South Africa

South Africa, positioned at the southern tip of the African continent, is acknowledged as “a world in one country.” It offers a wealth of pristine wilderness, which is complimented by the country's warm hospitality. In northeastern South Africa, one will encounter 16 ecosystems and experience the thrill of spotting the Big Five (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) at the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Off the southwest coast of the country lies Robben Island, which was once home to Nelson Mandela while imprisoned. The southernmost tip of South Africa is known as the Cape of Good Hope. South Africa is also known for its prize-winning coastal seascapes, boasting natural beauty of both landscape and wildlife within the many eco-friendly resorts and national parks. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland comprise the border of the country.

As you may be aware, Cape Town and the Cape Winelands are currently experiencing a drought. The City of Cape Town wants to encourage guests to visit to their city as tourism is an important part of the city's identity. During your stay please also to help conserve water as well. You will likely see signs at your hotel and throughout the city asking you to conserve water wherever possible.

ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS: South African law requires travelers to have two (2) blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport to enter the country; one for the South African temporary residence permit sticker that is issued upon entry to the country, and an additional page to allow for entry and exit stamps for South Africa and other countries to be visited en route to South Africa or elsewhere in the region. Passport must be valid for 6 months after date of entry. As a general precaution, all travelers are advised to carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from their passport. Visitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days.

Traveling with Minors/Children: Effective June 1st, 2015, all minors (children under the age of 18 years) will be required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry. It is the responsibility of passengers to ensure their children have the correct documentation or risk being denied boarding. An Unabridged Birth Certificate will be required for minors departing and arriving in South Africa. They will not be allowed to travel without it. Should a child travel with only one parent or a guardian/adult that is not a parent, a Parental Consent Affidavit (PCA) not older than 6 months should accompany the valid passport and unabridged birth certificate.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

 

Get ready for smooth tunes and sultry singers as you join fellow jazz lovers next March for the 2019 world- renowned South African Jazz Festival. The festival is Africa’s largest Jazz Festival and promises a jam-packed performance weekend. Over 40 international and local jazz artists will perform in and around the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Cape Town’s Foreshore. Looking for something to do before or after the festival? Cape Town and South Africa has so much to offer, historic sites, beautiful landscapes, shark diving, wine tasting, and outstanding safaris. Make this a trip of a lifetime by combining it with All that JAZZ.

All That Jazz - March 26th - 31st 2019 Group Tour

5 nights / 6 days - Mar 2019

Deposit is $500 per person non refundable

March 26, 2019

Arrive Cape Town Upon arrival, proceed through customs and immigration formalities before meeting your guide who will be holding a sign board with your name and our logo.

Transfer to your hotel for check in.

Check in and overnight at your choice of accommodations:

No Meals Included

Cape Milner: 3* (standard rooms)

An eclectic mix of contemporary boutique and old-world charm, The Cape Milner is modern, boutique-style living in a secluded, yet convenient location. Colourful geometric designs, African craft and silver-tinted ceilings create an elegant boutique sanctuary for corporate and leisure travellers. Enjoy the symmetry of Art Deco and the ornate detail of Cape Town’s Victorian heritage with splashes of urban African design and vivid teals and mustards accenting the contemporary neutral finishings. From its state-of-the-art conferencing facilities and plush comfortable rooms to its relaxing pool deck and trendy new Glass Lounge venue, The Cape Milner is Cape Town’s meeting place, and meeting space, with personalized attentive staff offering an engaging experience. (Standard Room Available)

 

 

Clarendon Fresnaye 4* (Superior rooms)

Rested in the idyllic suburb of Fresnaye, Cape Town, The Clarendon reflects a glamorous ambiance and posh exclusivity bar none. Cradled along the slopes of Lions Head, The Clarendon offers exhilarating views of the wrapping indigo ocean along South Africa's most beautiful coast. Here on the shores of the Atlantic, a wonderful place of rich green lawns and sparkling swimming pools, are set in a tranquil paradise against the backdrop of a mass of pink bougainvillea. This cosmopolitan city boutique caters to families, honeymooners and the exclusive traveller who wants to enjoy the best of Cape Town. Steeped in history The Clarendon harbors an interesting past having once been owned by the governor of The Cape and also the Earl of Clarendon. (Superior Room Available)

 

Victoria & Alfred Hotel 4* (Piazza Facing Rooms)

This landmark hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and offers spectacular views of the working harbour and Table Mountain. Walk in the utmost safety to some of the finest retail outlets from designer stores to restaurants, craft markets, cinemas, boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment in the amphitheatre. A stone’s throw from the water’s edge in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, is their chic new restaurant which offers a wonderful atmosphere in an inviting and contemporary interior, a delicious artisanal and wholesome menu, with superb views across the Waterfront to Table Mountain. (Piazza Facing Room Available).

 

Clarendon Bantry Bay 5* (superior rooms)

Nestled peacefully along the peninsula of one the world's most spectacular settings, The Clarendon Bantry Bay is a 5 Star fusion of pure sophistication and beachside charm. An unimpeachable enclave of tranquility, privacy, and beauty. The Rooms are sensuously styled and elegantly contemporary, each of The Clarendon's rooms embraces its own design tastefully appointed with sumptuous touches of modernity. Rich dark wood, natural colours and flooded with light, The Clarendon offers privileged comfort enveloped with lush greenery. (Superior Room Available)

 

 

Table Bay 5* (Superior Rooms)

Situated on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel is perfectly positioned against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.The hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, opened in May 1997 by iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela. The Table Bay is synonymous with friendly service, environmental sustainability awareness, and a keen attention to detail. From hundreds of indigenous Protea flower arrangements throughout the hotel to personal check-in services, every detail has been taken care of to make your experience uniquely and luxuriously South African.The Table Bay offers 5-star luxury hotel accommodation in Cape Town with the views to match. Each of the 329 fully air-conditioned luxury hotel rooms, family rooms, superior luxury rooms and executive suites are all either mountain or sea-facing with spectacular views of Cape Town’s most treasured attractions. (Superior Room Available)

 

March 27, 2019 Cape Town (B)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before meeting your guide in the lobby for a half day tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain.

Half Day City Tour - Enjoy a orientation tour of the Mother City as you venture through the streets crowded with history. This tour includes an optional visit to Table Mountain or in the event of inclement weather, Table View. HIGHLIGHTS

  • South African Museum & the Company Gardens
  • Parliament buildings
  • City Hall & Castle of good Hope
  • Malay Quarter/ Bo-Kaap
  • Green Market Square
  • Signal Hill
  • Camps Bay & Clifton
  • Short Diamond factory tour – optional
  • Orange Wi-Fi on board

Choose one of the following tours for your afternoon excursion. 

Township Tour: Explore the multicultural side of the city and interact with the locals. From District Six, where the Apartheid regime’s forced removals changed the lives of many people; to the informal settlements of Langa and Khayelitsha, where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life. Whilst the townships are often the sites of severe poverty, they are also places of vibrancy and creativity. Discover both sides of township life whilst learning about the residents’ history and their present situation before returning to your hotel.

 

Robben Island: Complete your cultural experience by extending the Township Visit tour to include a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to the island which used to house Nelson Mandela. Your return trip to the hotel is included.

Trace the footsteps of Mandela at the Robben Island Museum. The museum is located on Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. It holds a significant place in South African history as it once housed the country’s most famous political prisoner and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. It is now a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa. Your visit to the museum will be guided by a former political prisoner, offering unique insight into the island’s history, and take you to Nelson Mandela’s former cell, standing exactly as it did when he was incarcerated there, as well as the lime quarry where he was forced into hard labour. Your tour begins at the V&A Waterfront before a ferry collects you for a boat ride to the island (weather permitting).

Handy Tips: Sun protection, protective clothing, and medications for boat excursions.

 

March 28, 2019 Cape Town (B/L)

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for the Cape Peninsula with lunch included at the beautiful Harbor House. At the end of your tour return to your hotel for an evening of leisure or for you to explore this beautiful city on your own.

Cape Peninsula: Travel along the spectacular coastline of the Peninsula through charming historical villages. Visit the mythical meeting place of two great oceans and experience the “fairest Cape of all”. You will also have the option to visit a penguin colony.

$10USD per person entrance fee not included.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Clifton & Camps Bay
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Llandudno
  • Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Isalnd)
  • Chapmans Peak Drive (if open)
  • Noordhoek
  • Ostrich viewing (drive by)
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • Cape Point
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Penguin Colony (optional)
  • Simons Town
  • Muizenberg
  • Constantia
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Orange Wi-Fi on board

March 29, 2019 Cape Town (B/D)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a day at leisure. You may wish to explore the beautiful city or partake in optional excursions such as:

These are optional and offered at an additional cost.

  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Full Day Winelands Tour

Shark Cage Dive (Lunch is not included)

( Optional and at an additional cost)

Transfer pick up time for your White Shark cage dive experience (join in- shared) will be provided to you via phone call at hotel reception desk night before. Be prepared to leave very early in the morning, between 3-4:30 am. It will be very cold in July - you will be given wetsuits for the dive but for the drive bring warm clothing such as long pants and a sweater. Once you get picked up you will drive 2 hours to the start location where you will be provided breakfast. If you are inclines to feel sea sick we recommend you take the precaution of suitable medication prior to your experience.(Over the counter tablets such as Less Drowsy Dramamine or other similar medication).

Stare a Great White shark in the face with White Shark Projects, the most successful White Shark Dive Organization in the world. Shark diving with White Shark Projects can provide you with a unique opportunity to witness the wonder of the Great White Shark in a safe and professional environment.

Depart for your Shark Dive Experience approximately 07.30AM.

Your day begins with a scrumptious buffet breakfast at ‘White Shark Lodge’. Suitably fortified for the day, this is followed by the excitement of the boat launch and a full, adrenalin-packed day at sea, around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.This area is aptly named ‘Shark Alley’ and is inundated with African Jackass Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and, in season, Southern Right Whales!

As chum clouds the water, we wait for the first dorsal fin to appear. It seldom takes long. Anticipation mounts as the cage is gently lowered and guests ready themselves for that first electrifying encounter with a Great White Shark.

It’s that once-in-a-lifetime rush as the solitude of the sea engulfs you and you come face to face with one of the most powerful predators on earth.

Shark cage diving in South Africa is an adventure experience that will leave you breathless!

Full Day tour of the winelands (Lunch is not included)

( Optional and at an additional cost)

This is an opportunity to spend the day in the majestic Wine lands of the Western Cape and enjoy great wine and pair it with amazing food!

This tour takes you to the heart of the Wine lands, and back.

During the day you will enjoy:

  • Wine tasting on 4 selected and award winning wine farms
  • Cellar tour
  • Chocolate and wine tasting experience when available
  • Lunch at a special and scenic wine estate (additional cost on own)
  • Marvelous scenery with historic building and places of interest.

Included: Transport door to door

Registered guide

Wine tasting

Excluded: Lunch and beverages

Dinner and Jazz at the Gold Restaurant

This evening you will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the Gold Restaurant.

Storytelling through music, singing and dancing

Guests at GOLD Restaurant cannot help but be swept up in the excitement of archetypal African stories told through our live entertainment.This includes praise singing to welcome you, Mali puppetry, and dancing to the rhythms of the marimba percussion and djembe drums. As community is everything in traditional African culture, at the end of the evening, all the staff voluntarily join in the festivities. It is their way of coming together as a family, to celebrate with you, and to wish you well until you we see you again.

Feel the heartbeat of Africa with our pre-dinner interactive djembe drumming session. Jazz artists who are on this tour and have already been selected will perform this evening along with local African artists to bring out the best of Jazz.

 

March 30, 2019 Cape Town (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at leisure. You are also welcome to join a second optional tour.

This evening you will have tickets to the Jazz Festival to spend an evening immersing yourself in all that Jazz.

Return to your hotel for overnight.

Overnight at your choice of accommodation.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is famous for its star-studded line up of local and international artists, and is currently preparing for its 19th annual event.

This proudly South African produced event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre each year. The festival annually boasts 5 stages with more than 40 artists performing over 2 nights. The festival hosts in excess of 37, 000 music lovers over the 2 show days.

31 Mar Depart (B)

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. You may choose to extend your stay in South Africa with the following options:

Garden Route & Big 5 Safari Victoria Falls & Big 5 Safari

Please contact us for more details.

Costs:-

Table Bay US$1,990 PER PERSON SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM

Victoria & Alfred US$1,980 PER PERSON SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM

Cape Milner US$ 1,550 PER PERSON SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM

 Claerendon Bantry Bay US$2,699 PER PERSON SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM

Clarendon Fresnaye. US$1,890 PER PERSON SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM

Cost Includes:-

Government Tax & Service Charges.

Accommodation at specified hotels or similar in category.

English speaking drivers/guides.

Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle.

All transfers between airports and hotels.

Applicable entrance fees for sightseeing tours.

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D - Dinner

Sightseeing tours in a seat in coach basis as specified in the above itinerary.

Cost Excludes:-

Additional transfers, sight-seeing or entrance fees to locations not mentioned on the program.

Any other meal not mentioned above.

Portages, tips and gratuities to staff and guides.

Optional sightseeing tours.

International tickets USA/CAPE TOWN/USA with applicable departure taxes.

Passport/Visa fees & arrangements.

Expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc.

Coverage for unforeseen events such as medical emergency, baggage loss or cancellation of your trip.

We offer a group travel protection plan on this package please check at the time of booking

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EXTENSION GARDEN ROUTE

The main arterial highway of the Garden Route in South Africa - a highlight on most visitors' itineraries - is the N2 stretch running from Heidelberg in the southern Cape to Storms River Village on the Eastern Cape border. While the Garden Route road is extremely scenic, it is the hidden destinations on its side roads that are the secret of this region. That's probably how Oudtshoorn - the ostrich capital of the world - has found its way onto the Garden Route. In reality, both early inhabitants and elephants have been crossing the Outeniqua Mountains from Oudtshoorn to the coast for many centuries. Other towns well worth visiting include Calitzdorp, Sedgefield, The Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

3 NIGHT EXTENSION ON THE GARDEN ROUTE

3 nights / 4 days - Mar 2019

 

Cape Town - Hermanus (B) March 31, 2019

Following an early breakfast at the hotel, check out and embark on your guided tour aboard your coach. Service starts at Cape Town and ends at George.

Visit Hermanus, a thriving holiday village offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman's village charm. Situated between mountain and sea, Hermanus has gained world-wide recognition as the world's foremost land-based whale watching destination. This has resulted in the former fishing village showing a tremendous growth over the last few years. Contributory factors to the success of the town are the natural scenic beauty, the mild climate, the range of outdoor activities available, and the close proximity to Cape Town. Hermanus is the ideal base from which to explore the Western Cape and the Cape Overberg. 

Check-in and overnight at Harbour House Hermanus.

 

Harbour House Hotel: Enjoy the most prominent of positions in the heart of the Old Harbour area, flanked by the seaside and the bustling centre of this holiday town. The magnificent Lookout Terrace 

invites guests to revel in the soothing surrounds of the ocean ahead. Enjoy a lunch from Selkirk’s restaurant inspired by 

abundant local produce and fresh ingredients or alternatively savour a sundowner from the Wine Bar in the Pavilion. Guests are offered a choice of accommodation from the historical architecture of the thatched roof seaside Manor House built in 1920, to the contemporary New Wing and Harbour Square. Rooms are luxuriously appointed with sophisticated modern décor, all within easy walking distance of the town’s top attractions, whale watching sites, markets, restaurants, street cafés and an abundance of natural splendor.

 

Hermanus - Knysna (B) April 1, 2019

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out and traveling to Oudtshoorn.

Spend some time exploring Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. Residential suburbs are flanked by acres of ostrich farms where these large flightless birds are bred and raised. A tour of an ostrich farm is naturally one of Oudtshoorn’s main attractions, where visitors can view the birds and browse boutiques full of exotic ostrich leather, and the brave can try to ride an ostrich. Another famous landmark in Oudtshoorn is the Cango Caves, an almost fantasy limestone cave formation that stretches on for several kilometres. A large variety of hiking and biking trails surround the town and there are also numerous rivers and waterfalls to be explored. Animal lovers can have close encounters with the world’s fastest land mammal at the cheetah breeding station or pop in to see prehistoric predators at the crocodile park. Visit to the Safari Ostrich Show Farm just outside Oudtshoorn. Situated in the Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn provides the perfect vegetation and climatic conditions for breeding and rearing ostriches. During your tour on this working farm you will see large flocks of ostriches, from chicks to young adults, to mature breeding birds. Begin in the breeding camp to uncover the rustic ostrich nests and get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them! If breeding season is in full swing, your tour will also include a fascinating investigation of the incubation process and hatchery. Newly born chicks are surprisingly soft and fluffy and kept in the incubators for a few days before being taken out into special 'nursery' camps. Try your hand at sitting on an ostrich and the more adventurous can even ride one. Your tour will also include a visit to Welgeluk, the ostrich palace that was built in 1910 at the height of the feather boom and is now a national monument. End this informative and fun excursion watching an ostrich derby where the local jockeys display their ostrich riding skills.

Discover Wilderness. Lying at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in a region of incomparable beauty, Wilderness is an attractive holiday resort with vast stretches of beautiful beaches and numerous vantage points from which to watch the whales and dolphins. The long stretch of beach embraces the mouths of the Touw and Kaaimans Rivers, and is backed by northward cliffs over which the fringe of the forest reaches down to sea level.

Check In and overnight at The Rex Hotel.

 

aha The Rex Hotel: Knysna is a haven of beaches, forests, lakes and sea, and aha The Rex Hotel is one of this coastal town’s most sophisticated accommodation offerings. A warm welcome and timeless elegance ensure guests enjoy a special experience during their stay at aha The Rex Hotel, as we promise superior service and exceptional comfort time and again. Located on the world-famous Garden Route, aha The Rex Hotel is a celebration of urban style, making it one of the most exhilarating getaway destinations in its class. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic comforts that capture the essence of 4-star luxury. The Rose Cafe restaurant’s menu matches the contemporary setting with cuisine that is beautifully presented and prepared using only the freshest ingredients. aha The Rex Hotel offers travelers a gateway to Knysna’s outstanding restaurants, blossoming forests, nature reserves, arts and crafts, and the shores of the serene lagoon.

 

Knysna (B) April 2, 2019

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for a guided tour of the wilderness of Knysna.

Discover the magnificent beaches of Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route's "fashionable" seaside resort. Originally christened Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese

the southern Head and the beautiful Garden Route National Park is only a short drive from the town. Other attractions in the area include the Knysna Elephant Park, a haven for relocated elephants and the rather noisy but highly entertaining Monkeyland. Dolphins can often be spotted offshore and Knysna’s tree-lined streets bustle with sidewalk eateries, shops and markets. Don’t miss the opportunity of trying out a few delicious fresh oysters for which the town is famed.

Return to your hotel for overnight.

Overnight at The Rex Hotel.

 

Knysna - George - Depart (B) April 3, 2019

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to George Airport (GRJ) for your onward flight home. You may extend this tour by adding on a 2 night safari to see the Big 5.

 

Costs:-

Cost per person sharing a double room is $980

Cost Includes:-

Government Tax & Service Charges.

Accommodation at specified hotels or similar in category.

English speaking drivers/guides.

Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle.

All transfers between airports and hotels.

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D - Dinner

Sightseeing tours in a seat in coach basis as specified in the above itinerary.

Cost Excludes:-

Additional transfers, sight-seeing or entrance fees to locations not mentioned on the program.

Any other meal not mentioned above.

Portages, tips and gratuities to staff and guides.

Passport/Visa fees & arrangements.

Expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc.

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