Southern Africa

      Southern Africa

      58 reviews
      Aug 13 - 24, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 26
      Southern Africa
      Southern Africa

      58 reviews

      Aug 13 - 24, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 26

      About this trip

      Africa is a destination that captures the imagination of travelers like no other. Once considered the “Dark Continent” it remains mysterious and alluring in the travel imagination  Imprint’s Southern Africa includes the best the continent has to offer and the most diverse 12 days that can be had on a tour. We start with thundering Victoria Falls – “The Smoke that Thunders” as it was known by the natives. Then it is amazing game-viewing with 5 days of safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Then, with a complete change of scenery we conclude in vibrant Capetown. We’ll venture to Cape Point, photograph penguins, sample wine, ascend Table Mountain, and enjoy Africa’s most engaging urban center. For those who choose to extend to Namibia, we’ll experience another entirely new ecosystem as we explore the desert state. 

      Available Packages

      Available until May 15, 20238 left

      For couples or traveling companions.

      Price is per person based on double occupancy. 

      Deposit: $600
      Available until May 15, 20236 left

      For individuals traveling alone, paying the Single Supplement. 

      Deposit: $600
      Single willing to share
      Available until May 15, 20238 left

      For the individual who doesn't want to pay the Single Supplement and is willing to share a room with a traveler of the same gender.

      Note - If Imprint is unable to find a traveler willing to share you will be required to pay the Single Supplement.

      Deposit: $600

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      Southern Africa
      Victoria Falls, Botswana, & South Africa

      Day 1  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
      Meeting; Zambezi Sunset Cruise; Dinner
      The Kingdom Hotel is one of Victoria Falls most luxurious accommodations and it is walking distance from the market, downtown, and the falls!  After a mid-afternoon get-acquainted meeting we’ll enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.  The Zambezi sunset cruise is a traveler’s institution:  animals coming to the river for their evening drink (and an open bar for us!), beautiful scenery, hippos lounging alongside, the thundering sounds of the falls approaching, and another amazing African sunset.  Then it’s on to our Boma Dinner. Get ready for an energetic evening of music and dancing entertainment accompanied by a spectacular buffet dinner.
      The Kingdom Hotel (4 nights)

      Day 2  Victoria Falls
      Victoria Falls National Park; Township Visit; Free afternoon
      Spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, is our goal this morning.  “So lovely it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” said David Livingstone of the spectacular Mosi-oa-Tunya - ‘The smoke that thunders’.  The mighty Zambezi River is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls.  Together, the Falls are over a mile across and boast the largest curtain of water in the world – over 130 million gallons of water per minute go over the falls and drop more than 300 feet to the roiling gorge below.  We’ll be here at the end of the dry season so photography will be at its best.
      Later this morning we visit Chinotimba Township. The word Chinotimba describes the roar of the water from the Falls in the local Nambya language.  We will be hosted in a local family residence for light lunch and a Q&A session.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the area and its many excursions, wildlife viewing, and adventure activities.  Options include:  walking or night safaris; white water rafting, a large variety of adventure sports activities, and much more.

      Day 3  Victoria Falls
      Rhino Safari
      An early morning start takes us to a private game preserve where black rhinos reside.  The viewing success rate exceeds 90% so we should see the elusive animals.  And of course, we will see other wildlife as well.  We’ll be back at The Kingdom before lunch and the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.  Tonight we’ll have dinner together at the Lookout Café, overlooking the dramatic gorge that zig-zags away from the base of the falls.

      Day 4  Victoria Falls
      Today our activity is the “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over the falls.  This activity has been so popular in the past we’ve decided to include it on this year’s tour.  The rest of your day is free.

      Day 5  Chobe National Park
      Sunset cruise
      Today we cross into neighboring Botswana.  Upon our arrival in Kasane we enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River where we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and myriad birds without having to reach for our binoculars.  You’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, not to mention the chance of a spectacular African Sunset. Kwalape Safari Lodge offers the perfect base to discover the wonders of Chobe NP.  The main restaurant and bar are nestled into the surrounding bush with a pool-side bar, ideal for sun downers and sharing the day’s experiences.
      Kwalape Lodge (3 nights)

      Day 6  Chobe
      AM game drive; Q&A
      In case we’ve not seen enough animals on previous safari outings, today will begin with a Chobe game drive.  The park is over 4000 square miles of wilderness area watered by the Chobe & Savuti Rivers – big game magnets.  This includes lion and some of the highest concentration of elephants in Africa, an estimated population of around 25,000.  In addition, we’re likely to see zebra, giraffe, warthog, and numerous antelope including Sable, Roan, Oribi, Reedbuck, Lechwe, and the colorful Chobe Bushbuck.  Bird watching opportunities in Chobe are ample and include some 350 species including the African Fish Eagle, the rare Pell’s Fishing Owl, saddle-billed storks, long-toed Plovers, pink-backed Pelicans, African Skimmers, Bradfield’s Hornbills, and Carmine Beeeaters. Another Chobe highlight, exclusive to Imprint, is an informal Q&A session with our host, Milton K., director of the lodge.  Among other topics, he will share what life is like in today’s Botswana, why Botswana is so different from the surrounding countries, why its people are so confident, how his marriage was arranged, and how he got his nickname!

      Day 7  Chobe
      AM game drive; PM game drive or river cruise; local entertainment
      More game drives highlight the day's plans. But today’s unique activity is a wonderful music and dance performance from a local dance troupe.  At Imprint, we have arranged local music and dance performances in many countries – this is by all measures the most energetic, the most authentic, the most fun, and the most engaging performance we have ever offered.

      Day 8  Cape Town South Africa
      Today is a travel day.  We have a morning at leisure before being transferred to Kasane's airport.  We fly via Johannesburg to our destination of Cape Town (flight included).
      Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel (4 nights)

      Day 9  Cape Town
      Cape Excursion
      This is an awe-inspiring day-long tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point.  The drive south highlights the 12 Apostles peaks, historic and picturesque coastal villages, and photogenic beaches.  At the Good Hope Nature Reserve we’ll enjoy rich fynbos vegetation, bird life, endemic antelope and zebra, and the historic lighthouse.  For lunch we travel on to Simon’s Town with its charming Victorian architecture.  Then a visit to the charming penguin colony at beautiful Boulders Beach.

      Day 10  Cape Town
      A delightful drive takes us into the heart of the Cape winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards, and Cape Dutch homesteads.  Our first stop of the morning is a local wine estate. An informative cellar tour and wine tasting gives us personalized insight into the finer points of wine-making.   We proceed to the town of Franschhoek, which dates to the 17th century when French Huguenots arrived.  Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town retains its French Huguenot style. Then it’s on to Stellenbosch via scenic Helshoogte Pass. Take a stroll down the canal-lined avenues in the shade of giant oaks and past beautifully preserved historic buildings or enjoy the coffee shops, galleries, antique shops, and wine bars that line the sidewalks.  This university town exudes an air of quiet intellectualism and wine-making history. With the great numbers of wine estates on offer we are truly spoiled for choices when we enjoy our second wine tasting of the day.  After our return to Cape Town, your evening is free.

      Day 11  Cape Town
      Free day
      Imprint will assist with free time transportation arrangements and bookings.  Two obvious options are Robben Island and Table Mountain. Located in Capetown’s Table Bay, Robben Island is the infamous Apartheid era prison.  The most famous inmate, of course, was Nelson Mandela.  All groups are escorted through the complex by former inmates – a fascinating cultural connection experience. The rotating Table Mountain Aerial Cablecar sweeps visitors to the top of Table Mountain. It is one of Capetown’s most popular tourist attractions.  The upper cable station is on the westernmost end of the Table Mountain plateau, at an altitude of 1067 meters (3500 feet).  The station offers views over Table Bay, Capetown center, Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.  Our final dinner together is at Marco’s African Place, a famous Cape Town restaurant renowned for live Marimba music and its exquisite indigenous African and cape cuisine fusion.
      [Note:  Imprint Tours’ operational values are to include all major sights on our tours.  However, Robben Island does not offer any group discounts, meaning we are unable to add value by including it.  The Table Mountain excursion is weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed.  Therefore, we have elected to make these excursions optional.]  

      Day 12  Tour Over
      Tour over after breakfast. For those extending to Namibia we will depart after breakfast.  For those departing for home today, Imprint will assist with airport transfer arrangements.

      [Itinerary details & hotels subject to change]

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      What’s Included:
      12 night’s accommodation; All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 5 lunches; All transport (bus, custom safari vehicle, flight, airport transfers); All tips (tour director, local guides, drivers, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-time services of South Africa tour director (Capetown) and Imprint tour director; All entrances: Victoria Falls NP, Stanley & Livingstone private reserve (Rhino safari), Chobe NP; All activities: driving safaris; Chobe River cruise; Zambezi River cruise; helicopter ride, Township visit, wine tastings (2), Cape Point excursion, and more

      Important Exceptions:
      Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing & meals, expenditures of a personal nature, and flight baggage overage fees.

      Namibia Extension

      Day 1  Clanwilliam
      Cederberg Wilderness
      A  post breakfast departure from Capetown begins our Namibia extension/tour.  A brief stop as we depart the city allows a photo op of Table Mountain across the Bay.   We’ll drive through the hills of southern South Africa to our first destination, Clanwilliam, gateway to the Cederberg Mountains.  We’ll have time to visit the nearby Cederberg Wildernsess Area to do some easy hiking, see the ancient San Rock Art, and photograph the famously picturesque rock formations.  Leopards are known to have been seen in this area as well.
      Clanwilliam Lodge (1 night)

      Day 2  Orange River
      Today is largely a travel day as we make our way to the Orange River which serves as the Namibian border.  Upon arrival we can relax in our lovely riverside bungalows or have a sunset drink by the hotel pool as the river meanders by below us.  Dinner together at our hotel.
      Felix Unite Camp Provenance (1 night)

      Day 3  Fish River Canyon
      Canoe trip; Fish River Canyon
      After breakfast we’ll indulge in a leisurely paddle as we travel by canoe on the Orange River.  In the afternoon we’ll drive to nearby Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and second largest in the world.  Hopefully there will be time for a quick, easy hike along the canyon rim upon arrival and possibly another African sunset with the magnificent views from the canyon rim.
      Canyon Roadhouse (1 night)

      Day 4  Sossusvlei
      Today is another travel day as we have lots of miles to cover.  Our goal is the clear highlight of southern Namibia – magnificent Sossusvlei, home to the globe’s highest sand dunes and gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park.  We’ll have a picnic lunch on the road and at the end of our day we can settle into our comfortable lodge.
      Desert Camp (2 nights)

      Day 5  Sossusvlei
      Sossusvlei; Sesreim Canyon
      Today is our desert activity day.  An early start will allow us to enjoy the early golden light that electrifies the reddish sands of Sossusvlei’s magnificent dunes.  Our destination is Dead Vlei with its stunning, picturesque black petrified trees, backed by the golden dunes and blue desert skies.  We’ll finish off our morning with an easy hike through Sesriem Canyon, carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. This is an absolutely spectacular photographic day – the clear highlight of the extension. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake).  In the afternoon we can help arrange an optional scenic flight.

      Day 6  Windhoek
      This day will be spent driving the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way north to Windhoek.  The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world; sightings of this flora and fauna on a Namibian safari are a must. The animals of this harsh landscape include the Oryx, springbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, leopards, and cheetahs. One can also see the Welwitschia mirabilis, an odd-looking desert shrub, one of which is a large, protected specimen estimated at over 1 500 years old.
      Klein Windhoek Guesthouse (1 night)

      Day 7  Extension Over
      Extension over after breakfast.  Imprint will assist with airport transfer arrangements.

      [Itinerary details & hotels subject to change]

      What’s Included:
      6 night’s accommodation; All breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches; all tour transport in a custom safari vehicle; all tips (guide, tour director, drivers, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-tme services of South African guide; All entrances: Sossusvlei; All activities: Cedarberg Mountains, Orange River canoe excursion, Fish River Canyon

      Important Exceptions:
      Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing & meals, expenditures of a personal nature, and flight baggage overage fees.

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      Imprint Tours
      58 reviews
      We at Imprint Tours believe travel broadens horizons, introduces new ways to see the world, equips us with a new frame of reference for evaluating our own society, breaks down prejudice, and promotes global understanding. Therefore, we endeavor to “Travel with Intent”: an intention to take a reflective, introspective approach; connect with the cultures we visit; and balance the enjoyment of discovery with responsible travel. We want our “imprint” on the planet to be light and our “imprint” on the local culture to be positive.


      Imprint Tours' Southern Africa trip was promoted by Sarah Murdoch (Adventures with Sarah) in the Spring of 2022 and the itinerary looked fabulous, with stops in Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Botswana (Chobe National Park with multiple game drives), and Cape Town and I signed up right away. I also added the 6-day Namibia extension because the itinerary looked too good to pass up and I decided that I wanted to see as much as possible in case this ended up being my only trip to Southern Africa. I was surprised that Reid didn't lead the trip and this fact only became apparent when our group met for the first time. Sarah ended up acting as Reid's spokesperson and managed the trip expenses, but this was also her first trip to Africa and she was more point person than guide. Our guide was Todd Mentz and his knowledge and enthusiasm enhanced our overall experience throughout Southern Africa. Unfortunately, Todd did not end up accompanying us on the Namibia extension as originally planned and we ended up being WITHOUT a local guide, in two separate vans, for the entire Namibia portion of the extension. In my opinion, the value of the Namibia extension, as currently designed, isn't worth the time or money. It's also my understanding that Sarah will be providing feedback to Reid regarding ways to improve the overall itinerary (i.e., do it in reverse - Cape Town, Botswana, Victoria Falls) and fly into Windhoek to begin the Namibia extension instead of driving five days through the desert. Highlights included a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, an Elephant Encounter (free time activity and a personal expense), the up-close animal encounters on the game drives (the absolute highlight!), and the drive out to Cape Point from Cape Town and the day trip to Stellenbosch to visit multiple wineries. While the visit to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlie was certainly the highlight of the Namibia extension it was in no way worth the 37 hours of travel time in cramped, dust-filled vans unsuited for the unpaved gravel road conditions. Downsides: The Cape Town hotel (Daddy Long Legs) was unsanitary and located in a very unsafe area (Sarah was able to move us to an alternative location for three of our scheduled four nights in Cape Town) and the entire Namibia extension (no guide and transportation issues) made for a very bad lasting impression of what could have been a memorable trip. I would not recommend this tour in its present form and I have privately passed along additional feedback and suggestions to Reid regarding how he can improve the overall experience for his customers. Based on this experience, I would not book another trip with Imprint Tours. ***The 2-star rating is the average of a 3-star rating for the Southern Africa tour and a 1-star rating for the Namibia Extension.***
      By Leslie S for Southern Africa on Sep 11, 2023
      4.5 stars. The trip was was wonderful and South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe were magical, a once in a lifetime experience. There was one very questionable hotel choice in Cape Town that I definitely DO NOT recommend for future tours (safety and hygiene issues) but luckily our guides listened and responded to our concerns. Highly recommend this tour!
      By Leah B for Southern Africa on Aug 28, 2023
      Japan was one of those destinations I didn’t know I needed to see. Thankfully a travel buddy suggested this trip, and I’m so glad we had this experience. Imprint gave us a whirlwind trip of the country. While it was a busy itinerary, we got to see and experience so much. Japan is a very modern country with a rich history. I felt our two weeks touring Japan gave us a broad overview. The local guide, Hiro. was exceptional He told us the story about his amazing country and patiently guided us through all the modes of transportation. This was our fourth Imprint tour, and while each destination has its charm and interest, Japan is one you need to add to your must-see list.
      By Debra A for Japan on Jun 13, 2023
      We enjoyed our trip. The accommodations and group dinners were excellent. Our local guide, Hiro was excellent. This tour was much more rigorous than expected. By the end of the tour, members were exhausted. Organization and daily communications of activities need to be improved. More diversity in site seeing highlights would have been appreciated. There were too many activities and rapid transportation changes daily. Reid indicated that he was revising the tour. This is appropriate.
      By Linda T for Japan on Jun 12, 2023
      This was a very active trip and we saw a lot of Japan's greatest hits. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Japan tour. Expect to be busy all day every day. Make sure your cell phone works in Japan (or buy a data SIM card on Amazon) as WhatsApp, Google Maps, and Google Translate are all invaluable.
      By Robert B for Japan on Jun 12, 2023
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