Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour • Freedom Destinations

Cape Town to Victoria Falls

20 day Small Group Tour – from £3699

With flights from £4589

Join this epic adventure from South Africa to Zimbabwe, through the vast Namib Desert and Botswana’s incredible National Parks.

Highlights:
  • Gaze across Fish River Canyon and relax in the Ais-Ais Hot Pools
  • Enjoy game drives in Etosha and Chobe National Parks
  • Explore the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro
  • Climb Dune 45 and visit the salt pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Marvel at the unabated power of Victoria Falls

Your Itinerary

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Table Mountain National Park

Day 1 – Cederberg region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make the last stop for a look back at Table…

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make the last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea.

A dinner at our overnight stop, offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

    Marcuskraal or similar
    Dinner
Table Mountain National Park
Orange River

Day 2 – Orange River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the desert vistas that will accompany us in…

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. Crossing the border this afternoon we enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River.

    Felix Unite Cabanas or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Orange River
Orange River

Day 3 – Ais Ais Hot Pools

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch royal House, in recent times it has…

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip.

Around midday, we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop where guests will get a chance to enjoy the Ais-Ais Hot Pools this evening.

    Ai Ais Resort or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Orange River
Fish River Canyon

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon

We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We…

We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop.

Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

    Schutzenhaus Guesthouse or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Fish River Canyon
Namib Desert

Day 5 – Namib Desert

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we…

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia.

From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

    Taleni Desert Quiver Camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Namib Desert
Dune 45, Sossusvlei

Day 6 – Sossusvlei

A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the…

A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

    Taleni Desert Quiver Camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Dune 45, Sossusvlei
Lighthouse, Swakopmund

Day 7 to 8 – Swakopmund

Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure…

Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. Our day in the desert ends as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion before making our way across the Tropic of Capricorn and to the Atlantic coast. On arriving in Swakopmund we have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

The next day can be spent on adrenaline fuelled adventures or take the opportunity to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

    Stay@Swakop or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Lighthouse, Swakopmund
Cape Cross, Namibia

Day 9 – Khorixas

Our exploration of the desert continues with a trip up north, stopping at the seaside holiday…

Our exploration of the desert continues with a trip up north, stopping at the seaside holiday town of Wlotskabaken before heading to the Lichen Fields for a viewing and talk on the Lichen Colonies. We then visit the renowned Seal Colony at Cape Cross (please note the Colony may be inaccessible at times which means that we will not be able to visit the seals.) The road then continues away from the coast and takes us towards the Khorixas area.

    Khorixas camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Cape Cross, Namibia
Twyfelfontein Rock Art, Namibia

Day 10 – Rock Engravings and Petrified Forest

This morning we will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene…

This morning we will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region. This area has been inhabited for 6000 years by the Khoi San and the site displays 2500 rock paintings. We also visit the Petrified Forest, comprising of prehistoric tree trunks now fossilised. We leave Twyfelfontein for Etosha National Park. With vast salt pans, savanna and woodland, Etosha is one of Africa’s finest game parks. Etosha means “great white area”, which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park. We will spend the afternoon exploring the park.

    Okuakuejo camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Twyfelfontein Rock Art, Namibia
Lion and cub, Etosha National Park

Day 11 to 12 – Etosha National Park

We spend two days exploring the surrounding plains in search of the many animal species that…

We spend two days exploring the surrounding plains in search of the many animal species that call Etosha home, giving opportunities to see some of the magnificent wildlife which includes rhino, elephant and lion.

In the evenings spend time at the floodlit waterhole of the camp which is a major draw for a variety of wildlife.

    Okaukuejo Camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Lion and cub, Etosha National Park
Giaffes, Etosha National Park

Day 13 – Divundu

We leave the white sands of Etosha behind and venture towards the Kavango River for our…

We leave the white sands of Etosha behind and venture towards the Kavango River for our overnight stop in Divundu.

    Mahangu Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Giaffes, Etosha National Park
Maun

Day 14 – Maun

Prior to departing for Maun, we enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River….

Prior to departing for Maun, we enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River. We then cross the border into Botswana and head towards the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun. We overnight in Maun before heading for our next adventure – The Okavango Delta.

    Sedia Hotel or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Maun
Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Day 15 – Okavango Delta (Khwai Conservation Area)

Today we make our way towards the Okavango Delta. Early risers will have the opportunity to…

Today we make our way towards the Okavango Delta. Early risers will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). Depart from Maun and transfer to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari type vehicles.

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily-covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro.  Heading out in the afternoon we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately one hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed-lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler.

After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the mooring station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

    Khwai Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa
Warthog in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Day 16 – Moremi Game Reserve

Today is a full day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari…

Today is a full day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains. Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4×4 vehicles. Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible. This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari.

    Khwai Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Warthog in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Makgadikadi Pans, Botswana

Day 17 – Nata

Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans. The scenic drive from Maun…

Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans. The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana’s breathtaking landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. This afternoon, after our arrival in Nata, we enjoy a guided drive to the Nata pans, which form the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands (birds dependant on seasonal migratory patterns).

    Nata Lodge or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Makgadikadi Pans, Botswana
Elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Day 18 – Chobe National Park

We journey from Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and…

We journey from Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore Chobe National Park, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.

    Thebe River Safaris or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 19 – Victoria Falls

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border…

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border in Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. If you choose, take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” or the smoke that thunders. This can be done at your own account or arranged locally with a guide. Other activities with more adrenaline can be booked locally.

    Bayete Guest Lodge or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River

Day 20 – Victoria Falls

With many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure…

With many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Enjoy the time you have before heading off to the airport for your flight home or onward to other arrangements.

    Breakfast
Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River

Your Itinerary

Day 1

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Cederberg region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make the last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea.

A dinner at our overnight stop, offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

    Marcuskraal or similar
    Dinner
Table Mountain National Park

Day 2

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Orange River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. Crossing the border this afternoon we enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River.

    Felix Unite Cabanas or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Orange River

Day 3

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Ais Ais Hot Pools

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip.

Around midday, we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop where guests will get a chance to enjoy the Ais-Ais Hot Pools this evening.

    Ai Ais Resort or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Orange River

Day 4

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Fish River Canyon

We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop.

Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

    Schutzenhaus Guesthouse or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Fish River Canyon

Day 5

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Namib Desert

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia.

From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

    Taleni Desert Quiver Camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Namib Desert

Day 6

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Sossusvlei

A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

    Taleni Desert Quiver Camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Dune 45, Sossusvlei

Day 7 to 8

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Swakopmund

Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. Our day in the desert ends as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion before making our way across the Tropic of Capricorn and to the Atlantic coast. On arriving in Swakopmund we have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

The next day can be spent on adrenaline fuelled adventures or take the opportunity to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

    Stay@Swakop or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Lighthouse, Swakopmund

Day 9

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Khorixas

Our exploration of the desert continues with a trip up north, stopping at the seaside holiday town of Wlotskabaken before heading to the Lichen Fields for a viewing and talk on the Lichen Colonies. We then visit the renowned Seal Colony at Cape Cross (please note the Colony may be inaccessible at times which means that we will not be able to visit the seals.) The road then continues away from the coast and takes us towards the Khorixas area.

    Khorixas camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Cape Cross, Namibia

Day 10

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Rock Engravings and Petrified Forest

This morning we will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region. This area has been inhabited for 6000 years by the Khoi San and the site displays 2500 rock paintings. We also visit the Petrified Forest, comprising of prehistoric tree trunks now fossilised. We leave Twyfelfontein for Etosha National Park. With vast salt pans, savanna and woodland, Etosha is one of Africa’s finest game parks. Etosha means “great white area”, which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park. We will spend the afternoon exploring the park.

    Okuakuejo camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Twyfelfontein Rock Art, Namibia

Day 11 to 12

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Etosha National Park

We spend two days exploring the surrounding plains in search of the many animal species that call Etosha home, giving opportunities to see some of the magnificent wildlife which includes rhino, elephant and lion.

In the evenings spend time at the floodlit waterhole of the camp which is a major draw for a variety of wildlife.

    Okaukuejo Camp or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Lion and cub, Etosha National Park

Day 13

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Divundu

We leave the white sands of Etosha behind and venture towards the Kavango River for our overnight stop in Divundu.

    Mahangu Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Giaffes, Etosha National Park

Day 14

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Maun

Prior to departing for Maun, we enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River. We then cross the border into Botswana and head towards the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun. We overnight in Maun before heading for our next adventure – The Okavango Delta.

    Sedia Hotel or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Maun

Day 15

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Okavango Delta (Khwai Conservation Area)

Today we make our way towards the Okavango Delta. Early risers will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). Depart from Maun and transfer to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari type vehicles.

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily-covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro.  Heading out in the afternoon we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately one hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed-lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler.

After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the mooring station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

    Khwai Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Day 16

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Moremi Game Reserve

Today is a full day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains. Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4×4 vehicles. Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible. This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari.

    Khwai Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Warthog in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Day 17

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Nata

Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans. The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana’s breathtaking landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. This afternoon, after our arrival in Nata, we enjoy a guided drive to the Nata pans, which form the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands (birds dependant on seasonal migratory patterns).

    Nata Lodge or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Makgadikadi Pans, Botswana

Day 18

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Chobe National Park

We journey from Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore Chobe National Park, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.

    Thebe River Safaris or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Day 19

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Victoria Falls

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border in Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. If you choose, take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” or the smoke that thunders. This can be done at your own account or arranged locally with a guide. Other activities with more adrenaline can be booked locally.

    Bayete Guest Lodge or similar
    Breakfast and dinner
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 20

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Victoria Falls

With many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Enjoy the time you have before heading off to the airport for your flight home or onward to other arrangements.

    Breakfast
Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River

Your Touring Experience

Comfortable lodges or hotels
Breakfast, dinner and 2 lunches
Travel by luxury safari truck
Park fees
Expert guide throughout tour

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2023-12-14

2024-01-16

2024-02-06

2024-03-19

2024-04-09

2024-05-21

2024-06-11

2024-07-02

2024-07-09

2024-07-30

2024-08-20

2024-09-03

2024-09-24

2024-10-15

2024-11-26

2024-12-17

This tour is also available in reverse from Victoria Falls to Cape Town, please contact us for departure dates and availability on 0333 234 3667.

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Add extra nights in Cape Town or Victoria Falls before or after your tour
  • Recharge after your adventure with an Indian Ocean beach stay
  • Chose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

Next Steps

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls

20 day Small Group Tour – from £3699

With flights from £4589

Prices are per person and include all travel, accommodation, most meals and an experienced local guide. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar or higher standard if necessary. Please note luggage restriction of 23kg.

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