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12 Day Classic South Africa - Thursday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Eswatini , South Africa

Cities Visited

Cape Town , Hazyview , Hluhluwe , Johannesburg

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town. As you transfer to your hotel, you'll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Saturday - Cape Town City Tour
After an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Drive past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grand Parade, and St. George's Cathedral. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car.* Afterward, you will have the opportunity to learn the three-billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring the prominent Shimansky Jewelers. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the V & A Shopping Mall before returning to your hotel. Conclude the day with dinner*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 24 - Aug 6, 2023.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Then, following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch. On the way, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Tonight, attend the optional Traditional African Dinner Experience for an evening of live performances and African gastronomy before returning to the hotel
Optional: Traditional African Dinner Experience
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour, which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience shark cage diving.* Tonight, experience local culture at the optional Home Hosted Dinner*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour
Optional: Full Day Shark Cage Diving
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu Natal, which is famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. Home to Africa's "Big Five." You may have a chance to see elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino during your morning game drive through the reserve. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to the border of the Kingdom of eSwatini,* an independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa. Stop at a handicraft market this afternoon before arriving at your hotel in the early evening*Note: eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary
Overnight: Mbabane (eSwatini)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch glass blowers create a range of African animals, and tableware made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of eSwatini. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swati traditions and customs. Enjoy traditional Swati cuisine along with dance and song performances. Later, continue to the hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Kruger National Park Game Drive
Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a full day open-vehicle game drive. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch, continue your game drive. End the day with dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Travel to Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast, on a long drive today. Travel via Konwyn Pass, offering spectacular views over the Lowveld and visit the 213 foot Mac Mac Waterfall in the Mac-Mac Forest Nature Reserve. Proceed to the historic logging town of Sabie, once a gold mining town, it now relies on forestry.  Admire spectacular views of mountain passes and continue the drive, past the small town of Waterval Boven, nestled in the Drakensberg Mountains on the way to Johannesburg. Arrive late afternoon, and check into your hotel
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Soweto Tour
Depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. Cap off the day with dinner tonight
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Durban
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • 1 night Hluhluwe
  • 1 night Mbabane (eSwatini)
  • 2 nights Hazyview
  • 2 nights Johannesburg
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Experience Cape Town, during the city tour pass by Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain
  • During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach
  • Game viewing cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a uniquely diverse ecosystem
  • Game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • A thrilling game drive in an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park
  • In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela’s former home
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Cape Town-Durban.

    Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

    Please note, all passport holders should have two or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and eSwatini. for more information.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms are not available for this package.

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    Accommodations

    AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
    This first class hotel is located in Cape Town, just minutes away from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Cape Town.

    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Cape Town.

    Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of the Zulu's beautiful untamed Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal near to renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

    Mountain View International Hotel by BON Hotels
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Anew Resort Hazyview Kruger Park
    This first class hotel is just a 25 minute drive from Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Kruger Gate Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch
    This first class hotel is located in the Melrose Arch Precinct.

    Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch
    This first class hotel is located in the Melrose Arch Precinct.

    Southern Sun Sandton
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Sandton.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Do you acomodate who a problem walking.

    This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. There are two long days spent on the coach between eSwatini and Hazyview, as well as between Hazyview and Johannesburg. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way including a lunch break. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air-conditioned motor coach, game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air-conditioned. While the majority of South Africa is malaria-free, visitors to Kruger National Park are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion.

    Question: hi! what is the baggage weight limit whilst flying within Africa to scenic points?

    Flights within South Africa and between South Africa and Zimbabwe have a weight restriction for luggage of 44 lbs. per piece of checked luggage and 14 lbs. per piece of carry-on luggage, with a limit of one checked and one carry-on piece of luggage per person. This differs from international flight luggage limits and should be taken into account when preparing for your trip.

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.3
    Accommodations
    4.3
    Itinerary
    4.6
    Professional Staff
    4.5
    Repeat with Operator
    4.2
    Value for Money
    3.9

    Ratings based off 15 reviews - currently showing 8 reviews with comments only

    The trip was Fantastic, my first with Gate 1. The guide was outstanding! I went with my friends, a family of 8. The accommodations at, Marriott Hotel are all great in Cape Town, excellent rooms, quiet and dark, wonderful continental breakfast, coffee, and bar in the lobby!!! Wake-up calls all on time! Visit to Eswatini and Kruger, excellent accommodations and Food!!! Johannesburg, Fire and Ice Hotel door was a little noisy at night, the lock seemed to make a "clicking" noise and they did not know how to make a cappuccino (lukewarm and not tasty). Paul's French bakery, one block away made excellent coffee in Joburg. The drumming dinner in Cape Town was a little late for me, with a 3 am wake-up for a flight to Durban. Travel in the Bus and Plane was excellent with the driver. The meals and buffet were excellent with a good selection. I will recommend Gate 1 for future travel. Thank you.

    This trip was fantastic. It was packed with lots of activities and places to see. Unfortunately, weather plays a big role in what you see and don't see. We weren't able to visit Robben Island due to choppy water and couldn't see much of Victoria Falls due to rain/fog. But I'm not complaining, that's just how things go. Other than that, the itinerary was very fast paced and we got to see a lot, which was desired. The tour was very organized and our group leader, Ahmet, was very knowledgable of the places we visited. I would recommend the game drive in Botswana over the game drive in South Africa. The food and drink was quite good from the included meals. Ahmet did his best to accomodate everyone. I'd recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see as much as possible in such a short time frame. The schedule is strict but well worth the sights.

    The trip and the experience exceeded our expectations. Both Affordable Tours and Gate 1 were outstanding.

    This tour delivered everything that it promised in its description. Wonderful, professional tour guide and drivers, top accommodations, plenty of little extras. It exceeded my expectations.

    The trip had too much down time. This could have easily been a 10 day trip. Plus due to overcast skies there was no trip to table mountain and always no substitute so that created another Half day with nothing to do.

    The tour was exactly as described by Gate1 and AT. I wish I had chosen a slightly different itinerary because of two long days riding the bus. Durban to Hluhluwe and Kruger NP to Johannesburg rides were too long. Flights would have been better. This was our first Gate 1 tour. Our preference is for Globus and/or Cosmos - may be because the tour directors there seemed more organized. Our tour-director on Gate 1 mis-communicated with the hotel staff at two hotels. This resulted in early wake up calls, breakfast not being ready, or people missing written itinerary for the day. In all fairness, the tour director did a fantastic job in providing an eye-opening narrative of the dark days of South Africa, because of personal experiences. We learned a lot from her and will always be grateful for sharing personal details.

    Our tour guide Charl was awesome! He catered to our every need!

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