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South Africa

10 days from $6,699 per person

* Based on double occupancy, incl. taxes & fuel surcharges, restrictions apply.

5 Nights Cape Town 4 Nights Shamwari Game Reserve

South Africa’s astounding natural beauty and awe-inspiring wildlife is sure to fulfill your safari dream list. Explore Cape Town, voted "one of the world's most beautiful cities" and the bustling waterfront. Visit scenic Cape Peninsula, take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Then journey to Shamwari Game Reserve for close encounters with the Big Five, including lion, leopard, buffalo elephant and rhino. 

Upcoming Group Departures

Jul 11 – 20, 2024. From $6,699

Aug 1 – 10, 2024. From $6,699

Sep 5 – 14, 2024. From $6,699

Oct 10 – 19, 2024. SOLD OUT

How Your Trip Matters

You will have a positive impact on communities and wildlife while enjoying an immersive culinary and cultural experience at GOLD restaurant and learning about the groundbreaking work with wildlife at the Shamwari Private Reserve.


Highlights

Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope and see the amusing antics of the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

Discover the wildlife rich Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

Experience the thrill of game drives and guided walks, and visit the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Enjoy learning how Cape Town has evolved, including visiting Table Mountain, the colorful Bo-Kaap area, and Robben Island.

 

 

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are conscious travel experiences chosen with great care based on the positive social or environmental impact they have both on their communities, and on those who experience them: our guests. You can identify these experiences across our trips by locating the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience seal.

 

*All prices are in US Dollars per person based on double occupancy accommodations unless otherwise stated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes, departure taxes and September 11th Security Fees are included. Package is subject to availability, may change without notice, blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply. For additional Terms & Conditions please contact one of our safari specialists.

 

**Inter-Africa airfare is included. For baggage information visit the airline's website.

Accommodations

1. Victoria & Alfred Hotel

South Africa, Cape Town

Victoria & Alfred Hotel was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse.  Later in 1990, it was converted to a luxury hotel named in honor of the Queen of England and her son. The spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms are spread over three floors. All the rooms have coffee and tea making facilities, with private bar, electronic safe, Satellite television, international plugs and wireless internet. In addition, every room has a view over the ever-awake Alfred Basin or Piazza. A stone’s throw from the water’s edge, the inviting Ginja Restaurant has one of the finest dining locations in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. Additional facilities include laundry services, 24-hour room service, a designer spa, gym facilities and a pool with manicured gardens at neighboring Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa.

 

 

2. Long Lee Manor

Shamwari Game Reserve

Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari is the exquisite and elegant Long Lee Manor. Along with its rolling landscapes, this newly redesigned lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a breathtaking rim-flow pool and offers several unique features that will keep you comfortable during your stay. The accommodation is tastefully designed to enhance its location, while the original Manor House has been lovingly restored to pay homage to the area’s rich heritage, adding a bit of romance to any stay.  The opulent rooms have air-conditioning, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, electronic safe, hairdryer, ensuite bathroom with bath and shower and a private patio or balcony.  Pamper yourself with a host of spa treatments, perhaps a facial or body massage (additional). 

3. Bayethe Tented Lodge

South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve

Pronounced “By-ye-ti” this African greeting, means “I salute you”, and is the warmest welcome in this part of South Africa. Bayethe is a tented paradise offering guests a complete immersion in the tranquility of the African bush. Surrounded by spectacular views, the luxury tents offer all the comforts of home. The air conditioned tents have a private deck with a plunge pool, tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom with a tub and either an indoor shower or an outdoor shower, hairdryer, electronic safe, fitted international adaptors, international dial telephone, and minibar. All of the tents have fireplaces. Facilities at the lodge include a gift boutique, central lounge, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, outdoor deck with swimming pool, Wi-Fi and spa.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

On arrival in Cape Town you are met by an African Travel Inc. representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Victoria and Alfred Hotel

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Day 2. Cape Town

Meet your personal driver and guide for the next few days and embark on a day of discovering the ‘Fairest Cape.’ Hug the cliffs as you snake along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You will have the opportunity to ride the Flying Dutchman funicular to the old lighthouse for awe-inspiring views! After lunch, continue along the coast to the lively penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Then head back to the city via the naval village of Simon’s Town. This evening enjoy dinner at Quarter Kitchen. (BD)

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Day 3. Cape Town

Today’s sojourn celebrates the winelands. Learn all about the process of wine making, from grape to goblet. Revel in the scenery…like the charming Cape Dutch architecture of Stellenbosch and the breathtaking beauty of the Franschhoek valley. Take a stroll through historical, charming Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture, absorbing the quaintness of this lovely university town. A trip to the winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so a cellar tour and two tastings have been organized at different wine estates. Of course, you’ll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home! Enjoy lunch on your own account at a leading wine estate or in delightful Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital. (B)

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Day 4. Cape Town

The day begins with a cable car ride up to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city. After descending the mountain, drive past the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest building, and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well-conserved. Nearby landmarks include the Slave Lodge, Houses of Parliament and City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from prison in 1990. Marvel at the vibrant colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes in the Malay Quarter. This afternoon take a ferry to Robben Island, a historic landmark and UNESCO site, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

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Day 5. Cape Town

Spend your last day in Cape Town at leisure. There are historic and cultural sites, world-class museums and bustling markets, inviting beaches and lush gardens to visit, as well as, great restaurants and wonderful shopping. This evening enjoy dinner at GOLD restaurant. Feel the heartbeat of Africa, as you embark on a taste safari from Cape Town to Timbuktu. Your evening starts with an interactive Djembe drumming session which will get you in tune with the African rhythms and songs of the night. A soothing hand washing ceremony completes your interactive drumming experience. Dinner is a set course menu consisting of Cape Malay and African cuisine, served by beautifully adorned staff who will explain each dish to you and the country from which it originates. (BD)

Victoria and Alfred Hotel

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Day 6. Cape Town / Port Elizabeth / Shamwari Game Reserve

Indulge in an early breakfast before travelling to your reserved lodge at the Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Stretching thousands of acres over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning wildlife experience. Meaning “my friend” in Shona, the reserve is about conserving a vanishing way of life. Relax at the lodge until time for your first afternoon game drive with fellow lodge guests. (BD)

Long Lee Manor / May Departure - Bayethe Safari Lodge

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Day 7. Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari strives to educate and promote conservation awareness and your ranger will ensure that your experience is both rewarding and informative. Twice-daily game drives throughout the reserve, accompanied by expert guides, provide plenty of opportunities to witness wildlife. Ask your guide about what you can do to help support sustainable tourism efforts. (BLD)

Long Lee Manor / May Departure - Bayethe Safari Lodge

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Day 8. Shamwari Game Reserve

At Shamwari, responsible management and long-term ecological sustainability are a priority. Fill your time between game drives with visits to one of the awareness centers. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre provides a first-hand encounter with Shamwari’s passionate on-site vets, who care for young, injured and abandoned animals, which are later released back into the wild. Shamwari has developed an effective anti-poaching unit over the years. The unit follows a pro-active approach through intelligence gathering to prevent any incidents while simultaneously actively protecting the fauna and flora of the reserve through a dedicated and passionate team. (BLD)

Long Lee Manor / May Departure - Bayethe Safari Lodge

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Day 9. Shamwari Game Reserve

Here the graceful leopard, the powerful rhino, elephant and hippo share the domain with kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, zebra, hyena and a large variety of smaller game, as well as a paradise of bird, reptile and plant life. Your game ranger will share expert knowledge of the area and ensure that your experience is both rewarding and informative. Guided nature walks offer another perspective of the fauna and flora around you. (BLD)

Long Lee Manor / May Departure - Bayethe Safari Lodge

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Day 10. Shamwari Game Reserve / Port Elizabeth / Depart

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before continuing your transfer to Port Elizabeth for your departure flight to the US. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jul 11, 2024 - Jul 20, 2024
Share Twin/Double From $6,699
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $1,595
Departure Dates Aug 1, 2024 - Aug 10, 2024
Share Twin/Double From $6,699
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $1,595
Departure Dates Sep 5, 2024 - Sep 14, 2024
Share Twin/Double From $6,699
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $1,595
Departure Dates Oct 10, 2024 - Oct 19, 2024
Share Twin/Double From $8,599
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $2,195

**Surcharges Apply Departs with a minimum of 4 passengers.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Intra Africa Air Included in Land Arrangements. Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg

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