A Taste of South Africa

Scenic and historic Cape Town then 4 game drives in Entabeni Safari Conservancy; optional extension to Victoria Falls

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes ActiveBucket ListNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Recreational
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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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.

Package 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 add-ons

  • Optional Victoria Falls post-tour Extension
  • Exciting excursions in and around Cape Town

Why you'll love it

  • Ascend to the top of Table Mountain via cable car (weather permitting) for the view of a lifetime.
  • Spend two days exploring Cape Town independently or enjoy optional excursions to Cape Point, Robben Island and more.
  • Enjoy 4 amazing game drives at a private conservancy, home to five ecosystems, the “Big 5”, and a wide variety of birds, fauna and flora.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2019 DEPARTURES
Dates Price
Departs U.S.: Wed, Dec 4, 2019
Finishes: Wed, Dec 11, 2019
Dec 4 – Dec 11
$2799 Departed

Options & Fees

A Taste of South Africa
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$489
Optional Excursions
Optional Excursions Package from Apr 2019 +$185
Victoria Falls Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension +$1199
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199

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. Optional excursions to Zambia or Botswana require a double-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. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK)1

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.

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart New York on your overnight flight for Cape Town via Johannesburg

Day 2 Cape Town

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

Radisson RED Cape Town

Full Day Itinerary
Table Mountain, 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.

Day 3 Cape Town

  • 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

Radisson RED Cape Town Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
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. 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

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

Radisson RED Cape Town Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Cape Point & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Cape Point lighthouse

 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

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

Radisson RED Cape Town Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Cape Winelands & Robben Island
Cape Winelands

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

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

Entabeni Lakeside Lodge or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Lioness, Entabeni

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

  • 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)
  • Later this afternoon set out on your third game drive

Entabeni Lakeside Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Getting up close with a rhino at Entabeni Conservancy Photo by Martin Weinberg

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

  • Early wake-up call and fourth and final game drive
  • Return to lodge for breakfast and some time to relax
  • Late morning transfer to the Johannesburg Airport OR Tambo International Airport for overnight flight back to the USA
  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA tomorrow morning

Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Johannesburg © South African Tourism

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).

Optional Excursions Package: +$185

Special package includes:

  • Cape Point & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (ZAR 1800 per person, if purchased locally)
  • Cape Winelands & Robben Island (ZAR 1500 per person, if purchased locally)

You can book the excursion to Cape Point & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa.

However, the excursion to the Cape Winelands & Robben Island must be pre-purchased as tickets to Robben Island are extremely 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 4 days after the return dates shown.

Day 8 Entabeni & Johannesburg

  • 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

Peermont Metcourt Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Wildebeest, Entabeni Photo by Fyre Mael

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. En route, enjoy a panoramic tour of Pretoria, passing by the Union Buildings and courts. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 Johannesburg & Victoria Falls

  • 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

A'Zambezi River Lodge Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Hippos

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.

Day 10 Victoria Falls

  • 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

A'Zambezi River Lodge Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Victoria Falls rainforest

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), +$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-entry Zimbabwe visa.)

Note: Price is set locally and is subject to change without prior notice.

Day 11 Depart Victoria Falls

  • Guided tour of the falls
  • Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight home, via Johannesburg
  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA tomorrow morning

Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Victoria Falls

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 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."

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

Hotels

Radisson RED Cape Town

Radisson RED Cape Town

Proposing a unique lifestyle experience within Silo district, the Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town is the first of its kind, focusing on art, fashion and music to connect people.  The hotel features a rooftop sun terrace and views of the sea.  Free high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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Entabeni Lakeside Lodge

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Peermont Metcourt

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A'Zambezi River Lodge

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