- May 11, 2020 — Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town. Sheltered beneath the familiar shape of Table Mountain, Cape Town, known to be
gay and lesbian friendly, is the birthplace of modern South Africa as well as a historic port with a vital role in
overseas trade between Europe and the East. Perhaps the most picturesque city in all of Africa, Cape Town
presides over a coastline of stunning grandeur, mountains rising above the seashore, and romantic, outlying
vineyards whose proprietors have been practicing the art of winemaking since the 18th century.
Cape Town is home to the best of everything—museums, restaurants, hotels, and natural beauty. The recent
addition of a convention center, film studios, theaters, and a number of new business establishments are
evidence of the tremendous expansion the city has undergone in the last few years. And thankfully, such
progress hasn’t tarnished Cape Town’s old-world appeal. It has the aura of a place where adventures begin.
Your complimentary Olivia Safari vest will be waiting for you in your room.
This evening before your Welcome Dinner at the hotel, you will have the opportunity to learn about cheetahs
before heading out on safari! Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based program created to raise
awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival. A ranger will bring one of these beautiful
animals to the hotel. You will learn, visit and can take photographs with one of these beautiful animals. Overnight
at the Table Bay Hotel.
- May 12, 2020 — Cape Town
After breakfast at your hotel, you will go off on an Orientation tour which is a great introduction to Cape Town that
will take you past The Company’s Gardens, established in 1652 to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the
seamen sailing from Holland to Indonesia. Next a drive through the Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay
Quarter, with its 18th-century flat-roofed houses and mosques, the residential area of descendants of Malay
slaves. Here, you will stop and visit private homes to prepare and enjoy lunch with a local family (our group will be
welcomed into a number of different homes.)
Afterwards, you will visit Table Mountain, a highlight of any visit to Cape Town. Ascend to the top of the mountain,
weather permitting, by the state-of-the-art cable car and marvel at the breath-taking views over the city and its
beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Dinner is in the city is included. Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel.
- May 13, 2020 — Cape Town
After breakfast, you will be off on tour to Cape Peninsula National Park. Cape Peninsula National Park is truly
stunning—walking trails, low hills, and wide beaches—and a surprising variety of wildlife congregates here: eland,
ostrich, bontebok and baboons, among others. Cape Point offers a viewing platform that looks out to False Bay
and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. As you hear the stories of this fascinating place—ghosts from centuries of
shipwrecks said to inhabit the shores—you marvel at its beauty as well.
Next, you’ll enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant, and then motor to nearby False Bay—home to almost 3,000
African penguins which congregate amidst the rounded rocks and fish-filled bay. It is one of the few sites where
this fascinating bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected
natural environment. Dinner is on own. Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel.
- May 14, 2020 — Cape Town
Today after breakfast, you will go off on one of the five included excursions below. Prior to this morning, you will
be asked to choose one the five included excursions below that all include lunch. (Participation may be limited.) The afternoon is on your own to
explore Cape Town.
Rosie’s Soup Kitchen
You’ll have the opportunity to visit Khayelitsha Township—an impoverished yet vibrant community where you’ll
have an opportunity to see and contribute to the powerful work being done at Rosie’s Soup Kitchen. Rosie has
been running the Kitchen for 19 years from a one-room shack. With the help of her volunteer team, she feeds
hundreds of people on a daily basis—people who might not otherwise get a meal.
Surf Lesson at one of Cape Town’s Famous Beaches
Enjoy a morning at the beach for a surf lesson at one of the area’s famed beaches. All gear will be included.
Visit to Robbin Island
Visit the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for so many years via public ferry.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
An aromatic oasis for the senses that was bequeathed to the nation by Cecil Rhodes on his death in 1902. Set on
the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the gardens are devoted almost exclusively to indigenous plants, and
contain about 9,000 of southern Africa’s 22,000 exotic species. The newly constructed Centenary Tree Canopy
Walkway is an innovative steel and timber bridge that winds into and through the trees and bursts out above the
canopy, giving remarkable panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.
Seal Island Excursion
This morning you’ll board a vessel for the short voyage to Duiker Island. Commonly called Seal Island by locals, the
island is situated at the base of the Sentinel Peak just outside the mouth of the bay. This is year-round home to a
colony of approximately 6000 Cape Fur seals. Enjoy close-up views of these curious creatures from the boat as
they revel in their natural habitat. You are surrounded by breath-taking mountain and sea views as you cruise back
to Hout Bay.
The afternoon is free to explore Cape Town on your own. Maybe get a little shopping in or visit the gay and lesbian district, De Waterkant!
This evening say farewell to Cape Town at the famous Gold Restaurant. Start your evening with an interactive
Djembe drumming session which will get you in tune with African rhythms and songs for the rest of the night. Thirty
minutes of vibrant playing of the drums will ensure an energized start to your evening. As you enjoy the ambiance
of the beautiful African décor, a set menu consisting of Cape Malay and African cuisine will be served by one of the
beautifully adorned member of staff who will explain each dish and from which country the dish originates.
Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel.
- May 15, 2020 — Cape Winelands
This morning after breakfast, you’ll depart for the Cape Winelands. This is a scenically enchanting region of
dramatic mountains and fertile valleys, planted with vines stretching across rolling fields. Here farmers enjoy perfect
conditions and produce of the best wines in the world. It is a wonderful combination of small historic towns,
beautiful scenery and wine estates producing delicious wines and brandies.
You’ll start with a visit to Somerset West, beneath the Hottentot's Holland Mountains. Here you will sample wines
from the Vergelegen Estate, before enjoying a walk through the Octagonal Garden and the historic Manor House.
You’ll learn about this estate's history, which dates back over 300 years.
Next, travel to another nearby and prestigious wine farm, Morgenster Estate, for a wine, olive, and olive oil tasting.
Morgenster Estate extra virgin olive oil has been judged as amongst the best in the world!
You’ll continue to wander through Stellenbosch, with a scenic drive through oak-lined drives and cobbled roads, for
lunch at Tokara Restaurant. Chef Etienne Bonthuys produces innovative gourmet meals accompanied by the
wonderful wines from the adjoining winery.
You’ll have a final tasting, with stop at Anura Estate, for a wine sampling paired with award-winning, hand-crafted
Forest Hill cheeses. Dinner is and overnight is the Le Franschhoek Hotel.
- May 16, 2020 — Cape Winelands
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll depart for Stellenbosch to explore the beautiful space filled with whitewashed
homesteads, avenues of oaks, and rolling green hills. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa's
Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum's period houses and gardens.
Start your walking exploration of the old town and discover Stellenbosch's colorful history while sampling local
flavors through locally-produced artisan food and drinks. You’ll enjoy indigenous tea, traditional snacks like biltong
and droëwors, and fresh bread sticks from an artisan bakery.
After this interesting ‘foodies walking’ tour you’ll have lunch in Stellenbosch. Before returning to the hotel enjoy one
last wine tasting. Dinner is on own tonight. Overnight at the Le Franschhoek Hotel.
- May 17, 2020 — Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve / Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
Following breakfast this morning, transfer to the Cape Town Airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport, the gateway to
the private games reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park. Upon arrival transfer to the lodge. Lunch will be
served upon arrival to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge pulses to the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat. This is Bush Lodge, steeped in tradition, vibrant
and warm, the Sabi Sabi of “Today”. With a history spanning over 35 years, the lodge has earned a reputation of a
“luxury home in the bush”, excellence service and effortless personal attention. The conventional safari style
showcases a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings and décor garnered from all corners of the African continent.
Sabi Sabi is also home to a remarkable 350 species of birds. On a single summer’s day, one can probably see
more bird species than it is likely to see in a lifetime in your home country. In fact, almost 5% of the world’s bird
species have been recorded in this region of South Africa.
After lunch and getting settled into your luxury room, you’ll go off on your first safari ride in into the private game
reserve for your first opportunity to start getting your eye tuned for wildlife sightings! When you return to the serenity
of the jungle lodge you will have some time to get acquainted with your remote and beautiful surrounding before
dinner. Dinner and overnight at the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.
- May 18-19, 2020 — Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve / Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
Your next two full days on safari will revolve around spectacular game viewing drives in open Land Rovers. A
typical day on safari starts with an early wake-up call, where you enjoy tea, coffee and snacks before setting off on
the morning game drive with your ranger and tracker. You will then return to the lodge for breakfast, and the option
of a guided walks in the reserve.
The reserves support an astonishing variety of wildlife including the "Big Five"—lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros
and Cape buffalo. Grazers such as buffalo, blue wildebeest, Burchell's zebra and warthog favor open areas, while
impala are most common at the edge of bush clumps. Other ungulates to watch out for are giraffe, hippo, bushbuck,
grey duiker and kudu. Experience remarkably close encounters with breeding herds of elephant and buffalo. See
black and white rhino, giraffe and a host of antelope, along with the great cats and occasionally, wild dog.
After lunch, you will have time to enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Later in the afternoon, depart on
another game drive, keeping a keen eye out for the elusive and shy leopard or watching the exhilarating speed of
the lion preying his dinner. Dinner and overnights are at the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.
Dinner Under African Skies
Under African Skies presents you with the opportunity to experience the truly vibrant nature of traditional
African culture. Bright colors, handcrafted art and raw earthly fabrics all contribute to the textured and
extravagant experience under the awe-inspiring African night sky. The outdoor boma, surrounded by ancient
indigenous trees and unending bush, is the ideal setting and creates an authentic African ambience, from the
creatively designed table cloths to the unique locally woven indigenous placemats. This will be a sensory
experience as it is a delight for all the senses – an enchanting dinner that is perfectly accentuated by the lively
sound of local Marimba players or the rhythmic movements of Shangaan dancers!
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- May 20, 2020 — Johannesburg
Today, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the Sabi Sabi airstrip for your chartered flight to Johannesburg.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll enjoy lunch and a tour of Soweto, a formerly notorious township from the
days of Apartheid. Here, you’ll learn all about the history of this area while visiting the former house of
Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela, the Hector Pieterson memorial, and Regina Mundi Church. You will be
taken on a journey through learning about the bravery of the locals who struggled for freedom.
You’ll then be taken to your hotel where you will check in and get refreshed before going off for your farewell
dinner with all your new friends at Moyo Melrose Arch. Moyo Melrose Arch is a destination for a unique African
dining experience. Inspired by the traditions and values of our ancestors, moyo is a celebration of, and
commitment to, the beauty of Africa, and the industry of her people. What better way to end your wonderful trip
in South Africa. Overnight at the Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Hotel.
- May 21, 2020 — Johannesburg / Home
As most flights leave in the evening, you have a day room at the hotel to either relax before your flight home or
you can explore Johannesburg by booking an optional tour through the hotel concierge.
Based on your flight time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.