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Day 1: Sunday, 17 June 2018

Arrive Dulles International Airport (IAD) at least three hours in advance of your South African Airways flight #210, which departs at 5:40 p.m. to Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Day 2: Monday, 18 June 2018

Arrive in Johannesburg at 4:20 p.m. and connect with SA flight 363, which departs at 6:15 p.m. for Cape Town, arriving at 8:20 p.m.  In Cape Town you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.

The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, valleys and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the Winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.

Overnight & breakfast:  COMMODORE HOTEL                                        

The Commodore Hotel, located on the highest point of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers spectacular 360-degree views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Table Bay and Robben Island. This premier hotel boasts elegantly appointed accommodation, with breathtaking views, assuring comfort, quality and luxury.

Escapism is not only a state of mind, it is also a place at the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

And that place is The Commodore, a five-star Legacy hotel where stylish living, excellent service and a tranquil setting comes standard. Enjoy breathtaking views of the charming ‘Mother City’ from the upper floors of the hotel’s superior rooms then treat yourself to a sundowner on the terrace after a long day. Exquisite seafood and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines are the perfect ingredients of an intimate meal at the elegant Clipper Restaurant.

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Day 3: Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Morning tour of the “Mother City” includes a visit to the Malay Quarter and a cableway trip up Table Mountain (weather permitting). Drive past the Cultural History Museum, St George’s Cathedral, the Company Gardens and the South African Museum. Table Mountain rises behind the city to a height of 1 087m, cutting the skyline with a horizontal front three kilometers in length. The cableway takes you to the summit in less than ten minutes with rotating gondola’s ensuring stunning 360 degree views of the city and surrounds.

Afternoon Robben Island Tour

Depart from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront at Nelson Mandela Gateway for a 30 minute ferry trip to the World Heritage site of Robben Island.  A prison for 450 years for slaves, lepers and political dissidents, this historic landmark is now a museum.  Once on the island you will be taken on a guided tour of the lime quarry, as well as the Prison Block where famous political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela, (Cell 5) and Tokyo Sexwala were incarcerated.

Overnight & breakfast:  COMMODORE HOTEL  

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Day 4: Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Full day Cape Point Tour

Full day Cape Peninsula tour along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes.  Enjoy the dramatic views from Chapman’s Peak Drive before reaching Cape Point where (by tradition) two marine ecosystems and oceans meet. Take the funicular to the old lighthouse overlooking this dramatic coast. The Good Hope Nature Reserve with its diversity of fynbos flora covers 7 750 unspoiled hectares of the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula. Drive through the historic naval base, Simon’s Town, with a visit to the penguin colony at Boulders. Penguins are flightless, aquatic birds, which live in the southern oceans in climates as varied as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the equator. There are seventeen species in all but the African Penguin is the only one to inhabit the African continent and its inshore islands. It used to be known as the Jackass Penguin, on account of the braying sounds which it makes on land, but the name ‘African Penguin’ has now been adopted to distinguish it from the Jackass Penguin found in South America, which is slightly different in appearance and behavior.

Continue through Fish Hoek and Muizenberg to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Kirstenbosch was established as a center for the preservation and study of the indigenous flora of southern Africa and has over 5000 species. All year round, one can enjoy glorious living displays of wild flowers and the magnificent collection of cycads, silver trees and other shrubs, plants and trees.  The Shona sculptures are also intriguing.

Overnight & breakfast: COMMODORE HOTEL  

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Day 5: Thursday, 21 June 2018

Morning free for shopping in the V & A Waterfront.

Afternoon transfer to Cape Town Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sandton.

Overnight & breakfast: GARDEN COURT SANDTON CITY

With its stylish urban design and fuss-free approach to accommodation, Garden Court Sandton City is situated in the heart of Johannesburg. It is here that functional design meets smart technology, resulting in a surprisingly simple hotel that is easily able to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers.

The convenient location meanwhile has plenty of advantages for all guests. Business travelers are within easy reach of the acclaimed Sandton Convention Center along with the rest of the Sandton CBD, while leisure travelers can enjoy the world-class shopping, entertainment and sight-seeing attractions found within the area. Getting around has never been easier, thanks to the high speed Gautrain route that spans across the city.

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Day 6: Friday, 22 June 2018

Full day sightseeing in Johannesburg & Soweto including Apartheid Museum

We first travel across Johannesburg to the south of the city to visit the Apartheid Museum, which opened its doors in 2002. Here visitors embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines the story of apartheid right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours. We then continue to Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), largest black residential area in South Africa, where we see a fascinating contrast to Rosebank and Sandton in the north. This sprawling “city within a city” is home to approximately 2-million people, many of whom work in various parts of the greater metropolitan area of the Witwatersrand. Our tour route takes you to all the major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former home.

Overnight & breakfast: GARDEN COURT SANDTON CITY

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Day 7: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Today you leave Johannesburg and continue to Pilanesberg Game Reserve and your lodge.

Afternoon game viewing drives at the Private Game Reserve.

Overnight & full board: BLACK RHINO GAME LODGE                       

Black Rhino Game Lodge is a hidden treasure set amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater that today comprises one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations, the greater Pilanesberg National Park. It is from here, accompanied by your personal game ranger, that you will be able explore a 58 000ha malaria free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of the African bush.

Located in the west side of the ‘Malaria Free’ Pilanesberg National Park, and only 33km from Sun City – Black Rhino Game Lodge is the ideal location for a luxurious bushveld breakaway.

The Lodge is built between a Tamboti forest, overlooking a busy waterhole, which is a hive of bird and animal activity, and a playground for the elephant. On many occasions, the stillness of the night is broken by the roaring of lions, and the franklins sing the morning wake up call.

Once, you are awakened with a hot cup of coffee, your host ranger will take you out on an exceptional game drive, taking you through Black Rhino Reserve, into the unexplored valley of the Pilanesberg, until we reach the 200km network Pilanesberg Park roads.

The main lodge boasts 18 very spacious and luxuriously appointed bedroom suites. Each comfortable air-conditioned suite offers a television, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar and private patio that opens out into the bush. Each suite has an open plan bathroom with a closed toilet. There is a separate bath and shower as well as an outdoor shower, with the exception of room 10.

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Day 8: Sunday, 24 June 2018

Morning and afternoon game viewing drives at the Game Reserve

Overnight & full board: BLACK RHINO GAME LODGE

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Day 9: Monday, 25 June 2018

Early morning drive to Johannesburg and O. R. Tambo Airport for your departure flight to Victoria Falls via South African Airways.  On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon guided tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side.

Overnight & breakfast: THE KINGDOM HOTEL

This is a fun-filled resort hotel aimed unashamedly at the tourist who wants to take in the majesty and excitement of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World as well as enjoy a holiday adventure as part of a group, with someone special, with the children, or as a single traveler. It may look like the city of a lost civilization but the Kingdom Hotel is one of Victoria Falls’ best-known family hotels. Expect all the comforts of a modern resort geared up in every way for your maximum comfort and enjoyment.

Complete with its own food court offering a wide choice of relaxing or quick meals, suiting all ages, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls also offers three swimming pools and a toddler’s pool, a children’s play area and, for the ladies, planning a “night on the town” or a visit to the resort’s own casino, a spa and beauty parlor.

The accommodation at The Kingdom Hotel is nestled around a vast man-made lake so all the rooms have a view whether they look inward towards the lake or over the bush on the outer perimeter of the hotel. Classically decorated in warm colors with furnishings that feature local Zimbabwe teak, all rooms have air-conditioning, all important in the hot summer months. Many rooms have a balcony overlooking the lake and water features which are a perfect spot to stop, relax and de-stress.

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Day 10: Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Morning free for own activities.

Afternoon sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River including drinks and snacks.

Evening transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for your African “Boma” dinner.

Overnight & breakfast: THE KINGDOM HOTEL

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Day 11: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg via South African Airways in time to connect with SAA flight 207 which departs Johannesburg at 6:25 p.m. and arrives the U.S. the next morning.

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Day 12: Thursday, 28 June 2018

Arrive Dulles International Airport at 6:25 a.m.  Welcome Home!

Additional information

SupplimentsDouble, Single
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South Africa and Zimbabwe

$4,699.00 per person Double Occupancy

Single supplement ….$750.00

Included:

  • Roundtrip Airfare via South African Airways throughout the itinerary
  • Accommodations :
  • 3 nights Hotel Commodore Hotel
  • 2 nights Garden Court Sandton City
  • 2 nights Black Rhino Game Lodge
  • 2 nights The Kingdom Hotel
  • Meals: breakfast throughout plus all meals at the Black Rhino Game Lodge plus 1 dinner on the 27th of June
  • Game drives at Pilanesberg Game Reserve as per itinerary
  • Table Mountain Ticket, Robben Island Ferry and all relevant entrance fees in Cape Town
  • Apartheid Museum & Mandela House
  • Transport (according to group size) either in a 15 seater or 25 seater accompanied by an English speaking guide and driver
  • Expenses of driver/guide
  • Porterage at airports and hotels
  • VAT and tourism levy

Not included:

• Meals not mentioned
• Any expenses of personal nature
• Gratuities
• Any visa fees
• Travel, medical and cancellation insurance

There is a new policy for visitors to South Africa.  For every entry into South Africa from the USA or other African countries, the visitor is required to have 2 blank pages (next to each other) in his/her passport.  Without this, entry will be denied. These must be visa pages in the passport. The amendment pages at the end of the US passport cannot be used as these are only for use by US officials. On arrival he/she must ask for a 90 day visa which will allow them to go in and out of the country on the same visa.

In addition, 1 clean page is needed for a visa or entry stamp into other African Countries. 

Passport must be valid at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in South Africa.

CANCELLATIONS

Henderson Travel Service undertakes to protect clients wherever possible from cancellation fees being enforced, however, as a general rule the following conditions apply:

20% of total package price is non refundable

50% if cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival in South Africa

100% if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival in South Africa

ALL PRICES ARE BASED ON APPLICABLE RATES AS OF TODAY, HOWEVER, THE ABOVE QUOTATION IS SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY HENDERSON TRAVEL SERVICE NAD ITS DESTINATION MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST AT THE TIME OF BOOKING AND MAY BE AFFECTED BY AIR, FUEL INCREASES, ACCOMMODATION AVAILABILITY OR ANY OTHER STATUTORY INCREASE BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

 *Optional Tour to Botswana to be posted

** All Prices Subject to Change

OPTIONAL  ONE NIGHT/DAY EXTENSION TO BOTSWANA at $550.00 per person, which includes:

  • Transportation from Victoria Falls Town to Chobe National Park
  • Entrance Fees into Chobe National Park
  • One night Hotel Accommodations double occupancy at the luxurious Chobe Safari Lodge
  • All meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Morning and Afternoon Safaris for game viewing
  • Transportation from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls Airport for flight to Johannesburg and home.
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