Overview

There is absolutely no doubt South Africa is blessed with spectacular natural beauty, a fantastic climate
and diversely interesting regions with diverse cultures. To say that South Africa is a virtual paradise is a
true statement. The country geographically consists of an unspoiled coastline stretching for 2800
kilometers/1740 miles, dramatic mountains and escarpments, extensive bushveld, subtropical forest and
outstanding wetlands. Although a comparatively large country, South Africa is easy to get around due to
its excellent air and rail services.

Welcome to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, strategically situated at the southwestern tip of Africa. The city lies about 60km north of Cape Point, in a natural bowl with the magnificent Table Mountain to the rear and the vast Atlantic Ocean to the front. It has the reputation as
being the most laid-back city in the Southern Hemisphere with Capetonians adhering to Africa time, which is somewhat slower than most other major cities. This relaxed atmosphere is attributed to Table Mountain, known to be amongst the most spiritual places on earth. People are drawn towards the
mountain and every visitor feels the need to climb up or take the revolving Cable Car to the top. At 1086 metres above sea level, you will see the most dramatic views of the whole of the Cape Peninsula. The city is safer than most on any continent with a bustling street life of shops, cafes and market stalls, as well as street artists.

Upon arrival, your group will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Check-In and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Check in time: 2pm and after.

Early check in will be subject to availability and at the discretion of the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Cape Town Waterfront

 

After breakfast, you will enjoy a half-day orientation tour of Cape Town. You will see iconic buildings, snatches of history, and experiences the uniqueness of this city. Drive past the country’s oldest building, the Castle, and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Our drive continues past the Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge; you will sense the depth of history via their distinctive architecture. Colonial then changes to colorful, as you move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes.

Take the cable car up to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain from where you will be able to see to the end of the world, including the city and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa.

Return to the hotel after the tour and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

This evening enjoy Welcome Dinner with Interactive drumming.

Roundtrip transfers.

Overnight: Hotel Cape Town Waterfront
Meals today: Breakfast, Dinner
Time and Date Subject to Change.

After breakfast, the day is at leisure or take the following optional tour:

OPTIONAL: FULL DAY CAPE PENINSULA TOUR with Lunch

The Fairest Cape….and it surely is! You’ll soon see for yourself where and why it earned its name.

Sit back and relax, we’re going to drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as the Millionaire’s Paradise – from Camps Bay and Clifton to the exclusive beach of Llandundno – towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay where a seal island cruise is included.

Back on terra ferma, we wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views, before arriving at the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.

Once at the Cape Point, you will have time to explore. Take a ride up on the funicular for magnificent views (funicular ticket is included).

We meander back along the coast towards the city, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town where you will enjoy lunch at Bertha’s Restaurant.

Continue on to visit the enduring penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach.

The Fairest Cape of All, that was Sir Francis Drake’s opinion…and we are sure you will echo it!

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Overnight: Hotel Cape Town Waterfront
Meals today: Breakfast 
Time and Date Subject to Change.

 

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Kruger – Mpumalanga

On arrival, transfer to your hotel. 

Overnight: Hotel
Meals today: Breakfast
Time and Date Subject to Change.

 

 

Today you will enjoy a full day of game viewing in the park in an open vehicle. 

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.  There are approximately 147 mammal species here, including the `Big 5′: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard  and rhino (black & white). 

A safari in an open vehicle at Kruger National Park isn’t to be taken lightly. It’s a privilege beyond  imagination, for this, one of the world’s most famous game reserves, is not only vast with a glorious  diversity of wildlife and birdlife, it’s also renowned for its ever-changing African landscapes. For  photographers, it’s a dream destination, with no fewer than 147 mammals and over 500 species of bird  waiting for the click of your camera. Our qualified, experienced field guides know the terrain and the  protocol intimately, and their skills, combined with the superb visibility afforded by our specially modified  safari vehicles, guarantee a wonderfully wild experience. Kruger is teaming with game, big and small.  You may be lucky and spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the exhilaration of seeing wildlife at close range is a truly  unforgettable experience!  

Return to the hotel after the game drive. 

Overnight: Hotel
Meals today: Breakfast
Time and Date Subject to Change.

Enjoy breakfast and then check out. Transfer to Johannesburg and traverse the glorious Panorama  route taking in the spectacular scenery. Gasp at the glory of the never-ending Lowveld landscape from the ledge of God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, explore  the extraordinary rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, one of nature’s most intriguing creations  and 3 Rondavels at the legendary Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world.  

Later this afternoon, arrive in Johannesburg.  

Johannesburg, often referred to as Jo’burg, is South Africa’s largest city, the centre of South African  commerce and industry as well as the financial capital of Gauteng. Renowned as the City of Gold,  Johannesburg is a vibrant city with a vast web of suburbs and townships, with a wealth of things to see  and do.  

On arrival in Johannesburg, transfer to the hotel for check in and the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight: Southern Sun Rosebank
Meals today: Breakfast

 

After breakfast take a tour to Soweto with a township lunch at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant.  

SOWETO an acronym for South Western Township, is the largest Black residential area in South Africa  that has a population of more than 3.5 Million, who despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions,  have a tangible sense of community.  

This tour gives you an opportunity to interact with the local residents of the township and ask questions  that have been on your mind – such as how life was under apartheid, how life is now, questions on the  economy, and on current events.  

Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Regina Mundi Church and have a photo stop outside  Mandela House

Township food, although simple, is delicious. There’s something about its simplicity and communal  serving that makes you feel like you are not just experiencing good food, but you are a part of the  community too. You will have lunch at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant. Brimming with good cheer, Sakhumzi  is popular for its daily lunch buffets. Patrons spill onto the street tables and mingle joyfully with passers 

  1. Expect African staples such as mutton stew, umleqwa (traditional-style steamed chicken) and mealie pap as well as more conventional burgers and steaks.

Visit the Apartheid Museum. This is a must-see for anyone wanting to really understand and experience  apartheid. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts  illustrating the events and human experiences that are part of the epic saga known as apartheid. 

You will also visit a local orphanage where you will have an opportunity to interact with the children  and make a donation. A little money goes a long way and these types of organizations are typically  under-funded and rely heavily on travelers that come to visit. It’s a simple gesture on your part that  makes a big difference on theirs.  

Return to the hotel after the tour and the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight: Hotel Johannesburg
Meals today: Breakfast & Lunch
Time and Date Subject to Change.

 

 

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the Johannesburg airport for your flight back to North  America.  

Check out time: 11am. Late check out is not included. 

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO VICTORIA FALLS:
DAY 8: 28 OCT, 2022 DEPART JOHANNESBURG – VICTORIA FALLS (B)

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls.

(This flight is not included in your package) 

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local  people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – the smoke that thunders and the falls are remarkable. There is a magic  about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling  water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The  Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between  90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over  the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much  today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared  National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation. 

On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in. 

This afternoon (approximately 4 pm) embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. Guests will  have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes  even rhino as well as enjoy the many different bird species. There are great photo opportunities against  often-spectacular African sunsets.  

Return to the hotel after the cruise. 

Overnight Hotel Victoria Falls
Time and Date Subject to Change.

After breakfast the group will take a guided tour of the falls. On the opposite cliff, facing the falls, you  can take a well-marked and paved walk through the rain forests. Every so often the path will open out  into a clearing for a view of the falls. Further along this path is the Knife Edge Bridge which affords an  impressive panorama depending on the time of year. The intense spray provides welcome relief from the  heat, but don’t carry anything you don’t want to get wet! 

Return to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight Hotel Victoria Falls  
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

 

 

This is a sensational full day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Land and water-based game  viewing is included.  

Your first game sighting is from The Chobe River, teaming with animals, with you sitting securely on  board, just off the riverbank, game viewing from the relaxing vantage point of a boat. You’re on the  mighty Chobe River which flows through the renowned Chobe National Park providing a haven for herds  of grazing animals and bird life. Just sit back, relax, and keep those binoculars handy. Watch this glorious  scene unfolding itself, large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest frolicking calves, kicking up dust as  they wait their turn at the water’s edge to drink. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the  banks of the river, mouths agape, teeth terrifying. Glorious birdlife, wonderful game, and the gentle  rocking of the riverboat.  

When we disembark, we join our open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe Game Reserve with  the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife, followed by a gorgeous lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge overlooking the Chobe River.  

Return to your hotel after the tour. 

Overnight Hotel Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Time and Date subject to change.

 

Transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your departing and connecting flight to U.S.A.  
Check out time: 11am. Late check out is not permitted.

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