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A Taste of South Africa

Cape Town & Safari in Entabeni Private Conservancy

Overview

Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures November 2014 – June 2015
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD) (flight schedule)
Highlights Cape Town and Entabeni Private Conservancy in malaria free area
Included in the Price
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK) via South Africa Airways wide-bodied jet service, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Flights, ground transportation and transfers within South Africa
  • 6 night accommodations in first class hotel and game lodge
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Professional English-speaking guide and game rangers
  • Sightseeing in Cape Town and 4 game drives at Entabeni Private Conservancy
Optional
  • Optional Victoria Falls post-tour extension
  • Exciting excursions in and around Cape Town
What to Expect This moderately-paced, locally hosted tour package to South Africa includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.

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Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.

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Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price Book by
Oct 7
Sat Aug 16 2014 Sun Aug 24 2014 $2349   Departed
Mon Aug 25 2014 Tue Sep 2 2014 $2349   Departed
Mon Sep 1 2014 Tue Sep 9 2014 $2349   Closed
Sat Sep 13 2014 Sun Sep 21 2014 $1899   Closed
Tue Sep 16 2014 Wed Sep 24 2014 $1999   Closed
Wed Sep 17 2014 Thu Sep 25 2014 $1999   Closed
Wed Sep 24 2014 Thu Oct 2 2014 $1999   Closed
Sat Sep 27 2014 Sun Oct 5 2014 $1999   Closed
Tue Sep 30 2014 Wed Oct 8 2014 $2059   Closed
Sat Oct 4 2014 Sun Oct 12 2014 $2059   Closed
Sat Oct 11 2014 Sun Oct 19 2014 $2599 $2299 Closed
Wed Oct 15 2014 Thu Oct 23 2014 $2499 $2199 Closed
Sat Oct 18 2014 Sun Oct 26 2014 $2499 $2199 Closed
Sat Oct 25 2014 Sun Nov 2 2014 $2499 $2199 Closed
Mon Nov 3 2014 Tue Nov 11 2014 $2499 $2199 Closed
Sat Nov 8 2014 Sun Nov 16 2014 $2499 $2199 Closed
Sat Nov 15 2014 Sun Nov 23 2014 $2499 $2199 Closed
Thu Nov 20 2014 Fri Nov 28 2014 $2399 $2099 Closed
Tue Nov 25 2014 Wed Dec 3 2014 $2399 $2099 Available
Sun Nov 30 2014 Mon Dec 8 2014 $2399 $2099 Available
Tue Dec 9 2014 Wed Dec 17 2014 $2399 $2099 Available
Sat Dec 27 2014 Sun Jan 4 2015 $2999 $2699 Available
Tue Jan 13 2015 Wed Jan 21 2015 $2449 $2149 Available
Tue Feb 3 2015 Wed Feb 11 2015 $2449 $2149 Available
Mon Mar 16 2015 Tue Mar 24 2015 $2449 $2149 Available
Tue Apr 14 2015 Wed Apr 22 2015 $2699 $2399 Available
Tue May 12 2015 Wed May 20 2015 $2699 $2399 Available
Tue Jun 9 2015 Wed Jun 17 2015 $3149 $2849 Available

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, advance seat reservations, extensions or optional items, unless otherwise noted. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 10/07/14.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Zambia, Tanzania and some other countries. Passengers travelling to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe should note that if they choose to visit Zambia during their stay, they may be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination upon return to South Africa.

A Taste of South Africa
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Oct 25 unavailable
All other departures +$499
Optional Excursions
Optional Excursions Package +$142
Victoria Falls Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension
Aug 16, Aug 25, Sep 1, Sep 13, Sep 16, Sep 17, Sep 24, Sep 27, Sep 30, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 15, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 3, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 20, Nov 25, Nov 30, Dec 9, Dec 27 unavailable
All other departures +$1099
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199

1. The Victoria Falls extension is a post-tour extension for 2015 departures. Passengers taking the post-tour extension will return to the U.S. 3 days later than the return dates shown above. The Victoria Falls extension requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights.

2. Zimbabwe visa fee for Victoria Falls is paid locally for US passport holders: $30 for single-entry, $45 for double-entry, $55 for multiple-entry. Optional excursions to Zambia or Botswana require a double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Aug 16, Sep 13, Sep 16, Sep 17, Sep 24, Sep 27, Oct 4, Oct 18, Oct 25 unavailable
All other departures included
Washington Dulles (IAD)
Sep 30, Nov 25, Jan 13 unavailable
All other departures +$50

Departure airport prices subject to availability and may cost more based on flight availability at the time of booking.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $300

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Itinerary

A Taste of South Africa itinerary mapSouth Africa is one of the world's most popular travel destinations, and our Taste of South Africa tour offers an unparalleled experience at a price that is as amazing as the country itself. Start in Cape Town, named by the New York Times, top city to visit, where you’ll stay for four nights. See the sights during a panoramic city tour taking you from the top of Table Mountain via cable car through the colorful neighborhoods and historic sites that give Cape Town its vibrant character. Enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own or join an exciting optional excursion. Then, head north for an in-depth wildlife experience at the Entabeni Private Game Conservancy. Here you’ll stay for two nights enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and four game drives in open vehicles with a private ranger and plenty of opportunities to spot the Big Five! Want even more? Extend your stay with a post-tour to the majestic Victoria Falls.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey to South Africa begins as you depart New York on your overnight flight for Cape Town via Johannesburg.

Table Mountain, Cape Town Day 2: Cape Town. Sawubona (welcome)! Arrive today in Cape Town, a beautiful jewel nestled between stunning Table Mountain and a dramatic coastline. Cape Town is a modern, bustling and vibrant city boasting gorgeous scenery, fabulous restaurants, hotels and beaches, and is bursting with history and culture. Upon arrival at Cape Town's airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Protea Breakwater Lodge.

Day 3: Cape Town. Your tour of Cape Town begins with a half day panoramic city tour showcasing the scenic and historic highlights of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, ascend by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark. Stop at Milnerton Lighthouse for spectacular views of the mountain and the city below. Proceed to the country's oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, an imposing 17th century Dutch fort set against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain. Continue to the Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap). Lined with brightly colored houses and decorative mosques, this historic neighborhood was founded by former slaves from Malaysia whose Islamic culture gives the neighborhood a distinct character and contributes to Cape Town's rich cultural diversity. The remainder of the day will be at leisure. Breakfast provided.

Day 4: Cape Town. Enjoy the day to explore Cape Town, or participate in an exciting optional tour of Cape Point. Breakfast provided.

Cape Point lighthouse Optional Excursion: Cape Point & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, approx. $75. Your trip to Cape Point begins this morning with a scenic drive past secluded coves, beautiful beach towns and spectacular mountain scenery. Stop at famous Chapman's Peak. Enter the nature reserve that covers the southern part of the Peninsula, and drive through the unique scenery towards Cape Point. Travel by funicular railway to Cape Point where you can take in stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope. Later, make a brief stop to visit the African jackass penguins at Boulders Beach, and then continue to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you'll enjoy a magnificent display of indigenous South African flora.

Day 5: Cape Town. Today is your last day to explore Cape Town, or join an optional excursion to Cape Town's famous wine region and Robben Island. Breakfast provided.

Cape WinelandsOptional Excursion: Cape Winelands & Robben Island, approx. $80. Enjoy an optional half day excursion to the heart of the Cape Winelands. Explore fine art galleries, architecture, history, and curious and quaint shops. But first, take a leisurely drive to get acquainted with beauty of this world-renowned region, before venturing into the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour with wine tasting. Then, depart by ferry from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27. See the island's facilities and learn its history on a tour, guided by a former political prisoner. Depending on availability of the ferry tickets, the itinerary of this excursion may be reversed or the excursion may be operated on Day 4.

Lioness, Entabeni Day 6: Cape Town & Entabeni. This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Once there, you will be met and transferred to the Entabeni Private Conservancy. Upon arrival at Entabeni in the late afternoon, switch to open vehicles for your first game drive with an expert ranger, ending at the lodge, in time for check-in and dinner. Entabeni is located in the Waterberg area, named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, boasts five eco-systems and is home to the Big 5. The diversity on the reserve is astounding, with more than 55 large mammal species, birds, and other fauna and flora. (Travel to Entabeni includes a 20km drive on gravel road. All trails and paths in the reserve are unpaved.) Accommodations: Entabeni Lakeside Lodge. Breakfast and dinner provided.

White rhinoceros, Entabeni Day 7: Entabeni. After an early wake-up call, depart on your second game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing at the lodge, or take part in other optional activities such as horse riding, bush walks, or helicopter flights, available locally for a supplemental cost. In the late afternoon, set off, once again, for your third game drive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 8: Entabeni & Johannesburg. This morning, wake-up early for your fourth and final game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and some time to relax. In the late morning, you will be transferred to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport for your overnight flight back to the USA. En route, enjoy a panoramic tour of Pretoria, passing by the Union Buildings and courts. Wishing you hamba khale (have a safe journey) as you bid South Africa tot siens (farewell). Breakfast and lunch boxes provided.

Day 9: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning.

Victoria Falls Post-Tour Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit Victoria Falls, one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. You'll return to the USA 3 days after the return dates shown.

Day 8: Entabeni & Johannesburg. This morning, wake-up early for your fourth and final game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and some time to relax. In the late morning, you will be transferred back to Johannesburg to check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Accommodations: Peermont Metcourt Hotel. Breakfast and lunch boxes provided.

Victoria Falls rainforestDay 9: Johannesburg & Victoria Falls. This morning, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival and after customs formalities, you will be greeted by your local guide. who will take you on a tour of the falls. You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders—and the largest curtain of falling water in the world! Located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls consists of numerous falls separated by islands in the river below. The Zambezi River spills more than 2 million gallons of water per second over the Bakota Gorge, creating multiple rainbows and resulting in an awe-inspiring display of raw power unrivalled by other natural wonders. The tremendous roar of the water and the ever-present cloud of spray give the falls their local moniker, "Smoke that Thunders."

Later today, experience the glorious falls from an up-close vantage point as you set sail on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Be on the look-out for hippos, monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles that frequent the waters and the surrounding areas. Accommodations: A'Zambezi River Lodge. Breakfast provided.

Local Child Day 10: Victoria Falls. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this magnificent natural wonder on your own via the well-marked trails through the rainforest that wind up to and around the falls. The trails allow for excellent picture-taking from a variety of vantage points (be sure to protect your camera if it's not waterproof). There are a wide range of optional excursions available locally on request basis including game drives, walking safaris, bungee jumping, and more. We recommend the full day tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana. Breakfast provided.

Chobe National ParkOptional Excursion: Chobe National Park. Take advantage of an optional full day excursion to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, renowned for its large elephant population. Begin the day with a safari boat cruise on the Chobe River. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the Chobe Game Lodge and end the day with an afternoon game drive in an open vehicle. This excursion requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally.

Day 11: Depart Victoria Falls. Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, via Johannesburg. Breakfast provided.

Day 12: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning.

Optional Excursions Package: $142

Special package includes:

  • Cape Point & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Cape Winelands & Robben Island

You can book these excursions individually in South Africa, but space is limited. Save money and reserve your space when you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment.

 

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