Cape Town South Africa

Spectacular South Africa

14-day guided excursion
April 12 – April 25, 2018

Culture & Nature in Harmony with optional 3-nigh Dubai Pre-Tour Extension. Highlights include: Johannesburg, Soweto, Panoramic Route, Kruger National Park, Safari Game Drive, Garden Route, Knysna, Featherbed Nature Reserve, Ostrich Farm Visit and Wine Pairing Dinner. Visit one of the oldest working ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of South Africa – and learn about these fascinating animals. Learn the local beat with a lesson on the djembe drums.

    Book Now: $4,799 – Price listed is per person, based on double occupancy
    Regular rate: $4,999 (per person, double occupancy)

    Itinerary:

    DAY ONE – Overnight Flight

    One country with a world of treasures, South Africa awaits your arrival. Breathtaking mountain scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife in its natural habitat comprise this incredible experience.

    DAY TWO – Sandton, South Africa: Tour Begins

    Your journey begins in Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.

    DAY THREE – Sandton - Soweto - Sandton

    Today your Tour Manager helps you discover the history of the languages you will experience on your tour along with key words and phrases. Visit the Apartheid Museum which commemorates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. A guided tour of Soweto – South West Township – showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the location of Nelson Mandela’s arrest and the former center and place of refuge of the liberation movement. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

    DAY FOUR – Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park

    Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and known as one of Africa's greatest natural wonders. Set against the triple mountain formation of the Three Rondovals, resembling traditional round houses of the indigenous people, the canyon is the third largest in the world. Along this magnificent route you will also see Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the dramatic natural cylinders shaped by millions of years of natural erosion caused by fast-flowing sand-filled waters. This evening, enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars, where you may sample some local game meat! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

    DAY FIVE – Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive

    Have your cameras ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement! Enjoy a full-day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the "Big 5" – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully – you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffe in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

    DAY SIX – Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - George - Knysna

    Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, to enjoy a 3-night stay. Today breakfast will be included.

    DAY SEVEN – Knysna

    Today, visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees – so called because of their white latex sap – before your return cruise. This afternoon, visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as “Bahia Formosa” (or “Beautiful Bay.”) Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons. Later you return to Knysna. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

    DAY EIGHT – Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

    This morning’s township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a school.* Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of educating the children of the region. Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, then enjoy a tractor safari through the farm viewing ostriches in various stages of development in the Lucerne fields. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knysna, enjoy some time to independently explore the charming waterfront area. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

    DAY NINE – Knysna - Stellenbosch

    Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Ferox region where you will enjoy an aloe-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Next, journey to the heart of the beautiful winelands region, known for its colorful mountains and endless vineyards. This evening, enjoy a wine pairing dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

    DAY TEN – Stellenbosch

    Later this morning you set out on a walking tour of Stellenbosch – one of the oldest European settlements in the region – with a local expert. The afternoon is at leisure to explore, visit a museum or shop. Later, enjoy a wine tasting complemented by some local savories. Today breakfast will be included.

    DAY ELEVEN – Stellenbosch - Cape Town

    This morning, travel to Cape Town to enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful harborside city. Cape Town celebrates its noted architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named – and flat-topped – Table Mountain.** The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse. Today breakfast will be included.

    DAY TWELVE – Cape Town

    Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. On your return, explore the fascinating and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa. Today breakfast will be included.

    DAY THIRTEEN – Cape Town

    The day is yours to explore Cape Town. Your Tour Manager is available to offer suggestions. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the djembe drums to learn the local beat. Then, experience a soothing hand washing ceremony before a communal African dining experience! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

    DAY FOURTEEN – Cape Town - Tour Ends

    Your tour ends today in Cape Town. Today breakfast will be included.

     


    Registration & Payment Information 

    For more information, contact Andy Vivien at 703-815-8747 or leisdest@mac.com.