11-day LGBT+, all-inclusive African adventure including Victoria Falls, Safari, and Cape Town!
Due to the popularity of this offering, we have added a second departure (Nov. 23–Dec. 3, 2020)!
From exotic game drives to wine tours, enjoy the finest luxury accommodations as Brand g Vacations explores Zimbabwe’s acclaimed Victoria Falls, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve and vibrant Cape Town, South Africa!
If you have ever had an interest in an African Safari, now is the time! Lion Sands Game Reserve is known for frequent sightings of all of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), as well as exotic birds and other wild life rarely found in other places.
No trip to Africa would be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, which you’ll have the opportunity to explore by water, land, and helicopter. You’ll also have a free morning to take part in an optional adventure tour such as swimming in Devil’s Pool, zip lining or the infamous Victoria Falls Gorge Swing. Here we will overnight at the internationally acclaimed Victoria Falls Hotel.
Once in Cape Town, you will be amazed by the beauty of the city, with its gorgeous beach scene, great restaurants and cosmopolitan nightlife. Included is a visit to Cape of Good Hope and a trip to South Africa’s wine country. Includes free time for an optional tour such as a visit to Table Mountain, cage diving with sharks, or a visit to Robben Island.
11-day fully escorted with the services of a Brand g host throughout the trip.
November 19 to 29, 2020 – USD $10,499
Attire throughout the program is casual and comfortable, however in Cape Town you may wish to dress it up a bit since the One and Only Hotel is quite posh. We suggest packing a mix of shorts, t-shirts, polo type shirts, a few button down shirts, shorts, jeans and maybe a pair or two of slacks (or skirts for the ladies). The safari portion of the program is very casual. We suggest packing light weight safari-style clothing in neutral earth-tone colors. For safari, convertible pants work well and light weight long sleeve shirts are also nice to block the sun and protect from insects. Walking is not extensive on this tour, nonetheless we suggest you pack sturdy, comfortable walking shoes for excursions. Light jacket or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Other items to consider: swimsuit, wide brimmed sun hat and rain jacket.
The local currency in South African is the Rand, however USD are widely accepted. US dollars are also accepted in Zimbabwe and Zambia. We recommend carrying local currency or small USD bills in good condition for small purchases. Credit cards are accepted at most higher end restaurants and hotels.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 30 days prior to departure of these requests.
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong(Plug M) or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. You plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. In some cases you may also need a voltage converter for devices that are not dual voltage such as a CPAP or shaver. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your South African vacation.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
While you can expect to encounter insects during the program, most are relatively harmless. If you plan to be outside during the morning or evening hours, it is recommended to apply insect repellent, particularly to ankles and other exposed skin. Guests may wish to bring an insect repellent with DEET for use on excursions. White and black clothing attracts bugs and biting flies.
Passport and Visas Requirements
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required. Multiple entry visas are also required for citizens of the US and Canada for Zimbabwe and Zambia. The visas will be obtained upon arrival into Zimbabwe. Visas are not required for US citizens for South Africa. Citizens of all other countries should check visa requirements with their nearest consulates of Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.
In addition to routine vaccinations, it is recommended that most guests also get vaccinated or take medications for malaria, hepatitis A and typhoid. Some guests may also be at risk for hepatitis B, rabies and yellow fever. We recommend you consult a travel medicine specialist, who can advise and provide treatment tailored to your specific health condition.
Victoria Falls Hotel
The internationally-acclaimed Victoria Falls Hotel is set in acres of private gardens, and was established in 1904. For over 90 years, visiting members of Royal families, Heads of State, celebrities, authors, journalists and poets have preferred to stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel, where they are assured of total privacy, comfort and care.
All rooms are well-appointed, cool and comfortable – each room is air-conditioned, with every modern amenity. The beautifully appointed Edwardian swimming pool, surrounded by lush gardens and exotic trees, gives total privacy.
Lion Sands River Lodge
Lion Sands River Lodge is a classically-styled 5-star safari lodge. Designed to bring guests as close to the wild as possible, this exclusive lodge offers an unforgettable safari experience with big game and the Big 5. Each of the eighteen, thatched en-suited air-conditioned bedrooms is a large, stylish and tranquil space with its own wooden viewing deck and luxuries like indoor and outdoor showers.
One and Only Hotel
Nestled within a natural amphitheater shaped by the vertical cliffs of Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head sits Cape Town in all of its coastal glory. Here, commanding an enviable spot in the city’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is One & Only Cape Town, overlooking the marina with panoramic views of Table Mountain. An urban chic waterfront resort with unprecedented levels of luxury, One & Only is a place of friendly calm and gracious hospitality for all. All rooms have expansive views of the private Marina or the surrounding mountains.
Pre-tour Johannesburg – Hotel and Transfers – November 18
$232 per person/per night based on double occupancy
$350 per night based on single occupancy
17 or 18 November: Meet and greet at Johannesburg Airport (JNB) and transfer to the Marriott African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch.
One or two nights of accommodation including breakfast and all taxes.
Return transfer to Johannesburg Airport (JNB) for group flight on November 19th.
Devil’s Pool & Livingstone Island – November 20
$200 Per Person (may combine with zip line, canopy and gorge swing)
Dr. David Livingstone was paddled in a dugout canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged.
The Makololo paddlers skillfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls.
Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m (338 foot) drop. Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River. All visits to the island are during the ‘low water’ season, which usually begins in mid July and goes through to the end of January.
The trip includes a short guided tour of the island, an incredible view from the lip the Victoria Falls, a dip in Devil’s Pool and an al fresco breakfast.
(Water shoes or shoes that can get wet are recommended. Excursion requires walking over uneven, rocky terrain and moderate to high physical activity, ability to swim not required, but must be comfortable in the water.)
Zipline – November 20
$70 per person (may combine with Devil’s Pool, canopy and gorge swing)
Not for the feint of heart, this is the longest zip line ride in the world, and such an incredible experience that you can’t help wishing it could be longer.
The cable, which is suspended across 425 meters, (1,394 feet) plunges between the lips of the gorge and up the other side in an enormous U shape. A safety guide will gently ease you off the platform so that you sit in the harness and let your legs dangle over the raging river. It is a moment of intense anticipation and expectation. Then, your guide will count you down to one of the most memorable adventures of your life. When your harnesses released, you will whiz through the air at 106 km per hour (66 mph). As you pick up speed, the world becomes a green and blue blur, while every cell in your body screams with excitement.
When the initial rush is over, you will hang in the chasm of the gorge, surveying the zig zag of the rapids below, the brilliant blue sky above, and the dark gorge flecked in green on either side of you. A safety guide is winched down to secure your harness to his and take you back to the platform. One ride is all it takes to be hooked for life.
Gorge Swing – November 20
$90 per person (may combine with zip line, Devil’s Pool, and canopy tour)
This is only for the bravest among us with absolutely no fear of heights and is akin to bungee jumping.
It is amazing how the things that make our hearts skip a beat, are the things that make us feel most alive. If you have done the gorge swing, you know this better than anyone. The moment you find yourself on a wooden platform that peers into the chasm of the gorge, is the moment you realize that fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. The gorge swing is a 70 meter (230 foot) free fall that ends with an almighty swing 120 meters (394 feet) above the powerful Zambezi river.
The Gorge Swing will literally take your breath away as you soar through the air, leaving your fears and trepidation on the platform far behind you. A pulley will slowly pull you back to reality, giving you time to wrap your head around the exhilarating experience while you appreciate the immense beauty of the gorge, the river, and the life within it.
Though the fall lasts three seconds, the memory of falling through open African air lasts a lifetime.
Canopy Tour – November 20
$50 per person (may combine with zip line, Devil’s Pool and gorge swing)
The canopy offers amazing views of Zambezi rapids, Victoria Falls Bridge & the spray of the Falls. Observe the forest from a variety of different vantage points – from above, below and within the canopy itself. Experience forest bird-life, which can include the Knysna and Purple crested Turaco (Lourie) and Peregrine Falcons. This tour offers a network of slides, trails and rope bridge walkways within the canopy of the hardwood forest of the Zambezi gorges.
This experience is suitable to most everyone with unique birds-eye view of one the seven natural wonders of the world. The tour consists of nine slides, varying in length and 1 cable bridge walkway. The longest slide is about 85 meters (279 feet) long and the shortest 40 meters (131 feet) in length. The friendly and experienced staff will give you a detailed safety briefing before, taking you step by step through your upcoming adventure. There are two guides on each tour and the activity lasts for between two to two and a half hours.
Shark Cage Diving (full day) – November 28
$220 per guest
(Departure time for tour is weather dependent and is set the day prior to the tour. In the event the tour is canceled due to poor weather you will received a refund)
Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa and more specifically a trip on the Slashfin, is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The 20 – 25 minute boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure. On any given day, we also usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five – sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, as well as several bird species.
Named after a legendary 3,3 m male shark with a very distinctive dorsal fin, the Slashfin is a unique, multi-million rand aluminium boat custom designed for speed, stability, safety and space and can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers and the crew at a time.
Robben Island Tour (half day) – November 28
$35 Per Person
(Note this tour is weather dependent)
From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The excursion includes a return ferry to the island, a bus tour on the island and of the prison.
Table Mountain* (half day) – November 28
$70 Per Person (minimum 2 guests)
The panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain’s 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) peak are well worth the climb—though you won’t have to break a sweat thanks to the mountain’s two cableways, each with a revolving car ferrying passengers to the summit. Once at the top, a series of hiking trails show off Table Mountain National Park’s geographic features. Includes round trip transportation from the hotel as well as round trip cableway tickets. This is an unguided visit, you will be on your own to explore and will coordinate your return pick-up with the transfer driver.
*Cable way may not operate due to high winds. In this event you will have two more opportunities to use the tickets. Considering the Brand g trip ends on the next day, you therefore may not be able to participate unless you have extended your trip. No refunds will be provided for unused tickets.
Upon arrival to Victoria Falls you’ll experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the falls, as well as a guided walking tour of the falls. Overnight accommodations at the Victoria Falls Hotel and dinner at the hotel’s Jungle Junction restaurant. (D)
After lunch at the Lookout Café overlooking the Victoria Falls Gorge your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel, or do some shopping at the local crafts market.
Tonight enjoy the Zambezi River in a new way, aboard a luxury all-inclusive dinner cruise. (B/L/D)
After some time to settle in, we’ll transfer by coach to the Green Point neighborhood for some interactive drumming and a delicious set-menu dinner featuring some of the favorite foods from across Africa and local cultural entertainment. (B/D)
Late this afternoon we transfer by coach to the award-winning wine estate of De Grendel for a beautiful sunset farewell cocktail and dinner. (B/D)
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
02 8667 3336