It's our next big adventure! And if we're lucky we'll see the Big Five! It's a first for Singles in Paradise and we're confident you will love this itinerary.
This trip will include 1-night in Johannesburg, 6-nights in Cape Town, a 3-night safari in the Kruger National Park at an amazing private lodge where we'll have the game drives all to ourselves plus all the tours that you see here.
Arrival in Johannsburg
Welcome to South Africa! The rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Blessed with blue skies a balmy climate a rich cultural heritage and a magnificent backdrop of ocean and mountain, the Mother City boasts a profusion of museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, theatres, night spots and landmarks. Fondly known to the world as the Mother City, a word followed instantly by the visual of Table Mountain – this gift from Mother Nature, offers the most awesome view when ascended.
Begin with a tour of Soweto, this city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Soweto is inhabited by 2 million people, a fascinating place to visit. Take in the sights of Baragwaneth Hospital, Nelson Mandela's House, Freedom Square and Vilikazi Street.
Lunch at a festive, local Sheebeen (township pub). Continue to the Apartheid Museum, discover the true history of South Africa, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.
Late afternoon flight to Cape Town.
Half Day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour BThis morning we will fly to Cape Town. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a half day tour of the mother city itself. After departing thehotel we head for Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit (weather permitting). Our guide will point out the highlights of one of the world's most famous views. After the descent we enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Clifton and Sea Point to the city centre where we visit Green Market Square. We stretch our legs with a walk through the Company Gardens. The tour continues with a drive past the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, The Castle and Slave Lodge, before entering the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. We ascend Signal Hill to witness firing of the noon gun (except Sundays and Public Holidays). You will be dazzled by the diamond tour where we learn about the history of these sparkling gems before returning you back to your Hotel.
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour B
Our first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting. We make our way to Franschhoek with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account), and maybe a chance to try some of the fresh trout that Franschhoek is known for. After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Time permitting; we will include a third wine tasting.
Full Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour B
Our journey to Cape Point takes us along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. We pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and assure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. We arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbour. Our tour continues over Chapman‟s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent „fynbos‟, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point. We visit Boulders Beach to see the African penguins before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then we venture inland and return to the hotel.
Free Day Cape Town B
Today is a free day. There are a number of potential tours you will be able to take. Check out this document for an idea of how many ways you have to spend your day. How about a cage dive with great white sharks? Okay, maybe not for everybody but at least one of our travelers will be doing it.
Free Day Cape Town B
Today is a another free day. We purposely did not want to include every tour on this trip to give you a variety of choices. We will have more information on our suggested options as we get closer to the trip.
Cape Town to Kruger - Kapama River Lodge B,L,D
This morning we will fly to the Kruger National Park.
Flight: South African 1241 (OPERATED BY SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS) Departure:Cape Town 22MAY/910A Arrival:Hoedspruit 22MAY/1230P
Kapama River Lodge: Within the expansive Kapama Private Game Reserve, River Lodge epitomises safari accommodation. The majestic northern Drakensberg mountains form the backdrop to the 64-suite River Lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. It’s the largest luxury game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park area, and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience. River Lodge’s 40 spacious air-conditioned suites have uninterrupted views over the Big Five game reserve from private patios, and all feature full, en-suite bathrooms with lavish amenities replenished daily. The suites are decorated to reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting. Beverage stations for early morning coffee in suite and minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all
Kruger / Kapama B,L,D
Across all of Kapama’s lodges, two daily game drives are offered and are included in the tariff. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in Kapama Private Game Reserve.
The day starts with an early wake-up call between 5am and 5:30am. Tea, coffee and rusks are enjoyed together before heading out at first light. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 9am for a full breakfast. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife around the lodge – nyala antelope and vervet monkeys are frequent visitors, though seeing some of the Big Five is also not uncommon.
At around 3:30pm, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. En route, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink and will have a chance to stretch your legs as you watch the sun set over the distant peaks of the Drakensberg mountains.
As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. The skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival is at the lodge is usually around 7pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.
Kruger / Kapama B,L,D
Spend your day's game viewing in the heart of Africa. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives to spot Africa's "Big Five" with highly qualified game rangers and trackers and round off the days with dazzling star gazing. Your safari experience includes all meals, morning and afternoon game drives, as well as a visit to Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species, which concentrates primarily on the rehabilitation of the endangered cheetah.
Overnight at Kapama Southern Camp
Kapama / Johannesburg B
After your final morning game drive (time permitting) , you transfer to Hoedspruit Airport and check in for your flight to JNB.
Flight: South African 1228 (OPERATED BY SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS) Departure:Hoedspruit 25MAY/155P Arrival:Johannesburg 25MAY/255P
SoWeTo / Home B
A fond farewell…
We wish you a fond farewell as you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Johanneburg International Airport for your homeward flight…
So there it is. A wonderful itinerary without any long layovers! Plus there are no visa's required! I just know this is going to be an amazing trip. I hope you are able to join us.
We have secured 32 spots from LAX for the following itinerary. Please let us know when you sign up if you will be using our group air:
Flight: South African 7417 Departure:Los Angeles 16MAY/755A Arrival:Washington Dulles 16MAY/345P
Flight:South African 210 Departure: Washington Dulles 16MAY/540P Arrival:Johannesburg 17MAY/505P
Flight: South African 357 Departure:Johannesburg 18MAY/505P Arrival:Cape Town 18MAY/715P
Flight:South African 207 Departure: Johannesburg 27MAY/625P Arrival:Washington Dulles 28MAY/625A
Flight: South African 7416 Departure:Washington Dulles 28MAY/845A Arrival:Los Angeles 28MAY/1109A
COST: Base fare $[masked] plus taxes $518.45 (subject to change) = $[masked]
· Domestic air from to Cape Town to Hoedspruit and Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
· All tours as listed above
· Daily Breakfast
· Game drives as stated in itinerary
· Accommodation as stated above
· Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
· Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
· Services of a professional driver
· Services of a registered and experienced tour guide
· Entrance fees and excursions where stated in the above itinerary
· Welcome pack (e.g itinerary, welcome letter, general information, maps, flags, brochures)
· Mineral Water onboard the vehicle
· No Visa is required for US citizens
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
· International air
· Departure tax on domestic air currently running $165
· Tips for guides and drivers
$200 DEPOSIT TO SIGN UP
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (your own room only if you prefer): $850
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OPTIONAL VICTORIA FALLS EXTENTION
Some people could be interested in visiting Victoria Falls. The quote I am getting is $1,200 for the flight and 2-nights hotel (double occupancy) with transfers. This is an estimated price and does not include a guide. We would do this at the end of the trip so it would also require a new quote for the international air. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in.