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Essence of South Africa

10 Days from $3,506 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Bush, beach and two vibrant cities – capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold'.

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Bush, beach and two vibrant cities – capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold'.

  1. South Africa's ‘Mother City' and her iconic Table Mountain extend a warm welcome as you embark on a journey that will reveal the highlights of South Africa. Spend the day delving into Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:African Pride 15 On Orange
  2. This morning, we encounter Table Mountain first-hand, ascending via aerial cableway to its vast flat top – a rocky wonderland of rich Cape 'fynbos' and curious 'dassies' (hyraxes). Peer over the bustling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this afternoon's city tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure. Ramble up Bree Street to sample the city's vibrant coffee culture or take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade with the fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. The crashing waves of the Atlantic to your right, the rocky 12 Apostles to your left, wind your way along one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads towards the outcrop that is Africa's most extreme south-western tip. Say a quiet hello to the shy penguins of Boulders Beach, see the Cape of Good Hope and travel through charming coastal towns along the way.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Venture to the town of Franschhoek and see during your orientation why it is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. In the nearby Stellenbosch Kloof Valley, you'll connect with locals over a Be My Guest traditional Cape lunch. Gain insights into the wine heritage of the De Waal family, who have been making wine in this valley since the early 18th century. Join a family member for wine tasting, then explore their beautiful 1791 Cape Dutch Manor House. Return to Cape Town for an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  5. This morning you'll bid farewell to the ‘Mother City' and fly to Hoedspruit where a private game reserve near South Africa's great Kruger National Park beckons. Then kick back, relax and settle in to the Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge, your home in the bush for the next three nights.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge
  6. The action begins as we embark on an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve with a Local Specialist game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide. The rising sun awakens the birds and insects that share your journey into the bush, as you scour the dense brush for signs of the Big 5. After lunch, and time for a siesta and a swim, return to the bush for an afternoon safari drive.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Today enjoy another full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve. Continue to scour the dense brush with your Local Specialist for incredible encounters with Africa's iconic wildlife. End the day with a traditional sundowner drink overlooking the Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife that emerge from their cover of darkness.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Our time in the South African bushveld comes to a close with a visit to a local Shangaan village. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Shangaan people and how the Eco Academy there provides eco and wildlife education. Fly to Johannesburg and check into your hotel located in the restaurant and entertainment hub of Melrose Arch.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Protea Fire and Ice
  9. Unlock the secrets of the ‘city of gold' on a full-day tour to view several iconic sites including the Regina Mundi Church and Mandela's house in Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Apartheid Museum, which chronicles South Africa's tumultuous Apartheid years.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Our epic encounter with South Africa's iconic sites comes to an end today. Transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your outbound flight.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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    This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests to insure a more exclusive expedition, with accommodation in lodge establishments that cater to smaller groups.

  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Air: Airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfill the trip itinerary: Day 5 from Cape Town to Hoedspruit – SA8657; Day 8 Hoedspruit to Johannesburg – SA8860. Lowest possible available airfare quoted on the day that you book.

Airport Transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided their flight details.

Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.

Children: We are unable to accept children under the age of 12 on this itinerary.

Small Group: This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests in accordance with the capacity of the exclusive luxury safari lodge we have chosen for this trip.

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

17 meals: 9 full breakfasts, 3 lunches (including Be My Guest), 5 dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Indulge in a traditional Cape lunch and wine tasting with a member of the De Waal family, whose heritage is intrinsically linked with the wine traditions of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley. (Day 4))

Stays with Stories

  • Your stay at Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve contributes to the area's environmental sustainability and community development. (Day 5)

Dive into Culture

  • Hear first hand about the traditions and cultures of the Shangaan people and how their village promotes eco and wildlife education. (Day 8)
  • Learn about South Africa's turbulent past on an interactive Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom tour. (Day 9)

Local Specialist

  • Join an experienced tracker-guide on 4x4 safari game drives

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City Tour in Cape Town
  • Visit Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum
  • View Boulder's Beach penguin colony, Mandela House in Soweto
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  • Small Group Tour

    This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests to insure a more exclusive expedition, with accommodation in lodge establishments that cater to smaller groups.

  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Small Group Tour

    This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests to insure a more exclusive expedition, with accommodation in lodge establishments that cater to smaller groups.

  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Summer (mid-October to mid-March): hot and sunny, often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly.

    Autumn (mid-March to April): very little rainfall and warm but not too hot days, getting colder as the season progresses.

    Winter (May to August): the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau offer dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights.

  • Two (2) hours ahead of GMT. South Africa does not observe daylight savings. EST plus 7 in winter EST plus 6 in summer

  • TIPPING 

    The currency in South Africa is the Rand, noted as ZAR.
    For suggested tipping amounts, follow these guidelines but please remember tipping is always at your discretion.
    · Camp and Game Lodge Guides / Rangers: ZAR 150.00 per guest per day.
    · Camp and Game Lodge Trackers: ZAR 100.00 per guest per day.
    · General Safari Camp / Lodge Staff: ZAR 50.00 per guest per day.
    · Lodge Butlers: ZAR 50 per guest per day.
    · Hotel Staff (i.e. housekeeping): ZAR 50.00 per guest per day.
    · Porterage ZAR 15.00 per bag.
    · Transfer and Touring Driver ZAR 50.00 per person.
    · Half day tour ZAR 100.00 per person.
    · Full day tour ZAR 200.00 per person.
    · Restaurants 10 - 15% on meal accounts.

  • Shopping varies according to destination. Generally African handicrafts such as leather goods, wooden carvings, sculptures, paintings, bead work and woven articles are popular purchases. Jewelry is an excellent purchase in South Africa.

    Suggested Shopping Centers in Cape Town: Cavendish Square, Claremont, Victoria Wharf, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Canal Walk, Century City

  • The import of meat or meat products (dried, canned etc.), plants, seeds, vegetables, fruits, livestock, endangered wildlife species and products thereof (for example clothing & accessories) into the United States and Canada is prohibited. This includes Ostrich eggs & animal skins.

  • Please check in at least three hours prior to departure for international flights, two hours for regional flights and 90 minutes prior for domestic flights. Please reconfirm all onward flights at least 72 hours prior to departure. Local airline numbers are listed on your flight itinerary enclosed with your documents.

  • Power supply is 220v, 50 Hz. Most outlets require the type M plug with 3 round pins as pictured. Sometimes type C plugs with two pins are found on appliances. U.S. made appliances may need a transformer.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day. It’s important to be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to Packing for Safari.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Small Group Tour

    This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests to insure a more exclusive expedition, with accommodation in lodge establishments that cater to smaller groups.

  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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