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Glimpse of South Africa

Glimpse of South Africa

Purpose: Discovery, Safari, History, Culture
No. of days: 8 days - 7 nights
First & Last Cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg
Other cities: Kruger National Park
Starting cost: $1,269
 
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art, nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
 
Day 1: Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town Airport where you will be met by our representative. Transfer to hotel and check in. Rest of day at leisure
 
Day 2: Cape Town
After breakfast pick up for a scheduled morning half-day Cape Town City and Table Mountain tour. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a half day tour of the mother city itself. After departing the hotel, we head for Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit (weather permitting and cable car for own account). Our guide will point out the highlights of one of the world’s most famous views, and one of New 7 Wonders of Nature. After the descent we enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Camps Bay, Clifton and Sea Point. We drive past the Cape Town Stadium and through the V&A Waterfront to the city center where we visit Green Market Square. We stretch our legs with a walk through the Company Gardens. The tour continues with a drive past the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, The Castle and Slave Lodge, before entering the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter. Learn about the history of this area of brightly painted houses and quaint cobbled streets. We ascend Signal Hill to witness firing of the noon gun (except Sundays and Public Holidays). Join the fascinating Diamond and Tanzanite experience at Jewel Africa. Discover the secrets of Diamonds, Tanzanite and other authentic African Treasures. Return to the hotel, rest of day at leisure. [B]
 
Day 3: Cape Town
Enjoy a scheduled full day tour of Cape Point. Our journey to Cape Point takes us along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. We pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and assure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. We arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbor.  Our tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (Funicular for own account) to the lighthouse for an even better vantage point. We visit Boulders Beach to see the African penguins (own account) before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then we venture inland to our last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (own account) With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer a fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer. Return to hotel. [B]
 
Days 4: Cape Town, Kruger Private Reserves
After breakfast transfer to Cape Town Airport for scheduled flight to Hoedspruit Airport. On arrival at you will be transferred to lodge. Scattered along the unfenced western boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, private game reserves combine with the Kruger to establish one of the world’s largest game reserves. This incredible destination offers visitors excellent Big Five game viewing opportunities and an array of luxury safari accommodation complete with world-class cuisine, relaxing spas and private pools. Visitors can look forward to fascinating night-drive safaris, guided nature walks, and open-top safari adventures. Some of these prestigious private reserves include: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, and Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Enjoy 2 game drives and other lodge facilities. [B/L/D]
 
Day 5 - Kruger Private Reserves
Another day on safari with 2 games drives to continue discovering the beauty of Africa’s wildlife and fascinating game viewing. [B/L/D]
 
Day 6: Kruger Private Reserves, Johannesburg
After the morning game drive and breakfast check out and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel. Afternoon at leisure at Emperors Palace.
 
Day 7: Johannesburg
Depart on a scheduled full day Johannesburg Tour. Journey to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Our next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). We’ve chosen to lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (own account). We then continue our journey driving past the affluent suburb of Diepkloof, which is in stark contrast to the lower income areas seen earlier in the day, en-route to the iconic Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience (own account) with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It’s a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it’s a story with the right ending. Return to hotel. [B]
 
Day 8: Johannesburg, USA
Check out of hotel after breakfast. You will be met at the hotel and transferred to Johannesburg Airport for departure flight.
 
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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Tour includes
  • Airport transfers with assistance
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation:
    • Cape Town – 3 nights   
    • Kruger Park – 2 nights
    • Johannesburg – 2 nights
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 lunches
    • 2 dinners
  • Half-day Cape Town city tour
  • Full-day Cape Point tour
  • 4 game drives at Krugar private reserves
  • Johannesburg Apartheid Museum
  • Tour of Soweto
  • Visit to Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Entrance fee where applicable, unless otherwise stated
  • Porterage for 2 reasonable pieces of luggage per person at airports
  • Transportation during the tour
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • All taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Cape Town Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard 4
Kruger Park Shiduli Private Game Lodge 4.5
Johannesburg Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace 4

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season 2-3 Pax 4-5 Pax 6-7 Pax Single Suppl.
2020 Departures
Apr $1,365 $1,339 $1,329 $519
Jun-Aug $1,299 $1,279 $1,269 $495
Sep $1,365 $1,339 $1,329 $519
Oct-Dec $1,569 $1,499 $1,465 $499
2021 Departures
Jan-Mar $1,569 $1,499 $1,465 $499
Prices are per person and may change without notice
 
Tour Code: ZA06CPT20ERM