South Africa Highlights & Safari

CAPE TOWN, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SWAZILAND, ZULULAND, SOWETO, HLUHLUWE NATIONAL PARK

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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: from $2,999
Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to South Africa. Reserve by November 6, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.
Also available: Victoria Falls Extension!
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Experience South Africa like never before on this comprehensive journey! Arrive in Cape Town to your elegant hotel and spend four nights exploring the highlights of this spectacular city. On the next leg of your trip, traverse the gorgeous coastlines of the Indian Ocean and enjoy a game drive in the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Then, visit the most famous of all the game reserves in South Africa, Kruger National Park. Your unforgettable odyssey comes to an end in the gorgeous metropolis of Johannesburg. Call us today to book!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 4 nights in Cape Town
  • 2 nights in Hluhluwe/Zululand
  • 1 night in Swaziland
  • 2 nights in Kruger Park
  • 2 nights in Johannesburg
  • 3-night extension to Victoria Falls

 

  • Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Kruger National Park
  • Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)
  • Victoria Falls Extension

 

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via South African Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris incl. admission fees
  • Experienced, English speaking Tour Director throughout

Your Extension Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Three nights at the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Sundowner Cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
  • A tour of the Victoria Falls
  • All transfers

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(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request) 

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VICTORIA FALLS EXTENSION: Add $989 per person double occupancy / $1189 single
Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single room supplement is $399.
If taking the Victoria Falls extension, a visa is required for Zimbabwe. US and Canada passport holders can obtain it upon arrival
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone 1 800 337 7773 and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating sojourn to South Africa begins as you depart New York today.
Day 2
Arrive Cape Town.
Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest and most spectacular city, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel, ideally located near the vibrant V&A Waterfront. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel. (D)
Day 3
Sheltered beneath the dramatic shape of Table Mountain, Cape Town is indeed one of the world’s most unique cities. This morning, a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour to explore the charms of the city. Ride by cable car to the top of Table Mountain for glorious city and bay views. Descend and travel through the Malay Quarter and the city center for a chance to view and photograph impressive Table Mountain from a distance. Your tour ends at the vibrant V&A Waterfront where the balance of the day is at leisure. You may relax at one of the many cafes, stroll around and browse the craft and art shops or sample South Africa’s renowned wines. (B)
Day 4
A memorable full day excursion to Cape Peninsula begins with a scenic drive passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route to Cape Point at the southern tip of the Peninsula. Stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay before arriving to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve is rich with flora and fauna and you may see baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. Savor the stunning views of the coastline where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. After lunch at a famous seafood restaurant follow the majestic coastline along False Bay and stop at Simon’s Town, where you’ll visit the Penguin colony. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and enjoy the magnificent display of indigenous South African flora before returning to Cape Town late this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 5
Today is at leisure for independent exploration, shopping or relaxing! An optional excursion to the charming winelands region just outside Cape Town is available. You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades in captivity. (B)
Day 6
Cape Town/ Zululand/ Hluhluwe.
Board a morning flight to King Shaka International Airport on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, just outside the bustling port city of Durban. Journey to the charming resort village of Westbrooke, where you may enjoy a stroll on the golden sands of the Indian Ocean shoreline. Later, travel northwards through canefields and timber plantations to Zululand, home to one of the most famous of the African tribal peoples. Arrive at your hotel located near the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for saving the white rhinoceros from extinction. Emdoneni Lodge (B,D)

Day 7
Hluhluwe Game Reserve/Zululand.
An exciting day begins with a morning game drive in open safari vehicles to explore the magnificent animals and species in the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Later, visit Dumazulu Village and experience the everyday life of the Zulu tribe, renowned for its warrior culture. Witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and a ceremony of beer drinking. A special Zulu lunch will be served. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 8
Hluhluwe/Swaziland.
Today, continue your scenic drive north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland. Shop for unique African souvenirs at the colorful markets and see basket weavers at work. Lugogo Sun Hotel. (B)

Day 9

Swaziland/Kruger National Park.
Drive through the beautiful countryside of the province of Transvaal to the world famous Kruger National Park. Encompassing some of the most stunning and diverse terrain, the park is South Africa’s premier game sanctuary. An unforgettable game drive in your own motor coach this afternoon takes you in search of the wild. Your upscale lodge is located near the park. Kruger Gate Lodge. (B,D)

Day 10
Your safari today includes a morning game drive, in open vehicles, in search of the parks many residents including the “Big Five”: Lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino and hopefully the more elusive leopard. You may also spot hippopotamus and crocodiles as well as zebras and giraffes. Plains game and bird life also abound. Have your camera ready! After a lunch break, return to the park for an afternoon open-vehicle safari. (B,D)
Day 11
Kruger Park/ Mpumalanga/ Sandton (Johannesburg).
Drive through Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) panoramic wild countryside and enjoy unparalleled views of densely forested mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Arrive in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, one of the greatest spectacles of Africa. Proceed to Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes, a place of African legend containing bizarre holes cut into rock by powerful river erosion. Later relish sweeping views from God’s Window. Proceed to Sandton, a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg, the commerce and diamond mining center. Garden Court Sandton City Hotel. (B)

Day 12
Soweto Excursion/Apartheid Museum.
This morning learn more about South Africa’s turbulent past and its hope for the future on a fascinating tour to Soweto, a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Peek into the past – hostels, Freedom Square and the struggle for liberty. Tread the paths to greatness by the late Nelson Mandela and visit his former house. This afternoon, visit the Apartheid Museum, the pre-eminent museum in the world exposing the rise and fall of apartheid and South Africa’s tumultuous journey through the 20th century. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner feasting on a traditional South African buffet. (B,D)

Day 13
Depart South Africa.
Today is at leisure for last minute shopping or independent pursuits before transferring to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Day 14
Arrive USA.
Your memorable journey comes to an end as you touch down in New York this morning.

Why not extend your trip to the magnificent Victoria Falls? The 300 feet tall falls are often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Your extension includes airfare, three nights at the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, buffet breakfast daily, a Sundowner Cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, a tour of the falls and all transfers. Extension starts on day 13.

Day 13
Johannesburg/Victoria Falls.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. You’ll be met and escorted to your deluxe hotel. Join a Sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Marvel at the vegetation on the river’s banks and the spectacular sunset. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. (B)
Day 14
Visit the craft village and observe the traditional way of life. Proceed to the Victoria Falls, often described as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. This afternoon you may return to the Falls on your own. (B)
Day 15
A day at leisure. You may join a fascinating optional excursion across the border to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Chobe boasts one of the largest populations of elephants in the world along with lions, hippos and zebras. (B)
Day 16
Victoria Falls/Johannesburg, depart South Africa.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Johannesburg connecting to your flight back to the USA. (B)
Day 17
Arrive New York this morning.

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to South Africa (and Victoria Falls if applicable) more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in local currency by cash, Visa or Mastercard. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Day 3
Half-Day Cultural Heritage & Township Tour (Approx. $50 per person)
Join us for a unique experience traveling through the three South Africa’s: “The birth”, where it all started; Apartheid South Africa, what happened then; the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour affords the opportunity to interact, mingle and exchange cultural values with the local community. You will be welcomed in the traditional African manner in the townships of Langa (the oldest formal township) & Khayelitsha (the largest informal settlement). The tour includes a visit to the District Six where in 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, and by 1982 the life of the community was over.  60,000 were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.  Time permitting visit Gugulethu Township, meaning “our pride”, which was established as a result of the migrant labor system. Experience a visit to a “Shebeen”, an informal tavern and see local crafters at work.

Day 5
Morning Winelands Tour (Approx. $60 per person)
A great way to spend a morning is to join this excursion to the beautiful wine region. Travel to culturally and historically significant Stellenbosch, a quaint town in the heart of this scenic region, filled with wineries. Walk through the town and explore the impressive Cape Dutch architecture. Your next stop is at a wine estate where you’ll attend a wine tasting session, have an opportunity to explore the grounds and gardens and maybe purchase some local wines!

Day 5
Robben Island Visit (Approx. $30 per person)
Depart from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry across Table Bay to Robben Island, the infamous home to the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela and others were jailed. You’ll have a chance to visit the prison and explore Murray’s Bay Harbor precinct before returning to the waterfront by ferry. (Ferries depart from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront several times daily, weather permitting. Transfers from your hotel to the pier and back are not included).

Please note: The Robben Island excursion is operated by a non-profit foundation and therefore, smarTours cannot guarantee space on this tour. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore may not be available during your visit. (For further information and to pre-book online you can go to www.robben-island.org.za.  If you reserve online in advance, we recommend that you reserve for the mid or late afternoon of your last day in Cape Town)   

Day 15 Extension
Full-Day Chobe National Park (Botswana) Safari & Tour (Approx. $175 per person)
Transfer this morning from Victoria Falls across the border to Botswana and arrive at Chobe National Park. Embark on a safari boat ride on the Chobe River to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species in this amazing game reserve. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in open safari vehicle. Return to your hotel at Victoria Falls early this evening.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your departure flights from New York’s JFK Airport to South Africa and back are on South African Airways.  We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.                               

Depart       10:30AM

Return        8:00AM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

South African Airlines does not assign seats in advance.  Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. All visitors are required by the South African immigration authorities to have a minimum of two consecutive blank visa entry pages in their passport. Insufficient pages in the passport normally results in denied boarding or denial of entry upon arrival and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin.  Visa not required for American passport holders for South Africa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations (which includes the Republic of South Africa and Swaziland and if taking the Victoria Falls extension, also Zimbabwe). Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

If you are taking the Victoria Falls extension, a Zimbabwe visa is required. U.S and Canadian citizens can obtain the visa on arrival at Victoria Falls airport. US citizens pay a fee of $30 in U.S. dollars (cash) for single entry visa. If you are planning to join the Chobe optional excursion to Botswana, you’ll need a double entry visa which is $45. Canadian passport holders’ single entry visa fee to Zimbabwe is $75 and if taking the full day Chobe optional trip an additional fee of $75 applies to re-enter Zimbabwe. Passport holders of other countries need to check with the Zimbabwe embassy before departure as to the visa requirements. Visa fees and regulations are subject to change.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN

Effective October 1, 2014 children 18 and under who enter South Africa will be required to present a certified copy of a full birth certificate.  Copies are not acceptable. If not traveling with both parents then additional documentation is required. For more information about children’s requirements, please visit the consulate website at http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/index.htm

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Please consult your personal physician or local public health authorities regarding taking anti malaria pills as well as other recommendations.

CLIMATE

South Africa is located in the southern hemisphere and therefore has the reverse season to those of the U.S. The weather is temperate and even during the wintertime you’ll enjoy comfortable temperatures. Average daytime temperatures are in the 60’s and 70’s from April-Sept and in the 70’s and 80’s from Oct to March. Overnight temperatures are lower by 10-20 degrees.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or in another nearby restaurant recommended by your guide. Food costs in South Africa are very reasonable compared with the USA. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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Great trip

Aug 29, 2014 by Emmanuil

We traveled to South Africa+VF in August 14. The weather was perfect. Great trip. Jeremy was perfect. Wildlife viewing was amazing. I saw all big 5. The only thing that the next traveler has to keep in mind. It is not a relaxing trip. You have to wake early and be on safari vehicle at 6am. A lot of flights. But this is the only way to see a lot.


Great Trip

Jul 22, 2014 by Barbara Wallace

We just returned from the South Africa Highlights and Safari tour including the Victoria Falls extension. It was an amazing trip. Our Tour guide, Jeremy was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and was great in organizing the group. This is a great tour for the money and would highly recommend to others!


Trip of a Lifetime!

Mar 13, 2014 by Amanda Miles

This was an amazing tour with an excellent tour director! Highly recommended!


South Africa Trip = Awesome!

Dec 20, 2013 by David

Woohoo! Great trip. Loved it


smarTours , USA 5.0 5.0 4 4 We traveled to South Africa+VF in August 14. The weather was perfect. Great trip. Jeremy was perfect. Wildlife viewing was amazing. I saw all big 5. The only thing that the next tr

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