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Cape Town Extension - Cape Town has so much to offer with beautiful beaches, dramatic coastline along the Indian and Atlantic oceans, a cosmopolitan centre and world class wine country only an hour away. This five day itinerary is a suggestion only and we would be happy to customize your days in the Cape to meet your exact interests and travel style.

Victoria Falls Extension: 2 nights / 3 days

Discover Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Called Mosi-oa-Tunya in the indigenous language, "The Smoke That Thunders" marks the place when the mighty Zambezi River crashes over an cliff of rock both higher and wider than Niagara Falls. On this two night exploration in Zambia, you embark on a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, sunset river cruises. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include helicopter flights, micro-light flights, canoeing, fishing, walking safaris to see Rhino in Mosi-oa-Tunia National park and white water rafting on the Zambezi River.There are daily flights to Livingstone, Zambia from Johannesburg, the air hub for travel in Southern Africa.


2015 Pricing: From $750 per person based on double occupancy at the Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or $1350-1575 per person based on double occupancy at Tongabezi (deluxe) depending on season. Includes all meals, accommodation, airport transfers and 1/2 day tour of Victoria Falls and sunset boat cruise. 

Day 1: Upper Zambezi River, Zambia

Your African adventure begins as you are met and warmly greeted at the Livingstone airport in Zambia. Transfer to Chundukwa River Lodge, where rooms look out to the Zambezi River. This afternoon take a boat cruise on the upper Zambezi where you can watch the sunset with a drink in hand.  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe) [Dinner included]


Day 2: Victoria Falls

Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Watch as the mighty Zambezi River, forced through a fissure, cascades down 300 hundred vertical feet. The spray from the falls can be powerful from May – July so be prepared for getting wet. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or partake in any additional active adventure tours in the area such as a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, white water rafting trip featuring Class V rapids, canoeing above the Falls, parasailing or horseback riding (not included, at additional cost, and at your own risk).  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe). [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included]  


Please note: In addition to the above Tongabezi includes the following options: canoeing on the Zambezi, an Island lunch, a sanpan floating candlelit dinner, sunrise boating, guided bush walks, a museum tour, fishing, game drives to see the rhinos in Mosi oa Tunya National Park, and a Maramba Market visit. Of course not all of these activities can be done in one day, so consider extending a day at Tongabezi if you’d like to experience more of the area. 


Day 3: Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps see some swimming elephants from the deck before your transfer by road to Livingstone airport for your departure. [Breakfast included]

Accommodation provided at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) orTongabezi (deluxe)

Cape Town Extension: 4 nights / 5 days

Cape Town has so much to offer with beautiful beaches, dramatic coastline along the Indian and Atlantic oceans, a cosmopolitan center and world class wine country only an hour away. This five day itinerary is a suggestion only and we would be happy to customize your days in the Cape to meet your exact interests and travel style. Please review the trip itinerary page for more information about our guide Doug Thomson and custom tours in Cape Town. 


2015 Pricing: From $1995, depending on group size

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town where you will be met and transferred into the city to your accommodations for the next few days.  Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters.


Day 2: Two Oceans Coastline and Kirstenbosch Gardens 

This full day of exploration showcases the Cape Peninsula and the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Begin with a drive down the Atlantic coastline with its stunning mountain and sea views, pausing for photo opportunities along the coastal road. Stop and walk along Noordhoek beach before continuing through the valley to Kommetjie and Scarborough, little hamlets on the Atlantic Coast. At certain times of year, there is a chance to see Southern Right Whales, which come into this bay to mate and calve. A walk to the old lighthouse in the Cape of Good Hope Nature yields spectacular views of False Bay. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants along the coast before visiting Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins. The last stop of the day is at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where a brief time is spent walking through the magnificent display of flora the Cape has to offer. Overnight at Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [BL]


Day 3: Robben Island and Township Tour

Your morning tour into the Guguletu Township is an eye opening experience that allows you to interact with the African community that lives here. Learn about their lively music and native theologies on this very personalized tour run by the local community. An afternoon ferry ride takes you across the bay to Robben Island. Here you have the opportunity to learn about the history of the island, its native animals and the political prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive. Your guide on Robben Island was one of the political prisoners held captive under the old Nationalist government and shares his memories of the daily life and conditions in the prison. A half hour ferry ride takes you back to Cape Town where you set off on a leisurely hike up Lion’s Head in time to watch the sun go down over this beautiful city. Overnight Cape Cadogen or More Quarters. [B]


Day 4: Table Mountain and Stellenbosch Winelands 

Another exciting day of discovery starts with a journey on the new Rotair cable car that takes under 5 minutes to reach the summit of Table Mountain, 1036 meters above sea level. The views of the city and surrounds are spectacular and there is a chance to walk around the top of the table to view various parts of the city. Heading away from the city, you have the rest of the day to explore South Africa’s oldest wine route and visit a few of the award wining estates that the region is famed for. Enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and a picnic lunch on the immaculate lawns of one of our favorite estates. In the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region is Spier Wine Estate where we have reserved a table for you to enjoy dinner at the Moyo Restaurant, a unique Cape African dining experience. Overnight at the Wild Mushroom Hotel in Stellenbosch. [BLD]


Day 5: Departure

Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flights.

Cape Cadogan

A charming 12 room hotel in a converted farmhouse just of Kloof Street which is full of cafes, and restaurants.


More Quarters

A sister hotel to the Cape Cadogan, More Quarters offers small one bedroom apartments 


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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

Walk in the footsteps of legendary biologist Dian Fossey in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.  Escorted by our team of expert guides and native trackers, you bushwhack through the thick vegetation and up steep slopes in search of a family of wild mountain gorillas. Choose either two full days of gorilla tracking or one day with the gorillas and another day trekking to see Golden Monkeys.  


2015 Pricing: From $1350-$3800 per person, depending on group size and accommodation level. Additional permit costs of  $750 per person per day for gorilla trekking and $100 per person per day golden monkey trekking.

Day 1: Kigali / Virunga Mountains


Touch down at the Kigali Airport where our local representative greets you. Transfer to overnight at the Hotel des Mille Collines (Classic) or Kigali Serena (Luxury). [D]


Day 2: Kigali and the Virunga Mountains

This morning we have the opportunity to see local life in Kigali. With your local guide, experience the real life of Rwandans as you’re introduced into this bustling multi-cultural commercial suburb with a typical African flair. Visit a local hair salon, a West Africa Tailor, the Muslim quarter, and the local market where you’ll procure supplies to cook and eat a traditional Rwandan meal in a local home.

After your tasty self made lunch depart Kigali for a scenic drive approximately two hours on a paved road to town of Kinigi at the base of the Virunga Mountains.  Stunning vistas greet you as the road winds its way over hills and through valleys. Rwanda is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ for a reason!  Spend the next few nights at the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury), just 15 minutes away from the entrance to the park. [BLD]


Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

The Virunga Mountains in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo are home to the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Some of the gorilla families have been habituated to human presence, and it is possible to visit them in their natural habitat within the forest. 

Take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who present an orientation about gorilla tracking ethics. It is very important that under no circumstances are the gorillas to be touched by humans or visited by anyone with a cold or illness. This is to protect the animals from communicable diseases to which they are very susceptible. Spend two days in the Volcanoes National Park on full day treks to view two different families of mountain gorillas. The search, with experienced trackers leading the way, can take up to eight hours although the gorillas are usually found after two to four hours. Some hiking areas lie at altitudes above 7,500 feet over rough and muddy terrain. The hike can be physically demanding, but the forest and surrounding scenery are beautiful. 

Once the gorillas are spotted the encounter is a most profound natural history experience. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras set for low light conditions are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence water proof clothing is necessary, also zip lock bags for cameras and memory cards. Return to the lodge to share stories and enjoy dinner. Overnight at

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury). [BLD]


Day 4: Gorilla or Golden Monkey Trekking / Return to Kigali and departure

Today you will once again visit the Virunga Mountains either in search of Mountain Gorillas or in search of Golden Monkeys*. There is a fully habituated group of the beautiful primates in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where this activity is offered. This afternoon return by land approximately 2 hours to the Kigali International Airport for departure. [BL]

Note: Permits for Gorillas or Golden Monkeys will need to be secured prior to arrival. Please discuss these options with the program director. 
 


Classic Accommodations:

Hotel des Mille Collines

Centrally located, with views out onto the rolling hills of Kigali this historical hotel is managed by the Kempinski hotel group and offers a clean and comfortable jumping off point for adventures in Rwanda. 

Featured on our classic Rwanda extension, the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has 30 cottages with spectacular views of Volcanoes National Park.


Gorilla Mountain View Lodge 

Featured on our classic Rwanda extension, the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has 30 cottages with spectacular views of Volcanoes National Park.



Luxury Accommodations:

Kigali Serena 

Located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards in Rwanda, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel offers luxury and elegant Rwandese décor.

Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

The luxury accommodation on our Rwanda Extension, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge is just minutes from Volcanoes National Park and boasts seven large cottages with huge bathtubs for soaking away a day of trekking in the bush.

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"We had a wonderful stay at Thanda. That is a gorgeous place with over-the-top amenities. We got the best game viewing in Greater Kruger, especially since we saw the magnificent seven animals. Rocktail Bay is a breath-taking place. Such beautiful tranquil beach, and we experienced it practically by ourselves. This was a relaxing place to be with no 5am wake-up calls. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wildland. Thank you for the most memorable trip." - Karen Tredway, CA