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Best of South Africa - Air Included - From $3999

See the best of South Africa with a visit to Cape Town and a luxury wildlife safari.

Trip Highlights

Cape Town | Kruger Private Game Reserve

Discover

Cape Town with its scenic beauty and cultural attractions
Wildlife wandering freely in great game reserves

Experience

Open-vehicle safaris on twice daily game drives
A thrilling hot air balloon safari near the Drakensberg Escarpment

Taste

Gourmet cuisine at the Azure Restaurant

Choice

At additional cost:

Explore the charming Cape Peninsula on a scenic tour
Visit Robben Island for a moving perspective on Nelson Mandela’s 18 years in prison
Visit stunning Hermanus on a day tour.

Experience the luxury of Kapama Game Lodges on your stay in South Africa.

 

South Africa Tourism

 

Day 1 - Depart USA

Depart on your domestic flight (from 38 Major US Cities) to New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to connect with your International South African Airways flight to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg.

From the moment you board your South African Airways flight you feel the warm and welcoming African hospitality in every detail of the world class service you are about to experience.

Day 2 - Johannesburg/Cape Town

On arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport connect on to your onward flight to Cape Town.

Arrive in the bustling and vibrant city of Cape Town to enjoy all the best that South Africa has to offer. You will be met by a Lion World Travel representative at the Cape Town Airport and transferred to the luxurious 5-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.

At The Twelve Apostles relax in splendid luxury, surrounded by magnificent views thoughtful touches and generous hospitality, for which the hotel is renowned. Classic Rooms are elegantly decorated in colours inspired by the hotel's natural surroundings and boast world class amenities. All the rooms are individually designed; some have private patios or balconies from which to appreciate nature’s beauty.

The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is just 15 minutes from the heart of Cape Town on the gorgeous coastal drive along the winding Victoria Road on the way to Hout Bay. This luxury boutique hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. All around you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Mountain Range
Twelve Apostles Hotel and Mountain Range

At The Twelve Apostles, you want for nothing: every room has individual air conditioning, entertainment centers with DVD, and plush bathrobes and slippers. Services available include 24 hour room service, a 16-seat cinema, hammocks and picnic sites and complimentary access to the hydrotherapy pools and floatation tank at The Spa. The hotel's two breathtaking pool gardens are magically perched above the ocean, and the Azure Restaurant serves exquisite cuisine with endlessly seductive sea views.

Accommodation: Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa - Classic Room

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Add-Ons

Victoria Falls in Style - From USD $1,799

Experience a fabulous blend of luxury tented accommodations, game drives, river cruises and the impressive Victoria Falls for an exciting add-on!

Victoria Falls in Style is a 3-night package. Spend one night in Johannesburg and enjoy two nights in Victoria Falls staying in a stunning tented lodge on the Zambezi River where you will experience the wonder of the mighty Falls as well as a tranquil cruise on the Zambezi River and open-vehicle game drives in the Zambezi National Park.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe


Cape Town Day Tours


Cape Town, the Mother City, is a historically, culturally and breathtakingly vibrant city that was recently named the best city in Africa and the second best city in the world by Condé Nast Traveller. From its beautiful natural landmarks to its colourful culture; from decadent wine farms to captivating history and architecture - it’s a tourist heaven. There’s no finer way to savor Cape Town's pleasures than a guided day tour with Thompsons Africa – from wonderful winelands and wine tastings, to riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, we’ll take you there in style.

Please note the scheduled tour prices below have additional drop off and pick up points and will have other guests on board. The private tour pricing offers a vehicle and driver just for your use and allows more flexibility – please note that the venues visited will have other guests, it is just the vehicle and driver that is on a private basis. Pricing for both is per person based on a minimum of two people.


Cape Town City Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 7:35 and 8:30am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.

Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

This tour is designed to orientate and give you a full-color insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town. First enjoy a cable car ride to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain (weather permitting) for panoramic views, including the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa (tickets are for your own account and cost approximately USD $16 per person). Next up is a visit of the country’s oldest colonial building, The Cape Castle and the Company Gardens. Then you’ll be driven past Parliament Buildings, City Hall which is where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from prison and the Slave Lodge. Next, it’s up the cobblestoned hills to the beautifully colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap in the Malay Quarter. The tour ends on a sparkling note, with a visit to a diamond works where you’ll watch a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone. Perhaps you’ll be taking one home.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $38 per person
Private: USD $95 per person


Cape Point Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 8:00 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.

Twelve Apostles Mountains in Cape Town

The Cape Peninsula and Cape Point is wild, rugged, and undoubtedly one of the most memorable coastlines you’ll have encountered. The trip begins with a drive along Millionaires Paradise, eyeing the glamorous homes of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay which leave you in no doubt as to how it earned its title. From there, it’s on towards the charming coastal town and working harbor of Hout Bay - translated from Dutch it literally means Wood Bay. Then, driving over the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive with its breathtaking views you’ll arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Next up is a visit to the delightful African penguin colony at Boulders beach (for your own account, approximately USD $5 per person), before moving on to the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. It’s a wonderful half-day spent on the wilder side of this exquisite Cape coastline.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $50 per person
Private: USD $125 per person


Stellenbosch Winelands Tour - Half Day

Departs: Mon-Sat between 12:45 and 1:45pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.

Stellenbosch Winelands

Stellenbosch, with its Cape Dutch architecture, is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Winelands and is surrounded by stunning wine estates. It’s truly the prettiest town, home to one of the country’s prestigious universities, and you’ll love exploring the fine art galleries, the architecture, the history, and the curious and quaint shops. You’ll be taken on a leisurely drive to become acquainted with the area, before being introduced to the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour. Of course you‘ll have a chance to taste the wine for which this area is renowned, and no doubt, you’ll leave with a favorite bottle or two under your arm. Stellenbosch is arguably one of the Province’s most beautiful towns.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $50 per person


Walk to Freedom Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 8:00 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.

Cape Town Township

Experience the wonderful raw energy of Cape Town's Townships in one unforgettable morning. After a visit to District Six (closed on Sundays), where you will learn a little of the history of the townships, the tour continues on to the oldest township in Cape Town, Langa, and its people. Strolling through Langa Township, pop in to a local market, an Arts & Crafts center and visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality at a local Bed & Breakfast as well as a day care center that provides local children with a safe haven and fun environment. Then from Langa we visit two other townships, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu to get a more in-depth look at the vibrant communities. For those who have the time, we recommend you extend to a full day tour with a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Home of Nelson Mandela for so many years, it’s a highly charged and emotional moment when you visit the site of this suffering, and realize how far South Africa has come from those days.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $40 per person
Private: USD $135 per person
Robben Island Extension: USD $34 per person


Robben Island - Half Day

Robben Island Prison Cell

Board the Robben Island Ferry at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and take part in a half day Robben Island tour.

For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment for political "troublemakers" and social outcasts. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Nelson Mandela was one of them.

Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. You will be escorted around the island by an ex-political prisoner, and given insight into the past and how the human spirit triumphs.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
USD $34 per person


Feathers & Fins Tour - Half Day

Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri between 12:45 and 1:45pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.

Two Oceans Aquarium

This entertaining, family-friendly trip includes a visit to the Hout Bay World of Birds where adults and children can get up close and personal with nature, with over 400 different species to discover including birds, reptiles, mammals - don’t forget to visit the walk through monkey jungle! The tour continues with some of the finest beach views on the coastal drive to the Two Oceans Aquarium in the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where a magical underwater world awaits. Learn about mysterious deep sea creatures, dangerous predators and see a real “happy feet” family. Touch pools and tidal walks are part of the fun while puppet shows and play areas are on offer for younger children. For older children, fascinating discoveries, interesting facts, and shark encounters await! Bring your family on this fun tour to see, touch, learn and play...who knows, they may even find Nemo!

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $55 per person
Private: USD $129 per person


Cape Malay Cooking Experience - Half Day

Departs: subject to chef's availability.

Today you will learn about Cape Town's cultural diversity on this interactive guided walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap with a mini-shopping safari. The focus is on the Cape Muslim people's heritage, culture, community, and food.

The mini-shopping trip stops at a local spice shop and a halaal butcher, offering the opportunity to interact with locals and to discover typical ingredients. The shop-keeper himself, when available, or a knowledgeable guide, will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through typical ingredients. This is a true sensory delight! The highlight is to visit a local family's home and participate in a hands-on, fun-filled cooking session and demonstration before savoring a full traditional lunch! You’ll be involved in making your own meal with the assistance and guidance of the local host. This is the perfect occasion to gain insight into local culture and hear some real-life stories  while having fun.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Private: USD $120 per person


Sea Kayaking - Half Day

Departs: daily, subject to weather. Please note the tour excludes transport to and from Simon's Town — prices available upon request.

Visit one of the most unique places in the world  a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town. And the best way to see it is from the water. Leave from Simon's Town Waterfront and paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbor and out to Boulder's Beach. After visiting the penguins, stop on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (snorkels and bottled drinking water are provided). Your double kayak is very stable and perfect even if you have no paddling experience.

We can also arrange for you to go cycling, skydiving, sandboarding and abseiling among other activities  please let us know if you would like more information on these activities.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $33 per person


Cape Winelands Tour - Full Day

Departs: Mon-Sat between 8:00 and 9:00am. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm

Cape Winelands

This is a superb day exploring the exceptional Winelands region with its heavenly scenery. The area is rich with history, and you can’t help but feel it as you visit this region. Experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, and have the chance to savor the wines. Visit the charming little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and enjoy lunch (your own account) – the town is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. After lunch, the tour takes you over the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to the pretty university town of Stellenbosch. You will have time to stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and enjoying the shops! A trip to the Winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so you'll visit two different wine estates. During your visit, you’ll be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home!

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $70 per person
Private: USD $169 per person


Whales & Wine Tour - Full Day

Departs: Wed, Fri & Sun between 7:45 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 5:00pm.
Only operates Jul-Nov during whale season

Whale watching in Hermanus

The quiet little fishing village of Hermanus has the best shore-based whale watching in the world! The drive takes you along the coast with its glorious ocean view and hopefully – the awe-inspiring site of Southern Right whales at play. There may be an opportunity to join boat-based whale watching (subject to availability, time and weather conditions and for your own account – approximately $50 per person and the cruise lasts about 2 and a half hours). You will be able to enjoy lunch in the town (your own account) if you choose not to do the boat trip. The day also includes a visit to the Hemel-On-Aarde (Heaven & Earth) valley to visit a boutique winery to sample some wines of outstanding quality (on Sundays when the winery is closed you will visit the Cheetah Sanctuary in Somerset West instead). The return drive to Cape Town takes you via the pretty apple-growing region of Elgin and through Sir Lowry’s Pass with its spectacular views.

** Handy tip: sun protection, protective clothing and preventative treatment against sea sickness are advisable when going on the optional boat trip **

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $70 per person
Private: USD $169 per person


Wine & History Exploration - Full Day

Departs: Daily about 8 am. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.

Tour Stellenbosch where you will taste wines and shop at some of the most outstanding wine estates in the Cape. Your first wine tasting is at Rustenberg Estate, where wines have been bottled for an unbroken period since 1682. The estate offers an intimate exclusivity and the beautiful gardens are truly a plant lover's dream.

Your next stop is the beautiful Delaire Graff Estate, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch. The original artworks from Laurence Graff's personal collection are on display throughout, representing some of South Africa's finest contemporary artists.

After a wine tasting and fascinating walk through this estate, you'll travel to Franschhoek for lunch at a local restaurant before stopping at L'Ormarins, home of Antonij Rupert Wines.

L'Ormarins was restored in 1984 and the Manor House and Cellar declared national monuments. The Antonij Rupert Cellar is a state of the art gravity fed cellar with revolving ceiling and underground barrel cellar built in memory of Antonij Rupert. The Franschhoek Motor Museum at the magnificent L'Ormarins offers the opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history, with its unique and exciting collection of more than 300 vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Private: USD $190 per person


Refined Western Cape Experience - Full Day

Departs: Daily at 8:30am. Returns: Approx. 5:45pm.

After an early breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and head out of Cape Town to the oldest wine estate the Swartland area where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting at Allesverloren, a farm renowned for its distinctive red wines. Dating back to the 17th Century, Allesverloren has a rich history and a picturesque setting.

The next stop is the town of Riebeek Kasteel. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, set in the fertile Riebeek Valley, you will spend 2 hours exploring and shopping. Often referred to as the best kept secret of the Western Cape, this tranquil village is covered in the softest hues of pink and white during spring (September and October depending on rains) when the peach orchards are in bloom and is also home to the oldest hotel in South Africa, The Royal Hotel. Some of South Africa's most famous painters, attracted by the picturesque surroundings of the valley, are residents of Riebeek Kasteel today adding an artistic flair to the atmosphere of this quaint village.

You'll enjoy lunch at Mama Cucina, a popular local Italian restaurant, before leaving for the multiple award winning Kloovenburg Estate, also in The Riebeek Valley, for wine and olive oil tasting. You will then bid farewell to Riebeek Kasteel and make your way back to Cape Town traveling via Malmesbury, commonly known as the heart of the Swartland.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Private: USD $159 per person


Shark Cage Diving - Full Day

Departs: Daily at 4:15am (depending on weather and tides).

Here, in the heart of the world's Great White Shark mecca you’ll experience a unique diving opportunity to witness the wonder of these amazing creatures.

Your day begins (pick up times start from around 4:15am and are weather / tide related) with a 2 hour scenic transfer from door to door, a light meal with tea and coffee is provided, followed by the excitement of the launch and a full adrenalin packed day at sea around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock - an area famous for its aptly named channel 'Shark Alley' and inundated with African ‘Jackass’ Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and Southern Right Whales (in season)!

The anticipation mounts as the cage is gently lowered and you ready yourself for that first, electric encounter. It's that once in a lifetime rush as the solitude of the sea encases you and you come face to face with one of the most powerful predators on earth. Shark cage diving in South Africa is high adventure and an experience that will leave you breathless! Divers and non-divers can rest assured that diving and observing will be a secure and wondrous experience. You will be fully briefed on all safety procedures by the team on board. All the necessary diving and safety equipment is provided but don't forget your camera!

Sharks are usually wary at first so you’ll wait a while for them to settle before the dive cage is lowered. The cage takes 8 people and each group spends about 20 minutes in the water, face to face with the sharks! Please note that the area is not enclosed so the sharks come and go as they please.

Hot soup is served on your return to dry land (please let us know of any dietary requirements) where you’ll be able to swap stories about your experience.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
USD $190 per person


Sunset Beach & Dinner - Evening Tour

Departs: Tue & Thu between 5:30 and 6:00pm. Returns: Approx. 10:00pm.
Only operates Sep - May

Sunset in Cape Town

Join your host and head out of the city before sunset. Savor a chilled glass of sparkling wine while overlooking one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches and taking in the sunset. You’ll be shown how to find the Southern Cross in the night sky (if the moon isn’t too bright!), before enjoying dinner at a sensational restaurant offering seafood and South African specialties. If you’re celebrating a special occasion let us know and we can arrange a separate table. As you return to the hotel, you'll enjoy the city lights by night. 

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $65 per person
Private: USD $135 per person


Sunset Champagne Cruise - Evening Tour

Departs: daily subject to weather conditions — times vary according to sunset.

Board a sail boat that will follow the wind for this cruise and allow you to experience sunset and the views of Cape Town at dusk from a different perspective! Typically in a SE Wind direction, you will head out of the Harbour and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton lighthouse, then return to the protection of Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sun set, and then motor back to the Waterfront.

Pricing (valid until October 31, 2016):
Scheduled: USD $30 per person


Custom Day Tours

We can also tailor make tours to match your interests or simply arrange for you to have a vehicle and driver available with no plan in mind to take you wherever you feel like going. Cape Town has been chosen as the Design Capital for 2014, we can include Architecture, Art, local clothing designers. In addition to the beautiful Winelands, Cape Point and City tours, consider a family day out, to see seals, penguins, monkeys and butterflies; splash out on a hot shopping extravaganza; or indulge in a grand gourmet food and wine tour of golf or bicycle tours.

Half-Day Private Tours

Half day private trips depart daily on request and run from either 8:30am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 5:30pm and cover up to 150km’s – the cost for the vehicle and driver is USD $190. The full day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pick up time of 9:00am, dropping off at 5:30pm and covers up to 250km’s – the cost for this is USD $310. Both half and full day options exclude all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited and in the case of parking, with the driver.

Touring is done in an air-conditioned 7-seater vehicle with a tour guide.


Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Your Africa Specialist will be able to direct you to information regarding travel insurance.

On Special

This special package includes international roundtrip flights from New York or Washington, D.C. to Johannesburg as well as add-ons from 38 major US cities**

Prices are in US Dollars and are per person based on double occupancy accommodations and include fuel surcharges, Government taxes, departure fees and September 11th Security Fee.

**This package is available from the following cities at the same price based on space availability: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York (JFK), Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Rochester, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Syracuse, Tampa Bay, Tucson or Washington, D.C. All flights connect in New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles).

US$3999 per person based on double occupancy
US$990 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

2016

August 17 *SOLD OUT*
August 27
September 15 *SOLD OUT*
September 1, 10, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 1, 8

Inclusions:

  • Domestic flights from 38 Major US cities to New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles)**
  • Roundtrip international economy airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to Cape Town and back via Johannesburg
  • Domestic flights in South Africa: Johannesburg / Cape Town / Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Johannesburg
  • All services as specified 
  • 7 Breakfasts / 3 Lunches / 4 Dinners
  • Tea by the Sea at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (for two people excluding gratuity)
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride in Hoedspruit
  • Game drives as specified in itinerary
  • Accommodation in standard rooms
  • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles
  • Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by qualified English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated
  • Lion World Travel representative Meet and Greet upon arrival

Exclusions:

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc
  • All other services not mentioned
  • Gratuities/tips for game rangers, tour guides, and drivers
  • Costs of obtaining passports and/or visas
  • Trip Cancellation, Interruption and/or Medical Insurance
 




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