B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Thursday, 14 Sep 2017: Arrive Cape Town; Transfer to the Hotel.
Schedule your arrival at your convenience. Most flights arrive late in the evening. Transfer to the hotel will be provided. No activities scheduled for this day. Known as the “Rainbow Nation,” South Africa offers a little of everything, from sophisticated city life to untouched beaches, from breathtaking scenery to an opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Our journey allows time to experience many different cultures of this wonderful country. Overnight Cape Town - 3 nights
Friday, 15 Sep 2017: Cape Town Sightseeing Tour; Winery Visit; Group Dinner (B,D)
We'll begin this morning with a walking tour of Cape Town, the Mother City of Africa, to gain better insight into the extraordinary magic of the city. Cape Town is a rare cultural gem resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman, Hottentot and the Bantu tribes. From here, we proceed to a local winery. South Africa has risen in prominence as a world-class wine producer. Sample local wines and food pairings. Returning to the city we have free time until we regroup tonight with our Welcome Dinner.
Saturday, 16 Sep 2017: Peninsula Tour; Cape of Good Hope; African Penguin Colony (B)
This morning we set out for a full day of sightseeing around Cape Point and the Peninsula. Sit back and relax as we drive the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire’s Paradise. We'll pass Camps Bay and Clifton and then cross over to Hout Bay, where, weather permitting, we can glimpse the breeding colony of cape fur seals on Seal Island. We'll wind along legendary Champman’s Peak Drive on the way to the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here we board the funicular for a magnificent view over False Bay, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. We continue on to the historic naval port of Simon’s Town, where there will be time for a lunch stop, then visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach.
Sunday, 17 Sep 2017: Flight to Nelspruit; Game Viewing en route to Lodge (B,D)
We transfer to the airport for the flight to Nelspruit Airport where we'll meet our guide and make our way to the lodge, our home for the next several nights. Enjoy game viewing from our motor coach. This grassland area is the preferred home to wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala and black rhinoceros. Overnight Tzaneen - 2 nights
Monday, 18 Sep 2017: Safari Drives - Morning & Afternoon (B,L,D)
A typical day on safari begins at sunrise with an early morning game drive, the best time to spot animals searching for their first meal of the day. We'll return to our lodge and enjoy a leisurely respite until we head out at mid-afternoon on another game drive lasting until sunset. Our private game lodge is situated against the backdrop of the grandiose Drakensberg Mountain Range. Traversing over 9000 hectares of supreme and diverse vegetation, with its three perennial rivers and huge Jackelberry and Leadwood trees, this reserve is home to Africa's famed "Big 5" - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
OPTIONAL Balloon Ride: Soar above the plains of Africa. Watch the sun rise. Skim the tree tops and float up into the thermals as you look down on the world as it wakes up. The balloon ride includes transportation to and from the launch point, a 1-hour hot air balloon ride, and fruit juice or sparking wine at the end of the flight. Departure time from lodge 4am and return by 7am. Note: Those who do the balloon ride will miss the early morning game drive. Have breakfast at your leisure back at the lodge and the morning free.
Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017: Morning Safari Drive; Endangered Species Centre (B,D)
After an early morning game drive, we enjoy a short break before setting out to visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The center focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals, particularly cheetah conservation. From here, we make our way to Casterbridge Hollow. Overnight Casterbridge Hollow - 3 nights
Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017: Elephant Whispers and Chimp Eden (B,L,D)
Today we change it up a bit to spend a leisurely hour at Elephant Whispers, a wonderful opportunity to interact with Africa's enormous elephants in an unforgettable way. Afterward, we'll head to Chimp Eden to visit this rustic sanctuary and view chimpanzees in semi-wild surroundings.
Thursday, 21 Sep 2017: Kruger National Park Safari (Boxed B,L,D)
Today we spend our safari time in Kruger National Park, maximizing our opportunities to see more African animals in their natural habitat. We never get tired of game drives! At the conclusion of the day we return to our hotel and have dinner.
Friday, 22 Sep 2017: Return to Johannesburg via Panorama Route (B,D)
This morning we travel by coach to Johannesburg via the Panorma Route. The natural wonders along this route range from cascading waterfalls to impressive mountain gorges. We'll take in the spectacular boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains from God's Window, one of the most scenic vantage points in all of South Africa. And, we'll visit the spectacular Bourke's Luck Potholes and view the famous Three Rondavels. We'll arrive in Johannesburg, make our way to our airport hotel and have dinner at the hotel.
Saturday, 23 Sep 2017: Cradle of Humandkind Tour; Return Home from Johannesburg (B,L)
Sadly, our South African sojourn has come to an end today. But before leaving we’re going to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. From past to present, we’ll explore five cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village and experience the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures. We will enjoy a light lunch at Tumulus restaurant before transferring to the Johannesburg Airport. Most flights depart Johannesburg in the evening. Be sure to schedule your return departure time no earlier than 6:30PM.