8 Day Essential South Africa

4 Cape Town & 2 Limpopo Province
Round trip airfare from JFK, 6 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Johannesburg
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Cape Town
    • 2 nights Limpopo Province
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing & Game Drives per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

Special Features

  • Experience Cape Town on a panoramic city tour
  • Game drives in magnificent Limpopo Province

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to the hotel, you will see the city's iconic symbol, Table Mountain greeting you in the distance. Tonight, discover some of Cape Town's world class restaurants on your own
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Sunday - Cape Town City Tour
This morning, meet with your Tour Manager to learn about all of the must see sights of Cape Town before you depart on a city tour. Driving to the city center, pass famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a splendid baroque building, and of course the Grand Parade. See St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Relax at a cafe while you take in the views from the base of the mountain. Perhaps ascend to the summit by cable car* (ticket not included) and marvel at a bird's eye view of the city and its beaches. Continue to the V & A Waterfront where you will have the opportunity to learn the three billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring prominent Shimansky Jewelers & Museum. The 45-minute tour reveals the origins of diamond mining and includes explanations of color, cut and clarity. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Waterfront with its endless shopping and dining opportunities before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, treat yourself to a seafood dinner at one of the trendy outdoor seaside restaurants, while watching the magnificent sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 8 - Aug 18, 2019
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Cape Town
While in Cape Town, outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss the optional tour to the stunning Cape Peninsula, known for its steep mountains, secluded coves and beautiful pristine beaches. The Cape of Good Hope within Table Mountain National Park is surrounded by a rich biodiversity and is home to at least 250 species of birds as well as antelope, ostrich, and baboons. Walk the rugged cliffs, or, take the famous Flying Dutchman funicular, a beacon for early explorers that climbs uphill to the old lighthouse. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see the unique spectacle of penguins waddling freely, and walk through spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Optional: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cape Town
Spend your day at leisure relaxing on the beach, or perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the scenic towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving.* Tonight, attend the optional Daily Music Show to learn about the Cape's cultural heritage through music and storytelling. After the show, meet with the artists and enjoy a dinner of traditional Cape cuisine before returning to the hotel
*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours.
Optional: South African Wine Tour*
Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving*
Optional: The Daily Music Show with dinner
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Evening Game Drive at Mabula Game Lodge
This morning fly to Johannesburg, known as "Gauteng: the City of Gold". Upon arrival, drive to Limpopo Province located just three hours outside of bustling Johannesburg. Your stay will be at the Mabula Game Lodge where the varied habitats provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino) other predators such as hyena and jackal, and a variety of antelope from red hartebeests to eland. Here, accompanied by a ranger, uncover the magic of the African bush in this wildlife wonderland. In the late afternoon, enjoy an exciting game drive in a landscape that is an alluring combination of rolling hills, tumbled mountains, valleys, and grassland plains. Game sightings include a variety of predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah with herds of elephant and buffalo that can often be seen at close range. The game and bird viewing opportunities are truly incredible. This evening recount your sightings with your fellow travelers while dining at the lodge
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Mabula Game Lodge Game Drives
Depart early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional Balloon Safari. Drift peacefully above the beautiful landscape, watching for wild game below. A glass of sparkling wine awaits you at the end of the journey. Join the rest of your group on the morning game drive in open safari vehicles where you may have a chance to see not only the large majestic beasts but also the smaller mammals, birds and insects. After lunch, relax at the lodge before setting out for your afternoon game drive. Return in time for dinner and toast to your final night in South Africa
Optional: Mabula Balloon Safari
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart South Africa
Awake early this morning and set out on your final game drive. After an early lunch, bid farewell to the bush and travel east toward Johannesburg. Arrive to the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 4pm for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer and flight Cape Town - Johannesburg.
  • Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 6:50 pm on Day 8. All passengers will be dropped off at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 4pm.
  • Triple rooms are not available for this package.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
Optional tours and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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