Day 1 Depart USA
- Stay at a nature reserve in the world’s largest milkwood forest
- Sail on “ The Whale Whisperer” to view the sea life in Walker Bay
- Study the major battles of the Zulu and Boer wars where they occurred
- Enjoy a fireplace between your living and sleeping areas in your villa at Thanda Reserve
- A farewell dinner with age-old Zulu dancing rituals
Your adventure begins as you depart the USA bound for South Africa and arrive in Cape Town the following evening.
Day 2 Arrival in Cape Town Transfer to the Winelands
You arrive in Cape Town in the evening and are met by your driver who transfers you to the historic Winelands area. Your hotel is also a working vineyard and you will have a chance for a closer look after a good night's rest.
Day 3 Touring the Winelands
East of the city lies the heart of the South African wine industry since the 16th Century. The three main towns in the areas are Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. You will visit and taste some of the local wines and enjoy a vineyard lunch. After further tastings in the afternoon you enjoy a gourmet meal at your hotel matched by the appropriate wines.
Day 4 From the Winelands to Walker Bay
After breakfast and a private tour of the hotel's vineyard, your driver will take you on the relatively short trip from the Winelands to the Overberg and Walker Bay. During the months of June through November, over 150 Southern Right Whales make the bay their home. Even when they are not there, the bay is home to Dolphins, Sea Lions and other species. You arrive at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve which is situated on 3,000 acres, in the world's largest milkwood forest and overlooking Walker Bay. After lunch on their terrace restaurant you have a chance to take a nature walk to learn about the 6,000 species of flora unique to the area.
Day 5 Exploring Walker Bay
This morning you will head to Walker Bay and board the Lodge's boat "The Whale Whisperer" to view the sea life in the bay. In season, whales will be all around you including mothers and calves. When they are elsewhere, there are still plenty of Dolphins and Sea Lions to keep you busy. Returning to shore and a picnic lunch, you then embark on a nature walk on the pristine beach with a resident naturalist. Tonight a fine seafood dinner to complete the day.
Day 6 Walker Bay to Capetown
You leave Walker Bay and head to Cape Town where you check into the Mount Nelson Hotel, the "Grande Dame" of Cape Town hotels and situated in the foothills of Table Mountain. After lunch you will be picked up for a private tour of the city including a cable car ride to the top of Table mountain. This evening you will head for the Victoria and Alfred waterfront for a fun-filled dinner.
Day 7 Exploring the Cape Peninsula
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You head south and, following the Atlantic coastline, you visit the seaside towns of Hout Bay and Camps Bay. After lunch you traverse Chapman Peak Drive and Table Mountain National Park before ending up at the Boulders Penguin colony. This evening you enjoy dinner at the hotel's justly famed Cape Colony Restaurant.
Day 8 Capetown, Durban and the Battlefields
Your driver will be ready to take you to the airport where you board a flight to Durban, South Africa's beach city. Upon arrival you will head into the interior to the site of many of the famous battles from the end of the nineteenth century. Your base for the next two nights will be the Isandlwana Lodge which is built into the rock from which the Zulu chief commanded the famous battle against the British. You have a relaxing afternoon as the resident historians give you the details of the events that transpired on January 22nd, 1879.
Day 9 Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
Today you will spend exploring the two battle sites. On the morning of January 22nd, 1879, a regiment of 1,700 British soldiers was attacked by a force of 20,000 Zulu warriors. By the middle of the afternoon, 1,375 British soldiers lay dead along with 1,000 Zulu warriors. Stragglers from the battle made their way to a missionary outpost where they joined a company of Welsh Grenadiers. These 100 men were attacked by 4,000 Zulu warriors and although some were killed and most were wounded they were able to hold off the Zulus until relief arrived. In one day the British had one of their greatest defeats and one of their most heroic moments. You will have a chance to discuss these battles from both the British and Zulu positions over dinner this evening.
Day 10 Thanda and the “Elephant Coast”
You enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your driver is ready to take you to your last destination but in some ways we have saved the best for last. You are heading for the luxurious Thanda Private Game Reserve that combines the best of a bush and a beach experience. Your private bush villa is 600 square feet and includes a fireplace between the sleeping and living areas, a personal sala or "outpost" where you can sink into soft sofeas and view the surrounding countryside, and your own plunge pool. Upon arrival, and after lunch, you take an afternoon game drive before a superb meal with wine selected from the celler.
Day 11 Game Viewing in Thanda Reserve
The "big five" are all represented at Thanda plus other species like Rhino. You will have a chance to spot most if not all of them with the help of your trackers and guides. you will stop in the bush to have a special sit down breakfast before returning to the lodge. During the day, you can get a massage, lie by the pool or use your pillow-filled sala as a nice place for a nap. In the afternoon, another game driver, sundowners in a scenic spot and then return for dinner.
Day 12 A Day at the Beach
Today the lodge will transport you over to the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park where you have the option to lie on or walk along the beach or consider horseback riding on the beach, deep sea fishing, or snorkeling. A picnic lunch will be served on the beach. You return in time for an evening game drive or you may decide to sit in your sala with refreshment from your fully stocked (and included) mini-bar and take in the scenery. This evening your farewell dinner will include age-old Zulu dancing rituals.
Day 13 Richards Bay, Johannesburg, and a Return to the USA
Your driver is waiting to take you to Richards Bay where you board a flight to Johannesburg connecting with your return flight to the US.
Day 14 Arrive in the USA
You arrive back in the USA at breakfast time.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Franschhoek, Gansbaai, Cape Town, Natal, Hluhluwe
Additional Pricing Information
- All air transportation as part of the program offered including private and charter aircraft. (On those programs requiring private aircraft flights, you will be limited to 33lbs of luggage which can be stored in the safari luggage which we provide to you. Additional luggage will be stored for you for the rest of your trip. In the private camps, daily laundry is available (and, in most cases included).
- Luxury rail travel as indicated
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- On Safari, only private camps are used and include all meals and all game viewing in most camps, house beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks (indicated on itinerary)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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