The Cape and Victoria Falls holiday

“A 15 day small group tour visiting Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, with a focus on wildlife, landscapes and wine.”


Victoria Falls | Hwange National Park | Chobe National Park | Stellenbosch | Visiting local wineries | Franschhoek | Hermanus | Fernkloof Nature Reserve | Boulders Beach | Cape Town

Description of The Cape and Victoria Falls holiday

On this Cape and Victoria Falls holiday you’ll spend 15 days exploring some of Southern Africa’s top highlights in the company of a small group of like minded travellers, as well as a group leader, to ensure that things run smoothly along the way.

Outdoorsy types will have plenty to keep them happy, with the thundering waters of Victoria Falls, the sweeping coastline of the garden route, and the wild ocean vistas of Cape Point Nature Reserve all on the agenda. Wildlife watchers are well catered for, too. You’ll search for lions, elephants and other mighty beasts in Hwange and Chobe National Parks, go whale watching in the town of Hermanus and get up close to penguins on Boulders Beach.

You’ll also get to learn more about South Africa’s famous wines, visiting several vineyards around the town of Stellenbosch, where tasting the produce is very much on the menu.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

The Cape and Victoria Falls holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Accommodation and meals:
On this trip we stay in a variety of accommodation ranging from hotels, guesthouses and safari lodges. We try to use locally run accommodation that employs local staff and use local produce wherever possible. Most of the accommodations also pay a community levy which thereby supports the local communities around them. When food is not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties.

Local craft and culture:
There are plenty of opportunities to support local craft. On our way to Hwange National Park, we will visit craft markets owned by the local communities where craft are made on site by artists and sold directly to customers. Additionally, in Victoria Falls we will visit an open air market and while in Cape Town, we will explore some local food markets. Definitely, our local guides will advise clients on what can be bought and what should be avoided as products from animals or any indigenous hard wood should never be purchased.
As a wildlife trip, we get to observe animals in their natural habitat in Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park. Not only does our entrance fees to these parks help contribute to the upkeep of these places, the national parks also pay a levy to local communities to support them and show them how the park directly benefits the communities.

On this trip, we have the chance to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Project where we get to learn more about these fascinating dogs that are endangered with their dwindling numbers. Painted dogs are an alternative name for wild dogs and the facility is involved in research, conservation and rehabilitation of these dogs for over 25 years in Zimbabwe and beyond. One of the biggest threats painted dogs face are actually human ignorance and misinformation as land owners tend to believe that the dogs are dangerous and should be removed. As a result, the facility places community development and outreach efforts as one of their key priorities through working with local communities, farmers and children to improve perception and awareness of the painted dogs.

Our local suppliers support the Save Our Sausage Trees initiative in Botswana, which aims to address the issue of depleting forests in the area. The Mokoro is a boat used by the people of the Okavango Delta and it is crafted traditionally out of a single mature Kigelia Africana tree (or sausage tree). Although increased tourism has had some obvious benefits to the area, this has also brought a higher demand for Mokoro boats and therefore more trees are being cut down. As a wooden Mokoro only lasts about 5 years, there are hundreds of these trees being felled per year and not enough to sustain this. Our local operator consulted the Okovango community, and they made an agreement to pay half the price of fibreglass Mokoro if a poler is willing to purchase the other half, in order to save the trees.

Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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