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Experience the Culture and Nature in South Africa!
Visit Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Cape Town, and more!
Overnights in Sandton, Hazyview, Knysna, and Cape Town!
March 12-24, 2020, 13 Days, 21 Meals
Experience breathtaking mountains, search for the "Big 5," and taste authentic African foods!
One country with a world of treasures, South Africa awaits your arrival. Breathtaking mountain scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife in its natural habitat comprise this incredible experience.
Sandton, South Africa - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.
Sandton - Soweto - Sandton
Today, you visit the Apartheid Museum, which commemorates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. A guided tour of Soweto - South West Township - showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the former center of the liberation movement and the site of the police raid that let to Nelson Mandela's lifetime prison sentence. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park
Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and known as one of Africa's greatest natural wonders. Along this magnificent route, stop at God's Window and stand at what seems like the edge of creation. On clear days, you can see as far as Mozambique. This evening, enjoy a traditional Boma dinner, where you may sample some local game meat!
Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive
Have your camera ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement! Enjoy a full day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the "Big 5" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino - and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully - you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffe in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - George - Knysna
Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, to enjoy a 3-night stay.
Today, we visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads, which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees - so called because of their white latex sap - before your return cruise. This afternoon, it's your choice! Visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as "Bahia Formosa" (or "Beautiful Bay"); witness views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons - OR - enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Knysna, with time to independently explore the charming waterfront.
This morning's township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a school. Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of educating the children of the region. This evening you may choose to join an optional excursion to Thesen Islands.
Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Cape Town
Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, after which you can catch a glimpse of ostriches big and small while on a tractor safari through Lucerne fields. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Later this afternoon, arrive in the beautiful harborside city of Cape Town.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of this lovely city. Cape Town celebrates its noted architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German, and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly names - and flat-topped -- Table Mountain. The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion's Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse.
Cape Town - Franschhoek - Cape Town
Journey to the beautiful winelands region, known for its colorful mountains and endless vineyards. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting, followed by lunch overlooking the vineyards. After lunch, take a tour of the wine cellar and learn about the different vintages and blends created at the winery.
Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the djembe drums before a communal African dining experience with dishes from all of the continent.
Cape Town - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Cape Town.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
DEPOSIT: $500 per person at time of reservation; final payment is due January 2, 2020. Once final payments have been received, stringent cancellation penalities apply.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Overnight flight (1 night); Da Vinci Hotel and Suites, Sandton (2 nights); Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort, Hazyview (2 nights); Log Inn Knysna, Knysna (3 nights); Commodore Hotel, Cape Town (4 nights).
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Collette tour director, roundtrip motorcoach/airport/resort transfers, roundtrip air, luggage handling at hotels, admissions/attractions, and 21 meals, including 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended; available at booking for $385/per person.
PASSPORT/IDENTIFICATION: Passport required for this tour at your expense. Visitor visa to South Africa will be obtained upon arrival at no additional cost. Additional excursions/extensions may require additional visitor visas at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are stongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements. Important Passport Information: You must have at least 2 blank pages (with visa hologram) remaining in your passport to allow for the entry stamp issued for South Africa. The 2 pages for South Africa MUST be facing each other. Failure to compy with this law will result in denied boarding of your international flight. If you choose to continue on with the Victoria Falls extension, you must have at least 2 additional blank pages remaining in your passport. If you have questions, please see your travel professional or call us.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days. Participants much be able to keep up with group.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Airline luggage fees and fuel surcharges (if applicable) are additional and vary by airline.
Cape town - Dine with a Local Family; $65 per person.
Knysna - Thesen Islands Experience; $65 per person.
5-Days, 3-Night Dubai Pre-Tour Extension; $649 per person, double, land only rate; call for current air rates.
4-Days, 3-Night Victoria Falls Post-Tour Extension; $2,349 per person, double, land & air inclusive.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Janesville, WI|| Van Galder Terminal |
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
|Madison, WI|| Shopko South Towne Mall |
2101 W. Broadway, Lot "G", Madison WI
|Rockford, IL|| Van Galder Terminal |
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
|South Beloit, IL|| Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day) |
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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