Experience an unforgettable safari vacation in South Africa. Explore the famous Stellenbosch Winelands, visit a cheetah reserve, and see big game at the Shamwari Game Reserve. Upon arrival at the reserve, enjoy a luxury tented safari experience while you seek out South Africa’s majestic wildlife.
Depart on your domestic flight (from 38 Major US Cities from just $200 per person, subject to space availability) to New York (JFK) to connect with your international South African Airways flight to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport a security approved representative will meet you at the aircraft, and escort you through customs and immigration and to the baggage carousel where you will be assisted with your luggage. You will be accompanied into the arrival hall where a Lion World Travel representative will welcome you and escort you to the Domestic Departure Hall for your flight to Cape Town.
On arrival at Cape Town Airport, 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 just 15 minutes from the heart of Cape Town on the gorgeous coastal drive along the winding Victoria Road on the way to Hout Bay. The majestic Twelve Apostles Mountain Range serves as a backdrop to this magnificent property, where you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This luxury boutique hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Enjoy a day at leisure in the fascinating city of Cape Town. Perhaps join our Optional Lion World Travel Cape Peninsula Tour, exclusively for our Lion World Travel guests at a cost of US$100 per person. Please let us know if you’d like to join this excursion.
Dinner this evening is at the hotel’s Azure Restaurant. Savor the finest indigenous and international cuisine and round off the perfect meal with a delightfully sweet dessert, enjoyed on the stunning terrace overlooking the ocean.
After an early breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for your full-day Stellenbosch Winelands Tour. The first stop if the day is in Somerset West to visit the Cheetah Outreach Centre. The Cheetah Outreach project has been set up to educate people about cheetahs, as well as to raise funds for initiatives to prevent their extinction in South Africa. It is here where you will meet the world's fastest land animals. Entrance fee is included, but there is an additional cost if you would like a personal Cheetah Encounter. The second stop of the day is at in Waterford Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Region. The estate boasts ancient citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender beds. The visit includes a wine paired with chocolate tasting.
Enjoy free time for lunch at one of the many restaurants and explore the town of Stellenbosch, the oldest preserved town in South Africa, where some of the oak trees (some date back as far as 1760) are national monuments and the wines are widely considered national treasures. A university town, Stellenbosch has a town center that features many historic buildings and a mixture of Victorian, neo-Dutch and Georgian architectural styles. After lunch the last stop of the day is a wine tasting at Delaire Graff, where incredible views provide the perfect backdrop to a state-of-the-art winery. You’ll then be transferred back to your hotel, arriving at about 5 p.m., with the rest of your evening at leisure.
Today is at leisure to explore your surroundings at your own pace. Perhaps enhance your Cape Town experience, with a visit to historic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost three decades.
It is time to say goodbye to beautiful Cape Town. Today transfer from your hotel to Cape Town Airport for your scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth you will be met and transferred to Shamwari Bayethe, your home for the next 3-nights including all meals and twice daily game drives in a malaria free area.
Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Bayethe is an impressive stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. The lounge and dining area spills out onto the deck. The spacious superior tents offer unsurpassed comforts and are shrouded by the rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion with views of the African bush. The tents have their own private plunge pool, large indoor baths, and outdoor showers.
Your first game drive is scheduled for this afternoon. On arrival, have a quick freshen up then meet your ranger over afternoon tea before setting off in search of wildlife. Make sure your camera is charged, you never know what you will encounter!
Your day begins early. The freshly brewed coffee and tea with rusks (South African version of biscotti), fruit and muffins will prepare you for this morning’s game drive with an expert ranger. 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 for a hearty breakfast that awaits you on your return.
After breakfast, you may enjoy 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. While on safari at Bayethe you will learn how to make a South African dish during an interactive cooking class.
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 . Return to lodge for a delicious dinner in the outdoor boma or possibly a 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 Center, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and historic tours, all adding to this magnificent experience.
Your wilderness experience begins today with another early start. You are accompanied by your expert 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 smaller species that are just as captivating.
After an early morning game drive to track the animals that may have eluded you so far, return to the lodge for breakfast. 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.
Arrive home with a lifetime of memories to share with your family and friends!
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive $100 Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations.
5% Past Traveler Discount is not valid on this vacation. Past Travelers will receive a complementary Cape Peninsula day tour in Cape Town valued at $100 per person.
Captivating Cape Town, home to Table Mountain and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Africa's big game on safari in Shamwari Game Reserve
Scenic Stellenbosch on a full-day tour
VIP meet and greet on arrival in Johannesburg
Open-vehicle and walking safaris in the African bush
Luxury tented accommodations with a private plunge pool and viewing area
Support the TreadRight Bat Hawk, an aerial patrol vehicle used to track and protect rhinos
$50 per couple donation made towards the building of a rhino boma at Shamwari. The rhino boma will be a safe haven to rehabilitate injured or orphaned rhino until the are strong enough to be released back into the wild.
Gourmet cuisine at the award-winning Azure Restaurant in Cape Town and Delectable South African food that you learn how to make during an interactive cooking class in the bush
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.
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 Drivers 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 48 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.
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.
January - May 2018: $1,799
June - October 2018: $1,999
November - December 2018: $1,799
CAPE TOWN DAY TOURS
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 are operated by Thompsons Africa.
AMY FOUNDATION TOUR - HALF DAY
Departs: early afternoon. Returns: approx. 4:30-5:00pm.
Music and song at the Amy Biehl Foundation
You will be accompanied by an English-speaking driver/guide to visit the Amy Biehl Aftercare Centre in Gugulethu, for interaction with the kids and gumboot dancing demonstrations and lesson.
Amy Elizabeth Biehl was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa who was murdered by black Cape Town residents while a black mob shouted anti-white slurs. The four men convicted of her murder were released as part of the Truth and Reconciliation process. 18 years ago, on August 25, 1993, Amy made her transition from her eventful life on earth to an even larger life of committed service to the under-served and to the hopeful. The Amy Biehl Foundation draws breath and inspiration from Amy and her legacy. It is a creation of family and friends who loved her in life, and is now extended by many hundreds of new friends - young and old - who want to make a constructive difference in their world and who enjoy doing this in Amy's name.
Amy's legacy is how she led her life. Hers is a legacy of inspiration, not tragedy. Amy was an extraordinary example of dedication, perseverance, courage, and compassion. She lived her life to the fullest, never accepting failure in any of her pursuits. It was her goal to become the best and to use her talents to improve the world. She believed it was her duty, as a person afforded opportunity and education, to actively seek social change for those not so fortunate. It was her dedication and courage that continues to inspire so many people throughout the world.
Pricing (subject to change): USD $90 per person (based on a minimum of 4 people traveling)
CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR - HALF DAY
Departs: Daily between 7:35 and 8:30am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.
This tour is designed to orientate and give you a full-color insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town. First enjoy a cable car ride to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain (weather permitting) for panoramic views, including the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa (tickets are for your own account and cost approximately USD $16 per person). Next up is a visit of the country’s oldest colonial building, The Cape Castle and the Company Gardens. Then you’ll be driven past Parliament Buildings, City Hall which is where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from prison and the Slave Lodge. Next, it’s up the cobblestoned hills to the beautifully colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap in the Malay Quarter. The tour ends on a sparkling note, with a visit to a diamond works where you’ll watch a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone. Perhaps you’ll be taking one home.
Pricing (valid from November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017):
Scheduled: USD $40 per person
Private: USD $105 per person
CAPE POINT TOUR - HALF DAY
Departs: Daily between 8:00 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.
The Cape Peninsula and Cape Point is 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, approximately USD $5 per person), before moving on to the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. It’s a wonderful half-day spent on the wilder side of this exquisite Cape coastline.
Pricing (subject to change): USD $55 per person or for a Private tour USD $145 per person
STELLENBOSCH WINELANDS TOUR - HALF DAY
Departs: Mon-Sat between 12:45 and 1:45pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.
Stellenbosch, with its Cape Dutch architecture, is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Winelands and is surrounded by stunning wine estates. It’s truly the prettiest town, home to one of the country’s prestigious universities, and you’ll love exploring the fine art galleries, the architecture, the history, and the curious and quaint shops. You’ll be taken on a leisurely drive to become acquainted with the area, before being introduced to the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour. Of course you‘ll have a chance to taste the wine for which this area is renowned, and no doubt, you’ll leave with a favorite bottle or two under your arm. Stellenbosch is arguably one of the Province’s most beautiful towns.
Pricing (subject to change): USD $55 per person
WALK TO FREEDOM TOUR - HALF DAY
Departs: Daily between 8:00 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.
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 in to 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 day care center that provides local children with a safe haven and fun environment. Then from Langa we 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 (subject to change): USD $44 per person or for a Private tour : USD $150 per person
Robben Island Extension: USD $34 per person
ROBBEN ISLAND - HALF DAY
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 (subject to change): US $34 per person
FEATHERS & FINS TOUR - HALF DAY
Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri between 12:45 and 1:45pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.
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 walk through 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 areas are on offer for younger children. For older children, fascinating discoveries, interesting facts, and shark encounters await! Bring your family on this fun tour to see, touch, learn and play...who knows, they may even find Nemo!
Pricing (subject to change): US $65 per person or for a Private tour US $145 per person
CAPE MALAY COOKING EXPERIENCE - HALF DAY
Today you will learn about Cape Town's cultural diversity on this interactive guided walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap with a mini-shopping safari. The focus is on the Cape Muslim people's heritage, culture, community, and food.
The mini-shopping trip stops at a local spice shop and a halaal butcher, offering the opportunity to interact with locals and to discover typical ingredients. The shop-keeper himself, when available, or a knowledgeable guide, will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through typical ingredients. This is a true sensory delight! The highlight is to visit a local family's home and participate in a hands-on, fun-filled cooking session and demonstration before savoring a full traditional lunch! You’ll be involved in making your own meal with the assistance and guidance of the local host. This is the perfect occasion to gain insight into local culture and hear some real-life stories while having fun.
Pricing on request. Please note that this optional is subject to the chef's availability.
SEA KAYAKING - HALF DAY
Departs: daily, subject to weather. Please note the tour excludes transport to and from Simon's Town — prices available upon request.
Visit one of the most unique places in the world — a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town. And the best way to see it is from the water. Leave from Simon's Town Waterfront and paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbor and out to Boulder's Beach. After visiting the penguins, stop on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (snorkels and bottled drinking water are provided). Your double kayak is very stable and perfect even if you have no paddling experience.
We can also arrange for you to go cycling, skydiving, sandboarding and abseiling among other activities — please let us know if you would like more information on these activities.
Pricing on request
CAPE WINELANDS TOUR - FULL DAY
Departs: Mon-Sat between 8:00 and 9:00am. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm
Cape Winelands This is a superb day exploring the exceptional Winelands region with its heavenly scenery. The area is rich with history, and you can’t help but feel it as you visit this region. Experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, and have the chance to savor the wines. Visit the charming little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and enjoy lunch (your own account) – the town is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. After lunch, the tour takes you over the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to the pretty university town of Stellenbosch. You will have time to stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and enjoying the shops! A trip to the Winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so you'll visit two different wine estates. During your visit, you’ll be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home!
Pricing (subject to change): US $75 per person or for a Private Tour US $190 per person
CAPE PENINSULA TOUR - FULL DAY
Departs: Daily between 7:45 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 6:00pm
Cape of Good Hope-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 if you choose to (your own account – approximately $6 per person).
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 (own account – approximately $5 per person). 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 (subject to change) Scheduled: US $75 per person or for a Private Tour US $200 per person
WINE & HISTORY EXPLORATION - FULL DAY
Departs: Daily about 8 am. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.
Tour Stellenbosch where you will taste wines and shop at some of the most outstanding wine estates in the Cape. Your first wine tasting is at Rustenberg Estate, where wines have been bottled for an unbroken period since 1682. The estate offers an intimate exclusivity and the beautiful gardens are truly a plant lover's dream.
Your next stop is the beautiful Delaire Graff Estate, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch. The original artworks from Laurence Graff's personal collection are on display throughout, representing some of South Africa's finest contemporary artists.
After a wine tasting and fascinating walk through this estate, you'll travel to Franschhoek for lunch at a local restaurant before stopping at L'Ormarins, home of Antonij Rupert Wines. L'Ormarins was restored in 1984 and the Manor House and Cellar declared national monuments. The Antonij Rupert Cellar is a state of the art gravity fed cellar with revolving ceiling and underground barrel cellar built in memory of Antonij Rupert. The Franschhoek Motor Museum at the magnificent L'Ormarins offers the opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history, with its unique and exciting collection of more than 300 vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia.
Pricing (subject to change): Private tour US $210 per person (per person, based on 2 people traveling)
SHARK CAGE DIVING - FULL DAY
Departs: Daily at 4:15am (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 these amazing creatures.
Your day begins (pick up times start from around 4:15am and are weather / tide related) with a 2 hour scenic transfer from door to door, a light meal 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. All the necessary diving and safety equipment is provided but don't forget your camera!
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 8 people and each group spends about 20 minutes in the water, face to face with the sharks! Please note that the area is not enclosed so the sharks come and go as they please.
Hot soup is served on your return to dry land (please let us know of any dietary requirements) where you’ll be able to swap stories about your experience.
Pricing (subject to change): US $195 per person.
SUNSET BEACH & DINNER - EVENING TOUR
Departs: Tue & Thu between 5:30 and 6:00pm. Returns: Approx. 10:00pm.
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 (subject to change): US $75 per person or for a Private Tour US $155 per person
SUNSET CHAMPAGNE CRUISE - EVENING TOUR
Departs: daily subject to weather conditions — times vary according to sunset.
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 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.
Pricing on request
CUSTOM DAY TOURS
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 been chosen as the Design Capital for 2014, we can include Architecture, Art, 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 grand gourmet food and wine tour of golf or bicycle tours.
HALF DAY PRIVATE TOURS
Half day private trips depart daily on request and run from either 8:30 am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 5:30pm and cover up to 150km’s – the cost for the vehicle and driver is USD $205.
FULL DAY PRIVATE TOURS
The full day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pick up time of 9:00am, dropping off at 5:30pm and covers up to 250km’s – the cost for the vehicle and driver is USD $340.
Both half and full day options exclude all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited and in the case of parking, with the driver. Touring is done in an air-conditioned 7-seater vehicle with a tour guide.
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