Hills of Africa

A Taste of African Safari Adventure Vacation in Southern Africa

Featuring Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Selinda

12 Days/11 Nights - Itineraries starting at $10,000 per person

Day 1 - Cape Town

Welcome to Africa. On arrival in Johannesburg International Airport, you will need to clear South African immigrations, collect your luggage and proceed through customs. Please go all the way through to the Arrivals Hall (don't go through to transfers), where you will be met by your Hills of Africa Travel guide.

They will assist you to your domestic flight to Cape Town. (This flight is not included in itinerary costs.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passports do not require visas to enter South Africa BUT must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to the last country visited.

Welcome to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by your guide and transferred to Cape Royale Hotel.

Once you check into your hotel, your Hills of Africa Travel representative will give you any necessary documentation (if applicable), discuss your itinerary and answer any questions you may have about your trip.

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa

Set against the iconic outline of Table Mountain, with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Royale Luxury Cape Town Hotel and Residence provides an enclave of luxury and refinement right in the heart of South Africa's most beautiful metropolis.

From the grand and elegant entrance to the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the designer-furnished suites, the Cape Royale is the first choice for discerning travelers seeking the very best in comfort and convenience. With ample living and entertainment areas in all suites, a choice of two restaurants, state-of-the-art executive meeting rooms and boardrooms, a Spa and Wellness Centre and gym and roof deck pool and bar. The Cape Royale is a landmark hotel in Cape Town.

Here your arrival is celebrated through personalized service of staff trained to indulge your every whim with the utmost professionalism and discretion and the warmth of African hospitality. Our concierge will leave no stone unturned in assisting you with information pertaining to the many pleasures of Cape Town and its surroundings.

Accommodation: 1 x luxury suite on a bed and breakfast basis for 4 nights

Day 2 - Cape Town

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel lobby. Your private guide will take you on an adventure to visit scenic Table Mountain, by hiking up it!

No Cape Town tour would be complete without taking a trip to the top of Table Mountain. Discover the magic of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain with experienced nature guides, who will interpret the wonders of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and regale visitors of stories of local legends. At just over 1000m altitude, Table Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a remarkable geological and natural feature. Should you want a view from the top but do not want to climb this impressive mountain, don't worry one bit. Simply take a quick ride on the panoramic rotating cable car and you will arrive at the top of the mountain.

Enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and the surroundings before descending on foot or, if legs are weary, in the revolving cableway (weather dependent).

Cape Winelands Cycling - This afternoon you will experience the historic Cape wine route with a personalized guide who will take you a winelands meander. Guests have an option of either hiking, cycling or mountain biking in either Stellenbosch or Franschoek. Stellenbosch, home to the oldest wine route in the Cape. We start cycling from the historic Lanzerac wine estate, which is one of the oldest first farmed in 1695. We continue up the Jonkershoek valley which is framed by a towering wall of rock, punctuated by the Jonkershoek Twins. The valley is a setting of fynbos, fern-lined kloofs and spectacular waterfalls. The plantation offers a 10km ride for beginners and more demanding rides of up to 40km for the experienced mountain bikers.

In Franschhoek, named after the French Huguenots who settled here in the 17th century and utilized their expertise to transform this landscape into a prime wine producing area, we start cycling approx 20 to 40 kilometers on secondary roads and cycle paths. We cycle past many beautiful wine estates with the Groot Drakenstein Mountains as a backdrop. We cycle through the historical town of Franschoek to the Huguenot Monument. You might be tempted to pop into the many boutique shops and art galleries. For lunch we cycle back to one of the many wine estates in the region for a gourmet picnic lunch. After lunch we depart we can either continue wine tasting over or visit other attractions like in the area, before returning to Cape Town.

Please note that the tour price includes the following:

  • Transfers to and from your Cape Town hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • DEAT qualified Tour Guide with relevant cycling experience
  • Mountain Bike and Helmets
  • Entrance fees and wine-tasting

What should you bring?
  • Wear light-weight & comfortable clothing suitable for cycling
  • Shoes for cycling
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses & cap/hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Camera

Day 3 - Cape Town

Sand boarding - Today you will be collected from your hotel lobby to embark on an exciting and adrenaline filled trip of sand boarding on South Africa's well-known sand dunes.

For decades, people of all ages have been sliding down sand dunes on some kind of plank or other and through the years sand boarding has developed to what it is today. Sand boarding is the art of standing with two feet locked onto a board and carving arks down a dune. The beauty of it is that you can control the board and speed by turning, stopping and jumping with easy control of the board.

The best part about sand boarding is that it is easy to learn and accessible to the absolute beginner. Adrenaline is just a slide away. Sand boarding is very similar to snow boarding and expert boarders will show you just how easy it is! South African's have pioneered Sand boarding in Africa and uses the latest snowboard technology to ensure safety and ease of learning.

After your sandboarding experience, you are in for one of the most thrilling experiences in the world. 

Find out why Tandem Skydiving is hailed as the ultimate adrenaline sport. Jumping out of a plane at 10 000 feet and free falling for 25 to 30 seconds at 200 km per hour will absolutely blow you away! This much adrenaline should be illegal! This is combined with one of the most stunning aerial views of Cape Town, Table Mountain and Robben Island on a 4 to 5 minute parachute ride back to earth. No experience is needed, the only criteria that must be adhered to is that jumpers must weigh under 105 kg. A personalized certificate and optional video will serve as a lasting memory of a unique experience.

Day 4 - Cape Town

Today you will enjoy a private-guided tour exploring the gorgeous peninsula region of Cape Town. This scenic coastal meander will introduce you to the extended suburbs of Cape Town.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Passing through many of Cape Town's most beautiful villages: Camps Bay, Llundudno, Hout Bay, Simon's Town, and Kalk Bay.
  • A visit to the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Cape Point represents the success of Bartholomew Diaz who first discovered it while looking for a way to get to the East. He may not have made it all the way there, but finally the Portuguese knew that there was a turning point and as such there was hope that the route would be discovered. Nine years later the famous Vasco da Gama would pass the point and manage to get all the way through to the East. This opened up the Spice Routes for the Europeans and very soon there was shipping traffic passing the Cape on a regular basis.
  • A visit to the penguin colony at Boulders. Penguins are only found in the Southern hemisphere, and as such it is a treat for those from the North to be able to see them outside of an aquarium. The African penguin's natural habitat is to live on islands off the Coast of South Africa. However, man has disturbed many of the penguins' natural habitats over the years. In the 1980's a couple of penguins decided to relocate to one of Cape Town's favorite beaches, Boulders beach, and they must have liked what they saw as they then got busy breeding. Today there are over 3,000 penguins living at Boulders. The beach is now only open to penguins and is closed to sun tanners! There are however viewing platforms that will allow you to get close to the penguins.

Day 5 - Victoria Falls

Today you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town's international airport.

You will check in for your international flight to Johannesburg and onwards to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. At Johannesburg, you will need to clear customs & immigration before proceeding to your gate. (This flight is not included in the itinerary cost.)

Welcome to Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passports require visas to enter Zimbabwe AND must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to the last country visited. Zimbabwe tourist visa costs: USD30 per person, single entry / USD45 per person, double entry. Please have exact amount in cash for visas as no change will be given. If you have day trips into Zambia, be sure to purchase a double entry visa.

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as "the grand old lady of the Falls," is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three 150-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe.

The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek.

The famous Victoria Falls, referred to by locals as "the smoke that thunders," is just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel's private pathway.

World-class service, and food and beverage choice and preparation, make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from and there is always something to please everyone. The Livingstone Room is known for fine dining and dancing; the Jungle Junction is famous for its decadent breakfast and dinner buffets, as well as ethnic entertainment in the evenings; and Stanley's Terrace, is celebrated for its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, and is also renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.

Accommodation: 1 x stable wing room on a bed and breakfast rate for 3 nights

Elephant Back Safari - this afternoon, your Hills of Africa Travel representative will transfer you to the Wallow, a sanctuary for elephants. Here you will begin your afternoon with an elephant back safari. This safari is not just a ride on the largest animal in Africa, it's an unforgettable experience where you will get to interact with the elephants as well as enjoy a ride through wilderness areas and beautiful riverine scenery.

Each of the elephants was orphaned at a very young age, and would have died if not saved by this program. The elephants have been given a second chance at life and you will get to enjoy it. They take 2 daily walks through the national park, which is an integral part of their day.

Game viewing from the back of an elephant is very different from the seat in a vehicle. The animals that you encounter see the elephant and not you, and react the way they would react to another animal in the bush, not a human.

Whilst on the ride, you may see other wild elephant as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and a host of other plains game. Along the Zambezi River, hippo and crocodile are common and there is a wide variety of bird species. Each elephant has its own handler and you will leave having witnessed the elephant's incredible skills, intelligence and willingness to respond to instruction.

Day 6 - Victoria Falls

Today is filled with loads of adventure, so be sure you all eat a hearty breakfast to fuel you throughout your activities!

White Water Rafting - Today you will be collected from your hotle lobby to have a day of excitement, being in the middle of the Zambezi River. We encourage you to wear quick-dry comfortable clothing, shoes & sunscreen.

We are taking you white water rafting. The wildest white water rafting in the world is on the Zambezi river at Victoria Falls. White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is judged to be amongst the finest in the world, and a day you will cherish for the rest of your life. The rapids are run in large rubber rafts, launched from just below Victoria Falls.

This afternoon, you will be collected from your hotel lobby for some exciting and high adrenalin activities! Extreme adrenalin activities - a collection of mind-blowing adrenalin activities set on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 300 meters from the mighty Victoria Falls. There is something for every age, level of madness and courage.

Zip Line. All of you will participate in this zip across the gorge. Imagine the adrenalin rush as you zipline across the gorge of Victoria Falls. As the river zigzags down the Batoka Gorges, our cable is suspended across from one side to the other. For this product you are harnessed and attached to a pulley, then launched over the edge picking up speed as you descend over the water and reaching a speed of 106 km an hour.

Gorge Swinging - Mom & Dad will watch from the safety of solid ground as the boys test their resolve on the gorge swing. Leave your stomach behind, this is only for the totally insane. Freefall for close to 70 meters before you fly out over the rapids of the mighty Zambezi in a huge arc. This is a swing like few others, and one that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Your harness is attached to a rope that is connected to a cable that runs across the full width of the gorge. Once the rope becomes taught you will arc and swing away from the rocks you were hurtling towards. Although it looks like the most insane thing to do, this is by far the most popular of the 5 adrenalin activites. A tandem swing is also available for those who feel the need for some company or a little moral support.

Day 7 - Victoria Falls

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel lobby for a visit into a local village to interact with locals and take a tour of a real-life African village to experience their daily life. The Monde Village Tour is not only recognized for the quality of its content, but also for its inclusion of the local people in a real and beneficial manner. The Monde Community is a shareholder in the tour and the guides are local villagers.

Tour of the Falls - after your visit to Monde Village, you will be taken on a private guided tour of Victoria Falls. The tour will begin with a visit to the world renowned Victoria Falls where you will explore the geological history of the area that created this magnificent spectacle. The sights, sounds, and aromas of the Falls are truly an awe-inspiring experience that provokes humbling feelings from within - here, indeed, is nature's supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality, and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

To discover how Victoria Falls was formed and what local customs and traditions surround this area, it's well worth taking a guided tour. These tours of the Victoria Falls are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts center.

This afternoon after lunch, you will be walked over to the Victoria Falls Bridge for your last exciting and high adrenalin activity! Bungee Jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge. 

Bungee jumping - This is arguably the ultimate adrenalin rush for thrill seekers. What better place to do it than off the Victoria Falls Bridge, with a view of the magnificent Victoria Falls in the background? With the Falls behind you and the river rushing below the Victoria Falls Bridge this is certainly no ordinary bungee jump. At 111 meters it is also one of the highest jumps in the world and the adrenaline rush is as wild as the river itself.

Day 8 - Selinda

Today you will depart Victoria Falls by road for Botswana; a distance of about 50 miles. (Your collection time from the hotel lobby will be confirmed with you the night before.) You will enter Botswana at the Kasane border post where you will need to clear Botswana's immigrations.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: US Citizens do not require holiday visas to enter Botswana BUT you must have at least two blank pages in a valid passport per country you are visiting. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the last country visited.

From Kasane, you will take a light aircraft charter flight to Selinda Airstrip in the Selinda Concession (about 50 minutes flying time).

Please note there are strict guidelines regarding size and weight of luggage for charter flights. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding these restrictions. Should you need to arrange for excess luggage to be stored while you are on safari, we are happy to help make these arrangements (extra charges will be applied for this service).

You will be met by your guide on arrival at Selinda Airstrip and transferred to camp.

Selinda Camp

On arriving at Selinda Camp, one is struck by the grand architecture of the main area. The high-beamed ceilings and traditional thatch roof coupled with the raised wooden foundation keep the area cool in the African sun. Views across the surrounding floodplains provide a place to relax and yet still be 'on safari'.

The main lounge has been designed around the four basic elements of nature: water, air, earth, and fire. Each element is also complemented by art. Upon entering the open-air thatched main area, bright touches of blue evoke the imagery of WATER. Large sculpted mokoros (dugout canoes) painted by world-renowned artist Keith Joubert are the centerpiece. Perched off the main lounge is a quaint tea verandah where billowing soft fabrics in light colors provide shade and ambiance in the spirit of AIR. And the journey continues to the element of EARTH, manifested in the dining spaces - either under thatch or under the stars - where wholesome food and African wines provide sustenance. As the day ends, a tradition continues: the exchange of philosophy, laughter, folklore, and stories of safari. Mankind has sought companionship since ancient times by nature's final element of FIRE. The evening fireside is a seductive end to a day in the bush.

Each of Selinda Camp's nine spacious tents is constructed of sturdy canvas, thatch roofing and is raised on wooden decks. Comfortable three-quarter sized beds dressed in fine linen are draped with flowing mosquito nets to complete the romantic atmosphere. Each bed can be joined seamlessly to create a grand extra-large king bed. Ceiling fans, combined with roof vents, bring the African breeze in and cool the surroundings. For moments of reflection, a writing desk and lounge furniture provide a private respite. The large private verandah, extending into the bush, provides each tent with its own private slice of Africa. The extended en-suite dressing area and bathroom allow for privacy or an open-air feel. The dual basin vanity, deep stone bath and antique shower embody luxury. Hot and cold water are in ample supply.

Accommodation: 1 x great plains tent on an all-inclusive basis for 4 nights

Day 12 - Johannesburg

Today you will transfer to Maun Airport by shared light aircraft charter. Your departure time will be confirmed the night before by camp staff.

Please note there are strict guidelines regarding size and weight of luggage for charter flights. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding these restrictions. Should you need to arrange for excess luggage to be stored while you are on safari, we are happy to help make these arrangements (extra charges will be applied for this service).

On arrival, you will need to transfer and connect with your onward flights home.  (These flights are not included in the itinerary costs.)

Thank you for travelling with Hills Of Africa Travel. Safe travels and we hope you have experienced the true magic of Africa!

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