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Cape Town & Safari Express


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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $1,799

   Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on this remarkable journey to South Africa for Cape Town Safari Tours! Reserve by December 15 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your South Africa vacation tour includes
  • International Flight to South Africa
  • 4 nights in Cape Town
  • 2 nights in Kruger National Park
  • International Flight back to the USA


  • Cape Town Orientation Tour
  • Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Winelands (near Cape Town)
  • Robben Island
  • Kruger National Park


  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via South African Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and ground transport
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Cape Town guided orientation tour
  • Full day open-vehicle guided safari in Kruger National Park, including admission fee
  • Experienced, English speaking tour guide on Cape Town safari tours

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare



Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Dec 15 2016

Reserve after
Dec 15 2016




After Sale

Jan 14

Jan 22

$ 1899

$ 1999

$ 2399

Feb 11

Feb 19

$ 1899

$ 1999

$ 2399

Feb 25

Mar 5

$ 1999

$ 2099

$ 2499

Mar 13

Mar 21

$ 1899

$ 1999

$ 2399

Mar 20

Mar 28

$ 1799

$ 1899

$ 2299

Mar 25

Apr 2

$ 1999

$ 2099

$ 2499

Apr 15

Apr 23

$ 1999

$ 2099

$ 2499

Aug 12^

Aug 20

$ 2299

$ 2399

$ 2799

Aug 26^

Sep 3

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

Sep 25

Oct 3

$ 1999

$ 2099

$ 2499

Oct 7

Oct 15

$ 1899

$ 1999

$ 2399

Oct 21

Oct 29

$ 1899

$ 1999

$ 2399

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $250.
^ Aug 12, Aug 26 2017: No single supplement
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For more information on this Cape Town Safari tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations for your African Safari vacation can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable 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 South Africa vacation complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating sojourn on one of our South African Tours begins as you depart USA today.
Day 2
Arrive Cape Town.
Arrive for your Cape Town tours,  where you start in South Africa’s vibrant and most spectacular city, where you’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale seaside hotel. En route to your hotel enjoy a guided orientation tour of Cape Town, a truly stunning city sheltered beneath the dramatic shape of Table Mountain. Arrive at your hotel ideally located within easy access to the lively V&A Waterfront. Your hotel offers extensive facilities including a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and a fitness center. Later enjoy an orientation briefing. Cape Sun Hotel or President Hotel
Days 3-5
Cape Town.
You’ll have three full days at leisure to explore stunning Cape Town and its environs at your own pace. Your hotel is conveniently located within an easy travel distance of many major attractions, as well as the best beaches, shopping and dining. You may wish to ride by cable car to the top of Table Mountain for glorious city and bay views. Discover the exciting V&A Waterfront, the city’s focal point where you can easily stroll around and browse the craft and art shops, enjoy world class dining and sample South Africa’s renowned wines. From here you can also travel by boat across Table Bay to Robben Island the infamous home to the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela and others were jailed. You may also enjoy the amazing and thrilling experience of great white shark cage diving! Your professional tour host will be glad to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently. To make the most of your visit and enrich your experience, you’ll be offered a chance to join some exciting optional excursions at a special discount to smarTours travelers. A bountiful buffet breakfast is included daily. Take a look at our “Optional Tours” tab for more information! (B)
Day 6
Cape Town/Kruger National Park.
This morning board a short flight to Johannesburg, South Africa’s vibrant commercial and diamond mining center. From here, journey through the beautiful countryside to the picturesque town of Machadadorp where you’ll see the Elands River that is filled with trout fish. Descend into the Lowveld area in the province of Mpumalanga (“place of the rising sun”) that enjoys sub-tropical climate, abundant sunshine and lush covered hills and valleys where citrus groves and tropical fruit orchards abound. Here you may stop at some of the colorful roadside stands where local merchants offer exotic fruits and nuts. Arrive at your upscale hotel, ideally situated on the outskirts of White River, minutes from renowned Kruger National Park. Encompassing some of the most stunning and diverse terrain, the park is South Africa’s premier game sanctuary. With open spaces, African nature at your doorstep and effortless comfort, your hotel epitomizes the beauty, warmth and tranquility of this unique area. A sumptuous dinner at your hotel is included this evening. Premier Hotel The Winkler (B,D)
Day 7
Kruger National Park Safari.
Today is devoted to exhilarating and unforgettable game drives to discover Kruger Park’s abundant wildlife. A local safari ranger leads you on 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 break for lunch at your own expense, continue your thrilling exploration with an additional afternoon guided open-vehicle safari. Later return to your hotel where you may relax poolside before enjoying the lavish included dinner. (B,D)
Day 8
Kruger Park/Mpumalanga/Depart South Africa.
Today depart the Kruger Park area en route to Johannesburg. First arrive in Sabie, a small rural town nestled in a deep valley on the escarpment of the Drakensberg mountain range. Proceed to the town of Lydenburg, situated at the foothills of the famous Long Tom Pass and surrounded by the Steenkampsberg and Mauchsberg mountain ranges, the highest points in Mpumalanga. From here continue your drive to Johannesburg Airport where you’ll board your return flight home. (B)

Day 9
Arrive USA.
Your memorable journey of South African Tours & Cape town Safari parks come to an end as you touch down in USA this morning.

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Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to South Africa more complete and memorable, your Cape Town tour host will offer during the orientation reception on the day of arrival several optional tours. Tour prices will be given in South African Rand and the rates below are the approximate US dollars equivalent and are subject to change based on exchange rates fluctuations. 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 City & Table Mountain Tour (Approx. $35 per person, plus cable car ticket fee)
On this tour, a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour to explore the charms of the city and see many of the city highlights. Ride by cable car (cable car fee is extra) 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.

Day 3
Half-Day Cultural Heritage Tour & Township Tour (Approx. $40 per person)
This tour allows visitors a unique journey through the history of South Africa, divided into what is referred to as “The Three South Africa’s”. From the monumental turning point in the Birth of South Africa to the now-decaying ruins of Apartheid South Africa to the townships of the New South Africa. This tour is not to be missed during your visit to Cape Town, as you’re given insight into the greatness of Nelson Mandela and what South Africa has achieved ever since the nation took up his challenge to rise above pain and bitterness. Some of the elements of the excursion may vary depending what’s going on in Cape Town on that particular day, but may include a walking tour, visiting a family’s very modest home and being entertained by a choir. You’ll be sure to experience eye-opening encounters, especially when visiting Langa, the oldest black township and Khayelitsa the largest township, where cultural values and personal experiences are exchanged.

Day 4

Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour (Approx. $70 per person)
A memorable full day optional 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 where you’ll arrive at 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. Later drive along the majestic coastline along False Bay and visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you’ll enjoy the magnificent display of indigenous South African flora.

Day 5
Robben Island Tour** (Approx. $23 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 does not book and 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   **  If you wish to visit both Robben Island and the Winelands, then we recommend that you reserve the 9:00am ferry to Robben Island on your last day in Cape Town. After your morning excursion to Robben Island, provided there are no significant delays, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Winelands Tour during the afternoon. Please note that the ferry schedule is subject to change based on inclement weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.

Day 5
Winelands Tour (Approx. $50 per person)
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
Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving*** (Approx. $150 per person, including breakfast, packed lunch and transfers).
Depart your hotel early in the morning for a full day adventure to experience great white shark cage diving. You’ll head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai, where’you’ll meet your crew and go over the day ahead (and safety instructions) while enjoying breakfast. Then, board the boat and head into the open waters where you’ll put on gear provided to you and climb into through the top of the secure cage. Watch the amazing great white sharks from underwater and enjoy an amazing, thrilling experience. You’ll also enjoy watching the predators from the comfort of the boat while your fellow divers are under water. *** This tour operates on the last day in Cape Town, and it is not possible to do Robben Island or Winelands if you participate in this optional activity. Please also note that this tour must be cancelled at least 24 hours prior to departure, otherwise 100% cancellation fees will apply. In addition, if bad weather prevents you from going to sea, you will be informed and given a full refund. If strong winds pick up while at sea and a return to shore is required for your safety, you will not be entitled to a refund. In addition, due to variable weather conditions and variable shark activity, diving may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed.

Trip Preparation


Your departure flights from the U.S. to South Africa and back are on South African Airways.  We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure. 


Departure Date

New York (JFK) Washington Dulles (IAD) Los Angeles (LAX)


Return Depart Return Depart


2016: Dec. 28







2016: Dec. 3
2017: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 13, Mar. 25, Apr. 15, Aug. 12, Aug. 26


8:00AM N/A N/A N/A


2017: Jan. 21



5:30PM 6:30AM 7:30AM


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.


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


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. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Effective October 1, 2014 children 18 and under who enter or pass through 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


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.


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


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.


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. 


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.


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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by addison singh on smarTours

This was an amazing trip. smarTours did an excellent job. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. This was my first trip with Smartours and I will use them again. This trip was well planned and seamless from beginning to end. Africa was spectacular. I will come back. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

by Susana Hernandez on smarTours
Have to do it to believe it!

The tour had been recommended by a friend who said it was an incredible deal. I decided to try the tour even though I prefer to travel independently. It was amazing. The tour guides were professional, informative and extremely helpful. Renier made sure to keep everyone safe and informed as well as laughing during his tour. Elaine was highly professional and informative and incredibly kind and helpful. She definitely went well out of her way to accommodate all reasonable requests. The tour and the tour guides were A+.

by Joanne on smarTours
Short trip but managed to do it all!

This trip was a great value for what you got. We managed to accomplish everything we wanted in the time that we were there. Our guide Charles during the Safari portion was very knowledgeable. All the accommodations were satisfactory. We only did one of the side tours available to us in Cape Town (Table Mountain half day) and we had no complaints. It was a beautiful view and the time they gave us to do everything was adequate. Overall, if you are short on time but South Africa is on your Bucket List, I would highly recommend this tour.

by Melissa Williams on smarTours
Trip of a lifetime

I have always dreamed of going to South Africa and going to Cape Town and on a safari. This trip was unbelievable and I am so fortunate to have gone. Cape Town was stunning. The beaches, table mountain, food, locals, the wine...all AMAZING! I could go on for hours how amazing it was. David, our tour guide, was brilliant. We couldn't have asked for someone better. He was so knowledgable and lovely. Our Safari in Krueger was unreal. We saw the big 5!! What an experience. Charles was so lovely and such a pleasure to have. We fit everything into those 6 days and felt like we saw it all! The hotels were clean and fabulous. We also got lucky with a great group! Thank you and we will definitely be joining smartours again!!

by Natalie Refuse on smarTours
Life Changing!

I dreamed of going to South Africa as a little girl and to say the my experience was amazing would be an understatement. Our tour guides in Cape Town and Johannesburg were extremely knowledgeable. This trip was well planed and our experience was spectacular. This trip is a must do!

by Nick Annunziata on smarTours
cape town and safari

A great tour for the money! Wife and I had a wonderful time! Loved our tours and safaris!! Our tour Guides were very Good. Saw all the big 5 on our safari in Kruger Park!

by Caroline Nitschmann on smarTours
Trip of a Lifetime

We went on the Cape Town & Safari Express and had the most amazing time. This is my third time to Africa, but my first time for leisure. Our family took my mother on this trip as a surprise for her 60th birthday. This was our DREAM trip. David, our guide in Cape Town, was so welcoming and helpful. This was my first trip with smarTours, I could not speak more highly of the professionalism and organization of this vacation. I am a world traveler and use tours only when traveling with family, I would use this company again. On the way back, we had a problem with leaving the country due to weather in the US, all inbound flights were cancelled. SmarTours made turned this lemon into lemonade and quickly compensated our extra room, food, arranged airport transport, helped with flight arrangements, and even booked an extra tour! We have memories that will last a lifetime, thank you smarTours!

by Dolores Helb on smarTours
Exceded my expectations

Fantastic trip that was far more than I expected for the price and length of stay. We sure packed a lot into 8 days (we had a bonus day thanks to the snowstorm in the USA and Smartours) The hotel in Cape Town was great. The one in White River could use a bit of sprucing up but the location was lovely. Can't say enough good things about our tour hosts David in Cape Town and Elaine for the remainder of the trip. Both were so personable, knowledgeable and definitely dedicated to seeing that we were well cared for. When the storm interfered with our return flight Elaine made sure we were not left with nothing to do. Our bonus tour of Soweto was one everyone should have the opportunity to take. I will definitely consider booking future trips with Smartours.

by Margo Boudreau on smarTours
Great Trip

In a brief period of time, this trip introduced me to the beauty of South Africa as well as the current difficulties being experienced by its citizens. A bonus was the awesome opportunity to be up close with the wildlife of Africa. Never want to go to a zoo again! Need to mention that our guides David Seddon and Elaine Scholtz were knowledgeable and could not have been more accessible to answer questions or to assist with any problems.

by Donald Lohnes on smarTours
Cape Town and Safari Express

We enjoyed our tour immensely, our main tour guide Shawn was excellent along with the others. We enjoyed the hotels we stayed in and the food was tremendous. Great trip, would recommend it to anyone.

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