Southern Africa

Southern Africa

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

10 reviews

$NaN
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

Double/Twin
Available until May 15, 202320 left

For couples or traveling companions.

Price is per person based on double occupancy. 

$4,195
Deposit: $600
Single
Available until May 15, 20239 left

For individuals traveling alone, paying the Single Supplement. 

$5,195
Deposit: $600
Single willing to share
Available until May 15, 202310 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.

$4,195
Deposit: $600

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Itinerary

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)  https://www.thekingdomhotel.co.za/

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)  https://kwalapesafarilodge.co.bw/

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)  https://daddylonglegs.co.za/

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
Winelands
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)  https://clanwilliamhotel.co.za

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)  http://felixunite.com

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)  https://gondwana-collection.com/accommodation/canyon-roadhouse

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)  https://www.desertcamp.com/

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)  https://www.kleinwindhoekguesthouse.com/

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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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.

Reviews

Amazing variety of experiences, from natures beauty at Victoria Falls, then animals in their natural settings (we found the big five) to a beautiful metropolitan area in Capetown with the journey to the bottom of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope. The people and their genuine kindness and desire to get to know their visitors was a highlight for me.
By Melanie Sue R for Southern Africa on 22 Sep, 2022
I had a fantastic time. The group was wonderfully welcoming, which was especially nice since this was my 2nd trip ever going abroad and my 1st strictly for pleasure. I wasn't sure what to expect from a tour group - but had a very positive experience and felt included the entire trip, even though I was travelling by myself. I now have several new friends and possibly new travel buddies! I felt like we really got a great overview of Iceland going all around the ring road. The experiences were great. Our Iceland guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions and help figure things out. Having free time and his help to fill it was also a nice bonus as I wasn't at all familiar or comfortable with how/where to book experiences. The place we went horseback riding (a group of 6 of us on Friday) was one of the highlights of the trip for me - the trail guide was wonderful and being able to experience the unique "tolt" gait of the Icelandic horses was truly amazing. The food was very good. The accommodations were very comfortable. My only suggestion to improve the trip would be to have a larger bus as we were very crammed and had quite a bit of road time. THANK YOU for a delightful experience I will never forget!
By Sheila D for Iceland on 21 Sep, 2022
I loved the trip. Iceland is a beautiful country and we saw many wonderful sites. The overall schedule and sites visited were a good balance. The local guide was great, though it took a bit of time to understand his accent. He has a great sense of humor and is an excellent driver. Even though we were advised about the small vehicle, it was very uncomfortable. The two wheel well seats were terrible. and to sit with 4 across the back seat was extremely tight. Unfortunately it was very difficult to hear and understand the driver/local guide when sitting in the back two rows. Many persons did not move around the bus so some people sat in compromised seats most of the trip. The accommodations in Akureyri were a big disappointment largely because of the distance from the central business district. We spent a lot of money on cabs in addition to walking the 3 miles one time, one way to spend our free day. The hotel was not what was expected and not the same quality as others but would have been "ok" if close to the core area of town. the town was charming and fun to explore. Even with these two disappointments, vehicle and hotel location in Akureyri, the trip was lovely. The physical beauty and grandeur of Iceland did not disappoint. Also the food was a happy surprise and the Icelandic people are lovely. Imprint does a great job of building an interesting and thorough itinerary. we covered a lot of territory.
By Kathleen S for Iceland on 20 Sep, 2022
We liked the small group and enjoyed our tour-mates. We wanted to drive the ring road and this tour provided that experience. We were disappointed in several of the hotels because they were primarily outside of towns, and even in Reykjavik the hotel was well outside the city center. When our hotel for Ankureyri was changed at the last minute to a hotel outside of the town, it changed our free day quite negatively. We were then subject to arranging transportation with our guide or paying for a taxi and this changed what we did and the time we had. We were disappointed in the lack of variety in food options available, when we had group meals. It seemed that we were only offered lamb or fish. I was really disappointed when at our final meal a couple of group members were able to select other options but these were not offered to the group. The biggest negative issue was the "bus" that we had. It supposedly sat 15 people, but that would have been impossible. No matter where you sat, the bus was cramped and uncomfortable. The local guide/driver was great. He obviously knew Iceland and had contacts throughout the country. He had and gave us a wealth of good information. Overall, we enjoyed this trip and our opportunity to explore Iceland. We would definitely travel with Imprint Tours again.
By Teresa K for Iceland on 20 Sep, 2022
Overall, it was a delightful trip, made possible by Laris our in-country guide's knowledge and humor, and the other tour participants. First trip to Iceland, and sites were spectacular. Transportation: the vehicle in which we traveled was much too small for our group. 2 seats over the wheel wells were useless, as passengers in those seats had to sit for long rides with their knees to their chest! There were couples who were unwilling to be separated during long drives, so they always took the front row seats, leaving the smaller seats to the rest of us. the back row of seats are nearly impossible to enter and exit, not to mention that the rear shocks on the vehicle were so shot that when we hit bumps the rear bumper grazed the pavement. Accommodations: We understood by the itinerary that we would stay right in heart of Akureyri. This was not the case. We thought we'd be able to easily walk about town. instead, we were over 3 miles from town and had to take a $25 taxi ride each way for 2 days. resulting in $100 additional cost and hassle. The hotel in which were stayed was old, lacked hot water, drafty rooms, and poor service, only 1 towel for 2 roommates despite our repeated request for more towels. We understand this change of hotels to be a last-minute issue, but expectations and explanations were not managed at all by the Imprint Guide, Neil Coen. On several occasions, he admitted it was his first trip and he didn't know how to manage the situation. by Day 2 in Akureyri, Niel took off before 8 am for a fly-fishing trip, without telling anyone, and didn't return until after 9 pm, leaving tour participants to fend for ourselves to resolve questions and issues. He did not even participate in the group dinner. Meals: Our group dinner in Reykjavik was sorely disappointing. We arrived at a buffet restaurant to find that much of the fresh fruit & vegetables were already depleted and not replenished. Salad bowl was empty and cheeses had melted onto the serving plate. Service was poor, we had to ask multiple times for water, flatware and drinks. The meal at the sheep ranch was limited to lamb, with only a small salad as the alternative. glad I had bought fish and chips at a food truck earlier in the day. Activities: Most were incredibly breathtaking and wonderful. I recommend skipping Lake Myvatn. The flies/bugs were unbearable even with face mask bug protection. When we stayed at the sheep farm, we were given the second day as a "free day." Not much one can do when you're out in the middle of nowhere. A "free day" needs options for guests. We had to query Laris, our in-country guide to think of activities for us. Atmosphere: All of the above issues were made tolerable by the comradery of our group participants, and our in-country guide, Laris, who seemed to recognize that expectations were not met on several occasions and that Niels abdicated his role as guide in lieu of waffling between playing tourist and over-excited school teacher. At times, Niels treated us as if we were in the detention bus, defaulting to yelling at adults, which only made us ignore him more. Conclusion: it was a great trip. we saw some of the most impressive sites in the world, we met great people, had many laughs, and made many fond memories. Kuddos to Laris for stepping up to the challenges our crew presented.
By Lois B for Iceland on 15 Sep, 2022
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