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Begin your exploration of South Africa in Cape Town. With Table Mountain as a backdrop, South Africa’s "Mother City" greets you with unforgettable views and a myriad of diverse attractions. A city tour includes historic Adderley Street, the Houses of Parliament and the brightly colored, centuries-old homes of Cape Town’s most historic and culturally interesting neighborhoods. Visit a diamond workshop and savor an authentic evening of African cuisine and cultural entertainment at Richard’s Supper Club, Stage & Bistro. This exciting dinner and show venue features talented artists performing in a variety of shows from cabaret to jazz to comedy as you enjoy Cape wines and a delectable Cape Buffet with views of Robben Island through the large picture windows.
Then journey south to the Cape Peninsula in Table Mountain National Park. Enjoy scenic views along the coast and at Good Hope Nature Reserve, the southernmost point of the continent, see dolphins and several species of whales as ostriches stroll by and baboons tuck into mussels on the rocky shoreline. In Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in the country, sample fine vintages and traditional Cape specialties at several of the Wineland region's best wineries. In Johannesburg, retrace the path of Nelson Mandela and other inspirational South African leaders who fought to end apartheid. Visit sites dedicated to their struggles, including Freedom Square and the Apartheid Museum, which traces the journey from the dark days of segregation to Mandela's release from prison and his policy of reconciliation that ultimately led to his election as the country's first black president.
Conclude your South Africa adventure with two full days in Pilanesberg National Park. The park is in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet Lowveld vegetation and consequently attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the Big Five of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo as well as over 300 species of bird. Go in search of the Big Five as you embark on thrilling morning and evening game drives in open top 4-wheel drive safari vehicles, optimized for maximum viewing of some of planet’s last great herds.
• 8 nights deluxe accommodations: 2 nights each in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Pilanesberg National Park
• 14 meals - Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
• On-tour transportation and 1 internal flight
• Services of a local host
• Comprehensive sightseeing with all entry fees
• Airport arrival and departure transfers
Day 1 - Arrive in Cape Town
Upon your arrival in Cape Town, South Africa's "Mother City," you’ll be warmly welcomed and whisked away to your reserved hotel.
Accommodation: Southern Sun The Cullinan - 2 nights
Day 2 - Cape Town
Begin your city tour with a cable car ride up Table Mountain for sweeping views of "the fairest Cape." Descend to explore the city’s 17th-century landmarks and take in a diamond workshop. AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy an evening of African cuisine and cultural entertainment at the popular Cape Town restaurant, Richard’s Supper Club, Stage & Bistro. This exciting dinner and show venue features talented artists performing in a variety of shows from cabaret to jazz to comedy. With a view of Robben Island through the large windows and seated at sociable dinner tables, enjoy Cape wines and an exclusive scrumptious Cape Buffet.
Day 3 - Cape Town to Stellenbosch
Leaving the city behind, drive into the rugged landscapes of the southern Cape Peninsula in Table Mountain National Park. Enjoy scenic views along the coast and spot some of the native ostriches, antelopes and baboons. Continue to the Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the peninsula, home to the iconic Cape Point Lighthouse with spectacular views overlooking False Bay and the southernmost point of the continent. See dolphins, orcas, humpback, southern right and brydes whales from the shore as ostriches stroll by and a troop of baboons tuck into mussels on the rocky shoreline.
This afternoon, your private driver brings you to the beautiful Winelands and your accommodations for the next two nights. The Cape Winelands region is the source of many legendary Cape wines, the product of row upon row of grapevines, many of which were first planted hundreds of years ago. Its classic Cape-Dutch homesteads, mountainous surroundings, grand heritage and sumptuous restaurants make the Cape Winelands South Africa’s culinary capital.
Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel - 2 nights
Day 4 - Stellenbosch
Engaging Experience: Sample traditional Cape specialties and wines at some of the best vineyards in the area as your culinary guide leads you through colorful Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is the second-oldest city in the country and one of the most historic towns in all South Africa with fine examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian, Victorian and Regency architecture.
Day 5 - Stellenbosch to Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg, known affectionately as Jo'burg, or the "City of Gold" and South Africa’s largest city. You’ll be met and transported to your lovely hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Davinci Hotel & Suites - 2 nights
Day 6 - Johannesburg
Engaging Experience: Today is dedicated to retracing the path of Nelson Mandela and other inspirational South African leaders who fought to abolish the country’s now-banished apartheid policies. Visit the museums and sites dedicated to their struggles including Freedom Square, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street, formerly home to both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu - perhaps the only two Nobel Peace Prize winners who were once neighbors.
Tuck into a lunch of African specialties before visiting the Apartheid Museum for a deeper look at the humbling and ultimately inspiring journey from the dark days of segregation to Mandela's release from prison and his policy of reconciliation and not revenge.
Days 7 & 8 - Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park
Discover one of South Africa's most fascinating and accessible game reserves. Only a three-hour drive from Johannesburg, Pilanesberg National Park is situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, a vast area with thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. The park boasts healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five." A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo, crocodile and over 300 bird species.
Engaging Experience: Collect a gallery of photos from aardvarks to zebra as you spend the next two days exploring in the Pilanesberg National Park. A personal guide will interpret the sights and sounds of the African bush as you experience thrilling game drives in custom built open top 4-wheel drive safari vehicles which permit maximum all-around visibility. In between drives, relax at your lodge camp, take a dip in the pool and sip a cocktail in the open-air boma under starlit skies.
Accommodation: Ivory Tree Game Lodge - 2 nights
Day 9 - Depart Johannesburg
This morning your African adventure comes to an end as you transfer back to Johannesburg for your international flight home.