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.
October 12, 2016 to October 21, 2016 – US $5195.00
May 18, 2017 to May 27, 2017 – US $5195.00
October 14, 2017 to October 23, 2017 – US $5195.00
Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts In: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Ends In: Cape Town Group
Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 4 & 5-Star Lodges Physical Rating: 1/5
Arrival/departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
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
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.
Out travel is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
VISAS: 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). For more information, visit http://www.kazavisa.info/index.php/about/overview. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.
CULTURE SHOCK: 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.
WEATHER: 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.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: 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.
ELECTRICITY: You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type C/D/M/N sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/south-africa/ for more information.
CONNECTIVITY: 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!
MALARIA: 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.
YELLOW FEVER: 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.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: 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.
For everybody’s peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That’s up to $200 you won’t have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation.
Here’s what’s covered:
Unlimited Trip Interruption
Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
Baggage Delay up to $500
Flight Accident up to $100,000
Travel Accident up to $50,000
All OUT Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!
All Out About 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 About 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.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It’s best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Every Oot and About Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what’s available.
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.
Victoria Falls Safari Club
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Phone: +263 13 43211
The magnificent Victoria Falls Safari Club is perched high on a sprawling plateau, with glorious views of the plains below. Located on the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, guests of the “Club” (that’s us) will have complete exclusivity and privacy, with access to the main lodge’s many amenities, including a swimming pool and sun deck, viewing decks, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
If you are checking in to the hotel under your OUT Adventures reservation, a complimentary arrival transfer will be included.
8 Bridle Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Phone: +27 21 461 8915
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150 USD.
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.
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 be leaving it behind on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
The following packing list should be used as a guideline, not as gospel. Our Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much, or little to bring.
Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
Yellow Fever vaccine certificate if travelling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever
General Personal Items:
Eye mask/Ear plugs
Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug for type A/B/C
Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
Sandals/Comfortable Walking Shoes/Shoes for upmarket Dinners
Shirts: t-shirts/collared shirt or polo shirt for upmarket dinners
Pants: Long, lightweight pants/Casual pants for upmarket dinners
Warm hat/gloves for cool mornings/evenings
Water resistant jacket
Personal medication/Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamines
Travel First Aid Kit