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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 Feb 4 — Feb 9, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)11-622-8436
web: www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2013 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

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

Additional nights before: $180-210/dbl; $145-170/single
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing. The additional night prices quoted above are approximate.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, February 04 - 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 the Courtyard Hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy the complimentary beverages and snacks during happy hour in the main lounge of the hotel. As a precursor to tomorrow, your group leader gives an overview on Zimbabwe’s history, cultures, and wildlife.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Victoria Falls Hotel, a beautiful hotel designed in the colonial tradition, is an African landmark. Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is nicknamed "the grand old lady of the Falls." The elegant lounges offer serenity and seclusion. The corridors reflect all the past glories of the Empire, and the suites and rooms are superbly furnished in Edwardian-style. The courtyard entrance to the hotel overlooks lily ponds, lush flowering shrubs and palm trees. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon on the terrace with a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge in the background.

Contact info:
2 Mallett Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263-13-44751
web: www.victoriafallshotel.com/

Room amenities: Full en-suite bathrooms, 24-hour room service, personal room safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, electrical outlets (220 V), direct dial telephone, satellite TV including BBC World and CNN, mini-bars in suites, heat and air-conditioning. Ground floor rooms are available.

Facility amenities: A breakfast buffet as well as full English breakfasts are served in "The Jungle Junction." "Stanley's Terrace," another hotel restaurant, boasts delicious options for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and drinks. An elegant dinner experience is offered in The Livingstone Room restaurant (dress code- smart casual at this restaurant). Amenities include same-day laundry service, golf course and rentals, chapel, hotel lounge, tennis courts, swimming pool, US Currency exchange, gift shop, doctor on call, hair salon, beauty therapist, as well as library and reading rooms. For miscellaneous purchases, Victoria Falls Hotel accepts US dollars, euros, British pounds, and Visa credit cards. Victoria Falls Hotel is located in a safe neighborhood. There is a first aid kit for guests and the hotel has 24 hour security. A doctor is on-call 24 hours a day. In the case of serious illness or injury, guests will be evacuated to Johannesburg for treatment. Wireless Information:To connect to the internet using one's laptop visit Guest Services for the wireless password. Otherwise, guests can use a computer in the E-lounge and connect to the internet there. As of June 2013 Victoria Falls Hotel does not charge for wireless services, but it is considering charging for it in the future.

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: Wednesday, February 05 - Fly to Victoria Falls/ Local Village Visit
Breakfast: At the hotel.

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 Victoria Falls Hotel. After settling into your room, you transfer to Mpisi Village, a nearby traditional village. Here you meet the headman, Mr. Mpisi (mpisi means "hyena" in the local language), a highly respected chief and traditional healer as well as an authority on the history of his people, the Matabele. Mr. Mpisi discusses with you the fascinating history of this proud nation from their origins in Zululand, South Africa to present day Zimbabwe. This fascinating story is related in the setting of Mr. Mpisi's traditional home; after the discussion you may explore this setting that has remained largely unchanged for generations.

Dinner: At one of the hotel's restaurants.

Lodging: Victoria Falls Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Victoria Falls Hotel, a beautiful hotel designed in the colonial tradition, is an African landmark. Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is nicknamed "the grand old lady of the Falls." The elegant lounges offer serenity and seclusion. The corridors reflect all the past glories of the Empire, and the suites and rooms are superbly furnished in Edwardian-style. The courtyard entrance to the hotel overlooks lily ponds, lush flowering shrubs and palm trees. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon on the terrace with a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge in the background.

Contact info:
2 Mallett Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263-13-44751
web: www.victoriafallshotel.com/

Room amenities: Full en-suite bathrooms, 24-hour room service, personal room safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, electrical outlets (220 V), direct dial telephone, satellite TV including BBC World and CNN, mini-bars in suites, heat and air-conditioning. Ground floor rooms are available.

Facility amenities: A breakfast buffet as well as full English breakfasts are served in "The Jungle Junction." "Stanley's Terrace," another hotel restaurant, boasts delicious options for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and drinks. An elegant dinner experience is offered in The Livingstone Room restaurant (dress code- smart casual at this restaurant). Amenities include same-day laundry service, golf course and rentals, chapel, hotel lounge, tennis courts, swimming pool, US Currency exchange, gift shop, doctor on call, hair salon, beauty therapist, as well as library and reading rooms. For miscellaneous purchases, Victoria Falls Hotel accepts US dollars, euros, British pounds, and Visa credit cards. Victoria Falls Hotel is located in a safe neighborhood. There is a first aid kit for guests and the hotel has 24 hour security. A doctor is on-call 24 hours a day. In the case of serious illness or injury, guests will be evacuated to Johannesburg for treatment. Wireless Information:To connect to the internet using one's laptop visit Guest Services for the wireless password. Otherwise, guests can use a computer in the E-lounge and connect to the internet there. As of June 2013 Victoria Falls Hotel does not charge for wireless services, but it is considering charging for it in the future.

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: Thursday, February 06 - Chobe National Park
Breakfast: At the hotel.

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 directly to the river to board your motorboat for a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River. Immerse yourself in the unique environment viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets; plentiful wildlife is also visible as they come to drink from the river. Your group leader gives a lecture on the immense birdlife in the area. Tea/coffee and light snacks are served on the boat.

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

Afternoon: Following lunch, you take a game drive in open-air, 4x4 vehicles within Chobe National Park, moving through the plains searching for predators and other game. 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. This is one of Africa’s most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges. Once the game drive is done, you are transferred back across the border into Zimbabwe and driven back to your hotel.

Dinner: At one of the hotel's restaurants.

Lodging: Victoria Falls Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Victoria Falls Hotel, a beautiful hotel designed in the colonial tradition, is an African landmark. Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is nicknamed "the grand old lady of the Falls." The elegant lounges offer serenity and seclusion. The corridors reflect all the past glories of the Empire, and the suites and rooms are superbly furnished in Edwardian-style. The courtyard entrance to the hotel overlooks lily ponds, lush flowering shrubs and palm trees. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon on the terrace with a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge in the background.

Contact info:
2 Mallett Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263-13-44751
web: www.victoriafallshotel.com/

Room amenities: Full en-suite bathrooms, 24-hour room service, personal room safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, electrical outlets (220 V), direct dial telephone, satellite TV including BBC World and CNN, mini-bars in suites, heat and air-conditioning. Ground floor rooms are available.

Facility amenities: A breakfast buffet as well as full English breakfasts are served in "The Jungle Junction." "Stanley's Terrace," another hotel restaurant, boasts delicious options for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and drinks. An elegant dinner experience is offered in The Livingstone Room restaurant (dress code- smart casual at this restaurant). Amenities include same-day laundry service, golf course and rentals, chapel, hotel lounge, tennis courts, swimming pool, US Currency exchange, gift shop, doctor on call, hair salon, beauty therapist, as well as library and reading rooms. For miscellaneous purchases, Victoria Falls Hotel accepts US dollars, euros, British pounds, and Visa credit cards. Victoria Falls Hotel is located in a safe neighborhood. There is a first aid kit for guests and the hotel has 24 hour security. A doctor is on-call 24 hours a day. In the case of serious illness or injury, guests will be evacuated to Johannesburg for treatment. Wireless Information:To connect to the internet using one's laptop visit Guest Services for the wireless password. Otherwise, guests can use a computer in the E-lounge and connect to the internet there. As of June 2013 Victoria Falls Hotel does not charge for wireless services, but it is considering charging for it in the future.

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: Friday, February 07 - Free Time/ Victoria Falls and Dr. David Livingsto...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

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, he 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 hotel.

Lodging: Victoria Falls Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Five: Saturday, February 08 - 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: Sunday, February 09 - Arrive Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.



Free Time Opportunities


Victoria Falls
Bungee JumpingBungee jumping off of the Victoria Falls Bridge. 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/#bungi
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/
Guided CanoeingGuided canoeing on the Zambezi River. 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/canoeing/
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
Horseback RidingHorseback riding along the Zambezi River. 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/#horse_rides
Whitewater RaftingWhitewater rafting on the Zambezi River through Batoka Gorge, downstream from the Victoria Falls. This section of river has been classified as one of the world's top-ten paddling rivers by kayak and rafting enthusiasts. Please note that the rapids are large and rafts often flip. 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/rafting/

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

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