A Taste of South Africa

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based on Feb. 6, 2018 departure from JFK
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Nov. 16, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Scenic and historic Cape Town then 4 game drives in Entabeni Safari Conservancy; optional extension to Victoria Falls
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
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 12 open departures, February – November 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK) or Washington DC (IAD) 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
Highlights
  • Discover Cape Town on a half day panoramic tour
  • Ascend Table Mountain by cable car
  • Enjoy four game drives in Entabeni Private Conservancy in malaria free area
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD) (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveNature & WildlifeFamily Friendly
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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A Taste of South Africa itinerary

We’ve spent 35 years creating tours to some of the world’s most incredible destinations. And we can honestly say that South Africa has always stood out as exceptional. Few places offer such an alluring variety of gorgeous scenery, historical relevance, modern cities, and world-class wildlife viewing. You’ll start your Taste of South Africa small group tour with four nights in Cape Town. Experience the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and storied past during a panoramic city tour, including a trip to the top of Table Mountain. Your ticket is pre-purchased, so you won’t spend hours waiting in line to buy one. Also enjoy some free time on your own to explore the city, or join an optional excursion to Cape Point & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or the Cape Winelands & Robben Island. Then head north for four game drives in Entabeni Safari Conservancy, a private game reserve of open plains and forested hills, well known for its big game viewing. Because Entabeni is private, there will be less safari vehicles and no public cars or coaches to compete with when tracking the Big 5 with your Ranger and open aired vehicle. Want even more iconic Africa? Extend your stay with a post-tour to the majestic Victoria Falls.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Nov. 16, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2017 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Tue, Oct. 10, 2017
Returns: Wed, Oct. 18, 2017
Oct 10 – Oct 18 $2099 Departed
Departs: Tue, Oct. 24, 2017
Returns: Wed, Nov. 1, 2017
Oct 24 – Nov 1 $2199 Closed
Departs: Tue, Nov. 7, 2017
Returns: Wed, Nov. 15, 2017
Nov 7 – Nov 15 $2199 Closed
Departs: Tue, Nov. 21, 2017
Returns: Wed, Nov. 29, 2017
Nov 21 – Nov 29 $2499 Closed
Departs: Tue, Dec. 5, 2017
Returns: Wed, Dec. 13, 2017
Dec 5 – Dec 13 $2499 Closed
Departs: Tue, Dec. 19, 2017
Returns: Wed, Dec. 27, 2017
Dec 19 – Dec 27 $3199 Closed
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Thu, Jan. 11, 2018
Returns: Fri, Jan. 19, 2018
Jan 11 – Jan 19 $2299 Closed
Departs: Thu, Jan. 18, 2018
Returns: Fri, Jan. 26, 2018
Jan 18 – Jan 26 $2299 Closed
Departs: Tue, Feb. 6, 2018
Returns: Wed, Feb. 14, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 6 – Feb 14 $2299 –$300 Nov 16 $1999 Select
Departs: Tue, Feb. 20, 2018
Returns: Wed, Feb. 28, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 20 – Feb 28 $2299 –$300 Nov 16 $1999 Select
Departs: Tue, Feb. 27, 2018
Returns: Wed, Mar. 7, 2018
Feb 27 – Mar 7 $2299 Closed
Departs: Thu, Mar. 8, 2018
Returns: Fri, Mar. 16, 2018
Mar 8 – Mar 16 $2299 Closed
Departs: Sat, Mar. 17, 2018
Returns: Sun, Mar. 25, 2018
Mar 17 – Mar 25 $2299 Closed
Departs: Fri, Mar. 23, 2018
Returns: Sat, Mar. 31, 2018
Mar 23 – Mar 31 $2299 Closed
Departs: Tue, Apr. 10, 2018
Returns: Wed, Apr. 18, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 10 – Apr 18 $2649 –$300 Nov 16 $2349 Select
Departs: Tue, Apr. 24, 2018
Returns: Wed, May 2, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 24 – May 2 $2649 –$300 Nov 16 $2349 Select
Departs: Tue, May 8, 2018
Returns: Wed, May 16, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 8 – May 16 $2599 –$300 Nov 16 $2299 Select
Departs: Tue, May 22, 2018
Returns: Wed, May 30, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 22 – May 30 $2599 –$300 Nov 16 $2299 Select
Departs: Tue, Jun. 19, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jun. 27, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 19 – Jun 27 $3199 –$300 Nov 16 $2899 Select
Departs: Tue, Jul. 24, 2018
Returns: Wed, Aug. 1, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 24 – Aug 1 $3199 –$300 Nov 16 $2899 Select
Departs: Tue, Aug. 14, 2018
Returns: Wed, Aug. 22, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 14 – Aug 22 $2599 –$300 Nov 16 $2299 Select
Departs: Tue, Aug. 28, 2018
Returns: Wed, Sep. 5, 2018
Aug 28 – Sep 5 $2799 Closed
Departs: Thu, Sep. 13, 2018
Returns: Fri, Sep. 21, 2018
Sep 13 – Sep 21 $2299 Closed
Departs: Tue, Sep. 25, 2018
Returns: Wed, Oct. 3, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 25 – Oct 3 $2499 –$300 Nov 16 $2199 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct. 23, 2018
Returns: Wed, Oct. 31, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 23 – Oct 31 $2599 –$300 Nov 16 $2299 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov. 20, 2018
Returns: Wed, Nov. 28, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 20 – Nov 28 $2699 –$300 Nov 16 $2399 Select

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability. (details)

Options & Fees

A Taste of South Africa
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Jan 11, 2018;  Jan 18, 2018;  Feb 6, 2018;  Feb 20, 2018;  Feb 27, 2018;  Mar 8, 2018;  Mar 17, 2018;  Aug 28, 2018;  Sep 13, 2018;  Sep 25, 2018;  Oct 23, 2018;  Nov 20, 2018 +$349
Mar 23, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$299
Optional Excursions
Optional Excursions Package +$148
Victoria Falls Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension
Apr 10, 2018;  Apr 24, 2018;  May 8, 2018;  Jun 19, 2018;  Jul 24, 2018;  Aug 14, 2018;  Aug 28, 2018;  Sep 13, 2018;  Sep 25, 2018;  Oct 23, 2018;  Nov 20, 2018 +$1249
Oct 10, 2017;  Oct 24, 2017;  Nov 21, 2017;  Dec 5, 2017;  Jan 11, 2018;  Feb 20, 2018;  Feb 27, 2018;  Mar 8, 2018;  May 22, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$1200
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Oct 10, 2017;  Oct 24, 2017;  Nov 7, 2017;  Nov 21, 2017;  Dec 5, 2017;  Dec 19, 2017 +$199
Feb 20, 2018;  May 22, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$149

1. 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.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
Washington Dulles (IAD)1
Dec 19, 2017;  Jan 11, 2018;  Jan 18, 2018;  Feb 6, 2018;  Feb 20, 2018;  Feb 27, 2018;  Mar 8, 2018;  Mar 17, 2018;  Mar 23, 2018;  Sep 13, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$100

1. Washington Dulles (IAD) is subject to availability and may take 2-3 business days to confirm.

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

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.

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 Before You Book 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 (details). 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 for Cape Town via Johannesburg

Day 2: Cape Town

Accommodations: 4 nights Protea Hotel by Marriott Breakwater Lodge, Cape Town.

  • Arrive in Cape Town, meet your guide, and transfer to your hotel
  • Remainder of day at leisure

Table Mountain, Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Day 3: Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day panoramic city tour of the scenic and historic highlights
  • Weather permitting, cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain
  • Remainder of day at leisure

Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: 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. 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.

(Aug 2 departure will visit Signal Hill instead, while the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is closed for annual maintenance.)

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.

Day 4: Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure to explore Cape Town, or participate in an exciting optional tour of Cape Point

Cape Point lighthouseOptional 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

Included meals: Breakfast.

Last day to explore Cape Town at leisure, or join an optional excursion to Cape Town's famous wine region and Robben Island

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 18 of the 27 years of his incarceration. 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.

Day 6: Cape Town & Entabeni

Accommodations: 2 nights Entabeni Legend Golf Resort, Entabeni on the June 20, 2017 & June 19, 2018 departures, Hanglip Mountain Lodge, Entabeni on the July 24, 2018 departure. Entabeni Lakeside Lodge, Entabeni for all others. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg
  • Transfer to the Entabeni Safari Conservancy
  • Late afternoon/first game drive
  • Check in at hotel after game drive and enjoy dinner at the lodge

Lioness, EntabeniFull Day Itinerary: This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Once there, you will be met and transferred to the Entabeni Safari 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.)

Day 7: Entabeni

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Early wake-up call and second game drive
  • Return to lodge for breakfast and balance of day at leisure or optional excursions such as horseback riding, bush walks, or helicopter flights (available locally for extra cost)
  • Late afternoon/third game drive

Getting up close with a rhino at Entabeni Conservancy  Photo by Martin WeinbergFull Day Itinerary: 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 for purchase locally. In the late afternoon, set off, once again, for your third game drive.

Day 8: Entabeni & Johannesburg

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch boxes.

  • Early wake-up call and fourth and final game drive
  • Return to lodge for breakfast and some time to relax
  • Late morning transfer to either the Johannesburg Airport OR Tambo International Airport for overnight flight back to the USA

Johannesburg © South African TourismFull Day Itinerary: 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 (safe journey) as you bid South Africa tot siens (farewell).

Day 9: Arrive USA

  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning

Optional Excursions Package: $148

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. 

 

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

Accommodations: 1 night Peermont Metcourt Hotel, Johannesburg. Included meals: Breakfast and lunch boxes.

  • Early wake-up call and fourth and final game drive
  • Return to lodge for breakfast and some time to relax
  • Late morning transfer to your hotel for check-in

Wildebeest, Entabeni photo by Fyre MaelFull Day Itinerary: 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 into your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 9: Johannesburg & Victoria Falls

Accommodations: 2 nights A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • After customs formalities, local guide transfer to your hotel
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

HipposFull Day Itinerary: 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. Check into your hotel and later, 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.

Note: Passengers on the August 1 departure will fly into Livingstone, Zambia. 

Day 10: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure
  • Recommended optional tour to Chobe National Park in Botswana purchased locally (requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa)
  • Other optional tours that can be purchased locally-including game drives, walking safaris, bungee jumping, and more

Victoria Falls rainforestFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Optional Excursion: Chobe National Park (purchased locally) approx. $185. 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 11: Depart Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Guided tour of the falls
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight home, via Johannesburg

Victoria FallsFull Day Itinerary: This morning enjoy a guided 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."

Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, via Johannesburg.

Day 12: Arrive USA

  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning

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I had a fantastic experience with Friendly Planet. As someone that has traveled a lot for pleasure and work, I can tell you that this was one of the best experiences I have had so far. I was nervous about booking a tour in the beginning. (I'm so used to making my own schedule). My boyfriend and I did the Taste of South Africa tour with the Zimbabwe extension. Not knowing that part of the world, this was definitely the way to do it! The guides in Cape Town, Entabeni, and Vic Falls were fantastic and really did an amazing job at making sure we were able to do everything we wanted during our stay there. Thank you to the crew over at Friendly Planet. From the moment I booked my trip over the phone (easiest phone call ever!) I knew we were in good hands with your company. Thank you again and I look forward to booking our excursion for next year through you guys!

Kaitie Notarianni, New York, NY

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