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12 Day Classic South Africa


Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Cape Town, Johannesburg-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Durban
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Cape Town
    • 1 night Hluhluwe
    • 1 night Swaziland
    • 2 nights Hazyview
    • 2 nights Johannesburg
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour
  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Game Viewing Cruise in Zululand
  • Game drive through Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Game drive through Kruger Park
  • Soweto Tour

DAY 1, Wednesday or Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to South Africa. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Thursday or Friday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Friday or Saturday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Today, depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. 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, where you may see baboons by the road-side, 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 penguin colonies 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 finally returning to Cape Town. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday or Sunday - Cape Town City Tour
After a leisurely breakfast depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Driving to the city center, pass 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. 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 wild flowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, on one side, and Cape Point on the other. Descend from the Upper Cableway Station and proceed to the Milnerton Lighthouse before returning to your hotel.
Optional: Half Day Cape Town Cultural Diversity Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday or Monday - Full Day Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town
Optional: Full Day Private Winelands Tour
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday or Tuesday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Estuary Cruise, Hluhluwe
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Transfer from King Shaka Airport to St Lucia and enjoy a cruise 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. Later, transfer to your hotel
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday or Wednesday - Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to Swaziland
After breakfast travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu Natal, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly 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 post of the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, fine handicrafts and vibrant indigenous culture. Visitors may opt for an excursion to a Swazi candle factory, where Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Continue to your hotel
Overnight: Swaziland
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday or Thursday - Swaziland Sightseeing / Kruger
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds and fish, as well as tableware, made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of Swaziland. Transfer to the South African border and continue to the hotel where you will enjoy dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday or Friday - Kruger National Park Game Reserve
The day begins at dawn with coffee, tea, and rusks, a South African dry biscuit. Then, depart for Kruger National Park to join a thrilling 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 pre-packed breakfast, the game safari continues. With any luck, you may even see cheetah and leopard. Return to the hotel to relax. After the day's excitement, enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening
Optional: Afternoon Game Drive in Kruger Park
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday or Saturday - Panorama Route to Johannesburg
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 and fog 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 to Johannesburg
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday or Sunday - Soweto Tour
After an early breakfast depart on a half day Soweto Tour. 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 Peterson memorial, dedicated to one of the first casualties of the Soweto uprising of 1976. Return to the hotel for lunch on your own before departing for the Apartheid Museum. On your guided tour of the museum you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans just over a decade ago. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday or Monday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Half Day Cape Town Cultural Diversity Tour

    Day #4 01 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $80
    Join this multi-cultural tour of Cape Town which provides the opportunity to experience authentic interactions with the City's many different communities. You will be welcomed in the townships of Langa, the oldest formal township. These locations will illustrate the struggles still facing parts of the country and the bitter legacy of apartheid; but it will also show the great strides that have been made since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour includes a visit to the Gugulethu township, meaning "our pride", which was established as a result of the migrant labor system. Also experience a visit to a "shebeen", an informal tavern where you will have the chance to mingle with members of the community and see local artisans at work.

    Full Day Winelands Tour

    Day #5 01 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $115
    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. Travel the country's principal wine route to Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek, and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with the "Pearl of Paarl" and visit one of the local estates to enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napolean, Bismark, and even King Edward VII. Next, stop for lunch, on own account and then it is off to another wine tasting. Lastly, travel to 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. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town.

    Half Day Afternoon Open Vehicle Game Drive

    Day #9 01 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $135
    Spend the afternoon participating in an exhilarating open vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park. This world-famous park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, creating a wildlife experience ranking among the best on the planet. During your time in the African bush, learn about the diverse ecosystem and search for wildlife including the "Big Five," lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino.

    *Please note that wildlife viewing, quantity and species of animals seen is dependent upon local conditions including weather and seasonal migration patterns.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Cape Town-Durban.

    Nov 7 departure will be accommodated at the Protea Hotel The Winkler in Hazyview

    Protea Hotel Umfolozi River and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch standard rooms cannot comfortably accommodate three passengers; therefore, prices reflect a double, plus a single room configuration which is available on request. The Protea Hotel Victoria Junction can accommodate three passengers in an upgraded loft room which is available on request.

    Please note, all passport holders should have two or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and Swaziland. Click here for more information.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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