A Bygone Era

  • Safari – The Hide Safari Camp
  • Victoria Falls
  • Cape Peninsula
  • Winelands

One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Parks are situated on the western tip of Zimbabwe. The Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- The Smoke that thunders, is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls on earth. The AVANI Victoria Falls Resort, located on the banks of the mighty Victoria Falls, Zambia is ideally situated to explore the mighty Falls.

Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest national park, accounting for an area of 14,651km2. Formerly occupied by the San Bushmen, the Nhanzwa, and latterly the royal hunting ground for Matabele king, Mzilikazi, the area was finally gazetted for wildlife conservation in 1928. The wildlife did not escape the attentions of the white hunters who also had their opportunity to bag a few trophies in the late 1800s and early 1900s before the park came into being. Hwange is quite different now.

Consistently voted as the best city in the world, Cape Town has it all; a fascinating mix of vibrancy, history and culture, and spectacular natural beauty, all rubbing shoulder under the watchful and iconic magic of Table Mountain. Situated in the middle of one of the country’s top destinations, Cape Town’s beautifully restored Waterfront and framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria and Alfred Hotel is rivalled only by its relaxed atmosphere.

The Cape Winelands is a region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The fertile green valleys of the Cape Winelands are surrounded by proud mountain ranges and it is the largest wine producing region in South Africa and is divided into six main wine regions, each offering its own unique wine route. Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington are the most popular

VALID1st May to end Sept 17
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONLondon, Heathrow
DURATION11 Nights
INCLUDED
Nine nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
Two nights’ fully inclusive accommodation at The Hide Safari Camp, Hwange National Park. Cost includes all meals, selected beverages and two game drives per day
Private road transfers in Zambia and Zimbabwe
Seven days Group C hire car
Comprehensive Itinerary
Services of our local representatives
NOT INCLUDED
Flights (international or local)
Meals, other than stated above
Local tourism levy of 1% (only where applicable)

Flights

As there are so many routes; airlines and offers available, we have not included the cost of flights. We will update the cost of our holidays to include your preferred airline and route at the time of your enquiry. As an indication, you can expect to pay in the region of £500.00 per person upwards for economy class International flights. (excludes any local flights)

If you want to book your own international flights, simply advise one of our consultants when enquiring.

Published Price

Holiday costs are impacted by many factors including the exchange rate and specials as introduced by properties from season to season.  The cost is meant to serve as a guide only, so be sure to request an updated cost from our consultants so you can get the best value for your money. Ask about upgrading the standard of accommodation and / or room types where available and remember you can mix & match to get a completely tailor-made holiday that fits your interests, time and budget.

This is your holiday; our knowledgeable consultants are simply at hand to assist with the design of your Holiday of a lifetime!

*Cost is subject to availability at the time of booking; Restrictions apply to certain date periods; Prices are from and per person; exclude flights

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LONDON / JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS – Overnight Flight:

Depart London Heathrow on a flight to Johannesburg International Airport. On arrival in Johannesburg the following morning, connect with your flight to Victoria Falls Airport. On arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

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AIRPORT / THE HIDE SAFARI CAMP (HWANGE NATIONAL PARK) – 2 Nights:

Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest national park, accounting for an area of 14,651km2. Formerly occupied by the San Bushmen, the Nhanzwa, and latterly the royal hunting ground for Matabele king, Mzilikazi, the area was finally gazetted for wildlife conservation in 1928. The wildlife did not escape the attentions of the white hunters who also had their opportunity to bag a few trophies in the late 1800s and early 1900s before the park came into being. Hwange is quite different now.

A haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, the park protects populations of all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, elephants numbering in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world. Large prides of lion and buffalo are frequently seen here and you have a good chance of spotting leopard and rhino in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity.

The Hide’s luxury tented suites are uniquely styled along classic lines with a contemporary twist, all are spacious and bathed in natural light.  Life in the bush is not just about searching for big game.  It is just as much about waking to the chorus of robins and hornbills as the rosy dawn light creeps across the bedspread.  It’s about sitting quietly on the verandah to watch the comings and goings of kudu, giraffe, elephant and many more at the waterhole.  And, of course, at the end of a full day, there’s that long soak in a hot bath under the stars and the warm bed where you’ll curl up and listen to the sounds of the African night.

Ideally suited for a maximum of twenty guests, we strive to make your African safari holiday as exclusive and relaxing as we possibly can.  We have eight standard tents and two luxury tents.  Each tented room has been styled individually and you can choose between twin beds or a double.  All our tents have en-suite bathrooms, some with outdoor showers or huge baths.  All tents are mosquito proofed and have fans for your comfort in the warm months.

The Hide Safari Camp (Safari Tent)
Fully Inclusive

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THE HIDE SAFARI CAMP / THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL (VICTORIA FALLS) – 2 Nights:

Victoria Falls is recognised as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and has been declared a World Heritage site, so ensuring minimal environmental impact has been one of the prime considerations. Journey to this magical place and witness the greatest mass of falling water on earth as it plunges down a sheer rock face, spraying its mystical mist hundreds of metres in the air.

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel exhudes original colonial Edwardian charm but recent refurbishments offer guests the modern comforts one would expect from a luxury hotel.

The Victoria Falls Hotel perfectly depicts the era of grand travel. The corridors of the hotel reflect the historical link to the era in which was created with drawings, paintings and photographs of the major political figures of the day adorning the walls.

The hotel lies within a vast manicured garden which has an un-obscured view of the Victoria Falls bridge and the spray of the Falls. A private path leads guests from the gardens to the entrance of the Victoria Falls rainforest in an easy 10 minute stroll.

Echoing its glorious past, The Victoria Falls Hotel’s traditional rooms and suites are truly a five star experience. Style and sophistication are trademarks of the hotels executive suites, which are luxuriously appointed with décor being warm, inviting and rich with tradition.

All rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation. Rooms range from standard rooms, twin standard rooms, deluxe twin, standard suites, honeymoon suites and the famous royal suite.

The Victoria Falls Hotel (Standard Room)
Bed and Breakfast

4

VICTORIA FALLS / CAPE TOWN:

Return road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport prior to your flight to Cape Town International Airport. On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Your hire car will be delivered to you the following morning

5

AIRPORT / V&A WATERFRONT (CAPE PENINSULA) – 4 Nights:

The Victoria and Alfred Basins, Table Bay Harbour:  Built in 1860 and still a working harbour, the Victoria and Alfred had been developed into one of South Africa’s biggest tourist attractions.  Original buildings have been renovated and new ones built, all in Victorian style.

Nestled on a private quay between the working harbour of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the serenity of an international yacht marina, The Cape Grace is a welcoming and gracious sanctuary of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort.

The refashioned look juxtaposes modern with period, rare with everyday and a sense of spontaneity with the handcrafted, personal care we’re known for. Interiors combine engaging artefacts and original antiques with a rich tapestry of local history, infused with artistic renditions of the exceptional botanical kingdom that surrounds us.

Loyalty to our guests is paramount at The Cape Grace: This is reflected in the luxurious spaciousness of guests’ rooms; the diverse spectrum of amenities and extra services, and in our constant quest to deliver unsurpassed service standards that are equally proficient and warmly individual.

With a genuine passion to champion distinctive standards in service, The Cape Grace is dedicated to surpassing expectations and making your stay, whether work or pleasure, the most memorable ever…

The Cape Grace (Luxury Room)
Bed and Breakfast

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V&A WATERFRONT / WELLINGTON (WINELANDS) – 2 Nights:

Nestled at the foot of Bainskloof Pass in a beautiful long valley, the exclusive Estate is set on 380 hectares of vineyard, forest and fynbos and is surrounded by three dramatic mountain ranges. The Kromme River, which is supplemented by water from “Gawie se Water” runs through the Estate and is a major natural attraction.

“Doolhof” is the Afrikaans word for labyrinth and was given to the Estate by the early settlers in 1709, due to the many hills and vales which allowed only one way in and out. Grand Dédale translates into “Great Labyrinth”.

Today we invite our guests to experience the mystical Doolhof Valley. Entering the romantic country road leading into the Estate, guests are surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, vineyards and mysterious forests. The gates with the great “D” lead past manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses, revealing the beauty and elegance of the Estate. Being the last Estate on a “cul-de-sac”, tranquility and privacy are guaranteed.

The deluxe facility, formerly the Doolhof Manor House and private residence of the owners of Doolhof Wine Estate, offers sweeping views of the valley as well as the Groenberg, Limietberge and Hawekwa mountains.

At Grand Dédale, South African and international guests are able to enjoy sumptuous comfort, discreet service and complete privacy and exclusivity in six individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms, or in the romantic thatched stone cottage, amidst beautiful Winelands scenery.

Accommodation consists of six beautifully appointed and individually designed rooms and suites in the historic Manor House and one free standing thatched cottage, all reflecting the Cape Dutch elegance of the buildings with 21st century comfort and 5 star luxury. Interiors have been carefully chosen to suit the style, with a subtle use of technology. The rooms are spacious and equipped with the finest materials, linen and amenities giving an instant homely feel.

Grand Dedale (Studio Suite)
Bed and Breakfast

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CAPE TOWN / LONDON – Overnight Flight:

Return your hire car at Cape Town International Airport prior to checking in for your your flight to London Heathrow, arriving early the following morning.


This itinerary is a suggestion only!

Please note that the above tour structure is a suggestion only, and can therefore be amended in any shape or form to meet your exact expectations. So, please contact one of our Consultants to discuss and to prepare your very own Escape to the Rainbow Nation!


Cape Tours Client Testimonials

Nikki Mott
Nikki Mott
16:50 02 Nov 17
Booked with Cape Tours for a trip to South Africa and Mauritius. They couldn't have been more helpful. They were helpful in recommending suitable hotels for our needs and budget and we had a great experience, both on Safari at Kruger National Park and in Cape Town, which I absolutely loved. All the transfers and hotel bookings were managed very smoothly and I would definitely use them again if we're lucky enough to travel back to South Africa.read more
Dianne Baxendine
Dianne Baxendine
17:54 30 Oct 17
I have previously been on South African trips organised by Cape Tours and wanted to go again with my two 17 year old nieces. As always Mike and the team tailored the trip perfectly to our needs. Our 4 day stay at Cape Town was at the Waterfront apartments which was perfect for all we wanted to do and felt very safe for the girls to have a bit of independence too. We stayed for 3 days at Ashbourne Country Escape near the Kruger Park. Mike had advised we could book a game drive while there and indeed we could with a great guide and a very acceptable price - arranged by the staff at Ashbourne. We loved the individual cottages and suites and the girls said it was the nicest place they had ever stayed! The car hire was very smooth and we got great advice on the best flights for us and it all fitted extremely well with our budget.I would not hesitate to recommend Cape Tours for anyone planning a South African holiday -whatever your desired itinerary they will advise you really well to the last detail Thank you so much all at Cape Toursread more
sara yearley
sara yearley
18:19 16 Oct 17
First time in South Africa and loved it! Cape Tours planned everything perfectly. If I could change one thing we would have liked one more night at the safari lodge and one less in The Protea, Knysna.
vanessa watts
vanessa watts
20:22 23 Jul 17
July 2017.We have just returned from our first trip to South Africa and it was fabulous. We don't usually book our holidays through a tour operator but since this was our first trip to South Africa we decided we needed some 'professional' advice. After many hours trawling through various travel websites we chose Cape tours as they seemed experienced and offered a very 'bespoke' service. We were not disappointed. Mike and Brian were very knowledgeable and it was all about what we wanted to experience at our budget. We are a family of 6 so our budget was quite tight but they were very patient and flexible with our needs and were happy to offer more choices when we couldn't make up our minds. There was none of that 'pushy' selling at all and it was all about the best they could achieve for us within our budget without compromising too much on the quality. We finally settled on Cape town and the garden route with a 2 night safari. What a trip!We have stayed in the best accommodation we have ever had at truly remarkable prices. The only regret is we couldn't stay longer.The Gondwana safari was absolutely perfect -stay near the main lodge/restaurant if your budget allows as this saves a lot of time for meals when you get there as some of the lodges are a 20 minute drive away. And if you want to have a spa treatment , book before you go. The Views hotel in Wilderness is the best boutique hotel I have ever stayed in and a real treat . The views of the sea, sunrise and sunset from the sea-facing room were definitely worth the extra cost.There is such a lot to do there, we barely had time to relax but have come home enriched with memories and planning to go back again in the future. Thank you Cape tours!read more
John Teasdale
John Teasdale
19:33 19 Jul 17
Our first trip to South Africa was really a compromise because we were "iffy" about a trip to New Zealand in 2011! Four trips later, all to different regions, and one further one, just finalised, to Namibia next year (2018), all with Cape Tours and we have absolutely no regrets. Our last trip in Autumn 2015 included the wonderful West Coast, the dramatic Cederberg and the unforgettable Gansbaai. In fact we are totally sold on Southern Africa and the variety of experiences and landscape it has to offer. In no small part we are certain this is due to the wonderful planning and sensitive support we have received from Mike and his team at Cape Tours. Each trip has created a wonderful memory, largely because Mike has teased out exactly what we were looking for from each holiday. He has then trawled his vast pool of knowledge both in terms of activities and accommodation in order to create something very special at a keenly competitive price for the budget and quality agreed. At all times we have really felt the team has had our best interests at heart. We can't speak too highly of them.Sue & John T.read more
Catherine Lister
Catherine Lister
09:28 11 Jul 17
We have enjoyed 5 tremendously exciting and enjoyable holidays to South Africa and look forward eagerly to our next visit in the near future. The astonishing variety of experiences on offer in such a diverse and vibrant country is an obvious draw but why go for a sixth visit? Quite simply it is the exceptional service we have received from Mike and his team at Cape Tours. We deliberately chose a smaller company with an intimate knowledge of South Africa and were immediately delighted by the professional, courteous and reliable responses we have received in all our communications. We will probably be perceived as ‘demanding clients’ in that we have consistently subjected Mike to a barrage of questions and requests for advice, all of which have been handled calmly, sensitively and successfully. The result has been a range of astonishingly stimulating experiences, absolutely first class accommodation options, stays in less familiar but utterly fascinating locations and an astute balance between rest and activity. Mike’s personal knowledge and recommendations have extended to restaurant recommendations, lists of ‘must do’s’, detailed and meticulous knowledge of the various accommodation options in specific areas and even overcoming our perennial holiday headache of reliable car hire. All this at remarkably competitive prices for such a high quality overall product. We would not hesitate to recommend Mike and Cape Tours to prospective visitors to South Africa and quite honestly to provide some highlights would simply undermine the totality of our experience. We have enjoyed everywhere, everything and to a remarkable extent, everybody we have met. Many thanks to Mike and the team.Malcolm and Cath Listerread more
Kelly Crawford
Kelly Crawford
13:25 05 Jul 17
I cannot recommend Cape Tours enough. Brian and Mike have been so helpful in planning our honeymoon in South Africa. We did several tweaks to tailor it to our budget and time constraints and the end result could not have been more perfect. We had multi cities including a car rental and internal flights. The logistics were thoughtful and considered so that we never felt stressed. The chosen accommodation was gorgeous in every location. They even provided us with directions, tips and recommendations. Every detail was thought out and as we were so busy planning a wedding, this was hugely helpful. This is the first time I've used a tour operator and I'm so happy we did!! Thank you!!read more
Keith Green
Keith Green
18:05 28 Jun 17
As I frequent traveller to Southern Africa I would not take a trip without the backing of Cape Tours. This is a completely reliable and trustworthy travel company who have never let me down. They only book quality accommodation, reliable hire cars and reputable airlines. They are completely flexible, allowing you to arrange a trip to your exact requirements. Then, whilst on holiday, local help is only a phone call away. I cannot recommend Cape Tours highly enough.read more
Alastair Wainwright
Alastair Wainwright
16:12 23 Jul 15
Cape Tours organised our honeymoon which included a week in Cape Town, a week on safari at a private game reserve near the Kruger and a week in Mauritius.Mike and Brian completely understood what we were looking for in our trip and delivered perfectly! The choice of hotels was excellent as was their advice and tips.Most importantly, we put the same itinerary to several travel agents and Cape Tours were the cheapest by around £1500!read more
Lesley Breckenridge
Lesley Breckenridge
09:02 03 May 15
I wanted to thank you for all your help with arranging our holiday. It turned out to be perfect. We had a brilliant time, but unfortunately the big fish eluded us :( Everything went to plan & all the drivers were brilliant, the hotels were superb and we can highly recommend them if you were thinking of sending anyone there. We were so thrilled with all of the holiday and would most definitely recommend your services to anyone who was thinking of going on a holiday like ours. Thank you for a brilliant time :)read more
Debbie Green
Debbie Green
19:55 28 Apr 15
This is the tenth year we have booked trips to Southern Africa with Cape Tours. They offer a comprehensive service allowing their clients to select flights, arrange car hire (with prepared routes if wanted) and arrange accommodation to suit your individual tastes. Their website is clear and informative, but if you have specific requests, Mike and his team will endeavour to fulfil these for you in a friendly and timely manner. On the one occasion we had a minor difficulty with our hire car, their SA office was only a phone call away and everything was sorted quickly and efficiently.read more
Sheelagh Walker
Sheelagh Walker
15:25 28 Apr 15
We booked a tour in November 2010 and Cape Tours set us up with a wonderful two weeks in South Africa. We loved Kruger and all the other stops we requested, and finally ending at the Waterfront in Capetown where we had an absolute ball! Cape Tours listened to our brief and delivered the holiday of a lifetime. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.Thanks Mike!read more
Angela Jarvis
Angela Jarvis
11:29 28 Apr 15
We used Cape Tours for our Honeymoon in 2012. The whole experience was fantastic, the hotels and Safari accommodation were amazing and made our Honeymoon the memorable experience we wanted it to be. The bespoke package was completely tailored to us and I love the fact that they let us pick the airline for the long haul so we could qualify for air miles!I would definitely recommend them as they took all of the stress out of organising the trip and it was excellent value for money. One of our internal flights got pulled late on but they quickly arranged an alternative and sent a credit for the added cost to our Hotel in Cape Town.South Africa is a wonderful country, one I look forward to visiting again and I wouldn't even consider using any other firm to book my trip. So what are waiting for, go ahead and book it!Thanks read more
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