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A Taste of South Africa

from$2499Tour + Flights 9days
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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
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: 10 open departures, January – December 2019
Price Includes
  • 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 ActiveBucket ListNature & Wildlife
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 Discounts: Save up to $300 per person for a limited time!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Tue, Nov 6, 2018
Returns: Wed, Nov 14, 2018
Nov 6 – Nov 14 $2599 Departed
Departs: Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Returns: Wed, Nov 21, 2018
Nov 13 – Nov 21 $2599 Departed
Departs: Tue, Nov 20, 2018
Returns: Wed, Nov 28, 2018
Nov 20 – Nov 28 $2699 Departed
Departs: Tue, Nov 27, 2018
Returns: Wed, Dec 5, 2018
Nov 27 – Dec 5 $2599 Closed
Departs: Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Returns: Wed, Dec 12, 2018
Dec 4 – Dec 12 $2649 Closed
Departs: Tue, Dec 18, 2018
Returns: Wed, Dec 26, 2018
Dec 18 – Dec 26 $3699 Closed
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Tue, Jan 15, 2019
Returns: Wed, Jan 23, 2019
Jan 15 – Jan 23 $2699 Closed
Departs: Tue, Jan 29, 2019
Returns: Wed, Feb 6, 2019
Jan 29 – Feb 6 $2599 Select
Departs: Tue, Feb 12, 2019
Returns: Wed, Feb 20, 2019
Feb 12 – Feb 20 $2699 Closed
Departs: Tue, Feb 26, 2019
Returns: Wed, Mar 6, 2019
Feb 26 – Mar 6 $2699 Closed
Departs: Tue, Mar 5, 2019
Returns: Wed, Mar 13, 2019
Book by Wed, Dec 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 5 – Mar 13 $2699 –$100 Dec 19 $2599 Select
Departs: Tue, Mar 19, 2019
Returns: Wed, Mar 27, 2019
Book by Wed, Jan 2, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 19 – Mar 27 $2699 –$100 Jan 2 $2599 Select
Departs: Wed, Apr 3, 2019
Returns: Thu, Apr 11, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 17, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 3 – Apr 11 $2799 –$100 Jan 17 $2699 Select
Departs: Wed, Apr 24, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 2, 2019
Apr 24 – May 2 $2799 Closed
Departs: Wed, May 8, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 16, 2019
May 8 – May 16 $2799 Closed
Departs: Wed, May 22, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 30, 2019
Book by Sat, Dec 22, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 22 – May 30 $2699 –$200 Dec 22 $2499 Select
Departs: Wed, Jun 5, 2019
Returns: Thu, Jun 13, 2019
Book by Sat, Jan 5, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 5 – Jun 13 $3349 –$200 Jan 5 $3149 Select
Departs: Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Returns: Thu, Jul 25, 2019
Book by Tue, Dec 18, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 17 – Jul 25 $3349 –$300 Dec 18 $3049 Select
Departs: Wed, Aug 14, 2019
Returns: Thu, Aug 22, 2019
Aug 14 – Aug 22 $2999 Closed
Departs: Wed, Sep 25, 2019
Returns: Thu, Oct 3, 2019
Book by Tue, Feb 26, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 25 – Oct 3 $2799 –$300 Feb 26 $2499 Select
Departs: Wed, Nov 6, 2019
Returns: Thu, Nov 14, 2019
Book by Tue, Apr 9, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 6 – Nov 14 $2799 –$300 Apr 9 $2499 Select
Departs: Wed, Dec 4, 2019
Returns: Thu, Dec 12, 2019
Book by Tue, May 7, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 4 – Dec 12 $2799 –$300 May 7 $2499 Select

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

A Taste of South Africa
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Jan 15, 2019;  Jan 29, 2019;  Feb 12, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019;  Mar 5, 2019;  Mar 19, 2019 +$399
Sep 25, 2019;  Nov 6, 2019;  Dec 4, 2019 +$489
Dec 18, 2018 +$749
All other departures +$349
Optional Excursions
Optional Excursions Package through Mar 2019
Apr 3, 2019;  Apr 24, 2019;  May 8, 2019;  May 22, 2019;  Jun 5, 2019;  Jul 17, 2019;  Aug 14, 2019;  Sep 25, 2019;  Nov 6, 2019;  Dec 4, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$148
Optional Excursions Package from Apr 2019
Nov 6, 2018;  Nov 13, 2018;  Nov 20, 2018;  Nov 27, 2018;  Dec 4, 2018;  Dec 18, 2018;  Jan 15, 2019;  Jan 29, 2019;  Feb 12, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019;  Mar 5, 2019;  Mar 19, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$185
Victoria Falls Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension
Jan 29, 2019;  Feb 12, 2019;  Feb 26, 2019;  Mar 5, 2019;  Mar 19, 2019;  Apr 3, 2019;  Apr 24, 2019;  May 8, 2019;  May 22, 2019;  Jun 5, 2019;  Jul 17, 2019;  Aug 14, 2019;  Sep 25, 2019;  Nov 6, 2019;  Dec 4, 2019 +$1199
Nov 6, 2018;  Nov 13, 2018;  Nov 20, 2018;  Jan 15, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$1249
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 3, 2019;  Apr 24, 2019;  May 8, 2019;  May 22, 2019;  Jun 5, 2019;  Jul 17, 2019;  Aug 14, 2019;  Sep 25, 2019;  Nov 6, 2019;  Dec 4, 2019 +$199
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, $60 for multiple-entry. Optional excursions to Zambia or Botswana require a multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

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.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK)1
Aug 14, 2019 unavailable
All other departures included
Washington Dulles (IAD)2
Aug 14, 2019 included
Jan 29, 2019;  Mar 5, 2019;  Mar 19, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$100

1. For flights from JFK, upgrades may be available to Business Class starting from $5,500. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

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

This package offers round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. 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 for Cape Town via Johannesburg

Day 2: Cape Town

Accommodations: 4 nights Protea Hotel by Marriott Breakwater Lodge through Mar 2019, Radisson RED Hotel from Apr 2019 onward, 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.

(If the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is closed due to maintenance or inclement weather, visit Signal Hill instead)

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, ZAR 1260 per person through 2018, ZAR 1800 per person from Jan 2019, if purchased locally. 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.

Note: Prices for locally purchased tours are subject to change as park fees and fuel can increase without advance notice.

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, ZAR 1280 per person through 2018, ZAR 1500 per person from Jan 2019, if purchased locally. This morning, 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. This afternoon, head 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 the beauty of this world-renowned region, before venturing into the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour with wine tasting. Depending on availability of the ferry tickets, the itinerary of this excursion may be reversed or the excursion may be operated on Day 4.

If the ferries to Robben Island are not operating due to poor weather conditions, a Township tour will be provided instead, followed by the above scheduled Cape Winelands tour.

Note: Ferry tickets to Robben Island are limited and may not be available locally. We strongly recommend prepaying for the optional excursions package, which includes Cape Winelands & Robben Island. Regretfully, we cannot pre-sell the excursions individually.  Prices for locally purchased tours are subject to change as park fees and fuel can increase without advance notice.

Day 6: Cape Town & Entabeni

Accommodations: 2 nights Entabeni Lakeside Lodge, or similar. 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 & lunch.

  • 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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