Locations: Botswana, Breathtaking Safaries, Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana 3 amazing and beautiful countries, offering a varied and colorful tour, combining multiple elements of a supreme nature experience.
Enjoy the breathtaking views and beauty of Cape Town, discover the Jewish roots in Oudtshoorn and the glorious stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Cango Caves. Johannesburg, a city of Jewish interest, including a visit to the Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto to better understand the history of the uprising and apartheid.
Visit Chobe National Park, known as one of the best wildlife parks in the world, with its huge herds of elephants and Cape buffalo. Lions, antelopes and hippos which inhabit the woods and lagoons. Be enchanted by the awe-inspiring view of Victoria Falls the largest waterfall in the world. Get up front and personal with the varied wildlife on your safaris. This trip is a photographers dream!
Day 1 Sunday Jan 19: Tel Aviv – Johannesburg Depart Tel Aviv
Day 2 Monday Jan 20: Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma – Knysna On arrival in Johannesburg, proceed through customs to the Domestic Terminal for our flight to Port Elizabeth where we will be met by our local English-speaking guide.
Travel from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant Park. Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.
Upon arrival enjoy a game drive through the park-our first taste of the wild! Enjoy a fresh delicious kosher dinner.
Overnight: Addo Park Area
Day 3 Tuesday, Jan 21: Knysna – Oudtshoorn Wake up to an early morning game drive in Addo. After breakfast, continue to Tsitsikamma, stopping at Storms River Bridge, the entrance to the Garden Route. Here one can stroll alongside the bridge for spectacular views.
Continue to the Tsitsikamma National Park, situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of clear water”. The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. The forest nature trail to the river mouth and across the suspension bridge is a must. Spectacular!
Day 4 Wednesday Jan 22: OudtshoornGarden Route Game Lodge
Morning visit to Monkey-land – the worlds first free roaming multi-specie
primate sanctuary in South Africa.
Travel to Oudtshoorn via Sedgefield, Wilderness and George. Oudtshoorn, is known as “little Jerusalem” due to the large Jewish Community living there the turn of the 20th century. Visit the C.P. Nel Museum, with the only Synagogue to be situated in a museum; it has an Ark that is extremely tall. What makes the Synagogue and various ceremonial objects so amazing is the fact that they are still being used.
Enjoy a tour of the Cango Caves to view the beautiful chambers of stalactite and stalagmite formations created many thousands of years ago. The Cango Caves are a series of drip-stone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like ‘the bridal couple’, ‘glass flower fantasy’, ‘weird cango candle’ and ‘the hanging shawl’.
On arrival in Oudtshoorn visit the Safari Ostrich Farm for a tour, learning every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them – a great photo opportunity. Visitors get to sit on an ostrich and those who are brave enough can even try their hand at riding one. Every tour (weather permitting) ends with an “Ostrich Derby” where local jockeys display their riding skills. A highly entertaining tour is guaranteed.
Day 5 Thursday Jan 23 : Buffelsdrift– Cape Town Morning drive at the Buffelsdrift. You can expect to experience true Karoo vegetation from our open game viewing vehicles. Our wide range of animals include Hippo, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Springbok and much more.
Depart the area via the Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay. Visit the Dias Museum Complex, where we will find the Post Office Tree and a replica of the Dias Caravel. The hotel marks the spot where the first explorers to South Africa made contact with the local indigenous people.
Continue to Cape Town with stops in Swellendam and Du Toits Kloof Pass
Overnight: Cape Town
Day 6 Friday Jan 24: Cape Town Start the day with a Kosher wine tasting and a tour of the premises. Return to Cape Town to visit the Jewish Museum, and prepare for Shabbat.
Services at Synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Cape Town
Day 7 Saturday Jan 25 : Cape Town
Day at Leisure – walk around the beautiful beach front near our hotel. After services, Shabbat lunch at hotel.
Overnight: Cape Town
Day 8 Sunday Jan 26: Cape Peninsula Often described as magical and mystical, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent feature and a world famous landmark. This majestic mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and provides breath-taking views over the city and its beaches.
Continue on a panoramic city tour of Cape Town, passing the houses of Parliament, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit the South African Museum, the Jewish Museum, the “Bo Kaap”, also known as the Malay quarter & Green Market Square.
Travel through Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay – take a short boat trip to Seal Island to view the Seals in their natural environment (weather permitting).
Continue via Chapman’s Peak to the nature reserve of Cape of Good Hope. This is where the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope can be viewed as well as the legendary meeting of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian currents. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. En-route visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg.
African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) at Boulders Beach
Visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony.
Overnight: Cape Town
Day 9 Monday Jan 27: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls Transfer to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Johannesburg, connecting to our flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival we will be met by our representatives to transfer to our hotel.
Victoria Falls, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, and in more modern terms as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’. Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the afternoon we depart for our Zambezi River Sunset Cruise, a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. We hopefully will see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes even rhino in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species. This very popular cruise includes refreshments. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets!
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is a Malaria Area – please consult with your doctor
Day 10 Tuesday Jan 28: Victoria Falls – Chobe – Victoria Falls Early morning departure to Chobe National Park where we will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife on our game drives.
Botswana is Africa at its very best – untamed, vast expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with wildlife, alive with expectancy and an ultimate safari destination.
The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, undisputedly boasts one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent and bird life including the BIG 5. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.
Spend the morning game viewing while cruising along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. The cruise ends at around 12:30 pm and then we have time for lunch before our afternoon game drive. After lunch, we board our vehicles for an afternoon safari. After the afternoon game drive, we return to Victoria Falls
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Day 11 Wednesday Jan 29: Victoria Falls – JohannesburgAfter breakfast, we will have a Guided Tour of the Falls. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. En-route, we may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where we may stop and take photos. We will be accompanied through the Rain forest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for our flight to Johannesburg. Overnight: Johannesburg
Day 12 Thursday Jan 30: Johannesburg Depart on a panoramic tour of Johannesburg’s affluent suburbs and business district. Continue to Soweto. Soweto is the very symbol of the African’s struggle for freedom in South Africa. During the last troubled decades of the twentieth century, Soweto represented the struggle against apartheid. This tour also offers insight into the daily lives of the people of Soweto, the origins of “Matchbox City” and its complex relationship with greater Johannesburg.
Drop off at the airport for our flight back home.
Flights: Details coming soon
Price: AACI members $6250 per person in a double currency converter
Single Supplement $810 \ Credit for not taking flights from Israel $700