13 Days
Air-Inclusive

Overview

This Southern African sojourn is the perfect glimpse into the best Southern Africa has to offer and includes a stay in Cape Town, a safari as well as a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls.


Itinerary

Day 1

Traveling

Depart from New York (JFK) or Washington DC (IAD) for your South African Airways flight to South Africa.

Day 2

CAPE TOWN

On arrival in Johannesburg you will connect onwards for your 2 hour flight on South African Airways to Cape Town, where on arrival you will be met for your transfer to your hotel.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Day 3

Cape Town View Accommodation

After breakfast you will be met by your local English speaking driver-guide for your full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Depart the hotel and flank the colder Atlantic ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of days gone by. For the not so adventurous, the fish market "Mariners Wharf" is a must. The tour now continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive – if open, with a 200 meter drop on one side and a 200 meter rise on the other, as we make our way south, following the Atlantic Ocean until we reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe". And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa. Our optional lunch stop today is at the Fish Hoek Galley. We pass the naval base of Simonstown as we continue along the Indian Ocean, en route to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders Beach near Simonstown. Our last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (optional - additional cost), home of some 3 500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon, having seen some of the best the Cape has to offer.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Day 4

Cape Town

After breakfast your local English speaking driver-guide will meet you at the hotel for a tour of the Cape wine region. We will depart from the hotel and head north to Paarl. Our first stop is for our morning wine tasting at Nelsons Creek Estate. After a tour through their cellars, there is a chance to sample some of their local wines as well as a cheese tasting. A brief city tour of Paarl follows, before we make our way to Franschhoek with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. This little village nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken for a little Switzerland. After a short tour of the town, a second wine tasting will be enjoyed in Franschhoek followed by a lunch stop and perhaps a chance to savour some of the fresh trout for which Franschhoek is renowned. After lunch the tour continues to the university town of Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be quickly forgotten. Time permitting we will include a third and final wine tasting. Then we set off for our return to the Mother City.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Day 5

Cape Town

A full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Maybe take a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain or a boat ride for a poignant visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprissoned for many years. Perhaps take time to explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront with its many shops, restaurants and activities available as well as the fascinating Two Oceans Aquarium. In the summer months maybe head for the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay for people watching and soaking up the African Sun. Whatever else, you will not be at a loss for things to do!

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Day 6

KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES View Accommodation

After breakfast you will be met and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onwards connection to Hoedspruit Airport. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve, which lies adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. Here you will enjoy the next few days experiencing exclusive safari adventures in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species including the "Big Five". Being predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

Overnight on a fully board basis at Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Day 7

KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

Enjoy morning and late afternoon game safaris in the African bush with experienced game rangers and Shangaan trackers. Game drives are undertaken at the best times of the day to avoid the harsh African sun whilst the rest of your day may be enjoyed at leisure at the lodge. From hearty breakfasts to gourmet dinners and enthralling game safaris, you are sure to be tantalised during your stay.

Overnight on a fully board basis at Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Day 8

KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

Partcipate in the game viewing activities at the lodge or simply relax in the peacuful surrounds of the African bush.

Overnight on a fully board basis at Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Day 9

JOHANNESBURG View Accommodation

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel set in the heart of Sandton, a shoppers paradise with an array of boutique shops, bars, and restaurants in the Sandton Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Maslow Hotel

Day 10

LIVINGSTONE (VICTORIA FALLS) View Accommodation

After breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your flight to Livingstone.

On arrival you will be met by your local English speaking representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Once you have had time to freshen up, enjoy the afternoon with a cruise on the Zambezi River. From the boat you might see some wildlife and of course Africa´s magical sunsets. Drinks and snacks are included.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Day 11

LIVINGSTONE (VICTORIA FALLS)

This morning visit the Victoria Falls at your own leisure.

The best seasons to see the Falls are roughly mid June to mid September (start of the dry season) or mid November to mid January (start of rainy season). Between mid January and mid June the Falls are at its highest, which also means the spray is enormous and part of the view is blocked. Mind your cameras, because you will get wet! As for mid September to mid November, those are the hot dry months and the Falls do dry up to a certain extent. During the months when the spray is big and its full moon, the lunar rainbow is visible. It can be quite spectacular to see a rainbow at night! Usually this phenomena occurs from mid June to mid September and mid January to mid April.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Day 12

Departure

Morning at leisure until your transfer from the lodge to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onwards connection to the USA.

Day 13

Traveling

Morning at leisure until your transfer from the lodge to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onwards connection to the USA.


Includes

Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York John F Kennedy or Washington Dulles Airports to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport; Domestic coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg – Cape Town - Johannesburg – Hoedspruit – Johannesburg – Livingstone – Johannesburg); Accommodation as per the itinerary; Most meals as per the itinerary (10x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner); Ground transfers as per the itinerary; All park fees and safari activities; Scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour; Scheduled Winelands Tour; Zambezi sunset cruise


Excludes

Add-on air from other U.S. cities; Any meals or services not mentioned above; Entrance fees on Cape Peninsula tour to Kirstenbosch, Seal Island cruise; Any items of personal expense, i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc.; Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers