Tailor-Made Holiday

Trans African Adventure

19 days

from £6,100pp

African counties are becoming increasingly easier to combine with one another offering the potential for very diverse itineraries with minimal traveling time between areas of interest. This Holiday Idea incorporates Cape Town and Kruger National park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zambia and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.

  • Visit Robben Island and follow the footsteps of Mandela
  • Sample the fine wines and food of the Cape Winelands
  • Photograph the famous Leopards of the Sabi Sands
  • View the iconic Victoria Falls
  • Watch wild dog hunting or kayak down the Zambezi River

The tour starts with a direct overnight flight to Cape Town on British Airways, time in the city where Kirstenbosch gardens, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Cape Peninsular are nearby. A direct flight takes you to the Kruger Park where leopard and lion are abundant. Anther direct flight flies to Livingstone in Zambia with direct access to the Victoria Falls and a short charter hop to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe welcomes you to the world of swimming elephants and hunting dogs. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Cape Town

Day 2

Day at leisure in Cape Town

Lying immediately beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a true melting pot of diverse cultures with a fascinating past. The central city is packed full of quirky roads to explore and the Victoria & Albert Waterfront offers mainstream shopping with a great harbour. Restaurants here are world class, with a fusion of cuisines from fresh seafood to Cape Malay, complimented by incredible wines from the Cape Winelands nearby. To the south of the city are the picturesque golden beaches of Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Friendly and welcoming, Cape Town is a city you can't help but love.

You will be staying at Four Rosmead

Day 3

Things to do in Cape Town
The vibrant city of Cape Town offers a host of activities which can be tailored for you by Steppes Travel, however many you can enjoy on your own and these include an afternoon at Kirstenbosch Gardens and then ascending Table Mountain in the revolving cable car. Swim with penguins on the swimming side of Boulders beach or walk with them on the board walk. Learn about Just Nuisance as you eat famous fish and chips at Simons' Town harbour. Discover shipwrecks at Cape Point with a picnic or eat sushi at the Two Oceans Restaurant before driving back from the point via the scenic Chapman's Peak and the Hout Bay Harbour Market. Meet the locals on Noordhoek, Clifton, Kommetjie, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches. Walk the city to discover the Castle, Greenmarket Square and the many museums. Bustle through the V&A Waterfront to the Aquarium and harbour side bars. Follow Mandela on the long walk to Freedom at Robben Island. Savour high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel overlooking the Company Gardens or get hands on at the Cheetah Outreach Centre and the World of Birds. Take a boat or kayak trip to Seal Island. Browse through the Old Biscuit Mill and the Porter Estate Produce markets or taste wine and eat at the vineyards of Klein Constantia, Constantia Glen and Steenberg Estates. ( not included in the cost)

You will be staying at Four Rosmead

Day 4

Robben Island - Suggestion
Delve into South Africa's political past and board a ferry from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Here you will be joined by a local guide - someone who spent time on the island during the apartheid years - thus able to give a personal and often moving account of time spent there. Learn something about the island's most famous prisoner - Nelson Mandela - and see his cell where he spent nearly 27 years of his life. Now a World Heritage Site, during the apartheid years Robben Island was used to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Freedom fighters, like Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Ferries depart at 9 am.

You will be staying at Four Rosmead

Day 5

Table Mountain
It dominates the skyline as Cape Town's most famous landmark; a chance to visit should not be missed. Ascend by modern cable car - which features an innovative rotating floor - before exploring the network of footpaths that crisscross the peak. Two kilometres long, this jumble of trails connects numerous viewpoints, offering wonderful views over the city below.
In addition to its stunning locale, the mountain top is renowned for the 1,500 endemic plant species that thrive here. Take a picnic or enjoy a seated meal and glass of wine at the café. In the summer, ascending in the afternoon and returning after dark is recommended - the city twinkles below and the sun sets over the sparkling ocean.
Please be aware that the weather around the mountain changes continually and unexpectedly. Therefore, it best to seize any chance to visit Table Mountain, as the cable car does not run during poor weather.

You will be staying at Four Rosmead

Day 6

This morning your Car Hire vehicle will be delivered at Four Rosemead

Please make your own way to your next destination

You will be staying at Grand Dedale

Day 7

Things to do in the Cape Winelands
Here are some of the best ways to spend time in the vibrant Cape winelands area: Join the morning tour at Babylonstoren to explore the extensive gardens and farm, visit the Jonkershuis Nature reserve near Stellenbosch for fishing and cycling or hop on and off at top wine estates from the Franschoek Wine Tram or Bus. Taste fine chocolates in Franschoek and combine Brandy from Van Ryn's with strawberries from Mooiberg. Experience many different wines at the longstanding Boschendal Wine Farm, Waterford, Thelema, Blaauklippen and Lanzerac Wine estates. Laze through lunch at the fine restaurants of Delaire Graaf Estate, Maison and La Petite Ferme and Tokara. Perhaps you would prefer to savour a riverside picnic cheese platter at Delheim? Explore the Museums at Stellenbosch including the Rupert, pay a visit to Oom Samie se Winkel in the historic Dorp Street Stellenbosch or try your hand at wine tasting in the historic Papegaaiberg mountain cellar at Bergkelder. If you are looking for something more active then keep the family busy at Delvera farm and Butterfly world.

Mountainous surrounds, excellent vineyards, and world class gourmet restaurants have earned the Winelands its reputation of relaxation and culinary capital of South Africa.

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington offer historic charm, architectural heritage and pure beauty as well as being a base from which to explore the area. A trip here wouldn't be complete without learning about the glorious grape and a spot of wine tasting.

You will be staying at Grand Dedale

Day 8

Your car hire vehicle will be collected this morning

You will be tranferred to Nottens Bush Camp this morning

You will be staying at Notten's Bush Camp

Day 9

Typical day at Nottens
Full days at Notten Bush camp gives you a wide range of activities that includes 2 game drives daily in an open landrover and daily bush walks.

Golf trips can be arranged to the Skukuza Golf Course, which is 45 minutes away from Notten’s. This gives golfers a unique opportunity of playing a round of golf within the Kruger National Park.

Named after the two principal rivers which flow through it, namely the Sabie and the Sand, the Sabi Sands covers a vast area of pristine African wilderness and is part of the Greater Kruger National Park where the Big Five roam freely. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

You will be staying at Notten's Bush Camp

Day 10

Activities at Notten's Bush Camp
Perhaps after a morning bush walk, treat yourself to deeply relaxing massage at the Nottens Nature Spa

You will be staying at Notten's Bush Camp

Day 11

Last full day to enjoy the activities on offer at Nottens

You will be staying at Notten's Bush Camp

Day 12

Fly Sabi Sands to Livingstone

You will be staying at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Day 13

Typical Day of Activities at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
Spend time exploring the Livingstone area. Choose from a range of activities on offer at the lodge. These include a visit to the thunderous Victoria Falls ($20 entrance fee must be paid locally); cruises on the Zambezi River at dawn, during the day or at sunset; fishing excursions, picnics on tranquil islands, bird watching with an expert guide, a cultural walk through a nearby village; and a tour of Livingstone, including the traditional Maramba Market.

Livingstone is the main town on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and a great base to explore the area.

Described by the Kololo tribe as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya', the Smoke that Thunders, the Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Aside from the Falls, there are many activities on offer here, from adrenalin sports like white water rafting to elephant back safaris, sunset cruises down the Zambezi and historic train journeys.

You will be staying at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Day 14

Travel from Livingstone (Victoria Falls) to Mana Pools (Air Transfer Journey)

Mana Pools National Park is a wildlife conservation area in Western Zimbabwe. It is a province of the lower Zambezi River where the flood plain is transformed into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing regions.

You will be staying at Ruckomechi Camp

Day 15

Activities at Ruckomechi Camp
Whilst at Ruckomechi Camp you can enjoy a number of activities: game drives early in the morning or late afternoon in open Land Rovers or perhaps a nature walk led by a professional guide - a thrilling way to explore the surrounding bush.

You will be staying at Ruckomechi Camp

Day 16

Activities at Ruckomechi Camp - River Cruise
Perhaps take a cruise down the Zambezi River in the pontoon or speed boat, alternatively for the more adventurous take a canoe to see the large numbers of waterbirds and other wildlife that are attracted to the river and seasonal pans.

You will be staying at Ruckomechi Camp

Day 17

Activities at Ruckomechi Camp - Fishing & Birding
A spot of fishing is also on offer - the catch and release practise is encouraged here. Bream, Barbel and tigerfish are some of the more common fish found at Mana Pools. (Additional cost - subject to availability). Additionally, there is a varied birdlife in the area which includes the three banded courser, western banded snake-eagle, arnots chat, green-capped eremomela and lilians lovebird to name but a few.

You will be staying at Ruckomechi Camp

Day 18

Travel from Mana Pools to Victoria Falls (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Four Rosmead

Four Rosmead

With wonderful views of Table Mountain, a convenient location within walking distance to vibrant Kloof Street, personal service and a stylish Cape contemporary style, Four Rosmead is a firm favourite....

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Grand Dedale

Grand Dedale

An elegant upmarket country house, Grand Dédale is located in the Western Cape winelands close to the town of Wellington at the foot of the scenic Bainskloof Pass....

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Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Just a 30 minute drive from Livingstone town and upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls on the banks of the Zambezi River, is the informal and friendly, Waterberry Zambezi Lodge....

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Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp is on the boundary of Mana Pools National Park, which is home to an abundance of wildlife - including lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, impala and elephant and a plethora of bird species....

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Notten's Bush Camp

Notten's Bush Camp

Situated in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve on the western side of the Kruger National Park, where wildlife roam free, Notten's Bush Camp offers an opportunity to get close to nature without sacrificing the comforts of home....

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