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Great Escapes: South Africa – Wild Treasures of the Rainbow Nation
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Escape to South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, on this tour of its mother city and mother nature. Discover the secrets of Cape Town, from its bustling city streets to the majestic, cloud-covered bounty of Table Mountain. Along the coast, encounter some of the most spectacular landmarks in the nation and greet friendly penguins on a rocky beach. Wander through the blossoming bounty of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the rich offerings of the winelands. Top it all off with a journey into the bush, where the wild predators and prey of Africa still wander free.
  • Internal flights Cape Town/Skukuza/Johannesburg.
  • Round trip flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on the post extension.
  • Superior accommodations throughout at hotels, lodges and camps as listed in the itinerary, or similar.
  • Breakfast daily, all meals while on safari and other meals as indicated in itinerary.
  • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Game runs in Kruger are in open land cruisers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles during touring.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge gratuities and taxes.
  • All entry fees per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation coverage.
Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Cape Town, arriving the next evening. Upon arrival, you will be met by your specialist guide and escorted to your hotel. The provincial capital, Cape Town, is a sophisticated city with plenty to see and do, particularly around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area, where delightful buildings of the Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture have been restored as shops, restaurants, museums and pubs, as the busy water traffic of the docks goes on unabated. Cape Town, which faces north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams.

Your home for the next four nights, the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town Hotel, is situated in City Bowl, the center of Cape Town, just a short walk from the V&A Waterfront, Castle of Good Hope, Heart of Cape Town Museum and historical Greenmarket Square. Stylish and inviting, the hotel provides comfortable and convenient accommodation. Recently refurbished, it offers 537 beautifully-appointed rooms, with a host of amenities and services on offer, including free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a full-service spa, fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Dining options include South African inspired dishes at the hotel’s Yizani Restaurant and relaxed cocktails at the Southern Sun Waterfront Bar. Visitors are surrounded by world famous attractions including Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium, Table Mountain and the Two Oceans Aquarium. Overnight at the SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN.

Meals Aloft
No matter when South Africa is visited, it is a stunning country and one is sure to delight in its offerings. South Africa is affected by the waters surrounding the country on three sides, and thus there’s variation in the weather pattern depending on what part of the country visited. In Cape Town, the winter months (June-August) are mild and changeable; this is also the time when most of the rainfall occurs in the Cape. Summer months (January-March) around Cape Town are generally dry. On the high veld, in the center of South Africa around Johannesburg, there are sharp differences of temperature between day and night and it can be quite cold during the winter months. During the summer months at Kruger (December-March,) there can be sporadic rainfall in the form of quick thunder showers, but wildlife viewing is superb no matter when visited. April through August represent the winter months in Southern Africa which in turn means very little rain in most of the country, except for the Cape. South Africa is incredible to visit, particularly the Cape, during the Spring, when the wildflowers are in bloom – generally midAugust through September. Marine enthusiasts should consider visiting between June and November when the Southern Right Whales congregate in the waters.