13 Days
Air-Inclusive

Overview

This package includes three nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, a two-night stay in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park at Black Rhino Game Lodge, the largest waterfall in the world and ends with three nights on safari at Ngoma Safari Lodge.


Itinerary

Day 1

TRAVELING

Depart from New York JFK or Washington Dulles on your South African Airways flight.

Day 2

CAPE TOWN View Accommodation

On arrival in Johannesburg, you will connect to your flight to Cape Town. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl.

Day 3

CAPE TOWN

After breakfast you will be met and depart for your scheduled full-day Cape Peninsula tour.

Depart the hotel and flank the Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, it is now one of the most popular residential areas. The harbor still has a charm of days gone by. You’ll have a chance to join a half-hour cruise to Seal Island (optional trip on your own account) or, for the not so adventurous, the fish market Mariners Wharf is a must.

The tour continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive, weather permitting. With a 200-meter drop on one side and a 200-meter rise on the other, you will make your way south following the Atlantic Ocean until you reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the globe." And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa. Your optional lunch stop is at the Fish Hoek Galley.

You’ll pass the naval base of Simons Town as you continue along the coast en route to see the Jackass penguin colony, which has become well established at Boulders Beach near Simons Town. Your last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (optional and on your own account), home of some 3,500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. You’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon, having seen some of the best the Cape has to offer.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl.

Day 4

CAPE TOWN

After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel and depart for a scheduled tour of the Cape Winelands. You will depart from the hotel and head north to Paarl. Your first stop is for a morning wine tasting at Nelsons Creek Estate. After a tour through their cellars, there is a chance to sample some of their local wines as well as a cheese tasting. A brief city tour of Paarl follows, before you make your way to Franschhoek with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. This little village nestled among the mountains can easily be mistaken for a little Switzerland.

After a short tour of the town, a second wine tasting will be enjoyed in Franschhoek followed by a lunch stop and perhaps a chance to savor some of the fresh trout for which Franschhoek is renowned.

After lunch, the tour continues to the university town of Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village here among the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak-lined streets and lanes all combine to give this place a charm that will not be quickly forgotten. Time permitting, you will also enjoy a third and final wine tasting. Then you will set off for your return to the Mother City.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl.

Day 5-6

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK View Accommodation

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Pilanesberg National Park.

Black Rhino Game Lodge is a hidden treasure set within a Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater within Pilanesberg National Park. This area has become renowned as one of South Africa’s most exciting big five eco-tourism destinations.

Overnight on a full board basis at Black Rhino Safari Lodge.

Day 7

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE View Accommodation

After breakfast, transfer to the Johannesburg airport for your flight to Victoria Falls Airport. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon you will go on a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Ilala Lodge.

Day 8

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

This morning enjoy a tour of the Victoria Falls.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Ilala Lodge.

Day 9-11

CHOBE RIVER FRONT View Accommodation

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kasane. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge.

Ngoma Safari Lodge, located in Botswana, this oasis is in a wildlife wonderland. This boutique lodge offers unrivaled panoramic views over the game-rich Chobe River and floodplain, and is on the doorstep of Chobe National Park. Expect a vast and diverse array of wildlife as knowledgeable guides take you on safaris through the Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant herds on earth, lazy afternoons by the pool and stunning dinners under African stars.

Overnight for three nights on a fully inclusive basis at Ngoma Safari Lodge.

Day 12

DEPARTURE

After an early morning safari game drive, you will be transferred to Kasane airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connecting flight to the United States.

Day 13

TRAVELING

Arrival at New York JFK or Washington Dulles airport.


Includes

Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York JFK or Washington Dulles airport to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport; Domestic coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg - Cape Town - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls - Kasane - Johannesburg); Accommodations as per the itinerary; Most meals as per the itinerary (10 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 5 x dinner); Ground transfers as per the itinerary; All park fees and safari activities; Scheduled Cape Peninsula tour; Scheduled Winelands tour


Excludes

Add-on air from other U.S. cities; Any meals or services not mentioned above; Entrance fees on Cape Peninsula tour to Kirstenbosch, Seal Island cruise; Any items of personal expense, i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc.; Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers