The South Africa Trip
Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 7, 2021
New Year's Trip! Trip runs in reverse, with Cape Town first, then safari.
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Feb 4 - 14, 2021
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march 11 - 21, 2021
1 Gal spot + 2 Guy spots remaining!
aPRIL 29 - may 9, 2021
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oct 21 - 31, 2021
2 Gal spots left + 1 Guy spot remaining!
nov 18 - 28, 2021
Thanksgiving trip! - 1 Guy spot remaining
dec 27 - jan 6, 2022
New Year's Trip! Trip runs in reverse, with Cape Town first, then safari.
11 days/10 nights
P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $950 deposit + 3 additional installments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
South Africa is an amazing country, filled with a variety of adrenaline-fueled activities, cultural learning experiences, and tons of magical wildlife- making it a top travel destination for adventurous jet-setters. Join us for eleven days of exploring two majestic regions of South Africa - Greater Kruger and Cape Town. Between early morning safaris and evenings out in Cape Town, there is no doubt you will fall in love with this incredible country.
This is one of our most adventurous trips, with a lot of activities included!
In the bush, you will have a mix of early morning animal treks and laid back afternoons to get to know your travel crew. In Cape Town, we have curated an incredible list of activities to offer you the most authentic experience of South Africa. You will have a local guide with you throughout the trip who will passionately share with you the beauty of their homeland.
For the love of
ELEPHANTS + LIONS
THE BIG FIVE
All accommodation in "bush camp" or centrally-located hotels (boutique when possible, shared twin/double room)
In-country ground transportation
Domestic flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town
All entrance fees to private Game Reserves and the Kruger National Park
10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
2 game drives
Guided bush walk
Full day Kruger National Park tour
Blyde River Canyon sightseeing tour
Tour of the Cape Malay Quarter
Full day Cape Peninsula tour
Visit to Africa’s penguin colony
Full day winelands tour including wine tasting
Lion's Head hike
Cultural city tour with a Cape Malay native
Local Trip Leader throughout
Flights in and out of South Africa (hot tip: for cheaper flights, fly round trip to Johannesburg and get a cheap domestic flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg)
Alcohol (except for the wine tastings)
Mandatory trip insurance (budget approx. $75)
Meals not mentioned (budget around $150)
Tips for guides, hotel staff, and waiters
Day 1 - Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg and we'll all meet in our cozy guest house by 6pm before heading off to a welcome dinner in Johannesburg.
We'll plan to call it early tonight in preparation for an early am wake up call to begin our adventure!
day by day*
*Itinerary is indicative for 2021 and is subject to change
Day 2 - Greater Kruger
PArks & REC
Wake up early for a long journey to Greater Kruger National Park. Get to know your new travel buddies with van games and scenic views.
On the way, we’ll stop to see some of the most amazing waterfalls and viewpoints you can imagine and enjoy a traditional South African lunch at one of our favorite (and secret) open air spot.
Thqtevening, we will arrive at our first camp in a quiet nature reserve, also known as the South African "bush." We'll have an African dinner under the stars, followed by some much needed R&R.
Day 3 - Greater Kruger
Today, we'll enter the Kruger National Park and begin scouting the more secluded roads of the park, having the opportunity to explore a variety of habitats, and come face to face with a bunch of the local wildlife.
We'll stop for lunch at one of the park’s largest rest camps, before continuing on to our more private Kruger camp at around 3pm.
In the evening, we'll head to our second camp on a private reserve known for having some of the best game viewing in the area. After sunset, we’ll gather together in the camp’s boma for some “braai” – aka delicious South African BBQ!
Day 4 - Greater Kruger
We'll bright and early and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a “rusk” (a typical South African cookie, also synonymous with being on safari) before heading out on your morning game drive. If preferred, you are welcome to sleep in and listen to the hyenas cackle from the comfort of your warm bed.
Return to camp at around 9:30am for breakfast, followed by a morning of leisure. You can swim in the pool, lounge in the sun, or keep an eye out for new visitors the waterhole in front of the camp.
After a late lunch, we will head out on another afternoon game drive. After another breathtaking African sunset and sundowner session, you’ll return to camp for dinner under the stars, and late-night laughs around the campfire.
Day 5 - Greater Kruger
Start the day early to embark on a bush walk or game drive (your choice!). Early morning is when the wild animals are most active, so keep your eyes peeled for giraffe, zebra, warthog and buffalo!
After a hearty breakfast and fresh coffee, you have the option to learn more about the many endangered species living in the Greater Kruger area. You’ll come face to face with cheetahs, meerkats and, if you’re lucky, a rhino or two, who all now live in this wildlife rehabilitation center. You’ll learn more about the animals’ plight, and the amazing people that have dedicated their lives to saving them.
By mid-afternoon, we will check into our final camp and end this day with a delicious dinner around the camp fire in the traditional "boma."
Day 6 - Kruger, Cape Town
ONTO CAPE TOWN
As we spend our last morning on the safari, we'll go on a bush walk to try to get up close to zebra and giraffe. You'll also learn more about the plants and smaller creatures of the ecosystem. We'll share a breakfast in the camp's boma before we head to the airport to catch our flight to Cape Town.
We will arrive to Cape Town around 4:30pm and check into our hotel located in a cozy little neighborhood that is walking distance from the town center. Take some time to settle in, and feel free to visit the hotel's rooftop for a drink and breathtaking view of the city and Table Mountain.
The rest of the evening if free to explore Cape Town a bit on your own.
Day 7 - Cape Town
After breakfast, we will leave for a full day Cape Peninsula tour. The scenic drive will wind through beautiful mountains, cliff sides, and historical fishing villages. We'll even explore untouched “fynbos” expanses and visit Africa’s only penguin colony.
In the afternoon, we'll stop to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on the terrace of one of Cape Town’s oldest hotels overlooking the ocean. The drive will end back at the hotel, where we will have the rest of the evening to explore Cape Town’s restaurants and nightlife.
Day 8 - Cape Town
PAST & Present
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a historical city tour. After breakfast, you’ll be shown the city’s most iconic sights by a Cape Malay man who knows them intimately. This city has such a fascinating and rich history – from the first inhabitants (San or “bushmen”), the arrival of the Dutch and then the British, and slavery and Apartheid, to Nelson Mandela and Robben Island. This city is rich in history with a very important story to tell
After the tour, we'll be invited into the home a Bo Kaap resident for a homemade lunch of traditional Malay cuisine.
The rest of the day is free for independent exploration.
Day 9 - Stellenbosch
LAND OF WINE
Today we will take a day trip to South Africa's winelands to experience South Africa's stunning wine country. We avoid the tourist hotspots and visit smaller, more intimate wine farms that focus on just one thing: wine-making excellence.
We’ll start our morning off with a champagne tasting and cellar tour, followed by a 5-wine tasting and cheese pairing platter at the first vineyard to be owned by a South African woman. We will then move on to a historical wine farm, where we will enjoy a picnic lunch together and sip on some of the best Pinotage in the world. On our way out, we will have time for one more wine and chocolate pairing, a perfect way to end a wine-filled day.
The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.
Day 10 - Cape Town
TOP OF THE TOWN
For our last full day in South Africa, we will have the opportunity to see the best view of Cape Town, from the top of Lion’s Head. We will take the “secret,” less crowded path with our guide, in order to really enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.
After the hike, we will have the rest of the afternoon to wander the streets of Cape Town or take on one of the many adventurous optional activities.
In the evening, we will meet up at one of the prettiest beaches of Cape Town for our last sundowner session together. We will head over to a fun restaurant for our farewell dinner, and see where the night takes us from there!
Day 11 - Cape Town
Today is our last day in South Africa. We will have one last group breakfast before we say our goodbye's. Fortunately, most people will be able to take later flights, allowing you to explore more of this incredible city before you head out.
Cape Town International Airport (check out latest at 12pm)
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
Just for fun
There are eleven official languages of South Africa.
The Kruger National Park is home to over 12,000 elephants, 27,000 African Buffalo, 1,000 leopards and lots of other beautiful wildlife.
Drivers use the left-hand side of the road in South Africa.
Being on safari means early mornings. Animals are most active in the few hours after sunrise and before sunset, and the game drives follow this schedule. You do not have to do any drives you do not wish to do, but we really recommend you do – being in the African bush and so close to real, wild animals in their natural habitat is an incredible experience!
Also, being on safari, or in a lodge or “bush camp” also means you are in the wild, far away from civilization. This means you are confined to an area (the camp) and cannot go wandering on your own. Any “free time” will still be spent in the confines of the camp, but it is incredibly relaxing, and you will probably not want to leave. The sounds of the birds and monkeys all around you, and the sights at the waterhole will keep you more entertained than any Netflix series!
About south africa
As the southernmost country in Africa, the Republic of South Africa is a multiethnic society filled with a variety of languages, cultures, and religions. The country is known for its natural scenic wonders, from the mountains and forests, to the coasts and deserts, making it a perfect destination for endless adventures.
GOOD TO KNOW
The most common national languages are English and Afrikaans
The national currency is South African Rand (ZAR)
In restaurants and hotels you may add a 10-20% tip in ZAR if there is no service charge
The closest airport for arrival is O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
Double check your passport is valid for 6-months after your return date