17 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island & Namibia

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Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 13  (Sold Out) $5749* $4059
Sep 03  (Sold Out) $5159* $4059

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

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

Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7:00 pm on Day 17. The flight from Windhoek arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4:00 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.

Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

Please note, all passport holders should have two or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and eSwatini. Effective June 1, 2015 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Click here for more information.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.

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.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. Some days involve long distances driving in the coach. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air conditioned motor coach, game and dune drives will be performed in small vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to Kruger National Park and Namibia are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.

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DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful 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 in this magnificent seaside city
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Thursday - 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. 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, 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 Cape Town's famous V & A Waterfront for a time at leisure and lunch on your own. Afterward, take a ferry across the Bay to Robben Island, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A tour of historic Robben Island** today, reveals the poignant struggles, hopes, and dreams of freedom made famous by Nelson Mandela's imprisonment here. This notorious prison, located on an island off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay is where South Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and apartheid years of the country. Tour the island and the infamous prison before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon for time at leisure. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 8 - Aug 18, 2019
**The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Cape Peninsula Tour
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 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 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 arriving to Cape Town. Tonight, experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment at the optional Home Hosted Dinner
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy 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 great white shark cage diving.* Tonight, attend the optional Daily Music Show to learn about the Cape's cultural heritage through music and storytelling. After the show, meet with the artists and enjoy a dinner of traditional Cape cuisine before returning to the hotel
*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour*
Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving*
Optional: The Daily Music Show with dinner
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
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
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi 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, visit a local school if time allows. Continue to the border of the Kingdom of eSwatini*. This independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa is known for its lovely scenery and vibrant indigenous culture. Stop at a handicraft market this afternoon before arriving to your hotel in the early evening
*eSwatini 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 eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary
Overnight: eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
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 eSwatini. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swati traditions and customs. Enjoy traditional dance and song performances with authentic African instruments as well as traditional Swati cuisine. You may wander through the village with its many traditional huts and interact with the locals. Later, continue to the hotel where you will enjoy dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Kruger National Park Game 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, 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
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - 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 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. Stop at a family-run curio shop before arriving at the hotel
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Soweto Tour
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 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
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Johannesburg to Swakopmund, Namibia
Depart Johannesburg on a flight to Windhoek in Namibia, a country that possesses some of the most stunning and untamed scenery on the planet and an impressive array of wildlife. Upon arrival, drive to Swakopmund*, a town sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the town with its lovely seaside promenades, colonial-era buildings, lively street life, and beaches, all within walking distance of your hotel. Dinner tonight is at a popular restaurant
*Today's route from Windhoek to Swakopmund will cover a considerable distance.
Overnight: Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Walvis Bay Cruise, The Living Desert
Morning departure from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club on a scenic Catamaran cruise that takes you into the bay’s lagoon in this wetland area at the Southern end of the Skeleton Coast. Look for flamingos and observe different types of dolphins, including Heaviside's, dusky, and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Sometimes, a mighty killer whale (orca) may even make an appearance! At Pelican Point, get a closer look at the lighthouse once occupied by the coast guards with its rail lines still intact. Look out for colorful mola mola (sunfish) and leatherback turtles, and enjoy a tasting of the famous Walvis Bay oysters. Relax on board, sip a glass of wine, savor delicious snacks and watch the profusion of marine life and bird species. Later, a total change of scenery as you travel by 4x4 through the dunes searching for life in this apparently barren landscape populated by geckos, chameleons, sand-diving lizards, scorpions and burrowing skinks. The knowledgeable guides will enlighten you about the plant life, insects and minerals as you zoom through the “roaring” dunes traveling from the scenic eastern side through to the Atlantic Ocean on the west
Overnight: Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Monday - Sossusvlei
An exciting day as you begin your adventure in Sossusvlei, a section of the Namib Desert (the oldest desert in the world) marked by towering red dunes, surreal landscapes and an incredible splash of dazzling colors. A packed lunch will be provided en route before arriving at the lodge*. Time to relax and settle in before the late afternoon drive on this private reserve. An unmatched desert experience is waiting for you! At a panoramic location, watch the shadows lengthen as you enjoy sundowner drinks and watch the spectacular sunset. Tonight, you can opt for a romantic dinner in the bush or, a delectable meal on the hotel’s terrace with magnificent views of the desert plains and floodlit water holes populated by a variety of wildlife
*Today's route from Swakopmund to Sesriem will cover a considerable distance.
Overnight: Sesriem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Tuesday - Sossusvlei Dunes, Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon
Rise before dawn to enter Namib Naukluft Park, encompassing part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. Experience the wonders of the striking sunrise when the Sossusvlei dune contrasts are at their most magnificent, with colors ranging from shades of orange to bright red and violet. Marvel at the majestic dunes, among the highest in the world, and see unique plants and wildlife that survive in the harsh terrain. Stop at star-shaped Dune 45, the world’s most photographed dune, and perhaps climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy dune, one of the highest in the area, surrounded by incredibly dreamlike scenery and extraordinary panoramas. Walk over the dunes to reach Deadvlei, a “dead marsh” that sits among the largest sand dunes in the world in a forest frozen by time.* After time to explore, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Later, take an excursion to the Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved by the Tsauchab River. Learn the history of this magnificent natural canyon that dates back over two million years. Appreciate the canyon’s colorful layers of exposed rock on the walking trails accented by a variety of unusual tree species
*Climbing the Big Daddy dune can be challenging. The walk to reach Deadvlei is an active hike.
Overnight: Sesriem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Wednesday - Windhoek
Journey back to Windhoek,* stopping for a box lunch en route. Here, at the private game reserve, chalet accommodations with elevated decks offer panoramic views of the city and gorgeous vistas of the Moltkeblick Mountains. This charming lodge, reminiscent of an old German farmhouse, offers activities ranging from game drives, walking tours, mountain biking and horse trails. On your last day in Namibia, unwind and enjoy the lovely facilities, wellness center and swimming pool during your leisure time
Today's route from Sesriem to Windhoek will cover a considerable distance.
Overnight: Windhoek
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Thursday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Johannesburg, connecting to your international flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This dinner will allow you to meet a local South African family and visit their home. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked three course meal with wine typical to South Africa. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in South Africa, while also exchanging views as well as experiences with your hosts.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $67.00
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Spend the evening at The Daily Music Show, which showcases the Cape’s cultural heritage through music and storytelling. Get an insight into the history, the people, the art and other elements that shape the way of life in Cape Town and South Africa. After the show, meet with the artists and locals for an informative cultural exchange. End the evening with an interactive dinner of traditional Cape Cuisine and wines.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $48.00
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Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck.

Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town.

*Departure from the hotel will be approximately 4:00 am and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9:00 am and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2:00 pm and arrival at 4:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally.

*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded.

*Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour.

*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $228.00
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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, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch 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 savor a wine tasting and cellar tour. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Next, stop for lunch on your own 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $104.00
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