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Essence of South Africa

10 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Bush, beach and two vibrant cities - capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'.

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    • Air: Airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 5 from Cape Town to Hoedspruit - SA8657; Day 8 Hoedspruit to Johannesburg - SA8860. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
    • Small Group: This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests in accordance with the capacity of the exclusive luxury safari lodge we have chosen for this trip.
    • Children: We are unable to accept children under the age of 12 on this itinerary.
    • Shared Rooming: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.
    • Christmas Departure: The 23 December 2018 and 22 December 2019 departures will celebrate Christmas in Cape Town with a festive meal.
    • Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
    • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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      • Air: Airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 5 from Cape Town to Hoedspruit - SA8657; Day 8 Hoedspruit to Johannesburg - SA8860. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • Small Group: This trip is operated on a small group basis with a maximum of 20 guests in accordance with the capacity of the exclusive luxury safari lodge we have chosen for this trip.
      • Children: We are unable to accept children under the age of 12 on this itinerary.
      • Shared Rooming: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.
      • Christmas Departure: The 23 December 2018 and 22 December 2019 departures will celebrate Christmas in Cape Town with a festive meal.
      • Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Bush, beach and two vibrant cities - capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'.

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      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: AFES

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      17 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

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        • City Tour in Cape Town

        • View Boulder's Beach penguin colony, Mandela House in Soweto

        • Visit Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum


      What's Included

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        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 5 dinners


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        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Hand-picked hotels, lodges and luxury safari camps

        • Hand-picked Trafalgar Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Cape Town (4 Nights)

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      Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour

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      Cape Town – Greater Kruger National Park Area (3 Nights)

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      Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives

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      Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives

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      Greater Kruger National Park Area – Johannesburg (2 Nights)

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      Johannesburg Sightseeing

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      Day 1

      Arrive Cape Town (4 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town (4 Nights)

      South Africa's 'Mother City' and her iconic Table Mountain extend a warm welcome as you embark on a journey that will reveal the highlights of South Africa. Spend the day delving into Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

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      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      • Welcome Reception

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      Day 2

      Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour Day 2 - Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour

      This morning, we encounter Table Mountain first-hand, ascending via aerial cableway to its vast flat top - a rocky wonderland of rich Cape fynbos and curious dassies (hyraxes). Peer over the bustling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this afternoon's city tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure. Ramble up Bree Street to sample the city's vibrant coffee culture or take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade with the fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Cape Peninsula Tour Day 3 - Cape Peninsula Tour

      Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. The crashing waves of the Atlantic to your right, the rocky 12 Apostles to your left, wind your way along one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads towards the outcrop that is Africa's most extreme south-western tip. Say a quiet hello to the shy penguins of Boulders Beach, see the Cape of Good Hope and travel through charming coastal towns along the way.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Cape Winelands Excursion and Cape Town Free Time Day 4 - Cape Winelands Excursion and Cape Town Free Time

      Venture to the town of Franschhoek and see during your orientation why it is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. In the nearby Stellenbosch Kloof Valley, you'll 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest traditional Cape lunch. Gain insights into the wine heritage of the De Waal family, who have been making wine in this valley since the early 18th century. Join a family member for wine tasting, then explore their beautiful 1791 Cape Dutch Manor House. Return to Cape Town for an evening at leisure.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 5

      Cape Town – Greater Kruger National Park Area (3 Nights) Day 5 - Cape Town – Greater Kruger National Park Area (3 Nights)

      This morning you'll bid farewell to the 'Mother City' and fly to Hoedspruit where a private game reserve near South Africa's great Kruger National Park beckons. Then kick back, relax and settle in to one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', the Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge, your home in the bush for the next three nights.

      Hotel

      Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 6

      Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives Day 6 - Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives

      The action begins as we embark on an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve with a Local Specialist game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide. The rising sun awakens the birds and insects that share your journey into the bush, as you scour the dense brush for signs of the Big 5. After lunch, and time for a siesta and a swim, return to the bush for an afternoon safari drive.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      Day 7

      Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives Day 7 - Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives

      Today enjoy another full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve. Continue to scour the dense brush with your Local Specialist for incredible encounters with Africa's iconic wildlife. End the day with a traditional sundowner drink overlooking the Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife that emerge from their cover of darkness.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

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      Day 8

      Greater Kruger National Park Area – Johannesburg (2 Nights) Day 8 - Greater Kruger National Park Area – Johannesburg (2 Nights)

      Our time in the South African bushveld comes to a close with a 'Dive Into Culture' visit to a local Shangaan village. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Shangaan people and how the Eco Academy there provides eco and wildlife education. Fly to Johannesburg and check into one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' located in the restaurant and entertainment hub of Melrose Arch.

      Hotel

      Protea Fire and Ice

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Protea Fire and Ice

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 9

      Johannesburg Sightseeing Day 9 - Johannesburg Sightseeing

      Unlock the secrets of the 'city of gold' on a full-day tour to view several iconic sites including the Regina Mundi Church and Mandela's house in Soweto. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Apartheid Museum, which chronicles South Africa's tumultuous Apartheid years.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 10

      Depart Johannesburg Day 10 - Depart Johannesburg

      Our epic encounter with South Africa's iconic sites comes to an end today. Transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your onward flight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-us/tours/essence-of-south-africa?tripcode=afes for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Stays with Stories
        Your stay at Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve contributes to the area's environmental sustainability and community development. (Day 5)Tap into the verve of Johannesburg at its Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, located in the buzzing entertainment and restaurant hub of Melrose Arch. (Day 8)

      • Connect with Locals
        Indulge in a traditional Cape lunch and wine tasting with a member of the De Waal family, whose heritage is intrinsically linked with the wine traditions of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley. (Day 4)

      • Dive into Culture
        Hear first hand about the traditions and cultures of the Shangaan people and how their village promotes eco and wildlife education. (Day 8) Learn about South Africa's turbulent past on an interactive Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom tour. (Day 9)

      • Local Specialist
        Join an experienced tracker-guide on 4x4 safari game drives

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City Tour in Cape Town

        • View Boulder's Beach penguin colony, Mandela House in Soweto

        • Visit Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 5 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Hand-picked hotels, lodges and luxury safari camps

        • Hand-picked Trafalgar Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      The Trafalgar Experience

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