12 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island

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4 Cape Town, 1 Hluhluwe, 1 eSwatini, 2 Hazyview, 2 Johannesburg
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Experience Cape Town, during the city tour pass by Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain Tour historic Robben Island*, a World Heritage Site and view the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach Game viewing cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a uniquely diverse ecosystem Game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve A thrilling game drive in an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela’s former home *The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

What's this trip about?

    4 Cape Town, 1 Hluhluwe, 1 eSwatini, 2 Hazyview, 2 Johannesburg

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Africa

Attractions

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Robben Island
  • Table Mountain

Trip 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-Durban 10 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Cape Town 1 night Hluhluwe 1 night Mbabane (eSwatini) 2 nights Hazyview 2 nights Johannesburg Hotel taxes, fees & service charges Hotel porterage All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates† 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout Entrance fees per itinerary

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Itinerary

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

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town, as you transfer to your hotel, you'll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure in this seaside city Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Monday - Cape Town City Tour
After an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Drive past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Grand Parade and St. George's Cathedral. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and Table ...
DAY 4, Tuesday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Then, following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch. On the way, visit the pen...
DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour, which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want...
DAY 6, Thursday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel Overnight: Hluhluwe Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu Natal, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. Home to Africa's "Big Five," you ...
DAY 8, Saturday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch glass blowers create a range of African animals and tablewaremade from recycled glass. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swa...
DAY 9, Sunday - Kruger National Park Game Drive
Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a full day, open-vehicle game drive. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch, continue your game drive. End the day with dinner at the hotel Overnight: Hazyview Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Panorama Route to Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province. Stop to admire the scenery along the 16-mile-long Blyde River Canyon, cut deep into red sandstone, and God's Window (weather permitting) overlooking Kruger National Park. Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes before procee...
DAY 11, Tuesday - Soweto Tour
Depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. Cap off the day with dinner tonight Overnight: Johannesburg Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Activities
Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck. Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town. *Departure from the hotel will be as early as 4 AM and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9 AM and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2 PM and arrival at 4:30 PM. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally. *Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded. *Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour. *Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together. OnDay : 5 Price : $199 South African Wine Tour Wind through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with a visit to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Stop for lunch on your own, and then enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours. *Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together. OnDay : 5 Price : $57 Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town This dinner will allow you to meet a local South African family and visit their home. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked three course meal with wine typical to South Africa. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in South Africa, while also exchanging views as well as experiences with your hosts. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours. OnDay : 4 Price : $57 Traditional African Dinner Experience Treat yourself to a memorable evening of entertainment and traditional African gastronomy. Enjoy an exciting interactive djembe drumming session before dinner. Then, savor a 14-course meal with dishes from several African nations, accompanied by live performances. While dining, you will also witness an extraordinary Mali puppet show. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours. OnDay : 5 Price : $58 Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck. Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town. *Departure from the hotel will be as early as 4 AM and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9 AM and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2 PM and arrival at 4:30 PM. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally. *Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded. *Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour. *Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together. OnDay : 5 Price : $199 South African Wine Tour Wind through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with a visit to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Stop for lunch on your own, and then enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours. *Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together. OnDay : 5 Price : $57 Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town This dinner will allow you to meet a local South African family and visit their home. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked three course meal with wine typical to South Africa. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in South Africa, while also exchanging views as well as experiences with your hosts. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours. OnDay : 4 Price : $57 Traditional African Dinner Experience Treat yourself to a memorable evening of entertainment and traditional African gastronomy. Enjoy an exciting interactive djembe drumming session before dinner. Then, savor a 14-course meal with dishes from several African nations, accompanied by live performances. While dining, you will also witness an extraordinary Mali puppet show. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours. OnDay : 5 Price : $58
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Additional Information: Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Cape Town-Durban.
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