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South Africa Highlights & Safari tour

South Africa Highlights & Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • See the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Explore amazing Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Visit to Kruger National Park
  • Vist Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)

Short Description

Experience South Africa like never before on this comprehensive journey! Arrive in Cape Town to your elegant hotel and spend four nights exploring the highlights of this spectacular city. On the next leg of your trip, traverse the gorgeous coastlines of the Indian Ocean and enjoy a game drive in the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Then, visit the most famous of all the game reserves in South Africa, Kruger National Park. Your unforgettable odyssey comes to an end in the gorgeous metropolis of Johannesburg.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Cape Town
End City Johannesburg

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via South African Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris incl. admission fees
  • Experienced, English speaking Tour Director throughout

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating sojourn to South Africa begins as you depart New York today.

Day 2: Arrive Cape Town.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest and most spectacular city, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel, ideally located near the vibrant V&A Waterfront. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Sheltered beneath the dramatic shape of Table Mountain, Cape Town is indeed one of the world’s most unique cities. This morning, a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour to explore the charms of the city. Ride by cable car to the top of Table Mountain for glorious city and bay views. Descend and travel through the Malay Quarter and the city center for a chance to view and photograph impressive Table Mountain from a distance. Your tour ends at the vibrant V&A Waterfront where the balance of the day is at leisure. You may relax at one of the many cafes, stroll around and browse the craft and art shops or sample South Africa’s renowned wines.

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

A memorable full day excursion to Cape Peninsula begins with a scenic drive passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route to Cape Point at the southern tip of the Peninsula. Stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay before arriving to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve is rich with flora and fauna and you may see baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. Savor the stunning views of the coastline where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. After lunch at a famous seafood restaurant follow the majestic coastline along False Bay and stop at Simon’s Town, where you’ll visit the Penguin colony. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and enjoy the magnificent display of indigenous South African flora before returning to Cape Town late this afternoon.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Today is at leisure for independent exploration, shopping or relaxing! An optional excursion to the charming winelands region just outside Cape Town is available. You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades in captivity.

Day 6: Cape Town/ Zululand/ Hluhluwe.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Emdoneni Lodge

Board a morning flight to King Shaka International Airport on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, just outside the bustling port city of Durban. Journey to the charming resort village of Westbrooke, where you may enjoy a stroll on the golden sands of the Indian Ocean shoreline. Later, travel northwards through canefields and timber plantations to Zululand, home to one of the most famous of the African tribal peoples. Arrive at your hotel located near the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for saving the white rhinoceros from extinction. Emdoneni Lodge 

Day 7: Hluhluwe Game Reserve/Zululand.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Emdoneni Lodge

An exciting day begins with a morning game drive in open safari vehicles to explore the magnificent animals and species in the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Later, visit Dumazulu Village and experience the everyday life of the Zulu tribe, renowned for its warrior culture. Witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and a ceremony of beer drinking. A special Zulu lunch will be served. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 8: Hluhluwe/Swaziland.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun Hotel

Today, continue your scenic drive north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland. Shop for unique African souvenirs at the colorful markets and see basket weavers at work. Lugogo Sun Hotel.

Day 9: Swaziland/Kruger National Park.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kruger Gate Lodge

Drive through the beautiful countryside of the province of Transvaal to the world famous Kruger National Park. Encompassing some of the most stunning and diverse terrain, the park is South Africa’s premier game sanctuary. An unforgettable game drive in your own motor coach this afternoon takes you in search of the wild. Your upscale lodge is located near the park. Kruger Gate Lodge.

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kruger Gate Lodge

Your safari today includes a morning game drive, in open vehicles, in search of the parks many residents including the “Big Five”: Lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino and hopefully the more elusive leopard. You may also spot hippopotamus and crocodiles as well as zebras and giraffes. Plains game and bird life also abound. Have your camera ready! After a lunch break, return to the park for an afternoon open-vehicle safari.

Day 11: Kruger Park/ Mpumalanga/ Sandton (Johannesburg).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Garden Court Sandton City

Drive through Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) panoramic wild countryside and enjoy unparalleled views of densely forested mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Arrive in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, one of the greatest spectacles of Africa. Proceed to Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes, a place of African legend containing bizarre holes cut into rock by powerful river erosion. Later relish sweeping views from God’s Window. Proceed to Sandton, a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg, the commerce and diamond mining center. Garden Court Sandton City Hotel.

Day 12: Soweto Excursion/Apartheid Museum.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Garden Court Sandton City

This morning learn more about South Africa’s turbulent past and its hope for the future on a fascinating tour to Soweto, a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Peek into the past – hostels, Freedom Square and the struggle for liberty. Tread the paths to greatness by the late Nelson Mandela and visit his former house. This afternoon, visit the Apartheid Museum, the pre-eminent museum in the world exposing the rise and fall of apartheid and South Africa’s tumultuous journey through the 20th century. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner feasting on a traditional South African buffet.

Day 13: Depart South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure for last minute shopping or independent pursuits before transferring to the airport for your return flight.

Day 14: Arrive USA.

Your memorable journey comes to an end as you touch down in New York this morning.

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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 449

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South Africa Highlights & Safari

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Exceeded my Expectations!

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For someone who usually plans every detail of my travels...going on a group tour was not something I relished. Plus, I knew that Smartours was considered a “budget” travel company, so my expectations weren’t that high. However, other than a few minor inconveniences, this trip exceeded my expectations. The magical African landscapes and its kind, welcoming people made this adventure one of the best vacations I’ve been on. Pros: Well-paced itinerary that gave us the opportunity for some free time to plan our own activities, smallish group (25) of lovely, considerate, fellow travelers (we were in the minority of “younger” folks and we are in our 50s), excellent included tours, mostly lovely hotels/lodges, amazing breakfasts/dinners, included porter services at all stops, Smartours CEO personally responded quickly to our inquiry regarding booking cost concern, and our delightful and attentive guide Jonathan. Cons: 6 hour scheduled layover, most uncomfortable 14+ hour flight ever via South African Airways, trip extension Vic Falls guide was very personable, but not very attentive, Smartours sends trip info only 2 weeks prior to departure (would love to have had this info sooner), several of the optional tours were mediocre. But honestly...if you’re a frequent traveler...these concerns are pretty minor. I will definitely be recommending the South Africa Tour to friends for value/quality and hope that ST keeps its word about limiting group sizes to under 25. I will definitely use them again in the future!
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South Africa 2017

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This was my best vacation ever. I especially loved the friendliness of the people and the fantastic food (game & domestic). Seeing the wild animals up close and personal was a special treat. Our guide (Ron McGregor) was simply the best. Keep up the good work.
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Best. Trip. Ever.

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The South African Highlights and Safari Tour could not have been packed more full of wonderful experiences- nature, history, and culture. Our guide, Jeremy Poole, was incredibly well informed on every aspect of this vast and complicated country. This was the first time my husband and I had ever taken a tour and I was a bit uncertain about giving up my autonomy as a traveler. Well, I am now a complete convert- with Smartours we were able to see and do and learn so much more than we would have had we been on our own. The accomodations were lovely, the food was excellent, and we had so much fun with our fellow travelers. Looking forward to the next trip!
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Loved your safari & highlights tour

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Loved your safari & highlights tour. Whether in the luxury area of Sandton or the shantytowns in Capetown, everyone was friendly; obliging; and hopeful for the future of this post apartheid country. Loved the up close and personal experiences with animals at Kruger. the food was excellent everywhere. our guide Ron was the best. Thank you again smarTours for the experience of a lifetime.
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Fantastic!!

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I took the South Africa highlights and the extension in July. It was wonderful! The guides, the accommodations, the whole trip was totally worth it. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. The safaris were incredible. The land was breathtaking. The people were nice. One of the best places I have been so far! Will definitely go back in the future and go to more countries in Africa. I highly recommend the tour!!!
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Wonderful!

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I took the South African tour this year at the end of June. We also took the extension. Our trip was wonderful. We saw so much and learned so much. The lodgings were great--especially the safari-type lodges. The food everywhere was good too. Our guide, Jeremy Poole was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, patient, and organized. Everything was well-planned. Our driver Sipho was also excellent and fun. This was one of the best experiences of my life! Maybe the game drives were the highlights but also enjoyed learning about the history of the country. The people were friendly and helpful. If you have a chance to go, I don't think you'll regret it!
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Optional Activities

  • Victoria Falls extension: from approx. $1,289 per person
  • Half-Day Cultural Heritage & Township Tour (Approx. $40 per person)
  • Winelands Tour (Approx. $48 per person)
  • Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving*** (Approx. $148 per person, including breakfast, packed lunch, hot soup and transfers)
  • Full-Day Chobe National Park (Botswana) Safari & Tour (Approx. $175 per person)

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

  • Night 1: International Flight: South African Airways
  • Nights 2-5: Cape Town: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel OR Cape Town: President Hotel
  • Nights 6-7: Hluhluwe: Emdoneni Lodge
  • Night 8: Swaziland: Avani Ezulwini Valley Hotel
  • Nights 9-10: Kruger National Park: Kruger Gate Lodge OR Sabi River Sun Resort
  • Nights 11-12:  Johannesburg: Garden Court Sandton City
  • Night 13 Main: International Flight: South African Airways
  • Nights 13-15 Extension: Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • Night 16 Extension: International Flight: South African Airways

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature.

Meals Included:

18 meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners

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