|Day 1||Monday, 11/5/2018 - Fly To South Africa |
Home Pick-up. Overnight flight to South Africa.
|Day 2||Tuesday, 11/6/2018 - Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa |
Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful seaside cities in the world. As you transfer to your hotel, you’ll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure.
|Day 3||Wednesday, 11/7/2018 - Cape Peninsula Tour |
Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. You may see baboons by the roadside, rheboks, cape mountain zebras, bonteboks and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch by way of Simon’s Town. Here, visit the adorable African penguins at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, resting at the foot of Table Mountain, for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens before arriving back in Cape Town. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
|Day 4||Thursday, 11/8/2018 - Cape Town City Tour |
Drive to the city center, passing famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a splendid baroque building, and of course the Grand Parade. See St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter. Ascend to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting) by means of a cable car. At the summit, see wildflowers, the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. Descend and proceed to the Milnerton Lighthouse. Later, you will tour the prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum at Cape Town’s famous V & A Waterfront. Following the tour stroll through the adjacent V & A Shopping Mall before returning to your hotel. Tonight, you may choose to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment at the optional Home Hosted Dinner.
|Day 5||Friday, 11/9/2018 - Cape Town Optionals |
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional Winelands 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 great white shark cage diving.
|Day 6||Saturday, 11/10/2018 - Fly to Durban / Cruise |
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary. This tidal estuary is home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks, making it a fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
|Day 7||Sunday, 11/11/2018 - Game Drive in Hluhluwe |
After an early breakfast, travel to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. Home to Africa’s “Big Five,” you may have a chance to see elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard, in addition to rhino during your morning game drive through the reserve. The park also boasts warthog, crocodile, and antelope. Following the safari, continue to the border of the Kingdom of Swaziland (Non-US passport holders responsible for visa regulations). This independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa is known for its lovely scenery and vibrant indigenous culture. Stop at a handicraft market before arriving at your hotel.
|Day 8||Monday, 11/12/2018 - Swaziland |
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, and watch talented glass blowers create enchanting African animals, as well as tableware, made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of Swaziland. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village. Learn more about the Swazi traditions and customs with traditional dance and song performances on authentic African instruments, as well as traditional Swazi cuisine. Wander through the village with its many traditional huts and interact with the locals. Later, continue to the hotel and enjoy dinner.
|Day 9||Tuesday, 11/13/2018 - Kruger Game Park Drive |
The day begins at dawn with coffee, tea, and rusks, a South African dry biscuit. Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a thrilling full day open-vehicle game drive. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch on your own, continue your game drive. With any luck, you may even see cheetah and leopard. After the day’s excitement, relax by the pool and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
|Day 10||Wednesday, 11/14/2018 - Scenic Mpumalanga |
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country,” driving the spectacular “Panorama Route.” Stop to admire the views of amazing scenery along the 16-mile-long Blyde River Canyon, cut deep into red sandstone, and God’s Window (weather permitting), a breathtaking, edenic vista at the edge of the escarpment overlooking Kruger National Park. Visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia of water erosion before proceeding this afternoon to Johannesburg.
|Day 11||Thursday, 11/15/2018 - Johannesburg / Soweto |
After an early breakfast depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Experience a fascinating glimpse of the bustling neighborhood life of Soweto, the most metropolitan township in the country, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance, and language. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela’s former home, before proceeding to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, dedicated to one of the first casualties of the Soweto uprising of 1976. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. This evening enjoy dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers.
|Day 12||Friday, 11/16/2018 - Fly to Victoria Falls / Cruise |
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to picturesque and thundering Victoria Falls, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be an entrance fee into Zimbabwe (approx. USD $35 pp, paid in cash) The Falls are a little over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them one-and-a-half times as wide and twice as high as the Niagara Falls. Here, you can still encounter herds of buffalo and elephant on their way to the Zambezi River. Transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sublime sundowner cruise on the broad sweep of the mighty Zambezi River.
|Day 13||Saturday, 11/17/2018 - Experience Victoria Falls |
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. The walking safari takes you through the magnificent rain forest to view the Cataracts, Livingston’s statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. The rest of the day is yours to discover this beautiful area independently.
|Day 14||Sunday, 11/18/2018 - Fly Home |
Fly back to Johannesburg to board our international flights back home to the USA.
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