa
Ambitious in scope, immensely readable – and as big as a doorstop – Martin Meredith’s blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events.

Rian Malan
My Traitor’s Heart
Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return.

Alan Paton
Cry, The Beloved Country
The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo’s quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid.

Peter Godwin, Chris Johns (Photographer)
Wild at Heart
This lush collection of full-color photographs tackles conservation, development and tradition in southern Africa. It’s a well-illustrated portrait of the region by National Geographic photographer Johns and veteran journalist Godwin.

Carol Cunningham, Joel Berger
Horn of Darkness, Rhinos on the Edge
A lively account of field work, combining adventure, natural history and thoughtful commentary on the plight of the severely endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia.

Kenneth Newman
Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa
This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names.

Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart
A Photographic Guide, Southern, Central, and East African Mammals
A compact guide, designed for the field, including almost all of the conspicuous species and a good sampling of the smaller or more secretive animals.

Jonathan Kingdon
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon’s gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.

Bunny McBride, Duane Schlitter, Richard Estes, Peter Alden
National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife
This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks.

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