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Depart on your international South African Airways flight from New York (JFK) to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg. From the moment you board your South African Airways flight you will feel the warm and welcoming African hospitality in every detail of the world-class service you are about to experience.
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 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, where you will enjoy tasting Olive Oil, Olives and Fruit Preserves ending with a wine tasting and cellar tour.
Lunch will be at Paulina’s Restaurant at Rickety Bridge Winery. Take a seat overlooking the Rickety Bridge vineyards. Sip a glass of crisp estate wine and enjoy a delicious lunch while drinking in the splendor of the magnificent setting and stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains.
After lunch you will participate in an hour Wine Blending Experience. This interactive blending experience offers something to both wine novices and enthusiasts alike.
The wine blending session will give you a chance to experience a crucial part of the wine making process, and you can leave with a bottle of wine to drink that day!
You will then have some free time to explore the quaint little town of Franschhoek before returning to Cape Town.
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!
7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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
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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.
Departs: Daily between 7:35 and 8:30 am. Returns: Approx. 12:30 pm.
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). Next up is a visit to 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 Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $50 per person or $190 per person for private tour
Departs: Daily between 8 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, approximately $5 per person), 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 2018-Oct 2019: $80 per person or $210 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 day care 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 2018-Oct 2019: $45 per person or $130 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 2018-Oct 2019: $50
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 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 Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $75 per person or $180 per person for private tour
Subject to chef's availability. Today you will be picked up at 8:30 am for your Cape Malay Cooking with Cass Abrahams Tour. Cass is the foremost authority on the cuisine in the Cape and is a local celebrity. The tour starts with a chat and a coffee with your guide so that you have some background on the people of the Cape, the history of their cuisine and on Cass. Cass realized that for a variety of reasons the cuisine was dying out in the Cape and made it her mission to rescue the recipes. She interviewed the grandmothers in the community and dug in the archives and then wrote a cookbook that became highly sort after by many South Africans. Today you have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on class with her in her home in the Southern Suburbs. You will cook three to four dishes and then relax over lunch. Please note that no alcohol is served in respect for Cass's Muslim faith.
Pricing: on request
Departs: daily, subject to weather.
Please note the tour excludes transport to and from Simon's Town. 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
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 harbor of Hout Bay. 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 Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $99 per person or $275 per person for private tour
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 2018-Oct 2019: $88 per person or $200 per person for private tour
Departs: daily subject to weather conditions—times vary according to sunset.
Board a sailboat that will follow the wind for this cruise and allow you to experience the 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 harbor 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 sunset, and then motor back to the Waterfront.
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $34 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 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.
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.
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 2018-Oct 2019: Custom Half-Day Tour (w/Private Driver): $250 per person; Custom Full-Day Tour (w/Private Driver): $410 per person
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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