South Africa Adventures Escorted Tour

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South Africa Adventures Escorted Tour
South Africa Adventures

Feb 6 to Feb 20 2024

 

Highlights

  • Experience Cape Town, during the city tour pass by Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain
  • Tour historic Robben Island, a World Heritage Site and view the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela
  • During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach
  • Thrilling game drives in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park
  • An exclusive surface tour of the working Cullinan Diamond Mine
  • In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela's former home and the stirring Apartheid Museum

Day 1 - Feb 6 2024 - Depart Trinidad

Board your plane for your overnight flight to London on British Airways.

Day 3 - Feb 8 2024 - Arrive in South AfricaSouth Africa Adventures

Arrive in South Africa, a large, diverse and incredibly beautiful country that occupies the southern tip of Africa. Its long coastline stretches more than 2 500km - from the desert border of Namibia on the Atlantic coast, southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border of subtropical Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. On clearing Customs & Immigration at Cape Town International Airport (CPT), transfer to your hotel, passing the towering symbol of the city – Table Mountain. Check in to your four-star hotel, the AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront.

The AC Hotel Waterfront is in the very heart of Cape Town and minutes away from the iconic V&A Waterfront, the city is shopping mecca and the gateway to Robben Island. The hotel is a stylish addition to the city, with contemporary design and decoration and views that include Table Mountain, Lions Head and Signal Hill. The city is at your fingertips at the AC Hotel Waterfront. At the hotel, there is the AC Market that offers grab and go products as well as the bar where the finest locally crafted spirits are served. The hotel also has its own state-of-the-art fitness center.

The rest of the day is at leisure in this seaside city … the Mother City, the "Green City", the "Tavern of the Seas"... or whatever name you give it, it is a bucket list destination to be experienced and enjoyed.

Overnight: Cape Town

Day 4 - Feb 9 2024 - Cape Town City Tour

Enjoy a morning at leisure to rest up from the journey to the Southern Hemisphere.South Africa Adventures

After lunch on your own, meet up with your Tour Manager and depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Drive past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good HopeCity Hall, the Grand Parade, and St. George's Cathedral. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car. (NOTE – cable car tickets are not included due to potential bad weather conditions). Following the tour, return to your hotel to freshen up. That evening, enjoy a uniquely African Welcome Dinner! An evening at Gold Restaurant is often referred to as a taste safari and that’s exactly what it is. This vibrant restaurant promises an evening of wining and dining in scintillating African style. The dinner begins with the drumbeat of the djembe drum and an interactive drum circle and you will then be led into a courtyard where you will ceremoniously wash your hands before the feast begins. This 14- course set menu is authentically Cape Malay and African cuisine, while you are entertained by live performances near your table. Gold restaurant inspires and immerses you into the spirit of Africa while you savor delicious cuisine.

Overnight: Cape Town | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Feb 10 2024 - Cape Peninsula TourSouth Africa Adventures

Depart on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour to experience some of the most spectacular views. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna, where you may see baboons by the road-side, rheboks, Cape Mountain zebras, bonteboks and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch on your own in Simon's Town. While here, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, resting at the foot of Table Mountain, for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens before finally returning to Cape Town.

Overnight: Cape Town | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Feb 11 2024 - Day at Leisure or Enjoy and Optional $$ Tour

South Africa AdventuresSouth African Wine Tour

Wind through South Africa's fertile wine valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin in Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought-after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Stop for lunch on your own, and then enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town.

Overnight: Cape Town | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Feb 12 2024 - Robben IslandSouth Africa Adventures

Enjoy a quiet morning on your own in Cape Town. After lunch, meet up with the group. Boats depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and head to one of the most famous prisons in the world, Robben Island. This is where South Africa’s Father of the Nation spent 18 years, the legend of a man, Nelson Mandela. Guests will disembark at Murrays Harbour on the east coast of the island and take a short walk to buses that will transport them to all of the historically significant sites. The tour guides inside the prison today, are former political prisoners and their knowledge of this island is unparalleled and adds a unique cultural layer to this experience. This tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.

The operation of the Robben Island ferry depends on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing. Guests must produce a form of identification when they purchase a ticket and board a ferry when visiting the island. All visitors are required to provide either an identification document, passport, birth certificate or driver’s license. Copies of these documents will be accepted.

Overnight: Cape Town | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Feb 13 2024 - Flight to Johannesburg and Evening Game DriveSouth Africa Adventures

Following breakfast, transfer to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) for your flight to Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). On your arrival, transfer about three hours to the northwest of Johannesburg to the four-star Bakubung Bush Lodge. The lodge is found within the Pilanesberg National Park. Pilanesberg National Park is a short distance from the famous Sun City resort and is within the 57 000-hectare Big Five game reserve that is also malaria-free, making it an ideal family holiday destination.

Bakubung Bush Lodge has a swimming pool, kids’ playground, tennis courts, a wildlife center as well as a volleyball court and gym. There are a number of bars and restaurants to revel in authentic South African cuisine and enjoy sundowners from the Marula Grill Restaurant and the Bush Boma to the Thutiwa Pool Bar and Motswedi Ladies Bar. Spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the Lodge's facilities before going on your evening game drive and then dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Pilanesberg National Park | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Feb 4 2024 - Game Drives

South Africa AdventuresGet up before the “locals” and venture out into the bush to be in position for the animals to awaken as the sun comes up in the East. In addition to the Big Five, Pilanesberg also has a high concentration of brown hyena, as well as all the usual game suspects such as hippos and the endangered African wild dogs. Compared to the likes of Kruger or Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg is a small park (550km2 compared to Kruger’s 22,000km2), so you can easily scope out most of the best viewing spots or hides within a single day of game driving. Nonetheless, some parts of the park remain largely inaccessible to general visitors, so remember to pack the binoculars and some big lenses for your camera. On returning to the lodge, enjoy a late breakfast and the remainder of the day at leisure. You’ll have access to the property’s facilities or you can arrange for a transfer to the extravagant Sun City with a myriad of entertainment options, concerts, cinemas, water parks and luscious golf course (not included in package).

Overnight: Pilanesberg National Park | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Feb 15 2024 - MORE Game Drives

You have another day in South Africa's gorgeous veldt. Sleep in this morning and then relax in the lodge’s gorgeous setting. That afternoon, head out on the final game drive as the sun sets in the West.

Overnight: Pilanesberg National Park | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Feb 16 2024 - Cullinan Diamond MineSouth Africa Adventures

Following breakfast, check out of the lodge and make your way back to Joburg. Along the way, visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine, one of the biggest and most productive diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes in the world. It has produced some of the largest diamonds ever found. The largest diamond, the Cullinan, was chiseled into 98 individual diamonds including the Great and Lesser Stars of Africa, which are now set in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The tour starts with a 15- minute video before you are led into the high security premises of the mine where we are shown the workings and machinery of the mine. You then visit the enormous open cast mine, that are four times larger than the famous Kimberley ‘Big Hole’. After visiting the mine, we will have the opportunity to visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine market for an unforgettable diamond and jewelry shopping experience.

Then, continue on to Johannesburg where you’ll check in to the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch. This is a hotel of vibrant energy and features the luxury of an urban lifestyle. The design and decoration of this hotel has a focus on Old Hollywood glitz and glamour and classic on-screen beauties can be seen everywhere. The accommodation is luxurious and the facilities are world class. When staying at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch, you can take advantage of a unique gourmet restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. It is modern living at its best and is well known for its bespoke service in the most chic suburb of Johannesburg. Dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight: Johannesburg | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Feb 17 2024 - Soweto TourSouth Africa Adventures

Depart on a half day tour of Soweto, ground zero to so much societal and cultural change in South Africa's turbulent times in the late 20th century. Drive by Tutu House (the former residence of Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Bishop Desmond Tutu) and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans.

Overnight: Johannesburg |Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Feb 18 2024 - MabonengSouth Africa Adventures

After a leisurely start to your day, check out of the hotel and go to the Johannesburg neighborhood of Maboneng for a walking tour of the neighborhood's arts & crafts markets (similar to New York City's Chelsea neighborhood). Maboneng, meaning Place of Light, is a fully-fledged thriving community that has become a center of creative energy for Johannesburg's urban artists. With a mix of art galleries, retail and studio space, the precinct draws the inner-city public, as well as a chic, art-going crowd. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the area, browsing around the arts and craft shops, and sampling artisan food and produce. As the afternoon comes to an end, transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) for your flight home. On checking in, you are welcome to take advantage of the services and comfort of the Bidvest Lounge, giving you time to change and freshen up for your overnight flight back to the New York leaving with a lifetime of memories.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Feb 19 2024 - Arrive London

Upon arrival in London you will be met by the transfer company to be transferred to your Hotel in London for 1 night. Check in to your hotel and rest of day at leisure.

Optional $$ Tour: London Night City Tour.South Africa Adventures

As the dark settles over the city, much of the traffic clears and all of London’s bright lights come on. With this 90-minute Open Top Bus Tour, you’ll discover London from a mesmerizingly unique perspective.

Drive past the illuminated clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, better known as Big Ben. Watch life along the River Thames as night starts to fall and see the vibrant Central London hub Piccadilly Circus with its famous wall of adverts illuminating the area. The Tower of London is a sight to behold at night, as its lights show-off the brilliance of its hundreds of years old architecture.

Your knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide will tell you about the history of London and explain many of those must know facts about the famous landmarks of England’s capital city. As this is a London by night tour, you’ll hear some of the darker secrets of London too, including the tale of the infamous Sweeny Todd. This tour will give you all the information you need to get to know this fantastic city as it comes alive after dark. The tour is suitable for all ages, and we recommend that if you’re taking the tour in the cooler months, you wear a coat onboard to keep warm. The tour will start and finish at the London Eye, making transport to and from the departure point easy.

Overnight at hotel in London | Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Feb 20 2024 - Depart London to Return Home

Early morning check out from hotel and be transferred to Gatwick Airport for your British Airways flight leaving with a lifetime of memories.

Meals: Breakfast

Included in your trip

  • Round trip flight from New York (JFK)
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Johannesburg
  • 11 nights’ accommodations (with Hotel taxes, fees & service charges) in
    • 5 nights at the four-star AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront, Cape Town
    • 3 nights at the four-star Bakubung Bush Lodge, Sun City
    • 2 nights at the four-star Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
    • 1 night at the four-star Park Plaza Waterloo Hotel, London
  • Meals: Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Hotel porterage of one piece of luggage per passenger
  • All transfers included are Group Transfers based on Group Air itineraries
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Not Included

  • Optional Insurance (recommended)
  • Visas
  • Any item of personal nature.
  • Any optional tours / excursions
  • Any meals/beverages which are not mentioned under ‘included services’

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Proposed Flight Information

FLIGHT     BA 2238 - BRITISH AIRWAYS                                                               TUE 06 FEBRUARY 2024

DEPARTURE: PORT OF SPAIN, TT (PIARCO INTL), TERMINAL C                      06 FEB 08:10PM

ARRIVAL:        LONDON, GB (GATWICK), TERMINAL S - SOUTH TERMINAL    07 FEB 08:45A

FLIGHT     EK 016 - EMIRATES                                                                              WED 07 FEBRUARY 2024

DEPARTURE: LONDON, GB (GATWICK), TERMINAL N - NORTH TERMINAL    07 FEB 01:35PM

ARRIVAL:        DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3                                         08 FEB 12:40AM

FLIGHT     EK 772 - EMIRATES                                                                              THU 08 FEBRUARY 2024

DEPARTURE: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3                                         08 FEB 03:55AM

ARRIVAL:        CAPE TOWN, ZA (CAPE TOWN INTL)                                           08 FEB 11:45AM

FLIGHT     EK 764 - EMIRATES                                                                              SUN 18 FEBRUARY 2024

DEPARTURE: JOHANNESBURG, ZA (O.R. TAMBO INTL), TERMINAL B            18 FEB 06:50PM

ARRIVAL:        DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3                                         19 FEB 05:05AM

FLIGHT     EK 001 - EMIRATES                                                                              MON 19 FEBRUARY 2024

DEPARTURE: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3                                         19 FEB 07:45AM

ARRIVAL:        LONDON, GB (HEATHROW), TERMINAL 3                                   19 FEB 11:40AM

FLIGHT     BA 2239 - BRITISH AIRWAYS                                                               TUE 20 FEBRUARY 2024

DEPARTURE: LONDON, GB (GATWICK), TERMINAL S - SOUTH TERMINAL    20 FEB 01:00PM

ARRIVAL:       PORT OF SPAIN, TT (PIARCO INTL), TERMINAL C                      20 FEB 06:10PM

Itinerary is subject to change

 

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