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South Africa + Vic Falls Adventure


Southern Africa’s landscapes are absolutely stunning. No adventure to Southern Africa would be complete without a visit to the famous Table Mountain in Cape Town; a trip to the spectacular natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls; and a houseboat ride for two nights along the Chobe River. As we cruise along the magnificent Chobe River, wildlife surrounds us – elephants, hippos, and hundreds of bird species. This is truly an experience of a lifetime!

Indulge in the traditional foods of South Africa’s Cape and wine while visiting historic places to discover the cuisine’s origin. Dine on classic foods such as Biltong, koeksister, milktart and brandy pudding; sip on Indigenous rooibos, honeybush and buchu tea; and treat yourself to a variety of wines grown in gorgeous vineyards in the region.

Contact us for a curated adventure to this incredible part of the world.


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  • Admiring the spectacular view of Cape Town and beyond from atop Table Mountain
  • Viewing Victoria Falls, one of the most breathtaking Natural Wonders of the World
  • Meeting fascinating locals and sampling wonderful local cuisine
  • Sipping on delicious wine from the stunning, plentiful vineyards in Southern Africa
  • Sampling delicious artisanal foods from around the region, and pair them with wine, craft beer, or cider
  • Watching out for wildlife while floating along the Chobe River on the Chobe Princess

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Day 1 – Cape Town
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will met by a representative and your guide. Transfer to the hotel. Enjoy sweeping views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the cityscape as you drive to your hotel, close to the trendiest and best restaurants, bars, galleries and other attractions in the City Bowl, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Day 2 – Cape Peninsula and Constantia
This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breath-taking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point.
Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

We take the scenic route along the Atlantic Seaboard towards the Southern Peninsula. We pass through beautiful coastal conservation villages and head along the world-renowned Chapman’s Peak coastal drive on our way to Cape of Good Hope.
We enter Cape Point National Park and enjoy its wonderful array of flowers from the Cape Floristic Kingdom, and if we are lucky some baboons, ostriches or antelope. Enjoy a day of breath taking scenery and endless beaches surrounded by the biodiversity of the Cape floristic kingdom.

We’ll visit the African Penguin colony in Simon’s Town, before continuing to one of the legendary wineries in the area, to reminisce over the beautiful day whilst sipping on wine in one of the oldest wine producing regions in South Africa.

Day 3 – Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront
After breakfast we will make our way to the V&A Waterfront where you will have the choice to relax, shop and enjoy the V&A Waterfront or to make your way to the Robben Island Museum which departs at 9.

Lunch will be had at the Food Market in V&A Waterfront where you will get to choose and experience numerous delicious artisanal street food stands serving a wonderful array of tastes within an authentic market environment. Please note lunch is at own expense.

After lunch we head towards Table Mountain for the five-minute cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, 1 089 metres above Cape Town, and explore the summit. This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park, in which the cableway is situated. Please bring a warm jacket, sun lotion, good walking shoes, water, sunglasses and some spending money. And don’t forget your camera!

Never a dull moment in Cape Town, you’ll be transported after a change at the hotel to dinner and a show in the uber trendy and popular leisure district of Green Point, at Rockwell Dinner Theatre.

Day 4 – Cape Town Foodie Tour
After Breakfast we enjoy a full day of exploring the city combined with a spectacular culinary journey, showcasing some of the best of South Africa’s artisanal producers and creative spaces. From cheesemakers to chocolatiers, charcuterie to craft beer breweries, world renowned wines and traditional snacks.

First stop is a coffee tasting and tour at one of the oldest artisan coffee roasters in South Africa. From here we head to the Company’s Gardens for a walk and some local snacks, and then we go to Woodstock – a vibrant hidden gem on the outskirts of town for a craft beer & food pairing. Now for something sweet! A tour of a chocolate factory, complete with tasting and a hot chocolate to follow.

Next we start our walking tour up Bree Street, Cape Town’s coolest strip, coveted by locals and tourists alike. Along the way we will get our teeth into South Africa’s favourite snack, biltong, before heading off to the iconic and colourful district of Bo Kaap to sample the delights of the Cape’s Eastern traditions, including samosas and koeksisters.

Finish the day with a wonderful cheese platter accompanied by one of SA’s best wines whilst chatting to the cheesemaker.

Day 5 – Stellenbosch
A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.

This morning after breakfast, we depart Cape Town and head to Stellenbosch. Upon arrival, we start the guided walking tour in the beautiful old town centre: you’ll hear delightful stories about the historic places we visit, including a visit to the oldest restored townhouse in South Africa. Indigenous tea tasting and rusks – enjoyed for over 300 years. Enjoy traditional snacks when we visit a small, family-run butchery and wine tasting at a trendy spot in the town centre (non-alcoholic options available). Lunch will be a heritage platter featuring some South African favourites and a trilogy of Cape desserts that our grandmothers used to bake. After lunch and tour of the town, we will head off into the Stellenbosch Winelands, where we will enjoy some wine tasting on two different Wine farms.

Day 6 – Franschoek and Elgin Valley
We depart Stellenbosch and head off to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. We will enjoy a leisurely lunch of local and seasonal produce under the trees at a legendary wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley.
After lunch we head over the Franschhoek pass where you will enjoy the beautiful views of Winelands and head over to Elgin.
Once you’ve reached the land of apples, we will have a wine tasting before we check into the quirky Old Mac Daddy – a modern trailer park situated among orchards with incredible views. Here you will be treated to a braai, or better known in the rest of the world as a barbeque, South African style. A big part of the South African culture!

Located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, the Elgin Valley stretches between the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and the Groenland Winery. It is one of South Africa’s top apple producers. The undulating landscape is characterised by deep valleys, forests, mountain streams, lakes and rivers, and lush hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards. This outdoor adventure mecca offers visitors a wide selection of activities including: swimming, apple-picking, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, river cruises, ziplining, bird watching and wine tasting. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample locally-made craft cider and visit the UNESCO protected Kogelberg Reserve.

Day 7 – Elgin Valley
Today is yours to explore, relax, or perhaps go zip lining or mountain biking!

Optional activities :
Go do the biggest and most beautiful zipline tour in South Africa. The 11 slides zig zag through the mountains and over rivers, while you revel in how lucky you are to be there, soak up the views and the stunning biodiversity. Follow this by a lunch on a wine and apple farm and end the day with one or more wine or cider tastings.

Not quite adventurous enough? Elgin is also known for its incredible mountain biking routes, so if you prefer testing them out, spend a few hours in the saddle!

An Elgin food and wine taster day is also highly recommended. Locals pride themselves in either growing or sourcing their food locally, served with love!

Day 8 – Cape South Coast
The indigenous fynbos of the Cape meets the cold seas at the southernmost tip of Africa along the incredibly scenic Cape South Coast. This region produces top-notch wine encompassing the wild Elgin Valley, beautiful Bot River, Elim, Hermanus and Napier wine regions. The coast is also a world-renowned whale watching mecca offering visitors excellent whale watching opportunities. Running from the quaint coastal hamlet of Rooi Els in the west to Quoin Point in the East, this spectacularly scenic stretch of South African coastline is flanked by majestic mountains and the crashing Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to visit the quaint fishing village of Arniston, the Victorian village of Stanford and Gansbaai has a little something for those looking for a thrilling adventure.

Get going early to explore the Whale Coast! Between July and November, you may be lucky enough to spot a whale from shore.

Here you can decide:
A 2 hour sea kayak tour,
A walk on the famous coastal path – great for whale spotting
A walk in Fernkloof Nature reserve. The most diverse population of indigenous plants in the world – choose between guided or not.
Shark Cage diving
Boat based whale watching or Marine Safari when it’s not whale season.

Day 9 – Livingstone (Victoria Falls, Zambia)
Depart Stanford to take an international flight from Cape Town to Zambia. Shortly after arrival, we will board the Lady Livingstone for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi while sipping away on a drink and watching the hippos, crocs and birds.

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial whitewater rafting in the world.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls
One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is breathtaking and not suprisingly a World Heritage Site. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Unlike other waterfalls Victoria Falls has a natural catwalk across from the falls which provides for spectacular viewing.

Day 11 – Chobe Princess, Chobe Riverfront

With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests.

Each cabin on board the Chobe Princesses is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip.

Day 12 – Chobe Princess, Chobe River Front
Today we spend the day floating along the Chobe River, on the lookout for wildlife.

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife.

Day 13 – Departure
It’s time to say goodbye to Africa for now.

Thanks for travelling with Finisterra!

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Cape Town – Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Stellenbosch – Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa
Elgin Valley – Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park
Cape South Coast – Stanford Valley Guest Farm
Livingstone (Victoria Falls) – David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
Chobe Riverfront – Chobe Princess (houseboat)

Please Note that these are just sample hotels and can be upgraded to best suit your needs.

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Tour Inclusions:

    • 12 nights accommodation (4 & 5 star boutique hotels, luxury houseboat)
    • Private transfers
    • Local guides with English speaking guides for excursions
    • Table Mountain excursion
    • Cape Point and Peninsula Excursion (full day)
    • Rockwell Dinner Theatre in Cape Town
    • Cape Food & Wine Foodie Tour
    • Classic Cape Cuisine Walk
    Lady Livingstone Sunset Cruise

Tour Exclusions:

    • Domestic airfare within southern Africa
    • Optional activities such as shark cage diving, whitewater rafting, heli-flight over Victoria Falls, sea kayaking, whale watching and more!
    • Meals not mentioned on itinerary
    • Visas for South Africa, Zambia and Botswana
    • Tips, alcoholic drinks, telephone, laundry, and other personal expenses
    Other activities not mentioned in itinerary

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    • Date: Custom Departures

*Also note, the hotels and routing of this tour can be altered to best suit your needs. Prices may vary.