Wild South Africa - Nature's Bountiful Feast

Become intoxicated by the beauty of South Africa as you are immersed in its fascinating culture and beautiful scenery. Fall in love with the charming city of Cape Town, from the cliffs of Table Mountain to the brightly colored gardens of Kirstenbosch. Savor the scents and flavors of the Dutch inspired wine lands. Feel the surge of excitement as you search for the elusive leopard or while watching lion playing with their young in South Africa’s premier wildlife reserves. Under thatched roofs, luxurious tents and the vast African sky, enjoy international cuisine, refreshing South African wines, and sleep soundly in the middle of a breathtaking wild kingdom.

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 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 CAPE TOWN: ROBBEN ISLAND/CAPE FLATS

Visit one of the most symbolically significant and moving sights in South Africa, Robben Island, a place of banishment and exile during Apartheid. Some freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, sampling typical African food and hospitality in an authentic setting. Then, head to the settlement of Khayelitsha (new home) on the Cape Flats and meet your guide, settlement founder Vivian Zilo, to gain insight into her work in the community and learn more about the area in which they live. WINCHESTER MANSIONS. (B,L)

Days 6/7 CAPE TOWN/SKUKUZA/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - LUKIMBI

Fly to Skukuza and transfer through the southern portion of Kruger National Park to your private, secluded, and tranquil lodge. Safaris are conducted either on foot or in open-sided game-viewing vehicles and led by professional rangers and Shangaan trackers. The reserve is home to the great cats – lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe and a host of antelope. Night drives may afford you a glimpse of elusive nocturnal animals such as the armadillo like pangolin and African wildcat. Animal tracking, bird watching and stargazing are other available activities. Your luxury lodge is comprised of 16 spacious suites that meander along the banks of the river Lwakahle and offers every creature comfort, and more! LUKIMBI SAFARI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 8/9/10 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK/IMBALI

Enjoy a scenic drive and search for wildlife en route to your next accommodation, also 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 12 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 10/11 KRUGER/SKUKUZA/JOHANNESBURG/USA

Time for a last game run this morning before flying back to Johannesburg from Skukuza. Connect with your flight, arriving home the next day. (B, Meals Aloft)

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO JOHANNESBURG, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE & CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

Extend your stay in Johannesburg for a night, before flying to Victoria Falls for three nights. 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 and shop in the African marketplace for souvenirs. Explore Chobe National Park, Botswana on a day trip and discover pools filled with hippo, crocodile, monitor lizards, as an abundance of elephants and buffalo drink at the water’s edge. Stay at the VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE and watch as a parade of animals comes to the waterhole to drink. Your farewell dinner is at the Boma for a very unique African experience.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls on the post 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 (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All transfers in Southern Africa in deluxe motor coaches.
  • All wildlife viewing by 4x4 open-air vehicles.
  • 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 $5,995. 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.