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8 Day Essential South Africa

Escorted Package Includes

 

  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Johannesburg
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Cape Town
    • 2 nights Limpopo Province
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Arrival transfer included only with airfare purchase on package arrival dates†
  • Departure transfer
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing & Game Drives per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

Special Features

  • Experience Cape Town on a panoramic city tour
  • Game drives in magnificent Limpopo Province

†Arrival transfer is available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Tour Plan

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for South Africa

Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town. As you transfer to the hotel, you will see the city's iconic symbol, Table Mountain, greeting you in the distance. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Tuesday - Cape Town City Tour

This morning, embark on a city tour of Cape Town. Pass famous landmarks including the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grand Parade, St. George's Cathedral, Company Gardens, and the Malay Quarter. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and Table Mountain. Perhaps ascend to the summit by cable car (ticket not included) for bird's eye view of the city and its beaches. Continue to the V & A Waterfront where you will have the opportunity to learn the three billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Waterfront with its endless shopping and dining opportunities before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Cape Town

While in Cape Town, don't miss the optional tour to Cape Peninsula, known for its steep mountains, secluded coves, and pristine beaches. The Cape of Good Hope, within Table Mountain National Park, is home to at least 250 species of birds as well as antelope, ostrich, and baboons. Walk the rugged cliffs, or take the famous Flying Dutchman funicular that climbs uphill to the old lighthouse. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see the unique spectacle of penguins waddling freely, and walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Tonight, attend the optional Traditional African Dinner Experience for a memorable evening of live performances and African gastronomy before returning to the hotel
Optional: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Optional: Traditional African Dinner Experience
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Cape Town

Spend the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour* which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the scenic towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience shark cage diving*
*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour
Optional: Full Day Shark Cage Diving
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Flight to Johannesburg, Evening Game Drive

This morning, fly to Johannesburg, known as "Gauteng: the City of Gold." Upon arrival, drive to Limpopo Province located just three hours outside of Johannesburg. Your stay will be at a game reserve where the varied habitats provide ideal conditions for a selection of large mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino). After lunch at the lodge, take a late afternoon game drive accompanied by a ranger to uncover the magic of the African bush. This evening, dinner is at the lodge
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Morning and Afternoon Game Drives

Depart early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional Balloon Safari.* Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching for wild game below. A glass of sparkling wine awaits you at the end of the journey. Join the rest of your group on the morning game drive in open safari vehicles where you may have a chance to see not only the large beasts but also the smaller mammals, birds and insects. After lunch, relax at the lodge before setting out for your afternoon game drive. Return in time for dinner and toast to your final night in South Africa
*The Mabula Balloon Safari optional is only available when staying at Mabula Game Lodge
Optional: Mabula Balloon Safari
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Depart South Africa

Awake early this morning and set out on your final game drive. After the game drive, bid farewell to the bush and travel east toward Johannesburg. Arrive to the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 4 PM for your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 6:50 PM
Meals: Breakfast

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