Solo Travelers Safari and Sea Adventure

Destination: South Africa

Valid dates:

Aug 25, 2018 – Sep 2, 2018 excludes travel days

Aug 22, 2018 – Sep 2, 2018 pre-trip dates & excludes travel days

Pricing:

MAIN TRIP PRICE PER PERSON, sharing $2439.00*

OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP PRICE PER PERSON sharing $949.00*

$150 discount – book by February 15, 2018

single supplement on request

*subject to change due to currency fluctuations
*all prices are based on sharing and a minimum of 12 participants

Description:

If it’s your first time to Africa, the birthplace of civilization or you are returning to South Africa, you will love this itinerary to include such landmarks as Durban’s fantastic coastline, Johannesburg historical sites and the Malaria free area of Madikwe for your safari experience, home of the Big 5 and only a three-hour drive from Johannesburg.

For first time travelers the 3-night pre-trip in Cape Town is a must do.

Trip Details:

Includes

  • 3 nights in Cape Town for the pre-trip Winchester Mansions or similar.
  • 3 nights in Durban Hotel Protea Umhlanga Ridge or similar.
  • 2 nights in Johannesburg Hotel Garden Court Sandton or similar.
  • 3 nights in Madikwe game reserve at the Tau Lodge in Full Board.
  • Meals as mentioned (B: Breakfast [8 or 10]; L: Lunch [4] D: Dinner [10 or 8]).
  • Entrance fees in all mentioned sites.
  • Adventures Africa Escort.
  • Local guides when needed and tour director throughout the tour.

Excludess

  • International and intra Africa air additional.
  • Gratuities to guides, restaurant staff or drivers
  • Porterage.
  • Transfers where not noted
  • Optional activities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, spa treatments, curio shop etc
  • Travel Insurance, Highly recommended
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ITINERARY:

Day 1: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (optional pre-trip)


Winchester Mansions

Room: Standard

Arrive all through the day depending on your airline in Cape Town –Transfer to your hotel –Night at leisure
Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award-winning wines and laidback lifestyle.
Our hotel is ideally located on the Sea Point Promenade overlooking the gorgeous Atlantic coastline, this landmark hotel is the picture of elegance and luxury. Guests can unwind in style and comfort in a range of exquisitely decorated and spacious rooms and suites, all of which boast fabulous views of the sea, the mountains or the hotel’s beautiful colonnaded courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza. The Winchester Mansions occupies a gorgeous original Cape Dutch home featuring a heated pool, a sundeck, and a renowned onsite restaurant offering excellent South African cuisine with a classic European twist.


Day 2: Thursday, August 23, 2018 (optional pre-trip)


Cape Peninsular

After breakfast, the day is spent enjoying and exploring the Cape Peninsular. Guests enjoy a ride up the “Flying Dutchman” to the lighthouse on Cape Point and then enjoy a short hike to the point. This is where Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and the most Southern point on the African continent! A must see.
Guests also enjoy a visit to the Penguins at Boulders beach and a few of Cape Town numerous landmarks.
Guests then return to the hotel to freshen up before departing for their dinner (included –venue TBA)



Day 3: Friday, August 24, 2018 (optional pre-trip)


Table Mountain Cableway and onstantia Winelands

After breakfast, depart for Table Mountain to take a ride up the cableway to enjoy the best views of the city. Then our private coach will take us to the Winelands region in Constantia for wine tastings (included) before returning to Cape Town for our dinner and show at Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro.

Table Mountain Cableway
A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, a 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 views. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.

Constantia Winelands
The oldest wine region in South Africa, Constantia’s wine estates are famed for their award-winning wines.
Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro, Richard’s Supper Stage offer’s something different to any other restaurant here in Cape Town, or even in the Country. “Kaapse Stories from the Mother City” is a dinner show offering the visitor to the Cape an authentic cultural and culinary experience of what the people of the Cape and the “Rainbow Nation” has to offer.


Day 4: Saturday August 25, 2018 (end of optional pre-trip/1st day of main tour)


Durban, Umhlanga beach

After Breakfast, transfer to Cape Town airport for internal flight to Durban airport. Meet up with our driver and the rest of the group for transfer to our hotel – Hotel Protea Umhlanga Ridge or similar.
With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is KwaZulu Natal’s tourist hub. The swimming and surfing are rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world-class aquarium and other entertainments.
Just minutes away from the Umhlanga beach, Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge is situated in the secure environment of the Umhlanga New Town Centre opposite the Wavehouse and the Gateway Theatre where such facilities as Barnyard Theatre, movies, restaurants, shops and entertainment are all within very easy walking distance. Overlooking the picturesque Chris Saunders Park, the Protea Hotel
Night at leisure –Dinner at the hotel or walking distance that evening.


Day 5: Sunday, August 26, 2018


Full day of sightseeing in Durban

Durban is a multicultural city with plenty of attractions most of which are focused around the beach and the harbor. The Marine Parade now connects the iconic Moses Mabhida 2010 Stadium with the Golden Mile and Ushaka Marine World. While the Sugar Terminal tells a story of the province’s major industry and a trip to the colorful Indian Market highlights shows the impact that Durban’s Indian population has had on its food and culture. UShaka Sea World is based around a shipwreck-themed aquarium (one of the five largest aquariums in the world), a 1 200-seater dolphin stadium, a seal pool and penguin rookery – and interactive activities in the Dinner included at the fantastic Moyo on the beach – Night at hotel.


Day 6: Monday, August 27, 2018


Lesotho

After breakfast, get your passport ready to check 1 more country off your list! Lesotho! The Sani Pass is a mountain pass which cuts through the UNESCO designated Drakensberg mountain range linking South Africa with the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The pass itself runs through no-man’s lands between the two border posts. As the only road link between southern Lesotho and South Africa it was an important trade route to enable the landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho to trade with South Africa. We will ride in 4×4 vehicles and experience challenging off-road driving and magnificent views of the Drakensberg mountain range while discovering one of Africa’s highest mountain passes and home to the highest pub in Africa where we will enjoy lunch.
Return to Durban later in the day.
Dinner included – Overnight in Durban


Day 7: Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Johannesburg

After breakfast, transfer to Durban airport for internal flight to Johannesburg airport.
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a very multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, right next to ultramodern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organized tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
Bus transfer to your hotel, The Garden Court Sandton(or similar) – Rest of the day at leisure (optional tours will be offered).

Dinner included (venue TBA)

The Garden Court Sandton City is situated in the heart of Johannesburg. The convenient location meanwhile has plenty of advantages for all guests. Leisure travelers can enjoy the world-class shopping, entertainment and sight-seeing attractions found within the area. Getting around has never been easier, thanks to the high-speed Gautrain route that spans across the city.


Day 8: Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Full day tour of Soweto

After breakfast depart for a Full day tour of Soweto including the Apartheid Museum and Nelson Mandela square.
A Soweto Day Tour takes you in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson Museum (he was one of the school children who was shot in the 1976 Soweto Uprising).
You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, trying local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (our traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind, the smell of pavement cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience township life, the humanity, hospitality and warmth of the people, the “Ubuntu” as it is known in South Africa.
Dinner included (venue TBA) –Overnight at hotel.


Day 9: Thursday, August 30, 2018


Tau Game Lodge

Breakfast at your accommodation. Check out and depart for Madikwe Tau Lodge (4-hour bus drive). Lunch en route

The Madikwe Game Reserve is the newest of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. A public-private partnership resulted in the creation of this Big Five game reserve on almost worthless cattle farms and today it is home to 66 mammal species. Madikwe is a haven of amazing diversities. The landscape has mountainous areas, plateau, rocky hills, a perennial river, seasonal wetlands, a variety of sandy and clay areas, bushveld, Kalahari veld and savanna areas. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities in a malaria-free environment.

There is a good chance of seeing the Magnificent Seven which comprises the Big Five as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah. The reserve is home to the largest elephant population outside the Kruger National Park, black and white rhino, and the biggest disease-free herd of buffalo in the country. In addition to these, one may see brown and spotted hyena and all other South African predators. A multitude of plains game includes giraffe, zebra, springbok, and sable. There are also large populations of wildebeest, impala, and warthogs. For bird watchers, Madikwe is a destination you do not want to miss with the latest official bird list boasting an incredible 340 species.

An outdoor Boma is located on a central island in the river, accessed by a wooden bridge, with early morning breakfasts served under Acacia trees and fine-dining cuisine under sparkling and smiling stars. Madikwe River Lodge is the ideal venue to host intimate wedding ceremonies amid natural elements in an African ambiance, and very popular for conferencing and incentive group packages with team building activities such as bush dinners, big five spotting, treasure hunts, bird watching programs, group game drives, game walks, stargazing and swimming.

Arrive at the game reserve for afternoon game drive and dinner.


Days 10 and 11: Friday, August 31, 2018 and Saturday September 01, 2018


Safari

2 Full days of game drives and walking safari experience – All meals included


Day 12: Sunday, September 02, 2018



After your final morning game drive, you will be transferred by bus to Johannesburg airport for flight back to the U.S.A.
END of SERVICE

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Group schedules and activities subject to change at any time
  • Group meals are pre-chosen. We can accommodate allergies and intolerance only
  • Group airline seats cannot be assigned in advance. Special requests taken under consideration
  • Airline group rate allows mileage accrual at a modified rate
  • Airline tickets nonrefundable after being issued. Penalty for changes
  • Luggage restrictions may apply to 1 checked bag and 1 carry on
  • Please review hotels on their websites and tripadvisor.com prior to booking

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