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Classic South Africa: Cape Town & Safari tour

Classic South Africa: Cape Town & Safari

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
9 days
From: $ 2,877 $ 320 / day
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Take a walk through the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, just steps from your hotel.
  • Enjoy the scenic coastal views as you drive along Chapman's Peak in the Cape Peninsula.
  • Taste South African wine straight from the source on an included Winelands tour.
  • Stay at a luxury lodge in Pilanesberg National Park, with an infinity pool and spa!
  • Enjoy daily safaris in open vehicles at Pilanesberg, a national park on the site of an ancient volcano.

Short Description

Get acquainted with South Africa on this 8-night vacation taking you to Cape Town and Pilanesberg National Park. Take a selfie or two atop the iconic Table Mountain, then mingle with packs of lions in the African savannah. You won't miss a thing!

Style Group 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 N/A
End City N/A


Day 1: Welcome to Cape Town!

Arrive in Cape Town and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. Take a stroll on the historic V&A Waterfront, located near your hotel, to get a feel for this vibrant city.

Transfer to Cape Town hotel

Accommodation: Check In - Southern Sun The Cullinan

Cape Town, South Africa  4 Out Of 5 Stars

Stay in the heart of Cape Town at Southern Sun The Cullinan. From the hotel, enjoy incredible views of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbour and Waterfront, and the Cape's city center.

Each of the 394 rooms is equipped with free WiFi, tea and coffee stations, electronic safes, en-suite facilities and supremely comfortable double or queen beds. Take a dip in the large outdoor pool, relax on the spacious deck, and savor delicious food and fine wine at The Star Bar and Terrace and The Peach Tree Restaurant.

Day 2: Cape Town

Today you will spend your first full day in Cape Town on a half-day tour taking you to the top of the iconic Table Mountain and the lush Company Gardens.

After the tour, consider a visit to the vibrant-colored Bo-Kaap district, which is rooted in Malaysian, African, Indian and Sri Lankan culture.

Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour (Half-Day)

Take a trip up one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: the legendary Table Mountain. Accompanied by a scenic coastal drive and a walk through the Company Gardens, this tour was designed with the nature-lover in mind.

As you walk through the gardens, you'll find yourself surrounded with stunning buildings and museums, such as St. Georges Cathedral, the National Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum, the Salve Museum, and more!

Day 3: Cape Town

Today, enjoy a scenic full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula led by an English-speaking guide. Visit Cape Point, Chapman's Peak and Boulders Beach!

Cape Peninsula Tour (Full-Day)

Make the most of this one-day tour through the Cape Peninsula where you'll have the opportunity to visit Chapman's Peak, the Cape Point Nature Reserve where a beautiful old lighthouse stands over beautiful greenery, zebras, baboons, and birds, and Boulders Beach, which is known for its penguins!

Day 4: Cape Town

Spend your last day in Cape Town with fabulous wine and beautiful landscapes on a full-day Winelands tour! Highlights include the Paarl Wine Region, Franschhoek Valley, and the town of Stellenbosch.

Winelands Tour (Full-Day)

Tour through South Africa's Winelands by starting with a brief tour of Paarl, home to wine producers such as Laborie, Nederburg, Fairview, KWV, Plaisir de Merle, and more. Work your way through to Franschhoek, a cozy little town home to some of the country's top restaurants and where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990: Groot Drakenstein Prison.

Continue on to Stellenbosch where student life, oak-liked avenues, food to delight any foodie, and architecture blend together harmoniously to create an atmosphere rich in art galleries, chic eateries, and charming boutiques.

Day 5. Cape Town - Pilanesberg National Park

After an early breakfast, enjoy a transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Once you've arrived, you will be transferred to your safari destination at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve, one of the most popular reserves in South Africa.

Set within the crater of an ancient volcano, Pilanesberg is ancient history come alive. Embark on your first safari drive and see incredible wildlife up close!

Transfer to Cape Town airport (CPT)

Fly to Johannesburg!

Transfer to Pilanesberg National Park lodge

Accommodation: Check In - Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa      5 Out Of 5 Stars

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a 5-star luxury lodge in the heart of the malaria free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a mere two hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Facilities on the premises include a rim flow swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, open entertainment decks, cigar lounge, and spa.

Standard suites come equipped patios overlooking the magnificent reserve, outdoor showers, flat screen TVs, and minibars. Guided game drives in open game viewing vehicles are offered in the morning and evening. For a truly indulgent experience, the Amani Spa at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge offers guests holistic body, skin and beauty rituals designed to revitalize and restore.

Day 6: Pilanesberg National Park

Continue exploring Pilanesberg National Park's wildlife and terrain. The relatively small size of the park and its unusual ecological richness make seeing the Big 5 much easier. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including wild dogs, sable antelopes and more than 360 species of birds!

Day 7: Pilanesberg National Park

On your last full day in Pilanesberg, consider pampering yourself with a relaxing spa treatment at your lodge or lounging by the infinity pool. Dine on exotic meats and sip South African wine as you embrace your last starry night on the African savannah.

Day 8. Pilanesberg National Park - Johannesburg

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you'll be transferred to Johannesburg.

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps by strolling through Nelson Mandela Square, just minutes from your hotel in the suburb of Sandton.

Transfer to Johannesburg

Accommodation:  Check In - Sandton Sun

Johannesburg, South Africa   5 Out Of 5 Stars

Elegant and distinguished, the Sandton Sun offers guests a memorable stay in the exclusive suburb of Sandton. Linked to the Sandton Convention Centre and the Sandton City Shopping Centre, this hotel combines business services, contemporary dining and fashionable shopping, appealing to both leisure and business travelers. The hotel is a 40 minutes drive from O.R Tambo International Airport and a stone's throw from the Gautrain Station, offering convenience and easy access to the city’s finest amenities.

Day 9: Depart South Africa

Say goodbye to South Africa as you transfer to Johannesburg's airport. Take one last look at the city below as you fly home.

Transfer to Johannesburg airport (JNB) Fly home!


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Price Per Day: $ 320 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 272

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation policy

All Payments are non-transferable and non-refundable except that for flights to/from the United States, you may cancel the ticketed reservation without penalty and receive a refund provided that you cancel the reservation within 24-hours after making it, if the reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight's departure. All tours will incur a $50 fee per change to any land components plus any additional incurred costs. For air changes penalties vary. Minimum fee for changes to airline reservations is $100 per person per segment. Spelling corrections to clients’ names after tickets have been issued are subject to airline change fees. If documents have been issued a shipping fee will apply to send revised travel documents. Changes made inside of 45 days are considered a cancellation. Fees are subject to adjustment at any time at the Operator’s discretion. If you are booked in a double or twin room and your roommate cancels, you will be responsible for the single supplement. Name changes and transfers of reservations are not permitted.

Cancellation penalties for Escorted Vacations:

On departure day or later: 100% of total price

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