Spectacular South Africa

August 2 to 18, 2022

Join us for the ultimate South African experience including stays in the heritage rich Cape Town, the world-renowned wine region of Stellenbosch and 4-night, all -inclusive stay at a luxurious bush lodge in the world-renowned, game-rich Greater Kruger National Park. Expert rangers and trackers have tailor-made our safari experience which will include twice daily game drives, sundowners, bush breakfasts and guided walks.  Then two days at Lake Victoria. The tour will be hosted by South African native, Sean Berridge.

Tour cost from Toronto: $10,350.00 per person based on double occupancy.  Single supplement $2800.00.  Land only deduct $1000.00 from tour cost.

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August 02 - 18, 2022

$10,200. SIngle supplement: $2,800

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Tuesday, August 02: Depart Toronto for South Africa

Evening departure from Canada on-route to South Africa via Europe. Full inflight services including dinner and breakfast and entertainment provided.

Day 2 - Wednesday, August 03: Cape Town (D)

Late arrival in Cape Town will allow us to either have a quiet afternoon in the hotel or explore the waterfront. Our hotel is located at the world-renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. This will be our base for the next 4 nights. A sunset cruise on Table Bay allows us to unwind with a cold drink and spectacular view of the city and Table Mountain. 

Day 3 - Thursday, August 04: Cape Town (B,L,Light Dinner))

Breakfast is followed by a city tour of Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. The tour of this beautiful city introduces us to a rich culture and history. Cape Town is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of different nationalities and indigenous tribes. Alongside high-rise office blocks, a harmonious blend of architectural styles has been meticulously preserved, including Edwardian, Victorian and Cape Dutch. Narrow, cobblestone streets and the Islamic character of the Bo-Kaap enhances the cosmopolitan ambiance. During the tour we will see the Castle of Good Hope – this pentagon-shaped fort is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, and the Company's Garden – a large public park, originally Jan van Riebeeck's vegetable garden, which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652. Lunch will be enjoyed in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, where we will get the chance to try some authentic Cape Malay flavours. In the late afternoon we transfer to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate.  Established in 1684, the estate produced some of Napoleon’s favorite wines. Guided tour and tasting is followed by dinner at the estate’s well-known Jonkerhuis restaurant.  Return to the hotel following dinner.

Day 4 - Friday, August 05: Cape Town (B,L)

After breakfast, we travel to Cape Point along the famous Chapmans Peak Pass by way of charming sea-side villages, towering peaks, and seas far below. Enter Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to early spring flowers and the rare Bontebok, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Zebra and ubiquitous Chacma Baboon. A funicular ride to the Point and a view across the open ocean. Lunch is at Two Oceans restaurant before heading to Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town to see the African penguins before returning to Cape Town.  Evening at leisure. 

Day 5 - Saturday, August 06: Cape Town

 Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a transfer to Table Mountain where we take a cable car ride to the top (weather permitting).  Marvel at the sights of Cape Town from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. Views include: The Twelve Apostles, Lions Head, Devil’s Peak, Robben’s Island, and the Port of Cape Town. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or Dassie (closest living relative to the African Elephant), are often seen scampering through the scrub and sitting on the rocks. The cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes and rotate 360 degrees as they travel up to 302 meters above sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Five minutes is all it takes to reach the summit and once there we can marvel at the views, snap our photos, or do a bit of shopping at the extensive curio shop. After lunch we will gather at The Nelson Mandela Gateway and catch a ferry to Robben Island, the infamous prison that housed Nelson Mandela for 18 of his 27 incarcerated years. After the trip you will have the balance of the evening at leisure.

Day 6 - Sunday, August 07: Cape Town (B)

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a transfer to Table Mountain where we take a cable car ride to the top (weather permitting).  Marvel at the sights of Cape Town from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. Views include: The Twelve Apostles, Lions Head, Devil’s Peak, Robben’s Island, and the Port of Cape Town. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or Dassie (closest living relative to the African Elephant), are often seen scampering through the scrub and sitting on the rocks. The cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes and rotate 360 degrees as they travel up to 302 meters above sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Five minutes is all it takes to reach the summit and once there we can marvel at the views, snap our photos, or do a bit of shopping at the extensive curio shop. After lunch we will gather at The Nelson Mandela Gateway and catch a ferry to Robben Island, the infamous prison that housed Nelson Mandela for 18 of his 27 incarcerated years. After the trip you will have the balance of the evening at leisure.

Day 7 - Monday, August 08: Stellenbosch (B,L,D)

After spending the morning at the markets at the V&A Waterfront, we make our way to the heart of the South African Winelands, Stellenbosch. On route we will be stopping in at the famous Ernie Els Estate where we will enjoy lunch and some excellent wines that are on offer, following that with a stop Rust en Vrede, one of South Africa’s top award-winning red wine producers. After our tasting we will be continuing our drive into Stellenbosch where we will be dropped at our Hotel, The River Manor Boutique Lodge.
Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains, Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture, and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes, tree lined streets and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of the Stellenbosch culture. There will be time to settle in before having the remainder of the afternoon to explore the city at your leisure before meeting at our restaurant for dinner which is within walking distant of the hotel.   

Day 8 - Tuesday, August 09: Stellenbosch (B,L)

After spending the morning at the markets at the V&A Waterfront, we make our way to the heart of the South African Winelands, Stellenbosch. On route we will be stopping in at the famous Ernie Els Estate where we will enjoy lunch and some excellent wines that are on offer, following that with a stop Rust en Vrede, one of South Africa’s top award-winning red wine producers. After our tasting we will be continuing our drive into Stellenbosch where we will be dropped at our Hotel, The River Manor Boutique Lodge.
Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains, Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture, and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes, tree lined streets and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of the Stellenbosch culture. There will be time to settle in before having the remainder of the afternoon to explore the city at your leisure before meeting at our restaurant for dinner which is within walking distant of the hotel.   

Day 9 - Wednesday, August 10: Franschhoek (B,L)

Breakfast is followed by an exploration of the French corner of the Cape.  Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes from Cape Town and within half an hour's drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, and the Somerset West wine routes. Originally known as the Valley of the Huguenots, a community of French Huguenots were granted land in this valley by the Dutch government of the Cape, after fleeing their homeland when Protestantism was outlawed in France in 1685. Today, many of the wine farms still bear their original French names and most of these farms have beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture.  On our trip to Franschhoek we will enjoy the morning walking the streets and browsing the markets. Leopards Leap is the stop for lunch where we will spend a relaxed hour of food and wine conversations around the generous kitchen table, with the Chef preparing the food and sharing the stories and history of the dishes. A well-informed Wine Tasting Ambassador will join the meal to introduce us to Leopard’s Leap wines and their unique South African attributes. After lunch we will take a slow drive to La Motte for our second tasting of the day before heading back to the hotel for the evening.

Day 10 - Thursday, August 11: Greater Kruger National Park (B,L,D)

After breakfast we will head to Cape Town International Airport for our flight to the lowveld, home of the world-famous Greater Kruger National Park.  Arrival and immediate transfer to our private bush lodge. All the private reserves in the western portion of the Park share an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals to roam free and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. Guests can view the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from the comfort of your room as we experience timeless Africa. Home to the Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino) as well as hyena, cheetah, and the elusive African wild dog amongst others, the Greater Kruger National Park provides endless opportunities for game viewing as well as having over 360 different species of birds. This is also a malaria area, so proper precautions are necessary. Time to check in before heading off on our first game drive.  Mid drive sundowners followed by an after-dark drive back to the lodge where dinner will be waiting for us next to a fire under the African sky (weather permitting).   

Day 11 - Friday, August 12: Greater Kruger

Over the next several days we will enjoy early morning game drives, followed by a full breakfast upon return. Relax at the lodge, take advantage of the facilities including the swimming pool, take a game walk with experienced rangers and trackers as we enjoy the area in the rawest way possible. 
Optional activities during the day:
Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species
Camp Jabulani. 
Enjoy a light lunch at the lodge before getting ready for our evening game drive. Return to the Lodge following sundowners for dinner prepared by our chef.  Evenings are perfect for sharing pictures and stories of the day’s events.  Quite simply a chance to relax and enjoy.  

Day 12 - Saturday, August 13: Greater Kruger (B,L,D)

As above

Day 13 - Sunday, August 14: Greater Kruger (B,L,D)

As above.

Day 14 - Monday, August 15: Sandton (B)

Final early morning game drive and breakfast at the lodge. Check out and head to airport where we will fly back to Johannesburg. Due to the infrequency of flights to Victoria Falls, we will be spending the night in Sandton City before returning to the airport around midday the following day. Sandton City is Africa’s most iconic shopping centre. Defining the Sandton skyline, this prestigious setting is home to over 300 of the world’s most coveted retail brands, and embodies all the glamour of world-class shopping, dining, and leisure. 

Day 15 - Tuesday, August 16: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B, Light Dinner)

An early breakfast before we transfer to Oliver Tambo International Airport and our flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where we will experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’ this stunning 1.5km wide and 108m high waterfall will leave you awestruck. After arriving at the hotel, the Ilala Lodge Hotel, and having a relaxing afternoon, we will head out on a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Whilst on our cruise we must be on the lookout for elephant, hippo, crocodile and possibly more. Drinks and snacks served on the cruise.

Day 16 - Wednesday, August 17: Victoria Falls (B,D)

After a leisurely breakfast we will catch a shuttle to the falls where we will have time to explore the falls on the Zimbabwe side. All the way from the Livingstone monument to Danger Point and around the gorge to the bridge. We then have the option to head back to the hotel for lunch and a relaxing afternoon by the pool or pick from an array of activities from rafting to bungee jumping, helicopter rides or half day game drives at you. These extra activities would be at your expense.
After returning from our afternoon activities, we have the evening to ourselves.

Day 17 - Thursday, August 18: Flights to Toronto (B)

After breakfast we will head to Victoria Falls Airport for our short flight back to Johannesburg. This marks the end of our epic adventure. After landing at O.R Tambo International Airport, we will head to departures to await our flight back to Canada. Please note this flight does arrive the following day. 

ITINERARY PDF

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INCLUDED

- Return airfare from Toronto - Double room accommodation in excellent first-class hotels. - Transportation throughout on a first class, air-conditioned bus - Sightseeing, visitor attractions and wine tastings as outlined in the itinerary - Daily breakfast and meals denoted (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, most with wine / drinks included. - Internal domestic flight as well as our flight to Victoria Falls - Gratuities for the driver and guides including the safari guides - Porterage at hotels and airports plus meal tips - All government taxes and bed levies

NOT INCLUDED

- Items of a personal nature - Meals not shown in the itinerary - Wine, beer, mineral water, and similar beverages with dinners, though some meals will include wine - Travel Insurance is available. Please call for rates.

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