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Spectacular South Africa
with optional 3-night Victoria Falls
Post Tour Extension
October 2-14, 2014
13 days/12 nights
$4,919.00

BOOK BY MARCH 1
SAVE $250 PER PERSON
SINGLE OR DOUBLE

 

HIGHLIGHTS - Experience highlights of South Africa including Johannesburg, Soweto, Panoramic Route, a safari game drive in Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Knysna, Featherbed Nature Reserve, Ostrich Farm Visit, Wine Pairing Dinner, Cape Town, Table Mountain, and optional visit to Victoria Falls. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON
Following departures drive to Philadelphia Airport for flights to South Africa, one country with  world of treasures.  Breathtaking mountain scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife in its natural habitat make up this incredible experience.  Meals in flight

Day 2 - SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA
Begin in Sandton, a city established in 1969.  Famous for rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.  Meals D

JOHANNESBURG HOTEL

Day 3 - SANDTON/SOWETO/SANDTON
Discover the history of the languages you will experience on your tour, along with key words and phrases, with the help of your tour manager.  A guided tour of Soweto (South West Township) showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements and you learn about the historic significance of the area.  Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen (house tavern.)  This afternoon visit the Apartheid Museum.  This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.  Meals BLD

JOHANNESBURG HOTEL

Day 4 - PANORAMIC ROUTE/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Travel through the spectacular Drakensburg Mountain Range enroute to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa.  Pass through Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and one of Africa's greatest natural wonders.  Set against the triplet mountain formation of the Three RondovalsThree Rondovals, the canyon is the third largest in the world.  You will also see Bourke's Luck Potholes, the dramatic natural cylinders shaped by millions of years of natural erosion.  This evening enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars where you may sample some local game meat!  Meals BD

PROTEA HOTEL KRUGER GATE, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Day 5 - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK/SAFARI GAME DRIVE
Have your cameras ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement!  Enjoy a full day open air vehicle safari game drive.  A local eAfrica's big 5xpert leads you in search of the Big 5 - elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino.  Watch carefully as you may also see graceful impala, dazzling zebra, or gorgeous giraffes.  Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by the natural beauty of Kruger National Park.  Meals
BLD
PROTEA HOTEL KRUGER GATE, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Day 6 - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK/JOHANNESBURG/KNYSNA
Travel to Johannesburg to board your flight to George.  Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, to enjoy a 3-night stay.  Meals B

KNYSNA HOTEL, KNYSNA

Day 7 - KNYSNA
Visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve.  Begin with a lagoon cruise to the famous Knysna Heads, marking the entrance to the lagoon.  Next board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep in the forest.  Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely-paced nature walk.  Enjoy lunch among the milkwood trees.  Drive to Tsitsikamma Forest, a natural gem along the garden route.  Known for its gorges and steep cliffs, the forest is home to hundreds of species of birds.  Next visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as "Bahia Formosa" - Beautiful Bay.  Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons.  Return to Knysna.  Meals BLD

KNYSNA HOTEL, KNYSNA

Day 8 - KNYSNA/OUDTSHOORN/KNYSNAOstrich Ride
This morning's township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a local school.  Next, travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa.  Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area and, if you wish, go for a ride on one of these great birds.  An outdoor barbeque lunch adds to an amazing day!  Return to Knysna to enjoy time exploring the charming waterfront area.  Meals BL

KNYSNA HOTEL, KNYSNA

Day 9 - KNYSNA/STELLENBOSCH
Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Forex region where you will enjoy an aloe tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens.  Next journey to the heart of the beautiful wine lands region, known for its colorful mountains and endless vineyards.  Enjoy a wine pairing dinner this evening as you indulge in the laid-back atmosphere.  Meals BD

SPIER HOTEL, STELLENBOSCH

Day 10 - STELLENBOSCH
This morning set out on a walking tour of Stellenbosch, one of the oldest European settlements in the region.  Then spend a leisurely afternoon relaxing and soaking in the beauty of your hotel.  Meals B

SPIER HOTEL, STELLENBOSCH

Day 11 - STELLENBOSCH/CAPE TOWN
This morning travel to Cape Town to enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful harbor side city. Cape Town Cable Car Cape Town celebrates its noted architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German and Dutch.  A thrilling ride on a cable car whisks you atop aptly named Table Mountain.  The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion's Head will leave you breathless.  Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets.  Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse.  The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to discover charming Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, known for its shopping and entertainment venues.  Meals B

CAPE TOWN HOTEL, CAPE TOWN

Day 12 - CAPE TOWN
Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula.  Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulder Beach.  On your return, explore the fascinating and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa.  This evening experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the Djembre Drums to learn the local beat.  Then experience a soothing hand washing ceremony before a traditional African dining experience.  Meals BD

CAPE TOWN HOTEL, CAPE TOWN

Day 13 - CAPE TOWN/PHILADELPHIA
Bid farewell to fellow travelers as you board your return flights.  Upon arrival in Philadelphia, a motorcoach will return you to Wilmington, Newark and Independence.  Meals B and in flight

Tour inclusions:
Roundtrip transportation from Independence (near ), Newark and Wilmington  *  Roundtrip air Philadelphia-South Africa and internal flights  *  Air taxes and government fees (subject to change until ticketed)  *  Accommodations for 12 nights based on double occupancy  *  Admissions to all sightseeing as per itinerary  *  Meals include 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners  *  Taxes and gratuities for hotels, included meals and local guides  *  Luggage handling at airports and hotels  *  Services of a Collette Vacations Tour Manager  *  Services of a Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours with a minimum of 15 passengers. 

Not Included:
Passport fee, visa required for Victoria Falls optional (approximately $45)  *  Gratuities to Collette Tour Manager and motorcoach drivers  *  Any additional luggage charges at airports  *  Insurance at $270 per person  *  Items of a personal nature such as phone calls and faxes, laundry.

Single supplement:  $900

  Conditions:
Reservation deposit $250 due with each reservation no later than March 15, 2014.
Balance due no later than July 15, 2014. 
Cancellations:  Deposits, without insurance, are fully refundable until May 1, 2014.  INSURANCE at a cost of $270 per person is highly recommended.  Purchase of the insurance guarantees full refund of all payments including deposits, except the cost of the insurance.  INSURANCE MUST BE PURCHASED AT THE TIME OF DEPOSIT.

A valid passport for 6 months after your return is required for this tour.  You must have
two blank pages in your passport, side by side, for the entry visa into South Africa.


Optional Victoria Falls
3 Night Post Tour Extension
$1,899.00
Single supplement $600

Victoria Falls

Day 13 - CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG
Fly this morning to one of the world's natural wonders, Victoria Falls, and transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel, known as "the grand old lady of the falls."  Upon arrival enjoy a tour of this historic hotel.  Tonight a leisurely cruise on the Zambezi River, taking in the majestic African sunset.

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

Day 14 - VICTORIA FALLS
Early this morning enjoy an elephant back safari and a chance to meet African elephants up close.  After breakfast you have an opportunity to interact with the residents of a local village.  Following lunch with a local family, take a walking tour of Victoria Falls, truly one of the "Seven Wonders of the World."  Shop at a local curio market before returning to your hotel.  Meals BL
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

Day 15 - VICTORIA FALLS
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or explore on your own.  Meals BD
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

Day 16 - VICTORIA FALLS
Later this afternoon, board your international flight to Philadelphia Airport where transportation will be waiting to return you to Wilmington, Newark and Independence.  Meals B

 

 

Elephant in Africa

Hotels/Great Locations

Nights 2 and 3
Johannesburg Hotel
Johannesburg

Nights 4 and 5
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Kruger National Park

Nights 6, 7 and 8
Knsyna Hotel
Knysna

Nights 9 and 10
Spier Hotel
Stellenbosch

Nights 11 and 12
Cape Town Hotel
Cape Town


Optional Victoria Falls

Nights 13, 14 and 15
Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls