Victoria Falls & Safari in Botswana (3 nights)

CAP 403-201
Highlights
  • Visit to Victoria Falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Full day safari in Botswana
Program Overview
Country: South Africa
Depart: 03/20/2017 0500
Return: 03/23/2017 2100
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min. 26 / Max. 34
Program Fee
$2847 (early booking: $2728)

Field Class Conflicts
  • SPCM 357 Film and Social Change
  • SOC 362 Social Change
  • POLS 462 Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice
  • IE 472 Education for Global Peace
  • MGT 410 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • HDFS 311 Adolescence/Early Adult Development in Context
  • LB/JTC 456 Documentary Film as a Liberal Art

Attention US passport holders: a double entry visa is required for Zimbabwe (based on entering the country, exiting to Botswana and re-entering.) At the time of publication, a double entry visa is USD 75 pp obtainable on arrival into Vic Falls Airport. Currently a Visa is NOT required for USA citizens to entire Botswana. This information is all subject to change. Please be aware if you travel on this program you may need additional blank pages in your passport! Non-US passport holders should contact SAS to discuss applicable Visas.

The Victoria Falls or as the locals refer to it as Mosi-o-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization.

During this tour, you will explore the famous Victoria Falls, enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, feast on local delights during a Boma dinner, as well embark on a full day safari in Chobe, Botswana

Itinerary

Day 1

Monday, March 20, 2017

-Depart quayside and transfer to Cape Town International Airport

-Check in and board your flight

-Fly Cape Town to Johannesburg (Flight details to be confirmed)

-On arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you are met and assisted with check-in of your onward flight

-Fly Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Airport (Flight details to be confirmed)

-On arrival in Victoria Falls, you are met and transferred to your hotel located at Victoria Falls (Remember passport & visa)

-Check in followed by a delicious Lunch at the Hotel

-Leisure Time at the Hotel

-You are collected from your hotel for a short road transfer to Zambezi -River for your sunset cruise (2 – 2 ½ hour duration)

-Transfer back to the hotel to freshen up prior to dinner

-Dinner is served at the hotel’s restaurant (one drink & gratuity included)

Day 2

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

-Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel

-Depart hotel and embark on a 2 hour Guided Tour of the Falls

-Return to your hotel

-Time at leisure

-Enjoy lunch at the hotel

-Pick up from hotel for 13-minute helicopter flight over the falls

-Enjoy the Flight over the falls

-Return to the hotel and freshen up before dinner

-Dinner is served at the hotel

Day 3

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

-Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel

-Depart the hotel on your transfer to Chobe, Botswana

-Embark on a boat cruise on Chobe River

-Lunch is served at a Chobe Lodge (one drink & gratuity included)

-Embark on a game drive in Chobe National Park

-Return transfer to the Victoria Falls free time to freshen up before dinner transfer

-Free time to freshen up prior to dinner

-Dinner at The Boma Restaurant located at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge including African Cultural entertainment. Return to your hotel thereafter

Day 4

Thursday, March 23, 2017

-Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel

-Collect your belongings and to complete check-out formalities

-Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight

-Check in for your flight to Johannesburg

-Fly Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (Flight details to be confirmed)

-Clear immigration and make your way to domestic departures (assistance included)

-Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town (Flight details to be confirmed)

-Collect your bags and transfer back to Semester at Sea Cruise liner

Meals Included

  • Breakfast (Day 2, 3, 4)
  • Lunch (Day 1, 2, 3)
  • Dinner (Day 1, 2, 3)
  • Sunset cruise including local beverages (day 1)

Special Note

-Zimbabwe & Botswana is malaria risk areas. Ensure that your physician has been consulted.
-Please note that the water flowing over the edge of the falls is seasonal (March is High season)
-The water flow over the Victoria Falls is not guaranteed, due to the fact that it does depend on the rains
-Please consult your local Embassy for the updated details for visa requirements for Zimbabwe & Botswana (see details below), including the amount of blank pages required in your passport including entry back into SA (minimum 6 pages suggested)
-Only 1 soft sided bag of 20 kg allowed
-Packing Suggestions: Sunblock, sunhat, sunglasses, comfortable (closed-toe) walking shoes, windbreaker, swimsuits, comfortable light-weight clothing and possibly sweater and light-weight long pants for the evenings
-Domestic / Regional travel baggage allowance: 20 kg per person; Hand luggage is 1 piece per person (8 kg)
-Please note that the game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy”. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.
-Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones on or during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals.
-Smoking is not permitted during the game-drives
-For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years allowed on the open vehicles
-Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed