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2020 Tours Coming Up
South Africa: Cape Town and the African Safari 1 - Overview
DATES & COST 

January 20 - 29, 2020
10 Days / 9 Nights

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

$5,580 double occupancy
$1,480 optional single supplement
$920 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

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This tour may be combined with the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Chobe National Park (Botswana) 1 tour (January 29 - February 3, 2020)


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

South Africa is one of those destinations that dreams are made of: surreal mountain landscapes and sublime seascapes, world-class wildlife safaris, luxurious jungle lodges, cultural vivacity and history of the people, cosmopolitan cities and isolated Zulu and Shangaan villages, topped with the excellent South African wines and cuisine. With an immensely varied terrain and a rich natural diversity, South Africa offers a wide range of experiences and is a delight for the senses. We know that this tour will become a highlight of your life.

During our South African adventure, we will spend 6 days in a modern designer hotel on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, taking in the vibrant city of Cape Town and the magnificent area that surrounds it. We will explore the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet, walk on the Boulder Beach among the colonies of African penguins, take the cable car to Table Mountain and hike to beautiful vistas overlooking the city. We will also tour the vineyards in the South African Winelands region with its renowned wineries and wine estates, see the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to walk on carpets of exotic flowers, stroll in quaint fishing villages and towns with the impressive Cape Dutch architecture.

The most memorable part of the tour will be the 4 days spent on an African safari at the luxurious, yet authentic Kapama Private Game Reserve, part of the Kruger National Park ecosystem. Here, we'll experience the true magic of Africa, as we enjoy two daily game drives (safaris) to view the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino), bush walks and many other optional activities.

  • While in Cape Town, we will take private, in-depth tours of the city, take the cable car up to Table Mountain, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, enjoy a scenic ride and hiking in the Cape of Good Hope, the Boulder Beach with its colonies of African penguins, we'll enjoy a Winelands tour with visits to Franschoek and Stellenbosch vineyards, as well as Cape Town's colorful neighborhoods, special meals and designer shopping.
     
  • While in the Kruger National Park, we will explore, accompanied by a private ranger and tracker, the stunning African bush and savannah, viewing the African wildlife up close and enjoying the luxuries amenities in the middle of the wilderness.

Following the main tour, you can join the optional extension tour to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park in Botswana.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 6 nights in a modern designer hotel, located on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront of Cape Town; 3 nights in a deluxe bush lodge located in the African savannah off the Kruger National Park
     
  • Delicious local meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, including drinks
     
  • Three domestic flights: Johannesburg - Cape Town, Cape Town - Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit - Johannesburg, including all fees and taxes
     
  • Private airport transfers on arrival
     
  • All transportation in South Africa: private air-conditioned bus, and a private chauffeur
     
  • An excellent local guide in Cape Town, experienced safari rangers and trackers during the safari;
     
  • Experienced tour leader throughout the tour
     
  • Cable car excursion to Table Mountain, city tour Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Groot Constantia wine estate
     
  • Cape Peninsula tour, including the Cape of Good Hope Tour, Simon's Town and the Boulders Beach
     
  • The Winelands tour including two wine estates visits with wine tours with tastings
     
  • Two daily safaris (game viewing drives) conducted by experienced wildlife guides and trackers and lodge activities in the private game reserve off Kruger National Park
     
  • All activities, sightseeing fees and admissions as per itinerary
     
  • All restaurants, guides, park rangers and drivers gratuities
NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: passport fees, optional single room supplement, additional accommodations, early hotel check-in, optional travel insurance, optional tour leader's gratuities, meals not included in the itinerary, telephone charges, laundry, minibar, and personal expenses.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Stunning Cape Town's V&A Waterfront
  • Cable car ride and hiking the Table Mountain
  • The South Africa's Winelands wine tour
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Peninsula
  • Boulder Beach with African penguins
  • African drumming at Gold Restaurant
  • South African designer shopping and local crafts
  • Learning about the history of the South African people
  • Experiencing the native Zulu, Khasa and Shangaan cultures
  • Seeing the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos) up close
  • Staying at a luxury safari lodge on a private game reserve
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature South African experiences
  • Exclusive experiences not available to larger groups
  • Knowledgeable private guides and safari rangers
  • Accommodation in perfectly located luxury hotel in Cape Town and a private game reserve in Kruger National Park
  • Dining at upscale restaurants, including drinks
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • A professional, experienced tour leader
  • Private airport pick-up on arrival
  • Culturally enriching and fun activities, perfect for solo travelers
  • Inclusion of all restaurant, guides, park rangers and drivers gratuities
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

Transformative experience. I haven’t stopped talking about it and we’ve been home for 20+ days. - Anne from Massachusetts

As always a thoughtfully planned & organized tour. A diverse tour from the city of Cape Town to the games drives in Kapama, there was always something to amaze! To see the Big 5 in their natural habitat is something I’ll never forget. - Melissa from Ohio

A life changing experience - I was in awe of the natural environment and the pride and environmental consciousness of our guides, especially in South Africa. - Jill from Wisconsin

Great hotels, great variety, free choice of restaurants. - Jill from Wisconsin

I enjoyed the whole trip, but found the safari drives most exciting. Seeing the animals in the wild and driving off road following a leopard was amazing. – Nancy from Pennsylvania

The accommodations of rooms were terrific, great service. Best tour ever – I will remember this for a long time. – Carol from Pennsylvania

Throughout the tour, the guides and the hotels were fantastic. Loved the trip and enjoyed all of the women. – Toby from New Jersey

The tour to South Africa far exceeded my expectations. Although all my Sights and Soul Tours have been wonderful this was my favorite! The Kapama Safaris far exceed my expectations… Magical experiences! Kerry is awesome! After two tours with Kerry I now consider her a friend and can’t wait to travel with her again! – Denise from Indiana 

I have been internet following several tour groups for women over the past few years. Sights and Soul always came to the top of my list to try. There were so many memorable experiences on this trip, it’s very hard to say which was “the best”.  I was extremely impressed with Kerry’s professionalism and knowledge of South Africa and what would enhance our tour experiences.  I always felt so comfortable being under her capable guidance throughout the tour. I felt that she sincerely wanted me (and every person in our group) to gain experiences that would appeal to my sense of travel curiosity and adventure. She is an excellent tour leader.  I would definitely consider Sights and Soul Travels for any upcoming trips. Still undecided on destinations. Well organized with just the right amount of flexibility to enhance our experiences. – Bonnie from Missouri

S&S is a wonderful women’s tour group that is exceptionally well planned. Kerry is a caring, friendly face to everyone. Exploring all the sights in a small, safe surrounding made for a fabulous trip. Do not hesitate if you are a solo traveler – you will be welcomed and never feel alone. This was my first trip with S&S and would highly recommend it. It was an outstanding experience for women who share the love of travel and adventures. - Joyce from Ohio

Excellent tour as usual. Sights and Soul is a class act. - Karen from New Hampshire

This was my 3rd trip with S+S. Each one exceeded my expectations. Seeing the animals close up and so many of them was breath-taking, but also the guides were able to provide a real feel for Arica. The tribal village was a high point. Kerry, our tour leader implies confidence. I always felt we would be on schedule and where we needed to be, yet she was flexible when needed. Thanks S+S for another memorable adventure. - Mary Jo from Virginia

This tour was much more than I could imagine it would be! The tours and meals exceeded my expectations. The accommodations were all wonderful. The Commodore was a great location, convenient to the waterfront. Camp Kapama was fabulous! The tour to a Namibian village was one of the many highlights of the trip. I really enjoyed the jeep and boat safaris – happy to have done both trips together. Kerry was great! She always asked how everything is and joined different people from the group for shopping, dinner, etc. and spent time with everyone. I can’t think of anything she could have done better. - Donna from Pennsylvania

This tour was a lifetime destination I have always desired and I am thrilled to have gone with S&S. You’re great! - Vicki from Colorado

I love traveling with S+S. I love that the group size is small enough not to feel lost in as a solo traveler, but large enough to find camaraderie. I appreciate S+S’s attention to detail. - Lynn from New York

This was my second tour with S+S. Everything from Kerry, our tour leader, guides and accommodations and food were perfect. The other ladies were friendly and welcoming. I will definitely travel with S&S again. - Karen from Oklahoma

It was such a wonderful and diverse tour in every way, showing the best that South Africa offers, and I felt very pampered. - Diana from Washington

I so enjoyed this tour. I came home with a sense of well-being and calmness. Was it observing nature at its finest moments? Perhaps! A trip of a lifetime! - Karla from Colorado

First of all, I have never seen such attention to detail from any tour company. I was equally impressed by the personal, prompt responses to any questions I had prior to departure. Second, the tour leader only added to the experience. Kerry was efficient, calm and caring. Having her with us, I knew that any glitches or mishaps would only be minor inconveniences.  Overall, the itinerary and the group itself was wonderful. - Laura from South Carolina

The tour was great! This is my third S&S tour. And after each one I’ve thought “well, there’s no way to top that trip” – but then the next trip blows me away even more than the last one! The safari in particular was amazing! The accommodations, staff, food – everything at Kapama was fabulous. It felt so luxurious, the people were so warm and genuine, but the wildlife were definitely the stars! I didn’t really imagine we would see so many animals and so close. It almost didn’t seem real. It was a dream come true. - Andrea from Ohio

This was my 5th trip with S+S. It was amazing! I especially enjoyed the game drives. It was incredible to see all of the animals – “the Big 5” – Too Cool! It was a trip of a lifetime. And Becky was always organized, calm and very friendly. She makes you feel welcome and safe in an unknown area of the world. The S+S tours are always well prepared, and I have enjoyed all 5 tours that I have taken. Thank you for making my travel dreams possible. - Julie from Arizona

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the 3 African countries . The safaris were my favorite. It was a spiritual trip for me to see the animals free in their natural habitats. I loved the hotels, food, shopping, excursions, etc. , and I thought Becky did a great job filling us in on everything from the safaris to where to eat, shop, safety tips, etc. - Kat from Virginia

Becky was a great tour director. The local guides were excellent. The accommodations (especially Kapama) were wonderful, as were all of the staff! I celebrated my 60th b'day while at Kapama and Becky made it very special + memorable, and I was absolutely surprised when the staff sang, danced and made me an awesome b'day cake! - Sylvia from Virginia

The S&S Africa trip was an adventure of a lifetime!  The word that came to mind daily was "awesome" and it really did not describe all the great things we did and saw up close!!!  Cape Town, Kapama Southern Camp and Victoria Falls...they were all wonderful. Deon, our Cape Town guide was the best ever.  Betheul, my Kapama Ranger, was great at telling stories and he taught us so much about the animals.  We saw them all!  It was an amazing experience. Victoria Falls and our sunset cruise down the Zambezi River was a nice end to an amazing adventure!  The hippo family was great to see.  I will be talking about this trip for years to come.  Great job Yolanta!  Sights and Soul continues to be my first choice when I'm looking for a great destination and well planned itinerary. - Suzanne from Virginia

I am back at home, jetlagged and trying to catch up, but with a jeep load of wonderful memories. Thank you to you and your wonderful travel company for the trip of a lifetime. I appreciated your organization and attention to detail, which kept things running very smoothly. - Marina from Newfoundland, Canada

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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