Swain's Southern Africa
A ten-night immersion into the best that South Africa has to offer. The first three nights are spent in Cape Town, touring the iconic Table Mountain and seeing the African penguins at Cape Peninsula National Park. Next, the trip moves to Kapama Private Game Reserve where you will see the renowned Big Five--lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants--in their natural habitat. Watch lions stalk the plains and elephants bathe in watering holes. Afterward, spend a night in Johannesburg, the "City of Gold," taking in the eclectic, local culture. Conclude your journey by visiting the thunderous Victoria Falls--one of the Seven Natural World Wonders.
Your Itinerary Includes:
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- 3 nights Cape Town
- Cape Town City tour
- Cape Peninsula tour
- 3 nights Kapama Private Game Reserve
- Game viewing
- 2 nights Johannesburg
- Soweto Tour
- 2 nights Victoria Falls
- Tour of Victoria Falls
- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Adventure and Active
- Educational and Learning
- Family Vacations
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
The Onyx Apartment Hotel,Superior, Cape Town
Kapama Southern Camp,Superior, Kapama Private Game Reserve
Peech Boutique Hotel,Superior, Johannesburg
Ilala Lodge,Superior, Victoria Falls
Standard (3*) to (3 1/2*) Offering limited facilities and services, these are moderate rooms with private ensuite bathrooms that offer exceptional value for money for the price conscious traveler.
Superior (4*) to (4 1/2*) These hotels are typically better equipped with more comfortable accommodation, and are often in a fairly central location to major sightseeing.
Deluxe (5*) Boasting luxurious and spacious surroundings, these accommodations offer the highest level of international quality accommodation and service. Typically with exquisite décor, exceptional service and superb award winning restaurants.
Luxury (5*) + Premier accommodations in choice settings offering exquisite surroundings, the finest guest services and indulgent amenities. These properties are often one of a kind and are ideal for discerning travelers.
Cape Peninsula Tour
Drive past pristine beaches to Hout Bay, a functioning harbor and heart of the local crayfish industry. Drive along the breathtakingly scenic Chapman?s Peak Drive and around the Atlantic Seaboard. See the spectacular sea and mountain views from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; the rocky landscape is home to mountain zebra, eland and ostriches. Continue along the coastline to Boulders Beach where you can view a colony of penguins. Stop in the naval port of Simon?s Town, the country?s third oldest European settlement.
Cape Town City Tour
Enjoy the ultimate 'Mother City' experience, designed to orientate you and give you an insight into the magic of Cape Town. Weather permitting, take a cable car up to Table Mountain (own account) before visiting South Africa?s oldest building ? the Castle. Explore the Company's Gardens, and continue on a scenic tour past the Parliament buildings, City Hall and Slave Lodge. Travel through the historic Malay Quarter and the colorful Bo-Kaap, and end with a diamond cutting tour.
Cape Winelands Tour
Enjoy a whole day dedicated to the indulgence and splendor of Africa?s premier wine region. Escape to the beauty and tranquility of the Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Winelands. The first stop is the Afrikaans Language Monument, perched on Paarl Rock, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. Then continue onto wineries to sample wines of merit before visiting the Huguenot Monument and Museum in Franschhoek, where you will discover the origins of the world renowned wine producing region.
The once quiet fishing village of Hermanus provides some of the finest shorebased whale watching in the world. See the Southern Right whales at play. Enjoy the coastal drive with breathtaking ocean views. Stop for wine tasting at a coastal wine estate. Following the whale watching and lunch (own account), you will drive through the scenic Elgin ? an apple growing center. Travel back to Cape Town via St. Lowry's Pass.
Enjoy a fun filled morning of Sand Boarding! Travel to the stunning nature reserve at Atlantis (approx. 40 minutes from Cape Town). This idyllic location offers incredibly white sand dunes, unique views of Table Mountain and the City and provides an incredible wide-open feeling of Africa. Alternatively, we can travel along the East Coast to Bettys Bay which is approximately an hour drive out of Town. Your Guides will provide instruction for the duration of the activity in a safe and fun filled environment. All sand board equipment, expert instructors, permits, and transport to and from the sand dunes location is included. *This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate.
Walk to Freedom Tour
Experience the wonderful raw energy of our 'Rainbow Nation' in one unforgettable morning. You'll be walking in the footsteps of the local communities - those of yesterday and today - seeing where and how both past and present generations lived, or just existed, during the dark days of apartheid, and experience how people of these townships live today. Explore the riveting District Six Museum (closed Sundays) for a sharp reminder of the past, then tour Langa, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, and visit the impressive Tsoga Environmental Gardens. We want you to enjoy a hands-on experience of life in a township, so you'll be visiting an informal spaza shop, popping into a shebeen (pub), and visiting a hostel. Tastes of the daily life of a community. Following your tour of the township, continue to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to connect with your scheduled tour to Robben Island. Cruel home of our Nelson Mandela for so many years, it's a highly charged and emotional moment when you visit the site of this suffering, and realize how far South Africa has come from those days.
Winelands and Cape Point Cycling Tour
Visit the African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach then continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve for spectacular costal views. Cycle through this area and smell the unique scent of the Protea, Walk up to the site of the original lighthouse at Cape Point then walk along the Clifftop route from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope. Next, head for the Constantia wine lands; try a selection of wines and discover why South Africa is hailed as one of the finest wine producing countries in the world.
Apartheid Museum Tour
Discover the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans a mere decade ago. On entering the building you are racially classified and you see this segregation in all forms of life. There are excellent displays including the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President.
Soweto Culture Tour
Travel through the streets of the sprawling township of Soweto, scene of the tragic riots of 1976. Despite crowded and chaotic conditions, there?s a tangible sense of community which the ordered, walled suburbs lack. Pass the Mandela House, with the option to visit the small museum. Then, visit Regina Mondi Church, site of many underground meetings for then banned political parties.
Tour of the Falls
This morning enjoy a tour of the Falls. The Victoria Falls is classed as one of the wonders of the world. From January to June, Zambia benefits massively from the increased water flow over the falls making it a spectacular viewing point.
This full day white water rafting adventure on the Zambezi River is internationally acclaimed as being the wildest in the world. Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls has been classified by the British Canoe Union as Grade 5 ? 'extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas'. This is a high volume, pool-drop river with little exposed rock either in the rapids or in the pools below the rapids. On occasion Klipspringer, Rock Hyrax, Vervet monkeys and Baboon are spotted and the birdlife is spectacular; Black eagle, Augur buzzard, Black stork, Pied and Giant kingfisher, and Red Winged starling are some of the birds normally seen during the trips. Sightings of the very rare Taita falcon are not uncommon. There are crocodile in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the area for their habitation.