18 Day South Africa Special, from $4799pp including flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $4799 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guidesBegin in Johannesburg with a visit to Soweto, Nelson Mandela’s former home, and the stirring Apartheid Museum. Drive the spectacular “Panorama Route” and visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia. Embark on thrilling game drives with experienced rangers in Kruger National Park, home of the “Big Five” and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for its conservation efforts.

Visit a Zulu Village to observe the local culture and traditional dancing, cruise to the tidal St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, and sharks, and journey along the picturesque Garden Route to Knysna, a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, a Natural Heritage Site, home of the endangered Blue Duiker, in Oudtshoorn, visit a working Ostrich Farm to learn more about the world’s biggest bird, and after a tour of Cape Town, enjoy a home hosted dinner with a local family to learn more about their way of life.

Embark on a full day tour of the striking Cape Peninsula as well as an excursion through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to baboons, rheboks, Cape Mountain zebras, and elusive elands. Visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach and stroll the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, abounding with beautiful indigenous plants.

This tour is absolutely packed with inclusions, highlighting both the cultural and natural majesty of Africa!

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 11 APR 2018 

Departs SYD 26 OCT ’18
flying 
 Final Book By:11 APRIL 2018  Deposit: $1999pp
Final Balance: 26 AUG ’18

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Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Johannesburg, Cape Town-Sydney
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Durban-Port Elizabeth
  • 16 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Johannesburg
    • 3 nights White River
    • 1 night Swaziland
    • 2 nights Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
    • 1 night Port Elizabeth
    • 2 nights Knysna
    • 1 night Oudtshoorn
    • 4 nights Cape Town
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 33 meals: 16 breakfast, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Gratuties for Tour Managers
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday – Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival
26 Oct 2018 07:05PM Singapore Airlines 242 Sydney, Singapore, 27 Oct 2018 12:20AM
27 Oct 2018 02:00AM Singapore Airlines 478 Singapore, Johannesburg, 27 Oct 2018 06:35AM

DAY 2, Saturday – Arrive in Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born a gold mining town, it’s often called “Gauteng – the City of Gold.” Transfer to your hotel; time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3, Sunday – Soweto Tour
A visit to Soweto reveals the township’s bustling neighborhood life, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, and dance. Visit Nelson Mandela’s former home, now a museum, with its expansive multimedia exhibits outlining the life of this storied South African hero. Then, to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, dedicated to casualties of the Soweto uprising of 1976. Lunch in Soweto at a popular restaurant before a visit to the stirring Apartheid Museum. Here, journey through the beginning of segregation in the country implementation of the system and factors that shaped its 20th-century history. This evening, a Welcome Dinner together celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday – Panorama Route to Kruger National Park Area
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country,” driving the spectacular “Panorama Route.” Visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia. From afar spot the famous “Three Sisters,” huge spiraling mountaintop sculptures that resemble pointed roofs of traditional African homesteads, considered a geological wonder. This evening join your traveling companions for dinner at your hotel
Overnight: White River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday – Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Rise early to get ready for a thrilling open vehicle game drive with an experienced ranger in Kruger National Park. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. Search for the “Big Five” and keep an eye out for the many other smaller creatures that also live in this reserve including over 500 species of birds and over 100 different reptiles. Lunch inside the park before another game drive in the afternoon. Later, after the day’s excitement, return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: White River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday – Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
This morning, return back to Kruger National Park for another day of fantastic game viewing. There will be ample opportunity for up-close sightings from your 4×4 wheel drive open vehicles. As you travel with the experienced trackers, they’ll help you to spot the game that migrates through this huge reserve. The diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals here is almost unparalleled – a most memorable experience. At the end of the day, return to the hotel for leisure time
Overnight: White River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday – Swaziland*
The drive today takes you to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, fine handicrafts and vibrant indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory where talented glass blowers form enchanting African animals, birds and fish from 100% recycled glass, collected by the children of Swaziland. Later, perhaps join the excursion to a Swazi candle factory to see wax artists creating beautiful candles in different shapes and sizes. Dinner together at the hotel
*Please note: Swaziland is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for Swaziland in addition to all other countries on their itinerary.
Overnight: Swaziland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday – St. Lucia Estuary Cruise
Travel to Hluhluwe, a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. After lunch en route, continue to the southernmost point of Lake St. Lucia to embark on a cruise to the tidal St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks — a fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem
Overnight: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday – Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi & Zulu Village
This morning travel to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game park in South Africa, established in 1895. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s, the park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. On this morning’s game drive, you may have a chance to see Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros). Afterwards, visit a Zulu village where you will have an opportunity to observe their dancing, local culture and experience a traditional lunch
Overnight: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday – Fly to Port Elizabeth
In Durban board a flight to Port Elizabeth, known as the “Friendly City.” A scenic orientation tour introduces you to this lovely city with its balmy climate and sandy white beaches. In the evening, perhaps a trip to the Boardwalk Entertainment Complex known for its eateries and action filled casino
Overnight: Port Elizabeth
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday – Garden Route to Knysna
Today, journey along South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route via Tsitsikamma National Park in the Western Cape Province to Knysna, a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Nestled on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, Knysna is a protected marine reserve, home to the extraordinary seahorse and over 200 species of fish. The area around Knysna is a veritable Garden of Eden and paradise for nature lovers. This is home to the brilliantly colored and elusive Knysna Loerie, a plethora of forest birds, dolphins and visiting whales
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday – Knysna Lagoon Cruise
Today, experience the Knysna Lagoon aboard a paddle cruiser that offers a unique view of the lagoon. View the legendary Knysna “Heads,” two enormous sandstone cliffs that stand like sentries at the entrance to the lagoon from the sea. Enjoy lunch aboard the cruiser before returning to Knysna for leisure time
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Wednesday – Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn’s Ostrich Farms
This morning, a scenic drive takes you along the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo). Take in the beauty of the deep gorges and ravines, the high cliffs and the majestic mountains to the south and north and the ever-present colorful Fynbos vegetation of the region. Tour the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s great natural wonders. Be amazed by the range of dripstone caverns that open into large areas of towering stalagmite formations, some resembling real-life objects, and even historical figures. One of the main attractions and the most famous is Cleopatra’s Needle, which stands at 30 feet high and is at least 150,000 years old. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich Capital of the World,” and learn more about the world’s biggest bird. Oudtshoorn’s ostrich industry dates back to 1864 when ostrich feathers were fashionable accessories among European nobility, launching the feather industry in South Africa. On to a working ostrich farm for an interesting guided tour that explains every aspect of ostrich farming, breeding, and rearing. View the eggs, incubators, and chicks (in season) and perhaps even feed one of the ostriches by hand
Overnight: Oudtshoorn or George
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday – Scenic Drive to Cape Town
Today travel from the Garden Route into the Western Cape, stopping in Swellendam for lunch. Nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, this picturesque town is filled with wonderful examples of the traditional white washed Cape Dutch architecture. In the late afternoon, arrive to Cape Town where you will be welcomed by the towering symbol of the city – Table Mountain
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Friday – Cape Town City Tour
The discovery of Cape Town begins with a drive past the Castle of Good Hope built by the Dutch East India Company, the splendid baroque City Hall, and the Grand Parade. View St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter where thousands of slaves were brought in the early 18th century from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car. At the summit, see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. Explore Cape Town this afternoon on your own, perhaps visit the seaside Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex with its endless shopping, cafes, and restaurants. Later, you’re invited to a home hosted dinner. You’ll be welcomed by a local family in their home to share a delicious dinner coupled with world-famous South African wines and delightful conversation
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday – Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day tour of the striking Cape Peninsula. Drive to Cape Point passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches. Stop at Hout Bay; see colorful boats moored on the docks and fresh fish markets overlooking the bay. The scenic drive then meanders along the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site comprising over 17,000 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. Ascend by funicular to the old lighthouse built to warn ships sailing near the “Cape of Storms.” The views are spectacular! After, continue on to Boulders Beach, home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins, viewing these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat is a unique experience!. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with a rich display of more than 7,000 species and the first garden to be included within a natural World Heritage Site
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17, Sunday – Full Day in Cape Town
Spend your day at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own or perhaps join the afternoon optional Winelands Tour which takes you to Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town and the historic heart of the country’s wine region. Return to Cape Town. Tonight, bid farewell to your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Half Day Winelands Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Monday – Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival
12 Nov 2018 11:00AM Singapore Airlines 479 Cape Town, Singapore, 13 Nov 2018 06:10AM
13 Nov 2018 09:35AM Singapore Airlines 288 Singapore, Sydney, 13 Nov 2018 08:25PM
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Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller Website

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will not need a visa for this itinerary.

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will not require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website.

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Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go

 

Day #17

Half Day Winelands Tour

Half Day Winelands Tour ThumbnailThis afternoon, wind through South Africa’s fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Enjoy a wine tasting in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town and the historic heart of the country’s wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town’s history ever since. A second wine tasting will be included (time permitting), before returning to Cape Town.

AUD$78.00