Welcome to Southern Africa! See amazing wildlife in Botswana's Chobe Chilwero. View mighty Victoria Falls. Enjoy a sunset river cruise. Open vehicle safaris allow unforgettable close-ups of African wildlife and stunning natural landscapes, all while surrounding yourself in luxurious accommodations with fine, gourmet cuisine Witness some of the most beautiful species in Africa - rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippos and impalas, just to name a few. Whether in the cosmopolitan suburbs, lively cities or tucked away in lodge while on a Safari, your Southern African adventure will be unforgettable.
Guests should schedule their arrival flights into Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.
DAY 1 -JOHANNESBURG
Your Silversea representative meets you at Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo International Airport and assists you with your transfer to The Michelangelo.
The Michelangelo Hotel was strategically positioned to overlook the cosmopolitan piazza of Nelson Mandela Square, providing guests with access to a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, as well as cinemas and theatres in the shopping centre - all within walking distance of the hotel. Following check-in, the balance of your day is at leisure for independent activities. Please note that if your flight arrives much earlier than 2:00 pm, you might wish to reserve an additional night to insure immediate check-in upon arrival.
Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel
DAY 2 - JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE CHILWERO
Following breakfast this morning transfer with your entire luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls. At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport. Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
When you arrive in Victoria Falls, the local representative greets you and directs your transfer to the Lodge. En-route, a guided walking tour of the famous falls is included. Learn how they were formed and the role they play in local customs and traditions. With its vast curtain of water, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful cascades in the world, and certainly the most accessible. Gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid, to the brink of a basalt lip seventeen hundred metres wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.
Following your tour, continue with the drive to Kasane, Botswana. Clear customs and immigration and continue on to Chobe Chilwero Lodge for your two-night stay and safari adventure. The Chobe Chilwero Lodge is named for its panoramic views over the Chobe River, islands and floodplain. Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness, it is an enchanting safari sanctuary with gorgeous vistas and an abundance of creatures of the bush. You can look forward to the most pleasant of creature comforts - elegantly appointed accommodations, silver service and gourmet meals.
Arriving in the late afternoon, check-in formalities are quickly dispensed with and you can relax with traditional 'sundowners' as evening shadows deepen. Dinner is served at the Lodge this evening.
Overnight at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge
DAY 3 - CHOBE CHILWERO
An early wakeup call starts your day, along with coffee and tea served at the Lodge. Sunrise is one of two 'peak' times to see wildlife. Late night predators that have yet to settle down, along with daylight grazers who are just awakening.
Game drives are conducted in 4 x 4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River.
Return to the Lodge for a full, hot breakfast. Then explore the many pampering amenities and facilities the property has to offer - or simply relax on your private verandah and try to identify the animals that come and go from view.
Both lunch and afternoon tea are served at the Lodge before it's time to head out for a late afternoon 'sundowner safari cruise' on the Chobe River. Water is a magnet for wildlife in Africa and the variety of animals drawn to the river will delight you.
Return to the Lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.
DAY 4 - CHOBE CHILWERO / CAPE TOWN
Start your day with a very early wake-up call. Coffee and tea are served before setting off for your final early morning game drive with your guide (if time and flight schedules allow). Return to a hearty breakfast. Bid farewell to your safari guide before you begin the drive back to the airport for your flights to Cape Town.
With connection in Johannesburg, total travel time today is approximately 5 hours. Upon arrival in Cape Town, the local representative meets you and assists with your transfer to the charming Cape Grace Hotel. Set in the iconic Victoria & Alfred waterfront complex, Cape Town's most popular shopping and tourist attractions are all easily within reach. The Cape Grace melds modern luxury with traditional Cape culture, bringing the charm of Cape Town to life. Dinner this evening is on your own account.
Overnight at the Cape Grace Hotel.
DAY 5 - CAPE TOWN
After a leisurely breakfast and check-out formalities, embark on a city orientation tour en route to the ship. Sights include the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Parliament Buildings, Company Gardens and the Cape Malay Quarter also known as the Bo-Kaap. Your tour will end at the quayside to embark the ship.
For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises
One night at The Michelangelo, Johannesburg
Two nights at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana - Private Suite accommodations
One night at the Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town - Luxury accommodations
Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):
Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg / Cape Town
Included Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Escorted game drives / tours as described
Sundowner Cruise on the Chobe River
Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available).
Day Two: Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
Day Five: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg - duration approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
Day Five: Johannesburg / Cape Town - duration approximately 2 hours 10 minutes
Please note we will allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.
Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour. Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced. The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you transit Johannesburg Airport on your way to Cape Town. Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Citizens of most nationalities will be able to obtain the required double entry visa for Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls airport (see below). It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas required for participation in this program. At time of printing, rates for Zimbabwean visas are as follows:
Double Entry Single Entry
US Citizens: USD$ 45 USD$ 30
UK Citizens: USD$ 70 USD$ 55
Canadian Citizens: USD$ 150 USD$ 75
***Please note the visa fees must be paid on the spot and are the responsibility of each guest. Fees above are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change without notice. The local consulates would have the most updated requirements available. Also note that it is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport per entry.
BOTSWANA: Currently a visa is not required for U.S. /U.K. citizens - all other nationalities should check with the Botswana Consulate. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.
The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who rely upon a wheelchair.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health. Anti-malaria medication is not required but we strongly recommend that you discuss this topic thoroughly with your personal physician.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.