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Highlights
  • CAPE TOWN: Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, a colony of African penguins, and the Bo-Kaap Museum; funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse; guided walking tour of the Bo-Kaap area; Cape Malay cooking class; cable-car ride up Table Mountain
  • KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: Six game drives in an open-air 4-wheel-drive Land Rover; optional bush walk; sundowner drinks
  • JOHANNESBURG: Guided tour of Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Soweto, including Mandela House; visit the Apartheid Museum
  • VICTORIA FALLS: Cruise on Zambezi River; guided walk of the falls

This South Africa tour—from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery—is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ride a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for stunning views over the city and venture outside the city to see a colony of African penguins and beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rich and unique flora. You’ll also visit Bo-Kaap, a lively area founded by former slaves. Here visit a local family home to learn more about their culture and partake in a Cape Malay cooking class—a Globus exclusive!

Trip Description

Your journey continues in Kapama Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Here, enjoy six game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your professional ranger and skilled tracker will help you search for a remarkable number of species, including 42 mammal species and 350 bird species. You’ll have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Have your camera ready because you may also see impala, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, and more. Even stop for sundowner drinks in the bush! Other highlights include Johannesburg’s unforgettable Apartheid Museum and Soweto, the country’s largest township, where you will visit the former home of Nelson Mandela and stunning Mosi-ao-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) also known as Victoria Falls, spanning the border of Zimbabwe & Zambia. Take a guided walk along the falls, which is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls, and cruise on the Zambezi River at sunset.

And you’ll be part of a small-group, with no more than 20 total guests, ensuring personalized service from start to end! All of this—and much more—are waiting for you on this South Africa tour. You’ll return home with plenty of stories and photos to share with your friends and family.

 
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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late this evening, check in to your hotel, and rest as you prepare for a great adventure.

DAY 2: Cape Town. Cape Peninsula Excursion

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with an orientation tour of Cape Town. Then, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world and which skirts the rocky coastline. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. Continue on to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, where you will visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure. This evening, join your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: Cape Town

This morning, visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM, followed by a fascinating Globus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR through Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, this lively area is a true melting pot of cultures. The historic and colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflect Dutch and British architecture, and the area has been declared a national monument. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a Globus Local Favorite MALAY COOKING CLASS. Learn how to mix masala, fold samoosas, and about the delicate flavors of Cape Malay curry before sitting down for a traditional Malay meal. Then, visit Table Mountain and take a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4: Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps simply explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to infamous Robben Island, where Nelson Madela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, for a guided tour. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this beautiful city. (Breakfast)

DAY 5: Cape Town-Kapama Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park

Today, leave beautiful Cape Town behind and fly to KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, part of Greater Kruger National Park, to begin your safari adventure! The Kruger area is famous for its abundance of wildlife and you will have a great chance of seeing the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Enjoy your first GAME DRIVE this afternoon. Your skilled tracker and professional ranger work together as a team so you can learn more about the ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Return to your lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Days 6-7: Kapama Private Game Reserve

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of the many spa treatments on offer, or simply sit back and watch the animals pass by. You may even choose to join your ranger for a BUSH WALK to learn more about the native flora and how to identify animals by their footprints, while observing them from a safe distance. Optional excursions include the nearby Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, where you can see a number of rehabilitated animals or get up close to a herd of elephants so you can touch and feed them. On one of the days you may even choose to skip a game drive for a memorable hour-long elephant-back safari through the bush! In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Step out of your safari vehicle to stretch your legs and watch as the sun sets over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals—if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)

DAY 8: Kapama Private Game Reserve-Johannesburg

Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 9: Johannesburg

Today’s sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to Globus Local Favorite SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Soweto is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Along the way, see the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will also see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976. This led to the Soweto Uprising, an important event in the long struggle to end apartheid some 14 years later. Next, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM. Here you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using , video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 10: Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11: Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

NOTE:

During the dry season (September-December) and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

DAY 12: Victoria Falls-Johannesburg-Homebound Flight

Your tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm. (Breakfast)

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,773

Price Per Day:

$ 231 per person
 

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.

Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,284. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Cape Town/Kapama Private Game Reserve; Kapama Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg; Johannesburg/Victoria Falls; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:

$1,030 to $1,175

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Cape Town:

January-March & September-December: in single room $240; in twin room $139

April-August: in single room $167; in twin room $101

Extra Nights per person in Johannesburg:

in single room $233; in twin room $135

2017 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2016.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Optional Activities

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Cape Town

Full Day Cape Winelands

South Africa is known worldwide for its quality wine. Enjoy a relaxing day visiting several vineyards in the beautiful countryside just outside of Cape Town. Winery visits and three tastings are included in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Approximate value: $85 USD per person

Full Day Cape Winelands (Private)

Take a private tour through one of the worlds best known wine making regions. Along the way visit several vineyards in the beautiful countryside just outside of Cape Town. Winery visits and three tastings are included in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Approximate value: $190 USD per person

Full Day Cape Winelands (Small Group)

South Africa is known worldwide for its quality wine. Enjoy a relaxing day visiting several vineyards in the beautiful countryside just outside of Cape Town. Winery visits and three tastings are included in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Approximate value: $115 USD per person

Full Day Cape Winelands including lunch (Private)

Take a private tour through one of the worlds best known wine making regions. Along the way visit several vineyards in the beautiful countryside just outside of Cape Town. Winery visits and three tastings are included in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Lunch is included at an award winning restaurant.

Approximate value: $235 USD per person

Half Day Cape Winelands

Enjoy the picturesque valleys and vineyards with a half day tour of one of South Africa's premier wine regions. Tour through historic Stellenbosch town and stop at one winery where you will enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting.

Approximate value: $60 USD per person

Half Day Cape Winelands (Private)

Take a private tour through one of the worlds best known and most beautiful wine making regions, the Cape winelands, just outside of Cape Town. You can choose to visit either Paarl, Stellenbosch, or Franschhoek where you will visit local wineries. Two wine tastings are included.

Approximate value: $132 USD per person

Robben Island

Travel to the historic Robben Island - where some of South Africa's most prominent names were imprisoned during the Apartheid years. A former prison inmate will guide you through the prison and answer your questions,. Along the way learn about Nelson Mandela's struggles and those of other inmates in their opposition against Apartheid. Your excursion starts and ends with a half hour boat ride across the bay providing panoramic photo opportunities of Cape Town and Table Mountain.

Approximate value: $40 USD per person

Whale Watching Day Trip

Recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world, Hermanus is the mating and breeding grounds of the rare Southern Right Whale during winter and spring months (from June to November). Whale viewing during months of July and August vary from year to year, but you are almost guaranteed of seeing whales in September & October.

Approximate value: $280 USD per person

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 20
Maximum of 20 people per tour.
Start City
Cape Town
End City
Johannesburg
Additional Information:
  • Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

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