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South Africa Adventure
Aerial View of Cape Town
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Tour Dates October 21st - November 8th, 2017 (19 days)
Included meals 16 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 13 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Dr Wayne & Marlene Holst
Pricing from $9,595 CAD
The rainbow nation of South Africa is a remarkable country full of cultural diversity and epic scenery. This unforgettable journey brings together rich farmlands, arid landscapes, green vineyards, snow-capped peaks, rocky coasts and beautiful beaches. Plus, visit Kruger Park, one of the country’s most famous of more than 300 game and nature reserves. With over 500 varieties of birds and almost 140 species of mammals, this could be your year to experience the thrill of an all-inclusive safari!
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure from Canada

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Today we depart Canada and begin our exciting journey to Africa.

Day 2 - To Cape Town

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Aerial View of Cape TownOur connecting flight takes us to Cape Town, the "Mother City" of South Africa, surrounded by the timeless beauty of Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. We are met and welcomed by our guide then taken to the hotel to rest after our journey.

Day 3 - Cape Town - Table Mountain

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Cable Car to Top of Table MountainToday we'll be taken on a tour to view the splendid historical landmarks and fascinating sights around Cape Town. The highlight will be an exhilarating cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain to admire the panoramic views and a chance to see over one thousand different plant species, many of which appear nowhere else on earth. Our day also includes a walking tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, where we will see many indigenous plants, including fynbos and the protea - the national flower of South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Cape Peninsula

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Cape PointThis morning we travel along the Atlantic seaboard, stopping to view the magnificent 12 Apostles from Camp's Bay. Then we travel along Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Before lunch at the Black Marlin Restaurant we visit the Boulders Penguin Colony. Afterwards we continue our scenic drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point - the dramatic promontory where the currents of the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. We can climb to the lighthouse for a tremendous view of the area. On the way back to Cape Town we stop at the Rhodes Memorial, which offers a panoramic view of the Cape Flats, False Bay and the Drakenstein Mountains. Tonight we are treated to a special dinner at the Africa Café.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Cape Winelands

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Cape VineyardToday we travel outside Cape Town to visit the famous Cape Winelands. First we visit Stellenbosch, the second oldest and best preserved town in South Africa, renowned for its Cape Dutch buildings, university and wines. We explore the museum and have some time for shopping before driving to a wine estate for a cellar tour, wine tasting, and lunch. Then on to Franschhoek, founded by the Huguenots who introduced winemaking to the area. Here we visit the Huguenot Memorial and museum before returning to Cape Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Robben Island

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Prison hallway at Robben IslandThis morning we take a short cruise across Table Bay to Robben Island. It was here that Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 18 years. The island is now a museum and conservation area and was declared a World Heritage Site (WHS) in 1999. Former inmates lead tours around their old cells - a very moving experience! After the tour we return to Cape Town to shop at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Tonight we are treated to a home-hosted dinner where we have the opportunity to interact with local South Africans.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Replica of Bartholomew Diaz's shipDeparting from Cape Town we travel via Sir Lowries Pass with its magnificent views over False Bay and the apple orchards of Elgin and Grabouw to Swellendam, the farming capital of the Overberg region. At our morning rest stop we'll visit an Aloe Factory to discover the many benefits of this well known plant. Then we travel to Mossel Bay to visit the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex which depicts the history of the Voyagers of Discovery. Our journey continues to the town of Oudtshoorn - the "feather capital" of the world - in the heart of the ostrich farming country.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Cango Wildlife - Ostrich Farm - Caves

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Cango Cave interiorAfter breakfast we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch to see endangered species such as cheetah, jaguar, wild dog and pygmy hippos. Next we stop at an ostrich farm for a BBQ lunch and a tour explaining more about this remarkable flightless bird. Then we visit the Cango Caves where we'll watch an audio-visual presentation before exploring a subterranean wonderland of glittering stalagmites and stalactites. Afterwards we travel over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain Pass to George and continue along the famous Garden Route to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Knysna - Elephants and Sunset Cruise

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

This morning we will visit the Knysna Elephant Park for an exciting opportunity to get close to the southern-most elephants in the world. The local guide will unravel the sad and mystical story of these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment in the heart of the famous Garden Route. After lunch there is free time to relax or partake in a little retail therapy. Later today we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon followed by a free evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Tsitsikamma National ParkToday we drive east through dense forests and precipitous gorges as we travel along the coastal plateau. We'll stop at Tsitsikamma National Park, an area of unique beauty, where we visit the "Big Tree" - a giant Outeniqua Yellowwood. We continue on via the beaches and dunelands typical of the Eastern Cape, to Port Elizabeth for a short city tour. Then we transfer to the airport for our flight to Durban. Upon arrival we are met and taken to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Zululand - Lake St. Lucia

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Hippos in Lake St. LuciaThis morning we have a short tour of Durban as we leave the city towards the subtropical bushveld of Kwa-Zulu Natal, home of the Zulus. We arrive at Lake St Lucia (WHS) for a boat ride. This wildlife estuary is home to numerous species such as crocodiles, hippos and fish eagles. After lunch, it's on to Mkuze, a peaceful town found east of the Lebombo Mountain Range.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Zululand - Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Hluhluwe Game Reserve ZebrasOur first visit today is Dumazulu, a cultural kraal where customs and traditions practised during the reign of the historically famous Zulu King Shaka have been authentically captured. The cultural experience is climaxed with spectacular and vibrant Zulu dancing. After lunch we enjoy an open vehicle safari on the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, one of Africa's oldest reserves, and the former hunting preserve of Zulu Kings. It is now a haven for a variety of wildlife and home to the country's largest white rhino population. Get ready for the thrill of our first game drive!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Swaziland

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Swaziland sceneryOur journey today takes us to Swaziland, one of the smallest independent kingdoms and known as the “Switzerland of Africa“. We travel north through the Swazi lowveld dotted with traditional villages on the way to Mbabane - the picturesque administrative capital. Along the way we pass excellent roadside displays of a wide variety of locally made wares, and stop to visit the unique Swazi Candle Factory. After, we continue to our hotel located in the tranquil Ezulwini Valley. Here we have time before dinner to relax, or just admire the pastoral mountain and forest setting.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - Kruger National Park

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Giraffe Pair in Kruger National ParkWe have a very early start this morning as we drive out of Swaziland and back into South Africa. We stop briefly at the Ngwenya Glass Factory before crossing the border and entering Kruger National Park at the Malelane Gate. We stop for lunch at a traditional Kruger Picnic spot (Afsaal) and then we are taken on an exciting open vehicle game drive! This largest National Park in South Africa with a two million hectare savannah is home to hippopotamus and crocodiles - seen along the rivers, white rhinoceros and wild dog in acacia thickets, and roaming the grassland savannah area are wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala and black rhinoceros. Stay alert, as a keen eye may spot one or all of the Big 5! Later, we check into our lodge for a much deserved rest!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Kruger National Park

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Elephants in Kruger National ParkWe rise very early today, and with coffee and cookies depart on a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park. We continue to seek a glimpse of one or all of the "Big Five" in open vehicles. Along the way, we stop for a "picnic breakfast", another break for lunch at a rest camp, and then later we head back to our lodge to compare our game drive stories. Tonight, as the dinner drum sounds and evening blankets the bushveld, we enjoy dining under the diamond bright stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Mpumalanga - Johannesburg

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Blyde Canyon ViewpointOur travel today takes us to Mpumalanga, an area of breathtaking scenic beauty. Towering above the arid Lowveld, the majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide mesmerizing views of endless forests, cool streams and impressive waterfalls. We take the "Panorama route" and visit God's Window - a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the lowveld; Blyde River Canyon - the third largest canyon in the world; and Bourke's Luck Potholes - remarkable geological formations created by the meeting of two rivers. Later, we arrive at our last hotel located near Johannesburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 - Soweto Tour

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Vortrekker MonumentToday we have a tour of Soweto to learn more about the history of Apartheid and the current way of life in the most populous black urban residential area in the country. We'll see Nelson Mandela's house, the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Regina Mundi Church. After lunch and time for a little shopping, we visit the Apartheid Museum, the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa. Later, we head to our farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 - Pretoria - return home

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Nelson Mandela's house in SowetoWe enjoy a relaxed start this morning to allow time to pack and check out of our hotel. We are taken on a tour of South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria. We drive around the city to see Church Square and the City Hall, plus the historic Union Buildings and Gardens, where in 1994 Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of the new democratic South Africa. Later, we visit the fascinating Voortrekker Museum. After, it is time to say farewell to South Africa as we are taken to Johannesburg International Airport for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19 - To Canada

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Our connecting flight brings us back home to Canada.

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Special Inclusions

  • Cable-car to Table Mountain
  • Dinner at Africa Café
  • Ferry to Robben Island
  • Home-hosted dinner
  • Wine-tasting and cellar tour
  • Barbecue lunch on Ostrich Farm
  • Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
  • Boat ride on Lake St. Lucia
  • Zululand cultural experience
  • Three open-vehicle game drives

Prices per person (CAD)

Calgary$9,595
St. John's$9,995
Single supplement$1,450

Deposit

Deposit of $300 is fully refundable until July 13th, 2017

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Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for all included services
  • Any visas required
  • All foreign taxes
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

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  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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