Victoria Falls Botswana Mauritius holiday 16 days start from £6998 per person person including scheduled flights and sharing a double room.
A beautiful country bordering South African and Botswana, Zimbabwe is known for dramatic landscapes and diverse wildlife. Any visit to Zimbabwe must be a personal choice but the country is fascinating and has much to offer visitors. The most famous location is of course Victoria Falls.
Resting on the southern banks of the mighty Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls of the same name, the popular tourist town of Victoria Falls is compact enough to walk around and makes and ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world. Around two third of the falls can easily be viewed from the Zimbabwean side, and, whilst the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the surrounding area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic helicopter or microlight flights over the falls, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white water rafting (seasonal) and day trips into Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by the friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Day 1: Travel to Zimbabwe via South Africa
Day 2-4: Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
Bed and breakfast included.
On arrival At Victoria Falls Airport, clear security and take your transfer to Ilala Lodge.
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance, and attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of this boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.
Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep. As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.
Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen and views that look across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.
Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at the hotel’s award winning restaurant “The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls!
Cruise down the river of time and follow the route that ancient explorers took, on the luxurious Ra-Ikane, which is the only one of her kind in Victoria Falls. The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is outfitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. Sip chilled white wine, or Gin & Tonics whilst nibbling on canapes, as well as the sumptuous high tea, whilst you glide up to Elephants feeding on the shoreline.
Recommended activities include
Zambezi Boat Cruises: The Zambezi at Victoria Falls offers an incredible diversity of boating experiences but a perennial favourite is the river cruise. The boats meander slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park as you spot animals and birds from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent food is served and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks.
Helicopter Flight: See Victoria Falls from an entirely different perspective when you take a 15 or 30-minute helicopter flip over this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. For an exhilarating day of action-packed adventure, it’s also possible to combine a white water rafting trip through Batoka Gorge with a helicopter pick-up from the bottom of the ravine, saving you the arduous walk back up.
White Water Rafting: Commercial rafting first started on the Zambezi River in 1981 and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in many tourist itineraries. Spectacular scenery, sunshine, warm water and superb rapids all make this one of the greatest white water rafting venues in the world.
The Zambezi River is classified as a high volume; pool-drop river i.e. there is little exposed rock either in the rapids or the pools below the rapids. The distance between rapids varies from 100 meters to 2 km’s. The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of the river can reach 200ft.
Chobe River Front
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.
Day 5-6: Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe River Front
Fully inclusive including local drinks brands
You will be transferred to the Chobe Game Lodge.
Counter-balancing the wilderness are restful, air conditioned, en-suite lodgings. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity.
Other facilities include a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, a stylish bar with an outside terrace, an expansive deck offering magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as conference facilities for business travellers. All meals are catered for in various locations throughout the lodge including the terrace, boma and riverfront deck.
Each of Chobe Game Lodge’s 4 luxury suites has an individual plunge pool set on a private terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the endless landscape and open plains. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. All 46 rooms are tastefully furnished, each room with hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings.
Khwai Community Area
The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.
Day 7-9: Machaba Camp
Fully inclusive including local drinks brands
Situated in the game rich Khwai area on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta, lies the sophisticated Machaba Camp. The setting is exquisite and guests will fall in love with the understated elegant colonial architeture of Machaba. Wake up to the sounds of hippo wallowing in the Delta and enjoy outdoor dining on the banks of the Khwai.
Ten luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers are located between tall riverine trees. Each of the tents have views of the Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. From these tented verandas one can watch the daily parade of animals coming down to drink at the river in front of camp. Machaba, despite its obvious luxury is still an affordable camp.
You will receive 2 game drives a day at Machaba Camp, one first thing in the morning and one afternoon/evening.
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
Day 10: Peermont Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace
Bed and breakfast are included
Contemporary convenience at its best…the 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms as well as a “group-friendly” experience for corporate, convention and leisure guests. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations and amenities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points. The hotel’s clean and modern façade is complimented by a private and sheltered pool terrace, set in a beautifully landscaped garden, providing guests with food and beverage service throughout the day.
Check in after your flight from Maun Airport direct to Johannesbery for your overnight stay.
Blessed with crystal clear turquoise waters, gorgeous powder white sand beaches and a wonderful tropical climate, the idyllic island of Mauritius is a remarkably romantic holiday destination. While most visitors spend their days relaxing in one of the many luxurious holiday resorts, there is much more to this little island than merely cocktails and coconuts. Those who venture inland will discover lush, jungle-clad mountains, glistening blue lagoons, impressive rivers and waterfalls, extinct volcanic craters, charming little ramshackle towns and villages, and some fabulously friendly locals. Must-see attractions include: the bustling capital of Port Louis with its lively local markets; the remarkable 85m high Chamarel Waterfall; and Eureka, a historical plantation mansion turned museum offering visitors a glimpse into the island’s colonial past. No matter how you spend your time on this lovely little island, it is sure to fulfil all your fantasies of a tropical island paradise.
Day 11-14: Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius
Fully inclusive including local drinks brands
Fly directly from Johannesberg to the paradise island of Mauritius and check in to your hotel.
Ideal for family holidays, the Heritage Awali stands out for its exceptional range of services tailored for the enjoyment of young and old. Rooms are spacious and perfectly fitted out, an array of land and water-based sports are on offer including a simply spectacular 18-hole golf course! And an exclusive children’s club, where 3 to 11-year olds can have fun in a learning environment, which provides children with everything they could wish for.
Recommended activities include:
Port Louis: Port Louis is the Capital and main harbour of Mauritius. It is a small, buzzing city situated between the sea and a bowl of interestingly shaped mountains. Main attractions include the Caudan Waterfront development and the street markets.
Villas Valriche: Nestled in Domaine de Bel Ombre are the Villas Valriche. Should you wish to rent your own corner of paradise, the Villas Valriche Experience is the perfect choice. Refinement, elegance, privacy and 5 star service are key elements of the villa offer where you will feel perfectly at home in a paradise setting.
Day 15: Departure for the UK
Road transfer to Mauritius Airport for your flight home.
Day 16: Arrival back to London Heathrow
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