• Lion on safari
    Photo Info Thornybush
    Photograph Africa's Big Cats
  • Table Bay Hotel
    Photo Info Table Bay Hotel
    Explore Scenic Cape Town
  • Elephants crossing river
    Witness Unforgettable Moments on Safari
  • Cape Winelands
    Photo Info South Africa Tourism
    Tour the Idyllic Cape Winelands
  • Jackalberry Lodge
    Photo Info Thornybush Game Reserve
    Stay in Luxury Safari Accommodations
  • Summary
  • Itinerary
  • Pricing
  • Options & Add-ons
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South Africa in Absolute Style 2018 & 2019 - Air included - from $3999

Experience stunning South Africa, home to unforgettable safaris and scenic Cape Town.

Trip Highlights

Cape Town | Kruger Private Game Reserve

Experience

Phenomenal views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain
Beautiful scenery, delectable wines and tasty olive oils on a Franschhoek tour
Magical moments on safaris led by expert rangers and trackers

Discover

Beautiful Cape Town, one of Lonely Planet's Top Cities of 2017
Big game on open-vehicle safari drives in Thornybush Game Reserve

Choice

At additional cost:

See Adorable African penguins on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour
Visit Robben Island for a moving perspective on Nelson Mandela's years in prison


Experience a Magical Safari with Lion World Travel

 

South Africa Tourism

 

Day 1 - Depart USA

Depart on your international South African Airways flight from New York (JFK) or Washington D.C. (Dulles) to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg. From the moment you board your South African Airways flight you will 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's Central Terminal Building, collect your luggage and then clear Customs & Immigration. Re-check your bags for your domestic flight to Cape Town.

Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be welcomed and transferred to the luxurious Table Bay Hotel superbly situated in the heart of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Table Bay Hotel offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury accommodation in Cape Town. One of the Leading Hotels, The Table Bay continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury.

Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town

The rooms at the gracious Table Bay Hotel are fully air-conditioned and all furnished with the amenities and services you would expect from a property of this standard including Wi-Fi access, universal plug adaptor sockets and 24-hour room service. The hotel offers a number of restaurants and bars as well as an onsite Spa and a heated swimming pool.

Accommodation: The Table Bay Hotel - Luxury 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.

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Amy Foundation Tour

Departs: early afternoon. Returns: approx. 4:30-5:00pm.

Music and song at the Amy Foundation

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking driver/guide to visit the Amy Biehl Aftercare Centre in Gugulethu, for interaction with the kids and gumboot dancing demonstrations and lesson.

Amy Elizabeth Biehl was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa who was murdered by black Cape Town residents while a black mob shouted anti-white slurs. The four men convicted of her murder were released as part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.

18 years ago, on August 25, 1993, Amy made her transition from her eventful life on earth to an even larger life of committed service to the under-served and to the hopeful. The Amy Foundation draws breath and inspiration from Amy and her legacy. It is a creation of family and friends who loved her in life, and is now extended by many hundreds of new friends - young and old - who want to make a constructive difference in their world and who enjoy doing this in Amy's name.

Amy's legacy is how she led her life. Hers is a legacy of inspiration, not tragedy. Amy was an extraordinary example of dedication, perseverance, courage, and compassion. She lived her life to the fullest, never accepting failure in any of her pursuits. It was her goal to become the best and to use her talents to improve the world.

She believed it was her duty, as a person afforded opportunity and education, to actively seek social change for those not so fortunate. It was her dedication and courage that continues to inspire so many people throughout the world.


Cape Town City Tour

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

Bo Kaap Houses 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). 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.


Walk to Freedom Tour

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 you will 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.


Robben Island Tour

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.


Feathers and Fins Tour

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!


Cape Malay Cooking Experience with Cass Abrahams

Departs: subject to chef's availability.

Today you will be picked up at 08h30 for your Cape Malay Cooking with Cass Abrahams Tour. Cass is the foremost authority on the cuisine in the Cape and is a local celebrity. The tour starts with a chat and a coffee with your guide so that you have some background on the people of the Cape, the history of their cuisine and on Cass. Cass realized that for a variety of reasons the cuisine was dying out in the Cape and made it her mission to rescue the recipes. She interviewed the grandmothers in the community and dug in the archives and then wrote a cookbook that became highly sort after by many South Africans. Today you have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on class with her in her home in the Southern Suburbs. You will cook three to four dishes and then relax over lunch. Please note that no alcohol is served in respect for Cass's Muslim faith.


Sea Kayaking

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.



Evening Tours


Sunset and Beach Dinner

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.


Sunset Champagne Cruise

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.


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 8:30 am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 5:30pm and cover up to 150km’s.

Full Day Private Tours

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.

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 on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to Johannesburg.

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.

US domestic flights from 38 cities can be added at a special rate of US$200 per person, subject to space availability. Please speak to your Africa Specialist for more information.


2018


US$3999 per person based on double occupancy
US$1090 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

November 5, 11, 19, 22 *SOLD OUT*
December 5 *SOLD OUT*


US$4399 per person based on double occupancy
US$1090 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

October 28 *SOLD OUT*


2019


US$3999 per person based on double occupancy
US$1100 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

January 18, 23
May 2, 16, 29 *SOLD OUT*
May 21
November 30
December 6


US$3999 per person based on double occupancy
US$1200 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

February 3, 16, 24
March 3
March 17 *SOLD OUT*


US$4199 per person based on double occupancy
US$1300 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

March 31
April 21 *SOLD OUT*
August 11, 16 *SOLD OUT*
August 23
September 26


US$4799 per person based on double occupancy
US$1300 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

July 31


US$3999 per person based on double occupancy
US$1300 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

September 1 *SOLD OUT*
September 18
October 31
November 7, 14, 22


US$4199 per person based on double occupancy
US$1400 single supplement

Valid on the following departure dates:

October 2, 11, 21

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip, international, economy airfare from New York (JFK) to Cape Town and back via Johannesburg
  • Domestic flights in South Africa
  • All services and transfers as specified
  • Wine tour and Olive Oil tasting in Franschhoek
  • 7 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 4 Dinners including one Dinner at the Camissa Brasserie in the Table Bay Hotel (for two people per room to the value of R800.00 excluding gratuity and beverages)
  • Game drives as specified in itinerary
  • Services of Rangers/Trackers
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Transportation in luxury vehicles
  • Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by qualified English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for sight-seeing as indicated
  • Lion World Travel representative Meet and Greet upon arrival

Exclusions:

  • 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/or Medical Insurance

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