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SOUTH AFRICA 
Cape Town and the African Safari 2 - Itinerary
DATES & COST 

October 28 - November 6, 2020
10 Days / 9 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Johannesburg (or in New York or Washington DC with the optional airfare purchase)

$5,710 double occupancy
$1,510 optional single supplement
$980 optional airfare from JFK or IAD (add-on airfare from your city may be available)
$340 optional additional night in Cape Town, including private airport transfer (per room)
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
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This tour may be combined with the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Chobe National Park (Botswana) 2 tour (November 6 - 11, 2020)


This tour starts on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town 

Whether your flight was arranged by Sights and Soul Travels or you made your own arrangements, you will first arrive in South Africa in Johannesburg, where you'll change to a domestic flight for Cape Town. You will probably arrive in Cape Town in the evening, and you will be met at the airport by our chauffeur, who will assist you with luggage and transfer you to the hotel. The Commodore Hotel is a 5 star property at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town's cultural center, with a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel offers superb service and excellent cuisine in a friendly environment and most rooms have wonderful views of Table Mountain, Table Bay or Signal Hill. Your evening today will be free to rest after your long flight, or you can enjoy the hotel's pool and gardens or take a stroll at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Meals: none
Accommodations: The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day 2: Table Mountain - Kirstenbosch Gardens - Groot Constantia 

We'll start our exploration of Cape Town with a trip up the iconic Table Mountain by a cable car (weather permitting), from where we can admire the stunning views over the city, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. The summit of Cape Town's world-famous landmark is a national monument, and we'll have some time here to follow the easy paths leading to several viewing points. After the descent, we'll tour the amazing Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to learn about the amazing examples of South African flora and fauna. With over 3,500 species, it is regarded as one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, and with the backdrop of Table Mountain, there's nothing that can compare to its setting. There are remarkable floral shows throughout the year and an exhibit of Zimbabwean stone sculptures accentuate the botanical displays. We'll end the day with a welcome dinner at Groot Constantia, South Africa's oldest wine estate, where we'll get to know each other and share in the anticipation of our upcoming adventures.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day 3: The City Tour of Cape Town  

Today, we'll further explore Cape Town, as we spend the day touring the historic center of the city. During the private guided tour, we'll see the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge, we'll take a stroll through the Company Gardens, and visit the Castle - South Africa's oldest building, as well as the District Six Museum, which documents the tragic apartheid-era disintegration of a vibrant community. Later, we'll experience the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood to savor the spicy aromas of the Malay Quarter and top the day with a diamond cutting demonstration. In the evening, we'll experience the vibrant African culture through an interactive drumming session and Africa's varied culinary traditions presented at a colorful dinner at the African Gold Restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day 4: Winelands: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek 

This morning, we'll set out to explore the picturesque vineyards and stately wine estates of Stellenbosch and Franschoek, as we tour the famous Winelands region with its heavenly scenery, exemplified by the breath-taking views from the historical Taal Monument near Paarl. While South Africa's fertile valleys are 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. Our drive today will follow some of the country's scenic wine routes, as we take in the beauty of the valleys, the pristine blue sky, and the rolling vineyards founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. We'll first stop at the Franschoek Elementary School, where we'll interact with the students and teachers, and learn about the challenges facing the educational system in the country. Then we'll continue with the exploration of the Winelands, stopping to enjoy wine and cheese tastings at two different wine estates and an elegant al fresco, wine-inspired lunch. We'll enjoy a wine cellar tour, where we’ll follow the process of winemaking, and we'll have a chance to savor and learn about the wines. In the afternoon, we'll stop to visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, then we'll wind our way over the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to the charming university town of Stellenbosch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day 5: Cape of Good Hope 

After breakfast, we'll depart on a full day Cape Peninsula tour to see for ourselves how this spectacular southern tip of Africa became known as the 'Fairest Cape'. We'll drive past the pristine beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno, with some of the hottest real estate in the world, to the quaint and atmospheric Hout Bay, a crayfish fishing harbor where we'll take a scenic Seal Island cruise. After the cruise, it's on to the Cape of Good Hope, where we'll ride the funicular to a spectacular viewing point looking down to where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet. The sea and mountain views here are both breath-taking and heart-stopping: amid the rocky landscape, home to mountain zebras, baboons, elands and ostriches, blooms the magnificent Cape flora, and the two oceans, each of distinctly different color, meet. After lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant, we'll continue along the coastline to the beautiful Boulders Beach, where we will take a stroll among a colony of African penguins, before today's last stop at an old European settlement of Simon's Town, and return to our hotel in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day 6: Cape Town at Leisure 

Today, we'll spend the day at leisure, and we'll have a chance to further explore Cape Town, according to our particular interests. The city has a diverse range of attractions, sights and activities to offer, with something for everyone. From the landmark beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the vibrant V&A Waterfront, and the city center with excellent shopping of exquisite African crafts. Cape Town is a sophisticated city at the gateway to a majestic continent. Also called the Mother City, it is a place where the old and the new harmoniously converge - in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people, and it is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where two oceans converge.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day 7: Flight to Kapama Private Game Reserve 

In the morning, we'll leave Cape Town behind and fly to Hoedspruit. Here, we'll be transferred to our private safari lodge: the Southern Camp Kapama Private Game Reserve in Limpopo Province, consisting of luxury accommodations, designed with elements of traditional African decor and modern amenities. Each room has a large bathroom, individual air-conditioning, fans, and a private game viewing patio. The lodge boasts unique African art, with beautiful mosaics adorning the walls while vibrant and colorful crockery decorate the tables. The main lodge is constructed of dark African hardwoods, a teak deck surrounded the swimming pool, an African Boma Restaurant, indoor and outdoor dining areas, fully stocked wine cellar, and a bar. Breakfast is a full English style buffet, while lunch and the afternoon tea include a wide range of savory specialties and cakes. The morning and evening safaris are conducted on the greater Kapama Private Game Reserve ensuring that we have a superb safari experience. The game drives offer excellent photo opportunities of Africa’s most amazing animals, including the Big Five.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Kapama Private Game Reserve, Southern Camp, Limpopo Province

Day 8: African Safari 

During our stay at the Kapama Private Game Reserve, we'll enjoy two game drives (safaris) every day: one in the early morning and another one in the afternoon and in the evening. This is when the animals are the most active. The game drives are conducted in the unspoiled bush and savannah wilderness and will allow us to see the animals in their natural environment. The Southern Camp Kapama Private Game Reserve Lodge is in the area adjacent to the Kruger National Park, where the "Big Five" - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard - are prominent. Beyond the day and night game drives, there are free daily guided safari walks in the bush. Additional activities will also be available: spa treatments, elephant back safaris, the Endangered Species Centre, and hot air ballooning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Kapama Private Game Reserve, Southern Camp, Limpopo Province

Day 9: African Safari 

During our stay at the Kapama Private Game Reserve, we'll enjoy two game drives (safaris) every day: one in the early morning and another one in the afternoon and in the evening. This is when the animals are the most active. The game drives are conducted in the unspoiled bush and savannah wilderness and will allow us to see the animals in their natural environment. The Southern Camp Kapama Private Game Reserve Lodge is in the area adjacent to the Kruger National Park, where the "Big Five" - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard - are prominent. Beyond the day and night game drives, there are free daily guided safari walks in the bush. Additional activities will also be available: spa treatments, elephant back safaris, the Endangered Species Centre, and hot air ballooning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Kapama Private Game Reserve, Southern Camp, Limpopo Province

Day 10: Flight to Johannesburg 

After an early morning game drive to track the animals that may have eluded us so far, followed by breakfast, we will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport for our scheduled flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport, you will connect with your flight back to the USA. If you are combining this tour with the Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Tour 2 to Zimbabwe and Botswana, we'll have a transfer to our overnight accommodations at an airport hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends at 3:30PM on Friday, November 6, 2020 at the Johannesburg Airport in South Africa.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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