South Africa & Victoria Falls, May 22-June 5, 2015 (Dates include travel from the USA and one night pre-tour in Capetown to relax.)
13 days from Cape Town to Johannesburg
IMPORTANT: YOU ARE NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOUR DEPOSIT IS RECEIVED. Furthermore, as with all safaris, a signed waiver is required to travel.
WOW!!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! From the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—South Africa is sure to offer us an advneture of a lifetime!!! Highlights include the Kapama Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, Johannesburg and Cape Town. This trip includes game drives & sightseeing, hotels, transportation in Africa, breakfast daily, many other meals, etc. Optional excursions during the tour include LION ENCOUNTER, CAPE WINE LANDS, ROBBIN ISLAND, HELICOPTER OVER VICTORIA FALLS, & SAFARI ON ELEPHANTS. Africa has never disappointed before--and this time will be no different!!!
NOTE: AS WITH ALL SAFARIS, A SIGNED WAIVER IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP.
DAY BY DAY TENTATIVE ITINERARY
5/22/15 Depart USA
5/23/15 Arrive Night Time - Go to hotel and sleep! **Pre Night**
5/24/15 Sleep in and rest as we prepare for a great adventure.
5/25/15 Cape Town. Cape Peninsula Excursion...
Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with an orientation tour of Cape Town. Then, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world and which skirts the rocky coastline. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. Continue on to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, where we will visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at our leisure. This evening, we have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5/26/15 Cape Town...Visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM in morning, followed by a fascinating WALKING TOUR through Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, this lively area is a true melting pot of cultures. The historic and colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflect Dutch and British architecture, and the area has been declared a national monument. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a MALAY COOKING CLASS. Learn how to mix masala, fold samoosas, and about the delicate flavors of Cape Malay curry before sitting down for a traditional Malay meal. Then, visit Table Mountain and take a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The remainder of the day is at our leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
5/27/15 Cape Town...Enjoy a full day at leisure for our own discoveries. Perhaps simply explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to infamous Robben Island, where Nelson Madela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, for a guided tour. Our Tour Director will have suggestions to help us make the most of this beautiful city. (Breakfast)
5/28/15 Cape Town-Kapama... Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park Today, leave beautiful Cape Town behind and fly to KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, part of Greater Kruger National Park, to begin our safari adventure! The Kruger area is famous for its abundance of wildlife and we will have a great chance of seeing the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Enjoy your first GAME DRIVE this afternoon. Your skilled tracker and professional ranger work together as a team so you can learn more about the ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Return to your lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
5/29-30/15 Kapama Private Game Reserve...
Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of the many spa treatments on offer, or simply sit back and watch the animals pass by. You may even choose to join your ranger for a BUSH WALK to learn more about the native flora and how to identify animals by their footprints, while observing them from a safe distance. Optional excursions include the nearby Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, where you can see a number of rehabilitated animals or get up close to a herd of elephants so you can touch and feed them. On one of the days you may even choose to skip a game drive for a memorable hour-long elephant-back safari through the bush! In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Step out of your safari vehicle to stretch your legs and watch as the sun sets over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals—if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)
5/31/15 Kapama Private Game Reserve-Johannesburg...Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)
6/01/15 Johannesburg...Today’s sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Soweto is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Along the way, see the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will also see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976. This led to the Soweto Uprising, an important event in the long struggle to end apartheid some 14 years later. Next, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM. Here you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (Breakfast, Lunch)
6/02/15 Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe...Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset. (Breakfast, Dinner)
6/03/15 Victoria Falls...Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner) ***During the dry season (September-December) and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.***
6/04/15 Victoria Falls-Johannesburg-Homebound Flight... Our tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm. (Breakfast)
6/05/14 Arrive USA in the morning
HOW TO DEPOSIT:
1. Mail your deposit check to: R & R TRAVEL, 1807 S. WASHINGTON ST. #114, NAPERVILLE IL 60565...Questions? Call[masked]
2. Bring check to meetup - payable to R & R Travel
3. By phone (credit card only) call[masked]
TOUR COST: $3,759.00*/Journeys Club $3,568.00*
PLUS 4 FLIGHTS WITHIN AFRICA: $1,273.00
NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT DUE NOW: $250 per person
1 NT. PRE-TOUR: $103 double/$170 single
INSURANCE: $249.00 due with deposit
***INSURANCE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED--IF YOUR ROOMMATE CANCELS LAST MINUTE YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO PAY THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE***
APPROX. COST OF AIR FROM CHICAGO TO AFRICA: $1,650 with one stop
*Prices based on double occupancy, add $995 for single supplement. I will assign you a same sex roommate if you do not wish to pay single supplement.