At a Glance
Especially curated for wildlife and nature lovers, this exciting itinerary offers an in-depth expedition from Zimbabwe to South Africa’s natural beauty. Submerge on an exceptional 14-night luxury voyage incorporating river, mountain to bush life as you delve into the majestic wonders of Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Kruger, Cape Town and more. From river to bush, from Zimbabwe to South Africa, unlock its wild soul to curate your exclusive safari of a lifetime.
Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg before flying to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Indulge in incredible river life at a private game concession set on a private section along the Zambezi River. Escape to a Zimbabwean safari paradise of exclusivity where your days are savoured with a selection of unmatched game drives, walking safaris ...
- 14 nights accommodation on a twin sharing basis in luxury 5 Star hotels and safari lodges
- All airports private transfers as per itinerary
- All meals as specified
- All inclusive basis at Matetsi Victoria Falls including lodge activities
- All-inclusive basis at Simbavati Trails Camp and Hilltop Lodge including two daily safari activities
- All inclusive basis at Bushmanns Kloof Wilderness Reserve including lodge activities
- Full day Best Cape Peninsula private tour including entrance fees
- Professional tour guides throughout
- Game viewing on luxury walking trails at Simbavati Trails Camp, Kruger Park
- Game viewing in 4x4 vehicles with experienced game ranger at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, Kruger Park
- Sightseeing with included hotel transfers as per itinerary
Welcome to Mama Africa! Begin with a transfer from OR Tambo Airport to the historic suburb of Houghton, once home to iconic South African President, the late Nelson Mandela. You will be staying in a luxury Suite at the distinguished The Residence in Houghton, a stunning oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Stroll through the glorious gardens, play a game of tennis, work out in the gym or swim in one of this boutique hotel’s beautiful outdoor pools. If you prefer, enjoy a game of golf nearby at the Houghton Golf Club.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a private transfer to Johannesburg Airport. Fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (at your own expense) for a bucket list adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy a scenic 1 hour drive to your idyllic 5-star retreat at Matetsi Lodge, that runs along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
Set on 136,000-acre wilderness area on Matetsi Private Game Reserve and an ideal base to discover the world’s largest waterfall, your exclusive adventure begins! Unwind at the family-owned lodge for a true sense of restorative experience combining the best of safari, river, relaxation and the Falls all in one.
Spend time relaxing in your River Lodge Suite complete with a deck overlooking a private section of the tranquil Zambezi and a personal butler to attend to your needs. Take a refreshing bath in your stand-alone bathtub or a swim in your private plunge pool with sweeping views of the river. Alternatively, get acquainted to your new home away from home. Whisk away in the privacy of the library with a good book, laze in the alfresco lounge areas or tantalise your tastebuds at the private wine cellar.
This evening, embrace the African bushveld with a traditional boma dining affair boasting fresh and regionally soured produce paired with inclusive wine.
Your next few days are yours to create! With 136,000 acres of private game reserve, explore the wildlife-rich paradise on foot, luxury safari or boat accompanied by experienced, conservation-minded guides.
Revel in twice daily game drives, guided walking safaris or birdwatching for an exclusive safari experience. From morning to afternoon game drives as well as night drives; keep eyes peeled for well-known breeding herds of elephants, lions, the elusive leopard, wild dogs and buffalos that call this place home.
With easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls, discover its many facets. From a guided walking adventure to a helicopter flight offering the renowned ‘Flight of the Angels’ aerial view of the largest sheet of falls water on Earth. For a different perspective, indulge in high tea on the terrace at the Victoria Falls Hotel offering a lovely view across to the Victoria Falls bridge with the spray of the falls in the background.
Take it to the waters with adventures out in the river. The lodge lies along 9 miles of private Zambezi River frontage. Indulge in seclusive river cruises including a stunning sunrise cruise and the renowned Zambezi River sunset cruise accompanied by a personal guide and tracker to share the wonders of wildlife on the river. Enjoy canoeing, fishing and more. For those in seek for more adventures, Vicotria Falls town is just a short journey away for authentic culture seekers to meet the people of the village tour as well as avid adventures including ziplining across the Batoka Gorge.
When you’re not busy exploring, unwind to ‘Life on The River’. Relax in the infinity pool that runs along the banks of the Zambezi, pamper yourself in the outdoor sala of the spa or simply soak in the pristine views from the spacious outdoor lounge areas.
This morning savour a delightful breakfast amongst the Zambezi River before a transfer to Victoria Falls Airport.
You’ll fly back to Johannesburg (at own expense) and enjoy a private transfer to The Residence Hotel where you’ll stay overnight. Take this time to simply unwind. Take a refreshing dip in the pool embraced by the tranquility of lush gardens or relax in the jacuzzi. Alternatively, reinvigorate your mind, body and soul at the serene Sky Spa, situated on the top floor, for spectacular views over the city skyline.
This evening, enjoy a leisurely pace with pre-dinner cocktails at the Piano Bar while being soothed to the sounds of the Residence pianist. Enjoy dinner at the local fine dining in The Dining Room restaurant or venture into town for a selection of dining affairs.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a private transfer to Johannesburg Airport. Fly to Hoedspruit (at your own expense) for a bucket list safari adventure of a lifetime. Transfer from the airport to Simbavati Trails Camp, a fabulous back-to-basics camp located in a secluded section of Timbavati Nature Reserve in the Kruger Park.
You will be one of only 8 guests to spend the next 2 nights in this exclusive camp staying in a Luxury Safari Tent. Life at Simbavati Trails is real bush living – there’s no electricity, meals are prepared over an open fire and your bucket showers are filled with warm water whenever you need it. Game viewing here is on foot, a unique immersive, authentic experience you will never forget. Of course, you’re still pampered with warm Simbavati hospitality, superb cuisine and every comfort in your Meru-style tent with its private al fresco bathroom.
Today, you are in for a treat! Simbavati Trails Camp offers a rare safari experience, an opportunity to live in luxury and in harmony with nature. Your day begins with a guided 4-hour walk with an expert armed guide through this unspoilt wilderness area. You will see, hear and smell more this morning than you ever imagined possible. This type of game viewing is unsurpassed and the leisurely pace at which life is enjoyed here is a privilege to experience. Your day is as relaxed or active as you wish. The camp borders on the Kruger Park without fences, so you’ll have access to 11,000 hectares in the famous park to enjoy. Aside from time to relax in your comfortable Meru-style tents at the camp, there’s dining under the stars to look forward to in a traditional Boma style affair.
Today you go from back to basics camping to ultimate luxury bush living. Transfer to another of Simbavati’s safari camps in the area, the luxury tented Hilltop Lodge, which offers a stunning vantage point. You don’t have to go far for wildlife encounters! Overlooking the open plains, Mbali Dam and the Nhlararlumi River, where elephants and other wild animals come to drink. Game viewing is exceptional here and you may even come up close to the Big Five on one of your twice daily game drives, especially leopard.
You’ve conquered your safari adventure, now it’s time to relax in style at this exceptional lodge with its opulent accommodation and superb cuisine. Spend the night here in one of its exclusive lodge’s boasting 8 spacious tented suites, each with a private bathroom and viewing deck. Your accommodation is connected to the main lodge via wooden walkways, so it’s very easy to get around.
Fly to Cape Town from Hoedspruit (at your own expense) and transfer to the magnificent Cape Grace Hotel on the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, your home for the next 2 nights. Unwind in your custom-designed Luxury Room where french doors open to reveal breathtaking views of the city’s working harbour and the sea.
The V&A Waterfront boasts excellent shops, restaurants and entertainment to enjoy within walking distance of your hotel. Take views from above on a ferris wheel that offers a unique glimpse of your surrounds including the mighty Table Mountains. You can explore the nearby City Bowl by chauffeur transfer, another paradise of shops, sights and cafes. Alternatively, relax at the hotel and unwind to its premium onsite facilities. If you like, you can venture to the Library between 6-10pm for an introduction to Wines of the Cape, Port and Sherry.
Escape to a seaside paradise! Discover the beauty of the Cape Peninsula boasting numerous panoramic photographic locations along your route. Drive along spectacular Chapman’s Peak with the ocean on one side and the mountain on the other and stop off at vantage points for awe-inspiring views.
Travel along the Peninsula to visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a breathtaking area that is a World Heritage Site and protected nature reserve. Continue on to the southwestern tip of the African continent, Cape Point.
On your way back to Cape Town, you will stop off at beautiful Boulders Beach with its unique penguin colony, visit Simons Town with its naval base and enjoy lunch at the charming seaside village of Kalk Bay. Cap off the best of Cape Town immersing into nature at the spectacular Kirstenbosch Garden and discover its exceptional flora and fauna unique to the region.
This evening, create your own adventure and discover Cape Town’s night life at your own leisure.
Today you head for the luxurious wellness retreat of Bushman’s Kloof, 270km from Cape Town, a natural paradise that offers a unique wilderness escape. This will be your home for the next 3 nights. Bushman’s Kloof is the perfect base from which to explore the exquisite surroundings – 7 500 hectares of private reserve which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it’s home to unique flora and fauna as well as 130 fascinating Bushman rock art sites.
This is a place to step outside and breathe deep, to inhale the freshest air and feel your pulse slow to the rhythm of the bush. Your days at this sumptuous retreat will be filled with nature drives and trips to see Rock art, some of which dates back 10,000 years. Find your bush escapade with an array of inclusive adventures from hiking, swimming, fly fishing, canoeing, archery to bird watching… the list is endless. The landscape is richly biodiverse and malaria-free, offering everything from hiking and biking through a carpet of wildflowers, to swimming and canoeing on clear rock pools. Wilderness experiences, led by intuitive guides that live and breathe the bush, are gentle and unique, allowing glimpses of rare gemsbok, black wildebeest, Cape zebra and leopards - some of the Cape's most rare species that we pride ourselves on protecting. Sundowners and picnics are ever-popular, served at scenic spots throughout the drive.
Set in the midst of these tranquil surrounds is the retreat’s famous healing spa, where you can refresh and rejuvenate mind and body with a selection of indulgent wellness and beauty treatments. You can also visit the enthralling Heritage Centre on the property and discover the organic herb and vegetable garden that supplies the kitchen.
Indulge in authentic Cape cuisine - indigenous fynbos adding a distinctly 'Cape' dimension to a fusion of innovative and traditional fare, all sourced from the reserve's organic garden. From the incredible breakfast served in the cosy Homestead, to showstopper, star-lit dinners in the natural splendour of Embers, sculpted into a rock amphitheatre, enjoy unforgettable dining experiences.
Today soak in a delicious breakfast, a perfect time to reflect an unmatched adventure. Leave Hermanus feeling inspired and rejuvenated as you journey to Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey
NOTE: This itinerary is provided as an example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
Dates & Prices
Departure daily on request. Please contact us for group bookings or private departures. Peak/festival season surcharge applies.
- The departure point is Johannesburg
- The finish point is Cape Town
- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Johannesburg
Summer lasts from December to February and is characterised by hot days, frequent afternoon thunderstorms and plenty of rain. Winter (June to August) sees mild, dry days with abundant sunshine and chilly nights. Johannesburg and Pretoria lie on the high veld plateau and have a near-perfect climate.
The best time to visit South Africa in Greater Kruger and in the KwaZulu-Natal Province for a wildlife safari is from May to September. During these winter months, the east of the country (where the main parks are located) experiences its Dry season. Wildlife is easier to spot during the Dry season because vegetation thins, grass is low, visibility is better and the animals congregate around the waterholes and rivers. The temperatures are also much cooler than the sticky, hot summer.
Cape Town and Hermanus
Cape Town’s Dry and Wet seasons are opposite to those in Kruger. Therefore, the best time for visiting Cape Town and surrounds is during the dry summer months of November to March. The daily temperatures average between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F), although it can reach as high as 40°C (104°F). Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it gets its rainfall in the winter months Late April to early June has crisp and clear days, perfect for a hiking trip. The best time for a whale watching is from July to September when migratory whales arrive along the coastline.
Along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, the winter climate is usually quite comfortable, with moderate heat and humidity. Summer is considered the wet season but can be downright hot and humid, with highs around 90° F and rain bringing noticeable mosquitos. Be aware that nighttime temperatures can be chilly.
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A single supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.
A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 90 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 90 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.
General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 90 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 90 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance
Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.
The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.
Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.
Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.
Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.
Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.
In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.
For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.