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Nothing can quite prepare you for what awaits in Cape Town! Table Mountain, endless beaches, and big city scenes, all this and much more are ready to welcome you today. On arrival, transfer to your hotel set in the heart of the city then head out to get a first-hand feel of this cosmopolitan buzz, before starting the trip off right, with your Travel Director and the group, where excitement will be riding high.
In what the locals call the 'Mother City', we'll waste no time getting started. For us, there's no better way to do it than an essential morning orientation tour to really get your bearings. Your Travel Director will paint a vivid picture of each and every spot, from the colourful facades and houses in Bo-Kaap to the lush Company Gardens and the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope. You'll soon feel like you're a part of history itself. Standing tall, the main event of today sees us hitting all new heights at you guessed it, Table Mountain via the iconic aerial cable way. As we pause to take in the 360-degree views stretching down the City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard and beyond you're sure to hear a collective 'ahhhh'. With Table Mountain checked off, tailoring your afternoon is up next, with options that are just as iconic as the sights. Choose to take a relaxed e-bike ride along the beach before feeling the sand in your toes at a sunset beach braai (barbeque), or jam your way through a djembe drumming session, re-fuelling over a feast of traditional African treats.
Today is about taking in Cape Town and surrounds, your way, and you'll have options galore. Wine lovers could choose to pop the cork and sip their way through the day in the Cape Winelands, via the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Lovers of all things cars could feel the thrills at Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to many specialized cars and motorbikes created over the past century, followed by wine tastings and a picnic lunch. Thrill-seekers could take to the seas on a two-hour Marine Safari with an expert Marine Biologist, scoping out impressive wildlife including great white sharks, Cape fur seals and humpback whales. Other options for those whose perfect day is the great outdoors, lace your boots up for a guided hike to the top of Table Mountain, or take it up a notch on a thrilling mountain-biking trail.
Farewell Cape Town, it's been a dream. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. We've got exciting news though, as another adventure in the form of a safari, awaits today! We board our included flight and say a quick hello to Johannesburg, before hopping straight to it as we make tracks to Pilanesberg National Park, home to the main event...South Africa's 'Big 5'. Surrounded by scenes that feel like a real-life film set, the fantasy of coming to Africa will really set in. Wild, open and magical, in our 4x4 vehicle, it will be all eyes peeled as the sun sets over the bushveld and the animals begin to emerge.
You'll be rising early today as we go in search of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo that make up the magnificent Big 5, and there's no better way to do it than with our Local Specialist Guide leading the charge. Feel like a true explorer as we navigate the dusty tracks in pursuit of spotting animals in both the vegetation and sparse open spaces while learning all about the area under our Guide's expert knowledge of the area. Whether you spot the Big 5 or not, there's no doubt you'll enjoy this truly magical experience. And if the day has left you craving even more adventure, keep the momentum going by choosing to join the experts from the Endangered Wildlife Trust in search of endangered species like lions, cheetahs and the African wild dog on a hands-on conservation experience.
This morning's final game drive with a Local Specialist will see us seeking out the elusive wild dog, leopard and colourful flash of a Lilac-breasted roller flitting from tree to tree on our final drive. We'll bid a fond farewell to the bushveld, tucking into a tasty breakfast, and just like that it's time to head back to civilisation to our next city stop, Johannesburg. Johannesburg is hard to resist, and we'll get our bearings first up with an orientation of its sights and sounds with your Travel Director. With an afternoon to explore your way take the opportunity to get a history fix at Soweto, delving into the infamous history of South Africa's oldest township and once home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. For a slice of adventure, consider donning a helmet to explore the Sterkfontein Caves and wander the Maropeng Visitor Centre, where humanity's origin story comes to life through interactive exhibits.However you choose to explore this afternoon, you'll be sure to have taken away a piece of why people fall in love with the people and energy in this vibrant city.
The 'smoke that thunders', otherwise known as Victoria Falls, awaits today. After an included morning flight, you'll be feeling like a VIP at our accommodation, located right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. This river is the lifeblood of Victoria Falls and home to hippos, crocodiles and playful elephants. You'll get a chance to spot these water-loving creatures as you end the day with a blissful sunset cruise.
For those who feel the draw of the great outdoors, you could opt to pull on your shoes for an early start, a guided sunrise walk that will fill your camera with spectacular snaps and stories from our Local Specialist. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the main event is up next, a guided tour with your Local Specialist of Victoria Falls. It will be hard to pull your jaw from the floor today because these thunderous falls, standing at 108m (354ft), make up the world's largest sheet of falling water that show Mother Nature at her best. Later, take time to explore life in the slow lane. Whether you want to wander little galleries or open air markets, there's no shortage of ways to end the day.
With fond memories of animals, waterfalls, and friendly locals fresh in your mind, your trip around South Africa's icons will come to an end this morning. You'll tuck into breakfast, then transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your included flight to Johannesburg and connecting international flight, just make sure to depart after 19:30.
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Head out for a fun-filled evening packed with delicious food, live entertainment and local traditions. The evening kicks off with an interactive djembe drumming session followed by a soothing hand washing ceremony. You’ll then eat your way through a set 14-dish tasting menu of traditional African cuisine while learning about the country origins and cooking techniques of each dish. You’ll also be entertained during your dinner by a Mali puppet show with vibrant storytelling through singing and dancing. This is more than just a restaurant - it’s an immersive experience that’s sure to be a highlight on your Cape Town trip.
Adult Price: R895
Get on two wheels and get out there to see the gorgeous scenery around Cape Town. You’ll hop on an e-bike (electric bicycle) and cruise through the beautiful sandy hills and bushy slopes with your guide, all while spotting the abundant birdlife. Marvel at the stunning views of the coastline, and get a glimpse of Robben Island and iconic Table Mountain, before stopping at sunset for a beach braai (barbecue). Dig your toes into the sand, soak up the glorious sunset, and tuck into South African favorites like 'Braai broodjie' (toasted cheese, tomato & onion sandwich prepared on the braai), mielie (corn on the cob) and boerewors (sausage) with tomato 'smoor' (tomato relish). (This optional is offered weather permitting.)
Adult Price: R2,670
Looking for some thrills in Cape Town? We’ll get your adrenaline pumping with a guided mountain biking experience on the iconic Table Mountain. It’s one of the best ways to get up close with the glorious nature of Table Mountain and your expert local guide will guide you along one of the most famous routes, where the Cape Epic prologue is held, along the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Soak up all the spectacular panoramic views, get your heart racing and reconnect with nature in the heart of the city!
Adult Price: R2,030
Take your African safari travel experience to the water today, to search for whales, sharks and dolphins, oh my! On this ocean safari from Gansbaai, you'll embrace adventure with the help of an expert Marine Biologist. For one unforgettable morning, travel in search of South Africa's most impressive wildlife, including humpback whales and dolphins, Cape fur seals, southern right whales and great white sharks in the famous Shark Alley. All the while, your expert trip leader will share stories of life under the sea and explain how environmental issues are impacting the habitat on this hands-on conservation experience. After a day of close-encounters and plenty of photo-worthy moments, you'll be feeling like a true explorer.
Adult Price: R2,760
Discover your inner wine connoisseur at the rolling vineyards of Franschhoek onboard the vintage-style Wine Tram. With eight different lines traveling around the property, there are plenty of wine estates to explore and you can head to a wine tasting to sample all your favorite whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, and full-bodied reds like Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir. You'll be able to take the tour at your own pace, hopping off to visit each estate and eat at one of the many world-class restaurants. If you'd rather soak up the gorgeous vineyard views, you'll find everything you need to enjoy a picnic lunch outdoors.
Adult Price: R1,270
Car enthusiasts and foodies alike will get a kick out of this experience. First up, you’ll get to explore the fascinating Franschhoek Motor Museum, filled with a unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles and memorabilia, all set in a beautiful spot between the vineyards. Your museum tour will be followed by a wine tasting and picnic lunch at the award-winning Boschendal Wine Estate (September to May), or a restaurant lunch during the winter season (June to August).
Adult Price: R1,600
An extraordinary nature experience right in the heart of Cape Town awaits! You’ll head off with your local expert guide on a hike up the iconic Table Mountain, with your guide sharing insights and ensuring your safety every step of the way. Marvel at the incredible flora and fauna on the mountain, gaze out over the spectacular views of the Atlantic, and soak up all the wonders of nature on this special guided hiking experience.
Adult Price: R1,510
Animal lovers will delight at this once-in-a-lifetime conservation experience, setting out in the Pilanesberg National Park under the guidance of an expert from the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Today is all about getting hands-on and getting wild as you join a Guide for an exhilarating drive, on the lookout for the park's residents including the African wild dog, cheetah and lion. Together with your expert, you’ll spot these endangered species using radio collars and telemetry devices, and experience conservation efforts such as darting, collaring and sampling for research projects, leaving your tour with a deeper understanding of the organization’s incredible conservation work and feeling like a true adventurer.
Adult Price: R4,000
Take a step back in time and return to 'the place of origin' at the Cradle of Humankind, where our ancestors lived more than 3 million years ago. This fascinating experience takes you to the Maropeng Museum where you'll learn how we evolved into the people we are today and discover the species of animals that went extinct in the last century. You'll also explore the incredible Sterkfontein Caves, renowned for its fossil finds, where the famous Mrs. Ples and 'Little Foot' were discovered.
Adult Price: R1,900
Explore Soweto, one of South Africa's most historic townships, on a guided tour that highlights the township's anti-apartheid resistance and connections to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Experience the buzzing streets where locals sell their traditional handicrafts and walk down Vilakazi Street, the township’s most famous street, once home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners - the former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. You’ll visit the prestigious Apartheid Museum, which covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa, as well as the Hector Peterson Memorial, which commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against Apartheid. You’ll also visit the Regina Mundi Church, Soweto’s largest Catholic Church that is known for the pivotal role that it played in the township’s history of resistance against Apartheid.
Adult Price: R1,620
Looking for the ultimate view over the mighty Victoria Falls? Take to the skies with this exhilarating 12-minute helicopter flight that gives you an unforgettable perspective on the falls. Your expert pilot will fly circuits over Victoria Falls to give you the best viewing and photographic opportunities. You’ll even take a trip up the Zambezi River and back over the Zambezi National Park, keeping watch for wildlife, to top off your flight. Said by explorer David Livingstone to be “a sight so wonderful that angels must have gazed down on it in flight”, you’ll quickly understand why this really is the Flight of the Angels. Please note: Price shown excludes National Park fees of $15 per person.
Adult Price: $150
The Victoria Falls isn’t just about the mighty waterfall. The town is also famed for its superb markets filled with Zimbabwe’s culture, artwork and handicrafts. You’ll venture out on a shopping tour where you can try your hand at the African system of ‘barter-trade’ as you explore the open-air markets. You’ll also visit a crochet hall where skilled artisans make lace by hand, and a variety of galleries and shops selling intricate wood carvings, stone sculptures, beaded jewelry and authentic African art.
Adult Price: $14
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