Tourists in jeep looking at cheetah lying on log, Kruger National Park, South Africa

10 Reasons to Head on Luxury Travel to Africa with Goway’s Splendours of Southern Africa Holiday of a Lifetime

When you’re trying to plan that perfect Africa vacation, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how big the continent is and the multitude of options for travel within it. Even simply looking at the region of Southern Africa is enough to make your head spin. Do you focus on the savannahs of Kruger National Park or spend your time enjoying the cultural wonders of Cape Town? Are neighbouring countries like Botswana and Zimbabwe worth visiting? That’s a lot to consider, and if you’ve never been to the continent or have only a passing knowledge of it, putting together a trip, never mind a luxury travel experience, on your own will be a herculean effort.

So why bother?

Victoria Falls in the Morning Light, Zimbabwe Zambia
Victoria Falls

Instead of fretting over the details of a vacation to Southern Africa, why not trust the experts who’ve travelled there and head on a tour that captures the best of the region? With Goway’s Splendours of Southern Africa Holiday of a Lifetime, you’re guaranteed luxury accommodations and a tailor-made experience of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. You’ll see the icons and rest easy that the difficult decisions of choosing an essential itinerary has been done for you, meaning your focus is entirely on experiencing the wonders of these African countries.

Our Holiday of a Lifetime vacations are meant to save you the time and trouble of planning a dream, luxury travel vacation. They ensure seamless travel experiences with the best accommodations and excursions available through Goway. As well, when you travel on a Holiday of a Lifetime, most of your meals, tour costs, and even tips for guides are included in the overall cost. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy unforgettable cultural and natural experiences on your journey. If you need more convincing, here are 10 reasons to see the Splendours of Southern Africa with Goway.

Suggested Itinerary:
12-Day Splendours of Southern Africa: Holiday of a Lifetime

Search for the Big Five in Greater Kruger National Park

You haven’t seen it all in South Africa until you’ve gone on safari. Luckily, one of your first stops on the Splendours of Southern Africa tour is Greater Kruger National Park, one of the best safari spots on the planet. Staying at the exclusive Kapama Private Game Reserve, you’ll head on morning and afternoon game drives to spot the most popular safari animals such as the Big Five. You’ll also enjoy sundowners in the bush, where you can sip on a delicious cocktail as the sun dips beneath the horizon and predators like cheetahs and hyenas awake to head on their evening hunt. South Africa is home to incredible wildlife and the Splendours of Southern Africa tour makes sure you see the best of it.

Kapama Southern Camp - Lounge, Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa
Kapama Southern Camp lounge

Support Conservation Efforts at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Unfortunately, the beloved animals of South Africa too often become the victims of the illegal poaching trade. To combat the dwindling populations and support endangered species, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre works to revitalize species that have fallen prey to the black market. On the South African leg of your journey, you’ll visit HESC and witness first-hand the rehabilitation of vulnerable species like the rhino and cheetah. Your visit will help support the good work that HESC is doing to combat poaching and perhaps inspire you to continue championing conservation efforts in the future.

Gorgeous Cape Town

It’s no secret that Cape Town is the most beautiful city in South Africa, making it enticing for luxury travel. Pitched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with Table Mountain as its backdrop, the city’s gorgeous surroundings make it home to some stunning views.

Table Mountain sunset, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunset in Cape Town

Drive Along one of the most Scenic Roads in the World

Remember how we said that Cape Town is gorgeous? Well, so is the entire Cape of Good Hope. On the Splendours of Southern Africa tour, you’ll explore the Cape Peninsula on a full-day tour. You’ll visit Boulders Beach, explore the naval village of Simon’s Town, and ride the funicular up to the lighthouse at Cape Point, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Cape. During this tour, you’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the world, as you cruise along the ocean-side highway at Chapman’s Peak. There’s only a narrow strip of rock separating the highway from the ocean, meaning that you’ll have the endless blue of the ocean right outside your window as you drive along Chapman’s Peak.

Follow in the Footsteps of Nelson Mandela

While in Cape Town, you’ll have the chance to explore the life of South Africa’s most remarkable individual, Nelson Mandela. On the Walk to Freedom Tour, you’ll head to the townships to learn about what the life was like beneath the apartheid system. Afterwards, you can head to Robben Island, a political prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. As you stand in the cramped prison cell and look out the barred window, you’ll experience a glimpse into the life of Mandela during his long walk to freedom. This tour is an enlightening historical experience and an inspired journey through the life of a remarkable man.

Aerial View of Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa
Robben Island and Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Enjoy a Famous Dinner Theatre Performance

While on your Holiday of a Lifetime, you’ll take in one of the definitive theatrical experiences in South Africa. At the Rockwell Dinner Theatre, you’ll enjoy a performance of Kaapse Stories from the Mother City, which tells the story of the Kleintjies, an ordinary family dealing with the challenges of Cape life over the years. Aside from the delicious food and boisterous, interactive performances, Kaapse Stories from the Mother City at the Rockwell Dinner Theatre offers valuable insight into the cultures and experiences of people on the Cape.

Tour the Famous Winelands of Franschhoek

Before you leave the Cape, you’ll also have the chance to tour the picturesque countryside, on your luxury travel itinerary, and sample the incredible South African wines from the region. You’ll head to Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, located a bit to the east of Cape Town. After a stop at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, which will enthrall gearheads with its collection of vintage cars in the midst of vineyards, you’ll head to Babylonstoren to sample local wines and learn about the different vintages of the Cape. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Cape Town to sample 15 different African dishes at the award-winning Gold Restaurant.

Vineyards in Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa
Vineyards in Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, South Africa

Witness the Majesty of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Few waterfalls stand muster when compared to Victoria Falls. Known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall on the planet in terms of volume, with millions of liters of water spilling off the falls every second. The moment you lay eyes on Victoria Falls, you’ll be awestruck. On the Splendours of Southern Africa Holiday of a Lifetime, you’ll hike through the rainforest surrounding the falls to view it from several angles and get a total appreciation of its majesty. If ever there were a bucket list item, Victoria Falls is it.

Spot Hippos, Crocs, and Birdlife on a Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Before you leave Zimbabwe, you’ll enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River to see the river come alive. Sundown is one of the best times to spot wildlife on African tours. As the sun dips towards the horizon, animals awaken from their afternoon naps and head out in search of food or drink, leading them to the river where water is abundant and other animals congregate. As you cruise down the river and enjoy views of the jungle in the fading light, you’ll see all manner of animals head into the river. Keep special lookout for hippos and crocodiles as they’re some of the most popular sights on a Zambezi River cruise. Also be sure not to look exclusively at the water, as the river attracts a stunning array of birds who populate the trees and sky above.

Go Elephant Spotting in Chobe National Park

The final spot on the Splendours of Southern Africa Holiday of a Lifetime is Chobe National Park in Botswana. Sitting along the banks of the Zambezi, Chobe National Park is most remarkable for being home to the largest number of elephants in Africa. As you head on safari throughout the park, you’ll spot plenty of elephants cooling off in waterholes or crossing the savannah in the company of the herd. You’ll also have a good chance of spotting leopards, lions, water buffalo, giraffes, and hippos near the water.

Chobe Game Sightings Elephants and Jeep, Botswana
Elephant sightings at Chobe National Park, Botswana

Luxury travel on a Holiday of a Lifetime with Goway promises something special, an unforgettable experience travelling through the best destinations in the world. With the Splendours of Southern Africa tour, you’ll head on safari game drives, dine on mouthwatering cuisine, walk in the footsteps of world leaders, and experience the icons of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. It’s a dream vacation to the wonders of Southern Africa, with all the heavy lifting done for you. All you need do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Suggested Itinerary:
12-Day Splendours of Southern Africa: Holiday of a Lifetime

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Aren Bergstrom
Aren Bergstrom

Globetrotting Editor - You might say that Aren was destined to become a Globetrotter after his family took him to Germany two times before he was four. If that wasn’t enough, a term spent in Sweden as a young teenager and a trek across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand confirmed that destiny. An independent writer, director, and film critic, Aren has travelled across Asia, Europe, and South America. His favourite travel experience was visiting the major cities of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, but his love for food, drink, and film will take him anywhere that boasts great art and culture.

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