TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA AND ZIMBABWE, VICTORIA FALLS
Fri, June 15, 2018 @ 07:00 PM to Mon, June 26, 2017 @ 07:00 PM
1 Saarinen Cir,
$450 - $9500
South Africa is blessed with spectacular scenery and natural landscapes. From Table Mountain to the unspoiled coastline and safari lodges, you can go almost anywhere in this magnificent country and experience the ultimate combo of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure, heritage and vibe, the choice is yours
During our 8 night program, you will experience the adventure of five safari game drives in the heart of So Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It has become synonymous with the leopard.
Together we will also enjoy the best of Cape Town and the V & A Waterfront district.. Come with us to explore the heights overlooking this magnificent Mother City, Cape Town and much more..
For those who are interested to discover the majesty of Victoria Falls, you can continue from Cape Town to the outstanding waterfalls located on border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, first documented by European David Livingstone in 1855. But these amazing falls have archeological sites around them with history dating back 3 million years
June 15: Board our International Flight to Cape Town
June 17: Arrival at Cape Town International Airport (D)
After obtaining luggage a 5 minute transfer to Southern Sun or Tambo International Hotel
1:55 pm – Arrive Cape Town. After clearing customs and immigrations and collecting your luggage, we’ll proceed to the Arrivals Hall where our A & K rep will meet us Driving time to the Southern Cullinan Hotel is approximately 35 minutes., subject to traffic conditions.
Situated at the entrance to the exciting V&A Waterfront, The Cullinan offers views of Table Mountain, the bustling harbour, the Waterfront and the city. The hotel complements the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town with a timeless architectural tradition. Every aspect of the hotel denotes the special care that it offers in providing guests with efficient and discreet service. Elegance and style is evident in the marbled foyer, with its majestic columns and lavish decor, rich furnishings and intricate metalwork. The guest rooms are spacious with luxury bathrooms, and offer views of either Table Mountain or the Waterfront. This hotel provides a full range of services - from the elegant breakfast room and a la carte restaurant, to the ladies' cocktail bar. For the health conscious, the hotel has its own gym and for those who prefer a fresh water dip to the cold Atlantic ocean, the outdoor pool is ideal. Guests who choose to stay at The Cullinan are assured of exceptionally good value and individual recognition.
Your afternoon is at yhour leisure.
7:30 pm – WELCOME DINNER located at the restaurant at the hotel
Overnight accommodation /Southern Sun Hotel / Standard room / Bed and breakfast basis
June 18 – (B,L,D)
5 minute road transfer from hotel to Tambo International Airport departing on schedule flight
from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. There is a 1 hr 50 min road transfer to Ngala Safair Lodge.
After lunch we will depart for an afternoon game activity.
June 19 – (B,L,D)
Morning and afternoon game drives
June 20 – (B,L,D)
Morning and afternoon game drives
June 21 – (B)
June 22 – (B,L)
Full day Robben Island & Cape Town City Tour, including Table Mountain (weather permitting)
Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel from where you depart on a morning tour of Cape Town City. We drive though the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof ("Drummers' Ravine") to the lower cable car station on the slopes of Table Mountain. Weather permitting we make the short and comfortable ascent to the top of the mountain by cable car. The panoramic view of the sea and city from the summit is magnificent.
Then we begin our tour of historic Cape Town. After the excitement of "summiting" Table Mountain, we take an easy walk through the tranquil Company Gardens (the remnants of the Dutch East India Company's fruit and vegetable gardens) with notable important buildings including the Houses of Parliament, the Tuynhuis ("Townhouse" or Cape Town's "White House"), National Art Gallery and National Library.
After lunch at the Waterfront, your A&K guide will walk you over to catch the Robben Island ferry.
The Robben Island Tour is a must do for all those that want to delve into the story of the modern South Africa and its deliverance from the Apartheid years after the free elections of 1994, when Nelson Mandela came to power and the new "Rainbow Nation" came to life.
Robben Island sits 12 kilometres offshore from Cape Town, surrounded by freezing cold seas and strong currents. In this way, geographically, it is Cape Town's version of Alcatraz, perfectly designed and naturally defended to create the ultimate prison. The history of Robben Island is very different to that of Alcatraz. For 400 years it has been a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment, where rulers sent political prisoners, social outcasts and the unwanted of society.
During Apartheid, Robben Island was internationally known for its institutional brutality. Those that ran the prison were tasked to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. It was here that Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated for 18 of the 27 years that he spent as a political prisoner of the regime. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century here for their beliefs.
Those imprisoned succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island has come to symbolise the triumph of the human spirit over great hardship and adversity, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world.
On this tour you will see the prison itself and Mandela's cell. In the 2 ½ hours that you spend on the island, your guide will bring those years to life and explain to you how the legacy of Robben Island has been one of the most important building blocks of the new "Rainbow Nation".
The ferry will return you to the Waterfront where you have the option of staying on at the Waterfront or returning to your hotel. The bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, built around the old harbour, is a hugely popular destination with tourists and locals alike. It is unique as a working harbour that still boasts a varied selection of eclectic shops and excellent restaurants.
June 23 – (B,L)
Full day Cape Peninsula Tour
Journey past the "bikini beaches "of Clifton and Camps Bay, beautifully located along the Atlantic coast, before you descend into the Hout Bay valley, with its bustling fishing harbour and white sand beach.
Travel over the famous Chapman's Peak Drive (subject to road conditions). This historic road, high on the mountainside overlooking the sea, was once considered "impossible to build", but Charl Marais rose to the challenge and Chapman's Peak Drive was opened to the public in 1922.
Your journey continues to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve, which covers 22000 acres of land, converges in the south at Cape Point. You can walk up the steep pathway or ride in the Flying Dutchman funicular to the lighthouse where panoramic views await.
Drive through the nature reserve and admire the endemic 'fynbos' and we may even spot wild animals like zebra, ostrich and antelope. En route to lunch you will visit Boulders, a lovely beach famous for its colony of endangered Jackass Penguins on the coast of False Bay.
Pass through Simon's Town, which was the Royal Navy's main base in the South Atlantic from 1815 until 1957.
Travel back towards Cape Town passing through the up-market suburb of Constantia. At Kirstenbosch the world-renowned National Botanical Garden, a local guide ensures that you learn about some of the more fascinating aspects of the gardens. Return to the hotel passing interesting sites such as the University of Cape Town and Rhodes Memorial.
June 24 –(B,D)
Free day or below is the OPTIONAL Wine LANDS Tour
Today enjoy a stunning scenic tour into the Cape Winelands, which is also full of South African history, beautiful scenery and most of all of superb world-class wines. consists of tree lined streets and historical architecture.
Full Day Wine Lands Tour
The Cape Winelands are set below the dramatic range of mountains known as the "Hottentots Holland" with whitewashed homesteads nestling under avenues of oaks. Stellenbosch is not only home to some of the world's finest wines, however a famous university town, founded in 1679 by Governor Simon van der Stel.
The Classic Cape Cuisine Walking tour is a medley of savoring traditional Cape food and drinks as your guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch with its rich architecture and oak-lined streets. Learn about the oldest townhouse in South Africa dating back to 1709. At the same time you will have the change to observe the latest outdoor art exhibitions which grace several street corners. Along the way allow your palate to relish various tastings stops. Firstly taste indigenous rooibos, honeybush and buchu tea served with old-style rusks. Visit al local family run butchery and learn about traditional dried meat snacks (biltong & droëwors). Experience a wine tasting with biltong and droëwors parings at a trendy wine bar. Stop at Oom Samie’s Shop, the oldest shop in town and dip into a brown paper bag with nostalgic sweets. Enjoy the heritage lunch platter, served at the oldest hotel in the country and consist of traditional meals including e.g. Bobotie, Chicken Pie, and Oxtail Stew with vegetables and condiments. Finally take a seat on the banks of the Eerste River to finish up on a sweet note. Sample various Cape Desserts with some fortified wine and coffee.
To top off lunch you head for a cheese tasting, accompanied of course by a glass of wine at the local "Fromagerie" (or similar).
Time permitting explore Franschhoek's charming high street, visits quaint art and antique shops. Visit the distinctive Huguenot Monument and museum, and learn about the rich heritage and history of the Franschhoek Valley.
From here you will return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
· Transport in a luxury air-conditioned coach including bottled water with an English Speaking guide
· Private Foodies on Foot Walking Tour in Stellenbosch
· Wine Tasting & Cellar Tour
· Cheese & wine Tasting
· Lunch including soft drinks, fruit juice, water and tea/coffee
- Farewell Dinner at the Hotel
June 25: (B)
For those going home depart to Cape Town International Airport for night flight home.
- Roundtrip air - : LAX to Johannesburg and, Cape Town to LAX on Air France and KLM on the mail 8 night trip.
- Round trip air – LAX to Johannesburg For Victoria Falls and Botswana extensions
- Tambo International Hotel or Southern Sun – one night – breakfast
- Johannesburg City Tour
- Four nights accommodations at the Southern Cullinan Hotel- Cape Town based on dbl occupancy.
- Flight from Johannesburg -to Kruger
- Cape Town - 4 nights dbl occup, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and all tours and entrance fees where noted.
- Panorama Route Ngala Safari Lodge to Nelspruit and flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town
- Ngala Safari lodge - 3 nights dbl occup, all meals, 5 game drives,
- All airlines taxes and surcharges of $511.20
OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO VICTORIA FALLS
Victoria Falls Extension – June 25 –27 $1589 (single supp. $229)
Explore the world famous Victoria Falls – constituting one of the natural wonders of the world – on a private walking tour with you A&K guide. The Falls truly envelope you with their physical presence – they never fail to impress even the most experience traveled.
Also enjoy a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River.
June 25 – (B)
Depart on flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. After obtaining your luggage transfer to the Ilala Lodge. Later depart on transfer for sundowner cruise.
Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel for your transfer to the jetty from where you depart on an afternoon sunset cruise. The area of the Zambezi the Sundowner Cruise is conducted on is one of outstanding natural, scenic beauty with a wide diversity of game and birdlife. Enjoy frequent sightings of large animals such as elephants, hippo and crocodiles, as this area lies within Zambezi National Park. Being a mono hull, the boat has a low profile in the water where you are comfortably seated closer to the waterline than on the conventional pontoon cruise boats. The boat has a carpeted deck with comfortable club chairs and teak topped tables each seating a maximum of three people. The boat is staffed with a boat captain, guide, hostess and waiter to ensure that all your needs are taken care of. With a flat deck there is plenty of room to get up and move around during the cruise, which is encouraged to gain the most out of your experience. Snacks and drinks are included in your cruise.
June 26 – (B,D)
Morning Private Walking Tour of the Falls
Lunch at leisure and later included is the Boma dinner including cultural experience.
Private Guided Tour of the Falls – Zimbabwe
"Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel and transfer to the entrance of the Falls, a five minute drive from most hotels. Raincoats during high water months are provided as you are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The three kilometre walk, through the rainforest, is approximately one hour long, and stops at various viewing points. There are three exit paths along the way in case you get tired. During the wet season, between April and November, you are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the walk, as well as bring along suitable waterproof protection for camera equipment. During the dry season, between October and March, the water level is very low, and the likelihood of getting wet is less. You are likely to see abundant birdlife in the rainforest, as well as bushbuck, monkeys, baboons and families of mongoose.
- Roundtrip airfare from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Complimentary hotel shuttle transfer
- Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver, including porterage, water , and cooled towels.
- Accommodation for two nights at Ilala Lodge Deluxe room
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Victoria Falls Tour
- Sunset Cruise
- Boma Dinner
- Personal extras (curios, gifts etc.)
- Any gratuities.
- Any Entrance fees
- Any meals not listed in itinerary
- Any beverages
- Zimbabwe Single Entry visa of US$ 30.00 per person
- Any Optional tours and or activities
June 16 depart Dulles at 11:00 am arrive Addis Ababa 6:15 am on June 17 (there is a 1 hr layover in Dublin)
June 17 depart Addis at 8:25 am arrive Cape Town 1:55 pm
June 26 depart Victoria Falls 1:00 pm arrive Addis 9:30 pm
June 26 depart Addis 10:45 pm arrive Dulles June 27 8:40 am.
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