Twelve Apostles mountain range at dusk with the evening lights of Cape Town, South Africa

Beautiful Cape Town Tour and Luxury Chobe River Cruise

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Botswana, South Africa

Places Visited

Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Kasane, Chobe National Park

Suggested Duration

9 Days

With a blend of two beautiful destinations in Africa, this tour will reveal the luxury found in both the city and the wild. Explore Cape Town, where Table Mountain casts a majestic focal point to an urban landscape of vineyards, penguins, colorful history, and an enthusiastic contemporary culture. Then fly to northern Botswana for a luxurious Chobe River houseboat cruise amidst the world’s largest elephant population. Both destinations will bring flashes of adventure while wrapping you...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the evocative beauty of Cape Town, a city packed with vibrant colors and unique natural experiences
  • Surround yourself with elephants and hippos on the luxurious Zambezi Queen cruise along the Chobe River, with a special December 2017 special: stay 4 nights and only pay for 3 per person sharing for four nights
  • Newlyweds enjoy a special discount of 10% on the bride's stay on the Zambezi Queen, with complimentary sparkling wine and a romantic sundown
  • Zambezi Queen December 2017 - January 2018 School Holiday Special: Children aged 12 and under enjoy 75% off their stay
  • Stand on the summit of Table Mountain and follow the mountain chain down to the southwestern tip of Africa
  • Take short safari excursions into Chobe National Park, where the abundance of big mammals is quite astonishing
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of South Africa and explore Robben Island with an inmate who shared the prison with Nelson Mandela
  • Savor the authenticity and serenity of the wilderness as you drift down the Chobe River and watch all the wildlife coming for a drink
  • Explore the Cape Winelands, where hundreds of vineyards take you on a personal journey through the sensual flavors of South Africa

Detailed Description

Elephants swimming across the river, mountains standing over white beaches, penguins waddling and hippos wading are all scenes that will unfold in front of your eyes. Africa is a land of unparalleled natural wonder, a continent that redefines the boundaries of your imagination. Even in the city, it is nature that reigns as Table Mountain stands imperiously above Cape Town. Within an hour of the city, there are valleys carpeted in vineyards, desolate islands that narrate world history, and beaches where penguins and dolphins are the guardians. Head into the wilderness and nature seems to come from a fairytale. Elephants travel in the thousands, lions roar at sunrise, and hippos are constantly greeting you as the sun goes down. Such unrivaled nature creates adventure, even for the most timid of visitors, yet it also coats everything in a blanket of enchantment and tranquility.

This handcrafted tour combines two of Africa’s most exceptional destinations, both wonderful showcases of the continent’s incredible beauty. Your time will be spent with a mix of the city and the wild, part culture and part safari. Over nine days, you will explore all of the charms, from wine tasting in the Cape Winelands to boating past hippos, discovering lion pride to exploring 18th-century streets and waterfront enclaves. Despite all the angles to discover, this private tour will move at an indelibly relaxed pace. Nature compels and confounds, encouraging everything to run at a slow and welcoming rhythm.

Cape Town is a city of vibrant history and a colorful present, an urban landscape that is defined by the natural backdrop of Table Mountain, the views from which you will explore as you arrive in the city. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years on Robben Island, and a former inmate will be your guide on an afternoon tour after your hike up Table Mountain. The next day will be spent on an adventure on Cape Peninsula, a journey that will include beautiful bays and wild penguins. The next day, you will have your senses softly pummeled by the produce of the Cape Winelands with gourmet stops at four different vineyards. In keeping with your flexible itinerary, the next day is left free, and you will have a private driver-guide to escort you as you would like. Luxurious five-star accommodation is provided at the One & Only Cape Town in the pedestrianized V & A Waterfront area, which ensures that you are within quick reach of a number of exceptional restaurants.

Move on as you fly to Kasane via Johannesburg, arriving in time for a sumptuous lunch aboard the Zambezi Queen. This lavish houseboat has 14 designer suites with floor-to-ceiling windows for uninterrupted views into the wilderness. Exquisite gastronomy is served on the upper deck, and there are various leisurely areas for watching the world go by. Your time on the houseboat will be pure tranquility, but you are also in the heart of big-game Africa and alongside the world’s largest elephant population. A vast array of animals can be spotted from your suite, from hippos to impala to giraffe and elephants. As part of your cruise, you will regularly disembark and explore on smaller tender boats, getting closer and closer to the wildlife on exhilarating safari experiences. With the easy flight connections, and smooth transfers, an itinerary that combines a visit to Cape Town and the Chobe is an ideal way to see two very distinctive sides to Africa. 

Starting Price

$4,495 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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