October 22 – 31, 2021
Visit South Africa and experience amazing safaris and the culture of a country unlike any other!
Day 1, Friday, October 22, 2021│ Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, your local guide will meet the delegation and offer their assistance for currencyexchange and mobile phone sim cards. After all the exchanges, your guide will take you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be at leisure with a welcome dinner atthe restaurant, Moyo Zoo Lake.
Day 2, Saturday, October 23, 2021│ Johannesburg
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the Apartheid Museum for an in-depth tour and discussion on the historyof South Africa. Afterwards, travel to Soweto for a tour of the township and visit the Mandela House and the Hector Petersen Memorial. Enjoy lunch at the Chez AlinaRestaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Center for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Gather for dinner at the stylish RootsRestaurant at the Forum Homini Boutique Hotel.
Day 3, Sunday, October 24, 2021 │ Johannesburg – Hoedspruit – Karongwe
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by private coach to OR Tambo Internationalairport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, meet your guide for your transfer to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This center’s mission is to rehabilitateinjured or orphaned wildlife and to educate the local people. Their serval breeding project has reintroduced 160 servals into areas where they had been extirpated. Continue onto Karongwe Game Reserve for check-in and enjoy lunch at the lodge. After high tea, meet your game ranger and depart on a 3-hour game drive. Ride in open gameviewingvehicles in search of Africa’s “Big 5”—the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Stop for a sundowner, a “happy hour” during sunset, before returning for dinnerat the lodge.
Day 4, Monday, October 25, 2021 │ Karongwe
After an early wake-up call, peruse a selection of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate served with rusks in the main area. Thendepart for a morning game drive and watch the sun rise over the beautiful African bush. There is an optional visit for an additional cost to the Elephant Museum in Letaba.Lunch will be served at the lodge. Lastly, enjoy another game drive and a sundowner before returning for dinner at the lodge.
Day 5, Tuesday, October 26, 2021 │ Koarongwe
Start the day with a morning game drive in the Karongwe Game Reserve, returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards,travel to the Black Mamba Headquarters, where the delegation will meet with the Black Mambas Anti-poaching team and watch a presentation. Get to know the first majorityfemale anti-poaching unit in South Africa and learn about their focus on educating their communities and protecting the environment. The lodge will provide boxed lunches.Return to the lodge, talk with a local veterinarian on migration plans in Kruger National Park, and then depart on an afternoon safari before dinner.
Day 6, Wednesday, October 27, 2021 │ Karongwe – Cape Town
Rise early for your last game drive in the Karongwe Game Reserve, then return to the lodge for breakfast.Travel to Hoedspruit for your domestic flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport, your guide will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. In theevening, enjoy an original theater production. Director Mhlanguli George will welcome us and introduce the concept and backstory of his production. Sit outside for the show,which is about 30 minutes, and enjoy. Afterwards, the actors and director will host the group for a home-cooked dinner of traditional local dishes. Return to the Southern SunWaterfront Hotel for the night.
Day 7, Thursday, October 28, 2021 │ Cape Town
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and greet your guide, who will assist you with your full-day Cultural and Robben Island Tour.Depart on the ferry to Robben Island and enjoy lunch at Karibu Restaurant. Then take a tour of Cape Town, visiting the District Six Museum and District Six area briefly, wherethe apartheid regime forced more than 60,000 citizens to leave, as well as the old slave quarter, the Bokaap. Listen as a specialist shares a deeper understanding of the city’shistory. Enjoy dinner at La Mouette Restaurant before returning to the hotel.
Day 8, Friday, October 29, 2021 │ Cape Town
After a hotel breakfast, begin a full-day tour of Cape Point. Flank the cold Atlantic Ocean on the way to Hout Bay. Once a fishingcommunity and now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of days gone by. Travel onwards to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said tobe the romantic meeting place of the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it “the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference ofthe Globe.” Continue alongside the Indian Ocean and stop for a fun, interactive meal.
Commence the Foraging Experience and the Wild Flavored Pop-up Meal. Roushanna Graycreated and will curate his interactive 5 course meal experience, which focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients and locally produced foodstuffs. Vegetables and hebs will bepicked and prepared on site that day from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable gardens. Wild herbs from the mountainside, seaweeds from the nearby coastline, edible flowers,and local artisan products will be included in the meal. Afterwards, visit the penguins at Boulders beach and then stop by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to some3,500 species of Southern African flora and fauna. Enjoy dinner at the Belthazar Restaurant before returning to the hotel.
Day 9, Saturday, October 30, 2021 │ Cape Town
After breakfast, travel to the prominent Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air as you reach the summit and take in thelandscape, the Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Town stretched out before you. Next, head north to the Cape Winelands and then to Franschhoek, with a photo stop at the GrootDrakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in February 1990. Nestled amongst the mountains, the village of Franschhoek can easily be mistaken as being inSwitzerland. In the afternoon, there will be a wine tasting and lunch at Vrede and Lust wine farm. Continue to the Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl. Their two-hour Eco Wine Safariof the estate is the best way to go deeply into biodynamic farming techniques in a short time. The Eco Tour is a curated wine tasting in the vineyard blocks around the estateand a tour in the gravity flow cellar constructed three stories underground. The journey concludes with a return to the Tasting Gallery where you can relax and enjoy the viewor browse the latest artworks on exhibition. Return to Cape Town for dinner at the Gold African Restaurant with live entertainment.
Day 10, Sunday, October 31, 2021 │ Depart Cape Town
After breakfast and a morning at leisure, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your international flighthome.