Cape Town & Safari

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
From: $ 4,187 $ 523 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Cape Peninsula Tour (full-day)
  • Winelands Tour (Full-Day)
  • Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour (Half-Day)

Short Description

Explore South Africa, beginning in Cape Town. Tour through the beautiful city and experience its vibrant life in full, from the harbor to the mountains. Tour through surrounding areas in search of the best wine on a guided tour, and take in the full scope of Cape Town from the vantage point of the flat peak of Table Mountain. Once you've exhausted most of Cape Town, hop a flight to Kruger National Park, where you'll go on daily game drives through Thornybush Game Reserve, a private game reserve stocked with native African animals.

Enjoy your downtime at the beautiful Jackalberry Lodge, lounging while overlooking the water or swimming in the pool, and going on game drives, which depart twice a day. Look for the Big Five that call the reserve home: African lions, African elephants, African leopards, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. Make the most of your three nights before being transported out for your flight home.

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Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Cape Town
End City Kruger National Park

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Cape Town!

Touch down in the jewel of South Africa: Cape Town. With everything from stunning views, amazing tours, and a thriving nightlife, this city is stocked with the best any city can offer.

Day 2 Cape Town

After breakfast you will be met by your local English speaking driver-guide for your full-day scenic tour of the Cape Peninsula. Some highlights include Cape Point, Chapman's Peak and Boulders Beach which allows visitors the opportunity to experience the variety of landscapes and scenery Cape Town has to offer. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, having seen some of the best the Cape has to offer. 

Day 3 Cape Town

After breakfast, you will depart the hotel for your full-day Winelands tour. Some highlights include the Paarl Wine Region, Franschhoek Valley and the town of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a brief city tour of Paarl before you make your way to Franschhoek, with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. This little village nestled among the mountains can easily be mistaken for a little Switzerland. The tour continues to the university town of Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village here.

Day 4 Cape Town

After breakfast you will be met to depart on your half-day City and Table Mountain tour. Take a trip up the legendary Table Mountain for spectacular views; the guide will point out the highlights of one of the world's most famous views and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Afterward, enjoy a scenic coastal drive and a walk through the Company Gardens.

Day 5 Cape Town - Kruger National Park

Rise early and grab breakfast before flying to Hoedspruit Airport, then transferring to Thornybush Game Reserve in Kruger National Park. Check into the Jackalberry Lodge on this private game drive and look forward to spotting the Big Five of the African safari animals. With game drives twice a day and activities around the lodge, there is plenty to keep you entertained, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily.

Day 6 Kruger National Park

You can embark on early morning and late afternoon safaris and spend your days searching for animals in the reserve, relax at the lodge, or a combination of both. Look for lions, elephants, giraffe, and more among the African bush.

Day 7 Kruger National Park

You can finish up your last full day at the lodge on safari, swim in the pool, or lounge while looking out over the water, with the possibility of spotting animals in the distance. With two safaris a day, you have the flexibility to do more than one.

Day 8 Depart Kruger National Park!

Rise early for breakfast and a final safari excursion. Pack your things, pick up a souvenir and make sure you have all your photos taken, as you will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport to begin your trip home.

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Most organized and easy to use site!

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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Good value and ligit package.

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Good value and ligit package.

I love discounted and the reservation…

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I love discounted and the reservation was quickly.

Too many flight changes

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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland

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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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WARNING!

This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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Accommodations

Commodore Hotel

Sit in the center of five stars in this stylish hotel that offers top tier service and a decadent atmosphere to unwind in. Experience the Mother City with the Commodore Hotel as your home base. Offering massages, beauty services in their full-service spa, and an outdoor pool, there are plenty of ways to relax when you're not sitting at the bar, either inside or by the pool.

Dine in at the Commodore's restaurant, enjoy tours through Cape Town, and find adventure in a city that had everything from harbor excitement to spectacular views from Table Mountain.

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Experience tranquility on the shores of a serene lake while staying at the Thornybush Waterside Lodge. Instant relaxation greets all who spend their nights here. With amazing safari adventures led by skilled rangers and trackers working to provide plenty of opportunities to see the Big Five, you can choose to safari at dawn or dusk, or go on the more adventurous bushwalk.

Get a close brush with the wild nature of the surrounding areas, with the opportunity to return to the Lodge to lounge at the pool, relax in your suite, enjoy food and drink at the restaurant and bar, and spend your downtime in outdoor lounged along the lake.

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