The Best of Southern Africa

This is a truly memorable two week itinerary that takes in some of the best that Southern Africa has to offer. You will move from country to country at leisure, really getting a feel for this spectacular region.

This varied and diverse itinerary starts at the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zambia. You then make your way to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa for your game viewing fix before moving onto the white sand beaches and crystal clear azure waters of Mozambique for some rest and relaxation.

Day: 1 Arrival

On arrival into Livingstone in Zambia, you will be met by a representative and driven to Tongabezi Lodge, located upstream from Victoria Falls. The rest of the day will be at leisure to give you time to settle into Tongabezi.

Stay: Tongabezi

Day: 2 Victoria Falls

Make the most of experiencing the Victoria Falls on foot or by air, catch up on the local history at the Livingstone Museum as well as the Railway Museum, shop at the extensive craft markets, get active with white water rafting, sport fishing and kayaking, or relax and enjoy unforgettable African sunsets on boat ride from Tongabezi.

Stay: Tongabezi

Day: 3 Victoria Falls

Make the most of the many fantastic activities included during your stay at Tongabezi. Try your hand at canoeing along the Zambezi, enjoy a delicious island lunch, sunrise and sunset boating, a guided bush walk, fishing excursions and visits to local markets.

Stay: Tongabezi

Day: 4 Victoria Falls

For the more adventurous, enjoy a visit to Devil’s Pool at the Victoria Falls and feel as though you are sitting on the edge of the falls. If that just whets your appetite for adventure then you can also take a helicopter ride over the falls or by microlight, gorge swing or even bungee jumping.

Stay: Tongabezi

Day: 5 Victoria Falls – Livingstone – Kruger Mpumalanga

Today you will be transferred back to Livingstone airport in time for your direct flight out of Zambia to Kruger Mpumalanga airport. On arrival you will be transferred by light aircraft to an airstrip close to Lion Sands River Lodge. The rest of the day will be at leisure to familiarise yourself with the camp and to relax after your journey.

Stay: Lion Sands River Lodge

Day: 6 Sabi Sands

The Sabi Sand Reserve is a 65 000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950s. Even though there is a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the game in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area.

Stay: Lion Sands River Lodge

Day: 7 Sabi Sands

Your day usually starts with a gentle wake-up call at 0530 to make the most of the cooler mornings when game is at its most active. You will then return to the Lion Sands River Lodge by 1100 for a hearty breakfast after which you can enjoy a bush walk with an experienced guide. Lunch follows shortly after to ensure your energy levels are kept up before you have time to rest and relax. Make the most of the fabulous spa therapists or relax on the deck.

The evening game drive starts at around 1600 before which you can enjoy a delicious tea. After your game drive you will return to the Lion Sands River Lodge for cocktails and dinner around the boma under the African stars.

Stay: Lion Sands River Lodge

Day: 8 Sabi Sands

Your day will again revolve around the peak game viewing times to enable you to see the game when it is at its most active. Be sure to make the most of the wealth of expertise the knowledgeable guides have and enjoy astronomy lessons or even lectures on a variety of wildlife subjects selected by the senior ecologist and head ranger.

Stay: Lion Sands River Lodge

Day: 9 Sabi Sands – Kruger Mpumalanga – Vilanculos – Benguerra Island

Today you will be flown by light aircraft back to Kruger Mpumalanga airport in time for your connecting flight direct to Vilanculos in Southern Mozambique. On arrival into Vilanculos and once you have cleared customs you will be taken by helicopter direct to the ultimate barefoot luxury resort of Azura.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the turquoise water as you fly to the lodge. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax and settle into Azura.

Stay: Azura Benguerra Island

Day: 10 Benguerra Island

Your days at Azura can be as relaxed or active as you wish for them to be. Perhaps you might want to take a PADI dive course, or try your hand at big game fishing or even fly fishing. The list of activities is endless. It is highly recommended to sail the 40 foot traditional dhow as the sun goes down, time stands still and it will be an experience you will never forget.

Stay: Azura Benguerra Island

Day: 11 Benguerra Island

Enjoy an optional visit to Pansy Island, which emerges from the sea at low tide. Take a delicious picnic with you and look for pansy shells. On return to Azura, order a delicious cocktail from your villa host and sip this whilst sitting in your swimming pool watching the sunset.

Stay: Azura Benguerra Island

Day: 12 Benguerra Island

Another day to enjoy at Azura, either to relax at the spa or one of the activities on offer.

Stay: Azura Benguerra Island

Day: 13 Benguerra Island

For your last full day at Azura, you may want to experience some land based activities such as Land Rover Island drives, cultural encounters, bird watching, beach picnics, star gazing and even day trip to Vilanculos. Your villa host can arrange any activity, which you wish to do.

Stay: Azura Benguerra Island

Day: 14 Departure

Today you will be flown back to Vilanculos by helicopter in time for your flight to Johannesburg. As you fly from Azura to Vilanculos be sure to look out for pods of dolphin swimming in the waters below.

 

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day: 1 Arrival Tongabezi
Day: 2 Victoria Falls Tongabezi
Day: 3 Victoria Falls Tongabezi
Day: 4 Victoria Falls Tongabezi
Day: 5 Victoria Falls – Livingstone – Kruger Mpumalanga Lion Sands River Lodge
Day: 6 Sabi Sands Lion Sands River Lodge
Day: 7 Sabi Sands Lion Sands River Lodge
Day: 8 Sabi Sands Lion Sands River Lodge
Day: 9 Sabi Sands – Kruger Mpumalanga – Vilanculos – Benguerra Island Azura Benguerra Island
Day: 10 Benguerra Island Azura Benguerra Island
Day: 11 Benguerra Island Azura Benguerra Island
Day: 12 Benguerra Island Azura Benguerra Island
Day: 13 Benguerra Island Azura Benguerra Island
Day: 14 Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1: Tongabezi, Livingstone 2: Lion Sands 3: Azura, Benguerra Island

From USD 7,899 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.