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8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS

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PRIVATE TOUR

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6 PAX MINIMUM

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MODERATE ACTIVITIES


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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 and departure transfers
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
14 meals:  7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 6 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
15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation

Not Included

Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

Moderate Hotels Upgrade

Upgrade prices are available under “Rates/Available Dates.”


Johannesburg (Days 1-2) Southern Sun Katherine Street or similar
Hazyview Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar
Mbabane Mountain Inn or similar
White River (Day 6) Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar
Johannesburg (Day 7) Zulu Nyala Country Manor or similar

Tour Details


Duration: 8 days & 7 nights

Travel Style: Classic

Minimum Passengers: 6
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Private
Small group experience | 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.

Victoria Falls Extension

Package Add-on | Minimum 2 Passengers
Double Occupancy: $849 per person
Single Supplement: Add $299


Victoria Falls, locally nicknamed “Vic Falls” is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Declared World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls – and most of the town of Victoria Falls – are part of a National Park Mosi-Oa-Tunya, bordering the Zambezi National Park 573 km ².

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Victoria Falls Extension Features


Included

1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport or similar
 Complimentary hotel shuttle to JNB
Arrival and departure transfers in Victoria Falls
2 nights in Victoria Falls at A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Dinner cruise on Zambezi River
Guided tour of Victoria Falls
Traditional boma dinner
Daily breakfast

 


Not Included

Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe Visa entry fees ($30 per person)
Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses


Pilanesberg Extension

Package Add-on | Minimum of 2 passengers
Double Occupancy: $799 per person
Single Supplement: Add $409


Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, is located in the Bojanala Region, within the North West Province and relatively near Johannesburg. With an area of 550km², it is the fourth largest park in South Africa. The volcano crater in which the park is situated erupted 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg was originally owned by 3 of the local tribes. Many of the Stone Age and Iron Age sites around the reserve show proof of the presence of man.

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Victoria Falls Extension Features


Included

1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport or similar
2 nights in Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge or similar
3 4×4 Game Drives
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered guide
Porterage at airports and hotels
Restaurant tips
15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation 


Not Included

Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses


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 in 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 personal photographs and possessions.
Finally, we will continue to Johannesburg to enjoy dinner at 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 wakeup 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. Afterwards, 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 is Siswati.
Many of it’s 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 in the traditional way 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 - Departure

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 as a result 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 Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for the international flight home. Note: Ensure to book your flight for a departure of 6 PM or later to avoid disruption with today’s planned activity.

|  Breakfast
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DAY 8 | 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 9 | Johannesburg - 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 10 | 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 11 | Victoria Falls - Departure

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

|  Breakfast

DAY 8 | 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 9 | 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 National Park
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10| 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 11 | 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.

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

Johannesburg


Garden Court Sandton City

This modern hotel is connected to the Sandton Convention Center and located adjacent to Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City shopping centers. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a terrace.

The air-conditioned rooms at the Garden Court Sandton City are decorated in warm colors. Each is equipped with modern amenities, including a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a work desk and a tea/coffee maker. WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

The Garden Court’s restaurant serves rich international dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients. There is also a casual bar serving refreshing drinks and light snacks.

Garden Court Sandton City offers free shuttle services between the hotel and the Sandton Gautrain station.

Hazyview


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.

Mbabane 


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.

Nelspruit


Pine Lake Inn

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.

Pretoria


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.


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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