South African Safari: Cape Town, Kruger (Timbavati Game Reserve) and Victoria Falls with Sundowner Cruise on the African Queen (Two Departures: September 4-15 and 13-24, 2016)

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South African Safari: Cape Town, Kruger (Timbavati Game Reserve) and Victoria Falls with Sundowner Cruise on the African Queen (Two Departures: September 4-15 and 13-24, 2016)

2,999.00

TOUR PRICE:  The price for this South African adventure is $5799.00 per person, which is a highly competitive rate, especially since this price INCLUDES all air transportation (a total of five flights) and ALL air taxes and surcharges (subject to fluctuation until ticketing), as well as 19 meals and top notch hotels and safari lodges (see TripAdvisor for incredible reviews of all of them).  The rate is based on double occupancy (two to a room).  The single supplement is $1200.00 and we are very limited in the number of single rooms that we have. There is no triple occupancy available.

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ArawjoTours, LLC is delighted to offer this amazing package to beautiful South Africa, featuring sevreal days in Cape Town, multiple game drives in the Timbavati Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park and a spectacular visit to Victora Falls, with a Sundowner Cruise on the African queen. The itinerary below gives you much detail about what you will be doing and seeing in South Africa and the summary at the bottom of the page gives you a quick glimpse at the highlights.  This tour includes 19 meals and we intend to offer it at the best price possible for this kind of experience.  We have limited space, so if you are interested in the trip, contact us to be placed on our advance courtesey reservation list.  

ITINERARY:

Day 1 - Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a representative will meet you, hand over documentation and transfer you to your hotel. This transfer time is approximately 30 to 40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions.  

The Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel sits between the majestic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. It is ideally situated close to the entrance of the city's premier leisure complex - The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. It's a short drive from the Cape Town International Airport, the city center and a variety of beaches. 

The breathtaking views of Table Mountain can be enjoyed from rooms that offer all the quality and comfort that guests expect from a full service hotel. There's a fitness center, a pool, meeting rooms and a business center. The hotel's secluded pool area provides the ideal spot for guests to relax and refresh following a busy day of sightseeing. 

Dinner on your own.

Day 2 - Cape Town - City Tour

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel from where you depart on a half day Cape Town City tour.  
We drive though the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof ("Drummers' Ravine") to the lower cable car station on the slopes of Table Mountain. Weather permitting we make the short and comfortable ascent to the top of the mountain by cable car. The panoramic view of the sea and city from the summit is magnificent. Then we begin our tour of historic Cape Town. After the excitement of "summiting" Table Mountain, we take an easy walk through the tranquil Company Gardens (the remnants of the Dutch East India Company's fruit and vegetable gardens) with notable important buildings including the Houses of Parliament, the Tuynhuis ("Townhouse" or Cape Town's "White House"), National Art Gallery and National Library. From here we make our way to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort, built in 1652 by Commander Jan van Riebeeck, founder of the maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope. The Castle Military Museum depicts the military history of the Cape, the Castle and Cape Regiments. Also worth a visit is the William Fehr collection consisting of artwork reflecting many aspects of cultural life at the Cape from the early VOC days until the middle of the 19th century. End your tour visiting the notorious dungeon. As a result of rising damp, the dungeon was not fit to store gun powder as intended and was later used as a prison for the accused awaiting trial. Visit the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, the Mill is home to day and night markets, a range of workshops and designer stores, delicious farm stalls and decadent cafes. The Neighbour Goods Market is open every Saturday from 09h00 until 14h00, where you can sample fresh local produce, organic foods, hand-made cheeses, wood-fired breads, luxury beers, fine food purveyors, and more
In the afternoon guests will be taken back to the hotel or the V&A Waterfront where time will be spent at leisure. 

Breakfast included.

Day 3 - Cape Town - Peninsula Tour

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel from where you depart on a full day peninsula tour. 

Hugging the Atlantic coast road we journey past the "bikini beaches" of Clifton and Camps Bay, beautifully located at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountains. We travel over the Suikerbossie ("Sugar Bush") Pass and descend into the bucolic Hout Bay valley, with its bustling fishing harbor and white sand beach.

From here we travel over the famous Chapman's Peak Drive (subject to road conditions) to join the sea again at the town of Noordhoek. This historic road, high on the mountainside overlooking the sea, was once considered "impossible to build", but Charl Marais (mining surveyor) rose to the challenge and made it happen at an estimated cost of £20 000 using 700 convict labourers.

Our journey continues to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the end of the Cape Peninsula. The reserve, which covers 22000 acres of land, converges in the south at Cape Point, a great pinnacle of rock. You can climb the steps or ride a funicular railway - the "Flying Dutchman" - to the top from where you may see southern right whales in spring and early summer, dolphins and a variety of seabirds. The original lighthouse at Cape Point was built in 1860. The present lighthouse, one of the most powerful in the southern hemisphere, is closer to the point itself than the original.

We travel back through the reserve looking out for some of the animals that live here, including the rare Bontebok, Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra. En route to lunch we visit Boulders, a lovely beach sheltered from the wind and famous for its colony of endangered Jackass Penguins on the coast of False Bay near Simon's Town. Boulders had just two breeding pairs in 1982 but thanks to careful management the population has grown to about 3000 in recent years.  This is a rare and rewarding experience. 

Have a crayfish lunch.

Pass through Simon's Town, which was the Royal Navy's main base in the south Atlantic from 1815 until 1957 and has the feel of a small English seaside village with steep narrow streets and cobbled alleyways. You will learn about the famous hound called "Just Nuisance", the most renowned animal in the annals of the Royal Navy.

We continue to Kalk Bay a quaint fishing hamlet on the False Bay coast with a protected little harbour of brightly painted wooden boats. At around 1pm to the fishermen offload their catch and it is possible to buy your supper straight from the boat.

Travel back towards Cape Town passing through the attractive, up-market suburb of Constantia, the cradle of the South African wine industry boasting famous estates like Klein Constantia. At Kirstenbosch the world-renowned National Botanical Garden, recently voted one of the Top Ten gardens in the World by the curators of Kew Gardens in London, a private, local guide ensures that you learn about some of the more fascinating aspects of the gardens and get as much as possible out of the visit. We return to the hotel passing interesting sites such as the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and Mostert's Mill, a Dutch windmill dating back to 1797.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4 - Cape Town - Full Day Winelands Tour

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel from where you depart on a full day winelands tour.

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Spend some time at leisure in the heart of Stellenbosch before a cellar tour & winetasting at the Boschendal Wine Estate, this will be followed by a picnic lunch.  Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek Lunch stop (guests to settle direct). Visit the Huguenot Monument and Museum.

Time permitting explore Franschhoek's charming high street, which in addition to quaint art and antique shops boasts the distinctive Huguenot Monument, which was erected in 1938 to commemorate the French Huguenots who arrived in South Africa in 1688. The museum next to the monument depicts the rich heritage and history as well as the development of the Franschhoek Valley, including its fynbos flora, fauna and early inhabitants.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5 - Timbavati Game Reserve

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel for your transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward scheduled flight to Hoedspruit Airport

 

Meet and assist on arrival at Hoedspruit Airport and transfer to Ngala. 

Ngala was the first private game reserve in the Timbavati area to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park - the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. The area is teeming with wildlife, providing outstanding game viewing potential.  Facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, viewing deck, a sheltered courtyard for enjoying meals and a boma for fireside dinners. Activities at Ngala include game drives and walking safaris. There are also bush walks with an experienced ranger for those wanting to explore the local terrain and learn about the flora and fauna.

We will arrive in time for lunch and will enjoy an afternoon at leisure before embarking on our first 4x4 game drive.  

Breakfast lunch and dinner included.

Days 6 and 7 - Timbavati Game Reserve

On each of these days, we will enjoy early morning and late afternoon 4x4 game drives.  The late morning and early afternoon are free for leisure at the Ngala Safari Lodge.  

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on both of these days at the lodge.

Day 8 - Victoria Falls

A representative will meet you at reception and transfer you to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit. Flight Nelspruit to Livingstone.

On arrival at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, please clear customs and immigration and collect your luggage. Proceed through into the Arrivals Hall, where a Lodge representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer time is approximately 30 minutes, subject to traffic conditions.

The colonial style, four-star David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is a place of grandeur and royalty. The Lodge is situated 5km from Livingstone and 10km from the Victoria Falls. There are 72 well-appointed en-suite rooms and 5 luxury loft suites with private Jacuzzis, satellite TV, telephones, a mini-bar facility, Internet and air conditioning. All rooms overlook the Zambezi River from private balconies.

The David Livingstone Spa & Wellness Centre offers guests a wide variety of specialized treatments. Activities in the area include cruises on the Zambezi River, there's also elephant safaris, helicopter flights, horse riding, tours to the falls, game drives and canoeing.  

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 - Victoria Falls

A representative will meet you at reception and take you on a guided walking tour of the Victoria Falls. 

Explore the world famous Victoria Falls - constituting one of the natural wonders of the world - on a private walking tour with your Guide. The Falls truly envelop you with their physical presence - they never fail to impress even the most experienced traveller. Lunch on your own and afternoon is at leisure or you can take an optional excursion.

In the evening a  representative will meet you at reception and take you for your sundowner cruise on the African Queen.  The African Queen is a triple deck 70ft catamaran, furnished with Rhodesian Teak, Beech Wood and brass finishes. Accommodating a total of 120 guests, offering luxurious cruises on the Zambezi River, you can experience all the wonders that nature and this mighty river have to offer.  Heed the call of Africa while sipping traditional cocktails and enjoying light snacks. Return to the hotel.  

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 10 - Return to USA

A representative will meet you at reception and transfer you to Livingstone Airport. Assistance for checking in for the flight to Johannesburg.  Return flight from Johannesburg to the USA.

Breakfast included.

TOUR FEATURES, INCLUSIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS:

•    Round trip air transportation to/from South Africa as well as ALL flights within South Africa and between South Africa and Zambia

•    ALL air taxes and fuel surcharges are included for all flights above (subject to fluctuation until time of ticketing)

•    Four nights in Cape Town at the lovely Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel 

•    Three nights in the magnificent Ngala Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve, which is a concession of the         Kruger with traversing rights throughout the Kruger National Park

•    Two nights at the beautiful David Livingston Safari Lodge in Livingston near Victoria Falls in Zambia

•    A total of 19 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners

•    An extraordinary sightseeing program as outlined on the attached itinerary featuring an English-speaking guide in Cape Town and  multiple game drives with licensed Park Rangers and guides in the Timbavati and Victoria Falls

•    An African Queen Sundowner Cruise in Victoria Falls 

•    A pre-departure dinner and orientation sponsored by ArawjoTour, LLC and the participation in the tour of an ArawjoTours, LLC Tour Leader.