South Africa Safari Adventure – November 2023
$4800 per person
Discover the magical combination of cities, scenery, and wildlife in South Africa on a 12-Day Adventure and Safari Tour, November 3-14, 2023.
Dress CodeCasual and Comfortable
Not IncludedInternational and internal flightsTipsTours (see tour details)Travel insurance
Day 1: Johannesburg
Welcome to Johannesburg, the "City of Gold!" November 3 / Johannesburg. On arrival to Johannesburg we will be greeted by our local tour guide and accompanied to our hotel. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2: Johannesburg
Johannesburg – Nelson Mandela Sites in Soweto. November 4 / Today you will enjoy a city tour of Johannesburg and start in Soweto where you will visit Mandela House. The Nelson Mandela National Museum, or commonly referred to as Mandela House, is the house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. The house is a single-story red-brick matchbox built in 1945. It has bullet holes in the walls and the facade has scorch marks from attacks with Molotov cocktails (petrol bomb). The inside hosts some original furnishings and memorabilia including photographs, citations given to Nelson Mandela, and the world championship belt given to Mandela by Sugar Ray Leonard. Mandela came back to the house after his release from prison in 1990, despite suggestions from government officials that he find a safer home. However, after 11 days back at the house he moved out again. You can enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the famous Vilakazi Street. Probably the most famous street in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg. It's named after Dr BW Vilakazi who was a poet, novelist and intellectual. He was the first black man to teach at the University of Witwatersrand and helped to write the isiZulu dictionary. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived in this street and Nelson Mandela’s house is still there today, now a museum. A street full of real history and has a wonderful cultural vibe. (B)
Day 3: Johannesburg - Cape Town.
Welcome to Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa! November 5 / Cape Town. This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight (not included) to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be greeted by your local tour guide who will take you to enjoy one of the biggest cities of Africa. During a Day tour of Cape Town, you will get to know all the interesting facts and experience the whole variety of diversity the city has to offer. After that, ascend the Table Mountain via aerial cableway in the late afternoon to watch the stunning view as the sun sinks into the western horizon and the city lights start to sparkle. Table Mountain is South Africa’s most photographed attraction. There is an optional walk around the top of the mountain that will take about an hour. In the evening you will have a dinner in the famous Gold restaurant in Cape Town. (B,D)
Day 4: Cape Town - Boulders Beach & Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Today you will take a Tour of the Cape Peninsula. November 6 / Discover the coast’s miles and miles of white sandy beaches, past the fishing village of Hout Bay on Boulders Beach. A special attraction is the penguin colony living on the beach as Boulders Beach is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins. From there continue towards the nature reserve. Discover many animals, including antelopes, ostriches and baboons. Off the coast, you can see whales, dolphins and seals. Highlight of the day is the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, where you have a stunning view of the National Park. (B)
Day 5: Cape Winelands.
Today you drive along the stunning Garden Route and make your way to Stellenbosch the second oldest town in South Africa. November 7 / You will pass through the magnificent and vast vineyard landscapes of the famous winelands. Due to the approximately 300 sunny days in the Cape Town region over 200 years ago, the Huguenots started the progress of wine making. Today wine estates in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are world-famous and their wines highly awarded. The visit of a wine farm including wine tasting is a must and a feast for the senses! Your guide will be able to give you more details on the various wine farms, which can be visited. Farms such as Boschendal, Vergelegen and Morgenster are always popular, or you can go for something different and enjoy chocolate and wine tastings at Blaauwklippen, or cheese and wine tastings at Fairview farm. There is a nice optional walk through the vineyards that will take you approximately 2 hours - with nice views onto the winelands. Alternatively, if wine tasting isn’t for you, this morning after breakfast, meet your tour guide and proceed on a trip to Robben Island. Boats depart (weather dependent) from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and head to one of the most famous prisons in the world. This is where South Africa’s father of the nation spent 18 years, the legend of a man, Nelson Mandela. Guests will disembark at Murray’s 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. Return back to V & A Waterfront and have the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Cape Town – Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)
Cape Town – Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). November 8 / This morning, we take a regional flight (not included) to Victoria Falls International Airport (Zimbabwe). On arrival in Zimbabwe, we will be met by a hotel representative and transferred to our accommodation. Take the rest of the day for leisure and enjoy a break from everyday life. (B, D)
Day 7: Victoria Falls
Today we will enjoy a trip to the world-famous Victoria Falls and experience the “magic” of the falls during a guided tour. November 9 / Or, if you book the optional tour (extra fee) to the Devil's Pool in Zambia, today you will flirt with the wild side, swimming in one of world’s most fascinating natural pools of water, Devil’s Pool of Livingstone Island. This isn’t your ordinary swim in an infinity pool, but a daring dip on the very edge of the Victoria Falls. Brave swimmers will get to experience the ultimate thrill of peering over the brim of the largest curtain of falling water. In the late afternoon, both groups rendezvous and are together again to enjoy an unforgettable sunset cruise on the Zambezi River before the farewell dinner in the famous Boma. (B,D)
Day 8: Victoria Falls – Kasane, Botswana.
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Chobe Safari Lodge in Botswana. November 10 / Spend the next 4 days and nights with amazing views of the dazzling, deep blue Chobi River. Chobi National Park offers an authentic Big 5 Safari experience and is known as one of the best wildlife destinations in the world where famous wild animals roam thrilling landscapes and play out nature's greatest script. Our elegant lodge is the only property located inside this astonishing reserve. Upon arrival enjoy lunch and later this afternoon you will head out on a boat cruise returning in time for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Chobe National Park
This morning you will head out early on a full day game drive with breakfast and lunch packs in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the Chobe National Park. November 11 / You will have the opportunity to view the Big 5 and learn all about the wild and the biologically diverse landscape. Return to the lodge later in the afternoon to freshen up and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Chobe National Park
This morning you will head out early on a full day game drive with breakfast and lunch packs in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the Chobe National Park. November 12 / On your 2nd full-day on safari, you will have the opportunity to view the Big 5 and learn all about the wild and the biologically diverse landscape. Return to the lodge later in the afternoon to freshen up and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Chobe National Park
This morning you will head out on an early morning game drive returning in time for breakfast. November 13 / Have the day at leisure and later this evening you will head out on a dinner cruise in Chobe. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Kasane - Victoria Falls - Departure.
November 14 / Our South Africa Tour ends today. The experience we have just had will leave many lasting cherished memories. Transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for flights back home or onward. (B)
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PRICE: $4,800 per person based on double occupancy (Single supplement $1,000) PAYMENTS TIMELINE: $1,000 deposit due May 15, 2023. Final Payments due August 15, 2023. CANCELLATION POLICY: From time of payment to 30 days prior to arrival = 20% cancellation fee. From 29 – 22 days prior to arrival = 25% cancellation fee. From 21 – 15 days prior to arrival = 40% cancellation fee. From 14 – 7 days prior to arrival = 60% cancellation fee. From 6 – 3 days prior to arrival = 75% cancellation. fee From 2 day prior to arrival = 100% cancellation fee. INCLUDED: ✓ 11x accommodation in above mentioned hotel ✓ 11x breakfast ✓ 4x lunch ✓ 6x dinner ✓ Day 2: city tour of Johannesburg ✓ Day 3: City Tour of Cape Town ✓ Day 3: including Table Mountain Return Cableticket (weather permitting) ✓ Day 3: Dinner at Gold Restaurant ✓ Day 4: Full day Peninsula tour with Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach ✓ Day 5: Full day wineland tour with 2 wine tastings ✓ Day 6: Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to lodge ✓ Day 7: Guided Tour of the Falls ✓ Day 7: Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River ✓ Day 8: Transfer from Victoria Falls to Chobe Safari Lodge ✓ Day 8: Chobe Boat Cruise ✓ Day 9: Full Day game drive in an open game drive vehicle in Chobe National Park ✓ Day 10: Full Day game drive in an open game drive vehicle in Chobe National Park ✓ Day 11: Morning game drive in Chobe National Park ✓ Day 11: Dinner cruise on Chobe ✓ Day 12: Transfer from Chobe Safari lodge to Victoria Falls Airport ✓ Round Trip and transfers as described in South Africa ✓ English speaking local tour guide/ranger. NOT INCLUDED: X Round Trip Airfare from USA to South Africa X Internal flight to Hoedspruit near Kruger National Park X Internal flight to Victoria Falls International Airport X Internal flight to Cape Town X Travel Insurance X Alcohol Drinks other than tastings on Day 4 X Tips for Guide and Drivers OPTIONAL: ✓ Visit to Livingstone (Zambia) including Devils Pool on Day 7 - $300.00 OTHER: ✓ Itinerary Subject to Change Without Notice as Deemed Necessary for the Health, Safety and Comfort of Tour Participants. ✓ Updated Sanitation and Health Protocols will be adhered to for this Tour ✓ Travel Insurance always has been and now is strongly recommended. You can compare policies at www.insuremytrip.com PRE-TOUR AVAILABLE: Wonderful Madagascar. October 29 - November 4, 2023. Please inquire for details. POST-TOUR AVAILABLE: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda. November 14 - 20, 2023. Please inquire for details. CONTACT: Jack@ActiveWorldJourneys.com / (310) 562-5629