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Program #19499RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Johannesburg is at 5,575 feet; Victoria Falls is around 3,300 ft.

Itinerary for Oct 7 — Oct 12, 2015

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Melrose Place Guest Lodge is an owner-operated, boutique hotel that is conveniently located in the Melrose district of Johannesburg. The lodge’s lush, tranquil gardens are a haven for a wide variety of birdlife, and make for a relaxing and charming environment. The guest lodge is conveniently located near Rosebank center, within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. Melrose Place prides itself in personalized service and attention to detail. This property is truly an oasis in the city.

Contact info:
12A North Street
Melrose
Johannesburg, South Africa
phone: +27 (0)11 442 5231
web: www.melroseplace.co.za

Room amenities: Each of the 30 individually decorated en-suite rooms are generously sized and offer very comfortable bedding. Rooms feature their own entrances and patios with secluded views of the shady picturesque gardens. Coffee and tea is offered daily at no additional cost. Rooms feature satellite television as well as a wall safe and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Melrose Place includes a large swimming pool as well as complimentary access to a large, modern fitness center open 24 hours a day. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the resident cook and are available upon request. Onsite laundry and dry cleaning services are also available. Free wireless internet is available in all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please phone EXPLORE, Inc.
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 07 - End of Main Program #19398/ Overview of Zimbabwe
Afternoon: Fly from Hoedspruit, South Africa to Johannesburg at the end of main program #19398, South Africa Wildlife Safari and the Garden Route. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you are met and transferred to Melrose Place Guest Lodge. As a precursor to tomorrow, your group leader gives an overview on Zimbabwe’s history, cultures, and wildlife.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Melrose Place Guest Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the A’Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and jetty site. The imaginative architecture, with its sweeping curve of grass thatch, blends well with the lush green lawns. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wildlife and nature, while enjoying renowned service. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the national park and the gardens.

Contact info:
308 Parkway Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 757 098
web: azambeziriverlodge.com

Room amenities: Each well appointed room has air conditioning and most have balconies facing the Zambezi River. All rooms also have satellite television and direct dial phones. Guests can also enjoy the minibar as well as coffee and tea. Each room has a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an award-winning restaurant situated at the front of the hotel with a wrap-around deck just feet away from the Zambezi River. There are lush tropical gardens that surround the hotel. There is also a reading room where you can immerse yourself in a book, check out friends and family on the internet or catch up with the latest news stories. You can also relax under the glorious African sun, next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool where waiters will serve you the all day snack menu and an array of cocktails and drinks. The A'Zambezi River Lodge features free wifi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Two: Thursday, October 08 - Fly to Victoria Falls/ Local Village Visit
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: After breakfast you are transferred back to the Johannesburg airport to board your commercial flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Lunch: On board the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive Victoria Falls where you clear Customs and are met and transferred approximately 30 minutes to the A'Zambezi River Lodge. Please be advised that long lines at Victoria Falls Airport can sometimes cause delays while obtaining a visa. After settling into your room, you transfer to Intabayengwe Village, a nearby traditional village. Here you have the chance to meet members of the community and see how they live. You help the local women prepare a traditional meal and see what role women play in the village. You also visit a local, illegal “moonshiner’s” distillation facility and learn about this underground industry. Visits to some of the homes and the local pre-school round out the visit.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: A'Zambezi River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the A’Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and jetty site. The imaginative architecture, with its sweeping curve of grass thatch, blends well with the lush green lawns. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wildlife and nature, while enjoying renowned service. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the national park and the gardens.

Contact info:
308 Parkway Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 757 098
web: azambeziriverlodge.com

Room amenities: Each well appointed room has air conditioning and most have balconies facing the Zambezi River. All rooms also have satellite television and direct dial phones. Guests can also enjoy the minibar as well as coffee and tea. Each room has a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an award-winning restaurant situated at the front of the hotel with a wrap-around deck just feet away from the Zambezi River. There are lush tropical gardens that surround the hotel. There is also a reading room where you can immerse yourself in a book, check out friends and family on the internet or catch up with the latest news stories. You can also relax under the glorious African sun, next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool where waiters will serve you the all day snack menu and an array of cocktails and drinks. The A'Zambezi River Lodge features free wifi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Three: Friday, October 09 - Chobe National Park
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: This morning you are transferred across the border to Chobe National Park, Botswana for a full-day excursion. After crossing the Botswana border, you are taken for a game drive within the park. Chobe National Park remains one of Africa’s prime game-viewing areas. Here one finds all of the “Big Five,” except for rhino. This is elephant country, home to the largest population of elephants in the world…many of these great grey giants can be seen at this time of year. (Note that seasonality makes a big difference in how much game you will see. If it’s dry you will see larger herds; if it has recently rained the animals will be more dispersed.) The park forms part of Botswana’s northern-most border and is a contrast of desert aridity and flood plains. The Chobe region is best known for its vast magnificent river and floodplains filled with grazing herds of big game. Buffalo, sable, lion, leopard, hippo, hyena, and many species of antelope find safety in this huge national park. Chobe is one of Africa’s most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges.

Lunch: At one of the local lodges, located on the banks of the Chobe River.

Afternoon: Following lunch, head out on a game-viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. You explore the Chobe River by motorboat where you may come face to face with the elephant, buffalo and other wildlife that gather on the banks of the river to drink and bathe. Immerse yourself in the unique environment viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets. Your group leader gives a lecture on the immense birdlife in the area. Once the safari boat cruise is done, you are transferred back across the border into Zimbabwe and driven back to your lodge.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: A'Zambezi River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the A’Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and jetty site. The imaginative architecture, with its sweeping curve of grass thatch, blends well with the lush green lawns. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wildlife and nature, while enjoying renowned service. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the national park and the gardens.

Contact info:
308 Parkway Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 757 098
web: azambeziriverlodge.com

Room amenities: Each well appointed room has air conditioning and most have balconies facing the Zambezi River. All rooms also have satellite television and direct dial phones. Guests can also enjoy the minibar as well as coffee and tea. Each room has a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an award-winning restaurant situated at the front of the hotel with a wrap-around deck just feet away from the Zambezi River. There are lush tropical gardens that surround the hotel. There is also a reading room where you can immerse yourself in a book, check out friends and family on the internet or catch up with the latest news stories. You can also relax under the glorious African sun, next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool where waiters will serve you the all day snack menu and an array of cocktails and drinks. The A'Zambezi River Lodge features free wifi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Four: Saturday, October 10 - Free Time/ Victoria Falls and Dr. David Livingsto...
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: This morning you have free time to explore Victoria Falls on your own or participate in one of the many optional activities offered in the area.

Lunch: On your own account to explore local fare.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you hear a presentation on David Livingstone's "discovery" of the Falls by a noted local historian, given over tea at the hotel. Afterward, your group leader leads you on a walk to the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls is where the Zambezi River opens out into an extravaganza of roaring, spray-tumbled water, known to the locals as "Mosi oa Tunya" (the smoke that thunders). Few sights are as awe-inspiring as this when the ground rumbles with the forces of the water.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: A'Zambezi River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Five: Sunday, October 11 - Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, you have time to pack before you are transferred to the Victoria Falls airport to board your commercial flight to Johannesburg.

Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you connect to your international flight home or ongoing travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Six: Monday, October 12 - Arrive Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.



Free Time Opportunities


Victoria Falls
Elephant Back SafariRide atop elephants on a unique safari through Victoria Falls National Park. The trail leads through the pristine bush and valley of the Masuwe River, which is home to numerous species of wildlife; here it is possible to see elephant, kudu, buffalo, impala and leopard. There is also excellent birding with over 50 species to be sighted. Each elephant is under the charge of a handler. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Advanced booking is recommended as space is limited.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/elephants/
Helicopter FlightSee Victoria Falls from a bird's eye view in a 12 or 25 minute helicopter flight. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Bookings can be made on site, too.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/moreactivitiesZIM/#helicopter

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
2 Flights during the program

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