DAY 01 NEW YORK / JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Depart on your international South African Airways flight to Cape Town, via Johannesburg. From the moment you board your South African Airways flight you feel the warm and welcoming African hospitality in every detail of the world class service you are about to experience.
*New York / Johannesburg South African Airways flight #204
DAY 02 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG / CAPE TOWN
Arrive in Johannesburg and take a short domestic flight to your Cape Town destination. You will be met by an African Travel Inc. representative at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your reserved hotel.
*Johannesburg / Cape Town South African Airways flight #327
With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world. The city is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, reflecting both the tastes of the past and more modern designs. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved, and many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found in the city and its environs. Cobblestone streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel homes of the Malay Quarter enhance the cosmopolitan ambience, while the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront evokes images of the seafaring activities of the 19th century.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA & ALFRED HOTEL - Piazza facing room
Victoria & Alfred Hotel was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse. Later in 1990, it was converted to a luxury hotel named in honor of the Queen of England and her son. The spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms are spread over three floors. All the rooms have coffee and tea making facilities, with private bar, electronic safe, Satellite television, international plugs and wireless internet. In addition, every room has a view over the ever-awake Alfred Basin or Piazza. A stone’s throw from the water’s edge, the inviting Ginja Restaurant has one of the finest dining locations in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. Additional facilities include laundry services, 24-hour room service, a designer spa, gym facilities and a pool with manicured gardens at neighboring Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa.
DAY 03 CAPE TOWN
Few cities in the world offer as many potential activities as Cape Town. We've included a few Hidden Gems to enhance your Cape Town experience.
- Hidden Gem - At 10:00am, you will be transferred to the helipad for a scenic helicopter flight over the city bowl, and the white sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. The 8 minute flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the city’s breathtaking scenery and beauty. (The flight is subject to weather conditions.) Once you return to the V&A Waterfront you have the balance of the day at leisure to do some shopping and sightseeing. Please note that every helicopter has a weight restriction - usually 275lbs / 125kgs. You will be weighed (your weight will be kept confidential) to ensure you are within this restriction.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA & ALFRED HOTEL (B)
DAY 04 CAPE TOWN
The day is yours to fill with fun adventures and sights. You may want to take a full day scheduled excursion to the Cape Peninsula (at additional cost).
Embark on a spectacular day discovering the pristine coastline and quaint towns along "The Fairest Cape." Board a boat to see the Cape Fur seal colony in the charming fishing village of Hout Bay, weather permitting. Hug the cliffs as you snake along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You will have the opportunity to ride the Flying Dutchman funicular (optional and own account) to the old lighthouse for awe-inspiring views! After lunch (on own account), continue along the coast to the lively penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Then head back to the city via the naval village of Simon’s Town.
- Hidden Gem Tonight, enjoy dinner accompanied by incredible views of Table Mountain at Ginja restaurant. Drinks and gratuities are for your own account.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA & ALFRED HOTEL (BD)
DAY 05 CAPE TOWN
Enjoy the day at leisure. We recommend a full day scheduled excursion to the Cape Winelands (at additional cost).
This is a superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape. Learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Revel in the scenery…like the picturesque little village of Franschhoek, first settled by the Huguenots. Take a stroll through historical, charming Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture, absorbing the quaintness of this lovely university town. A trip to the winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so a cellar tour and two tastings have been organized at different wine estates. Of course, you’ll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home! Enjoy lunch (on your own account) at a leading wine estate or in delightful Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA & ALFRED HOTEL (B)
DAY 06 CAPE TOWN / PORT ELIZABETH / SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by road to your reserved lodge in the Shamwari Game Reserve for a three night safari.
Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Stretching thousands of acres over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning wildlife experience. Meaning “my friend” in Shona, the reserve is about conserving a vanishing way of life. It is a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature.
Relax at the lodge until time for your first afternoon game drive with fellow lodge guests. Return for dinner and a relaxing evening sharing your days experience with the other guests.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VILLA LOBENGULA
Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. It is a place where your soul can rejuvenate and rest in supreme peace and comfort whilst the vibration of authentic Africa dances through your being. The Villa comprises 6 suites and mirrors a traditional African “kraal” enclosed by breath-taking views. Each air conditioned suite has an ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, private patio, hairdryer, electronic safe, international adaptors, international dial telephone, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The main lodge facilities include a swimming pool, relaxation retreat with treatment room and sauna, fitness room, library, wine cellar, gift boutique and Wi-Fi.
All meals, twice daily shared game drives, tea, coffee, water and game drive beverages are complimentary. Alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and cellar wines with meals and while at the lodge are at an additional cost. (BLD)
DAY 07 SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE
Here the graceful leopard, the powerful rhino, elephant and hippo share the domain with kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, and zebra, as well as a paradise of bird, reptile and plant life. Shamwari strives to educate and promote conservation awareness and your ranger will ensure that your experience is both rewarding and informative. (BLD)
ACCOMMODATIONS: VILLA LOBENGULA (BLD)
DAY 08 SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE
Fill your time between game drives with visits to one of the awareness centers. The Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary highlights the circumstances of wild cats confined in impoverished, captive environments. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre provides a first-hand encounter with Shamwari’s passionate on-site vets, who care for young, injured and abandoned animals, which are later released back into the wild. The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre is an educational awakening about the plight of this rapidly depleting species.
Your visit to Shamwari will directly help rhino conservation. At African Travel Inc., http://africantravelinc.com/about/african-travel-cares, we are passionate about protecting and conserving vanishing wildlife and we will be donating $50 per couple towards the building of a rhino boma at Shamwari Game Reserve. The rhino boma will be a safe haven to rehabilitate injured or orphaned rhino, until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VILLA LOBENGULA (BLD)
DAY 09 SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE / JOHANNESBURG / NEW YORK
After a morning game drive and breakfast, you are transferred by road to Port Elizabeth where you will board your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, connect with your scheduled international South African Airways flight back to the USA.
Port Elizabeth / Johannesburg South African Airways flight #
Johannesburg / New York (JFK) South African Airways flight #
Or, you may wish to add to your adventure an optional excursion to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest curtain of falling water. (B)
DAY 10 ARRIVE NEW YORK
Arrive home today with memories to last a lifetime.
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