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Highlights of South Africa 2014

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Itinerary : Johannesburg Cape Town

Trip Extensions

Post-trip: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

More than a third of our travelers have reserved this extension in 2014

Extend your discoveries of Africa's wonders with this optional extension to thundering Victoria Falls. You'll have ample time to view the Falls, twice as high as Niagara and one-and-a-half times as wide, perhaps taking an optional helicopter flight to witness its full grandeur. You'll also experience local culture at a traditional boma dinner and cultural show. During this extension, you'll have a variety of optional tours to choose from, including an all-day excursion to Botswana's celebrated Chobe National Park.

It's Included:
Air transportation from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Accommodations for 3 nights in Victoria Falls at the Superior First-Class Elephant Hills Resort
4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Included tour: Victoria Falls walking tour with a local resident guide
Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
  • After your Highlights of South Africa base trip, fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, arriving in the early afternoon.

    You have some time to settle in and have lunch on your own. Later in the afternoon (the best time for rainbows), you’ll tour the Falls itself. Walk along surfaced paths within the rain forest that grows down the gorges of the falls, and visit the Livingstone statue, commemorating the great British explorer who named this natural wonder for his Queen. See the Big Tree, a centuries-old baobab more than 50 feet in circumference. Always, you hear the thunder of the falls and feel the spray of its mist on your face.

    Tonight, dinner is on your own.

  • Your day is at leisure to relax or do some independent exploring, which is easy to do, as the town is small and compact.

    At the local market, you can scoop up bargains galore in local handcrafts such as sandalwood, teak, and ebony carvings; brilliant African textiles; malachite; basketry; and more. This is one of the places where bartering is expected—and can be great fun! American goods like t-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps with designer logos can be good “currency” here. Ask your Program Director for advice about where else it may be appropriate to barter in this manner. You can also take a tour of Spencer Creek Crocodile Farm, home to more than 5,000 crocodiles of all sizes, or enjoy a traditional English “high tea” at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel.

    Or, choose an optional helicopter flight—popularly referred to as a "Flight of the Angels"—over the Falls. Flying lower than a conventional, fixed-wing aircraft, you'll fly a complete circuit over the Falls in both directions, giving you a unique bird’s-eye view. You might also choose to climb aboard one of Africa's gentle giants for an optional elephantback safari. You may also choose to cruise on the Zambezi River—as the sun sets over the river, climb aboard a small boat and enjoy a relaxing ride and a chance to take in the riverbank scenery.. All of these optional tours are offered in both the morning and the afternoon, allowing you to design your day as you like.

  • Enjoy another day to pursue your own interests. Perhaps you’ll return to the market to purchase something special. Or gaze at the majesty of the falls from a different vantage point.

    You can also choose an optional full-day excursion to Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana. On game-viewing drives, be on the lookout for zebra, cheetah, herds of elephant grazing on the open grassy plains, and lion prides huddled in the bush.

    This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg, where you'll board your overnight flight to the U.S.