Spectacular Africa - 12 Day Leisure Tour
On this trip, you will travel to:
Cape Town, Cape Point, Table Mountain, Stellenbosch Wine Region, The Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, The Zambezi River & Livingston in Zambia.
Days 1 & 2 - International Flight & Cape Town
Table Bay Hotel:
The gracious Table Bay Hotel is situated in Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its array of wonderful shops, restaurants and bars. Guests are offered panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean to Robben Island while behind soars Table Mountain. Combined with contemporary charm and attention to detail, the Hotel recalls the era of the great cruise liners and elegant hotels that served them.
Depart from New York or Washington, DC for your flight to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg on South African Airways.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will go through immigration and clear customs, re-check your bags and then proceed to the Domestic Terminal for your onward flight to Cape Town. Then upon arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met by a ADT host and transferred to your hotel.
Days 3, 4 & 5 - Absolute Best of The Cape & Winelands
Table Bay Hotel:
The Table Bay Hotel is a 5-star, 329-room hotel and it uniquely responds to its magnificent surroundings. It has a maritime flavor that extends to each room and suite, which has sea or mountain views and is a luxurious port of call. The interior of the Hotel presents a kaleidoscope of impressions, from the European marble mosaic of the entrance court to the intricate parquet floor of the foyer framed by the full-scale drama of Table Mountain, with the activity of the harbor in the foreground. Below the foyer to the south, is the grand lounge with its cathedral ceiling and twin fireplaces.
Today you will be taken on a scheduled full day Cape Peninsula Tour.
This morning after breakfast, depart on a full day tour to the Cape Peninsula. Travel to the fishing harbor of Hout Bay, where you can join a cruise to Seal Island (optional). Later travel to the Cape of Good Hope where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Sitting at the southwestern tip of Africa, the Cape Peninsula National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain that stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south - a distance of some 37 miles.
This narrow finger of land with its many beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is bound by the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warm waters of False Bay in the east.
After a stop for lunch (own account), you will make a visit to the land-based breeding colony of African penguins. Nestled in historic Simonstown, Boulders Penguin Colony is part of the Cape Peninsula National Park. Almost 3,000 African penguins reign supreme amidst the rounded rocks and fish-filled False Bay.
Today you will go on a Table Mountain Tour. Tickets for Table Mountain will be provided, but you will have to make your own way to and from the Table Mountain base.
On arrival at Table Mountain, board one of the two cable cars for your journey to the top of the mountain. Once on top, there is time to wander around and take photographs from the numerous viewing decks around. Take a look at the curio shop, or just take a walk around to the different viewpoints or you may want to stop for refreshments.
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you will depart for your full day Winelands tour. While South Africa's fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Your drive today will include the country's principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, with a stop en route for lunch.
The day starts with a visit to Paarl where you will be struck by the beauty of the Valley, the pristine blue sky, the rolling vineyards and the Pearl of Paarl set high above the valley. Paarl made headlines when President Mandela was released from the Victor Verster Prison, on the outskirts of the town, to freedom and the start of the new South Africa. From Paarl, you'll continue northwest to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. A memorial in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop the wines sought after by Napoleon, Bismark and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Here you will stop for another tasting on an estate. You'll then head to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine region. Afterwards head to one of the well-known estates of the area for our final wine tasting.
Days 6 & 7 - Kruger National Park & Thornybush
Jackalberry Lodge (B, L, D)
Jackalberry Lodge is situated within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, one of the world’s premier big five game viewing areas. The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for this intimate camp, offering magnificent views, understated luxury and restful, ethnic ambience that blends harmoniously with nature.
The Lodge is named after the beautiful Jackalberry Tree that occurs widely in the Bushveld. The bush around the lodge teems with game. More than 60 species of wildlife can be found in the immediate vicinity, including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, hyena and cheetah. Jackalberry is also a paradise for birdwatchers, where more than 280 species have been recorded.
Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival you will connect with your flight to Hoedspruit. Here you will be met and transferred to your lodge to spend a relaxing evening by campfire in the South African Bushveld.
Enjoy a morning 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.
Day 8 - Hoedspruit & Johannesburg
The Michelangelo Hotel (B)
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.
After breakfast you’ll be transferred by road back to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.
Days 9 & 10 - Victoria Falls & Zambezi River Safari
The Royal Livingstone (B)
The Royal Livingstone promises to bring a new level of luxury and sophistication to this world-famous region. It’s an exceptional destination for the discerning traveler, with interiors that capture all the opulence of a bygone era. Every detail has been lovingly crafted to create the impression of being in another place in time, a time of romance and adventure. The bedrooms are two-storey clusters inspired by the grand estate houses of a bygone era.
Each cluster comprises 10 en-suite air-conditioned rooms with private balconies and terraces that offer spectacular views of the great river and beyond.
Each room offers a quiet retreat from the ruggedness of Africa, with large shaded verandas and open spaces cooled by swirling fans and tall shutters. The travelers bar and lounge is a place where guests can relax under thatched shade, decorated in harmonious greens, creams and ebony. With its comfortable armchairs and low ottomans the lounge is a place to enjoy and impeccably served high tea or to linger longer over some fine port or a cigar.
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Livingstone, Zambia on South African Airways. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Today you will be taken on an escorted tour of the Victoria Falls, and in the evening, on a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.
The Victoria Falls are situated on the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are approximately 1 mile wide and 420 feet high. They are considered a remarkable spectacle because of the peculiar narrow slot-like chasm into which the water falls, so one can view the falls face-on. David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer, visited the falls in 1855 and renamed them after Queen Victoria, though they were known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders”. The Falls are part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and are one of Southern Africa’s major tourist attractions with visitors from all over the world. The Victoria Falls is the largest single sheet of water in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Days 11 & 12 - Livingston & Flight Home
After breakfast you’ll be transferred by road back to Livingstone Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will connect for your ongoing flight to Washington or New York. (B)
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