South Africa Christmas Safari and Cape Town US$3,218.-pp

Celebrate Christmas and New Years with a difference in South Africa. Explore the Cape Peninsula with its endless beaches and the Cape of Good Hope followed by a visit to a wild penguin beach. Taste exquisite South AFrican wines in the famouse and scenic wine valley and gaze at the area from Table Mountain during your city tour. Let your guide and Shangan tracker introduce you to the African bush brimming with the “Big-5”.

Accommodation Destination Start End Basis Room Type Duration
Town Lodge JHB Airport Johannesburg Dec 24 Dec 25 B&B 1x Standard Room 1 Night
AC Hotel by Mattiott Cape Town Cape Town Dec 25 Dec 29 B&B 1x Mountain View Standard Room 4 Nights
Chisomo Safari Camp Kruger Private Reserves Dec 29 Jan 1 FB+ 1x Safari Suites 3 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily

 

Price

US$3,218.- per person, double occupancy,

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, flights as per package, all transfers and airport welcomes, 2 daily vehicle safaris at Chisomo safari lodge. Sundowner drink during safari, Full day Cape Peninsula tour, Half day city tour with Table Mountain, Half day Wine Tasting Tour in the Wine Valley; National Park fees,

Excluded

International flight to Johannesburg (we can assist with it), optional tours,

Day 1:           Town Lodge JHB Airport, Johannesburg (Mon, December 24)

 

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

 

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

 

Day Itinerary

Arrive at Johannesburg airport where you will be met and transferred to you nearby hotel for rest and relaxation.

Overnight: Town Lodge JHB Airport

Conveniently located for business travelers, leisure travelers and guests on a stopover, the Town Lodge Johannesburg Airport lodge offers excellent services and comfortably equipped accommodations. Guests at the lodge can enjoy the spacious rooms, easy access to motorways and convenient location.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 2:           AC Hotel by Mattiott Cape Town, Cape Town     (Tue, December 25)

 

Cape Town

Cape Town is a city like no other – a vibrant melting pot alive with creativity, colors, sounds and tastes. Take in a view from above by riding the cable car to Table Mountain or check out the tiny cell Nelson Mandela was kept in on Robben Island. Visit the V&A Waterfront near your hotel, a place for shopping or just hanging out to watch the world go by. Breathtaking natural scenery, long standing cultural heritage and world-class wine production estates characterize an area known as the Wine Lands where you will can taste the wines of the region. Drive through gorgeous scenery and hamlets on the way to Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky coastline seafarers have respected and feared for hundreds of years. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

Merry Christmas and welcome to Cape Town!  Spend the day at leisure by visiting the famous V&A Waterfront or venture to the nearby beaches of Camps Bay.

Overnight: AC Hotel by Mattiott Cape Town

Experience a new way to the hotel at the AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, conveniently located just minutes away from the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and just a 25-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. The 188 spacious rooms feel stylish, yet efficient and boast unparalleled views over the imposing Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. Savour the heritage of the brand’s Spanish roots with delectable tapas from fresh and locally sourced ingredients or have a quick bite at the AC market, offering convenient grab and go products. To wind down after a long day, pass by the bar and sample the finest spirits locally crafted. Its bartenders are also true urban spirits who will share the unique buzz of the city and all it has to offer. Located within walking distance, the hotel is close to the Cape Town International Convention Center. It also features 4 flexible meeting rooms with a total of 250 sqm of event space, boasting natural daylight and stunning views over the Harbor.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 3:           AC Hotel by Mattiott Cape Town, Cape Town     (Wed, December 26)

 

Activities

Cape Point and Peninsula Tour  Full Day Small Group

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is also called the Cape of Good Hope and feared by all sailors.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

We then make our way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
Package Includes

  • Entrance : Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony & Kirstenbosch botanical garden

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 4:           AC Hotel by Mattiott Cape Town, Cape Town     (Thu, December 27)

 

Activities

Cape City Tour, morning tour

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity and excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S. A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.

Table Mountain (Cable Car fee not included in cost due to variable cost) By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on 4 October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

The Company Gardens The Company Gardens have been described as ‘an oasis of calm in the city rush’, and with the trees, the squirrels and lunch-hour love birds it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of Africa’s most important cities. Spots of interest include a sundial dating from 1787, a Saffron Pear Tree (believed to be South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree), a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a rose garden and pools with brightly coloured fish. The South African National Gallery, the South African Museum and the Planetarium are also in close proximity.

Optional – extra charge

 

Heli Flight over Cape Town

A City Helicopter scenic flight along the Atlantic Coast viewing famous spots like the Cape Town Stadium, the 4 Beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles. . Aprroximately 12 minutes.

 

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 5:           AC Hotel by Mattiott Cape Town, Cape Town     (Fri, December 28)

 

Activities

Cape Wineland Tour – Half Day, small group

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.

Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch; boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

We enjoy a wine tasting before returning to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 13:30 for morning departures and 17:30 for afternoon departures.

 

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 6:           Chisomo Safari Camp, Kruger Private Reserves            (Sat, December 29)

 

Kruger Private Reserves

Scattered along the unfenced western boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, private game reserves combine with the Kruger to establish one of the world’s largest game reserves. This incredible destination offers visitors excellent Big Five game viewing opportunities and an array of luxury safari accommodation complete with world-class cuisine, relaxing spas and private pools. Visitors can look forward to fascinating night-drive safaris, guided nature walks, and open-top safari adventures.

 

Day Itinerary

Take a morning flight across South Africa to reach the Eastern Area famous for the safari experiences. Experience your first “Big-5” safari this afternoon.

Overnight: Chisomo Safari Camp             View iBrochure

Chisomo Safari Camp is the ideal camp for group traveling. Luxury safari tents face the beautiful Makhutswe River and wildlife may be watched from the decks as it emerges from the reeds for grazing Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck are as common a sight as elephant and even the elusive leopard. Guests enjoy dinners at the luxuriously furnished, thatched public area overlooking the river and the bush or a traditional braai at a specially created bush dinner site where traditional dishes are served under the stars. The camp is easily accessible by tour bus and vehicle parking space is provided just outside the reception area. Chisomo is a perfect hub for exploring the tourism hotspots of the Valley of the Olifants as the camp is located closely to both the Blyde River Canyon and the Kruger National Park. Chisomo Safari offers a range of excursions that can be booked on spot. Game viewing on the Karongwe is exceptional with an unequaled variety of flora and fauna additional to the famous Big Five.

All tents have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, mini-bar, fan, heater, blow dryers, multi-plug, tea & coffee making facilities and a private deck with chairs for guest‘s viewing pleasure.

Safari Suites

Chisomo Safari Camp features 22 luxuriously decorated tented suites draped in white linen. Each luxury tent is equipped with ensuite (shower only).

Basis

Full Board and Activities

 

Day 7:           Chisomo Safari Camp, Kruger Private Reserves            (Sun, December 30)

 

Day Itinerary

Join early morning and afternoon safaris in search of the “Big-5” Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino. Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles with qualified and knowledgeable guides or go on foot for a bush walks and get close to the little 5 and feel the true African bush.

Basis

Full Board and Activities

 

Day 8:           Chisomo Safari Camp, Kruger Private Reserves            (Mon, December 31)

Day Itinerary

Another day of safaris and enjoying life in the African bush. Maybe treat yourself to a massage?

Basis

Full Board and Activities

 

Day 9:           End of Itinerary   (Tue, January 1)

 

Day Itinerary

Relish your last safari this morning prior your flight to Johannesburg.

Do not book your flight out of Johannesburg prior 6pm. We can assist with flights from/to USA.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

End of Service.

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
25 Dec Scheduled OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Cape Town International Airport [CPT]
29 Dec Scheduled Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Airstrip serving safari lodge
1 Jan Scheduled Airstrip serving safari lodge OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for this itinerary.  Price discounted for  deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Travel and evacuation insurance is highly recommended.  No reservations have been made and quote subject to availability.

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