Best of South Africa

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Overview

Featuring Johannesburg & Cape Town, 3 game drives in Kruger and a private conservancy, plus a bush walk; stay in upscale hotels throughout
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: 14 open departures, March – December 2019
Price Includes
  • Round-trip flights from New York via South African Airways wide-bodied jet service, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Flights, ground transportation and transfers within South Africa
  • 10 nights in superior first class and deluxe hotels
  • 19 meals: 10 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, & 5 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners with wine
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors
  • Comprehensive touring program and safaris, including entrance fees
Optional
  • Exciting excursions from Cape Town
  • Pre-tour extension to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Post-tour extension along the Garden Route, one of the world's most scenic coastlines
  • Flights from Washington D.C. (IAD) are available for an additional charge. Booking the Victoria Falls pre-tour extension will require you to leave the U.S. 1 day earlier and an extra hotel night. Request pricing when making your reservation.
Highlights
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Johannesburg
  • Visit Liliesleaf Farm & the Apartheid Museum
  • Learn about South Africa's past on a tour to Soweto
  • View the wildlife on 3 game drives and a bush walk
  • Drive along the awe inspiring Panorama Route
  • Experience a Boma Dinner
  • Discover Cape Town on a half day panoramic tour
  • Ascend Table Mountain by cable car
  • Explore Cape Point including Hout Bay, Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveHistory & CultureGrand ToursNature & Wildlife
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted South Africa tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.

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Best of South Africa itinerary

Explore deeper into South Africa on our comprehensive Best of South Africa small group escorted tour. Begin your tour in cosmopolitan Johannesburg, South Africa's largest metropolis, also know as "Egoli" or City of Gold. Then head north to begin your safari in Karongwe Private Game Reserve, where you'll embark on a late morning bush walk with an experienced ranger. Continue your game viewing in Kruger National Park, one of the world's oldest and most famous game reserves. Rest assured, you'll have ample opportunities to spot the Big 5! Finally, end your tour in scenic Cape Town, exploring the city's vibrant neighborhoods, storied past and incredible cuisine; then look down on it all from the top of Table Mountain. Your ticket is pre-purchased, so you won't spend hours waiting in line to buy one. Want even more? Extend your stay with a pre-tour to the majestic Victoria Falls or a post-tour to the scenic Garden Route, or both!

   

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $500 per person if you book by Jan. 24, 2019!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
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Departs: Thu, Jan 17, 2019
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Departs: Thu, Feb 7, 2019
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Feb 7 – Feb 19 $4399 Closed
Departs: Thu, Feb 28, 2019
Returns: Tue, Mar 12, 2019
Feb 28 – Mar 12 $4399 Closed
Departs: Thu, Mar 14, 2019
Returns: Tue, Mar 26, 2019
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Returns: Tue, May 14, 2019
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Departs: Thu, Sep 5, 2019
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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Best of South Africa
Rooming selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Jan 17, 2019;  Aug 15, 2019;  Sep 26, 2019 +$749
All other departures +$699
Optional Excursions
Stellenbosch Winelands +$75
Walk to Freedom Tour +$95
Victoria Falls Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension2
Feb 7, 2019;  Mar 14, 2019;  Mar 28, 2019;  Apr 11, 2019;  Aug 15, 2019;  Sep 26, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$1629
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee3 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Full Day Chobe National Park excursion with lunch4 +$170

1. The Victoria Falls extension is a pre-tour extension. Passengers taking the pre-tour extension will depart from the U.S. 3 days before the departure 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. Extension pricing is based upon certain air class service. Final price may vary based on availability at the time of booking.

3. Zimbabwe visa fee for Victoria Falls is paid locally for US passport holders: $30 for single-entry, $60 for multiple-entry. Optional excursions to Zambia or Botswana require a multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

4. This excursion requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

Garden Route Extension1
Garden Route Extension2 +$1749
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$399

1. The Garden Route extension is a post-tour extension. Passengers taking the post-tour extension will return to the U.S. 6 days after the return dates shown. This extension requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate at published prices. The Garden Route extensions 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. Extension pricing is based upon a certain air class service. Final price may vary based on availability at the time of booking.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable. The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $300

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart New York on your overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg

Accommodations: 2 nights Sandton Sun Hotel or similar, Johannesburg. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Arrive in Johannesburg, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel
  • This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner

Johannesburg skylineFull Day Itinerary: Arrive today in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest and most populous city. Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. En route, enjoy a panoramic orientation tour of this cosmopolitan city, affectionately referred to as "Jo'Burg" or "Jozi" by the locals. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner with wine.

Day 3: Johannesburg

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Liliesleaf Farm, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honored
  • See what daily life is like in the Soweto neighborhood
  • Learn more about the rise and fall of apartheid at the Apartheid Museum

Soweto, JohannesburgFull Day Itinerary: This morning, learn more about South Africa's turbulent past and its unwavering hope for the future. Begin with Liliesleaf Farm, once the headquarters of the military wing of the ANC. Here you will experience a first-hand account of the time when Nelson Mandela lived under an alias, and the events and circumstances leading up to the raid which ultimately led to his trial and incarceration on Robben Island. Then, continue on a fascinating tour to Soweto (short for Southwestern Township), a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg for a close-up look at daily life in this bustling neighborhood, the largest black urban settlement in Africa and center of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. On the way, drive through the residential suburb of Rivonia, continue past the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Regina Mundi Church, where many secret underground meetings took place, and the former residence of Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Nelson Mandela. Later, visit the Apartheid Museum for an in-depth historical look at the system of extreme racial segregation that plagued South Africa from 1948 until 1994, when it was finally dismantled. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Johannesburg & Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Shiduli Private Game Lodge or similar, Karongwe. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Depart for Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Afternoon game drive in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve

LeopardFull Day Itinerary: Depart Johannesburg this morning for a scenic drive to your lodge, located in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. The Reserve teems with an abundance of game, wildlife, and diverse vegetation. After check-in, you'll have some time to freshen up before an afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

Day 5: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Early morning game drive in open safari vehicles
  • Bush walk with an experienced local ranger

Lions at a waterholeFull Day Itinerary: After a very early morning wake-up call and a fresh cup of coffee or tea, served with rusks, a traditional South African biscuit, head out in open safari vehicles for your game drive into the African bush in search of the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo - as well as some of the smaller fascinating creatures such as chameleons, scrub hare, and more. Return to the lodge for a full breakfast.

Later, set off on foot for a bush walk with your experienced ranger, who will teach you some bush skills such as animal tracking as well as bird and plant identification. Return to your lodge to relax and enjoy the facilities.

Day 6: Karongwe Private Game Reserve & Kruger National Park

Accommodations: 2 nights Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate or similar, Kruger National Park. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Drive along the awe inspiring Panorama Route
  • View the spectacular Blyde River Canyon
  • Arrive this afternoon in Kruger National Park

Blyde River CanyonFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, relax on a scenic journey through the Limpopo province. Stop for breathtaking views of rolling mountains, verdant valleys, the Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's window and pass through Graskop and the Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons. En route, enjoy lunch at the ever-popular Harries Pancakes.

Continue to your hotel, located just outside the Kruger National Park. On arrival, check-in at your hotel, and take some time to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Day 7: Kruger National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Early morning game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicles in Kruger National Park
  • Special Boma Dinner

Zebras drinking, Kruger National ParkFull Day Itinerary: After an early morning wake-up call, depart for a morning safari in open 4x4 safari vehicles into the Kruger National Park, one of the world's most famous game reserves. You'll see the ever-present impala, and be on the lookout for wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and many other types of antelopes. Return to your hotel for a full breakfast.

This evening enjoy a special Boma Dinner.

Day 8: Kruger National Park & Cape Town

Accommodations: 4 nights Taj Cape Town or similar, Cape Town. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Early morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Cape Town
  • Balance of evening at leisure

Table Mountain, Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, leave the bush behind as you transfer to the airport for your flight to 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, bursting with history and culture. Upon arrival at Cape Town's airport, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Day 9: Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Witness the scenic and historic highlights of Cape Town on a half day panoramic city tour
  • Weather permitting, ascend by cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Remainder of the day at leisure or join an optional tour to the Stellenbosch Winelands

Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Cape Town showcasing the scenic and historic highlights of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, you'll travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark and recently announced one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature.

(Select departures in late July and early August may visit Signal Hill instead, while the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is closed for annual maintenance.)

Continue through 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 area a distinct character and contributes to Cape Town's rich cultural diversity. The final stop on your tour is the lively Cape Town Waterfront, where numerous restaurants and entertainment options abound.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to become better acquainted with Cape Town or join an optional excursion to the Stellenbosch Winelands.

Stellenbosch wine farm, Cape TownOptional Excursion: Half Day Stellenbosch Winelands, $75.Enjoy an optional half day excursion to glorious Stellenbosch, located in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Take a leisurely drive through this beautiful, world-renowned region, before venturing into the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour with wine tasting. Then explore fine art galleries, architecture, history, and quaint shops in the region.

Day 10: Cape Point & Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Full day excursion to Cape Point including a cruise along Hout Bay
  • Visit Boulders Beach and see the African jackass penguins
  • Afternoon tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Cape Point LighthouseFull Day Itinerary: A full day excursion to Cape Point begins this morning with a cruise along Hout Bay, where you'll see the seals of Druiker Island. 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.

After lunch, make a brief stop to visit the African jackass penguins at Boulders Beach, and then continue to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you'll have a magnificent display of indigenous South African flora. Return to your hotel late this afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11: Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Last day to explore Cape Town at leisure
  • Join an optional excursion to Cape Town's townships and a visit to Robben Island
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner

Robben Island prisonOptional Excursion: Full Day Walk to Freedom Tour, $95. Experience the wonderful energy of Cape Town's townships in one unforgettable tour. Start with a visit to the oldest township, Langa. Stop by a local "shebeen" (pub), to get a glimpse of local life. Then head to Khayelitsha, the largest township of the Western Cape. In the afternoon, visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years of his incarceration.

Note: Ferry tickets to Robben Island are limited and may not be available locally. We strongly recommend prepaying for this optional excursion.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and drum performance.

Day 12: Depart South Africa

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, enjoy free time for some last minute shopping
  • This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight home via Johannesburg

Day 13: Arrive USA

  • Your memorable South African adventure ends as you touch down this morning in New York

Victoria Falls Pre-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 depart from the U.S. 3 days before the departure dates shown.

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart New York on your overnight flight for Victoria Falls via Johannesburg

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Accommodations: 3 nights Victoria Falls Safari Club or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Arrive in Victoria Falls, meet your local guide, and transfer to your hotel
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Victoria FallsFull Day Itinerary: Today, arrive to Victoria 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! 

Check into your award-winning safari lodge, located high on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure at one of the hotel swimming pools or game-viewing platforms. Elephants, buffalo and other wild animals often graze on hotel lawns.

Day 3: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

HipposFull Day Itinerary: Your exploration of the falls begins with a guided tour of the Zimbabwe side. 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 per second over the Bakota Gorge, casting multiple rainbows and resulting in an awe-inspiring display of raw power unrivaled 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, you'll have the opportunity to witness a breathtaking sunset while enjoying cruise along the Zambezi River. Be on the lookout for hippos, monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles that frequent the waters and the surrounding areas.

Day 4: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or partake in an optional full day excursion to Chobe National Park

Victoria Falls rainforestFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this magnificent natural wonder on your own on 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.

Optional Excursion: Chobe National Park, Botswana, $170. 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.

Day 5: Depart Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Johannesburg
  • See Day 2 of the tour itinerary above for the continuation of your touring program

Garden Route Post-Tour Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already included international airfare to explore the Garden Route? You'll return to the U.S. 6 days after the return dates shown. This extension requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate at published prices

Day 12: Cape Town & Oudtshoorn

Accommodations: 1 night La Plume Guest House or similar, Oudtshoorn. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Visit a local farm school in Barrydale
  • Arrive in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich feather capital

Ostriches, OudtshoornFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart Cape Town and travel through the "Little Karoo" and Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. En route, stop in the town of Barrydale and have the opportunity to visit a local farm school and learn about the local farming community. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the center of the world's ostrich farming industry.

Note: The school visit is subject to the school being open.

Day 13: Oudtshoorn & Knysna

Accommodations: 2 nights Rex Hotel or similar, Knysna. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Explore the Cango Caves
  • Visit an ostrich farm

Cango CavesFull Day Itinerary: This morning, explore the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Return to Oudtshoorn for a tour of an ostrich farm, followed by a light lunch.

Continue to the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route.

Day 14: Knysna

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Relax while cruising the lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch

Knysna lagoonFull Day Itinerary: Head out this morning for a relaxing lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Ride to the top of the Western Head for panoramic views of the town and lagoon. Enjoy a picnic lunch under the Milkwood trees.

Return to Knysna for an afternoon at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbor lagoon.

Day 15: Knysna & Albertinia

Accommodations: 1 night Garden Route Game Lodge or similar, Albertinia. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Travel to Albertinia via George and Mossel Bay
  • Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive

Knysna lourieFull Day Itinerary: After a leisurely breakfast, travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia, a town set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeburg Mountain Range. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive, at a game reserve that is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five.

Day 16: Albertinia & Hermanus

Accommodations: 1 night Misty Waves Hotel or similar, Hermanus. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Wake up early for an open vehicle game drive
  • Visit the picturesque town of Swellendam

Southern right whale breaching, HermanusFull Day Itinerary: Your safari adventure continues with an early morning open vehicle game drive for another chance at sightings of the Big Five, general game and prolific bird life. Leaving the bush behind, continue to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam. This charming town was founded in 1745 and is famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities. Proceed to the seaside resort town of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land based whale watching in the world from June through November. 

Day 17: Hermanus & Cape Town

Accommodations: 1 night The Taj Cape Town or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a guided tour through Franschhoek village

Franschhoek vineyardFull Day Itinerary: After a leisurely breakfast, depart Hermanus and travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age old French wine and food culture. Wander through Franschhoek village, while your guide tells the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum.

Depart Franschhoek for Cape Town arriving later today for a final evening at leisure in South Africa.

Day 18: Depart South Africa

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, enjoy free time for some last minute shopping
  • This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight home

Day 19: Arrive USA

  • Your memorable South African adventure ends as you touch down this morning in New York

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