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Classic

South Africa

Delight in all that Cape Town has to offer, from food and wine adventures, to scenic landscapes. After Cape Town, head to Bakubung Bush Lodge to marvel at the beauty of South Africa's abundant wildlife.


Trip Details

Cape Town | Pilanesberg National Park | Johannesburg

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Experience

  • Magical moments and incredible animals on safari in an open vehicle
  • Spectacular views of Cape Town and the Coast
  • Indulge in a 14-course meal at the iconic Gold Restaurant
  • A full-day Franschhoek tour where you will enjoy incredible wine and olive oil tastings in the Cape Winelands

Enjoy

  • Samosa Folding Class with Fayruza Abrahams
  • A multi-course African themed dinner and interactive drumming session.

Explore

  • The Cape Peninsula, on a full-day tour that takes you to Table Mountain, offers dramatic scenery and endearing penguins
  • Cape Town with its scenic beauty, culture and world class restaurants
  • Pilanesberg National Park with its spectacular landscape and wealth of wildlife

Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by a Lion World Travel representative at the Cape Town Airport and transferred to the 4 star Commodore Hotel just a short walk from the vibrant Waterfront.

Accommodation: Commodore Hotel - Standard Room

Day 2 - Cape Town

Depart on your Cape Peninsula Tour with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. (Weather dependent)

During your stay you will have enjoy a dinner at The Clipper Restaurant.

Accommodation: Commodore Hotel - Standard Room (B, D)

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Add-Ons

Cape Town Tours
Pricing Valid until October 31, 2023

Cape Town, the Mother City, is historically, culturally, and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you’ll have had the pleasure to visit! From its achingly beautiful natural attributes to its colourful culture; from decadent wine farms to captivating history and architecture - it’s tourist heaven. There’s no finer way to savour its pleasures than a guided day tour with Thompsons Touring & Safaris – from wonderful winelands and wine tastings, to riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, we’ll take you there in style, with great taste. 
 
Please note the Scheduled Tour prices below have additional drop of 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 the scheduled and private options are per person based on a minimum of two people.  Tours do get booked out quickly so to avoid disappointment we suggest booking well in advance of travel.

Cape Town City Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 7:35am and 8:30am. Returns: Approximately 12:30pm.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$50 | Private Tour US$190 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Bo-Kaap Day Tour

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). Next up you will pass one of the country’s oldest colonial buildings, 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.

Cape Point Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 7:45am and 8:45am. Returns: Approximately 12:30pm.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$90 | Private Tour US$200 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Cape Point Day Tour

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), 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.

Stellenbosch Winelands Tour - Half Day

Departs: Mon-Sat between 12:45pm and 1:45pm. Returns: Approximately 5:30pm.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$70 (based on a minimum of two people, price is per person.)

Stellenbosch Wine Tour

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 acquaint you 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.  Please note not all galleries and shops are open on Sundays.  Tour includes one wine tasting and one cellar tour.

Robben Island

Departs: Daily, weather permitting. Ferries depart at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Tour lasts approximately 3½ hours.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$60 | Private Tour - Approx. USD$280(based on a minimum of two people, price is per person.)

Robben Island Tour

 Board the Robben Island Ferry at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and take part in a half day Robben Island tour (the ferry ride is scheduled even on the private option).

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. Today, you will be escorted around the island, and given insight into the past and how the human spirit triumphs.

Bo-Kaap Cooking Safari - Half Day

Departs: Timing may vary. Departs around 10:30am, lasting approximately 3 hours. (Subject to chef's availability).
Pricing: Private Tour US$100 (based on a minimum of two people, price is per person.)

Fayruza Abrahams - Cape Malay Cooking Experience

Learn how to prepare traditional Cape Malay dishes (mixing spices, making a curry paste, making curry, samosa and chili bites) and gain firsthand insight into this community. Enjoy the fruits of your labor at a 3-course sit down lunch (includes soft drinks ant spicy tea). A parting gift of spices and heirloom recipes allows you to recreate these memories at home.  

Feathers and Fins - Half Day

Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri between 12:45 PM and 1:45 PM 
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$90, Private Tour US $205 (based on a minimum of two people, price is per person.)

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. Older children are not forgotten, interesting facts, fascinating discoveries, shark encounters and the chance to discover what really lies beneath the blue! Bring your family on this fun tour to see, touch, learn and play....who knows, they may even find NEMO!  Includes entrance to World of Birds and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Sea Kayaking - Half Day

Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$55 (based on a minimum of two people, price is per person.)

Weather dependant and excludes transfers – prices available on request.
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. You’ll 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 provided.)
The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. 

Winelands Tour-Full Day

Departs: Mon-Sat between 8:00am and 9:00am. Returns: Approximately 5:30pm.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$99 | Private Tour US$270 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Cape Winelands Tour

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. And of course, you’ll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home!  Includes two wine tastings.

Peninsula Tour

Departs: Daily between 7:45am and 8:45am. Returns: Approximately 6:00pm.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$110 | Private Tour US$310 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Cape Peninsula Tour

*Please note that this tour is different to the Lion World Travel Peninsular Tour as offered on certain packages*
On this tour you will see why the area earned the name of The Fairest Cape.  Sit back and relax, as you’re driven along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire’s Paradise – from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno – towards the charming working harbor of Hout Bay where you can embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise lasting about 45 minutes if you choose to (for your own account).  If you choose not to do the cruise you will have time to browse the shops and markets and perhaps enjoy a morning coffee at one of the restaurants at Mariners Wharf – the first harbor-front emporium in Africa.
You then wind your way along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views. After a stop for lunch (your own account), visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. 
After, you’ll head back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing African penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach (for your own account). 
Next, you’ll head inland to the last stop of the day.  In the summer months this will be at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain, the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers.  In the winter months (May 1st to Aug 31st), the last stop is at Groot Constantia where you’ll stop for a wine tasting and cellar tour of South Africa’s oldest wine estate.

Cape Town Tours - Evening Options

Sunset and Beach Dinner

Departs: Daily between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Returns: Approximately 10:00pm. (Operates Sep-May only)
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$120 | Private Tour US$250 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

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 ‘out of town’ restaurant offering seafood and South African specialties. 
If you’re celebrating a special occasion let us know and we can arrange request a separate table. As you return to the hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy the city lit up at night. Everything is taken care of – just enjoy!  

Tailor Made days out:

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 so much to offer including Architecture, Art, and 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 gourmet food and wine tour.  

We can also arrange for you to go golfing, hiking cycling and sandboarding amongst other activities – please let us know if you would like more information on these activities!

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

Half day private tours depart daily on request and run from either 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm (4 hours) and covers up to 150km’s – the cost for the vehicle and driver would be US$245.  

The full day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pick-up time of 9:00 am, dropping off at 5:30 pm (12 hours) and covers up to 320km’s – the cost for this would be US$480 and excludes all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited.

Book a Day Tour

Day Tours – Johannesburg:

Egoli, City of Gold.  They came from far and wide to strike it rich in Johannesburg when gold was discovered in 1886. Our multicultural ‘City of Gold’ still pulsates with entrepreneurial energy, power and the jingle of money, so its little wonder the pace is fast and furious. Let Thompsons Africa guide you through this intoxicating maze. 

Please note the Scheduled Tour prices below have additional drop of 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 the scheduled and private options is per person based on a minimum of two people unless specified.

Half Day Johannesburg City Tour:

Departs: Daily between 8:15am and 8:45am. 
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$70 | Private Tour US$170 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

South Africa’s largest city remains its financial and commercial heart. It’s in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the ‘Rainbow Nation’ at work.  It’s a heady experience, with contrasts of every kind round every single corner.  The tour sets off for Constitution Hill, home of South Africa’s architectural marvel, the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison (closed Sundays).
You’ll explore the inner city of Johannesburg and the influence the discovery of gold brought to this city and indeed South Africa.  We visit and explore the Maboneng Precinct, a wonderful example of urban regeneration of the eastside of the Johannesburg CBD which is now home to several independent retail, restaurant and art and entertainment venues – fresh and unique lifestyle offerings of this new exciting development.  Return to your hotel via the flipside of the coin, the lush, up market suburb of lower Houghton. A city of contrasts, that’s for certain.

Half Day Apartheid Museum: 

Departs: Daily at either 8:30am or 1:30pm. 
Pricing: Private only US$170 (based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

The legendary Apartheid Museum is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of, whites only, privilege, through to Nelson Mandela's historic release. This tour includes a pickup from your Johannesburg hotel in your private vehicle with a driver/guide. You will then be taken to the Apartheid Museum accompanied by your guide. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It's a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it's a story with the right ending. 

Half Day Lesedi Cultural Village: 

Departs: Daily at either 8:30am or 1:30pm. 
Pricing: Private only US$220 (based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Five cultures in a day, that is what you will be exploring at the Lesedi Cultural Village, heart and home to families of a range of African tribes, all living harmoniously in true traditional homesteads. Experience the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures! Our multilingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa, and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of our multicultural community. 

Half Day Pretoria City Tour: 

Departs: Daily at either 8:30am or 1:30pm. 
Pricing: Private only US$170 (based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Come on a cultural journey of exploration through one of South Africa’s capital cities, the Jacaranda City, so called for its breath taking purple lined streets when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. Get ready and set to trace South Africa's extraordinary history via a range of imposing, intriguing museums and monuments, beginning with the legendary Voortrekker Monument, a memorial to the early settlers, followed by a visit to the Kruger Museum, the private residence of President Paul Kruger of the old Transvaal Republic. This City Tour ends with the Union Buildings, not only an architectural icon, but site of the emotionally charged scene which played out at Nelson Mandela's joyful inauguration as president in 1994. You'll be standing precisely where South African history turned the corner.

Full Day Journey to Freedom: 

Departs: Scheduled departs Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun between 8:30am and 9:10am. Private departs daily.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$130 | Private Tour US$280 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Join this full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented. Your day begins at the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. The next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension; picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Your next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, where you start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). Next is lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (for your own account). Then continue your journey driving past the affluent suburb of Diepkloof, which is in stark contrast to the lower income areas seen earlier in the day, en-route to the iconic Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of whites only privilege, through to Nelson Mandela's historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It's a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it's a story with the right ending.

Full Day History of Humankind & Lesedi Cultural Tour: 

Departs: Scheduled departs Wed, Fri & Sat between 7:00am and 7:30am. Private departs daily.
Pricing: Private only US$280 (based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

You’re going right back to our beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.
From past to present, you’ll be exploring five cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village, heart and home to families of a range of African tribes, all living harmoniously in traditional homesteads.
You’ll be right there experiencing the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures, and you’ll find it fascinating! The multilingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa, and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of our multicultural community.  You’ll get to enjoy a traditional African meal, a fine way to round off a day of new experiences and fresh insights.

Full Day Pretoria & Cullian Diamond Tour: 

Please note this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to operate.

Departs: Scheduled departs Tue, Thu & Sat between 8am and 8:30am.
Pricing: Scheduled Tour US$210 | Private Tour US$280 (both tours based on a minimum of two people, prices are per person.)

The Cullinan Diamond Mine is the site of the World's oldest and South Africa's third richest diamond mine. Premier mine opened in 1902 and together with it founded the pretty Victorian village of Cullinan. The Cullinan Mine produced the world's largest gem quality diamond, a massive 3106-carat uncut. This diamond was chiseled into 98 individual diamonds including the Great and Lesser Stars of Africa, the 2nd and 3rd largest polished diamonds in the World which are now set in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The tour starts with a 15 minute video before guests are led into the high security premises of the mine where you are shown the workings and machinery of the mine. You then visit the enormous open cast mine, excavated from Kimberlite rock which is now four times larger than the famous Big Hole in Kimberley. Continue to Cullinan Diamonds where you will view diamond cutting and polishing before you are invited to browse the loose diamonds and exquisite jewelry and perhaps make that special purchase. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue with the cultural journey of exploration through the capital, the Jacaranda City, so called for its breathtaking purple-lined streets when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. You're ready and set to trace South Africa's extraordinary history via a range of imposing, intriguing museums and monuments, beginning with the legendary Voortrekker Monument, a memorial to the early settlers. Travel on to the Kruger Museum, the private residence of President Paul Kruger of the old Transvaal Republic. Ending with the City Tour with the Union Buildings, not only an architectural icon, but site of the emotionally charged scene which played out at Nelson Mandela's joyful inauguration as president in 1994. You'll be standing precisely where South African history turned the corner.

Tailor Made days out:

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. Johannesburg has so much to offer including Architecture, Art, and local clothing designers. 

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

Half day private tours depart daily on request and run from either 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm (4 hours) and covers up to 150km’s – the cost for the vehicle and driver would be US$250.  

The full day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pick-up time of 9:00 am, dropping off at 9pm (12 hours) and covers up to 350km’s – the cost for this would be US$570 and excludes all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited.

Prices are in US Dollars and are per person based on double occupancy accommodations. Based on a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Interested in group travel in 2023 for this itinerary? Travel with a group of 15 or more and two people will travel free - total group size must be at least 17 passengers.


2023


US$1999 per person based on double occupancy
Victoria Falls extension- Plus US$1450 per person based on 2 people sharing.

Valid on the following departure dates:

January 20, 27
February 7, 20
March 16, 22
April 13, 22
May 7, 15
June 12
July 3
August 15, 25
September 5, 20
October 5, 17
November 7, 15
December 6

Inclusions:

  • All services and transfers as specified 
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary including a dinner at The Clipper Restaurant and 14-course African themed dinner at Gold Restaurant
  • Franschhoek Winelands Experience
  • Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Transportation in luxury vehicles
  • Game drives as specified in itinerary
  • Services of Rangers/Trackers
  • Regional flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and return
  •  Lion World Travel Representative meet and greet upon arrival

Exclusions:

  • Roundtrip, international airfare
  • Domestic flights in South Africa 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • All other services not mentioned
  • Gratuities/tips for game rangers/trackers, tour guides and drivers
  • Costs of obtaining passports and/or visas
  • Trip Cancellation, Interruption and Medical Insurance – please note that insurance for this trip is a mandatory requirement from suppliers in Africa – proof of insurance must be provided before bookings are confirmed. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you have enough travel insurance coverage from the provider of your choice. Please let your Africa Specialist know if you would like information on this.

Staff Favorite

"I have experienced countless safaris in my lifetime but, haven't experienced one like Classic South Africa before. Cape Town offers stunning scenery, and the Pilanesberg National Park has a wealth of wildlife and magnificent landscape."

- Sara Verk, Lion World Travel