SOUTH AFRICA

November 5 - 13, 2018

Join the group for SOUTH AFRICA!!! On this ESCORTED trip you will spend four days in beautiful Cape Town and two days at Kruger National Park! This trip will provide you an opportunity to see an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino) other predators such as hyena and jackal, and a variety of antelope from red hartebeests to eland.

Package Includes

• Roundtrip Flights from NYC 

• Intra-flight Cape Town-Johannesburg

- 4 nights Cape Town

- 2 nights Kruger National Park

• All transfers to hotels and airports

• 8 meals: 6 breakfasts,  2 dinners

• Sightseeing & Game Drives 

South Africa 2017

November 5 - 13, 2018

$2799 double occupancy or $3299 single occupancy

$400 non-refundable deposit due by May 31

Balance is due by July 1, 2018

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Your TRIP LEADER: Yolanda

Yolanda Bailey is the trip leader for this South Africa experience.  If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda:


Email:  [email protected]

Phone:  703-966-6781


Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart for South Africa


DAY 2 -   Arrive in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to the hotel, you will see the city's iconic symbol, Table Mountain greeting you in the distance. Tonight, discover some of Cape Town's world class restaurants on your own

Overnight: Cape Town


DAY 3 - 5  - Cape Town 

You’ll have three full days at leisure to explore stunning Cape Town and its environs at your own pace. Your hotel is conveniently located within an easy travel distance of many major attractions, as well as the best beaches, shopping and dining. You may wish to ride by cable car to the top of Table Mountain for glorious city and bay views. Discover the exciting V&A Waterfront, the city’s focal point where you can easily stroll around and browse the craft and art shops, enjoy world class dining and sample South Africa’s renowned wines. From here you can also travel by boat across Table Bay to Robben Island the infamous home to the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela and others were jailed. You may also enjoy the amazing and thrilling experience of great white shark cage diving! Your professional tour host will be glad to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently.

Overnight: Cape Town

Meals: Breakfast


DAY 6 -  Cape Town/Kruger National Park

This morning board a short flight to Johannesburg, South Africa’s vibrant commercial and diamond mining center. From here, journey through the beautiful countryside to the picturesque town of Machadadorp where you’ll see the Elands River that is filled with trout fish. Descend into the Lowveld area in the province of Mpumalanga (“place of the rising sun”) that enjoys sub-tropical climate, abundant sunshine and lush covered hills and valleys where citrus groves and tropical fruit orchards abound. 

Here you may stop at some of the colorful roadside stands where local merchants offer exotic fruits and nuts. Arrive at your upscale hotel, ideally situated on the outskirts of White River, minutes from renowned Kruger National Park. Encompassing some of the most stunning and diverse terrain, the park is South Africa’s premier game sanctuary. With open spaces, African nature at your doorstep and effortless comfort, your hotel epitomizes the beauty, warmth and tranquility of this unique area. A sumptuous dinner at your hotel is included this evening.

Overnight: Kruger National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 7 - Kruger National Park Safari

Today is devoted to exhilarating and unforgettable game drives to discover Kruger Park’s abundant wildlife. A local safari ranger leads you on a morning game drive, in open vehicles, in search of the parks many residents including the “Big Five”: Lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino and hopefully the more elusive leopard. You may also spot hippopotamus and crocodiles as well as zebras and giraffes. Plains game and bird life also abound. Have your camera ready! After a break for lunch at your own expense, continue your thrilling exploration with an additional afternoon guided open-vehicle safari. Later return to your hotel where you may relax poolside before enjoying the lavish included dinner.

Overnight: Kruger National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 8 - Kruger Park/Mpumalanga/Depart South Africa.

Today depart the Kruger Park area en route to Johannesburg. First arrive in Sabie, a small rural town nestled in a deep valley on the escarpment of the Drakensberg mountain range. Proceed to the town of Lydenburg, situated at the foothills of the famous Long Tom Pass and surrounded by the Steenkampsberg and Mauchsberg mountain ranges, the highest points in Mpumalanga. From here continue your drive to Johannesburg Airport where you’ll board your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 9 - arrive home



Optional Tours Available

Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour (Approx. $95 per person)

A memorable full day optional excursion to Cape Peninsula begins with a scenic drive passing steep mountains, secluded coves and sweeping beaches en route to Cape Point at the southern tip of the Peninsula where you’ll arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve is rich with flora and fauna and you may see baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. Savor the stunning views of the coastline where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Later drive along the majestic coastline along False Bay and visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you’ll enjoy the magnificent display of indigenous South African flora.


Winelands Tour ($75 per person)

Join this excursion to the beautiful wine region. Travel to culturally and historically significant Stellenbosch, a quaint town in the heart of this scenic region, filled with wineries. Walk through the town and explore the impressive Cape Dutch architecture. Your next stop is at a wine estate where you’ll attend a wine tasting session, have an opportunity to explore the grounds and gardens and maybe purchase some local wines!


Or


Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving  ($185 per person)

Depart your hotel early in the morning for a full day adventure to experience great white shark cage diving. You’ll head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai, where’you’ll meet your crew and go over the day ahead (and safety instructions) while enjoying breakfast. Then, board the boat and head into the open waters where you’ll put on gear provided to you and climb into through the top of the secure cage. Watch the amazing great white sharks from underwater and enjoy an amazing, thrilling experience. You’ll also enjoy watching the predators from the comfort of the boat while your fellow divers are under water. *** This tour operates on the last day in Cape Town, and it is not possible to do Robben Island or Winelands if you participate in this optional activity.