The Highlights of South African Escape
South Africa is a delightful mix of picturesque landscapes, breathtaking game-rich wildlife reserves, and a unique African pulse that makes it a superb vacation location.Explore gorgeous Cape Town from the top of iconic Table Mountain to the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with plenty of time for optional excursions to Robben Island, Boulders Beach penguins, or even Gansbaai, for shark cage diving.Then, head off to the malaria free, Pilanesberg National Park for a Big Five safari.
*All prices are in US Dollars per person based on double occupancy accommodations unless otherwise stated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes, departure taxes and September 11th Security Fees are included. Package is subject to availability, may change without notice, blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply. A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to confirm program. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
1. USA / Johannesburg, South Africa
Today you will begin your South Africa journey as you depart on the flight bound for Johannesburg.
2. Johannesburg / Cape Town
Connect through Johannesburg to Cape Town where you are warmly welcomed and whisked away to the Commodore hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day unwinding.
3. Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure. We suggest a half day Cape Town City tour (additional cost). Spend the day exploring the city’s grandeur, from iconic Table Mountain to the cobblestone streets of the quaint and colorful Malay Quarter. It won’t be long before you discover why Cape Town is frequently listed as a top destination to visit by newspapers, adventure travel bloggers and travel magazines. (BD)
Hidden Gems: – Tonight enjoy a mouthwatering Cape Malay and Indonesian fused dinner at the Quarterdeck Restaurant.
4. Cape Town
Enjoy another day at leisure in the fascinating city of Cape Town. We suggest a Cape Peninsula Tour (additional cost). Immerse yourself in spectacular ocean vistas on today’s full day exploration of “The Fairest Cape.” Drive past the sparkling beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno and along the legendary Chapman’s Peak drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve making a stop at Boulders Beach to visit the endearing penguin colony. (B)
5. Cape Town
Your final day in the city is at leisure. Perhaps a sojourn to the nearby Cape Winelands’ to sample gourmet fare or a visit to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and place of incarceration of South Africa’s beloved Nelson Mandela or if you want to get your heart pounding, descend into the shark infested Atlantic Ocean in a reinforced cage. (B)
6. Cape Town / Pilanesberg National Park
Bid farewell to the Cape and continue to the splendor of Pilanesberg, South Africa’s third largest National Park. The scenic beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake. Through time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape. The park boasts healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo known as Africa’s “Big Five”. After getting settled, grab your camera and venture into the bush for your first open vehicle game drive. (BLD)
7. Pilanesberg National Park
Just as the wildlife awakens, meet your safari ranger and hop aboard your open safari vehicle for a thrilling game drive with fellow lodge guests. Return to the lodge for some leisure time at the pool or relax with a book. In the afternoon set off on another exhilarating game drive. Return to the lodge just as the as the sun dips below the horizon and share the day’s adventures with your safari companions over dinner. (BLD)
8. Pilanesberg National Park
Enjoy another day in the bush. Photograph away as you spot the Big Five and other wildlife while traversing the prolific reserve. Pilanesberg is also a birder’s paradise. Perhaps you will spot the pied or malachite kingfisher, the great white egret or the African fish eagle. (BLD)
9. Pilanesberg National Park / Johannesburg / USA
Take one last early morning game drive and keep a lookout for any animals that may have eluded you so far. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before transferring by road to Johannesburg Airport and embarking on your flight to the USA. Or, you may wish to add to your adventure an optional excursion to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest curtain of falling water. (B)
Arrive home with a lifetime of memories!