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From the moment you board your International South African Airways flight you feel the warm and friendly African hospitality in every detail of the world class service you are about to experience. Sit back, relax, and get ready for a memorable safari vacation. Direct, non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg is approximately 16 hours long. Complimentary lunch and breakfast, as well as snacks and drinks, are served on the flight. Onboard entertainment is offered on a complimentary basis too.
On arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport, clear immigration, collect your luggage and then clear customs before re-check your bags for your domestic flight to Cape Town, where you will be met by a Lion World Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.
Arrive in the bustling and vibrant city of Cape Town to enjoy all the best that South Africa has to offer. You will be met by a Lion World Travel representative and transferred to the luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.
The award-winning 5-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is situated on Cape Town’s most scenic route. Named for the ruggedly beautiful mountain range that towers behind it, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is characterized by impeccable design and luxury. All the guest rooms are very comfortable, with every attention to detail catered for and the very latest in technology. Every room has air conditioning, entertainment centers with DVD player, and plush bathrobes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as international plug points. Classic Rooms are elegantly decorated in colors inspired by the hotel's natural surroundings and boast world-class amenities with a balcony and full-height sliding doors.
The majestic Twelve Apostles Mountain Range serves as a backdrop to this magnificent boutique property, with the Atlantic Ocean stretching out in front, as far as the eye can see. Walk along the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, that surrounds the property. The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town lies just fifteen minutes away by complimentary shuttle. It is the most popular tourist destination in South Africa due to its good climate, rich history, culture and scenic beauty, world-class restaurants, nightlife and shopping. At The Spa at the Twelve Apostles, you will feel indulged and cared for with splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality and superb food. This is the ideal escape where harmony and tranquility, gently restore body, mind and soul.
After an early breakfast you will be met by your guide for today’s tour to the exquisite Franschhoek Valley in the beautiful mountains of the Cape Winelands. The first stop is at La Bourgogne Wine Farm which was among the first Huguenot farms proclaimed in 1694, for an olive oil, olive and seasonal fruit preserve tasting. Next, head to the renowned Haute Cabrière Vineyard Estate located in a picturesque setting in Franschhoek and steeped in rich history. The estate was started over 300 years ago by Huguenot settlers from France, and primarily grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. It’s time to taste their wines while enjoying the breathtakingly extraordinary views from the tasting room. La Petite Dauphine, internationally known for their exceptional cuisine is where you will enjoy by a set menu lunch with wine pairing at Café Bon Bon. You will then have some free time to explore the quaint little town of Franschhoek before returning back to Cape Town.
Today is a day at leisure. Perhaps spend time to do some shopping or join our Lion World Travel Cape Peninsula Tour at a cost of US$175 per person. Please let us know if you would like to join this excursion:
On this tour you will see why the area earned the name of The Fairest Cape. Sit back and relax, as you drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire’s Paradise—from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno—towards the charming working harbor of Hout Bay. The tour then winds its way along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views. After a stop for lunch (your own account), visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to ride the Flying Dutchman funicular (optional and own account) to the old lighthouse for awe-inspiring views! Finally, the tour makes its way back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Did you know that the African Penguin used to be called a “jackass” penguin because its call is similar to that of a braying donkey!
During your stay, you will enjoy a complimentary three-course dinner at the hotel’s Azure Restaurant. Savor the finest indigenous and international cuisine on offer in the extremely popular Azure Restaurant. Round off the perfect meal with a delightfully sweet dessert enjoyed on the stunning terrace overlooking the ocean.
Your final day in Cape Town and a day of leisure to explore your surroundings or do some last-minute shopping.
It is time to say goodbye to beautiful Cape Town as you transfer from your hotel to Cape Town Airport in time for your scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth.
Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth, you will be met and transferred to Shamwari Bayethe, where you will spend 3-nights including all meals and twice-daily game drives. Bayethe is a luxurious 5-star tented safari lodge located within Shamwari Game Reserve, in South Africa's Eastern Cape, spanning 25,000 hectares over a malaria-free landscape. The game reserve offers huge quantities of wildlife and big game, including the Big Five. With just nine luxurious tents and a bush spa, it is an exclusive safari retreat in a prime game area. The spacious Superior Tents have their own private plunge pool, large indoor baths and outdoor showers. All the rooms at Bayethe are fitted international adaptors, international dial telephones, electronic safes, electric blankets and hairdryers. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated. The main living area has Wi-Fi, a business desk with a computer and internet access. The main lodge also has a large swimming pool and indoor and outdoor dining area. Shamwari Game Reserve offers a whole range of unique and fun activities and you can choose to do as much or as little as you wish. Game drives happen in the early morning and late afternoon in 4x4 safari vehicles, each lasting about three to four hours. You are accompanied by an extremely knowledgeable and experienced game ranger. In between game drives, there is time to relax by the pool or enjoy one of the African inspired spa treatments, at the Bush retreat spa. You can also visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary's, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where there is also the Animal Hospital where you can see the current patients. Shamwari focuses hugely on conservation and for the last five consecutive years, it has been voted the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve.
“By-ye-ti” or, “I salute you”, is the warm African greeting when you arrive.
Your day begins early with a hot breakfast served before you head out on this morning’s game drive. Each day on safari brings a new experience. After an exhilarating search for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down wildlife in the bush, you will stop for a break of hot drinks and snacks, and a chance to stretch your legs. Continue your game drive en route back to the lodge where you will no doubt exchange stories with other guests about what animals had been spotted. After freshening up you may want to take part in a bush walk close to the camp accompanied by a ranger and tracker. Walks allow you a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region and to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail. After lunch, relax around the camp enjoying the tranquility of the bush or perhaps enjoy a siesta. In the late afternoon everyone gathers for high tea, before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. The game drive extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. This is when the nocturnal animals come to life and the lions go out on their hunt! Once again, you will take a break somewhere out in the bush, in a scenic spot to watch a magnificent African sunset while sipping a sundowner (cocktails at sunset). Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner in the outdoor boma or possibly dinner in the bush.
Activities at Shamwari Bayethe revolve around morning and evening game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, each lasting about three to four hours. There are also guided nature walks, bird watching, well-being treatments or visits to the Rhino Awareness Centre, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and historic tours, all adding to this magnificent experience. You are accompanied on drives and walks by your experienced game rangers, who will provide interesting information and anecdotes about the inhabitants of the bush. Each safari game drive is an opportunity to discover something new. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are just as captivating.
After breakfast and your morning game drive to track the animals that may have eluded you so far, return to the lodge. Later you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. Bid farewell to the place that has given you unforgettable wildlife encounters in the African bush. On arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport, connect with your scheduled international South African Airways flight back to the USA.
The flying time from Johannesburg to New York is approximately 16 hours, non-stop. Dinner and breakfast are served and snacks and drinks are available throughout the flight, all on a complimentary basis.
Return home with a lifetime of memories to share with your family and friends!
4 Dinners - including one three-course dinner at Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa excluding gratuity and beverages
Captivating Cape Town, home to Table Mountain and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Africa's big game on safari in Shamwari Game Reserve
Scenic Franschhoek on a full-day tour
Open-vehicle and walking safaris in the African bush
Luxury tented accommodations with a private plunge pool and viewing area
Contribute to the construction of the new rhino section of Shamwari's Wildlife Rehab Centre
Support the TreadRight Bat Hawk, an aerial patrol vehicle used to track and protect rhinos
Visit King, a rescued lion, at the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary
Please note the scheduled tour prices below have additional drop off and pick up points and will have other guests on board. The private tour pricing offers a vehicle and driver just for your use and allows more flexibility. Please note that the venues visited will have other guests, it is just the vehicle and driver that is on a private basis. Pricing for both is per person based on a minimum of two people. Tours do get booked up quickly, so to avoid disappointment, we suggest booking well in advance of travel.
Departs: Daily between 7:45 and 8:45 am. Returns: Approx. 12:30 pm.
The Cape Peninsula and Cape Point are wild, rugged, and undoubtedly one of the most memorable coastlines you’ll have encountered. The trip begins with a drive along Millionaires Paradise, eyeing the glamorous homes of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay which leave you in no doubt as to how it earned its title. From there, it’s on towards the charming coastal town and working harbor of Hout Bay—translated from Dutch, it literally means Wood Bay. Then, driving over the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive with its breathtaking views, you’ll arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Next up is a visit to the delightful African penguin colony at Boulders beach (for your own account), before moving on to the historic naval port of Simon’s Town. It’s a wonderful half-day spent on the wilder side of this exquisite Cape coastline.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $80 per person or $200 per person for private tour
Departs: Daily between 8:00 and 8:45 am. Returns: Approx. 12:30 pm.
Experience the wonderful raw energy of Cape Town's Townships in one unforgettable morning. After a visit to District Six (closed on Sundays), where you will learn a little of the history of the townships, the tour continues on to the oldest township in Cape Town, Langa, and its people. Strolling through Langa Township, pop into a local market, an Arts & Crafts center and visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality at a local Bed & Breakfast as well as a daycare center that provides local children with a safe haven and fun environment. Then from Langa you will visit two other townships, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu to get a more in-depth look at the vibrant communities. For those who have the time, we recommend you extend to a full-day tour with a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Home of Nelson Mandela for so many years, it’s a highly charged and emotional moment when you visit the site of this suffering and realize how far South Africa has come from those days.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $180 per person for private tour
Board the Robben Island Ferry at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and take part in a half-day Robben Island tour. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment for political " troublemakers" and social outcasts. During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Nelson Mandela was one of them. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. You will be escorted around the island by an ex-political prisoner, and given insight into the past and how the human spirit triumphs.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $60 per person or $340 per person for private tour
Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri between 12:45 and 1:45 pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30 pm.
This entertaining, family-friendly trip includes a visit to the Hout Bay World of Birds where adults and children can get up close and personal with nature, with over 400 different species to discover including birds, reptiles, mammals—don’t forget to visit the walkthrough monkey jungle! The tour continues with some of the finest beach views on the coastal drive to the Two Oceans Aquarium in the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where a magical underwater world awaits. Learn about mysterious deep-sea creatures, dangerous predators and see a real “happy feet” family. Touch pools and tidal walks are part of the fun while puppet shows and play area are on the entertainment menu for children. Older children and adults are not forgotten, interesting facts, fascinating discoveries, shark encounters and the discovery of what really lies beyond the pond.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $81 per person or $175 per person for private tour
Departs: Daily between 7:45 and 8:45 am. Returns: Approx. 6 pm
On this tour, you will see why the area earned the name of The Fairest Cape. Sit back and relax, as you’re driven along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire’s Paradise—from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno – towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay where you can embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise lasting about 45 minutes if you choose to (for your own account). If you choose not to do the cruise you will have time to browse the shops and markets and perhaps enjoy a morning coffee at one of the restaurants at Mariners Wharf—the first harbor-front emporium in Africa. You then wind your way along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views. After a stop for lunch (your own account), visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. After, you’ll head back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing African penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach (for your own account). Next, you’ll head inland to the last stop of the day. In the summer months, this will be at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain, the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers. In the winter months (May 1st to Aug 31st), the last stop is at Groot Constantia where you’ll stop for a wine tasting and cellar tour of South Africa’s oldest wine estate.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $105 per person or $265 per person for private tour
Departs: Daily from 4 am. (depending on weather and tides)
Here, in the heart of the world's Great White Shark mecca you’ll experience a unique diving opportunity to witness the wonder of the Great White Shark. Your day begins with a 2 hour scenic transfer from door to door, a light buffet breakfast with tea and coffee is provided, followed by the excitement of the launch and a full adrenalin-packed day at sea around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock—an area famous for its aptly named channel 'Shark Alley' and inundated with African ‘Jackass’ Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and Southern Right Whales (In season)! The anticipation mounts as the cage is gently lowered and you ready yourself for that first, electric encounter. It's that once in a lifetime rush as the solitude of the sea encases you and you come face to face with one of the most powerful predators on earth. Shark cage diving in South Africa is high adventure and an experience that will leave you breathless! Divers and non-divers can rest assured that diving and observing will be a secure and wondrous experience.
You will be fully briefed on all safety procedures by the team on board. Sharks are usually wary at first so you’ll wait a while for them to settle before the dive cage is lowered. The cage takes 4 - 5 people and each group spends about 20 minutes in the water. A hot lunch is served on your return to dry land (please let us know of any dietary requirements). All the necessary diving and safety equipment is provided but don't forget your camera!!
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $255 per person
Departs: Tue & Thu between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Returns: Approx. 10:00 pm. Only operates Sep-May.
Join your host and head out of the city before sunset. Savor a chilled glass of sparkling wine while overlooking one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches and taking in the sunset. You’ll be shown how to find the Southern Cross in the night sky (if the moon isn’t too bright!) before enjoying dinner at a sensational restaurant offering seafood and South African specialties. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, let us know and we can arrange a separate table. As you return to the hotel, you'll enjoy the city lights by night.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $105 per person or $210 per person for private tour
Departs: daily subject to weather conditions—times vary according to sunset. Duration: 90 minutes
Board a sail boat that will follow the wind for this cruise and allow you to experience sunset and the views of Cape Town at dusk from a different perspective! Typically, in a SE Wind direction, you will head out of the Harbour at the V&A Waterfront and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton lighthouse, then return to the protection of Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sun set, and then motor back to the Waterfront. Includes one glass of local sparkling wine – additional drinks available at a cost.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: $40 or on request for private tour
We can also tailor-make tours to match your interests or simply arrange for you to have a vehicle and driver available with no plan in mind to take you wherever you feel like going. Cape Town has so much to offer including architecture, art, and local clothing designers. In addition to the beautiful Winelands, Cape Point and City tours, consider a family day out, to see seals, penguins, monkeys and butterflies; splash out on a hot shopping extravaganza; or indulge in a gourmet food and wine tour. We can also arrange for you to go golfing, hiking cycling and sandboarding among other activities – please let us know if you would like more information on these activities!
Touring is done in an air-conditioned 7-seater vehicle with a tour guide.
Half-Day Private Tours: Half-day private trips depart daily on request and run from either 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and cover up to 93 miles.
Full-Day Private Tours: The full-day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pickup time of 9:00 am, dropping off at 5:30 pm and covers up to 155 miles.
Pricing Nov 2019-Oct 2020: Custom Half-Day Tour (w/Private Driver): $250 per person; Custom Full-Day Tour (w/Private Driver): $410 per person and excludes all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited.
Experience a fabulous blend of luxury tented accommodations, game drives, river cruises and the impressive Victoria Falls.
This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with South Africa in Absolute Style and Tented Safari in Style.
Victoria Falls in Style is a 3-night package. Spend one night in Johannesburg and enjoy two nights in Victoria Falls staying in a stunning tented lodge on the Zambezi River where you will experience the wonder of the mighty Falls as well as a tranquil cruise on the Zambezi River and open-vehicle game drives in the Zambezi National Park.
2019: from $1,899 per person twin share
2020: from $1,999 per person twin share
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