Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls (IQZ)

11 Day Package from Johannesburg to Johannesburg

Smoking…we all know it’s bad for you. But what about “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” which is what the locals call Victoria Falls? Seeing them will delight you and will most assuredly be good for you. And no one brings you Victoria Falls like Monograms! Victoria Falls is not the only place you’ll visit on this 11-day vacation. You’ll also go on safari in some of Botswana’s most famous game reserves and national parks. We’ve made it easy for you by arranging your choice of accommodations, most of your meals, game drives, and more. And on safari, you’ll have experienced Rangers and game trackers with you on all game viewing activities. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®—someone who is there to help make sure your vacation runs smoothly—in both Johannesburg & Victoria Falls.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Johannesburg, where we can pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The next day, after an included breakfast, you'll fly to Botswana and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in southern Africa. Here, you will have three game drives in a 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle. Be on the lookout for cheetah, leopard, springbok, gemsbok, the rare brown hyena, and the famed black-maned Kalahari lion. We've also arranged for you to have a guided walk with San Bushmen to learn about their intriguing culture, survival and hunting skills, and extensive knowledge of desert animal and plant life.

Then, it’s off to the famed Okavango Delta. This area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland—making it ideal for your three game activities here. Have your camera ready for cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. We’ll also take you to Chobe National Park, which features some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. You'll have three game activities here consisting of game drives and boat excursions. You may see giraffe, lion, and huge herds of elephant, which are said to be the largest elephants on Earth.

Finally, a private transfer brings you to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Your Local Host in Victoria Falls will help you get settled and feel right at home. We've arranged for you to have a private, guided walk of Victoria Falls, so you can learn the history of the falls and hear about the surrounding flora and fauna. Photos do not do justice to these awe-inspiring falls; you must experience them in person! And did we mention we've included a cruise on the Zambezi River, where you'll have an opportunity to take photographs of the wildlife—such as hippos, crocodiles, and elephants—and a stunning Africa sunset?

Between the game drives we've included, the hotels and lodges we’ve booked, and the guides and transportation we've arranged, all you have to do is make sure you remember your camera! We've taken care of the rest. Between the time saved, the hassles taken care of regarding where to go and how to get from one destination to the next, and even having locals there to help you spot the game, you've got yourself an unbeatable vacation!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

Local Hosts in Johannesburg & Victoria Falls; professional Rangers & game trackers on safari in Botswana

Meals Included

American breakfast daily6 lunches7 dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Private sightseeing and shared game drives, as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your vacation package includes a bush walk with San bushmen, known for their tracking and hunting skills, and their unique click language!

DAY
1
Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel for the night.

DAY
2
Johannesburg–Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Today, fly to the CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE (via Maun), the largest game reserve in southern Africa, to start your safari adventure. The Kalahari is a desert climate with a strong population of permanent game, including gemsbok, springbok, cheetah, and leopard. During the summer rains, between December and April, the desert comes alive, and vast numbers of plains game migrate to the area to feed on the short grasses. Enjoy an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE, keeping a look out for the rare brown hyena and the famed black-maned Kalahari lion.

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DAY
3
Central Kalahari

Explore the area further during your MORNING GAME DRIVE. This afternoon, enjoy a short GAME DRIVE and a GUIDED WALK with SAN BUSHMEN to learn about their fascinating culture, survival and hunting skills, and their vast knowledge of the desert’s animal and plant life.

NOTE:
The guided walk with San Bushmen can move to Day 4 based on the weather/lodge capacity.

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DAY
4
Central Kalahari–Okavango Delta

Today, fly to the famed OKAVANGO DELTA. This vast area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland, making it ideal for game viewing. After settling in, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY.

NOTE:
Game activities in the Okavango vary by lodge/camp and can be land or water based.

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DAYS
5-6
Okavango

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES each day. Spot cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. If you are lucky, you might even see the reclusive leopard.

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1 LunchLunch
1 DinnerDinner daily

DAY
7
Okavango–Chobe National Park Area

Today, fly to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, featuring some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Partake in an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY before settling in for the evening.

NOTE:
Game activities in Chobe vary by lodge, but mainly consist of game drives/boat excursions.

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DAY
8
Chobe Area

Explore this stunning land on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. You may see giraffe, lion, lechwe, and more. Also watch for the huge herds of elephant, which are said to be the largest elephants in the world.

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DAY
9
Chobe Area–Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A PRIVATE TRANSFER by road brings you to VICTORIA FALLS. Check in to your hotel and get settled. This evening, a CRUISE on the Zambezi River affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular Africa sunset.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty Victoria Falls for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

NOTE:
During the dry season (September-December) and dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

DAY
11
Victoria Falls–Johannesburg–Homebound Flight

Your vacation ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

Johannesburg: private vehicle; Central Kalahari: shared 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle; Okavango & Chobe: shared 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle, mokoro, and/or boat (varies by lodge/camp); private road transfer from Chobe to Victoria Falls; private (Johannesburg & Victoria Falls) or shared (Botswana) airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

Included Hotels

Johannesburg
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park Area
Victoria Falls

Protea Hotel Balalaika

20 Maude Street, Sandown
Johannesburg, South Africa

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

A hotel in the heart of Sandton with a classic English country-style decor and comfortable rooms. The lush gardens and swimming pools offer an oasis in the city where one can relax and unwind while still being close to Johannesburg's top attractions. Just a short walk away are Sandton City Shopping Centre and Mandela Square with many restaurants and shops.

Location & Highlights

The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a tranquil oasis of country estate in the heart of the business and entertainment hub of Sandton, just outside Johannesburg, South Africa and approximately 30 minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
All 330 rooms at the Protea Hotel Balalaika are tastefully decorated in an English country style and offer a home away from home for the discerning guest. Each spacious guestroom offers the normal amenities one would expect in a hotel including air-conditioning, TV, and in-room safe.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Johannesburg
Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park Area
Victoria Falls

The Maslow

Corner Graystone Drive & Rivonia Road
Sandton, South Africa

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

The Maslow is packed with state-of-the art facilities ranging from an alluring bar, a tempting bistro, calming lounges, and luxurious guestrooms. Make yourself at home in this oasis with beautiful gardens, water features, and crisp blue pool. All of this within a short distance of the Gautrain Station and Nelson Mandela Square.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Sandton and just a short walk to Mandela Square with its shops and restaurants.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
The 281 air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated in a neutral palate blending elegant comfort, modernity and high-tech equipment. Each features luxurious linens, high ceilings, extra length beds, blackout curtains, and a workstation with free WiFi access.

Sandton Sun

Corner Fifth and Alice Streets
Johannesburg, South Africa

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 10:00

Built in 1984, the hotel is every inch a grand property, offering guests the ultimate "red carpet experience". This is punctuated by staff who strive to provide superb VIP treatment for all who pass through the doors. Situated in Sandton, the heart of Johannesburg's new Central Business District, guests are perfectly located within easy reach of the city's finest entertainment and leisure amenities.

Location & Highlights

Located in the Sandton area with direct access to shopping and the many fine restaurants and bars in Mandela Square.

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Shoe Shine
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
The 334 luxurious rooms each feature modern amenities and world class creature comforts, making your stay at the hotel one never to be forgotten.

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

36 Saxon Rd, Sandhurst
Johannesburg, South Africa

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is a luxurious oasis on ten landscaped acres in Johannesburg's neighborhood of Sandhurst, known for its quiet tree-lined avenues. Johannesburgers know The Saxon as an exclusive retreat with an award-winning spa and elegant dining in the restaurant or more intimate wine cellars. The accommodations evoke a sense of calm, with many overlooking the massive pool. Perhaps the hotel's proudest boast, however, is that the former South African president and Nobel Prize-winner Nelson Mandela chose the Saxon as his sanctuary in which to complete his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Location & Highlights

Located in Johannesburg's quiet neighborhood of Sandhurst, close to Sandton making it an ideal location.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
Luxury rooms offer over 800 sq. ft. of living space and are furnished in Saxon's signature African style. The open plan layout features a lounge and dining area with business desk and views over the garden, city skyline, or pool terrace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included as well as non-alcoholic minibar items. The large bathrooms include two vanity areas, bath, and walk-in rain shower.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Game Drive in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Journey to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve for an exciting game drive.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Take to the sky for great views of Victoria Falls.

Price Range: $$$$

Village Visit

Visit a rural village for fascinating interactions with the local people and gain an insight into their life and culture.

Price Range: $$

Fishing the Zambezi River

Fish the Zambezi River for one of the world's great freshwater game fish, the powerful Tigerfish.

Price Range: $$$

Home Hosted Dinner

Join a local family for dinner and fascinating conversation all while learning about the local culture and traditions.

Price Range: $

Insider

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Johannesburg, South AfricaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Johannesburg, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Johannesburg and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Johannesburg and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Ian is a proud South African who has been guiding since 1999. Ian loves animals and over the years he has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of the animals of South Africa, their habits and environments; especially whales, great white sharks and elephants. Ian’s diverse career history stretches from working in the largest winery in South Africa, owning and running an advertising company for 10 years, to selling power transmission equipment from USA. As a tour-guide Ian feels he has found his niche in life and that is to show visitors a truly wonderful country!

Newtown

Newtown Cultural Precinct is where some of Johannesburg’s hot and happening cultural scene can be found. At the heart of Newtown sits the famous Museum Africa as well as the Market Theatre complex. Newtown is part of the inner city regeneration project and promises to be Joburg’s most popular tourist hotspot.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

This nature reserve features over 600 species of flowering plants, 210 species of birds, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.

Days of Gold

Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can go underground on a mine exploration and relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg.

Union Buildings

Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker Built in 1913 to accommodate the offices of the Prime Minister the buildings now house the offices of the State President. Set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, you can take in magnificent views of the city or visit the Delville Wood memorial commemorating South African soldiers who died in the Battle of Delville Wood in World War I.

In nearby Pretoria

Kruger House

President Paul Kruger lived in a house situated just three blocks from Church Square, from 1884 until 1900. The Victorian gabled house – which represents a simplified version of the neo-Gothic style - is a museum and displays his furniture, stagecoach, private railway coach and all of his personal effects. A few hundred meters to the west, is Pretoria’s Old Cemetery, Helde Akker (heroes’ acre) where President Kruger lies buried.

Museum Heartland

Pretoria offers a number of fantastic museums, grouped together as Museum Park. Why not visit the Natural Cultural History Museum of Science and Technology, the Transvaal Museum and the GeoScience Museum, to mention just a few.

Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

Perched conspicuously on top of one of the many hills that surround the city of Pretoria, is the imposing Voortrekker Monument. This enormous granite construction commemorates the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked from the Cape, between 1835 and 1854, in search of independence from British rule.

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Situated 40 km to the northwest of Pretoria, the Tswaing Meteorite Crater is known as the Pretoria Saltpan. One of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, this crater is home to a few stone artifacts of the Late Stone Age as well as an impressive wetland.

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Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,711. Required intra-vacation air segments are Johannesburg/Central Kalahari; Central Kalahari/Okavango Delta; Okavango Delta/Kasane; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg. Air prices in this brochure were effective on July 12, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.

NOTES:

  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • Consult with your physician for the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
  • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
  • Due to limited capacity on charter flights in Botswana, your luggage must be soft-sided with dimensions not exceeding 26"x12"x10" or weight exceeding 44 lbs including hand luggage.
  • Flights in Botswana have a strict passenger weight restriction. Due to this, the weight of each passenger will be required and an extra seat charge may apply.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).