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Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana

15 DAYS
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Get ready for an unparalleled journey through the cultural diversity and abundant wildlife of southern Africa. Seek out the “Big 5” on 8 different safaris. Get a taste of South African culture at local wineries. Witness the natural beauty of Victoria Falls and learn about its people during a township visit and home-hosted lunch. Greet African elephants and spend time learning about them. Search for animals along the winding Chobe River. Epic scenery and winding coastlines come together in an incredible adventure.

Your Tour Includes
  • 6 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 29 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park
  • Pilanesberg National Park
  • 8 Wildlife Safaris

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15 Days

14 Nights


Meals

29 Meals

13 Breakfasts

6 Lunches

10 Dinners


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3 - Active

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The Wallow, Victoria Falls

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Chobe Marina Lodge

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Ivory Tree Game Lodge

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Lord Charles Hotel

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Southern Sun the Cullinan Hotel

Nights 11-13

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Rating

142 reviews
Overall Trip Rating
4.8
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Outstanding Experiences/Locations/Staff. Once in a Lifetime to remember!
    THELMA DUCTOR
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Outstanding Program. The tour guide was outstanding. The places we explored. The locations we saw were a once in a lifetime experience. The most memorable was the Elephant Interaction in Zimbabwe.. A trip we will remember forever!
    KENNETH DUCTOR
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Tour was awesome, organized, cultural ; our tour guide, Thys was interesting and informative!
    Carol Owens
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    It was the vacation of a lifetime. I wouldn’t have changed one thing!
    Sandra Bychowski
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Poor communication skills. Instructions were always vague and he could have given us more information about the country and culture.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    POSITVE: The game hunts and visiting the two families' homes for dinner. The only complaint is the tipping policy. NEGATIVE: The tips should be covered by the tour company as is the industry standard. If someone provides extremely excellent service we can decide to augment the tips. The first hotel at the airport was also below expectations. Thankfully it was the first and he rest of the accomodations were excellent
    Philip Mc Kinley
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    5 stars
    Seeing all the animal in the wild
    Debra Becker
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We have been fortunate enough to travel the world over. Our South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana Tour was one of the very best that we have ever experienced. The tour was well organized and enjoyable, with a nice balance of activities. We enjoyed the excellent accommodations throughout. Our Tour Manager, Thabie, was simply amazing! She was an excellent leader, very knowledgeable of the history and culture, and kept us well informed and amused. We had many, many memorable experiences, but my favorite had to be when a lioness ambled about 5 feet from our open safari car. What beautiful and amazing animals we saw. Our group ranged from 18 to eighty years old, and all enjoyed it. I will always have fond memories of this trip. I hope everyone has an opportunity to experience something like this during their lifetime.
    JACKIE MALONE
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    4 stars
    We had too much down time in Cape Town.
    Susan Geritz
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    5 stars
    Total experience of locations and local culture.
    Amita Patel
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Tour manager was outstanding ,great place to stay a see.
    Harry Di Vona
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I have already given Collette my feedback, Ian was incredible (my third trip with Collette, he was the best ever) Collette's app was wonky, wrong info on where we were staying. Would rather have 3 nights at tent camp than 2 nights at Chobe
    Karl Dinger
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    It was a very positive experience. Enjoyed every bit of the tour. The tour guide, Jean Moore made it still more enjoyable. It was an experience of a life time.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The trip was fantastic! We saw 4 of the Big Five on Safari. interacted with Elephants. We visited the spectacular Victoria Falls! We learned so much about the history Southern Africa and what the present day life is like.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Absolutely fabulous adventure including accommodations, Collette guide, Rahima, local guides, and animal sightings.
    Deleen Wills
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour included everything and more I expected. The local tour guide was outstanding. The game drive tour guides were fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable about the animals and their habitat.
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    5 stars
    Enjoyed everything so much
    Ophelia Langford
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    S. Africa is amazing and the safaris were excellent
    Shelley Wells
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    this tour was an trip of a lifetime. There was never a dull moment- from safari to meals and accommodations were excellent
    Mary Margaret Smith
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    5 stars
    Well thought out. Local dinners were excellent maybe a little more down time would be nice. Local tour people very knowledgeable. Accommodations were excellent overall a great experience
    Judith Mack
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The trip of a lifetime! The natural beauty of Africa and the wildlife was amazing!
    Cynthia Howe
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    5 stars
    We saw so many animals in addition to the Big 5. My favorite was seeing the lions and the elephants up close. Our tour manager made sure everything went as planned.
    William Bretz
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The most memorable is definitely all the wildlife we were able to see, especially the elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, hippos and rhinos. It was also very interesting to visit the Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain.
    Ronald Black
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We saw A lot of differ thing and had free time.
    Nelson Stoltzfus
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Rudy, our guide, was excellent and all the tours were well-planned and we had a bit of free time every now and again.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    My primary emphasis in choosing this tour were the seven safaris. We started seeing animals in their natural settings from the moment we arrived until our last time out.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    My favourite part of the tour was in Victoria Falls where the dining room was quite high on a hill and overlooked the forest area. I was able to sit and each breakfast while watching the giraffes in the distance.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The hanglip resort with the safaris every thing was perfect
    Jeannette Erker
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    5 stars
    Most to the time, the food was very good. At the first safari in the mountains, the food was prepared by a chef. Excellent food and service. Conversely, at the next lodge near Victoria Falls, the food was very overpriced and not edible. What a disappointment! Consider removing this accommodation from your tour package.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    "The Smoke that Thunders!" Couldn't describe it better. The weather was perfect and accommodations excellent.
    Robert Hutto
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    David was an Excellent tour leader and everything ran very smooth and organized. Impressed with the handling of logistics and activities.
    James Zak
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Hang lip Mountain and Botswana. Victoria Falls was beautiful. Safaris were outstanding.
    Wallace Foster
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Other than an awesome trip into Dubai, the Wildlife excursions hit the top!
    David Hoffman
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Lucky for all the animals we got to see.
    Earla Ament
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Seeing the ions, ect., at Entanabi.
    Richard Hylwa
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour provided us with numerous game drives and other experiences which we much appreciated. Our favorite experience was the elephants coming out of the brush at dusk during our first game drive.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Everything was excellent. Great planning. Guide most efficient ever. Favorite experience Entebeni.
    Nancy Price
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour guides made the hectic trip go smoothly.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Seeing the big 5! Meeting the locals and eating the local food. Having a small group (less than 20) was great!
    Lisa Mcclure
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The animals! Seeing up close along with the info given by the guides.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excellent service all around.
    Mary Baric
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We were able to see the big 5 and experience the thrills of the hunt so to speak. Plus learned about the animals, and their struggles, of poachers, looking for food and other problems.
    Richard B
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The overall tour was fabulous. There was so many memorable experiences but the up close opportunities with the animals were my favorite. Learning the culture was also exciting and the wild habitat and conservation efforts that are required was an eye opener. Meeting the local people and learning how they live was also a highlight. Rooms were spacious and very nice. Food was good and it was fun going to restaurants that also provided local entertainment. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
    Patricia Poock
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Dinner at Gold in Cape Town. Entabeni Reserve Victoria Falls (wait till May when river is more likely to be full) Chobe National Park
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Entebani Conservancy in Cape Town what are the most memorable
    Gail Rizzo
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    5 stars
    Safaris and the guides abilities.
    David Myllenbeck
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Seeing animals in their natural habitat was breathtaking. Best was watching family of elephants with 5 babies walk down hill to River and swim across in front of us, and of course African sunsets on water.
    Marshallyn Shah
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The highlights of the trip were seeing a the animals, Victoria Falls was an amazing sight.
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    4 stars
    Game drives and Extra excursion to Elephabt Sanctuary.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    too many enjoyed table top, walking up to lighthouse (perfectly timed with both events, missed all the heavy traffic), seeing penguins, private game reserve Entibene, enjoyed river cruise, enjoyed African Gold ALOT Would have liked more time at Vic Falls instead of going to big sit down dinner ( too much like African Gold, there was too much traveling that day it would have been much nicer to have not had to rush through Vic Falls)
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    See above. My favorite experiences were our stay at Entebeni; the visit to the Ko Mpisi village at Victoria Falls and Capetown/Cape Hope.
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    5 stars
    All wildlife drives. Seeing ever animal imaginable except the leopard.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Breathtaking! Tabi was very well versed on local history, economy, current events. She made us all feel very safe and welcomed.
    Sharon Brannan
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    native village was a great experience, great wildlife
    Gary Brannan
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Loved Victoria Falls and Chobia Park
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Entabeni Conservancy safari's. Closeness to the lions, elephants and rhino's. I absolutely loved the 2 places we ate at that provided entertainment ! It's really hard to pick just 1 favorite experience! Just maybe not start the safari's quite so early in the morning and remember to advise guests to bring winter clothes!
    Lorraine Lanier
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Everything you ever wanted in a tour.
    Y Shepherd
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour at Victoria Falls was arranged for wheel chair assistance which made it perfect.
    Anna Walter
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Everything about this tour was top notch.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The safari was spectacular especially Entabeni conservancy !The lodge was great and the rooms were wonderful ! The guides were very knowable and we were all excited to see all the wild animals !Our tour manager was the best ( Ian )
    Ellen Greene
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was fantastic. The Entebani and Chobe lodges were out of this world.
    Roberto Ramirez
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    the safaris were excellent and private lodge.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Seeing the wildlife in their natural habitats. Exploring the history of the Cape Town region.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The land tour met or exceeded my expectations. However, the travel arrangements were excessively long and tiring.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The land part of the tour was 5 star but the air part and layovers weren’t.
    Jacqueline Heaney
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Enjoyed all aspects of the tour.
    Susan Kohloff
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excellent tour guide very knowledgeable and could not do enough to help us enjoy the experience. The size of the group was just right for interaction. Venues, accommodation and execution by the guides met our primary objectives; proximity and interaction with animals in the wild.
    Matthew Hackfath
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    chobe national park and other tours
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Victoria Falls and Entabeni were spectacular experiences!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Trip exceeded expectations
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Again, the price point for my group was right on target. Not cheap or not too expensive and the accommodations were very good. The last resort we had no power which was a very much of a challenge. Thank goodness we were only there for 2 nights...
    Irene Favata
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Almost every day brought something memorable.
    Frances Bumann
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Perfect weather, perfect group of people, perfect pace great experiences and accomodations.
    Linda Hampson
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Every game drive and safari cruise was amazing! Loved Victoria falls too!
    Joseph Michalczyk
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Seeing so many beautiful up close and personal.
    Barbara Donnelly
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Loved the game drives and the family dinner
    Darlene Truxal
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Numerous close up encounters of animals in the wild and visiting with the local people who live there.
    Gary Christensen
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    It was a GREAT trip. All the details were handled in a proffessional manner. ti was a worry free trip. Great tour manage!
    Dale Sobczak
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great tour guide, great places to stay, lots of fun!
    Kimberly Christensen
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our safari trips were awesome. Seeing lions, elephants, hippos, and all the many animals of Africa up close in their natural habitat definitely the highlight of the trip.
    Joyanne Sobczak
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    5 stars
    The safaris and all the animals sightings
    Margit Colburn
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    5 stars
    Wow!! All were terrific , my favorite was Table Mountain in Cape Town magnificent
    Janet R
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    5 stars
    Game drives in So Africa, Stellenboch wines!
    Sandra Mastromonaco
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great adventure vacation. Entabeni, Victoria Falls, Chobe NP, Capetown and the wine country were all great stops. We also enjoyed the whale watching in Walker Bay.
    Roy Dahlquist
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    everything was just fantastic
    Susan Wilson
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Every activity we participated in was worthwhile, insightful, and exciting. The most memorable for me was the sunset cruise in Chobe National Park. We saw hundreds of elephants, water buffalo, zebras, giraffes,crocodiles, hippos, and many more.It was amazing to stop the boat and watch a troop of elephants walk by.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I cannot choose just one experience as a favorite. Each day provided one.
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    5 stars
    Meals included. Live,free animals. Good tour guide. Enjoyable evening shows. Great rooms.
    Marian Klotz
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    5 stars
    Wonderful variety great game drives.
    Linda Hiltgen
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    4 stars
    The tour itself was wonderful, but would have loved to have gone in warmer weather.
    Naomi Ellis
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    5 stars
    game drives xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Bruce Beveridge
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    4 stars
    My favourite memories were seeing the animals, especially the elephants. My least favorite moment was the optional tour, the boat cruise on the Zambizi river. I could have given that a miss.
    John Pellizzon
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We reviewed several tours, but this one included Victoria Falls, which the other South Africa tours didn't include. Our tour manager, Marlene, is a Cape Town native, and therefore knows the area well. We learned so much about South Africa's history and Marlene shared some South African folklore (like how the zebra got its stripes). There's always a special dinner of some sort Included in a Collette tour. This time there were two special dinners: one was a home visit. We had a wonderful, traditional South African dinner with a Cape Town family in their home. We also had a terrifc meal and drum ceremony. Marlene got us through airports, customs, passport control in 3 countries with ease. Hotels were all top notch; included full breakfasts were wonderful.
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    5 stars
    The family dinner was a highlight as was the intimate time with the elephants.
    Bonnie Zimmerman
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Without doubt Table top mountain the views were stunning. The game drives in Entabeni were fantastic, the guides were knowledgeable and knew where to go, it helps that this is a relatively small game reserve I believe something like 22,000 hectares. Victoria Falls were breathtaking, it was easy to imagine what it was that Livingstone fell in love with. Both Zimbabwe and Botswana are very beautiful countries but the poverty is obvious. The game drives in Chobe were good but not as good as Entabeni. The Elephant sanctuary was a great experience, but tell the guys there that $45 is way, way, way too much to pay for a DVD that you'll look at once, and it's got pictures similar to what you've also taken. I would have bought one as it is a charity if the price had been sensible The meal in SA with the local family was actually a lot better than I anticipated, and we really enjoyed it, they were fantastic hosts. I thought the trip to the African village in Zimbabwe was interesting to a degree. The chief was a nice chap, who clearly likes talking or should I say preaching? I guess perhaps naively I expected someone in traditional dress, rather than a pair of jeans and an Adidas top. I didn't really expect to see old tyres and stuff lying around...it was OK but I wouldn't bother doing it again. As mentioned in another part of the review, I thought Hermanus out of whale spotting season was just another rich persons location that tourist go to for a spot of lunch. Overall on balance we enjoyed the whole experience though.
    Nicholas Pringle
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    5 stars
    Loved the Entabeni Conservancy - beautiful!
    Doris Herzke Selvaggi
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    4 stars
    I particularly enjoyed the river ride in Chobe. We saw many elephants playing in the river. Hippos, too.
    Joann Wegman
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    4 stars
    The accommodations were very nice and the food was good at most places. The areas visited were very interesting. I would suggest skipping Stellenbosch/Hermanus unless it is whale season. In addition , the cost of the internal flights should be included in the tour price.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was a not stop tour of different experiences. Everything I expected was delivered travel between places was painless every place lived up to expectation saw lots of wildlife,the first Lion encounter was my most memorable experience being so close to wild animals.
    Gordon Clarke
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    4 stars
    Overall, it was a wonderful experience. The only reason for the four stars was that the long trip to Hermanus to have lunch and then the long drive back was a waste of time. It was a charming town but we didn't have time to explore it, and I didn't need more time to shop in Stellenboch. The lunch and wine tasting was outstanding and memorable. Maybe a trip and tour through another winery would have been more enjoyable than the long drive just for lunch.
    Eleanor Howells
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    5 stars
    This tour far exceeded my expectations and this was all due to our tour manager **** *****! She anticipated absolutely every possible “want” we could have — from food to drinks, wine tours, accommodations, markets — everything! Loved every minute of it!
    Irene Regier
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was well organized, beginning with Cape Town and learning about the South African culture, a couple of nights at Stellenbosch, a smaller college town with a great winery, two nights in the Entabeni game preserve with lots of animals and great photos, two nights in Botswana with Victoria Falls and more great photos, one night in Johannesburg at the mall with Mandella’s statue, and culminated in Chobe National Park with a river cruise and more animals and great photos. All of the hotel accommodations were outstanding.
    William Ewens
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    4 stars
    I just typed all my information and it disappeared. You already know my complaint about receiving the travel material in advance.
    Gale Fullerton
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Trip of a lifetime ! From day 1 to the end of the trip we could not have asked for a more amazing experience!
    Brett Regier
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    4 stars
    Kinda slow, although that was the tour we signed up for.
    Christian Ziesenheim
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The safaris were excellent and the hotels were outsanding. The first safari we went on was an evening one and a magnificent lion walked past the passenger side of the jeep went in front of it and sat in the road. His lioness and cubs were in the bushes on the side if the road.
    Vincenza Esposito
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    5 stars
    Wonderful, unique, part of the world.
    Russell Gil
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    5 stars
    Lodgings and good were wonderful
    Claire Church
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    5 stars
    Hard call - loved seeing Victoria Falls even though they not at full strength. However, wildlife is my thing - lucky to see all the Big 5.
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    3star
    Safari and safari tour guide.
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    5 stars
    There are no words to describe the morning we walked out our door to 3 giraffes eating in the yard.
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    4 stars
    Favourite experience was our stay at Hang lip Mountain Lodge and game drives there
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Well paced tour with the right balance between for sightseeing and safaris. Seeing elephants in Chobe national park. Including all gratuities in the tour price is a very good idea. However it only works if all members of a tour group are on the same scheme. It is is embarrassing when some members of the group are seen tipping (those from the USA) and some (the British and Australians) are not. There was no information given as to how the gratuities that were included in the holiday price found their way to the intended recipients.
    Richard Sharpe
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    A very good tour which exceeded my expectations.Cape town is a great city and we felt very safe. The game drives were all excellent with very knowledgeable rangers. I would have preferred not to stay overnight in Johannesburg as it was just a hotel and shopping mall experience but understand that we had a flight to catch the next morning. I would have liked to stay overnight in Hermanus. We had quite a long drive to visit there and only stayed 1.5 hours. Inclusive tipping for British and Australians is a great idea but in practice it does not work. Everyone else is giving a tip and we just say thank you and walk on. Very embarrassing! So we give a tip and are in effect tipping twice. Inclusive tipping has to be for everyone or no-one. My one complaint about Collette is the misleading information about the Zimbabwe Visa. Even after querying this with them the final information booklet which we received still stated a multi entry visa, which is wrong! It is a double entry visa obtained on arrival. Multi entry visas can only be obtained in advance
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The very best part, of course, was getting to see so many different kinds of animals in their natural environment. The itinerary was great; Victoria Falls, Hermanus, and the game drives in Chobe and Entabeni were amazing. I appreciated the flexibility in scheduling that enabled us to rearrange some excursions until the weather cleared enough for us to go to Table Mountain. The river cruise on the Zambezi River was very relaxing, and it was fun to see hippos in the water. The Chobe and Entabeni lodges were especially nice since they made me feel close to nature. I hope to go on Collette's tour of Kenya and Tanzania next year. Traveling with a small group creates a warmer social environment than being with a large group, and everyone in this group was friendly and cooperative. We all appreciated the high level of service Ian Pletzer, our tour manager, provided.
    Paula Bennett
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    One of the best, if not the best tour we have ever been on. great places to stay, great excursions, everything was great.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The people I met and especially the TD *Personal details removed by Feefo* was outstanding. The places we stayed and visited was exactly what I would have put together myself...it felt just right for the money invested.
    Sharon Robison
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Beautiful lovely breathtaking place
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The sightseeing, the animals, THE VICTORIA FALLS and the breathtaking Reserve with live animals. We had our accommodations with the animals.
    Pepito Miranda
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Safari game rides, Victoria Falls, beautiful Cape Town and the coast line of southwestern South Africa.
    Roland James Roaches
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Started in Dubai & enjoyed city tour and sand dune drive and Bedouin camp dinner. Cape Town excelled with tours to Table Mountain, Boulder Beach & the Penguins, dinner at the Gold restaurant (wonderful) and a family hosted dinner was a great changed from hotel food. On to Stellenbosch for a wine tasting lunch and outdoor craft sale. On to Hermanus, a quaint seaside town for casual shopping and a meal by the water. Next up, Entabeni Conservatory where we saw an amazing selection of animals, lion family, elephants, zebras, wart hogs and RHINOS! Loved the tailgate coffee breaks and cocktail parties! Last stop was Chobi National Wildlife Park. Best part was going to the Elephant Sanctuary where we petted and fed treats to the elephants. Also saw Victoria Falls which was amazing! Best trip ever!
    Kay Sherk
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    5 stars
    The Entabeni Reserve was a highlight. The Hanglip Lodge was perfect for our group of 17. The whole place catered solely to our group, making it feel like our private resort and gave an overall feeling of home. The safari drives were amazing with knowledgeable guides and plenty of animals to observe. Having the elephants and wildabeast roam the property just outside our cabins contributed immensely to the African experience.
    Julie Zurakowski
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    5 stars
    I went to see elephants and I saw lots of them.
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    5 stars
    the safari adventures were wonderful
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    5 stars
    We were well looked after by ****** our tour manager. The tours arranged were what we expected (and wanted) and accommodations very good.
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    5 stars
    Excellent tour ! Morning Safari at the Entabeni Game Reserve!
    Hazel Pompey
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    4 stars
    Wildlife experience in Entabeni was excellent.
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    4 stars
    The city guide in Dubai was terrible! We felt we hardly visited Cape Town, We would have loved a walking tour instead of zooming by everything by bus.
    Susan Fortier
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    4 stars
    3 day stay at Entabeni -- superior in every regard Elephant Sanctuary in Chobe, Botswana Chobe National Park.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Mostly very well chosen venues, but this was the wrong time of year to be visiting Victoria Falls. Victoria is a shadow of itself in late October, with Iguassu in Brazil being far more impressive. They should have managed our expectations. Better, the incremental cost of the travel to take in Victoria may have been better spent to go elsewhere.
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    4 stars
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    5 stars
    Excellent Safaris, very good excursions.
    Srinivas Prabandham
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    5 stars
    Excellent tour director, first class hotels, great pace of the the African tour, nice mingling of city and safari. The small group made the tour even better, you didn't feel herded. We would definitely consider another Collette tour. We especially liked the small groups and the boutique hotels that were selected.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Very nice to have a small group of 17. Loved the safari trip up the mountain at Entebeni to see rhinos. Loved the visit to Mr. Mbisi's village, seeing Victoria Falls via helicopter, early morning game drives, wine tasting and town, Chobe River game cruises. Our vehicle was nearly attacked by elephants who had to be chased away by our ranger.
    Janet
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    5 stars
    My favorite experiences were : the desert trip in Dubi , riding a camel, feeding the elephants in Botswana and walking with the lions . I also enjoyed the river safari watching the elephants playing in the water.
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    5 stars
    The game drives were wonderful. Rain or shine we had a fabulous time.
    Barbara
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our tour manager Desmond was the best guide we have ever had in our 45 years of world travels.Mind you, all have been good. Desmond had the expertise combined with charisma, sense of humor,tactfulness. Most memorable experiences-- the game drives! We were prepared for an anticlimatic experience since we have done safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, however it was just as exciting. Guides were excellent. Disappointed that we could not ride the elephants as we did in Laos with Collette.This should be reintroduced. I'm a lover of elephants and this seems nothing more than a political move on Collette's part. The substitution of petting not riding the elephants was extremely disappointing and not called for. The company visited attended to the elephants expertly and humanely. It is disconcerting to watch others riding the elephants and not Collette tourists. We are glad that we had visited Laos and had the experience of riding them before Collette changed the programme.
    Brian
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    2star
    The safaris were wonderful, however most other scheduled events were either rushed or had very poor content. Hotel rooms were not placed in the most advantageous locations, poor views, bad locations.
    Keith

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