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9 Day/8 Night African Tour of Victoria Falls & Kruger Park
Discover the wild wonders of Africa with an extraordinary nine day/eight night journey through the country’s spectacular southern region and enjoy inviting accommodation, select meals, a Zambezi River cruise and a two-day wildlife safari through Kruger National Park for only $2,699 per person (twin share) instead of $4,399 per person
Departure dates are available from July 2015 to April 2016 – see the 'Fine Print tab' for all departure dates
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund
Begin your adventure after making your own way to Victoria Falls Airport where you’ll be transferred to the award-winning A’Zambezi River Lodge – spend three nights at the charming accommodation establishment which has earned a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is perfectly positioned right on the banks of the Zambezi River
While in Victoria Falls, enjoy a leisurely sundowner cruise along the mighty Zambezi River, embark on a guided tour of the famous Falls and find out how this incredible natural wonder was formed while learning about the traditions and customs associated with the area, visit the local arts and crafts centre to shop for souvenirs, and even indulge in a delectable traditional Boma Dinner in Guru’s Forest complete with engaging live cultural entertainment
The next leg of your journey begins in South Africa after a connecting flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Nelspruit Airport (not included) and after touching-down, you’ll be transferred to the Maqueda Lodge, your home for the next five-nights – the family-run boutique property offers welcoming accommodation right on the border of the globally-renowned Kruger National Park
During your stay at Maqueda Lodge you’ll enjoy a relaxing sunset expedition to the Crocodile River, and also take part in an unforgettable two-day wildlife safari to witness Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game animals (lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants) in their natural habitat – rumble across rugged sprawling plains in an open-air vehicle while qualified game rangers pass on expert tips and knowledge
Your tour will come to an end with a convenient transfer to Nelspruit Airport
Check out the 'Itinerary' tab for more information on your tour
Convenient return airport transfers between Victoria Falls Airport and the A’Zambezi River Lodge, and also between Nelspruit Airport and Maqueda Lodge
Plush nightly accommodation ensuring comfort throughout your journey – including three nights at the A’Zambezi River Lodge, plus five nights at the Maqueda Lodge in a Double or Twin Room
In Victoria Falls, enjoy an engaging guided tour of the iconic Falls, visit a local arts and crafts centre, and also embark on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
Experience two separate open-air game drive safaris (approx. six-eight hours per safari) on the days of your choosing of the wild plains of Kruger National Park guided by qualified game rangers, plus a sunset drive to Crocodile River with light snacks, local beer and wine
Enjoy eight breakfasts, three lunches, a traditional cultural Boma Dinner with live entertainment at Guru’s Forest, and four x three-course dinners Maqueda Lodge
An array of fun optional activities are also at your disposal for an additional cost – choose to enjoy a thrilling flying fox ride, feel the world rush by on a zip-line, or set off for an elephant-back safari plus more
What We Like
Tick stunning South Africa off your bucket-list and experience the best of Victoria Falls and Kruger National Park - keep your camera handy as you set-off on a two-day safari and catch a glimpse of Africa's Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants)
Enjoy plush accommodation throughout your adventure with three nights at the perfectly-positioned A’Zambezi River Lodge and five nights beside the border of Kruger Park at the family-owned Maqueda Lodge
Forget about planning your African escape from scratch - your exotic adventure is all sorted!
To view all the terms and conditions relating to this offer, please click the 'Fine Print' tab above
Valid for tours on your preferred departure date from 1 July 2015 to 30 April 2016
IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 31 July 2015
Flights are not included and need to be purchased separately
High Season Surcharge: Departures for tours between 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015 will incur a surcharge of $100 per person. Surcharges are payable directly to the tour company on booking
Peak Season Surcharge: Departures for tours between 1 January 2016 to 30 April 2016 will incur a surcharge of $189 per person. Surcharges are payable directly to the tour company on booking
Bookings are essential and are subject to availability
Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable (bookings must be made 31 July 2015)
Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis
Standard voucher is valid for one person (twin share). You must purchase and redeem TWO VOUCHERS per booking if travelling with someone
Single traveller packages are not available for this offer
Package does not include international or domestic flights. It is recommended that guests plan the following flight itinerary: Ex Australia to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, then fly from Livingston Zambia to Nelspruit Airport in South Africa and return from Nelspruit Airport back to Australia. Most convenient flights are with South African Airways
Please note that airport transfers are only available if arriving on the first day of the tour and departing on the last day of the tour. Otherwise you will need to organise your own airport transfers if arriving or departing the cities at different times. Transfers may be via shared vehicle
Please note that gratuities, Yellow Fever vaccinations, visa fees, travel insurance, return air transfers from OR Tambo Airport to Victoria Falls, plus optional activities and meals (other than the ones noted in the programs) are not included
Please note that visa fees must be paid in USD$
Participants must be aged 12 years or older. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult
Minimum Group Requirement: The minimum group capacity is two people. Tour departure date is secured once a minimum of two people have confirmed booking. The tour date will be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached
Maximum Group Capacity: The maximum group capacity is 12 people
Lodge Rooms Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity for lodge rooms is two people
Please note that no extra beds may be added to any of the hotel rooms
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher
Tour operator’s cancellation and change of date policy applies
Due to operational requirements, the tour company reserves the right to substitute a hotel with one of similar standards
Additional costs apply for optional activities (flying fox, zip-line, elephant-back safari, etc.). Advanced bookings for these activities are not essential but preferred
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash
Package cannot be split
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations
Additional expenses are not included with this voucher
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes
Value has been determined based on the tour company's published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions
All activities, services and menu options are subject to availability
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
How to get there
The recommended flight path is ex Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane to Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe. Flights departing from Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane fly to Johannesburg with a stop-over in Perth. Approximate flight time between Perth and Johannesburg is approximately 10 hours.
You will then need to catch a domestic flight between Victoria Falls Airport to Nelspruit Airport. Then ex Nelspruit Airport back to Australia at the culmination of your tour.
Domestic flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls have an approximate duration of 90 minutes (please note that you will have to change planes between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.
Primary airline is South African Airlines (Qantas Code Share).
Both Luxury Escapes and 20Twentyplus (the tour provider) can offer great value flights to fit your itinerary.
Book your flight through us. Booking a flight is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your hotel booking dates. Then, you can call us on 1300 88 99 00 and speak to an expert Flight Consultant or visit the following link and fill out a Flight Contact Form: http://luxuryescapes.com/flight-contact-form We will be in touch within 24 business hours with a quote at the lowest rate possible, with no booking fee to you!
ARoyal Kruger Lodge
1235 Oribi Ave Marloth Park 1340 South Africa
221 Beach Rd Sea Point Cape Town 8060 South Africa
Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.
And why do we offer this?
Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!
How does it work?
It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account). Please note, if you get your preferred dates and later change your mind on when you want to travel, the Booking Guarantee will not apply to your request for a change of dates.
What do I need to do?
Simply make your booking with the hotel(s) by e-mail within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team via email with evidence of your attempted booking - within 16 days from purchase to get a full refund.
Minimal effort for maximum peace of mind! Purchase with confidence and assurance.
Day 1 – On arrival at Victoria Falls airport, you will be met by a representative of Private Safaris who will arrange your transfers to your hotel A Zambezi River Lodge. Daily breakfast included.
Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 25 km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the might Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature. Later the afternoon, enjoy a sundowner Zambezi River cruise which is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. You will have the opportunity to see a variety of game, including elephants, hippo, crocodiles and different bird species.
Day 2 – Tour of the Falls
Discover how the falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. The tour is very informative and ends with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. The remainder of the day is at your leisure or you may book optional activities. Later the afternoon enjoy and relax on sunset River cruise on the Zambezi River where you can view various game from the boat.
Day 3 – At your leisure and the following optional activities can be booked (additional costs apply)
1. Flying Fox and George Swing
2. Elephant back safari and interaction
3. Zip Line
Later the evening you will be taken to an area called Gurus forest for a cultural Boma Dinner eating experience. This is not just another ethnic restaurant but a cultural experience. The excellent cuisine is accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers and the Songoma (story teller). The highlight of the evening is the interactive dancing and drumming.
Day 4 – After breakfast- check out at the hotel, and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flights.
Day 1 – Once the Victoria Falls tour is completed, depart from Livingstone Airport to Nelspruit (closest airport to Maqueda Lodge). Land transfers are provided to Livingstone Airport. You will be met by a representative from Maqueda Lodge at the airport for your land transfers to Maqueda Lodge. Later the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing sunset drive to the Crocodile River which includes light snacks, local beer and wine. Later the evening enjoy your first 3 course dinner at the Lodge.
Day 2 – Rise early for your open air game drive in the world renowned Kruger National Park and experience South Africa at it's finest throughout the day. Keep a close eye out for the Big 5, lion, leopard , rhino, buffalo and elephant. Capture magical and memorable photographic moments in the open air vehicle with qualified game rangers. The game drive is approximately 6 -8 hours.
Day 3 – Relax and enjoy your second safari game drive. You might spot more animals on the drive and experience some more fantastic views in the Kruger National Park.
You have the option to schedule your safari game drives on any of the days during your stay at the Lodge.
Day 4 and 5 – at your leisure. You may wish to do additional activities which can be arranged by the Lodge (at your own costs) –please view the additional activities at www.maquedalodge.com
The lodge is located on the Zambizi River; all rooms face the river. Second storey rooms have the best views. The grounds are clean, beautiful and very well maintained. There is a pool, Restaurant and bar. The Restaurant and bar are under roof but open to the environment. Wildlife watching from your balcony or patio can reveal many animals. Our room was Air Conditioned, large with plenty of storage and luggage space, a balcony with chairs and small table, and large, well lit bathroom. It is away from the town centre and its associated peddlers, yet only minutes away from the town and Victoria Falls. Great place to stay!”TripAdvisor – A’Zambezi River Lodge
This lodge was one of the highlights of our honeymoon last September. It's a beautiful and cozy lodge, perfect for the occasion. The owner was so friendly and very helpful, and even arranged a last minute massage on our way back from the safari. The food was exquisite as well. I'd really recommend this place, weather you're self-driving through Kruger or letting them organize a safari for you. We did both, and even had a "pre-safari" on our 1st night where the owners father took us along the fence to look at the animals in Kruger, and we saw 4 of the Big 5 in less than 1 hour! Truly amazing experience, thanks so much!”TripAdvisor – Maqueda Lodge
As a travel agent, I highly recommend a stop at Maqueda Lodge. The service there is superb and much more than expected (quality of meals, kindness of staff) and a great location close to the Kruger Park and Mozambique border. Bravo”TripAdvisor – Maqueda Lodge