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South Africa: Cape Town with Safari

Minimum Passengers 2
Category Guaranteed Departures
Duration 9 days / 8 nights
Available Dates
Apr, 2017 28
May, 2017 12
Jun, 2017 16
Jul, 2017 14
Aug, 2017 11
Sep, 2017 8
Oct, 2017 20
*Always small groups, 10 - 14 people.


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Tour Includes: 

•    4 nights Cape Town Lodge or similar in Cape Town
•    4 nights at Nkambeni Safari Camp or similar in Nkambeni
•    17 meals: 8 breakfasts,3 lunches, and 6 dinners 
•    Arrival and departure transfers 
•    City Tour of Cape Town 
•    Ascend Table Mountain by cable car (return) 
•    Visit Green Market Square 
•    Company Gardens 
•    Old Malay Quarter 
•    Full day Cape Peninsula Tour 
•    Seal Island cruise 
•    Chapmans Peak Drive 
•    Penguin colony 
•    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens 
•    Full day Cape Winelands tour 
•    Stellenbosch Village Museum 
•    1 x wine tasting 
•    Visit Huguenot Museum 
•    Visit of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront 
•    Nelspruit Botanical Gardens 
•    2 full days game viewing in an open 4 x 4 vehicle with professional ranger in the Kruger National Park 
•    Kruger Park pp conservation levies x 2 days 
•    Visit Hoedspruit Environmental Species Centre 
•    Visit of Jessica the Hippo 
•    Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre 
•    An English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered guide ( 1 x south, and 1 x north) 
•    Porterage at airports and hotels 
•    Restaurant tips 
•    Vehicle with air-conditioning 
•    All transfers 
•    14% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation

Not Included: 

•    Domestic flight: Cape Town - Johannesburg OR

IMPORTANT NOTICE: About our Tours 
* UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
* All tours and entrance fees are included.
* All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
* International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates.

 * Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice. All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity after the date of travel is required. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

Day 1 : Welcome to Cape Town!

After having collected their luggage and passed through customs, clients will be met at the airport by their South African Tourism Board registered Tourist Guide and transferred to the city hotel.

Rest of evening at leisure.

Overnight : Cape Town Lodge

Meals Included: none

Day 2 : Cape Town and Table Mountain

After breakfast a city tour to Cape Town was originally established as a refreshment station in 1652 for the trade between Europe and the Far East. This morning clients will be taken on orientation tour of the city center, which will include a drive by the Houses of Parliament, The Castle (oldest building in South Africa), the old Malay Quarter, known as the Bo-Kaap, and will take a walk through the Company Gardens, and visit the South African Museum.

Lunch will be at leisure and in the afternoon the group will ascend Table Mountain by cable car. This excursion usually takes about 2 hours. (Visit is weather dependent; should excursion not be possible, it will be moved to the following day, or the day after – weather permitting).

Time at leisure.

Return to hotel for overnight.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight : Cape Town Lodge

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 : Cape Town and the Cape of Good

After breakfast, at 08h30 depart hotel and enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, starting with a boat cruise from Hout Bay to view the seals at Seal Island, boat departing at 09h15.

Continue via the scenic Chapmans Peak pass to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Visit the most south westerly tip of Africa.

Continue via the False Bay coastline to the Simon’s Town and enjoy a fish lunch at one of the local restaurants. Visit the breeding colony of Jackass Penguins, and return to the hotel after a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in the afternoon.

Late afternoon you will return to hotel to enjoy on your own time some shopping.

Coach and guide available for a dinner transfer; continue to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, situated in Cape Town’s working harbour, where there are a myriad of restaurants, hotels, shops and craft markets. Fresh sea breezes and the warm sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere.

Experience the city’s nightlife at your own pace.

Overnight : Cape Town Lodge

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 : Cape Winelands

After breakfast, we are in route to Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, and it is just a 45 minute drive from the hotel - visit the Village Museum and do a short walking tour in the town, which also houses the University of Stellenbosch.

Visit a boutique or larger winery and enjoy 1 wine tasting.

Continue over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, situated in the “Valley of the Vignerons” and settled by the French Huguenots in the 16th Century. From there, driving time from Stellenbosch it is about 20 minutes.

Enjoy lunch on your own

Visit the Huguenot Museum and return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Return to hotel for overnight.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight : Cape Town Lodge

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 : Cape Town - Johannesburg by air – Nkambeni

Early breakfast and check –out of hotel, for transfer with English Chauffeur to Cape Town Airport (20 kms)

Proposed flight : SA 306 07h20/09h20 (Not included, to be booked by agent)

Meet your new driver/guide upon arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, and continue to the Mpumalanga Province, stopping en route to visit the Botanical Gardens at Nelspruit, after which the coach travels to Nkambeni Safari Camp, arriving at the end of the afternoon.

Lunch on own expense

Overnight :Nkambeni Safari Camp

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 : Nkambeni Safari Camp

Enjoy a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park, with a local ranger in an open safari vehicle.

The group will depart the lodge after breakfast at about 06h00 and return at about 16h00.A light lunch will be enjoyed in the park.This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds, 106 different types of mammals, ie elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo’s, kudu, impala, and lion . The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, but there is every chance of seeing the Big 5, ieLion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.

Overnight : Nkambeni Safari Camp, includes lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, as well as the full day game drive, and the Kruger National Park Conservation levy

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 : Nkambeni Safari Camp

After breakfast, depart with the coach for a visit to the Hoedspruit Environmental Species Centre, travelling distance about 1.5 hrs.

The tour starts with an educational video after which clients are taken on a tour of the centre focusing on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals. Cheetah conservation is one of their core disciplines, as well as looking after baby rhinos whose mothers maybe have been killed by poachers for their horns.

After the HESC, visit Jessica, the hippo, who voluntarily lives with a local inhabitant in the nearby town of Hoedspruit, and if Jessica is at home and not visiting elsewhere, there is the opportunity to feed or stroke her .. Jessica has become an international star and has her own following on You-tube

Enjoy lunch on your own

At 3pm enjoy the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where, wherever possible rehabilitated birds and animals are returned to the wild but those not so fortunate are used for educational talks. This centre also contributes to the conservation of injured and poisoned wildlife, and has several successful breeding programs.(tour takes about 2/5 hrs)

Overnight :Nkambeni Safari Camp

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 : Nkambeni Safari Camp

The group will depart the lodge after breakfast at about 6am and return at about 4pm for their full day game drive in the Kruger Park.

A light lunch will be enjoyed in the park

Afternoon at leisure

Overnight :Nkambeni Safari Camp

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 : By road to Johannesburg Airport

After breakfast, depart Nkambeni Safari Camp, for the drive back to Johannesburg.

Total travelling time about 5 hours: a different route will be followed, via the towns of Sabie and Lydenberg, stopping in Dullstroom for lunch at one of the many eateries, the village is known for its trout-fishing opportunities and beautiful scenery.

Stop during the route for a lunch on your own.

Thereafter you will continue travelling to Johannesburg International Airport. Check-in for connecting flight home.

Meals : Breakfast

Visa and Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after your intended date of departure from South Africa.

South African law requires travelers to have two fully blank visa pages. Blank “endorsement” pages are not sufficient. The blank pages must be “visa” pages. All travelers should have at least two fully blank passport visa pages upon each arrival in South Africa, including following trips to neighboring countries.

Travelers without the requisite blank visa pages in their passports will be refused entry into South Africa, fined, and returned to their point of origin at their own expense.

As a general precaution, all travelers should carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from their passport.

U.S. citizen visitors to South Africa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, short business meetings, or in transit do not require visas in advance. Visitor visas will be issued at the port of entry in South Africa. Applications to extend visitor visas may be submitted for a single 90-day extension while in South Africa and must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiry of the current visa. Additional extensions will not be accepted unless the visitor is in need of emergency life-saving medical treatment for longer than three months, or is an accompanying spouse or child of a holder of a business or work visa, who wishes to apply for a study or work visa.

Entry requirements

South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. 

Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.

Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally.

US-made appliances may need a transformer. (Bring an All in One adapter with you!)

Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.

Health

Drinking water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.
Tap water undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. In some areas, South African drinking water is rich in minerals and may involve a bit of getting used to.

Clothing


For the summers, bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 degree range in some areas.

Bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain.

The winters are generally mild, comparing favorably with European summers.  But they do get some days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sun block as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

Safety

South African safety precautions are not unlike those recommended when travelling to other countries and major cities. More common sense than hard and fast measures, safety precautions in South Africa mostly require vigilance on behalf of the traveler and sound travel preparation.

Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewelry in your hotel safe while out and about.

 Other safety precautions you may want to consider include:

  • Locking valuables and luggage away in the car boot while travelling (never leave handbags or cameras on car seats)
  • Being vigilant of your luggage and other belongings (never leave them unattended).
  • Storing valuables in your hotel safe.
  • Limit the amount of money you carry on your person. Also, don't accept offers of assistance at ATMs and keep your pin numbers secure. 
  • When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table.  Report stolen or lost cards immediately.
  • In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals - road signage will warn you when you need to take care.
  • If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.

Currency

The currency of South Africa consists of banknotes and coin and is denoted in Rand (R) and Cents (c). It is managed by the Bank as prescribed in schedule 2 of the South African Reserve Bank Act 90 of 1989.

Tipping

Restaurants

It is expected for diners to tip a standard 10-15 percent of the bill in both bars and restaurants. Similar to Canada, low-paid wait staff rely on gratuities as part of their income.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

Nkambeni Safari Camp

 Nkambeni Safari Camp offers a wide range of outstanding facilities to make your stay in the Kruger Park an enjoyable and true nature experience.  There are tons of activities in and around the Kruger National Park for you to experience the wonderful scenery the Lowveld has to offer.

Cape Town Lodge

Boasting exceptional service and unrivalled facilities, the 4-star Cape Town Lodge Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Cape Town, making tourist attractions like the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Kirstenbosch Gardens easily accessible.

Superior rooms are tastefully decorated with refined, yet comfortable furniture in warm, welcoming colors.

Cape Town

Johannesburg