Explore South Africa & Dubai

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12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS

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PRIVATE TOUR

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10 PAX MINIMUM

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A trip to South Africa keeps its promise of sheer delight with its wide-open spaces, its wealth of wildlife, its game parks of outstanding natural beauty, its coastal paradise, its breathtaking landscapes, its mountainous regions with unlimited hiking possibilities, and its incredible ethnic diversity which is source of an outstanding artistic vitality.

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What’s Included

Meet and greet at Airport
Arrival transfer from airport to the hotel
2 nights in Johannesburg at Holiday Inn Express Sandton – Woodmead or similar
2 nights in Hazyview at Sanbonani Resort Hotel & Spa or similar
1 night in Mbabane at Mountain Inn or similar
1 night in Nelspruit at Pine Lake Inn Hotel or similar
1 night in Pretoria at RH Hotel Pretoria or similar
4 nights in Dubai at The Canvas Hotel Dubai or similar
14 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 7 dinners
Visit Apartheid Museum
Lunch at a local Shebeen in Soweto
Visit Nelson Mandela House
Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant
Full day game drive in Kruger National Park
Visit a local village in Eswatini (Swaziland)
Rhino drive at Hlane Royal National Park
City orientation tour of Pretoria
Visit Maboneng Precinct
English-speaking registered South African Tourism Board guide
Porterage at airports and hotels
Restaurant tips
5% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation
Transfer from hotel to the airport
Full day City Tour in Dubai
4×4 Desert Safari with BBQ and Camel Ride
Full day City Tour in Abu Dhabi
English-Speaking Guide
Service and local taxes in South Africa
Local Vat included in Dubai
Transfer from hotel to the airport

Not Included

International Flights
Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses
Flights: Johannesburg to Dubai
Any visa if required
Hotel Taxes in Dubai, it will be billed directly to clients $5/night

Tour Details


Duration: 12 days & 11 nights 

Travel Style: Private

Minimum Passengers: 10
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Private
All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

VISA Requirements: No
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Average
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.


Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

Day 1 | Arrival in Johannesburg

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will meet one of our representatives who will assist you in being transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight Johannesburg

Day 2 |Johannesburg - Soweto - Johannesburg

Following breakfast, visit the Apartheid Museum. The museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor throughout a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.
Afterward, you will depart for Soweto. South of Johannesburg is Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. It boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic.

Enjoy lunch at a local shebeen (restaurant. Chez Alina is a multi-award-winning restaurant based in Dobsonville Soweto, boasting its unique, authentic, and homely environment in which guests enjoy their meals. Chez Alina is still a home, turned into a Restaurant and there is still a family living there consisting of 4 generations.
Continue with an orientation tour will include a visit to Mandela House. This is the house in which former President Nelson Mandela lived with his first two wives from 1946 to 1961, i.e. before his arrest. The house which is now a museum still has many of Mr. Mandela’s photographs and possessions.

Finally, we will continue to Johannesburg to enjoy dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant. The Carnivore’s unique ‘all you can eat’ dining concept offers delectable game dishes (zebra, crocodile, kudu, etc.) to choose from and an extensive wine cellar (which features a superb selection of well-known wines to complement your meal), you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.

Return to the hotel.

| Overnight in Johannesburg
|  Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 | Johannesburg - Kruger

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart this morning towards Kruger (5 hours by road).
Lunch at leisure (not included).
Early afternoon arrival and check-in at Hazyview hotel.
Leisure time in the afternoon to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the evening.

| Overnight in Hazyview
|  Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4 | Kruger National Park

Early wakeups call for a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park. Gate opening time 6 A.M. and return at around 4:00 P.M. Packed breakfasts will be arranged with the lodge.

Enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate; ride on open vehicle 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. 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, i.e. 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 (lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants). Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park at your own expense. Afterward, continue safari game drive in an open vehicle. At the end of the afternoon, exit the park and return to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the lodge.
Enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel upon your return.

| Overnight in Hazyview
|  Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5 | Kruger - Eswatini (ex-Swaziland)

Breakfast at the lodge.

Continue by road, entering the Kingdom of Eswatini, an independent country, ruled by H.M. KING MSWATI III, crowned in April 1986. Eswatini has maintained its cultural traditions and although English is widely spoken, the dominant language in Siswati.

Many of its local inhabitants still consult with an “Inyanga”, a witch doctor, to ward away evil spirits, or with a “Sangoma”, who is mostly consulted for health reasons.
Once passing through customs control at the border of Eswatini, a local guide will meet you to share about the rich Swazi culture, language, beliefs, etc.
Continue the journey with a visit to a local village to meet with the villagers and interact. Traditional lunch will be served to the group cooked traditionally by the women of the village.

Afterward, we will head to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Mbabane
|  Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 | Eswatini (ex-Swaziland) - Nelspruit

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for Hlane Royal National Park to experience a unique rhino drive on the reserve for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The highlight of this drive is the opportunity to step off the vehicle and approach the rhino on foot. Not all rhinos are approachable and will be at the discretion of the guide. Please note the minimum age for this activity is 13 years or older.

Enjoy lunch at your own expense.
We will return to South Africa and head towards Nelspruit for overnight.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Nelspruit
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 | Nelspruit - Pretoria

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue to Pretoria on a 4-hour ride.

Lunch at leisure.

Upon arriving in Pretoria, your guide will show you around the city on an orientation tour. Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. Affectionately known as the Jacaranda city, it is one of the oldest cities in South Africa. The city is rich with many fine heritage sites, museums, and art galleries. These include the Union Buildings and it’s spectacular gardens, Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park.

You will have the opportunity for a photo stop in front of the Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings.
Head to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Nelspruit
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 | Pretoria - Maboneng Precinct - Dubai

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Maboneng Precinct. Regeneration in Johannesburg has seen the transformation of areas that, for years, were declared no-go zones because of urban decay and crime. The Maboneng Precinct east of the city is one of these transformed areas.

Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, is a fitting name for a district that has fast become a center of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists.
With a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, and retail and studio space, the precinct draws the inner-city public as well as the chic, art-going crowd of the city’s suburbs, bringing life back to this downtown Johannesburg neighborhood.

Lunch is at leisure.
Continue the journey to Dubai.

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Dubai (flight not included, to be booked by agent). Upon arrival in Dubai, you will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

| Overnight in Dubai
|  Breakfast

DAY 9 | Dubai

Breakfast at your hotel. Departure to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. Dubai, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis in the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping malls will impress every visitor. On your way, you will photo stop of the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Photo stop of Burj Al Arab hotel. Photo stop of the Atlantis hotel located at crescent of Palm Jumeirah. We will experiment with the Monorail which is a good vantage point to see the Palm Jumeirah. After that trip by train, we will join back our bus to continue our journey and pass by the Marina area and the new residential areas of Jumeirah Beach. We will pass the region of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf region’s most prestigious urban development to date. Burj Khalifa will radiate out in a series of ellipses from the sky breaking tower encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment, and the world’s largest shopping mall. Then you will continue to Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography of the city when visiting the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Another highlight will follow you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. Lunch on your own in Dubai Mall. It is a mankind creation, but it is unique. Free time for shopping. At the end of the day, our guide will escort you back to your hotel. Dinner is free.

| Overnight in Dubai
|  Breakfast

DAY 10 | Dubai

Breakfast at your hotel. Morning and early afternoon at leisure. In the afternoon, you will join a desert safari. You will ride in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle with A/C to pass the endless and spectacular sandy desert. In the evening, you will reach a traditional Bedouin desert camp where you will be having a BBQ dinner in the sunset while listening to traditional Arabic music, an unforgettable experience. You will have access to dune bashing, a henna experience, sandboarding, and meeting camels. In the late evening, you will return to your hotel.

| Overnight in Dubai
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 | Dubai-Abu Dhabi-Dubai

Breakfast at the hotel. We start the tour to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the UAE capital and the island on which it stands. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. We will start at the famous Yas Island which houses the FORMULA 1 YAS circuit & the first attraction park of Ferrari in the world. An impressive attraction park, the largest covered air-conditioned park in the world with a huge Red Ferrari sign as a landmark. Then we will continue towards Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. The beautiful Mosque is completely Cladded in marble and features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping. Then we will go towards Abu Dhabi downtown. Lunch is on your own in the city. After lunch, we will visit Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community before the discovery of oil. We will drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices, and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline. We will visit QASR AL HOSN fort, the palace of traditions. Then will drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where the museums are being built to complete the image of Abu Dhabi as a cultural city. In the late afternoon, we will visit the Louvre Museum, The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Finally, we will check-in at the hotel.

| Overnight in Dubai
|  Breakfast

DAY 12 | Dubai

Breakfast. This morning you will be able to enjoy the pool or other activities. Depending on your time of flight transfer to Dubai airport for departure.

|  Breakfast
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Day 10 | Johannesburg

Finish with last day of your South African program.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your Johannesburg hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

| Overnight in Johannesburg

| Dinner

Day 11 | Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Following breakfast at your hotel, take the complimentary hotel shuttle to OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport for your flight (flight not included, to be booked by agent).
At the airport, a local representative with check-in for your flight to Victoria Falls.

Flight to Victoria Falls in not included

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, proceed to collect your luggage then go through customs.
Meet with your local English-speaking guide who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Zambezi River where boat sightings of elephants, giraffes, and even rhinos are common.

Return to the hotel.

 

| Overnight in Victoria Falls

| Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 | Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today, take a guided tour of Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. The paths are well marked and form a paved walk through the rain forests. Every so often the path will open out into a clearing for a view of the Victoria Falls (1,708 meters wide), which is known as “the greatest curtain of falling water.”

You will have some free time at the local craft market before returning to the hotel.

In the evening, you will be picked up for a traditional Boma dinner. This evening of non-stop entertainment includes performances by traditional singers, dancers and drummers, face painting and a four-course dinner featuring local cuisine. The grand finale is an interactive drumming show, giving you the chance to discover your inner African rhythm! There is also a good list of beverages available, including wine and beer.
On arrival you will be dressed in a chitenge (sarong), and after being seated, you will have the chance to take part in a traditional hand washing ceremony and sip on a mug of local beer, before tucking into a shared starter platter, featuring skewered peppered impala, smoked crocodile tail, corn ciabatta, and “nyimo” fritters. This is followed by soup from the campfire.

Return to hotel.

| Overnight in Victoria Falls
|  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 | Victoria Falls (DEPARTURE)

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport at the appropriate time.

|  Breakfast

Day 10 | Johannesburg

Finish with last day of your South African program.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your Johannesburg hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Johannesburg
|  Dinner

Day 11 | Johannesburg - Pilanesberg

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Pilanesberg lodge with an English driver on a 2-hour ride (no guide included).

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to the Sun City Complex. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.

Upon arrival at the lodge, check-in and enjoy lunch.

Depart for your first game drive in a 4×4 vehicle. Typically by the end of the afternoon is when the animals are on their way to the waterholes to drink.

Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Pilanesberg
|  Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 | Pilanesberg

Embark on an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Return for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your morning at leisure.

Lunch will be served at the lodge.

Depart for a afternoon game drive in a 4×4 vehicle.

Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Pilanesberg National Park
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 | Pilanesberg - Johannesburg (DEPARTURE)

Embark on an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Return for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your morning at leisure.

Official hotel check-out: 10:00 am

Depending on your departure flight, you will be transferred to O.R. Tambo International Airport at the appropriate time.

|  Breakfast

The rates displayed below are for the listed travel dates only. The travel dates for this tour package cannot be changed or altered. 

Holiday Inn Express Sandton

The Holiday Inn Express Sandton-Woodmead provides smoking and nonsmoking rooms that include a TV with satellite channels, an electronic safe, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and work desks.

A free ‘Express Start’ breakfast buffet is served in the hotel’s Great Room. This breakfast consists of a full Continental offering, as well as 5 hot options including eggs and bacon. Orexi Mediterranean Restaurant, next to the hotel offers an intimate and relaxing dining experience and a number of restaurants can be found within 2.5 mi. Drinks are served at the Lobby Bar or on the balcony.

Sanbonani Resort Hotel & Spa

Bordering the Sabie River, Sanbonani Hotel is 5.6 mi away from the Phabeni Gate to Kruger National Park. The hotel offers 2 tennis courts, a fitness center and 3 adjoining outdoor pools.

Rooms here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and tea-and-coffee making facilities. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathrooms also come with complimentary toiletries. Extras include a safety deposit box. The chalets have kitchen facilities and a private balcony with view of the Sabie River.

The restaurant serves buffet or a la carte meals and snacks can be ordered during the day. there is also a bar.

Sanbonani Hotel has a 18-hole mini golf course, a curio shop, a jungle gym and a children’s pool. Massages and beauty treatments can be arranged for a fee at Pause Spa. Conference facilities for up to 200 delegates are available at this hotel.

Mountain Inn

Located in Mbabane, 0.6 mi from the city center, Mountain Inn features an outdoor swimming pool with scenic views of Ezulwini Valley, a business center with conference facilities, an on-site restaurant and bar, and free Wi-Fi access.

The bright rooms here are equipped with a TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower.

A sun terrace, babysitting services, a garden, a fitness center, and room service are just some of the additional amenities available.

Pine Lake Inn Hotel

Nestling among the splendor of the Mpumalanga woodlands and overlooking a vast lake on a golf course estate, Pine Lake Inn imparts a feeling of relaxation. With 131 luxurious, rooms with attached bathroom, this home-away-from-home has an intimate atmosphere, lending a feeling of understated elegance and comfort which complements the breathtaking scenic beauty of the environs perfectly.

RH Hotel Pretoria

Located above the cosmopolitan Sunnypark Shopping Center in the center of Pretoria, RH Hotel Pretoria offers modern accommodations with breakfast included and high-quality facilities in the city’s business district.

Relax in your beautifully decorated room at RH Hotel Pretoria and enjoy a cozy seating area, power shower and satellite TV.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning in the restaurant before asking the friendly staff at the 24-hour front desk for advice or recommendations. Benefit from a fully equipped business center.

The Canvas Hotel Dubai 

Located in the middle of historic Dubai, the 5-star The Canvas Hotel Dubai MGallery By Sofitel features modern accommodations. The Canvas Hotel Dubai s located in Bur Dubai, within walking distance from Dubai Museum, Dubai Creek, the Heritage Center of the city and Gold Souk. It offers a 3281 ft² spa and free Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel.

The rooms feature a modern style, and include a seating area with a flat-screen TV. The bathroom has a bathtub and a shower, and includes free toiletries.


Important Notice

Some useful info about our tours (land packages).


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

Alterations

A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

Price are based on double occupancy

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.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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