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Day 1: Saturday, March 26, 2016

 Depart Dulles International Airport (IAD) for Johannesburg, South Africa via South African Airways flight 210 at 5:40 p.m. 
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Day 2: Sunday, March 27, 2016

Arrive Johannesburg at 4:30 p.m.

Connect with South African Airways flight 363 departing for Cape Town at 6:15 p.m.  At 8:25 p.m. arrive Cape Town, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel next to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. (

Overnight SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT            

As one of the best-known hotels within the Tsogo Sun portfolio, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city’s most sought-after areas. Business travelers have the advantage of being minutes away from the Cape Town International Conference Centre and other major corporate hubs, while leisure travelers are right in the midst of the city’s most popular landmarks.

A short walk from the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and other Cape Town sights, Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel is just the start of this iconic accommodation’s landmark appeal. Post-card views of the harbor and of Signal Hill are rivaled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself. Step inside the impressive lobby, and you will soon discover why this hotel continues to snap up awards.

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Day 3: Monday, March 28, 2016

Scheduled half day Cape Town City and Table Mountain tour.

After breakfast, we will depart for our scheduled Cape Town City Tour, a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

This morning’s tour will introduce you to the “Mother City” and 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

Later, we will 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.

Highlights:

  • Table Mountain (Cableway fee included, weather permitting)
  • A walk through the Company Gardens
  • The historic Castle of Good Hope
  • Roundtrip ferry ride to Robben Island and visit of the cell block where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned

Overnight & Breakfast  SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT

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Day 4: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Private full day Cape highlights and Wine Estate Tour

After breakfast, depart for a full day Cape Peninsula tour along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes and a visit to the Constantia Wine Estate for a wine tasting. Enjoy the dramatic views from Chapman’s Peak Drive, driving along the beautiful coastline, pass the historic naval base and Simon’s Town, with a stop to visit 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 continents and its inshore islands.  It used to be known as the Jackass Penguin, because of the braying sounds that 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 behaviour.

This tour encapsulates the best that the Cape has to offer – magnificent beaches, breath taking views, historic & picturesque coastal villages, superb mountain ranges, African penguins, Cape Dutch homesteads and a visit to one of the regions renowned wine estates—Constantia.  We will stop in route for lunch on your own account at one of the charming restaurants on the coastline.

Highlights:

  • Magnificent views along the Atlantic Seaboard, Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay
  • Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony
  • Explore historic Constantia Wine Estate
  • Cellar tour & wine tasting

Overnight SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT

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Day 5: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

An African wildlife safari experience

After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg via South African Airways flight 322 at 9:50 a.m.  Upon arrival at 11:50 you will be met and transferred to the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park.  This magnificent wildlife sanctuary lies not too far from the bustle of Johannesburg and Pretoria.  It is situated on the eroded remains of an extinct alkaline volcanic crater—one of three such extensive craters in the world.  The Pilanesberg countryside comprises numerous hills and broad open plains and is well stocked with game, which includes the “Big Five” and over 360 bird species.  Tucked in the expanses of the park, Legacy Hotels & Resorts International’s charming Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge offers a memorable “Out of Africa” experience.

After checking into your hotel and enjoying lunch on your own, you will depart for an afternoon game drive and experience the thrill of looking for the Big Five on an Africa safari.

Overnight, breakfast & dinner KWA MARITANE BUSH LODGE

Capture the spirit of Africa at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, where Mother Nature and guests meet in perfect harmony, located on the slopes of an ancient volcano.  Kwa Maritane offers guests all the amenities of a prime resort within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park – an easy drive of 2 hours from Johannesburg, 3 km from the local airport and a mere 10 minutes from Sun City. If it’s wildlife you’re seeking, that’s exactly what you’ll find here at Kwa Maritane. Located deep in the heart of the 55,000 hectare Pilanesberg National Park, Kwa Maritane is the perfect base from which to enjoy the wild life, as well as the rich diversity of indigenous flora and fauna of Africa.

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Day 6: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Game Drives and/or explore Sun City nearby

 Two scheduled game drives today—in the morning and in the afternoon.  In the late afternoon or evening, on your own feel free to take advantage of your proximity to Sun City, a renowned resort and entertainment center, i.e. casino, restaurants, The Palace—an incredibly beautiful hotel, and more.  A shuttle bus can be arranged from your hotel and, it is well worth the short ride and experience to see Sun City.

Overnight, breakfast & dinner KWA MARITANE BUSH LODGE

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Day 7: Friday, April 1, 2016

Soweto and Johannesburg

After an early morning breakfast, depart the lodge by 8:30 a.m. for a full day’s drive with touring to Johannesburg. In route stop at Chameleon Village, one of the best local curio markets in South Africa for some unbelievable bartering and shopping—carvings, art, artefacts, clothing, etc. and continue on to Soweto & the Apartheid Museum tour.  This may very well be your best opportunity for authentic African souvenirs and gifts.

Soweto (South Western Township) is the largest black residential area in South Africa, where you will see an immediate contrast to Rosebank and Sandton in the north.  This sprawling “city within a city” is home of 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, Freedom Square, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Desmond Tutu’s home and Nelson Mandela’s former home.  A cluster of townships, on the south-western flank of Johannesburg, Soweto was created in the 1930s. It is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. A visit to Soweto is seamlessly combined with a stop at The Apartheid Museum for an in-depth discovery of 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story – a nation’s resistance, courage and fortitude.

Highlights:

  • Shopping at Chameleon Village
  • Views from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
  • Mandela House Museum
  • Home of Desmond Tutu
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial
  • Apartheid Musuem

Overnight & breakfast  GARDEN COURT SANDTON CITY

Whether you’ve come to the city to work or play, you can spend time relaxing in the beautiful gardens with outdoor pool, or taking a short stroll to Sandton City:

  • The Sandton Mall is the city’s most upscale shopping complex, all with an exciting range of designer boutiques, restaurants, banks and entertainment facilities
  • Nelson Mandela Square
  • The Sandton International Convention Centre, South Africa’s biggest and best conference venue
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Day 8: Saturday, April 2, 2016

A day and a night at Victoria Falls.

After early morning breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your departure flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe via South African Airways flight 40, departing at 10:50 a.m.  Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Soon after arrival, depart the hotel for a guided tour of Victoria Falls, “The Smoke that Thunders”, on the Zimbabwean side–an awesome, amazing, beautiful and one of the largest waterfalls in the world.

Now in its 150 millionth fantastic year, Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May of each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience–the sight, sound, and smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is God’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict its reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

Your walk may take you pass the ‘Big Tree’ where you may stop and take photos. You will be accompanied through the rainforest by one of our qualified guides who will give a brief history of the falls including detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist with photographs while you visit this most spectacular of waterfalls in the world—truly one of the seven wonders of the world!

Dinner at the Boma Restaurant, an African culinary experience.

Overnight & breakfast                                               LOKUTHULA LODGES 

The two- and three-bedroom rustic lodges are a prime example of lavish Victoria Falls accommodation, featuring one or two bathrooms, a spacious lounge, terrace and fully equipped kitchen. What’s more, the lodges are also surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The resort facilities include a central three tier swimming pool with a paddling pool, children’s playground, trampoline and volleyball court.

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Day 9: Sunday, April 3, 2016

Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg Airport, where you will connect with your return flight home, South African Airways flight 209, departing at 5:45 p.m.
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Day 10: Monday, April 4, 2016

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

Additional information

DestinationSouth Africa
Duration10 days
GroupsizeAll
MonthApril, March

PlAN A:  Family of 1 adult & 1 child under 18 years  

SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE:

1 adult sharing accommodations and 1 child sharing accommodations:

Total Per Person/Adult:  $3,833.00

Total Per Person/Child:  $3,438.00

Total for the family of 3: $7,271.00

Plan B: Family of 1 adult & 2 children under 18 years

SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE:

1 adult sharing accommodations with each of 2 children:

Total Per Person/Adult:  $3,621.00

Total Per Person/Child:  $3,185.00

Total for the for the family of 3: $9,991.00

PLAN C:  Family of 2 adults & 1 child under 18 years

SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE:

Each of 2 adults sharing accommodations with 1 child sharing accommodations:

Total Per Person/Adult:  $3,492.00

Total Per Person/Child:  $3,171.00

Total for the family of 3: $10,155.00

PLAN D:  Family of 2 adults & 2 children under 18 years

SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE:

Each of 2 adults sharing accommodations with each of 2 children sharing accommodations:

Total Per Person/Adult:  $3,343.00

Total Per Person/Child:  $3,022.00

Total for the family of 4:  $12,730.00

PLAN E:  Family of 2 adults & 3 children under 18 years

SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Each of 2 adults sharing accommodations with each of 3 children sharing accommodations:

Total Per Person:  $3,348.00

Total Per Person/Child:  $3,199.00

Total for the family of 5:  $16,293.00

Plan F:  Family of 2 adults

SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Each of 2 adults sharing accommodations

Total Per Person:  $3,700.00

Single supplement  $600.00

South Africa is a treasure chest of unforgettable scenery, from lofty mountains to sun-baked deserts and dramatic coastlines washed by the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The rolling hills of the winelands bring forth some of nature’s finest gifts. The game viewing in South Africa’s national parks equals the best in Africa, and where else can you find both penguins and elephants?

Once shunned due to apartheid, South Africa burst onto the tourism stage when Nelson Mandela became president and steered the country on a new course. Although few African Americans trace any heritage from South Africa, there remains a close affinity from the shared struggles for equality. A unique itinerary takes you to this land of scenic beauty, the cultures of the San, Xhosa and Zulu, the country’s abundant wildlife and some of the finest resorts in Africa. Henderson Travel Service goes one step further by weaving all these attractions into a journey down the ‘Road to Freedom’.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Dulles International Airport (IAD)
DEPARTURE TIME 5:40 PM. Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Activity fees
Guide gratuity

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, ONE 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.

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