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Spectacular South Africa - 12 day(s), Africa

Overview

South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities, posh resorts, expansive desert, magnificent wildlife, and fertile wine country combine with a harmonious mix of many cultures to create a beautiful mosaic to discover on this 13-day tour. Explore Soweto, birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Search out the “Big Five” during open-air safari game drives. Travel the lush Garden Route between the mountains and the balmy Indian Ocean. Visit a working ostrich farm. Relax among the vineyards in the winelands region, and enjoy a wine paring dinner. Have a leisurely stay in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

What’s Included

  • Professional tour director
  • 21 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunch, 6 dinners)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Inter-country flights

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Start date:
10/3/14
End date:
10/14/14
Duration: 12 Days
from2,999.00
Availability: 20 seats left
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Itinerary

Day 1 – Overnight Flight to South Africa
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 2 – Sandton
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 3 – Sandton and Soweto
Today your tour manager helps you discover the history of the languages you will experience on your tour along with key words and phrases. A guided tour of Soweto – South West Township – showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historic significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen or house tavern. This afternoon, visit the Apartheid Museum for a look into the dynamic history of racial segregation in South Africa. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4 – Panoramic Route and Kruger National Park
Travel through the spectacular Drakensburg 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 triplet 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 erosion caused by fast flowing sand-filled waters. This evening, enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars where you may sample some local delicacies. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 5 – Kruger National Park and Safari Game Drive
Have your cameras ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement. Enjoy a full day open air vehicle safari. 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 the natural beauty of Kruger National Park. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6 – Johannesburg and 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. Meal: Breakfast
Day 7 – Knysna
Today you 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 among the ancient milkwood trees – so called because of their white latex sap – before your return cruise. This afternoon, enjoy a drive to Tsitsikamma Forest, a natural gem along the Garden Route. Known for its gorges and steep cliffs, this forest is home to hundreds of species of birds. Next, 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. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 8 – Knysna and Oudtshoorn
This morning, your township tour will highlight the diversity of this community followed by a touching experience as you visit a local 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 and, if you wish, go for a ride on one of these great birds. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knynsa, enjoy some time to explore the charming waterfront area. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 9 – Knysna and Stellenbosch
Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Forex region where you will enjoy an aloe tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Next, journey to the heart of the beautiful wine lands region, known for its colorful mountains and endless vineyards. Enjoy a wine pairing dinner this evening as you indulge in the laid-back atmosphere. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 10 – Stellenbosch
This morning, set out on a walking tour of Stellenbosch, one the oldest European settlements in the region. Then, spend a leisurely afternoon relaxing and soaking in the beauty of your hotel. Meal: Breakfast
Day 11– Stellenbosch and Cape Town
This morning, travel to Cape Town to enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful harbor side 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, 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. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to discover charming Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, known for its shopping and entertainment venues. Meal: Breakfast
Day 12 – 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 Boulder Beach. On your return, explore the fascinating and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the Djembre Drums to learn the local beat. Then, experience a soothing hand washing ceremony before a traditional African dining experience. Meal: Breakfast
Day 13 – Cape Town
Your tour ends today in Cape Town. Meal: Breakfast

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Tour Code:
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