South Africa - Treasures of the Rainbow Nation

Charming, elegant and mysterious, South Africa awaits you on an exciting safari of cultural and natural treasures. Feel the warmth of the African sun while exploring Cape Town’s immense cache of unrivaled beauty and exotic botanical gardens, up the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope and the endearing penguins of Boulders Beach. Explore Table Mountain and the verdant winelands, richly complemented by Dutch colonial architecture. Feel the rush of seeing Africa’s ‘Big 5’ up-close in Kruger National Park while surrounded in comfort. The post extension takes you to Zimbabwe and the glorious roar of Victoria Falls. Explore and rejuvenate the soul in South Africa.

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.

Weather Reports - When To Go

No matter when one visits South Africa, it is a stunning country and one is sure to delight in its offerings. South Africa is affected by the waters surrounding the country, and thus there’s variation in the weather pattern depending on what part of the country visited. In Cape Town, the winter months (June-August) are mild and changeable; this is also the time when most of the rainfall occurs in the Cape. Summer months (January-March) around Cape Town are generally dry. On the high veld, in the center of South Africa around Johannesburg, there are sharp differences of temperature between day and night and it can be quite cold during the winter months. During the summer months at Kruger (December-March,) there can be sporadic rainfall in the form of quick thunder showers, but wildlife viewing is superb no matter when visited. April through August represent the winter months in Southern Africa which in turn means very little rain in most of the country, except for the Cape. South Africa is incredible to visit, particularly the Cape, during the Spring, when the wildflowers are in bloom – generally mid-August through September. Marine enthusiasts should consider visiting between June and November when the Southern Right Whales congregate in the waters.

Days 1/2 USA/CAPE TOWN

Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Cape Town, arriving the next evening. Your home for the next four nights has over 200 years of history within its walls and is situated in six acres of attractive landscaped parkland on the banks of the Liesbeeck River. Located in the lush leafy suburb of Newlands, the Hotel is within easy walking distance of the up-market Cavendish Shopping Centre and is just 10 minutes away from the City Center and the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This beautiful establishment comprises the original home of Lady Anne Barnard and new bedrooms designed by highly acclaimed architects Jack Barnett and Revel Fox and is filled with works by leading South African artists. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (Meals Aloft)

Days 3 CAPE TOWN

Discover a cornucopia of culture, natural beauty and history around every bend on your drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. See quaint seaside towns, rugged shorelines and majestic rock formations. At Cape Point, view rare proteas, the endangered sago-belly frog and endemic species such as Cape grysbok, Cape mountain zebra and Cape fox. Get up close to African penguins at Boulders Beach. 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. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (B, L)

Day 4 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”). You will meet your guide, 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. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (B, L-if taking optional tour)

Day 5 TABLE MOUNTAIN/WINELANDS

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. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (B, L)

Days 6/7/8 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Bid farewell to Cape Town as you fly to Hoedspruit, 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)

OPTIONAL 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 or 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 lastminute 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.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip flights between Johannesburg & Victoria Falls on the extension.
  • Superior accommodations throughout at hotels and lodges as listed in the itinerary, or similar.
  • Breakfasts daily, all meals while on safari and other meals as indicated in itinerary.
  • All transfers in Southern Africa in deluxe motor coaches.
  • All wildlife viewing by 4x4 open-air vehicles in South Africa.
  • Specialist guide will accompany the group with 10 travelers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge gratuities and taxes.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
Prices starting at $4,395. 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.