Cruise down the Zambezi River during sunset • Tour both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls – the largest waterfall in the world • Whiz over Victoria Falls, and through the gorge, on an electrifying helicopter ride • Spot the "Big Five" during twice-daily game drives in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve • Take a bush walk with an armed safari guide • Tour Cape Town & Table Mountain with an absolutely hilariously (and genuinely informative) private guide • Witness the mingling of two oceans on the Cape Peninsula • Indulge your taste for wine on an expert-guided, behind the scenes vineyard tour in the Stellenbosch area • Relax by the pool at three different luxury lodges. Discover the wild side of what South Africa has to offer on this 10-day, no holds barred luxury adventure tour and safari!
Immerse yourself in the wilderness, wildlife, and high life of South Africa on this shamelessly luxurious 10-day adventure tour and safari. The journey begins with the awe-inspiring grandeur of Victoria Falls, which you'll explore by water, land, and helicopter. Next, we'll scope out The Big Five on safari at the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Then we'll wrap things up in Cape Town, where a balling mansion will be our home base for wine tastings, city tours, and a visit the the Cape of Good Hope.
This is a list of included activities on this trip. All other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
• Arrival/departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through us
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
• 4-star or higher accommodation (9 nights)
• 20-minute helicopter ride over Victoria Falls
• Victoria Falls walking tours in both Zimbabwe and Zambia
• Sunset drinks and dinner cruise on the Zambezi River
• All-inclusive accommodations (meals and local alcohol) at a luxury bush lodge for 3 nights
• Twice-daily game drives in Sabi Sands Game Reserve
• Local alcoholic beverages at Cape Town hotel
• Cape Town/Table Mountain sightseeing
• Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope full day tour
• Full day Stellenbosch winery tour
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss
To keep things flexible, not all meals are included in the trip price. Although we typically dine together so that everybody can get a taste of everything, feel free to explore on your own...your guide will always have some restaurant recommendations.
4 & 5-star Accommodations
• International Airfare
• Departure Transfer
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)
• Domestic Airtfare - In an effort to reduce airfare costs for our clients, we have not included domestic flights in the price of this trip, as substantial savings can be had when booking these flights as part of your international itinerary. Our team of Adventure Specialists will gladly assist you with with the details of these bookings.
4-5 Star Lodges (9-nights)
We have carefully chosen these gay-welcoming properties with you in mind. They have the right balance of comfort and luxury while still being locally owned.
Joining Point Hotel
Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls Safari Club is set in Victoria Falls, 9 km from Livingstone. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Certain units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, free toiletries and a hair dryer.
Finishing Point Hotel
MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, this elegant boutique hotel offers uniquely themed rooms with state-of-the-art technology. The outdoor pool and the wooden sundeck offer views of Cape Town's skyline.
MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel's suites are individually decorated and include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. All rooms are fitted with heated floors and a marble bathroom.
The extensive breakfast includes freshly squeezed juices, seasonal fruit, cheeses, and freshly baked breads. The MannaBay Hotel's coffee is prepared using the fair-trade brand Bean There.
Guests can enjoy daily High Tea, or sip a cocktail from the lounge bar while admiring the Atlantic Ocean. A library with African travel literature can be found next to the large television in the lobby area.
If you have provided us with your flight details, an arrival transfer will be provided at no cost, assuming you are checking in to Manna Bay under an OUT Adventures reservation. An OUT Adventures representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals area of the airport, and you will be transferred to the hotel.
No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
If for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip leader.
This trip is a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about being able to do anything physically demanding unless you want to, however we recommend that you practice your quick-to-click photography skills!
Maximum of 16 travellers per group. Departure is guaranteed, subject to 4 people travelling.
Allow USD $500 for meals not included.
Hallo! Welcome to South Africa.
Our trip kicks off at 6PM with a group meeting, and sunset cocktails, overlooking the exquisite African plains. Our Welcome Dinner at the lodge is included, and the evening is yours to relax and acquaint yourself with your fellow travellers.
Today we'll explore both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, splitting into groups of three for an exhilarating helicopter. You'll zoom above the falls, then through the gorge below, before we all converge in the late afternoon for sunset cocktails and dinner aboard a top-notch river cruiser. Through it all we may spot some elephants, crocodiles, and perhaps a pod of hippos or two.
This morning we'll transfer to Livingstone Airport for a flight to the Greater Kruger National Park area. Upon arrival, we'll drive to one of South Africa's finest natural sanctuaries: the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and our all-inclusive five-star bush lodge.
Following an afternoon game drive, we'll feast on a delicious African meal, then get to know our hosts by the grand fireplace. In the background, through it all, we'll be immersed in the wild soundscape of the African bush.
Days 4, and 5
This morning we'll awake to hot coffee and tea, served in our rooms by our safari guides, before we venture out for a sunrise game drive.
Back at the lodge, we'll then have a hearty breakfast, some free time before a late lunch, and another game drive at sunset.
After dark, everything (including dinner) will be lit by lanterns, candles, and fireplaces throughout the lodge. It's dreadfully charming, obnoxiously amazing, and the worst part is we must suffer through it all again tomorrow.
Today we'll transfer to Skakuza Airport for a flight to Cape Town.
We'll then make our way to our lodge (or mansion, rather), that will serve as home base to explore the city and surrounds.
For dinner we'll have a South African barbeque by the pool, break out more cocktails, then perhaps gather round the fire to discuss our adventure thus far.
This morning we'll explore Cape Town's landmark Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. We'll follow this up with a city tour including The Company's Garden, the South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope, Greenmarket Square, and Bo-Kaap.
It may sound ambitious, but it's all very achievable, because by this point it will only be lunch, which we'll enjoy at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Afterward, you can check out the artisanal market, then the afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy as you see fit (although an optional dinner will be on offer).
Get ready to laugh and sip your way through the finest vineyards in Stellenbosch, as we'll joined by an exuberant host who is a highly regarded South African wine judge and critic.
We'll end the day at Jordan Winery, where we'll learn why it's home to the top-rated restaurant in the country while we relish an included dinner and wine pairing. In other words, it'll be another exhausting day of decadence.
Today is devoted to a scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula. We'll pass through the stunning Clifton and Camps Bay areas, along with Hout Bay.
We'll visit the beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach.
Then we'll arrive back to Cape Town just in time for high tea Champagne and pastries. This will be followed by some free time, an optional Farewell Dinner, and drinks at a popular bar.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Safe travels!
Trip Style - In Style
Dive into the real world with a plush landing! You'll enjoy this trip style if you want to experience culture first-hand, but don't want to compromise on quality accommodation. This trip features 4 & 5-star locally owned properties.
There is no visa requirement for American, Australian, British and Canadian travellers to South Africa. However, all travellers will require a visa for Zimbabwe & Zambia, which can be obtained upon entry for $50 USD (price subject to change). There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.
When travelling to Southern Africa, you'll see both good and bad. Poverty is widespread, but the friendly locals make up for it. Most people speak English, and the food at restaurants and hotels is generally safe to eat. That said, tourists can be easy targets for petty crime, so be extremely cautious with personal belongings in public, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
Local LGBT Scene
While South Africa is very progressive, the rest of Africa still generally condemns homosexuality. Homosexual sex is actually illegal in Zambia and Zimbabwe, so we recommend that you avoid public displays of affection in these countries, for the safety and security of not only yourself, but also your fellow travellers.
We will be travelling to the area during Spring, which is near the end of dry season. In Cape Town, you'll likely experience a mix of sun and cloud, with a chance of rain. Daytime temperatures hover around 20C/50F, while evenings can drop to 11C/52F. During the rest of your trip in Sabi Sands/Kruger Park and Victoria Falls, it should be fairly dry with sunny skies - although there is a chance of short rain storms. Daytime highs will be around 27C/80F, with evening temperatures around 15C/60F.
Based on entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed for entry unless your home country, or a country you are travelling to before or after this tour, has restrictions in place. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type C/D/M/N sockets.
All of our hotels will have Wi-Fi access, so feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home. They might be a tad jealous!
Some of the areas we'll travel to on this trip have a moderate risk for Malaria. You should consult your physician at least two weeks prior to travel in order to consider the options available to you for prevention.
To prevent introduction of this disease into the country, South Africa requires a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate from all citizens and non-citizens over one year of age travelling from an infected area, or who have been in transit through infected areas.
The Zambian Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has recently detained a number of tourists for possession of seemingly innocuous over-the-counter medications like Benadryl, which contain small quantities of diphenhydramine, an active ingredient that is on Zambia's list of controlled substances. A full list of prohibited medications will be provided in your pre-trip packet.
The local currency is is the South African Rand, however USD are widely accepted for tourism purposes. We recommend carrying local currency or small USD bills for small purchases, although credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants and hotels. We also recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.
What To Take
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll have to leave it behind on domestic flights. Exact luggage restrictions will be provided in your pre-trip packet. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
Keeping In Touch
If you need to be contacted while travelling we recommend email. Wifi is generally available throughout the regions we visit, although it is possible you may be without email contact for several days on some itineraries. If someone wishes to contact you in an emergency while you are on one of our trips we recommend that they contact your local booking agent, or refer to our emergency contact details. We don't recommend that family and friends try to contact you through hotels, as they are subject to change.
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit, sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local partner right away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
Your Fellow Travellers:
OUT Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an OUT Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.
A couple of Rules
We believe in having fun exploring new cultures, while being responsible travellers. On our trips, generally there are only two rules: No drugs and no prostitution. These two activities can put the entire group at risk, and will result in removal from the trip by our group leader. We appreciate your cooperation.