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12 October 2018
21days

17 days without Victoria Falls

If South Africa is on YOUR once-in-a-lifetime wish list, why not join Solent Events on Tour in October 2018 for this spectacular, fully escorted holiday. Travel with our friendly group of like-minded local adventurers, so you are welcome to come your own, as a couple, or with a friend for a stress-free dream holiday. All you have to do is pack!

From the sight-packed city of Cape Town to the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch, the mesmerising scenery of the Garden Route, to the fascinating wildlife of the Kruger National Park for a game safari and the historic battlefield of Rorke’s Drift, this tour takes in the best of South Africa. The Victoria Falls in Zambia are also included in this 21-day tour of a lifetime, but if you would prefer to be away for just 17 days, that’s no problem at all!

A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain.Table Mountain National Park defines the city. The flat-topped mountain is the headline act, but there are many other equally gorgeous natural landscapes within the park’s extensive boundaries. Cultivated areas, such as the historic Company’s Gardens,  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park,  make exploring the city a pleasure.

High on the must-see lists of most visitors is the Garden Route. You cannot help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty, where  the range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities is remarkable. The coast is dotted with excellent beaches, and numerous wildlife, while travelling inland, you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and eventually the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges that divide the verdant Garden Route from the arid Little Karoo.

Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s smallest provinces and one of its most exciting. Mpumalanga provides access to the southern half of Kruger National Park, with an excellent selection of lodges and wilderness activities right on the mighty park’s doorstep.

The final part of this incredible journey will be absolutely spectacular, staying beside one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! The Falls are situated on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are absolutely awe-inspiring and a MUST SEE whilst in South Africa.

You really do not have to worry about a thing. From the time you book until the time you arrive home, you will be looked after and personally escorted after by Lin of Solent Events on Tour. With just four pickups from Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington and Fareham on our luxury coach, hostess service and travel treats, you will arrive at the Heathrow Airport and the pre-booked Airport Lounge totally relaxed for your holiday-of-a-lifetime ahead.

NB. For your comfort, a max of 20 passengers apply to this exclusive Solent Events Tour (the normal public maximum being around 45). Therefore, please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! See itinerary and booking form below.


For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged 
with Travelsphere Worldwide Holidays who are fully bonded.

£4698.00pp

£3699 without Victoria Falls

Full Tour Single Supplement:
£800  (double room for single occupancy)

Single Supplement without Victoria Falls:
£500 (double room for single occupancy)

Luxury Return Coach Travel to
London Heathrow Airport

Only FOUR local pick-ups

Personal Travel Treats

The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge

Return scheduled International flights

18 nights accommodation with
2 overnight flights

27 meals (18 breakfasts,
2 lunches, 7 dinners)

Local Guides for all visits

Overseas transfers
and all other transportation

Porterage, one case per person

All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges

Excursions as per itinerary PLUS
the opportunity to select optional
excursions to enhance your holiday

Travelsphere Tour Manager
& Local Guides

Solent Events Escort

 

View the Itinerary

An Exclusive Solent Events Tour!

Proposed Itinerary (exact times to be confirmed)

Friday 12 October 2018 
Day 1  – Travel by luxury coach from our last pick-up at Peak Lane, Fareham to London Gatwick and the comfort of an airport lounge, before our overnight flight to Cape Town.

Saturday 13 October         Cape Town
DAY 2 – Arrive this morning in the vibrant city of Cape Town, where a sight-seeing starts straight away as we take in a selection of its highlights en route to our hotel. Our tour includes the chance to take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Cape Town – 3 nights

Sunday 14 October           Cape Town
DAY 3 Today we spend the day exploring the Cape Peninsula. With favourable weather, our adventure heads along Chapman’s Peak, reaching Cape Nature Reserve and Cape Point at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula. Returning via Boulders Beach to admire the penguins, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg and finally Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, set against the slopes of Table Mountain.

Monday 15 October           Cape Town
DAY 4 – Today is at leisure to explore Cape Town at your own pace, or take the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the largest black township in Cape Town. Another optional excursion today gives you the chance to visit the famous Mount Nelson Hotel for afternoon tea. See excursion list.

Tuesday 16 October          Stellenbosch
DAY 5 – Today we visit Stellenbosch for a tour of the city and the winelands surrounding it. Wine-tastings and a cellar tour are also included.

Wednesday 17 October     Oudtshoorn
DAY 6 – Enjoy a relaxing drive to the town of Swellendam. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, it boasts stunning architecture and a fascinating museum. Our journey continues to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, stopping to take in the stunning views from Huisrivier Pass en route.

Thursday 18 October        Knysna
DAY 7 – Oudtshoorn is the ‘ostrich capital of the world’, and home to the world’s largest population of this unique flightless bird. We will have the chance to see these fascinating creatures up close at the Safari Ostrich Farm, before visiting the Cango Caves, a magnificent cave system more than 20 million years old. We continue to Knysna for a two night stay.

Friday 19 October              Knysna
DAY 8 – This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. We cruise between the beautiful headlands of Knynsa to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, the premier eco experience on the Garden Route. After an included lunch we can walk through the forests and admire ancient sea caves.

Saturday 20 October         Port Elizabeth
DAY 9 – Our journey to Port Elizabeth via Plettenberg Bay includes a stop at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park.

Sunday 21 October            Durban
DAY 10 – Today we enjoy a tour of Port Elizabeth, one of the largest cities in South Africa, before flying to Durban. On arrival, we travel into a very different territory from the previous few days as we approach the heart of the Zulu kingdom, the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields. We will stay in this area for two nights.

Monday 22 October           Durban
Day 11 – A guided tour takes in the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Stand at the very spot where the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana and conflict at Rorke’s Drift took place.

Tuesday 23 October          Kruger
DAY 12 – No visit to South Africa would be complete without experiencing Kruger National Park. Today’s journey to the park is pretty long but well worth it. On the way, we will experience many different landscapes before arriving at our Sabie River side lodge-style hotel, where we will stay for two nights.

Wednesday 24 October    Kruger
DAY 13 We wake up to the incredible sights and sounds of nature with an optional early-morning game drive. An optional game drive is also offered in the afternoon, or you can choose a full-day game drive. Alternatively, the day can be spent at leisure, perhaps lazing by the pool.

Thursday 25 October        Kruger
DAY 14 – En route to our next lodge, we enjoy an included game drive with a breakfast picnic. An tour of Chimp Eden, a Chimpanzee Sanctuary situated within the spectacular 1,000-hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve is also included today.

Friday 26 October              Panorama Route
DAY 15 This morning we will experience the breathtaking Panorama Route (weather permitting), travelling through some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenery. Highlights include the rainforest at God’s Window, waterfalls, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.
This evening, we will experience a traditional South African braai under the stars.

Saturday 27 October
DAY 16 – If not travelling on to Victoria Falls, you will transfer to Johannesburg for an early evening flight back to the UK.

Saturday 27 – Tuesday 30 October
Days 16 to 20                      Zambia & Victoria Falls
Our four-night visit to Zambia to witness the spectacular natural wonder of Victoria Falls starts here!
We will stay in the Avani Victoria Falls Resort (Zambezi Sun Hotel) on a bed-and-breakfast basis, spending three days exploring this wonderful part of the country. Our stay in Zambia includes a visit to Makuni village, where we learn about the traditions of the local Leya people. Also included is a guided tour of Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Wednesday 31 October/Thursday 01 November
Day 21 – Overnight flight to UK.

All flight times will be confirmed at a later date.

Optional Excursions  See separate tab

Currency  South African Rand (ZAR)     £1 = 17.31 (as at 28April 17)

Visas   As this tour is for tourism purposes, for a period of less than 90 days, a visa is not required 

Immunisation  The World Health Organization generally recommends the following vaccines for South Africa, but check with your doctor a few months before travel.

  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies.
  • NHS Routine Vaccinations
  • Malaria tablets are also recommended for Kruger

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View the Optional Excursions

To enhance your exciting holiday in South Africa

Day 4 Cape Town – Mount Nelson Afternoon Tea                 Circa £44pp
An opportunity not to be missed – Afternoon Excursion Minimal walking. Pre-bookable only.

No visit to Cape Town is complete without tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel. Enjoy a few hours of sheer indulgence with an afternoon tea at Cape Town’s prestigious Mount Nelson Hotel. A tradition that dates back to the city’s colonial heritage, afternoon tea is a much-loved pastime in South Africa and the Mount Nelson is considered the finest place in the city to experience it. The world-renowned afternoon tea buffet is set in the elegant lounge overlooking the garden. Enjoy the sumptuous selection of savoury and sweet delights.

Day 4 Cape Town Township Tour                                            Circa £29pp
Cultural Must Do – Half day – Moderate Walking

Join us for a unique experience traveling through the three South Africa’s – The birth, where it all started, Apartheid South Africa, what happened then – the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour affords the opportunity to interact, mingle and exchange cultural values with the local community. You will be welcomed in the traditional African manner in the townships of Langa (the oldest formal township) & Khayalitsha (the largest informal settlement). The tour includes visits to the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means “Above Cape” because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain, the Philani Empowerment centre in Khayalitsha, where locals are taught basic life skills (weaving / arts & crafts etc), a walking tour in “shanty town Khayalitsha” with a local guide, with a visit to his shack to experience local living conditions, followed by a drive through the middle-class Khayalitsha, to share some of the achievements, such as new housing developments, shopping malls, hospitals, swimming pool & magistrate’s court, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela.

Day 8 Knysna Township Tour                                                    Circa £33pp
Unique – Half day excursion – Moderate Walking

Enjoy a half day tour of a township in the company of a local guide. The tour offers a wealth of insight into South Africa’s history (educational, political, social, tribal and ethnic). You have a chance to talk to the people, gather information and experience it firsthand. See the culture, traditions, dress, religion, beliefs and history of many cultures, particularly the Xhosa culture. Here traditional healers, traders, markets, shebeens and the Church play an important role in the community. You will also have the opportunity to buy arts & crafts from the local people.

Day 16-20 Zambia – David Livingstone Museum                             Circa £38pp
Historical – 2 Hour Tour – Moderate Walking

The Museum houses comprehensive memorabilia of the explorer and missionary, Dr David Livingstone. A guided tour offers an interesting sight into the life and work of one of the world’s great explorers. There are also very interesting displays on the Stone Age people who first lived in this area and an African cultural section that includes traditional living, medicines and witchcraft.

Day 16-20 Zambia – Chobe Game Drive                                         Circa £140pp
Full Day – Minimal Walking – Wildlife Opportunity

The Chobe National Park in Botswana is one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa and famous for the number of elephant that live there. The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by predators including lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog. The bird life in particular is exceptional. Travelling to Chobe includes an exciting crossing by boat of the Zambezi River at the point where the 4 countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. The Safari starts with a morning game viewing cruise on the Chobe River with tea, coffee, drinks and snacks being served on board. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippos and very large crocodiles are all around. After disembarking, lunch is then taken at the Chobe Safari Lodge, which overlooks the Chobe River and the plains beyond. In the afternoon, open safari vehicles are used for a game drive into the park. The game drive meanders its way back to Customs and Immigration, before crossing the Zambezi and then transferring to Livingstone.

Day 16-20 Zambia – Royal Livingstone Express                                 Circa £144pp
A truly memorable experience – Half day – Minimal walking

Enjoy the ultimate fine dining experience on board the Royal Livingstone Express Steam Train. The train operates on the Mulobezi Railway Line – formerly one of the largest private railway networks in the world. The journey includes a stop at the entrance gates of the Mosi–oa-Tunya National Park. Here you’ll have the chance to look out for elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and impala to name a few. As well as return transfers from the hotel to the station, a five-course meal plus drinks are also included. This excursion will operate late afternoon and into the evening, depending on the time of year the sun may provide a serene sunset.

Optional Excursion Packages
A selection of excursions grouped into a package means you can make a saving when you book in advance. The full range of excursions will be detailed in a holiday information pack, approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Proposed Hotels

PROPOSED HOTELS

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel descriptions provided. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Day 2 – 4                CAPETOWN
Premier Cape Manor Hotel Spectacular views of Table Mountain and the awe-inspiring Atlantic Ocean. The sophisticated Premier Hotel Cape Town is nestled at the base of Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the suburb of Sea Point. The area is alive with a 24-hour cosmopolitan vibe as well as closely located to some of the Cape’s natural wonders – perfect for those wanting to step out and explore the city. The rooms command spectacular views of both Table Mountain and the deep Atlantic Ocean. There are 129 rooms in total. The Promenade Restaurant turns meal times into a luxurious dining experience, with a fine layout, relaxing atmosphere and tantalising menu.

Day 5                     STELLENBOSCH
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Situated in the very heart of the Winelands, in the second oldest and most beautiful and heritage-conscious town in the country. Located between two international golf courses, the hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, heated pool, lounge and health centre. There are 180 well-appointed rooms available in Executive, Deluxe and Standard Twin.

Day 6                     OUDTSHOORN
Protea Hotel Riempie  Situated on a private estate, this hotel offers luxury accommodation in 40 tastefully decorated chalets and rondavels. A quiet and relaxing atmosphere, ambience, attention to detail and personal service, makes your stay in Oudtshoorn an unforgettable experience. Standard rooms come with free WiFi, satellite TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. All have en suite bathrooms. Amenities include a restaurant and cocktail bar, a garden with an outdoor pool.

Day 7 – 8                KNYSNA QUAYS
Protea Hotel Knysna Quays The Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is set on the Knysna Quays waterfront, within easy reach of the city’s main attractions. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge and outdoor pool (typically open May-Sept). Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, telephone, minibar

Day 9                      PORT ELIZABETH
Protea Hotel Port Elizabeth Marine This is one of the finest beachfront hotels in Port Elizabeth. Overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Pollock Beach, with sweeping views of Algoa Bay, you can relax or work in comfort. Situated in the heart of this friendly city, it is famous for its quality facilities, personal service and luxurious interior design. The hotel offers a wide variety of rooms, with 78 standard bedrooms and 36 superior rooms including self-catering units.

Day 10 – 11             KWAZULU-NATAL BATTLEFIELDS
Battlefields Country Lodge The Battlefields Country Lodge is situated in the heart of the well-known historic Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal near Dundee, half way between Durban & Johannesburg, in close proximity to the famous battle sites Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Blood River monument and Talana Museum, rated as one of the best in South Africa. Accommodation comprises of 70 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms surrounded by immaculate lawns, gardens & game.

Day 12 – 13:                           KRUGER
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Experience the wonder of the African Bushveld here in Mpumalanga. Located along the Sabie River, this rustic and elegant lodge provides all the comforts of home, yet is just 100 metres from the Paul Kruger Gate of Kruger National Park – offering unparalleled access to the area’s legendary natural beauty. Step under the indigenous portico and be transported to a different world – one reminiscent of a tree house, with elevated walkways nestled among native bird habitats. Relax in your air-conditioned room which features marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and modern technology. The two hotel restaurants, Lapa and Kudyela, offer delectable dining in an convivial atmosphere. Be sure to spend time at our year-round outdoor pool or squeeze in a workout at the fitness centre.

Day 14 – 15                           KRUGER
Sabi River Sun – Hazyview  Located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, The Sabi River Sun is comfortable and homely, enhanced by spectacular views, a rich natural heritage, and abundant wildlife. Standard rooms have two double beds and en-suite bathroom. The Hazyview Hotel offers g 60 well-appointed en-suite rooms, characterised by modern convenience and comfort. Amenities in each room includes air-conditioning, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Other amenities include 5 outdoor pools, a casual restaurant and a cocktail bar, as well as an 18-hole golf course and a spa offering massages for a fee.

Day 16 – 20                           ZAMBIA
Avani Victoria Falls Resort (previously Zambezi Sun Hotel) The Avani Victoria Falls Resort Hotel is located a few hundred metres upstream of the Victoria Falls. This 212 room hotel is on the Mosi oa Tunya Road on the Zambian side, and it is a 500m walk from the Victoria Falls. A shuttle service to and from the falls is available at the hotel, as well as golf carts between the hotel and its sister hotel, the Royal Livingstone. All rooms have ensuite bathroom, walk in shower & bathtub a/c, coffee/tea making facilities, TV, safe & hairdryer. The grounds are expansive with shop, florist, large swimming pool, currency facilities and a clinic. The Falls Resort keeps a few zebra, impala and giraffes for guests to spot and enjoy.

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