Experience the stunning beauty of South Africa on this African Safari trip for women. Cape Town, one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, is our gateway to a land of magnificence and majesty, yet with a dark and poignant history. We visit the gardens, game and glories of the country. Explore the background of recent and colonial South African history. We shall explore Table Mountain and its wonderful views over the city of Cape Town. Well pay a visit to Penguin Island and explore the sea life and the gorgeous beaches here. A day tour through the Cape Wine Lands tasting the South African wines and enjoying lunch at one of the wineries. We finish off this adventure with an African Safari a True "Trip of a Lifetime" experience. You'll get a chance to see the "BIG 5" as well as many other varieties of animals as each day presents a new experience in the wild.
Day 1: - September 18 Wednesday: Depart for your overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa (CPT) to arrive on September 19. You can fly direct into Cape Town via many European cities or fly to Johannesburg and take a connecting flight to Cape Town.
Day 2: - September 19 Thursday: Arrival Day into Cape Town. On arrival at the Cape Town International Airport guests will be met by our Women's Travel Group representative who will assist you at the airport. You will then be transferred to the hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy the stunning views of the ocean and take the day to relax and get on schedule. This hotel in Cape Town's Waterfront will be your base during your stay in Cape Town. The Portswood Hotel Waterfront.
Day 3: -September 20 Friday: Cape Town - Cape Peninsula - Cape of Good Hope Nature preserve - Following breakfast we will depart on an informative Cape Town city tour. Today you will meet your guide who will take on a Peninsula tour visiting Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park (the most South Westerly point of the African Continent) passing through small fishing towns and Simonstown (a British Naval Base for about 100 years and now home of the South African Navy) you will be told the story of Just Nuisance a great Dane dog which attached its self to the British Sailors in WW2, we will also visit the penguin colony at Boulders beach. Travel via the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay, as well as Chapmans Peak - one of the region's most dramatic mountain drives offering amazing panoramic views over the city and environs. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, established in 1939 to protect 19,000 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. The reserve comes to an end at majestic Cape Point. Situated at the junction of two of earth's most contrasting water masses - the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope popularity perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. (B, L, D)
Day 4: - September 21 Saturday: Cape Wine lands Tour - Today you will be taken on a tour to the Cape Wine lands visiting the vineyards of Stellenbosch & Franschhoek enjoying wine tastings at 3 wine farms. The scenery along the way is just beautiful with of historical Taal Monument near Paarl. The wines from South Africa are varies and offer you a fine example of the local wines both red and white. You will also be enjoying lunch in this historic region at a wine farm.
This evening you will visit The Gold Restaurant in Cape Town to sample some traditional African foods and partake in the local drumming experience. (B,L,D)
Day 5: - September 22 Sunday: Table Mountain - A flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town . We will be using the cable way to reach the top of the mountain. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheater of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is (3,563 ft) above sea level, (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau. (B,L,D)
Day 6: - September 23 Monday: Depart Cape Town for our Safari Adventure. After breakfast we check out of the hotel and will be driven to Gondwana Game Lodge in the Garden Route. On arrival we check into our Lodge and then enjoy our first African safari experience with 2 game drives and ample time to relax and unwind enjoying the cuisine and sounds of the African Bush.
Accommodation at the Gondwana Game Lodge on a full board basis. Gondwana Game Lodge (B,L,D)
Expert field guides reveal Africa’s wildlife to Gondwana’s guests in a Cape Fynbos environment; a truly unique safari experience! Exhilarating encounters on game drives with endangered species like the Cheetah, Cape Mountain Zebra, and Rhinoceros will provide lasting memories. Over 15 species of antelope can be found on the reserve including kudu, eland, bontebok, waterbuck, sable, grey reebok and many more. The free roaming "Big 5" species also keep things interesting with many visits to the lodge from the elephants and lions! Gondwana is home to 17 carnivore species ranging from the small grey mongoose and small-spotted genet to medium-sized species such as the caracal and bat-eared fox, to the very large and powerful lion.
Gondwana contains a 1000 ha protected area for endangered and specialty species such as Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and sable. Guests can also enjoy informative Fynbos walks with their field guide and discover endemic bird life that occurs nowhere else in the world, such as the Black Harrier and Orange Breasted Sunbird.
The vastness of the wildlife game reserve, coupled with the area’s excellent climate and terrain, make the land well suited to multiple species of game which are frequently seen by the wildlife game lodge guests. The reserve also accommodates the rare and endangered black rhinoceros – a first in the Western Cape.
Day 7: - September 24 Tuesday: Gondwana Game Lodge with 2 game drives on safari. (B,L,D)
Day 8: - September 25 Wednesday: Gondwana Game Lodge with 2 game drives on safari. (B,L,D)
Day 9: - September 25 Thursday: Departure Day - After breakfast you will be driven to the Cape Town International airport for your flight home. Do not book flights prior to 1:00 PM (B)
Cost: $3548.00 per person based on double occupancy, (Roommates can be provided)
Single supplement: $560.00 Additional
Save 3% off the tour price if paid in full via check or ACH Transfer
Booking/final payment due 60 days prior to departure
8 nights accommodations
All meals as listed
Transport in private coach for transfers and city sightseeing
Transport in open 4WD Vehicles for game drive viewing
Round trip private airport transfers if traveling on arrival/departure days
2 Game drives per day as noted
All entrance fees to sites visited
Local tour guides/driver
Wine tasting fees
Meals not listed in itinerary
Room charges such as calls, mini bar, laundry, room service
Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group travel dates
Guide/driver/Tour leader gratuities
Additional tours or activities not listed
Passport and VISA Fees
Entry Requirements: Visitors from the US and Canada need a valid passport, Visas are not required for Americans or Canadians visiting for less than 3 months. If you are a citizen of another country you need a passport and should check any Visa requirements for your country of residency. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you intend to leave your home country. Make sure you check your passport expiry date at least 2 months prior to travel. Before traveling abroad it's a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport, driver's license and credit cards. Leave one copy at home with a friend or family member and another bring with you.
Time Zone: South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time year-round, which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.
Weather: Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with dry and warm summers (from October to February). The weather for September will be in the high 70's for day and mid 50's for evenings.
Currency: The official currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. The written abbreviation is R, or ZAR. The best way to get cash in the local currency is from an ATM or at the Currency exchange centers. Keep in mind that most banks impose a fee every time a card is used at another bank's ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions ($5 - $8) so try and withdraw as few times as possible. Credit cards are accepted by most shops and restaurants however check with your credit card company regarding foreign exchange fees. You will also have a better chance making deals at local shops if paying with cash.
Electricity: Outlets in South Africa supply 220/230 volts of electric current. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. It is best to purchase one before travel however adapters can be purchased locally.
Taxes/Vat: South Africa levies a 14% value-added tax (VAT) on most goods and services. Make sure this is included in any quoted price. Foreign visitors are not exempt for paying VAT on purchased goods. They may, however, claim back VAT paid on items taken out of the country when the total value of any one item exceeds R250. The refund may be obtained by presenting the tax invoice (make sure it has a VAT registration number on it) along with your passport to the VAT Refund Administrator's offices, which are located at the International Airports.
Health:Your health insurance provider may not cover you while traveling to South Africa so it is best to check with them prior to travel. It is always advisable to purchase a travel insurance plan while traveling abroad. This way you will be covered for accidents, injury and illness. No vaccines are required for South Africa however Hepatitis B and Typhoid are recommenced and Malaria if any is low. However check with your personal doctor first.
Activity Level:This tour is not too active. There is walking during the Cape Town, Penguin Beach and Table Mountain tours. While on safari you will be spending a few hours in the vehicle rides off road. At each stop we will be walking some. To be able to fully enjoy the tour and participate in scheduled activities, you need to be able to walk, at a leisurely pace, up to 3 or 4 or so miles on some days. You should be able to stand unassisted for up to 30 minutes at times during the tours. You will need be able to keep up with the group without any assistance. At times you will need manage your own luggage. This trip is pretty easy for the average person however if you can't or choose not to participate in certain activities this is at your own discretion. However it cannot affect the groups participation nor can any tours or activities or refunds be offered or changed due to an individual not being able or not wanting to participate.
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