Beauty and the Beasts - 9 Day Group Tour
On this trip, you will travel to:
Johannesburg, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Point, Stellenbosch Wine Region.
Days 1 & 2 - International Flight & Johannesburg
Accom: The Michelangelo Hotel:
The Michelangelo Hotel, a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World", is the perfect complement to Sandton's exclusive central business district. With its signature Renaissance architecture, elegance and service excellence, The Michelangelo makes a lasting impression from the moment you arrive. Forming an integral part of Renaissance styled Nelson Mandela Square, the 5-star Michelangelo Hotel reflects the architecture and design of the Square. A majestic dome in glass and steel tops the entrance lobby atrium rising eight stories. Scenic elevators overlook the atrium with its arches.
Depart from New York or Washington, DC for your flight to Johannesburg, South Africa on South African Airways.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will go through customs, collect your luggage and be met by a Dream Travel Vacations representative and transferred to your hotel.
Days 3 & 4 - Private Reserve & The Kruger Park
Accom: Jackalberry Lodge (B, L, D)
Jackalberry Lodge in Thornybush Private Game Reserve, adjoining the Greater Kruger National Park, is one of the world’s premier ‘Big Five’ game viewing areas. Game drives in open safari vehicles with highly trained rangers and trackers offer the privilege of experiencing a true bushveld environment, as well as the prospect of seeing Africa’s ‘Big Five’ at close quarters. If you are looking for spectacular views, understated comfort and ethnic ambience that blends harmoniously with nature; Jackalberry Lodge in Thornybush Private Game Reserve is ideal.
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, you will be met by representatives of Jackalberry Lodge and transferred to your private lodge. After lunch you will be taken on your first game drive in this African bushveld.
This morning you will enjoy a game viewing activity in this spectacular wildlife kingdom. Spend the hottest part of the day relaxing around the pool or perhaps take a siesta to make up for the early morning wake-up call. In the afternoon you will be taken on another unforgettable safari through the unspoiled African bush.
Days 5, 6 & 7 - Cape Town , Cape Point & Wine Regoin
Accom: Commodore Hotel (B)
The Commodore Hotel is situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town's center of activity, with a variety of stores, restaurants and bars. The Hotel offers superb service and excellent cuisine in a secure, friendly environment and most rooms have wonderful views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Signal Hill. The Clipper Restaurant offers superb dining in a tranquil setting, from a mouth-watering buffet breakfast to a diverse à la carte menu and devilish desserts! And to delight the palate further, indulge in a large selection of sherries, brandies and fine cognacs, or explore The Commodore House Wine Collection. Alternatively, relax to the nostalgic melodies played by the piano man over a light meal or high tea at The Admiralty Bar & Lounge.
Depart on an early morning game drive in search of game that may have eluded you thus far. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. Check out and depart for Mpumalanga Airport where you will connect with your flight to Cape Town.
On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to your hotel
After breakfast depart for your Cape Peninsula Tour. See for yourself how this spectacular southern tip of Africa became known as the ' Fairest Cape'. Drive past the pristine beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno - currently the hottest real estate in the world - to Hout Bay, a functioning harbor and heart of the local crayfish industry (optional Seal Island cruise, time permitting).
After a stop for lunch (own account), it's on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point. The spectacular sea and mountain views are reason enough to make the 41 mile trip from Cape Town.
Continue along the coastline to the beautiful Boulders Beach where you can sit among a colony of penguins. The last stop is the naval port of Simonstown, the country's third oldest European settlement.
You will return to the Hotel in the late afternoon.
After breakfast at the Hotel the remainder of the day is at leisure to either visit the fabulous stores and restaurants at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or possibly take an optional Wine Tour through the prolific Cape winelands.
Days 8 & 9 - Cape Town & Flight Home
After breakfast at the Hotel, you will bid farewell to South Africa, as you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and then connect for your international flight back to the USA on South African Airways. (B)
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