South Africa - Treasures of the Rainbow Nation

Discover the crown jewels of South Africa – not diamonds or rubies, but a vibrant and glittering collection of cultural heritage and natural wonder. The golden sands and sapphire waters of the Cape of Good Hope are the setting for rare and beautiful animals, while the gardens of Kirstenbosch dazzle with an emerald expanse blooming floral color and variety. Fine wine, towering mountains, and preserved architecture provide a flavor of refinement, balanced by the raw glamour of the predators and prey at Kruger National Park. Polish your trip off to a fine gleam with the optional post-extension to the sparkling turquoise waters of Victoria Falls. 

Days 1/2

NEW YORK/CAPE TOWN

Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Cape Town, arriving the next day. Your hotel is situated on Cape Town’s Platinum mile and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. WINCHESTER MANSIONS. (Meals Aloft)

 

Day 3

CAPE TOWN: CAPE PENINSULA/BOULDERS BEACH/KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

Discover a cornucopia of culture, natural beauty and history around every bend on your drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve highlighted by quaint seaside towns, rugged shorelines and majestic rock formations. At Cape Point, see rare proteas, the endangered sago-belly frog, Cape grysbok, Cape mountain zebra, and Cape fox. After lunch, get up close to comical African penguins at Boulders Beach, and end your day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a living display of South African flora, including a wild almond hedge planted in 1660 by Dutch settler Jan van Riebeeck. WINCHESTER MANSIONS. (B,L)

 

Day 4

TABLE MOUNTAIN/WINE LANDS

Ascend Table Mountain in a cable car and share the magnificent views with scampering hyraxes. A World Heritage Site, Table Mountain is alive with birds and adorned with 1,470 plant species. Afterward, venture off on a scenic expedition to the wine lands region situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains and discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek on the Western Cape. Visit the past at the estate of Boschendal with its brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch architecture and period furniture. All the wine estates you’ll visit in the region offer tastings and cellar tours and you’ll enjoy lunch in one of them. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon where your evening is at leisure.

WINCHESTER MANSIONS. (B,L)

 

Day 5

ROBBEN ISLAND/CAPE FLATS (OPTIONAL)

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cape Town to explore on your own. Or avail yourself to a cultural day (at additional cost) with a visit to one of the most significant and moving sights in South Africa, Robben Island, where former President Nelson Mandela spent 17 years imprisoned for his beliefs. After lunch, visit the Townships, a tour that offers an insight and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. Witness the living accommodations created at the height of the apartheid era, and end your tour with a visit to Khayelitsha (“new home”). Duties permitting, you will meet founder Vivian Zilo, and spend time with her gaining a personal insight into her work in the community and learning more about the area in which they live. Vivian established the Iliso Care Society in June 2005 when she solicited the help of four other women to begin providing services to her community. WINCHESTER MANSIONS. (B, L-if taking optional tour)

 

Days 6/7/8

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Bid farewell to Cape Town as you fly to Skukuza, where you transfer to your luxury camp located within Kruger National Park. Crisscrossed by five rivers, Kruger serves as refuge for 300 different types of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 types of amphibian, 116 different reptilian species, 505 species of birds and 147 species of mammals. Your guide will interpret the ecosystems and animal behavior, and help you to identify the strands in the web of life. Your lovely lodge is set on the banks of the Nwatswitswonto River. Experience the colonial delights of four o’clock tea, succulent evening meals, cigars and brandy. All suites are beautifully appointed with luxuriant furniture and imported linen. Spacious decks offer stunning salas and private plunge pools with views over the river bed and onto the plains beyond. IMBALI SAFARI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)

 

Days 9/10

JOHANNESBURG/EN ROUTE/USA

A last chance to discover the wildlife of South Africa before your flight to Johannesburg where you connect with your return flights home, arriving the USA next day. (B, Meals Aloft)

 

POST EXTENSION TO VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Spend a night in Johannesburg at the D’OREALE GRANDE HOTEL, conveniently located close to the airport in a complex of restaurants, shops, and beautiful gardens. Next day, another adventure awaits as you fly to Victoria Falls. Five separate cascades plunging more than 300 feet with a thunderous roar comprise this awesome spectacle, the world’s largest waterfall. Feel the mist on your face during a guided tour and enjoy a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River. Visit a native village to experience their way of life and shop in the African marketplace for those last-minute souvenirs. Stay at the “Grande Dame” of the Falls, the VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL, where Edwardian splendor is recalled in period art and antique furniture, world-class service and fine dining. Your farewell dinner is at the Boma for a very unique African experience.

Prices starting at $4,595. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.