Natural Wonders of Southern Africa Tour & Cruise

17
Nights
2020
Jan 8
From
$5999
MSC
Orchestra
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Southern Africa has received its share from Mother Nature resulting in a wide diversity of scenery; rugged coastlines, lush and tropical vegetation, vast deserts, dramatic mountain ranges, natural oasis, pristine nature and dazzling white sandy islands. On this tour you will spend several days in the beautiful city of Cape Town before experiencing a luxury cruise up the west coast of Africa to Namibia and visit the dramatic landscape of the desert. Then travel to the Hwange National Park for four days and see one of the largest elephant herds in Africa. Nothing will prepare you however for the majesty of the Victoria Falls, the worlds largest waterfall. Join us on this incredible journey of southern Africa, an unforgettable experience.

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tour with a local guide to see many fabulous sights of Capetown
  • Take the cable car up Table Mountain for wonderful views of Table Bay, the city and the sea
  • A full day tour to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
  • Abundant birdlife of Walvis Bay including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns
  • German village of Luderitz huddled on the coast of the vast Namib Desert - Namibia
  • Hwange National Park - hopefully see the ‘Big 5’ – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo - great wildlife sightseeing
  • Experience life in an African village with a cultural tour of one of the local villages
  • Victoria Falls - among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world
Natural Wonders of Southern Africa Tour & Cruise Map

Includes

  • Travel on MSC Orchestra in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MSC Orchestra
  • Economy-class flights from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/ Perth to Cape Town and return from Victoria Falls
  • Economy-class flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Cape Town including breakfast
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Hwange National Park including breakfast/brunch lunch and dinner
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Victoria Falls including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours of Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope and Victoria Falls
  • Professional English-speaking guides in Cape Town, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls
  • 2 game drives in Hwange National Park
  • Cruise taxes and port & handling charges

 

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MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra Combines spacious, elegant interiors with the variety for which their Orchestra Class is renowned, MSC Orchestra promises your dream cruise. Because life aboard can be just what you want it to be. If relaxation is your goal, there’s ample deck space to unwind in the sun or in the superb Body and Mind Spa, with pampering Turkish baths, saunas and massages. There is a Sports Centre with Gym, 5 stunning pools and even a jogging track. MSC Orchestra also takes you on an exciting culinary journey, ranging from the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant with authentic Dim Sum specialties to the Four Seasons gourmet Italian dining experience and La Piazzetta, where you can discover the finest pizza outside Naples. The designer venues on this ecological ship make every moment a special occasion, whether dancing to the live music in the leopard-style Savannah Bar, tempting lady luck in the Palm Beach Casino or catching a spectacular show in the equally spectacular Covent Garden Theatre. Kids can go wild to their heart’s content in the Jungle Adventure playroom, while teens get their own Teen’s Club.

DAY 1 Wednesday January 8, 2020 Cape Town, South Africa
We depart Australia and travel to Cape Town, South Africa. Known as the “Mother City”, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa. Perched between the ocean and Table Mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town.

DAY 2 Thursday January 9, 2020 Cape Town
On arrival we join our local guide, who will take us on a sightseeing tour to see many fabulous sights such as the imposing brick and stucco Houses of Parliament, the Victoria and Alfred dock area, and the Bo-Kaap area, where the Cape Malays live in brightly-coloured cube houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. We take the cable car up Table Mountain for wonderful views of Table Bay, the city and the sea (weather permitting). Later we check in to our hotel.

DAY 3 Friday January 10, 2020 Cape Town
Today we will enjoy a full day tour to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. These promontories were key beacons for the early explorers and are the source of many myths and legend. At the Cape we will visit the famous lighthouse first erected in 1860. En route we will visit Simons Town, a pretty coastal town which is South Africa’s main naval base and consists of lovely Victorian buildings, quaint streets and walkways and a fascinating history.

DAY 4 Saturday January 11, 2020 Cape Town
A free day to explore Cape Town. Perhaps take a ferry to visit the famed Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 years imprisonment.

DAY 5 Sunday January 12, 2020 Embarkation
Today we are transferred to the port to board the MSC Orchestra for our cruise up the west coast to Namibia.

DAY 6 Monday January 13, 2020 At Sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

DAY 7 Tuesday January 14, 2020 Walvis Bay, Namibia
Walvis Bay is a small port on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and the gateway to the Namib Desert. Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit, its tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns. The harbour is busy with fishing boats and ships. Dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point Lighthouse. Take a tour into the desert or explore the curio markets, craft shops, art galleries, museums and the beachfront.

DAY 8 Wednesday January 15, 2020 Luderitz, Namibia
This German village huddled on the coast of the vast Namib Desert is a surreal relic of German colonial rule. The village was founded by the Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz who, being a tobacco merchant, was interested in planting tobacco in Africa. Speculating on mineral deposits in the area and establishing colonial territory in Africa, persuaded Bismarck to place South West Africa under German control in 1884. Diamonds in the desert made it all happen, and it is as if a German village was suddenly plucked from Europe and set down on the African coast, caught between the icy South Atlantic and the burning desert. The Atlantic waters off Lüderitz are home to seals, penguins and other marine life.

DAY 9 Thursday January 16, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Perhaps take a dance class or just relax by the pool.

DAY 10 Friday January 17, 2020 Disembarkation – Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
After disembarking the MSC Orchestra we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Victoria Falls and transfer to Hwange National Park and our Safari Lodge.

DAY 11 Saturday January 18, 2020 Hwange National Park
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe, occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometers. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the mighty Victoria Falls. It became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century and was set aside as a National Park in 1929. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. We will hopefully see the ‘Big 5’ – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo. We’ll also see many varieties of colourful birds. Our experienced guide will help us spot hard-tosee animals, so we make the most of the safari.

DAY 12 Sunday January 19, 2020 Hwange National Park
Our second day on safari in the Hwange National Park is sure to be another day of great wildlife sightseeing and memorable experiences.

DAY 13 Monday January 20, 2020 Hwange National Park
Today we have a rare opportunity to experience life in an African village with a cultural tour of one of the local villages.

DAY 14 Tuesday January 21, 2020 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning we travel to Victoria Falls and enjoy a sightseeing tour. Victoria Falls are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away. A great day to experience one of the major natural wonders of the world.

DAY 15 Wednesday January 22, 2020 Victoria Falls
Today is a free day to explore the Victoria Falls area.

DAY 16 Thursday January 23, 2020 Victoria Falls
A free day to explore the Falls area. Perhaps try riding the rapids down the Zambezi River or try bungee jumping off the bridge over the Zambezi River. Or go into town and explore and meet the locals.

DAY 17 Friday January 24, 2020 Departure
This morning we depart the hotel and are transferred to the airport for our flight home.

DAY 18 Saturday January 25, 2020 Australia
This evening we arrive in Australia and the tour concludes.

Cabin Twin Fare (PP) Single Fare
Inside $5,999 $7,725
Outside $6,525 $7,950
Balcony $6,775 $8,250
Included port & handling charges $175 $175
Included air taxes as at 1/12/18 $290 $290

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on MSC Orchestra in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MSC Orchestra
  • Economy-class flights from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/ Perth to Cape Town and return from Victoria Falls
  • Economy-class flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Cape Town including breakfast
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Hwange National Park including breakfast/brunch lunch and dinner
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Victoria Falls including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours of Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope and Victoria Falls
  • Professional English-speaking guides in Cape Town, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls
  • 2 game drives in Hwange National Park
  • Cruise taxes and port & handling charges

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary These will be quoted for separately
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

TOUR OPERATOR:
Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd – ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.

Tour Costs:
The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 1 December 2018. Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements.

Deposits and Payments:
A deposit of $1,500 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 92 days before departure of the tour from Australia. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged for payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards.

Air Taxes:
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are valid as at 1 December 2018. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Conditions:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 92 days $1500
92 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

Minimum Tour Numbers and Conditions:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost.

Tour Organisation:
Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour. Refunds: The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents:
All passengers will require a valid passport with at least six months validity from your return date. Visas will be required for Zimbabwe for Australian passport holders. Details will be provided by Travelrite International.

Baggage:
All passengers qualify for the 20kg free baggage allowance.

Responsibility:
Cruise Offers Value Holidays is the tour organiser. Travelrite International acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the MSC Orchestra cruise passage contract with MSC Cruises, detailed on their website www.msccruises.com.au. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Cruise Offers Value Holidays and we will send one to you.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1,500 per person to:

Cruise Offers Value Holidays
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343 press option 1
Telephone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: valueholidays@cruiseoffers.com.au

ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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