Pre-trip and Post-trip Excursions

Southern Africa has such a variety of sightseeing opportunities that you really should extend your stay to take in a few of the amazing locales.

Below are a few of the most popular destinations, but with our extensive network of tour operators, we are happy to create a custom package just for you.  Call us at 760 630 9230, or email us at wildwonders@att.net.

Victoria Falls

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is over one kilometer long and over 300 feet high. Not only is the size of the falls almost incomprehensible, the noise of the falls can be heard almost 25 miles away.  It truly is one of the great wonders of the world!

The Victoria Falls airport is located in Zimbabwe with convenient direct flights available from Cape Town of Johannesburg.  Below is a sample itinerary for a 4 day / 3 night stay.

Accommodations

Standard Single Room at Elephant Hills Resort B&B or Victoria Falls Hotel (3 nights)

Available activities (charges vary)

  • Guided Falls Tour
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Morning swim in Devil’s Pool

Transport

Transfers to / from Victoria Falls Airport to Elephant Hills Hotel

 

If you’d prefer to have a pre-arranged package, we can offer a 3 night stay at a 3-4 star hotel with activities such as a visit to the famous Devil’s Pool, a sunset cruise, and a Helicopter ride.  Plan on about $2300/person, double occupancy for this package.  Call us for details.

Cape Town and South African Wine Region

The oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town today is a vibrant, beautiful city and the center of a population of almost 4 million people.  The best views are from Table Mountain, and you can get there via foot or a cable car.

A ferry ride to Robben Island will dock at the Nelson Mandela Gateway where you can begin a tour of the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

Cape Town is about the same latitude as Los Angeles, and the climate reflects that.  But a big surprise is that there are penguins which can be seen from multiple locations.

Less than 30 miles from Cape Town is the wine region.  The Stellenbosch district features award-winning Cabernet, Merlot, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc.

Gorgeous hotels include Cape Grace and Cape Cadogan.

If you’re so inclined, you can also do shark diving!

If you’d prefer a pre-arranged package, we can provide a 3 night stay in a 3.5 star hotel close to the popular and bustling Victoria and Albert waterfront area.  The price of $1800/per person, double occupancy, includes airport transfers, visits to the Penguin colony in Simons Town, Robben Island, a Cheetah Conservation Outreach program, and a wine tour.  Call us for details

Namibia

Namibia is certainly not as well known as South Africa, but that doesn’t mean it lacks important wildlife and conservation efforts.  Home to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (one of Wild Wonders’ Global Conservation Partners), CCF is a world class research and conservation organization, and a place where visitors can come to learn more about cheetahs.  You can visit for a day, or we can arrange a stay in their onsite ecolodge.  You can get a tour of their facility, witness keepers feeding some of their non releasable cheetahs, or watch cheetahs run.

Originally established in 1907, Etosha National Park is free and very accessible by car.  It is on a huge (5000 sq km!) “salt pan”, and contains many great waterholes for wildlife viewing, some which are lit at night.  Within the park, there are multiple lodging alternatives with different price points and amenities.  Etosha is home to over 110 different species, and here you’ll find a healthy population of black rhinoceros.

The Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Wherever possible their aim is to release animals back into the wild.  Broader than just wildlife, the Foundation’s mission is to also conserve the land and cultures of Namibia, through encouraging participation, education and scientific research.  Naankuse has multiple sites across Namibia, including their main Lodge with carnivore feedings and cheetah and caracal walks, to their Wine and Wildlife Estate, just to name a few.

If you’d prefer a pre-arranged package, we can provide a 3 night stay at a lodge such as (Mowani or Nankuuse) for $2300/per person, double occupancy.  Your stay will feature game drives where you’ll possibly catch a glimpse of oryx, bat-eared foxes or cheetah, and meeting conservationists on the front lines there.  We can also supply a night at the Cheetah Conservation Fund property.  Call us for details

Extend Your Stay in the Kruger Area

Just a short distance from the final camp on our tours is the town of Hoedspruit, gateway to Kruger National Park.  Wild Wonders’ own beautiful ecolodge, Warthog Rest, is located in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate and about one hour from Kruger.

We can arrange a 3-day (or more) extension of your trip to include a stay at Warthog Rest.  Included in the 3-day stay will be a half-day or full-day at Kruger, your choice of either Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and a day to explore some of the additional sites of the area.

Some of the other activities include:

* The Blyde River Canyon is a spectacular scenic spot offering horseback riding, white river rafting, boat rides exploring hippo areas, etc.

* Meet the local Shangaan people with a visit to Shangana Cultural Village.

* Enjoy wine and spirits tasting at local wineries and distilleries.

* Visit Masorini Village, a restored village dating back to the stone-age.

And, don’t forget, at your stay at Warthog Rest, you will have a private chef, indoor and outdoor showers, and a splash pool to relax in after a day exploring South Africa!