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Swain's Southern Africa


Experience South Africa through an assortment of authentic activities and unique excursions. Travel to some of the region’s iconic destinations. Tour Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands, as you enjoy three nights in Cape Town. Spot the Big Five while on Safari within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and spend a night in Johannesburg, the “City of Gold,” taking in the culture that this vibrant metropolis has to offer. To culminate your journey, find yourself amidst one of the Seven Natural World Wonders as you gaze upwards at the majestic and powerful Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Cape Town (Via Johannesburg)
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg for your connecting flight to spectacular Cape Town, You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Cape Town and the waterfront area.

South Africa’s “Mother City” is indescribably beautiful, steeped in fascinating history and pulsating to a heady African rhythm. Indeed, few urban centers anywhere can match its setting along the mountainous Cape Peninsula spine, which slides into the Atlantic Ocean. A ride in a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a ferry journey to Robben Island, or a meandering tour through the Winelands will leave you in no doubt that this place is an absolute highlight on any vacation to Africa. South Africa boasts incredibly good weather, gorgeous scenery and fantastic beaches and is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer visitors a unique and inspiring experience.

Starting Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town

Day 3 – Cape Town City Tour
Come with us on the ultimate 'Mother City' experience, designed to orientate and give you a full-color insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town. We've chosen iconic buildings, snatches of its history, and experiences unique to this City. First up, it's the cable car to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain - weather permitting - and from there, you'll be able to see to the end of our world, including the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa (own account). We visit the country's oldest building, The Castle (closed Sundays), and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Our drive continues past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge, and you'll sense the depth of history via their distinctive architecture. Colonial then changes to colorful, as we move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Our day ends on a sparkling note, as we trace the moves of a professional diamond cutter, as he creates every girl's dream stone.

Enjoy the afternoon exploring Cape Town at your leisure.

Starting Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town (B)

Day 4 – Cape Peninsula Tour
Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard, to Hout Bay. From Hout Bay, travel to Noordhoek and through Ou Kaapse Weg.

Proceed to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where you are able to ride the Funicular (for your own account) to the viewpoint where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.  The Cape Peninsula is the thin finger of land in the southwestern most corner of Africa with the city of Cape Town at its head.  As you travel south towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the land gets narrower until the great Indian and Atlantic Oceans combine into one vast southern ocean, with nothing beyond except Antarctica.   In 1578 Sir Francis Drake described it as 'The fairest cape in the whole circumference of the globe,' and it still is.

The Peninsula can be divided into the Atlantic coast on the west (including the City of Cape Town) and the False Bay coast on the east.  With nothing but water all around the peninsula, the weather can be a little unpredictable and the wind can whip itself up into a fury.  Luckily when it is howling on one side it is normally quiet on the other, so you can always find a sheltered spot.  

On leaving the Nature Reserve, proceed to Simonstown, where you stop for lunch (for your own account), as well as a short stop at Boulders Beach.  Nestled in historic Simon's Town in South Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony is part of the Cape Peninsula National Park.  Almost 3000 African (jackass) penguins, so called because their call resembles the bray of a donkey, reign supreme amidst rounded rocks and fish-filled False Bay.  These endangered, flightless birds are free to roam the seas and return to their private haven - Foxy Beach at Boulders.

Starting Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town (B)

Day 5 – Cape Town to Sabi Sands
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the Sabi Sands. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Sabi Sands accommodation.

Undoubtedly the most prestigious game park in South Africa, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is known for having some of the best available Big Five game spotting in the country. Located on the southwest corner of the Kruger National Park, there are no restricting fences so the animals roam freely just as nature intended.

Starting Accommodation: Notten's Bush Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6 – On Safari, Sabi Sands
The day will typically start with an early rise. Enjoy a light snack before departing on an activity, with a stop for a snack and tea/coffee en route. Upon return to camp (normally about three hours later) enjoy a sizeable brunch. Free time is them ample during the heat of the day to enjoy a siesta, or a dip in the pool. Mid-afternoon, tea, cakes and savories are served, before you depart on your afternoon activity, with a stop for cocktails en route. Return to camp and savor a sumptuous dinner.

Starting Accommodation: Notten's Bush Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7 – On Safari, Sabi Sands
The day will typically start with an early rise. Enjoy a light snack before departing on an activity, with a stop for a snack and tea/coffee en route. Upon return to camp (normally about three hours later) enjoy a sizeable brunch. Free time is them ample during the heat of the day to enjoy a siesta, or a dip in the pool. Mid-afternoon, tea, cakes and savories are served, before you depart on your afternoon activity, with a stop for cocktails en route. Return to camp and savor a sumptuous dinner.

Starting Accommodation: Notten's Bush Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Sabi Sands to Johannesburg
Fly from Sabi Sands to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Johannesburg is the economic heart of South Africa, the central focus of Egoli ('Place of Gold'), as the Sotho name for Gauteng suggests. The largest and richest city in South Africa, Johannesburg's lifestyle is a fast-paced and hectic one. No-one could have imagined the repercussions when an unemployed miner found a stone bearing traces of gold here in 1886, an event that led to the discovery of the world's richest natural treasure trove.

Starting Accommodation: Sandton Sun (B)

Day 9 – Johannesburg Touring
Soweto Tour
You know the name - it's a legend. SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who, despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions, have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitest northern suburbs lack. Inside Soweto, visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death; pass Mandela House, with time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). The journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Finally, we head past the largest stadium in Africa, Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final - this magnificent stadium is now nicknamed 'The Calabash' for its resemblance to the African Pot. Soweto is unlike a suburb you've ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.

Your afternoon in Johannesburg is at leisure. Take time to indulge in the history and culture. Johannesburg offers fascinating museums, a thriving café culture and a thrumming nightlife exist in many of Johannesburg's suburbs. The townships are also interesting to tour.

Starting Accommodation: Sandton Sun (B)

Day 10 – Fly Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

The Victoria Falls, affectionately abbreviated to Vic Falls by anyone who’s been there, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the locals refer to the Falls as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" (the smoke that thunders). There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and crocodiles lurk.

The mighty Zambezi flows broad and placid to the brink of a one mile wide basalt lip before taking a headlong 328 foot plunge into the thunderous, frothy chasm of the gorge below. This is the world's largest sheet of falling water.  Once the river has taken its plunge, things change...for those with the courage, the rapids immediately downstream offer some of the most adrenalin-pumping white water rafting available anywhere in the world.

Sunset Cruise
Put your feet up, sip a sundowner as the light gently fades, and let our tranquil wildlife cruise float you along the Zambezi River above the Falls. You'll have the finest vantage point from which to watch hippo, crocodiles and other animals which come down to the river's edge in the early evening, to slake their thirst. You're in the first-class seats, that's for sure, and while you're sipping your cocktail and enjoying snacks - no further movement required on your part - you'll be captivated by the sun's dying rays as they cast a burnt-orange glow which shimmers on the river. Take another sip in this golden setting - cheers!

Starting Accommodation: Ilala Lodge (B)

Day 11 – Tour of Victoria Falls
No surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You'll understand it instantly as we tour the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the Falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away. We'll walk through the permanent, beautifully misty rain forest which flanks the Falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below: the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. We'll stand and watch, feel and listen to the spray and thunderous noise, as millions of liters of water tumble over the Falls into a series of narrow gorges below. The seventh Natural Wonder of the World puts on the most dramatic show for you, and you'll be privileged to have watched it.

Starting Accommodation: Ilala Lodge (B)

Day 12 – Victoria Falls to USA (Via Johannesburg)
You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport to connect with your scheduled departure flight to Johannesburg. On arrival into Johannesburg, connect with your onward flight returning to the USA. (B)

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Highlighted Activities

Cape Peninsula Tour
Cape Peninsula Tour
Cape Town
Length: Full-day
Cape Town City Tour
Cape Town City Tour
Cape Town
Length: Half-day


Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Cape TownSouthern Sun Waterfront Cape TownTaj Cape TownOne&Only Cape Town
Sabi Sand Private Game ReserveNotten's Bush CampSabi Sabi Selati CampSabi Sabi Earth Lodge
JohannesburgSandton Sun54 on BathAtholPlace Hotel
Victoria FallsIlala LodgeVictoria Falls HotelThe Elephant Camp


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWAF17938
SWAF17939
SWAF17940
Twin Share
7/1/2017 - 9/30/2017$3,655$5,630$8,615
10/1/2017 - 12/19/2017$3,655$5,800$8,865
Single Traveler
7/1/2017 - 9/30/2017$5,195$7,555$11,090
10/1/2017 - 12/19/2017$5,195$7,500$11,595

Add internal air to this package from $895*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms