South Africa - Women in the Rainbow Nation

Celebrate the diversity of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ and the role women of all walks of life play in South Africa. See for yourself the curious siren’s song this place casts over her visitors. You can’t come to South Africa and not feel as if you’ve discovered something special – from the outstanding wineries and vineyards, flourishing with gold medal-winning wines, to incredible national parks flourishing with ‘Big Five’ wildlife. From dramatic coastlines, to lions – lords of the terrestrial world, and whales – denizens of the deep, South Africa has charmed pirates and whalers, conquerors and empire-builders, peacemakers and world leaders. Come and be the next on the list!

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 Whale congregates in the waters.

Days 1/2/3 NEW YORK/CAPE TOWN/TABLE MOUNTAIN/CAPE POINT/BOULDERS

Board your overnight flight to Cape Town, arriving the next evening. Next day, visit the iconic site of Cape Town – ascend Table Mountain in a cable car and share the magnificent views with scampering hyraxes. Then, board your motor coach for a coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope, surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines and the blue sea. At Cape Point, climb the steps or ride the funicular to the top. Enjoy lunch and continue to Boulders Beach to see the African (Jackass) Penguins. You may join them in their watery world by kayak, if you wish (at additional cost). Enjoy a welcome dinner at the Gold Restaurant for a taste safari through Africa – from Cape Malay to African cuisine, from Cape Town to Timbuktu. Feast on a 15-course menu, enjoy a Djembe drumming session, and Mali Puppet dancers entertain you as they dance and sing around your table while you eat. TAJ CAPE TOWN. (B,L,D)

Day 4 CAPE TOWN/CAPE MALAY COOKING DEMONSTRATION/SHOPPING TOUR

Today you’re in for a treat! Perched on the slopes of Signal Hill, overlooking Table Bay, the Bo-Kaap is a great place to learn hands-on how to make popular Cape Malay cuisine. Make Samoosas, Cape curries and faloodah (a light rose-scented milk). The instructors will speak about the culture and the history of the food as you dine on all your scrumptious creations. In the afternoon, embark on a shopping tour of Cape Town. The Blue Buyou will design a perfect tour according to your wants and needs. The company has grown over the years and has found the perfect balance in shipping goods to where you want in a cost effective manner. TAJ CAPE TOWN. (B,L)

Days 5/6 CAPE TOWN/CEDERBERG/BUSHMANS KLOOF

Drive north through the Western Cape to the Cederberg Region. Take a rooibos tea tour to learn how it is processed, shipped and dispatched worldwide. Continue to the fertile Riebeek Valley and learn about the making of the Still Pure Essential Oils. End at Bushmans Kloof, a five-star and ecologically-sensitive resort situated in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. Designated a South African Natural Heritage Site, it is renowned for 130 rock art paintings. During spring and summer, the open plains, deep ravines and prehistoric rock formations explode with colorful wildflowers. The reserve’s conservation efforts include one of the largest private herds of the endangered Cape mountain zebra in the world. Insight into the wildlife and almost 755 indigenous plants are part of day and night drives. Other activities (some at additional cost) include mountain biking, canoeing, archery, croquet, fly-fishing and nature hikes. BUSHMANS KLOOF. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 7/8 CEDERBERG/WINELANDS

Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on the Western Cape, along a most scenic route. Explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historicallypreserved town in Southern Africa. Meet the first female winemaker in South Africa at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch. At Franschhoek, discover lovely antique shops and gardens, nestled in the “Valley of the Huguenots” where the French first settled in 1688. Enjoy chocolate tasting at the Huguenot Fine Chocolates and bread making at the Bread & Wine courses offered. Your French-style retreat is located in the village of Franschhoek detailed with Victorian embellishments and hints of the Provencal façade from its early historic roots. Chef Margot Janses will tempt your taste buds with delectable combinations of French, Malay and traditional South African dishes. LE QUARTIER FRANCAIS. (B,L; B,L,D)

Days 9/10 WINELANDS/SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE

Fly to Skukuza and continue to your classic camp in the Sabi Sand region, adjacent to Kruger National Park, and one of the most prolific spots in Africa for viewing wildlife. Formed in 1950, the region shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park, allowing wildlife to cross between both parks as they wish. With an abundance of impala, greater kudu and giraffe, Sabi Sand is also known for having some of the best viewing of the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. The low impact of humans on this wildlife reserve allows for some of the highest success rates of wildlife viewing, including fantastic sightings of the elusive leopard. Positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years, your stunning lodge is owned by the More family for four generations. LION SANDS RIVER LODGE. (All Meals Daily)

Days 11/12 SABI SANDS/JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK

Time for a last view of wildlife this morning before flying back to Johannesburg to connect with your flight home, bringing with you fond memories of the exotic scents and flavors of South Africa. (B, Meals Aloft)

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO JOHANNESBURG & VICTORIA FALLS

Continue your journey with a night in Johannesburg. Next day, fly to Victoria Falls. Twice the size of Niagara Falls, it is truly one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Five separate falls join together and plunge more than 328 feet into a sheer-sided chasm which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. 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. Enjoy a daytrip to Chobe National Park to search for elephant and crocodile while cruising the Chobe River. Stay at the VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE and enjoy a farewell dinner is at the Boma for a very unique African experience.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Flight 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 South Africa in deluxe motor coaches.
  • All wildlife viewing by 4x4 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 $6,395. 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.