Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls (IQZ)

10 Day Package from Johannesburg to Johannesburg

Smoking…we all know it’s bad for you. But what about “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” which is what the locals call Victoria Falls? Seeing them will delight you and will most assuredly be good for you. And no one brings you Victoria Falls like Monograms! Victoria Falls is not the only place you’ll visit on this 10-day vacation. You’ll also go on safari in some of Botswana’s most famous game reserves and national parks. We’ve made it easy for you by arranging your choice of accommodations, most of your meals, game drives, and more. And on safari, you’ll have experienced Rangers and game trackers with you on all game viewing activities. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®—someone who is there to help make sure your vacation runs smoothly—in both Johannesburg & Victoria Falls.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Johannesburg, where we can pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The next day, after an included breakfast, you'll fly to Botswana and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in southern Africa. Here, you will have two game drives in a 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle. Be on the lookout for cheetah, leopard, springbok, gemsbok, the rare brown hyena, and the famed black-maned Kalahari lion. We've also arranged for you to have a guided walk with San Bushmen to learn about their intriguing culture, survival and hunting skills, and extensive knowledge of desert animal and plant life.

Then, it’s off to the famed Okavango Delta. This area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland—making it ideal for your three game activities here. Have your camera ready for cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. We’ll also take you to Chobe National Park, which features some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. You'll have three game activities here consisting of game drives and boat excursions. You may see giraffe, lion, and huge herds of elephant, which are said to be the largest elephants on Earth.

Finally, a private transfer brings you to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Your Local Host in Victoria Falls will help you get settled and feel right at home. We've arranged for you to have a private, guided walk of Victoria Falls, so you can learn the history of the falls and hear about the surrounding flora and fauna. Photos do not do justice to these awe-inspiring falls; you must experience them in person! And did we mention we've included a cruise on the Zambezi River, where you'll have an opportunity to take photographs of the wildlife—such as hippos, crocodiles, and elephants—and a stunning Africa sunset?

Between the game drives we've included, the hotels and lodges we’ve booked, and the guides and transportation we've arranged, all you have to do is make sure you remember your camera! We've taken care of the rest. Between the time saved, the hassles taken care of regarding where to go and how to get from one destination to the next, and even having locals there to help you spot the game, you've got yourself an unbeatable vacation!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Airport Arrival

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination (Yes, that's your name on the welcome board!). You'll feel at ease in an instant.

Hotel Transfer

Forget the stress of finding your way to your hotel. As our guest, we'll whisk you off with a friendly Monograms-operated transfer, which is included when you purchase your flights from Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your vacation package includes a bush walk with San bushmen, known for their tracking and hunting skills, and their unique click language!

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel for the night.

DAY
2
JOHANNESBURG–CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA

Today, fly to the CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE (via Maun), the largest game reserve in southern Africa, to start your safari adventure. The Kalahari is a desert climate with a strong population of permanent game, including gemsbok, springbok, cheetah, and leopard. During the summer rains, between December and April, the desert comes alive, and vast numbers of plains game migrate to the area to feed on the short grasses. Enjoy an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE, keeping a look out for the rare brown hyena and the famed black-maned Kalahari lion.

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DAY
3
CENTRAL KALAHARI

Explore the area further during your MORNING GAME DRIVE. This afternoon, enjoy a short GAME DRIVE and a GUIDED WALK with SAN BUSHMEN to learn about their fascinating culture, survival and hunting skills, and their vast knowledge of the desert’s animal and plant life.

NOTE:
The guided walk with San Bushmen can move to Day 4 based on the weather/lodge capacity.

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DAY
4
CENTRAL KALAHARI–OKAVANGO DELTA

Today, fly to the famed OKAVANGO DELTA. This vast area features various ecosystems—wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland, making it ideal for game viewing. After settling in, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY.

NOTE:
Game activities in the Okavango vary by lodge/camp and can be land or water based.

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DAY
5
OKAVANGO

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES today. Spot cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. If you are lucky, you might even see the reclusive leopard.

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DAY
6
OKAVANGO–CHOBE NATIONAL PARK AREA

Today, fly to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, featuring some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Partake in an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY before settling in for the evening.

NOTE:
Game activities in Chobe vary by lodge, but mainly consist of game drives/boat excursions.

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DAY
7
CHOBE AREA

Explore this stunning land on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. You may see giraffe, lion, lechwe, and more. Also watch for the huge herds of elephant, which are said to be the largest elephants in the world.

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CHOBE AREA–VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

A PRIVATE TRANSFER by road brings you to VICTORIA FALLS. Check in to your hotel and get settled. This evening, a CRUISE on the Zambezi River affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular Africa sunset.

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DAY
9
VICTORIA FALLS

Today, visit mighty Victoria Falls for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

NOTE:
During the dry season (September-December) and dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

DAY
10
VICTORIA FALLS–JOHANNESBURG–HOMEBOUND FLIGHT

Your vacation ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm.

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Johannesburg: private vehicle; Central Kalahari: shared 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle; Okavango & Chobe: shared 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle, mokoro, and/or boat (varies by lodge/camp); private road transfer from Chobe to Victoria Falls; private (Johannesburg & Victoria Falls) or shared (Botswana) airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights and taxes are included.

Included Hotels

Johannesburg
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls

Garden Court Sandton City

Garden Court Sandton City

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address: Corner West & Maude Streets Johannesburg, South Africa

Garden Court Sandton City is ideally situated in Johannesburg's northern suburbs. Urban design creates an informal and relaxed atmosphere while the staff provide outstanding service. An outdoor swimming pool and bar make for great areas to rest after a day of sightseeing.

Location & Highlights

Centrally located within easy reach of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Room Amenities

The hotel's 444 attractive, contemporary en-suite rooms are equipped with amenities which include air- conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen television, and coffee/tea maker.

  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Johannesburg
Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls

The Maslow

The Maslow

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 11:00

Address: Corner Graystone Drive & Rivonia Road Sandton, South Africa

The Maslow is packed with state-of-the art facilities ranging from an alluring bar, a tempting bistro, calming lounges, and luxurious guestrooms. Make yourself at home in this oasis with beautiful gardens, water features, and crisp blue pool. All of this within a short distance of the Gautrain Station and Nelson Mandela Square.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Sandton and just a short walk to Mandela Square with its shops and restaurants.

Room Amenities

The 281 air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated in a neutral palate blending elegant comfort, modernity and high-tech equipment. Each features luxurious linens, high ceilings, extra length beds, blackout curtains, and a workstation with free WiFi access.

  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services

Sandton Sun

Sandton Sun

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 10:00

Address: Corner Fifth and Alice Streets Johannesburg, South Africa

Built in 1984, the hotel is every inch a grand property, offering guests the ultimate "red carpet experience". This is punctuated by staff who strive to provide superb VIP treatment for all who pass through the doors. Situated in Sandton, the heart of Johannesburg's new Central Business District, guests are perfectly located within easy reach of the city's finest entertainment and leisure amenities.

Location & Highlights

Located in the Sandton area with direct access to shopping and the many fine restaurants and bars in Mandela Square.

Room Amenities

The 334 luxurious rooms each feature modern amenities and world class creature comforts, making your stay at the hotel one never to be forgotten.

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Shoe Shine
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM

Activities & Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Game Drive in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Game Drive in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Journey to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve for an exciting game drive.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Take to the sky for great views of Victoria Falls.

Price Range: $$$$

Village Visit

Village Visit

Visit a rural village for fascinating interactions with the local people and gain an insight into their life and culture.

Price Range: $$

Home Hosted Dinner

Home Hosted Dinner

Join a local family for dinner and fascinating conversation all while learning about the local culture and traditions.

Price Range: $

Insider

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Johannesburg, South AfricaMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Johannesburg, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Johannesburg and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Johannesburg and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Ian is a proud South African who has been guiding since 1999. Ian loves animals and over the years he has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of the animals of South Africa, their habits and environments; especially whales, great white sharks and elephants. Ian’s diverse career history stretches from working in the largest winery in South Africa, owning and running an advertising company for 10 years, to selling power transmission equipment from USA. As a tour-guide Ian feels he has found his niche in life and that is to show visitors a truly wonderful country!

Newtown

Newtown Cultural Precinct is where some of Johannesburg’s hot and happening cultural scene can be found. At the heart of Newtown sits the famous Museum Africa as well as the Market Theatre complex. Newtown is part of the inner city regeneration project and promises to be Joburg’s most popular tourist hotspot.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

This nature reserve features over 600 species of flowering plants, 210 species of birds, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.

Days of Gold

Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can go underground on a mine exploration and relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg.

Union Buildings

Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker Built in 1913 to accommodate the offices of the Prime Minister the buildings now house the offices of the State President. Set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, you can take in magnificent views of the city or visit the Delville Wood memorial commemorating South African soldiers who died in the Battle of Delville Wood in World War I.

In nearby Pretoria

Kruger House

President Paul Kruger lived in a house situated just three blocks from Church Square, from 1884 until 1900. The Victorian gabled house – which represents a simplified version of the neo-Gothic style - is a museum and displays his furniture, stagecoach, private railway coach and all of his personal effects. A few hundred meters to the west, is Pretoria’s Old Cemetery, Helde Akker (heroes’ acre) where President Kruger lies buried.

Museum Heartland

Pretoria offers a number of fantastic museums, grouped together as Museum Park. Why not visit the Natural Cultural History Museum of Science and Technology, the Transvaal Museum and the GeoScience Museum, to mention just a few.

Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

Perched conspicuously on top of one of the many hills that surround the city of Pretoria, is the imposing Voortrekker Monument. This enormous granite construction commemorates the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked from the Cape, between 1835 and 1854, in search of independence from British rule.

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Situated 40 km to the northwest of Pretoria, the Tswaing Meteorite Crater is known as the Pretoria Saltpan. One of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, this crater is home to a few stone artifacts of the Late Stone Age as well as an impressive wetland.

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