HW Photo & Safaris Destinations: Victoria Falls & South Africa Safari

Victoria Falls & South Africa 2022.  

Dates to be announced. Trip will be in September, 2022.  

In order to leverage for better rates and better numbers in vehicles our group will have 16. We only have two spots left.  

Victoria Falls 

Victoria Falls 

General Itinerary  

We will land in Johannesburg, stay one night at Premier Hotel in Johannesburg, then fly out to Victoria Falls where we will stay two nights at Old Drift Lodge.  

 

Old Drift Lodge includes: 

Accommodations, all meals and all drinks 

complimentary mini bars in rooms 

Victoria Falls shuttle 

Laundry 

Morning or afternoon game drives 

Morning or afternoon river safaris 

Lunch at Look Out Cafe 

Guided tour of falls excluding taxes 

We'll be two nights in Victoria Falls, then will fly back to Johannesburg and overnight at Premier Hotel again. The next morning we will fly out to Hoedspruit and transfer to the prestigeous Kambaku River Sands lodge in Timbavati. We'll spend four days in Timbavati, then will charter two 12 seater cessnas to fly us directly to Mala Mala. After our four days in Mala Mala we will fly back to Johannesburg then catch our flights home to North America later that day. 

 

Timbavati 

Timbavati is a game reserve located north of the Sabi Sands and adjacent Kruger National Park. Timbavati covers an area of 533 square kilometers. Timbavati has great big 5 game viewing and is the only place in the world where white lions occur naturally in the wild. 

River Sands Room We will be staying at a prestegious lodge in Timbavati. 

Included: 

Two game drives per day 

Meals, drinks, laundry, limited wifi. 

Excluded are premium brand drinks. 

• maximum four guests per safari vehicle 

Sabi Sands, South Africa  

Sabi Sands is made up of a collection of private game reserves. Together these reserves provide very strong big five game viewing and the best leopard viewing in the world. Other South African reserves have good to great game viewing, but as the professional wildlife photographers will tell you, no other game reserves in South Africa have the density of game that you will find in the Sabi Sands.  

For those of you who have been on an HW Photo & Safaris trip in Kenya, you will find that this trip compliments the Kenya trip nicely. In addition to the big five, we will see different antelope than they have in Kenya like kudu, stenbuck, nyala and if we're lucky we might see sable. Sabi Sands also has a healthy wild dog population. Mala Mala has four packs of wild dogs that frequent the property, so there is a good chance we will see wild dogs either at Mala Mala, Timbavati or possibly on both concessions.  

Relaxing Leopard Cub 

Mala Mala Mala Mala Game Reserve is one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa. It is one of the best reserves for leopard viewing in the Sabi Sands and boasts the largest segment of river of any camp in the Sabi Sands. Mala Mala is also one of the few private reserves that doesn't share traversing wtih several other camps. On 70% of this property, the concession is not shared with any other camps. This ensures the animals aren't stressed and guests enjoy a more genuine wildlife experience. Mala Mala shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park allowing the animals to wander freely throughout this area. 

Mala Mala Game Reserve We will spend the next four days of our trip at Mala Mala. 

Mala Mala accommodations include: 

• Air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation 

• All meals and snacks 

• Drinks (excluding premium brands) 

• Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger 

• Nature walks 

• Transfers to/from the MalaMala Game Reserve 

airstrip 

• Limited laundry service 

• maximum four guests per safari vehicle 

 

Mala Mala Main Camp Room 

 

Rates are fully inclusive of three meals, accommodation, two game drives and bush walk per day, local soft drinks, house wines and beers are included. 

Excluded are special wines, champagne and spirits, massages and items from the shop. 

Itinerary Broken Down:  

Arrival: Meet in Johannesburg. Overnight airport hotel. 

Day One: Fly out to Victoria Falls and check in to Old Drift Lodge. Have lunch, tour of falls then game drive and Old Drift Lodge for dinner. 

Day Two: Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls & morning free time for excursions or shopping in Victoria Falls. 

Lunch at Old Drift Lodge. Game drive. 

Day Three: morning game drive or helicopter flight or other excursion. 

Lunch in town then fly back to Johannesburg.  

Overnight Airport Hotel. 

Day Four: Fly out to Hoedspruit and transfer to Timbavati Lodge 

Day Four through seven- Timbavati Lodge (4 nights) 

Day seven morning- Elephant encounter. 

Day eight through twelve- Mala Mala (4 nights) 

Next morning Fly back to Johannesburg  

Johannesburg Day Room & Farewell Dinner 

Arrive at Johannesburg airport three hours before flight. This airport is great for souvenir shopping while killing time. 

Fly home. 

Trip Cost:  

Victoria Falls Portion: $2335.00 US. based on double occupancy. 

South Africa portion only- $8,765.00 U.S. per person based on double occupancy. 

*Please note that $8,765.00 is as accurate as the trip can be priced out right now. We are locking in 2021 rates for 2022 in the Sabi Sands. The rates in Zimbabwe and the internal flight rates could go up in the next two years. If it does the cost of the trip will go up slightly as well. 

Trip Options:  

Option 1: Victoria Falls & South Africa safari 

Option 2: South Africa safari only (Timbavati and Sabi Sands lodges) 

For the South Africa portion only: 

Guests can choose to meet up with us in Johannesburg at the Premier Hotel and only partake of the South Africa safari portion of the trip. This portion of the trip is $8765.00 US. per person based on double occupancy. It includes one night in Johannesburg, internal flights, four nights in Timbavati, private charter flight to Mala Mala four nights at Mala Mala, return flights to Johannesburg, ground transfers, taxes and levies and a day room at a Johannesberg airport hotel. 

Included:  

• Overnight at Johannesburg airport hotel upon arrival 

• breakfast at airport hotel. 

• All meals at Victoria Falls 

• All internal flights 

• Airport hotel in Johannesberg after we get back from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  

• All meals at Mala Mala main camp 

• All meals at the prestigious Timbavati Lodge. 

• All internal flights 

• All land transfers 

• Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls 

• Guided tour of Victoria Falls 

• Elephant encounter 

*Please note: The elephant encounter, helicopter flight and/or guided tour of the falls can be removed from the total bill for those who do not want to participate in those activities. 

Leopard at Mala Mala 

Not Included:  

• International Travel 

• Dinner first night in Johannesburg 

• Dinner in Johannesburg after Victoria Falls. 

• Lunch and dinner In Johannesburg on the last day. 

• Gratuities for guides and camp staff. 

• Personal items and souvenirs 

• Extra excursions in Victoria Falls 

• Victoria Falls and Zambia Park Fees outside our planned visits. 

• Trip interruption & cancelation insurance. 

Global Rescue 

wild dog