South Africa: Culture and Wildlife

Departures: South Africa

South Africa: Culture and Wildlife

This is the perfect itinerary for a first time visitor to South Africa! Explore the vibrant neighborhoods and iconic places of Cape Town, the ‘Mother City’, visit the Cape Peninsula, home to African penguins and the beautiful Cape Winelands, where you’ll sample the region’s fantastic wines. Experience classic African safari in the premier Sabi Sands Reserve with twice daily game drives, guided walks and evening sundowners out on the reserve. End with 3 nights at magnificent Phinda Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, where you’ll encounter many different ecosystems and animals not easily seen in other reserves. As Phinda is very close to KwaZulu Natal’s wetlands and famed coastline, you have the option to enjoy water-based safaris.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization that is having a positive impact in South Africa: ROOM TO READ—a nonprofit that transforms the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Pricing

$6890 per person, double occ.*

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

Sept 2019 – May 2020

11 Days, 10 Nights

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Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private car for check in at your hotel on the V&A Waterfront. Rest of the day at leisure.

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is cited for its idyllic placement at the foot of Table Mountain. The stunning vistas become a constant background for a mixture of blocks filled with trendy modern buildings, historic neighborhoods, and unique gardens. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment, while the architecture often has a residue of Dutch, English and German style.

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Day 2

Cape Town City Tour

Begin your half day tour with a trip up Table Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City as you get your bearings. Make your way to the heart of the city, where you will enjoy a short walk through the Company Gardens and surrounds.

Step inside the Slave Lodge which explores the history of these unwilling immigrants and how they have contributed to the richness and diversity of South African history. You’ll get a feel for the cultural melting pot that Cape Town is as you explore the city. End the tour with a stop at a local café serving all hand-roasted coffees in a vintage cast-iron drum.

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Day 3

Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Gardens

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbor with magnificent mountain views and beaches. Go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.

End the day with a visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Garden includes five of South Africa’s six different biomes and is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays as well as for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

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Day 4

Cape Winelands

Begin a full day with your guide in Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa’s wine country. Enjoy your first wine tasting amidst leafy oaks and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Then on to Franschhoek, which dates back to the 17th century, when the French Huguenots first arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

Stop for a wine tasting before taking time to sample the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included). Our last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. Return to the bustle of Cape Town after day in the countryside.

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Day 5

Cape Town – Sabi Sands

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Cape Town and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA). Upon arrival you’ll be met by our representative and transferred by private car to your camp within the Sabi Sands Reserve.

The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950’s, when the internal fences were dropped and a shared environmental management program was put in place. Even though there is a 50km of unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the game in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard.

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Day 5 – 8

Sabi Sands Safari

Spend the next 3 nights enjoying the many activities included in your stay. Take advantage of the early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives, interpretive bush walks, and bird watching with your ranger. Spot leopards, spotted hyena, various antelope, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, hippo and more!

Relax in the pool, treat yourself to a massage or refreshments at the bar and enjoy the beauty of the landscape around you.

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Day 8

Sabi Sands – Phinda

Today, you will be picked up at your lodge in Sabi Sands and transferred to Kruger MIA for your flight to the Phinda private airstrip. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by lodge staff and transferred to your lodge via a short game drive.

Spend the next 3 nights enjoying the many activities included in your stay at Phinda.

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Day 8 – 11

Phinda Safari

Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, the reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems.

The variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino. In addition to traditional safari game drives, guests can enjoy night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba and ocean safaris, and black rhino tracking on foot.

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Day 11

Phinda – Durban – Home

Say goodbye to South Africa. Transfer by private car to Durban and King Shaka International Airport for your flights onward.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy, based on four people traveling together. Airfare not included.